Adult Colouring Book published: Drawn to Divine Dartmoor Landscapes

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I'm very lucky to have a national park not too far from my doorstep and love walking and taking photographs of it.

After my first hand-inked colouring book, Drawn to the Ocean, my second one had to be of Dartmoor, using my photos to create a beautiful greyscale book for you to colour.

Here is the book information: With 30 stunning greyscale images you can explore the wilderness of Dartmoor National Park, in the county of Devon, England. This intriguing landscape has ancient ruins, dramatic tors and and an abundance of wildlife. The images have been digitally rendered from my photographs.

Each image in Drawn to Divine Dartmoor Landscapes is single sided so you can cut out and keep your colouring. 
 
The image below is of Cadover Bridge, which I coloured and then snapped in situ! I have fond memories of this area as there are many places to swim both up and down river from the bridge. My mother would often take me and my two siblings here to swim and play when we were kids and it's a lovely spot when the sun is out.
 
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My next book with be hand inked and on a flower theme.

Tweet your colourings of my pages to @GAdamsPlym and I'll share the best ones.

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Agatha Christie: a visit to her South Devon holiday home

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As a lover and writer of crime fiction, Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors and she also loved south Devon, in the south west of England. 

I'm lucky to live a couple of hours away from her holiday home, Greenway, which is currently managed by the National Trust. The house is set in the 1950s, when Agatha and her family would spend summers and Christmases here with friends. Click here for more info.

After a short boat ride from Dittisham to the quay at Greenway, I had a lovely wander around the gardens, the boathouse made famous by Poirot, and the house itself.

While Christie didn't write here, she did edit her manuscripts and her husband Max wrote about his archaeological finds. The house is full of beautiful things and collections of her family.

Enjoy the photos!

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Sunken pond in the gardens

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The boathouse: scene of the crime in Poirot's Dead Man's Folly

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The drawing room

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Some of the china collection on display - Agatha Christie (and me) loved the tradition of afternoon tea!

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Where Christie's husband Max wrote, in what is known as the fax room

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Her first editions behind glass

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The dining room

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A fountain in the fernery

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The peach house in the north walled garden

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Entrance to the south walled garden

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The little wooden ferry, coming from Dittisham to the quay at Greenway

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A map of the house and grounds

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And not forgetting the traditional cream tea...









 


Puzzle: Can you #findtheicecream among the shells?

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I enjoyed the #findthepanda puzzle and all the variations that came after it, such as storm trroopers and snowmen.
 
When I was looking at ideas for my adult colouring book, Drawn to the Ocean, it was an obvious choice to include a similar puzzle. 
 
However, pandas weren't related to my sea-themed designs, so it became #findtheicecream among the sea shells. I hope people enjoy the puzzle and colouring it.
 
Is this the most difficult puzzle yet? Well, I tried it out on a few people and they all found it eventually but it wasn't quick. I'll let you answer that question!
 

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Good reviews: Murder in the Bougainvillea

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Recently my short novella, Murder in the Bougainvillea, reached the milestone of not just going into double figures, but reaching 15 reviews.

This is on the US Amazon site and I'm very happy that readers like the book with 67% giving it five stars, and 33% giving four stars.

My two non fiction books have been taking up time recently, but now they are both published I'm back to writing the second book in this series, which will be Murder in the Lotus Flower.

I'm nearly through with the first draft, so it should be out before Autumn this year.


Newspaper feature: Drawn to the Ocean

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Hot on the heels of my book being featured in a regional magazine, it's also gone online at a local city paper.

The Herald covers Plymouth and the surrounding area, in the south west of England. The website has hits from all over the world, though mainly the UK.

I'm so pleased with this article and hope there will be many more to come.

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Magazine feature: Drawn to the Ocean

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I was excited and happy to see my new colouring book, Drawn to the Ocean, featured in a regional magazine at the weekend.

West magazine is free within the Western Morning News newspaper every Saturday, which covers the south west of England.

Hopefully this is the start of many features - maybe a national magazine next!

 

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New book published: Divine Dartmoor Walks

My new non-fiction book is a compilation of walks, taken from my other website www.divinedartmoorwalks.co.uk.

The walks on are a guide to the mystery, legend and history that makes Dartmoor National Park a popular destination for walkers. 

Dartmoor in Devon has a rich variety of landscape, from moorland and tors, to forests and reservoirs. It spans 368 square miles (953 sq.km)  and is approximately 22 miles (35 km) east to west and 24 miles (38km) north to south. Add that a wealth of history and archeological remains and you will always find somewhere interesting to explore.

1 Dartmoor coverSMALLYou can download the ebook to your kindle app and avoid carrying a heavy paperback in your rucksack.

Mostly moderate walks, there are also suggestions for longer or shorter routes. 

Discover interesting history and landmarks, as well as magnificent views. 

Only £2.99

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Adult Colouring book published: Drawn to the Ocean

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After months of intense drawing I'm delighted to announce that my first adult colouring book, Drawn to the Ocean, is now for sale on Amazon and Createspace.

I've had great fun creating the designs and now it's over to you to colour them in!

Here is the book information:  This calming collection has 30 beautiful designs for you to colour and enjoy. Take a dip in the ocean with a variety of drawings, including patterns and illustrations, and find relaxation in this mindful activity.

Each image in Drawn to the Ocean is single sided so you can cut out and keep your colouring. It’s the perfect book to de-stress with and to explore your creativity.
 
Now to start work on my next book which will have a flower theme.

I'd also love to see your colourings so tweet them to @GAdamsPlym and I'll share the best ones.

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Creating an adult colouring book

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Painting in watercolours or acrylics has been a relaxing hobby for me. I also love drawing in pen and ink so was delighted to see that these were gaining popularity through adult colouring books.

Being creative, whether it's making earrings or doodling, can be totally absorbing so I can understand why these books have a calming effect on people.

As well as writing fiction, I've also started the first drawing for my own colouring book which will be ocean themed.

As I grew up and still live in the south-west of England, I've found the coastline very inspiring so some of the images will include myths from the area such as mermaids and pirates - though not necessarily on the same page!

All the images will be hand drawn, then scanned into my computer and the first one, pictured above, will be a shell mandala.

The book will be published through Createspace and available on Amazon by late Spring 2016.

In the meantime, happy colouring!