END OF SUMMER...
Well, Summer is over… actually, it has been over for quite a while here in drizzly Scotland! Sigh! It’s time for me to settle down and make a start on my brand new book, Cherry Crush. I spent a few days down in Somerset researching the background (see the photo of me below), and now I’m ready to write!
The winners of the Cupcakes & Kisses Giveaway have been selected so click here to see if you are one of our winners! We had so many entries that we chose 200 winners instead of 150 so that even more of you can enjoy my mini book.
This Autumn, I am planning to run a series of reader reports/interviews from readers I have been lucky enough to meet over the last few months. I’m starting off with a piece by reader Connie, who came to see me in Carlisle in january and again in Preston in July. Here is Connie’s report!
Meeting Cathy Cassidy…
On Saturday 31st January, I met the amazing Cathy… I felt like THE luckiest girl ever! We chatted about our favourite places that we had been to, and also her inspirations. Also she told me how she came up with the material for her amazing books and we confessed to each other which one was our favourite… Ssh it’s a secret!
I could not believe it when I was with her, it was like a dream. A hot chocolate with Cathy Cassidy!!
I met Cathy again recently on July 11th at Preston for the booksigning of her new book “Angel Cake.” Sadly, we didn’t have as long to chat but all the same, I was there right?
These lucky days couldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for my supportive family, my encouraging friends and of course, my Idol Cathy Cassidy. Thank you all for everything!
great, i love somerset and am waiting for your new books to come out!
I can't wait till your new book comes out. I can read it instead of wathcing playhouse disney with my little sister. Yay.
I wasn't one of those lucky winners for the Cupcakes and kisses comp. I live overseas. Is there anywhere else I can get the Cupcakes and Kisses book from?
- emily says…
WIN CUPCAKES & KISSES MINIBOOK!
That’s right, if you missed getting Cupcakes & Kisses free with Mizz mag in July, or if you live overseas, this is YOUR chance to win two fab copies of the fab mini-book… one for you, and one for a friend!
Just click the CUPCAKES & KISSES comp link and send your entry in… it couldn’t be easier! I’ve has lots of emails from readers overseas who were sad to be missing out on the minibook, and this comp is open to readers all around the world, so everyone is welcome to enter!
If you are one of the lucky 150 to be selected at random, you’ll receive TWO copies of CUPCAKES & KISSES, one for you to keep and one to give to a special friend… perhaps someone who also loves my books, or maybe someone who hasn’t yet discovered them! What better way to spread the word?
If you’re reading this in the UK/Ireland, enjoy the last few weeks of the holidays… and if you are overseas, hope the sun is shining on you too! Wherever you are, if why not send a pic of your fave character from Angel Cake in to the YOUR PICS page? Go for it! Or send me a pic of you and your bezzie for the YOUR PHOTOS page, and sign up for the FRIENDSHIP CHARTER too! Cool…
Life is sweet,
Cathy Cassidy xxx
When I got the newsletter, I signed up to the competition straight away! I hope I will win.
oh cool im the first to coment lol:P
i just signed up for it! and i hopeiwin hhehehe
Hope I win,
good luck to every one!!
- Chloe says…
GIRLS CAN'T CATCH COMP
My lovely publishers Puffin Books and Fascination Records have given me 4 VIP tickets (one for you, your bezzie mate and your two favourite grown ups) to see the fab new band Girls Can’t Catch at the iTunes Festival in London next Monday, 27th July. Daisy, Phoebe and Jess from Girls Can’t Catch joined in all the National Best Friends’ Day fun with me at Waterstone’s in London on 4th July and it’s great to be linked up with them.
The Saturdays and Sophie Ellis-Bextor are also playing at the concert next Monday so it should be a cool night out. All you have to do to get your hands on these four VIP tickets is email me at GIRLS CAN’T CATCH COMP and you will be entered into a prize draw. Put ‘Girls Can’t Catch VIP tickets’ in the subject header of the email. The closing date is Thursday 23rd July. If you haven’t heard Girls Can’t Catch yet, check out their website www.girlscantcatch.com and listen to their fab new single ‘Keep Your Head Up’ which is released on 3rd August.
Terms and conditions:
- Puffin and Fascination Records will not cover travel or accommodation expenses or any other expenses incurred
- The prize draw is open to the over 9s only. If you are under 16 you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
- Closing date is Thursday 23rd July
- The winners must be available to attend the concert on the date specified (Monday 27th July) and if you’re not we will offer the prize to someone else
Hello these tickets sound great!!! I'm sort of entering this comp but I also wanted to tell you that my big brothers' girlfriend is called Kerensa. It's cornish and it means love. Maybe it could be a caracter of a new book, as it's so unusual!
Wow! Sooo entering...Ilove you Cathy!!! :-D
Omg! I love the saturdays and the new band Girls can't catch have such a cathy song! I have entered fingers and toes are crossed!
- Kate says…
All you have to do is click onto the FRIENDSHIP CHARTER link and read the six simple promises there… they are things I’ve come up with along with ChildLine the fab children’s charity, with the aim of helping young people all around the world to make their friendships stronger. Are you ready to say ‘no’ to bullying and ‘yes’ to the power of friendship? Then sign up online on the FRIENDSHIP CHARTER link!
We want to get 20,000 names on that charter by next National Best Friends’ Day, so I need you all to sign up… and to tell your friends and classmates to do the same! If you are outside the UK, please sign up too, and spread the message to your friendship group. We really can make a difference! You can even print out a certificate to say you’ve signed up… go for it! Don’t forget to let me know if you do sign up!
I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone I met on my fab UK tour, and to all the schools, libraries and bookshops for making me so welcome. It’s great to now you are all enjoying Angel Cake! Have YOU read it yet? What do you think? I hope you like it!
sounds great xx :)#
I finished Angel Cake last night. My favourite part was when "Santa Claus" offers Jozef a job. I was upset at the part where Dan finds his dad with another woman. Dan is so upset that he doesn't give his dad a chance to speak. Keep writing, Cathy! Your books make time pass so swiftly. You have an excellent talent, and let's hope that when I'm thirty, (nineteen years away) you'll still be writing.
Zoe S says…
I had a great time meeting you in Waterstones, Lodon. I signed up for the friendship charter and sent an email to everyone on my contact list to ask them to sign up too! I have also been spreading the word at school.
- adele says…
HAPPY NATIONAL BEST FRIENDS' DAY!
Today is National Best Friends’ Day. You might choose to have a pamper party or a picnic, a cake sale or a sleepover. Whatever you do, enjoy spending time with your friends celebrating the power of friendship.
I will be at Waterstone’s in Piccadilly signing books and taking part in lots of friendship celebrations. Come along to join in and for the chance to meet fab new girl band GIRLS CAN’T CATCH and to sign my huge Friendship Charter.
If you can’t make it to London, every single Waterstone’s store is doing something very special – you might just be in for a scrumptious surprise, so pop along and see if you’re a lucky winner!
The main thing is to have an amazing time with your friends! Make sure you send your photos of your celebrations so we can put the best ones up online. Just click here and make sure you put NBFD in the ‘What’s your picture of’ box.
Go for it!
my best friend means the world to me we have been friends since she was born because our mums are friends we live 2 hrs away from eachother and i miss her a lot!!
Hi Cathy, my BFFs mean the world to me! I counld not belif it when one moved school I cryed my eyes out! But she missed the school so much she moved back after about 2 or 3 weeks I was ssssoooo happy =o)!One of my best friends has be my friend ever since play school and my other best friend has been my best friend since i started Primary School!Now i'm in yr6 i am going to move up to a difforent school and my bffs are coming with me! i cant wate!I LOVE MY BFFS =O)
my best friend is awesome ive known her since iwas three were nirly sisters she is always there for me even when i feel i cant trust anyone i can trust her
- amber says…
CUPCAKES, KISSES... & GIRLS CAN'T CATCH!!!
My brand new mini book, Cupcakes & Kisses, is out NOW, free, in MIZZ magazine... grab yourself a copy and don’t miss out! Tell your friends, too, because that issue is only on sale for two weeks! Cupcakes & Kisses has a brand new short story, the lowdown on boys, some sweet treat ideas and lots of ideas for how YOU can celebrate National Best Friends Day on July 4th.
And speaking of National Best Friends Day, if you are in or near London – or if you fancy a trip to the big city – come along to Waterstone’s in Piccadilly and join in the amazing NBFD fun! Fab, new, up & coming girl-band GIRLS CAN’T CATCH will be popping in to join in the fun, and of course, I’ll be signing books from 1.00pm.
There will also be lots of Friendship Festival fun, lots of sweet treats, some ‘Random Acts Of Kindness’ goodies AND a chance to sign up to my fab Friendship Charter!
Not in London? Don’t worry! Every Waterstone’s store on mainland Britain is taking part in the NBFD fun, so see what is happening at your local one on July 4th… you might be lucky enough to walk away with a ‘Random Act of Kindness’ treat! And I can’t wait to see what you have planned for your own NBFD celebrations… wherever you may live! Get planning, and don’t forget to send me some pics!
I am just about to set off on my UK tour, and I will be doing public events/ signings at Waterstone’s Bluewater, Kent; Waterstone’s, Bristol; Borders, Cambridge; Guildhall, Winchester; Waterstone’s, Piccadilly; Huddersfield Children’s Bookshop; Huddersfield Lindley Library; Waterstone’s Blackpool; Borders, Preston; & Waterstones, Liverpool One. See the EVENTS page for more details… and see you there!
Fauve Kilcar says…
Heyo Cathy!! Are you coming to Ireland for a book tour soon??? I love your books!!! I have 2 best friends nd I'm going to do something with both of them, like watch movies and make cookie and eat them of course!! xxxx
Zoe S says…
Can't wait for July 4th. The band sounds great! I will be coming to London and have also put up posters around school about the event. Thank you for sending me the goodies too. My friend was thrilled when I gave her a copy of cupcakes and kisses and newsletter etc. I absolutely loved Angel Cake and Cupcakes and Kisses too. Thank You.
Heya Cathy, Thanks for the copies of Cupcakes and Kisses, it is great! i liked Lilys Story. keep writing! luv from mollie x
- Fauve Kilcar says…
A TASTE OF ANGEL CAKE!!!
Angel Cake is out in just TWO WEEKS in the UK & Ireland… wooo!!! Readers in Australia & New Zealand, where the book is out right now, seem to be loving it, so make sure YOU don’t miss out!
Don’t forget that on THURSDAY JUNE 25th MIZZ mag are giving away another fab CC mini book… CUPCAKES & KISSES. And of course, it’s totally free! There’s a brand new short story, all the low-down on boys, a whole bunch of cool cake recipes and all the latest on National Best Friends Day on July 4th. Don’t miss out… ask your newsagent to reserve you a copy of MIZZ today!
Speaking of National Best Friends Day, how are you planning to celebrate with YOUR friends? Tell me your cool ideas and send in any pics you have of the day itself! If you are near London on NBFD, July 4th, come along to WATERSTONES in Piccadilly to join me for a fab NBFD celebration… and get your copy of Angel Cake signed! Details – and news of where I will be on my June/July tour – are on the EVENTS section of the website. There will be lots of cool treats and some random acts of kindness going on at Waterstones stores all around the country on NBFD, too, so mark July 4th in your diary and pop down to your local Waterstones to get your hands on ANGEL CAKE. Life is sweet!
Wow, I cannot WAIT for Angel Cake to come out. I've got a Waterstones gift card (only half used) so I'll have fun spending the rest of it!
Hugs, happiness, and custard doughnuts,
Angel Cake is fab! I loved all of it! It is definitely one of Cathy's best books! The Angel cakes recipe is really good, the cakes i made were really yummy!
I also can't wait until July 4th as i am having a party with my friends - Hannah, Ailis, Megan, Laura, Megan and Charlotte!
From Mollie x x x
P.S: I can't wait to get the copy of mizz with cupcakes and kisses in!!
i cant wait but im on hoiday in hong kong when both angel cake and the mizz giveaway coms out. are ther any othr chances 2 gt the cupcakes and kisses book? thnx beve x
- Sonal says…
NATIONAL BEST FRIENDS DAY... YAY!!!
It’s time to decide how YOU’RE going to celebrate the first ever Cathy Cassidy National Best Friends Day... so you’re ready to join in the fun when July 4th rolls around! NBFD has kind of grown out of the annual My Best Friend Rocks comp... it’s a way EVERYONE can get together and celebrate friendship… with a little bit of cake stirred in for good measure, of course!
So… what do you need to do?
1. Check out the new NBFD page on the website and start planning your own party/picnic/sleepover for NBFD! There are lots of ideas, plus some cool downloads… everything you need to create your own extra-cool NBFD event! It’s all about friendship, fun, laughter… and cake! What’s not to like?
2. Join the Friendship Charter Challenge! I’d like 20,000 people to sign up to the CC Friendship Charter before NBFD 2010… it’s the perfect way to keep your friendship strong and show your best friends just how much they mean to you. Tell your classmates about it, too… let’s start off a friendship frenzy!!!
3. Come along to Waterstones, Piccadilly, London between 1-3-pm on NBFD itself, July 4th… and celebrate NBFD with ME!!! I will be signing copies of my new book Angel Cake, unveiling a giant Friendship Charte and launching NBFD in style! There will be Friendship Festival events, Random Acts of Kindness goodies and lots of yummy surprises… the event is free, so come along with your friends and celebrate NBFD with me!
What are you waiting for? Let me know how YOU’LL be celebrating… and spread the word!!!
Hi CC! I'm interested in throwing a massive sleepover for my mates and celebrating NBFD. I'd never actually heard of it a year ago, but now its a MAJOR date on my calender!
PS. I tried out for that dream team but didn't make cut, but I'm going to do what I said I would anyway!
WOW I will defininatly pop down to my local waterstones and get a surprise! I think its amazing to celebrate friendship!
Oh I was in London the other day!I wish I was there in two days!Happy NBFD!
- Kate says…
LOLLY CAKE LAND....
Hi again… I have just finished my few days in New Zealand, a fab place where I discovered lolly cake… (thanks Belynda!) and met lots of FAB fans! Thanks to everyone in Auckland and Wellington who came to see me at The Children’s Bookshop in Auckland, Takapuna Library and The Children’s Bookstore Kilbirnie… and to the cool kids in the schools I visited, too! You were all brilliant.
Now I am off back to Australia, to melbourne this time, for the very last leg of my tour… so see you there! Keep the posts and emails coming, and watch out for the secrets of lolly cake, too!!!
Lolly cake sounds delish. I wish I could try it! Hope you have a great time in Melbourne!
I am a really big fan! It was so great to meet you!
Your speech at the Takapuna Library was awesome...
It really inspired me
did you only go to auckland and wellington
- Hannah says…
Hey everyone… I am just leaving Singapore after a FAB few days and heading off to Australia. First I’ll be in Sydney, then Brisbane… then I am flying off to NZ for a couple of days and finally finishing off in Melbourne!
Soooo…. if you’re in Aus/NZ and not sure where I will be, or when, just click the CAMPER link on my website and you’ll find all the details. See you there!!!
If you are in the UK, check the CAMPER link anyway, because all my UK dates for the Angel Cake tour in July are up there too!
I’m really sorry I cannot visit every part of Australia, but it’s a pretty big place… if I don’t get out to see you this time, I’ll do my best next time around! If you are coming to one of the events, send a comment through the link below… and if you’re not, send one anyway!!!
Thanks again to all the brilliant readers I met in Singapore… a special thanks to the girls from United World College, The Australian School and Raffles Girls Primary; and also to everyone who came along to the Kinokuniya Bookstore and Borders Bookstore events; and to the fab winners of the Best Friends Photo Comp (Borders) and the MBFR Singapore Comp (Kinokuniya). It was great to meet you all!
Better go catch that plane now… keep posting the messages, and see you soon!
Hi Cathy thank-you for saying hi to my sister shes fine now!Cool.I would really like to go to Australia,one of my friends comes from Australia and she loved it so I'm sure you will too!
It was nice of you to visit Cathy! Thanks for signing my book !
Angeline Tan says…
Hey, Cath! Have you read my stories yet? I'm writing a story about two cats who have to choose one choice.Each other or live in different places. I am writing the story on the book-Little book of friendship.
- Bonnie says…