A Christmas Tail story reading at Gold Coast Christmas Markets

This year A Christmas Tail co-authored by Donna Smith and Helen Ross, featured upon invitation, at the Gold Coast Christmas Markets, Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast.

As Helen lives in Brisbane, she was able to attend featured story telling sessions on Friday 19 December and Sunday 21 December 2014.

Story snopsis:

Melanie, Monty and baby Peter Mouse live in a doll’s house called Cherrywood Cottage. The Mouse family are full of excitement as they await the arrival of Santa Paws. However, an unlikely turn of events sets about a hilarious twist to their Christmas festivities. Find out how Santa Paws loses his trousers.

Any one familiar with this site or the picture book knows that Peter Mouse is the ‘star’ of this delightful tale, however Rupert Rat, who also appears in the story, decided he wanted to be the ‘star’ at the Gold Coast markets.

So here are some pics taken over the weekend – Rupert hogging the photos.


Click on each image to enlarge; also can be viewed as a slideshow.

And if you are looking at downloading the eBook before Christmas, click here -will take you directly to the Amazon link. The eBook is also available on iTunes.

A Christmas Tail is also available in Hardback and Paperback versions on Amazon and other major online bookstores.

Christmas in July…

Newspaper article A Christmas TailCheck out who appeared in the paper!   What a great photo.  As we gear up to celebrate Christmas in July, Peter Mouse is putting on all the trimmings. I think the long hot summer has sent him a tad nutty.  He has been tucked away in Cherrywood Cottage for months working on winter activities and winter holiday celebrations.  Stay posted as we celebrate Christmas in July!


Review of A Christmas Tail

Spider Ink Press is excited to have received another lovely review for A Christmas Tail, co-authored by Donna Smith and Helen Ross.  Illustrations by Aaron Pocock.

The review is by Anastasia of  Kids-bookreviewKids-Book review is a well respected children’s literature and book review site.

To view the link, please click here:  http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2013/12/review-christmas-tail.html

Blogstop: Donna and Helen visit Dawn Meredith’s writing corner

Well it has been a busy couple of weeks for Donna Smith and Helen Ross, celebrating the cyber launch of their co-authored picture book, A Christmas Tail published by  us at Spider Ink Press.
And the lovely  Dawn Meredith, a published children’s author, teacher and workshop leader kindly invited these two busy authors to her writing corner, as part of the launch festivities.
So grab a cuppa, and find out a little more about how A Christmas Tail came about.
Link at:



Thanks again Dawn.

Amazon 50% eBook discount ends this weekend.

Hi everyone. Apologies to talk eBook sales on a Sunday but it looks like our 50% discount on A Christmas Tail, co-authored by Donna Smith and Helen Ross, is still available on Amazon.

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If you are thinking of purchasing the eBook format of our children’s picture book, I would suggest you order today.  The offer is due to finish this weekend, whereby the price will go back to $9.99.

Also, if you are thinking of purchasing the hardback version, you may wish to purchase the eBook first.  This would give you a wonderful opportunity to check out the story before your hardback purchase.

The link to the eBook and hardback formats of A Christmas Tail is  below:


Also, if you are familiar with A Christmas Tail you will know that cheesecake  treats are an all time favourite of all the characters.  I loooooove them.  So if you are in a baking mood, you may wish to try this yummy dessert – Mini cheese cake cookies.



Click here for the recipe.




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