Anouncing Time on a Greased Toboggan

Laura Harrison McBride has recently completed a new book of dystopian poetry, called Time on a Greased Toboggan. This volume includes several artworks by the author. The volume has been released on Kindle and in print. Two print version are available. One with full colour illustrations and in grayscale for those on a budget .

A sample poem can be found here, along with links to purchase your copy whether it is Kindle or paperback.

Time on a Greased Toboggan Words and Pictures by Laura Harrison McBride

Announcing Hush Now

A recent colaboration between Michell C. Fitzsimmons, author and Laura Harrison McBride, illustrator, has produced a new preschool or early reader, fully illustrated book, Hush Now. This new book is a story about a family of owls that live a tree house on Habitat Drive. Habitat Drive is also the name of the book series that will feature other woodland animals common in Britain. Hush Now is the first in the series.

Hush Now Words by Michelle C. Fitzsimmons Illustrated by Laura Harrison McBride

Bijou to the Rescue has arrived!

Muffin Dog Press is happy to announce the release of Bijou to the Rescue. This the second in a series, Allo Bijou!,  of books about a little English dog who moves to France.

Bijou to the Rescue finds Bijou and her new friend Camille at the beach.
The two dogs enjoy the sun and sand while waiting for their friend Maurice and his family to join them. It should be perfect, especially for Bijou who finds the warm beaches of the South of France much to her liking after the colder shores of her native England.

One day, playtime ends when the two friends hear a whimper of distress and decide they must investigate.

See how it ends for Bijou in this new adventure about the little British mixed-breed and her group of international friends.

The book contains around 8 illustrations by the author.


Bijou to the Rescue by Nora Ned McBride


New Release – The Ancient Wisdom of Cats

Muffin Dog Press is happy to announce the new release of The Ancient Wisdom of Cats, words by Laura Harrison McBride and photography by Rachel Burch.

Cats have nine lives. Don’t you think there are a few things you could learn from them? And what if they were magical cats who lived on ancient, druid Dartmoor, deep in the ancient south of England? Here are magical cats of Dartmoor, come to help you affirm everything you’ve always wanted…and charm you as well with their antics all over the sacred spots of romantic, exotic Dartmoor. A perfect gift to yourself and your spirit helpers, or as a gift for a friend who loves cats, magick, or exotic places.

The Ancient Wisdom of Cats by Laura Harrison McBride & Rachel Burch
The Ancient Wisdom of Cats by Laura Harrison McBride & Rachel Burch

Tavistock Christmas Festival Opening Today!

The St. Eustachious Church in Tavistock starts it’s annual Christmas Tree Festival today, 28th November 2014.  Muffin Dog Press has decorated a tree for the event.  The theme is “A Book, a Biscuit and a cup of tea!”

If you are in the Market town of Tavistcock, in the next few weeks, please take a moment to visit the festival and the see the many tress on display.

After that the tree will available to view at Tavistock’s Devon Library, near the Warf on Plymouth Road.



Tavistock Christmas Tree Festival Update

500px-Xmas_tree_animatedNews Flash!

The festive season is approaching, so it’s time for all good Muffin Dogs to fetch their Christmas decor down from storage and see what’s worth putting up.

One thing well worth it will be a first for Muffin Dog Press. We will decorate a tree for the annual Christmas Tree Festival at St. Eustachius Church, Tavistock, Devon, UK.

Each year, as many as 9,000 visitors view the trees. Often, the groups or people who have decorated a tree will give it to a local service organization for part of their festive Christmas treeseason decorations. The Muffin Dog Press tree, to be themed “A book, a biscuit and a cup of tea,” will be displayed after the festival by the Tavistock Public Library.

If you’d like to see the tree, and the approximately 70 others that generally decorate the ancient, historic church during the festival, pop along at 2:30 p.m. on November 28, 2014 for the short opening ceremony, or stop by during the week while the church is open, or view them before or after a service between November 28 and December 7.

The Luminous Shadow of the Muse

The Luminous Shadow of the Muse, by Laura Harrison McBride.
The Luminous Shadow of the Muse, by Laura Harrison McBride.

Poems of Cornwall and the Atlantic Rim.

The Luminous Shadow of the Muse explores what’s left behind when humans confront their lives…the feelings, hungers, pains, and joys, but beneath it all, the changes begun by everything a person does, and the activities altered by everything a human thinks.

This volume is at times gentle, at times cogent and at times just plain unsentimental as it explores the big and small facets of modern life. It moves through space and time, from the 1950s to now, from the gentle breezes of the Cornish coast to the fug of midtown Manhattan. It assesses marriage, families and the single life. Dogs and horses. Food and drink. It will make you laugh, remember your past, and assess the difficult situations of your life. While the poems are based on one woman’s experience on two continents, the emotions are universal. It is a spiritual journey, from birth to the late years of life. It examines, it suggests, it informs, it delights in the way it uses the majestically malleable English language to cast a beam of light on human life in the noughties.

Out now on Kindle and in print