AN author has published her second children's book just under a year after launching her first.

Sam Scott had been a writer on-and-off for around 14 years before publishing her first children's book in August.

The Wickham Bishops author signed a three-book deal with Stanhope Books and launched the first instalment in the series last year.

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Sophie Spirit and the Batting Manor Mystery was inspired by a young girl who Sam met and follows a deaf girl with a rare medical condition.

Sam's new book, Saving Shrin Gala, is an action adventure tale for children aged 7 to 13 years old.

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The story follows four remarkable best friends, Reggie, Seamus, Paxton and Jasmin, who are called upon to save an ancient and hidden civilisation.

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Mary, owner of Hawthorns Home for Foundling Children, is the only mother the children have ever known.

After receiving the devastating news their home must close, the four are whisked away on a holiday where disaster strikes.

Readers travel with the children to the far reaches of the world as they combine their special abilities to overcome the enemy and find their way back to Mary.

Saving Shrin Gala is out now to buy on Amazon for £6.99.