Wednesday, 15 April 2015

People rocking Arcan hair (even if they don't realise it!)

So this post from Sugarscape came up on my Twitter feed on Sunday morning and made me realised that Arcan protectors' hair is definitely a trend at the moment (even if it is in no way connected to the series anywhere other than in my head). I thought it would be fun to take a moment to celebrate how awesome this is and share some pictures of some would-be Arcans. If I let my imagination really run away with me I can pretend it's because someone is turning the series into a film...

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{photos from glamourmagazine.co.uk}

  

Sunday, 12 April 2015

UKYA Day

Today I am sort of wishing I was back at work (almost) as I know I could have put together a great reading list and display in the library for UKYA. In case you have somehow managed to miss all of the amazing stuff happening on Twitter, UKYA day has been organised by Lucy at Queen of Contemporary. There have been some great Twitter Q&As and live author chats and I have really enjoyed checking it all out. Since I can't organise anything at work, I'm going to have to settle for a virtual reading list on here. Below is a list of some of my favourite UKYA books.

  

Half Bad by Sally Green
I loved this book! It's sort of a fantasy take on racial segregation, with lots of magic and action thrown in. I still haven't bought Half Wild and I meant to pick up one of the signed copies Waterstones had, but I think I've left it too late now, which is a shame. 

Harry Potter by JK Rowling
I don't think I need to say any more. Although I do want to add that I am very excited about the illustrated version coming out this autumn!

She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgewick
I read this one in the library last year and thought it was brilliant. A thriller/mystery told from the perspective of a blind teenager.


  


Guitar Girl and the Diary of a Crush series by Sarra Manning
I read these books while I was at school and really enjoyed them. I think Diary of a Crush remains the only series my best friend has ever read, and she finished them all within the space of a week. I think one of the best things about UKYA is that it's so good to read about teenagers in British schools, doing very British things like going festivals or on school trips to France. I find UK contemporary YA is often easier to relate to than books from elsewhere.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Another book where I really need to get hold of the sequel soon. It took me a little while to get into The Bone Season, but once I did I was hooked. It was mostly read in the early hours of the morning while up with my daughter.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
I guess this series wasn't originally written as YA, but it fits the category well. I love the world(s!) of His Dark Materials and have always wished I had a daemon.

I'm going to cut this post short now as my daughter is having an 'I don't want to be put down' day, but other UKYA authors I love are Celia Rees, Adele Geras (Troy is the reason I love Classical mythology so much, it is AMAZING and everyone should read it), Annabel Pitcher, Anthony Horowitz and Patrick Ness. Hopefully at some point soon I'll be able to go back to this post and write a proper summary for each of these authors!

There. That would have looked so nice displayed on the library book shelf...

Friday, 20 March 2015

Smashwords

Air is now available on Smashwords. This means that it will also soon be available on at Kobo, Barnes & Noble and iBooks. I will update with links once I have them.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Air Release Day!

Air is now available to download from Amazon! I can't wait to hear what you all think of the conclusion to the series. I'm a little sad that it's over but I'm also feeling really proud - and excited about all the ideas I want to move onto next!

I do have some short story ideas for Elements of Power, so this may not be the forever-end for the series (there's a Tristan sub-plot from book two which I would like to give some space too...) but it is a definite goodbye to Jasmine, Roxy and Brae.

Writing this series has been a huge learning curve for me and I feel like my writing has improved so much as a result. Next week, I will post some of my favourite moments and quotes from the series, but for now I will just leave you with all those lovely Amazon links. 

UK \\ US \\ Germany \\ France \\ Spain \\ Italy \\ Netherlands \\ Japan \\ Brazil \\ Canada \\ Mexico \\ Australia \\ India

Once you've had the chance to read it. Please let me know what you think.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Air Pre-order

Air is now available for pre-order on Amazon! It will then be delivered straight to your Kindle on Thursday 12th March. You can find it at the following links:
UK \\ US \\ Germany \\ France \\ Spain \\ Italy \\ Netherlands \\ Japan \\ Brazil \\ Canada \\ Mexico \\ Australia \\ India

Thursday, 5 March 2015

One Week to Go!

Yes, you read that correctly! There is only one more week until you can read Air and finish the Elements of Power series. In the mean time, make sure that you add Air to your goodreads shelf and keep an eye on the blog for further updates and info.

Let me know in the comments if you're rooting for Roxy or Jasmine.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Monthly Recap: February

Some day, I'll manage to post this on the first of the month...




The Winner's Curse

Read just in time for The Winner's Crime, which I will be buying as soon as I finish Bringing Up Bebe (which is the first physical book I have read in a long time!). There seem to be a lot of books that focus on dystopian-racism at the moment (the first book on my March reading list is The Red Queen). TWC had some great characterisation, fantastic plot twists (particularly the end) and I liked that the society reminded me of ancient Greece/Rome.

The Guantanamo Diary

This should be required reading. Chilling, thought-provoking and extremely well written (to the point where I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction).

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Very funny. I definitely identified with Lara Jean's feelings on driving! I could never quite tell where this book was going next and it took me quite a while to decide what I even wanted to happen next. I am really looking forward to book two.


So far, I'm two books ahead on my Goodreads challenge :) I've also made some progress on the Pop Sugar challenge, which you can see here. I'm currently on book two for March after I devoured The Red Queen in a couple of days.