• Book Review,  Reviews

    The Curious Phenomenon of Infrasound – Guest post by Paul Southern.

    Today I have the wonderful Paul Southern on the blog taking about Infrasound, one of the major themes of his new book Killing Sound.   Killing Sound is a book that explores the grey area between science and superstition. It has been described (accurately, I think) as a cross between Inception and The Exorcist. It is a book with big ideas, both mythological and scientific, that deals with magic, séances, spirits and the supernatural and what really lies behind them.   Like a lot of people, I have been fascinated with the supernatural since I was a child, and have often wondered what people meant when they said they saw ghosts. Were…

  • Guest Post

    Guest post: My Epic Train Journey by Kenneth Oppel author of The Boundless

    I love trains, and am always up for an epic journey, so here are five people that I would definitely want with me on the voyage. William Cornelius Van Horne The General Manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), Van Horne’s job was to make sure the railway got built, pushing it west to meet up with the tracks being built into the mountains from Vancouver. Van Horne’s energy and drive were legendary. He joined survey teams and hefted a sixty pound pack through the wilds of the Rockies. No detail of the railway was too small for him to overlook. He had many and varied interests and hobbies, a restlessly…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Louder Than Words Blog Tour: What Influences Me by Laura Jarratt

    Today Laura Jarratt has stopped by the blog to talk about her influences, both for writing in general and for her latest book Louder Than Words. As a baby writer I was very influenced by Kevin Brooks. I remember reading Candy and being blown away that YA fiction could be so hard-hitting. What I love about Kevin’s writing is the rhythm he finds in the words and how that is so important in his writing style. I learned so much about how to write from reading his books, and the most important point was about distinctive voice. You hear the elusive ‘voice’ talked about a lot in writing circles but it’s…

  • Guest Post

    I Predict a Riot Blog Tour: Movies and Mayhem by Catherine Bruton

    Today I have the amazingly awesome Catherine Bruton, author of We Can Be Heroes, POP! and I Predict a Riot, talking about movies and their influence on her books, including I Predict a Riot which came out earlier this month, published by Electric Monkey! I will hand over to Catherine now and maybe you will find something you want to give a watch, or will want to read the book even more  *** When I was a kid, we weren’t allowed to watch much TV. In fact, only Blue Peter, Newsround and Playschool were allowed in our house. No Dr Who, no Grange Hill, no Charlie’s Angels, no Cagney and Lacey (…

  • Guest Post

    Weirdos vs Bumskulls guest post: Character Playlists by Author Natasha Desborough

    Today I have author Natasha Desborough on the blog talking about the playlists she has created for her characters, in preparation for us to read new book, and second in the Weidos series, Weirdos Vs Bumskulls! Be sure to click on the headings of each playlist to go over to Spotify and check them out for yourself!  The book itself came out on May 8th, published by Catnip Publishing, and follows on from Weirdos Vs Quimboids.  *** When I was teenager, I’d make playlists (or compilation tapes as we called them back then) for just about everything: for car journeys, getting ready to go out with friends, shopping trips, TV programmes and to…

  • Guest Post

    Blog Tour: The Right Sort Of People by Katy Cannon – Love, Lies and Lemon Pies author

    Don’t worry. This isn’t a blog post about who you should hang with at lunchtime, or which gangs or cliques to avoid like the plague. Instead, I wanted to write a bit about one of my absolute favourite things in books, films and tv shows – and my favourite thing about writing my YA debut novel, Love, Lies and Lemon Pies.  Community.  For every hero or heroine, there’s always the sidekick, or the best friend, cracking wise alongside. Add in the love interest, the geek who helps out with the techy stuff, the father figure, the tag along, the teacher, the mysterious stranger… a careful selection from millions of possible…

  • Guest Post

    Inspriations for Evie Brooks Marooned In Manhattan: Guest Blog by Sheila Agnew

    Today I have the lovely Sheila Agnew on the blog talking about her inspirations for Evie Brooks: Marooned in Manhattan. My review for the book was up yesterday and it really is a great story for any middle graders out there looking for a nice contemporary story about finding out who you really are. I’ll hand over to Sheila so she can tell you more. I am irresistibly attracted to books that are a combination of darkness and humour. In modern times, that potent mixture is near its very best in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. It’s a semi-autobiographical young adult novel narrated by Arnold Spirit,…

  • Interview

    Q&A with Bethany Anderson, author of Swings & Roundabouts

    Today I have debut author Bethany Anderson on the blog for a quick question and answer session. I loved her book Swings & Roundabouts and if you missed my review yesterday do please nip back and read it! Swings & Roundabouts was published last year by indie publisher Bamboccioni Books and Bethany blogs at Subtle Melodrama.  Your book, Swings & Roundabouts, focuses on mental illness and the possibility of two people who suffer from mental illness being together, how did the story come about and was there any major inspiration for the book? Growing up, there were so many people around me that were dealing with mental illness, or who had friends/family that…

  • Guest Post

    The Legend of Frog Blog Tour: The Ideas Behind The Legend of Frog by Guy Bass

    Every now and again, an idea comes along that’s basically the same at the start as it is at the end. They’re not always the best ideas but they tend to be the ones you can explain in a sentence. “The boy who’s afraid of everything”, “Father Christmas is a secret agent” and so on. Then there are the ideas that start as one thing and grow, slowly, mould-like, into something else. Most of my ideas are like that – rather than the convenience of a lightning bolt of inspiration I begin with an impractically small seed of an idea and have to water it constantly (with coffee) for it…

  • Guest Post

    Looking at the Stars blog tour: Where Do I Belong? By Jo Cotterill

    “No man is an island,” said John Donne, and I absolutely believe that. We need other people; it’s built into our genes. Being alone for too long can do peculiar things to our brains, and I say that as an introvert! It’s a strange thing but all of us, at one time, feel that we don’t ‘fit in’ – and the feeling is uncomfortable. Even those of us who like to stand out and make our mark on society need a group of people who understand our passions and share them. In my new book, Looking at the Stars, Amina is frustrated because she isn’t allowed to go to school…