• 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…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Breaking Butterflies by M Anjelais Blog Tour: Review

    “When my mother was a little girl, she walked to the playground by herself every day after school. I can picture it easily; photos of her as a child are almost indistinguishable from photos of me when I was little. I used to look at her old yellow-edged school photographs a lot. My mother had a shy, quiet look a round face, and the same straight brown hair I used to have, though in every picture hers was pulled back from her forehead in two tight little pigtails.”  One day Sphinx’s mother met a girl who would change her life. Her and Leigh would be friends forever and that friendship…

  • 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,…

  • Guest Post

    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea blog tour: Top 5 UK Inspirations by April G. Tucholke

    Today I have author April G Tucholke on the blog to share with us her top five UK inspirations for her novel Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Today is also release day for the novel so if you like what you see here, and my review, you should definitely go buy the book…. in fact even if you didn’t you like why you see you should buy it anyway because it is awesome! Top Five UK Inspirations: 1. Jane Eyre 2. The abandoned railroad tunnel behind Violet’s home, the one that supposedly hides Blue Hoffman and the monstrous children, is based on a real place. When I lived in Scotland I…

  • Interview

    Q&A With Danielle L. Jensen – Stolen Songbird Blog Tour

    Your book, Stolen Songbird, features Witches and Trolls and other magical creatures. Do you have a favourite fantasy race? If we are talking humanoid races, I’d have to say elves. This primarily stems from reading Dragonlance novels when I was in my younger teenage years.                 Have there been any major fantasy series or authors who inspired Stolen Songbird, or other genre of books and authors of course!? There was no particular author who inspired me to write Stolen Songbird, but there were plenty that inspired my love of fantasy. Eddings, Tolkien, McCaffrey, Hambly, Jordan, Weis & Hickman, and Martin were all authors I read extensively in my younger years. …

  • Guest Post

    Fate & ‘What If’… Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick & Suzanne Young Blog Tour

    Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick & Suzanne Young concentrates on fate and the ‘what if’ people can think when they make one choice over another. I loved the book for this and it got me thinking about my own ‘what if’s in my life and my feelings towards fate. I don’t want to believe in fate, I don’t want to think that our whole life is mapped out in front of us and we have no say in the decisions we make. I loved Just Like Fate because it showed certain things that relate to my feelings towards fate and it gave us a ‘what if’ option. There have…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Devil In the Corner Blog Tour: Introducing Maud by Patricia Elliott

    Today I have Patricia Elliott on the blog introducing her newest book’s main character and how the character came about. This coincides with the publication of the book, The Devil in The Corner, which came out today from Hodder Children’s books. ***  It is hard sometimes to know whether the plot or the characters came first when you have finished writing a novel. The plot of The Devil in the Corner and its main character, Maud Greenwood, more or less happened together. I knew I needed someone who was vulnerable, who had had a troubled past and carried a burden of guilt.  So Maud was born and in many ways she had been waiting…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Half Bad Blog Tour: Part One – Press Ups by Sally Green

    HALF BAD part one press-ups The routine is OK. Waking up to sky and air is OK.  Waking up to the cage and the shackles is what it is. You can’t let the cage get to you. The shackles rub but healing is quick and easy, so what’s to mind?  The cage is loads better now that the sheepskins are in. Even when they’re damp they’re warm. The tarpaulin over the north end was a big improvement too. There’s shelter from the worst of the wind and rain. And a bit of shade if it’s hot and sunny. Joke! You’ve got to keep your sense of humour.  So the routine…

  • 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

    Dead Ends Blog Tour: Introducing Billy D by Erin Lange

    Thanks so much for letting me stop by today to introduce Billy D., from my new book, DEAD ENDS. It’s difficult for an author to pick a favorite character from her own books, but if pressed, I would have to say I love Billy D. above them all. He is a younger teen with Down’s syndrome, but his condition defines him no more than any of his other traits, which include endless optimism and quite a bit of cunning. Billy D. struggles with school, especially reading and writing, but he chooses to focus on his strengths. In fact, he is confident almost to a fault. “I don’t need a geography…