• 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…

  • 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…

  • Guest Post

    The Waking World Blog Tour – The films that inspired The Waking World by Tom Huddleston

    In my daily life, when I’m not writing books, I write about film for Time Out magazine. Since early childhood I’ve been obsessed with films, I used to collect sticker books and soundtrack albums and posters, and was always begging my mother to take me to the cinema. So it’s hardly surprising that, when I came to write ‘The Waking World’ I took inspiration as much from movies as from books. Here’s just a few of the films I thought about while I was writing. Excalibur John Boorman’s epic retelling of the King Arthur stories is quite violent and not really meant for children, but it’s without doubt the film…

  • Guest Post

    Little White Lies Blog Tour – The Soundtrack by Katie Dale

    Ever wondered what the soundtrack to your favourite book would be if it were a movie? I thought it would be fun to have a go, so here are the songs that I think would be perfect for the soundtrack to my new YA thriller, Little White Lies… Enjoy!  This Is Not Me Delta Goodrem  Starting university is all about reinventing yourself, but Louise Shepherd has gone a step further, even changing her name in her bid to hide her true identity from everyone she meets. Until she bumps into an old school-friend, Kenny. He promises to keep Lou’s secret – but can she trust him? Yellow – Coldplay  Lou’s…

  • Guest Post

    Blog Tour: United We Spy by Ally Carter

    Today marks the publication of the sixth and final book in the Gallagher Girls Series, United We Spy, and I am proud to be a part of the fantastic blog tour that the UK publishers Orchard have set up. So you are used to having a blog tour involving the author of said book, I know, however for the UK United We Spy blog tour it was decided to do something a little different. On this tour us bloggers are sharing our love of the Gallagher Girls series with you and especially talking about our favourite characters! So my post may be a little different to the others on the…

  • Interview

    Blog Tour: Ink by Amanda Sun Q&A

    Today I have a Q&A with Author Amanda Sun as part of her blog tour for the release of Ink, the first in her Japanese contemporary fantasy trilogy, The Paper Gods. If you want to read my review of the book please click here.  *** Drawings sometimes come to life in Ink when Katie and Tomohiro are in close proximity to one another. What one piece of artwork would you most like to see come to life it it were possible? Great question! One of my favourite painters is Michael Whelan. I’ve always loved the vast fantasy landscapes he paints, and how creative they are, so I think I’d choose…

  • Guest Post

    Dead Jealous Blog Tour: Will the real Lake District please step forward! By Sharon Jones

    Today I have the wonderful Sharon Jones, author of the contemporary murder mystery Dead Jealous, on the blog talking about settings and in particular, The Lake District. The setting of Dead Jealous was one of the things that really made the book stand apart from others when I read it and I love hearing more about how Sharon came up with that and what kind of prompting that took. So enough of me wittering on, over to Sharon…  *** For me, writing a place is just like writing a character. I need to know its moods, its strengths and weaknesses. I need to be able to see it in my…

  • Guest Post

    Rachel Ward Blog Tour: When I Grow Up…

    Someone asked Neil Gaiman, the brilliant writer of ‘The Graveyard Book’ and many others, ‘I want to be an author when I grow up. Am I insane?’ His answer: ‘Yes. Growing up is highly overrated. Just be an author.’I’m 48. I’ve got a house, a car, a husband, two kids, a dog and four chickens. It sounds pretty grown up, right? And sometimes I feel pretty grown up too – when I pay my credit card bill or get someone in to unblock the drains or arrange travel insurance, Other times too, when I lose myself in looking after other people – when my kids are ill or unhappy or tired…

  • Guest Post

    The Shadow Lantern Guest Post: The Mysteries of Inspiration by Teresa Flavin

    The number one question children ask me when I visit their school is: where do your ideas come from? I have one or two colleagues who have amusing answers – ‘from the idea store’, for example – but I’ve never been able to think of more clever answers than ‘from things I like’ or ‘things I’ve read about’. But perhaps I should add ‘from things that intrigued me when I was your age’. This last category applies to one aspect of my new book, The Shadow Lantern, the final adventure in my fantasy-mystery trilogy for age nine and older. In addition to the magical paintings, labyrinths, mazes and strange worlds…

  • Guest Post

    The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks Blog Tour: About the Book

    Today I have Author Kevin Brooks on the blog to tell you all about his new book in the style of his new books. The Bunker Diary seems pretty damn interesting, or it does to me at least. Maybe Kevin can tell us more? though he does seem to be being a little cryptic… maybe we have to read to find out more!  *** Monday, 18 February 10.15 p.m. I’ve been sitting here for a couple of hours now, trying to write something about THE BUNKER DIARY. It’s really hard. I mean, what can I say? What is there to say? It’s a book, a story. It’s the diary of…