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    The Changing Face of YA

    This is my entry for the BlogInk competition from MiraInk, which has just closed. The top ten posts will be announced on Thursday I believe but I wanted to share the post with those of you who didn’t see it on my Tumblr. *** When I was a teen – and we’re only going back a few years here, I’m not that old – I remember spending hours at my local bookshop looking at the Young Adult (YA) section, which was tiny. This section was home to the Georgia Nicholson series and other contemporary books by authors like Sarra Manning, Carolyn Mackler and Anne Cassidy. There were the odd exceptions…

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    Blog Tour: The Assassin’s Curse and Competition!

    Today I have Cassandra Rose Clarke on the blog talkiang about her wonderful new book, The Assassin’s Curse, and how the idea of pirates came about as one of the main topics within it!  *** I sat down to write The Assassin’s Curse more or less as an experiment: I wanted to both start and finish a secondary-world fantasy novel. In the original story idea, Ananna was a completely different character. She was someone more like Leila, older, more worldly and sophisticated. And a witch, not a pirate at all. The story was going to revolve around her and Naji (who was a little more sinister at this point as…