Oh gosh, over a year since my last post?! *Hangs head in shame*. To be fair, I do post more frequently over at my fashion blog and am pretty good at keeping my social accounts updated, so follow those for for daily ramblings (Twitter/Instagram). But I thought it was about time I updated you all on writing news, since.. there is some!
- NEW AGENT! Say hello to the gorgeous Taylor Haggerty of Waxman Leavell. We’ve been working together for a couple of months now, but I feel like I’ve known her for much longer. She’s super smart editorially and agently (yes, it’s a word), so if you’re getting ready to query make sure she’s on your list. We’ve just gone on submission for my new book, so all our fingers and toes are crossed that it finds a home! And speaking of which…
- NEW BOOK! I’m super excited about this one, guys! Girls of Paper and Fire is a YA oriental-inspired fantasy with a lesbian romance at its core. There are also demons and concubines and a hidden palace and assassins and battles in the sky, and did I mention lesbian lovers? I really hope I get to share this story with you all. It’s the first book of a planned trilogy, so although I’m mildly terrified at having to write a sequel that matches up to – and hopefully betters – book 1, I am very happy I get to stay in this world and with these characters for a while longer yet. Here’s more of what to expect…
- NEW VERSIONS OF OLD BOOKS! This month there are two German editions of The Memory Keepers being released – an audiobook from Rubikon Audioverlag and a gorgeous hardcover. Sadly I don’t speak/read German to understand the translation, but I can say it sounds absolutely *amazing*, and I really hope the lovely German readers enjoy. This is my first ever translation so it feels like such a privilege. And how beautiful is that cover!
So lots of exciting things to start the year with, and I’m super excited to see what more 2016 will bring (especially whether I’ll ever manage to update this blog regularly)! Wishing you all a lovely year sweethearts. Go get ‘em! x
An extra big squee today because it’s publication day number 2! I didn’t ever expect there to be a number 1, let alone a second, and I am beyond excited and happy and grateful and overwhelmed that as of today there are two of my books out in the world. I’ll come back later with more thoughts on not being a debut author anymore (scary! I can’t make any excuses now!), but for now I just want to say a big thank you to my wonderful publishers Hot Key and super-agent Nicola Barr for making this – no biggy, just, you know, my lifelong dream, now X2 – happen.
You can find THE MEMORY KEEPERS in bookstores and online at the usual places. It’s only £5.50 on Amazon (£3.50 for Kindle!) which I hope you agree are bargain prices considering the amount of work and love that went into it. So please do buy a copy if you can, or if not then just letting anyone you think might be interested know about it is absolutely wonderful! As Tesco say, Every Little Helps. It’s especially true of books. With each book sale, my dream of making writing books a successful living is getting one step closer.
Thank you!! x
It’s less than a month till publication and I am getting EXCITED! Eeek! Crazy to think that soon I won’t be a debut author anymore. In a way that’s kind of scary – a second book needs to at least live up to, and hopefully surpass, the first. But it’s also cool because hey, that’ll be two books of mine out in the world for readers to discover, and double the chances they’ll find something to love in my words.
To tide you over until next month, here’s an extract of the first few chapters of TMK. Let me know what you think! I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed you enjoy this one. I feel very close to it. Following Seven and Alba on their journey was a privilege, and even though it’s been a long time since I wrote the first draft I still get tingles when I think of all the things they’ve been through. Here’s how their adventure began …
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Had to share a pic from my fashion and lifestyle blog to show you one of my favourite writing inspiration locations (ooh rhyme). These bluebell woods are in Heartwood Forest, just a half an hour walk from my parents’ house. In the spring the wood turns purple with flowers, making it such a magical place to go for a slow wander and getting lost in daydreams about my latest WIP. It’s especially beautiful at sunset, when the sunlight filters through the high canopy and glazes everything in hazy, golden light. Bliss.
What are your favourite places to go for writing inspiration? x
GUYS I’M SO EXCITED! Today I get to share with you the cover for my second novel, The Memory Keepers – and isn’t it absolutely beautiful! When Hot Key showed me the cover they’d made for The Elites, I didn’t think it could get much better. But then this came along. Huge props to Jan and the design team for such a great job, especially as they started the process a while before I’d even finished writing the book! It still amazes me how perfect the cover is when Jan et al had such little to go on.
Seeing the final cover is one of the best parts of the publication process. It’s when everything starts feeling as though it’s coming together, and you have little daydream visions of the book in readers’ hands, being eagerly opened, lovely paper-smelling pages thumbed for the first time.
Anyway, without further ado, may I present to you in sexy high-res (click on the images to see a bigger version) the oh-so-gorgeous cover for TMK …
Isn’t it gorgeous! I just cannot WAIT to see it on the shelves in a few months time. If you’re super keen, you can pre-order it on Amazon here, and the first few chapters are up on Hot Key’s site if you fancy a read! x