We are thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Dangerous Lies. Here is a guest post by Becca Fitzpatrick…
What to do when you feel discouraged as a writer…
It think it depends on why I’m feeling discouraged. Is my story not coming together? Did I just read a rather scathing email from a reader? Has it been a busy week and I haven’t had time to write? I attack all of these problems differently, but I think one of the key ingredients to every solution is surrounding myself with encouraging friends. I feel so very fortunate to have such a wonderful support system in my friends and family. They remind me that in the big scheme of things, one bad day won’t ruin everything.
I often go for a walk when my story isn’t coming together the way I’d like. Sometimes getting fresh air and taking time to sort through my ideas helps. Oh, and showering! Writers are notorious for getting ideas in the shower. I’m no exception.
Finally, sometimes I need a break from writing. Time away from my stories helps me clear my head and refocus. Going out to dinner with my friends – most of whom are not writers – gives me a chance to hear about their lives and forget my own. Playing with my kids, or seeing a movie with them, gives me a chance to laugh and remember that life – and writing – is about joy. I don’t want to be the stereotypical writer who torments herself in order to get a story out. Writing isn’t always easy, but it should be a good experience. Nothing good comes from forcing something, writing included.
Look out for our review, which will be up soon.
Suzanne Barton’s debut book The Dawn Chorus was one of my top picture books last year, so I was really excited to receive a copy of her new book Robin’s Winter Song.
Winter is coming and Robin wonders why all the animals are planning to hide away and starts to wonder just who Winter is. When Robin finds that Bear is planning to find somewhere warm and cosy to stay for winter, he asks to go with him. However, Robin can’t just stay asleep like Bear can and when he looks outside he sees that winter has arrived and it is very different to what he imagined.
This is a magical story that is brought to life by Barton’s beautiful illustrations. We fell in love with Robin and his snowy world. Robin’s Winter Song would make a beautiful present for little ones this Christmas.
Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending us a copy to review.
Harper lives in the City of Clouds with her cat Midnight and Great Aunt Sassy. When Harper can’t find Midnight she starts to look for him and soon discovers the all of the cats in the City of Clouds seem to have gone missing. Harper knows she must try and find them, but how?
Great Aunt Sassy tells Harper to use the scarlet umbrella when she goes away and it doesn’t take Harper long to realise that this umbrella has some very special powers. With the umbrella and the help of her friends, she sets off to find the missing cats. However, the journey will take them into secret parts of the city where they come across the strange Wild Conductor. Will they find the cats in time?
This is a fantastic story brought to life by the magical partnership of Cerrie Burnell and Laura Ellen Anderson. We fell in love with Harper and Midnight and the wonderful duo of Nate and Smoke. We can’t wait to read about Harper’s next adventure.
Thank you to Scholastic for sending us a copy to review.
As an avid follower of Jonathan Kellerman I was rubbing my hands in anticipation of reading this book. Detective Jacob Lev, awakes hung over one morning with no memory of the previous night`s events or of the tantalisingly seductive woman who is in his kitchen and disappears as soon as he is compos mentis. To add insult to injury, he is reassigned that day from the quieter life of Traffic to a Special Projects unit of which he has never heard, whose first task for him is to investigate a macabre murder in an isolated empty house out in the hills. There is only a head – no corpse. On the kitchen counter, burnt in, is the Hebrew word for “justice”, which has disappeared on his next visit. Where on earth does he start? Has he been chosen because he is Jewish? Could the murder have something of the supernatural embedded in it? Perhaps to do with the Golem, a being fashioned by the Rabbi of Prague to protect his congregation?
His investigations begin when the interior of his flat is transformed into a state-of-the art communications pod. None of his former colleagues have heard of his new boss whom he meeta initially in what is an old garage. He is assigned two handlers, Mel Subach and Paul Schott, two “heavies” who will help him in his task. Everything is strange in this investigation: he is plunged into a tortuous vortex, taking him not only across the USA but to London and Prague, the origin of the legend of the Golem, but also down into his own conflicted beliefs and fears, trying to strike a blow for mortality against the unknown.
A fascinating read but for me personally, it ends not with a cathartic roar but with a dying whimper. The origins of an evil female entity are a separate story, interwoven between chapters of the book. The two should come together in a collision of realisation, but in my humble opinion result an unsatisfactory feathering out instead. However, still a fascinating read and I am still firmly a Kellerman family follower!
Reviewed by Liz.
Thank you to Headline for sending us a copy to review.
We are thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal today for Meet Me in Manhattan by Claudia Carroll.
In a New York minute, everything can change …
You don’t mess with aspiring journalist Holly Johnson! The man she fell for is not all that he seems – because sometimes dating online doesn’t quite go to plan. She’s decided to fly to the Big Apple to surprise him and to get some answers. And if her plan works she’ll also get the scoop of her career …
But as she steps out of her yellow taxi and the first snowflakes start to fall, it’s Holly who has the surprise of her life.
What should be a dream come true is looking a little like a nightmare. But Holly is determined to get her New York happy ending!
Tree is a beautiful picture book about the seasons, which is illustrated by the award winning Britta Teckentrup.
The rhyming text is fun to read and takes the reader through the different seasons of the year with the tree on every page. Readers can peek through holes in the tree to see what different animals are there and to see how nature changes depending on the season. We loved the owl in the centre of the book and the vivid colours used throughout.
This is an absolutely stunning book that is one of our favourite books of the year so far. It is great for younger children who are learning about the different seasons of the year.
Thank you to Little Tiger Press for sending us a copy to review.
The new novel from ebook bestseller, Catherine Ferguson. A warm and cosy festive tale you won’t be able to put down.
Lola Plumpton can’t believe her luck.
Christmas is coming and her gorgeous boyfriend, Nathan, has offered up his swanky apartment to host the Plumpton family’s festive celebrations. It looks set to be a Christmas to remember. And it is – but for all the wrong reasons.
As the 25th December draws closer, Lola unexpectedly finds herself missing some key components:
1. A job (but who needs one of those anyway, when you’ve got the ultimate family Christmas to prepare for?)
2. Money (no job equals no money, it turns out.)
3. A boyfriend (yup, Nathan the hunk has said adios to Lola – and in the *most* embarrassing way possible…)
4. Somewhere to host her fabulous family Christmas (because of course, no Nathan means no des res apartment.)
Lola’s at a loss about what to do. But one way or another, she’s going to make this the best Christmas her family’s ever had…
We are really excited to be taking part in the cover reveal for The Years of Loving You by Ella Harper.
From the award-winning author of PIECES OF YOU comes this enthralling love story, guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and dream upon a star…
What if your first love was your only love?
When Molly is diagnosed with a life changing illness, it feels like her whole world has come crashing down. She hopes the news will make her marriage to Sam stronger. But why does Molly always call best friend Ed in a crisis?
Ed. The very same Ed that Molly fell in love with at a party when they were teenagers, underneath a star-filled sky. Then life took them in very different directions. They could only ever be friends.
Suddenly Molly starts to question every decision she’s ever made. What if they could turn back the clock? Back to the very beginning. When the only certainty they shared was each other …
As a shy teenager, Ella Harper found a way to escape by learning foreign languages, and imagined she might eventually get a glamorous job speaking French. After completing a BA in French and Russian Studies, she found herself following in her father’s footsteps into banking instead, seduced by the excitement and glamour of that world. But after climbing her way to Assistant Vice President, Ella started idly
mapping out the beginnings of a novel on an old laptop. When she realised her characters were more real to her than dividends and corporate actions ever could be, she left her job to become a writer. Eight years later, and Ella has published four hugely popular novels under the name Sasha Wagstaff.
Pumpkin and his friends are playing a spooky game of peek-a-boo and they’re trying to work out who said boo. Was it the night owl or the black cat? Perhaps is was the little witch or the big blue spider? Be prepared for a spooky surprise at the end of the book!
Boo! is a great book to read with little ones this Halloween. The finger holes and bright colours made it a very popular choice in our household. It also has very sturdy pages, so it is perfect for reading over and over again.
Thank you to Little Tiger Press for sending us a copy to review.
We are really excited to be taking part in the cover reveal for Make a Christmas Wish by Julia Williams.
Last Christmas, when Livvy was knocked down in the supermarket car park, she certainly wasn’t ready to actually be dead! For months now she’s floated on the edge of the afterlife, generally making a nuisance of herself.
And she’s not ready to go just yet! She’s furious about the new woman in her husband’s life and she’s worried about her beloved son who doesn’t seem to be adjusting to life without her at all.
This Christmas, Livvy is given one last magical chance to make everything right. Will she take it and give her family the perfect Christmas?
Perfect for fans of CAROLE MATTHEWS, TRISHA ASHLEY and JENNY COLGAN.
Julia has always made up stories in her head, and until recently she thought everyone else did too. She grew up in London, one of eight children, including a twin sister. She married Dave, a dentist, in 1989, and they have four daughters. After the birth of the second Julia decided to try her hand at writing. Since then she has written 8 hugely popular novels, selling over a quarter of a million copies in the UK alone, and hitting the Sunday Times bestseller list.