Finally, an update!

Hello! Yes, I know it’s been a long time since I updated this blog but I haven’t had much in the way of writing news to share – until now!
I’m very happy to announce that I’ve signed with the publisher HQ Digital, and my very first book with them will be released on June 7th! It’s a romantic comedy called The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, and here’s a little more about it:

Where dreams come true…?
Wendy Clayton stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago. Instead, she has a ‘nice’ life. Nice job. Nice flat. Absolutely no men. Until her life is turned upside-down when her elderly neighbour, Eulalie, passes away and leaves her the Château of Happily Ever Afters!

But there’s a catch: she must share the sprawling French castle with Eulalie’s long-lost nephew, Julian. And no matter how gorgeous he is, or how easily she finds herself falling head over heels, Wendy needs to find a way to get rid of him…

Because surely happily ever afters don’t happen in real life?

Escape to beautiful France this summer with this uplifting romantic comedy. Perfect for fans of Kat French, Caroline Roberts and Holly Martin.

How’s that for exciting?! The hardest part has been having to keep this news to myself for months!
And even better, The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters is available to pre-order now for the teeny little price of 99p!
Have a look on Amazon UK, Amazon US, and all other eBook retailers!

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Cover Reveal – After The Storm by Marie Landry!

Today I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of a cover reveal for Marie Landry’s upcoming book After The Storm. This is a sequel to Waiting For The Storm, which was honestly one of the best books I read last year! I was already eagerly awaiting this new release, and then I saw the gorgeous cover, and now I really can’t wait at all!

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About the book:
For most people, starting senior year at a new high school would be a nightmare, but for Ella O’Dell it’s the new beginning she desperately needs. Two months after her mother’s death, she’s ready to leave behind the rebellious, unhappy person she became when she found out her mom was dying.

When Ella meets River Maracle and Sadie Fitzgerald, she begins to learn it’s okay to be herself, even if that means being different. River and Sadie aren’t ashamed of their misfit status—River grew up on a reservation, and his mother is the school counselor; Sadie stands out with her funky homemade clothes, and is a master at ignoring the whispered rumors that have plagued her since the beginning of high school.

Ella finds a kindred spirit in Sadie, and something more in River. After almost a year of pretending to be someone she’s not, she finally embraces life and allows herself to have fun without constant guilt. But despite her budding happiness, something is off with her new life. She doesn’t want to dwell on the past, but Angel Island is a small place, and she soon realizes her demons are harder to outrun than she thought…

Find After The Storm on Goodreads here!

About Marie:
Marie-Landry-Author-Pic Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood she’s had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, watching copious amounts of TV on DVD, or having grand adventures with her nephews and niece. She’s a hopeless romantic, an unapologetic eavesdropper (occupational hazard), an equally unapologetic squeeing fangirl, and a lover of swoonworthy book and TV characters. For more on Marie and her books please visit http://sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca. She also loves to chat with fellow book lovers, so feel free to tweet her @SweetMarie any time!

Sale:
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To celebrate this cover reveal week, the first book in the Angel Island series – Waiting For The Storm – is on sale for only 77p/99c. I highly recommend this book, it was one of my favourite books of 2013, and is a truly fantastic and touching read!
Available on Amazon UK | Amazon US, and all other ebook retailers!

Here Lies Love by Dan Thompson – Cover Reveal!

My friend Dan Thompson is releasing a new book soon, and I’m so happy to be involved in his cover reveal today! The book is called Here Lies Love (amazing title!) and it sounds really good!
Without further ado, here is Dan’s stunning new cover…

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About the book:
When she is sold by her father, Abbey discovers that nightmares can occur when you’re awake. Trapped inside a wooden cage, Abbey is forced to listen to the horrors and atrocities above; time ticking down until it is her turn. But Abbey isn’t prepared to become a victim; she will escape.

Although, what Abbey isn’t prepared for, is how harsh and unfair the world can be. With the sun turning its back on humanity long ago, life gives no opportunity. The only thing Abbey can do is learn to survive. To exist. And that means stealing any opportunity that comes her way. Haunted by the unpleasant memories bestowed upon her only nurtures Abbey’s paranoia, until she realises that to truly live in the world, she must confront the person who was responsible for her misfortune – her father.

Here Lies Love is a tale of actuality, of facing up to the fact that love comes in many guises. Can Abbey find the one glimmer of hope or will she be overcome with the darkness of revenge? Here Lies Love is coming April 2014.

In more exciting news, Dan is hosting a competition to actually name one of the characters in the book! You can find out all about that here!

About Dan:
Dan Thompson Author Pic 2 Dan lives in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (England) with his young daughter and his shabby dog, Skye.

He is the Author of the charity poetry book Life is all but a vast array of Colours and phobia Novella The Caseworker’s Memoirs. His first full length novel, A YA Fantasy entitled The Black Petal will be available soon. Also in 2014, a dark new adult novel entitled Here Lies Love will be released.

A lover of YA and fantasy fiction, you can often find him writing on his blog, writing book reviews and connecting online with other writer-type people and interviewing authors. Dan grew up reading Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five series, secretly coming up with his own inventive adventures, and R.L Stine’s The Goosebump series, before turning to the works of Philip Pullman, Eoin Colfer and Marcus Sedgwick and slipping away into alternate realities. He also loves a good Historical Thriller too.

You can find him at his website, Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads!

The Guestbook by Holly Martin – Cover Reveal!

My lovely friend Holly Martin is releasing her first chick-lit novel The Guestbook on Valentine’s Day! I’m thrilled that she’s let me be a part of the cover reveal today! Without further ado…

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About the book:
Welcome to Willow Cottage – throw open the shutters, let in the sea breeze and make yourself completely at home. Oh, and please do leave a comment in the Guestbook!

As landlady of Willow Cottage, the young widow Annie Butterworth is always on hand with tea, sympathy or strong Norfolk cider – whatever her colourful array of guests require. A flick through the messages in the leather-bound cottage guestbook gives a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of everyone who passes through her doors.

This includes Annie herself – especially now celebrity crime writer Oliver Black, is back in town. He might grace the covers of gossip magazines with a different glamorous supermodel draped on his arm every week, but to Annie, he’s always just been Olly, the man who Annie shared her first kiss with.

Through the pages of the Guestbook Annie and Olly, along with all the guests that arrive at the seaside retreat, struggle with love, loss, mystery, joy, happiness, guilt…and the odd spot of naked rambling!

Forget sending postcards saying ‘wish you were here’ – one visit to Willow Cottage and you’ll wish you could stay forever.

The book will be out on Feb 14th, and you can find out more about Holly on her website!

North Pole Reform School – cover reveal!

I’ve been hiding this gorgeous cover for months now but it’s finally cover reveal day so I can show everyone at last!

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The wonderful Christa from Paper and Sage designed it for me! Isn’t it all wintery and pretty?

North Pole Reform School is a festive young adult romantic comedy and will be released on November 6th!

More about the book:
Mistletoe Bell hates Christmas. So would you if you had a name like hers. Her Christmas-mad parents make the festive season last all year, and with another Christmas looming, Mis doesn’t think she can take any more. After her carelessness causes an accident at school, it seems like things can’t get any worse.

Then she wakes up to find The Ghost of Christmases Ruined in her bedroom.

She is taken to the North Pole, to a reform school run by elves determined to make her love Christmas. Stuck in a misfit group of fellow Christmas-haters with a motley crew of the weird and even weirder, watched over by elves day and night, she doesn’t expect to meet cute and funny Luke, who is hiding a vulnerable side beneath his sarcastic exterior. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with him.

But all is not as it should be at the North Pole. A certain Mr Claus is making the elves’ lives a misery, and pretty soon Mistletoe and Luke are doing more than just learning to like Christmas.

A YA romantic comedy in which Santa is the bad guy, teaching reindeer to fly is on the curriculum, and zombies have a fondness for Christmas music.

Suitable for older teens and upwards due to bad language.

You can add the book on Goodreads: HERE

Dianne from Oops I Read Again and I are yet again organising a blog tour for it, which will be a lot smaller than the massive one for Not Pretty Enough and will take place from December 9th-18th! Sign-ups aren’t open yet, but I will be posting here when they are!
On the same note, due to the tour being much smaller and not starting for another two months, I’ll be offering ARCs to anyone interested in reading the book early and writing a review for Amazon. A proper post will follow later in the week but feel free to get in touch now if you fancy reading and reviewing the book within the next few weeks!

And on another note, it might be cover reveal day for me, but it’s release day for my friend Holly Martin! Her brilliant YA book The Sentinel is released today! You can find it on Amazon here!

New Book – North Pole Reform School – Cover Reveal Sign-Ups and Blurb!

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Yes, it’s that time of year again! Almost, anyway! My next book, a Christmas YA romantic comedy called North Pole Reform School is almost ready, and will be released on November 6th! Which is, like, really, really close!

Here’s the blurb:
Mistletoe Bell hates Christmas. So would you if you had a name like hers. Her Christmas-mad parents make the festive season last all year, and with another Christmas looming, Mis doesn’t think she can take any more. After her carelessness causes an accident at school, it seems like things can’t get any worse.

Then she wakes up to find The Ghost of Christmases Ruined in her bedroom.

She is taken to the North Pole, to a reform school run by elves determined to make her love Christmas. Stuck in a misfit group of fellow Christmas-haters with a motley crew of the weird and even weirder, watched over by elves day and night, she doesn’t expect to meet cute and funny Luke, who is hiding a vulnerable side beneath his sarcastic exterior. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with him.

But all is not as it should be at the North Pole. A certain Mr Claus is making the elves’ lives a misery, and pretty soon Mistletoe and Luke are doing more than just learning to like Christmas.

A YA romantic comedy in which Santa is the bad guy, teaching reindeer to fly is on the curriculum, and zombies have a fondness for Christmas music.

Suitable for older teens and upwards due to bad language.

I can’t show you the cover yet because it’s not officially revealed until October 16th! And that’s really what this post is about… Sign-ups for the cover reveal are now OPEN! If any bloggers fancy getting involved in revealing it, you can sign up – – – – – – HERE – – – – – –
For the first time, I’ve used a cover designer (the fantastic Christa from Paper and Sage!) and she’s done a wonderful job on it! It’s so wintery and festive, and it totally fits the book! I don’t know how she managed it with just the blurb and my nonsensical rambling about wanting it to look Christmassy!

You can add the book on Goodreads: HERE

It will be released on Wednesday, November 6th! I believe there will be a small blog tour in December, so look out for sign-ups for that if you fancy it!

Not Pretty Enough – Cover Reveal!

Finally, the cover reveal day has arrived! I can show you the cover of my fourth book – Not Pretty Enough!

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What do you think? All opinions welcome, even if you hate it!

Not Pretty Enough is a young adult romantic comedy, and it will be released on August 1st!

About the book:
“New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Lloyd Layton will know I exist. He once said three whole words to me, so this is obviously progress. If I don’t get a proper conversation out of him soon, then I’ll take my top off and streak through the cafeteria, because nobody could fail to notice these boobs.
2. I will not get expelled for streaking through the cafeteria.”

Those are the words that begin her mission.
Chessie is fourteen, not pretty enough, and very much in love. Lloyd Layton is hot, popular, and unaware of Chessie’s existence.
Her goal is clear: to get Lloyd to love her as much as she loves him, and she has exactly one year to do it.
As Chessie’s obsession with Lloyd reaches boiling point and she starts to spin a web of lies that spiral out of control, Lloyd turns out to be not quite the prince she thought he was. Can Chessie avoid the gathering storm before things go too far?
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It’s also the first in a series, and book two will be released in early 2014.

You can find the book on Goodreads: HERE!

And in more exciting news, Not Pretty Enough will be going on a blog tour in September! The lovely Dianne from Oops I Read A Book Again and I are organising it. I didn’t want to open sign-ups until after the cover had been revealed, and now that it has, they will be opening shortly! ARCs are ready to go, so if you’re a blogger and you’re interested in reading the book, stay tuned and I will post all needed info very soon!

Cover Reveal: Not Of Our Sky by Sharon Sant!

Something a little bit different for this blog today. I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of the cover reveal for my lovely friend Sharon Sant’s next book!

Not of Our Sky is the third book in her wonderful Sky Song trilogy, and the cover is just as gorgeous as the first two!

Behold:
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Isn’t it gorgeous?

Here’s the blurb:
Jacob fights for his life and Ellen faces her toughest decision yet: whether to finally reveal his true identity to his parents. For Jacob is one of the Watchers of Astrae, a race of beings with extraordinary powers, and sworn to protect the natural order of the universe. But Jacob has broken one of Astrae’s oldest laws and chaos threatens to cover the Earth.

Alex faces the fall into darkness that has long been prophesised. Her only ally is Makash, their bitter and twisted uncle, and Jacob has already succumbed to the shadows. Who will be there to catch her?

With the first part of the ancient prophecy already coming to pass, it seems their only hope lies in the second part – the riddle of the star that will bring them back to the light. But what does it mean? And why do Jacob, Alex and Ellen all dream of the same lighthouse, night after night?

The book will be released on May 1st 2013, and I for one can’t wait to read it!

Book one and two in the Sky Song trilogy are just as amazing too!


(Click on the pics to find them on Amazon!)

You can find out more about Sharon on her fabulous website: HERE.
And you can add the Sky Song trilogy on Goodreads: HERE.

Huge thanks to Sharon for letting me be a part of this gorgeous cover reveal, and for being an awesome friend and authorly support!