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Guest Post – 10 Places Pan Would Like To Visit by Tom Nicoll


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I would like to introduce you all to Pan!

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Pan is a mischievous 15cm tall mini-dragon, who has accidentally found himself in England and specifically in the house of Eric, a young school boy and Pan’s new best friend.  If you’ve ever wanted an unusual friend, Pan is the perfect companion.

Today I have hired Pan to tell me all about his top ten places to visit in the UK now he has found himself here…..

And there’s even a little giveaway where you could win some books and Pan himself!


Dragon In My Backpackv3Book two in a hilarious new series featuring one boy and a little dragon with an oversized appetite for adventure. Eric finally succumbs to Pan’s demands and agrees to take the Mini-Dragon to school with him. But Eric gets more trouble than he bargained for when nightmare neighbour Toby switches his backpack with Eric’s and dragon-naps Pan! Now Eric must dash across town to Toby’s posh school and swap them back before his snappy secret is out! Perfect for fans of Jeremy Strong and Compton Valance.


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Hello, it’s Pan here. Chelley has hired me as her official Mini-Dragon correspondent (Mini-Dragons are excellent journalists and our rates – 2 prawn crackers per word – are very reasonable). Since I’m fairly new to this country (I was born in China – long story short, my parents sent me to live in Mexico but I accidentally ended up in England), she has asked me for my top ten places I’d like to visit in the UK. Ten? I said. I could give you four thousand. But she said no, ten would be fine. Suit yourself I said, so here they are!

Wales

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They have a big red dragon on their flag. Do I really need to go on?

Big Ben

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To be honest, I thought I had already seen Big Ben when I was out with Eric one day, but apparently it was just a regular Grandfather clock in a shop. Eric says that Big Ben is massive but honestly, when you’re 15cm tall, everything is massive.

Shakespeare’s House

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Not many people know this, but I’m a big Shakespeare fan. One of the sailors on the boat that brought me over from China had a book with all his plays in it. I used to read it when he had gone to bed. Eric is dead against us visiting his house though in case I accidentally burn it down. Honestly, you get the hiccups once and you’re never allowed to forget it…

The Pyramids

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I’ve wanted to visit the Pyramids ever since… hang on, Eric is telling me that there are no Pyramids in this country. He says they’re in Egypt? I’m pretty sure he’s wrong, but I’m on a deadline here so I’ll have to check that later.

Stonehenge

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Believe it or not, Stonehenge was actually built by Dragons. I’m not going to tell you what it’s for though. It’s pretty obvious. Can’t believe no one’s got it yet. Honestly, you’ll kick yourself.

Loch Ness

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I have a distant relative who lives out there. Mum says he’s some kind of big-shot celebrity. Not really sure how though, all the photographs I’ve seen of him look terrible.

Model Villages

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Eric, Min and Jayden took me to one of these a few weeks ago. It was amazing. It was like being a full sized Dragon. I’d really like to go again. I’ve promised Eric I won’t get so carried away next time but he says we definitely won’t be going back until he’s at least finished paying off the bridge repairs from his pocket money.

Eric’s school

Okay so the first time Eric brought me to his school I almost set it on fire and the second time I ended up at the wrong school entirely, but surely every Mini-Dragon deserves a third chance? Eric is shaking his head. Hmm

Giant’s Causeway

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I’d like to visit here just so I can correct people on the story going round that the causeway was built by Giants. What rubbish! Dragons built that thing and every Giant knows it. That’s typical of Giants though, always lying through their huge teeth. If I ever see one they’d better get themselves back up their beanstalk quick or there’ll be trouble.

Panda Cottage

A Chinese restaurant owned by my friend Min’s parents. It’s where Min gets all the free prawn crackers she gives me. You should give it a visit, it’s the best Chinese restaurant in town. Eric is pointing out that it’s also the only Chinese restaurant in town. Personally, I’d like to visit at night, when no one is in. Just to have a look around in peace though, nothing funny. Ha, Eric is saying it’s because I want to eat all the prawn crackers. As if! I just think it would be an interesting place to visit that’s all. Alone. At night. With the door to the food cupboard left unlocked…

Right, that’s ten Chelley. Can I have my prawn crackers now please?

*Chelley wipes crumbs from her mouth and looks guilty*

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There’s A Dragon In My Backpack was released on the 5th May 2016, published by Stripes Publishing and you can buy a copy here or why not visit your local bookshop.


About Tom Nicoll

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Tom Nicoll, a software engineer based in East Lothian, Scotland, has been writing since he was at school, where he enjoyed trying to fit as much silliness into his essays as he could possibly get away with. Years later, after his daughter was born, he rediscovered some of the books that had made him laugh as a child. 

About Sarah Horne

Sarah Horne, an illustrator with fourteen years experience, specialises in funny, inky illustration and has worked on many different projects including an advertising campaign for Kew Gardens and commissions from The Guardian and The Independent. She has written and illustrated two books: Tantrums and Tiaras and Paws, Claws and Frilly Drawers and her books have sold internationally in Mexico, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.


Giveaway

How would you like your own little Pan in your backpack?

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The lovely people at Stripes have given me one copy of There’s A Dragon in my Dinner and one copy of There’s A Dragon In My Backpack, plus a cute little dragon key ring that looks just like Pan to giveaway!

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Giveaway ends 17th May 2016 where the winner will be announced on here and on twitter.

The winner must be willing to provide me with their address and happy for me to pass onto the publishers to send out your prize.

Good Luck!

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A huge thank you to Charlie at Stripes for organising this post and the brilliant giveaway and to Tom for a brilliant guest post that made me laugh so much!

Have you read any of Pan’s adventures?  What did you think?  Where would you like to visit in the UK the most or where would you suggest Pan visit?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @Chelleytoy !

Happy reading!

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Spotlight – The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi


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 What if everything you knew about your life was a lie?

The Doubt Factory by New York Times bestselling author Paolo Bacigalupi was released on the 7th April 2016, published by Atom!

I have recently read this powerful thrilling read which leaves you with plenty to think about.

The Doubt Factory tells the story of Alix who’s whole world is turned upside because of a group called 2.0 and is action packed and full of suspense!

I was also informed that Paolo used real companies and drugs in his novel to expose this ‘Doubt Factory’ and is incredibly well researched, reflected by the investigation the main character Alix undertakes in the book.

It’s an insightful read.

You can read the first chapter by clicking on the link below!

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To celebrate the release of The Doubt Factory I have been given a copy of the book to giveaway!

You can find a the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

First here is a little about the book…..


51aPP8toh7L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Everything Alix knows about her life is a lie–at least according to the mysterious young man who’s been stalking her. But could her dad really be a bad guy at the helm of an organization that covers up the deadly wrongdoings of some of the country’s most rich and powerful? Alix has to make an impossible choice between her father and the young man she’s not only falling for, but who’s asking her to blow the whistle on the man who raised her. Could someone you have loved and have known for your whole life actually have the heart of a killer?

You can buy a copy of The Doubt Factory here


About Paolo Bacigalupi

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Paolo Bacigalupi is a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist, a 2015 Edgar Award Nominee and a 2015 Locus Award Nominee. His novel The Windup Girl was one of the most celebrated SF debuts of all time, winning both the Hugo and Nebula awards. He lives in Colorado with his wife and son.

You can find out more about Paolo on his website – http://windupstories.com/

Or why not follow him on twitter using @paolobacigalupi

You can check out or buy any of Paolo’s books here


Giveaway

To celebrate the release of The Doubt Factory I have a copy to giveaway!

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1 copy = 1 winner

Winner will need to provide me with their address to pass onto the publishers as the book will be coming directly from them.

Giveaway ends 14/04/2016

Good Luck!

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Blog Tour

Follow or catch up on the rest of the blog tour at the following stops!

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A huge thank you to Hayley for this fab giveaway!

Have you read any of Paolo Bacigalupi‘s books?  Have you read The Doubt Factory?  What did you think?   I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @ChelleyToy

Happy Reading

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Spotlight – Judged by Liz De Jager


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Judged is the incredible conclusion to Liz De Jager’s exciting YA urban fantasy trilogy, The Blackhart Legacy and was released yesterday, 14th January 2016!

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I am so excited!  I have heard phenomenal things about this series and Liz is just the most wonderful lady and always makes me smile!

With this in mind we want to make YOU smile!

To celebrate the release of Judged the lovely Lucie at Tor has given me 3 copies of Judged to giveaway!

You can find a the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

First here is a little about the book…..


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Kit’s job description includes solving crimes – the supernatural kind . . .

Glow, a fae-created drug, is rapidly going viral and the suppliers have to be shut down. Teaming up with Aiden and Dante, Kit follows leads across London, tracking down dealers. They stir up trouble, making themselves a target for the gang they’re trying to stop.

In the Otherwhere, Thorn stumbles across a secret that could destroy both the human and Fae worlds. The Veil that separates our human world from the fae realms is weakening and the goddess is dying. And if she dies and the Veil fails, madness and chaos will wreak unstoppable havoc upon both lands.

Thorn turns to the only person he knows who’ll be able to help him: Kit. Torn between working the Glow case and her loyalty for the young prince, Kit is propelled headlong into a world of danger. She faces enemies from both the Otherwhere and our world. And as the stakes are raised, the consequence of failure for both Kit and Thorn, and two realms, could be devastating.


About Liz De Jager

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 I have probably been a writer for as long as I can remember.  I think I may have killed a forest using up all the notebooks I could get my grubby little paws on, including my sister’s workbooks for school.  I wrote in everything.  And on everything, including our walls in our house in South Africa. Even if it just was my name.  Yes, I was obsessed even back then, aged five.

I finished my first ever novel for ages 9+ and had a great time writing it.  But in retrospect I realise I was so in love with it, I put too much stuff in it, and it needs stripping down and rebuilding.  That will be for another day, I think.

I’m repped by Juliet Mushens of The Agency Group and I’m the author of The Blackhart Legacy trilogy.  

Check out Liz’s website here

Or why not follow Liz on twitter using – @LizUK

You can buy Judged or any of The Blackhart Legacy trilogy here or why not visit you local independent bookshop!

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Judged the lovely Lucie at Tor has given me 3 copies of Judged to giveaway!

UK Only

3 copies = 3 winners

Winners will need to provide me with their address to pass onto the publishers as the book will be coming directly from them.

Giveaway ends 22/01/2016

Good Luck!

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Another huge thank you to Liz and Lucie for this fab giveaway!

Have you read any of The Blackhart Legacy trilogy?  What did you think?  Are you excited for Judged?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @ChelleyToy

Happy Reading

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Guest Post – Why I Wrote Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel


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I have been lucky enough to have received a copy of this new book Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel.  Released last week on the 7th January 2016 and published by Chicken House I have heard wonderful things about this book and I simply cannot wait to read it.

I feel completely honoured to be featuring a brilliant guest post from the wonderful author of Faceless Alyssa Sheinmel today telling us why she wrote Faceless and its a wonderful read.

I also have a giveaway of one copy of this wonderful book at the end of the post so don’t miss it!

Without further ado I will hand you over to Alyssa…


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When Maisie is struck by lightning, her face is partially destroyed. She’s lucky enough to get a face transplant, but how do you live your life when you can’t even recognize yourself any more? She was a runner, a girlfriend, a good student … a normal girl. Now, after a single freak accident, all that has changed. As Maisie discovers how much her looks did and didn’t shape her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what ‘lucky’ really means.


Why I Wrote Faceless

A while before my first book, The Beautiful Between, was published back in 2010, I began drafting some notes for a book about a girl who got into an accident that changed her face forever, who would discover how much of who she was was tied to what she looked like. Soon, I had pages of notes tucked away in the ‘Ideas’ folder on my desktop. A few years passed, and I kept coming back to this idea – but I was never quite ready to start writing, never quite sure how I wanted to tell this story.

 So, when my American editor Emily Seife approached me about writing the story of a girl who’d survived a horrific accident, a girl for whom a face transplant was her best hope at having a normal life, I was immediately intrigued. I know it sounds corny, but I honestly felt like it was meant to be somehow, like this was the story I’d been waiting to write.

 At the time, I wasn’t familiar with the science behind face transplants. I began my research with an article from the February 13, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. I’m pretty sure I underlined more of the article than I left untouched! My favorite line came from a plastic surgeon, who explained that while other surgeons make you well by taking you apart – by cutting out the parts of you that are no longer functional, that are diseased – plastic surgeons make you well by putting you back together. A version of that explanation made its way into Faceless. But that article was just the beginning. Soon, I was making lists of questions for very nice doctor-friends and friends of friends to answer.

 Of course, it wasn’t just the science behind face transplants that made me want to write this novel. I was drawn to the story because, from the very start, I related to my main character, Maisie. A girl who doesn’t look the way she thinks she should? That was a concept I could wrap my head around. I spent so much of my own young adulthood wishing I had different hair, different skin – that I was skinnier, shorter, that my lips were fuller, my nose smaller. Often, when I looked in the mirror, I was actually surprised to find that I hadn’t transformed myself through sheer force of will. I think many readers may be able to relate to Maisie’s struggle to accept herself, just as I did.

 At the end of Faceless, Maisie finally feels lucky – for surviving her accident, for finding a donor. From the very first page, I have felt lucky to tell this story, and now I feel so lucky to have the chance to share it.

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You can buy Faceless here or why not visit your local independent bookshop

A huge thank you to Alyssa Sheinmel for such a gorgeous blog post.


About Alyssa Sheinmel

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Alyssa Sheinmel is the author of Second Star, The Beautiful Between, The Lucky Kind, and The Stone Girl, as well as the co-author of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl series. Alyssa grew up in Northern California and New York, and attended Barnard College. She now lives and writes in New York City.

You can find out more about Alyssa Sheinmel on her website – www.alyssasheinmel.com

Or why not follow Katy on Twitter using @alyssasheinmel

You can buy Faceless here or find out more on the Chicken House website here


Giveaway

The lovely people at Chicken House have given me one copy of Faceless to giveaway!

This giveaway is for UK only and the winner will need to provide me with their address to pass onto the publishers as the book will be coming straight from them.

Giveaway ends 18/01/2016

The winner will be notified on email, on this post and on twitter!

Good Luck!

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Another huge thank you to Alyssa Sheinmel for a brilliant guest post!

Also a huge thank you to Jazz at Chicken House for asking me to feature this, sending me the book for review and for the fab giveaway!

Have you read Faceless?  What were your thoughts?  Are you intrigued to read this book after reading this post?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment by using the replt button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @ChelleyToy

Happy Reading

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Spotlight – #WinterCarrollReadAlong


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So with those frosty mornings and cold evenings approaching and Christmas just around the corner the lovely Luna from lunaslittlelibrary.wordpress.com and myself thought what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to read a couple of wintery reads to get our tinsel in a twist and our Christmas lights glowing bright.

So the  #WinterCarrollReadalong was born!

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From the 1st – 10th December 2015 we will be reading both Frost Hollow Hall and The Snow Sister by Emma Carroll and invite you to join in using the hash tag #WinterCarrollReadalong on twitter!

Share your thoughts and feelings with us whilst reading these two fab books and we also have a little giveaway to enter if you join in!

There are no rules as to which order these books are read in, you can read them both at the same time if you want.

Just use the hashtag and all participants* are eligible to win a Snow Sister inspired necklace hand-crafted by the lovely Luna herself……and it’s beautiful!

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Above all enjoy the #WinterCarrollReadalong – we can’t wait!


About The Books

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Ever since her sister, Agnes, died, Pearl has a tradition every time it snows. She makes a person out of snow. A snow sister. It makes Christmas feel a little less lonely.
On Christmas Eve, her father receives a letter about a long-lost relative’s will. Is their luck about to change? In anticipation of a better Christmas, Pearl goes to beg credit at Mr Noble’s grocery to get ingredients for a Christmas pudding. But she is refused, and chased down the street where she is hit by a hansom cab. The snow is falling so hard that they can’t take her home. She’ll have to stay at Flintfield Manor overnight, in a haunted room… Will Pearl make it home for Christmas?

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The gates to Frost Hollow Hall loomed before us. They were great tall things, the ironwork all twisted leaves and queer-looking flowers. And they were very definitely shut.

Tilly’s heart sinks. Will’s at the door of their cottage, daring her to come ice-skating up at Frost Hollow Hall. No one goes near the place these days. Rumour has it that the house is haunted . . . Ten years ago the young heir, Kit Barrington, drowned there in the lake. But Tilly never turns down a dare.
Then it goes horribly wrong. The ice breaks, Tilly falls through and almost drowns. At the point of death, a beautiful angel appears in the water and saves her. Kit Barrington’s ghost.
Kit needs Tilly to solve the mystery of his death, so that his spirit can rest in peace. In order to discover all she can, Tilly gets work as a maid at Frost Hollow Hall. But the place makes her flesh crawl. It’s all about the dead here, she’s told, and in the heart of the house she soon discovers all manner of dark secrets . . .


About Emma Carroll

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When I’m not writing books, I work part-time as an English teacher at a secondary school in Devon. It means I’m never far from books or words or writing, which is perfect!

As a child, I wrote stories about ponies and pop stars, though not together. Nowadays it’s called fan-fiction; back then it was just weird.

After school, I worked as a reporter on a local newspaper. From there I went to university to study English Literature. After backpacking around the Middle East, South America, Australia, I did a PGCE in English and became a teacher.

Many years later, I bought myself a lovely big notebook and some new pens. I enrolled on the MA Writing For Young People at Bath Spa University, and got writing again. ‘Frost Hollow Hall’ was started on the MA course. It is my first novel, and took two years and many cups of tea to write.
I live in the Somerset hills with my husband and two Jack Russell terriers.

Check out Emma’s website – https://emmacarrollauthor.wordpress.com/

Follow Emma on Twitter @Emmac2603

Check out a fab guest post by Emma about fairies here

And also a fab guest post Emma did for National Transplant week here

Or an extract from Strange Star here or a Guest Review of Strange Star by Perdita Cargill


Giveaway

All participants* of the #WinterCarrollReadalong are eligible to win a Snow Sister inspired necklace hand-crafted by Luna.

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*UK Only

All you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below!

Also if you post a review of either of the books (or both) by the 15th December 2015 you will get an extra entry into the draw!

It’s a tight turnaround but we want to make sure the winner gets the necklace in time for Christmas to make it extra magical!

 

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Good Luck!


So feel free to join us and share your thoughts and feelings, enter the giveaway and don’t forget to use the hash tag #WinterCarrollReadalong on twitter so we can see them!

Happy Christmas!

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Guest Post – First Draft to Finished Copy by Chele Cooke


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Today I am joined by the wonderful Chele Cooke! 

I jumped at the chance to be part of this blog tour when the lovely Faye Rogers asked!  I have previously read and loved Teeth by Chele Cooke (you can find my review here) which was all about vampires and this time Chele is taking us on a sci-fi adventure with the Out Of Orbit series!

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The third instalment in the Out Of Orbit series, Rack and Run, is set to be released on the 29th October 2015!

Today Chele talks to me about first draft to finished copy in this fab guest post!

*Hands over to Chele*


About The Books

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“You are an inmate, not a medic. You should get used to that.”

 On the planet Os-Veruh, the native Veniche have endured a decade under the oppressive rule of a race of invaders, the Adveni.

 When Georgianna Lennox, a Veniche medic, discovers her childhood friend has been sold into slavery, she seeks help from a revolutionary outlaw group.

 As Georgianna’s struggle to save one life ignites a battle to liberate her homeworld, is she about to discover that it is better to be dead than ‘buryd’?

Find out more about this book on Goodreads here

Or buy a copy here

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“This is nowhere near over. This is just the beginning.”

 Georgianna Lennox is now a slave, serving an Adveni master and caught in the middle of a brewing war between oppressors and insurgents.

 As the rebels increase their attacks against the Adveni, Georgianna is recruited as their eyes behind enemy lines.

 But the lies she is forced to tell her owner are nothing compared to the secrets she must keep from her friends.

 Secrets that could change the war in their favour, and lies that might destroy them all.

Find out more about this book on Goodreads here

Or buy a copy here

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“You ready to break out of the cage, little bird?”

 Georgianna Lennox has been released by her keeper Edtroka, who has sided with the Cahlven, a technologically advanced race exiled from her home planet hundreds of years earlier.

 When Edtroka disappears, Georgianna and a group of rebel friends are forced to embark on a dangerous scouting mission behind enemy lines.

 As the Cahlven’s true intentions become clear, Georgianna and the rebels hatch an audacious plan to turn the Adveni’s most powerful weapon against them — at a terrible cost.

Find out more about this book on Goodreads here

Or buy a copy here


First Draft To Finished Copy 

If you ask any author who has been through the publishing process what their favourite moment is, you’ll hear more than a few say it’s the first time they held their finish book, or saw it in a bookshop. There are so many moments to love within the writing and publishing process, but holding that finished product is a big moment for a lot of authors.

I’m no different. It’s the moment when all of the work, the late nights and hours spent staring at a computer screen in dismay, all come together. It’s not a manuscript anymore. It’s not a hobby. It’s a book. It’s a career.

And it has been a lot of work. From numerous drafts to a month long back and forth with an editor, it’s a long and hard slog to bring a story from your brain to a book.

I’m a big planner when it comes to writing. Before I write the first words of the first chapter, I’ll have ten thousand words of planning broken up into bullet points that create a rather interesting dot to dot.

Each book in the Out of Orbit series has had its first words written on the 1st of November for NaNoWriMo. For three years in a row, I have scribbled and furiously typed 50,000 words of clunky sentences and run on paragraphs, and I plan on doing the same this year. My first drafts are far from good, let alone great.

I’ll generally get about two thirds of the way through a first draft before I start again. I’ll have reached a point where I know I’ll need major rewrites to bring the plots together, so, I go back and fix things. I replot and edit, I rewrite entire scenes, add others and scrap even more. Then, when all of that is done, I’ll write the ending.

I’m one of those incredibly lucky (or weird, depending on how you look at it) people who absolutely loves editing. I’ll go through line by line, moving everything into a new word document for each draft. It only goes into the new document when I’m happy with it. There is a lot of rereading and changing things only to change them back five minutes later.

Once I have a manuscript I’m happy with, I’ll book in time with my editor. He and I go through a lot of back and forth as he sends me up to date manuscripts where I can point out any issues or answer any questions. Usually, the first run through will involve some rewrites (reintroducing characters and past plot points) and then it’s the line edits.

I love line edits. Seeing my manuscript go from a messy document with underlines and track changes all over it to a clean and perfected manuscript is so much fun, and very rewarding.

With a professional edited manuscript, it’s time for cover, proofreading, and the formatting. I’ll do a general sweep of print typesetting to find out the length of the book before I get it proofread and I commission a cover. When asking for a cover from a designer, you need to have the spine width, especially with a wrap-around design like my Out of Orbit books have.

A brief little respite while it’s off with various freelancers, and then, after I get it back from the proofreader, it’s time to change one manuscript into 5 different formats: Print, PDF, Word Document (for Smashwords,) ePub, and Mobi. Suddenly, there isn’t one manuscript to manage, it’s multiple streams and any mistake must be fixed five times.

Everything goes by in a bit of a rush around this time. The month before publication is usually my most hectic, and also my most obsessive, but I enjoy it. This is what I was made to do.

Holding that finished product in my hand reminds me of everything I did to get to that point. It’s not one skill, but twenty. It’s the I spent hours pulling my hair out over a plot point, or screaming at a computer when there is no way to fix that orphan line of text. It’s the late nights and early mornings trying to get every thought down before I forget them. It’s skype conversations with editors and flustered emails back and forth with designers. It’s money and time and talent all wrapped up with my name on the cover.

It’s a finished book, and with one more to go, next year, it’ll be a complete series.

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About Chele Cook

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Part time author and full time fantacist, Chele Cooke is a sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal author living in London, UK.

While some know they want to write stories since childhood, Chele first started writing as a teenager writing fanfiction and roleplaying. Before long playing in other people’s worlds wasn’t enough and she started creating her own. Living in San Francisco at the time, she found a lot of inspiration in her favourite city, some of which can be found in her books.

With a degree in Creative Writing, Chele’s first novel was published in 2013. She currently has three books published: two books in a sci-fi series, Out of Orbit, and the first book of a vampire serial, Teeth.

You can find out more about Chele on her website – www.chelecooke.com

Or why not follow her on twitter using @CheleCooke

You can find my review of Teeth here

Or a previous guest post by Chele about the Teeth universe here


Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway during the tour.

The prizes include;

A full set of Out of Orbit series in paperback and a £25 Amazon giftcard

Ten ebook sets of the Out of Orbit series

http://chelecooke.com/giveaways/out-of-orbit-giveaway/


Blog Tour

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Sunday 18th October

Beauty in Ruins

Monday 19th October

Tales of Yesterday

Tuesday 20th October

Tome Tender

Wednesday 21st October

Sci-Fi Bulletin

Thursday 22nd October

Kirstyes

Friday 23rd October

Music, Books and Tea

Saturday 24th October

The Book Goddess

Sunday 25th October

Big Book Little Book

Monday 26th October

Ms Bibliophile

Tuesday 27th October

A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Wednesday 28th October

Emma’s Bookery

Thursday 29th October

The Pewter Wolf

Friday 30th October

Written by Nadi

Saturday 31st October

Around the World in Books


A huge thank you to Faye and Chele for having me on the blog tour and for a brilliant guest post!

Have you read any books by Chele Cooke?  Does the Out Of Orbit series sound up your street?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

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Spotlight – The Tapper Twins by Geoff Rodkey


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I have recently been sent The Tapper Twins books by the wonderful Orion Children’s Books!  These were immediately pinched off me by my ten year old and I have heard many giggles coming from his room whilst reading them!  I cannot wait to pinch them back soon!

Today I have a fab giveaway!

To celebrate the release of the second book in the series, The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York the lovely people at Orion Children’s Books have given me not one but two prizes to giveaway!

They even made me this fab header!

So firstly a bit about these fab books……


About The Books

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Two kids. One pastry. This means WAR! The first in a hilarious new series from a multi-talented US author and screenwriter.

Wars are terrible things. I know this because I’ve read about a lot of them on Wikipedia. And also because I was just in one. It was me against my brother, Reese. That might not sound like a war to you. Trust me. It was.

This is the story of the terrible war between twins, Reese and Claudia Tapper.

It began with a cruel and senseless sneak attack in the school cafeteria on Monday, September 8th, at approximately 8:27 a.m. Or possibly it began in the Tapper family kitchen, earlier that morning, with the greedy guzzling of the last brown sugar cinnamon toaster pastry. What really happened? It depends on who you speak to . . .

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One day. One city. One scavenger hunt, and one GRAND PRIZE. This can only mean one thing . . . WAR! The second in the hilarious series from Geoff Rodkey, a successful US screenwriter.

This is the true oral history of the First (and last) Annual Culvert Prep Middle School Scavenger Hunt. You shouldn’t believe what you read in the New York Post. All of that was completely made up. Well, most of it. Read on to discover what happened on the day the Tapper Twins and their friends (and enemies) were let loose on New York City. . .

Claudia: Honestly, I think Mrs. Bevan overreacted. Nobody actually filed a lawsuit. Those were just empty threats.

Reese: All I can say is, none of the bad stuff that happened was my fault. Most of the laws we broke, I didn’t even know were laws. So those shouldn’t count.

Fans of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and DARCY BURDOCK – smart, funny 9-12 fiction!

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About Geoff Rodkey

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Geoff Rodkey is best known as the screenwriter of the hit films Daddy Day Care, RV, and the Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie, The Road Trip Movie. He has also written for the educational video game Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, the non-educational MTV series Beavis and Butt-head, Comedy Central’s Politically Incorrect, and at least two out-of-print magazines.

Geoff currently lives in New York City with his wife and three sons, none of whom bear any resemblance whatsoever to the characters in The Tapper Twins series.

Visit his website at www.geoffrodkey.com and follow him on Twitter @GeoffRodkey


Giveaway

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Prize 1: 

I <3 New York Goodie Bag

 Includes – Tshirt, backpack, yellow cab toy, pen, notebook, key ring and a copy of both books!

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Prize 2:

A copy of both books!

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Please note this giveaway is for :

Prize One

1 x I <3 New York Goodie Bag    Includes – Tshirt, backpack, yellow cab toy, pen, notebook, key ring and a copy of both books!

Prize 2

1 x Set of The Tapper Twins Books (both books)

There are only 2 prizes so there will be 2 winners

UK & IRE only

Giveaway ends 10/10/2015!

Winners will need to provide their address direct to me to pass onto Orion as the prize will be sent directly from them.

Have you read The Tapper Twins?  Have you ever been to New York?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !   sig2  

Guest Post – The Point Of No Return by Sarah Mussi


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Today I am so so happy  to be part of the blog tour for Here Be Dragons by the lovely Sarah Mussi!

Here Be Dragons was released on the 1st September 2015 published by Vertebrate Publishing and is book one in Sarah’s new Snowdonia Chronicles series!  I am so over the moon to have received a copy and I cannot wait to delve into this adventure as soon as possible!

Here Be Dragons is now showcased by The People’s Book Prize!

VOTE for HBD here: http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=1332

There’s also a fab giveaway running throughout the blog tour to win a copy of Here Be Dragons!  Be sure to check out the bottom of the post to find out how to enter!

Today Sarah interviews herself in the form of a brilliant guest post and discusses The Point Of No Return…….

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Ellie Morgan wants a boy who’s all hers. Just for once, it would be nice to meet someone that Sheila (the cow) hadn’t got her claws in to.

A remote farmhouse on Mount Snowdon is hardly the ideal setting for meeting anyone unless, of course, you count her best friend George or creepy Darren (which Ellie doesn’t). But when a boy, glimpsed through the mist and snow, lures her up to the Devil’s Bridge, Ellie realises the place she knows so well still has its secrets …

The stronger her feelings for this strange boy become, the more she is in danger: a battle as old as Snowdon itself has been raging for centuries and now Ellie’s caught in the middle.

Something has left its lair.

It s out there stalking her.

Who ever said true love was easy?


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Hi everybody and welcome back to my blog tour to celebrate the launch of HERE BE DRAGONS, Book One in my new trilogy: THE SNOWDONIA CHRONICLES!

HERE BE DRAGONS is a story about Snowdonia, myth and magic and first love and is book one in the first trilogy I’ve ever written!

In this blog post, I am going to interview myself about the process of writing HERE BE DRAGONS. So far I have covered:

  1. The Hook
  2. The Inciting Incident
  3. The First Turning Point – of the story.

So what are we going to look at today, Sarah?

Today we are going to look at the Point of No Return. We have reached Camp 2 on our ascent of Everest (I am comparing writing this book to an attempt to climb the greatest mountain in the world – partly because you need some of the same qualities: stamina, resilience, a map, a guide, helpers etc and also because I count writing HERE BE DRAGONS as one of my greatest achievements and the fulfilment of a life-long goal: to write a fantasy and a love story).

So here we are at Camp 2 6400 m / 21000 ft.

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“After an endless, slow march through the silent valley, you reach at last a rocky patch, at the foot of the icy Lhotse wall. This marks camp 2. This place is absolutely stunning. Clouds roll in from the lower ranges of the Himalaya, up the valley and into the camp. While acclimatizing, we spend time looking for cool old climbing gear; left here by all of Everest’s climbing history. This is also the last chance to get a decent, prepared meal. We eat all we are handed because soon we´ll be surviving on instants only.”

Ok, Sarah, you mention that writing HERE BE DRAGONS is fulfilling a life long goal – can you expand?

Yes HERE BE DRAGONS is really THE kind of book that I’ve always wanted to write. It’s the kind of book I wanted to read too as a teen (still do)! Falling in love on a mountain with magical things happening – both in terms of that growing up process and in terms of the actual mountain steeped in myth and magic!

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And, of course, with the myths of the dragons that live under Dinas Emrys and the fact that at one time Snowdon was called the mountain of King Arthur – and Merlin is associated with it and all of those magical creatures like the Tylwyth Teg – and the Mabinogion – absolutely fascinating, deep and rich history, rich culture. What’s not to love!

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Great. So now back to how you wrote your book?

So I thought I’d structure my book along the classic three-act structure. AND I would also structure my blog tour along those lines – and explain in each post how HERE BE DRAGONS was mapped using that structure and how the book, itself, then began to take form. I kind of liked that idea.

Just bring us up to speed on why you are following the Three-Act Structure?

Because in a film script book that I first used to help me to understand how to structure a story (my Bible: Teach Yourself Screenwriting by Ray Frensham) he drew a little picture of a story mountain. I love mountains. There are mountains all over the place in my book, obviously.

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So today I’m going to talk about the midway point in HERE BE DRAGONS, or what is called The Point Of No Return, in the three-act structure. As anyone who has studied the structure knows, this is the point at which the story is balanced on the midpoint, on the fulcrum.

For our main character, the protagonist, it is a decision to go forward and to face the things ahead – because the distance ahead is as long or as short as the distance behind – or to retreat into the self and refuse The Call to Adventure, and then basically we have no story!

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So it’s a choice for the protagonist and it should be marked by some kind of deep inner choice and it’s also a growth point, in which the hunted must become the hunter, or the captive must escape and seek freedom. At this point, even though it may not be marked by a BIG scene there must be some deep emotional commitment to the future. So I got to thinking about how I could give my story a resonance. I needed something to help Ellie think deeply about what she was getting into. So I decided I’d use a reveal, a reveal that perhaps has been foreshadowed in the first half of the story – but when it is revealed – it has that: oh yes! I knew that was coming! But I didn’t guess it was coming in that way!

Oh this is fascinating, Sarah, so tell! Tell!

Well I did include a BIG reveal at The Point of No Return – but of course I’d be spoiling it if I told you what the reveal was! But it needed to be a reveal by the main character or about one or other of the main characters – that she was deeply involved with, and it needed to be a reveal that was a complete game changer.

Ok, if you can’t tell us what the reveal is – can you tell us how you did it?

It’s kind of difficult in writing to do a reveal – because most of it is going to be in conversation – whilst it is action on the page: i.e. showing not telling, it can also be misused or abused as a vehicle for dumping exposition. The reader will pretty soon get tired of reading a conversation in which they are being retold things they already know. It also runs the risk of feeling stilted, if two characters are talking at each other rather than with each other.

Oh, and good conversation should probably be terse, short and oblique. So this was going to be a real challenge. How was I going to set up this conversation? How was I going to make sure that the characters in this conversation didn’t walk away from the conversation? How was I to be sure that they would be ‘in character’ and yet at the same time create a reveal that would be a midway point? How was I going to infer that the Point of No Return had been reached and passed and that now my heroine was committed to a course of action from which she has no escape? How can she exit from that conversation? (put in some cute pics of magic-ish Mabinogion characters in love 🙂 )

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So how did you?

 Well, I reset it in the same place as she had originally been captive in – and captivated by her love interest (Henry) so no walking away from the reveal. I worked very hard on voice and I had lots of distractions going on in the scene – lashings of angst and jeopardy – and I crossed my fingers that it worked! Here’s an excerpt for you to judge.

“‘There is so much you don’t know,’ Henry sighed.

‘Better tell me, then’ I said. There was no way he was going to fob me off with any not-now-maybe-later excuses.

He shuffled his feet, as if he didn’t want to tell me anything, as if we could all somehow stay here, inside Halfway House, and ignore everything outside forever. ‘Will you promise me something first, Ellie?’ he said.

‘No deal,’ I said nearly giving in to those huge liquid eyes. ‘Start talking.’

‘Better tell her, old boy,’ said George. ‘She has a way of getting what she wants.’

‘And why are you here?’ I snapped at George. He wasn’t going to escape from question time either.

‘Just checking you arrived safely,’ said George, with a butter-wouldn’t-melt expression plastered all over his cute face.

‘I just don’t know where to start,’ said Henry, leaning his chin on his hand.

‘Try the beginning,’ I said tartly.

‘Ok,’ said Henry, his eyes suddenly sad, as if the whole world was about to end. He took in a deep breath and bit his lip – opened his beautiful mouth – and said nothing.

‘Right,’ I said, because I wasn’t going to have any of that. ‘Do you know why there’s a dragon outside?’

Henry nodded.

George struggled to pat his shoulder encouragingly.

‘Well?’ I demanded.

‘It’s a long story …’

‘We’ve got all night.’ I said, narrowing up my eyes and plonking myself down on a log.

‘If only you would promise…’ he started.

‘Go on,’ said George. ‘Can’t be that bad.’

‘You. Be. Quiet,’ I snapped to George. You shouldn’t be here, and you went up against a dragon with your second-best axe, which in my books makes you totally psychiatrically certifiable.’”

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Any other things you did, or like doing as you are writing, Sarah?

When I am writing, I really love playing around with metaphor and with opposites and juxtaposing ideas. For example the idea of being held captive by the snow, being held captive by love, by events escalating, snow falling – you get the idea.

At the end of that end of my Point of No Return reveal scene, that turning-point conversation, there is another great scene in which she sees things from above, she gets to see the big picture, she is freed from what happened before in a really important way and able to make a decision not to allow events to ‘happen TO her’ any more – but to now take charge and control events as best she can. It was a scene, I had to re-write many, many times in order to get all of those points in (I wanted to capture the feeling in pic below) – and I would be interested to receive feedback from anyone after they have read HERE BE DRAGONS – to see if I got all that right!! Fingers crossed!

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Okay, better go before I do a spoiler! Bye for now, see you at blog post five: The Darkest Hour – with The Perks of Being a Book Girl!

Thank you once again for having me Chelley

XXX Sarah


About Sarah Mussi

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Sarah Mussi is an award-winning author of children’s and young adults’ fiction. Her first novel, The Door of No Return, won the Glen Dimplex Children’s Book Award and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award. Her second novel, The Last of the Warrior Kings, was shortlisted for the Lewisham Book Award, inspired a London Walk, and is used as a textbook in Lewisham schools. Her thriller, Siege, was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal (2014) and won the BBUKYA award for contemporary YA fiction. Her thriller, Riot, was longlisted for The Amazing Book Award and shortlisted for The Lancashire Schools Award. Her most recent novel, Bomb, was published in 2015 by Hodder Children’s Books. Sarah was born and raised in the Cotswolds, attended Pate’s Grammar School for Girls, and graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Winchester School of Art and an MA from the Royal College of Art. She spent over fifteen years in West Africa as a teacher and now teaches English in Lewisham, where she is also the current Chair of CWISL (Children’s Writers and Illustrators in South London).

Find out more about Sarah on her website – www.sarahmussi.com

Or why not follow Sarah on twitter using – @sarahmussi

You can buy Sarah’s books here

Here Be Dragons is now showcased by The People’s Book Prize. VOTE for HBD here: http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=1332

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Giveaway

TO BE IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING A COPY OF HERE BE DRAGONS, ANSWER THIS QUESTION:

WHO IS ELLIE’S BEST FRIEND?

THE ANSWER CAN BE FOUND BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK:

HTTPS://WWW.V-PUBLISHING.CO.UK/BOOKS/CATEGORIES/FICTION/HERE-BE-DRAGONS.HTML.

EMAIL YOUR ANSWER TO INFO@V-PUBLISHING.CO.UK AND ONE WINNER WILL BE PICKED AT RANDOM EACH WEEK OF SARAH’S BLOG TOUR.


A huge huge thank you to Sarah for the fab guest post and to Lorna at Vertebrate Publishing for organising the tour!  Here Be Dragons sounds AMAZING!  I can’t wait!

You can catch up or follow the rest of the blog tour here!

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Have you read Here Be Dragons?  What did you think?  Will you be picking up a copy?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

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Spotlight – Chicken House MG Bundle Giveaway


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The wonderful people at the brilliant Chicken House have kindly given my these three wonderful new August Middle Grade releases to giveaway as a super MG bundle!

Being a lover of MG myself am super excited to read these and they are just crying out to be read this summer!

Very exciting!

So before the giveaway here’s a bit about each book to tempt you….


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Find out more or read an extract here

About Emma Shevah

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Emma Shevah is half-Irish and half-Thai and was born and raised in London. She has travelled extensively and has lived in Australia, Japan, India (where her first child was born in the Himalayas) and Jerusalem before moving back to the UK with her family. Emma has busked as a fire-juggler, been a restaurant manager, a copy writer, an English teacher, a CV advisor and is now a blogger and author.

‘Dream on, Amber’, her debut novel, was published by Chicken House in March 2014.

You can follow Emma on twitter using @Emmashevah

or check out her website www.emmashevah.com

You can buy Emma’s books here


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Ghost, Cormac and Kate are not like other kids. Ghost can turn invisible, Cormac can run up walls and Kate can talk to animals – all abilities which make them perfect recruits for the Black Lotus, a training school for ninjas. But when the Moon Sword – a source of unimaginable power – is stolen by samurai, the three are forced to put their new skills to the test in sixteenth-century Japan.

Find out more or read an extract here

Also check out this fab book trailer for The Black Lotus!

About Kieran Fanning

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By day, Kieran Fanning is a primary school teacher who enjoys helping his pupils to write, illustrate and publish their own books.  By night, he writes his own stories, and has published a series of interactive puzzle books for children, as well as school textbooks.  He has an MA in Children’s Literature and lives with his wife and two children in County Meath, Ireland. The Black Lotus is his first novel.

You can follow Kieran on twitter using @KieranJFanning

or check out his website – www.kieranfanning.com

You can buy Kieran Fanning’s books here


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With his mother missing and his father dead, 12-year-old Flip’s new home is a remote storm-tossed Dutch island. Menaced by the local bullies and with a shadowy mute girl as his only friend, Flip tries to adapt to life on his uncle’s farm – but his whole life changes when a sunken transport ship leaves a drowning stallion floundering in the waves. Risking his life to rescue it, Flip is told he can keep the troublesome horse if he can teach it how to work for its keep.

Find out more or read an extract here

Or lists to Nick read an extract below

About Nick Garlick

Nick Garlick is a translator and copywriter, who first had a science fiction novel published many years ago. Aunt Severe and the Dragons, his first children’s book, was published in 2010. It is soon to be followed by Aunt Severe and the Toy Thieves. He has lived in the Netherlands since 1990. Nick Maland trained in English and drama, but rapidly changed to set design, and then to illustration for the Guardian, the Observer and the Independent before deciding to do book illustration. His first book was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award for Best Newcomer. He is married, has two children and lives in London.

You can but Nick Garlick’s books here


Giveaway

The wonderful Chicken House have kindly given me one copy of each of the above books to giveaway as a fantastic MG bundle!

So exciting!

UK & IRE only

Giveaway ends 24/08/2015!

Do check the Terms and Conditions before entering!

Good Luck!

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A huge thank you to Chicken House for sending me copies of these books for review and also a set for a giveaway 🙂

Have you read any of these fab middle grade books?  What did you think?  Has the above post tempted you?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment by using the reply button at the top of the post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading

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Review – Jessica Cole Model Spy: Catwalk Criminal by Sarah Sky


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The 4th June 2015 marked the release day of the third book in the Jessica Cole Model Spy Series – Catwalk Criminal by author Sarah Sky published by Scholastic. I am very excited to have been sent a copy of this book so I could read and review as part of the blog tour to celebrate it’s release!

I have previously read the first in the series Jessica Cole Model Spy: Code Red Lipstick (you can find my review here ) and the second Jessica Cole Model Spy: Fashion Assassin (you can find my review here ) and thoroughly enjoyed them so I was so happy and excited for this next instalment!

Thank you to both Scholastic and Faye Rogers for having me on this wonderful tour.

Ps – There’s also an awesome tour giveaway where you could win a set of the trilogy….I highly recommend you enter at the bottom of this post 🙂


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Models, spies and lipstick gadgets in this fast-paced teen series. Jessica Cole has been recruited to Westwood, MI6’s secret division of supermodel spies. Her first official mission seems simple at first, until it turns into the biggest cyber-attack ever known, threatening the security of the whole country. Then it emerges there is a traitor in the midst at MI6 – and suddenly Jessica herself is being accused. With no one believing her innocence, and the country on the verge of chaos, Jessica has no choice but to take matters of national security into her own hands and catch the culprit – fresh from the catwalk.


Publisher – Scholastic

Date Published – 4th June 2015

Pages – 320 pages

Format – Paperback

Category – UK YA, Contemporary / Crime YA 

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I was sent a copy of this book by the wonderful  Faye Rogers and Scholastic .  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you both for sending this to me to read!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


Wow!  Super spy Jessica Cole is back with a bang in this third instalment of this brilliant series and I loved every page of it!

This book kicks off six months after the end of the second book, Fashion Assassin, where we join Jessica in an action packed opening in the Shard in London!  Following completing training she is now a full member of Westwood (a secret agency of models who work for MI6) and we join her on her first mission!

Her first mission does not go to plan and puts Jessica in danger and then there’s a cyber attack on MI6 HQ causing mayhem around London….. could there be a mole inside the Westwood camp that wants rid of Jessica?!  What pursues is a race against time to stop a group called The Collective who are working on behalf of the mysterious Liberty Crossing causing mayhem and putting MI6 agents life in danger!

With many twist and turns and action it was impossible for me to put this book down!  Just when I thought I had it sussed Sarah Sky throws another twist or a curve ball to really make you keep guessing what’s going to happen right up till the very end!

As well as being a super spy Jessica has also joined this top secret wing of MI6, Westwood, to find out the truth about her Mom’s death!  I love how this story line has carried through all three books and I was routing for Jessica all along to discover the truth….okay, okay I wanted to know the truth …the pages flew whilst I tried to find out!

The other two books have been set in different countries ie Paris, Monaco, but Catwalk Criminal keeps the action close to home in London.  This, for me as a reader, gave this book a more homely feel.  Whilst I love reading stories set in different countries this just felt right and in a way gave Jessica more depth to her character as we got to see more of her home life, school life, MI6 HQ and personal life.  Which brings us onto a new character that was introduced in this book…..

Zak!

Oh Zak!  The gorgeous Calvin Klein model! *daydreams*  He befriends Jessica and makes her boyfriend Jamie very jealous and her best friend Becky weak at the knees…..apparently he’s very good looking and I adored him!  We are also introduced to a fashion designer Ossa Cosway who Jessica exclusively models for….he is just how I imagine a fashion designer to be.  We also get our fix of model spy regulars Jessica’s Dad, Grandma and MI6 top bloke Nathan!

The struggles and strains of being a super spy / model / teenager really were evident in this instalment of the books where Jessica not only battling cyber threats also has to deal with hiding her life from her best friend and her boyfriend which causes Jessica numerous conflicts….I really felt for her as a character and I think this also cemented, for me, why the setting of London, Jessica’s home, was more fitting for the story.

Favourite parts of the book for me were the action scenes in a boarding school, prison and an old abandoned warehouse!  They were fast paced and had my heart racing!  There was also some funny parts that made me chuckle especially when because of the cyber attacks all the teachers at Jessica’s school end up being put on a website called OAPdating.com and all the pupils at the school are listed on eBay with a starting bid of 1p!  Genius and very funny!

I loved the nods to the previous books and characters like Kat from Fashion Assassin, Allegra Knight and I have to shamefully admit my tummy did a little flip when Margaret was mentioned!  I will say no more, but Sarah Sky does a fantastic job of summarising the first two books and giving the reader a little bit of background / reminder or previous events as well as letting us know what the likes of Kat or Margaret are up to now…..

As always there are super cool and awesome gadgets galore #squee !  My favourite gadgets this time around were Taser trainers!  Want!  A diamante key ring scanner!  Want!  Thermal imaging contact lenses!  Want!  And a lipstick that can cut electricity! *jumps up and down like Verruca Salt and shouts I WANT IT NOW!* 🙂  Such cool gadgets!!!

I have heard this may be the final Jessica Cole book……yep I know right?!  We want more!  *bats eyelids at Sarah Sky and Scholastic*….in all honesty this whole trilogy has been fantastic and I LOVE Sarah Sky’s writing style and stories so I am really excited for what is next to come from this brilliant UKYA writer….whatever it is I will be picking up a copy without a doubt!

I really would recommend this book and the whole trilogy to any one looking for an action packed adventure with a hint of mystery, humour and a kick ass heroine!

If ever I were in trouble I would call Jessica Cole….or if she’s not available definitely Sarah Sky who is a master of Karate and could do some serious damage! *gulps*

Right ….I’m now off to day dream some more about Zak *drools*

Don’t forget the giveaway down below!

I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

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You can buy this book, Jessica Cole Model Spy Catwalk Criminal, book three in the series here

Or why not add it to your to read list on good reads here

For a previous tour following the release of Fashion Assassin I did a spotlight feature which included some super facts about Jessica Cole!  You can check this out here.

Catch Sarah under pressure with quick fire questions at #UKYAExtravaganza – here

I also did a feature asking Sarah if music influenced Jessica Cole – here

Catch up on the rest of this fab series!

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I read and loved the first in the series, Code Red Lipstick.  Check out my spoiler free review here

You can buy Code Red Lipstick here

Or add it on your to be read list on Goodreads here

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Also the second book in the series, Fashion Assassin is brilliant!  You can check out my review here !

You can buy Fashion Assassin here

Or add it on your to be read list on Goodreads here


About The Author – Sarah Sky

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Sarah Sky is the author of Scholastic’s Jessica Cole: Model Spy series with Code Red Lipstick and Fashion Assassin. Catwalk Criminal is published in June 2015.

Sarah is a freelance education journalist and lives in West London with her husband and two young children.

She grew up in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, and studied English at Nottingham University before gaining a post-graduate diploma in journalism at Cardiff University.

She trained as a journalist at the Western Daily Press in Bristol. Her highlight was interviewing screen legend Charlton Heston and lowest point was being sneezed on by a cow at a fatstock competition.

Sarah worked as an education correspondent for a national newspaper before going freelance. She now divides her time between journalism and writing.

She loves reading, baking, table tennis and martial arts. She’s a green belt in kick-boxing and a brown with two white stripes at karate, currently training for black.

You can find out more about Sarah Sky and Jessica Cole by visiting her website – www.sarahsky.co.uk and on Goodreads here.

Or you can follow Sarah on twitter – @sarahsky23


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Catwalk Criminal Review Only Blog Tour

Want to checkout some more reviews and guest posts?  Visit the rest of the tour stops to see what everyone thought!

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Monday 1st June

Ya Yeah Yeah

Sophie Reads YA

Tuesday 2nd June

Big Book Little Book

Wednesday 3rd June

A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Thursday 4th June

Queen of Contemporary

Friday 5th June

Tales of Yesterday

Saturday 6th June

Creativity and Crazy

Sunday 7th June

Lauren’s Book Life

 

 

 

 

 


Have you read Catwalk Criminal or any of the Jessica Cole series?  What did you think?  Has this review made you want to go grab a copy?  Do you have any super cool gadgets I should know about?  I would love to here from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading….or maybe spying and you might be undercover!

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