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Spotlight – #ThisIsWhoIAm Tour – Birmingham


IMG_1193On the 8th June 2016 Waterstones Birmingham have a fab event with an awesome author line up!

I had reserved my ticket and was all set and ready to attend and then Waterstones contacted me and asked me a question….

tiwiatThat’s right!  The people at Waterstones Birmingham are letting me loose in these fab authors!

With thanks to Waterstones (and persuasion from my hubby and friends Jim Dean and Faye Rogers – thanks guys) I will be chairing this fab panel at this fab event!

I am a little nervous I have to admit but I am also hugely excited!

Do tweet @WaterstonesBham for a free ticket!

So whilst I am busy reading these fab authors books (or the ones I’ve not yet read yet) and prepping questions I thought it would be fun to shine the spotlight on them a little and find out a little more about them……

You can also check out what I would put in my time capsule here


Eve Ainsworth

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Eve Ainsworth is a writer of Adult and YA fiction. She also loves tea (lots of it), 80’s music and most things relating to The Beatles.

Seven Days, Eve’s Young Adult debut, was published by Scholastic Uk in Feb 2015. The Blog of Maisy Malone is a adult comedy novel that has received pleasing reviews on Amazon.
Crush, also published by Scholastic will be published in March 2016.

Eve has had short stories published in magazines such as Writers’ Forum and Prima.

She is now working on her third YA novel for Scholastic.

Please check out her website www.eveainsworth.com or follow her on Twitter @EveAinsworth        

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School should be a safe place for Jess, but at the moment it’s everything she dreads. Jess’s life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her. Kez’s life isn’t any sweeter. She has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess – or so she thinks… Told from the point of view of the bullied and the bully, this is a taut, powerful story of two girls locked in battle with each other and themselves, spiralling towards a shocking conclusion.    

 

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Love hurts … but should it hurt this much? Reeling from her mum’s sudden departure, Anna finds the comfort she needs in her blossoming relationship with Will. He’s handsome and loving, everything Anna has always dreamt of. He’s also moody and unpredictable, pushing her away from her friends, her music. He wants her to be his and his alone. He wants her to be perfect. Anna’s world is closing in. But threatening everything is a dark secret that not even Will can control… Eve Ainsworth’s gripping second novel is a pitch-perfect exploration of love at its most powerful, addictive and destructive. 

 

You can buy Eve’s books here or from your local bookshop.

Check out my review of 7 Days here or Crush here

Also check out this fab character Q&A with Lyn from 7 Day’s here


Harriet Reuter Hapgood 

harriet_reuter_hapgoodHarriet Reuter Hapgood is a freelance journalist who has worked with Marie Claire, ELLE and InStyle in the UK. The Square Root of Summer was inspired by her German mathematician grandfather and her lifelong obsession with YA romance, which includes an MA thesis on Dawson’s Creek from London College of Fashion and a dissertation on romantic comedies at Newcastle University. She lives in Brighton.  

You can find out more about Harriet on her website – http://harrietreuterhapgood.com/ or follow her on twitter – @hapgoodness 

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My heart is a kaleidoscope, and when we kiss it makes my world unravel . . .

Last summer, Gottie’s life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason, the boy to whom she lost her heart wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time – back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then . . .

During one long, hazy summer, Gottie navigates grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last.

The Square Root of Summer is an astounding and moving debut from Harriet Reuter Hapgood.

You can buy The Square Root Of Summer here or from your local bookshop.


Lauren James  

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She is an Arts Council grant recipient, and is longlisted for the 2016 Branford Boase Award. She lives in the West Midlands. You can find her on Twitter at @Lauren_E_James or her website laurenejames.co.uk  

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A powerful and epic debut novel about fate and the timelessness of first love. Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. Each time their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. How many times can you lose the person you love? For Matthew and Katherine it is again and again, over and over, century after century. But why do they keep coming back? How many times must they die to save the world? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? Maybe the next together will be different.  

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The epic conclusion to Lauren James’ debut The Next Together about true love and reincarnation. Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation? For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.    

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Winter, 1940: there is a murderer on the loose at Bletchley Park, the headquarters of Britain’s most daring codebreaking operation against the Nazis. Can two young codebreakers Kitty and Matthew catch the killer?

This standalone short story can be enjoyed by new readers and existing fans of Lauren James’s The Next Together series.

You can buy Lauren’s books here or from your local bookshop.

NB – The Last Beginning is due to be released on the 6th October2016 and the e-short Another Together on the 2nd June 2016


Leila Sales   

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I was born in 1984, and I grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, with my parents and our cat. When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be a writer, actress, or singer. The writing part turned out to be easiest to accomplish, since it turns out I can’t really carry a tune, though I can do a pretty compelling karaoke rendition of “Hey Mickey.”

I wrote and illustrated approximately one million picture books when I was in elementary school, all of them about unicorns or cats or princesses, or princess unicorns who were best friends with princess cats. When I was seven, I wrote a longer story about quintuplets named Marissa, Larissa, Clarissa, Melissa, and Alyssa. The quintuplets were not princesses, but they did get invited to a royal ball.

During middle school and high school, I wrote five unpublished YA novels. I also acted in plays, competed in gymnastics meets and debate tournaments, babysat, and did an awful lot of schoolwork. My favorite school subject was math, and my worst subject was either science or Spanish.

I went to college at the University of Chicago, where I majored in psychology. I also performed in Off-Off Campus (an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe), competed in debate tournaments all over the world, helped judge the world’s largest scavenger hunt, and wrote a humor column for the school paper. And I wrote another unpublished YA novel, for which I was awarded the Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Prize for Fiction Writing.

After graduating, I got a job at a children’s book publishing company in New York City, where I remain to this day. My first novel was published in 2010, and since then, I’ve just kept working on more. During the daytime I read other people’s books, and during the nighttime I write my own. What more could I need?

Learn more about me by following me on Twitter or befriending me on Facebook.

You can also find out more about Leila on her website – http://leilasales.com/

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All her life, Elise Dembowski has been an outsider. Starting a new school, she dreams of fitting in at last – but when her best attempts at popularity fail, she almost gives up. In a cry for help, she self-harms, and when news of that gets around school, things get even worse for Elise.

But then she stumbles upon a secret warehouse party. There, at night, Elise can be a different person, making real friends, falling in love for the first time, and finding her true passion – DJing.

But when her real and secret lives collide, she has to make a decision once and for all: just who is the real Elise?

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Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose: it makes her feel like she matters. But she’s tired of being loyal to people who don’t appreciate her – including her needy best friend and her absent mum.

Arden stumbles upon a blog called ‘Tonight the Streets Are Ours’, the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, and it feels like she’s finally found a kindred spirit. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.

During one crazy night in NYC filled with parties, dancing and music – the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does – Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was either.

You can buy Leila’s books here or at your local bookshop


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It would be awesome to see you there!

Do tweet @WaterstonesBham for a free ticket!

You can also check out what I would put in my time capsule here

Have you read any of these books or met any of these fab authors before? What questions would you ask if you were chairing the panel?  I would love to here from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @ChelleyToy !

Wish me luck!

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Review – 7 Days by Eve Ainsworth


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School should be a safe place for Jess, but at the moment it’s everything she dreads. Jess’s life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her. Kez’s life isn’t any sweeter. She has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess – or so she thinks…


Publisher – Scholastic

Date Published – 5th February 2015

Pages – 288 pages

Format – Paperback

Category – UK YA

Source –

I was sent a review copy of this book by the wonderful author Keris Stainton as I was talking about it in my anti-bullying post and she offered to send me her copy when she had read it.  I was also lucky enough to attend the Scholastic Blogger Book Feast last week and was given a finished copy which I got signed!  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you all for sending / giving this to me to read!


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


This book had me smiling, shouting no! at the characters in the book and with my bottom lip trembling and eyes welling up very often I realised what a powerful, important thought provoking book Eve Ainsworth has written and I really encourage every one to read it!

7 Days tells the story of beautiful and popular, Kez who excels in art at school and really does not care who she hurts and finds an easy target to bully in overweight and awkward 14 year old Jess. Told from the alternate perspectives of Jess and Kez over the course of a week, 7 days, and with a Facebook conversation with Kez and her friends before each day I really got a sense of feelings from both sides and of what was to come each day often with heartbreaking outcomes.

The book opens with a heartfelt letter which immediately sets the tone and gives the sense of what’s to come and as soon as I read this I knew that this book was going to be special.

I loved the way how as each day goes by the characters start to unravel and reveal themselves to the reader but not necessarily to each other.  Home life for Jess is hard, taking care of her little sister Hollie a lot after her Dad recently left her Mom and her Mom working nights Jess and her family seem to struggle juggling everything and whilst trying to support each other seem quite detached from each other.  As the story progresses there is a touching scene between Jess and her Mom that really brought tears to my eyes and really made the relationship develop and open Jess’s Mom’s eyes in a sense to how much her daughters need her.  It was lovely to see this develop over the course of the 7 days.  On the flip side Jess sees Kez as having the perfect little house and the perfect little life, but as the story progresses we find that behind closed doors or beneath someone mask or shell things are not always as they appear.

One of my favourite characters was Lyn (find my character Q&A with Lyn here)!  Boyfriend of Kez, Lyn has known Jess since they were 4 years old and I loved the memory Jess remembers of them playing in the paddling pool together when they were little.  I have known my now husband since I was 4 years old so I really could relate to memories of being young and thinking back on times shared.  This is maybe why I liked his character so much.  I also loved Jess’s friend Phillip…I loved they way he stands up to for Jess against Kez and sticking up for his friend saying to Kez “at least I’m happy with who I am unlike you”.  This sentence speaks a thousand words to me and sums up, in my opinion, Kez’s character completely.

This book was un-put-downable (is that a word?)!  I read this book really quick due to the pacing and the way the book just flowed.  I felt fully invested in the characters and cared for them, even Kez and I think that’s what made this book so special and Eve’s writing spectacular as Kez does some awful, un forgiving and horrific things to Jess and as a reader you hate her, but somehow as the story progresses Eve writes in such a way that you have pangs of caring for this character too which in your mind you know you don’t want to, which to me, to do this to me whilst reading, makes Eve’s writing very special indeed.

Eve Ainsworth gets the message over to the reader powerfully and raw without sugar coating anything.  There are scenes between Jess and Kez that are just horrific for Jess often bringing tears to my eyes.  There’s also scenes in Kez’s homelife that are heartbreaking to.  There’s one particular scene with Jess in the girls changing rooms where Jess goes through her thought process on getting changed in front of all of the other girls.  I could definitely relate to this from school.  Whilst I can’t say I was ever bullied at school, even though people did test the waters, I was too much of a hardworking, guitar playing joker to really care what other people thought (except boys of course).  I was always a big girl and yes people at school did comment on my weight a lot, but I was lucky that I used to brush it off easy, but PE was always horrific for me!  I hated it!  It was just humiliating!  Especially getting changed afterwards so I could totally relate to Jess trying to cover up whilst getting changed or doing it as quick as possible so people did not see!

I found in the last third of this book that due to being so invested in the characters it was heartstopping and one particular scene I was reading as fast as I could, gripping the book so tight and thinking no this can’t be happening!

Everyone should read this book!  If your being bullied, doing the bullying, a parent concerned for their child or just to get an understanding or sense of what people go through when being bullied then please read this book.  I really hope schools invest the time to put this book into their libraries as I really feel that it could help.  I also like to think that as much as it is raw that the ending will give people hope or change peoples lives. My 10 year old son has shown an interest in reading this book and I have handed it over to him with pride! Well done Eve!  You should be proud of this book and all it stands for!  Thank you for writing this book…thank you!

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

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You can buy the brilliant 7 Days Here

Or why not visit Eve’s website or follow her on twitter using @eveainsworth

You can find my Q&A with character Lyn here

You can check out a review of Eve’s second book, Crush, which features Lyn from 7 Days here

Eve has also written some brilliant posts Why I Wrote Seven Days, Bloggers Book Feast and fab guest post yesterday over on YaYeahYeah here.

Eve also featured 7 Days on my post titled Does music influence UKYA – to read this click here

I also wrote quite a personal post for last years Anti Bullying Week which features 7 Days and some other books that helped my son deal with bullying.  You can find it here.

Happy Reading!

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Tales Q&A with Eve Ainsworth


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Following being lucky enough to have received a copy of Eve’s debut novel 7 Days published by Scholastic I have been honoured to have been asked to be part of the blog tour in the 7 days leading up to its release date of the 5th February (although I do believe some copies are now out in the wild!!!).

 Scholastic and Eve gave me free reign on what post I would like to feature for the blog tour (evil laugh) to which I suggested this – a Q&A with a character from the book.  I like to do things a little different so rather than a main character I picked another character I loved from the book who I felt played a pivotal role in so many ways.


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School should be a safe place for Jess, but at the moment it’s everything she dreads. Jess’s life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her. Kez’s life isn’t any sweeter. She has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess – or so she thinks…


About the Author

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A writer, a mother and a lover of books.

Eve is represented by Stephanie Thwaites at Curtis Brown.

Eve is a YA Author with my Debut YA novel – Seven Days due for publication with Scholastic in Feb 2015. One bully. One Target. Two Victims.

Eve’s Adult comedy novel – The Blog of Maisy Malone – is available on Amazon in Kindle format for instant download, and also in paperback


7 Days is the story of one bully, one target, two victims.  It tells the story of beautiful and popular, Kez who excels in art at school and really does not care who she hurts and finds an easy target to bully in overweight and awkward 14 year old Jess. Told from the alternate perspectives of Jess and Kez over the course of a week, 7 days, and with a Facebook conversation with Kez and her friends before each day I really got a sense of feelings from both sides and of what was to come each day often with heartbreaking outcomes.  Find my full review here.

 One of the characters I loved the most in 7 Days was the love interest of Kez and childhood friend of Jess who I thought would be the perfect character to interview due to his connections to both characters in the book.  So here goes…..

Day – Wednesday Time 11am

 Hi Lyn.  Thanks for being here today and agreeing to this Q&A.  You have a very unusual name?  Is this short for something? 

 Yeah – it’s short for Lyndon. I hate it. I was named after some dead American President. Everyone calls me Lyn unless they want a slap…

 You live with your Dad on the local estate?  What is it like?

 What, the Mac? It’s cool. It suits me.

 Tell me a little about yourself.

 Jeez – I hate stuff like this, there’s not much to know. I’m just me. I hang about on the estate. I try not to get too involved with anything too heavy. I’m really not that interesting.

My mates mean everything to me. I like loyalty, I respect that.

 You go to the same school as Jess and Kez.  Are you in any of their classes?

 Nah – I’m in Year 11, they’re younger than me.

 What’s your favourite class at school?

Erm. I’m not so good in school to be honest. I like P.E and Music is ok…

 I understand you have known Jess since you were 4!  How did you get to know each other?

 Yeah we go way back. Our Dads are old mates and I used to go to hers to play. My dad used to joke that we’d end up married. She had a much bigger place then. It was cool, we had fun.

 Are you still friends?

 Well, not so much. We move in different crowds now. But she’s a cool girl

 For those who haven’t met Jess could you describe her?

 Jess? Ok….well she’s dead pretty. She has dark hair, very long and nice eyes and she smiles a lot, which is amazing really…

 Who would you say are her friends?

 I’m not sure to be honest, she hangs out with Year 9 kids. She used to be mates with Hannah I think. I see her a lot with that geeky kid. Will I think he’s called.

 Does Jess live on the estate?  Who does she live with?

Yeah she lives in Bevan Court now, round the back, with her Mum and sister. My Dad told me her Dad had done a runner. That’s a shame coz Jess really loved him, you know…

I don’t see her as much as I used to now. Not round the Estate anyway. I don’t know why…

 How do you know Kez?

 Kez was hanging around the Estate. She’s mates with Marnie and I’ve known her for years.

 Describe Kez for those of us who have not met her.

 I hate this!. Err – Kez is cute. I think she looks prettier without all the make-up though, she doesn’t need as much (she’ll kill me for this!)

 Do you get along with Kez’s friends or hang around together?

 Marnie’s alright, but I wouldn’t want to spend all day with her. She’s not my type, put it that way. The girl’s kind of hang around with us, I guess we’re irresistible.

 Does Kez live on the estate too?  Who does she live with?

 No-way, Kez is posh! She has a big house on the other side of town. She won’t let me see it, she’s probably ashamed of me or something. I think it’s just her and her parents.

 I’ve heard rumours of Kez bullying Jess and have seen things on facebook!  Have you ever witnessed Kez bullying Jess?

 I’ve seen the stuff on Facebook. It does my head in, I don’t know why she has to do stuff like that. I’ve heard that she’s giving Jess some hassle and I don’t like it. Jess doesn’t deserve that. I’m not sure exactly what’s going on. I need to talk to Kez really.

 What type of things have you witnessed?

 Look I just said I haven’t and if I did – I would say something. It’s bang out of order. I did hear Kez was calling Jess fat. What’s all that about? She looks fine to me. I just assumed Kez was jealous or something.

 How does this make you feel?

 How do you think it makes me feel? Angry! Frustrated. I don’t understand why she has to be nasty like that.

 Do you know how Jess feels?

 Not a clue but I don’t imagine she’s feeling great.

Look – why all the questions? It’s not me doing this is it?

 Do you try and help in anyway?

 Not yet, I’ve not had reason to. But I will if I have to

 How does Kez react when you tackle her over bullying Jess?

 I’ve not said much I’ve just told her it’s out of order, saying that sort of stuff and I don’t understand why she does it. Kez is alright really, I think she’s better than that.

What is your opinion on bullying?

 I’ve got no time for it. If I‘ve got a problem with someone, I sort it out my way – but I don’t terrorise them.

Bullying is just the cowards way isn’t it?

Jeez – do you really think Kez is a bully then?

 I heard a rumour there’s going to be a party at your flat on Saturday!  Firstly can I come?  And secondly are you looking forward to it?

 Err, I’m not sure it’ll be your sort of party! Should be a laugh though. Yeah, I think it’ll be good.

 Who’s invited?

Most of my year. Lads from the Mac. A few girls in Kez’s year. I’ll probably invite Jess too.

 What does the future hold for you and Kez?

 Who knows, it’s still early days. I do like her but….well, let’s just see.


 Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these and feature on Tales Of Yesterday.  It really is an honour and I adored 7 Days…such and important powerful book and Eve should be very proud.

 You can buy the brilliant 7 Days Here

Or why not visit Eve’s website or follow her on twitter using @eveainsworth

You can find my full review of 7 Days here

Eve has also written some brilliant posts Why I Wrote Seven Days, Bloggers Book Feast and fab guest post yesterday over on YaYeahYeah here.

Eve also featured 7 Days on my post titled Does music influence UKYA – to read this click here

I also wrote quite a personal post for last years Anti Bullying Week which features 7 Days and some other books that helped my son deal with bullying.  You can find it here.

You can check out a review of Eve’s second book, Crush, which features Lyn from 7 Days here

Happy Reading!

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