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Guest Post – National Transplant Week by Emma Carroll


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Organ Donation has always been at the forefront of my mind and in my heart ever since I was quite young.  I always remember telling my Mom at around the age of fourteen that I wanted to register as an organ donor so that it may help others if anything ever happened to me.  My mom helped me sign up and I have been an organ donor ever since.  To me it was such an important choice to make and I really hope one day that my choice may help others in need of a transplant.

This week is National Transplant Week and when lovely author Emma Carroll asked me if I would feature a guest post for something that is close to her heart, that she had written about in In Darkling Wood and to raise awareness of Organ Donation and National Transplant Week I immediately said yes!

*Hands over to Emma*


National Transplant Week

When I started writing ‘In Darkling Wood’ I didn’t know much about heart transplants. I knew I probably wanted to be a donor, and I knew first-hand the effect of life threatening illness on family and friends. It was a start, but I wanted to know more.

 This week 7-13 September is National Transplant Week, aimed at raising awareness of the need for more organ donors. Three people die daily waiting for transplants. This could be reduced dramatically if more of us made clear our wishes to donate.

 Rewind to 2010-11 and my car-share journeys to and from our MA course with writer buddy Maria Farrer. During those journeys, Maria told us about her young nephew who was in dire need of a heart transplant. Time for him was running out.

 Fast forward to 2013. Catching up over lunch with a beaming Maria, she shared news of her nephew’s incredible recovery. A heart had been found just in time. And now this young man –and his family who adored him- had a future to enjoy together. His story inspired Maria’s brilliant second novel ‘ A Flash of Blue’.

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You can check out a post about by Maria Farrer  about her nephew over on Fluttering Butterflies here

And his story… the look on Maria’s face as she told it…also had a real impact on me. It stayed, fermenting away in my brain until I was ready to tell my own version through the lives of my fictional characters in ‘In Darkling Wood’.

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 When researching transplants- the facts, the procedures, the logistics- what amazed me most were the personal stories of both donor families and the recipients. I didn’t want to write a science textbook. What I wanted was to try to understand the complexity of the situation, and that out of one person’s tragedy comes another person’s hope.

 This BBC documentary captures it brilliantly.

 If you’ve time, do watch it. It’ll get you thinking…

 To register as an organ donor go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk

National Transplant Week: awarenessday.co.uk/event/national-transplant-week

Maria Farrer also wrote a brilliant piece in the Guardian about why young people need to talk about organ donation here


A huge huge thank you to Emma Carroll for this wonderful thought provoking guest post and to Maria for the lovely guest post over on Fluttering Butterflies.

Check out Emma Carroll’s guest post Do You Believe In Fairies here

Also find out more about The Snow Sister and Frost Hollow Hall in the #WinterCarrollReadalong here

I also have an extract from Strange Star here and a Guest Review of Strange Star by Perdita Cargill

Before I go I also wanted to share a transplant story that is truly inspirational by the lovely Dawn Kurtagich….

Join in the conversation on twitter using #NationalTransplantWeek or to register as an organ donor go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk

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Guest Post – The Dead House Mirror Tour by Dawn Kurtagich


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Today I am over the moon to be part of The Dead House Mirror Tour!  Carly is one of the main characters in The Dead House and today I bring you her reactions to horror scenes!

But that’s not all!

As the tag line suggests…Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn gets the night!

*evil laugh*

Check out fab U.S blogger www.onceuponatwilight.com for Kaitlyn’s reactions to horror scenes bringing two sides of this blog post to life as part of The Dead House mirror tour!

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich was released on the 6th August 2015 in the UK (published by Orion Childrens Books) and in September in the US  and is set to be one creepy read!  And we all know I like a creepy read right?!

I am THAT excited about this book I wrote a spotlight post previously where Dawn kindly shared a scary teaser – here

I also featured on The Dead House audio tour with a creepy audio reading from the book – here

So what’s The Dead House all about……


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Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High School burned down. The blaze killed three and injured twenty, and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. For two decades, little was revealed about what became known as the Johnson Incident.

Until now.

A diary has been found in the ruins of the school. In this diary, Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s twin, tells of the strange and disturbing sequence of events leading to the incident.

But Kaitlyn doesn’t exist. She never has.

Chilling, creepy and compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you’ve finished reading.

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich masterfully weaves together a thrilling and terrifying story using psychiatric reports, witness testimonials, video footage, and the discovered diary – and as the mystery grows, the horrifying truth about what happened that night unfolds.  

Checkout the website for all things The Dead House here


Famous Horror Scenes – What would Carly do?

Scene 1: Rosemary’s Baby Revealed

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When Rosemary becomes pregnant (by nefarious means) things start to take a turn for the worse. She finds herself completely isolated from everything she once knew and her nosy neighbors, the Castevets, practically run her life. Rosemary’s paranoia increases and her worst fears are brought to a diabolical climax after she gives birth and realizes the truth about her son and the Castevets’ creepy circle of friends. Hint: it’s all in the eyes.” ~ quote

Carly: No. I don’t want to see this! The delay is exquisite, I’ll admit that. And I’m terrified to—No, Rosemary! Don’t look in the bassinet! If I were in her place, I don’t think I could do any different. Maybe I could keep from looking . . . But she looked! And his eyes . . . What have you done to his eyes! I can’t stomach it—I’m going to stop watching now.

Scene 2: Samara Crawls Out of the TV

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As the duo begins to finally unravel the mystery of ‘The Ring,’ Noah gets an unexpected visit from the videotape’s star Samara. The creepy girl climbs out of the well and begins to walk toward the camera shooting the footage — which is spooky enough given her straggly hair and oddly-jointed gait. It becomes even more disturbing when she comes through the television screen and into Noah’s apartment.”~ quote

Carly: This scene terrifies me. I keep imaging Samara coming out of the TV at night, when Kaitlyn is around. I keep thinking: I saw the tape, just like Noah did. Just like they all did. And I haven’t made a copy. She’ll get Kaitlyn—and it’s my fault! I want to show Kaitlyn, to make sure she sees, but she’d laugh if she knew I was scared of a TV. Okay—switch it off, please.

Scene 3: Hellraiser Box Solve

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Kirsty (Ashley Laurence), having been assaulted by the skinless, reanimated corpse of her uncle, is spending some alone time in a hospital room. Her doctor, who hasn’t believed a word of her story, leaves her the ornate box she was found clutching for dear life in the hope that it will jog her memory. It doesn’t, but it does occupy her time once she realizes it’s a puzzle box. What happens when she solves the puzzle, however, is even worse than when her skinless uncle tried to make out with her. ~ quote

Carly: It’s like they bring it on themselves! She’s touching the box and she’s going to open it—and here it comes. Oh, god—why?! This is like Pandora’s box on steroids. The walls opening is disgusting and terrifying! And, of course, because she’s so curious, she walks towards the creepy gap in the wall with an endless corridor… makes complete sense. THINGS ARE SCREAMING AND SHE’S STILL WALKING FORWARD!!! Okay, the scorpion-human thing chased her but she’s “safely” back in her hospital room and the scorpion thing can be heard on the other side of the wall. I need to stop watching this right now. The glowing brick edges were enough. And bargaining with demons . . . never a good idea. Okiedokie… I need to go find a warm fluffy blanket and a good dose of F.R.I.E.N.D.S now. Bye…

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Don’t forget to check out fab U.S blogger www.onceuponatwilight.com for Kaitlyn’s reactions to horror scenes bringing two sides of this blog post to life as part of The Dead House mirror tour!


About Dawn Kurtagich

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Dawn Kurtagich is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide. Her debut YA novel, The Dead House, is forthcoming from Orion/Indigo (UK) and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (US) in 2015.

By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa–on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert.

She has been lucky enough to see an elephant stampede at close range, a giraffe tongue at very close range, and she once witnessed the stealing of her (and her friends’) underwear by very large, angry baboons. (This will most definitely end up in a book . . . ) While she has quite a few tales to tell about the jumping African baboon spider, she tends to save these for Halloween!

You can follow Dawn on twitter …if you dare… @dawnkurtagich

Or check out Dawn’s fab website – www.dawnkurtagich.com

Join in The Dead House discussion on twitter use #TheDeadHouse and #iamreal


Blog Tour

Why not catch up or follow the rest of this scary blog tour!

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Have you read The Dead House?  What did you think?  Are you looking forward to The Dead House?  Who do you prefer Carly or Kaitlyn?!  So many questions!  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 being scared…don’t forget to look over your shoulder!

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Guest Post – The Dead House Audio Tour by Dawn Kurtagich


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Today I am the second stop on the fab audio tour for upcoming YA Horror, The Dead House!

*evil laugh*

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich is released on the 6th August 2015 (September in the US) and is published by Orion Childrens Books and is set to be one creepy read!  And we all know I like a creepy read right?!

I am THAT excited about this book I wrote a spotlight post previously where Dawn kindly shared a scary teaser – here

I also featured on The Dead House Mirror Tour where character Carly shares her reactions to horror movie scenes here

So today I have a creepy audio file with an extract from the book….I listened to it late last night….*gulps* *hides under bed sheets*

Also the lovely Nina at Orion Childrens Books has kindly let me run a giveaway to win a copy of this fab book so don’t forget to check that out the end of this post!

So what’s The Dead House all about……


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Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High School burned down. The blaze killed three and injured twenty, and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. For two decades, little was revealed about what became known as the Johnson Incident.

Until now.

A diary has been found in the ruins of the school. In this diary, Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s twin, tells of the strange and disturbing sequence of events leading to the incident.

But Kaitlyn doesn’t exist. She never has.

Chilling, creepy and compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you’ve finished reading.

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich masterfully weaves together a thrilling and terrifying story using psychiatric reports, witness testimonials, video footage, and the discovered diary – and as the mystery grows, the horrifying truth about what happened that night unfolds.  

Checkout the website for all things The Dead House here


The Dead House Audio File

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Check out the other stops on The Dead House Audio Tour – the links will take you through to their posts….if you dare!

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Uncorkedthoughts.BlogSpot.co.uk

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About Dawn Kurtagich

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Dawn Kurtagich is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide. Her debut YA novel, The Dead House, is forthcoming from Orion/Indigo (UK) and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (US) in 2015.

By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa–on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert.

She has been lucky enough to see an elephant stampede at close range, a giraffe tongue at very close range, and she once witnessed the stealing of her (and her friends’) underwear by very large, angry baboons. (This will most definitely end up in a book . . . ) While she has quite a few tales to tell about the jumping African baboon spider, she tends to save these for Halloween!

You can follow Dawn on twitter …if you dare… @dawnkurtagich

Or check out Dawn’s fab website – www.dawnkurtagich.com

Join in The Dead House discussion on twitter use #TheDeadHouse and #iamreal


Giveaway!

The lovely Nina from Orion has kindly given me one copy of The Dead House to giveaway on the tour!

So exciting!

UK & IRE only

Giveaway ends 11/08/2015!

Do check the Terms and Conditions before entering!

Good Luck!

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Have you read The Dead House?  What did you think?  Are you looking forward to The Dead House?  What did you think of the audio?!  So many questions!  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 being scared…don’t forget to look over your shoulder!

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Spotlight – The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich


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So today I wanted to shine a spotlight on an upcoming book that I am hugely excited about reading!

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich is released on the 6th August 2015 and is published by Orion Childrens Books and is set to be one creepy read!  And we all know I like a creepy read right?!

I am lucky enough to have been passed on a proof copy of this book which I will be reading very soon and reviewing and I met the lovely awesome Dawn at #YALC who signed my proof and made me smile.  Dawn appeared on the Horror panel at #YALC which was full of creepy insightful questions and stories.

IMG_5534IMG_5533So what’s The Dead House all about……


indexTwenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High School burned down. The blaze killed three and injured twenty, and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. For two decades, little was revealed about what became known as the Johnson Incident.

Until now.

A diary has been found in the ruins of the school. In this diary, Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s twin, tells of the strange and disturbing sequence of events leading to the incident.

But Kaitlyn doesn’t exist. She never has.

Chilling, creepy and compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you’ve finished reading.

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich masterfully weaves together a thrilling and terrifying story using psychiatric reports, witness testimonials, video footage, and the discovered diary – and as the mystery grows, the horrifying truth about what happened that night unfolds.  


Now if I wasn’t excited for this book enough already the finished copy of this book is sooooooo pretty!  They actually sold out at #YALC too!

Look at them! *strokes screen*

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Checkout the website for all things The Dead House here

Also there’s a creepy book trailer!

Also Dawn has sent me an intriguing The Dead House teaser picture to share!

*cowers in the corner and whimpers*

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*screams in terror*

Hurting who?!  Who’s gone?!  AND WHATS IN THE ROOM WITH HER?!

*pulls blanket over head and hides*

I’m scared already and I haven’t started reading the book yet!


About Dawn Kurtagich

71rLfwMrUBL._UX250_Dawn Kurtagich is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide. Her debut YA novel, The Dead House, is forthcoming from Orion/Indigo (UK) and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (US) in 2015.

By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa–on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert.

She has been lucky enough to see an elephant stampede at close range, a giraffe tongue at very close range, and she once witnessed the stealing of her (and her friends’) underwear by very large, angry baboons. (This will most definitely end up in a book . . . ) While she has quite a few tales to tell about the jumping African baboon spider, she tends to save these for Halloween!

You can follow Dawn on twitter …if you dare… @dawnkurtagich

Or check out Dawn’s fab website – www.dawnkurtagich.com

Join in The Dead House discussion on twitter use #TheDeadHouse and #iamreal

Also check out my post from The Dead House Audio Tour here

Also the post from The Dead House Mirror Tour here


Right I’m off to get provisions to prepare for reading this book which includes lightbulbs so I can keep all the lights on in the house as I feel the dark may be a scary place whilst reading this book!

*hears Dawn’s evil laugh of joy*

Have you read The Dead House?  What did you think?  Are you looking forward to The Dead House?  What does the teaser message mean?!  So many questions!  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 !

Image-1indexHappy being scared…don’t forget to look over your shoulder!

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