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Spotlight – Author Of The Month – C J Skuse


I am so excited to have announced on the 1st of April that the awesome C J Skuse is our #BritishBooksChallenge17 Author Of The Month for April 17!

You can find out more about the #BritishBooksChallenge17 here

I am a huge HUGE fan of CJ and her books are the best of the best that will leave you craving more.  CJ Skuse is a HUGE UKYA talent and I am so excited to shine the spotlight on her and her wonderful books as Author Of The Month!

And remember if you read, review and link up any of CJ’s books for our #BritishBooksChallenge17 April link up here you will gain an extra entries into the April Prize Pack Draw!

Today is also a celebration of CJ’s first adult thriller the delicious SweatPea!

Happy Book Birthday CJ!

Also look out for a fab guest post early next week from the lady herself!


About CJ Skuse

C.J. Skuse was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, works as a freelance children’s fiction consultant and lectures in Writing for Children at Bath Spa University. Sweetpea is CJ’s first adult novel.

You can follow CJ on twitter – CeejaytheAuthor

You can find previous posts from CJ on my blog or by clicking on the links below …

Hot Boys In My Books!

Hidden Easter Eggs In Books

I also love this article by CJ of 10 Things I’s Like My Readers To Know here


The Books And Why We Love C J Skuse

SIXTEEN-YEAR OLD TWINS IN CANDY-STORE CRIME SPREE Twins, Paisley and Beau Argent are in the headlines again. Last time, they were the ‘wonder twins’, when as six-year-olds they were found alive in woods after three days missing following their mother’s death -three days spent looking for their dad. Now at sixteen, life’s not so wonderful. Out-cast and exploited by their money-grabbing grandmother they’re still clueless about their dad’s whereabouts. Until they discover an old letter from him. That’s when they decide to hit the road – and make headlines again. Holding up fast-food joints in Las Vegas might seem extreme but if they can get on the news, and tell their dad they need him, they might get the dream reunion they never thought could happen.

‘It’s so good, I’d recommend it to people I don’t like’ – Kevin Brooks on Pretty Bad Things

Jody loves Jackson Gatlin. At his only UK rock concert, she’s right at the front. But when she’s caught in the crush and carried back stage she has more than concussion to contend with. Throw in a menacing manager, a super-wired super-star, and a curly-wurly, and she finds herself taking home more than just a poster. It’s the accidental kidnapping of the decade. But what happens if you’ve a rock-god in your garage who doesn’t want to leave? Jody’s stuck between a rock-idol and a hard place! From the pen of C.J. Skuse, author of 2010’s super cool debut Pretty Bad Things, comes a tale of rock star obsession gone nuts.

‘A rip roaring story’ – Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian on Rockoholic

‘sharp, funny and knowing…’ – The Telegraph on Rockoholic

Camille wants to find the perfect boy, with an athlete’s body and a poet’s brain. But when she’s mocked at a college party, she knows there isn’t a boy alive who’ll ever measure up. Enter Zoe, her brilliant but strange best friend, who takes biology homework to a whole new level. She can create Camille’s dream boy, Frankenstein-stylee. But can she make him love her?

‘The tension and the comedy crack along with a heart-warming hilarity that is impossible to resist.’- Amanda Craig, The Times on Dead Romantic

At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head Girl of prestigious boarding school Bathory would be the biggest battle she’d face. Until her brother’s disappearance leads to Nash being trapped at the school over Christmas with Bathory’s assorted misfits.

As a blizzard rages outside, strange things are afoot in the school’s hallways, and legends of the mysterious Beast of Bathory – a big cat rumoured to room the moors outside the school – run wild.

Yet when the girls’ Matron goes missing it’s clear that something altogether darker is to blame – and that they’ll have to stick together if they hope to survive.

‘Monster is another rollicking adventure … but you might not want to read the final chapter alone in the house . . . or while you’re eating . . . as you find out the truth about the Beast of Bathory. Great fun.’ – Martin Chilton, Telegraph’s Best YA Books 2015

‘CJ does it again, with a boarding school story packed with tension…Nobody captures the darkness of teenage nightmares quite like CJ Skuse.’ – Sophia Bennett, author of The Look

‘This book is a skillfully crafted rollercoaster of excitement, fear and shocks’
Reading Zone

‘The book has one of the best endings I’ve read.’ – 4.5 stars
The Bookbag

‘Fiendishly dark, with a sense of humour. CJ Skuse always inspires deep author envy’ – Keren David, YA Book Prize Nominee on Monster

‘It’s an absolute page-turner! I gobbled it up in one sitting, and it kept me guessing right till the end. A deliciously creepy horror story, served up with CJ’s trademark humour.’ – Cat Clarke

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves

THEN
Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane.

The Fearless Five, inseparable as children growing up in a sleepy English seaside town. But when Max’s older sister is killed, the friendship seems to die with her.

NOW

Only Max and Ella are in touch, still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. But Ella is hiding things – like why she’s afraid to take their relationship to the next level. And when underdog Corey is bullied, the Fearless Five are brought back together again, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them.

But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves?

‘A tale of revenge, righteousness and recovery with a heart-stopping twist – The Guardian

’Electrifying, bold, brilliant’ Amanda Craig

The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…

‘This isn’t a book for the squeamish or the faint-hearted … think Bridget Jones meets American Psycho’ – Red

You can buy any of C J Skuse’s books here or from your local bookshop!


A huge thank you to the wonderful C J Skuse fan’s that provided me with quotes for this post.  I highly recommend all of these books with all of my heart and soul from our April Author Of The Month!

And remember if you read, review and link up any of CJ’s  books for our #BritishBooksChallenge17 April link up here you will gain an extra entries into the April Prize Pack Draw!

Are you a C J Skuse Fan?  Do you have a favourite book?  Are you new to C J Skuse?   I would love to hear 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!

Guest Post – Hot Boys In My Books by CJ Skuse


 

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Today I have a super fun guest post from the one and only awesome CJ Skuse as part of the Monster Blog Tour!

Monster was released at the end of September 2015, published by Mira Ink.  I am planning to read Monster in the next week or so especially over Halloween as it looks terrifyingly scary and brilliant!  Plus CJ rocks!  So what better reason is there?!

So I asked the lovely CJ what type of post she would like to do for Tales as part of the blog tour…you know something she may have been burning to share or had not written about yet or something fun and entertaining!

Well you guessed it!  Of course we went for fun and entertaining!

All I’m going to say at this point is….enjoy xx

*hands over with pleasure to CJ*


Monster Final Cover

At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head Girl of prestigious boarding school Bathory would be the biggest battle she’d face. Until her brother’s disappearance leads to Nash being trapped at the school over Christmas with Bathory’s assorted misfits.

As a blizzard rages outside, strange things are afoot in the school’s hallways, and legends of the mysterious Beast of Bathory – a big cat rumoured to room the moors outside the school – run wild.

Yet when the girls’ Matron goes missing it’s clear that something altogether darker is to blame – and that they’ll have to stick together if they hope to survive.


Hot Boys In My Books!

Monster Final Cover

At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head Girl of prestigious boarding school Bathory would be the biggest battle she’d face. Until her brother’s disappearance leads to Nash being trapped at the school over Christmas with Bathory’s assorted misfits.

As a blizzard rages outside, strange things are afoot in the school’s hallways, and legends of the mysterious Beast of Bathory – a big cat rumoured to room the moors outside the school – run wild.

Yet when the girls’ Matron goes missing it’s clear that something altogether darker is to blame – and that they’ll have to stick together if they hope to survive.

FREDDIE STROMA as Charlie Gossard in ‘MONSTER’

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 I needed a hot blond guy so I Googled ‘hot blond actors/models’ and literally, his was the first face I saw.

GARRETT HEDLUND as Leon Pfaff in ‘MONSTER’

GARRETT HEDLUND aka Leon Pfaff

Again, not much thought put into this one. I Googled ‘hot serious-faced guy/dark hair/dangerous’ and it threw up a picture of him. I watched some films with him in and that voice, that VOICE.  Criminally hot.

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Jody loves Jackson Gatlin. At his only UK rock concert, she’s right at the front. But when she’s caught in the crush and carried back stage she has more than concussion to contend with. Throw in a menacing manager, a super-wired super-star, and a curly-wurly, and she finds herself taking home more than just a poster. It’s the accidental kidnapping of the decade. But what happens if you’ve a rock-god in your garage who doesn’t want to leave? Jody’s stuck between a rock-idol and a hard place!

ADAM LAMBERT as Mackenzie Lawless in ‘ROCKOHOLIC’

ADAM LAMBERT aka Mac Lawless I’ve been a Glambert since he was robbed of the American Idol title. He’s perfect for Mac. I just get the impression that he would make a very good friend, who’d always tell you the truth. Total boyfriend material too (yeah I know, I know, I. KNOW.)

SETH GABEL as one third of Jackson Gatlin in ‘ROCKOHOLIC’

SETH GABEL aka Jackson Gatlin

Seth had been Jackson in my head, ever since I saw him in the American show ‘Dirty, Sexy Money’. Then I saw 30 Seconds to Mars in concert and I was like ‘Oh my god, no, that’s Jackson.

GERARD WAY as the other third of Jackson Gatlin in ‘ROCKOHOLIC’

GERARD WAY aka Jackson Gatlin

He was the original reason I wrote this story. I went to an MCR concert, didn’t get close to the front like I’d hoped, and went away feeling miserable and like the entire day queuing up outside had been an utter waste of time. I needed to feel better about it. Then BAM – a fictional kidnap was born!

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Camille wants to find the perfect boy, with an athlete’s body and a poet’s brain. But when she’s mocked at a college party, she knows there isn’t a boy alive who’ll ever measure up. Enter Zoe, her brilliant but strange best friend, who takes biology homework to a whole new level. She can create Camille’s dream boy, Frankenstein-stylee. But can she make him love her?

GERARD WAY as Thomas Lutwyche, aka ‘The Mad Professor’ in ‘DEAD ROMANTIC’

GERARD WAY aka Thomas Lutwyche

Yeah I know Gerard Way again. He pops up again here as the mad professor dad.  He’s dead though so he wasn’t like a main character this time. I saw Thomas as Gerard is in the MCR ‘I Don’t Love You’ video. Unspeakably beautiful but tantrummy and totally off his box.

JACK O’CONNELL as Damian de Jager in ‘DEAD ROMANTIC’

JACK O CONNELL aka Damian de Jager

Hot and stupid yet with an undercurrent of vulnerability. I loved the idea of a slutty boy character who could have any girl he wanted, except the one who sees right through him. And this makes him want her more.

JOSH HUTCHERSON as Louis Burnett in ‘DEAD ROMANTIC’

JOSH HUTCHERSON aka Louis Burnett

There’s this little-known movie called ‘Detention’ which Josh acted in and executive produced and his strange dress sense and deer-in-the-headlights expression in the film reminds me so much of Louis, my weird little undertaker’s apprentice. I heart him most ardently.

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SIXTEEN-YEAR OLD TWINS IN CANDY-STORE CRIME SPREE Twins, Paisley and Beau Argent are in the headlines again. Last time, they were the ‘wonder twins’, when as six-year-olds they were found alive in woods after three days missing following their mother’s death -three days spent looking for their dad. Now at sixteen, life’s not so wonderful. Out-cast and exploited by their money-grabbing grandmother they’re still clueless about their dad’s whereabouts. Until they discover an old letter from him. That’s when they decide to hit the road – and make headlines again. Holding up fast-food joints in Las Vegas might seem extreme but if they can get on the news, and tell their dad they need him, they might get the dream reunion they never thought could happen.

GERARD WAY as Beau Argent in ‘PRETTY BAD THINGS’

GERARD WAY aka Beau Argent

Yeah here he is again (I was young and obsessed, it happens) but Beau and Gerard are just inextricably linked in my head. I’ve always wanted a sensitive twin brother I could bully around. Early-Days-Non-Drunk-Gerard just fitted the bill.

And Finally…….

PUNK EDIT ASHTON IRWIN as Max Rittman in ‘THE DEVIANTS’

PUNK EDIT ASHTON IRWIN aka Max Rittman

So you haven’t read The Deviants yet but when you do, you will know that Punk Edit Ashton Irwin, circa 2013, plays Max Rittman, my spoilt and lazy stoner bad boy.

You can also catch a Q&A with C J here


About CJ Skuse

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C.J. SKUSE is the author of the Young Adult novels PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC and DEAD ROMANTIC (Chicken House) and MONSTER (Mira Ink). She was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, works as a freelance children’s fiction consultant and lectures in Writing for Children at Bath Spa University. C.J. is currently working on her second novel for Mira Ink.

C.J. loves Masterchef, Gummy Bears and murder sites. She hates carnivals, hard-boiled eggs and coughing. The movies Titanic, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Ruby Sparks were all probably based on her ideas; she just didn’t get to write them down in time. Before she dies, she would like to go to Japan, try clay-pigeon shooting and have Ryan Gosling present her with the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

You can find C.J. Skuse on Facebook or on Twitter –  @CeejaytheAuthor 

You can buy CJ’s books here


Blog Tour

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

MONSTER BLOG TOUR BANNER


A huge huge thank you to CJ for a brilliant fun guest post!  And another huge thank you to Laura at Mira Ink for asking me to be part of the blog tour!

I have to say CJ I am a little disappointed that my dream hunk did not appear …..

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You knew this was coming right? 😉

Have you read Monster or any of CJ’s books?  Are the characters as you pictured them?  Who would you have picked?  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 !

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