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Tales Post – Extract from Strange Star by Emma Carroll


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I was super excited to be asked by Hannah at Faber & Faber to feature an exclusive extract from the new Emma Carroll book, Strange Star!

Strange Star was released on 7th July 2016 published by Faber & Faber and is set to be a fab MG read!

Strange Star is high up on my most anticipated list for 2016 after hearing about it at the Faber Blogger Day early this year ( you can find all about that day here )

So sit back and relax and be swept away by Emma’s beautiful writing!


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They were coming tonight to tell ghost stories. ‘A tale to freeze the blood,’ was the only rule.

Switzerland, 1816. On a stormy summer night, Lord Byron and his guests are gathered round the fire. Felix, their serving boy, can’t wait to hear their creepy tales. Yet real life is about to take a chilling turn- more chilling than any tale. Frantic pounding at the front door reveals a stranger, a girl covered in the most unusual scars. She claims to be looking for her sister, supposedly snatched from England by a woman called Mary Shelley. Someone else has followed her here too, she says. And the girl is terrified.

This breathtaking new book from Emma Carroll, the critically-acclaimed author of Frost Hollow Hall, The Girl Who Walked On Air, In Darkling Wood and The Snow Sister, is a deliciously creepy story inspired by the creation of Frankenstein, and is brought to life by a leading talent in children’s literature.


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You can buy a copy of Strange Star here or from your local bookshop

Or read a guest review of Strange Star by Perdita Cargill here


About Emma Carroll

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When I’m not writing books, I’m reading them.  For many years I was an English teacher in a secondary school in Devon. Nowadays, I write full time. It’s my absolute dream-come-true job!

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.

You can find out more about Emma Carroll on her website  – www.emmacarrollauthor.wordpress.com

Or why not follow her on twitter using @emmac2603

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You can see previous posts by Emma on Tales below –

National Transplant Week

#WinterCarrollReadAlong

Do You Believe In Fairies?

Guest Review of Strange Star by Perdita Cargill

Also a huge shout out to the cover designer of these books Julian De Narvaez!  Beautiful stunning covers indeed!

Check out Andrews blog later this week for a fab Q&A with Emma!

Have you read Strange Star?  What did you think?  Have you read any of Emma Carroll’s other books?  Do you have a favourite?  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!

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Tales Events – #BrumHist Waterstones Birmingham April 2016


IMG_0785On the 2nd April 2016 I attended this brilliant Historical Fiction In YA and MG event at Waterstones Birmingham with five awesome authors!

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It was brilliant afternoon full of interesting facts and writing historical fiction tips!

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There was the awesome Emma Carroll….

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The lovely Katherine Woodfine….

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The brilliant Lauren James

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The fabulous Helen Maslin

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And the wonderful Rhian Ivory who was the chair of the event….

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We were encouraged to live tweet using the #BrumHist from the event.  A few of us did this and I think it really captured the conversations and the event so I have storified it!

As you can see the panel was brilliant!

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After the event it was time for a signing!

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And of course time for a mingle with the authors and meet internet friends in real life!

brumhist16brumhist15A huge thank you to Waterstones Birmingham for hosting such a fab event and to all the authors for being absolutely brilliant!

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 – Do You Believe In Fairies? by Emma Carroll


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‘You’re telling me there are fairies in this wood?’

When Alice’s brother gets a longed-for chance for a heart transplant, Alice is suddenly bundled off to her estranged grandmother’s house. There’s nothing good about staying with Nell, except for the beautiful Darkling Wood at the end of her garden – but Nell wants to have it cut down. Alice feels at home there, at peace, and even finds a friend, Flo. But Flo doesn’t seem to go to the local school and no one in town has heard of a girl with that name. When Flo shows Alice the surprising secrets of Darkling Wood, Alice starts to wonder, what is real? And can she find out in time to save the wood from destruction?


I am so so happy to have the fabulous Emma Carroll on Tales today!

*runs around in excitement*

 The brilliant In Darkling Wood was released on the 2nd July 2015, published by Faber and Faber and I have been lucky enough to receive a proof which I cannot wait to delve into!  Thank you to Hannah at Faber and Faber for my copy 🙂

So when the lovely Hannah at Faber and Faber asked me for any thoughts on a guest post for Emma I had a little think.  I quickly went back to Hannah and suggested that as the book is about fairies how about a favourite fairy related blog post!

I thought Hannah would laugh and say I had been sprinkling too much fairy dust on myself, but lucky for me Hannah and also Emma thought this was a fab idea which made me very excited indeed!

And here it is….and it’s so so wonderful!

*throws magic fairy dust and fly’s away*


Do You Believe In Fairies?

Long before this infamous line appeared in JM Barrie’s 1904 stage play of ‘Peter Pan’, people really did believe in fairies. In the West Country where I live, many still do. That belief goes back hundreds of years – before reading, before books- where stories were told out loud to entertain and educate, to keep communities safe from harm.

            That said, fairies also feature heavily in written stories- too many to mention or do justice to here. Shakespeare understood their dramatic potential- obedient Ariel serves the plot in ‘The Tempest’, in ‘ A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Oberon and Puck’s mischief-making complicates things perfectly.

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Leaping ahead a few centuries, contemporary kids’ lit does fairies brilliantly: Michelle Harrison in her ‘Thirteen Treasures’ series, RJ Anderson in ‘Knife’ and the other Faery Rebels books, Mackenzie Crook in ‘ Windvale Sprites’ to name a few.

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To write ‘ In Darkling Wood’ I did quite a bit of research into fairies. I didn’t read fantasy tales set in intricately conceived fairy worlds because this wasn’t the sort of story I wanted to write. Anyway, it had already been done (see above). Mostly, I read books on fairy folklore ‘The Chime Child’ and ‘Somerset Folklore’ by Ruth Tongue, ‘A Dictionary of Folklore’ by Katherine Briggs, ‘From Ritual to Romance’ by Jessie Weston.

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            All these books were published in the 1920s, which, to me, says something about old ways dying out and the need to record them. It suggested our interests were changing at this time, away from the industrial, modern, conflict-riddled world, back to a more nostalgic, magical place.

Which is where the Cottingley Fairies story comes in. In 1917, cousins Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths borrowed Elsie’s father’s camera to take pictures of themselves near a stream where they played. The resulting pictures were said to show fairies. Initially dismissed by Elsie’s father as a prank, interest in the photographs grew until, in 1920, Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about them in an article for The Strand magazine, declaring his belief that the pictures were genuine. And so the myth took off- went viral, as it were. All their adult lives Elsie and Frances maintained the pictures were real. Finally, in old age, they admitted the fairies were just cardboard cut-outs. Yet of the five pictures taken, the final one was most definitely real.

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            It was this belief in fairies, this wanting them to be real that fascinated me. What could have happened in a person’s life to make them yearn for magic? Why did people as educated and knowledgeable- as rational- as the creator of Sherlock Holmes believe in fairies?

            This was the starting point for ‘In Darkling Wood’. So, though there are fairies on the cover, don’t expect a big fantasy fest of a story. Yes, it’s a book with fairies in it, but more important are the characters whose belief makes those fairies appear. If they’d been at the theatre watching Peter Pan, they’d have been the ones in the front row shouting ‘Yes!’ loudest of all.

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 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

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51z5XRUnnlL__SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Check out and buy all of Emma’s books here !

Also check out the cover for Emma’s next book out in October 2015 – The Snow Sister which you can pre order here !

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Emma also did a wonderful guest post for National Transplant Week here

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

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

A huge thank you to Emma for the fab guest post and to Hannah at Faber and Faber for asking me and sending me the book!  I feel all magical and fairy like now!

Have you read In Darkling Wood?  Do you believe in fairies?  What are your favourite fairy stories?  Have you read any of Emma’s other books?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading!

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