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Spotlight – Twister by Juliette Forrest


Today I am thrilled to be shining the spotlight on a whirlwind of a debut novel, Twister by Juliette Forrest!

Twister was released on the 1st February published by Scholastic and is set to be full of twists and turns to keep your head in a spin.

The lovely people at Scholastic have given me some giveaway copies so I thought I would shine the spotlight on this brilliant book in celebration….


Twister’s father has gone missing and as she’s searching for him she stumbles across a witch living in the woods. She is given a magical necklace that holds the souls of living things and can turn the wearer into a wolf, or a rushing river, or a rainstorm. But there’s a dark foe on the hunt for this necklace, a baddie who wears a coat crawling with creatures and who might have something to do with her father’s sudden disappearance…

You can buy a copy of Twister here or from your local bookshop!


About Juliette Forrest

I blame Rutger Hauer. In 1987 he starred in the Guinness commercials. They made such an impression I scribbled the dialogue all over my school folders. That’s when it struck me I no longer wanted to become an opera singer – I wanted to go to London and learn how to write adverts.

Here I am, a few years down the line, still doing what I love. I’m a freelancer now; I’m just as happy on my laptop in a client’s office as I am working from home. And talking about home, I live in Glasgow with a court jester of a Cypriot rescue dog called Vince.

You can find out more about Juliette on her website – www.julietteforrest.com

Or why not follow her on twitter – @jools_forrest


Giveaway

With thanks to the lovely people at Scholastic I have 3 x copies of Twister to giveaway to 3 lucky winners.

You can enter via my twitter here

UK Only

Ends 5th March 2018

Good Luck!


A huge thank you to Lorraine at Scholastic for sending me this fab book and for asking me to host this fab giveaway!

Have you read Twister?  What did you think?  What was your favourite part?  If you have not read it yet have we tempted you to go and grab a copy?   I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

Spotlight – Baker Street Academy: Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond by Sam Hearn


I’m super happy to be spotlight this fab book as part of the awesome blog tour with thanks to Faye Rogers and Scholastic.

Baker Street Academy:  Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond was released in hardback on the 6th October 2016 and is a brilliant MG Detective Graphic Novel for any budding detective.

You can find out more about the book on Tales today as well as a fab giveaway!


John Watson has barely settled into his new school, Baker Street Academy, when his teacher announces a trip to one of London’s top museums, home to the world’s most famous jewel. But it’s been stolen! When police catch the thief it seems the case is closed. Can Sherlock Holmes uncover the mystery behind this extraordinary gem?

You can buy a copy of the book here or from your local bookshop.

You can also add it to your Goodreads here


About Sam Hearn


Giveaway

With thanks to the lovely people at Scholastic and Faye Rogers I have 3 copies of this wonderful book to giveaway to 3 lucky winners!

UK Only

Ends 05/02/2017

Please do check the terms and conditions on the rafflecopter giveaway before entering

Good Luck!

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Blog Tour

You can catch up or follow the rest of this fab blog tour at the following stops!


A huge thank you to the wonderful Faye for having me as part of the blog tour and to Scholastic and Faye for a fab giveaway!

Have you read Baker Street Academy:  Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond?  What did you think?  Do you think you could crack the mystery?  If you have not read it yet have we tempted you to go and grab a copy?   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!

Spotlight – Chasing Danger: Mystery At The Ice Hotel by Sara Grant


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I’m so excited to have been asked to take part in this fab blog tour for this brilliant new MG Mystery, Chasing Danger: Mystery At The Ice Hotel by Sara Grant.

Chasing Danger: Mystery At The Ice Hotel was released on the 6th October in paperback by Scholastic and is set to be a brilliant, fun and intriguing read!

This is the second book in the Chasing Danger series with the first book being released earlier this year!

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So today for my stop on the tour I’m going to shine the spotlight on the book and it’s wonderful author!

I also have a fab giveaway so do check out the bottom of the post and twitter!


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Fourteen year old Mackenzie is pretty sure that visiting her grandmother is going be the most boring holiday ever, even if they are going to a tropical island. But what Mackenzie doesn’t know is that the island is about to come under attack. Soon Mackenzie will trying to save herself, her grandmother and the entire island in the most exciting (and most dangerous!) holiday of her life.

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After surviving a kidnapping attempt in the Maldives, Chase and Mackenzie are off to the Ice Hotel in Iceland! What could go wrong there? But as soon as they arrive, accidents start to occur that seem targeted to scare – or worse, seriously hurt – the guests. When a body shows up frozen in an ice bed, it’s up to the two girls to figure out who is behind the attacks …before anyone else gets hurt!

You can buy a copy of Chasing Danger: Mystery At The Ice Hotel here


About Sara Grant

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Sara Grant was born and raised in the Midwestern United States. She has worked as an editor and is also the author of a number of books for young readers and teens. She lives in London and writes full-time.

You can find out more about Sara on her website – Sara-grant.com

Or why not follow her on twitter – @AuthorSaraGrant


Giveaway

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I have 1 set of Chasing Danger and Chasing Danger: Mystery At The Ice Hotel to giveaway to 1 lucky winner!

I am running this giveaway through twitter!

Just follow and Retweet!

You can enter by clicking here!

UK / IRE only

Ends 21st October 2016

Winners will be announced on twitter.

Good Luck!


Blog Tour

You can catch up or follow the rest of this fab blog tour at the following stops!

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Monday 10th October

Bookish Outsider

ArtsMum

Tuesday 11th October

Luna’s Little Library

Rachel Bustin

Wednesday 12th October

Bart’s Bookshelf

Fiction Fascination

Thursday 13th October

Library Girl and Book Boy

Delightful Book Reviews

Friday 14th October

Tales of Yesterday

The Reading Pile

Saturday 15th October

Big Book Little Book

Inspiring Imarah

Sunday 16th October

A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

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Another huge thank you to Sara, Faye and Scholastic for having me on this tour and for asking me to host such a fab giveaway!

Have you read Chasing Danger or Chasing Danger: Mystery At The Ice Hotel?  What did you think?  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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Spotlight – Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan


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I’m so excited to have been asked to take part in this fab blog tour for this brilliant new MG Fantasy, Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan.

Shadow Magic was released on the 6th October in paperback by Scholastic and is set to be a brilliant, fun and intriguing read!

So today for my stop on the tour I’m going to shine the spotlight on the book and it’s wonderful author!

I also have a fab giveaway so do check out the bottom of the post and twitter!


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Thorn, an outlaw’s son, wasn’t supposed to be a slave. He’s been sold to Tyburn, an executioner, and they’re headed to Castle Gloom in Gehenna, the land of undead, where Thorn will probably be fed to a vampire.

Lilith Shadow wasn’t supposed to be ruler of Gehenna. But following the murder of her family, young Lily became the last surviving member of House Shadow, a long line of dark sorcerers. Her country is surrounded by enemies and the only way she can save it is by embracing her heritage and practicing the magic of the undead. But how can she when, as a girl, magic is forbidden to her?

Just when it looks like Lily will have to leave her home forever, Thorn arrives at Castle Gloom. A sudden death brings them together, inspires them to break the rules, and leads them to soar to new heights in this fantasy with all the sparkle and luster of a starry night sky.

You can buy a copy of Shadow Magic here

Or why not add it to your Goodreads wish list here


About Joshua Khan

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Joshua Khan was born in Britain. From very early on he filled himself with the stories of heroes, kings and queens until there was hardly any room for anything else. He can tell you where King Arthur was born* but not what he himself had for breakfast. So, with a head stuffed with tales of legendary knights, wizards and great and terrible monsters it was inevitable Joshua would want to create some of his own. Hence SHADOW MAGIC. Josh lives in London with his family, but he’d rather live in a castle. It wouldn’t have to be very big, just as long as it had battlements.

*Tintagel, in case you were wondering.

You can find out more about Joshua on his website – www.joshuakhan.com

Or why not follow him on twitter using @writerjoshkhan


Giveaway

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I have 3 copies of Shadow Magic to giveaway to 3 lucky winners!

I am running this giveaway through twitter!

Just follow and Retweet!

You can enter by clicking here!

UK / IRE only

Ends 16th October 2016

Winners will be announced on twitter.

Good Luck!


Blog Tour

You can catch up or follow the rest of this fab blog tour at the following stops!

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Wednesday 5th October

Bart’s Bookshelf

Teens on Moon Lane

Thursday 6th October

Luna’s Little Library

Bazinga Booknerd

Friday 7th October

Bookish Outsider

Sister Spooky

Saturday 8th October

Northern Plunder

Chouett

Sunday 9th October

Tales of Yesterday

The Book Bandit

Monday 10th October

It Takes a Woman

Ticket to Anywhere

Tuesday 11th October

Big Book Little Book

Delightful Book Reviews

Wednesday 12th October

ArtsMum

The Reading Pile

Thursday 13th October

Kirstyes

Inspiring Imarah

Friday 14th October

YA Under my Skin

Bibliomaniac

Saturday 15th October

Fiction Fascination

Sweet Love Books

Sunday 16th October

Mugglenet

K Books

Monday 17th October

Snuggling on the Sofa

MG Strikes Back

Tuesday 18th October

YA Yeah Yeah

Nayu’s Reading Corner


Another huge thank you to Joshua, Faye and Scholastic for having me on this tour and for asking me to host such a fab giveaway!

Have you read Shadow Magic?  What did you think?  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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Guest Post – The World Of The Secret City by C J Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld


51332a9Cc5L._SX313_BO1,204,203,200_Yesterday, the 1st September 2016, marked the release day of the final book in the The Alchemist Chronicles duology, The Secret Cityco written by the awesome C J Daugherty and the wonderful Carina Rozenfeld and published by Atom Books!

Happy book birthday for yesterday guys!

And I have been lucky enough to have been asked by the wonderful C J to host a fab video about The World Of The Secret City as part of an awesome blog tour!

I also have an awesome giveaway to celebrate the release of The Secret City so don’t forget to check the bottom of the post!

But first a little about the first book in the duology The Secret Fire and of course the brilliant The Secret City…..


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Taylor Montclair is a regular girl from the quiet backwater of Woodbury, England.

Sacha Winters is a darkly mysterious boy from the City of Lights – Paris, France.

While Taylor’s focussed on her dream of attending Oxford University, school couldn’t be further from Sacha’s mind . . .

Sacha knows exactly when he’s going to die. Because he’s done it before.

On the appointed day, Sacha’s time will run out. And his death will fulfil an ancient destiny that could unleash chaos and catastrophe.

Taylor is the only person who can save him.

Neither of them knows that yet.

Because they haven’t even met.

Hundreds of miles and a body of water separate them.

Deadly forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

They have eight weeks to find each other and unravel an ancient web of mystery and danger.

The clock starts NOW.

And check out the brilliant trailer!

Want an introduction to the world of The Secret Fire?  Check out Andrews fab blog post as part of the tour here!


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Locked away inside the fortified walls of Oxford’s St Wilfred’s College, surrounded by alchemists sworn to protect them, Taylor and Sacha are safe from the Darkness. For now.

But time is short. In seven days Sacha will turn 18, and the ancient curse that once made him invincible will kill him, unleashing unimaginable demonic horror upon the world.

There is one way to stop it.

Taylor and Sacha must go to where the curse was first cast – the medieval French city of Carcassonne – and face the demons.

The journey will be dangerous. And monsters are waiting for them.

But as Darkness descends on Oxford, their choice is stark. They must face everything that scares them, or lose everything they love.

Check out the brilliant creepy trailer here!


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Find out all about the inspiration for The Secret City and it’s world in this fab video!

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About C J Daugherty

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A former crime reporter, political writer and investigative journalist, I was born in Texas but have lived in England for many years. I’ve never done anything much for a living except write. My first professional articles were published while I was still a college student when I took jobs writing freelance for tiny Texas weekly newspapers at $35 a story.

Straight out of university I worked as a crime reporter for several US newspapers, including the Savannah Morning News and the Baton Rouge State Times. After that, I worked in New Orleans as an investigative journalist for publications including the Dallas Morning News and Reuters. I won numerous awards for my reporting on corruption and crime.

Later, I moved to London, where I worked as an editor for various publishers.

There was even a time when I worked for the British government. But that’s another story.

You can find our more about C J on her website – http://www.cjdaugherty.com/

Or why not follow her on twitter – @CJ_Daugherty


About Carina Rozenfeld

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You can find out more about Carina on her website – https://carinarozenfeld.wordpress.com/

Or why not follow her on twitter  – @CarinaRozenfeld


Blog Tour

There has been some brilliant posts for The Secret City Blog Tour which I will link up below!

Check them out….not only are they fab but there are more entries to fab giveaways!

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Interview With C J Daugherty

Interview With Carina Rozenfeld

The Secret City Chapter One

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Giveaway

I have a brilliant giveaway that I am running through twitter!

I have one signed by CJ Daugherty copy of The Secret City to giveaway along with this fab alchemist locket!

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At the start of Secret City, one of our main characters, Sacha, has only seven days to live…..So all you have to do is RT, Follow and tweet me with what you would do in your last seven days in 140 characters!

Enter here!

The best one will win the prize!

UK only.  Ends 09/09/2016

Good Luck!

Don’t forget there are also two other chances of winning over on Andrews Blog and an international giveaway over Chouett’s Blog too!


A huge thank you to CJ and Carina for an absolutely a brilliant video, giveaway and for asking me to host!

Have you read The Secret City or The Secret Fire?  What did you think?  What would you do if you only had seven days to live?  Do let me know!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading

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Spotlight – Summer Shadows (Finding Sky) by Joss Stirling


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I was super excited to be asked to shine the spotlight on this wonderful book which marks the end of a fantastic series!

The final instalment of Joss Stirling’s Benedict Brothers series, Summer Shadows was released on the 7th July published by OUP Childrens and it’s the perfect combination of romance and thriller.

This is the eagerly anticpated follow up to the Finding Sky books and is suitable for die hard fans of the Benedict Brothers series, but can also be read as a standalone in it’s own right.

Summer Shadows feature a heart-pounding romance mixed with a thrilling mystery and a spine tingling hint of the supernatural.

So today in celebration I am going to shine the spotlight on the book and it’s wonderful author and I also have a really fab giveaway where you could win 1 of 5 copies of the book!


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Amongst the secret and lies, will love survive? Summer lives under a terrible shadow. It drains her, manipulates her and threatens to steal her future. A high-stakes mission offers a temporary escape. She must use her mind-shadowing abilities to hunt down her target and find the truth. Hal Robinson is a soldier. He does not get distracted. He wins. But what Hal wants begins to shift once he meets Summer. They must learn to trust each other if they are going to protect the Savant community. But will their secrets allow them to find a happy ending of their own?

A stunning new novel from the best-selling author of Finding Sky, Stealing Phoenix, and Seeking Crystal.

Heart-pounding romance from the recipient of the 2015 Romantic Novel of the Year Award, mixed with a thrilling mystery and a spine-tingling hint of the supernatural, Summer Shadows is perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater, Meg Cabot, and Josephine Angelini.

Other books in the series include –

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You can buy Joss Stirling’s books here or from your local bookshop


About Joss Stirling

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Joss Stirling is the winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2015 for STRUCK (first published as Storm and Stone) – the first time the award has been given to a teen book. You can find a book trailer on this page, where young detectives take a turn to star. The sequels are called STUNG and SHAKEN.

She is also the author of the internationally successful FINDING SKY, STEALING PHOENIX and SEEKING CRYSTAL, the first three books about the Benedict brothers, a family with extraordinary gifts. The stories combine her love for romance, mystery and travel – oh, yes and some seriously attractive heroes.

Readers demanded to know what happens to the remaining brothers so the next in the savant series, MISTY FALLS. Find out which Benedict brother meets his match! The story continues in ANGEL DARES – meet Joss’ most outrageous heroine yet! The series concludes with SUMMER SHADOWS.

Joss lives in Oxford, UK, is married with three children.

You can find out more and speak to Joss at www.jossstirling.co.uk.

Or why not follow Joss on twitter using – @jossstirling


Giveaway

With thanks to Esther at OUP Childrens I have 5 copies of Summer Shadows to giveaway!

5 copies = 5 winners

Please note the book will be coming straight from the publishers so the winners will need to be happy to provide me with their address to pass on accordingly.

I will be giving 4 copies away on twitter here

And for those of you not on twitter or just fancy another shot at winning this fab book I have one copy on rafflecopter below 🙂

Ends 03/08/2016

UK only

A huge thank you to Esther for this fab giveaway!

Good Luck!

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Another huge thank you to Esther at OUP Childrens for asking me to feature this fab book and for such an awesome giveaway!

Happy Reading!

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Spotlight – The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena


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I was super excited to be asked to be part of the blog tour for a new adult fiction thriller, The Couple Next Door which was released on the 14th July 2016 by Bantam Press!

The Couple Next Door is ‘2016’s most talked-about new thriller’ (Stylist)

PEOPLE ARE CAPABLE OF ALMOST ANYTHING.

‘A twisty, utterly riveting tale that will send readers on a wild rollercoaster ride of emotions. Shocking revelations kept me turning the pages like a madwoman’ TESS GERRITSEN

I’ve just started reading this book and it is very fast-paced and totally addictive.

So today in celebration I am going to shine the spotlight on the book and it’s wonderful author and I have a fab giveaway!


The Couple Next Door

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

You can buy a copy of this book here or from your local bookshop


About Shari Lapena

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Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer an as an English teacher before turning to write fiction.  She has written two critically acclaimed literary novels.  The Couple Net Door is her suspense debut.

You can find out more about Shari on her website – www.sharilapena.com

Or why not follow Shari on twitter – @sharilapena


Giveaway

With thanks to Rebbeca at Penguin Random House I have a copy of The Couple Next Door to giveaway!

1 copy = 1 winner

Please note the book will be coming straight from the publishers so the winner will need to be happy to provide me with their address to pass on accordingly.

Ends 26/07/2016

UK only

A huge thank you to Rebecca for this fab giveaway!

Good Luck!

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Blog Tour

You can follow or catch up on the rest of this fab blog tour at the following stops!

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Another huge thank you to Rebecca at Penguin Random House for having me on this fab blog tour and for a fab giveaway!

Happy Reading!

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Spotlight – Two Summers by Aimee Friedman


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I was super excited to be asked via Scholastic to be part of the blog tour Two Summers by Aimee Friedman which is a YA Contemporary Romance due for release on the 7th July 2016!

Two Summers is set to be the perfect summer read!

So today in celebration and to kick start the blog tour I am going to shine the spotlight on the book and it’s wonderful author and I have a fab giveaway!


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This summer, Summer’s saying goodbye to her best friend, her secret crush and her single mom and is off on a trip of a lifetime to visit her estranged artist father in France. But right before she’s about to board, her phone rings. Should she answer it? Either way, it’s going to be a summer Summer will never forget.

You can buy a copy of Two Summers here


About Aimee Friedman

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Aimee Friedman was born and raised in Queens, New York, in an apartment filled with books and different languages. She wrote her first story at the age of five, and was off and running from there. Aimee wrote all through her years as a student at the Bronx High School of Science and then Vassar College. After graduating from college in 2001, she became a children’s book editor, a job she still does, and loves, to this day! Aimee published her first novel, the New York Times bestseller, South Beach, in 2005, and is now the author of several novels for young adults, the latest being Two Summers. Aimee lives in New York City, where she can usually be found writing in cafes, window-shopping, or searching for the perfect iced latte.

You can can find out more about Aimee Friedman on her website – www.aimeefriedmanbooks.com

Or why not follow her on twitter  – @aimeefriedman


Giveaway

With thanks to Scholastic I have 3 copies of the fab Two Summers by Aimee Friedman to giveaway!

3 copies = 3 winners

Please note the book will be coming straight from the publishers so the winners will need to be happy to provide me with their address to pass on accordingly.

Ends 11/07/2016

UK only

A huge thank you to Olivia at Scholastic for this fab giveaway!

Good Luck!

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Blog Tour

You can follow or catch up on the rest of this fab blog tour at the following stops!

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Another huge thank you to Olivia at Scholastic for having me on this fab blog tour and for a fab giveaway!  Two Summers sounds fab and I cannot wait to read it!

Happy Reading!

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


Dragon In My Backpackv3Today I have a very special guest post indeed!

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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UK&Eire only

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!

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/mar/31/free-read-the-doubt-factory-by-paolo-bacigalupi

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!

UK Only

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!

(UK Only)

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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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