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Spotlight – Author Of The Month – Juno Dawson

I am so excited to have announced yesterday that the brilliant Juno Dawson is our #BritishBooksChallenge17 Author Of The Month for January 17!

You can find out more about the #BritishBooksChallenge17 here

I am a huge HUGE fan of Juno and her books whether it be YA Horror, YA Contemporary or Non Fiction, Juno will captivate you with her writing.  Juno is a brilliant 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 Juno’s books for our #BritishBooksChallenge17  January link up here you will gain an extra entries into the January Prize Pack Draw!

Look out for a Q&A with Juno this January about her new book Margot and Me!

About Juno Dawson

Queen of Teen 2014 Juno Dawson is the multi award-winning author of six novels for young adults. In 2016, she authored the best-selling World Book Day title: SPOT THE DIFFERENCE.

Her next novel is the beautiful and emotive MARGOT & ME (Jan 2017) which will be followed by her adult debut, the memoir THE GENDER GAMES (Jul 17).

Juno also wrote the bestselling non-fiction guide to life for young LGBT people, THIS BOOK IS GAY. In 2016 a follow-up, MIND YOUR HEAD, featured everything a young person needs to know about mental health.

Juno is a regular contributor to Attitude Magazine, Glamour Magazine and The Guardian and has contributed to news items on BBC Women’s Hour, Front Row, ITV News, Channel 5 News, This Morning and Newsnight concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education.

Juno’s titles have received rave reviews and have been translated into more than ten languages around the world.

Juno grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of Doctor Who. She later turned her talent to journalism, interviewing luminaries such as Steps and Atomic Kitten before writing a weekly serial in a Brighton newspaper. In 2015, Juno announced her intention to undergo gender transition and live as a woman.

Juno writes full time and lives in Brighton. In her spare time, she STILL loves Doctor Who and is a keen follower of horror films and connoisseur of pop music. In 2014 Juno became a School Role Model for the charity STONEWALL.

You can find out more about Juno on her website – www.junodawson.com

Or why not follow Juno on twitter using @junodawson

The Books and Why We Love Juno Dawson


Something wicked this way comes…

She thought she’d be safe in the country, but you can’t escape your own nightmares, and Lis London dreams repeatedly that someone is trying to kill her.

Lis thinks she’s being paranoid – after all who would want to murder her? She doesn’t believe in the local legends of witchcraft. She doesn’t believe that anything bad will really happen to her. You never do, do you? Not until you’re alone in the woods, after dark – and a twig snaps…

Hollow Pike – where witchcraft never sleeps.

One year after the suicide of their friend Janey, the rest of the group decide to spend the summer together in a holiday villa in the Mediterranean. They’re hoping to get over the terrible events of the previous year, but then a new guest arrives, claiming to have evidence that Janey’s suicide was actually murder. When the guest is found dead, it becomes clear that the killer must be one of the group – but who is it? And will they strike again?

A compelling psychological thriller – with a dash of romance.

Drip…drip…drip… In five days, she will come…

Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of Bloody Mary: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear… But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror – five days – but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before… A truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from ‘Queen of Teen’ author Juno Dawson.

You can check out my review of Say Her Name here

Meet Molly Sue. Once she’s under your skin there’s no getting rid of her…

Seventeen-year-old Sally Feather is not exactly a rebel. Her super-conservative parents and her treatment at the hands of high school bullies means that Sally’s about as shy and retiring as they come – but all that’s about to change. Accidentally ending up in the seedier side of town one day, Sally finds herself mysteriously lured to an almost-hidden tattoo parlour – and once inside, Sally is quickly seduced by its charming owner, Rosita, and her talk of how having a secret tattoo can be as empowering as it is thrilling. Almost before she knows what she is doing, Sally selects sexy pin-up Molly Sue, and has her tattooed on her back – hoping that Molly Sue will inspire her to be as confident and popular as she is in her dreams.

But things quickly take a nightmareish turn. Almost immediately, Sally begins to hear voices in her head – or rather, one voice in particular: Molly Sue’s. And she has no interest in staying quiet and being a good girl – in fact, she’s mighty delighted to have a body to take charge of again. Sally slowly realises that she is unable to control Molly Sue… and before long she’s going to find out the hard way what it truly means to have somebody ‘under your skin’.

A funny and moving love story about friends, first loves and self-discovery by the Queen of Teen 2014.

When sixteen-year-old Toria Bland arrives at her new school she needs to work out who her friends are, all in a crazy whirl of worry, exam pressure and anxiety over fitting in. Things start looking up when Toria meets the funny and foul-mouthed Polly, who’s the coolest girl Toria has ever seen. Polly and the rest of the ‘alternative’ kids take Toria under their wing. And that’s when she meets the irresistible Nico Mancini, lead singer of a local band – and it’s instalove at first sight! Toria likes Nico, Nico likes Toria . . . but then there’s Polly. Love and friendship have a funny way of going round in circles.

An exclusive World Book Day story from UK Queen of Teen Juno Dawson. Avery has always suffered at the hands of bullies, so when she’s given a seemingly-miraculous opportunity to join the ‘A-list’ she grabs at it with both hands. But appearances can be deceiving, and soon Avery’s not so sure she likes this new version of herself. And it’s only by overcoming her fears that she can learn the true meaning of being comfortable in your own skin.

Fliss’s mum needs peace and quiet to recuperate from a long illness, so they both move to the countryside to live with Margot, Fliss’s stern and bullying grandmother. Life on the farm is tough and life at school is even tougher, so when Fliss unearths Margot’s wartime diary, she sees an opportunity to get her own back.

But Fliss soon discovers Margot’s life during the evacuation was full of adventure, mystery . . . and even passion. What’s more, she learns a terrible secret that could tear her whole family apart . . .

Please note this book is due for release on the 26th January and can be pre ordered here

Non Fiction

In this essential guide to growing up, acclaimed author and former teacher Juno Dawson, writing as James Dawson, gives readers the gritty truth to what’s going on with their bodies, how to survive on the social food chain and much more!

A funny and pertinent book about being lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, transgender or just curious – for everybody, no matter their gender or sexuality

Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author Juno Dawson gives an uncensored look at what it’s like to grow up as LGBT. Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this frank, funny, fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know – from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more. Spike Gerrell’s hilarious illustrations combined with funny and factual text make this a must-read.

From the critically acclaimed author of THIS BOOK IS GAY,  Juno Dawson.

We all have a mind, so we all need to take care of our mental health as much as we need to take care of our physical health. And the first step is being able to talk about our mental health. Juno Dawson leads the way with this frank, factual and funny book, with added information and support from clinical psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt. Covering topics from anxiety and depression to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders, Juno and Olivia talk clearly and supportively about a range of issues facing young people’s mental health – whether fleeting or long-term – and how to manage them. With real-life stories from young people around the world and witty illustrations from Gemma Correll.


Short Stories

Juno also has original short stories featured in these brilliant anthology’s

Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds. Featuring short stories and extracts – both brand-new and old favourites – about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Forman, Markus Zusak, Patrick Ness and Andrew Smith, and with a new story from Malorie Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak.

The UK’s top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home.

Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon , Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah.

£1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity. To find out more about Crisis, see www.crisis.org.uk

You can buy any of Juno Dawson’s books here or from your local book shop!

A huge thank you to the lovely Juno fan’s that provided me with quotes for this post.  I highly recommend all of these books from our January Author Of The Month!

Look out for a Q&A with Juno this January about her new book Margot and Me!

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

Are you a Juno Dawson Fan?  Do you have a favourite Juno Dawson book?  Are you new to Juno Dawson?  Which book do you think you would read first?   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!

Cover Reveal – Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery


I am so over the moon to have been asked by Hot Key and the wonderful Kerry Drewery  to reveal the awesome final UK cover for the highly anticipated and super exciting Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery which is publishing in September 2016 with Hot Key!

Whilst the proof cover has been seen around twitter and on amazon we thought it would be awesome to finally share the finished version officially and shine the spotlight on Cell 7 to intrigue you all even further.

Kerry is a wonderful author and a genuinely lovely lovely person.  She is also one half of the brilliant UKYAX organisers who do such a wonderful job of supporting and promoting UKYA and UKMG authors.

Cell 7 sounds absolutely amazing and I simple cannot wait to read and I have to say the cover has made me thirsty for more!

Join in the conversation on twitter using #Cell7

So what’s it all about?

A world where justice and the fate of those accused of murder is decided by the public, but has moved on from the Roman Gladiator ‘thumbs up or thumbs down’ public vote, to a public vote by telephone. If you are voted innocent you are set free; if you are voted guilty you are committed to death by electric chair. Those awaiting their sentence reside in ever decreasing cells, getting smaller each day, until Day 7 and Cell 7, where they hear their fate.

Sixteen year old Martha has confessed to killing a famous celebrity. But has she done it? And if not, why has she claimed the murder? Perhaps she wants to show up the flawed and brutal system by sacrificing herself in the hope of a better world….

About Kerry Drewery


YA Author of A Brighter Fear (shorlisted for the Leeds Book Award) and A Dream of Lights (nominated for the Carnegie Medal, awarded ‘Highly Commended’ at North East Teen Book Awards, and shortlisted for the Hampshire Independent Book Awards).

Kerry Drewery has always had a passion for writing. She was a finalist in a BBC script-writing competition in 2009 and is currently hugely involved with Bookstart. Kerry lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and children.

The story of A Brighter Fear was created through Kerry’s own fascination with the Iraq war. Kerry’s sensitive approach creates a beautiful, contemporary fairytale that will stay with teen readers for a lifetime.

Her upcoming book Cell 7 is released in September 2016 published by Hot Key.

Kerry is also one of the organisers for UKYA Extravaganza and UKMG Extravaganza!

You can find out more about Kerry on her website – http://kerrydrewery.tumblr.com/

Or why not follow Kerry on twitter using @KerryDrewery

Cover Reveal

And now the moment you have all been waiting for…….

Check out this fab, intriguing cover for Cell 7!!!

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Doesn’t it look awesome!

It made a tingle go down my spine when I first saw it!

I also love Kerry’s description of the book on her website…

CELL 7 is set in an alternative present day where the death penalty hasn’t been abolished but has evolved into a system where guilt is decided by public internet and phone votes through a sinister reality TV show ‘Death is Justice’.

Teenage Martha, has admitted to killing celebrity Jackson Paige and has been placed in Cell 1 of death row. Each day will see her move down death row until she reaches the fateful Cell 7 where her fate will be decided.

But why would she admit to this terrible crime, especially if it means her death? And what is her relationship with Jackson’s son? 

Join ‘Death is Justice’ hosts, Kristina and Joshua, as the story unfolds this September…

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I am completely sold and I literally cannot wait to read it!

You can pre order Cell 7 on kindle here and physical copy pre ordering will start soon!

Or why not add Cell 7 to your Goodreads wish list here

A huge thank you to Rosi at Hot Key and Kerry for asking me to feature this fab cover reveal!

Tweet your thoughts on twitter and join in the conversation using #Cell7

What do you think of the cover for Cell 7?  Are you intrigued?!  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 !

Guilty or Not Guilty?



Guest Post – Words By The Mile by Matt Whyman


Today I am over the moon to have the absolutely brilliant Matt Whyman on Tales with an awesome writing guest post to celebrate the release of his new book Bad Apple.

Bad Apple was released on the 7th April 2016 published by Hot Key and is set to be a fantastic read!

I was lucky enough to meet Matt last year at YALC!


Matt never ceases to amaze me so I cannot wait to read Bad Apple!

Today Matt chats about writing with a brilliant guest post called Words By The Mile…..

*hands over to Matt*

51Gz018WY9L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_A riotous dark comedy teeming with delightfully unacceptable behaviour. Like all good law-abiding citizens, sixteen-year-old Maurice no longer considers going off the rails as just a teenage phase. It can only mean the mark of a troll …But these trolls aren’t confined to causing trouble online: now they’re in our homes, on our streets and have ruined life as we know it. As a rule Maurice tries to avoid trouble – until the day he crosses paths with Wretch, a very bad apple indeed. And with tensions rising, can these two teens put their differences aside in order to survive?

Words By The Mile

I’m two thirds of the way in, and struggling to believe that I can make it. As my lowest ebb approaches, I begin to question what on earth I was playing at when I decided this was a good idea. Am I just wasting my time? Have I bitten off more than I can chew? I can’t even remember what drove me to set out on this road in the first place. Seriously, what am I trying to prove? If I’m honest, it doesn’t even make sense to me any more. I’m in a lonely place, far from home in every way. I’ve been slogging away at this stupid venture for hours already, and the sun has only just cracked over the horizon. I want to give up. Just stop what I’m doing and pretend it never happened. All I can do is grit my teeth and remind myself that if I give up now then I’ll never forgive myself. I can do this, and I will get there.

An hour later, back from a training run ahead of my first ultra marathon later this year, I sit down to work on my book.

Having started work on both projects around the same time, I no longer see the different between long distance running and writing. At some point in the day, in front of the computer screen, I’ll go through the same quiet crisis as I had out on the South Downs. The only difference is I can distract myself from despair by making another cup of tea and scrolling endlessly through some Tumblr account of George Osborne Looking Like an Idiot. Out on the hills, under the stars, I could stop and have a little cry, perhaps, but ultimately I’ll have to finish what I started, and this is something I’ve learned to apply at the typeface. I’ve become more efficient as a writer, simply by losing the Lolcats.

The other great thing about grinding through the miles for hours on end is that it gives you time to think. It’s a bit like dreaming, I’ve come to realise, without the end result that you’re bolt upright in bed thinking a novel about a yoga-practicing dolphin with milk bottle tops for nipples is a Booker-winning idea. Instead, plodding along in a half trance, story strands come together and have a chance to meld. It doesn’t get me home any quicker, but by the time I’ve swapped the shorts for whatever monstrous casual clothing combo I have the right to wear as a solitary author, I’m ready to hit the ground running.

51Gz018WY9L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_You can buy a copy of Bad Apple here or why not visit your local independent bookshop.

About Matt Whyman

mattwhyman2012Matt Whyman is a bestselling author who has written widely for all ages across a range of subjects – in fiction, advice and memoir.

His adult books include Man or Mouse, Columbia Road, Oink! My Life With Minipigs (published in paperback as Pig in the Middle), and Walking with Sausage Dogs (Hodder). For teens, he is the author of Superhuman, Unzipped, XY:100, Boy Kills Man, The Wild (Hodder), the So Below trilogy, Inside the Cage, Goldstrike (Simon & Schuster), The Savages & American Savage (Hot Key Books).

Co-writing with Michelle Misra, under the pen name of Jack Carson, Matt is responsible for the Battle Champions action series for younger readers (Simon & Schuster). He also writes as the Carnegie-nominated mystery and suspense writer, Lazlo Strangolov, author of Feather & Bone and Tooth & Claw (Walker).

Matt is married with four children and lives in West Sussex, England.

You can find out more about Matt on his website – www.mattwhyman.com

Or why not follow Matt on twitter using – @mattwhyman


A huge big thank you to Matt for being absolutely brilliant, for a fabulous post and agreeing to feature on my blog!

Have you read Bad Apple or any of Matt’s other books?  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 post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy reading!


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