January 2015

1. Gryff, the wildcat that befriends Moll, started out as an owl called Cobweb in my first draft. But very quickly, I realised I wanted something wilder, an animal that could run beside Moll and protect her from Skull. So I chose the only animal that can’t be tamed: a wildcat. And when I picture Gryff in my head, he’s a cross between a wildcat and a snow leopard (I often write in a snow leopard onesie!).

2. There is a river chase scene in The Dreamsnatcher and it’s based on my childhood memories of racing down Scottish river rapids on lilos with my siblings.… Read more >>>

i was hereSummary from Goodreads

From the bestselling author of If I Stay – this summer’s YA blockbuster film.

This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend’s shocking suicide.

As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.

A phenomenally moving story, I Was Here explores the sadly all-too-familiar issue of suicide and self-harm, addressing it in an authentic way with sensitivity and honesty.… Read more >>>

1. Although all the locations have fictional names, the book is unofficially set in Nottingham (where I was born and grew up). The Cloverdale estate where Leo lives in based very loosely on the estate where my dad grew up, and David’s neighbourhood, Eden Park, is inspired by one of Nottingham’s posher areas. Tripton-on-Sea, the seaside town David and Leo visit, is mash-up of Southend-on-Sea in Essex and Margate in Kent.

2. In the karaoke scene, Leo originally sings ‘We Are Young’ by Fun (featuring Janelle Monae). However we really struggled to contact Fun’s record label to ask permission to reprint the lyrics.… Read more >>>

waiting

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Black Iris by Leah Raeder

black iris

Summary from Goodreads

The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable, which was praised for its “lush, haunting prose, deft storytelling, and scorching sensuality” (M. Pierce, bestselling author of the Night Owl trilogy), and called “one of the best forbidden romances” (Lauren Blakely, New York Times bestselling author).

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart.… Read more >>>

i was hereSummary from Goodreads

From the bestselling author of If I Stay – this summer’s YA blockbuster film.

This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend’s shocking suicide.

As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.

A phenomenally moving story, I Was Here explores the sadly all-too-familiar issue of suicide and self-harm, addressing it in an authentic way with sensitivity and honesty.… Read more >>>

rush too farSummary from Goodreads

Get ready to fall hard for Rush…

Fallen Too Far introduced us to Rush Finlay, the gorgeous charming son of a famous rock star, and Blaire Wynn, the girl from Alabama who rode into Rosemary Beach, Florida, in a pick-up truck with a gun under the seat looking for her estranged father. United under one roof by the surprising marriage of their parents, Rush and Blaire couldn’t hate each other more. But it only took a summer to for everything to change…

Fallen Too Far was Blaire’s story. Now it’s time for Rush to share his side, and for readers to fall all over again!… Read more >>>

WANTED! HAVE YOU SEEN RALFY RABBIT?

To celebrate the publication of Wanted: Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie Bloomsbury is running a digital hunt for #RalfyRabbit. Every day from Monday 12th January until Friday 16th January a blogger will be hiding a different Ralfy image somewhere on their blog. All you have to do is find the image and tweet to be in with a chance win an exclusive Ralfy prize.

Here are todays clues to find the Ralfy image hidden on Fiction Fascination: Ralfy Rabbit is hiding in a pretty garden that belongs to another Bloomsbury bunny.Read more >>>

A Whisper of Wolves coverSummary

Do you feel it? she asked. Alice reached out with her Whisperer sense. There was a strange presence in the trees. It rushed towards her, taking on a sickening intensity, as if the air itself was tainted by a skin of oil. Alice drew back, alarmed and afraid.

The demons are close, said Storm…

A raven. A white feather. It can only mean one thing… It’s time to enter the fantasy world of Meridina and to witness the Whisperers’ banishment of the demonic Narlaw.

This coming March sees the publication of A Whisper of Wolves, the first title in a dramatic new 4-part series, Guardians of the Wild, by exciting debut author Kris Humphrey.… Read more >>>

 

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Blurb:Fashion Assassin2

Models, spies and lipstick gadgets in this fast-paced teen series.

Supermodel Jessica Cole has no intention of ever spying again after she was nearly killed by an embittered ex-model and a rogue MI6 agent. That is until she’s blackmailed into posing undercover as bodyguard to a very rich fellow model. What seems like a simple job aboard a luxurious yacht in Monaco soon turns into a deadly mission to stop the most dangerous weapon in the world falling into the wrong hands. Jessica will need every gadget in her make-up bag if she wants to get out of this one alive.… Read more >>>

The Year of the Rat PB High ResSummary from Goodreads

Grappling with grief is hard enough without repeat visits from the deceased. Pearl deals with death, life, and family in this haunting, humorous, and poignant debut.

The world can tip at any moment…a fact that fifteen-year-old Pearl is all too aware of when her mom dies after giving birth to her baby sister, Rose.

Rose, who looks exactly like a baby rat, all pink, wrinkled, and writhing. This little Rat has destroyed everything, even ruined the wonderful relationship that Pearl had with her stepfather, the Rat’s biological father.

Mom, though…Mom’s dead but she can’t seem to leave. She keeps visiting Pearl.… Read more >>>