Tuesday, 26 June 2012 which I talk about paloozas. And panic.

So, a while ago I talked about a LOST GIRL blog event/partay, so here's me telling you all about it! After almost three years of work, THE LOST GIRL is out 28th of August (OMG I KNOW! How can we be nearly there already?!) and basically, for the six weeks before publication, the blog will turn into one massive TLG fest. Which I'm calling the TLG Blogpalooza. Yes, I know. So original, right? 

It's going to kick off on Tuesday, the 24th of July, with the first of twelve palooza posts. I'm going to throw out TONS of teasers, talk about inspirations, and there will be interviews and guest posts from my agent, editor and anybody else who feels like it (kind of). I'm also going to be all over the blogosphere and interweb in the next couple of months, so I will link to those posts and interviews as they happen.

And there will be a giveaway.


And here's where you guys come in: comments on the twelve posts in the palooza will win you entries into the giveaway. But so will a blog post/pub day announcement at the end of the whole thing. I couldn't begin to tell you how much I'd appreciate the help, or how excited I would be to see my book flashing up on my favourite blogs! I will post a signup sheet soon and will email details to those of you who sign up.

Three years. THREE YEARS. And now we're almost there.

I'm off to hyperventilate now.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Ahhh, Holmes

I've made no secret of the fact that I love Sherlock Holmes: some of the old TV shows, inspired-bys like House, the new BBC adaptation, and, obviously, the original stories. In fact, I'm obsessed with pretty much anything Holmesy, except for those hideous stains upon filmmaking (otherwise known as the Robert Downey Jr. movies: sorry, fans!)

So when The House of Silk came out, I was excited and very, very doubtful. Excited because, you know, it's a NEW Sherlock Holmes novel and I really like Anthony Horowitz. Doubtful because, deep down, I suspected it wouldn't be all that great.

I was wrong. It's awesome

I read an awful lot of YA, being a YA author and all that, but that doesn't mean I don't read and love plenty of adult fiction too, and I read and loved this. Seriously, it is hands down the best thing I've read in the last few months.

So, yeah. Go read The House of Silk.

Anyone read it already?

(Thanks for all the lovely comments on my German cover and reviews last week, everyone! And thank you to those of you who gave me book reccs: I have several more amazing-sounding books on my to-read pile now.)

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Covers, Conversations and More!

I can't begin to tell you how glad I am the last few days are over. I was ill, stressed out and generally not in any way happy with the world. But all that's over now, hooray! And I have lots of fun stuff to show off today. And yes, most of it is a bit behind the times, but better late than never, right? 

Last week I popped over to Manga Maniac Cafe for an interview. Julie asked some really great questions and I talk plenty of THE LOST GIRL, so check that out when you get a chance.

THE LOST GIRL has a German cover! I was super-excited to see it and really do love it - it's so strange that it's so different from the US cover, but they're both amazing and both capture the spirit of the book.

And finally, two fantastic reviews to share with you guys. I've mentioned before that Lauren DeStefano (y'know, NYT bestselling author of WITHER, FEVER and the yet-to-be-released SEVER?) blurbed THE LOST GIRL, but she's also recently posted a lovely review on Goodreads.

"Grief is a shadowy road that nobody wants to tread; it's a journey we'd all rather not take, and for that reason, I say that there are really no villains in this story. There are nightmarish measures, and there's cruelty, and things that would disturb Mary Shelley's ghost, sure. But beyond that, it's all about the measures parents would take to hang on to their child, what it means to die, what it means to be alive, and that terrible moment when you realize your loved one is not coming back."

The complete review's up on Goodreads here. Also, Kirkus reviewed THE LOST GIRL, prompting much squealing and excitement, so here's a little from them too:

"Both an interrogation of bioethics and a mesmerizing quest for identity, this debut succeeds through its careful development of the oh-so-human Eva and those around her. A provocative and page-turning thriller/romance that gets at the heart of what it means to be human."

As you can probably tell, I'm having a great day! Happy Tuesday, everybody. Anyone reading anything fun right now? Any fabulous reads to recommend?