4 June 2019

7 Days to Go!

There are just seven days to go until the release of 'The Adventurers and The Temple of Treasure' and I'm delighted to share the beautiful front and back cover created by Andrew Smith:

The Adventurers and The Temple of Treasure cover

I love the way that Andrew has captured the atmosphere of the story as well as the details he has woven into the cover. The plane, boat, train and taxi all feature in the book, as well as the Egyptian Museum shown on the back cover and the Giza Pyramid Complex.

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13 May 2019

The Adventurers are Coming…

I'm currently on a train home from my day (a.k.a. 'mortgage-paying') job and am thinking it's about time I updated this blog...

As well as being busy earning a living, I have some exciting news... THE ADVENTURERS ARE COMING (...back)!

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21 March 2019

Progress…

It's been a while since I've updated my blog for a couple of reasons: 1. I've been quite busy (I'm writing this while squeezed onto a commuter train on my way to work) and 2. I wanted to focus on finishing the first draft of The Adventurers Book 2... well, I'm happy to report, draft no.1 of book no.2 is done! I typed the last sentence over the weekend and will now go through and edit the whole manuscript a few times before sending it to my editor Amanda to weave her magic!

What can I tell you about Book 2? There's more adventure, on a bigger scale... lots of travel, more action scenes and three new characters who play an important part in the story (along with the four adventurers of course). I can't wait for you all to read it this summer and I'm excited to see what amazing cover art Andrew will create this time around!

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26 February 2019

My Favourite Children’s Books

After my social media poll on topics for my blog, most of you wanted to know why I turned down a publishing deal (which I've explained here), but many of you also voted for a blog on my favourite children's books. So I thought I'd write about both!

I've picked five favourites from my childhood, all of which I still own (although one is hidden in my mum's loft). Since I'm quite old now - and most of the books I read as a child are even older than me - none of these picks are recent... but I have enjoyed reading a few newer children's books as an adult recently so maybe that's a topic for another blog. Anyway, cracking on with my first choice:

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17 February 2019

Why I Turned Down a Publishing Deal

On my author Facebook page and Twitter page this weekend I ran a poll with some options on what to write about in my next blog post. On both platforms the majority said that they wanted to read my thoughts on why I turned down a publishing deal. Quite a few of you also said you'd like to read a post on my favourite children's books, so I'll cover that subject in my next post.

I'm not going to name the publisher that offered me a publishing agreement for one reason - even though I decided not to accept, I am still very grateful to that organisation for showing faith in my story and for wanting to work with me. It's not something I take for granted and I would not want to put other people off working with this particular publisher with some of the detail I'm about to write below.

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11 February 2019

New Author Ramblings

It's two weeks since the publication day of The Adventurers and The Cursed Castle and it's been a busy time! So busy, in fact, that I forgot to post the link to my last blog post on publication day... (if anyone's really bored and fancies reading an out-of-date blog post, it's here)!

First of all, a big THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased my debut novel! Seeing it climb up to number 13 in the Amazon Young Adult Adventure Thriller and Mystery Chart (alongside Enid Blyton and other very respectable authors) in the first couple of days was a thrill and would not have been possible without your support, dear readers!

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28 January 2019

Publication Day!

It's finally here! The Adventurers and The Cursed Castle is LIVE and available to buy!

Paperback copies can now be purchased from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Waterstones, Barnes and Noble and many more! It can also be ordered in from any local bookshop.

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13 January 2019

My First Blog Post

Things have been getting pretty exciting these past few weeks so I thought it was time to start my blog!

The Adventurers and the Cursed Castle comes out in a little over two weeks. It's so good to see the story in book-form with a wonderful cover illustrated by Andrew Smith.

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