Young Adult

Surprise Sale – USA

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Since yesterday I managed to completely bonehead the start times of the Kindle Countdowns for “Boneyards & Badlands”, the sale has now started for US customers and anyone else buying from Amazon.com. You can pick it up during the next week for only $0.99!

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Surprise Sale – UK

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Boneyards & Badlands – The complete FTW series in one book on sale at Amazon.co.uk for only £0.99!

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Book Review | Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

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This one snuck onto my list when I was about to begin reading something entirely different. It popped up in my GoodReads list as an “also read”, and the cover and title intrigued me enough I had to check it out. It looked fun, and I enjoyed the sample so grabbed myself a copy and got stuck into reading it.

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix is a fun tale full of re-imagined versions of your typical fairy-tale happenings such as princesses stuck with evil step-parents (or in this case, step-step-parents), princes turned to frogs, talking dogs, and even an appearance by Snow White and the Seven Dwarves… though not in the way you might expect.

As always, the blurb before we get too much further:

Talking dogs. Mischievous wizards. An evil step-stepfather. Loads and loads of toads. Such is the life of a Frogkisser.

Princess Anya needs to see a wizard about a frog. It’s not her frog, it’s her sister’s. And it’s not a frog, it’s actually a prince. A prince who was once in love with Anya’s sister, but has now been turned into a frog by their evil step-stepfather. And Anya has made a ‘sister promise’ that she will find a way to return Prince Denholm to human form…

So begins an exciting, hilarious, irreverent quest through the Kingdom of Trallonia and out the other side, in a fantastical tale for all ages, full of laughs and danger, surprises and delights, and an immense population of frogs.

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Book Review | Dreadnought by April Daniels

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I’m on a bit of a heroine kick at the moment – FYI – I just made myself triple check the spelling of that to make sure it didn’t come across as something else entirely. Between what I have read and a number of books I plan on reading next there are quite a few female protagonists in my future.

This book – Dreadnought by April Daniels – came through my WordPress feed thanks to Reading Sanctuary, and after reading their review and checking out a sample I was hooked. I grabbed a copy of the full novel that same night. Narrated by our heroine Danny in a close first person perspective, you can’t help but get sucked into her world.

Quick Note About This Review

This is the first time I took notes as I read to help me when it came time write the review. Usually I just wing it and try to remember the salient points, but this is an effort to make the reviews I post better.

First up, the blurb: Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review | The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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Sometimes poking around random GoodReads lists pays off big time. That’s certainly the case with this one – The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. I grabbed the sample chapters from Amazon and knew right off it was one I’d lose myself in, and after I bought the full story, I found I was right.

A time-travelling pirate ship? Count me in right there. But there was so much more to love about this novel. Lost love, adventures through time, romance, action, myths brought to life, redemption. Plenty to keep you busy. But first, as always, let’s check out the blurb.

Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveler. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix’s existence rather dangerously in question . . .

Nix has grown used to her father’s obsession, but only because she’s convinced it can’t work. But then a map falls into her father’s lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it’s that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.

Nix and her crew mates can travel anywhere in history (including to fictional worlds), so long as they have a hand-drawn map of where they want to go. The kicker though is once they’ve used a map they can never return because maps are only good for one trip. The “how” is fairly wishy-washy, in that you have to believe in the map and it’ll take you there. No less implausible than other time-travelling devices though, so I don’t fault it on that. Read the rest of this entry »

Another Book Sale!

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If you missed the Boneyards and Badlands sale last week, well good news! The combined edition of FTW Series is on sale now until March 12th for only $0.99 / £0.99!

The FTW Series is an exciting young-adult fight for survival in a dystopian future. Featuring strong, no-nonsense female lead characters, this duo of face-paced, action-packed books will keep you up all night because you won’t want to put them down.

All FTW Series Books On Sale!

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Both books in the FTW Series are now on sale until March 5th! During those dates both Boneyards (Book 1) and Badlands (Book 2) will be on sale for only $0.99 / £0.99 each!

The FTW Series is an exciting young-adult fight for survival in a dystopian future. Featuring strong, no-nonsense female lead characters, this duo of face-paced, action-packed books will keep you up all night because you won’t want to put them down.

Book Review | Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

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stargirlThis was another book that popped up while I was perusing Goodreads for my next read. It suggested Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli as other people had read it after reading other books I was looking at. The simplistic cover drew me in and I had to know more.

I read the sample and the existing reviews and I grabbed a copy straight away. It’s aimed at the young adult market and really (I think) should be required reading for all school kids. Hell, I think most adults could learn something from reading it too.

The story Mister Spinelli weaves is thoroughly engaging and I read it almost in one sitting (other commitments got in the way). Within the 200 pages you can’t help but love the main characters and root for them along the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Badlands – Almost Here!

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book2_conceptSo apart from slacking off over the Christmas break by lounging around in swimming pools (we’ve had a few 40 degree Celsius days here in Australia recently… that’s 104 Fahrenheit in old money) what else have I been up to, I hear you ask. As you can tell from the deluge of book reviews I posted yesterday, I’ve done a lot of reading.

But also I’ve been editing part 2 of the FTW series: Badlands. That’s right, it’s getting closer and closer to a final release date! I’ve got my feedback from my beta readers and am working through their notes and making adjustments based on their observations. Once I’ve done that I’ll dump it all into a Kindle so I can have a final read through to pick up any typos or formatting mistakes I may have made, then it’s off to Amazon for publishing!

It’s roughly the same length as part one (a little shorter, but not by much). As before, I’ll be making a paperback copy available as well for those who prefer the feel of a book rather than a device.

As I’m typing this, I’ve just realized I haven’t even begun to think of a blurb for Badlands. I better get onto that today because I’ll be needing it very soon, so maybe (and this is my first attempt as I type and think at the same time): Read the rest of this entry »

The Obsidian Witch

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tow_211Since last week I’ve been working steadily on my new work in progress, tentatively titled “The Obsidian Witch”. I’ve had to take a few days off from writing as I’ve been awfully sick from tonsillitis (for like the 3rd of 4th time this year mind you.)

That aside I’ve smashed out almost 7,000 words since last week which is a good start. I’ve been laying in a lot of scenes at the beginning and skipping parts that I haven’t yet fully thought through. So once I get back to those Read the rest of this entry »