February 28, 2021

Page proofs have arrived!

Getting very close now to be able to reveal all the details of the new book coming July 1.

I have received my page proofs in the post, so will be making final changes this week.

I love the illustrations inside by Heloise Mab and can't wait to share more details with you all.


And thank you to Henry Box School in Witney for sharing a picture of their prize-winning books waiting to be read.




January 25, 2021

A big thank you and a prize

Anyone who reads my newsletter will know I like a puzzle and I offered a big one to solve in my last newsletter. Do sign up if you want to get involved in more competitions and give-aways.

I offered a prize of ten copies of my latest book The Cut-Throat Cafe to a school or reading group to thank all the readers, schools, libraries, booksellers and bloggers out there for all the truly marvellous support they give me.

My challenge was to guess some book titles. I have the answers here, but for anyone who would still like to play along for fun, I've also given the puzzle here. 

Guess a book title? Sounds easy? Well there is a catch – I have given you the title and the author, but I have removed all the vowels.

This is to celebrate my third book, so a clue is that all of the book titles are third books in series.

I am challenging you to spot a few more Famous Third Books. Another clue - they are not all children's books. Answers are give below (no peeking!).

1. TH MRDR F RGR CKRYD GTH CHRST

2. HRRY PTTR ND TH PRSNR F ZKBN JK RWLNG

3. TH FCLSS NS DRK LNDY

4. WTCH WK DN WYNN JNS

5. FRST CLSS MRDR RBN STVNS

6. TH HLLW BY JNTHN STRD

7. TH MYSTRY F TH SCRT RM ND BLYTN

8. TH TRNTY CD N CFR

9. TH TTN’S CRS RCK RRDN

10. KNTCKY THRLLR LRN ST JHN

11. TH THRD WHL JFF KNNY

12. TH THRTN SCRTS MCHLL HRRSN

13. HW T SPK DRGNS CRSSD CWLL

I know there are a couple of super tricky ones in there, so very best of luck.

Book birthdays

One of my favourite things about being a writer is when readers get in touch and tell you they have read one of your books.

And I know I am very fortunate that I have readers all over the world. So it is wonderful to announce some other places that are joining the family. This week I found out that the The Last Chance Hotel will be published in Lithuania, which I am really excited about.

The Bad Luck Lighthouse has just been published in Germany - and I was thrilled to discover that German schoolchildren have been reading Hotel der Magiers (what my publisher calls The Last Chance Hotel in Germany) in a legendary German reading competition involving 600,000 schoolchildren (although I don't think everyone would have read my book!)

I've written about this if you want to know more!

Virtually meeting my readers

Children's authors have had to make lots of changes, and the biggest change is meeting children virtually for events. I have had great fun meeting children online, and thank you to schools for organising these great events.

The children have done some impressive writing using my virtual workshops, and the questions have been brilliant!

If your school wants to get in touch and book a virtual event with me - take a look at how to book me for an event for more details.

Writing chat on YouTube

I’ve been continuing with my YouTube chats based on the many question I often get asked about writing.

The last few have been some of my thoughts on plotting – one of the closest things to my writing heart. And I plan to continue producing one of these every month.

If you want to know when something new is posted, you can subscribe to the channel if you would like to.

I will be back soon when I hope to be able to share with you not just the title, but the front cover of my latest book that will be published in 2021.

But for now, thank you once again for all the brilliant support I have received this year and - wherever you are in the world.

Answers!

1.      THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD AGATHA CHRISTIE

2.      HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN JK ROWLING

3.      THE FACELESS ONES DEREK LANDY

4.      WITCH WEEK DIANA WYNNE JONES

5.      FIRST CLASS MURDER ROBIN STEVENS

6.      THE HOLLOW BOY JONATHAN STROUD

7.      THE MYSTERY OF THE SECRET ROOM ENID BLYTON

8.      THE ETERNITY CODE EOIN COIFER

9.      THE TITAN’S CURSE RICK RIORDAN

10.   KENTUCKY THRILLER LAUREN ST JOHN

11.   THE THIRD WHEEL JEFF KINNEY

12.   THE THIRTEEN SECRETS MICHELLE HARRISON

13.   HOW TO SPEAK DRAGONESE CRESSIDA COWELL

Well done indeed if you got them all.

December 07, 2020

My Christmas giveaway competition - win TEN copies of The Cut-Throat Café for your school or reading group

How would you like to win ten copies of The Cut-Throat Café for your school or reading group? Welcome to my Christmas giveaway competition! This is to say  a huge thank you to all the schools and librarians who have shown such brilliant support for me and my books this year. I love hearing from schools or classes or book groups that are reading the books together.

And I would also like to thank all the bookshops and book bloggers for their support to introduce even more people to my mysteries that always have a magical twist.

I also have huge thanks for all the readers out there. I love hearing from you and it is wonderful for me to know how much you are enjoying the books. If you want to hear more about what I am working on next, think about signing up to get my newsletter straight into your inbox.


So now for that competition!

As you know, my books feature a lot of puzzles, mysteries to solves, clues, red herrings that require a great deal of detective work. Now I want you to do the detective work and solve a puzzle.

My challenge to you is to guess a book title. Sounds easy? Well there is a catch – I have given you the title and the author, but I have removed all the vowels.

And because this competition is to celebrate my third book this year, the book title is the third book in the series. So although this is a clue, this may not be the author’s most famous book.

Ready for the challenge? Here it is:

HW T SPK DRGNS CRSSD CWLL

Once you think you've got it, submit the answer through the contact form on my website here

If more than one person gets the answer right I will pick a winner for random. And this prize is on offer to the UK only, and the closing date is the 31st December.

Good luck!

If you enjoyed this little challenge I have got a bigger challenge for you - and there are even more in my newsletter! But these are just for fun. 

See if you can spot a few more Famous Third Books. Answers will be on my website in the first week of January.

1. TH MRDR F RGR CKRYD GTH CHRST

2. HRRY PTTR ND TH PRSNR F ZKBN JK RWLNG

3. TH FCLSS NS DRK LNDY

4. WTCH WK DN WYNN JNS

5. FRST CLSS MRDR RBN STVNS

6. TH HLLW BY JNTHN STRD

To make it even more tricky, there are some adult books here and children’s. Classics and more modern ones, so I know there are a couple of absolutely tricky ones in there, so very best of luck. And I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.