Monday, 19 July 2010

Special Delivery

If any of you have been to my school talks, or have ever talked about books with me at all, you will know that whenever I'm asked about my favourite authors one name in particular always pops up: Jonathan Stroud.


I am a huge fan of The Bartimaeus Trilogy (The Amulet Of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye & Ptolemy's Gate) so when I heard last year that there was going to be another book featuring the 'djinni with attitude' Bartimaeus, I knew that I had to mark the release date in my diary.

Then last week, thanks to the lovely Becky Stradwick at Random House, a taster of the first chapter of the new book appeared in my inbox, causing much excitement at my desk. (It is brilliant, by the way.)

And today... this arrived...


An advance proof copy of 'Bartimaeus - The Ring Of Solomon'!

I can almost hear Bartimaeus's sarcastic voice seeping from the pages already.

If you are a fellow Barty fan, The Ring Of Solomon is due for release on 14th October this year. And if you haven't read any of the series yet, I highly recommend you seek them out.

This book is shooting right to the very top of my reading pile.
Hurrah!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Updates

Things have been a little bit quiet on the blog recently, so I thought I'd write an update of what's been going on during the last few weeks.

Firstly, some HUGE news that I forgot to share with you all was that Wintercraft was mentioned in the June 12th edition of The Times! There was a lovely article in the book section written by Amanda Craig, who wrote that Wintercraft is 'Huge fun and deliciously shivery' with 'a genuine graveyard chill'.

I think I only forgot to mention it because I was too busy bouncing around the room with delight.

And secondly, I have some international news... I wrote about a US publishing deal a few weeks ago - with the wonderful people at Greenwillow/HarperCollins - and now I can add a few more countries to the publishing list.

*drumrolls*

Wintercraft has found new international homes with publishers in Brazil, Indonesia, Poland and Portugal!

I'm really looking forward to seeing the book printed in different languages. If you are reading this blog from any of those countries, please say hello in the comments. It would be lovely to hear from you.

I also want to say a big thank you to all the readers who have sent me emails and messages this month. And thanks for the birthday wishes too!

It's been a very busy few weeks. :)

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Badger Update

Great news for badgers!

The badger cull I wrote about earlier on the blog has been stopped! The legal challenge against it was successful and badgers remain protected in Wales.

You can read more about the ruling here on the BBC news website.

I think this is great news and I want to send huge congratulations out to everyone at the Badger Trust who have succeeded in helping to protect these fantastic creatures.


Saturday, 3 July 2010

Local Book Signing

For anyone living in the Darlington area, I'll be signing copies of Wintercraft at Waterstones in Darlington from 12-2pm today - Saturday 3rd July.

Bring along your own copy if you have one, or grab one at the shop!

It would be lovely to meet you.