Friday, 26 June 2015

Countdown to July Releases - Chat on Monday 29th June, 8pm BST

Wow! There are FIFTY-FIVE new YA/MG books that I'm aware of coming out next month in the UK, and nine great new covers for previously released books (okay, stretching things just slightly in those cases - neither Meg Cabot's A Royal Wedding or Mal Peet's Murdstone Trilogy is TECHNICALLY YA, but given the legions of fans who've loved both authors work for teens, it seemed too much of an oversight to not include them!)

Come talk about them using the #CountdownYA hashtag from 8 - 9 pm on Monday 29th June - all welcome! We're hoping some of the authors coming out will pop in to the chat if possible.

The first 15 minutes or so will be looking at covers, after that it will be a free for all of people recommending anything they've already read (BUT NO SPOILERS PLEASE!) and discussing/asking questions about things they're particularly curious about or looking forward to.

For what I HOPE is a full list of books coming out next month, check out below graphics.


Monday, 13 April 2015

Guest Post: Nigel Quinlan on Weather, and The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox

I am really excited to present debut author Nigel Quinlan on the CountdownYA tour today, with one of his first blog posts, I believe! I was already really looking forward to The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox before this fascinating post, but after reading this post the book is going to the top of my TBR as soon as I get my hands on it!

All I wanted to do was write a story about a phone box. That’s how it started. A phone box like the one halfway down the street, next to the Post Office in my little village of Murroe in the Irish south-west. The phone box I had in mind, I decided, belonged to a family who had to look after it, protect its magic, keep its secret. And what was that secret? Oh, it almost didn’t matter. Let’s say, seasons. Better capitalise that: Seasons! The Seasons pass through the phone box four times a year! There you go, simple! Now, back to the family and their adventures. Mum, Dad, Neil, Liz and Owen. The Maloneys. They own a B&B, and the phone box is right next to their house, which is more or less the middle of nowhere and, and yet also one of the four corners of the world. And what happens? Well if you’re a family devoted to the movement of the Seasons, then what’s the most awful thing that can happen? Let’s say, one year, the Autumn doesn’t arrive. There you go! Adventures! Complications! Mystery! Excitement!

The difficulty, I thought, would be telling the story of how something as ancient as the passage of the Seasons through the four Doorways of the world ended up happening in an Irish phone box. Phone boxes might seem old and obsolete in this day and age, but there weren’t very many of them around in the Stone Age, which was when the first Weatherman and the elementals that would go on to become the Seasons reached the agreement that allowed humans to get on with their huntin’ and their gatherin’ without getting blown away by a high wind every five minutes.

(At this point, Liz would point out the first Weatherman could easily have been a woman, despite the name, and Neil would roll his eyes at her. Neil knows she could be right, but as her older brother is obliged to roll her eyes at everything she says.)

But it turns out that coming up with a mythology based around Seasonal Doorways that stretches from the pale mists of the Paleolithic era to more recent family feuds and skullduggery is actually fun, and sets up most of the plot that gets things rolling and makes life difficult for the Maloneys and their Weatherbox.

Weather, it turns out, is tricker. Weather, it turns out, is a right pain in the neck.

It’s not so much the weathermagic. You can pop up a load of Weird Weather, threatening snowstorms in September and indoor hurricanes to your hearts content, but when you’re talking about the Seasons, the four Seasons, suddenly you can’t stop thinking. Weather is big. Weather is huge. Weather is global. We breathe air we drink water and all our food depends on weather, the clothes we wear the places we live, whether we could be bothered to go outside today.

And then: FOUR Seasons? That’s downright parochial. Lots of places don’t have Seasons as we do, stuck out here on the far edge of Europe, toes dipped in the North Atlantic, with only the Gulf Stream keeping the icebergs and Polar bears at bay. To assume that my big fluffy benign Seasons were proper embodiments of the weather over the whole world at a particular time of the year was daft. Autumn in Ireland isn’t Autumn in a South American rain forest or an equatorial desert or at the North Pole.

So my Seasons became something larger, darker, more complex and difficult to define or comprehend. We might call them Seasons, but that’s a crude approximation. They are living systems that cover one quarter of the globe at any particular time, incorporating wildly different local conditions, depending on various atmospheric and topographical conditions, but mostly depending on where they are in relation to the sun. Luckily I’d fixed the dates of the changing of the Seasons at the equinoxes and solstices, which depend on the relative positions of the sun and the Earth, and not on local cultural or historical factors, and, and...

Oh God, this was exhausting. But I had to work it out. Any of this might be relevant to the plot or the mythology of the book. Most of it doesn’t even get mentioned, because six chapters explaining in detail how the real world and my made-up world interlink kinda threatened to stop the story stone dead, but it’s there by implication. Also, I am bad at science, so I almost certainly getting everything wrong.

I worried about this stuff a lot, more than I needed to or should have, perhaps, but it was nothing compared to the headache I gave myself when I remembered Climate Change. I mean, I never forgot about Climate Change, it just took me an awfully long time to realise that if I was writing about weather magic in a setting that is identical, more or less, to the modern world, I really needed to think about Climate Change.

So I did. And I worked it out. And then I changed it. And then I revised it. And then I had a great idea that I worked into the plot itself!

And then I revised it out in the very next round.

So all my tortured thinking about weather is there , just not much of it is on the page. It floats above the book, an invisible mass of air and moisture and fluctuating temperatures and areas of high or low pressure. In places it is completely still, in others it blows a gentle breeze on the reader’s face, and in places it sheets down like silver nails made of water and Vikings.

Still, though. The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox is a story about the Maloneys, their Weatherbox, and their magic. It’s got a bog beast and hags and a tourist of magic and a gang of secret Celtic warrior ninjas. It’s also got weather. Weird Weather. It fits right in.

While impatiently waiting for his book, you can follow Nigel on Twitter! And don't miss tomorrow's #CountdownYA post, from Taran Matharu at one of my very favourite book blogs, Snuggling on the Sofa!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Guest Post: Paul Dowswell on Bomber

Another year, and another Countdown! We're celebrating brilliant books coming out on the 7th May (mostly, with a couple the week afterwards.) I'm thrilled to kick us off with Paul Dowswell, whose book Bomber is upcoming from Bloomsbury, answering a few questions about it.

Where did you get the idea for Bomber and how did you research it?

My book is about a Flying Fortress crew operating out of East Anglia during the Second World War. It was inspired by family trips to visit friends who live in a converted pub called The Green Man, in Kirkstead, Norfolk. During the war this pub was frequented by American airmen from nearby Seething airbase. 

Whenever I visit, I am haunted by the thought of these young men drinking their ‘warm’ beer on the nights before their bombing missions, when many would have been blown to pieces over places like Berlin, Stuttgart or Schweinfurt.

I like to walk the same streets as my characters, so where ever possible I visit the places where I set my stories. So last time I went to Kirkstead my friends took me to Seething. It’s an airfield now, rather than an airbase, but the main runway, and the control tower are still there.

The control tower at Seething in 2014. This is a museum now and it’s open to the public.

The view from the control tower during the war.

I also went to the RAF Museum in Hendon, London, to spend a fascinating afternoon looking at the Flying Fortress they have there.

Paul with the Flying Fortress at Hendon.

I watched the 1949 film Twelve O’ Clock High, staring Gregory Peck, to try to get a feel for how American airmen spoke, and also scores of You Tube documentaries and snippets on Flying Fortresses. Most importantly, I read many books about the air war over Europe, and the French Resistance escape routes used by downed Allied pilots.

What’s real and what’s made up?

When you write historical fiction the question often arises, what’s real and what did you make up? In my story the planes and airbase are at Kirkstead, so that’s all made up, but it’s very like Seething, which was home to Liberator bombers rather than Flying Fortresses.

In the story I wrote there are raids on Schweinfurt on August 17, 1943, and October 14, 1943. These are based on actual USAAF raids on that city on those days.

There’s also an episode in my book loosely based on the famous story of the Memphis Belle, whose crew were lionised by the American media when they completed their twenty-five missions in 1943. 

All my main characters are fictitious although I have tried to reflect as accurately as I can the thoughts and experiences of the United States Eighth Air Force crews in 1943, and the extraordinarily brave members of the French Resistance. I often feel grateful I have never had to conjure the reserves of courage required by the characters in my novels.

Why did you write about a Flying Fortress?

The B-17 Flying Fortress is a fascinating aircraft. Its Art Deco curves make it one of the most beautiful aircraft of the Second World War. Although it had a reputation for toughness and   durability, it never quite lived up to its name. Of the 12,731 B-17s built between 1936 and 1945 4,754 were lost in action. Over 1943, when casualties in the air war were at their highest, it has been estimated that a Flying Fortress crew had a one in four chance of completing their 25 mission tour. Not all of the 10 man crew would necessarily be killed, of course, when their plane was shot down. Many airmen parachuted to safety to escape from occupied Europe or spend the rest of the war in a German Prisoner of War Camp, but those are still daunting odds.

In the UK, you can see B-17s at Duxford in Cambridgeshire and Hendon on the edge of London. In the United States, there are at least 30 B-17s on display at museums, and several of these are still able to fly in air shows.

(Photo of Paul Dowswell, by David Rann.)

Thanks Paul for a brilliant opening post! Keep checking back here for the full schedule, updated daily, with tomorrow's post coming from Sarah Mussi at Luna's Little Library.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

The End (For Now!)

Well, Countdown to 7th August is at an end, and today, you’ll be able to go out and buy all of these fantastic books for yourself!

If you've missed any of August's posts, check them out here.

I’ve really enjoyed both Countdown events and want to thank EVERYONE who’s taken part, bloggers and authors alike (and, of course, the fantastic publicists who put me in contact with such brilliant authors!)  – and, indeed, all those who’ve spread the word via Twitter/etc even if they weren’t involved.

At the risk of offending anyone I’ve left out (I truly don’t mean to!), particular thanks to Daphne for her amazing graphics and for tweeting when I couldn’t, Keris Stainton, Keren David, Louisa Reid, Michelle, Laura and Debbie who reacted so positively when I first came up with the idea, and gave me some brilliant advice along the way, Sophia Bennett and Jeff Norton for persuading me to do August as well as June and Keris (again!) for hosting the Twitter chat on June 5th while I was teaching my evening class.

There are no plans for future Countdown events this year (I’ve told Daphne to yell at me if I even CONSIDER trying it again, I need a rest!) but we will hopefully return at some point in 2015, possibly with a different format. 

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Author Interview: Jonathan Meres on World of Norm: May Need Rebooting

I'm delighted to be hosting a post here today as part of the tour - I recently read World of Norm: May Need Rebooting, and it was great to get the chance to talk to author Jonathan Meres about the latest in his popular series. There's just under a week left of the tour - check out the schedule page for what's left to come!We actually have not one but TWO stops today. For the other one, head over to author Keris Stainton's blog to read her interview with Lisa Glass, whose Blue looks wonderful.

1.  When you close your eyes and imagine your readers, who do you see?

I really hope this doesn’t come across as glib or arrogant – and if it does then I apologise profusely and I’m very nice really despite what you might have heard – but I don’t actually have to imagine my readers, as I get to meet so many of them face to face at events.  Which is brilliant, obviously.  So, what can I tell you about them?  Well they’re generally aged from about 8 to 13 and even older than that.  And shock, horror – they’re not actually all boys!  Far from it in fact.  Just as many girls.  Which may come as something of a surprise to a lot people who are quick to label Norm as ‘a boy book.’  It absolutely isn’t.  It’s ‘a book book.’  And Norm’s a universal character.  In my opinion there’s nothing remotely geeky, or nerdy, or dorky, or wimpy about him.  He’s a perfectly normal (pun totally intended) nearly 13 year old kid.  Who just happens to be a boy.  But it could just as easily be The World Of Norma.  Which was my mum’s name, by the way, for any psychoanalysts out there.  Before Norm was published?  The honest answer is I didn’t imagine my readers when I closed my eyes, or any particular age-group.  I just wrote what came naturally.  And what came naturally, was Norm.  Previously I’d written picture books, teen fiction (as it was called, back in the day) and stuff for grown-ups.  I guess you could say I’ve found my feet now with Middle Grade.  Took flipping long enough!

2. I really liked the way you captured the relationship between Norm and his brothers. Do you have any siblings, and if so, did you argue as much as your characters do when you were growing up?

Well first of all, thank you.  Second of all, yes I do.  I’ve got an older brother.  Always have done actually.  So I can’t totally relate to Norm, as Norm’s the eldest of three and I’ve always been the baby of the family.  I don’t remember arguing a great deal.  We got on pretty well on the whole I think.  But that was way back in the 20th century, when folk used to leave their front doors open and you could go out with a fiver, go to the pictures, have a meal, buy the latest Jethro Tull album and still have change for the tram home.  So in that case, how do I manage to capture the relationship?  Easy.  I’ve got three sons.  I just watch them.  It’s not rocket science.

3. Norm falls asleep in school early on in the book, which is one of the main causes of his problems. Did you ever have a cheeky snooze in lessons yourself, or were you a well-behaved pupil?

A cheeky snooze at school?  Never.  College?  That was a different matter.  Especially if we’d been – ahem – out for lunch beforehand.  Which, I must admit did happen rather a lot, because ‘college’ was actually nautical college in Liverpool.  I joined the merchant navy straight from school and would spend six months at sea followed by six months ashore.  But that’s another story.  Sorry, what was the question again?  Oh yeah, at school I guess I was pretty well behaved.  Didn’t used to get into too many scrapes.  No more than anyone else anyway.  I may have been a bit too mouthy or cheeky on occasions – and with hindsight I suppose I did like to make my classmates laugh.  And teachers come to think of it.  But it would be way too simplistic to label me as ‘The Class Joker.’  Sometimes I was and sometimes I wasn’t.  I’m a seething cauldron of contradictions, me.  Actually no I’m not.  I’m just trying to make myself sound far more interesting than I actually am.

4. His other main problem is that his bike gets stolen. I feel his pain at losing a treasured possession - my phone broke 2 days ago and I'm struggling massively without it! What's the one object you'd be lost without?

Well, I’d be pretty lost without a cafetiere, or any other means of making a decent cup of coffee.  And I don’t care how middle class that makes me sound.  Decent coffee is a fundamental human right – schools please note.  Especially schools who are thinking of getting in touch with me to do an event.  If you’ve got one of those industrial sized tins of a certain brand of ‘mellow’ instant coffee taking up half the staff room? Forget it.  Find yourself another author.  Apart from that?  I’d be pretty lost without any means of listening to music.  And my guitar.  And my flute.  And my personally signed George Best book (along with the rest of the European Cup winning Man United team of 1968).  Oh and my reading glasses.  I’d be well stuffed without them.

5. Norm's language is - as I'm sure the boy himself would say - flipping funny! Do you have any tips for writing great dialogue?

Again, thank you very much.  I do enjoy writing the dialogue.  It’s all the other stuff I sometimes find a bit of a chore.  Well, maybe not a chore.  But a bit more problematic let’s say.  It’s almost a relief when I get to some dialogue.  It comes very naturally to me.  And I think writing naturally is probably the key.  Just listen to how other people speak.  Real people.  Not people on the telly or the radio.  I can’t bear listening to screamingly middle class dramas or so-called comedies on the radio where people sit around pretending to clink their crockery and talking absolute guff.  My tips?  Well when it comes to writing dialogue either spoken by children – or intended to be read by children, I’d say go easy on the vernacular and the slang.  Not only will it date very quickly (see ‘Yo! Diary!’ by Jonathan Meres, ‘Yo! Diary! - And Another Thing’ by Jonathan Meres and ‘Yo! Dot Uk!’ also by Jonathan Meres) but there’s nothing worse than a grown-up desperately trying to be ‘down with the kids.’  They’ll smell it a mile off.  Innit?

6. You were a stand-up comic before becoming an author - what are your best and worst memories as a comic?

A huge number of best memories.  Amazing gigs with all kinds of amazing people at all kinds of amazing little venues.  At the other extreme, being almost knocked off my feet by waves of laughter generated by three and a half thousand people at the Edinburgh Playhouse.  Performing in London’s glittering West End.   Getting nominated for The Perrier Award.  (Note nominated by the way.  That’s me.  Always the bridesmaid.)  But to this day, getting boiled sweets lobbed at me by several hundred irate Bros fans at the Hammersmith Palais remains a career highlight.  Worst memories?  Well I still cringe whenever I recall truly dying on my backside for the first time.  Couldn’t face walking back out through the audience afterwards.  Just horrendous.  And with hindsight I don’t suppose it was a great decision turning down the opportunity to be on Saturday Night Live.  I thought that if I did it, I’d somehow be ‘selling out’ or something?  I know.  What an idiot.  But hey, that’s showbiz.

7. Norm is rather unimpressed when he's headhunted to play for a football team in this book, as he'd much rather be on his bike. Rumour has it you have a secret ambition to play for Nottingham Forest? Is this true, and would you go for winning the FA Cup with Forest, or for winning a major mountain biking competition?

Oh it’s absolutely true.  I would have loved to have played for Forest.  I still have occasional dreams where I am doing.  Or rather, I’m about to.  But I can’t put my boots on, or find my way out of the dressing room or something.  And then all my teeth fall out and when I wake up there’s a damp patch on the mattress.  Actually that last bit’s not true.  But I was captain of my school team.  Oh, all right then, my primary school team.  But given that I went to a really tiny village school that could barely scrape a team together without enlisting a couple of dinner ladies, that wasn’t nearly as impressive as it sounds.  FA Cup winner’s medal or mountain biking medal?  No contest.  And besides, I’ve actually forgotten how to ride a bike.

8. You also have a past which involves appearing in numerous pop videos - if you could get a band to record a theme song for World of Norm, who would you pick?

Yes, that’s also true.  Erasure?  Strawberry Switchblade?  Nik Kershaw?  And they’re some of the cooler ones!  Actually probably the coolest one I was in was ‘Rise’ by Public Image Ltd.  Which was great because I kind of missed out on punk as I was at sea at the time, but at least I can say I’ve had a light ale with John Lydon in a trailer behind King’s Cross station.  A theme song for Norm?  Well, being a complete and utter megalomaniac I’d probably insist on doing it myself.  But failing that?  Blimey, that’s very difficult.  It’s a toss-up between XTC, Queens of the Stone Age or Outkast.  No, wait a minute,I’ve got it.  Lindisfarne, featuring Pharrell.

9. What are you reading at the moment, and would you recommend it?

The Hunger Games.  And please nobody tell me whether Jennifer Lawrence dies in the end.  I’m guessing probably not, because there’s at least another two films to come.  Would I recommend it to the handful of people who haven’t already read it?  Absolutely.  Thoroughly enjoying it, although to be honest it’s not my ‘normal kind of thing.’  All those kids running round in dystopian hoodies and that?  But then I’m not sure exactly what ‘my normal thing’ actually is.  When it comes to books – and music for that matter – I have a ridiculously wide taste.  Which is one reason why I’m really rubbish at answering questions beginning ‘What’s your favourite…..’  The other reason is I’m incredibly indecisive.  I don’t actually read a huge number of children’s book.  And I never read any of the ones liable to be sharing shelf/table space with Norm in well-known high street booksellers.  And won’t until I know for certain that I’ve written the last ever Norm.  That way I can’t ever be subconsciously – or even consciously influenced by them.  And I certainly can’t ever be accused of ripping them off.

10. What's the last thing you Googled?

You mean apart from myself?  That would be ‘How financially viable is it to sell old rope?’  Oh and how to spell ‘Megalomaniac’?

11. What's next for Jonathan Meres?

In the short term?  Something like 25 events/sessions in June to promote May Need Rebooting.  (It’s all about shifting units folks.)  Slightly longer term?  A Norm activity book, called May Need Filling In comes out in September, followed by Norm 7 aka Must Be Washed Separately, in October.  And I’m currently playing around with possible story lines (and titles) for Norm 8.  I’m not going to lie.  There’s a part of me that’s desperate to write something completely different and non-Norm-related again.  And I will one of these days.  But there just isn’t time at the moment.  Admittedly, as problems go, that’s a pretty nice problem.

Fab interview - thanks, Jonathan!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Week 3 Recap

Well, we've now passed the halfway point of #Countdownto5thJune (actually, we're quite far past the halfway point, given the delay in this round-up post - sorry!) but the quality is as high as ever, with 7 fab posts last week!

On Friday 16th May, Web of Darkness author Bali Rai stopped by The Reader Ramblings to talk about his upcoming book for Random House, and about censorship and diversity. It's a fascinating post which I really enjoyed reading - and there'll be more from Bali on Thursday 29th May, as he's interviewed at Fabulous Book Fiend.

Saturday 17th May saw Kim Slater, author of Smart (Macmillan) drop by Queen of Contemporary to discuss the cover design of her gorgeous book. I've just read, and enjoyed, Smart, and the main character's love of LS Lowry plays a big part in the book, so the cover is a perfect homage to the great artist - and Kim talked us through all the decision-making that went into it.

On Sunday 18th May, Helen Grant - always fabulous to talk to - stopped by Choose YA for a superb interview about Demons of Ghent, coming from Bodley Head, about urban exploration, and writing in general.

Monday 19th May saw an author from one of my very favourite publishers, Strange Chemistry, appear! This was a notable interview at Death,Books and Tea, as it was part of not one but TWO blog tours - as well as being in Countdown, Lisa O'Kane kicked off her own blog tour for Essence here. A fab interview; I particularly loved the dream cast and photos!

Tuesday 20th May gave us another brilliant interview, as Take Back The Skies (Bloomsbury) author Lucy Saxon appeared on Snuggling on theSofa. I'm not that much of a steampunk fan but Debbie's great questions and Lucy's awesome answers have made even me really excited to read this one!

 Wednesday 21st May was very exciting for me as the tour headed to my own blog YA Yeah Yeah; I was thrilled to get a chance to interview Natasha Farrant for the second time! I loved talking to her after the paperback release of The Things We Did For Love a few years ago, and it was fascinating to catch up with her and talk about her wonderful Faber and Faber series, the Bluebell Gadsby diaries, since the upcoming Flora In Love was really fabulous.

Rounding off the week, on Thursday 22nd May, one of my favourite MG authors, Ellie Irving, was on one of my favourite blogs when it comes to MG books, Nayu's Reading Corner - a perfect match! As well as a great guest post about her research for The Mute Button (Corgi), there's also an ultra-easy to enter competition to win a copy of the book. Check it out!

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Week 2 Recap

Well, we're nearly halfway through the #Countdownto5thJune tour, and week 2 was just as amazing as our fantastic week 1!

The week got off to an incredible start as we had our first Countdown to 5th June video! MASSIVE thanks to James Dawson, author of the upcoming Say Her Name for Hot Key Books, for recording this, and Matt from Teen Librarian for setting it up and sending him such brilliant questions. (And, of course, a huge thanks to the pupils at Matt's school who came up with the questions.

While the website says Countdown YA, we definitely wanted to get some books for slightly younger readers in and Caroline from Big Book Little Book was the perfect person to host an author for this, as BBLB covers a wide variety of ages. Jennifer Grey, author of Faber and Faber's Chicken Mission series - which will start with Danger in the Deep Dark Woods - gave us her this brilliant guest post, a 'call to wings'.

Matt Whyman is, I believe, unique amongst all the participants in Countdown to 5th June because he has not one but TWO books coming out. (Admittedly, he's one of many authors involved in Andersen's short story collection War Girls, while Hot Key's American Savage is just his own work!) He'll be talking to Countdown graphic designer and co-tweeter Daphne at Winged Reviews on Sunday 25th May, but he dropped by last Sunday to speak to Kirsty at Kirstyes about War Girls.

Monday saw another Hot Key author, Nigel McDowell, take part in a brilliant interview with Faye at at A Daydreamer's Thoughts. Faye is a real blog tour expert - putting together the fabulous one currently going on for Kim Curran's Glaze (check out YA Yeah Yeah tomorrow for my spot on it!), and asked some superb questions here.

Katy Moran spoke to Raimy - who like last Thursday's participant Sister Spooky is one of the bloggers I've known the longest - on Tuesday. I've been following Readaraptor for several years but this interview, about Katy's The Hidden Princess - coming out with Walker - is one of my favourite that Raimy's done!

I am spectacularly excited for ALL the books coming out June 5th, but regular readers of my reviews at The Bookbag and on YA Yeah Yeah will know that a series which holds a special place in my heart is Susie Day's Pea's Book series. The lovely Red Fox have just sent me a copy of book four, Pea's Book of Holidays, and it is taking all my willpower to finish this post before reading it - especially after Susie's amazing interview with Cicely of Cicely Loves Books somehow got me MORE excited!

Finally for this week, we have the only book that's already out! I own a gorgeous hardback of Keren David's Salvage but it's such a brilliant read that I'm STILL going to be tempted by the paperback when it's released on 5th June! She took part in a superb interview today with Jesse of Books 4 Teens.

Thanks again for taking part, everyone!