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!

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