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Thursday, 19 March 2015

UKYA Easter Egg Hunt!



Welcome to the UKYA Easter Egg Hunt! One very lucky winner will win a huge grand prize of signed books by over thirty YA authors who write and live in the UK.

All you have to do is read this blog, count up how many UKYA branded Easter eggs you see in the blog (not the ones above in the banner), and follow the link at the end to the next blog. Keep going until you get back to the blog where you started, and add up how many eggs you’ve seen along the way.

Email your answer to: UKYA2015egghunt@gmail.com. A winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries, and contacted by email.

This closes at noon (UK time) on Sunday, 5th April and is open internationally.

So get finding those eggs! And some awesome UKYA authors and books along the way.

Good luck!

Who am I?I am an author of children's fiction and 2 YA novels: emotional rollercoaster SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE about a girl who discovers she was switched at birth and opens a HUGE can of worms when she goes looking for the truth; and thriller LITTLE WHITE LIES. Here's a bit about it - along with the soundtrack!

This Is Not Me Delta Goodrem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDh7mFnAHAg
Starting university is all about reinventing yourself, but Louise Shepherd has gone a step further, even changing her name in her bid to hide her true identity from everyone she meets. Until she bumps into an old school-friend, Kenny. He promises to keep Lou’s secret – but can she trust him?

Lou’s cousin Poppy’s favourite song, this reminds her of home, and of the best friend she let down so terribly.

I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNoKguSdy4Y
When Lou meets tall, dark, and handsome Christian, she knows he's hiding something. Why does he clam up every time she asks about his past? Why doesn't he have any family photos and why does he dye his blond hair black?

How You Remind Me – Nickelback https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cQh1ccqu8M
Suddenly Christian’s terrible secret is unveiled to the world - and it seems everything he's ever told Lou is a lie.

Me and You Vs The World – Space http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joNeiTmW-jo
Should she stand by Christian, against the whole world?

Set Fire To The Rain – Adele http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0mzLQyd36A
Or can what the media are saying about Christian really be true? If so, Lou could be in terrible danger…

Beneath Your Beautiful РLabrinth feat. Emeli Sand̩ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqIxCtEveG8
As Lou’s heart battles her head there is just one question: Who is the real Christian?

One Way Or Another – Blondie  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFerLNdpwO4
But Christian isn't the only one keeping secrets. For what if their chance meeting was no accident at all...?


As lie follows lie, nothing is as it seems, and soon Lou finds herself ensnared in a web of deceit, her loyalties torn; her emotions in tatters.

As Lou finally discovers the truth, she faces a heart-wrenching dilemma: should she shatter the lives of those she holds dearest, or betray the guy who, against all odds, she's fallen in love with? 

Counted all the eggs on this blog? Then head on to the next stage of the UKYA Easter Egg Hunt by clicking this link! http://www.kathryn-james.tumblr.com/ 

Many thanks to Teri Terry and Candy Gourlay for organising the hunt - you guys are awesome!

Thursday, 29 January 2015

2014- In pictures!

Happy 2015!

As a new year begins what better time to reflect on 2014?
Excitingly, the Three Magic Mice ballet was
launched and performed by the fabulous Balletomane!
It was such a thrill to see my story come to life
in a new form with lovely music, beautiful
 (and very inventive!) costumes, and terrific dancers.


I bit the bullet and posted my first "Jackanory" style video to Youtube.
And my own fairytale came true as I got to go to a Disney ball!

LITTLE WHITE LIES was published in the US and Canada!

LITTLE WHITE LIES was published in the US and Canada! To celebrate, I launched a giveaway, and there's a few days left (closing date 1st Feb) so if you'd like to enter simply tweet this message: "LITTLE WHITE LIES Launch day GIVEAWAY! RT to win a signed copy & watch the #LWLBookTrailer here: youtu.be/06PX7t33qyE"

I was absolutely thrilled that LITTLE WHITE LIES
 also won the UKYA Book Bloggers Award for "Best Ending"!
Unfortunately I can't tell you what that ending is, as it's a bit of a twist!
I got to attend the first ever YALC convention at Comicon
 - and met some very interesting characters!


I was also lucky enough to be invited to do lots of author visits in 2014, both at bookshops and schools (both secondary and primary). 

I really love meeting kids and their fabulous librarians - sorry, library goddesses!


It's so much fun encouraging kids with their writing - 
their imagination has no bounds, and their enthusiasm and excitement always makes my day.
Icknield Primary School even produced their own illustrations
for the Fairy Tale Twists series - watch your back, Matt Buckingham!


And I even got to meet my own literary idol, Jodi Picoult!
And I've been working away on a number of projects - including my first ever musical! - so watch this space!

Here's to 2015!


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Little White Lies - Launch day GIVEAWAY!

TODAY'S THE DAY! Little White Lies is officially on sale in the US and Canada! I'm super excited and have organised a few things to celebrate!
1) A GIVEAWAY! Fancy a signed book for Christmas? There are two ways to enter - or try both to double your chances! 
a) Twitter - Simply copy and paste this tweet: 
"LITTLE WHITE LIES Launch day GIVEAWAY! RT to win a signed copy & watch the #LWLBookTrailer here: "
b) Facebook: Click here, "Like" the Little White Lies Facebook Pageand Share the link to the book trailer to your own timeline! 

2) LIVE TWITTER Q&A I'll be live on Twitter (#KatieDale - it was going to be #LittleWhiteLies, but that brings up a lot of tweets about One Direction!, 5pm EST; 10pm GMT) to answer all your questions about books, writing, or life in general!

3) BLOGTOUR! The Little White Lies blogtour kicks off today at Bookish!

4) PREVIEW A sneaky preview of the book itself - just click here!

5) For now, sit back, relax, and scroll down for the Little White Lies BOOK TRAILER!




Synopsis
Lou Shepherd takes the opportunity of starting at university to reinvent herself – completely. She dyes her hair and changes her name in an attempt to hide her past – but then she meets a guy who's doing exactly the same thing, for very different reasons. Why does Christian clam up every time Lou asks about his past? Why doesn’t he have any family photos, and why does he dye his blond hair black? 

Lou finds herself falling for Christian, so when his house goes up in flames, his tyres are slashed, and he flees for his life, she insists on going with him. But as Christian’s secret is finally unveiled in front of the whole world, it seems everything he’s ever told Lou is a lie. Can what the media are saying about him really be true? Should Lou trust him? Or is she in grave danger? And was their chance encounter really an accident at all…?

As lie follows lie, nothing is as it seems, and soon Lou finds herself ensnared in a web of deceit, her loyalties torn, her emotions in tatters as she faces a heart-wrenching dilemma: should she shatter the lives of those she holds dearest, or betray the guy who, against all odds, she's fallen in love with? 

published by Simon & Schuster UK; Delacorte Press (US); Doubleday (Canada) 

Friday, 5 December 2014

LITTLE WHITE LIES Book Trailer - Revealed!

December is doubly exciting for me this year, as I'm counting down not just to Christmas but to the US/Canada launch of LITTLE WHITE LIES - next Tuesday 9th December!
I'm planning exciting things for the day itself, including kicking off the Blogtour, a Live Twitter Q&A (#LittleWhiteLies, 5pm EST; 10pm GMT) and a sneaky preview of the book itself, and maybe even a giveaway (so check back on Tuesday!), but today sit back, relax, and grab your popcorn, for here's the Little White Lies BOOK TRAILER!



Synopsis
Lou Shepherd takes the opportunity of starting at university to reinvent herself – completely. She dyes her hair and changes her name in an attempt to hide her past – but then she meets a guy who's doing exactly the same thing, for very different reasons. Why does Christian clam up every time Lou asks about his past? Why doesn’t he have any family photos, and why does he dye his blond hair black? 

Lou finds herself falling for Christian, so when his house goes up in flames, his tyres are slashed, and he flees for his life, she insists on going with him. But as Christian’s secret is finally unveiled in front of the whole world, it seems everything he’s ever told Lou is a lie. Can what the media are saying about him really be true? Should Lou trust him? Or is she in grave danger? And was their chance encounter really an accident at all…?

As lie follows lie, nothing is as it seems, and soon Lou finds herself ensnared in a web of deceit, her loyalties torn, her emotions in tatters as she faces a heart-wrenching dilemma: should she shatter the lives of those she holds dearest, or betray the guy who, against all odds, she's fallen in love with? 

published by Simon & Schuster UK; Delacorte Press (US); Doubleday (Canada) 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Meeting my Literary Idol!: Inspiration, Elephants, and Shades of Grey


It's no secret that one of my all-time favourite authors is Jodi Picoult - and last night I actually got to meet her - here's proof!


I love the way Jodi takes a controversial issue and writes about all sides of it, often with multiple narrators taking opposing views. I often pick up one of her books thinking "well, I know what my opinion on this subject is", but as I keep reading I find myself sympathizing with all the many and varied characters and viewpoints, and end up being able to see all the shades of grey of an issue that I had thought was black and white - and her novels always leaves me with food for thought long after I finish reading. 

This was a trait I greatly admired, and one I really wanted to emulate in my first novel, "Someone Else's Life", and it's no exaggeration to say that without Jodi, I probably would not have written that book at all - and consequently I may not have ever become a published author - which is why I am over the moon when some critics have called it "Jodi Picoult for teens". 

For me, there can be no greater praise.
And no greater thrill than meeting her in person last night. 
Jodi spoke eloquently about the inspiration for her latest novel, "Leaving Time", which centres on a woman who studies elephants who goes suddenly missing, and her daughter who, ten years later, is trying to find her. Jodi explained how she had researched the subject matter, especially elephants. I am overwhelmed by how much research Jodi does for each of her (very varied) novels, from going to a haunted house with ghost-hunters, to interviewing Holocaust survivors in Poland, to staying in an igloo, to tracking elephants in Botswana. And still somehow she manages to produce a book a year!  I am in awe.


And even more awe-inspiring is the way Jodi is now using her latest novel to promote awareness of the ongoing ivory trade and its threat to elephants in the wild. Shockingly, it is estimated that in ten years' time there will be no wild elephants left in Africa, especially as the value of an ounce of ivory has sky-rocketed from $150 to $1300.
Jodi is quick to point out that this is not just an issue for elephant-lovers, as every month 1-3 tons of ivory is poached by members of Al-Shabab, a terrorist group in Somalia with clear links to Al-Qaida, in order to fund terrorism. 

So how can we help? Support accredited anti-poaching organisations such as TUSK, write to your local MP, blog, tweet, whatever you can to raise awareness of this issue. With over 14 million readers worldwide, hopefully Jodi and her novel, and everyone who reads this will help to spread the word and make a difference - before it's too late.

Jodi's interview on the subject for PETA http://www.peta.org/blog/jodi-picoult-zoos-drive-elephants-crazy/
  

Monday, 6 October 2014

**Update** "Best Ending" Award - WINNER!

I was utterly thrilled to bits this dark, cold wet windy autumnal morning to discover that LITTLE WHITE LIES has WON the Book Blogger UKYA Award for "Best Ending"!

I couldn't have had a better start to the week :)

Thank you SO much to everyone who voted, to my agent and editors (who this award belongs to as much as me) and especially to all the amazing bloggers who organised and took part in this event - you're all stars, and do so much to support UK authors. It's very much appreciated x
Little White Lies, published by
Simon & Schuster UK;
Delacorte Press USA & Canada
Faye @ A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
Jim @ Ya Yeah Yeah
Caroline @ Big Book Little Book
Daphne @ Winged Reviews
Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary
Debbie @ Snuggling on the Sofa
Luna @ Luna’s Little Library
Sarah @ Feeling Fictional
Cicely @ Cicely Loves Books
Charli @ To Another World
Fi @ Bookish Outsider
Raimy @ Readaraptor
Michelle @ Much Loved Books
Shaila @ Hush Hush Revealings
Andrew @ The Pewter Wolf
Sam @ The Little Munchkin Reader
Julianne @ This Fleeting Dream
Laura @ Bookish Treasures
Samina @ Escapism From Reality
Catriona @ Fabulous Book Fiend

LITTLE WHITE LIES
The first time Lou meets tall, dark, and handsome Christian, she knows he's hiding something. Why does he clam up every time she asks about his past? Why doesn't he have any family photos and why does he dye his blond hair black? 
Then suddenly his terrible secret is unveiled to the world - and it seems everything he's ever told Lou is a lie. Can what the media are saying about him really be true? Should Lou trust him? Or is she in terrible danger? What if their chance meeting was no accident at all ...? 
But Christian isn't the only one keeping secrets. As lie follows lie, nothing is as it seems, and soon Lou finds herself ensnared in a web of deceit, her loyalties torn, her emotions in tatters as she faces a heart-wrenching dilemma: should she shatter the lives of those she holds dearest, or betray the guy who, against all odds, she's fallen in love with? 
Click here for more info

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

UKYA Nomination for "Best Ending"!

Hello! I hope you’ve all had a glorious summer! Though it’s still so sunny it feels like it hasn't ended!  But part of my sunny feeling may be down to the fact that LITTLE WHITE LIES has been nominated for the UKYA Award for “Best Ending”! 

UKYA celebrates Young Adult fiction by home-grown British authors, which is refreshing given the dominance of American YA authors and books in the market. What makes these awards extra special is that ANYONE can vote. There are 20 different categories, and 5 fab YA books nominated for each, so if you fancy voting (for anyone, it doesn’t have to be me, although that’d be super-nice and I’ll be your friend forever!),
hop along to one or all of these blogs – but be quick, as voting closes on 21st September!

Cicely Loves Books: Funniest Book; Most Heart-Breaking Book; Best First Sentence; Best Ending (including LITTLE WHITE LIES!)
Big Book Little Book: Best Contemporary; Best Historical; Best Crime/Mystery; Best LGBT
Readaraptor: Best Horror; Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Best Paranormal; Best Adventure
Much Loved Books: Best Protagonist; Best Couple; Best Friendship; Best Villain
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts: Best Self-Published; Most Social Author (Online); Most Social Author (Offline); Author Whose Mind You Wish Was Yours

So quite a mix! I am so thrilled and honoured to be nominated among such stellar authors, and especially chuffed at the category I'm nominated for, as I think endings can be so hard to get right – often I really enjoy reading a book but something about the ending lets it down – sometimes things aren’t completely resolved which makes you think there’s going to be a sequel, which can be frustrating – especially if there is no sequel! Conversely, if an ending’s TOO neat, that can be dissatisfying too. So it’s a tricky balance! 


I love endings that make you re-examine the whole book in a new light, and consequently some of my all-time favourites are Daphne Du Maurier's REBECCA - what a shock!; Jodi Picoult’s SALEM FALLS – it’s so subtly done, but one sentence at the very end makes you re-examine an entire character and relationship; and WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart, which made me immediately flick back through the book again. I always love a twist, but when you can spot all the clues in hindsight, that’s really satisfying. 

What are some of your favourite book endings?



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