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Saturday, 18 June 2016

MUMNESIA Blogtour & Goody-Bag Contest!


Look what was spotted in Asda and Morrisons! MUMNESIA! In the wild! Next to David Walliams! For £3.50! I'm so excited I'm holding a contest! 
If you spot MUMNESIA in a supermarket or bookshop, take a piccie and email me your snaps to
Double points for selfies! 
All entries (UK only) will enter the 
The MUMNESIA Goody-Bag!!
Meanwhile, why not join me on my blogtour - where there's an extra chance to enter each day (and a special bonus prize draw for all 8 correct answers)!

Thursday, 16 June 2016


 Whoop Whoop! MUMNESIA! is OUT NOW! 
I'm so excited I'm running a giveaway! 
(see bottom of the page for details!)

Win a whole bag of MUMNESIA goodies!

I was a little bit naughty for this book and actually had my launch party last week at Waterstones Islington - a WHOLE WEEK early! - and had so much fun I wanted to share a sneaky peek at my party photo album, and share my five steps to a RAD launch party!

Step 1: Get party supplies together!
Step 2, Decorate Nails!
Step 3. Dress like it's the 80s!

Step 4. Make sure there's LOTS of fun stuff to eat and do!
Step 5. Add lots of wonderful friends and family (the most vital ingredient) and PAR-TAY!
(L-R My mum, author Elizabeth Dale, author Sarwat Chadda,
my sister, a Pat Sharp wannabe, me and author Tamsyn Murray!)
The fab author Sarwat Chadda re-enacting the 80s
- mobile phones really were HUGE back in the day!
Rubik's Cubes are HARD!
Lovely Kathy Evans (author of More of Me)
 with wonderful crimped 80s hair!
My lovely agent Jenny Savill and her daughter
performing an extract of MUMNESIA - fabulously!
And my lovely publishers Macmillan
 even gave me a MUMNESIA necklace!

Everyone wrote down their fave memories of the 80s:
Roller Boots and Rara skirts, Hair Wraps, ABBA,
Reebok High-Tops, Wacaday, Adam Ant,
Crimped Hair and Shell-Suits, Mullet Hair,
Wham, Thundercats, Leg-Warmers and
 Spitting Image all feautured - and my fave...

I'm so thrilled that the fab Lilly Lazuli (centre) who illustrated
the cover could come to the party - it was the first time we'd met!
My lovely friend Kathy even took Polaroid photos!
Pics to treasure forever :)
It was a wonderful evening that I'll never forget. 

Now for the giveaway! 

To enter the draw (UK only) to win the MUMNESIA goody bag, 
simply answer the question: 
Email your answer to
Or answer via my Contact Form!

Good luck! And I hope you're having a wonderful day!

Monday, 6 June 2016

MUMNESIA Launch Party invitation!

WHOOP WHOOP! My new book MUMNESIA! comes out soon and to celebrate I'm holding a launch party THIS THURSDAY - AND YOU'RE ALL INVITED!

Here are the details:

(Thursday 9th June, 6.30-8pm Waterstones Islington)

After writing YA and younger children's fiction, MUMNESIA! is my first middle grade book and is a comedy/drama pitched as "Freaky Friday - without magic!" and is being published by Macmillan Children's Books on 16th June - or get a sneaky early copy at the party!

Here's the blurb:
"Lucy's mum is so out of date she's practically mouldy. She's super-strict, overprotective and won't let Lucy go to the school ball! Lucy can't believe she was EVER a teenager . . . until the morning her mum wakes up with no memory of the last thirty years - and thinks she's a twelve year old time-travelling from the 1980s!
All Lucy wants is for her mum to go back to being her old self - but how?"

And some early reviews from some totally fab authors!

"You'll laugh, you'll cringe, you'll never look at your mum in quite the same way again..." - Joanna Nadin, author of THE RACHEL RILEY DIARIES

"Mum minus memory = a whole lot of FUN!" - Tamsyn Murray, author of the COMPLETELY CASSIDY series

"Fast and funny; a Freaky Friday for the twenty-first century!" - Jo Cotterill, author of the SWEET HEARTS series and A LIBRARY OF LEMONS

I'm super-excited and really hope to see you on Thursday!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

An A-MAZE-ING Book Festival!

Hello lovelies!

Well it's been a very exciting couple of weeks!

Firstly, I went to Balletomane's performance of THE THREE MAGIC MICE BALLET!  I was completely blown away by their performance and so honoured that they chose one of my books. It really was just magical watching the characters come to life. The fabulous Balletomane are a self-funded company of volunteer dancers (many of whom have non-dance related careers, from architects to social workers!) who bring ballet to people with limited access to the theatre. They perform in public libraries free
of charge, and also offer free workshops in schools to explore story-telling and literacy themes through movement and dance - do let me know if you’d like them to perform at a library near you or come to your school!

Helen searches for the way out
Then I was invited to take part in Linton Bookfest's A-MAZE-ING Storytelling event! Wonderful children’s authors Helen Moss, Yasmin Finch, Janet Bingham and I snuck in early to explore the beautiful gardens, lake and MAZE! A proper “Alice in Wonderland” style hedge maze!

What do you call 4 children's authors
stuck in a maze? Answers on a postcard!
It was very complicated (and there was even a lion in the very middle – eek!) and we got a bit lost, and only just made it out in time to tell our stories!
Helen read from her fantastic ADVENTURE ISLAND series, Janet shared her beautiful picture books DADDY’S LITTLE STAR and THE BEST PRESENT, I read PRINCE CHARMING'S PRINCESS QUEST (and nearly deafened Helen with my Princess Aurora impression!).
Then it was the super-duper very-special world premiere performance of Yasmin Finch’s MR MUSTACHIO – complete with builder outfit and mustaches on sticks!

I love book festivals - there's always such a buzz and excitement about reading and books - and I seized the opportunity to see some of my favourite authors in action.
The lovely Ruth Hatfield ran a workshop based on her novel "The Book of Storms"

Helen Moss and Robin Stevens talk about their anthology of crime stories:
"Mystery and Mayhem" - Helen's story is all about a pineapple!!

I was especially impressed that both Helen and Robin
wore nail varnish to match their book cover! Awesome!

I also went to a fab event on The Hero's Journey by the equally fabulous Candy Gourlay, but I wasn't allowed to take photos, so here's a lovely one of Candy with the library cats instead!
Photo by Ruth Keys

What fun, exciting, inspiring, fascinating events book festivals are! Have you been to any fab festivals lately?

Friday, 15 April 2016

Ballets and Book Covers!

Today I have TWO lots of exciting news!
Firstly, the EXTREMELY SPARKLY cover for my new MG comedy/drama MUMNESIA! is REVEALED over at Serendipity Reviews!
I'm super-excited about this one because it's my first middle grade novel, and after writing gritty YA it's been so refreshing to write something lighter and full of fun - and did I mention it has a SPARKLY cover?? (It literally had me jumping around the room with excitement!) I'll post more about it very soon, but meanwhile do check it out and let me know what you think!

Secondly, I'm off to see the THREE MAGIC MICE ballet again tomorrow! I never get tired of watching it - the ballerinas are beautiful, elegant, fabulous, and super-brave (I've lost count of how many injured feet I've seen backstage - ouch!) Do pop by if you're in Stanmore - it's free, fun, and totally FAB! 
Here are some photos from the last performance to whet your appetite! 
The ballerina narrator finds a book - The Three Magic Mice!
But as she falls asleep the characters come to life!
Cinderella's stepsisters are mean to her 
But the 3 Magic Mice cheer her up!
Cinderella's Fairy Godmother turns the mice into men
so they can take Cinders to the ball!
But the cheeky friends run away from the Fairy Godmother so they
don't have to change back to mice - then turn into 3 Billy Goats!
They flee from a nasty troll!
and become PIGS instead!
But there always seems to be someone after them: a troll, a wolf...
Even Goldilocks!
Will the 3 friends escape from the characters chasing them? Will they ever change back to mice? Come along to the ballet to find out - or read the book!

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Return of the Three Magic Mice - the BALLET!


Well, it feels like Spring has finally sprung! The sun's out, the daffodils are blooming, and I've just emerged from a long hibernation in the editing cave. 
Exciting new book news to follow soon, but equally exciting is the return of the THREE MAGIC MICE BALLET
It's such a thrill to see my book transformed into a ballet and the fabulous Balletomane are performing three FREE performances - and  this year I'll be popping along too to have some fun as well. So if you feel like a bit of magic, and a bit of ballet, do come along and join us - we'd love to see you! This Sunday: Hounslow! 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Books and Ladders!

Hello lovelies!

Sorry I haven't blogged in a while, but here are some of the exciting reasons why!

I'm thrilled to announce I have two NEW twisted fairytales coming out this August and September
with Franklin Watts - THUMBELINA THINKS BIG and BIG PANCAKE TO THE RESCUE! It's been so much fun imagining what Thumbelina might dream to be when she grows up (spoiler: a catwalk model!) and I wasn't very familiar with the fairytale of The Big Pancake so it was great to discover a new fairytale and then twist it a bit and make the pancake the hero! They're both beautifully illustrated (by the fab Rupert Van Wyk and Steve Stone) and I really hope you enjoy them!

I've also just signed a new two book deal with the lovely Macmillan Children's Books team for 2 Middle Grade books! (I've written for teens and 5-7 year-olds, so it makes sense to write for in-betweeners now, right?) I'm having HEAPS of fun writing the first book, entitled MUMNESIA, a comedy/drama that's due out next year!

Lastly, to celebrate Independent Booksellers Week, I'd like to share with you a pic from a very exciting new bookshop I found last week - it's called Topping and Company and they have three stores nationwide (Bath, Ely and St. Andrews) and as well as having very knowledgable and lovely staff, and organising fab author events, they offer complimentary tea and coffee whilst you browse! I may make this a regular thing - just think, instead of going to a coffee shop, I could pop to Toppings and spend the money I would've spent on coffee on books instead! Awesome!

And the icing on the cake is that the St. Andrews Toppings store even has book-ladders-on wheels like Belle in Beauty and the Beast! As I was up in Scotland last week for my Mum's book awards (Her fab picture book OFF TO MARKET came runner up in the Dundee Picture Book Award) I couldn't resist popping in to try out the ladders (something I've ALWAYS wanted to do-who wouldn't?!) - it was SO much fun!

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