I was at a great function on Saturday, at Charters School in Sunningdale. I took part in a panel of three great UKYA/MG writers (Will Hill, Conrad Mason and Rob Lloyd Jones) and I got the chance to interview these three guys about their books and their writing. It was a fab event and it was preceded by Holly Smale talking about her book Geek Girl and before Holly, we where blown away and entertained by Laura Dockrill, author of Darcy Burdock.
It was a superb day and the first time Charters School held a literary day like this in conjunction with their Summer Fete. To be honest, I hope the turn-out and enthusiasm of all those attending in the audience and on stage was indicator enough that everyone had a great time.
Thanks too to Carol of Waterstones Windsor who sold the books of the authors attending and who is such a geek girl, it was fun to hang around with her between events.
Whilst the event was underway I got a text message from my friend Sarah Bryars saying: DUDE, YOUR BOOK IS UP FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON.
It took a few seconds to sink in. Then my hands started shaking and the world around me went fizzy and honest to goodness, when I checked by typing my name into the search box in Amazon, lo and behold it was there. Along with the ISBN code and the description of the book and everything!!!!!
So here it is, the link (for pre-order) but in case you’re wondering if it’s worthwhile clicking on the link, here’s the cover copy:
Sworn to protect, honour and slay. Because chaos won’t banish itself…
Kit is proud to be a Blackhart, now she’s encountered her unorthodox cousins and their strange lives. And her home-schooling now includes spells, fighting enemy fae and using ancient weapons. But it’s not until she rescues a rather handsome fae prince, fighting for his life on the edge of Blackhart Manor, that her training really kicks in. With her family away on various missions, Kit must protect Prince Thorn, rely on new friends and use her own unfamiliar magic to stay ahead of Thorn’s enemies. As things go from bad to apocalyptic, fae battle fae in a war that threatens to spill into the human world. Then Kit pits herself against the Elder Gods themselves – it’s that or lose everyone she’s learnt to love.
It sounds mental, doesn’t it? O.o. And it all came out of my head, which makes it scarier still.
Getting this on Saturday, as I’m getting into the swing of writing book 2 (tentatively called VOWED), was such a kick up the pants and so exciting. It made me tingle all over and no, it wasn’t just the fact that it was blazingly hot either!
All of this is literally one step further into making my dream a reality and, shocking for a writer, there is no way really to express my feelings adequately apart from in a gif.