Friday, 21 August 2015

Hot Pink in the City is out now!

Today I'm pleased to help out with the launch for Medeia Sharif's latest release, a YA novel which sounds like loads of fun. Congrats, Medeia!

HOT PINK IN THE CITY, Prizm Books/Torquere Press

Release Date: August 19, 2015


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Asma Bashir wants two things: a summer fling and her favorite '80s songs. During a trip to New York City to stay with relatives, she messes up in her pursuit of both. She loses track of the hunk she met on her airplane ride, and she does the most terrible thing she could possibly do to her strict uncle... ruin his most prized possession, a rare cassette tape.

A wild goose chase around Manhattan and Brooklyn to find a replacement tape yields many adventures -- blackmail, theft, a chance to be a TV star, and so much more. Amid all this turmoil, Asma just might be able to find her crush in the busiest, most exciting city in the world.

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Monday, 10 August 2015

Cover Reveal for Piper Morgan Joins the Circus

Happy Monday! Today I'm pleased to help unveil the adorable cover for Stephanie Faris' new release. It looks like a lot of fun!

Piper Morgan Joins the Circus

Stephanie Faris

Cover illustration by Lucy Fleming.


When Piper Morgan has to move to a new town, she is sad to leave behind her friends, but excited for a new adventure. She is determined to have fun, be brave and find new friends.

And after learning her mom’s new job will be with the Big Top Circus, Piper can’t wait to learn all about life under the big top, see all the cool animals, and meet the Little Explorers, the other kids who travel with the show. She’s even more excited to learn that she gets to be a part of the Little Explorers and help them end each show with a routine to get the audience on their feet and dancing along!

But during Piper’s grand debut, her high kicks and pointed toes don't go quite as planned. After causing a dance disaster, she has to prove to everyone--especially queen of the Little Explorers, Lexie--that she belongs in the spotlight. 

Stephanie Faris:


Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.

Stephanie is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the upcoming Piper Morgan series. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive. 







Wednesday, 5 August 2015

IWSG - The Future of Blogging

It's the first Wednesday of the month and time for another installment of the Insecure Writers' Support Group. This is where we get to share our worries and concerns over all aspects of this crazy writing game and offer words of encouragement to others in the group. Go here to sign up!

This month, I am pondering the future of blogging as a social and marketing tool for writers. This is something I have heard mentioned a little bit recently. I took a short break while moving house, and when I came back, it didn't take too long to catch up - and indeed most days when reading my favourite blogs in my feed, it doesn't take long to get back to the posts I read the previous day, whereas it used to seem neverending.

Is blogging becoming less effective? There is a host of options these days for online interaction - the ubiquitous Facebook, Twitter, Google + (still need to figure this out), Instagram, Pinterest... I've probably missed a lot. Are many turning to these platforms to share information in a more time effective way? I get that we could reach readers (who are non-writers) more easily through these avenues and can see the value in them all. It has been a long time goal to conquer my mixed feelings towards Facebook and establish an author page. But with the constant barrage of short updates and tweets, spending too long on these sites can make my head spin. I'll always prefer the more in depth content that blogging offers.

Maybe it's just the summer slump, or do you think this is a general trend? Have you spent time focussing on other platforms apart from your blog? Do you still enjoy blogging?