#MGBookElves – a fireside chat

In a cosy room at Castle Marsh, Fred and George are relaxing after a nice meal with their guests, Max the Tonkinese cat from the Shadows of the Past series and Stanley the labrador dog and Katrina von Cat from the Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets.  Fred tells all here.  After the conversation […]

On the blog and website this Christmas

I’ve got so many goodies for you in December, I’m getting really excited about Christmas for once! From December 1st to 23rd we are having a humungous Giveaway and blog tour.  The 12 Authors of Christmas have clubbed together to bring you 30 prizes of ebooks, and they are featuring interviews and reviews throughout the […]

Round-up of the Blog Tour

Well, that was exhausting!  Thank you everyone who hosted a Blog Tour spot, and for reviewing the book, interviewing me and George and all the other fascinating things that went on.  And of course HUGE thanks to Renee at MotherDaughterBookReviews.com for organising it, and for finding the photo of Viggo Mortensen (I know how hard […]

My Blog Tour Starts Today

Thanks to Mother Daughter Book Reviews, I’m taking The Princelings of the East on the road for a blog tour.  All the wonderful people below will be hosting me with either a review or an interview (and there’s even an interview with George). They are also featuring a Giveaway with a wonderful prize – a […]

Five star reviews from Readers’ Favorite

For some reason I forgot to tell you about this.  Then the second review came in, so I thought I’d better catch up.  But I expect you saw the nice medal on the side of the page and guessed! I submitted the three Princelings trilogy books for review at this professional or at least industry-recognised, […]

Best of Summer 2013 Kid Lit Giveaway Hop

Thanks to Youth Literature Reviews and Mother Daughter Book Reviews, here is another Kid Lit Giveaway Hop.  When you’ve entered my giveaway (see below) you can click on the badge to go to the linky list to find another blog participating in the Hop. The Hop starts today,  26th August and ends on September 6th. […]

Friday Flash Fiction: Fruitpunk

This week’s challenge from Chuck Wendig was to write a story in your own ‘punk’ genre. This was in honour of the release of his new book Under the Empyrean Sky, which he calls ‘cornpunk’.  I’m slightly familiar with cyberpunk, steampunk, and a search on wikipedia explained a few more to me.  Generally these are […]

What am I writing next?

Ok, so I’ve left Camp NaNoWriMo for another year.  It’s a really good challenge to keep me focused on writing every day.  What it stops me doing, really, is reading long books (I can read something that takes me one or two days), and writing other stories (like flash fiction, or character interviews).  However I […]

Two weeks only – Four ebooks FREE

Yes for two weeks only, till July 31st, all four of the ebooks available on Smashwords are FREE with the coupon code SW100 (that’s the same code for each of them). You could get The Princelings of the East The Princelings and the Pirates The Princelings and the Lost City The Traveler in Black and […]

Princelings on Mother Daughter Book Reviews

The Princelings of the East has been reviewed on Mother Daughter Book Reviews and received a wonderful 4.5 stars (5 stars on Amazon, Goodreads and B&N).  Princelings is also now appearing in their Pinterest Book Spotlight feature until early June.  Fred and George would be so proud! There’s a Kid Lit Blog Hop coming up […]

Vacuums and Vehicles

In which Victor witnesses the pleasures and perils of technology This 1500 word Princelings story/extract is an introduction to the changing technology in the realms.  I thought of Victor seeing people pass through Seventh Happiness, imagining stories for them, and decided that a tale set in his home would be nice.  I have an inkling […]

Rajah of Nilgiri

In which Lord Mariusz relates his first encounter with the infamous Blackbird This is a 1200 word tale in the backstory of Castle Hattan.  References to ‘the Rajah’ pop up every time Hugo or Mariusz turns up in my books.  Regular readers may even have wondered about the identity of the foreign gentleman in Dylan’s […]


This is possibly my favourite piece done during the creative writing course.  We picked a building in the city at random, the tutor gave us five objects and four characters, one of whom was to be our narrator, but all objects and characters were to be included. I’ll tell you at the end what the […]

The Princelings A to Z Giveaway!

1st April is the start of the A to Z Blog Challenge!  Over a thousand bloggers have been preparing for this day, when we all write a post about something beginning with A.  Then on Tuesday it’ll be something beginning with B… and since we skip Sundays, on the 30th April we’ll be doing something […]