All aboard for the Moonlocket Book Tour!

It has been a busy couple of months through May and June, talking about both Cogheart and now Moonlocket. I was intending to write a long blogpost about it all, but there just isn’t the time because I am supposed to be writing another book!!!! Cogheart number 3. More on that soon… But suffice to say, it has been a joy to travel about with my books and meet so many lovely readers at the various festivals, School Library Service Awards, and school events that I have been invited to over the past two months. Here are some pictures of all the various events, they say a picture tells a thousand words, which is lucky because I don’t really have the time to write a thousand word blog post…

Barnes Book Festival, and in the green room after my event with Kiran and Maz:

The Leeds Schools were so much fun, some great audiences:

Leeds Book Awards, congratulation to Fleur Hitchcock the winner for Murder in Mid-winter:

Visiting the famous Leeds Library, the insides of the building have some fantastic Victorian features:

Greenwich Book Festival, we tried to trick everyone by sitting under the wrong books:

Visiting West Thornton Primary in Croydon with Pea Green Boat Books – they had the MOST cake ever at a book event:

Hillingdon Book of the year, where I saw a play of my book performed :

Waterstones High Street Kensington event Middle Grade Magic, talking with MG Leonard, Lara Williamson and Maz Evans:

North East Book Awards, they made us runners up book themed chocolates, congratulations to the Winner Katherine Rundell for Wolfwilder:

I had a lovely visit with Tollgate community school in Eastbourne, thanks to the fantastic organising of their Teaching Assistant and librarian Jeff Doak. They even did some hilarious dabbing robot poses during my robot quiz!

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Finally there was Redbridge Children’s Book Award, where once again there was an abundance of cake! Excited readers and great questions! Congratulations to Christopher Edge who won for The Many Worlds of Albie Bright. I think it all went to his head by the end, because you can see him attacking Kathryn Evans with his award…

Cogheart shortlisted for Independent Bookshop Week Awards

I am delighted to announce that Cogheart has been nominated for the Independent Bookshop Week Awards, Children’s Category. Thank you to all the lovely Indie booksellers who have championed the book over the past eight months. I am massively thrilled to be on this list with so many other fabulous authors!

One Amazing August

This week saw the last few days with Cogheart as Waterstones Children’s book of the month…

It has been one amazing August, glimpsing all the windows and displays that the lovely Waterstones sellers put together, going round shops to sign loads of books, and meeting the fabulous booksellers themselves in reality and online; hearing all their enthusiasm for the book has been truly fantastic.

Thank you, all of you, and to celebrate here is a little slideshow of some of the stupendous windows and table displays of the book that people sent me during a month that went by very very quick! I was a little sad on Wednesday when it was all over….

But then on Thursday – the First of September – the book was out EVERYWHERE, and we had a proper big launch party to celebrate – of which more later! For now here’s the slide show of all the COGTASTIC Waterstones windows…

Cogheart is Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month!

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Cogheart early copies in Waterstones
Cogheart early copies in Waterstones

I am delighted to announce that Cogheart is the Waterstones Childrens Book Of The Month for August 2016!

It has been a crazy couple of weeks, especially trying to keep it secret for the last week of July, when the book was already being set out in Waterstones shops.

People began buying the book, which was INCREDIBLE… but they were also asking me – Why? Why is your book out so early? 

And I had to reply: I don’t know… I couldn’t possibly say! (-because I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone until the 1st of August, on pain of death!)

Meanwhile, I was waiting on tenterhooks for Waterstones to make the announcement about book of the month…

Then, this week, the first week of August, has been all go, with lots of messages from Waterstones shops who have been sending pictures of their fabulous windows and displays of Cogheart on twitter and instagram! Thank you all you lovely Waterstones sellers, there are some truly talented artists out there among you and I’ve been utterly astounded by all the beautiful windows, in-store banners, and signage artwork that you have created so far for the book….

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On Thursday and Friday I did some visits to Waterstones shops around London and Surrey. Stevie, my publicist from Usborne, and Jo, my agent came along too. It was a lot of fun seeing all the different shops and meeting the friendly booksellers, and I signed loads of books in each shop, and even personalised the odd copy for a customer. I tried to do a few different ones among the signed books, so if you look out, you might find the odd book with a hand-drawn robot in! I am hoping to get to a few more shops during the month, and this Saturday (-13.08.16) I’m doing an event at Waterstones 02 Finchley HERE… If you’re free come along and check it out, because it’s free!

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