Edinburgh Book Festival

I’m pleased to say that I’ll be at the Edinburgh Book Festival this year, doing an event with Keith Gray on Sunday 16th August from 5pm-6pm.

If you fancy coming along to hear me talk about Frozen Charlotte then you can check out the details here: Ghostly Secrets with Alex Bell and Keith Gray. 

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Russian Cover for The Ninth Circle

 

 

Here is the Russian front cover for The Ninth Circle. I have my doubts about Gabriel wearing such a frilly shirt, nor do I recall him having either a goatee or an earring. The Victorian people in the bottom left hand corner also seem a little random. But, other than that, yes. The blood, the book and the knives are all good. And Lilith looks suitably beautiful and sinister.

In other news, there’s a few photos from a workshop event I did at a secondary school a couple of weeks ag0: http://www.brynhafren.com/ It was a great event and the girls were brilliant. Plus, I drove all the way to Wales without getting lost. I’m also going to be a guest at the New Forest Book and Supper Club at the Royal Oak next week: http://www.royaloakgorley.com/royal_oak_gorley_book_club.html

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Teacup Candles, TV Interviews & Book Signings

I went to the Winchester Christmas markets last week and found these teacup candles:

Are they not perfection? This pic is of a mulled wine candle but the one I bought was eggnog and it smells amazing and looks soooo pretty when it’s lit. I adore vintage teacups anyway but sticking scented candles in them just makes them even better. I am now officially in love with Creme Nouveau (http://www.cremenouveau.com/)

In other news, my little interview on the Kevin Moore show was on over the weekend. I have vetted it and, since it isn’t too embarrassing and I managed not to say anything grievously inappropriate, I’m putting a YouTube link up here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaFtc7p5H3w Everyone at the studio was so nice and really made my first TV experience a really positive one so a big thank you to Kevin, Joanna and everyone else who chatted with me, slapped make-up all over my face (because of the lights and stuff – not because of some sudden dreadful skin-problem) and generally made me feel at ease before we began.

And, lastly, one further reminder that I’ll be in Southampton signing at the wonderful Waterstones in West Quay this Thursday (8th December) from 5.30-7.30pm, along with several other fine authors. Apparently there’s going to be some sort of giant gingerbread house in West Quay that day, and I’ve been told that Waterstones will be putting on mince pies again this year, so do come along and say hello to us all and help us eat the pies!

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Upcoming Events

Just a quick note about upcoming events.

First of all, I will be at the Swindon Youth Festival of Literature tomorrow with fellow Chainsaw Gang authors, Sarwat Chadda, Stephen Deas, William Hussey and Alexander Gordon Smith. We’ll be talking to students about our books at the Wyvern Theatre (http://www.swindonyfl.co.uk/) and signing them afterwards.

Some Friday this month (not sure of the exact date yet) there’ll be an episode aired of The Moore Show (channel 201 on Sky and 403 on freesat) where I’ll be one of the guests talking about my books and whatnot. Will try to remember to stick the date up here when I get it.

8th December – Local Author Fiction evening at Waterstones in West Quay. I went to this last year and it was a great Christmasy event where people could have a mince pie AND get their books signed. Double win.

And, for next year, I’ve now arranged to go to both the SFX Weekender and Eastercon.

Busy, busy, busy.

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Upcoming Events

Eeks, October was a crazy busy month for me – hence the lack of blogging. This was partly due to the launch party we had for Lex Trent. I love launch parties (in fact I love any kind of party), and the ones I had for Ninth Circle and Jasmyn just flashed by too damn fast. So, this time, we decided to make a weekend of it with a murder mystery at Stratford with some of my favourite people from the book world.

And before anyone can make any shrill accusations of cronyism or nepotism or whatever kind of favouritism this might be considered to be – I must point out that, of the three reviewers who attended, only one of them (Amanda Rutter from Floor to Ceiling Books) had actually given me a good review. And Amanda is my favourite because she stays up drinking with me until 5am, not because of the review (although that certainly doesn’t hurt – I like a person who has good taste in literature.) Amanda’s write-up of the event, complete with a small selection of the less obviously drunken photos, is here: http://floor-to-ceiling-books.blogspot.com/2010/10/its-murder.html

So October was a bit mad, and it looks like the rest of the year is going to be pretty much the same.

First up – there’s the Richmond Literary Festival where I will be holding a Fantasy Adventure workshop on 13th November for kids from 10 years up (older kids and teenagers are also very welcome – the workshop will suit both). Please note there will also be chocolate and prizes because . . . well, I really like chocolate and prizes.  Here is the facebook event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=162168253815519&index=1 Here is the link for the Richmond Festival: http://www.richmond.gov.uk/literature_festival And here is the Chainsaw Gang flyer advertising me and my fellow Chainsaw Gangsters, who are also doing workshops over the festival: 

I have no idea why they’ve used the book covers to advertise Gordon, Sarwat and Alex’s workshops whilst using my face to advertise mine. Either they really dislike my book cover, or they really like my face.  Anyway, moving on . . .

Secondly, I will be attending a Local Author Evening at Waterstones in West Quay on the 18th November from 5.30-7.30pm. I’m not sure of the exact format of the evening yet but it will be a multi-author event to coincide with the turning on of the Christmas lights at West Quay and, last I heard, there was talk of mince pies being present as well (win!)!

Thirdly, I will be doing a panel event for teens at Redbridge Book Festival on the 11th December. I believe the other panellists will be fellow Chainsaw Gangsters Sarwat Chadda, Alexander Gordon Smith, Sarah Pinborough and Sam Enthoven. That’s all I know at present so will try to remember to confirm details of those last two events once I have more information.

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