Halloween: My 2017 Picks!

I always put together a list of books to read at Halloween. Last year I chose too many and struggled to keep up with them, which took some of the fun out of it, so this year I’ve picked four possible reads and I’m really excited to dive in and enjoy these spooky tales! I…

Interview with Lisa Lueddecke, Author of A SHIVER OF SNOW AND SKY

A Shiver of Snow and Sky is one of my new absolute favourite books so I’m thrilled to welcome Lisa Lueddecke to chat about this new fantasy world! Kate Ormand: Hi Lisa! Can you tell us a little about what we can expect from A Shiver of Snow and Sky? Lisa Lueddecke:Hopefully, you can expect…

Books Read in September 2017

REVIEWS A SHIVER OF SNOW AND SKY Lisa Lueddecke Ósa knows her village is in danger when the sky over Skane glows red. Last time the lights turned crimson, a plague spread through their village, killing many – including Ósa’s mother. With little love from her father and sister, Ósa spends most of her time…

Flickerink: 10 New Candles!

We recently sold out of most of our designs, leaving us with just 5 scents left on the Etsy store, so it was time for an update! And what better time than October? As the nights draw in and get colder, our candles come out in force! For a cosy autumn and winter, we’ve released…

New Release: MADE (Between the Lines) + Q&A

Hooray! I’m thrilled I got the chance to work with the fab team at Badger Learning on their latest teen series: Between the Lines! The series is OUT NOW with eight new titles for struggling or reluctant teen readers with an interest age of 12+, reading age of 8-9 and word count of 5000-6000.  …

Books Read in August 2017

REVIEWS   ODD & TRUE Cat Winters Tru grew up on Od’s stories. Born in a castle with a monster-slaying mother and magic in her blood. But as Tru gets older, she starts to wonder if her sister’s tales are real. Tea leaves and tarot cards, demons and monsters, purple cloaks and a magical suitcase…

Books Read in July 2017

REVIEWS     THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE Lauren James Romy is the first human born in space. After the death of her crew, she’s in charge of a spaceship heading to a new planet. She’s the loneliest girl in the universe until she gets news that another, faster spaceship will join her mission…

Badger Learning Teen Reads

I’m really pleased to be working with Badger Learning on their latest teen series: Between the Lines! The series will introduce eight new titles for struggling or reluctant teen readers with an interest age of 12+, reading age of 8-9 and word count of 5000-6000. I’ve created a page on the books section of my…

Flickerink: Illumicrate May 2017

We were delighted to team up with Illumicrate on their May box this year. Daphne and I discussed creating an exclusive summery candle for the box and here’s what we came up with… Mermaid Lagoon – ‘Tropical Splash’ thebookishfanboy: this exclusive mermaid lagoon candle was included in @illumicrate‘s may box ✨ and it smells amazing!! esbookworm: this…

Books Read in June 2017

REVIEWS   ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN Jenny Han High school is almost over for Lara Jean. She and Peter are waiting to hear back from colleges, her dad is getting married, and she’s planning her future. And then everything changes, and Lara Jean has some big decisions to make in this anticipated final novel….

Extract: GEORGE by Alex Gino for Scholastic’s Celebration of Pride

Scholastic have put together some plans to celebrate Pride and LGBTQ+ publishing between 24th June – 9th July. As part of this, I’m sharing the first chapter of George by Alex Gino. The school play is coming up and George wants to play Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web. George’s teacher says she can’t play Charlotte because she is…

News: New Agent!

Good news! I’m so pleased and proud to share that I’m now represented by the fabulous Amy Tipton at Signature Literary Agency. I queried Amy with my 2015 NaNoWriMo project, so it’s something I’ve been working on for some time. Amy is super enthusiastic about the story and I’m beyond happy to be working with…

Books Read in May 2017

REVIEWS   WINDFALL Jennifer E Smith What would you do if you had a million dollars? Alice is in love with her best friend. On his eighteenth birthday she buys him a winning lottery ticket. Their friendship is put to the test as Teddy claims his winnings in this sweet and thought-provoking read. This is…

Interview with Danielle L Jensen, Author of THE BROKEN ONES

I’m so excited for the release of The Broken Ones by Danielle L Jensen (UK – 1 June/US – 6 June) and delighted to have Danielle here to chat about the prequel to Stolen Songbird! Kate Ormand: I’m a huge fan of the Malediction trilogy. Can you tell us a little about what we can…

Review: LORD OF SHADOWS by Cassandra Clare

LORD OF SHADOWS Cassandra Clare The best thing other than joining the world of Shadowhunters again is the quick humour and the close bond between the characters. Lady Midnight was an amazing introduction to this new series. Readers were launched back into the world of Shadowhunters alongside both new and familiar faces. The first book…

Flickerink: 2 New Candles

We just added 2 new candles to the Etsy store! Details below and you can find us online here: Etsy | Twitter | Instagram Villainess Deep amber perfume: Inspired by Cruella and scented with rich amber perfume. No puppies were harmed in the making of this candle. Pumpkin Carriage Enchanting spiced pumpkin: Get carried away by this sweet spiced pumpkin candle,…

YABC Cover Reveal: THE WANDERERS and THE PACK (+ Giveaway)

The fab team at YA Books Central revealed the cover for The Pack, sequel to The Wanderers, today! The series has been given a makeover and I absolutely love the new covers… Hope you love them as much as I do! Head over to YABC to enter the giveaway: http://www.yabookscentral.com/blog/it-s-live-cover-reveal-1-40 The Wanderers paperback will be out 5 September and The Pack is…

Books Read in April 2017

REVIEWS THE ISLAND AT THE END OF EVERYTHING Kiran Millwood Hargrave Ami and her mother have always been together, but when a new government take control of the island they live on, Ami is sent to an orphanage across the sea. She meets a girl who is named after butterflies and the two of them…