Today is Ghost of a Chance day: my new book has been published. (Officially now, Amazon jumped the gun a bit.)
The wonderful, talented Sara Wallcraft has designed special friezes for my Ghost of a Chance webpage, one of the Chance house, one of some beautiful peacocks. Do make sure to check it out.
You can also find a sample chapter of the book. Hopefully once you’ve read it, you’ll be inspired to rush out and immediately buy a copy.
But for one lucky person there could be a free copy heading your way. To celebrate, I’m announcing a competition to win a signed copy of the book. For your chance to win, comment on my blog with your answer to the question “What’s the best way to solve a murder?” Winners will be announced tomorrow at 9am GMT, to give everyone time to take part. (Make sure to comment on the blog itself, not on the Facebook syndicated version.) If you’ve already ordered a copy, why not have a go anyway and win a copy for a friend or family member?
Happy Ghost of a Chance day to me and to all of you!
Edited to add: Ghost of a Chance is already Book of the Week at new crime blog Crime Central!
Competition entrants, please make sure to check back tomorrow to see if you’re the winner because I will need to get your street address from you to send you your prize!
WordPress has sent an email to tell me my blog was “fresher than ever” in 2010, which is nice. Unfortunately I think they are still working from the figures from my old hosted account, not my current embedded one. But perhaps that means my blog is even fresher than WordPress thinks?
It’s 3 days until the publication of Ghost of a Chance and I’ll be celebrating here on my blog so stop by and leave a comment. Amazon started shipping it in December although due to the snow some of those copies are trapped in warehouses. But if you’ve got your copy and have read it already I’d be especially interested to know what you think.
I’ll also be posting the first chapter on my webpage for the book: Ghost of a Chance. So if you haven’t got a copy you can try it out. My artist friend is hard at work designing a new frieze for the webpage which should be online shortly. The book has a peacock theme and so too will the frieze.
One website, The Bookbag, has already posted a review of Ghost of a Chance – and recommended it, thanks Robert James!
I’ve been three years writing this book – a long time for me! And I’m very excited to know what people think of it. I can’t quite believe it’s almost publication day!
I’ve uploaded two Bologna videos to my You Tube account, one still to come.
So far I’ve uploaded some video of the illustrators wall and a video of the launch party for the Great Big Book of Families, written by Mary Hoffman and illustrated by Ros Asquith and published by Frances Lincoln.
Bad Blood: Polish cover
Bad Blood was published in Poland by W.A.B. Publishers. The title is Wykreślone imię (Crossed Out Name). The publication date is 23 September 2009.
The 2nd of August was the official publication date of Bad Blood, my new horror novel. I’m really excited about this book because I think it’s my best work to date. In this novel I accomplished almost all I set out to do. (I say almost only because it’s hard for an author to achieve the platonic ideal of the book we originally conceive of writing.)
Anyway, Bad Blood is a novel about books and names, about family feuds and twsited relationships, set in a sinister landscape of imagination run wild and dangerous. Unlike my fiction to date it counts as horror but psychological horror with a quasi-magical flavour.
I don’t want to say too much and spoil the story but once people have read it we can have a discussion on the fan forums and I’ll be happy to answer any questions people have about it. There are also some brief answers to questins about it in the author area of my site.
Next week is the official launch party and I’ll be posting photos from that at some point. Meanwhile, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping everyone likes the book as much as I do.
Roundabout was published in paperback on 7 July 2007.
Visit the Roundabout pages on my website for more information about this contempory young adult novel.