Tuesday 14 August 2012

Really Random Tuesday

Really Random Tuesday is a meme created by Suko at Suko's Notebook which is a way to post odds and ends--announcements, musings, quotes, photos--any blogging and book-related things you can think of.
Firstly I want to apologise to all my regular readers. As you may realise it is the summer holidays and normally I shut the blog down for a bit in order to spend time with my girls. For some strange reason I didn't shut it down this time and I feel bad, as I am struggling to read anyone else's blogs at the moment. Please bear with me, as soon as the kids go back in September I will have more time to stop by your blogs and comment. I have quite a few post lined up over the next few weeks, but I doubt I will be around personally. I want to thank you all for your ongoing support of the blog. 
Many of you know I have been writing and I did finish my book which I recently sent out to agents. I had a lot of positive feed back on it, but feel it may now need to be altered to suit a different age group. So for now, my writing has been put hold until September when I will have more time to focus on a future projects as well as the present one. 
The winner of the five books reviewed as part of the Vintage Children's Week Special is:

Karen Conner - formerly of The Slowest Bookworm blog. 

Congratulations Karen. An email will be on its way to you today. 
There is a fabulous drawing competition over at  author Sarah Mussi's blog open to all 11-18 year olds. All you have to do is draw an angel or seraph and post it over at Sarah's Facebook page.  Sarah Mussi has just 
published Angel Dust through Hot Key Books as one of its launch titles. 
The competition closes at 5pm on the 31st of August. The winner will receive Sarah Mussi's fabulous painting and a signed copy of Angel Dust. Five runners up will also win a signed copy of Angel Dust. 
An astonishing fantasy debut from an 18-year-old classical musician has been acquired by Nick Lake at HarperCollins. Rights for the UK and Commonwealth were secured from HarperCollins US (Greenwillow Books) for two titles by author Stefan Bachmann, an American teenager studying music at the Z├╝rich Conservatory in Switzerland, who began writing The Peculiar at just 16 years old. 

Other authors have been rushing to praise this superb debut and as a result HarperCollins will publish in hardback in September 2012, and follow up with a paperback in the Spring:

“Swift, strong and entertaining. Highly recommended.”
Christopher Paolini, author of The Inheritance Cycle

“Stefan Bachmann's sparkling debut is sure to get a lot of well-deserved notice. He breathes fresh life into ancient magic.”
Rick Riordan, author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Editorial director Kate Howard and assistant editor Harriet Bourton
of Hodder & Stoughton have acquired debut author Kass Morgan’s
thrilling two-book YA series The Hundred from by Sara Shandler and
Joelle Hobeika at Alloy Entertainment (World English), with US
rights to Elizabeth Bewley at Little, Brown Books for Young
Readers. The books are scheduled for publication in Spring 2014 and
Fall 2014.
The series follows 100 teenagers, all harbouring dark secrets, who
© Alana Kass leave their homes – enormous, city-like spaceships – to re-colonize
barely recognizable Earth, only to discover that no matter how far from home they are,
they cannot escape their pasts.
That's all the news for now. Check back soon for more book gossip. 


  1. Congratulations on finishing your manuscript! Good luck with it!

  2. Spending time with the kids comes first, no need to mention the lack of commenting. I can totally relate.
    Congrats on finishing your book!!! Good luck Viv, that is awesome.

  3. Hoping to hear more news on your book in the near future.

  4. Thanks guys for all your support. You are amazing.

  5. Thank you for doing this meme, Vivienne! Congrats to your book winner, Karen, and also to you, for getting your book out there. I can't wait to read it in the future!

  6. Ooh thank you! I didn't get an email through but will email you now x


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