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Franschhoek Literary Festival

This week is going to be super-exciting for South African writers as the annual (and fabulous!) Franschhoek Literary Festival runs from Friday to Sunday, with panel discussions, workshops, talks and all kinds of literary arty-fartyness. I adore the Festival - it's held in perhaps the most beautiful town in South Africa, between the mountains and the vineyards, and there's glorious food and wine in addition to the writerly battery recharge that results from listening to the great and talented discuss their craft and the state of writing and publishing in the world.

As part of their resolution to get children reading and involved in the festival (Yes!), the organisers have, for the first time, launched a Children's Festival. From Wednesday to Friday, a range of wriiters from the SA literary spectrum will be visiting schools in the valley, doing reading, workshops and presentations. I am so delighted to be one of them! I'll be presenting "Teens, tweens and Turtles" (Turtle Walk's eco plus psychological messages) to two groups of grade 6's at Bridge House School on Thursday, and on Friday, I'll be doing readings of Jemima Jones and the Revolving Door of Doom to the Grade Grade 2's at Groendale Primary - expecting much noise and hilarity... :)

This is such an important initiative. As a psychologist, I know just how vitally important it is to instill an ease and love of reading early on in childhood. Not only do readers fare way better on every academic measure throughout life, but their connection with books gives them a friend, support and resource for life. This is my kind of transformation!


Rock Steady

I'm delighted that my publishers, Protea, have given the go-ahead for the sequel to Turtle Walk - it should be on the shelves by the end of the year.

I had such fun writing it - I could develop the characters more, plus they're a year older which means I could stuff in more romance, agony and action. I'm so excited for my readers who have been asking me about the next in the series: I know you're going to love it!

Keep visiting for more news about the book. In the meantime, here's a teaser: the title is "Rock Steady". Any guesses as to what it might be about?


Turtle Walk - The Sequel!

Many of you have been asking about whether Turtle Walk will have a sequel, and I'm delighted to let you know that I've just typed "The End" on the first draft of the manuscript! What a wonderful feeling it is to finish a book, I always feel both hyped and a little wistful as I write the last chapter.

Now the editing process begins. I need to review the book to check everything hangs together, all the loose ends are tied up and the details stay consistent (Characters' eye and hair colour shouldn't change halfway through!). Also, of course, are those pesky spelling and grammar mistakes :(

Then the book goes to the publishers and a second round of editing starts.

What? You think great stories happen overnight?

I can tell you that there's more adventure, more romance and more danger in this one - and Sam goes through a really hard time!

Can't wait....


Free Books!

This weekend (10-12 Feb, 2012) you can download a free ebook of Jemima JOnes and the Revolving Door of Doom from Amazon.

Get in quickly - before the promotion ends (copies are going like hotcakes) - and enjoy the delights of Jemima!

If you love the book, please do post a review on Amazon, and click on the LIKE button.

The book is also available on the UK, French, German, Spanish and Italian versions of Amazon.

To download the book, go to Amazon by following the link in the LINKS section to the right of this page.


Catch-up of old news

6 December 2011: Jemima Jones and the Revolving Door of Doom is now available in paperback, via Check out the Links section on this website.

25 November 2011: Had a wonderful times presenting a young writers' workshop at St Andrews and Teens, Tweens and Turtles at Rodean School this week. The future is in good hands!

16 November 2011: Jemima Jones and the Revolving Door of Doom Now available in ebook on Amazon. If you liked the first in the series, you're going to love the sequel!

16 November 2011: Tune in to 702 Radio to catch author Joanne Macgregor on the Jenny Cryws-Williams bookshow - a special show for young readers today!

31 October 2011: Great review of Turtle Walk in the Pretoria News - see below!

25 October 2011: Turtle Walk is now available for pre-order on Amazon. The books touch down in the UK in February 2012, and in Canada and the US in March 2012

15 October 2011: Thanks to Jessica, Carol and Garson - three fantastic fans of Turtle Walk - you made my day with your great feedback!

5 October 2011: Jemima Jones and the Great Bear Adventure now released! (ebook). A delightful story for younger readers - see links section to purchase, books section for more information.

20 September 2011: Presented "Teens, tweens and Turtles" at St Andrews School for girls, Bedfordview. What wonderful girls! This school is so committed to the environment, that I know it's growing leaders who will guide our planet in the future.

14 September 2011:  ("Teens, tweens and turtles") and book signing at Leicester Road Primary school in Kensington, JHB, as part of their environmental week. What an awesome audience, what a great school!

I can see we have some future eco-warriors among those hatchlings!

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