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Franschhoek Literary Festival

This year's Franschhoek Literary Festival (19-21 May) looks to be enormous fun, with amazing authors and interesting panels. I'll be doing three events:

-  Social media for authors (with Pamela Power, Joanne 'Chocolat' Harris, and Victor Dlamini);

-  Writing YA for readers of all ages (with Janita Thiele Lawrence, Kiprop Kimutai and Helen Brain);

-  And on Friday 19 May, I'll be head-shrinking Harry Potter in a talk entitled, Harry On the Couch - which I once presented at an awesome Harry Potter conference in New Orleans, back in 2007, two months before the release of Deathly Hallows.


The festival is always a tonic - an immersion in words, wine and gastronomy in one of the most beautiful towns in the world. See you there?

Check out the awesome programme here:



 Cover Reveal! 

I’m so delighted to share the cover of my upcoming book with you!

Hushed is a young adult contemporary romance, which offers a fresh spin on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of The Little Mermaid. 

I first read this book as a little kid and can still remember the board book with the rippled pictures that seemed to move as you turned and tilted the book this way and that. I was heartbroken for the mermaid - she saved the prince's life and gave up so much to be with him, and he didn't even know! And the princess accepted all the credit for the little mermaid's good deeds. (Princesses, man, always getting the special breaks!)

Unusually for a fairy tale retelling, this is a non-fantasy book – the only fins and flippers are on whales and dolphins – so I had to translate it into a realistic, contemporary world. I did not like the ending of the original tale (horrible!) and I'm happy to say I think mine is an improvement for modern girls and women! Fingers crossed readers think so, too!

Hushed should be released in the first week of April – squee!!

 Here's the full spread and blurb:


Look Ma, I'm on TV!

SABC Newsroom (DSTV CH 404) kindly invited me onto their book segment today, to chat about The Recoil Trilogy. Here's the action replay. (Don't judge, okay, some people stick their tongues out the side of their mouth when they think. I close my eyes.)



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Book Birthday!

Label me squeeful! Rebel (Recoil Trilogy Book 3) is out - and it's awesome!

  I'm delighted with the way this book turned out. It nearly killed me, but I got all books published this year, and I'm happy with the way the trilogy ended.  If you've read Recoil and Refuse, check out Rebel here.


Can you win a war without losing yourself?

Sixteen year-old online gamer Jinxy James has been trained as an expert sniper in the war against a terrorist-spread plague which has decimated the USA. Now she’s a wanted fugitive, on the run with a rebel splinter group, risking everything to save and protect her loved ones. 

Jinxy has never wanted to hurt or kill, but the rebels are determined to uncover the truth about The Game, the government, and ASTA’s sinister activities, whatever the cost. She will need all her courage, skill and strength if she hopes to help liberate the nation from the second war, without betraying herself, or her love.

Rebel is the third book in the Recoil Trilogy (young adult dystopian romance) and follows on from Recoil and Refuse. It begins immediately after the exciting ending of Refuse. Buy it now to continue the compelling story of Jinxy, Quinn and the forces determined to bring them down and tear them apart.

I hope you enjoy this final instalment!