Monday, 28 September 2015

BREAKER cover reveal!

I've been dying to unleash this little beauty on the world for some time now, so without further ado, check out the cover for my next book, BREAKER!

Coming May 24, 2016 from Running Press Teen

Kyle Henry has a new name, a new school, and a new life—one without the shadow of the Bonebreaker hanging over him. It's been a year since his serial killer father's execution, and it finally looks like things are turning around for Kyle. 
Until he recognizes the girl sitting in the back row in homeroom. 
Naomi Steadman is immediately intrigued by Killdeer Academy's newcomer. She does not know he is the son of the man who murdered her mother. What she does know is she and Kyle have a connection with each other—and a spark that Kyle continues to back away from. 
Soon after Kyle’s arrival, the death count on campus starts to rise. Someone is set on finishing what the Bonebreaker started, and murdering ghosts from the past may be the only thing that can stop the spree.
Told in alternating viewpoints, Kat Ellis’s tale of mystery and horror is full of broken bonds and new beginnings.

What do you think?? 

I hope you love it as much as I do -- HUGE thanks to T L Bonaddio at Running Press for the design.

If you would like to add BREAKER to your Goodreads to-read list, you can do that here

There are also some handy links to online retailers to the right if you're feeling especially awesome and want to preorder it. (Preorders are more precious than unicorns to a starving author, you know.)

Kat out x

Thursday, 10 September 2015

The Edinburgh Scoop... and BTW, have you voted for me in the Edinburgh First Book Awards yet?


Emerging from the editing swamp to link to that full write-up of my Edinburgh Book Festival gig which is over on the Firefly Press site, aaaaaand to ask super-sweetly if you would mind voting for BLACKFIN SKY in the Edinburgh First Book Awards?

Voting is open until 16th October, and you can vote from any country. You can of course vote for a book other than BLACKFIN SKY, but really, why would you?

Thanks for voting!

Kat out x

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Edinburgh Adventure

Last week, I hit the road with my husband to go up to Scotland for the first time ever. I was lucky enough to be invited to do an event with the lovely & awesome Cat Clarke titled 'The Disappeared' on 18th August as part of Edinburgh Book Festival, and I had so much fun! I've done a write-up of the event, and that should appear over on Firefly Press's site in the next few days, so keep an eye out if you missed it and wish you hadn't.

Me & Cat Clarke discussing 'The Disappeared' at Edinburgh Book Festival

2 days in Edinburgh wasn't nearly enough, though, and I was a little gutted as we left the beautiful city that we hadn't had more time to explore - not only the sprawl of the festival, but Edinburgh itself. That said, I got to meet Cat for drinks; met my wonderful agency-mate Cecilia Vinesse (check out her amazing book deal news here!) and her delightful partner, Rachel Holmes; explored the castle; wandered through the Fringe; and watched my husband's face as he tried haggis for breakfast. (I admit, I couldn't face it. I have an issue eating anything that's been used as a filter.)

By the way, there's still time to vote for me/BLACKFIN SKY in the Edinburgh First Book Award. I would LOVE it if you did!

Next we headed down to the Lake District for a couple of days as a midway stop on our journey home. Windermere was lovely, even though it rained pretty much the entire time we were there. But we went out on the lake, took the car ferry to Hawkshead and mooched around various Beatrix Potter exhibits, and ate some rather splendid food. (No haggis.)

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A confession, though: this was my first 'holiday' since becoming a published author, and it was kinda hard being away from my laptop. Sad, right? I also missed this evil little face.

Kat out x

Monday, 10 August 2015

Behind the scenes of THE DEAD HOUSE book trailers

THE DEAD HOUSE - the amazing horror debut by my pal Dawn Kurtagich - is out now in the UK (coming next month for all you US peeps). A couple of months ago, Dawn, Amy (my little sis) and I went out on location to film footage for the teaser trailers being released around the book's release.

The first teaser trailer can be viewed here, and the second is over on Entertainment Weekly's site here. I may be biased, but I think Dawn and Amy have done an amazing job bringing the book to life on screen with these snippets - but fair warning, they are creepy as heck!

If you want even MORE of a sneak peek into the world of THE DEAD HOUSE, check out some shots I got of the filming...

Some of the props: The diary, the novel Carly is reading in Trailer 1, and the make-up
(the hula hoop was also very entertaining in between takes.)

Dawn and Amy filming a scene where Carly writes in her diary
Carly at sunset, when Kaitlyn will soon rise to the surface...

The transformation process begins: Carly becomes Kaitlyn with the aid of some very dark eyeshadow...

Moooooore eyeshadow....

Amy Lloyd as Kaitlyn writing a diary entry (not really in character for this pic...)
Kaitlyn and the girl in the mirror - EEP!

Out on location to film one of the night time chapel scenes

Amy, Dawn and me celebrating the end of filming!

Hope you've enjoyed this look behind the scenes! Find out more about THE DEAD HOUSE here.

Kat out x

Friday, 31 July 2015

Some news about BREAKER, and a few other things

I have now seen the second draft cover for BREAKER, and I have to say, it is a bloody good cover. For reals. I don't think it'll be too long now before I can reveal it to the world, and I am pretty excited about it.

But that isn't the only news -- you can now pre-order BREAKER from The Book Depository! Not gonna lie, it would make me extremely happy if you did. You can do so here. (Thank you thank you thank you!!!)

On a completely different note, you might remember I posted the first book trailer for Dawn Kurtagich's THE DEAD HOUSE a few weeks ago. Well, now there's a brilliant brand-new second trailer for it, again featuring my very talented sister Amy Lloyd, over on Entertainment Weekly. Check it out here, but warning: it's scary as hell.

As you have guessed from my pyjamas (because I'm sure you can tell from the tone of this post that I'm wearing pyjamas as I write it), I'm still in the editing cave, but am on track to finish this round of edits today -- hooray! Then tomorrow I'll be cutting down my neighbour's tree, just to keep things interesting. Know that I'll be singing this in my head as I do it, whether I want to or not:

Kat out x

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

YALC Wrap-up!

That was QUITE a hectic weekend! When I say 'hectic', I of course mean fabulous, but with tired, achy feet. YALC 2015 was a roaring success, with loads of amazing panels and workshops and free sweets in the green room (shh, that's probably meant to be a secret!) and author signings a-plenty.

As I'm meant to be thigh-deep wading through the editing swamp, I'll limit my ravings to a few bullet points of My Favourite Things from the Con:

  • Getting lost immediately when I arrived in London, looking up and spotting author Tatum Flynn sipping prosecco on a balcony (as you do).
  • Watching Dawn Kurtagich talk horror at the first panel of the con, and being glamorous AF with her senorita fan and platform sneaks.
  • Joining my amazing agent Molly Ker Hawn to talk in the Agents' Arena about how agents and authors work together, and getting lots of smart, interesting questions from the folks who attended. 
  • Checking out Firefly Press's fabulous stand, and signing quite a few copies of BLACKFIN SKY!
  • Meeting fellow Molly-clients Simon P. Clark (EREN) and Alwyn Hamilton (REBEL OF THE SANDS).
  • Seeing all the cosplayers (though I was devastated not to spot Hayley Atwell or Sigourney Weaver, sob!)
  • Catching up with friends old and new, and meeting lots of twitter pals and bloggers and writers for the first time. Y'all know who you are. *MWAH*

Here are some snaps from the weekend...

Molly Ker Hawn & me talking agenty-authory stuff:

THE DEAD HOUSE, before it sold out; Dawn Kurtagich, making herself at home onstage; Casual Sith. 


Me with Janet Thomas from Firefly Press, and BLACKFIN SKY on the wall of books & on the Firefly Press stand!

With Moira Fowley-Doyle, and with Frances Hardinge, getting books signed.


Dawn, me & Hayley Long (whom I've waited to meet for AGES and she is AWESOME.)

L-R below: Me, Tatum Flynn, Marieke Nijkamp, Sarah Benwell, Lucinda Murray, Luna (of the Little Library), E M Castellan, Dawn Kurtagich. Photo belongs to Tatum Flynn, but I nicked it off twitter.

Monday, 6 July 2015

YALC and celebrations and cake

Hello! I figured it was time to emerge from my (sweaty) editing cave to give an update on the ol' blog.

A couple of weeks ago, Firefly Press celebrated their first birthday -- a whole year of publishing great YA and children's books! They invited all their authors and other fab peoples from the world of books to mark the occasion down in Cardiff. I went and met/caught up with a ton of wonderful people, and ate some pretty excellent Chinese food. Also, cake.

The Firefly Press crew
Next week, I'm heading down to London for YALC (Young Adult Lit Con, 17-19 July) which is being held within London Film and Comic Con. I will be doing an agent-author talk at 2:30pm on the Saturday with my agent, Molly Ker Hawn, followed by a signing of BLACKFIN SKY at 4:15pm. I'm also really looking forward to attending loads of the talks and workshops, especially the horror event on the Friday, which my pal Dawn Kurtagich is taking part in. There will be photos!

I have also seen the first draft of the cover for my next book, and it is WONDERFUL. I mean, I love it. For realsies. And I can't wait for it to be finalised so I can show the world how pretty it is.

I've started listening to audiobooks while I'm out and about (this is about the only way I can try to gain any ground with my teetering TBR), and have gone through 3 in the last couple of weeks which I absolutely loved. If you're looking for great audiobooks to listen to, I highly recommend READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline (read by the amazing Wil Wheaton!), EVE & ADAM by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate, and BRUISER by Neal Shusterman. Next on my list is THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray.

As for my non-writing life, I've been taking some time away from the cave to go on a few adventures. Here are some pics taken from my Instagram account (feel free to follow me there, if you are so inclined!):

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Kat out x

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Edinburgh Book Festival

Exciting things are afoot! Or will be in August...

On 18th August, I will be doing an event titled 'The Disappeared' with author Cat Clarke at Edinburgh International Book Festival, where we will be talking about making children disappear (just in our books...probably). Tickets and info are available here.

ALSO, my book - BLACKFIN SKY - is up for the First Book Award! Exciting, no? And if you like my book (or like me - I mean, I'm very happy with either) you can vote for me here.

In other news, I have gone straight from editing one book to editing another, and am feeling rather productive. Stealing a bit of time to sit out in the sunshine while I work hasn't hurt, either. My skin has even turned a subtle shade of off-grey, which is thrilling.

Hope you are as excited for summer as I am!

Kat out x

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Smoke signals from Kat's editing cave

These words are being relayed to you from deep within my editing cave, where I am taking a teensy break from editing my next book to share a few bits of good news...

1. BLACKFIN SKY is now officially one year old! It was released in the UK on 14th May last year, and this anniversary of my author-ness feels like a milestone. Not only that, but Firefly Press (UK publisher for BLACKFIN SKY and my 3rd novel, PURGE, which will be out next year) are celebrating a year in publishing this month, and I'm so impressed with the catalogue of amazing books they've produced in such a short space of time. They have 2 more YA novels out this month -- THE TERRITORY by Sarah Govett, which I'm reading (and very much enjoying!) right now, and LOST ON MARS by Paul Magrs, which looks amazing, and is lined up next on my to-read shelf. Firefly also send out a monthly newsletter full of fun stuff, and you can sign up to receive that here if you're into bookish news and author appearances and contests and stuff.

Here's to another year, and many more, of Firefly Press success! *clinks champagne glass* Cheers.

2. You will have seen/heard me shouting my love for the forthcoming THE DEAD HOUSE by Dawn Kurtagich, and this week she released the first teaser-trailer for the book, which comes out in August in the UK. Here it is:

There will be a few more trailers released over the coming months leading up to publication, and I'm excited about this not just because of how brilliant the book is (and it is), but because my sister - Amy Lloyd - is the model in the trailers. Cool, yes? Yes.

3. Finally, I will definitely be going to YALC (Young Adult Lit Con) in London in July. If you're going and want me to sign your copy of BLACKFIN SKY, just tweet me or otherwise indicate your desire for my scrawl, and I'll be happy to oblige. I think Firefly Press will be there selling their YA titles, so chances are you can grab a copy there.

So that's what has been happening outside my cave, but now I must get back to work. I'll update with more news as I have it!

Kat out x

*Rolls boulder back into place over cave entrance*

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Going on retreat, editing, and some handy links

First (and second) part: I went on retreat earlier this month with 5 brilliant authors - Dawn Kurtagich (who masterminded the whole thing), Tatum Flynn, Victoria Schwab, Isabel Sterling, and David Purse. My goal, as stated in front of the others on the first night in our wicked apartment filled with armour and stuffed animals, was to finish a round of edits on my current manuscript. I got a fair bit done, but not a full round; although I did have a lot of ice cream, played jenga, and drove my car onto a beach, so if you take all things into consideration, it was a productive week. More importantly, it was a lot of fun.

Dawn very cleverly put together a video of our adventures, which you can check out here if you're so inclined.

The handy links part: I've taken part in a couple of interviews and guest blogs recently, and you can use these clicky things to check them out:

Where the Ideas Flow (a sneak peek into my writing space) on Serendipity Reviews

Welsh Week Interview on Librarian Lavender

My Top 10 UKYA Books on the UKYA site (I've tried to include some under-the-radar reads in this list, so it isn't just the same old faves trotted out for the zillionth time)

Also coming up in a couple of days is a guest post on Miss Print's site for 'Poetically Speaking' - a blog series to celebrate Poetry Month - in which I talk about Ted Hughes' The Thought Fox. In the meantime, there are already loads of fantastic poetry-themed posts there just waiting for you to have a gander... CLICK TO SEE THE AWESOMENESS

OK, I think that's all I have for you at the moment. Better get back to kicking this manuscript around the room like a thug.

Kat out x