Friday, 1 July 2016

June Wrap-Up!

Apparently half of 2016 is gone already (and hasn't it been quite the shiz-storm??) and I don't feel half as 'done' with the things I promised myself I would get done by now. I wanted to have finished a new YA manuscript by now, which I haven't. I wanted to be fit enough to climb Mount Snowdon, which I'm not.... But I've never been good at sticking to self-imposed deadlines.

Anyway. Here's what has been going on this month.

Breaker got launched! I had a fab time at Prestatyn Library on 15th June talking about my new serial killer thriller, and you can see some pics from it in a post I wrote here. Don't forget, if you have a copy of BREAKER and would like a signed bookplate to put into it, let me know! You can either send me a tweet (@el_kat) or email katelliswrites@gmail.com.

I visited Dinas Bran with my sister, which is the site of a ruined castle rumoured to have belonged to a Welsh giant, and is now watched over by crow sentries.

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I also went out with author Dawn Kurtagich to watch the filming of her new book trailer. THE CREEPER MAN comes out in the UK in July (it's out in September in the US, under the title AND THE TREES CREPT IN). If you enjoyed THE DEAD HOUSE, or just like genuinely creepy horror generally, you need to get this. It's amazing. I have one ARC of the US edition, and will be running a giveaway (US only) when the UK edition comes out later this month. So watch this space, etc.

The trailer should be available on Youtube soon, but for now here's a still pic I took of one of the brilliant cast! (My 7-year-old niece, Daisy. She is adorable in real life, I promise.)


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I caught up on my Goodreads Reading Challenge, managing to tot up 9 books this month across various genres. These are the ones I read:

Preeeeetty covers

Continuing my sci-fi binge, I read 2 UKYAs - WAVEFUNCTION by Bryony Pearce, which was tremendous dimension-jumping fun, and ALIEN RAIN by Ruth Morgan, about a girl on an expedition to a savage future-Earth which I absolutely loved. I rounded off this month's sci-fi with RED RISING from US author Pierce Brown, which was the first in a gripping Roman-inspired trilogy about a slave uprising on Mars.

In fantasy, I really enjoyed SIX OF CROWS, which is my first ever Leigh Bardugo book; DEATH OF AN ASSASSIN - an adult urban fantasy/noir by my author buddy Ian Hiatt, and SHARDS OF HOPE, which is the latest in Nalini Singh's (very much adult) Psy-Changeling series. Damn, I love Nalini Singh. I don't say it enough, probably, because I tend to talk more about YA, but I would read a car maintenance manual if she wrote it.

Finally, the YA contemps: EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon (swooooon), and IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo, which was in turns adorable, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and hopeful. I had heard soooooo many people raving over these two books, and both definitely lived up to the hype. SHATTERING GLASS was a much darker read by thriller author Gail Giles, and I absolutely inhaled it. Again, she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

Writing-wise, I'm working on a story I set aside a while ago, but I'm definitely feeling the inspiration to finish it this time around. Hopefully by the end of July I'll have a finished draft - we'll see!

For now, I shall slink back to my writing cave...

Kat out x

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