Friday, 30 September 2016

New events coming up!

Hello! Tis the last day of September, which means summer is pretty much a distant memory now (I'm still not ready for it to be over...) but it also means that there are lots of Octobery events coming up where you can see me!

First of all, there's the Firefly Day event at Cardiff Waterstones on 8th October. It's absolutely free, and there are events for younger readers happening there earlier in the day if you want to catch those too.

Next, I'll be talking about PURGE and all things sci-fi on a panel with Lauren James and SF Said at YAShot, Uxbridge, on 22nd October. You'll need tickets for that, which you can grab here: TICKETAROOS.

Finally, I'll be taking part in the YA Scavenger Hunt again this autumn/fall, so if you'd like to be in with a chance of winning a copy of PURGE and loooooooads of other YA novels, check out how to enter the hunt here: YASH. I'm on the RED TEAM this time, which pleases me.

That's it for now! I'll be posting my September wrap up over the next few days, as well as some pre-Halloween fun stuff...

Kat out x

Thursday, 8 September 2016

PURGE is here!

Here it is - my beautiful little sci-fi thriller is officially out in the world! I really hope you love Mason and Noah's story as much as I do - and if you do, please do leave a review on Amazon etc. They help a HUGE amount (thank you thank you thank you!)

Mason and Noah exist in different worlds, but their lives are about to collide.

Mason has a habit of getting into trouble. He's been kicked out of every place he's ever lived in. Moving to the cult-like community of Alteria is definitely a last resort, even if it's better than braving the wastelands outside. But following their strict rules is a hundred times harder when Mason meets Eden, who has a wicked streak to match his own. Caught with contraband, Eden is forced into a programme to purge her bad behaviour. But Mason has seen what happens to people who get purged, and knows he will lose Eden if he can’t help her find a way out.

Out in the wastelands, Noah has no memory of what happened before he was abandoned in a war zone. All he wants is to know who he is, and if he can trust the strangers who rescued him from the rubble.

With lies surrounding them on all sides, Mason and Noah must piece together the truth if they want to escape. Failure is not an option when it means being purged from existence.

Where you can buy PURGE:

Book Depository

For now...


Kat x

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

August Wrap-Up!

Sooooo, I almost forgot (did forget) to write my August wrap-up - probably because it flew by so quickly. As I'd hoped, it was a great month to catch up on reading; a good one as far as my writing went, and I squeezed in a few decent adventures as well.

And a lot of what kept me busy in August was to do with getting the word out about my new book, PURGE, which comes out tomorrow! I know, right? That's SOON. If you haven't heard a peep about it and want to see what it's about, you can check it out on Goodreads, or from any of these online vendors (or your local library/bookshop from tomorrow, heh heh.)

Book Depository

I got my very own finished copies a few days ago, and they are gooooooorgeous!

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Adventure-wise, I had my annual visit to the circus with my sister, niece, and nephew, which of course brought on all kinds of Blackfin Sky nostalgia. 

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It's so strange (in a good way) to think that 4 years ago, I was sitting in the stands and mulling over what to do with my then-work-in-progress which had the beginnings of a mystery, but no end. The circus gave me what I needed to finish Sky's story, and every year I get to go back to the place where it all came together. *Happy sigh* Not sure where I'd go to nostalge about Breaker, which is all about the killins'.

I also visited a Roman bath house dating back to around 120AD, which was pretty cool.

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Okay, so August was actually an excellent reading month. Here are the 8 books I read:

2 were post-YALC binges - Michael Grant's excellent nanotech thriller BZRK and Malorie Blackman's gripping and heartbreaking NOUGHTS AND CROSSES

Another 3 were audiobook bargains, and all pretty decent: IN BETWEEN by Jenny B. Jones (the first Christian YA I've ever read, weirdly enough, and very funny and cute), OFF TO BE THE WIZARD by Scott Meyer, which was also funny if you ignore the fact that it's an absolute bro-fest, and Michelle Muto's THE HAUNTING SEASON, which was like a creepier, sort-of-NA version of ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux.

Then, because it was UKYA month (celebrated only by me, I think...) I made sure to read plenty of UKYAs. So as well as NOUGHTS & CROSSES, I also read - and swooned over - VENDETTA by Catherine Doyle, the ghostly MINTY by Christina Banach, and FIRE COLOUR ONE by Jenny Valentine, which I still can't describe but absolutely loved. It's a short book, but the characters are amazing and if you've hummed and hawed over it like I did for a while, please pick it up - it's excellent, I promise. 

So that's it for my August wrap-up.... I'll be posting again tomorrow to celebrate Purge being a real book that's out in the world!

For now, 

Kat out x