Happy Book Birthday ... Need - Carrie Jones! [and giveaway]

Tomorrow is the release day for Need - Carrie Jones!

I was extremely lucky to win an ARC of Need; it’s a book I'd long been wanting to read [seriously, the cover alone sold it to me *goes green with cover envy* never mind the Amazon blurb …]

“Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal.

Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.”

I’m not going to review the book, [reviews are something I’ve decided not to do] but just to say I thoroughly enjoyed the read; it more than held my attention

Sophie here – yes, walkies were *late* that day!!!

And I could feel the book calling out to me to come back and finish it – always a sign of absorbing characters and a great story when you *have* to find out what’s going to happen next ;)

This is a young adult book [and if you want to read all the latest on YA books check out Carrie Ryan’s blog] The back of the book states – ‘Now fans of Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Marr have a new author to devour…’ I’ve read both authors and agree wholeheartedly with this. I also think that Zara’s interest in Amnesty International [an interest which is shown as part of her character, and the story, but in no way is it *preached*] is an aspect of this book that leaves you with thoughts and questions long after the book is finished.

Happy book birthday, Carrie ;)


Interview (and giveaway!) with Carrie Jones, author of NEED over at Jeri Smith-Ready's blog.

From Carrie...

You could win:

1. Signed copy of NEED (Officially out tomorrow!!)*

2. A $15 gift-certicate

3. A surprise gift. Hint: It's cuddly and blue! So what are you waiting for? Head on over there now!!

* yes, I know, I was early in my book birthday wishes, but hey this book is well worth being early for.

Phil the Shelf - BBC Radio Wales

Phil Rickman explores the attraction of horror and nouveau-gothic fiction with authors Suzanne McLeod (The Sweet Scent of Blood) and Peter Luther (The Mourning Vessels). Listen here until the 20.12.08.


Phil Rickman [a best-selling crime writer] does a radio show where he interviews published authors about their books. [A very nervous me in this particular one!] Not only does he talk to Peter and myself, but also to Anne Rice!

At the same time he also invites aspiring authors to send in the start of their novel, along with a synopsis, which he then forwards to a relevant publisher for their comments. In this episode two aspiring horror authors have sent in their novels and Jo Fletcher* [my editor at Gollancz] gives advice to them about their submissions. John Jarrold [my agent]also talks about the current market for fantasy and horror.


Ever wondered what a radio studio looks like?

Via the wonders of technology, I was able to sit in my local radio studio for the show, which despite the fact I was on my own [and did I mention nervous!] and not much larger than a broom cupboard [the show's producer's description, not mine] was really pretty cool.

* no prizes for guessing that it was thanks to my editor that I was interviewed for the show *g*
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