Thursday, 18 August 2016

And the winners are . . .

Thank you to everyone who sent in their ideas for where in the world you would send Cleo and Ryan if you were writing their next adventure. There were some great suggestions, from Oxwich Bay in Wales to Bhangarh Fort in India, and from Persia to Peru.

I wrote the names on pieces of paper, put them into a hat (I borrowed Mrs Loveday's cycling helmet, in fact) and pulled two out.

The two lucky winners of the signed sets of Secrets of the Tombs books are . . . fanfare please . . .
  • Benjamin G
  • (Macchu Pichu in Peru is somewhere I've always wanted to go. I'd love to send Cleo and Ryan there.)
  • Bill V  
  • (You are right, there are so many great sites in the Middle East that would make perfect settings. Petra in Jordan would be top of my list.
Congratulations! I'll be in touch by e-mail shortly to find out where to post your prizes.

Apologies to everyone who wasn't lucky this time, but thank you very much for entering. I'll be running more competitions and giveaways in the future so there will be lots more chances.

Friday, 8 July 2016

The Great Serpent King Giveaway

The Serpent King, the final installment of the Secrets of the Tombs series comes out next week.


Ryan Flint and Cleo McNeil are in Mexico searching for the burial site of an ancient Maya king.
While Cleo is determined to solve the mystery of Jaguar Paw's death, Ryan has another mission - even closer to his heart - the search for his father.
But there's an enemy in the camp. Someone who will at nothing to prevent them finding the mysterious object that will lead to the truth hidden in the heart of the jungle.
The stakes are much higher than they could have imagined.

To celebrate publication I have some sets of all three Secrets of the Tombs books to give away . . . to find out how to be in with a chance of winning a set, pop over to the Secrets of the Tombs website.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Patron of Reading Launch

A few months ago I became Patron of Reading for Kensington Community Primary School in Liverpool. I'm already patron for another great school (North Kidlington) but I'd visited Kensington several times over the years and had been so struck by the amazing energy and love of learning at the school that I was happy to take on a second one.

I had great fun working with the amazing team at Kensington to put together an exciting launch day. First, there was a writing competition for all the children in the school; they wrote about the character from a book they'd most like to spend a day with. The teachers selected a shortlist of entries from each class for me to pick out a winner and runner-up. I loved reading all the entries - even though it was almost impossible to pick winners - they were all so good. Here are just a few of the shortlisted entries from Y1 and Y2.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Festival Highlights

Linton is a small town near Cambridge. It's very pretty, has a great community spirit, and is the perfect size, with one of everything you need -  including one of the best children's book festivals around.

I've taken part in the festival for several years now and was thrilled to be asked to be Honorary Patron this year. I had such a time at the festival I could go on for pages, but have managed to boil it down to my Top Ten in-no-particular-order Highlights (OK, it was meant to be ten but there were so many that somehow it turned into fourteen !)