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.

AN ANCIENT SECRET.
A DEADLY TRAITOR.
HAS LUCK RUN OUT FOR RYAN AND CLEO?


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 !)

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Mystery and Mayhem Competition

To celebrate the book birthday of Mystery and Mayhem today - containing my Georgian mystery story, The Mystery of the Pineapple Plot - I present you with my. . .

 Patented Perplexing Pineapple Picture Competition

All you have to do is look at the five pictures below (click on read more) and figure out which pineappley object (or place) they show. Then just e-mail me your list of answers from 1 to 5.

The competition closes on 30th May and I will send a signed copy of Mystery and Mayhem (and a poster and some other pineappely goodies!) to the first correct answer I pick out of the hat.

E-mail address for answers: helen@castlekey.org.uk

Good luck!