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Blog Tour: The Heart of Two Worlds by Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf

Blog Tour: The Heart of Two Worlds by Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf


Welcome to today’s stop on The Forest of Lost Souls blog tour, volume 2 in the immensely popular French YA series Oksa Pollock. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the authors, Anne Plichota when she was last in London and got to film my interview with her! Enjoy!

Guest Post from Cendrine Wolf

Visiting Stonehenge and Edinburgh Book Festival

The day before leaving for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, I went to Stonehenge. I have wanted to see Stonehenge for years. The stone circle is located on a gently rolling plain a few minutes by road from Salisbury. There are no houses anywhere to be seen, just fields of sheep, woods, and especially tumuli, those prehistoric tombs in which great lords and their families were ceremoniously buried. You can see them even before arriving at Stonehenge, they are all over the plain.

In short, this site is a wonder of engineering for its time, since the majority of the constructions, including those in stone, date back to a period when tools were not yet made of metal and when the wheel had not been invented.

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Then, I set course for Edinburgh and its unique, spellbinding, medieval atmosphere. I found it very pleasant to meander aimlessly through its streets on foot. A few minutes from the popular Princes Street, the panorama from Carlton Hill is spectacular: in front of you are the city and the castle, the sea extends to the horizon, and it’s all framed by green hills. I immediately felt and understood how much this setting must have inspired authors.

Cendrine selfie!

The book festival was incredible! The writers were welcomed in a huge yurt tent, it was like being in a Harry Potter film. The tent seemed very small from the outside, but gigantic when you got inside it. There were wood-burning stoves, tartan sofas, and even Scottish stew for anyone feeling peckish. There were quite a few people at my talk, children and adolescents in particular. It was great to discuss the book with everyone and to answer all their questions. It’s important for writers to come face to face with their readers. We write for them, not for ourselves!

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The day after, I visited a school in Edinburgh (Holy Rood Secondary School). I spent an excellent day talking about Oksa Pollock with the pupils, who were very thoughtful and inquisitive. It was a special experience. One thing’s for sure: next year, I’ll be going back there.

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About The Heart of Two Worlds

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Release: 9 October 2014
Publisher: Pushkin Childrens’ Books

Pollockmania in the UK is set to skyrocket with the much-anticipated arrival of the compelling third instalment in this epic series, THE HEART OF TWO WORLDS. Oksa and her family’s lives are about to change forever…

The earth is in turmoil. Fleeing a flooded London, Oksa and her family, along with the Runaways, head off in search of the entrance portal of Edefia, their magical home. It is the only chance for them to resolve the chaos on earth and the mounting troubles in their homeland.

To get there, Oksa is forced to ally herself with the treacherous felons, mortal enemies who could betray her at any moment. Luckily for Oksa she has the support of her family and friends who also posses some invaluable strengths: Pavel her shape-shifting father; Gus and Tudgual, the two love rivals who care for Oksa deeply; and of course her formidable grandmother, Dragomira, and her menagerie of Edefian creatures.

But little does Oksa know that she has to endure some terrifying dangers in order to reach the portal and will have to pay a terrible price to enter the hidden world… And what will await her on the other side?

About Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf

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Anne Plichota studied Chinese language and culture. She spent several years living and working in China and Korea. She has had a varied career: as a Chinese teacher, a nurse, a public letter writer and, most recently, a librarian. She lives in Strasbourg with her teenage daughter.

Cendrine Wolf studied sports, specialising in judo and rock climbing, and worked with violent teenagers in deprived neighbourhoods, eventually going on to teach herself illustration, an interest she discovered late in life. She lives in Strasbourg.

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Cover Reveal: Captive by A.J. Grainger

Cover Reveal: Captive by A.J. Grainger

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I am absolutely ecstatic to be part of the cover reveal for A.J. Grainger! A.J. is an extremely lovely and talented person I’ve had the pleasure of knowing as an editor, and I for one can’t wait to read her thrilling debut novel!

And now without further ado, the cover reveal!

Captive by A.J. Grainger

About Captive

Publication Date: 29 January 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Childrens

I open my eyes. The cell is flooded with sunlight; the window is a splice of pale blue. Dust particles dance in the sparkling light, pirouetting in a golden line from the window to the opposite wall of the cell, where they seem to converge into shapes. It is like looking into a kaleidoscope.\

Dad isn’t here. No one is, but me.

Robyn Knollys-Green is an A-list celebrity, famous for being the daughter of one of the world’s most powerful men. But not even the paparazzi can find her now.

Robyn begins to realise that she is trapped in a complicated web of global corruption and deceit – and that the strange, melancholy boy who has been tasked with guarding her might not be an enemy after all . . .

A thrilling, well-crafted, ever-relevant story from a talented new voice in YA fiction.

About A.J. Grainger

A.J. Grainger lives in London, where she works as a children’s books editor. She loves writing and editing because it means she gets to talk about books all day. Find out more about A.J. and her writing on Twitter (@_AJGrainger) or by visiting her website,

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Book Blogger UKYA Awards: Winners!

Book Blogger UKYA Awards: Winners!


Yay, please to be able to announce the the winners of the Book Blogger UKYA Awards!
BIG thanks to every single person who nominated and voted, and also thanks to all the bloggers that have helped out!

Faye @ A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
Jim @ Ya Yeah Yeah
Caroline @ Big Book Little Book
Daphne @ Winged Reviews
Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary
Debbie @ Snuggling on the Sofa
Luna @ Luna’s Little Library
Sarah @ Feeling Fictional
Cicely @ Cicely Loves Books
Charli @ To Another World
Fi @ Bookish Outsider
Raimy @ Readaraptor
Michelle @ Much Loved Books
Shaila @ Hush Hush Revealings
Andrew @ The Pewter Wolf
Sam @ The Little Munchkin Reader
Julianne @ This Fleeting Dream
Laura @ Bookish Treasures
Samina @ Escapism From Reality
Catriona @ Fabulous Book Fiend

But now onto what you’re all really here for…

The Winners!

Funniest Book3 Best First Sentence1
Best Ending1 Most Heart-Breaking3
best contemporary1 best historical1
Best Crime-Mystery1 Best LGBT1
Best Horror1 Best Paranormal1
Best Sci-Fi-Fantasy1 Best Adventure1
Best Protagonist1 Best Friendship1
Best Couple1 Best Villain1
Best Self Published3 Most Social Author Online3
Most Social Author Offine Author Whose Mind You Wish Was Yours2

Congratulations everyone and thanks! This has been lots of fun x

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Bookish Firsts: Marcus Sedgwick

Bookish Firsts: Marcus Sedgwick

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I’m thrilled to be hosting award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick to celebrate the release of his new book, the incredible Ghosts of Heaven. This book is a told in 4 shorter stories, each of which is incredibly brilliant and it all ties together beautifully. It’s many genre-d, absolutely engrossing and immersive. I loved it and it’s such an honour to have Marcus on the blog!

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Bookish Firsts

With author Marcus Sedgwick

What is the first book you ever read/remember reading?
The first book I can remember reading myself would have been Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. Bless the man, he wrote twelve books in the series, so there was always a new one to discover, or an old one to go back to. His books represent the first time my imagination came alive inside the pages of a book.


What is the first book you recommend to anyone you meet?
I never recommend books to other people. There’s nothing worse than someone making you feel obliged to read something, so I try and avoid doing it. Also, since we all like different things, I might love something but if I press it into your hands, and you do read it, you might hate it. It’s really important that we all feel empowered to find the books that we love for ourselves, to not like books just because they’re popular, or trendy, and to keep on being choosy about our reading – we should settle for nothing less than the best.


What is the first book you ever wrote (can be published or unpublished)?
The first book I wrote was called The Machine. It was terrible and I’m glad it didn’t get published. My first published novel was Floodland, but actually, the first time I got into print was with a short story that won a competition when I was 15. It was a very unpleasant horror story.


What is the first book you would save if your house were burning?
I am very lucky to own a first edition of Casino Royale, the first James Bond novel by Ian Fleming. That would probably have to be top of the list.

About Ghosts of Heaven

The spiral is infinite
It copies and builds on itself forever

A story of four quarters that can be read in any order

Whispers in the Dark
The Witch in the Water
The Easiest Room in Hell
The Song of Destiny

The spiral has existed as long as time has existed.
It’s there when a girl walks through the forest, the green air clinging to her skin.
There centuries later in a pleasant green dale, hiding the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who they call a witch.
There on the other side of the world, where a mad poet watches the waves and knows the horrors they hide, and far into the future as Keir Bowman realises his destiny.
Each takes their next step in life.
None will ever go back to the same place.
And so their journeys begin…

About Marcus Sedgwick

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Marcus Sedgwick is a full time author. His first novel, FLOODLAND, won the BRANFORD BOASE AWARD for the Best Debut Children’s Novel of 2000. Since then his books have been shortlisted for the GUARDIAN CHILDREN’S FICTION PRIZE, the BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD, the COSTA BOOK AWARD, the CARNEGIE MEDAL and the EDGAR ALLAN POE AWARD. His previous novel, MIDWINTERBLOOD, won the 2014 MICHAEL L. PRINTZ AWARD. He lives near Cambridge.

Visit his website at and follow him on Twitter at @marcussedgwick.

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Trailer Reveal: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Trailer Reveal: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

I’m excited to be sharing with you the trailer for Becca Fitzpatrick’s new book, Black Ice. It’s really well done, almost like a mini-thriller.

Trailer Reveal

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick


Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Publication date: 7 October 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Britt Pfeiffer has never been that adventurous, but that’s about to change. Wanting to impress her ex-boyfriend, Britt convinces best friend, Korbie, to take a trekking trip with her. But when a freak storm leaves the girls stranded they seek shelter in a cabin, where they find two knights in shining armour. Or so they think.

Britt quickly realises that the girls need to get off the mountain, fast. In exchange for her life, she is forced to guide the boys down, and as they set out on a harrowing journey through the cold and snow, Britt realises the only way to escape with her life is to pretend she is on their side. But is gorgeous, sexy Mason an enemy or an ally? Tension mounts, and it’s only a matter of time before things turn deadly . . .

Dark and adrenaline-filled, Black Ice will have you on the edge of your seat right until the final twist.

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