Wednesday, 19 October 2011


Last year I posted about how much I loved Nightshade City. This year, well, I'm super excited to be part of Hilary Wagner's blog tour for The White Assassin. 


Here are the details: 

Book II in the Nightshade Chronicles begins three years after Juniper and his rebel band of rats liberate the Catacombs and defeat their oppressors. 

A sense of peace has settled over Nightshade City, but it is a false one. Billycan, the white assassin, has been found. Deep in the southern swamps, he now rules a primitive horde of savage swamp rats eager to overrun Nightshade City and claim it for their king. With the help of an ancient colony of bats and an uneasy alliance with the swamp snakes, Juniper and his Council set out to thwart Billycan’s plans. When an old secret is revealed—one so shocking it shakes both Billycan and Juniper to the core—the fate of Nightshade City and the life of Juniper’s only son depend on Juniper’s decision: should he help his mortal enemy? The past resurfaces with devastating impact in this exciting sequel to Nightshade City, a dark tale of intrigue, deception, and betrayal. 

Nightshade City, Book I of the Nightshade Chronicles is a CBC Best Book of 2011 and a Crystal Kite finalist.

The White Assassin is out NOW!

Official Website: 

Friday, 14 October 2011

Pay It Forward Blogfest

My internet connection has not been my friend the last few days (so my blog commenting may be sporadic), but I wanted to make sure I reminded everyone that Today is the day of Alex and Matt's Pay It Forward Blogfest. 

How does it work?: The idea is to introduce everyone to everyone else. An easy post that allows you to meet and follow as many other bloggers as you can. All you do is list, describe, and link to three blogs that you enjoy reading, but that you suspect may fly under the radar of a lot of other bloggers. Or they can be famous blogs... as long as they're awesome.

Then you can visit and follow all the blogs in people's posts the day of the blogfest. Or you can visit everyone who enters in on the fun, and signs up on the linky list. You don't have to leave a comment. You can just follow, and come back another time. Easy, right?

Here are my three: 

Katrina Lantz

Jessica Hill 

Amparo Ortiz

Pop on over and say hi. I promise they are all awesome bloggers. 

Happy Friday!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Kick A** 2011 Debut Author Spotlight

Was there a book that debuted this year that you read and LOVED? The awesome Christina Lee started this Kick A** 2011 Debut Author Spotlight to celebrate just that. I've loved a lot of fabulous books this year, but my focus today is on Department 19 by Will Hill. 

Department 19 (Department 19, #1)

What's it about?:

Jamie Carpenter's life will never be the same. His father is dead, his mother is missing, and he was just rescued by an enormous man named Frankenstein. Jamie is brought to Department 19, where he is pulled into a secret organization responsible for policing the supernatural, founded more than a century ago by Abraham Van Helsing and the other survivors of Dracula. Aided by Frankenstein's monster, a beautiful vampire girl with her own agenda, and the members of the agency, Jamie must attempt to save his mother from a terrifyingly powerful vampire.

Department 19 takes us through history, across Europe, and beyond—from the cobbled streets of Victorian London to prohibition-era New York, from the icy wastes of Arctic Russia to the treacherous mountains of Transylvania. Part modern thriller, part classic horror, it's packed with mystery, mayhem, and a level of suspense that makes a Darren Shan novel look like a romantic comedy.

This isn't a sparkly Twilight vampire book. I enjoy a sparkly vampire tale as much as the next girl, but this book returns to the traditional vampire. These vampires have fangs. They can be killed by a stake and sunlight. They aren't vegetarian. And some of them are out for world domination. Jamie is thrown into the middle of this world trying to save his mother, learn more about the mysterious Department 19 and try to stay alive. Typical day really. This is 540 pages of wonderful reading. Now I just need to wait for book 2... 

Want to know more? Check out the Department 19 website here. Will Hill also blogs: Blog

What was your favourite debut read this year? 

Monday, 3 October 2011

10 Random Facts

I got tagged. It didn't hurt, but lovely Amparo tagged me with a random fact post in August. I've had a think about which parts of my oddness to post. Now it's time to let my freak flag fly!

Here are 10 random facts about me: 

1) When I eat M&M's (or any individual candy), I can only eat an even number. I know it's weird (and kind of OCD). I don't know why I do it. I just do. I also can't stand closing a book if I haven't reached the end of the chapter. 

2) I sprained my ankle while I was making soup. Yep, I'm that clumsy!

3) I have a bit of an obsession with finding the perfect writing pen. So far, I like this type from Staedtler:

4) Like Amparo, I've got all the Buffy the Vampire Slayer seasons on DVD. I also have all five seasons of Supernatural ( and I'm watching 6 on TV now!). 

5) I play acoustic guitar. 

6) I can't tell jokes. Seriously, I'm rubbish. 

7) I split my knee open when I was fourteen. The scar looks like a smile. 

8) I can't watch the movie Labyrinth. I saw it once when I was seven and got so freaked out that I haven't watched it since. I really did think The Goblin King would come steal my brother. *shudders* 


9) But I do love watching this movie:

10) As well as writing, I also love drawing. 

Now I'm going to tag: