Move over, Maleficent: why we love Mother Gothel

When Andy (@pewterwolf13) kindly invited us to be part of this Disney Villain Blog Tour, we immediately decided to write about Tangled. We love it even more than Frozen (if that’s possible). It’s a refreshing take on the Rapunzel story, with a zingy, upbeat musical score and fantastic characters. Rapunzel is – almost literally – […]

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The Bone Dragon (British Book Challenge)

‘Now everything is shaded in grey and silver and white. But with it the world sparkles.’ The Bone Dragon (Alexia Casale) has been on my bookshelf for a while, and I’m so delighted I finally made the time to read it. It’s a lusciously written book, and unusual compared with a lot of my favourite YA. […]

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The Witch’s Tears : fantasy soundtrack

When The Witch’s Kiss came out last year we compiled a list of songs we thought worked really well as a sort of soundtrack to the book, usually because something in the lyrics reflected the mood of one of our characters at one particular point in the story. You can check out that soundtrack here.  […]

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Gilded Cage, Deep Water, The Otherlife – January books for the British Books Challenge

‘A modern Britain. An age-old cruelty. Britain’s magically skilled aristocracy compels all commoners to serve them for ten years – and now it’s the Hadleys’ turn…’ The setting was the real hook for me. This is no invented dystopian world. The brutal servitude enforced by ‘the Equals’ (the magic-possessing aristocrats) is taking place in modern […]

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British Books Challenge 2017
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When we found out that the wonderful Chelle Toy from Tales of Yesterday was hosting the challenge this year, we decided we had to sign up. You can read all about the challenge (including how to sign up and a list of useful FAQs) on her blog here. Basically, the idea is to celebrate British […]

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Deleted scene: Jack & Meredith (Part 2)

    Jack must have fallen asleep. When he woke again he was lying on the low bed, his body covered with poultices and ointment. The feeble glow of a rushlight deepened the shadows that crept around the corners of the room. ‘Meredith?’ ‘I’m here, Jack.’ She moved into his vision. ‘How are you feeling?’ […]

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UKYACX 2016!!!

Liz and I had a couple of firsts this weekend: our first visit to Newcastle, our first live event talking about our writing, our first time signing books for readers (apart from our book launch, which somehow just feels different). We were in Newcastle – which is GORGEOUS, by the way: that architecture! And those […]

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