The People You Meet On The Road

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Teens Top Ten 2014 Interview

Earth Girl USA cover artToday there’s a Teens Top Ten 2014 interview with me over at YALSA’s (the Young Adult Library Services Association) The Hub.

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The bonus story vote and a new web page.

Earth 2788-400x600I decided to do an extra bonus story for the Earth 2788 collection of free stories, and this time I asked readers to vote on which character from the Earth Girl trilogy they’d like me to feature as the main character. Voting closed at the end of November, so I’ve been counting the votes and . . . (insert drum roll to build the suspense)

The winner is the devastatingly handsome Drago Tell Dramis! I should have guessed he’d win, though there was some strong support for Playdon too. For anyone who has only read Earth Girl, and is wondering who Drago is, he doesn’t appear until the second book, Earth Star. Drago also appears in the Kappa Sector 2788 novelette, and I’m aiming to set the bonus story just after that ends. The story should be on this website in time for you to read it on Year Day 2015!

There’s another extra too, this time an extra website page. The new page is all about things that aren’t writing, featuring a painting and some music by talented readers inspired by the Earth Girl trilogy. If you’re feeling especially brave, you can also listen to me reading aloud from Earth Girl.

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EARTH STAR is a Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2014

Earth Star USA coverI was delighted that EARTH GIRL was a Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2013. I’m even more delighted that EARTH STAR is a Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2014 as well!

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The Seventh Free Earth Girl Short Story, and a bonus story to come!

Earth 2788-400x600You can now read the whole of Kappa Sector 2788, an Earth Girl novelette featuring Colonel Riak Torrek, here.

This is the last of the planned EARTH 2788 short story collection, but I’ve decided to add a bonus short story at the end of the year. This time I’m asking readers to vote on which character they’d like me to feature in the short story. If you’d like to vote, then please sign up for the newsletter for full details.

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EARTH GIRL is a Teens’ Top Ten title for 2014.

Earth Girl USA cover artI’m delighted to hear that EARTH GIRL is a Teens’ Top Ten title for 2014. Thank you to the Young Adult Library Services Association, all the libraries, and everyone who took part in this. You can watch the video announcement and see the other great books in the top ten here.

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The Seventh Free Earth Girl Short Story – Part three

Earth 2788-400x600You can now read the third part of Kappa Sector 2788, an Earth Girl novelette featuring Colonel Riak Torrek, here. Just one more part to come.

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The Seventh Free Earth Girl short story – Part two!

Earth 2788-400x600You can now read the second part of Kappa Sector 2788, an Earth Girl novelette featuring Colonel Riak Torrek, here. There are two more parts to come.

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UK Appearances

If you are in the UK, then I’ll be attending the following events over the next month or two. Please feel free to say hello. You’re looking for someone small, often wearing a ‘Don’t Panic’ T shirt.

October 11th. The Books Are My Bag Bookshop Party at Southcart Books, 20 Lower Hall Lane. I’m due to be reading at 12.35.

October 25th. Bristolcon, Bristol.

November 14th-16th. Novacon, Nottingham.

 

 

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The Seventh Free Earth Girl short story – Part one!

Earth 2788-400x600As I posted earlier, the final short story in the Earth 2788 collection was delayed by two things. The death of my computer, and the story deciding to rebel and turn into a novelette.

I’ve now posted the first part of the novelette, Kappa Sector 2788, and there will be three more parts appearing over the next three weeks.

This novelette features Colonel Riak Torrek. Read it here!

Cover art is by Alex Storer/ thelightdream.net 

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