I’ve been busy on the blogs, and not just Chicklish…
Here I am at UKYA, a website dedicated to showcasing authors based in Britain, writing about some of my favourite teen reads from the last century. (A while ago, UKYA asked readers to vote for their favourite UK teen books, and I’m thrilled that Kiss Date Love Hate made it to the Top 100 list. Thank you very much to the readers who voted for it!)
I’ve been recommending teen fiction series at YA Contemporary, a post you can also find at Bookbag.
Over at Girls Heart Books, I’ve been posting away. Here’s a roundup of my Girls Heart Books posts.
And – newsflash – I have a non-fiction book out this week! It’s about blogging, and here’s a cover image:
Find out more at Hachette, the publisher.
Lastly, I’d like to thank Dawlish Community College for inviting me in to run a fun writing workshop with Year 8 English students a couple of weeks ago.
Hello! I’m back from a lovely summer. You can read a little bit about it in my latest post at Girls Heart Books, and check out my Chicklish roundup of some of the book I read while I was away.
Other snippets of news…
Diary of a Mall Girl, the book originally written interactively in instalments for Fiction Express, is set to be published as a print book and an ebook by Curious Fox in spring 2013. Find out more about it at my Diary of a Mall Girl page and, of course, at Curious Fox.
Random House have launched a new website called Totally Random Books. It has competitions and author features, and you can look up all sorts of books there, read extracts and leave reviews. Here’s a page of my Totally Random Books.
Kiss Date Love Hate was reviewed recently by Stuck in a Book, and also as part of Contemporary Summer at Planet Print. Thank you, brilliant bloggers!
Dawlish Community College LRC
Just before the summer holidays, I was delighted to be invited to Dawlish Community College to give out certificates to wonderful keen readers. (Read about their Accelerated Reading programme – and party! And spot me wearing green in the picture.)
I think that’s all for now…
Newton Abbot Library, where I used to help run the Teenage Flicks book club, has just re-opened. Read all about it at the PRSD.
Spotted on the shiny new shelves of the Teenage section and pictured below: one of the books chosen by the students of Newton Abbot College and Coombeshead Academy. (Thank you!)
In other news, I’ve recently posted at Girls Heart Books about writers’ reasons to make lists, and at A Book Addicted Girl about recommended reading for summertime.
Also I highly recommend checking out The Pink Thing at Luna’s Little Library. This site is looking at various books that have pink covers (including Kiss Date Love Hate) and finding out what lies beyond the pink…
(Photos by People’s Republic of South Devon, reproduced with kind permission under Creative Commons Licence.)
I was thrilled to be interviewed at Newton Abbot College by a student called Natalia, who asked me some great questions about my books and about writing life. Huge thanks to Natalia and also to Ms Slade and Mr Abiks.
Watch the interview below.
Luisa Plaja at Newton Abbot College from I Abiks on Vimeo.
Filmed & edited by Ivor Abiks
I’ve just found a lovely writeup of my World Book Day 2012 visit to Torquay Community College.
Huge thanks to all the wonderful students and staff!
Extreme Kissing is now an audiobook!
It’s published by W H Howes and is available there and at Whole Story Audio, among other places.
Buy it with instant download at Audible in the UK or Audible in the US.
Find out more in the W H Howes catalogue, and listen to an extract below.
Extreme Kissing audiobook extract:
Bethany’s story is narrated by Harriet Carmichael, who also read Kiss Date Love Hate, and Carlota’s part is narrated by Jo Hall. Read more about these fabulous actors here.
There’s a lovely review of Kiss Date Love Hate written by a young reader in the Guardian: Guardian teen book reviews.
“It is so unique, and such an amazing plot, that I was gripped throughout the whole book…”
And Booktrust has reviewed Swapped by a Kiss and Kiss Date Love Hate.
“Exciting, funny and filled with great characters, Swapped By a Kiss will keep you entertained right until the very last page.”
[Kiss Date Love Hate] “…a revealing and poignant story about individuality, trust and friendship.”
Thank you very much to Booktrust and the Guardian!
Meanwhile, I’ve been posting at the Random House blog about my book signing, and telling Girls Heart Books all about my computer nightmare.
I had a busy World Book Day this year, with a great visit to Newton Abbot College. (See their gorgeous display in the picture!)
It’s my fourth year in a row of visiting NAC on World Book Day, with my first visit being the publication day of Split by a Kiss. It’s practically a tradition…
Read more about the day in the Herald Express.
The next day, I went to Torquay Community College to talk to a group of students about writing and blogging. We had a brilliant time creating characters and discussing books.
Saturday was my book signing at Waterstone’s in Newton Abbot, where I chatted to some fantastic readers.
Thank you very much to all the wonderful students, teachers, readers, bloggers, staff and shoppers I’ve met in the past week!
Come and say hello to me at Waterstone’s Newton Abbot on Saturday 3rd March from 12pm…
In honour of National Libraries Day, I spent a great morning in a writing workshop with a Year 7 class at Coombeshead Academy. Find out more about what we worked on in my post at Girls Heart Books, and see me pictured in the Herald Express.
Herald Express article.