Murderous kelpies, now half price for summer

It’s July. The sun’s out (except for viewers in Scotland, I suspect). And your to-read pile is in need of a boost for the holidays. Well, read on, friend, for I’ve got just the thing for you…

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#BroodyBFF: LGBTQ Reads

It’s the third Broody BFF challenge already? Time flies when you’re frantically ploughing through edits on your banshee-based YA caper. As it’s Pride month, it’s all about LGBTQ reads…


I must confess that I’m shamefully under-read in LGBTQ fiction. In fact, of all the YA I’ve read over the last three years, precisely two of them don’t involve a cast of all-straight characters, and both of those are by Patrick Ness.

Now, Release was fantastic, and I chomped through the story in a couple of days. The sheer heartbreak of Patrick’s autobiographical tale of Adam, a boy growing up gay in a conservative, Christian family, just broke my heart. And while I’m not familiar with Mrs Dalloway on which it’s based, I like the compact form of the whole thing taking place on a single day. There’s such a beautiful, lyrical flow to Patrick’s prose, especially in the (at times confusing) magical realism sections. Basically, go forth and read this book – you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks to the Twitter YA community and the timesink that is Goodreads, I’ve also started building up a wishlist of diverse reads for the summer, especially books with bi representation. The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue is high up on the list, because who doesn’t want a Victorian swashbuckling romp starring a bisexual gentleman? (Feel free to recommend a pile more, because it’s not like my to-read pile isn’t high enough 😉 )

And on that note, back to editing a novel with a bi main character…

Eurovision 2017: the big review

The Eurovision decorations are up, the alcohol’s stockpiled, and Twitter’s prepped for meltdown. So, like years gone by, here’s my (vaguely YA-themed) thoughts on the class of 2017. I wouldn’t bet based on this, but if you happen to win a fortune, feel free to give me a cut of the cash.

Brace yourselves for a cheese torrent – I promise normal blog service will be resumed in a few days with my first #BroodyBFF challenge. (You might want to mute my Twitter until Sunday if you hate Eurovision, though…)

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