Book News

A few bits and bobs of news to share with you today:

The final book in the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr, Darkest Mercy, hits the shelves next week.
To celebrate Harpercollins are hosting a live chat and q&a session with Melissa Marr on the 24th February 2011 @ 1am UK time (or 23rd February @ 5pm PST/8pm EST for overseas readers) 

Looking for something to entertain the kids (of any age!) this half term? Well if your in London why not drop in at The Gruffalo’s Red Nose Day fundraising Party? Here’s the details from MacMillan children’s books:
Do Something Funny For Money!
Come to The Gruffalo’s Red Nose Day Fundraising Party
o       The Gruffalo’s Deep Dark Wood comes to the North Atrium at Westfield London, W12 7SL
o       Wednesday 23 February 2011, with FREE activities from 10am until 5pm
o       Two Gruffalo Shows with a reading of The Gruffalo book by special guest, TV presenter, Edith Bowman at 13:00
o       Plus, fabulous prizes for the best Gruffalo costume and the scariest ‘Grrrrrrrrrrr!’
o       Celebrate Red Nose Day and raise money for Comic Relief with The Gruffalo Red Nose Day Book, a special edition Gruffalo sticker activity book out on 18 February 2011 priced £2.99. At least £2 from the sale of every book will go directly to Comic Relief.
o       Red Nose Day is on 18 March 2011
Dust off your Gruffalo outfit and practise your growling! Macmillan Children’s Books is delighted to announce that the nation’s favourite monster, The Gruffalo, will be hosting a Red Nose Day fundraising party in his Deep Dark Wood in the North Atrium at Westfield, London on Wednesday 23 February and EVERYONE is invited!
There will be games and activities from 10am until 5pm and two Gruffalo shows with a reading of The Gruffalo book by special guest, TV presenter, Edith Bowman. Plus fabulous prizes for the best Gruffalo costume and the scariest ‘Grrrrrrr!’
The Gruffalo Shows will be at 1pm and 4pm and are completely FREE. But there’s limited space so make sure you collect your show tickets early from The Gruffalo’s Deep Dark Wood to ensure a good position in the golden circle! (Only 200 golden circle tickets are available for each show).

If you can’t get down to the event and still want to be involved, check out or head over to Amazon to buy your copy of The Gruffalo Red Nose Day Book for just £2.99 *with at least £2 going to Comic relief

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

The UK cover of Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey has been released…what do you think?

Violet Willoughby doesn’t believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother’s elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.
Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother’s scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she’s known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

US Cover
I do like it, it’s got a very gothic feel and I’ve been looking forward to some historical fiction from Harvey after thoroughly enjoying flashbacks to the French Revolution in Book 2 of The Drake Chronicles, Out For Blood. It does remind me of Lauren Kate’s covers a lot (which i also love) and I’m a big fan of the US cover shown to the right. I think US wins it here but only just.
Haunting Violet is released in the UK July 2011 by Bloomsbury. To keep up to date with Alyx visit: 

More News From Bloomsbury:

Author Chris Priestly will be taking part in a blog tour to celebrate World Book Day next week. Here’s the full tour details:

2 thoughts on “Book News

  1. So excited about Haunting Violet! Can't wait till July. Might have to mug a reviewer!LOL

    Looking forward to the Chris Priestly tour. I do own one of his books and must read it soon.


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