FYRE has been nominated for the GoodReads Choice Awards 2013!
This weekend Mark Zug is busy painting the back cover of PathFinder! I love thinking of Mark making his own Magyk so many thousands of miles away. I got to choose what he was going to put on the back cover too – SO exciting.
I’ve made a good start on Book Two of TodHunter Moon. No title for it yet, but there is a tortoise in it…
When Araminta throws cold water over her best friend’s mum to disperse a crowd of panicked bats, it’s decided Araminta has been ‘helpful’ one too many times, and she is packed off to boarding school. On arrival, Araminta is surprised to discover that Gargoyle Hall makes her home, Spook House, seems positively cosy. Strange moans and clanks echo down the corridors and the two head girls are equally creepy. Most of the other pupils have been scared away, but Araminta senses that something – or someone – is behind the menace.
With the help of best friend Wanda and Uncle Drac’s prize bat, she is going to do something about it!
To be released: June 2014 (UK)
International readers will be able to buy these new editions (including the new adventure, GARGOYLE HALL) on online retailers such as Amazon.co.uk or BookDepository.co.uk.
FYRE, the seventh and final novel in the Septimus Heap series (the main one, because there a spin-off trilogy coming out next year!), has been nominated for Best Middle-Grade and Children’s!
Go cast your vote right here!
Opening Round Nov. 4 – 9
Semifinal Round Nov. 11 – 16
Final Round Nov. 18 – 25
Today is a good day to begin the second TodHunter Moon book, which is what I am doing. First words, at the moment are:
“It was just before dawn. A round tent covered in faded stars sat in a wasteland of sand.”
This may change of course, but it’s an atmospheric start and sets the scene for me to think about.
So, apart from putting out the pumpkin tonight, today is just an ordinary writing day full of ghosties and strange sand storms…
I’m back again … sorry it has been a while. There’s been a lot going on here in Septimus world and I feel as though I have been in some odd time warp. Maybe Marcellus Pye has installed a Time Glass somewhere and I haven’t noticed it. It’s been good stuff, though. I went to the Bath and the Cheltenham lit fests and met so many lovely Septimus Fans. And had lots of great ideas too! But mainly I have been doing two edits, which takes a lot of thinking about.
The first edit, which I have just finished, was for GARGOYLE HALL, the new Araminta Spook which will be coming out next year. All the Aramintas are being re-issued in the UK with some lovely new covers. Really exciting!
The other edit, halfway through now, is for PATHFINDER- the title of TodHunter Moon book one. Because it is the first book of the new trilogy, I’ve needed to spend a lot of time getting to know Tod and the PathFinder world that she comes from. And now it is all coming together and soon we’ll have a really fantastic cover for the book too. Mark Zug is doing the illustrations, which is sooooo good. The world of Septimus would not be the same without Mark’s pictures.
So BIG apologies to all those whose questions have not been answered in the Ask Angie 5. I am going back there now and will see what I can do!
All the books in the Araminta Spook series (plus the new one, Gargoyle Hall) are going to be rejacketed for new launch early next year!
Well, it is nearly time for me to head up north to lovely Scotland to the Edinburgh Book Festival in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh. I’ll be there this Saturday 24th August at 3.30 and it would be wonderful if you were there too!
Here is a very long link:
Apologies for the still unanswered questions on AA 5. I have read all the lovely questions and comments but have had to stop answering until late next week now. Have jumped around a bit and answered the short ones, but I’ll get right back there as soon as I can.
Summer is zooming along so fast… so, what’s been happening?
Well, I have just finished writing Araminta Spook number six – GARGOYLE HALL - for Bloomsbury here in the UK. It’s been great fun to be back with Araminta and Wanda once more, I have forgotten how much they make me laugh!
We – that’s me and my editor at HarperCollins- have also been thinking a lot about TodHunter Moon and have come up with the title for book one. PATHFINDER. That’s written the Septimus way (of course): PathFinder
So, a busy summer away from the blog, but back now!
And very soon off to the wonderful Edinburgh International Book Festival. I will be there an Saturday 24th August at 3.30 pm – on Fyre! (Yep, it says so in the programme…) See you there?