Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Reviewers! Alex and The Other is now on NetGalley

Beware the haunted bathroom mirror at school. Beware strangers in overcoats and dark glasses whispering in the trees. But most of all ... BEWARE THE OTHER.

Hello Early Reviewers!

My next book, Alex and The Other, is up on NetGalley for review.
The book comes out in March/2018 but you can get a sneak peek for review here now: Alex and The Other

This is book 4 in the award-winning Weird Stories Gone Wrong Series, and is a middle-grade horror story about a boy with an evil twin. I love doppelganger stories, and writing a compelling middle-grade tale in the genre was uniquely challenging (can you think of another one? If so, please let me know!).

Later this year, Alex and The Other will be followed by book five, Blackwells and the Briny Deep, about three kids shipwrecked on a spooky enchanted island. Both new books in the series will be illustrated again by the wonderful Shawna Daigle.

Pre-Orders available now.

Watch the BOOK TRAILER here.

Read More about Alex and The Other and the other award-winning books in the Weird Stories Gone Wrong series on this blog.

Monday, 1 January 2018

The January Poet

The January Poet

I have barely moved all day.
Island House by Baye Hunter
This is January.
Full, replete, burrowed, dark.
I have sprouted a light down,
and a long snout to warm under my
new tail.

I find comfort in words like “root cellar”
and “tuber”
and blink when the sun startles the living room.
It is still and warm and could use
a few more leaves around the place.

Only short words will come to me,
as I move sluggish,
stripping the bark from mid-winter trees.
Strobing the few lights in the chemicals
that are left to me:
a low grade imagination and burgeoning hips.

I wait in the snow for angry neighbours to chase me
with brooms.

Scat, you!

But no-one notices my grubby boots
and January coat.
She’s just another writer come out of the dark woods
back into the house,
with empty pockets for words.

PD/Jan. 3/2012