Monthly Archives: April 2015

#UKYADAY madness

Blimey. What a Sunday this is proving, and not just because of the sunshine. #UKYADAY, organised by teen Queen of Contemporary blogger Lucy Powrie is already a rip-roaring success, and it’s still got several hours to run.

Sadly, my contribution, a video featuring yours truly and daughter Hetty is taking FOREVER to load – one of the downsides of living in the country is terrible broadband – so won’t make it up to YouTube on time, so I thought I’d throw together a quick blog post featuring five of the six books on the video (to find out what featured in the sixth slot, you’ll have to watch it when I finally get it up there.

LiftedSo, first in the slot, picked by me, is Lifted by Hilary Freeman. I read this a few months ago and enjoyed it hugely – featuring fame, fortune, shoplifting and blogging, it’s got something in it for everyone.

NessSecond, picked by Hetty, is More Than This by Patrick Ness. She described it as a sci-fi thriller, and has had her nose buried in it for the last week, so it must be good. I intend to find out soon!

Helen's bookThird up, Urban Legends by Helen Grant, the last book in the fabulous Forbidden Spaces trilogy, so I know I’m going to love this. Helen is a fantastic writer, and really knows how to draw you into a story and keep you there.

CracksFourth, chosen by Hetty, is Cracks by Caroline Green. Hetty read and loved another of Caroline’s books, Hold Your Breath, so she’s really looking forward to this one. I’ve already read it so I know she’s in for a treat.

GlimpseFifth on the list is Glimpse by Kendra Leighton. I’ve heard so many good things about this book, and it’s a ghost story, which is one of my favourite kinds of story, so this is right up there on my TBR pile. 

I also want to mention some other brilliant UKYA books I’ve read and enjoyed, but couldn’t feature on the video because they’re on my Kindle!

Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth. Eve is a hugely talented YA writer and this novellooking at the consequences of bullying, is already a great hit.

The Model Spy series by Sarah Sky – those books are just enormous fun.

Land by Alex Campbell – I don’t normally read much dystopia (I worry enough as it is), but this novel really won me over. A great YA version of Orwell’s 1984.

And finally, some books I’m really looking forward to reading soon:

Lies Like Love – Louisa Reid

Minty – Christina Banach

Shadow Jumper – J M Forster

Still Falling – Sheena Wilkinson

The Boy Who Drew the Future – Rhian Ivory

and the upcoming trilogy from the Angel series author Lee Weatherly.







Spring round up

Been busy, busy Chez Haughton, with lots happening and even more to do. Including writing my third young adult thriller for Usborne, which currently has the rather imaginative title of YA3. Yep, folks, that’s it. YA3. Sounds like an award winner, don’t you think?

Fiction - Better Left Buried - front cover

Meanwhile, we’re counting down to the launch of Better Left Buried on May 1st. Head over to Usborne to read the first chapter, or sign up for the giveaway on Goodreads – ten copies on offer! Or you can pre-order a copy from the following: Amazon, iBooks, Google Play, Kobo, Hive, Sainsbury’s, Waterstones and Foyles.  Spoilt for choice!


And on, the German edition – is now available with this rather striking cover. NYSM German edition

In other news, the lovely people at Usborne Towers have designed me this beautiful Pinterest page, and on Sunday 12th April, I’ll be taking part in the UKYA day organised by the indomitable Lucy Powrie. Check out here for details.

Phew, well that’s it from me. Have a fabulous spring!