Hello everybody! It is the start of October and if you have been following me on Twitter then you know I have orgainsed a HORROR MONTH! Each day for 31 days I am going to host an author who mainly writes horror/thrillers/halloweenish books. There will be Q&As, extracts, guest posts and loads of giveaways! So definatly follow along and also show some love with the hashtag - #TRCHorrorMonth.
We have Charlie Higson kicking of this month with an extract from the first book in The Enemy series.
Everyone over the age of fourteen has succumbed to a deadly zombie virus and now the kids must keep themselves alive. When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician - every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city - down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground - the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there - alive?
Taken from ‘The Enemy’. Copyright © Charlie Higson. Supplied by Penguin Books.
Small Sam was playing in the car park behind Waitrose when the grown-ups took him. He’d been with some of the little kids, having a battle with an odd assortment of action figures, when it happened. They weren’t supposed to play outside without a guard, but it was a lovely sunny day and the little kids got bored indoors. Sam wasn’t the youngest of the group, but he was the smallest. That’s why they called him Small Sam. There had originally been two other Sams, Big Sam and Curly Sam, who had curly hair. Big Sam had been killed a few months ago, but Small Sam was stuck with the name.
It was probably because of his size that the grown-ups went for him. They were like that – they picked out the youngsters, the weaklings, the little ones. In the panic of the attack the rest of Sam’s gang got back safely inside, but Sam was cut off and the roving pack of grown-ups trapped him in a corner.
They had come over the side wall, led by a big mother in a tracksuit that might once have been pink but was now so filthy and greasy it looked like grey plastic. She had a fat, egg-like body on top of long skinny legs. Her back was bent and she ran stooped over, but surprisingly fast, her arms held wide like a scorpion’s claws, her dirty blonde hair hanging straight down. Her face blank and stupid. Breathing through her mouth.
Small Sam was too scared even to scream or call for help, and the grown-ups made no noise, so the whole scene was played out in horrible silence. The mother blocked off the route back towards the building while two lanky fathers ran at him from either side. Sam dodged them for a few seconds, but he knew they’d get hold of him in the end. By the time help came from inside, the grown-ups were gone back over the wall, with Sam stuffed inside a sack.
Maxie led a group of bigger kids out into the car park. Even though they were armed with spears and clubs and good throwing rocks they moved cautiously, not knowing exactly what to expect.
‘We’re too late,’ said Callum, scanning the empty car park. ‘They’ve got him.’
‘Shame,’ said a stocky, dark-haired kid called Josh. ‘I liked him. He was funny.’
‘That’s the second attack this week,’ said Maxie angrily. ‘What’s going on? Either the grown-ups are closing in on us or they’re getting braver.’
‘They ain’t brave,’ said Josh, spitting on the ground. ‘If they was still here I’d show them brave. I’d mash their ugly faces. Nothing scares me.’
‘So why were they here?’ asked Maxie. ‘They’re just hungry,’ said Josh.
‘We’re all hungry,’ said Callum.
‘We should have been here,’ said Maxie. ‘We should have been watching over them.’
‘We can’t be everywhere at once,’ Callum pointed out. ‘There’s not enough of us, not with Arran out with the scavs. Our job’s to keep a look-out from the roof. The little
kids knew they weren’t supposed to be out here. Nobody should be out here. We should all stay inside.’
‘We can’t stay inside all day,’ scoffed Josh. ‘We’d go crazy.’
‘It’s good inside,’ said Callum.
‘You’re just scared to come outside,’ said Josh with a smirk.
‘No I ain’t,’ said Callum. ‘No more scared than you.’ ‘Nothing scares me,’ said Josh.
‘Then you’re just stupid,’ said Callum.
‘Nah,’ said Josh. ‘The thing about grown-ups is, some of them are strong, some of them can run fast and some of them are clever, but the strong ones are slow, the fast ones are stupid and the smart ones are weak.’
‘Tell that to Small Sam,’ said Maxie angrily, ‘and to Big Sam and Johnno, and Eve and Mohammed and all the other kids we’ve lost.’
‘Grown-ups won’t get me,’ said Josh.
‘What?’ said Callum. ‘So it was their fault they got taken? Is that what you’re saying?’
‘Yeah, I am,’ said Josh.
‘Shut up,’ Maxie snapped at the two of them. Then she said the thing that nobody wanted to admit. ‘We can’t go on like this.’ Her voice was heavy with bitterness. ‘Soon we’re all going to be dead. I can’t stand it any more.’
She threw down the spear she had been carrying and sat on the ground, resting her head in her hands.
It was her fault. That was all she could think. It was all her fault.
When Arran was away she was supposed to be in charge. She couldn’t remember when it had been decided – Arran was the leader, she was second in command – it must have happened early on, when most of the kids had been too frightened and confused to do anything for themselves. Arran and Maxie had just got on with it, organizing everyone, keeping their spirits up. Arran was clever and likeable. Right from the start he’d kept his head and not panicked. He’d been captain of the football team at William Ellis School and nothing ever seemed to freak him out.
The two of them had worked together. A team. Maxie had always been good at getting other children to help out. There were better fighters than her, true, but they were happy for her to tell them what to do. They didn’t want the responsibility. And when Arran wasn’t there, she was the leader.
So, it was all her fault. Another kid gone. She shut down part of her mind. She didn’t want to think about what the grown-ups would do to Small Sam.
She started to cry. She didn’t care who saw it.
Callum looked at Josh. They both felt awkward. In the end it was Josh who squatted down next to her and put an arm round her shoulders.
‘It’s all right, Max,’ he said quietly. ‘We’ll be all right. Something’ll happen, someone will come. Something’s gonna change. When Arran and the others get back we’ll talk about it maybe, yeah? Make a plan?’
‘What’s the point?’ said Maxie. ‘When Arran gets back, yeah?’
Maxie looked up into Josh’s concerned, grubby face. ‘Sorry,’ she said.
‘Come on,’ said Callum. ‘Let’s try and find out how they got over the wall. Then we should get back inside.’
‘Yeah.’ Maxie jumped up. It was OK as long as you were doing something, as long as you didn’t stop and think.
She wished Arran were here, though. She always felt safer when he was around.
It was just . . . What was he going to think? Another kid gone.
All her fault.
Taken from ‘The Enemy’. Copyright © Charlie Higson. Supplied by Penguin Books.
Thank you to Clare at penguin for this post today! Doesn't the first chapter just want you to jump right into this series? It is one of my favourites and, perfect for this time of year.
Charlie Higson is a successful author, actor, comedian and writer for television and radio.
He wrote the phenomenally successful Young Bond series which has now sold over a million copies in the UK and has been translated into over 24 different languages. The series began with SilverFin and was followed by Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold and By Royal Command. All five novels entered the children’s bestseller charts in the top five.
The first novel in his bestselling zombie-adventure series for teenagers, The Enemy, was published by Puffin in September 2009, with the second The Dead, following in September 2010. Both books have been published to great critical acclaim. Charlie is a huge fan of horror films and books, and even studied gothic literature at university. With three sons of his own, Charlie knows exactly how to terrify and captivate teenagers in equal measure.
After leaving university, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons. He then became a decorator before turning to the world of television and going into partnership Paul Whitehouse. His television successes have included Saturday Live, the Harry Enfield Television Programme, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars, Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, the film Suite 16, Swiss Toni and of course, the Fast Show.
Most recently Charlie and Paul co-produced the controversial and award-winning spoof radio series Down the Line for BBC Radio 4, in which they also both performed, which became the television comedy series Bellamy’s People, on BBC 2, inspired by the Radio series.
Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written four thrillers, King of the Ants (1992), Happy Now (1993),Full Whack (1995) and Getting Rid of Mr Kitchen (1996).
Charlie lives in North London.
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The next 6 books in THE ENEMY SERIES
WE ARE HALFWAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER PLEASE HELP.
Then again, I can't wait to go out shopping to get all autumn clothes and have pumpkin/gingerbread spice everything.
It is Wednesday so this calls for another Wishing Wednesday - where I talk about some books coming out soon that I can't wait for.
The third book in Amy Ewing's New York Times bestselling Lone City trilogy, The Black Key is perfect for fans of The Selection and Red Queen. Violet and the Society of the Black Key are preparing to launch an attack on the royalty, and Violet has a crucial role to play. She must lead the surrogates as they infiltrate the Auction and break down the walls of the Lone City. But with her sister, Hazel, imprisoned in the palace of the Lake, Violet is torn. In order to save her sister, she must abandon her cause and her friends and return to the Jewel.
Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over. Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it's anything but empty.
Welcome to Harmony 5: A secure prison camp where the rebellious and the discordant are broken.
The rules are simple here: obedience or death.
But in a world this dark, what has Amity got to lose?
So, this is a different kind of post from me as this is a make up post! Boots UK is doing a #faceoff event. Each week for four weeks, with different make up brands, they are doing a competition where you use that product that week and enter on instagram and you can win amazing things-like a year supply of Sleek, Lulu Guinness stuff etc
I got sent the first two weeks products from Boots Review Panel and I thought I would swatch and show you guys about these products as I am loving them already-also, let me know if you like this post as I want to start doing more make up post!
The first week was two lip products! A nude vs bold. I was sent the Maybelline Color Sensational Blush Nudes Lipstick in shade Pink Fling and Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Berry Boost.
So these are the two lipstick swatched and applied to my lips(ignore the terrible way I have applied) I'm not usually a big fan of nude lipsticks but I just love this one so much! It is sheer and doesn't dry down so you would need to reapply but it is the perfect nude to pair with any eye look.
The Berry Boost is defiantly my kind of colour. It dried down quite quickly to a matte finish and if I wasn't in work after trying it I would have wore it all day. Defiantly my favourite of the two.
Then, for week two I got sent the Sleek MakeUP Goodnight Sweetheart I-Divine palette and I am in love.
These shades are so pigmented and beautiful that I now have a favourite palette. With this for face off you had to do a neutral or a smokey eye look and this palette is perfect for both. You can't see Lingerie that well from my camera but in real life it so lovely and perfect for the inner corner highlight. I have to say Dusk is defiantly my favourite colour.
So I hope you enjoyed this post and I will do a post on the last two weeks of the faceoff so you can see the products and what they're like!
Thank you Boots for sending me these!
I feel like I haven't been to a book signing in awhile but, last night I went to the Growing Pains event at Waterstones in Liverpool One. Which included 4 fantastic authors - Laura Dockrill, Claire Hennessy, Julie Mayhew and Jess Vallance! And was chaired by the wonderful Caroline Smailes. Before the event I entered a competiton on Twitter from WaterstonesL1 to win the books for the event and a few tickets and I couldn't believe it when I won! Sadly, I could only use two of the tickets as most of my friends where busy but I got my friend Aimee to come(I didn't bribe her with food....) I already had Nothing Taste As Good and Lorali and I gave Lorali to Aimee and I got my second copy of Nothing Taste As Good signed for a giveaway!
The event was small but it was fun. Caroline started off by asking the questions in a quick fire round, which she got from a speed dating site and it was so funny. These authors where all fantastic together and a part. They really had amazing things to talk about like when Claire said, 'I'm so fed up of people bitching about YA when they haven't read it,' which is so true!! Plus, Laura telling everyone you can do what you want if you put your mind too it. She said that she did bad in school and she would love to show her teachers now how wrong they where about her and it was one of the moments you just wanted to high five her. They are all fantastic authors who have written some amazing books that you guys should really go check out. Hopefully they will come back again as they talked about what they're working on now and I AM EXCITED. Especially since Jess said she might try something lighter and Julie is working on a play production of The Railway Children.
Lorali by Laura Dockrill - WORDERY/WATERSTONES - Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn't exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from. Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human. But along with Lorali's arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory's bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a mystery all of their own. What are they really up to? Can Rory protect Lorali? And who from? And where does she really belong, anyway?
Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew - WORDERY/WATERSTONES - If you leave home, is your heart left behind? Darya Ivanova is looking forward to September. She has looked after her little sister, Nika, since she was a baby. Now Nika is starting school. Maybe Darya can find a job with her own tidy desk. Perhaps even a boyfriend. But when an unimaginable tragedy strikes, Darya's life plans are fractured. Stalled. She is afraid. What if she never knows real love? What if she never finds somewhere she belongs? If only she could get to Moscow. There, Darya could escape. There, she could become someone else...
The Yellow Room by Jess Vallance - WORDERY/WATERSTONES - If you receive a letter telling you your father has died, what do you do? Anna's father left when she was very young and Anna, now 16, is living with her ambitious, unemotional, scientist mother. Then she receives a letter from her father's current girlfriend, Edie, with some shocking news: her father has died. Edie would like to meet Anna because she has something for her from her father. Anna's friends think Edie is not to be trusted and that she should steer clear. But Anna is drawn to Edie: her warmth, her character, her ability to rustle up delicious meals, all of which it seems her own mother is seemingly incapable of...and the way she can tell Edie the secret that is buried inside her, that she cannot bring herseft to tell her mother or her best friends. A taughtly told, compelling tale about mothers and their daughters - and the lengths that some will go to, to make their dreams come true.
Nothing Taste As Good by Claire Hennessy - WORDERY/WATERSTONES - Annabel is dead. And she's not happy about it. Despite having strived to be 'lighter than air' back when she was alive, the consequences of that yearning haven't quite sunk in yet. Julia Jacobs is fat. Which Annabel immediately notices when she's assigned as Julia's ghostly helper (don't even think about calling her a guardian angel). And as her helper, Julia's problem seems pretty obvious to Annabel. Fat = problem = unhappy. Sorted. The only trouble is that whatever is causing Julia to overeat is hidden deep within her. Annabel will have to get to know Julia to uncover this secret and 'fix' her. Annabel can become the voice of reason, Julia's source of strength. Except...all this time spent in someone's head has got Annabel thinking. Not just about food, but about her family too. And that maybe happiness can mean more than eradicating all the flesh from your bones.
So I got to get photos with all beside Jess because I had to rush sadly but at least I got my book signed by all and my friend got her copy signed of Lorali by Laura and asked for some great places to go in Brixton which she wrote in the book which was so funny and great.
So thank you WaterstonesL1 for a wonderful evening with some fantastic and beautiful authors! Defiantly go pick these books up if you haven't yet-ALSO I HAVE A GIVEAWAY!
Enter the link below to win a signed copy of Nothing Taste As Good by Claire Hennessy!
We all have those authors we just super love, right? If it was possible I would love for all my favourite authors to come up to Liverpool/Heswall so I can meet them, get my books signed and just casually fangirl. Obviously, I am not hinting that these fabulous authors should come to Liverpool/Heswall but, it would be great ;D
First author on my list is the very lovely Alwyn Hamilton author of Rebel Of The Sands. I read this book at the start of the year and fell in love! I was sad I had to miss YALC and miss out on meeting her but hopefully I can some time soon - plus, Traitor To The Throne is coming out next year AND I CANNOT WAIT.
Next we have Sabaa Tahir! I read An Ember In The Ashes last year which, I totally fell in love with and was so happy when she announced there would be a sequel - A Torch Against The Night - and now there will be another 2 books in the series!! I am so excited it would be actually amazing to meet her if she ever came to the UK.
Now we have Stephenie Meyer. I read the Twilight Saga when I was about 14 and it got me into reading a lot more and that has all lead to my blogging! I know not a lot of people like Twilight but it was basically my teen years and plus, she has a new book coming out - The Chemist - an adult thriller which I am very excited for!
Ransom Riggs is a fantastic author and I would so love to meet him. I absolutely loved the Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children trilogy. One of the best trilogies I have ever read and it would be amazing if he came to the UK.
Red Queen is another favourite series of mine by the wonderful Victoria Aveyard! Then I fell in love with Glass Sword and I cannot wait for King's Cage! I know she did come to the UK but not close to me so hopefully next time!
Jill Shalvis has became one of my favourite authors! She has so many books and they are all amazing, I recently discovered her last year and I my Jill Shalvis collection has grown a lot....God forbid if I she does a signing-I would need a suitcase!
It is the 1st of September and I can't believe the year is almost over! But what comes with a new month is what books I read in August! I read a total of 16 books - 16 GUYS! I'm totally getting back into my game, hopefully I can beat the 20 books I read one month last year.
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby - I actually read this one at the end of July but forgot to put it in my July wrap-up! Oops but it was so good and heartbreaking. - REVIEW
The Call by Peadar O'Guilin - My review for this book will be up soon but I absolutely loved it! So thrilling and creepy and defiantly one of my favourite books of 2016.
The Regulars by Georgia Clark - 3 women who think being beautiful will solve all their problems but they just create more and they release they don't need to change their appearances to be happy - REVIEW
The Boyfriend List by E.Lockhart - A wonderful book from E. Lockhart! So fun, filled with drama, romance and a list of 15 boys. - REVIEW
Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis - Forever loving Jill, this was another fantastic book from her - REVIEW
Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones - Filled with drama, violence and two people who are risking everything to save each other - REVIEW
Wildflower Bay by Rachael Lucas - About a young woman who moves from a busy city to a remote place. Things start to look up for her, but will she leave it all behind to go back to the city? - REVIEW
The Potion Diaries: Royal Tour by Amy Alward - The second book after The Potion Diaries and Amy has done a fantastic job with this book! Which has left me badly needing the 3rd one. - REVIEW
My Kind Of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis - It was such a Jill Shalvis reading month for me, absolutely love her writing and this one was just as brilliant! - REVIEW
Dare To Run by Jen McLaughlin- First Jen book I have read and it was soooo good! Full of drama, romance and whole lot of sexiness. I cannot wait to read more in this series. - REVIEW
Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis - Another Jill Shalvis book and again it was so good! I am really enjoying this series and cannot wait for the next ones to come out. - REVIEW
Children Of Icarus by Caighlan Smith - A fantastic book that was filled with so many twist that I just loved every second of it, gripping from the beginning. - REVIEW
Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas - It has took me so long to finish this series and I don't know why as it just fantastic and I can't wait to read Queen Of Shadows.- REVIEW
Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas - The second book in the Throne Of Glass series and it was just SO GOOD! Sarah J. Maas is queen - REVIEW
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff - A book that is possibly my favourite of 2016 and it ripped my heart out. - REVIEW
The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent - A great ending to the duelology but I wouldn't mind if she wanted to write more ;) - REVIEW
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