TEETH IS A BUZZBOOK AND OTHER BOOKISH THINGS + GIVEAWAYS

Hello lovely readers!

The sun has been shining and I’m just feeling the Spring air. I can’t get enough. Loads of cool things have happened so I’m going to go through them all briefly.

Firstly, a reader got the cover of THE DEAD HOUSE tattooed on her body! I am in awe and utterly mesmerised. Doesn’t it look cool??! I never in my wildest dreams thought this would happen (except me doing it to myself, maybe!) Shout out to Sammie Marie for being my first reader tattoo!

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The next cool thing that happened is that TEETH IN THE MIST was named one of Publisher’s Marketplace’s Buzzbooks of Spring/Summer for 2019. I mean, WHAT??? That. Is. So. Cool. *falls over*

More news! TEETH is going to have DECKLED EDGES!!! Don’t know what deckled edges are? They are these pretty things:

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So pretty! I think it will add to the spooky, Victorian vibe. One thing I realised recently was that Vic-Lit was a thing (Victorian Literature—books written in that period and style), and that large parts of TEETH fall into that category. Niiiice.

The audiobook recording of TEETH is going well. And this time it has been so much fun, because my audiobook producer has been keeping me in the loop and even sending me snippets of the actors reading the book! I swear, I have chills. Real, huge, CHILLS. I had a video chat with two of the utterly amazing women working on the audiobook, Elece and Michelle, and it was like talking to family.

L-R Elece and Michelle and a teenie, tiny me!

L-R Elece and Michelle and a teenie, tiny me!

I’ve been getting awesome blurbs for TEETH, but I can’t share them yet. Instead, I’m going to share the amazing Kirkus review that TEETH got recently, which was so, so lovely and welcome!

Are you ready…. #BewaretheRam

Are you ready…. #BewaretheRam

Other than that, I’ve been working on the pre-order gift I’m going to be giving you guys. There will be 20-30 boxes of amazing things for you guys to win, but there will also be items that every single person who pre-orders will receive. It’s the biggest and best I’ve yet done! I’ll be sharing more on my social media, so don’t forget to give me a follow there to stay in the loop.

Last but not least, there are two giveaways running until the 18th of April, so if you’d like to win a copy, go here:

That’s it from me!

Love,

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On Isolation

Today was wonderful.

I went to a lake surrounded by pines; I had some earl grey tea, I ate some lunch, and I wrote. I’m working to deadline now, which I couldn’t be happier about. THESE UNCLOSED FEW (TUF) will be with you guys in Fall of 2018 (by the way, it’s up on Goodreads, so why not add it to your TBR?). But right now, this book is still mine. I’m living in the world I’m building, spending time with my characters , and trying to figure out what the heck going on.

All part of the process.

Unlike my other books, TUF demands isolation. My characters are by themselves. There is no-one to help them, no-one to call. They are alone. And because of that, I’ve been shutting myself away. It’s something I need  to do. I don’t mean to be anti-social or hermitic, but I am. I’m not sorry. I’m on a journey.

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I’ve contemplated taking myself off the grid for a while. Renting a tiny house somewhere in some forest with no Wi-fi, no phones and no TV. At this point, the only thing stopping me is my cats! Maybe I’ll take them with me. *ponders*

I thought about buying a camper van and going off somewhere no one’s ever heard off. I thought of flying to the Swiss Alps. I considered everything from Finland to buying a storage crater and locking myself inside of it. But mostly, I daydreamed about a cabin lost in the woods with a stone fireplace and a fifty mile isolation zone surrounding it.

And honestly, aside from this book, I have no reason to want more isolation! I write in a cottage in the hills—it’s plenty isolated. So I have to imagine that it is simply one of those strange things my mind demands in relation to a new book. For example, I could only write at night when I wrote The Dead House. I needed lots of trees while penning And The Trees Crept In / The Creeper Man.

In seeking out this isolation, I even lived and worked in a tent in my garden. It was my sanctuary. I did it in winter and it was glorious. The winds and rain pummelled my tiny shelter every night and I felt completely alone with my characters. And most of the time I wasn’t even putting words on the computer. I was just lying on the floor, imagining. Yes, it was scary, yes it was lonely, and yes, it was cold. Luckily for me, when I got too uncomfortable, I just switched on my torch and ran back to the house for a cup of tea and a cuddle.

But what about true isolation—have any of us actually experienced it? I know I haven’t. And I’m craving it. Those alps, those dark undiscovered forests, those caves and those caverns—they are all so very appealing. I might have to take myself off to the antarctic, eh?

So, while I battle and journey and explore TUF and all the people within it (and the mountain they are stuck on—a very bad mountain I might add), I’ll continue my search for isolation.

And when all of this is done, I wonder who I’ll be.

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Today, at least, I got to lie in the grass, look at the sky and write by a lake. It felt really, really good.

 

So excited about this one, guys.

Dawn, out.

Tomorrow.

 

“All I have is my rage.”

 

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When Silla and her little sister, Nori, escape London and their abusive father, Aunt Cath’s country house feels like a safe haven. Leaving the smog and fear behind, the girls have the love and freedom they never had in their violent home. But slowly, ever so slowly, things begin to unravel.

Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic and spends day and night pacing; every day the surrounding forest inches slowly towards the house; a mysterious boy appears from the enclosing wood offering friendship, and Nori claims that a man watches them from the dark forest. A man with no eyes who creeps ever closer. . .

 

Tomorrow.

I am excited.

I am nervous.

I am thankful.