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At last – New England Crush!

It’s taken a bit longer than I thought, but it’s finally done – New England CrushNEC front Latest, the second book in my contemporary YA series, is out now!

I’ve chosen to publish this under my other name, Pia Fenton, as I wanted to distinguish my YA titles from my adult historical/time slip novels.  As I have self-published this time, it kind of felt right to do it under a different name.  The lovely cover – as always, thanks to talented Berni Stevens for that! – shows both in order to (hopefully) avoid confusion.

Book 1, New England Rocks, featured Rain Mackenzie, an English girl forced to attend an American high school for a year because of being expelled from her posh boarding school back home.  New England Crush is the story of her younger sister, Raven, who follows in big sis’s footsteps, although against her will.

Here’s what it’s all about:-

Crushing on the wrong boy – why does it feel so right?

Raven Mackenzie has finally settled into her posh British boarding school when her parents decide she has to attend an American high school for a year just because her older sister enjoyed it – so unfair!

Being a newcomer is never easy, but to her surprise she’s befriended by a group of Goths. She’s teased about her accent and English ways by others, but with the support of friends it’s easy to cope. In fact, everything would be perfect if she wasn’t crushing on the one boy she can’t have – a jock whose current girlfriend will fight for him by fair means or foul (well, mostly foul!)

Liam Donnelly is easy-going and has never given much thought to his friends’ cliquey behaviour. But when new girl Raven quite literally falls into his arms, and his friends do everything they can to keep them apart, he starts to wonder – what’s up with that?

I had a lot of fun writing this so I hope readers will enjoy it just as much!

Buy links:-

Ebook: http://www.amazon.co.uk/England-Crush-Northbrooke-High-Book-ebook/dp/B00OYLB636/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418492749&sr=1-1&keywords=new+england+crush

Paperback: http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-England-Crush-Northbrooke-High/dp/1503096351/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418859091&sr=1-1

Catching Up and Cover Reveal

I’m ashamed to see I haven’t posted on the blog for over a month!  But it’s been a manically busy summer for me and there just never seem to be enough hours in the day.  Perhaps I need better time management?  Or just less work 🙂

At the moment I’m working on the edits for my next novel, The Secret Kiss of Darkness, and this reminded me that I haven’t done a cover reveal for it yet.  So here it is – tah-dah!  Yet another triumph for Choc Lit’s cover designer, Berni Stevens – I love the deep, dark red!

The Secret Kiss of Darkness is a time slip novel and here is the blurb to give you an idea of the story:-

Must forbidden love end in heartbreak?

Kayla Sinclair knows she’s in big trouble when she almost bankrupts herself to buy a life-size portrait of a mysterious eighteenth century man at an auction.

Jago Kerswell, inn-keeper and smuggler, knows there is danger in those stolen moments with Lady Eliza Marcombe, but he’ll take any risk to be with her.

Over two centuries separate Kayla and Jago, but when Kayla’s jealous fiancé presents her with an ultimatum, and Jago and Eliza’s affair is tragically discovered, their lives become inextricably linked thanks to a gypsy’s spell. Kayla finds herself on a quest that could heal the past, but what she cannot foresee is the danger in her own future.

Will Kayla find heartache or happiness?

It’s due to be published by Choc Lit in February 2014, but should be available as an e-book before then.

In the meantime, New England Rocks has been well and truly launched and my talented daughter has helped me create some lovely character bookmarks to use as giveaways for reviewers, bloggers and competition winners.  If you’d like some, let me know!

Hope you’ve all had a great summer!

Must forbidden love end in heartbreak?

Kayla Sinclair knows she’s in big trouble when she almost bankrupts herself to buy a life-size portrait of a mysterious eighteenth century man at an auction.

Jago Kerswell, inn-keeper and smuggler, knows there is danger in those stolen moments with Lady Eliza Marcombe, but he’ll take any risk to be with her.

Over two centuries separate Kayla and Jago, but when Kayla’s jealous fiancé presents her with an ultimatum, and Jago and Eliza’s affair is tragically discovered, their lives become inextricably linked thanks to a gypsy’s spell. Kayla finds herself on a quest that could heal the past, but what she cannot foresee is the danger in her own future.

Will Kayla find heartache or happiness?

Meeting my YA readers

There is nothing better for an author than meeting your readers and this week I had the great pleasure of meeting some of my young adult readers for the first time at Heartlands High School in Wood Green, London!

HHS is a fairly new school and I was extremely impressed when I went on a tour of the buildings with the lovely librarian, Helen Swinyard.  The campus had everything the students could possibly need and I loved the differently coloured ‘houses’ (the school is divided into houses to encourage a spirit of competition among the students).  The emphasis is on learning and enjoying learning, and I found all the students I talked to very articulate and well informed.

Some of the Year 9 girls had been reading my book, New England Rocks, and Helen had invited me to come and chat to them about it.  It was great to hear the girls’ thoughts and we discussed things like what their perfect hero would be like – I have a feeling the boys at HHS are going to find it hard to live up to the girls’ high standards!  But they’ve given me some good pointers for my next book 🙂

We compared UK schools to the American system and all the girls said they’d love a chance to attend a US school for a year, just to try it out.  And we discussed cover art and how they perceived different covers.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and hope to be able to go back there soon – many thanks to Helen and the girls for making me feel so welcome!

New England Rocks on Kindle!

Today New England Rocks is released on Kindle and other ebook formats will follow shortly – yeah!

I had such fun writing this book as it took me back to my teenage years and especially the time I spent at the American School in Japan, Tokyo (ASIJ).  Those were great times and we had a blast being expats on the loose in Japan!  Because we were all foreigners together we bonded in a special way and when I met up with some of my fellow alumni a couple of years ago, the bond was still there.  Huge thanks for inspiring me to write this, guys – I hope to see you all soon again!

Meanwhile, here’s the blurb for New England Rocks:-

First impressions, how wrong can you get?

When Rain Mackenzie is expelled from her British boarding school, she can’t believe her bad luck. Not only is she forced to move to New England, USA, she’s also sent to the local high school, as a punishment.

Rain makes it her mission to dislike everything about Northbrooke High, but what she doesn’t bank on is meeting Jesse Devlin…

Jesse is the hottest guy Rain’s ever seen and he plays guitar in an awesome rock band!

There’s just one small problem …  Jesse already has a girlfriend, little miss perfect Amber Lawrence, who looks set to cause trouble as Rain and Jesse grow closer.

But, what does it matter? New England sucks anyway, and Rain doesn’t plan on sticking around…

Does she?

One of my talented daughters has designed these fab character bookmarks to go with this novel and I’ll be giving them out at talks and signings!  There will be more to come as well …

Kindle UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-England-Rocks-Choc-ebook/dp/B00DRLAILU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372971005&sr=1-1

Kindle US – http://www.amazon.com/New-England-Rocks-Choc-ebook/dp/B00DRLAILU/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372971137&sr=1-1&keywords=new+england+rocks

Cover Reveal

If you have visited the Choc Lit Author’s Corner recently, some of you may have noticed that the banner at the top has changed to show some of the lovely new covers for Choc Lit books coming out this year.  One of them is mine so I thought I’d do a proper ‘cover reveal’ today to show it in all its glory.  Here it is, the cover for New England Rocks!

New England Rocks is a completely new departure for me – the first in a series of Young Adult contemporary stories set in, yes, you guessed it, New England, USA.  I wanted a change from writing historicals with all the research that entails, so I decided to have a go at the YA genre instead and this is the result.  I have to admit I had a lot of fun writing this as it took me down memory lane to my own teenage years.  I hope readers will enjoy it as well!

Here is the blurb:-

First impressions, how wrong can you get?

When Rain Mackenzie is expelled from her British boarding school, she can’t believe her bad luck. Not only is she forced to move to New England, USA, she’s also sent to the local high school as a punishment.

Rain makes it her mission to dislike everything about Northbrooke High, but what she doesn’t bank on is meeting Jesse Devlin …

Not only is Jesse the hottest guy Rain’s ever seen, he also plays guitar in an awesome rock band.

There’s just one small problem …  Jesse already has a girlfriend, little miss perfect Amber Lawrence, who looks set to cause trouble as Rain and Jesse get closer.

But, what does any of it matter? New England sucks anyway, and Rain doesn’t plan on sticking around …

Does she?