Happy Christmas, Folks!

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Guess Who’s In Need of a Digital Detox?

From Monday September 25th, I will be digitally detoxing, meaning I’ll be offline through until the publication of Switch It Off! – our paper smartphone, that’s actually an activity book shaped like a phone.

Maybe it’s something you might like to try yourself.

You can check out what the book’s about here.

Or you can visit Swoffler.com, the online community for offline activities & fun, which  has plenty of crafts, adventures, games, gifts & fun to help you hang out more with your family & friends.

Day without smartphone

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Near Hertford? We’re at Hertford Kids’ Fest on Sunday 4th Oct.

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Looking forward to appearing at the brilliant Hertford Children’s Book Festival for our event there on Sunday 4th October – where we’ll be discussing all things Bar HuntHungover Caterpillar & signing copies of our new book, Switch It Off! – “the activity book shaped like a phone”. Get your tickets here.

Hope to see some of you there. Other events on that Sunday include Holly Smale of Geek Girl fame and real actors from the real Paddington film.

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Cover reveal: The Teenager Who Came to Tea.

In the wake of We’re Going on a Bar Hunt and The Very Hungover Caterpillar, we’ve written The Teenager Who Came to Tea, once again illustrated by the brilliant Gillian Johnson.

Here’s a sneak peek of the cover:

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And here’s what our lovely publishers, Little, Brown, have to say:

But the teenager didn’t take just one Pringle. He took a selfie of himself pouring a whole tube of them into his mouth, before sending it to his best mate, along with the letters LOL!

The bestselling authors of We’re Going on a Bar Hunt and The Very Hungover Caterpillar bring you another hilarious parody of a much-loved children’s book, this time turning the spotlight not only on modern teens, but firmly on their parents too.

When the doorbell rings, just as Sophie and her Dad are sitting down for their tea, they’re half-expecting a visit from a tiger, but what slouches in through their doorway is even more curious than that… a teenager.

A perfect read for anyone who remembers the original, or has ever been a teenager or is the parent of a teenager today.

Out on November 5th. Preorder here.

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Talking to @JSLawBooks this Thurs at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, about thriller of the year, Tenacity.

Really looking forward to chatting to James about his (truly) brilliant debut thriller, Tenacity, on Thursday 30th July.

Here’s the cover:

Tenacity

Here’s what it’s about:

Suicide must be investigated.

Especially when a Royal Navy sailor kills himself on a nuclear submarine, only days after his wife’s brutal murder.
Now Lieutenant Danielle Lewis, the Navy’s finest Special Branch investigator, must interrogate the tight-knit, male crew of HMS Tenacity to determine if there’s a link.
Isolated, and standing alone in the face of extreme hostility, Dan soon realises that she may have to choose between the truth and her own survival.
Justice must be served, but with a possible killer on board the pressure is rising and her time is running out…

Tense, dramatic, claustrophobic and brilliant, this is Headline’s crime launch for 2015.

Here’s what I had to say about it:

“Verdict: Author J. S. Law has worked on helicopters, ships and towards the end of his naval career, submarines. He now works providing nuclear training and education to the defence and civil sectors. Tenacity is his debut novel and the first in the Lieutenant Danielle Lewis series. A brilliant debut thriller. Breathlessly plotted. The perfect book to dive into this summer. *****”

But, even better, here’s what Patricia Cornwell said:

“addictively readable”

A better writer, and more succinct too.

Tickets for the event – to be held in the Royal Navy Subamarine Museum in Gosport, no less – are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/launch-of-tenacity-by-js-law-tickets-17466982214

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2 Great Debut Thrillers for Summer – J.S.Law & Saul Black

Tenacity by J. S. Law

Verdict: Author J. S. Law has worked on helicopters, ships and towards the end of his naval career, submarines. He now works providing nuclear training and education to the defence and civil sectors. Tenacity is his debut novel and the first in the Lieutenant Danielle Lewis series. A brilliant debut thriller. Breathlessly plotted. The perfect book to dive into this summer. *****

Tenacity

Here’s the official publisher’s blurb below:

Suicide must be investigated.

Especially when a Royal Navy sailor kills himself on a nuclear submarine, only days after his wife’s brutal murder.

Now Lieutenant Danielle Lewis, the Navy’s finest Special Branch investigator, must interrogate the tight-knit, male crew of HMS Tenacity to determine if there’s a link.

Isolated, and standing alone in the face of extreme hostility, Dan soon realises that she may have to choose between the truth and her own survival.

Justice must be served, but with a possible killer on board the pressure is rising and her time is running out…

The Killing Lessons by Saul Black

Verdict: Possibly the best US thriller I’ve read since The Silence of the Lambs, and in Valerie Hart you’ve got a female protagonist to give Clarice Starling a run for her money too. A startling narrative from start to finish. Heart-stopping. *****

Killing

Here’s the official publisher’s blurb below:

When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper’s isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it’s the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it’s just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done.

For San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart, their trail of corpses – women abducted, tortured and left with a seemingly random series of objects inside them – has brought her from obsession to the edge of physical and psychological destruction. And she’s losing hope of making a breakthrough before that happens.

But the slaughter at the Cooper farmhouse didn’t quite go according to plan. There was a survivor, Rowena’s 10-year-old daughter Nell, who now holds the key to the killings. Injured, half-frozen, terrified, Nell has only one place to go. And that place could be even more terrifying than what she’s running from.

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The Very Hungover Caterpillar gets the Zoella treatment…

Here’s Zoella giving her best pal a copy of The Very Hungover Caterpillar for Christmas…

Right on the five minute mark…

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