Blog Tour: Flexing Your Creative Muscle with Maz Evans

Today, I’ve got Maz Evans here as part of her Who Let the Gods Out blog tour (see below for more on the fab Greek-mythology-based romp for 9+) As our heartfelt New Year promises to nurture physical muscles languish at the bottom of a selection box, I propose that now is a good time to turn […]

UKYACX Blog Tour Post: Killing Books from Dan Smith

It’s almost time for this year’s UKYACX event (formerly known as the UKYA/UKMG Extravaganza). This year, it’s headed north to Newcastle. I’ve been to the last two and they have been brilliant experiences.  A day celebrating reading and writing for young people: what could be better? To celebrate this fantastic event, two blog tours are running simultaneously, […]

Guest Post from Emma Carroll, author of Strange Star: Why Gothic Fiction Is Still Relevant Today

Today I’m very pleased to welcome Emma Carroll to the Hearthfire. She’s here for the last stop on her blog tour for the fabulously gothic middle grade novel Strange Star, inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and highly recommended. It could be the blurb for a YA novel: a group of friends on holiday, a thunderstorm, a […]

URTS blog tour: Where I Write by Louise Gornall, author of Under Rose-Tainted Skies

I am so excited to have the fabulous Louise Gornall, author of the equally fabulous Under Rose-Tainted Skies here today (and it’s the first day of my summer holiday today – how symbolically freedom-celebrating is that?). If you haven’t heard of this book, (where have you been?) there is some info at the end of […]

Rewriting the World: Fantasy and Social Issues (YA Shot Blog Tour with Ellen Renner)

Are you aware of the YA Shot event? It’s a fantastic Arts Council-sponsored event taking place next week in celebration of libraries and young people’s literature. 71 YA and MG writers are appearing in 3 venues across Uxbridge on Wednesday 28th October. There is also a programme of blogging and vlogging workshops for those who want to learn […]

The True Face Curriculum by Siobhan Curham

Siobhan Curham is on a mission to help teens find their true selves, with her fabulous book True Face, which came out last week. I’m so happy to have her guest posting here at the Hearthfire today. I asked her what her dream curriculum would look like (and I so wish we could implement this […]

Following Your Inner Compass: Q & A with author Andrew Norriss

Andrew Norriss’s brilliant new Middle Grade (9-12+) book, Jessica’s Ghost, is out now and I highly recommend it. We are fortunate enough to have Andrew visiting the hearthfire today to answer a few questions about this book and his interesting writing career (did you know his other writing includes sitcom The Brittas Empire and kids’ TV […]

UKYA Extravaganza Blog Tour: Q&A with Alan Gibbons

As you may know, there is a very special event taking place on the last day of this month: the UKYA extravaganza, with 35 UK authors of YA books at Waterstones Birmingham. Tickets sold out within 24 hours, and it looks like this will be the first of many, rather than a one-off event. Today the […]

Mothers in Hidden Among Us and The Hidden Princess – guest post from Katy Moran

Today, Katy Moran, author of Hidden Among Us and The Hidden Princess, is here to talk about mothers in YA novels and specifically in her Hidden duo. If you haven’t read these novels, I would definitely recommend them. Mothers are often necessarily absent from YA fiction. Usually, you can’t get your heroine or hero into the […]

Top Five Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Essentials: Blog Tour Post from April Tucholke

Today we are fortunate to be one of the stops on April Tucholke’s blog tour celebrating the publication of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (see previous post for review, but short version: it’s a cracker). I’ve been enjoying these list-themed posts. Check out the banner opposite to see where to go if you’ve […]

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