An Impish Christmas
A Shifter Academy
Young Adult Holiday Rom Com , Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
Pub Date 12 Nov 2019
This Year, Kenzie's going to make Christmas great again. 😉
Kenzie is finally at the Shifter Academy, living her dreams, dating her super hot (and super granola) cat shifter boyfriend. After all the drama of last year, making this Christmas the best ever should be a piece of pie (make that a large slice with extra whipped cream). Right?
When Kenzie’s Christmas plans meet with heavy reluctance, Kenzie’s left holding the decorations all by herself. Oh, except for the impossibly adorable mer guy, who seemed to be on team make-Kenzie’s-life-miserable, now wants to help. What’s with that?
Add to the mix a dash of magic gone awry, and now Kenzie’s chasing a magical imp that’s tearing down all her attempts to jollify the joint.
She’ll need to track down the imp, undo the errant magic, and get everyone in the Christmas spirit before time runs out. Fail, and she could be expelled—or worse, the school might just come crumbling down. Again.
This story is a part of the Shifter Academy world, and occurs about one year following the USA Today bestselling Siren Prophecy series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel. Perfect for fans of heartwarming Christmas shenanigans, like The Grinch, and sweet holiday romantic comedies.
3 stars for me as rather light.
A YA story in the Shifters’ Academy series of
There are some amusing antics of the Imp related
even though I did guess who was the Imp fairly early on. The clues were all
It is a nice setting with a touch of Hogwarts – a hidden railway train
and platforms and all… for the intended audience a 4.
Bad Mother's Holiday
Parenting, Family Humour, Holiday Fiction, Humour
(4 May 2018)
Juliette Duffy is knocked up again. Preggers. Up the duff. To put it another way… whoops.
While she and her new boyfriend Alex get their heads around unexpected parenthood, Juliette is having all the usual pregnancy symptoms: throwing up, indigestion, sciatica, constipation, migraines and brain-fuddling tiredness. Because Mother Nature is a psychopathic old hag.
She needs a distraction and this summer she is determined to get away. Her party-loving mother is demanding the usual Duffy family all-inclusive Greek holiday. Her dad wants to go camping in Norfolk. And Alex? Well, he has asked her on a five-star luxury cruise.
Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
I have young kids so am totally immersed in parent land, and that’s
pretty much what I’m writing about at the moment. Write what you know, they
How many times have you been
rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?
At least 100. Probably more!
Did you need to self-publish on
e-books before a publisher took you up?
I was published first by Hachette, and then self published when my
first novel had lukewarm sales. I learned so much from self publishing – it has
changed my life. Now I publish with two different publishers, but will always
self publish. To me, it’s the difference between homemade cakes, and cakes in
packets. There’s just more love in the homemade kind! And that’s how I see self
publishing. More love, because I really, really care about every aspect of my books.
Would you recommend
self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so,
what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?
Oh my goodness, yes, yes yes. I think every author should self publish
before they go anywhere near a publisher. You learn so much by selling direct
to readers. Even really huge debut authors who’ve sold millions of books don’t
always know how they’ve done it – and fail to be successful with book two. When
you self publish you KNOW why things work. You have to learn fast!
Does writing provide sufficient
income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened?
It does for me – because I self publish. If I only used trad
publishers, I wouldn’t make enough to live on.
What is your favourite genre?
Probably non-fiction! I love learning. Other than that, I just like
really popular books. So whatever genre is hot right now. I’m currently
enjoying domestic noir, but am excited for whatever is around the corner.
Which author had the most
influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?
Sue Townsend. I loved the Adrian Mole books, and what appears to be a
simple style in those books is actually really difficult to do. Sue knows her
characters so well, and can say something both revealing and funny about them
in just a few words. Quite a talent!
In your opinion who is the
funniest author now writing?
Sue Townsend is the funniest writer ever, but she has sadly passed
away. I’ve really enjoyed Sarah Turner, AKA the Unmumsy Mum’s books for
laugh-out-loud value. But I have to say, I haven’t read a really funny book in
a while. Would love some recommendations!
Have you ever tried to imitate
another author’s style? And if so, why?
Yes – when Fifty Shades of Grey came out, I imitated the light,
first-person style for the Ivy Lessons. I loved writing this way and now use
first person for all my books. So much simpler, easier to read and more
What have you done with the
things you wrote when in school?
They’re up in my mum and dad’s loft somewhere J My Mum is a teacher so kept all our old school work, and is always
telling me and my sis how good our handwriting was. I remember writing a poem
about litter that won me a digital watch back in the 1980s, and that’s in the
loft somewhere too.
Which of your books are you most proud of?
I am SO proud of the Ivy Lessons books, because they were my first
mega-bestselling series and they hit the big time as self-published titles.
Which I was so so proud of. BUT! From a literary point of view, I love the Bad
Mother’s Diary books. I feel like they really mean something to do many women,
we can relate to the characters and experiences, and there’s a lot of love!