Friday, December 31, 2010

Far Flung adventures by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell...


The Far Flung adventures is a very different series from any you'll have read, unless you've read this series, there are three books in the series:
Fergus Crane.
Corby Flood.
Hugo Pepper.

I own all three of the books, and I have read them multiple times because they are just so amazing!
Being such an amazingly fantastic series, it makes it very hard to describe the books, but I'll try briefly describing the first book; Fergus Crane.
Well Fergus lives in The Archduke Ferdinand Apartments with his mother, who is quite teary since his father was lost at sea.
They are rather poor and his mother Home School's Fergus; which he loves more than anything! But then the Betty Jeanne School ship offers him a scholarship on board his mother takes it at once, she hardly has time in the day to teach him herself.
But the Betty Jeanne isn't all it seems, it's worse!
An amazing adventure follows, and I know that as soon as you turn the first page and read about Fergus's mother's legendary Florentine's, you'll be a fan and a big fan too!

What I thought:

Quite simply amazing! Paul and Chris have the most amazing way to writing and illustrating together and when they describe things you can basically see them right in front of you! Especially the food items!
I adored the series in it's whole and it's the kind of book you can read again and again! It's just Brilliant!

Happy reading and writing!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones...

A young lady, Sophie Hatter, is turned into an old woman with a strange spell. A mysterious magician who is a little bizzare, quite charming and also rather annoying, finds her as the addition to his magic castle, and soon, with the help of a firey-fire demon called Calcifer, the adventure really begins.

What I thought:
I read the book after watching the amazing anime film version (which you must see as it is amazingly amazing!) and I was amazed at how different it was from the film, they are both just extraordinary!
Howl is very vain in both versions, more so in the book I think and it is amazing how different the story's are! And it is also in a series! Book 2 is called Castle in the Air and Book 3 is House of Many ways, they all have Howl and Sophie in them, but the 2&3 they aren't just about them, the story goes on to others! And all are well worth reading!

How are your holidays going? What are you most excitable about for next year?
Keep reading and Writing!
And guess what? I've started a new story! It's about a fox and a teenager girl, their relationship; how they are friends! I love writing it!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Plans for 2011...

After a magnificent Christmas time I thought I'd write a little about my plans for 2011; here you are then!

Lots of Writing.
Lots of Reading.
Lots of Blogging.
Lots of Getting better.
I'll be deciding what I'll be doing, as in what I want to be; but that will not be exactly decided next year.
Lots of being happy. (2010 had a lot of awesome times for me, but a lot of very hard times; and I was sick for most of the year to boot... I will not be letting you back in cold and general unwellness!)
Lots of interesting stuff.
Lots of new things such as: Boxing, new stories, new books to read, doing a few different things.
Lots of no grumpyness.
And probably lots of Change too! And you will be here to hear about it all! And I'll be here to hear about all about what will be happening with you! I can't wait! 2011 is a very promising year! And I'll be turning 15 in March too! On the 13th! How cool! When I turned 13, about a century ago, it was on Friday the 13; 13 on the 13, and a Friday as well! I was so hippity happity about it!

Toodles and write and read all through your holidays!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry C... oh isn't my short hand amazing?

I am just writing a super dooper quick post, though I doubt it will be by the time I'm done!
Well Merry Christmas and have a hippity happity hoppity new year! I'm going away for a bit, so lots of reading and writing and relaxing! And also blogging to all of you; I won't forget, promise!
Merry Christmas! And thank you all so very much for coming and reading my posts and commenting; I love hearing from you! And looking at my stats is always so nice, seeing where all of you are from! All over the World!
Well have a wonderous christmas; comment and tell me all about it!
Romi.xxxxxxxxoooooooo (kisses and cuddles forever!)
P.S. I recently looked at a blog that I follow and it had this awesome list of words the author loves and would love to say more, so I hope you don't mind Hills and Corkscrews, but I'm going to do the same as it's such a fantasticly awesome idea!


Hullo! (Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie sounding!)
What a bunch! (Funnily)
Loopkin. (No idea what that means!)
Sorry. (It can be used in so many ways...)
Quote on Quote.

Well that is all! What words do you all love?
Have a bril, yet another cool word, christmas and new year! Keep your reading and writing up!
Love, yet again, Romi.xxooxxoo

Thursday, December 23, 2010

This is what four authors are most looking forward to....

I sent email's to a couple of authors asking "What are you most excited about for christmas?"; these are there reply's:

"I'm most excited about about doing nothing but eating and lazing and
smiling all day!"

Was Lucy Christopher, author of Stolen and Flyaway

"Hm, difficult question. I don't do much at Christmas. I guess what I like most is the long slow days and the holiday feel. Oh yes, and I REALLY like Christmas carols!"

Was Lian Tanner's answer.

For Christmas I am most excited to give presents...I got everyone in my family some great presents and I can't wait to see them open them!
Was Suzanne LaFleur's answer.

Everything, I adore Christmas and this year my family is all dressing up on Christmas Eve in a type of formal, formal from any era, I have an awesome vintage dress! I can't wait to wear it! And also opening/giving presents, the holidays; everything!!!

Was MY answer!

What about you? Please let me know!
Write away!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pictures that make me smile...

I'll be adding more later, as I took so very many! But these are all from my home, my family all made our very first Ginger Bread House, I adore it!
Post your own smiley pictures on your blogs, I'd love to see them!

My next novel is about to take off...

When I was nearing the end of my last book, I was lying in bed and I had the idea for my next book, I got up and quickly wrote two words on a notepad that was on my desk and the next morning, upon seeing it, I remembered all the idea's from the night before.
My plan is for it to be a tale set in the time of the gods, there is a girl and a boy, the boy is in love with a goddess, the girl wants him to put right what he's done.
It may sound a tad confusing, but I don't want to give too much away at the present time!

Has anyone here heard of The Search for WondLa? It's by the man who helped create the realm of Spiderwick; Tony DiTerlizzi and I adore the cover! It's so cool!

I've got it from the library at the moment and I'm up to chapter 8, it's such a great book, very different from the any other kind of book that is currently around; it's similar to Spiderwick and also to the Edge Chronicles, I just love it so far!
It's about Eva Nine, she's lived a life in captivity (for her own good apparently, well that's what the robot who bought her up says, she's called Muthr) and only when disaster hits her Sanctuary does she go out into the real world, though it seems far from real; but she's alone, and doesn't know what to do...
It's a must read so far, so go and read it!

Well Toodles everybody!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Extremely Special Q&A with...

Suzanne LaFleur, author of "Love, Aubrey"!
Thank you so much for this Q&A Suzanne, it is amazing!
You can contact Suzanne via her website, Here.
Ok, here we go, enjoy everyone!

*How long did it take you to write Love, Aubrey?

11 months, plus a little time for editing with the publishing house.
*Did you use an agent?

Yes! I have a wonderful agent.
*In a film version, who would you have playing Aubrey?

I have no idea! I don't keep up with stars and movies the way I do authors and books... I don't imagine there is anyone out there who is just like Aubrey the way I picture her.
*Who are you closest to in Love, Aubrey?

I am definitely closest to Aubrey, because during the writing process I had to see the world through her eyes and live in her thoughts.
*Do a lot of people ask for your autograph?

Plenty of people do...sometimes it's at a place that makes sense, like at a book-signing...sometimes it's outside of the school where I work when everyone is trying to go home! It's definitely an interesting transition, to suddenly have people wanting your autograph!
*What inspired you to write Love, Aubrey?

In one way, I was taking a writing class and needed to write 
something.  I hadn't felt good about what I had been writing in the class I took before that and was starting a new semester with a new teacher who I heard would be really tough. So I wanted to write something I felt really good about. Aubrey was just there, seemingly out of nowhere. The story started for me where it starts for the reader...with Aubrey living alone and with Savannah I wrote to found out what had happened. When I look back on my life during that time, I think I was writing about things I was afraid grandmother had just lost her sister and I was very worried about what she was feeling, and I couldn't imagine losing someone from my own immediate family.
*How is your second book coming along?

Great! It's actually's called 
Eight Keys. We are heading into the stage where the book layout is set and then my editors and I will read through another time to check for last-minute details to fix.
*When is it expected to be out?

August 2011 in the US, and within a few weeks of that time everywhere else.
*Do you get lots of fan mail?

It feels like quite a bit to me. I get somewhere between twelve and twenty emails a week. I try to reply every week or every other week. I get letters, too, but fewer, perhaps half a dozen a month, and usually I'll reply to all the letters once a month. Like being asked for my autograph, I kind of can't believe people want to write to 
*What are some of your hobbies?

I love reading, swimming, cooking, going for walks, traveling, playing video and computer games...
*Did you always want to be an author?

Almost always! I decided "officially" when I was nine that I wanted to be an author...before that, I thought maybe I would be a teacher (I am an assistant teacher now, too) and also for a while I was very interested in being an artist--the drawing/painting kind of artist. I made my first money from art by selling a marker picture of an abstract guitar to my godmother when I was about seven--I made five cents.
*What are some of your favourite books?

I love 
The Giver and the Anastasia books by Lois Lowry, Walk Two Moons and other books by Sharon Creech, the Harry Potter books, the Lemony Snicket books, and The Never-Ending Story by Michael Ende.
*Do you do lots of interviews?

Not too many! Just once in a while.
*Why do you write?

Mostly because it's fun. I recently taught my first-grade class a few fiction-writing lessons and I told them I am a professional "make-stuff-up-er." I have always loved reading for the opportunity to visit another world, even if it's a realistic world through the eyes of someone else, but it's another degree of intensity when you are actually building the world and characters yourself.
I specifically write children's books because when I was growing up a lot of adults seemed to think kids' books were not true literature and not very important. I disagreed with both of those ideas and wanted to write great kids' books to prove them wrong.
*Did Love, Aubrey make you sad when you were writing it?

Only on a couple rare occasions. I think I cried just twice...once in an intense scene (I won't say for fear of spoiling!) and once at the very end, because I was done writing.
*What similarities are there between you and any of the other characters in Love, Aubrey?

I actually think I am a lot like Gram. I often take the approach with my students that they can handle a lot more than you might think they can if you just give them the opportunity to try. I actually love to give them a list of work or activities and just see what they can do with it! I like to watch them grow and move forward, and to help them do that as much as I can.

Well there you go! I hope everyone loved it! Just as much as I enjoyed the whole thing! (Talking with Suzanne, asking the questions, reading the answers, posting it for you... the list is endless!
Thank you again for this amazing Q&A,  I can't wait to read Eight Keys!

Keep Writing and Reading,

P.P.S. Guess what? I've finished my longer story! It didn't make it quite as long as I'd have liked, but I couldn't write it longer then it wanted to go, so I'm more then happy with it!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

My 2011 booklist...

I have decided to make a long list of books that I want to read in 2011, I can't wait to start! But I won't just be reading these books, there will be heaps of library ones, new releases ect. but I wanted to have a list of some I know about!
Ok, here we go! (Oh, and this is not in any order either)

The Odyssey by Homer. (I wonder who Homer was...)

Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

The Hollow Tree by Jacob G. Rosenberg.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

A series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket.

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London.

White Fang by Jack London.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

Matched by Ally Condie.

The City of Lies by Lian Tanner.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgern.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (She also wrote 101 Dalmations!)

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend.

Number the Start by Lois Lowrey.

Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Hunch Back of Notre Dam by Victor Hugo.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.

Tales from the Arabian Nights (Various authors)

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Vern.

The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo.

A Room With A View by E. M. Forester.

Clarice Bean Don't Look Now by Lauren Child.

Amelia Dee and The Peacock Lamp by Odo Hirsch.

A Song For Summer by Eva Ibbotson.

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield.

Ok, Well I may add a few more here and there through 2011, but that is my list!

Well I hope you like it!
Oh, and I finished Pride and Prejudice! It was amazing!

Friday, December 17, 2010


Well, I've almost finished Pride and Prejudice, my mother read it last Summer and loved it and I'm absolutely obsessed with any film adaption of it, that type of novel really draws me in; such as:
Little Dorrit.
Most Austen books.

I just love the era and the style; the book is just fantastic, it's quite different in some places, I adore it! Hopefully I'll finish it this weekend, or today, I'm not bothered!
My favourite characters are Elizabeth and Darcy (naturally), Lizzie's such a believer in her rights and true love and also her opinions, and Darcy is at first not too pleasant, slightly smouldering, and then absolutely amazing! He's awesome! I can't wait until they meet again!

Wickham and Miss Bingley are my least favourites, I despise them!

And isn't the cover just a picture? I love it so much!
Oh, and my long story is going really well, the end is nigh as they say! (Who are they, anyhow?)
But yes, it's going smoulderingly well (I have that word imprinted in my mind now) and I'm just loving every minute of it, maybe soon I'll reveal more for you, because you are fantasticly amazing and I thank you again for supporting me! x
Have I mentioned at all that I have tonsillitis? Well I do, and it's not good; but when ever I can I write and that takes my mind into the story, and luckily the main doesn't have it also; thank gosh!

Well toodles my popkins!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Some cool competitions!

You, yep you, can win a copy of Kim Harrington's latest novel; Clarity.
It sounds awesome and I advise you to enter; what is better then free books? More free books! And the love that your family gives you.
Another website that has a booky competition is This one!
And one I just, just found This Beth Revis (Author of upcoming YA novel Across the Universe) competition! It is EPIC! (100 prizes! ooh......)

And This is a list of new authors that are soon being published (mostly YA novels!)
Enter enter enter! (And read my other posts!)
P.S. Oh, and please go onto this website, it's called Free Rice and by working out what words mean you get rice which gets sent to people in need, it's amazing! Get the word around, please blog about it, or just tell anyone you know! (Including your entire extended family)

Flyaway by Lucy Christopher...

Synopsis: A story about a girl who faces hardships and tries to overcome them with the help of a wryly charming boy and a flock of swans.

What I thought:
I loved Flyaway, it's got quite short and easy chapters, it's full of sadness and feeling and it's wonderfully written.
Every chapter pulls you right in and I really felt like I was always with Isla, helping her along the way; it is just a fantastic book!

Keep your writing and reading up,

Friday, December 10, 2010

Writing thoughts and questions.

Well I just wanted to give you another update on my writing, it's going very well, a little but slowly but well!
I'm very happy with the rate I'm writing my longish novel, I like leaving it on my desk and then coming back and adding something to it, and I've also written little notes (In rather huge handwriting) through the notepad (I hardly never write stories on the computer, I didn't before but last year our family laptop got stolen (grrr) with an unfinished story I was working on only on the computer, that put me slightly off) because I think it is so much nicer to write in a notepad and then put it on the computer later, and I also may have a huge spurt of inventiveness and think of something to add to my story and someone else may be on the computer.
And handwriting enthrals me! A handwritten story seems so much more tender and niceish! (I'm all into my unusual words today, aren't I?!)
And I've just made it to my first note of encouragement, which is absolutely lovely and encouraging! I've written notes like: Keep going, get it done because you really want to and have a magnum as a treat!
So they're pretty groovy!

Well I'll write soon!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Special, very very Special interview with...

Lian Tanner, has ever so kindly done an interview with me for this very blog! How lucky are we? In the EXTREME high levels of LUCKYNESS!!!
Lian Tanner is the Tasmanian author of  "The Keepers: Museum of Thieves", one of my all time absolute favourite books! (Which I also got as a proof copy to review!)
This is the interview; Thank you so, so much Lian!
Enjoy everybody!

R: How long did it take you to write The Museum of Thieves?

L: It took me three years and nearly twenty drafts. 

R:Where did you get the idea for the story from?

L: There were two major ideas behind Museum of Thieves. One was the idea of overprotected children, and the other was the museum itself. The idea about overprotected children came about because people were talking about it in the Australian media, plus there was a young boy in my street who was very overprotected, and I noticed how hopeless he was at doing the things that other children in the street could do, like climbing trees. The idea about the museum came from an article I read about the Hermitage Museum in Russia. There was an interview with one of the museum's curators, and he said something about the museum was so big that, when you were inside it, time seemed to stand still. The whole book sprang from those two things.

R: Had you always wanted to be a writer?

L: I've always loved both reading and writing, and when I was a kid I really wanted to be able to write the sort of books that I read. I also wanted to be a vet, and to breed Arab horses.

R: What were some of your first jobs?

L: My very first job was working in the corner shop when I was still at school. Then, the first time I went to University, I dropped out halfway through and did jobs like working in a spinning mill and picking strawberries. I hated it so much that I went back to Uni and finished my science degree. My first job that went for any length of time was teaching in Papua New Guinea, after I finished Uni. 

R: Did you use an agent?

L: Yes. Partly because I wasn't sure which publisher would be best for the book, and partly to speed up the process of finding a publisher. The whole thing is a lot quicker if you have an agent.

R: How long did it take to find Allen and Unwin?

L: My agent, Margaret Connolly, put the book up for auction shortly after I sent it to her, and we had offers from four different publishers. Allen and Unwin were one of them. So it only took a couple of weeks! 

R: How long was it before your book was ready to be put out for sale?

L: About a year and a half. We had to negotiate a timetable that allowed time for me to write the next two books in the trilogy, and still left enough lead time for the publishers to bring the books out once a year.

R: What is your favourite thing about writing?

L: For me, writing is like reading, only better. I love the bit when I'm first starting to think about a book, and ideas are jumping up and down shouting 'Choose me, choose me!' But I also love the later stages, when I'm actually writing the story, and unexpected things happen. And later still, when I'm editing, and I can feel things falling into place.

R: Have you always written stories?

L: Yes, ever since I was quite small. It's something I've always loved doing. It's very satisfying, creating something out of nothing.

R: Is there any news on your second book?

L: The second book, City of Lies, is now finished and with the various publishers, in Australia and overseas. So I'm starting to receive sketches of covers and of the characters, which is really exciting. The US cover looks as if it is going to be wonderful, and the character sketches are just gorgeous. Some of them are of characters that people already know, like Goldie, Toadspit and Bonnie. But others are completely new, so it's really interesting seeing what the artist, Sebastian Ciaffaglione, has done with them.

R: Have you been invited to lots of book signings and talks?

L: Yes, but have only been able to accept a few so far because I've been so busy getting the second book finished. I had a trip to the US earlier this year, and a trip to India in November, and they were both very exciting. There are a few things coming up in the new year as well.

R: Has anyone come up to you in the street and asked for an autograph?

L: No, but when I was walking to the shop the other day a boy stopped me and said, 'I'm halfway through your book and loving it. When I go to bed at night I feel as if I'm really in the museum.' 
That's the sort of thing that warms an author's heart!

R: Who would you have star in a film version of The Museum of Thieves?

L: I have no idea! I'd be interested to hear suggestions from people who have read it.

R: What are your favourite books?

L: Favourite children's books:
'The Power of Three' by Diana Wynne Jones
'The Sea of Trolls' by Nancy Farmer
Favourite YA:
The Thief of Attolia series by Megan Whalen Turner

R: What is one of your hobbies?

L: Talking to stray dogs.

You can visit the Keepers website Here 

Thank you so very much Lian!

Keep reading and Writing!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Review of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and MArgaret Stohl.


Ethan Wate has lived in Gailtin all of his life, nothing ever changes, he's on the basketball team, he hangs out with the cool people and he doesn't want anything more but to have his mother back again; that is, until Lena turns up.
She is an outsider, a stranger in the town and worst of all, Macon Ravenwood's (the town's recluse) niece... that and Ethan has been dreaming about her for the past months, dreams that are more real than life, dreams of him not being able to hold on, dreams that smell of Lemons and Rosemary and dreams that are freaky as whenever he wakes from one, he is covered in mud.

What happens when the girl of your dreams (literally) is a bit gothic, not in the popular girls good book and you seem to be falling for her?
I guess you'll have to wait and find out!

What I thought:

Beautiful Creatures is by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl; I got it as a thank you for signing up to Between the Lines and I finally got had a space in my pile of books to see what I thought of it.
I wasn't sure if it would be my type of book, I guess I thought it might be a bit too romancey and just not my type of thing; but it surprised me, yes I thought it had a little Bit too much kissing, not over the top but some bits could've been left out in my mind, but I really liked it! I thought it was very well written, the storyline was really intriguing and I just enjoyed reading it.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Some of my latest writing;

I've set myself the task of writing a long story, I'm going really well with it too!
I started doing  NaNoWriMo but I only heard about it halfway through and then the story I started writing for it couldn't go any further, I think I had written all of the story I could... I finished it sort of, I think I should do some more polishing on it, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.
Well anyway, the long story I'm writing now is about a girl who works out she isn't who she wants to be; I'm currently helping her on her way to fixing that. ( :
AND at the same time I'm writing book 4 of my other series, so I'm quite busy actually! But I love being busy, busy, busy! It's fun! (Like tidying, I really like to tidy!)
Well I really just wanted to keep you up to date with my writing, but I don't think this will be a very long post if I finish it here, and I'd quite like it to be decently long so I'll write of 3 other things too!
First is inspiration; it's a funny thing, how it works, you can see something one day and it may not make a huge difference to you and how you see things, but you may see it the ext day in a different light and it will just make you want to write about something quite miraculous! (Or dance about or take pictures or anything else)
What are your inspirations, your very latest ones and some that are always there? I'd love to hear about them!

Second is... well I got a massively different haircut! It used to be about my shoulders and now it is very, very short! I would love to describe it but I think it would be far too hard and wouldn't do the haircut and fantastic hairdresser who did the cut any justice so; I just adore it! Thank you very much hairdresser!

And thirdly is a very exciting announcement! I'm going to have a very special author Q&A posted soon! I can't wait for it!

Well this is a very nice length for a post, so farewell and keep writing!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Life on the Refrigerator door...

What I thought:
I read Life on the Refrigerator door in one day, after reading The worst thing she ever did (also by Kuipers) I was really eager to read some more of her work, this book was similar in some ways, but completely different in others, it made me feel like I really needed to grab life and enjoy every second of it! An amazingly powerful book of notes, that make you want to cry, shake your head and do something.
Alice's style of writing and getting the point through is just gob smackingly amazing!

Also by Alice:
The worst thing she ever did (Lost for words is it's U.S title.).

Thanks for coming by and keep writing;

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Review of The Giver by Lois Lowry.

What I thought:
On the cover of my copy of The Giver an author has stated that "It will haunt you  days after you've turned the last page" and that is exactly what happened to me.
I was thrown into an entirely new kind of writing and story, a story that is amazingly written and heart wrenching at the same moment.
If you plan to read this book, make sure you'll be fully ready for it, and don't try to read for a few days after you've finished it, because it will still be with you; I think I even had a dream about it one day.

The Giver is an amazing book written by an amazing author and I am ashamed to say, I haven't read any more of her work yet.
The Giver is book one in a series (I only just found that out! How funny!), it is followed by Gathering Blue and the last book in the series is called Messenger.
And it is also rumored that a movie is being made! How cool!

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think!