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HAPPY NEW BOOK OUT!
Here's the first new Ali Sparkes book of 2014... and the last Ali Sparkes book in the UNLEASHED series.
Excited? Me? Yes. Scared? Certainly. The last book in a series - especially a series with so many committed and passionate fans - is always a scary thing for the author. Because I don't know if you'll approve of the way it ends.
For me the ending is exactly as it should be and something I have seen coming since halfway through the preceding SHAPESHIFTER series. To finish the story of the COLAs in any other way would seem wrong.
But I don't know if you'll agree and I'll probably hide under the duvet for the first two weeks of 2014 as the reviews filter through.
All I can say is that although the COLA's story is concluded for now, I never entirely close the door on Dax's world and one day I might return to it. Until then I hope Dax fans will be content to let their own imaginations run riot. There's some fab stuff on www.fanfiction.net which Dax fans have written. I don't look in often but whenever I do I'm always entertained and impressed at how much the young authors contributing have understood my characters and played with them in their own spin off storylines.
SO - what else is coming up in 2014? OOOOOOOH - so MUCH exciting stuff! I can't tell you about it all at once but the highlights look set to be:
* DESTINATION EARTH
Yup, this is a brand new stand alone novel and it has a UNIQUE ingredient which anybody who loves music and lived through the 1980s is going to have a lot of fun with. More on this soon...
* THE MAN IN THE WATER
My first ghost story is set for publication in the autumn. Can't wait to tell you more about this too. Soon. Sooooooon.
* SCRATCH THE RAT'S BAD REPUTATIONS
My first ever NON FICTION book, illustrated by the fabulous Ross Collins and published by Oxford Children's Books. Featuring Scratch from the SWITCH series, it has a rat's eye view of creatures which have bad reputations but don't really deserve them. Out in schools around the world in 2014.
I also start writing a new story for Oxford - THUNDERSTRUCK! Very excited about this one which is inspired by something that happened on Southampton Common more than half a century ago. More on this soon, too.
And for more on my musings about 2013 and what lies ahead in 2014, click on MONTHLY MUSING up on the left. You know you want to...