2018 Highlights

Wow, to say 2018 was massive is an understatement! It’s been so incredible to share this journey with you all, and to meet many of you along the way! Some of the highlights from the last 12 months include:

– Releasing GRAEVALE in February:

– Releasing WHISPER (internationally) in May:

– Releasing WE THREE HEROES in September:

– Being invited to all three Supanova tours and having the chance to chat with such wonderful readers. Also spending time with inspirational authors and even emceeing for wonders such as Terry Brooks and Victoria Aveyard:


– Receiving amazing international early reviews for WHISPER:


– AKARNAE voted in at #3 on the Dymocks Top 50 Kids list for 2018 (behind Jess Townsend’s NEVERMOOR and J.K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER)

– Wrote the sequel to WHISPER (title reveal and release date coming soon!)

– Wrote #SuperSecretProject (official announcement coming next month!)

– Received unbelievable endorsement quotes from some of my fave authors – Sarah J. Maas, James Dashner, Maria V. Snyder, Terry Brooks, Trudi Canavan, Juliet Marillier and others (SO SURREAL)

– Had all five of my books take out the top five spots of the top ten bestsellers list (😱):


– Seeing astounding fan art from seriously talented artists! 😍

– Sold audio rights to Audible, with both Akarnae and Raelia already released, and the others currently in production (with SUPER exciting casting news coming soon)

– Having the best agent (Victoria Wells Arms), the best Aus publisher (Ali Green) and the best Aus publicist (Anabel Pandiella), all of whom have gone over and above for me this year. I would be rocking in the corner without you guys!

– Last but DEFINITELY not least, being ranked as the #1 Bestselling Aus YA author for 2018 (mind blown!!)

2019 is already shaping up to be even more massive, with the release of
VARDAESIA in Feb, as well as the sequel to Whisper and #SuperSecretProject (the latter two of which I can’t wait to share more news soon!!). There’s also a few other seriously incredible things happening and I’m SO EXCITED for the day when I can share!! As always, thank you SO much to all of you for making this year so memorable. Here’s to a brilliant 2019 – for us all!!

Vardaesia Cover Reveal!

I’m SO excited to share the cover for VARDAESIA — the sixth and final book in The Medoran Chronicles, coming February 18th! 

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And the full cover: 

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Pre-orders (with international shipping options) are now available from: https://www.panterapress.com.au/product/vardaesia/

Top 5 of the Top 10!!!

So this happened last week and I’m still in a state of shock!! To have all five of my books not only on this amazing Books+Publishing list, but to be taking out the top positions, is just mind blowing!!! Thank you soooo much to everyone who has bought a copy of any of my books and helped make this happen!!!

WE THREE HEROES – Chapter Sampler

The next book in my bestselling YA fantasy series, THE MEDORAN CHRONICLES, is releasing on August 29th, and I’m so thrilled to be able to share a teaser for what readers can look forward to!

Here’s the cover and the blurb for a little more information (click on the image to zoom):

As for the chapter sampler, click on the link below to read a few pages from each of the three novellas contained within the book.

PLEASE NOTE: This sampler is full of spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read the rest of the series!

WE THREE HEROES — Chapter Sampler

WE THREE HEROES – Blurb Reveal

I’m thrilled to share the blurb reveal for WE THREE HEROES — the next book in The Medoran Chronicles (coming this September)!!

Just a reminder that this is a full-sized book and it’s super important to read it before VARDAESIA (coming in February) because *things happen* that you need to know about before starting the final book.

Also! We’re just finishing the last tweaks on the cover, so keep an eye out for cover reveal news coming soon! (Spoiler alert: IT’S GORGEOUS!!! )

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Unimaginably Surreal!!!

So this happened this week as reported by Books+Publishing!!!!

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I can’t believe my books are at numbers #1, #3 AND #5!!!

*Passes out in dead faint*

It’s three days later, and I’m pretty sure I’m still walking around in a daze!! Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has bought a copy of any of my books and helped make this happen!!

As for my newest book, WHISPER, it only came out in May so it’s not included in the above, but it’s holding strong at number #3 on the YA charts (behind the incredible Sarah J. Maas and Becky Albertalli!!! Omigosh!!!)

AKARNAE excitement — Top 51!!

If you’ve been following my social media, you’ll know that AKARNAE has been nominated for the Dymocks Kids’ Top 51 list, which is unbelievably awesome!! I would be so, SO grateful if you could take a second to cast your vote for it (before Monday) — every vote counts!!

AKARNAE is listed about half to three-quarters of the way down the page (unless the order changes with each reload), and it looks just like this:

With the craziness of multiple book releases this year, I haven’t had a chance just to sit down and share the surreality of everything that has been happening, but please know that something like this is just insane to me. (In the BEST possible way.) I’m pretty much in a constant state of shock that The Medoran Chronicles have become a bestselling series and that so many people love following Alex and her friends on their adventures!

So thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for loving these books so much — and for making it so they even hit lists like this! YOU’RE ALL AMAZING!!

You can find the link to vote either by clicking on either of the above images, or simply by going here: https://www.dymocks.com.au/votes/top-51-voting

HUGS!

WHISPER — Available Now!

Eeeeee!!! This year is passing by SO quickly, but now that it’s May, the first book in my new series, WHISPER, is officially available!In a nutshell, WHISPER is like Stranger Things meets Divergent and it’s about a girl who has been locked away in a secret government facility for nearly three years, and in that time, she hasn’t spoken a single word. The question is, why?

I had the tremendous honour of working with Kate Egan on this (the editor of The Hunger Games) and I’m so thrilled that it’s my US debut! As of today, you can grab a copy from all good bookstores in US/CAN (blue cover) and AUS/NZ (white cover), or online from all the normal retailers like Amazon, etc., as an ebook (or to purchase the hardback or paperback with shipping).

I hope you all love this one! It’s also been blurbed by two incredible authors:

Sarah J. Maas, the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series said:

“Compulsively readable, compellingly narrated, and so full of twists and turns that I couldn’t put it down until I’d turned the final page. I loved every sentence of Whisper.”

And Maria V. Snyder, the New York Times bestselling author of the Poison Study series said:

“A gripping and heart-wrenching tale. I was enthralled!”

On top of that, it’s been receiving some amazing praise from trade reviewers:

Overall, I’m soooooo excited for this to be out in the world!

HAPPY READING!!!

What does “YA fiction” mean to me?

I completely forgot that I was interviewed during Supanova last year! They’ve just posted the episode, so click on the video below to hear me chat about everything from what “YA” means to me, to my take on insta-love in fantasy fiction! (Plus some other fun answers!)

I’m up first, but after that you can keep watching to listen to the super-cool Vic Mignogna, or just skip straight to the end to watch the magnificent “God of Thunder” himself — Chris Hemsworth!