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December 2015: Update 01

HO-HO-HO, Spark-enthusiasts! This is my first ever newsletter and I'm feeling pretty flash with my technology so thanks for taking the time to subscribe. I promise not to plague your inbox - this will just be a quarterly update unless I have burning news that demands instant sharing like Sir Peter Jackson called and he's going to make my books into movies. You'd wanna hear that, right? Me too. In the meantime, you can expect 4 little inbox treats a year. First up: I get to play Santa!!!

'Stray' Christmas Giveaway Winners!

A massive congratulations to the following subscribers:
  • Aidan Burridge
  • Carly McIlroy
  • Susan Whelan
You will each receive a signed copy of Stray, an A3 poster, bookmark and a limited edition hard copy of Black Room. I will contact you for postal details shortly!

Shield: What's up with that?

As many of you know I am currently working hard on the rewrite of Shield, book three in the Spark trilogy. While I can't give away too much I can give you a sneaky heads up about a few things to expect:
  • post traumatic stress
  • the Affinity Project compound
  • a dangerous experiment
  • Helena
  • Knox
  • Ethan Tesla
  • political unrest within the AP
  • kissing
  • tattoos
  • telekinesis
  • party gate-crashers
  • a Spark
  • a Stray
  • broken bones
  • threats
  • accusations
  • blood
  • ass-kicking
  • whiplash
  • and did I mention kissing?
There will also be a new short story to accompany the release of Shield. Hot-diggity!

Latest News and Events

It's been a busy six months for me. If you've missed anything you can find the highlights here:
  • Spark makes the Children's Choice Shortlist for The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
  • Spark made the Shortlist for the Silver Inky Awards
  • Page & Blackmore Teen Book Club Visit, Nelson
  • NZ Book Week & NZ Bookshop Day
  • Mystery Ink, Teen Book Club Visit, Richmond Public Library, Tasman
  • Shield Rewrite Continued
  • Christmas madness

Rachael's Top Five: 

So, I've been reading my eyeballs out and here are my top picks from my last six months of goodtimes on Goodreads. Click to read reviews.

Kiwi YA Reads:
Singing Home The Whale, Mandy Hager
Minotaur, Phillip W. Simpson
The Ghost's of Tarawera, Sue Copsey
Night Vision, Ella West
Mortal Fire, Elizabeth Knox

Aussie YA Reads:
Every Breath, Ellie Marnie
Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead, Rebecca James
The Intern, Gabrielle Tozer
Pieces of Sky, Trinity Doyle
Risk, Fleur Ferris

International YA Reads:
Heir of Fire, Sarah J Maas
Queen of Shadows, Sarah J Maas
Sabriel, Garth Nix
Lirael, Garth Nix
The Name Of The Wind, Patrick Rothfuss

Before I sign off, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for the incredible support I've received this year. If you've taken the time to contact me or written a review or rated my books online, or shouted about them on social media, blogged, vlogged or bullied your library into buying copies, or forced your friends into reading them, or come to one of my events, I really cannot thank you enough - it means so much to me.

To the Spark Army who have rallied many times this year to help promote the Spark trilogy: I LOVE YOU! I love your art, your gifs, your graphics, your bookmarks, your tweets, FB shares, Instagram pics and online kindness. There is nothing like being able to share the world of Spark with people who love it as much as I do. Thank you so much for sticking with me and sharing the journey

I hope your holidays, however you celebrate, are safe, joyful and filled with family, friends and love. I will leave you with one of my favourite Christmas Carols. Godbless.

~Rachael Craw


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