All about my debut novel ‘Tree Magic’

Tree magic3About Tree Magic

13-year-old Rainbow travels from England to France, through secrets, fears and parallel worlds, to discover whether her ability to communicate with trees is a gift or a curse. Will she find her place in today’s scientific society? To find the truth, she must also find herself.

According to the literary journal Storgy Magazine: “Tree Magic is a beautiful and universal tale of loss, love and learning to find a place in a world without roots.”

Watch a 1-minute video of Harriet introducing Tree Magic

Tree Magic is published in paperback and ebook format by Impress Books and is available to order from all internet bookselling websites and selected bookshops: Amazon, Google Play, Kobo, Barnes & Noble (Nook)


NEWS about TREE MAGIC

Here are the latest events, selected reviews and news about Tree Magic:


YALC 2017 (18th May 2017)

I feel very honoured (to put it mildly) because I have been invited to talk about Tree Magic at the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) at the Olympia, London, in July.

Yes, that’s right: The Olympia! London!

This 3-day festival brings together the finest current YA fiction, with talks from best-selling authors such as Patrick Ness, Joanne Harris, Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Emily Barr and many others.

Check out this link to see the full list of authors attending.

I’m going to have such fun meeting these authors, as well as the book bloggers and readers I’ve only met virtually on Twitter chat shows and blogs. When the schedule is published, I will let you know so that you can come and meet them too.

YALC is part of the London Film and Comic Convention, and the dates are 28, 29 and 30 July 2017. You’ll find more details on Twitter at @yalc_uk and on the website here.

Thanks very much to Sarah, my publicist at Impress Books, for organising this. She must have been very persuasive!


YA specialist blog ‘Kelly’s Rambles’ reviews Tree Magic (8th May 2017)

I regularly take part in the 1-hour Twitter chat shows #SundayYA (Sundays at 6pm UK time) and #ukyachat, (Fridays at 8pm UK time). These live shows, open to anyone and in which book lovers, authors and bloggers discuss YA books and themes, are where I ‘met’ YA book blogger Kelly.

Kelly is a star YA blogger with lots of influence – she is also a teacher. It’s worth checking out Kelly’s Rambles because she regularly updates her blog with some fantastic YA recommendations. Most of my YA reads have been suggested by Kelly.

Anyway, Kelly liked the sound of Tree Magic, bought a copy and has now read and reviewed it. You can read her lovely review on her book blog here.


Literary Journal ‘Storgy’ reviews Tree Magic (2nd May 2017)

Wow! Reviewer Alice Kouzmenko has published a thoughtful, positive review of Tree Magic in the literary journal ‘Storgy’ today. You can read it here.

If you’re looking for a good read, why not join the 12 000 other followers on Storgy’s Facebook page or Twitter account?


A fascinating and thoughtful review (April 2017)

I am overjoyed to see the wonderful reviews of Tree Magic that are beginning to appear on Goodreads and various book blogs. Having people read and understand what you’re trying to express is so gratifying.

A Netgalley professional reader, Tara, said on Twitter: “This novel is one of the more poetic and picturesque I’ve read in a while.”

Read her fascinating, thoughtful review of Tree Magic here on her blog ‘Artistic Bent‘.


Tree Magic available for request on Netgalley (April 2017)

My wonderful publisher, Impress Books, has just added Tree Magic to the Netgalley catalogue. Netgalley is a website where professional readers can receive books for free in exchange for reviews etc. It is aimed at book bloggers, librarians, booksellers etc.

So if you fit one of these categories, click on the Netgalley link, sign up (for free) and request a free copy.

 


Tree Magic spreads its roots to Australia (March 2017)

The YA Room in Melbourne, Australia, has written a review and featured two of my articles: a Q&A and an article about the story behind Tree Magic. Click on the links below to read them.

The Story behind Tree Magic 

 

 

Q&A   

 

 

 


Win a free copy of Tree Magic (March 2017)

The lovely Kelly Lacey at the I Love Books blog is running a giveaway of the paperback version of Tree Magic until 28th March 2017. Click here to find out more.

 


World Book Day (March 2017)

The Book Fairies from Books On The Underground handed out copies of Tree Magic as gifts for World Book Day on 2nd March. If you picked one up, let me know.


Courtesy of Impress Books

Courtesy of Impress Books

A video book-trailer (1st March 2017)

To celebrate publication of the paperback format of Tree Magic today, I have uploaded a silly home video of me in a tree, introducing you to the story. It’s on my Facebook Author Page. Have a look and don’t laugh too hard at my manic eyes when I try to remember my text!

 

 

 

 

 


A Helping Hand from a Stranger (February 2017)

A perfect stranger from Dorset read Tree Magic and sent me a wonderful message on my Facebook Author Page, telling me how much she’d liked it, and why. She then wrote a glowing, 5-star review on Goodreads, added it to the Amazon.co.uk page and tweeted on Twitter that Tree Magic  was her week’s must-read. Finally, she invited me to be interviewed on her blog, The Glorious Outsiders.

This just shows how much influence a reader can have on a book’s success.

You can find all the details to these elements by clicking on the links above. Thanks enormously to Chantelle Atkins for sharing her love of my story.

 


Tree Magic ebook only 99p (February 2017)

I couldn’t resist sharing this publicity picture with you. Impress Books created it and chose their favourite endorsements.

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Paperback version of Tree Magic

Woo hoo! My publisher has just told me that they are going to print a paperback version of Tree Magic. It will be available from 1st March 2017 and you can pre-order it here.

 

 

 

 


Doreen Doily’s video featuring Tree Magic

Doreen Doily, is an alternative teacher and cult figure for thousands of teenagers. Her amusing, clever 1-minute ‘No-Brainer Lectures’ have had over 3 million views – so I was delighted to see Tree Magic featuring in her video on how to make your brain bigger by reading.

Here’s the link to her ‘Reading’ video on Facebook or Youtube, which has had 19 000 views.


Review from French Village Diaries (16th Jan ’17)

The French-related book review website ‘French Village DIaries’ has featured an interesting review of Tree Magic. You can read it here.

 


Review from Susan Elizabeth Hale (13th Jan ’17)

Susan is the creator of ‘Earth Day – SIng to the Trees’ (10 000 followers in 45 countries) and author of children’s book ‘Emma Oliver and the Song of Creation’. Find out more about the annual Earth Day (22nd of April) here.

“Neglected Rainbow is thirteen and thirsty for attention. She discovers she has magic hands and can shape trees. But what does that mean? And what do you do when your natural gift is a source of scorn, confusion and pain? Harriet Springbett asks deep questions and answers them with eloquent language and an observant eye. She has created fascinating characters that live inside you. This is an original and complex story that kept me engaged. Highly recommended for both teens and adults.”

A Reader Review (11th Jan ’17)

Here’s a review from a reader who didn’t receive a review copy:

“I was totally absorbed by this book. Beautifully written, brilliantly plotted, unpredictable and engaging. Fascinating and complex characters and settings, vividly described. I love the way the book’s structure and imagery is shaped by trees, and the sensations evoked when Rainbow touches a tree are just gorgeous. In places I was reminded of The Night Rainbow.”

 


Reviews for Tree Magic (9th Jan ’17)

After the lovely review from ‘Strings to My Bow‘, two other reviewers have posted flattering (5-star) reviews on Amazon. One said:

“A Subtle and Surprising Novel. This worked for me. The writing is poised and elegant with many unforced moments of lyricism. The central plot device—Rainbow’s magical gift—is so odd, it could’ve been off-putting, but the author makes it work. and the development of a “second” main character—no spoilers—was nicely done and quite an original approach. The sense of place was lush and engrossing, which is a surprising accomplishment for a debut novelist. I received an advance reading copy of this novel, but I will keep my eye on this author in the future.”

And the other said:

A Highly Accomplished Debut. This is a very well-written and well-constructed book, complex and subtle and much deeper than the central premise (girl endowed with the gift of ‘tree magic’) suggests. It’s the story of a girl growing up and coming to terms with her past, the consequences of her own actions and the place she wants to occupy in the world. There’s a richness of detail and character, along with some plot surprises that make for an engrossing read. I received an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review: well, here is an author who I honestly think has the skill of an accomplished novelist.”

 


Publication Day – 9th January 2017

This morning, Impress Books have published my article about my route to publication on their blog. You can read it here.


Twitter chat show #UKYAchat

On Friday 20th January 2017 at 8pm English time (9pm French time) you can join me on #UKYAchat on Twitter. I’ll be answering the host’s questions, and will be delighted to respond to your thoughts and questions about Tree Magic.


Twitter chat show #SundayYA

c0eiiebwqaepd2uI’ll be talking about Tree Magic on the Twitter chat show #SundayYA on Sunday 22nd January 2017 at 6pm British time (7pm French time).

Come along and ask your questions – you have a couple of weeks to read Tree Magic, as it’s released on 9th January 2017. Look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

 


Book Review – Strings to My Bow

My first review of Tree Magic has been published on the website ‘Strings to my Bow’. You can read it here.


RCF Radio Interview and Reading

logoI was interviewed on Tree Magic in English on RCF Charente Radio’s Anglofile programme on 29th November 2016.

Click here to listen to the 26-minute interview, which includes a reading of Chapter One.

The show will be repeated on Tuesday 27th December 2016 at 6:30pm French time and Saturday 31st December at 11:30am. Happy listening!


Anticipated Reads for 2017

There’s a reference to Tree Magic being an anticipated read for 2017 on the Impress Book blog here.


Some background to Tree Magic

There’s a little bit of background to why I wrote Tree Magic in my blog post ‘Impressed’, which you can read by clicking here.


Just Signed

This was that truly magic moment when Impress Books announced they were going to publish Tree Magic. You can see the announcement here.