Tree Magic is a coming-of-age novel for adults and teens alike, set in Dorset (UK) and the Charente (France).
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 me 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, links to reviews and news about Tree Magic:
Q&A on ‘A Daydreamer’s Thoughts’ (posted: 13th Jan 2018)
I thought not!
Just in case you would like to know which fictional world I’d like to live in, and which fictional characters I’d like to befriend, you can find the answer on today’s Q&A on Faye’s book blog ‘A Daydreamer’s Thoughts’.
You can also share your own favourites in the post comments.
Brownie points for those who ‘like’ Faye’s post and leave a comment.
Kobo promotion ‘2017 Books You May Have Missed’ (posted: Jan 18)
Tree Magic is on promotion at £1.99 on the UK e-reader website Kobo
from 4th-12th January UNTIL THE END OF JANUARY 2018 under the offer ‘Did You Miss These in 2017?’.
Tree Magic to be studied by a French High School (posted: Nov 17)
I’m excited (and a little awed) to learn that a teacher and librarian in a French high school have chosen Tree Magic as the English book they’d like their European class to study in 2018.
I’ve been invited to visit the class, which will happen in spring 2018. The teachers and I have already discussed a range of themes the story raises and discussed some exciting activities for the students to do in conjunction with reading the book.
Many thanks to Bradley’s Bookshop in Bordeaux, where the librarian saw Tree Magic on display.
Award-winning book blog reviews Tree Magic (posted: Nov 17)
I think this is one of the most flattering reviews for Tree Magic. It’s always wonderful to receive good reviews, so I thought I’d share this one with you. Many thanks to Love Books Group and the reviewer, Kimberly Livingston.
Prizewinning Celebration for Segora (posted: Sept 17)
I’ve just been invited to speak about Tree Magic at the prizewinning celebration for the 11th anniversary of the Segora International Writing Competitions. As a 2016 prizewinner, I’ll also be reading the beginning of my story Quark Soup.
It will take place on Saturday 14th October at St.André-sur-Sèvre (79380) in the Deux-Sèvres department of France, and is open to the public. Here is the programme.
Prizewinners from the 2016 and 2017 competition will be reading from their work; there will be a writing workshop in the morning and a dinner in the evening.
It is a good opportunity to meet and network with other writers and publishers – as well as enjoying a delicious meal in good company.
Perhaps I’ll see you there?
Charroux Bilingual Literary Festival (posted: Aug 2017)
It was a pleasure to talk at the 2017 Charroux Bilingual Literary Festival on 24, 25 & 26 August. Sorry I didn’t warn you I was doing this beforehand…
On Thursday 24th I was on a panel chaired by Susie Kelly, alongside Jane Lythell, Alison Morton and Stephanie Zia. The subject was giving advice to new writers. We each talked for 5 minutes, then the audience got into groups of 5 and we circulated among them, answering questions. It was noisy and fun.
Then on Friday 25th I gave a talk and did a writing workshop on Writing for Young Adults. There were about 19 participants, all of whom did the two writing exercises designed to connect with the emotions and attitudes we felt as teenagers.
On Saturday 26th I introduced Tracey Warr’s session: Tracey writes medieval fiction about little-known female people and is published by Impress Books too. It was a real honour to do this introduction, and I spent some time chatting to Tracey.
Later on Saturday I did a talk about my road to the publication of Tree Magic. This was a busy session, with plenty of interaction and questions from the lovely audience.
The next Charroux festival will be in August 2019.
Hope to see you there.
Book talk in Angers, France (June 2017)
I’ve been invited to talk about Tree Magic and my journey to publication by Phoebe in the English-language library in Angers. I’ll be talking on Friday 23rd June from 10 am – 11am.
You can find out more on their website here.
Come and meet me: we’ll be able to discuss books and writing.
Tree Magic Talks in the Pyrenees (June 2017)
I was invited to do a writing residency at the Maison des Arts in Arras-en-Lavedan (near Argelès-Gazost in the western Pyrenees mountains) from 3-9th June. It was a wonderful experience that allowed me to do lots of research for my current novel.
I met lots of interesting people, thanks to my hosts Françoise Gourvès and Karine Depeyre.
I also gave two talks about my journey to publication of Tree Magic at the amazing Le Kairn bistro-bookshop. If you’re in the Val d’Azun, do visit this bookshop, which has an eclectic mix of books, not to mention delicious tapas and desserts.
YALC 2017 – 28th-30th July 2017, the Olympia, London (posted 18th May 2017)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
“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
I’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
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.
This was that truly magic moment when Impress Books announced they were going to publish Tree Magic. You can see the announcement here.