My fourth Laura Marlin mystery, Rendezvous in Rusia, will be out on 8 August this year. I’ll be giving away signed free copies around publication time so keep an eye on my website for competition details.
“A thrilling new horse adventure story from award-winning Lauren St John. In this sequel to The One Dollar Horse, Casey Blue is now the proud owner of Storm, the horse she saved from death. Her brilliant riding of Storm leads her to an invitation to compete in the prestigious Kentucky Three Day Event but when a blackmailer threatens her, Casey fears she will never be able to take part. Who can she trust to help her? Soon Casey finds herself torn between her boyfriend and her desire to win!”
Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4Kids
The Obituary Writer, my first adult novel, will be published on 6 June 2013. Part thriller, part romance, it is set in London and Cornwall and is about 38-year-old obituary writer Nick Donaghue, whose life is derailed after he is caught up in one of Britain’s worst ever train crashes. For me, at least, it’s a novel about faith, hope and true love.
To read more, click here
Jule P Owen, who designed the stunning cover for my short story, Tiger Tiger, written to raise money for Born Free and the EIA’s Save Wild Tigers initiative, has published her first children’s picture book. The Bare Bear is the charming tale of a baby bear who loses his coat and the animals he meets as he travels to globe in search of it. I love it. To buy it on Kindle, click here:
When Born Free, the EIA, the Clinton Partnership and I send out an appeal for schools across Britain to help us save wild tigers by making a tiger out of recycled rubbish, we hoped we’d get a good response. In fact, we were blown away by the entries we received. The standard was so high it was difficult to choose a winner, but we all fell in love with the mama tiger submitted by Caldicotes Primary School in Middlesborough. We felt that love of the mother for her cubs represented the spirit of the competition and showed how precious these creatures are and the importance of saving them. Worthy runners-up were Warren Road Primary from Orpington, Kent.
Tiger Tiger is a short story I wrote in aid of Tiger Tracks, the world’s largest Save Wild Tigers event, with 100% of the proceeds going to Born Free and the Environmental Investigation Agency’s tiger projects. It costs just £2 and is available from Foyles Bookshop at London’s St Pancras International. It will shortly be available from Born Free’s website. The glorious cover design is by Jule P Owen. Buy it and help save these precious creatures.
I get so many letters from children asking for advice on writing that I thought I’d summarise a few tips in a blog. Grown-ups usually ask me how I manage to stay disciplined when I work at home. I tell them it’s easy. I have cat food to buy and that’s a powerful motivator. Meanwhile my Bengal cat, Max, pictured here, just relaxes and let’s me take the strain.