I’m happy to announce that July Pet of the Month is Luna, a gorgeous three-year-old Labrador cross Springer Spaniel. Her proud owner, Molly Chapman, has nominated Luna because ‘she is so sweet and kind, and in a weird dog way is so supportive! For example, I have a triathlon coming up which I’m nervous for because I’m not very good at running or biking! When I went down to the field to have a practice I was struggling a lot, so Luna came and ran the whole distance next to me! The same happened when i was biking. She came and ran next to my bike and it made me feel a lot better and more confident!
‘At home, she is so sweet and will cuddle up to you when you are feeling down and cheers you up by licking your face! She loves swimming and chasing orange balls so much and always does something funny to make us laugh! I love Luna so much, she is a massive part of my family and although she can be annoying and the world’s barkiest dog, she is so much fun to be around and I know she will always be around to cheer me up.’
…Then, like buses, three come along at once. First, we had reports that a giraffe looking identical to Jemmy in The White Giraffe had been seen in Tanzania National Park. It’s leucistic rather than albino, which means that it’s sliver with patches of cinnamon.
Then last month there was exciting film news on THE WHITE GIRAFFE movie. Canyon Creek Films’ Simon Brooks and scriptwriter Joan Singleton (Because of Winn-Dixie) of 8790 Pictures have acquired all film rights to my novel. Acclaimed director, Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks, Hop) is attached to direct. Sign up to my newsletter to be first hear news on casting and auditions. Please note, these might take weeks, months or even years!
The third one was this adorable white baby found in Kenya. Isn’t he beautiful?
I’m hugely excited to have been asked to contribute a short story to Winter Magic, an anthology edited by Abi Ephinstone (The Shadow Keeper). It’ll be published by Simon & Schuster in November 2016 and features tales on dragons, snow queens and other wonderful things by authors such as Piers Torday, Katherine Woodfine and Michelle Harrison. And me
My story is called The Room with the Mountain View. More details nearer the time…
Sign up to my LSJ Book Club to enter my June competition to have a character in my next Laura Marlin mystery named after you. My June newsletter, out in the first week of June, will give you all the details.
The winner will be able to choose whether I use their first or last name for a character, and whether they want it used for a villain or a hero. Alternatively, they can give me a entirely different name if it’s something they love or think is cool.
When 16-year-old Elliie arrives in Devon with her warring parents, she’s convinced it’ll be the half term from hell. Ever since her sister died three years earlier, there’s been nothing but rain, gloom and endless arguments.
Then she meets Logan. He’s gorgeous and owns five horses, reason enough for Ellie stay away, especially since her mum and dad have forbidden to ride or ever have any fun at all. Trouble is, he’s proving hard to resist.
How do you know if love is worth the risk?
If you’ve ever wished you had Mrs Smith’s Top 10 tips for training horses, you need to join my book club asap. You’ll have exclusive access to my latest news, sneak previews of new books and chances to win free signed copies.
But that’s not all. In the next few months I’ll be unveiling exciting movie news. Members of my book club will hear it first. If you’ve ever wished that you could audition to play a character from one of my books, here’s your chance (depending, of course, on where you live). All will revealed very soon.
If you like YA dystopia, cli fi or sci fi fiction, get your hands on a copy of Jule Owen’s The Boy Who Fell from the Sky. It’s a thrill-ride of a book and there are two more in the series, Silverwood and The Moon at Noon, both equally brilliant!
Find The Boy Who Fell from the Sky here on Amazon UK