three days to go

It’s difficult to know where to look in the run-up to a book release. Part of me wants to keep on googling the book title or my name, or checking Goodreads for any new reviews, or otherwise fretting and twitching. The other part of me wants to follow the ostrich strategy, by burying my head in the sand and hoping that Thursday 15th December arrives without me noticing the gap between here and now.

Either way, it’s nerve-wracking.

(Yes, yes, Genevieve, I can hear you saying it now. These are all very petty issues compared with the fact that you are about to have a book come out. And believe me when I say that I can see your point…)

(I’m just twitching with nerves.)

However, I will be extremely delighted about the fact that The Invisible Library is one of Library Journal’s best SF/Fantasy books of 2016. This is the sort of thing that has me thrilled beyond belief, and mostly beyond words. I mean, what can I say? That it’s incredibly cool? That I’m so grateful? That I’m delighted that people have enjoyed it that much, and I hope they enjoy the sequels too?

Well, besides all that. You get the idea.

I’ve also been honoured to be featured in the Barnes & Noble YA Open Mic for December. As the title puts it: “11 Authors Discuss Quitting Smoking, Online Harassment, and More.” (I come under the “more”.)

Anyhow. Three days to go. Be nice to authors, we’re nervous little flowers.

The Masked City – ebook offer on

It seems even the Library can’t stay out of all the current sales…

The Masked City is currently at just £1.19 for the ebook on (apologies to American readers). It’s only just over a fortnight till The Burning Page comes out – here’s a chance to remind yourself of what happened last time.

And happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it.

Der Leserpreis – silver for The Invisible Library!

I’m absolutely over the moon. In the yearly Der Leserpreis awards on, The Invisible Library (or in the German translation, Die unsichtbare Bibliothek) has won the silver.

Thank you very, very much, anyone who voted.

Die unsichtbare Bibliothek

Invisible Library on Amazon list for 2016, and Burning Page UK giveaway

I’m absolutely delighted to find out that The Invisible Library is on’s list of Best science fiction and fantasy of 2016. Seriously. It’s at number 5 in selling order. I’m still trying to convince myself it’s real. This is the sort of thing that people have daydreams about…

But on the “what’s coming up next” front, here’s a Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win a copy of The Burning Page. (UK only, sorry…) Entry period begins on Nov 15, 2016 and ends on Dec 15, 2016.

The Burning Page – enter the giveaway here

And here’s a Publishers Weekly review of The Burning Page:

Cogman’s third Invisible Library novel (after The Masked City), which centers on the enormous interdimensional Library that connects various alternate versions of our world and the doughty Librarians who hunt down rare and magical books, opens with the series protagonists, Irene, a Librarian turned spy, and Kai, her dragon apprentice, placed on probation by the ruling forces of the Library after some unfortunate events involving the dragons and the Fae. Then Irene’s arch nemesis, rogue Librarian Alberich, returns with the intent to disrupt the many worlds he has control over, as well as the Library itself. Irene must intervene, though she fears there may be a double agent in her circle who’s conspiring against her…

Lucienne Diver’s Faultlines – and The Invisible Library shortlisted for DER LESERPREIS

Lucienne Diver’s new book Faultlines is out today. She’s my agent, and she’s also an excellent author, and the book is strongly recommended.

Six months ago Vanessa Raines lost her best friend.
Lisa had changed, pushing away everyone close to her, even Vanessa. She had quit soccer. Started wearing dark and dismal clothes. She refused every offer to talk and suffered whatever she was going through in silence. Now she’s really gone. Suicide they claim, but Vanessa knows that isn’t right. It can’t be.
Vanessa blames herself for letting Lisa chase her off. She wants answers, so that she can put to rest the rumors surrounding Lisa’s death and so that she can move on, heal. But Lisa left no note and the journal she was always scribbling in—which might tell all—is mysteriously missing.
As Vanessa struggles to come to terms with the loss of her friend and to reconstruct the last months of Lisa’s life, someone calling themselves “Poetic Justice” begins taking revenge against those he or she thinks drove Lisa to suicide. Everyone at school believes Vanessa is this mysterious “Poetic Justice”. It’s easy to blame the former best friend, and Vanessa makes an obvious target.
Struggling with her own guilt, Vanessa is determined to ignore the threats and allegations aimed her way. But as Poetic Justice’s vengeance takes a darker turn, retaliation against Vanessa begins to escalate, from cyber bullying to violence, putting both her and the little sister she adores in the line of fire. To protect them both, she has to find out who’s behind the attacks before things turn deadly. And hope she can survive the truth…

On my own front, I’ve just found out that The Invisible Library (in its German translation, Die unsichtbare Bibliothek) has been shortlisted for DER LESERPREIS on the largest German book community website, This is a great honour and absolutely fantastic news, and, um, if anyone felt like casting a vote for me, that would be extremely kind of you.

Voting is at and will be possible up to the 22nd November. And if anyone reading this is among the people who nominated me for the award, then thank you very much indeed.

The Lost Plot!

Ladies and gentlemen, dragons, Fae, and Librarians…

The title and cover of Library book four are up! And even a few details of the plot!

(With many thanks to the cover designers for fantastic work…)

The Invisible Library – US Kindle daily deal!

The Invisible Library is currently a Kindle Daily Deal on Amazon (US only, sorry) at $1.99. Check it out at:

(Apologies for the rather basic formatting of this post. I’m on vacation and on my iPad, but I thought people might like to know…)


Off for a couple of weeks holiday tomorrow, and when I get back it’ll be almost time for the release of The Burning Page

Many thanks to all of you who are reading and enjoying the books. I hope to keep it up.

(But right now I need a break…)

Cinderella, you are now a published author!

I have some good news – I just can’t share it yet. I realise that this is not spectacularly helpful or enlightening, but I can only say that I think you’ll be pleased when you hear it.

(And no, guessing won’t help. The ninjas will come and drag me away if I answer any questions.)

Here’s something more immediately relevant: a giveaway from Penguin Random House for all three volumes (so far!) of the Invisible Library series. (US readers only – sorry.)

Invisible Library Sweepstakes
(Entry between 12:00 am (ET) October 15th, 2016 and 11:59 pm (ET) November 15th, 2016…)

I realise December is approaching fast, and The Burning Page with it. Taking deep breaths over here and hoping that people will enjoy it. Time really does fly. It seems only yesterday that the first book came out. And I don’t feel as if anything’s changed. It’s not as if a special fairy godpublisher comes over with a magic wand to wave it over your head and say, “Cinderella, you are now a published author!” and then the pumpkin coach and mouse footmen show up…

But on the other hand, there are copies of my book on the shelves. I think I prefer that to a pumpkin coach and mouse footmen.

it’s my party and I’ll read if I want to

So it’s my birthday today. While it did involve work as usual (time and spreadsheets wait for no woman), it also involved a card from my coworkers, cakes at work, presents from my family, a nice dinner out with steak and wine, and a generally good day.

It’s also just over a week now since The Masked City came out in the US. I hope that people are enjoying it! (And if you really want to give me a birthday present, and you enjoyed reading it, then do leave a good review on amazon or wherever – it’s the sort of thing that makes authors happy…)

I need to remember to check the Lush shop soon. They should be getting in their Halloween and/or Christmas specials any day now. I’m a Lush addict – well, some of their products, at least – and I wouldn’t want to miss any good new stuff.