proofing and a sweepstake

The sweepstake first: The Invisible Library is currently being featured in a Magical Library sweepstakes alongside Rachel Caine’s Ink and Bone and A.J. Hackwith’s The Archive of the Forgotten. The giveaway is running now through September 6th, at

I’m currently in the middle of volume 7 proofs – both US and UK – so I’ve got my head down and am slogging away. (After having spent the last few weeks slogging away at copy-edits, and edits before that . . . are we noticing a theme here?)

Other than that, well . . . the weather’s gloomy, work (the day job) is busy, and I’m daydreaming about everywhere I’ll go once we can travel more freely again. Also working on some baby quilts for coworkers who have either had babies or who will be having babies in the next few months. Quilting shows have been understandably cancelled all over the place, which is making me feel a little smug about overspending and overstocking my fabric stash in the past.

Take care and stay safe, everyone.

chop wood, carry water, wear a mask

I’m afraid there isn’t much news: I’m working on book 7 edits (The Dark Archive), and on the first draft of book 8. (There’s a long way to go.) Still healthy, still working from home, still wearing a mask when I go to the shops and washing my hands a lot.

It strikes me that I should probably say this here, since it is my blog. So – wear a mask when you’re in closed or confined spaces with strangers (shops, public transport, etc). It doesn’t hurt, and the more people who wear them, the more it cuts down transmission to other people and the better off we all are.

I’ve been spending some of my spare time relaxing by playing Occupy White Walls, a game on Steam where you get to create and curate an art gallery. Surprisingly luxurious – you can just wave a hand and say, “Yes, I’ll have that El Greco, and that Gentileschi, and that Degas, and hang them all on the wall of my private art gallery . . .”

Special offer of the month – The Masked City is currently on UK Amazon for just 99p for the ebook. If you don’t already have it, you can find it at:

Take care and stay safe.


For just the rest of today, THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY ebook on US Amazon is just $2.99.

And for the rest of the month, it’s a mere 99p on UK Amazon!

(Pay no attention to the author in the corner, who’s working on her book 7 edits…)

sheltering in place

I’m like most of the rest of the world at the moment: staying at home most of the time, apart from necessary trips outside. I’m able to work from home – no, not the writing (that’s in the evenings) but my day job from NHS Digital, as they gave us all laptops. I’m also working on books seven and eight, and on a knitted blanket which I started several years ago and then managed to lose under a pile of other projects, and I’m sewing masks. (They’re not compulsory here in the UK yet, but I and a number of friends and coworkers want to have them, so my fabric stash is making itself useful. If anyone’s curious, it’s this pattern – – with bias tape ties.)

For my birthday last year, my parents took me to a production of the Malory Towers musical. One of the songs (based on a line from the books) was about becoming “women who the world can lean on”. I find that coming to mind every now and again these days. Sometimes we lean on others: sometimes other people lean on us. Nobody can be strong all the time.

It would be nice if I had a great insight or helpful thought to post here, but to be honest, I’m finding it hard work going from day to day myself, and my creativity is way down. So if it helps you to know it: you aren’t alone. We’re all living from day to day. Hopefully it will be better in a while.

Stay safe and keep well.

Book Seven – The Dark Archive

I can now reveal Book Seven of the Library series – The Dark Archive.

This is the US cover below: publication date should be December 2020 (though insert the usual caveats about how nothing is certain, the universe may yet crumble, etcetera).

UK cover will hopefully follow soon.

here today, Amsterdam tomorrow (well, Monday)

Work continues on books seven (editing) and eight (writing). There is a title for book seven, which I will share when I can, and I’ve seen the UK and US draft covers for it, both of which are beautiful.

I’m now on annual leave from the day job for a couple of weeks – using up leave before the end of the year, as are coworkers, which results in a logjam of everyone wanting to take time off and careful negotiations to make sure we aren’t all away at once. I’m off to Amsterdam on Monday for a few days; I’ve been there once before (a few years ago) and really enjoyed it. It’s not formal research, but who knows what I might come across there which would be useful for later writing? (And before you all ask: yes, I did try a hash brownie there when I visited before, out of curiosity, and yes, it was interesting, but no, I don’t think I’ll do it again.)

Secret Chapter now available as US audible book

The Secret Chapter is now available in the US as an audible book. I hope that anyone who was waiting for it enjoys it!

As for me, I’m carrying on with the regular day job, working on book 8 first draft, waiting for the edits for book 7 . . .

The Secret Chapter – US audiobook

I’ve checked with the publishers, and the audiobook of The Secret Chapter should be available in the US in about a week. Thanks to everyone who alerted me that it wasn’t yet available.

The Secret Chapter now out in the US!

The Secret Chapter has now been released in the US. Thank you to everyone who supports the series – and I’m working on the next one, so you’ll just have to be patient . . .

Here’s a link to the book:

2 days till US release of The Secret Chapter!

Just 2 days now (hey, I’m on UK time here, and it’s currently 5th January in the UK – or should I have waited till it’s the 5th January in the US as well?) till the US release of The Secret Chapter!

I hope you all like it.

In other news, I go back to work on Monday, and I hate to think how much email will have accumulated while I was on annual leave over Christmas . . .