Photos from my recent visit to Jeffreys Bay

My new book comes out next month! And it’s set in my favourite place in the whole world – Jeffreys Bay, in the Eastern Cape. The Wild Child and I visit as many times as we can manage. Our current record is four road trips in one year.

We recently snuck away for an unplanned holiday in February. I was taking a much-needed break and he had some leave days available, so we thought, why not?

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COVER REVEAL! Sea Star Summer (coming April 2020)

2020 is here and I can finally reveal the cover of my upcoming YA novel, Sea Star Summer, published by Human & Rousseau.

All sixteen-year-old Naomi wants to do over December is read books and enjoy a drama-free holiday – but Jeffreys Bay has other ideas…

Set over the December school holidays, Sea Star Summer is a coming-of-age story about first love and self-discovery in the surfing capital of South Africa, Jeffreys Bay.

Jeffreys Bay is a place very close to my heart. It is a place of raging waves, electric skies and wild shores. It is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in South Africa and my absolute favourite road-trip destination.

I think the cover captures the essence perfectly.

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Mine nominated for a SALA (UPDATED)

My little love story has come a long way. Since being published in February last year, Mine has appeared on the Exclusive Books Homebru list and won the MER Prize for Youth Fiction. Most recently, it has been nominated for a South African Literary Award (SALA) in the youth literature category.

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The Outcast Hours in LEGO

This is not a review of The Outcast Hours. Well, not really.

I have a story in the collection, which makes it hard as a blogger and reviewer, because I really, really, really want to tell you all about these stories, but then I would be reviewing something I’m involved in, which would be weird.

So instead, I made LEGO stories of my favourite pieces from the anthology. No conflict of interest whatsoever.

This Book Will Find You by Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen and Sam Beckbessinger

This Book Will Find You

Ambulance Service by Sami Shah

Ambulance Service

Blind Eye by Frances Hardinge

Blind Eye

Bag Man by Lavie Tidhar

Bag Man

Gatsby by Maha Khan Phillips

Gatsby

Swipe Left by Daniel Polansky

Swipe Left

Not Just Ivy by Celeste Baker

Not Just Ivy

Above the Light by Jesse Bullington

Above the Light

Welcome to the Haunted House by Yukimi Ogawa

Welcome to the Haunted House

See? I didn’t give anything away.  Now you’re safe to go discover these stories for yourself.

I will say one thing though.

I love short stories. I love how things can go from bad to worse to the very extreme that an author’s imagination can go. And these little snapshots of what goes on during the ungodly hours do exactly that – they up the ante to the next level, going that much further than you thought was possible.

You think Matt in Daniel Polansky’s story Swipe Left is having a bad date. You have no idea how much worse it’s going to get.

Find it on Goodreads. 

 

 

Win a copy of The Outcast Hours

The Outcast Hours, a brand-new anthology edited by Jared Shurin and Mahvesh Murad, officially releases worldwide this week. (Jared and Mahvesh are the dynamic duo behind the highly acclaimed The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories. Read my review here.)
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Mine: a year since publication

It struck me this week that I never posted a blog reflecting on the year that was. I wrote about my favourite reads from the past year, but nothing that touched on my personal highlights from 2018. Yes, it’s February already, but the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

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Mine: seven months since publication

It’s been seven months since Mine hit the shelves and the promotion trail is slowly coming to an end. Time methinks, to share some recent highlights.
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