October favourites | Six Feet Under | The Fair Fight | Lumberjanes + Giveaway!

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It’s November!  12185278_10207550235175550_366595909160770686_oThis week is the publication of The Next Together in Australia and my friend Alice Oseman’s e-novella This Winter! To celebrate, Alice and I are doing a giveaway of signed copies of our books . . . with a twist. Both books will be annotated by each other! The winner will receive a copy of Solitaire signed by Alice and annotated with notes by me, and a copy of The Next Together signed by me and annotated by Alice (with maybe a few drawings too…). You can enter the giveaway (which I want to win myself tbh…) by reblogging this tumblr post.

Alright, onto my faves!

TV series: Six Feet UnderSix-Feet-Under-010

I didn’t know much about this series before I started it, but I was in the mood for some black humour after reading a lot of horror for Hallowe’en, so I gave it a go. And it’s so good!

I can’t even choose a favourite character because I just love the whole family so much. I’m really looking forward to finishing my edits on The Last Beginning so I can properly marathon the whole thing like it deserves.

App: Little Alchemyscreen480x480

I’m mad into this app. It’s like minecraft, if minecraft was a 2D crafting game. It’s addictive and logical and great for long train journeys (of which I have many).

25399646Book: The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman

This comes blurbed by my fave Sarah Waters and recommended by my friend Charlie (who I interviewed here) so I was willing to read it based on that alone. But it’s also about female Victorian boxers! Add to that excellence a lot of diversity, drama, smallpox, vices and females manipulating men to get what they want, and it’s the best book I’ve read in ages.

Music: Of Monsters and Men OM-M-BENEATHTHESKIN-800px_800

I’m going to see this band live next week, so I had to include them for that reason alone. I can’t wait to see what kind of crowd turns up for this lovely folk-y band. Listen to Organs, which is my song of the moment for book 4, which I’m writing soon (AS SOON AS I FINISH MY EDITS, PROMISE).

Comic: Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke A. Allen

22554204This is a super cute and whimsical comic about a group of girls at a camp where magical, evil things start happening. It’s very upbeat and modern and diverse and I’m in love in a big way. Volume 3 isn’t out until April and I’m SO READY.

Website: MyWriteClub

This is a website for writers, recommended to me by Ava Jae (who has basically the best writing blog ever, and her first book isn’t even out yet! That’s skills.) It lets you personalise goals for writing or editing, and since I started using this site, it’s become a vital part of my writing routine. It has a lot of the same features as the NaNoWriMo website, but it’s available all year long and has less pressure.

It helps me keep organised, stops me feeling overwhelmed or panicking about how little time I have left to do things. Here are my current goals. If you use it, you can add me as a friend here.mywrite

In other news: You can enter a raffle to win a signed copy of The Next Together and lots of other amazing prizes to raise money for the charity Mind here.

box 2The Next Together was included in an Australian subscription box The YA Chronicles for the October theme of ‘time and time again’! It came with River Song’s journal, a time turner and some ‘timeless hearts’ bath melts and honestly it just looks incredible! I’m a little jealous!
📷: @bedazzledbybooks

Finally, good luck to everyone doing NaNoWriMo this month. The Next Together started out life as a nano, so if I can do it, you can too!

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

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