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First foreign editions of The Next Together!

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They’re finally here!!! The first foreign editions of The Next Together – První konec (“The First End”) out in the Czech Republic with CooBoo and Em Nossa Proxima Vida (“In Our Next Life”) out in Brasil with HarperCollins.

I’m so excited to have these! My words are in DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.

Coming soon: The Next Together in German, Turkish, American (!) and Russian.

P.s. I’m going to start sending out quarterly newsletters full of sneak peeks! The first is out next week. Sign up here for:

+Excerpts of my new book

+Deleted scenes from TLB

+Writing/life chat

+Cover reveal info (!!!)

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Special edition of The Last Beginning!

Exciting news! Scholastic Book Clubs have commissioned a special edition of The Last Beginning, which includes the short story set at Bletchley Park ‘Another Together‘ at the end.

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Hello, feels! The gorgeous finale to The Next Together, with an exclusive new short story! Romance plus reincarnation: who said undying love is a myth…? Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Kate and Matt vanished without a trace. Now their secret daughter, Clove, has found out who she really is. She knows she’s got to find her long-lost parents. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? It’s not over for Matt and Kate – and Clove’s own (love) story is just beginning. But does love start at first sight? Or does this story begin at its end?

  • An epic and passionate time-travel love story like no other
  • Includes a totally exclusive short story set at Bletchley Park
  • Sequel to the breakthrough bestseller The Next Together
  • Technology, danger, political intrigue – plus undying love!

I’m so excited that this e-book exclusive short story is finally in print! It’s extra thick and chunky and means that you can have the whole series on your shelves together. THE DREAM.  graphic.PNG

Unfortunately it’s only available through schools, or online if you are connected to a school. You can also discuss setting up a teen book club with your school.

It’s out today, and it’s a limited edition so if you want a copy, don’t wait around! Here are some pictures of the edition, to keep you going (or make you extra jealous if you can’t get  a copy – I’m so sorry!!).

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Just a little bit thicker than the normal edition!

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In other news: There was a Bookseller article about my new book deal! Career goal achieved. My old school also said some nice things about me.

I have a Facebook page now. Like, if you wish.

The Brazilian version of The Next Together is out now! Someone posted this video review about it, which I obviously don’t understand – please don’t tell me if she’s saying lots of horrible things.

I reached 50,000 words on my fourth novel. I think I’m going to do a writing progress update soon, if anyone is interested?

New book announced!

I can finally share the news….. My third novel is a romantic psychological thriller set in space called The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, out with Walker Books in September 2017!

It tells the story of Romy & J, who are both alone on ships travelling through space and start talking via email. The only problem? Their ships are light years apart and messages take months to travel between them.

It gets….complicated. To say the least.

I’ve already seen the cover for the book and it is RIDICULOUSLY BEAUTIFUL. If you think the TNT covers are good….. 👌👌👌👌

I’ve been keeping this deal a secret since March – 8 MONTHS. I feel a bit naughty for finally talking about it!

Also: you MIGHT have noticed a sneaky reference to this at the end of The Last Beginning. 🙃

And here’s the official press release (!):

WALKER BOOKS ACQUIRES TWO MORE NOVELS FROM LAUREN JAMES 

THE FIRST OF THE TWO BOOKS REVEALED AS YA ROMANTIC THRILLER SET IN SPACE, THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE, COMING IN 2017

Walker Books has acquired two more novels from Lauren James, author of The Next Together, which was shortlisted for Maximum Pop Books’ Debut of the Year, and a sequel, The Last Beginning, which has just been published. In autumn 2017, Walker Books UK will publish The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, a YA romantic thriller set in space. Commissioning Editor Annalie Grainger acquired world rights in all languages, excluding North America, in a two-book deal from Claire Wilson at RCW.

The novel focuses on Romy and J, the solitary occupants of two spaceships that have been sent out on reconnaissance missions to find a new home for Earth’s growing population. Their only communication is through email. Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to − someone who is light years away?

Grainger comments: “We’re delighted to be building on Lauren’s success. She is such a talented writer and has already gained a real following. Loneliest Girl has everything we’ve come to expect from her: an ingenious concept, fast-paced storyline and fabulous characters. There’s also a killer twist that readers won’t see coming!”

Lauren James said: “I’m so excited to be working with the amazing team at Walker on two more books! I can’t wait for you all to meet Captain Romy Silvers, the darling of the spaceship The Infinity. She’s completely stolen my heart, and I hope she’ll steal yours too.”

Walker Books will publish The Loneliest Girl in the Universe in autumn 2017, with a second book to follow in 2018. 

 You can add it on Goodreads or subscribe to my mailing list for updates.

My tumblr posts about The Loneliest Girl In The Universe are all collected here. Here are some links to get you started:

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Art of Romy by Alice Oseman 

Free e-novella ANOTHER TOGETHER released!

Happy Thursday! And happy Another Together publication day!

This is a complete 10,000 word (50 page) short story, released on Kindle and eBook. It can be read without having read The Next Together – and it’s free, so you’ve got no excuse not to dive in!

The prologue of The Last Beginning is also included at the end (You’ll get to meet Clove! Eek!).

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I can only express my joy through the purest of forms – the Ron Swanson celebration.

Here’s the blurb:

Another Together_short story_ by Lauren James_publishing 2 June 2016“Perfect for holidays” – Marie Claire

“Are you absolutely certain this is safe?” Matthew Galloway asked.

A short story of intrigue and murder set in the world of The Next Together series.

Winter, 1940: there is a murderer on the loose at Bletchley Park, the headquarters of Britain’s most daring codebreaking operation against the Nazis. Can two young codebreakers Kitty and Matthew catch the killer?

This standalone short story can be enjoyed by new readers and existing fans of Lauren James’s The Next Together series.

Goodreads | Amazon Kindle  | Kobo | iTunes

It’s also out on iTunes, Kobo etc, and it’s available on various Amazons around the world – check your country to see if it’s up. Here’s some sites where I’ve found it so far: Amazon US | Amazon ANZ | Amazon DE 

Here’s some extras:

I can’t wait to see what you guys think! Look out over the next month for some more Behind the Scenes stuff too – including a blog post by the cover designer Jack, competitions to win signed copies and more!


And, if I can just have a moment of soppiness – I just want to talk a bit about what today means to me personally as an author. As of right now, June 2016, I have been a full time writer for exactly two years. I’ve written three novels and a novella in that time, done countless public speaking events and published my debut novel. It’s been a busy time.

I was lucky enough to get a book deal while I was at university, so I graduated aged 21 with a job  – kind of. I still couldn’t believe being a writer was an option for me, so I called it a ‘gap year’ at first, to justify why I was taking the risk. Everything you read tells you that for a new author in the 21st century, it’s not possible to support yourself by writing. And it isn’t. Not at first.

I was in a very privileged position by having the family backing that let me take that gamble. (Mainly because my parents let me live at home. I could definitely NOT be an author without them. Thanks mum and dad!) But I made very little money that first year – far below minimum wage.

For a while, I thought that being an author wasn’t possible for me, at this time in my life. The finances just weren’t going to work out. Unless you’re a bestseller (which I am definitely not), I didn’t think it was possible to make enough money to live on by writing. I resigned myself to getting a job after my ‘gap year’ was over. But….somehow, it has worked out.

Last year I got an Arts Council grant which kept me going while my debut was published. (I owe Arts Council England a life debt. No joke.) This year, when I resigned myself once again to having to get a ‘real’ job, I got more funding just when I needed it (but more on that soon, hopefully!).

So as I enter my third year of writing full time, I am very, very grateful. Every year I still get to do this, I feel unbelievably lucky. It’s the best gift. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do this forever sustainably, or whether in a few years I’ll have to get another job and write in my spare time – which would be near impossible, seeing as I work way-more-than-full-time now, but I’d try and make it work.

But I do know that, for now, writing is the best and greatest gift I have ever been given. I’m paid to do what I love. I write things I’ve dreamt up in my head and people pay to read them. It’s impossibly wonderful and I still feel like I’ve tricked someone into giving me this life.

This eBook, written and released for free, is a present to say thank you for that, with all my heart. You, the people who support my writing by buying my books (and at the last count there’s something like 10,000 of you – that’s 37 people a day!), are the ones that make that happen.

And, just as a reminder – if you can’t afford to buy my books, please don’t pirate them. Please borrow them from a library instead. 

It’s so painful to see links to download my book illegally, and it really does impact an author’s career. It’s free to use libraries, and in the UK authors get paid approximately the same amount if you borrow a book as if you buy it. Public Lending Rights are 7.7 pence per library loan, and royalties are usually around 10% per copy purchased – in paperback that’s 7.9 pence. 

Finally, if you enjoy reading Another Together, the best way to thank an author, always, is to leave them a review. Good or bad, it doesn’t matter. It all helps. Thank you. ❤

I really hope you enjoy Katherine and Matthew’s latest adventure.

L xx

Cover reveal for The Last Beginning and SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

It’s time! I can finally share the cover for my second novel, The Last Beginning. Thank you to Maximum Pop!littlebookwormig, the.literary.omnivore, prettybooks, sarahlikesbooks, pollyandbooks, mynovelexperience, living.in.the.library, tilly-and-her-books and nikkireads for helping me do this reveal. You’re all stars. ❤

I’m not going to keep you waiting any longer. HERE IT IS.

The Last Beginning by Lauren James_publishing October 2016

The epic conclusion to Lauren James’ The Next Together series about true love and reincarnation.

A love that transcends time. A secret that could destroy the future.

Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find them. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella and why does she keep appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation?

The Last Beginning will be published by Walker Books in the UK and Australia on 6th October 2016. It will be published in Fall 2017 in the USA by Sky Pony Press.

Amazon UK | Book Depository | Goodreads 

If you would like to review The Last Beginning, you can request a review copy here. You can also subscribe to my mailing list for updates.

Some links with more information:

Isn’t it glorious?! Isn’t it the perfect companion to The Next Together?! Here they are side by side, so you can picture them on your shelves…

SO PRETTY. SO, SO PRETTY.

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Ella is on the left and Clove is on the right. Clove is wearing a special suit which is relevant to the story!!

I also have to share this tweet.

That’s a tweet from Alice Oseman back in September of last year, when we were sketching dream covers for our books. Look at mine. Now, look at the real thing . . .

Whaaat! The designer, the lovely Jack Noel at Walker, has never seen my drawing. That is pure chance. This cover was meant to be. And isn’t it beautiful?!?

(Thank god he’s better at drawing than me, though. My attempt was very terrible.)

Finally, I promised you guys a special announcement today, alongside the new cover. I’ve been posting clues about it all week, and 8 of you correctly guess what it was (congratulations, you clever sleuths! You can officially call yourselves my biggest fans. (I mean, only if you want…..no pressure.))

Lots of people have asked me why Kate and Matt talked a lot about one of their other past lives in The Next Together, where they stopped a murder at Bletchley Park. That story isn’t part of the book, but lots of you (including my editor!) were absolutely desperate to know what happened. And I listened. So …..

I’m going to be releasing a short novella about Katherine and Matthew, set at Bletchley Park during World War II. It’s coming out on 2nd June on Kindle and all other eBook providers, and it’s going to be free.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Bletchley Park in England was the secret location of a code-breaking team during World War II. The mathematicians and scientists worked to break the code which the Germans used to send each other messages, and when they cracked it, they significantly helped the Allies to win the war. With the messages they decoded, the Allies learnt details of upcoming German  tactics, and managed to work against them.

It was the topic of the 2014 film The Imitation Game, where Benedict Cumberbatch played Alan Turing, the scientist who cracked the Nazi’s Enigma code.

I had so much fun visiting Bletchley Park and researching this story, where Kate (known in this story as Kitty) and Matthew work at Station X at Bletchley.

Here’s the blurb:

Winter, 1940: there is a murderer on the loose at Bletchley Park, the headquarters of Britain’s most daring codebreaking operation against the Nazis. Can two young codebreakers Kitty and Matthew catch the killer?

This standalone short story can be enjoyed by new readers and existing fans of Lauren James’s The Next Together series.

And here’s the cover (I know! SURPRISE DOUBLE COVER REVEAL! MWAHAHAHAHA. I feel like Beyoncé, dropping a surprise album.)

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Again, Jack has completely overpassed my greatest expectations with this. It’s so stunning that I think I’m going to have to print out a real copy just so I can have it on paper to match the books.

And if you were wondering what the clues all meant, here’s your answer:

Clue 1 – A codebreaker’s desk at Bletchley Park, with a sneaky copy of TNT.

Clue 2 – A dispatch worker’s motorcycle which was used to take decoded Nazi messages back and forth from Bletchley to Winston Churchill and other military leaders in London.

Clue 3 – One of the huts at Bletchley Park

Clue 4 – The lake and mansion at Bletchley Park

Clue 5 – A machine used to decode messages written with the Enigma machine

Clue 6 – Documents and signs from Bletchley Park

Clue 7 – The Bombe machine and a Wren operator cracking the Enigma Code.

Did you guess it? If so, congratulations!

You can add Another Together on Goodreads, and I will let you know when it’s available to preorder on Amazon and other eBook providers in the UK, Ireland and Australia / New Zealand. The eBook will also contain the first chapter of The Last Beginning, so hopefully this will tide you over until my second book is released (138 days!).

ENJOY, GUYS.

Finally, because I can’t stop staring at them together, here’s the whole, complete, series:

I WROTE A WHOLE SERIES, GUYS. A WHOLE S E R I E S. !!!!

Competition + The Last Beginning cover reveal!

The cover of The Last Beginning is being revealed THIS TIME NEXT WEEK by some lovely Instagram and Tumblr bloggers. Whaaat!!

If that isn’t enough, there’s also going to be a VERY EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT by the folks over at Maximum Pop! alongside the cover. Here’s a clue to what it’s about……do you have any guesses?

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Clue #1

 

 

I’ll be posting more clues between now and Friday on my instagram and tumblr – anyone who guesses correctly what the announcement is will be sent a signed bookmark! I’ll update this post with the new clues too, if you would rather revisit this page.

Here’s Clue 2!

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Clue 3!

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No one has got it quite right yet…. 🙊 Any ideas? If you’re feeling confused, don’t worry – the clues will get more obvious as the week goes on.
You might want to go back and reread TNT looking for hints…

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Clue number 4! We’ve already have a winner – the lovely @rachel_starkidx messaged me privately guessing the announcement. Congratulations Rachel!
Anyone else who guesses it right can still win a signed bookmark though – only 3 more clues left before Friday…..

Clue 5:

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Clue 6:

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FINAL CLUE. This is your last day to win a signed bookmark by guessing my super exciting super secret announcement about The Next Together. It’s going to be revealed on Maximum Pop! at 8pm tomorrow, along with the (amazing!) cover of The Last Beginning.
You’ve had 7 clues, and yesterday 4 people got it right, so I want to see you guys going wild with suggestions in the comment section down here. 👇👇👇👇👇👇

If you really have no ideas, here’s the answer in hangman.

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Leave a letter in the comments and I’ll update it over the course of today and tomorrow.

CATCH YOU TOMORROW WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT AND COVER!!! 🙆🙆

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In other news: Event update!!

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We have lift off!

My second novel The Last Beginning is, as of today, available for preorder! (Amazon UK | Book DepositoryThe release date is 6th October! 179 days to go!!

Here’s the blurb:

imageThe epic conclusion to Lauren James’ debut The Next Together about love, destiny and time travel.

Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation?

For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.

I’M GETTING GOOSEBUMPS? It’s so amazing! And so, so gay!!

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We tried really, really hard to write a blurb that didn’t spoil anyone who hasn’t read The Next Together yet, so I hope we succeeded!

This is just the PREORDER LINK and I’m freaking out. I’m gonna so mad with joy when the cover is revealed (IT’S SO GOOD, GUYS. SO GOOD.)

If you would like to review The Last Beginning, you can request a review copy here. You can also add the book on Goodreads.