And the winners are…

Exciting news! The winners of the Write Christmas short story competition for kids, sponsored by Cartridge Save, have just been announced. Huge congratulations to all! Read all about the competition here: WRITE CHRISTMAS WINNERSI was thrilled to be part of the judging team, and amazed by the high standard of entries. Great writing styles. Highly imaginative ideas. And refreshing new versions of classic Christmas stories. It was a treat to read them all. reindeerThe top 50 entries have been collated into a free downloadable e-book, available on the competition website. It makes perfect bedtime reading for a chilly winter’s night. Enjoy! SANTA




Exciting news… Cartridesave Christmas Writing CompetitionI’ve been asked to judge a fantastic new writing competition for kids. If  you, or a child you know, live in the Manchester area, check it out. The themes for the competition are Christmas and Winter and there are some brilliant prizes up for grabs. So spread the word and get scribbling. I can’t wait to read the stories! It’s the perfect boredom-buster for the half-term holidays.  For more details click on the picture or follow this link: 

Martin August 2011

In other news…Happy Halloween! (well, nearly!) As a huge fan of all things ghostly, I’m always excited at this time of year. I’ve ironed my best black clothes and looked out my reddest lipstick. (I’ve already got the black cat!) But this year is even more thrilling, as the final part in my Screaming Sands trilogy has just hit the shelves – Battle of the Beach Freaks!9781846471698 If you like the seaside and the dark side, this one’s for you. Check out the awesome new cover design, too!  US flagMeanwhile, the Undead Pets series is storming around the world.UPETS_ROTHHAMSTER The books are now available in the US, Canada, France, Sweden and South Korea. I wonder if Uncle Charlie has spotted the books on his travels!  Have a great half-term. Sam x