Friday, 26 September 2014

DIVERGENT -a great adaptation

I'm not always a huge fan of book to movie adaptations, and I wasn't a huge fan of Veronica Roth's novel Divergent, but I'm going to take another look at it now I've seen the movie. Directed by Neil Burger and starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet, this is a tense, deep and beautifully adapted movie.
Roth's idea of a society divided according to dominant personality characteristics is a brilliant and original one, though it reminded me a little of the class system in Aldous Huxley's classic, Brave New World.
The movie's setting is the grim and crumbling urban landscape of Chicago, where the population is kept in check by making sure everyone fits into their chosen roles. There's no room for individuality or multi-faceted personalities in this society. You blindly follow your chosen course because the leaders know best, although there's a power struggle going on between the leaders with brains and the the leaders with a conscience. Sounds like business as usual, 2014!!

Shailene Woodley plays Triss, a courageous, gutsy girl who suspects she's Divergent, meaning she doesn't fit neatly into one category. This puts her in danger because the leaders don't want people with well rounded personalities who can't be controlled. She manages to pass herself off as Dauntless, which starts off all the action in the story and leads to her discovery of a sinister plot that she must overthrow.
Shailene Woodley is a perfect Triss. Strong, cool, brave, conflicted and caring. Theo James as Four is handsome, mysterious and absolutely magic on screen. This is a movie with a little more thought and depth than The Hunger Games and I was glued to the screen the whole time, invested in the compelling characters.
I'm definitely going to check out the book again!!

THE FOREVER ONES NEWS!! The book hit #1 on 2 Amazon bestseller lists and went up to #72 in the entire Kindle store for free downloads. Paige is definitely on the move!
THE PARASITES has received some great reviews and is on Kindle Countdown this week.

Friday, 20 June 2014

THE PARASITES! Live in the Kindle Store

Follow the continuing story of Paige, Junius and Chale as they fight Big Business and Big Crime in an effort to stop the exploitation of the Forever Ones.
The paperback version will be out next week!

Monday, 26 May 2014


Once they’re inside you, there’s only one way to stop them

I'm delighted to finally reveal the cover for BOOK 2 of the Iduna Project series. The book is now going through final edits and will be available in the middle of June. I'd hoped to get it out earlier, but was sidetracked by work on my adult historical fiction novel, UNNATURAL.
 It's always fun to rejoin Paige, Junius and Chale as they continue in their quest to make sense of the strange and dangerous world they've discovered after escaping from the Iduna compound, and this book takes them deep into the desert to Sin City and the bizarre world of the Crime Lords.
 My travels to Arizona and Las Vegas really inspired the setting for this novel, as well as  a Vanity Fair article entitled Three Planetary Futures, which imagines the future Las Vegas as a strange and arid eco-tourist destination where once-opulent hotels crumble into the dust and colonies of kangaroo rats inhabit ruined Bellagio suites. All because the water supply was redirected to larger population centres. Check this fascinating article out here.
This beautiful cover was designed once again by the wonderful Jeanine Henning. Check out her work here and I'll keep you updated on release dates as well as feature some background info and excerpts in coming blogs.

Sunday, 26 January 2014


I'm really enjoying writing THE PARASITES, the second book in the trilogy, THE IDUNA PROJECT. 
The story opens in Carter City, Junius's idyllic home. Life seems to be perfect. Well almost! Paige, as usual, discovers a not-so-perfect side to this peaceful paradise, but she's alone in her suspicions. Her friends Kumaresh and Ida love it there and Toby and Chale are back in Tinsel Town on a mission. Before she can confront Junius, they're sent away on their secret mission to infiltrate the Crime Lords and find out how they're using the forever serum, as well as discover the link to Sin City and The Iduna Corporation. After some gruelling training and preparation, Paige and Junius are plunged into the dangerous world of the Crime Lords. They meet the handsome, but dangerous Antoine and make some unexpected discoveries about Paige's past.

Chale shows up when she least expects him to, and Paige is forced to make decisions she never imagined in her wildest dreams.
One thing never changes - the people with power will do anything to gain control of the Forever technology. Who will emerge victorious? You'll have to read THE PARASITES. Due out in April 2014!
OH and by the way, THE FOREVER ONES will be on sale on Kindle Countdown starting Jan. 29th!!