CRUEL SUMMER LAUNCH
Posted by James Dawson on August 6, 2013
Thank you so much to all the friends, readers and bloggers who came to the CRUEL SUMMER launch event in London last Thursday. My head has been spinning since launch day (and Brighton Pride didn’t help the head spinning) so I just wanted to take an opportunity to share how much it meant to me. First of all, it was a flawless night so mega thanks to the staff of Clapham Waterstones for hosting us. I should point out that there are about ten signed copies in store should anyone want one!
I was delighted that so many young people came – especially the talented First Story writers. After all, YA is about giving you a voice.
The early reviews of CRUEL SUMMER have been amazing, so thanks reviewers! Here are a few braggy snippets…
‘A gripping psychological thriller with a dash of romance – just don’t read it alone or after dark if you’re easily scared!’ MIZZ MAGAZINE.
‘Hugely entertaining murder mystery with a great plot and a brilliant climax.’ THE BOOKBAG.
‘This pacy, exciting thriller is almost as intense as the summer heat!’ CLOSER
Clearly quite pleased with that. YOU, yes YOU dear reader are the most important thing in the world. As I said HERE, word-of-mouth is more important that clotted cream on scones. If you liked Cruel Summer then keep telling people! This weekend, Cruel Summer entered to top ten kids ebooks behind The Hunger Games, John Green and Ransom Riggs – that was quite a moment, let me tell you! I nearly pooped myself when I saw!
People have been asking where they can find Cruel Summer and where’s the best place to buy it. I’ve seen copies with my own eyes in Foyles and Waterstones so they are out there. If you can’t find them in you local bookshop, you could use hive.co.uk and have it delivered to your local indie or, of course, Amazon. Clever author Laura Lam wrote a great piece on this HERE.
As I said at the launch, I was SO NERVOUS before Cruel Summer came out. I was worried people wouldn’t like it because it wasn’t a Hollow Pike book; I was worried people wouldn’t get Ryan’s sense of humour; I was worried people wouldn’t like that there was no supernatural element. Basically I had ALL THE WORRIES.
But I didn’t need to. Your tweets, emails and Facebook messages have been SO KIND. If I could send you all a delicious foam shrimp in a envelope, I would. But I won’t because I ate them all.
Give me a shout if I’ll be seeing you at LEAKYCON this weekend or if you still need a copy of Cruel Summer signing I’ll be at WATERSTONES CROYDON on SATURDAY 17TH AUG 11-2!