Tuesday, 16 August 2016

And the winners are . . .

Thank you to everyone who sent in their ideas for where in the world you would send Cleo and Ryan if you were writing their next adventure. There were some great suggestions, from Oxwich Bay in Wales to Bhangarh Fort in India, and from Persia to Peru.

I wrote the names on pieces of paper, put them into a hat (I borrowed Mrs Loveday's cycling helmet, in fact) and pulled two out.

The two lucky winners of the signed sets of Secrets of the Tombs books are . . . fanfare please . . .
  • Benjamin G
  • (Macchu Pichu in Peru is somewhere I've always wanted to go. I'd love to send Cleo and Ryan there.)
  • Bill V  
  • (You are right, there are so many great sites in the Middle East that would make perfect settings. Petra in Jordan would be top of my list.)
Congratulations! I'll be in touch by e-mail shortly to find out where to post your prizes.


Apologies to everyone who wasn't lucky this time, but thank you very much for entering. I'll be running more competitions and giveaways in the future so there will be lots more chances.


Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Serpent King Giveaway/Competition

Ta daaaa!  
The Serpent King, the final installment of the Secrets of the Tombs trilogy, is now out in the wild.


To celebrate I have two sets of the complete Secrets of the Tombs trilogy to give away. To be in with a chance to win them, all you have to do is e-mail me with your idea for where in the world you would send Cleo and Ryan if you were writing their next adventure.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The Serpent King . . . coming soon


It's only a few weeks now until The Serpent King is published - hopefully finding its way to the shelves of a library or bookshop near you.

I've received my advance copies already and have sent a few of them off to some very special readers who I thought might like a sneak preview.

One is Amy, who first got in touch when she read her way through all the Adventure Island books and has since become a dear friend. Amy is a fanatical reader, and like me she loves dogs, and has two gorgeous golden retrievers. I spent the day with Amy when her dad put in the winning bid for a special visit in the Author's Auction for the Philippines in 2014.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Top Ten Thrilling Locations


Exciting New!  Secrets of the Tombs is included in this Top Ten list of Thrilling Locations in Children's Books, compiled by author, Sara Grant on The Guardian Children's Books website. 

I'm thrilled to be in such illustrious company on this list - including the The Secret Garden! 

Sara says . . . 

"This new series combines exciting locations such as Egypt’s Valley of the Kings and an archaeological site in China with unbelievable action and adventure, including ancient murder mysteries, deadly secrets, treasure, fire-breathing dragons, and terracotta warriors. I can’t wait to see where Moss will take us next."

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Bonus Chapters

It's still three months until The Serpent King, the final installment of Cleo and Ryan's archaeological  mystery-solving adventure, will be in the book shops. In the mean time, I thought I'd share with you some extra chapters from the end of The Dragon Path.

I was very sad when these chapters had to be cut out but there was no option - the  book was just too long! They describe a final twist in the tale before Cleo and Ryan leave China. This doesn't change what happens in Book Three, but may just give you a little more insight into what you find out at the end of the story.

Monday, 21 March 2016

The Serpent King - crossing the finishing line


Over the last month or so I've been busy putting the finishing touches to The Serpent King. First there was the copy-edit to go through, and then the final proofs to check for those tiny errors that always lurk . . .

'How did we miss such obvious typo?' Cleo asked. 'We must have read this text fifty tims!'
Ryan shook his his head. 'It's a total mystery'.
I'm very grateful to all the people who've been involved; brilliant editors, copy-editors and proof-readers all play a vital part in making sure the book is as good as it can be.

And then, very excitingly, a chance to look through the rough versions of the forty chapter head illustrations by super-brilliant illustrator, Leo Hartas, and give feedback for the final versions.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Cover Reveal

A menacing stone serpent head, fiery skies, swirling mist, a prowling jaguar, a mysterious pyrmaid and two intrepid mystery-solvers looking into the distance . . . how exciting is this? I present (drum roll please!) the cover of The Serpent King!