Chasing the Valley selected for iOS8 promotion

To celebrate the launch of iOS8, iBooks Australia has selected several books to offer for FREE for a limited time — and one of them is Chasing the Valley!

You can grab the book from iBooks here:

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If you have any friends who might enjoy the series, this could be a great chance to try out the first book for free. The prices of Borderlands and Skyfire have also been reduced during the promotion.

Sony Young Movellist Australia: Winner Announced

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be a judge in the Sony Young Movellist Australia competition. The results have now been announced on the Movellas website:

I was blown away by the quality of the shortlisted entries. Each manuscript had its own strengths and it was incredibly difficult to choose a winner.

Huge congratulations to the winner and runners-up! Your novels were clever, creative and a joy to read.

Congratulations also to every young writer who submitted a story. The standard of entries was exceptional. No doubt I’ll be seeing many of your names in the bookshops one day!

Upcoming Event: National Bookshop Day

Guess what? This Saturday (August 9) is National Bookshop Day! It’s a wonderful day to celebrate the importance of bookshops in our community.

Last year, I had great fun participating in an author flashmob at Readings in Carlton (see

This year, I’m helping out at Dymocks Melbourne as an “author cashier”. Dymocks has planned an amazing day of authors, illustrators, cosplayers and even craft demonstrations! Best of all, the event is raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

There will be authors and performers popping in and out all day. My time slot is from 11:45am to 12:45pm. If you’d like to come along and say hello or get your books signed, it would be great to see you there!

DATE: 9th August 2014

TIME: 11:45am – 12:45pm for me, but the event will run all day with different authors, performers and activities!

LOCATION: Dymocks Melbourne, 234 Collins St

COST: Free

The Hush — Coming in 2015!

I’m thrilled to announce that my next book, The Hush, will be published by Random House Australia in early 2015.

The Hush is a YA fantasy novel, set in a whole new world of magic, danger and adventure.

More details are coming soon!

Skyfire is OUT NOW!

Hooray, it’s PUBLICATION DAY!!!

Chasing the Valley: Skyfire is out today, which means the trilogy is now complete.

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(It’s also a year today since the first book was published, which means it’s Chasing the Valley‘s first birthday!)

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To the awesome team at Random House — thanks so much for giving me this opportunity.

To all teachers, booksellers & librarians — you helped to inspire my love of reading and writing. Thanks for everything that you do!

Above all, to all my wonderful readers — thanks so much for your support. I hope that you enjoy the story!

One Month to Go

Well, it’s the first day of June. A month from today, Chasing the Valley: Skyfire will officially hit the shelves!
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It’s hard to believe that publication day is almost here. This time last year, I didn’t have a single book published. Next month, the entire trilogy will be out in bookshops and libraries. It’s certainly been an amazing ride!

This series couldn’t exist without the brilliant team at Random House, or without my wonderful readers. Your emails, artwork and messages all mean more to me than I can say. I hope you enjoy the final instalment in Danika’s adventures.

Book 3 Cover!

I’m incredibly excited today! Why? Because it’s time to reveal the cover for Chasing the Valley 3: Skyfire!

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The cover was designed by the super talented Sammy Yuen, who created all three covers in the Chasing the Valley trilogy. Here they are together:

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Only 84 days until Skyfire hits the shelves!

Upcoming Event: Supanova 2014

I’m super (or should that be “supa”?) excited to be a guest at Melbourne Supanova next month. For more info, check out the Supanova website:

I’ll be hanging out at the Random House stand on Sunday 13 April. If you’re attending Supanova, why not come and say hi? I’m always thrilled to meet readers!

In other news, I’m working hard on the copyedit for Chasing the Valley 3: Skyfire.


The cover art for Skyfire is coming soon. I’m lucky enough to have seen a couple of rough designs and they look amazing! Can’t wait to share the final cover…

Sony Young Movellist Australia

Exciting news today!

I’m thrilled to be involved in a brand new writing award for teens: Sony Young Movellist Australia. If you’re an Aussie writer aged 13-19, this is a fantastic opportunity to win a publishing agreement with Random House.

And guess what? I’m lucky enough to be one of the judges!

You can find entry information (and prize details) here:

Best of luck to all participants — I can’t wait to read the shortlisted entries!

Booktopia Interview

When I visited Sydney last month (see, Booktopia’s lovely YA Buzz editor Sarah McDuling sat me down for a chat about Chasing the Valley. The interview is now on YouTube:

Thanks for having me, Booktopians! I had a great time.

In other news, I just got my hands on a copy of Chasing the Valley’s LARGE PRINT edition! I was so excited that I took a picture with the normal edition for comparison (and my dog for cuteness).

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The large print edition is available from Read How You Want:


iBooks Promotion

Fun news today! I’m super excited that Chasing the Valley has been selected for an iBooks promo:

If you have any friends who might enjoy the series, this could be a good chance to try the eBooks while they’re on sale.

The promo is called ‘First in a Series: Young Adult’ — and for the next few days, iBooks users can download Chasing the Valley for just $4.99 and Borderlands for $6.99.

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