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Reader review – Dark Poppy’s Demise

Once in a while a review comes along that humbles you. This was one of those. I found this review of my third novel, Dark Poppy’s Demise, on Goodreads.
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Sharing some love

Writing for a living is tough, which is why not many people do it. Most of us write for the love of the written word. For me, coming home to sink my teeth in to a work in progress makes getting through the nine to five so much easier.
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Happy Valentines Day

Another non-book related post but worth it. Yesterday Jack White posted the official video for his new single Love Interruption on YouTube. If you’re as big a fan as me, this will be music to your ears.
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Fair Lady loves Dark Poppy’s Demise

The December issue of Fair Lady featured Dark Poppy’s Demise and Lily Herne’s Deadlands as two of their best teen books of the year.
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Lynette Ferreira reviews Fuse

I found this lovely little review of Fuse on the blogosphere.
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Monkey business

This is not a book related post, but rather a quick hello to wish all Bookslive members a happy new year and to introduce you to a new friend I made over the holiday.
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SACBIP Reviews Dark Poppy’s Demise

I found another review of Dark Poppy’s Demise, but beware: this one contains quite a few spoilers.

The heart-throbs of Junior High in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. The guy Jenna wanted as her boy has got hooked by someone else, so she follows up a drop-dead gorgeous guy “met” via the Internet. Neither her best friend Anisa nor her sensible brother Ian can do anything to influence the love-smitten maiden. We (as readers) know that disaster lies ahead but Jenna (using her Facebook code name Dark Poppy) builds up the romance verbally. They meet. He looks gorgeous and drives a smashing car. Heavier and heavier love scenes, as homework and school attendance suffer. By this time we have roamed around the Cape scene: Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cavendish Square, Kalk Bay, until the anticipated climax high up in Tamboerskloof. Now the romance turns into a horror comic. Truly nasty – but what else could besotted Jenna expect?

The story loses pace and flags a bit in the middle. We never know where the charming Robert gets his spare cash from. But the teenage hopes and dreams are well written, and the climax is both terrifying and sadly realistic. For teenagers wanting to wallow in mis-directed emotion.

-Jay Heale

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A girls day out

This week Sarah Lotz and I visited Springfield Convent School in Wynberg to chat about our books, what it’s like to be a writer in South Africa, and in Sarah’s case, the trouble she gave her parents as a teenager.
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A good year for reviews

Since Dark Poppy’s Demise was published in July its been getting some excellent reviews. I’ve compiled a list of my favourites from the last few months. Click the links to read the reviews in their entirety.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to review my book! I will keep this blog updated with more reviews as I find them. If you spot one before I do, please add it in the comments section below.
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Liasa end of year function

I was asked to speak at the Library and Information Association of South Africa (Liasa) end of year function, following in the very big shoes of Margie Orford, who addressed the association last year.

Thank you to Ingrid and Elmarie for inviting me to the event and thanks to new friends Julian, Sue, Wilhemmina, Rheina and Lyn for making me feel welcome.
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