It’s Disability Pride Week! I collaborated with some very talented people to create this amazing video of my spoken word piece “Stick-abled”. I’m really happy with how it turned out - I hope you’ll give it a watch.
I’m so excited to announce my story Reactive has been included in the Realms of Magic boxset, launching on the 24th September!
Witches, mystics, dragons, dark fae, and bone women abound in this enchanting fantasy story collection featuring eight different authors.
In these short stories, you'll find not only chilling tales, suitable for cozying up with a cup of tea on a Halloween night, but romance, adventure, and redemption too.
With over 400 pages of tales, the Realms of Magic Anthology is sure to keep you up way past your bedtime.
This boxset includes the following stories:
A Marked Witch by Ashley McLeo
A Mystic's Choice by Kelly N. Jane
The Dark Season by Jaci Miller
Water Lilies and Bones by Tamara Rockiki
The Nutcracker Curse Prequel by Margo Ryerkerk
Blessed with a Curse by Katie Cherry
Samhain's Gift by Melania Tolan
Reactive by Helen Vivienne Fletcher
Myra fell from the trapeze, and then she fell in love. Which one will hurt her the most?
Something is not right at the circus. Since Myra’s accident, there have been an unexplainable number of falls, and a strange, hot wind whispering through the tents.
Then, a new fortune teller arrives.
Myra meets Giselle, the beautiful, blind, child fortune teller, who often speaks of spirits in a way which may or may not be a joke. Myra finds herself drawn to her, despite the fact that she doesn’t believe in psychics.
When someone she cares about becomes the next victim of the falls, Myra must face the unnatural cause behind them. Will Myra be able to save the people she loves, or will she be the next one to drop?
Available August 15th - preorder now!
And YASH has closed! Check below to see if you were the winner of my giveaway.
I’m really excited to be able to reveal the beautiful cover of Cirque de vol Mystique.
Let the circus capture you again…
With seven stories from fantasy, to retellings, to paranormal, these circus-inspired tales will take you to new heights and introduce you to a world of wonder, terror, and triumph.
Circus of Scales by Constance Roberts
Blood Is Silent: A Red Riding Hood Aerialist Retelling by K.M. Robinson
Game of Bezique by Elle Beaumont
Circus des Spirits by C.M. Lander
The Ringmaster by Jessica Julien
We All Fall by Helen Vivienne Fletcher
The Dollhouse by Christis Christie
Can you heart handle these breath-taking stories from under the Big Top? Preorder your copy now.
Combined book launch is set to inspire young writers
Twelve-year-old Kapiti author Ben Spies and children’s author and tutor Helen Vivienne Fletcher from Wellington join forces to launch their books in a fun filled, family friendly event celebrating young talents.
Many twelve-year olds love to read novels, but not many can say that they have written and published their own. Ben Spies’ debut book, “Weirdo”, was written when he was just nine years old. His second book, “The Magic Pencil”, followed soon after at age ten, and at eleven the young author wrote his third book, “The World of Greek Mythology”. Ben says he has no plans of stopping there.
Helen Vivienne Fletcher is a children's and young adult author, spoken word poet, playwright and creative writing tutor. She's published two young adult novels - "Broken Silence" and "Underwater" - a short story collection for adults, and three picture books for children. Her latest book, "The Trespassers Club" is her first mid-grade novel.
What do these two authors have in common? The passion to nurture and inspire young writers to follow their footsteps. Helen had been successfully running Brain Bunny Workshops, a business offering creative writing classes and holiday programmes for children, since 2011. When Ben’s mum, Renata Spies, started looking for writing activities, she was excited to find Brain Bunny. “I found that there are many activities out there related to sports, music, dance and arts for children, but not enough writing ones to choose from. How do you reward, nurture and recognise a child who wants to write? Brain Bunny Workshops has been instrumental in Ben’s writing journey. Helen createsa fun, friendly environment where creativity is actively encouraged while instilling a love for storytelling.”
In this digital age, Ben wants to inspire children to read with his books. He also wants other budding authors to realize their dreams and write their own stories. If he can do it, so can they. His new book, “The World of Greek Mythology” was inspired by the young authors’ love for the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. “I’m so excited to publish “The World of Greek Mythology”. Since reading the “Percy Jackson” series, I started developing a huge interest in the Greek myths, gods and heroes. I began researching the myths when I came home after school and reading any books I could get from the library that would help me, especially books about the Trojan War and Odysseus’ epic journey - one of my favourite chapters in my book. It’s great to have a book launch with Helen as she was also the editor for my book.”
“The Trespassers Club” is Helen’s first mid-grade novel and takes inspiration from her own childhood. “Trespassers Club was a game the kids in my neighbourhood used to play,” she explains. “The goal was to “trespass” in other people’s gardens without being seen. I loved the name and thought it would make a great title for a book. The story is partly set in an abandoned house, which is based on a real one from the street I grew up in.” She also finds inspiration in her students. “Running classes for children, like Ben, inspires me as much as it does them. They have such great ideas and look at the world in their own unique way. It’s great to be able to encourage that passion. I was really honoured Ben asked me to edit his book, and I think children are going to love it. I’m excited to be launching our books together.”
The combined Book Launch will take place on the 18th of November at the Raumati South Hall, in Tennis Court Road, Kapiti Coast, between 1.30pm and 4pm. Guests will have the chance to ask questions, chat with the authors, or get their books signed. There will also be face painting, crafts, a treasure hunt, colouring-in competition and a sausage sizzle.
The Trespassers Club
Trespassers Club was just supposed to be a game, but sometimes going places you shouldn’t has consequences …
Laura has always spent her free time playing Trespassers Club with her sister, Katy. But Katy just turned thirteen and isn’t interested in playing games anymore.
When their family moves suburbs, Laura discovers an old abandoned house on her street. It seems like the perfect hideout, but something – or rather someone – is already hiding inside.
Laura meets Jacob, a runaway teen in a lot of trouble. Who is Jacob and what is he hiding from … Will Laura get herself into trouble if she gets involved?
The World of Greek Mythology
Ever wondered what the Greek myths look like through the eyes of a child?
Eleven-year-old author, Ben Spies, writes his version of some of the most thrilling tales from Greek mythology.
From Titans to Olympians, The World of Greek Mythologydelivers an action-packed retelling of the myths, from how the world was created to a personal take on some of the greatest and mightiest gods and goddesses.
Ben adds his quirky humour to each chapter as we follow the drama of the legendary Trojan War and the epic voyage of Odysseus. But be warned: the gruesome world of Greek mythology is not for the faint of heart… get ready for bloody battles and horrible deaths.
If you love Greek mythology, or you’re keen to learn more, this book is sure to delight and captivate your imagination.
Get "The World of Greek Mythology" from www.spiespublishing.co.nz