Monday, May 23, 2011

NEWS: Girls Heart Books and Fiction Express

I know this post is way overdue, both of these websites have been around for nearly a month! - but for those who haven't heard of them yet, I'm gonna tell you now.

Girls Heart Books

A group of female writers have gotten together and made a joint blog/website called Girls Heart Books. It was set up by Jo Cotterhill, author of the Sweet-Hearts series.  Here's a bit more about it, taken from the sites 'About' page.

It’s a place where we can tell you our latest news, whisper the secret stories behind our books, and share our favourite things. We’ll have a new blog post every day for you – plus giveawaysnew book newsevent announcements and more.
So if you’ve ever wondered what your favourite writer’s desk looks like, which book is lighting up her bedside table right this minute, or whether when she was 13 she had a really unfortunate haircut and was afraid of swans, GIRLS ♥ BOOKS is just for you.
Here's a list of the authors contributing, in alphabetical order (by first name):
Anna Carey, Anne-Marie Conway, Cathy Cassidy, Cathy Hopkins, Diane Messidoro, Fiona Dunbar, Griselda Gifford, Hilary Freeman, Jo Cotterill, Joan Lennon, Joanna Nadin, Judi Curtin, Julie Sykes, Karen King, Karen McCombie, Kate Maryon, Kay Woodward, Keris Stainton, Leila Rasheed, Linda Chapman, Lisa Clark, Liz Kessler, Luisa Plaja, Maggi Gibson, Rosalie Warren, Sarah Webb, Sophia Bennett, Sue Mongredien, Susie Day, Tamsyn Murray, Wendy Meddour
I know, it's great isn't it? And a new post every day what more could you ask for?

Fiction Express is an interactive e-fiction website aimed at young readers. At the end of each chapter, readers are given 3 or 4 choices as to what happens in the next chapter and they can vote for whichever one they want. There are four novels available, by four great authors.  New chapters are available from 3:30pm on a Friday and voting closes at 10:00am the following Monday. Authors will then write a chapter according to the most popular choice. This continues for 11 weeks, as each book has 11 chapters.  The four books are:
Diary of a Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja (Split by a Kiss, Swapped by a Kiss, Extreme Kissing)
The Soterion Mission by Stewart Ross (Timewarp Trials and What If The Bomb Goes Off?)
Soul Shadows by Alex Woolf (The Chronosphere)
The Last Symbol by Rebecca Morton 
The first chapter is available for free, and later chapters sell for as little as 59p.
I was lucky enough to win a giveaway on fantastic site Chicklish, when they were giving away ten credits, which is the equivalent of one novel. I am using the credits on the brilliant 'Diary of a Mall Girl' by one of my favourite authors Luisa Plaja, and I am loving  it so far. 
So make sure you check out Fiction Express.

Thanks for reading this (very late) post.


  1. They both sound awesome! Especially the 1st one. :)

  2. Oooh, both of these sound so cool! I'm going to go have a look at them!
    Thanks for letting me know about these, Cliona! :)

  3. I love both of these websites! :-) I have free 10 credits too, and I am loving reading the e-fiction.

  4. Thank you very much for posting about both of these, Cliona! I'm so happy you're enjoying Diary of a Mall Girl!


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