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GUEST POST: The story behind The Goddess Society by Kelly McKain

goddesscoverI’m so excited that my YA comedy-drama The Goddess Society is out now as an e-book, and even more excited that I designed the new cover myself. I hope you like it!

The book is about three best friends – Jen, Shelley and Lia – who form a society to lose their virginity. Yes, you heard that right. You wouldn’t think they’d have much trouble with this goal – surely there must be lots of boys willing to help out?! But the thing is – the Goddess Society girls don’t just want any old first time. They each want a perfect first time, something really special that they can look back on when they’re old and wrinkly. And they each have the perfect person in mind to lose it with.

Or so they think…

Parents, kid brothers and drag queens all get in the way of their plans… not to mention the boys themselves.

I really hope you enjoy the book if you get chance to have a read. You will laugh, definitely. You might cry, a bit. You might also have a blush or two and have to turn the page/screen away from the person next to you on the beach/train/sofa – because there are some sexy bits, of course. I’m not one of those authors to cut away to curtains billowing at the window while the action is happening! I wanted everything to be in the book – the friendship, the fall-outs, the fun, the cringes, the sad bits, the scary bits, and most definitely the bits where they finally get down to their perfect first times (or not, in some cases!).

The story behind The Goddess SocietyI was only 24 when I wrote this book, which probably seems massively ancient to you guys, but to me I felt like I was only just starting to get a handle on being a grown-up, and to grow into myself and find out who I was. I wrote the book to capture the spirit of being in my late teens, and all the thrill and fun and shock and horror of that time (here’s me at 17).

I was into writing (of course!), reading, dancing, playing the piano and giggling. A LOT of giggling. Most of this giggling was done with my two best friends, Helen and Laura, who I’m lucky enough to still have today, (GASP!) twenty years later. We talked about boys and boyfriends, our hopes and dreams and fears, our ambitions and worries, Blackadder and The Shining (which we watched from behind cushions!), and we were weirdly obsessive about Lipton instant lemon tea. We played guitar, sang and danced, went pubbing and clubbing, drove to the beach with our boyfs to jump off the old bomb shelter (for some reason!), and laid in the park reading magazines. Most importantly of all, we inspired each other with the strength and confidence to be who we were, and encouraged each other to think big and to keep reaching for our dreams.

The Goddess Society is about boys and love and sex, of course. But most of all it is a celebration of girls’ friendship – through the ups and downs, the joys and struggles, the random and weird stuff that life throws at us all. I’m not going to tell you which bits in the book, if any, are based on real events – you’ll just have to guess ;)

So, give your friends an extra-big hug today! And enjoy the book!

Download the book at (paperback also available)

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and @kellymckain

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Breathe by Sarah Crossan

422955_10150778905648054_359292813053_11195090_2050423942_nThe world has no air. If you want to survive, you pay to breathe. But what if you can’t? And what if you think everything could be different?

Ever since the Switch, when the oxygen levels plummeted and most of humanity died, the survivors have been protected in glass domes full of manufactured air. Protected . . . or trapped? Or controlled?

Alina’s a revolutionary who believes we can save the environment. Quinn’s a Premium who’s never had to worry about having enough air. His best friend, Bea, is an Auxiliary who’s never worried about anything but having enough air. When the three cross paths, they will change everything.

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Shipwrecked by Siobhan Curham

16275771I jump at the sound of a whispered voice over my shoulder. But when I turn round all I see is sand, and the towering, green wall of the rainforest. I guess it must have been the breeze, but I can’t help shivering.I have the weirdest feeling that we’re being watched.

Grace Delaney and her fellow dance students are en route to perform on a South Pacific cruise-ship when a freak storm hits and they find themselves stranded on a deserted island. With the tropical heat rising, passions and tensions swell to breaking point. And the island itself is quietly steaming with a terrible secret…

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COMING SOON: Secrets, Schemes and Sewing Machines by Katy Cannon

21797284Grace: This was supposed to be Grace’s starring year, until she opened the door to a family secret that changed everything.

Now she’s stuck making costumes in Sewing Club and watching someone else play the lead role – unless she can find a way to win it back.

Connor: Far from home and exiled to a new school, all Connor wants is to keep a low profile and get through the year. But agreeing to help his step-dad out with the school play means he’s soon caught up in Grace’s schemes.

Grace had a plan for this year – and it didn’t involve learning to sew. But being out of the spotlight isn’t the disaster she imagined, even if Connor is convinced she’s still a diva extraordinaire. Can Grace prove she’s really changed and save the play from the sidelines, even though her family is coming apart at the seams?

Published February 2015 by Stripes Publishing

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Soul Fire (Soul #2) by Kate Harrison

15612711Welcome to Soul Beach.

People are dying to get here . . .

Alice Forster talks to her dead sister, Meggie, in the virtual world of Soul Beach – an online paradise for the young, the beautiful and the dead – but paradise can be stifling and the Beach’s guests want to move on.

If Alice can solve the mystery of her sister’s murder then Meggie will be free.

But passions are running high, the temperature’s rising and as Alice gets closer to finding the killer, the killer is getting closer to Alice . . .