I’m publishing a new YA series!

Like Sam Kemi tumbling from a mountaintop, I’m being snowed under by an avalanche of news at the moment! But today I get to announce something I have been working on for quite some time now… an entirely *new* series!! 

The details were out in The Bookseller today: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/alward-signs-new-series-ss-set-near-future-582116

It doesn’t yet have a title, but here are FIVE things I can let you know about the new book: 

1) It’s going to shine the spotlight on girls in STEM fields: specifically my smart, inventive, teen engineer heroine Lacey and her super coder best friend.

2) Lacey’s robotic smart pet is called Jinx (thanks to the robot at the Edinburgh National Museum for spelling out his name – see above)

3) It’s set in a near-future Toronto (aka one of my favourite cities in the world)

4) If you loved The Potion Diaries, you are going to love this!

5) You’ll have to wait until 2018 to get your hands on it! 



MADLY releases in the USA & Canada!!

Today is the release day for MADLY! Woohoo! Confetti and candy for everyone!


Yesterday, I was on Canada’s The Morning Show to talk about the book with the beautiful Liza Fromer and awesome Jeff McArthur. They were lovely and you can watch the segment here: http://globalnews.ca/video/embed/2245420/

On set of Global Canada's national morning show!

On set of Global Canada’s national morning show!

I also have some great reviews to share with you for the book!

“Delightfully refreshing in its unique approach to the damsel-in-distress story, Madly has the heroine that needs no one to save her as she saves the princess. Sam finds the cure and gets the guy. Amazing and strong female-driven storytelling, fueled by a fantastic plot, makes this a must-read.” – VOYA

“Alward (pen name for Amy McCulloch) soon wins readers over with fast-paced adventure, high stakes, and just the right mixture of action, romance, and humor. Princess Evelyn, who has fallen in love with herself through some sloppy potion handling, steals the show with a series of hilariously perverse love scenes. The lighthearted fantasy universe mingles the contemporary and the classic, and teens will gladly suspend disbelief long enough to follow Sam on this journey and the sequels that are sure to come. VERDICT A fun read for fans who like their romance served with a big helping of magic.” – SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“Inventive, romantic, and downright delightful, Madly cast its spell on me from page one, and is the most fun I’ve had reading in ages! Reminiscent of Howl’s Moving Castle, readers will instantly wish they lived in the magical, modern world of Nova and fall in love (no potion required!) with the down-to-earth, resourceful, and relatable Samantha. Do not miss out on this book–you’re in for a real treat!” – SARAH J MAAS

It’s so cool!” – ZOE SUGG (aka ZOELLA)

You can buy it here: 

Barnes & Noble.com

And here’s the trailer one more time!!


YALC 2015 and The Potion Diaries!

I must interrupt the Hawaii posts for a super important THE POTION DIARIES-related announcement! I am thrilled to be appearing at YALC 2015 at Olympia in London from 17th-19th July 2015. *HAPPY DANCES*

YALC is the hugely successful Young Adult Literature Convention, held at the London Film and Comic Con, which was launched by the awesome Malorie Blackman last year. Like last year, it’s going to offer a mixture of panels, talks, interviews, book signings and workshops – something for everyone – but they’re aiming to make the experience EVEN better by focusing on shorter queues, separate tickets for YALC-goers, more quiet areas and bigger space. Sounds like they’re ticking all the boxes (and last year will be pretty darn hard to beat). I don’t know exactly which dates yet I’ll be appearing, or on what panels, but I promise to update you as soon as I know.


Make sure to book your tickets for YALC early – it was one of the best events I attended last year and it sells out rapidly: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/film-and-comic-con-london-tickets-15664017498

Other awesome authors like Cassandra Clare, Derek Landy, Carrie Hope Fletcher, and many more, will be there. For more information on YALC, click here: http://www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com/index.php/yalc

Proofs have arrived with my agent, Juliet Mushens!

Proofs sitting pretty on my agent’s desk!

Also incredibly exciting is that the proofs for THE POTION DIARIES are out in the wild! If you would like to receive one, make sure to drop me a link through my contact page or tweet to me and I’ll see what I can do (no promises!) This is mostly relevant if you are a non-North American blogger, as I’m hoping that the US/Canada will do their own proofs/ARCs for MADLY.  I just can’t wait to see them in person.

Here’s last year’s blog about YALC, if you want to see what all the fuss is about!

And if you’d like to pre-order THE POTION DIARIES… you can from amazon.co.uk or waterstones.com!