I was excited to sign a new contract with MuseItUp Publishing yesterday for my next tween book, The Jigsaw Puzzle. This story has a slightly creepy fantasy element to it as well as an added rhyming puzzle to solve and hopefully it will appeal to boys as much as girls! I'll no doubt mention more about it at some point. The tentative release is March 2013. I've posted the blurb on the Flights of Imagination blog.
It seems appropriate the children's book was accepted just at the moment, as I've recently seen and enjoyed two children's films - one classic and one new. I happened upon the original version of The Wizard of Oz while ironing one day and was completely engrossed in Dorothy's adventures with her three strange friends. Love the way it ends when they eventually find the Wizard is not what they expected.
The other film was Brave, the new Scottish set animated film from Pixar. Have to say the scenery is stunning and the characters brilliant. A definite plus is the fact the main character is a fiery girl with the most gorgeous long curly red hair. As well as a satisfying storyline, it's very funny - not least the parts with the little triplet brothers. I went with an equally grown up friend and we laughed more than the few children in the audience. It really did us good to watch something so entertaining!
Think I'd better get on with redrafting the historical novel over the next week or two before I have to deal with edits for the tween book!