11:42 – One Boy, One Girl, One Road, One Long Night, One Long Nightmare

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Here’s the prologue from my new book, a scary YA Paranormal Romance – Groundhog Day… but on a dark street… with a murderer.

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She sits beside me on the sofa, close but not quite touching. Her hand rests, clenched, on her knee, inches from my own. I daren’t reach for it because I know she’ll flinch. The lights from the TV illuminate her face and flash like fireworks in the darkness of her eyes, reminding me of another place, different lights. I lean back so I can watch her without her knowing.

We’ve only been officially seeing each other for a few weeks and I’m trying my best to act cool about it. It’s incredibly difficult. She sets off explosive charges inside me with just one look. My heart is constantly stuck in my throat. Every rare smile I win from her is a small victory. Continue reading

‘11.42’ by Jo Danilo – a taste from the new book

Many thanks to Mike at WriteUpNorth for this 11:42 feature!

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by Jo Danilo

Coming December 2018
One boy, one girl, one road, one long night, one long nightmare…
When a girl waiting outside the nightclub on Baker Street asks Noah to help her get home, he reluctantly agrees. He has no idea that she, Baker Street, and this one dark night, will be his whole world for a very long time. 
Category: Paranormal Romance
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Jo is author of ‘The Blackwood Crusade’, ‘The Curtain Twitcher’s Handbook’ and ‘11:42‘. 
 
Jo writes stories for children, young adults and older young adults. Though she is essentially a Yorkshire lass, she now lives in the Far North of New Zealand – decidedly more tropical than the north of England – with her husband, two sons and several furry creatures. She likes nothing better than a whole, uninterrupted day of writing, which she generally gets on her birthday. Hurray for birthdays!
 

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The Descent of Cat

In which Perkins the Kitten demonstrates how not to climb down from the top of a tree…

She enjoyed her experience so much she ran straight to the top of another tree and did the whole thing again!

The Big Giveaway: Completely Free Books!

My books are available for free in Amazon Kindle format until SUN 19th AUG.

Head over to Amazon and grab one. Or both!

THE CURTAIN TWITCHER’S HANDBOOK…

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A HAUNTED HOUSE, A SPOOKY WOOD, A DEADLY CURSE, AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR
When Daisy’s crotchety old neighbour, Mr Braithwaite, dies and a new family move in, she finds it hard to stay away from her window, intrigued by what is happening in the house next door. Why is the new boy acting so strangely when he is in his room? Why is he trying to avoid being at home? And what does all this have to do with the ill-fated gypsy encampment in the woods, and the strange disappearance of Mrs Braithwaite decades earlier?
Within a week Daisy’s life is turned upside-down by the boy next door, who has come to the sinister conclusion that the house is trying to kill him…
The thing is, HE’S RIGHT…

THE BLACKWOOD CRUSADE

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WHAT IF THE MEDIEVAL FOLKLORE OF OLD WAS BASED IN TRUTH? AND WHAT IF JUST ONE GIRL WAS CHARGED WITH THE TASK OF DESTROYING IT?

Adventure, swordfights, love, loss, faeries, battles… and magic. All in one book.
A fairytale suitable for ages 10 – 100.

Christina opens the wooden chest of her dead stepmother to discover she has been saddled with the ongoing task of the ancient Ostergaard family: To rid the entire world of faeries.

The only problem is, as far as she knows, faeries do not exist.

Meanwhile, less than a mile away in the village of Blackwood, three friends are discovering just how very much faeries do exist. And just how dangerous they really are.

Christina is thrown into a violent, supernatural world of faerie killing, but it is only with the help of the three friends that she can hope to come out of the battle alive.

This story is a collaboration with Dr. Melchior Williams, who discovered a treasure trove of intriguing manuscripts from medieval Blackwood hidden away in the depths of the British Museum – documents which seem to suggest the existence and destruction of the mythological creatures so ingrained in the medieval world. He provided the facts and I provided the fiction. We both hope you enjoy the result!


’11:42 p.m.’ COMING SOON

My third book – a Time Travel Romance – is due for release in December this year. Follow my blog and I’ll keep you updated 🙂

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11:42 p.m. The Editor’s Review and the Ending

In which my new book, a time-travel romance, is off to a cracking start with a note from my lovely editor, Malcolm:

“It has been a delight. You took me on a captivating and mysterious journey woven with hope, despair, betrayal and enduring love. Clever thing.”

Now to work my way through the edits and add the epilogue I haven’t quite got round to yet. Happy ending or sad ending? It all hangs on the last couple of paragraphs… I guess I’ll have to write them to find out!

If all goes well, 11:42 p.m. will be available on Amazon as a paperback and eBook in December. If you’re interested, please follow my blog to stay updated.

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11:42 p.m. by Jo Danilo – A YA Paranormal Romance due for release on Amazon in December 2018

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11:42 Blurb – including a review by best-selling author, Paddy Richardson

The Story Behind 11:42

The First Few Days of Perkins

I’d forgotten what whirlwinds kittens are. We’ve had Perkins in the bathtub, Perkins in the sink, Perkins in the washing machine (that was a close call), Perkins tinkling the ivories on the piano… all often within the same half hour. And then Perkins just conks out suddenly and sleeps exactly where she’s landed for hours on end.

It’s been entertaining for us, and most definitely for Perkins, but I’m not sure about the furry members of the family. Here are Bella the cat and Neko the dog looking slightly horrified as Perkins decides to interrupt their afternoon nap – if Neko could speak to me he would be saying “what the hell have you done?”. And then Bella looking on as Perkins eats all her food. Again.

Alfie, our old cat, has pretty much thrown all his toys out of the pram and moved out! …

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It’s now a couple of weeks later, and all four animals are in the same room, curled up, fast asleep. They’ve gradually become friends, and it’s been good for us all to have a little whirlwind taking over the house to shake things up a bit.

Welcome home, Perkins!

The Dangerous Life of a Successful Writer

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This has seriously put me off the whole idea 😀

Thanks, Tom Gauld, master cartoonist.

#4 I didn’t write today because… of Perkins

I asked my mum to drop into the vets yesterday on her way back from town and pick up some medicine for my old, wheezy cat, Alfie Bear. Which she did. Well done for that bit, mum.

But she also picked up something else. ‘I’ve brought you a present,’ she said.

She saw the look on my face that said ‘I really don’t need another cat’ and assured me she could take it straight back to the vets, no harm done. In our house, we have a policy of only taking in adult cats who need a home. But it’s almost impossible to say ‘yes you must take this tiny scrap of warm, wriggly kitten back to where you got it from immediately!”

So meet Perkins. Cat number three and our very first kitten.

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My boys had been lamenting the fact that we don’t have interesting cats. Our other two like to sleep, and not much else goes on. I asked them what an interesting cat did, and they decided it was the sort of cat that sat on your keyboard when you were trying to work, and liked to shove things off the table and climb up curtains. A cat like Simon’s Cat. Perkins has only been here for a day and can fit into a cereal bowl with room to spare, but she’s already done all of those things 🙂

Click the picture to see Simon’s Cat in action!

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Exploring mental illness in YA literature

Here’s an important post by Rebecca Alasdair. Well worth a read and a share. I’m off to check out the books she’s mentioned 🙂

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Mental illness is one of the most pressing health concerns of the modern age. Even a cursory internet search will reveal some truly horrifying statistics, especially in the western world where health outcomes have historically been superior. Studies over the last decade have shown nearly 50% of Australians (aged 16-85) experience mental illness at some time in their life, almost 1 in 7 children and adolescents (aged 4-17) are diagnosed with a mental disorder, and suicide is the leading cause of death in young Australians (aged 15-24).

For the longest time, talking about mental illness and suicide has been something of a taboo, especially in the presence of children and young adults. However, since it wasn’t so long ago I was a teenager myself, I am very aware of the fact that today’s youth don’t take well to having the curtains drawn over their eyes. They’re curious about all sorts…

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Getting Praised for Daydreaming

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Though, like a lot of writers, I write mostly because I love telling myself stories and getting immersed in worlds of my own creation (otherwise known as ‘daydreaming’), a bonus of making the stories available to others is the feedback.

When somebody totally gets what you were trying to say, understands how your world works, and bonds with characters you gave birth to, it’s like a little bit of sparkly magic.

Here are two favourites out of all my favourite reviews – one by a journalist, and one by someone who is so completely my target audience. With thanks to Hilarie and Georgina.

I hope you don’t mind a little bit of showing off. I don’t do it very often 🙂


The Blackwood Crusade

The Blackwood Crusade BookBook Review by Journalist, Hilarie Stelfox, published in Huddersfield Daily Examiner

“I was hooked from the first few pages – and mightily relieved to discover that it is extraordinarily well written by someone with a finely-tuned sense of humour. In fact, it’s every bit as good as any fiction for the young I’ve read in recent years, including the novels of JK Rowling and Eoin Colfer. As well as being a natural storyteller, Jo never patronises her readers, an attribute that will endear her to teenagers. Nor does she shy away from the odd bit of violence and unpleasantness, another plus for young readers.”

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The Curtain Twitcher’s Handbook

Curtain Twitchers Cover“I read this book in three chunks, over a period of two days! I was hooked to the story and literally could not put it down! It’s the perfect read for many teenage girls like myself what with it covering dilemmas we can relate to and also including the interesting element of the ghost story that leaves you desperate to read on to find out what happens next.

I fell in love with Daisy the main character almost instantly and could relate to her throughout the book, I didn’t see the ending coming at all it took me by surprise and completely blew me away! I felt so emotionally attached to both Will and Daisy throughout the book and found myself almost in tears on a few more occasions in the book.

It was by far one the best books I’ve read in a while, for the reason that not only did it have a phenomenal story but it took me on a journey with the characters as I felt I knew them so well and not many authors i know can portray this skill to take the reader on an journey and make them feel emotionally involved with the story but Jo has done this flawlessly and the book has been lingering in my mind since…

Definitely up there in my top 10 best reads and I have already recommended it to two friends, and passed it on to one of them already 🙂 5 stars!!!!

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