YALC postponement

I’m so sorry to hear that YALC won’t be going ahead this year. It’s undoubtedly the right decision, but I’ll miss meeting readers and talking books and politics all day! Put July 23-25 2021 in your diaries instead – I’ll see you there! ❤️

Welcome to June!

It’s June, finally – and we’ve got new prices and a new author photo to celebrate!

The prices of our Kindle books are increasing from today. Battle Ground and False Flag have been 99p ($1.49) since we published them last year, and it’s time to move them to a fair market price. Darkest Hour, Fighting Back, Victory Day, and the Books 1-3 Box Set are also nudging up in price, in line with the rest of the books.

We’re refreshing our image across social media with a new author photo. Out with the green hair, and in with stars and planets!

Happy June – we’re hoping 2020 gets better from here.

Now in bookshops!

We are very happy to announce that you can now order Battle Ground and False Flag, Books One and Two of the Battle Ground Series, in print from Waterstones, Barnes and Noble, and all good bookshops!

This has taken a good deal of work (buying ISBNs, reformatting the books, redesigning the covers, registering with the distributors, and more), but we’ve made it!

By ordering from bookshops, you’ll be supporting bricks-and-mortar stores (and you’ll probably receive your books more quickly than from Amazon during lockdown). Thank you for supporting Indie authors and high street shops!

Battle Ground Wins Bronze!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Battle Ground, Book One of the Battle Ground Series, has been awarded a BRONZE MEDAL in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards!

Huge thanks to the Wishing Shelf team, and to the YA readers who put us through to the finals – we’re so happy you enjoyed the story! Congratulations to all the winners – you can find the full list here.

If you haven’t read Battle Ground, download it now for 99p ($1.49) and lose yourself in an award-winning book today!

Wishing Shelf Award Finalist!

We are so excited to announce that Battle Ground is one of the finalists for the 2019 Wishing Shelf Book Awards!

YA readers in eight schools in the UK read the book, and marked it higher than 30/40 with reference to its style, theme, editing, and cover.

A huge THANK YOU to all the Wishing Shelf readers who gave such wonderful feedback on the book – we’re so pleased you enjoyed the story!

Battle Ground (Book One of the Battle Ground series) is available in paperback and Kindle editions, and is free to read on Kindle Unlimited.

Post-Brexit Dystopia

“Hey, Toph!”

A woman with short pink hair opens the kitchen door, noise spilling through from the room across the hall.

“Hey, Trish.” I give her a smile.

She walks into the kitchen and pours herself a glass of water, leaning against the work surface to drink it.

“Hard at work?”

I shrug. “Exams.” Trish rolls her eyes.

“I wish they’d leave you alone. Let you get on with learning instead of this constant testing.” I can’t help smiling. I’ve never found a subject that Trish couldn’t turn into an argument.

“What’s today’s torture?”


She shakes her head. “Don’t get me started, Toph. It’s all lies – don’t forget that!” She puts the empty glass down, her black sleeve riding up to show the tattoo on her wrist – twelve stars in a neat circle, with a broken heart in the centre.

(Making Trouble: freebook.tallerbooks.com)

Thank you!

A huge THANK YOU from Taller Books to everyone who has supported, promoted, and enjoyed the Battle Ground Series. It has taken two years, two months and nine days, but all five books and the prequel novella are now out in the wild.

At risk of sounding like an Oscar winner, there are some people we need to thank. Our proof readers, without whom Ketty wouldn’t have her own story, Bex’s journey in Book Four would be considerably less interesting, and the typo count would be so much higher. Our beta readers, who calmed our nerves, and whose suggestions made the books more polished. Everyone at YALC who encouraged us and provided a platform to promote Book One. Jericho Writers, NaNoWriMo, and everyone who gave us advice on writing and publishing the books. Our designer, Medina Karic, who worked with our rough sketches to produce such gorgeous eye-catching covers. Former colleagues, who encouraged Rachel to start writing when she suddenly had time on her hands. The Book Club, for showing us how fantastic YA can be, and all our local writers, for encouragement, support, book signings, and mornings in the Waterstones cafe.

And a huge THANK YOU to our readers, for taking a chance on an indie author, and for all your wonderful feedback. Thank you to everyone who has posted a review, tweeted about the books, made Instagram Stories and sent us photos of our books in their hands. It all means more than we can say.

Thank you.