Well it’s cool all right – positively arctic, in fact. Here in Scotland we’ve had hurricanes, floods, blizzards, hail, sleet, even thunder and lightning! I don’t care, because it’s almost Christmas and that’s my FAVOURITE time of year. Over on the Secret Superfan Page you’ll find reader’s tips on fab make-it-yourself Christmas prezzies, as well as a picture challenge that could win you a signed CC book… take a look! If you still don’t have the password, sign up for the free online newsletter because there’s a clue in every issue!
I’m working like mad to finish off the second draft of Summer’s Dream. The publication date has been brought forward a whole month, so it will now be out in JUNE 2012! I’ve even seen a cover rough, and hopefully I’ll be able to give you a sneak peek at that soon! In the New Year I’ll be writing a 4th Daizy Star book, and then settling down to begin the 4th Chocolate Box Girl story, Coco Caramel… it’s going to be a busy year!
Right now though, I am wrapping prezzies and hanging fairy lights and perfecting my mince pies… mmmm! I can’t wait for the snow to start falling, for everyone to be home for Christmas, because that’s when the fun really begins. What do YOU like best about Christmas? And which books are you hoping for in your Christmas stocking?
<3 I WANT SUMMER'S DREAM NOW CATHY! I NEED NEW READING MATERIAL!!! I love putting the Christmas tree!! <3 xxxx
cool bean says…
I love christmas becasue you see family. I want Scarlet in my stocking! Have a great christmas.
- Zara says…
Did you make it along to an event and get your copy of Marshmallow Skye signed this year? If not, don’t panic… there are still some fab Cathy Cassidy signings scheduled in before Christmas! Over the next few Saturdays, I will be signing books in CARLISLE (22nd October), KILMARNOCK (12th November), NEWCASTLE (19th November) and BELFAST (26th November)... come along to say hi, get your books signed and join in the marshmallow madness! Click here for more details…
I’m back home after my epic tour now, my cold is all better and I am finishing off the first draft of SUMMER’S DREAM, the third in the CHOCOLATE BOX GIRL series which will be out in JULY 2012.
While I was away, I managed to finish the judging for the last writing comp and the RESULTS are now up online… take a look and let me know what you think of the winning extracts! I think they are AWESOME. You might even get inspired and decide to enter the new writing comp yourself… check out the WRITER’S WORKSHOP page to find out what to do, and check out my top tips for young writers.
I WON THE WRITING COMP!
Do you think you will be coming anywhere near Scarborough?
Love your books, they are the best.
Marshmallow Skye was AMAZING! Me and my mate, Megan, Loved it so, so much!!
Marshmallow skye was AMAZING!!!
- YESS says…
MY BEST FRIEND ROCKS 2011...
On Sunday I was lucky enough to meet all 12 finalists for the 2011 My Best Friend Rocks Competition at Puffin Towers in London… It was brilliant to finally meet the girls whose entries had so impressed the other judges and myself! Well done to Felicity, Henrietta, Beth, Naomi, Adia, Mia, Markie, Joelle, Rebecca, Olivia, Olivia G and Yashvi. You were all AWESOME!
This year’s fabulous winners were Markie and Joelle, from Liverpool… well done girls! I’ll try to get the MBFR page updated with some cool pics as soon as I am home from my tour… and you will hopefully be hearing more from ALL the MBFR 2011 girls as they have agreed to help me with a very cool Friendship Project on the website – look out for more info on this over the winter!
Meanwhile, I am in the first week of my cool MARSHMALLOW SKYE book tour, visiting schools and bookstores all around the country. See my EVENTS page for details of where I’ll be – who knows, I may meet you along the way! Looking forward to my public signings in WORTHING, SOUTHAMPTON, READING, BATH, EXETER, LIVERPOOL, SOUTHPORT & WIGTOWN… with DUMFRIES, CARLISLE, KILMARNOCK & NEWCASTLE coming very soon!
I have a rotten cold right now but my readers are cheering me up LOADS… you’re the best!!!
Aww, hope your cold gets better Cathy! Can't wait to meet you when you come on tour xxx
Oh, cathy poor u!! Hope u enjoy touring. Still haven't read Marshmallow Skye though i ordered it feom the library last month!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(
Cathy,I've read Marshmallow Skye! It was amazing! Reading it for the fourth time now!Wish I can meet you! And by the way, get better loads! Love you! You rock! :D xxxx
- Hayley says…
MARSHMALLOW SKYE - OUT NOW!!!
At last… Marshmallow Skye, the second book in the Chocolate Box Girls series, is out NOW!!! Get your hands on a copy pronto and let me know what you think… you can even post a review on the website!
I’m REALLY looking forward to the next few weeks – I’ll be doing lots of school events all around the country and public signings in Irvine, Dublin, Stirling, Bluewater, Bromley, Worthing, Southampton, Reading, Liverpool, Southport, Wigtown, Dumfries and Carlisle (plus Kilmarnock and Newcastle later in the year!). To find out more, check out the EVENTS page – maybe I’ll see you at one of those venues! (Possible Exeter date, watch this space… waiting to hear from Waterstones Exeter!)
If you’re a superfan, and you’re hoping to get along to one of the above events, email me and let me know. I am looking for CHOCOLATE FAIRIES for many of the above events – reader-helpers to assist at the signings by handing out chocolate, marshmallows and friendship bracelets! If you’d like to help, tell me why you (and a friend, if possible) would be a fab chocolate fairy. One lucky reader & her friend will be chosen for each location. I’ll put pics of the chocolate fairies from the tour on the SECRET SUPERFAN PAGE in the Autumn. And if you don’t yet have the password for the Secret Superfan page yet, you’ll find the clue in the free online newsletter – don’t miss out, sign up here!
Last but not least, don’t keep me in suspense – let me know what YOU think of Marshmallow Skye! Hope you like it!
I got Marshmallow Skye about four days ago from WHSmiths and read it in an hour. It is fab! Keep writing! Looking forward to Summer's Dream! xx
Marshmallow Skye only came out today in Australia, so I'm still waiting to get my hand on it! So the next books Summer Dream.... cool!! Cathy, u should sooooo come to Australia- I really wanna meet u! Keep writing, Caity xxxx
Yaaaaay I'm soo looking forward to reading this :D
- Meghan says…
OUR NEW COVER GIRL!
This was officially THE hardest comp ever to judge… there were tons of entries and every one of them was gorgeous, cool and full of personality! It took a while, but our panel finally settled on the reader they felt was most like Skye from the Chocolate Box Girls… and I agreed! It was a little like watching Skye come to life!
Well done Grace W – your photos were great, and I think you’ll be a great model for the paperback version of Marshmallow Skye. (Possibly Summer’s Dream too, as Skye and Summer are twins!)
The official photoshoot will take place at the HQ of GirlTalk mag in London, later this month… and I am pretty sure Grace will enjoy her day in the spotlight!
I only wish everyone could be a winner… you were all AWESOME and if the results of this comp work out well, you never know… there may be more COVER GIRL comps in the future! I know what a positive, generous bunch you are, too, and I know you’ll be pleased for Grace. If you’re sad at missing your model-girl moment, nip over to the SUPER FANS SECRET PAGE# and try this month’s Superfan challenge to send in a pic of you ‘striking a pose’ – the best one will win a signed copy of STRIKE A POSE DAIZY STAR! (If you don’t know the secret password yet, sign up for the free email NEWSLETTER – there’s a clue in every issue!)
I’d better get back to work… I’m writing the next book in the series, Summer’s Dream, right now. And don’t forget to check out the Aug 4th issue of MIZZ mag to see if you’re one of the six shortlisted finalists for the MBFR 2011 Comp! What are you waiting for?
Well done luv your picture I really wanted to win but u were
I think you chose the right person and I can't wait to read Marshmallow skye!!!!
Love Emily xxxx
wow, well done Grace! I didn't enter as my hair is red, but you look so good for it. congrats!
- Niamh says…
DREAM TEAM WINNERS!
OK… here it is… the moment you’ve all been waiting for! After much deliberation and discussion Puffin have picked seven new readers to join the CC DREAM TEAM… read on and find out who they are!
All winners have been informed by email, but in case you haven’t checked your mail lately, here we go… First of all, for the new Irish DREAM TEAM... congratulations to the following readers.
From Connaght, NADA NEWESSER; from Leinster, JANE FINNEGAN; from Munster, NORA FARRELL; and from Ulster, LEILA O NEILL. Well done to all who tried out for the Irish DREAM TEAM – picking just four was an almost impossible task.
To join the mainland UK DREAM TEAM, three more lucky readers have been chosen – congratulations to JULIANNE DOHERTY; EMILY MURRILLS; and ALICE BAXTER. Again, it was a very tough task, so a BIG thank you to all who entered – I have the best readers in the world, and if I had my way, I’d have picked you all!
Keep an eye on the DREAM TEAM link over the next few months… soon you will be able to see pics of the new Dream Teamers and find out more about them… it’s going to be VERY cool!
Last but not least, my book Cherry Crush has won the 2011 Redbridge Children’s Book Award… woo hoo! Thanks to all the fab children of Redbridge who voted for the book, and to the librarians and teachers too.
Well done again to the new Dream Teamers… do YOU have any ideas for how they should spread the word about my books?
Awww! I really wanted to win that! Oh well... Maybe I have a chance in the writing comp. CC, I am your No. 1 fan!!! I've got all your books so far! Xx :D
congratulations to all the dream team winners, sad that I didn't ge tin but happy for them. Also congratulations cathy cherry crush deserved to wint he redbridge childrens book award 2011!!! :O)
oh, cathy!! my entry was the best, and you didnt pick me. I actually cried when i found out. :(
- Emma says…
I have just started work on the third Chocolate Box Girl book, Summer’s Dream… exciting! Just the kind of thing to put me in a summery mood, and right on cue, the sun is FINALLY shining! I have a feeling July is going to be awesome… there is so much going on!
I’ve just arrived in Cork for the extra-cool West Cork Literary Festival, and I’ll be in London later in the week… woo!! By then we should know the winners of the DREAM TEAM search, so watch the website for the results! Puffin will also make a start on the HUGE task of sifting through the hundreds of truly amazing entries for MY BEST FRIEND ROCKS 2011 and the equally fab entries for the COVER GIRL comp. I can’t wait to see the shortlists and make a start on choosing my favourites! All results will be posted on the website and in the free email NEWSLETTER as soon as we know them.
There’s a cool, fun book giveaway running over on the SECRET SUPERFAN page too… don’t miss out! If you haven’t got the secret password yet, just sign up to the NEWSLETTER – there’s a clue in every issue!
Right… setting off to Bantry now. See you soon!
I really enjoy reading your books and I live outside europe so if one time you could come to the UAE more specifically Dubai I will be there
Chloe B says…
Cool! Really excited for Marshmallow Skye! But now I am excited for Summer's dream as well!
Keep on writing Summer's dream. Summer is one of my favourite characters in the Chocolate box girls. I like watching ballerinas dance, but I am not one myself. Anyway, I think all of your books are really something to look forward to. From Chloe B!
Amy Davidson says…
Hi Cathy! I hope your new books going really well and that you'll have great fun writing it! I've loved ALLLLL your books so far so i'm really really really looking forward to reading this one!!!
With Love Amy xx
- SS says…
COULD YOU BE A COVER GIRL?
I hope you are liking the new photo covers for my paperbacks! And now the hunt is on to find a model for the paperback version of Marshmallow Skye, out in April 2012. We need a COVER GIRL – could it be YOU?
Puffin and Girl Talk are launching a nationwide search for the perfect girl… what are you waiting for? If you are quirky, cool, smiley and individual like Skye, you could be the model we are looking for… click the COVER GIRL link on my website and find out how to enter! The winner will be invited to a special photo-shoot at Girl Talk HQ – and will also get to meet up with me for tea and cakes on my September tour!
If the COVER GIRL comp is not for you, don’t panic – there is still time to enter the 2011 MY BEST FRIEND ROCKS COMP... click the MBFR link on the website to find out how. All of our comps have a cool cover flavour this year, and for MBFR we are asking you design a book cover with you and your best friend on it, plus a blurb for the back telling us why your friendship is so fab. You can download a template on the MBFR page. Go for it!
We seem to have gone COMPETITION CRAZY this month… but remember that both comps close on June 30th so don’t waste any time! You have to be in it to win it, so give it a go… and GOOD LUCK!
shannon buck says…
wow, this comps sounds so cool ! xxx :)MBFR is awesome...
Cool comps!!! I was wondering, when is the winners of the superfan comp to be announced? :) :) :)
Cathy Cassidy says…
Kate, do you mean the Dream Team comp? Winners will be announced at the start of July. All comps/challenges on the Secret Superfan page are listed/ announced on there, but I'm not sure that's what you meant? xxx
- shannon buck says…
You heard it here first… the next book in the Chocolate Box Girls series has had a title change and will now be called Marshmallow Skye! The new title fits the story much better, and is just as sweet and cool… so I am hoping you will like it just as much!
I’ve almost finished the edits for Marshmallow Skye now, and the story has a slightly spooky flavour… I think you are going to like it! Marshmallow Skye will be out on 1st September, but first watch out for Strike a Pose Daizy Star out on 2nd June… and brand new covers for all of my paperbacks! They look VERY different but VERY cool, trust me!
There are some SERIOUSLY awesome comps in the pipeline too. MBFR 2011 launches in June, and so does a top secret but ultra-cool extra comp… sign up to the free online newsletter to be the first to hear about it! I’ll be doing school visits for most of May, but before I pack that suitcase I’m going to settle down with a mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows and add a few finishing touches to the book. And I can’t wait to hear what you think about the new title… I hope you like it as much as I do!
Sophie M-R says…
Oooo... I love this title! And I loooove marshmallows!
I am intreeged now to read the story about Skye and I like the new title very much, I like marshmallows especially dipped in chocolate vecause I have a chocolate fountain-thing.
- Sophie M-R says…
DREAM TEAM PLACES UP FOR GRABS...
Are you a CC superfan? Have you converted your friends to the books and helped to spread the word? There are THREE places up for grabs in the UK CC Dream Team, and for the first time ever, readers in Ireland will be added to the team too… there are FOUR places available for Irish readers!
Ever since we started the Dream Team two years ago we’ve had lots of requests from readers who’d love to be in it… if you are one of them, click DREAM TEAM and see how YOU can send your entry in. What are you waiting for? Remember, to be considered you must enter via the DREAM TEAM link.
At the moment, readers aged 11+ are eligible for the Dream Team… if you are younger, don’t panic… more places will become vacant as time goes on, so you will still have your chance to try out later on! Also, the places are only for readers in the UK & Ireland at the moment, but who knows, maybe Puffin/Penguin Books in Aus, SA & Singapore will launch a Dream Team too some day!
Dream Teamers have to spread the CC word, but in return they get lots of cool sneak previews and freebies… and they get to work with me and with the fab Puffin team as well! What are you waiting for? Check out the DREAM TEAM page and send in your entry now!
Alice Baxter says…
Wow sounds amazing! Always wondered how to become a dream-teamer and now I know how! Can't wait to enter later on..
I am younger than 11 and a true CC fan! NO FAIR!
Silvy CASSIDY says…
YAY! I CAN BE A DREAM TEAMER!
- Alice Baxter says…