Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Every Breath Blog Tour Grand Finale - Bookmark Giveaway

Ze Blog Tour, it iz Over.


I had a wonderful time on the tour, and I hope you did too.  There are still copies of Every Breath being given away on a number of sites – on Goodreads, at Love At FirstPage, and at Bookish Broads – if you’d like to have a go at winning a copy.

And here’s the round up from the last few days of the tour:

Day 3

Lauren at Love is not a triangle has Ellie Marney take us on a virtual tour of Melbourne, where Every Breath is set. Still not convinced? Read Lauren’s review here@laurayjames
Priyanka at Priyanka Reads interviews Ellie Marney and showcases the covers from the Allen & Unwin editions! @PriyankaReads
Rachel at The Reader’s Den raves “Mystery, romance, danger and even well placed humor made for an awesome start to this addictive series! I need book two, STAT!” @rachelanbig
Mandy C. at Forever Young Adult is “ready to drop everything and meet you where you live, Book. I want to meet Rachel and Mycroft, and I want to go on adventures with them. I don’t really need to see the dead bodies, but I’d love to work through the clues, make connections and come to conclusions with Watts and Mycroft.”@mandyannecurtis at @4everYA

Day 4

Michelle at Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks gives Every Breath five stars “because it’s friggin’ good and you need it in your life.” You should count the number of times Michelle uses the word “love” in her review! @chelleyreads

Christina at The Paperback Princesses invited Ellie Marney over to pick her brain. And find out what galahs are. @pbackprincesses

Shanika at Nick’s Book Blog also has a chat with Ellie Marney and asks her a cruel, cruel question, Watts and Mycroft – who is your favorite? @nicksbookblog93

Yash at The Book Wars writes a thoughtful review saying, “Every Breath dives right into the action, Watts is an engaging narrator, Mycroft is a magnetic character, the mystery is gripping, and the romance is fun.” @SeeYashTweet at @TheBookWars

Day 5

Author to author, Ann invites Ellie Marney for an interview on her blog, Ann Towell@AnnTowell

Dani at Refracted Light has a chat with MYCROFT. Read more about everyone’s favorite sleuthing bad boy!!! @RefractingLight

Danielle at Love at First Page has Ellie Marney stop by to talk about the research she did for her series on forensic pathology (read Danielle’s review too). @loveatfirstpage

Yash at The Book Wars also invites Ellie Marney over for a chat about Sherlock adaptations. @SeeYashTweet at @TheBookWars

Kat at Cuddlebuggery has a guest post and *drum roll* the cover reveal for EVERY WORD! @_KatKennedy at @Cuddlebuggery

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, to all bloggers, reviewers, readers, booksellers, librarians, fans, retweeters and reposters, and anyone who joined in the fun.  And it was great fun!

Just to polish off what has been a wonderful week, I’m giving away 9 of these gorgeous bookmarks from Tundra (see the pic).  I will happily pop one in a Post-Pak for you, to anywhere in the world (Antarctica! The Amazon jungle! Anywhere, I promise) and I will send them off on a first-come-first-served basis.

To win a bookmark, please do ONE of these 4 things:

* Leave a comment here on the blog
* Tweet something like ‘#EveryBreath bookmarks from @elliemarney – yes please! You little ripper!’ (remember to include my twitter handle so I get it)
* Comment at the link to this blog post on my Facebook page
* Scrawl a similar message to the tweet above on something, then click and send the pic on Instagram (alert me with my IGname, elliemarney – did I mention I'm on Instagram now? Yep, I am)

I will take the first 9 messages I receive, and announce the winners – you can send me a mailing addy via gmail after that, and I will send you a lovely bookmark in return.

So that’s it!  Hope you’re having a good week.  I’m deep in the edits for Every Move right now – my deadline is second week of November, so I better get my bum into gear.  Take care, and see you round –

Xx Ellie

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

On the tour bus with Every Breath

Every Breath blog touring promotes my tendency to ALL CAPS which is only fair and just, as the blog tour so far has been pretty freaking spectacular.  Folks have been incredibly enthusiastic, and reviews are beautiful beautiful things, and I would like to say THANK YOU – my gratitude knows no bounds!

People have been getting in touch to ask if there’s anything they can do to support Every Breath during the tour – thank you for asking, and yes!  I would like to suggest (if you want to help) that you buy the book, pass it around to friends, talk about it online (make sure you ping me on Twitter @elliemarney, and I will retweet you), give it as a present to someone, say hi and leave a review on Goodreads, put it on Facebook?Instagram/Tumblr/Pinterest…  If you’d like to help, go for it!  Remember to use the #EveryBreath hastag on Twitter for sharing!  Also, I’m far away from Canada and the US and the Philippines, but if YOU see the book on shelves somewhere in your town, please please do send me a pic – I would love to share sighting s of Every Breath in the wild!

Here’s the round-up from the last few days:

Day 1

 Shelly at Raindrops and Pages is “head over heels for this book . . . There are parallels to Sherlock Holmes-don’t let that deter you from reading this book/series. Every Breath is that good. It’s quickly become one of my favorite books that I’ve read, and it’s one that I’m going to have a very hard time restraining myself from literally throwing it at people and going ‘READ THIS.’”
 Jo Ann at Journey of a Bookseller says, “There’s a lot of good fantasy, action, and brain work in this story and I enjoyed it a lot. I’m looking forward to seeing more of them. It’s a budding romance and a great partnership. Give me more!” @bkfaerie
 Lisa at Bookish Broads shouts, “IT IS AMAZING GO AND READ IT YOU WILL LOVE EVERYTHING. Because you will. I mean it…. EVERY BREATH is smart, dark, snarky and sexy all wrapped up into one unputdownable package…. I wanted to read this forever.”@BookishBroads
Day 2

Jen at The Starry-Eyed Revue invites Ellie Marney over for tea – Mycroft-style. You know you want it. There’s even a video to teach you how to make the tea!
Love this >> http://youtu.be/bq8sogD55oE <<
 Shilpa at Sukasa Reads chats with Ellie Marney about the book, forensics, life, films, writing, and the FUTURE.
 Mandy C. at Forever Young Adult has Ellie Marney (aka the Crime Queen) share her 10 rules on how to write a crime story. Join them for part 1 (part 2, Mandy’s review, will be posted tomorrow).
Day 3 (not done yet - this news hot off the press)

Lauren at Love Is Not A Triangle says "This book is a winner!" - Ellie Marney takes you on a virtual tour of Melbourne (with pics!) and there is a delicious giveaway on the blog


Rachel at The Reader's Den says "Every Breath was a breath of fresh air...with multi-layered characters, a twisty mystery, and a swoon-worthy romance!"


I would like to give all the bloggers involved in this tour a giant HUG, and send them TimTams (that could still happen).  Someone I especially want to send presents to is Sylvia, my editor at Tundra – in fact, I have a special gift for her and Tara and Pamela and Five and the whole Tundra team, but I’ve been so flat out I haven’t had a chance to post it yet (I will, Sylvia, this week I PROMISE).

Finally - the Inkys! They were wonderful – I went to the Inky Awards ceremony yesterday, and met all the amazing authors on the Gold Inky shortlist (Claire Zorn, Allyse Near, Amie Kaufman, Will Kostakis – you rock).  Best of all, I met a whole lot of students from all over the place who had come to listen and watch and clap enthusiastically and generally be inspiring.  Congratulations to Will Kostakis, who took out the Gold Inky for his fantastic book, The First Third.  Will is a doll, and was kind enough to introduce me to his Yiayia (grandmother) who had come to the ceremony with him – all the way from Sydney.  Congrats also to Julie Berry, whose book All The Truth That’s In Me won the (international) Silver Inky for awesomeness.

Take care, may Every Breath rock on, and have a great week!

Xx Ellie

Friday, 10 October 2014


Oh my goodness - Every Breath is coming out in Canada, the US and the Philippines on October 14, only a few short days away.  Book birthday!!  Folks, this is such a big thing, and I can’t tell you how nervous and excited I am.  Yes, there are many feels.

I’ve been particularly thrilled by the way the excitement is spreading.  The blog tour dates are all lined up, and Cuddlebuggery is the last passenger aboard this train – the full blog tour schedule (Oct 20-24) is up here at the Tundra blogsite.  New reviews have been popping up all over the place, like this one at There Were Books Involved (so lovely!) and here at BookVerdict and here at Brittany's Book Rambles and I mentioned the Kirkus review, right?

I’ll be at the announcement for the Inky awards on October 21 – Will Kostakis (The First Third), Amie Kaufman (These Broken Stars), Allyse Near (Fairytales for Wilde Girls), and Claire Zorn (The Sky So Heavy) will all be there too, and there was some talk online about a WWE/Hunger Games-style Inky Author Smackdown…  But I’m sure we can be civilised about this! (I mean, unless you’d like to see us authors all battling it out…)  The event is open to the public, so if you’d like to come along, jet on over to the State Library website and book your (free) ticket.

I’ll also be at Clunes Library on October 22, and at the Little Bookroom with Kirsty Murray and some other guests on November 11, and no doubt you will catch me online, blagging about Every Breath in its new life overseas.

I’m gearing up for some big thank yous soon – my cup of gratitude and happiness officially runneth over.  But I wanted to say one big thank you first of all, to my partner, Geoff.

Geoff and I jumped the broom twenty years ago this year, and apart from our kids, he is the most important person in my life.  We have raised four sons together, and share two decades of memories.  People often ask me, ‘How do you write with such a large family?’ and sometimes the answer is ‘I honestly don’t know’, and sometimes the answer is my own discipline and sheer bloody-mindedness, but mostly the answer is ‘My partner’.  We parent and order the household together, juggling work and taxiing kids and other commitments, and splitting the household chores, but he will do the lion’s share when I’m on deadline, or in some other sort of writerly frenzy.

He is the one who revs me up, calms me down, prods me to keep going when I need it, encourages me at every turn.  We put up with each other’s foibles – my head in another world of characters, his footy obsession.  We talk about everything – everything.  He is my lifeline, and my inspiration.  And y’know, he’s hot (still.  After twenty years.  Uh huh.)  He would be mortified that I’m saying all these things about him in such a public space, but I would like to acknowledge all the whole-hearted care and commitment he’s given to me, especially these last few years, since the book-writing thing has taken off, because without him I wouldn’t have been able to do any of it.

So Geoff, I know I’ve included you in acknowledgement pages and dedications, and I try to say it every day, in small domestic ways, but I want to thank you – for the last twenty years, for love and devotion, for our sons, for everything.  I love you, darling.  Happy anniversary.

Xx Ellie