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07 April 2011

(Blog Tour) Guest Post: Author Alex Smith's Tens List

Alex Smith is 17 and lives in Hertfordshire, England. She started writing when she was just four and says, ‘to me, writing is like breathing’. She wrote her debut novel, Calling For Angels, at the age of 14, ‘as a way of relaxing’.

Alex is also a reviewer for the Guardian Children's Books website. Her first assignment was to film an interview with Guardian Children's Fiction Prize-winning author Michelle Paver.

The CALLING FOR ANGELS Blog Tour was arranged by Teen Book Scene.

Welcome to Alex Smith, author of CALLING FOR ANGELS. Today Alex will be sharing with us her Top Ten List of things she would like to accomplish in the next five years.

Travel. I have this list of the top ten places in the world I want to go to. Places like New York and going to see the Northern Lights. I'd like to cross some places off that list :)

To go to university and pass my degree. Not really sure what I actually want to study though!

Pass all my school exams, that probably would help....

This is going to sound seriously nerdy, but when I was little, I was obsessed with King Arthur. I used to love "Arthur, High King of Britain" which was written by Michael Morpurgo. So I'd like to read Malory's "Morte D'Arthur".

To keep writing. I hope I never stop.

Improve my public speaking. I talk too fast and and as my English teacher told me, I need to clear my "verbal clutter".

Become fluent in Italian. I'd like to live there one day.

Pass my driving test.

Learn how to cook properly. I'm not talking Michelin Star stuff, but something other than beans on toast.

I love the Lake District, I go there every year on holiday so I'd like to climb its highest peak, Scafell Pike.

Thanks Alex, for visiting today! Good luck with accomplishing all your goals!

AUTHOR: Alex Smith
IMPRINT: The Red Telephone
PUBLICATION DATE: 15 November 2010

Em never believed in angels. That was until she met Zak and Kai…

Em - shy, sensitive, with her head in the clouds - and Caitlyn - gorgeous, popular and talented - have been best friends forever, in a sleepy, nondescript town called Philiton.

But when new boy Zak moves into town, Philiton suddenly becomes a much more interesting place. With his meltingly hot looks, sense of humour and a smile that has even the hardest-hearted girls falling at his feet, Zak has the female population of Philiton Comprehensive School convinced he's an angel.

Usually, Caitlyn has the boys worshipping the ground she treads on, so it’s a shock when Zak seems to be more interested in Em. Cracks appear, tensions arise, but surely Em and Caitlyn’s lifelong friendship can survive?

Em feels beset by demons. At home, she’s looking after her grandmother, who is slowly deteriorating, whilst despairing at her normally sensible brother, who is going off the rails just to fit in with the ‘right crowd’. Even Zak’s unexpected attention causes jealous girls to shower Em with spite – not least Caitlyn. If only she had a guardian angel…

Then a second boy steps into Em’s life. Dark and brooding, a captive to the secrets of a past he’d rather forget, Kai, who has appeared as if from nowhere and fallen head over heels in love with Em, is the exact opposite of Zak.

And although he may not seem like it, Kai is the real thing. He really is an angel.

CALLING FOR ANGELS description and cover art courtesy of Goodreads.

Click HERE to purchase CALLING FOR ANGELS.


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