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Cat Hellisen

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A Most Excellent News Kinda Day

Lots of suhweet things happening.

Firstly, the audio book for When the Sea is Rising Red is now out. The voice artist, Gemma Dawson, is absolutely perfect – I can’t explain my happiness when I heard her audition.

People are also looking forward to a companion novel to WtSiRR, and there’s no maybes about its existence. It is real, and called House of Sand and Secrets.

Sometimes playing to lose is the only way to survive the game of Houses

Trapped in an arranged marriage to lower-caste Jannik and trying to make the best of her fall from grace, Felicita is immersed in the machinations of powerful families. MallenIve is worlds apart from Felicita’s native Pelimburg, and her family name and standing will not help her here. Haunted by her past and those who died because of her, she attempts to regain her status as the scion of a once-great house.

If MallenIve’s leaders have their way, Jannik will soon have no more rights than an animal, and a union that once seemed to offer a solution to Felicita’s problems is now a liability. Felicita’s feelings are conflicted and it is all too easy to fall into the prejudiced mindset of the higher castes … until faceless corpses begin turning up on the rubbish tips, and Felicita might be the only hope Jannik’s people have.


And I’m going to be at Open Book Cape Town. I’ll be hosting a YA Masterclass with S.A. Partridge and Sarah Lotz (who writes YA with her daughter, as Lily Herne). I’m also going to be included in the Fox and Raven: Readings From the Dark Side with a bunch of very cool names.






Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    August 7th, 2013 @08:51 #

    I am so looking forward to learning more about this unlikely couple. Jannick is my favourite character x


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