Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival

Can’t wait to take part in the Intellectual Programmes’ Panel discussion on 28th April 2017 – Book Forum, 18.00-19.00 on the topic ’How the tale is narrated’. And even more…to take part in the School Outreach Programme! See you all in Sharjah!



YA Scavenger Hunt: Spring 2017 edition


Welcome to the

Spring 2017


YA Scavenger Hunt!


April 4 – April 9 (noon pacific time)

For you first timers, the YA Scavenger Hunt is an online blog hop created by the lovely and talented Colleen Houck. It’s a chance for you to see bonus material from your favorite YA authors as well as winning amazing prizes.

If you came here looking for my bonus material—a video of me reading an excerpt from my upcoming YA horror novel DREAMFALL (while hiding in the basement of a 200-year-old French convent)—you’ll have to keep hunting!

In this post, you not only get access to exclusive content from an author, you also get a clue. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! And another will win a $50 Amazon gift certificate! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until April 9!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are FIVE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM–but there is also a RED, GOLD, PINK, and PURPLE-each with 20 authors for several chances to win a whole different set of signed books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

(If you get stuck as you are moving through the hunt, click through to this page.)


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up.

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 9, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

ARE YOU READY??? Here we go…






I’m Amy Plum, and I live in Paris. The one in France. Not Texas.

Here I am on a French reality show with 2 famous French chefs holding my French books. Is that French enough for you?

Here I am on a French reality show with 2 famous French chefs (Norbert Tarayre and Jean Imbert) holding my French books. Is that French enough?

As my favorite French chefs are so kindly demonstrating, I’m the author of the DIE FOR ME series, a paranormal romance series set in Paris featuring supernatural beings of my very own making called “revenants.” My second series, AFTER THE END, is set all over America (thanks to road trip) and is action, romance, adventure, with a little bit of magic and a lot of kick-assness. My third series, DREAMFALL, is YA horror, and will be released on May 2 by HarperTeen.

Now that I’ve introduced myself, I’m excited to tell you about the author I’m hosting today:


This is Amalie’s official bio:

AMALIE HOWARD is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, School Library Journal, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national IPPY silver medalist and Children’s Moonbeam Award winner. She is also the co-author of My Rogue, My Ruin in the historical romance series, the Lords of Essex. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children. Visit her at

This is Amalie’s unofficial bio:

I met Amalie at a conference or retreat—neither of us can remember exactly which city or what event—a few years ago. Fate brought us back together at the RT Book Conference in Vegas last year, and I made up my mind that Amalie was officially one of the nicest people I had ever met in my life. No, seriously.

For example, there was a problem getting my books for one event—I only had ebook cards to give away, so it looked like I didn’t have anything on my table. Amalie stood next to me yelling, “Come get your free eBook card!” and rounded people up, selling them on the idea of my book and me, until all the cards were gone. She was a true star, and I’ll never forget it!

She’s also a Francophile like I am, so she gets automatic bonus points for that! And she also recently jumped out of a plane (okay…she had a parachute, but still…), which proves her kick-assedness. That’s all you get on Amalie for the moment, but find out more about her on

This is what I know about Amelie’s book:

  • DARK GODDESS has an amazing, intriguing, and totally read-worthy premise

After an epic struggle that unseated the Asura Lord of Death and placed Serjana Caelum’s best friend, Kyle, on his throne, the Mortal Realm is peaceful and the balance between good and evil—which Sera is sworn to protect—has been restored.

But signs of a new threat to the world of men quickly begin to appear: A scourge of demons descends on the Mortal Realm, and Sera is beside herself trying to locate their source. She sends word to the gods for help, and their answer comes in the form of Kira, the living incarnation of Kali, goddess of destruction.

Stunning and dangerous, Kira plans to protect the heavens at all cost, even if it means destroying the entire Mortal Realm. Soon Sera and Kyle find themselves fighting not just the demon plague, but Kira and her twin. But when an even more sinister threat arises—putting not just the human world but all planes of existence in jeopardy—they must all learn to work together or lose everything they sacrificed so much to save.

  • DARK GODDESS has a stunningly gorgeous cover


And today, I’m excited to give you Amalie’s EXCLUSIVE CONTENT for YASH:
an Excerpt from DARK GODDESS!!!

Are you ready? Here we go!


Excerpt from



(July 11th 2017, Sky Pony Press)

Demons were festering in the Mortal Realm.

No matter how hard they attempted to hide their disguises—human, animal, or otherwise—the Goddess of Destruction could see them plain as day, scattered like black poisonous dust, tainting the very air around them. They lurked in any dark hole they could find.


The goddess frowned. Size was immaterial. Small demons were as clever and insidious as their larger counterparts. At times, even more so. Even now, she could foresee the black dust multiplying, paving the path for something monstrous . . . a plague that would only spread if left unimpeded.

Lord Devendra had been wise to forestall the end of the world by banishing the Kali Demon months before, with the help of his consort Lady Serjana and their mutual ally Kalias. But the truth was, the fate of man had been sealed the minute the binding wards of the Mortal Realm had been breached by Ra’al, the Demon Lord of the seventh level of hell. The gates of Xibalba had been opened, its very stench seeping through its seams and into the human world.

The goddess’s third eye slid shut; she contemplated what she’d seen.

It was too late.

The Mortal Realm had to be cleansed. It had to be destroyed.

Does that sound amazing or what? :)

To find out more about Amalie and DARK GODDESS, check out her website or follow her on Twitter or Facebook!

To pre-order the book, here is the Amazon link and the Barnes & Noble link!

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Amalie Howard, and more authors! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 50. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

My very own giveaway:


You have a chance to win a fabulous prize pack including a signed hardback of DREAMFALL and 6 signed and dedicated Amy Plum bookplates (to stick in all of your Amy Plum books!) Just rack up points by following the instructions below, and I will put your name in the hat once per point. I will draw randomly at the end of the hunt and announce the winner here on this page.


How to get your points:

  1. follow me on Twitter at @AmyPlumOhLaLa (1 point)
  2. for each friend you get to follow me on Twitter you get 1 point (unlimited points)
  3. follow Amelie Howard on Twitter at @AmalieHoward (1 point)
  4. like me on Facebook OR Instagram (1 point)
  5. get friends to follow me on Facebook OR Instagram (1 point per friend)
  6. subscribe to me on YouTube (1 point)
  7. get friends to subscribe to me on YouTube (1 point per friend)
  8. sign up for my newsletter (1 point)
  9. get friends to sign up for my newsletter (1 point per friend)
  10. Leave me a comment here under this blog post telling me how many points to give you. Just leaving a comment counts 1 point. (And if you have done 1-9, give me your user names and your friends’ user names so I can credit your points.) Please leave all of the information inside one comment, instead of a comment per person. The drawing will be random, but the number of points you get determines how many times your name will be put into the hat.

Note: to be eligible to win you also need to submit a valid entry for the YA Scavenger Hunt grand prize

Don’t stop here. CONTINUE THE HUNT!

To continue on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!


DREAMFALL hardback cover reveal

Feast your eyes on the hardback cover of DREAMFALL, complete with special effects the designer calls “trippy spot gloss”. It’s perfect for the nightmare content of the book. Can’t wait to see one in real life!



Fabulous Endorsement for DREAMFALL by School Library Journal

I’m so excited to have such an enthusiastic endorsement of DREAMFALL by the highly influential School Library Journal!!

“VERDICT: A definite purchase for libraries serving younger sci-fi and horror fans, who will be eagerly waiting for the sequel.”

Here it is in its entirety. Quick…give me someone to hug! :)

“Cata, Fergus, and five other teens are test subjects in a sleep disorder treatment study. Fears or traumas have resulted in various sleep disorders, such as nightmares, night terrors, sleepwalking, and insomnia. This treatment promises the teens a cure and finally a good night’s sleep. But after the test begins, a small earthquake causes equipment to malfunction, and the test goes horribly wrong. Instead of peacefully waking from the treatment, the test subjects are comatose, but in their heads, they are trapped in a communal nightmare, much more terrifying than anything each has experienced individually. The teens must navigate their way through the dream world without being killed by the monsters they face—among them zombie monks, soldiers, and sinister clowns—while Jaime, a medical student observer, tries to tell the disbelieving doctors what’s really happening.

Reminiscent of Neal Shusterman’s Full Tilt, this novel is a fast-paced nightmare come to life, told in alternating points of view. It seems everyone, from the test subject teens to the doctors, has something to hide. Plum develops the characters just enough to keep readers guessing about their motivations.

VERDICT A definite purchase for libraries serving younger sci-fi and horror fans, who will be eagerly waiting for the sequel.”


Visiting Paris’s off-limits catacombs: Part 6 Nazis

This is Part 6 of my adventures exploring the off-limit catacombs under Paris. Here are Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

When I first moved to France, in 1991, I read the book “Is Paris Burning?” and ever since have been obsessed with the idea of Occupied Paris. It’s hard to imagine that such atrocities happened in this beautiful, seemingly peaceful city. I can’t walk down the cobblestoned street of rue des Rosiers without thinking of the Nazi torture chambers that were located beneath. And I don’t even like to go near rue Nélaton, where the Velodrome d’Hiver once stood.

I sometimes look at my neighbors, wondering which one would have betrayed the people they shared a courtyard with…took the trash out with…traded pleasantries with while checking the communal mailboxes. Maybe my faith in the general goodness of humanity is misdirected and naive. But, to me, that kind of evil…here, right here!…just doesn’t seem possible.


Reinforced metal door


Evidence of the occupation is also visible beneath the streets of Paris. Gilles told me that soon after WWI, the French realized Germany wanted vengeance. Only a few years after the armistice was signed—as early as 1923—thousands of shelters began to be prepared throughout Paris to protect the population against bomb and gas attacks.


Graffiti letters spelling “BUNKER” were my only clue that we were entering the Luftwaffe headquarters.

Three of those shelters still exist in the catacombs, one of which is the bomb-proof bunker beneath the Montaigne high school, requisitioned in WWII by the German Luftwaffe as their command post. The Nazis marked the whole area of the catacombs near their bunker with three colors of arrows painted atop white backgrounds, the key being…


Directions next to the Nazi bunker. “Hinterhof” means “back yard”, in this case the back yard of the Montaigne high school directly above-ground, Blvd St. Michel, and 2 emergency exits: rue Notre Dame des Champs and rue Bonaparte.


The arrows have been meticulously placed, and traces of gates or doors can be found blocking alternate corridors so that no one could go wandering off—either purposefully or by accident. (Like the two Nazis who wandered off, clearly out of the bunker area, in Part 2.)

The electrical and communication boxes of the underground Luftwaffe bunker.

The electrical and communication boxes of the underground Luftwaffe bunker.



Amid the floor-to-ceiling graffiti that dates from the last few decades, a few clues remain as to what this part of the catacombs was like during the German occupation.



Signs saying “Smoking Forbidden” and “Quiet” are stenciled in German on all of the walls.



The chemical toilet still stands in the bunker area, a reminder that the catacombs lie several levels beneath Paris’s sewer system.



Reinforced metal doors with locking wheels (I’m sure there’s a term for this) are propped around the area.




This door, which has been dumped unceremoniously upside down, still has the German word for “Emergency Exit” painted on one side.

Although I expected to see some original graffiti from the time of the Nazi occupation, Gilles told me that very few German inscriptions remain. Apparently the Nazi commanders ordered their underlings not to write on the walls. And, as history tells us, the Nazi soldiers were known to obey orders.


Although I’ve given you the highlights, I haven’t come near to showing you everything I experienced in the catacombs.

From the wells that are found throughout—some dried up, and others full of crystalline  water…



to the wax-looking deposits on a few of the walls, producing cave-like stalactites…



to the absolute silence while you sit, waiting beneath a manhole cover…until someone steps on it 70 feet above and the sound reverberates through the tunnel…


Looking up at the speck of light from the hole in the center of a manhole cover.


to the fossils and even a few extant shells made visible when the limestone blocks in the ceiling crumble away, there is so much more to tell. So much more to show.



After fulfilling my longstanding wish to visit the off-limit catacombs of Paris, I finally understand some of the mystery and even fear that surrounds them. The miasma of discomfort that their image brings to most people. While there was no talk of ghosts or spirits while we roamed the subterranean tunnels, something definitely exists down there in the darkness.

Because when you leave, you do not leave whole. For three hundred years, the catacombs have claimed something from each and every visitor. Like they did with those before you, they take a piece of your mind. Of your heart. Of your spirit, if you believe in such things. And that piece will never be yours again.

It is waiting for you—with all of the others—calling you back to return deep below the streets of Paris.



[For those of you wanting to know more about the traces of German inscriptions that still exist from Occupied Paris, order Gilles's book that comes out March 2017: Abris Souterrains de Paris. (Underground Shelters of Paris.)  Photo below:]