Raggedy Witches 2 (The Wild Magic Trilogy)

Just so you know what has been keeping me so quiet recently. A teeny tiny bit of the new book:

Mup flew upwards through the falling snow, a red-coated dash of colour skimming the stones of the castle walls. She had kicked the window shut before leaping into the air, and she doubted Dr Emberly Snr would guess she’d gone outside. But she knew she needed to get to the roof as quickly as possible, and away from the prying eyes. Up she flew and up, zigging and zagging to avoid the windows, up and up until she was among the turrets and the gutters and grim stone faces of the gargoyles. She paused, floating. The ground was a postage stamp of white below her, the walls dropping sheer like cliffs.

She wasn’t even slightly afraid of the height.

The wind sliced across the peak of the roof, whipping the ears of her rabbit hat, flapping her scarf like a banner. I’m glad I grabbed my coat, she thought, tying the hat-ears below her chin and squinting up at the towers and turrets and roofs which still loomed above her. Why on earth does Crow like it so much up here?

She knew her friend would be on the highest tower, perched on the weather-vane. Dad called this Crow’s thinking place. Crow called it his sulking place. Mup suspected it was a little of both. After years of not being wanted, Crow wasn’t used to living with a family, and Mup knew he needed to be alone sometimes. More than that, Mup suspected Crow needed a place he could call his own. Cold and lonely and uncomfortable as it was, the roof had become Crow’s territory. He would retreat here in the same way that Mup might retreat to her bedroom, for a bit of peace and quiet. Mup had always respected that, and had never tried to intrude on his privacy.

Until today, that is. Today she didn’t hesitate to intrude, and she launched herself upwards, following her own shadow across the steep slopes of the roofs and around the snow-covered turrets until she got to the place where she knew Crow would be.

He was perched on the weather-vane, his back to her, watching the sky. A distant gang of ravens flew in loose formation, heading North. Mup could just about hear their rusty cries as she landed on the narrow ridge tiles.

She crouched for balance, still completely unafraid of the height. Snow dislodged from beneath her booted feet, rolled down the roof, and fell to the yard below. It was extraordinary to be up so high. Witches Borough stretched out on all sides: the frozen river, the miles of sleeping forest, and far off in the foggy distance the hint of snowy fields. By some trick of the architecture, the wind wasn’t so bad up here, and the snow fell quite peacefully all around them, the sky close and grey and soft as feathers.

Mup rose to her feet. At this movement, Crow spun around, startled, and Mup realised he hadn’t noticed her arrival. He covered his fright in a furious bristling of feathers. He hopped from foot to foot. He chattered his beak in outrage.

Mup held up her hand. ‘Crow, I need to talk.’


OK. Hope you enjoyed that. 

Back to work for me now, 


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a little defiant, sparkly, strutting love

Because the world needs a little defiant, sparkly, strutting love today

(Erasure: The Innocents: 1988)

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Sorry for the Silence


I’m writing Begone the Raggedy Witches 2…

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Animated BookCover INTO THE GREY

To celebrate INTO THE GREY being £1.09 as part of the Kindle spring sale, I made a little animated bookcover. Sadly I can’t share the swf here, so I made this wee AVI of it.

Hope you like it 😀


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testing animations stuff











Don’t mind me a moment, I’m just testing my new wacom tablet and software… also animating things for fun…

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New Spanish Translation of El Trono Envenenado

El trono envenenado Hi guys! Boy have I been busy lately. SO much so that I haven’t even had time to finish inking in the art work for the so called ‘Halloween’ competition *blush* I still intend going ahead with it, but work is such that I have no idea when. SORRY TO ALL WHO’VE ENTERED SO FAR! I’ll be back to you. I promise.

I’ve so much book news for you, but I can’t share most of it yet. Soon.

In the meantime, I’ve finally got the answer to a question which has been haunting me for the last couple of years. Many Spanish readers who loved El Trono Envenenado were disappointed to discover that the sequels weren’t available in Spanish, and they’ve contacted me to ask when the translations might be ready. I only recently received yet another lovely such message. I didn’t reply straight away as I was waiting for news from my publishers, but I just learned that the new Spanish language publishers (EditionB) are in the process of re-translating The Poison Throne (a new translation, how cool!) It’s very likely they’ll go on to translate The Crowded Shadows and The Rebel Prince too (though I don’t know when)

I’m very excited that the Trilogia Moorehawke may finally be complete! As soon as I hear any more about release dates I’ll get back in touch and let you all know.

Please see below for a Spanish translation of the reply I sent to the latest query. (Many thanks to lovely Moorehawke fan (and all round cool guy), Luis, who reached out on facebook & translated this from English for me)


Muchas gracias por contactarme. Estoy encantada de escuchar que disfrutaste El Trono Envenenado. Siento mucho que la respuesta haya tomado tanto tiempo, pero la verdad es que he estado esperando para responderte una vez escuchara noticias de mi publicador.

Tengo entendido que el nuevo publicador en español (Edición B) están en procesos de volver a traducir El Trono Envenenado (¡Una nueva traducción! ¡Genial!), y eso es todo lo que ellos han avanzado en cuanto a traducción. Sé que La Amenaza de las sombras y el Príncipie Rebelde también (Pero la verdad es que no sé cuándo). En el momento en que sepa las fechas de lanzamiento te escribiré de vuelta.

Un abrazo enorme y gracias de nuevo.


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Halloween Giveaway (Resonance & Into the Grey)

Resonance pageWEB

My dear hearts,

The time of long nights and foggy evenings is upon us. What better time to win a scary, scary book! As you know, Resonance hasn’t yet been released outside of Ireland & Australia but this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL, so it doesn’t matter where you are, there’s a signed copy of Resonance AND an Audio book of Into the Grey up for grabs.

All you have to do to win is suggest text for the text box & speech bubble in the graphic novel page above. It’s a scene from Resonance, but you can add whatever text you like – funny, sad, scary – just go mad. You can email the text to me (celinekiernan1ATgmail.com SUBJECT LINE: Halloween giveaway) or you can leave it in the comments below.

The picture above is just a rough pencil sketch. As you can see it’s actually a wee flyer which I’ll be bringing to the OCTOCON FANTASY CONVENTION this weekend. Folks there will be free to enter the competition too.

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be inking in this artwork. When the inks are done I’ll post them here, the prize will include a high quality print of the final artwork with the winning text added.

The competition is open until October 31st. Winner will be announced first week in November so get cracking, folks!

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