Summer of Series: Ellie Marney Interview & Giveaway!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! You guys, I am so excited to have Ellie Marney on the blog today. If you have not heard of her, you are seriously missing out. Just check out her answer to the first interview question and I guarantee you'll be hooked!

Every Move
third in the Every series
Published March 1, 2015 by Allen & Unwin
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Rachel Watts is suffering from recurring nightmares about her near-death experience in London. She just wants to forget the whole ordeal, but her boyfriend, James Mycroft, is obsessed with piecing the puzzle together and anticipating the next move of the mysterious Mr Wild - his own personal Moriarty.

So when Rachel's brother, Mike, suggests a trip back to their old home in Five Mile, Rachel can't wait to get away. Unfortunately it's not the quiet weekend she was hoping for with the unexpected company of Mike's old school buddy, the wildly unreliable Harris Derwent.

hings get worse for Rachel when Harris returns to Melbourne with them - but could Harris be the only person who can help her move forward? Then a series of murders suggests that Mr Wild is still hot on their tails and that Mycroft has something Wild wants - something Wild is prepared to kill for.
Can Watts and Mycroft stay one step ahead of the smartest of all criminal masterminds? The stage is set for a showdown of legendary proportions...

Praise for Every Breath: A smart, contemporary take on a timely classic that is sure to please Sherlock aficionados of all ages. - Kirkus Reviews

Describing the Every series in 140 characters. No cheating or the Twitter gods are going to get you!
Wanna-be teenage Sherlock and his kick-arse girl Watson fall headlong into danger – and into each others’ arms – in the Aussie Every series.

What has been your favorite part of writing the Every series?
Well, I’m a bit of a sucker for my leading characters, and I have to say I fell hard for Mycroft while writing these books It was a pleasure to get back into the writing knowing I was going to spend time with him! I also loved following the character arcs – the way Rachel fights her demons in Every Move, and the unfolding development of Mycroft’s background and character, those were really fantastic things to have a chance to write, and to stretch myself with the writing.

Did you always plan for this to be a series? How did it take shape in your mind?
I actually never planned to take it further than one standalone book. But my publisher was so happy with Every Breath, and I was already a bit on fire with ideas for how the characters might continue into their next adventure…by the time we started talking about what my second book might be, I had already written a number of scenes for Every Word. I hadn’t even been given the green light for a sequel at that stage! I was so happy there was such a great response to the first book, because it gave me the chance to write the second. Then it seemed logical to complete a trilogy… I guess we started with that first idea and just ran with it J

What inspired you to write this series?
I was first inspired to write Every Breath by a long-standing love of Sherlock Holmes (as in, the Conan Doyle canon, which I read as a kid), and a little bit of curiosity – I’d always wondered what Sherlock would have been like as a teenager. Brilliant – obviously – and a bit arrogant, from all that brilliance, and also quite eccentric and charming…and so James Mycroft was born. The other thing that inspired me was the idea of writing a murder mystery for teenagers, and setting it in a location that I knew well and loved. I wanted to see what it would be like to write the grittier side of Melbourne, which is my adopted hometown, as well as some of the country locations that remind me of the areas where I grew up. So the Every series travels from Melbourne – with a side-trip (in Every Word) to London – and out to the wilder countryside of rural Australia.

Can you share anything with us about your next project?
Yes! I’m writing another YA crime story, but this one is a fair bit darker and more intense – with a major dollop of romance. One of the secondary characters from the final book of the Every series is getting his own book, and the focus this time is on drug crime. It’s set out in the locations that form the backdrop for Every Move – the isolated country farms and rural communities of the Australian Mallee area, near the desert. It’s some of the most tension-filled, swoony stuff I’ve ever written, and I can’t wait to start sharing it with people…but I’d better not talk too much about it until I’ve given the final draft to my agent!

What is the most interesting thing you have Googled in the name of research?
I once had to research how much tallow can be obtained from a human body when it is rendered down for fat – that was one of the more gruesome things I’ve had to check out. But most recently, I’ve probably flagged myself on various government alert lists or something by googling homemade explosives and booby traps. There’s actually a lot of info on YouTube…but I wouldn’t suggest you try it at home.

What is one series you would recommend to readers?
Aww, just one? For homegrown OzYA, I can’t really go past Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner’s Starbound trilogy, or Jay Kristoff’s Lotus War series. I’m also a huge fan of a local author Leanne Hall, who wrote the gorgeous This is Shyness/Queen of the Night duology. As for overseas authors…I’ve gotta say, I’ve just finished The Shadow Cabinet, the third book in Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series, and now I have to wait for SOOOO LOOONG for the fourth book, I might die.

Thor, Iron Man, or Captain America? GO!
Hmm. Well, Thor’s a god, so a bit hard to relate to…and Iron Man is kind of an obnoxious arse out of his suit…I’m gonna go Cap (he seems like such a sweetheart!)


Tunda Brooks is being so generous and offering up a copy of book 1 and book 2 for the giveaway! Enter for your chance to win EVERY BREATH and EVERY WORD.

All entrants must be 13 years or older and this giveaway is open to the US and Canada only.

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Don't forget to check out Danielle's blog where she has Lauren Layne visiting for the day!!! I am freaking out just thinking about it.


  1. I love this whole interview but the tallow googling is quite nasty and absolutely yes to Captain America! Everyone has been raving about this series and telling me I must read so I'm super duper crossing my fingers over here. Hope all is well Lili!

    1. May the odds be ever in your favor, Britt ;)

  2. Wow, I can't believe Ellie Marney was going to write a standalone. I'm SO glad it's a trilogy, because after reading the first book, I WANT MORE. Also, her next book sounds so good, I can't wait! (I wish they were faster to publish in the US, ugh.)

  3. Wow. That googling is quite gross. HAH. But I've heard such great things about this series!

    1. I saw the word "tallow" and stopped reading the response to that question because hi most squeamish reader ever, thy name is Lili.

  4. I loooooved reading Every Word and Every Breath. SO GOOD. I adore Mycroft and I can't wait to read Every Move and also whatever book she's working on next! omg. The whole interview was awesome and I'm really wondering what idea prompted that gross googling for the tallow bit.

  5. I'm excited to read this series!! I've heard so many great things!!!! The interview was awesome!

  6. Oh ewww about tallow. and ooh i'm excited about her new YA crime story! I have only read the first in this series but obviously need to read the rest! I loved every breath.

    -Wendy @ Book Scents

  7. I loved her answer to how it became a trilogy. It's cool to learn that it was supposed to be a standalone, but then she was inspired to continue the characters' stories. I can't wait to read this!