Launching THE FIRE STAR: news, reviews, interviews

Posted on September 28, 2020

Now that THE FIRE STAR (A Maven & Reeve Mystery) has been out in the world for a month or so, I thought I’d best do a round-up here of just what I’ve been up to. As discussed before, this blog is my home on the internet and I do like to make sure I bring everything home.

So here’s a taste of some of what’s been happening to launch THE FIRE STAR.


I really enjoyed talking to Pamela for the Middle Grave Mavens podcast – it’s a bumper episode!

A L Tait on middle-grade mavens

And I had a great chat with Cheryl Akle for the Better Reading Podcast. If you’d like to hear the story behind my story, have a listen.

allison tait better reading podcast


I launched THE FIRE STAR in the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community and had a lovely time with Megan Daley and everyone who came along. Watch the replay here:


I’ve been lucky to be invited to be part of several online events, including this interview (part of the Creative Conversations series). Watch the replay here:

Reviews of THE FIRE STAR

There’s nothing more exciting (or nerve-wracking) than watching those first reviews come in. Here’s a selection of some that I’ve seen over the past few weeks.

Review: The Fire Star (Readings)

On its surface, The Fire Star is a fairly traditional story about knights, lords and ladies. But you’d be foolish to think that’s all there is to it … Great for kids aged 9+.

Books for reluctant readers: Review of The Fire Star by A.L. Tait (Mumlyfe)

“Gift a copy of The Fire Star to the young readers in your life (or even the reluctant readers – this is the kind of book that will soon reel them in). Or buy a copy for yourself. Promise that like me, you won’t be able to put it down either. I’m itching for the next book and luckily AL Tait is already working on it.”

Book review: The Fire Star (A Maven & Reeve Mystery) by A. L. Tait (Glamadelaide)

This book doesn’t talk down to the reader, but leads them through a time in history and a language that may not be a familiar, but will nonetheless draw them in. All threads are pulled together at the end to give a satisfying conclusion. A great read.”

The Fire Star (A Maven & Reeve Mystery) by A. L. Tait (The Book Muse)

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am very eager for the next one in the series, which I am sure will deliver with just as much oomph and gusto. A spectacular read for all readers aged nine and older.”

Book review: The Fire Star by A. L. Tait (The Bookish Kirra)

“I’ll definitely be recommending this book to younger readers and I think it would be a great family read-along.

The Fire Star on seventyeight.sundaysSeventyeight.Sundays (Instagram)

“Oh my stars! I loved this book. This is one of my fave reads this year.

I was hooked from the start…”


Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to read and review the book, whether on their blogs or social media, for other websites, for Goodreads or on bookseller sites. Reviews make such a difference to the word of mouth for a book, so if you’ve read The Fire Star and liked it, please consider leaving a review on your site of choice.

Signed bookplates

I’ve sent a stack of signed bookplates out to happy customers, and you have until TOMORROW NIGHT (30 September 2020) to claim yours! All you have to do is to share a #shelfie of your copy of THE FIRE STAR before midnight 30 September 2020 (AEST) on your favourite social media platform and tag me.

Don’t have your copy yet? Buy it from your favourite online bookseller here, or pop into your local bookstore!


A L Tait The Fire StarAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of two epic middle-grade adventure series, The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher, and a new ‘almost history’ detective series called the Maven & Reeve Mysteries (you’ll find book #1 THE FIRE STAR here).

 You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.


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