THE DOOR TO JANUARY Earns Stellar Review from SLJ!

Thank you, School Library Journal! Read on for their glowing review of TDTJ (there’s a little mix-up with names–Teddy is billed as Todd 😀):

SLJ Reviews 2017 September
Gr 9 Up—Natalie has returned to her hometown in Maine to help her aunt in the local café. She also has other motives for coming back—to explore the mystery behind a series of nightmares she has had since leaving because of a tragic incident. With the help of her cousin Todd, Natalie sets out to the eerie house that stands at 25 Morning Glory Lane; the one in her nightmares. What they discover through their daily trips to the house is shocking and Natalie is sucked into the past, bearing witness to another tragedy. French has crafted a story that will grab readers’ attention from the beginning. Teens will be continually drawn into the intrigue through chapters that present alternating time lines. Readers will feel connected to Natalie and her plight of past, present, and future, and though there are supernatural elements to the story, the emotions and feelings are all too real. VERDICT A provocative mystery that would be a strong purchase for libraries’ supernatural/mystery collections.—Caitlin Wilson, Meadowdale Library, North Chesterfield, VA

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.


Happy Book Birthday, THE DOOR TO JANUARY!

In many ways, this is the story that’s taken me the longest to tell, the most drafts, the most tears. It was the first book that made me want to throw my laptop against the wall, and the first book that I couldn’t give up on. I’ll always be so grateful to Islandport Press for taking a chance on an unknown Maine author, and this strange tale of ghosts and nightmares 👻❤️📚Welcome to the world, TDTJ!


Thank you, Sherman’s Books of Portland!

Showing some lobster love on Sunday at Sherman’s! So proud to be seated in front of the Maine authors section ❤️❤️❤️ I’ll be back down in Portland on October 3rd for a panel at Print: a Bookstore, with two AMAZING Maine YA authors–Shannon M. Parker and Maria Padian! More on that very soon.


GRIT Instagram Giveaway

It’s GRIT giveaway time! Enter for your chance to win two of Nell’s beloved classic movies, EAST OF EDEN and PEYTON PLACE on DVD, plus a signed copy of GRIT! U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends August 28th, 10 a.m. EST. To enter:
1) Go to my Instagram account @gillianfrenchbooks and follow me if you aren’t already
2) Leave a ❤️ in the comments!



What do you think? HarperCollins and I wanted a title that screams dark mystery, suspense, romance, secrets, and lies. Looking forward to  sharing this story with you 5-2-18! Cover reveal isn’t too many months away….IMG_1323.JPG

Pics from GRIT Signing @ Augusta Barnes & Noble

Had a blast today! So nice to see friends new and old and put GRIT into the hands of readers. I love it when someone tells me they’re buying a copy to give to a teen in their life, especially one who hasn’t yet found a deep love of reading. Maybe GRIT could be the book that gets them turning pages.

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Less than one month until TDTJ hits shelves! 9/5 will be here before you know it, and there’s so much fun in store! Islandport Press has a blog tour planned–a big thank-you to the Islandport staff for working so hard to get this book out there, and to the awesome bloggers participating. You’ll have a chance to win a signed copy of TDTJ when you visit each post and leave a comment! And check out this great review by Chelsea of The Suspense is Thrilling Me, who will host the book birthday celebration 🎉 Everything’s coming together for a FANTASTIC release–I can’t wait to share this story with you guys!



The Door to January – A Review

A fantastic early review of THE DOOR TO JANUARY by The Geeky Yogi!

The Geeky Yogi

Whaaaat? I’m actually doing what I said yesterday and am posting this review today? Shocking I know, but I’m determined to stay on track! NO EXCUSES. Anyway…

A few months ago I was lucky enough to be contacted by Anna from Island Port Press to hop on board the upcoming blog tour for Gillian French’s new book The Door To January, naturally I jumped at the chance. A couple of short days later a copy of the book arrived in the mail and in July I finally had a moment to read it…I devoured it within a couple of days.

The Door To January is part coming of age, part mystery and part ghost story, oooooo. Considered a paranormal thriller this book has all of the makings for the perfect ghost story! Sixteen-year-old Natalie Payson is being drawn back to the home town her and her parents fled, after a terrible…

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