This week we are super excited to share thrilling award nominations, shiny new jacket covers and media appearances!

We were absolutely delighted to see two of our authors on the HWA Debut Crown Longlist! Massive congratulations to Inga Vesper for The Long, Long Afternoon (Bonnier / Manilla Press) and Miranda Malins for The Puritan Princess (Hachette / Orion). Two very different books that immerse you in two very different time periods, both equally deserving of an award!

The dreamy UK cover of Charmaine Wilkerson’s debut Black Cake (Penguin / Michael Joseph) was revealed this week, hands up who can’t wait to grab a spoon and dig right into this one!

Elizabeth Macneal’s dazzling Circus of Wonders (Picador) was featured in You Magazine here, as the best summer read for those dreaming of a mystical journey.

Melissa Hogenboom, author of The Motherhood Complex (Piaktus) has done a BBC Reel video on motherhood, rethinking what being ‘a good mother’ really means. You can watch Melissa’s take on the subject here.

Speaking of motherhood, Abbie Greaves was a guest on the ‘Mom’s Don’t Have Time to Read Books’ podcast which you can listen to here.

The US cover of Kristen Bird’s The Night She Went Missing (HarperCollins / MIRA) was revealed and it’s giving us all the chills! This is one you’ll definitely be up all night reading.

Nuala Ellwood featured in a Dead Good Books article talking about her favourite atmospheric crime novel and her thriller The Perfect Life (Penguin Random House / Viking) was in Bella Magazine as a Must Read. Nuala also wrote a piece for writing Ireland that also appeared in the Sunday Mirror’s Love Magazine and Saturday Express Saturday Magazine called If Walls Could Talk.

Beezy Marsh was in the Daily Mail and on GB News this week talking about her upcoming gangland crime series. Beezy also topped the Kindle charts and was No.1 in hot new releases and 124th overall! It seems everyone has Queen of Thieves fever ahead of its publication by Orion Dash later this month!

The très chic cover of The Girl from Paris by Ella Carey was revealed this week and we’re so looking forward to everyone reading this heart-breaking and unforgettable novel.

Jen Carney was in Book Trust talking about a subject close to her heart and explaining why inclusive stories are vital. Good news for B.U.G fans, book two is out next week!

We were so hyped to announce Lex Croucher’s new deal, Lex’s YA medieval romance Gwen and Art Are Not in Love was snapped up by Bloomsbury and will be out in Winter 2023!

The gorgeous new cover for Kate Weston’s Diary of a Confused Feminist (Hodder Children’s) were revealed and even more excitingly, so was the much awaited sequel Must do Better was also announced! We are obsessed with how amazing they look!

Kathryn Foxfield, YA author of high-octane thriller It’s Behind You, did a YALC panel on thrillers and whodunnits that you can watch here. 

The spook-tacular cover of the second book in Jordan Kopy’s Theodora Hendrix  series (Walker Books) was revealed, we can’t wait for you to see what Theodora gets up to next.

The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was published in the US earlier this week. Jane’s book has received glowing reviews and we can’t wait for it to delight a whole new audience across the pond. There are some great reviews here and here, including Publisher’s Weekly who praised Jane’s book as “a lush, seductive portrait of desire”. Book Riot also had The Ophelia Girls  in their list of best releases this week and called it an “atmospheric, haunting story that alternates between two summers and two teenage girls — mother and daughter — and explores the perils and power of being a young woman. This is a challenging and memorable read that combines beautiful writing and creeping unease.”

We also closed on these superb international deals:

Wintering by Katherine May has sold to Darkside Books in Brazil.

Icelandic rights to The Maid by Nita Prose have gone to Forlagid.