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!
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.
I’m thrilled to share the cover of my book today! Thanks, @hayleyemmasteed for all your work to make this book fantastic! Out with MIRA, February 8, 2022. #debut2022 #writingcommunity pic.twitter.com/7it4XSWcqt
— Kristen Bird (@kbirdwrites) August 11, 2021
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!
Did we go out to get a copy? You betcha! 🤩 Such a fascinating piece in the @DailyMailUK by @beezymarsh! And if you’d like to read the book inspired by this incredible real-life girl gang, you can pre-order your copy right here in ebook and audio: https://t.co/QwPXCUayT6 https://t.co/OF8IFyeQBF pic.twitter.com/pD2WNcC30j
— Orion Dash (@books_dash) August 12, 2021
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!
Author @jennycarney knows from experience how brilliant funny books are at helping children to fall in love with reading – but then her son complained that he never saw ‘families like ours’ in them.
— BookTrust (@Booktrust) August 11, 2021
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!
"It is the witty, romantic, melodramatic, queer medieval YA romp that we all need in our lives", @KidsBloomsbury has signed a YA debut from @lexcanroar, Gwen and Art Are Not In Love! Read more here: https://t.co/ZTZGStOmDN pic.twitter.com/NJAcP2QgL9
— The Bookseller (@thebookseller) August 9, 2021
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!
— Chloe Seager (@ChloeSeager) August 6, 2021
Loving this YA thriller panel – what a line-up! Kathryn Foxfield @iloveweirdbooks talking about her enjoyment of exploring the darker sides of her characters. #atHomeYALC https://t.co/S0X57UJJTV pic.twitter.com/fPNeaYAlha
— Lauren Fortune (@LaurenAFortune) August 8, 2021
Thrilled to share the cover of the 2nd Theodora Hendrix book, THEODORA HENDRIX AND THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CURSED BEETLE, by the fab @Chris_Jev Isn’t it GORGEOUS?! Out 7 Oct, now on presale @ https://t.co/k9QtyzNChY#TheodoraHendrix #WritingCommunity @WalkerBooksUK @ChloeSeager pic.twitter.com/d1N04Qdpsn
— 🎄Jordan Kopy🎄 (@inkandbookmarks) August 12, 2021
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: