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C.J. Daugherty discusses her new YA series The Secret Fire, co-authored with Carina Rozenfeld, in The Bookseller

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Amazing TV reviews for One Wish on Ireland AM

Bob Johnston from the Gutter Book Shop and author Rebecca Reid give their opinions on this month’s book club choice, One Wish by Maria Duffy on Ireland AM.

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One Wish by Maria Duffy

The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis shortlisted for the Edinburgh first book award

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Fabulous review in The Sun for Power Games by Victoria Fox

Power Games is one of The Sun’s ‘Great Summer Reads’

‘A blinding read’  The Sun

Power Games by Victoria Fox

Virgin banner advert in The Bookseller this week

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani will be published in the UK on the 13th September

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THE SECRET FIRE: C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld launch joint series with Atom

The Secret Fire

Karen Ball, Publisher at Atom/ Little, Brown has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights for a YA series from a brand new writing partnership -  agency author C.J. Daugherty and French author Carina Rozenfeld. The series launches with The Secret Fire, publishing in September 2015, with another title to follow.

French teen Sacha Winters can’t die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.

Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha.

There’s only one problem: the two of them have never met. They live hundreds of miles apart and powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

They have eight weeks to find each other. 

Will they survive long enough to save the world?

Karen Ball said, ‘I already knew C.J. Daugherty’s talents as a powerful and dramatic YA author, but nothing prepared me for the new heights she would scale in this writing partnership. The first chapter of The Secret Fire blew me away and I went on a rollercoaster ride of drama and romance in two evocative cities – London and Paris. I am a big fan of creative collaborations and am thrilled and intrigued by the way Carina and Christi have successfully worked together on an exciting new project for the YA audience.’

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C.J. Daugherty said

‘I’m thrilled that Atom will publish The Secret Fire. I can’t wait to work with them on this exciting new project. Collaborating with Carina Rozenfeld is an absolute joy. We bring out the best in each other. We make each other braver. I can’t wait for UK readers to discover Sacha and Taylor.’

Carina Rozenfeld said

‘Being published by Atom is like being the hero of my own book: such an amazing adventure. Writing a book with C.J. Daugherty has been a great way to bring to life a story that could only be born from our joint imaginations. Working with her has meant not only sharing a story, but a different culture, and a different language. It’s been very rewarding and an amazing journey. I can’t wait for our readers to be part of this special trip.

C.J. Daugherty is a former newspaper reporter and crime writer, and now a full-time novelist. The massively successful Night School series has been translated into 21 languages. The Secret Fire is her first writing collaboration.

Carina Rozenfeld is a former journalist in French youth press, and now a full-time novelist. She has published more than 15 books in France and many of them have received literary awards.

The Dark Inside Us All: Rupert Wallis and Sally Gardner at the Edinburgh Festival

‘Both Rupert Wallis and Sally Gardner (author of Maggot Moon) have written novels with dark hearts. Rupert’s debut, The Dark Inside, and Sally’s latest, Tinder, are unsettling and ambiguous…These are subtle, challenging books.’

 rupert edinburgh

On Saturday Rupert Wallis and Sally Gardner spoke at the Edinburgh Festival about their latest novels, and about the darker, genre-bending aspects that they can explore when writing Young Adult fiction.  Both authors agreed that there are very few rules with YA fiction, so it gives them the freedom to address difficult, sometimes harrowing issues.

They also discussed the discrimination they’d felt at writing YA. Sally told the audience that someone had asked her whether he would enjoy her books: ‘I’m an adult so would I enjoy YA (or young adult) fiction?’  She responded ‘well, are you an OA? (an old adult?)’

Rupert very much enjoyed his first book festival and commented on how important it is for authors to do these events:

‘I was very lucky to be talking with Sally Gardner who took me under her wing and gave me a few tips before we went on stage – make the audience laugh!  The hour went very quickly and the questions were good from the audience.  I think they were interested in the fact that I discussed having given up reading when I was a teenage boy and why that was.  The whole experience was just great and I think it’s important to do these things because it’s a necessary part of being an author nowadays – you have to engage with your readers.’

Rupert Wallis  has been shortlisted for the Edinburgh first book award. To vote please visit: https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/writers/rupert-wallis

Dark Inside Edinburgh

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Publication day for SUMMER LIES BLEEDING by Nuala Casey

Summer Lies Bleeding by Nuala Casey is published today by Quercus!

Summer Lies Bleeding by Nuala Casey

Four lives are about to come crashing together…

One brother out for revenge

One woman hiding a secret

One man’s past bites back

One troubled survivor

An unseen enemy lies in wait…

Praise for Nuala Casey and Soho, 4am

‘Thought-provoking and intelligent’  Elizabeth Haynes

‘She writes with verve and conviction and her book is a welcome addition to the canon of London novels’  The Psychogeographic Review

‘Another drink leads to another punch-up. A raised hope becomes a crushed dream.’  Londonist

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Get WATCHING OVER YOU at a discounted price on Amazon

The Kindle edition of Watching Over You by Mel Sherratt is available at the discounted price of £0.99 on Amazon.

Watching Over You by Mel Sherratt revisedGet the ebook now!

Also at a reduced price: Get the paperback now!

“Watching Over You is Mel’s best novel to date. The writing is tight and emotive in this unsettling story of inadequacy, jealousy and rage.” (Pamreader.blogspot.com)

Watching Over You is a tense, erotic thriller with one of the most terrifying antagonists I’ve ever read. The worst terrors are always those that hide closest to home and Charley’s experiences–negotiating her path alone–will be familiar to many. She is as vulnerable as any of us, stronger than she realises, and yet still in mortal danger….Watching Over You is the book you’ll wish you could read from behind a cushion.’ —Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner

US publication day for VIRGIN by Radhika Sanghani

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani is published today in the US by Penguin Berkley!

Berkley has simultaneously released its two different paperback editions:

VIRGIN US COVERS TOGETHER

American readers get your copy now!

UK readers don’t have long to wait – Virgin will be published in September by Harlequin.

For a sneak preview of the book – read the first chapter on Radhika Sanghani’s website

Radhika Sanghani is a journalist at The Telegraph, writing news, features and profiles about women and women’s issues

Publication day for THE MANIFESTO ON HOW TO BE INTERESTING by Holly Bourne

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne is published today!

The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting 3DBree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born.

Six steps on how to be interesting.

Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.

Praise for Holly Bourne

‘Bourne is the writer I’ve been waiting for’  Escape into Words

‘Exciting, smouldering and energetic’  ChooseYA blog

‘If you’re a fan of authors such as C.J. Skuse and Cat Clarke you will LOVE Holly Bourne’s writing style… I had butterflies in my stomach, clammy hands and a dry mouth. My diagnosis? I’ve fallen head over heels in love’  Jess Hearts Books

Buy The Manifesto on How to be Interesting now!

ONE HUNDRED PROPOSALS by Holly Martin is No. 14 in the Kindle Store!

One Hundred Proposals by Holly Martin

One Hundred Proposals by Holly Martin

 No. 14 in the Kindle Store

No. 1 in Contemporary Romance

No. 1 in Women’s Fiction / Humour

Best friends Suzie and Harry are partners in romance. That is, they run the.PerfectProposal.com, coming to the aid of would-be grooms to create the ultimate marriage proposal.

But when Harry decides to catapult the business into the big leagues with a PR stunt all Suzie can see is a hundred days of heartbreak stretching ahead of her.

But however exotic the location, or breath-takingly romantic the setting, Suzie has to keep remembering that ‘Marry Me?’ is the one question she can’t say yes to.

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ONE WISH by Maria Duffy is the Ireland:AM book club choice for August!

ONE WISH Ireland AM

One Wish by Maria Duffy has been chosen by Ireland AM on TV3 as their book club choice for August

Previous months have featured books by Shelia O’Flanagan, Joseph O’Connor, Donna Tartt and Helen Fielding

 Ireland:AM invites viewers to send in reviews during the month for the chance to win a prize.

Click here to see the video for last month’s choice

Congratulations Maria!

Wicked Ambition is No. 1 in Australian Kindle Charts!

Victoria Fox is a kindle bestseller in the Australian Kindle Charts with Wicked Ambition

Wicked Ambition no. 1 Australia

Buy the UK kindle edition nowWicked Ambition by Victoria Fox

Some will do anything for fame

It’s a long way to plummet from the glittering heights of stardom…

Who will fall first?