Watch the book trailer for FIRE GIRL by Matt Ralphs

See below for the spellbinding book trailer for Fire Girl by Matt Ralphs, which will be published by Macmillan Children’s Books on August 13th.

See here for the coverage on The Guardian

Twelve-year-old Hazel Hooper has spent her whole life trapped in a magical Glade created by her mother, Hecate. She’s desperate to meet new people and find out about the world. And, more than anything, she wants to be a witch. But when her mother is kidnapped by a demon – everything changes

FIRE GIRL by Matt Ralphs

Pre-order Fire Girl at the Guardian Bookshop now

MM Agency authors attend YALC

This weekend saw the return of the Young Adult Literature Convention, or YALC, at the London Film and Comic Con, which took place at Olympia. This year’s jam-packed event proved a real hit with authors and readers alike, providing workshops, activities and talks and discussion panels where authors spoke about big YA themes ranging from horror to LGBT questions.

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Both CJ Daugherty, author of the best-selling NIGHT SCHOOL series, and Holly Bourne, of THE MANIFESTO ON HOW TO BE INTERESTING and forth-coming AM I NORMAL YET? fame, attended. They met their fans, did book signings, promoted their fantastic books and sat on some hugely popular discussion panels.

Christi appeared on the “Being a Girl” panel, which explored female characters and feminist themes in contemporary YA writing on Saturday, alongside Hayley Long, Holly Smale, Malorie Blackman, Laura Dockrill and Anna James. On Sunday Holly tackled mental health representation in YA with Matt Whyman, Brian Conaghan, Annabel Pitcher and Imogen Russell Williams.

Christ Daugherty and her "Being a Girl" Discussion panel

Christ Daugherty and her “Being a Girl” Discussion panel

Holly Bourne and her "Mental Health" panel

Holly Bourne and her “Mental Health” panel

More information about the event here: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/adults/young-adults/yalc/

First ever YA book pop song: The official Night School song is out today!

Watch the official music video for “Night School” by Betsa – the first ever song for a YA book! The song is inspired by the Night School series by C.J. Daugherty.

As well as watching the video on YouTube, you can buy the song on iTunes, and all other music download sites.

See the coverage on The Telegraph

Publication day for THE GIRL’S GUIDE TO GETTING HITCHED by Sophie Hart

The Girl’s Guide to Getting Hitched by Sophie Hart is published today by Bookouture.

THE GIRL'S GUIDE TO GETTING HITCHED by Sophie Hart

Rule number one: Keep calm and marry on…

When new mum and events planner Julia Crawford is given the opportunity to plan three weddings, she jumps at the chance. What could possibly go wrong? …

Forget bridezilla, Aimee’s future mother-in-law is the stuff of nightmares – hell bent on taking over the wedding entirely.

Body shy Debbie is on a mission to shed a lot of pounds before the big day. As the wedding inches closer, will the new Debbie lose sight of what’s really important?

With a house full of teenage hormones and her eldest, Kelly, struggling with so much change, Gill is feeling the pressure ahead of her wedding…

As the women bond over cake and a cuppa, can they each resolve their wedding woes before the big day?

Get your copy now

Publication day for THE SCARLET SISTERS by Helen Batten

The Scarlet Sisters: My nanna’s story of secrets and heartache on the banks of the River Thames by Helen Batten is published by Ebury Publishing today.

THE SCARLET SISTERS by Helen Batten

When Helen Batten’s marriage breaks down, she starts on a journey of discovery into her family’s past and the mysteries surrounding her enigmatic nanna’s early life.

What she unearths is a tale of five feisty red heads struggling to climb out of poverty and find love through two world wars. It’s a story full of surprises and scandal – a death in a workhouse, a son kept in a box, a shameful war record, a clandestine marriage and children taken far too soon. It’s as if there is a family curse…

Helen starts to break the spell of the past, and sees a way she might find love again herself.

Order your copy here

Literary Agent Madeleine Milburn Chooses Winners for BritCrime Competition

Following a competition with BritCrime, Madeleine Milburn has chosen the winning pitches that were tweeted to her during the festival. The winners win a personal critique of their covering letter, first three chapters and synopsis.

Here are the winning three pitches:

@JoyKluver
3 bed rural cottage needs tlc, great views, large garden with mature shrubs, pond and bodies to be unearthed

@LouiseHector
A little girl is lost at sea, presumed dead, in an accident. 20 years later a young woman claims to be her. Is she?

@JMHewitt
A secluded barn homes orphaned boys. One by one they get to go to live in The Big House and innocence is lost. Forever

Congratulations to Joy, Louise and Jeanette!

Click here for more information on BritCrime and the competition.

Publication day for Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin is published by Bookouture in the UK and US today!

Fairytale Beginnings by Holly MartinWho says real life can’t be a fairytale?
Love is an open door…except when it keeps slamming in your face

Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he?
When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of a historical building in the village of Clover’s Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away – a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone.
As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after?

 A deliciously enchanting read that will delight fans of Rachael Lucas, Lucy Diamond and Miranda Dickinson or anyone who has ever blubbed at a Disney movie.

C.J. Daugherty to appear at YALC at London Comic Con

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Saturday 18 July 2015: 12:30pm and 4:00pm

C.J. Daugherty, author of the international bestselling Night School series and co-author of the upcoming Secret Fire series, will be appearing on a panel at YALC to talk about writing strong characters at 12:30pm on the 18th July. She will also be signing copies of her books.

C.J. will then speak on a panel hosted by literary agent Molly Ker Hawn about the differences between UK and US publishing at 4:00pm. Saturday is sold out, but new tickets are periodically released, so keep an eye on the YALC Facebook page if you’d like to attend.

Get your YALC tickets here

UK publication for A LOVE LIKE THIS by Maria Duffy

A Love Like This by Maria Duffy is published by Hachette in the UK and Ireland today.

Maria Duffy is the author of novels including Any Dream Will Do and The Terrace, which both hit the top ten in the Irish charts.

A heart-warming story about falling in love with the right person at the wrong time…

A Love Like This by Maria Duffy

William and Donna were born on the same day, in the same Dublin maternity hospital. But there the similarities end.

Will grows up in an affluent suburb and struggles to balance what he wants with what will keep his overbearing mother happy. Across the city, Donna, raised by her older sister, often wonders what life would be like without her troubled mother around.

Over the years, Donna and Will almost meet many times, but something – fate? – keeps them apart.

Perhaps fate has plans for them still, and all hope is not lost …

The Widow at Crime in the Court

Goldsboro Books hosted the fourth Crime in the Court evening on the 25th June to coincide with Independent Booksellers Week. This event celebrates crime fiction, and crime fans gathered to meet the best crime writers published today. 

MM Agency author Fiona Barton attended with her publisher Transworld (also the publisher of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go to Sleep) who revealed her novel The Widow as their debut thriller of the year for 2016.

Transworld will publish The Widow in February 2016 and it will be published simultaneously in America by Penguin Random House / NAL.  The Widow will also be translated into over 20 foreign languages.

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Frankie Grey (Transworld Crime Editor) and Fiona Barton (author of The Widow)

THE WIDOW Goldsboro

The Widow samplers

Cocktails

The Widow cocktails!