Publication day for AM I NORMAL YET by Holly Bourne

Am I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne is published in the UK today by Usborne.

“I’m actually quite smart when I’m not being sectioned.”

It’s tough being a girl…

All Evie wants is to be normal. And now that she’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the-girl-who-went-nuts, there’s only one thing left to tick off her list… But relationships can mess with anyone’s head – something Evie’s new friends Amber and Lottie know only too well. The trouble is, if Evie won’t tell them her secrets, how can they stop her making a huge mistake?

AM I NORMAL YET Holly Bourne

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Publication day for PLEASURE ISLAND by Anna-Lou Weatherley

PLEASURE ISLAND by Anna-Lou Weatherley is published by Bookouture in the UK and US today

Secrets. Scandal. Betrayal. In Paradise, pleasure comes at a dangerously high price…

Three couples each receive an exclusive invitation to a breathtakingly beautiful undiscovered island, nestled in the Aegean Sea. 

But as the guests begin to enjoy everything the luxury island has to offer, cracks begin to surface between the three couples. But that is not all. Someone is watching them. When they discover the truth – it will be explosive in more ways than they can ever imagine.

Pleasure Island by Anna Lou Weatherley

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MM Agency Summer Author Interview – Lara Williamson

Summers in publishing can get a little uneventful, with everyone either jetting off to exotic locations or left holding the fort in rainy England while your colleagues are sipping cocktails on a sunny beach. We have decided to give all our lovely authors a little bit of extra homework over the summer, and have asked them a series of serious, and not-so-serious questions about the ups and downs of writing, and their holiday plans:

First up is the delightful LARA WILLIAMSON, author of best-selling and prize-winning debut A BOY CALLED HOPE, and forthcoming THE BOY WHO SAILED THE WORLD IN AN ARMCHAIR, both published by Usbourne:

What was your favourite book as a child?

I used to climb into wardrobes all the time and swear I’d keep on walking and end up in Narnia. Sadly it never happened despite The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe being one of my favourite books and me believing I really could find a magical kingdom if I looked hard enough. C S Lewis lived in Northern Ireland, not far from where I grew up. Those same landscapes are said to have inspired my favourite book and although I’m an adult now, a tiny part of me still checks the back of the wardrobe – just in case

Do you have any secret talents (other than writing)?

Does raising one eyebrow, flaring my nostrils and wiggling my ears count? Or does that just mean I have a very flexible face? I’m also not too shabby at illustrating and I can tap dance. Not both at the same time though as I suspect that would make for a very wobbly drawing indeed

What book are you reading right now/planning to read over the summer?

Well, I’ve always wanted to help solve a mystery in real life so I’m doing the next best thing by reading about one. I’ve just finished Nancy Drew Mystery Stories: The Secret in the Old Attic and started The Whispering Statue. Once I’ve finished that I’ve got three more in the Nancy Drew series to read. Secretly I’d love to write a mystery book like this. Watch this space

If you weren’t writing, what other job would you dream to have?

When I was younger I wanted to be a forensic scientist. I suppose I thought the job involved solving the mystery of how and why someone had died. In the end I went to university and studied fashion instead. I’m not one hundred per cent sure how I jumped from forensics to fashion but there you go. In The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair the main character, Becket, is also interested in medical science. I wonder where I got that idea from.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?

Anything with nuts! I like praline best or an ice cream with a caramel swirl. I’m also quite partial to honeycomb or fudge or coconut. Basically I’ve never found an ice cream flavour that I didn’t like.

What do you snack on while writing?

The Cookie Monster has nothing on me. When I’m writing I’ll eat anything I can get my hands on, particularly biscuits. And herbal tea – there also has to be many cups of tea. The writing law according to me is: Fuel goes in, stories come out. And I always follow the rule that if the biscuits are broken then that’s zero calories.

Lara

Happy Summer Reading!

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

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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?

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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.

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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.