Tuesday, 24 February 2015

'The Decaying Empire' by Laura Thalassa

Release date:21st April 2015 
Published by: Skyscape
ISBN No:978 1477829042

When eighteen-year-old teleporter Ember Pierce wakes up in a Los Angeles hospital, she remembers only the basics: she’s been trained by the government as a spy, she’s sent on dangerous missions, and her last assignment—the one that landed her in the hospital—was a setup.
Caden Hawthorne has spent the past ten months of his life grieving Ember’s death. So when she shows up in his room like an apparition, he can’t believe his eyes. But this Ember is different. Her hair is longer, her skin is paler, her gaze is haunted. She tells him what he’s already begun to suspect: someone he trusted betrayed her.
Now, uncertain who is friend and who is foe, Ember and Caden face the toughest mission of their lives—to stay together and survive, as they run from danger toward an unknown future.

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'The House on Carnaval Street' by Deborah Rodriguez

Release date:12th March 2015
Published by: Sphere
ISBN No:978 0751555967

I hadn't been planning on making Mexico my new home, but the little house on the sea was all that I had left . . .
Intimate, honest and touching, this is the story of Deborah Rodriguez's often hilarious journey of self-discovery. Forced to flee her life in Afghanistan, she leaves behind her friends, her possessions and her two beloved businesses: a hair salon and a coffee shop.
But life proves no easier 'back home'. After a year living in California where she teeters on the edge of sanity, Deborah makes a decision: she's going to get the old Deb back. So, at the age of forty-nine, she packs her life and her cat, Polly, into her Mini Cooper and heads south to a pretty seaside town in Mexico. Home is now an unassuming little house on Carnaval Street.

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'Freeze Frame' by Peter May

Release date:23rd April 2015
Published by: Quercus
ISBN No:978 1782062110

Ile de Groix, France.
A Frozen Island. This tiny isle off the coast of Brittany is the scene of a murder left shrouded in mystery and grief.
A Frozen Crime. Adam Killian's study has been left intact since his death - the perfect state for Enzo Macleod's forensic investigation.
A Frozen Heart. Killian's widow is still hoping; the first suspect is still hiding; and the treacherous island itself still has a revelation for Enzo.

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'The Ables' by Jeremy Scott

Release date:1st May 2015
Published by: Clovercroft Publishing
ISBN No:978 1940262659

Philip Sallinger has just been informed about his genetically-inherited telekinetic abilities, and has no idea how his blindness will affect them. Tomorrow, he starts his first day at a high school exclusively for empowered kids, but he'll face adversity right out of the gate, as he finds himself segregated and ignored with the other disabled students in a superhero version of a Special Education class. As the entire city of Freepoint faces a devastating threat, and the town leadership chooses bureaucratic infighting over actual preparation, Philip and his friends must find a way to work together to maximize their powers and overcome their disabilities. A mysterious figure has begun making unannounced visits to Freepoint, kidnapping key figures, digging up ancient artifacts, and taunting Phillip's group of friends with tantalizing clues and maddening riddles. Will Phillip and company decipher the clues and solve the mystery before a dark shadow falls over the entire town and threatens to cover the entire planet in a permanent darkness?

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News Item: Opportunities For Aspiring Writers at the London Book Fair


Agent one-to-one sessions and The Write Stuff competition -
Call for Entries!

News for release, Wednesday 25 February 2015:   The London Book Fair (LBF), the UK’s biggest gathering of international publishers and agents, has announced a Call for Entries for its Agent One-to-One programme and The Write Stuff competition, which are part of a whole range of initiatives on offer in Author HQ - LBF’s home for writers and aspiring writers, sponsored by Kindle Direct Publishing. 

Agent One-to-One meetings will give authors an invaluable opportunity to talk directly to an agent from a leading literary agency about their books, seek advice about any stage of the writing process and receive direct feedback on pitches and ideas.   Back for another year, The Write Stuff, a Dragon’s Den-style panel event, will see ten authors pitch their books to a panel of literary agents in front of an audience in Author HQ, for the chance to win a follow up meeting with an agent.  Each pitch will be a maximum of 2 minutes long, with agents providing on-the-spot feedback.  

Author HQ, launched as a response to increasing interest from the self-publishing community, is now one of the most popular features at the Fair.  There will be plenty on offer there for both established and aspiring authors, including a three day programme of seminars, curated by Midas Public Relations.  Now in its fourth year, the Author HQ programme has been designed to provide the knowledge, tools and insight writers need to make informed decisions about getting their work published in a world where conventional and self-publishing opportunities offer an ever expanding number of routes to market.    A stellar line-up of industry experts including publishers, writers and agents will be taking the stage to share their secrets of how to get published successfully, and a number of authors will also be on seminar panels to share their personal experiences. 

Further details on the Author HQ seminar programme line up for 2015 will be announced at the end of February.


The London Book Fair has moved to its new venue for 2015 - Olympia, West London, which means a new home for Author HQ too, which will be located on Level 1, Olympia Central.  Visitors for Author HQ should access the Fair via the Olympia National Entrance.

All Author HQ @ LBF events are free-to-attend with the purchase of a three-day LBF pass which costs £35 (if booked in advance).  Seminars are on a first come, first served, basis. Authors are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.   For further details on how to enter for a place on either the Author One-to-One programme or The Write Stuff, please visit www.londonbookfair.co.uk/authorhq.

Monday, 23 February 2015

'Lion Heart' by A. C. Gaughen

Release date:19th May 2015 
Published by:Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
ISBN No:978 0802736161

Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard's life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can't refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate-and her heart-won't allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he's stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

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'Magnolia Dawn' by Erica Spindler

Release date:30th April 2015 
Published by Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN No:978 0727885081

All his life, Rush Cousins had been haunted by the mystery of his shadowed past. His search for his roots led him at last to Ashland Plantation, an elegant, decaying estate deep in the Mississippi Delta, where he presented himself as nothing more than a handyman in need of work. The disguise brought him closer to Ashland's long-buried secrets. But it also meant he had to find some way to distance himself from his sudden, stunning passion for the plantation's beautiful, embittered mistress, Annabelle Ames - a woman whose lonely obsession with the past strangely seemed to mirror his own.

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'The Vagrant' by Peter Newman

Release date:23rd April 2015
Published by: Harper Voyager
ISBN No:978 0007593071

The Vagrant is his name. He has no other.
Years have passed since humanity’s destruction emerged from the Breach.
Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape.
As each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde.
His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war.
What little hope remains is dying. Abandoned by its leader, The Seven, and its heroes, The Seraph Knights, the last defences of a once great civilisation are crumbling into dust.
But the Shining City is far away and the world is a very dangerous place.

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'The Fifth Heart' by Dan Simmons

Release date:5th March 2015 
Published by:Sphere
ISBN No:978 0751560954

In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to investigate the suicide of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams - a member of the family that has given the United States two Presidents. Quickly, the investigators deduce that there's more to Clover's death than meets the eye - with issues of national importance at stake.
Holmes is currently on his Great Hiatus - his three-year absence after Reichenbach Falls during which time the people of London believe him to be deceased. The disturbed Holmes has faked his own death and now, as he meets James, is questioning what is real and what is not.
Holmes' theories shake James to the core. What can this master storyteller do to fight against the sinister power - possibly Moriarty - that may or may not be controlling them from the shadows? And what was Holmes' role in Moriarty's rise?

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'A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse' by Mimi Thorisson

Release date:26th March 2015 
Published by:Hardie Grant Books
ISBN No:978 1742709345

 Be transported to Mimi Thorisson's rustic farmhouse kitchen in the South- West of France in this sumptuously photographed collection of simple, elegant French recipes. When Mimi and her husband moved with their young children from Paris to a small town in out-of-the-way Médoc, she discovered a whole new way of sourcing, preparing and eating food. She learnt the joys of growing your own produce and learning to cook with seasonal ingredients; she sourced wonderful, high-quality produce from local farmers; and she discovered a repertoire of delicious new recipes to cook for her family and friends.

Divided into chapters according to the seasons, A Kitchen in France shares Mimi's mouth-watering recipes, which are rooted in the French classics but given a modern, fresh twist, using simple, flavoursome ingredients. Perfect for pleasing a crowd, the recipes include roast chicken with herbs and crème fraîche; cèpe and parsley tartlets; winter vegetable cocotte; apple tart with orange flower water; and salted butter crème caramel, and will surely bring a touch of the French countryside into any home.

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'Lake District Mountain Landscape' by Alastair Lee

Release date:28th February 2015 
Published by:Vertebrate Publishing
ISBN No:978 1910240182
2nd edition

Lake District Mountain Landscape is a spectacular photographic perspective on the Lake District from award-winning mountain photographer and filmmaker Alastair Lee. More than five years in the making, it is a work of extraordinary commitment and originality. With an emphasis on the mountain heights, Lee captures the otherworldliness and majesty of the 'English Alps' in all seasons and conditions. An experienced climber, Lee brings all his skill and tenacity to the task of capturing sunrise from the summits of the highest peaks in England, moonlight on icy slopes and seas of cloud filling the familiar valleys of Lakeland. Ascents of seemingly unscalable crags such as Pillar and Gimmer Crag are celebrated, and 360-degree panoramas in ethereal upland light from high peaks including Helvellyn, Bowfell and Great Gable are complemented by a series of identifying sketches. In a book which is full of revelations for Lakelanders and visitors alike, Alastair Lee renews and redefines the magic of this much-loved landscape.

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'Midnight's Kiss' by Thea Harrison

Release date:5th May 2015
Published by:Piatkus
ISBN No:978 0349403571

Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them - and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances . . .
Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won't be rushing to her rescue. But when Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine's captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?

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