Monday 13 September 2010

News from Publishers

I have various bits of news to share with you!

Puffin - Virtual Events:

Author of the phenomenally successful Young Bond and The Enemy series, Charlie
Higson will be reading from his new book The Dead (published in September 2010) and
talking about his inspirations and his love of the horror genre in a Scottish Booktrust
‘Author’s Live’ webcast on Thursday 7th October at 11am. To register to watch this event, click
here and simply follow the on-screen

Plus, registration for Rick Riordan’s live webcast, at 2pm on 2nd November, will open
on 6th September. Go
here for further information.

RHCB - Virtual Story & Online Book:

Our really, REALLY exciting news this month is the launch of Mortal Kiss, a virtual, interactive dark romance story on the Stardoll website which will be updated every day until Halloween... You can meet the characters, explore the town and start reading the story here.

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel have taken America by storm and are set to do the same here in the UK. As the latest book in the series is released, we are giving you the chance to read the first book, The Alchemyst, for free. Read The Alchemyst online

Bloomsbury - Revolution Extracts:

Revolution by Jennifer DonellyRevolution tells the story of two girls. Andi lives in New York and is dealing with the disintegration of her family and the guilt she feels following her younger brother’s death. Alex lives in Paris and is a maid to the royal family as the French Revolution rages. Both girls are struggling with their responsibilities and their place in the world.

When Andi is dragged to Paris by her father, their two stories collide, and Andi finds a way to reconcile herself not only to her past but also to her future.

Jennifer was inspired to write Revolution after reading an article about the imprisonment of fourteen-year-old Marie-Thérèse and eight-year-old Louis Charles following the execution of their parents, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Since writing A Gathering Light, Jennifer has become a mother and it was because of this new perspective that the article had such a profound effect upon her:

‘Robespierre and his crew essentially had Louis-Charles walled up alive. He was kept in a small, dark, cold cell. Alone. Without books and toys. Without enough food or a fire. He became sick. And he went mad. And eventually he died. At the age of ten.

Needless to say, that article really upset me. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Couldn’t stop wondering how the idealism of the revolution devolved into such cruelty. I went to bed thinking about it. Woke up thinking about it. I recognized the feeling – it’s how I feel when a book is starting inside me.’

To find out more about the inspiration behind the book click here

You can read an extract from both Revolution and Donnelly's debut novel, A Gathering Light, here. Also, check out her website.
Finally, a piece of news I'm adding myself. Many bloggers have excitingly been receiving review copies over the last few days of Cat Clarke's debut novel, Entangled, coming out Jan 2011. I am SO excited to read! Not only is Cat a novelist, but she's pretty active in the book blogosphere in the sense that a fair few consider her "one of us". Cat now has a facebook page for her debut novel, and I think you should all check it out! And if you haven't heard of Cat before, here are a few links to check out.

Cat's Website
Cat's Blog
Cat's Writing Facebook Page