Monday 3 December 2012

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Weekly Gossip

Here's your weekly news from the past week!

First up, cover reveals!

The cover for Andy Robb's second novel, Geekhood: Mission Improbable has been released by Stripes Publishing:

Geekhood: Mission Improbable by Andy Robb

Pretty cool, huh?! SO looking forward to reading this book!

Next up, Simon and Schuster Children's Books have released the cover for Brenna Yovanoff's third book, Paper Valentine:

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

How creepy-cool is this? Just gorgeous! And it sounds so, so good!


Lots of acquisition news for you all today!

First, Hot Key Books Maureen Johnson acquisitions:


Hot Key Books Editorial Director Sara O’Connor has completed a multi-book deal with The New York Times bestselling YA author Maureen Johnson: three books in the SUITE SCARLETT series, and the final two books in THE SHADES OF LONDON series, currently published in the UK by HarperCollins. At the same time, Hot Key has acquired Johnson’s debut novel THE KEY TO THE GOLDEN FIREBIRD, never before published in the UK.

Maureen published her first novel, THE KEY TO THE GOLDEN FIREBIRD, in 2004 and has written a further 8 novels for young adults including 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, DEVILISH, LET IT SNOW (with John Green and Lauren Myracle) and the SHADES OF LONDON series. Her books have been translated into 15 languages worldwide.

Hot Key Books acquired the SCARLETT and SHADES UK and Commonwealth rights from KT Literary via RightsMix, and will publish the five titles over the next two years, with the new titles launching simultaneously with the US editions. THE KEY TO THE GOLDEN FIREBIRD was acquired from Jean McGInley at HarperCollins.

Read the press release for more info.

And quite a few from Simon and Schuster Children's Books. First about Kami Garcia acquisitions:

Simon and Schuster Children’s Books announced on 28th November 2012 the acquisition of Beautiful Creatures co-author Kami Garcia’s first solo YA novels.

Kami Garcia has shot to fame for her bestselling Beautiful Creatures series, co-written with Margaret Stohl. The movie adaptation will be released in February 2013, starring Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, Emmy Rossum and Alice Englert, and the publishing programme for the series is ongoing.

Venetia Gosling, Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster UK, has bought UK & Commonwealth rights, including ebook and audio, from Angharad Kowal at Writer’s House in two books in Garcia’s Legion series, her first solo novels. A film adaptation of the series is already in development with Mark Morgan, the producer of The Twilight saga and Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.

Read the press release for more info.

And now about New Adult titles:

3rd December 2012, London—Simon and Schuster UK today announced the acquisition of nine titles from three top-selling self-published authors Abbi Glines, Nicole Williams and Steph Campbell. These titles will launch a programme of hot romance titles in the ‘new adult’ genre, with Jane Griffiths, Commissioning Editor, managing the list.

The titles have been self-published in ebook format in the US and several have appeared in bestseller lists. Under this new acquisition, the UK ebooks will replace self-published editions this autumn, with paperback editions for all nine titles also acquired as part of the deal and scheduled for 2013.

Ingrid Selberg, Publisher at S&S UK summed up the new acquisitions and overall strategy by saying: “We have made a substantial commitment to the acquisition of a range of best-selling authors in the ‘new adult’ genre. Abbi Glines is a terrific writer, with an enormous fan base and a track record of very impressive sales, who spearheads our new adult list, along with titles by the very talented Nicole Williams and Steph Campbell. Building on the tremendous success of Beautiful Disaster and working closely with S&S US, we are very confident that these authors will be huge bestsellers on our list. Sexy and fun, these books are unputdownable stories, which reflect the concerns and dreams of real young women. A perfect antidote to the stresses of the real world.”

Read the press release for more info.

And a little more From S&S Children's Books about Nicole Williams' novels:

We’ve literally just published in eBook UK editions of the super-steamy, addictive CRASH and CLASH by Nicole Williams. I think you’ll agree the current covers are swoon-tastic – although we’ll be making them even more so in the near future.

CLASH was a #1 on Amazon’s Movers and Shakers list, and Nicole is a diamond in the New Adult genre – with over 23,000 GoodReads ratings and regular appearance in the top 100 eBooks on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

We have these up on Amazon and iTunes now for just £2.49 a pop so do snap them up and let us know what you think… they’re hot, hot, hot and you’re all bound to fall in love with Jude Ryder… oo er.

crash by nicole williamsCRASH
Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now…

Jude's everything she knows she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. But she's about to find out that staying away is the only thing she's incapable of.

clash by nicole williamsCLASH
For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love might be the thing that just isn't enough.

The only easy thing about Jude and Lucy's relationship is their love for one another. Everything else is hard. Especially when it comes to reining in Jude's trigger touch temper and Lucy's increasing jealousy of the female attention that Jude attracts. Feeling the stress of trying to hang on to her quintessential bad boy while becoming the foremost dancer in her class, Lucy knows something's going to break. She wants both. She needs both. But if she doesn't make a choice, she risks losing everything.

We’ll be going out on these in paperback in Spring 2013 – but for now you can find them here:

Amazon / iTunes

Amazon / iTunes


Some news from Scholastic US:

I know this time of year is always so crazy so I just wanted to reach out again and tell you about Scholastic’s READ EVERY DAY holiday campaign. For every Storia ebook you purchase, Scholastic will donate a book to a child in need, especially kids who lost their home libraries in Hurricane Sandy. You can find more details here.


  1. While I prefer the US cover of Paper Valentine because it's just so PRETTY, I LOVE the creepy, twisted vibe of this on and I think it gives me a better idea for the feel of the story. I really enjoyed Smoulder by Brenna, so I can't wait for this!

    Also excited for Kami and Margaret's new solo books. I assume Unbreakable will be published by S&S AU aswell, so yay!! Oh. Wait. "Commonwealth" rights... haha. I'm commenting AS I read your post (I have a bad habit of writing in the URL bar).

    I just love that New Adult titles are becoming more popular with mainstream publishers. I'm excited to get hooked on this genre, because sometimes I just NEED an 'older' book, but don't want to read adult ones.

    1. I'm afraid I have to disagree - I do not like the US cover AT ALL. Well, the background is nice, and her head is cool, but the dress and heart are just too busy for my liking. If it was a plain red heart and a black silhouette, I think that would have been better, in my opinion. But I really like the UK cover! I am a bad blogger - I have both of Brenna's other novels, but I've not yet read them >.>

      I am intrigued by Kami's solo novels, but... not the biggest Beautiful Creatures fan here, so.. We'll see. I know what you mean - I comment as I read your comment, lol.

      Me too, me too! I'm still yet to read a single New Adult novel, but I am EXCITED by the whole idea! Gimmie mooooore! YES! Books that don't necessary close the door on private things, and deal with serious issues, but are still about young people! I think New Adult is probably more for my age group, though I am a few years past going-to-college age. Lol. So looking forward to these books!