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14th March 2017 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kathy Hepinstall
The Book of Polly
Penguin Random House Pamela Dorman (US & CA: 14th March 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Willow Havens is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to chase varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonise the neighbours – and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town. She was in her late fifties when Willow was born, so Willow knows she’s here by accident, a late-life afterthought. Willow’s father died before she was born, her much older brother and sister are long grown and gone and failing elsewhere. It’s just her and bigger-than-life Polly. Willow is desperately hungry for clues to the family life that preceded her, and especially Polly’s life pre-Willow. Why did she leave her hometown of Bethel, Louisiana, fifty years ago and vow never to return? Who is Garland Jones, her long-ago suitor who possibly killed a man? And will Polly be able to outrun the Bear, the illness that finally puts her on a collision course with her past?

Meg Howrey
The Wanderers
Penguin Random House G.P. Putnam’s Sons (US & CA: 14th March 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

In four years, aerospace giant Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen Kane, Yoshihiro Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov must prove they’re the crew for the historic voyage by spending seventeen months in the most realistic simulation ever created. Constantly observed by Prime Space’s team of “Obbers,” Helen, Yoshi, and Sergei must appear ever in control. But as their surreal pantomime progresses, each soon realises that the complications of inner space are no less fraught than those of outer space. The borders between what is real and unreal begin to blur, and each astronaut is forced to confront demons past and present, even as they struggle to navigate their increasingly claustrophobic quarters – and each other.

Demitria Lunetta
Bad Blood
Penguin Random House Delacorte (US & CA: 14th March 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

All sixteen-year-old Heather MacNair wants is to feel normal, to shed the intense paranoia she’s worn all year like a scratchy sweater. After her compulsion to self-harm came to light, Heather was kept under her doctor’s watchful eye. Her family thinks she’s better – and there’s nothing she wants more than for that to be true. She still can’t believe she’s allowed to spend her summer vacation as she always does: at her aunt’s home in Scotland, where she has lots of happy memories. Far away from all her problems save one: she can’t stop carving the Celtic knot that haunts her dreams into her skin. Good friends and boys with Scottish accents can cure almost anything…except nightmares. Heather can’t stop dreaming about two sisters from centuries ago, twins Prudence and Primrose, who somehow seem tied to her own life. Their presence lurks just beneath the surface of her consciousness, sending ripples through what should be a peaceful summer. The twins might hold the key to putting Heather’s soul at rest…or they could slice her future deeper than any knife.

Paul Tremblay
Disappearance at Devil’s Rock
HarperCollins William Morrow (US & CA: 14th March 2017)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a local park. The search isn’t yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her young daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend Tommy’s disappearance. Feeling helpless and alone, their sorrow is compounded by anger and frustration: the local and state police have uncovered no leads. Josh and Luis, the friends who were the last to see Tommy before he vanished, may not be telling the whole truth about that night in Borderland State Park, when they were supposedly hanging out a landmark the local teens have renamed Devil’s Rock. Living in an all-too-real nightmare, riddled with worry, pain, and guilt, Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the strange series of events that follow. She believes a ghostly shadow of Tommy materialises in her bedroom, while Kate and other local residents claim to see a shadow peering through their windows in the dead of night. Then, random pages torn from Tommy’s journal begin to mysteriously appear – entries that reveal an introverted teenager obsessed with the phantasmagorical; the loss of his father, killed in a drunk-driving accident a decade earlier; a folktale involving the devil and the woods of Borderland; and a horrific incident that Tommy believed connects them. As the search grows more desperate, and the implications of what happened become more haunting and sinister, no one is prepared for the shocking truth about that night and Tommy’s disappearance at Devil’s Rock.

March 2017 Releases

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: MISSING: 18th April 2017: Buy (US)
Viola Carr: THE DASTARDLY MISS LIZZIE: 18th April 2017: Buy (US)
Cassandra Rose Clarke: FOUR SISTERS: 21st March 2017: Buy (US)
Kathy Hepinstall: THE BOOK OF POLLY: 14th March 2017: Buy (US)
Meg Howrey: THE WANDERERS: 14th March 2017: Buy (US)
Demitria Lunetta: BAD BLOOD: 14th March 2017: Buy (US)
Kelly Meding: ORACLE: 18th July 2016: Buy (US)
Carrie Mesrobian: JUST A GIRL: 28th March 2017: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: THE NIGHT MARK: 28th March 2017: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: 100 HOURS: 28th March 2017: Buy (US)

Now Available for US Pre-Order

V. C. Andrews: SAGE’S EYES (mass market paperback): 26th January 2016: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: FOREST OF RUIN: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)
Robin Bridges: DREAMING OF ANTIGONE: 29th March 2016: Buy (US)
Janet Edwards: EARTH 2788: THE EARTH GIRL SHORT STORIES: 4th July 2015: Buy (US)
Rinda Elliott: RAISONNE CURSE (paperback): 14th July 2015: Buy (US)
Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam: ETHERWORLD (paperback): 29th March 2016: Buy (US)
Francesca Haig: THE REFUGE SONG: 3rd May 2016: Buy (US)
Kim Harrison: THE DRAFTER (mass market paperback): 26th April 2016: Buy (US)
Kathy Hepinstall & Becky Hepinstall: SISTERS OF SHILOH (paperback): 29th March 2016: Buy (US)
Karen Kincy: STORMS OF LAZARUS: 29th July 2015: Buy (US)
Karen Kincy: CLOCKWORK MENAGERIE: 1st September 2015: Buy (US)
Kate Karyus Quinn: DOWN WITH THE SHINE: 26th April 2016: Buy (US)
Jessica Spotswood: WILD SWANS: 1st April 2016: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: MENAGERIE: 29th September 2015: Buy (US)

3rd March 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong
Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends, Book 1)
HarperCollins (US: 3rd March 2015)
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To save the empire, they must fight the shadows. In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned. Only this year, the souls will not be quieted. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls make their way to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court – one that will alter the balance of their world forever.

Kathy & Becky Hepinstall
Sisters of Shiloh
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US: 3rd March 2015)
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In a war pitting brother against brother, two sisters choose their own battle. Joseph and Thomas are fresh recruits for the Confederate Army, daring to join the wild fray that has become the seemingly endless Civil War, sharing everything with their fellow soldiers – except the secret that would mean their undoing: they are sisters. Before the war, Joseph and Thomas were Josephine and Libby. But that bloodiest battle, Antietam, leaves Libby to find her husband, Arden, dead. She vows vengeance, dons Arden’s clothes, and sneaks off to enlist with the Stonewall Brigade, swearing to kill one Yankee for every year of his too-short life. Desperate to protect her grief-crazed sister, Josephine insists on joining her. Surrounded by flying bullets, deprivation, and illness, the sisters are found by other dangers: Libby is hurtling toward madness, haunted and urged on by her husband’s ghost; Josephine is falling in love with a fellow soldier. She lives in fear both of revealing their disguise and of losing her first love before she can make her heart known to him.

Justine Larbalestier
Razorhurst
Soho (US: 3rd March 2015)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Sydney’s deadly Razorhurst neighborhood, 1932. Gloriana Nelson and Mr. Davidson, two ruthless mob bosses, have reached a fragile peace – one maintained by “razor men.” Kelpie, orphaned and living on the street, is blessed and cursed with the ability to see Razorhurst’s many ghosts, and she sees the cracks already forming. Then Kelpie meets Dymphna Campbell. Dymphna is a legendary beauty and prized moll of Gloriana Nelson. She’s earned the nickname “Angel of Death” for the trail of beaus who have died trying to protect her from Mr. Davidson’s assassins. Unbeknownst to Kelpie, Dymphna can see ghosts, too, and as Gloriana’s hold crumbles one burly henchman at a time, the girls will need one another more than ever. As loyalties shift and betrayal threatens at every turn, Dymphna is determined to not only survive, but to rise to the top with Kelpie at her side – and to save Kelpie from both the living and the dead.

Seanan McGuire
Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid, Book 4)
Penguin DAW (US & CA: 3rd March 2015)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Alexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family – no small feat, considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice. Still, he’s starting to feel like he’s got the hang of things…at least until his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, shows up asking pointed questions about werewolves and the state of his passport. From there, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to Australia, a continent filled with new challenges, new dangers, and yes, rival cryptozoologists who don’t like their “visiting expert” very much. Australia is a cryptozoologist’s dream, filled with unique species and unique challenges. Unfortunately, it’s also filled with Shelby’s family, who aren’t delighted by the length of her stay in America. And then there are the werewolves to consider: infected killing machines who would like nothing more than to claim the continent as their own. The continent which currently includes Alex. Survival is hard enough when you’re on familiar ground. Alex Price is very far from home, but there’s one thing he knows for sure: he’s not going down without a fight.

Devon Monk
Infinity Bell (House Immortal, Book 2)
Penguin Roc (US & CA: 3rd March 2015)
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Matilda Case isn’t normal. Normal people aren’t stitched together, inhumanly strong, and ageless, as she and the other galvanized are. Normal people’s bodies don’t hold the secret to immortality – something the powerful Houses will kill to possess. And normal people don’t know that they’re going to die in a few days. Matilda’s fight to protect the people she loves triggered a chaotic war between the Houses and shattered the world’s peace. On the run, she must find a way to stop the repeat of the ancient time experiment that gifted her and the other galvanized with immortality. Because this time, it will destroy her and everything she holds dear. Caught in a cat-and-mouse game of lies, betrayal, and unseen foes, Matilda must fight to save the world from utter destruction. But time itself is her enemy, and every second brings her one step closer to disaster…

Laura Ruby
Bone Gap
HarperCollins Balzer + Bray (US & CA: 3rd March 2015)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps – gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years ago, their mother hightailed it to Oregon for a brand-new guy, a brand-new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame? Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turn up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

March 2015 Releases

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