Bookish and Bloggish News (#9)

Ok, this feature is back.. maybe for a while maybe not! but never mind! I got a great deal of info this week so I thought I’d share!
Trailer: Pushing the Limits – Katie McGarry

This one sounds and looks from the trailer to be a great contemporary read! I have it on my tar but haven’t got round to it yet so I’ll leave you with the summary below


No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins–the smoking hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket–explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again (taken from goodreads)


Harper Collins signs three more books from Will Hill

The news came through this week that Harper Collins has signed another there books from Department 19 author Will Hill. Two of the books will be linked to Department 19 and its sequel The Rising and the third will be stand alone, you can read the press release from Harper Collins below! 

HarperCollins is delighted to be continuing its relationship with YA author Will Hill by acquiring three new titles. Fiction Editorial Director Nick Lake secured UK & Commonwealth rights to two final books in the Department 19 series, plus one untitled YA novel. The deal was concluded by Nick and Charlie Campbell at Ed Victor Ltd.
First launched by HarperCollins in 2011, Department 19 was the number one bestselling YA hardback debut of the year and the series has acquired more than 7,000 fans on Facebook (www.facebook.com/department19exists). The books have also enjoyed sales success as ebooks, with Department 19: The Rising becoming HarperCollins’ bestselling children’s ebook launch in April. Hill’s writing has also been acclaimed in the press. “High action, fast plot, original and gripping, this is vampire writing without the sparkle but with lots of blood!” said the Sun, while the Telegraph pronounced that, “Bram Stoker can stop turning in his grave: his 21st-century legacy extends beyond Twilight.”
Nick Lake said: “Will Hill is an incredible talent and we’re tremendously excited to have these new books to look forward to. With The Rising, he achieved that rare feat – a sequel that is richer and more gripping than its predecessor – and the strength of his writing is certain to garner him many, many more fans over the coming years.”
Will himself said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have signed with HarperCollins for three more novels – the experience of publishing the Department 19 books with them has been an absolute pleasure. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with my amazing editor Nick and the fantastic sales, marketing and publicity teams, and I’m so thrilled that the Department 19 series will finish where it started; on the best list in the business.” 


Anobii First Book Award nominations

The Anobii First Book Award nominations were announced a little while back and I wanted to share a few of them with you. The Award ‘Celebrates the wealth of new writing included in the Book Festival programme each year. Every debut novelist and every overseas writer whose words are published in English for the first time is included in the award.’ 

This award was brought to my attention because it has some fantastic authors listed as nominees, I’m really excited to see some of the below books on the nominations list but I can’t say I’m that surprised at a few of them! 

Sara Grant – Dark Parties 

After the Snow – S.D. Crockett
The Other Life – Susanne Winnacker
Someone Else’s Life – Katie Dale 
Slated – Teri Terry
15 Days Without a Head – Dave Cousins 

It is awarded at the Endinburgh book Festival in August and you can check out the full list of nominees, find out more and vote via this link.


The censorship and age rating debate

After the article on the Gaurdian and the debate between GP Taylor and Patrick Ness on the BBC Breakfast show I was going to do a full blog post about this. However I didn’t get time last weekend and I don’t think I’ll get chance anytime soon so I thought I’d link you to two great posts that I read last week that really reflect my thoughts on the matter and were really interesting. 

The first is by Non Pratt, the commissioning editor from Catnip Publishing, its great because it gives an editor’s point of view on the subject as well as a readers! You can read it here

The second is by Andrew at The Pewter Wolf blog… I agreed with a lot of Andrew’s points and the post made me think of other points too which I hadn’t though of. Go here to read it. 


Thats it from me this week. I hope you have a great weekend!! 


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