Monday, 17 September 2012

Read All About It: News, Deals and Cover Reveals from Bryony Pearce, Gretchen McNeil, Jessi Kirby & Lenore Appelhans!

So, I kind of abandoned my Read All About It feature. I didn't mean to -- it just kind of happened and so I've been posting book announcements and cover reveals here, there and everywhere all over the blog. Which is fine, but from now on I'm going to try and save all the news for a weekly or fortnightly (or whenever I get to it!) round-up.  Might not happen though if I get an email swinging my way that's just too awesome to save for another day!

So, in this weeks Read All About It.... Strange Chemistry sign Bryony Pearce --read all about her new book below -- Gretchen McNeil has a two book announces two new books that I couldn't be more excited for -- Revenge meets The Breakfast Club - actual OMFG! And Jessi Kirby unveils the very pretty cover for her next book Golden. Enjoy!

Bryony Pearce & The Weight Of Souls:

Bryony Pearce completed an English Literature degree at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1998 and afterwards worked in the research industry.  After a while she moved to a village at the edge of the Peak District and went freelance so she could devote more time to writing.  Her first book, the award winning Angel's Fury, was published by Egmont in 2011.  She is now a full time mother to two children, writes as much as possible and enjoys doing school visits and events when she can fit them in.  Her agent is Juliet Mushens at PFD.  For more information on Bryony, please visit her website

16 year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them - letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn't make it in time? The Darkness will come for her... She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she's bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real and that she's not going crazy.
And then Justin is murdered and everything gets a whole lot worse. Justin doesn't know who killed him, so there's no obvious person for Taylor to go after. The clues she has lead her to the V Club, a vicious secret society at her school where no one is allowed to leave... And where Justin was dared to do the stunt which led to his death. Can she find out who was responsible for his murder before the Darkness comes for her? Can she put aside her hatred for her former bully to truly help him? And what happens if she starts to fall for him?

The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce releases from Strange Chemistry in Autumn 2013. 


Gretchen McNeil Announces New Two-Book Deal:

Author of POSSESS, TEN and the upcoming 3:59, Gretchen McNeil's new Don't Get Mad series, GET EVEN and GET DIRTY, pitched as Revenge meets The Breakfast Club, about four girls who form a secret revenge society for bullied classmates which goes well until one of their targets turns up dead, in a two book deal, in a very nice deal, to Kristen Rens at Balzer + Bray, by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown (NA).

(Revenge meets The Breakfast Club -- I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait!!)

Here's a synopsis as posted on Gretchen's Blog and Goodreads:

GET EVEN and GET DIRTY (still tentative titles) are books 1 and 2 in the "Don't Get Mad" series, which follows the secretive exploits of four high school juniors - Kitty, Olivia, Margot and Bree - at an exclusive Catholic prep school.

To all outward appearances, the girls barely know each other. At best, they don't move in the same social circles; at worst, they're overtly hostile.

Margot Mejia – academically ranked number two in her class, Margot is a focused overachiever bound for the Ivy League.

Kitty Li – captain of the California state and national champion varsity girls' volleyball team, she's been recruited by a dozen colleges and has dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal.

Olivia Hayes – popular star of the drama program, she's been voted "most eligible bachelorette" two years running in the high school yearbook and has an almost lethal combination of beauty and charm.

Bree Deringer – outcast, misfit and the kind of girl you don't want to meet in a dark alley, the stop sign red-haired punk is a constant thorn in the side of teachers and school administrators alike.

Different goals, different friends, different lives, but the girls share a secret no one would ever guess. They are members of Don't Get Mad, a society specializing in seeking revenge for fellow students who have been silently victimized by their peers. Each girl has her own reason for joining the group, her own set of demons to assuage by evening the score for someone else. And though school administration is desperate to find out who is behind the DGM "events", the girls have managed to keep their secret well hidden.

That is until one of their targets – a douchebag senior who took advantage of a drunk underclassman during a house party, videotaped it on his phone, and posted it on YouTube – turns up dead, and DGM is implicated in the murder.

Now the girls don't know who to trust, and as their tenuous alliance begins to crumble, the secrets they've hidden for so long might be their ultimate undoing.

Get Even and Get Dirty release from Balzer and Bray in 2014 and 2015 respectively.


Jessi Kirby Reveals Golden:

Seventeen -year-old Parker Frost may be a distant relative of Robert Frost, but she has never taken the road less traveled.  Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she's about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules.  So when fate drops a mystery in her lap--one that might be the key to uncovering the truth behind a town tragedy, she decides to take a chance.

Golden releases from Simon and Schuster in May 2013.


Extra! Extra! You can now read the first four chapters of  Level Two the highly anticipated debut novel from Lenore Appelhans on Facebook. Check it out here: The Memory Chronicles Facebook Page



  1. caroline.taylor07817 September 2012 at 21:52

    OMG, the new series from Gretchen McNeil sounds beyond amazing, I can't wait to read her book Ten, I've had it pre-ordered for ages!

  2.  Me too! I hope my copy gets here soon! I can't wait for these new books! :)


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