Sarah J MaasA new trilogy from YA author Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses is a fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Aimed at adults and upper YA readers, Mortal, the first of the three books, will publish in the winter of 2015. Maas’ debut novel last year Throne of Glass was shortlisted for Waterstones Teen Book of the Year. The sequel, Crown of Midnight, is out now.
Sally O’ReillyAphra X is a new historical novel from Sally O’Reilly, based on the life of Restoration playwright Aphra Behn. The daughter of a barber, Behn rose from her humble beginnings to become a spy for Charles II in Antwerp, before becoming a favourite in London with her writings. O’Reilly has another historical novel, Dark Aemelia, due for publication in March next year, also by Myriad Editions.
Emily GouldThis debut novel from American journalist and blogger Gould is about a friendship between two women. Friendship chronicles the two dynamic between the two 30-somethings as they come to terms with relationships, work, money and parenthood. The book will be published by Little, Brown on its Virago list in 2014.
David Gilbert’s novel & Sons has been critically acclaimed in the US and it is now available in the UK. Averaging ratings of 3-5 stars on Goodreads, with a number of reviewers using the phrase ‘Salinger-esque’.
Sally GardnerGardner, children’s writer and Carnegie Medal-winner, has written her first adult novel. The Pearl Hand, to be released in January 2016, tells the tale of a spirited young girl in the brothels and theatres of Georgian London.
Matt DunnBritish romantic comedy novelist Dunn has signed a publishing deal direct with Amazon Publishing for his two novels A Day at the Office and What Might Have Been. A Day at the Office, originally self-published, reached the Top 10 of the Kindle chart and topped Amazon’s humour and contemporary romance chart. Amazon’s Lake Union Publishing imprint will re-publish A Day at the Office in late 2013, with What Might Have Been scheduled for summer 2014. Dunn has written six previous novels, including The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook (Pocket Books), which was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award and the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance.