Zoe Ball Book Club

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I’m very excited to tell you that THE SILENT COMPANIONS has been selected for the new Zoe Ball Book Club on ITV!

Tune in on Sunday 29th July between 8.30am and 9.30am to watch Zoe and a celebrity guest discuss the book. There will also be a pre-recorded package about the story featuring me (eeek!) but I don’t know what form that will take yet.

It’s such an honour to be chosen as one of the 10 brilliant titles that make up the list. For full details of the book club, click here.

 

Competition Time

Here’s some exciting news! To celebrate the paperback publication of THE SILENT COMPANIONS, there is another fabulous competition running at Marie Clare.

The prize is a weekend away for two in Lewtrenchard Manor, Devon. It looks beautiful and apparently has some ghosts of its own…

You do of course win a signed copy of THE SILENT COMPANIONS as well!

Click here for more details.

The Corset

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Today I get to reveal the cover for my next book, The Corset! Isn’t it a beauty? Raven Books (Bloomsbury) will be releasing it in the UK on 4th October 2018. Not TOO long to wait … No news on other territories yet I’m afraid.

I’m so happy that the jacket is a beautiful shade of blue, just like a certain corset within the book. Note that the peacock feather turns into a thread for the needle beneath the title! This story is about a seamstress named Ruth who may or may not be a murderer … My unofficial tagline is ‘a stitch in time kills nine’. More details to come soon!

 

UK Paperback

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I thought you might like to see the advance copies of The Silent Companions UK paperback, due to hit the shelves on 5 April 2018. Aren’t they gorgeous? Retaining the wonderfully creepy eye through the keyhole, the paperback has a slightly darker feel to it. The Bridge looms up in gold, surrounded by the thistles from Hetta’s garden patch. Most exciting of all, the cover carries an endorsement from the Queen of Ghost Stories Susan Hill! I am so honoured by this.

You can preorder the paperback here, although the retail websites are not showing the new cover just yet.

As you may know, my new novel The Corset is due out in UK hardback in the autumn of 2018. I have had a sneak peek at the cover design and all I can say is it’s completely glorious. Bloomsbury Raven are due to reveal it in the next few weeks, so watch this space for more beautiful books.

 

Marie Claire Competition

Are you brave enough to spend two nights in a haunted hotel? Bloomsbury have teamed up with Marie Claire to offer a fantastic weekend stay at the historic Mermaid Inn in Rye, worth £400! In addition, you get a signed copy of The Silent Companions. Enter here – and happy ghost hunting!

The Silent Companions make a big noise!

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Something sinister is crackling down the radio waves … I’m delighted to announce that THE SILENT COMPANIONS is the latest pick for Simon Mayo’s Radio 2 Book Club! Tune in for drive time on 30th October to hear me discuss the book and respond to reader reviews *gulp*. I’m only slightly terrified…

And keep those headphones in  your ears, because THE SILENT COMPANIONS audio-book is now available for pre-order. It will be released on Halloween. What perfect timing!

Waterstones Shelfie

Today I’m on the Waterstones YouTube channel enthusing about Gothic novels that have inspired THE SILENT COMPANIONS. Enjoy, and do buy some of these great books!

Launched!

As you may have seen, THE SILENT COMPANIONS have now been released into the wild to terrify you at your leisure!

I was thrilled to take part in a group reading with The Pigeonhole, which ended on publication day. The book was released in 10 ‘staves’, very similar to how Victorian novels were serialised in magazines. It was fantastic to see 200 readers experiencing the thrills and chills of The Bridge, making guesses about the mysteries. Most of these readers have also left me lovely reviews on Amazon, so I’m delighted that the experience was equally exciting for them.

The book has already appeared in several woman’s magazines and newspapers. The Sunday Express called it ‘A deliciously creepy ghost story’, whilst Stylist magazine listed it as a ‘Must-Read Book’ that they ‘had to finish reading in broad daylight’.

My lovely publisher Bloomsbury invited me to their London office on publication day to discuss the novel with their staff. The talk was filmed and you can watch it on Facebook live. This was my first event for the book. I was very nervous! But just look at the lovely backdrop, complete with candles …

 

Goldsboro Book of the Month

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It may only be August, but the busy people at Goldsboro Books have already selected their book of the month for October. Luckily for me, their pick is THE SILENT COMPANIONS!

I couldn’t be more thrilled. For those of you who don’t know Goldsboro, it’s an enchanting independent store in London for true book connoisseurs. They have a wide range of stunning signed hardbacks, most of them first editions, and other collectible books. Everything is wrapped in a clear, protective jacket to keep those covers in pristine condition. It also helps that the staff are the loveliest people you could hope to meet!

To celebrate the selection, Bloomsbury are printing an exclusive, limited edition of THE SILENT COMPANIONS, only available at Goldsboro Books. It will be signed and numbered with black sprayed edges to the pages (see picture above). It’s such a great touch, really brings out the detail in the cover. To order your copy, click here.

I haven’t received a special edition myself, yet, but my author copies from the first regular print run arrived this morning! My guinea pig Steve is using them as his throne.

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