If, like us, you have a towering TBR pile, then you may be set for reading for the time being, however there are some fantastic eBook deals happening at the moment which we just had to let you know about.
The late, great Melody Sachs' The Girl from the Tyne is included in GoogleBooks' April Monthly Promo for only 99p.
Neon, the crime thriller from G.S. Locke, is just £1.99 on Kindle. Think Killing Eve with Jo Nesbo's The Snowman, in this character-led crime thriller.
Forget Me, Andrew Ewart's mind-bending debut novel is a staggeringly low £1.99 on Kindle. "A compelling psychological thriller that kept me gripped to the last page." - Sarah J. Harris
Finally, as part of HarperVoyager's 'Start Your Voyage' promo, they've slashed the price of David Wragg's debut The Black Hawks to just 99p - never let it be said that David isn't a cheap date...
"Amanda Jennings is a writer on the ascendant and The Storm is her best novel yet. This twisty, malevolent and gripping story of a controlling husband and his oddly compliant wife was virtually impossible to put down. The dark and craggy Cornwall backdrop is exquisitely drawn and the sense of foreboding that runs through the whole novel is masterfully done."
The Storm will be published by HQ in July 2020.
Congratulations to Abi Elphinstone, who has signed a new three-book deal with S&S Kids, as part of a "major brand building" extending to 2024.
S&S acquired World Rights from Hannah Sheppard for "magical adventure" Fizzlehatch and a second standalone middle-grade novel, plus a picture book The Frost Goblin.
To read more about the deal, click here.
Also in 'Abi news', was the very exciting spot of her debut YA novel The Dreamsnatcher being used as dish inspiration on an episode of this week's Great British Menu - did anyone see?
The Grenville Sisters, The Grenville Affair and The Grenville Legacy are due for publication this summer.
To see the article in full, click here.
Caravan at the Edge of Doom and one other title was bought by Egmont's senior fiction editor, Sarah Levison, for World Rights, in a deal negotiated by Hannah Sheppard. Caravan... will be launched in spring 2021, with the follow-up coming in early 2022. Congratulations, Jim!
To read more about the deal, click here.
Also in deal news this week, was Mike Hollow's Blitz Detective series going to Allison & Busby, in a deal negotiated by Broo Doherty.
There are five in the series altogether - books 1 and 2 (The Blitz Detective and The Canning Town Murder) will be out in July; The Stratford Murder and The Custom House Murder are published in December with a fifth title (TBC) due for publication in March 2021.
Stay tuned to hear more about this fantastic series, but in the meantime, congratulations, Mike!
First up is James Goodhand's debut YA Last Lesson (PRH Children's). This is an important book that we can guarantee you will not be able to put down until you turn the last page. James was one of our very first pitchers at our #PitchDHH session and we couldn't be more thrilled with how far the book has come.
Next, Anna Jacobs' A Widow's Courage (Hodder & Stoughton), which is the second in her Birch End series and follows A Daughter's Journey. Lancashire, 1934. When her husband suddenly dies, Stella comes in to some money and moves to Birch End to begin a new life - but is anything ever that easy?
Finally, Brian McGilloway's new book The Last Crossing was released (Dome Press) and it's safe to say has been incredibly well-received, even pre-publication! "Poetic, humane and gripping" Ian Rankin; "The writing is exquisite" Jane Casey; "A riveting story about loss and guilt" Steven Cavanagh; "[a] thoughtful, moving, morally complex book" Irish Times.
First up, is Carys Jones' The List. If you like your psychological thrillers with a touch of the twisted, then this one is most definitely for you.
Beth Belmont runs every day, hard and fast on the trail near home. She knows every turn, every bump in the road. So when she spots something out of place - a slip of white paper at the base of a tree - she's drawn to it.
On the paper are five names. The third is her own.
Beth can't shake off the unease the list brings. Why is she on it? And what ties her to the other four strangers?
Then she discovers that the first two names are both dead.
Is she next?
The List is published by Orion in July 2020 (eBook) and paperback in December 2020.
Next, is the ninth in the Jack Lark series from Paul Fraser Collard, Fugitive. Paul has created an incredibly accomplished world with his hero, Jack Lark and we could not recommend these superb historical action-thrillers more.
After five years away, Jack Lark - soldier, leader, imposter - is once more called to fight...
London, 1868. Jack has traded the battlefield for business, running a thriving club in the backstreets of Whitechapel. But this underworld has rules and when Jack refuses to comply, he finds himself up against the East End's most formidable criminal - with devastating consequences.
A wanted man, Jack turns to his friend Macgregor, an ex-officer, treasure hunter and his ticket out of England. Together they join the British army on campaign across the tablelands of Abyssinia to the fortress of Magdala, a high-stakes mission to free British prisoners captured by the notorious Emperor Tewodros.
But life on the run can turn dangerous, especially in a land ravaged by war...
Fugitive will be published by Headline in August 2020.
"O’Donovan weaves a fascinating, compelling story. Add this to the author’s gift for bringing the glamorous sights, sounds and atmosphere of silent-era Hollywood vividly to life, and you have an unmissable opportunity for escapism."