Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Harry Potter Short Story

News of a Harry Potter short story, set when the gang's in their thirties.
Can’t get enough of Harry Potter? Then this is for you. Since March, best-selling author J. K. Rowling has been writing original stories about the imaginary 2014 Quidditch World Cup Finals for Pottermore, the online home for the world of Harry Potter.

Rowling shared her latest Pottermore.com story exclusively with TODAY.com. Written in the voice of the fictional Daily Prophet's gossip correspondent Rita Skeeter, this post centers around the reunion of Harry Potter and his friends at the Quidditch World Cup Finals.
Read the short story at Today.com

Friday, June 6, 2014

Wells & Wong Short Story by Robin Stevens

Over on We Love This Book, you can read a free short story by Robin Stevens: The Case of Lavinia's Missing Tie, which is set before Murder Most Unladylike (out now).

Read it here.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Free Audio Book: All Our Yesterdays

Sync are offering two free audio books per week over the summer. You only get a week to download them but then they can be played at any time afterwards. This week's selection is available from June 5 – June 11 and includes:
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
By Cristin Terrill
Read by Meredith Mitchell
Published by Tantor Audio

This audiobook is only available in the US and Canada.

Description:

From Cristin Terrill, a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice. “You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present–imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called “the doctor” while war rages outside. Marina has loved her best friend, James, since they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was. Em and Marina are in a race against time that only one of them can win.

Download All Our Yesterdays here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Free ebook: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine's Glass Houses is currently free on UK Kindle. (I think it might also be free on iTunes.)

WELCOME TO MORGANVILLE. JUST DON’T STAY OUT AFTER DARK.

Morganville is a small town filled with unusual characters – when the sun goes down, the bad come out. In Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows – one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

For Claire Danvers, high school was hell, but college may be murder. It was bad enough that she got on the wrong side of Monica, the meanest of the school’s mean girls, but now she’s got three new roommates, who all have secrets of their own. And the biggest secret of all isn’t really a secret, except from Claire: Morganville is run by vampires, and they are hungry for fresh blood…

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Free ebook: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa's The Immortal Rules is currently free on UK Kindle.

My Vampire Creator Told Me This: ‘Sometime in your life, Allison Sekemoto, you will kill a human being.

The question is not if it will happen, but when. Do you understand?’ I didn't then, not really.

I DO NOW.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Free ebook: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead's Bloodlines is currently free on UK Kindle.

The first book in Richelle Mead's bestselling Bloodlines series, set in the world of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series - NOW A MAJOR FILM. A pulse-pounding world of magic, alchemy, vampires and true love awaits . . .

Sydney protects vampire secrets - and human lives.

Sydney belongs to a secret group who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the world of humans and vampires.

But when Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, she fears she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. What unfolds is far worse. The sister of Moroi queen Lissa Dragomir is in mortal danger, and goes into hiding. Now Sydney must act as her protector.

The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one . . .

In addition this week Amazon had a sale on selected children's and teen titles.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Free E-Novella: Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer

Elemental by Brigid Kemerer is currently free on UK Kindle and at Kobo.

As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn't have much power. That's okay-she knows what happens to kids who do.

Like Michael Merrick. He's an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy, dangerous, and completely off limits. At least according to Emily's family.

But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily's family doesn't just want her to stay away from him.

They want him dead.

Elemental is a prequel to the Elementals series which begins with Storm. Storm has been out in the US for a while but gets its UK release on 17 April.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Divergent Freebies on Kindle

Inside Divergent - The Initiate's World is currently free on UK Kindle.

Illustrated with more than 100 photographs – many never before seen – this eye-catching volume takes you inside the film version of Divergent where you'll discover the factions, meet the initiates and enter the thrilling dystopian world.

Follow the journey from the aptitude test to the Choosing Day Ceremony; then fall into the Dauntless Pit and witness the rigours of life in the Dauntless compound. 

INSIDE DIVERGENT is a thrilling glimpse into the initiate’s world.



I mentioned a while ago that Veronica Roth's Free Four was free for
Kobo and it is now also available for free on UK Kindle.

Fans of the Divergent series by No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by this short story told from Four’s perspective.

This brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory and relationships.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Hot Key buy E Lockhart's We Were Liars

From Book Trade, news of a UK publishing deal for E Lockhart's We Were Liars:

Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large at Hot Key Books, has acquired UK and Ireland rights in National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart's YA novel WE WERE LIARS.

The book is already hotly anticipated in the industry as one of the top titles for 2014, and Hot Key Books will publish on 15 May, within days of Delacorte USA. They aim to make this one of the most talked about global launches of the year.

Described as: 'Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart ... utterly unforgettable' by John Green, WE WERE LIARS is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel that follows the tragic destruction of a wealthy, privileged family in New England.

A major sales and marketing campaign will support publication, including mailing out proof copies which are being produced within a week from the book's acquisition, as well as a big trade buzz-building campaign, including a dedicated helpline that booksellers can call to talk about the ending. The consumer launch will include a 'live read' on Twitter using the hashtag #wewereliars where readers will be asked to tweet as they read, plus blogger and vlogger outreach, promoting the global tumblr site wewereliars.tumblr.com and 'takeovers' on key consumer websites.

Sarah Odedina, Managing Director, says: 'Everyone at Hot Key Books is so excited and energised by having this breathtaking book on the list. It is a one-sitting heart-pounding read. It is quite simply unique and we know we are going to have a spectacular time bringing it to the attention of readers.'

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Publishing Deal - Abbie Rushton

From today's The Bookseller, Abbie Rushton's debut, Unspeakable has been bought by Little, Brown and will appear under the Atom imprint:
Unspeakable tells the story of a the relationship between Megan, who hasn’t spoken for a year, and Jasmine, a new girl at Megan’s school.

Atom said it is committed to publishing important YA novels that deal with a range of contemporary and challenging issues, and Unspeakable tackles the themes of selective mutism and same-sex teen relationships.

“When I started to read Unspeakable I was gripped; by the time I had finished I was certain I'd found a fantastic new voice for UK YA,” said Agar [commissioning editor at Atom]. “The writing draws you in immediately and difficult topics are handled with ease. Unspeakable is a thriller, certainly, but it's the assured handling of first love and complicated friendships in this debut that will stay with readers long after they've turned the last page.”