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JACKET REVEAL FOR NEXT PICTUREHOUSE BY THE SEA!

SINGING IN THE RAIN JACKET CONFRMEDSo, here it is chaps, the gorgeous jacket for the next instalment in the Picturehouse by the Sea series by Holly HepburnSinging in the Rain - which is now available to pre-order in eBook!

Oh to be beside the seaside, even in the rain… although, there’s nothing a scoop of Ferelli’s ice-cream couldn’t solve!

Brollies at the ready… here is Singing in the Rain!

The little picturehouse by the sea is the Palace at Polwhipple – a lovely art deco cinema, nestled in front of azure Cornish seas. But it is long past its heyday now, and its only saving grace is Ferelli’s, the family run ice-cream concession in the foyer, which is widely known as the best ice cream for miles.  So when Ferdie, the owner of Ferelli’s, falls ill, his granddaughter Gina drops everything to come and help out. But when she arrives she is dismayed by the state of the cinema, which she remembers fondly from summer holidays when she was little, and she is determined to give it the makeover it deserves. Along with local builder Ben Pascoe, she sets about reviving the Palace to its former glory.  But the cinema needs more than a lick of paint. Its very future is under threat from a developer with greed in his eyes. Can Gina save the place before it is too late?

JACKET REVEAL FOR NEW JULIET ASHTON NOVEL!

9781471158896 (3)I am delighted to unveil to bee-you-ti-ful cover for The Woman at Number 24 by one of our favourite people ever, Juliet Ashton – a novel about five families, with five very different lives, who all share the same building (that’s right, no 24).

Up in her flat in the eaves of the house is newly divorced Sarah – her heartbreak compounded by the fact that her ex-husband now lives one floor below with his new wife. The happiness floats up through the floorboards, taunting her.

A child psychologist, Sarah has picked up great sadness from the little girl, Una, who lives three floors below with her careworn mother. But is Sarah emotionally equipped to help them?

Spring brings new tenants and Jane and Tom’s zest for life revives the house. The air fizzes with potential – except for elderly Mavis, tucked away in the basement, holding the world at bay. But even she’s about to find out that she can’t hide forever.

Love, rivalry, secrets and murder – all under one seemingly ordinary roof ….

But this is no ordinary novel – it’s an absolute corker! Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry, we can’t wait for you to read it in April.

JACKET REVEAL FOR NEW MILLY JOHNSON NOVEL!

Any day that involves finally revealing the jacket for the new novel from a bestselling author, is a good day – so it gives me all the feels to share with you the cover of The Queen of Wishful Thinking hardback edition from Milly Johnson!

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And just look at the beautiful illustration on the back….

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Here’s the blurb to whet your appetite:

When Lewis Harley has a health scare in his early forties, he takes it as a wake-up call. So he and his  wife Charlotte leave behind life in the fast lane and Lewis opens the antique shop he has dreamed of. Bonnie Brookland was brought up in the antiques trade and now works for the man who bought out her father’s business, but she isn’t happy there. So when she walks into Lew’s shop, she knows this is the place for her.

As Bonnie and Lew start to work together, they soon realise that there is more to their relationship than either thought. But Bonnie is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Lew and Charlotte have more problems than they care to admit. Each has secrets in their past which are about to be uncovered. Can they find the happiness they both deserve?

The Queen of Wishful Thinking will be published as a Library Hardback edition on 9th March, with the paperback following on 4th May.

BRAND NEW JACKET FOR THESE DAYS OF OURS

As some of you may remember, in May 2015, after a particularly cocktail-heavy night out with a couple of friends, I begged one of them to send me the second draft of a manuscript she had written for her German publisher.  Having read all of her previous books, I knew the words, written in her own unique style, would be right up my boulevard – so much so, I immediately forwarded it on to some of the rest of the Team for their secret-manuscript reading pleasure, with a note that simply said ‘enjoy!’.

Two colleagues immediately put down whatever it was they were already reading, and by the end of that week we were all all enjoying a marvelous water cooler moment, discussing just how much we LOVED the German Book.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t really just mean ‘enjoy!’ when I sent it to them.  What I meant was ‘I’ve been in love with this woman’s words for over 10 years.  I’m proud and honoured to call her my friend.  She’s funny, kind and clever.  I would LOVE it if we could be her publisher…’

So, having taken the bull firmly by the horns, the next step was an Editorial Eye.  Not just any old Editorial Eye.  I’m talking The Red Pen of Doom Queen, Editorial Director and Head Honcho here at #digitaloriginals, Clare Hey.

Forty-eight tense hours later, it was a resounding YES from She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed.

But it didn’t stop there, my friends.   Oh no.  There are a hundred processes and systems and stages to go through before a book goes from ‘secret manuscript’ to ‘acquired’.  It takes time.  And passion.  And vision.  And planning…

The German Book went through ninety-nine of these processes and systems and stages, and before long I’m in bits. Total complete bits. Might my dream actually be about to come true? Holy moly…

Fast forward four more months and Simon & Schuster, BooksAndTheCity, #digitaloriginals, Clare Hey and I were giddy to announce that the title of the German Book was These Days of Ours, the author was my BFF Juliet Ashton, and we published in e-book  on March 1st, with the paperback out on 7th April…. and now we’ve released a brand new jacket for the eBook edition – LOOK!!!

these days of ours - new cover

JACKIE COLLINS

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Thank you to our friends at Grosvenor House Hotel who kindly audio recorded the Jackie Collins Literati event on 8th September 2015 – Jackie’s last public appearance.  Do have a listen.  As you would imagine, she was warm, wise and witty.  Everyone here at Books and the City is devastated by her loss. We will miss her every day.

CREATIVE WRITING MASTERCLASS

masterclassOn Saturday 15th November 2014 we held our very first (but hopefully not our last!) Creative Writing Masterclass here at Books and the City HQ, aimed specifically at writers of commercial women’s fiction.  The day was split into two, with morning one-to-one sessions with editors Jo Dickinson and Clare Hey and afternoon panels for a wider audience with uber literary agent Lizzy Kremer, bestselling author Milly JohnsonPeter Saxton (Publisher Liaison Manager at Waterstones Head Office), Isabelle Broom (Book Reviewer at Heat Magazine) and Lindsey Mooney (Content Lead UK & Ireland  from Kobo).

We all had a fabulous time, our Panel Sessions were brilliant – with some cracking hints, tips and advice from the very best in the business, all topped off with fizz and cake at the end of the day.  Perfect.  Here are just a few of my favourite snaps from the day…

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2016/06/15  |  Features  |  Comments are off

What do Andy Jones, Heidi Swain, Holly Hepburn, Juliet Ashton and Penny Parkes have in common.  All lovely people?  Natch.  All smart?  Totes.  And funny?  Yes, YES.  All writers?  Absolutely.  All five publishing/published under our #DigitalOriginals programme? BOOM! So here’s the news… for the third year running (on 15th July), we are throwing away, ripping up, laughing …