Goodbye, 2017. Hello, 2018! by Alice
The days are short, the air is bitter, London has been blessed with snow (if only a slight dusting). The Christmas lights are up and the mince pies are in the cupboard. 2017 is officially drawing to a close.
It has definitely been an interesting year. The year of Storm Ophelia, the new £10 note, the new GBBO team! We’ve been entertained and terrified in equal measure by Trump and the pound has been on an absolute rollercoaster. 2017 saw the deaths of Bruce Forsyth, Adam West and the legend that was Michael Bond. But it also saw the announcement of a royal engagement!
But let’s look forward. What does 2018 hold in store for us? Unfortunately, I have no idea. I can’t predict the political climate – or the actual climate for that matter – of 2018. I can’t tell you who will die and who will marry. However, I can tell you about all of the wonderful books we have lined up for the first half of next year. So at least we can be prepared for something!
We still have a little time left in 2017, so let’s start there.
Part 1 of Random Acts of Kindness published in e-book on Monday! This will be followed by part 2 in February, part 3 in April and part 4 in June so we can certainly expect a lot of kindness in 2018! If you need inspiration in the meantime, though, you can always read my blog on easy ways to be kind..
On to another series – we have plenty of new Castle Court e-books by Holly Hepburn on the way next year. Frosty Mornings at Castle Court publishes first in January, followed by Stormy Weather in March and Starry Skies in May. This series will definitely inspire you to become a master baker, in which case you might want to take a look at this.
February and March bring us more Penny Parkes, Milly Johnson and Rachel Hore! On 22nd February, Penny’s Best Practice (book 3 in The Larkford Series) publishes in e-book and Milly’s The Perfectly Imperfect Woman publishes in hardback and e-book – a novel of family, secrets, love and redemption … and broken hearts mended and made all the stronger for it! If you’d like to read Milly’s thoughts on why romantic novelists would make genius crime lords, you can do so here. Last Letter Home by Rachel Hore, a gripping and moving story spanning 70 years, set in Italy and in Norfolk, publishes in hardback and e-book on 22nd March.
April is a busy month for us with Santa Montefiore’s The Last Secret of the Deverills publishing in paperback on 5th April, and Juliet Ashton’s The Sunday Lunch Club and Catherine Isaac’s You, Me, Everything publishing on 19th April. You can read an account of Catherine Isaac’s Norwegian tour (written by the woman herself) here. We also have a book from a new author to the S&S list publishing on 5th April: Our House by Louise Candlish. You can see the cover reveal and read all about the design process here.
May sees the paperback of Patricia Scanlan’s Orange Blossom Days as well as the publication of two brand new books from Paige Toon and Heidi Swain - Five Years From Now and Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square.
And lastly, in July we’ll be spoiled for choice with brand new books from Santa Montefiore, Kate Furnivall, Catherine Bennetto and Dani Atkins! Publishing on 12th July, we have the brand new hardback from Santa, the Library hardback and eBook for Kate’s The Truth about a mother and daughter caught up in a German displacement camp in 1945, desperately trying to make their way to England, Catherine’s Make or Break showcasing a hilarious cast of characters at a wedding in South Africa and finally publishing on 26th July, Dani’s While I Was Sleeping is a brilliant, emotional family drama.
So there you have it! As you can see, there is plenty to look forward to in the first half of next year, on top of longer days and warmer weather. I personally cannot wait to catch up with Abbie, Louise and Eszter in more Random Acts of Kindness and I’m definitely looking forward to more great books from our stellar cast of authors.
In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous new year!
Love, Alice x