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The Witch-Were Chronicles sells to Harlequin Escape

Alex and LeislAAPS is excited to announce that the amazing Leisl Leighton has signed with Harlequin Escape to publish The Witch-Were Chronicles. This four-book series is paranormal romance at its best – brilliant world building, strong heroines, and sexy heroes, with ancient curses haunting the werewolf packs of modern Australia.

Leisl is the much-loved president of the Romance Writers of Australia, and has previously published two titles with Penguin Destiny.

Escape will publish all four books of The Witch-Were Chronicles later this year as a digital box set. This means that Leisl’s fans and new followers can binge-read the whole series in one go – no waiting.

Harlequin Escape is the digital-first imprint of Harlequin Australia, and this represents AAPS’ first official sale to the Escape imprint.

 

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Something for Fleur by Catherine Pelosi signed with Hachette

catherine-pelosiAAPS is excited to announce that Catherine Pelosi’s Something for Fleur has sold to Hachette. This is Catherine’s debut picture book, following fast on the heels of Hachette’s acquisition of Catherine’s middle-grade novel Quark’s Academy of Science last year.

AAPS and Catherine are very excited to continue working with the lovely Kate Stevens at Hachette.

You can find out more about Catherine Pelosi at her website here.

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Valentine Launch

Jodi front window of Dymocks George StIn the history of perfect launch dates, you can’t get much better. Jodi McAlister’s blockbuster YA debut Valentine launched on Valentine’s Day this year as part of the Penguin YA Showcase in both Melbourne and Sydney. As part of the celebration, Penguin provided TWO huge cakes decorated with the gorgeous Valentine cover. And not a fairy around to spoil it (that we saw…)

Valentine is an Australian YA fantasy-romance, and Jodi’s first novel in a prospective four-book series. AAPS signed Jodi in 2015 and we’ve been eager to share the book with the world since. Penguin has done an amazing job with it (seriously, look at that cover!) and the launch was a massive success.

Strange and terrible things begin to happen to four teenagers – all born on the same Valentine’s Day. One of these teenagers is the Valentine: a Seelie fairy changeling swapped for a human child at its birth. The Unseelie have come to kill the Valentine – except they don’t know who it is.

Pearl shares a birthday with Finn Blacklin. She’s known him all her life and disliked every second of it. Now Pearl and Finn must work together to protect themselves from the sinister forces that are seeking them out.

But there’s one more problem: the explosive chemistry between them . . .

In addition to the awesome launch party, Jodi and Valentine have already been scoring some incredible reviews:

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CAKE!

“When so much urban fantasy comes to us from overseas, it’s refreshing to read a story containing so much that is recognisably Australian. ” — Readings

“Oh, how I love this book. I loved Pearl’s voice from the very beginning. She is witty and smart and full of asides, which I love … I read this in two days, forgoing sleep to get through it, because I just had to know how things would play out.” — Reading Lark

“Valentine is fast paced and witty, at times confronting and sad, sprinkled with suspense and a touch of gory, and endearing characters.” — Kids’ Book Review

 

 

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Who’s Afraid Too? Launch

Whos afraid 2 aMaria Lewis’ much-anticipated second novel, Who’s Afraid Too? launched last week and to celebrate we threw a massive, wolf-themed party at the Erskineville Town Hall.

Almost 200 people were in attendence, with cake, photobooths, wolf masks, stalls, cakes and live music, because when we throw a werewolf party, we don’t mess around.

Who’s Afraid Too? is the second in the Tommi Grayson series, following up Maria’s debut urban fantasy Who’s Afraid, published by Hachette in 2016. It follows the further adventures of Tommi Grayson, werewolf, as she tries to deal with the fallout from the first novel and a new mounting menace…

Tommi Grayson: all bark, all bite . . . and now she’s BACK!

After the sh*t show that was her family reunion, Tommi needed to get gone. She’s spent the last few weeks trying to understand her heritage – the one that comes with a side order of fur as well as her Maori history and how she can connect to it.

But she can only escape for so long – when an unspeakable evil, thought long destroyed, returns, Tommi needs every bit of the skills she’s learned. With the help of allies both old and new, she’s going to take the fight to the enemy…

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Werewolf cakes!

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Karen Collum signs with AAPS

headshot-dec-16In what could well be our last announcement for 2016 (and what a huge year this has been!) we are delighted to welcome picture book author extraordinaire Karen Collum to AAPS. Karen and Alex have been working together in various capacities for a few years now, and it is lovely to now enter a new chapter with Alex representing Karen’s fantastic picture books.

Karen Collum is an internationally published children’s author with four picture books to her name. Her latest book, SMALL AND BIG, was named a 2016 CBCA Notable Book for Early Readers. On top of writing, Karen masquerades as a primary school relief teacher and also travels as a storyteller at conferences and kids’ events around Australia. Karen lives on the Gold Coast with her husband and four kids where there’s always lots of love, way too much laundry and never enough hours in the day to write.

You can discover more about Karen and her amazing books on her website.

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