Bookouture re-sign contracts with Kate Hewitt and Jessica Thorne

We’re on fire this week with author news and are today celebrating that we’ll be bringing you more awesome reads from Kate Hewitt and Jessica Thorne.  

Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead has agreed a deal for world rights in all languages to four more novels from bestselling women’s fiction author Kate Hewitt, to publish in 2020 and 2021, in both the emotional women’s fiction and historical women’s fiction genres.

Isobel Akenhead says,

Working with Kate is an absolute dream, and we have been so thrilled to see Not My Daughter become a bestseller in the UK and abroad. Her writing is beautiful, and it resonates with her many readers who – like me – are captivated by her extraordinary ability to get to the human heart of a dilemma. I’m incredibly proud to be her publisher at Bookouture and cannot wait to read her new novels.

Kate Hewitt says,

I’m delighted to continue to work with Isobel and the whole Bookouture team. They are a wonderful and innovative publisher in all aspects of the industry, and they’re absolutely brilliant to work with. I can’t wait to write more women’s fiction as well as some new historical novels, all with the deep emotion I love to evoke.


Publishing Director Kathryn Taussig has acquired World English rights in two more commercial fantasy novels by acclaimed author Jessica Thorne from Sallyanne Sweeney at Mulcahey Associates. The first novel, Mageborn, will publish in February 2020, followed by the second book in the series in May 2020.

Mageborn follows the story of Grace, an orphan who has been trained as an elite soldier to track down Mageborns – those who are born with forbidden magic – and destroy them if they don’t surrender their power to the Crown. But then Grace herself begins to show the first signs of magic. Only the mysterious Lord of Thorns, the castle recluse, can help her now…. if he doesn’t destroy her first.

Jessica Thorne says,

I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Bookouture on a new series. Fantasy romance has always been my first love, so it is wonderful to plunge into this world of adventure, love and magic. Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to write stories like this, so I am over the moon to have the opportunity. Kathryn and the team have been a dream to work with and I can’t wait to see where this new adventure brings us.

Kathryn Taussig says,

The concept of Mageborn gripped me from the start. Like Jessica’s previous novels – The Queen’s Wing and The Stone’s HeartMageborn’s protagonist, Grace, is a courageous young woman who must find the strength within to fight an evil force that’s threatening everything she loves. I know that both Jessica’s existing fans and new readers are going to adore this absolutely brilliant book.

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Bookouture Signs Commercial Fantasy Novels from Author Jessica Thorne

We are so delighted that Associate Publisher Kathryn Taussig has acquired World English Language rights including audio for two books by fantasy author Jessica Thorne from Sallyanne Sweeney at Mulcahy Associates. Jessica Thorne has also written award-winning fiction under the names Ruth Frances Long and R. F. Long.

The first book, The Queen’s Wing, is a compelling story about a young woman, Bel, whose life is changed when a surprise attack lands her father on the throne. In order to secure her father’s tenuous reign, Bel must travel to a distant land to marry its widowed young ruler, Conleith. But Bel’s new home is less than welcoming, and assassination attempts, treason and mystery will threaten her at every turn. It will publish in November 2018, with the second book to follow in 2019.

Jessica Thorne says,

I’m delighted to be joining the innovative Bookouture team and to head off on this exciting new adventure. I’ve loved fantasy, science fiction and romance all my life so getting to combine them in these stories and to find a publisher with such a great vision is absolutely brilliant.

Kathryn Taussig says,

I just adored The Queen’s Wing from the first page – and I knew our readers were going to love it too. Bel is such a strong and empathetic protagonist, I found myself rooting for her every step of the way. I can’t wait to work with Jessica and Sallyanne to bring this book to a big international audience.

You can find out more about Jessica Thorne at or on twitter at @JessThorneBooks.

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