Congratulations to Jennifer and welcome to Emily

We’re delighted to announce some exciting internal Bookouture news.  Jennifer Hunt, previously Publishing Executive, has been promoted to the role of Commissioning Editor and Emily Gowers, previously Editorial Assistant at Headline, will join the company as Publishing Executive.

Hunt joined Bookouture in March 2017, having previously worked at literary agency LAW, and in her first year at Bookouture, acquired her own authors including Dylan Young and Vikki Patis. As a commissioning editor, Hunt will build her own list of commercial fiction titles, as well as further develop her existing authors.

Hunt will report to Associate Publisher Kathryn Taussig as part of the editorial team headed by Publisher Jenny Geras.

Hunt said,

The team at Bookouture are incredibly forward-thinking, creative and endlessly supportive, and I’m thrilled to be joining the ranks of fantastic editors here. I can’t wait to work with some brilliant new authors and add more bestsellers to our list.

Publishing Executive Emily Gowers will report to Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead, who joined the company last year from Kobo, and will work closely with her and Commissioning Editor Helen Jenner.

Akenhead said,

I’m delighted to have someone as digital savvy and passionate about commercial fiction as Emily joining our team. She feels like a perfect fit for the Bookouture team, and I am sure will thrive in our creative, forward-thinking business.

Gowers said,

I’m so thrilled to be joining the team at Bookouture. I adore the entertaining, captivating fiction they publish so brilliantly and can’t wait to start working creatively on these books!

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Bookouture signs two charming and uplifting novels from Beth Miller

We’re delighted to share with you that Publishing Assistant Maisie Lawrence has acquired World English language rights for two books by author Beth Miller from Judith Murdoch of Judith Murdoch Literary Agency.

Beth Miller’s first book is a charming, quirky and uplifting novel about Eliza Bloom, and her journey to find herself. Miller’s second book will be about Julia, a woman in her late forties, who leaves her family after many years of marriage to explore some of the paths not taken when she was younger and will be out in March 2019, and the second in August 2019.

Beth said,

I’m so thrilled to be joining Bookouture, the most exciting and dynamic publisher around! I’m already ankle-deep in my second book for them, and can’t wait to get working with Maisie Lawrence and the dream team at Bookouture.

Maisie said,

I stayed up late into the night reading Beth’s book when it came in, and it made me cry and laugh, sometimes both at once! I completely adore Beth’s writing and I’m so thrilled to bring her to Bookouture. I can’t wait to get Beth’s books into the hands of readers who I know will love them as much as I do. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things are in for a treat.

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Bookouture sign two psychological thrillers from Ruth Heald

We are delighted to announce that Ruth Heald is joining Bookouture.

Commissioning Editor Christina Demosthenous acquired World all Language, Audio, Film and TV rights for two standalone psychological thrillers.

The Mother’s Mistake is an eerie, twisty and atmospheric psychological thriller about a mother’s worst nightmare. When Claire Hughes and her young family move to the countryside in the hope of a fresh start, it seems the perfect life – and the perfect family – are just within reach. But it isn’t long before Claire’s past catches up with her … and her daughter’s life is in danger.

The Mother’s Mistake will publish in June 2019, followed by a second novel in October 2019.

Christina Demosthenous said,

I’m overjoyed to be welcoming Ruth to the Bookouture family. The Mother’s Mistake is a pitch-perfect psychological thriller, oozing with atmosphere, bursting with twists and chilling to the bone. It’s a razor-sharp exploration of every mother’s instinctive fear, that will have you questioning motherhood, family and the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive. It’s an absolute corker!

Ruth Heald said,

I’m delighted to join Bookouture. From my first conversations, I knew they were the publisher for me – their passionate and supportive team combines editorial expertise with entrepreneurial spirit. I’m honoured to be joining their impressive list of psychological thriller authors and can’t wait to get started!

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Bookouture re-sign three women’s fiction authors

We are delighted to announce that we’ve re-signed contracts with some more of your favourite Bookouture women’s fiction authors.  We’ll have more great titles coming your way very soon. 

Associate Publisher Lydia Vassar Smith has acquired two  gripping and emotional book club reads from Sharon Maas.  The first will be out in November 2018 with the second in July 2019.

Associate Publisher Natasha Harding is thrilled to acquire two more emotional and gripping historical fiction novels from Debbie Rix. Both novels are World War Two set and will publish in summer 2019 and summer 2020.

Commissioning Editor Abigail Fenton and Publishing Assistant Ellen Gleeson have signed women’s fiction author Liz Eeles for a new three-book rom com series set in the Cotswolds, which will publish in 2019.

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Three new Lisa Regan crime thrillers to Bookouture.

Three new Lisa Regan crime thrillers to Bookouture

Jessie Botterill, Commissioning Editor at Bookouture, has signed up three new crime thrillers from bestselling author Lisa Regan. The fourth in the Detective Josie Quinn series will publish in December 2018, with the next books following in April and August 2019.

Jessie Botterill, says:

It has been so brilliant watching this incredible series go from strength to strength over the last year. Lisa is an undeniable talent and publishing the first three Josie Quinn books has been such a highlight for me. I don’t know who is more excited about the next novels, me or her readers!

Lisa Regan, says:

I am over the moon happy! It is a dream come true to continue working with the amazing team at Bookouture, and I can’t wait to get started on Josie Quinn’s next adventure.

Bookouture sign bestselling crime writer Graham Smith.

Bookouture are delighted to announce that bestselling crime writer Graham Smith is joining us for a three book deal, launching a major new crime detective series.

Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead acquired World all language and audio rights. The first novel in the Beth Young series will publish in November 2018, with the following novels in March and July 2019.

Isobel Akenhead said:

I am absolutely thrilled that Graham is joining Bookouture, as we are long-time admirers of his writing. The first novel follows our heroine, DC Beth Young, as she investigates a series of violent killings in Cumbria. It is gripping, powerful, and utterly page-turning – a must-read for all crime fiction fans.

Graham Smith said:

I’m hugely excited to be joining Bookouture with this new series and I’m looking forward to working closely with Isobel Akenhead. Beth Young is a character who intrigues me and with Isobel’s expert guidance I’m sure this intrigue will captivate readers as she faces all manner of problems.

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Bookouture sign agreement with The Artists Partnership

Bookouture sign agreement with The Artists Partnership

Bookouture are delighted to announce that they have appointed Emily Hayward-Whitlock and Sarah Vignoles of The Artists Partnership to represent their authors’ books for film, stage and TV. The Artists Partnership is a leading international agency representing actors, screenwriters, playwrights, directors and book to film, and with their sister company, The Development Partnership, linking those resources with producers and broadcasters. They represent many high-profile actors including Idris Elba, Joseph Fiennes and Emily Blunt, and recent deals include adaptations of Pure by Rose Cartwright currently shooting with Channel 4, H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald to Plan B, Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman to Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine  and a project being specifically devised with an author by the Development Partnership for Kim Cattrall.

Peta Nightingale, Head of Talent, said:

I love the traditional way that Emily and Sarah work, and the goals of The Artists Partnership in matching talent with great projects mirror everything we’re trying to achieve at Bookouture.  Keeping this under our own umbrella was key to our publishing ethos, and we couldn’t be happier that such a smart, hard-working team with the best industry contacts, will be working to add value for our authors on rights that we were previously unable to utilise.

Emily Hayward-Whitlock said:

We are very excited to be working with Bookouture. The range and breadth of material is amazing and they’re so forward thinking in their approach to storytelling which fits perfectly with the film and TV industry’s huge appetite for material.

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Bookouture sign women’s fiction author Brooke Harris

We’re delighted to announce that Bookouture have signed a new two-book contract with women’s fiction author Brooke Harris. Commissioning Editor Abigail Fenton acquired World English Language rights from Hayley Steed of Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency.

Abigail Fenton said of the deal,

Brooke is an author I have had my eye on for a while, and so I am beyond thrilled to finally be welcoming her to the Bookouture list. Her gorgeous, evocative writing and emotional, relationship-driven storytelling have both broken and warmed the hearts of the whole Bookouture team, and I can’t wait to share these fantastic books with the world.

Brooke Harris said,

I am delighted to join the wonderful team at Bookouture. Lots of my favourite books are Bookouture titles. To be among such talented and lovely people is humbling and very exciting. Many thanks to my agent, Hayley Steed, and my editor, Abigail Fenton, for championing my story and believing in my words. I am very much looking forward to the road ahead.

Hayley Steed added,

It’s so rare to find a book that pulls as emotionally on your heartstrings as Brooke’s does – I was left feeling both bereft and uplifted after the final page. Brooke’s characters are beautifully written, and I defy anyone who can read this book and not shed a tear. I’m delighted that Abi and the incredibly dynamic Bookouture team will be bringing this wonderful story to readers next year!

The first book, which tells the story of Holly and her nana Annie, their loves and losses, will publish in March 2019, with the second to follow in July of that year.

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Two more from Kerry Fisher, with Sphere and Grand Central to publish The Silent Wife

We’re so delighted to share that Bookouture have acquired two new novels from Kerry Fisher, Kindle bestselling author of The Silent Wife.

Jenny Geras, Publishing Director at Bookouture, acquired World English rights from Clare Wallace at Darley Anderson Literary Agency. Kerry Fisher’s novels have now sold over half a million copies for Bookouture, and The Silent Wife was one of Amazon UK’s top 10 bestselling Kindle titles of 2017.

Bookouture will also be working with fellow Hachette divisions Little, Brown Book Group in the UK and Grand Central Publishing in the US on publishing paperback editions of The Silent Wife, which will be published by both Sphere and Grand Central in Autumn 2018.

Jenny Geras said,

Kerry is a brilliant writer – every single one of her books is a gripping, emotional page-turner which readers and reviewers adore. It’s been a joy to watch her success over the last year, and I look forward to working with Kerry on her new books, and with colleagues at Sphere and Grand Central on bringing her print editions to a whole new readership.

Kerry Fisher said,

I am really excited about the next stage of my career with Bookouture and am delighted to be working with Sphere and Grand Central to bring The Silent Wife to a new audience.

Abby Parsons, Editor at Sphere said

It’s incredibly exciting to be working with the fantastic team at Bookouture in publishing Kerry’s completely compelling tales of family secrets and emotional suspense onto the Sphere paperback list. The Silent Wife has achieved astounding success in ebook and we can’t wait to bring this gripping page-turner to even more readers in its paperback outing.

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Bookouture sign two psychological thrillers with Lesley Sanderson

Bookouture are delighted to announce the signing of Lesley Sanderson, who is joining us for two psychological thrillers.

Commissioning Editor Christina Demosthenous acquired World English Language rights from Hayley Steed at the Madeleine Milburn Agency.

The Dorset Girls tells the story of Molly and Grace – two women who rose to media fame as teenagers when their friend tragically fell to her death from a Dorset cliff. Coined ‘The Dorset Girls’ by the press, only Molly and Grace know what really happened that summer – until now. After years of hiding their dark secret, the truth is finally coming to light. It’s a gripping, evocative novel about obsession, secrets and the blurred lines between love and lies.

The Dorset Girls will publish in November, followed by a second psychological thriller in March 2019.

Christina Demosthenous said:

I knew from the first few pages of The Dorset Girls that I had to publish it. Lesley has written a fantastically twisty psychological thriller that oozes with atmosphere – the brooding cliffs of Dorset and the intense, complex and obsessive relationship between Molly and Grace make for a tense and chilling read. I’m certain that readers are going to be blown away by it and I couldn’t be more thrilled that Lesley is joining us at Bookouture.

Lesley Sanderson said:

I’m so excited to be joining Bookouture and working with a great team of people who believe in my book as much as I do. I’m already enjoying working with my editor Christina Demosthenous – her enthusiasm is infectious. Thanks also to my brilliant agent Hayley Steed for her belief in The Dorset Girls and brokering this two-book deal. I hope to do both my agency and publisher proud.

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Bookouture sign a three book deal with historical fiction author Liz Trenow

We’re thrilled to announce a three-book deal with historical fiction author Liz Trenow. Commissioning editor Abigail Fenton signed the deal for US and Canadian rights with Caroline Hardman at Hardman & Swainson.

Liz is a former journalist and the author of five novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Forgotten Seamstress. She is published in the UK by Avon and Pan Macmillan.

Bookouture will publish In Love and War in July 2018, followed by The Poppy Factory in January 2019. A third novel will follow in January 2020.

Abigail Fenton said,

Liz has so many fans at Bookouture, and we’re beyond delighted to be welcoming her to the list. Her writing is beautiful and evocative, and her stories completely sweep you away. I can’t wait to bring these books to a wider audience.

Liz Trenow said,

I am so excited that through Bookouture In Love and War and The Poppy Factory will be finding new audiences in the US and Canada. Both pay tribute to ordinary individuals who were caught up in the terrible events of the First World War, which is very much in our minds as we mark the centenary of its end in 1918.

Caroline Hardman said,

I’m delighted that Liz will be continuing to grow her strong North American presence with Abi and Bookouture. I know her fans will welcome the news that they only have to wait until July to read her most moving novel to-date.

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Bookouture sign debut psychological thriller author Vikki Patis

18056213_10212585030317919_1956936559119292765_oBookouture are thrilled to announce the signing of debut author Vikki Patis in a World rights deal for two dark psychological thrillers.

The Diary is a tense and gripping thriller about the insular effects of strong teenage friendships and their ability to hide our most devastating lies.

Lauren returns to her home town for the ten-year anniversary of her sister Hannah’s death and finds a diary. It is full of her and her friends’ secrets. She begins to get threats against her. But no-one else has seen the diary, and only Hannah knew all their secrets. And Hannah’s dead, isn’t she?

It publishes in January 2019 with a second standalone thriller to follow later in the year.

Jennifer Hunt said,

The Diary was a submission I stopped everything to read. Vikki’s written two tense and complex characters in Lauren and Hannah who are impossible to let go of. I couldn’t be more delighted she’s joining Bookouture – our readers are going to be completely hooked by her brilliant books.

Vikki added,

I’m so excited to be joining Bookouture. The Diary is a story that’s incredibly close to my heart, and I’m so happy to be sharing it with a team that’s just as excited about it as I am. As a book reviewer, I’ve already read and enjoyed the work of numerous Bookouture authors, and I’m thrilled to be joining such a fantastic group of people.

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Maisie Lawrence joins Bookouture

Maisie Lawrence, currently Editorial Assistant at Simon & Schuster, is moving to Bookouture to take up the role of Publishing Assistant.

Maisie will report to Associate Publisher Kathryn Taussig.

Kathryn said,

I’m absolutely thrilled to have Maisie join the team. She is creative, organised and wonderful to work with. I know that she will be a perfect match for Bookouture.

Maisie said,

I’m delighted to be joining Bookouture, a company whose outstanding books and industry-leading practices I have long admired. I can’t wait to take the next step in my career and to join a brilliant team.

Maisie will start her new role on 12 February 2018, and joins the publisher’s second editorial team, which consists of Publishing Director Jenny Geras, Associate Publishers Kathryn Taussig and Isobel Akenhead, Commissioning Editors Jessie Botterill and Helen Jenner, and Publishing Assistant Jennifer Hunt.

It would be great if you could join in with the celebrations on Facebook and Twitter.

Bookouture sign Kate Hewitt in a two-book deal

We are delighted to announce that bestselling author Kate Hewitt is joining Bookouture for a two-book deal.

Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead acquired World all language and audio rights for two novels from Helen Breitwieser at Cornerstone Literary.

A Mother’s Choice is a heartbreakingly beautiful story about the complexities of adoption and motherhood. When struggling mother-of-three Heather finds herself pregnant again, she knows there is no way she can keep her baby. But – even when she thinks she’s found the perfect adoptive mother in Grace – how can she stop herself loving the child as it grows inside her? Neither Grace nor Heather are prepared for how tangled their lives will become, or how agonizingly difficult their choices will be. A Mother’s Choice will publish in May 2018 and will be followed by a second novel in September 2018.

Isobel Akenhead said,

I am so excited to be working with Kate. She’s a fantastic writer with an amazing skill for getting to the heart of a dilemma, and A Mother’s Choice is one of the most emotionally-powerful novels I have ever read. I guarantee the twist will break your heart, and that fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Kelly Rimmer will not be disappointed.

Kate Hewitt said,

I’m thrilled to be joining the Bookouture family, and have been so impressed by the quality of their stories as well as the innovation of their marketing. A Mother’s Choice is a story that is close to my heart and I’m so glad this book has found such a wonderful home.

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Anna McKerrow Joins Bookouture

We are delighted to share with you the fabulous news that Associate Publisher Kathryn Taussig has acquired World all language rights for three new adult commercial fantasy novels by Anna McKerrow, author of the Greenworld trilogy.

The first book, Daughter of Light and Shadows, is about a young woman, Faye Morgan, whose life is turned upside down when she becomes romantically involved with the attractive and capricious Faerie king Finn Beatha. Set between a tiny village in Scotland and the hedonistic and evocative world of Faerie, Daughter of Light and Shadows is a sexy and suspenseful page-turner with a dark heart. It will publish in October 2018.

The second and third book in the series will follow in late 2018 and early 2019, respectively.

Anna McKerrow said,

I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Bookouture and am deeply impressed by the team’s professionalism and passion for a good story. I’m also SO excited to share my heroine Faye Morgan’s story of magic, faeries, romance and the wild Scottish landscape with readers; I hope fans of Outlander, Practical Magic and Sarah J Maas will love it!

Kathryn Taussig said,

Anna McKerrow is an absolutely stand-out writer and brings a real sense of dark mystery to her tale of love, passion and sacrifice. Lovers of commercial fantasy and YA are going to adore her characters – I certainly did! October can’t come too soon – I can’t wait to publish these wonderful books.

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Jill Childs’ Debut to Bookouture

We’re delighted to share with you that Associate Publisher Kathryn Taussig has acquired World English language rights for two books by debut author Jill Childs from Judith Murdoch of Judith Murdoch Literary Agency.

The first book, Gracie’s Secret, is a compelling domestic drama about a mother, Jen, whose three-year-old daughter Gracie is resuscitated at the scene of a deadly car accident. As Jen and her daughter struggle to move on, Gracie begins to tell strange stories about what she heard in the car that day, and what she saw in those moments near death. It will be out in summer 2018.

Child’s second book, also a dark domestic drama, will follow in October 2018.

Kathryn Taussig said,

Gracie’s Secret is a moving and intelligent exploration of what it means to be a mother, and I loved it from page one. It really stays with you – I catch myself thinking about it all the time! There is an enormous about of heart in this book and it’s a real page-turner, too. Fans of Amanda Prowse and Jodi Picoult are going to adore Gracie’s Secret.

Jill Childs said,

I’m thrilled to join Bookouture and already so impressed with its dynamic, innovative team. Gracie’s Secret is a book I’ve long wanted to write but it took the birth of my twin girls to bring it to life. I hope it will appeal to readers who love a fast-paced plot but are also as fascinated as I am about life’s big mysteries – and the power of a mother’s love for her child.

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Bookouture signs three crime thrillers from Emma Tallon

Commissioning Editor Helen Jenner has acquired world rights for three books in a new crime series from self-published author Emma Tallon.

Bookouture will publish the first book, Blood Ties, in May 2018, with the other two books in September 2018 and February 2019.

Helen said of the announcement,

I’m delighted to be working with Emma. She’s a brilliant new crime author who readers already love. Set on the streets of East London, Emma’s first book is a wonderfully accomplished story of family ties, love and revenge. I read it in one sitting and I can’t wait to publish in May next year.

Emma Tallon said,

I’m so happy to be joining the Bookouture family and hugely excited to be working with people as excited about my characters and stories as I am, who can help me share them with the world. Looking forward to jumping into what I expect to be a long and fruitful working relationship.

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Bookouture sign debut author Dee MacDonald

Bookouture are delighted to announce the signing of debut author Dee MacDonald in a two book deal.

Associate Publisher Natasha Harding acquired World all language rights for two novels from Amanda Preston at LBA Literary Agents.

The Runaway Wife is the hilarious, poignant and uplifting story of Connie McColl, a wife and grandmother who decides it’s time to take off her marigolds and start living her life again. She hops in her little green car and goes on a funny, inspiring and emotional journey around the UK, seeking out old friends and new experiences. The Runaway Wife will publish in April 2018 and will be followed by a second novel in July 2018.

Natasha Harding said,

I am so excited to be working with Dee. As soon as I read the opening lines of The Runaway Wife I knew I was going to fall in love with Connie’s story. It’s hugely relatable and perfect for fans of The Kicking the Bucket List as well as Dawn French and Fiona Gibson.

Dee MacDonald said,

I am delighted to have a two-book deal with Bookouture and to be joining such a vibrant and friendly team. I hope my readers will enjoy reading about Connie (who’s discovered it’s never too late to make changes!) as much as I’ve enjoyed writing about her. Many, many thanks to my brilliant agent and publisher!

Amanda Preston said,

I am thrilled for Dee. From the moment I read The Runaway Wife, I fell in love in Connie and I know she’s going to capture the hearts of so many readers.

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Clare Chase Moves to Bookouture

We’re delighted to share the fabulous news that associate Publisher Kathryn Taussig has signed a three-book deal with crime-thriller author Clare Chase for a new crime series set in Cambridge. Chase was previously published by Choc Lit.

The new series follows investigative journalist Tara Thorpe as she teams up with Detective Garstin Blake to solve the murder of a young female professor at Cambridge University. The case will take them through the dark underbelly of Cambridge and in to the murky fenland that surround the centuries-old city.

The first book, Murder on the Marshes, will publish in July 2018, with two further titles scheduled for 2018-2019.

Kathryn Taussig said,

I love character-driven crime with a really compelling setting, and Murder on the Marshes has that and more. Clare is a superb writer with a real feel for her characters. This series is going to be atmospheric, creepy and really gripping. I’m so looking forward to publishing it.

Clare Chase said,

I’m hugely excited to be joining Bookouture as I begin my new crime series set in Cambridge. From the outset I knew I’d found the perfect home for this venture. Talking to Kathryn Taussig about the direction of the mysteries – and my two main characters, journalist Tara Thorpe and police detective Garstin Blake – left me feeling inspired about the future. I can’t wait to work more closely with her and the rest of the Bookouture team.

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Bookouture sign psychological thriller writer Alex Sinclair

Bookouture are thrilled to announce the signing of psychological thriller writer Alex Sinclair in a three-book deal.

Commissioning Editor Abigail Fenton has acquired World all language rights for three standalone psychological thrillers. The first book will publish in April 2018, followed by a second in July 2018 and the third in October 2018.

Abigail Fenton said of the deal,

Sometimes you get a submission where from the very moment you start reading the pitch you feel a tingle down your spine, and Alex’s was one of those for me. Happily, the book itself more than lived up to my early expectations. Alex’s writing is slick and pacy, and the twists are always believable, even as they take you by complete surprise. I’m beyond delighted that Alex has chosen to join us at Bookouture, and I can’t wait to publish these books.

Alex Sinclair said,

After years of hard work, this is a dream come true. I never thought I would see one of my books accepted by a publisher. I was beyond excited when Abigail offered me the chance to publish three psychological thrillers with her and the dedicated team members at Bookouture. I can’t wait to go through this exciting experience and the next phase of my author career.

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