Bookouture sign acclaimed romance author LeeSha McCoy

We are thrilled to announce that Publishing Director Kathryn Taussig has acquired World rights for a one-of-a-kind romantic comedy by acclaimed romance author LeeSha McCoy. 

White Boyfriend is about Nikki – a young black woman who, after a sudden break-up, is thrown headfirst back into the world of casual dating. Determined to keep an open mind and step outside her comfort zone, Nikki soon discovers that dating outside your race can come with a heavy dose of bizarre stereotypes… and they aren’t always what you’d think. The book will publish in autumn 2021 and the publication will be overseen by Associate Publisher Jessie Botterill while Kathryn is away on maternity leave.

Kathryn says,

LeeSha’s books are just amazing – her characters feel so real, and her stories are just totally unputdownable. I am so excited to acquire this book and to have LeeSha’s smart, funny, genuine, warm writing on the Bookouture list!’

Jessie says,

‘I’m beyond excited to play a part in the launch of White Boyfriend. LeeSha is such a talented writer who is just buzzing with ideas. She’s a perfect fit for Bookouture and we are so lucky to have her.”

LeeSha says,

‘I’m so thankful to have been given the opportunity to write for Bookouture. I’ve always wanted to work with a publisher that cares about their authors like they do, so I jumped at this chance. Kathryn has been nothing but kind and supportive since the moment we spoke, and I can’t wait to work with Jessie. 

All of my books and the characters within them are deeply important to me, and although this is my first romantic comedy, it already has a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to see where this new adventure leads me. I’m so excited!’

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Bookouture re-sign contracts with Harrison, Midwood and Wesson

We are delighted to announce that Associate Publisher Lydia Vassar-Smith has acquired two more emotional women’s fiction books from Noelle Harrison. Lydia acquired World English Language Rights from Marianne Gunn O’Connor.

Lydia said, ‘I am so thrilled to be working with Noelle on two more books. After the huge success of THE BOATMAN’S WIFE readers can look forward to two more books that will have them racing through the pages and reaching for the tissues.’

Noelle said, ‘I am thrilled to be continuing my creative relationship with Lydia and Bookouture to share stories about the lives and loves of women. I look forward to taking readers on journeys rich with evocative landscapes and weave tales of secrets revealed and emotional authenticity.’

We’re thrilled to report that we will be publishing two of Ellie Midwood’s historical-fiction backlist titles. Two of her novels in her Women and the Holocaust series will be re-published by us as The Girl in the Striped Dress and The Girl Who Survived, coming in August and September 2021.

Christina said, ‘I feel so lucky that we are getting the chance to re-publish two of Ellie’s backlist novels. Since publishing The Violinist of Auschwitz with us, Ellie has garnered a loyal fanbase for her beautiful and heartbreaking World War Two novels, and I know that these two titles are going to be equally adored. The Girl in the Striped Dress and The Girl Who Survived are unforgettable stories featuring the most inspirational women, and I cannot wait for them to publish.’

Ellie said, ‘When my wonderful editor Christina offered to re-publish two of my backlist titles with Bookouture, I couldn’t have been more excited! I know that my publishing family will breathe new life into these incredible true stories and will bring them to a wider audience, which has always been my primary goal while writing about the Holocaust. Ilse and Helena’s stories are particularly relevant today and I’m so delighted that they’re getting a makeover.’

We’re also delighted to reveal that we’ve signed self-published bestseller Rachel Wesson for a World War Two novel, publishing in January 2022. The Child Under the Floorboards brings to life the heart-wrenching, poignant and completely gripping journey of an Irish orphan.

Christina said, ‘No one makes me weep like Rachel, and I mean that in the very best way! Her novels are always immensely emotional and have me, and her scores of fans, reaching for the tissues. The Child Under the Floorboards is no exception – it promises to be a story that will stay with readers forever. I’m so excited that Rachel is writing World War Two fiction, based between Ireland and America, this time around as she’s a total expert, and the novel is going to be supremely authentic. I can’t wait!’

Rachel said, ‘I am thrilled to be working with the Bookouture team again. I love the Bookouture family and Christina is the most intuitive, empathetic editor I have ever worked with. Her ability to understand where my scribblings need to go is incredible and her insights always result in a better story. This time, I’m writing in my favourite genre – World War Two fiction – which makes it all the more exciting.’

Bookouture re-sign contracts with Cross and Choudary

We are delighted to share the news that Bookouture have re-signed contracts with thriller authors Georgina Cross and Ruhi Choudhary. 

Commissioning Editor Maisie Lawrence has acquired World All Language rights to two more psychological thrillers by Amazon charts bestseller Georgina Cross from Rachel Beck at Liza Dawson Associates. Her next two books will publish in February and December 2022.

Maisie said,

‘I’ve been so delighted to be a part of driving such huge success for Georgina over the past year. Her debut novel, The Stepdaughter, launched her as a rising star in the Kindle charts and I know that readers will absolutely love her next two books. As pacey as they come and with frankly jaw-dropping twists, Georgina knows exactly what her readers love. I’m so excited to see what the next year will bring for her!’

Georgina said,

‘It wasn’t long ago when I signed my very first publishing contract with Bookouture and to sign another two-book deal with this group is amazing. Thank you to my agent, editor, and the entire Bookouture team for providing me with this opportunity. I am forever grateful.’

Rachel added,

‘It’s been such a joy watching Georgina grow book over book, and an honor to be at the helm of her career. I can’t wait for readers to discover these new books from her!’

Associate Publisher Lucy Dauman has acquired World All Language rights, including audio, for two more crime thrillers by Ruhi Choudhary, to publish in 2022.

Lucy said,

I am over the moon that we have two more thrillers from Ruhi to look forward to next year. Ruhi is a master storyteller, and her books are truly unputdownable. Each one takes the reader on a breathless journey, hearts racing as we hurtle towards that final twist that you just know is going to blow your mind. Readers everywhere are already addicted to the Mackenzie Price series, and I can’t wait for them to get their hands on Ruhi’s gripping new books.’

Ruhi said,

‘I’ve had the best experience working with Lucy and the Bookouture team. It’s an absolute pleasure to continue my writing journey with such a talented and hard-working group of people. I’m beyond excited to share more stories with my readers!’

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Bookouture sign Shari J. Ryan

We’re delighted to be welcoming self-published author Shari J. Ryan to Bookouture.

Associate Publisher Christina Demosthenous acquired World All Language rights for two World War Two historical novels by USA Today bestseller Shari, whose self-published hits include her Last Words series.

The first title in the contract, The Secret in the Attic, tells the heartbreaking and gripping story of a girl in wartime Germany, who sacrifices everything to protect her childhood sweetheart. Years later, in modern-day America, a woman discovers that she has inherited a bookshop in Dachau – from the grandmother she had no idea existed… It will be published in October 2021, followed by another poignant World War Two tale in April 2022.

Christina said,

‘I feel so lucky that I am getting the chance to work with Shari. She is a supremely talented writer, with the ability to weave moving, beautiful and totally unforgettable novels. The Secret in the Attic promises to be a tearjerker, but it is also a story of hope, love and light in the very darkest of times. I can’t wait until publication in October – I know that readers, and her scores of fans, are going to adore it. I’m very excited!’

Shari said,

‘I am beyond excited for the opportunity to work with Bookouture on some new World War Two novels. Over the last couple of years, I have been in awe while watching the success of their authors, and I can’t wait to start this new chapter with such a talented team of professionals. Most importantly, I’m grateful for the chance to team up with Christina, an admirably accomplished editor who shares a similar passion for World War Two stories. She has been a tremendous inspiration throughout the planning of The Secret in the Attic.’

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Bookouture sign Rebecca Griffiths

We are delighted to announce that Laura Deacon, Publishing Director at Bookouture, has signed a deal with Rebecca Griffiths for World English rights in two new historical crime novels. The deal was struck with Broo Doherty at DHH Literary Agency.

The first book The Girl at My Door, based on the infamous Rillington Place serial killer John Christie will publish in September 2021 with the second title, The Body on the Moor publishing in February 2022. Rebecca’s previous thrillers The Primrose Path and A Place to Lie were widely praised by reviewers and readers alike and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome her to Bookouture for this blend of fictional and true crime.

Laura said,

‘As soon as I started reading The Girl at My Door I was hooked. I have long been a fan of true crime and to find a novelist who was able to get into the mind and motivations of one of Britain’s most prolific serial killers whilst weaving an incredibly rich cast of fictional characters around him was completely thrilling. I called Rebecca and it was immediately clear how much research had gone into her writing and how much I wanted to work with her. This book will be a must-read for crime fans.’

Rebecca said,

It is a real privilege having my next two crime thrillers published by Bookouture. They are a dynamic and professional team — it’s great to be in such safe hands! I am especially pleased to have Laura as my editor, someone who really believes in what I do and shows such enthusiasm, great insight and expertise — and is surely the nicest person in publishing!’

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Marnie Riches joins Bookouture with new procedural series

We are delighted to announce that Ruth Tross, Publishing Director at Bookouture, has signed a deal with Marnie Riches for World English rights in two new crime novels, and US rights in five backlist titles. The deal was struck with Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein. The backlist books will be published this summer and the first frontlist title in June 2022.

Marnie is the author of the bestselling George McKenzie series, two Manchester gangland thrillers, and two novels featuring private detective Beverley Saunders. The new series will introduce Detective Jackie Cooke, whose latest case bears disturbing similarities to the disappearance of her younger brother years before.

Ruth said,

‘Marnie is much admired for a reason – her books are the perfect blend of strong characters, dark crimes and page-turning revelations. I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome her to Bookouture, both to introduce US readers to George McKenzie, and readers everywhere to Jackie Cooke. Tough, smart and determined, Jackie is the perfect detective for fans of Carol Wyer and Kendra Elliott.’

Marnie said,

‘I’m delighted to be joining the likes of Angela Marsons and Patricia Gibney on the Bookouture list. This dynamic imprint has launched some stellar careers, cornering a substantial chunk of the digital market in a relatively short space of time. I’ve long-admired Bookouture’s savvy marketing and its stable of best-selling commercial authors, whom I know readers absolutely adore, the world over. I think the superbly capable Ruth Tross and I are going to make a winning team, and I can’t wait for readers to meet Jackson Cooke. She’s my coolest heroine yet!’

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Bookouture signs quirky cozy crime from Lisa Cutts

We are thrilled to announce that Publishing Director Ruth Tross has acquired World rights in a new cozy crime series by author (and real-life detective) Lisa Cutts, previously published by Myriad Books and Simon & Schuster. The first book in the Belinda Penshurst series will be published in August 2021.

Set in the fictional village of Little Challham, Murder in the Village introduces Belinda Penshurst, castle-dweller, dog lover and local fixture. Belinda will do anything to protect her home, so when dogs start going missing – and then the landlord is found upside down in a barrel of beer – she teams up with retired detective Harry Powell to crack the case.

Ruth Tross said,

‘From the minute I first started talking to Lisa about the Belinda Penshurst series I knew she was on to a winner. There’s a beautiful village filled with eccentric characters, a brilliant partnership between gung-ho Belinda and more cautious Harry (who Lisa Cutts fans might recognise from her previous books) and most importantly lots and lots of lovely dogs. The book combines a twisty mystery with plenty of humour and I can’t wait for people to read it.’

Lisa  said,

‘I’m so thrilled to work with the amazing team at Bookouture, a publisher I’ve long admired. My editor Ruth Tross is just wonderful and it really has been a privilege to work with her.’

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Bookouture re-sign contracts with Liz Eeles and Catherine Miller

Woohoo! Exciting news today to share. 

We are so excited to tell you that Commissioning Editor Ellen Gleeson has acquired World All Languages rights, including audio, for two more escapist women’s fiction novels in the Heaven’s Cove series directly from author Liz Eeles, to publish in 2022.

Ellen said,

‘It couldn’t be a more exciting time to snap up more books from Liz. The first in the series, Secrets at the Last House Before the Sea which published in February this year, has already been a huge success and it’s been an incredible thrill to watch it soar up the charts. Readers adore Liz’s gift for transporting them to a stunning setting, her quirky characters, and plots woven with mystery and intrigue. Here’s to many more!’

Liz said,

‘I love being a part of the Bookouture ‘family’ and am delighted to be writing more books for such an innovative and supportive publisher. Ellen is a fabulous editor and I’m so looking forward to working with her on the next novels in the Heaven’s Cove series.’


We are also delighted to announce that Publishing Executive Martina Arzu has acquired World English Languages rights for two more emotional women’s fiction novels by Catherine Miller from Hattie Grünewald of The Blair Partnership.

The first book, due to be published in 2022, is a moving and uplifting novel centring around Zack and Chloe. These two strangers who are both waiting for a heart transplant, will be forever connected…

Martina said, 

‘I am over the moon to have two more beautiful novels from Catherine to look forward to. I couldn’t be prouder to publish Catherine, and I’m constantly impressed by her endless creativity and ability to tell new and unexpected stories. I cannot wait for readers to get their hands on her wonderfully emotional and gripping new books!’

Catherine said,

‘I signed my last contract prior to lockdown and what a rollercoaster of a year it has been. I’m so thankful to all the readers that have found comfort in my books and I’m so delighted to continue my publishing journey with Bookouture. Working with Christina and Martina has been a dream and I’m looking forward to writing the next two books.’

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