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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