Bookouture sign new contracts with Graham and Gayle

Exciting re-signing news today! 

We’re delighted to announce that we have signed two new books from historical fiction bestselling author Lily Graham. Associate Publisher Lydia Vassar-Smith signed World All Language rights directly with the author.

Lydia said,

‘Nothing could bring me more joy than to have two new novels from Lily. She is such an emotive and transporting writer and readers carry her characters and their stories in their hearts long after the book is closed. It is a privilege to publish her.’

Lily said,

‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be publishing another two books with Bookouture and working with my wonderful editor, Lydia Vassar-Smith, who is incredibly kind, and brilliant at bringing stories to life, working with her and the team is just such a joy.’

We are also excited to announce that Commissioning Editor Susannah Hamilton has signed two more cozy crime novels in the Julia Bird Mysteries series from Katie Gayle. 

Julia Bird will continue to investigate murderous deeds in her small English village through two new books from authors Kate Sidley and Gail van Onselen, writing as Katie Gayle. The novels, set in rural Gloucestershire, will be published in 2023.

Susannah said,

‘I am delighted to have signed Kate and Gail for two more novels – not only are the stories magnificent, with plot twists, murderous exploits and humorous asides to die for – but they are wonderful authors to work with too. I can’t wait to bring more of Julia’s investigations to her readers!’

Kate and Gail said,

‘When we wrote our first cosy crime novel, really as a bit of a lark, never in our wildest dreams did we imagine we’d write seven of them, and counting! We’ve had great fun writing the Julia Bird series and are delighted at the positive response from readers who have loved the books. Working with Bookouture has been a wonderful experience, they really are a fabulous team. We are excited to be working together to bring the next two books to Julia Bird mysteries to Katie Gayle’s readers.’

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Bookouture signs Shannon Hollinger for 5 books in 2023

We are delighted to announce that Commissioning editor Susannah Hamilton has acquired world rights to five books from American crime and thriller writer Shannon Hollinger. The two psychological thrillers and the first three in a new contemporary police procedural series will all be published in 2023.

Susannah said,

From the moment Shannon’s grippingly dark and twisty stories open, you can’t help but read them through to the very end, no matter how late the hour. She is a fantastic writer whose plots astound, who writes characters from the heart and who knows how to create that final, fantastic denouement that leaves you with a pounding heart. I can’t wait to bring these novels to our readers next year – they’re going to love them!’

Shannon said,

‘I’m absolutely overjoyed to be joining the ranks of some of my favorite authors as a member of the Bookouture family! Now that I’ve found my tribe among others who like things dark and twisty, let the adventure begin!’

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Bookouture acquire three novels from Lydia Travers

We are excited to share the news that Associate Publisher Jess Whitlum-Cooper has acquired three novels from author Lydia Travers.  

Jess Whitlum-Cooper acquired World All Language rights (including audio, film and TV) for three novels in a new historical cosy crime series, set in Scotland, from Lydia Travers. The first novel in the series will publish in April 2023.

Jess said,

‘I am over the moon to be working with Lydia on her brilliant historical cosy crime series. From the moment I began reading her writing, I was swept away to the Scottish highlands, and I can’t wait for readers around the world to meet Lydia’s fantastic cast of characters, and to be similarly swept away to Scotland!’

Lydia said,

‘I’m thrilled to be working on a three-book series with the dynamic team at Bookouture and in particular with Jess Whitlum-Cooper. I can’t wait to share Maud McIntyre’s adventures in Scotland and I hope that readers will enjoy reading these novels as much as I enjoy writing them.’

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We are delighted to announce that we have sold over ONE MILLION COPIES of D.K. Hood’s books since we published the first in her Kane and Alton series in 2017.

Since publishing Don’t Tell a Soul in 2017, we have published fourteen more books in the same series, two prequel stories and three box sets. We have also published German translation editions of the first three books and we have rights deals in three territories.

D.K. Hood says,

‘Over one million copies sold! I am absolutely thrilled and humbled to know that so many people have purchased a copy of the Detectives Kane and Alton series. Who would have thought that a story penned to relieve pain would change my life completely? As my writing style is more like watching a movie than reading, I was hesitant to submit the story to anyone but I crossed my fingers and submitted Don’t Tell a Soul to Bookouture. The day Helen Jenner contacted me, a door to a new beginning opened. I owe this milestone to Helen’s impeccable guidance and the magic of Team Bookouture. I’ve been blessed with a supportive family, loyal readers, reviewers, and bloggers who have championed the series since book one. Writing for me, is like visiting old friends and there are so many stories yet to tell.’

Helen Jenner says,

‘D.K. Hood was one of the first authors I signed when I joined Bookouture in 2017, so I’m especially proud to reach this incredible milestone. It’s been wonderful to work on a series that is so loved by crime readers and every time a new book publishes, I’m blown away by the reviews and ratings. It’s a privilege to work with an author who has such endless drive and creativity. Her power to transport readers to the small town of Black Rock Falls, to scare them with another twisted killer, and to knock their socks off with a twist they never see coming, is simply awesome. I can’t wait to see what D.K. has in store for us next and I look forward to even more trips to Black Rock Falls.’

If you haven’t started the brilliant Kane and Alton series, what on earth are you waiting for? 
Grab Don’t Tell a Soul – the first book in this exciting crime thriller series by clicking right here

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