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    Jo Fletcher Books

    Jo Fletcher Books is an imprint of Quercus Publishing, an Hachette UK company. Jo Fletcher Books is a specialist science fiction, fantasy and horror imprint, but as the field of imaginative literature is so incredibly wide, Jo Fletcher Books is going to be as broad a church as possible, hopefully publishing something for everyone.
    • Sebastian de Castell

      Saint's Blood

      The Greatcoats are back - and this time it's personal. How do you kill a Saint? Falcio, Brasti and Kest are about to find out - someone is doing just that, and they've started with a friend.
      • Sue Tingey

        Marked (The Soulseer Chronicles)

        With no family and very few friends, Lucky's psychic ability has always made her an outcast. The only person she can rely on is Kayla, the ghost girl who has been with her since she was born. But Kayla is not all that she appears. And when Lucky is visited by a demonic assassin with a message for her friend, she finds herself dragged into the Underlands - and the political fight for the daemon king's throne. Lucky, trapped in the daemon world, is determined to find her way home... until she finds herself caught between the charms of the Guardian Jamie, the charismatic Daemon of Death Jinx - and the lure of finding out who she really is.
      • Book II in The Greatcoats

        Knight's Shadow

        Tristia is a nation overcome by intrigue and corruption. The idealistic young King Paelis is dead and the Greatcoats - legendary travelling magistrates who brought justice to the Kingdom - have been branded as traitors. But just before his head was impaled on a spike, the King swore each of his hundred and forty-four Greatcoats to a different mission. Falcio Val Mond, First Cantor, with the help of fellow Greatcoats Kest and Brasti, has completed his King's final task: he has found his Charoites - well, one at least, and she was not quite what they expected. Now they must protect the girl from the many who would see her dead, and place her on the throne of a lawless kingdom. That would be simple enough, if it weren't for the Daishini, an equally legendary band of assassins, getting in their way, not to forget the Dukes who are determined to hold on to their fractured Kingdoms, or the fact that the heir to the throne is only thirteen years old. Oh, and the poison that is slowly killing Falcio. That's not even mentioning the Greatcoat's Lament...
        • Alison Littlewood

          A Cold Silence

          Ben Cassidy has strict instructions from his mother, Cass, never to return to his childhood home of Darnshaw. But when an old friend dies, he returns to investigate a computer game she was playing named Acheron. Acheron claims it will give you all that you ask for, something Gaila, Ben's sister, knows all too well. But there is a price, and hers is to get Ben to London. As Ben and his friends delve ever deeper into the world of Acheron, good motivations and morality begin to slip, and they find themselves falling further into corruption. Ben and Gaila could save them all, but the price for doing so might just be too high to pay . . .
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        Saint's Blood

        By Sebastien de Castell, Joe Jameson

        'High energy, highly unique, swashbuckling-cop-epic-noir story. Buy it. BUY IT NOW' Sam Sykes

        The Greatcoats are back - and this time it's personal.

        How do you kill a Saint? Falcio, Brasti and Kest are about to find out, as someone is doing just that, and they've started with a friend.

        The Dukes were already looking for ways to weasel out of their promise to put Aline on her father's throne - but with Saints turning up dead, and Church Inquistitors pushing for control - rumours are spreading that the Gods themselves oppose her ascension.

        The only way Falcio can stop the country turning into a vicious theocracy is to find and stop the Saint-killer - but his only clue is the iron mask encasing the head of the Saint of Mercy, which prevents her from speaking. And even if he can find the murderer, he will still have to face them in battle - and this may be a duel that no swordsman, no matter how skilled, can win.

        Combining old-school swashbuckling action with contemporary characters and a good dose of grit, these books are the rarest of things, great rollicking fun combined with an emotional punch . . . Sebastien, write faster!This is a one in a million series. Each book is fantastic yet manages to be better than the last and with Saint's Blood Castell takes the characters and readers into some hugely unexpected and exciting places with the consummate precision and skill of a master duellerSebastien de Castell exhibits his finest form yet in Saint's Blood . . . If you enjoy fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat adventure and compelling, believable characters battling overwhelming odds yet never giving in, you can't beat the Greatcoats series. To read them is to love themIt's like The Three Musketeers with magic. On steroids. But for all of the wild adventuring, peril and spectacle, there is a real heart emerging from beneath it allSebastien de Castell keeps delivering amazing books, displaying his talent for weaving a web of humour, tension, ingenious plots and fantastic characters . . . An exhilarating journey that took me at breakneck speed through a whole array of emotionsWildly entertaining and thoroughly intense, Saint's Blood is the kind of book that makes you wish all epic heroic fantasy can be this awesomeHuge amounts of adventurous fun, witty and incisive dialogue, a set of characters to die for and layer upon layer of fantastic world building - with laugh out loud moments interspersed with dark and dastardly doings. Plus swordfights. What more could you ask From the first line we remember how funny the writing is in this series as we are immersed back into the world of the Greatcoats, their bone-plated attire and their dueling swords. . . De Castell retains that wonderful, witty delivery that made the first two books in the series such a success'

        A perfect and fresh addition to the Epic Fantasy genre, I loved every bit of it . . . The bottom-line is: Read Saint's Blood

        Don't hesitate to buy this if you love a great hero and story . . . What a voice! What story-telling brio! If you love Dumas, or Game of Thrones or The False Prince this is the swashbuckling fantasy for you.One hell of a good bookHigh energy, highly unique, swashbuckling-cop-epic-noir story. Buy it. BUY IT NOW.Highly entertaining . . . I loved everything about this bookOne of my all time favourite fantasy series . . . simply stunning'The character growth is stunning, the advancement of themes indescribable, and the escalation of tension to unimaginable heights breathtaking. I have no idea how de Castell can possibly top this, but you can be assured I'll be there to watch him trySwept me along and I did not want to put it downSebastien de Castell keeps delivering amazing books, displaying his talent for weaving a web of humour, tension, ingenious plots and fantastic charactersThe Greatcoats series is definitely one of my favorite Fantasy reads, and Saint's Blood was an amazing installment. Exciting, fast-paced, and full of major twists - the finale to this series is absolutely my most anticipated book now!There's so much about this book to love . . . If you like swashbuckling fantasy, this is the story for youThe writing is clever and exquisite, each character voice unique and vibrant, and the relationships between the core characters is absolutely brilliantThis book, and series, is so close to perfection in my eyes . . . This book broke me. This book killed me. This book, then, resurrected me and gave me life. Then, I read the bonus content and this book ripped my f****** heart out, and now is going to make me wait a year to maybe get it backThe Three Musketeers meets Joe Abercrombie via Mark Lawrence. The Greatcoats are back - and this time it's personal.Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realised how much he hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor and product strategist. After a year in the Netherlands, he has recently returned to Vancouver, Canada, where he lives with his wife and two belligerent cats.For fans of The Three Musketeers, Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch, Peter V Brett and Mark Lawrence.The first novel, Traitor's Blade, reached no.3 in the charts and was shortlisted for a David Gemmel AwardJo Fletcher Books continue to run a large online publicity campaign using the slogan 'Join the Greatcoats' across the seriesMassive critical and media acclaim for the series
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        The Hidden People

        By Alison Littlewood

        The bestselling author of Richard & Judy Book Club hit The Cold Season returns with a chilling mystery - where superstition and myth bleed into real life with tragic consequences.

        Pretty Lizzie Higgs is gone, burned to death on her own hearth - but was she really a changeling, as her husband insists? Albie Mirralls met his cousin only once, in 1851, within the grand glass arches of the Crystal Palace, but unable to countenance the rumours that surround her murder, he leaves his young wife in London and travels to Halfoak, a village steeped in superstition.

        Albie begins to look into Lizzie's death, but in this place where the old tales hold sway and the 'Hidden People' supposedly roam, answers are slippery and further tragedy is just a step away . . .

        'A timeless story that equally delights and disturbs' Upcoming4.me

        Littlewood does a great job writing in a quasi-Victorian manner throughout and the twist is brilliantSuitably strange with a twistThis is an intriguing and unsettling scenario. Littlewood's descriptions are picturesque and her prose convincingly dated and beautifully lyricalHypnotic and intelligent with buckets of atmosphere . . . Littlewood expertly weaves themes of misogyny and mythology into a psychological page-turner that feels both familiar and freshThis magical murder-mystery blends the supernatural with the psychological ... surprising, moving and rewardingA skilful blend of the supernatural and the psychological . . . If you enjoyed Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke and the Woman in Black by Susan Hill, this is one for youA sense of tension makes The Hidden People deeply uneasy reading, and it's to Littlewood's credit that she sustains this uncertainty so cleverly, without landing on one explanation or the other till the whole of her tremendous tale is told . . . As mesmerising as it is magical, and as quickening as it is at times sickening, The Hidden People is, at the last, an excellent successor to Littlewood's darkly-sparkling debutThe novel has a strange and dreamlike quality to it, almost as if a fog is hanging over the town, and when combined with the bizarre townsfolk and the disturbing mystery at its center, it makes for a book that disturbs the reader as new dimensions unfold piece by pieceLittlewood weaves a plot that's as complex as any contemporary thriller, made more labyrinthine by the supernatural elements; a tense atmosphere permeates the novel, growing in strength to become more disturbing with each passing chapter . . . Anyone expecting a gore-fest or a fairy apocalypse will be disappointed, but for those wanting to observe how subtle psychological horror can be, how the deepest fears can be contained in the smallest of actions, and that the gothic novel is still incredibly powerful even in these modern times, this is the book for them.A dark Victorian gothic murder-mystery novel with a chillingly authentic feelDefinitely ticks all the boxes . . . a brilliant story full of mystery, murder and intrigueThe Hidden People deftly drops readers into a bygone world where wise women dabble in foretelling the future and sharing herbal concoctions; hobgoblins, changelings and fairies are evident, if you know how to look; and folktales and fantasies can pervade the mind, bringing on delusions and misconceptions that threaten to overwhelm even the most logically minded soulAn enjoyable, dark tale. It is an intriguing Victorian murder mystery filled with interesting themes surrounding folklore and superstition in the 19th century, along with some unforgettable charactersPerfect . . . a story that's exquisitely unsettlingAlison Littlewood is one of the brightest stars in the horror genre at the moment . . . The Hidden People is impeccably written, quiet, evocative horror. It's yet another must buy from Littlewood.The atmosphere Alison Littlewood conjures up in The Hidden People is absorbing and there's a real sense of foreboding, you feel the fairies might show themselves at any moment.A brilliant novelThe time and place are evoked with exquisite minute detail that I was swept up in it all - never has the phrase ' away with the fairies" seemed more aptThe time stops completely, as a reader you're forced to take in all the sounds and sights...You'll constantly question who's bonkers and whether you'll actually meet a real fairy in the story . . . If it wasn't published in October 2016 but rather in early 1900s, it would easily be one of the classics now.[Littlewood] writes the books I love - fairy tales, folklore and mystery all seamlessly woven togetherThe story is utterly atmospheric, full of the kind of beautiful, exquisite detail that slowly creeps up on you. Littlewood also writes wonderfully and has a flair for bringing a historical setting to lifeBeautifully atmospheric. It's not so much shock-and-awe jump-scare horror as a slow, creeping buildup of wrongness that she creates by subtly weaving together details. She paints a vivid picture of Halfoak, and then starts to tear it apart, bit by bit.A meticulously imagined novel of a bourgeois London gentleman investigating a northern cousin's immolation under similar circumstances. In Yorkshire, Albert Mirrals gradually finds that the rational explanations he once entertained for what he believes was his cousin's murder - domestic violence, jealousies - become entwined with the lyrical madness of possession. Quotations from Yeats and other poets magnify the effects of Littlewood's carefully period proseLittlewood weaves a great story here, with plenty of questions and atmosphere to keep readers turning the pages.The story was compelling, the characters interesting and complex, and it was an evocative novel that's going to have a solid place of my bookshelves from now on. Definitely recommended for those who are looking for something beyond typical urban fantasy fare, for those who enjoy historical fiction, and also, for those like me who have a soft spot for genre-breaking fiction that leaves you hungry for moreThe characters and story itself were absolutely fantastic! An amazing mystery that messes with your mind and keeps you wondering what is happening from start to end . . . incredibly well thought out and put togetherLittlewood has a real talent. The Hidden People is one of the most well written books I have read this yearThis is a super creepy read whether you want to believe or notThe perfect October readThere's an amazing sense of place and time in this novel, as Littlewood perfectly captures the literary style, attitudes, and class consciousness of Victorian EnglandOne of those books that you will probably read over the course of a single night and wonder in the morning where the time has gone . . . The Hidden People is an intriguing piece of work that takes its cue from complex mythology and superstition to weave a timeless story that equally delights and disturbs.The quality of the writing makes the introductory passages soar, with landscapes populated by flora and the villagers' closed community depicted with all its questionable traditions . . . I found the book a particular joy to readThe bestselling author of Richard & Judy Book Club hit The Cold Season returns with a chilling mystery - where superstition and myth bleed into real life with tragic consequences . . .

        Pretty Lizzie Higgs is gone, burned to dead on her own hearth - but was she really a changeling, as her husband insists? Albie Mirralls met his cousin only once, in 1851, within the grand glass arches of the Crystal Palace, but unable to countenance the rumours that surround her murder, he leaves his young wife in London and travels to Halfoak, a village steeped in superstition.

        Albie begins to look into Lizzie's death, but in this place where the old tales hold sway and the 'Hidden People' supposedly roam, answers are slippery and further tragedy is just a step away . . .


        PRAISE FOR ALISON LITTLEWOOD:

        'Alison Littlewood has a real talent for building atmosphere, loaded with the promise of things to come'
        THE GUARDIAN

        'Littlewood is going to be very big indeed'
        THE BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY


        '[Littlewood] is the real deal, a writer with a unique vision and the talent to make us see the world anew through her eyes'
        PETER TENNANT, TTA PRESS.

        'Alison Littlewood uses old flavors with a fresh and personal approach, to brew a story both sensible and terrifying at the same time'
        DARK WOLF

        'A writer of exceptional skill ... stands alongside the greats of the genre: fertile ground worked by the likes of Shirley Jackson, Richard Matheson, Stephen King ... one of the most exceptional horror authors of the current generation'
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        For fans of Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Joanne Harris, Angela Carter, Graham Joyce and Jonathan Strange and Mr NorellFrom the author of A Cold Season, a Richard and Judy pick of 2012
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        Vigil

        By Angela Slatter

        Verity Fassbinder has her feet in two worlds.

        The daughter of one human and one Weyrd parent, she has very little power herself, but does claim unusual strength - and the ability to walk between us and the other - as a couple of her talents. As such a rarity, she is charged with keeping the peace between both races, and ensuring the Weyrd remain hidden from us.

        But now Sirens are dying, illegal wine made from the tears of human children is for sale - and in the hands of those Weyrd who hold with the old ways - and someone has released an unknown and terrifyingly destructive force on the streets of Brisbane.

        And Verity must investigate - or risk ancient forces carving our world apart.

        Vigil is the first book in award-winning author Angela Slatter's Verity Fassbinder series.

        'Slatter's work is excellent, and eminently readable . . . It's easy to see how she's managed to make such an impact on the genre' - British Fantasy Society. A rich and exciting new urban fantasy, perfect for fans of Harry Dresden and Kinsey Milhone.

        A brilliant start to what promises to be an enjoyable series . . . Angela has set the scene for the rest of the series, by offering an original and fresh tale encompassing many genres that will enthral all readers alikeAngela Slatter is an Australian author who spins beautiful yarns in a musical, fascinating narrative styleAngela Slatter's ink is full of intimate magic and hard wisdom. Her characters live and breathe and glance out at you from the page to question your motives. One of the best dark fantasy writers working todayThe world of the Weyrd collides with modern-day Brisbane, bringing chaos in its wake. A brilliant new urban fantasy with elements of murder, mystery and magic - I'm already looking forward to the next Verity Fassbinder adventureA rich paranormal dark fantasy.Slatter's work is excellent, and eminently readable . . . It's easy to see how she's managed to make such an impact on the genreSlatter is a master world-builderRich and heady as honey mead, potent and earthy as great Scotch, the sublimely dark tales of Angela Slatter are an addictive delightSimply put: Slatter can write! Beautifully, stylishly, accurately. . . . she conjures the secret and private worlds hidden just inside the curtains of reality, and she does it with sentences as sparse and sharp-edged as unused razor blades. Read this writer. She'll drop the scales right out of your eyes!A high-octane mix of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden and Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone - dry, smart, funny, fuelled by a need to protect the weak, and driven by a past that haunts her. V. If you loved True Blood, or if you've ever loved a great PI series, then Vigil is for you. Smart, funny, and engaging. I can't wait for the sequel!I highly recommend Vigil for people who enjoy urban fantasy, contemporary faery tales and women telling stories. . . it's the FIRST in the Verity Fassbinder series, which is just as well. I want more.What's strong about this novel is its sense of place. This novel is utterly Australian (in the best of ways) . . . I can't wait to see moreA darkly fun read that hooked me quickly and reeled me inRich, varied, powerful . . . A fine start to a new urban fantasy series, which I'll be following with great interest. Highly recommended.A fast paced story, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you invested.Vigil is fast-paced, quirky, full of twists, and thoroughly grounded in Brisbane . . . I love it and I want more Verity.Vigil is a brilliant debut novel from an exciting writer . . . Pacy and engaging, it's a book that demands to be finished once it has been started. Verity Fassbinder is a name, and a character, not quickly forgotten by the reader, sure to become a staple of the genre as the series progresses, as instantly recognisable as, say, Sookie Stackhouse or Katniss Everdeen.Vigil dares to be different, eloquent, emotive, and exciting in equal measures; it marks the start of what will become the new must-read urban fantasy series. You will be eagerly awaiting the next trip down under with baited breath; such is the brilliance of this novelStriking urban fantasy set in Brisbane . . . Verity has touches of Katniss Everdeen but quickly establishes herself as a strong, likeable and positive female heroine in her own right, and her topsy turvy adventures fighting for the powers of good in an almost divergent world are pleasing and fast-paced. This is the opening to a trilogy and the next volumes will prove most welcomeVigil is a great start to a fascinating new series for both urban fantasy and crime fans with a refreshing Australian voice, setting and style. It will be interesting to see where Slatter takes both her characters and her world in future volumes.Vigil is an absolute powerhouse of a book. Slatter has taken urban fantasy by the horns, and given it the kick up the arse that it needed. Original, addictive, and a ****load of awesome, Vigil is a must read for all fans of speculative fictionVigil is a cracking read. I can't wait for the next book, Corpselight, and I hope there will be far more books in the series, because I'd love to spend lots more time with Verity and friends in BrisneylandSlatter has won many awards for her writing, and with good reason. On a sentence by sentence level the prose is excellent, and Slatter does a great job in creating a sense of place around Brisbane. All up Vigil is an excellent novelThis is a wonderful start to a new series. With richly imagined characters, setting and mythology, it is the perfect read for those who enjoy urban fantasy.An excellent, action filled start to (I hope) a new series with a hero I want to learn more about. And a world with a lot still to unpackVigil is a stunning urban fantasy novel, jam packed with action and mystery. Our fair heroine, Verity, is full of wit, courage, compassion and has a penchant for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time that makes her journey an amusing one at times. Verity's explorations in her home town of Brisbane and its surroundings and interactions with its Weyrd residents as she attempts to get to the bottom of the myriad of mysteries that buzz around her like flies make for an intriguing read and I, for one, cannot wait for more!Verity is the best thing about the book . . . she's a surly, straight-talking, Doc Marten-wearing punchbag who investigates Weyrd-related crime on behalf of the beleaguered "normal" police . . . it'll be interesting to see what's next for her.If you like reading intelligent dark urban fantasies, I would definitely recommend picking up Vigil. It is a fine and an exciting novel.Vigil will cast its own spell on you as you read and you will be utterly captivatedSlatter is a master world-builderSlatter's work is excellent, and eminently readable . . . It's easy to see how she's managed to make such an impact on the genreAngela Slatter is an Australian author who spins beautiful yarns in a musical, fascinating narrative styleThe world of the Weyrd collides with modern-day Brisbane, bringing chaos in its wake. A brilliant new urban fantasy with elements of murder mystery and magic - I'm already looking forward to the next Verity Fassbinder adventureSimply put: Slatter can write! Beautifully, stylishly, accurately. She conjures ghosts and spirits and forces us to recognise the monsters that are ourselves . . . she conjures the secret and private worlds hidden just inside the curtains of reality, and she does it with sentences as sparse and sharp-edged as unused razor blades. She's my pick: a writer who will constantly surprise; and just when you think she's at the top of her game, she will go on to become impossibly better. Read this writer. She'll drop the scales right out of your eyes!Verity Fassbinder comes on like a high-octane mix of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden and Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone - dry, smart, funny, fuelled by a need to protect the weak, and driven by a past that haunts her. Verity's BrisVegas is a far cry from the streets of Brisbane you'll see in tourist brochures, a dark supernatural playground where anything can happen and where the strangest of us can find safe haven. If you loved True Blood, or if you've ever loved a great PI series, then Vigil is for you. Smart, funny, and engaging. I can't wait for the sequel!Rich and heady as honey mead, potent and earthy as great Scotch, the sublimely dark tales of Angela Slatter are an addictive delightA terrific new series of urban fantasy tales kicks off stylishly. 9/10There can be little doubt that we are in the hands of a first-rank storyteller. Slatter's voice, which underpins Verity's, is striking. Alternately witty and forthright . . . It's a wonderfully entertaining book.From award-winning author Angela Slatter comes her first full length novel, Vigil, where the normal and the weyrd combine.Angela Slatter is the award-winning author of eight short story collections, including A Feast of Sorrows: Stories, Sourdough and Other Stories, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, and Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales. She has won the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award and five Aurealis Awards. Her short stories have appeared widely, including in annual British, Australian and North American Best Of anthologies, and her work has been translated into Spanish, Russian, Polish, Romanian, and Japanese. Vigil was her first solo novel, and the sequel Corpselight is due out in July 2017. Angela lives in Brisbane, Australia.Angela Slatter has won five Aurealis Awards, one British Fantasy Award, and been shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award and the Norma K. Hemming Award.In 2013 Angela was awarded one of the inaugural Queensland Writers FellowshipsThis is the first full length novel by award-winning author Angela Slatter, and is the first in a series
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        Jo Fletcher Books is an imprint of Quercus Publishing, an Hachette UK company. Jo Fletcher Books is a specialist science fiction, fantasy and horror imprint, but as Jo’s own personal tastes in fiction have always been so wonderfully eclectic, and as the field of imaginative literature is so incredibly wide, Jo Fletcher Books is going to be as broad a church as possible, hopefully publishing something for everyone. Submissions Jo Fletcher Books currently accepts unsolicited submissions, but only by email. If you wish to submit, please email the first 10,000 words, or the first three chapters of your novel to submissions@jofletcherbooks.co.uk in the following format: Word doc Font: Times New Roman Font size: 12 Spacing: Double-spaced Please include a brief covering letter in the body of the email, and a short synopsis (no longer than one page) in a separate attachment. Please note the following: We only accept submissions that can be categorized as Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror. If your novel does not fall into any of these genres it will not be considered. We do not accept short stories or novellas. We do not publish children’s books. We will consider YA, but only if it can be classed as YA/Adult crossover. We accept manuscripts that have been previously self-published as long as the author is happy to let all rights revert to us on signature of any contract. Jo Fletcher Books is not an agency, but a publishing house. If you are looking for representation we recommend you use The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook, which contains a comprehensive and up-to-date list of agents currently taking on new authors We get a great many submissions, so it is not possible to respond to everyone individually, and we do not give feedback. If you have not heard from us within six months, please assume you have been unsuccessful in this instance. Agents: please note this email address is for unsolicited submissions only.
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        Marked

        By Sue Tingey

        Lucky's only real friend is Kayla - a ghost - until she meets gorgeous Guardian Jamie and sexy Deathbringer Jinx . . .

        Lucky's always known about her own psychic powers - after all, her closest friend is a ghost - but she knows nothing of her long-dead family . . . until a daemonic assassin brings a message that drags both Kayla and Lucky down to the Underlands - and into the political fight for the daemon king's throne.

        Lucky's determined to find her way home, but Jinx and Jamie have both marked her - and now she's not sure she even wants to escape the loving attentions of her handsome winged Guardian and her devilishly charming horned Deathbringer.

        And if she stays, she might just find out who she really is . . .

        'Reads like the Sookie Stackhouse series combined with the sinister undertones of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere' says Booklist.

        Powerfully creepyMarked is a gripping and tantalisingly sexy read. I loved the strong-willed psychic protagonist Lucky, as well as the courtly intrigue, terrifying supernatural assassins, and thought-provokingly buff daemon bodyguards. Team JinxGreat fun and a delight to readA beautifully written well flowing Urban fantasy/fantasy with a terrific story and some really really great characters . . . Mr Kerfuffle and Mr Shenanigans (ha ha brilliant) are simply the best duo I've seen in fantasy fiction for a while.Marked is instantly absorbing . . . will certainly leave a lasting impression.Good for fans of Laini Taylor . . . and Deborah Harkness, Marked is magical and other worldly without losing the feeling of wonder that comes with having human narration and worries in a world that doesn't make sense any more.I loved this book. The characters, the atmosphere, the humour, the romance, it all worked. Marked is a wonderful debut for TingeyAny Neil Gaiman fan should feel right at home with the style of this book, as it's smartly and compellingly written with some confident prose. 8/10.This is the kind of story that sucks readers in very quickly and you end up completely losing track of time while you're reading . . . Marked is a fantastic start to this new seriesI was enthralled. A strong and interesting debutTantalising, sexy, witty, fun and fresh. Marked is the perfect read for any romance fans looking to dip their toe into the worlds of science fiction and fantasy!Marked reads like a PG-13 version of the Sookie Stackhouse series, combined with some of the sinister and thought-provoking undertones of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.This is great fun . . . an enjoyable urban romp. And I'm very much looking forward to the sequel to see what happens next

        Marked is a gripping and immersive story . . . I absolutely loved this book and nearly everything about it

        A thrill ride to the very end. The intrigue and action began immediately, drawing the reader in and keeping their eyes glued to the pages . . . I cannot wait to see where it goes from here

        Compelling, debut, urban fantasy . . . this is a brisk paranormal tale, with outstanding world-building, a large cast of well drawn characters, and an intricate plot, filled with intrigue and adventure.

        This is great fun. I really like Lucky. Feisty, with plenty of edge, which she needs when being regularly ambushed by ghosts. I enjoyed the way the book quickly shifts from the tense, opening scene into another direction entirely.I absolutely loved this book!! I got so stuck into it that I read it in just a few hours. Not only is the author wonderful, but she is also hilarious and capable of writing the story of a strong female lead

        Lucky's only real friend is Kayla - a ghost - until she meets gorgeous Guardian Jamie and sexy Deathbringer Jinx . . . 'Reads like the Sookie Stackhouse series combined with the sinister undertones of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere' says Booklist.

        Sue Tingey is the author of the fantasy romance series The Soulseer Chronicles and lives with her husband in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

        She spent twenty-eight years working for a major bank and after taking voluntary redundancy in 2001 spent another fourteen or so years working as a practice manager for an arboricultural consultancy. She has now given up the day job to allegedly spend more time with her husband; he however has noticed that an awful lot more writing appears to be going on.

        Sue admits that storytelling is her obsession and was thrilled when she was offered a three book deal by Jo Fletcher Books in 2014.

        You can learn more about Sue on her website www.suetingey.co.uk or contact on Twitter @suetingey

        Perfect for fans of Laini Taylor, Deborah Harkness and Anne BishopJo Fletcher Books are planning a strong publicity campaign to back this highly commercial novelSue Tingey is the first debut author in three years to come from our unsolicited inboxThe start of a new series: The Soulseer Chronicles, with one book to be released every nine monthsWas picked as an Amazon Rising Star title for 2015This edition has two short stories includedShortlisted for the National Reading Group Day Newcomer of 2015
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        The Galaxy Game

        By Karen Lord

        The sequel to critically acclaimed The Best of All Possible Worlds from award-winning Barbadian writer Karen Lord.

        For years, Rafi Delarua watched his family suffer under his father's unethical use of psionic power. Now the government has Rafi under surveillance. Hating their crude attempts to analyse his brain, he escapes to the planet Punartam, where his abilities are the norm, not the exception. Punartam is also the centre for his favourite sport, wallrunning - and thanks to his best friend, he discovers a way to train with the elite.
        But soon Rafi realises he's playing quite a different game.

        The galaxy is changing; unrest is spreading and the Zhinuvian cartels are plotting, making the stars a far more dangerous place to aim. There may yet be one solution - involving interstellar travel, galactic power and the love of a beautiful game.

        a leisurely exploration of multiple societies, power-politics and race relations . . . The Galaxy Game will only add to her [Karen Lord's] considerable reputationevery bit the book The Best of All Possible Worlds was: a smart science fictional fable as inventive and involving as it is finally vitalLord writes social science fiction reminiscent of Ursula Le Guin . . . I would recommend both The Best of All Possible Worlds and The Galaxy Game to anybody who craves mature social science fictionThe sequel to critically acclaimed The Best of All Possible Worlds from award-winning Barbadian writer Karen Lord.Karen Lord has been a physics teacher, a diplomat, a part-time soldier and an academic at various times and in various countries. She is now a writer and research consultant in Barbados. Her debut novel, Redemption in Indigo, won the 2008 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2011 William L. Crawford Award, the 2012 Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award for Best Debut Novel and the Mythopoeic Award, and was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award. Redemption in Indigo and The Best of All Possible Worlds, the prequel to The Galaxy Game, are published by Jo Fletcher Books.
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        Horrorology

        By Clive Barker, Stephen Jones

        The most blasphemous of tomes sit upon a dusty shelf in the Library of the Damned.

        'A dozen bone-chilling tales by modern masters' The Independent

        And amongst those titles - that should never be named - there is one volume that is the most terrible, the most hideous of them all. That book is the Lexicon of Fear.

        But, long ago, some of its pages were ripped from the binding and spirited away by a lowly student of the ancient science of Horrorology, who was determined the secrets contained therein would one day be shared with the world.

        And now that day has come. These are the words that comprise the very language of horror itself, and the tales they tell are not for the fainthearted. But be warned: once you have read them, there is no turning back. Soon, you too will know the true meanings of fear . . .

        Featuring stories from Clive Barker, Robert Shearman, Michael Marshall Smith, Pat Cadigan, Mark Samuels, Joanne Harris, Muriel Gray, Kim Newman, Ramsey Campbell, Reggie Oliver, Angela Slatter and Lisa Tuttle.

        A dozen bone-chilling tales by modern mastersBrings together some of the more diverse voice from the horror writing community . . .a highly readable and accessible collection of spooky stories that will stay with the reader for days . . . Horrorology is the book to give the horror fan in your life . . . it's simply that good. 9/10All-new stories from some of the best talents in the field . . . all demonstrating how horror writing can be both entertaining and challengingStephen Jones knows horror . . . he's become one of the best guides to its shifting landscapeA thing of beauty . . . a celebration of all things horror . . . a cohesive view into contemporary horror literatureA whole heap of talent within . . . you'll enjoy this fearful experienceStephen Jones is one of the most reliable figures in horror literature today. Jones' involvement in a project is almost a guarantee that the project is going to be worth your time.Amongst the shelves in the Library of the Damned is a book that is the most terrible of them all: The Lexicon of Fear. Now reprinted for your pleasure - and horror - are some of the secrets contained within.Stephen Jones is the multiple-award-winning editor and author of more than 100 books in the horror and fantasy genres. A former television director/producer and movie publicist and consultant (including the first three Hellraiser movies), he has edited the reprint anthology Best New Horror for more than 20 years. He lives in Wembley, Middlesex, and travels widely. His website can be found at www.stephenjoneseditor.com.Illustrated by Clive BarkerContains stories from Clive Barker, Kim Newman, Muriel Grey and Pat CadiganFrom award-winning editor and anthologist Stephen Jones
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        Knight's Shadow

        By Sebastien de Castell, Joe Jameson

        'One hell of a good book' Conn Iggulden

        The Greatcoats have found the heir to the throne . . . but now they must keep her alive, against all the odds.

        Falcio Val Mond has completed the final task given to him by the late King Paelis: he has found the King's Charoites (well, one at least). But his task isn't over, and now he, Kest and Brasti must protect the girl from those her want her dead.

        That would be simple enough, if it weren't for the renegade Knights and legendary Dashini assassins, getting in their way, not to mention the Dukes, who are desperate to hold on to their power at any cost, or Trin, the merciless daughter of the ruthless Duke of Rijou and the cruel Duchess of Hervor, who is determined to be Queen of Tristia. Of course, the fact that the heir to the throne is thirteen years old doesn't help, nor the fact that every day brings Falcio closer to dying from the poison running through his veins.

        And then there is the Greatcoats Lament . . .

        An energetic, fun adventure that puts the "musk" back in "musketeer." Guaranteed to increase household swashbuckling by 100%.Don't hesitate to buy this if you love a great hero and story . . . What a voice! What story-telling brio! If you love Dumas, or Game of Thrones or The False Prince this is the swashbuckling fantasy for you.One hell of a good bookFantastic from the first sentence to the last. Combining old-school swashbuckling action with contemporary characters and a good dose of grit, these books are the rarest of things, great rollicking fun combined with an emotional punch . . . Sebastien, write faster!High energy, highly unique, swashbuckling-cop-epic-noir story. Buy it. BUY IT NOW. Knight's Shadow is an excellent and engaging story, one of the best books I've read in a long time. 10/10Excels at telling a fun, exciting adventure. . . Knight's Shadow is a strong tale in its own rightIt's easy to love de Castell's work. Two books in and "Greatcoats" still remains approachable and readable fantasy at its finestSebastien De Castell manages to wring every heart wrenching moment and ounce of anticipation from every scene, his fight scenes contain dark humour, explosive action and a great awareness of the art of sword fighting, all of which has you hanging on the edge of every page. . . . This really is an exceptional book and seriesEverything that de Castell did well in the first book - the action, the adventure, the high drama, the zinging character interaction and dialogue - is taken to a fresh level here . . . Knight's Shadow raises its own bar . . . This story is bigger, darker and full of more violence than its predecessorGreatcoats is now up there on my list of favorite fantasy seriesA breathless rollercoaster of a ride that will engage, fascinate and compel the reader ever onwards, there is a beauty to the tale that gets right to the heart of you . . . this is exactly how it should be doneThe fantastic dialogue, the humor, the twists and the exhilarating action all make this a worthy sequel to Traitor's BladeI would still very much recommend the series to anyone looking for a well-written fantasy seriesAction, drama, betrayals, I do look forward to reading moreOne of the best book's you'll read this year, coming highly recommended. 9.5/10The best book I have read this year . . . I think everyone who enjoys a good story of adventure should pick up their copies of Traitor's Blade and Knight's Shadow first chance they get!This ends on a satisfying conclusion that leaves room for the story to continueIt was what I was hoping for and I was not disappointed!Truly is a must-read book . . . the kind of historical fantasy that makes everything else pale in comparisonThis second book has cemented my love for the series . . . It was so invigorating to go on this dangerous, and sometimes painful, but ultimately satisfying adventure with Falcio, Kest, Brasti and the rest of the Greatcoats. This is a series I recommend everyone to read!I loved the story, I loved the style, the book just kept on giving and never lets you down. It's a perfect fantasy storyThis book brought me to tears on numerous occasions, I felt so deeply involved with the plot and the characters . . . I don't think I'll ever tire of this seriesKnights Shadow is a perfect book if you love engaging and hilarious characters, amazingly well sculpted fight scenes and that rush of excitement that only comes with being truly and utterly swept away by a writer of incredible talentBetter than its predecessor, Knight's Shadow is a wonderful sequel, managing to keep the tone of the original intact while at the same time expanding the themes that made it so good. The Greatcoats series is thriving, and I look forward to the next installmentA very entertaining seriesResonates long after you close the bookThe story was so gripping . . . I couldn't tear my eyes away. Recommended 100% Knight's Shadow is just amazing. The Greatcoats series with Traitor's Blade and Knight's Shadow should be on every reading list. Period. De Castell's superb writing and pacing results in a headlong rush of excitement to the very last page . . . The twists and turns make "Knight's Shadow" a page-turner in the truest, most satisfactory sense of the termThe Three Musketeers meets Joe Abercrombie via Mark Lawrence. The Greatcoats have found the heir to the throne . . . but now they must keep her alive, against all the odds.Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realised how much he hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor and product strategist. After a year in the Netherlands, he has recently returned to Vancouver, Canada, where he lives with his wife and two belligerent cats.The first novel, Traitor's Blade, reached no.3 in the charts and was shortlisted for a David Gemmel AwardFor fans of The Three Musketeers, Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch, Peter V Brett and Mark Lawrence.Jo Fletcher Books continue to run a large online publicity campaign using the slogan 'Join the Greatcoats' across the seriesMassive critical and media acclaim for the series

        Tristia is a nation overcome by intrigue and corruption. The idealistic young King Paelis is dead and the Greatcoats - legendary travelling magistrates who brought justice to the Kingdom - have been branded as traitors. But just before his head was impaled on a spike, the King swore each of his hundred and forty-four Greatcoats to a different mission.

        Falcio Val Mond, First Cantor, with the help of fellow Greatcoats Kest and Brasti, has completed his King's final task: he has found his Charoites - well, one at least, and she was not quite what they expected. Now they must protect the girl from the many who would see her dead, and place her on the throne of a lawless kingdom. That would be simple enough, if it weren't for the Daishini, an equally legendary band of assassins, getting in their way, not to forget the Dukes who are determined to hold on to their fractured Kingdoms, or the fact that the heir to the throne is only thirteen years old. Oh, and the poison that is slowly killing Falcio.

        That's not even mentioning the Greatcoat's Lament...

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        Regeneration

        By Stephanie Saulter

        Could the return of an old enemy could see the gems fragile peace destroyed?

        The gillungs - genetically modified, waterbreathing humans - are thriving. They've pioneered new aquatic industries, and their high-efficiency quantum battery technology coupled to tidal turbines in the Thames estuary looks set to revolutionise the energy industry. But as demand grows, so does fear of what their newfound power might mean.

        Then a biohazard scare at Sinkat, their London headquarters, fuels the opposition and threatens to derail the gillungs' progress. Was it an accident born of overconfidence, or was it sabotage?

        DS Sharon Varsi has her suspicions, and Gabriel sees parallels in the propaganda war he's trying to manage: politicians and big business have stakes in this game too. And now there is a new threat: Zavcka Klist is out of prison. With powerful new followers and nothing to lose, she's out to reclaim everything they took from her.

        'Some books are good, some books are even great. This one is important' - SF Signal

        A novel about justice and humanity . . . it is an achievement I can only admireThe (R)Evolution trilogy is that rare thing, a series of intricate action-packed near-future SF thrillers . . . They are a vital, important addition to the SF canonRegeneration is the perfect finish to a speculative fiction series that absolutely rocked my world . . . This is, hands down, one of the most important science fiction series that has been written recentlyThis is an excellent and thoroughly recommended story which examines regeneration on many levels.if smart, diverse and socially aware science fiction is something you're hungry for, you should definitely be reading her workfantastic finale to one of the best SF series of the past five yearsI've said once before that the ®evolution novels are important, and with the series now complete, I stand by that assertion . . . A conclusion that resonatesRegeneration is everything that made me adore Gemsigns and Binary, and so much moreI highly recommend Regeneration and the whole trilogyWas the story compelling? It absolutely was. Where the characters interesting? More than you know. Did I enjoy reading it? Oh hell yesA novel to be read for its excellent characters and its truly stunning prose . . . Saulter has given us an excellent end for her ®Evolution trilogy, which I highly commend to youIt's hard not to be in awe of the story . . . Stephanie Saulter is fast becoming one of our favourite authorsAn extremely satisfying conclusion to this excellent trilogyA novel about justice and humanity . . . it is an achievement I can only admireI've said once before that the ®evolution novels are important, and with the series now complete, I stand by that assertion . . . A conclusion that resonatesRegeneration, is everything that made me adore Gemsigns and Binary, and so much moreThe (R)Evolution trilogy is that rare thing, a series of intricate action-packed near-future SF thrillers . . . They are a vital, important addition to the SF canonI highly recommend Regeneration and the whole trilogyRegeneration is the perfect finish to a speculative fiction series that absolutely rocked my world . . . This is, hands down, one of the most important science fiction series that has been written recentlyWas the story compelling? it absolutely was. Where the characters interesting? More than you know. Did I enjoy reading it? oh hell yesA novel to be read for its excellent characters and its truly stunning prose . . . Saulter has given us an excellent end for her ®Evolution trilogy, which I highly commend to youIt's hard not to be in awe of the story . . . Stephanie Saulter is fast becoming one of our favourite authorsAn extremely satisfying conclusion to this excellent trilogyThe gems - genetically modified humans - are thriving. But fear blackens their efforts - could the return of an old enemy could see their fragile peace destroyed?Stephanie Saulter writes what she likes to think is literary science fiction. Born in Jamaica, she studied at MIT and spent fifteen years in the USA before moving to the UK in 2003. In 2010 she launched the Scriptopus interactive website for writing short fiction. Stephanie blogs unpredictably at stephaniesaulter.com and tweets slightly more reliably as @scriptopus. She lives in London.Crosses the SF boundary into crimeExplores the timely issues of gene technology, nanotechnology and cloning
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        City of Stairs

        By Robert Jackson Bennett

        In the City of Stairs, nothing is as it seems.

        You've got to be careful when you're chasing a murderer through Bulikov, for the world is not as it should be in that city. When the gods were destroyed and all worship of them banned by the Polis, reality folded; now stairs lead to nowhere, alleyways have become portals to the past, and criminals disappear into thin air.

        The murder of Dr Efrem Pangyui, the Polis diplomat researching the Continent's past, has begun something and now whispers of an uprising flutter out from invisible corners.

        Only one woman may be willing to pursue the truth - but it is likely to cost her everything.

        'Robert Jackson Bennett deserves a huge audience.' - Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Prism

        Smart and sardonic, with wry echoes from classic tales mixed up in an inventive, winning narrative. [Bennett is] a master of the genreCity of Stairs is brilliantCity of Stairs is a smooth novel of near perfection and the best Epic Fantasy novel I've read this year. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough[Bennett's] clever selection of detail, the honesty and depth with which he describes his characters, and his ability to use so many disparate elements to transcend genre set him apart from the crowd. 9/10A memorably surreal urbanscape. . . . Readers seeking a truly refreshing fantasy milieu should travel to Bulikov, and welcome its conquestWith nods to Neil Gaiman's slumbering deities, Ursula K. LeGuin's two-faced political schemers and China Miéville's labyrinthine worlds, City Of Stairs is a compulsively readable and thought-provoking tale that confirms the author as one of the genre's most exciting talents. 4/5I'm honestly not sure I have anything to criticise, or even nitpick over. From start to finish, this is tightly written, expertly plotted, marvellously paced and just plain fun to read. 5/5Complex, ever evocative, this is the novel as fireworks. Seductively addictiveCity of Stairs definitely makes my list of favourite fantasy novels . . . Excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. 9.5/10With City of Stairs, Bennett has probably written the perfect blend of fantasy and crime fiction. Everything works . . . one of the best books of the year. A must read.City of Stairs is deliciously unsettlingA delightful urban fantasy that travels through a city full of Escher-like staircases and alternate realities. . . . A diverse and entertaining cast of old gods fleshes out the ruins of this mysterious city, and Shara's hit-man secretary delivers nonstop actionEntertaining yet thought-provoking. . . . Entrancing characters, exciting descriptions and piercingly clear action keep the story moving swiftly and surely to a satisfying conclusion[An] incredible journey through a wondrously weird and surprising world. . . . I found myself both delighted and fascinated as every layer was slowly unpacked. Just the right mix of awesomeBennett is plainly a writer in love with the world he has built-and with good cause. It's a great world, original and unique, with a scent and a texture, a sense of deep, bloody history, and a naturally-blended magic living in the stonesRobert Jackson Bennett deserves a huge audience. This is the book that will earn it for him. A story that draws you in, brilliant world building, and oh my God, Sigrud. You guys are going to love SigrudAn excellent spy story wrapped in a vivid imaginary worldAlien and human at the same time, Bennett's world is engrossing and fascinating. The pacing kept me reading far later than was healthyA rich, layered, thoughtful story, full of gods and magic and char-acters that feel unflinchingly true. . . . Every once in a while I read a book that's so well done, I find myself wanting to punch the author in the face out of pure envy. Congratulations, Mr. Bennett- you just made the face- punching list! Come and explore a city redolent with mystery, unrest and miracles. Welcome to Bulikov, the City of Stairs.Robert Jackson Bennett was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but grew up in the half-developed suburbs of Katy, Texas. He spent most of his time playing on construction sites and in drainage ditches, which would explain a lot. His interest in writing came from hearing about the books his older brother was reading and then attempting to mimic them. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and, like a lot of its alumni, was unable to leave the charms of the city and resides there currently.Robert Jackson Bennett has won the Shirley Jackson Award, the Sydney J Bounds Newcomer Award, the British Fantasy Society Award, a Special Citation of Excellence from the Philip K Dick Award and an Edgar AwardThis edition contains a bonus chapter from the second in the series City of BladesCity of Stairs has been shortlisted for a Locus Award, a World Fantasy Award and a British Fantasy Society Award