Next I'll give you a list of the chick lit books Headline are releasing that I'm most excited about (I'll say this for them, they do have a brilliant group of chick lit authors writing for them!)
- To the Moon and Back - Jill Mansell (February 2011)
- Getting Away With It - Julie Cohen (March 2011)
- It Happened One Summer - Polly Williams (April 2011)
- About Last Night - Adele Parks (July 2011)
- Heaven Scent - Sasha Wagstaff (July 2011)
Now, this next novel is a really intriguing number - intriguing in that I have received a postcard with a cryptic message from one character in the book to another.
Rose has it all - the gorgeous children, the husband, the beautiful home. But then her best friend Polly comes to stay. Very soon, Rose's cosy world starts to fall apart at the seams - her baby falls dangerously ill, her husband is distracted - is Polly behind it all? It appears that once you invite Polly into your home, it's very difficult to get her out again...Tense, emotionally wrought and menacing from the get-go, Cuckoo is filled with foreboding and a terrible sense of the inevitable. Inspired by Simone de Beavoir’s She Came to Stay and Nick Cave’s album The Boatman’s Call, Crouch builds a feeling of claustrophobia and in doing so delivers a gripping psychological thrill. Interestingly Julia completed the novel during NaNoWriMo, the annual creative writing challenge where participants are tasked to write 50,000 words of a new novel during the month of November.
On the YA side of things, there are a trinity of novels I find myself anticipating - all three are continuations of series that I am thoroughly enjoying reading.
As well as this, we also have Wintercraft: Blackwatch by Jenna Burtenshaw and Ghostgirl: Lovesick by Tonya Hurley. I thought that Jenna's first novel was a little mixed, but showed great promise and I am looking forward to seeing what she does in the second. There were parts of Wintercraft that truly sparkled with imagination and rich prose - if Jenna can bring that to the second novel more consistently, we'll have a fine YA story on our hands.
The Ghostgirl sequence are great fun - gothic, yet giggly. I loved the first two, so this should be a great read!
And finally *big drum roll please...* - one of my MOST ANTICIPATED books of 2011.... No cover art, I'm afraid, and absolutely MONTHS to wait...
In June 2011, Headline are releasing Johannes Cabal and the Fear Institute by Jonathan L Howard. The first two novels about Johannes Cabal have been right up there in my top ten books of the year - ghoulish, sarcastic and very, very funny. Pick up the first two, catch up and then join me in the achingly slow countdown to the release of the third!
Okay, I know you're not able to link through to a Headline catalogue - but are there any of the above that you're excited by?