I am so excited. I am VIBRATING with excitement. I’ve been sitting on this news for months now, and it is burning a hole in my…butt? Pocket? That metaphor got a little lost. BUT IT’S OKAY!
First of all, the big news!
My fantastic partners at Audible have bought audio rights to TWO MORE BOOKS! BRAND NEW BOOKS! STANDALONE BOOKS! And guys….guys…I am so fucking stoked. New deals mean they like working with me and my other books are doing well with them. That is excellent news for an author, but even better for you all, because it means I get to keep doing this.
Here’s the announcement from Publishers Marketplace:
The books in question are both super personal books for me, so I’ll tell you a bit about them, and then we’ll get to the next big thing, which is the cover reveal for one of them!
Coming 6 September 2016: A HALL OF KEYS AND NO DOORS
Ella Keyes thought the death of her twin brother Stuart was the last time she’d let life surprise her. She’s up for tenure at her university, she escaped a doomed engagement, and her fluffy cat knows exactly when to expect her home every day. But when her grandmother passes and leaves Ella her house, Ella discovers that the third floor corridor of keys is more than just a family pun. The seemingly-unremarkable keys don’t unlock any doors in the house, but each time Ella touches one, something in her life shifts. Her life’s carefully-grown roots are ripped out of their soil. Flowers bloom in the middle of a Buffalo winter. A blind date with the wrong person ends up being just maybe the right one. Her grandmother’s batty twin sister turns up every day searching for something even she doesn’t know how to identify, and Ella’s parents refuse to return her calls.
Worse, she finds trinkets from Stuart everywhere she goes, ghosts of a game they used to play. The leash she’s kept on life’s surprises for three years has snapped, and Ella will have to learn that the road to peace starts with letting go of control and that sometimes the best family you have is the family you build.
Rose Abernethy never goes anywhere without her father’s fob watch (tucked ticking in her left pocket, just like he always wore it before he died), the moonstone ring she was told would bring good dreams (right middle finger; its powers are negligible, especially when she eats curry), and her broken-spined copy of Red Sunrise (her all time favourite novel, replacement number six). But when her autocar breaks down and a mob of protestors nearly tramples her, causing her to lose the fob watch in the chaos, Rose doesn’t know how she will ever manage to get it back.
Beo Mataya likes taking photographs of people who are alone, the sound of the sea, and the metallic-scented peace of his darkroom. Mass protests are none of those things, and when he is swept up by a crowd of angry citizens whilst searching for subjects for his next portfolio, he ends up with a bruised shoulder, a very stomped on right foot, and an antique pocket watch with a broken chain found on the ground — the watch eerily resembling one described in painstaking detail in his favourite book. He doesn’t connect it to the weeping woman who looks up just in time to see him snap a picture of her grieving face.
Beo can’t look away from the weeping face in his photograph, even though he fled when she glanced his way. When he sees her again, he decides he has to know her, but she beats him to the introduction.
As they talk, their connection pulses like a conduit, as if they are two points on the same line. But when time slips by and Beo looks up to discover someone has stolen his camera bag along with his entire portfolio and returns home to find his flat overturned, it’s clear something in his photographs has upset someone. And they’ve also taken the watch from where it sat on his bedside table, the watch he now knows to be Rose’s.
Just like the watch was stolen in Red Sunrise.
Rose and Beo are strangers connected by their attraction and a single beloved book, but as their feelings for one another grow, so do the eerie and sinister incidents that follow them throughout the streets of their city, seeming to seep right out of the ink of the story and into their world. Questioning what is real and what is fiction, what is safe and what is not in a city on the brink of open rioting, Beo and Rose may both be destroyed by the very things that swept them up.
Humans know what it is to go looking for love, but we don’t always know whether we can trust it when it finds us.
LOOK TO THE SUN is a book about generational stories, about secrets of the past, and about using those secrets to alter our own futures. LOOK TO THE SUN is SHADOW OF THE WIND meets gothic AMÉLIE, set in a city where a ruthless political party’s long game has its roots in the secrets of fathers and mothers and where love can leak out of ink and into lives to change them.
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