I've just sent out our publisher newsletter, which sums up all that's been happening really and why it's been pretty impossible to blog over the past few months. And why publishing is such fun.....
Greetings from sunny London - sort of. We've had the worst June with so much rain. However, the Wimbledon finals are in full swing, the sun is finally out and the pace is,at last, beginning to slow a little here at Blackbird HQ.
We have our first-ever book awards ceremony on Tuesday, please, if you're around, watch English author, journalist and former spy, Frederick Forsyth announce the winners on Sky News on Tues 12th July at 8pm. We have 3 authors in the finals and we're also up for a publisher prize. Voting is open up to and including tomorrow, Sunday 10th. If you can spare time to vote, these are the links:
In other big news for us, the fantastic debut novel by S. E. Lynes, discovered by, and edited by, Blackbird's Rosalie Love, is storming it with the reviewers and has just been made Good Housekeeping's Thriller of the Month. The ebook version is available at an introductory price of just 99p/99c/0.99Euro, Canadian $, Australian $, Yen etc etc from Amazon, Apple, Kobo and Nook. The paperback is available to order in the UK for £8.99 at Waterstones, Foyles and all good bookshops (who are just restocking after first edition sellout). The amazing cover is by the Game of Thrones designer Rob Ball. Photos of a very special person's launch party are here.
Diane Chandler's wonderful 2nd novel, Moondance, about IVF and its impact on a marriage, is out in November. See our forthcoming titles post. And artist Michael Lawrence's Tripping With Jim Morrison & Other Friendsan impressionistic memoir of an artist as a young man, is now available for pre-order on Kindle (out Sept 5). Michael's art, described by Roy Lichtenstein as "vibrant, joyous and colourful" is well-known amongst collectors. His fine, poetic words and funny stories are destined to become equally so in this coming of age tale like no other.
Last night saw the launch party of psychological thriller ‘Valentina’ by debut Blackbird author S. E. Lynes.
The launch took place at Richmond Adult Community College, SW London, where Susie Lynes teaches creative writing. Close to 100 guests attended the launch, with free-flowing prosecco, book signings and many kind words spoken about the talented Susie and her thrilling debut novel Valentina.
Susie and her Scottish actress friend Bridget gave a reading from the opening pages ofValentina. Susie read the prologue, and then Bridget read an extract from Chapter 1. They both really brought the text to life and had the audience transfixed.
Also in attendance was designer Robert M. Ball, who created the fantastic cover for 'Valentina'. He is also a graphic designer for the HBO show 'Game Of Thrones'. You can see more of his eye-catching work here: www.robertmball.com
It was heartening to see so many people come out to support Susie.
The Blackbird Team would like to thank all of our guests, our fantastic helpers who served drinks and snacks, actress Bridget for travelling from Glasgow just for the occasion, and Richmond Adult Community College, for allowing us to hold this special event on their premises. Find out more about adult learning at RACC here:www.racc.ac.uk