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FICTION Anna Romer Thornwood House & Lyrebird Hill Women’s, Suspense/Thriller Josephine Pennicott Currawong Manor & Poet’s Cottage Women’s, Suspense/Mystery Kimberley Freeman Ember Island Women’s, Mystery Maggie Groff Good News, Bad News & Mad Men, Bad Girls and The Guerilla Knitters Institute Women’s, Crime Karen M. Davis Sinister Intent Crime Ellie O’Neill Reluctantly Charmed & Good Evening Innis Mean Contemporary, Romantic Fiona Capp Gotland Contemporary Karen Brooks The Brewer’s Tale Women’s, Historical Steve Worland Combustion & Velocity Men’s, Action adventure

BACKLIST HIGHLIGHTS FICTION Christopher Ride The Schumann Frequency (Books 1, 2 & 3) Action adventure Tara Moss Pandora English (Books 1, 2 & 3) YA/New Adult, Paranormal

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Thornwood House is a haunting tale of obsession, courage, love - and murder. When the fate of those you love is in your hands, how far would you go to save them? When Audrey inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland from her artist ex-husband, who has died tragically and unexpectedly, she doesn’t sell it. Instead, she decides to escape her loveless existence in the city and use the opportunity it offers to make a fresh start, dragging her reluctant teenage daughter along with her. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War Two medic – Samuel Riordan, the homestead’s former occupant – and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him. But as Audrey digs into Samuel’s story, she discovers he was accused of murdering his wife on his return from the war in 1946. When she learns about other unexplained deaths in recent years – one of them a teenager with injuries echoing those of the first victim – and finds the teenager’s hidden diary, she begins to suspect the killer may be still be alive. Now Audrey, thanks to her relentless questioning, has provided him with good reason to want to kill again: just as she’s beginning to settle into the small community; just when a connection is forming between her daughter and her ex-husband’s reclusive mother, the grandmother the girl didn’t even know she had; just when Audrey herself is feeling as though she’s met the man who might be the one to convince her it’s time to love again. Will she discover the truth before it’s too late? Thornwood House is an atmospheric thriller that’s impossible to put down.

LYREBIRD HILL After fleeing a disastrous relationship, Ruth Cardel is drawn back to the remote farmhouse on the northwestern plains of NSW where she grew up. Here she discovers an old diary hidden in the floorboards. Stalked by her former lover and unnerved by the homestead’s broodingly attractive owner, Ruth escapes into the diary and is soon obsessed by the young woman who wrote it. The year is 1879, and young Brenna Magavin’s life is full of promise. She’s on the brink of publishing her illustrated book of Aboriginal bush medicines, and is happily anticipating an independent and husband-free future. But her plan goes horribly wrong when her father’s business flounders and he becomes indebted to a reclusive doctor. In lieu of monetary payment, the doctor agrees to accept Brenna's services as a companion to his ailing sister. Brenna travels to the Tasmanian wilderness, where she quickly discovers that Dr Victor Cardel harbours a deadly secret. The diary’s disturbing conclusion forces Ruth into a terrifying realisation: Her involvement with the farmhouse’s owner has placed her own life at risk. Can she escape from his seductive hold over her?




A B O U T T H E AU T H O R Anna Romer spent her wayward youth travelling the globe, working as a graphic artist while she soaked up local histories and folklore from the Australian outback, then Asia, Europe, and America. On returning home to Australia, she began weaving stories of her own and was quickly hooked. A visit to her sister in north Queensland inspired Thornwood House, a story that reflects her fascination with old diaries and letters, dark family secrets, rambling old houses, the persistence of the past, and the unique Australian landscape. Anna lives on a remote bush property, where she’s working on her next novel, Lyrebird Hill, outlined on previous page. KEY POINTS *German rights to Thornwood House and Lyrebird Hill sold in a major six-figure deal after a hotly contested auction; worldwide interest * Listed on ‘50 Aussie Books You Can’t Book Down’ Australia’s annual list compiled by booksellers, authors, publishers and readers *Video interview with literary journalist Caroline Baum *Will appeal to fans of Kate Morton and Kimberley Freeman PRAISE ‘Flipping between past and present, this gripping debut about love, family secrets and murder will have you hooked from the opening pages to its gripping conclusion.’ New Idea Book Club, Pick of the Week ‘ When I sat down to write this review, I had so many thoughts and feelings buzzing around that I worried I wouldn’t be able to get across how much I loved this book. Then I read back over the S&S media release for Thornwood House and sighed with relief. They’ve already come up with a perfectly succinct summary of the book. “A beautifully crafted Australian rural gothic thriller.” That’s exactly what this story is’ 5/5 ‘Highly Recommended’ RIGHTS SOLD Australia and New Zealand (Simon & Schuster Australia, published September 2013); German (Goldman/Random House Germany) AU S T R A L I A N AG E N T Selwa Anthony Management Page 4


WOMEN ’S, SUSPENSE/MYSTERY JOSEPHINE PENNICOTT CURRAWONG MANOR A story of ghosts, murder, lies, art, scandal and love, that deftly switches between the present and the war-torn 1940s. Amid the mist, changing seasons and spectacular landscape of the Blue Mountains, Currawong Manor at Mount Bellwood has long been a sanctuary for artists, bohemians and writers. In the 1940s, Currawong Manor (or the Ruins as it is known locally) becomes the focus of intense media scrutiny when a horrific crime shatters the small upper-mountains village: Arthur Partridge, an artist who lives in the manor, claims to have killed his own daughter, Shalimar. Mount Bellwood is united in its anger and grief against the artist and all the residents of the Ruins, because all who live at Currawong Manor have a story - and a secret. There is Ginger Lawson, a young beautiful feisty redhead who becomes one of the “Three Flowers”, Arthur Bailey’s scandalous trio of life models; Edgar Cabret, a flamboyant illustrator; the other Flowers, Wanda and Kitty; Arthur's artist wife, Veronica, who gave up her own artistic dreams to care for Arthur and raise their children Shalimar and Jacky; and there is Mrs Sharp, the Dollmaker and housekeeper and her other-wordly daughter, Dolly. But who is really guilty? Arthur? Or did he confess because his mind was destroyed by grief after the mysterious disappearance of his loved son, Jacky, in nearby Owlbone Woods? It’s said in Mount Bellwood that ‘The Ruins’ ruins lives, and that when the currawongs gather on the roof of the manor it heralds either a birth...or a death. In the present day, there are people with a desperate need to unearth the truth about Arthur Partridge. Elizabeth Thorrington, a young photographer and Arthur’s granddaughter, is trying to conceive and is having serious marital problems. She takes up residency at Currawong Manor – still a bohemian haunt and now artist’s retreat – to photograph Ginger, the last surviving Flower, for a picture book called The Flowers of the Ruins. Delving into Currawong Manor’s past with the feisty Ginger, Elizabeth uncovers a more shocking and sinister truth than she could have imagined - and puts herself at risk, because it seems that somebody else in Mount Bellwood who knows a secret and is prepared to do anything to stop the truth being unearthed. As Elizabeth and Ginger come closer to the secret behind the Ruins, the currawongs begin to gather again, but what does their arrival herald: life or… death?

POET’S COTTAGE Set in 1930s and the present day, Poet’s Cottage is a compelling, haunting mystery of families, bohemian life, fairy-tales, truth, creativity, lies, memory - and murder. When Sadie Jeffreys inherits Poets Cottage in the Tasmanian sea-fishing village of Pencubitt, she is eager to research her family history and discover all she can about her grandmother, Pearl Tatlow, a bohemian children's writer of the 1930s.The problem is, nothing about Pearl is simple: not her life and certainly not her unexplained death in the dark, damp cellar of her own picturesque house. Even Pearl's two daughters describe totally different versions of the past - and their own mother - and Pearl's biographer, Birdie Pinkerton, has reason to discredit her subject, so her take on events is certainly suspect. So just who was Pearl? Was she really self-obsessed, abusive and licentious? Did she keep a Tasmanian devil in the cellar to terrorise her daughters? Or is somebody determined to blacken her name for their own purposes? Whose version of the story is to be believed? As Sadie and her teenage daughter work to uncover the truth through Pearl's biography, and their own investigations, much of what Sadie thought she knew about her grandmother is called into doubt, and strange events begin to occur in the cottage. Pearl wasn’t popular in the village: has Sadie, all these years later, also made an enemy in the small town? CONT. OVER Page 5



P R AIS E f or Poet ’s Cottage

*‘Inspired by the deeply flawed relationship Enid Blyton had with her own daughters, Josephine Pennicott has

created a tale rich with dark goings on worthy of comparison to Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca and vintage Agatha Christie. Pennicott has built her reputation as a writer of dark fantasy and even nastier crime but this, her first foray into mainstream fiction, is a cracker read. I read this book in one weekend and I promise you this book deserves all the accolades heaped upon it.’ The Hoopla Bookshelf *‘an imaginative and intricate work of detective fiction...a thoroughly captivating mystery’ The Toowoomba Chronicle *‘ This is our book of the month for April...great characters and wonderful setting.’ LOVETHATBOOK KEY POINTS *Poet’s Cottage was shortlisted for Best Adult Fiction, Davitt Awards, 2013 * German rights were sold in a six-figure, two book *Both novels are compelling, atmospheric mysteries sure to captivate readers worldwide A B O U T T H E AU T H O R Josephine Pennicott’s Birthing the Demons won the 2001 Scarlet Stiletto, and she has won the Kerry Greenwood Domestic Malice Prize twice. Her first three novels were dark fantasy, and Circle of Nine was named as one of 2001’s best debut novels in TheYear’s Best Fantasy & Horror. Poet’s Cottage is her first work of women’s commercial fiction and she has just delivered her second, Currawong Manor. RIGHTS SOLD Australia and New Zealand (Pan Macmillan); Germany (Ullstein) Netherlands (Meulenhoff)

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A compelling tale of secrets and scandal spanning nineteenth-century England to contemporary Australia 1891: Orphaned as a small child, Tilly Kirkland found a loving, safe home with her grandfather in Dorset. But nineteenth-century England is an unforgiving place for a young woman with limited means and as her grandfather's health fails, it seems perfect timing that she meets Jasper Dellafore. Yet her new husband is not all he seems. Alone in the Channel Islands, Tilly finds her dream of a loving marriage is turning into a nightmare. 2012: Bestselling novelist Nina Jones is struggling with writer's block and her disappointing personal life. Nothing is quite working. After a storm damages Starwater, her house on Ember Island, she decides to stay for a while and oversee the repairs: it s a perfect excuse to leave her problems behind her on the mainland. Then Nina discovers diary pages hidden in the walls of the old home. And a mystery unravels that she is determined to solve. Though the two women are separated by years, Starwater House will alter the course of both their lives. Nina will find that secrets never stay buried and Tilly learns that what matters most is trusting your heart. PRAISE ‘If you like books full of secrets and scandal, a good dose of romance, and characters you want to be friends with, put Ember Island on your to-read list.’ WriteNote Wildflower Hi" ‘A gorgeous story of family and secrets and the redemptive power of love’ Kate Morton, bestselling author of The Distant Hours and The Forgotten Garden ‘Utterly engaging’ The Courier Mail ‘a lush historical romance...a lovely read’ Lighthouse Bay ‘A charming book, busy and complex but utterly engaging with its period narratives’ Courier Mail ‘Evocatively written’ Australian Women’s Weekly ‘the author’s description of the beautiful Australian coastline will linger with readers long after they finish the book.’ Kirkus Reviews, US CONT. OVER Page 7



KEY POINTS * Kimberley Freeman’s novels have been sold in the US, UK and widely translated *Her work appeals to fans of Kate Morton and Paullina Simons *Her storytelling only gets better which each book - this is fiction to get lost in

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R Kimberley Freeman is the pen name of award-winning speculative fiction author and academic Kim Wilkins uses for her commercial women’s fiction. She was born in London, grew up in Brisbane and lives in Queensland. She has degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing. Her women’s fiction includes Duet (2007; winner of the Ruby Award), Gold Dust (2008), Wildflower Hill (2010) and Lighthouse Bay (2012).http:// RIGHTS SOLD Australia and New Zealand (Hachette Australia, September 2013, 448 pages) North American (Simon & Schuster); Turkey (Beyaz Balina); Greece (Dioptra Publishing) Other territories: option publishers considering

RIGHTS SOLD TO PREVIOUS TITLES Lighthouse Bay ANZ (Hachette Australia), US and Canada (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster), UK (Quercus), German (Droemer Knaur), Latvian (Apgads Kontinents), Polish (Nasza Ksiegarnia), Slovak (Slovensky Spisovatel) Wildflower Hill ANZ (Hachette Australia), US and Canada (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster), UK (Quercus), Dutch (De Kern), German (Droemer Knaur), Greek (Dioptra Publishing), Hungarian (Athenaeum), Italian (Leone Editore S.r.l.), Norwegian (Cappelen Damm), Polish (Nasza Ksiegarnia), Russian (AST) International rights to previous titles represented by Hachette Australia. AU S T R A L I A N AG E N T Selwa Anthony Management Page 8



Delightfully witty and addictively pacy - perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich. Intrepid investigative journalist Scout Davis has given herself a holiday, but when Hermione Longfellow floats towards her in the supermarket, wanting to engage her services, she stops to listen. Most people in Byron Bay are aware of the eccentric Anemone sisters. Always dressed in black, they rarely leave their home nestled in the hills – but Scout is sure that the drinking of chicken blood is just idle gossip. When Hermione asks Scout to track down sister Nemony’s AWOL husband, believed to have died at sea thirty years ago, but recently popped up again on the Great Barrier Reef, Scout, checking there is no eye of newt in Hermione’s shopping trolley, jumps at the chance. Another source of intrigue falls close to home when Scout's sister Harper despairs over her husband's odd behaviour. And if that weren’t enough, Scout's journalist boyfriend is finally coming home from Afghanistan. Trouble is, Scout thinks she may be falling in love with irresistible local cop, Rafe – who, coincidentally is also his best friend.

MAD MEN, BAD GIRLS AND THE GUERILLA KNITTERS INSTITUTE ‘Maggie Groff brings us an irresistibly laid-back debut novel, set against a beloved Byron Bay with the magic, magnetism, charm and colourful characters reminiscent of Armistead Maupin’s cult Tales of the City series….Enormous Fun’ Australian Women’s Weekly When a secretive American cult moves to the Gold Coast, freelance journalist Scout Davis’s investigative antennae start quivering. She sets out to expose the cult's lunatic beliefs and bizarre practices, but when she learns the identity of a recent recruit, her quest becomes personal. And dangerous. The cult isn’t the only case on Scout’s agenda. Someone is cutting up girls' underwear at an exclusive school and Scout agrees to look into it. And the sinister secret behind the vandalism is not nice. Not at all. But Scout has her secrets too. In the dead of night she sneaks out with an underground group of yarn bombers to decorate the locality with artworks. The next mission ticks all the right boxes – it's risky, difficult and extremely silly. However, not everyone is amused, and Scout has a sneaking suspicion that the local police sergeant, Rafe Kelly, is hot on her tail. Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute is frequently hilarious, always surprising, and delivered with a strong cast of charmingly eccentric characters. CONT. OVER Page 9


WOMEN ’S, CRIME MAGGIE GROFF (CONT.) P R A I S E for Good News, Bad News ‘How do you like your crime? Dark and broody or cheerful and chirpy? If the latter, then Sue Williams and Maggie Groff may have concocted just the right genre cocktail for you. Here's the recipe: take two parts spunky female heroine of a "certain" age (with or without a cat) who is still up for "it", whatever "it" might involve. Add one part "quirky" regional setting studded with charming and eccentric oddballs. Finish with twist of plot and a dash of peril and serve in the bath, on the beach or any place where entertaining reading matter is required.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘Sometimes a book comes along that is exactly the right read at the right time. Good News, Bad News, and the perky heroine contained inside its pages, were a balm for me this month. After too many crime reads that were just a step beyond gritty into the unpleasant, or filled with violence against women, I’d almost had enough and was thinking of watching Play School reruns to make myself feel better. Then Byron Bay investigative journalist Scout Davis flew out of the pages to save the day…It’s sexy, funny, rollicking and, best of all, completely refreshing.’ Readings Monthly P R A I S E for Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Gueri"a Knitters Institute ‘An exhilarating page-turner, full of warmth and wit’ Georgie Parker ‘a lively, funny, clever and very Australian novel that combines the conventions of chick-lit and crime fiction to produce a great four-strand plot…The plot gallops along, the jokes are effortless’ Sydney Morning Herald, Pick of the Week ‘Maggie Groff brings us an irresistibly laid-back debut novel, set against a beloved Byron Bay with the magic, magnetism, charm and colourful characters reminiscent of Armistead Maupin's cult Tales of the City series….Enormous fun’ Australian Women’s Weekly KEY POINTS * Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute won both the Adult Fiction & Debut Fiction categories in the 2103 Davitt Awards (Sisters in Crime, Australia) *German rights sold in a two book deal *Perfect antidote to gritty, hardboiled blokey crime A B O U T T H E AU T H O R Maggie Groff is the bestselling author of two non-fiction books, Mothers Behaving Badly and Hoax Cuisine, as well as two Scout Davis novels, Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute and now its sequel, Good New, Bad News. RIGHTS SOLD Australia and New Zealand (Pan Macmillan; March 2013, 368pp); German (Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch) AU S T R A L I A N AG E N T Selwa Anthony Management

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For eight years Lexie Rogers has been a uniform cop in Sydney’s red light district, Kings Cross. Having survived a violent knife attack, she’s witnessed far more than most cops her age. Now she’s back at work as the newest member of the Bondi Junction detectives’ office and ready to start again. One of her first jobs is to execute a search warrant at a bikie clubhouse, one of the two local gangs in the eastern suburbs. What she uncovers begins a chilling investigation into a vicious world where loyalty is deadly and unwavering and can’t be bought . . . Or can it? Lexie forms an unlikely alliance with one of the bikies, who’s realised his family’s in danger. But what neither of them knows is that Lexie is the one who’s in too deep. She knows too much. And as the stakes get personal, it seems the secret bond she has with a big bad bikie could be the one thing that’ll save her life. KEY POINTS *The author is a former detective so knows her subject from the inside *Set in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, home to the iconic Bondi Beach *The first in a series, outline of book two available on request *The strong romantic elements mean it will also appeal to readers of romantic suspense PRAISE ‘I really enjoyed Sinister Intent, I read it almost straight through and was reluctant to put it down.’ Book’d Out ‘A great romantic crime debut by Australian author Karen M. Davis, an author I’ll definitely have on my radar for new releases.’ Overall Rating 5/5 A B O U T T H E AU T H O R Karen M. Davis is a former police officer. During her twenty-year career, she worked as a uniform officer, a detective and an undercover operative. Leaving the police force six years ago, Karen was encouraged by her mother – author of twelve novels, the late Lynne Wilding – to draw on her experiences and put pen to paper. Sinister Intent, featuring Detective Lexie Rogers, is her debut novel. She is currently working on the sequel. RIGHTS SOLD Australia and New Zealand (Simon & Schuster, August 2103, 320pp) AU S T R A L I A N AG E N T Selwa Anthony Management Page 11


C O N T E M P O R A R Y, R O M A N T I C ELLIE O’NEILL RELUCTANTLY CHARMED What would you do if you received a letter from a lawyer asking you to attend the reading of the will of someone named Katie McDaid - only you were Katie McDaid? Welcome to the world of Reluctantly Charmed, Katie McDaid’s world, one that is turned upside down by the possibility of an inheritance from someone who turns out to be a long dead relative. All she has to do to receive it is to publish seven letters. Not just any letters but seven very specific letters that the law firm have kept for 130 years. On opening the first, she finds that it is an exhortation to acknowledge and re-connect with a group that has been keeping a rather low profile in recent years: the fairies of Irish folklore. Now Katie is a modern girl. She has a job in an advertising agency, a difficult client whose eyes light up at the mention of a campaign starring The Hoff, a hang up about a bad boy rock star, not to mention the porn bloke and his dog. So, the usual everyday normal problems. No magic there. Still, she doesn’t see any harm in agreeing to the conditions, after all, if she publishes on the net on an old site that no one goes to it’s not like anyone will read it… Except that someone does, and then someone else, and soon it seems that everyone is reading. The first letter appears to have struck a cord. Mystified and stunned by her growing celebrity as a new age prophet as she publishes more of the letters, Katie finds herself unable to resist learning more about her ancestor - a witch, they say. As anticipation of the contents to be revealed in the final letter grows to a frenzy, Katie must decide if she’ll publish it: if she believes, because it appears that her aunt’s request may not be quite as harmless as she first thought. Taking on the self-help movement, the power of social media, and our obsession with celebrity culture, Reluctantly Charmed also weaves a timely eco-message. It is written with a light comic touch, has a warm vein of romance and is, quite simply, a page-turner from the first chapter. KEY POINTS *A warm, funny, highly accomplished debut novel *A playful blend of new age, folk lore, love and mystery *She lives in Australia but travels to the UK regularly to visit family and friends *Reluctantly Charmed will make the perfect summer read A B O U T T H E AU T H O R Now in her mid-thirties, Irish national Ellie O’Neill spent ten years living the highlife and working for international advertising agencies in London and Dublin. However, when she decided to write her first novel she found herself back home. At home. With her parents. But it was here that she met a man, the man. He was Irish too - but he lived in Australia. So she followed him to the other side of the world and now lives in regional Victoria, with him, and is working on her second novel. RIGHTS SOLD Australia & New Zealand (Simon & Schuster; publication mid-2104); North America (Scribner/Simon & Schuster; publication mid-2014) AU S T R A L I A N AG E N T Jacinta Di Mase Management North American Rights Represented By Inkwell Management Page 12



Gotland is a startlingly evocative and timely portrait of the cost paid by those who are drawn into the public spotlight against their will. Esther Chatwin is a shy and idealistic schoolteacher, the mother of a rebellious teenage daughter but when her husband unexpectedly becomes party leader, she finds herself wife of the Prime Minister. The latter is not a role she wants or feels comfortable in and her only escape from life in the public eye is Gotland, the fabled island in the Baltic Sea that she loves. A special place, it’s also home to the enigmatic sculptor Sven, another idealist with a troubled past, and an old friend of her high achieving London-based sister. But even on the other side of the world, deeply private events become everyone’s business, and Esther must struggle to overcome the forces within and without - that threaten to destroy her. PRAISE ‘a very rewarding read’ Readings ‘a mature, intelligent, perceptive book’ Caroline Baum ‘I loved its pace, its quiet assuredness, and what it says about marriage and love’ Andrea Goldsmith KEY POINTS * Award-winning, internationally published author *A timely, thoughtful exploration of marriage and love and of the effects of living under public scrutiny *Reading group guide available A B O U T T H E AU T H O R Fiona Capp trained as a journalist, has a PhD in English and has worked as a freelance writer and university tutor. Her non-fiction includes That Oceanic Feeling (A & U, 2003; Aurum Press UK, 2004) which won the Australians Studying Abroad Travel Writing Prize and the 2004 Nita B Kibble Literary Award for women writers and My Blood’s Country (A & U, 2010) shortlisted for the 2011 Victorian Premier’s Prize, the 2012 Adelaide Festival Non-fiction Award and the 2012 AHA’s Magarey Medal. Her novels include Night Surfing (A & U, 1996), Last of the Sane Days (A & U, 1999), shortlisted for the Age Fiction Book of the Year, 1999 and Musk & Byrne (ANZ, A & U, 2008; Germany, Blanvalet; Netherlands De Kern/De Fontein, 2011; France, Actes Sud). RIGHTS SOLD Australia and New Zealand (4th Estate/HarperCollins; July 2013) AU S T R A L I A N AG E N T Jacinta Di Mase Management

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WOMEN’S FICTION, HISTORICAL KAREN BROOKS THE BREWER’S TALE A gripping and romantic tale of a woman ahead of her time - and the man who loves her. Set in the early fifteenth century, The Brewer’s Tale is rich in period detail, incident, adventure and memorable characters, and is an enthralling read for anyone who loves historical fiction. When we first encounter Anneka Sheldrake, it’s winter and she’s riding in a cart, accompanying a group of pilgrims heading towards London. Huddling close to her is a disfigured child. Apparently, she is a young widow, still in mourning. Beautiful and sombre, she is a mystery to those who travel with her as - unlike them - she refuses to talk of her past. One of the pilgrims, the worldly and much married Good Wife Alyson, decides that she will learn more about this woman sets out to gain her trust. So we learn Anneka’s compelling story, and in Alyson, Anneka finds a much needed ally. This is the story of a girl brought up to expect an easy life, a girl who thought she would marry well, and face only the normal challenges of life in early fifteenth century England. Instead, her father is lost at sea and suddenly she has a choice: let the household fall apart and, with her twin brother and sister, effectively become her vindictive cousin’s servant or do something few women in her position would even consider: start her own business, as a brewer. She chooses the latter and armed with her Dutch mother’s recipes and a belief that anything would be better than a life with her cousin, she makes a deal with her father’s aristocratic employer. What she doesn’t know is that this deal, and her brewing, will bring her into disrepute and to the attention of the church, and that one man within it will stop at nothing to get her secret recipes, and bring her down. Nothing. This is the start of a journey of hope, ambition, tragedy, betrayal, sex, and love. It is a journey that will test Anneka’s will, her faith and her courage, it will end lives, begin them and change them. It will take her from the town she has grown up in to Dover and the great bustling city of London, from respectability to lusty humility, from brokenhearted to brave. She will learn not to judge people by appearances but behaviour, and, eventually, she will learn to trust in the intentions and the heart of a remarkable nobleman. KEY POINTS *ANZ rights just acquired by Harlequin at auction *Gripping, atmospheric and romantic historical fiction with a strong heroine, an irresistible hero and a lot of obstacles in the their way *Full of fascinating period details, including about early brewing techniques RIGHTS SOLD Australia & New Zealand (Harlequin, for publication in 2014) A B O U T T H E AU T H O R Karen Brooks is the author of nine books, an academic, newspaper columnist and social commentator who appears regularly on national TV and radio. She has a Ph.D. in English/Cultural Studies and has published internationally on all things popular culture, education and social psychology. Having written fantasy for the YA market (five books), historical fantasy for adults (three) and a non-fiction book, Consuming Innocence: Popular Culture and Our Children, The Brewer’s Tale is Karen’s first mainstream historical novel. She is currently working on her next one, The Locksmith’s Daughter, set during the Renaissance. She lives with her family in Tasmania, Australia. AU S T R A L I A N AG E N T Selwa Anthony Management Page 14



COMBUSTION It is summer in Los Angeles. The city swelters. Traffic clogs the streets. Smog chokes the air. And eco-terrorist Ronald Bunsen has a radical plan to end mankind’s reliance on oil. First Bunsen releases an airborne nanotech virus into the smog above LA. It doesn’t infect humans but when the virus is drawn into an operating combustion engine, it detonates the fuel supply. The vehicle, and anyone on board, is vapourised. Fear and confusion reign as the city explodes. Now Bunsen is injecting the virus into a vast oil field beneath Los Angeles, before igniting the wells. As the oil burns, the infected smoke will spread the virus right across the globe. Unlikely heroes laconic Aussie chopper pilot Corey Purchase and NASA’s Judd Bell reunite in a desperate race to find and stop Bunsen before he sends the world back to the Stone Age.

VELOCITY Strap in for a supersonic ride as Velocity blasts off at mach speed. From NASA's Cape Canaveral to the Central Australian desert, screenwriter Steve Worland's debut thriller sets a heart-stopping pace. A cast of brilliant characters combined with explosive action make this hugely enjoyable novel a genuine blockbuster. THE ULTIMATE TEST OF COURAGE … The MAN - an astronaut who has lost his mojo    The MISSION - to seek and destroy a hijacked space shuttle    The CARGO - enough weapons grade Uranium-235 to irradiate Manhattan  The STAKES - the woman he loves and the fate of a city …


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MEN’S FICTION, THRILLERS STEVE WORLAND VELOCITY & COMBUSTION (CONT.) P R A I S E for Velocity ‘If you enjoy Matthew Reilly or the movies Mission: Impossible, Die Hard or Armageddon, you’ll love this too... Perfectly executed and fabulous fun.’ Bookseller+Publisher ‘Steve Worland is a hell of a writer’ Justin Scott, NYT bestselling author of The Ship Killer and co-author of Clive Cussler’s Isaac Bell Adventures ‘A cracker of a read.’ Canberra Times ‘A cinematic blockbuster.’ Men's Fitness ‘A brilliant rollercoaster ride of a novel. I couldn’t put it down.’ Hugh Jackman KEY POINTS *Explosive, heart-stopping action adventure for fans of Matthew Reilly *Gripping sequel to Velocity *Second novel from accomplished international screenwriter, now acclaimed action adventure writer RIGHTS SOLD Australia and New Zealand (Michel Joseph/Penguin)

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R Steve Worland’s television credits include the adventure Big Sky and he worked as a staff writer on Jim Henson Television’s award-winning Farscape. Fox Searchlight produced Steve’s screenplay for feature film, Bootmen; it won five AFI awards. Velocity was Steve’s first action adventure novel, Combustion is the sequel. AU S T R A L I A N AG E N T Selwa Anthony Management

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Good Reading magazine’s Book of the Month, July 2012 A darkly romantic tale set in the early days of the colony of New South Wales, Ghost Gum Valley follows the adventures of Isabel de Rolland, a pale and beautiful English aristocrat, sent out to the isolated penal colony to marry the rough and ready Marmaduke Gamble, in a deal organised by their elders. The debts of Isabel’s family are paid in exchange for the respectability her ancient lineage gives the rich ex-convict Gamble family. From the inauspicious beginnings of their arranged marriage, Isabel and Marmaduke develop a grudging friendship that looks to blossom into something more - but secrets haunt them and the madness and darkness of their families threaten to overwhelm them. Will the past ruin their future in this evocative gothic romance? P R A I S E for Ghost Gum Va"ey ‘delectably romantic’ The Daily Telegraph P R A I S E for Ironbark ‘Pure entertainment.’ Australian Women’s Weekly ‘Love, revenge, redemption…fans of historical fiction will savour this 630 page debut’ Who Magazine ‘Adventure saga with startling contemporary resonance.’ KEY POINTS *Ironbark, Nicholl’s first book, was a bestseller in Australia and Germany *Sweeping historical romance set in the early nineteenth century with two irresistible central characters *A vivid depiction of an era when reputation was everything and finding love was for the lucky A B O U T T H E AU T H O R Johanna Nicholls is a former magazine feature writer and fashion editor. Her first novel Ironbark was published in 2010 and was a bestseller. Johanna lives in Sydney. RIGHTS SOLD Australia and New Zealand (Simon & Schuster Australia); Germany (Random House Germany/Page & Turner) AU S T R A L I A N AG E N T Selwa Anthony Management Page 17



THE SCHUMANN FREQUENCY The Dead Sea Scrolls have revealed a stunning secret - an Overseer must cross generations to save the world. Time itself is moving too quickly, with each day becoming shorter than the last. Society is unravelling and no one is safe. Helena Capriarty fears she is losing her mind. She has an inexplicable psychic connection with a man she has never met. To prove her sanity she must find this stranger, chasing him across the globe to some of the most mysterious and ancient sites on earth: monuments that hold a secret power. All the while, the forces of opposition lie in wait for the Overseer. And with wrong move, history - and the future that follows it - is condemned to disaster. So begins the quest to rectify the Schumann Frequency.

THE LAST EMPRESS In 1860 a young man appears inside the walls of the Forbidden City of Peking. He has the most striking sapphire-blue eyes, and - more importantly - he appears to know every aspect of the future. Randall Chen is a time-traveller who, with the help of his fellow Overseer Wilson Dowling, has been sent back on a mission to protect the greatest treasure in Asia. But even with Randall’s exceptional foresight he will underestimate Empress Ci Xi, a calculating Manchurian beauty with an insatiable lust for power. Using her considerable intellect and charm to draw in the mysterious blue-eye, she will turn his powers to her advantage. The consequences will echo throughout the ages.

THE INCA CURSE A breathless action adventure - with a time travel twist - set in the lost city of the Incas. It's 1908 and the Golden Cube of the Sun God, safely hidden in Peru for over 500 years, has been stolen. Made of pure gold, the cursed object has the power to control the minds of men - and bloody revenge is its aim. The most powerful man in South America - Bishop Francisco - has succumbed to its torment. A man has been crucified. Innocents are being murdered. The Peruvian army has been mobilised. Everyone is afraid. Only one man is immune to its spreading evil: Wilson Downling, the Overseer, a man transported from the future who must carry out a series of vital missions encoded in the Dead Sea Scrolls. His latest assignment had seemed simple enough: assist the hapless American explorer Hiram Bingham to discover the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. But history is wildly off course and everything is different now. The fate of the world is at stake. CONT. OVER Page 18


B AC K L I S T H I G L I G H T S, AC T I O N / A DV E N T U R E CHRISTOPHER RIDE THE SCHUMANN FREQUENCY TRILOGY (CONT.) KEY POINTS *A trilogy of spell-binding action adventure novels, with a clever time-travelling twist *Historically accurate and filled with fascinating detail that adds to the richness of the stories *For fans of historical novels, alternative histories and action thrillers PRAISE for the trilogy ‘Dan Brown, Michael Crichton and Clive Cussler...move over for Christopher Ride.’ Noosa Style ‘Damned exciting...You’ll be on the edge of your seat’ Daily Telegraph ‘Bloody and riveting’ The West Australian

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R Christopher Ride was born in Canberra in 1965. He self-published his first novel, The Schumann Frequency, in 2007 and was thereafter signed by Random House Australia to a multiple-book deal for his Overseer Series. A keen mountain climber and licensed pilot, Christopher now resides in Melbourne. Christopher is also managing director of Interactive, an IT service provider, and recently won the prestigious Southern Region Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology award. The Inca Curse is the third in The Schuman Frequency. RIGHTS SOLD Australia and New Zealand (Random House), Germany (Luebbe), Bulgaria (Bard) AU S T R A L I A N AG E N T Selwa Anthony Management

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In the Pandora English series bestselling crime writer Tara Moss blends her lifelong love of the paranormal and inside knowledge of the fashion world to produce an irresistibly dark, witty, romantic and entertaining tale. ‘Must-read’ Cosmopolitan

THE BLOOD COUNTESS (BOOK ONE) Pandora English is no ordinary small town orphan. When she’s invited to live with her mysterious Great Aunt Celia in New York City, she seizes the opportunity to escape her stifling hometown, break from her tragic past and make it as a writer. Things, however, are not quite what she is expecting. For starters, her great-aunt’s gothic mansion is in a mist-wreathed Manhattan suburb that doesn't appear on maps. Then there’s Celia herself, a former designer to the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age: elegant and kind, but unnaturally youthful and fond of wearing a veil. Miraculously Pandora lands a job at a fashion magazine on her second day in town and an assignment covering the A-list launch of the latest miracle skin care product BloodofYouth. But something is not right: about the cream and Anastasia, the drop-dead beautiful face of the brand. It seems there may be a secret ingredient in BloodofYouth, one worth killing for.

THE SPIDER GODDESS (BOOK TWO) It’s been two months since Pandora English left her small hometown to live with her mysterious great-aunt in a haunted mansion in Spektor, the fog-wreathed suburb of Manhattan that doesn't appear on any map. With the help of Great Aunt Celia and the handsome – but dead – Lieutenant Luke, Pandora is beginning to understand that she is heir to a great gift from the Lucasta family.Yet it’s a gift that comes with frightening responsibility: New York needs Pandora's special gifts. In this installment, there is a new designer in town and her ambitions extend far beyond taking over the fashion world one knit at a time.

THE SKELETON KEY (BOOK THREE) By day, Pandora English is a lowly fashion assistant. But by night, she is a supernatural scion. The Crow Moon is rising and Pandora has a date with Civil War soldier Lieutenant Luke, who will be flesh-andblood for one night only. When Lieutenant Luke disappears, Pandora must unlock the mysteries of Number One Addams Avenue with her skeleton key and discover the secrets that lie in the forgotten laboratory of Dr Edmund Barrett. For Pandora has been warned: a powerful force is in the house. As Friday the Thirteenth looms, Pandora English and the citizens of Spektor are in grave danger. For the dead will rise and terror shall reign. CONT. OVER Page 20


B AC K L I S T H I G H L I G H T S, YO U N G A D U LT TARA MOSS PANDORA ENGLISH SERIES (CONT.) P R AIS E for The Blood Countess ‘A beautifully written novel that takes you into the world of the paranormal mixed in with some high NewYork Fashion...cleverly written...keeps you hooked till the very last page.’ Booktopia ‘Moss’ writing style made this book a pleasure to read and set my imagination aflutter. Her reinterpretation of classic horror characters separates this book from the others in its genre keeping it fresh and exciting... I can't wait for the next in the series.’ W Channel Book Club ‘The Blood Countess has a little bit of everything to get your heart pumping: crushes on century old ghosts, vampires with an obsessive need to count, villains guarded by zombies, and the unconfirmed goblin neighbourhood grocer...The plot line flows along at just the right speed, leaving you holding your breath from chapter to chapter as the action and mystery unfold. Quite honestly, The Blood Countess has made it into my top 5 across all genres for the year' Burn Bright, Book Review ‘Moss has reinterpreted the traditional tale of vampires and other supernatural beings with a fashionable twist and a captivating plot.’ Unilife Magazine ‘Tara Moss’s venture into the paranormal is creepy, funny, stylish and winsome... Love it.’ Marianne de Pierres, bestselling author of the Parrish Plessis and Sentients of Orion series KEY POINTS *Deliciously dark, funny, pacy and perfectly pitched *Moss’s adult titles have been published globally and Lynda La Plante called her ‘a brilliant writer’ *Will appeal to fans of the Twilight books and the Blue Bloods

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Author, television host and former model Tara Moss is a dual Australian/Canadian citizen. Her crime novels have been nominated for the Davitt and the Ned Kelly writing awards, been number one on numerous bestseller lists, and been published in seventeen countries in eleven languages. and RIGHTS SOLD Australia and New Zealand (Pan Macmillan), Polish (Vesper Włodzimierz Wieczorek) AU S T R A L I A N AG E N T Selwa Anthony Management Page 21


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