I'm both proud and excited to tell you that The Murder Wall has been longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2013. The list was revealed last night at the Polari Literary Salon at the Southbank Centre, London. A shortlist of five titles will be announced there on 11th September, 2013.
I'm thrilled to be able to share this press release with you . . .
THE MURDER WALL and two more thrillers from the acclaimed Kate Daniels series by award-winning author Mari Hannah have been acquired by Witness Impulse, an imprint of William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers in the US, for North American rights. Launching in October 2013, Witness is an innovative new digital mystery, suspense, and thriller line, already home to a host of internationally bestselling authors. Witness is proud to publish THE MURDER WALL in October 2013 as an integral part of its launch list, to be followed by SETTLED BLOOD and DEADLY DECEIT.
And as I was about to press send on this news, my US cover dropped into my inbox. I can't tell you how exciting that was and will share it with you as soon as I can. I'm so looking forward to this exciting new opportunity and being one of the first authors to be published by Witness in the US.
Oh wow! I've always supported independent bookshops but I'd like to take this opportunity to say how much support I've received in return from one shop in particular.
The tiny bookshop in my village, Forum Books, Corbridge - run by Helen Stanton and her fantastic staff - has just sold it's 200th copy of The Murder Wall!
I think deserves a great big round of applause.
I can hardly believe that it's a year since I pulled on a T-shirt to celebrate Independent Booksellers Week, but it is. It was great to hang out again this morning with Helen Stanton of Forum Books. She took over the bookshop in my village a couple of years ago and it has gone from strength to strength, arranging literary events, engaging with the communtiy, and generally promoting books and reading.
So, a big round of applause to Forum, to Helen and her wonderful staff. Let's hear it for all indie booksellers - enjoy IBW13!