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Bookouture US Publications for Victoria Fox and Anna-Lou Weatherley

Congratulations to agency authors Anna-Lou Weatherley and Victoria Fox on the US publicationsof VENGEFUL WIVES and TEMPTATION ISLAND

VENGEFUL WIVES by Anna-Lou Weatherley        Temptation Island by Victoria Fox

VENGEFUL WIVES by Anna-Lou Weatherley (CHELSEA WIVES in the UK)

Money can’t buy you love…

Discovered at the tender age of sixteen, Imogen Lennard once had the world at her feet as one of the world’s top fashion models.  Now married to Sebastian Forbes – a billionaire as controlling as he is wealthy – she has everything money can buy…  but can’t forget her first love.

On the surface they have it all; beauty, wealth and status. But, united in their destructive marriages, the three women join forces and risk it all for the ultimate revenge… and the chance of finally finding their own happy ever after.

‘A fun, romp of a read, the perfect poolside companion.’  Grazia

‘If you’re a die-hard fan of Jackie Collins and Rebecca Chance, then Anna-Lou Weatherley’s books will be up your street.’  I Heart Chick Lit

‘This is a fantastic debut adult novel from Anna-Lou Weatherley, and the perfect beach read! It’s escapist fiction at its best, and it goes to show that even if you have all the money you could ever need, it doesn’t necessarily make you happy  5/5′  Chloe’s Chick Lit reviews

The US ebook for VENGEFUL WIVES is available on Amazon now

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TEMPTATION ISLAND by Victoria Fox

Welcome to Paradise:  Only the rich are invited…only the strongest survive.

In the middle of the Indian Ocean, an exclusive island provides the ultimate getaway for the rich and famous.  Beneath the glittering waters though lie dark secrets…  to which one man holds the key.

For three women – world-famous supermodel, LA’s wildest teen tearaway and a Hollywood starlet – their invitation to the shores Cacatra will change everything as discover a secret so shocking, there’s no turning back…

‘Victoria Fox is a Jackie Collins for the twenty-first century: sharp, witty and scandalous. Temptation Island epitomises escapism.’  Fresh Direction

Hot encounters, breathtaking scandal, lashings of secrets and lies . . . you’ll be lost to temptation until long after the sun has set.’ dailyrecord.co.uk

‘Even we were shocked at the scale of scandal in this juicy tale.’  Now magazine

The US ebook for TEMPTATION ISLAND is available on Amazon now

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19 days ’til Christmas: The Literary Agency Advent Calendar


In the run up to Christmas, the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency will be posting an entry from one of our authors each day, offering anything from writing tips and their inspiration, to Christmas memories and their wishes for the year to come.


VICTORIA FOX

Victoria Fox

Santa, are you there…?

When I was eight, I had to prove everything. That my upturned-cardboard-box table sale would make more than 50p; that my Jordan Knight dance routine was better than my sister’s (it was); and that my cat really didn’t mind getting dragged round the front garden in a John Lewis plastic bag. Sorry, Tom.

So when I heard a cruel whisper at school that Santa Claus might not be real, I set out to put the record straight! Why the big secret anyway? Why did Santa have to hide out all the time? The way I saw it, if he was real, he ought to just say so.

Admittedly Santa would probably bolt right back up his chimney if confronted by the outpourings of my imagination today (I’ve always thought the Maldives a more fitting backdrop to Wicked Ambition than the North Pole), but back then he didn’t seem to mind. So, I wrote a note to Father Christmas. Not just any old note, mind you – a contract. I put it to him straight: simply, it was time to man up. How was I meant to keep supporting him, defending his name against the non-believers etc. etc. if he didn’t give me at least a little in return? Just sign on the dotted line, I wrote bossily, with full name printed below, and we’ll all be happy. See? Proof.

It turns out Santa is a reasonable man – and he carries his own pen. I had left out felt tips for the purpose but whatever the big man used to sign had to be a magic wand. What else could it be? It was GOLD! And glittery. Right there in the morning, just as I had left it save for the addition of a beautiful old-fashioned autograph, was my wish come true. Just the faintest outline, a whisper of magic passing in the night, but most definitely and categorically there – in elaborate, beautiful, delicate script, two words:

Santa Claus.

To this day, nobody has admitted the fraud. The handwriting was and remains unlike any I’ve seen. Was the real Father Christmas in my room that night? It’s reassuring that a man in his position takes logic seriously – after all, it must get annoying when everyone thinks you’re made up all the time. Sometimes, you need just a sprinkle of proof. And mine made that year the best Christmas ever.

Victoria Fox‘s debut HOLLYWOOD SINNERS is launched in the US today by Bookouture. Her latest book, WICKED AMBITION, is out in the UK now. 

See Victoria’s dazzling new website

Hollywood Sinners by Victoria Fox   Wicked Ambition by Victoria Fox

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The best bonkbuster of the year

Victoria Fox poster

From the author of the best bonkbuster of 2012 comes the darkest, startling, most sexy story yet, WICKED AMBITION.

Full of intrigue, sex, and scandal, Victoria Fox’s latest novel will have you storming through the pages, unable to sleep, desperate for more…

Harlequin/MIRA publish next month with a massive poster campaign from 6th June. If you spot the poster above, do tweet it!  We’d love to see all the locations Victoria Fox reaches… (@agentmilburn, @VFoxWrites)

Copies of WICKED AMBITION are available on Amazon now

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Are you tempted?

Sensational coverage for Victoria Fox’s TEMPTATION ISLAND!

‘The best bonkbuster of 2012’ Sun

‘Perfect for a summer hol . . . If you think the Made in Chelsea crew live a glitzy life, you ain’t seen nothing yet’ Heat

‘Pour yourself a glass of Pimm’s because this summer bonkbuster is guaranteed to get you seriously hot’ Cosmopolitan

‘Even we were shocked at the scale of scandal in this juicy tale . . . It’s 619 pages of sin!’ Now

‘Set in the glitzy but shocking world of celebrities, this gripping novel was just too exciting to put down’ Closer

‘A deliciously old-school doorstop of a book filled with sex-fuelled fun’ Easy Living

‘[Temptation Island] has all the elements of a great beach read – fame, wealth and scandalous carry-on’ U Magazine

‘Get ready for summer with this hot novel, perfect for lazy days in the sun’ Inside Soap

‘Victoria Fox is a Jackie Collins for the twenty-first century: sharp, witty and scandalous. [Temptation Island] epitomises escapism’ Fresh Direction

‘[Full of] shocking secrets . . . This is the glitzy follow-up to Hollywood Sinners’ Star

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TEMPTATION ISLAND is out TODAY!

Congratulations Victoria Fox  on the successful publication of TEMPTATION ISLAND.

Promotions have been secured in WHSmith and EVERY major supermarket.  The above poster will be adorning train stations around the nation, so let’s watch this book fly off the shelves.

Victoria Fox talks about TEMPTATION ISLAND and explains why we need to buy her book:

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Agent Buston interviews Victoria Fox

Known as the sexiest writer in the business, Victoria Fox is the author of the fabulous HOLLYWOOD SINNERS, following the lives of four celebrity couples around Hollywood, Vegas and London.  Since MIRA published in  April 2011, Victoria has become a bit of a celebrity herself, from appearing on  The Vanessa Show in May,  building a huge online presence,  to her photo shoot on the red carpet

What does it feel like being a published author?  Vertigo. A nice sort of vertigo. Knowing the book is ‘out there’ for anyone to pick up is exciting but it’s also strange; it’s gone now, you’ve let it go, but still it’s a massive part of your life and a family of characters and storylines you’ve worked long and hard over. So, a bit dizzying. But every bit as wonderful as I’d hoped it would be.

 Why did you decide to write in such a commercial genre?  First, because I love those early bonkbusters, so full of style and swagger, and wanted to try my hand at one of my own; second, because I used to work in commercial publishing and felt I knew the market; and third, because the dream is to become a bestseller and I’d like to appeal to as many readers as possible.

 Who is the author you would most compare your work to and who are your favourite authors?  My writing style for Hollywood Sinners definitely draws on my biggest inspiration in the genre: Jackie Collins. Books like Lovers and Gamblers and Chances are packed with outrageous characters and wicked storylines – and they also have this great comedy element which is crucial to a truly entertaining bonkbuster. As well as Jackie, my favourite authors in the genre are Tilly Bagshawe and J J Salem. Favourites elsewhere are Rose Tremain, John Fowles and David Nicholls.

 How long did it take you to write your debut?  Hollywood Sinners took four months to write and two to edit.

 Can you pitch your book in one line?  A sexy, scandalous, full-throttle ride through the hidden lives of the rich and famous.

 How long did it take you to find an agent?  While working in publishing I put together a partial manuscript and sent it anonymously to the Darley Anderson Agency – they were always the big dream. I made sure my pitch was tailored to their list and tried to couch my project in commercial terms, explaining where I saw it in the market, which authors I hoped to sit alongside and so on. I was lucky: very kindly, they didn’t make me wait too long!

 Were you pleased with your book jacket?  Extremely pleased. Jubilant. I knew my publishers ‘got’ the book, the kind of retro vibe I was going for but also the up-to-date celebrity glamour, so I was confident they’d nail it. Even so, when the jpeg landed in my inbox it was even better than I’d hoped. It’s one of the most stylish covers I’ve seen in a long time.

 Do you do a lot of self-promotion?  It’s important to promote as much as possible. The market is very competitive and things like radio, TV and magazine interviews are crucial so I try to do as many of these as I can. Everything’s going online now and it’s good to be as ‘reachable’ as possible: your own website, Facebook and Twitter are great ways to make contact with readers. Hearing from readers is the best thing.

 Have you always wanted to write?  Yes. After university I wanted to work as an editor and immerse myself in other people’s books for a while, but the bug soon caught up with me. If you have it in you, it’ll always be there.

 What tips would you give to new writers out there?  Persevere. Everyone says it but that’s because it’s true. Persevere with your book, see it through to the end (no matter what state you imagine it’s in) then persevere getting it read. There are people who say they’re going to write a book and people who actually write one – decide which you are.

To buy a copy of HOLLYWOOD SINNERS, click on the cover below.  Thank you Victoria!

A juicy tale of glamour, corruption and ambition. -Jo Rees – author of Platinum

A glorious, sexy story of high-octane Hollywood intrigue – I loved it. -Lulu Taylor

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J.J Salem’s hotly anticipated THE STRIP

J.J Salem’s THE STRIP is out this Friday 15th July.  Pan Macmillan has done some excellent advertising, including coverage on the London Underground.

For three Las Vegas women, the Strip is an adults-only playground, a neon-splashed boulevard where excitement, seduction, and betrayal never go to sleep:

Kristin Fox – the bestselling writer of controversial and sexy bestsellers who hungers for passion outside the pages of her money-making fiction.

Jennifer Payne – the insightful marriage and family therapist who has an answer for every relationship problem except the one happening in her own bedroom.

Billie Shelton – the casino showroom headliner who has been saved, remade, and quietly shattered by a darkly obsessive Svengali husband.

And they share one magnificent man: Cam Lawford, the ultimate stud-for-hire who has gone from roaring crowds in sports stadiums to willing and generous women in luxury hotels.

 THE STRIP is a wild, wicked, and gloriously promiscuous novel that will keep you up all night.  I dare you to buy it.

 

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