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MM Literary Agency: News & Reviews

Don't Stand So Close by Luana Lewis  IF YOU'RE NOT THE ONE by Jemma Forte  The Accident by C.L. Taylor  MY HAMSTER IS A SPY by Dave Lowe

DON’T STAND SO CLOSE by Luana Lewis (out February 2014, Transworld) is Glamour magazine’s ‘Must Read’:

‘This is a wonderfully tense story, full of characters who may or may not be telling the truth … Compellingly creepy. Not one to read while home alone.’  Glamour Magazine

IF YOU’RE NOT THE ONE by Jemma Forte (out February 2014, Mira Books)

‘Addictive, heartwarming yet funny, the novel explores the question that we all sometimes ask ourselves. Jennifer’s experience – her world of alternate lives with each of her ex partners –  was an engrossing tale that I found hard to put down. I had to find out what happened to each of her ‘other’ selves. A clever, wonderfully written novel that I’d definitely recommend.’  Chicklit Uncovered

THE ACCIDENT by C.L. Taylor (out April 2014, HarperCollins)

‘An ominous atmosphere, a tense tale of past and present colliding, and a narrator whom no-one believes: this book is a delight.’  Alex Marwood (author of ‘The Wicked Girls’ and ‘The Killer Next Door’) 

STINKY AND JINKS: MY HAMSTER IS A SPY by Dave Lowe (Out now, Templar)

‘With its use of plentiful humour, terrific characters (Stinky the grumpy hamster is utterly adorable), simple language and appealing illustrations, this series is perfect for emerging independent readers.’  Sunday Tasmanian


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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



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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Publication day for THE DARK INSIDE

Rupert Wallis    The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis

Huge congratulations to Rupert Wallis on the publication of his debut novel, THE DARK INSIDE.

As part of Simon & Schuster’s blog week, today Rupert will talk about his experience of the publishing process. You can read the blog post on So Many Books, So Little Time.

‘What my editor, Jane, helped me to do was tease out some of the story elements that were lurking in the background, almost as if I was adjusting the equalizer settings on a stereo, toning up certain aspects such as: the relationships between the characters, the world of the story, and some of the darker, more magical elements.  What I have learnt from this is that a writer needs to be very clear about how they want their story to be so they can justify its content when challenged.  Having a good working relationship with an editor is key and I was very lucky to be able to work with Jane who helped me see things about my manuscript I had not noticed before’  – Rupert Wallis

S&S blog schedule:

  • 27th Jan – Fiction Fascination (1024 / 1448 Twitter) – Rupert on writing The Dark Inside
  • 28th Jan – The Book Babblers (4296 Twitter) – Madeleine Milburn on discovering the book
  • 29th Jan Feeling Fictional (1165 / 2393 Twitter) – Jane Griffiths on editing The Dark Inside
  • 30th Jan – So Many Books, So Little Time (801 / 762 Twitter) – Rupert on the publishing process as an author
  • 31st Jan – Once Upon a Bookcase (651 /809 Twitter) – Paul on designing the cover for The Dark Inside
  • 1st Feb – Wondrous Reads (1689 / 4856 Twitter) – Kat on marketing a book like The Dark Inside
  • 2nd Feb –Books For Company (2182 / 998 Twitter) – Blogger questions and answers from Rupert

THE DARK INSIDE is out now in bookstores and on Amazon.

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Blogs and Reviews: THE DARK INSIDE by Rupert Wallis

The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis

As publication day at the end of January draws nearer, this week Simon & Schuster will be posting a blog entry each day about the process of publishing Rupert Wallis’ debut, THE DARK INSIDE.

This series of blog entries will offer a really interesting insight on all aspects of the writing and publishing process – from initially getting the words down on paper, to securing an agent, the editing process, and the subsequent marketing of the book.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 27th Jan – Fiction Fascination (1024 / 1448 Twitter) – Rupert on writing The Dark Inside
  • 28th Jan – The Book Babblers (4296 Twitter) – Madeleine Milburn on discovering the book
  • 29th Jan Feeling Fictional (1165 / 2393 Twitter) – Jane Griffiths on editing The Dark Inside
  • 30th Jan – So Many Books, So Little Time (801 / 762 Twitter) – Rupert on the publishing process as an author
  • 31st Jan – Once Upon a Bookcase (651 /809 Twitter) – Paul on designing the cover for The Dark Inside
  • 1st FebWondrous Reads (1689 / 4856 Twitter) – Kat on marketing a book like The Dark Inside
  • 2nd FebBooks For Company (2182 / 998 Twitter) – Blogger questions and answers from Rupert

‘I’ve actually discovered that something wonderful can happen when writing deeply and truthfully, namely that specific moments and events in a book can morph into something universal. By this Rupert WallisI mean that a reader can read something specific in a story, which can make them recall an experience in their own lives, creating a deeper connection between them and the book. I hope this is true in some small way for those who read ‘The Dark Inside.’  – Rupert Wallis

Read the first blog post now:  http://fictionfascination.blogspot.co.uk/


Another great review for THE DARK INSIDE by a UK blogger:

‘A book that you can’t stop thinking about, that you have to tell people about and, for me, that’s the mark of a truly powerful novel. A staggering debut by a writer I think we’ll all be watching out for in the future.’  Writing From The Tub

THE DARK INSIDE by Rupert Wallis will be published by Simon and Schuster on 30th January 2014. Pre-order now on Amazon.

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News & Reviews: Geoffrey Malone and Lara Williamson


DEAD BOYS' CLUB by Geoffrey Malone

Stephen King, The School Librarian

‘This harrowing tale of 12 year of Sam Mbale is sure to be popular with boys aged 10 to 14.

… The descriptions of forced marches, AK-47 training and drug-fuelled shoot-outs with rival private armies leave little to the imagination, but the subject is handled in such a sensitive and perceptive way, with excellent characterization and good plot lines. The introduction of white colonial issues of control and greed – including depictions of child slave labour in a gold mine – are only too real, and this book will be useful to support lessons on other cultures, current affairs and PSHEE.

… An uncomfortable but compelling read, I expect to see Dead Boys’ Club appear on book award long-lists, at the very least.’

Child’s review of THE DEAD BOYS’ CLUB, The Guardian online

‘With a plot of the book focusing primarily on the child soldiers, Dead Boys’ Club is informative, educating those who choose to read the book about the grave problems regarding child armies in places such as Africa and also some parts of Asia and South America.

… The characterization and plot of the book is extremely interesting. The two slightly different stories that are simultaneously being told (child soldiers and gold mining) continue to engage the attention of the reader.

… Geoffrey Malone deserves our praise for bring that issue into the spotlight. Thus, I vehemently recommend this book to all the children of our age group and hope they enjoy it as much as I did.’




A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson

Usbourne’ Campaign for Williamson debut, The Bookseller

‘Usborne has launched an extensive social media campaign to promote debut novel A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson, which will be published in March.

Usborne has sent bloggers special proof copies and appointed “hope operatives” to read the book, then leave it in a public place for someone to find. This generated a variety of shareable content, including a photo of a copy of the book in Venice. The campaign, which has the hashtag of #ABoyCalledHope on Twitter, has seen coverage on social media, YouTube and blogs’


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Mel Sherratt’s WATCHING OVER YOU is celebrated at Amazon Publishing and the MM Literary Agency

MS 2 bit of colour                  Watching Over You by Mel Sherratt

Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer have just published Mel Sherratt’s new psychological suspense thriller, WATCHING OVER YOU.  They have a huge level of promotion in store for this terrifying, yet compulsive thriller.

‘Watching Over You is a tense, erotic thriller with one of the most terrifying antagonists I’ve ever read. The worst terrors are always those that hide closest to home and Charley’s experiences–negotiating her path alone–will be familiar to many. She is as vulnerable as any of us, stronger than she realises, and yet still in mortal danger. Charley is my new best friend, and Ella a terrifying villain–outwardly ordinary and utterly unhinged.’ –Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner

 You’ll never trust your neighbours again…  

Following the death of her husband and unborn child, Charley Belington sells the family home and bravely starts life over again. On moving into a new flat, she is befriended by her landlady, Ella, who seems like the perfect friend and confidante.

 But, unbeknown to Charley, Ella is fighting her own dark and dirty demons as the fallout from a horrific childhood sends her spiralling down into madness—and unspeakable obsessions.

 As Ella’s mind splinters, her increasingly bizarre attentions make Charley uneasy. But with every step Charley tries to take to distance herself, Ella moves in a tightening lockstep with her, closer and closer and closer…

From the bestselling author of Taunting the Dead comes a raw, intense, relentless, and darkly claustrophobic psychological thriller that grabs you by the back of the neck and never lets you go. 

Mel Sherratt has written feature articles for The Guardian, the Writers and Artists website, and Writers Forum Magazine, to name just a few, and regularly speaks at conferences, event and talks.  Her crime and thrillers have sold in excess of 100,000 copies since publication, and her crime debut, TAUNTING THE DEAD, soared to the rank of No.1 best-selling police procedural in the Amazon Kindle store in 2012.

Amazon's publication banner on the Kindle Books page

Amazon’s publication banner on the Kindle Books page

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1 day ’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.

Writing tips from Carolyn Jess-Cooke and Marcia Moody


Carolyn Jess-Cooke

How to write while caring for young children

I should start with some context: I am a writer. I write novels and poetry, and occasionally I get published. Sometimes people give me awards, too, and I think about going out and celebrating, but then I remember that I have a 1 year old, a 3 year old, a 5 year old, and a 7 year old, and so I make do with inviting my brood to make chocolate cake which invariably gets plastered all over our cream sofa. The question I get asked most is also the question I most want to ask other women who write and also happen to have small people in their care: HOW DO YOU DO IT? Here are a few of my ideas.

One. Get used to writing anywhere, anytime, regardless of what is happening around you.

Two. Unless you suspend all paperwork from the ceiling, you will open your copy-edits one morning to find a beautiful scene of daisies and fairies drawn over many of the pages in yellow and pink felt-tip.

Three. Your daughter will do exactly what you used to do and rise every morning from the age of 7 years old to write. She will ask you when your publisher is going to publish her book, and pinch all your notebooks. And your laptop.

Four. You will find a strange link between doing the dishes and resolving plot issues.

Five. Ironing, too, will somehow become the means by which your characters are coaxed into being.

Six. You will accomplish far more in a single hour than you ever thought possible. What the child-free -you believed took weeks or months to write now takes you – pah! – a day.

Seven. You are more patient with your characters. You find the tendencies you had in the past – to force your characters to acquiesce to the plot you had in mind – fall away. You listen to them. You think about the way they were as toddlers, as young children, what made them who they are.

Eight. You are a ruthless reader. You don’t have time to read as much as you’d like, so if that book hasn’t seized you by the throat by page 10 – pfft. This in turn makes you much more critical of your own work – and mostly in a good way.

Nine. The best of it? You are too busy to have writer’s block. You will always experience periods of doubt, which cripples you and makes writing almost impossible. But for the most part, the words you find yourself saying to your little ones begin to sink in for you too: just a little bit more. Inch it forward. You can do it. Keep going. Don’t stop. I believe in you.

Ten. Don’t stress about the writing. It’s only writing. There are children to be loved and cared for. That’s the big stuff.

The Boy who could see Demons

THE BOY WHO COULD SEE DEMONS by Carolyn-Jess Cook, published by Piatkus, is out now.


Marcia Moody

Three steps to making it as a writer

When it comes to wise men, French hens and new episodes of Sherlock, three is indeed the magic number. Perhaps less well-known though, is this trio of tips about making it as a writer…

One. The most intimidating thing in the world is a blank screen, but you can start out by choosing to write on something a bit less scary. Carry a notebook with you so when you have a flash of inspiration you can jot down thoughts about characters or ideas. Napkins and old envelopes work too – but not the back of the hand of the stranger sat next to you.

Two. Take a writing course. Talent and knowledge is a powerful combination, so if you already have the flair for writing, then guidance on structure, self-editing and pitching can make you damn-near irresistible.

Three. Just live your life. A poem I wrote when I was 14 makes me cringe – not just because it includes the line, ‘Rain streaked from your eyes, as tears fell from above us’ – but because I had no idea what I was talking about. It’s important to have lived a little (or a lot) in order for what you’re writing about to connect with the reader. You don’t have to be surfing on tigers or playing Russian roulette with ill-prepared blowfish – it’s more about listening to people, experiencing emotions and noticing what’s going on around you, because what you’re living now could be what you’re writing about this time next year.

Harry by Marcia Moody

Marcia Moody‘s latest book HARRY, an unofficial biography of Prince Harry, is out in March 2014. Her biography of KATE is out now.

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