Friday 20 July 2012

Simon and Schuster's Blogger Brunch

 A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Simon and Schuster Blogger Brunch, where we got to see the new books coming out over the next few months. We also got to meet Sarah Alderson who left me  a little  tongue tied.
 Here are bloggers enjoying some Pimms and cupcakes!
 Becky - The Bookette and Sophie from So Many Books enjoying the Pimms.
Sarah Alderson on the right, chatting to a fan. 
 I finally got my picture taken with Sarah Alderson! Yay!

Sarah read an excerpt from Losing Lila, just to get us all drooling. Then we quizzed her over her massage habit! Sarah told me a while ago that massages really help to get her into the writing zone. 
Sarah also talked about her up and coming 'research' trip to New York for a future book.  The lovely ladies from Simon and Schuster provided us with the first chapter of another of Sarah's books due out in 2013, called The Sound which is a contemporary novel set in Nantucket. A few of the characters are based on people Sarah actually knows. So another exciting Sarah Alderson book to look out for.
Deadly Hemlock has just come out and gives you an alternative twist on the werewolf genre. This is a crime thriller where members of the public suffer with Lupine Syndrome, also known as werewolf  virus. The disease is on the rise and the victims are struggling to cover up the illness, but blood lust is difficult to control. This is the first of three novels. 
I feel like I am a little late to the party with this one. This is the third and final instalment of the Perfect Chemistry series which is based around three brothers. Each book follows a different relationship. Now I haven't read any of these, but by the time the other bloggers had finished telling me about them I was downloading them from Amazon! If you like hot boys and romance, then this is the series for you. 
We were told that Simone actually takes the three models from the book trailer on tour with her and from the picture below I can see why!

With the surge in popularity of Downton Abbey, this book couldn't have arrived at a better time. 
Everyone, even the YA market is falling in love with historical fiction. This book is set just after the Titanic sunk and is set on one of the oldest estates in England. Certain stories that appear to be about the family are appearing in the newspapers and no one seems to know who is spreading the gossip. Very much a case of Upstairs, Downstairs going on. This was published in May and is available to buy now.
This is a standalone novel from this well loved author and aimed at older teens, where her other books have been for younger readers. The story was inspired by someone Cathy met as well as a regression session. The main character Jo, is dragged to a clairvoyant and told there is only one boy for her. The trouble is the last time she was saw him was in a previous life. The book follows her search for him in this lifetime. 
This is my kind of book! It will be published in August.
I really loved Hunting Lila, so I am really excited that it is finally time to read the next instalment, Losing Lila. This will be published in August too and continues Alex and Lila's story as they are now on the run and trying to stay one step ahead of the Unit. We were let into a little secret that Hunting Lila could be set to be made into a film very shortly!
Isn't this cover just gorgeous? I mean seriously, this would make a fine piece of artwork for the wall! This is the second book in the Fury series and will be published on the 30th August.  Elizabeth Miles read a little bit from the book via video and it sounded very exciting. There will be lots of new characters in this one. 
Another utterly gorgeous cover! This is a new series from Sarah Rees Brennan who brought us The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy. Unspoken is set in England, which really surprised me. I seem to be noticing an increase in American authors writing about the UK. Is this a new trend?
I love Sophie McKenzie and I have really enjoyed the Girl, Missing series. So I am very excited to see the final book in the trilogy coming out later this year. This book is set six years on from the last one and Madison takes the leading role as she searches to find her biological father. Expect a final thrilling instalment out in September. 
This is one of the scariest covers I have seen so far! Many of you know zombies aren't my thing, but I know I lot of you love them. So this series is definitely going to be one for you. This is the first book in a 12 part series. A book will be published every four months with the first one out in October. 
HOT GUY ALERT! Don't you want to get to know this character better? This  is the first book in Kresley Coles's first YA novel. Kresley would normally be found writing for adults. This is described as a cross over novel and will be published in October. Sixteen year old Evie Greene thinks she is losing her mind with all the apocalyptic hallucinations she has  been having. When they begin to come true, she is forced to realise that she can see the future. 
I have to say, who ever is creating the S and S covers at the moment, they are doing a fabulous job. I am drooling again over this one. 
This is a serial killer thriller, which I believe is due out in the UK in February. Brenna Yovanoff already has a popular following after her New York Times best seller The Replacements; so I am sure this one will be popular too. 

We were also told about a book by a debut author due out in February 2013 - Infinite Sky by Chelsea Flood. The book was described as being really sad and along the lines of David Almond's books. The story deals with betrayal and loyalty when a group of traveller's arrive on the land beside the house of Iris. I couldn't find a picture of the cover, so you will just have to wait and see!
 So some fabulous books coming from Simon and Schuster over the next few months.  A big thank you to the ladies at Simon and Schuster for giving us a sneak preview and plying us with Pimms and cupcakes. 
So now you have had a peek, which books are you looking forward to?


  1. Fab write up, it sounds like it was another excellent event :)

    Completely agree with you about the covers

  2. I can't wait to read The Sound! Read the synopsis on Goodreads last week and it sounds soooo good!

  3. Another fun event!! Too bad the models couldn't have come too! lol

  4. I can't wait for you to read Perfect Chemistry!! It's so good!

  5. sounds like you had a great time, theres some really good books coming out of Simon & Schuster soon. I LOVE the sound of Zom-B!


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