This wasn't the official launch of their new Indigo imprint, but rather it was an exclusive preview and a nod of thanks to the bloggers who review Orion's existing children's list.
Sadly, I was around ten minutes late due to the Central Line dying - eejits - so I had to bus it along Oxford Street - eejits - and managed to slip in late...only to be shown to the VERY front row! I was mortified, much to everyone else's amusement. Thanks guys!
However, the lovely Nina Douglas and Louise were on hand to get everyone else's attention yet again. They talked enthusiastically about the books being launched from September through to April next year as part of the list:
|Marcus, Sara, Kate, Sally|
Darkness Falls by Mia James - the second novel by the Mia James authors which does sound very involved and interesting and I know Sarah really did like the first novel, By Midnight.
Soul Beach by Kate Harrison - she read from the book and it is sounding very good! She also gave a little talk about the idea behind Soul Beach and what she did in her Previous Life as journalist and romance writer.
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Shelter by Harlan Coben
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick - the Sedgwick also read from his new book and it sounds incredible. The story starts in the future and moves backwards through time, basically making use of the "have you ever felt that you've lived another life" idea and toying with that. It sounds superb.
White Cat - Holly Black (Love It!)
The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner - Sally read the opening sequence of her novel and on the way home Mark turned to me and said: That lady, Sally Gardner really knows how to write, doesn't she? The words just flowed and the descriptions were amazing. I couldn't agree more. We are looking forward to reading The Double Shadow as the concept just sounds wow.
The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima - now, I've not been saying anything about these books because I know nothing about them apart from he fact that Jenny over at Wondrous Reads is a fan. Which is good enough for me. I actually have the first book which I bought last year on a whim from Foyles as one of their imports and it sounds excellent. However, Indigo/Orion confirmed that these will be released in standard sized paperbacks which is far better for me personally as I tend to read the majority of my books on commute and travelling with oversized books is not idea.
|Kate chatting to us about Soul Beach|
The Hunting Ground by Cliff McNish - ah, yes. Lovely Cliff writes deeply worrying things and I'm very much looking forward to this!
Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding - Chris is a tremendously prolific writer, writing for both adults and younger readers. Retribution Falls was published in the past by Gollancz, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Orion. However, it was decided that Chris has such a strong following of younger readers that it would be a great idea to offer them Retribution Falls and the follow up novel, Black Lung Captain, on the Indigo imprint too.
Crossing Over by Anna Kendal - also a Gollancz release in the past, but again it was felt younger readers would love the intrigue.
The Double Edged Sword by Sarah Silverwood - Sarah is also equally prolific and this is her fantasy novel for younger readers. Adult readers would know Sarah as Sarah Pinborough who excels at writing darker fiction for adults.
Hollow Pike by James Dawson - looking at James in Real Life you would never expect anything dark and supernatural to come from him. However, we have it on superb authority to not be fooled by James's lovely looks because, like Cliff, looks can fool you and Hollow Pike is grim and scary and dark and wonderful. I can't wait! Also, the cover which I did not take a photo off (sorry) is simply stunning.
|Sally being utterly charming whilst talking to us about The Double Shadow|
Dark Mist Rising by Anna Kendall
Firespell by Chloe Neill
Darkness Falls by Mia James
Raining Fire by Alan Gibbons
The Traitor's Gate by Sarah Silverwood
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
A bright and Terrible Sword by Anna Kendall
The evening ended with much applause and we all decamped to their outside patio balcony area for air and lovely treats. We got the chance to chat to the four authors in attendance and get all fan-girly.
It was a really lovely evening and Mark and I are very proud to have been asked to attend. The Indigo imprint looks like it is going from strength to strength and I wish Nina and the editors the best of luck in their new endeavour.
Also a massive shout-out to all our blogging friends who were there - it's always so great to see them all because (selfishly) events like this always make me feel like we're at some kind of convention of our own. I know, totally self-centred but hey, what can I say? If I can't talk books and blogging to my mates, who can I talk to?
In attendance were (the ones I can remember speaking to!):
Floor to Ceiling Books
Bookzone for Boys
Teenage Fiction for All Ages / Eurocrime
Books and Writers
Matt Teen Librarian
This is the original Indigo press release sent through to us a few months ago, should you be interested in reading it.
And these are the titles I nabbed for MFB's reading pleasure: