big news for Helen Callaghan

Dear Amy, a psychological thriller by Helen Callaghan, about a Cambridge schoolteacher and agony aunt who starts to receive letters from a girl supposedly murdered twenty years ago, has been bought by editor Emad Akhtar at Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Random House. UK and Commonwealth rights were sold by Judith Murray at Greene and Heaton after auction as part of a two book deal. The novel has also been sold in the US and Germany.

Dear Amy is expected to appear in Spring 2016 in the UK.

A truck full of news

It’s been a busy few months for the T-Party.

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“Jews vs Aliens” is due out on 19th March and features Rosanne Rabinowitz’s story “The Matter Of Meroz” – the book is available for pre-order on Amazon. The fabulous cover art can be seen above.

Will Mitchell was interviewed by Huffington Post – topics discussed include space travel, self-replicating machines and his SF novel “Creations”:

The book is set in the year 2040, with lunar colonization well underway, and companies vying to find ways of exploiting the moon’s minerals. One of those companies picks up where NASA’s real-world research left off, and sets its sights on self-replicating machines.

The question posed by Creations is this: what if it went wrong? What if this exponentially growing swarm of autonomous machines stopped doing what their human controllers wanted? What if evolution took over, the familiar process of natural selection, ensuring that those machines which are best at surviving and reproducing, not necessarily the ones most useful to us, go on to create the next generation? What would that mean for the human race?punkpunk

Gary Couzens’ short story “Noon in Krakow” has been published in Wordland 5, and “Spinning Fast” in punkPunk!, an anthology of stories inspired by punk. His short story collection “Out Stack and Other Places” is due out from Midnight Street Publications in the next couple of months. The table of contents is as follows:

Out Stack (first published in Midnight Street #1 in 2004, 6100 words)
Electricity (BFS Journal #11, 2014, 4800 words)
Splinters (Midnight Street #13, 2009, 3600 words)
The Missing Man (Crimewave #7, 2003, 7800 words)
Because (Wordland 4: Whited Sepulchres, 2014, 2700 words)
Noon in Kraków (Wordland 5: True Love, 2015, 2100 words)
After the Party (Journeys into Darkness, 2014, 2300 words)
Jubilee Summer (Subterfuge, 2008, 4200 words)
Daddy’s Girls (Midnight Street #6, 2006, 3600 words)
Beside the Sea (original to collection, 6300 words)
Cold (original to collection, 3700 words)
Meetings with Leo (Cafe Ole: Too Hot to Handle, 2005, 3000 words)
The Girl on the Station Platform (original to collection, 2300 words)
Essential Chemistry [by Martin Owton & Gary Couzens] (Midnight Street #14, 2010, 9500 words)
Dog’s Life (original to collection, 5000 words)
Treffpunkt (Moon Shots @ Spacewitch.com, 2014, 3100 words)
Spinning Fast (punkPunk!, 2015, 4100 words)
Mourning Becomes Me (original to collection, 35,400 words)

And Sara Townsend’s horror novel “Suffer The Children” is to be re-released by MuseItUp Publishing in 2016

Rosanne Rabinowitz and Laura Mauro in “Horror Uncut: Tales Of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease”

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Out now from Gray Friar Press, “Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease” is a horror anthology which explores the potential consequences of a post-austerity Britain. Rosanne Rabinowitz’s tale, ‘Pieces Of Ourselves’, and Laura Mauro’s ‘Ptichka’ both feature in this anthology, alongside stories by Priya Sharma, Gary McMahon, Alison Littlewood and many others.

On Friday 24th October, Rosanne and Laura will also be appearing as part of the Gothic Manchester Festival along with editor Tom Johnstone, discussing “Horror Uncut…” and reading from their respective stories. There will also be a panel discussion and Q&A. Details can be found here.

The Shara Summers series is out now

Sara Jayne Townsend’s novel ‘Death Scene’, featuring actress-turned-amateur sleuth Shara Summers, is now available to purchase via amazon.co.uk. The sequel, ‘Dead Cool’, is due to be released on 25th November and can be pre-ordered at a discounted rate via Amazon.

Both books can also be purchased in ebook format through the MuseItUp bookstore.

About ‘Death Scene’, from the publisher’s website:

British-born, Toronto-based, actress Shara Summers turns amateur sleuth when her sister is stricken with a mysterious illness. Summoned back to England to be with her family during a time of crisis, Shara discovers doctors are at a loss as to what’s causing Astrid’s debilitating sickness.

After her aunt is found dead at the bottom of the stairs the death is deemed an accident. Shara suspects otherwise. Her investigation unearths shocking family secrets and a chilling realization that could have far-reaching and tragic consequences that affect not only her own future, but Astrid’s as well.

The T-Party – coming to a con near you

The T-Party will be running workshops at both Loncon and Nine Worlds Geekfest

The Loncon writing workshop will take place on Friday 15th August, from 1pm-6pm, and is fully booked. There will also be two workshops run by Gaie Sebold and Sarah Ellender:

– “Getting Ideas” workshop Saturday 12:00 – 14:00

– “Creating Characters” workshop Sunday 13:00 – 15:00

 

David Gullen will also be launching the ‘Mind Seed’ anthology at Loncon – this will take place in the Fan Village on Sunday, from 5pm.

 

At Nine Worlds Geekfest, the T-Party will be running a workshop entitled How To Beat Writer’s Block. This will take place on the Saturday afternoon.

“Mind Seed” officially released

“Mind Seed”, a new Science Fiction anthology edited by David Gullen and Gary Couzens, is now available for purchase. The anthology was put together by members of the T-Party in memory of Denni Schnapp – T-Party member, Biologist, SF writer and traveller.

product_thumbnailThe anthology features nine classic and original Science Fiction stories from authors including Shirley Jackson award nominee Rosanne Rabinowitz and Aeon Award winner Nina Allen.

Nine stories that will take you to the worlds we may live in tomorrow, into deep space, and towards the far future of humanity. Nine different explorations of what it is to be human.

All profits from the anthology will go to Next Generation Nepal, an anti-child-trafficking charity.

“Mind Seed” can be purchased here.