Hello my lovelies!
Yesterday was a very exciting day for me. I was invited to the New Voices book event in Manchester by HeadlineBooks and their lovely publishing team! The event was absolutely superb and I want to thank Georgina especially for looking after us.
You could say I was an events virgin up until this point (although I popped the cherry last night) and I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect. I knew there would be book talk, authors, food and booze. If those aren’t all GREAT reason’s to hop on the train then I don’t know what is!
Me being the anxiety ridden mess that I am, I had to drag my husband along with me, who let’s face it, went for the food and was my book carrying camel for the night (he’s a star)!
I also had to make sure Megs from BetweenThePages would be coming so I could cling to her all night, politely screaming DO NOT LEAVE ME in her ear! It was so good to see her again and we honestly had a blast. We were also joined by Lauren from NorthernPlunder, who I have met briefly and I’m so glad she came along, she is literally so much fun and who can resist her vibrant blue hair! It turned out to be an awesome night, one of the best times I’ve had in a long while and it was these two girls who made all the difference! Thank you for letting me be myself girls ❣
*photo taken by Lauren, she took the best photo*
The purpose of the event was to highlight the five new wonderful authors and their upcoming debut books. We had a chat with all but one of the authors (the last one was a bit awol) about their book and they were all lovely and genuinely interested in us bloggers. It’s honestly so refreshing to meet people who have the same interests as you and to have a discussion about our passion for books.
We were presented with a table full of advanced copies of the books and slowly edged our way towards it, eyeing them up. I made the first grab and thus started the domino effect! I managed to bag a copy of all the books and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me!!
Take a closer look at the books and find out a bit more about them:
The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke
Release: 14th June 2018
A stunning new voice, introducing her dark and chilling crime-thriller. Appealing to fans of Ruth Ware and Stephen King, it is an unforgettable blend of spine tingling chills and paranormal suspense which will leave you checking the corners of your room at night.
Phoebe is the pseudonym of full-time writer Nicci Cloke. She previously worked at the Faber Academy and hosted London literary salon Speakeasy. She lives and writes in London.
The Tall Man immediately caught my eye with its stunning cover. I’ve always been interested in the Slender Man mythology, so The Tall Man really interests me and I’m so excited to read it. Phoebe was really lovely to talk to and showed so much love for her book.
The Feed by Nick Clark Windo
Release: 25th January 2018
A dystopian page turner. A thought-provoking and utterly addictive read, this is a tense thriller wrapped up in a scarily plausible nightmare. What would you sacrifice to save the world?
Nick was a student on the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course. He studied English Literature at Cambridge and acting at RADA and he now works as a film producer and communications coach. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.
The Feed really intrigues me, Nick had a chat with us and explained the book in more detail. Everything you are is on the feed, memories, knowledge, dreams, so if it collapses then what do you become? It’s a tiny bit comparable to what would you do without technologically, but on a much larger and more explosive scale. I really look forward to reading it! Nick was also a very entertaining and charismatic man, it was a pleasure to chat with him.
The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
Release: 8th March 2018
The story of one woman’s terrifying mission to take back what’s hers, no matter the cost. As Juliette so frighteningly shows, there is a very thin line between true love and perfect hatred. The tension is high in this one.
Karen spent her childhood in Angola, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy and worked as a flight attendant for many years. She is a recent graduate of the Faber Academy and having now put down roots in Hampshire to raise her young family with her husband, she satisfies her wanderlust by exploring the world through writing.
I love a good thriller and this sounds frighteningly good. Karen talked us through her book and how her inspiration came from being a flight attendant herself. She wanted to write something she was familiar with, thus The Perfect Girlfriend was born. Karen was really enthusiastic about her book and lovely to talk to. I can’t wait to dig into the book!
The Wolf by Leo Carew
Release: 5th April 2018
If you’re looking for something to fill the Game Of Thrones gap in your life then look no further. Leo is sure to rival David Gemmell and George RR Martin with this masterpiece of epic fantasy. The first in his Under The Northern Sky series.
Leo is a 26-year old Cambridge graduate of Biology Anthropology, currently studying medicine. Apart from writing, his real passion is exploration, which lead him to spend a year living in a tent in High Arctic, where he trained and worked as an Arctic guide.
Leo was introduced to us as the next George RR Martin, a bold claim, one which I will be happy to test out on reading The Wolf. Leo had a brief chat with us and came off as a very intelligent individual and gentleman. I look forward to seeing what The Wolf truly brings to the book community!
In Our Mad And Furious City by Guy Gunaratne
Release: 3rd May 2018
A raw and provocative new urban voice in fiction. A vivid and deeply affecting account of city life, the novel follows three young men on a London council estate over 48 hours, when suddenly everything is at stake.
Guy grew up in North West London and has worked as a designer, documentary filmmaker and video journalist covering post-conflict areas around the world, as well as co-founding two technology companies. He was shortlisted for the 4th Estate/Guardian Books B4ME Short Story Prize.
Unfortunately we didn’t have the chance to chat with Guy, we did see his mustard jumper flitting about the place, so he must have been very sought after. I’ll be honest and say his book interests me the least, just because it’s not my type of thing, but it does sound very compelling to those who are a fan. It’s one of those books that will be very stimulating to the brain.
I just want to thank Headline Books once again for inviting me to such an incredible and refreshing event. It was unbelievable to have been invited and more so to experience it. I will never forget it and look forward to many more events like it in the future!
Head over to HeadlineBooks website to find out more!
Hope you enjoyed, until next time ❣