Musician and songwriter Andy Burrows and number one, bestselling author Matt Haig release their album collaboration, Reasons To Stay Alive on Fiction Records. The pair, whose friendship blossomed after they “met” on Twitter, have spent the past year passing ideas back and forth to create a stunning collection of songs loosely inspired by Haig’s much loved books, including Reasons to Stay Alive and How to Stop Time, with words by Haig and music by Burrows. Reasons to Stay Alive, its title boldly acknowledging the themes and influence of Haig’s autobiographical book, is a unique project: a rich, colourful suite of gutsy, classic songwriting. Full of shades of Elton John, Supertramp and Queen, and with an emotional undercurrent that could not be more relevant in today’s world. Together the pair spin love stories, travel space and time, celebrate soul-mates and travel unflinchingly into the tenderer recesses of the mind.
A twisted fairy tale about a king and queen who wish for a child of their own . . . and end up with a baby goat. Perfect for readers of Children Make Terrible Pets and Wolfie the Bunny.Once upon a time, a very prim and proper king and queen begged their fairy godmother for a child. They'd prefer a boy, with glowing skin, bright eyes, and two roses for lips . . . but any kid will do. When they find themselves gifted with a baby goat (also known as a kid) instead, they can't imagine how he'll fit into their lives. But of course, it isn't long before he's part of the royal family.Readers will delight in this story's hilarity, confusion, and celebration of families that come in every shape and size."A fresh, amusing, kindhearted picture book."--Booklist, Starred review"With its gentle morals of acceptance, not judging by appearances, and being open to outcomes different than expectations, this is a lovely family read-aloud."--Kirkus"The contrast between the royal couple's once-ordered existence and the cheerful mess at book's end is very funny, and the message about acceptance and the expanded definition of family is a bonus."--Horn Book"A fresh, amusing, kindhearted picture book."-Booklist, starred reviewDan Richards is a graduate of the University of Washington's Writing for Children Program, where he wrote his debut picture book, The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Monsters (Boyds Mills Press). He is also the author of Can One Balloon Make an Elephant Fly? (Simon & Schuster).Dan loves telling stories and talking about the craft of writing. School visits make him happy. He lives with his family in Bothell, WA. Learn more about Dan at danrichardsbooks.com or on Twitter at @author_dan.Eric Barclay is an illustrator, designer, and the author of I Can See Just Fine (Abrams), Hiding Phil (Scholastic), and Counting Dogs (Scholastic). Classic cartoons, modern art, mid-century design, and everyday mishaps heavily influence his style. He's had the privilege of illustrating for Abrams, American Greetings, Disneyland Paris, Hallmark, Highlights magazine, Friend magazine, Scholastic, Westin Kids Club, Papyrus, and many others. He lives in Texas with his wife, two daughters, a dog, and two cats. Learn more about Eric and his work at EricBarclay.com or on Twitter at @EricBarclay.
The fifth book in the page-turning SPELLSLINGER fantasy series.The fifth book in the page-turning SPELLSLINGER fantasy series. Kellen and Reichis have just finished fighting a duel in the desert when Kellen inadvertently smears blood on the Daroman flag - an act of treason for which the Marshals have no choice but to arrest him. Just before he's put before the Queen to be executed, Kellen is given a strange piece of advice from one of his fellow prisoners: kill the Queen and he'll be given clemency by those who take power. But when Kellen comes face-to-face with the eleven year-old monarch, he realises she's vastly smarter than he expected - and in a great deal more danger.Perfect for fans of The Dark Tower, Firefly, Guardians of the Galaxy, Terry Pratchett, Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher.de Castell, SebastienSebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realized how much he actually hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor and product strategist. His only defence against the charge of unbridled dilettantism is that he genuinely likes doing these things and that, in one way or another, each of these fields plays a role in his writing. He sternly resists the accusation of being a Renaissance Man in the hopes that more people will label him that way.Sebastien lives in Vancouver with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats. Follow Sebastien at www.decastell.com or on Twitter: @decastell
For fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT - the highly anticipated fourth and final book in the international bestselling RED QUEEN seriesVICTORY COMES AT A PRICE.Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal's betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart-and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her-Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all . . . starting with the crown on Maven's head.But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal's powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything - and everyone - in his path.War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard's stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power . . . for all will be tested, but not all will survive.The #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard comes to a stunning conclusion in this fourth and final book.Aveyard, VictoriaVictoria Aveyard was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies.Find out more at www.victoriaaveyard.com or follow her on Twitter @VictoriaAveyard
Manchen Menschen ist eine Bestimmung gegeben, an deren Offensichtlichkeit praktisch nichts zu deuten ist. Avery*Sunshine ist einer dieser glücklichen Charaktere. Mit ihren fesselnden Bühnen-Performances, ihren freimütigen, zumeist humorvollen Neckereien und ihren optimistischen Hymnen über die Liebe und das Leben, vereint sie ganz unterschiedliche Zuhörer. Ihrer Selbsteinschätzung nach, ist es das, was sie am besten kann. Genau genommen kann sie es so gut, dass sie mit Lob von Kultkünstlern wie der ?Queen of Soul?, Aretha Franklin, überschüttet wurde, die schwärmte: ?Ich liebe Avery*Sunshine!?. Der einzigartige, kompromisslose Soul-/R&B-Sound der in Atlanta beheimateten Sängerin hat aus Koryphäen wie Patti LaBelle und Berry Gordy Avery*Sunshine-Gläubige gemacht. Boy George verkündete auf Twitter: ?@averysunshine - Ich liebe die Stimme dieser Frau.?Avery*Sunshine und Dana ?Big Dane? Johnson, ihr musikalischer Partner und Ehemann, tourten oder kollaborierten als Kollektiv mit unterschiedlichen Stars wie Michael Buble, B.B. King, Babyface, Anthony Hamilton, KEM, Will Downing, Gregory Porter, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Roy Ayers und Jennifer Holliday. Avery*Sunshine?s Nummer-1-Hitsingle Call My Name, aus mit ihrem zweiten, von der Kritik gepriesenen Album The Sunroom, wurde vom amerikanischen GEMA-Äquivalent ASCAP als Rhythm and Soul-Song des Jahres 2016 mit einer Auszeichnung prämiert. Zu Avery*Sunshine?s Karrieremeilensteinen zählen neben etlichen ausverkauften Shows unter eigenem Namen, Support-Slots für Babyface im New Yorker Madison Square Garden, ein Auftritt zu Ehren von Smokey Robinson während dessen Rock?N?Roll Hall Of Fame Tribut-Konzerts. Und gleich zwei Einladungen in einem Jahr zu Konzerten für Aretha Franklin. Außerdem wurde Avery für einen Soul Train- und den BET Centric-Award nominiert.Während ihrer weltweiten Tourneen, in deren Rahmen sie regelmäßig etliche europäische Länder, Asien, Afrika und Australien bereist, entstehen in Zusammenarbeit mit Dana kontinuierlich neue Songs. Twenty Sixty Four, das neue, dritte Album von Avery*Sunshine, ist von beseelten, geschmeidigen Grooves geprägt.Avery*Sunshine beschreibt sich selbst als eine Mischung aus Oprah Winfrey und Bette Midler. Man versteht diesen Gedanken, wenn man sie live erlebt. In einem Genre, das von SängerInnen überflutet scheint, hat Avery*Sunshine sich ihren eigenen Weg geebnet, um ihrer musikalischen Vision treu zu bleiben.
Every family has secrets - but not every family has a secret pact with a demon.The thrilling second book in the darkly comic PROSPER REDDING series - with enough twists and turns to make every reader dizzy. Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket, Jonathan Stroud and Skulduggery Pleasant.Every family has secrets - but not every family has a secret pact with a demon.The thrilling second book in the darkly comic PROSPER REDDING series - with enough twists and turns to make every reader dizzy. Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket, Jonathan Stroud and Skulduggery Pleasant.Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his remarkable family. So, when he discovers that an 800-year-old demon called Alastor is responsible for their luck - and that this demon is currently living inside him - he's more than a little surprised.Worse luck, now Prosper needs a favour from him.Prosper's sister Prue has fallen into the clutches of evil queen Pyra, and only Prince Alastor can help him get her back. His demonic malefactor agrees to be Prosper's guide through the demon realm under one condition - Prosper must enter into a contract of eternal servitude in the afterlife.With Prue in mortal danger, Prosper has no choice but to agree.Will Prosper ever make it out again, and ifhe does, will his afterlife be damned for all eternity?Bracken, AlexandraAlexandra Bracken is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Passenger, Wayfarer and The Darkest Minds series, which is available throughout the world in over fifteen languages. After selling her debut novel in college, Alex worked in children's publishing for several years before leaving to write full time. She now lives in Arizona, where she was born and raised. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter and Instagram as @alexbracken
The final book in the page-turning SPELLSLINGER fantasy series.The sixth - and final - instalment of the inimitable SPELLSLINGER series.The game of war is always rigged . . .Kellen and Reichis are settling into their lives as protectors of the young queen. For the first time Kellen feels as if he's becoming the kind of man that his mentor Ferius had wanted him to be. Even Reichis has come to appreciate having a noble purpose - so long as no one minds him committing the occasional act of theft from the royal treasury.But thousands of miles away a war is brewing that the Argosi always warned could destroy the continent. An unexpected source brings word that there's one way Kellen can prevent a hundred years of bloodshed, and all it requires is a little murder . . .Now Kellen and his sister Shalla find themselves on opposite sides, and neither love nor loyalty can protect them from the choices they must make.Perfect for fans of The Dark Tower, Firefly, Guardians of the Galaxy, Terry Pratchett, Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher.de Castell, SebastienSebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realized how much he actually hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor and product strategist. His only defence against the charge of unbridled dilettantism is that he genuinely likes doing these things and that, in one way or another, each of these fields plays a role in his writing. He sternly resists the accusation of being a Renaissance Man in the hopes that more people will label him that way.Sebastien lives in Vancouver with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats. Follow Sebastien at www.decastell.com or on Twitter: @decastell
'She is one of the best' Harlan Coben, No.1 New York Times bestselling author A woman jumps to her death. She looks a lot like washed up beauty queen Didi Storm, but her daughter is adamant: that's not her mother. To solve the mystery of who jumped - and why - Remmi Storm and cop Dani Settler have to go back to the start, to a deal conducted in the Las Vegas desert 22 years ago, which went terribly wrong... A fast-paced thriller for fans for Lisa Gardner and Karen Rose, with Lisa Jackson's trademark mix of dark secrets and stunning twists. 'Shiveringly good suspense!' Lisa Gardner on You Don't Want to Know Lisa Jackson is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than seventy-five novels. She has over twenty million copies of her books in print in nineteen languages. She lives with her family and three rambunctious dogs in the Pacific Northwest. mulhollandbooks.co.uk lisajackson.com Twitter @MulhollandUK @readlisajackson FB: /lisajacksonfans