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Charlie’s Promise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie’s Promise

Annemarie Allan

Would you break the rules or break your promise?

On the outskirts of Edinburgh, just before the outbreak of WW2, Charlie finds a starving German boy called Josef hiding in the woods near his home.

Josef can’t speak English and is desperately afraid, especially of anyone in uniform.
Charlie promises to help Josef find his Jewish relatives in the city.

It’s a journey that will force them to face their fears, testing their new-found friendship, and Charlie’s promise, to the limit.

‘Poignant, graceful, and relevant for today’
Alex Nye

Children’s Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 20th March 2017
ISBN: 978-1-911279-15-0
eISBN: 978-1-911279-16-7

 

Mary’s the Name

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Mary’s the Name

Ross Sayers

An eight-year-old girl and her granpa are on the run…

“When me and Granpa watched James Bond films, he told me not to be scared because people didn’t have guns like that in Scotland. That must’ve been why the robbers used hammers.”

Orphaned Mary lives with her granpa, but after he is mixed up in a robbery at the bookies where he works, they flee to the Isle of Skye. Gradually, Mary realises that her granpa is involved. And the robbers are coming after him–and their money.

Mary’s quirky outlook on life, loss, and her love of all things Elvis, will capture your heart. Full of witty Scots banter, Mary’s the Name will have you reaching for the hankies, first with laughter, then with tears.

Heart-warming and heart-breaking, this darkly comic debut is from a fresh voice set to become Scotland’s answer to Roddy Doyle.

Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: 30th January 2017
Launch Event: 2nd February 2017
Pre-order from: 30th December 201
Paperback: 978-1-911279-11-2
E-book available on all platforms

Annemarie Allan

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Annemarie Allan was born in Edinburgh, lived briefly in California and then for much longer in London, before returning to Scotland, where she decided it was time to take her writing seriously.

Her first published novel, Hox, won the 2007 Kelpies Prize and was shortlisted for both the Scottish Children’s Book of the Year and the Heart of Hawick book awards. Her third novel, Ushig, a fantasy based on Scottish myths and legends, was shortlisted for the 2011 Essex Children’s Book Award.

She writes for both adults and children and has authored several booklets on the history of East Lothian, where she now lives. She was a contributor to the historical review of East Lothian 1945–2000, edited by Sonia Baker, which was awarded first prize in the Alan Ball Local History Award 2010. More recently, her short story, ‘Entrapment’, won the flash fiction section of the 2015 Federation of Writers (Scotland) annual competition.

Her novels and short stories range from fantasy and science fiction to historical and contemporary fiction, taking their inspiration from the landscape and culture of Scotland, both past and present.

If you would like to know more about Annemarie and her writing, you can contact her at:

Denise Brown

Denise Spencer Photo BW.jpgOriginally an Essex girl and now settled in Dumfries & Galloway,  Denise pursued her dreams of being a writer after a friend recommended she read JK Rowling’s Harvard commencement speech on the ‘Benefits of Failure’. She studied Advanced Creative Writing with the OU, balancing writing with a full-time job and being mum to five beautiful children. In 2014, Devil on Your Back, her gritty YA novella set in inner-city Britain, was published in ebook format by Salt Publishing. She has since had short stories published in Rattle Tales Anthology 4 and various online magazines, and was long-listed for the Mslexia novel competition with the first draft of an unpublished novel.

Denise writes about things that disturb her. She once lived on a dismal estate similar to that featured in I am Winter, and made bearable only by the surreal effect of being surrounded by woods. It was the lack of hope in the faces of the local teenagers that were the inspiration for her novel.

One day she wants to live in either a book shop or Hogwarts, with a Rottweiler and the complete works of Thomas Hardy. Meanwhile, she can be found on Twitter at @DeniseBrownUK

Triona Scully

Irish-born; lives in Edinburgh. Unapologetically apathetic.triona-scully-bio-photo

Likes long walks on the beach. Current affairs.

Fascinated by gender inequality.

Crime shows.

Netflix.

Crime shows on Netflix.

Reading.

Writing.

Triona’s debut novel, Nailing Jess, takes classic crime and turns it on its head with a deliciously absurd comic twist.

@TScullyWriter

trionascully,com 

The Revenge of Tirpitz

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The Revenge of Tirpitz

M. L. Sloan

TWO BOYS. TWO COUNTRIES. ONE MISSION.

Norway 1944

When Erik strikes up an unlikely friendship with German Radar operator, Hans, the pair soon become involved in a race against time to help destroy the Nazi warship, Tirpitz.

Will their secret mission succeed?

Shetland 2014

Finn’s great-grandfather receives a letter threatening the “revenge of Tirpitz”. They escape on a fishing boat, making the perilous journey to Norway, where they realise that facing up to the past puts their future in danger…

We know what you did.

We know where you are.

Tirpitz will have her revenge.

 

‘Spies, ships, and Nazi gold in a fast-paced and thrilling action-packed adventure across the generations. A fantastic tale of courage and determination in the face of evil.’

John K. Fulton

Author of The Wreck of the Argyll and The Beast on the Broch

Winner of the Great War Dundee Children’s Book Prize

 

Children’s Historical Fiction /Young Adult Historical Fiction

Publication Date: 24th August 2016
Pre-order from: 24th July 2016
Paperback: 978-1-911279-06-8
E-book available on all platforms

Fir for Luck

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Fir for Luck

Barbara Henderson

Would you be brave enough to fight back? 

When 12-year-old Janet’s village is under threat– she decides to take action.

It’s a split-second decision that could cost her everything: her home, her family – even her life.

Can Janet save her village from being wiped out? Or will her family and friends be forced from their homes to face an uncertain future?

Based on real life events, Fir for Luck is a tale of the brutal Highland Clearances, when land owners cared more about sheep than people.

‘Steeped in atmosphere, tension and the lyric cadences of the Highlands, Janet’s tale lights a fire of courage and hope in a shameful and tragic period of Scotland’s past. Henderson’s debut is brave and beautiful.’

Elizabeth Wein

Author of Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire

Children’s Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 21st September 2016
Pre-order from: 21st August 2016
Paperback: 978-1-911279-09-9
E-book available on all platforms

The Beast on the Broch

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The Beast on the Broch

John K. Fulton

A lonely girl. A wild beast. An unforgettable friendship.

12-year-old Talorca is a Pictish girl living in North-east Scotland in 799 AD.

When Gaelic-speaking Dalriadans arrive in her village, her world is turned upside down. Her only friend is the mythical Pictish Beast, who has been injured by the Dalriadans.

Talorca decides to take a stand against the intruders and hatches a plan to drive them out. But she can only do that with the help of the wild beast on the broch.

Cover illustration by Dawn Treacher

Children’s Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 9th September 2016
Pre-order from: 9th August 2016
Paperback: 978-1-911279-03-7
E-book available on all platforms