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From the brilliant Libba Bray

The Diviners – amazing new acquisition for Atom

We recently acquired The Diviners, by Libba Bray, which is a wonderfully-drawn tale of Jazz-Age New York. With a heroine who is fierce yet vulnerable, a cast of intriguing characters with prophetic abilities, and a supernatural and sinister serial killer, The Diviners shows off Bray’s remarkable talents as an author and is sure to appeal to lovers of both historical and paranormal fiction.

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High Society

Sarah Mason

Clemmie Colshannon's life appears to be on a fast track to nowhere - having lost her job and her boyfriend on the same day, she's retreated to the bosom of her family in Cornwall to recover.Fortunately, life chez Colshannon is never dull. Her mother has taken over the amateur dramatics society and is busy roping the locals into a production of Calamity Jane; brother Barney is going to extreme lengths to impress a girl; and sister Holly, who is a reporter on the Bristol Gazette, needs help with a story. Fellow journalist Emma McKellan, who writes the social diary, has gone missing days before she was due to be married. As Holly and Clemmie search for clues as to her whereabouts in an attempt to reunite her with her fiance, it's not long before the drama turns into a crisis and the whole family is forced to flee to the south of France with an ex-convict hot on their heels ...Wonderful characters, sparkling dialogue and a fabulously funny story make Sarah Mason's third novel unmissable.

Piatkus

The Party Season

Sarah Mason

Sarah Mason

Sarah Mason lives in Cheltenham. At the age of 25 she began importing gourmet popcorn from America and was soon running a company with a seven figure turnover. She started writing when she sold the business on. This is her first novel.

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Sea Fever

Sarah Mason

Beautiful and talented, Erica Pencarrow, nicknamed Inky because of her dark hair, longs to compete in the America's Cup - sailing's toughest challenge where only the best, and richest, have a chance of success. When Inky's dream finally comes true she must conquer not only the sea but also her team's prejudices - a fight she looks set to lose when she falls for a rival sailor. Meanwhile Fabian, rich and handsome, is fighting his own battles - he was once sailing's golden boy until his partying and playboy lifestyle ended in tragedy. And Rafe, unconventional, gifted and beautiful is brought to his knees by Ava, the spoilt, rich daughter of his sponsor.Set against the ruthless world of sailing Sea Fever offers an exhilarating blend of glamour, adventure and drama as two teams battle the elements -- and each other -- in the biggest challenge of their lives.

Robinson

Mammoth Books presents The Unexpected

Michael Marshall Smith, Nicholas Royle, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Shearman, Rosalie Parker, Simon Strantzas

What Happens When You Wake Up in the Night - Michael Marshall SmithFor Michael Marshall Smith, this was one of those stories that dropped straight into his head, but the problem was that he didn't want it: "It wasn't an idea I liked. It was clearly some part of my brain serving up a notion simply because it could, and because it knew it could frighten me with it."It did frighten me, and so I did what I always do when that happens - which is write it down, in the hope it will go away."Respects - Ramsey Campbell"'Respects' was suggested by a local incident in which a car thief in his early teens killed himself while fleeing the police," recalls Campbell. "A lamp standard at the site of his demise is still decorated with flowers years after the incident, and the tributes on the obituaries page of one Wallasey newspaper were at least as grotesque as the ones I've invented - the romanticisation of a petty criminal."How much has this to do with the public hunger for a moment in the media? The tendency has produced its own clich?s. There almost seems to be a standard script (created by the demand for sound bites) for grieving parents to deliver at press conferences. A lost daughter inevitably becomes 'my little princess', and it isn't uncommon to hear very young children described as 'my best friend'."Does this cheapen the grief? People may need to express their feelings (although not doing so, at least in public, can be useful too), but how much does banality and inaccuracy express?"Cold to Touch - Simon Strantzas"Stories often find their origins in unexpected ways," Strantzas reveals. "I was inspired in this case by a photograph of a Zen garden I once used as my computer's desktop background."There was something there in the coldness of the photograph, something that brought to mind the barren vistas of the Canadian Arctic, which ended up being the perfect setting for my tale of tested faith."The Reunion - Nicholas Royle"'The Reunion' is based on actual events," reveals the author, "but the story only really came into focus for me when I was invited to contribute to Ellen Datlow's Poe anthology."Poe is brilliant. I was at a conference recently where a teacher revealed that she had read Poe's 'The Black Cat' to a lecture theatre full of schoolchildren. She switched off all the lights and used a torch to read by. A number of parents lodged complaints, which she took as a measure of the event's success. My tale is inspired by a different Poe story."Granny's Grinning - Robert Shearman"I love Christmas," says Shearman. "Always have done, and always a bit too passionately. The intensity with which I loved Christmas was delightful when I was eight years old, slightly unusual by the time I was eighteen, and increasingly disturbing thereafter."I was the last one to grow up. It suddenly dawned on me one year, looking into the faces of my parents, and of my sister, that they were all older, and fatter, and less and less festive. And that they were trying so hard to keep me happy each Christmas, pretending they wanted all those presents I'd bought, all those sausage rolls and Quality Street chocs. That what I was trying to do, each December, was somehow reach back into the past and resurrect a time that was dead, that was long dead."I still love Christmas. But now I recognize - as I still make them perform party games, as I still make them open their gifts and smile and say thank you - that they're zombies now. All of them, zombies. I'll never get my childhood back again, not really, or the innocence of that family get-together. So I'll make do with the dead, and pretend."This is a story all about that."In The Garden - Rosalie Parker"'In the Garden' was written after I challenged myself to write a horror story about gardening," explains the author. "It emerged more quickly and easily than anything I've ever written. I think of it more as a prose poem than a story."

C & R Crime

Agatha Raisin Omnibus: The Quiche of Death, The Potted Gardener, The Vicious Vet and The Walkers of Dembley

M.C. Beaton
C & R Crime

Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham

M.C. Beaton
Constable

The Original Miss Honeyford

M.C. Beaton
OMENS Prologue

Kelley Armstrong

Read the prologue from OMENS, Kelley Armstrong's atmospheric psychological thriller.

Kelley Armstrong

OMENS: Prologue

Read the prologue from Kelley Armstrong's atmospheric psychological thriller, OMENS.

Piatkus

Gangland Bosses

James Morton, Jerry Parker, Gerry Parker
Abacus

Trading Up

Candace Bushnell

When Janey Wilcox makes it big as a Victoria's Secret model, she finally gets the celebrity status she has always craved. Suddenly the car of her dreams is hers, and even better, so is that house in New York's exclusive Hamptons. No longer will she have to choose her boyfriends according to who has a house she can summer in.At the most exclusive of Hampton parties, Janey finds herself mingling with Hollywood celebrities and the cream of New York society. But all this is secondary when she is charmed and captivated by a handsome, successful man, a man who quickly becomes her new beau. Janey, though, is not the type to live happily ever after, especially with her chequered past of far from good behaviour...

Award winning author of historical fiction

Interview with Elizabeth Chadwick

Elizabeth Chadwick is the award-winning historical fiction writer. Voted one of the Top Ten landmark historical novelists of the decade by the Historical Novel Society, Chadwick is acclaimed for her beguiling characters, faultless research, and her ability to bring history vividly to life. Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Philippa Gregory, her latest novel, Lady of the English (published in September 2012), is a dazzling tale of two very different women battling it out over the English crown. In this interview Chadwick talks about the inspirations behind her novels, what she is working on at the moment and much more.

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Hornet's Nest

Patricia Cornwell

Deputy Chief Virginia West likes and respects her boss, Hammer, but with an increasing number of visiting businessmen being murdered in her city by a maniac with a penchant for painting his victims bright orange, she finds it hard to accept Hammer's edict that a rookie reporter should ride on patrol with her to better relations with their citizens. Her worst fears are confirmed when the reporter, Brazil, presses the button to activate the boot-release rather than the siren on their first outing. He's not the only blight on her life right now: her cat's angsty, her hormones are misbehaving, her opposite number in the uniformed division is behaving like a jackass, the radio despatcher is determined to trip her up, the D.A. is in the middle of a hot battle with the trial schedule. And orange coloured corpses keep turning up on her patch.

Canvas

The Savage Marquess

M.C. Beaton

Certainly the two should never have met. The handsome, wealthy Marquess of Rockingham was the most notorious man in London, as infamous for his violent temper as he was for his intemperate ways.Miss Lucinda Westerville was a country vicar's daughter, as innocent as she was lovely and as proper as a young lady could possibly be.Yet when this improbably matched pair met at a glittering social ball, they had struck the dubious bargain to become man and wife - in name only! But Lucinda soon found that she had taken on more than she bargained for when she vowed not to love this untamed, infuriatingly attractive man when she tried to rein her own foolishly galloping heart.

Canvas

Dark Shadows 3: Wolf Moon Rising

Lara Parker

The Dark Shadows saga is back with the full measure of eroticism, spellbinding suspense, and gripping storytelling.When a portrait is lost that has maintained Quentin Collins's youthful appearance for over a century - and has also kept his werewolf curse at bay - Quentin begins to dread the full moon.Meanwhile, David, heir to the Collins fortune, has fallen in love with Jacqueline, the reincarnation of the dark sorceress Angelique. David and Jacqueline are swept back in time to the prohibition era of the Twenties, where David uncovers the dark secrets of the Collins family history.Dr. Nathanial Blair, an expert in the paranormal, has come to Collinwood because he suspects they are harboring a vampire. What Blair discovers places the entire Collins family in jeopardy.

C & R Crime

Never Apologise, Never Explain

James Craig
The start of a magnificent new trilogy

An Extract from The Summer Queen

Overflowing with scandal, sex, triumph and tragedy. Read the first chapter of The Summer Queen, the gripping new novel from New York Times Bestseller, Elizabeth Chadwick.

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Annabelle

M.C. Beaton

It's a maiden's miracle! Annabelle Quennell, daughter of a poor country parson, gets a chance at a London Season to snare a wealthy husband. But before she sets off, Mad Meg the Gypsy predicts trouble ahead! And it is nothing but woe that Annabelle finds. Godmother Lady Emmeline sponsors Annabelle's spree-and demands she wed the oafish Capt. MacDonald. But things get worse when Annabelle fears she is losing her heart to Lord Varleigh - elegant, well-pursed, but who is taken by another mistress! What a pickle Annabelle had gotten into, and it only gets more sour by the moment! Blessed with beauty, Mrs. Manners had never bothered with the more practical (and to her, lesser) skills of grammar and spelling. So it is, in order to snag a second husband, namely the handsome Duke of Denbigh, she needed the help of Miss Verity Bascombe. Surely the modest chit would be honored to help write her love letters. Poor Verity! Her old school-girl friend remained as selfish as ever. But the lovely girl's gilded pen soon had the duke most intrigued by the poetic Mrs. Manners! But alas, what began as a seemingly minor deception became a larger problem and Verity soon found herself enamored of the handsome duke, wanting him all for herself!

Robinson

The Mammoth Book of Erotic Stories

Barbara Cardy

Seriously hot erotica from the top writers in the field - Jude Mason, Elizabeth Coldwell, J. T. Seate, Sommer Marsden, Kay Jaybee, Giselle Renarde and Ralph Greco Jr. to name just a few. There are 43 superbly-written stories in this bumper collection. If you like your erotica tame, this is not for you!? Caught furiously masturbating by the boss at a posh party isn't the best career move a young man could make, but it gets even more cringe-worthy for young Michael.? Cuckold fantasies get turned on their head when a husband forces his wife to listen in as he fucks a secretary at work.? Marie is subjected to more of her husband's degrading fantasies - dogging in the local woods!? Filthy chats over the internet and exchanging dirty photos is fine for starters but that's not what really excites Marie . . .? Helen was used to going out with Kim to get laid. This was different though, she had agreed to fuck whichever man chose her.? A lesbian couple ask dear friend Jamie if he could do them a favour - Missy likes a proper bit of cock occasionally and Donna's strap-on just doesn't do the trick.? Suzanna was all set for a little bondage after she returned from the pub, but she got something much more than expected when she got into the wrong car!? Playing grown-up doctors and nurses is always fun and having a friend film the action presents even more opportunities . . .Contents THE MORNING AFTER by Jude Mason FLYING SOLO by Elizabeth Coldwell THE COWBOY WAY by Ralph Greco Jr PARTY FAVOURS by Lynn Lake OVER THE WATER by Gary Philpott AND A MOMMY-ING WE GO by Ralph Greco Jr. STOP! by Rowan K YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR SOCKS ON by Sommer Marsden THE BLACK VELVET BAND by Vav Garnek PARTY PIECE by P. J. Rosier ON IMPULSE by Brian Powell 'PUCKED' by Erin O'Riordan FUN WITH THE FLYING TWINS by Belinda Wolf MY WIFE MY WHORE by Clarice Clique SUZANNA by Robert Newman BREAKING THE RULES by Olivia London THE FARMER'S NIECE by Nicky B SOMETHING I DID RIGHT by Rowan K HOTEL GAMES by Gary Philpott WE SAY SHE'S MY MOTHER by Belinda Wolf SUPPORTING THE ARTS by Gary Philpott ICE BREAKER by Landon Dixon ATTENTION GRABBER by Lynn Lake THE AROMA OF WORKED WOOD by Geoff Chaucer THE VAMPIRES' WIFE by Sara-Jane Fox WHAT MY BABY LIKES by Sommer Marsden VERY CANDID CAMERA by Alex Severn BUSINESS & PLEASURE by Vav Garnek BUSINESS AS USUAL by Dita Darker EROTIC ACCOUNTING by Kay Jaybee THE NECKLACE by J. T. Seate THE MISTAKE by Gary Philpott PLAYING CHICKEN by Ralph Greco Jr. A STICKY WICKET by J. T. Seate FOUND OBJECTS by Olivia London THE STOLEN KEY by J. T. Seate BALLET DE PARIS by Geoff Chaucer VOYEURS DELIGHT by Gary Philpott WINDOW SHOPPING by Brian Crawford TAKING CONTROL by Chris Westlake LIGHT REFRESHMENT by Dita Darker GERTRUDE byM.Christian THE BIG REVEAL by Giselle Renarde