Monday 8 August 2011

Orion Blogger Preview of the new Indigo Imprint - 12th July 2011

Back in July I was really excited to visit the Orion offices and find out about all the fab new YA titles they have coming out over the next few months with their new Indigo imprint.  Trust me there are going to be some amazing books coming soon so Indigo is definitely an imprint to watch out for!  We also got the chance to meet 4 fantastic authors - Kate Harrison, Marcus Sedgwick, Sally Gardner and Sara Grant so for this post I'm going to concentrate on their books, I'll post again soon to tell you about some of the other Indigo titles that I'm most excited about.

Marcus Sedgwick, Sara Grant, Kate Harrison & Sally Gardner

After a fabulous presentation by Nina and Louise from Orion it was time for us to get to meet the authors.  First up was Marcus Sedgwick who was talking about his book Midwinterblood that will be out in the UK on the 6th of October.

Marcus talking about the painting that was the inspiration behind Midwinterblood

What would you sacrifice for someone you've loved forever?

Have you ever had the feeling that you've lived another life?  Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar even when you've never been there before, or felt that you've known someone even though you are meeting them for the first time?  Eric and Merle are lovers, tragically torn apart, but whose souls have been searching for each other for ten centuries, longing to be reunited . . .

Doesn't this sound awesome?  I really can't wait to read it and am so excited I was able to pick up a copy at the event!  Marcus told us that the story was inspired by a painting he saw in Stockholm several years ago (see picture above).  The story is about 2 people who keep meeting again across the centuries but who have a very different relationship each time they meet.  It is a love story that looks at the question "Why is this the life I was given" and works backwards in time starting with the present and reaching further and further back into the past as the story progresses.

Since my new phone can record videos I decided to try something a little different at this event and I recorded each the author readings for you to watch.  I'd love to know if this is something you'd like to watch so please let me know in the comments so I'll know to do it again in the future (or not to bother if you aren't interested lol).

Here is Marcus Sedgwick reading chapter 8 from Midwinterblood:

The next author to speak was Sara Grant who's debut novel Dark Parties is released in the UK on the 20th of October.

Sara Grant reading from Dark Parties

A compelling debut thriller about identity, trust and freedom.

Place: the Protectosphere.  Time: the future.  Sixteen-year-old Neva plots to escape her world, where everyone looks the same and no one is allowed to leave.  But as she does, she discovers what is really happening to The Missing - all those people like her grandmother who have now vanished.  The people that everyone pretends never existed . . .

Sara was very nervous as this was one of the first times she'd had to stand up in front of people and talk about her book but you really couldn't tell and she did a lovely job of reading the first chapter for us.  Dark Parties started as a short story that Sara wrote as she was emigrating from a small town in the US to London with her husband.  The move got her thinking about what would happen if a country closed it's borders and the story grew from there.  I really like the sound of Dark Parties, I think it will have a dystopian feel to it and I'm very curious about the world that Sara has created.  I managed to snag a copy of this one too so I'll get a review posted as soon as possible for you.

Sara Grant reading chapter 1 of Dark Parties:

Next up was Kate Harrison talking about her first YA novel Soul Beach, even though this is her first YA book it is actually her darkest novel so far and I think it will be an amazing read.  Soul Beach is released in the UK on the 1st of September.

Kate Harrison reading from Soul Beach

Welcome to Soul Beach.  People are dying to get here.

When Alice Forster receives an email from her dead sister she assumes it must be a sick practical joke.  Then an invitation arrives to the virtual world of Soul Beach, an idyllic online paradise where Alice can finally talk to her sister again - and discover a new world of friendships, secrets and maybe even love . . . But why is Soul Beach only inhabited by the young, the beautiful and the dead?  Who really murdered Megan Forster?  And could Alice be next?

I've been looking forward to Soul Beach for ages now and I think it will be a fab read.  Kate Harrison was lovely and I really enjoyed listening to her talk about where the idea for the book came from.  I was so engrossed in what she was saying that I ended up recording the whole thing so hopefully you'll enjoy listening to it as much as I did!  I have to apologise for missing the first few seconds of the reading but I promise you didn't miss much!

Kate Harrison reading what I think was chapter 1 of Soul Beach:

Last but by no means least was Sally Gardner talking about her new book The Double Shadow that will be released in the UK on the 3rd of November.

Sally Gardner reading from The Double Shadow

If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise.

In Sally Gardner's stunning new novel, a girl tries to free herself from the terrifying double shadow of her childhood and forge her own future, away from the shocking memory machine created by her father.  As war-clouds gather over 1937 Britain, Arnold Ruben's memory machine is designed to be a utopia, where only the happiest of memories replay forever.  But something has gone terribly wrong . . .

The Double Shadow sounds like it is going to be quite a dark read but I love that it is so different from anything else I've read.  I wasn't able to pick up a copy at the event but Nina has offered to send me one and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Here is a clip of Sally Gardner reading the first chapter of The Double Shadow:

After the readings we had time to mingle with the authors and get our books signed, everyone was so friendly and happy to answer our questions.  As always it was great to catch up with the other bloggers too, it's like getting a chance to chat with old friends (and make some new ones as there are always a few new faces too!). 

Group shot of the authors and bloggers

It was a fabulous event and I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Orion for organising everything and for inviting me to attend.  Also thanks to all of the authors who made it such a great evening.  Watch out for another post soon about some of the other Indigo titles I'm most looking forward to getting my hands on!

Who was there:
Nina, Louise, Kate, Tina & Jen - Orion
Kate Harrison - Website
Marcus Sedgwick - Website
Sally Gardner - Website
Sara Grant - Website
Becky - The Bookette

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