The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs

  • Posted by admin on Sep 20 2012

I had a very special treat land on my desk this morning. What book combines stunning black sprayed edges…

…with beautiful typeset pages, customized by character…

…and a (very accurate) shiny silver sticker?

Why… it’s finished copies of The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs, one of the most exciting books (and authors) of the year!

This book has been causing a firestorm of publicity throughout the world. 18-year-old Abbie and the incredible story of how her book racked up over 17 million views on online writing website Wattpad have been featured on BBC Breakfast, Sky News, The Sunday Times, Metro, Guardian, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Huffington PostSydney Morning Herald and many many more.

But what about the actual story? As her editor, I can say I was so swept away by the dark, lavish tale of Violet Lee and Kaspar Varn (oh Kaspar…) that I had the entire office reading the manuscript within 24 hours. Yes, this book is going to satiate the enormous appetite at the moment for dangerous liaisons, but this is a tale Abigail has been creating for almost four years – and the care and attention she has taken over the construction of her world and the characters who inhabit it really shines through.

Don’t believe me (I admit to a fair amount of bias!)? How about some of these sensational reviews:

‘Abigail Gibbs will make you fall in love with vampires all over again… but look out: these vampires will bite’ Meg Cabot, author of Insatiable (another brilliant vampire tale published by HarperVoyager) and The Princess Diaries

‘The Dark Heroine is an epic sexy vampire story set in London with afflicting characters and non-stop action (literally). I cannot wait for this book to be published because it will be HUGE! Bigger than it already is!’ Dark Readers

‘Romance, action and an impossibly sexy (yet possibly deadly) male character! Do I need to say more?’ I Want to Read That

‘The Dark Heroine is a dark and seductive paranormal romance that had me completely intrigued. Abigail Gibbs gives us a dangerous, sexy and sometimes disturbing set of vampires and a heroine who quite frankly would wipe the floor with the likes of Bella Swan.’ One More Page

Download The Dark Heroine on e-book now, at the introductory price of only £1.99 (price rising to £2.99 on Monday, September 24th 2012)

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Or if you are after one of the gorgeous paperback editions with the sprayed edges, they will be a high street (WH Smith and Waterstones) exclusive from 11 October 2012.*

*The paperback will of course be available to buy wherever books are sold, but sprayed edges editions will only be available through WH Smiths and Waterstones in-store.


For more information about Abigail, visit her Facebook page or follow her on Twitter.

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eShorts from Kim Harrison and Jocelynn Drake

  • Posted by admin on Sep 19 2012

We’ve released two new eShorts recently–both tied to new full length books coming out in October!

“PET SHOP BOYS ” by Kim Harrison: An original short story, where things are most definitely not as they seem. The death of a pet shop employee’s innocent date with a customer quickly turns disturbing rather than delightful. She and her family hold  a centuries-old secret, and they want him to stay with them forever…

“Pet Shop Boys” and several other stories appear in INTO THE WOODS, an anthology of stories including new material that’s out October 9, 2012 (just in time for NYCC!)

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The Asylum Interviews – Trixie” by Jocelynn Drake: The second of two prequel stories to Jocelynn Drake’s Angel’s Ink—the first novel in her new Asylum Tales series about a magical tattoo artist, Gage, and his friends: Trixie, a gorgeous elf who hides her true identity, and a hulking troll named Bronx.

ANGEL’S INK comes out October 17th (and will also be available at NYCC… more on the Con to come!).

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Strange Bedfellows: Beverly Jenkins interviews Richard Kadrey

  • Posted by admin on Sep 18 2012

Romance novels and Sandman Slim may not appear to be natural fit, but at Harper Voyager, we know that things are often not what they seem. Turns out Beverly Jenkins, renowned romance author, is a big fan of Sandman Slim and Richard Kadrey. We love this interview she did with Richard for Romantic Times/ Here’s a snippet:

Beverly Jenkins: In looking at your bio, you come off as a twenty-first century renaissance man. You’re an award winning writer, artist, photographer, lecturer, a “degrader of perfection” according to one interview, and you’ve been immortalized as an action figure. You’ve bellied up to enough cultural bars for four or five people. How would you describe yourself?

Richard Kadrey: I’m willing to suck at things. I’m always interested in new ideas and tasks and that means being lousy at them for a while. Some obsessions will stay with me—like photography—and others will some and go—like playing music. Music was easy to give up. I sucked at that non-stop. Still, I like to do sound experiments. Recording ambient sounds and stretching and slowing them. Playing them backwards, etc.

BJ: Is there a common thread in your work?

RK: I’m always interested in people on the outside looking in. Outsiders who don’t have a foot in the door and probably never will. I’ve never been an inside person myself. Life on the inside is too cozy and settled. Things are more interesting at the edges where different worlds collide and spark off each other.

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Call for Submissions: Harper Voyager Announces Global Digital Publishing Opportunity

  • Posted by admin on Sep 12 2012

Yes, it’s true! We are delighted to announce an exciting joint venture that will offer talented aspiring writers the chance to join our global science fiction and fantasy imprint.

The submission portal,, will be open from the 1st to the 14th of October 2012. The manuscripts will then be read and those most suited to the global Harper Voyager list will be selected jointly by editors in the USA, UK and Australia.  Accepted submissions will benefit from the full publishing process: accepted manuscripts will be edited; and the finished titles will receive online marketing and sales support in World English markets.

Voyager will be seeking an array of adult and young adult speculative fiction for digital publication, but particularly novels written in the epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural genres. Submission guidelines and key information can be found at

The submissions and digital publications are a joint, global effort by Harper Voyager, spearheaded by Deputy Publishing Director Emma Coode in the United Kingdom, Associate Publisher Deonie Fiford in Australia, and Executive Editor Diana Gill in the United States. The three editors note that: “No other publishing company has done a coordinated submission period for unagented authors across three continents, and all of us at Harper Voyager and at HarperCollins Publishers are absolutely thrilled to be launching this huge opportunity. We look forward to discovering and digitally publishing many new exciting voices globally at Harper Voyager.”

Please check our guidelines at, prepare your manuscripts (revise and polish!), and get ready to submit between 1 October 2012 and 14 October 2012!

Harper Voyager Digital Submissions Press Release


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