No sooner had we launched our two YA novels in April (Bone Music and The Sword of Ice and Fire) than we were in the thick of the production process for the autumn titles. Black Wings is subtitled “a novel of the French Revolution,” and it does what it says on the tin. Sophie Masson is an Australian author of French parentage and is steeped in the history and culture of her first homeland. The novel, for adults, follows the fortunes of four friends in the Vendée, who range from aristocrat to peasant, and who get caught up in the turbulence of the times.
Here is a sneak preview of Justin Brown’s evocative cover:
Our other October title is another fine YA novel. Tell me no Truths is an exploration of family secrets, political treachery and murder. It features three 21st century teenagers in Florence whose paths cross when twin girls are exploring the past of their Italian grandfather with the Italian partisans in WW2 and a Goth boy is trying to track down an elusive writer whose murder mysteries he loves. The two quests intersect and overlap in surprising ways.
Justin Brown came up with another cracker of a cover for this too:
So watch out on our Author and Books pages, for more exciting news about both titles, due to be published in October.