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Avon Books Christmas Guide

Avon Books Christmas Guide It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is just a few weeks away and we couldn’t be more excited! As wonderful as it is with the endless parties, mountains of mince pies and gallons of mulled wine, it’s also a very busy season and there’s… Read More

A Woman of War

A Woman of War It’s an old adage, but one that sits well with me: ‘write what you know’. As a midwife of almost twenty years, it is a good part of my world, and so when I came full circle in my writing – having been a journalist in… Read More

The Darkest Fears Are Often Rooted in Realism

The Darkest Fears Are Often Rooted in Realism   What scares you the most? As a thriller writer, it’s a question I tackle in my writing daily. My goal is to uncover the scariest, creepiest things in life and put the reader at their mercy. These fears certainly… Read More
Avon Books UK - Publisher of the Year

Avon Books wins Publisher of the Year at the RNA Industry Awards

In case you hadn’t heard the news, last week we sent a team delegation to the Romantic Novelists’ Association Industry Awards because we’d been nominated for Publisher of the Year. Guess what… we won! Our fabulous Senior Commissioning Editor Rachel took home the prize. Here’s what the RNA had to… Read More

The Story of the Pear Drum

The Story of the Pear Drum Two children, sisters – Turkey and Blue-eyes. They had wandered off one day, out of their mother’s sight, when they met a ragamuffin girl. The girl had a pear drum and she was playing it by the side of a stream. The sisters were… Read More

Christmas in 1943

Christmas in 1943 When Avon asked me if I would write a post for their website on what Christmas was like in 1943 – the year my latest book, An Orphan’s Wish, is set in – I automatically said yes. However, it’s a rather gloomy subject because the war was… Read More
Halloween story - Cuckoo by Sophie Draper

Our Halloween Story for Cuckoo

Yesterday we finally revealed Cuckoo by Sophie Draper, then spent the day eating Halloween treats and asking all of our colleagues to help us create a spooky story by contributing just one line. The first line was supplied by author Sophie Draper, but the story took a while to really… Read More
The Taken Girls - GD Sanders

Taking a Creative Writing Course

I began writing seriously some ten years ago but my development as a writer really began when I secured a place on the Curtis Brown Creative writing course in September 2013. It almost didn’t happen. Earlier that year I’d submitted my first novel, an historical spy story, to Curtis Brown… Read More
Sabah Khan, Publicity Manager Avon Books

A Day in the Life of a Publicity Manager

Hi everyone, Quick introduction – my name is Sabah and I look after all the publicity here at Avon Books. Publicity is something that people tend to get mixed up with marketing and events but the roles are very similar and there is a lot of crossover so I work… Read More
What zodiac sign is your cat by Rachel Wells

What zodiac sign is your cat?

Ever wondered how your cat’s zodiac sign affects its personality? What sign is the biggest hunter, or the most likely to be a lap cat? Which is the most fond of its food, or the most loyal? How does the zodiac sign affect their character? Can it also explain favourite… Read More
Grow and use your own herbs by Lynne Francis

How to grow and use your own herbs

The dictionary defines a herb as a plant ‘of which the leaves or stem and leaves are used for medicine or for their scent or flavour’. Many of our most common herbs arrived in the UK with the Romans and they were the only form of medicine that we had… Read More
Setting a crime serious in your home town - Mell Sherratt - Hush Hush

Setting a crime series in your home town

‘It’s a small world’ is a common phrase in the place I grew up. You see, I come from a small city in the Midlands. It’s a city that seems stuck in its past, trying desperately to rise above the smoky days of its history. But it’s a city that… Read More
What Makes Brighton Quirky? By Tracy Corbett

What Makes Brighton Quirky?

I first visited Brighton as a child in the 80s. However, I didn’t see much of the place as we spent most of the day in the launderette! We were on the beach, playing our favourite ‘chasing waves’ game where we’d run down to the sea and then wait until… Read More
The Woman Who Kept Everything by Jane Gilley

Submitting a Manuscript to Avon Books

Writing a book is not an easy process. But trying to get your book published is even harder. Oh boy, the joys of trawling the internet or subscribing to and then poring over the magazines and well-meaning books about how to submit your treasured manuscript for publication… I’ve always loved… Read More
the man I fell in love with - kate field

RNA Debut Novel Winner Joins Avon

Avon Books sign Kate Field, winner of the RNA’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers in 2017   Katie Loughnane acquired World All Language rights to The Man I Fell in Love With and one further book from Kate Field, winner of the RNA’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers… Read More

The Books We’re Most Excited About This Autumn

It’s that time of year again; woolly jumpers have made a reappearance in our wardrobes, boots are back, and we’re all eagerly anticipating the return of the Pumpkin Spiced Latte… But the most exciting thing about autumn? The books! It’s now cold enough outside that you have the excuse you’ve… Read More