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The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs

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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WIN a Galley of Tim Powers’s upcoming HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES!

We love Tim Powers, and we’re very excited to give away a galley of his upcoming book, HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES, which Morrow will publish on March 13, 2012.

From the award-winning author of Declare, Last Call, and Three Days to Never, comes a standout historical thriller in which art and the supernatural collide.

In the winter of 1862, a reformed ex-prostitute named Adelaide McKee shows up on the London doorstep of veterinarian John Crawford with news: their “interlude” seven years earlier produced a baby, which, till now, had been presumed dead. Recently, Adelaide has learned that the girl is still alive—but her life and soul are in peril from a vampiric ghost whose murderous attention McKee drew in her bad old days.

The vampire ghost is John Polidori, Lord Byron’s one-time physician and uncle to the poet Christina Rossetti and her brother, the painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, both of whose works are supernaturally aided by Polidori’s influence. But when Polidori resurrects Dante’s dead wife by turning her into a horrifying vampire and threatens other family members, the Rossetti siblings know that they must find a way to destroy their monstrous uncle, even though it will mean the end of their best work.

Thrown together with Crawford and McKee, who hope to find and save their missing daughter, the Rossettis are plunged into a supernatural London underworld whose existence they never suspected. Each of the mismatched group—the straitlaced animal doctor, the ex-prostitute, the poet, the painter, and the Artful-Dodger-like daughter—must ultimately choose between the banality and stress of human life and the unholy immortality that Polidori offers.

Please email “eosbooks AT harpercollins DOT com” with your mailing address and tell us why you should be the lucky winner.