Cover reveal for The Phantasmic Detective Agency

We are delighted to reveal the stunning cover for Julian Leatherdale’s wonderful historical fantasy adventure novel, The Phantasmic Detective Agency.  Isn’t it a beauty!

The book will be released in May.  Here’s the blurb:

London, Christmas Eve, 1911: the world is changing fast: giant warships, aeroplanes with bombs,  spies and assassins, fear of war with Germany. And the cosy lives of teenagers Lily and Leo Keeler,  who long for adventure, are about to be torn apart by secrets, espionage and monstrous creatures. When a shadow-puppet play unexpectedly releases the hungry spectre of Shadow Wolf, Lily and Leo get more adventure than they ever bargained for, as they battle the threat with their uncle Alfred, a brilliant, notorious Sherlock Holmes- like paranormal detective.

But that proves to be only the first mystery in a conspiracy that threatens the whole Keeler family, as Lily and Leo’s stage magician parents vanish for real in the middle of their latest spectacular magic act. From the Royal Naval dockyards of Plymouth to the bone-stacked catacombs of Paris, Lily and Leo and their uncle must confront eerie creatures and spine-tingling danger as they are chased by a ruthless spy-ring determined to harness the dark forces of Magick as weapons of war…

The Phantasmic Detective Agency is a gripping, original fantasy adventure novel for readers 10+.

With bucketloads of colourful history, all the magic of the theatre and excitement galore, The Phantasmic Detective Agency is a cavalcade of imaginative steampunk delight! (Michael Pryor)

Cover reveal for Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night!

We are delighted to reveal the gorgeous cover of our upcoming Eagle Books release, Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night, by acclaimed author Simon Higgins, which will be released in March. This fabulous adventure novel, set in 16th century Japan, has a fabulous cover to match, as you can see! The illustrator is the very talented Jenny(Yuxiao) Wang, who as well as being a wonderful artist, is the CEO of Crane Animation in China–and also happens to be Simon’s wife! Design is by Authors’ Elves.

Below you can see the front cover, as well as the full cover, front and back.

Two excellent reviews for The Lighthouse at Pelican Rock

The reviews for Stephen Hart’s fabulous novel, just published this month with Eagle Books, have started coming in, and they’re excellent!

Here’s a short extract from a review at Kids’ Book Review:

There are many sub-stories built into a storyline that keeps the reader engaged from beginning to end. Terrific characters, tension, and well-paced progress, added to lots of unexpected turn-offs through the plot, kept me longing to know what the outcome will be. Then came the completely unexpected ending!

And here is a short extract from a review at Read Plus:

Themes such as friendship, family dynamics and mystery are delved into. There are lots of smaller story lines that are interwoven in the story and it is intriguing to try and match them all together. It certainly kept me turning the pages. I would recommend this book for children 11 and up as some of the storyline can be quite complex. A welcome addition to the collection.

Read the reviews in full at the links above.

Gripping debut novel to be published next year by Eagle Books

We are delighted to announce that our next Eagle Books title will be The Lighthouse at Pelican Rock, the fabulous debut novel of talented new writer Stephen Hart. The Lighthouse at Pelican Rock will be published in May 2018, with beautiful cover and internal illustrations by Kathy Creamer.

About the book:

After 12-year-old Megan Evans almost dies, she is packed off to the tiny, remote coastal village of Pelican Rock to recover. Sure she is going to be bored in a place which doesn’t even have the internet, she discovers there is much more to Pelican Rock that she expected. Are the pelicans really magic? What is the secret of the ruined lighthouse? Has she found the place where she belongs? And, perhaps, not just a place…

This first novel by talented new writer Stephen Hart is a magical, moving, memorable story that will grip readers from the start.

A joy to read: the kind of story that made me want to be a writer. (Cassandra Golds)

About the author:

Stephen Hart was born in Singapore to English parents, and emigrated from England with his family when he was seven.

Stephen has a PhD in archaeology and spent several years in Jordan running archaeological digs. He is still regarded as one of the world experts on Edomite pottery.

He moved from archaeology to computer programming and has worked in computer gaming, embroidery machines and racecourse totes. He now works for a major Australian telco.

He is an accomplished jazz musician (sax and piano). He is married to Australian author Pamela Freeman and they live with their son in Sydney’s inner west.

The Lighthouse at Pelican Rock is Stephen’s first children’s book.

About the illustrator:

Kathy Creamer is an illustrator and writer whose work has appeared in numerous books, in Australia and overseas. Most recently, she has illustrated the new edition of Max Fatchen’s A Pocketful of Rhymes(Second Look, 2017) and her work has also appeared in the anthologies A Toy Christmas(Christmas Press, 2016) and A Christmas Menagerie(2017). Her picture book with author Sophie Masson, See Monkey, is to be published by Little Pink Dog Books in 2018.

Originally from the UK, Kathy now lives in northern NSW with her husband. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and a Master of Arts in children’s illustration.  Under the name of Kate Amesbury, she also writes for adults and has had short stories published in several anthologies as well as other writings being awarded high commendations in  the Ada Cambridge Prize for Biographical Prose.

http://www.kathycreamer.com

 

 

We are sponsors of the 2017 HNSA Short Story Contest

historical-novel-society-ustraliaEagle Books is delighted to announce that we are co-sponsors of the 2017 Short Story Contest of the Historical Novel Society Australasia. Run in conjunction with HNSA’s 2017 Conference, to be held in Melbourne in September, the contest is open to all conference delegates, and will be judged by Sandra Gulland, author of The Shadow Queen and Mistress of the Sun. 

The winner will be awarded:

The second and third placed entrants will each receive certificates. With the author’s consent, the winning, second place and third place stories will be published by Backstory (both online and print on demand) after the conference.  http://www.backstoryjournal.com.au

The short list and prize-winning entry will be announced at the HNSA 2017 Conference Dinner.

More details and to enter here.

Announcing the new Eagle Books title for 2017!

Eagle Books logoEagle Books is delighted to announce our new title for 2017!

Jack of Spades

by Sophie Masson

Landing in all good bookshops in April 2017. 

Nobody weaves history, romance and adventure like Sophie Masson
Anthony Horowitz

 

May 1910…

Linda’s father is missing in Paris, and her only clue is the Jack of Spades card that was sent to their home in London. In the family code, ‘Jack of Spades’ means danger. But it is not her father’s handwriting on the envelope!

Setting out to look for him, Linda is soon whirled into a frightening world where nothing is as it seems. Who are the people following her? What was her father really doing in Paris? Who can she really trust? As she works against time to try and solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance with the help of some new friends, Linda begins to realise that she has stumbled into a dark and dangerous conspiracy which threatens the future of the whole world…

A gripping, original thriller for older readers by award-winning author Sophie Masson.

 With cover and internal illustrations by Yvonne Low(coming soon!)

ISBN: 9780994528001

Paperback

Age range: 10-14

RRP: $19.99

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About the author:

Born in Indonesia to French parents and brought up in Australia and France, Sophie Masson is the award-winning and internationally-published author of over 60 books, for children, young adults and adults.

Author Sophie Masson

Author site: www.sophiemasson.org

Blog: www.firebirdfeathers.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SophieMassonAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sophiemasson1

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Come celebrate Mikhail Strogoff in Melbourne!

eildon-mansionTo all our Victorian friends and supporters: there’s still time to book for our wonderful celebratory event in Melbourne for Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff! The date is  Tuesday November 8, starting at 6.30 pm, the venue is the St Kilda branch of the Alliance Francaise de Melbourne, which is housed in a gorgeous old mansion at 51 Grey St, St Kilda–a perfect setting! Translator Stephanie Smee will be giving a talk, publisher Sophie Masson will be introducing the book, and Michel Richard of the Alliance Francaise will be welcoming everyone. And there’ll also be a special presentation from a bilingual Russian/English reader, Dr Anna Popova, whose first introduction to this Russian-set novel of Verne’s was through Stephanie’s sparkling translation. There will be copies of the book for sale–and remember, signed copies make a wonderful, unique gift!

The event is free, but you can book here.  Hope to see you there!

mikhail strogoff finished 1 front cover

 

Another great review for Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff!

We’ve just been sent a great new review of Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff, which will be appearing in Vol 60 of the prestigious journal, The French Australian Review.  Written by Dr Patricia Clancy, a highly respected academic, French literature expert and professional translator, the review is not available online(though you can purchase copies of the issue in which it appears) but below is a short extract from it.

Stephanie Smee has given us the first new translation of this novel for a century. The first two were heavy, wordy and very nineteenth-century, which did not do justice to Verne’s much more vivid and lively style. While retaining the generally more formal tone of a historical novel, Smee has smartened the pace by cleverly incorporating footnotes into the text and choosing a simpler, more evocative vocabulary.

 The book itself is a delight to read and to look at. Its relatively small format is also very comfortable to hold. My review copy is one of a limited edition of 750, which has been released well before general commercial publication. It is a handsome hard-cover that looks like a nineteenth-century book with gold foil lettering and embellishments on the cover. Inside there are pages of quality cream paper, a coloured map of Mikhail’s journey as endpapers and a satin ribbon bookmark—all in all, a fine gift for any lover of novels of high adventure.

Fabulous review of Mikhail Strogoff in Reading Time

A fabulous review of Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff has appeared in Reading Time, the highly respected journal of the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Here’s a short extract:

In this beautiful translation by Stephanie Smee, the first in English in more than 100 years, a new generation of readers will enjoy the magnificent story-telling talent of Verne that has captivated fans the world over.

Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff is the first release for Eagle Books, an imprint of Christmas Press. Only 750 copies are available in a limited edition with gold-edged pages. Illustrations are by David Allan and include a delightful colour image inlaid on the front cover. Lovers of fine literature will appreciate the investment (RRP $55) as a special gift, or as an addition to the family bookshelves to be treasured by future generations.

You can read the whole review here.