Great to see this new review of Julian Leatherdale’s fabulous novel, The Phantasmic Detective Agency, in the latest(August) edition of the popular magazine, Good Reading!
Over the weekend we were at the 2019 Historical Novel Society of Australasia(HNSA)’s excellent conference, held this year at the University of Western Sydney’s Parramatta South Campus. Eagle Books was a conference sponsor, donating books for delegates’ goodie bags and as prizes for shortlisted writers in the HNSA/ARA short story contest. As well as enjoying the conference and its fabulous program of great speakers and presentations, it was great to catch up with several of our authors attending!
We are delighted to reveal the fabulous cover for our forthcoming(October) Eagle Books title, The Girl in the Mirror, by Jenny Blackford. Cover illustration is by Fiona McDonald, design by Beattie Alvarez.
The Girl in the Mirror, a gripping and original middle-grade novel which is a mix of time slip, ghost story and mystery, will be published by Eagle Books on October 14. You can read more about it here.
We are delighted to announce that today is the official publication day of our newest Eagle Books title, Simon Higgins’ fantastic adventure novel, Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night!
Beautifully-written, excitingly-paced and with a deep understanding of one of the most interesting historical periods and fascinating cultures in the world, this is a superb novel that we are very proud to publish, with its beautiful cover and internal illustrations created by Simon’s wife, artist and animator Jenny(Yuxiao) Wang.
To whet your appetite for Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night, we are thrilled to present this lively and atmospheric trailer, created by Crane Animation and scripted and narrated by Simon Higgins. Enjoy!
We at Eagle Books are delighted to announce that we have just acquired rights to award-winning author Simon Higgins’ fabulous new historical adventure novel, Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night. Set in the same dangerous, magical Japanese world as his earlier novel, Tomodachi: The Edge of the World, it is however a self-sufficient adventure which will have readers on the edge of their seats. Eagle Books will be publishing the book in March 2019.
About the book:
Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night
By Simon Higgins
Cover and internal illustrations by Jenny (Yuxiao) Wang
Published by Eagle Books, an imprint of Christmas Press
Release: March 2019
RRP : $19.99
Shipwrecked at the far end of the world in a land at war.
Befriended by runaways fated to harrowing paths.
In constant danger from warriors, bandits and superstitious villagers who take his blue eyes and pale skin as proof that he’s a demon…
Young Daniel Marlowe and his Japanese ‘tomodachi’, his friends, Otsu and Kenji, are about to stumble into a stomach-knotting adventure where a ferocious public test of samurai virtue and a murder investigation will collide.
Their hazardous journey promises answers. The hope of being joyfully reunited, the risk of confirming loss.
But the spirit world has its own part to play in their destinies, for someone -or something- waits watchfully in the ancient Forest of the Night.
About the author:
Simon Higgins is a former police officer, prosecutor and private investigator specialising in murder cases. A martial artist and published author with an international career spanning over 20 years and 14 novels published in several languages, he has also been an Australian Government Ambassador for Asia Literacy and an Endeavour Award Recipient, funded by his country to live and study in China. Simon was the first westerner to pen an interactive Visual Novel published in both Chinese and English. In 2008 he competed in Kyoto, Japan, in the annual Taikai, the world championships of the sword art Iaido, held on a mountaintop before a Japanese prince. Simon placed fifth. When not working on novels or teaching around the world, he leads a professional team writing an animated series for Chinese TV.
About the illustrator
Jenny Wang, who also happens to be Simon Higgins’s wife, is the CEO of Crane Animation and the creator of the iconic animated Chinese characters Cocoa and Little Love, watched on over 1000 TV channels in Asia and on planes, trains, buses, internet channels, even giant screens on skyscrapers. Her series has won over 160 awards. She has a Masters Degree in Creative Media from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, plus a degree in Engineering from the Chinese equivalent of MIT. An expert animator and artist, Jenny has taught students of all ages how to draw Manga and Anime style characters using techniques she developed that instantly impart skill and confidence. Her life story, going from a desperately poor village childhood in rural China to seeing her own creative and business dreams realised, is an empowering message of self-esteem and positivity she has shared with young people around the world.