Posts Tagged ‘hardcover’

Spy: the American cover

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Occasionally, I worry that all I do in this blog is squee about the Agency’s cover art. If you share that concern, you will be sadly disappointed because this week, I’m at it again.

Candlewick Press has just sent me the cover for A Spy in the House, which will be published on March 9, 2010 as a hardcover. Remember the images from that photo shoot I posted a few weeks ago? Well, here’s the final product from the hands of the amazing Caroline Lawrence. And I love it.

I love it.

I love it.

I hope you do, too.

A Spy in the House - US cover

A Spy in the House - US cover

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Agency photo shoot!

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

I literally did cartwheels when Deb Wayshak, my editor at Candlewick (she’s a novelist, too – prolific and critically acclaimed and thus, y’know, not intimidating AT ALL) told me they’d commissioned a photo shoot for the US edition of SPY. While I love the elegant, glowing UK cover, I was so curious to see how other people imagined Mary Quinn. The final cover is not quite ready for the world but its designer, Caroline Lawrence, took some behind-the-scenes snapshots of the cover shoot so that we could all participate, too.

Have you recovered yet? I haven’t. Remember, you have just under 3 weeks left to enter to win a copy of SPY.

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New site! New release dates! New contest!

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Welcome to my new website! Here, I’ll keep you updated on all things Agency while trying not to abuse the exclamation point (difficult). There’s fresh new content if you care to poke around, and a couple of old favourites . I’ll be updating the site weekly from now on, usually on Thursdays.

I’m thrilled to announce that the Candlewick Press edition of A SPY IN THE HOUSE will go on sale in North America on March 9, 2010. The fabulous team at Candlewick designed a gorgeous, atmospheric new cover – and they even commissioned a photo shoot! I have some behind-the-scenes shots from the shoot and will share those with you in the coming weeks. Oh, and it’s hard not to shout this last part: the American edition is a hardcover – oh, yes it is. You can pre-order now from Amazon (US; Canada).

THE BODY AT THE TOWER, the second book in The Agency trilogy, will be published by Walker Books in April 2010. This time, Mary’s investigating a suspicious death at the Houses of Parliament. She’s disguised as a 12-year-old boy. And James is back from India… I had such a tough time writing and re-writing and re-bloody-writing this book, but my earliest readers (spouse, editors, agent) have been really enthusiastic. I hope you are, too.

Finally, to celebrate my lovely new website and upcoming North American book launch, I’m holding a CONTEST! It’s open to anyone in the world with a blog, Twitter, or Facebook account. First prize is a crisp, lovely, new-book-smelling copy of the British edition of A Spy in the House (its dramatic cover is there on the left); there are also 2 B&W stickers featuring the terrific Agency logo for 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Ready to enter? Here’s what you do:

1. Announce the following via your blog, Twitter or Facebook account:
Countdown to The Agency! There are almost 6 months ’til the US launch of A SPY IN THE HOUSE. Win a copy now at

2. Email me ( on or before November 1 with the link to your announcement AND the answer to this question:
What was the last book that really lingered in your mind – haunted you, if you will? Give author name, title, and description of the haunting element, please.

Once again, there are 2 steps to enter the contest:
–    Spread the word about this contest at your blog, on Twitter, or on Facebook (or all three). Remember to link to this website.
–    Email me by November 1 with the answer to the “haunted” question AND a link to your contest announcement (friend me on Fb if you do it there).

On November 5 (Guy Fawkes Day – ha!), I’ll announce the randomly selected winner and post everyone’s answers. (For privacy reasons, I’ll post answers with first names only, unless you request otherwise. If you’d rather I didn’t post your answer at all, tell me in your email.)

If you win and already own a copy of Spy, you can name a friend and I’ll send out the book as a gift from you. Or you can choose the very sexy Spanish edition from Ediciones Versatil, instead – it’s a stunner, and not for sale outside Spain.

Good luck! (I tried that without the exclamation point; it can’t be done.)

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