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4th September 2017 – Today I can show you the cover of Steph Broadribb’s “Deep Blue Trouble” – the 2nd much anticipated Lori Anderson thriller. Isn’t it just perfect? I do love a good cover. Coming in 2018!  More information will surely follow…



After the below announcement on the signing of Exquisite, I can now show you the cover. WOO. Beautiful! Can’t wait to read it!

Orenda Books signs Exquisite psychological thriller

Karen Sullivan, publisher of Orenda Books, is delighted to announce the acquisition of World English Language Rights for Sarah Stovell’s debut thriller Exquisite, in a two-book deal negotiated with Hattie Grünewald at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency.

Karen says, ‘Hattie pitched this book to me at the London Book Fair earlier this year, and I was immediately intrigued; in fact, it’s possibly the first submission that I’ve ever “chased”. This is a sophisticated, exceptionally well-written, dark and twisty psychological thriller that revolves around the intense, sinister relationship that develops between two women: one an aspiring young writer who is drifting through her life, with a dead-end job and a freeloading boyfriend, and the other a successful author living an apparently idyllic life in the Lake District with her husband, children, and a clutch of bestselling books. Driven by a dual first-person narrative, Exquisite is a breathlessly pacy, relevant and original thriller, with a genuinely astonishing twist that will have readers flipping back the pages to see what they’ve missed. Beautiful prose, superb characterisation, atmospheric descriptions of the Cumbrian setting and an outstanding plot make Exquisite, quite simply, everything that its name suggests. It’s a perfect fit for the growing Orenda list and I am very excited to welcome Sarah to the team.’

Hattie says, ‘I’m thrilled that Sarah Stovell’s intense and captivating thriller has found a home at Orenda. I’m sure that with Karen’s help this will be a book on everyone’s 2017 wishlist!’

Sarah says, ‘I am delighted to be working with Karen on Exquisite and my next thriller. She’s a great editor with a fantastic group of authors, and I feel really hopeful about our future together.’

Exquisite will be published in June 2017. For more information, please contact Karen@orendabooks.co.uk.


Today (29th June 2016) I am VERY excited along with awesome blogger and fellow reviewer Emma of Damp Pebbles fame, to present the cover for the upcoming Orenda release Sealskin by Su Bristow

Here it is – BEAUTIFUL as all Orenda covers are. Can’t wait to read this one!


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About the book:

Karen Sullivan, publisher of Orenda Books, is delighted to announce the acquisition of World English Language rights for debut author, Sujata Bristow’s Sealskin, in a deal negotiated with Broo Doherty of DHH Literary Agency.

Karen says, ‘I was swept away by this simply beautiful book – a flawless retelling of a legend that features in the folklore of so many nations. Set in a Scottish fishing village, Sealskin is an exquisitely written, subtle story of a small community’s response to difference, studying the nuances of personal relationships and how an outside influence recasts and fortifies social ties. Every character, every relationship, every aspect of the setting and the story is finely drawn, with a compelling timelessness that is at once relevant and able to transport us to a different world. Sujata has an extraordinary talent for exploring social dynamics, tradition and the innate human capacity for forgiveness, acceptance and care, and this is an exceptional book on many, many levels.’

Broo Doherty says, ‘I am absolutely delighted to have sold Sealskin by Sujata Bristow to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books. When I first read the opening chapter as a judge for the Exeter Novel Prize, it stood out for the quality of the writing and the authenticity of the location. It is a magical and elegiac novel, based on an age-old myth, but told with a modern twist. I know that it is in safe hands, and it will be published with confidence and enthusiasm, Orenda’s trademarks…’

Sealskin will be published in early Spring 2017.


In my FAVOURITE Orenda update EVER – Love you Steph!

Orenda Books signs Crime Thriller Girl’s Debut Thriller


Karen Sullivan, publisher of Orenda Books, is delighted to announce the acquisition of World rights for Steph Broadribb’s Deep Down Dead, a stunning action thriller set in the USA.


Karen says, ‘I’ve worked with Steph professionally through her high-profile blog, and was delighted when she sent me her debut novel for assessment. It took me no more than about twenty seconds to decide that this was absolutely perfect for the Orenda list. Not only is it a well-written, tense, action-packed thriller, but the characterisation is sublime and there is an extraordinary, highly charged love story at its heart. Set in the USA, the unforgettable key protagonist (and single mother) is a ‘bail runner’ (aka bounty hunter) and in a plot that twists, turns and then does it all over again, she faces a series of events that threaten her life, and that of her daughter. I was completely mesmerised by the eloquent prose, the emotional depths of the characters, the authenticity of the setting and the dialogue, and, of course, an extraordinary, riveting plot. In a nutshell, this has “bestseller” written all over it, and I could not be happier to welcome Steph to the team.’



Steph says, ‘I’m thrilled to be publishing my debut novel with Orenda Books and to be working with people as dynamic, inspiring and devoted to books and publishing as Karen and her team. It really is a dream come true.’


Deep Down Dead will be published by Orenda Books in early 2017. For further details, contact Karen@orendabooks.co.uk.




David (OMG This Book) reviews NIGHTBLIND


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Ari Thor is back in Nightblind another superb Icelandic crime thriller.

Having read and enjoyed Ragnar Jonasson’s Snowblind, the debut in his bestselling Dark Iceland series, I was looking forward to reading this and wasn’t disappointed. Again set in the isolated northern Icelandic fishing village of Siglufjörður, the feeling of shock and surprise at violent crime is tangible in such an idyllic and usually quiet peaceful community.

When Ari Thor’s superior officer is shot at point blank range he appreciates that it could just as easily have been him instead. Heavily involved in the hunt for the gunman, policeman Ari Thor is determined to solve the crime and the reader is treated to a dark and twisty whodunit. Local police inspector Herjolfur is investigating an abandoned old house just outside Siglufjörður. It’s the middle of the night and he’s finding it a bit unsettling. Without warning he is shot and seriously hurt.

He is Ari Thor’s colleague and he realises that although he’s been working with Herjolfur for while he knows little about him and he’s feeling guilty. As the investigation widens it becomes a tangled web of local politics, questionable relationships and events from the past that leave Ari Thor with broken pieces of a puzzle. Our story is made more sinister by a voice from a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik which is entwined with the narrative, providing another part of the mystery for the reader to consider.

Overall this is a very readable and enjoyable book with plenty of intrigue and twists to keep us turning the pages. Ari Thor continues to be written as a solid, interesting and likeable character with his own worries and issues. The setting creates an unusual and harsh but in many ways beautiful background to the Dark Iceland stories. I am happy to recommend the excellent Nightblind and hope you find it a great read too. (ARC Received)




So Orenda recently signed the latest Amanda Jennings novel and I am SO happy to reveal the cover and tell you a little more about it….

A perfect life … until she discovers it isn’t her own  ––– A tragic family event reveals devastating news that rips apart Bella’s comfortable existence. Embarking on a personal journey to uncover the truth, she faces a series of traumatic discoveries that take her to the ruggedly beautiful Cornish coast, where hidden truths, past betrayals and a 25-year-old mystery threaten not just her identity, but her life. Chilling, complex and profoundly moving, In Her Wake is a gripping psychological thriller that questions the nature of family – and reminds us that sometimes the most shocking crimes are committed closest to home.



Beautiful cover! I can’t wait to read it!




2 Responses to Orenda News.

  1. Dawn Crooks says:

    OMG that is absolutely stunning – I cannot wait, I’m beside myself. Aaaaarrrggghhh 😀 LOVE IT 🙂

  2. Bex Salmon says:

    Bloody loved this book. It was a page turner with huge heart.

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