Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The next Gone Girl, lauded by critics, is a Scottish thriller by debut author

 A slam dunk of a debut up there with the big hitters. Move over Gone Girl you’ve got company on the top shelf. – Read & Rated Book Reviews

"Intelligent psychological drama about a toxic friendship, with a gasp-making twist." 



LONDON June 28 2016:  The publishing trend for exceptionally well-written summer debut novels about female friendship with sinister overtones, sparked by Emma Cline's The Girls, is set to follow with the launch of S. E. Lynes' debut. Her hauntingly intelligent psychological thriller Valentina launches in UK paperback and worldwide ebook on 1 JULY 2016.

THE STORY When Govan journalist Shona McGilvery moves from Glasgow with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in Aberdeenshire, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness. But with Mikey working offshore, the frightening isolation of the Aberdeenshire countryside begins to drive her insane... That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina. She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend – or does she?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: S. E. LYNES is a creative writing teacher at Richmond Adult Community College, Richmond-Upon-Thames. She lives in Teddington, SW London with her husband and 3 children.

HOW SHE WAS DISCOVERED: It is rare for any publisher to discover a debut author of this calibre. After attending an event at Richmond Adult Community College about writing and publishing in the digital age, hosted by small London publisher Blackbird Digital Books and ex-tutor Susan Lee Kerr, S. E. Lynes sent in her sample chapters. She was immediately spotted by Blackbird's newly-appointed Commissioning Editor in her first editorial role. "Valentina is the sort of novel that captivates you immediately," says Rosalie Love. "The writing is exquisite, the characters real and flawed, the wilds of Aberdeenshire and glittering granite of the city beautifully evoked. I defy any reader to not be completely consumed by this remarkable debut novel."

COVER DESIGN: Is by the author's equally talented brother, Game of Thrones graphic artist, Robert Ball.

CONTACT: Stephanie Zia or Rosalie Love, Blackbird Digital Books 2/25 Earls Terrace London W8 6LP  tel: +44 (0)7816 491189 Email: editorial@blackbird-books.com  Website: www.blackbird-books.com We are a digital first company. We share reviews and posts on social media and link back to reviewers from our website www.blackbird-books.com @Blackbird_Bks currently has 6900+ followers and our PR arm 4000+ followers. Review copies are available by return in mobi for Kindle, ePub and PDF formats.

Paperback available to order from all good bookshops (Waterstones click & collect   Foyles click & collect) and from all the usual online retailers.
£8.99 Paperback ISBN: 9780993307089
£0.99 Ebook ISBN: 9780993307096

'Surpassed all my expectations. A debut novel that doesn’t read like one.' – Fictionophile - Goodreads Top 1% reviewer 

'Has easily become my favorite book of 2016! I don't know what else to say besides, WOW.' –Between Dreams I Read 

'The excitement around this book is contagious.' – Claire, The Addiction of Book