• The Lion Tamer Who Lost is nominated for The Sapere Books Popular Romantic Fiction Award at the RNA Awards!

    The Lion Tamer Who Lost is nominated for The Sapere Books Popular Romantic Fiction Award at the RNA Awards!

    Today, Orenda Books received the news that our INCREDIBLY TALENTED Louise Beech’s novel The Lion Tamer Who Lost has been nominated on the final shortlist, for The Sapere Books Popular Romantic Fiction Award at the 2019 Romantic Novel Awards. . Here is the Booksellers article on the shortlists: The Romantic Novelists’ Association has revealed the shortlists for the 2019 Romantic Novel Awards, with Sapere Books to sponsor a new prize. Jill Mansell, Katie Ginger and Tom and Giovanna Fletcher are among the nominees for the RNA awards, which are the only national literary prizes that recognise excellence in the genre of romantic fiction. Read More

  • The Orenda Roadshow 2019 is CONFIRMED!!!!

    The Orenda Roadshow 2019 is CONFIRMED!!!!

    The Orenda Roadshow for 2019 has been confirmed with 4 dates this year! Authors joining us on the Roadshow will include: Matt Wesolowski, Louise Beech, Steph Broadribb, Will Carver, Kjell Ola Dahl, Simone Buchholz, Helen FitzGerald, Thomas Enger, Johana Gustawsson, Antti Tuomainen, Lilja Sigurdardottir, Susi Holliday, West Camel, David F. Ross, Michael J. Malone, Doug Johnstone and Louise Voss! Join us on one of these funny and engaging evening and come away with a list or pile of books that will keep you absorbed for weeks! First up is Edinburgh. Read More

  • 4 Orenda authors taking part in Aye Write events – Ticket links inside!

    4 Orenda authors taking part in Aye Write events – Ticket links inside!

    Event One 23rd March – 445pm – Mitchell Library Delicious Nordic Noir Antti Tuomainen and Lilja Sigurdardottir will be hosting a ‘Delicious Nordic Noir’ event on the 23rd March. Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast-paced and chilling plot, and intriguing characters, Lilja Sigurdardottir’s Trap is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction. . . . With a nod to Fargo, and dark noir, Antti Tuomainen’s Palm Beach Finland is both a page-turning thriller and a black comedy about lust for money, fleeing dreams and people struggling at turning points in their lives – chasing their fantasies regardless of reason. . Tickets – £10 . Read More

  • TWO AMAZING Book Trailers

    TWO AMAZING Book Trailers

    To mark the publication of both Matt Wesolowski’s Changeling and Steph Broadribb’s Deep Dirty Truth, we have created short trailers, to give you a sneak peek into what the books are about. Have a look below!!   Changeling   Deep Dirty Truth Read More



    Take a peek at the invite for the launch of the FABULOUS Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb and CHILLING Changeling by Matt Wesolowski!!!! The event will take place on the 11th February from 6.30-9pm and will be held at Waterstone’s, Tottenham Court Road… This event is open to all, so don’t miss out on the highly anticipated launch!!!! We can’t wait to welcome you! RSVP: Read More

  • A VERY Cold Desert Sky

    A VERY Cold Desert Sky

    It is a huge pleasure to have the opportunity to review Rod Reynold’s latest Charlie Yates thriller, as part of the blog tour. For those who keep up with the (much neglected) Orenda community blog, I’ve also reviewed the two earlier books in the series: The Dark Inside and Black Night Falling, and Rod is fast becoming one of my favourite non-Orenda authors. I had very high expectations for Cold Desert Sky and they were more than matched. Rod has created another exquisitely authentic masterpiece, his 1940s America coming alive with its richly drawn setting, terse and believable dialogue, and powerful characterization, and it draws on the best elements of American noir, with its dark, hardboiled grittiness, the tangible, almost visceral thread of jeopardy that runs throughout, a protagonist almost hell-bent on self-destruction, and a population of utterly realistic gangsters. Read More

  • Blog Tour Q&A with John Gordon Sinclair #WalkInSilence

    Blog Tour Q&A with John Gordon Sinclair #WalkInSilence

      It’s pure pleasure to have John Gordon Sinclair on the Orenda Community Blog today, talking about his latest thriller Walk in Silence. Before we launch into this fascinating interview, let’s talk a little about the book. And I will begin by saying: John Gordon Sinclair, where have you BEEN? His first two thrillers (Seventy Times Twenty and Blood Whispers) somehow eluded my *fabulous thriller radar*, but that has now been rectified, and I cannot recommend Walk in Silence highly enough. Driven by a deep-seated desire to right a wrong, feisty, sharp-witted, sharp-tongued and quick-thinking Irish lawyer Keira Lynch leaves her Glasgow offices to travel to Albania, to rescue a young boy whose life is at stake, whose mother lost her life in unimaginable circumstances. Read More

  • Debut time! Mark Hill & Two O’Clock Boy

    Debut time! Mark Hill & Two O’Clock Boy

        I’m delighted to take part in the Two O’Clock Boy blog tour, and to interview author Mark Hill, whose dark, brooding and tightly plotted debut is attracting all of the right sorts of attention. Introducing DI Ray Drake, anti-hero cop with something to hide, and his determined, newly promoted sidekick DS Flick Crowley, Two O’Clock Boy undoubtedly marks the beginning of a compelling series, from a exciting new voice on the crime scene. Read More

  • Analysing THE CONTRACT with J M Gulvin

    Analysing THE CONTRACT with J M Gulvin

      We are thrilled to welcome Jeff Gulvin back to the Orenda Community blog, talking about the most recent addition of the John Q thriller series, The Contract. I reviewed The Long Count last year, and called it ‘one of the finest, most evocative and original thrillers I’ve read in quite some time’ (see review here), and I’m delighted to confirm that The Contract hits the ground running, delivering a past-paced, beautifully plotted, complex read featuring characters that are becoming almost iconic. Texas Ranger John Q is moral minded and as tough as they come, intransigent in his determination to uncover corruption, doggedly unpick testimonies, square up to high-level politicians and senior members of the police force, and fight the corner of those who have been victims of everything from discrimination, blackmail and racial (and other) abuse in order to find the truth. Read More

  • This Deadly Thaw is chilling – Q&A with Sarah Ward

    This Deadly Thaw is chilling – Q&A with Sarah Ward

      We are absolutely delighted to host a Q&A with Sarah Ward, talking about her stunning thriller, A Deadly Thaw. Sarah was already on our radar, and we were privileged to interview her when her debut, In Bitter Chill was published (you can read it here: click). There is always a worry that a second book will not live up to the first, but we are in safe hands with Sarah. A Deadly Thaw is not just an exceptional crime thriller, but a confident and thrilling sequel that addresses some important social issues, while offering a truly captivating read. Sarah plays fair with the reader. Her narrators are reliable, with the story of missing Lena being slowly played out to drive the tension. Read More