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  • David F. Ross is bringing Disco to Hull!

    David F. Ross is bringing Disco to Hull!

    Yes, it’s true folks! The about-to-be City of Culture have got their eye on the ball – the DISCO BALL, of course! They’ve invited the amazing David F. Ross to be ‘Head in a Book’ on 8th April! We are SO bringing the disco to you! Have a peek at the details. The Last Days of Disco. Need any persuading? Have a look this quote from the one and only John Niven: ‘If you lived through the early eighties this book is essential. If you didn’t it’s simply a brilliant debut novel. Read More

  • The Last Days of Disco Blog Tour starts TODAY!

    The Last Days of Disco Blog Tour starts TODAY!

    Completely thrilled to have 14 brilliant bloggers on board for this one! Get on your dancing shoes and step back into 1980s Ayshire with David F. Ross‘s fabulously authentic, hilarious, heart-rending The Last Days of Disco! Before we begin, I should probably tell you that John Niven said this: ‘If you lived through the early eighties this book is essential. If you didn’t it’s simply a brilliant debut novel.’ Excited? We are. Read More

  • S.J.I. Holliday goes deep into BLACK WOOD

    S.J.I. Holliday goes deep into BLACK WOOD

    We are absolutely delighted to welcome debut author SJI Holliday to the Orenda Community blog! Black Wood is an extraordinary thriller, full of memorable characters, unexpected twists and turns (this is not an understatement) and some beautiful writing. A hugely exciting debut that will undoubtedly leave you wanting more! The blurb: He spots the two girls through the cracked screen of beech, sycamore and leg-scratching gorse: a flash of red skirt and a unison of giggles … The smaller girl sees them first and she lets out a strange little squeak and jumps back, grabbing onto the other girl’s T-shirt, revealing a flash of milky white shoulder. He grins. Something happened to Claire and Jo in Black Wood: something that left Claire paralysed and Jo with deep mental scars. But with Claire suffering memory loss and no evidence to be found, nobody believes Jo’s story. Read More

  • Quentin Bates on *fictional characters*

    Quentin Bates on *fictional characters*

    Next up on the Orenda Books ‘community’ blog is crime writer Quentin Bates, talking about his new book Thin Ice. Quentin is also the translator of Ragnar Jónasson’s Snowblind (June 2015) and Nightblind (June 2015) Rough treatment I’m still wondering whether or not to let my rotund heroine have a promotion. She deserves one, but the steady undercurrent of her disgruntlement at being passed over makes a thread that runs through the books I write with Gunnhildur, a middle-aged female police officer, in the lead role. I can almost hear her yelling at me. ‘Come on, will you? How many years have we been together now? And I’m still on this lousy pay grade?’ We’ve been together for four novels and a novella so far, all set in present day Iceland, with a second novella, Summerchill, due to appear in May this year. Read More

  • Michael J. Malone, talking about BEYOND THE RAGE

    Michael J. Malone, talking about BEYOND THE RAGE

    VERY excited to be host to the first-ever ‘community’ blog! In other words, not Orenda authors but talented *other* authors who have something to say and some very fine books to promote. First up is Michael J. Malone, talking about his totally brilliant new crime thriller Beyond the Rage!  The Blurb: Even though he’s a successful criminal, Glasgow villain Kenny O’Neill is angry. Not only has his high-class escort girlfriend just been attacked, but his father is reaching out to him from the past despite abandoning Kenny as a child after his mother’s suicide. Kenny is now on a dual mission to hunt down his girl’s attacker and find out the truth about his father… but instead he unravels disturbing family secrets and finds that revenge is not always sweet. An intelligent, violent thriller shot through with dark humour, Beyond the Rage enthralls and disturbs in equal measure. Read More

  • Welcome!

    Welcome!

    It seems impossible that Orenda Books could be up and running in just eleven weeks, but here we are! We’ve got two books ebooked already: David F. Ross’s hilarious and heartbreaking tribute to 1980s Britain (via music, of course … look at this: #DiscoDays music) in The Last Days of Disco and yet another extraordinary debut in Paul E. Hardisty’s extraordinarily vivid, beautifully written thriller The Abrupt Physics of Dying. Both will be out in print in March, and if the early reviews are anything to go by, we’re off to a good start! You’ll be hearing a lot about them in weeks to come! David is someone I’m certainly hoping to nurture, as his humour (day, night and in his literature) keeps me on my toes and laughing out loud. Read More

  • Orenda’s first-ever guest blog post!

    Orenda’s first-ever guest blog post!

    Karen Sullivan, founder and publisher of Orenda Books, was invited to write her first-ever guest blog for A Lover of Books (@destinylover09), explaining the process of setting up a new independent publishing company, and why she did it! If you’d like to know a little more about the provenance of Orenda Books, you can read about it here. Read More