News

Fiction imprint Shrine Bell to publish new children's book series by author and adventurer Matt Dickinson

Shrine Bell, the fiction imprint of outdoor specialist Vertebrate Publishing, is to release Popcorn-Eating Squirrels of the World Unite! – the first in a new two-part series by Matt Dickinson – in autumn 2018.The narrative brings readers into the world of four unlikely heroes whose hunger-driven ambition to get hold of the Pop-O-Matic 3,000 machine causes popcorn pandemonium. Thrilled to be working with Dickinson again on what will be his fifth book with Vertebrate, managing director Jon Barton said, ‘Matt Dickinson is one of Vertebrate Publishing’s most high-profile authors with a fantastic international reach. These will be his first books...

Read more →


Author interview: Ruth Eastham, Arrowhead

Reissued this February with an all-new cover, Arrowhead, the third novel by award-winning author Ruth Eastham, awakens an ancient Viking curse, from which Jack and his friends must save the world. Weaving aspects of Norse mythology with race-against-the-clock tension as the modern world is turned on its head, Ruth draws you in to a thrilling emotional journey. We caught up with her to talk about character construction and what inspired her to write the book.   1. What was the inspiration for Arrowhead, have you always had an interest in Viking history? Several ingredients were the inspiration for Arrowhead. One was...

Read more →


Ruth Eastham tells us what she loves about the cover of The Warrior in the Mist

Ruth Eastham tells us what she loves about the cover of The Warrior in the Mist

After seeing the brilliant ideas designer Nathan came up with for the front cover of my first novel, The Memory Cage, I couldn’t wait to see his artwork for my brand new book, The Warrior in the Mist … And I wasn’t disappointed!                  The galloping horse gives it a really dynamic feel, the surreal blue Will o’the Wisp flames add plenty of mystery, while the beautifully engraved Celtic sword gives that sense of drama and legend I was hoping for. Great job, Nathan! For me, the minimal colour palette of silver, black,...

Read more →


Free extract: The Warrior in the Mist, the latest book by award-winning author Ruth Eastham

In the second of two free extracts posted on our blog this week, children's author Ruth Eastham shares a sneak peak from her brand-new children's book, The Warrior in the Mist, which is set for release on 7 September. Enjoy! ‘Come on, Centurion!’ Aidan tugged at the rope, leading the horse across the meadow. ‘You need to get to your paddock!’ Aidan looked towards Carrus Woods, at the drilling tower beyond the trees. He felt the morning sun on his face. He should have been at the big anti-fracking demonstration ages ago. His mates Emmi and Jon would already be...

Read more →


Free chapter: Killer Storm, the third and final book in The Everest Files trilogy

With the final book in Matt Dickinson's Everest Files series now complete, we're offering you an exclusive opportunity to read an excerpt from the first chapter for free! Grab a comfy seat and get stuck in, and if you'd like to share what you think about Killer Storm we'd love to hear your feedback on Facebook or Twitter. Killing the crow was how the trip began. I should have known that things could only get worse. The violent death of the bird was telling me NOT to try and climb Shiva Direct that day. I was riding my motorbike at the time....

Read more →