Australiababble: Seeing the sights

My new favourite mode of transport: Ferrari? Harley? No. From now on, I shall whenever possible be travelling by open top bus. They are awesome! And what better way to see a city? We bought 24-hour tickets and went crazy – hopping on and off at will. My favourite stop was Kings Cross, which does the best day-to-night make over I have ever seen. If Kings Cross were a woman, she would wear demure clothing and subtle make-up by day, but as soon as the sun goes down, she puts on her red lippy, whips off her cardigan, dons her heels and dances on the bar. You go girl!

Australiababble: We're in Australia!

I’m in AUSTRALIA!!!! Wooohooo! Arrived yesterday morning (I think) and it’s now the day after (I think) – I actually have no concept of day or time, but it doesn’t matter – I made it and after my initial 24 hour explore I am love with this city! I have loved places before and undoubtedly will again, but what I wasn’t prepared for and have rarely experienced, is that Sydney loves me back!

Australiababble: And we're off!

So, standing here in the lounge in my pyjamas with the ironing board and a mountain of clean but crumpled laundry filling the room. The kids are on the computer thingy, demanding bacon and my husband is ankle deep in paperwork, just a normal Sunday really, only it isn’t. For tomorrow we are off to AUSTRALIA!!!

I am beyond excited and more than a little apprehensive.  All those hours on a plane? Really? I am planning a strategy that involves movie watching and lots of wine.

Black Dog Summer by Miranda Sherry

Editorial Director Laura Palmer at Head of Zeus has pre-empted world rights to the debut novel of South African author Miranda Sherry from Oli Munson at AM Heath for a six-figure sum.

Set against the heat and dramatic landscape of a South African summer, BLACK DOG SUMMER is a gripping and emotional story about a mother who is brutally murdered in a farmstead killing and must then watch from the heavens as her traumatized daughter moves in with her aunt’s dysfunctional family.

Blown away by Dani Atkins' debut

On 7th November we published Dani Atkins' debut novel FracturedWe took it to the bloggers to see what they thought and the response was incredible.

At HoZ, we get to work with some fantastic digital reviewers -- the very best in science fiction, historical fiction, crime and other genres. But as our list of women's fiction and romance grows I set about getting to know some new faces. The response was great, from the biggest websites to the smallest new bloggers, everyone was very friendly and happy to support us.

Once they got the book, things really got going! Below are just some examples of the fantastic responses that warmed our hearts. Thank you so much to all.

HoZ welcomes Christopher Bland

We are delighted to announce that we will be publishing Sir Christopher Bland's debut novel Ashes in the Wind next autumn.

Christopher is a former Chairman of the BBC, BT and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Ashes in the Wind is an epic story that interweaves the destinies of the Anglo-Irish Burkes and the Catholic Irish Sullivans from 1919 to 2010. HoZ will publish in hardback and ebook in September 2014.

Music for Time Travellers

Not content with being the biggest and best collection of time travel stories ever written, The Time Traveller's Almanac is also the aspiring time traveller's everything-you-need-know guide to the intricacies of adventuring in the fourth dimension. From Top Tips on paradox avoidance to brief run down of the physics involved, from fashion advice to music to time travel to. And all this in a mere 948 pages!  

So this week we'll be strapping on our chronodynamic headphones and tuning in to this Spotify playlist (or click read more below for an embedded playlist) of music to transport you through time. Next week we'll be looking at time travel fashion in partnership with ASOS.