September 3, 2014
September 2, 2014
Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.
Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most…
Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.
Check out full info and purchase details here.
You can stay up-to-date on all of Kelley’s news by following her on Twitter @KelleyArmstrong.
August 21, 2014
We’ve got North American Labour Day weekend coming up (Aug 30 – Sept 1, 2014) and no doubt there will be lots of reading recommendations coming your way online. We’ve done the work for you with three fantastic novels out this summer – No Safe House, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and The Devil On Her Tongue – yours to win from @TheHHAgency!
The two steps to win:
- RT this tweet
- Email us at email@example.com with your answers to the questions below (Subject line: “Labour Day Weekend #bookbundle giveaway”)
We will be making a random selection from all correct giveaway entries at 12pm EST on Monday, August 25. One lucky winner will be set for a weekend of sensational reading!
Thanks for participating, good luck and enjoy these bestsellers…
LINWOOD BARCLAY, No Safe House
2. What does this character do for a living?
NADIA HASHIMI, The Pearl That Broke its Shell
3. Where in the world is The Pearl That Broke Its Shell set?
4. What is the meaning of the term ‘bacha posh’?
LINDA HOLEMAN, The Devil On Her Tongue
5. What Canadian city is Linda originally from?
6. What was the title of Linda’s first book?
August 18, 2014
We also wanted to share this great video created recently by Loading Doc Productions featuring Linwood Barclay in conversation with longtime agent Helen Heller. Learn about the books that first gripped Linwood as a reader and enjoy an interesting discussion about how great television now challenges novelists to up their game.
For more info about Linwood go to www.linwoodbarclay.com or follow him on Twitter @linwood_barclay. You can also follow us at the agency: @TheHHAgency. Follow us on Twitter between August 18-22 to win a copy of the bestselling No Safe House.
Congratulations to Linwood!
July 16, 2014
Congrats to both Linwood Barclay and Linda Holeman who are listed on the Canadian Fiction bestsellers this week! A Tap on the Window and The Devil on her Tongue are available for purchase in bookstores and online. For more info on author appearances and news, follow Linwood (@linwood_barclay) and Linda (@LindaHoleman) on Twitter.
June 25, 2014
We’re pleased to announce that the spectacular new book from Linda Holeman is out this week from Random House Canada!
The Devil on her Tongue is a spellbinding story of loss, romance and betrayal set in 18th-century Portugal.
Diamantina is 13 when her father, a Dutch sailor, abandons her and her African-born mother and sets off for the New World. Unbaptized, tainted by her mother’s witchcraft and her foreign blood, the girl is an outcast who seems doomed in her struggle to survive. Diamantina’s odyssey to change her life is a sweeping narrative of starvation and plenty, cruelty and love, disaster and triumph.
Says Holeman about this particular writing journey, “I didn’t know I was going to write this novel set in Portugal until I was travelling through it. For me, the joy in exploring a country is to have few plans, instead traversing its roads and exploring its cities and towns and countryside without expectations, looking, listening, tasting, touching… It was a place of peace and wonder, with only the smell of the ocean, the soft taste of the salty wind on my lips, and the evocative sound of seabirds circling restlessly overhead. I felt a kind of reverence as I stared at the sea… and in those moments the first nudging images of my next story came to me.”
Linda will be reading at IFOA Weekly on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM along with fellow authors Emma Healey and Tom Rachman. For more information, please click here.
June 23, 2014
Just over a week ago, we had a very eventful day here at the Helen Heller Agency as we filmed interviews with some of our fantastic clients! Keep an eye on our Youtube channel (TheHHAgency) for great clips from Linwood Barclay, Eva Stachniak, Linda Holeman, and us here at the Agency as we discuss contrasts and comparisons in genres, the author/agent relationship, and how publicity is changing in the publishing industry. Check our website and Twitter for updates!
Many thanks to the talented guys at Loading Doc and to our authors for their energy and time. We can’t wait to see the final results!
June 9, 2014
May 22, 2014
May 7, 2014
Khaled Hosseini is calling Nadia Hashimi’s The Pearl That Broke Its Shell “A tender and beautiful family story. Her always engaging multigenerational tale is a portrait of Afghanistan in all of its perplexing, enigmatic glory, and a mirror into the still ongoing struggles of Afghan women.”
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is now available where books are sold and online. For more information go to www.nadiahashimi.com.
Connect with Nadia on Twitter for news and updates! @NadiaHashimi
April 23, 2014
March 24, 2014
We’re delighted that Eva Stachniak’s second Catherine the Great novel Empress of the Night and Bruce Holsinger’s debut historical novel A Burnable Book are included on Nancy Bilyeau’s list of riveting novels to check out this season. You can purchase both novels anywhere books are sold, and online! Click author names above for more info, or follow our authors on Twitter: @EvaStachniak and @BruceHolsinger. Congrats to both!
February 24, 2014
Bruce Holsinger’s debut novel A Burnable Book is now on sale in the US, UK and Canada!
Go to www.bruceholsinger.com to see where to purchase! Bruce’s new website also features an amazing map, background on the complex character that was John Gower and everything else you need to know about Geoffrey Chaucer’s London in the late 14th century.
You can also follow Bruce on Facebook or catch his hilarious, round-the-clock updates on Twitter. Intrigued? Here’s a great excerpt from Waterstone’s to whet your appetite! Then file it under “want to read” on Goodreads!
If you’re in the US, make sure to check out the list of Bruce’s tour dates so you can meet him in person.
“John Gower is the perfect narrator and amateur sleuth… Holsinger’s research delivers up a world where even the filth is colorful.” - Sarah Dunant, New York Times
“Puzzlemeisters will love this. As will anyone who wants to sink into the sights and sounds of medieval England, a world that rises up here in all its strangeness—and its surprising similarities to our own era.” - Ron Charles, Washington Post
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the book—follow us on Twitter here: @TheHHAgency. If you are interested in a virtual meeting with Bruce Holsinger for your book club, anywhere in the world, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy reading!
February 14, 2014
January 16, 2014
December 30, 2013
December 29, 2013
Congratulations to Becky Masterman whose debut thriller Rage Against The Dying has been picked to be on Richard & Judy’s Spring 2014 list! The novel was also shortlisted for the Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of 2013.
December 18, 2013
Congratulations to Eva Stachniak whose new novel Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great (Die Zarin der Nacht in Germany) is at the number seven spot on the German paperback bestseller list!
Empress of the Night shows us a complex Catherine, reflecting on her life, her relentless battle between love and power, the country she brought into the glorious new century, and the bodies left in her wake. By the end of her life, she had accomplished more than virtually any other woman in history. Now, in a voice both indelible and intimate, she reflects on the decisions that gained her the world and brought her enemies to their knees. And before her last breath, shadowed by the bloody French Revolution, she sets up the end game for her last political maneuver, ensuring her successor and the greater glory of Russia.
Eva Stachniak is the Globe and Mail (Canada) and Der Spiegel (Germany) bestselling author of The Winter Palace, Garden of Venus (aka Dancing With Kings in the UK) and Necessary Lies.
Empress of the Night will be available hardcover in the US (Bantam) and in Canada (Doubleday) on March 25th, 2014. The novel will be available in the UK via Traverse Press. Stay tuned for more details! You can also follow Eva on Twitter for all her updates: @EvaStachniak
November 25, 2013
Back in September, we posted that Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten was acquired by US cable network Syfy and in Canada by Space. We’re excited to announce that the thirteen-episode run starring Laura Vandervoort as secret werewolf Elena Michaels will commence at 9pm on Saturday, January 11, 2014 on Space.
The US airing will be on Monday, January 13, 2014 on Syfy network.
Check out the trailer here.
For all TV show updates, follow Kelley Armstrong on Tumblr.
September 23, 2013
Linwood Barclay’s thriller, Never Look Away, is currently being developed by NBC as an untitled thriller/family drama based on the book. The script is led by writer Matt Venne (A&E’s Bag Of Bones) and the show will be produced by Sony Pictures TV as well as by executive producers Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein.
The plot revolves around a small-town reporter, David Harwood, who is happily spending a warm weekend with this family at an amusement park. What begins as a pleasant day turns into a nightmare after an inexplicable disappearance. As David struggles to restore his family, he discovers that the people we’re closest to are the ones about which we may know the least. His life is turned upside down as he discovers the truth about his wife, the town they live in, and even himself. Linwood Barclay’s Trust Your Eyes is also in active development at Warner Bros. Congratulations Linwood! This is an exciting time for books on screen.
September 18, 2013
We are pleased to announce that Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld novel, Bitten, has been acquired by US cable network Syfy and will run for thirteen episodes. Laura Vandervoort (Smallville) will star as Elena Michaels, the clandestine werewolf struggling to get away from her true identity.
In Canada, the show can be accessed via Bell Media’s Space network, also next year. “With a strong female lead at its core, we know audiences on both sides of the border will be rabid followers of Bitten,” commented Corrie Coe, Senior VP Independent Production at Bell Media.
On her role in the production, Armstrong wrote on her Tumblr, “I read the first couple of scripts—which were great! I visited the sound stages, but not while they were filming. That’s it. Why? Because I wrote the books, and now a fine team of writers is tackling the TV show.” Congratulations, Kelley, and we can’t wait to see what the world of Stonehaven looks like on TV!
For more information, click here.
July 25, 2013
Kelley Armstrong loves finding new ways to tell a story. With the creation of Cainsville Files, which introduces the world of Omens, players of Penguin’s first-ever interactive game can enjoy a veritable choose-your-own-adventure for the digital age.
Cainsville Files features Jenn McCoy, a struggling private investigator who finds herself searching for her missing high-school sweetheart—possibly a victim of the notorious Valentine Killer. The gamer’s choices will either help Jenn solve the case—or doom her to a number of tricky fates!
Both new readers and devoted fans will be able to absorb the exciting plot choices offered as the book and the game have been designed as stand-alone works; however, there is plenty of fun crossover for those who have read the book.
The fully-illustrated game is now available on all iOS devices at $3.99 (US) for customers in the United States and New Zealand. Availability in Canada, the UK and Australia to come shortly.
Don’t wait… explore the eerie town of Cainsville like you’ve never seen it before!
For more info, visit Kelley Armstrong’s Tumblr page, Paperback Writer.
July 16, 2013
Becky Masterman is on the lists for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for First Novels as well as the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel for her “engrossing and assured edge-of-the-seat debut thriller” Rage Against the Dying (Orion, 2013).
Both awards are given by the Crime Writers Association in the UK.
Congratulations to Becky and we wish her all the best!
July 12, 2013
Cheuse praises Masterman’s “attractive new character” in retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn, highlighting the effective plot intrigue of “cold cases, hot FBI politics, a cover-up and an explosive conclusion” that he deems are exciting enough to escape from real life.
>> LISTEN HERE
Cheuse has also written a review for The Dallas Morning News’ GuideLIVE Books.
>> READ HERE
Don’t wait any longer! Get yourself a copy of Rage Against the Dying just in time for all those perfect-for-reading long summer days.
July 4, 2013
“Trust Your Eyes is the best Barclay so far, a tale Hitchcock would have loved… The book is riveting, frequently scary, occasionally funny, and surprisingly, wonderfully tender. I could believe this might happen to people living two streets over from me. Great entertainment from a suspense master.”
- Stephen King
Check out the trailer for Trust Your Eyes by Loading Doc Productions!
Trust Your Eyes will be available in the UK on July 18 and in Canada on July 23.
For more Linwood Barclay news, follow him on Twitter: @linwood_barclay
May 28, 2013
Howard Shrier’s new crime novel, Miss Montreal, is now available for purchase!
Congratulations to Howard who will launch his fifth novel tonight (May 28) at the Dora Keogh pub (on Danforth, just east of Broadview). For more info on the launch, please go to www.howardshrier.com.
Howard Shrier is an Arthur Ellis Award Winner for Best First Novel in 2009 (Buffalo Jump) and Best Novel in 2010 (High Chicago).
For all other updates and latest news, follow Howard on Twitter at @HowardShrier.
February 12, 2013
Helen Heller Agency is pleased to announce…
Eva Stachniak’s The Winter Palace is at #7 on the German Bestseller list and has been on that list for weeks!
Linwood Barclay’s Never Saw It Coming went straight onto The Sunday Times (UK) hardcover bestseller list at #6 after three days of sale.
Becky Masterman’s Rage Against The Dying was selected as one of Publisher’s Weekly Most Anticipated Books for Spring!
September 13, 2012
January 27, 2012
Congratulations to Eva Stachniak. The Winter Palace, her novel of Catherine the Great, hit the Globe & Mail list at #3 and has stayed high on the list ever since. It’s also selling really well in the US and UK. Can’t wait for the sequel! Empress of the Night comes out next year.
Click here to see Jane Smiley’s review in The Globe & Mail.
December 13, 2011
Congratulations to Howard Shrier. Starred Review in Publishers Weekly for Boston Cream!
December 13, 2011
Congratulations to Linwood Barclay! Stephen King picked The Accident as #9 on his Top 20 of 2011!
September 15, 2011
Canadian rights to Rage Against The Dying + another novel by Becky Masterman have been sold to Penguin Books of Canada in a pre-empt.
September 15, 2011
Congratulations to Linwood Barclay, whose latest thriller The Accident is now #1 on all UK hardcover fiction lists.
June 30, 2011
Congratulations to Linwood Barclay! Just three days after publication the paperback edition of NEVER LOOK AWAY went straight to #2 on the UK Paperback Bestsellers list!
April 28, 2011
Congratulations to Kelley Armstrong whose success continues with her latest book for Young Adults! Book One of The Darkness Rising series THE GATHERING is a NY Times Bestseller!
November 27, 2010
Congratulations to Kelley Armstrong for winning Best Canadian Read for The Reckoning at the first Indigo Teen Reads Awards, Sept 2010. Congratulations also go to Kelley for the 2011 Red Maple nomination for The Summoning!
November 27, 2010
Congratulations to Linwood Barclay whose novel Fear the Worst is a finalist for the 2011 White Pine Awards given by the Ontario Library Association.
October 24, 2010
Congratulations to Ami McKay whose bestselling novel The Birth House has been named as one of the five finalists in the Canada Reads competition on CBC.