It’s the 31st of October, the best day because it’s Halloween, the time for watching scary films, reading horrors and pretending not to be in so you can eat all the Halloween treats yourself. Today also marks the last day of this years #Orentober – a month of solid book love for one of the most bold, unique and brilliant publishers around, Orenda Books. Kelly and I came up with this celebratory concept last year, not only because we love the books that Orenda publishes, but because for both of us they were the first publishers to give us newbie bloggers a chance, one that constantly interacted and supported us – for that we wanted to share what their books mean to us.
Last year was amazing, we couldn’t have dreamt for a better inaugural #Orentober but this year has blown it out of the water. For me, the plans for this years #Orentober gave me something to focus on beyond the pandemic we are currently living in. The books have all been a slice of escapism that my mind needed and without them and this month I would have gone crazy. Thank-you Karen for gifting books from authors that I’ve never experienced, I also thank the bloggers and their insanely brilliant reviews of books that i’d not read prior to either #Orentober but all of which took my breath away after I immediately bought them because of your thoughts. During the Orenda Books Roadshow, I purchased 12 glorious books that I have tried my best to read for this month and now the authors have become auto-buys to me, from Johana’s Roy & Castells series, Vanda’s Sam Shepherd police procedural series and Kjell’s bookish slices of Nordic noir, my reading TBR horizon has been cast out further than I could ever imagine. From buying books, to their Orentober support, thanks to all the bloggers who joined us in celebrating Orenda Books this month, with new reviews, bookstagram posts and throwbacks – every single one has made me smile and left me feel breathlessly emotional. I’m sure Karen would agree that your support has been phenomenal. I would like to also thank Karen, Johana, Louise, Helen and Eve for taking the time to answer my questions and giving us all a peak into their writing and publishing lives.
One thing that I’ve learnt from the Q&As, the bookish community spirit and reviews this year is that it really does take a village, the team behind Orenda Books, from the writers, blog tour organiser Anne Cater, the editor West Camel, the translators, Cole and obviously Karen work day in – day out, to provide us the readers with quality novels, ones where we can arm chair travel, reads that are so outside of the box that they are pure brilliance, books that will make you laugh and ones that will make you cry, every single book they put out is wonderful and unforgettable. These books need to be read, they need to be shouted about, so never shy away from just telling a publisher, author etc that you absolutely loved their book, tell your friends, tell people because that is how we share the appreciation of blooming good books!
Okay, so yesterday I chatted with Karen about all the amazing books that Orenda Books has scheduled next year, you can read the full Q&A here. If you missed it and wanted to talk 2021 books, check out these reads, that are available to pre-order now!
Winterkill is the final installment of the Dark Iceland series, written by Ragnar Jonasson, Tsl from French by David Warriner is available to purchase a signed hardback on the 10th of December from Book A Book shop . Pre-order here. The paperback will be published on 21st January and you can pre-order here. I have already taken a trip to Dark Iceland and yo can read my review here.
When the body of a nineteen-year-old girl is found on the main street of Siglufjörður, Police Inspector Ari Thór battles a violent Icelandic storm in an increasingly dangerous hunt for her killer … The chilling, claustrophobic finale to the international bestselling Dark Iceland series.
Easter weekend is approaching, and snow is gently falling in Siglufjörður, the northernmost town in Iceland, as crowds of tourists arrive to visit the majestic ski slopes.
Ari Thór Arason is now a police inspector, but he’s separated from his girlfriend, who lives in Sweden with their three-year-old son. A family reunion is planned for the holiday, but a violent blizzard is threatening and there is an unsettling chill in the air.
Three days before Easter, a nineteen-year-old local girl falls to her death from the balcony of a house on the main street. A perplexing entry in her diary suggests that this may not be an accident, and when an old man in a local nursing home writes ‘She was murdered’ again and again on the wall of his room, there is every suggestion that something more sinister lies at the heart of her death…
As the extreme weather closes in, cutting the power and access to Siglufjörður, Ari Thór must piece together the puzzle to reveal a horrible truth … one that will leave no one unscathed.
There’s Only One Danny Garvey by David F. Ross is one of the first book to be published by Orenda Books in 2021, with a paperbook publication date of January 21st. You can pre-order your copy here.
Danny Garvey was a sixteen-year old footballing prodigy. Professional clubs clamoured to sign him, and a glittering future beckoned.
And yet, his early promise remained unfulfilled, and Danny is back home in the tiny village of Barshaw to manage the struggling junior team he once played for. What’s more, he’s hiding a secret about a tragic night, thirteen years earlier, that changed the course of several lives. There’s only one Danny Garvey, they once chanted … and that’s the problem.
A story of irrational hopes and fevered dreams – of unstoppable passion and unflinching commitment in the face of defeat – There’s Only One Danny Garvey is, above all, an unforgettable tale about finding hope and redemption in the most unexpected of places.
The fourth in the Sam Shepherd series, Bound, is available in paperback from the March 18, 2021. You can pre-order here.
The New Zealand city of Dunedin is rocked when a wealthy and apparently respectable businessman is murdered in his luxurious home while his wife is bound and gagged, and forced to watch. But when Detective Sam Shephard and her team start investigating the case, they discover that the victim had links with some dubious characters.
The case seems cut and dried, but Sam has other ideas. Weighed down by her dad’s terminal cancer diagnosis, and by complications in her relationship with Paul, she needs a distraction, and launches her own investigation. And when another murder throws the official case into chaos, it’s up to Sam to prove that the killer is someone no one could ever suspect.
Smoke Screen is the second installment in the Blix & Ramm series, written by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst which will be published in paperback on February 18, 2021. You can pre-order here.
Oslo, New Year s Eve. The annual firework celebration is rocked by an explosion, and the city is put on terrorist alert.
Police officer Alexander Blix and blogger Emma Ramm are on the scene, and when a severely injured survivor is pulled from the icy harbour, she is identified as the mother of two-year-old Patricia Smeplass, who was kidnapped on her way home from kindergarten ten years earlier and never found.
Blix and Ramm join forces to investigate the unsolved case, as public interest heightens, the terror threat is raised, and it becomes clear that Patricia s disappearance is not all that it seems.
Hotel Cartagena is the next installment in the Chastity Riley series written by Simone Buchholz that is due to be published in paperback on the 4th of March, 2021. You can pre-order here.
Twenty floors above the shimmering lights of the Hamburg docks, Public Prosecutor Chastity Riley is celebrating a birthday with friends in a hotel bar when twelve heavily armed men pull out guns, and take everyone hostage. Among the hostages is Konrad Hoogsmart, the hotel owner, who is being targeted by a young man whose life – and family – have been destroyed by Hoogsmart’s actions.
With the police looking on from outside – their colleagues’ lives at stake – and Chastity on the inside, increasingly ill from an unexpected case of sepsis, the stage is set for a dramatic confrontation … and a devastating outcome for the team … all live streamed in a terrifying bid for revenge.
Crackling with energy and populated by a cast of unforgettable characters, Hotel Cartagena is a searing, relevant thriller that will leave you breathless.
Remember, if you’re an e-book reader, or even if you just can’t wait for the paperback OR if you are like me and need multiple versions of the same book, these titles may be released before the paperback electronically, so make sure to check! Just incase you missed the new author announcements lately, and because you’re here anyway, lets chat about those newbies that Orenda Books have signed for next years bookish releases shall we? Here is what Karen had to say about them during our Q&A yesterday.
Katie Allen with a mesmerising debut about a young mother who loses her baby and becomes convinced that saving a man from jumping in front of a train on the day she got her positive pregnancy test caused this tragedy. Because Everything Happens for a Reason, right? It’s warm, funny, heartbreaking, and so original. I was entranced … and devastated. Out in June, and proofs soon! Check out the Orenda Books full announcement here.
Sarah Sultoon, an ex-CNN journalist has written a shocking, relevant and emotive … utterly nailbiting … debut thriller The Source, a gritty story of young, under-privileged girls being trafficked near an army barrack, with a dual timeline (one set in a TV newsroom) and some unforgettable characters. The writing is vivid, fresh, original … and the plot is just superb . This is a book that people will talk about. I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s already been optioned for TV and it’s out in April. The full announcement can be found here.
Awais Khan’s disturbing, thought-provoking, beautifully written No Honour, which we recently announced in the trade press, is set in Pakistan and tells the story of a young woman and her father fighting against the practice of honour killing. It’s a tremendous, timely and important book and it will open eyes and also hearts. It will be out in summer 2021. You can check out the announcement here!
I know right? I can’t wait either. Orenda Books are publishing 22 books next year and I am excited about every single one. What one are you most anticipating? See yesterdays post for the confirmed but not scheduled releases here.
So, as I’ve aid, that is a wrap for #Orentober this year but don’t worry you can review Orenda Books any time, they’re for life not just for #Orentober!
What about next year?
Well I’m a planner, I like to set myself a goal… or two and I am already thinking about next Orentober, this girl loves a plan. This year, I stored up all the new releases to review in Orentober, like a bookish squirrel but next year I won’t be doing that. In 2021 i’m going to review the released books in their e-book release month, which tends to be two months before paperback publication. Orentober 2021 i’m going to jump into the older Orenda Books titles, I suppose the OG Team Orenda and hopefully with a good few posts from authors I’ve yet to cover. Who would you like to see posts from?
Thanks to you all again,
Until next time,