Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling fantasy Bookworm series to be released as unabridged audiobooks

The Bookworm series will become the first Elsewhen Press titles available on audiobook, in transatlantic deal announced with Tantor Media Inc.

DARTFORD, KENT – 03 April 2017 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the signing of a deal with Tantor Media Inc. for the unabridged audiobook rights to Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling Bookworm series.

Bookworm cover image   Bookworm II – The Very Ugly Duckling cover image   Artwork: Alison Buck Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com   Artwork: Alison Buck

Bookworm is an Epic Fantasy series that follows Elaine, an orphan with limited magical talent working as a librarian in the Great Library in Golden City. Her life changes when she triggers a magical trap and ends up with all the knowledge from the library – including forbidden magic that no one is supposed to know – stuffed inside her head. If the senior wizards find out what has happened to her, they will almost certainly have her killed. The knowledge that was locked away was meant to remain permanently sealed and letting it out could mean a repeat of the catastrophic Necromantic Wars of five hundred years earlier. Elaine struggles with the terrors and temptations of her newfound knowledge, while trying to stay out of sight of those she fears, embodied by the sinister Inquisitor Dread. Meanwhile, a darkly powerful figure has been drawing up a plan to take the power of the Grand Sorcerer for himself; and Elaine, unknowingly, is vital to his scheme. Through the four books in the series, Elaine grows in self-awareness and resolve as she tries to unlock the mysteries behind her new knowledge, divine the unfolding plan, discover the truth about her own origins and stop the evil that threatens those she loves, Golden City, and her entire world.

Peter Buck, editorial director of Elsewhen Press said “This is the first time any of our titles will have been released as an audiobook. We are thrilled to begin with Christopher Nuttall’s fantastic Bookworm series and hope this is the start of a long relationship with Tantor.”

Scott Smith, who acquired the Bookworm series for Tantor Media, said “Christopher is one of the top Fantasy and Science Fiction authors out there right now so we’re beyond excited to be working with him and Elsewhen Press in getting the Bookworm series published in audio.”

“We’re thrilled to be entering into this new partnership with Elsewhen Press,” said Ron Formica, director of acquisitions for Tantor Media. “Tantor has a strong catalog of fantasy and science fiction audiobooks, and adding an author of Christopher’s caliber is very exciting for us.”

Book one in the Bookworm series is expected to release in audio in June 2017 and will be available through major retailers, the rest of the series will release throughout 2017.

Notes for Editors

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author, he has self-published a large number of novels. The Royal Sorceress was the first of his novels to be published by Elsewhen Press, quickly followed by Bookworm. Both launched successful series. Elsewhen Press has now published eleven titles by Chris. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their son.

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About Tantor, A Division of Recorded Books

Located in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books, is a leading publisher of thousands of bestselling and award-winning unabridged audiobooks. Tantor audiobooks are available through all major distributors in the retail and library markets, digitally and in CD format. Tantor’s parent company, Recorded Books, is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks in the world, with operations in the US, UK, and Australia.

visit https://tantor.com

Tantor Media contact: Cassandra McNeil +1 877-782-6867 x57 cmcneil@tantor.com

 

The third book in Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling Bookworm fantasy series is published today

Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans is already high in the bestseller charts from pre-orders alone.

DARTFORD, KENT – 13 February 2015 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication today of Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans, the third book in the bestselling Bookworm series by Christopher Nuttall. The first book in the series won the Gold Award for Adult Fiction in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards and the German translation rights were acquired by Random House for publication in January 2015 under their Blanvalet imprint (with the title Die Bibliothek der Schwarzen Magie 1 – Die Wissende).

Artwork: Alison Buck Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com
skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com

Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans, available to pre-order as an eBook since the beginning of February, has already reached the top 20 in the Amazon Fantasy and Action & Adventure bestseller charts in North America, Australia, the UK and Europe, (top 10 in Australia and Germany).

The story follows straight on from Bookworm II – The Very Ugly Duckling, with Elaine and Johan intent on tracking down the Witch-King. But as they are preparing to leave Golden City, with Daria and Cass, Elaine is arrested by two Inquisitors on the orders of a new ‘Emperor’. She resists and is hit with a powerful spell that forces her to concentrate all her effort on protecting her mind from its intrusion. Taken to the palace she finds that the Grand Sorceress has been removed and the Throne has accepted an heir to the Empire. Realising this has to be the work of the Witch-King, Elaine must defeat the spell that is eating away at her defences if she is to escape and destroy him. Meanwhile, Johan, Daria and Cass are trying to find a way to get to Elaine and break her out of the cell in which she is being held. The Golden City is still widely devastated from the disastrous battle for power that followed the death of the previous Grand Sorcerer. The recent escalating breakdown of social order can only be made worse by an Emperor who imposes martial law while building a huge army. The Privy Councillors and Heads of the Great Houses succumb to the power of the new Emperor. It is up to Elaine and her friends, with some unexpected help, to prevent an all-out war.

Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans is published in digital editions today by Elsewhen Press and will be published in a print edition at Easter 2015.

Notes for Editors

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author he has self-published a number of novels, but this is his seventh fantasy to be published by Elsewhen Press. The third instalment in the bestselling Bookworm series, Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans continues Elaine’s story. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their son.

 

Are you going to AuthorCon UK on Saturday?

It’s in Manchester at the MadLab and we’ll be there along with some great authors, ready to chat, sign books and even sell them to you (the books, not the authors!) At least three of our authors will be there: Christopher Nuttall, James Starling and Dave Weaver.

Christopher NuttallImage of James Starling by Hannah B. FarrellDave Weaver

The medal winners of the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards will be announced too. Finalists include Christopher Nuttall’s Bookworm (adult fiction) and James Starling’s Arteess: Conflict (teen fiction). So come along and cheer for the winners.

We’ll also have copies of Christopher’s Bookworm II: the Very Ugly Duckling for sale (it was released in paperback on April 1st) and pre-release copies of Dave’s Japanese Daisy Chain (it’s not officially released until May, but we already have some copies, so why not!).

If you can make it, come and find us (I think we’ll be on the ground floor) and say hello.

 

“fantastic escapism” – review of Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling on Risingshadow

Bookworm II – The Very Ugly Duckling cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com

In his review last year of Bookworm by Christopher Nuttall, Seregil of Rhiminee wrote that it was “Excellent escapism” (remind yourself about his review here).

Today, in his review on Risingshadow of the second in the Bookworm series, Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling, he describes Christopher as an author of “fantastic escapism” and The Very Ugly Duckling as an excellent example.

As usual, Seregil has written an extensive review and I can’t really do justice to it by picking out only a handful of passages… but I’ll try! He starts by saying that because he “enjoyed reading Bookworm, I was eager to read The Very Ugly Duckling. I liked this novel very much, because it was good escapism and the author had come up with an interesting story”, a story which, he says, “captured my attention immediately when I began to read it and I found myself reading it as fast as possible, because the story flowed effortlessly from start to finish.”

He highlights some of the aspects of the book that illustrate how well Christopher writes “about the difficult relationships between the characters”, and “about all things magical” which he says “seems to be easy for Christopher Nuttall. He’s one of those authors who write fluently about magic and how it is used in different ways. His descriptions of magic and magical abilities are entertaining and also amusing.” He also says it “was captivating to read how Johan reacted to his new powers” and feels that Christopher “explores power and what kind of an effect it has on the characters in an interesting way”, going on to say that he “writes surprisingly fluently about the addictive power of magic and what it can do to careless users who let themselves be seduced by it.” [A warning to us all?]

He picks out certain events in the story that appealed to him, in particular “the scene in which Johan confronts his family after he has gained magical powers is a great and unforgettable scene.”

As Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling is available from tomorrow in paperback, now would be a good time to read Seregil’s review here. Then go and buy the book!

 

Eagerly-awaited Bookworm II available from today

Bookworm II – The Very Ugly Duckling cover imageFollowing the success of Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling high fantasy novel Bookworm at the start of 2013, the next book in the series Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling is now available in digital formats. If you thought Elaine would be stuck in the library forever, you were SO wrong!

In the wake of the disastrous attack on the Golden City, Lady Light Spinner has become Grand Sorceress and Elaine, the Bookworm, has been settling into her positions as Head Librarian and Privy Councillor. But any hope of vanishing into her books is negated when a new magician of staggering power appears, one whose abilities seem to defy the known laws of magic…

Read more about Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling here.

Buy now on Kindle (click on country: UK, AU, CA, US, BR, DE, ES, FR, IN, IT, JP, MX), Kobo (click here), iBooks (click here) and from other ePub retailers.