Buh-bye!

It’s hard to believe it’s been three years already, but the time has come for me, the in-house graphic designer (and sometimes illustrator), to leave Hot Key. It hasn’t been an easy decision – where else would I get to work on such a varied and different

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Gothic Horror, Gaelic and Ghosts | The Inspiration Behind SHIVER THE WHOLE NIGHT THROUGH

Today’s author blog is by Darragh McManus (@McManusDarragh), author of SHIVER THE WHOLE NIGHT THROUGH. The oldest axiom in writing is this: write about what you know. I’m no different to anyone else. So my first book, finished when I was twenty-nine, was about a late-twenties Irishman

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Through the Keyhole: James Dawson on tour!

It’s that time again to let you know how you can meet a wicked-cool author out on the road! It’s not long until the dazzlingly pink and beautiful UNDER MY SKIN by James Dawson is released, and he will be out and about to speak to you all

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A Fond Farewell

About three years ago, I wrote the very first Hello World blog post from Hot Key Books: Shortly thereafter, we started the Dear Auntie Hot Key feature, bringing an unfortunate amount of seekers of hot aunties to our blog. Our first guest post was from the fabulous Dawn O’Porter asking

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Coming Soon | Our March Books

Next month we’ve got some exciting new books coming out and today Alex (@lexiedickinson) is making her debut in the Coming Soon series, to tell you all about our upcoming titles. Find out more about our March titles, read a letter from the editor and buy the

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The Design Department: Fish Out Of Water by Natalie Whipple

Today we’re having a look at creating the cover for Natalie Whipple’s latest book FISH OUT OF WATER. More specifically hand lettering a book cover! Two roughs for the cover At first me and Art Director Jet were bouncing ideas and thought two gold fish of different

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Hot Key Book Club: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This month I was the lucky chosen one who gets to pick the Hot Key Book Club book and I thought I’d pick something that seems to have everyone talking at the moment, Paula Hawkins’ THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. I love a crime novel anyway, anything that’s

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Reading Music #4 – Shades of London Songs

To celebrate the third book in the Shades of London series FINALLY being ready to read (SCREAM!). The Shadow Cabinet is published in the UK on 5th February (that’s THIS WEEK PEOPLE!) and you can pre-order it here: https://www.hotkeybooks.com/books/detail/the-shadow-cabinet                  

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Book Club Discussion: THE ART OF BEING NORMAL

In January we read THE ART OF BEING NORMAL by Lisa Williamson, as selected by Livs. People on Twitter couldn’t stop talking about it, so we just HAD to check it out! Watch our Book Club video so see what we thought: (Since we’ve been so busy

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Top Ten Tuesday: Banned Books

The subject of freedom of speech and what it means has been on everybody’s lips recently. What one writer may find harmless another reader may find offensive. But do we defend the right of the writer to say it no matter how offensive it is to the

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