Our Tumblr is being taken over! ;)

Have you heard? @kit_nichole the cover model for byericacameron's Sing Sweet Nightingale will be taking over the SHP Tumblr soon to guest post for us!

Wanna know what it was like to shoot the cover?

Send in all your questions to readingwithmeshp@gmail.com with the subject line “Guest post question” (to make it easier for our awesome readingwithme team!) by March 4th!

Can’t email? Just ask box or tweet us at: @Spencerhillp
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Good news! You don't have to wait to read Sing Sweet Nightingale! Why? Because it's on Netgalley! →

And don’t forget to check out the other books in our Netgalley catalogue whilst you’re there 😉…

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What would you like to see more of on our blog?

Leave your suggestions & I’ll see what we can do (no promises though).

A note from Kelsey Macke author of Damsel Distressed

Hey everyone!

My name is Kelsey Macke and I want to thank you all so much for your amazing support for the DAMSEL DISTRESSED Cover Design Contest! 

We have already received some gorgeous entries, and we can’t wait for you all to VOTE on your favorites very soon! 

But before we don’t want to miss out on any other creations, so I wanted to reach out and let you know that there are still FIVE days left to create an entry to submit! 

As you know, the winner will be paid the design commission, and the 10 semi-finalists will win prizes as well, but I have to be honest. The part of the contest that makes me jump up and down like a crazy person is the fact that one of you will be creating a piece of art that speaks right alongside my own. That collaboration is an incredible and beautiful gift, and I am so grateful to each one of you. 

That and the fact that my book needs a face. 
Please, help my book find its FACE! ^_^

For all the info you need about the contest, how to enter, and even details about the storyline, characters, and design aesthetic, visit:

teamomgen.tumblr.com  . 

And if you are interested in sharing about the contest over the next five days, I’ve also got a special giveaway going JUST for you! 


All my gratitude and love, 
Kelsey Macke


Please help us spread the word :D

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The Obsidian Pebble by R A Jones |SAMPLE|

The Obsidian Pebble releases 29th October 2013… Are you ready for it?



11-year old Oz Chambers lives in a haunted house. His mother wants to move, but Oz would rather do double algebra (yuck) every day for twelve months than leave. Where others see spooky, Oz sees wonder and mystery and aching reminders of his deceased dad.


When he and his friends hear ghostly footsteps in the boarded-up dorm at Halloween, it leads to an exploration of the old place’s eerie reputation. In his Dad’s locked study, Oz finds a parcel addressed to him and posted by his dad the day before he died. Inside is the obsidian pebble, a technology of astonishing scientific power and a clue to Penwurt’s secrets.


Suddenly Oz begins to change; he goes from maths dunce to A student overnight and has to deal with suspicious teachers and jealous pupils. But the footsteps in the locked rooms don’t go away and slowly, Oz begins to knit together the strands of lies and mystery that tie the obsidian pebble, his father and him together.


What Oz hasn’t bargained for is that he’s not alone in that search for understanding and that solving Penwurt’s puzzles lead to other, much darker secrets that will test his loyalty and his bravery to the limit

READ a sample here

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“You make me the person I want to be, Lauren. Give me these four weeks before I leave for football to convince you that good times like that aren’t a fluke. We’ll be as good here as we were in Texas, as right for each other. I know it.”

“I don’t want to risk hurting you.”

“It’s my heart, Lauren. Let me decide what it can take.”

--- Camp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock (fear not UK fans! It’s also available on Amazon UK!)
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Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Teaser

Startled, my head jerked up and my eyes met his.

They were a furious shade of gunmetal gray, and they were so open. Raw pain flowed from them, and I wanted to look away from that, to take the coward’s way out.

“My heart stopped when that damn door closed on me. I could hear you two fighting. I could hear him taunting you, and I could hear him breaking your bones. And there wasn’t a damn thing I could do about it.” He placed his hands on either side of my legs. Tension rippled through the muscles in his arms.

“You never should’ve faced something like that alone.”

“But you would’ve died.”

“And because I love you, I am willing to die to save you from that. Don’t you dare take that decision from me again.”

Want more? Look out for Sentinel…  Expected publication: December 10, 2013:

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Stop by for our special guest!

Coming to BEA on Friday? Spencer Hill Press has a very special guest joining Kendra L. Saunders at 1:30 on Friday, May 31st… Project Runway Season 10 winner Dmitry Sholokhov. Stop by and say hi and get a picture with Dmitry and Kendra!

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Meet SHP authors on Sat June 1 in NYC!
UPDATE for SATURDAY, JUNE 1 SHP, SHC, and SC Author Breakfast!
Hello, everyone!
UPDATE! We’ve just added KAREN ROCK, Camp Boyfriend author from our Spencer Hill Contemporary line to the Saturday breakfast!
And…if we happen to sell out of tickets for Saturday, we may get a surprise visit from an especially dark and nocturnal-oriented Spence City author who would not normally be available at such an early hour…
Sooooooo… we’re extending the reservation window through SUNDAY, MAY 26 for people to get their names to breakfast@spencerhillpress.com to reserve seats.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1 breakfast at 7:30AM at the Westway Diner (http://westwaydinernyc.com) already has these authors scheduled:
Michelle Pickett - PODS
J.L. Spelbring - Perfection
Timothy Miller - Awoken
Just send me your name to breakfast@spencerhillpress.com until 11:59 AM, SUNDAY, MAY 26! :)
Reservation confirmations may take up to 72 hours from close for confirmation to ensure payment completion.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at BEA!
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Here at Spencer Hill Press we’re keeping warm, working hard and getting ready to release Touch of Death! Have you read Touch of Death yet? Kelly Hashway’s book drops January 15. You know you want one!


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Holiday Cheer Away Giveaway from SHP

Want to win giftcards, SWAG, free books and all kinds of other cool stuff from Spencer Hill Press?

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This Saturday we open to unagented submissions—which means that all your well-polished novels have a chance to be read and find a home with SHP.

Spencer Hill Press is an independent publishing house specializing in sci-fi, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance for young adult readers. Our books have that “I couldn’t put it down!” quality. If your book is young adult and features anything that’s abnormal —a dystopian world, special abilities, ghosts, goblins, space— we will consider it .

While we are considering all manuscripts, this is a short list of projects some of our editors would *love* to see. So, if you’ve got something you feel fits what we’re looking for, you can direct your project to a specific editor, either in the query or the subject. 


  • A book with unique magic - complex from Game of Thrones to fun and unique like Once Upon a Time.
  • Something with ambiguous characters who walk the line between good & evil.
  • Story with a badass villainess; complex like Morgan/Morgana in Starz’ Camelot or BBC’s Merlin
  • A love story where the couple is already together
  • A Hook-like character from Once Upon a Time. (Not necessarily a pirate, but guyliner and magic and ambiguity.)
  • A fairytale with a twist (like a steampunk fairytale or a unique take on something we already know)
  • A well-built Sci-Fi world (like Across the Universe)
  • A novel where the main love interest is the villain
  • Something with ninjas! 
  • A story with a hot Cajun boy
  • A book told from a male point of view (single point of view for the entire novel)
  • Where the main character or the perspective used is something out of the usual (i.e. consider The Book Thief and how Death tells the story
  • Multicultural that’s more than just a token race/issue book—would die for a complex heroine with Cherokee background, in particular.


  • An Upstairs/Downstairs style story (A YA or NA style Downton Abbey)
  • Stories with magical elements set in the 1870s-1970s with vivid time period details and settings.
  • An I Dream of Jennie type story (magic + fun/comedy)
  • Fairy tale retellings, especially incorporating multiple stories/lands like Once Upon a Time and The 10th Kingdom
  • Super hero(ine) stories—think X-Men: First Class meets The Avengers with great characters on both sides of the fight
  • Gender-swapped well-known stories/legends or stories told from the POV of unlikely side characters/antagonists.
  • NA/YA magical realism
  • MSs with LGBTQ teens as the protagonists.  Any genre of YA is fine, but the stories would preferably be post-coming out stories.
  • Stories that take place in a new setting — take me to China or India or Greece, something unique
  • Sweeping historicals with a killer speculative twist or set in a new region of history (no Tudors/Regencies, please!)
  • Second-world fantasy that grapples with complex morality instead of straightforward battle between good and evil
  • An exciting new take on hauntings
  • YAs with criminal/mafia/hacker elements—this can work in almost any genre (think White Cat, Boardwalk Empire, Lies of Locke Lamora, Sneakers, Kill Bill)
  • Fantasy that’s inspired by non-Western settings


  • Midgrade contemporary fantasy: particularly faery tale, folk tale, or faery related
  • Any age level: superhero stories! Like, comics in novel form
  • Midgrade horror, like Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark, or dark, creepy fantasy with monsters
  • Anything that’s bordering on (or definitely set in) the horror realms, really, any age category
  • Stories with important equine characters (yes, this is weirdly specific, but good horses, unicorns, kelpie, pegasi, etc. will always have my attention. ESPECIALLY unicorns. 

We’re excited to start seeing your manuscripts. We open to submissions on December 1, and you can check our website for more and up-to-date information! 

Let us know if you any questions—but please do not query us or pitch in the comments!!

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We’ve got some amazing events in New England that I hope you’ll attend. 

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