17/02/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin
In a new acquisition, Harper Collins' Voyager Imprint is to publish Kim Harrison's Dead Witch Walking series.
Sassy witch Rachel Morgan of Vamperic Charms detective agency, walked onto the Voyager list, as commissioning editor Emma Coode acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights for three new and three backlist titles by Kim Harrison.
She told SFcrowsnest, "Wry humour, nailing-biting action and an irresistible heroine combine in this 6 part addictive series of urban fantasy-thrillers, which will take a bite out of the Kelly Armstrong market. In full spooky style this Halloween will see the publication of Harrison's first four titles, Dead Witch Walking, The Good The Bad, and The Undead, Every Witch Way but Dead and the as yet unpublished A Fistful of Charms with two more books due for publication next year. Harrison's trilogy has attracted a cult following with readers across the globe, and with stunning new packaging, these novels are set to cast an even greater spell on the UK market. Voyager now joins US imprint HarperTorch and Australian imprint Voyager in an acquisition which will see the novels published by HarperCollins globally."
A taste of Dead Witch Walking.....
Rachel Morgan is a white witch and runner working for Inderland Security, in an alternate world where a bioengineered virus gas wiped out half of the world's human population exposing the existence of the supernatural communities that had long lived alongside humanity. For the last five years Rachel has tracked down criminal Inderlanders in modern-day Cincinnati. Bored of catching tax evading leprechauns, she decides to leave and start her own agency, but no one quits the I.S.
Marked for death, Rachel is a dead witch walking unless she can appease her former employers by exposing the city's most prominent citizen as a drug lord. But making an enemy of the ambiguous Trent Kalamack is as deadly as leaving the I.S.
The only girl in a large family of boys, former tomboy Kim Harrison invented the first Brigadier General Barbie in self-defence. She shoots a very bad game of pool and rolls a very good game of dice. When not at her keyboard, she enjoys lounging on the couch with a bowl of popcorn watching action movies with The-Guy-In-The-Leather-Jacket. She plays her Ashiko drum when no one is listening, and is hard to find when the moon is new.
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