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Strange Chemistry Announces Gwenda Bond!

It feels like it is all go here at the moment *grins* Right on the heels of announcing Sean Cummings and Kim Curran, and then letting you all know about our Open Door in April for unagented authors, we now have more BIG NEWS!

That’s right – another author! And a simply fabulous book!

Strange Chemistry are thrilled to announce a two book deal with Gwenda Bond, concluded between Amanda Rutter and Jennifer Laughran, of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. The first book, Blackwood, will be one of the imprint’s September 2012 launch titles, with the second following in 2013.


On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.
Miranda, a misfit girl from the island’s most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can’t dodge is each other.

Blackwood is a dark, witty coming of age story that combines America’s oldest mystery with a thoroughly contemporary romance.


Gwenda Bond is a contributing writer for Publishers Weekly, has reviewed books for the Washington Post and Locus Magazine, and has appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition. She won the 2010 Veritas Media Award from the Romance Writers of America for her article “Romancing the Recession” in PW, and recently guest edited a special YA issue of Subterranean Online featuring work by Kelly Link, Sarah Rees Brennan, Malinda Lo, and others.

Gwenda also holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts’ program in writing for children and young adults, and maintains an active online presence. She lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, SF author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie.

Visit Gwenda online at and stalk…I mean, follow her on Twitter here.

Gwenda says: Gwenda says: “Angry Robot has quickly built a reputation as one of the smartest, most innovative imprints publishing speculative fiction. I was instantly intrigued when I saw the news about the launch of their new YA imprint, and I couldn’t be happier to become a Strange Chemistry author. I can’t wait to work with Amanda and the rest of the Angry Robot team as they continue on the path toward world domination.”

Amanda says: “Gwenda is clearly a massive talent and I am absolutely delighted to have signed her in a two book deal. BLACKWOOD is a truly impressive debut novel and I’m certain it will be a great success.”

Jennifer says: “BLACKWOOD is a super-smart and inventive YA novel with an exceptional voice. Angry Robot is a super-smart and inventive publisher with an exceptional list. It’s a perfect fit.”

Hopefully you are all as super excited as we are about this deal! Would be great for you to give some love to Gwenda in the comments and welcome her to the Strange Chemistry family.



Wow another really exciting sounding book! Wonderful news!

Sean Cummings


Bill Greeves

Great news – congrats to you! Blackwood sounds like an excellent story – can’t wait to read it!


This is great news! The mystery surrounding Roanake is fascinating.

Small Review

This sounds SO good! I love books about Roanoke and Gwenda’s twist sounds fantastic. Looking forward to it. :)

Sarah Billington

With a blurb like that it doesn’t surprise me at all that you guys snapped this up.
Congratulations Gwenda! Can’t wait to read it.


In Class of Pooks on Tuesdays and heard the wonderful news of your book deal!! Congratulations to your HUGE accomplishment!! I wish you the very best in this and all endeavors!! :)


Thanks, everyone, for the good wishes! I’m so excited to be part of Strange Chemistry.


I am so excited about this book!! I live in North Carolina and we spent a week in the Outer Banks once and the story of the Lost Colony is so haunting. The Outer Banks is kind of a haunting place off season. We didn’t see the play, kids were too little to sit through it or have any interest, but I’d love to go back. I can’t wait to read Blackwood!! Congratulations Gwenda!!!



Can’t wait to get a read. I forsee this partnership being great since your mom is a chemistry teacher.

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