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Strange Chemistry signs two more!

Our family is growing! We have two more unbelievably talented authors to tell you about today, both releasing novels in early 2013 that we think will blow your socks off… Check it out!

First up is the lovely Laura Lam with Pantomime. Here’s the blurb:

R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.

But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

A little about Laura: She was raised near San Francisco, California by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart’s desire, colour outside of the lines, and consider the library a second home. This led to an overabundance of daydreams.

She relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, whom she met on the internet when he insulted her taste in books. She almost blocked him but is glad she didn’t. At times she misses the sunshine.

You can find Laura’s website at and follow her on Twitter at [@LR_Lam].

About the deal Laura had this to say: “I originally subbed to Angry Robot Books’ Open Door Month a year ago, thinking I’d get a form rejection, shed a tear or two, and continue to write. It was a long year with much refreshing of my inbox, but I’ve learned so much and am grateful Amanda plucked me from the slush and gave me a chance to make Pantomime shine. I’m beyond excited to be a Strange Chemist.”

And our Amanda said: “I was Laura’s original reader during the Angry Robot Open Door Month and passed her MS along to the AR editors – even knowing that it was close to a first draft, because I saw the promise in this novel. After revising and improving, Pantomime is now an incredibly rich novel with the tone of Robin Hobb and the adventure of Tamora Pierce – it is a new must-read in the realms of YA fantasy!”

Next we have Julianna Scott! Julianna has also signed a two book deal and brings you a series about the Holders, with the first novel being cunningly called The Holders. Here’s the blurb:

17-year-old Becca has spent her whole life protecting her brother – from their father leaving and from the people who say the voices in his head are unnatural. When two strangers appear with apparent answers to Ryland’s “problem” and details about a school in Ireland where Ryland will not only fit in, but prosper, Becca is up in arms.

She reluctantly agrees to join Ryland on his journey and what they find at St. Brigid’s is a world beyond their imagination. Little by little they piece together information about their family’s heritage and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland is the one they’ve been waiting for.

But they are all, especially Becca, in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind


A little about Julianna: She was born In Pittsburgh, Pensylvainia, and spent the majority of her educational career convinced she would be a musican.

However, after receiving her music degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, she realized that she’d been born in the wrong era for her dreams of singing jazz to adoring fans clad in zoot-suits and flapper dresses to come true, and began to wonder if her true calling might be elsewhere.

While Julianna had always excelled in writing throughout school, she’d never considered it a career possibility until about three years ago, when she came up with her first story idea and decided to go for it. She grabbed her laptop, started typing away, and has never looked back.

You can visit Julianna’s website HERE.

Julianna said this about the deal: “I am so excited to be a Strange Chemistry author! It is truly a dream come true!” while Amanda had this to say: “The Holders showcases an utterly engaging new voice in YA fiction – with supernatural powers and a gripping love story set against the stunning backdrop of Ireland. I was enthralled and know you will be too.”

What do you think? Excited? Leave some love for the two latest Chemists in the comments!


Anne Lyle

So pleased for both your new recruits, but especially for Laura, having beta-read Pantomime and seen how much work she put into it. I loved the story and characters, and really look forward to seeing it in print!

Kim Curran (@KimeCurran)

Huge congratulations! Both books sound fascinating. What a list Strange Chemistry are compiling!

Victoria Boulton

Congrats to Laura and Julianna and to Strange Chemistry on signing these great books.

I wish success for your stories – they sound fascinating, and I look forwards to hearing more about them. :)

Sally Cooperman

Congratulations to both authors, but especially to my daughter Laura! I was one of her beta readers as well and read both the first and revised drafts of her novel. As a university English teacher, I have read a lot of writing, and Laura’s is outstanding! Her story is exciting, her world is incredibly imaginative, her characters are rich, and her language is beautiful. I know how hard she worked on this novel and she has created a page-turner! I am so excited for her!

Laura Lam

I think you might be biased. But thanks, mom! ;)

*shuffles away, blushing*

Lacy Atkinson

There’s a high time in the San Francisco Bay area tonight; kudos to our own Laura Lam…you’re the BOMB!

Beth Linquist

I am looking forward to reading the Holders series and sharing them with my friends. Congratulations, Julianna!

Rebecca @ Crunchings and Munchings

Many congrats to the signees! I’m so excited by all the awesomeness that Strange Chemistry is bringing to my life—keep up the great work.
—Rebecca @ Crunchings and Munchings

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