Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Sarwat Chadda Lands 6-figure Publishing Deal

Cornerstones author, Sarwat Chadda, has landed a major book deal secured for him by his agent, Sarah Davies, from The Greenhouse Literary Agency. Says Sarah,

"I sold THE DEVIL’S KISS, plus sequel, in early March to Hyperion in the USA (part of Disney) for a major 6-figure sum. Publishing Fall 09. And simultaneously to Puffin in the UK. They publish first in Spring 09."


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Biog on Sarwat Chadda

Sarwat was brought up a Muslim but is married to a minister’s daughter. He says his ‘home life curiously reflects the ongoing conflict between Islam and Christianity, especially when it comes to whose turn it is to do the dishes.’ He was brought up on stories of Saladin, Richard the Lion-heart and the Crusades, viewed from both sides, and cut his authorial teeth writing his own role-playing scenarios. He is an engineer who has worked on some of the biggest projects in the world, but now lives in London with his family.


Blurb on THE DEVIL’S KISS by Sarwat Chadda

Fifteen-year-old Billi San Greal never meant to make history. Co-opted, or rather coerced, at the age of ten into the modern-day remnant of the Knights Templar by her father, the Grandmaster, Billi’s the first girl ever to be a Templar. Her life a disciplined round of weapons’ practice, occult lore, and a heck of a lot of bruises, Billi would happily settle for being a normal high-school girl rather than a secret warrior out to defeat the Unholy.

When she meets seductive, exciting Mike, Billi is dazzled. At last here is someone she can confide in; someone who will make up for the coldness and fear of her life. But Michael is not just a heart-breaker, he’s an archangel with a terrifying agenda: to unleash the Tenth Plague – the death of all first-born children - and kids are already falling sick.

As the Templars ready for combat, it’s clear that Billi’s destiny is interwoven with that of Michael. Now she must choose who she wants to be. If she chooses the path of a true Templar, living out her terrifying heritage, it will destroy everything that matters to her. And there are some things, as Billi will discover, that are much, much worse than death . . .

Sarwat has his own interesting blog here.

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