Charlotte Says

Charlotte Says cover

I’m very happy to share that I have signed a new three-book deal with Stripes Publishing, which includes a prequel to Frozen Charlotte (now available for pre-order on Amazon). The full press release is below and you can see it in its original format here:

“Little Tiger Group’s imprint Stripes Publishing has acquired a prequel to the Zoella Book Club title Frozen Charlotte and two titles in a new series by author Alex Bell.

Commissioning editor Katie Jennings bought world rights to Charlotte Says and world English language rights, with a two year licence on US rights, for the new series from agent Madeline Milburn at Madeline Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency.

Based on the Isle of Skye, a hundred years before the events of Frozen Charlotte, Charlotte Says “reveals the origins of the demonic Frozen Charlotte dolls which torment the inhabitants of Dunvegan School for Girls”.

Jennings said: “Frozen Charlotte is one of those books that is crying out for a follow up and I was so excited when Alex said she was up for doing a prequel. From the spine-tingling opening line, this is every bit as deliciously devilish as the first book. Fans are in for a treat. Never short of ideas, especially those of the mysterious and macabre kind, Alex is also working on a new series for us, introducing a cast of unique and fantastical characters. Let’s just say, you’ll never look at travelling fairs – or clowns – in the same way again.”

A Stripes spokesperson said: “Bell’s new series revolves around the Smoke and Grimsby Travelling Fair and its haunted carousel. Featuring a strange cast of fairground characters and a protagonist who must harness supernatural abilities in order to find her missing sister, Bell has conjured a creepy and atmospheric world.”

Bell said: “I’m delighted to have the chance to explore the origins of the Frozen Charlotte dolls in a brand new story. This was something that stayed a bit of a mystery in the first book, but my thoughts kept going back to where the original dolls might have come from and how they first exerted their malevolent influence. I’m also really looking forward to writing the other two books for Stripes. The series will take place in a travelling fairground that is not quite all that it seems – expect carousels, waxworks, Victorian curiosities, sinister clowns and, of course, plenty of smoke and mirrors.”

Bell is the award-winning author of Frozen Charlotte and The Haunting in Stripes’ YA horror series, Red Eye, which was launched in 2014 to target a gap in the market. Jennings said at the time: “We thought a horror YA series was something that no-one else was really doing.”

Bell is based in the New Forest and writes young adult horror books and middle grade fantasy books. Whilst at university studying to become a lawyer, she wrote a grand total of six complete novels. Her first novel, The Ninth Circle, was published by Gollancz in 2008.

Stripes will publish Charlotte Says on 7th September as part of Red Eye. The new series will be launched in Autumn 2018.”

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Frozen Charlotte in the Zoella Book Club!

zoella-stripes

I’m so thrilled to finally be able to share that my YA horror book, Frozen Charlotte, has been selected for the Autumn round of Zoella’s Book Club with WHSmiths! And with a shiny new book club version of the front cover, which I absolutely LOVE.

The other seven books on the list all look amazing and I can’t wait to get stuck in reading some new YA this winter. As before, the eight books are available in WHSmith stores, or on their website, and there’ll be tons of interviews, deleted scenes and other bonus material coming up on the WHSmith blog too, so be sure to keep an eye out!

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Frozen Charlotte Art

Frozen Charlotte picture by Lucy Treleaven

I was absolutely delighted to receive this beautiful Frozen Charlotte art from 14-year-old Lucy Treleaven earlier in the week. I’ve always wanted to be able to draw but, sadly, it is not one of my talents. Sometimes even my smiley faces end up looking a bit deranged. But I really admire artists and, for a writer, there’s no greater thrill than seeing your characters brought to life. I recognised Lilias, Cameron, Sophie, Piper and Rebecca straight away – they all look spookily similar to the way I see them in my head, and it was like saying hello to old friends again. So a big thank you to Lucy for producing such a great little piece of art, and for letting me see it. It really did make my day.

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Edinburgh Book Festival

I’m pleased to say that I’ll be at the Edinburgh Book Festival this year, doing an event with Keith Gray on Sunday 16th August from 5pm-6pm.

If you fancy coming along to hear me talk about Frozen Charlotte then you can check out the details here: Ghostly Secrets with Alex Bell and Keith Gray. 

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Reading Agency Creative Champion Competition

Young Volunteer List

For the first time this year, the Reading Agency are doing a book list for the teenage volunteers supporting the Summer Reading Challenge over the holidays, and I’m delighted that my book, Frozen Charlotte, is on it! Yesterday they also announced that they’re looking for Creative Champions to promote some of the books from 1st June to the 8th August. The winning submissions will receive copies of their chosen book and £100 to fund their campaign to promote it as creatively as they like, whether that involves joining up with a film maker to produce a trailer, commissioning an artist for something arty, or just having a big old book party with cupcakes and bunting and stuff.

The competition is open to young people aged 13-24, and you can enter individually or as a group with a bunch of book-loving friends. Full details here. If you want to enter then make sure you do so by the 27th May deadline.

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