Bookouture has signed a trio of debut writers in an "exciting summer of growth".
Associate publisher Natasha Harding, who recently joined Bookouture from HarperCollins, has made her first acquisition for the commercial publisher. She acquired world rights for three new psychological thrillers by Shalini Boland, direct from the author, who is "a huge fan of Bookouture and its fabulous authors and absolutely delighted to be joining them".
Harding said: "Shalini Boland has incredible talent. I’m delighted to be working with her to build on her brilliant existing platform."
The Secret Mother will be published in November 2017, with two further books to follow in 2018.
Meanwhile, Jessie Botterill, commissioning editor, has signed a deal with script editor, Clare Boyd, via Broo Doherty at DHH Literary Agency. The offer was made just 24 hours after submission, and is for world English language rights in two domestic dramas. Little Liar, a "tense and terrifying" portrayal of family life spinning out of control, will be published in February 2018, with the second novel following in April 2018.
Botterill said Little Liar was "one of those submissions I knew I had to drop everything for", while Boyd praised the publisher for its "energy and creativity".
Commissioning editor Helen Jenner signed up author D.K. Hood in a three-book World Rights deal. Don’t Tell a Soul is the first title in a new crime series featuring Sheriff Jenna Alton and her deputy David Kane. It will be published in November 2017 with two more books following in 2018.
"As soon as I began reading Don’t Tell a Soul, I knew I wanted to publish this book," Jenner said. "With great writing, a thrilling plot and a wonderful Montana setting, crime readers are going to love Alton and Kane for many books to come."
D.K. Hood said: "Writing crime fiction is an exciting adventure for me but nothing could top the thrill of receiving an offer for my first submission from Bookouture."