We’ve got a great day lined up for our guests at The Leeds 2018 Author Event. 

Be prepared to meet more than 55 incredible authors and vendors all signing and selling in the same hall . There’s plenty of time to meet people , chat , then get all your books and swag signed!
Leeds is a beautiful city so a great weekend is to be had be all !
We are supporting Make a Wish at the event and a charity raffle will be held during the day at at the evening ball. 

Tickets start at £10 and are available right now…. what are you waiting for?!
Rachel Brightey & Jo Curtis



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Leeds 2018 Ticket News!


Leeds 2018 Ticket News!
We are writing to you with some good news!


We have secured the fabulous Leeds Marriott again for our Leeds 2019 Author Event. This has had a positive impact on our March 2018 Leeds Author Event , the Marriott event team have reduced some of the costs !
As a thank you to everyone for supporting our events we would like to pass these savings onto to you 🙂
For those of you that have already purchased tickets, we will refund the difference by 20th October via the Eventbrite site.
New prices are :-
Morning & Afternoon tickets will be £10 each
Day tickets will now be £15 each
After party ticket will be £40 each
All ticket types are still subject to a small Eventbrite fee.

We would also like to reassure you that these ticket price reductions will not impact the donations we give to the charities we support.

So with just less than 20 weeks until we meet all these amazing authors, our event promises to be friendly and lots of fun! Spend time with your favourite authors chatting , get your books or swag signed and then take time to meet new authors . 😊

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We are thrilled to announce that Jane Washington will be signing at the Leeds 2018 event!


Jane Washington is 24 years old, lives in Brisbane, Australia and has MDD, or Multiple Dependency Disorder. It’s not a real disorder, but it should be.

She’s dependent on the moon to write, and she’s dependent on coffee so that she can spend as much time with the moon as possible.

She’s dependent on both writing and anti-social behaviour to each act as an excuse for the other, and she’s dependent on the awkwardness of both to save her from questions. I.e.:
‘Why do you never come to parties?’
‘It’s a writer’s thing. We hate parties.’

She has a dependency on the internet to prevent too much work from getting done on any given day, and an even bigger dependency on Disney movies, to keep the dream alive.

Jane Washington is a ‘Literary Awards off the Internet’ bestselling author and ‘self-awarded’ award-winner with a professional capacity to take herself seriously and a steely determination to seduce the entire book world… or at least to have someone walk up to her in Kmart and tell her that they loved one of her books–even if they’re mistaking it for another book. She holds herself responsible for the Beatrice Harrow young adult series, and the Seraph Black slightly-older-young-adult series.
If you want to know more about her, you’d better hire a private investigator because she’s proven to be a terrible online communicator! Ha Ha


Jane’s author page! (http://bit.ly/2enVUSm)
Here are her other links, too:
💙*Reader’s Group*: http://bit.ly/2epSgYa💙
💙*Website*: http://www.janewashington.com💙
💙*Instagram*: http://bit.ly/2g42spw💙
💙*Newsletter*: http://bit.ly/2g41gTd💙
💙*Amazon*: http://amzn.to/2fiBcCS💙
💙*Goodreads*: http://bit.ly/2enXvHN💙
💙*Twitter*: http://bit.ly/2tCm1fP

Tickets to meet Jane and over 50 other authors are on sale now!



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Thanks for darker.

It has taken us a while to get the words together to write this post and the reason for that is that we have been soaking up all the Darkness! We’ve Just loved reading the blog posts, seeing the pictures and enjoying all the wonderful comments.

Thought we would start at the beginning and go back a year….

As I’m (Rachel) part of the Orchard book club I have been lucky enough over the years to have been blogging and interacting with so many great authors from all genres and in all stages of their writing careers; so with our notebooks at the ready Jo and I thought it would be just amazing to be able to put a signing together showcasing authors writing the darker side of fiction. At first the struggle to bring horror and crime authors out from behind the computer screen was hard, bit by bit we found ourselves with a totally wicked darker family of authors.

The run up was a real roller coaster and totally consumed our lives for over 12 months, the Darker Event was something different from other signings we have hosted and we loved every single minute of it!

We wanted the signing and the evening ball to have a really close and friendly feel, keeping it intimate and personal all the way through. The readers group was such a fun place to post in and all the members totally embraced all things dark, well except for clowns that is! By posting and promoting everyday, you guys joining us, plus adding the little touches, we think we achieved the effect we were striving for.

The night before the event myself and Jo went to the hotel to setup, the nerves were quite high and I don’t think we had eaten or slept for days, it was like planning a wedding for 40 brides and grooms lol. Once a few of the authors had started to arrive they were popping into the hall to say hello, hugs were exchanged and we started to relax into it all. When we had finished the hall, we popped into the bar for a well needed drink! It was lovely to see everyone chatting, comparing travel stories; the laughter was contagious. It was reluctantly that we slipped off home leaving all the fun and wine behind, we needed to do some final checks and get some beauty sleep! (at least until the 5am alarm went off!)

Jo and I are big on lists, ( mostly Jo) we had ticked all the boxes and just knew we had it all covered, even down to the finest detail; it was just the butterflies that were going wild! We had arranged a meet and greet coffee for all the authors to chat and fill up on caffeine plus it gave us a few minutes to compose ourselves before the rest of our guests arrived.

We knew it would run smoothly and we had the makings of a great event. With the help of our terrific friends, amazing authors, assistants and of course the fabulous guests that came, the day went seamlessly. What we hadn’t imagined was the way everyone would embrace the day, the tables and banners looked fantastic and gave the room a fabulous feel to it. Our Horror model ladies certainly stayed in character the whole time! 9.55am arrived and we both left the room with our ticket guest list, wrist bands and scanner at the ready (those butterflies were still doing loops). The buzz of excitement from the fans was awesome, everyone chatting whilst they waited the last few minutes for the main doors to open.

From start to finish the mood was immense, full of laughter. Every single author was just so lovely and friendly, everyone that attended seemed to be full of smiles; so we felt pretty pleased with ourselves 🙂

A quick bite to eat and before we knew it the afternoon got into full swing, streams of fans walked round the hall. Looking for their favourite authors and discovering new ones to chat to. There were so many little moments that touched us, the hugs from people we had chatted to online to, then being grabbed for pictures.
The view was a hall full of amazing people, banners, laughing and camera flashes….. we were overwhelmed and cried happy tears.

Then a super quick turn around in the hall to transform it into the evening ball, again the finer details took time to set up and we literally threw on our ball dresses lol! The effect was just what we wanted even though we were not allowed the smoke machine or the clowns lol. The magian was terrific, the food was delicious the DJ was a bit old school but the company was epic! We danced and drank the rest of the night away ~ well until the bar closed! We gave our last hugs and said goodnight to everyone before collecting up the few mementos and table decorations that were left behind.

Too high on emotion for the night to end we slipped off to the residents bar, chatting and recounting some of the details that had made us laugh or caught our eye throughout the night.

There are so many people to thank for all the support, help and encouragement from start to finish we have been truly lucky to have had you all with us. We have to mention Krista Webster and Len, Paula and Clare our Hourglass team at darker did a brilliant job of making it all run smoothly. Have to thank Jodie from Swag Squad for doing the Darker merchandise . Not to forget our families for putting up with the constant late night meetings and darker talk! We would also like to thank the authors that believed in us and the authors that took a chance on us; we really appreciate that you chose to sign with us. Victoria,Claire and Charlie you ladies are awesome, thank you for the pep talks, your energy and smiles are infectious!

Thank you to everyone who came to Darker, without you all it would have been just an empty hall, you guys made this event! So thank you all 🙂

Lots of love
Rachel and Jo





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Ready for Darker 2017? 

The Darker Side Of Fiction book signing event is next weekend! 

Showcasing 40 authors in the crime, horror, thriller, mystery, fantasy, Sci Fi and apocalyptic genres. 

The day event tickets are still available, don’t miss out of this signing…..come and join us 😈

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° 。✫¸.•°* DARKER AUTHOR ANNOUNCEMENT ˚ ˚。* ˛˚ *˛˚

We are pleased to welcome Tony J Forder to the 2017 Darker signing!


Tony is the author of the acclaimed crime novel Bad to the Bone, which features DI Jimmy Bliss and DC Penny Chandler – who will return in 2018.

Before that, Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller Degrees of Darkness will be published on 19 September, and in November his fast-paced, action thriller Scream Blue Murder will also be released.

Tony is currently completing the follow-up to Bad to the Bone, and has started work on book 3 of the Bliss & Chandler series, a follow-up to Scream Blue Murder, as well as a brand new thriller series.

Long ago, back in the mists of time, when I was filled with ambition and brimming with ideas, I wrote a short story for a national competition. The competition was judged by an edior from Pan Books, who liked it enough to choose it as the winner, and to also publish my work in the forthcoming Dark Voices series, which had replaced the famous Pan Book of Horror Stories. And so it was that Gino’s Bar and Grille became my first published piece, in Dark Voices II.

Over a short period, three more stories of mine were published: Character Role, in Fear magazine; A Grim Story, in Rattler’s Tales; and then Book End, my second story for Pan in Dark Voices IV.

Following a conversation with author Brian Lumley, at a book signing for Dark Voices II, I began to feel as if I belonged amongst the writing fraternity. I also started to think that maybe, just maybe, I had a novel in me.

What followed were two horror/dark fantasy novels of moderate quality. But, I told myself, I am learning my craft. The first book of mine I even came close to liking was Degrees of Darkness, and I delighted in scaring the crap out of friends and family who read it. A follow-up never really saw the light of day.

On 1st February 2017, Bloodhound Books announced they had signed me to their stable of writers. On Saturday 29 April they released Bad to the Bone. Bloodhound have also signed me to write a second title in the series, which will be available in 2018 and is tentatively entitled The Hag’s Lament.

With Degrees of Darkness also due to be published on 19 September 2017, and Scream Blue Murder to follow in November, I am currently busy working on two more novels and looking forward to meeting everyone at the Darker signing event.

For more information about Tony and his upcoming books, then feel free to check him out on social media:

Twitter – @Tonyjforder
Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/tonyjforder/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=1

Wedsite – https://www.tonyjforder.com




Tickets for The Darker Side Of Fiction are now on sale.



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We are pleased to announce that Rachael Tonks will be signing in Leeds 2018!




Rachael Tonks is a contemporary romance author with a love of books, and a particular love of the romance genre. As a child Rachael could always be found with her head in a book, but it wasn’t until the beginning of 2015 when Rachael’s love of books really took over.
Reading spurred on her desires to put pen to paper, and write down the story of the characters screaming for their story to be told. Starting out her career with a new adult romance novel, she is currently working on her fourth novel which she plans to release early 2017.

Rachael lives in the steely suburb of Sheffield, in the north of England with her family and her 2 crazy dogs. She loves nothing more reading with a good cup of tea and is self-proclaimed chocoholic!





You can find about more Rachael about here:




We are thrilled to have Rachael with us and Tickets to meet her in Leeds are on sale now!

With over 60 amazing authors in a beautiful city, why not come and join us!!
We are supporting the Make a Wish Charity throughout the day and the evening ball.

Get your tickets using the link below


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We are pleased to announce that Elaine May will be signing in Leeds 2018!


Hi! Excited to be part of the Leeds signing 🙂

I live in the South West of England with my two beautiful daughters and yummy hubby. I love reading dark and twisted tales that mess with your head. I love to travel and spending time with my family. My dream is for people to like what i’ve written and hopefully get to meet my readers.

You can find about more about Elaine here:






We are thrilled to have Eliane with us and Tickets to meet her in Leeds are on sale now!

With over 60 amazing authors in a beautiful city, why not come and join us!!
We are supporting the Make a Wish Charity throughout the day and the evening ball.

Get your tickets using the link below


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° 。✫¸.•°* DARKER AUTHOR ANNOUNCEMENT ˚ ˚。* ˛˚ *˛˚

We are pleased to welcome Robert Enright  to the 2017 Darker signing!


Robert Enright was born and raised in North London and resides in Bushey, Hertfordshire. Working as a HR System Analyst by day, he spends his evenings and weekends writing (or playing his WiiU).

In March 2015, Rob self-published ONE BY ONE on Amazon, a violent, revenge thriller which was critically acclaimed, breaking into the top 50 books on Amazon on release. One year later, One by One leapt up to #3 in Kindle Crime and back into the top 50 on Kindle.

Rob has signed with Urbane Publications and his second book DOORWAYS was released on the 13th October 2016. An Urban Sci-fi Crime Thriller, Doorways is the first Bermuda Jones Casefile, a series following the aforementioned agent as he struggles to govern the truce between our world and ‘The Otherside.’ Released to critical acclaim, Doorways has held a steady position within the top 250 Sci-fi books on Amazon.

For more information about Rob and his upcoming books, then feel free to check him out on social media:

Twitter – @REnright_Author
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/robenrightauthor

Website coming soon. Along with news of the next project….









Tickets for The Darker Side Of Fiction are now on sale.




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° 。✫¸.•°* DARKER AUTHOR ANNOUNCEMENT ˚ ˚。* ˛˚ *˛˚

We are pleased to welcome Bekki Pate to the 2017 Darker signing!




Bekki Pate lives in Wolverhampton with her partner and daughter. She is a horror writer and loves all things spooky or gory – Richard Laymon and Stephen King being her favourite authors.
She draws her inspiration from other writers and her own imagination – the words also seem to flow better with a strong cup of coffee!

Connect with Bekki via her Facebook and Amazon page.







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