Saturday, May 21, 2016

Goodbye

After nearly ten years, I have decided to leave Blogger.

This platform was awesome in its day, and I'll be forever grateful for the friends I found here, but with fewer and fewer people using it, it's time to say goodbye too.

If you want to keep in touch, I can be found on my new website here. I'm still on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.

I wish you all much happiness and success in your endeavours, whether they be literary or otherwise.



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

THE DEVIL'S DREAMCATCHER has a new cover

THE DEVIL'S DREAMCATCHER, book 2 in my DEVIL'S series, will be released in paperback in July, following on from the hardback release last October. It's been given a new cover which will complement the cover of THE DEVIL'S BANSHEE which is released in hardback in October of this year:







Tuesday, January 5, 2016

THE DEVIL'S INTERN is released in Turkey



THE DEVIL'S INTERN will be released in Turkey on the 6th January 2016, following on from the international rights deal struck last year to publish it, THE DEVIL'S DREAMCATCHER, and the forthcoming THE DEVIL'S BANSHEE in that gorgeous language.

SEYTANIN STAJYERI, welcome to Team DEVIL.





Friday, October 2, 2015

HAPPY RELEASE DAY: THE DEVIL'S DREAMCATCHER



Two hardback novels in bookstores is the stuff of dreams. So while I have my book release celebration in Australia, THE DEVIL'S DREAMCATCHER - (the sequel to the award-winning, critically-acclaimed THE DEVIL'S INTERN) - is now officially in bookstores across the US and Canada.

It's time for Kermit arms!


Thursday, August 6, 2015

My First International Rights Book Deal

From Publishers Marketplace:


Ten months after the hardback release of THE DEVIL'S INTERN in the US and Canada, and two months before the hardback release of THE DEVIL'S DREAMCATCHER, I am thrilled to announce that both books, and THE DEVIL'S BANSHEE (Fall 2016), have sold in Turkey.

It's the last tick on the list for my DEVIL'S series: Agent, Publisher, Starred Reviews, Awards, and now International Rights.

I am one very contented author right now.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

THE DEVIL'S INTERN now out in paperback

A paperback release is kinda weird. When the hardback of THE DEVIL'S INTERN was released last October, there was fanfare and cupcakes and OMG so many interviews...

...and the little old paperback just appears!

But I can't wait to get my hands on it because not only does it have an excerpt from the forthcoming sequel, THE DEVIL'S DREAMCATCHER, the paperback of INTERN has blurbs. Like proper industry "ZOMG this is awesome" blurbs"! Accolades include:



* Kirkus Prize 2014 nominee
* Kirkus Teen Book of the Year 2014
* YALSA 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults
* CYBILS (Children’s and Young Adult Blogger’s Literary Award) - Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction nominee
* Teen Choice Book Awards nominee
* YALSA'S 'The Hub' Best of 2014 
* Westchester Fiction Award 2015 Gold Seal


It's all a bit awesome!
The retail on Amazon is $7.99 for the paperback. Not sure what it is in bookstores. This is the problem with living in Australia and releasing in the US first...you guys get to see it before I do.

Go Team DEVIL!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Another award win for THE DEVIL'S INTERN


THE DEVIL'S INTERN has won another award. It has been given the Gold Seal in the Westchester Fiction Awards which are chosen by a committee of High School librarians and teachers in Los Angeles. The Westchester award "honors talented authors who contribute exemplary literature to the Young Adult literary canon." 

YAY - go Team DEVIL and thanks to the committee. The other 2015 winners can be found here.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Maggie Stiefvater and THE DEVIL'S INTERN

Everyone knows how much I love Maggie Stiefvater, right? Just in case you didn't, here are some of my reviews of her books:

THE RAVEN BOYS
THE DREAM THIEVES
BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE

So, you can imagine my reaction when I received an email with this image:


Yep! That's Maggie Stiefvater holding THE DEVIL'S INTERN...or actually trying to eat it!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BOOK DEAL NUMBER 3

I've had my THIRD book deal announcement in Publishers Marketplace, and it's just as wonderful as numbers one and two!








Thursday, February 5, 2015

More Team DEVIL awesomeness

The awards continue for THE DEVIL'S INTERN which has been named a YALSA 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults novel.

The full list from the American Library Association can be found here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Kirkus names THE DEVIL'S INTERN a best book of 2014

I was told this news in New York last week, and like all awesome announcements, it's been hell keeping quiet about it. 

Kirkus Reviews has named THE DEVIL'S INTERN "A Best Book of 2014 for Teens"!

And lookie, I get a special plaque too which is already on the Kirkus website:


THE DEVIL'S INTERN was listed in two categories:
  • Best Teen Science Fiction/Fantasy; and
  • Best Book to Make you Laugh and Possibly Cry!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

HAPPY RELEASE DAY: THE DEVIL'S INTERN



From today, THE DEVIL'S INTERN (Kirkus star/SLJ star), will be available to buy in bookstores across the US and Canada. This is insane - and brilliant - and insane. All of my hard work over the past four years has led to the biggest Kermit flail of all time!!




I'M IN BOOKSTORES!!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A second starred review for THE DEVIL'S INTERN

It's all ramping up for the official publication of THE DEVIL'S INTERN, and the second trade review has come in, this time from School Library Journal, and it's another star review to match the star review from Kirkus.

The full review can be read at this link here. I'll also copy it below.

Onwards and upwards to the 1st October and the full release.


SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL - SEPTEMBER, 2014

*HOSIE, Donna. The Devil’s Intern. 240p. Holiday House. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780823431953; ebk. $16.95. ISBN 9780823432653. LC 2014002402.
Gr 10 Up–Hosie has written a book that will not only entertain but maybe even enlighten. Seventeen-year-old Mitchell Johnson has spent the last four years in Hell, where he is the Devil’s intern in the accounting office. With the number of new arrivals on the rise, Hell’s finances are strained. Fortunately, the Devil has a plan to use his Viciseometer, a time-travel device, to limit the number of those destined for Hell. Mitchell sees it as an opportunity to change his fate and revisit the day he met his fate with a bus. After stealing the Viciseometer, he travels back to the past with three of his friends (a Viking prince, a 17th-century peasant, and a wild-haired gal from the 1960s) and attempts to alter history, only to learn that life and death are complicated and unpredictable. Interesting characters, nonstop adventure, and humor with a touch of heart will not disappoint teens looking for a dark comedy. Glimpses of the afterlife could also spark discussion among readers.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

THE DEVIL'S INTERN gets a starred review from Kirkus

The first trade review for THE DEVIL'S INTERN is in, and it's a starred review from Kirkus.

Here's the review in full:



THE DEVIL'S INTERN [STARRED REVIEW!]
Author: Donna Hosie

Online Publish Date: August 1, 2014
Publisher:Holiday House
Pages: 288
Price ( Hardcover ): $None
Publication Date: October 1, 2014
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-8234-3195-3
Category: Fiction


A comic, time-traveling trip to Hell and back.

After four years in Hell, Mitchell thinks he’s found a way to escape by going back in time and preventing his death. Inside Hell’s vast bureaucracy, he works as an intern to Septimus in the accounting department. It seems that most souls go to Hell rather than Up There, as the damned call Heaven. Hell is becoming seriously overcrowded and has financial issues. When Mitchell learns that Septimus has possession of the Viciseomater, a pocket-watch–like time-travel device, he unites with almost-girlfriend Medusa and best friends Alfarin, a Viking prince from the year 970, and his girlfriend, Elinor, who died in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The team first lands in New York and checks into the Plaza. Unsurprisingly, things don’t go according to plan, and the group begins to sense that some nasty characters from Hell are after them. Hosie writes with a decidedly wry comic style even as she unfolds her dramatic story. The worst job in Hell, cleaning out the ground-floor toilets, is reserved, for example, for reality TV stars. For all the story’s lightness, she doesn’t ignore the ever present problem of paradox: What happens if these characters succeed in preventing their own deaths?

Just outstanding fun for those who enjoy snarky comedy and suspense. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)



Friday, April 18, 2014

BOOK DEAL NUMBER 2

From Publishers Marketplace this morning:



Cheers!






Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Book deal signed



This is me - an hour ago - signing my book deal.


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This is Kermit - doing a pretty good impression of me after this photo was taken!


Monday, September 30, 2013

I HAVE A BOOK DEAL

In July 2012, after seven offers from agents for my manuscript, THE DEVIL'S INTERN, I signed with Beth Phelan, now with The Bent Agency in New York.

Then in July of this year, a full year after signing, I received an email at work. It was Beth. Wanting to let me know "about a little thing called AN OFFER!!"

A New York publisher wanted to publish THE DEVIL'S INTERN and this weekend the announcement was made on Publishers Marketplace: