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Acquisition Announcement: Lanterns in the Sky by Pagan Malcolm

Parliament House acquisitions is pleased to announce the procuration of Lanterns in the Sky, a new fantasy novel, by Pagan Malcolm, pitched to us during the last #Pitchmad of the year!

If the stars were lanterns in the sky, lit by angels to create a barrier to protect our world, what would happen

if that barrier broke?

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Everything was normal for Lucy Maisfer until the day a star fell from the sky and knocked her out. Upon waking, she comes face-to-face with Jason Woods, who also happens to be the mysterious new guy in her best friend, Valarie's, life.

Then the strange dreams begin, and she learns about the Starlight Princess— who must not under any circumstance be reawakened. Driven to uncover the meaning of it, she finds herself caught up in a strange twist of events that eventually lead to bigger danger than she ever anticipated. Before long, Lucy is forced to make a choice between saving the world, or saving her best friend; only to discover that Valarie cannot be saved... that she has an even darker secret, and that her supposed star-crossed romance with Jason might not be so destined after all...

LANTERNS IN THE SKY was acquired to Mary Bernsen at The Parliament House Press for publication in Spring 2019 (World).

“I was absolutely hooked on this novel. I could not put it down and ended up reading it every chance I got.”

– Kerry, from

“I love what you do with the relationships in this book! There’s a lot of mystery about them, a lot of distrust, and it adds a lot to the overall feel of things.”

– RaeAnne, from Lavender Prose

P.S.Malcolm (Pagan) grew up in Proserpine, Queensland— a small, Australian country town on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. She was a storyteller from a young age and spent years perfecting her craft.

For two years, she juggled waitressing in tourist filled coffee shops while undertaking two degrees in Creative Writing online— one specializing in children's fiction and publishing. She has always had an interest in writing, but never saw herself working in the industry until she made the choice to self-publish her debut novel, Stuck on Vacation With Ryan Rupert. Realizing that she loved the process of publishing her book, she pursued an internship at a publishing house and snagged a spot as Pen Name Publishing's Marketing Assistant.

In between interning and writing, Pagan opened her first business working as a freelance Marketing Strategist for Paperback Kingdom— which helps indie authors with all aspects of their author careers.

Pagan isn't a party animal, but she's pretty sure she holds the unofficial record for the longest book launch party in history (being 12 hours). She's also a cat enthusiast, tea lover, and floral fanatic. She keeps a well-stocked tea collection, and one of her favorite past times is rocking up to a cozy teashop in a worn pair of jeans and writing a few pages of prose. Though she wouldn't be opposed to a cat café— except she'd most likely get distracted and you'd be waiting for her next book longer than you'd be waiting for George. R. R. Martin to complete Game of Thrones. If the 'florals' weren't a dead giveaway, she's a proud Hufflepuff and is crazy about the colour yellow.

Pagan also enjoys reading— particularly fantasy and paranormal— and is a passionate blogger. She reviews books that she has read on her personal website, and indie books on her business blog. Some of her favorite and most influential authors include Amanda Gernentz Hanson, A.G. Howard, Marissa Meyer and Michele Jaffe.

Her newest book, Lanterns in the Sky, is set to be released by The Parliament House Publishing in 2018

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