Rosamund Hodge

New Book Deal!

When I was nine or ten, my parents had us all watch the BBC production of Romeo and Juliet. I thought it was the stupidest story in the whole world. I also kept acting out alternate endings with my Barbie dolls, which probably should have been my first hint that I didn’t hate it as much as I thought.

And now I have a new book deal. Here’s the official announcement:

Kristin Daly Rens at HarperCollins imprint Balzer + Bray has bought, in a six-figure deal, two books in a YA fantasy series by Rosamund Hodge, author of Cruel Beauty. The new series, pitched as “Romeo and Juliet meets Sabriel,” re-imagines Shakespeare’s story of feuding families and doomed lovers in a city threatened by necromancers and protected by “the Juliet,” a girl born in every generation with powerful magic. Publication will start in spring 2016; Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates negotiated for North American rights.


My ebook novella Gilded Ashes is finally available! It’s a retelling of Cinderella set in the same world as Cruel Beauty.

There are different kinds of retellings. Cruel Beauty was sold as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast — and I did write it as one, but it was also a retelling of Bluebeard, Cupid and Psyche, and East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I feel that all retellings are an archaeological expedition to dig up the story hidden behind the story, but I don’t feel that Cruel Beauty is the only story buried in that ground. I could have written a different story. I chose to write Cruel Beauty.

Gilded Ashes is different. For years, I’ve had an idea in my head of What Really Happened With Cinderella. When Balzer + Bray asked me to write a novella set in the same world as Cruel Beauty, I realized it was the perfect opportunity to bring that story to life. And now I’m delighted to share it with all of you!

Buy Gilded Ashes: Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Google Play | Kobo

The Next Novel

I suppose now is as good a time to announce it as any: my next book is called Crimson Bound, and it will be out in the spring of 2015. It’s not a sequel to Cruel Beauty, but it is another fairy tale reimagining: Little Red Riding Hood meets (genderswapped) Girl With No Hands. With bonus apocalypse.

You can already add it on Goodreads!

Mark your calendar!

My ebook novella GILDED ASHES—a retelling of Cinderella set in the same world as CRUEL BEAUTY—will be out in two weeks!

The opening lines:

My mother loved me more than life itself.
That’s how everything went wrong.

Preorder: Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Google Play | Kobo

CRUEL BEAUTY is going to Turkey!

Second foreign rights sale! CRUEL BEAUTY will be published in Turkey by Pegasus Publishing.

CRUEL BEAUTY is released!

Three and a half years after I got ambushed by a crazy, melodramatic story idea, CRUEL BEAUTY is a published book! Available for buying in all sorts of book places!

If you’re still feeling dubious, remember you can read the first 70 pages online.


Signed Copy from Waucoma Books
Plain vanilla copies from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Book Depository (free shipping worldwide!) | Chapters/Indigo (Canada)

Meanwhile, I’ve had a few more short guest posts/interviews:

Interview at Hypable
Talking fairytales with HCC Frenzy
YAuthor Talk at The Midnight Garden
More fairytale talk at Two Chicks On Books

And if you feel like playing the odds:
A Giveaway that Includes CRUEL BEAUTY
Another Giveaway