Storm has signed two more psychological thrillers by bestselling author Amanda McKinney. The first novel, The Stone Secret, introduces us to Sylvia Stone, the daughter of a woman who was murdered twenty years ago. Rhett Cohen, the man wrongly convicted of the murder, is released from prison just as Sylvia starts to receive letters, each one revealing details only a killer would know. Independently published by Amanda, The Stone Secret has already won Gold in the Independent Publisher Book Awards Suspense/Thriller category. Publishers Weekly described McKinney as eliciting ‘delicious tension from the uneasy alliance between Sylvia and Cohen.’

The second book tells the story of Lavinia Greer who, desperate to pick up the broken pieces of her life, finds herself on the doorstep of successful author Tristan Carrington who has hired her to care for his ailing wife. But beneath the beautiful exterior of the Carrington home lies dark secrets that are about to surface.

Deputy Managing Director Claire Bord agreed World English Language rights deal for the two books with Jill Marsal at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

McKinney says:

“I couldn’t be more excited to continue my journey with Storm Publishing. Writing psychological thrillers is where my heart lies, and collaborating with a team as experienced, passionate, and committed to excellence as Storm has been a breath of fresh air and has invigorated my creative process.”

Claire Bord commented.

“Amanda is the QUEEN of twisty, pick-your-jaw-off-the-floor psychological thrillers. A Marriage of Lies has received over 1,000 rave reviews, since publishing in March this year and it’s clear to see why it was an instant chart-topping hit and why readers are hooked on Amanda’s completely addictive storytelling. I’m so excited to be working with Amanda on two more psychological thrillers and expand her global audience.”

The Stone Secret will be published in January 2025 with the second book following in April 2025. Both novels will be released in ebook, audio and paperback.

To find out more about Amanda, visit her website or connect with her on Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.

Oliver Rhodes

Storm Managing Director

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