Strange Chemistry, the YA imprint of Angry Robot Books, has signed angry-robot-logodebut author Sarah Raughley, in a one-book World English Rights deal concluded by Strange Chemistry’s editor Amanda Rutter and Natalie Fischer Lakosil, of the Bradford Literary Agency.

Sarah’s novel, a YA Dark Fantasy tale called Feather Bound, will be published in the Spring of 2014.

About the novel:

When Deanna’s missing friend Hyde turns up at his father’s funeral to claim his corporate empire and inheritance, she is swept into his glittering world of paparazzi and wealth.

But re-kindling her friendship and the dizzying new emotions along for the ride are the least of her concerns. Because Deanna has a secret – and somebody knows. Someone who is out to get Hyde. And if she doesn’t play along, and help the enemy destroy him…she will be sold to the highest bidder in the black market for human swans.

Now Deanna is struggling to break free from the gilded cage that would trap her forever…

Feather Bound is a dark debut reminiscent of Gabriel García Márquez’s A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, and the twisted truth behind the fairy tale of Cinderella.

Sarah Raughley says that the deal is something she’s looked forward to for a very long time. “I’ve dreamt of being a published author since I was a little girl, and I can think of no better publisher to debut under than the dynamic and totally badass Strange Chemistry! Angry Robot Books is making such a big splash in the world of science fiction and fantasy; I’m so honored to be a part of it!”

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