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Circus Hearts 1: All The Little Bones

Bearded Lady Press, 2018

Releasing September 2018

A teenage trapeze artist and an apprentice strongman on the run from a terrible crime…

Seventeen-year-old Sorsha Neary’s life is changed in one night when she defends herself behind the vans of her family circus troupe. Now Sorsha and apprentice strongman Colm Mackay are travelling south, to evade the fallout and escape the long arm of the law. All they have in their favour is talent, an old promise, and slim acquaintance with the crew members and performers of their new home, Klatsch’s Karnival. But the question for Sorsha and Colm isn’t if the police will catch up with them, but when…

Dark YA romance, with a criminal twist – Circus Hearts: Step. Right. Up.

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Circus Hearts 2: All Fall Down – releasing 1 October 2018

Circus Hearts 3: All Aces – releasing 1 November 2018

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“Marney has an obvious respect for the intelligence of young people, which resonates through her work. White Night is frank, sexy and clever…”

Bec Kavanagh, Books+Publishing

White Night

Allen and Unwin, 2018

Shine on…

Bo Mitchell lives in a country town and has little on his mind except school, footy, family and friends . . . until he meets Rory Wild, a girl from a secretive off-the-grid community called Garden of Eden. When Bo’s family becomes engulfed in a crisis that could tear them apart, Bo finds himself drawn towards Rory and the Eden community’s way of life. But as the town comes together for the ‘White Night’ lightshow, Bo realises that out at Eden the secrets might be more serious than anyone has imagined . . .

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“This is modern Australia for so many growing up on the periphery right now, picked apart with exquisite and smart insight from one of Australia’s best crime and YA writers….”

Danielle Binks, ALPHAreader

No Limits

Bearded Lady Press, 2017
Companion novel to the award-winning Every series…

Boozer, brawler, ladies’ man – nineteen-year-old Harris Derwent is not a good guy.

But he’s about to find out what he’s really made of when he agrees to play narc within a rural drug cartel. His contact – eighteen-year-old Amita Blunt, police sergeant’s daughter and all-round nice girl. Harris and Amie’s connection is sizzling hot – but if the cartel finds out about them, things could get downright explosive. Backed into a corner, with everything at stake, it’s time for Harris and Amie to find out if love really has no limits…

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“…a huge success in what it sets out to achieve: to draw attention to the work of Australian writers and to encourage young adults to expand their reading choices….”

Bec Kavanagh, Books+Publishing

Begin End Begin

HarperCollins, 2017
The YA event of the year…

Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all.

With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA.

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“Two of my favourite characters meet for the first time…”

Brigita, GoodReads

Missing Persons

HarperCollins, 2017
A short story from Begin End Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology

‘I want to get out of here. But no amount of walking is going to get me back home . . .’ Rachel Watts is adrift in the Big Smoke – until an eccentric boy called James Mycroft comes into her orbit.

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“The final book in this high action, teenage sleuthing thriller trilogy is the best yet…”
Susan Whelan, Kids Book Review

Every Move

Allen and Unwin, 2015
The third book in the Every series…

After the dramatic events of London, a road trip back to her old home in Five Mile sounds good (in theory) to Rachel Watts, with her brother Mike in the driving seat. But when Mike picks up his old buddy – the wildly unreliable Harris Derwent – things start to go south. Back in Melbourne, Rachel’s ‘partner in crime’, James Mycroft, clashes with Harris, and then a series of murders suggest that the mysterious Mr Wild – Mycroft’s own personal Moriarty – is hot on their trail. When tragedy strikes, Rachel and Mycroft realise they’ll have to recruit Harris and take matters into their own hands…

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“There’s no resting on laurels with this follow-up…Marney doesn’t pull on the brakes or lessen the intense pace she set from the onset with ‘Every Breath…”
Danielle Binks, ALPHAreader

Every Word

Allen and Unwin, 2014
Tundra Books, 2015

Sparks fly when Watts follows Mycroft to London in this second sophisticated thriller about the teen crime-fighting pair.

Rachel is still getting used to the idea of Mycroft being her boyfriend when he disappears to London with Professor Walsh. They’re investigating the carjacking death of a Rare Books conservator, which appears to be linked to the theft of a Shakespeare First Folio from the Bodleian Library. Worried about similarities between the conservator’s accident and the death of Mycroft’s own parents, Rachel follows Mycroft to London … and straight into a whole storm of trouble.

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Every Breath: “A smart, contemporary take on a timely classic that is sure to please Sherlock aficionados of all ages…
Every Breath, Kirkus Reviews

Every Breath

Allen and Unwin, 2013
Tundra Books, 2014

What if Sherlock Holmes was the boy next door?

Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics. Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist when Mycroft wants her help investigating a murder.

And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally. A night at the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again…

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