Hi everyone! It’s the 1st of May, which means it’s publication day. How did the months pass so quickly? Agent Nomad 2 (Deadly Magic) is hitting bookshops around Australia today: https://penguin.com.au/books/agent-nomad-2-deadly-magic-9780143780403
I had a lot of fun writing Nomad’s second adventure and I hope that you all enjoy reading it!
In other news, The Hush is preparing for its American publication in June. A few early reviews have started to roll in, including a lovely Starred Review from Kirkus: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/skye-melki-wegner/the-hush/
The team at Sky Pony Press have done a wonderful job and I’m so excited about this release!
Hi guys! Today I’m thrilled to share the book trailer for the AGENT NOMAD series. The trailer was created by my awesome publisher (Penguin Random House Australia):
Haven’t they done a brilliant job? I’m so excited to share it with you all!
Hooray! It’s finally publication day for Agent Nomad: The Eleventh Hour. It’s such a joy to hold the final product in my hands:
From today, The Eleventh Hour is officially available in bookshops and online around Australia.
Some lovely early reviews are starting to appear. Here are a few snippets (with links to full reviews):
“London, sorcery, gut-wrenchingly evil villains and a pretty damn awesome teenage Aussie heroine? Sign me up!” — Amy, CBCA Reading Time
“Agent Nomad will appeal to all your fantasy lovers who enjoy magic, adventure and a strong story line.” — Michelle, Lamont Standing Orders
“The Eleventh Hour is an engaging, fast-paced story with heart-stopping action and heart-warming friendships.” — Angelique, Books and Publishing
I owe a massive thanks to my agent, Rick Raftos, as well as the wonderful team at Penguin Random House Australia. Without them, this book would still just be a Word document on my computer.
To my readers — thank you, as always, for your kind messages and emails. I’m so happy and excited to share this new adventure with you.
And now… let the mission begin!
Hi guys! Today I’m super excited to reveal the American cover for THE HUSH! This edition will be published by Sky Pony Press in 2017:
I’m absolutely in love with this cover! There are so many elements of the plot hidden in the image.
Recently, I also received these awesome Chinese editions of Chasing the Valley and Borderlands in the mail. They’re published by Phoenix Publishing:
I love these dramatic covers and it’s always wonderful to see the books in another language!
In other news, the first AGENT NOMAD book is off to the printers — hooray! I recently received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of the book and it was such a thrill to hold it in my hands for the first time:
The second book is about to be typeset, which is always an exciting stage in the process. Can’t wait to see the books in their final form!
Hi guys! Today I’m excited to reveal some details about AGENT NOMAD, my new spy/ fantasy series launching in February 2017.
Here are the covers for Book One and Two, designed by the awesome Christa Moffitt:
AGENT NOMAD is all about spies, secrets and sorcery. Although the series is set in the modern world, it still contains plenty of magic. (And adventures. And explosions. And… you get the idea.)
For more info, check out the book page: http://www.skyemelki-wegner.com/agentnomad1
Sorry I haven’t posted here in quite a few months, but I promise I’ve been keeping busy and working hard on my writing. In fact, I have quite a bit of news! In no particular order…
1. New Series
I’m thrilled to announce that I have a new fantasy series coming from Random House Australia in early 2017. Although I can’t reveal too much yet, I’m having a blast writing it! It features adventure, friendship, danger, international travel, spies and sorcery.
Right now, the estimated publication dates are February 2017 for Book One and May 2017 for Book Two.
2. Aurealis Shortlist (The Hush)
The Hush has been shortlisted for Best YA Novel in the Aurealis Awards! I’m incredibly honoured and grateful to be shortlisted alongside such fantastic books and authors.
If you’re looking for something new to read, check out some of the awesome books on the list! (I can personally recommend Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff or The Laws of Magic by Michael Pryor.)
The shortlists for all categories are here: https://aurealisawards.org/2016/02/17/announcement-2015-aurealis-awards-shortlists/
3. American Deal (The Hush)
The Hush is going to be published in America! I can’t wait to see the U.S. edition and to work with the wonderful team at Sky Pony Press ( http://www.skyponypress.com/ ).
The U.S. edition is due to be published around mid-2017.
Yesterday I was interviewed by the hilarious team from Studio 3 (ABC3). We chatted about my books and I completed a fun author challenge, which involved quite a lot of green slime being dumped on my head!
If you’re in Australia and you’d like to watch the fun, my interview (and sliming!) is due to air during Book Week later this month. Tune into ABC3 from 4:45 pm on Wednesday 26 August.
Thanks to the team at ABC3 for having me; I had a blast!
And now for a completely unrelated side note…
I’d also like to thank all the awesome readers who have sent me emails recently. I always try to reply, but occasionally after hitting ‘Send’ I receive an error message stating that your email address doesn’t exist. (Presumably due to typos when the address is entered into my website’s contact form.)
If you’ve emailed me and haven’t received a reply, I’m really sorry and just wanted to let you know the reason. Every email means a lot to me and I truly appreciate your kind words about the books. Thank you!
Hi everyone! I’m excited to announce that I’ll be appearing at some awesome writers’ festivals over the next few months. I feel very lucky to participate in these events and it would be lovely to meet some of my readers there.
1. Voices on the Coast (QLD)
In July, I’ll be presenting several writing workshops at Voices on the Coast Festival on the Sunshine Coast. This is a fantastic youth literature festival and I can’t wait to attend for the first time this year!
2. Melbourne Writers Festival (VIC)
In August, I’ll be appearing at the Melbourne Writers Festival. I had a great time at MWF last year and can’t wait to participate again!
As always, the publishing team at DTV have done a brilliant job and it’s such a thrill to see the book in another language!
Hi everyone! Thanks so much to everyone who came along to the launch of The Hush last night; it was so exciting to see you there.
(Also, a huge thanks to Louise and the team from Dymocks Melbourne for allowing us to use your beautiful bookshop!)
Here I am cutting the cake:
Reading out the prologue of The Hush:
Cupcakes with miniature book decorations:
And here are some other photos from the night. I’ve also popped them up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.418016395026609.1073741833.180569065438011&type=1
Hi everyone! I’m ridiculously excited right now because it’s publication day. The Hush has officially hit Australian bookshops and is now making its way into the hands of readers.
A quick reminder for those of you in Melbourne — the official book launch is this Friday (March 6) at Dymocks on Collins St. It’s a free event and I’d love to see you there! For more details or to RSVP, please see: https://www.dymocks.com.au/stores/vic/dymocks-melbourne#skye-melki-wegner-melbourne
As always, I wouldn’t be here without my readers. Thanks again for all of your emails, reviews and messages over the last few years; your support means the world to me. I hope that you enjoy this new adventure!
Since the release date is drawing near, I made a book trailer for The Hush! I’m super excited to share it today:
It’s hard to believe, but The Hush is only a few short weeks away! To celebrate its release, there will be a public book launch at Dymocks Melbourne on Friday 6 March.
DATE: Friday 6 March 2015
TIME: 6:30 pm
LOCATION: Dymocks Melbourne, 234 Collins St, Melbourne
Drinks and nibbles will be provided. I’ll be giving a short presentation, answering reader questions and signing books.
The event is free, but please RSVP by 25 February so we know the numbers for catering purposes. Hope to see you there!
In other news, I recently received my author copies of The Hush.
It’s always such a thrill to hold a new book for the first time. Amazing to think that this time last year it was just a Word document on my laptop!
Today I received my German copies of Chasing the Valley, recently published by DTV Junior! This edition is a gorgeous hardcover with a foxary on the front:
In Germany, the series is titled Magnetic Valley and the first book is called Die Flucht der Fünf. Here’s the back cover:
Finally, here’s a glimpse of the first page:
It’s amazing to see the book in another language!
It’s time to reveal the cover of my next book!
I absolutely love this cover and I’m so excited to share it with you all. It’s such a thrill to see my story represented in visual form:
(Click image for high resolution.)
Many thanks to the super talented artist, Sebastian Ciaffaglione. To see more of his amazing artwork, check out his website: http://www.sebastiancreative.com/
The Hush is due to be released in early March 2015.