Pan Mac signs glamorous girl band epic

Claire Coughlan
Rights - Fiction Tuesday, 19 February 2019

The Thunder Girls by Melanie Blake is 'Valley of the Dolls meets Jackie Collins' Rock Star'

Wayne Brookes, associate publisher fiction at Pan Macmillan, has signed world rights including audio for two books by debut novelist Melanie Blake. The deal was done directly with the author.

The Thunder Girls (July) is a "glamorous epic" concerning a former girl band who rose to fame in the Eighties, only to be torn apart by jealousy and betrayal. Years later, the call comes for a reunion...

Melanie Blake is a former manager of Steps and Spandau Ballet. She also headed her own talent agency, Urban Associates.

Brookes said: "I have been a fan of this genre for decades. Think Valley of the Dolls meets Jackie Collins' Rock Star. It's a sexy thriller fest with female friendship at its heart. Melanie is a real insider and has worked with many popstars throughout the years. This is now her time to shine. I've published many novels in this genre, but never have I had someone like Melanie Blake behind it. Come September there will be a play which is based on a segment of the novel and The Thunder Girls will go wild."

Blake said: "I am beyond delighted that Wayne Brookes and Pan Macmillan will be publishing my debut novel The Thunder Girls this summer, and I'm honoured to be in such amazing company as Danielle Steel and Joanna Trollope. I've been working on this book on and off for over 20 years, and to know people will finally be able to enjoy the story and unique characters truly is a dream come true. I hope The Thunder Girls becomes this year's summer read and I look forward to hearing reader reviews of what is genuinely a white knuckle ride of friendship, betrayal and revenge."

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