A magical debut adult novel is coming your way from M A Kuzniar! UK and Commonwealth rights to Midnight in Everwood, a spellbinding reimagining of The Nutcracker, has been acquired by HQ senior commissioning editor Katie Seaman from Thérèse Coen in a two-book deal. Midnight in Everwood is set for release in hardback, trade paperback, e-book and audio on 28th October 2021.

Maria said: “I’ve always been enchanted by ‘The Nutcracker’ and it’s been an absolute delight to explore it in an adult novel. Working with Katie and the team has been a dream and I’m thrilled that Marietta and myself have found such a brilliant home with HQ. I can’t wait to share the magic of Everwood with readers.”

Thérèse said: “I am over the moon to have found a home with Katie at HQ for this utterly magical and enchanting novel. It quickly became apparent that it was a perfect editor-author pairing, and it has been a total joy to witness them working on this gorgeous story together.”

Seaman said:“From the very first page, I knew this was an incredibly special novel. Beautifully written, and cleverly blending elements of historical fiction and magical realism to create a stunning literary fantasy, I was completely spellbound by Midnight in Everwood. I can’t imagine a better world for readers to escape to and immerse themselves in – and after this year, we all need some magic more than ever!”

In Edwardian England, Marietta Stelle longs to be a ballerina but as Christmas draws nearer, her dancing days are numbered as she’s expected to marry and take up her place in society. But a new neighbour, the mysterious Dr Drosselmeier, heralds the arrival of magic and wonder in Marietta’s life. Although when he constructs an elaborate ballet set for her final performance, she discovers it carries a magic all of its own.

Maria Kuzniar holds a BA (hons) in English Literature from the University of Westminster, and lived in Spain for 6 years as an English teacher, which inspired her to write her children’s series The Ship of Shadows (Puffin). Maria is currently employed to create and produce English teaching video, and is also heavily involved in the book community online, with a blog and over thirty-six thousand followers on her book-themed Instagram account (@cosyreads).

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