We’ve been absolutely bowled over by the wonderful response to M A Kuzniar‘s magical adult debut, Midnight in Everwood, which was published by HQ on October 28th. Last week saw the wonderful launch, held at Goldsboro books, where copies of the beautiful indie edition were on sale. It seems The Nutcracker retelling has cast a spell on readers and has shot into the Sunday Times bestseller list at #12! Huge congratulations to Mia and Team Midnight!

In the darkness of night, magic awaits…

It was a rainy day that the magic came, and once magic has entered your life, you stay in its glittering clutch forever.

Nottingham, 1906.

Marietta Stelle longs to be a ballerina but as Christmas draws nearer, her dancing days are numbered. At the wishes of her family, she will be obligated to marry and take up her place in society in the New Year. But when a mysterious new toymaker, Dr Drosselmeier, purchases a neighbouring townhouse, it heralds the arrival of magic and wonder in her life. Although Drosselmeier’s magic is darker than Marietta could have imagined…

When he constructs an elaborate theatrical set for her final ballet performance, Marietta discovers it carries a magic all of its own. As the clock chimes midnight, Marietta finds herself walking through a land of snow-topped fir trees leading to a frozen sugar palace silent with secrets and must find a way to return home.

In the darkness of night, magic awaits and you will never forget what you find here…

Maria Kuzniar spent six years living in Spain, teaching English and travelling the world which inspired her children’s series The Ship of Shadows. Her adult debut novel Midnight in Everwood was inspired by her love of ballet and The NutcrackerShe lives in Nottingham with her husband, where she reads and writes as much as can and bookstagrams @cosyreads.