We are thrilled that The Shadow in the Glass, JJA Harwood’s dark, disturbing debut, publishes today in hardback with Harper Voyager.

A deliciously gothic story of wishes and curses – a new dark fairy tale set against a Victorian backdrop full of lace and smoke.

Once upon a time Ella had wished for more than her life as a lowly maid.
Now forced to work hard under the unforgiving, lecherous gaze of the man she once called stepfather, Ella’s only refuge is in the books she reads by candlelight, secreted away in the library she isn’t permitted to enter.

One night, among her beloved books of far-off lands, Ella’s wishes are answered. At the stroke of midnight, a fairy godmother makes her an offer that will change her life: seven wishes, hers to make as she pleases. But each wish comes at a price and Ella must decide whether it’s one she’s willing to pay…

A smouldering, terrifying new spin on Cinderella – perfect for fans of Laura Purcell and Erin Morgenstern.

Publication month started with a bang for Jo, with The Shadow in the Glass being selected as Netgalley Book of the Month and Goldsboro Books’ Book of the Month. Goldsboro produced a beautiful special edition with red and gold sprayed edges.

Called ‘truly exquisite’ and ‘chilling and beautiful’ by bestselling author Katie Lowe, and with five star reviews already stacking up on Goodreads and Amazon, praise is garnering fast for this sinister twist on a much-loved fairy tale.

JJA Harwood is an author, editor and blogger. She grew up in Norfolk, read History at the University of Warwick and eventually found her way to London, which is still something of a shock for somebody used to so many fields.

When not writing, she can be found learning languages, cooking with more enthusiasm than skill, wandering off into clearly haunted houses and making friends with stray cats. The Shadow in the Glass is her debut novel.

Congratulations, Jo, we wish you the happiest of publication days!