Monday, May 21, 2012

Compass Press Welcomes Anne Riley

We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of our newest title, Shadows of the Hidden, and welcome author Anne Riley to the Compass Press family. Shadows of the Hidden is a young adult paranormal novel. Our acquisitions manager came across Anne’s book in its first incarnation recently. After having had an agent who shopped the story around, Anne decided to self-publish the novel under the original title, The Clearing (yes it’s true, acquisitions does scout through some self-published novels for great talent). It was clear from the first read that this was a title with great potential and one that Compass Press wanted to invite into our home.

As a self-published novel, The Clearing received an overwhelming majority of four and five star reviews, and for good reason. Compass Press plans to stay true to what made The Clearing such a hit with fans and our editor plans on only enhancing the story, not altering it beyond recognition. So if you are already a fan of Ms. Riley's, never fear, she and her novel are in good hands. If you are not yet a fan, we invite you to meet Anne and add Shadows of the Fallen onto your must-read list. Here is a bit about the novel:

Natalie Watson doesn't believe the reports about the way her parents died. In fact, she's not sure she believes in much of anything these days. But after moving from her home in Georgia to her aunt's boarding school in Maine, solving the mystery of her parents' deaths is just one of several things on her mind.

When she's not fending off attacks from the popular kids or taking refuge in the pages of a novel, she ponders the rumors circulating about a certain boy in her math class... a boy with fiery red hair who never speaks to anyone.

Despite suspicions that he may have murdered his sister a year earlier, Natalie finds it impossible to stay away from Liam Abernathy - especially when he confesses to knowing something about her parents. Soon she's following him into the forest, where things happen she doesn't understand... things that shouldn't be possible....

As Liam's story unfolds, Natalie realizes she's more connected to him than she ever thought - and not everyone she counts as a friend can be trusted.

Look for Shadows of the Hidden in paperback and eBook formats this winter.


  1. Three cheers! Congrats all around :-)

  2. Welcome to the family Anne! SO excited to have you as a Press Sister!