We are delighted to announce the acquisition of the next two books in G.D. Penman’s Witch of Empire series. The Wounded Ones and The Last Days of Hong Kong will be released in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

Those who have read the The Year of the Knife will agree that Agent “Sully” Sullivan of the Imperial British Intelligence Agency is not a character to go down quietly. And we’re thrilled that with two more books in the series, she won’t have to. She’s been called many things (kick-ass heroine and biggest, baddest lesbian witch ever, to name a few), but she’s never been called boring by anyone, and we think readers will love the next two installments in Penman’s delightful series as much as we do.

Gareth L. Powell, BSFA award-winning author of Ack-Ack Macaque, called The Year of the Knife “an addictive blend of magic and murder noir.” Robyn Bennis, author of The Guns Above said, “Penman writes with the wit and charm of a foul-mouthed Terry Pratchett. His Agent Sully is what Dirty Harry would be if he was a lesbian witch fighting demons alongside the cast of Yes, Minister.”

Said Penman, “It should come as no surprise that I have been looking forward to getting back to Sully and the Witch of Empire series. Anyone that read The Year of the Knife will realize that there was a much larger world just beyond the periphery of that original story, and I am excited to finally share at least some of that world with you. More than that though, I am looking forward to delving into some of the secrets below the surface of the first story: If you thought that the skeletons in the closet of the British Empire were rattled by a serial killer on the loose in the colonies, just wait until you see what comes spilling out when the whole world goes to war. Special thanks to Tricia at Meerkat Press for giving me the chance to finish telling Sully’s story. I hope that you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed telling it.”

About The Wounded Ones

Demons and serial killers are Iona “Sully” Sullivan’s bread and butter, but nothing could have prepared her to face off against the full weight of the British Empire at the height of its power. With the War for American Independence in full swing, she finds even her prodigious talents pushed beyond their limits when citizens of the American Colonies begin vanishing amidst rumors of crop circles, hydra sightings and worse. Through a wild and lethal adventure that will see her clashing with the Empire around the world and beyond, the only constants in Sully’s life are an undead girlfriend, a giant demon crow that has taken a shine to her, regular assassination attempts by enemies on all sides, and the cold certainty that nothing and nobody is going to make it out of the war in one piece.

About The Last Days of Hong Kong

In the aftermath of the war, Iona “Sully” Sullivan has lost everything; her job, her friends, her fiancé and even her magic. But when an old friend shows up on her doorstep, offering her the chance to undo one of her long litany of mistakes, there is still enough of the old Sully left to get her on the first boat to Hong Kong. A stranger in a strange land, Sully must navigate alien customs, werebear chefs, the blossoming criminal underworld, religious extremists, Mongol agents, vampire separatists, and every other freak, maniac or cosmic leftover with an iota of power as they all compete for a chance at the most valuable prize in all the world; a little sailor doll named Eugene, and the last wish on earth.

About G.D. Penman

G.D. Penman is the author of the Strata Online and Witch of Empire series, the ghostwriter of more than 50 books, and a freelance game designer. A firm believer in the axiom that any story is made better with the addition of dragons, he is fulfilling his destiny as an overweight bearded white man by pursuing a career as a fantasy author. In “real life” he lives in Scotland with his partner, children, dog and cats. Just . . . so many cats.

About Meerkat Press

Meerkat Press is an Atlanta-based independent press committed to publishing irresistible, unforgettable prose and poetry, ranging from literary to genre fiction. Visit them online at www.meerkatpress.com.