Here comes The Rain – with Virginia Bergin’s debut novel

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3667c02ec3cd315c50725c101680a9ba-163x265Bookswarm recently launched a website for debut YA novelist Virginia Bergin, whose book The Rain tells the story of one girl’s desperate fight for survival in the face of global environmental catastrophe (with added snogging).

One minute sixteen-year-old Ruby Morris is having her first proper snog with Caspar McCloud in a hot tub, and the next she’s being bundled inside the house, dripping wet, cold and in her underwear. Not cool.

As she and Caspar shiver in the kitchen, it starts to rain. They turn on the radio to hear panicked voices – ‘It’s in the rain . . . it’s in the rain . . .’

That was two weeks ago, and now Ruby is totally alone. People weren’t prepared for the rain, got caught out in it, didn’t realize that you couldn’t drink water from the taps either. Even a drip of rain would infect your blood, and eat you from the inside out. Ruby knows she has to get to London to find her dad, but she just doesn’t know where to start . . .

After rescuing all the neighbourhood dogs, Ruby sets off on a journey that will take her the length of the country – surviving in the only way she knows how.

Because the book has a different title and cover in the USA, we have set up IP address detection to show the right version of the book to the right audience, as well as designing a site with a flexible selection of background images that reinforce the weather theme.

Of her experience working with Bookswarm, Virginia kindly said:

Bookswarm? Nothing but praise!

I’m a stubborn old mule. I’d designed and built a website before, so why would I want someone else to do it for me?

WHY?! Because there is no way I could have done what Simon and the amazing Bookswarm team can do. I am willing to admit that they knew better than me what I needed, and how an author’s site needs to work. They know about books. They know about design. They know about websites. (And a whole load of other stuff: I got serious Gmail help, Facebook help and a business card!). They did everything for me (and at a fantastic price; brilliant value for money!).

I now have a terrific website – that’s capable of expansion and tailored to handle visitors from the US as well as the UK – and, thanks to Simon’s training session, I know how to use it.

I am a very happy customer!

We’re looking forward to the second book in the series, The Storm, coming in 2015. Visit Virginia’s new website

New website for Penny Vincenzi

penny-vincenziPublisher Headline recently commissioned Bookswarm to create a new website for their multi-million bestselling star author Penny Vincenzi. We have created an elegant and understated new site which showcases Penny’s extensive body of work and is easy and flexible when it comes to updating.

The key design feature is that the main background colour can be set one a page-by-page basis, perfectly complimenting Headline’s jacket designs. Headline’s Head of Marketing Jo Liddiard was really pleased with the results:

“Working with BookSwarm on this was a completely positive and painless experience – you made everything as easy and straightforward as possible and everyone is thrilled with the resulting site.”

Penny’s latest book is A Perfect Heritage:

The House of Farrell – home of The Cream, an iconic face product that has seen women flocking to its bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade since 1953.

At Farrell, you can rely on the personal touch. The legendary Athina Farrell remains the company’s figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost discretion. She is sales advisor – and holder of secrets – extraordinaire.

But of course the world of cosmetics is changing and the once glorious House of Farrell is now in decline, its customers tempted away by more fashionable brands.

Enter Bianca Bailey, formidable business woman, mother of three, and someone who always gets her way. Athina and Bianca lock horns over the future of the House of Farrell but it is the past that tells its devastating tale of ambition and ego, passion and wonder.

Here is a tale of survival … and a perfect heritage.