Hera signs first book, a sexy, gripping, glamorous novel set in the world of Bollywood

November 09, 2018

Hera Books is delighted to announce that they have acquired a three-book series of sexy, dark, glamorous thrillers set in the world of Bollywood by bestselling crime writer, Alex Khan.

The first book in the contract, Bollywood Wives, will be published by Hera Books in February 2019, and will be the inaugural title for the digital publisher founded in 2018 by Lindsey Mooney and Keshini Naidoo. World English rights were agreed with Alison Bonomi at LBA Books, with the audio rights acquired by Audible. Alex Khan previously published the Zain Harris and Kate Riley series (under the name Alex Caan) with Bonnier to great acclaim, with his debut, Cut to the Bone, becoming a digital bestseller.

Hera’s Publishing Director, Keshini Naidoo, said of the deal: ‘Bollywood Wives is the book I have always wanted to publish. Completely engrossing and incredibly written, with a cast of differing, three-dimensional characters, this is a return to the kind of escapist, glamorous fiction with a dark edge that you just want to devour in one gulp. I’ve always been passionate about wanting to publish commercial fiction featuring BAME characters with huge crossover appeal, so when LBA came to me with this book, I knew it had to be Hera’s inaugural title. I can’t wait to launch this book to the world and have readers fall in love with Zara Das and the Bollywood Wives.’

While Alex Khan commented: ‘I have wanted to write this novel since I was a teenager, and Keshini finally gave me the confidence to put it to paper. I’ve followed her career for years and I’m so excited to be working with her at last. Hera is such an exciting venture and I think Keshini and Lindsey can publish this novel and the series in a way that nobody else could. It’s my dream novel with the perfect editing/publishing team for it, so I am absolutely thrilled things have worked out so well.’

Alison Bonomi, who agreed the deal with Hera on behalf of LBA Books, said: ‘It’s a real pleasure for LBA to be involved with Hera at the start of their impressive new venture, and Bollywood Wives is going to be a huge success that will break Alex Khan out as one of the most exciting writers around today!’