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New Lethbridge-Stewart novel announced, features cover by Doctor Who artist Adrian Salmon

Lethbridge-Stewart: Moon Blink by Sadie Miller. Art by Adrian Salmon

Candy Jar Books has released the cover art by Doctor Who Magazine artist Adrian Salmon for its next Lethbridge-Stewart series novel, Moon Blink by Sadie Miller.

Award-winning publisher Candy Jar Books launched the fully licensed Lethbridge-Stewart series in February 2015, with Andy Frankham-Allen’s The Forgotten Son kicking off the venture in styleThree more titles were subsequently released; each has met with high praise from fans and the press.

A series of novels from the classic era of Doctor Who, the novels star Anne Travers and Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, based on the characters and concepts created by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln for the long-running SF TV show.

Moon Blink is set in July 1969, with mankind is on the Moon. Both the United States and Soviet Russia have lunar bases, and both are in trouble.

Back on Earth, Anne Travers has learned she is about to be visited by an old friend from America, Doctor Patricia Richards. Lance Corporal Bill Bishop is aware of the visit, and is on hand to meet Richards.

She brings with her a surprise, one which the Americans and Russians wish to get their hands on. But the only man who can truly help Anne, Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, is away in Scotland.

It’s a game of cat and mouse, as Anne and Bishop seek to protect the life of an innocent baby – one that holds the secrets to life on the Moon….

Artist Adrian Salmon – who will be making a guest appearance at Lancaster Comics Day in June – previously worked on covers for the Lethbridge-Stewart titles, The Schizoid Earth and Mutually Assured Domination. The  new novel also sports a revamped logo, designed by Colin Howard.

“We wanted to do something different this year,” says Shaun Russell, head of publishing, “and the revamped logo and background colour reflects that. Colin has done a fantastic job of giving Simon Williams’ original design a bit more weight.”

Adrian Salmon

Adrian Salmon

Adrian Salmon began his career painting illustrations for magazines before drawing his first comic strip “Judge Karyn” for Judge Dredd Megazine, written by John Freeman. Following this, he drew “Cybermen” for Doctor Who Magazine, and has worked with the magazine for the last twenty years.

He dipped his toes into the creator-owned market with writer Robert Tinnell on THE FACELESS: A Terry Sharp Story, starring occult fighter and film director Terry Sharp, which was published by Image Comics. He did the artwork for The Schizoid Earth and Mutually Assured Domination for Candy Jar Books in 2015, and along with Moon Blink, has more covers lined up for later in 2016.

“It was an honour to be chosen to draw Sadie’s cover for Moon Blink,” says Adrian, who is based in Blackpool. “We went for something emblematic, echoing the great Target covers of yore. I ended up sending two colour versions which Shaun brilliantly combined to make the final cover.”

“We are delighted with this latest piece of work from Adrian,” says range editor Andy Frankham-Allen. “And this time, not only do we highlight our co-stars Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers, but we get to show the world Lance Corporal Bishop, a fan favourite from three of last year’s titles, now a regular in the series.”

Sadie Miller enjoyed a career as a child actress through many voice-over parts, making her screen debut when she was eight, playing Penny in the BBC film, Royal Celebration. She is best-known to Doctor Who fans for her role in two series of Sarah Jane Smith audio dramas produced by Big Finish in 2002 and 2006. She won much critical acclaim for the role of the wheelchair-bound Planet 3 researcher, Natalie Redfern, particularly in the story Test of Nerve. She completed courses with the National Youth Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writer’s Programme, and RADA’s Shakespeare Course. She earned a BA in English and Related Literature, and graduated with honours. She is currently working on an original Young Adult novel, having already contributed to anthologies. In 2014 she was a finalist for the Glass Woman prize with Mirandolina.

Sadie’s book headlines the 2016 series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels, and is published in the spring, followed by The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper and The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel. A further three novels will be released in the autumn.

The usual discounted pre-order bundles will be on offer from Candy Jar, with a new subscription deal for those wishing to get six books for the price of five.

Candy Jar Books is an award-winning independent book publisher offering a wide variety of quality books, from non-fiction, general fiction and children’s, through to a range of cult TV books. Passionate about discovering and nurturing new authors and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, the company was established in 2010, bringing together skills in book publishing, audio and video production.

• Lethbridge-Stewart: Moon Blink by Sadie Miller is due to be released April 2016. It can now be pre-ordered (individually, or as part of a bundle/subscription) from Candy Jar Books here

• More about the Lethbridge-Stewart books here: lethbridgestewartnovels.wordpress.com | Find the Lethbridge-Stewart project on Facebook 

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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