Nov 302021
 

Arabic rights to New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s STORM FRONT, FOOL MOON, and GRAVE PERIL, the first three books in the Dresden Files series, to Ebhar Publishing, by Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Dutch rights to Annika Martin’s MOST ELIGIBLE BILLIONAIRE and THE BILLIONAIRE’S WAKE-UP-CALL GIRL, to April Books by Emma Lind and Phillip Sane at Lennart Sane Agency on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.

Russian rights to New York Times bestselling author Martha Wells’ WITCH KING, by Igor Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Russian rights to Martha Wells’ FUGITIVE TELEMETRY, the newest installment in the New York Times bestselling Murderbot Diaries series, and also a Murderbot omnibus edition, to Eksmo, by Alexander Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Turkish rights to USA Today bestselling author Cassandra Khaw’s THE ALL-CONSUMING WORLD and NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH, to Ithaki, by Merve Öngen at ONK Agency in association with Michael Curry.

Nov 292021
 

Author of forthcoming TINDERBOX W.A. Simpson’s sequel, TAROTMANCER, when a Black diviner predicts a dark future and assists a wily shape-shifter in a heist gone wrong, it’s up to her to make a deal with a two-faced King to save her friend and the realm from the malevolent Rot, to Don D’Auria at Flame Tree Press, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, by Anne Tibbets (world English).

Nov 232021
 

Kirkus: Creepy hotel managers, jump scares, and an overall eerie atmosphere are entertaining, and the plot moves swiftly…. A brief, engaging, and at times grisly mystery that will keep readers guessing.

 

Nov 222021
 

Photo of author S.B. Divya.Hugo and Nebula nominated author S.B. Divya’s MERU and an untitled sequel, in which Jayanthi, a hugely ambitious young woman who dreams of leaving Earth, and Vaha, a post-human pilot struggling to fulfill zir genetic destiny despite repeated failure, must travel together to a newly discovered planet and find that despite their differences, they each hold the key to unlocking the other’s dreams, pitched as The Culture Series meets “A Memory Called Empire”, to Adrienne Procaccini at 47 North, in a two-book deal, for publication in January 2023, by Cameron McClure (world).

Nov 192021
 

Financial Times: Nick Mamatas’s The Second Shooter likewise revels in weirdness, delving into America’s conspiracy theory culture. Mike Karras, a down-at-heel journalist working for a small-press publisher, is carrying out research for a book about mysterious, half-glimpsed additional gunmen whom eyewitnesses claim to have seen at assassinations and mass shootings.

Karras’s investigations into the phenomenon lead him deep into the realms of rightwing radio talk-show hosts and QAnon-style paranoia. In its final third, the story takes a turn for the metaphysical, following its own dark logic to a downbeat conclusion. Along the way Mamatas offers plenty of scathing commentary on gun violence and misuse of social media, in a novel that is both smart and topical.

Nov 182021
 

Publishers Weekly: McHugh’s gripping debut focuses on Jennifer Scarborough, who has been grooming her daughter, Abby, for media stardom for nearly 10 years. Since Abby was four, she has been photographed, videoed, and packaged under the name Chloe Cates in Jennifer’s popular blog, CC and Me. Jennifer, who cherishes her identity as a blogger and entrepreneur, won’t let anyone stand in the way of her dreams for her daughter—not even the girl herself. Meanwhile, 13-year-old Abby writes in her journal: “Everybody knows CC Spectacular, but Abby Scarborough doesn’t exist, not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat—nowhere that counts… Who cares about me when Chloe is the star?” Chloe’s subsequent disappearance is national news, and the internet is fueled with viral hashtags like #CatchChloeCates trending on every major platform. Emilina Stone, the detective with the Children and Family Services Unit in Albany, N.Y., who’s assigned the case, declines to reveal to her superiors that she and Jennifer were childhood friends. Chapters told from multiple perspectives skillfully tease out the characters’ respective secrets to reveal the rage lurking beneath their smiling faces. McHugh is off to a strong start.

Nov 172021
 

Cassandra Khaw’s THE SALT GROW HEAVY, in which a mermaid joins a strange doctor on a journey through an eerie taiga, and they must embrace the darkest parts of their true nature if they hope to survive, to Kristin Temple at Nightfire, with Ellen Datlow editing, for publication in spring 2023, by Michael Curry.

Nov 162021
 

Author of FINDING TESSA and IT COULD BE ANYONE Jaime Lynn Hendricks’s I DIDN’T DO IT, when a famous writer is murdered at a national thriller conference, four other authors receive death threats via text and a sinister Twitter account and band together to find out who’s behind it, soon finding they’re living a thriller novel themselves, turning on each other, and wondering if one of them is next—or if one of them is a killer, to Luisa Smith at Scarlet, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, by Anne Tibbets.

Nov 122021
 

NPR: Nothing But Blackened Teeth is visually stunning. Of course, a novella is just words but Khaw’s command of language in service of an image — their brilliance when it comes to wedding image with emotion — is sheer perfection here, with gorgeous turns of phrase that deepen our understanding of the characters and their responses to one another. Atmosphere seeps from every page, and you really feel like you too are exploring this house, like this house is closing around you, too. You feel like you just might be able to notice what’s wrong, or where the wrongness is springing from, before anybody else.

I like the characters. They form a unit more because of shared history than because they would be friends in the present, which serves this particular type of story very well. Readers will get frustrated with one person’s choices and say “Why are you being so stupid?” or “Don’t do that!” — but so will another character. One of Khaw’s strengths is their ability to show fully realized, nuanced social dynamics.

This is a creepy, meticulously-crafted tragedy and frankly, one of the most beautifully written haunted stories I’ve ever read. As in the best ghost stories, the house is full of ghosts, but it’s the people who are the houses. We’re haunted by our histories, by the ugly things we want to keep buried, by the things we just can’t let go. Nothing But Blackened Teeth will linger with you.