World Fantasy Award-winning author C. L. Polk’s THE MIDNIGHT BARGAIN, set in a world where married women’s magic is taken from them to protect the lives of their unborn children, a young woman must balance her desire to become the first great female magician against her duty to secure a rich husband who can discharge her family’s debts, to Sarah Guan at Erewhon, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2020, by Caitlin McDonald.
Debut author Kelly Duran’s CAN’T TAKE IT BACK, which tells the story of a tight-knit group of four female friends, each facing a crossroads in their lives, over the course of a kindergarten school year, pitched as combining the suburban drama of Little Fires Everywhere with the interconnected storytelling style of Love, Actually, to Lara Blackman at Audible Originals, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
In an eight book deal, Jo Ann Ferguson, writing as Jo Ann Brown, will finish her Green Mountain Blessings series which began with AN AMISH CHRISTMAS PROMISE, and launch a new series called Amish Cousins, acquired by Tina James at Harlequin Love Inspired via Jennifer Jackson.
Ruoxi Chen has acquired World English rights to Star Eater and a second untitled novel from Kerstin Hall. Pitched as Robin McKinley meets The Handmaid’s Tale, Star Eater will be Hall’s novel-length debut. Jennifer Jackson brokered the deal.
Author of THE LUMINOUS DEAD Caitlin Starling’s THE DEATH OF JANE LAWRENCE, pitched as a Crimson Peak-inspired gothic horror about a young woman who makes a marriage of convenience and soon finds herself trapped in her new husband’s decrepit and possibly haunted mansion, and spirals down a dangerous path of ritual magic in an effort to save them both, to Sylvan Creekmore at St. Martin’s Press, at auction, by Caitlin McDonald.
USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of MY SISTER IS MISSING and forthcoming LIKE FOLLOW KILL, Carissa Ann Lynch’s SHE LIED SHE DIED, in which an aspiring true crime writer comes face to face with the female killer that has haunted her since her youth and receives a cryptic warning: when bad girls lie, good girls die, to Charlotte Ledger at One More Chapter, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2020, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
Bram Stoker Award-winner Nick Mamatas’s WONDER AND GLORY FOREVER: AWE-INSPIRING LOVECRAFTIAN FICTION, an anthology of Lovecraftian fiction focused on themes of awe and wonder, to Peter Lenz at Dover Publications by Michael Curry.
Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse has acquired We Are the Ants author Shaun David Hutchinson‘s A (Complicated) Love Story Set in Space, the story of Noa and DJ, who wake up on a spaceship with no idea how they got there, facing one life-threatening emergency after another while also dealing with their feelings for one another. The book will publish in spring 2021; Katie Shea Boutillier negotiated the deal for North American rights.
New York Times bestseller Yoon Ha Lee’s followup to DRAGON PEARL, the Korean folklore/science fiction-blend adventure set in the Thousand Worlds, to Stephanie Lurie at Rick Riordan Presents, in an exclusive submission, by Jennifer Jackson.