Author of FOOD OF THE GODS Cassandra Khaw’s NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH, a horror novella about a destination wedding weekend in Japan that quickly turns nightmarish for five friends when a ghost bride joins the festivities, to Kristin Temple at Nightfire (Tom Doherty Associates), with Ellen Datlow editing, by Michael Curry.
In a three book deal, Jo Ann Ferguson, writing as Jo Ann Brown, will be a launch author for the new Love Inspired trade fiction line coming in Spring 2021 with Amish Bad Boys: Return to Bliss and two sequels, acquired by Tina James at Harlequin via Jennifer Jackson.
Winner of the Distinguished Book Prize from the Society for Military History, Michael Livingston’s CRECY: THE BATTLE OF FIVE KINGS, how the author and other modern scholars used neglected manuscripts, satellite technology, and old-fashioned fieldwork to discover that nearly everything that has been written about 1346’s Battle of Crécy –one the most famous and widely studied military engagements in history — may be wrong, to Marcus Cowper at Osprey, by Paul Stevens.
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.