Debut author and Yale Writers’ Workshop alum Tori Whitaker’s MILLICENT GLENN’S LAST WISH, a dual timeline story set in post-WWII and present-day Cincinnati suburbs, in which a woman must face her decades-long secret of tragedy in a crowded baby-boom maternity ward, and its effects on her family, to Chris Werner at Lake Union Publishing, for publication in fall 2020, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
Priyanka Krishnan at Orbit has acquired Alyc Helms and Marie Brennan’s Rook and Rose trilogy, which will be published under the pseudonym M. A. Carrick. The trilogy is a politically charged epic fantasy in which a clever but desperate con artist attempts to pull off the scheme of her lifetime—infiltrating a noble house by posing as a long-estranged family member—and finds herself drawn into an ever-deepening web of magical and political intrigue with dangerous consequences. The deal was brokered by Paul Stevens, on behalf of Helms, and Eddie Schneider at JABberwocky Literary Agency, on behalf of Brennan.
Darcie’s Little Badger’s debut novel, ELATSOE, a ghostly YA set in a contemporary America shaped by the ancestral magics and knowledge of its Indigenous and immigrant peoples. When Elatsoe’s beloved older cousin dies under mysterious circumstances, Elatsoe must track down his murderer in a town none too willing to give up its dark secrets. The book will be illustrated by Rovina Cai, of And the Ocean Was Our Sky and Tintinnabula, and will publish in Fall 2020. World rights were acquired by Nick Thomas at Levine Querido, in a pre-empt, via Michael Curry.
From Hugo-winner Elizabeth Bear (ANCESTRAL NIGHT, KAREN MEMORY), a new edition of the novella “In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns” and an original previously unpublished sequel continuing the Police Sub-Inspector Ferron series to Steve Feldberg at Audible Originals by Jennifer Jackson.
A man has been turned inside-out. Fifty years in the future, in the sleek modern city of Bangalore, a scientist working on revolutionary bioengineering techniques has been discovered inside his own locked home, his body converted into a neat toroidal package of meat. It’s up to Police Sub-Inspector Ferron to unearth the victim’s complicated past and solve the crime, despite the best efforts of the mastermind behind the murder, aliens beaming signals from the Andromeda Galaxy, her overbearing mother, and an adorable parrot-cat who is the only witness.
At auction, Shana Drehs at Sourcebooks acquired world English rights to two novels from Lindsey Rogers Cook, a digital storytelling editor at the New York Times. The first, a debut, How to Bury Your Brother (due out in summer 2020), follows a sister coming to terms with the mystery behind her brother’s baffling disappearance. Katie Shea Boutillier repped the author.
In 2014, Kim Harrison thought she had concluded her New York Times bestselling Hollows series with its thirteenth installment, THE WITCH WITH NO NAME, leaving fans wanting more. Now, Harrison will return to the series with two brand-new installments continuing Rachel Morgan’s story –AMERICAN DEMON, which will release in summer 2020, and a currently untitled novel that will follow in summer 2021.
The Hollows series is set in alternate United States where humans and supernatural beings exist side-by-side. It began in 2004 with DEAD WITCH WALKING, quickly developing a dedicated fan base and becoming a New York Times and USA Today bestselling series. Ace Books Executive Editor Anne Sowards has acquired the new installments at auction from DMLA’s Vice President Jennifer Jackson.
Wayne Santos’s debut THE CHIMERA CODE, set in a cyberpunk, magical future; about a mercenary and her team, who are hired to erase a magician who’s already dead, to Kate Coe at Solaris, for publication in July 2020, by Jennie Goloboy.
David Linker at HarperCollins has bought WE ARE THE ANTS author Shaun David Hutchinson’s THE STATE OF US, the story of Dean and Dre—the 16-year-old sons of the Republican and Democratic candidates for President of the United States—who fall in love on the sidelines of their parents’ presidential campaigns. The book is planned for summer 2020; Katie Shea Boutillier brokered the deal for world rights.
SHARDS OF HEAVEN author Michael Livingston’s fantasy trilogy SEABORN, in which a matriarchal sea-faring culture faces invasion by an airborne armada intent on eradicating the use of forbidden magic, to Steve Feldberg at Audible Originals, by Paul Stevens.
Author of MY SISTER IS MISSING and forthcoming WITHOUT A TRACE, Carissa Ann Lynch‘s LIKE FOLLOW KILL, in which a widowed and traumatically injured woman becomes online-obsessed with a former classmate and follows her across country to save her from a supposed stalker, who uncannily looks like her ex, to Charlotte Ledger at Killer Reads, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2019, by Katie Shea Boutillier.