Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s three new novels in the epic Liaden series, to Toni Weisskopf at Baen in a six-figure deal by Jennifer Jackson.
Novels – Fantasy
* City of Blades, Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway)
Novels – Horror
* The Family Plot, Cherie Priest (Tor)
* Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
* Project Elfhome, Wen Spencer (Baen)
* Hammers on Bone, Cassandra Khaw (Tor.com Publishing)
* “Foxfire, Foxfire”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/03/16)
* “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies“, Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 11-12/16)
* “Breathe“, Cassandra Khaw (Clarkesworld 5/16)
* “Shadows Weave“, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/26/16)
* “Afrofuturist 419“, Nnedi Okorafor (Clarkesworld 11/16)
Amanda Downum’s STILL SO STRANGE, collecting together her short fiction and including a previously unpublished story, to Sandra Kasturi at ChiZine Publications by Jennifer Jackson.
Locus: The fifth book in the urban fantasy world of the Others picks up shortly after the Elders, particularly powerful and deadly forms of the Others, stopped an attempt by humans to kill off the shapeshifting Others and take over. Having wiped out much of humanity in this world’s version of Europe, the Elders, who have little experience with humans, want to know what makes some humans so much trouble. They decide to invisibly observe Lakeside Courtyard, where humans and Others have learned to co-exist. Unfortunately, the Elders turn up just as a particularly bad human arrives the brother of police lieutenant Crispin James Montgomery, one of the cops who helped defend the Courtyard, and brought most of his family there to live. That brother, Cyrus, is totally different, a self-absorbed petty criminal who manipulates others to avoid the repercussions of his actions, with a troubled wife and two children already imitating their abusive father’s bad behavior. Cyrus makes a fascinating villain, too stupid or lazy to learn what’s really going on, making plans that fail because of his ignorance which has its funny moments but also causing a lot of pain for those around him. The leaders of the Courtyard, aware that the Elders are watching, keep a close eye on him, but his plans suddenly take a far more dangerous turn, leading to some serious thrills. As always, Bishop spins an engrossing tale and ultimately we get a sweet ending that those who’ve been following the series should really appreciate, as the story arc involving Meg and Simon Wolfguard concludes.
Spanish renewal rights to Brent Weeks’ Night Angel series, to Debolsillo, in a three-book deal, by Maru de Montserrat of International Editors’ in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.
Japanese translation rights to Yoon Ha Lee’s Hexarchate series, including NINEFOX GAMBIT, RAVEN STRATEGEM, and REVENANT GUN, to Tokyo Sogensha, in a three-book deal, by Kohei Hattori at the English Agency (Japan) Ltd. in association with Jennifer Jackson.
Audio rights to Mike Shepherd’s KRIS LONGKNIFE: ADMIRAL, continuing the bestselling military science fiction series, KRIS LONGKNIFE’S REPLACEMENT and KRIS LONGKNIFE’S RELIEF featuring spin-off character Admiral Sandy Santiago, and ENEMY UNKNOWN and ENEMY IN SIGHT, the first two books in the Itechee War sequence featuring Rita Longknife, to Steve Feldberg at Audible.com, in a five-book deal, by Jennifer Jackson.
Congratulations to the DMLA authors nominated for a 2017 RT Award!
In an eight book deal, Jo Ann Ferguson, writing as Jo Ann Brown, will finish her Amish Hearts series which began with AMISH HOMECOMING in 2016, and then launch a spin-off series called Harmony Creek, acquired by Tina James at Harlequin Love Inspired via Jennifer Jackson.
Library Journal: VERDICT While the human vs. Others conflict was mostly resolved in Marked in Flesh, the long-unresolved romantic tension between Simon and Meg remained. Fans will be pleased Bishop finally has the pair addressing their feelings.
After the uprising from the Humans First and Last movement left the Others with no choice but to take action, there is tentative peace in Thaisia; the Elders now must decide if they should allow any humans at all in their lands. The Courtyard where Simon Wolfgard and Meg Corbyn live is their test case. The Elders watch Meg and her “human” friends and wait to see if they can be trusted. Into this fragile blend comes a dangerous man accustomed to taking what he wants and using everyone around him. While Simon and the Others who live at the Courtyard would prefer to take care of him their own way (teeth and claws would do the job), the Elders want to wait and see what happens. The world of the Others is as compelling as ever.
Hannah Lambright becomes an instant mother when her estranged father abandons his toddler daughter on her doorstep. The pretty beekeeper knows all about honey—and nothing about tending to a kinder, especially one with special needs. She’s grateful to Daniel Stoltzfus for offering to help care for her sister in exchange for Hannah’s beekeeping skills on a hive at his workplace. But the handsome carpenter broke her heart years ago and she’s afraid it’s never quite mended. Yet spending time with the boppli whisperer and the sweet little girl has love-shy Hannah hoping the family they’re forming will last forever.