Seventeen-year-old online sensation Abigail Gibb's debut THE DARK HEROINE: DINNER WITH A VAMPIRE, and a sequel, a serial that she began publishing on Wattpad.com when she was 15 and has been read over 17 million times, to Amy McCulloch and Erika Tsang at HarperCollins, in a significant six-figure deal, in a two-book deal, in a pre-empt, for publication as an ebook on September 13, 2012, and in paperback on October 25, 2012, by Scott Mendel at Mendel Media Group (world English).
Glimmer Train Fiction winner and Iowa MFA grad Abby Geni's debut THE LAST ANIMAL, a collection that examines people who use the interface between the human and the natural world to contend with modern challenges in love, loss, and family life; her stories are set in an ostrich farm, a family garden, an aquarium, and a museum of natural history, to Dan Smetanka at Counterpoint, in a nice deal, for publication in fall 2013, by Laura Langlie (world).
Frequent Splice contributor and City College MFA grad Iris Smyles's IRIS HAS FREE TIME, about a young woman as she straddles the no-man's land right between youth and adulthood, living in Manhattan with her best friend and facing interviews, roommate squabbles and a long string of relationships, to Jack Shoemaker at Soft Skull, by Michael Carlisle and Allison Hunter at Inkwell Management (world English).
Alan Ryan's THE SLAVE TREE, pitched as a modern jungle adventure, follows the violent history of a mysterious tree whose huge pods are said to bear human beings, to Brian Freeman at Cemetery Dance, by Ellen Levine at Trident Media Group (NA).
NYT bestselling author Sue Grafton's X IS FOR
, Y IS FOR
, and Z IS FOR
, the final three novels in her iconic Alphabet Mystery series (the 23rd title, W IS FOR ..., will be published in 2013), featuring pioneering hardboiled female detective Kinsey Millhone, plus a collection of short stories, KINSEY & ME: STORIES, for publication in January 2013, to Ivan Held and Marian Wood at Putnam, in a four-book deal, by Molly Friedrich.
Swedish author Denise Rudberg's STEPPING OVER THE LINE, originally published in Swedish, and three titles in the Elegant Crime series, in which a public prosecutor returns to the office after her husband's death and with the help of an experienced chief inspector unravels the crimes of an organization supplying fantasies for the very wealthy, to Maria Gomez and Andrew Bartlett at Thomas & Mercer, in a four-book deal, for publication in fall 2013, by Peter Riva at International Transactions and Catherin Mork at Norstedts Forlagsgrupp (world English).
Susan Page Davis's THE SECRETS OF MARY'S BOOKSHOP #14, the next title in the popular mystery series with Guideposts, to Jon Woodhams at Guideposts, by Chip MacGregor at MacGregor Literary.
Dana Mentink's SHOCK WAVE, a photographer exploring the mysterious death of her cousin gets trapped in a building by an earthquake, then discovers she is not alone, and whoever is trapped with her doesn't want her to get out alive, to Emily Rodmell at Love Inspired Suspense, in a three-book deal, by Chip MacGregor at MacGregor Literary.
Vaughn Entwistle's THE REVENANT OF THRAXTON HALL, in The Paranormal Casebooks Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle series, the Scottish author assumes the mantle of his fictional consulting detective and recruits a redoubtable Watson in the Irish playwright Oscar Wilde; together, two of the greatest minds in Victorian England solve bizarre murders, unravel diabolical plots and unearth long-buried mysteries - each with a paranormal twist, to Keith Kahla at Minotaur, for publication in winter 2014, by Kimberley Cameron at Kimberley Cameron & Associates (world).
Neve Maslakovic's THE FAR-TIME INCIDENT, the first of a new series, in which a murder rocks St. Sunniva University's time-traveling lab and it's up to the dean's assistant and the campus security chief to solve the crime, to Alex Carr at 47North by Jill Marsal at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
Ransom Stephens's THE SENSORY DECEPTION, in which Silicon Valley scientists use the relationship between the senses and the mind in a virtual reality experience gone wild, the ultimate game changer for endangered species and environmental politics, to David Pomerico at 47North, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2013, by Laurie McLean at Larsen/Pomada Literary Agents (world English).
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Freed's FANGS OUT, the second in acclaimed series, featuring sardonic flight instructor, would-be-Buddhist and retired military assassin Cordell Logan, to Martin Shepard at The Permanent Press, for publication in April 2013, by Jill Marr at Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency (world).
Larry Brooks's DEADLY FAUX, about deceit and seduction set in the gritty allure of a Las Vegas casino, and four backlist titles to be re-released, to Diane Gedymin at Turner Publishing, for publication in 2013, by Andrea Hurst at Andrea Hurst Literary Management (world English).
Sara Luck's MY PRAIRIE DARLING and LOVE GOES WEST, fifth and sixth books in the Sara Luck series, to Kate Dresser at Pocket, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Frank Weimann at The Literary Group.
Cara McKenna's THE DISORDERLY, in which a fledgling psych nurse discovers the toughest challenge of taking a job on a locked ward might be resisting the advances of her tall, dark and domineering colleague, to Jesse Feldman at Intermix, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication beginning in winter 2013, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world English).
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Stella MacLean's THE CHRISTMAS INN, in which a woman posing as a mystery guest finds herself at an inn filled with couples on a Christmas getaway and an inn manager who is suspicious of what she's doing there alone, to Paula Eykelhof at Harlequin Super Romance, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication starting in November 2012.
Angi Morgan's DOUBLE TAKE, the story of a Navy SEAL who returns to Texas to help save the family ranch and clear his identical twin of kidnapping, to Allison Lyons at Harlequin Intrigue, in a two-book deal, by Jill Marsal at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
Jill Sorenson's BADLANDS, an action-adventure in which a man in love with the daughter of the first Hispanic presidential candidate joins his security team and must rescue the woman after she and her child are kidnapped, to Stacy Boyd at HQN, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2014, by Laurie McLean at Larsen/Pomada Literary Agents (world).
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Author of the New Dawn series Aubrie Dionne's MY MAESTRO, about a principal concert violinist who, to help save her hometown orchestra from financial ruin, must work with the new conductor from Berlin who just got out of a horrible relationship and has his own definition of symphony, to Kerry Vail at Entangled Bliss, for publication in winter 2013, by Dawn Dowdle at the Blue Ridge Literary Agency (world).
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