Sunday, June 15, 2008

Announced genre acquisitions from
June 1st through June 15th

For the first time in weeks, more adult genre sales than YA. And lots of great stuff here, including new Anita Blake novels from Laurell K. Hamilton, more Nightside books from Simon Green and Jane Austen-as-the-cranky-undead from Michael Thomas Ford:
Liz Scheier at Ballantine won a four-way auction for Michael Thomas Ford's Jane Bites Back, taking world English rights to three books via Mitchell Waters at Curtis Brown. The novel presents an undead Jane Austen, frustrated by nearly 200 years of writer's block and 116 rejections of an unpublished novel she finished just before turning into a vampire; she's becoming increasingly irritated that the rest of the world seems to be getting rich and famous off of her works and her life. The two follow-up books will be derived from the first. Waters said Ford, the author of many books for young readers and adults, is likely to publish this under a pseudonym; pub date still undecided. [La Gringa interjects: this looks like a lot of fun!] (via PW)

Berkley editorial director Susan Allison has signed up three more Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels from Laurell K. Hamilton via Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House, who negotiated the seven-figure North American rights deal. The first of the three books—the 16th in the series, following the just published Blood Noir—will appear in 2009. (via PW)

Simon Green's NIGHTSIDE #10, the continuing adventures of John Taylor, the PI with a gift for finding things, in an alternate London full of supernatural weirdness and strange mysteries which only Taylor can solve, to Ginjer Buchanan at Ace, in a good deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in January 2010, 2011, 2012, by Joshua Bilmes at JABberwocky Literary Agency (NA).

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TORC author Simon Green's SECRET HISTORIES #4, about an agent in the ancient Drood family of Britain that works behind the scenes to guard humanity from out-of-this-world menaces and their agents on Earth, to Ginjer Buchanan at Berkley, in a cross-acquisition for the Roc imprint at NAL, in a good deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in June 2010, 2011, 2012, by Joshua Bilmes at JABberwocky Literary Agency (NA).

Chaz Mcgee's THE DEAD DETECTIVE: Desolation Angel, a new series about a murdered police detective who is able to use his skills to help other victims and catch a killer, to Natalee Rosenstein at Berkley, in a two-book deal, by Jane Chelius at the Jane Chelius Literary Agency (NA).

Dave Duncan's SPEAK TO THE DEVIL, in which one of the four brothers of a Bohemian baron and arguably the least qualified, is unexpectedly given command of a fortress and the prospects are pretty daunting, to Liz Gorinsky of Tor, by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.

NYT bestselling author Julie Leto's KISS OF THE PHANTOM, the third in the Phantom series, in which a sexy gypsy trapped by a curse inside a rare and priceless stone shows a treasure hunting pilot on the run just how dark magic can work to her advantage, to Laura Cifelli at NAL, in a nice deal, by Helen Breitwieser at Cornerstone Literary (World).

Cameo Brown's SECOND NATURE, about a nature spirit determined to convince his long-lost mate to return him and the forest they both love before it's too late, no matter what he has to sacrifice, to Red Sage, in a nice deal, for publication in June 2008, by Sharene Martin-Brown at Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency.

Author of Mary Modern Camille DeAngelis's PETTY MAGIC, about a retired spy and elderly witch who uses her magic to retrieve her youth and seduce young men, until her sister is accused of murder and she must juggle the onerous task of clearing her sister's name and a new romance with a handsome young man who bears an uncanny resemblance to the love she lost in Nazi Germany nearly seventy years ago, to Shaye Areheart at Shaye Areheart Books, in a very nice deal, by Kate Garrick at DeFiore and Company (World).

Sarah Jane Stratford's INFINITE CARE, which follows a team of ancient vampires known as millennials as they attempt to infiltrate and destroy the Nazi Party, and one vampire's attempt to escape the war-torn continent and return to her long-time lover in England, to Hilary Rubin Teeman at St. Martin's, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Margaret O'Connor at The Firm (World).

BONESHAKER author Cherie Priest's CLEMENTINE, to Bill Schafer at Subterranean Press, by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Mark Teppo's HEARTLAND, Book Two of the Codex of Souls, following the devastation of LIGHTBREAKER, Book One of the Codex of Souls, the hero returns to Paris to confront those responsible, charging to a final battle between fallen Templars in Black Helicopters and the dead army of Paris for the heart of the Magdalene, to Jeremy Lassen at Night Shade Books, in a nice deal, for publication in September 2009, by Kristopher O'Higgins at Scribe Agency (NA).

USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner's final book in the demon-hunting soccer mom series, to Ginjer Buchanan at Berkley, by Kimberly Whalen at Trident Media Group (NA).

Zoe Archer's paranormal Victorian-era adventure romance series, in which rival groups secretly battle for possession of supernatural objects, known as Sources that are scattered throughout the world -- and one group, known as the Blades of the Rose, who are sworn to protect these Sources from those that would use them for evil purposes, to Megan Records at Kensington, for publication in 2010, by Kevan Lyon at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency (world).

Dexter Palmer's THE DREAM OF PERPETUAL MOTION, set amidst a steampunk metropolis and the rise of the mechanical future, the tale of a decades-long love affair thwarted by an evil genius obsessed with inventing the perpetual motion machine, to Michael Homler at St. Martin's, by Susan Golomb at the Susan Golomb Agency (NA).

Jeannie Holmes's CRIMSON SWAN, about vampires living side-by-side humans in small-town Mississippi; a woman vampire who works as an "enforcer" with the police department investigates a series of suspicious murders of vampires, to Danielle Perez at Bantam Dell, in a two-book deal, by Marian Young at The Young Agency (World).

N.K. Jemisin's THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS, combining the politics of George R. R. Martin with the magic of Neil Gaiman, to Devi Pillai of Orbit, in a good deal, at auction, in a three-book deal, for publication in Fall 2009, by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency (World English).

In Dave Duncan's Speak to the Devil and its untitled sequel, Anton—one of the four brothers of a Bohemian baron and arguably the least qualified—is unexpectedly given command of a fortress and the prospects are pretty daunting. Agent Richard Curtis sold rights to the books to Liz Gorinsky at Tor. (via SFScope)

James Enge, sold print and e-book rights to The Blood of Ambrose and its sequel, A Crooked Way, to Lou Anders at Pyr, via Mike Kabongo of The OnyxHawke Agency. Anders describes the book: "Wonderful sword & sorcery staring his warrior-wizard Morlock Ambrosius." Pyr expects to publish it during the first half of 2009. (via SFScope)

::: young adult :::

Stacey Jay's untitled sequel to YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME, about a sixteen-year-old's quest to keep her social life alive while keeping a bunch of dead people in their graves where they belong, to Laura Schechter at Razorbill, by Caren Johnson of the Caren Johnson Literary Agency.

Karen Healey's debut GUARDIAN OF THE DEAD, about a teen girl who taps into a magical Maori world and races to prevent the destruction of her homeland in New Zealand, to Alvina Ling at Little, Brown Children's, by Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary (world English).


Georgiana said...

Dang it. I had a bet with myself that the next Jane Austen book was going to be Jane Austen meets Cthulhu, not Jane Austen meets vampires.

pauljessup said...

Yeah, it's like Ann Rice all over again....Vampires, vampires, vampires, vampires.

At least the Vampires these days are angsty and existential.

Although, I would like to read Jane Austen fighting Cthulhu...or even better, Mary Shelley (don't ask why my mind leapt from the author of Pride and Prejudice to the author of Frankenstein- it is broken like that), Lord Byron and John Pollidori fighting the nameless one in an alternate history steampunk world, and Mary Shelley is a mad scientist inventor instead of a writer, and has a golem called Frankenstein...

oooh, that could be neat.

pauljessup said...

Whooops, this was supposed to say ARE NOT:

"At least the Vampires these days are angsty and existential."

Which would make more sense...

S. E. Ward said...

Paul, I'd totally read that. Give me Shelley over Austen any day.

Georgiana said...

Paul, I like that a lot. And how about we throw in the Brontes as zombie hunters? I would love to see great big, steampunk zombie killing guns. Now that's swoony.