REBEL SEOUL author Axie Oh’s THE GIRL WHO FELL BENEATH THE SEA, pitched as a feminist retelling of the Korean folktale The Tale of Shim Cheong, with echoes of Miyazaki, set in a town where every year a girl is sacrificed to the sea to stop torrential rains, but when a brave teen girl dives in herself to protect a loved one, she discovers a spirit kingdom in need of saving, to Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends, for publication in winter 2022.
Producer for the NYT’s The Daily podcast Alexandra Leigh Young’s debut IDOL GOSSIP, pitched as Gossip Girl meets K-pop, in which the daughter of an American diplomat is recruited into a K-pop group after her family moves to Seoul, only to find her path to stardom threatened by an influential gossip blogger intent on bringing her down, to Susan van Metre at Walker US, in an exclusive submission, for publication in spring 2021.
Christine Wells’s UNDER THE PARIS SKIES, following two sisters who cross paths with Catherine Dior—the sister of the celebrated fashion designer, a member of the French resistance and an unsung hero of World War II—and who are pulled into her dangerous world of spies, fugitives, and rebels in Occupied France, setting them all on a path that will change their lives forever, to Lucia Macro at William Morrow, in a pre-empt.
Kate Bromley’s debut TALK BOOKISH TO ME, in which a bestselling romance novelist with writer’s block finds herself having an unexpected creative and personal reawakening when she’s thrown together with her infuriating (and gorgeous) ex-boyfriend during the week of her best friend’s wedding, to Brittany Lavery at Graydon House, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2021.
NYT bestselling author Jennifer Probst’s THE ITALIAN GETAWAY, in which three estranged sisters decide to travel to Italy together after discovering upon their mother’s death the deed to a cottage on the Almalfi Coast and a mysterious love letter, and soon learn that their trip will not only uncover the truth about their mother’s past, but also challenge them each to change their own futures, to Kerry Donovan at Berkley, in a very nice deal.
Virginia Heath’s NEVER FALL FOR YOUR FIANCEE, a Regency romantic comedy in which an earl who is determined never to marry invents a fake fiancée to avoid meddlesome maternal matchmaking, but when he receives word that his mother is coming to visit, he hires a struggling artist to masquerade as the perfect fiancée, which leads to hijinks, banter, and maybe even love, to Jennie Conway at St. Martin’s, in a very nice deal, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal.
Charis Michaels’s A DUCHESS A DAY, the first in the new Regency romance series Awakened by a Kiss, in which secondary characters from beloved fairytales including Snow White, Cinderella, and Peter Pan get their own happily ever afters, to Elle Keck at Avon, in a three-book deal.
Diana Quincy’s HER NIGHT WITH THE DUKE, the first in a new #OwnVoices Regency historical series, Clandestine Affairs, in which London’s most straitlaced duke has a one-night stand with an adventurous widow of Arab descent, only to discover that she is closely related to the “proper” Englishwoman he plans to marry, to Carrie Feron at Avon, in an exclusive submission, in a three-book deal.
NYT-bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout’s next books in the ORIGIN series, continuing the story of a teen girl caught in the middle of a devastating war between humans and aliens, to Melissa Frain at Tor Teen, in a good deal, in a three-book deal.
Laura Griffin’s HIDDEN, in which an ambitious female investigative reporter teams up with an Austin police detective to uncover the truth of a random mugging-turned-murder that may have been a targeted hit from a dangerous killer using new advances in facial recognition as a lethal weapon, moving to Kerry Donovan at Berkley, in a significant deal, in a pre-empt, in a four-book deal.