Bryn Turnbull’s THE WOMAN BEFORE WALLIS, an historical novel following the true story of Thelma Morgan Furness, an American socialite who played a key role in two of the most infamous news stories of the 1930s: her twin sister’s headline-grabbing custody battle for her daughter, Gloria Vanderbilt, and the abdication of Edward, Prince of Wales, with whom Thelma had a scandalous affair before introducing him to her close friend, Wallis Simpson, to April Osborn at Mira, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal.
RITA finalist Rebecca Taylor’s HER PERFECT LIFE, in which a woman becomes caught up in a tangled web of secrets and lies when her sister, a wealthy, bestselling novelist with an outwardly perfect life, is found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the beach of her glamorous mansion, to Grace Menary-Winefield at Sourcebooks, in a two-book deal.
Kaia Alderson’s SOLDIER GIRLS, an #OwnVoices story set during World War II, telling the story of the women of the 6888th Postal Battalion, the only unit of African-American female soldiers sent overseas during the war, to Tessa Woodward at William Morrow, in a very nice deal, for publication in fall 2020.
THE TURNAWAY GIRLS author Hayley Chewins’s THE SISTERS OF STRAYGARDEN PLACE, a literary fantasy in which three sisters cursed with insomnia and abandoned to the care of a magical mansion must unravel the mystery of their home’s origins and their parents’ disappearance when one of them falls grievously ill, to Miriam Newman at Candlewick, for publication in fall 2020.
NYT bestselling author Jennifer Probst’s BEACH AVENUE KISSES, the first book in a new series about three sisters who run an exclusive one-stop wedding agency in the quaint beach town of Cape May, in which a perfectionist wedding coordinator’s careful plans for her best friend’s ceremony are upended when she unexpectedly falls for the meddlesome man of honor, to Maria Gomez at Montlake Romance, in a very nice deal, in a three-book deal.
Anna Lee Huber’s fourth book in the VERITY KENT MYSTERY series, in which a former British Secret Service agent struggles to outwit a new nemesis intent on sowing discord in the face of Ireland’s rebellion and Britain’s economic turmoil following the Great War, to Wendy McCurdy at Kensington, in a very nice deal, in a three-book deal.
Eliza Knight’s PRINCE CHARLIE’S ANGELS, a new Scottish historical romance series featuring female Jacobite rebels prepared to give up everything in the fight to honor their country and reinstate their rightful king in a rebellion that could cost them not only their lives but their hearts, to Cat Clyne at Sourcebooks, in a three-book deal.
Huge congratulations to Mary McCoy, whose YA novel I, CLAUDIA has been selected for the prestigious Printz Honor award by the American Library Association!
Poet and performance artist Candice Iloh’s ADA, a debut novel-in-verse set during freshman year of college at an HBCU, in which a Nigerian-American teen must grapple with her family’s expectations and her own childhood trauma when she begins taking dance classes that cause her to reimagine how she defines herself and what she wants from her future, to Andrew Karre at Dutton Children’s, in a very nice deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2020.
NYT bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s HARBINGER series, a continuation of the world introduced in her upcoming STORM AND FURY, in which the fight against good and evil continues as a supernatural war rages, to Natashya Wilson at Inkyard Press, in a good deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in spring 2020.