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.
Erika Robuck’s CODE NAME: ARTEMIS, a historical novel based on the story of real-life World War II secret agent Virginia Hall—an American woman working as a wireless operator for U.S. and British covert war organizations—who hid in plain sight in Occupied France, helping to train and arm French Resistance fighters to rise up after D-Day and liberate a secluded mountain region harboring a precious secret, to Amanda Bergeron at Berkley, in a good deal, at auction, in a two-book deal.
Author of THE KENNEDY DEBUTANTE and the forthcoming THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES: A NOVEL OF GRACE KELLY Kerri Maher’s THE PARIS BOOKSELLER, based on the life of Sylvia Beach, founder of the bookstore Shakespeare & Co. in Paris, who risked her reputation and fortune to publish and distribute James Joyce’s controversial literary masterpiece ULYSSES, to Kate Seaver at Berkley, in a significant deal, in a two-book deal.
RITA finalist Patience Griffin’s SWEET HOME ALASKA, the kickoff to a new series, in which a woman whose life was forever altered by a tragic accident is now struggling to raise her daughter alone in a small Alaska town, and finds her simple existence upended when the father of her child returns, to Tracy Bernstein at Berkley, in an exclusive submission, in a three-book deal.
Kristin Beck’s RESISTANCE, set in Rome during World War II, in which two very different women—an upper-class single mother and a fearless rebel from a poor, rural town—become friends when they join the Italian resistance, fighting against the Nazi occupation as couriers, spies, and saboteurs, to Kate Seaver at Berkley, in a good deal, at auction, in a two-book deal.
Elizabeth Heiter’s next book in her K-9 Alaska series, in which a series of kidnappings force a woman to confront her own abduction as well as the rookie cop willing to do whatever it takes to solve the case—even using her as bait, to Denise Zaza at Harlequin Intrigue, in a four-book deal.
Jane Igharo’s TIES THAT TETHER, an #OwnVoices story in which an unexpected romance between a Nigerian woman and her white colleague blossoms, and she must choose between love and fulfilling a deathbed promise to honor her culture while also trying to find a balance between her identity as a Nigerian and an immigrant in Canada, to Kate Seaver at Berkley, in a two-book deal.
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.