Author of THE FIRE THIEF Debra Bokur’s THE LAVA WITCH, the third book in the Dark Paradise Mystery series, in which a detective must discover if an ancient legend of sorcery is behind a new case of mayhem and murder in paradise, to James Abbate at Kensington, for publication in 2022.
‘s THE LUNAR HOUSEWIFE, a novel set in 1953 New York’s glamorous literary scene and following a journalist who faces a shadowy mix of censorship, surveillance, and gaslighting when she pens a subversively feminist novel and forms an unlikely friendship with Ernest Hemingway, inspired by the CIA’s manipulation of arts and letters during the Cold War, to Carolyn Williams at Doubleday, in a pre-empt, for publication in 2022.
Author of BECOMING BONNIE and SIDE BY SIDE Jenni L. Walsh’s A BETTING WOMAN, a historical novel based on the colorful life and loves of “Madame Moustache,” America’s first blackjack dealer, who forged her way in a man’s world during the California gold rush, to Nancy Cleary at Wyatt-MacKenzie, for publication in summer 2021.
Author and musician Rob Rufus’s PARADISE, WV, a crime thriller in which teenage siblings risk everything to prove the innocence of their father, a convicted serial killer, when a true-crime podcast stirs up new interest in the case and another woman goes missing in their poor, opioid-blighted town, to Stephanie Beard at Keylight, for publication in summer 2021.
Author of THOSE WHO PREY Jennifer Moffett’s untitled YA thriller, in which a reluctant teen psychic and an aspiring journalist search for the connection between a missing girl and the supernatural events upending their small Ozark town, pitched as I KILLED ZOE SPANOS meets BONE GAP, to Alex Borbolla at Atheneum, for publication in summer 2022.
Author of the POTION MASTERS series Frank L. Cole’s HOB AND BOGIE’S CHAMPIONS QUEST, pitched as Jumanji meets Dungeons and Dragons, in which a foster child finds new friends and more adventure than he bargained for at a mysterious gaming store, where a role-playing game, and its many challenges, comes to life.
Dusti Bowling’s AVEN GREEN, SLEUTHING MACHINE, the first in a series of humorous chapter books inspired by INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS, featuring the shenanigans of a spirited 8-year-old girl who was born without arms, to Suzy Capozzi at Sterling Children’s Books, in a four-book deal.
Dusti Bowling’s THE CANYON’S EDGE, a middle grade novel in verse about a girl’s struggle to survive alone in a treacherous canyon after disaster strikes on a hiking trip with her father, as she faces the trauma of the mass shooting that changed her family forever, to Lisa Yoskowitz at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2020.
Jenni L. Walsh’s middle grade historical novel, in which escalating tensions and the arrival of anti-Nazi pamphlets cause a 12-year-old girl to question all she’s ever known as a member of the Hitler Youth, including the safety of her disabled sister, who may be part of the White Rose resistance, to Olivia Valcarce at Scholastic Press, for publication in 2021.
Colorado Book Award winner Ashlee Cowles’ THE POPPY & THE ROSE, in which a teen girl must unravel clues from a strange English manor and a young heiress’s diary, discovering a web of family secrets dating back to the Titanic, for publication in fall 2020.