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.
USA Today bestselling author Amanda Bouchet’s NEXT KINGMAKER CHRONICLE, returning to the Greek mythology based world, in which a mysterious curse threatens the new regime in Thalyria and a guarded warrior and a determined healer must face daunting trials and their own emotional insecurities in order to help their king and queen and secure the future of the kingdom.
Maria Gamb’s THE GRATITUDE JOURNAL:5 MINUTES A DAY TO CREATING A GRATEFUL LIFE, a journey to strengthen your gratitude muscle and develop a mindset and habit, based on scientific evidence and spiritual wisdom, to help make you happier and healthier through the practice of gratitude.
Steven S. Hoffman’s SURVIVING A STARTUP: HOW ENTREPRENEURS STRUGGLE, FAIL, AND FIGHT THEIR WAY TO THE TOP, sharing everything entrepreneurs need to know to overcome seemingly impossible odds, improve their leadership skills, and navigate their way to success.
Dr. Jeffrey D. Simon’s THE FORGOTTEN TERRORISTS: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GALLEANISTS, the gripping story of the Galleanists, a creative and fiery band of Italian anarchists in America who in the early part of the twentieth century laid the antecedents to the terrorism that dominates the acts, fears, and headlines of our times.