Becky Clark’s PUZZLING INK, in which a waitress and crossword puzzle aficionado wishes her life was as orderly as the crossword puzzles she makes, but when a dead body appears, she knows she must connect the right clues before the wrong person is sent to prison, in a 3-book deal.
Mollie Cox Bryan’s TANGLED WEB, in which a Shakespeare professor turns sleuth to find justice for her mother’s death, upending the delicate balance of her small island community and marking herself out as the killer’s next victim.
Joanna Schaffhausen’s GONE FOR GOOD, in which an amateur sleuth hunting a cold-case serial killer ends up dead by the same method as the earlier victims, and a rookie detective must figure out if she somehow uncovered a decades-old monster, in a 2-book deal.
Award-winning author Candace Havens’s A CASE FOR THE WINEMAKER, AN AINSLEY MCGREGOR MYSTERY, in which Ainsley and her dog George Clooney discover a dead body and must solve the crime before she’s next, in a 2-book deal.
Lisa Gerlits’s debut middle grade novel A MANY FEATHERED THING, exploring art, friendship, and loss when an 11-year-old girl, in her quest to become a real artist, sets out to do every hard thing in her path, to Alison Deering at Capstone, for publication in March 2020.
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.