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The Far East Is Hot and So Are the Young Adults

Being pop culturally deficient, I can say I’ve never seen either Ocean’s 11 or Veronica Mars so I don’t know what the book could possibly be like.
NYT bestselling author of CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO SPY and I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU Ally Carter’s next Gallagher Girls novel and the first book in a new YA series pitched as Ocean’s 11 meets Veronica Mars, about a girl from a family of high-end conmen who must choose between leaving the family business or saving her art thief father by pulling one last heist, again to Donna Bray at Hyperion Children’s, in a major deal, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (NA).

Janine, my blogging partner, loves Hart so this will be on her to be read list.
Megan Hart’s SWITCH, an erotic story of misdelivered mail and how it changes the course of a young woman’s life, to Susan Pezzack-Swinwood at Harlequin Spice, in a nice deal, by Mary Louise Schwartz at the Belfrey Literary Agency (World).

Sounds funny. I know a few regrettables males myself.
Colin Nissan and Sean Farrell’s DON’T BE THAT GUY: 51 Annoying Guys We All Know, an illustrated collection of regrettable males, to Adam Korn at Three Rivers Press, for publication in fall 2008, by Jason Anthony at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency (World).

Zombies aren’t really my thing, but the title is evocative.
Carrie Ryan’s THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, about an isolated village generations after the zombie apocalypse where a 16-year-old struggles with the town’s religious order until the village walls are breached and the only chance of survival is to escape into the forest beyond, to Krista Marino at Delacorte, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

This was all the buzz at the Frankfurter Book Fair. I wonder if it is supposed to be the next Memoirs of a Geisha (which I loved. One of my favorite scenes is when she is getting her hair done and how she describes how they slept on blocks so as to not disturb the hair).
Janice Y.K. Lee’s THE PIANO TEACHER, a historical novel set in Hong Kong, at the outbreak of WWII, and 10 years after, following two love affairs linked by the events of the war, to Kathryn Court at Viking Penguin, in a major deal, for publication in 2009, by Theresa Park at the Park Literary Group (NA).

So it’s first a comic, then a movie, and then a book?
Four young adult novels based on the “anti-cool” Emily the Strange character, currently a brand of clothing and accessories, already spun off into a Dark Horse Comics line, graphic novels from Chronicle and an upcoming film from Fox, written by Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner, to Anne Hoppe at Harper Children’s.

Yeah, I love romance. I love football. It’s like my dream book thus I must lower my expectations for fear of not enjoying the book at all. Down expectations, down.
Marie Sullivan Force’s LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, in the hail mary play of a lifetime, a sexy NFL quarterback has just ten days to convince his wife to give him a second chance before their divorce is final — too bad she’s already engaged to someone else, to Deb Werksman at Sourcebooks, in a nice deal, for publication in Fall 2008, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.

Hmm. branching out into RS. Interesting.
Shiloh Walker’s HUNTER’S FALL, in her continuing Hunters Series features a female Hunter who battles her own inner demons; SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE, a romantic suspense centered around trust and betrayal; and CHAINS, an erotic single-author anthology, to Cindy Hwang at Putnam, by Roberta Brown of the Brown Literary Agency (world)

A Western! Three of them.
Kelly Eileen Hake’s THE BRIDE BARGAIN, a historical woman’s romance series set in the Old West, to Rebecca Germany at Barbour, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication beginning in 2008, by Steve Laube at the Steve Laube Agency (world).

Lydia Parks’s untitled pair of vampire erotica novellas set in the Southwest, to John Scognamiglio at Kensington Aphrodesia, in a nice deal, by Sharene Martin-Brown at Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency.

Can’t read Bradley. Ever.
Diana Paxson’s SWORD OF AVALON, a posthumous sequel to Marion Zimmer Bradley’s MISTS OF AVALON, dealing with the origins of Excalibur, to Anne Sowards at Roc, in a good deal, for publication in Fall 2009, by Russell Galen at Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency (NA).

The hero is so young. I don’t know that I can read a book with an under 30 hero.
Malena Lott’s DATING DAVINCI, the story of a young widow and mother who finds ‘vita allegre’ with the help of a handsome, 25-year-old Italian immigrant named Leonardo da Vinci as they experience their own renaissance with her as his Mona Lisa, to Deb Werksman at Sourcebooks, in a nice deal, for publication in Fall 2008, by Natasha Kern at Natasha Kern Literary Agency (World).

Hard to say. Could be funny and could be really bad.
Zuri Day’s DISGUISED, in which a woman takes on a maid’s persona to invade a P.I.’s personal life as he investigates corruption in LA’s multi-billion dollar real estate industry, to Selena James at Dafina, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in October 2008, by Natasha Kern at Natasha Kern Literary Agency (World).

Inspirational, right?
Lutishia Lovely’s A PREACHER’S PASSION, the follow-up to Love Like Hallelujah, in which the main character finds out that meeting the man of her dreams and turning that dream of a “happily ever after” into reality is often a tricky ride, to Selena James at Dafina, in a nice deal, for publication in November 2008, by Natasha Kern at Natasha Kern Literary Agency (World).

I like romantic suspense but do they all have to rely on a serial killer?
Sarah Abbott Price’s DESTINY BAY, in which a woman and man face imminent danger from the terrifying madman who calls himself The Lover as they discover dark unimaginable secrets about the death of the woman’s mother, to Alicia Condon at Dorchester, in a nice deal, for publication in October 2008, by Natasha Kern at the Natasha Kern Literary Agency (World).

Huh. Luna is still alive. Who knew? I actually like the Retriever series but somehow never got around to reading the last book.
Laura Anne Gilman’s three untitled novels in a new series spinning off from the Retrievers series, to Mary-Theresa Hussey at Harlequin Luna, in a very nice deal, by Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

I read Peters before and she is very good.
Julie Anne Peters’ BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, I’LL BE DEAD, a no-holds-barred novel about bullycide by the National Book Award finalist, to Arianne Lewin at Hyperion, by Wendy Schmalz at Wendy Schmalz Agency (world).

Anything but a vampire, please.
DATING CAN BE MURDER author Jennifer Apodaca’s BLOOD MAGIC, a paranormal romance in which a young witch hunter falls in love with the witch he must kill to save his sister, to Liz Scheier for Ballantine, for publication in early 2009, by Karen Solem at Spencerhill Associates (world).

It has a baby in it.
Kayla Perrin’s SINGLE MAMA DRAMA, in which a single mother in Miami tries to keep it together and real while working at an agency representing motivational speakers, to Susan Pezzack at Mira, in a good deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in January 2008, by Helen Breitwieser at Cornerstone Literary (World).

Is this Brant’s first single titles? I know she wrote several categories.
Kylie Brant’s WAKING NIGHTMARE, plus two additional dark romantic thrillers, each featuring a heroine who works for a private agency comprised of forensic profilers, seasoned investigators, and ex-FBI agents that contracts with local law enforcement on particularly high profile and puzzling crimes, to Cindy Hwang at Berkley, in a very nice deal, by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates (World English).

Sounds fascinating.
Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando’s SEVEN SOULS, in the spirit of MEMENTO and VANILLA SKY, the soul of a murdered teenage girl embarks on a harrowing, surreal journey, returning to the day of her death and inhabiting the bodies of seven suspects (including her boyfriend and her sister) as she tries to prevent her own demise, to Claudia Gabel at Delacorte, by Edward Necarsulmer IV at McIntosh & Otis (NA).

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Gennita Low
    Oct 17, 2007 @ 09:31:07

    Yes, that’s Kylie’s first single title! I can’t wait because I’ve always wanted to read her categoricals in a longer format. Kylie’s so excited. ;-)

  2. Wendy
    Oct 17, 2007 @ 10:44:57

    So happy about the new Megan Hart deal!

    Re: the westerns by Kelly Eileen Hake, Barbour has traditionally been a inspirational/Christian publisher. Riddle me this? Why are inspy pubs so HOT for westerns when non-inspy pubs keep telling me “they don’t sell?”

    Re: Jennifer Apodaca – this is a move for her. All of her others books were published by Kensington. But ugh, paranormal! I’m kinda hoping she can get back to her mystery series one of these days…..

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