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Why Do the Young Adult Books Sound More Interesting to Me...

Definitely a buy for me.
Joyce Lebra’s THE SCENT OF SAKE, about a 19th century Japanese woman who overcomes tremendous obstacles to build a sake empire and a family dynasty at a time when women were forbidden to do business, to Carrie Feron at William Morrow, at auction, by Natasha Kern at Natasha Kern Literary Agency (World).

Never read Anne Hearn.
Anne Hearn’s latest historical romance, again to May Chen at Avon, in a multi-book deal, by Paige Wheeler of Folio Literary Management.

Billed as a Women’s Fiction/Romance, sounds more WF
ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS author Sheila Robert’s GARDEN SEASON, about three women’s journeys to make their lives and their gardens bloom, to Rose Hilliard at St. Martin’s, in a multi-book deal, by Paige Wheeler of Folio Literary Management.

Tried to read MacLean’s latest but couldn’t make it past the first couple chapters. I do like that it is a Victorian period piece and will give it another try.
USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean’s MISTRESS DIARIES, sequel to IN MY WILDEST FANTASIES and the second book in her Victorian-period historical PEMBROKE PALACE series, to Erika Tsang at Avon, in a multi-book deal, by Paige Wheeler of Folio Literary Management.

I think I read a book that she wrote about firefighters but I don’t remember if I liked it or not. I’m thinking not since I usually remember the authors I like.
Katherine Garbera’s new series featuring the Bucatti family, a family cursed to be either lucky in love or lucky in business and the new generation of brothers who have vowed to break the curse, and one additional book, to Natashya Wilson at Silhouette Desire, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Pamela Harty of The Knight Agency.

I just like the title “The Girl In the Dragon Tattoo”
Stieg Larsson’s THE MILLENNIUM TRILOGY, with THE GIRL IN THE DRAGON TATTOO to be the first published from the trilogy, to Sonny Mehta at Vintage and Nicole Winstanley at Penguin Canada, in a significant deal, for publication in Fall 2008, by Emma Ward at Quercus, on behalf of the MacLehose Press (NA).

Sounds interesting. I think Jayne would like this one.
Bestselling UK nonfiction author Titania Hardie’s debut novel THE ROSE LABYRINTH, which centers on a mystery that begins in 17th century England with Elizabeth I’s royal astrologer and unravels to present-day London, where a beautiful, brilliant young woman, still recovering from a heart transplant, embarks on a dangerous adventure in search of the secrets behind the Rose Labyrinth, to Judith Curr at Atria, with Sarah Branham editing, in a significant deal, by Robin Straus at Robin Straus Agency, on behalf of Quadrille Publishing and Andrew Nurnberg Associates (NA).

I think its interesting to see more “literary” books with the touch of the supernatural. I can’t decide whether it is the success of popular shows like Heroes or whether it is due to the success of the Time Traveler’s Wife.
THE STOLEN CHILD author Keith Donohue’s ANGELS OF DESTRUCTION, a literary novel with a touch of the supernatural, plus a second untitled novel, by Sally Kim at Shaye Areheart Books, in a major deal, for seven figures, in a pre-empt, by Peter Steinberg at The Steinberg Agency.

Robin? Jayne? What do you think?
Judi McCoy’s three books in a lighthearted paranormal mystery series featuring a neophyte dog walker with a psychic connection to dogs, to Kristen Weber at NAL, by Helen Breitwieser at Cornerstone Literary (world English).

Not sounding terribly appealing because the whole “won her in a gamble” is a well used trope.
Sarah Parr’s RENEGADE, about a ship’s captain who wins a mistress with the roll of the dice, to Hilary Sares at Kensington, in a two-book deal, by Roberta Brown of the Brown Literary Agency.

Sounds very inspirational.
Janet Dean’s DISTANT HEARTS, about a woman in the 1800’s torn between caring for her children, one from an orphan train, and her dream of becoming a doctor, and a man who comes to take the son he never knew, but instead falls for the pretty widow who loves the boy, to Emily Rodmell at Steeple Hill Love Inspired, by Kelly Mortimer at Mortimer Literary Agency.

Name sounds familiar.
Robin Miller writing as Robin Caroll’s BAYOU BETRAYAL, the fifth book in her Bayou series, about a woman who loses her house in a fire and suspects the man who murdered her husband set the blaze, and the deputy who tries to solve the arson case in time to save her life and claim love, for publication in January 2009, and an untitled book in a continuity series about a single mom who mysteriously disappears, in a separate deal, both to Krista Stroever at Steeple Hill Love Inspired, by Kelly Mortimer at Mortimer Literary Agency.

Jayne might like this as it is set in a Southern town.
Marley Gibson’s GHOST HUNTRESS series, featuring a transplanted Chicago teen who begins to experience a psychic awakening, then forms a ragtag ghost hunting team to research and battle the belligerent ghosts in her historic Southern town, to Julia Richardson at Houghton Mifflin, in a very nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency (NA). [email protected]

I hope the brothel is evil and not just notorious because that would actually be different.
Sharon Page’s THE CLUB, in the search for her friend’s killer, a woman must enter the dark and perverse world of “The Club,” an evil and notorious brothel, to Shauna Summers at Bantam Dell, at auction, in a two-book deal, by Jessica Faust (World).

Very dangerous territory copying both Hepburn and Bridget Jones.
Kristin Harmel’s WHEN IN ROME, pitched as the Roman Holiday-meets-Bridget Jones story of a 34-year-old woman who gets unexpectedly dumped and embarks on a humorous, soul-searching trip to Rome where she reinvents herself, a la Audrey Hepburn, to Karen Kosztolnyik at Grand Central, for publication in 2009, by Jenny Bent at Trident Media Group (world).

I am marking this one down to read.
Cheryl Renee Herbsman’s debut BREATHING, about a girl with life-threatening asthma, a boy with conflicting loyalties, and their summer romance that could last a lifetime, to Joy Peskin at Viking Children’s, for publication in summer 2009, by Leigh Feldman at Darhansoff, Verrill, Feldman (world).

Also sounds interesting. Why do the YA books sound more interesting that the Adult ones?
Debut YA author Cyn Balog’s FAIRY LUST, about a teenage oracle whose boyfriend slowly turns into a fairy and the lengths she’ll go to in order to keep him human, to Stephanie Lane at Delacorte, in a pre-empt, by Nadia Cornier at Firebrand Literary.

Angie James announced this on her blog a week or so ago. I definitely like the idea of a futuristic romance. Not so much in love with the triangle thingy.
Lauren Dane’s BATTLEFRONT, futuristic erotic romance about a woman torn between two men as their very intimate, covert team infiltrates a political faction trying to throw off the balance of power in the universe, to Leis Pederson at Berkley Heat, in a nice deal, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.

Carrie is part of the Unusual Historicals blog and I am very interested in reading this book. Hint. Hint.
Carrie Lofty’s WHAT A SCOUNDREL WANTS, picks up Will Scarlet’s story where the Robin Hood legends leave off, to Hilary Sares at Kensington, by Caren Johnson at Caren Johnson Literary Agency (World).

Sounds interesting. I like the use of the Native American mythology which is seriously underrepresented and sadly so.

Devyn Quinn’s SOUL OF THE WILDCAT, exploring the the legends of Cherokee cougar-shifters in the Blue Ridge Mountains, along with HEART OF THE WILDCAT, a novella for the Sexy Beast anthology where a cultural anthropologist searches to uncover the truth about the mythical mountain folks — and discovers a Native American “beast,” one of the last survivors of a dying breed, to Hilary Sares at Kensington, by Roberta Brown of the Brown Literary Agency.

I’ve tried to read McLane, but her humor doesn’t work for me. Jayne, have you read her?
LuAnn McLane’s next two books in her southern romantic comedy series, to Anne Bohner at NAL, by Jenny Bent at Trident Media Group (World English).

Sexually intense? Versus just intense?
Beth Kery’s OUT OF THE ASHES, a tale of a sexually-intense playright and a woman with a tragic history who together learn to overcome the wounds of the past, to Leis Pederson at Berkley Sensation, in a nice deal, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.

Vampire turned incubus? I suppose that works out. You steal the most sex and blood at night. No nookie in the sun though.
Janet Elizabeth Jones’s INCUBUS, about an empath hiding from the mob who rescues a vampire-turned-incubus and finds herself drawn into a world that can either save or kill them both as the pair fight to survive, to Sean Mackiewicz at Harlequin for Nocturne, in a nice deal, by Mary Louise Schwartz at the Belfrey Literary Agency (world).

Sounds interesting but I admit to never having read an H Intrigue
Paula Graves’s romantic suspense featuring a Wyoming cop forced on the run with the woman he believes may have killed his brother, to Allison Lyons at Harlequin Intrigue, in a nice deal, for publication in September 2008.

I think the blurb is saying that this series is hot right now in the chat rooms of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. But it could be saying that the three novels focus on the chat rooms of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
Three new novels and a Christmas story in Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series, the focus of chat rooms on sites including those of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, to Valerie Gray at Mira, by Liza Dawson of Liza Dawson Associates (world).

Ahhh, I like those types of stories.
Tessa Dare’s GODDESS OF THE HUNT, about a headstrong young woman who aims to seduce her brother’s charming friend, but instead captures the heart of a jaded earl, to Kate Collins at Ballantine, in a good deal, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Helen Breitwieser at Cornerstone Literary (World).

Did Lia Block right YA books at one time?
Francesca Lia Block’s QUAKELAND, a collection of intertwined fiction about love, friendship, and the search for connection, in which a Los Angeles preschool teacher is tormented by nightmares predicting a series of global disasters, to Jennifer Joseph at Manic D Press, for publication in April 2008.

I like the idea of the intricate involvement of old myths in everyday life.
Margaret Ronald’s SPIRAL HUNT, pitched as evoking classic V.I. Warshawski in her easy disturbance of the layers of power under City Hall and Fenway Park, and Neil Gaiman in the intricate involvement of old myths in everyday life, to Kate Nintzel at Eos, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Shana Cohen at the Stuart Krichevsky Agency.

These are the deals I thought interesting in the month of November. I totally whiffed for October I think. Should I go back and do those or just forget it?

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. Jia
    Nov 21, 2007 @ 12:36:18

    Francesca Lia Block did use to write YA novels at one point. I’m not sure when she switched over. The ghost hunter and fairy YA novels do sound like a lot of fun. I’m definitely noting those down for future reference.

    The Scent of Sake and Rose Labyrinth sound interesting too but I admit with the latter, it’s because there’s a royal astrologer and I like those.

  2. Carrie Lofty
    Nov 21, 2007 @ 13:04:46

    Hint hint? I get it! When I get through with edits I’ll let you know… Otherwise we’re looking at a Dec ’08 release.

  3. sherry thomas
    Nov 23, 2007 @ 16:40:21

    Tessa Dare’s Goddess of the Hunt would be released summer of 2009, per her e-mail siggie.

    At first I wondered why such a long wait, but now that I see it’s Ballantine, I think we can safely assume it would be a back-to-back, if not back-to-back-to-back release.

    A new star would be born.

  4. Angela
    Nov 30, 2007 @ 17:35:58

    Anne Hearn is Anne Mallory, I discovered.

  5. ANN gregory
    Jan 20, 2008 @ 14:51:53

    Life is the school

    Love is the lesson

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