Newsletter 58: September 2013


Logan, SC, a small coastal town wedged between WWII and the false optimism of the fifties, forms the setting for Sylvia Hoffmire’s CROSSING ON MOSS BACKED STONES. Among the live oaks shawled with moss and walkways paved with crushed oyster shells, stand houses with deeply shaded porches that suggest cool interiors, but also hide the conflicts that simmer within—the kind of house where Gleves and Evelyn Godwin live. Dispirited by their losses during the Depression, the sisters’ parents have gradually shifted the weight of family responsibilities to Evelyn who is fifteen years older than Gleves. Those duties cost Evelyn her chance to be spontaneous and carefree, coating her dreams with the gray dust of missed opportunity. Gleves, on the other hand, enjoys the role of family darling, thus deepening Evelyn’s bitterness. When Gleves’ pregnancy is discovered while her fiancé is on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific, Evelyn arranges a backstreet abortion, but Gleves refuses to cooperate. Evelyn then fabricates a cover story that renders her a virtual prisoner for the remainder of the pregnancy, and Gleves’ vapor-like memories of the night her baby was born are at odds with what Evelyn tells her. They contribute to her mental and emotional decline as grief and confusion combine to tilt her perception of reality. After years of treatment—including shock therapy—Gleves comes to terms with the death of her child and her own delusional state. And then she finds a photograph that could change everything….

Few would have thought Virginia would be the first state to elect a black governor, but on the night of November 7, 1989, Governor Douglas Wilder walked into a Richmond ballroom full of supporters to claim victory and that historic accomplishment as his own. UNDAUNTED, Governor Wilder’s autobiography, tells the story of this unlikely achievement, and serves as a prelude to the current political atmosphere–including Barack Obama’s presidency. It is a uniquely American story. Governor Wilder’s grandparents were slaves, and not two generations later he stood under the shadow of the Virginia Capitol to become the chief executive of a state that had legally defined his ancestors as chattel. UNDAUNTED highlights the great American progress that citizens of this country have forged over more than a century of struggle, while also emphasizing how much farther we have yet to go. A blend of U.S. history, autobiography and American politics, UNDAUNTED writes a prescription for the future based on our collective past. Only when there is a second is the first validated. Once may be an aberration; twice is the beginning of a pattern. UNDAUNTED is the type of story that can solidify that pattern in gubernatorial offices around the country—and make sure that Barack Obama isn’t just America’s black president, but its first black president.

Best-selling Indie author Nicole Williams’ DAMAGED GOODS is the first in an adult contemporary romance series about the troubled Goods brothers. Liv Bennett is a pretty, twenty-five-year-old girl who grew up in ugly conditions. Her life has been one “means to an end” after another. Liv’s only wanted one thing for her life—something different. Different from her past, different from her mother’s, and definitely different from the expectation that she’d end up just the same—strapped with a couple of kids, unable to make ends meet. After her deadbeat mom runs off with her latest boyfriend, Liv is forced to strip to pay the bills and look after her younger sisters, dashing all hopes of a new life. That’s when Will Goods, one of four fatherless brothers looking after a mentally ill mother, comes into the picture. All the Goods boys are desperate to escape, the two eldest gone before the ink was dry on their diplomas, with Will fast on their heels, enlisting as a Marine as soon as he was eligible. Then tragedy strikes and Will is left forever changed.  Will has nowhere to go except back to the place he never wanted to see again. When his path crosses with Liv’s—first as neighbors and then again one night at the strip club—the attraction is intense and overwhelming. Though Liv recognizes him immediately, Will has no idea that his private dancer is his neighbor, and Liv decides not to tell him. She sees something real in Will—he’s different from her usual customers. As the two get to know each other outside of the strip club, Liv realizes that she’s just as attracted to next-door Will as she is to dark-mysterious-club Will. As a slow, sweet relationship begins to form between them outside of Friday nights, a steamy and unbridled one grows at the club, until Liv can’t decide what man she likes more. Well, which one she loves more.

In September of 2011, Amy Biancolli‘s beloved husband of twenty years jumped off a roof to his death. Four days later, a Social Security employee asked her if she had since remarried. The fit of belly laughter that overcame her–in that moment and others–was a burst of light in the darkness and a raucous poke in the ribs shoving her forward. More such pokes inspired her to write ADVENTURES IN WIDOWHOOD, a memoir of grief, faith and the seriocomic escapades of a middle-aged mother of three who learned that mourning a spouse isn’t all black dresses and rosary beads. It’s hairy legs and flirty hitchhikers. Biancolli, a musical biographer, memoirist, former movie critic for the Houston Chronicle and now arts writer at the Albany Times Union, tells of her first rough year of widowhood in short, punchy, emotional vignettes. Some are humorous; some are filled with sorrow, guilt, and love for her late husband; others are filled with everything simultaneously. Biancolli opens the book on the first hours of grief and ends on hope. In between, she swears, snorts her husband’s stinky undershirts, wrestles with vengeful Tupperware, considers becoming a nun, swears some more, tries like hell to help her children through their grief, experiences the sudden re-awakening of her libido, gets tossed around in Ecuadorian whitewater, swears yet more, grapples with loneliness, breaks up a fight in a dollar store, realizes she suffers from an Electra complex and gets compared to Job. And swears. ADVENTURES IN WIDOWHOOD describes a side to grief–the surreal one–that isn’t well represented by our usual hoary stereotypes surrounding loss and faith.

Every child in the country of Byern must be Presented to court for Selection into society on their 17th birthday. Cyrene Strohm is no exception. The key to everything she ever wanted in life is waiting for her at her Presenting. All she has to do is be Selected as an Affiliate. Her mother was an Affiliate, as is her sister, but her own success is hardly a guarantee. No amount of preparation could have ever primed her for court life. She never expected to attract the King’s attention, the Queen’s hatred, or the Prince’s infatuation. When a mysterious letter that holds an unsolvable riddle and a strange book she can’t make heads or tails of falls into her path, she jumps at the opportunity for adventure. How far will she go to discover the true meaning of these mysteries? In the world of bestselling indie author Kyla Linde’s THE AFFILIATE, everything has an answer. You just have to know where to look for it.

As the sex and dating blogger for a major magazine, Lauren Marie Fleming imagined herself as a female George Clooney, a notorious playboy too concerned with advancing her career to let a thing like emotions get in the way. With no female sexual role models, Fleming emulated the male stereotype she at once loathed and revered, losing control to an alter-ego that made her miserably famous. She was not a sex fiend, she was a story fiend. She did everything and everyone she could find, more eager to please her readers than her sexual partners, climaxing only at the moment she pressed send and submitted her experiences for the world to read. In LOSING IT: MY LIFE AS A SEX BLOGGER, Fleming delves into the emotional roller coaster that was splitting herself and her life into two entities: Queerie Bradshaw, famous sexual conquistadora, and Lauren Marie Fleming, struggling law student. With brutal honesty, wit and humor, Fleming recounts evenings spent in underground BDSM dungeons, dancing naked in bars and having trysts in trashy motels, and days spent worrying about criminal law, contracts and what potential employers would think about hiring a sex blogging attorney. When Fleming fell in love with one of her one-night-stands, it rapidly became apparent how much she was giving up for a small chance at fame. Recognizing she had lost herself in the search for a story, Fleming gave up blogging, finished law school and focused on untangling her true desires from the convoluted creation that was Queerie Bradshaw.

America loves a good political sex scandal.  But when the orgy of moralism is over and we have to get back to our mundane political lives, there’s that uncomfortable question of what to do with the transgressor in the light of day.  Often he (and yes, it’s always a he) spares us the embarrassment and just slinks away.  But sometimes he wants a long-term relationship.  He makes apologies and promises.  He reminds us of things we’ve done wrong in the past and makes us wonder if we’re acting like the Church Lady or Ned Flanders by rejecting him.  Sex scandals, especially of the political variety, serve a useful purpose in our culture.  They give everyone an opportunity to express their belief in universal sexual moral standards and to collectively vent against the rich and powerful who cannot tame their animal drives. But with this universality comes great uneasiness.  Every American has, at some time and on some level, crossed another American’s sexual morality line.  And politicians are masters at exploiting this kind of ambivalence. Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner and Mark Sanford are just the most recent examples of politicians being derailed by scandal, yet coming all the way back (or trying to), in some respects more popular than ever.  Their comebacks raise new questions about American sexual morality, where we draw lines and what we expect from our elected officials. WILL YOU STILL HATE ME TOMORROW? by Dan Conley, a long-time speechwriter and political essayist, will examine the state of American sexual morality through the stories of the politicians whose shameless behavior made them both the butt of late night jokes and victors on election night.

Master butcher Ray Venezia has seen it all. He’s witnessed weekend grillers buy T-bone steaks they have no idea how to cook. He knows that the right flank steak would be just as juicy and flavorful for half the cost. He’s watched housewives stare at package labels for minutes on end without a clue what the information on those labels really mean. He’s even answered a call from an overwhelmed woman who cooked her Thanksgiving turkey still wrapped in plastic. Through it all, Ray has done what any classically trained, old-school butcher would consider his solemn duty: he’s helped shoppers buy and prepare the best meat and poultry for their families, their lives and their budgets. Ray’s job has always been about educating shoppers to get the most out of their meat-buying dollar. And that’s exactly what he does in THE EVERYDAY MEAT GUIDE. The book includes the same type of insightful expertise and advice Ray has long dispensed over meat counters, as a general manager of Fairway Market and during his regular appearances on the Rachael Ray Show, Fox and Friends, the Weekend Today Show, Good Day New York, and other media outlets. He teaches readers how to tell if packaged meat or poultry is fresh from only a glance, which cooking methods are best for any given cut, insider secrets on how to save money, and even demystifies those essential techniques like carving a turkey (the subject of a wildly popular video Ray filmed for the New York Times). For any reader looking to buy the best meat and poultry possible, cook it perfectly and save money in the process, THE EVERYDAY MEAT GUIDE is indispensible.

A Special Forces soldier screams in the next room, afraid he’s falling into an imaginary pit. Deputies at the Christian County Jail in Kentucky know he can’t hurt himself because his arms and legs are buckled into a restraint chair. He’s going through drug withdrawals and needs help before he chokes or has a heart attack. He’s only here for an alcohol-related charge and doesn’t belong in jail. But because of red tape, no one else will take him. This snapshot typifies life at Christian County Jail and many other pretrial detention centers in the U.S. They’ve become last-resort destinations for the mentally ill, the drug-addicted, the homeless, and other marginalized Americans: our catch-all social-service providers. LAST SAFETY NET by Nick Tabor chronicles these problems with intimate portraits of the Christian County Jail’s deputies and inmates. Tabor gained access to this jail, a 713-bed facility, while covering crime for a Kentucky newspaper. He spent months quietly observing the in- and outflow of inmates, the fights, the emergencies. Cops get booked for DUIs; a mentally-ill inmate kills himself in a hospital emergency room; budget troubles threaten the limited medical care. But there are also moments of tenderness in the visiting room, the Narcotics Anonymous sessions, and the GED classes. At the center is Brad Boyd, the jailer, a Southern Baptist who sees it as his calling to help repair people who come through. Weaving history and policy analysis, Tabor shows how phenomena in this jail reflect larger trends in American cities, and also proves that despite the popularity of prison literature, no book has yet to focus on the local jail: the purgatory of U.S. corrections.

When she took off for South America in 2004, speaking no Spanish and armed with an overstuffed backpack, two Lonely Planets, and a host of quintessential illusions about being remade by the road, Sarah Menkedick did not realize that she was joining a veritable army of backpackers. She went on to learn Spanish, live in a cramped apartment with thirteen Colombians in a high rise in Bogotá, hike alone across Patagonia, summit a mountain in Ecuador, hitchhike across Chile with lonely truckers, fall in near-love with Argentines and Ecuadorians and one German, survive food poisoning, and pee on the side of the road with a dozen other people. She loved every second of it. Travel became her religion. But years later, after she’d lived, worked, and visited five continents and become an established travel writer and editor, she came to question the dominant paradigms of the independent voyage: the relentless quest for authenticity, the insatiable hunger for new experiences, the fetishizing of the poor and remote. Backpacker culture seemed only to replicate the dynamics, mindsets, and societies that backpackers purported to be escaping. In journeys across South America, Borneo, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, Menkedick explores the central assumptions of independent trekking, reveals its tribal mentalities, highlights its familiar characters, and challenges its sacred myths. THE BEATEN TRACK is both a classic travelogue– evocative of foreign cultures and landscapes, full of adventure– and a spiritual guide for the end of an era of backpacking.

For desperate families trapped inside the Warsaw ghetto in 1942 with small children, one name was whispered urgently from ear to ear. It was the name of a young social worker in her 30s with the courage to take staggering risks and to save 2,500 of those children from death and deportation. THE ANGEL OF THE WARSAW GHETTO: THE UNTOLD STORY OF IRENA SENDLER, is a new narrative nonfiction from Tilar Mazzeo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot, The Secret of Chanel No. 5, and the forthcoming The Hotel on Place Vendome, which tells the gripping account of the woman who can rightly be called the “female Oskar Schindler.” Granted access to the ghetto as a public health specialist, Irena Sendler began by smuggling orphaned children out of the walled district and convincing her friends and neighbors to hide them. Soon, understanding the fate that awaited those trapped in the ghetto, she began the perilous work of going from door to door and asking Jewish families to trust her with their young children. Driven to extreme measures and with the help of local Warsaw tradesmen, Jewish residents, a network of mothers, and her star-crossed lover in the Polish resistance, Irena Sendler ultimately smuggled thousands of children past the Nazis, making dangerous trips through the city’s sewers, hiding them in coffins and under overcoats at check points, and slipping through secret passages in abandoned buildings. Then, at immense personal risk, Irena Sendler did something even more astonishing: she kept a secret list buried in a jar under an old apple tree in her garden. On it were the names and true identities of these Jewish children, recorded so that after the war their families could find them. Celebrated for her courage, Sendler was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, the year before her death at the age of 98. The story of Irena Sendler–and of the children she saved–has yet to be told in a compelling narrative account. This is a major new story of World War II heroism, with a strong female character, that will appeal to audiences of Schindler’s List, Sarah’s Key, and Unbroken. (Please note, Stacey Glick is the agent for this project.)

Adam Stumacher’s debut novel, A LIAR’S OPUS, is the story of Layla, a compulsive liar who spends her childhood being dragged from one college town to another while her brilliant, alcoholic father teaches as an adjunct professor and struggles to finish his symphony. Her dad refuses to discuss her family’s past–in particular her absent mother, whom Layla can only faintly remember–and so with each new town and each new school, Layla invents an identity for herself: Cuban refugee, daughter of Sicilian mafia, escapee from Ghadaffi’s Libya… “If the story was good enough, nobody would notice my second-hand shoes.”  As they’re unpacking from their latest move—this time to a rough neighborhood in South Boston—Layla finds an old photograph of a girl in a headscarf, and discovers her mother was Palestinian. As Layla is coming to grips with this information and just beginning high school, the events of September 11th transpire.  Layla decides that, as a tribute to her mother, she will assume a Muslim identity. In the charged atmosphere in the wake of the terrorist attacks, Layla’s hijab makes her a target, but she knows it is reversible. The “Bin Laden Bitch” will be long gone by next September.  This year, however, is different: her father finally finishes his symphony. He decides that they will stay in Southie, trapping Layla in her lie, and leading to a spiraling series of consequences. She falls in love with a troubled young man who draws the two of them deeper into the world of fundamentalist Islam, and Layla’s first person account of what befalls her over the next decade—a journey that encompasses terrorism, incarceration, torture, trial, and ultimately redemption—is both more astonishing and more gripping than the most outrageous of her lies. Complex, wry, furious, and funny, Layla is an unforgettable character, and her Liar’s Opus is a dark, discordant but altogether American composition. (Please note, Jessica Papin is the agent for this project.)

Another debut from Adam Stumacher, his collection, THE NEON DESERT, features nine short stories that take place at the crossroads between cultures, depicting the lives of immigrants and expats, refugees and travelers, in settings ranging from a mining town in the Bolivian Andes to the gleaming high rises of Taipei, from the kibbutzim of Israel to the hallways of a middle school in East Oakland. This collection which includes work that has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, The Kenyon Review, Best New American Voices, TriQuarterly, Five Chapters, The Massachusetts Review, and The Sun, and won the Raymond Carver Short Story Award, explores complex questions of love, identity, and power in contemporary globalized culture, and it introduces a bold and brilliant new voice in American fiction. (Please note, Jessica Papin is the agent for this project.)

Psychiatrist Stephen Seager was no stranger to locked psych wards when he accepted a job at California’s Gorman State hospital, known locally as “Gomorrah,” but nothing could have prepared him for what he encountered at the gates, a triple sally port behind the twenty-foot walls topped with shining coils of razor wire. Gorman State is one of the nation’s largest forensic mental hospitals, dedicated to treating the criminally insane. Unit C, where Seager was assigned, was reserved for the “bad actors,” the mass murderers, serial killers, the real-life Hannibal Lecters of the world. Against a backdrop of surreal beauty—a verdant campus-like setting where peacocks stroll the grounds—is a place of remarkable violence, one where a small staff of clinicians are expected to manage a volatile population of prison-hardened ex-cons, where lone therapists lead sharing circles with sociopaths, where an illicit underground economy flourishes, and where patients and physicians often measure their lives according to how fast they can run. To cross through the gates of Gomorrah is to enter a looking-glass world. The trappings of the normal calendar year exist–Halloween dances and Christmas parties (complete with visits from Santa), springtime softball teams and basketball leagues, but are marked with paroxysms of brutality (Santa goes berserk) and peopled by figures from our nightmares. BEHIND THE GATES OF GOMORRAH affords an eye-opening look inside a facility to which few people have ever had access. Honest, rueful and at times darkly funny, Seager’s gripping account of his rookie year blends memoir with a narrative science, explaining both the aberrant mind and his own, at times incomprehensible, determination to remain in a job with a perilously steep learning curve. (Please note, Jessica Papin is the agent for this project.)

The Siege of Malta marked the pinnacle of the ongoing war between the Christian West and the Muslim East for control of the Mediterranean Sea, a war whose echoes are still heard today. Drawing on copious research and unseen source material, Bruce Ware Allen’s A LINE DRAWN IN WATER reveals the brutality and heroism on both sides of Malta, and how the all-too-human personalities of Valette, Suleiman and others shaped the course of events. In the early months of 1565, a fleet of Ottoman ships gathered at Malta, an island centrally located between North Africa and Sicily that had recently been occupied by the crusading Knights of St John and their charismatic Grandmaster Jean de Valette. By the time the Ottomans began offloading soldiers onto Malta, they greatly outnumbered the Knights, setting off a long, hot summer of warfare to determine the fate of the Mediterranean. And when the Knights of Saint John finally repelled Suleiman the Magnificent’s invading force, they set religious and political lines that would endure over five hundred years. With a brisk narrative style, A LINE DRAWN IN WATER is a must-read for anyone who yearns to understand how the divisions of the past still haunt us today. (Please note, John Rudolph is the agent for this project.)

Ever wonder what it’d be like to roll a 700-pound bale of hay to a herd of hungry beef cattle over February ice and snow? Pick six-hundred feet of green beans in 95-degree July heat? Make love in a cornfield? Pull a chicken’s heart out through its neck? Neither had Rochelle Bilow, food writer and professional cook. But when she was assigned to write a profile about Greyrock Farm, a full-diet, draft-powered farm in Central New York, she fell in love with the lifestyle and decided to plant herself in the middle of the whole operation, lack of farming skills be damned. But if she’s really honest (and she always is), what really attracted her to the farm was Tim, a freckle-nosed, shaggy-haired farmer with a whittled waist and the most talented hands she’d ever encountered. WAITING FOR RAIN: HOW FARMING BROKE MY HEART AND SAVED MY LIFE is a novelistic memoir about Bilow’s year-and-change as a full-time farm cook and starry-eyed farmer’s girlfriend. The story begins with her first clumsy encounter with Greyrock and follows the passionate and rapid development of a relationship with Tim, a year of seasonal farm work and cooking, and ends with the eventual devastating dissolution of the partnership. Her rich, luscious treatment of the food grown and prepared at the farm will make even the most jaded locavore’s mouth water but it’s her sensual recollection of moments stolen with Tim in the high summer heat serve that adds a heaping amount of spice and seasoning to the book. Bilow’s voice is honest and self-aware, serious but never preaching, and she tells the story with an admirable amount of gumption. WAITING FOR RAIN is a racy romance for anyone who’s ever eaten a perfect tomato, thought about where food really comes from or fell too deeply in love. (Please note, Rachel Stout is the agent for this project.)



Audible will publish Abbi Glines’s NEVER TOO FAR, EXISTENCE, PREDESTINED, and CEASELESS; James Hankins’s BROTHERS AND BONES, JACK OF SPADES, and DRAWN; Elizabeth Hunter’s BLOOD AND SAND; Kimberly Knight’s WHERE I NEED TO BE, WANTED, and ANYTHING LIKE ME; Georgia Cates’s BEAUTY FROM PAIN and BEAUTY FROM SURRENDER, as well as BLOOD OF ANTEROS, BLOOD JEWEL, GOING UNDER, and SHALLOW; HP Mallory’s BETTER OFF DEAD and its untitled sequel, as well as FOR WHOM THE SPELL TOLLS, FIRE BURN AND CAULDRON BUBBLE, and TOIL AND TROUBLE. Tantor will publish Liz Reinhardt’s LENGTHS, DEPTHS, and FALL GUY; Steph Campbell’s GROUNDING QUINN; Kendall Ryan’s UNRAVEL ME, MAKE ME YOURS, and HARD TO LOVE; John Glatt’s SECRETS IN THE CELLAR; Alyssa Day’s CURSED; Shelly Crane’s WIDE AWAKE and WIDE OPEN; Kelly Elliott’s WANTED, SAVED, and FAITHFUL. AudioGO UK licensed the UK and Commonwealth rights to James Dashner’s THE EYE OF MINDS, THE RULE OF THOUGHTS, and THE GAME OF LIVES.

Francey Grace and Erin Di Gennaro bought the film rights to Colleen Hoover’s HOPELESS and its sequel, LOSING HOPE.

Czech rights to James Dashner’s THE MAZE RUNNER, THE SCORCH TRIALS, and THE DEATH CURE went to Euromedia, and the books will also be published by Urban Reads in Serbia, Querido in the Netherlands, and Tanapaev in Estonia. Random House Germany purchased the German rights to THE EYE OF MINDS, THE RULE OF THOUGHTS, and THE GAME OF LIVES, which went to Pegasus for Turkish rights. Chicken House UK bought the UK and Commonwealth rights to THE MAZE RUNNER FILES. Abbi Glines’s foreign deals for FALLEN TOO FAR and NEVER TOO FAR included the Russian rights to Azbooka-Atticus, Filipino rights to Bookware Publishing, Greek rights to Papadopoulos, Italian rights to Chrysalide/Mondadori, Hebrew rights to Modan, French rights to J’ai Lu, and Brazilian rights to Arqueiro/Sextante. FOREVER TOO FAR went to Simon & Schuster for UK rights and Piper for German rights. French rights to THE VINCENT BOYS and THE VINCENT BROTHERS were bought by La Martiniere Jeunesse. Pegasus bought the Turkish rights to EXISTENCE and PREDESTINED.  Richelle Mead’s VAMPIRE ACADEMY went to Dioptra in Greece, SHADOW KISS went to Kinneret in Israel, SPIRIT BOUND to Fanucci in Italy and Eram in Estonia, LAST SACRIFICE to Alma Littera in Lithuania, THE GOLDEN LILY to Cia. das Letras in Brazil, THE INDIGO SPELL to Domino in the Czech Republic, and THE FIERY HEART to VGS in Germany and Nasza Kseigarnia in Poland. Colleen Hoover’s foreign deals for HOPELESS included Slovene rights to Mladinska Knjiga, Croatian rights to Algoritam, traditional Chinese rights to ThinKingDom Media Group, Dutch rights to Zomer & Keuning, Italian rights to Fanucci, Korean rights to Random House Korea, and UK and Commonwealth rights to S&S UK.  Tara Sivec’s SEDUCTION AND SNACKS went to Fanucci in Italy and Helion in Poland, and Turkish rights to her A BEAUTIFUL LIE (writing as TE Sivec) went to Aspendos. Traditional Chinese rights to Melinda DuChamp’s FIFTY SHADES OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND went to mojo Publishing. German rights to David Morrell’s FIRST BLOOD, RAMBO (FIRST BLOOD PART II), AND RAMBO III went to Edel. Bulgarian rights to THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE, THE FRATERNITY OF THE STONE, and THE LEAGUE OF NIGHT AND FOG were purchased by Kronos. Italian rights to J Sterling’s THE PERFECT GAME were purchased by Anordest. Brazilian rights to Joe Bastianich’s RESTAURANT MAN went to Edicoes Tapioca. Hungarian rights to Georgia Cates’s BEAUTY FROM PAIN were purchased by Ulpius-haz, while the Croatian rights went to Znanje and Italian rights went to Fanucci, along with BEAUTY FROM SURRENDER. Hungarian rights to Shelly Crane’s SIGNIFICANCE went to Konyvmolykepzo. RK Lilley’s IN FLIGHT went to Vince Kiado in Hungary and Yodmala in Thailand. Tammara Webber’s EASY will be published by Znanje in Croatia, while Dutch rights went to Zomer & Keuning. Jacqueline Carey’s KUSHIEL’S DART, KUSHIEL’S CHOSEN, and KUSHIEL’S AVATAR went to Algoritam in Crotia and Heyne in Germany. German rights to Amy Plum’s DIE FOR HER went to Loewe, while the Turkish rights went to Arkadas; Spanish rights to DIE FOR ME, UNTIL I DIE, and IF I SHOULD DIE were bought by Libros de Seda. Spanish rights to Raine Miller’s THE UNDOING OF A LIBERTINE and HIS PERFECT PASSION went to Manderley/Suma, while Baronet bought the Czech rights to HIS PERFECT PASSION. JC Reed’s SURRENDER YOUR LOVE will be published in Hungarian by Ulpius-haz. Thai rights to CJ Roberts’s CAPTIVE IN THE DARK, SEDUCED IN THE DARK, and EPILOGUE were purchased by Yodmala. Spanish rights to Kate A. Boorman’s WINTERKILL trilogy went to Oceano Mexico. Bachviet bought bought Vietnamese rights to Catherine Bybee’s BINDING VOWS, SILENT VOWS, REDEEMING VOWS, and HIGHLAND SHIFTER. RL Mathewson’s PLAYING FOR KEEPS will be published by Sakam Knjigi in Macedonia. The Brazilian rights to Andrew Smith’s GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE went to Intrinseca. Turkish rights to HM Ward’s DAMAGED were purchased by Aspendos. Harlequin bought the German rights to Samantha Young’s SMOKELESS FIRE and SCORCHED SKIES.  The Turkish rights to Suzanne Young’s THE PROGRAM went to Pegasus. Egmont bought the German rights to Elizabeth Hunter’s A HIDDEN FIRE.



World rights to Donald Fulsom’s TREASON were sold to Pelican Publishing.

Michael Bourret sold North American rights to James Riley’s untitled middle grade novel about a half-fictional girl to Aladdin.

Stacey Glick sold World rights to Thomas Wolf’s THE CALLED SHOT to the University of Nebraska Press.

Stacey Glick sold THE DISTRACTED MIND, a collaboration between prominent neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and accomplished professor Larry Rosen, to Current in a World rights deal.

World English rights to Diane Fanning’s SCANDAL IN THE SECRET CITY were sold to Severn House.

World rights to COOKING COMME LES FRANCAIS by Susan Loomis went to Gotham.

Michael Bourret sold World rights to Nova Ren Suma’s THE WALLS AROUND US and its untitled sequel to Algonquin Books for Young Readers.

Stacey Glick sold THE VEGETABLE BUTCHER by Cara Mangini to Workman in a World rights deal.

World rights to David Morrell’s INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD were sold to Little, Brown & Co.

THE ZERO ZONE by Thomas French and Kelley Benham French went to Little, Brown & Co. in a World rights deal.

Michael Bourret sold the fourth book in J. Scott Savage’s CASE FILE 13 series to HarperCollins Children’s Books in a North American deal.

North American rights to Diana Peterfreund’s debut middle grade adventure series OMEGA CITY were sold to HarperCollins Children’s Books by Michael Bourret.


THE TRAGIC LIVES OF THE KENNEDY WIVES by Amber Hunt and David Batcher was sold to Globe Pequot in a World rights deal.

Stacey Glick sold World rights to Joanne Chang’s LOW-SUGAR BAKING to Chronicle.

Michael Bourret sold World rights to Bill Duggan’s THE SEVENTH SENSE to Columbia University Press.

Simon Pulse purchased the World English rights to Abbi Glines’s SOMETIMES IT LASTS and the sequel A LITTLE MISBEHAVIN’.

Susan Patton’s SMARTEN UP!: WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE PRINCETON MOM went to Gallery in a World rights deal.

World rights to Matthew Algeo’s ABE AND FIDO were bought by Chicago Review Press.

Hazelden bought World rights to Debra Jay’s MAKING IT TOGETHER.

World rights to Sydney Landon’s FIGHTING FOR YOU, the fourth book in the Danvers series, plus a novella in the same series went to New American Library.

Aimee Bourque’s BROWN EGGS & JAM JARS and its sequel were sold by Stacey Glick to Penguin Canada in a World rights deal.

Michael Bourret sold the World rights to Carrie Mesrobian’s yet-untitled YA novel to Carolrhoda Lab.

Amazon/Montlake purchased Catherine Bybee’s TAKEN BY TUESDAY and NOT QUITE FOREVER in a World rights deal.

Jessica Papin sold the World rights to Benjamin Ross’s HOOKED ON SPRAWL: WHY WHAT WE WANT ISN’T WHAT WE BUILD to Oxford University Press.

Grand Central bought World rights to Nyrae Dawn’s RUSH (MAKE ME WHOLE).

World rights to Roy Peter Clark’s UNDRESSING GATSBY were sold to Little, Brown & Co.

John Rudolph sold Peter J. Nye’s CHAMPION! to Prometheus Books in a World rights deal.

Stacey Glick sold the World rights to Pam Anderson’s, Maggy Keet’s, and Sharon Damelio’s TAKE TIME FOR THIS to Random House.

World rights to THE DRUMMOND GIRLS by Mardi Link were sold to Grand Central.

Atria bought World rights to Kendall Ryan’s new series, beginning with WORKING IT, in a three-book deal.

Jessica Redmerski’s SONG OF THE FIREFLIES was sold to Grand Central in a World rights deal.

Jessica Papin sold the World rights to Salar Abdoh’s TEHRAN AT TWILIGHT to Akashic Books.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt bought the North American rights to Michael Callahan’s SEARCHING FOR GRACE KELLY.

Michael Bourret sold the World rights to Sara Zarr’s GEM & DIXIE to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

John Rudolph sold Leland Gregory’s 50 THINGS NOT TO DO NOW THAT YOU’RE 50 to Skyhorse in a World rights deal.

World rights to Stephanie Meyer’s TWIN CITIES CHEF’S TABLE went to Globe Pequot.

Stacey Glick sold the World rights to COOKING WITH AMAR’E by NBA superstar Amar’e Stoudemire and chef Maxcel Hardy III, with Rosemary Black, to HarperCollins.

World English rights to UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING by Marcy Beller Paul were sold to Balzer + Bray by Michael Bourret.

Jim McCarthy sold the World rights to the ninth and tenth books in Victoria Laurie’s M.J. HOLLIDAY series to NAL.

World rights to Wayne Gladstone’s trilogy, beginning with NOTES FROM THE INTERNET APOCALYPSE, were sold to Thomas Dunne Books by Lauren Abramo in a three-book deal.

Stacey Glick sold the World English rights to prominent psychologist Mary Pender Greene’s CREATIVE MENTORSHIP to Oxford University Press.

Atria purchased Gail McHugh’s COLLIDE, PULSE, and yet-untitled third book in a World rights three-book deal.