NYT-bestselling author Katee Robert’s FORBIDDEN FRUIT, pitched as a contemporary retelling of the Hades-Persephone myth, in which Persephone is a society darling fleeing an arranged marriage and Hades is the reclusive king of a criminal empire who offers her a dark deal—she’ll be his for a month, and in return he’ll ensure her freedom from her mother and fiancé once and for all, to Mary Altman at Sourcebooks Casablanca, in a three-book deal, for publication in beginning summer 2021, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world English).
Author of NOBODY’S SWEETHEART NOW Maggie Robinson’s JUST MAKE BELIEVE, in which a widow’s week at a country house party gets off to a dismal start when her hostess is found dead in the conservatory; luckily the oh-so-tempting Detective Inspector from Scotland Yard and her late and unlamented husband are at hand to help her solve the case, to Anna Michels at Poisoned Pen Press, for publication in July 2020, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world English).
Madeline Martin’s THE LAST BOOKSHOP IN LONDON, about the only bookshop to survive the Blitz in London during Word War II, following the young woman who runs the shop and her efforts to unite her community through the healing power of literature in the face of war, to Peter Joseph at Hanover Square Press, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world).
Joss Wood’s book two in a new iteration of the Texas Cattleman’s Club series, to Stacy Boyd at Harlequin Desire, for publication in March 2021, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.
Documentary wildfire photographer Stuart Palley’s INTO THE INFERNO: A PHOTOGRAPHER’S JOURNEY THROUGH CALIFORNIA’S WILDFIRES AND FALLOUT, about braving harrowing conditions on the frontlines of California’s major wildfires, embedding with “hotshot” fire crews on the fireline, spending time with smokejumpers, municipal engines, and battalion chiefs in pickup trucks, and forging friendships with wildland firefighters, climate scientists, civilians, and evacuees alike, ultimately addressing how climate change is permanently altering the world, to Vikki Warner at Blackstone Publishing, in a nice deal, for publication in fall 2021, by Jennifer Chen Tran at Bradford Literary Agency (world).
Author of THE LAST 8 Laura Pohl’s DOOMED, the story of four reimagined fairytale heroines investigating their best friend’s murder, who must uncover their own dark fates before they’re all doomed, to Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2021, by Sarah LaPolla at Bradford Literary Agency (world English).
Tessa Bailey’s FIX HER UP, to Karakter (Netherlands), by Monique Oosterhof at Mo Literary Services, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.
Rebekah Manley’s ALEXANDRA AND THE AWFUL, AWKWARD, NO FUN, TRULY BAD DATES, a picture book parody that delivers a comedic dating horror story, pitched as a mash up of ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY with GO THE F**K TO SLEEP’s unapologetic reality, illustrated by Catarina Oliveira, to Claire Sielaff at Ulysses Press, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency (world).
Jenn Bennett’s STARRY EYES, to Albatros Media (Czech Republic), by Martina Knapkova at Kristin Olson Literary Agency, on behalf of Taryn Fagerness Agency and Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.
Rachel Lynn Solomon’s THE EX TALK, her adult debut, a romantic comedy in which rival coworkers pose as exes to host a public radio show about dating in order to save their station, only to fall for each other as the show gains popularity, to Kristine Swartz at Berkley, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2021, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world English).