Stephen Briseno’s QUEEN OF LEAVES, a picture book biography of Mexican American botanist Ynes Mexia, illustrated by Diana Toledano, to Asia Citro at Innovation Press, for publication in fall 2022, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency for the author, and by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary for the illustrator (world).
Author of the Otter Lake Mystery series Auralee Wallace’s IN THE COMPANY OF WITCHES, the first in a cozy mystery series featuring a young witch who runs a B and B with her aunts, but when a guest is murdered, must use all of her skills—both magical and mundane—to solve the crime, to Jenn Snyder at Berkley Prime Crime, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2021, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency (world).
Angela Pham Krans’s debut FINDING PAPA, based on the author’s own experience that follows a young girl and her mother’s perilous journey from Vietnam to America to find Papa–who left ahead of them to start a better life for their family, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Thi Bui, to Clarissa Wong at Harper Children’s, in a very nice deal, at auction, for publication in winter 2023, by Katherine Wessbecher at Bradford Literary Agency for the author, and by Julie Stevenson at Massie & McQuilkin for the illustrator (world).
Joss Wood’s next untitled series, about the dynastic Ryder family after they agree to do DNA ancestry testing, again to Stacy Boyd at Harlequin Desire, in a multi-book deal, for publication beginning in 2021, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world).
Author of FIX HER UP Tessa Bailey’s untitled duet, in which two socialite sisters from Beverly Hills are cut off financially and sent to live in a small Washington fishing village, again to Nicole Fischer at Avon, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2021, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world English).
Author of the Amish Mystery series Laura Bradford’s A FRIEND FOR HIRE, beginning a new series in which a down on her luck 30-something turns to “plus-one” duty to pay her bills and invariably finds herself knee-deep in murder, to Michelle Vega at Berkley Prime Crime, in an exclusive submission, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2021, by the coincidentally also-named Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world).
Joss Wood’s untitled contribution to the Texas Cattleman’s Club series, to Stacy Boyd at Harlequin Desire, for publication in November 2021, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.
Debut author Julie Tieu’s THE DONUT TRAP, in which a woman working at her immigrant parents’ donut shop is lost in the routine of donuts, Netflix, and sleep until an old college crush appears, but after a disastrous dinner with his mom reveals maybe he isn’t as perfect as she thinks and, worse, he doesn’t think she is either, she has to fight to find her place in life, to May Chen at Avon, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2021, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world).
Instagram personality and home chef Abby Turner’s THE LIVING TABLE: BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH EVERYDAY HOSPITALITY, which emphasizes the importance of gathering around a table to share food, conversation, and God’s love for all, including recipes that allow the host to enjoy her company, to Gini Wietecha and Jason Rovenstine at DaySpring, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2020, by Jennifer Chen Tran at Bradford Literary Agency (NA).
Stephen Briseno’s THE NOTEBOOK KEEPER, pitched as inspired by true events, following a girl and her mama who, denied entry at the U.S. border, must wait and find the refugee in charge of “the notebook,” an unofficial ledger of those waiting to cross into the U.S.; as time goes on and hope dwindles, she discovers the power of spreading kindness in such a dark place, illustrated by Magdalena Mora, to Ann Kelley at Random House Studio, for publication in summer 2022, by Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency for the author, and by Steven Malk at Writers House for the illustrator.
Author of HEARTS, STRINGS, & OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS Jacqueline Firkins’s HOW NOT TO FALL IN LOVE, in which a cynical wedding shop worker tries to “cure” a hopelessly romantic LARP-er by teaching him the harsh realities of modern dating, only to realize he is the one teaching her, to Nicole Sclama at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, for publication in fall 2021, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency (world).