A roundup of exciting new book deals!
Annabel by Mary Lindsey
Summer 2013 | Philomel
Author of Shattered Souls
A dark retelling of Poe’s final poem, Annabel Lee, pitting a pair of star-crossed lovers in a doomed struggle with forces of ancient malice and evil.
Fall 2013 | Philomel
Author of Nightshade
Sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape from the coastal cities or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.
The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.
Also announced are two Nightshade prequels, Untitled due out in Fall 2012 and Rise due Summer 2013.
Black Dawn (The Morganville Vampires #12) by Rachel Caine
April 2012 | NAL
Author of The Morganville Vampires & more
Two more Morganville Vampires installments, #13-14, are also planned for release.
???? | NAL
A standalone built around the character of Benvolio, from Romeo and Juliet. The novel will be told from the point of view of Benvolio, who is Romeo’s cousin and, in Shakespeare’s play, attempts to get the lovelorn Montague interested in other girls after it’s discovered that Juliet is a member of the clan his family despises: the Capulets. Caine’s novel, her agent said, explores a scenario in which Romeo and Juliet are not the only couple to fall into dire romantic straits and is “a tale of intrigue, betrayal, hatred, and tragedy,” about “lovers lost, and lovers found.” (From Publisher's Weekly)
Summer 2013 | HarperCollins
Author of The Shadows Gallery, Live Again, & more
Nick Pearson is pretending to be someone he isn’t. Not high school pretending. Witness Protection pretending. And the #1 rule is “stay low-key”. But, when his sole friend Eli dies in the school’s journalism room under mysterious circumstances, and Nick stumbles upon the conspiracy Eli planned on exposing, staying low-key takes a backseat to staying alive.
Newspaper Nerd Eli had a secret, an in-the-works story codenamed “Whispertown”. And it’s got a lot of folks interested. Like corrupt cops, the town’s shady mayor, and certain high-ranking government officials. Teaming with Eli’s estranged (and gorgeous) sister, Nick sets out to unravel the mystery and still maintain his cover. He’ll have to use all the deviant skills he’s gained from his racketeering dad, assassin godfather, and their Serbian gangster boss to find the truth. However, each clue brings him closer to answers he may not want. Whispertown is bigger than he could have ever imagined, and in its shadow stands a killer…a killer Nick fears may be his own father.
When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney
2013 | Little, Brown
Author of The Mockingbirds
When You Were Here, Lost in Translation meets Where She Went, is about an American teenager who travels from California to Tokyo to uncover the secrets surrounding the death of his mother, all while trying to both hold onto and let go of the girl he’s been in love with his whole life.
June 2012 | Poppy
Whitley’s dream summer almost goes bust when she doesn’t fit in with her father and her perfect new stepfamily.
Fallen In Love by Lauren Kate
January 24, 2012 | Delacorte BYR
Author of Fallen
A new story collection featuring characters from her bestselling current series, Fallen.
Fall 2013 | Little, Brown BYR
Author of Beautiful Creatures, & more
The first book in a new series called The Legion. The series follows a girl named Kennedy Waters, who, when her mother dies, finds out she was part of a secret society that guards the world against a demon trying to escape his realm and come to Earth. LBBYR called the series a "frightening and thrilling urban fantasy" full of "suspense, romance, and dark paranormal forces."
A sequel, Unbound, was included in the deal and is due in 2014.
Summer 2012 | Simon Pulse
Author of The Other Boleyn Girl, & more
A four-book deal with Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing for a YA historical romance series.
2013 | HarperTeen
A girl wakes up wandering the roads of Oklahoma knowing that she is occupying another girl's body -- and that she has killed the girl whose body she is in -- who then returns to the girl's parents in upstate New York to uncover who she really is, and who else she has killed.
Diabolical by Yelena Black
Winter 2013 | Bloomsbury/Walker BYR
A Black Swan–like trilogy about a 15-year-old who starts witnessing spooky goings-on at her prestigious ballet school. When Vanessa Adler becomes suspicious of the controlling choreographer at her academy, she stumbles upon the fact that he is staging a performance in which "the school's dancers become pawns in a world of demons."
So many exciting new deals! I love debut authors, and both Diabolical and Another Little Piece sound FABULOUS. I can't wait! I'm also SO EXCITED for Andrea Cremer's steampunk series! She's such a smart author, I know she'll do the genre beautifully. Annabel also sounds like a really intriguing idea too. I'm not a Poe fan, but that poem is so haunting -- it's perfect for that kind of gothic novel!
Which faraway release are you most excited for?
NOTE: Several people asked me about turning this into a meme. If you would be interested, leave me a comment and let me know! Or you can go a step further and do a post about a newly announced deal (preferably one different from these -- we want to learn about all the new deals!) and link to it in the comments. If there's some interest, I will turn it into a regular meme!