Recent Romance Sales:
Annie Windsor's BLOODLINE, the first in a paranormal trilogy, the story of a warrior-witch, a NYPD detective and the terrible murder that brings them together, to Charlotte Herscher at Ballantine, in a very nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Nancy Yost of Lowenstein-Yost (World). "Very nice deal" means $50-99,000.00.
Molly O'Keefe's JIGSAW HEARTS, about a tortured journalist hiding from the world and the FBI agent sent undercover to investigate him, to Wanda Ottewell for Harlequin Superromance, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Pam Hopkins at Hopkins Literary Associates. "Nice deal" means $1-49,000.00.
Marie Bostwick's untitled, again to Audrey LaFehr at Kensington, in a nice deal, by Jill Grosjean at Jill Grosjean Literary Agency.
Roxanne Rustand's INTENSIVE CARE, in which a couple who marries against all odds faces a serious accident, bringing into focus their joy, mistakes, and heartbreak, to Johanna Raisanen at Harlequin Everlasting, in a nice deal, by Roberta Brown at the Brown Literary Agency (World).
Sharlene MacLaren's LOVING MISS MERIWETHER, in which a young Bostonian woman travels to Kentucky to assume the job as schoolteacher, but finds tender love instead, and SARAH, MY BELOVED, in which a woman travels to Kentucky as a mail-order bride only to find her intended has married another, to Christine Whitaker at Whitaker House, in a nice deal, by Joyce Hart at Hartline Literary Agency (world).
Deborah Wright's THE HISTORY OF LUCY'S LOVE LIFE IN 10 1/2 CHAPTERS, in which Lucy, fired from her job as assistant to a scientist, retaliates by stealing her boss' prototype for a time travel machine, meeting history's most famous lovers, and trying to discover the true nature of love and if the love of her life has been right under her nose, to Alicia Bothwell Mancini at Plume, by Melissa Chinchillo at Fletcher & Parry, on behalf of Simon Trewin at PFD UK (NA).
UK rights to Little, Brown.
Kristin Harmel's THE ART OF FRENCH KISSING, in which a charmingly neurotic record exec in search of the perfect kiss in Paris stumbles upon much more with a headstrong journalist with a family secret while she tries in vain to save the public image of her volatile, zany rock star client, to Rebecca Isenberg at Warner Five Spot, in a nice deal, by Jenny Bent at Trident Media Group (world).
Recent Mysteries Sold:
Darlene Franklin's GUNFIGHT AT GRACE GULCH, a reenactment of a famous gunfight during Oklahoma's centennial goes terribly wrong, to Susan Downs at Barbour, in a nice deal, by Tamela Hancock Murray at Hartline Literary Agency.
Lisa Harris's BAKER'S FATAL DOZEN, in which a baker goes missing and a woman is hot on the trail of a sticky scandal that begins with murder, to Susan Downs at Barbour, in a nice deal, by Joyce Hart at Hartline Literary Agency (World).
Nancy Mehl's A BIRD IN THE HAND, in which a woman is working hard to get her late aunt's rare bookstore on its feet when she discovers an old map tucked within the pages of a book, to Susan Downs at Barbour, in a nice deal, by Janet Benrey at Hartline Literary Agency.
Sara Ann Freed Memorial Award winner Karen E. Olson's WATERLOGGED, the next Annie Seymour mystery, moving to Kristen Weber at NAL, in a two-book deal, by Jack Scovil at Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency (NA).
And, just to keep things in perspective, remember that the most expensive book ever published is hitting the shelves this Fall: Random House paid $8,000,000 for the new book from Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain. Thirteen Moons arrives in October.