Tuesday, November 28, 2006

One Big Deal and several other deals

From Publishers Marketplace as usual. Yes, it looks like publication of the first one (as yet untitled) is two years away...

Katherine Neville's sequel to her debut novel, The Eight, ranging from the dawn of the war of Greek Independence in 1822 to the outbreak of the Iraq War in 2003, this novel begins when the heroine of The Eight mysteriously vanishes, and her daughter must follow a set of cryptic clues on a dangerous quest to discover who murdered her father, to Mark Tavani at Ballantine, for publication in fall 2008, along with an audio version of The Eight for the first time, by Simon Lipskar at Writers House (NA).

Christy Award-nominated author of Chateau of Echoes Siri L. Mitchell's WHITE ILLUSIONS, a Cinderella story in reverse, as a beautiful woman uses poisonous lead-based paint to turn herself into an ugly duckling in order to further her husband's position in the court of a vain Queen Elizabeth, to David Long at Bethany House, by Beth Jusino at Alive Communications (world).

Tamera Alexander's untitled Colorado series, the first title about a former Confederate Lieutenant who moves west, but instead of riches discovers a life of welcomed solitude from his dark past - until a "lady Yank journalist" arrives in town dredging up old memories forcing him to re-evaluate his perceptions on hope, again to Charlene Patterson at Bethany House, in a good deal, in a three-book deal, by Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency (World).

Jana G. Oliver's VIRTUAL EVIL and MADMAN'S DANCE, the second and third novels in the Time Rovers Series, in which a time traveler from 2057 is sent on a mission to Victorian England during the Ripper murders and encounters a secret society of shape-shifters bent on changing history, to Gwen Gades at Dragon Moon Press, in a two-book deal.


  1. Anonymous3:27 PM

    Lead paint? Geez, if she'd just lived a few centuries later, she could have made herself unattractive the way they do in Hollywood just by buying an unflattering pair of glasses and getting a frumpy hairstyle . . .

  2. Anonymous6:46 AM

    Um, yes, that was my thought. Aren't there easier ways of making yourself look ugly than poison? And would lead be the most obvious method? If lead-based cosmetics were in regular use, that suggests to me that nobody knew they were poisonous, so how did the heroine know lead paint would make her ugly? Wouldn't it have been simpler for the wife just to keep discreetly away from court? I shall be puzzling about this plot all day now :-)