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What The Fiction Editors Recently Bought

I know this is one of your favorites. So here is a taste of what went on in FICTION sales to publishers the last couple of weeks:

Children’s / Middle Grade & Young Adult


John Claude Bemis's THE ALCHEMIST'S SON, the first in a middle-grade series that reimagines the Pinocchio story in a world where magic from a restricted foreign land brings the automaton to life through his relationship with the powerful alchemist Geppetto, to Rotem Moscovich at Disney-Hyperion, in a two book deal, for publication in 2015, by Josh Adams at Adams Literary 


Nebula, World Fantasy, Hugo and Chelsea Award editorial finalist Lou Anders's FROSTBORN, the first in a series beginning with the brave frost giant's daughter who befriends a cunning boy in a land inspired by Norse folklore as they become embroiled against warriors, wyverns, and the past, and FROSTFORGED, to Phoebe Yeh at Crown Children's in a three-book deal, for publication in August 2014, by Joe Monti at Barry Goldblatt Literary


Kendall Kulper's debut SALT & STORM, set in a late 1800's whaling community, a sixteen-year-old descendent of the island witch learns she will be murdered but with the help of a tattooed harpoon boy, she must prevent her own death and discover the secrets of her family's magic -- not realizing what she'll have to sacrifice in return, to Bethany Strout at Little, Brown Children's in a 2-book deal, for publication in Fall 2014, by Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger


New Adult

TEMPEST author Julie Cross and Ford Agency model Mark Perini's HALFWAY PERFECT, a behind-the-scenes novel of the modeling world in which a former runway star fights not to get sucked back into the industry that nearly destroyed her despite her attraction to an on-the-rise male model, to Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2014, by Nicole Resciniti at The Seymour Agency


Shari Becker's debut THE STELLOW PROJECT, in which a girl narrowly escapes a killer storm that hits Manhattan, finding refuge at her family's lakeside cottage; but when her scientist father disappears, she finds herself at the center of a mystery involving an off-the-grid government research facility, the secretive boy who lives there, and the slow realization that her father may not be who she thinks he is, to Miriam Juskowicz at Skyscape, by Wendy Schmalz at Wendy Schmalz Agency 




The Watchmen and A Gathering of Spies author John Altman's THE ART OF THE DEVIL, pitched as a tense Day of the Jackal story of a relentless female assassin stalking President Dwight Eisenhower as he recuperates at a remote retreat, to Joseph Pittman of Severn House, by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates


Panopticon and The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri author David Bajo's MERCY 6, in which a hospital is locked down when four bodies are discovered inside with no sign of injury; all have the exact same time of death and it's up to a rebellious doctor to discover what killed them, to Fred Ramey at Unbridled Books, by Peter Steinberg at The Steinberg Agency 


R.J. Pineiro's THE FALL, a sci-fi thriller in which a man jumps from the upper-most reaches of the atmosphere and vanishes the moment he hits the speed of sound, ending up on an alternate Earth where he died five years earlier, to Pete Wolverton and Brendan Deneen at Thomas Dunne Books, by Matt Bialer at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates  



Peter Tremayne's ATONEMENT OF BLOOD, in which a woman's brother the king barely survives a surprising assassination attempt that she must untangle the motives behind in the latest in this long-running historical mystery series featuring a 7th-century Irish lawyer, cleric and sister to one of the country's kings, to Hannah Braaten at Minotaur for publication in Spring 2014, by Charles Schlessiger at Brandt & Hochman


Duffy Brown's next two CONSIGNMENT SHOP mysteries, to Faith Black at Berkley Prime Crime, by Roberta Brown of the Brown Literary Agency


Lauren Layne's NA, ISN'T SHE LOVELY, pitched as a modern My Fair Lady story in which a spoiled Manhattan playboy disguises a social outcast as his preppy socialite girlfriend - only to fall in love, to Sue Grimshaw at Flirt for publication in October 2013, by Nicole Resciniti at The Seymour Agency


NYT bestselling author Cara Black's MURDER IN PIGALLE, sets a five-months-pregnant PI through one of Paris's seediest and most artistic neighborhoods on the trail of a missing young girl, in the Aimee Leduc private investigator series, again to Juliet Grames at Soho Press, in a two-book deal, by Katherine Fausset at Curtis Brown 

General Fiction 


Alys Always author Harriet Lane's HER, about two women who are polar opposites yet are bound together by a deeply buried transgression from their teenage years which, unbeknownst to one of them, will have devastating consequences, to Judy Clain at Little, Brown in a two-book deal, for publication in 2014, by Grainne Fox at Fletcher & Company on behalf of Cat Ledger in the UK 


Fiction Debut 

Eimear McBride's A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING, to Chris Fischbach at Coffee House Press, for publication in Fall 2014, by Harvey Klinger at Harvey Klinger, on behalf of David Grossman


Jessica Levine's THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE, about a poet with writers' block stuck in an unsatisfying relationship, who has a chance meeting in New York with an old friend, a charismatic composer who draws her into a love triangle with life-changing consequences, to Brooke Warner at She Writes Press, for publication in Spring 2014, by April Eberhardt at April Eberhardt Literary 


Nicole Maggi's HEARTLINES, in which a teen heart transplant recipient is plagued by memories that belong to her donor; each time she gets an unbidden memory, she loses one of her own; she must find out what happened to her donor before she loses herself, to Leah ultenschmidt at Sourcebooks  


Musician and composer Ella Leya's THE MAIDEN TOWER, the story of a young Azerbaijani piano prodigy who falls in love with a disenfranchised painter, who teaches her the difference between what is safe and what is right, all interspersed with the folklore and myths of Azerbaijan, to Shana Drehs at Sourcebooks, by Jeff Kleinman at Folio Literary Management  


Fred Venturini's THE HEART DOES NOT GROW BACK, originally published in an earlier form byBlank Slate Press, about an impossible high school student who gains the ability to regenerate his limbs and must decide how to use his newfound power to redeem himself and those he loves, to Peter Horoszko at Picador, by Kirby Kim at William Morris Endeavor 


Christine Breen's HER NAME IS ROSE, interweaving the stories of a garden designer, her adopted daughter, and a New York architect; over one long hot summer in Ireland, New York, Boston and London their journeys overlap and they discover what happens when life does not play out the way you expect, to Hope Dellon at St. Martin's, by Rachel Mills at PFD on behalf of Rowan Lawton at Furniss and Lawton 


Rachel Weaver's POINT OF DIRECTION, in the rugged landscape of coastal Alaska, a young couple becomes caretakers of a remote lighthouse with a mysterious history, while their privately held secrets chip away at their unity, to Robert Lasner at Ig Publishing, for publication in Spring 2014, by Susan Ramer at Don Congdon Associates 


Author of the memoir The Woman Who Fell from the Sky Jennifer Steil's THE AMBASSADOR'S WIFE, about a free-spirited artist whose pampered life as the wife of the British Ambassador stationed in a deeply religious Middle Eastern country on the brink of civil war is shattered when she is brutally kidnapped, an act of terror that turns out to have far-reaching consequences for everyone she loves, described as echoing Bel Canto and The Constant Gardener, and based in part on the author's experience of being married to the former British Ambassador to Yemen, to Kris Puopolo at Doubleday by Brettne Bloom at Kneerim, Williams & Bloom 



Arianne Macdonald writing as Tex Thompson's ONE NIGHT IN SIXES, a Western-inspired epic about two ranch hands who go to the half-ruined town of Sixes to sell horses, but unwittingly make deadly enemies, including the terrifying fishmen, to Jonathan Oliver at Solaris, in a two book deal, by Jennie Goloboy at Red Sofa Literary 


Wesley Chu's TIME SALVAGERS, a time traveler, salvaging valuable lost technologies from a more prosperous past, breaks all the rules of time travel when he falls in love with a doomed woman and brings her into his future world, to Marco Palmieri at Tor, in a nice deal, by Russell Galen at Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency


Marci Curtis's debut THE ONE THING, about a blind juvenile delinquent whose life falls apart when she uncovers the truth about the precocious young boy she's grown to love, to Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion, with Laura Schreiber editing, by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency 


Next time--NONFICTION that was recently bought - stay tuned.


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