Ann Aguirre‘s new trilogy to Ace (World English), for publication beginning 2013. Pitched as “Prison Break in space”. On a prison ship filled with warring factions, hostile territories & savage retribution, only the strong survive.
Ann Aguirre & Andres Aguirre writing as A. A. Aguirre’s Bronze Gods to Ace (World English) in a 2-book deal. A steampunk fantasy wrapped around a whodunit, where gaslight detectives solve ritual slayings & magic is a shameful secret.
Megan B.‘s Bangable Dudes in History, based on the blog of the same name, to Simon & Schuster (World). A collection of historical hotties (princes, dandies, scientists, composers, assassins & more) & an exploration of what makes them so darn foxy. Complete with photos, little-known historical facts, & charts & graphs.
Linda Holeman‘s untitled novel, set in 1861 Imperialist Russia & pitched as “Anna Karenina meets Downton Abbey“.
Rags & Bones, a YA anthology of short stories edited by Melissa Marr & Tim Pratt, to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (World). The collection retells classic tales that have inspired the contributors – including Neil Gaiman, Lev Grossman, Kelley Armstrong, & Carrie Ryan. Publication is scheduled for 2013.
Kate Karyus Quinn‘s Another Little Piece in a 2-book deal to HarperTeen (NA). A girl comes to on an Oklahoma highway in another girl’s body with the knowledge that she has murdered the girl whose form she now takes. The main character journeys back to the murdered girl’s home in upstate New York as she tries to figure out, among other things, the identities of her other victims.
Amanda Sun‘s debut Ink Wash to Harlequin Teen (World) in a 2-book deal. A 16-year-old orphan is uprooted to Japan & crosses paths with her school’s arrogant kendo star whose drawings come to life in dangerous ways, pushing them both into Japan’s paranormal underworld.
Bethany Wiggins‘s Stung. Government attempts to save endangered bees by genetic modification causes their sting to induce deadly, flu-like symptoms in humans. A vaccine created in response changes children into ferocious, killer beasts. The uninfected have built a wall to keep the beasts out, & a girl has awakened on the wrong side.
Blythe Woolston‘s Black Helicopters to Candlewick (NA) in a 2-book deal for publication in 2013. About a girl raised to be a weapon who straps on a vest of explosives & sets out to kill & be killed until her plan goes wrong.