There’s been a flurry of great news happening behind the scenes here, and it’s almost too much to post about individually, so I hope you’ll forgive the round-up! First of all, congratulations to Amy Spalding, who is publishing a digital short with Little Brown’s NOVL imprint entitled LOVE AND MUSIC (AND MISSING TED CALLAHAN), a mini-sequel to KISSING TED CALLAHAN, following Riley and Ted’s relationship and set at a music festival over the summer. Yay! I can’t wait to read more about these two lovebirds.
Also congratulations to Marisa Reichardt, whose UNDERWATER? sold to Nuevo Extremo in Argentina for World Spanish rights, and to Penerbit Haru for Indonesian rights. Thanks to my awesome subagents for those fabulous deals, and many more like them.
I’m also thrilled that THE SHADOW CABINET by Maureen Johnson is a nominee for a 2015 Bram Stoker Award, for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel. Party in Vegas, baby, Vegas!
Readers will be enticed by more than steamy romance in this volume of contemporary love stories from 12 popular authors, a summery companion to My True Love Gave to Me. The selections, ranging in tone from heartfelt to spooky to downright outlandish, find passion springing from some very unexpected places. Lev Grossman’s protagonists, Mark and Margaret, are drawn together in a Boston suburb where time stands still. Cassandra Clare’s Lulu Darke unexpectedly finds a kindred spirit at her father’s dark carnival: “You know the drill. Evil clowns lurching out of the shadows, blood on their puffy white gloves.” Even stories with more conventional settings—like Jennifer E. Smith’s tale recounting the growing affection between a day-camp counselor and a withdrawn, disabled young man—offer unexpected twists and turns. In all cases, the authors captivatingly render the vulnerabilities of teenagers tentatively navigating the confusing maze of first love. Offering a sampling of many different genres, bright and distinct narrative voices, and a generous portion of tender moments, this book has something for everyone who has loved or longs for it.
Please join me in extending a boatload of congratulations!