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THE WIDOWS OF BRAXTON COUNTY

In the vein of Jennifer McMahon’s PROMISE NOT TO TELL, comes a haunting story about family secrets and how well we really know the people we love. Kate is ready to put her nomadic, city-filled past behind her when she marries Jake Krauss and moves with him to the Iowa farm that has been in his family for more than 140 years. Life on the farm isn’t as idyllic as she’d hoped. It’s filled with chores, judgmental neighbors and her mother-in-law who—unbeknownst to Kate until after the wedding—will be living with them. As Kate struggles to find her place in the small farming community, she begins to realize that her husband and his family are not who she thought they were. According to town gossip, the Krauss family harbors a long-kept secret about a mysterious death that haunts Kate as a dangerous, unexplainable chain of events begins. William Morrow Paperbacks


LOVE, LIES BLEEDING sold: German/Blanvalet
Publication: August 2013 (CB)

Estimated length: 384 pages

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Mingle, Pamela


THE PURSUIT OF MARY BENNET: A Pride and Prejudice Novel

With warmth, wit, and infinite charm, Pamela Mingle brings a fresh take to the reserved and awkward Mary Bennet from Jane Austen’s classic PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Not known for Jane’s beauty or Lizzie’s cleverness, Mary Bennet has always been the most awkward of her sisters. With a notable absence of the social graces, she has been an embarrassment to her family on more than one occasion. But Mary has changed. She’s matured and attained a respectable, if somewhat unpolished, decorum. But her peace and contentment are shattered when her sister Lydia turns up very pregnant and separated from Wickham. Mary and Kitty are bustled off to stay with Jane and her husband, and it is there that Mary meets Henry Walsh. Unschooled in the game of love, Mary’s heart and her future are at risk. Is she worthy of love or should she take the safer path? In her journey of self-acceptance, she discovers the answer. Pamela Mingle is the author of KISSING SHAKESPEARE (Delacorte Press), a time travel romance for young adults set in Elizabethan England. William Morrow Paperbacks

Publication: December 2013 (CB)

Estimated length: 240 pages

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Robson, Jennifer



SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE

A gorgeous debut novel, set during World War I, about the daughter of an earl who runs away to join the war effort as one of the first female ambulance drivers on the Front. Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford has struggled against both her mother’s expectations and the restrictions early 20th century British society imposes upon women of “gentle breeding.” Lilly longs to make a difference and to have a life of substance and meaning. Robbie Fraser, a friend to Lilly’s brother, works as a surgeon in Whitechapel, far removed from Lilly’s world. While attending a Neville-Ashford gala, Robbie finds Lady Elizabeth captivating. But in a few short weeks, the world is engulfed by war. Robbie becomes a trauma surgeon in a field hospital, and Lilly breaks free of convention to become an ambulance driver with the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. When transferred to the same field hospital where Robbie works, she hopes their love can survive class restrictions and the horrors and suffering of the Great War. William Morrow Paperbacks


Publication: January 2014 (CB)

Estimated length: 336 pages

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Schoenewaldt, Pamela

SWIMMING IN THE MOON

Schoenewaldt is a dramatically exciting storyteller who has a Velcro like ability to hold on to an audience throughout. Her characters are destined to attain literary immortality, they breathe beyond the final chapter.” -- Book Worm’s Dinner on WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS

Lucid, unembellished prose that draws your attention to what’s important.” -- Michael Knight, author of THE TYPIST

Schoenewaldt’s heartbreaking debut is the late 19th century immigrant coming-of-age story..Irma’s adventures and redeeming evolution make this a serous book club contender.” --Publishers Weekly

From the author of the B&N Discovery Pick WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS, a moving story about a complicated relationship between a mother and daughter set against the tumult of the early 1900s: the frenzy of union strikes, the thrill of Vaudeville, and the ever-growing promise of something more. Lucia D’Angelo knows her voice will never be as beautiful as her mother’s. It won’t astonish a crowd or move them to tears…but her words will. In 1904, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her mother Theresa are servants in the Naples home of a grand count and countess. One terrible moment sends mother and daughter fleeing the household and Italy. Bound for America, they make a new life for themselves where Lucia can go to school and Theresa finds the glittering stage of vaudeville. But as the years pass, the shadow of Theresa’s violent mood swings and emotional instability threaten to overtake the life they have created. Mother and daughter struggle to maintain their bond when roles become irrevocably reversed. Pamela Schoenewaldt lived for ten years in a small town outside Naples. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines in England, France, Italy and the United States. William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication: September 2013 (CB)

Estimated length: 368 pages

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Stoker, Shannon



THE REGISTRY

"Beautifully written…a chilling and shocking look at a futuristic America that will stay with you long after you close the book." - Jennifer L. Armentrout, USA Today bestselling author of the Covenant and Lux Series

For fans of Veronica Roth’s DIVERGENT and Jamie McGuire’s BEAUTIFUL DISASTER, the first of three books in a new and exciting dystopian series about a world where young women are breeders, and the prettiest go to the highest bidders. The Registry saved the country from collapse, which is why girls are raised to be brides auctioned off and boys are raised by the government to be hardened soldiers. Everyone accepts this as their patriotic duty, except for two girls who are determined to find a way out. Mia’s eighteenth birthday marks the time for her appraisal as a potential bride. She’s one of the pretty ones, and she’s snapped up in record time with her parents’ blessings. Not wanting to succumb to this life, she escapes with her best friend Whitney, who has been on the marriage block with no takers for a year and will end up a slave. With the help of a farmhand, the three run for their lives as government agents, bounty hunters, and Mia’s intended is hot on their heels. This debut is the first of three books. Book #2 (Feb. 2014) will continue the story of headstrong Mia, now an escapee far from America, but the threat of The Registry still looms. William Morrow Paperbacks

Rights sold: Bulgarian/Ex Libris; Catalan/Grup 62
Publication: June 2013 (CB)

Estimated length: 336 pages

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Thomas, Julie

THE KEEPER OF SECRETS

From a talented new writer, a beautiful novel that follows the mysterious story of a priceless violin across five decades, from World War II to Stalinist Russia to the gilded international concert halls of today, and reveals the loss, love, and secrets of the families who owned it. It is 1939 Berlin and fourteen year old Simon Horowitz is awash in a world of music. His family owns a superb collection of instruments and at its heart is his father’s 1742 Guarneri de Gesu violin. All is lost as the Nazis march across Europe, and the family is sent to Dachau. But Simon finds kindness from an unexpected corner, and a chance to pick up a violin again -- and a chance to live. In the present day, world renowned orchestra conductor Rafael Gomez discovers a fantastically talented violin virtuoso who is just fourteen years old. When the boy, Daniel Horowitz, suddenly refuses to play the violin, Rafael will do anything to convince him to play. Gomez learns the boy’s family once owned a precious violin—one that has been lost forever—and he believes he knows how to find it, and that it will be the key to getting Daniel to return to music. This is a heart-wrenching story of secrets and unimaginable choices, of hope and beauty. William Morrow Paperbacks


Rights sold: Dutch/KOK

Publication: June 2013 (CB)

Estimated length: 384 pages

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Todd, Charles

A QUESTION OF HONOR: A Bess Crawford Mystery

The fifth book in the Bess Crawford mystery series, hailed by the New York Times as “vivid” and “remarkable”, explores life in England during wartime and richly depicts an era and the people who lived through it, all through the eyes of nurse Bess Crawford who is also an amateur sleuth. Bess Crawford grew up in India, where her father was stationed on an army post. In 1908 Colonel Crawford’s regiment discovered it had a murderer in its ranks, but the man was never brought to trial. In the eyes of many, it was a stain on the regimental honor. Years later, serving as a nurse on the French battlefields during World War I, Bess learns from a dying Indian sergeant that the supposed murderer, Lieutenant Wade, could still be live - in fact, is serving at the front. How did he escape from India? What really happened in 1908 that drove a good officer to kill five people in cold blood? When Bess looks for answers, she discovers that in the village where the first three murders occurred, people still think the killer was someone local, not Wade. Yet the present owner of the house where the people died is convinced that it was Wade, and that the colonel, Bess’s father, helped him flee from the police. Bess is determined to find the man and let the courts decide until she stumbles on the horrific truth, something that even the famous writer Rudyard Kipling had kept secret all his life. What she learns will damn Wade even as it uncovers a brutal practice that could have been her own fate. Charles Todd is the author of the Bess Crawford mysteries, the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother and son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina. The other titles in the Bess Crawford mystery series include A DUTY TO THE DEAD, AN IMPARTIAL WITNESS, A BITTER TRUTH, and AN UNMARKED GRAVE. William Morrow

AN UNMARKED GRAVE sold: Portuguese (Brazil)/Novo Seculo

Publication: September 2013 (JS)

Estimated length: 320 pages

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Todd, Charles

HUNTING SHADOWS: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge is called in to find a killer, in a dangerous case with ties leading back to the battlefields of World War I. A man is murdered at a society wedding held at Ely Cathedral, and the local police are mystified. They send for Scotland Yard, but not before another man is killed. This time, there’s a witness, but her description of the killer is so strange that no one believes her. A third victim is found dead but the three victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically connects them. Even as Rutledge begins to close in on the perpetrator, he finds himself doubting his own judgment because the facts are contradictory. It isn’t until the fourth murder that something Rutledge witnessed in the war gives him the key and brings back an episode he has tried to forget. But that leaves him with a moral dilemma. Will he follow the letter - or the spirit - of the law? Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. William Morrow


THE CONFESSION sold: French/City Editions; Portuguese (Brazil)/Novo Seculo
Publication: January 2014 (JS)

Estimated length: 352 pages

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Turner, Lisa


THE GONE DEAD TRAIN

From Kindle bestselling author of A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE, Lisa Turner delivers another fast-paced gothic mystery novel featuring the troubled homicide Detective Billy Able. Filled with twists and turns, Turner mixes voodoo, jazz, a hidden photograph, and decades-old racial tension, creating a fantastic dark mystery. After recovering from the aftermath of a horrible case that left his partner dead, Billy is back in Memphis and drawn into an ever-widening murder mystery that focuses on flawed heroes. A murder has connections to a series of much older crimes that date back to the civil rights movement. Billy uncovers many layers of secrets, and can barely separate the truth from the lies. He suspects the straight-laced cop assigned to the case, Santeria Priest, is hiding something, and he is determined to uncover any secrets. But Billy’s search takes him deeper into the underbelly of Memphis, and he is not sure he’ll make it out alive. William Morrow Paperbacks

Publication: July 2014 (CB)

Estimated length: 352 pages

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Williams, Wendy

UNTITLED WENDY WILLIAMS ROMANCE

An incredibly hot interracial love story from the multi-talented New York Times bestselling author Wendy Williams. Their love was forbidden, their passion was unparalled, their story is a romance for the ages. Mother, wife, and best-selling author Wendy Williams burst onto the national talk show scene in July 2009 and was called a “breakthrough in daytime” by The New York Times. “The Wendy Williams Show,” airs in 52 countries, is now in its third season, and has just been renewed by Fox. Prior to daytime television, Williams built a devoted audience of fans with an enormously successful 23-year career in radio. Williams competed on Season 12 of ABC’s hit show “Dancing With The Stars.” Other television and film credits include serving as host of Game Show Network’s original series “Love Triangle,” a role in Steve Harvey’s “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man,” and as a featured guest on ABC’s “One Life to Live” and Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.” Williams is the author of the New York Times best seller THE WENDY WILLIAMS EXPERIENCE as well as several novels including Ritz Harper Goes to Hollywood. She contributes a weekly celebrity hot topics column to the entertainment magazine Life&Style. William Morrow


Publication: April 2014 (JS)

Estimated length: 336 pages

Manuscript available: July 2013
Yu, Ovidia

AUNTY LEE’S DELIGHTS: A Singaporean Mystery

For fans of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, this delectable and witty mystery introduces Rosie "Aunty" Lee, feisty widow, amateur sleuth and proprietor of Singapore's best-loved home cooking restaurant.  After losing her husband, Rosie Lee threw herself into building a culinary empire for her restaurant, Aunty Lee's Delights, where spicy Singaporean home cooking is graciously served by Rosie Lee to locals and tourists alike.  But when a body is found in one of Singapore's beautfiul tourist havens, and when one of her wealthy guests fails to show at a dinner party, Aunty Lee knows that the two are likely connected and is determined to help solve the case. The murder and disappearance throws together Aunty Lee's henpecked stepson Mark, his social-climbing wife Selina, a gay couple whose love is still illegal in Singapore and an elderly Australian tourist couple whose visit--billed at first as a pleasure cruise--may mask a deeper purpose.  Investigating the murder is rookie Police Commissioner Raja, who quickly discovers that the savvy and well-connected Aunty Lee can track down clues even better than local law enforcement.  Ovidia Yu is already a star in Asia's literary community, and her witty but pointed look at Singapore's clashes between tradition and modernity drive this mystery.  She has had over thirty plays produced in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, including The Woman in a Tree on the Hill, which won an Edinburgh Fringe First.  She is also the author of a number of mysteries that have been published in Singapore and India.  Ovidia Yu received a Fulbright Fellowship to the University of Iowa's International Writers Program and has been a writing fellow at the National University of Singapore.   William Morrow Paperbacks

Publication: September 2013 (CB)

Estimated length: 288 pages

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Barnes, Sophie

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING A DUKE

Sophie Barnes makes her print debut after great success with her Avon Impulse titles with this first book in a delightful Regency series centered around a “Cinderella” ball. Anthony Hurst, Duke of Kingsborough, is in want of a wife. His family’s annual masquerade ball seems the perfect place to find his match. When he thinks he found “the one,” she runs off. Determined to track down this mystery woman, Anthony will stop a nothing until he finds her. Little does he know that Isabella Chilcott is just as desperate not to be found because she is not at all what the duke expects in a bride. Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes is a graduate of Parson’s School of Design. She speaks five languages. Avon


Category: Regency Romance (CB)

Publication: September 2013

Estimated length: 384 pages

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Callen, Gayle

RETURN OF THE VISCOUNT (August 2012)

SURRENDER TO THE EARL (June 2013)

Untitled #3 (June 2014)

USA Today bestselling author Gayle Callen embarks on a new series about three battle scarred soldiers and the women who capture their hearts. In RETURN OF THE VISCOUNT, desperation drove Cecilia Mallory to seek a union with a stranger—one who would wed her sight unseen and grant her full access to her inheritance. She anticipated an older, equally desperate husband, but when the young and attractive Viscount Michael Blackthorne answered her call she could only wonder what he was really after. Unknown to Cecilia, the Viscount owed a debt of honor to Lady Cecilia’s father, and felt responsible in protecting her….but soon found he was also falling in love. In SURREDER TO THE EARL, a pretend engagement turns into passion between an unlikely pair. She wants a favor, not a fiancé. Audrey Blake’s plan to ask a visitor to help her take ownership of her rightful property is unraveling in spectacular fashion. Robbed of sight by a childhood fever, she finds compassion in Robert Henslow, Earl of Knightsbridge. Their false union was supposed to benefit Audrey, but Robert finds Audrey intriguing and yearns to make their relationship real. Avon

Category: Victorian Romance (CB)

Estimated length: 384 pages

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Carlyle, Liz

IN LOVE WITH A WICKED MAN

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a new novel featuring Kate Wentworth, now the Baroness d’Allenay, who is struggling to rebuild her family estate after her father and brother squandered it in gaming clubs. While she struggles to get her affairs in order, Kate finds herself crashing into Edward Quartermaine, formerly Lord Edward until his father disowned him at the age of ten. He’s made a large sum running a gaming hall, and he was on his way to collect a gambling debt in the form of an estate when he ran into Kate. Feeling responsible for the crash, Kate brings Edward home to recover. His memory is lost from the crash, and Kate and Edward have a chance to fall in love without his disreputable life hampering them. But his memory comes creeping back, and their love might not withstand the truth. Avon


ONE TOUCH OF SCANDAL sold: Dutch/DeVrijbuiter; Japanese/Hayakawa; Norway/Schibsted; Polish/BIS; Russian/AST; Spanish/Urano; UK large print/AudioGo
Category: Regency Romance (CB)

Publication: November 2013

Estimated length: 384 pages

Manuscript available


Connelly, Cara


*THE WEDDING FAVOR

From award-winning author Cara Connelly, the first in an exciting new contemporary romance series. Before the wedding, Tyrell Brown wanted to get out of Houston and back on his ranch. Instead, he’s on a flight to France for his best friends wedding and discovers his seat is next to the blue-eyed, stiletto-heeled lawyer who’s been a thorn in his side for months. At the wedding, Victoria can’t believe she encounters the lean cowboy with a killer smile who she can’t stand. They tried to be on their best behavior in France, but back home, bets are all off. The battle of wits between two characters who despise each other is in full play, until they are forced to spend time together and discover that the sizzle between them gets red hot. Avon

Category: Contemporary Romance

Publication: January 2014 (CB)

Estimated length: 384 pages

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Day, Sylvia

*SPELLBOUND

From #1 New York Times and international bestselling author Sylvia Day, a new book comprising of two previously published stories, plus one brand new novella, creating a book with continuing characters that delivers a hot erotic story with a paranormal element. In “A Familiar Kind of Magic,” Victoria St. John is a Familiar, and like most kittens, she likes to play. Unattached to a warlock, she’s causing mischief. Too much trouble-making can cause suspicions in mortals, so the High Council assigns warlock and Hunter Max Westin to “collar” her, and from the moment Max meets the beautiful Familiar he can’t wait to get started. He loves hunting, relishes the taming, and isn’t prone to hurrying matters. Reining in a wild kitten takes time, and a battle of wills with an erotic seduction results in a journey through the depths of desire to the heights of eternal love. In “That Old Black Magic,” the tall, dark, handsome warlock finds himself obsessed with his Familiar – the sleek and sexy cat-woman Victoria, who turns out to be the purr-fect lover. The third and original novella, “Black Magic Woman,” promises to complete the steamy tale of Victoria and Max, and is sure to thrill Sylvia Day’s millions of fans around the world. Avon Red


Category: Paranormal Erotica (CB)

Publication: October 2013

Estimated length: 208 pages

Manuscript available


Diaz, Lena

HE KILLS ME, HE KILLS ME NOT (Sept 2011)

SIMON SAYS DIE (April 2012)

ASHES, ASHES, THEY ALL FALL DEAD (Sept 2013)

Untitled #4

Chilling from the first scene on. Diaz has crafted the kind of tense psychological thriller that’s impossible to put down.” – Eileen Rendahl, author of DON’T KILL THE MESSENGER

From rising romantic suspense star Lena Diaz comes her next book in her Nursery Rhyme series. ASHES, ASHES, THEY ALL FALL DEAD features FBI agent Tessa James and the several years younger, Matthew Buchanan. Someone is mysteriously mailing letters to Tessa, each containing a different person’s name, and each contain the same ominous message…TOO LATE. Tessa hates the necessity of working with Matt, but her boss has hired him on a case that has been cold since day one. As soon as Matt comes on board, the case takes off and Tessa must grudgingly admit he’s brilliant and has amazing investigative skills, even as she continues to fight her annoying and inconvenient attraction for him. Together, they work to stop a serial arsonist who has deadly ties to Tessa’s past and deadly plans for her future. Avon Impulse
HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT sold: German/VGS; Norwegian/Schibsted

SIMON SAYS DIE sold: German/VGS


Category: Suspense

Publication: September 2013 (CB)

Estimated length: 384 pages

Manuscript available

Frost, Jeaniene




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