New Book Deal for Liv Constantine

Publishers Weekly | April 5, 2019

“Harper’s Emily Griffin dished out seven figures for world rights to the next two books by Liv Constantine, a pseudonym for sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine, the duo behind The Last Mrs. Parrish, which was published last year and was selected for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club. Last Time I Saw You, their second book is due in May.

The first of the new contract, The Wife Stalker, due out in summer 2020, is a psychological suspense story that centers on Joanna, whose ex-husband has married a woman, Piper, whom Joanna suspects is a black widow, as her two previous ex-husbands—and a stepdaughter—died in tragic accidents. Fearing for the safety of her children and her ex-husband, Joanna is determined to win her family back. But Piper is equally determined to keep them for herself and schemes to make Joanna look deranged and dangerous.

In a separate two-book deal, Griffin also bought world rights to two thrillers from Lynne Constantine, writing under the pseudonym L.C. Shaw, that will launch the Jack Logan series, which centers on an investigative journalist. Both deals were negotiated by Bernadette Baker-Baughman at Victoria Sanders & Associates.”

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COMICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART by Faith Erin Hicks - School Library Journal Starred Review

School Library Journal | March 27, 2019

“When Miriam meets Weldon in the bookstore where she works, it seems like the beginning of a relationship that was meant to happen. They are smart, have similar senses of humor, and are both fans of the TomorrowMen comics. But their grandfathers cocreated the TomorrowMen, and after they split apart, their families spent decades resenting each other. Now Weldon is the heir to a fortune, while Miriam's family is just scraping by. Miriam thinks that a romance between them is impossible, but little by little Weldon starts wearing down her resistance. Over the course of the narrative, she reexamines her feelings about her friends, her family, Weldon, and herself in order to find closure with the past and embrace happiness. Readers will enjoy watching this flawed and conflicted character evolve, and they will be glad that she has a support system around her to help her deal with her grief and anger. This is Hicks's first prose novel, but like her previous graphic novels, it tells a tale that is filled with humor and heart.

VERDICT For fans of realistic fiction, family problems, all-too-human characters, and star-crossed love stories. A must-have.

Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks received a starred review from School Library Journal! Follow the link above.

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BETWEEN HARLEM AND HEAVEN by Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson, with Veronica Chambers - The 2019 James Beard Award Nominees

James Beard Foundation | March 27, 2019

“At a ceremony at Hugo's by JBF Award winner Hugo Ortega in Houston, we announced the 2019 James Beard Award nominees in our Restaurant and Chef, Media, and Restaurant Design categories. […] The 2019 James Beard Awards Gala will take place on Monday, May 6, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.”

Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day by Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson was nominated for a 2019 James Beard Foundation Book Award! This award is for “cookbooks and other non-fiction food- or beverage-related books that were published in the U.S. in 2018.” Click the link above to see the full list of nominees!

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KEEPING LUCY by T. Greenwood - Good Housekeeping "The 25 Best New Books for Summer 2019"

Good Housekeeping | March 25, 2019

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Tear through all these beach reads by Labor Day.

Book enthusiasts know summer is high season for juicy fiction and gripping tell-alls. This year, several household names are back with new work — Elizabeth Gilbert, Margaret Atwood, and My Favorite Murder podcasters Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. See these and many more titles readers can't wait to dive into, according to the experts at Goodreads.”

Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood was included in this round-up on Good Housekeeping! Follow the link above to read the full article.

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THE NAMELESS CITY: THE DIVIDED EARTH by Faith Erin Hicks - Georgia Straight "Shortlist for the 2019 B.C. Book Prizes revealed"

Georgia Straight | March 20, 2019

“The nominees in the seven categories of this year's B.C. Book Prizes were announced today by event organizers. Winners will be named at a gala slated for May 11 at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront downtown.”

The Nameless City: The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks was nominated for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize! Follow the link above to see all of the nominees.

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AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - Variety "USA Network to Develop ‘An Anonymous Girl’ Series Adaptation From eOne"

Variety | March 13, 2019

“A series adaptation of the novel ‘An Anonymous Girl’ is in the early development stages at USA Network, Variety has learned exclusively.

eOne acquired the rights to the book prior to its publication in January. Written by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, the best-selling book follows Jessica Farris, who signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields. She thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking–and what she’s hiding.

Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz will pen and executive produce the adaptation, with Hendricks and Pekkanen also onboard as executive producers. eOne will produce.”

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R.L. Maizes - McSweeney’s “For Today’s Woman: Make the Most of Daylight Saving Time Or Die Trying”

McSweeney’s | March 8, 2019

“It’s almost daylight saving time: How are you planning to use the extended hour of sunshine in the evening? By taking a stroll in the park? Painting a landscape? Or — dare to dream — by sipping a martini on the veranda? Or maybe you’ll spend it waking up to the fact that as women we rarely have time for any of those things. With that said, you might be able to squeeze in a few of the following.”

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CANTORAS by Carolina De Robertis - Library Journal "Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Prepub Alert, Sept. 2019, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert"

Library Journal | March 4, 2019

“Social activist and award-winning novelist (the multi-best-booked The Invisible Mountain, plus Perla and The Gods of Tango), Uruguayan American writer de Robertis opens her new work in 1977 Uruguay, where the military flattens all dissent and being homosexual is virtually life-threatening. Here, five cantoras (“female singers”)—Romina, Flaca, Anita “La Venus,” Paz, and Malena—befriend one another and, after finding a remote, uninhabited cape, Cabo Polonio, travel between this sanctuary and Montevideo as they struggle to live their lives.”

Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis was included in Barbara Hoffert’s Fiction Picks for the September 2019 pre-pub alerts! Follow the link above to see the full list.

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THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen - New York Post "Here are the best picks for your book club’s next read"

New York Post | March 2, 2019

“Anyone who’s in a book club knows the challenge of choosing what to read: Ideally, something that isn’t too long, too esoteric or too dense, a book with enough of a plot to generate good discussion and maybe some controversy thrown in for good measure. Still, nailing the formula can be difficult.

‘People often ask what makes a good book club pick. You want a well-rounded book that has equal parts story, character, setting and literary merit. A hook or way in for every type of reader,’ says Lynn Lobash, Head of Reader Services at the New York Public Library.

‘It should be accessible, not something you need a Ph.D. in English Literature to discuss. And remember that one of the joys of reading is reflecting on self. A book can be a vehicle to look at your own motivations and reactions, and book clubs often become a sort of group therapy. Memoirs and psychological fiction are great picks.’”

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen was included in this round-up! Follow the link above to see the full list.

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Denene Millner - Publisher's Weekly "Denene Millner Brings Imprint to S&S"

Publisher’s Weekly | February 28, 2019

“Award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and founder of the My Brown Baby blog Denene Millner is moving her eponymous children’s imprint, Denene Millner Books, to Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Launching in spring 2020 under the Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers imprint, Millner Books will publish titles by African-American authors and illustrators, for readers of all ages.

Denene Millner Books debuted in 2017 under Agate Publishing’s Bolden Books imprint. At the time, Millner told PW, “This [line] is a love letter to children of color who deserve to see their beauty and humanity in the most remarkable form of entertainment on the planet: books.” Over the past two years, Millner has published acclaimed titles including Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James, which received a 2018 Newbery Honor, a Caldecott Honor, and Coretta Scott King Honors, among other accolades.”

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Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - The Washington Post "From meet-cutes to enduring bliss: How co-writers keep the spark alive"

The Washington Post | February 28, 2019

“Meet cute, commit and then start churning out the beautiful fruits of close collaboration. Such is the relationship trajectory for many co-writers, who choose to navigate the publishing world with a partner. Here’s how three writing duos make it work, and why they traded in the often-solitary writing life for some company.”

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen are included in this lovely article. Follow the link above to read!

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FRESH PRINCESS by Denene Millner - Entertainment Weekly "Will Smith to revive iconic character in children's book series 'Fresh Princess'"

Entertainment Weekly | February 21, 2019

“Now this is a story all about how Will Smith brought back his beloved Fresh Prince of Bel-Air character — only for a new, younger audience.

EW can exclusively announce that Smith has partnered with HarperCollins Children’s Books and author Denene Millner (Early Sunday Morning) for a three-book deal that launches with Fresh Princess, which brings to life a brand new picture-book character who will remind audiences of one of Smith’s most beloved and iconic roles. Gladys Jose contributes illustrations.

The book follows Destiny, a cool, energetic, and strong-willed girl who approaches every day with her own signature style — that is, until she moves to a brand-new neighborhood, where nothing looks quite the same as it did at her old house. Even with new challenges and new friends to make, Destiny always has a plan. She’ll stop at nothing to find the perfect chance to jump in and bring the fun to any situation.”

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THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - The Seattle Times "For Valentine’s Day, a roundup of books about love — in all its forms"

The Seattle Times | February 8, 2019

“As Valentine’s Day approaches, my reading tastes turn to thoughts of love — in all its forms. Here are four recently published books I’ve read and enjoyed this past month, each of which had something to say about that heart-shaped emotion.”

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen was included in this round-up! Follow the link above to read more!

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ZORA AND ME: THE CURSED GROUND by T.R. Simon - Toronto Star Review

Toronto Star | February 8, 2019

“Here’s a wise, poetic and galvanizing combination: historical fiction, mystery, and themes so current it’s heartbreaking. It’s 1903, and Carrie and her best friend, Zora, are growing up in Eatonville, Fla. — America’s first incorporated Black township. Not until they find a neighbour stabbed and bleeding do they begin to learn of their own town’s painful past as the site of a slave plantation. As the mystery deepens, so too does the threat to Eatonville, posed by the plantation’s former owner. Simon imagines the writer Zora Neale Hurston as a sleuth of a child in this fictional mystery, highlighting Hurston’s capacious imagination and curiosity. Even more probingly, she invites her readers to think hard about the unfinished business of American slavery and today’s racism. A thoroughly gripping story and a lively portrait of friendship.”

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PIECES OF HER by Karin Slaughter - Deadline Hollywood "Netflix Orders Novel-Based Series From Lesli Linka Glatter, Charlotte Stoudt & Bruna Papandrea"

Deadline Hollywood | February 5, 2019

“Netflix has given an eight-episode order to Pieces of Her, a series based on the 2018 book by best-selling crime author Karin Slaughter, from an all-female creative team of executive producers Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland, Madmen), Charlotte Stoudt (Homeland, House of Cards) and Bruna Papandrea (Big Little Lies).

Stoudt exec produces with Papandrea via her Made Up Stories and Glatter, who will direct the first two episodes.

The project was announced as being in development at Made Up Stories and at-the-time Endeavor Content in June, about six weeks before its publication by William Morrow. ‘From the moment I started reading Karin’s visceral new novel, I felt like there was nothing like it on TV – an emotional mother-daughter story living in the skin of a heart-pounding action thriller,’ Papandrea said in the announcement.

Slaughter has penned 18 novels including Cop Town, Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter and the Grant County and Will Trent series. Her books have sold more than 35 million copies and been translated in more than three dozen languages.

Casey Haver, Jeanne Snow, and Steve Hutensky will shepherd the project for Made Up Stories.”

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SKYJACK by KJ Howe - The Real Book Spy "The Top 15 Most Lethal Ladies in the Thriller Genre Right Now"

The Real Book Spy | February 4, 2019

“You can’t spell Ladies without dies

For five years, we’ve been ranking the genre’s top ten alpha males every December. Now, we’re introducing a new yearly list . . . built entirely around female characters. 

By far, this list is the most requested article we’ve received from readers over the years, and we’re excited to finally unveil our first ever Top 15 list of the most lethal ladies in the thriller genre, featuring some of the very best characters currently in print today. 

Compiling these 15 names wasn’t easy. For help, we reached out to a number of readers (most of them women) and several other critics, along with two female thriller authors who didn’t have new books out in 2018. Like our other list, this one is designed to only rank characters according to what they did in their latest book–and to qualify, they had to appear in a 2018 title. While that did eliminate a number of really great characters who weren’t featured in ’18, it also opens the door for us to revamp the list each January according to what went down the previous year in the publishing world. 

So, what makes a character lethal? Well, I put that exact question to our voters (along with a list of names), asking them to account for physical skill sets, as well as intellect and experience. Bottom line, I summed the question up like this: ‘Who would you most be afraid to cross?’”

Thea Paris from Skyjack by K.J. Howe ranked #3 on this list! Follow the link above to see the full article.

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