Viking Books Inks Two-Book Deal with Alexia Casale!

Hot on the heels of the fantastic news that Faber Childrens’ has acquired two forthcoming YA novels from Alexia Casale, we are very happy to report that Viking Books has acquired two adult novels by Casale! The deal was announced in The Bookseller, and here are some of the details…

The first book, THE BEST WAY TO BURY YOUR HUSBAND is due to be published in 2024. Here’s the synopsis…

When Sally kills her husband with a cast-iron skillet, she’s more fearful of losing her kids than disposing of a fresh corpse. That just wouldn’t be fair — not after twenty years married to a truly terrible man. But Sally isn’t the only woman in town reaching the brink. Soon, Sally has formed an extremely unusual self-help group, and between them there are four bodies to hide. Can they all figure out the perfect way to bury their husbands… and get away with it?

Viking publisher Harriet Bourton described the novel as ‘wickedly arch’. The novel is also devastatingly contemporary, given the sharp increase in reports of domestic abuse during lockdown, and Alexia writes with an insightful empathy… a gripping yet heartfelt page-turner that’s dripping with mirth (and just a little blood).’

Alexia Casale is represented by Kristina Pérez.

Faber Children’s signs Alexia Casale to two-book deal, starting with SING IF YOU CAN’T DANCE!

We’re very happy to report that Faber Children’s has signed Alexia Casale to a two-book deal! Announced in The Bookseller, the first title to be published will be the ‘kick-ass’ YA novel, SING IF YOU CAN’T DANCE. Due to be published in July 2023, here’s the synopsis…

When Ven starts losing her mobility in her teens, her dream of being a dancer is over before it starts. But Ven is unstoppable so, if she can’t dance, she’ll sing, whipping her hopeless school choir into shape and finding them an amazing gig to prove that life isn’t over just yet. An uplifting story of music and unexpected friendships that captures the breathlessness of first love and the seminal importance of hope.

Alice Swan, Faber Childrens Editorial Director, said, SING IF YOU CAN’T DANCE is an #OwnVoices YA novel thrumming with personality and attitude. Ven, facing some serious challenges as her mobility is compromised by illness, leads the charge on putting her life, and herself, back together. She’s a feisty, sarcastic, brilliant character that readers will love. Alexia Casale has created such a strong, authentic voice and her exquisite writing sings off the page. We are so proud to be publishing this kick-ass book.’

Alexia Casale is represented by Kristina Pérez. ‘I’m thrilled that Alexia will once again be working with the expert team at Faber for the next phase of her YA career. Faber is the perfect home for her poignant and accomplished novels,’ she said.

Casale is also the author of THE BONE DRAGON and HOUSE OF WINDOWS, both of which have recently been published as audiobooks, by Tantor Media.

New US Deal for Ben Aaronovitch…

Ben AaronvitchWe’re delighted to announce that DAW Books have picked up US rights for books four, five and six in Ben Aaronovitch‘s massively successful RIVERS OF LONDON series.

For those out there who have been living under a rock for the past few years, the series follows the adventures of Peter Grant, a London police constable and apprentice wizard. The books were acquired for DAW by publisher Betsy Wollheim, in a deal negotiated by Joshua Bilmes at JABberwocky in New York, on behalf of Zeno.

The first title in this deal, BROKEN HOMES, is scheduled to be published in the United States in February 2014. Gollancz continue to publish inthe UK and Commonwealth.


Here is the synopsis…

A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural.

In the new novel DC Peter Grant must head south of the river to the alien environs of Elephant and Castle. There’s a murderer abroad and, as always when Grant’s department are reluctantly called in by CID, there is more than a whiff of the supernatural in the darkness.

New Deal! Myke Cole’s Operator books go to Headline…

Cole ThumbZeno is very happy to announce a new deal for Myke Cole whose Operator books have been acquired by John Wordsworth at Headline – who have, of course, already published two of Myke’s Shadow Ops books to great acclaim – with a third due out later this year. These three new  titles are set in the same reality.

The first of the new books will be GEMINI CELL, which is set be a prequel to Myke’s debut novel, CONTROL POINT

Set in the early days of the Great Reawakening, GEMINI CELL witnesses the birth of the Supernatural Operations Corps out of covert unit dabbling in the occult. Caught in the middle is James Schweitzer, a US Navy SEAL who stumbles upon the secret and pays with his life. But SEALs are a breed apart, and death is only the first step on Schweitzer’s long road to vengeance, revelation and redemption.

The story, Myke says, takes place in ‘a lower magic, occult setting’, yet ‘offers the same high octane modern military fantasy that readers of the original SHADOW OPS trilogy will love.’

John Wordsworth said of the deal ‘Myke is ridiculously talented and his writing just keep getting better. I’m thrilled to be working with him on the next three books,’

UK Audio rights went to W.F. Howes in a separate deal.

Myke Cole is represented in the UK and Commonwealth by the Zeno Agency on behalf of Joshua Bilmes of the JABberwocky Agency, Inc. in New York.