What authors received book deals in the past week? (January 19)

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Jennifer Armentrout signs three-book deal with Harlequin Teen

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout signed a new three-book deal with Harlequin Teen, according to Publisher’s Lunch. In the first book, The Problem With Forever, two teens who share a traumatic past reconnect during their senior year and rediscover just how much they need each other. For more, visit Jennifer Armentrout’s website or follow her on Twitter.

Balzer + Bray buys Julie Murphy’s Ramona Drowning

HarperCollins’ Balzer + Bray imprint bought Julie Murphy’s Ramona Drowning for release in fall 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Living on the Mississippi Golf Coast, Ramona Leroux always knew she would fall in love with a girl – until she finds herself reconsidering everything she thought she knew. For more, visit Julie Murphy’s website.

We Need Diverse Books founding member Stacey Lee sells Unsinkable Mercy Wong

G.P. Putnam’s Sons bought Stacey Lee’s Unsinkable Mercy Wong for release in 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Mercy Wong pretends to be an heiress from China to get entry into an all-white boarding school, but everything is shaken up when the 1906 San Fransisco earthquake hits. Lee is a founding member of the grassroots organization We Need Diverse Books. For more, visit Stacey Lee’s website or follow her on Twitter.

Meagan Spooner reimagines Beauty and the Beast

Meagan Spooner’s new YA fantasy Hunted sold to HarperCollins for release in winter 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Hunted is a reimagining of “Beauty and the Beast” and Russia’s “Firebird” folk tale. For more, visit Meagan Spooner’s website or follow her on Twitter.

New Aprilynne Pike novel sells to Random House

Aprilynne Pike’s Glitter sold to Random House for publication in fall 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A teen girl finds herself trapped in a pocket kingdom existing within the Palace of Versailles. Upon betrothal to a dangerous man, she decides she needs to escape, no matter the cost – even if it means peddiling a designer drug to her so-called friends. For more, visit Aprilynne Pike’s website or follow her on Twitter.

Blown Away sells to Katherine Tegen Books

HarperCollins’ Katherine Tegen Books imprint acquired Mia Garcia’s debut Blown Away for publication in 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Two teens with questionable pasts fall into a whirlwind 24-hour romance before a hurricane tears them apart.

Galgorithm sells to Simon Pulse

Simon Pulse bought Aaron Karo’s Galgorithm for release in summer 2015, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Shane Chambliss creates a formula to help guys win over the girls of their dreams, but his own attempts at romance go awry. For more, visit Aaron Karo’s website.

Elissa Janine Hoole’s The Memory Jar to release in 2016

Flux bought Elissa Janine Hoole’s The Memory Jar for publication in 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A girl faces secrets and guilt about her pergnancy after an accident leaves her boyfriend with a brain injury. For more, visit Elissa Janine Hoole’s website.

Jennifer Latham sells Dreamland Burning to Little, Brown

Little, Brown bought Jennifer Latham’s Dreamland Burning for publication in 2017, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Rowan unearths evidence of a decades old-crime and sets out to solve it in this dual point-of-view story about the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. For more, visit Jennifer Latham’s website or follow her on Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook.

Sonya Mukherjee’s debut bought by Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster bought Sonya Mukherjee’s debut The View from Gemini, about teen conjoined twins, for release in 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly.

Gail Nall’s Exit Stage Left sells to Harper Teen Impulse

Harper Teen Impulse bought Gail Nall’s Exit Stage Left for publication in 2015, according to a tweet by literary agent Julia Weber. A theatre-obsessed teenage girl finds her dreams crushed when her best friend leads the role in their high school musical and decides it’s time to reinvent herself. For more, visit Gail Nall’s website.

Laurent Lint sells illustrated novel to Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster acquired Laurent Linn’s illustrated Draw the Line for publication in summer 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Adrian, obsessed with superheroes and Renaissance art, creates his own superhero. His own gay superhero. And once it’s made public, he’s thrust into a dangerous spotlight at his Texas high school. For more, visit Lauren Lint’s website or follow him on Twitter.

Marieke Nijkamp’s This Is Where It Ends to Sourcebooks Fire

Sourcebooks Fire bought Marieke Nijkamp’s This Is Where It Ends for publication in spring 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Four teens trapped in a high school hostage all have their own reasons to fear the boy with the gun. Nijkamp is the financial vice president of the grassroots initiative We Need Diverse Books. For more, visit Marieke Nijkamp’s website or follow her on Twitter.

Breaker to release in spring 2016

Running Press Teen bought Kat Ellis’ Breaker for publication in spring 2016, according to Publisher’s Weekly. The son of a serial killer moves to a new town, but he can’t escape his past, or his father’s victims. For more, visit Kat Ellis’ website or follow her on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr.

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