Deals

Examples of Rachel's deals are below. The full list can be read at Publishers Marketplace.

KIDLIT:

Linsey Miller's two untitled novels launching the new Princes series, wherein each retells a classic Disney story from an iconic Disney Prince's perspective, starting with Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid followed by Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty, to Holly Rice at Disney Press, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2022 and 2023, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).

Xiran Jay Zhao's ZACHARY YING AND THE DRAGON EMPEROR, launching a middle grade series pitched in the vein of Yu-Gi-Oh! meets Percy Jackson, which follows a 12-year-old Chinese American boy, whose AR gaming headset gets possessed by the First Emperor of China, who compels him to journey across China to heist artifacts and defeat figures from history and myth so he can seal the underworld before its spirits flood out and destroy the mortal realm, to Sarah McCabe at Margaret K. McElderry Books, in a good deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2022 and summer 2023, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).

Farah Heron's TAHIRA IN BLOOM, an #OwnVoices coming-of-age rom-com pitched as Schitt's Creek meets Netflix's The Big Flower Fight, about a South Asian Muslim teen chasing her fashion dreams, but when her coveted internship falls through, and she's forced to spend the summer working at her aunt's sleepy boutique in a rural community where the biggest event is an annual garden competition, she'll have to innovate to keep her plan on track, possibly with help from the plant nerd next door, to Carmen Johnson at Skyscape, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2021, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).

Tif Marcelo's THE HOLIDAY SWITCH, in which a bookish Filipino-American girl with a secret blog works at an inn in the Finger Lakes during the holidays to earn cash for college, but when she crosses paths with the innkeeper's cute nephew and they accidentally switch phones, she learns he has a secret of his own that might draw them together, to Wendy Loggia at Underlined, with Hannah Allaman editing, for publication in fall 2021, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).

Xiran Jay Zhao's debut IRON WIDOW, the first book in a duology pitched as Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid's Tale, and inspired by East Asian myth, following an 18-year-old as she avenges her sister's murder in a patriarchal military system where male pilots of giant magical mecha are treated like celebrities, while female pilots must serve as their concubines, to Peter Phillips at Penguin Teen Canada, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2021 and fall 2022, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).

Author of MASK OF SHADOWS and BELLE REVOLTE Linsey Miller's THE GAME, a thriller pitched as Agatha Christie's The A.B.C. Murders meets Riverdale, in which a game of “Assassin” turns real as a killer begins targeting teens, one by one, letter by letter, to Wendy Loggia at Underlined, in a nice deal, for publication in August 2020, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).

YA debut author Katie Kingman's DOWN WITH THIS SHIP, pitched as Eliza and Her Monsters meets Geekerella, in which a teen's fanfiction blog for a popular sci-fi TV show goes viral and puts her in the middle of online ship wars, but when her blog is taken hostage she must come to terms with internet fame and conquer her insecurities to win it back, including snippets from the heroine's fanfic, emails, and text messages, to Kelsy Thompson at Flux, in a nice deal, for publication in winter 2021, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world English).

Debut author Judy I. Lin's HEART OF SEVERED LEAVES*, first in a fantasy duology inspired by Chinese history and mythology, wherein a teen fights to save her dying sister by entering the palace's first magical tea brewing competition, but political schemes and secrets make her goal of winning access to the royal physicians far more dangerous than she imagined, to Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in winter 2022 and Winter 2023, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world). *Re-titled- A Magic Steeped in Poison

Author of DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING and WARRIOR OF THE WILD Tricia Levenseller's THE SECRET BLADE* duology, in which a blacksmith with social anxiety who can forge magical blades accidentally builds an all-powerful sword with the ability to extract secrets from those it cuts, and she has to protect it at all costs, to Holly West at Feiwel and Friends, in a good deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in February 2021 and 2022, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world.*Re-titled Blade of Secrets / Blademsith duology

Author of MASK OF SHADOWS and forthcoming RUIN OF STARS Linsey Miller's BY GRACE AND BLOOD*, a standalone French-inspired fantasy wherein two young women must work together in secret to stay alive, keep their deception hidden, and end a war caused by magic and greed before it kills thousands for the sake of the wealthy few, as well as a second untitled standalone, to Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire, in a two-book deal, for publication in Spring 2020 and 2021, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (World).  *Re-titled- Belle R
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Author of DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING and forthcoming DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN Tricia Levenseller's Viking-inspired standalone fantasy WARRIOR OF THE WILD, wherein a teen warrior is banished after failing her coming of age test, but befriends two boys who have failed before her and will help each other complete their impossible quests--which revolve around their greatest fears--to regain their honor and entry back into their villages, again to Holly West at Feiwel and Friends, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (World).

Linsey Miller's debut MASK OF SHADOWS, wherein a gender fluid pickpocket auditions to become a replacement member of the Left Hand—the queen's quartet of assassins—but must survive the competition while also putting their true reason for auditioning into motion, to Annie Berger in her first acquisition at Sourcebooks Fire, in a two-book deal, for publication in Summer 2017 and Summer 2018, by Rachel Brooks at L. Perkins Agency (World).

Amanda Searcy's debut novel, TRUTH IS*, a psychological thriller following two teen girls, one from a Texas border town hoping to outrun her past and another who fears for her future in a Washington public housing complex; when their worlds collide, only one girl will make it out alive, to Krista Vitola at Delacorte, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2017, by Rachel Brooks at L. Perkins Agency (World). *Retitled- The Truth Beneath the Lies

Tricia Levenseller's debut DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING, the first in a high seas adventure, featuring a seventeen-year-old pirate captain on a dangerous mission requiring her to outwit an enemy ship's crew while guarding her own dark secrets and trying not to fall for their devious first mate, to Holly West at Feiwel and Friends, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in Winter 2017 and Winter 2018, by Rachel Brooks at L. Perkins Agency (World).


WOMEN'S FICTION & ROMANCE:

Chandra Blumberg's debut DIGGING UP LOVE, wherein a woman working at her grandparent's small-town barbecue restaurant dreams of owning her own cookie shop in Chicago, but when a dinosaur bone is discovered in their backyard and a paleontologist from the city comes to investigate, she'll have to deal with her insecurities while he confronts his past in order for their friendly banter to become something more, to Lauren Plude at Montlake, in a two-book deal, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).

USA Today bestselling author Naima Simone's Burned Inc. series, about three siblings who have written off romance and co-own a full-service breakup company in Denver, but find that while being burned by love may be hard, letting go of the past, trusting yourself, and opening up your heart again is much more difficult, to Lauren Plude at Montlake, in a two-book deal, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world). 

USA Today bestselling author Abby L. Vandiver writing as Cade Bentley's WHERE WILD PEACHES GROW, pitched as for fans of The Vanishing Half and Queen Sugar, about two Black sisters who allowed lies, secrets, and cultural history to tear them apart, but are forced to deal with the frayed bonds of family and the Civil War legacy of their father's land in Mississippi when he passes, to Chris Werner at Lake Union Publishing, for publication in August 2022, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).

Author of THE KEY TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER, ONCE UPON A SUNSET, and the forthcoming IN A BOOK CLUB FAR AWAY Tif Marcelo's Romance in the Outer Banks series, in which four Filipino American siblings co-own a resort helping couples reconnect and heal relationships, but running the business is harder when juggling family drama and their own love lives, to Lauren Plude at Montlake Romance, at auction, in a three-book deal, for publication in fall 2021, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).

Author of THEN, NOW, ALWAYS and the forthcoming THEN THERE WAS YOU Mona Shroff's ONCE UPON A FIRE, in which an Indian firefighter and the boy next door with whom she shared a duplex wall must decide if the fire and loss that came between them all those years ago is greater than repairing their friendship, or perhaps even a chance at love, to Brittany Lavery at HQN, for publication in 2022, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world). 

USA Today bestselling author Naima Simone's RETURN TO ROSE BEND, first in the new Rose Bend series set in a picturesque small town in the Berkshires where love finds a way into people's hearts, followed by SEARCHING FOR CHRISTMAS, to Stacy Boyd at HQN, in a very nice deal, at auction, in a three-book deal plus a novella, for publication in May 2021, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).

Author of THE KEY TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER and the forthcoming ONCE UPON A SUNSET Tif Marcelo's IN A BOOK CLUB FAR AWAY, pitched as a modern "Army Wives" that explores the connection among three women who must overcome their broken friendship and rediscover the unbreakable bond between them which began years ago in a book club, to Kate Dresser at Gallery, for publication in spring 2021, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world). 

Debut author Lyn Liao Butler's THE TIGER MOM'S TALE, in which a Taiwanese-American woman’s estranged father dies unexpectedly leaving the fate of his Taiwanese family and their home in her hands, but in order to reclaim her heritage she must first confront what drove her away all those years ago, to Cindy Hwang at Berkley, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in Spring 2021, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world). 

Author of THE CHAI FACTOR Farah Heron's THE RIGHT SPICE*, in which a woman refuses to become involved with the man chosen by her meddling Muslim family until she agrees to fake date him to enter a couples baking contest and realizes they have undeniable chemistry, and another untitled rom-com, to Leah Hultenschmidt at Forever, in a two-book deal, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world). *Re-titled- Accidentally Engaged 

USA Today bestselling author Naima Simone's book, leading the new Seven Sins continuity series, to Stacy Boyd at Harlequin Desire, in a nice deal, for publication in May 2020, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).

Author of the forthcoming THE KEY TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER Tif Marcelo's SUNSET IN MANILA BAY*, pitched as Next Year in Havana meets Eat Pray Love, wherein a woman travels to the Philippines to connect with the family she's never known, rediscovers her identity, and takes another chance at love, told from mother and daughter's point of view, to Kate Dresser at Gallery, for publication in spring 2020, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world). *Re-titled- Once Upon a Sunset

Farah Heron's debut THE CHAI FACTOR, a comedy of opposites attracting when a feisty Muslim grad student discovers she must share her apartment with a singing quartet, and immediately clashes with the small-town, plaid-wearing baritone who clearly knows nothing about her life, to Jennifer Lambert at Harper Canada, for publication in summer 2019, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).

Debut author Mona Shroff's HEADS OR TAILS*, an #OwnVoices story about a gourmet roastery owner who had a baby out of wedlock fifteen years ago--something good Indian girls don't do--and now has to decide if legal help for her daughter is worth revealing to her long-lost love that they have a child together, told in alternating past and present sections that reveal what tore them apart and whether they can have a second chance, to Brittany Lavery at HQN, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world). *Re-titled Then, Now, Always


Tif Marcelo's women's fiction THE KEY TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER, in which four Filipina sisters attempt to carry on their family's legacy when each inherit a quarter of their parents' upscale wedding boutique, while juggling finding happiness in their business and personal lives, to Kate Dresser at Gallery [Simon & Schuster], for publication in early 2019, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (World).


USA Today bestselling author Naima Simone's BLACKOUT BILLIONAIRES series, in which three wealthy alphas attending a charity gala are thrown together with the women who will change their lives forever when the city of Chicago suffers a blackout, to Tahra Seplowin at Harlequin Desire, in a three-book deal, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (World).


Tif Marcelo's debut NORTH TO YOU, first in the Journey to the Heart series followed by EAST IN PARADISE and WEST COAST LOVE, wherein a San Francisco food truck owner has a second chance with her old flame, but before he deploys he's helping his parents renovate their Filipino restaurant and drive away their newly parked competition, to Kate Dresser at Pocket Star [Simon & Schuster], in a three-book deal, by Rachel Brooks at L. Perkins Agency (World).


MYSTERY:


Author of A DEADLY INSIDE SCOOP and A GAME OF CONES Abby Collette's SOUL FOOD & BOOKSHOP MYSTERIES series, in which a twin sister and brother must solve a murder while launching their new business venture blending soul food and literature in a small Pacific Northwest town, to Jessica Wade at Berkley, in a two-book deal, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).

Author of THE SISTERS OF ALAMEDA STREET Lorena Hughes's THE SPANISH DAUGHTER, the first in a new historical mystery series set in 1919, about a woman who inherits her estranged father's cacao plantation in Ecuador, but when her husband is murdered on their voyage from Spain in a hired killing meant for her, she decides to impersonate him, claim she died, and discover which newfound relative wanted the land for themselves and her dead, to Norma Perez- Hernandez at Kensington, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2022 and 2023, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).  

Jess Dylan's DEATH IN BLOOM, first in the new Flower House Mysteries series, wherein a woman who failed to launch her singing career in Nashville returns to her mountain hometown to regroup, but instead finds herself running the local flower shop and helping solve a murder, to Nettie Finn at St. Martin's, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in summer 2021, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world English).

USA Today bestselling author Abby L. Vandiver writing as Abby Collette's A DEADLY INSIDE SCOOP, the first book in an #ownvoices cozy mystery series in which a young black woman takes over her family's beloved ice cream shop, but when a local man is killed and her father falls under suspicion, must get involved in solving the murder, to Jessica Wade at Berkley, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, for publication in Spring 2020, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).  

USA Today bestselling author Gin Jones's SIX CLOVES UNDER, the first book in the Garlic Farm mystery series, in which a woman inherits her late aunt's garlic farm in Massachusetts and must learn the business from the ground up while also solving a series of local murders, to Martin Biro at Lyrical Underground, in a three-book deal, for publication in Spring 2020, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (World English). 


Jennifer David Hesse's books 4, 5 and 6 in the Wiccan Wheel cozy series, following a small town attorney turned sleuth as she solves more holiday-themed crimes, again to Martin Biro at Kensington, in a three-book deal, by Rachel Brooks at L.Perkins Agency (World).


Jennifer David Hesse's debut MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S MISCHIEF, the first book in a cozy mystery series, wherein a family law attorney and closet Wiccan must find a stolen Shakespeare folio from her late client's estate, or lose her job and reputation, but gets tangled up with one of the suspects, to Martin Biro at Kensington, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Rachel Brooks at L. Perkins Agency (World).

 
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