Book News #1

Lauren Christopher signed a two-book deal with Montlake Romance for Laws of Attraction. A young woman having a quarter-century crisis goes on an island "mancation," only to meet up with a Clark-Kent-nerd-type marine microbiologist who is nowhere near her type, and together they stumble upon a strange epidemic of beached island sea lions and learn all too much about true "chemistry" and animal attraction.

Hello! editor Rosie Nixon signed a two-book deal with Harlequin for The Stylist, a novel being described as The Devil Wears Prada meets The Oscars. Expected publication in February 2016.

HelloGiggles blogger Kerry Winfrey's novel, Homecoming, will be published by The Studio. It is described as OCD Love Story meets Mean Girls. A self-described "optimistic" agoraphobic forms a plan to be crowned homecoming queen in a story entwined with loss, first love, and the realization of what home really means.

Stacy Wise's novel, Beyond the Stars, will be published by Entangled Embrace. A young woman reluctantly takes a job as a personal assistant to a hot young actor who turns out to be much different than his celebrity persona.

Kathleen Smith's Fangirl Therapy will be published by Perigee in 2016. It is described as the nonfiction counterpart to Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. An inspirational guide with real takeaways for fangirls to make their quirks work for them and not against them.

Holly Martin signed a four-book deal with Bookouture. Her next novel is set to be published this summer, followed this fall by the first in a new White Cliff Bay series that follows the lives of several characters living in a small fictional seaside town.

Catherine Lowell's debut, The Madwoman Upstairs, will be published by Touchstone. The last remaining descendant of the Bronte family finds herself at Oxford in search of her mysterious family inheritance, and along the way, she discovers much more than she could have imagined about her family and love.

Meg Rosoff's debut, Duck Zoo, set to be published in spring 2016 by Bloomsbury. A romantic comedy set in NYC about a man and his dogs.

Film rights for Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale, the story of two sisters and the impossible choices they face during WWII, sold to TriStar Productions, Inc., with Elizabeth Cantillon as producer.

Jen McLaughlin (writing as Diane Alberts) signed a two-book deal with Entangled for Beauty and the Boss. A corporate shark with a cold exterior and beastly manners keeps everyone from getting too close until his fake fiancée hatches a plan to help him keep his inheritance and winds up warming his heart.

Karen Stivali's Four Days to Forever will be published by Bloomsbury Spark this fall. A man is sure of one thing---he's in love with his best friend and wants her in his life as much more than a friend. With the clock ticking on the job offer of a lifetime and the past haunting them, he has one long weekend to convince her their love is real and turn four days into forever.

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