** REMEMBER ME, ARCHIE by author Ryan Dalton, pitched as Big Fish meets Tuesdays with Morrie for kids, in which a desperate 13-year-old boy turns to storytelling as a way to stop his beloved grandfather's descent into Alzheimer's disease, to Amy Fitzgerald at Carolrhoda Lab, for publication in 2021, by Tricia Skinner at Fuse Literary (world).
** Paris Wynters's ISSUED, in which a search and rescue volunteer agrees to prototype the military's spouse-matching program only to find herself married to a Special Forces soldier with a self-imposed ban on intimacy, to Meghan Farrell at Tule, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2020, by Tricia Skinner at Fuse Literary (world English).
** Synithia Williams's FORBIDDEN PROMISES, in her contemporary romance series, filled with family secrets, lies, and forbidden love and centered around a wealthy family in North Carolina, pitched as for fans of Empire, Dallas, and Brenda Jackson's early work, to Michele Bidelspach at HQN, in a three-book deal, for publication in March 2020, by Tricia Skinner at Fuse Literary.
** Nina Crespo's TILLBRIDGE FARMS series, about a family of African-American cowgirls finding unexpected love when a movie is filmed at their ranch, to Gail Chasan at Harlequin Special Edition, in an exclusive submission, in a three-book deal, by Tricia Skinner at Fuse Literary (world).
** Nita Brooks's first two books in a new series about African-American women dealing with career challenges and romantic relationships, to Selena James at Kensington, in a nice deal, for publication in Fall 2018, by Tricia Skinner at Fuse Literary (world).