Van Hoang's GIRL GIANT AND THE MONKEY KING, in which a Vietnamese-American girl struggles to fit in at school and to keep her secret super strength under control, so she makes a deal with the monkey king— the trickster god—only to discover that magic can't cure everything and that a bargain with the monkey king might be more trouble than it's worth, to Mekisha Telfer at Roaring Brook Press, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2020.
Veronica Henry's debut BACCHANAL, set in the Depression-era South, about a young woman who must learn to control her latent, Orisha-infused magical abilities in order to defeat an ancient evil that lives in a traveling carnival, pitched as THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets N.K. Jemisin and AMERICAN GODS, to Adrienne Procaccini at 47North, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2021.
Kylie Lee Baker's THE KEEPER OF NIGHT, in which a half-reaper, half-Shinigami girl, caught between two worlds and belonging to neither, fights monsters and struggles for acceptance in a 19th-century Japan that is haunted by the goddess of death, to Natashya Wilson at Inkyard Press, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2021.
Alex Temblador's HALF OUTLAW, a magical realism story about a biracial woman's traumatic past crashing into her present, as the death of the white uncle who raised her forces her on one last ride across the country with her uncle's outlaw motorcycle club, where she will come to terms with the family she never wanted and discover family she didn't know existed, to Rick Bleiweiss and Naomi Hynes at Blackstone Publishing.
Audio rights for R.B. Lemberg's THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES, a novella set in the Nebula Award-nominated fantasy world called the Birdverse, about two transgender elders who must learn to weave from death to defeat a vicious dictator who murders rebellious women and hoards their bones and souls, to Gregory Souza at Tantor Media.
C.L. Clark's THE UNBROKEN, a North Africa-inspired queer epic fantasy following a soldier accused of murder who is saved from execution when a dethroned princess decides to take her on as a spy, while grappling with a crumbling empire and their unexpected bond, to Brit Hvide at Orbit, for publication Spring 2021.