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.
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.
Emi Watanabe Cohen's THE LOST RYU, set in post-WWII Japan, a boy must team up with his new neighbor, a mixed Jewish/Japanese girl, to search for the truth behind his family history and the disappearance of the giant dragons that fought in the war, to Meghan Maria McCullough at Levine Querido, for publication in fall 2022
2020 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellow R.B. Lemberg's THE UNBALANCING, set in the same Birdverse universe as the author's FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES, in which a group of queer and nonbinary magic keepers across an archipelago must come together to save their islands from an environmental catastrophe, to Jacob Weisman at Tachyon Publications, with Jaymee Goh editing, for publication in winter 2022