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Monday, November 30, 2009

The Call Again!!!

My fabulous agent Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency just got me another 3 book deal! This one is for an adult cozy mystery series with Faith Black of Berkley Prime Crime. I got the call while in Florida for Thanksgiving and am soooo excited! Faith really liked another story of mine, but it was too racy for a cozy, so I scoured their site, wrote down all the themes they had, and then came up with 3 blurbs for some new story ideas. She chose the one she thought would work best. Then I wrote a 10 page synopsis, and one and a half weeks later, she offered me a 3 book deal.

This comes just 5 months after my 3 book deal for an upper middle grade series to Rebecca Frazer of Sourcebooks Jabberwocky off just a partial. I also have a possible movie deal for that one, with Hollywood actor, writer, director Doug McKeon signing on to adapt book one to a screenplay, attach talent, and shop to studios.

6 books in 5 months! What a year 2009 has been for me! It took me a long time to sell, and now it’s happening all at once. Squee!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are the blurbs for both series:

DIGITAL DIVA: TALK TO THE HAND! (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Nov. 2010)

Samantha Granger is a teenage girl who is obsessed with technology and has the latest and greatest cell phone that can do anything. But on her way home from her friend’s house, she sees this strange glowing object in the woods that is not “of this world” and touches it, only to get zapped and knocked out cold. When she wakes up, she can’t find her cell anywhere. She soon discovers she has turned into a walking, breathing piece of technolgy with internet capabilities. She has a GPS in her brain, camera in her eyes, and cell phone in her palm, giving new meaning to the words, “Talk to the hand!” Somehow she’s tapped into a 911 line, and every time the cute boy she’s been crushing on since forever makes her hormeones rise too high, she blocks a call. Her GPS reroutes her, sending her to the rescue whether she likes it or not. Digital Diva is born and a team of scientists are hot on her heels. Sam strives to keep her hormones under control and her identity a secret while she desperately tries to find a way to reverse her uniqueness.

TEA LEAVES TO DIE FOR: A FORTUNE TELLER MYSTERY (Berkley Prime Crime Sept. 2011) (Each book will feature a different fortune telling tool.)

Sunshine Meadows is a psychic who uses different fortune telling tools like tea leaves, tarot cards, astrology, etc, to help her interpret her visions. Sunny moves from the Big Apple to a small town in Upstate NY called Mystic River to open her fortune teller business in an ancient Victorian house she bought and nicknamed Vicky. The house is haunted by a spunky old woman who used to live there, and is just as “different” as Sunny is. Sunny gives her first reading to the town librarian and discovers the woman is going to die. When the woman fleas in terror, Sunny calls the police. The ruggedly good looking, hard nose cynical detective agrees to at least check on the librarian. When he finds her dead, Sunny becomes his number one suspect. Sunny must clear her name and prove her innocence. She does such a good job sleuthing, the chief of police insists they work side by side solving future crimes in Mystic River, much to the detective’s dismay. Elated, Sunny finally knows what she was meant to do with her gift. The detective vows to prove Sunny is a quack, while she promises to make him a “true believer” someday. But one thing’s for sure, predictable or not, the future will be anything but boring.

Kari....who's still on cloud nine!

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