Picture this: my longtime agent and I are standing in Times Square in the middle of the Romance Writers of America’s annual week of mayhem, aka the annual conference when 2000 women come together to celebrate romance and to network and learn and recharge our creative batteries. We’ve been in negotiations with the wonderful people at Harlequin for a new contract for the Fatal Series that would take the series to book 13(!!) over the next couple of years. My agent, Kevan Lyon, who stuck with me when NO ONE wanted me, looks at me and says, “We have a deal.” And the deal we have is the biggest one of my career—and hers. Later that night, I got to dance at the Harlequin party at the Waldorf Astoria. Pinch me please!
Here’s the official announcement in Publishers Marketplace today:
NYT and USA Today bestselling author Marie Force's next four books in her 'Fatal romantic suspense series' moving to simultaneous print and digital release, to Dianne Moggy at HQN, in a major deal, in a seven-figure deal, for publication in Summer 2016, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World).
It’s been such a thrill to work with the amazing team at Harlequin for the last five years, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for all of us as Sam and Nick and the Fatal Series continues! I have to give a special shout out to my agent Kevan, who has stayed with me through thick and a lot of years of thin, never wavering in her belief that it was just a matter of WHEN not IF something like this would happen. Well, she was right as usual, and it’s been a privilege to work with her and to learn from her and to benefit from her calm, cool approach to business and life. She’s the yin to my yang and I couldn’t appreciate her more. The enclosed photo shows Kevan and I enjoying some champagne after we got the deal news.It’s been a big year for the Fatal series with Fatal Scandal hitting no. 7 on the New York Times list, the release of the first seven books in print, the milestone of 1 million sales of the series in June and now this wonderful new deal for four more books! And just think, we still have Fatal Frenzy to look forward to on September 15! I want to say an extra special thanks to all the readers who have supported this series and made this thrilling moment possible for me! Without you, none of this would be possible. Love you all!