Oh, chickens, this has been in the works for months now, but I can FINALLY share–I have accepted a three book hardcover deal with NAL/Penguin for a brand new Victorian mystery series! In April, my previous publisher and I decided to part ways. I was adamant about wanting to return to writing Victorian mysteries, and this wasn’t a direction they were willing to go. So, although MIRA has been a wonderful publishing home, it was time to say goodbye, and they’ve been nothing but gracious about my departure. (And there are so many people there I am going to miss like crazy!)
In particular, I had a Victorian project I was hugely enthusiastic about, and my agent was an absolute rock star about placing it in exactly the right hands. I’m BEYOND thrilled about this series, and I can’t say too much more just yet, but as soon as I can, I will, I promise!
Now, as soon as I posted this on FB and Twitter, there was the immediate question of “What about Julia?” The new series will not tie into her world, nor will it feature characters you’ve met before. You WILL find out what has become of her by 1920 if you read NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS (Oct. 2014), my last full-length novel with MIRA. I also have a Julia novella, BONFIRE NIGHT, out in November, and that will be the last Julia project for the foreseeable future. (Publishers very seldom want to pick up a series that another publisher has declined to continue.) So, there IS closure to Julia’s story, and who knows? If someone ever makes a TV series of her adventures, then new books would definitely be a possibility! Until then, I hope you will read and love the new series just as much. I can’t WAIT to share these books with you!