Romance author Kresley Cole has landed a deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for her first young adult novel.
Entitled Poison Princess, the first book will launch The Arcana Chronicles series. Publication is set for October 12th. Writers House literary agent Robin Rue represented Cole on this deal.
Here’s more from the release: “Poison Princess centers on sixteen-year-old Evangeline “Evie” Greene, a privileged teenager from Louisiana. When an apocalyptic event decimates her hometown, killing everyone she loves, Evie realizes the hallucinations she’d been having for the past year were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call.” (Photo Credit: Deanna Meredith Studios)
Cole has published seventeen romance books with Simon & Schuster adult imprint, Gallery Books. After publishing her first Immortals After Dark title in 2003, she has established a full-time writing career and won two RITA Awards (Romantic Times Magazine Award).
In fall 2011, Simon & Schuster Children’s Division made a similar acquisition with historical romance author Philippa Gregory. Gregory, best known for her adult titles including The Other Boleyn Girl, signed on to pen a four-book series for young adults. Book one (the title has not yet been revealed) is set to come out in May 2012.