The final Sabina Kane book, BLUE-BLOODED VAMP came out a couple of months ago, and since then there has been a lot of speculation by readers about what’s next for me. I’ve actually known what’s next for several months, but haven’t been able to talk much about it … until now.
I am proud and thrilled to announce that I have signed a new three-book deal with Orbit for a brand new series. The PROSPERO’S WAR series focuses on an ambitious cop, named Kate Prospero, whose goal is to rid the streets of the covens that sell addictive dirty magic. I pitched it to Orbit as “The Wire with wizards.” The first book will be titled DIRTY MAGIC.
Here’s the Publisher’s Marketplace announcement:
Author of the Sabina Kane series, Jaye Wells’s DIRTY MAGIC, pitched as The Wire with wizards, again to Devi Pillai at Orbit, in a three-book deal, by Rebecca Strauss at McIntosh & Otis (world English).
But that’s not all …
As part of the new deal, I have also agreed to write at least two Sabina Kane e-novellas. That’s right, my friends, I’m diving back into those familiar waters soon with two new stories about Team Awesome. At this point, I can’t tell you much about the plots of these novellas since they aren’t written, but I look forward to the chance to tell some other stories in that world. I am also planning on writing an e-novella set in the new Prospero universe at some point.
To pre-answer some inevitable questions:
1. The anticipated release date for Dirty Magic is Fall ’13. I know that’s a long time to wait, but I’m hoping to get at least one novella out before then.
2. Right now I have agreed to three books in the new series, but the stories will be episodic in nature (think TV cop show with each book revolving around a specific case), so there is the potential for many more books in the future.
3. While there will be many odd and freaky things (I am writing is after all), this is not a traditional UF world where a cast of various monsters and supernatural creatures come together. All the characters are human. Any freakishness is the result of magical mutations caused by addiction to potions.
I am totally psyched about this world and characters. Like I said, the deal was made several months ago, but I’ve been waiting for all the contract stuff to be sorted out. In the meantime, I’ve been researching alchemy, taking part in police academies and ride-alongs, and writing the first draft of the book. There’s a lot I want to talk to you guys about the inspirations and sources of this idea, but that will all come later. For now, I’m just relieved to finally be able to talk about this since so many people have been asking what the future holds for me ever since the release of BLUE-BLOODED VAMP.
I’d be happy to answer any questions you have in comments.