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Four more from Matthews for Sphere

Little, Brown imprint Sphere has signed four new novels from Carole Matthews.

Catherine Burke, associate publisher for Sphere fiction signed the deal with Lizzy Kremer at David Higham Associates.

Two of the new novels will come in 2013: A Cottage by the Sea in March and Calling Mrs Christmas in October. The author's 18-strong backlist will also be repackaged.

Matthews is currently in the top five of the Kindle free download chart, with a collection of short stories called Winter Warmers: A Gift to You from Carole Matthews.

Matthews said: “Little, Brown have quickly made me part of their family. It's lovely to feel such energy and dynamism in a publisher. It carries an author a long way to have a tangible wave of enthusiasm behind them.”

Burke added: “I am just delighted to have secured four further books from the sensational Carole Matthews. Carole is such a huge talent, creating stories you never forget and characters you completely fall in love with. Carole's latest book, With Love at Christmas is another huge success and readers just cannot resist a Christmas Carole.”