Bookouture has signed two women's fiction novels from author Keris Stainton.
The e-book publisher acquired World English rights to If You Could See Me Now and one other novel from Hannah Sheppard at D H H Literary Agency. Stainton has previously written YA and teen fiction published by both Hot Key and Orchard Books.
Commissioning editor Abigail Fenton said: "Keris’s writing is fresh and incredibly funny, and her characters are so relatable they practically walk off the page. I am delighted that she is turning her talents to women’s fiction, and will be so proud to publish If You Could See Me Now."
Stainton said: "I've admired Bookouture for a while – they're such a dynamic and inspiring company – and I'm thrilled to be joining them for this new and exciting stage in my writing career."
Sheppard added: "It's exciting to see Keris venture in to a new market, and Bookouture, with their impressive track record, is the perfect home to help achieve success."
Digital-only publisher Bookouture was acquired by Hachette UK in Macrch 2017. It was founded in 2012 by former Harlequin/Mills & Boon marketing controller Oliver Rhodes.
If You Could See Me Now will be published in August 2017, with the second novel following in December.