Orion has signed a three-book deal with author and former scriptwriter for television Veronica Henry.
Publishing director Kate Mills bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Araminta Whitley at LAW. The first book under the new contract will be published in hardback in June 2017.
Henry is the winner of the 2014 Romantic Novel Association's Novel of the Year Award for Night on the Orient Express. Before turning to fiction, she was a scriptwriter for "The Archers", "Heartbeat" and "Holby City".
She said: "This is the best Christmas present I could have had. Orion are like my family, and Carmelite House already feels like home. I am really excited about the future with David Shelley and Katie Espiner at the helm, and continuing to work with my wonderful editor Kate Mills. And of course the rest of the team at Orion. Merry Christmas one and all!"
Mills said: "Everyone at Orion is thrilled that we have more to come from Ronnie. She writes with tremendous warmth and heart, and her feel for character and place is second to none. Ronnie has an amazing ability to turn readers into fans, and we were delighted to see her last novel, High Tide, reach the top 10 this autumn. We’re already planning some very exciting events around next year’s book, How to Find Love in a Bookshop, and it’s great to know that Ronnie will remain a key part of Orion fiction in the years ahead."
Henry's new book, How to Find Love in a Bookshop is published in June 2016.