Bestselling author Jodie Ellen Malpas has signed a global two-book deal with Hachette.
Hachette UK's Orion and Forever, an imprint of Hachette Book Group US' Grand Central Publishing, acquired world English rights from Andrea Barzvi of Empire Literary for two new novels by Northampton-born Malpas, author of the New York Times bestselling This Man and One Night erotic romance trilogies.
Protector is scheduled for a September 2016 release in mass market paperback, e-book and audio, as Malpas’ first standalone novel. Another novel, as yet untitled, will follow.
Laura Gerrard, commissioning editor at Orion, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights. At GCP, Beth de Guzman, v.p., digital and paperback publisher, acquired the North American rights. Hachette Audio will also publish both titles in audiobook format.
Gerrard said: “I’m thrilled to have acquired more from Jodi Ellen Malpas. Jodi has a wonderful talent for creating characters that completely capture the hearts of so many readers and I can’t wait to find out what else she has in store for her fans.”
De Guzman said: “It’s so exciting to continue to publish Jodi Ellen Malpas in the US. After two New York Times bestselling trilogies, she is now set to write standalone novels, and I am filled with heady anticipation for all the emotion and passion she will be packing into each complete story.”
Barzvi said: ”I am so proud to be Jodi's agent. She is an author who truly cares about her fans. Every word she writes, she writes for them, and I'm confident they are once again going to fall in love with the characters and the plot she's created in her first stand-alone novel. This book was worth the wait.”
All six of Malpas’ previously published novels have hit the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists and her work is published in over 20 languages across the world. Malpas' self-published erotic trilogy This Man sold 250,000 e-books in 2013, before she landed a major six-figure publishing deal.