Mira signs O'Brien's Virgin Widow

<p>Harlequin imprint Mira has signed a two-book deal with historical romance author Anne O&#39;Brien for titles focusing on a medieval queen of England. </p><p>This was the first acquisition made by Mira&#39;s assistant editor, Maddie West. The deal, for UK and<br />Commonwealth rights, was conducted via Jane Judd.<br /><br />The first book in the deal is entitled <em>Virgin Widow</em>, and will be published in May 2010. The book will look at England through the eyes of Anne Neville, who was married to the infamous Richard III.<br /><br />West said the book was a &quot;vivid evocation&quot; of the queen&#39;s life. &quot;Anne Neville was one of England&rsquo;s most significant heiresses, daughter to the most influential power-broker of the day and wife to Richard III &ndash; yet her story has never really been told,&quot; she said. <br /><br /><br /></p>