Time-travel romance for Piccadilly

Piccadilly Press has bought a time-travelling young adult romance story, which will be a lead title for autumn 2012.

Managing director Brenda Gardner bought world rights to two books in the Timedance series from Bob Markel. The first book, Neptune's Tears by Susan Waggoner, will be published in September 2012. Set in the future, it is about an "empath" and the patient she falls in love with, who is a time traveller. Publication details for the second book have yet to be confirmed.

Gardner said: "It’s simply one of the best romances I’ve read in a long time. It’s an original, highly imaginative story, and the central characters are so real. The futuristic setting adds a quirkiness to the story and is very cleverly handled.

"I read the material one evening and made a pre-emptive bid when I finished."