#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JODI ELLEN MALPAS SIGNS MAJOR TWO-BOOK DEAL WITH HACHETTE
Each Stand-Alone Novel Will be Published Simultaneously by Forever in the U.S. and Orion in the U.K.
New York, NY—November 19, 2015
Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing (GCP), a division of Hachette Book Group, and Orion Books UK, a division of Hachette UK, have acquired the world English rights from Andrea Barzvi of Empire Literary for two new novels by Jodi Ellen Malpas, #1 New York Times author of the This Man and One Night erotic romance trilogies. At GCP, Beth de Guzman, VP, Digital and Paperback Publisher, acquired World English rights with Forever Editorial Director Leah Hultenschmidt editing. At Orion, Laura Gerrard, Commissioning Editor, acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights. Hachette Audio will also publish both titles in audiobook format.
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 quickly became a self-publishing phenomenon with the release of This Man and Beneath This Man, which sold 250,000 copies and led to a major six-figure publishing deal.
The Protector, scheduled for a September 2016 release in trade paperback, ebook and audio, will be Malpas’ first standalone novel. It features an ex-British special forces sniper hired as a bodyguard when a young heiress finds herself in jeopardy.
“It’s so exciting to continue to publish Jodi Ellen Malpas in the U.S., and I am filled with heady anticipation for all the emotion and passion she will be packing into each of her new, complete stories,” said deGuzman.
“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,” said Gerrard.
“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!” said Barzvi.
About Jodi Ellen Malpas:
British talent Jodi Ellen Malpas sold hundreds of thousands of e-books of her passionately erotic trilogy This Man before landing a major US publishing deal and sailing straight to the top of the New York Times bestsellers chart in a few short months. Success quickly followed in the UK, with thousands of readers falling head-over-heels for the devastatingly handsome Lord of the Manor Jesse Ward and his feisty counterpart, Ava O’Shea, as all three books became major Sunday Times bestsellers. This was followed by further success with her second series One Night, which introduced the irresistibly enigmatic M.
Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse and, mojito addict, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males. For more information, visit Jodi online at:
Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, publishes romantic fiction ranging from light-hearted and contemporary to dramatic and historical, as well as erotic romance, romantic suspense, and enthralling paranormal. Authors include Meredith Wild, Jill Shalvis, Jodi Ellen Malpas, S.C. Stephens, Kristen Ashley, Elizabeth Hoyt, Debbie Mason, and Rebecca Zanetti. For more information about Forever, visit Facebook.com/ForeverRomance or Forever-Romance.com.
About Hachette Book Group: Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the third-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. Its divisions include Little, Brown and Company, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, Orbit, Hachette Books, Hachette Nashville, and Hachette Audio.
About Orion Publishing Group: The Orion Publishing Group was founded in 1991. It now comprises numerous different imprints including Orion, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, Gollancz and Phoenix, publishing in the areas of fiction, non-fiction, children’s, science fiction and fantasy. In 1998 Orion became part of Hachette Livre, and in 2004 Hachette also acquired the Hodder Headline Group, and Hachette UK was formed. The Orion Fiction imprint publishes a wide range of commercial fiction including Ian Rankin, Maeve Binchy, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, Cathy Kelly, Erica James and Veronica Henry.