I’ve been sitting on the news for a little bit…but whoops, it hatched! I’ve already had a few friends email me to say my new book deal with Ballantine made Publisher’s Marketplace today. Here are the deets. (Okay, they’re super-vague deets, which may make them something other than deets, but here goes.)

Tessa Dare’s next three historical romances (tentatively titled the Stud Club trilogy), in which a duke, a warrior, and a scoundrel are united by chance, divided by suspicion, and brought to their knees by love, to Kate Collins at Ballantine, for publication in 2010, by Helen Breitwieser at Cornerstone Literary (world).

Suffice it to say, I’m floating on air and feeling very warmly toward my agent, my editor, my CPs, my friends, my family, everyone at Ballantine, strangers passing in the street… I’m in love with love right now, but most especially with Spencer, Amelia, Rhys, Meredith, Julian and Lily…all of whom you will meet in mid-2010!

Holy smokes, I have to get writing.

The first rule of Stud Club is: You do not talk about Stud Club.

Talk about it all you want!
ETA: The heroes are all studs of course, but before anyone starts freaking out about anachronistic slang in historicals, the stud in “Stud Club” refers to a horse.

(Side note: Do you know, I get many, many hits a day on this post, from people googling “Brad Pitt Fight Club”? If you want to increase your internet traffic, I highly recommend working those words into your blog.)

15 comments to “The New Deal!”

  1. Maggie Robinson
    · March 21st, 2009 at 5:07 am · Link

    Studs, and not the kind under the sheetrock, but between the sheets. Your decription is just heaven. Love the “brought to their knees by love” bit. Tessa, you rock!

  2. Tessa
    · March 21st, 2009 at 5:33 am · Link

    Thanks, Maggie!

    It’s actually more like, “Studs, the kind you find in a stable…” But yeah, that between the sheets definition applies, too. OF COURSE. :mrgreen:

  3. Kelly Krysten
    · March 21st, 2009 at 6:51 am · Link

    Oh, sounds so good!! Congrats! I can’t wait to read them!!:)

    (I felt that the news was so good that it called for an abundance of exclamation points.lol.)

  4. Tessa
    · March 21st, 2009 at 6:54 am · Link

    @Kelly Krysten: ❗ ❗ ❗ ❗ ❗

    Thank you!

  5. Evangeline
    · March 21st, 2009 at 2:25 pm · Link

    I love the little part you crossed out. 😆 😆

    Congratulations on this second deal! So, since “stud” refers to horses, is the trilogy going to detail the world of horse breeding and horse racing?

  6. Elyssa Papa
    · March 21st, 2009 at 8:21 pm · Link

    Woohoo! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to read the new books. If Julian is the seducer, you just put me more in love. I love that name.

    So very happy for you. Congrats again!!!

  7. Jackie Barbosa
    · March 21st, 2009 at 8:28 pm · Link

    Although I’ve already said it privately, I’ll say it here publicly: CONGRATULATIONS! I couldn’t be more thrilled for you.

    Oh, and I love the name Julian, too. Must be why it’s my oldest son’s name (although I must admit, that makes reading a romance novel with a hero named Julian somewhat awkward for me–I keep envisioning my kid!).

  8. Tessa
    · March 21st, 2009 at 9:26 pm · Link

    @Evangeline: No, it won’t really detail the world of horse racing. It will, however, tangentially allude to it. 😀 There’s a little more about breeding going on, but still – it’s not really the focus of the books, just the thread connecting them.

  9. Tessa
    · March 21st, 2009 at 9:27 pm · Link

    @Elyssa Papa: Yep, Julian is your scoundrel. I love that name, too.

    And thanks again!

  10. Tessa
    · March 21st, 2009 at 9:29 pm · Link

    @Jackie Barbosa: Oh no! Well, I have been in that situation before, too. A CP of mine had a protag with one of my kids’ names, and it was a little weird at first – but I got over it eventually. Tell you what, when the book’s done, I’ll make a special Word file for you and do a find-and-replace with the name of your choice. 🙂

  11. Bev
    · March 22nd, 2009 at 5:29 am · Link

    Again Tess, major congrats. I can imagine the air is like hellion by you right now. And yes, for publication dates in 2010 you had really better get writing. 🙂


  12. Tessa
    · March 22nd, 2009 at 7:39 am · Link

    @Bev: Thank you, Bev! Working on that writing thing…

  13. Kim
    · March 23rd, 2009 at 10:59 am · Link

    Woohoo!! That’s awesome news. Yahoo! ❗ ❗ ❗ ❗ ❗

  14. Keira Soleore
    · March 24th, 2009 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Many. many congratulations. Tessa!!

  15. HelenKay Dimon
    · April 22nd, 2009 at 11:21 am · Link

    Huge congrats on the new deal!!