Well, the cat is out of the bag:
Andrews/Gordon Ink Two
The husband-and-wife writing team of Ilona Andrews and Andrew Gordon have signed two deals, with different houses. Agent Nancy Yost, at Nancy Yost Literary, handled both agreements. In the first, Yost signed the pair up to continue their Kate Daniels at Ace Books series for mid six figures, with Anne Sowards acquiring world English rights. In the second deal, also for mid six figures, Yost sold world rights for the first three books in a new series to Erika Tsang at Avon. Yost said the Avon series will be set in a world controlled by “modern Medici-like dynasties with paranormally enhanced abilities.”
After we finished the Edge series, we started playing around with different ideas. One harebrained idea quickly took center stage.
Part of it came from Silver Shark universe with its families with supernatural powers and parts of it was borrowed from Of Swine and Roses. Part of it was definitely urban fantasy detective agency. Parts of it came from our experiences as a military family. It kind of cooked itself into a cohesive world very much like ours, an alternate reality with magic and super-powerful families who own corporations. We had the hero, we had the heroine. Still something was missing. I ran it by a friend and she said, “Why don’t you give the heroine a family? You did it in Bayou Moon.” Boom, missing ingredient The story snapped together after that.
When the Edge series came out, I said it was a Twinkie, because everybody liked it but nobody was quite sure what it was. And then I bellyached about how if only we would somehow manage to write something that fit a certain genre instead of writing hard to categorize stories that make marketing rip their hair out. Yeah, not so much. If Edge was a Twinkie, this new thing is a Hoho. It’s rich and over the top. Wizard millionaires, a biker pyrokinetic, a heroine whose grandmother used to work on tanks and can build a weapon out of a pen and some bubblegum and so on.
There was a strong romance story, but it wasn’t a neat one. It wasn’t really a UF, more of a PNR, but a PNR with that mix of funny and scary we do in Kate Daniels universe. Basically, we somehow managed to make Joseph’s coat of many colors. It’s just pure fun with no brakes. If you asked me to market it, I probably couldn’t tell you how. I told Gordon that nobody would buy it in a million years.
But our new shiny contract with Ace left a spot open in our schedule. We wrote a proposal and a few chapters and then there was the question of where to send it. During Romantic Times Convention, we met Erika Tsang of Avon. We both really liked her. She was really funny and we thought she would be fun to work with. So I poked Jeaniene Frost, told her the idea, and asked, “Hey, do you think Erika might like it?” Jeaniene said, “What’s the worst that could happen?”
The worst would be Erika saying no. No wasn’t something we haven’t heard before. So we talked to our agent, Nancy Yost, and she sent it out.
Erika totally bought our Hoho. The first draft is due this January. I’ll steal a snippet for you as soon as I’m allowed.