Monday, November 18, 2013

I have news! I have news!!

I have been holding in this news for what feels like forever, and finally, I can shout it from the rooftops!!

From Publishers Marketplace:

Melissa West's PIECES OF OLIVIA, about a college freshman who survived a fire that killed all her friends, and meets an unlikely fisherman who heals her deepest scars -- and opens her heart, to Laura Fazio at Intermix, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in Summer 2014, by Nicole Resciniti at The Seymour Agency.

To tell you a little more about PIECES OF OLIVIA, it is set in Charleston, SC and has a strong focus on setting, characters, and really pulling those heartstrings. You will laugh, you may tear up, but in the end, I think--I hope--you will find yourself as attached to these characters as I am! 

This project was originally titled BROKEN WINTER, and it has been my pet project for half a year now. It has seen hesitation and doubt. It has heard the dreaded, "This won't sell," but my super agent, Nicole Resciniti, felt differently. She read BW and immediately loved it. We spent a few weeks perfecting the synopsis, and then went out on submission. Within a week, we had multiple offers, but I spoke to the amazing Laura Fazio at Penguin on the phone and just loved her and her vision for this project. 

We have since spoken numerous times, including re-titling the project to PIECES OF OLIVIA and developing cover ideas. The utter coolness that Penguin's creative team has in store for my book gives me chills. I cannot wait to see the final cover and to share PIECES OF OLIVIA with each of you!

So this wouldn't be a party without gifts, right? Ya'll know me too well. Enter below for a chance to win a $25 Amazon, Book Depository, OR Barnes & Noble giftcard. It's your choice. All you have to do is add PIECES OF OLIVIA to your TBR and give me a quick tweet. That's it! :) 

Now, I'm off to go celebrate! You can add PIECES OF OLIVIA to your TBR by clicking here. :)

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