Oh, chickens, this has been in the works for months now, but I can FINALLY share–I have accepted a three book hardcover deal with NAL/Penguin for a brand new Victorian mystery series! In April, my previous publisher and I decided to part ways. I was adamant about wanting to return to writing Victorian mysteries, and this wasn’t a direction they were willing to go. So, although MIRA has been a wonderful publishing home, it was time to say goodbye, and they’ve been nothing but gracious about my departure. (And there are so many people there I am going to miss like crazy!)

In particular, I had a Victorian project I was hugely enthusiastic about, and my agent was an absolute rock star about placing it in exactly the right hands. I’m BEYOND thrilled about this series, and I can’t say too much more just yet, but as soon as I can, I will, I promise!

Now, as soon as I posted this on FB and Twitter, there was the immediate question of “What about Julia?” The new series will not tie into her world, nor will it feature characters you’ve met before. You WILL find out what has become of her by 1920 if you read NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS (Oct. 2014), my last full-length novel with MIRA. I also have a Julia novella, BONFIRE NIGHT, out in November, and that will be the last Julia project for the foreseeable future. (Publishers very seldom want to pick up a series that another publisher has declined to continue.) So, there IS closure to Julia’s story, and who knows? If someone ever makes a TV series of her adventures, then new books would definitely be a possibility! Until then, I hope you will read and love the new series just as much. I can’t WAIT to share these books with you!

23 thoughts on “In which I have NEWS, NEWS, WONDERFUL NEWS!”

  1. Kristopher says:

    We will miss Julia of course, but I for one am very excited about a new Victorian mystery series from you. We trust that you will not steer us wrong and I am excited that your deal is for hardcover.

    Good luck over the next few months (year) as you prep for the launch of the new series.

    1. Ruth Nixon says:

      This is so well said couldn’t add anything.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Yay! And Congratulations!

  3. Michelle K says:

    I’m sad that Mira did not want to continue with Lady Julia, but I’m thrilled that you will be writing some new Victorian mysteries!!

  4. Patricia says:

    Everything happens for a reason! Love Julia, but I know we will love the new adventures, too. So happy for you – and for all of us!

  5. Lisa H says:

    Such exciting news, Deanna! Can’t wait to learn more about the new series! Congratulations 🙂

  6. Sharon Essex says:

    So glad you’ve been able to find a new home for the stories you want to tell. Lady Julia and her family will forever be near and dear to me. But there’s plenty of room left in my heart for new characters . . . and you’d better believe I’ll be making room on my shelf for those gorgeous hardcovers!

  7. Bernadette Long says:

    I have always loved the Lady Julia mysteries so I am looking forward to the new Victorian mystery series!

  8. Lilyane Soltz says:

    What exciting and happy news for you, especially, and for your readers, thank goodness. I’ve noted Lady Julia/October/November in my calendar. I will likely cry a bit when saying goodbye to her, but I look forward to your new series – new characters, new story lines, new everything. Change is hard, but new will be wonderful.

    Congratulations – you done good!

  9. Ashley says:

    Congratulations, Deanna! I know you are excited and we are thrilled to be coming along with you on a new adventure.

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  11. Caroline W says:

    What’s the old saying? When God closes a door, he opens a window? 🙂 I know it must be sad to say goodbye to Julia but I fully expect a wonderful new series filled with your awesome characterizations.

  12. Helen says:

    Congratulations! A fresh start can be so motivating. Enjoy the journey.

  13. Lynn P says:

    Like many others, I will miss Lady Julia. However, I’ve felt, reading the last couple of novellas, that the series had pretty much run its course. So very much looking forward to the new series.

  14. Lynn Fitzpatrick says:

    A co-worker of mine at Barnes and Noble and I were talking about how much we liked Lady Julia and the series and missed the novels lately. Now I understand! I am so glad you will be writing a Victorian mystery series again! Congratulations on your new adventure! Thank you for your wonderful stories!

  15. April says:

    I’m always ready to read something new from you, however I will miss Julia. I was excited at the end of the last novel to think we could learn more about Brisbane’s past adventures. At least I get one last novella to say good bye!

  16. Pam says:

    I’m incredibly sad to hear that Julia and Brisbane will not be returning, but so thrilled to hear about this new Victorian series! Congratulations! (And I will hold a good thought for Julibane (or Brislia?) comeback somewhere, someday…)

  17. Ruth Nixon says:

    Will always remember Julia and family, so many hours of great reading. But I love all your standalones so look forward to another great family to get to know.

  18. Daisey Brock says:

    Congratulations on the new series. While I look forward to it I am devastated to have to say goodbye to Julia, Brisbane and all those lovely Marches. I will cherish the last Julia stories with the hope that someday more will come. Please make our next hero as luscious as Brisbane 😉

  19. Lynne says:

    I will also miss Julia and Brisbane but if you go back to Victorian mysteries I’ll be ready and waiting…you do the genre so well. And congrats on the new publisher – you have to follow your heart when it comes to writing!!

  20. Thanks so much for the lovely comments! I’ll miss the March crew too, believe me! And I’m very happy y’all are willing to follow me back to Victorian London. 😉

  21. Jodie says:

    I will miss Julia & Co. but they are always good for a cozy re-read. I’m excited about the new horizons…and hardback, too, how lovely! Many congratulations!

  22. Rosy says:

    Congratulations! This is fantastic news and I cannot wait for your new series. I have to admit to being incredibly sad there will be no more novels for Julia, she is my favourite heroine to come back to time and time again, but I shall content myself with re-reads and look forward to your new novels!

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