Simon & Schuster UK sign up two early novels from Vampire Diaries author

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Press release from S&S UK:
Venetia Gosling, Fiction Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster Children's Books has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights in two L. J. Smith novels for a high five figure sum, at auction, from literary agent Ginger Clark on behalf of Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown NY. Never published in the UK before, The Night of the Solstice and Heart of Valour are classic fantasy adventures with wide age appeal and follow a gang of kids on a journey into a parallel world of legend and danger. The Night of the Solstice was the first book ever written by L. J. Smith - originally published in the US in 1987 - and has been updated by the author this year. The Night of the Solstice will publish in September 2010, followed by its sequel, Heart of Valour, in January 2011. Though these books are new to the UK, L. J. Smith has previously been published on the Simon & Schuster UK list, with her Dark Visions trilogy selling over 50,000 copies in a bind-up edition in the first three weeks of publication. A second teen trilogy, The Forbidden Game, will publish as a bind-up edition in July 2010. The TV adaptation of another of her teen series, The Vampire Diaries, shows on ITV2.

Venetia Gosling, Fiction Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster UK says: "I've long been a fan of L. J. Smith's, having previously worked on her Night World and Vampire Diaries series, and am delighted to have the opportunity to publish the debut novels which set her on her very successful path as a writer. We look forward to building on the success we have achieved with her Dark Visions trilogy, and to bringing these gripping new adventure stories to an ever wider UK audience."

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