YOUNG ADULT: EVERNIGHT author Claudia Gray's SPELLCASTER, the first in a three-book series in which a well-meaning young witch finds she must call upon darker powers to defeat a dangerous enchantress and break the curse on the man she loves; and BALTHAZAR, a continuation of the EVERNIGHT series that delves into the complicated past of the title vampire; to Zareen Jaffrey at HarperCollins, in a significant deal.
I am very excited about the SPELLCASTER series -- and I think you guys will love Ivy and Mateo -- but I imagine right now most of you are more hyped about BALTHAZAR. Well, join the club. :) He has always had so much story to tell that he almost didn't fit within the EVERNIGHT series, and now he's going to get a book of his own. Although it will be set after the conclusion of AFTERLIFE, and involve many other characters you already know from the EVERNIGHT series, BALTHAZAR will have a lot of flashes to the bad ol' days and be an independent book about his own journey from the boy he was to the vampire he's become.
No idea at this point about release dates, etc., but I will keep you posted, of course.
And now that I have less to take care of -- and, um, no more excuses -- time to get cracking once more on AFTERLIFE (and all that reader e-mail).