I am thrilled to announce that after my agent, Sandra Bond, spent over a year and a half diligently trying to sell my new mystery series to various publishers in this disastrous economy, she has finally succeeded in finding a home for it at Midnight Ink Books ( http://midnightinkbooks.com/ ), the mystery imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide ( http://www.llewellyn.com/ ). We were getting feedback like "the concept for this series is fabulous and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the manuscript" followed by a big BUT and references to the poor economy to explain why they weren't buying it.

Midnight Ink, however, was willing to take a chance on launching a new mystery series in this economy and offered me a two-book contract with first-refusal rights for subsequent books in the series. The books will be published in trade paperback and electronic formats.

My new series is set in Salida, Colorado and stars 27-year-old Mandy Tanner, an unmarried river ranger for the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA). The first book, Wicked Whitewater, is already written and will be released in the first quarter of 2011. When Mandy rescues a man who fell out of a raft on the upper Arkansas River in Colorado and he dies on the river bank, she feels driven to find out what—-or who—-killed him. The book takes place during the First in Boating on the Arkansas (FIBArk) festival ( http://www.fibark.net/ ) that occurs every June.

The second book, tentatively titled Evil Eddies, will take place during a fly-fishing competition on the upper Arkansas River, which is why I've been researching that sport lately. ;-) It should be released in the first quarter of 2012.

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Comment by Benjamin Sobieck on September 9, 2009 at 1:34pm
Congratulations! Way to stick through it all and come out on top!
Comment by Donna Carrick on September 7, 2009 at 4:15am
Good work, Beth! Such an accomplishment!
Comment by D.R. MacMaster on September 6, 2009 at 4:38am
Congrats on the book contract. Here's something you should pitch to your publisher. Since the series takes place in and around a tourist friendly place and events get the gift shops and tourist bureaus in the area to stock them.
Comment by Grant McKenzie on September 5, 2009 at 8:55am
Congratulations, Beth. Encouraging to hear.
Comment by Beth Groundwater on September 5, 2009 at 8:48am
Thanks so much for the congrats, folks! I've been sitting on the news for two months waiting for all the contract negotiations to complete. I'm so happy that it's finally a done deal!
Comment by D.R. MacMaster on September 5, 2009 at 5:17am
Congratulations. Hope is sells huge.
Comment by I. J. Parker on September 5, 2009 at 4:36am
Wow! Excellent!
Comment by J. F. Juzwik on September 5, 2009 at 3:20am
Many congratulations, Beth, and wishing you continued success. Joyce
Comment by Dana King on September 5, 2009 at 2:50am
Great news, Beth. Hearty congratulations and kudos to your agent, as well.

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