Big news — New book deal!

Posted on May 7, 2009

Well, I’ve been saying for months that I’m behind, that things are crazy, that I’m way behind on the reader e-mail: At last I can reveal why, and what I’ve been working on, now that we’ve reached this very happy result. This is what my super-duper agent, Diana Fox, will be sending in to Publishers Weekly today —

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).

87 Responses to “Big news — New book deal!”

  1. hhw


    (I just finished Stargazer this morning and am ready for books 3, 4, and Balthazar, oh yes!)

  2. rayden_jay

    Congrats! It’s very well deserved. I’ll be excitedly waiting for both Spellcaster and Balthazar. He’s a really great character.

  3. britlitfantwin



    This is a perfectly wonderful way to start the morning …

    p.s. Looking forward to Spellcaster, too! =D

  4. covenlovin

    OMG! I think I just had a seizure!! BALTHAZAR!!! I LOVE HIM!!!!! I can’t wait!!!! I think you should move that to the top of your list of things to do. LOL!! I’ve still got tears in my eyes from reading that!! OMG! Thank you for being the most amazing person ever! I have a funny story that accompanies this. The other day I was going to the student union to wait until my class started, and there’s this table that they always put free textbooks and stuff on. Stuff that no one wants. Anyway, there was a box there that said “Free Fish” and there was a little cup with a Betta in it, like one that you’d get at Walmart. So I took the little guy, and I named him Balthazar Lucas. Unfortunately, however, he passed away four days after I found him. I think he was neglected by his previous owners. 🙁 But he will be forever in my heart. Also, I am considering getting another one and calling him King Balthazar II, because I already have one named Prince Rilian (from the Narnia series). I got Rilian after my previous one, Horatio (I should hope I don’t need to explain the origin of that one) passed away. I love my animals :D!
    That was way longer than I had intended, but when I’m excited, sometimes my fingers just type and won’t shut up. 😀

  5. nuit_belle

    Oooh, congrats! I am already intrigued by Ivy and look forward to getting Balthazar’s pov.


  6. rj_anderson

    I was JUST talking to someone last night about how much we adore Balthazar! This is FABULOUS news! And I am thrilled for you!

    We must definitely chat SOON.

  7. inmyriadbits

    Congratulations! That is so great! I’m am so excited to get more Balthazar (and more writing from you)! o/

  8. Anonymous

    AWESOME!! Balthazar has my heart! I am so excited to get more of his story. And your new series sounds interesting too! Congrats and Good Luck!!

  9. nubourne

    Fantastic News!! love Baltazar & await New Series!

    I absolutely loved Evernight and your writing within the first few pages of reading last year! I devoured Stargazer the day of and after its release and can’t wait for more. But as great as Lucas and Bianca are together, I am quite attached to Baltazar and can’t wait for his own book!! your publisher has great insight and I am thrilled they are backing you so fully and giving us what we want!! And I just know Spellcaster will be awesome too! Congratulations! Your public awaits and adores you!! I’ll publish this news on my Immortal Fiction blog and on Twitter shortly.

    Holly Simmers
    Memphis, TN

  10. Anonymous

    Great News! Congrats Claudia Gray!

    This is such great news! I’m a fan of your Evernight series and I lurves Balthazar. I am so happy we’re gonna get a series where he plays a primary role, and a story about witches!! That’s so exciting. Can’t wait to read it and I’ll definitely let my friends know! 🙂

  11. Anonymous

    Please Read This and Reply 🙂

    I LOVE your evernight and stargazer books! They are so GOOD! I got all my friends hooked on them, too! When is Hourglass coming out? I hope soon! I CANT WAIT! 🙂 Please Reply!!! <3thankyou for writing

  12. Anonymous

    Will you be having any contests for Stargazer and Afterlife? Then, with the Balthazar series?

  13. Anonymous


    I love your books! I cannot wait for Hourglass and for Balthazar’s own book. <3

  14. Anonymous


    well i read the frist book and second i wanted to knw if theres gonna be another book after the stargazer one

  15. Anonymous


    I’ve just finished reading Hourglass and can’t wait for Afterlife, Spellcaster and Balthazar. Love your work Claudia.