Monday, March 3rd 2014
According to Publishers Weekly…
Rose Hilliard at St. Martin’s Press took world English rights (working in conjunction with Macmillan U.K. and Macmillan Australia) in a three-book deal to an adult series that began as Twilight fan fiction. The original work, called the Diva Diaries, was, according to SMP, downloaded over two million times. The author, Leisa Rayven (who posted the original story as KiyaRayven), is Australian and took the work offline in September 2013. She is now represented by Christina Hogrebe at the Jane Rotrosen Agency, and extensively revised the work before selling it; the first book is now called Bad Romeo, and the second Broken Juliet. The series is told in alternating perspectives, with each book narrated by one member of a Hollywood couple: she’s the “it girl” and he’s a “bad boy actor.” The duo’s relationship dates back to high school, when they met playing the leads in their class production of Romeo & Juliet. Bad Romeo has BDSM elements, but, explained Hilliard, features a “sweeter” love story than the one in that other erotic series that began as Twilight fan fiction (ahem, Fifty Shades of Grey); Bad Romeo is scheduled for early 2015.
Leisa Rayven has reached out to Fangirlish to clarify some things. Her comments below:
Hi, Erin! I’m thrilled Publishers’ Weekly picked up the story, but I just want to clarify that there are NO BDSM elements in my book, it’s set in college, not high school, and it’s based around Broadway, not Hollywood. Oh, and it’s not an erotic series, either. (Even though there are some schmexy times.) I think some wires got crossed somewhere in there. ;)