Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will publish six new books by #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward, it was announced today by Jennifer Bergstrom, Senior Vice President and Publisher.

Gallery will launch CONSUMED, the first book in a new series set in the dangerous and adrenaline-fueled world of firefighters, in October 2018. Gallery will also continue publishing Ward’s blockbuster Black Dagger Brotherhood novels, with the 16th book in the series scheduled for publication in April 2019.

“Gallery Books is honored to publish J.R. Ward, an author who has topped bestseller lists around the world and developed a legion of cult fans. We are doubly-thrilled to continue the beloved Black Dagger Brotherhood saga and launch a searing new series set in the world of today’s extreme firefighters,” said Bergstrom.

In the author’s words: “My readers are my heroes: fun, loyal and bold. Writing for them is a joy. I look forward to partnering with the team at Gallery to delight both long-time fans and new readers.”

J.R. Ward is the author of over thirty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are more than 15 million copies of Ward’s novels in print worldwide and they have been published in 25 different countries around the world.

Lauren McKenna, executive editor at Gallery Books, acquired U.S./Canada/open market rights, along with Translation and Audio from Meg Ruley at The Jane Rotrosen Agency.

GALLERY BOOKS is an imprint dedicated to publishing a variety of must-read books on a wide array of topics. Launched in February 2010, Gallery is designed to showcase established voices and to introduce emerging new ones – in both fiction and nonfiction genres. Some of Gallery Books’ bestselling titles include The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer, The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, Binge by Tyler Oakley, Selp Helf by Miranda Sings, Five Presidents by Clint Hill, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and Love Anthony by Usa Genova.


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