This was the recent announcement in Publishers' Weekly.
Rose Hilliard at St. Martin’s Press preempted world rights to four books by editor-turned-author Louisa Edwards via Deidre Knight. Set amid the New York restaurant scene, the first book in the series is called Can’t Stand the Heat and is slated to launch in fall 2009, with subsequent titles to appear every six months. Knight is a romance author as well as agent, and Edwards was her first editor at NAL. When Edwards left New York publishing, Knight briefly worked with Hilliard, who subsequently left for SMP.On Drunk Writer Talk a couple of weeks ago, we were speculating about what contemporary romances were going to look like when they have a resurgence... which they will.
Maybe they'll look like what Louisa's writing!!! Cool concept. Connected books. Great, hot idea.
Congrats to Louisa.