Say What?

Excuse me as I pick my jaw up off of the floor….

Janet Evanovich and Stephen J. Cannell’s new hardcover adventure

series, in a major deal, in a two-book deal, to Jamie Raab at Warner,

by Robert Gottlieb at Trident Media Group (NA).

Soooo, for those keeping track: Evanovich and Cannell’s primary series are both over at St. Martin’s. Evanovich also has the NASCAR-themed series at HarperCollins and two co-author paperback original series, one with Charlotte Hughes, the other with Leanne Banks. Now this, which seems to rival what Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer are up to – a series, incidentally, published by St. Martin’s.

My head hurts. At least Patterson, Inc. is pretty much exclusive to Little, Brown.

UPDATE: Earlier tonight, the deal report was taken off Publishers Marketplace. Someone jumping the gun and announcing it prematurely? Even if this turns out to be a “deal that never was” I’m still leaving the notice up for posterity…

UPDATE 2: Now it’s back up.