Publisher’s Weekly had the exclusive today!
And here is the formal announcement from Disney Publishing Worldwide. Kind of love that! So official!
Disney Publishing Worldwide Announces Finale of Blue Bloods series
with Three-Book Deal by Best-selling Author Melissa de la Cruz
New York, March 17, 2011—Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Publishing Worldwide, has acquired the seventh and final installment of best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz’s hit Blue Bloods book series and two companion novels. The agreement was negotiated by Emily Meehan, Executive Editor, Disney-Hyperion, and Richard Abate, 3 Arts. Lost in Time, the sixth book in the Blue Bloods series, releases on October 4, 2011, with the final book slated to be published in Fall 2012. There are more than 3 million books in print in the series.
“I am incredibly excited as the Blue Bloods story reaches its dramatic conclusion in the long-awaited finale,” said de la Cruz. “I started writing the Blue Bloods series seven years ago, and it’s been an amazing ride with my fabulous readers and my fantastic publisher, who have stood behind the books from the very beginning.”
“I’m not only Melissa’s editor, I’m one of her millions of fans who has been ever-desperate for more Blue Bloods books,” said Meehan. “I’m thrilled to bring the finale to life, and to extend the longevity of this blockbuster series with the opportunity for new storytelling and characters in the companion novels.”
Melissa de la Cruz (http://www.melissa-delacruz.com) is the author of many best-selling novels, including the first five books in the Blue Bloods series: Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations, The Van Alen Legacy, and Misguided Angel; the Au Pairs series; the Ashleys series; and Angels on Sunset Boulevard. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter.
About Disney Publishing Worldwide
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines, with over 250 million children’s books and over 400 million children’s magazines sold each year. Disney Publishing Worldwide consists of vertically integrated publishing imprints including Disney Book Group in the U.S., Disney Libri in Italy and Disney Libros in Spain, as well as an extensive worldwide licensing structure. DPW also publishes a range of children’s magazines globally including Topolino, Le Journal de Mickey, and Donald Duck, as well as family titles in the U.S. which include Disney FamilyFun. Disney English is DPW’s English language learning business, including Disney English schools in China and a worldwide retail licensing program. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, Disney Publishing Worldwide publishes books and magazines in 85 languages in 75 countries.
Needless to say I’m over the moon about all this… and also very emotional… It’s been seven years of writing the series, and the story is coming to an end. I’m consoled by the fact that I have a fresh new story with new characters on deck, but that’s still aways yet. For now I’m concentrating on giving my beloved Blue Blood vampires the best ending ever. I’ve been working on Book Six and Book Seven simultaneously, and it’s an ending that I’ve planned from the beginning, so part of me is a bit… overwhelmed. Seven is the magic number. I was born on September 7th, and it’s always been my lucky number, and I hope you all will enjoy reading it!