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Melissa de la Cruz Signs Disney Book Deal

“Blue Bloods” author will create fantasy book series for adults.

Melissa de la Cruz, author of the best-selling "Blue Bloods" young-adult novels, has signed multibook deals with both Hyperion and Disney Book Group.

The deals were announced Monday by Ellen Archer, Hyperion’s president and publisher, and Jeanne Mosure, senior VP/group publisher, Disney Book Group.

The Hyperion deal covers two books in an adult fantasy series, marking de la Cruz’s first foray into adult paranormal fiction. The novels will follow the Beauchamp girls’ struggle to stop an arch-nemesis and restore the delicate balance between good and evil.

De la Cruz will weave characters from her "Blue Bloods" series into the new novels. The first novel, "Witches of East End," is due out in spring 2011.

Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, acquired two books in a new series, "Wolf Pact," as well as three companion books to the "Blue Bloods" series.

The "Wolf Pact" novels will follow "Blue Bloods’" Bliss Llewellyn on her quest to find the legendary Hounds of Hell and convince them to join the Blue Blood vampires in their war against the Silver Bloods.

The "Wolf Pact" series aims to reinvent the myth of the werewolf in the same way that "Blue Bloods" did with vampires. The first book in the series is scheduled to be published in winter 2011.

The companion books are "Blue Bloods: Keys to the Repository," due out next summer, featuring new short stories and an encyclopedia to the Blue Bloods world. "Blue Bloods: The Graphic Novel" will be published the following summer. "Blue Bloods: Bloody Valentine," a romantic novella, is due out in winter 2011.

De la Cruz’s "Blue Bloods" series has sold more than 1 million copies and is published in more than a dozen countries. The books have appeared on numerous best-seller lists both domestically and abroad.