The Hollywood Reporter -- Lauren Billings and Christina Hobbs, the writing duo behind The New York Times bestselling erotic romance Beautiful Bastard (under the pen name Christina Lauren) have signed a five-book deal with Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books.
The books will follow the May 28 publication of Beautiful Stranger, the spinoff to Beautiful Bastard (a Target exclusive goes on sale April 16).
First Look: Beautiful BastardFirst up will be another Beautiful Bastard spinoff centering on friends of the first novel' main couple Chloe Mills and Bennett Ryan. Three novellas picking up Chloe and Bennett's story from the end of Beautiful Bastard will follow over the rest of 2013. A third full-length novel will arrive in the summer of 2014. PHOTOS: 11 Biggest Book-to-Big Screen Adaptations of the Last 25 Years Published in February, Beautiful Bastard is the reworked version of the Twilight-inspired fan fiction hit "The Office," which first appeared online in 2009. The story centers on Chloe, a college-age intern, who starts up a passionate romance with Bennett, the scion of the conglomerate she works at.The book has appeared on both The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Constantin Films acquired the film rights and is actively developing an adaptation. Terms of the five-book deal were not disclosed. Editor Adam Wilson negotiated the deal for Gallery. Holly Root at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency represents Billings and Hobbs.
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