Sandra Brown is returning to her old house. The bestselling author signed a three book deal with Hachette's Grand Central Publishing imprint, restarting a relationship that ended in 2002 when Brown decamped for Simon & Schuster. Then known as Warner Books, GCP released 16 novels by Brown, starting with 1988's Slow Heat in Heaven.

GCP executive v-p and publisher Jamie Raab took North American rights in the deal from Maria Carvainis of Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc. Raab called the deal a homecoming, and Brown said GCP has "some exciting publishing ideas that have me looking forward to rolling up my shirtsleeves and getting down to work.”

According to GCP, Brown has published 59 New York Times bestsellers, including her last two novels--both released by S&S--2010's Tough Customer and 2009's Smash Cut. None of the books signed up have titles yet, but GCP is planning to release the first book in the deal in fall 2011.