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Webinar, New Releases and Magical Words

I'm putting the final touches on my upcoming webinar for Writer's Digest on writing Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal.  I've put a ton of work into it, and I think it's going to be great.  If you're interested and haven't already signed up, there's still time.  Some of the details are below.  Full information is available here.

Session date: Thursday, June 9, 2011
Starting time: 1:00 pm Eastern
Duration: 90 minutes

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I'm also very excited to announce two new releases today:

Chicks Kick Butt edited by Kerrie Hughes and Rachel Caine
Anthology featuring original stories from thirteen authors, eleven of whom are New York Times bestsellers:
L.A. Banks
Rachel Vincent
Karen Chance
Lilith Saintcrow
Cheyenne McCray
Jeanne Stein
Jenna Black
Jeanne Stein
Jenna Black
Elizabeth Vaughan
Carole Nelson Douglas
Nancy Holder
Two of New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire novels in one volume.

Fade Out
Without the evil Bishop ruling over Morganville, the vampires have made major concessions to the human population. But when a filmmaker goes missing after starting work on a documentary about vampires, Claire Danvers and her friends feel anything but safe...

Kiss of Death
Vampire Michael Glass's music has attracted the attention of a music producer-giving Michael the opportunity to leave Morganville. But between a horde of hateful humans and a savage party of feral vampires, Michael may not make it to the show on time...or ever.

Last but not least, here's a link to a very interesting interview by some of the authors behind the wonderful Magical Words blog, including three of my clients: David B. Coe, Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price.

While we're on the subject of Faith Hunter, she was also kind enough to host me today on her site, talking about my wonderfully loony family, inspiration and my upcoming release Bad Blood.

Contests galore

Two quick contests to mention before I'm off tomorrow for the Cruise with your Muse Conference with the fabulous Florida Romance Writers:

Subscribe to my author newsletter for a newsletter-only contest.  For details, check out the latest issue here.  There will be more where this contest came from!

-An even bigger deal is Knight Agency author
Stephanie Rowe's Kiss at Your Risk contest.  Details are up here.  In addition, you can chat with her tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET at The Knight Agencychat room.

Finally, for those following along, the third installment of Faith Hunter's wonderful serial story "Cat Tats" is up!  Sure, it's not a contest, but reading is its own reward.

For anyone who missed other awesome events and news in TKA's latest newsletter, you can view it

Happy Book Birthday to Rosemary Clement-Moore

Wow, this week has been busy and isn't looking to get any less so!  Unfortunately, that means I'm a day late wishing Rosemary Clement-Moore a happy book birthday for the paperback release of THE SPLENDOR FALLS with it's wonderfully gothic new cover.

THE SPLENDOR FALLS by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Age Range: Young Adult
ISBN-13: 9780385736916

Rave Reviews:

“Sylvie’s voice is sharp and articulate, and Clement-Moore (the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series) anchors the story in actual locations and history, offering au courant speculations about the nature of ghosts and magic. Her ear for both adolescent bitchery and sweetness remains sure, and her ability to write realistic, edgy dialogue without relying on obscenity or stereotype is a pleasure.” —Publishers Weekly

“Hard to imagine a better book.” — Genrefluent

“The Splendor Falls is a commendable book which is highly recommended for teens who like mystery, romance, and the supernatural.” — Book Trends

“This modern-day ghost story will have readers flipping through pages as fas as their eyes can take them as Sylvie discovers an existence that is far different from her familiar world of dance.  Clement-Moore, author of the popular “Girl vs. Evil” series, leaves readers wanting more.  With a strong story line, a little paranormal activity and an age-old love story, readers—particularly “Twilight” fans—will not be disappointed with this Gothic Romance.” —Florida Times-Union

Cover Copy:

Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can't dance, she lost everything important to her in one missed step.

Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment, and shipping her to Alabama is her mother's solution for Sylvie's unhappiness. But life might not be any more simple down south.  As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can't stop thinking about.

Then Sylvie starts seeing things. A girl down by the lake. A man peering into the window. And a graveyard with an oddly placed headstone. Sylvie's lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?


In other news, the second part of Faith Hunter's serialized free read "Cat Tats" is up now on The Knight Agency website.  Click here for:
Part I
Part II

Around the blogosphere and GCC Interview with Eileen Cook

Wow, today seems to be a huge day for posts and fabulous reviews for my authors' recent releases.  I just have to plug a few in my "News from Around the Blogosphere!"

-My debut author Vicky Dreiling does a great "Guide to Writing and Publishing a Novel the Accidental Way" for
Romantic Times on-line.  In addition, the fabulous Paige Crutcher from Examiner.com posted a wonderful review of Vicky's first novel, HOW TO MARRY A DUKE, calling it "an irresistible ride readers will return to again and again."

-Zombie Joe
reviews Diana Pharaoh Francis' awesome urban fantasy CRIMSON WIND for Wicked Little Pixie, calling it "a fast read full of excitement, action and sexual tension."  Let's hear it for sexual tension!  Also, yesterday Di guest-blogged at Urban Fantasy Investigations.  Check it out!

-Sarah A. Hoyt gets
five out of five slices of bacon for her excellent space opera DARKSHIP THIEVES from Anthony Pacheco.

-GRAVE WITCH, Kalayna Price's Roc debut, is on Bitten by Books' Weekly Book Chat.  I think you'll enjoy both the book and the author!

Karen Whiddon, author of the very popular Pack series for Harlequin Nocturne, guest blogged yesterday over at Paranormal Romance about "New Beginnings."

-Fantasy Book Critic reviewed Carol Berg's great epic fantasy novel, THE SOUL MIRROR, calling it, "A novel that stakes an early claim to my Top 10 list of 2011."

-Audible.com mentions Faith Hunter's new audio release in their latest promotion.  Her third Jane Yellowrock novel, MERCY BLADE, is now available for download.

Whew!  I think that's quite enough, but if there's anything I've missed, please be sure and let me know!

And now, I'm pleased to present the latest Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit Interview with Eileen Cook, whose new novel, THE EDUCATION OF HAILEY KENDRICK releases this week from Simon Pulse!

About the Book:
Hailey Kendrick always does exactly what's expected of her. She has the right friends, dates the perfect boy, gets good grades, and follows all the rules. But one night, Hailey risks everything by breaking a very big rule in a very public way...and with a very unexpected partner in crime. Hailey gets caught, but her accomplice does not, and Hailey takes the fall for both of them.

Suddenly, Hailey's perfect life--and her reputation--are blowing up in her face. Her friends are all avoiding her. Her teachers don't trust her. Her boyfriend won't even speak to her for long enough to tell her that she's been dumped.

They say honesty is the best policy--but some secrets are worth keeping, no matter the cost. Or are they?

"Hailey may be an A student headed to the Ivy League, but when it comes to taking a chance on life, she’s clueless. She’s also enormously appealing and great company throughout this breezy read. Yes, it’s chick lit, but of the highest quality—like a gourmet truffle. Cook has whipped up a real treat.” --Kirkus starred review

"Cook effectively builds both Hailey's (justified) feelings of rebellion and the social dynamics of her ostracism, especially in her growing friendship with a challenging townie, Drew, who supervises her punishment working with the janitorial staff....Cook coaxes considerable empathy for the otherwise privileged Hailey as she abandons the achievement treadmill to explore her independence." --Publishers Weekly

About the Author:
Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in six different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.  

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com.  Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

GCC Interview with Eileen Cook:

1) Your novel in 140 characters (Twitter-version):
When Hailey Kendrick loses it all she has to decide how much to risk to get it back- and if she wants it back at all.

2) If you could be any kind of dairy product, what would you be?
It’s a good thing I’m not lactose intolerant. I might go with yogurt- I’m a bit off, have some culture and generally people like me.

3) What about your main character(s) and why?

Hailey would be dried powdered milk- prepared for any emergency.

4) Do you think in themes?  If so, what’s the theme of your new novel?

I don’t tend to think in themes when I’m writing the book, but when I look back I suddenly realize that I had something I was trying to say.  With this book I was interested in looking at how what other people think of us shapes how we view ourselves and how we live our life. Sometimes it is only when that is all taken away can we decide who it is that we really want to be.  To Thine Own Self Be True.

5) What piece of fiction or non-fiction did you not write but wish you had?

I must read something every week that I wish I could have written. So many good books-so little time to read them all.  One book I loved this year was Sweetness At The Bottom of The Pie.  It’s a murder mystery set in 1950’s England and the main character is this young girl who made me laugh out loud a zillon times.

Congrats and writers resources

First, I want to say a huge congratulations to Rob Thurman, Shannon Aviles and the fine folks at More than Publicity, who've just won a Pixie Award for Outstanding Creativity in Motion Graphics, Effects and Animation for the music video "Paint it Red" for her Trickster series of novels.  Rob has also just launched a fabulous new website.  You can check out the video below and the website by clicking here.

On to business....
So many things going on in the industry right now - Borders trouble, e-books and other issues - that it's really vitally important to keep track, so I'm offering up links to some of the sites that will put you in the know.

Mediabistro - So many good blogs here to keep you up-to-date on the industry that it's a very good idea to subscribe to their newsfeed.  Depending on what area of the industry you're in, some of their blogs will be more relevant to you than others.  For my part, I find myself tuning in to GalleyCat almost religiously.

Shelf Awareness - Their tagline "Daily enlightenment for the book trade" really says it all.

Publishers Marketplace/Publishers Lunch - I've been a paying member for so long that I'm not sure how much information you can get for free, but this is a very valuable resource for industry news and word about who's selling what to whom.

There are a number of other wonderful resources out there.  If you write within a genre and join an organization like the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), the Romance Writers of America (RWA), the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), the Horror Writers of America (HWA) or The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), you'll have access, depending on your level of membership, to directories, website resources, newsletters or magazines.  Often, these organizations will also vet agents and publishers to let you know who's reputable and who's not.

Trade magazines like Publishers Weekly, Locus, Romantic Times and others also provide a lot of useful information.

In addition, there are numerous group blogs out there that talk about the writers' life, craft, business and other issues, like the Magical Words blog that I contribute to once a month.  Some of the other contributors: David B. Coe, A.J. Hartley, Faith Hunter, Stuart Jaffe, Misty Massey and C.E. Murphy have just come out with their first compendium, HOW TO WRITE MAGICAL WORDS.

New Book Birthdays and Contests!

Have holiday gift cards burning a hole in your pocket?  Have I got some new releases for you!  Happy Book Birthday to:


HEXBOUND (Second novel of the Dark Elite) by Chloe Neill
(*Note: stop by Bitten by Books today to enter Chloe's contest.  Prizes are 2 $50 Amazon gift cards and 5 copies of the new novel.)

“If you are a fan of well written and original paranormal (who isn't?) this is a series you need to check out. You will be pulled into the world of The Dark Elite and Adepts from the very first page and you will be craving more after the last page. Don't miss out on this series!”    —Pure Imagination

Lily Parker is new to St. Sophia's School for Girls, but she's already learned that magic can be your best friend-or your worst enemy. That's why Lily has to learn how to control her newly discovered paranormal abilities while fighting the good fight with her best friend Scout as they take on Chicago's nastiest nightlife-including the tainted magic users known as Reapers...


MERCY BLADE (3rd in the Jane Yellowrock series) by Faith Hunter
(*Note: Faith has terrific interviews up today at Literary Escapism and at Fiction Kingdom with chances to win free books!)

“Jane Yellowrock is one of the most intriguing heroines in urban fantasy, and Hunter skillfully doles out tiny pieces of Jane’s backstory to keep readers coming back for more. Mystery and action are at the forefront here, but the romance from the first book continues to build slowly. Readers eager for the next book in Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series may want to give Faith Hunter a try.”    —Library Journal, starred review

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind - a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living.  She's not comfortable that her new job has her working for the vampires, hunting rogues and getting far too wrapped up in vampire intrigues and deceits.


THE SOUL MIRROR (2nd novel of the Collegia Magica) by Carol Berg
(*Note: Carol has a contest on her website to win a copy of THE SOUL MIRROR and autographed cover flats.  Extra entry if you can answer the question she's posted.

"superbly realized leadoff to Berg’s quasi-Renaissance fantasy trilogy….  As in her widely praised
Breath and Bone, Berg shapes the well-worn elements of epic fantasy into a lush, absorbing narrative. Even her minor characters, caught up in fiendish plots and deathly secrets, ring regally true, and Portier oscillates between rueful, reluctant, ethics-bending service and painful but necessary revelations while his old world collapses and a new one struggles to be born.”       — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review for THE SPIRIT LENS 

In a kingdom on the verge of a grand renaissance, where natural science has supplanted failing sorcery, someone aims to revive the magic by whatever means necessary. Portier de Savin-Duplais, who’s always found magic just out of his reach, discovers his real talents lie in uncovering the truth, when his cousin, the king, charges him to investigate an attempted murder that has disturbing magical resonances. Portier believes his dreams of a greater destiny might at last be fulfilled.  Unfortunately, his two partners in the investigation, the profligate courtier Ilario and the brooding heretic sorcerer Dante seem to have dangerous secrets of their own.

Happy New Year and Happy Book Birthday!

Happy New Year!  A few exciting things before I sign off to nurse my back for one more day.  (I threw it out by, of all things, coughing.  I'm breaking doctor's orders right now by remaining upright for more than a few minutes, but I think you'll agree that it's all worthwhile.)

First, The Knight Agency is celebrating the new year on our blog with the beginning of a fabulous free read by Faith Hunter, author of the Jane Yellowrock urban fantasy series (SKINWALKER, BLOOD CROSS and MERCY BLADE, which releases tomorrow). 
Check it out!  (Updated note: Part II is now available here.)

And a very happy book birthday to debut author Vicky Dreiling
You can check out her book trailer et al below or read her blog on how we met here.

by Vicky Dreiling
Grand Central Publishing/Warner Forever
ISBN-13: 9780446565370
ISBN: 0446565377

"What a terrific romp of a read!  Vicky is a bright new voice in romance."
--Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author of NINE RULES TO BREAK WHEN ROMANCING A RAKE

"An enchanting debut, full of humor and heart!" —New York Times bestselling author Madeline Hunter

"Dreiling's delightful debut combines the rituals of Regency courtship with TV's The Bachelor....  Dreiling is definitely a newcomer to watch." —Romantic Times

“Vicky Dreiling has set a high standard for hopefully many more books to come!... This novel is a treat to enjoy and now I can hardly wait to read how the wild hawk gets tethered in the second book.” —Fresh Fiction

Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission:
find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary—nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...

Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she's determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife—she'll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke's affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan's desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker's number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.


Halloween Blog Bash with Faith Hunter

Writing makes zombies of us all.  It's true!  Don't believe me?  Just check out today's guest blog from Faith Hunter about "The Six Best Reasons Why Writers Write."  You ever seen an author with writer's blog?  Now THAT'S scary!

        January 2009                          January 2010                  forth. Jan. 2011

The Six Best Reasons Why Writers Write by Faith Hunter

Most writers can expound on this topic for several minutes, giving long and passionate reasons for writing, but I’ve discovered that most reasons come down to a few, which I cal the Best Six.

  1. The characters in their heads won’t shut up.
  2. The story keeps screaming to be told.
  3. They go a little crazy if they don’t write. (Get mean if they don’t write, whatever.)
  4. They neeeeed to write. It’s a sickness, a craving similar to what an alcoholic feels for his alcohol. 
  5. They need the income that an established career has provided them.
  6. It’s better than working for a living. (Said facetiously because, believe me, writing is hard, stressful, deadline-based work.)

For me, the reason I write is a combination of several of the Six Best. If I don’t write I talk to myself. (See number three.) I get depressed. (See number three.) Then my characters start to talk to me. Out loud. And I talk back. (See numbers one and three.) Which makes me look a little crazy to others. (See numbers one, three, and four. And two. Yeah. Two is there too. Because the characters are talking to me about their problems and conflicts, which is what writing stories is all about.) And though I’m not at the top of the pay scale for writers (and though I do have a full time job already, for the benefits) I do need the income. And it’s better than taking a second job. So…well…I have all six reasons for writing running around inside me. And because I have written under pen names (each of them parts of my own name), I have multiples of the six best reasons for writing running around inside me. It gets a little crowded in here, especially when I am in *idea time*, that magical time between books when I can let go and come up with new characters and new plots and new conflicts. That short week or two off is when the future calls to me, and I get this dreamy look on my face and stare off into the distance. I don’t want to eat. I don’t want to do anything or go anywhere. I just want to sit and stare and listen to the voices… Insane, crazy, whacked-out bliss, when all the Best Six are riding me hard.

I was in that Bliss State when Jane Yellowrock appeared to me. Luckily, my pal Kim Harrison was also in Bliss State one day when we met for tea at a local Starbucks. I won’t share what she came up with. Not fair at all. But I can tell you how Jane Yellowrock appeared to me that first time. We were near the end of our chat, and I was staring off into the distance (actually I was staring over the entrance to the restrooms, but it was an unfocused stare so that counts as distance) and Kim said, “What? Where are you?” (Because see, she has a version of the stare too. All writers do.)

I said, “I keep thinking about this line. ‘Katie’s Ladies, the oldest, still operating whore house in New Orleans.’ I can’t get it out of my head.”

Kim sat back. “Go with it.”

“Okay. I see this Cherokee woman who kills vamps for a living. And Katie hires her to kill off a vamp who has gone crazy. And Katie is a vamp herself. And the whore house caters to vamps. Literally. As blood meals and sexual partners…” And then I drifted off again.

We parted, with Kim saying, “Keep me informed about that Cherokee character. She sounds interesting.”

Later that night, alone in a hot bath with aromatic bath salts and candles, the light dancing on the rising currents, the Cherokee woman character (who was, by then, called Jane Doe) started talking to me. She shared her past and her hopes and the deep sadness that rests inside her. She told me she wandered out of the woods at age twelve, with no memory of her history. For Jane, her life started that day, at age twelve. And she told me could take on the shape of a mountain lion. Jane Doe was a skinwalker… We shared who she might become and how she made a living, and who she might like to have as a romantic interest. I liked this woman!

We talked until the water got cold and my skin looked like raisons. And for the next few weeks I was in Best Six world. Yeah. I have a lot of reasons to write. A lot!



Authors on the web

My fabulous authors are all over the web today, so for wit, wisdom, contests and prizes, check out:

Diana Pharaoh Francis on Bitten by Books.  Stop by for a chance to win great Amazon.com gift cards.

Debra Mullins on Fresh Fiction with "Why Do Women Read Romance Novels?"

Faith Hunter on Magical Words, talking about highs, lows and her spankin' new cover for MERCY BLADE, third in the Jane Yellowrock urban fantasy series (forthcoming in January).

Sarah A. Hoyt on Mad Genius Club about voice.