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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.
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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.

Squee and a caption this for Fun Fridays

                     

Very sad that I was traveling on April Fool's Day this year and so did not get to repeat the wonderful were-pigeon pitch session.  I was blown away by the creativity last year.  I'm hoping y'all won't disappoint in my "caption this" contest for Fun Friday.  I'm not sure what the prize should be...bragging rights?  A query letter critique?  Blow me away - either pic or both.  I just sort of liked their juxtaposition.

And now I must squee for my RT Award winners: P.N. Elrod, who received an award as a Pioneer in Genre Fiction, Rachel Caine, who was honored with a Career Achievement Award for Urban Fantasy and N.K. Jemisin, who won a Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Fantasy: THE BROKEN KINGDOMS.  You go, gals!

Dreamin' in Dallas

Want to give a shout out to all the wonderful people of Dreamin’ in Dallas, who always put on a great conference with an impressive guest list.  Below are some pics from the con.  Sadly, I didn’t grab one of Allison Brennan during her hilarious lunch time keynote address, though I certainly should have.  Richelle Mead inspired us at breakfast with lessons learned from reality tv <g>.  Either speech would practically have been worth the price of admission right there, but on top of that, there were workshops on screenwriting, editing, body language, romantic suspense, middle-grade fiction and much more in addition to our very own agent panel (me, Beth Miller of Writers’ House and Suzie Townsend of Fineprint Literary) and the editor’s panel (Kerry Donovan of NAL, Allison Lyons of Harlequin/Silhouette and Amanda Bergeron of Avon). 







1- Candace Havens, me and her book birthday cake.
2- Dinner with my authors at Mi Cocina - left to right: Vicky Dreiling, Rosemary Clement-Moore, P.N. Elrod, Cat Conrad, Rachel Caine, Vickie Taylor, Karen Whiddon
3- Jaye Wells, Jana DeLeon and Richelle Mead at the pre-signing reception
4- Julia London and Geralyn Dawson/Emily March at the pre-signing reception
5- Candace Havens and Dean Lorey at the same reception.

During each and every one of my pitch appointments, I found myself explaining why it is I like hardcopy submissions when I request chapters, so I thought I’d do a quick mention of it here.  The long and short of it is that when I receive an electronic submission, I forward it to my Kindle, which reformats and repaginates the material.  This is generally fine for reading manuscripts by authors I already represent, with whose style I’m very familiar.  However, for evaluating the work of new writers, I prefer to have the material presented in the way the author intends it.  I don’t want to wonder whether Kindle messed up the paragraphing or dropped a word, as sometimes happens, or whether it was in the file sent to me.  I suppose I could flip back and forth between them, but it would take double the time that I already don’t have, and it would definitely interfere with a smooth, uninterrupted read.  Also, because Kindle repaginates, I don’t get the same sense of pacing as I do when reading manuscript pages with an awareness of how quickly they’re turning and how dense they are.  So, while I know that printing and mailing can be a pain in the tuchus, I don’t ask just to make you jump through the hoops.  Hoops really aren’t that intriguing to me…unless, perhaps, they’re on fire.

New releases

I'm very pleased to present this week's new releases!

                                               

THE VAMPIRE FILES
, Volume 3 by P.N. Elrod
"I love getting into bed with Jack Fleming.  Vampires, Chicago, jazz, and mystery - nobody does it better than P.N. Elrod." - Lilith Saintcrow, author of the Dante Valentine series

Chicago is a rough town, even for the undead. But someone has to clean up the dirty burg, and Jack Flemming is just the vampire for the job. The Vampire Files, Volume Three includes two adventures featuring Chicago's very own vampire P.I. as he cleans up the streets, one crook at a time (A CHILL IN THE BLOOD and THE DARK SLEEP). 


FORMULA FOR MURDER (third Maternal Instincts Mystery) by Diana Orgain
"Anyone who’s been a mother or had one will welcome the arrival of this entertaining new sleuth.” — Gillian Roberts, author of the Amanda Pepper series


Sleuth and first-time mom Kate Connolly and her baby are the victims of a hit-and-run, but escape unharmed. A witness identifies the car's French diplomatic license plates, yet when Kate and her hubby try to get some answers, they get le cold shoulder. But there's something going on at the French consulate that's dirtier-and far deadlier-than any diaper.

BLACKOUT (sixth Cal Leandros novel) by Rob Thurman
“Supernatural highs and lows, and a hell of a lean over at the corners. Sharp and sardonic, mischievous and mysterious…The truth is Out There, and it’s not very pretty.”—Simon Green, New York Times Bestselling Author of Paths Not Taken

“Cal’s a sarcastic, sardonic narrator who pulls the reader into his world, both the good and the bad. Tightly plotted and fast paced…full of twists and turns.”—Romantic Times

Blurb:
When half-human Cal Leandros wakes up on a beach littered with the slaughtered remains if a variety of hideous creatures, he's not that concerned. In fact, he can't remember anything-including who he is.
             And that's just the way his deadly enemies like it...

Wanna know more?  Check out this rockin' series trailer.



Coming later this month: WRITING THE PARANORMAL NOVEL by Steven Harper and the reissue of EYE OF HEAVEN by Marjorie M. Liu!

Around the blogosphere

So many things to post today!  First, I've preempted my heroine's blog today to reprise my husband's release-day post for Revamped, because 1) it's funny and bears repeating, 2) he's not yet a kept man.  Help make a grown man's Christmas wish come true?

In other news, the fabulous Morgan Doremus from Romantic Times did this wonderful video interview of Marjorie M. Liu just in time for the release of her latest Dirk & Steele romance, IN THE DARK OF DREAMS.  Well worth watching!




Also around the blogosphere:
I'm pleased to announce that N.K. Jemisin's debut fantasy novel THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS has been nominated for a 2010 Goodreads Choice Award.  Her publisher Orbit does a wrap-up here of some of her recent accolades!


Also, among other great books, the DARK AND STORMY KNIGHTS anthology, edited by P.N. Elrod and containing stories by Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Shannon K. Butcher, Rachel Caine, P.N. Elrod, Deidre Knight, Vicki Pettersson, LIlith Saintcrow and Carrie Vaughn, is an
All Things Urban Fantasy nominee for Best Anthology Cover.  Also nominated are TWO anthologies with Marjorie M. Liu stories, INKED and SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH.  Check them all out here.  Even if you don't decide to vote, check out the fab covers, because there are some coupons on the page you probably won't want to miss.

Don't forget the virtual book signing tonight featuring Marjorie M. Liu and C.L. Wilson. 
Details here.

After Romantic Times gave TRASH COURSE by Penny Drake a sparkling review, the author was asked to write up a piece about the inspiration behind the book.  Click here to see the review and here for the write-up!

My friend Victoria Janssen has an interview up today on Risky Regencies about her steamy new release THE DUKE & THE PIRATE QUEEN


Oh, and did I mention that the mass market of Sarah A. Hoyt's fabulous novel DARKSHIP THIEVES is out?  Kevin J. Anderson, bestselling author of The Saga of Seven Suns says of it, "DARKSHIP THIEVES is an exciting and appealing space opera – so fast-paced, the reader will reach escape velocity."

Finally, the fabulous Diana Pharaoh Francis is up at Magical Words today with a post about managing and keeping track of plot threads.  Check it out!

Kudos and congrats!

Taking time out to uncork some virtual champagne for all the Knight Agency authors who are currently rocking out!  For one, I just learned this morning that Rachel Caine's GHOST TOWN (the 9th Morganville Vampires novel) is currently #1 on Waterstones.com.  Yesterday we discovered it was also #5 B&N YA Hardcover Bestseller list, #26 BGI overall hardcover bestseller list and #5 BGI YA hardcover bestseller list here in the states.

Kudos too to Patti O'Shea, whose EDGE OF DAWN has just won the 2010 Aspen Gold Award for Best Paranormal.

And last, but not least, congratulations to all the fabulous TKA authors who've been nominated for Romantic Times Awards!


CAREER ACHIEVEMENT NOMINEES
Erotica Category Joey W. Hill

Urban FantasyRachel Caine and P.N. Elrod

Sci-Fi/FantasyLynn Flewelling


BEST CONTEMPORARY AND PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Shapeshifter Romance
Rhyannon Byrd, TOUCH OF SEDUCTION
Marjorie M. Liu, IN THE DARK OF DREAMS
Nalini Singh, PLAY OF PASSION

Paranormal Romance
Nalini Singh, BONDS OF JUSTICE
Shannon K. Butcher, LIVING NIGHTMARE

Paranormal Fiction
Dakota Cassidy, MY WAY TO HELL

BEST URBAN FANTASY AWARDS
Urban Fantasy Novel
Rachel Caine, TOTAL ECLIPSE

Urban Fantasy Protagonist
DD Barant, Jace Valcheck in DEATH BLOWS
Nalini Singh, Elena Devareaux in ARCHANGEL’S KISS

BEST HISTORICAL NOVEL
Historical Fantasy Paranormal
Melissa Mayhue, A HIGHLANDER’S HOMECOMING
  
Historical K.I.S.S. Hero
Jade Lee, Brandon Cates in WICKED SURRENDER
  
BEST EROTIC ROMANCE AND EROTIC NOVELS
Paranormal Fantasy
Joey W. Hill, VAMPIRE MISTRESS

BEST SCI-FI/FANTASY
Fantasy Novel
N.K. Jemisin, THE BROKEN KINGDOMS

Epic Fantasy Novel
N.K. Jemisin, THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS

Happy Release Day

                       Happy release day to the authors of two great anthologies:

                                                    
DARK AND STORMY KNIGHTS
edited by P.N. Elrod (St. Martin's Press)
Urban fantasy stories by Jim Butcher, Ilona Andrews, Carrie Vaughn, Rachel Caine, Vicki Pettersson, Lilith Saintcrow, Shannon Butcher, Deidre Knight and P.N. Elrod herself.

MASKED edited by Lou Anders (Simon & Schuster trade paperback)
Super-heroic stories by Marjorie M. Liu, Stephen Baxter, Paul Cornell, Mike Carey, Bill Willingham, Peter David and Kathleen David and many others.

Fanged Fiction



Love vampires?  Geek Speak Magazine has a whole "Dead and Doing It" (gotta love the title) wrap up of paranormal romance and other fiction that bites in the night, including the fabulous Vampire Files series by P.N. Elrod, Susan Sizemore's sizzling Primes series and Chloe Neill's awesome Chicagoland Vampires.  Check it out!

Speaking of Chloe Neill, you can support her and Team Cadogan as they participate in Chicago's Hunger Walk this coming weekend.  Details are up on Paperback Dolls.

In other news, I was very excited to come across my French cover for Vamped yesterday.  Voila!

More pics from Oklahoma

Some great pics from the Barnes & Noble signing in Oklahoma City and beyond.

1-From left to write (er, right): Silver James, Alicia Dean, me and Amanda McCabe
2- Again left to right: (top row) Alicia Dean, Betty Sanders, Merline Lovelace, Sheila Fields, Kathleen Redwine, Amanda McCabe, (bottom) me and Silver James
I left out the superlative adjectives above only to put them in here...everyone was lovely, warm, fun and all those good things.  What a wonderful bunch of women!

SoonerCon was in town last weekend as well, so after the signing, I got to spend time with my client, the fabulous P.N. Elrod (first pic below), and with Brad and Susan Sinor (second pic below) at a brewery in Bricktown.  Really, is there any better job than mine?  I think not.


If you're looking for substance from me on my blog this week, I've been a little too under the weather for that, but sign up for The Knight Agency newsletter, if you haven't already, for some upcoming articles of interest.  In case you've missed this month's newsletter, you can check it out here

Also, check out TKA's blog for details on Deidre Knight's chat party tonight at 8 p.m. ET.  Fun and prizes!

DFW Writers Conference

Back from all of my travels now, and totally swamped, which is why I haven't even written up our trip to Xel-ha and Tulum from last week.  However, for anyone following me on Twitter and wondering about my Pure Evil references, where are some pics. 

Start with the opening line, "Four agents walk into a wine bar," and here's what you get.
(from left to right: Diana Fox of Fox Literary LLC, me, Victoria Horn of Liza Dawson Associates and Mary Kole of Andrea Brown Literary Agency)

And this is what happens when you drink Pure Evil:

Of course, it wasn't about the wine, but the workshops, the appointments, the agents' panel and face time with friends and clients. 

A few more pics:
1-Joshua Bilmes of JABberwocky Literary Agency, authors Rosemary Clement-Moore and Jamie Harrington
2-Clients Rosemary Clement-Moore, Karen Whiddon, her husband Lonnie, and P.N. Elrod (aka, the force of nature)
3-My wrangler Maggi Long, who was fabulous, next to Grapevine's famous calaboose.
4-Pretty flowers that grew alongside the conference center.