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Nomination celebration!

As soon as I dig out from everything that's come in while I was away at the wonderful Central California Writers Conference (pics to follow tomorrow), I'll post up my "Happy Release Day" blog for the fabulous books out today.  In the meantime, I wanted to congratulate my authors on a few new award nominations!  So, congratulations to:

Carol Berg for finaling in the Colorado Book Awards with The Spirit Lens is a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards in the Genre/Popular Fiction category!


Patti O'Shea for IN THE DARKEST NIGHT finaling in the Best Long Paranormal category of the Readers' Crown Awards!

Congratulating more award nominees



Congratulations are in order for two of my authors making the final ballots on a few awards!

To Patti O'Shea for IN THE DARKEST NIGHT finaling for Best Paranormal in the National Readers Choice Awards!

To N.K. Jemisin, whose fantasy THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS is up for
The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer/debut!  In addition, the wonderful artwork by Cliff Nielsen is a finalist for the Ravenheart.

New and exciting

More awesome news and helpful (I hope!) links:



Patti O'Shea
's Nocturne Bites story "Shadow's Caress" is now available!  You can read an excerpt here.

Cover Copy:

        Former vampire hunter Cass Lanier didn't think vampires could become ghosts...until the shade of Malachi James comes to her, arousing her with his erotic touch. Malachi was the last vampire she killed—an act she always regretted. Now Cass is his only hope of being brought back to life.

        Then Cass discovers Malachi isn't the only one following her. Other hunters have learned she can resurrect the vampires she put to death, and they want to kill her first. Will Cass survive long enough to save Malachi and finally experience her phantom lover's caresses as pleasures of the flesh?


Congrats to Lynn Flewelling, who's Glimpses won Best Fantasy Book  in
LR Cafe's 2010 Reader Awards!

Marjorie M. Liu and Nalini Singh, both Knight Agency authors (the former repped by me and the latter by Nephele Tempest) both made the
Kansas City Public Library's list of Best Romance Novels of 2010 for:
IN THE DARK OF DREAMS (Marjorie M. Liu)
BONDS OF JUSTICE (Nalini Singh)
You go, gals!

In other news, I've started a fan page for my own fiction on Facebook and to celebrate, also have a FB exclusive contest going on.  Leave a favorite quote from the Vamped series over there to be entered to name a character in an upcoming short story.

By way of helpful links, David B. Coe has started a great series of posts on Magical Words about descriptive passages.  Part I is up on settings.

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

Award news et al.

                                  

Awesome award news for Beth Cornelison, who won the Daphne du Maurier Award in Category Series Romantic Mystery/Suspense for A CHRISTMAS STRANGER and to Patti O'Shea, who won the Beacon Award for Best Futuristic/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance for EDGE OF DAWN.  I'm so proud!
In other news, Doranna Durgin is a guest-blogger over at Tor.com with a post on "There Can Be Only- Oh.  Oops.  Never Mind."

Conventions and awards

I have three authors at C2E2 this weekend (the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo).  If you're in the area, I hope you'll stop by and say "hello" for me to Marjorie M. Liu, David Mack and Keith R.A. DeCandido and get some books/comics signed for yourself.

Also, congratulations to my finalists for OKRWA's National Readers' Choice Awards.  You go, gals!


THE EDGE OF DAWN by Patti O'Shea for Best Paranormal

"Naughty and Nice" by Crystal Jordan in the UNDER THE COVERS anthology for Best Novella

THE CHRISTMAS STRANGER by Beth Cornelison for Long Contemporary


Happy Release Day

                                                         

Book 2 of The Bloodhound Files
St. Martin’s | Urban Fantasy | March 30, 2010
Other available series titles: DYING BITES

 

“This engrossing debut adds another captivating protagonist to the urban fantasy ranks….  Barant’s well-developed world offers intriguing enhancements to mythology and history. Jace is remarkable, strong-willed and smart, and she sets an unstoppable pace. Look for the Bloodhound Files to go far.”  — Publishers Weekly, Starred review

"Surviving in this unique alternate reality will take a heroine with plenty of guts, moxie and a sense of the absurd.  This fresh and original take on urban fantasy follows the first-person exploits of an FBI profiler literally yanked out of her world.  Huge kudos to Barant for spicing things up with a story that expertly integrates detective work, kick-butt action and a wacky sense of humor.  Make sure you get in early on the outstanding new Bloodhound Files series."Romantic Times, Top Pick! 

At a bizarre crime scene, Jace finds a bloodsucker murdered by magic, fried to the bone and dressed in the costume of the comic book hero the Flash—a character that isn’t supposed to exist in this alternate reality.  Comic books have been outlawed for their powers, including crossover spells like the one that transported Jace to this world.  Soon, she’s following a trail of dead bodies into the sinister underworld of black-market comics—where a deranged madman gives new meaning to the term “super-villain”….


Book 4 of the Light Warriors series
Tor Romance| Paranormal Romance | March 30, 2010
Other available series titles: IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR, IN TWILIGHT’S SHADOW, THE EDGE OF DAWN

“O'Shea's fourth Light Warriors romance is a riveting thrill ride that will keep her readers enthralled…. The fast-paced story stands alone and will easily draw new fans to the series.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"O'Shea has another winner with her latest novel, which is even faster and more interesting than its predecessor. With beautifully flawed characters, this is a paranormal book sure to be believed. Equal parts passion and horror blend to create one great read." Romantic Times, 4 ½ Stars

The Gineal are magical trouble-shooters, warriors of light, though the allure of the dark side calls to them always.  Sometimes, in order to win a battle, they have no choice by to dabble in the gray, saving the day but bringing themselves ever closer to destruction.  Each book in the series focuses on a couple up against dark magic and overwhelming odds who find love and the means to keep the evil they fight at bay.

Marvelous March releases

Time for my March books round up, it being the first and all, before I launch debut week here on my blog.  If you've given up any hope of global warming and just want to curl up all cozy with a good book, I have a few to suggest:



March 1:
BRIDE OF THE WOLF by Susan Krinard
Susan Krinard is a bestselling and award-winning paranormal romance writer.  Romantic Times honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Contemporary New Reality and with several Reviewers' Choice "Best" awards.  You can read an excerpt of Bride of the Wolf, her latest werewolf romance,
here on her website.

March 2:

MOTHERHOOD IS MURDER by Diana Orgain
Diana is one of my debut authors, who will be guest blogging for me this week (tomorrow, in fact).  MOTHERHOOD IS MURDER is the second in her Maternal Instincts mystery series, following
BUNDLE OF TROUBLE.  You don't have to read the first to appreciate the second, but I don't recommend missing it!  You can read an excerpt of MOTHERHOOD or listen to the promo on her website.

ROADKILL by Rob Thurman
Fifth book in the author's bestselling Cal and Niko urban fantasy series.  You can read excerpts
part 1 and 2 on her website and get a preview of book 6 if you buy the ROADKILL this week (and send a copy of the receipt).  Details here.

REYN’S REDEMPTION by Beth Cornelison
Single Titles says, "Beth Cornelison transplants the reader into the story and gives them the ride of their life up to the climatic ending."  See for yourself?  You can read an excerpt here.


March 23:
READER I MARRIED HIM
by Janet Mullany
A wonderful erotic e-novella based on Jane Eyre.

March 30:

IN THE DARKEST NIGHT by Patti O’Shea
Publishers Weekly raves in their starred review for IN THE DARKEST NIGHT, "O'Shea's fourth Light Warriors romance is a riveting thrill ride that will keep her readers enthralled."  There's
an excerpt for this one too!
 

DEATH BLOWS by DD Barant
This unique urban fantasy, sequel to DYING BITES (finalist for Best Urban Fantasy by Romantic Times), received a 4 1/2 Star Top Pick! Rating from RT, which calls it "as impressive as the first.... Fast-paced, fun and not to be missed!" 

Award news and Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit interview with Eileen Cook

Quick congrats before I move on to the Girlfriends' Cyber Curcuit interview with Eileen Cook.  Crazy lots of kudos to Patti O'Shea for winning the 2009 Fiction Writer of the Year Award from the Midwest Fiction Writers!  (And the crowd goes wild!)

And now, I present to you:




Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook
Simon Pulse Release Date: January 5, 2010

About the Book:

Popularity is the best revenge.

In the final weeks of eighth grade, Lauren Wood made a choice. She betrayed her best friend, Helen, in a manner so publicly humiliating that Helen had to move to a new town just to save face. Ditching Helen was worth it, though, because Lauren started high school as one of the It Girls--and now, at the start of her senior year, she's the cheerleading captain, the quarterback's girlfriend, and the undisputed queen bee. Lauren has everything she's ever wanted, and she has forgotten all about her ex-best friend.

        But Helen could never forget Lauren. After three years of obsessing, she's moving back to her old town. She has a new name and a new look, but she hasn't dropped her old grudges. She has a detailed plan to bring down her former BFF by taking away everything that's ever been important to Lauren—starting with her boyfriend.

       Watch out, Lauren Wood. Things are about to get bitchy.

About the Author:

Eileen Cook spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. When she was unable to find any job postings for world famous author, she went to Michigan State University and became a counselor so she could at least afford her book buying habit. But real people have real problems, so she returned to writing because she liked having the ability to control the ending. Which is much harder with humans.

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


Interview with Eileen Cook

Your novel in 140 characters (Twitter-version):

A story of betrayal, revenge, best friends, hidden identities, and what it means to be happy.  (Can you tell I don’t tweet? I’m lousy at this!)   [I think you did a great job! -L]

If you could be any kind of dairy product, what would you be?

I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve ever been asked this question. I want to think of something clever, but milk was the first thing to come to mind, most likely because I don’t want to think of myself as cheese, because that makes me think cheesy, and who wants to be that? 

What about your main character(s) and why?

Helen would be soy milk because she’s trying to fake everyone out as to her real identity. She’s not milk, but she’ll make you think she could be.

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

When I start a book I don’t tend to have a theme in mind. I have a set of characters that I want to put into a particular situation. Then when I’ve finished the draft I tend to unearth themes and ideas.  Knowing that this book was going to be about revenge, fairly early on I had the idea that the theme would be, living well is the best revenge.

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

I can think of a zillion books I wished I had written. I am a huge reader. I love just about every genre and am on of those people who gets a bit overly anxious if I’m ever stranded someplace without a book. Even if I come across a book I don’t enjoy, I can still appreciate all the work and effort that went into it.  If I have to pick a singe book, I would have loved to have written, The Phantom Tollbooth. It was one of my favorite books as a kid and I still love all the word play and imagination.