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New Knight Agency contest

For those who don't follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you might not have seen my note yesterday about the fun and fabulous new contest The Knight Agency is running.  Excerpted from the site:

THE QUICKIE SUMMARY: Visit the “OFFICIAL SPEED DATE 2 POST” on Monday, March 7th and leave your name in the comment section from 12pm ET to 1pm ET. We will assign everyone a number who left a comment during the specified entry period and draw 125 contestants using Random.org. The 125 intial entrants will be announced on the blog by the end of the business day and asked to email the first three pages of their manuscript to
Contests@KnightAgency.net. Deidre and Pamela will then join forces to whittle the 125 contestants down to 3 finalists over the following days.

At the end of the contest, we will also award a first chapter critique to one of the initial 125 entrants via random drawing who was not selected as a finalist.

Full details here.


Stop back here tomorrow, as I have something special planned on my blog for Fun Friday!

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?

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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

TKA news

The Knight Agency's holiday extravaganza continues today with a guest post from the fabulous Chloe Neill, author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite series.

Also, in case you missed it, TKA's new newsletter is available here.

Folks are celebrating Friday Reads today, especially relevant in a month where it's nicer to kick up your heels with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa bob around outdoors or, heaven forfend, the malls!  Barbara Vey offers up her reads today on her PW blog, including a great review of Marjorie M. Liu's new IN THE DARK OF DREAMS.  You all have any suggestions for good reads to cuddle up to this holiday season?

Updated Ramblings

I’ve been so crazed lately, that the catchphrase, such as it is, on my blog, “Authorial, Agently and Personal Ramblings,” has only been partially correct.  I’ve barely posted the authorial at all, partly because my character Gina has insisted on having a life of her own and started her own blog over here, and partly because I’ve been so busy on the agently side of the force.  I’ve had no time at all for a personal life, as my son reminded me rather insistently recently, so that’s completely fallen by the wayside.  Anyhoo, on the authorial end of things, I’m honored to announce that my essay, “Abuse,” will be included in the Dear Bully anthology that will be put out by HarperTeen in the fall of 2011 (see PW story here).   It’s an amazing collection that Carrie Jones and Megan Kelley Hall have put together, with proceeds to go to a national anti-bullying charity.  Included are a prestigious bunch of authors, including Heather Brewer, Mo Willems, Ellen Hopkins, R.L Stine, Alyson Noël, Lauren Kate, Lisa McMann, Lauren Oliver,  and Girlfriends’ Cyber Circuit sisters Linda Gerber, Diana Rodriguez Wallach, Laurie Faria Stolarz and many others. 
 

Also next year (June 2011), Samhain will release my urban fantasy/paranormal romance (it really is on the cusp), Bad Blood.  I call it my beer-goggling gorgons novel, but really that barely begins to cover it!  More as time approaches.

This year I was very thankful for the release of the sequel to Vamped, entitled (what else?) ReVamped and of my short story “Fruit of the Vein” in Esther Friesner’s fabulous Fangs for the Mammaries anthology. 



In agently news, The Knight Agency is having our annual holiday chat, complete with a whole bag of goodies to giveaway at 12:30 ET today.  Details are here.  Hope you can join us!  In the meantime, Sarah A. Hoyt has graced us today with a special story based on “The Little Match Girl.”  You can read it here and comment for a chance to win a signed copy of her Darkship Thieves.

Happy Holidays!

The Knight Agency events

First, the new Knight Agency newsletter is available here!  You can just view or go and subscribe.

Second, we're hosting a chat tomorrow night with the fabulous N.K. Jemisin (author of THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS, THE BROKEN KINGDOMS and the forthcoming KINGDOM OF GODS).  There will be giveaways and some great chit-chat.  Hope you can join us.  Details:

When: Thursday, November 18th @ 9pm ET
Where: TKA's chat room**:
http://client1.sigmachat.com/sc.php?id=115545
How To Chat: Enter any combination of username and password. Login.
**Your computer must be Java enabled to chat.

Third, The Knight Agency is doing a Countdown to Turkey Day on our blog, complete with great author and agent interviews and giveaways.  Swing by, pick up tips, and maybe even some swag.

New and exciting

Exciting things to report.  First, The Knight Agency is restarting the "Ask an Agent" feature on our blog.  Follow the link and add your question to the comments section to have Nephele Tempest respond.



In other news, Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series rises again, taking GHOST TOWN all the way to #1 on the Nielsen Children's Fiction Bestseller List in the UK and to #55 on the USA Today list.  Also, because Rachel is pretty amazing about giving back to her readers, she's over at Bitten by Books with chances to win a 16GB iPad.  Today's the last day to enter, so check it out before it's too late!



Want more?  Anxiously awaiting the next Dirk & Steele novel by Marjorie M. Liu?  IN THE DARK OF DREAMS releases November 30th from Avon Books.  As a two-fer, the star-studded anthology SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH, featuring a Marjorie Liu story, along with offerings from such other greats as Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, Peter S. Beagle, Tanith Lee, etc. will be out November 16th from Gallery Books. 

Ah, November...Thanksgiving this year brings much for which to be thankful!

Where am I this time?

Looking for me?  I'm up at Magical Words today with "What Agents Are and Aren't."  Not one of my catchier titles, but there you go.

Tonight, I'll be at The Knight Agency chat with Michele Lang of Lady Lazarus fame and a special surprise guest.  There'll be good talk, giveaways and much fun.  Hope you'll join us at 9 p.m. ET here.  It's very easy.  The only catch is that your computer must be Java-enabled to chat.  

Tomorrow I'll post blurbs for some great books coming out September 28th: JANE AND THE DAMNED by Janet Mullany, the mass market release of THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS by N.K. Jemisin, THE MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES, Volume II omnibus by Rachel Caine, and FANGS FOR THE MAMMARIES ed. by Esther Friesner with great stories by Susan Sizemore, Steven Piziks, Sarah A. Hoyt, me and many, many others.


Happy Release Day to Debra Mullins


 

Happy release day to Debra Mullins for TEMPTING A PROPER LADY

She's over today at Romantic Crush Junkies with an interview and giveaway, so check it out and leave a comment there for a chance to win!

Blurb for TEMPTING A PROPER LADY:

A Most Improper Alliance

Two years ago, dashing Captain Samuel Breedlove disappeared without a word. But he's resurfaced in London a wealthy man, only to discover his fiancÉe preparing to wed another. Now Samuel needs to restore his good name and expose a villain—and tempting, temptable Cilla seems an ideal accomplice.

Priscilla Burke knows the marriage of her charge, Annabelle Bailey, to the Earl of Raventhorpe must be perfect. It would be madness for her to even consider doing anything that would mar this beautiful day and destroy her fledgling career as a wedding planner. Why then is she so drawn to this irresistible stranger who insists she help him sabotage the impending affair?

But a proper lady's desire is nothing to toy with. And a man whose character has been questioned cannot allow himself to dream of happily ever after. This not-so-innocent seduction may have unforeseen consequences . . .

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Praise for TEMPTING A PROPER LADY:

Tempting a Proper Lady is one hot book! Ms. Mullins uses many different facets to bring this great story together. Between a hint of crime, passion, the ton, secret assignation, a rejected suitor, and a strong woman you cannot help but really enjoy this novel. (Coffee Time Romance)

“Humorous, spirited and charming, Mullins’ novel takes a bit of The Wedding Planner and combines it with American Heiresses for a pleasurable, quick read that will keep you smiling.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)
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In other news, fab fantasy author Lynn Flewelling is guest blogging today at The Knight Agency site with a chance to win her new release THE WHITE ROAD!