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Last week, Elaine Spencer and I from The Knight Agency attended the London Book Fair to meet with editors from around the globe and the agents who work with our lists in various countries.  As always, it was enlightening to hear about the economics, business model changes, genre trends, etc. from other perspectives and very productive to pitch in person the books and series we’re excited about.  Traditionally, mysteries and thrillers have been more challenging than other genres to sell in translation, partly because of settings or set ups that might be considered “too American” and partly because the publishers are focussed on their homegrown authors.  However, “crime” and “thriller” were hands down the two big buzz words at this year’s conference…with the caveat that with so many household names for publishers to choose from, they’re still mostly drawn to big books.  Fantasy, romance (from sweet small town to the racier-the-better), young adult and other fiction are still doing well also.  (How well depends on the particular market.)  But even in those genres, the more thriller-esque and realistic fiction seems most in demand.

Elaine and I were also able to get in a bit of sightseeing, as you can tell from this second picture taken at the Tower of London with the Tower Bridge in the background.  The day we arrived, we did our best to stay up until evening to acclimate as soon as possible (for the fair the next day).  To that end, we visited the Tower and also took a hop on/hop off bus tour to view the sights.  The day after the fair ended, we also took a tour out to Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath.  As soon as I catch up a bit, I promise to post pictures.

In the meantime, I wanted to shout from the rooftops that The Knight Agency’s Nephele Tempest is doing a Writers Digest webinar tomorrow on conquering the dreaded synopsis and is offering a critique along with the class.  Nephele, for those of you who don’t know, represents Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, Shannon K. Butcher and many other wonderful authors.  Details of the webinar are here.

In other news, I’m pleased to congratulate Karen Whiddon for hitting the Bookscan Romance Bestseller list for the third week in a row with THE WOLF PRINCE!   For you mystery readers out there, I walso want to let you know about a great deal RIGHT NOW that Tammy Kaehler’s publisher Poisoned Pen Press is offering on her first Kate Reilly racing mystery novel, DEAD MAN’S SWITCH.  Currently, it’s only 99¢ on Kindle and Nook.  Or you can win a signed copy of the print edition by commenting here (ends tomorrow).

So much good news to report and congratulations to pass along!  I’ll be doing a post later today on some of this week’s fabulous new release.  Right now, I want to congratulate David Mack on making #30 on the New York Times Paperback Bestseller List for his new Star Trek novel THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY!

Also, I’m very excited to congratulate The Knight Agency’s 2012 Romantic Times Award nominees!

NOMINEES –

Harlequin Nocturne: WOLF WHISPERER by Karen Whiddon

Harlequin Romance: RETURN OF THE LAST MCKENNA by Shirley Jump

Harlequin Romantic Suspense: THE COP’S MISSING CHILD by Karen Whiddon

Love Inspired Historical: THE GOVERNESS AND MR. GRANDVILLE  by Abby Gaines

Paranormal Romantic Suspense: EDGE OF SANITY by Shannon K. Butcher

First Historical Romance: A LADY AND HER MAGIC by Tammy Falkner

Historical Fantasy/Paranormal:
WARRIOR’S REDEMPTION by Melissa Mayhue
KING OF THE ISLES by Debbie Mazzuca

First Mystery: THE ANATOMIST’S APPRENTICE by Tessa Harris

Shapeshifter Romance: TANGLE OF NEED by Nalini Singh

Paranormal Romance:
SOMETHING ABOUT WITCHES by Joey W.Hill

Paranormal Worldbuilding:
SPELLFIRE by Jessica Andersen
ARCHANGEL’S STORM by Nalini Singh

Fantasy Novel: THE SHADOWED SUN by N.K. Jemisin


Also, I want to congratulation Knight Agency authors Meljean Brook and Cie Adams for their books RIVETED (in Book of the Year and Steampunk) and THE ISIS COLLAR (co-written with Cathy Clamp as Cat Adams and up in the Urban Fantasy category) for their nominations!

I’ve been shamefully neglecting my blog lately because of extreme busyness, which is a good thing, but also insanity-inducing.  But I had to carve out a few minutes today to say a HUGE congratulations to Faith Hunter, whose latest Jane Yellowrock book, DEATH’S RIVAL is on the New York Times list for the second week in a row.  Awesome news for an equally awesome author!

In other amazing author news: Chloe Neill and Kristen Painter were both recommended in the USA Today article “‘Tis the season for fangs and flirting.”  I don’t think they ever go out of season!

Also, I just want to remind everyone that it’s Teen Read Week, so get out there and feed your own love of reading or help fuel another’s.

This Sunday, October 21st starts the Crossroads Blog Tour with thirteen amazing young adult novelists (well, twelve and me).  Check in daily for the question of the day and enter for a chance to win a Kindle pre-loaded with books from all of the participating authors.

And check in here next week, I promise to step up my game!

Starting with some stunning news before I get to more stunning travel photos: Chloe Neill‘s wonderful new Chicagoland Vampires novel, BITING COLD, has hit the New York Times bestseller lists at #27 for Trade Fiction and #34 for E-books and the USA Today bestseller list at #79.  Go, Chloe!

Also, my new Latter-Day Olympians novel, CRAZY IN THE BLOOD, came out last week while I was off on vacation (bad timing on my part!) so I haven’t done nearly as much promo as I’d like.  I’d love it, of course, if you all want to run out and buy a copy!  (And of the first one, BAD BLOOD, if you don’t have that already.)  Gods, gorgons, murder and mayhem…what’s not to like.  Did I mention very hot heroes?  No?  Bad me, no cookie.  BTW, I’m over at Fiction Reboot today, talking with Brandy Schillace about all things writing. Hope you’ll stop by!

And now, without further ado…

Hawaii – Day 3

(note: for some reason, the slideshow wants to include the covers; sorry about that!)

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We started day three on the pool deck of our hotel—the wind blowing, a guitar-player /singer serenading us, and a hula dancer performing the words to the songs.  I could have sat there all day eating (Ty’s favorite thing was the taro donuts) and listening, but we had to rush off to the Pearl Harbor Memorial before all the tickets were sold/given away for the day.  The tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial are free, but they’re first come, first served, and even arriving by 9 a.m. our allotted time for the movie and ferry to the memorial wasn’t until 11:45.  This was just fine with us, as it gave us time to visit the Pacific Aviation Museum and for Ty to try out the flight simulator there.  The museum was fascinating and heart-breaking all at once.

The USS Arizona Memorial was peaceful and grave, in every sense of the word.  Oil still rises from the sunken ship, as though it’s still leaking mermaid tears for the fallen sailors.  Some of those who survived have chosen to be interred with their fallen fellows upon their deaths and have had their ashes returned to the ship.  It was very sobering.

From there, Pete, Su and Ty went to the Bowfin Submarine, but since I wasn’t feeling well, I stayed behind to watch the drinks, which weren’t allowed on board.

Next was Iolani Palance.  I’d wanted to bring Ty there because I remembered it from my trip to Hawaii with my family when I was about his age.  (Though I mis-remembered the statue of King Kamehameha as being in front of the palace rather than the government building across from in, but then, it was (cough) thirty years ago.)  Unfortunately, we arrived too late for a guide, but we were able to get an audio tour, and while it was still interesting and gave some nice history, it left out some of the more intriguing things I’d heard as a kid, like that royalty (as was not uncommon) married family, often brothers and sisters, until the missionaries arrived and put a stop to it.  The woodwork at the Palace was particularly impressive, and the inlay gorgeous.

Sunset was spent on Punchbowl Crater.  We couldn’t get into the cemetery at the very top, because the gates closed just prior to our arrival, but we sat near the summit and watched the sun go down, taking enough pictures to clearly mark us as tourists…as though there might be any doubt.  It was peaceful and glorious.

Two quick things before I get dug in for the day:

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Kalayna Price for hitting the USA Today bestseller list with her fabulous Alex Craft novel GRAVE MEMORY (sequel to GRAVE WITCH and GRAVE DANCE)!  Says Romantic Times, “This continues to be a truly original and compelling UF series.” I couldn’t agree more.

D.B. Jackson is currently on tour (blog and signing) for his debut historical fantasy THIEFTAKER.  Check him out on John Scalzi’s Big Idea blog or drop by his website for other tour stops.

I’m really pleased to host Girlfriends’ Cyber Circuit sister Elana Johnson with an interview about her latest novel, SURRENDER!  But first, some quick congratulations:

To Lynn Flewelling for sitting pretty on the PW and Bookscan Fantasy Bestseller list at #8 with CASKET OF SOULS (her latest Nightrunner novel featuring rogues Alec and Seregil)!  You can chat with Lynn Flewelling on Twitter this Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, hashtag #knightauthor.  Come join us!  Details here.

To N.K. Jemisin for THE KILLING MOON being named to Publishers Weekly’s list of Best Summer Books 2012!  Best of all, the second book of the duology, THE SHADOWED SUN, releases tomorrow, so you can read the books back to back!

And now, a bit about Elana Johnson and SURRENDER:

About Elana: Elana’s work including POSSESSION, REGRET, and SURRENDER is available from Simon & Schuster wherever books are sold. She is the author of From the Query to the Call, an ebook that every writer needs to read before they query, which can be downloaded for free on her website. She runs a personal blog on publishing and is a founding author of the QueryTracker blog. She blogs regularly at The League of Extraordinary Writers, co-organizes WriteOnCon, and can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

She wishes she could experience her first kiss again, tell the mean girl where to shove it, and have cool superpowers like reading minds and controlling fire. To fulfill her desires, she writes young adult science fiction and fantasy.

About SURRENDER: Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn.

Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque….

 Interview with ELANA JOHNSON

What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?
My writing process is extremely messy. I’m a pantser who loves the thrill of discovery writing. I’ve been getting better and better at brainstorming and quasi-outlining though, but it’s hard.
 
At the beginning of the day, I check the Google calendar and decide if I have a block of writing time. This usually happens on days my daughter has dance, because I can drop her off and go to the library to write. If I have a block, I write during that time. If I don’t have a block, I take the 15 minutes before school, and the 25 minutes before dinner needs to be started, and the hour or two after the kids go to bed.
 
What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and barbeque pita chips.)
The hardest part of the publishing process is the social networking. It’s also the thing I love the most. Weird, I know. But twitter and Facebook and blogs take a lot of time. They sometimes also remind me of what others have that I don’t… And I try really hard to not compare marketing plans, etc.
 
To get through the social media maze, sometimes I just turn the computer off. It’s fabulous!
 
We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island. Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?
Electricity, gloves, and a hoverboard.
 
 
Are there any contests or upcoming appearances/interviews/etc. you’d like to plug?
GIVEAWAY: Elana is hosting a Spectacular Seconds giveaway this week! You can enter to win one of five signed sophomore books by Beth Revis, Ally Condie, Veronica Roth, Kristi Cook, and Kim Harrington. CLICK HERE for all the details and to enter.
 
Congratulations on your fabulous new release!
Thank you!

WoW Insider says of Christie Golden’s Thrall, “Golden is blessed with a golden pen. I would not be surprised to see this novel hit the New York Times Bestseller List, just like Arthas and The Shattering.” They’re prophetic. #26, baby!

If you’re looking for a pithy blog from me today, I’m over at Magical Words, blogging about “Piracy on the High Cs” (regarding copyright, trademarks, infringement, etc.).

Also around the blogosphere is a video interview with Marjorie M. Liu, talking writing and X-23 with Fanboy Comics.

Patti O’Shea’s In the Darkest Night is a finalist for Best Paranormal in the Maggie Awards.

Once Upon a Romance has a great new review of Formula for Murder, the third novel in Diana Orgain’s Maternal Instincts mystery series.

Rob Thurman talks about her virtual launch party and contest on her blog.

And we’re out!