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I have the song that was used in that old Popeye’s Chicken commercial, “What’s your flavor?  Tell me, what’s your flavor?” going through my head right now.  It might just be that I’m hungry or it might be that the amazing book birthdays I have to announce today are so diverse.  A little something for everyone!


My two cents: D.D. Barant has one of the most original voices going on in urban fantasy. But don’t take my word for it, take a look at one of the 36 reviews up on Barnes & Noble for his last book, BETTER OFF UNDEAD.  Or even more for his previous Bloodhound Files novels: DYING BITES, DEATH BLOWS and KILLING ROCKS.

In this book:

Another work day, another case for the Bloodhound Files. But this time, Jace is truly stumped: How is she, a mere human, supposed to penetrate the dark heart of a child-trafficking ring of pire orphans—one that turns out to be part of a blood-farm operation, in the crime-ridden border city of Vancouver, British Columbia?

Jace is in over her head. But with the help of her former lover, Tanaka—whose family is one of the last samurai clans left in Japan—she stands a chance at seeking justice for the condemned children… Until the Yakuza tries to put an end to Jace’s investigation. Jace risks more than death—this time, it’s the fate of her very soul that’s in danger . . .

HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE by Vicky Dreiling

Vicky is a writer to watch.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed!  Already, she’s a triple RITA Award finalist for her novels HOW TO MARRY A DUKE (Best First Book and Best Regency Historical Romance) and HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL (Regency Historical Romance).  Her reviews are stellar, and she’s just plain fun!  Okay, not plain fun. Fun with heart, handsome heroes, scandal and seduction….  Need I say more?



Amy Hardwick has one last Season to shake off her wallflower image and make a love match. If she can’t, she’ll set aside her dreams of romance and return home to a suitor who can provide security-if little else. What she doesn’t count on is the inappropriate-and irresistible-attention lavished on her in a darkened library by rake extraordinaire Will “The Devil” Darcett . . .


When Will is caught in a tryst with the tons shyest miss, he knows he must offer for her hand. Yet Amy is not the shrinking violet she seems to be. Passion lies beneath her prim exterior and Will is eager to release it. But winning Amy isn’t simply a matter of seduction; first, Will must convince her that he’s mended his wicked ways . . .

Also, for anyone who missed it, the new Knight Agency newsletter is out, with a contribution from me on self-promotion, agency news, our conference schedules and much, much more!

So many great things to announce, like the new Rachel Caine deal reported in this week’s Publishers Weekly, Kalayna Price’s incredible urban fantasy GRAVE WITCH winning a Maggie Award in the Published Paranormal category, the great interviews (including one with me), which the editors at The Write Place at the Write Time shared on the Inscribing Industry blog, Janet Mullany blogging over at Austen Prose with a giveaway of her latest novel, the special price on my own Vamped for Kindle right now and these fabulous new books, releasing today!

JANE AUSTEN: BLOOD PERSUASION by Janet Mullany (Avon/HarperCollins)

Other available series titles: JANE AND THE DAMNED

“Mullany (Improper Relations) pens an impressively compelling Jane Austen mashup full of humor (“You damned Damned!”) and poignant irony.… the bond between Jane and her father, the small scenes that reflect Austen’s novels, the sly humor of a vampire Prince Regent, and an abundance of moral dilemmas and vivid action make this a very satisfying page-turner for vamp-lovers and Austen fans alike.”      —Publishers Weekly

“A fast-paced adventure.”   —Booklist

“…a captivating and exhilarating good read!” —Austenesque Reviews

“Jane and the Damned wasn’t what I was expecting; it far exceeded my expectations.  I loved the action, I loved the vampire elements and I loved that Ms. Mullany kept many quirks and characteristics of the original Jane intact.  The fictional characters Ms. Mullany introduced were vibrant, flamboyant , excessive and seductive … Jane and the Damned is a vampire story for those discriminating readers who enjoy a more cerebral type of supernatural yarn.” —Psychotic State

Blurb: It is 1810, and the Damned are out of favor—banished from polite society. Jane Austen’s old undead friends have become new neighbors, raising hell in her tranquil village just in time to interrupt Jane’s work on what will be her masterpiece. Suddenly Jane’s niece is flirting dangerously with vampires, and a formerly respectable spinster friend has discovered the forbidden joys of intimate congress with the Damned (and is borrowing Jane’s precious silk stockings for her assignations). Writing is simply impossible now, with murderous creatures prowling the village’s once-peaceful lanes. And with the return of her vampire characteristics, a civil war looming between factions of the Damned, and a former lover who intends to spend eternity blaming her for his broken heart, Jane is facing a very busy year indeed.

Bloodhound Files #4: BETTER OFF UNDEAD by D.D. Barant (St. Martin’s Press)

Other available series titles: DYING BITES, DEATH BLOWS, KILLING ROCKS

“A steller addition to an already outstanding series.” –RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars! TOP PICK!)

 “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)  

“A heroine with plenty of guts, moxie and a sense of the absurd.  [A] fresh and original take on urban fantasy…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 

“Barant does an excellent job introducing a whole new world where vampires make up the majority of the population…quick and engrossing…a great new series.”—The Romance Reader 

Blurb: Dark magic, unknown enemies, monsters of every stripe—FBI profiler Jace Valchek has seen it all. In this bizarre parallel universe, shape-shifting werewolves and blood-thirsty vampires don’t even warrant a raised eyebrow. That is, until Jace has to face what life might look like as one of them …

It starts off as just another run-of-the-mill assignment: to track down the rogue don of a mafia werewolf family before he upsets the delicate balance of the underworld. But Jace wasn’t counting on being bitten…and soon she’s fighting the growing wolf inside her with a startling antidote—vampirism. Stopping a bloody gangland war won’t be easy when Jace is feeling some new, and very inhuman, desires …

SONG OF THE BEAST by Carol Berg (Roc)

Awards won: 2003 Colorado Book Awards in genre fiction

“Carol Berg’s latest work shows the maturing of a prolific and dynamic writer.” — New York Review of Science Fiction

“Like Lois McMaster Bujold, Berg knows how to grip her audience from the first page and fling them on a rollercoaster ride.” — SF Revu

“The plot keeps twisting right until the end.” — Locus

“Fans of “THE DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN” series by Anne McCaffrey will love this novel.” — The Best Reviews

“Berg’s fascinating fantasy is a puzzle story, with a Celtic-flavored setting and a plot as intricate and absorbing as fine Celtic lacework….  the characters are memorable, and Berg’s intelligence and narrative skill make this stand-alone fantasy most commendable.” — Booklist

“Dragons’ voices and one man’s sheer, indomitable will blend to produce a powerful story of courage and faith. “Song of the Beast” is this summer’s sleeper hit.” — The Davis Enterprise


Blurb: Brutal imprisonment has broken Aiden McAllister.  His celebrated voice is silent.  His hands ruined.  His music is destroyed—and with it the visions he once gave a kingdom ravaged by dragon war.  The god who nurtured his talent since boyhood has abandoned him.

But no one ever told Aidan his crime. When pursuers threaten to throw him back in the prison he’s just left, he’s driven to discover the truth, risking his hard-bought freedom to unlock the mind of his god and the heart of his enemy.