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I’m so, so excited that The Knight Agency has four authors in the final round of the GoodReads Choice Awards! I love these awards, which highlight worthy titles and always threaten to overload my TBR pile. I hope you’ll vote however your inclination, but I have to send a special shout out to:

Rachel Caine for STILLHOUSE LAKE up for Best Mystery/Thriller:  https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-mystery-thriller-books-2017

Christina Henry for LOST BOY up for Best Horror: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-horror-books-2017

N.K. Jemisin for THE STONE SKY up for Best Fantasy: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-fantasy-books-2017

Nalini Singh for SILVER SILENCE up for Best Romance: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-romance-books-2017

I’m also pleased to announce the following new releases! (Yes, they’re from last week, but I was away, and so I present them to you now!)

all those explosions cover ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT by James Alan Gardner (Tor Books, B&N, Amazon)

Monsters are real.
But so are heroes.

Sparks are champions of weird science. Boasting capes and costumes and amazing super-powers that only make sense if you don’t think about them too hard, they fight an eternal battle for truth and justice . . . mostly.

Darklings are creatures of myth and magic: ghosts, vampires, were-beasts, and the like. Their very presence warps reality. Doors creak at their approach. Cobwebs gather where they linger.

Kim Lam is an ordinary college student until a freak scientific accident (what else?) transforms Kim and three housemates into Sparks—and drafts them into the never-ending war between the Light and Dark. They struggle to master their new abilities—and (of course) to design cool costumes and come up with great hero-names.

Turns out that “accident” was just the first salvo in a Mad Genius’s latest diabolical scheme. Now it’s up to four newbie heroes to save the day, before they even have a chance to figure out what their team’s name should be!

ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS made both Barnes & Noble and i09’s Recommended Reading lists for November!

Black Goat Blues cover (002) BLACK GOAT BLUES by Levi Black, #2 in the Mythos War series (Tor Books, B&N, Amazon)

Levi Black delivers in Black Goat Blues, the Lovecraft-inspired sequel to the dark fantasy Red Right Hand, which Jonathan Maberry calls “A perfect blend of old-school horror and modern storytelling sorcery.”

In Red Right Hand, Charlie Tristan Moore was thrust into a nightmarish world of lurking Lovecraftian horrors when The Man In Black, a diabolical Elder God, chose her as his unwilling Acolyte. Discovering her own power, Charlie ultimately defied The Man In Black, but at a cost.

Now armed with a magic coat made from the skin of a flayed angel, Charlie is out to destroy The Man In Black and save her boyfriend Daniel—and she doesn’t care how many bloodthirsty gods and monsters get in her way…

shades of memory SHADES OF MEMORY by Diana Pharaoh Francis (Bell Bridge Books, B&N, Amazon)

“Exceptional!” -Jill Smith, RT Book Reviews on The Diamond City Magic series

Riley’s lost the last damned thing she’s willing to lose. She’s declaring war and prisoners are optional.

After escaping the FBI, Riley and her family have become fugitives, and not just from the law. Every bad guy on the planet wants a piece of Riley. Gregg has been kidnapped. Worse than that, Price’s newly discovered magic is dangerously out of control, and her own is trying to kill her. She has little time to worry about any of that before all hell breaks loose in Diamond City, and she finds herself smack dab in the crossfire.

With the clock ticking down, Riley gathers her friends and family to execute a Hail Mary plan that will pit them against seven of the most dangerous thugs in Diamond City, a serial killer, Riley’s psychopath father, and a mysterious billionaire with plans of his own. If she succeeds, she makes herself an even bigger target. If she fails, everybody she cares about dies.

But the shadows hold danger even Riley will never see coming . . . .

Diana Pharaoh Francis is the acclaimed author of a dozen fantasy and urban fantasy novels. Her books have been nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and RT’s Best Urban Fantasy. Shades of Memory is the fourth book in her exciting new urban fantasy series—The Diamond City Magic Novels.

vampire undone VAMPIRE UNDONE by Shannon Curtis (Harlequin Nocturne, B&N, Amazon)

Her cruelest temptation… 

A werewolf’s bite has just one cure, and vampire Lucien Marchetta intends to find it. But first he must convince Professor Natalie Segova to help him. Natalie once considered Lucien a friend and protector…until he abandoned her to a terrible tragedy. And yet she still struggles to resist his tantalizing allure and the intimate memories of their past.

Racing to locate the cure, Lucien and Natalie tangle in a seductive power play where every move ratchets up the intensity of their blistering attraction. But time is running out and the veil between death and life is shifting. If Lucien doesn’t reclaim Natalie’s heart soon, he could lose her—and everything he values—forever.

resurrection game In other news, Michelle Belanger’s THE RESURRECTION GAME, third in her Shadowside series, made Unbound Worlds’ list of Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of November 2017! This one is out November 28th, so not long now!

Happy reading, everyone!

I’m just back (well, as of 2 a.m. Sunday night…or rather Monday morning) from meetings in New York and the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs.  I always come back from New York so energized and pumped, because a) I’ve done some great business, and b) I’ve been surrounded by people whose lives are dedicated to books.  My people!  I’ll probably do a write up with a few pics of my travels and travails a bit later this week, but for now I wanted to give some huge shout outs to some of my authors with exceptionally good things going on.

First, a Happy Book Birthday (or at least re-issue birthday) to D.B. Jackson for the trade paperback edition of his wonderful “tricorn punk” novel A PLUNDER OF SOULS:

PlunderofSouls150 A PLUNDER OF SOULS by D.B. Jackson

Boston, 1769: Ethan Kaille, a Boston thieftaker who uses his conjuring to catch criminals, has snared villains and defeated magic that would have daunted a lesser man. What starts out as a mysterious phenomenon that has local ministers confused becomes something far more serious.

A ruthless, extremely powerful conjurer seeks to wake the souls of the dead to wreak a terrible revenge on all who oppose him. Kaille’s minister friends have been helpless to stop crimes against their church. Graves have been desecrated in a bizarre, ritualistic way. Equally disturbing are reports of recently deceased citizens of Boston reappearing as grotesquely disfigured shades, seemingly having been disturbed from their eternal rest, and now frightening those who had been nearest to them in life. But most personally troubling to Kaille is a terrible waning of his ability to conjure. He knows all these are related…but how?

When Ethan discovers the source of this trouble, he realizes that his conjure powers and those of his friends will not be enough to stop a madman from becoming all-powerful. But somehow, using his wits, his powers, and every other resource he can muster, Ethan must thwart the monster’s terrible plan and restore the restless souls of the dead to the peace of the grave. Let the battle for souls begin in A Plunder of Souls, the third, stand-alone novel in Jackson’s acclaimed Thieftaker series.

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Next, I’m really excited to have three authors in the semifinal round of GoodReads Best Books of 2015 voting!

alice ALICE by Christina Henry up for Best Horror!

fifth season THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin up for Best Fantasy!

Apex-144dpi APEX by Ramez Naam up for Best Science Fiction!

There’s some stiff competition and wonderful titles to take as recommendations for your reading list.  However you’re inclined, I hope you’ll vote and let your voice be heard!

First, huge congratulations to Amy Christine Parker, whose debut young adult thriller GATED is up for a YA Books Central Choice Award for Best Teen Horror/Thriller of 2013!  To vote or to find new books to love, check out the Choice Awards here!  (And if you want to check out GATED for yourself, there’s a free sampler available from Random House Children’s!)

Also, a quick reminder that I’m doing a GoodReads chat today from 1:30-3:30 pm ET. Even if you’re busy at the time, you can leave questions now and come back for the answers later or tune in any time to see what questions were asked and answered.  If you’re here on my blog, you probably already know my relevant deets, but just in case, here’s a handy dandy bio:

Lucienne Diver joined The Knight Agency in 2008, after spending fifteen years with Spectrum Literary Agency in New York. Over the course of her dynamic career she has sold over seven hundred titles to every major publisher, and has built a client list of more than forty authors spanning the commercial fiction genres, primarily in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery, and young adult fiction. Her authors have been honored with the RITA, National Readers’ Choice, Golden Heart, Romantic Times and Colorado Book Awards, and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.  Clients include such bestsellers as Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, Faith Hunter, Rob Thurman, Susan Krinard, Kalayna Price and many others.

She’s also an author in her own right with her Vamped young adult series for Flux Books (VAMPED, REVAMPED, FANGTASTIC and FANGTABULOUS) and the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series for Samhain (BAD BLOOD, CRAZY IN THE BLOOD and RISE OF THE BLOOD), which Long and Short Reviews calls, “delightful Urban Fantasy, a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan.”  In addition, she’s written short stories and essays that have appeared in the Strip-Mauled and Fangs for the Mammaries anthologies edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books), in Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperTeen) and the anthology Kicking It edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price (Roc Books). Further information is available on The Knight Agency website and her author site.

Whew, I’ve been busy!

GoodReads Chat

Posted: January 8, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I’m excited to be chatting with the great folks at GoodReads this Friday, both as author and agent (though, unsurprisingly, most of the questions thus far are aimed at my agent-self).  I hope you’ll join in!  Questions can be posted any time, but I’ll be there from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. ET this Friday, January 10th.  Ciao!

Jane_Yellowrock_World_Companion Okay, so much good!  First, happy one-day-belated book birthday to Faith Hunter and Carol Malcolm, whose JANE YELLOWROCK WORLD COMPANION came out in digital yesterday and is available everywhere!  They’re having a release party starting at noon today (though you can RSVP now) over at Bitten by Books and giving away a $50 gift card!  Also new and exciting, Audible has just released an audio collection of Jane Yellowrock stories called CAT O’NINE TALES, which is available here.  (Incidentally, Jane Yellowrock made the Barnes & Noble Book Blog’s list of “The 10 Most Badass Women in Fantasy Literature”.)

sixguntarotcover Congratulations to R.S. Belcher whose amazing debut novel THE SIX GUN TAROT has now made two (count ‘em, 2!) Best of the Year lists:

Forbidden Planet Blog: http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2013/best-of-the-year-2013-andrew-girdwood/

Passionate Foodie Blog: http://passionatefoodie.blogspot.com/2013/12/my-favorite-fiction-books-of-2013.html

BlackArts-Cover Faith Hunter’s BLACK ARTS cover won one of the first rounds of voting for the Hottest Heroine Covers 2013 at Addicted 2 Heroines.  I count two Knight Agency authors (I’m sensing a numerical theme here) in the 3rd round voting: Chloe Neill and Kerry Schafer.  Go, see for yourself which is your favorite.  You might win a $30 Amazon Gift card (US/CA) or $30 in books from the Book Depository (INT) via their Rafflecopter giveaway.

goldencity_100dpi Speaking of giveaways, if you haven’t checked out J. Kathleen Cheney’s debut THE GOLDEN CITY (which, incidentally, made Library Journal’s list of Best Books of 2013:SF/Fantasy), GoodReads is giving you the chance to win one of eight copies.  Twenty-nine days left to enter.  That’s more than the shopping days left until Christmas!

If you want your own say in best of the year lists, you have until 11:59 pm on Friday, December 20th to vote in Paranormal Haven’s Best of 2013 Awards.  There are some amazing choices here, including, of course, books by Chloe Neill, Nalini Singh, Gena Showalter and other favorites!

Vamped In other news, Diana Rodriguez Wallach was amazing enough to mention my YA novel VAMPED in her post “Give an Indie Book for Christmas – 3 Books for Paranormal Lovers” along with SUPERNATURAL HUNTERS by Kelly Parra and the anthology VERY SUPERSTITIOUS, so, of course, I have to include this in my round up as well!

It seems the days when I could count on things being quiet enough to post a leisurely blog are far behind me, so I’m a couple of days late posting my happy book birthdays for the week. Here are some great, great reads just out!

Kicking_It KICKING IT edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price

This is am amazing urban fantasy anthology featuring, as the cover says, “All-New Tales of Murder, Magic, and Manalos”.  Okay, not all the boots are Manolos, but, hey, alliteration…what can you do?  Featured here are some of the very top names in urban fantasy…and me.  Awesome stories from Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, Rob Thurman, Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price, Christina Henry, Chris Marie Green, Shannon K. Butcher and (last but least), me.  Really, seriously worth checking out!

nightmaster-150x237 NIGHTMASTER by Susan Krinard

Amanda Quick said, “Susan Krinard was born to write romance.”  I couldn’t agree more.  She’s won the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Contemporary New Reality, as well as many Readers’ Choice, PRISM and other awards for her paranormal romance.  NIGHTMASTER is the second in her exciting Nightsiders series for Harlequin’s Nocturne line (the first is DAYSIDER).

colton christmas rescue COLTON CHRISTMAS RESCUE by Beth Cornelison

Award-winning author Beth Cornelison’s latest release is in the very popular Coltons of Wyoming continuity series.

Cover copy:

Join the Coltons of Wyoming for a holiday showdown at Dead River Ranch

Deep undercover, Wyoming special agent Slade Kent comes to Dead River Ranch with only one thing in mind: justice. Bent on solving a string of recent crimes, as well as his father’s long-unsolved murder, he won’t let down his guard for anyone. Until beautiful heiress Amanda Colton and her baby are attacked. He’ll do anything to protect them…even put his heart on the line.

Amanda’s done with deception, but the irresistibly mysterious Slade draws her trust. When danger—and uncontained passion—spark, they must both put aside secrets and agendas for survival…and love?

Looking for more great reads?  GoodReads has announced their Best Books of 2013!  I’m particularly excited to have TWO authors on the Paranormal Fantasy list – the fab Chloe Neill and Faith Hunter!

Also, Amy Christine Parker and I recommended some Rebel Reads in our video Tuesday for the YA Rebels (see below).  And if you scroll below that, you’ll see a couple more of my Rebel Reads that I’d somehow neglected to send, but which are great recommendations for boys particularly: SUBJECT SEVEN by James A. Moore and PATIENT ZERO by Jonathan Maberry.  (Also, my 13 year old recommends Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series, Kristen Simmons’s ARTICLE 5, and Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle.)

One quick thing before I introduce Sara Hantz, who’s here today to talk to us about her new book, IN THE BLOOD.  I’m so pleased to say that Faith Hunter and Chloe Neill are both up for the Goodreads Best of 2013 Award in the category of Best Paranormal Fantasy for BLOOD TRADE and HOUSE RULES respectively.  If you’re so inclined, please go vote for your favorite. So many wonderful books to choose from.  (In other news, I’m completely stunned not to see Ramez Naam’s CRUX up there for Science Fiction. There are a lot of great choices here already, but I notice you can write in votes!  I’m just sayin’.)

In the Blood - Hantz And now, without further ado, I’m pleased to present Sara Hantz and her latest book IN THE BLOOD (releasing tomorrow from Entangled Teen).

Blurb:

For seventeen years, Jed Franklin’s life was normal. Then his father was charged with the abuse and murder of four young boys and normal became a nightmare.

His mom’s practically a walking zombie, he’s lost most of his friends, and the press camps out on his lawn. The only things that keep him sane are his little sis; his best friend and dream girl, Summer; and the alcohol he stashes in his room. But after Jed wakes up from a total blackout to discover a local kid has gone missing—a kid he was last seen talking to—he’s forced to face his greatest fear: that he could somehow be responsible.

In a life that’s spiraled out of control, Jed must decide if he chooses his own destiny with Summer by his side or if the violent urges that plagued his father are truly in the blood…

Praise for IN THE BLOOD:

“Sara Hantz doesn’t pull any punches shaping this story of one of the toughest, most complicated family situations that a teen could face. Jed’s emotions are raw and real. I ached and raged with him and frantically turned pages to see where he would end up.”  Stephanie Kuehnert, author of Ballads of Suburbia and I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

“In The Blood is a gut-wrenching look inside the mind of a young man living with a nightmare. Jared has to learn to face life after his father is accused of an unspeakable crime. A ripped-from-the-headlines story that illustrates the power of unconditional love.”  B. A. Binns author of PULL, and Being God

“A dark and deliciously tense story that will make you wonder how alike our parents we can be.”  Kelley York author of Hushed.

Interview with Sara Hantz

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?

I am definitely a plotter. And my writing process is very linear. I try to write each day, fitting it in with my day job – luckily I don’t mind interruptions.
What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and sour cream and onion chips.)

I’m an instant gratification person and that doesn’t work with publishing. Everything seems to take so long and demands patience – I was definitely at the back of the line when that was handed out. How do I get through it? Hmm….. a lot of muttering, checking my emails every 5 seconds and a few jelly beans!

We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island. Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?

Jed is a pretty solitary person – so probably his iPod; a book on famous bridges; a photo of Summer (the girl he’s in love with).
If your story were a film, who would you cast?

Jed: Paul Wesley (although he’s maybe a bit too old), Summer: Ellen Page

 

Author’s Bio:

Sara Hantz originally comes from the UK and is one of four children, having three younger brothers. Although she was an avid reader from a very early age, she didn’t get the writing bug until much later in life, though English was always one of her stronger subjects. She’s an avid sun chaser and now lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Australia (via 10 years in New Zealand). Sara lectured for many years before deciding to devote more time to her writing and working in the family hospitality business. She has two grown-up children and when not writing, working, or online with her friends, she spends more time than most people she knows watching TV – in fact if TV watching was an Olympic sport she’d win gold. Sara’s books: In The Blood, The Second Virginity of Suzy Green and Will The Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up (due out May 2014).