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A few things I’m really excited about today.  One is wishing J. Kathleen Cheney HUGE congratulations for finaling in the Locus Award for Best First novel for her wonderful fantasy THE GOLDEN CITY (to be followed July 1st by the sequel, THE SEAT OF MAGIC).  Such a worthy book in such prestigious company!

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More exciting news: those of you already familiar with Molly Cochran‘s wonderful YA novels for Paula Wiseman Books/S&S will be thrilled to know that there’s a new Katy e-novella out called WISHES (and for only $1.99)!  Those of you who aren’t yet familiar, there’s no time like the present to dip into the world, especially with the specially priced novella out and the paperbacks of the first two books soon to be released: LEGACY and POISON.  Her third Katy book, SEDUCTION, is scheduled for December 2014.

beyond our stars small I have to wish a fantastically happy book birthday to debut author Marie Langager, whose wonderful young adult science fiction novel BEYOND OUR STARS, released today as part of Bloomsbury Spark’s launch line.  So exciting!

Cover Copy:

Fleeing a destroyed Earth, seventeen-year-old orphan Hope grew up living in the confines of a spaceship heading to CR-3, a new home planet. She’s been kicking the steel walls for too long and ever since she broke her boyfriend’s heart, touchdown could mean open air and a fresh start. But no one expected the Locals.

Hope’s dreams of freedom turn into nightmares when the Locals trap the humans and mark groups for observation. At any moment she can be called into a holographic observation room for testing. Some days she’s drowning in a strange dark ocean, some days she’s locked up without food, and all with the one boy she can’t seem to forget.

As the Locals study Hope, she studies them. She wants to believe the tall grey creatures could be peaceful, but as the simulations become more dangerous, Hope is about to become the human race’s last chance for survival.

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In other news, there are still 13 hours left to get in on Chloe Neill‘s great giveaway!  One lucky person will win:

  • A Kindle Paperwhite E-Book Reader
  • An autographed ARC of WILD THINGS;
  • Chicagoland Vampires bookmarks, pens, and buttons;
  • Two signed, international copies of the CV books.

Check her blog for details.  And don’t forget, her enovella HOWLING FOR YOU, set in her Chicagoland Vampires world, is set to release January 7th, though you can pre-order now!  (WILD THINGS, the next series Chicagoland Vampires book is coming the very next month on February 3rd).

Last, but not least, The Knight Agency has three (!) authors up on this round of Addicted 2 Heroines’ Hottest Heroine Cover contest – J. Kathleen Cheney, Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh! You can check out all of the great covers here and vote for a chance to win an Amazon gift card or books from the Book Depository ($30).

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!

Sending for the newsletter, but also for a huge WHOO HOO!

goldencity_100dpi So beside myself with excitement to see J. Kathleen Cheney’s debut novel THE GOLDEN CITY on Library Journal’s list of Best Books of 2013: SF/Fantasy!

It’s so funny, because just the other day some writers were bemoaning on my Facebook page the way the “establishment” is so averse to new voices, how we’re all gatekeepers (read evil ogres), etcetera and so forth and yet here’s one of the industry magazines putting a new voice on par with other awesome, established authors.  Hmm, because this is my soapbox and I’ll holler if I want to, here are some other recent and amazing debuts on my list, all new within the past twelve months or forthcoming:

NEXUS by Ramez Naam – a great SF thriller released by Angry Robot Books in December 2012, followed by the sequel CRUX in August 2013

GATED by Amy Christine Parker – a young adult thriller about a girl who grows up in a cult and begins to question as the “end times” are upon them published by Random House Children’s in August 2013

THE GOLDEN CITY by J. Kathleen Cheney (mentioned above) – a fantasy/mystery set in a alternate Portugal released by Roc books in November 2013

BEYOND OUR STARS by Marie Langager – a suspenseful YA science fiction novel in which a girl’s hope for a fresh start on a new planet becomes a nightmare when she’s marked by the current inhabitants for for special testing coming in December 2013 from Bloomsbury Spark

PREDATOR by Janice Gable Bashman – young adult novel with a unique twist on the werewolf mythos coming from Month9Books in Fall 2014

THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman – wonderful fantasy novel billed by the publisher as Doctor Who with librarians! forthcoming from Tor UK in January 2015

My debut novelists have also included Lynn Flewelling, Carol Berg, Vicky Dreiling, Diana Pharaoh Francis, N.K. Jemisin, Kalayna Price, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Steven Piziks (aka Steven Harper), Tammy Kaehler….  A very impressive list, I think you’ll agree!  So, if you want to see more new voices, the best thing you can do is support them as they come along!

It’s exciting any time a book I rep gets a starred review or some kind of extra attention, but when it’s a debut, especially, I just want to shout from the rooftops, “Yay, I’ve always loved this book and think you should all rush out for a copy to find out why!”  Or two…or three copies…  Books make great gifts!  Anyway, my whoo and hoo are coming out right now for J. Kathleen Cheney’s starred review in Library Journal for THE GOLDEN CITY.  To quote, “VERDICT Cheney’s debut is a masterpiece of historical fantasy, set in early 1900s Portugal, a time and place rarely explored in English-language fiction. The fascinating mannerisms of the age and the extreme formality of two people growing fonder of each other add a charmingly fresh appeal that will cross over to romance fans as well as to period fantasy readers.”  Yay!

Also, I want to congratulate The Knight Agency’s Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award nominees, listed below!  So proud!

Contemporary Romance: SUMMER AT MUSTANGE RIDGE by Jesse Hayworth

Regency Set Historical Romance: WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS by Vicky Dreiling

Vampire Romance: PRINCE OF SHADOWS by Tes Hilaire

Paranormal Romance: HEART OF OBSIDIAN by Nalini Singh

Paranormal Romance: BLACK AND BLUE by Gena Showalter

Futuristic Romance: HEART FORTUNE by Robin D. Owens

Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding: LAST BLOOD by Kristen Painter

Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding: BLOOD WINTER by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Harlequin Desire: BEDROOM DIPLOMACY by Michelle Celmer

Paranormal Worldbuilding: GUARDIAN DEMON by Meljean Brook *

Harlequin Desire: BEHIND PALACE DOORS by Jules Bennett *

Harlequin Nocturne: TAMING THE DEMON by Doranna Durgin

First Mystery: DEATH COMES TO THE VILLAGE by Catherine Lloyd

 

* Not a TKA title

goldencity_100dpi J. Kathleen Cheney’s debut fantasy novel THE GOLDEN CITY debuted yesterday to wonderful reviews (see below) and much fanfare.  She’s here today with a little insight into what it took to get there!

Quotes:

“Cheney’s The Golden City pulls readers in right off the bat, as the story kicks off with our heroine in a desperate situation that will leave you rooting for her almost instantly. Oriana’s “extra” abilities are thoroughly intriguing and readers will love the crackling banter and working relationship between Oriana and Duilio.” —Romantic Times

“An ambitious debut from Cheney: part fantasy, part romance, part police procedural and part love letter to Lisbon in the early 1900s.” —Kirkus Reviews

“I honestly cannot wait to read what Cheney writes next.” —Bookworm Blues

 

Kill Your Darlings (Not Starring Daniel Radcliffe) by J. Kathleen Cheney

Yes, we’ve all heard that saying–that a writer must be willing to give up that one sentence, idea, or plot point that they loved…for the greater good of their work.

When I was in second grade, my teacher, Miss Baeza, wanted to send one of my stories to Highlights to see if they would publish it.  Even then, I knew this was a Big Deal.  But there was a catch; she wanted me to change the ending.

In my story, a group of animals escape the zoo, only to end up being magically trapped as the animals in a carousel.  My teacher wanted a happy ending.  But in my second-grade wisdom, I felt that mine was the correct ending.  I hid the story in my father’s file cabinet and told her I couldn’t find it.  This, by the way, became the truth because I never did see that story again.

Now fast forward lots of years and I’m a professional writer.  (I have paperwork from both RWA and SFWA that say I am, so I know it’s true.)  At a workshop a few years ago, I learned a very important phrase from author Steven Savile: I can do that.

If you’re seeking traditional publication, that’s a useful sentence.  If your agent makes a suggestion, if your editor makes a suggestion, if your publisher makes a suggestion, they have a reason for doing so.  So when my agent or editor suggests I change something, I listen.  Then I usually say: I can do that.

Admittedly, I still go and hide my manuscript in the metaphorical file cabinet and sulk for a few hours.  How could they not appreciate my untrammeled genius???

But because I’m not in second grade any longer, the next morning I get that manuscript back out and start analyzing their suggestions.  No, I don’t slavishly obey those suggestions. The book I just turned back in to my editor?  I had some changes I considered but, for one reason or another, they didn’t work for me.  My editor will look at my edits and decide whether to press me on those things again or let it drop.  It is a give and take relationship.

Editors have given me some pretty awesome ideas.  My editor for “Iron Shoes” asked for me to add another scene with interaction between my heroine and the villain.  Once I’d wrapped my mind around it, not only did I get to add another historical character, I also found a chance to slip in some very pertinent plot information.  My editor for “The Golden City” suggested a huge change at one point, making one character not as villainous as I’d previously thought him.  Figuring out the logic behind that alteration opened up new avenues for me to explore in this setting, and it made that world more realistic.

So I’ve learned to be open to changes.  The truth is that a traditionally published book isn’t just mine.  There’s a team involved in producing the book.  There’s an agent who sold it, editors who’ve picked over every word, an art department that has produced a beautiful cover, a sales department, a publicity department…well, I could probably list more.

But if you’re hunting traditional publication, cooperation is a good thing.  If I’d known that in second grade, I might have been published decades ago!

First, three crazy-exciting new releases today: DAYLIGHTERS by Rachel Caine, the culmination of her Morganville Vampires series (15 books and all awesome – how does she do it?), a fabulous fantasy debut, THE GOLDEN CITY by J. Kathleen Cheney and TO DANCE WITH THE DEVIL, the latest Blood Singer novel from Cat Adams Here’s a little bit about each:

daylighters DAYLIGHTERS by Rachel Caine (hardcover and digital from Penguin)

(Amazon, B&N, Books-a-Million, Indiebound)

While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one…

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better.

It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly.

Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end…

goldencity_100dpi THE GOLDEN CITY by J. Kathleen Cheney (trade paperback and digital from Roc Books)

(Amazon, B&N, Books-a-Million, Indiebound)

For two years, Oriana Paredes has been a spy among the social elite of the Golden City, reporting back to her people, the sereia, sea folk banned from the city’s shores….

When her employer and only confidante decides to elope, Oriana agrees to accompany her to Paris. But before they can depart, the two women are abducted and left to drown. Trapped beneath the waves, Oriana’s heritage allows her to survive while she is forced to watch her only friend die.

Vowing vengeance, Oriana crosses paths with Duilio Ferreira—a police consultant who has been investigating the disappearance of a string of servants from the city’s wealthiest homes. Duilio also has a secret: He is a seer and his gifts have led him to Oriana.

Bound by their secrets, not trusting each other completely yet having no choice but to work together, Oriana and Duilio must expose a twisted plot of magic so dark that it could cause the very fabric of history to come undone….

to dance with the devil TO DANCE WITH THE DEVIL by Cat Adams (Tor Books)

(Amazon, B&N, Books-a-Million, Indiebound)

In To Dance with the Devil, the latest entry in Cat Adams’s Blood Singer series, Celia Graves’s newest client is one of the last surviving members of a magical family that is trapped in a generations-old feud with other magic-workers. She’s supposed to die at the next full moon unless Celia can broker peace between the clans or break the curse before it can take effect.

For the first time in a long while, Celia’s personal life is looking up. Her vampire abilities seem to be under control, her Siren abilities have gotten more reliable, and even though her office was blown up, her services are more in demand than ever now that she’s fought off terrorists and been part of the royal wedding of the year. Her friends all seem to be finding love and her grandmother has—finally—agreed to go to family therapy.

The only trouble spot is Celia’s love life. Not long ago, she had two boyfriends. Now she barely has one and she isn’t sure she wants him. But Bruno DeLuca is a powerful mage and Celia needs his help…especially after she’s attacked and her client is kidnapped.

In other news, Amy Christine Parker and I have our latest YA Rebels video up today with NaNoWriMo Tips.  Check it out!

In case anyone’s wondering – yes, the disembodied voice on tip #10 is that of my husband!