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TESTING THE LIMITS some like it hotter The good news keeps on coming!  Huge congratulations to Kira Sinclair and Isabel Sharpe for their Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice nominees TESTING THE LIMITS and SOME LIKE IT HOTTER (Harlequin Blaze)! For a full list of our nominees (The Knight Agency has 17 authors  up!), check out the TKA blog.

A couple of quick personal squees before I move on to pics, etc. from the World Fantasy Convention this past weekend in Arlington, VA…  If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may already have seen my breathless, tearful OMGing about my Dear Author review for BAD BLOOD.  They’re tough cookies over at Dear Author, and the review, particularly at a time of self-doubt, meant the world to me.  Reviewers, please note: authors are more thankful to you than we can say, though we should certainly try, especially since this is the season for Thanksgiving!  On that note, a huge THANK YOU to Jessica at A Great Read for reviewing and loving BATTLE FOR THE BLOOD, the latest in the Latter-Day Olympians series! I’m humbled!

This leads me into the World Fantasy Convention.  Normally, I take about a zillion pictures that I can post to make you all feel you were there.  Unfortunately, this year my camera, for the most part, stayed in my bag.  I’m not sure I was any more crazy busy than in past years, but there it is.  But I’ll try to paint some word pictures where I lack photos.  First, while Crystal City in Arlington, VA isn’t exactly in the midst of things, it’s a nice, short plane ride from home, which I appreciate immensely after all the traveling I’ve done this year, and the view form my hotel window was pretty great.

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But as all con-goers know, we’re not there for the view.  We’re lucky if we get out of the hotel a time or two for meals.  It’s all about the people.  Because of timing, I haven’t been to one of the major sf/fantasy cons, besides DragonCon, which is a madhouse, in a couple of years, which is a crying shame.  Coming to World Fantasy was like coming home.  First, I was able to see three of my fabulous authors, R.S. Belcher (THE SIX-GUN TAROT, THE SHOTGUN ARCANA), Carol Berg (most recently DUST AND LIGHT, which is a current finalist for Best Fantasy in the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards) and David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson (oh so many titles, including a new urban fantasy series starting in January 2015 with SPELL BLIND as David B. Coe and the Thieftaker series as D.B. Jackson).  So many other authors who fall along the spectrum from friends to family, including Esther Friesner, Laura Anne Gilman, Meg Turville-Heitz, F. Paul Wilson, Brandy Schillace, Brenda Clough… Oh, look, I did manage two whole pictures!  (On left from L to R: Steven Leigh, Andrew Miller, me, Brandy Schillace, David B. Coe and Ed Schubert; on the right: Esther Friesner in her fabulous pterodactyl sweater and me without one.)

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There were also many awesome agents gathered that we had to come up with a word for it.  We settled on a “negotiation of agents,” although my husband says that he always thought a congregation of agents and editors was called a “Happy Hour”.  He’s not necessarily wrong.  Just look at what such a congregation was able to do to the White House:

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(Chocolate courtesy of Joshua Bilmes, JABberwocky)

As you can probably tell, a fabulous time was had by all.  There were many productive meetings, many wonderful reunions and so many memorable moments.  I can’t wait until next year!

Killing MoonShadowed SunWhile we’re on the subject of “Best of” lists, holiday book recommendations, et. al., iO9 has come out with their Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2012 list.  Fabulously (and unsurprisingly to those who’ve read and loved her), N.K. Jemisin’s Dreamblood series, THE KILLING MOON and THE SHADOWED SUN, made the list!

nexusIn other news, SF Squeecast, Episode 19 squees about some amazing authors, among them, Ramez Naam, whose debut sf thriller NEXUS you might have heard me talk about just a bit.

risktaker_smKira Sinclair has entered The Next Big Thing blog hop, and I’m pleased to present her post at The Writing Playground about her new book THE RISK-TAKER and what’s inspired her to write about a reckless POW who just wants to forget and the journalist (and girl who got away) who wants him to do anything but.

IceyBooks is doing an exclusive cover reveal today on Amy Christine Parker’s incredible debut (coming in August from Random House Children’s Books), GATED.  Since it’s about an apocalyptic cult, it’s entirely appropriate that today’s the day.  Assuming the world doesn’t actually end, I can HIGHLY recommend that you check this one out!

FangtabulousAnd a reminder that FANGTABULOUS, the fourth book in my Vamped series that began with VAMPED, REVAMPED and FANGTASTIC, is coming out in just a couple of weeks (though it may be shipping a little early!).  I may be a little biased, but I think this is a great young adult series for those who might like their tongue firmly implanted in cheek.  Or a little bark with their bite.  Kirkus Reviews gave FANGTABULOUS this amazing review, “Another amusing romp in the series, this installment also sees its hardy heroine beginning to mature, adding further dimension to her character.  Reminiscent of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, Gina never fails to deliver the goods.”  I think this might be the best present ever!  (The review, I mean, though if you take it as referring to the books, well, I certainly won’t protest.)  Buy early and often!

Okay, now really and truly signing off (temporarily) for the holidays.

I’m so excited today to congratulations to D.B. Jackson for being named one of the winners of WordNerds’ Best First Book in a Series Award for his most excellent historical urban fantasy novel THIEFTAKER!

Also thrilled to wish happy book birthdays to Ramez Naam for NEXUS and to Kira Sinclair for THE RISK TAKER.

nexus NEXUS by Ramez Naam

This is an amazing science fiction thriller that has been receiving a ton of well deserved buzz.  Just check out this amazing write-up in Wired or these fantastic quotes:

“Naam, an expert in new technologies and author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement (2005), turns in a stellar performance with his debut sf novel.” —Booklist, Starred Review

Nexus is a lightning bolt of a novel, with a focus on action and plotting that will remind readers of some of the best novels from the late Michael Crichton.” –Ars Technica

“Naam displays a Michael Crichton-like ability to explain cutting-edge research via the medium of an airport techno-thriller.” —SFX Magazine 

“His breathtaking expertise and confidence as a writer makes Naam the only serious successor to Michael Crichton working in the future history genre today.” —Scott Harrison, author of Archangel

“Reminds me of Michael Crichton at his best.” —Brenda Cooper, author of The Silver Ship and the Sea and The Creative Fire

“Excellent spycraft, kick-ass action scenes, and a chilling look at a future cold war over technology and ideology… a hell of a read.” —Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

“The action scenes are crisp, the glimpses of future tech and culture are mesmerizing” —Publishers Weekly

“A ‘smart thriller’ in all senses of that phrase. Ramez Naam really does know how to make you turn that page. If you are posthuman or transhuman this is an absolute must-read for you; and even mere mortals will love it.” —Philip Palmer, author of Version 43 and Hell Ship

At the risk of belaboring how much you must go out and buy this book, if you order before December 31st, the author is giving away a copy of his award-winning non-fiction book MORE THAN HUMAN.  Details are here.  It’s an offer not to be missed!

risktaker_smTHE RISK-TAKER by Kira Sinclair

If you want a novel to raise your temperature on the cold winter nights or to warm your heart, this is for you!  Just check out this fabulous review on CSI: Creative Scene Investigations!  Or the book description below:

Subject: Totally buff ranger Gage HarperCurrent Status: Walking wounded—both physically and mentallyMission: Finally get the girl he could never haveObstacle: She may just be the biggest risk he’s ever takenAll returned POW Gage Harper wants to do is forget, even if he has to let some gym rat beat him to a pulp to do it. He certainly doesn’t want to tell the tale of his heroism to the tabloids. Especially since he’s no hero…. But one journalist is determined to get the inside scoop—and she’s the only girl Gage has never been able to resist.

Hope Rawlings never took Gage’s romantic advances seriously growing up. After all, she was just his buddy, and a guy like Gage could have any girl he wanted. But now she needs his story to get her dream job in the city. And she’s willing to do anything to get it.

I’ll be posting a little bit over the holidays (for example, Amy Christine Parker’s big cover reveal on Friday at Iceybooks), so I hope you’ll stop back in before the new year, but in case you don’t, I want to wish you all now a fabulous holiday season and an incredibly happy, healthy, save and serene new year!

blood winter Also, Diana Pharaoh Francis, whose new Horngate Witches novel BLOOD WINTER comes out in just one week, is over at Literal Addiction with some pretty fascinating answers to their interview questions and at The Qwillery, talking about Becoming a Hero.  I hope you’ll check her out and show her some love!

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1-      Agent Cartel: Top: Carolyn Grayson (Ashley Grayson Literary Agency), me, Elaine Spencer and Nephele Tempest (The Knight Agency); Bottom: Natasha Kern (Natasha Kern Literary Agency), Pamela Hopkins (Hopkins Literary Associates), Michelle Grajkowski (3 Seas Literary Agency)

2-      Knight Agency company dinner: L to R: Melissa Jeglinski, Deidre Knight, Nephele Tempest, Jia Gayles, Pamela Harty, Elaine Spencer

3-      The great gals at my Literacy Signing table: L to R: Robin LeFevers, Terri Clark, Marlene Perez, Jordan Dane and Marissa Doyle

4-      Crystal Perkins and me at the Literacy Signing. Love that shirt!

5-      Deb Mullins, looking fabulous and flashing her National Reader’s Choice Award-nominated book TOO WICKED TO LOVE at the Literacy Signing

6-      Kira Sinclair and Rhonda Nelson at the Literacy Signing

7-      Me & Kira Sinclair after she won her National Reader’s Choice Awards for WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN and CAUGHT OFF GUARD

8-      National Reader’s Choice Awards: L to R: Knight Agency authors Robin Owens, Kira Sinclair, Debra Mullins and Vicky Dreiling

9-      Lynn Flewelling, the Bubba Gump Shrimp Guy and me.  I was about to say that Lynn, who’s now a Californian, is one of my oldest clients, but I didn’t think that would come out right.  Let’s say long-standingest and leave it at that.

10-   Tammy Kaehler (mystery writer, author of DEAD MAN’S SWITCH) and me at PF Chang’s with a suspiciously Heroes-like speed walker in the background.

11-   Me & Vicky Dreiling all dolled up for the RITA Awards, waiting anxiously to hear the fate of HOW TO MARRY A DUKE and HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL.

12-   Vicky Dreiling, Elizabeth Hoyt and her editor Amy Pierpont from Grand Central Publishing

13-   Nephele Tempest and Nalini Singh, also dolled up and looking fine, there to celebrate the nominations of ARCHANGEL’S BLADE, LORD OF THE ABYSS and “Angel’s Wolf.”

I feel like a lot of my posts are titled “So Much….”  Contrary to exaggerated predictions in 2011 about the death of publishing, 2012 has been probably the busiest year ever, so far!  So, when I find a spare second to update my blog, I feel like I’ve got a ton all stored up.

To start with, I want to give a shout out and congratulation J. Kathleen Cheney on the sale of her wonderful historical fantasy series to Ace.  Based on our announcement:  J. Kathleen Cheney‘s OF AMBERGRIS, BLOOD, AND BRANDY, a novel of fantasy, suspense, and romance set in an alternate turn-of-the-century Portugal in which races of shape-shifters live in secret, and a fantastical underwater work of art and a psychopathic killer become tangled in a string of murders that threaten the stability of the entire nation, sold to Kat Sherbo at Ace Books.

And I’ve been remiss offering congratulations on a batch of other great new sales over the past month:

Kira Sinclair‘s three novels set in Sweetheart, South Carolina – a small southern town where the men are sinful, the women are feisty and Cupid always wins, to Laura Barth at Harlequin Blaze.

N.K. Jemisin‘s three books in a post-apocalyptic epic fantasy, in which a heroine searches for her lost daughter in a world torn apart by seismic magic, to Devi Pillai of Orbit.

Beth Cornelison‘s final installment of the Black Ops Rescues series and a new trilogy featuring three Louisiana brothers who take on danger and natural disaster to defend the women they love, to Keyren Gerlach of Silhouette Romantic Suspense.

Carol Berg‘s two books in the Sanctuary series, involving fantasy and forensics, to Anne Sowards of Roc.

Steven Harper‘s THE HAVOC MACHINE, fourth novel in the steampunk Clockwork Empire series, to Anne Sowards of Roc.

Congratulations to you all!   I’m really looking forward to all of these forthcoming releases!

Also, you know that saying about how you can’t please all of the people all of the time?  Well, on Magical Words, which I guest blog for regularly, AJ Hartley did a wonderful post a few days ago on Dealing with Negativity.  It’s something we all encounter, and it can be so damaging to your psyche and reputation, but I think his post helps put it into perspective.

In other news, Chloe Neill is giving away two ARCs of BITING COLD, the latest novel in her New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series here on her blog.  Contest ends at midnight on May 21st, so enter soon for a chance to win!

Kalayna Price is also running a great ARC giveaway for the latest in her USA Today bestselling Alex Craft series.  This one closes a day earlier, so you’ll want to check it out right away!

Lauren Baratz-Logsted‘s acclaimed novel THE BRO-MAGNET is currently free(!) on Kindle, so get it while it’s hot!

“Happy Birthday to me, I’m a hundred and three….”  Oh wait, no, no I’m not.  Just feels like that sometimes!  Anyway, I’m taking part of the day to do fun things, like have lunch with the fab Kira Sinclair over in glamorous St. Pete Beach, but before I go, I wanted to leave you with the thought of some really fun books releasing any day now!  (May 1st to be exact.)  I’ve provided some tweetable snippets below, in case anyone out there wants to help spread the word or go forth and pre-order!

POWERS by James A. Burton (Prime Books)

Out 5/1! POWERS by James A. Burton: not your usual hero & heroine, secrets as deadly to remember as forget http://bit.ly/IQSFe5

BLACK DAWN by Rachel Caine (Berkley JAM)

A town run by vampires invaded by the one thing even they’re afraid of…how wld U fare? Black Dawn by @rachelcaine http://bit.ly/IrsQyS

THE ROPE DANCER by Roberta Gellis (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Beautiful dancer, traveling man, a haunted past & a war-torn country…the makings of epic romance from Roberta Gellis: http://amzn.to/HL4Zhw

THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE by Steven Harper (ROC Books)

Ragtag teams flees England w/a cure for the Clockwork Plague that will upset empires: The Impossible Cube http://amzn.to/IZrzmp

THE KILLING MOON by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

LJ says THE KILLING MOON by @nkjemisin “shines for its remarkable characters and graceful prose”! See 4 yourself 5/1! http://bit.ly/HMI19m

BAD BLOOD by Lucienne Diver (Samhain)

Gods & gorgons, murder & myth: BAD BLOOD by Lucienne Diver is out 5/1! http://bit.ly/HIEyKg

A HUGE congratulations to Chloe Neill, whose novel DRINK DEEP won the Young Adult category of the CAPA Awards!  (While the Chicagoland Vampires series is not truly young adult, it has a graduate student turned vampire heroine and is very young at heart…not to mention wonderful.)

Also, post-Valentine’s day, love is still most definitely in the air.  I want to wish a happy book birthday to Debra Mullins and to Kira Sinclair for their new releases:

DONOVAN’S BED by Debra Mullins (Samhain Retro Romance)

“This is a western romance I can strongly recommend, and that’s about as rare as a legendary silver bullet.”  –Lesley Dunlop of The Romance Reader

Sarah Calhoun is bound and determined to restore honor to the family name the only way she knows how-make her late father’s newspaper, the Burr Chronicle, the most successful in the Wyoming Territory.

Haunted by past scandal, she knows one misstep, one misunderstanding, could bring disgrace back down on her head. Yet that doesn’t stop her from running an article about the insulting Jack Donovan. The blasted man is shopping for a wife as he would a horse!

Jack finally has the house in the kind of town he’s always dreamed about. Now all that’s missing is a wife. At first, he thinks Sarah’s scathing article about his quest is a good thing-until he finds himself hounded by hordes of young girls, spinsters and widows. Still, he can’t stop thinking about the sassy newspaper editor who started it all.

Sarah is as determined to ignore her impossible attraction to Donovan as she is to uncover his mysterious past. But the harder she digs for his secrets, the deeper he hides them. Until there’s only one rock left unturned. His heart.

TAKE IT DOWN by Kira Sinclair

Fulfill all your cravings at our intimate adults-only resort on a secluded Caribbean island. It’s lush, decadent and filled with treasures from around the world…some of which may be stolen.

Artist Elle Monroe is looking for a painting that was taken from her, and she’ll do anything to get it back. Little does she know how good “anything” will feel…. Or that she might end up on her back finding out.

Security head CIA Zane Edwards knows she’s up to no good. But as he keeps her under surveillance, he learns there’s something more to Elle than her criminal tendencies. Something that makes his blood burn, and her eyes dance.

Something that they can’t fight for long.

And there’s only one way to satisfy this craving….