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As you might be able to tell from the gallery and the number of hugs involved in these photos, the Coastal Magic Convention was wonderful, casual and, in a word, awesome.  Our organizer, Jennifer Morris goes out of her way to create a fun environment where no one is up on a pedestal, no one (well, almost no one) is just talking at you, but we’re all talking =with= each other.  Meet & Greets, Flash Fiction Panels, Come as your Character cocktails…you name it, we did it.  To the readers and bloggers who came, I have to say YOU ARE ALL AMAZING.  The boxes of books bought, the great questions and conversations…I feel like my heart grew three sizes that day, and I was no Grinch to start with.  I carried my glow from the convention all the way home and then got the after con blues because we weren’t going to do it all again the next weekend.  Seriously.  So much fun.

If you want to hear/see more from the convention, one of Wednesday’s YA Rebels (Sarah/Aria Kane), posted a vlog last week:

And I posted an interview just today with the fabu J.A. Souders.  Enjoy!

A P.S. to this post, brought on by recent events:

1- I attend Coastal Magic Con and a few other conventions during the year as an author rather than an agent, which means that I pay my own way and feel freer to be me as opposed to my agent persona, who is also me but a lot less casual and never spotted in the wild wearing a coconut bikini.
2- Anyone currently spouting sexist and bigoted diatribes who decides that the wearing of such means I “can’t” be a feminist and I’m not to be taken seriously…I’m so sorry, but didn’t you go extinct with the dinosaurs?  (Anyone who doesn’t know what I’m talking about can follow this link to be clued in or this one to see my subsequent rant on the subject.)

I’ve been trying to find time since I returned from the Olde City, New Blood conference to post pics and blog about the general fabulosity of the event and the people involved.  Unfortunately, as usual when I return to the office from a con, I’ve been swamped.  But since today started with an ultrasound on my not-so-little-boy’s belly, I needed a pick me up this morning.  Posting about Olde City, New Blood was just the thing.

First off, its unbelievable to me that this was the first time for Jennifer Morris pulling together a convention.  She did an amazing job.  I’m still in awe of all the incredible authors, bloggers and readers she managed to pull in for the conference and how warm everyone was.  Picture one big coffee klatsch or bar round table, and you’ve pretty much summed up the weekend.  Jennifer also came up with some really fun concepts like the Mystery Science Theatre-esque movie showing, which I heard Damon Suede rocked, the flash fiction panel in which the audience gave up prompts leading to fun things like a horror/romantic comedy featuring a heroine on a space ship with a hyperdrive dealing with a platypus infestation.  (Let’s just say that by the time we were done, they were venomous, shape-shifting platypi aliens who wanted our heroine to breed with them to create a whole new race.)  Possibly the most fun, though, was the Character Dating Game, where many of us portrayed the characters from our book, a la the cheesy 70s game show.    In the first match up, our bachlorette was Agent Parker Adams (aka her author Karina Cooper), definitely a take-charge kind of girl.  Her dating options were (from L to R) Daemon, the hero from Jennifer Armentrout‘s Lux series, Deacon Chalk, from James R. Tuck‘s Occult Bounty Hunter series, and Criminy Stain, Delilah S. Dawson‘s creation for her Blud series.  In the second match up, we had Karina Cooper again, playing her colorful heroine Jessie, Tawdra Kandle, playing her mind-reading heroine Tasmyn Vaughn, me in the guise of Gina Covello, fashionista of the fanged (she asked me to fill in for her since she doesn’t show on camera) and Criminy Stain, who’d failed to find “his” perfect match the first time around.  I’m happy to say that wasn’t true in the second dating game!

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The charity signing was a HUGE success, and I’ve posted some pics below for your viewing pleasure:

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Pictures:

1- Damon Suede of Dreamspinner Press sweeping me off my feet

2- Lea Nolan, Me with my eyes closed, J.A. Souders and Janice Hardy, ready, willing and able to sign books at a moment’s notice

3- Janet Breakfield, Pamela Palmer and Cynthia Eden

4- Elisabeth Staab, Tes Hilaire and Elisabeth Naughton

5- James R. Tuck, Karina Cooper and Alex Hughes

6- J.A. London, aka Loraine Heath

7- Jenna Bently/Jennie Bently and Lexi George

8- Amanda Carlson and Kristen Painter

9- Erin Quin and Rosalie Lario

10- Alex Hughes, Delilah S. Dawson and Jess Haines

11- Nancy Haddock and her new friend Vlad

12- Caridad Piniero and Dianna Love

12- Amanda Carlson and Jennifer Armentrout showing off each others’ books

13- Don’t know what’s more fab – Kristen Painter or her poster

14- our event planner Jennifer Morris with author Amy Lane

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1-Delilah S. Dawson and Karina Cooper all dressed up for the steampunk panel and James R. Tuck because he’s awesome

2- Dinner: Sarah Nicolas, Janice Hardy, James R. Tuck, Alex Hughes and Sarah M. Ross

3- Dinner continued: blogger Sarah-with-an-h whose last name I have to catch from The Book Life, Micki (ditto on the last name), Amy Christine Parker and J.A Souders

Looking for some great reading recommendations this holiday season?  Paranormal Haven has their Best of 2012 Poll up now with nominations from their readers, so you might find some great inspiration there and maybe want to put in a vote or two of your own.  (Voting ends Dec. 19th.)  I’m excited to see so many awesome Knight Agency clients on the list!

Best Hero:
Paris from Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter
Jason from Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh
 
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Best Heroine:
Claire Danvers from Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine
 
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Best supporting Character:
Robin Goodfellow (Puck) from Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman

 
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Best Villain:
D’allyon from Death’s Rival by Faith Hunter
 
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Best Anthology:
Hex Appeal ed. by P.N. Elrod
 
Best Series:
Guild Hunter by Nalini Singh
 
Best Author:
Nalini Singh
 
Best Book Cover:
Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter
Out for Blood by Kristen Painter
Riveted by Meljean Brook*
*Knight Agency client but previously sold title

Need more? Leigh Evans, whose debut The Trouble with Fate (which I have on good authority is AMAZING), vlogs with Heroes and Heartbreakers about her Favorite Paranormal Authors.  You might want to check it out!

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!

So crazy busy that it would be easy to just post some beautiful pics from Germany and be done with it, but the Frankfurt Book Fair is so much more than the few hours you can steal away for sightseeing that even the gorgeous photos would not do it justice.  For one thing, it is amazing to see so many buildings and booths taken up with books and the business of buying and selling them.  So affirming to see the agents’ center awash in activity and to hear all about what’s hot in various countries.  As a quick wrap-up and very general overview, young adult was definitely the hot genre rights-wise.  Paranormal romance and the more romantic urban fantasies are also sought after most places, historical romance was hot in some countries and not in others.  Fantasy and science fiction are still going strong.  Romantic suspense and thrillers are very promising, but traditional and cozy mysteries are, sadly, a struggle.  Unlike the US where e-books have risen to approximately twenty percent of sales (give or take, depending on the author/series and other factors), most countries are just this year getting e-book readers.  Digital sales account for approximate 1% in most places.  It was enlightening and thrilling that our own rights list was so in-line with the market.  New sales have already begun, and we’ve been alerted to a lot more coming down the pipeline, so it’s all very exciting.

That said, I do have some gorgeous pictures to show off, today of Heidelberg, tomorrow of the boat tour Elaine Spencer and I took up the Rhine (Rhein).

But before I get to those, two quick things:

I hope you’ll join The Knight Agency on Thursday, October 27th at 9 p.m. ET for a chat with Kristen Painter, author of Blood Rights from Orbit.  Where?  TKA chatroom.

Also I hope you’re joining in the fun of the Crossroads Blog Tour.  Jackie Morse Kessler (author of Hunger, Rage and Loss) and I have been paired up for the tour.  So far, our interviews are up at Narratively Speaking, Electrifying Reviews,  Just Your Typical Book Blog.  Later today, we’ll be at Late Bloomer Online.  But, hey, there are many other tremendous authors participating as well (Rachel Vincent, Stacey Kade, Amanda Ashby, Linda Joy Singleton, Jeri Smith-Ready, Angie Frazier, etc.), so follow along with the whole tour and enter to win prizes, details here!

And now, I present to you, Heidelberg, beginning with a photo of Jamie Ford, Kristin Nelson, me and Elaine Spencer, intrepid explorers.