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Greetings! Hope it’s drier where you all are than it is here. Thunderstorms, pouring rain. A great day to stay in with a good book! Luckily, Barnes & Noble has a list of some of the best new science fiction and fantasy releases of May for your reading pleasure, including Faith Hunter’s latest, COLD REIGN! And if that’s not enough, N.K. Jemisin’s award-winning Broken Earth series has earned another win — this time the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best High Fantasy for THE OBELISK GATE! If you haven’t already started this series, now is a great time to catch up on THE FIFTH SEASON and THE OBELISK GATE before the August release of the stunning conclusion, THE STONE SKY.

Since I’ve promised great reads for a rainy day in my blog header, here are some awesome first pubs and re-releases in sf/f, mystery and suspense that are available right now, no waiting!

 cold reign COLD REIGN by Faith Hunter (Penguin Books, mass market)

(Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Indiebound)

The adventures of Jane Yellowrock continue with a thrilling new installment in the New York Times bestselling series that captures “the essence of urban fantasy” (SF Site).

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most.

Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official Enforcer to Leo Pellissier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.

And there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.

Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…

kiss the bricks KISS THE BRICKS by Tammy Kaehler (Poisoned Pen Press, hardcover)

(Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Indiebound)

At the end of the first practice session for the iconic Indianapolis 500 race, Kate Reilly is stunned to discover she was the fastest driver on the track. She’s even more surprised to learn she wasn’t the first woman to top the speed charts in the race’s 106-year history. That feat was accomplished in 1987 by PJ Rodriguez-steady, dedicated, immensely promising-who shocked the racing world and the wider one by committing suicide ten days later.

When the press, bloggers, and social media go crazy over the connection between PJ and Kate, Kate begins to lose her identity-suddenly everyone’s comparing Kate and PJ, calling Kate PJ, and wondering if Kate will kill herself, too. Under siege from various trolls live and digital, Kate feel PJ’s story deeply. So she’s impelled to listen to PJ’s family-which claims PJ did not jump, but was murdered. And she agrees to help them find PJ’s killer and restore her reputation…30 years after the fact.

PJ’s death was a great tragedy; Kate feels it in her bones and believes she is the best person, perhaps the only person, to investigate PJ’s story. What evidence is there? She can interview people at the track who were there in 1987. She can consult the press coverage. And she can marshal up help from “Special Team Kate.” They work in an atmosphere of prejudice and chauvinism, the same that surrounded PJ.

But Kate is at the Indy to run the biggest race of her career. To prepare she fills her days with driving on the track for practice, fulfilling sponsor obligations, promoting the IndyCar Series and as ever, playing peacemaker between the warring sides of her maternal and paternal families.

Before long one suspect in PJ’s death turns up dead, all but confirming PJ was killed. So as Kate prepares to run the biggest race of her life she must narrow down the clues to not one but two murders, all while fighting for her own voice and identity through the storm of media attention. Will the past stay buried? Or will history repeat itself and leave Kate dead?

Kiss the Bricks is the 5th Kate Reilly mystery and takes its title from the Indy winner’s tradition of kissing the track’s Yard of Bricks in tribute to its legendary history.

Apex-144dpi APEX by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot, mass market reissue)

(Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Indiebound)

The Explosive Conclusion to Nexus and Crux Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award

Global unrest spreads through the US, China, and beyond. Secrets and lies set off shockwaves of anger, rippling from mind to mind. Riot police battle neurally-linked protestors. Armies are mobilized. Political orders fall. Nexus-driven revolution is in here.

Against this backdrop, a new breed of post-human children are growing into their powers. And a once-dead scientist, driven mad by her torture, is closing in on her plans to seize planet’s electronic systems, and re-forge everything in her image.

A new Apex species is here. The world will never be the same.

heart breaker HEART BREAKER by Shannon Curtis (Harlequin Australia, hardcover)

(Booktopia, Amazon AU, Dymocks)

She’ll do whatever it takes to track this killer …

Harmony Talbot’s world is destroyed when she arrives home and discovers her cousin’s dead body, left with a single white rose as the killer’s calling card. Lightning shouldn’t strike twice, but this is the second unsolved murder in Harmony’s family. Harmony is determined that this time there will be justice, even if she has to track down the culprit herself.

Homicide detective Bern Knight is good at catching criminals. Though meaningful, his work leaves little time for relationships, and the last thing he needs is a beautiful, bumbling amateur sleuth getting herself into trouble. Whoever committed this crime is no ordinary murderer; he’s a ghost, leaving behind no evidence until more bodies with the same sadistic markers start turning up.

As a digital forensic investigator, Harmony has a special set of skills that she’s fully prepared to use, no matter how much the stern detective is against her interference. Tracking the killer is no easy feat, but Harmony lures him out of hiding. Except now she’s the one in the killer’s crosshairs…

I love book birthdays, don’t you?  I only wish they came with cake.  But I suppose with the sedentary reading lifestyle, it’s probably a good thing they don’t.  Still and all, these new releases are absolutely worth curling up with a good cup of tea (or, in my case, coffee), even if you leave off the biscuits!

inkandbone_FINAL INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine (paperback edition)

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

shadow-rites SHADOW RITES by Faith Hunter (mass market)

Slaying vampires is child s play for skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But handling the complicated politics of New Orleans supernatural players is another story…

Jane is keeping the peace between visiting groups of witches and vamps in the city, but then trouble comes knocking on her doorstep. When her house is magically attacked, the wild chase to find her assailants unearths a mystery that has literally been buried deep.
A missing master vampire, presumed long deceased, is found chained in a pit…undead, raving mad, and in the company of two human bodies. Now it s up to Jane to find out who kept the vampire hidden for so long and why, because the incident could tip already high supernatural tensions to an all-out arcane war.

red flags.jpg RED FLAGS by Tammy Kaehler (hardcover & paperback)

When Kate Reilly arrives in Long Beach, California, a week ahead of the Grand Prix, she’s immediately plunged into a new social scene—as well as a murder investigation. Her cousin Billy is found dead, with Kate’s card in his pocket. The cops want to know why, and sponsors and race organizers—anxious to keep racing’s image clean—want Kate to investigate. Doubting she can solve another murder, especially that of a relative she despised, Kate reluctantly agrees.
At the same time, coaching a gorgeous and talented actress for a celebrity race brings Kate into the orbit of Hollywood’s hottest bachelor. And then a local FBI agent takes notice of more than her driving and sleuthing skills. She goes from Sony Studios to Venice Beach and from Rodeo Drive to the Hollywood Hills, attending parties, power-shopping, and dodging unwelcome paparazzi. Kate’s ballooning media exposure generates national commentary, testing her composure and forcing her to get ahead of the stories—whether critical or flattering.
Kate’s professional dreams are also coming true. The upcoming Grand Prix is her first race with a new sponsor that’s also funding an IndyCar test drive and a ride in next year’s Indy 500—along with future possibilities in NASCAR. The downside? New sponsor Frame Savings is owned by her family, and its management, outside of her long-estranged father, is unfriendly to her…even rivalrous.
Kate must stay on her toes as the Long Beach race weekend begins. She’s negotiating the next steps in her career, driving two racecars and coaching a third, discovering more about the disreputable members of her father’s family than she wanted to know, and juggling questions and suspects. On track, red flags fly to warn her of danger. Off track, Kate struggles to interpret warning signs and stay out of a killer’s grasp.

 

AvoidableContact_2014-final Tammy Kaehler’s latest Kate Reilly racing mystery, AVOIDABLE CONTACT, is out today!  (Along with some other amazing reads you might have heard me tweet, blog, Facebook or otherwise crow about: BLOOD GAMES by Chloe Neill, DOWNFALL by Rob Thurman and DUST AND LIGHT by Carol Berg.)

Thus, I have Tammy here today to talk about why she writes what she writes.  Enjoy!  (And, really, check out Kate Reilly in DEAD MAN’S SWITCH, BRAKING POINTS and AVOIDABLE CONTACT.  Not to oversell, but I love her work because she reminds me of Dick Francis set in the auto racing world!)

TK-cSJamesPhotography* My Secret Motive by Tammy Kaehler

When I promote my mystery series about a female racecar driver, I’m usually talking to mystery fans, in which case I have to “sell” the racing aspect (You don’t have to know racing to enjoy it! You’ll learn something new!), or I’m talking to racing fans, to whom I’m usually “selling” the idea of reading at all or reading a mystery (You can take the race home with you! Learn even more about the sport you love!).

Two of the three reasons why I write the books are because I love mysteries, especially those in which the reader learns something, and because I am fascinated by racing and want to share what I’ve learned with others.

The third reason is because I love reading about women kicking ass.

I don’t talk about that last reason quite as much as the others, because I’m not sure it’s the selling point for the broadest segment of my reading audience—and when I have limited character space or attention span in which to reach people, I want a message with broad appeal.

But I’m tired of not talking about it. I want more role models of women kicking ass and taking names. Even if they’re fictional. We need them!

So if you like strong women who are succeeding in a man’s world, check out Kate Reilly. I’m doing my best to have her make all of us women proud!

(*Photocredit S. James Photography)

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Book Blurb:

Racecar driver Kate Reilly is suited up and ready for the start of the legendary 24 Hours of Daytona. But what lies ahead is not just a racing challenge but a harrowing test of her will and nerve off the course.
Even before the green flag waves over Daytona International Speedway, Kate receives word her boyfriend Stuart is hospitalized nearby in a coma, fighting for his life after a hit-and-run. Stunned by the news, Kate can do nothing better for Stuart than complete her scheduled laps driving her team’s car. But more shocks follow as Daytona’s clock starts ticking. An on-track accident ends tragically. Some of her complicated family is spotted with other teams—why? And an eyewitness claims Stuart was run down deliberately by someone from the race paddock.
Alternating stints behind the wheel of the team’s Corvette with stretches of quizzing colleagues and searching for clues, Kate circles the police and taps every possible source—friend, foe, and family—to find out who’s after Stuart and why. As the race clock counts down to zero hour, Kate must come to terms with her own fears rising from her past and decide who she’s willing to trust. Only then can she identify who’s willing to kill to keep a secret buried.

Series Quotes:

AVOIDABLE CONTACT

“This book revs the suspense past 10,000 RPM on the first page and keeps it there until the last. Tammy Kaehler sure-handedly steers readers deep into the world of endurance racing with an entertaining cast of characters. I’d ride shotgun with Kate Reilly any day.”
Brad Parks, Shamus-, Nero-, and Lefty-Award-winning author of The Player

“Snappy dialogue, a smart and affable heroine (who calls to mind auto racer Danica Patrick), and pacing reminiscent of 24 combine to make this entry as exciting as a spin around the speedway.”
Publishers Weekly

“I have absolutely loved watching how Kate has developed through the first few books, and thoroughly enjoyed how close to reality Tammy has made so many of the racing-related storylines that Kate finds herself in. This series always leaves me wanting more, so I cannot wait to keep reading and see what’s next on the horizon for my fellow female racing driver!”
Pippa Mann, IndyCar driver

BRAKING POINTS (winner of the Motorsport Book Award from the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association)

“Kate’s second outing is just as fast-paced as her first, balancing mystery and racing adventure all the way to the checkered flag.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Kaehler’s second Kate Reilly mystery (after 2011’s Dead Man’s Switch) races through a packed plot and skillful dialogue nearly as expertly as driver Kate threads her way through a racecourse.” —Publishers Weekly

“Kaehler ably steers her second series entry (after Dead Man’s Switch) through the exciting world of auto racing. Action from page one ensures an engrossing read with abundant twists in the plot. This is certainly for Danica Patrick fans and pairs nicely with Simon Wood’s racing series or Steve Ulfelder’s Conway Sax series.” —Library Journal

“Few novels cater to the auto sporting community, and fewer still convincingly portray any form of car racing, but Braking Points does both in the guise of a spirited mystery.” —New York Journal of Books

“Reilly is a likeable character. She’s not perfect, but her flaws humanize her, which contrasts nicely with the public image put forth by the drivers and their publicity teams throughout the book. It’s a terrific balance of the media image versus the private people behind them – a balance that seems to be bleeding into more professions than ever these days.” —Criminal Element

“just as fast-paced as the first novel, Dead Man’s Switch, this new mystery offers a perfect balance of suspense with sports.

“Quill says: This is one racing adventure that readers will continue to enjoy until that checkered flag is waved. Enjoy!” — Feathered Quill

“Like Francis, who takes readers inside the world of horse racing, Kaehler’s books take readers backstage at racing events with full pit, hauler and motor home access.” — Pressdog* Woman of Pressdog (popular racing blogger)

“… Kate once again proves she belongs in the driver’s seat, with Kaehler expertly taking the reader into the mind of a race car driver doing 140 mph on the backstretch…Braking Points is a fun read and you’ll literally be on the edge of your racing seat wondering who done it!” —Corvette Blogger (popular with Corvette enthusiasts)

King’s River Life magazine: “Kaehler explores and explains in an easily understandable way the complex world of competitive racing, from the intricate rules to the toll it takes on the drivers. The author skillfully approaches the mystery using a completely unique approach and opens the fascinating world of competitive car racing seen through the eyes of a woman to the reader. Kate’s strength, reliance on her friends, and the trust she places on her team make her an admirable and very engaging heroine.” —King’s River Life Magazine

“This is a solid mystery with as many twists and turns as a racetrack. The plot weaves on and off the road in a complex pattern that comes to a screeching conclusion in the last few pages.” —In My Words

“Tammy Kaehler provides a fascinating insider perspective of racecars and their drivers in Braking Points, the second mystery in this series featuring Kate Reilly…. The cast of characters in Braking Points are really quite extraordinary, from Kate Reilly herself to team owner Jack Sandham to her best friend Holly. As might be expected of a racing-themed mystery, the pace of the story is fast, quickly moving from one scene to the next, never veering too far off-track, as it were. There is a nice balance of suspense and adventure to the story, one that will have readers anxiously anticipating the metaphorical finish line of the book.” —Mysterious Reviews

 

DEAD MAN’S SWITCH

Kaehler’s clear explanations of technical jargon make the racing world come alive. An engaging debut; I can’t wait to see where Kate and the crew go next.” —Library Journal

“[A] winning debut…Even those unfamiliar with this world will appreciate Kaehler’s vivid descriptions of the intricate teamwork involved in racing, the amazing equipment, the split-second decision making required of the driver, and the pulse-pounding race itself.” —Publishers Weekly

“L.A. pumps out standard-issue whodunits with the regularity of racetrack car accidents. What sets Tammy Kaehler’s first-time effort apart is its slam-bang setting—and the ease with which this former technical writer renders descriptions of her fancy equipment.” –Los Angeles Magazine, Critic’s Pick for August

“Dead Man’s Switch” will appeal to race fans and to people like me who love a good mystery. Kaehler gives us adventure with lots of twists and turns and the promise of more to come in future books. A good book for a quick weekend or rainy day read.” —Suspense Magazine

“Every sport has its dark side and Tammy Kaehler blows the lid off the world of motorsport.”  Simon Wood, Author of Did Not Finish

Dead Man’s Switch is a great read whether you’re a NASCAR fan who never reads mysteries or a mystery fan who knows nothing about racing. And if you love both cars and crime fiction, it’s a must-read. Kate Reilly is smart and tough and engaging—and she sure can drive. And Tammy Kaehler sure can write.” Harley Jane Kozak, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity-award winning author of A Date You Can’t Refuse

“Tammy Kaehler’s debut novel, Dead Man’s Switch, takes the reader on a glorious spin through the fascinating, dangerous world of sports car racing. Her heroine, Kate Reilly, is smart, believable and resourceful, an up-and-comer in the high stakes world of fast cars, fast living, and sometimes deadly competition. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for one high-G-force read.” Wendy Hornsby, Edgar-award winning author of The Paramour’s Daughter

“… chock full of [good drama]. The characters were full of life and completely believable. Kate was aggressive but not pushy, and she didn’t make a big deal of being a ‘female driver’ … which quickly gets old. I really hope this becomes a series.” —Fresh Fiction

“Pedal to the metal from start to finish, Tammy Kaehler’s sensational debut is a high-octane whodunit so real you can smell burnt rubber and racing fuel. Displaying a veteran’s writing skills, Kaehler’s Kate Reilly series is off to a jackrabbit start!” —Julia Spencer-Fleming, author of One Was a Soldier

Kaehler’s debut wraps the reader in layers of racing detail.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A tale of mystery and intrigue that involves Corvettes and racing will often move high on a recreational reading list…[Kaehler] became interested in racing after a visit to a hospitality suite. That day led to intense research and a quest for accuracy that will appeal to the knowledge race enthusiast.” —Auto Enthusiast

“Kudos to Kaehler and Poisoned Pen Press for assembling a solid package of a debut novel with an interesting lead character and a real hook for mystery lovers. I look forward to more books in the series.”—Bookgasm

london earls court London me and elaine

Last week, Elaine Spencer and I from The Knight Agency attended the London Book Fair to meet with editors from around the globe and the agents who work with our lists in various countries.  As always, it was enlightening to hear about the economics, business model changes, genre trends, etc. from other perspectives and very productive to pitch in person the books and series we’re excited about.  Traditionally, mysteries and thrillers have been more challenging than other genres to sell in translation, partly because of settings or set ups that might be considered “too American” and partly because the publishers are focussed on their homegrown authors.  However, “crime” and “thriller” were hands down the two big buzz words at this year’s conference…with the caveat that with so many household names for publishers to choose from, they’re still mostly drawn to big books.  Fantasy, romance (from sweet small town to the racier-the-better), young adult and other fiction are still doing well also.  (How well depends on the particular market.)  But even in those genres, the more thriller-esque and realistic fiction seems most in demand.

Elaine and I were also able to get in a bit of sightseeing, as you can tell from this second picture taken at the Tower of London with the Tower Bridge in the background.  The day we arrived, we did our best to stay up until evening to acclimate as soon as possible (for the fair the next day).  To that end, we visited the Tower and also took a hop on/hop off bus tour to view the sights.  The day after the fair ended, we also took a tour out to Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath.  As soon as I catch up a bit, I promise to post pictures.

In the meantime, I wanted to shout from the rooftops that The Knight Agency’s Nephele Tempest is doing a Writers Digest webinar tomorrow on conquering the dreaded synopsis and is offering a critique along with the class.  Nephele, for those of you who don’t know, represents Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, Shannon K. Butcher and many other wonderful authors.  Details of the webinar are here.

In other news, I’m pleased to congratulate Karen Whiddon for hitting the Bookscan Romance Bestseller list for the third week in a row with THE WOLF PRINCE!   For you mystery readers out there, I walso want to let you know about a great deal RIGHT NOW that Tammy Kaehler’s publisher Poisoned Pen Press is offering on her first Kate Reilly racing mystery novel, DEAD MAN’S SWITCH.  Currently, it’s only 99¢ on Kindle and Nook.  Or you can win a signed copy of the print edition by commenting here (ends tomorrow).

Today is a great day to be a book buyer! So many fabulous new releases, including BLOOD TRADE by Faith Hunter, BRAKING POINTS by Tammy Kaehler, THE WOLF PRINCE by Karen Whiddon, the trade paperback of BITTER BLOOD by Rachel Caine and my friend Cecily White’s debut PROPHECY GIRL. Details below!

blood trade BLOOD TRADE by Faith Hunter (New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock series, Book 6)

BLOOD TRADE is a perfect blend of dark fantasy and mystery with a complex and tough vampire killing heroine.” – All Things Urban Fantasy

ane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line…

The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets.

But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill—even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive…and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.

braking points BRAKING POINTS by Tammy Kaehler (Kate Reilly Mystery, Book 2)

“Action from page one ensures an engrossing read with abundant twists in the plot. This is certainly for Danica Patrick fans and pairs nicely with Simon Wood’s racing series or Steve Ulfelder’s Conway Sax series.” – Library Journal

“Kate’s second outing is just as fast-paced as her first, balancing mystery and racing adventure all the way to the checkered flag.” – Kirkus Reviews

Kate Reilly can’t remember a worse time in her life, on-track or off. She wrecks her racecar at Road America in Wisconsin, sending a visiting NASCAR star to the hospital, and loses her cool on-camera, only to end the day by discovering her boyfriend with a friend of hers. A dead friend.With little time to grieve, Kate finds herself the pariah of the racing world, the target of vicious e-mail messages, death threats, and a frenzy of blame on racing sites and blogs, including an influential, anonymous blogger who’s trying to get her fired. But nothing is as bad as knowing her friend’s killer is still out there—and aiming at Kate.She’s riding a roller coaster of emotion, juggling an exciting new sponsor, a boyfriend she’s not sure she can trust, and new-found family she doesn’t want to claim. Dodging unfavorable media attention and a pit reporter with a bias against women in racing, Kate redeems herself by delivering stunning performances behind the wheel at the next race: Petit Le Mans, the ten-hour endurance classic.The championship race weekend and an undercurrent of threats on all sides rev Kate’s nerves to their limits. From on-track action, to sponsor parties, to the Series awards banquet, she’s part of the action, uncovering motives, secrets, and powerful ambitions. Ultimately she learns no one can escape the past—but only a murderer is driven by it.

wolf prince THE WOLF PRINCE by Karen Whiddon

“Original and exciting, the constant tension — both dangerous and sexual — will keep readers on the edge of their seats.” – RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars

Willow was unlike any princess he’d ever met…

As heir to the throne, Ruben must choose an appropriate mate to preserve his royal bloodline—despite his fear that his true nature will destroy them both. Yet the female he craves above all others is a dangerous combination of fairy and shifter, a mesmerizing creature who inspires both passion and suspicion. Then violence strikes the castle, and the two are forced to track a killer into perilous magical territory. But with treachery everywhere, will Willow and Ruben’s growing bond be enough to shift the fate of their two kingdoms?

BitterBlood BITTER BLOOD by Rachel Caine (New York Times betseslling Morganville Vampires series, Book 13)

For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news…or worse.

prophecy girl PROPHECY GIRL by Cecily White (Angel Academy, Book 1)

Amelie Bennett. . . . Ending the world, one prophecy at a time.

I was born to slay Crossworld demons.

Big black flappy ones, little green squirmy ones. Unfortunately, the only thing getting slain these days is my social life. With my high school under attack, combat classes intensifying, and Academy instructors dropping right and left, I can barely get my homework done, let alone score a bondmate before prom.

Then he shows up.

Jackson Smith-Hailey. Unspeakably hot, hopelessly unattainable, and dangerous in all the right ways. Sure, he’s my trainer. And okay, maybe he hates me. Doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the wicked Guardian chemistry between us. It’s crazy! Every time I’m with him, my powers explode. Awesome, right?

Wrong.

Now my teachers think I’m the murderous Graymason destined to bring down our whole race of angelbloods. Everyone in New Orleans is hunting me. The people I trusted want me dead. Jack and I have five days to solve the murders, prevent a vampire uprising, and thwart the pesky prophecy foretelling his death by my hand.  Shouldn’t be too difficult.

Getting it done without falling in love. . . that might take a miracle.

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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.”

Gearing up for the big Romance Writers of American National Conference next week in Anaheim.  Really looking forward to seeing Vicky Dreiling, Lynn Flewelling, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Debra Mullins, Kira Sinclair and others!  Also to the huge Literacy Signing!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted up new sales, so I thought I’d take the opportunity today.

Women’s/Romance  
Jasmine Haynes, National Readers’ Choice Award-winning author of   THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE sells two more erotic romances in that vein Wendy McCurdy for Berkley Heat, in a very nice deal, by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

Mystery/Crime  
Tammy Kaehler’s BRAKING POINTS, the second Kate Reilly mystery, in which the protagonist finds her date in the shadows with another woman…this one quite dead…and what follows is a mystery almost as fast-paced as the cars she races, to Jessica Tribble of Poisoned Pen Press, by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

D.D. Barant’s three books in a quirky paranormal cozy, to Monique Patterson of St. Martin’s, in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver at The Knight Agency.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy  
NYT bestselling author Faith Hunter’s HAVE STAKES, WILL TRAVEL, following on the success of CAT TALES, a second collection of stories in her Jane Yellowrock world, to Jessica Wade of NAL, for publication in September 2012, by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

KICKING IT, an urban fantasy anthology featuring stories by and about butt-kicking women from Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price, Shannon K. Butcher, Rob Thurman and others, to Jessica Wade at NAL, in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver at The Knight Agency.

International rights: Fiction
German rights to Rachel Caine’s GHOST TOWN to Arena by Thomas Schlueck GmbH

French rights to Diana Pharaoh Francis’s SHADOW CITY and BLOOD WINTER to Panini France by Agence Litteraire Lenclud

French rights to Faith Hunter’s RAVEN CURSED and DEATH’S RIVAL to Panini France by Agence Litteraire Lenclud

French rights to Rachel Caine’s WINDFALL, FIRESTORM and THIN AIR to Panini France, by Agence Litteraire Lenclud

Russian rights to N.K. Jemisin’s THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS to Atticus in a nice deal by Nova Littera