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2014 Romantic Times Award Nominees

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

RT Bookreviews announced the contenders for the 2014 RT Awards, and seventeen Knight Agency authors made the cut. Leading the pack with a Book of the Year nod is New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine’s PRINCE OF SHADOWS. Winners will be announced during the RT Booklovers Convention next May.

Book of the Year

Contemporary Love and Laughter
Dakota Cassidy, TALK DIRTY TO ME

Contemporary Romance

Indie Press Contemporary Romance

Paranormal Worldbuilding

Indie/Self-Published Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Diana Pharaoh Francis, TRACE OF MAGIC

Urban Fantasy Novel
Faith Hunter, BROKEN SOUL

Paranormal Romance

Fantasy Novel

Futuristic Romance
Robin D. Owens, HEART FIRE

Multicultural Fiction
Michele Andrea Bowen, PASTOR NEEDS A BOO

Best Love Inspired Historical

Series – Harlequin Blaze

Meljean Brook, THE KRAKEN KING*

Series Harlequin American

Erotic Romance Novella
Shiloh Walker, YOU OWN ME*


*Not sold by TKA.

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TKA Authors Win Big at RT Awards

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

We’re thrilled to announce that five Knight Agency authors received Reviewer’s Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews. Big congrats to all of these amazing writers for such well-deserved honors!

RT Book of the Year: RIVETED* by Meljean Brook, BERKLEY SENSATION, (September 2012)


Mystery: THE ANATOMIST’S APPRENTICE by Tessa Harris, KENSINGTON, (January 2012)

Paranormal Romantic Suspense: EDGE OF SANITY by Shannon K. Butcher, SIGNET ECLIPSE, (December 2012)

Fantasy Novel: THE SHADOWED SUN by N.K. Jemisin, ORBIT, (June 2012)

Harlequin SuperRomance: ONE FINAL STEP by Stephanie Doyle**, HARLEQUIN, (October 2012)


*Released prior to client joining TKA. **No longer a client, but sold by TKA.


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The Knight Agency on Pinterest

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Did you know the TKA is on Pinterest? You can follow

us here: Grab a few of the pins below from our boards for inspiration as you embark on new projects in 2013. Happy Writing!


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Katherine Garbera knows romance. The August release of A CASE OF KISS AND TELL from her addictive Matchmakers, Inc. series marked her 50th release from Harlequin. Now she's following it up with the next installment, CALLING ALL THE SHOTS. Get the skinny on Katherine's books, her quick stint in the world of showbiz, and more below.

Q&A with Katherine Garbera

TKA: If you could live in one of your books for a weekend, which one would you select?
KATHERINE: I'd select A CASE OF KISS AND TELL so that I could live in Bridgehampton and attend all the parties of the fabulously wealthy!

TKA: Which character would you be?
KATHERINE: I'd be Nichole Reynolds because she's ballsy and I'm not. I think it'd be nice to take charge of things.

TKA: The main characters in CALLING ALL THE SHOTS work in reality TV. Are you a big reality TV fan? Is there anything in the book based upon a real life event?
KATHERINE: I'm a huge fan of reality TV and am addicted to shows like Master Chef,

Dancing With the Stars, and How Do I Look? The book is loosely based on my auditioning for a reality TV show (Four Weddings) and the fact that I used to be part of the production crew for The New Mickey Mouse Club.

TKA: How much is Willow Stead, the heroine of CALLING ALL THE SHOTS, like you? How different?
KATHERINE: Willow and I are both private people who keep a few close friends. Where we differ is that Willow holds onto every little thing that happens to her. I just let it go. Life's too short for me to dwell on the past.

TKA: When reading for pleasure, do you tend to stick to romance or do you like to read other genres as well?
KATHERINE: I do read a lot of romance, but I also like general fiction and bios. I find people fascinating and always want to know more about why they do the things they do.

TKA: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
KATHERINE: I have to win a game of solitaire before I start writing, isn't that the silliest thing you've ever heard?

TKA: When you tell people you write romance novels, what kind of reaction do you get? What would you say is the most common misconception about romance novels?
KATHERINE: Mostly when I say I write romance novels people are fascinated by it. Some people ask me where I get my ideas and then they all inevitably ask me if I write “hot” books. I say yes, and then say I think of it more as “realistic” books because I don't know many couples in platonic relationships. I think people who don't read romance think it's porn and don't get that romance is about

the emotional bond as much as the physical one.

The 411 on CALLING ALL THE SHOTS: Billionaire bachelor Conner Macafee knows just what he's worth, and he's ready to make a deal. Nosy reporter Nichole Reynolds wants him—owner of New York's high-end matchmaking service—to spill his guts for her story? He'll tell all—when she's in his bed.

Nichole needs this

scoop. But Conner is so arrogant, so cocky…and oh-so-sexy. Surely she can handle a month in the hot bachelor's arms in a cool penthouse suite—for her career. But one kiss from Conner and Nichole knows she's made a huge mistake. Now she wants both the story and the man.

To learn more about Katherine, visit

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After a three-day slow tease, RT Book Reviews finally revealed all of the nominees for the 2012 Reviewers' Choice Awards. This year, 14 Knight Agency authors nabbed nominations in a wide variety of categories, including; Fantasy, First Mystery, Love Inspired Historical, and Steampunk. We are incredibly proud of this fabulous showing by

our rock awesome authors and are cheering them on to the finish

line. Go Team TKA!


Book of the Year Nominee: RIVETED by Meljean Brook *

Harlequin Nocturne: WOLF WHISPERER by Karen Whiddon

Harlequin Romance: RETURN OF THE LAST MCKENNA by Shirley Jump

Harlequin Romantic Suspense: THE COP'S MISSING CHILD by Karen Whiddon

Love Inspired Historical: THE GOVERNESS AND MR. GRANDVILLE by Abby Gaines

Paranormal Romantic Suspense: EDGE OF SANITY by Shannon K. Butcher

First Historical Romance: A LADY AND HER MAGIC by Tammy Falkner

Historical Fantasy/Paranormal:
KING OF THE ISLES by Debbie Mazzuca

First Mystery: THE ANATOMIST'S APPRENTICE by Tessa Harris

Steampunk: RIVETED

by Meljean Brook*

Shapeshifter Romance: TANGLE OF NEED by Nalini Singh

Paranormal Romance:

Paranormal Worldbuilding:
SPELLFIRE by Jessica Andersen

Urban Fantasy Novel: THE ISIS COLLAR by Cat Adams**

Fantasy Novel: THE SHADOWED SUN by N.K. Jemisin

*This book was not sold by The Knight Agency.

**Writing partners Cie Adams and Cathy Clamp are behind the Cat Adams moniker. Cathy Clamp is not a Knight Agency client.

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Red Carpet Premiere for POSER by Marley Gibson

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

POSER by Marley GibsonYoung adult author Marley Gibson is most well known for her

Ghost Huntress series and RADIATE, a fictionalized version of her own battle with cancer as a teen. Now, she's added a model to her long list of memorable characters.

In POSER, Chai Devareaux is a student at South Beach High by day, but when the final bell rings she becomes something else entirely — a sought-after

supermodel who frequents the most exclusive hotspots on the Miami

strip. Check out the trailer for this hot new release below. Plus, visit Marley's website to join a scavenger hunt featuring tons of YA authors and prizes!

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In writing THIEFTAKER, my new historical fantasy (which comes out today from Tor Books!) I had to recreate 1760s Boston.  Or rather, I needed to create a possible version of that Boston that would be both historically satisfying and accessible for my twenty-first century readers.

Notice, I didn’t say “historically accurate.”  There is a reason for that.  While I researched Colonial Boston for months — reading about its physical layout, its people, its architecture, its economy, its religious and political institutions, and just about every other aspect of the city you might imagine — I also recognized that any version of Boston I created for my book could only be authentic to a certain point.  A twenty-first century author, writing for twenty-first century readers, can only get so close to eighteenth century realism.

Let me pause here to say that I am not one to take history lightly or sacrifice historical precision for expediency.  I have a Ph.D. in history; I devoted six years of my life to earning my degree.  But in that time I learned that even historians have trouble agreeing on what is “true” and what is not.  “Truth,” “accuracy,” “authenticity” — these can be slippery concepts.

Theiftaker by D.B. JacksonThis is especially true when we combine history with fiction and, as is the case with my book, fantasy.  Any blending of this sort is bound to have its share of historical conceits, and my version of pre-Revolutionary Boston begins with a couple of whoppers.  First, my lead character is just one of several conjurers living in the city — I’m pretty sure there were no conjurers in the real Boston.  And second, my lead character is a thieftaker, kind of the eighteenth century equivalent of a private investigator. While there were thieftakers in England in the 1700s and a few in North America in the early 1800s, there were none of record in Boston in the 1760s.

In spite of this, I still feel that I have created a setting for my book that captures the spirit and ambiance of the period and the city.  I did this by concentrating

on three main goals as I did my preliminary research and then wrote my novel.

First, I focused on getting a few key details right.  Researching a novel is a balancing act.  I wanted to learn as much as I could about Boston in 1765, but I knew that I could not pour all that I learned into the book without swamping my narrative with superfluous information and, thus, boring my readers to tears.  Instead, I offered just enough detail to make the streets of the city come alive, to make tavern life sound, taste, and smell real, to offer a glimpse of the politics that were boiling over into the beginnings of rebellion.  Put another way, I researched the minutia, but I used only a fraction of what I learned, and I often conveyed information in broad strokes that gave my readers an impression of the place and time, rather than a collection of facts.

Second, I built my story around a key historical event: the Stamp Act riots that shook the city in late August 1765.  This allowed me to place my plot in a larger factual context and tie to something real all that happened to my fictional characters.  By weaving my story together with a historical narrative, I constantly reminded my readers of where (and when) they were.  Clearly, it’s not always possible to do this to the extent I did, but if you can make even the smallest connections between your story and actual events, it will help to provide some real world grounding for the novel.

And third, I allowed my characters to do much of the work for me. By this, I mean that I made my characters talk, dress, eat, and, as much as possible, think like eighteenth century Bostonians. This probably sounds rudimentary, but that doesn’t make it any less important.  I made a particular effort to keep my dialogue as close to the vernacular of the day as possible.  I couldn’t have my characters speak fully like men and women of the 1760s, because that would have rendered their dialogue almost indecipherable to modern readers.  But while using modern spellings (for instance “access” instead of “acceff”), I could make their phrasing and syntax sound authentic.  And I could certainly avoid anachronistic words and verbal mannerisms that might have pulled my readers out of the story and back into the present day.

I would never claim that recreating

historical settings for any work of fiction — be it mystery, romance, or fantasy — is easy.  Researching THIEFTAKER took months; getting the setting right demanded revision after revision.  I labored over some descriptive passages and polished and re-polished my dialogue until I was finally satisfied.  But I wound up with a backdrop for my book that conveyed the period, the mood, the essence of the city in all of its sensual wonder, without having to resort to a history lesson.  And that, of course, is our goal as writers.  We want our readers to be transported, to feel for just a short while that they have stepped out of their modern lives into another time and place.  And, ideally, we want them to be able to navigate that “new” old world without having to refer to a history


1775 map of Boston courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library1775 map of Boston courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

To learn more about D.B. Jackson (aka David B. Coe) visit:,, and

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/a>Sheila Turnage, author of the fabulous middle grade novel, THREE TIMES LUCKY, was interviewed by The Washington Post. Her debut novel was chosen to be part of KidsPost’s 2012 Summer Book Club.

Check out how Sheila’s Southern childhood—and the summer heat—helped cement her love of

reading on WashPo.

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Wicked Nights by Gena ShowalterThe spinoff of Gena Showalter's mega bestselling

Lords of the Underworld series is here, and Harlequin is celebrating with an awesome Pinterest activity for Showalter devotees and angel enthusiasts. Here's the info:

To celebrate the release of WICKED NIGHTS by Gena Showalter, we're having fun with A DREAM DATE WITH AN ANGEL!! Join us on Pinterest and create your own “A Dream Date with

an Angel” board! REPIN the cover of WICKED NIGHTS by Gena Showalter – then HAVE FUN AND BE CREATIVE! . We will showcase our favorite boards Harlequin Facebook. Go here!

Also, check out The Knight Agency's own Dream Date board!

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Trust in Me by Beth Cornelison - free eBook read on Amazon
<div style=Beth Cornelison’s books have charmed countless readers during her long career, which includes titles like HEALING LUKE and UNDER FIRE. For the first time ever, she’s giving away an exclusive Amazon freebie for her contemporary romance, TRUST IN ME (December 2011).

The 411: Fleeing a cheating fiance and a dicatator-like father, Claire Albritton set’s her sights on small town America (aka Grayson, South

Carolina) for a fresh start. The absolute last thing on her mind is falling for the local hardware store manager Kevin Fuller, who has a habit of coming to her rescue when she has zero interest in finding her knight in shinning armor. But that’s the funny thing about love. Claire soon learns it finds root to bloom

under any circumstance.

Read TRUST IN ME for free on your Kindle. Click here.

(Promotion available through Monday, May 7, 2012.)

Freebie also posted on Free Kindle Books and Tips.

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Beth Howard Featured in the LA Times

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Beth HowardMAKING PIECE: A MEMOIR OF LOVE, LOSS AND PIE by Beth Howard hit shelves in lat

e March and it’s been on a roll ever since. The author hit the road in her RV about a month ago as a part of a book tour that includes pie-making demos alongside her bookstore appearances. Beth has racked up an

enormous amount of attention, including a major feature by the Los Angeles Times profiling her journey from

Hollywood mover and shaker to pie baker and American Gothic house resident.

The author’s

next events include apperances at BookPeople in Austin, Texas, on May 8th and Pulpwood Queens Book Club in Jefferson, Texas.

To find out more about Beth Howard, visit

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On Tuesday, March 27th at 12pm ET the entire Knight Agency team will participate in an hour-long lunchbox chat using the #knightagency hashtag. Anyone

with a Twitter account

is encouraged to ask publishing related questions* to our agents, including; Deidre Knight (@DeidreKnight), Lucienne Diver (@LucienneDiver), Nephele Tempest (@NepheleTempest), Pamela Harty (@PamelaHarty), Elaine Spencer (@ElaineSpencer) and Melissa Jeglinski (@MJeglinski). Remember to pack your lunch!

*This is not an opportunity to pitch your work to TKA agents. To query our agents, email Thank you!


1. You must use include the #knightagency hashtag after your question so that it can be included in the conversation stream.

2. We prefer that you ask an open question

to the team so that anyone may answer you, rather than pinpointing a certain team member.

3. Though all agents will be diligently monitoring the feed, we cannot promise that all questions will be answered. It depends on the frequency of questions coming in. We will make every effort to cover all that we can.

4. Overall moderating and posting highlighted questions and answers will be done from that @KnightAgency account.

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Kristen Painter Chat Transcript Available

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Last night we had a fabulous time with Kristen Painter, author of BLOOD RIGHTS, in the *haunted* Knight Agency chat room. Per our usual, there were

plenty of laughs and prizes.

If you’ve never been to one of our chats before — you are missing out! Check out our chat transcript

to get the deets from last

night’s event.


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TWISTED Tour Stop!

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The Wealth Conscious Life & Wealth Freedom Pack With Mp3s!_small-2011-08-24-10-03.jpg” />We’ve finally made it to the last day of the TWISTED Tour! Along the way we’ve learned Rachel Caine had an affinity for butterfly necklaces as a teen, Marley Gibson owned a zoot suit (yes, seriously), Linda Gerber once dreamed

of being a travel agent/historian, Chloe Neill had aspirations of becoming a famous artiste, and to this day anytime Love Shack by the B52s is played Rosemary Clement-Moore immediately reports to the nearest dance floor. Also, Tina Ferraro reminisced about dancing under the stars with the cutest boy ever on her best night ever, and Jonathan Friesen recalled a little local phenomenon known as Prince being the toughest ticket in town. We also visited the sites of the ah-mazing PC Cast, Julie Kagawa, and of course, our headlining act — TWISTED author Gena Showalter.

We hope you enjoyed rocking out with us because we thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with you! Below, you’ll find the last ticket we’re handing out on this ride, and as a special treat a few folks from the TKA team are sharing some of their own teen pics. So, get a good laugh in before you grab name of the image and make haste to Entries will be accepted up until Sunday, September 4th at 11:59pm ET. Next week we will find out who will be the winner of an epic prize — a $250 Ticketmaster Gift Card, $100 American Eagle Outfitters Gift Card, a $100 Visa Gift Card for Dinner and a Glam

Urban Decay Makeup Gift Set!

Deidre Knight accepting her diploma in super shiny stockings.

Elaine Spencer showing her early love of interior design with super cool matching bedding, curtains and valances. So chic!

Apparently, Lucienne Diver was a a big hair fan. Those bangs are reaching for the sky.

Melissa Jeglinski thinks (and looks like) she’s tough stuff in her jazz outfit.

Marketing Director Jia Gayles, overly excited at the time about recent weight loss, chose a way too short shirt. Somewhere a small child is missing their sweater. Sadness.
How do you define the “Best Night Ever?” Does going on a mini shopping spree for a chic new outfit, dinner out with your bestie and seeing your favorite music act live in concert sound like it would do the trick? If so, read on!

To celebrate the release of, TWISTED, the third book in her Intertwined series featuring Aden Stone, Gena Showalter is rocking out with her author buds on The TWISTED Tour. The tour spans almost two weeks and 11

author websites, including this one, from August 22nd through September 2nd. The Grand Prize winner will be awarded all the essentials for a perfect night out, including:

– $250 Ticketmaster Gift Card
– $100 American Eagle Outfitters Gift Card
– $100 Visa Gift Card for Dinner
– Glam Urban Decay Makeup Gift Set

A Second Prize winner will receive an autographed set of Gena’s Intertwined series, including INTERTWINED, UNRAVELED and TWISTED.

HOW TO PLAY: Visit and check the tour schedule. Visit the sites of each author on their assigned tour date and locate the concert ticket image.

At the end of the tour, fill out the form on the aforementioned TWISTED Tour contest webpage by matching the images you found to the authors’ websites that they were located on before Sunday, September 4th at 11:59pm ET. The winners will be randomly drawn and notified on or around September 9th, 2011.

The 411 on TWISTED: His vampire girlfriend might have brought him back to life, but he’s never felt more out of control. There’s a darkness within him, something taking over…changing him. Worse, because he was meant to die, death now stalks him at every turn. Any day could be his last.

Once upon a time, the three souls trapped inside his head could have helped him. He could have protected himself. But as the darkness grows stronger, the souls grow weaker—just like his girlfriend. The more vampire Aden becomes, the more human Victoria becomes, until everything they know and love is threatened.

Life couldn’t get any worse. Could it?

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N43_T4xjREg/TlJtkfls_NI/AAAAAAAAB78/T9JlDTQerw0/s1600/twisted_cover_small.jpg” />To celebrate the release of TWISTED, the third book in her Intertwined series, Gena Showalter is throwing a mega contest and several young adult authors are joining her for the ride, including: Julie Kagawa, PC Cast, Rachel Caine, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Tina Ferraro, Jonathan Friesen, Marley Gibson, Linda Gerber and Chloe Neill. Plus, our very own Knight Agency blog will host one day of the contest.

The Grand Prize is being hailed as “The Best Night Ever,” and with concert tix to your fave music act, an American Eagle gift card for new duds, a glam Urban Decay makeup set for a “new” face AND cash (in the form of a Visa gift card) for dinner, how can it not turn into the best night you ever had?

The TWISTED Tour spans almost two weeks and 11 author websites, including this one, from August 22nd through September 2nd. The Grand Prize winner will be awarded all the essentials for a perfect night out, including:

– $250 Ticketmaster Gift Card
– $100 American Eagle Outfitters Gift Card
– $100 Visa Gift

Card for Dinner
– Glam Urban Decay Makeup Gift Set

A Second Prize winner will receive an autographed set of Gena’s Intertwined series, including INTERTWINED, UNRAVELED and TWISTED.

HOW TO PLAY: Visit and check the tour schedule.

Visit the sites of each author on their

assigned tour date and locate the concert ticket image.

At the end of the tour, fill out the form on the aforementioned TWISTED Tour contest webpage by matching the concert ticket images to the authors’ websites that they were located on before Sunday, September 4th at 11:59pm ET. The winners will be randomly drawn and notified on or around September 9th, 2011.

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