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January 2011 Edition -- Tick Tock
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Though we are well into January, The Knight Agency would still like to extend a hearty Happy New Year to all of our newsletter subscribers. At our main office, we're gearing up for the first sales meeting of the year where we'll outline our goals for 2011. Honestly, it feels like just a few months ago that we were coordinating our yearly planning meeting for 2010! With each year, the clocks seem to tick by at an even faster rate, and there's not a moment to waste. We are truly looking forward to this year, and are ready to challenge ourselves in innovative ways that will continue to distinguish TKA in the marketplace.

We were thrilled to kick-off 2011 with New York Times hits from Gena Showalter and Faith Hunter. Gena's DEEP KISS OF WINTER mass market reprint , co-authored with Kresley Cole, premiered in the #35 spot on the extended list, and Faith's third Jane Yellowrock novel, MERCY BLADE hit the #24 spot.

Last month, Knight Agency president and founder Deidre Knight was searching

for fresh new talent and ran a well-recieved contest on our company blog. Within 5 minutes of opening the contest to entrants, our blog generated well over 300 comments. That early morning traffic jam turned out to be Leigh Evans's lucky break. The writer is now Deidre's client. We were thrilled by the response, and definitely hope to do more events like this in the future. One big tweak though, we'll change the time. 5am was quite the early morning wake up call for Pacific Coasters. We heard you, and we won't do that again. ;-)

 

This month, we have a contribution from PLEASURE ME author Monica Burns, as well as the 2010 travel schedule for our agents. Also , Stephanie Rowe is interviewed about her new release, KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Stephanie will be featured author in our chat room this Thursday, January 20th at 9pm ET, and she is also running a very special contest this week to celebrate her new release. The grand prize is a $100 Amazon gift card, and there are also six runner-up prizes. Check below Stephanie's interview for the details. Look for an extra special incentive regarding Knight Agency newsletter members who participate in her contest!

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Stephanie Rowe
Stephanie Rowe

Stephanie Rowe is a Golden Heart winner and four-time RITA award nominee. The author has written in several genres, including paranormal, contemporary and romantic suspense. She also wrote young adult fiction under the nom de plume Stephie Davis.

A testament in perseverance, Stephanie wrote eighteen novels and nine partials before selling her first novel. Only two of her early works were every published. Her passion and tenacity lead to her finally realizing her publishing dream, and now she is the author of twenty-five novels. Her new Soulfire series, debuts with KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK, which was chosen as an RT Top Book Pick of the Month.

TKA: Give us the skinny, what is KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK about?

STEPHANIE: In KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK, an intractable warrior teams up with a cursed

.spitfire to rescue his best friend from Death's hot-blooded Grandma, in a high-octane and deliciously sexy romance, in which Death takes on a whole new meaning. It's the launch book for my new Soulfire series, in which tortured, refined and highly dangerous warriors tap into their sensitive side to save themselves, the world, and if they're lucky, the women they team up with

TKA: This book is told in not one, or two, but three POV’s. What were some of the challenges of managing three voices, and why did you think it was important to your story that they all got a chance in the spotlight?

STEPHANIE: The book fell naturally into three points of view, so it was easy to write and flowed quite effortlessly (always a bonus). I wanted to include the point of view of the villain, a witch named Angelica, because she was such a compelling character. Angelica is evil and a little psychotic for sure, but there is also a very sympathetic side to her, in which the readers will be able to see themselves. How far away are we from becoming Angelica? On some days, not that far. The empathy the reader feels for her, even while rooting for demise, adds complexity and depth to the battle that the hero and heroine are facing in their own journeys. It's a triage that works really well to add passion and energy to the romance.

TKA: The book’s hero, Blaine Underhill, has been imprisoned by a power-hungry

Kiss at Your Own Risk

witch (Angelica) for more than 150 years in the Den of Womanly Pursuits, where he and his fellow male inmates are forced into activities like embroidery and flower appreciation. The result is a hilarious dichotomy of a hot hunky alpha male having a mean cross stitch. What inspired you to create a world where men were forced to appreciate tasks traditionally viewed as feminine?

STEPHANIE: One of the things I enjoy greatly in my stories is to take the expected, the usual, the typical, and to twist it. Paranormal heroes are so often hardened warriors. They fight, they bleed, they are stoic and manly, with damaged hearts buried so deeply that only the right woman can heal them. I love those men, and my warriors have those elements, but I wanted to twist it up a bit. Give them an unexpected side to their personalities that would catch their women and the readers by surprise. So, I decided to give them traits that were the antithesis of deadly warriors: Blaine, the hero in KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK, is devoted to his cross-stitching to help calm himself down. It's a wonderful dichotomy to see this big, tough warrior thinking about embroidery floss, while still maintaining his manliness (and trust me, he does).

TKA: There’s no loss for LOL moments in KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK. What is the importance of incorporating humor into your writing style? What is your favorite funny line or scene in the book?

STEPHANIE: My style of humor is to take the expected and give it a satirical twist. It's about about challenging the reader to see things in a different way than they might usually do, like accepting the fact that a man who cross-stitches can be the ultimate, testosterone-laden fantasy man. As for my favorite scenes, I adore the ending, but I can't give that away! As for the individual lines, I will put that out to the readers to find out what they liked best. One reviewer said her favorite was "What kind of man eats your fish when you won't sleep with him?" I'd love to hear what others think!

TKA: As someone who decided to leave “‘work’ as the world defines it and went to ‘work’ as [you] define it,” according to your personal bio in regards to leaving a law career for writing full-time, what advice can you give to aspiring authors looking for the courage to pursue their dreams of being published?

STEPHANIE: One of the key things to making it as a published author is to believe in yourself. Not just in your writing, but in the sheer beauty within you, and to allow that beauty to come out. Writing is hard because there is so much rejection and so much judgment, that it's easy to paralyze your creativity with doubt, or to make your stories wooden because you are trying too hard to be magical. There is magic and beauty within the soul of every person, and the way to write is to allow that beauty to flow into the page without judgment. Anyone can put words on a page, and follow the trends, but those who allow their own magic to come to life, that's when the world will stop and listen.

TKA: Do you have any writerly resolutions for the New Year? If so, what are they?

STEPHANIE: My main goal for writing is to allow myself to tap into the magic in my soul and allow that to flow onto the page, as I mentioned in the previous question. I am working on a new secret project right now, and I'm not sure what will be after that. I'm going to see what inspires me and go from there! I suspect there will be more Soulfire books on the horizon, however!

TKA: What is the next book in the Soulfire series about and when can we expect to see it on the shelf?

STEPHANIE: The second book in the series, TOUCH IF YOU DARE, is about Jarvis Swain, the lethal Guardian of Hate who can't get a handle on either his knitting talents or the deadliness inside him. He teams up with Death's darkly tormented but deliciously sexy assistant to try save the world from himself before he brings them all down. Unfortunately, when you're dealing with Cupid gone AWOL, an overly zealous Death, and a woman who has her own demons to deal with, it's not always that easy. TOUCH IF YOU DARE will be published in July 2011.

Kiss at Your Own Risk Contest

KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK CONTEST:

Share the riskiest thing you've done for love, or what someone has risked for you via Twitter or Facebook status updates using the #KissRisk hashtag, comment on The Knight Agency's official Kiss At Your Own Risk Contest blog post, or email Contests@KnightAgency.net with your entry. The grand prize is a $100 Amazon gift card. Six runner-ups will receive a copy of KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Read the contest webpage for rules and restrictions.

Special BONUS alert exclusively for Knight Agency newsletter subcribers! Notify us of your entry and receive triple points for each entry! Find our more on the contest webpage.

The contest period begins on Monday, January 17th at 12:01am Eastern Standard Time and ends on Thursday, January 20th at 1pm Eastern Standard Time. The winners will be randomly drawn and announced at Stephanie Rowe's author chat on Thursday, January 20th @ 9pm ET in The Knight Agency chat room.

Chat with Stephanie!
Chat Party

This Thursday, Stephanie will share juicy tidbits about her new Soulfire series in our chat room, and as the author of twenty-five novels, she will surely have tons of great advice on succeeding in the publishing industry for aspiring authors. We will also have our BIG reveal of the $100 Amazon gift card winner. Hope to see you there!

WHAT: Chat with Stephanie Rowe
WHEN: Thursday, January 20th @ 9:00pm ET
WHERE: The Knight Agency Chat Room
HOW TO CHAT: Enter any combination of username and password. Login. Your computer must be Java enabled to chat.

Authors Corner - Monica Burns

Monica Burns

Living Outside The Box

Familiar with that expression the “in crowd” and the “out crowd?” Generally, it means someone standing alone outside of a clique of some sort. What about “thinking outside of the box?” It's a relatively common term in our vernacular, but what does it really mean? Most people think of it in terms of being innovative. For me, it means being on the outside looking in. Now I don't mean that in a negative way. In fact, I think it's a positive attitude.
 
“Thinking outside of the box” isn't just about innovation and new ideas. It's about taking risks. The same holds true when you step outside the standard circle of romance plots, you take a risk. Some risks are bigger than others, and the bigger the risk, the odds often lean toward a bigger payoff. Or at least that's what I keep telling myself. Instead of calling my outlook “thinking outside the box,” I like to think of it as my choice to be different.

Being different with the right book might sound like a cliché, but when a writer steps outside

of the box of everything they know, the opportunity to create something new and unusual grows exponentially. My upcoming historical with Berkley is one of those different kind of books. In discussions with my editor, I indicated I wanted to do an older woman, younger man story. Her reaction was to suggest that I make the hero not only younger, but a virgin as well.
 
The thought of writing a virgin male hero was intimidating to say the least. I've always written really strong, alpha heroes, and writing a hero who wasn't an alpha made my palms sweat. But I'm all about risks. I was going to make my virgin hero an alpha if it killed me. I honestly believe Garrick is an alpha male with a romantic heart. I love that about him.

Writing PLEASURE ME wasn't without its moments of intense frustration and pain. The book tested my faith in myself and my writing ability. It had me on edge the whole time I was writing the book. Yet, I believe it's my strongest book yet. Ruth and Garrick are a couple that deserve to be together despite the age gap. And sharing the emotions tied to that age gap wasn't an easy one for me to overcome.

Perhaps that’s because my husband is several years younger than me. The entire dynamic of the story had me stepping even further outside of the box. I wanted to

Pleasure Me by Monica Burns

make Ruth sympathetic without making her out to be someone wallowing in misery because she's “growing old.” That task was a challenging one, but then I find that the most challenging writing projects are the ones that chew us up and spit us out like ground meat. They're the books that make us step even further outside of that box than we already are. It's about learning to trust yourself all over again.
 
The challenge of writing something different and unique is that you're constantly second guessing yourself. That's something every writer experiences, but when you're stretching to write something that you've never written before, the challenge is far greater. Actually, it's downright scary. It says you're moving past your normal “outside of the box” position to a place that's outside even your comfort zone. Telling Ruth and Garrick's story took me to places I'd not been with my writing before. It also made me realize that the most exhilarating place to be is where I've been all along. Outside the box. To get a taste of PLEASURE ME, you can read the first three chapters for free here.

Speaking of thinking outside of the box, I've tried to put a new spin on an old promo idea. It's the Blog Party updated. From January 17th through March 1st, I'll be hosting the Pleasure Me with Romance blog event. Join me and 35+ historical authors as I celebrate the March 2011 release of PLEASURE ME. There will be daily giveaways and at the end of the event, a grand prize and two second prizes. Jayne Ann Krentz has kindly consented to a two-part interview, and there will be posts from best selling authors such as Sabrina Jeffries, Madeline Hunter, Hannah Howell, Sarah MacLean, Julianne MacLean, Lucy Monroe, Lisa Valdez and many others.

You can learn more about the event on my blog. I hope you'll join me and come prepared to be pleasured with historical romance.
Agency News

Faith Hunter's third Jane Yellowrock novel, MERCY BLADE, debuted on the New York Times extended list at #24 in the mass market category.


The mass market reprint of the DEEP KISS OF WINTER anthology, co-authored by Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole (not a TKA client), hit the #35 spot of the New York Times extended list.

Still going as strong as ever, 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN took the #10 spot in the top best selling Christian books of 2010.


Cherie Calbom's THE JUICE LADY'S TURBO DIET was featured in a First for Women magazine cover story last month in the article "Dr. Oz's #1 Fat Cure!" Also, Woman's World December issue featured The Juice Lady's Turbo Diet in the cover story "Holiday Fat-Blaster: Slimming New Juice Cure."

Cherie has been chosen by Dr. Joseph Mercola as his new juice expert on www.Mercola.com. The author will featured on a new juice web page, as well as a series of several webisodes about juicing.


Linda Gerber's DEATH BY BIKINI was named an ALA 2011 Popular Paperback in the Thrillers & Chillers category.


Joey Hill's AFTERLIFE received a gold star from Just Erotic Romance Reviews. Also, Joey's Vampire Trinity series received 5 blue ribbons from Romance Junkies.


Vicki Dreiling's HOW TO MARRY A DUKE hit Amazon's Regency romance bestseller list in the #17 spot for digital releases and #80 on the mass market list. The book also made it onto the "In Hot New Regency Releases" list -- #5 for digital and #11 for mass market.

The German romance magazine LoveLetter gave their highest rating to HOW TO MARRY A DUKE.


Rob Thurman's "Paint It Red" Music Video for the Trickster Novels won a Pixie award. The award honors outstanding creativity in motion graphics, effects and animation.

Joey W. Hill was nominated in the favorite author category for the 2010 Cupid and Psyche Awards (CAPA). Her novel, BRANDED SANTURARY was also nominated in the BDSM category. Debra Mullins was nominated for TEMPTING A PROPER LADY in the historical romance category; Blood Cross by Faith Hunter was nominated in the fantasy romance category; Red Demon by Deidre Knight was nominated in the paranormal romance category; and Kismet by Monica Burns was nominated in the erotic historical romance category.


Diana Peterfruend's ASCENDANT was on The Daily Beast's Best YA Novels of 2010 list.

Also, the ZOMBIES VS. UNICORNS anthology Diana contributed to last year was named a School Library Journal Best Book of 2010, placed on the 2011 Tayshas Reading List and won an Audiophile Earphone Award for the audiobook version.


N.K. Jemisin's THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS was shortlisted for Top Genre Fiction for the RUSA 2011 Reading list

New Clients on the Block

Leigh Evans

 

Roundtable
Roundtable

QUESTION: Based on your conversations with clients over the years, what is one of the most creative and/or effective methods you’ve heard of for breaking through writer’s block?

Melissa Jeglinski: My clients do a variety of things to get past their writers' block. One creates a storyboard with characters' faces (cut from magazines) and pictures of places they are visiting during the course of the book. She finds that establishing who these people are and where they will be interacting helps her figure out just what they need to be doing.

Elaine Spencer: Sitting down and writing every day. Even if you’re writing a nursery rhyme. If you put your butt in the chair, manage the self discipline, eventually the words will come.

 

Nephele Tempest: I think the best strategy is often to set the project aside and work on something else for a day or two and let your subconscious grapple with whatever issue is proving to be a stumbling point.

Pamela Harty: I thought best to ask a few clients for their best strategies for coping with writers block...

Shirley Jump - For writer's block: "I find that changing either my location or manner of writing helps tremendously. I'll try a notepad and pen instead of the computer or go to a coffee shop or bookstore and write. Very often, simply a change of scenery (with a caffeine boost, LOL) will take care of the writer's block. If all else fails, I'll take a long car ride and talk out the plot with myself as I drive."

Chris Marie Green - I actually don't believe writer's block exists, LOL. When I don't feel like writing, I blame it on my laziness and fear of confronting what's happening in the book. I usually try to just sit down and blaze on through a chapter. Sometimes I'll write a part that appeals to me more than anything else in the chapter and go from there. I just have to be reminded that everything I write can be fixed.

Jade Lee / Kathy Lyons - 1. Work out. 2. Meditate – STOP THINKING.

The biggest problem with a block is that the mind is going and going and worrying and going. It can’t allow for any new thoughts. All it can do is freak out. Cultivating a quiet mind is the best thing a writer can do. Whenever I’m stuck, I just get very, very, quiet. Pretend you’re listening at the door of a sick child. You just want to hear if s/he is breathing. Get your ears, your mind, your spine and your toes listening. At first it took me a long time, but now I’m practiced at it. The answer—or at least a clue to the answer—will usually drift into my mind. But I have to listen for it (and not have my mind pounce on it the second a glimmer appears). A quiet mind is my savior on many, many things! And the working out part is so that my mind focuses on the physical work which also gives space for the muse to whisper the answer.

Lauren Baratz-Logsted - Please don't hate me, but I've never suffered from writer's block. It's always possible to write something. That said, there are times when I find myself sluggish about writing a particular scene or chapter. It could be for any of a number of reasons, but mostly it's that it can feel plodding sometimes writing sequentially, one chapter after another. When that happens, I use one of two strategies to jump-start myself: 1) work on an entirely different piece of writing that day, like a blog post or an essay or a short story, so that I maintain confidence in my ability to write; 2) write a later section in that particular novel, an exciting section that I've been dying to write, so I maintain confidence in my ability to write that particular book. One of those things always does the trick. I'm able to go back to the trouble spot the next day, feeling refreshed, like I had a mini-vacation even though in reality I was working all the time.

Agent Travel Schedule 2011

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DEIDRE KNIGHT - RT BookLovers Convention, Los Angeles, April 6 - 9; Romance Writers of America, New York City, June 28 - July 1; Pocono LeHigh Romance Writers Retreat at Sea, Destinations New England and Canada, August 8 - 13; Dragon*Con, Atlanta, Ga., September 2 - 5

PAMELA HARTY - Romance Writers of America, New York City, June 28 - July 1

LUCIENNE DIVER - Florida Romance Writers Conference/Cruise, Destinations Key West and Cozumel, January 20 - 24; Dreamin' in Dallas, April 1 - 3; Central Valley Writers Conference, near Yosemite National Park, April 27 - May 1; Romance Writers of America, New York City, June 28 - July 1; Worldcon, Reno, Nevada, August 18 - 21; Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany, October 6 -10; NINC, St. Pete Beach, Fla., October 19 - 23 (tentative)

NEPHELE TEMPEST - RWA chapter meeting, Tuscon, Ariz., February 26;

RT BookLovers Convention, Los Angeles, April 6 - 10 (tentative); Houston Writers Guild Conference, Houston, Texas, May 7; Mayhem in the Grove, Boise, Idaho, June 3 - 5; Romance Writers of America, New York City, June 28 - July 1

ELAINE SPENCER - RT BookLovers Convention, April 6 - 9; Lori Foster Reader's Weekend, June 3 - 4; Romance Writers of America, New York City, June 28 - July 1; Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany, October 12 - 16

MELISSA JEGLINSKI - Heart of Carolina Romance Writers meeting, Raleigh, N.C., May 14; RWA Chapter meeting, St. Louis, Mo., September 17; RWA Chapter conference, Columbus, Ohio, September 30 - October 1

**Please note that travel schedules are subject to change**

The Watercooler

Watercooler

Each month, we list what our agents are currently looking for and/or a particular type of book they've heard editors are asking to see. The watercooler items will be adjusted as agents receive new information or develop new interests. Therefore, some items may be repeated from the previous month's watercooler item if interests have not changed.

Also, pleased be advised that this is not a complete listing of the types of books TKA will represent. For a listing of the types of titles we rep, please visit www.KnightAgency.net.

Melissa Jeglinski: I've just finished THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy and would love to see a dystopian YA project. I'd love to also see some historical YA and middle grade projects. I'm always in the market for great romance and women's fiction projects--something a little out of the ordinary would also be welcome.. (NEW UPDATE January 2011)

Nephele Tempest: I’m looking for great young adult—particularly something set in the real

world as opposed to fantasy/paranormal—with a strong voice and that tackles difficult issues in a realistic, sympathetic way; I’d love some new women’s fiction, again with a strong voice, and not necessarily a romantic story but with strong relationships of all kinds; in romance I’d love some contemporary and romantic suspense. I still love the paranormals but it’s getting very hard to find something fresh and I feel a bit overwhelmed with them all at this point. (Last Update December 2010)

Elaine Spencer: It seems like the Writers Digest “Hot List” queries have finally subsided. If you submitted one and I didn't get to it, please resend according to the guidelines! I'm not changing what I was looking for last month, but I'm going to add to it a bit: high concept romantic suspense, something beyond the typical serial killer on the loose story, great historical romance or historical fiction, (for me, this means pre-1900s), and strong boy-protagonist young adult or middle grade stories, something with a great voice and strong writing, and any compelling women’s fiction, particularly witty commercial stories about women facing life in their mid to late twenties. Also, I would really REALLY love to add a great Harlequin presents author to my line up. I absolutely love the luxe and drama associated with those books.(Last Update December 2010)

Deidre Knight: I recently had the pleasure of reading David Cristofano’s sequel to THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE (in manuscript form, so don’t rush to the bookstore *just* yet). When I first read his work a few years back, it literally cast a spell over me. So, as you can imagine, his sophomore effort had big shoes to fill. It did not disappoint. The sequel transported me back to that exact same magical spot, and I fell in love all over again.

So, what am I looking for? More authors like David is the simple answer. The long answer: adept storytellers who have the ability to write accessibly, coupled with a heightened awareness of lyricism and the know-how to navigate thought-provoking themes. I want to read a submission where I literally can’t turn out the light and go to bed. Something that weaves a hypnotic spell over me with its strong sense of characterization, mood, suspense and compelling plotting. (Last Update November 2010)

Pamela Harty: I am always looking for romance, but in particular romantic suspense and contemporary. I am also interested in women’s commercial fiction. I love my YA authors and would love to see more of this genre. Additionally, I haven’t had many nonfiction queries lately and would like to see more including parenting, self help, motivation and health. (Last Update October 2010)

Lucienne Diver: I’m looking for a story that blows me away with characters I truly care about in any of the genres I represent: fantasy, romance, mystery/suspense, young adult…. That said, I have a very full list right now, so I’ll have to be really impressed! (Last Update October 2010)

January Releases

To TKA Clients: The Knight Agency makes every effort to keep updated records regarding client releases and include all titles during their publication month whenever possible. Our methods utilize agent input, online retailer sites, and most importantly client updates to maintain this section. As is the nature of the business, pub dates can quickly change. To ensure that your release is included in the newsletter, please keep us apprised of your upcoming releases and any subsequent changes in dates by emailing Jia.Gayles(AT)KnightAgency.net.

 

The Soul Mirror by Carol Berg

 

THE SOUL MIRROR
Carol Berg | Penguin

In a royal city beset by hauntings, plagues of birds, and strange sinkholes that swallow light and buildings, whispers of necromancy swirl about the queen's volatile sorcerer.

Scholarly, reclusive Anne de Vernase rejoices that she lacks magical talent. Her father's pursuit of illicit sorcery has left her beloved family in ruins and her future bleak. But a plague of murders compels Anne to unravel a dead sister's magical puzzle. With none to trust but a friend she cannot see, Anne must investigate matters beyond science - a centuries-old rivalry, the boundaries of death, and the most dangerous sorcerer in Sabria . . .

 

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The Prodigal Bride by Beth Cornelison
 

THE PRODIGAL BRIDE
Beth Cornelison| Harlequin

Wild card Zoey Bancroft is in a scrape. Her ex-boyfriend has left her stranded with no money in Vegas after hearing she's carrying his child. Desperate, Zoey calls her best friend, firefighter Gage Powell. Before she can tell Gage where she is, a loan shark enters her motel room and destroys her phone….

Tired of saving Zoey from yet another bind, but unable to forget the sparks they once shared, Gage impulsively proposes. For the sake of the baby, of course—it'll be a marriage in name only. But trouble that started in Vegas doesn't always end there, and this time Gage's life—and love—is on the line….

 

 

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Taking You Home by Cooper Davis  

TAKING YOU HOME
Copper Davis | Samhain Publishing Ltd.

Hunter Willis’s “Guy Town” passport was stamped and in as good working order as his Harley. Like a good Midwestern jock, he’d ride that manly machine to his construction job every day, even throw back a few beers with the boys. Hockey and baseball filled out his single-dude weekends.

Then, summer heat worked its magic, and he fell in love with his best friend, sexy stockbroker Maxwell Daniels. The Harley is still in the garage, but the man is definitely—and lustily—out of the closet. As in tearing the door off its hinges.

Now that Hunter’s in love, he’s in all the way. Even proposed—and Max has accepted. But before their dream wedding in Vermont next spring, they must face the greatest danger to their perfect love.

Meeting the family.

It’s not just enduring the Daniels clan’s magnifying glass. It’s facing the deep, dark fears and secrets that are suddenly brought into sharp focus. Forcing them to decide if theirs is only a summer fling…or a love that can flourish even in the chill of winter.

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How to Marry a Duke
 

HOW TO MARRY A DUKE
Vicky Dreiling | Grand Central

Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission:find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary--nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...

Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she's determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife--she'll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke's affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan's desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker's number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.

 

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Made for a Texas Marriage by Crystal Green  

MADE FOR A TEXAS MARRIAGE
Crystal Green | Harlequin

When a bombshell secret rocked the powerful Barron dynasty, billionaire Tyler headed to the only place that had ever felt like home: the family's Texas ranch. He wasn't interested in sweeping the scandals under the rug or forgiving all the lies. And he "certainly" wasn't interested in a relationship with the woman who claimed she could help make his problems disappear.

PR genius Zoe Velez had been hired to clean up the Barrons' public sins, and for the sake of her own family's name she was determined to succeed. Only, it was hard to ignore the genuine pain Tyler was hiding…and the potent desire that wouldn't let her turn her back on him. But could she forget the past and let this passionate cowboy claim her heart—forever?

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Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter  

MERCY BLADE, A Jane Yellowrock Novel
Faith Hunter | Penguin

Jane Yellowrock, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane--or so he says.


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Midnight Kiss, New Year Wish by Shirley Jump  

MIDNIGHT KISS, NEW YEAR WISH
Shirley Jump | Harlequin

This holiday season Jenna Pearson is taking a deep breath and returning home. Now a New York woman from her head to her red stilettos, inside she still feels like the small-town girl who ran away.
Worst of all, Jenna has to face gorgeous Stockton Grisham! Her traitorous heart skips upon seeing him again, but she remembers the searing pain of years ago….

With New Year magic in the air, a kiss could rekindle an unforgettable love, but as midnight approaches will Jenna have the courage to stay?

 

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Hexbound by Chloe Neill  

HEXBOUND
Chloe Neill |

Lily Parker is new to St. Sophia's School for Girls, but she's already learned that magic can be your best friend-or your worst enemy. That's why Lily has to learn how to control her newly discovered paranormal abilities while fighting the good fight with her best friend Scout as they take on Chicago's nastiest nightlife-including the tainted magic users known as Reapers...

 

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Simply Forbidden by Kate Pearce  

SIMPLY FORBIDDEN
Kate Pearce | Kensington

Your most scorching desires come blissfully true at Madame Helene's Pleasure House--an elite brothel in Regency England where passion has no limits. . . Nothing's More Satisfying Than. . . With an unconventional upbringing and a reputation as a shameless flirt, Lisette Delornay-Ross is not your typical young lady of the ton. Unlike her peers, she is not afraid to follow her desires. And what she desires is Major Lord Gabriel Swanfield. . . Fulfilling Forbidden Passions. . . Returned to England after his harrowing ordeal as a war prisoner, Gabriel has shunned society. When Lisette brazenly confronts him, he feels an overwhelming stirring of lust. He's sure she would never entertain the illicit desires he indulges at Madame Helene's. But when he kisses her, he discovers her thirst for pleasure--and adventure--matches his. . . Praise for Kate Pearce's Simply Sexual This book has something for everyone: hot sex scenes, a sexy hero with a tragic past, a smart and compass...

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Kiss at Your Own Risk by Stephanie Rowe

 

KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK
Stephanie Rowe | Sourcebooks

He needed a killer woman...

Blaine Underhill is one lucky man after having recently escaped a century and a half of imprisonment at the hands of an evil witch. Now he's determined to save his still-enslaved friend, but in order to do so, he'll need the help of one of the world's most lethal women.

She was drop dead gorgeous, literally...

Trinity Harpswell is sick and tired of being a Black Widow. Having managed to go three years without accidentally killing anyone she loves, she's one short week away from freeing herself from this killer curse forever.

When Blaine tracks her down and convinces her to help him, little does Trinity know that the next seven days are going to be murder!

 

 

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Collateral Damage by J L Saint  

COLLATERAL DAMAGE
J.L. Saint | Samhain Publishing

One thing makes Jack Hunter invaluable to his Delta Force Team. The same trait that makes him suck at relationships. Single-minded focus on his career—and honing his ability to never miss a kill.

After a terrorist missile devastates his team and leaves him with only partial memory of a FUBARed rescue mission, he retains only one clear picture no one believes: the last face in his gunsight belonged to a prestigious American businessman. The man’s wife has to know something, but the only way to get to her is go AWOL.

After her husband trades his family to tango with double-Ds, Lauren Collins decides her dogs are better judges of character. She’s unaware how far her soon-to-be-ex’s web of deceit reaches—until the only thing between her, her sons and a killer is a wounded Delta soldier who activates her sorely neglected X-chromosome like nobody’s business.

Their instant attraction is kryptonite to Jack’s injury-dulled edge. Thrust into a world of peril, political treachery and treason, Lauren has no choice but to trust Jack with her life. Even if she and her sons survive, she’s not sure her heart will…


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Archangels' Consort by Nalini Singh


 

ARCHANGEL'S CONSORT
Nalini Singh | Penguin

An ancient and malevolent female immortal is rising in Manhattan to reclaim her son, the archangel Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena Deveraux, a vampire-hunter-and Raphael's lover.

 

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Lone Wolf by Karen Whiddon

 

LONE WOLF
Karen Whiddon | Harlequin

Disillusioned from his time serving as a Protector under a corrupt Council, Anton Beck has vowed to have nothing to do with anything Pack. He is looking forward to a few months of peace and quiet deep in the Big Bend Mountains of Texas. That quiet is shattered when he's abducted and held captive with none other than his ex-lover-turned-nemesis, Vampire Huntress Marika. But that's not all. She bore his miracle child. And that child has been taken….

It becomes clear that an ancient Vampire priestess is behind the kidnapping, but why? To exploit the child's rare gifts? In a race against time, two former lovers must overcome bitterness and broken hearts in order to save their daughter—and save themselves in the process.

 

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ADDITIONAL RELEASES:

CRAZY BEAUTIFUL by Lauren Baratz-Logsted -- Paperback Re-issue

THE SPLENDOR FALLS by Rosemary Clement-Moore - Paperback Re-issue

DEATH BY BIKINI by Linda Gerber -- Three-book Bind Up

SHADOW TOUCH by Marjorie M. Liu - Mass Market Re-issue

BOUND BY NATURE by Cooper Davis -- Trade Paperback Release

 
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