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Author Tip by Melonie Johnson + New Clients + Recent Deals
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NEWS

- The top 25 spiritual and inspirational nonfiction books from USA Today's bestseller list included 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey. Don also appeared on a recent episode of 700 Club Interactive, where he discussed experiences described in his latest memoir, PEOPLE I MET AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN.

- Publishers Weekly’s KidLit TV Celebrates Children's Book Week 2019 article had Shirley Vernick listed as one of the contributors for KidLit TV, a web series that will feature three-to-five minute videos of popular authors and illustrators discussing their favorite characters from children’s literature.

- MARRYING MY COWBOY, which includes The Cowboy Lassoes a Bride by Kate Pearce, made the USA Today bestselling books list.

- A recent article by io9 details a New Green Lantern series by N.K. Jemisin that will help relaunch DC's Young Animal imprint.

- GETTING HOT WITH THE SCOT by Melonie Johnson received a recommendation by NetGalley

- Rachel Caine did an interview for The Big Thrill, in which she discussed her latest thriller, WOLFHUNTER RIVER.


RECENT DEALS

- Cassie Miles's THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, in which a woman in the witness protection program has her identity blown and is rescued by a private investigator working for a mafia boss who claims to be her father, to Allison Lyons at Harlequin Intrigue in a nice three-book deal, by Melissa Jeglinski

- Debbie Mason's MISTLETOE COTTAGE, to Nisa Pisarkova at Ersen (Estonia), on behalf of Elaine Spencer

- Kerry Schafer writing as Kerry Anne King's A BORROWED LIFE, in which the repressed widow of a controlling man finds new life and love through the character she plays in a community theater production, only to have her blossoming freedom threatened by a late-in-life, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, to Jodi Warshaw at Lake Union Publishing in a nice deal, by Deidre Knight

- Karen Booth's Book Two in the new Seven Sins continuity series, to Patience Bloom at Harlequin Desire in a nice deal for publication in June 2020, by Melissa Jeglinski

- Lauren Hawkeye's SLOW HANDS, about what happens between the proprietor of a tattoo parlor and the lawyer hired to chase her out of her upscale new location, to Patience Bloom at Harlequin Dare, by Elaine Spencer

- Dakota Cassidy's THE ACCIDENTAL UNICORN, to Daniel Totten at Tantor Media, by Elaine Spencer

- Leila Rafei's THE RIOT ON RAMSES STREET, set in Cairo during the Arab Spring and told through the eyes of three interconnected individuals who are caught in the whirlwind as they examine their own life choices and deal with the inevitable heartbreak that follows when revolution is not always what it seems, to Haila Williams at Blackstone Publishing in a nice deal for publication in fall 2020, by Kristy Hunter

- Amy Jarecki's THE HIGHLAND ROGUE, the seventh book in the Lords of the Highland series, in which two characters face tempests, pirates, deceit, and ruin—yet the danger to their lives is nothing compared to the danger to their hearts—to Leah Hultenschmidt at Forever in a two-book deal, by Elaine Spencer

- Jules Bennett's untitled novel, to be included in the new Seven Sins continuity series, to Stacy Boyd at Harlequin Desire, by Elaine Spencer

- Kimberley Troutte's SURVIVOR LOST, to Ryan Macgavin at Audible, in a nice three-book deal, by Elaine Spencer

- Cathryn Fox's HOOKED ON YOU, about what happens when a woman stuck in academia mistakes a billionaire CEO for a a small-town Nova Scotia Lobster fisherman after he saves her from a runaway horse-drawn buggy, to Candace Havens at Entangled Amara, by Elaine Spencer

NEW CLIENTS

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J.A. Crawford
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Despite what his family thinks, J.A. Crawford is not a spy. When he isn’t writing, he travels the country investigating disaster sites. Before that, he taught Criminal Justice, Montessori kindergarten, and several martial arts. He’s the first in his family to escape the factory line for college, where he was too chicken to study writing. He’s been making up for it ever since.

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Moms on Call
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Founded by two pediatric nurses with more than 20 years of experience, Moms On Call has helped more than 10,000 families through a combination of extensive training, real-life experience, and continuous encouragement. Helping parents and families formed the core of Moms On Call in 2003, and since that time, Laura Hunter and Jennifer Walker have focused on partnering with parents.

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Dan Geltrude
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Known as “America’s Accountant,” Dan Geltrude resides in New Jersey and frequently appears as a financial expert on national news networks. He provides the answers to many of life’s financial challenges for those who truly want to experience success in all facets of their lives.

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Joyce Tremel
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Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years, and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. She lives with her husband in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, where they hope to have their log home completed sometime before the next century.

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Patricia W. Fischer
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Patricia W. Fischer is romance author, journalist, and retired pediatric/adult critical care nurse who’s made her homes in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Missouri.

AUTHOR TIP OF THE MONTH

Award-winning author Melonie Johnson is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. GETTING HOT WITH THE SCOT is her latest novel.

My Year of Spinning Plates

It’s the moment authors work toward. Dream about. Wait and wish for. The call. The offer. It’s a moment you don’t forget.

I remember when my call came. I remember the thrumming in my veins and whoosh of blood rushing in my ears as I forced myself to remain calm, the epitome of coolness (or so I pretended) as I chatted with the person who would become my editor. Above all, I remember when she laid out the plan for my series. It was a three-book deal, and they wanted to publish them all in one season. Back-to-back-to-back releases. Three full-length novels coming out in the space of three months.

“Sounds great,” I said breathlessly, my façade of coolness slipping. I like to compare that moment to Little Red from Sondheim’s Into the Woods: I felt excited… Well, excited and scared. I’d never written so much so quickly. But the first book was already finished, and its pub date was over a year away. I had tons of time. I could do this. This would be easy. This would be cake.

Let’s take a moment to chuckle at naïve baby-author me…my year of spinning plates was about to begin.

It turns out that yes, I could indeed do this. But it wasn’t easy, and the only cake involved resulted from panic-induced procrasti-baking. Despite all the time I spent in the kitchen avoiding my laptop, I somehow managed, to borrow a phrase from the great Nora Roberts, to get my ass in the chair and write. And write. And write. Revisions on Book One while writing Book Two and plotting Book Three. Copy edits on Book One while revising Book Two and drafting Book Three. More revisions on Book Two. Stuck on Book Three. Page proofs for Book One while copy editing Book Two and finishing Book Three. Revising. Writing cover copy. Revising. Working on blurbs. Revising. Finally, Book Three was off to copy edits.

I’d done it. I’d written three novels. But new plates were being tossed into the mix each day. Marketing and promo, building a brand, engaging with readers…oh, and let’s start working on a new series. It dawned on me that if I wanted a successful career as an author, the plates weren’t going to stop spinning. Not really. Not ever. This was my new normal.

Upon this revelation, I knew I had to figure out some balance. Not just with the writing, but with my life. I also still had, you know, a family to take care of. A home. And myself. I needed to take care of me, too. I began looking for tricks to help keep those plates in motion so I would be less worried about dropping one and having it crash to the ground (or worse, crashing myself).

A few I’ve found most useful are also the most simple. Things like maintaining a detailed calendar of all deadlines and due dates so something doesn’t sneak up on me. Creating a “time budget” and not overspending in areas like surfing on social media while also making sure there is time for non-writing things like hitting the gym and going on dates (both with my husband and my friends). Perhaps most importantly, I’ve learned to let stuff go. And to be more willing to accept help (yes, the day has come where I let my husband do the laundry…including my laundry).

If you’re struggling with the juggle and feeling overwhelmed, I promise you’ve got this. Take a breath, take a break (maybe go bake something), then get back to it. Keep on swimming, keep on spinning.

NEW RELEASES

Prince of Air and Darkness: A Gay Fantasy Romance (The Darkest Court Book 1)

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The only human student at Mather’s School of Magick, Phineas Smith has a target on his back. Born with the rare ability to tap into unlimited magick, he finds both Faerie Courts want his allegiance—and will do anything to get it.

Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake Book 3)

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She can’t ignore a cry for help. But in this remote hunting town, it’s open season.

Gwen Proctor escaped her serial-killer husband and saved her family. What she can’t seem to outrun is his notoriety. Or the sick internet vigilantes still seeking to avenge his crimes. For Gwen, hiding isn’t an option. Not when her only mission is to create a normal life for her kids.

Grave Destiny (An Alex Craft Novel Book 6)

Buy NowBuy NowBuy Now Buy NowAlex is still trying to come to terms with her changing powers and her growing ties to Faerie when a case she’d rather avoid falls right into her lap. A fae prince desperately needs Alex to investigate a politically sensitive murder. She reluctantly agrees to the case, taking FIB agent Falin Andrews along as her backup.

Getting Hot with the Scot: A Sometimes in Love Novel

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IT’S TIME TO FLIRT WITH A MAN IN A KILT

Cassie Crow, a pop-culture reporter for a TV talk show, is focused on becoming a “serious” journalist. But when she stumbles into a kilted Highlander with a killer accent, Cassie decides that taking one night off from work and spending it with a sexy Scot couldn’t hurt. . .

A Prince on Paper: Reluctant Royals

Buy NowBuy NowBuy Now Buy NowNya Jerami fled Thesolo for the glitz and glamour of NYC but discovered that her Prince Charming only exists in her virtual dating games. When Nya returns home for a royal wedding, she accidentally finds herself up close and personal—in bed—with the real-life celebrity prince who she loves to hate.

Emily, Gone

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1971. When a music festival rolls through the sleepy town of Hesterville, Georgia, the Dixon family’s lives are forever changed. On the final night, a storm muffles the sound of the blaring music, and Rachel tucks her baby into bed before falling into a deep sleep. So deep, she doesn’t hear the kitchen door opening. When she and her husband wake up in the morning, the crib is empty. Emily is gone.

A Duke in Disguise: The Regency Impostors

Buy NowBuy NowBuy Now Buy NowIf anyone else had asked for his help publishing a naughty novel, Ash would have had the sense to say no. But he’s never been able to deny Verity Plum. Now he has his hands full illustrating a book and trying his damnedest not to fall in love with his best friend. The last thing he needs is to discover he’s a duke’s lost heir. Without a family or a proper education, he’s had to fight for his place in the world, and the idea of it—and Verity—being taken away from him chills him to the bone.

Arctic Sun: An Alaska Romance (Frozen Hearts Book 1)

Buy NowBuy NowBuy Now Buy NowEx-military mountain man Griffin Barrett likes his solitude. It keeps him from falling back into old habits. Bad habits. He’s fought too hard for his sobriety to lose control now. However, his gig as a wildlife guide presents a new kind of temptation in superhot supermodel River Vale. Nothing the Alaskan wilderness has to offer has ever called to Griffin so badly. And that can only lead to trouble…

Texas Ranch Justice (Harlequin Romantic Suspense Book 2037)

Buy NowBuy NowBuy Now Buy NowWhen a beautiful woman unexpectedly shows up at HG Ranch, foreman Travis Warren gets suspicious. City slicker Scarlett Kistler claims she’s there to meet her dying father—Travis’s boss—but is she just looking for a payday? Several attempts on her life convince Travis she’s innocent, and as unexpected feelings surface, the rancher and the belle must find who wants her dead…at all costs.

Rescuing His Secret Child (True North Heroes Book 3)

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A train heist unearths family secrets
Trapped with armed hijackers aboard a speeding train, Nick Henry is determined to free the hostages—especially his ex-girlfriend and the son he never knew existed. The army corporal must use his training to save them, but this mission’s personal. Nick broke a promise to Erica Knight once, but he won’t let her down now, because something precious is on the line: his family.

His Final Girl (B Mine Book 1)

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Computer nerd, Wes Carpenter, dreads having to spend ten days at summer camp with the rest of his in-coming high school senior class. But when he meets strong-willed and confident farm girl, Linnea Langenkamp, everything about being away at camp improves immediately. When a malicious prank awakens an ancient evil, turning their summer romance into a bloodbath, Wes and Linnea pray they make it home alive while fighting for the survival of their classmates. With Wes’s ingenuity and Linnea’s knowledge of the forest, together they may be able to stop the killer, save the camp, and maybe even find their happily ever after on the way.

His for One Night (First Family of Rodeo Book 3)

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Flash Lawrence and Brooke Bonner’s fling burned hotter and faster than Flash’s temper. But when Brooke learned she was pregnant, staying away was her only option. The unpredictable rodeo star isn’t daddy material. But when Flash finds out the truth—forget it. There’s no denying their explosive chemistry. Nor will he let her deny him his child.

On Her Terms

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As someone who picks up the pieces of broken relationships every day, my dating rule is firm: no emotions. But Luca Marino isn’t the kind of guy who plays by the rules. He never was… In our Oxford days, he was gorgeous, gregarious…popular. Too popular to care that he humiliated a shy, overweight girl who worshipped the ground he walked on. Well, I’m a different person now—successful, with the expensive hair, makeup and clothes to match. But Luca…well, he seems exactly the same.

The Austen Playbook (London Celebrities 4)

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Freddy Carlton knows she should be focusing on her lines for The Austen Playbook, a live-action TV event where viewers choose the outcome of each scene, but her concentration’s been blown. The palatial estate housing the endeavor is now run by the rude (brilliant) critic who’s consistently slammed her performances of late. James “Griff” Ford-Griffin has a penchant for sarcasm, a majestic nose and all the sensitivity of a sledgehammer

Wickedly Unraveled: A Baba Yaga Novel

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Barbara Yager is used to traveling alone as she tends to her duties as a Baba Yaga. She sometimes brings Babs, the adopted daughter she is training, but her sheriff husband stays behind. This trip, though, she has made an exception. After all, the task seems so simple, and shouldn’t take long to accomplish. When it is done, the three of them can indulge in a long-overdue family vacation. What could it hurt?



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