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- Nalini Singh's ARCHANGEL’S VIPER landed at #11 on the New York Times combined print & e-book fiction bestseller list, and #15 on the USA Today bestseller list. It was also one of Amazon’s best romances for October. Be sure to read the interview Nalini did on USA Today's Happy Ever After.

Book Riot's list of 50 of The Best Epic Fantasy Series included The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin and Lynn Flewelling's The Tamir Triad. A short story by N.K. Jemisin also appeared in The Best American Series 2017: 16 Short Stories & Essays.

- The cover of Gena Showalter’s THE DARKEST WARRIOR was revealed on Heroes and Heartbreakers.

- DARK WATER by Tricia Tyler won first place in the Unpublished Romantic Suspense category of the Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie Awards for Excellence.

- Nalini Singh did a special cover reveal of her upcoming Psy-Changeling novel, OCEAN LIGHT.

- USA Today’s Happy Ever After did an exclusive cover reveal of Sharon Wray’s EVERY DEEP DESIRE. It also did an exclusive reveal of WILD HUNGER by Chloe Neill.

- Rachel Caine's GLASS HOUSES and INK AND BONE are only £0.99 (about $1.30) until the end of October on Amazon UK.

- The Italian edition of Deidre Knight's BUTTERFLY TATTOO is on sale at Amazon Italy for €3.49 through November 5. 


Rachel Caine's WOLFKILLER RIVER, Book Three in the Stillhouse Lake series, to Liz Pearsons at Thomas & Mercer for publication in Fall 2018, by Lucienne Diver

Russian rights to N.K. Jemisin's THE FIFTH SEASON, to Eksmo, in a nice deal by Sergei Cheredov of Nova Littera; and Serbian rights, to Vulkan, in a nice deal by Mira Droumeva of Andrew Nurnberg Associates Sofia, on behalf of Lucienne Diver

Christine Nolfi's third in the Sweet Lake series, about a woman's journey into past events that scarred the town of Sweet Lake and which ultimately bring her full circle to the love that had been waiting all along, to Chris Werner at Lake Union Publishing in a nice  two-book deal, by Pamela Harty

Bette Lee Crosby's THE SUMMER OF NEW BEGINNINGS, about a rescue dog who saves the day when he helps a young mother understand why her baby cannot talk, to Danielle Marshall at Lake Union Publishing in a nice three-book deal, by Pamela Harty

Annabeth Albert's book for the OPEN SOURCE LOVE series, featuring geeky LGBTQ heroes in the world of a STEM corporation, to Sarah Lyons at Riptide Publishing in a nice deal, by Deidre Knight

Karen Whiddon's six new novels, to Patience Bloom for Harlequin Romantic Suspense in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver

Diana Pharaoh Francis's Books 5 and 6 of the Diamond City Magic series, to Debra Dixon of BelleBooks  in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver

Christina Henry's RED, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and GHOST TREE, about a small town in which a young girl disappears every year, to Rebecca Brewer of Berkley in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver

Kate Kessler's novella ZERO HOUR, featuring a criminal psychologist who plays quid pro quo with the son of a serial killer in order to rescue his next victim, to Lindsey Hall at Redhook, by Deidre Knight

Kelli Ireland's TO SCOTLAND WITH LOVE, to Steve Feldberg at Audible Originals, by Deidre Knight

Cara Lockwood's THE SHARK AND I, a contemporary romance, to Steve Feldberg at Audible Originals, by Deidre Knight

Anne Marsh's THE BIG ONE, a contemporary romance, to Steve Feldberg at Audible Originals, by Deidre Knight

Cat Sebastian's untitled story, in which a burnt-out spy and a village doctor solve a murder at Christmastime in 1940s England, to Sarah Lyons at Riptide Publishing (with a percentage of proceeds going to Riptide's annual charity bundle), by Deidre Knight

Cat Sebastian's IT TAKES TWO TO TUMBLE, the first book in her Seducing the Sedgwicks trilogy of m/m regency romances, in which a domineering sea captain falls for the free-spirited vicar who has been minding his children, to Elle Keck at Avon Impulse, by Deidre Knight

Round Table

What advice would you give writers on creating realistic and memorable villains?

Deidre Knight

Ah, the villain you want to see transform, whether he does or not—definitely my favorite type of character. I would say giving the villain one aspect that makes them seem truly human. Something that, however small, makes the reader want to root for them—if only for a moment. It’s Hannibal Lecter defending Clarice’s honor to Miggs in Silence of the Lambs (even if he goes about it in a horrible fashion). In The Man in the High Castle, it’s Obergruppenführer Smith, a Nazi, having such tender compassion toward his son’s illness. As a reader and viewer, I want my villains to come with a healthy dose of me cheering, “Oh, please transform! You know you can do it!” I definitely don’t want them to be one-dimensionally bad, vile, or evil.

Lucienne Diver

It’s important to make your villains as multi-dimensional as your heroes. If you develop them the same way as your protagonists—know their backstories, their goals, their strengths and flaws, and what they truly value—then they’ll be well-fleshed out, convincing, and far more interesting than some garden-variety evil that’s solely after power or money or creating chaos.

Nephele Tempest

I think the key to writing a good villain is remembering that a villain is the hero of their own story. No one actually believes that they themselves are evil; they have reasons for doing what they’re doing, and they feel perfectly justified. When they start spouting plans of world domination and cackling over their evil plans, that’s when you end up with cookie-cutter bad guys that no one quite believes. 

Melissa Jeglinski

A memorable villain, for me, is often one who is a surprise. Their prior actions may have led me—and the protagonist—to believe they were a friend or advocate. Not that it should be a huge surprise that totally blindsides the reader, but I enjoy the gradual realization that they are not who we thought they were. This also usually leads to them being more multi-dimensional, a character I’ve had a chance to know and maybe even empathize with.

Janna Bonikowski

A villain should have defined goals and motivations just like the protagonist of any story—they can’t simply be “evil,” or the character will be flat and boring. And a villain with motivations a reader can sympathize with is much more interesting!


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Tragen Moss writes gay romance, eats cake, and drinks coffee. A lot of coffee. A lot of cake. A lot of kissing.



Reese Ryan

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Reese Ryan writes fiction filled with complex characters, sexy banter, a dash of humor, loads of family drama and an unexpected twist. Author of more than seven romances, panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and a nominee for the 2017 Donna Hill Breakout Author award, she's an advocate for the romance genre and diversity in fiction.


TJ Klune

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Winner of the Lambda Literary Award, bestselling author Travis Klune writes queer fiction full-time from his home in Virginia.



Victoria Burgess

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Victoria Burgess is a two-time RITA nominee whose work has consistently earned a coveted Romantic Times “Top Pick.” She loves witty dialogue, razor sharp plot twists, and happy endings--and is determined to provide her readers all three. Victoria lives with her family in a small town in southern Vermont. 

Bryan Kozlowski

Bryan Kozlowski is a lover of “lit wit” – bringing the wisdom of classic literature into everyday life. From Charles Dickens to children’s cookbooks, his books celebrate the modern magic of living literarily.




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Sugarplum Way (Harmony Harbor)

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Bayou Born (The Foundling Series)

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