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NEWS

- Lucy Parker’s ACT LIKE IT made Oprah Magazine's list of 12 of the Best Romance Novels.

- Erin Bartels, author of WE HOPE FOR BETTER THINGS, made PopSugar’s list of debut authors to watch.

- TIME’S DEMON by D.B. Jackson was listed on Barnes & Noble’s 42 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Sequels We Can’t Wait to Read in 2019.

- Nalini Singh’s WOLF RAIN, Alyssa Cole's A PRINCE ON PAPER and AN UNCONDITIONAL FREEDOM, Melonie Johnson’s GETTING HOT WITH THE SCOT, and Cat Sebastian’s A DUKE IN DISGUISE made Bookpage’s 2019 Most Anticipated Romance list.

- Amazon's Best Sellers of 2018 included WHISPER ME THIS by Kerry Anne King and STILLHOUSE LAKE by Rachel Caine.

- THE OTHER SISTER by Sarah Zettel was part of the Terrifically Twisty Fiction sale.

- Kechi Okwuchi, author of an upcoming memoir that details her life as a burn survivor and singer, earned Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer for her January 28 performance on America's Got Talent: Champions.

- N.K. Jemisin's HOW LONG 'TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH? won an Alex Award. The awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.

- THE DEVILISH DUKE by Maddison Michaels is up for Best Historical Romance and she’s a finalist in the Best Debut Author category in The Australian Romance Reader Awards.

- THE IRON CODEX by David Mack made Amazon’s Top 5 picks for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of January, and THE MIDNIGHT FRONT made The Qwillery’s Top 3 of 2018 list.

- Harvardwood, a site for members of the Harvard University community involved in the arts, media, and entertainment, did an interview with SOFIA AND THE UTOPIA MACHINE author Judith Huang.

RECENT DEALS

- Cat Sebastian's IDLE HANDS, her first female/female regency historical novella about a thief and the women who steals her heart, to Elle Keck at Avon Impulse for publication in summer 2019, by Deidre Knight

- Rebecca Hunter's HOTTER ON ICE, the fourth book in her Blackmore Inc. series, in which a bodyguard falls for his client while on a trip to Sweden; as well as a new trilogy featuring sexy vacation romances at a luxury resort in Hawaii, to Katie Gowrie at Harlequin Dare in a nice four-book deal, by Melissa Jeglinski

- Anne Marsh's HER INTERN, in which a female company owner gets a hot new male intern who isn't what he seems, the first in a new trilogy about three Silicon Valley executives; and The Brotherhood, a second trilogy centered around the Russian mafia in Miami, to Kathleen Scheibling at Harlequin Dare in a nice multi-book deal for publication in late 2019, by Melissa Jeglinski

- Nalini Singh's A MADNESS OF SUNSHINE, in which a woman fleeing personal tragedy returns to her remote hometown on New Zealand's brutal west coast and discovers not only the ghosts of her own past but a web of deadly secrets, to Cindy Hwang at Berkley in a good two-book deal, by Nephele Tempest

Jim Butcher and Kerrie Hughes's HEROIC HEARTS, a new paranormal fantasy anthology celebrating heroes who do the right thing when they are called upon (with stories by Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and others), to Anne Sowards at Ace, by Jennifer Jackson at Donald Maass Literary Agency for Butcher and Lucienne Diver

Deborah Blake's A MODERN WITCHCRAFT PRIMER: GODDESS EMPOWERMENT FOR THE KICK-ASS WOMAN, a guidebook to witchcraft as a female-focused religion, including detailed instructions on how to practice self-care in today's society through goddess worship and magic, to Daniela Rapp at St. Martin's Essentials, in a nice deal, by Elaine Spencer

NEW CLIENTS

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Nekesa Afia
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Nekesa Afia currently lives in Toronto, Ontario. When she isn't writing, she's sewing, Lindy hopping, or actively trying to pet every dog she sees.

Ash Cantley

Ash Cantley
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Ashley spent fifteen years in New York City producing celebrities on national TV shows for which she was a part of Emmy Award–winning teams (Martha Stewart Living). She is passionate about cultivating a holistic lifestyle and after years of producing "home" shows for HGTV, NBC, and others she loves teaching people how to "find their flow" through feng shui and other methods. She now lives in Atlanta with her family.

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Angie Tillman
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Creator of Phickles Pickles, Angie Tillman is an entrepreneur, wife and mother who loves cooking, gardening, entertaining and living life to the fullest. She enjoys telling the stories of people she meets on the road during her pickle-peddling trips and doesn't let a day go by without having fun!

ROUND TABLE

What are you currently reading for pleasure?
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Deidre Knight
I’m currently reading AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. 
I burned through their first co-authored book, THE WIFE BETWEEN US, and am loving this one just as much!

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Pamela Harty
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currently reading I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi, which is wonderful, and I just finished THE ONE AND ONLY by Emily Giffin, who is one of my favorite authors. I recommend both of them!

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Lucienne Diver
I’ve just finished SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty, which is kind of AND THEN THERE WERE NONE in space (but so much more!). Absolutely brilliant. Next on my list is THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL. I kid you not!

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Nephele Tempest
I’ve always got a few books I’m in the middle of reading, but at the moment I’m splitting time mostly between J.P. Delaney’s THE GIRL BEFORE, and THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean.

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Janna Bonikowski
I'm currently reading WHAT IF IT’S US by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. So far, it’s delightful—lighthearted and fun.

I just finished AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones. This book was an emotionally complex, fascinating read. I would definitely recommend it.

NEW RELEASES

The Iron Codex: A Dark Arts Novel

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1954: Cade Martin, hero of the Midnight Front during the war, has been going rogue without warning or explanation, and his mysterious absences are making his MI-6 handlers suspicious. In the United States, Briet Segfrunsdóttir serves as the master karcist of the Pentagon’s top-secret magickal warfare program. And in South America, Anja Kernova hunts fugitive Nazi sorcerers with the help of a powerful magickal tome known as the Iron Codex.

We Hope for Better Things

Buy NowBuy NowBuy Now Buy NowWhen Detroit Free Press reporter Elizabeth Balsam meets James Rich, his strange request--that she look up a relative she didn't know she had in order to deliver an old camera and a box of photos--seems like it isn't worth her time. But when she loses her job after a botched investigation, she suddenly finds herself with nothing but time.

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy: A Reluctant Royals Novella

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He’s as dangerous as he is irresistible . . .
Alyssa Cole returns with a fun, sexy romance novella in the Reluctant Royals series!

While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart.

Sofia and the Utopia Machine: A Novel

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Sofia is an ordinary schoolgirl living in a future Singapore where the population is divided into three social strata. When she inadvertently unlocks the gateway to a new world, she realizes she must escape the government’s radar. She ventures into the lowest rung of society, the Voids, and meets with the eccentric Uncle Kirk and the resourceful Father Lang. While on the run, she learns why her father disappeared seven years ago and why the new world exists in the first place.

Playing with Fire (Blackmore, Inc.)

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Marianna will do anything to save her father’s company—even hire her ex to help. When old desires catch like wildfire, she won’t let it consume her … but sometimes playing with fire means getting burned.

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