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NEWS

WHEN YOU GET THE CHANCE by Emma Lord and BLOOD LIKE FATE by Liselle Sambury were two of Bustle's Most Anticipated Books of 2022.

THE CITY WE BECAME by N.K. Jemisin made Book Riot’s “8 Modern Cosmic Horror Books for a Post-Lovecraft World” list.

CrimeReads' roundup of 12 historical mysteries to look forward to in 2022 included HARLEM SUNSET by Nekesa Afia.

Publishers Weekly gave BUSINESS NOT AS USUAL by Sharon C. Cooper a starred review.

FURBIDDEN FATALITY by Deborah Blake and THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by T.J. Klune made Murder By The Book’s 2021 Paperback Bestsellers list.

LUCKY LEAP DAY by Ann Marie Walker made the USA TODAY top rom-com reading list in January.

Erin Bartels's THE GIRL WHO COULD BREATHE UNDER WATER received a great review from Life Is Story.

IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND by Robby Weber was included on The Nerd Daily’s Must-Have Queer Books list for 2022.

Library Reads gave UNWRITTEN RULES by KD Casey a nice review.

QUIET IN HER BONES by Nalini Singh was included in the BuzzFeed list “20 Thriller Novels That Will Keep You On Edge this Winter.”

Goodreads named Liselle Sambury’s BLOOD LIKE FATE, WHEN YOU GET THE CHANCE by Emma Lord, and HEAT WAVE by TJ Klune as three of their most anticipated YA Books of 2022.

HOUSE ON FIRE by Jenn Burke received an excellent review from Library Journal.

Liselle Sambury made Amazon's "Rising stars: New young adult fantasy authors to watch" list.

Publishers Weekly gave Michelle Dayton’s SCAMMER GIRL a great review.

ROLE MODEL by Rachel Reid had a starred review from Library Journal.

KAIKEYI by Vaishnavi Patel received a starred review in Booklist.

Bookpage’s 2022 preview: Most anticipated mystery & suspense list included A RIP THROUGH TIME by Kelley Armstrong and HARLEM SUNSET by Nekesa Afia.

MULLED TO DEATH by Kate Lansing had a great writeup in The Denver Post.

AUTHOR TIP OF THE MONTH

Cait Nary lives in Virginia with her husband and a very anxious German Shepherd, neither of whom gives her too much grief when her writing alarm goes off at 5:30am. If she isn't writing romances, trying out a new muffin recipe, or running on a trail somewhere, she is probably shouting at the Philadelphia Flyers. SEASON'S CHANGE is her debut novel.

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Writing Tips from my High School Track Coach

All writers have days where we’re tired, unmotivated, uninspired, and uninterested. We also all have to learn how to push through that if we hope to do things like “finish writing a manuscript, ever,” which is a comparatively recent accomplishment for me. Several years ago, I had to have a sit-down conversation with myself about how I had barely finished writing a short story since 2011, and how this pattern was incompatible with my professed goal of finishing my first novel manuscript before I turned 29 30 31.

Definitely 31 32.

I decided I was going to start writing every day, because that’s what I had done during my most consistent stretch of adult-era writing. (NB: This works for me. It’s not the One Right Way.) You can do anything for 20 15 10 minutes, I told myself, which is exactly what I would say to myself while dragging my unwilling body through a run during marathon training.

Finally, my lightbulb.

Since then, I’ve realized that all the writing pep talks that I give myself are the same messages I saw on posters stuck to the wall of my high school coach’s office: trust the process! Put in the work! You will never always be motivated; you must learn to be disciplined! Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity! And, more writing-specific than running-specific, but consistent with the ethos of my coach: inspiration had better find you working.

Through repeating those little sticky-note mantras to myself every day, I’ve been able to remind myself that I can follow through on a commitment that I made to myself; that I can hold space in my schedule and my spirit for a sustained creative practice, even if it’s snatched on lunch breaks and the silent time before my household is awake. Writing still feels impossible sometimes, but I’ve learned that I love it even more because of the transcendent joy of a flow state after two weeks of slogging it out one Pomodoro block at a time. I have learned that I can trust myself to do hard things, to follow through, if I keep showing up to do the work. Keep focusing on the practice, just like my old coach always said.

NEW CLIENTS ON THE BLOCK

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Khalia Moreau
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Khalia Moreau is a Brooklyn-based medical student/aspiring forensic pathologist who loves writing twists and turns. When she’s not in the hospital or doing something book-related, you can find her watching anime or K-dramas while snuggled up with her cats.

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Aparna Verma
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Aparna Verma was born in India and immigrated to the United States when she was two years old. She graduated from Stanford University with Honors in the Arts and a B.A. in English. When she is not writing, she likes to ride horses, dance to Bollywood music, and find old cafes to read myths about forgotten worlds.

RECENT DEALS

- TikTok creator (@katiefliesaway) Katie Siegel's CHARLOTTE ILLES IS NOT A DETECTIVE, the first in a new series based on the author's TikTok videos, about a directionless 20-something formerly child detective who stumbles across a murder begging to be solved, to Shannon Plackis at Kensington in a good two-book deal, by Melissa Jeglinski

- Debbie Mason's untitled next book in her Highland Falls series, to Alex Logan at Forever in a very nice deal, by Pamela Harty

- TJ Klune's UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR, to Balgunsesang (Republic of Korea), by Sienna Jo at Duran Kim Agency on behalf of Elaine Spencer

- Lawrence Ross's THE DIVINE NINE, a revised and updated edition to include new interviews from leaders in the African American community who have contributed to the success of American's black fraternities and sororities, to Esi Sogah at Kensington, by Elaine Spencer

- Hanna Earnest's END OF THE DAY, in which a makeup stylist stages a coverup when scandal threatens her best client and best friend—an act that would be a hell of a lot easier to pull off if her accomplice hadn't broken her heart three years ago—to Kerri Buckley at Carina Press, by Elaine Spencer

- Karen Booth's IT'S A WIDOW THING, book three in her Never Too Late series, to Daniel Totten at Tantor Media for publication in May 2022, by Melissa Jeglinski

- K.D. Casey's FIRE SEASON, a contemporary m/m romance in which a newly sober Jewish pitcher befriends-with-benefits his team's recently divorced, definitely straight star player; and DIAMOND RING, in which estranged former teammates reunite for one last run at a championship, fanning old resentments and old sparks between them, again to Stephanie Doig at Carina Press in a nice two-book deal, by Deidre Knight

Jackie Thomas's COLD CASE AND PROTECTORS COLLECTON, to Katie Gowrie at Harlequin Love Inspired, in a nice two-book deal, by Pamela Harty


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