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The Knight Agency made a donation to the NAACP in support of Black Lives Matter. We encourage you to join us by clicking here.

CNN Style did a piece on N.K. Jemisin about the dystopian New York City depicted in THE CITY WE BECAME coming true.

Teen Vogue’s list of 20 LGBTQ+ Books for Teens Coming Out in 2020 included SOMEBODY TOLD ME by Mia Siegert. SOMEBODY TOLD ME also made School Library Journal's 10 YA Mysteries To Give You Chills list.

N.K. Jemisin is a Locus Award finalist for “Emergency Skin” in the Best Novelette category.

Liselle Sambury’s BLOOD LIKE MAGIC was featured in United by Pop’sUpcoming YA books by Black authors you’ll need in your life.”

RED SKY OVER HAWAII by Sara Ackerman was featured in the June 22 issue of Woman's World magazine. Sara also discussed the novel in an interview with the Historical Novel Society as well as Honolulu’s Star Advertiser.

AN ILLUSION OF THIEVES by Cate Glass won the Colorado Book Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy.

THE EXTRAORDINARIES by T.J. Klune made Buzzfeed's list of 31 Brand New LGBTQ YA Books To Devour This Summer and Book Riot's 10 LGBTQIA+ Fantasy and Sci-Fi Adventures to Take You Far From Here list. It was also chosen as a Libro.fm's (an independent audiobook seller) influencer pick. Finally, T.J joined authors in an “Empathy Over Stigma” event, as part of May’s Mental Health Awareness Month.

TWEET CUTE by Emma Lord was featured in Northern Virginia Magazine's summer reads article.

9 Books for Those of Us Missing Libraries and Bookstores, a list featured on Book Riot, included THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman.

SUMMER ON HONEYSUCKLE RIDGE by Debbie Mason made the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List.

https://amzn.to/37YnSgeTWO ROGUES MAKE A RIGHT by Cat Sebastian received a starred review from Library Journal.

Loriel Ryon’s INTO THE TALL, TALL GRASS was awarded a Parents’ Choice Gold Award.

Publishers Weekly gave ONCE TWO SISTERS by Sarah Warburton a great review.

Young Adult Books Central gave Kate McLaughlin’s WHAT UNBREAKABLE LOOKS LIKE a very nice review. It also received a great review from Booklist.

THEIR NINE-MONTH SURPRISE by Laurel Greer was a Harlequin Junkie Top Pick.

Publishers Weekly gave Jana Cristofano’s EAT WELL, BE WELL a nice review in their Spring 2020 Lifestyle Book Reviews.

N.K. Jemisin's THE CITY WE BECAME, T.J. Klune's THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA, Emma Lord's TWEET CUTE, Annabeth Albert's CONVENTIONALLY YOURS, Nalini Singh's LOVE HARD, and Milla Vane's A HEART OF BLOOD AND ASHES all made Amazon's Best Books of 2020 so far. THE CITY WE BECAME was also an Amazon Editorial Team's Top 10 Pick at #8.

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TURN UP THE CONFLICT AND DRAMA BY STACKING TROPES by Reese Ryan

Reese Ryan is the author of A REUNION OF RIVALS (July 1). She writes sexy, emotional romance with captivating family drama, surprising secrets, and a posse of complex, flawed characters. A Midwesterner with deep Southern roots, Reese currently resides in semi-small-town North Carolina where she’s an avid reader, a music junkie, and a self-declared connoisseur of cheesy grits. Visit her online at www.reeseryan.com.

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A trope is a common plot device or character attribute that is frequently used in literature. Romance, the genre in which I write, is particularly known for its use of tropes. When I first set out to write romance, I was afraid that the use of often repeated themes would limit my creativity as an author. But in reality, tropes can be beneficial for both readers and authors.

Readers may favor a particular trope, like friends-to-lovers or enemies-to-lovers. When they pick up a friends-to-lovers romance, they have a general assurance that they are going to get a story that, while unique, will also contain some of the familiar elements that they crave. But as writers, we can turn up the conflict and drama in a story by stacking more than one of these tried and true tropes. This gives the story more punch and treats the reader to an unexpected twist.

I discovered this, quite by accident, after plotting a story that I later realized contained three common tropes. I loved how the combination of those elements added tension and drama to the story which felt organic rather than forced. And my readers enjoyed it, immensely. All of the books in my Bourbon Brothers series, which follows the romantic adventures of a family that owns a distillery, include the stacking of tropes. Book one combines a revenge plot, a workplace romance, and family secrets—which provide an unexpected plot twist. Book three is a former-friends-turned-enemies-to-lovers, let’s make a deal, fake fiancé story. (Say that three times fast.) The combination of those common plot devices creates sparks between the love interests from the opening scene and carries the tension and conflict throughout the book.

So if you’re struggling with your novel or you’re looking for ways to intensify the conflict and add a little drama, experiment with stacking a few tropes. Just be sure to do it in a way that makes each element feel inherent to the story. The result will be a book that you’ll be excited to write and that your readers will enjoy.

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Andrea Thome
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Andrea is a former broadcast journalist who covered both sports and news during her career in television. (That’s how she met her husband, Hall of Fame Baseball Player Jim Thome; she interviewed him on opening day of 1995 and the rest is history.) They live in Chicago with their seventeen-year-old daughter Lila and twelve-year-old son Landon, and two rescue cats who are spoiled rotten. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys photography, travel and is a self-described justice advocate who uses her contemporary romance books to spread love, compassion and encourage inclusion.

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Dr. Laura Belus
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Dr. Laura Belus is a registered naturopathic doctor who is passionate about making health simple. She believes in getting to the root of stubborn health issues that keep us from living our best life using natural, evidence-based treatments. When she's not speaking about health and wellness she is usually cuddling with her Maltese Chloe.

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Dr. Jonathan Gelber
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Dr. Jonathan Gelber is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He is the author of multiple books, including an American Book Awards Finalist: Tiger Woods's Back and Tommy John's Elbow - Injuries and Tragedies That Transformed Career, Sports, and Society. He has four lovely children.

ANNABETH ALBERT'S TIPS FOR BUSTING OUT OF YOUR WRITING SLUMPS

Annabeth Albert is a Pacific Northwest writer of contemporary LGBTQ romance, including her latest release, CONVENTIONALLY YOURS. Learn more about her at www.annabethalbert.com.

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Hey Guys! I’m Annabeth Albert, and I’m proud to be a TKA client for several years now. I wanted to bring you some tips today for busting out of your writing slumps! I know we’re all struggling with the quarantine and being home and our routines being out of whack. So I wanted to talk a little bit about things that have worked for me when the words just aren’t flowing:

  • - Change your scenery! Wherever you normally write in your house, write somewhere different! I usually write in an office, so when I need to bust that slump, I write in bed. Sometimes just moving from desk to couch is enough of a change! Or get outdoors!
  • - Go for a walk! Speaking of outdoors, get your mask, socially distance, but get outside! Go walk and really focus on the book while you are walking. The universe may reward you with a plotting breakthrough. I like listening to my book’s playlist while walking with the purpose of getting past a slump.

  • - Take a shower! Or bath, hot tub, whatever works for you. Something about a shower always gets my brain going and then I can write afterward or at least take notes about what I want to do next.

  • - Write by hand! There is no substitute for a pretty notebook, a nice pen, and your imagination. Don’t start with the place you are stuck at—start with notes and backstory and ideas and then let that scribbling morph into whole scenes and work your way toward the slump. I often do entire scenes by hand when I’m stuck, but sometimes just three or four paragraphs by hand is enough.

  • - Change your font! I didn’t believe people that the comic sans trick worked. And it doesn’t for me, but a different font totally did make a difference for me. I’m using  Tempus Sans for my slump buster, but you use what works for you! Try a script or sans font and see what you can get! I switch back to Times New Roman for editing!

  • - Change your reward system! If you don’t reward yourself for words, a slump is the perfect time to start. 50 words = 1 m&m. 150 words = 5 minutes of social media, etc. And big days = bigger rewards!

  • - Change your tools! If you’re not a Scrivener user, try it! If you are a Scrivener user, try writing a scene in word or google docs and pasting it in later. If you love pacemaker, use all its features to help you set goals for busting through the slump. If you don’t use a word tracker, it’s a good time to try one.  
  • Keep trying! If one thing doesn’t work, try another! Just keep at it!

I hope these tips help! Thank you so much for letting me share with you today!

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