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LATEST NEWS

- Christie Golden’s BEFORE THE STORM hit #9 on the New York Times bestsellers list and #20 on USA Today’s Bestselling Books List. It was also one of B&N’s Picks for June.

- THE DARKEST WARRIOR by Gena Showalter made PopSugar’s 14 steamy romances to kick off your summer list.

- Nalini Singh’s OCEAN LIGHT made #21 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books List. It was also listed on Amazon’s Best Books of the Month: Romance.

- THE STONE SKY by N.K. Jemisin won the 2018 Locus Award for best fantasy novel.

- In an excellent review, the New York Journal of Books called QUIVER by Julia Watts “The perfect book for our times, when acknowledgement of common ground and empathy are sorely needed.”

- Publishers Weekly listed TJ Klune's The House in the Cerulean Sea series, sold by Deidre Knight for six figures to Ali Fisher of Tor, as a deal of the week.

- Lucy Parker’s MAKING UP and Alyssa Cole’s A DUKE BY DEFAULT are on the Cosmopolitan list of books you won’t be able to put down this summer.

- UNMASKED BY THE MARQUESS by Cat Sebastian was one of 8 recommended summer romance reads in the New York Times Book Review.

- In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Nalini Singh revealed why her Psy-Changeling series should be your summer book binge.

- Women.com’s 22 Books You Must Get Your Hands On This June included THE BAR HARBOR RETIREMENT HOME FOR FAMOUS WRITERS by Terri-Lynne DeFino.

- Bustle’s list of The 16 Best Fiction Books Coming out in June 2018 included THE MERMAID by Christina Henry. The book also made the Today show’s list of the 13 most anticipated summer reads of 2018, Amazon’s list of the best science fiction & fantasy of the month, and Unbound Worlds' list of 10 Mermaid Books Perfect for the Beach.

- THE BILLIONAIRE WEREWOLF'S PRINCESS by Michele Hauf, OCEAN LIGHT by Nalini Singh, and THE DARKEST WARRIOR by Gena Showalter made SYFYWIRE’s 13 sci-fi fantasy romance recommendations to heat up your June.

- ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE'S FAULT by James Alan Gardner will be on the ballot for this year's Aurora Award.

- Nalini Singh’s OCEAN LIGHT, Christie Golden’s BEFORE THE STORM, and Christina Henry’s THE MERMAID made Unbound Worlds’ Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of June 2018.

- CURSE ON THE LAND by Faith Hunter won an Audie Award for best paranormal book of 2017.

- Kate Kessler attended this year’s BookCon in New York City, where she met with fans, discussed writing, and signed books.

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Agents of the Round Table

What's on your current wish list?

Pamela Harty

For nonfiction, I am looking for projects in the following categories: Cooking, Health, Diet, How-to, Pop Culture, Lifestyle, True Crime, and Parenting.

For fiction, I would love to see more women’s fiction set in interesting locales with strong female characters. I would also love to find more cozy mystery projects set against unique backdrops of place/activity/hobby/industry.

Elaine Spencer

Hit me with your women’s fiction—I’m looking for something deeper than the oft-seen “starting over/new beginning” plot lines. Let me see your long-buried family secrets. Your troubled marriages. Career challenges. Friendship dramas. Motherhood crises.

In addition to contemporary storylines, I am always looking for historical fiction that shines a fresh light on the past. 

When it comes to sharp romantic comedies, I have a soft spot for city-set locales (especially in less popular urban locations), heroines I would want to have a cocktail with, and stories that bring back those early memories of what it feels like when you’ve first got a crush. 

I’ve been getting excited about a lot of nonfiction projects. Narrative and prescriptive texts rooted in today’s current cultural trends and hot notes. Career. Food. Diet. Culture. Lifestyle. 

True Crime narratives, particularly those focusing on long-buried stories that would make national headlines in today’s news cycle, are another area of interest.

Lucienne Diver

I have a really full client list at the moment, but I will always be on the lookout for novels that blow me away. I’m particularly looking for novels with relevance and impact. I love a strong voice and a fresh approach.

Nephele Tempest

I’m in an “I’ll know it when I see it” sort of mood these days, more than is typical for me, but I’m particularly looking for women’s fiction, preferably upbeat or at least with a definite happy ending and perhaps a touch of romance. I’m not up for deeply tragic at the moment; there’s enough of that going on in real life. Either contemporary or historical—especially in the period from the late nineteenth century to about WWI. 

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At Creative Wellness Retreats, we bring you back to the joy of the creative process. While we want you to be monetarily successful, we also want you to be able to separate the art of creation from the act of making a living. Guided by information from your Myers-Briggs Temperament Type, we will offer insights and tools to help you not only deepen your process, but understand how to navigate your relationship with the business world in a way that won’t leave you burnt out and depleted.

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After a long, successful first career in commercial radio/television/print/digital content creation, Ian Punnett, Ph.D. (Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication/ASU) completed his Routledge monograph, Toward a Theory of True Crime Narratives (February 2018), while teaching at Ohio Northern University in Amish country.

Punnett maintains a home in Manhattan, Kansas, where he teaches at Kansas State University, and is Chief Operator of the university radio station, KSDB; and in Tempe, Arizona, where his wife of 33 years produces content for Arizona PB.

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Gillian Shaw has suffered many tragedies in her too-short life, but nothing could have prepared the fragile human for her transition into immortality. To survive, she must wed a horned monster who both intrigues and frightens her…and become the warrior queen she was born to be.

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