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Author Tip by Sara Ackerman + New Clients + Recent Deals
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NEWS

- Faith Hunter's CIRCLE OF THE MOON made the New York Times Combined Print & E-Book Fiction list.

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Aimie K. Runyan’s DAUGHTERS OF THE NIGHT SKY is a Finalist for the Colorado Book Award in General Fiction.

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QUIVER by Julia Watts is a finalist for Foreword Reviews Indie Award in the Young Adult Fiction category.

- THIRSTY by Mia Hopkins was included on Frolic's list of Thirty Erotic Novels That Are Actually Erotic.

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Check out the amazing new cover of THE EVIL QUEEN by Gena Showalter, as well as the preorder giveaway.

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WE HOPE FOR BETTER THNGS author Erin Bartels was interviewed on an episode of Kitty Bucholtz’s Write Now.

- An excellent article by Shirley Jump on creating compelling characters appeared on the Writers in The Storm blog.


RECENT DEALS

- Producer and feng shui consultant Ashley Cantley's FIND YOUR FLOW, a lifestyle guide for balancing and enhancing your life through feng shui and other spiritual methods, to Liz Bevilacqua at Storey in a nice deal, by Pamela Harty

- N. K. Jemisin's HOW LONG 'TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH?, to Minumsa (Republic of Korea), by Duran Kim at Duran Kim Agency, on behalf of Lucienne Diver

- Kate Lansing's KILLER CHARDONNAY, the first book in the Vino Valentine cozy mystery series, in which the owner of a newly opened winery expertly pairs wine with solving murders in the picturesque town of Boulder, Colorado, to Miranda Hill at Berkley in a three-book deal, by Pamela Harty

- Annabeth Albert's LOVE & OTHER CONS, an LGBTQIA+ romantic comedy in which two big- name fans go head-to-head at a convention where love isn't the only thing at stake, to Mary Altman at Sourcebooks Casablanca by Deidre Knight

NEW CLIENTS

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Stephanie Rae Herfel
Stephanie Rae Herfel made international news when her Siberian husky, Sierra, detected her ovarian cancer after doctors failed to do so. Stephanie is a former Marine and had a long career with the federal government before starting her own business. She's a California native who now resides in Wisconsin.

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Catherine Alford
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Catherine Alford is a family finance expert and award-winning writer who helps women recapture their life passions, earn more, reach their goals, and take on a more active financial role in their families. She lives in Detroit, Michigan, with her husband and five-year-old twins.

Deborah A. Okey

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Deborah A. Okey took an unconventional route to a successful business career—from a college dropout to a skilled courtroom attorney to a senior executive at a Fortune 200 company. She is an impactful and energized speaker; an experienced business coach and mentor; and frequent guest presenter at universities, businesses, women’s network groups and major conferences. She lives in Ohio with her husband.

Jay C. Dyer

Jay Dyer
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Jay Dyer originally aspired to be a children's book writer/illustrator but strayed from this path and instead explored the world of fine arts, fashion and design. With a career in fashion, it wasn't until fatherhood that his passion for storytelling was reignited.

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Amy Coomer
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Amy Coomer is a young writer from Gold Coast, Australia. When she's not penning angsty YA novels in her PJs, she's studying acting and working on indie film projects. She hopes to move over to the U.S. someday and finally see what all the fuss is about.

AUTHOR TIP OF THE MONTH

Born and raised in Hawaii, Sara Ackerman studied journalism and later earned graduate degrees in psychology and Chinese Medicine. THE LIEUTENANT'S NURSE is her second novel set in the vibrant tropical surroundings of the Pacific.

SARA'S TIP


Many of us have to be our own editors. This is okay to a point, but I can’t say enough about the value of a great editor. Friends and critique partners are less expensive and also wonderful, but nothing can replace an editor who knows her (or his) stuff. There are many brilliant freelance editors out there, but do your research and make sure to find one who has a good track record and is a good fit. In the meantime, I find the book Stein on Writing by Sol Stein to be a valuable aid.

Also, I read aloud as I go. Writing in novels is far more conversational than more formal writing, and the words should have a comfortable rhythm and flow when spoken. This may feel weird at first, but it is an essential component to revising.

Another brilliant piece of advice that I picked up from author Mark Childress goes something like this: First draft, let it rip, write from the heart. First revision, up the stakes in each chapter and the whole book. Second revision, read through for character arcs (a whole read-through for each main character). Third revision, make sure the setting speaks to the reader and portrays the theme. Fourth revision, go through again and make the language shine.

We learn by doing, so don’t be afraid to jump in, get that book written, and hunker down for many rounds of editing. The more you write, the better you will get—as long as you keep an open mind and look at feedback from others as a chance to improve and not a dagger through your heart.

NEW RELEASES

The Lieutenant's Nurse

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On His Knees

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Gorgeous Summer Love is after my grandfather’s billions. And I’ll stop at nothing to prove she’s a fraud. Not even following her to glamorous St. Moritz. Not even masquerading as a bartender and seducing her myself. But I never imagined falling under her sexy spell…

Knightfall - The Infinite Deep

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A brand-new original Knightfall novel. Following the Fall of Acre, Landry, Godfrey and the other survivors of the siege flee in a sailboat across the Mediterranean. Drifting for weeks, they try to land on Cyprus only to run into a dangerous Mamluk detachment. Running dangerously low on supplies, they are forced to take to the seas once more. Trying to land on the coastline of Turkey, they are ambushed by pirates and taken captive. Incarcerated on a remote island compound, Landry, Godfrey and the other Templars must plan their escape before all hope is lost...

Can't Escape Love: A Reluctant Royals Novella
The Girl Who Couldn't Forget (Harlequin Intrigue Book 1844)

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Twelve years ago, Brooke Josephson suffered a horrifying ordeal at the hands of a brutal kidnapper. When her best friend is murdered and a chilling link between the crimes is uncovered, she will do whatever it takes to stop the killer. FBI special agent Justin Sloan can help her. The expert profiler makes Brooke feel safe…and desired. She survived before. With his love, can she put the past to rest at last?

Dangerous Sanctuary (FBI: Special Crimes Unit)

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FBI agent Radley Tumberg must rescue his fellow agent, Honor Remington, from a spiritual sanctuary where she’s being held against her will. But when he reaches her, posing as her estranged husband, he discovers the motives for her capture are deadlier than he expected. Can they escape the sanctuary and find evidence that its leader isn’t what he’s pretending to be?

Engaging the Enemy (The Bourbon Brothers Book 3)

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Parker Abbott will do whatever it takes to be the next CEO of King’s Finest Distillery, even play fake fiancé to his childhood nemesis, Kayleigh Jemison. Yet as he and the fiery redhead get reacquainted, sparks fly and real passion emerges. But when her ex wants a second chance, who will Kayleigh choose?

The Other Sister

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Two sisters. One murder plan.

An intense psychological thriller full of family secrets, perfect for readers of The Woman in the Window and Watch Me Disappear.
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