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NEWS

- SHATTERED BONDS by Faith Hunter made #19 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list. It also made Amazon’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of November list.

Literary Hub named THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin one of the Best Books of the Decade. It also took Paste Magazine's #1 spot in their list of The 30 Best Fantasy Novels of the 2010s.

- Bustle included TWEET CUTE by Emma Lord and THE CITY WE BECAME by N.K. Jemisin in their list of The 20 Must-Read Books of 2020.

- Nalini Singh’s A MADNESS OF SUNSHINE is a December Library Reads pick. It also received a great review from Library Journal.

- The exclusive cover and excerpt reveal of SOMEBODY TOLD ME by Mia Siegert was revealed at LGBTQ Reads.

- Ars Technica’s Five Books We’re Most Excited to Read in 2020 included THE CITY WE BECAME by N.K. Jemisin.

- TWEET CUTE by Emma Lord was selected as a Winter 2020 Kids' Indie Next pick. It also received an excellent review from Publishers Weekly.

- David Amerland's THE SNIPER MIND made Book Authority's 100 Best Decision Making Books of All Time list.

- HEADLINERS by Lucy Parker and HOW TO CATCH A QUEEN by Alyssa Cole were included in Bookriot’s 12 Non-Illustrated Romance Book Covers for 2020 list.


AUTHOR TIP OF THE MONTH

Kelly Powell is the author of SONGS FROM THE DEEP, her debut novel, in which a girl searches for a killer on an island where deadly sirens lurk just beneath the waves. Learn more about Kelly at www.powellkelly.com.

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Kelly Powell's Tip

I think it’s important to write from the heart and to write what you’re interested in—to write the book you want to read. I love the research aspect of writing and delving into details. I find it helps so much in shaping my settings and characters. Revision brings the story closer to the one I want to tell, and I really enjoy focusing on details of the world and the characters. My advice would be to believe in your work, write the ideas you love, and also be open to critique. Writing is often very solitary and I think it aids the process to write wholeheartedly.

RECENT DEALS

- Joss Wood, Karen Booth, and Reese Ryan's The Holloway Heirs trilogy, in which three foster brothers are reunited to aid their ailing father figure in restoring his luxury hotel empire and must deal with the aftermath of a long-ago accident as they each find a place in the family and fall in love, to Stacy Boyd at Harlequin Desire in a three-book deal for publication in 2021, by Melissa Jeglinski and Pamela Harty, as well as Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency

- Cindy Holby writing as Kassy Tyler's THE RECKONING OF CAMDEN FITZGERALD, in which a high school junior must take the witness stand after being caught having an affair with his English teacher and over the course of the trial comes to learn the truth about the abuse of power, to Liz Pelletier at Entangled, by Pamela Harty

- N.K. Jemisin's THE FIFTH SEASON, THE OBELISK GATE, and THE STONE SKY, to Vorto Palabra (Croatia) in a nice three-book deal, by Whitney Lee at The Fielding Agency; and THE CITY WE BECAME, to J'ai Lu (France) in a nice three-book deal, by Lenclud Literary Agency, on behalf of Lucienne Diver

- Hailey Edwards's THE EPILOGUES: HOW TO KISS AN UNDEAD BRIDE, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver

- Kati Wilde's TEACHER'S PET WOLF, HIGH MOON, and SHERIFF'S BAD BEAR, a series of linked paranormal romances, to Kelly Scubas at Tantor Media in a nice three-book deal for publication in 2020, by Nephele Tempest


NEW RELEASES

Far Sector (2019-) #1

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N.K. Jemisin, the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Broken Earth and Inheritance science fiction trilogies, makes her comic book debut with bestselling Naomi artist Jamal Campbell as they thrust you into a stunning sci-fi murder mystery on the other side of the universe!

Songs from the Deep

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The sea holds many secrets.

Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he's one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.

The Cinema of Lost Dreams

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In the movies, anything is possible. But as location manager Claire Montgomery knows, real life offers constant challenges, especially in an industry dominated by men. For her new project, Claire needs access to a beautiful Art Deco cinema located in Starlight Creek, a small town in northern Australia sugarcane country. Though the movie theater and its elderly owner, Hattie, are both charming, Hattie’s handsome great-nephew isn’t so easy to convince. Claire must win their trust and permission, though even if she succeeds, she’ll face more complications than she could have anticipated. NK4YXMW

Her Intern: A Hot Billionaire Workplace Romance

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A red-hot story from New York Times bestselling author Anne Marsh! Billionaire Devlin King goes undercover to expose the company that’s stolen his work—but after a sizzling encounter with his new boss, can he keep his eyes on the prize?

Sworn to Protect (True Blue K-9 Unit)

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Mission: Keeping Baby Safe

Her husband’s murderer has his sights set on Katie Jameson. With the killer on the loose again, she’ll have to trust K-9 officer Tony Knight to protect her and her baby from the stalker who will stop at nothing to get his way. It will take all of Tony’s and his furry partner’s skills to find the killer before it’s too late.

A Christmas Rendezvous (The Eden Empire Book 4)

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On her second run-in with her one-night stand, they go from the bedroom to the war room!

It’s bad enough that high-powered attorney Isabel Blackwell is spending her Christmas on a high-stakes case. Then she discovers she’s up against the man who took her breath away one very special night. As a litigator, Jeremy Sharp shouldn’t be underestimated, but as lovers, Jeremy and Isabel can’t resist another rendezvous. Will this duel mean playing to win—or playing for keeps?

The Rancher's Holiday Hope (Mercy Ranch)

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She’s the gift he never expected…

He returned for his sister’s wedding…Not a romance of his own.

Back in his hometown to help his family, rancher-turned-businessman Max St. James has no intention of staying beyond the holidays. But the more time he spends with his sister’s wedding planner, Sierra Lawson, the more the small town he left behind feels like home again. Falling for Sierra wasn’t part of his plan, but he’s never wanted anything more for Christmas.

The Seduction of Lady Phoebe (The Marriage Game Book 1)

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Polite society has its rules for marriage. But for Ella Quinn’s eligible bachelors, their brides will show them that rules are for the faint of heart.

Her Forgotten Amish Past (Love Inspired Suspense)

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She can’t remember who she’s running from.

Is she safe with the Amish?

Someone wants Becca Troyer dead, but who or why is a mystery to her. Seeking refuge at the home of Amish farmer Zeke Hochstetler is her only hope to stay one step ahead of the killer. With every clue she finds about her past leading to more confusion, Becca and Zeke must untangle the truth before her pursuer discovers where she’s been hiding.

Witness in the Woods (Harlequin Intrigue Book 1892)

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He’ll fight tooth and nail to keep her safe.

When shots are fired, wildlife officer Joe Cash responds to the call and finds himself face-to-face with Skylar Davis and her pet…wolf. It’s Joe’s job to protect all endangered species—including the pretty vet’s menagerie of rescues. As the threats intensify, Joe realizes Skylar could be the key to busting a ruthless poaching ring. But she’s keeping a secret that could cause more harm than either of them can imagine.

Autumn's Child (Standing Tall Book 3)

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FALLING FOR YOU

Former pro-snowboarder Ben Healy has always sensed when to call it quits. He knew when to give up Olympic dreams and settle for lucrative sponsorship deals. He knew when his competition days were ending. And with Colleen Ridge, he knew that something so good couldn’t possibly last. Rather than wait until Colleen realized she deserved better, he pushed her away. Only now, thanks to her grandmother’s finagling, they’re back in the same town.

Holiday by Candlelight (Sutter Creek, Montana Book 2730)

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A tragic accident ended the life he once knew

Is a Hanukkah miracle right around the corner?

This year, Dr. Caleb Matsuda could do without holiday cheer. After an avalanche robbed him of his ability to practice surgery, he struggles to make it through each day. He may be intrigued by new colleague Garnet James, but she’s also a search-and-rescue volunteer who could be in danger at any moment. If only she wasn’t perfect for the man he used to be.

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