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ARCHANGEL’S LIGHT by Nalini Singh made The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and was also listed as one of Sarah J. Maas’s favorite reads of 2021.

UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR by TJ Klune is Barnes & Noble's speculative fiction book of the year and was also a Book of the Year finalist. TJ discussed the novel in an interview with the Los Angeles Public Library and also on the Poured Over B&N podcast.

THE QUEER PRINCIPLES OF KIT WEBB by Cat Sebastian made Cosmo’s Best Romances of 2021 list.

YOU HAVE A MATCH by Emma Lord is one of the Best YA Books of 2021 according to Parade Magazine.

USA Today's list of "13 witch books that cast a spell on us" included BLOOD LIKE MAGIC by Liselle Sambury and WITCH PLEASE by Ann Aguirre.

MOM'S GOT MONEY author Catherine Alford was mentioned in Parents.com and Yahoo.com.

WAKING UP MARRIED by Reese Ryan was named the Brenda Jackson Romance of the Year in the Reading Warrior Awards.

Aimie K. Runyan’s THE SCHOOL FOR GERMAN BRIDES made Bibliofile’s list of Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Titles of 2022.

The Alliterates’ list of 2022 Anticipated Book Releases” included KAIKEYI by Vaishnavi Patel and A DANCE OF SMOKE AND STEEL by Milla Vane.



Christian Klaver is the author of the Empire of the House of Thorns series, starting with SHADOWS OVER LONDON. He also wrote SHERLOCK HOLMES AND COUNT DRACULA, the beginning of the Classified Dossier series.

Christian’s Tip:

The thing I wish I’d understood earlier in my career was the dual nature of editing. You absolutely need extensive editing (self-editing, and also editing from others) to get things into proper shape. But editing is also the siren call that can keep you from ever finishing your novel or story. Just about every new writer I've ever met, myself included, has spent endless time noodling over the first three chapters in their book to an extent that they're in danger of never actually finishing the book.

Figuring out how to avoid this destructive cycle varies from writer to writer. Some writers, discovery drafters I know, just limit the amount of time they're allowed to edit before they have to press on to the next chapter. Some jump whenever they get stuck, often writing the book out of order and piecing it together later. There's an interesting book called The Weekend Novelist that recommends writing the linchpin scenes first, including the first and last, then going back and connecting the dots. I used to discovery-draft my way through a book, but eventually became a convert for the outline. (It's important to remind yourself constantly that the outline isn't etched in stone.) In fact, the outline is often wrong (occasionally VERY wrong) by the time I finish the book. I usually do several 1 page outlines before I start the book, and often re-write the entire outline or parts of it, several times before I complete the book. I like to do this on paper to get me away from the computer.

Once you have a first rough draft, fixing any problems in the draft becomes so much easier, but I still continue to take notes. In fact, in addition to the Outline for Plot, I keep notes on Character, Setting, and Research, too. I used to use some fancy programs for this, but eventually just stuck to using Word or Notepad. There's a notepad-style program called Keynote NF (not the Microsoft one) that's useful for this, but that's hardly necessary.

Good luck and happy writing!


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A.G. Starling is a college professor who has lived in multiple cities and had a variety of jobs from being an aerobics instructor to working in an art gallery in New York. She got her PhD in philosophy at Columbia University. She chose to study philosophy for three reasons: the general consensus was that it was impractical and utterly useless; everyone told her she shouldn’t; and it was a way to trip without doing mushrooms. She loves a good book, a good cup of coffee, and a great mystery, and is an intrepid traveler who lives in Monterey with her dog, Suttree (aka the Escape Artist).


A Swift and Savage Tide (A Captain Kit Brightling Novel Book 2)


Chloe Neill’s bold, seafaring heroine Captain Kit Brightling sets sail for the high seas and high sorcery in this swashbuckling fantasy series.

Captain Kit Brightling is Aligned to the magic of the sea, which makes her an invaluable asset to the Saxon Isles and its monarch, Queen Charlotte. The Isles and its allies will need every advantage they can get: Gerard Rousseau, the former Gallic emperor and scourge of the Continent, has escaped his island prison to renew his quest for control of the Continent.

The Passing Storm: A Novel


A gripping, openhearted novel about family, reconciliation, and bringing closure to the secrets of the past.

Early into the tempestuous decade of her thirties, Rae Langdon struggles to work through a grief she never anticipated. With her father, Connor, she tends to their Ohio farm, a forty-acre spread that itself has enjoyed better days. As memories sweep through her, some too precious to bear, Rae gives shelter from a brutal winter to a teenager named Quinn Galecki.

Doggone Deadly (A Catskills Pet Rescue Mystery Book 2)


Kari Stuart is roped into helping out at a dog show—but soon finds she’s bitten off more than she can chew when her best friend is framed for murder in this new Catskills Pet Rescue Mystery.

When the woman running the big regional dog show calls out sick, dog groomer Suz Holden is asked to take over. But it’s too much for her to handle by herself— considering the president of the kennel club, Olivia Weiner, criticizes her at every turn—so she calls in her best friend, Kari Stuart, for help.

A Winter's Earl: A Regency Christmas Romance


Come to me. I need you. It’s a matter of life-and-death.

Infamous poet Sherborne Clarke is a scholar, a lover—but not a father. When he finds a baby abandoned on the steps of his crumbling castle, he knows he must get her to London and an orphanage. It’s the perfect excuse to contact the one person he trusts…the man whose love he stills yearns for, and whose heart he broke years before.

The Classified Dossier - Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula


In this thrilling supernatural mystery, Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula must join forces to banish a terrible enemy...

Sherlock Holmes is dead. His body lies in a solitary grave on the Sussex Downs, England. But Dr. Watson survives, and is now given permission to release tales in Sherlock’s ‘classified dossier’, those cases that are, dear reader, unbelievable – for their subject matter is of the most outré and grotesque nature.

Find Me


Her most challenging task? Seducing her partner.  

After infiltrating a powerful Colorado crime family, FBI agent Angie D'Angelo gets a startling assignment: pretend to be lovers with Julian Parisi. But how, she wonders, will working with the attractive mobster help shut down a human trafficking ring and find the missing women? When pretense becomes a hot reality, Angie discovers that Julian has a mind-blowing secret that could jeopardize her undercover mission—and their lives.

House on Fire: A Fated Mates Romance (Ashes and Dust Book 2)


He’s done fighting his attraction to the sexy vampire…

To say former firefighter Colin Zhang is struggling to accept his new life would be a vast understatement. He’s bound to a vampire he didn’t choose, living in a house filled with creatures better left to the imagination—there’s a lot to resent. As much as he tries, he doesn’t resent Evan—far from it. But he needs to know that what he feels is real and that requires breaking their bond. No matter the cost.

Brooklyn Monroe Wants It All: Never Too Late Series, Book 2


She can't hit the snooze on her biological clock forever....

Love, career, kids-Brooklyn Monroe wants it all. Her beauty company? A triumph. Her love life? Total fail. At 42, that makes motherhood her top priority. With no man in her life, she's prepared to fly solo, but her plan is derailed when a mailing list mishap turns Brooklyn into a someone-get-me-pregnant internet meme. Making her PR nightmare go away entails a soul-baring interview on national TV. And the guy asking the questions? Her all too sexy ex.

Colton 911: Secret Alibi (Colton 911: Chicago Book 11)


She'd sworn him to secrecyBut some secrets can kill…

When Valerie Yates and Nash Colton reunite, they don't expect that their love could reawaken old demons. Soon after Valerie confesses a devastating truth, Nash is arrested for murder. She's determined to prove his innocence, but doing so means uncovering even more heartbreak and betrayal. Can the former lovers find their second chance…and capture a killer tracking Nash's every move?