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July 7th, 2015

2014-09 CALL ON ME comp cover4Please help me congratulate Roni Loren on today’s release of CALL ON ME – the seventh full-length book in her contemporary erotic romance LOVING ON THE EDGE series.

Roni is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been called “a scorcher” by Romantic Times Book Reviews and “Hot and Romantic” by New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black.

CALL ON ME
“Loren’s thoroughly pleasing seventh Loving on the Edge erotic romance (after Nothing Between Us) shines the spotlight on rebellious drummer Pike Ryland, who’s torn between his wild rock star lifestyle and his attraction to Oakley Easton. She’s a well-behaved receptionist by day and a phone sex operator by night; when Pike discovers her secret job, he senses a fellow wild spirit and throws caution to the wind. What starts as flirtation swiftly escalates into pulse-pounding, white-knuckle carnal satisfaction that leaves them both reeling, physically and emotionally. Loren continues to portray safe, sexy, consensual BDSM, with Pike happily introducing Oakley (who’s not especially vanilla to start with) to all manner of toys and techniques, in a series of encounters that practically sets the pages on fire. The romance is as sweet as the action is hot, and there’s something deeply satisfying about the way this couple comes together. Oakley’s 11-year-old daughter, a stereotype-busting adorably punk girl with autism, will immediately win readers’ hearts. A bonus story features a submissive doctor in need of emotional healing finding a dominant woman who can push him past his limits.”
–Publishers Weekly

Read an excerpt of CALL ON ME here!

Stop by Roni’s website to learn more about the LOVING ON THE EDGE series: www.roniloren.com

And say hi and cheers on twitter @RoniLoren

Congrats Roni!

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Slightly shoe-obsessed YA and MG superagent Kate Testerman (aka Daphne Unfeasible) blogs about her books and authors, answers your questions, and talks about publishing industry gossip. , subscribe to this blog, or check out her Writer's Resources.

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News

2015-03 final front cover JESSES GIRLPlease join me in celebrating today’s release of JESSE’S GIRL by Miranda Kenneally!

“Jesse’s Girl is the perfect summer novel hitting all the right notes.” –VOYA

“I always know my heart will be full and I’ll have a happy grin when I pick up a Miranda Kenneally book. The stories she weaves together are romantic, inspirational, and quite magical in their own right.” — San Francisco Book Review

JESSE’S GIRL
Practice makes perfect.

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow the Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart-and go solo?

JESSE’S GIRL was included in the B&N 2015 Contemporary YA Summer Romance Preview and on Teen Reads Summer Buzz Books! This is Miranda’s 6th book in her Hundred Oaks series – another amazing YA romance that will make you giggle, cheer, cry and fall in love!

Visit Miranda’s website at www.mirandakenneally.com

and say congratulations on twitter @MirandaKennealy

Cheers!

7 July 2015

Events

sm-SDCC-7573It’s almost upon us, folks. Nerd Prom, aka San Diego Comic Con, is almost here, and I’m thrilled to have been asked to speak on a panel again.

Friday, July 10 • 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Ask An Agent

Literary agents Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency), Michael Bourret (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management), and Kate Testerman (kt literary) team up with film agent Brandy Rivers (ICM Partners) to take your questions and discuss the wild world of manuscript querying, the role of agents in the publication and film rights process, and more. No pitches, please. Room 24ABC.

But maybe one panel isn’t enough time to spend with me! Here’s a few of the other book-related panels I’m looking forward to attending, including a few with some of our awesome KT Literary clients (in bold):

Wednesday, July 8 • 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Creating Superheroes in the Classroom: An Interactive Workshop for Teachers

Antero Garcia, Peter Carlson, Susan Kirtley, and Jenn Anya Prosser lead a hands-on workshop for K-12 educators interested in utilizing comic books in classrooms. Open to teachers of all subjects, the program will look at how content-area literacy can be supported through comic books and popular culture in various disciplines. During this workshop panelists will explore how comics support student achievement, discuss ways teachers can align curriculum to use comic books meaningfully, and provide resources for participants to take into their own classrooms.

Thursday, July 9 • 10:00am – 11:00am
The Buffy Effect: Teen Heroines Then and Now

Buffy the Vampire Slayer revolutionized the paradigm of the teen heroine, especially in young adult books. Now, eighteen years later, Buffy continues to have an impact on the TV shows and books we read today. Hear your favorite authors discuss Buffy, the queen of the teen heroine, and how she single-handedly changed the game for strong and snarky female characters who are not the sidekicks. Panelists are Kiersten White, Rachel Hawkins, Rae Carson, Brittany Geragotelis, Brittany Geragotelis, and Valerie Tejeda. Moderated by Sarah Kuhn.

Thursday, July 9 • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Return of the Smitten Word

Bestselling authors Rachel Hawkins (Miss Mayhem), Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard), and Anna Todd (After) talk about the evolution of fan fiction and the power of online readership and engage in another hilarious battle over movies, TV shows, and Hollywood’s hottest. The discussion will be led by S.J. Harper (Reckoning).

Thursday, July 9 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Spotlight on Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell (New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Landline) sits down with Leigh Bardugo (New York Times bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy) to talk about books, fantasy, “the last three words,” and what Rainbow has planned for this year’s Carry On, her much-awaited return to young adult fiction.

Friday, July 10 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
From Novel to Comic to Film: Turning Books into Other Forms of Pop Culture

New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey sits down with his literary agent Kristin Nelson, John Nee (co-CEO of Cryptozoic Entertainment and book packager), Paul Morrissey (Eisner-nominated editor, Jet City Comics), Jimmy Palmiotti (writer and owner of paperfilms), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) to discuss how popular novels are turned into comic adaptations and feature films. Get the behind-the-scenes and nitty gritty, from selling options to major film studios to working with visual artists and comic book writers in their adaptations. Hugh Howey’s novel WOOL is in development with Ridley Scott, and the comic adaptation and graphic novel are available from Jet City Comics. Gary Whitta is also adopting Howey’s novel SAND for television.

Friday, July 10 • 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Building the Modern (Super)Heroine

More and more, heroines are being positioned front and center on the page and screen-Katniss, Agent Carter, Tris, Furiosa, Wonder Woman, and Captain Marvel, just to name a few. What do creators and fans want out of a powerful female protagonist? How can you pay tribute to the heroines of the past while still looking toward the future? What’s the difference between writing established heroines and creating your own? And how can one best position and support these characters to usher in a whole new era of totally bad ass (super)heroines across all platforms? This dynamic group of creators and expert commentators will discuss the challenges of building modern heroines in a variety of mediums. With Cecil Castellucci (Stone in the Sky), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Andrea Letamendi (psychologist, Arkham Sessions), Jose Molina (Agent Carter), and Babs Tarr (Batgirl). Moderated by Amy Ratcliffe (Star Wars online).

Saturday, July 11 • 11:30am – 12:30pm
Inside the Writers’ Room: The Pilot: Part One

Before there can be a hit series (or even a Manimal), there has to be a pilot, and this panel of expert creators and writers will share their experiences-the good, bad, and the very ugly-in selling and making a television pilot. Get the straight scoop from some of today’s most talented and outspoken creators. Moderated by Sony Pictures Television’s senior VP of drama development and production, Chris Parnell. Panelists include Sarah Watson (Parenthood, About a Boy), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost, Helix), Ashley E. Miller (Terminator, Fringe), Craig Engler (Z Nation), Kay Reindl (Scream, Millennium), Steve Kriozere (Agent X, NCIS), Amy Berg (Caper, Da Vinci’s Demons) and Thomas P. Vitale (Fmr. EVP Chiller Strategic Operations, SYFY Original Movies and co-productions).

Saturday, July 11 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Fantasy Literature

Learn about fantasy literature and book-to-movie adaptations from New York Times bestselling authors Heather Brewer (Vladimir Tod series) and Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures series), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn series) and Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle series). Moderated by Henry Herz (Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes).

Saturday, July 11 • 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Choosing the Right Publishing Path for Your Manuscript: Traditional, Small Press or Self-Publishing

Authors Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass series), Seanan McGuire (October Daye series), Cora Carmack (Losing It) and Elizabeth Briggs (Chasing the Dream series), along with editor Adam Wilson (Simon & Schuster) and literary agent Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency), discuss the various options for publishing fiction and how to determine what works for different genres. Moderated by author, former literary agent, and all-around publishing guru Nathan Bransford.

Saturday, July 11 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Author Talk with Del Rey Books

Del Rey Books has been publishing the best of science fiction and fantasy for nearly 40 years. Authors Alan Dean Foster (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Jason Hough (Zero World), Naomi Novik (Uprooted), Scott Sigler (Alive), and Harry Turtledove (Bombs Away) discuss their latest novels and answer questions about writing and publishing. Moderated by Tricia Narwani (editorial director, Del Rey).

If you’ll be there, some find me and say hello! You may even see me indulging in one of my many extracurricular hobbies — either cosplay or photography!

Photo above by me! My family Firefly cosplay at SDCC in 2012.
6 July 2015

News

2015-04 CASSIUS FLYNN coverCongratulations to Eleri Stone and Happy Book Birthday to THE ADVENTURES OF CASSIUS FLYNN AND MOLLY McGUIRE!

Flynn and Molly are the hero and heroine of Eleri’s fabulous REAPER’S TOUCH series and this is a novella-length adventure in their story. REAPER’S TOUCH has been described as, “A thrilling, original romance with the right mix of danger and desire.” – Zöe Archer, award-winning author of SWEET REVENGE.

Also, “Stone crafts a dark and delicious tale of cowboys vs. zombies and bittersweet love found in unexpected places. Truly exceptional! I did not want this to end!” -New York Times bestselling author Kristen Callihan

THE ADVENTURES OF CASSIUS FLYNN AND MOLLY McGUIRE
Cassius Flynn is a smuggler. An outlaw. A scoundrel. Charming, devilishly handsome in a maverick sort of way and fiendishly clever to boot. He’s also the only man Molly McGuire has ever loved.

Molly’d left him a year ago. Stolen his airship, broken his heart and made him look like a damn fool. Still, he’s rushed to her rescue, storming into Reaper territory to snatch her out from under the repulsive bounty hunter who brought her in.

High above the plains, up among the clouds in the most rarefied Scraper city of them all, a ruthless statesman has stolen everything Cassius considers important. And without Molly, without her quick hands, sharp mind and pretty face, he doesn’t stand a chance of getting it back…

Congratulations Eleri and happy reading to all! Check out the rest of the REAPER series on Eleri’s website at www.eleristone.com

And say cheers on twitter @EleriStone

29 June 2015

News

2015-02 DROP OF NIGHT cover ockup almost finalWhoa.

Look at this amazing, haunting cover!

Thank you to Epic Reads for today’s big Cover Reveal for Stefan Bachmann’s A DROP OF NIGHT – coming March 15, 2016.

“A fast-paced teen debut from Stefan Bachmann that is as surprising and as haunting as Joss Whedon’s thriller The Cabin in the Woods.”

A DROP OF NIGHT
Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she’s been chosen to participate in an exclusive program that includes an all-expenses-paid trip to France and a chance to explore the hidden underground Palais des Papillons, or Palace of Butterflies. Along with four other teens from the United States, Anouk will be one of the first people to set foot in the palace in more than two hundred years. But the expedition is not all it seems. The teens’ supposed benefactors are trying to kill them. And so is the palace itself, which is filled with deadly traps and invisible monsters.

Tell Stefan congrats on twitter @Stefan_Bachmann

Or, stop by his website for more details: www.stefanbachmann.com

25 June 2015

News

2014-05 Anne HeadshotCongratulations to Ashlyn Macnamara on this amazing book sale:

Fiction: Women’s/Romance
USA Today bestselling authors Ashlyn Macnamara and Vivienne Lorret along with Valerie Bowman and Tiffany Clare’s ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A DUKE, an anthology of short stories set in Regency England celebrating love, Christmas, and dukes, to Chelsey Emmelhainz, Tessa Woodward, and Erika Tsang at Avon Impulse, for publication in December 2015, by Sara Megibow at kt literary for Macnamara, Stefanie Lieberman at Janklow & Nesbit for Lorret, Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency for Bowman, and Helen Breitwieser at Cornerstone Literaryfor Clare (World).

Release date for ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A DUKE is set for December 1, 2015 – so exciting! Congratulations everyone!

Please check out Ashlyn’s books on her website: www.ashlynmacnamara.net

and say cheers on twitter @ashlyn_mac

24 June 2015

News

DONTVOTEFORMEfinalCongrats to Krista Van Dolzer, whose second MG novel got another nice review from School Library Journal. They called Don’t Vote for Me “genuinely sweet” with a “lighthearted writing style”. The final verdict:

A traditional but amusing school-age story with a good heart.

You can order your copy of Don’t Vote For Me today!

24 June 2015

News

IDOL OF BLOOD coverPlease help me congratulate Jane Kindred on today’s release of IDOL OF BLOOD, the second in her LOOKING GLASS GODS trilogy!

“Kindred does a splendid job of balancing the romance with a rapidly paced storyline and dark, unsettling revelations.” –Romantic Times Book Reviews

IDOL OF BLOOD
The price of revenge may be her sanity…and the lives of those she loves. Looking Glass Gods, Book 2 No longer haunted by memories of her life-and death-as the Meer of Rhyman, Ra looks forward to a quiet existence with her lover Jak in the Haethfalt highlands. Having made peace with Ahr, her consort from her former life, Ra can finally explore her new relationship, free of the ghosts of the past-until she unwittingly unearths Jak’s own. Out of instinct, she uses her Meeric power to heal the pain of Jak’s childhood trauma. But all magic has a price, and Ra’s bill has come due. Succumbing to the affliction inherent in her race, Ra flees to the mountain ruins where her mother’s temple once stood. As the madness takes hold, she resurrects the ancient city of AhlZel in a tremendous act of magic that seals her fate-and threatens to destroy those who would give up everything to save her from herself. Warning: Contains dark themes, violence, gender-bending sex, and recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse.

Readers enjoy! This is fantasy romance at its best -please stop by Jane’s website to check out Book #1 (IDOL OF BONE) in the series as well as her other amazing books: www.janekindred.com

Or, say hi and cheers on twitter @JaneKindred

23 June 2015

News

2015-03 YOURS ALL ALONG coverPlease help us celebrate today as Roni Loren’s YOURS ALL ALONG goes live!

YOURS ALL ALONG is a male/male erotic romance novella, set in her bestselling Loving On The Edge series and featuring two men, reunited after years, who see if one last night together will be enough.

YOURS ALL ALONG, “…will make you smile, break your heart and put it back together, and you’ll be left with an afterglow…If you like m/m romances, pick this one up today. If you’re looking to get your feet wet in m/m romances, pick this one up. It’s an emotional, sexy quick read.” –Romancing The Genre

YOURS ALL ALONG
The new Loving on the Edge romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Nothing Between Us turns on the heat between two men who wonder how much they’re willing to risk in the name of love.

Four years after an accident tore their friendship apart, Hunter and Devon are living separate lives. Hunter is now the all-America hero—a congressman’s son and a pro pitcher in Houston preparing to marry his beauty-queen girlfriend. Devon is in Dallas running a new restaurant.

But when Hunter unexpectedly shows up in Devon’s bar, Devon can’t turn him away. Damn it if the man isn’t still gorgeous. But engaged? Hell no. All he’s doing for Devon is bringing back memories of their college-roommate days, and the night their relationship went too far. Turns out Hunter has never forgotten it either.

Now Devon can’t help but be drawn in all over again by the only guy who’s ever gotten close enough to break his heart. Maybe one more night together would be enough for both of them to finally move on. Or maybe one night will change everything…

Read an excerpt here!

And stop by Roni’s website for more information on the Loving On The Edge series: www.roniloren.com

Or say cheers and congratulations on twitter @roniloren

Yipppeeeee!

16 June 2015

Slushpile

There’s been yet another explosion in the Twittersphere over the actions of multiple wrong-minded individuals attacking authors, coming days (barely more than hours) after this fabulous interview with Cassie Clare and Maggie Stiefvater about the actions of splinter fractions in their fandoms growing increasingly belligerant and antagonistic. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, good for you for having a life! Or read Maureen Johnson’s recent post for context.) When Joss Whedon left Twitter, I was sad, but understood. When you chase John Green off the internet? You’ve ruined it.

Like so many of my like-aged social media denizens, I grew into my use of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and the rest as they themselves were created and grew. They weren’t always there. I was in college before I had my first email address, and online chatting, as we think of it now, didn’t exist. When I read and loved a book, I wrote the author a fan letter, tracked down an address (usually care of a publisher), mailed it, and moved on. I didn’t virtually stalk the author, show up to her house, threaten them with physical harm at a signing or event, or god forbid, accuse them of sexual crimes!

To me, that’s not the act of a true fan. That’s like Misery-level fandom, and nobody doubts Kathy Bates was the bad guy there, right?

But as I see this happening, and watch my friends and clients react, as I hear my own brother telling me to be cautious about what I post on social media, I realize that I have already, to an extent, made some conscious changes to my social media use.

For the first time in years, I see myself checking Facebook more than Twitter, because I know that I can be open there with a carefully cultivated list of actual, I’ve-met-them-in-person friends, and that only those people I have deemed friends can see what I post. I have begun using Twitter only to share good news, or to respond to those on a short, private list of close friends. To read the headlines, but not, heaven forbid, the comments.

I see it in this blog, which has morphed over the years from an advice blog and my daily musings on the business to pages of deal announcements, book birthdays, and great reviews.

I even see it in our query pile, where a response to a standard rejection on a query letter goes so far beyond acceptable public discourse as to have us seriously considering calling the police.

And I wish it weren’t so, but I think that’s the way social media is trending, at least for me. Hopefully, it’s a cyclical downturn in use that will pick back up again sometime in the future, but I worry that the vitrol being thrown at creators — and especially female creators, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and anyone who doesn’t fall into the white male hetero normative bias — will drive those voices into silence. And I worry more that those it doesn’t drive into silence will receive an exponential increase in these type of social media attacks.

So I will support those that can and do continue to speak out, and I will support those that choose to go offline, and I will make my own choices going forward.

As Libba Bray posted on the subject, Choose love.

12 June 2015

News

9780778315834.inddCongratulations to Tiffany Reisz whose novel THE KING won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Erotica!

“The Lambda Literary Awards identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world.” – Lambda Literary

THE KING
Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this potent threesome can raise him to his rightful place as ruler of Manhattan’s kink kingdom.

Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side—handsomely paid in both bills and blackmail fodder—Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive apathy—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin. He plans to open the ultimate BDSM club­: a dungeon playground for New York’s A-list that’ll change the scene forever.

The club becomes Kingsley’s obsession—and he’s enlisted some tough-as-nails help. His new assistant Sam is smart, secretive and totally immune to seduction (by men, at least). She and Kingsley make a wicked team. Still, their combined—and considerable—expertise in domination can’t subdue the man who would kill their dream. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won’t rest until King’s dream is destroyed. It’s one man’s sacred mission against another’s….

Read an excerpt of THE KING here!

Please tell Tiffany congratulations on twitter @tiffanyreisz
And visit her website at www.tiffanyreisz.com for more information on THE KING and the other ORIGINAL SINNERS books.

3 June 2015