Author Christine Feehan’s newest release is Spirit Bound, the second book in her paranormal Sea Haven series. A spin-off of the author's Drake Sisters novels, the Sea Haven books take place in the same fictional town on the California coast, which attracts those with supernatural gifts. In this outing, Stefan Prakenskii has been called to Sea Haven, or rather ordered to the town, to investigate Judith Henderson, a beautiful artist who has caught the attention of a dangerous criminal. Stefan adopts the persona of a mild mannered businessman in order to blend in, but living in a place where powerful psychics are the norm, Stefan cannot hide his gifts. He also finds it impossible to hide his feelings for Judith, which is unusual for Stefan who has been trained since childhood to stay emotionally detached from everything and everyone.
Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many of the major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of ten places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission.
Carina Press: Executive Editor Angela James recently put out a call for a contemporary romance trilogy or series. Apparently, James had such a great time with Shannon Stacey's Kowalski Family series, that she wants more, more, more! James says she is looking for each book to be around 70,000 words, but novella lengths are also welcome. As are steamy erotica, paranormal and urban fantasy tales. Get the specifics here.
Rod Rees' sci fi debut The Demi-Monde: Winter transports readers to what a RT reviewer calls "a place that is part Matrix, part Star Trek holodeck and highly entertaining", a place known as the Demi-Monde. A virtual space created to train soldiers for combat, this world contains a myriad of secrets, twists and turns, which heroine Ella must navigate in order to save the president's daughter from the dangers that lurk here. Today, the author shares a look at this virtual reality and gives RT readers insight into this world with a piece of original artwork that includes several essentials for surviving the Demi-Monde.
Rod Rees Explains the Demi-Monde:
Author Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick, is an undeniable maven of romance. With over one hundred and twenty published tales under her belt, she is a true genre superstar. Today the talented author sits down with RT's Morgan to chat about the author's three favorite elements to include in her writing: romance, suspense and a psychic edge. Hear from Krentz about what it's like to write under several very different pen names. And then get an insider's look at the new trilogy that kicks off with her most recent release, Copper Beach. Find out everything you need to know just before Krentz's latest hits stores!
Adventures In Self-Publishing: Alexis Harrington On The Decision To Self-Publish — And Becoming An Amazon Montlake Author!BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK
With our new column Adventures in Self-Publishing, we bring you at look at this ever-expanding market. Today, author Alexis Harrington answers our questions about her self-published tale Home by Morning — and what happened when the story was picked up by Amazon's new romance imprint, Montelake.
If you had to describe the story of your historical tale Home by Morning in one (very modern) tweet, what would it be?
A pandemic, treachery, heartbreak, the fire of a lost love rekindled—all this and more is yours in Home by Morning by Alexis Harrington.
Why did you decide to focus on a story that is so much about medicine at the turn of the century?
Debut author Robin Bridges hits the ground running with this month's release The Gathering Storm, the first in her Katerina Trilogy. The story follows Katerina Alexandrovna, teen Duchess of Oldenberg, who has the supernatural ability to raise the dead. Inspired by Russian fairy tales and Slavic mythology, Bridges shares how she penned such a unique, magical tale in this exclusive interview. And then be sure to check out an excerpt of the story and enter to win your own copy of The Gathering Storm below!
RT BOOK REVIEWS: The Katerina Trilogy is all about Katerina Alexandrovna, the teenage Duchess of Oldenberg. What first intrigued you about her character?
With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!
NEW SERIES ALERT
Historical Romance - We are thrilled to learn that author Jane Ashford, who has been writing for decades, will soon re-publish her 18-book backlist as well as an all new tale of historical intrigue. Her never-before-read book, The Widow Wylde, will tell the tale of a woman who becomes the prime suspect in her husband’s murder case. In desperation, she turns to the man’s nephew searching for help. Working together, will they be able to protect her from being accused of murder and discover the true killer?
Name: Cecilia Grant
Book: A Lady Awakened
Current Home: Seattle, WA
Job (when not writing): Data wrangler
Do you write under a pseudonym?: Yes. A non-writing friend of mine calls Cecilia Grant my “secret superhero identity,” and I like having one of those.
How many manuscripts do you have hidden under the bed?: One complete, and about half a dozen that I started, abandoned after a short time, but never could bring myself to throw away.
How long did it take you to sell your first book?: From the time I first submitted something to an agent, until the day I got The Call, about 2 and 1/3 years.
What was it like writing A Lady Awakened? Did you know at the time that it was going to sell to a major NYC publishing house?
Considering the number of people who write books as compared to the number of debut authors actually picked up by the big houses each year, it’s hard to imagine that anyone knows their book is going to sell! I certainly didn’t.
This week the reading community mourns the loss of beloved author Penny Jordan. Jordan, who had been publishing books steadily since the early 1980s, lost her long battle with cancer early Sunday morning. We Will Miss Her >>
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Romance author extraordinaire Jude Deveraux chats with RT's Morgan Doremus in this exclusive author podcast. The pair bond over their mutual love for Deveraux's long-running fictional Taggert/Montgomery family and discuss some of the author's fan-favorite titles. And then the author shares an insider's look at her latest romance, Moonlight in the Morning, which starts an all-new trilogy in the small Southern town of Elidean.