Huge CONGRATULATONS to Ramez Naam, whose awesome sf thriller NEXUS is a finalist for this year’s Endeavor Award! Can’t keep track of all the author’s amazing awards and nominations? Angry Robot has a handy-dandy checklist for you!
I’m time crunched at the moment between the vacation backlog and the final prep work for next week’s London Book Fair, so while I have three amazing book birthdays this week (SHARDS OF TIME by Lynn Flewelling, THE WOLF SIREN by Karen Whiddon and TEACH ME A LESSON by Jasmine Haynes), I’m going to celebrate them with a post a day so that each gets to shine on it’s own!
Before I start, I have to wish HUGE congratulations to TJ Bennett for finaling in the RITA Award for Best Historical for her wonderful, atmospheric novel DARK ANGEL and to Ramez Naam, whose received even more recognition for his sf thrillers NEXUS and CRUX, this time by being shortlisted for the Prometheus Award. So proud!
And now (drum roll please)… I’m so thrilled with the early attention Jasmine Haynes is receiving for her latest erotic novel TEACH ME A LESSON, like this fabulous quote from Heroes & Heartbreakers: “There is no one who writes pure erotic fantasy better than Haynes.” I’m sure you can all guess that I think she’s wonderful, but you shouldn’t take my word for it! Run out and see for yourselves.
TEACH ME A LESSON by Jasmine Haynes (Berkley)
Do what you have to do, Principal. I deserve it…
High school guidance counselor by day, sex therapist by night, Charlotte Moore’s passion is people—whether helping students with the realities of life or helping their parents with the fantasies. Enter Principal Lance Hutton, the perfect subject for Charlotte’s method in recharging the sex drive—and it’s going to take some discipline. Considering this hot older man is her boss, it makes sense that he dole out the punishment. Besides, Charlotte’s begging for it.
But when Charlotte’s after-school extracurricular activities are made public, it threatens her job, her reputation, and the career of the man she’s falling head over heels in love with. Now, if this town wants a scandal, Charlotte and Lance are ready to give them one—and a lesson in bad behavior they’ll never forget.
You can read more with RT’s Hump Day Excerpt here.
Now, it just so happens that Jasmine Haynes came up today in Amy Christine Parker’s and my vlog for YA Rebels. Not because she’s YA (decidedly not!) but because when I went out to Los Angeles to research my first Latter-Day Olympians novel, she came out to meet me, and we had a grand old time. Only a fraction of our travels and travails made it into BAD BLOOD, but I’ll have the memories for a lifetime. If you’re interested in hearing a bit more, here’s the vlog talking about writing, travel and inspiration. Enjoy!
First of all, a HUGE congratulations to Ramez Naam for finaling in the Kitschies Awards (given out by The Kraken Rum!) for his debut SF thriller NEXUS from Angry Robot Books. You can check out an interview with him here on the publisher’s website.
For those of you who want to find me in person as opposed to just on-line, here’s my 2014 Conference/Convention schedule:
February 9-11 Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL
4:30 – 5:30 Fantasy luau meet & greet with J. A. Souders, Mari Mancusi, Janice Hardy and Tawdra Kendle
5:30 – 6:30 Flash Fiction Word-a-Palooza w/ Damon Suede, Kiernan Kelly, Angie Fox, Alex Hughes
2-3 Mythology & Fairy Tales with Amanda Carlson, Aria Kane, Deborah Cooke, Boone Brux
3:15-4:15 Mini-Monsters: Young Adult UF/PNR with Janice Hardy, Lea Nolan, Mari Mancusi, Chelsea M. Cameron
8-11 character mixer
March 15 SCBWI Writers Unleashed Workshop from 9-12 in Orlando Orange County Downtown Library. (Note: participants must pre-register. If you’re not an Orange County resident, here is the person to contact about registration: fisk.sarah @ ocls.info.)
Presenters: Amy Parker (Random House Childrens), Christina Farley (Skyscape/Amazon Childrens),Lucienne Diver (agent with The Knight Agency/ author with Flux), Vivi Barnes (Entangled), Jessica Souders (Tor/Macmillian), and Jessica Khoury (Razorbill/ Penguin)
April 7-10 London Book Fair
May 14-18 Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans, LA
July 23-26 RWA National Conference in San Antonio, TX
August 7-10 RWA 2014 Romance Rocks Conference in Sydney, Australia
September 4-7 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference
October 3-5 Necronomicon
October 18 Emcee for the 5th Annual Trash to Fashion Show at the W. T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora, FL
November 6 – 9 World Fantasy Convention in Washington, DC
Happy New Year everyone! May yours be filled with magic and all that is miraculous!
Logging on just briefly today today, because I can’t resist letting you all know that Ramez Naam’s incredible SF thrillers NEXUS and CRUX are are Kindle Daily Deals. Today only they’re $1.99 each and practically a steal at the price, so check them out! (Yes, that is an order.)
And now, since it is the weekend, I am off to do weekend-y things. Ta!
First, a welcome to my newest client, Marie Langager! You can find out about her journey and how we came to be working together in a fun post over on her blog.
Over on Chuck Wendig’s blog, Ramez Naam is talking about his sf thriller CRUX, which releases in just days. If you’ve read NEXUS, you’re going to want to check out CRUX. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? An amazing novel that had Scott Harrison (author of Archangel) calling him, “the only serious successor to Michael Crichton working in the future history genre today.”
There have been so many exciting things going on lately that I haven’t found time to blog about them! If you’re looking for something pithy-ish, I was over at Magical Words last week with an ode to stream-of-consciousness, my fifth grade teacher and the writing process. If you’re looking for me to share with the class some of the excitement that’s been keeping me on my toes, stay with me here.
In no particular order, because it’s all so cool:
Rachel Caine, partnering with producer/director Blake Calhoun, has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to make her internationally bestselling Morganville Vampires books into a web series, starting Amber Benson as Amelie. Over $18,000 raised in just two days! Check it out!
The first novel in Vicky Dreiling’s awesome new Sinful Scoundrels series came out from Warner Forever. Who doesn’t want to know WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS? Romantic Times gave it a Top Pick! rating and raves, “Dreiling’s first book in the Sinful Scoundrel’s series is wonderful! Rife with the Regancy’s penchant for gossip, scandal and matchmaking, WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS is a delightful romance featuring a rakish hero, an innocent widow, corrupt villans and a secondray cast of characters who add dimension, wit and tenderness to the plot. Reasers will find this a real pleasure to savor.” Doesn’t get better than that!
Tor UK announced their pre-empt of a fabulous debut series by one of my clients, Genevieve Cogman. As they describe it, THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY is like “Doctor Who with Librarian Spies”. What more could you want?
In celebration of National Audiobook month, Tantor, which does the audiobooks for both the Morganville and Chicagoland Vampires series, is offering 50% off until June 30th!
While we’re on the subject of “Best of” lists, holiday book recommendations, et. al., iO9 has come out with their Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2012 list. Fabulously (and unsurprisingly to those who’ve read and loved her), N.K. Jemisin’s Dreamblood series, THE KILLING MOON and THE SHADOWED SUN, made the list!
Kira Sinclair has entered The Next Big Thing blog hop, and I’m pleased to present her post at The Writing Playground about her new book THE RISK-TAKER and what’s inspired her to write about a reckless POW who just wants to forget and the journalist (and girl who got away) who wants him to do anything but.
IceyBooks is doing an exclusive cover reveal today on Amy Christine Parker’s incredible debut (coming in August from Random House Children’s Books), GATED. Since it’s about an apocalyptic cult, it’s entirely appropriate that today’s the day. Assuming the world doesn’t actually end, I can HIGHLY recommend that you check this one out!
And a reminder that FANGTABULOUS, the fourth book in my Vamped series that began with VAMPED, REVAMPED and FANGTASTIC, is coming out in just a couple of weeks (though it may be shipping a little early!). I may be a little biased, but I think this is a great young adult series for those who might like their tongue firmly implanted in cheek. Or a little bark with their bite. Kirkus Reviews gave FANGTABULOUS this amazing review, “Another amusing romp in the series, this installment also sees its hardy heroine beginning to mature, adding further dimension to her character. Reminiscent of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, Gina never fails to deliver the goods.” I think this might be the best present ever! (The review, I mean, though if you take it as referring to the books, well, I certainly won’t protest.) Buy early and often!
Okay, now really and truly signing off (temporarily) for the holidays.