desert rose RWA :: news & Newsletter
Laurel Hawkes | signed a 5-book contract with Desert Breeze Publishing for a continuation of her endless Possibilities series:
Grace's Possibilities June 2014 Errant Knight June 2016
Tarnished Knight January 2015 Knight in Disguise February 2017
Reluctant Knight October 2015.
Calista Fox | writing as Ava McKnight, sold Electric! an erotic romance novel to be published this winter by Ellora's Cave.
Donna Hatch | released A Perfect Secret, book 3 of her Rogue Hearts Series, on October 22, 2013.
Shanyn Hosier | will release Portents, book 2 of the Amanda Ryder, V.I. series, on October 31, 2013.
Virginia Nelson | will release Eternal Blades, book 3 of her Sekhmet's Guardians series, on November 1, 2013.
Calista Fox | received two five star reviews for her latest release, Needing You; one is a from a reader on Amazon, the other is from The Romance Reviews. Calista also jsut signed with Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency.
Kayce Lassiter | got a 5 ribbon review from Romance Junkies and a 5 star review from The Page Princess, both for Katie's Rock. She also received a 5-star review from The Page Princesss for her short story, Midnight on the Double-B.
Terri Dunham | her self-published House of Cards won the 2013 RomCom Reader's Choice Award for Best Mainstream Suspense.
Robin Kramme | her short play, Vaculux 4000, has been accepted by Arizona Women's Theater Company for the 2013 Pandora Festival. This is the second year in a row Robin's work has been accepted to the Festival.
Gini Koch | is a finalist in the Book Junkies' Choice Awards in the Sci-Fi category.
Brenda Whiteside | is a finalist in the VOSRWA Hot Prospects contest in the Romantic Suspense category for Southwest of Love and Murder.
Tina Swayzee McCright | is a finalist in the VOSRWA Hot Prospects contest in the Contemproary category for Gold Fever.
Shelley Coriell | received a Best Book; Recommended Read from Kirkus reviews! for her newly released YA novel Goodbye, Rebel Blue. Publisher's Weekly also praised the novel, about a teenage girl who completes a dead classmate's bucket list, citing, "Coriell's off beat premise and unconventional heroine make for a fresh, lively story sharply punctuated by wit and romance."
Carey Baldwin | would like to announce her new release, Confession has been published by Harper Collins
along with her self-published new release, Hush.
Peggy Parsons | is pleased to announce that her new releases, Paper Marriage and Yesterday's Secrets have been published by Wings e-Press.
Virginia Nelson | is happy to announce request for a 7-book proposal for her Greek God Series, 2 outstanding 5-star "magazine" reviews for Eternal Nights, 2 requests for Sins of a Man (publishers) and she also Finaled & took 3rd place with Hubby for Hire in the FF&P "On the Far Side" Contest - Erotica category while
Eternal Lovers was nominated in the Book Junkies Choice Awards. (in the paranormal category).
Vijaya Schartz | is thrilled to announce her new release, Akira's Choice, Borealis IX has been published by Desert Breeze and another new release, Chatelaine of Forez, Curse of the Lost Isle has been published by Books We Love.
Pamela Tracy | would like to announce her four new releases, Saving Janie, Yolanda's Legacy, Mismanaging Meredith, and Sophia's Secret with Harlequin Heartwarming.
Leslie Jone | is very please to announce she is a Finalist in the 2013 Wisconsin RWA Fabulous Five Contest, a Finalist in the 2012 San Diego RWA Spring into Romance Contest, and last, but not least a Finalist in the 2012 Desert Dreamin' Realizing the Dream Contest.
Shanyn Hosier | is pleased to announce the release of her new self-published title, The Footmen.
Amber Polo | is excited to announce Released, The Shapeshifter's Library and Retrieved, The Shapeshifter's Library from Blue Merle Publishing.
Lexi Post | would like to announce her brand new release Passion's Poison published by Ellora's Cave.
Susan Yarina | is proud to announce that she has at long last finished, TimeLost Book 3 in her TimeRider Series.
Laurel Hawkes/Judy Taysom | is pleased to announce her new releases, Mark's Grace, Saving Lisa, Wings To Fly, and Finding Home was published by Desert Breeze with a release date of December 2013.
Gini Koch | is excited to announce her awesome new releases, Alien Research, Alien In Chief, and Camp Alien from DAW Books.
Shaina Hardesty | is very excited to announce that she Finaled in the Indiana Golden Opportunity Contestat the end of last year with her manuscript The Truth Is In The Tango and ultimately came in second place. She also Finaled in the American Idol Writing Competition at the RT Convention this year with her manuscript CAUGHT ON FILM, receiving Honorable Mention and a one-year mentorship with two agents.
Maria Piork | is very pleased to announce her new release, Wicked Lustful Tales Vol. 2 was published by Melange Books with a release date of November 2013.
Linda Style | would like to announce her new release, Beyond The First Draft was published by LMS Press with a release date of August 2013.
Bette McNicholas | is very pleased to announce her brand new release, Farragut North was published by Wild Rose Press.
Cathy McDavid | is thrilled to announce her brand new releases, Reckless, Az Liberty And Deacon, Reckless, Az Ryder And Tatum, Reckless, Az Cassidy And Shane and The Barons Of Texas Jacob And Mariana published by Harlequin American.
Kayce Lassiter | would like to announce her exciting new self-published title, Katie's Rock that was released July 2013.
Marina Myles | is very pleased to announce that she has sold her next two fairy tales plus two novellas to eKensington! SLEEPING BEAUTY AND THE DEMON will be an August 2014 release, CINDERELLA AND THE GHOST will be a February 2015 release. Novellas: A WARLOCK'S DANCE ~ Spring 2014, CHRISTMAS AT THORNCLIFF TOWERS ~ November 2014. Way to go Marina!!
Vijaya Shartz | is pleased to announce that she is a winner in the Golden Quill Contest with Noah’s Ark, prequel to the Chronicles of
Kassouk, in the Futuristic Romance category.
This book is also a finalist in the Ariana Awards for its cover by the talented Jenifer Ranieri at
Desert Breeze Publishing.
* She has a new release: September 1, 2013: Akira’s Choice, Borealis
IX, published by Desert Breeze, a sci-fi romance series novella.
* she also has a NEW SALE: Chatelaine of Forez, Book Five in the medieval
fantasy romantic series Curse of the Lost Isle. Publication by Books We Love is tentatively scheduled for December 2013.
Peggy Parsons | would like to announce the release of two new publications by Wings e-Press, Paper Marriage and Yesterday’s Secrets.
Carey Baldwin | is thrilled to announce she has just self-published the romantic suspense novella, HUSH, and that she’s also signed a two-book deal with Harper Collins' new suspense line: Witness. Her first book, entitled Confession, releases March 4, 2014.
Shari Broyer | is thrilled to announce that she is
a finalist in the WisRWA Romancing the Lakes
contest in the Contemporary category with her
new romantic comedy, Fish Story: A “Tail” of
Virginia Nelson | is pleased to announce that
she is a finalist in the FF&P Chapter Contest,
On the Far Side. She finaled in the Erotica category with her novel, Hubby 4 Hire.
Jami Gold | is also happy to announce that she,
too, finaled in the FF&P On the Far Side Contest in the Urban Fantasy category with her
novel, Treasured Claim.
Linda Style | is proud to announce that her
novel, A Soldier’s Secret received a Holt Medallion Award of Merit.
Virginia Nelson | is happy to announce that BTS
magazine gave Eternal Nights a five star review. Post is on page 78 of their latest edition.
Marina Myles | is happy to announce that Beauty And The Wolf, Book 1 in The Cursed Princes Series has been published by Keningston Press on June 6, 2013.
Brenda Whiteside | is happy to announce that she has signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press for her Rosette, Amanda in the Summer.
Alexis Walker | is happy to announce that Lexi Post just signed a two book contract with Ellora's Cave. The first book to be released this fall is titled Passion's Poison, which was inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Rappaccini's Daughter." The second book is the Passion of Sleepy Hollow and is inspired by Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," release date TBA.
Sandra Lee Smith | is distressed and saddened to announce that Sharon Wagner passed away at 6:50 A.M. on May 9th, 2013. Her ashes, and those of her mother, will be scattered together over the Superstition Mountains. Sharon authored many books, including the Nancy Drew series and several Harlequin and Silhouette imprints. She was one of the founding members of Desert Rose. She helped many of its members along the road to publication.
Sandra Lee Smith | is pleased to announce that Love's Miracles was published in 1989 and will be released again by Sandra Leesmith. A debut blog tour is scheduled for May 21-31. Love's Miracles is about a Vietnam Veteran recovering from PTSD. Dr. Margo Devaull knows she can't get involved with a patient, but Zane draws out her own secrets as they both discover the miracles of love.
Jami Gold | is thrilled to announce that Treasured Claim won First Place in the Paranormal category of the Yellow Rose's RWA Winter Rose Contest and received Perfect scores from all three judges in Smoky Mountain's RWA Laurie Contest.
Virginia Nelson | is happy to announce that Douglas Meeks from Satin Sheets Romance gives Eternal Lovers four blazing stars and was surprised (and pleased) to find a unique twist in vampire romance. He states, "Make no mistake; this is an awesome story. I cannot wait to get back to reading Book #2."
Tami Vinson | is thrilled to annouce the release of her new self-published erotic romance novella, Unspoken Heat Book 3 in the Heat Series.
Stacey Goitia | is pleased to announce that Jim McCarthy of Dystel and Goderich has requested a submission of Chokecherry, a contemporary single title.
Virginia Nelson | is pleased to announce two more 5-star reviews for Eternal Lovers - one from Eroticmommy Books and Reviews and one from SO Book Reviews.
Virginia Nelson | is pleased to announce that her novella, Cupid and Penelope, continues to receive amazing reviews. The latest received from DJJRAMSEY (Julie's Reviews) 5 stars given by reviewer Theresa F. "Such a cute, short story. I love that the author gave us a grown up version of Cupid and paired him with a mischievous little imp. Too cute!"
Leslie Jones | is happy to announce that her entry into the Wisconsin RWA Fabulous Five contest, NIGHT HUSH, is a finalist in the contest. Her entry has been sent on to Katherine Pelz at Berkley for final judging. The results will be announced on June 1.
Stacey Goitia | has two exciting announcements: 1) She finaled in the WisRWA FabFive contest with May's Angel, her Women's Fiction about a young girl who is abandoned in Las Vegas and survives in Sin City's underground; and 2) Sunpenny Publishing, Ltd. in the United Kingdom requested a full of Chokecherry, her contemporary single title romance about a quirky marketing executive who falls out of a chokecherry tree and into a geological dig, emerging to discover her life has completely changed.
Stacey Goitia | is pleased to announce that she finaled in the WisRWA's FabFive contest in the Single Title category with Chokecherry! Winners to be announced June 1, 2013 at the Write Touch writers' conference.
Taylor Lee | is happy to announce the release of her romantic suspense novel, Every Breath You Take, Book 3 in the The Blonde Barracuda Series.
Shari Broyer | is pleased to announce that the short story, Jesus on a Park Bench, which she penned and self-published in December as a gift to friends and family, is still selling and is still at the top of its category in Inspirational reads on Amazon Kindle. She's also thrilled that Ether Man just received another five-star review. Escottia writes: "[Ether] Man is so dumb it's brilliant. I sat alone in my den screaming with laughter (I embarrassed myself). The concept is so profound that I know what it is but I cannot [capsulate] it, but the reader will get it, almost guaranteed. The tale is hilarious, but when I realized what the author was cramming between the lines I couldn't put the book down (or the Kindle as the case may be). Outstanding, highly recommended."
Virginia Nelson | is happy to announce she has received three full requests for her commercial romantic fiction, Sins of a Man - The Story of a Mafia Hit Man, from the Andrea Hurst Agency, Etopia Press and Carina Press.
Virginia Nelson | is pleased to announce the release of Eternal Nights - Sekhmet's Guardians - Book Two.
Terry Smith | is happy to announce that her novelette, The Thing Down the Road, has already received 4.5 star reviews from "I Smell Sheep" and "You Gotta Read" Reviewers. This week it received a full - star review from "The Bibliophilic Book Blog."
Calista Fox | is happy to announce that Deadly Attraction, a 100k-word paranormal romance, received the Coffee Time Reviewer's Recommended Read Award from Coffee Time Romance & More. This award recognizes outstanding writing styles in all book types and genres. According to CTR, the book has received this award because the reviewer felt it is above and beyond a 5-Cup Rating.
Alexis Walker | is happy to announce that her debut erotic romance, MASQUE, is being released March 8th.
Marin Thomas | is pleased to announce that the sixth and final book in her Rodeo Rebels series, No Ordinary Cowboy, will be released in April. The hero, Tony Bravo, is a U.S. Border Patrol agent working for the Yuma, Arizona sector. 4 1/2 Stars from RT BookReviews: "Thomas slowly and skillfully unveils the personal secrets that affect the moves of each character and presents two people riddled with guilt over a loved one's death with emotional dexterity." You can find out more about Marin's Rodeo Rebels series and her upcoming six-book Cash Brothers series at www.marinthomas.com.
Shanyn Hosier | is thrilled to announce that Tri Me will be released March 1st. Gossip, blackmail, and sabotage... exposure could ruin their careers, friendships, even family bonds. Can their unconventional new love survive the scrutiny of a judgmental world? Tri Me is the second book in the Desert Menage Trilogy.
Virginia Nelson | is happy to announce that she received a 5 out of 5 stars review from Teenblurb.org for Eternal Lovers. March 5, 2013 by TeenBlurb: "V.S. Nelson has truly created a unique storyline by combining Native American and Egyptian Mythology; an unlikely duo! The descriptions and the attention to detail will marvel the reader and make them feel like they are sitting beside the characters, feeling their happiness, sharing their sorrow, and meeting their destiny."
Calista Fox | is pleased to announce the sale of Needing You to Ellora's Cave. The contemporary erotic romance is expected to release in summer 2013.
Calista Fox | is excited to announce that her paranormal romance, Deadly Attraction, received 5 coffee cups from Coffee Time Romance: "The witty repertoire among the characters makes Deadly Attraction a joy to read. I fell in love with Darien and found Jade to be his perfect match. The romance is sizzling and the love scenes sublime. I am so hoping to see more of the secondary characters and to find out how the paranormal and humans learn to live together. Ms. Fox provides the perfect ending to such a wonderful story. I highly recommend Deadly Attraction to all the paranormal enthusiasts." Delane, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
Deborah Busby | is excited to announce that Turning Point was released in May of 2012. Since then, it reached #9 on the Amazon Best Sellers List for General Fiction. It also won an Honorable Mention at the Great Northwest Book Festival.
Deborah Busby | is happy to announce that The Sacrifice was released on January 13, 2013, and has received incredible reviews.
Maria Piork | is pleased to announce that she signed a contract with Melange Books for a sensual romance anthology. Wicked Lustful Tales: A Short Story Book will be released November 25, 2013.
Virginia Nelson | is happy to announce a five-spider review for Eternal Lovers - Sekhmet's Guardians - Book One: "This book was fabulous! The author has created a wonderfully new spin on the vampire genre and I must admit it sucked me in like there was no tomorrow. I love fresh ideas and unusual plot spins and this book is chalked full. It literally has a little something for all types of book lovers and will keep you entertained from start to finish. This was my first taste of this authors world but I am already hungry for more!! A sheer delight for all paranormal romance lovers and a must read!"
Taylor Lee | is pleased to announce The Bad Ass Brigade; Bad Guys Beware, The Good Guys are on the Prowl are included in a sizzling Romantic Suspense Collection; one full length novel, one novella and four short stories.
Roz Fox | is happy to announce that she just sold 2 books to Harlequin American Romance.
Annette Francine | is pleased to announce an excellent review for From the Shadows: "A hot summer romance with Christian themes, titillating realism and a guilty conscience. ... The plot doesn't lose its steady pace after the steamy bedroom scene, since a secondary storyline emerges when Bryce and Kendall encounter danger from the drug cartel, which keeps the pages turning. Christian romance fans who don't mind some R-rated language and a lovemaking scene will find satisfying lessons in faith." --Kirkus Reviews
Jami Gold | is happy to announce that Treasured Claim (under its former title, currently unpublished) was the Grand Prize Winner (across all categories) and the First Place Winner in the Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal category of Valley of the Sun RWA's 2012 Hot Prospects Contest.
Terri Molina | is thrilled to announce her novel got a 5-Star Review from The Talent Cave Reviews, which said, "House of Cards was an excellent read. The story line flows really well, and is written in such a way that it pulls the reader in, the result of which being that you keep wanting to know such things as - 'What's going to happen next?' - ''Is she crazy?' - etc.," and a 5-Cup review from Coffeetime Romance, which said, "I would recommend this story for someone who wants to read a really good mystery, with some romance and suspense thrown in."
Connie Smith | is pleased to announce that she published her first book, Promises Made, Promises Kept.
Cathy McDavid | is thrilled to annouce that the reissue of her first Harlequin, His Only Wife (bundled with Linda Lael Miller's reissue, Just Kate), has hit both the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. This is an incredible opportunity for her, and she's so appreciative of the support and well wishes she's gotten from her fellow chapter members.
Honey Jans | is pleased to announce that the last part of her 6-part erotic romance series, Arrestd by Her Sheik, came out at Red Rose Publishing.
Honey Jans | is pleased to announce that she sold her novella, Men In Kilts, to Muse It Publishing for their seasons fall anthology.
Noemi Ghirghi | is pleased to announce that she signed a contract with ImaJinn Books for a three book series, writing as Mimi Sebastian. The first book, The Necromancer's Seduction, will be released July 15, 2013.
Calista Fox | announces a new sale to Ellora's Cave for her erotic romance novel, tentatively titled Come Away With Me.
Vijaya Schartz | sold a novella to Desert Breeze Publishing, in their Borealis Sci-fi romance series, called AWOL Samurai. The release date is September 1, 2013.
Vijaya Schartz | Lady of Luxembourg has a cover, and should be released later this month from BOOKS WE LOVE. This is book 4 in the Curse of the Lost Isle series. More books will follow next year.
Calista Fox | w/a Ava McKnight, sold her latest novel, When in Paris, to Ellora's Cave. The release date is Febuary 6!
Kristin Tualla| is pleased to announce that "A Discreet Gentleman of Consequence" will be released before Christmas from Desert Breeze, plus two self-pubbed novels, "Leaving Norway" and "Finding Sovereignty," bringing the total number of Hansen Series books to 10.
Deena Remiel | is happy to announce that Burning Sage has been contracted to the TEASE line of Decadent Publishing. It's the first in her short story paranormal romance series, Love Among the Ruins.
Shanyn Hosier | is pleased to announce the December 1st release date of Brimstone, winner of the 2012 Desert Rose RWA's "Realizing the Dream" contest and finalist in the 2011 Chicago North RWA's "Fire and Ice" contest. Amanda Ryder never asked for her special gifts - she'd been born with the ability to sense things no one else could. Only her pious family never believed her innocence. Accused of witchcraft, she's thrown out of the house on her eighteenth birthday when an exorcism goes horribly wrong. Now her virginity just became a matter of life and death.
Cathy McDavid | is excited to announce that Harlequin has bundled her first book, HIS ONLY WIFE, with the previously-published book by Linda Lael Miller, JUST KATE. It's set for a January 29th release. "Yes, I'm riding her coat-tails and am okay with that. :)"
Amber Polo | is excited to announce that Retrieved (The Shapeshifters' Library Book 2) is out! The Shapeshifters' Library is again open as dog-shifters once again face the book-burning werewolves of Shipsfeather.
Virginia Nelson | is pleased to announce Cupid and Penelope, a short romantic tale of two estranged lovers, will be released Jan 10, 2013.
Virginia Nelson | is pleased to announce that Sekhmet's Guardians - Book One - Eternal Lovers will be released Jan 15, 2013.
Taylor Lee | is pleased to note that she is on the Amazon Top 10 in three different genres for her 12 books: Playing with Fire (#1 Hot New Release for 3 weeks), Big Girls Don't Cry, In the Still of the Night, Nights in White Satin, The Volkov Affair, Aces Wild, The Reckoning, The Grandmaster's Legacy, The Frenchman's Revenge, The Frenchman's Woman, Race for Redemption, and Struck by Thunder.
Alexis Walker | signed her first book contract with Ellora's Cave for her full length erotic romance, MASQUE, under her pen name, Lexi Post. This story was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Masque of the Red Death."
Barbara White Daille | is happy to report she's sold another book to Harlequin American Romance. No specifics yet, but this will be another story set in Flagman's Folly, New Mexico.
Marin Thomas | is thrilled to share that her November Harlequin American Romance, Beau:Cowboy Protector, is a RT BOOK REVIEWS 2012 Reviewers' Choice Awards Nominee. "By turns a fun and serious read, Beau and Sierra's battle of wills puts readers right in the middle of the ring in this highly entertaining entry in the multi-author Harts of the Rodeo series." Reviewed By: Sabrina Cooper
Sandra Lee Smith | is pleased to announce that Montlake Publishing has put her novel, PRICE OF VICTORY, in paperback and ebook. Her new release CURRENT OF LOVE will be released by Montlake Publishing on December 11th. Sandra also writes children's books and her book entitled CODY THE COYOTE: THE COYOTE WHO WANTED TO BE A DOG was released this month.
KC Klein | is happy to announce that Texas Wide Open, the first book in the Texas Fever series, was released Nov 15th 2012.
KC Klein | is pleased to announce that she has signed with agent Nancy Yost from the Nancy Yost Literary Agency.
Deena Remiel | is happy to announce that the second book in her novella series, The Book Waitress, released on November 17. It is one of 13 parts in this homage to Buffy and Angel and their battles with evil.
Shelley Coriell | is thrilled to announce that her debut YA, Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe, has been picked up for paperback release by Amulet Books/Abrams and will be available Spring of 2013.
Shelley Coriell | has sold another young adult contemporary novel to Amulet Books/Abrams. Goodbye, Rebel Blue will be released in hardcover in Fall 2013 and features the story of a snarky, loner rebel who reluctantly completes the bucket list of a dead, do-gooder classmate.
Annette Francine | announces the release of her second romantic suspense/inspirational novel, Eyes of a Stranger.
Calista Fox | writing as Ava McKnight, announces the sale of her contemporary erotic romance novel to Ellora's Cave, titled Champagne & Cravings. Sparks fly between the hero and heroine!
Calista Fox | Wanted Distraction, the third story in the sports romance series Playing with the Boys by Ava McKnight (aka Calista Fox) received a 5 star review from Riverina Romantics! "It had my attention from the very first page. I was so impressed how a novella was filled with so much background and emotion. ... This is a great story. I really, really enjoyed Carter and Cherish. I could not put it down once I started reading it."
Calista Fox | Pure Pleasure, book number 2 in the sports romance series Playing with the Boys by Ava McKnight (aka Calista Fox) received 4 stars from You Gotta Read Reviews. "Short, sweet and heartwarming, Pure Pleasure is a thrilling ride. The characters are compelling and sexy, the plot is realistic and interesting, and the ending is, of course, a happy ever after. I can't wait for the next in the series!"
Calista Fox | announces another new contemporary erotic romance release, coming October 25, titled Making a Scene.
Calista Fox | writing as Ava McKnight, also has a new contemporary erotic romance set in Paris and titled Menage a Paris, to be released October 20.
Marin Thomas | is thrilled to announce her November 2012 release, Beau: Cowboy Protector received 4.5 Stars and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews. "By turns a fun and serious read, Beau and Sierra's battle of wills puts readers right in the middle of the ring in this highly entertaining entry in the multi-author Harts of the Rodeo series." ~RT Book Reviews
Desert Rose RWA | is proud to sponsor the Seventh Annual Fall Writers Workshops, Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library.
Kathryne Kennedy | is pleased to announce that The Lord of Illusion was named a Booklist Top Ten Romance of 2012! Following The Lady of the Storm, which was named a Booklist Top Ten Romance of 2011, this is Kennedy's second book in The Elven Lords series to receive such an honor.
Carol Webb | is pleased to announce the release of Shrouded in Mystery (w/a H. D. Thomson), the second book in her Shrouded series, to Bella Media Management.
Tina Gerow | sold a futuristic erotic romance novella to Audrey LaFehr at Kensington for inclusion in an upcoming anthology.
Terri Dunham's | soon-to-be released novel, House of Cards, placed third in the Tampa Area Romance Writers TARA contest for best romantic suspense.
Marina Agostinelli | (w/a Marina Myles) has sold her historical/paranormal romance to eKensington in a 2-book deal negotiated by Marina's agent, Louise Fury of L. Perkins Agency. BEAUTY AND THE WOLF, a darkly sensual fairy tale set along the fog-laced coastline of Regency England will be published in the summer of 2013, and SNOW WHITE AND THE VAMPIRE will follow. They are the first books in a series of fairy tales in which the 'Prince Charmings' are spell-bound immortals.
Shanyn Hosier | self-published 2011 Valley Forge RWA "Sheila" Award finalist novel, Nine Dates, on 9/14/12. Nine Dates is the first book in a trilogy entitled Desert Menage.
Robin Kramme's | short play, Bad Travel, was selected for the Pandora Showcase, which features original works by female Arizona playwrights. The play is the story of four pieces of lost luggage told from the luggage's point of view.
Barbara White Daille | is happy to announce her latest book from Harlequin American Romance, HONORABLE RANCHER, is out this month! Long & Short Reviews said: "...Barbara White Daille definitely has a winner with Honorable Rancher."
Gini Koch | Jeanne Cook, writing as Gini Koch, has sold Three Card Monte (Martian Alliance #2) to Musa Publishing, for publication October 5, 2012. (Via Agent Cherry Weiner)
Calista Fox | Right Moves by Ava McKnight (aka Calista Fox) received 5 Hearts from The Romance Studio, and received 4 Stars from Night Owl Reviews!
Calista Fox | Pure Pleasure, also from Ava McKnight (aka Calista Fox), received 4 Stars from SensualReads.com!
Erin Quinn | is thrilled to announce that Haunting Embrace, the final book in her Mists of Ireland series, has won the Booksellers Best and the Reader's Crown awards.
Erin Quinn | is thrilled to announce that she has sold a three-book series to Pocket Books. The first book, The 5 Deaths of Roxanne Love, will be on bookshelves in October 2013.
Calista Fox | is excited to announce the sale of her paranormal erotic romance to Ellora's Cave. Deadly Attraction is set in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by demons and is a full-length novel, to be release in late fall.
Roz Fox | Duke: Deputy Cowboy is book 3 of a 6-book, multiple author continuity for Harlequin American Romance, The Harts of Rodeo. Authors are: Cathy McDavid, C.J. Carmichael, Roz Denny Fox, Shelley Galloway, Marin Thomas, and Linda Warren.
Deena Remiel's | first book in The Book Waitress series releases on Monday, August 27th.
Elizabeth McNicholas | Songs the Soldiers Sang: "Like a haunting melody, Songs will stay in your mind long after you've read the end." -Erin Quinn
Vijaya Schartz | SPECIAL EDITION. This special edition from the CURSE OF THE LOST ISLE series comprises the first three novels in that series. It is offered bundled into one large book, from Kindle only.
Sandra Lee Smith | was one of five selected to submit her story idea to Senior Editor Victoria Curran at the RWA Anaheim Conference for their new line, Harlequin Heartwarming.
Calista Fox | Ava McKnight (aka Calista Fox) is pleased to announce a 4 Heart Review of her novella, Right Moves, from Sizzling Hot Book Reviews. "Right Moves hits all the highs and lows a story should in very few pages. This short novella runs through a variety of emotions and is so well written that it's very easy to get sucked into each page of Right Moves. Jack and Claire each have a few demons to battle as well as an intense passion to reconcile. But they do it all with class, elegance, and fire. I recommend picking up Right Moves if you are looking for a bedtime story that will heat up the sheets."
Sharon Broyer | IT'S A BOOK! After laboring long and hard SHARI BROYER GAVE BIRTH TO ETHER MAN JULY 2, 2012 at 11:55 PM VITALS: 40 Chapters, 100,608 words long & rambunctious! 1ST Novel for Shari (her second novel Fish Story: A “Tail” of True Love is already “in the oven”). “Not your normal paranormal,” Ether Man is multi-racial and combines elements of romance, mystery, adventure and humor to make it a fun read for men as well as women.
Cathy McDavid | is thrilled to report she just recieved a new 3-book contract from Harlequin American. This is a brand-new series set in the fictional town of Sweetheart, NV, and is the story of a town recovering in the wake of a devastating wildfire. The working titles are The Rancher, The Cowboy and The Sheriff.
Amber Polo | is excited to announce Released, Book One of The Shapeshifters' Library, is available from new publisher Blue Merle Publishing. Love dogs? Love books? Love Libraries? Hate book-burning werewolves? This series is for you. Print ed. coming September, 2012.
Brenda Whiteside | is pleased to report The Morning After received a 4-STAR RT Rating. There is only one word to describe this novella — adorable! While readers miss the couple’s “meet cute,” the truth is that we don’t need to know what happened the first night they met because Abby and Bobby’s entire relationship is heartmeltingly sweet. This is a morning after that readers will not regret one bit.
Mackenzie McKade | is thrilled to report Wild (Whispering Cove, Book 1) hit #1 on Samhain Publishing's Best Seller List.
Calista Fox | writing as Ava McKnight, is pleased to announce the sale of Wanted Distraction, part of the Playing with the Boys sports romance series, to Ellora's Cave. The novella will be released in the fall.
Calista Fox | sold a novel to Ellora's Cave, titled Cougar in Texas, the third story in her Saints and Sinners trilogy, which the multi 5-Star rated and Reader/Reviewer recommended novel, Devil in Texas, kicked off!
Marin Thomas | A Cowboy's Duty, Book 5 in her Rodeo Rebels series for Harlequin American Romance, hits store shelves in August. Marin is also excited to report that she recently signed a six-book contract for a new series with Harlequin American Romance, which will kick off in 2013. Readers will meet the heroes of the new series, The Cash Brothers, in A Cowboy's Duty.
Vijaya Schartz | has a new release for July, Book 3 in the Curse of the Lost Isle series, SEDUCING SIGEFROI. It is set at the foundation of Luxembourg and involves characters introduced in Book 2, PAGAN QUEEN.
Vijaya Schartz | Pagan Queen received a glowing review from Romance Junkies, a 4-ribbon by Gayle: "Unexpected happenings totally caught me off guard. It's a great plot ploy that I can only assume will pull the series forward because I want to know more of what happened to the characters affected."
Vijaya Schartz | has a brand new sale to Books We Love Ltd: LADY OF LUXEMBOURG - Curse of the Lost Isle Book 4. They have faith in the series, which is going very well.
Mackenzie McKade | is happy to announce that Bound By An Angel will be released in October by Samhain Publishing.
Mackenzie McKade | is thrilled to report that Wild (Whispering Cove, Book 1) reached Number 1 on Samhain Publishing's Top Ten Bestsellers list. Bold hit Number 3.
Shelley Coriell | is thrilled to announce she's inked a three-book deal with Grand Central Forever for her romantic thriller series, The Apostles, which features an elite group of FBI agents who aren't afraid to work outside the box or above the law. The first three books, THE BROKEN, THE BURIED, and THE BURNED should be out in the Spring of 2014.
Anne Marie Becker's | second book in her Mindhunters series, Avenging Angel, will be released on July 30, 2012 by Carina Press.
Anne Marie Becker's | 2011 debut romantic suspense novel and 2009 Golden Heart® winner, ONLY FEAR (released in September by Carina Press), has been released in print form by Harlequin's Direct to Consumer program. For a limited time, copies will be available through Harlequin's website (www.Harlequin.com).
Kim Watters | received 4.5 Stars from Romantic Times for her July release, And Father Makes Three. Reviewed by Leslie McKee.
Deena Remiel | is pleased to announce that RELIC received a 5 Heart review from The Romance Studio and is a Reviewer Top Pick at Night Owl Reviews. ELIXXIR, her 3rd book in the Brethren series, has been contracted by Decadent Publishing. (Release date and book cover pending.)
Alexis Walker | is excited to announce that she has signed with the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
Shobhan Bantwal | is pleased to announce the release of her sixth book, THE RELUCTANT MATCHMAKER, on July 1st. This is a vivid blend of contemporary Indian-American culture with an unconventional romance. Romantic Times says, "Bantwal's latest (book) is a fun romance." Coffee Time Romance 5-cup review calls it, "A thoroughly enjoyable novel...a perfectly absorbing and engaging read." Shobhan is a winner of The Gold Leaf and National Indie Excellence Awards.
Marina Agostinelli | For her manuscript, LADY SARAH, Evangeline Gaff achieved PRO status and has received her PRO pin. Congratulations, Evangeline!
Pamela Osback | just sold a book to Harlequin's new Heartwarming line. It will be a 2013 release and right now is titled One Owner Heart.
Maria Piork | is excited to report that she has recently self-published two eBooks, Love and Lust & The Boss' Intern, both released in June. She is working on a third release, Snowed, to be released by 6/30.
Leslie Jones| is thrilled to achieve Pro status with her romantic suspense, Night Hush, which finalled in the 2011 VOSRWA Hot Prospects contest, the 2012 Desert Dreams Realizing the Dream contest, and the 2012 San Diego Spring into Romance contest.
Deborah Busby's| debut novel, Turning Point, is now out on ebook and will be released in paperback on October 15, 2012. It is getting great reviews including: “A brilliantly funny, terribly romantic and at times–heartbreaking–story of love.” “Absolutely an amazing book!" "I loved it!!"
Calista Fox| is thrilled to announce the sale of Adonis in Texas, the second in the Wilder, Texas series published by Ellora's Cave. This is the follow-on story to the wildly popular, 5-Star, and Reader and Reviewer Recommended Read, Devil in Texas. Release date is Fall 2012.
Cheyenne McCray| THE TEMPTATION, the third novel in the Lexi Steele series, will be released in July.
KC Klein's | debut novel, Dark Future, is a finalist in the FF&P 2012 Prism contest. Winners will be announced at nationals.
KC Klein | just signed a contract with Kensington for her second novel, Texas Wide Open, a contemporary western romance, which will release November 2012.
Tina LaVon | sold a fractured fairytale to the Wild Rose Press. The short story will be published under her new name Tina Swayzee McCright
Vijaya Schartz | sold Seducing Sigefroi, Book 3 in the Curse of the Lost Isle series, to be released by Books We Love Ltd (Canada) this summer. MAY 2012 Release: Pagan Queen, Book 2 in the Curse of the Lost Isle series, was released May 1 by Books We Love Ltd. In other news, Vijaya is a featured guest author at the KABAM! (Kingman Area Books Are Magic) festival, May 17, 18, and 19, 2012, when she participates in various book signings, teaches workshops, and speaks in panels during the three-day event.
Barbara White Daille | is happy to announce that A Rancher's Pride is a second-place winner in the New England Chapter of RWA's Reader's Choice Awards and a finalist for the Desert Rose RWA's Golden Quill Award! A Rancher's Pride is the first of several novels set in Flagman's Folly, New Mexico. The second, The Rodeo Man's Daughter, is out now, and the third, Honorable Rancher, debuts in August.
Shelley Coriell's | young adult novel, Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe, was named to the Summer 2012 Kids' Indie Next List, a short-list of recommended kid-lit titles from independent book sellers across the nation.
Terri Molina | is thrilled to announce that she has earned RWA PAN (Published Author Network) status!
Monique Headley | achieved RWA PRO status for her manuscript, Dark Waves.
Shelley Coriell's | young adult debut, Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe, received a great review from Publishers Weekly who noted, "Debut novelist Coriell shows sparkling wit and great skill in creating complex characters with memorable personalities."
Shaina Hardesty | earned RWA PRO status for Darkness Stirs: Book One of the Cabrid Chronicles.
Stacey Sell | became an RWA PRO after submitting Blakely.
Calista Fox | is pleased to announce the sale of "I Burn For You" to Decadent Publishing. This is the first story in the Cupid's Naughty Muses series of five paranormal erotic romance short stories, all titled after songs from Sting's Songs of Love/Victoria's Secret CD. Release date TBD.
Calista Fox's | Claim Me--Book 4 in the Body Scenes Series is up for the 5 Hearts Sweetheart Voting Contest at The Romance Studio starting April 30. This book received a 5 Hearts Review from The Romance Studio! "I loved this book! The chemistry between [vampire] Jane and her werewolves is just plain hot, not to mention it's just a fun, well-written quick read. This is the fourth book in the Body Scenes series, however it easily stands alone. In fact, this is the first book in the series that I've read and I completely enjoyed it. The only thing finding out it was the fourth in the series did was make me want to go and read the other three!"
Calista Fox | sold Right Moves, book one of the Playing with the Boys series to Ellora's Cave. May 2012 release. She also sold Pure Pleasure, book two in the Playing with the Boys series, to Ellora's Cave. June 2012 release.
Robin Kramme's | short play, Bad Travel, was selected by the AZ Women's Theatre Company to be included in the 2012 Pandora Festival. It will be one of ten 10-minute plays presented at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Friday May 18 and kicking off an entire weekend of live theater by AZ women playwrights. It is a story about four pieces of lost luggage told from the luggage's point of view.
Alexis Walker's | latest erotic romance, Masque, written under Lexi Post, has been requested by Ellora's Cave, Samhain, and Kensington.
Annette Francine's | debut novel, From the Shadows, is now available in print at CreateSpace and Amazon and as an e-book at Smashwords and other online retailers. Annette says her style is a bit unusual: sensual romance and suspense but with a Christian twist.
Mackenzie McKade | hit number one in the top ten Best Sellers at Samhain Publishing and eighteen in Amazon's - Books - Romance - Western category with Irresistible. In addition, Mackenzie's Forbidden Fruit (Ecstasy Shorts Series) re-released on March 29, 2012.
Stacey Sells | received PRO status from RWA National this month. Congratulations, Stacey!
Barbara White Daille | is pleased to share that the first of her Flagman's Folly books, A Rancher's Pride, is a finalist for the Reader's Choice Award sponsored by the New England Chapter of RWA.
Elizabeth McNicholas | is proud to announce the sale of Songs the Soldiers Sang to The Wild Rose Press, which will release July 13, 2012
Virginia Nelson | just earned RWA Pro status! Way to go, Virginia!
Terri Molina | is happy to announce her novel Dark Obsession has been sold to Adam's Media's new imprint Crimson Romance. Release date TBD. This novel is a Latina Romantic suspense with supernatural elements.
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