Archive | July 2015

Yesterday RWA Announced the 2015 Rita and Golden Hearts Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2015 Golden Hearts Winners Kimberly Buckner, Tracy Poole, Michele Arris, Stephanie Winkelhake, Sara Leyton, and Jeanne Oates Estridge. And congratulations to the Rita Award Winners Caro Carson, Kriten Callihan, Tessa Dare, Meredith Duran, Juliana Stone, Tiffany Reisz, Anna Richland, J.D. Robb, Irene Hannon, Jill Shalvis, Jane Graves and Clara Kensie.

Here is a description of the Rita winning novels in the categories of Young Adult, Best First Book, Inspirational, and Paranormal. More to follow…

Young Adult

Boys Like You
by Juliana Stone
Sourcebooks, Fire
Leah Hultenschmidt and Aubrey Poole, editors

IF
If I hadn’t fallen asleep.
If I hadn’t gotten behind the wheel.
If I hadn’t made a mistake.

For Monroe Blackwell, one small mistake has torn her family apart–leaving her empty and broken. There’s a hole in her heart that nothing can fill. That no one can fill. And a summer in Louisiana with her grandma isn’t going to change that…

Nathan Everets knows heartache firsthand when a car accident leaves his best friend in a coma. And it’s all his fault. He should be the one lying in the hospital. The one who will never play guitar again. He doesn’t deserve forgiveness, and a court-appointed job at the Blackwell B&B isn’t going to change that…

There’s No Going Back

Captivating and hopeful, this achingly poignant novel brings together two lost souls struggling with grief and guilt–looking for acceptance, so they can find forgiveness.

Best First Book

Run to You
by Clara Kensie
Harlequin, TEEN
Natashya Wilson, editor

Part One in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Sarah Spencer has a secret: her real name is Tessa Carson, and to stay alive, she can tell no one the truth about her psychically gifted family and the danger they are running from. As the new girl in the latest of countless schools, she also runs from her attraction to Tristan Walker—after all, she can’t even tell him her real name. But Tristan won’t be put off by a few secrets. Not even dangerous ones that might rip Tessa from his arms before they even kiss…

RUN TO YOU is Tessa and Tristan’s saga—two books about psychic gifts, secret lives and dangerous loves. Each book is told in three parts: a total of six shattering reads that will stay with you long after the last page. Book One is First Sight, Second Glance, and Third Charm. Book Two is Fourth Shadow, Fifth Touch, and Sixth Sense.

Inspirational

Deceived
by Irene Hannon
Baker Publishing Group, Revell
Jennifer Leep, editor

For three years, Kate Marshall has been grieving the loss of her husband and their four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on an escalator in the mall, she is convinced it is the son she thought was dead. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is dubious but agrees to investigate. Digging into the case he discovers that the incident may have been no accident at all. But if Kate’s son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden–and may be willing to go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret.

As Irene Hannon’s many fans have come to expect, “Deceived “is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plot line that accelerates to an explosive finish.

Paranormal

Evernight
by Kristen Callihan
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Alex Logan, editor

KRISTEN CALLIHAN is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA® finalist and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book Firelight received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

About the story:

Once the night comes . . .
Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can’t control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him-until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.

Love must cast aside the shadows
Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable-and she’s the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.

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Confessions of a (Former?) Book Hoarder

Amerikan Rambler: Everybody Has a Story

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“What is this obsession people have with books? They put them in their houses like they’re trophies. What do you need it for after you read it?”

–Jerry to George on Seinfeld

If you are a historian, you probably have lots of books. The same goes for all academics, historians or otherwise. You might have so many books, in fact, that they have become a problem. A problem to store, a problem to move, a problem to get read. Let’s face it, some of us are book hoarders.

I am a recovering one. Or at least, committed to change. It was easy to buy books when I was in graduate school. Much of my time was spent reading. In my first year at LSU, most of my waking hours were spent reading. And that is not an exaggeration. Grad school is intellectual boot camp and not all enlistees…

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Heart to Heart Contest for Unpublished Writers

The SFA-RWA chapter has announced the 2015 Heart To Heart Contest for unpublished writers. Entries will be accepted electronically only. “The top three finalists in each category will have their entries read by a literary agent, a traditional publishing house editor and an e-publishing editor. We will announce the winners, and certificates will be awarded to the top winner in each category.”

  • Enter— Send that magical scene in which your hero and heroine meet for the first time
  • Win— Published authors and experienced critiquers will provide detailed score sheets and feedback in twenty areas
  • Sell— Get your story in the hands of acquiring editors and agents

Catwoman Dollarphotoclub_74087915Contest Timeline:

  • August 31, 2015 — Deadline for submissions (electronic only)
  • October 5, 2015 — First-Round Finalists Notification
  • November 6, 2015 — Final Round Winners Announced

Category Descriptions:

  • CONTEMPORARY
  • EROTIC
  • HISTORICAL
  • PARANORMAL
  • YOUNG ADULT

Eligibility:

Open to all writers unpublished by an RWA-approved publisher as of the entry deadline. Prospective entrants may be published with a non RWA-recognized publisher. However, they may not enter books/manuscripts that have been professionally edited or have ISBN numbers.

Entry Guidelines

Enter the scene(s) in which the hero and heroine meet for the first time or for the first time in the book, if previously acquainted, up to a maximum of 15 pages. Each entry may only be entered in one category. However, you may submit as many different entries as you wish. Each new entry must have a contest entry form and payment.

Fees

  • The fee is $25.00 per entry ($15.00 for SFA-RWA members)
  • All fees are NON-REFUNDABLE
  • Fees should be submitted using PayPal
  • Please include your name, book title, and category in the Optional Instructions section on the payment form

For official contest rules, formatting guidelines and/or to enter the contest, CLICK HERE go to the San Francisco Area Romance Writers of America Site.

Independence Day Contemporary Ebook Sale at Liquid Silver Books

In celebration of the Independence Day Weekend, Liquid Silver Books is offering its entire catalog of Contemporary Romance ebooks for sale. The sale lasts over the entire Fourth of July Weekend. This includes Hearts in Ruin and many other great titles for just $2.99. The regular price is $4.99, so if you are considering the book, or just want to stock up on your summer library of romantic contemporary ebooks, this is the time to act. Liquid Silver is a great and long-standing ebook publisher, and its authors are terrific.

About Hearts in Ruin:

Andrea had one goal in life, a quiet career as a mainstream archaeologist—and she’s one ancient secret away. But when she is teamed with maverick prodigy Daniel Fuchs at his controversial pre-Clovis dig on tribal land, she soon realizes his wild theories may sidetrack her career. Her smartest move is to expose him and that is exactly what she plans to do. Except… there is a chance his theories are right.

As the dig deepens and outside forces mount, Andrea and Daniel find their careers and their shaky relationship on the brink of ruin. Who can she trust? To survive professionally and emotionally, Andrea must decide between what is expected and what she believes, because time is running out and the developers’ bulldozers are poised to level the site.

Miss Match

Katherina's Books

★★★★

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By Laurelin McGee 

Welcome to the sexy, crazy, wildly unpredictable world of modern matchmaking, where fixing up strangers is part of the job—but falling in love is an occupational hazard…
He’s The Perfect Catch.
Blake Donovan is tall, handsome, rich, and successful—so why would a guy like him need a matchmaker? Andrea Dawson has no idea, but a job is a job. After being blackballed from a career in marketing, Andrea agreed to use her unique profiling skills to play matchmaker out of pure desperation. But when she meets her highly eligible—and particular—first client face to face, she wonders what she’s gotten herself into…
Is She His Perfect Match?
Blake knows exactly the kind of woman he’s looking for—and it’s the total opposite of Andrea. Though smart and undeniably sexy, she is simply too headstrong for a man who’s used to being in charge. Still, Blake’s blood pressure rises…

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