Happy New Year! As we ring in 2009, there is a lot to celebrate as we have a double dose ofthe good news. So grab some champagne and give a toast to the following! First up is KERRELYN SPARKS, whose latest release, All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire, passed three weeks on the printed New York Times bestseller list, three weeks onthe USA Today and Borders bestseller lists, and over two weeks on the Publishers Weekly list. Kerrelyn was also interviewed by USAToday, and that can be seen at http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2008-11-05-book-buzz-_N.htm. However, that wasn’t all as Kerrelyn was thrilled to discover All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire was mentioned in Newsweek magazine. Tosee the article online, go to http://www.newsweek.com/id/172558. Thanks to great promo like this, All IWant for Christmas is a Vampire went into its fourth printing within the first month of its release. For info on the next two back-to-back books from the Love at Stake series, please visit www.kerrelynsparks.com.
It’s award nomination time. CHRISTIE CRAIG’s second romantic suspense, Weddings Can Be Murder is a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice nominee in the Romantic Suspense Category. Chicken Soup for the Soul also reprinted two of Christie’s stories in the Dads & Daughters edition.
Another RT award nominee is KIM LENOX, whose first book in the Shadow Guard series, Night Falls Darkly, has been nominated by Romantic Times Magazine for Best First Historical Romance. Kim also announces the sale of the third book in her Signet Eclipse Shadow Guards Series, currently untitled. Way to go, Kim.
Romance Novel TV nominated SHARIE KOHLER’s novel Marked by Moonlight for Best Debut novel. Congrats and good luck!
With more sale news, GERRY BARTLETT reports that she is happy to have a new contract for book 5 in the Glory St. Clair Real Vampires series for Berkley Publishing. No title yet, but Gerry’s calling it Real Vampires Hate Their Thighs, but doubts that title will stick. The book should be a late 2009 release right after the mass-market release of Real Vampires Get Lucky and Real Vampires Don’t Diet.
COLLEEN THOMPSON’s books are going global. Colleen is pleased to announce the sale of Bulgarian translation rights to two of her romantic suspense novels, Fatal Error and The Deadliest Denial. Her romantic suspense The Salt Maiden sold to Poland and she reports the publication of her second German translation,that of The Deadliest Denial. Also, look for an article in the February 2009 Romance Writer’s Report. "Secrets of Starving Artists" offers financial survival tips for writers, including a number of authors’ own economicsurvival tips—a must for these lean times.
Making her 48th sale, PATRICIA KAY has just agreed to take part in a second Hunt for Cinderella seriesfor Silhouette Special Edition. Hunt for Cinderella II – Seeking Prince Charming will feature the four female “cousins” of the Hunt Brothers, introduced a year ago to SSE readers. The new book has a pub date of February 2010.
In another sale to Special Edition, and to editor Susan Litman, JUDY DUARTE’s next three works of romance sold in a three-book deal for publication in 2010, by her agent Karen Solem at Spencerhill Associates.
Speaking of Susan Litman, JO ANNE BANKER finaled in the "Launching A Star" contest in the Series Contemporary category with her new WIP, This Child is Mine. It’s the first contest try for this manuscript, so Jo Anne is happy that the final garnered her a request from Susan Litman of Harlequin. Jo Annealso reports that although she did not final in the NOLA Stars Suzannah contest, she was pleased with her scores, which were the equivalent of ninety-seven and a half out of one hundred – at least, until she found out that barely got her into the top twenty percent. Contests – you gotta love ‘em.
Hooray for DONNA MALOY, who won first place in the YA category of the 2008 On The Far Side contest. The contest is sponsored by the FF&P (Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal) chapter. Her entry, a dark Victorian fantasy for young adults, is called Enshadowed — a made-up word she felt had lots of "atmosphere." She was going to purchase that domain name, just in case, but found out somebody else had the same idea; Enshadowed belongs to the World of Warcraft online gaming colony! But she still thinks it will make a great book title.
In another contest final, SARAH CASTLEBERRY’S new story Notorious finaled in the RWA-East Texas Chapter Southern Heat Contest, Single Title. The manuscript now goes to an editor with Harlequin/MIRA. Sarah has also sent a partial of Notorious to an editor at Dorchester who requested at Nationals. Crossing our fingers for good news!
REE RENZI or as the West Houston RWA knows her, Gerri Hanten, received First Place in the sensual category with River Time from the Ohio Valley RWA 2008 Summer Sizzle Contest.
In non writing, but still impressive honors, the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce conferred Diplomat of the Year on HBA member CHUCK EMERSON at the Chamber’s annual Chairman’s Ball, held Nov. 1 at South Shore Harbour Resort. Diplomats perform host and welcoming functions at most Chamber functions. As a memento this year (his third win in the last four years), Chuck received a sterling silver and 14k goldkey ring and fob. Chuck reports he “was so happy just to be able to finally get out of the house after last year’s broken ribs and surgery.”
Those interested in learning more about Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire portrayed by Keira Knightley in the recent film, DUCHESS, can get the real scoop at CHERYL BOLEN’s website, www.cherylbolen.com. For a comprehensive article on Georgiana, check out Cheryl’s article in the section on "Articles on the Regency." This first appeared in the Regency Plume. For a shorter article, check out Cheryl’s review of Amanda Foreman’s book, GEORGIANA, DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE, which is listed under "Cheryl’s Reviews ofGeorgian/Regency Reference Books." The movie was (very loosely) based on Foreman’s 1999 best selling book.
Speaking of books, TERA LYNN CHILDS received ARCs for her second book, Goddess Boot Camp and reports they are just beautiful.
A big hip hip hooray to JO ANN ROBISHEAUX, whose first book was released Dec. 12. She had her firstbook signing on Dec. 21 at Katy Budget Books. Fresh Start can be purchased at Katy Budget Books and theusual online merchants. Jo Ann’s pen name is Claire Sanders. Her next book signing will be held at Brazos Bookstore on Feb. 7, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm!
P.J. MELLOR is pleased to announce an RT rating of 4 1/2 stars for her upcoming January 2009 release, Drive Me Wild, from Kensington Aphrodisia.
And a big congrats to TERI THACKSTON whose paranormal romance Final Words has finaled in EPICs Eppie contest!
Finally, and I’m sure to repeat it in upcoming columns, be sure to look for a story by JODY PAYNE in the March issue of True Love Magazine. Congrats Jody on your sale.
And tooting my own horn a little, MICHELE DUNAWAY (me!) has been asked to be a featured speaker atthe JEA/NSPA National Spring Convention in Phoenix in April. The committee selected Michele based on her being both an award-winning journalism teacher and a published author. I have no clue what I’m going to talk about, but I have to write a 30-minute speech to present in front of what could be 200 people. Eke!