First up in our news is Vicky Dreiling! She is thrilled to announce that her debut historical romance HOW TO MARRY A DUKE made Bookscan’s Top 100 Romance list at #46 the first week on the shelves and went on to make #39 and #37, the second and third weeks. Booklist gave HOW TO MARRY A DUKE a starred review: “Dreiling’s Regency romance debut is, in a word, enchanting.” There’s more good news. Translation rights for HOW TO MARRY A DUKE were sold to Japan. Audio rights were sold for both HOW TO MARRY A DUKE and HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL, coming in July 2011.
Kim Lenox is excited to share news that her three-book SHADOW GUARD series has sold to a German publisher.
Jo Ann Robisheaux (writing as Claire Sanders) has signed two contracts with Barbour Publishing. “Equally Yoked” will appear in the September, 2011 release “A Quaker Christmas” and “New Garden’s Inspiration” will be out in 2012.
Jo Anne Banker has had a run of good luck with contests lately. Her manuscript, LOST AND FOUND, won The Golden Rose. Jo Anne also found out that it finaled in the Southern Magic’s Linda Howard Award of Excellence. Susan Litman, Special Editions editor, requested the full from a previous contest (Launching A Star). Jo Anne submitted it in January. Also, Roberta Brown of the Brown Agency, who had requested a partial
from the same contest, also requested the full.
In non-writing related news, long-distance member Michele Dunaway awaits the Emily results (she’s a finalist) and gets ready to end her yearlong, self-imposed sabbatical. On the “day job” level, Michele just found out she’s been named a Special Recognition Adviser in the Journalism Education Association’s Yearbook Adviser of the Year competition. Life is good.