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The official blog for The Knight Agency, a literary agency representing both fiction and nonfiction.

Updated: 2017-10-11T06:37:24.060-04:00


New Blog for TKA


We're packing up our bags and moving away from Blogger Town. From now on, TKA's blog will be hosted on our website. We hope you'll come visit us in our new digs:

Holiday Chat Alert! Party with THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT authors Cecil Murphey & Marley Gibson on Thursday, December 15th @ 9pm ET!


(image) Tis the season to be chatty! Join the co-authors of The Spirit of Christmas(image)
Cec Murphey and Marley Gibson, along with the books contributors, for an online holiday chat. The authors will be taking questions, as well as giving away copies of The Spirit of Christmas(image) and other special holiday treats!

WHAT: Holiday Chat with Cec, Marley, The Knight Agency and YOU!
WHEN: Thursday, December 15th at 9pm ET
WHERE: Chat Room--
HOW TO CHAT: Enter any combination of username and password. Your computer must be Java enabled to chat.

The 411 on THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS: At Christmastime, it’s hard not to get caught up in the shopping, the decorating, the party planning and the family drama—and too we often to lose sight of the true meaning of the season. But sometimes, through God’s grace or a simple twist of fate, we’re able to step back and understand what the holiday is truly about.

Congrats Rosemary!


(image) The Knight Agency would like to give a big congratulations to Rosemary Clement-Moore for her latest yound adult release, Texas Gothic(image) , making it onto the Kirkus Review's Best TEnn Books of 2011 list! WOOHOO! We absolutely loved this book from the start here at TKA, and are overjoyed tha tit is receiving such well-deserved praise. Go Rosemary!

The 411 on TEXAS GOTHIC: Amy Goonight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.

"A deeply affectionate rendering of Texas landscapes and legends combines with an appealing cast of well-developed characters to give texture to this well-plotted mystery: truly scary moments are balanced by the humorous bumbles of the awkwardly developing romance between Amy and Ben, as well as Phin's sublime cluelessness about the way her eccentricities appear to other people. The mystery itself is a richly imagined interpolation on documented history and lore of the area; readers who've outgrown the silliness but not the adventure of Scooby-Doo will thoroughly enjoy this." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This engaging mystery has plenty of both paranormal and romance, spiced with loving families and satisfyingly packed with self-sufficient, competent girls." --Kirkus, Starred Review

"Teen looking for a rollicking adventure filled with paranormal events, dastardly evildoers, and laugh-out-loud moments as Amy and Ben argue and snipe their way to love will adore this book." --School Library Journal, Starred Review

Knight Agency Clients Receive 24 Romantic Times Award Nominations!


BIG Congrats to all of the rockstar TKA authors that received Romantic Times BookLOVERS Award Nominaitons for 2011! We are beyond proud to have had so many clients nominated. Well deserved to all!Career Achievement Nominees:Sci Fi/FantasyLynn FlewellingUrban FantasyP.N. ElrodEroticaJoey HillParanormalNalini SinghReviewers Choice Nominees:Harlequin Nocturne:Jessica Andersen: Lord of the WolfynNalini Singh: Lord of the AbyssSteeple Hill Love Inspired:Annie Jones: Home to StaySteeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense:Stephanie Newton: Point Blank ProtectorFirst Historical Romance:Monica Burns: Pleasure MeBronwen Evans: Invitation to SeductionHistorical Fantasy Paranormal:Melissa Mayhue: Healing A HighlanderHistorical K.I.S.S. Hero:Jade Lee: Wicked SeductionBest Romantic Suspense:Shannon K. Butcher: Living on the EdgeFuturistic Romance:Gena Showalter: Dark Taste of RaptureVampire Romance:Blood Hunt: Shannon K. ButcherArchangel's Blade: Nalini SinghParanormal Romance:Kiss of Snow: Nalini SinghErotic Romance:Kate Pearce: Simply ForbiddenErotic Paranormal Fantasy:Joey Hill: Vampire InstinctHarlequin Romantic SuspenseBeth Cornelison: Special Ops BodyguardFirst Historical RomanceVicky Dreiling: How to Marry a DukeUrban Fantasy NovelRob Thurman: BlackoutUrban Fantasy ProtagonistDiana Pharoah Francis: Maz in Crimson WindBest Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels 2011N. K. Jemisin: The Kingdom of Gods[...]

Bryan Andersen on MSNBC


Iraq vet, triple amputee and Purple Heart recipient Bryan Andersen has lived an extraordinary and inspiring life, and now he is sharing his experience in the memoir NO TURNING BACK, written with David Mack. Recently, MSNBC interviewed him to talk about his November release and new television show.

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Kristen Painter Chat Transcript Available


Last night we had a fabulous time with Kristen Painter, author of BLOOD RIGHTS, in the *haunted* Knight Agency chat room. Per our usual, there were plenty of laughs and prizes. If you've never been to one of our chats before -- you are missing out! Check out our chat transcript to get the deets from last night's event.(image)

Halloween Chat with Kristen Painter, author of BLOOD RIGHTS! This Thursday @ 9pm ET!!


(image) BLOOD RIGHTS author Kristen Painter will be taking over the TKA chatroom and declaring it the Halloween-only zone in just a few days! Bring your best "costumes" (read: funny usernames) and make sure to read up on Kristen's website and your spooky holiday trivia. We have plenty of fun games and prizes planned for those that are full of the All Hallow's Eve spirit! Bwhahaha!  

WHAT: Chat with Kristin Painter
WHEN: Thursday, October 27th at 9pm ET
HOW: Enter any combination of username and password to enter…if you dare!  

The 411 on BLOOD RIGHTS:
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle's body bears the telltale marks of a comarré -- a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world...and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign. 

Chat Transcript for Royal House of Shadows



Gena Showalter, Jessica Andersen, Nalini Singh and Jill Monroe joined our chat this past Thursday to talk about thier collaborative series ROYAL HOUSE OF SHADOWS. We has an amazing time talking about thier new books and how they liked working together!

Click here to view the chat transcript.


Chat with Royal House of Shadows Authors--Gena Showalter, Nalini Singh, Jessica Andersen and Jill Monroe--THIS Thursday @ 9pm ET!


Do you love fairytales? Would you love to read amazing retelling of your favorite childhood stories with the added twist of paranormal romance? Join us this Thursday September 29th at 9PM to chat with Gena Showalter, Nalini Singh, Jill Monroe and Jessica Andersen. If you love any of these authors' books, imagine what they created all together! We will be doing some fun give aways and these four ladies will be ready to answer all of your questions.Join us Thursday!WHAT: Chat with Royal House of Shadows authors.WHEN: Thursday September 29th, 9PM ETWHERE: The Knight Agency Chat RoomHOW TO CHAT: Enter any combination of user name and password. Login. Your computer must be Java enabled to chat![...]

TWISTED Tour Stop!


We've finally made it to the last day of the TWISTED Tour! Along the way we've learned Rachel Caine had an affinity for butterfly necklaces as a teen, Marley Gibson owned a zoot suit (yes, seriously), Linda Gerber once dreamed of being a travel agent/historian, Chloe Neill had aspirations of becoming a famous artiste, and to this day anytime Love Shack by the B52s is played Rosemary Clement-Moore immediately reports to the nearest dance floor. Also, Tina Ferraro reminisced about dancing under the stars with the cutest boy ever on her best night ever, and Jonathan Friesen recalled a little local phenomenon known as Prince being the toughest ticket in town. We also visited the sites of the ah-mazing PC Cast, Julie Kagawa, and of course, our headlining act -- TWISTED author Gena Showalter.We hope you enjoyed rocking out with us because we thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with you! Below, you'll find the last ticket we're handing out on this ride, and as a special treat a few folks from the TKA team are sharing some of their own teen pics. So, get a good laugh in before you grab name of the image and make haste to Entries will be accepted up until Sunday, September 4th at 11:59pm ET. Next week we will find out who will be the winner of an epic prize -- a $250 Ticketmaster Gift Card, $100 American Eagle Outfitters Gift Card, a $100 Visa Gift Card for Dinner and a Glam Urban Decay Makeup Gift Set!Deidre Knight accepting her diploma in super shiny stockings. Elaine Spencer showing her early love of interior design with super cool matching bedding, curtains and valances. So chic!Apparently, Lucienne Diver was a a big hair fan. Those bangs are reaching for the sky.Melissa Jeglinski thinks (and looks like) she's tough stuff in her jazz outfit.Marketing Director Jia Gayles, overly excited at the time about recent weight loss, chose a way too short shirt. Somewhere a small child is missing their sweater. Sadness.TWISTED TOUR FULL INSTRUCTIONS:How do you define the “Best Night Ever?” Does going on a mini shopping spree for a chic new outfit, dinner out with your bestie and seeing your favorite music act live in concert sound like it would do the trick? If so, read on!To celebrate the release of, TWISTED, the third book in her Intertwined series featuring Aden Stone, Gena Showalter is rocking out with her author buds on The TWISTED Tour. The tour spans almost two weeks and 11 author websites, including this one, from August 22nd through September 2nd. The Grand Prize winner will be awarded all the essentials for a perfect night out, including:- $250 Ticketmaster Gift Card- $100 American Eagle Outfitters Gift Card- $100 Visa Gift Card for Dinner- Glam Urban Decay Makeup Gift SetA Second Prize winner will receive an autographed set of Gena’s Intertwined series, including INTERTWINED, UNRAVELED and TWISTED.HOW TO PLAY: Visit and check the tour schedule. Visit the sites of each author on their assigned tour date and locate the concert ticket image.At the end of the tour, fill out the form on the aforementioned TWISTED Tour contest webpage by matching the images you found to the authors’ websites that they were located on before Sunday, September 4th at 11:59pm ET. The winners will be randomly drawn and notified on or around September 9th, 2011.The 411 on TWISTED: His vampire girlfriend might have brought him back to life, but he's never felt more out of control. There's a darkness within him, something taking over…changing him. Worse, because he was meant to die, death now stalks him at every turn. Any day could be his last.Once upon a time, the three souls trapped inside his head could have helped him. He could have protected himsel[...]

Join Gena Showalter's TWISTED Tour and Win a $250 Ticketmaster Gift Card, Mini-Shopping Spree, Moolah for Dinner and an Urban Decay Gift Set


(image) To celebrate the release of TWISTED, the third book in her Intertwined series, Gena Showalter is throwing a mega contest and several young adult authors are joining her for the ride, including: Julie Kagawa, PC Cast, Rachel Caine, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Tina Ferraro, Jonathan Friesen, Marley Gibson, Linda Gerber and Chloe Neill. Plus, our very own Knight Agency blog will host one day of the contest.

The Grand Prize is being hailed as "The Best Night Ever," and with concert tix to your fave music act, an American Eagle gift card for new duds, a glam Urban Decay makeup set for a "new" face AND cash (in the form of a Visa gift card) for dinner, how can it not turn into the best night you ever had?

The TWISTED Tour spans almost two weeks and 11 author websites, including this one, from August 22nd through September 2nd. The Grand Prize winner will be awarded all the essentials for a perfect night out, including:

- $250 Ticketmaster Gift Card
- $100 American Eagle Outfitters Gift Card
- $100 Visa Gift Card for Dinner
- Glam Urban Decay Makeup Gift Set

A Second Prize winner will receive an autographed set of Gena’s Intertwined series, including INTERTWINED, UNRAVELED and TWISTED.

HOW TO PLAY: Visit and check the tour schedule. Visit the sites of each author on their assigned tour date and locate the concert ticket image.

At the end of the tour, fill out the form on the aforementioned TWISTED Tour contest webpage by matching the concert ticket images to the authors’ websites that they were located on before Sunday, September 4th at 11:59pm ET. The winners will be randomly drawn and notified on or around September 9th, 2011.

Don Piper on ABC Special "Beyond Belief" Tonight @ 10pmET!


Tune in tonight for Don Piper's apperance on ABC's Beyond Belief. Bob Woodruff is interviewing the New York Times bestselling author of 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN, co-written with Cecil Murphey, about his life after death experience. More details at ABC!

First Impressions For August


It's time for the monthly First Impressions critique.  If you'd like the opportunity to have your first page receive feedback, be sure to follow the submission guidelines below.  Everyone should feel free to add their constructive thoughts in the comments section.The WillowYoung AdultLeah Burroughs PrologueBefore you die, there’s always some kind of to-do list. (See comment below on first sentence.) For some, that list might contain becoming rich or famous. For others, it might include having a family and growing old. But what if you died before you had time to even think about setting any lifetime goals? What if fate didn’t plan on letting you live past sixteen?  I’d always been afraid of the water, and I couldn’t swim to save my life. But I tried...and I failed miserably.I was drowning, I knew that much. The water was deepening, the coordinal directions muddled (What does this mean--her sense of direction was muddled?) and lost in a dark cave of blue. The muted anguish swashed through my eardrums, leaking into places it was never meant to go.(I'm not sure what this all means. How can anguish swash through eardums?) My body was weak now, my useless kicking slowing as I felt myself go limp.There was only so much time left; only so much air my lungs could hold on to. The breath I was fighting to hold was getting tighter, and I wanted to ease that pain, even if the escape was death. (Nice.  Simply stated but very meaningful.) There was one thing I regretted, and it might haunt me in any otherworldly place my soul was sent to. I regretted not finding true love, and conclusively decided that’s what would’ve topped my bucket list. I’d never even been kissed…Fate is cruel. We all know this. But sometimes it decides to give up on you, and in the instant it does, a miracle can happen. (Not of fan of this heavy foreshadowing.  Simpler to say: I'd given up hope and then a miracle happened.)  Just as my eyes fell heavy with defeat, my lungs about to cave under the pressure of constricted air collapse, a relentless grasp fastened around my waist to with a godlike strength I’d never dreamt of imagined… (Toning down the descriptives makes the paragraph easier to read.) Comments:The first sentence is a bit unclear.  I know what you're trying to get across but it's worded in a way that made me read it several times.  Maybe something like: Everyone has a to-do list they want to complete before they die.  I'm not a big fan of the narrarator speaking directly to the reader as done in the first paragraph (and again in the penultimate paragraph).  It's so important that the opening have a bang.  If you start with the second paragraph I believe it would hold more impact. Also, pull back on the flowery language.  The use of some phrasing here was very confusing and felt like you were using words just for the sake of flow and not meaning.  I was eager to see what happened next; if in fact we would find out who was rescuing her (I am guessing this is a female protagonist) or if we would then jump to chapter one and be presented with a different scene.  So my attention has been captured.  _____To enter First Impressions, email your first page (300 words or less) to Contests(AT) with “First Impressions” in the subject line. Include the title and genre in the email, as well as the name you wish us to use when referring to you publicly. All genres are welcome. Do not send your entry as an attachment; it must be within the body of the email. Winners are randomly selected using**Disclaimers, Rules, Stipulations, What Not, and All That Jazz: By emailing y[...]

Guest Blogger Janet Mullany Shares Details on TELL ME MORE + Giveaway!


UPDATE: The winner of TELL ME MORE by Janet Mullany is Lolarific! Congrats! Please email your addy to Contests(AT) does C.S. Lewis have to do with erotic romance, you may well ask. One thing I find fascinating about writing is how my reading cross-pollinates my writing, particularly books I read long ago. The C.S. Lewis link to my recent release TELL ME MORE is a little obscure, but here’s how it came about.While I was writing the book I read Lev Grossman’s THE MAGICIANS, a brilliant and complex novel that starts out at a sort of Potteresque school for magicians. The book becomes darker and more dangerous as its characters travel to a fantastical land invented by a writer who wrote a series of children’s books. Just like Narnia?—no, Narnia gritty and grownup and cruel.So I had THE MAGICIANS on my mind and that led to me thinking about C. S. Lewis’s books which I read and loved as a child, totally oblivious of the rather heavy-handed Christian subtext.But back to my book and my heroine and her adventures. At one point in the book she becomes involved in a community with a rigid social structure that gets together for various sexual activities. Jo, as a newcomer, is one of the apprentices who serve the higher levels, but she finds a way into the main part of the house, seeking her fascinating mentor who she’s spoken to only on the phone. Almost immediately she takes refuge in a coat closet. This coat closet does not lead to enchanted lands. Instead, she finds herself an unwilling voyeur when a couple uses the closet for other activities:Clothing rustled. A zipper slid down.One of her hands emerged from between the coats and almost smacked me in the nose.I ducked.Her hand grasped, fluttered, and grabbed the coat rack. I squeezed myself away from them.It was a bit too late to reveal myself to them at this point; what the heck could I say?Jo escapes from the closet and explores the rest of the house. Here’s an excerpt from THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER by C. S. Lewis.Now she had come to the top of the stairs, Lucy looked and saw a long, wide passage with a large window at the far end. Apparently the passage ran the whole length of the house. It was carved and paneled and carpeted and very many doors opened off it on each side. She stood still and couldn't hear the squeak of a mouse, or the buzzing of a fly, or the swaying of a curtain, or anything--except the beating of her own heart.There isn’t much similarity between the two but I was definitely channeling C.S. Lewis now, remembering how spellbound I was as Lucy walked down that passage, seeing mysterious magic symbols on the doors and at one point a mirror that has a frame of hair and a beard, making her reflection strange and sinister. She’s in a magician’s house to find a spell and solve a mystery. Here’s mine:A corridor led off at the top of the stairs and I peered down it. The smell of food was stronger now. As I hesitated, there was a muffled thump and a ringing sound, and two wall panels slid apart—an elevator. Waiters emerged with a rolling cart of food. They took no notice of me, but pushed the cart and its covered dishes into a room. I peered around the door. Masked people, Jake and Cathy among them, sat at a long banquet table with an elaborate centerpiece, laughing and talking…At the table a guy wearing a mask that gave him the face of a lion, stood, and headed for the doorway and me, cellphone at his ear. He was tall and slender, a few threads of gray in his dark hair. As he passed me, I heard a few words, to my surprise apparently about investments.“But of course…” He sounded slightly annoyed.He sounded familiar. Very familiar.“Mr. D?” My voice rose to a [...]

Our Digital Letter to Clients


Since the inception of our agency in 1996, we have taken every step possible to ensure that we advocate for our clients by offering a broad spectrum of services. For instance, we were one of the first pioneering agencies to hire a full-time marketing director and have maintained that position for the past six years. We take our position as advocates for our clients very seriously, and so it was only after six months of intense research and planning, involving conversations amongst ourselves and with our clients that we decided to start an assisted self-publishing program. Additionally, we've brought in outside consultants and developed strong relationships with representatives from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony and Kobo; we also continue to reach out to and develop relationships with others. We did not enter into this lightly, but felt that is was necessary to create this service as an option for our clients. This program is an extension of our current services meant only for current clientele, not a publishing arm. We are taking our standard 15%, and will pay all upfront costs with the exception of copyediting. This is in no way a mandate or a requirement for those wanting to self-publish. They can take advantage of our program or choose to handle the self-publishing portion of their career alone;  regardless of their choice, we fully support their decision. But we felt that in the current climate, we’d be remiss to not supply an option in this arena, for those clients wishing to self-publish without handling the details, marketing, publicity, social media, content editing, and such on their own.Our clients are fully aware of our plans. We surveyed them to gauge their interests in such a program because we treasure their input and want to make sure we are giving them the best and most comprehensive representation possible. Many of them have lined up to participate in the initial launch this coming September, and we are thrilled to be able to assist them in this way.Today an author stated on a blog that we are “becoming publishers,” which is wholly untrue.  In light of that miscommunication about our plans for the future, we felt it was critical that we post the letter sent to all Knight Agency clients to further clarify our position.  You can view the letter below.____________________________________________Dear Authors:As you know, The Knight Agency has been working on a very exciting assisted self-publishing initiative that will aid authors in digitally republishing backlist titles, as well as allow clients to publish select front list titles which the author and agency will hand-pick together.   For example, clients and agents may select novels, collections, or shorts that mainstream publishers may not consider remunerative enough for acquisition, or that the authors and agents believe would be better served by our sleek new system, which will allow us to monitor and act quickly in terms of pricing, promotion, bundling, etc.We’ll be taking our standard agency commission of fifteen percent (15%), absorbing all costs except those associated with copy editing. As always in our work as your agents, our objective is to allow you as the author to focus on what you do best, which is writing the most wonderful books possible while we take the time-consuming and tedious business elements off your shoulders. For our fifteen percent commission, we will provide self-publishing assistance in the following areas:●Content editing – the agents will act, as we regularly do, as editors, reading material and offering suggestions for revision.●Line and copyeditor referrals – since none of us are copyeditors o[...]

The Real Scoop on our New Program


Reposted from Lucienne Diver's Blog:
The Knight Agency has started up a very exciting program to facilitate e-book publication for those of our authors who want to take advantage. To be clear, we’re NOT becoming a digital publisher. We’re not taking a publishers' cut or submissions or doing anything but working collaboratively with our authors who want to take advantage of the program. We’re doing all the legwork in getting books scanned, putting together a database of copyeditors and arranging for cover art, ISBNs, new cover copy, etc., much of it at the agency’s expense and for only the agency’s regular commission. And ONLY for our authors.

We are NOT giving up on traditional publishing. Rather, this program is for backlist which is no longer available or had never been digitized to begin with or for projects that have not found a home with publishing houses but which the authors and agents agree should absolutely be in the hands of readers who will adore them as much as we do. We’re not telling anyone they have to go through us. Rather, we’re providing a whole lot of really exciting incentives, like marketing and promotion.

Our first titles will launch in September. We’ve got an incredible line-up, with backlist from bestsellers like Stephanie Rowe, Rachel Caine, writing as Roxanne Conrad, Cecil Murphy, Susan Sizemore, Christie Golden and others. You’ll definitely be hearing more about this as the launch approaches.

Read Stephanie Rowe's KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK for Free!


(image) From now until July 11th, paranormal romance fans can download a digital copy of the first book in Stephanie Rowe's Soulfire series, KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK, free of charge. This promotion is available at various retailers, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Stephanie's second book, TOUCH IF YOU DARE, releases this month.

The 411 on KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK: Trinity Harpswell is a cursed Black Widow-death and mayhem are all part of the job description. If she can manage to go just one more week without accidentally killing someone, she'll break this killer curse and put her Black Widow days behind her. When sexy Blaine Underhill III shows up at her door and asks for her help rescuing his friend from the clutches of Death's evil grandma, Trinity gets pulled into a daring high stakes adventure. As Blaine and Trinity join forces to take down a series of underworld assassins, they may just learn that love is the deadliest game of all.

"Rowe's gift for ironic humor will make any reader's day. The cast of characters is unique and fun with a magical kind of romance the genre needs more of." RT Book Reviews Top Pick of the Month

Happy Freebie Friday!


UPDATE: The winner of THE CEO'S SECRET BABY by Karen Whiddon is Diane! Congrats! Please send your physical addy to Contests(AT) had an awesome time last night with Rosemary Clement-Moore who stopped by to chat with us about her upcoming release, TEXAS GOTHIC. For those of you that missed out, you can check out the chat transcript.  To be notifed of our next chat event, sign up for The Knight Agency newsletter here: Now, onto our Freebie Friday!Leave a comment to win a copy of THE CEO'S SECRET BABY by Karen Whiddon. The winner will be announced on Monday afternoon.The 411: Seeing Tucker Drover—the man she loved more than life itself and presumed dead in a plane crash—shakes Lucy Knowlton's world. How will she tell him about their baby boy—and her engagement to his best friend? Her heart has only ever belonged to Tucker…but how can they go back to the way it was?Once a successful CEO, Tucker had the misfortune of getting tangled up with a powerful Mexican drug cartel. Now on the run, seeing Lucy again and meeting his son makes him long for them to be a family. And when shattering betrayals are revealed and danger closes in, the only thing that matters is keeping mother and son safe….[...]

YA Lit Chat with Rosemary Clement-Moore TONIGHT @ 9pmET!!!


Young adult lit appeals to 15 years olds, 55 years olds, and everyone else in between. As the author of five YA novels, Rosemary Clement-Moore certainly knows a lot about the mechanics of writing for a teen audience and why this area hold such an allure. Tonight at 9pm ET,  join Rosemary for a chat about her upcoming release, TEXAS GOTHIC, career and future projects.  She will also be giving away signed copies of TEXAS GOTHIC and books from her backlist, including the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series and THE SPLENDOR FALLS. WHAT: Chat with Rosemary Clement-Moore WHEN: Thursday, June 23rd at 9pm ET WHERE: The Knight Agency Chat Room - TO CHAT: Enter any combination of username and password. Login. Your computer must be Java enabled to chat. [...]

Happy Freebie Friday!


UPDATE: The winner of TEXAS GOTHIC by Rosemary Clement-Moore is NoraA! Congrats! Please send your physical addy to Contests(AT) Everyone else, Rosemary is giving away signed copies of her books during the chat on Thursday @ 9pm ET -- so come hang out with us to get another chance! Today, we're giving away an advanced reading copy of young adult author Rosemary-Clement Moore's upcoming release, TEXAS GOTHIC (Random House, July 2011), as a special preview for her upcoming online chat with us Thursday, June 23rd at 9pm ET. Rosemary is also the author of four other titles, including the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series and THE SPLENDOR FALLS. TEXAS GOTHIC is a spin on the "southern gothic" subgenre with layers of romance, mystery, magic and dark motivations... Is your interest piqued? It should be.You can read more about Rosemary in the June issue of our newsletter, and don't forget to mark your calendar for pub convo, trivia and MORE giveaways with the author next Thursday!WHAT: Chat with Rosemary Clement-Moore WHEN: Thursday, June 23rd at 9pm ET WHERE: The Knight Agency Chat Room - TO CHAT: Enter any combination of username and password. Login. Your computer must be Java enabled to chat.The 411 on TEXAS GOTHIC: Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.Freebie Friday Rules: A winner will be randomly selected from the comments on Monday morning (June 20th).[...]

Happy Freebie Friday!


(image) UPDATE: The winner of KISS OF SNOW by Nalini Singh is Karen H! Big congrats! Please send your physical addy to contests(at)

This Friday we have an especially exciting giveaway! The tenth book in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series, KISS OF SNOW, marks her hardcover debut. The release has already earned a rarely awarded Top Pick GOLD review from Romantic Times, and it hit the New York Times hardcover bestseller list in the #9 spot. To win a copy, leave a comment with your name. The winner will be announced Monday afternoon.

The 411: Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.
Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules-and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other's secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight...

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna's darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home-and the alpha who is its heartbeat.

Agent Q&A!


Have burning questions about how to get an agent? Wondering whether your manuscript is ready to submit? Feeling a little overwhelmed by the process? Well, ask your questions and I will attempt to answer.

Agent Q&A works like this: Post your questions on this thread, and I will come back later today or early tomorrow and provide some responses. I can't promise to answer all the questions--the thread can get a little long sometimes--but I will answer at least three and I'll do my best to get a good range of answers out there for you.

So? What would you like to know?


Happy Freebie Friday!


(image) The winner of STORM KISSED by Jessica Andersen is Sheree! Congrats! Sorry for the delayed annoucement. :-) Sheree, please email Contests(AT) with your physical addy.

Leave a comment to win a copy of STORM KISSED(image) by Jessica Andersen. The winner will be announced on Monday.

The 411: When sexy Nightkeeper Dez goes rogue, the bounty hunter enlisted to catch him is Reese, his former lover. The sexual energy between them is hotter than ever-but the life-and-death stakes attached to the chase may pull them apart for good.

First Impressions with Melissa Jeglinski: June


June's First Impressions selection is now up.  As always I've marked my notes/edits in red and ask that you feel free to comment with your constructive critiques.  Submission instructions are posted below should you care to have your first page reviewed.    The VeilParanormal RomanceBy Julie Anne  “Another shocking death amps suspicions of something sinister in the city.” (Good opening although it's not quite as pithy as a newscast might sound.) The eleven o’clock news brought Ava Draikar stumbling from her closet. (Can't help but wonder why she was in her closet?  Could be an interesting avenue to explore later on but if you don't then I don't see the point.) Comfortable in her pajamas, she stared at the tiny television on her kitchen counter. Here we go again. Reporters will be all over the hospital tomorrow. Ava increased the volume, only slightly, for to better hear the details.  (Because the tv was loud enough before to bring her out of the closet.)  Sipping wine from a large stemmed glass, she nearly choked. (Did she have the wine with her in the closet?  Where did it come from?) There, on the television screen, was a photo of the latest victim.  And Ava knew him. A photograph of the latest victim was lodged securely in the left corner of the broadcast. Ava knew him. (Rather confusing the way orginally written.) Sort of. She saw She'd seen him every day for the past week and had toiled uselessly with lustful fantasies wherein with him playing he played the leading role. The man was gorgeous, but Ava was prone to neither, lust nor fantasy. (Which is it?  She had lustful fantasies or she's isn't prone to lust and fantasy?  Or maybe it's just not worded the way you mean.)Pensively, she She lowered the remote and turned away from the television. She was missing her favorite show.The city was fascinating from her window. Even in darkness, and despite the rain that streaked her view, nothing ever seemed to remove the city’s vast complexity, or its irrefutable draw. Separating herself from it would be like removing her own skin. If she could survive the process, she’d never be the same. (A bit overwritten here.)  To Ava, the entire metropolis was alive, and she was a part of it. The city was one enormous, pulsating, entity, and it was that image that kept her at her window most nights.  (The change in direction between this paragraph and the previous one is quite confusing.) My thoughts:The story has a good opening and I was hoping to get more from the first page.  The sudden change from Ava watching TV to looking out the window and waxing poetic about the city left me very confused.  I really suggest staying with the topic initially brought up which is that of the latest victim.  There are a lot of extraneous commas thoughout.  I felt there were some interesting directions this story could go but the writer needs to continue with a thought rather than allude to it and move on.  Answer the questions that are being brought up while they are still fresh in the reader's mind rather than having to explain them again later.  _____To enter First Impressions, email your first page (300 words or less) to Contests(AT) with “First Impressions” in the subject line. Include the title and genre in the email, as well as the name you wish us to use when referring to you publicl[...]

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UPDATE: The winner of LIVING ON THE EDGE by Shannon K. Butcher is mromero! Congrats! Please send your physical addy to Contests(AT)

Last night we had an awesome chat with Chloe Neill, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires series. Thanks to everyone who came out. The room was PACKED! For those that weren't able to make it we have a consolation prize -- Chat Transcript.

Before we jump into today's freebie, we here at TKA want to wish everyone a safe and relaxing holiday weekend. We hope your summer gets off to a rollicking great start!

Leave your name in the comments to win a copy of LIVING ON THE EDGE by Shannon K. Butcher. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 31st.

(image) The 411 on LIVING ON THE EDGE: After a devastating injury, Lucas Ramsay knows he's finished as a soldier.But when the general who saved his life asks him for a favor, he says yes. All Lucas has to do is keep the general's daughter from getting on a plane to Colombia -- which is easier said than done...

Independent to the core, Sloane Gideon is a member of the Edge-a group of mercenaries for hire. But she's not on the clock for this mission. Her best friend is being held by a vicious drug lord, and Sloane must rescue her -- no matter how many handsome ex-soldiers her father sends to dissuade her.

With little choice, Lucas tracks Sloane to Colombia-where she reluctantly allows him to aid her in her search. But as they grow closer to the target, they grow closer to each other. And before the battle is over, both will have to decide just what they are willing to fight for.