Congratulations to Jamie Ungaro, the newly crowned Mr. Romance from this weekend’s Romantic Times BookLovers Convention. 

And more congratulations go to Reviewers’ Choice Award winners Jennifer Ashley for THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE and Nina Bangs for ETERNAL CRAVING.  

  

     

   

The May books are here! 

Elisabeth Naughton starts a hot new series getting lots of great buzz:

  • “Gripping, dangerous, and sinfully sexy, MARKED is a top-notch read! Elisabeth Naughton combines dynamic dialogue and sizzling romance with a wicked cool world. Do NOT miss this series!” NY Times Bestselling Author Larissa Ione
  • “Steamy, intricately plotted, and creatively conceived, this title gets Naughton’s ‘Eternal Guardian’ series, featuring warriors who protect their world from the daemons of the Underworld, off to a sizzling start and will leave paranormal fans breathless and wanting more.”                 –Library Journal
  • “The sensuality of Sherrilyn Kenyon and the intensity of Patricia Briggs. Naughton’s foray into paranormals is deep, dark and sexy as hell.” —NY Times Bestselling Author Angie Fox
  • “Naughton has a tremendous skill with steamy passion, dynamic characterization—especially of strong, multifaceted women whose friendships and family relationships play a crucial part in the story—and thrilling action.” —Publishers Weekly
  • “Elisabeth Naughton’s MARKED gives an incredibly fresh spin on Greek Mythology that is full of humor, action, passion and a storyline that keeps you from putting down the book.” —Fresh Fiction

We think you’ll love MARKED, too.  That’s why it’s our Publisher’s Pledge title of the month and we’ll refund your money if for whatever reason you don’t want it for your keeper shelf.

Leanna Renee Hieber’s Percy Parker is ready for her Broadway debut.

And Gerri Russell has a fantastic introduction to her men of the Brotherhood of the Scottish Templars.

Are you signed up for the Dorchester newsletter?  Last month everyone got a TSUNAMI BLUE desktop calendar.  And this month we have a new freebie.  But it’s only for subscribers.  If you’re not on the list, sign up here.

A huge congrats to Dorchester’s 2010 Rita finalists!  In no particular order:

    

 

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I was fortunate enough to be with Elisabeth Naughton in Portland, OR,  for the annual Public Libraries Assoc. conference when she got the announcement that STOLEN FURY had double finaled for Best First Book and Romantic Suspense.  We had a fantastic time celebrating.

I also had the pleasure of being on a panel about chick lit and women’s fiction with Susan Wiggs (another double Rita finalist!), Jane Porter (also a Rita finalist!), Beth Kendrick and super-librarian Joyce Saricks.  Teresa Bergen has a nice recap of the panel–include how chick lit has become a dirty word among some houses and how it’s evolved for others.  It might just not be as dead as you think.

One of the biggest hesitations in my deliberations between an iPod or a Nook for ebook reading was the lack of an iPod app for the DRMed ePub files.  The iPad coming out next month is supposed to support ePub, but no one is really sure yet what kind of limitations it might have.  Luckily, you can read ePub books now on your iPhone or iPod Touch through a free app called Txtr.

Txtr is still in its beta phase and definitely lacks the elegance of Stanza.  For example, you can change font size, but there are no bookmarks, annotations, or status bar to show how far you are into a book.  However, you can read any ePub file (except ones borrowed from the library; if there’s a way to do that, I haven’t yet figured it out).  All you have to do is sign in to your Adobe Digital Editions account, which you have to register for to get DRMed ePub files anyway.

The desktop version also allows you to sync pdfs, Word docs, Powerpoint, Excel and rtf.  You can drag and drop the files, or email them to your Txtr account.  Unfortunately,  the iPod app doesn’t support reading the Word docs.  Customer service was friendly and speedy when I asked about it, though.  And everything is still a work in progress.

The Txtr site itself is rather bare bones, but you can find more info from their execs at Teleread.

I’ll be a panelist on Friday afternoon for Romance in the Backseat’s Book Bloggers and Publisher’s Conference.  Which made me realize that I’ve been really behind in the blogging. Topics will include how authors, bloggers and publishers can all work together, whether authors should blog, building your audience and more.

But my lack of posts is hardly for lack of good stuff going on.

As many of you likely know, it’s bracket time.  Forget basketball and vote for your favorite romances in the Dear Author/Smart Bitches DA BWAHA TourneyJennifer Ashley‘s THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE (Historical) and THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER by Leanna Renee Hieber (Paranormal) both made the big dance.

Releases for books through October 2010 can now be found on the Coming Soon page.

Feeling the luck of the Irish?  Win a bundle of books by signing up for our Romance newsletter. And even if you don’t make it in time for the drawing, we still have all kinds of exclusive freebies only available to subscribers.

Cover images and book descriptions are now posted for all the June releases, including the latest rollicking mystery from Christie Craig.  Click here for more.

Unlike many on the East Coast pummeled by the latest nor’easter, New York City didn’t have it too bad–about 8 inches.  Just enough to give the city that beautiful pristine coating…for a few hours.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t use “Bizzard 2010″ as a great excuse to hole up and read a lot this weekend.  If you’re looking for some recommendations for fresh voices, check out the current poll for best historical debut at The Season. Both Caroline Fyffe and Leanna Renee Hieber made the list!

   

Speaking of great debuts, Rose Lerner is giving away a copies of the absoultely amazing historical IN FOR A PENNY.  Get the scoop on where to enter at her blog.  If you’re a fan of Sherry Thomas, Lisa Kleypas, Georgette Heyer and any of the Regency greats, you will not want to miss this book.

 

Congratulations to Jennifer Ashley, who is now a  New York Times bestselling author!  PRIDE MATES is also on this week’s USA Today list.  Hooray for sexy shifters!

Since we’re still not too far out of  the season for resolutions, why not try a few of these on for size.  You’ll be every editor’s fantasy come true.

  • Turn in your best work possible. Some authors under contract submit a draft at deadline–they figure there are going  to be revisions anyway, so they’ll just do all the revising at the same time.  Not really cool.  The more finalized your work, the more I can hone in on what needs to be changed, and–better yet–what doesn’t.  If you have questions or hit a stumbling block as you go, I always find it’s easier to call and we can brainstorm through any plot points together.
  • Speaking of deadlines…meet them.  Obviously, life happens sometimes and deadlines need to be changed; that’s ok.  Just keep us in the loop and everyone can adjust accordingly.  It’s when projects are consistently late that things get to be a problem.  If you show yourself to be a reliable author, you’re more likely to be considered for special projects like anthologies and continuity series.
  • Ask questions.  I often don’t know what you don’t know. Please don’t be afraid to drop me an email if there’s something on your mind. 
  • Be realistic in your expectations.  If you don’t know what this means, Ms. I Want To Be On Oprah, see above. 
  • Strive to get better with every book.

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