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NEWSLETTER

TKA News

The Washington Post  spotlighted  World Fantasy Award finalists in a recent article, including N.K. Jemisin. The author was nominated for the first installment in her Inheritance Trilogy, THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS.

Cecil Murphey and Marley Gibson received a sterling review of their new release, THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS, from Publishers Weekly.The reviewer noted, “The Spirit of Christmas is another compilation of true and inspiring stories of the season; a foreword by Debbie Macomber is the gift bow on this.”

Gena Showalter’s DARKEST SURRENDER and Nalini Singh’s ARCHANGEL’S BLADE were nominated for a Good Choice Reads honor in the Romance Category.

Iraq vet and Purple Heart recipient-turned-author  Bryan Andersen was interviewed on Fox and MSNBC, as well as featured in the article “From Iraq to Rolling Meadow: A Soldier’s Tale,” in The Daily Herald, during his publicity tour for NO TURNING BACK.

NYT Bestselling authors Chloe Neill and Rachel Caine partnered up for an interview with The Morning Blend on KMTV station about the Bite Night Bash they hosted at an Omaha-area Barnes & Noble. 

TKA clients recieved a whooping 24 nominations for the Romantic Times BOOKLovers Awards. Career Achievement nominees include Lynn Flewelling, P.N. Elrod, Joey Hill, and Nalini Singh. Visit our blog for the full list.

HEARTS AND SWORDS by Robin Owens was reviewed by Publishers Weekly which declared, “Owens’s characters thrive on their emotional connections, and their stories are both pleasurable and moving.”

Chloe Neill’s DRINK DEEP hit the #15 spot of the NYT bestseller list for print paperback, #19 on the e-Book listing and #28 on the combined print and e-Book list.  This book also debuted at #56 on the USA Today’s bestseller list.

Rachel Caine’s MORGANVILLE VAMPIRE series took the #10 spot on the NYT Children’s Series.  Her book LAST BREATH also hit the #64 spot on the USA Today Bestseller list.

Tommy Newberry’s book THE 4:8 PRINCIPLE achieved  the 100,000 copies sold mark for hardcover.

Nalini Singh’s ARCHANGEL’S CONSORT hit the #12 spot on the Spiegel online bestseller list in Germany.

Sales Roundup:

Czech language right to Lynn Flewwlling’s THE SHADOWS RETURN, THE WHITE ROAD, CASKET OF SOULD, to Libor Marchlik at Fantom Print by Kristin Olson Literary Agency, on behalf of Lucienne Diver. 

NYT bestselling author Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires #8-#10, set in an alternate Chicago in which vampires have announced their existence to the world...but not everyone is happy about it, to Jessica Wade of NAL by Lucienne Diver.

TKA Cyber Cafe

Mark your calendars for a very special holiday chat with THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT authors, Cecil Murphey and Marley Gibson! We promise lots of merry-making, good cheer, trivia and prizes!

About THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS: An inspiring collection of true stories from real-life people who have experienced such moments where the meaning of the season becomes clear and touches their hearts.  A man mailing gifts at the post office witnesses a moving scene that changes his life forever.  An unhappy couple are drifting further apart…until a special Christmas gift allows them to renew their love and mend their fractured marriage.  And a father tries to keep the spirit of Christmas alive for his son with a grand gesture--a gesture that will be remembered by his family and many others for years to come.  

WHAT: Cecil Murphey and Marley Gibson
WHEN: Thursday, December 15th at 9pm ET
WHERE: The Knight Agency Chat Room
HOW TO CHAT: Enter any combination of username and password. Login. Your computer must be Java enabled to chat.

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Gobble, Gobble

In a 24/7 world, Thanksgiving gives us the chance to press the pause button and reflect. Whether it is the love of family, the support of friends or personal accomplishments, we can all find something to celebrate. Among our clients, one person in particular serves as a compelling reminder of what it means to be truly thankful by living life to the fullest. Six years ago TKA client Bryan Happy Turkey Day from TKA!Andersen became a triple amputee after an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) attack during his second tour of duty. Today, he is a sought-after speaker, actor, and extreme sports enthusiast, who recently added "author" to his long list of accomplishments. This month, his memoir, NO TURNING BACK was released, and we have been overjoyed to see him interviewed by major news outlets like MSNBC and Fox. Inspiring stories like Bryan's are what we'll be remembering as we close out the year – thankful for the many blessings we've received  and looking forward to the new dreams yet to be realized.
 
In this month's issue, our agents reveal what they are grateful for this year in the Roundtable section, Nephele Tempest offers guidance on getting your writing house in order, and we have a few pictures to share from the recent underwater wedding of TKA clients Marley Gibson, author of the Ghost Huntress series, and Patrick Burns, co-author of THE OTHER SIDE: A TEEN'S GUIDE TO GHOST HUNTING AND THE PARANORMAL. BIG congrats to the happy couple!
 
And, last, but certainly not least… We are previewing a major contest. In early December, we'll be sending out a special contest mailing, and the prize is an iPad. Yep, an iPad! Might be just the perfect gift…or you can keep it for yourself.
 

The Informer

Nephele TempestA New Year in Writing by Nephele Tempest

As hard as I find it to believe, 2011 is swiftly drawing to a close. And while there are still a number of weeks until the new year kicks in, they will be busy with holiday preparations and travel, leaving little free time to plan for 2012. I’m not a huge fan of resolutions—they seem to end up as a list of things I failed to accomplish more often than not—but I do like to come up with a few things to aim for, from work goals to vacation ideas. And for writers, I think it’s wonderful to dream up a few writerly aspirations for the year to come.

Whatever stage you are at in your writing career, it’s always good to assess your progress and come up with a target or two to help keep you moving forward. Newer writers might strive to finally finish a first novel, or to tackle revisions on a project recently completed. More advanced writers might declare this the year they’ll seek out an agent. Those already publishing might experiment with a new genre, a new series idea, or try their hand at a shorter format—novellas or short stories.

The beauty of a career in writing, however, is that there are many other aspects to the job. If you’re happy with your writing process and the progress you’re making, how about looking at new ways to network or to market yourself? Have you been thinking about attending a writers’ conference? Perhaps 2012 is the year to do it. Or if you regularly attend a local conference, or one focused on your genre, perhaps this year you should look into branching out and finding a larger or more generalized conference. You’ll meet new people—different kinds of writers, editors, and so on. The fresh perspective can help generate new ideas for your own work.

Other ideas for the new year:

  • Design a website or revamp your current one. Don’t limit yourself to a standard blog, but look for alternative content. Does your book lend itself to creating some sort of game or puzzle for visitors? How about music playlists for your characters? You can easily link to YouTube or Spotify or one of the other music websites to allow visitors to hear what your characters are listening to during your story.
  • Look into other forms of social media. Pick just one and focus on it, rather than trying to do it all. Actually be “social” and don’t just assume you’re there to sell your books.
  • Take a class, either in person or online. It can be a writing class, or something that will inspire your stories: history, literature, religion, science, criminology, psychology. Find a new career for a protagonist or antagonist while you’re at it.
  • Make an effort to contact and interview several people in your community who have different jobs, backgrounds, or experiences. Contact your local senior center; retirees often have fascinating stories to share that might inspire you, and many have too few opportunities to talk about their lives.

Whatever your writing goals, take an hour or two to think them through and see what you can do in the coming year to help achieve them. There are many aspects of this business over which you have limited control, but with a bit of forethought, there are many areas where you can take charge and thrive. Happy writing!

TKA Clients Get Hitched!

Marley and Patrick -- Wedding PicsWe couldn't help but share a few pics from the underwater nuptials of Patrick Burns and Marley Gibson in Key West, Fla., courtesy of attendee Deidre Knight. These two definitely know how to throw a unique shindig!

(Left to Right: Bride and groom re-surface after their ceremony beneath the sea; Marley shows off the wedding veil that actually stayed on underwater; agents Lucienne Diver and Deidre Knight pose with one of the "sailors")
 

Contest Preview

iPadWho wouldn't love a brand-spanking new iPad from Apple for the holidays? On December 6th, we are sending out a special contest mailing with details on how to enter our iPad giveaway. We promise we won't send you on an oddessy all over the internet to collect snowmen icons or Christmas tree symbols in a scavenger hunt. Nor will be ask you to strain your brain with tough holiday trivia. Nope. All you will have to do is submit your name and addy on the contest webpage. You'll also get extra points (read: chances to win) by referring friends. Look out for more info soon!

Agents of the Roundtable

Knights of the RoundtableQUESTION: As we sit at our *virtual* Thanksgiving table today, what would you say that you are most grateful for from this past year?

Deidre Knight: I’m thankful for a year where I learned and tried many new things: baking pie, knitting, making cake from scratch, snorkeling, wave running, parasailing…ran my first Peachtree Road Race (a 10K) and ran ten other 5Ks.  But I wasn’t only embracing new adventures personally; on the professional level, we focused on taking TKA into new arenas and growing with the industry changes. Where some might view change as frightening, I think it’s the pathway to whole new accomplishments.  I love all the potential for success that the digital revolution is bringing, so I’m entering 2012 striving to learn even more about maximizing that arena for TKA as a whole and for our clients.

Pamela Harty: Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on all we have to be grateful for in our lives. On a business note, I am so thankful for my incredibly talented and creative clients who keep me on my toes. These are interesting times in our industry for publishers, authors and agents and I am truly grateful to be a part of it all.

Lucienne Diver: I’ve always been a geek. It’s very gratifying to see all of my geekdoms (zombies and vampires and shifters, oh my!) going mainstream. It’s like back in high school when the drama club took over the main dance floor…but that’s a story for another day. Seriously, it’s pretty cool that suddenly I and everything I love is trendy. It means good things for my authors, and they deserve all good things!

Melissa Jeglinski: I’m thankful for all the wonderful people I work with: my colleagues who keep me laughing when things get overwhelming; and my clients who keep me entertained with their wonderful projects. 

Nepele Tempest: I’m grateful for all the amazing people I get to work with over the course of the year, from my fabulous co-workers here at The Knight Agency, to the editors it’s my privileged to know, to my lovely and talented clients. There can’t be a better job in the world than one that allows you to chat about books all day with so many fun, intelligent, interesting people.

eRead Spotlight


A Girlfriend's Guide to BoysA Girlfriend's Guide to Boys Series by Stephanie Rowe: 

PUTTING BOYS ON THE LEDGE - Meet Blueberry Waller, whose name is the only interesting thing about her life. Until now.

Not only is Blue dealing with the worst name in the world, crazy parents and a clingy younger sister, she just got a part in the school play.  And now she’s acting with Heath Cavendish, total crush-worthy senior.  He would never give a second look to a girl like Blue.  Except he has... Purchase via Amazon, Apple or Barnes & Noble.

STUDYING BOYS: Meet Frances Spinelli, the girl with her nose buried in a book.  Except when she's noticing a certain very bad boy…

Homework has always been her top priority.  That and crushing on the wrong guy, then doing nothing about it.  So when Frances’s friends blackmail her into stepping out of her comfort zone she does them one better.  She goes totally out of control. Purchase via Amazon, Apple or Barnes & Noble.

WHO NEEDS BOYS: Meet Allie Morrison, the girl every boy wants to date.  Every boy except one, that is.

This was supposed to be the best summer of Allie's life. Instead, she's lugging vegetables around at a farm stand, partnered with a boy who thinks she's useless.  Purchase via Amazon, Apple or Barnes & Noble.

SMART BOYS & FAST GIRLS: Meet Natalie Page, the girl all the boys love.  As a friend.

When Natalie makes the varsity cross country team, she's certain she’s about shed her reputation as a social zero. Hey, the captain of the boys’ team has started driving her home from school and she’s getting invited to senior parties, right? Purchase via Amazon, Apple or Barnes and Noble.

November Releases

Last Breath by Rachel Caine

LAST BREATH

Rachel Caine |  NAL Hardcover

With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?  > Purchase Now
Fires of Winter by Roberta Gellis

FIRES OF WINTER

Roberta Gellis | Sourcebooks Casablanca

A sparkling prize, the beautiful Mellusine of Ulle is awarded to the bastard-born Bruno of Jernaeve as a spoil of war. Bruno vows to tame the rebellious spirit of the captive beauty– but ultimately surrenders to her charms. Born of different worlds, joined in the flames of passion and intrigue, they find new strength in each other's arms...and a burning love that defies all eternity. > Purchase Now
Private Eye Protector

PRIVATE EYE PROTECTOR

Shirlee McCoy | Harlequin Love Inspired

After an accident, single mother Rayne Sampson loses her recent memories. Thankfully, her sweet baby girl is front and center in her mind—but so is the terrifying image of a dangerous man. Someone with terrible intent is after her. Private investigator Chance Richardson assures her she's safe. But when her life—and baby—are threatened, the handsome former army chaplain vows to catch the stalker…all while keeping his heart guarded. Until a predator's ultimate betrayal changes everything forever. > Purchase Now 
Kiss of Snow

KISS OF SNOW
(paperback re-release)

Nalini Singh | Berkley

Since her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness: Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. Now he walks alone. But Sienna stirs his primal heart, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf. Yet as they strip away each other's secrets, a deadly enemy is striking at everything the pack holds dear...but Sienna's darkest secret may savage the pack that is her home-and the alpha who is its heartbeat. < Purchase Now
The Doomsday Vault

THE DOOMSDAY VAULT: A NOVEL OF THE CLOCKWORK EMPIRE

Steven Harper | Roc

In a clockwork Brittania, Alice's prospects are slim. At 21, her age and her unladylike interest in automatons have sealed her fate as an undesirable marriage prospect. But a devastating plague sends Alice off in a direction beyond the pale-towards a clandestine organization, mad inventors, life-altering secrets, and into the arms of an intrepid fiddle-playing airship pilot. > Purchase Now
Star Trek Mirror Universe

STAR TREK: MIRROR UNIVERSE: RISE LIKE LIONS

David Mack | Pocket Books

Miles “Smiley” O’Brien struggles to hold together his weary band of freedom fighters in their war against the overwhelming might of the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. Each day pushes the rebels on Terok Nor one step closer to defeat, but with nowhere left to run, the time has come to make their last stand.

Light-years away, Mac Calhoun and his Romulan allies harass Klingon forces with devious hit-and-run attacks. But Calhoun has a grander ambition: he intends to merge his fleet with the Terran Rebellion and lead it to victory—or die trying.

Meanwhile, a bitter feud threatens to shatter the Alliance from within. The old rivalry between the Klingons and the Cardassians erupts into open warfare as each vies for the upper hand in their partnership.

Manipulating events from its hidden redoubts, Memory Omega—the secret operation initiated by Spock a century earlier—sees its plans come to fruition sooner than expected. But striking early means risking everything—and if the revolution fails, Spock’s vision for the future will be lost forever. > Purchase Now
Baby Battalion

BABY BATALLION

Cassie Miles | Harlequin

 Nolan Law is a dead man. Five years ago, his pregnant wife buried him—a soldier cut down in a desert war, a man who would do anything to protect those he loved. Even fake his death. His beloved Tess was safe as long as he was gone. Now a new assignment thrusts him back into her life—and puts her at risk once more. When Tess looks at him, Nolan knows she sees a ghost. Tess deserves to know why this stranger stirs her passion so intensely, why her husband's eyes stare back at her from his unfamiliar, scarred face. Yet discovering the truth will only resurrect the danger Nolan "died" to protect her from.… > Purchase Now
Some Like It Hot

SOME LIKE IT HOT

Louisa Edwards | St. Martins Press

Sexy, single, and even sweeter than the treats he bakes, New York pastry chef Danny Lunden is trying to stay focused on food - not females. With the Rising Star Chef competition approaching, he doesn't have time to get all steamed up over the gorgeous woman he encounters on the plane to Chicago; even if she is Eva Jansen - the billionaire heiress in charge of the contest...Danny assumes the 'Eva the Diva' is a spoiled rich girl who doesn't share his passion for food. But when the two meet up again in an elevator - alone - they share more than just passion. They share a kiss hot enough to start a kitchen fire-and they're hungry for more. To Indulge their new secret craving, Eva and Danny have to break every rule in the cookbook. But-like chocolate and caramel-some ingredients are so sinfully good together, one scrumptious bite is never enough...  > Purchase Now
Copper Lake Secrets

COPPER LAKE SECRETS

Marilyn Pappano | Harlequin

The ill-fated vacation Reece Howard spent at her grandparents' Georgia home long ago changed her in ways her mind still refuses to remember. She forgot about the man she once knew as "Jones," but she can't ignore the flashes of desire she now feels toward him. With her family estranged, she doesn't have a good reason to return to Fair Winds. Until now.  > Purchase Now
Soul Whisperer

SOUL WHISPERER

Jenna Kernan | Harlequin

The Her father's death has long haunted shape-shifter Bess Suncatcher, leading her deep into the Northern California forests in search of healing…and peace. But that peace is threatened when she discovers a dead human body—and is detained by a dangerously sexy stranger.

As a Soul Whisperer, Cesar Garza is fated to use his gifts to track demonic predators. But he can't crack this case alone. He needs the talents of the mysterious woman who peaks his suspicion…and his desire. Cesar is determined to fight his attraction to Bess and focus on the investigation. For theirs is a potentially deadly—and forbidden—alliance…. > Purchase Now
Lord of the Abyss

LORD OF THE ABYSS (Royal House of Shadows, Book 4)

Nalini Singh | Harlequin

As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing but a feared monster wrapped in impenetrable black armor. He has no idea he is the last heir of Elden, its last hope. Only one woman knows—the daughter of his enemy.

Liliana is nothing like her father, the Blood Sorcerer who'd cursed Micah. She sees past Micah’s armor to the prince inside. A prince whose sinful touch she craves. But first she has to brave his dark, dangerous lair and help him remember. Because they only have till midnight to save Elden. > Purchase Now

Little Women and Me

LITTLE WOMEN AND ME

Lauren Baratz-Logsted | Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Emily is sick and tired of being a middle sister. So when she gets an assignment to describe what she'd change about a classic novel, Emily pounces on Little Women. After all, if she can't change things in her own family, maybe she can bring a little justice to the March sisters. (Kill off Beth? Have cute Laurie wind up with Amy instead of Jo? What was Louisa May Alcott thinking?!) But when Emily gets mysteriously transported into the 1860s world of the book, she discovers that righting fictional wrongs won't be easy. And after being immersed in a time and place so different from her own, it may be Emily-not the four March sisters-who undergoes the most surprising change of all.  > Purchase Now
What Happens After Dark

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DARK

Jasmine Haynes | Berkley Trade

Bree Mason wants more out of life, but she is ruled by fear and controlled by her secrets. And there's one great secret she's hidden for years, even from herself. But now a tragedy is causing her carefully constructed world to unravel...

Bree is like no other woman Luke Raven has ever known. He's always given her what she's asked for. But now he craves more-a lot more. Luke wants a relationship outside their strictly sexual affair. But can he help Bree exorcise her demons and free her from her abusive past? > Purchase Now
The Doctor's Mission

THE DOCTOR'S MISSION

Debbie Kaufman | Harlequin Love Inspired

A woman doctor! Missionary William Mayweather can't hide his disappointment. The Nynabo mission in Liberia, Africa, desperately needs help, but he's vowed not to put another female in jeopardy. Too bad flame-haired Dr. Mary O'Hara refuses to turn back—and he cannot allow her to go into the jungle alone.

Medicine or marriage? For Mary, the choice was clear. Far away from the patriarchal medical community, she resolves to be of real service. She'll willingly go head-to-head with the handsome, opinionated missionary, even in the face of deadly danger. Yet the greatest tests lie in trusting God's plan—for the mission, and her future happiness in this untamed, beautiful land. > Purchase Now
Drink Deep

DRINK DEEP, A Chicagoland Vampires Novel

Chloe Neill | New American Library

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and Merit the vampire can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn, or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times have never been more precarious for the vampires. If only they could lay low for a bit...

Then magic rears its ugly head when Lake Michigan turns black. The mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows a panic is coming. She'll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this, and stop them before it's too late for both the vampires and humans. > Purchase Now
Razor's Edge

RAZOR'S EDGE

Shannon K. Butcher | Signet Eclipse

Roxanne "Razor" Haught is an expert in stealth security for corporate espionage cases. But now she's a target. Tanner O'Connell has no intentions of leaving Razor's side. Despite her objections to having a "babysitter", his orders as the newest member of the Edge are to watch her back. With a brainwashed assassin after his partner, Tanner cannot afford to let his desire for Razor interfere with his duty. His special ops skills may be all that stand between saving Razor-or losing her forever. > Purchase Now
No Turning Back

NO TURNING BACK

Bryan Andersen with David Mack | Berkley

An exceptional memoir about one man's truly inspirational outlook on living, no matter the odds.

Before you dig into this book, there are a few things I think you should know. First, I was a soldier, and I still talk like one-in other words, I swear. So, if bad words bother you, just squint and pretend you don't see them.

I want you to know this book is not about the war in Iraq, and I'm not pushing a political agenda. Even though I'm going to tell you about the day I was wounded and what I went through during rehab, this book's not just some war memoir or a pity party. I just want to share some of my stories with you. This book is not about being wounded. It's not about struggling.
This book is about living. It's about life.

In this inspiring memoir, Bryan shares his infectious love for life that touches anyone who's faced hardship. No Turning Back is a testament to pure hard work, perseverance, and hope for a better life- no matter what shape it takes. > Purchase Now
The Accidental Werewolf

THE ACCIDENTAL WEREWOLF
(mass market re-relase)

Dakota Cassidy | Berkley

When Marty Andrews gets bitten by a mutt, the hair on her legs starts growing at an alarming rate and her mood swings put her dream job as a cosmetic sales rep in serious jeopardy. Then a drool-worthy man shows up at her door claiming that he accidentally bit Marty. And since he's a werewolf, that means she is now, too... > Purchase Now
Flesh and Blood

FLESH AND BLOOD (House of Comarre, Book 2)

Kristen Painter | Orbit

With the ring of sorrows still missing, and the covenant between othernaturals and mortals broken, Chrysabelle and Malkolm's problems are just beginning. Chrysabelle still owes Malkolm for his help, but fulfilling that debt means returning to Corvinestri, the hidden vampire city neither of them is welcome in. > Purchase Now