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Monday, December 1, 2008

OTFS Winners Announced

Congrats to the 2008 On the Far Side Contest winners and finalists!

Young Adult- Scott Eagan (Greyhaus Lit. Agency)
1st – Enshadowed by Donna Maloy
2nd - Piper’s Kiss by Sheryl Carpenter
3rd - Magic School Drop Out by Liese Sherwood-Fabre

General Paranormal- Erika Tsang (Avon)
1st - Honor Bound by Keely Thrall
2nd - Dark Desires by Kate Jackson
3rd - How to be a Fairy Godmother by Gabriella Anderson

Time Travel- Margo Lipschultz (Harlequin, Luna)
1st - Falling Hearts by Elizabeth Devitt
2nd - Incredible Dreams by Sandra De Taranto
3rd - Fire of the Dragon by Lori Stacy

Romantic Elements- Lois Winston (Ashley Grayson)
1st - To Tempt a Demon by Kimberly Wollenburg (first 50 pages requested)
2nd - That Old Black Magic by Kerri-Leigh Grady
3rd - The Black Crown by Vicky English
Honorable Mention - Komoko Sound by Lizzie Newell

Futuristic- Stacy Boyd (Harlequin)
1st - Star Attraction by Elizabeth Laiche
2nd – Shadowspace by Tracy Truman
3rd - Remember Me by Elizabeth Alkhateb

Erotic- Caren Johnson (Caren Johnson Lit. Agency)
1st – DeMonique by Tamara DeStefano
2nd - Quest for Love by Carolyn Ellis
3rd - Wings of Desire by Cynthia Arends

Fantasy- Deborah Werksman (Sourcebooks)
1st – The Ocean Between Us by Katey Coffing
2nd – Lover Enslaved by Jodi Redford
3rd – The Source of Magic by Katey Coffing

Heart of the Wolf a PW best book of year

Publisher's Weekly named Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear one of its Best Books of the Year!!!

Terry Spear also announces that Huntress for Hire finaled in the From the Heart's Wallflower Contest for Best First Meeting.

Endurance by J L Wilson

The next book in the History Patrol series, Endurance, released on November 27 from Cerridwen Press. It follows the PRISM third place award-winner, Forgiveness, which released last year. For details, go to http://www.jayellwilson.com.

Bess McBride's A Train Through Time in print

A TRAIN THROUGH TIME, by Bess McBride, a time travel set on a train to the late Victorian era of Seattle released in print on November 28, 2008, and is available at all of the major online bookstores such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

A Train Through Time is Five Hearts and a Recommended Read from Night Owl Romance.
For more information, visit Bess McBride.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Lusting Wild 2: Changing Hearts by Marilu Mann

Marilu Mann is excited to announce today's release of Lusting Wild 2: Changing Hearts.

We and the beasts are kin. ~ Ernest Thompson Seton

What if we really are? What if beasts walked beside us, down city streets, in grocery stores, at the post office? What if they walked among us in human form? Would we know them? Would they show themselves to us? If they were stronger, faster, more durable, would they want to live peacefully with us or would they want to rule the world?

Some would prefer to stay hidden, staying out of our sight, living among us without exposing their darker sides to us. What of the others? Would they prefer that we acknowledge them, answer to them, work for them? What happens when the world, as we know it, ceases to exist and the shifters come out of hiding?

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. ~ Antoine de Saint Exupery
You become responsible forever for what you have tamed. ~ Antoine de Saint Exupery

It just got hotter on the bayou. Louisiana has never been this steamy. When injured shapeshifter Malcolm Slade, an alpha running for his life, meets Cajun faith-healer Joie Landry, hearts are going to be changed. Human to his wolf, she prefers dealing with the animal because animals love you unconditionally. Malcolm believes love is for weaklings and he can't afford to be weak. Hunted by his own Pack, having to face his own demons, he doesn't have time to cater to the sensitive feelings of a human female. Still...there's something about this female that turns him inside out. Can Joie tame this predator in bed and out?

Read an excerpt http://www.greatmta.com/ch_excerpt.shtml

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Winter Kissed by Michele Hauf and Vivi Anna

Michele Hauf and Vivi Anna's latest Nocturne 'duet' WINTER KISSED features novellas about cool winter gods and goddesses.

"A Kiss of Frost" by Michele Hauf
When winter god and assassin Jal Frost's latest assignment targets mortal Kate Wilson, the last thing Jal anticipates is falling for his victim. But she provides a warmth unlike anything he's known. Soon Jal Faces his most vexing challenge as he must choose between the woman he loves and his duty as a god.

Read more at: www.michelehauf.com

"Ice Bound" by Vivi Anna
On a special mission to Japan, Dr. Darien Calder hopes to learn more about the legendary Ice Maiden, who purportedly froze lost travelers with just a touch of her icy lips. But when she rescues him from a snowdrift, will the warmth of Darien's newfound love be enough to thaw the Ice Maiden's heart?

Read more at: www.vivianna.net

Liz Kreger's Promise for Tomorrow

Liz Kreger's Promise for Tomorrow has been released in print with Samhain Publishing.
ISBN: 978-1-59998-964-8.
Also available in print, Forget About Tomorrow.

She'll be participating in a book signing on November 22, 2008, 1-3 p.m. at the Waldenbooks at the Southridge Mall here in Greendale, Wisconsin.

For more, visit Liz Kreger.
or www.magicalmusings.com

Marek's New World by Renee Wildes

FF&P member Renee Wildes old her short werewolf story "Marek's New World" to Wild Rose Press via their Got Wolf? Contest for an upcoming anthology, release date TBA.

Starjacked by Karin Shah

FF&P member Karin Shah announces her first sale. STARJACKED a full-length Futuristic Romance will be released February 10, 2009 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Knight's Fork by Rowena Cherry PNR pick

FF&P member Rowena Cherry is thrilled that her September 30th 2008 release, Knight's Fork, has been awarded Jacquie Rogers's PNR reviewer's top pick for October. Knight's Fork also won a PNR Reviewer's top pick for September.

For more, visit Rowena Cherry,

Vampire's Christmas Carol by Karen McCullough

The anthology, BENEATH A CHRISTMAS MOON, from Cerridwen Press is now available in trade paperback (at a mass market price of $7.99!). The anthology includes the novella, VAMPIRE'S CHRISTMAS CAROL, which won third place in the novella category of the Lories Best Published contest.

For more information, visit Karen McCullough.
Beneath a Christmas Moon and Shadow of a Doubt, Cerridwen Press
Wizard's Bridge, ImaJinn Books


Debbie Macklin announces her first sale, Saje, to Wild Rose Press for their Scarlet line.
For more, visit Debbie:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


DUALITY: GUARDIANS OF THE LIGHT BOOK 1 by RENEE WILDES was released today by Samhain Publishing. The ebook has received 5 star ratings at Ecataromance and Coffee Time Romance. For more about Duality, please visit Renee Wildes or Samhain Pubishing.

Dara Khan Androcles is really in over her head this time. From childhood she’s been forced to hide her half-dragon mage fighting skills behind a public persona as a healer. Now, with a traitor and his demon threatening the throne of Safehold, Dara has no choice but to turn reluctant warrior—and seek help.

She strikes a bargain with runaway Elven prince Loren ta Cedric and his sentient, pain-in-the-butt war mare, Hani’ena. Loren’s not only too handsome for Dara’s own good, the powerful empath can see right through to the pain that drives her.
Loren can’t help but feel Dara’s every hurt, physical and emotional. Though his need for her drives him half mad, he must stay his course to see justice done for his people. Even if it means swearing a Life Debt to the distracting mortal.

That vow, made in the heat of their parallel quests, carries more power than either of them guessed. The power to bond the unlikely pair as Life Mates. The power to lay bare the fears and desires that could bind them to a single purpose—or tear them apart.

All the while a demon awaits, ready to destroy all that they hold dear.

Monday, October 13, 2008

2008 ON THE FAR SIDE Finalists

The Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal (FF&P) chapter is proud to announce the finalists of the OTFS contest!
Congratulations to all the finalists!!

Erotica (Caren Johnson/Caren Johnson Lit. Agency)
DeMonique by Tamara DeStefano
Quest for Love by Carolyn Ellis
Wings of Desire by Cynthia Arends

Fantasy (Deborah Werksman/Sourcebooks)
Lover Enslaved by Jodi Redford
The Ocean Between Us by Katey Coffing
The Source of Magic by Katey Coffing

Futuristic (Stacy Boyd/Harlequin)
Remember Me by Elizabeth Alkhateb
Shadowspace by Tracy Truman
Star Attraction by Elizabeth Laiche

Young Adult (Scott Eagan/Greyhaus Lit. Agency)
Enshadowed by Dona Maloy
Magic School Drop-Out by Liese Sherwood-Fabre
Piper's Kiss by Sheryl Carpenter

Time Travel (Margo Lipschultz/Harlequin, Luna)
Falling Hearts by Elizabeth Devitt
Fire of the Dragon by Lori Stacy
Incredible Dreams by Sandra DeTaranto

General Paranormal (Erika Tsang/Avon)
Dark Desires by Kate Jackson
Honor Bound by Keely Thrall
How to Be a Fairy Godmother in Ten Easy Steps by Gabriella Anderson

Romantic Elements (Lois Winston/Ashley Grayson)
Komoko Sound by Lizzie Newell
That Old Black Magic by Kerri-Leigh Grady
The Black Crown by Vicky English

Amber Wentworth
2008 OTFS Coordinator

Lindsay Downs
2008 OTFS Category Coordinator (GP/RE)

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Light Paranormal
1. Dead Girls are Easy by Terri Garey
2. More Than Fiends by Maureen Child
3. Highland Guardian by Melissa Mayhue

Time Travel
1. Wired by Liz Maverick
2. Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband by Melissa Mayhue
3. Forgiveness by JL Wilson.

1. Mona Lisa Blossoming by Sunny
2. Pleasures of the Night by Sylvia Day
3. Double Dating with the Dead by Karen Kelly

1. My Favorite Earthling by Susan Grant
2. How to Lose an Extraterrestrial in 10 days by Susan Grant
3. Insufficient Mating Material by Rowena Cherry

1. Over the Moon by Sunny
2. Street Corners and Halos by Catherine Spangler
3. Wild Hearts in Atlantis by Alyssa Day

Dark Paranormal
1. Immortals: The Awakening by Joy Nash
2. Betrayed: A House of Night Novel by PC Cast
3. Touched by Darkness by catherine Spangler

1. The Eternal Rose by Gail Dayton
2. Lucinda, Darkly by Sunny
3. Voice of Crow by Jeri Smith-Ready

Best of the Best
Wired by Liz Maverick

Best First Book
1. Grave Illusions by Lina Gardiner
2. She Wolf by Teresa D'Amario
3. Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband by Melissa Mayhue

Monday, October 6, 2008

Fantasy & Fantasy-Romance Workshop

Please join FF&P's Gail Dayton and Rita award winning Robin D. Owens at Romance Divas

Friday October 10th and Saturday October 11th, they will be joined by Tor editor Heather Osborne and other authors in fantasy and fantasy-romance for a workshop on what the difference really is between the two genres.

Free Registration with Romance Divas is required.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Catherine Mulvany announces new releases

They'd already erased her past. Now they were trying to erase her future.
WICKED IS THE NIGHT by Catherine Mulvany
Coming November 25 from Pocket Books

How far would you go for a second chance at love?
"Pele's Tears" by Catherine Mulvany, part of THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Coming February 2009

For more, visit FF&P author Catherine Mulvany.

Terry Spear announces book releases

Sourcebooks is releasing Don't Cry Wolf with a release date of March 1, now available for preorder. Deadly Liaisons, a vampire romantic suspense from Samhain is coming November 15 in digital form.

The Vampire...In My Dreams is now available in print.

For more, visit Terry Spear, author of Heart of the Wolf, Don't Cry Wolf, The Vampire...In My Dreams, and Winning the Highlander's Heart.

Melissa Alvarez, New National Paranormal Examiner

Melissa Alvarez has recently been named the National Paranormal Examiner for Examiner.com, a national column for the online section of the Examiner newspaper (Washington Examiner, San Francisco Examiner).

NATIONAL PARANORMAL EXAMINER, Melissa Alvarez is the NEW interactive source for breaking paranormal news, articles about paranormal phenomena and the unexplained including metaphysics, new age, creatures, close encounters and much, much more.

For more, visit Melissa Alvarez/Ariana Dupre, author of Talgorian Prophecy (On Sale Now)

OTFS and PRISM Contest Updates

PRISM and OTFS contest judging is concluding. Notification of results of both contests is coming soon.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Kick-Butt Characters By Authors Who Know How To Kick-Butt

September 12-13 at Romance Divas


Bob Mayer

Lori Avocato

Maggie Price

Lindsay McKenna

Barry Eisler

Linnea Sinclair

Larissa Ione

Merline Lovelace

Want to know how to write authentic action, suspense, law enforcement, and military romance? Ask authors who know firsthand! Romance Divas is hosting a 2-day workshop with some of the hottest names in the genre. It will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register by entering the site and clicking on Forum.

Promise for Tomorrow by Liz Kreger

Promise for Tomorrow is now available from Samhain Publishing, Ltd. A sci fi romance loosely connected to Kreger's first release, Forget About Tomorrow, Promise for Tomorrow is now available in print.

For more about both books, visit Liz Kreger at:

Insufficient Mating Material a winner in Hollywood Book Festival

Rowena Cherry is pleased to announce that Insufficient Mating Material won the Romance Genre category of the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival.

Knight's Fork recently won the Book of the Week at Long and Short Reviews, based on a review.

"Knight’s Fork has substance, intelligence, characters I really cared for and is a romantic tale with a satisfying HEA. I may not know much about chess but I know a good book when I read one and Knight’s Fork delivers the goods."
~Michele, LASR

For more, visit Rowena Cherry's website.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Anam Cara by Keena Kincaid

Keena Kincaid's debut novel, ANAM CARA, was released Friday, Sept. 5, by The Wild Rose Press. The print release is set for Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. Set in 12th century Carlisle, England, ANAM CARA tells the story of Liza and Bran and is a story of magic, atonement and love that spans a thousand years. To read an excerpt, go to http://keenakincaid.com.

Marie-Claude Bourque finalist in American Title Contesr

Member Marie-Claude Bourque is thrilled to announce that her dark Paranormal "Ancient Whispers" is one of the eight finalists in this year's American Title Contest sponsored by Romantic Times and Dorchester. Voting is scheduled to begin in January at www.romantictimes.com.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Shades of Dark a PNR Top Staff Pick

SHADES OF DARK, by FF&P member Linnea Sinclair, is among the Top Staff Picks for August at PNR (the ParaNormal Romance review site). Reviewer Leslie Tramposch claims, "If you read one SF romance this year, make it SHADES OF DARK. And if you haven't yet read GABRIEL'S GHOST run, don't walk, to the nearest bookstore and read it first."

Join Sinclair for a discussion of Kick-Butt characters written by authors with a law-enforcement background (she was a PI for ten years) at the Romance Divas on Friday and Saturday, September 12-13 (free registration required). She will also guest blog for the Desert Isle Keepers on Monday September 22, 2008.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Linnea Sinclair featured on The Galaxy Express

This week, The Galaxy Express features FF&P's Linnea Sinclair in celebrating the release of her latest book, Shades of Dark.
For a discussion of Science Fiction Romance, World Building, and Linnea Sinclair's books, catch the author supernova at The Galaxy Express.
Part 1 -- discussion of Science Fiction Romance
Part 2 -- a collection of previous interviews with Linnea Sinclair
Part 3 -- an in depth interview with Linnea Sinclair by The Galaxy Express.

OTFS Update

The 2008 On the Far Side Contest deadline has passed. Finalists will be notified by Sept. 30. Winners to be announced on Halloween (Oct 31). Check back here for updates.

PRISM update

PRISM entries are now with judges and the winners will be announced by Sept. 22.
Winners will be posted here, as well as on the FF&P Website.

Beast Magic by Sapphire Phelan

On July 28th, Phaze Books published the eBook erotic paranormal romance novella, Beast Magic by Sapphire Phelan, in the print anthology, Shifting Desires, along with Jude Mason's Cat's Claw and Skylar Sinclair's Purr For Me.

Shifting Desires received 5 Pixies from Dark Angel Reviews.

Sapphire Phelan is the pseudonym for Pamela K. Kinney who has two non-romance acceptances. One is an article, "Don't Pet the Heads of Strange Black Dogs" in horror magazine, Withersin, coming out either in 2009 or 2010. The other is a flash fiction based on a New England legend, "Pukwudgies: Little Monsters of New England" in the anthology, Northern Haunts: 100 Terrifying New England Tales.

A Train Through Time

Bess McBride announces the August 22, 2008 release of her first time travel, A Train Through Time, available from The Wild Rose Press.
A Train Through Time is Five Hearts and a Recommended Read from Night Owl Romance.
For more information, visit Bess McBride.

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Persephone Parker

Leanna Renee Hieber is pleased to announce a 2 book deal with Dorchester Publishing for her Victorian dark fantasy series The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Persephone Parker, the debut novel slated for a fall 2009 release.

Dark Nest - a futuristic fantasy with a psychic punch.
EBOOK at Crescent Moon Press
or in PRINT at Barnes & Noble.

For more info, visit Leanna Renee Hieber:
on MySpace
or her website, or blog.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Meet FF&P's Margaret L. Carter

Margaret L. Carter answers questions from the FF&P Zone:

What novel has inspired you the most as a writer?

DRACULA. It inspired me to start writing (because I wanted stories from the vampire’s point of view and had trouble finding any) and also to start reading horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Thus DRACULA indirectly led to my majoring in English and even caused me to meet and fall in love with my future husband (because we were both aspiring writers of speculative fiction).

If you could be any character in a novel, who would it be?
Madelaine in Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s Saint-Germain series (after she becomes an independent, self-educated vampire, not at the time of the harrowing experiences in HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA).

If you could be any cartoon character?
Yomiko Readman in the anime and manga series READ OR DIE.

What is your favorite word?
Today it’s “opalescent.”

Who is your favorite character from your own work?
Dr. Roger Darvell, the human-vampire hybrid hero of DARK CHANGELING and CHILD OF TWILIGHT.

If you were going to be dropped on a deserted space colony, what three things would you take?
Assuming it’s literally a deserted colony (not an empty planet), so that all the necessities of life had been left behind, I’d take a fully loaded e-book reader, a fully-loaded music-playing device, and a cat.

Wolf, vampire, or demon?
To read about: Vampire. To be: Werewolf, the kind that can change at will, although actually I’d rather be a were-cat.

Any last words?
Nocturnal predators need love, too!

For more Margaret L. Carter:

Explore love among the monsters! www.margaretlcarter.com
Subscribe to my monthly newsletter for interviews, book reviews, and excerpts: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/margaretlcartersnewsfromthecrypt
Visit www.JewelsoftheQuill.com for monthly giveaways.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Member News

From Melissa Mayhue Author Melissa MayhueAt Nationals I learned that my debut novel, Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband, won the Paranormal/Time travel/Fantasy category of the OCC's Book Buyer's Best Award.

Thirty Nights With A Highlander Husband by by Melissa MayhueShortly after I got home, I got a call from a lovely lady in Georgia letting me know my second book, Highland Guardian, is a finalist in the Paranormal category of the Maggies.

Thanks for all you do!

~ Melissa
Soul of a Highlander, Pocket, Available Now!
A Highlander of Her Own, Pocket, 2/09

Lots of news from Linda Wisdom!

To celebrate the books and as her very own good luck charm Linda had Fluff and Puff tattooed on her ankle. They were very popular at the RWA conference San Francisco when a lot of people came up to see them. Pictures of her tattoo is over at her MySpace www.myspace.com/lindawisdombooks

50 Ways To Hex Your LoverTarget signed a deal with Sourcebooks to carry Hex Appeal for a Halloween promotion since the book is a November release along with Sourcebooks bringing 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover with it. There will be a lot of promotion for Hex Appeal, so keep your eyes out for some awesome fun contests and other fan related promotion.

Jazz and her fellow witches have also been optioned by a producer to be pitched as both a TV pilot and a movie.

I Hex Better In Bunny Slippers
50 Ways to Hex Your Lover Out Now!
Hex Appeal November 2008 -- available for pre order now at amazon.com
Wicked By Any Other Name March 2009
Witching You A Hexy Christmas Fall 2009
Join My Newsgroup LindaWisdom-Newsgroup-Subscribe@Yahoogroups.com

Karen McCullough
Karen McCulloughFrom Karen Mccullough
I've been informed that my proposal for an unpublished romantic suspense novel took third place in the Lories contest for Best Unpublished Proposal from a Published Author.

Karen McCullough
Beneath a Christmas Moon and Shadow of a Doubt, Cerridwen Press
Wizard's Bridge, ImaJinn Books

Author, Gail DaytonFrom Gail Dayton

Well, I didn't win anything, or get any (more) good news, but Tor had bound copies of my new book (New Blood) for me to sign at the publisher signing. It didn't have the official ARC cover on it, just a plain red wrapper, but it was a Book I could hold in my hands! I thought it was very cool.The Eternal Rose by Gail Dayton


Gail Dayton - http://www.gaildayton.com
NEW BLOOD, TOR Books, March 2009
THE ETERNAL ROSE, Juno Books, available now!
THE BARBED ROSE, Luna Fantasy, 2007 Prism Award winner
THE COMPASS ROSE, Luna Books, 2005

From Lina Gardiner

I won the Published Paranormal Daphne du Maurier Contest! I was thrilled to final, and didn’t expect to win first place so it was a huge shock. I couldn’t sleep a wink that night.
Grave Illusions by Lina Gardiner

Lina Gardiner
"Beyond The Grave" Sept. 2008 from IMAJINN
2008 Daphne du Maurier Winner - Grave Illusions
Ancient Evil - Ultimate Justice www.linagardiner.com

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

OTFS Deadline Extended to August 22nd

Deadline extended until August 22nd!!
So get your entries ready and send them in!!
FF&P's On the Far Side contest for unpublished authors is in need of entries, especially in the romantic elements and erotica categories!
Final round judges are acquiring editors and agents of all genres of paranormal romance. Take this opportunity to get your best work in front of:
Time Travel: Margo Lipschultz (Harlequin, Luna)
General Paranormal: Erika Tsang (Avon)
Romantic Elements: Lois Winston (Ashley Grayson)
Futuristic: Stacy Boyd (Harlequin)
Erotic: Caren Johnson (Caren Johnson Lit. Agency)
Fantasy: Deborah Werksman (Sourcebooks)
Young Adult: Scott Eagan (Greyhaus Lit. Agency)

2008 On the Far Side Contest

Got fantasy, futuristic, or paranormal? Then the On the Far Side contest is for you!!
Welcome dragons, witches, ghosties, vampires, shape shifters, unicorns, and any creature your imagination can conjure up in a galaxy far far away, in a time long past, or in your very own backyard.
2007 Contest: 3 manuscripts requested! Two sold so far!
NEW: OPTIONAL synopsis, website banners for finalists/winners
First Round Judges: trained and/or published


*Must not be published in full length fiction (40,000+) for the genre entering/or not published in genre entering for past 5 years
*Entry fee: $20 members/$30 non-members
*First 20 pages of manuscript
*OPTIONAL synopsis (NEW)
*Entry received by DEADLINE: August 22, 2008

All finalists receive a certificate and an OTFS finalist website banner (NEW).
Winners of each category receive a check for $20, a pin, an OTFS winner website banner (NEW), and a certificate.
2nd Place receives a check for $15 and a certificate
3rd place receives a check for $10 and a certificate
For details and entry forms, go to http://www.romance-ffp.com.

Amber Wentworth
2008 On the Far Side Coordinator

Grave Illusions, Daphne du Maurier Paranormal Winner

Lisa Gardiner's Grave Illusions wins the Paranormal category in the RWA Kiss of Death Chapter's 2008 Daphne du Maurier Contest.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Warriors of Poseidon

Alyssa Day is thrilled to report that her novels ATLANTIS RISING and ATLANTIS AWAKENING won first and second place in the prestigious More Than Magic Contest and that ATLANTIS RISING was the grand prize winner over all categories! Also, her novella Wild Hearts in Atlantis in the anthology WILD THING took first place in the competitive Beacon contest. Finally, she was delighted to learn that her next three novels in the Warriors of Poseidon series will be released as a back-to-back trilogy next spring and summer.

RITA-award winning author
Shifter anthology, March, '08, New York Times bestseller!!
Wild Thing, Jan. '09
Watch for Atlantis Unleashed, Atlantis Unmasked, and Atlantis Redeemed in 2009!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Meet FF&P's Debra Doggett

Debra Doggett answers questions from the FF&P Zone:

What novel has inspired you the most as a writer?

This is going to sound crazy but it was a war novel by Leon Uris called Battle Cry. It was about his experiences as a Marine in WWII and had all those scenes of camaraderie, etc. during the battle. I love fight scenes and I love writing real guys, which comes in handy as a romance writer. And fantasy battle scenes are the best, cause you can invent all the cool weapons, etc.

If you could be any character in a novel, who would it be?
Not so much one particular character as a character with "powers". I really crave superpowers. I love those heroines in the Christine Feehan Ghostwalker books who are enhanced with psychic and physical abilities. I want that and I don't care how tough it makes my life. Having always been a physical wimp that would be awesome.

If you could be any cartoon character?
Peggy Hill, from King of the Hill, simply because she's married to Hank, who's the most realistic male on television.

What is your favorite word?
Probably "just" since I seem to put it in everywhere, lol
I wonder if that means I'm wishy-washy. Hmmm....

Who is your favorite character from your own work?
The heroine in my current wip, Annemarie Landry, a beginner witch in a bad situation who is so much fun to write because she's sarcastic and needy and tougher than she realizes.

If you were going to be dropped on a deserted space colony, what three things would you take?
A pencil and paper and a huge supply of Coke, although it might be smart to take some form of music cause my singing voice would drive me insane.

Wolf, vampire, or demon?
Definitely wolf - think of the freedom of shapeshifting. And of having that kind of strength (see earlier question about my craving for superpowers). I couldn't do vampire cause the thought of not seeing the sun would kill me. And demon, well, there are some issues with that one.

Any last words?
Keep reading - it'll take you more places than Delta Airlines and even some Delta can't fly to.

For more Debra Doggett, catch "THE PRIZE" from Wild Rose Press
Release Date: September 12, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

2008 On the Far Side Contest


2008 On the Far Side Contest

Got fantasy, futuristic, or paranormal? Then the On the Far Side contest is for you!!

Welcome dragons, witches, ghosties, vampires, shape shifters, unicorns, and any creature your imagination can conjure up in a galaxy far far away, in a time long past, or in your very own backyard.

2007 Contest: 3 manuscripts requested! Two sold so far!

"The FF&P On the Far Side contest is not to be missed. Not only did the judges provide detailed and actionable feedback that I used to make my manuscript better, but I sold as a result of my 2007 contest win! I highly recommend this contest to anyone seriously pursuing a career writing paranormal romance."

Elissa Wilds

Author of Between Light and Dark, a November 2008 release from
Dorchester Love Spell


* Must be unpublished in full length fiction (40,000+) for the genre entering/or not published in genre entering for past 5 years
* First 20 pages of manuscript
* OPTIONAL synopsis (New)
* Entry received by DEADLINE: August 8, 2008

Final round judges are acquiring editors and agents of all genres of
paranormal romance. Take this opportunity to get your best work in front of:

* Erotic: Caren Johnson, Caren Johnson Literary Agency
* Romantic Elements: Lois Winston, Ashley Grayson
* Futuristic: Stacy Boyd, Harlequin
* General Paranormal: Erika Tsang, Avon
* Time Travel: Margo Lipschultz Harlequin, Luna
* Fantasy: Deborah Werksman, Sourcebooks
* (New) Young Adult: Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency


All finalists receive a certificate and an OTFS finalist website banner

* Winners of each category receive a check for $20, a pin, an OTFS winner website banner (New), and a certificate.
* 2nd Place receives a check for $15 and a certificate
* 3rd place receives a check for $10 and a certificate

For details and entry forms, go to http://www.romance-ffp.com/contests.htm.

Amber Wentworth
2008 On the Far Side Coordinator

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Meet FF&P's Barbara Karmazin

Barbara Karmazin answers questions from the FF&P Zone:

What novel has inspired you the most as a writer? C.J. Cherryh's Merchanter's Luck inspired me. It's a Science Fiction novel with a strong romantic subplot.

If you could be any character in a novel, who would it be? I'd like to be Jeresa from my newest novella, The Zone which debuted recently at Changeling Press.

If you could be any cartoon character? Witchblade

What is your favorite word? Spaceflight

Who is your favorite character from your own work? Rulagh, the alien hero I created for The Huntress.

If you were going to be dropped on a deserted space colony, what three things would you take? My computer with unlimited Internet access, a first aid kit and an ebook reader where I can download all the books I want.

Wolf, vampire, or demon? Werewolf.

Any last words? When writing, always strive to boldly go where no one has gone before, and this includes in the bedroom.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

THE ZONE by Barbara Karmazin

The Zone by Barbara Karmazin to be released 07/18/08, at Changeling Press.

Captain Axel needs a med tech in order to stop the authorities on Luma from grounding and impounding his spaceship. When advertisements on the local net fail to secure any prospects, he and his men search the Zone for a new crewmate.

Pinned by the blaster fires of a drug war, Jeresa accepts the spacers’ offer of a job and the chance to escape off-planet from capture and enslavement.

To her surprise, the offer to join the crew includes sex with the four men who've rescued her. Escaping the blaster flames, she has jumped into the carnal fire of erotic love. Is her heart strong enough to survive the searing sexual attentions of four randy spacers?

cover art by Bryan Keller

ISBN (13): 978-1-60521-039-1

Genre(s): Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi

Theme(s): Interracial, Ménage, Bisexual and More

Length: Novella

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Better Part of Darkness

2008 double Golden Heart finalist, Kelly Gay, announces the sale of her urban fantasy, THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS, in a two-book deal to Pocket Books via agent, Colleen Lindsay. Release date is scheduled for summer 2009.

Jess Vandermire, Vampire Hunter Series

Lina Gardiner's GRAVE ILLUSIONS, Book One in the Jess Vandermire Vampire Hunter Series is a finalist in the 2008 Daphne du Maurier Contest.

BEYOND THE GRAVE, Book Two in the series will be released September 30, 2008
Lina Gardiner: http://www.linagardiner.com/

Survival of the Fairest

Jody Wallace's second novel, Survival of the Fairest, will be released from Samhain Publishing on July 15, 2008. It's a paranormal romance featuring recalcitrant fairy princesses, sexy magicians, misuse of magic, cross dressers, dangerous gnomes and Area-51 against the already-strange backdrop of Las Vegas. More info: www.jodywallace.com

Sunday, June 22, 2008

PRISM update

Since we are unable to make contact with the Prism coordinator, Victoria Stark, the board will be taking over the contest. We are hoping to be able to announce the winners by early September. We apologize for not being able to announce the winners at the Gathering, but due to the circumstances we've had to postpone the contest. If you entered the contest and have not contacted the us, please do so by June 30th. After that date, we will have to assume we have all the entries and will start sending them out to judges. Thanks to all who have offered support and encouragement.

Gathering Update

The finalists for the Prism contest will not be available by Nationals, so there will not be a Prism ceremony at the Gathering. Due to this change of events, the board has decided to hold a sit down dinner to help compensate for the cancellation of the Prism awards instead of the usual hors d'oeuvres. Please check out the new menu by following the Gathering link at the bottom of the FF&P home page. We will also have an agent & editor panel.

Deadline to register for the Gathering is Monday, July 7th.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

FF&P Prism Contest Notice

*Permission to forward*

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have lost contact with our Prism contest coordinator, Victoria Stark. We have exhausted our resources (email, phone, snail mail, friends), and she has not responded back to us. If anyone has been in contact with her, please let her know the board is trying to get a hold of her and for her to please respond ASAP. The last we heard the contest was proceeding as expected and the entries were about to go to the judges. Unfortunately, we have no proof this happened. We have three volunteers willing to drive to NY to get the materials from her if she has failed to send them out, but we need her to respond before that can happen. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience and plan to move forward with the contest if we can get the materials returned. In the future, we plan to utilize online resources to ensure one person is not responsible for the whole contest.

If you have entered the Prism contest, please email the following address with your name, email address, name of book(s) entered, and category entered: contest@romance-ffp.com.

Thank You,

FF&P Board

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

What is FF&P?

FF&P Authors on Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance:

Fantasy Romance: All the sweeping, inventive, complex world-building of genre forefathers/mothers such as Tolkein, McCaffrey and Le Guin but driven hard by complicated, delicious, dangerous and often magical love stories that compel heroes and heroines on epic journeys.

Leanna Renee Hieber

Futuristic Romance is Science Fiction Romance's intellectually light-weight little sister. It is STAR WARS with sex. It may be set in the future, which could be high tech, or post-apocalyptic and primitive; or on another parallel world where space travel or inter-dimensional travel is a reality. There can be space ships, hyperspace, robots... but no one wants to know about electro-magnetic propulsion systems, event horizons, and escape velocity.

Rowena Cherry

Paranormal romances are character driven love stories set against the backdrop of an alternate reality where magic, superhuman abilities, and nonhuman species are integral parts of the world in which the hero and heroine exist.

Alexis Morgan

Paranormal Romance is a work of fiction that uses the plot conventions of fantasy or horror and foregrounds a love story between the heroine and hero (or possibly some other character combination in terms of number and gender). The romance provides the structure of the story (e.g., the romantic conflict is solved last, after the external conflict). The central focus on the relationship between the principal characters distinguishes Paranormal Romance from a fantasy or horror novel with a romantic subplot.

Margaret L. Carter

Psychic Romance A story that explores the mysterious and dark territory of the mind, reaching beyond the physical and touching the emotions where they reside.

Eilis Flynn

Science Fiction Romance: Very basically, it's a novel set in a future or alternate and (often) higher-tech setting that fulfills the tenets of science fiction, and where a key conflict in the novel involves the intimate relationship of the main characters. I say basically because science fiction itself is so difficult to pin down (which is why some people use the term speculative fiction).

Linnea Sinclair -- in an interview at Sequential Tart.

Shapeshifter Romance—a story where at least one of the main human characters can shift into another form such as a wolf (werewolf), cat (were-cats), dragons (were-dragons), selkies (seal shifters), etc.

Terry Spear

Urban fantasy is set in a contemporary environment very much like the real world, except that magic and/or mythical creatures exist. It is frequently (but not always) told in the first person from a female point of view, and there is often a romantic plot or subplot. Despite the term "urban" fantasy, it is not necessarily set in a city.

Jenna Black

For more resources, see What is FF&P?