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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!