Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Good News Day!

Welcome to this week's good news...



Oodles of news and lots of books and short stories coming out this month - just in time for Christmas!!!


SALES

Paula Roe has signed a two-book contract with Harlequin Desire, with release dates for mid-late 2013.

Maggie Mundy has just signed a contract for a novella with Rogue Phoenix. Congratulations!

S.E.Gilchrist is pleased to announce her sci-fi / futuristic hot single title, Legend Beyond the Stars has been contracted to Escape Publishing.



CONTESTS

Congratulations to Dark Sider, Maree Anderson for her results in the RWNZ Strictly Single 2012 contest. Maree placed 1st with Katherine Pelz (Editor's Choice) and 4th with Helen Breitwieser (Agent's Choice) with her entry.



BOOK COVERS & RELEASE DATES

Eleni Konstantine's flash fiction story, Minion, will be published in the January 2013 online magazine edition of the Antipodean SF website.
Short blurb: A Minion tries his luck with an Employment Agency...


Lilliana Rose has another short story, Taking Time, published with Alfie Dog. It's out now!
Blurb for Taking Time:
Life is super busy for modern business woman Jenny. She doesn’t have time to stop and smell the roses, but when she does Jenny is rewarded with an unexpected gift.


Solaris Press are releasing Rowena Corey Daniells's The King's Man, a new e-novella linked to The Chronicles of King Rolen's Kin series, on December 6th.
 
When Dovecote estate fell, Garzik, younger son of Lord Dovecote, was captured and sent back to Merofynia as a prize of war. Feeling responsible for the fall of his father’s estate – and therefore, ultimately, the fall of the Kingdom of Rolencia – Garzik believes he must set things right before he can return home.
He decides to turn his misfortune into opportunity, and spy for the rightful king, Byren. With fortune on his side, Garzik hopes to learn something that could change the path of the war, then escape, return home, find Byren and redeem himself. For Garzik is, and always will be, the king’s man.


Erica Hayes's Dragonfly, a sci-fi romance, is out with Pan Macmillan Australia, released on December 1st.


Carrie Thatcher is a tough Imperial counter-terrorism agent. Her mission: pose as a sexy cyber-thief to entrap the notorious rebel Dragonfly, who’s planning a heist on the space station Casa de Esperanza – an orbital casino on the fringe of Imperial space.
And this assignment’s personal: Dragonfly murdered her closest friend, and she’s in no mood to show him mercy. Even getting stuck with the partner from hell—Malachite, her sociopathic ex-lover and the Empire’s most dangerous agent—can’t dampen her relish for the kill.
With Carrie’s expert weapons skills and penchant for cracking codes, insinuating herself into Dragonfly’s confidence should be easy. But is he the ruthless killer she was led to believe? Or has her precious Empire deceived her? With Malachite watching her every move, the slightest flinch in loyalty means death.
Carrie is soon racing to uncover an audacious treachery that will shock the Empire to its core … if she can stay alive for long enough to expose it.


C.T.Green released her debut short story, Dream Lover, on December 1st as a part of the Hot Down Under collection from Momentum.

Cate Reynolds is lost in the middle of the Australian bush, all because of one fatally attractive man.
Reece Johnson’s not just a threat to her libido, but her peaceful paranormal existence. In order to avoid revealing her darkest secret, Cate needs to stay as far away from Reece’s irresistible appeal as possible. But how can she when they’re forced to share a tent? In the sultry heat of summer, Cate will discover just how incredible dreams can be and that sometimes they can also come true.


And S.E.Gilchrist did the same with Paying the Forfeit - December 1st with Momentum Hot Down Under.

When a newly-forged alliance sees her older sister pledged to the man Leila has fallen in love with, she flees her tribe in the wastelands and seeks anonymity inside the Fortress.
Years later, she learns her sister has refused to honour the agreement. The forfeit – another mate or a cache of the prized yellow sapphires – must be paid or her remaining family will be banished.
For Leila, the role of second choice is not an option.
With the sapphires in her possession, Leila must decide – pay up now, or keep silent and take one long, hot night with the mate of her heart.


Midsummer's Eve, a Hot Down Under short story by Shona Husk, is coming out on Jan.1st with Momentum.

When Zoe walked out on the dare-devil photographer Sam Lincoln she never expected to see him again.
Now he is here covering the reopening of a winery that nearly burned down, the one where they’d planned to marry.
Seeing Zoe is a shock. Five years ago Sam hadn’t been able to refuse the job of a lifetime, but in exchange he lost the love of his life.
With a little help from the winery’s lusty patron spirit Zoe and Sam might be able to put the past aside and rekindle what they’d thought lost.
(This story is rated "Hot" (4 out of 5 flames) and contains F/M pairings.)



Anna Hackett has two books coming out with Carina Press on December 3rd - Winter Fusion and a short story in the anthology, A Galactic Holiday.

Ex-space marine Savan Bardan survived the Galactic Wars to become the most ruthless trade negotiator in the galaxy. His planet needs energy to survive, and he'll do anything to close the deal for the Perman fusion crystals that can provide it—even if it means seducing his beautiful, infuriating opponent, a rival icier than her planet.
Perma's top negotiator, Brinn Fjord, lost her father when Savan delayed her planet's Trade Guild membership years ago. She hates the handsome Rendarian and the planet he represents. She's determined to finish the deal and get rid of him as quickly as possible, so she can celebrate the holidays.
But soon the rival negotiators are in a fight for their lives. Besieged by mysterious accidents and unforgiving weather, Brinn and Savan have no one to depend on but each other. As they put the past aside, they uncover a desire hot enough to melt ice, and Brinn discovers a secret that may keep them apart.

Do androids dream of electric sugar plums?
A detective who refuses to modify her body teams up with her cyborg rival to track down a burglar who is putting toys into homes. A solitary ice miner finds love and friendship while stranded on the surface of Galileo. And two hardheaded negotiators put their differences aside to evade an assassin and save their planets. Enjoy these visions of Christmases yet to come with three science-fiction novellas from Carina Press.
Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:
  • How the Glitch Saved Christmas, by Stacy Gail
  • Galileo's Holiday, by Sasha Summers
  • Winter Fusion, by Anna Hackett

Anna Hackett has also just received her new cover for Soul Stealer (Bk#3 novella in The Anomaly Trilogy).


Shona Husk's An Elemental Tale has been re-released on Smashwords.

Four hundred years ago, Nik was tricked by his lover and left stranded as a powerless, but immortal, human. Now he craves only one thing: to reclaim the book that was once his tail and become a water Elemental again. Unfortunately, he can only locate the book when someone touches the pages. This time he won't be left high and dry.
Isla is left a beautiful leather-bound book in her great-aunt's will, perfect for using during her life drawing classes. However, she can't bring herself to mark the translucent pages until a compelling crimson-haired stranger strips for art.
Nik is torn. Years of enforced humanity have given him a conscience. Despite his best efforts at remaining a heartless water Elemental, he is failing. He is falling for Isla, who has no idea she holds the power of the oceans, and his heart, in her hands...




OTHER

All Things Urban Fantasy have their 2012 Paranormal Cover Awards on now - you can see covers for Dark Siders, Christina Ashcroft (Archangel of Mercy) and Bec McMaster (Kiss of Steel), in the selection.


Christina Ashcroft continues her Archangel of Mercy blog touring...
*Tuesday 4th December - Release day for Archangel of Mercy!  (For any ARRA members, there's a giveaway on the ARRA blog)
*Wednesday 5th December - Rabid Reads participating in the Holiday Foreplay blog, with an international giveaway of a copy of Archangel of Mercy.
*Thursday 6th December  - Anna Hackett's Midnight Confessions with her Quick Questions and a giveaway.
*Friday 7th December -  With Anna Campbell at the Romance Bandits with an international giveaway of Archangel of Mercy.



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