L.A. Cinderella (Silhouette Special Edition) by Amanda Berry Releases Jun 01, 2010
Career-driven accountant Natalie Collins wasn't the type to wish for a Hollywood hero to rescue her. She preferred life away from celebrity glitz. Too bad the man who drove her wild was an A-list actor.
Forged of Shadows: A Novel of the Marked Souls by Jessa Slade Releases June 1, 2010
The war between good and evil has raged for millennia, but now evil is winning, and The Marked Souls are caught in the middle. Liam Niall never wanted to be a leader, but after surviving the horrors of the Irish potato famine, he found himself possessed by a demon in search of redemption..
Bloodlust and Redemption by Kiki Howell Releases May 30, 2010
Conflicted by his ideas of fate and morality, David Ardington IV, who had been a rake in life, sees his eternal life as a vampire as a penance for shirking his noblesse oblige to his family. When he meets Margaret, a sturdy maiden who after losing her parents in a tragic accident just before her debut stifled her own needs to care for her sick brother, their attraction is immediate and undeniable. ...
Ancient Whispers by Marie-Claude Bourque Releases May 24, 2010
“Make love to me, sorcerer. Show me your powers.” Gabriel is the youngest member of the Priory of Callan—an ancient Celtic brotherhood of cursed sorcerers and alchemists, each with deadly abilities and each haunted by a tragic past. Tortured by the devastating loss of his fiancée in 1755, Gabriel wants nothing more than to reunite with his soul mate.
Dark Oracle by Alayna Williams Releases May 25, 2010
As a criminal profiler, Tara used science and her intuitive skill at Tarot card divination to track down the dangerous and depraved, including the serial killer who left her scarred from head to toe. Since that savage attack, Tara has been a recluse. But now ...
Riding Double by Sayde Grace Published May 8, 2010
Stressed to the max by her rodeo production company, Billie turns to young bareback rider Chet Haskins for a night of fun. She expects to get her mind off her business and her bull rider ex-fiancee, Bo Bennett. What she gets is several nights of sinful pleasure with both Chet and Bo. Finding herself quite literally between two hot cowboys, will Billie decide to move forward with Chet or start over with Bo?
0-69 in 5 Minutes by Jasmine Black Published May 10, 2010
Do you believe in love at first sight? How about in the first five minutes? Nail artist Valerie Jordan doesn't. But she's desperate for a date to play the role of the hot, invented boyfriend everyone believes she has. With only two weeks left until her ten year high school reunion, she takes drastic measures. Speed dating.
Stellar Heat by Scarlett Jameson Published April 27, 2010
Jak of House Midori, has found his heart mate, that one person he can connect with on a soul level. Only problem is, as a twin from the planet Zaphron, Jak must share his mate with his brother. But Qwin wants to wait until they are more established in their careers as Star Flight officers. Petty Officer, Lily Buchanan has ..
Knight at Knuckle Draggers by Marguerite Lafayette Published April 15, 2010
Change can be good or bad, but this time it's guaranteed to be a wild ride. Beth always wanted the fairy tale knight, the happily-ever-after, the works. Instead meek Beth is stuck with Brad who belittles her. All that changes when Beth decides to rev things up and surprise him upon his arrival home from a business trip. When her surprise goes horribly wrong...
Man Frame by Emma Hillman Published April 19, 2010
Lucy loves her new neighbor. One, because he?s seriously hot; and two, because he leaves his window open while getting himself off. What she doesn't know however is that Nate can see her too. Every evening, he watches her undress, the blue film covering her window not enough to mask her silhouette. He?s already half in lust with her body ...
Dirtyville: 13 Tales Of Small Town Naughty by Cora Zane, Sommer Marsden, Angela Caperton, Jeremy Edwards, P.S. Haven, Emma Hillman, Alison Tyler, Willsin Rowe, Heidi Champa, Scarlett Greyson Published April 6, 2010
13 short tales of small town naughty. Erotica collection that features 13 fabulous erotica writers and their quickest, dirtiest work.
Her Five Favorite Words By Gina Gordon Published April 8, 2010
Becca always starts her day sipping a latte and watching the piping hot Mr. Sexy. When they get stuck together in an elevator, it only takes a minute for Becca's panic attack to take over. What she needs is to focus on something else. Something hot. Something dirty. Good thing Mr. Sexy knows a thing or two about distraction
Missing Pieces by Jasmine Black Published April 4, 2010
Coming Together's Hors d'Ouvres are single story treats taken from the anthologies and sold exclusively at ARe as appetizers. Finger food, if you will, for the libido. Sales proceeds benefit the same charity as the anthology from which they originate...
Embers by Laura Bickle Published March 30, 2010
Truth burns.Unemployment, despair, anger—visible and invisible unrest feed the undercurrent of Detroit’s unease. A city increasingly invaded by phantoms now faces a malevolent force that further stokes fear and chaos throughout the city.Anya Kalinczyk spends her days as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, and her nights pursuing malicious spirits with a team of eccentric ghost hunters....
Everlong by Hailey Edwards Published March 30, 2010
The most damaged heart can fly with the right pair of wings. Madelyn?s life is far from fairytale perfect. She is second in line for the throne of a corrupt, brutal monarchy. Or at least she was until her dark guardian sacrificed his life to hide her safely in a realm of infinite possibilities. For years she?s lived among a colony of escaped slaves as her guardian?s widow. Even in this simple life, though, nothing is as it seems.....
Always A Bridesmaid by Elaine Hopper Published March 28, 2010
Hell has finally frozen over. After nine long years, Breanna Parker has come home to be her sister's maid of honor. Just her luck that the first person she runs into is her ex-fiance, Troy Youngwolf?the man who eloped with her ex-best friend and broke her heart. Now a widowed father and sheriff of their Florida home town, sexy bad boy Troy wants another chance and won't take no for an answer. ....
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June 14, 2010
In the News this week.In this issue
Welcome to the Savvy Authors News!The People have Spoken! That would be all of you! And the votes are in for the first round. We give the highlights in our First Step Contest Update, where you can see what's up next for the thirty lucky semi-finalists!
But don’t stop there… Our thirty lucky finalists need your votes even more as they brandish they’re three-line pitches and battle it out for the top 5 spots in the final round! Vote Today!
We've rolled nearly half-way through Boot Camp! Are the F-Bombs holding the lead? Did Team Stake 'n Bake bite off more than they can chew? Or is another dark horse stealing away with first place? Read on for the inside scoop in our Boot Camp low down.
Leslie Dow, Editor, Savvy Authors Weekly News
The First Step Contest InformationCongratulations to our Lucky Thirty! Now the work begins!
The winner of this contest will receive a fully paid year's tuition in the First Step to Complete Novel curriculum, and paid year's membership to SavvyAuthors.Com.
Full contest rules are posted here.
Book in a Year Curriculum with Lori Wilde“You are never as good or as bad as you think you are.” Lori Wilde, Interview with Jennifer Vido, December 2009.
Lori Wilde knows because she’s done it before.
Who hasn’t printed out 400 final draft pages of their WIP, laid a hand on the still warm stack, and asked “Is it good enough?” Good enough for that agent? That publishing house? The NY contract that you've been working toward for years?
You’ve taken the classes and workshops. Learned to take painful and necessary criticism, and your work shows it. Your prose flows, your characters leap off the pages, your plot twists rival a field of mating pretzels. And yet. Is it enough? Will it move you into the career of an established author? Authors succeed everyday against Himalayan odds. How? By using every advantage, mastering their craft, and not squandering a scrap of luck that floats their way.
There is a scrap of luck floating by you right now. Lori Wilde is mentoring here at the Savvy University. In Lori’s Book in a Year Mentoring Program you will work one-on-one with Lori to develop your story from idea to final draft and submission, while you learn from her years of experience.
Lori’s Book in a Year Mentoring Program will cover, at a masters level, the mechanics of developing and writing a novel, from novel genesis in month one through plotting, revisions, and marketing, as the year proceeds. These will be taught both in group and individual mentoring sessions. Lori places an emphasis on making you a self-sufficient author with keen writing and self-editing skills. By year's end you will emerge with a completed manuscript and new set of tools to move you to the next level and beyond.
Let Lori and SavvyUniversity mentor your next step - don't let this bit of luck float past.
Drive 'em Wilde Contest for Emerging Authors
Win a Year of Mentoring With Lori Wilde!The winner of this contest will receive a fully paid year's tuition (an $1800 value!) in Lori Wilde's Book in a Year Mentoring Program and paid year's membership to SavvyAuthors.Com.
3 line pitch contest with Joanna Stampfel-Volpe.Get those pitches ready! Joanna Stampfel-Volpe will be dropping by our blog on Friday June 25th. The contest will run from 9 a.m. EST to midnight EST. Joanna will pick AT LEAST ONE pitch and the winners will be posted on the Savvy blog.
This contest is open to ALL members of Savvy. (Basic membership is free!)
Joanna's specific interests are: non-fiction for kids and teens, chapter books to YA novels, adult romance (historical, paranormal), fantasy (urban fantasy, steampunk), up-market fiction (dark, literary, horror, women's fic, commercial thrillers, historical, magical realism, speculative fic), and commercial non-fiction (pop culture, environmental, foodie). *She is also interested in graphic novels for kids/teens, or novels with a high graphic element.
Joanna Stampfel-Volpe has been with the Nancy Coffey Literary Agency for two years. She represents children's and adult books, fiction and non-fiction.
Hot Summer Events at SavvyAuthorsThe SavvySummer Events are in full roar. Hey you, get away from that pool! Just kidding, we know you're committed to your writing career and so are we. But just in case those beaches start to look a little too good, we have events all summer guaranteed to focus your mind on writing.
Don't Miss These Workshops!These workshops are starting soon and filling up fast! Don't miss this great opportunity. Most Savvy workshops are available at a reduced price for Savvy members.
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From the Savvy Learning CenterThis week in the Savvy Learning Center we're showing it all!
Boot Camp BabbleThere was no creeping required this week to eavesdrop on the Savvy Boot Campers!
Boot campers were chatting away in each Team's Private Chat Room and hanging out in the Locker Room. Also this week we saw a big uptick in the smack talk and posturing in the Twitterverse! You too can follow the blow-by-blow or is that word-by-word? on Twitter? Use hashtag #savvybootcamp and play along!
The F-Bombs were edged out of the lead this week by a stabbing blow from Team Stake 'n Bake! who blast ahead with a winning score of 177 on Day 10. But Team Urban Girlz must have their high performance Manolo's on because they are only a few points behind at 168! I would not count out a mid-month mortar attack from the F-bombers though, they have at least one day unreported as we go to press. Whew! the tension is killing me!
There is still a lot of jostling in the pack for that third position. The Witty Crew had a truly masterful showing on Day 4 with a monumental 189 pages edited! I wonder if there are any red pens left in the writers supply store!!! Holy Hilighter, Batman!
Some of the teams are chafing at their placement and have decided to tackle a lower than expected word count with enthusiastic motivation posts and well-placed pokes. The Contempo Commando's Co-Captain DMac handed out virtual medals to teammates Nancy and Kathy for doubling the previous day's word count with one hand, and providing helpful advice and encouragement with the other, when she tells her team to Write Like the Wind!!!!.
Some of our boot campers deal with more of life's little diffculties than others, Kathy of team WOW makes her word goals in spite of the armadillo living under her home!
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June Boot Camp UpdateOur Campers don't need sleep! Its boots on the ground every day rain or shine for the Savvy Boot Campers! Lets see the scores this week!
Day Ten Stats
Total words written:1,154,779 Total pages edited: 4,294
Notes on Scoring: Scores with ** asterisks indicate teams that are missing at least 1 day's reported score and are very likely reported here low.
The score is calculated each day and is equal to the [total # pages edited divided by 2] plus [total number of new words written divided by 250], this sum is divided by the number of members in each team and rounded up to the nearest whole number.
AudacityLeslie A. Dow, PhD* musings on writing
The scholarly journal Science is running a multi-part feature, The Audacity Series in Science, on those scientists who broke free against all odds and succeeded where others insisted they would fail, in an attempt to understand why. The striking similarities between writing and science in these success stories gave me pause.
In science, it's one of those truths become cliche to do important work you must choose an important problem - the kicker is always in the definition of important. In writing, to write an important and successful work, you take the risk that it will be different. It must be to be important, to be novel, to be widely read. And this difference may bounce it right off the list of what this agent or editor says she wants. But all agents want the books that topped last year's best seller's list.
We're all looking for that formula that will propel our book to the top. But there isn't one. We look toward successful writers for guidance but occasionally, it might be useful to contemplate the experiences shared by aspiring novelists and audacious scientists.
The researchers analyzed in Science attributed their success to a variety of factors but clear themes fell out of the investigations, and likely apply to anyone who is truly creative.