Monday, August 9, 2010

Hailing On All Frequencies!

This will be the only HOAF post for the month of August. I'm tripping away to attend the RWOz & RWNZ National conferences and taking a short holiday in lovely New Zealand afterwards. I'll be back on deck the first week of September, so have your news ready for a post about then.


Lisa Lane's new book, PANDORA'S HOPE, the sequel to her erotic SFR novel, LUST IN SPACE, is set for release by Ravenous Romance in early August.  Exact date is still TBR.

Eve Langlais's ALIEN MATE is now available, and ALIEN MATE 2 will be released with Amira Press on July 23rd.

DEMON'S SECRET by Nathalie Grey is out on August 26th.

During August Kylie Griffin starts a new series called An Interview With...series of posts featuring a swag of Aussie Authors & a ring-in from the USA.
7th August - Sherrilyn Kenyon
14th August - Keri Arthur
21st August - Anna Jacobs 

Taken straight from the Absolute Write forum - "Dorchester publishing, as of sept 01, will cease print publishing and will only publish ebooks."

This opening statement about Dorchester from Publishers Weekly - "Mass market romance publisher Dorchester Publishing has dropped its traditional print publishing business in favor of an e-book/print-on-demand model effective with its September titles that are “shipping” now."
For more on this article use this link.

Congrats to a SFR Brigade clean sweep of the FF&P Steampunk costume contest at the RWA® Nationals conference!

1st Place -  Sarah Shade
2nd Place - Laurel Wanrow
3rd Place - Lizzie Newell

GIRL GONE NOVA by Pauline Baird Jones has received an awesome 4.5Books review at Long & Short Romance Reviews. 

Donna S.Frelick's SFR manuscript, UNCHAINED MEMORY, placed 3rd in the Virginia Romance Writers Fool for Love Contest, Paranormal category! Way to go, Donna! 

Laurie Green's ms, THE OUTER PLANETS, has advanced to the second round of The Molly. Woohoo! This contest has three rounds, so fingers crossed Laurie makes it into the final round!

The annual PRISM Awards were handed out at the FF&P party at the RWA Nationals. As mentioned in the last HOAF we had four Brigaders up for an award - Katherine Allred, Jess Granger, Ella Drake and Linnea Sinclair.
A very special congratulations to Katherine Allred who placed 1st in the Futuristic section and the Best of the BEST section with her book CLOSE ENCOUNTERS.
Here are the final results!

Dark Paranormal
1 Cynthia Eden - Immortal Danger
2 Rebecca York - Dragon Moon
3 SJ Day - Eve of Darkness

Light Paranormal (First place tie!)
1 Kerrelyn Sparks - Secret Life of a Vampire
1 Judi Fennell - Wild Blue Under
2 Angie Fox - The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers

1 Radclyffe - Secrets in the Stone
2 Livia Dare - In the Flesh
3 Francesca Hawley - Protect and Defend

1 Cynthia Eden - Belong to the Night
2 Ella Drake - Firestorm on E'Terra
3 Sapphire Phelan - Being Familiar with a Witch

1 Leanna Renee Hieber - The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker
2 Michelle Picard - Ruling Eden
3 Maria V. Snyder - Storm Glass

1 Katherine Allred - Close Encounters
2 Linnea Sinclair - Hope's Folly
3 Jess Granger - Beyond the Rain

Time Travel
1 Sandra Hill - Viking Heat
2 Susan Squires - Time for Eternity
3 Melissa Mayhue - A Highlander of Her Own

Best First Book
Leanna Renee Hieber - The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker

Best of the BEST
Katherine Allred - Close Encounters

Kylie Griffin won a RWA® Golden Heart for her fantasy romance ms. BLOODBORN: Book 1 in the Light Blade series (Paranormal Romance section). 


The Emily 2011 Contest is about to be launched!
This year we are completely automated, have four more categories, and are open to published authors. (Cannot be published in the category entering for the last three years.)

Fee: $20-30
Submit: September 1st, 2010 Deadline: October 7th, 2010
Entry: First 7,000 words
Final Judges: 
Contemporary single title agent Jessica Faust˜Faust Agency, editor Francis Jalet-Miller˜Grand Central, bookseller Stacy Morris˜Katy Budget Books
Series agent Scott Eagan˜Greyhaus Literary Agency, editor Patience Smith--Harlequin, bookseller TBA
Paranormal agent TBA , editor Amanda Bergeron--HarperCollins, bookseller TBA
Historical agent TBA, editor TBA, bookseller TBA
Romance Suspense agent Elizabeth Pomada˜Pomada Litetary Agency, editor TBA, bookseller John Kiowtkowski˜Murder by the Book
Young Adult agent Holly Root˜Waxman Literary Agency, editor Sarah Shumway˜Kathrine Tegan, bookseller Cathy Berner˜Blue Willow Bookstore
Novel with elements of romance agent Stephany Evans˜FinePrint Literary Agency, editor Esa Sogah--Avon, bookseller TBA
Erotic Romance agent Laura Bradford˜Bradford Literary Agency, editor Martin Biro˜Kensington, bookseller TBA
Best of the Best editor Leis Pederson˜Berkley, booksellers Jan Crow & Kay Meriam˜Katy Budget Books

We West Houston RWA members are so proud of our contest and have made some great improvements. Feel free to check out our website to get all the information or email (

Have you updated your SFR Brigade Twitter Squadron listing lately?  We have new members!

Ella Drake has had her paranormal book, THE FORBIDDEN CHAMBER, reviewed on the SciFi Guys blog. You may need to scroll down to find it, there are quite a few books mentioned in this post.

Australian Romance Readers Association is hosting a group book-signing of romance authors during the RWAustralia® national conference on
Friday, 13th August
4.30 pm to 6.00 pm
at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Coogee Beach, Sydney
in the Terrace View Rooms. 

Forty-five authors are signed up to attend. One of our Brigaders will be there.
  • Erica Hayes
To take a look at the full list of RWA® RITA & Golden Heart recipients check out the RWA website link.

The Galaxy Express is taking a hiatus the first couple of weeks of this month.

An interesting article from Eleni Konstantine about Graphic Novels on the RWA Blog.


  1. Fabulous news round-up, Kylie (as always). Congrats again on your GH win. Please let us know about the other RWA events you're attending "down under."

  2. Lot's of great news. Rock on fellow Brigaders!

  3. Fab round up, Kylie! Many thanks for assembling it! Congrats to all who had good news!


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