February 2011

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”  Toni Morrison


My first new historical novel in almost ten years was released this week. A Long, Sweet Ride tells the story of two lovers hiding out in a Wild West Show. This is one of those “books of the heart” that I’m thrilled has a publishing home. Right now it’s only available as an ebook from Aurora Regency Historical. Look for it on Kindle in about a month. Get your copy here.


Ellora’s Cave has issued a call for submissions for several new anthologies to be issued in 2012. Stories should be 18,000 to 45,000 words and relate to the theme of the anthology. They can be any genre that fits with the theme. The Anthologies are:

Sex Bytes — sex, love and modern technololgy. Deadline April 30, 2011 for publication in October, 2011.

Love Letters — stories that center around letters, cards and diaries. Deadline August 31, 2011 for publication January/February 2012.

Oh, Canada! Stories set in Canada with at least one Canadian character and a Canadian flavor. Deadline September 1, 2011 for release throughout 2012.

For all the details, go to Ellora’s Cave.


Samhain Publishing is looking for stories with an End of Days theme. The End of Days anthology will be released in November 2011. Stories should be 20,000 to 30,000 words, any genre or subgenre, but must feature an apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic theme. Deadline for submissions is March 1. Find all the details here.


Writers with a strong connection to Prince Edward Island are eligible to submit to a new anthology, The Island Fiction Reader, to feature work by PEI writers.  Stories may be up to 5000 words, any genre, for teens or adults. Those chosen for inclusion in the anthology will receive $75 and author copies. Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2011. Find the details here.


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Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.Winston Churchhill


Things I Want to Say was awarded a 2010 Reviewer’s Choice Award from Cataromance.


eChook publishes short stories as apps for people to read on their phones.  They’re open for submissions now of short stories, 750 -2000 words. Payment is $100 and 10 apps. Deadline to submit is March 31, 2011. They’re also looking for holiday storeis — Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza — deadline October 31, 2011 and memoirs — deadline Decemer 1, 2011. You may submit as many stories as you like, but they must be previously unpublished. See all the details here.


Albedo One, an Irish magazine that features science fiction, fantasy and horror, is hosting the Sixth Annual Aeon Awards for short fiction.  Writers from anywhere in the world may enter. First prize is 1000 pounds and publication in Albedo One. Second and third place also receive cash prizes and publication.  Entry is 7 pounds, payable via Paypal. Dealines to enter are March 31, June 30, September 30 and November 30. At the end of each entry period, judges choose the top stories to go on to the final round. Final round stories compete for the grand prize. Entries should be no longer than 10,000 words and previously unpublished. See the rules here.


Heroes and Heartbreakers is a new website launched by Macmillan. The site is accepting submissions of romance short stories between 6000 and 15,000 words. They welcome all subgenres — contemporary, paranormal/urban fantasy, women’s fiction/chick lit, historical,  and romantic suspense. Payment is  a $1000  advance against 25 percent royalties for stories downloaded from the site.  Find all the details here.


February 21 I’ll be celebrating the release of my first new historical novel in almost ten years! A Long Sweet Ride is being released by Aurora Regency, an imprint of Aspen Mountain Press. They’ve been releasing reprints of the western historicals I originally published with Berkley and Kensington. A Long, Sweet Ride is set in the 18090s amidst a Buffalo Bill style Wild West Show. A half-Apache trick rider and a mysterious cowboy discover love my require the greatest command performance of their lives.  This is a book of my heart and I hope you’ll check it out here. And see all my historical ebooks here.  


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For me, writing is exploration, and most of the time, I’m surprised where the journey takes me.                                 Jack Dann


Win an Amazon Kindle or free books. HCI Books is giving away a Kindle and free books on Valentine’s Day to celebrate the release of its True Vows books in ebook format. It’s easy and free to enter here.


Crescent Moon Press publishes ebook and print editions of all sub-genres of paranormal and fantasy romance. The editors are open to submissions of urban fantasy, futuristic, steam-punk, science fiction, space opera, time travel — any kind of speculative romance, in both novel and novella lenths. Novels should be complete at 60,000 to 120,000 words, and novellas should be 20,000 to 40,000 words.  Acquistions Editor Heather Howland is also accepting submissions of young adult books in these same genres, with strong characters and compelling romances, for a new line to launch this year. Find the submissions guidelines here. And check out the interview with Ms. Howland here.  


Silver Moon Press publishes nonfiction study guides for elementary and middle school studetns. But they also publish historical fiction aimed at these same markets. They’re interested in Chapter Books targeted to grades 3 to 5,  featuring mystery, adventure or suspense set in a significant historical period. No paranormal elements, please.  Query with your resume, table of contents and first chapter of the work. Include information about your research sources. Check their catalog for sample titles. Query to: Submissions Editor, 381  Park Ave. South, Suite 1121, New York, 10016.


Total E-Bound Books, a British publisher of erotica, is seeking submissions. Editor Sue Swift says they’re acquiring all sub-genres of erotic romance, 10,000 to 100,000 words. They’re also looking for 15,00o to 20,000 word stories for inclusion in several upcoming anthologies on the following themes: bondage, science fiction, gay westerns and angels and demons. Find all the details here.


Work of Heart is in stores now. Pick up your copy today.


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