January 2014


My first Harlequin Intrigue, Rocky Mountain Revenge,  is on sale now in stores. Available for download Feb. 1.  9780373697427

Despite her new identity in the WitSec Program, Anne Gardener has been found by the one person who hurt her the most: FBI agent Jake Westmoreland. And when she testified against her own flesh and blood, her whole existence was turned upside down. Jake couldn’t expect any more from her—except that he did. He wanted the impossible…her help.

Jake doesn’t have much time to restore Anne’s faith in him. She is the only one who can help him locate her mob-boss father and put him away for good. He knows that his betrayal has hurt her deeply. Loving her was never part of the plan; yet losing her is a risk he won’t take. He’ll do anything to keep her safe—even if it means walking into the lion’s den….

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Lyrical Press is now a digital imprint of Kensington books. Director Renee Rocco, Lyrical’s founder, is looking for partial and complete romance and erotic romance manuscripts, from 25,000 to 110,00 words. Items on her wish list include :

Sports-themed romance and erotic romance

Military themed romance and erotic romance

Urban erotic romance

Erotic romance featuring multiple partners

“Tormented sexiness”

These are just a few things she’s interested in — she’s wide open to your story ideas.

Find all the submission details here.

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Blogger T. Gene Davis publishes a speculative fiction story every Monday and pays contributtors $50 per story. If you have a short story (from flash fiction to novella-length) that is fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, horror, utopian or dystopian, or any sub-genre that might fall under the umbrella of speculative fiction, your story might be right for the blog. Stories should be “family friendly” (no sex or graphic violence). T. Gene buys first electronic rights and the right to publish the story in an anthology. See all the details here.  

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Simon451 is a new Speculative Fiction imprint from Simon and Schuster. The name is in homage to Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The line will launch with original short fiction, serialized novels and reprints of classic novels, though plans are to branch out to more original novels. The editors are accepting submissions from unagented authors for Fantasy, Apocalyptic/Dystopian, Supernatural, Science Fiction and other general Speculative Fiction. Submit a 250-word synopsis and the first 50 pages of your work via the online form. Find the details here.

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Only a few days left to sign up for my online class, Editing and Revision for Fiction Writers. Take the class in your pajamas. I promise you’ll learn a lot and we’ll have fun. Find out all the info here.  (And everyone who signs up gets a free copy of my upcoming romantic suspense from Harlequin Intrigue, Rocky Mountain Revenge. )

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The Saturday Evening Post is sponsing a Great American Fiction Contest for 2015. The winner receives $500 and publication in the January/February 2015 issue of the Saturday Evening Post. Stories should be between 1,500 and 5,000 words and should celebrate what makes America America. There is a $10 entry fee per story. The deadline to enter is July 1, 2014. Find all the details here. 

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog post with others. You can reprint, repost and pass along — all I ask is that you give me credit as the source of the information, and include a link to the blog. Thanks!  Cindi Myers

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“Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen KingOn Writing

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Less than two weeks to sign up for my online class, Editing and Revision for Fiction Writers. Take the class in your pajamas. I promise you’ll learn a lot and we’ll have fun. Find out all the info here.  (And everyone who signs up gets a free copy of my upcoming romantic suspense from Harlequin Intrigue, Rocky Mountain Revenge. )

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Scarlet Voyage is a new publisher seeking young adult book manuscripts. The company plans to release its first titles this spring. The editors are particularly interested in “fantasy/sci-fi, thriller/mystery, contemporary/teen issues, dystopia, and paranormal romance.” The website doesn’t have much information about the company, so proceed with caution. Find out more here.

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Spencer Hill Press is a digital-first publisher that specializes in paranormal romance, urban fantasy and science fiction for young adult readers. They have three imprints — Tulip Romance (romance), Spence City (urban fantasy) and Spencer Contemporary (all other fiction.)  Editor Marie Romero is looking for contemporary, paranormal, urban fantasy and new adult manuscripts. Spencer Hill accepts submissions from both agented and unagented writers. Find out more here. 

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etopia Press is looking for erotic romance manuscripts for several upcoming collections:

Burn, Baby Burn — hot firefighters. 12,000 to 75,000 words. Deadline March 1, 2014.

Shift Into Summer — erotic shifter stories, 12,000 to 75,000 words. Deadline March 1, 2014.

What the Hex? — paranormal, 12,000 to 85,000 words. Deadline May 1, 2014.

Black Cat Tails — Halloween themed, featuring black cats. 12,000 and up. Deadline May 1, 2014.

In the Line of Fire — action/suspense. All heat levels. 55,000 to 85,000. Deadline June 1, 2014.

Touchdown! — football, 20,000 to 75,000, Deadline July 1, 2014.

Holiday Heat — erotic holiday romance, 15,000 to 35,000. Deadline August 1, 2014

The Holiday Gift — heartwarming contemporary romance (not erotic). 65,000 to 85,000. Deadline August 1, 2014.

Find all the details here.

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My first Harlequin Intrigue, Rocky Mountain Revenge,  is on sale now in stores. Available for download Feb. 1.  9780373697427

Despite her new identity in the WitSec Program, Anne Gardener has been found by the one person who hurt her the most: FBI agent Jake Westmoreland. And when she testified against her own flesh and blood, her whole existence was turned upside down. Jake couldn’t expect any more from her—except that he did. He wanted the impossible…her help.

Jake doesn’t have much time to restore Anne’s faith in him. She is the only one who can help him locate her mob-boss father and put him away for good. He knows that his betrayal has hurt her deeply. Loving her was never part of the plan; yet losing her is a risk he won’t take. He’ll do anything to keep her safe—even if it means walking into the lion’s den….

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. You may repost, reprint, forward and link. All I ask is that you credit me as the source of the information and include a link to the blog. Thank you!  Cindi

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.
—Larry L. King

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Avon Impulse, the digital-first romance imprint of Harper Collins Publishing, is sponsoring a contest for college students. Both graduate and undergraduate students who have written a romance novel are eligible to enter the contest. Avon Impluse Editors are looking for

  • New Adult romance
  • Romantic suspense
  • Super sexy contemporaries
  • Trilogies—and beyond
  • Serialized erotic romance

Lead editor Amanda Bergeron is looking for real-to-life characters, fresh voices and “fabulously sexy heroes.” The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2014. Find more details here. 

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Beginning February 3, I’m teaching an online class on “Editing and Revision for Fiction Writers”. The class runs from Feb 3 – Feb 23. Every Monday and Thursday I’ll post a new lesson, and we’ll have discussions throughout the week. You participate as much or as little as you like. The class is conducted through a Yahoo group, and is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Cost is $40 for non-members and $35 for members. You can read all about it (including a course outline) here. 

As a bonus, I’ll send everyone who signs up for and completes the course a copy of my upcoming Harlequin Intrigue, Rocky Mountain Revenge, as a thank you gift.

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Crossed Genres magazine is seeking short stories on the theme of Food for its May 2014 issue. Crossed Genres publishes speculative fiction and would particularly like stories from writers of color and LGBT writers. Stories between 1,000 and 6,000 words should use the theme of food with elements of fantasy or science fiction. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013. Payment is 5 cents a word. See the guidelines here. 

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Colorado-based greeting card publisher Blue Mountain Arts is seeking ideas for Father’s Day cards. Submit your poetry or prose suitable for a Father’s Day card. The deadline is February 7. Payment is $50 for one-time use and $300 for exclusive use. Blue Mountain accepts both email and postal mail submissions. Find all their guidelines here. 

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As always, feel free to share the information in this newsletter with others — repost, reprint, forward and share. All I ask is that you give me credit as the source for the information, and include a link to this blog. Thank you!  Cindi

One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.” —Lawrence Block

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Entangled Publishing’s New Adult imprint, Embrace, has a wish list of stories the editors would like to see. Embrace stories feature characters 18-24 who are striving for independence and finding themselves (and love!) Among the types of stories editors would love to see:

Cowboys and/or a Western setting, men in uniform, sports and athletes, characters with unusual jobs, workplace entanglements, travel, struggles to support oneself, surfers, and the conflict of college vs. working world. Check out the complete list here.

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Shimmer Magazine pays 5 cents a word for fantasy short stories up to 7,500 words (though the preferred length is 4,000 words. ) The editors are interested in speculative fiction (especially modern fantasy) that features diverse characters and strongly emotional stories. Find their guidelines here.

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Blank Fiction is looking for noir and science fiction stories, up to 15,000 words. Payment is $50, and the deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014. Find out more here.

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The Midnight Diner publishes genre fiction — horror, monster, crime and paranormal — stories with a Christian slant. They’re open to submissions until the end of January for their next issue. Stories that blend genres are welcome. Payment for stories 3.000 to 6,000 words is $60. Find more here.

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Beginning February 3, I’m teaching an online class on “Editing and Revision for Fiction Writers”. The class runs from Feb 3 – Feb 23. Every Monday and Thursday I’ll post a new lesson, and we’ll have discussions throughout the week. You participate as much or as little as you like. The class is conducted through a Yahoo group, and is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Cost is $40 for non-members and $35 for members. You can read all about it (including a course outline) here. 

As a bonus, I’ll send everyone who signs up for and completes the course a copy of my upcoming Harlequin Intrigue, Rocky Mountain Revenge, as a thank you gift.

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If you’re in the Denver area, I’m giving a FREE class on Tuesday, January 14 at 6 pm at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. The class “Telling Your Story — How to Shape Your Ideas Into a Book” is designed to help you take your great idea, family story or other story you’ve always wanted to tell, and shape it into a novel. The class will be interactive and I hope students will ask plenty of questions and we’ll work together to answer them. Find out more here. 

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As always, feel free to share the information in this newsletter with others — repost, reprint, forward and share. All I ask is that you give me credit as the source for the information, and include a link to this blog. Thank you!  Cindi