AGENCY NEWS . . .
- Shadow Hunter, Kait Ballenger's prequel to her Execution Underground paranormal romance series, will be featured alongside New York Times and U.S.A. Today Bestselling author Gena Showalter's The Darkest Angel, in an anthology titled After Dark for release June 2013.
- Beth Wiseman was nominated for an Audie Award for The Wonder of Your Love, and honored at the annual gala in NYC. Check out this blog for details on this uber-awesome nomination: http://amishhearts.com/2012/06/11/audie-awards-gala-in-nyc.aspx
- Beth is also nominated for another award by the Faith, Hope and Love RWA Chapter for An Amish Wedding. It finaled for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award --Congratulations, Beth!
- Julie Ann Walker receives a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, and HELL ON WHEELS, the first book in her Black Knights Inc. series is listed as a must-read for summer! Look for her back-to-back releases, and meet the sexy heroes of this break-out romantic suspense series. http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4022-6713-0
- Mary Sue wants to congratulate Nicole for being nominated for ACFW Agent of the Year, thanks to the beautifully crafted nomination from Amanda Flower--thanks, Amanda!
- Huge thanks to Daniel Pinto for his work. Mary Sue thanks him and welcomes aboard Lyndi Scott.
- Shelley Shepard Gray lands a spot on The New York Times Bestseller's List with her novel, The Protector! Congratulations! And her novel The Survivor ranks on the USA Today Bestseller's List.
- Mary Ellis' An Amish Family Reunion made the ECPA bestseller list for March 2012.
- Shelley Shepard Gray's Christmans in Sugarcreek receives a starred review from Publisher's Weekly
- The Promise of an Angel by Ruth Reid was #14 on the ECPA July 2011 Top 25 Multi-Channel list and #18 on the ECPA Top 20 Fiction list.
- Foreign Rights specialist and former Simon & Schuster editor, EMILY KEYES, joins the agency!!!
- Huge news for debut author Amanda Carlson . . . Little, Brown Book Group’s imprint, Orbit, has acquired the debut urban fantasy novel, Full Blooded, along with two sequels in the series by American author Amanda Carlson. Commissioning editor Anna Gregson bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Tracy Williams at Hachette Book Group USA. Gregson says: “I’m thrilled to be publishing this exceptionally fast-paced and irresistibly sexy urban fantasy trilogy that is just perfect for fans of Kelley Armstrong and Charlaine Harris. This debut stood out to us because it sizzles with energy, has a heart-thumping pace...and readers will want to consume it all in one sitting. So bearing that in mind that fans will be eager for the rest of the series, we’ll be keeping the schedule tight and will be publishing three books within a year.” Orbit UK and Orbit US will publish the series on both sides of the Atlantic, with the first book, Full Blooded, scheduled for release in all territories in September 2012.
- Plain Paradise finaled in the women's fiction category in the IRCA (Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest) Contest.
- Amy Clipson won the 2011 Selah Award for Fiction for A Promise of Hope!
- Beth Wiseman's Plain Paradise is a finalist for the National Readers' Choice Awards (Inspirational division), sponsored by Oklahoma Romance Writers of America. And Seek Me With All Your Heart is a finalist for the Retailers Choice Award (fiction, contemporary romance category).
- Diana Benson is a Genesis Finalist!
- Beth Wiseman's Healing Hearts (novella in An Amish Love) finaled in the Booksellers Best contest. And her latest release--Plain Proposal--hit the CBA Fiction bestseller list at #11 and also hit the ECPA Multi-Channel bestseller list at #9.
- Congratulations, Ruth Reid! Her newest novel The Promise of an Angel was picked by Publisher's Weekly as a 'Top Pick!'
- Abigail's New Hope by Mary Ellis makes the CBA's Top Twenty Bestseller list! AND the ECPA best-seller list for the month of June!
- Amy Clipson's A Place of Peace made the CBA Bestseller list!
- Amanda Flower is nominated for an Agatha Award!
- Beth Wiseman wins the first-ever INSPY Award, the Bloggers’ Award for Excellence in Faith-Driven Literature! Wiseman’s fourth installment in her Daughters of the Promise series—Plain Paradise—took first place in the Amish Fiction category, standing out among an impressive list of titles nominated and short-listed. The INSPYs were created to discover and highlight the very best in literature that grapples with expressions of the Christian faith. From the judges – “Plain Paradise is perfect for people who have never read Amish Fiction before. The story line was interesting, and it was easy to get involved with the characters. The book dealt with subject matter not normally found in Amish fiction, which made it a refreshing change. Wiseman explains the Amish culture without it being in your face, while being informative at the same time.” To view the complete list of winners and to learn more about the INSPY Awards, visit www.inspys.com. Wiseman is currently working on her eleventh novel, with books releasing into 2013. Her latest release, Seek Me With All Your Heart, currently holds spots on both the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List and the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List. For more about Wiseman and her books, visit www.bethwiseman.com or visit her ‘Fans of Beth Wiseman’ page on Facebook – www.facebook.com.
- Mary Sue has adopted Sergeant Rita in Afghanistan! To adopt a soldier log on to www.soldiersangels.com.
- Congratulations to Shelley Shepard Gray for winning the Holt Medallion Award for her book titled Forgiven which was published by Harper Collins!
- Mary Sue has started a blog, "What I Do For God," where she details good deeds and encourages others to do the same. Join her at www.marysueseymour.blogspot.com.