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Unfiltered & Pseudonymous: Authors of Other Fiction Writing New Adult Romance

Remember how I was talking about RT Book Reviews magazine, and that one article I wanted to read? Silly me forgot that a month later, they stick the articles on their website for free.

Anyway, the article seems more of an advertorial for this one series, but there are brief interviews. In short: a group of authors created “Payge Galvin” and a series concept, and they each took it from there. (And some of them will be writing more New Adult romance unrelated to Payge Galvin and the Unfiltered series: Ronnie Douglas has signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins, and Abby Lombard has a self-published novel out.)
Melissa Marr = Ronnie Douglas
Cynthia Omololu = Lynne Jaymes
Jeanette Battista = Jane Lukas
Rachel Vincent = Katy West
Jenna Black = Abby Lombard

The only ones I’m interested in reading are the Katy West one (because Rachel Vincent! Though I hope the addiction isn’t treated flippantly, since the author didn’t want to make it a “heavy” book), and maybe the Abby Lombard (interested to see how she writes bisexual and ménage).

There are other writers in the series whose alter-authors haven’t been revealed (that I know of):

Bridgette Luna
Kasey Wolfe
Danni Pleasance
Meg Chance
Lucy Byrd
Raychel Price
Gabby Marsh

If you’re going to the RT Convention, check out this panel, and let me know any extra identities:
Twelve Authors, Twelve Books, One NA Project: Writing the Unfiltered Series

Hear from twelve authors who wrote in a single shared world, releasing a new New Adult book per month without sacrificing their friendship to do it. Join us as we talk about the legal and social intricacies of sharing a 100-percent jointly owned series, including all returns, equally among a group of professional, NYT and award-winning authors.

Event Date: Friday, May 15, 2015 – 10:00am to 11:00am

Panelist(s): Jeanette Battista (aka Jane Lukas)
Jenna Black (aka Abby Lombard)
Melissa Marr (aka Ronnie Douglas)
Rachel Vincent (aka Katy West)

Location: Atrium Level (2nd Floor)
Room: McMillan


1. Ronnie Douglas: Unlawful
2. Lynne Jaymes: Unknown
3. Bridgette Luna: Unsaved
4. Jane Lukas: Unhinged
5. Kasey Wolfe: Undone
6. Danni Pleasance: Unraveled
7. Meg Chance: Undressed
8. Katy West: Untouched
9. Abby Lombard: Unveiled
10. Lucy Byrd: Undecided
11. Raychel Price: Unloved
12. Gabby Marsh: Uncensored
Ronnie Douglas, Kasey Wolfe, Gabby Marsh: The Unfiltered Trilogy: Unlawful, Undone, Uncensored

Dear RT Book Reviews Magazine: I Just Want to Buy THIS Issue; NOT a Subscription

I’m not really a magazine reader. But when I want to read an issue, I want to purchase it by itself – I do NOT want to subscribe. This shouldn’t be such a difficult thing to manage.

Enough of the vagueness: I specifically want to read June 2015, Issue 376 of RT Book Reviews. (Also known as Romantic Times.) Actually, I only want to read one article: “What’s in a Name?” Apparently, there are authors of other fiction who use pen names to write New Adult. So of course I want to know who is writing as whom. Why? Because I’m more likely to pay attention to a book if I better know the author under another name.

Now, of course authors shouldn’t “out” themselves if they don’t want to, but obviously they have – exclusively to RT. (I have thoughts about exclusivity…)

So, if you happen to run/own a magazine, here’s a list of reasonable demands:

The option for readers to purchase individual issues (rather than only subscription)
Digital editions, without geo-blocking
Readers able to pay via PayPal

Since I’m not in the magazine biz, I don’t know if my demands are ridiculous or not. I wish to spend money on your product. I just want this issue. Is that so extraordinary?

Meanwhile, I’ll try collecting names from the “What’s in a Name?” article. Thankfully, one author has already “outed” herself:

Jenna Black: “My Secret Life as Abby Lombard”

NOTE: I first became aware of this article due to Melissa Marr’s Tweet. I don’t think she’s shared her alter ego outside of the behind-a-subscription-paywall article.

November 2013 Releases

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22nd October 2013 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Rinda Elliott
Blood of an Ancient (Beri O’Dell, Book 2)
Samhain (US: 22nd October 2013)
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Beri O’Dell is on a mission. She has to rip back into a hell dimension fast, but needs two things first – the blood of an ancient and a fix for her friend Blythe’s magic, which careened out of control after the battle with the Dweller. Finding ancient blood isn’t easy when the old ones are rare and unwilling to donate. She needs to find Blythe’s former mentor…except the woman has lost her mind and joined a travelling band of singing witches. That’s not the only magical monkey on her back. Nikolos is imprisoned, and after a screwed-up spell lets her witness the horror that has become his life, her fear for him grows by the day. Now there’s another problem – a powerful being unleashed during the battle with the Dweller likes her gluttonous new existence, and will kill anyone who threatens it. But Beri has a few tricks up her costumed sleeve, even if it means mining the darkness of her soul to set everything right…and get Nikolos back in her arms.

Melissa Marr & Tim Pratt (eds.)
Rags & Bones (Anthology)
Hachette (US & UK: 22nd October 2013)
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In this collection, authors re-imagine their favourite classic stories, the ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them, the ones that have become ingrained in modern culture, and the ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and reassemble them for a new generation of readers. Written from a twenty-first century perspective and set within the realms of science fiction, dystopian fiction, fantasy, and realistic fiction. Sir Edmund Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene” – Saladin Ahmed. W. W. Jacobs’s “The Monkey’s Paw” – Kelley Armstrong. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” – Holly Black. “Sleeping Beauty” – Neil Gaiman. The Brothers Grimm’s “Rumpelstiltskin” – Kami Garcia. Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening” – Melissa Marr. Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” – Garth Nix. Henry James’s “The Jolly Corner” – Tim Pratt. E. M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” – Carrie Ryan. Horace Walpole’s “The Castle of Otranto” – Margaret Stohl. William Seabrook’s “The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban” – Gene Wolfe. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birth-Mark” – Rick Yancey. And six illustrations by Charles Vess.

Richelle Mead
The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, Book 3)
Penguin (US & CA: 22nd October 2013)
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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch – a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realises that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood – or else she might be next.

A. D. Robertson
Captive (Forbidden Side of Nightshade, Book 1)
Penguin Dutton (US: 22nd October 2013)
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Twenty-five-year-old Tristan Doran enjoys a life of incredible power and privilege. As a direct descendant of the Keepers – witches who have embraced dark magic – he defers to no one but his overlord, Lord Bosque Mar. For most of his life, Tristan has been kept out of the centuries-old Witches War, his bloodline too valuable to risk in battle. But when a beautiful, young human Searcher named Sarah is captured and made a prisoner in his Irish castle, Tristan’s infatuation with her flings him headlong into the fray. Captive and captor, unable to contain their longing, embark on a passionate, forbidden romance together – only to learn that their love is at the heart of a prophecy predicting the downfall of the Keepers’ ages-old reign.

Veronica Roth
Allegiant (Divergent, Book 3)
HarperCollins (US, UK & CA: 22nd October 2013)
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The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of her – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

October 2013 Releases

Done with September 2013 Releases? Here are October 2013 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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4 New Covers (Appelhans, Kincy, Marr, Pratt, Rush)

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2nd July 2013 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kim Harrison
Into the Woods (Anthology)
HarperCollins Voyager (US: 2nd July 2013)
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This collection includes an original Hollows novella, “Million Dollar Baby,” about Trent Kalamack’s secret elfin quest, along with two original short stories (“Pet Shop Boys” and “Temson Woods”) that explore just what happens when humanity and the supernatural collide, and two novelettes (“Spider Silk” and “Grace”) set in new worlds of imagination and adventure. Plus all of the previously published Hollows short stories together.

Melissa Marr
The Arrivals
HarperCollins (US: 2nd July 2013))
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Chloe knew she shouldn’t have gone into the bar last night. Now, in addition to a pounding headache and weak limbs, she’s got the guilt of five years sobriety down the drain. When she wakes, she’s not in the world she knows. She’s in The Wasteland, a world populated by monsters and unfamiliar landscapes, in the company of people just like her, pulled to the Wasteland out of time and place, for reasons no one knows or understands. Once there, though, their mission is clear: keep the peace, protect each other, and try not to die, because sometimes, after six days of death, you might not wake up. But things are changing in the Wasteland. And for Jack and Kitty, brother and sister from a Wild West frontier town; Edgar, a Prohibition rumrunner and Kitty’s former lover; Francis, a former hippie and general peacemaker; Melody, a mentally-unbalanced 50s housewife; and Hector, a former carnival artist, the careful balance they’ve been keeping for years is about to be upset. All of them, and Chloe, are about to get the answer they’ve been looking for years: why have they been brought to the Wasteland in the first place? And will it be possible for them to get back home?

Diana Peterfreund
For Darkness Shows the Stars
HarperCollins Balzer + Bray (US: 2nd July 2013)
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It’s been generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology. Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago she refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing familial duty over love. Now Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to a group of shipbuilders, including renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth – an almost unrecognisable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up. But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret – one that could change their society…or bring it to its knees. Again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved.

Kat Richardson
Seawitch (Greywalker, Book 7)
Penguin Roc (US & CA: 2nd July 2013)
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Harper Blaine was your average small-time PI until she died – for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker, treading the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she’s discovering that her new abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases. A quarter-century ago, the Seawitch cruised away from her dock and disappeared with everyone on board. Now the boat has mysteriously returned to her old berth in Seattle and the insurance company has hired Harper to find out what happened – but she’s not the only one investigating. Seattle police detective Rey Solis is a good cop, albeit one who isn’t comfortable with the creepy cases that always seems to end up in Harper’s lap. As Solis focuses on the possible murder of a passenger’s wife, Harper’s investigation leads her to a powerful being who may be responsible for the Seawitch‘s disappearance. While their searches lead Harper and Solis in different directions, they will need to put aside their differences to solve a mystery twenty-five years in the making…

Diana Rowland
White Trash Zombie Apocalypse (White Trash Zombie, Book 3)
Penguin DAW (US & CA: 2nd July 2013)
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White trash zombie Angel Crawford has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up. But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that’s rotten. Soon she’s fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets. Angel’s been through more than her share of crap, but this time she’s in way over her head. She’ll need plenty of brainpower to fit all the pieces – and body parts – together in order to save her, her town, and quite possibly the human race.

July 2013 Releases

Done with June 2013 Releases? Here are July 2013 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist

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6 New Covers (Caine, Dane, Hart, Hoover, Marr, Murdoch)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Steven Brust & Skyler White: The Incrementalists: 24th September 2013: Here
Lauren Dane & Megan Hart: There All Along: 3rd December 2013: Here
Megan Hart: Tear You Apart: 27th August 2013: Here
Karsten Knight: Embers & Echoes (paperback): 12th November 2013: Here
Karsten Knight: Afterglow: 12th November 2013: Here
Melissa Marr & Tim Pratt (eds.): Rags & Bones: 22nd October 2013: Here
Veronica Roth: untitled 3rd Divergent novel: 22nd October 2013: Here
Maggie Stiefvater: The Dream Thieves: 17th September 2013: Here