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Ray Garton’s New Thriller Depicts the Storm to End All Storms

Cover image for the sixth and final installment.

The title of Ray Garton’s new horror thriller seems to be the only word out of place in the assessment of Garton fans and reviewers.  Frankenstorm portrays the effects of a stupendous west coast hurricane on the populace of a small town that is already seething with emotional storms long before the winds begin to rise to horrific fury.

Kensington Books is marketing the book in e-serial installments at the end of which it will release the paperback.  Comments on the chapters have been almost universally positive.  The title drew the ire of at least one reviewer who otherwise lavished praise on the skill with which the horror master builds his troubled characters and matches the crescendo of their emotions to the climax of the storm.

“Even if not loaded to the gills with gruesome vintage monster molds,” writes Matt Molgaard, “this is assuredly a horror story, well-written and clearly worth examination. The way science and mankind are headed nowadays, something like this could easily be a reality, which makes it all the more uncomfortable. Reminiscent of a Ray Bradbury precautionary tale, Frankenstorm comes highly recommended, even if the title of the novel is severely off-putting (despite Garton’s amazing career, this one was passed down the HNR line multiple times; the reason being: no one wanted to even approach a novel with a title that sounds like an awful SyFy Network film).

“Look beyond the stomach turning, cheesy title (this novel is neither stomach turning, nor cheesy, for the record) and pre-order this one right here. It’s worth it!”

Open Road is in the process of reissuing some twenty Garton backlist titles.

Richard Curtis

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Kim Harrison’s “Undead Pool” Hits #1 on New York Times Bestseller List

Kim Harrison returns to the supernatural adventures of Rachel Morgan in The Undead Pool, the penultimate book of Kim Harrison’s bestselling Hollows series. And today it achieves the pinnacle of success in the book industry, the #1 position on the New York Times bestseller list, beating out Janet Evanovich, James Patterson, J. D. Robb (Nora Roberts) and Donna Tartt, author of The Goldfinch.

HARDCOVER FICTION

THE UNDEAD POOL, by Kim Harrison
THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt
THE CHASE, by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
PRIVATE L.A., by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
CONCEALED IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb

In The Undead Pool, Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic—earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic—and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something—or someone—is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike.

The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

The only way to do so is through the ancient elven magic, but that carries its own perils—for magic always has a price, and gods do not come lightly when called.

Keep an eye out for news of the climactic 13th book of the Hollows series.

Kim Harrison is represented by Richard Curtis Associates.

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Charles Curtis Middle Grade Fantasy Scheduled for 2015

Tantrum Author Charles Curtis

Georgia McBride at Month9Books has acquired North American and audio rights to a middle-grade fantasy thriller called Strange Country Day, and an untitled sequel by debut author and New York City sportswriter Charles Curtis, in which a boy develops superhuman athletic skills while under the watchful eyes of some spooky adults. The book is scheduled for fall 2015 publication from the publisher’s new middle-grade line, Tantrum Books. Richard Curtis brokered the deal.

Charles Curtis is a writer and journalist based in New York City. He has reported and written for publications including NJ.com (where he is currently the site’s sports buzz reporter), The Daily, ESPN.com, ESPN the Magazine, Bleacher Report, TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly. Charles has covered the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, golf, tennis and NASCAR. He has also written about television, film and pop culture.

In addition, Curtis has also written, produced and was featured in videos for ESPN.com and The Daily. He has made radio appearances on stations including 92.9 The Ticket in Bangor, Maine, WLIE 540 AM in Long Island and on morning shows across Canada via the CBC.

He can be reached on email at charlescurtis82 at yahoo.com or on Twitter: @charlescurtis82.

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“The Braided Path” by Donna Glee Williams

The Braided Path,” a fantasy by Curtis Agency author Donna Glee Williams, has just been released by Hades Publications in its EDGE Science Fiction Fantasy Publishing imprint.

On the slopes of a vertical land where people’s lives are bounded by how high and low they are able walk on the single path that connects their world, the young widow Len Rope-Maker watches as years go by and her son Cam never finds his limits. Long past the time when other youths in Home Village have found their boundaries, Cam keeps climbing higher and lower, pushing on with his sweetheart Fox who also shows signs of being a Far-Walker. But Cam’s drive to venture far nudges him towards the top of the world, while Fox’s sends her downward, toward the mythical sea at the bottom of all things. Both are true.

“The Braided Path is set in a world which is not this one (but is like this one in some ways), in a culture which is not modernity, and in a world where the laws of nature are basically the same as in our waking world, i.e., there are no vampires, zombies, werewolves, princes, swords, dragons, wizards, or any magic at all, really, except for the alchemy of love.”” – Donna Glee Williams

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Harlan Ellison Opens The Cartons and….

E-Reads has issued a handsome matched collection of over thirty major works by multiple award winning fantasist Harlan Ellison.

Over the course of his legendary career, Ellison has defined–and defied–modern fantasy literature, yet has refused to allow any genre to claim him. A Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association, and winner of countless awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, Edgar Allan Poe and Bram Stoker, Ellison is as unpredictable as he is unique, irrepressible as he is infuriating.

E-Reads is proud to publish over thirty titles in Ellison’s brilliant catalog, now available in this elegant new package. Included are such deathless works as Shatterday, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, Strange Wine and Deathbird stories. For the complete list visit his author page.

Here’s an entertaining video of Harlan “discovering” the books on his doorstep…

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Janet Dailey, Beloved Romance Author, Dies

Janet Dailey, author of over ninety works of historical fiction and popular romances, died unexpectedly at the age of 69 years over the past weekend. She had undergone emergency heart surgery in November but had bounced back and was cheerfully looking forward to returning to work.

She has been a client of Richard Curtis Associates since publication of her bestselling novel HEIRESS and has published dozens more since then, including a police detective trilogy, sequels to her popular Calder western historical series, and Christmas romances for her current publisher Kensington Books. Some sixty of her older titles have been reissued by E-Reads. After the death of her husband Bill she took over operation of his successful Branson, Missouri music theatre business. She also renovated and reopened Ye Olde Englishe Inn in Hollister, Missouri.

Janet Dailey was a trailblazing romance author who matured into a serious chronicler of western history, emphasizing love of the land and the passionate men and women who forged the American west. Her fans will miss her but none more than myself, her friend and agent for decades.
Richard Curtis
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Janet Dailey was born Janet Haradon in 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa. She attended secretarial school in Omaha, Nebraska before meeting her husband, Bill. Bill and Janet worked together in construction and land development until they “retired” to travel throughout the United States, inspiring Janet to write the Americana series of romances, setting a novel in every state of the Union. In 1974, Janet Dailey was the first American author to write for Harlequin. Her first novel was “No Quarter Asked”. She has since gone on to write approximately 90 novels, 21 of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. She has won many awards and accolades for her work, appearing widely on radio and television. Today, there are over three-hundred million Janet Dailey books in print in 19 different languages, making her one of the most popular novelists in the world. For more information about Janet Dailey visit www.janetdailey.com.

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T. R. Fehrenbach, Distinguished Historian, Dead at 88

T.R. Fehrenbach, the distinguished historian, author and decorated World War II and Korean military veteran, has died at the age of 88. He was the author of eighteen nonfiction books, several of which have been put back into print by E-Reads.

After the Korean War Fehrenbach began his writing career with a science fiction story, Remember the Alamo, but it was his history of the Korean War, This Kind of War, that established him as a formidable historian despite the fact that he had no formal academic training. That did not prevent him from producing a history of Texas, Lone Star, that is considered the best single-volume work about the state ever written. Those works were followed by histories of Mexico, Swiss banks, The Battle of Anzio, and the US Marines, among others. He wrote a popular and long-running column for the San Antonio Express-News.

He won many civilian awards and honors. Gov. Rick Perry in 2001 named Fehrenbach commissioner emeritus of the state agency he headed from 1983 to 2001.

Fehrenbach – “Ted” – was a client of Richard Curtis Agency for many decades, and a cherished friend.

Richard Curtis

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Nightmare at 28,000 Feet – Dan Simmons’ “The Abominable” Published Today

The latest thriller by Dan Simmons, The Abominable, released today, is being hailed as one of the most exciting adventure novels in decades. If you think that’s hyperbole, check out this review, calling the book “the climb of your life” and  “amongst the best of books.”

What’s it about? Booklist captures the story best:

Simmons, in this thematic cousin to The Terror (2007), once more plunges into a storm of snow and ice, this time tackling no less than Everest. It’s 1924, and a trio of rogue climbers—mysterious WWI vet Deacon; emotional Frenchman Jean-Claude; and our narrator, brash young American Jacob—are hired to find the corpse of a dignitary lost on Everest. While they’re there, they go for the legendary summit. Right away, there’s a complication: a fourth team member, the dead man’s cousin—and a woman, no less! But it’s the subsequent complications that make this required reading for anyone inspired or terrified by high-altitude acrobatics: sudden avalanches, hidden crevasses, murderous temperatures, mountainside betrayals, and maybe—just maybe—a pack of bloodthirsty yeti. Though the first 200 pages of climbing background might have readers pining for the big climb, it is nearly always interesting, and, later, Simmons excels at those small but full-throated moments of terror when, for example, a single bent screw might mean death for everyone. Exhausting in all the best ways; maybe read this while it’s still warm out? –Daniel Kraus

Here’s how a movie industry newsletter summarized The Abominable:

Three climbers set out to discover the truth behind a series of mysterious 1924 disappearances on Everest. Deep in Tibet, the climbers – joined by a missing boy’s female cousin – find themselves being pursued through the night by someone… or something. It’s a nightmare at 28,000 feet. As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature.

Simmons is represented by Richard Curtis Associates.

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Karen Chance’s Latest Cassie Lands on NYT Bestseller List

Tempt the Stars, Karen Chance’s latest Cassandra Palmer fantasy thriller has launched on the bestseller list.

Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you’re only a half goddess, and you only found out about it recently, and you still don’t know what you’re doing half the time. And when you’ve just used your not-so-reliable powers to burglarize the booby-trapped office of a vampire mob boss.

Yeah, that part sucks.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Cassandra Palmer, aka the Pythia, the freshly minted chief seer of the supernatural world. After all, Cassie still has to save a friend from a fate worse than death, deal with an increasingly possessive master vampire, and prevent a party of her own acolytes from unleashing a storm of fury upon the world. Totally just your average day at the office, right?

Haven’t read Karen’s earlier Cassies or met Dorina, her other glorious heroine? Visit her website and see what you’ve been missing.

Karen Chance is represented by Richard Curtis Associates.

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Caesar the War Dog Wins Hearts – and Breaks Them, Too

From a Smart Books for Smart Kids review of Caesar the War Dog, the first novel in Stephen Dando-Collins’s hit children series launched by Random House Australia:

This is the story of a single father, named Ben Fulton, who is a dog handler in the Australian Army. After his military dog dies, Ben must find a replacement to train to be an Explosive Detection Dog (EDD). When Ben visits a kennel where dogs are housed that have been given obedience training for the military, he takes a liking to a funny-looking chocolate-brown labrador, named Caesar, with a snout swollen from fresh bee stings. The kennel manager warns Ben that Caesar would not be a good war dog, because he’s a relentless digger. But Ben sees something special in Caesar and decides to take him home and train him.

Before long the two are called to active duty in Afghanistan, where Caesar quickly proves to be a most valuable team member, locating explosives in unusual places and saving lives. One fateful day under Taliban gunfire, Ben and some of his fellow soldiers are injured, separated from Caesar. and are sent back to Australia to recover. To Ben’s dismay, no one can locate Caesar, and his whereabouts remain a great mystery, deeply saddening Ben. What happens after that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Although Ben doesn’t know where Caesar is, you the reader will, and along with this four-legged hero, you’ll venture on a journey of admiration, despair, sadness, hope and joy.

“…those who don’t have dogs of their own, don’t appreciate the bond that exists between an EDD and his handler.”

Based Upon Real Life Dog (and Human) Stories

The author is represented by Richard Curtis Associates.

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