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Deborah Smith
Bell Bridge Books
P.O. Box 300921, Memphis, TN 38130
706-867-7705 (fax)

News Update

July 8, 2014

Meet Ed in Chief Deborah Smith, Imajinn Books editor Brenda Chin, Marketing Director Danielle Childers at Rom Writers of America in San Antonio July 23 - 27.

Title change: Ariel Swan's supernatural mystery, DISTILLATION has been renamed THE NIGHTINGALE BONES.

Coming next from bestseller Deborah Smith in her Crossroads Cafe series: The Apple Pie Knights, a short story that leads into the Kitchen Charmer novella for fall 2014.

June 3 2014

Acquired: Steele Justice, mystery/comedy, Paul Kaplan. When the obnoxious action star of hit TV show "Steele Justice" is murdered, the writer assigned to babysit him becomes the prime suspect. Determined to prove his innocence, the writer sleuths for answers among the sordid, hip, glamorous, funny but dangerous connections in the star's checkered background. Paul Kaplan is a well-known television writer.

May 19 2014

Film agent Carol Nelson Burch (My Own Shingle, Nashville, TN) will be shopping C. Hope Clark's Carolina Slade mystery novels for TV/film. The series, set in South Carolina's coastal low country, stars a U.S. Agricultural Department investigator whose work puts her in the center of deadly high-level power games.

Acquired: Book 2 in June Trop's mystery series set in Roman-occupied ancient Alexandria. THE DEADLIEST HATE follows the sleuthing of a young female alchemist struggling to make a name for herself against general tradition as well as her Jewish father's wishes. Inspired by the true story of the woman who created the foundations of modern chemistry.

May 1 2014

Kindle ebook Top 100 bestseller and No. 1 in African American romantic suspense and women's fiction: Nicki Salcedo's ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS

Kindle ebook Top 100 bestseller and Top 20 in contemporary romance: Vickie King's CARLY'S RULE.

Publishing in May: Korean-American Detective Micki Li of the Boston Police Department stars in SLICE, an edgy crime novel about a stalker who's killing the city's convicted pedophiles while a second case erupts--and may be related. Someone is attempting to snatch children off the streets. Detective Li and her macho, Irish-American partner are assigned to the high-profile work. Book One of The Micki Li Detective Novels, by author Mary Jo Kim, the pen name for Joann Ferguson. Ferguson, an award-winning author of romance and fantasy novels, is the mother of adopted Korean children, with strong ties to the Korean-American community.

March 19 2014

Belle Rabbit launches. This small project, managed by editor in chief Deborah Smith using her own short stories and novellas, will test the self publishing platforms at amazon and elsewhere for insights on adding speed and flexibility to traditional publishing schedules.

Authors C Hope Clark and Buzz Bernard have won Eppie awards from the Epic ebook organization, the oldest continuous ebook group in the US.

Feb. 18, 2014

The death of USA Today bestselling romance author Trish Jensen on Feb. 17, after a brief illness, was announced. The author of 14 novels, Jensen was a favorite of readers and a friend and mentor to many fellow authors. Bell Bridge is pleased to have a number of her books in re-issue and will add the re-issue of Phi Beta Bimbo in April 2014. We miss you, Trish.

Acquired: a third book in Pat McLinn's Wyoming mystery series; a fourth novel in Miriam Auerbach's Dirty Harriet mysteries.

Imajinn Books Editorial Director Brenda Chin announced the 2014 Imajinn Books competition; first place winner(s) will receive extensive critique and marketing review with an inside look at how a small press works. Winner(s) announced at the 2014 RWA conference in San Antonio, TX, in July.

Feb. 2, 2014

Film and foreign rights interest for Nicki Salcedo's debut rom. suspense ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS, which has hit the sub-lists at Amazon Kindle solidly in African American Women's Fiction. The story of an Atlanta socialite who, five years earlier, was scarred for life by a slasher outside an Atlanta restaurant. Now he's released from prison and his brother asks her to help prove he's innocent.

No. 1 in Horror Comedy last week at Kindle: Howard Odentz's YA zombie book, DEAD (A LOT.)

Newly signed: five more novels and two novellas from D.B. Reynolds, author of the highly successful Vampire in America series. To be published as before by Imajinn Books, now under the direction of editorial director Brenda Chin. Founded by the late Linda Kichline. The imprint, which featured all paranormal romance, will expand to include a variety of romance fiction.

Newly released: THE YARN SPINNER, by NYT bestseller DEBORAH SMITH, part of her CROSSROADS CAFE stories, a follow-up to the MACBRIDE TRILOGY novellas and leading into THE KITCHEN CHARMER.

DEC. 7, 2013

Brenda Chin now at work helming the Imajinn Romance imprint. Will be editor for D.B. Reynolds VAMPIRE IN AMERICA BESTSELLING series of vampire romances.

Coming Feb. 2014: Third novella in bestseller Deborah Smith's Crossroad Cafe's Novels; THE KITCHEN CHARMER, also a related short story, THE YARN SPINNER.

Hot debut author, film rights available: Was it a white-on-black crime of racial animosity, a crime of secret passion, a random act of drunken rage or . . . was the wrong man convicted and her attacker still walks free?
The scars. She'll never forgive her attacker . . . Seven years ago, a knife-wielding stranger left socialite Ava Camden for dead on the sidewalk of an upscale Atlanta restaurant. She survived, but her face is brutally scarred. The police, the courts and the powerful Camden family pinned the assault on only one suspect: Joel Sapphire, a twenty-year-old star athlete on the cusp of a pro football career. Too drunk to remember any details, Joel was found over Ava's body, holding the bloody weapon. The letters. His brother is her only hope for the truth . . . Graham Sapphire grew up fighting on the city's tough southside, and he'll never let the Camdens crush his family. Now a wealthy hotelier, he's determined to clear his brother's name—and to find the monster responsible for Ava's scars. Graham started writing to Ava the day his brother entered prison, asking her to give him a chance, and offering his help. She never answered—but she never stopped reading. The secrets. And yet the truth may destroy them both. Now Joel has been paroled, only to vanish before Graham can reach him. Is he lurking in the shadows—or on the run from death threats? Ava is the lure that will bring him back, but she's not alone in the fight. Graham will give his life—and even his brother's—to protect her. The bond between them is hot, tender, and almost as dangerous as the hunter who waits in the shadows of the city's darkest streets.

Rights available: Film/TV

Rights already sold: Ebook, print

Other information: African-American author Nicki Salcedo is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in English and Creative Writing. She is a two-time recipient of the Maggie Award of Excellence and a Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and four kids. She is a former president of Georgia Romance Writers. This is the first in a series of suspense novels set in the darkly gothic side of the South's hub city and featuring a cast of diverse players exploring the meaning of beauty, power, love, passion, danger and family loyalty.

Contact: Deborah Smith

October 14, 2013

BelleBooks, Inc. is pleased to announce an imprint acquisition and the expansion of its editorial staff with the addition of Brenda Chin, who joins the company on December 1, 2013, as Editorial Director for the newly acquired imprint—ImaJinn Books.
Chin, a veteran romance editor with twenty-four years of experience, has a proven track record of finding talent. She bought the first books from NYT bestsellers Carly Phillips, Julie Kenner, Julie Leto, Leslie Kelly, Janelle Denison, Lori Foster, and USA Today bestsellers Stephanie Bond and Tawny Weber; Chin helped build the careers of other bestselling authors such as Vicki Lewis Thompson, Kimberly Raye, Jade Lee, Jacquie D'Alessandro, and Susan Kearney.
Prior to joining BelleBooks, Chin served as Senior Editor at Harlequin and managed one of their key romance series programs (Blaze) in addition to acquiring for a variety of lines and single title books. Her experience in leading Creative and Marketing teams in the delivery of quality editorial content and strong packaging will be invaluable in her new role.
ImaJinn Books, Inc. is a small press publisher of fifteen years, whose founder and head of house, Linda Kichline, died September 1, 2013. The shareholders of both corporations have approved the deal in principle, and the relaunch of ImaJinn, which joins Bell Bridge Books as another imprint of BelleBooks, is set for late 2013. Chin will honor the legacy of ImaJinn’s founder, whose company focuses on romance, most especially paranormal romance, including publishing early work of NYT bestseller Keri Arthur, Lilith Saintcrow, and now publishing the popular series Vampires in America from D. B. Reynolds. Chin will also bring fresh, new perspective to the brand, acquiring original fiction across a broad range of romance.
Chin has a degree in French, and her professional honors include several Editor of the Year awards and the distinction of having edited at least one Romance Writers of America RITA finalist every year since 1997.

July 25, 2013

Great time at RWA! Self-publishing and small presses rule!
New acquisitions: two books by Kathy Garberra; a debut novel from Pam Mantovani in contemporary romance, COURTING THE COACH.

June 7, 2013

Acquired: the second book in award-winning video game designer Ricardo Bare's SEVEN COURT series, a YA fantasy epic starring a teen assassin whose heart -- both physically and emotionally -- has been removed and held under a spell by the evil wizardess who commands him. Book one: JACK OF HEARTS, now available.

Off to strong launches: Sparkle Abbey's YIP/TUCK, book four of the Pampered Pets Mysteries, and Jill Marie Landis's THREE TO GET LEI'D, Book 3 of the Tiki Goddess Mysteries.

Bell Bridge Books will be at Romance Writers of America's conference in Atlanta, Ga., in July. Once again Bell Bridge is a conference sponsor.

Genres we are currently seeking the most: Romance, Suspense. Romance: sweet or hot, category-type or romantic women's fiction; suspense can be either mainstream or romantic suspense. Still seeking New Adult Romance, Fantasy, YA (for older teens only.)

Coming this summer and fall: bestseller Buzz Bernard's tornado thriller, SUPERCELL; Kathryn Magendie's literary fantasy, THE LIGHTNING CHARMER, Deborah Smith's romantic follow-up to THE BISCUIT WITCH--THE PICKLE QUEEN, a Crossroads Cafe novella.

May 31, 2013

Once again in the top 50 at Amazon Kindle: DEBORAH SMITH'S THE CROSSROADS CAFE, with 450 reviews at 4.5 stars and over 110 days in the top 100 cumulative.
To be featured as set dressing in Universal Pictures' ENDLESS LOVE: two novels by Buzz Bernard, PLAGUE and EYEWALL.

May 27, 2013

Sold to Aller Media, Norwegian and Swedish serialization rights to Deborah Smith's THE BISCUIT WITCH, A Crossroads Café Novella. This newly released novella is a spin-off of Smith's bestselling novel, THE CROSSROADS CAFE. A sequel, THE PICKLE QUEEN, will be published in July, followed by a third novella, THE KITCHEN CHARMER, in the fall.

Author Judith Arnold (Goodbye to All That; coming in June 2013: The April Tree) has hit the USA Today bestseller list with her latest Harlequin romance.

May 15, 2013

ACQUIRED: These twelve backlist titles from author Anne Stuart:


Shout out: ARTSAtl, a prominent zine in the Atlanta arts and entertainment community, names PLAGUE by Buzz Bernard one of the top Summer Reads. Other notables on the short list are new titles by Karen White and Karen Slaughter. PLAGUE is a thriller about bioterrorism set in Atlanta.

May 1, 2013

Newly published: Deborah Smith's first novel since 2008's A GENTLE RAIN> Now available[[::THE BISCUIT WITCH, part one of The MacBrides trilogy, a Crossroads Café Novella. Coinciding with month-long 1.99 promotion at Kindle for THE CROSSROADS CAFE.

Acquired: three more suspense novels from DONNELL ANN BELL, who has put two novels, DEADLY RECALL and THE PAST CAME HUNTING, on ebook bestseller lists.

Acquired: multiple backlist titles from veteran author NYT bestseller ANNE STUART

Acquired: two more titles in Virginia Brown's bestselling Dixie Diva mystery series

March 2013

Coming in April: NYT bestseller Deborah Smith's BISCUIT WITCH, the first in a trilogy about three siblings who return to their North Carolina home to resolve old conflicts and find new love, each with a nearly mystical aptitude for cooking. Set in the world of the bestselling CROSSROADS CAFE novel.

February 2013

Coming this spring: JACK OF HEARTS, by Ricardo Bare, award-winning game designer. Bare and the novel will be spotlighted in the Offical X-Box Magazine, April. A YA and New Adult Fantasy novel about a teen assassin who, seeking peace after a tragedy, has literally turned his heart over to a wizardess so he'll no longer feel pain.
Published as of Feb. 14: DATING THE DEVIL, by Lia Romero. What do you do when your perfect new boyfriend turns out to be Satan?

December 2012

Acquired: John Flynn's INTIMATE BONDAGE, a police thriller set in the world of bondage and discipline, where a serial killer is murdering her customers.

Audio: more than 50 BBB titles are now available in unabridged downloadable audiobooks at, and iTunes.

September 16

Back from a hardworking summer: Bell Bridge Books was a sponsor at both Rom Writers of America in Anaheim and Dragon*Con in Atlanta. New book buys include: Two more novels from Melissa Ford (ebook bestselling Life From Scratch); a novel, Beach Glass, by former senior editor for O Magazine Suzanne Colon; extensive fantasy backlist from author Sue Kearney; USA Today bestseller Kathleen Eagle's suspense novel, THE BONE KEEPERS, and more.

Now published: STRANDED, an SF anthology featuring mega multi-bestseller Anne Bishop; PLAGUE, the new thriller from bestseller Buzz Bernard (EYEWALL), THE SLEEPING NIGHT, 7-time RITA winner Barbara Samuel's unforgettable WW II interracial romance; KEOWEE VALLEY, debut author Katherine Crawford's romantic historical drama set in 18th century South Carolina.

In audio: more than forty titles now on sale at Nominated for Audie awards: narrator Traci Odom for Anthony Francis' FROST MOON; narrator Karen Commins for Virginia Brown's DIXIE DIVAS.

June 1

Acquired: backlist and frontlist, medical thrillers, from author Don Donaldson; NO HARM DONE, IN THE BLOOD, AMNESIA, and THE JUDAS VIRUS. frontlist: FLESH AND SHADOW.

now in audio or coming soon in audio: More than twenty titles including the Demon Underground series by Parker Blue, the Dixie Divas series by Virginia Brown, Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie, and Miracle, by Deborah Smith

April 18

A gentle rain by Deborah smith at no. 7 amazon ebook list. Desperate house dogs by sparkle abbey still riding the top 100.

March 29

Big month on Kindle for us. Multiple titles in Top 100. Coming week of April 1: IN aMAZON'S "Daily Deal" promo; first WHITE WITCH by Trish Milburn, then STUCK WITH YOU by Trish Jensen.

Acquired: Deb Stover's historical romance, STOLEN WISHES, for reprint.

Acquired: Romantic suspense from veteran author Brenda Hiatt; Betrayed by a cheating husband, a woman defiantly--alone--takes the Aruba vacation she'd planned for their 25th anniversary. But what starts as a heartbroken getaway becomes a dangerous game, as she is caught up in a high-profile murder investigation on the island. OUT OF HER DEPTH, publishing in 2013.

March 9, 2012

Pre-pub raves from the dean of Southern writers, Terry Kay:

Kimberly Brock’s The River Witch achieves what splendid writing ought to achieve – story and character that linger in the reader’s consciousness. Such is the power of Roslyn Byrne, who retreats to Manny’s Island, Georgia, in search of herself, only to discover her great need of others. Tender and intriguing, often dazzling in its prose, this is a mature work of fiction worthy of the celebration of praise.

Acquired: THE DEADLIEST LIE, June Trop Zuckerman; a historical mystery set in ancient Alexandria, based on the true story of a female scholar whose work in chemistry (aka alchemy, in that time) left lasting influences to this day in science. We meet her as a 17 year old about to be forced into an arranged marriage by her father; when someone burglarizes their home and steals his alchemy scrolls, she sets out to find the culprit. Zuckerman, a professor and expert on ancient Alexandria, has created an eye-popping, vivid and compelling world that brings readers into the city, the politics, the family life and the general lifestyle of the time, while also creating characters whose relationships and dreams are as familiar as our own. Book One of a series.

In the works: 45 titles for audio production.
Now on sale in audio: A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE, Lisa Turner, narrated by Jeff Name.

Current bestsellers at Kindle, THE CROSSROADS CAFE, Deborah SMith, THE PAST CAME HUNTING, Donnell Ann Bell, A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE, Lisa Turner.

Jan. 7

Acquired: THE COMEBACK, Kathleen McKenna, contemporary horror about a Hollywood mansion haunted by the vicious spirit of the glamorous movie queen who lived there, for publication in 2013.
Acquired: JACK OF HEARTS, YA fantasy, more news soon.

Dec. 27

The Wedding Gift, Kathleen McKenna, top 100 bestseller at Kindle, also TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT, Eve Gaddy
Acquired: Book 3 in the Virginia Kate Graces series, by Kathyrn Magendie, women's fiction.

Dec 21

Christmas Extravaganza at Kindle: more than 20 of our titles on free download starting Xmas Eve for three days.
More than 30 titles now in audio production via (

BBB is a 2012 sponsor of RWA national convention in Anaheim, CA.
Also a 2012 sponsor of the Writers' Track at Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA.

Our 2012 list includes more than 80 titles in frontlist and reprint.


New Kindle bestsellers: A DIXIE CHRISTMAS, Sandra Hill, KISS OF THE CHRISTMAS WIND, Janelle Taylor

Acquired: An inspirational romance trilogy, THE RICHNESS OF FAITH series, by Lindi Peterson (HER BEST CATCH.) fOR PUBLICATION in 2013 and 2014.
Nov. 30

PUBLICITY SCORE: Seal of My Dreams noted in Time Magazine Dec. 8 issue; article by Belinda Lundstrom on military heroes as the new stars of romance novels; also SEAL of My Dreams blurbed on NPR the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

ACQUIRED: SWEETER THAN TEA, the third collection in the Sweet Tea short stories series. Featuring feel-good stories of mothers, families, and the food that binds them, for release on Mother's Day 2012. Authors include Kim Brock, Jane Forest and bestseller Deborah Grace Staley.

Nov. 27


In the review copies of Jane Singer's YA historical, ALIAS DRAGONFLY, it states that Halycon optioned film rights to the series. Halycon is NOT the option holder.

The correct information is:

ALIAS DRAGONFLY plus two pending books in the series have been optioned to feature film producer Joel B. Michaels of Mitzvah Enterprises.

Joel was executive producer of Basic Instinct 2, Terminator: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation, Lolita, Stargate, Universal Soldier and The Changeling.

We regret the error in reporting the rights holder. This was solely a mistake on the part of Bell Bridge Books' V.P. Deb Smith.

OTHER NEWS: Top 100 Kindle bestseller: TWAS THE NIGHT, Xmas romances by Sandra Hill, Trish Jensen and Kate Holmes.

NOV. 19

A terrific Kirkus review for Corwyn Alvarez's THE DOGWALKER:

"The life of a young, tormented dog-walker is changed by the people and pets he encounters.. . . Alvarez appealingly flaunts the charm, sincerity and patriotism that exists in the heart of the young man. . . . Alvarez expertly uses dark humor to mold Benny into an engaging character who works to save his employers and friends.
A dark, whimsical adventure that dog-lovers will enjoy."

Nov. 5

Sold: Portugese rights to Deborah Smith's THE CROSSROADS CAFE.

Nov. 1

Acquired: Three books from Miriam Potocky in the Dirty Harriett cozy mystery series; Set in posh south Florida, where a Harley riding heroine works as as a P.I.

Acquired: Two books from Lisa Scott; the Willlowdale Romances, about the lives and loves of couples in a small North Carolina town; to be narrated in audio by the author, a professional voiceover artist.

Now in production: 30 Bell Bridge titles for audio, including multiple backlist by NYT bestsellers Deborah Smith, Jill Marie Landis, also Jill Barnett and Kathleen Eagle.

Oct. 24

A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, Deborah Grace Staley, in top 100 at Amazon Kindle this week. Also BEFORE THE WHITE ROSE, Vicki Hinze.

Acquired: two novels from Lisa Scott; books one and two of the Willowdale Romance series, romantic comedy

Acquired: two more backlist novels from Janice Daugharty, JUST DOLL and TWO SHADES OF MORNING.

Oct. 12

No. 1 bestseller at Kindle EYEWALL, Buzz Bernard's smart thriller about a Cat 5 hurricane striking the Ga. coast.

Acquired: books two and three in Jill Marie Landis's acclaimed new mystery series, The Tiki Goddess Mysteries.

Oct. 4

11 audiobooks in process via ACX system at
Dixie Divas (cozy mystery, Virginia Brown) back in Top 100 at Amazon Kindle
Acquired: Nell Dickerson's PORCH DOGS, a photo-essay book celebrating the ubiquitous dogs that grace Southern porches and verandas; Dickerson is author of GONE: A PHOTOGRAPHIC PLEA FOR PRESERVATION, featuring antebellum ruins and a short story reprinted from a classic Shelby Foote anthology.

Sept. 29

Producing: multiple titles in audio via ACX program, more news soon.

Acquired: THE SLEEPING NIGHT, by NYT bestseller Barbara Samuel; historical women's fiction; An African American soldier returns from WW II to his small Texas hometown, determined to put bitter memories of his father's lynching to rest before leaving town forever; but his secret love for a white childhood friend can't be ignored, and now as adults she and he slowly come together despite racism and disapproval on both sides of their families, with threatening consequences.

Latest bestsellers: THE MANICURIST, Phyllis Schieber, Kindle Top 100 with over 30 five-star reviews. A New York woman is shocked when the mentally ill mother who vanished years ago suddenly resurfaces, with intense consequences for her family.

Sept. 21

Sold: Vietnamese rights to A PLACE TO CALL HOME, Deborah Smith
Sold: Large Print right to Thorndike Press for SUMMER ROSE (Elizabeth Sinclair), MARIPOSA LANDING (Margaret Nava) and HOMECOMING IN MOSSY CREEK (multiple authors)

Deal: Audiobooks via's ACX program for A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE, Lisa Turner, and DIXIE DIVAS, Virginia Brown.

CONFIRMED: Nov. 3 2011 the New York Times (Online Edition) will feature Nell Dickerson's photo-essay hardcover, GONE: A PHOTOGRAPHIC PLEA FOR PRESERVATION (with foreword by Robert Hicks and including a classic Shelby Foote short story.)

Sept. 13

Acquired: two Christmas novellas from NYT bestseller Sandra Hill; the duo to be titled A Dixie Christmas for ebook-only publication in December 2011.

Sept 7

A terrific experience for Bell Bridge Books as the sponsor of the Writers' Track at this year's Dragon*Con.

Acquired: veteran romancer Cindi Myersr' historical novel, THE WOMAN WHO LOVED JESSE JAMES. A compelling and intricately research account of the little-known wife who stood beside James from his early years until his death.

August 30

Acquired: From Anthony Francis (FROST MOON, BLOOD ROCK) a YA novella, STRANDED, that introduces a second series for the prolific author. The main character, a centauress, is rich and spoiled; for adventure she explores the frontier. When a vintage spaceship crashes on a planet she intends to claim, she finds herself acting as protector for a group of human teens.

August 25

Acquired: Four short stories and a novel, VALLEY OF FIRE, from bestselling romance author JANELLE TAYLOR, for reprint.

Bestsellers on the list: Anthony Francis' FROST MOON, urban fantasy, at No. 13 on Kindle Magic & Wizards list.

Movie Development: SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN, Augusta Trobaugh, also ACTS OF HONOR, Vicki Hinze, THE WEDDING GIFT, Kathleen McKenna

In audio: Bell Bridge Books will post 50 select titles in's new AUDIOBOOK CREATIVE EXCHANGE (ACX) program, which connects publishers with voice talent and audio producers.

August 15

Bell Bridge Books will be a sponsor for 2012 RWA CON.
BB will provide the badge wallets for all attendees.

August 10

Top 100 Kindle bestseller: Elizabeth Sinclair's HAWKS MOUNTAIN, romance.

RIP Gigi, 7/31/2011. You left us too soon.

August 2

Acquired: KEOWEE VALLEY, by debut author Katherine Scott Crawford. A big, richly detailed, mainstream romantic historical novel set in Revolutionary War era South Carolina and the southern Appalachians, as a young woman from the civilized environs of Charles Town sets out to build a new life for herself on the Appalachian frontier. Crawford is an adjunct professor of English at Brevard College in North Carolina, where she also teaches classes on Cherokee Indian history. Publishing in fall 2012. Agent: Henry Morrison.

July 16

Acquired: SEAL OF MY DREAMS, an anthology of military-romance stories with all proceeds pledged to veterans' medical research, by authors Alison Kent, Christie Ridgway, Barbara Samuel, Cindy Gerard, Stephanie Bond and others; for publication in print and ebook 11/11/2011 (Veterans Day)
Review copies available Nov. 1 from Bell Bridge; contact Deb Smith at

July 24

Four books in the top 100 at Amazon Kindle for THE BIG DEALS promotion: Jill Marie Landis' MAI TAI ONE ON, cozy mystery; Jill Barnett's paranormal historical romance, BEWITCHING; Carolyn McSparren's women's fiction novel ALL GOD'S CREATURES, and Deborah Grace Staley's Southern Mystery-Romance, WHAT THE HEART WANTS.

Acquired: From Virginia Brown, the author of nearly 50 historical romances, now writing cozy mysteries; launching her second cozy series after the bestselling DIXIE DIVAS.

THE BLUE SUEDE MEMPHIS MYSTERIES features 30-year-old Harley Jean Davidson, a bohemian ex-banker turned Memphis tour guide. Steeped in the peculiar world of the River City's blues, soul, BBQ and Elvis culture, Harley has drag-queen friends, oddball elders, and an Elvis-impersonating daddy. Book one, HOUND DOG BLUES, starts with Harley trying to find her daddy's kidnapped dog, King, but soon leads her into solving a jewel heist. Book two, HARLEY RUSHES IN, pits Harley against a gang of smugglers in the antiquities world; Book three, Suspicious Mimes, hits close to home when someone begins killing Elvis impersonators.

July 19

Acquired: Six books in the high-fantasy DEATH WIZARD CHRONICLES by newcomer Jim Melvin.
The Death Wizard Chronicles pits the king of a band of desert warriors against a psychotic sorcerer wielding unspeakable power. In a land of dragons, demons and an array of unusual monsters, only one side can prevail. Book One, The Pit, scheduled for publication in August 2012. Other series titles are Moon Goddess, Eve Of War, World On Fire, Sun God, and Death Know

July 11

Acquired:Seven Big Romance titles from acclaimed author Kathleen Eagle, for reprint in trade paper and ebook. THE LAST GOOD MAN, SUNRISE SONG, THIS TIME FOREVER, and others.

Still riding the top 50 bestseller list at Kindle: BUZZ BERNARD'S EYEWALL, a thriller.

Acquired: Two books in a new mystery (cozy) series by veteran romance author Loralee LilliBridge, writing as Lora Lee: BRINGING IN THE THIEVES, book one of THE JOYFUL NOISE MYSTERIES. A smalltown Georgia choir director organizes a group of bullied Alt-Ed students into a singing group, much to the dislike of her prissy childhood nemesis. Trouble and mystery ensues.

July 8

Acquired: Bernard's THE KOSOVO LEGACY, about a CDC scientist on the run while trying to stop a terrorist from releasing weaponized Ebola on the U.S.

Big splash debut: Buzz Bernard's EYEWALL, disaster thriller about a Cat. 5 hurricane surprising the Georgia coast, came off promotion at Kindle and hit the Paid list, now at No. 10 overall. Getting rave reviews from readers.
Also hovering near top 100 debut mystery novel AS THE CROW DIES by former romance author Ken Casper, and Los Angeles serial killer suspense by well-known suspense writer Mark Nykanen, STRIKING BACK.

June 26

Acquired: a second book from 90-year-old author Dolores Durando, whose BEYOND THE BOUGAINVILLEA scored very nice sales in ebook at Kindle recently. OUT OF THE DARKNESS is a much more grim story than Bougainvillea (historical women's fiction.) DARKNESS follows the life of boy who is rescued from abuse and brought into the light of hope and happiness by a loving family. Scheduled pub date Feb. 2012.

Producing for Audible: unabridged audiobook of TWAS THE NIGHT, a Christmas-season romantic comedy co-written by Sandra Hill, Trish Jensen and Kate Holmes, for fall 2011. Narration by well-known voice talent Lisa Scott.

June 24

Acquired: two more books in Ken Casper's JASON CROW mystery series. Set in west Texas, book one, AS THE CROW DIES, introduces Jason Crow, who returns home from Vietnam a double amputee with his spirit in tatters; but when his father is murdered Jason must solve the crime.

Acquired: a sequel to Leigh Brill's beloved nonfiction memoir, A DOG NAMED SLUGGER; the story of Leigh's battle with cerebral palsy and the wonderful service dog who transformed her life. SLUGGER'S LEGACY will take readers through Leigh's next phase, with Slugger's successor, Kindie.

June 23

Bell Bridge and BelleBooks partners Debra Dixon and Deborah Smith both have titles featured in Random House major re-launch of its classic LOVESWEPT romance line in digital-only format. Loveswept (Bantam Books) was a premiere series imprint in the 1980's and 1990's. Other top authors whose re-issues will be coming out in ebook editions include Iris Johansen, a multiple NYT bestseller in suspense.

Dixon and Smith will be hosting a publishers' spotlight on BELL BRIDGE BOOKS at RWA National next week, in New York.

Expect news soon about the acquisition of reprint backlist by a top-selling romance author. Bell Bridge currently is prepping backlist by Vicki Hinze, Jill Barnett, Cheryl Reavis, Ken Casper, Eve Gaddy, Virginia Brown and Trish Jensen.

With more than 100 titles published to date and more than 30 new books scheduled between now and through 2012, Bell Bridge Books is expanding rapidly.

Upcoming summer titles include Jill Marie Landis' MAI TAI ONE ON, a funny mystery set in Hawaii; Sharon Sala's YA ghost duo, MY LUNATIC LIFE and THE LUNATIC DETECTIVE, Virginia Brown's sultry contemporary mystery, DARK RIVER ROAD, a fourth book in Parker Blue's bestselling DEMON UNDERGROUND series, vampire YA urban fantasy, and debut romantic suspense and mystery drama from Donnell Ann Bell (THE PAST CAME HUNTING) and Kathleen McKenna (THE WEDDING GIFT.)

Also on tap for late summer: reprint of Augusta Trobaugh's acclaimed WW II romance; SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN, with re-issure of original audiobook narrated by Golden Girls' star the late Rue McClanahan.

A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE by Lisa Turner remains in top 20 on paid Kindle list since coming off No. 1 promo spot at 99 cents last week. Also hanging nicely in top 100 is DIXIE DIVAS, by Virginia Brown.

June 17

A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE, by Lisa Turner, rode the Number 1 bestseller spot all the way through Amazon's two-week Sunshine Deals promotion, beating out more than 600 other promoted titles AND the entire list of regularly priced books. LITTLE DEATH stayed in the top spot after returning to full price yesterday, and today dropped only slightly to number two, behind THE HUNGER GAMES.

Cozy mystery DIXIE DIVAS also scored big in the promotion, solidly ensconced in the top ten throughout, and today the Virginia Brown mystery novel remains in the top 30.

Other news: Announcement soon about our backlist acquisition of a multi-NYT bestselling author.

Meet Deborah Smith and Deb Dixon at Romance Writers of America's annual conference this month in New York. The BB partners will host a spotlight session about Bell Bridge on Thursday 8:30 at the con.

June 13

Winner, VRW's HOLT MEDALION for best mainstream novel, WHAT THE HEART WANTS, Deborah Grace Staley; Award of Merit for Best First Novel to Lisa Turner for A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE

The Historical Novels Review
May 2011

Jessica McCann, Bell Bridge Books, 2011, $14.95, pb, 276pp, 9781453877814
“Bad things happen on Wednesdays” is what
Margaret Morgan’s mother always said. Margaret, a
free woman of color living in York, Pennsylvania, finds
this to be true on a Wednesday in 1837. Mr. Prigg, a
former neighbor from Mill Green, Maryland, comes to
York to claim Margaret as an escaped slave along with
her three children. The local sheriff denies his claim,
but when Margaret’s husband leaves for work, Prigg
kidnaps Margaret and the children, taking them back
to Maryland. To her dismay, Margaret finds her former
employer, Mrs. Ashmore, denies all knowledge of her
late husband giving Margaret her freedom and seeks to
put Margaret and her children up for auction to pay off
her debts.
McCann alternates Margaret’s harrowing story
with the tale of the state of Pennsylvania’s suit against
Prigg for kidnapping, a suit that went all the way to the
Supreme Court. Prigg v. Pennsylvania was an actual
case, and in her author’s note, McCann explains she
was drawn to it due to the paucity of information she
could find on Margaret and her children. She re-imagines Margaret’s plight in painful, realistic
detail. I read this book in one sitting, at first to finish it quickly because the era it described
was so shameful for the United States as a country and so heartrending for all those who were
denied their rights as human beings. As I read, though, I was drawn in by Margaret’s strength
and will to survive and anxious to learn her outcome.
McCann acknowledges that Margaret’s fate after being returned to Maryland is unknown.
The denouement she gives her is credible and also hopeful without being improbable. Kudos to
the author for bringing Margaret’s story to life.
Ellen Keith

June 10

Ruling the list! Six days at Number 1 on the Kindle list: Lisa Turner's suspense, A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE. And sticking in the Kindle top ten is DIXIE DIVAS, Virginia Brown's great cozy mystery.

June 1

Scoring big on Kindle Summer Reading promotion: ten titles selected by Amazon; four currently on the top 100 "Sunshine" list for promotion and also on general Kindle lists: A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE, DIXIE DIVAS, LIFE FROM SCRATCH, ONCE BITTEN and others.

SOLD to BBC Audio for Large Print; HAWK'S MOUNTAIN, Elizabeth Sinclair, sweet romance.

Acquired; ebook and print rights to Janice Daugharty's JUST DOLL, the prequel to Heir to the Everlasting.

May 31

Sold to Japan's Ohzora for graphic novel: Eve Gaddy's ON THIN ICE, romance.

May 30

Now available: STRIKING BACK, Mark Nykanen, and AS THE CROW DIES, Ken Casper.

May 21

Jane Singer's Civil War YA novel, ALIAS DRAGONFLY, to be published by Bell Bridge Books, features the indomitable Maddie Bradford, a 15 year-old Pinkerton spy, plus two pending books in the series, ALIAS SPARROW HAWK and ALIAS STINGRAY optioned to feature film producer: Joel B. Michaels ( Basic Instinct 2, Terminator: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation, Lolita, Stargate, Universal Soldier and The Changeling) by Robert Astle at Robert Astle and Associates Literary Management,

May 19

Ken Casper's New Mystery Series

Ken Casper, best known for his Harlequin Super Romance novels, has written a fantastic mystery, which Bell Bridge Books is turning into a series. “As the Crow Dies” has one of the most unforgettable protagonists I’ve ever read. The story takes place in 1968. Ken’s giving a way an autographed copy. Come read his blurb and excerpt and learn some interesting facts about him at See if you don’t agree with me, he’s on to something special. Thanks! Donnell Ann Bell, author

May 10

Acquired: Bestseller Judith Arnold's GOOD BYE TO ALL THAT, a family drama about grown children dealing with the divorce of their long-married parents, to Pat Van Wie of Bell Bridge.

May 1

Mark Nykanen, writing as James Jaros, launches a wonderful new post-apocalyptic thriller series this month. And, under his real name, Bell Bridge is publishing a terrific suspense novel, STRIKING BACK.
Author Adrianne Ambrose (WHAT I LEARNED FROM BEING A CHEERLEADER)now joins the Archie Comics stable as author of a new Betty and Veronica book.

Acquiring: multiple backlist titles in historical romance and mystery from veteran author Virginia Brown, (DIXIE DIVAS SERIES). Coming this fall: Virginia's breakout southern drama release: DARK RIVER ROAD.

April 25

Featured on the Dr.Laura Show on Friday April 22: A DOG NAMED SLUGGER, Leigh Brill. Media requests coming in for EYEWALL, Buzz Bernard (hurricane thriller set on the GA. coast.)

Acquired: PROMISE ME A RAINBOW, women's fiction. Cheryl Reavis, reprint.

Sold: Film rights ALIAS DRAGONFLY, Jane Singer, YA Historical.

April 12

Media requests coming in steadily for GONE: A PHOTOGRAPHIC PLEA FOR PRESERVATION, by Shelby Foote and Nell Dickerson; orders climbing; video views at You Tube way up, and last night the book cracked Top 500 overall at Amazon, where it is No. 1 in Architectural and also in Historical.

April 11

Featured in today's newsletter at Garden & Guns Magazine: Nell Dickerson's GONE: A PHOTOGRAPHIC PLEA FOR PRESERVATION, featuring a Shelby Foote short story.

April 8

Sold: large print rights on HAWKS MOUNTAIN, Elizabeth Sinclair, to Thorndike Press.

April 4

Acquired: debut novel from Kim Brock, THE RIVER WITCH. Lyrical women's fiction with a southern Appalachian setting.

March 31


A great vintage story of old-time southern, farm-league baseball players, also the scoundrels and small-town poohbahs who sponsored the games and the women who waited at HOME PLATE. By debut author Phillip Brady. For Spring 2012 publication in trade paper and multi-format ebook.

March 28



Eight backlist titles in paranormal romance and romantic suspense from bestselling author Vicki Hinze, to Debra Dixon and Deborah Smith of Bell Bridge Books, by Chip MacGregor at Chip MacGregor Literary, for publication in 2012.

March 22

Acquired: three backlist titles from veteran romance author Ken Casper. Big family drama trilogy set in Coyote Springs, Texas, also the fictitious home town of mystery sleuth Jason Crow in Casper's upcoming novel AS THE CROW DIES.

Original titles this trilogy are A MAN CALLED JESSE, THE MAJOR COMES TO TEXAS, and THE TEXAN.

Big details coming soon for major features of BB titles at Borders/Kobo re: epub editions. A Dog Named Slugger, The Crossroads Cafe, the Demon Underground series, author Jill Barnett and more will receive extensive feature treatment.

March 21

Currently available for review via Net Galley:
Beyond the Bougainvillea, historical women's fiction
Bite Me, urban fantasy
Eyewall, hurricane thriller
All Different Kinds of Free, historical faction
Heir to the Everlasting, southern saga

Go here: Bridge Books

March 17

Now beginning promo for May titles EYEWALL, a hurrican thriller on Ga. coast, Buzz Bernard; STRIKING BACK, L.A. suspense, serial killer, Mark Nykanen, and AS THE CROW DIES, Texas 1970's mystery/drama, Ken Casper.

Currently at No. 1 on Kindle Free list: ALICE AT HEART, NYT bestseller Deborah Smith's offbeat novel about modern mermaids. At No. 5: THE BRANDING, high fantasy by debut author 16 years old Micaela Wendell.

March 15


The EPICs are the longest-running ebook awards in the publishing industry. On April 12 two Bell Bridge titles won an EPIC: A DOG NAMED SLUGGER, Leigh Brill, non-fiction, and FROST MOON, Anthony Francis, urban fantasy.

Coming in May from Edgar-winner Mark Nykanen: STRIKING BACK. Classic suspense. She's an L.A. therapist who specializes in treating wife abusers. When her patients start getting murdered she becomes the leading suspect. It seems that years ago her abusive stepfather died in a mysterious and gory way . . . also from Nykanen, in April, from Harper Collins, BURNING DOWN THE SKY, book one in an apocalyptic trilogy.

NOW UP ON SCRIBD.COM; excerpt, HAINTED LOVE, fun middle-grade ghost-whispering series.
March 10

Coming this summer: anthology THE FIREFLY DANCE

The final list of authors is:

Sarah Addison Allen (bestselling author of GARDEN SPELLS; her new novel, THE PEACH KEEPERS, is publishing this month from Ballantine Books.)

Augusta Trobaugh (a much-praised author with a strong following among readers; we have acquired a number of her backlist titles) More information here:

Phyllis Schieber (another notable author; we have acquired a novel from her, THE MANICURIST) Information here:

Kathryn Magendie (we have published three novels by her; excellent new writer)

TENTATIVELY: a story by Janice Daugharty, another veteran author with wonderful credentials; we have published two novels, out now: HEIR TO THE EVERLASTING

And last plus least, a short introductory piece (barely qualifies to be called a "story") by me, Deborah Smith.

March 3, 2011

Acquired: Janice Daugharty's TWO SHADES OF MORNING, women's fiction, about a scheming, small-town bad girl who seduces the local men and attempts to destroy an innocent rival. Publishing Winter 2012.

Acquired: 2001 audiobook of Augusta Trobaugh's SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN, narrated by the late Golden Girls' star Rue McClanahan. To be re-issued in June 2011 via, and iTunes.

FEB 22, 2011

Acquired: Debut author Corwyn Alvarez's lit-fic novel, THE DOGWALKER. A sweetheart of a book, beautifully written. There are echoes of Forest Gump and Chauncy Gardener in this gentle yet profound story. Pub Date Feb 2012

Meet Benny, a distant literary cousin to Holden Caulfield, mixed with a bit of Huck Finn and a hint of Steinbeck’s Lennie. He’s 17, a high school dropout, AC/DC fan, manager of his own dog walking business, and sees himself as the greatest champion of dogs that ever walked the planet, a captain on his own ship of dogs. His code of life is very canine: he’s comfortable with routine, doesn’t care much about what he looks like, has strong instincts about people and is therefore selective (and loyal) in his circle of associates. Despite his disabilities (low IQ and epilepsy) he neither feels sorry for himself nor displays any inferiority complex; instead, ironically enough, he becomes the defacto- guardian to a cast of misfits and outcasts mired by poor decisions or scarred in other ways. Somehow Benny manages to remain unpolluted and, like a St. Bernard, committed to delivering these outsiders to safer shores. His life, however, becomes derailed when a chance meeting with Chloe, an anorexic prostitute, introduces him to the possibility of love. Even though everything about Chloe signals trouble and reflects her deeply damaged state, to Benny she’s just a pure as the driven snow. Like Don Quixote, who nourishes his noble quest with an imagination that stays clear of the soot and grime of reality, Benny instead dismisses her egregious faults as mere peccadilloes and asks her to marry him.

Writing with assurance and with a gentle steady hand, Corwyn Alvarez’s debut has created a singularly likable and memorable character. His Benny has depth and eccentricities. Although his grasp on reality is slightly askew, like a benign Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, he has heart and is someone we come to admire. I hope you will feel the same way as I do about the novel and can see it on your list.

FEB 21, 2011

On the cover of February ABILITY Magazine; header for A DOG NAMED SLUGGER, Leigh Brill, and excerpt inside. ABILITY IS one of the world's top 50 consumer magazines; focus is on the world of the differntly abled. Hurray for Leigh and Slugger, which are still getting raves and high rankings at Kindle.

THE LITTLE KNOWN, Janice Daugharty, at No. 1 on Kindle Free today. LIFE FROM SCRATCH prepping to move nicely to PAID list following promotion.

Pre-production; reprint of Augusta Trobaugh's 2001 novel, PRAISE JERUSALEM. Readers who liked Stockett's THE HELP will enjoy this southern story of an elder woman coming to terms with sad memories of her childhood, where she witnessed the poverty and abuse of black housekeepers.

Bell Bridge has no acquired print rights as well as erights to this title.

Feb. 19, 2011

Acquired: ALIAS DRAGONFLY, Jane Singer. Strong YA novel about a teen spy. Publishing fall 2011. Agent Robert Astle.


"Don't love a spy," warns fifteen year old Pinkerton agent Maddie Bradford, a lonely, rebellious outsider with a mind on fire and a photographic memory. It is 1861, the Civil War has just started and this motherless teen must move with her soldier-father from New Hampshire to Washington, DC; a city at war, packed cheek by jowl with soldiers, Rebel spies, slave catchers, and traitors of all stripes bent on waging a war of destruction against the Union, and President Lincoln himself.

Maddie’s journal, written in secret, of course, begins with her arrival at her aunt's DC boardinghouse through the first year of the Civil War, a time as Maddie puts it, “full of dips and dangers," when she becomes a fearless Union spy. And then there is the mysterious, maddening Jake Whitestone, a young man who awakens something equally dangerous in Maddie: Love in a time of terror.

Civil War historian, author, and lecturer Jane Singer brings her unique voice to Alias Dragonfly.

Feb. 17, 2011

Ruling the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Kindle free list today: LIFE FROM SCRATCH and BRIDGE TO HAPPINESS.

We're very enthusiastic about this fall title: THE WEDDING GIFT, by Kathleen McKenna. This debut author is a former juvenile counselor; she has thrown herself into her writing, with eight novels completed and waiting to publish (Two books, including THE WEDDING GIFT, were previously published by a small press, but rights have now reverted to McKenna and Bell Bridge has acquired TWG.)

McKenna has a talent for getting people to talk to her; in the course of research for her highly eclectic novels (gothic mystery, celebrity drama, horror, paranormal)she's interviewed murderers, famous authors and brand-name celebrity party girls.

THE WEDDING GIFT has touches of THE LOVELY BONES and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY combined with a wryly different heroine. In McKenna's own words:

“A Southern Gothic paranormal story (ghosts, no vamps) told in the voice of a crazy charming small town beauty queen who runs for corn princess, loses the boy she wants and marries the idiot son of the town's richest family--all before senior year is over. Marrying for money can be really dangerous. Leeann’s new mother-in-law is beyond horrible and the wedding gift she receives is a little off too. Mrs. Willetts, Leeann’s new in-law is appalled at her son’s choice so as a tongue in cheek wedding gift she gives the newlyweds a fabulous antebellum mansion, one still occupied by an earlier beautiful, unwanted bride who lived there and killed there.”

Feb. 16

Riding the top ten Free Kindle list tonight: Jill Barnett's BRIDGE TO HAPPINESS at No. 1 and Melissa Ford's LIFE FROM SCRATCH at No. 7.

A number of exciting rights inquiries have come in lately on various titles, including audio rights, film/TV, and major chain buys. More news soon, we hope.

Now up for viewing at; a detailed description of select titles coming out this fall from Bell Bridge. Leading off is a debut mystery series from newcomers Anita Carter and Mary Lee Woods, writing under the pen name Sparkle Abbey (a combination of the authors' pets' names.) Book One: DESPERATE HOUSEDOGS and Book Two: GET FLUFFY. Book Three: KITTY KITTY BANG BANG and Book four: Yip Tuck.

See the information here:

Feb. 10

Lovely review Jill Barnett's ebook edition BRIDGE TO HAPPINESS,

Feb. 8

Acquisition: All rights to eight backlist titles by author Eve Gaddy. Five Bantam Loveswept novels and three Harlequin Super Romances. Managing the list will be senior editor Pat Van Wie.

Feb. 4

More news coming soon about an audiobook acquistion; narration by the late Rue McClanahan, popular star of The Golden Girls.

Still holding a solid top-ten spot on the Amazon Kindle list for dog books: A DOG NAMED SLUGGER, Leigh Brill. and still at five star ranking with 64 reviews.

Prepping promotional mailing for Nell Dickerson's preservationist photo essay hardcover, GONE, with reprint of classic Shelby Foote short story.

Author Melissa Ford was a guest at the White House this week, as part of summit meeting for nationally known bloggers (she pens the Stirrup Queen blog, about infertility issues.) She not only met President Obama (and snapped his photo) she handed off a copy of her LIFE FROM SCRATCH novel to a staffer for Michelle Obama.

Michelle blogged at BlogHer (where Melissa is a contributor) during the campaign.

Author Kat Magendie on the panel at the tres nice ON THE BRINK conference at University of Alabama Jacksonville this month. Being interviewed by local media including the university's NPR station.

American Heart Association Go Red promotion starts soon, featuring giveaways of Deb Grace Staley's ONLY YOU.

News Update
Jan. 29

Acquired: The first four books in a humorous cozy mystery series set in the ritzy pet world of southern California, PAMPERED PETS, by debut authors Anita Carter and Mary Lee Woods, writing as Sparkle Abbey (the pen name is derived from the names of the authors' pets.) Book One, coming out in Fall 2011, is Desperate Housedogs. Book Two is Get Fluffy, Book Three is Yip Tuck, and Book Four is Kitty Kitty Bang Bang. We expect big things for this fun series.

Now at No. 2 on the Kindle Free List, Jacquelyn Cook's SUNRISE, a fact-based historical novel in the tradition of Eugenia Price. Based on the true love story behind Macon, Georgia's famed Hayes Mansion, an antebellum Italiente home that is now a historic site.

Jan. 23

After a long quiet spell while we worked feverishly to get our January titles out on time, we're back to posting regular updates here, so stay tuned.

Welcome to the fold: top-selling author Jill Marie Landis. We're pleased to publish her new light mystery series, THE TIKI GODDESS SERIES, set in Hawaii. Book one is MAI TAI ONE ON. Pub date in print and ebook is July 2011.

Expect mystery and mayhem on Kauai when an eccentric group of hula "maidens" ban together
to solve a murder before the next pupu party. A great "caper" book.

A salute to Jean Brashear, THE GODDESS OF FRIED OKRA, for receiving a prominent place in the latest Chicken Soup book. Learn more here:

Acquisitions: eight backlist Loveswept titles from author Eve Gaddy

Our February titles are:

Four richly textured, powerful women's fiction novels:

HEIR TO THE EVERLASTING, by Pulitizer nominee Janice Daugharty
BRIDGE TO HAPPINESS, by NYT bestselling author Jill Barnett
BEYOND THE BOUGAINVILLEA, by first-time, 90-year-old author Dolores Durando
PRAISE JERUSALEM, an ebook-only of acclaimed author Augusta Trobaugh's 2001 novel.

Coming this year: five more Trobaugh books in ebook editions, including her wonderful SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN, a WW II small town Georgia romance about a star-crossed love affair between a townswoman and a Japanese-American man. Also coming from Trobaugh: a brand-new novel, never before in print. MUSIC FROM BEYOND THE MOON.

Update: Dec 30

Happy New Year!

We have four titles in the top 20 at Amazon Kindle Free Bestseller list currently: THE YEAR SHE FELL, Alicia Rasley; THE CROSSROADS CAFE, Deborah Smith; A DOG NAMED SLUGGER, Leigh Brill; SWEETIE, Kathryn Magendie.

Visit for excerpts from these new titles: THE BRANDING, Micaela Wendell, YA fantasy; LIFE FROM SCRATCH, Melissa Ford, chick lit; GONE: A PHOTOGRAPHIC PLEA FOR PRESERVATION, by photographer Nell Dickerson with a classic Civil War short story by the late Shelby Foote.

GONE url is:

New titles publshing in January are: THE BRANDING, YA fantasy (see above; note: Micaela is only sixteen years old); RIVERS RUSHING TO THE SEA, BOOK FIVE IN THE RIVER SERIES, historical romance, by Jacquelyn Cook; HAWK'S MOUNTAIN, contemporary sweet romance, Elizabeth Sinclair; and HOW TO SLAY A DRAGON, BOOK ONE IN THE JOURNALS OF MYRTH, middle-grade adventure/fantasy about a 12-year-old nerd who is mistaken for the prophecied dragon slayer of another realm and whisked there to confront the dragon and rescue a princess; Bill Allen.

Update: Dec 7

Bell Bridge Books has provided ONLY YOU by Deborah Grace Staley and DAYS OF SUMMER BY Jill Barnett for new registrants of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women's BetterU program during the period from February 1, 2011 through May 31, 2011. Sign up for Go Red BetterU to get your free book!


November 26

Sold: French rights for Kalayna Price's ONCE BITTEN, urban fantasy, by agent Dr. Michael Wenzel of Editio-Dialog, Lille, France.

November 22

Acqusition update: Preservationist Nell Dickerson's GONE: A HEARTBREAKING STORY OF THE CIVIL WAR, a book of photos of antebellum buildings in ruins throughout the Cotton Country of the Mississippi River, paired with acclaimed historian Shelby Foote's "Pillar of Fire," to Debra Dixon at BelleBooks, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2011, to coincide with the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, by Anna Olswanger at Liza Dawson Associates (North American).

This beautiful full-color book is both an illustrated novella and a fine-art treatise on preservation. 29.95 in over-sized hardcover. It will also be released in multi-format color for ebook readers.

Visit Dickerson at

Review copies will be available in early winter.

Tentative pub date is April 1, 2011. Annotations going up this month; title available for pre-order by December.

November 15:

Great interview with Kat Magendie here:
Being featured on Fresh Fiction Nov. 30: TWAS THE NIGHT, Sandra Hill et al; a "Fresh Pick" selection.

Closing submissions: Due to the overwhelming but happy wealth of queries we're now receiving, and the fact that we've got nearly 60 books already in the pipeline for 2011, we've made the tough decision to close submissions until March 1.

November 14:

Congrats to Jean Brashear (Goddess of Fried Okra) and Leigh Brill (A Dog Names Slugger) on subrights to Center Point Large Print.

Retitled: final pub title for 90-year old debut author Delores Durando's women's fiction saga, MARGE'S PLACE; will publish in Feb. 2011 as BEYOND THE BOUGAINVILLEA. The story of early decades 1900's North Dakota to post-Depression northern California, as a young girl survives abuse, a forced marriage and other travails to survive and succeed.

November 10:

Major happy dance! Food Network star Mary Alice (ACE OF CAKES) calls Melissa Ford's Dec. title, LIFE FROM SCRATCH, "chick lit for smarter than average chicks" and says the book "makes me laugh out loud and hungry for dinner."

Acquired: THE WEDDING GIFT, Kathleen McKenna. A surreal literary mystery about a young wife who's drawn into the horrifying history and secrets of the house she and her husband inherit. Publishing in summer 2011.

November 7:

Virginia Brown's cozy mystery series is building a good audience and getting lovely reviews. Book one DIxie Divas, book two Drop Dead Divas, coming this winter bk Dixie Diva Blues and in the works is No. 4 Divas and Dead Rebels. Middle-aged Sex in the City for small town wealthy southern women; aging Divas in historic small Mississippi town turn sleuths to solve belle-society crimes. Great rowdy fun.

November 4:

Sold: German rights on Kalayna Price's ONCE BITTEN and also TWICE DEAD, the first two books of the bestselling Kita Nekai series about a feline shapeshifter-turned-vampire. To Blanvalet, by Dr. Michael Wenzel of Editio-Dialog Agency, Lille, France.

Contact information regarding translation rights for Bell Bridge Books titles:


Dr. Michael Wenzel

Literary Scouting Agency/Foreign Language Rights

51 rue Marcel Hénaux

59000 Lille

Phone: 0033-3-20180375


Acquired: WALK AWAY JOE, romantic suspense novel, author Donnell Ann Bell. Police Lieutenant JOE CRANDALL is on the fast track for Commander when he learns his new neighbor is the woman he sent to prison 15 years earlier. Joe already has one strike that could bias his superiors against him. He’s divorced. Now MELANIE NORRIS’ kid has befriended his son and the two basketball playing teens are inseparable. Add that Melanie’s former warden suggested she move to Colorado Springs so that a recently released convict can’t find her, and Lieutenant Crandall faces a combustible equation.

November 1:

Congrats to Jean Brashear on publication of her anthology MIDNIGHT KISS, a bigtime release from Harlequin starring NYT bestseller Robyn Carr. Also featured Victoria Dahl.

Congrats to Kalayna Price on fab reviews for her GRAVE WITCH series from ROC. Happily, this is boosting sales for our HAVEN books by Kalayna.

Upcoming fab features of our titles at iBookstore: TWAS THE NIGHT (Sandra Hill, Trish Jensen, Kate Holmes) on free one week starting mid-November; SWEETIE (Kathryn Magendie) on free one week around Thanksgiving.

Film agent news: Our TV/film rights are now represented by Erica Silverman of Trident Media Group.

October 27:

Congrats to our seven finalists in the EPIC awards for ebooks. In fantasy: Anthony Francis, Kalayna Price, Leigh Bridger and Marilee Brothers; in mystery, Carolyn McSparren, in mainstream fiction, Jean Brashear, and in nonfiction, Leigh Brill. Awards will be presented in March at the EPIC conference in Williamsburg, VA.

October 19:

Now in top twenty at Amazon Kindle Paid list: ONLY YOU, Deborah Grace Staley.

October 14:

In the acquisition process: our first Christmas Regency anthology. For Xmas 2011. New book trailer for 2010 romance Xmas novel TWAS THE NIGHT, here:


Acquired: DRAGONSLAYER, Bill Allen, book one in a middle-grade fantasy series about a likable, nerdy teen who finds himself at the center of a prophecy that requires him to rescue princesses and battle dragons, to Debra Dixon at Bell Bridge Books. Publishing in January 2011.

October 11:

Still riding high in Kindle Free top ten: ONLY YOU, DIXIE DIVAS, ON BEAR MOUNTAIN.
Announcing soon: we're adding a fulltime editor to Deb Smith's Editorial staff.

2011 tentative publishing schedule here:
(Not yet listed below: Lunatic Ghost series, Sharon Sala, YA, a fifth River historical from Jackie Cook, a light mystery from Jackie Cook)

Twas The Night 11/1/2010 Sandra Hill, et al
Sweetie 11/15/2010 Kat Magendie
Mariposa Landing 11/15/2010 Margaret Nava
The Year She Fell 11/15/2010 Alicia Rasley
Life From Scratch 12/1/2010 Melissa Ford
Blood Rock 1/15/2011 Anthony Francis
The Branding 1/15/2011 Micaela Wendell
Greg Hart Dragonslayer 1/15/2011 Bill Allen
Big Eddy 2/1/2011 Janice Daugharty
Mossy Creek # 8 2/15/2011 Team MC
Third Blood 2/15/2011 Kalayna Price
Her Best Catch 2/15/2011 Lindi Peterson
Hawk's Mountain 2/15/2011 Elizabeth Sinclair
Marge's Place 2/15/2011 Delores L. Durando
Fang Me 3/15/2011 Parker Blue
In A Golden State 3/15/2011 Jill Barnett
Gone 4/1/2011 Nell Dickerson
All Different Kinds of Free 4/1/2011
Short Story Book 4/15/2011 Multiple Authors
Short Story Anthology 4/15/2011 Multiple Authors
Liquid Fire 4/15/2011 Anthony Francis
One Hoof In the Grave 5/15/2011 Carolyn Mcsparren
Eyewall 5/15/2011 Buzz Bernard
Done To Death 5/15/2011 Mark Nykanen
The Point of No Return 5/15/2011 Ken Casper
Angel Ridge #4 6/1/2011 Deb G. Staley
7 Titles Augusta Troubaugh 6/15/2011 Augusta Trobaugh
Hainted Love 6/15/2011 Maureen Hardegree
Catahoula - Cane Creek mystery?? 6/15/2011 Virginia Brown
Moon ?? 4 - Brothers 7/1/11 Marilee Brothers
Liquid Fire 7/15/2011 Anthony Francis
Moon # 4 7/15/2011 Marilee Brothers
Cheerleader # 2 7/15/2011 Adrianne Ambrose
Diva # 3 8/15/2011 Virginia Brown

October 6:

Drumroll: We are so pleased to acquire this fabulous historical by journalist and novelist Jessica McCann, repped by Natalie Fischer at the Diskstra Agency: An incredible blend of history and narrative, All Different Kinds of Free is the heartbreaking story of Margaret Morgan, a free black woman in Pennsylvania in 1837, kidnapped and sold into slavery – and denied the right to her freedom in court nearly 20 years before the historic Dred Scott case, fanning the early sparks of contention that eventually led to the Civil War.

We will pub via trade paper and ebook in March 2011 to coincide with start of Civil War 150th anniversary commemorations.

Ruling the Top Five at Kindle Free List today: our three promo titles (see below)

October 4: now on Kindle for two weeks free: DIXIE DIVAS (MYSTERY) Virginia Brown, ON BEAR MOUNTAIN, women's fiction, Deborah Smith, ONLY YOU, romance, Deborah Grace Staley.

Update Oct. 4 p.m.: All three titles in top ten at Kindle Free.

September 27

If you're going to the Frankfurt Book Fair say hello to Dr. Michael Wenzel, of the Editio-Dialog Agency, Lille, France. Michael handles the European territory and parts of Asia for us. His recent sales include our Unbidden Magic and Demon Underground YA series, our mermaid novel, ALICE AT HEART, and women's fiction A GENTLE RAIN and A PLACE TO CALL HOME.

Returned from SIBA (Southeastern Booksellers trade show) last weekend: we continue to see evidence of how the economy has hurt traditional bookstores in combination with online retail and ebooks. Explored the new Blio software via Baker & Taylor, who is pitching it to booksellers as a way to sell ebooks from their store websites. Nice shout out to old friends and Mossy Creek authors Patti Callahan Henry and Karen White.

Best fun books-related exhibitor:; these very sweet pendants feature vintage book covers. Attendees were buying them like crazy.

For all book reviewers: we are now featuring titles on, where you can register for free to download full e-files for review. Currently on Net Galley: SWEETIE, Kat magendie, women's fiction; Haint Misvehavin', Maureen Hardegree, YA, A Little Deat hin Dixie, Lisa Turner, suspense, A Dog named Slugger, Leigh Brill, non-fiction.

September 23

Welcome to our list: NYT bestseller Sharon Sala's new "Lunatic" series, YA paranormal mysteries about a teen girl who solves crimes with the help of ghostly friends. Publishing in spring 2011. The series has been optioned for film.

September 17

Welcome a new assistant to the BelleBooks' family: Jane Forest, handling the ever-growing world of book bloggers. As our out-reach and liaison Jane will coordinate the submission of our review galleys and also set up contests and author interviews. She can be contacted at

We'll be at SIBA in Daytona Beach next weekend. If you're attended stop by our booth for candy and a free book or two.

September 14

Coming in November (with free Kindle promo scheduled), TWAS THE NIGHT, an endearing and romantic Christmas novel about an oddball assortment of ex-lovers, senior citizens and others forced to share the only bus that can get them home to Maine for the holidays. By acclaimed authors Sandra Hill, Kate Holmes and Trish Jensen.

September 10

SOLD: large print rights for book 3 in Deborah Grace Staley's ANGEL RIDGE series, WHAT THE HEART WANTS, to Thorndike, Hazel Rumney, editor.

September 9

Lisa Turner's A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE still riding high at Kindle bestseller list.
Acquired: HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS, anthology/reprint, Sandra Hill, Kate Holmes, Trish Jensen for December 2010.

September 8

Now posted at excerpt EYEWALL, the killer hurricane thriller by retired Weather Channel meterologist Buzz Bernard.

Sold: French rights to Deborah Smith's southern mermaid fantasy, ALICE AT HEART

September 7

Sold: large print rights for books one and two of Jacquelyn Cook's River series, Civil War historicals, to Thorndike Large Print.

September 3

See for a selection of our titles submitted for film rights consideration.

Coming June 2011: DONE TO DEATH, acclaimed suspense writer Mark Nykanen's (PRIMITIVE, SEARCH ANGEL, HUSH,) new crime/mystery novel. Gwyn Sanders, an L.A. therapist, herself with a dark family background marred by her abusive step-father, counsels convicted wife abusers. When someone begins murdering her patients in a style that suggests revenge for their acts against women, Gwyn becomes a suspect and then a potential target. She allies professionally and romantically with elegantly sardonic Dr. Howard Harkins, a specialist in serial killers.

September 2

Sold: German rights to Anthony Francis' urban fantasy FROST MOON, Droemersche Verlagsanstalt.

September 1

DIXIE still rocking the top tier of Kindle list; film/TV inquiry on Hardegree's middle grade Ghost Handler series, Chinese rights sold on Mark Nykanen's Primitive; acquired; THE INCREDIENTS OF GUMBO, short stories by Julia Schuster, author of Kindle bestselling FLOWER FOR ELVIS.

August 27

Lisa Turner's A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE still riding high in top ten at Kindle, no. 1 in mystery; 60-plus reviews at 4.5 star average. Agent Robert Gottlieb signed Lisa as a client this week, repping film rights for "Dixie".

Acquired: two more books in Maureen Hardegree's Ghost Handler series for middle-grade readers; two more books in Adrianne Ambrose's "What I Learned" middle grade series; the first book in Harlequin author Ken Casper's mystery series, THE POINT OF NO RETURN.

Jean Brashear (THE GODDESS OF FRIED OKRA) continues to get amazing fan mail from readers who gave her novel a try during a free Kindle promotion last month. The novel only recently dropped out of the top 100 at Kindle.

Julia Schuster's FLOWERS FOR ELVIS also scored well at Kindle and stayed in top 100 for more than two weeks.

August 24

WHAT I LEARNED FROM HAVING A BOYFRIEND, Adrianne Ambrose, the sequel to her bestselling middle-grade book WHAT I LEARNED FROM BEING A CHEERLEADER, in a three-book deal to Debra Dixon at Bell Bridge Books.

August 23, 2010

Newest tally: In 2010 so far, BelleBooks/Bell Bridge has put 20 titles on the ebook bestseller lists, including longterm stars FROST MOON, ONCE BITTEN and TWICE DEAD on the Dark Fantasy list at No. 1 at Kindle for Deborah Smith's The Crossroads Cafe. Multiple Top Ten and Top Five titles at Kindle.

August 22, 2010

On its last day of price promotion, A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE holds the Kindle No. 1 spots in four categories: 1. Overall full list 2. action adventure list 3. suspense list 4. thriller list. With 41 reviews averaging 4.5 stars. Tomorrow the book moves to the Paid list where we hope for a nice long ride.

August 19, 2010

LIFE FROM SCRATCH author Melissa Ford had an excellent response to her reading at Mediabistro's book club event in Manhattan this week. Stay tuned for news of a major celebrity endorsement...

A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE still No. 1 at Kindle Free; FLOWERS FOR ELVIS still in top 30 Paid, GODDESS OF FRIED OKRA still in top 100 Paid; at iBookstore WHAT I LEARNED FROM BEING A CHEERLEADER hanging steady in top 30 children's list.

August 15, 2010

Number 1! On Amazon free Kindle list today: A little death in dixie, Lisa Turner. Hanging in top ten: FLOWERS FOR ELVIS, julia schuster.

August 9, 2010

No, 3 on the Kindle Free list today: A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE, suspense, Lisa Turner.

August 5, 2010

Now rocking the Paid list at Kindle: Goddess of Fried Okra and A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street.

July 28, 2010

No. 1 on Kindle free list today: GODDESS OF FRIED OKRA. No. 5 on Kindle free list today: FLOWER BLOOMS ON CHARLOTTE STREET. yay

July 26, 2010

Two weeks free on Kindle starting today: A FLOWER BLOOMS ON CHARLOTTE STREET, Milam McGraw Propst, children's fiction, and THE GODDESS OF FRIED OKRA, Jean Brashear, women's fiction.

July 23, 2010

Who rules the Dark Fantasy list at Barnes and Noble's FICTIONWISE.COM ebook site? WE DO. Bell Bridge Books and our pal ImaJinn books, holds the majority of slots in the top 25.

July 21, 2010

Acquired: Terrific suspense novel about a Cat 5 hurricane on the Georgia coast. By retired, well-known senior meterologist (The Weather Channel) Buzz Bernard. More info here.

July 18, 2010

Acquired: Sandra Hill Christmas antholoy

Acquired: 6 backlist and 1 new title from Augusta Trobaugh, represented by Harvey Klinger, New York. Ebook rights only to backlist titles including the acclaimed SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN. All rights to MUSIC FROM BEYOND THE MOON. Sophie and the Rising Sun is under film option.

July 9, 2010

Terrific review WHAT I LEARNED FROM BEING A CHEERLEADER, Adrianne Ambrose, here:

Terrific review TENDER GRACES, Kat Magendie, at the venerable site STORY CIRCLE

July 5, 2010

Drumroll: Melissa Ford's foodie/blogger novel, LIFE FROM SCRATCH, selected for Mediabistro's August Book Club event in Manhattan.

FROST MOON by Anthony Francis still on the lists at Amazon Kindle.

June 30, 2010

iBookstore promotion spurs big jump for Frost Moon at Amazon, too.

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#57 in Kindle Store ::]] Kindle Books > Fiction > Contemporary Fiction
#8 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Fantasy
#14 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy

Print List

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #83 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Magic & Wizards

June 29, 2010

FROST MOON at No. 2 in iBookstore

June 23, 2010

FROST MOON at No. 4 OVERALL at iBookstore today.

June 22, 2010

Sold Swedish serialization rights Deborah Smith's WHEN VENUS FELL, women's fiction.

DRUMROLL! Anthony Francis FROST MOON at No. 1 in sci/fy and fantasy at iBookstore; No.9 overall. PAID list not free.

June 21, 2010

Sold for Russian translation: TENDER GRACES and SECRET GRACES, Kat Magendie.
Starting 99 cent promo today on iBookstore: FROST MOON, Anthony Francis.

June 20, 2010

Now online at YouTube: Leigh Brill's professionally filmed video story discussing her work with service dogs and her book, A Dog Named Slugger. Made by videographer John Carlin.

Now posted at for the filmmaking comunity to study: FROST MOON, THE CROSSROADS CAFE and THE GODDESS OF FRIED OKRA.

June 16, 2010

Our first Apple iBookstore promotion starts June 22 for two weeks. Anthony Francis' debut urban fantasy novel, FROST MOON, will be on sale for 99 cents. Also coming soon, a 99 cent promotion for middle-grade debut, WHAT I LEARNED FROM BEING A CHEERLEADER, by Adrianne Ambrose, and in August for MOON SPUN, Marilee Brothers, book three in the Unbidden Magic teen fantasy series.

June 9, 2010

Now available: review galleys for middle-grade books WHAT I LEARNED FROM BEING A CHEERLEADER and HAINT MISBEHAVIN, also suspense A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE.

June 8, 2010

See author Kalayna Price in her sexy promo outfit at Carolina Con:

June 3, 2010

Hot new video trailer for Lisa Turner's July suspense, A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE

June 2, 2010

What we're currently seeking: strong urban fantasy for YA and adult featuring angels. Our European agent says angels are the hot new element in fantasy.

May 31, 2010

Hurray: featured on BonneBell's Lipsmackers site:; our summer middle-grade books HAINT MISBEHAVIN BY MAUREEN HARDEGREE AND WHAT I LEARNED FROM BEING A CHEERLEADER BY ADRIANNE AMBROSE.

Magendie's TENDER GRACES holding strong on Kindle top 25 for more than 30 days now; sequel SECRET GRACES still holding in top 100 for Lit Fic.

May 27, 2010

SOUL CATCHER, by Leigh Bridger aka NYT bestselling women's fiction author Deobrah Smith, now at No. 17 on Kindle Paid list after a brief promotion on the free list. We hope this is evidence that splitting the lists did not damage the effectiveness of the giveaway program. So far, so good. Hurray!

May 24, 2010

TENDER GRACES, Kathryn Magendie, holding strong on new Kindle Paid List, at No. 12 overall. Sequel SECRET GRACES trending upwards on top 100 Lit Fic list; reached 65 on May 23. SOUL CATCHER, urban fantasy by Leigh Bridger, at No. 8 on Kindle Free list.
Coming from Kat Magendie and Bell Bridge Books this summer: Novella/anthology featuring Kat Magendie and NYT bestseller Sarah Addison Allen; coming from Kat Magendie this fall: SWEETIE, a coming-of-age crossover YA novel about the friendship between a shy girl and her wild, exuberant classmate in the Appalachian mountains.

We will be announcing MAJOR LAUNCH coming soon for 12 ebook backlist titles acquired from NYT and USA Today multiple-bestselling historical author.

Meet us this summer at Romance Writers of America national conference, where we're hosting a workshop and holding editorial appointments. Also this fall at SIBA and NEIBA. We will also be speaking, along with several of our fantasy authors at Dragon Con in Atlanta.

May 20, 2010

Still in top ten on PAID Kindle list: TENDER GRACES.
Strong sellers BITE ME AND TRY ME, YA fantasy
Also Anthony Francis FROST MOON

Really excited about upcoming LIFE FROM SCRATCH, our Julia and Julie novel by well-known blogger Melissa Ford.
A DOG NAMED SLUGGER by Leigh Brill set to begin a major promotional campaign soon.
Just made an offer on grand historical novel in the Thornbirds vein. More news soon.

MAY 15, 2010

Off sale but still in the top five at Kindle; TENDER GRACES, Kat Magendie. Despite being mis-labeled by bloggers as Christian fiction or historical romance, this literary women's fiction novel is still kicking butt. Also, its sequel, SECRET GRACES, is now in the top 100 of the Kindle Literary Fiction list.

Free on Kindle next week: SOUL CATCHER, by Leigh Bridger (aka bestselling women's ficiton author Deborah Smith) and the first book of the YA middle grade Americana series, OCIEE NASH, by Milam McGraw Propst.

May 13, 2010

We're very disappointed that Amazon has, apparently, caved to complaints from the Big 6 publishers and will now begin separating the free Kindle books from the regular bestseller list. Here's the real rub: the Big 6 offer free editions of their books on Kindle, just like the rest of us do. But *our* free books are kicking *their* free books' butts. TENDER GRACES by Kat Magendie has ruled the top three at Kindle since it went on sale a week ago.

If the Big 6 don't think the freebies represent what readers really want, then how come the Big 6 aren't dominating the list with their own free titles? (from major authors such as James Patterson.)

This really smells like a corporate coup to drive the little pubs off the scene. Why is Amazon caving? It's not like the free books aren't driving sales. In the past three months our free titles have promoted sales of our books both in print and Kindle, putting a LOT of money in Amazon's coffers.

So why is Amazon penalizing us and other presses by kicking our books off the main lists? Will the new "Free Kindle" list be just a ghetto where readers only browse? Will readers continue to test a free book then buy the author's newest title or other backlist, as they're doing now?


See my comments in the L.A. Times Jacket Flap blog, also at Galley Cat.

May 9, 2010

Bought: HER BEST CATCH, sweet romance, by debut author Lindi Peterson
Bought: HAWK'S MOUNTAIN, sweet romance, by veteran author Elizabeth Sinclair
Now at No. 2 on Kindle bestseller list: TENDER GRACES, Kat Magendie
Still in top five at Fictionwise Dark Fantasy, FROST MOON (Francis) TWICE DEAD (Price)

Our current wish list for new books is: short Regencies, either traditional or with fantasy elements; a mystery series set in the world of Civil War reenactors; fantasy of all kinds, adult and YA

May 6, 2010

BIG KUDOS TO KAT MAGENDIE: her novel, TENDER GRACES, was mentioned today in the Los Angeles Times book blog, JACKET FLAP, in an article about Kindle promotions.

Sold to Editor Hazel Rumney at Thorndike for large print: HUMMINGBIRD RIDGE, MARGARET NAVA. The second book in Nava's series about the adventures of sixtyish snowbird Angela Dunn, whose adventures living in Florida were chronicled in EGRET COVE. Now married to her Italian boyfriend, Angela moves with him to a beautiful farm in West Virginia. Coming next from Nava: MARIPOSA LANDING.

May 5, 2010

FINALIZED: acquisition of LIFE FROM SCRATCH, a blogger/foodie novel by well-known BlogHer writer Melissa Ford. Originally titled Love Bites, this fun, sweet book tells the story of a newly divorced Manhattan woman trying to sort through her failed marriage by learning to cook and blogging about it. An insider look at the world of blogs by and for women.

Sold: foreign rights to Spain for the Demon Underground Series (Parker Blue, YA Fantasy) and the Unbidden Magic Series (Marilee Brothers, YA Fantasy)

Upcoming Feature: A DOG NAMED SLUGGER, excerpted in Just Labs Magazine. Also to be featured in the August catalog of library wholesaler Follet, with a special focus for YA markets.

Now Featured on's ROMANTIC READS BOOK CLUB: The Goddess of Fried Okra, by Jean Brashear.

Still topping the Fictionwise ebook lists: Frost Moon, Anthony Francis; Try Me, Parker Blue, the Haven Series, Kalayna Price

Now in Top Five at Amazon Kindle: TENDER GRACES, Kathryn Magendie

April 24 2010

FROST MOON still no. 1 in dark fantasy at Fictionwise and now in top 100 at Kindle fantasy.

APRIL 20 2010
Great review THE GODDESS OF FRIED OKRA by Jean Brashear

April 19, 2010

Sold: French translation rights: MOONSTONE AND MOON RISE, MARILEE BROTHERS, young adult fantasy.

April 16, 2010

Big kudos to Leigh Brill and A DOG NAMED SLUGGER. Booklist has just released a review that praises Slugger as "irresistible" and says "it will warm the hearts of dog lovers everywhere."

April 9, 2010

TWELVE SACRED TRADITIONS still riding high at Amazon. No. 11 on Kindle, No. 1 in various smaller categories, also on top ten category lists for print sales.
Fantasy novels still atop the lists at

April 7, 2010

Frost Moon, Anthony Francis still No. 1 Dark Fantasy list Fictionwise, K Price Twice Dead and Once Bitten still in top five; Try Me, Parker Blue, still No. 1 in Young Adult; at Amazon Kindle Haywood Smith TWELVE SACRED TRADITIONS still in top ten.

Coming soon: Details on sale of Marilee Brother's Unbidden Magic series and Parker Blue's Demon Underground series (both are YA fantasy) for French translation.

April 2, 2010

Announcing new acquisition: Untitled women's fiction novel by well-known BlogHer writer Melissa Ford. This fun, light-hearted story of a woman teaching herself to cook will appeal to the Julie and Julia readership but also incorporates an insider view of the world of blogs by and about women's interests. Repped by Katherine Fausset at Curtis Brown.

April 1, 2010

We rule the Fictionwise bestseller lists today. No. 1 in Dark Fantasy: Kalayna Price's TWICE DEAD; No. 3 in Dark Fantasy, Price's prequel, ONCE BITTEN; No. 6 in Dark Fantasy, Anthony Francis' FROST MOON; also No. 1 in Young Adult, Parker Blue's TRY ME.

March 26, 2010

TST now at No. 2 on Amazon, hurray!
THE GODDESS OF FRIED OKRA, Jean Brashear, women's fiction, to be featured on's Romantic Reads Book Club in May, hosted by Eloisa James.

March 25, 2010

Kindle news: A scheduling mistake put Haywood Smith's TWELVE SACRED TRADITIONS OF MAGNIFICENT MOTHERS IN LAW on the Kindle freebie sale a month early, so it launched yesterday afternoon. Now it's already at No. 5 on the overall list, No. 2 in Movers and Shakers, and No 1 in several sub-categories. Another Kindle promotional success.

March 24, 2010

In the works: all our ebook editions at Apple iBookstore and Sony. Our ebook sales are escalating upwards dramatically thanks to Kindle promotions which we began testing two months ago with terrific success. Also is a strong seller of our genre titles (particularly fantasy and YA.) TWICE DEAD (Kalayna Price) and TRY ME (Parker Blue) remain on the Fictionwise bestseller list. At Kindle, PRIMITIVE, BOOTH'S SISTER and MOONSTONE continue to ride high on their respective genre lists two weeks after going off sale.

March 19, 2010

Updated Kindle Giveaways:

April: BITE ME, Parker Blue, SOUL CATCHER, Leigh Bridger aka Deborah Smith, TWELVE SACRED TRADITIONS OF MAGNIFICENT MOTHERS IN LAW, Haywood Smith;
May: A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE, Lisa Turner, TENDER GRACES, Kathryn Magendie;
June: A FLOWER BLOOMS ON CHARLOTTE STREET, boon one, Ociee Nash series, Milam McGraw Propst

March 16, 2010

PRIMITIVE, MOONSTONE and BOOTH'S SISTER still in Kindle Top Ten after going off sale yesterday. Also Number one in their respective categories.

Coming in April from Bell Bridge: THE GODDESS OF FRIED OKRA, women's fiction, Jean Brashear. This title will be featured on's Romantic Reads Book Club. SECRET GRACES, women's fiction, Kathryn Magendie. The sequel to Magendie's acclaimed TENDER GRACES.
Coming in May: A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE, debut author Lisa Turner, mystery/suspense. In the tradition of James Lee Burke. What begins as a simple missing person's case in Memphis mushrooms into a high-powered intrigue of secrets, passion, murder and cover-ups.

Next Free Kindle giveaway: April: BITE ME, Parker Blue, book one in the young adult fantasy series DEMON UNDERGROUND. A Buffy-style teen girl (but she's half-demon) and her faithful hellhound, Fang, are immersed in the world San Antonio's vamps and demons. Book two, TRY ME, currently a top five YA seller at

Also at Kalayna Price's two HAVEN novels, about a feline shapeshifter turned vampire; both titles currently in top five of Dark Fantasy list and TWICE DEAD in top five of Highest Rated Dark Fantasy list.

MARCH 14, 2010

Kat Magendie's TENDER GRACES nominated for SIBA Book Awards.

PRIMITIVE, BOOTH'S SISTER and MOONSTONE remain in the top ten at Amazon Kindle list; go off sale March 14.

Jean Brashear and her breakout women's fiction novel, THE GODDESS OF FRIED OKRA, to be featured at Romantic Reads book club in April.

March 4, 2010

New Acquisition: SWEETIE, by Kathryn Magendie, author of the Graces saga, TENDER GRACES and upcoming SECRET GRACES. Sweetie is classic teen-friendship novel appropriate for older YA readers and adults. Over-weight, bespectacled twelve-year-old Melissa is captivated by wild-mountain-girl Sweetie. As the two friends explore the Western North Carolina mountains where Sweetie lives, they learn about friendship and family, loss and love, loyalty and betrayal. Before the tragedy that changes their lives, and causes Melissa to lose her friend to the mountain sprits, the two become friends, blood sisters, confidants, and caretakers of secrets. At the end of that summer, Sweetie makes a sacrifice that only twelve-year-old Sweetie could make for her mother, and alternatively, Melissa makes a selfish decision, then can only stand by and watch as her friend is there, then gone.

North Carolina author Magendie is also a poet; she co-publishes The Rose and Thorn ezine.

Publishing SWEETIE in trade paper and ebook November 2010

March 3, 2010

NEW ACQUISITION: The Richest Girl in Town, by veteran author Alicia Rashley, women's fiction, about a woman whose life begins to unravel when she meets her husband's grown son, a son she never knew about. For trade paper and ebook in early 2011.

MOONSTONE, Marilee Brothers, now a Kindle bestseller, top fifteen, young adult and fantasy.

March 2, 2010

PRIMITIVE by Mark Nykanen now at No. 1 in Kindle Store, BOOTH'S SISTER by Jane Singer at No. 3. HAPPY DANCE!

March 1, 2010

SCORE! WE RULE KINDLE BESTSELLER LISTS AGAIN. Two hours after going on sale at Kindle, Mark Nykanen's PRIMITIVE is No. 1 on the Suspense list and Jane Singer's BOOTH'S SISTER is No. 1 on the Historical Fiction list.

Feb. 24, 2010

Former NBC newsman Mark Nykanen's PRIMITIVE scored a great review at the blog, CLIMATE PROGRESS, run by Dr. Joseph Romm, called by TIME magazine "the Web's most influential climate-change blogger." Reviewer John Atcheson, a climate change expert who's written for the Washington Post and other major newspapers, says PRIMITIVE is "a thriller pure and simple – the reader hops into a rocket sled and holds on for dear life, in a nail chewing ride full of action, gut wrenching fear and genuine terror."

PRIMITIVE goes on sale next week March 1-14 in a free Kindle download at

Feb. 22, 2010

Bestseller! Kalayna Price's TWICE DEAD, BOOK Two of her Haven series about a shapeshifting cat-woman trapped in the world of vampires, has hit No. 2 on the Dark Fantasy list at Book One, ONCE BITTEN, has jumped back on the same list, at No. 12. ONCE BITTEN was also a top-five Kindle bestseller in January.

Feb. 21, 2010

BelleBooks confirmed at RWA National: Debra Dixon and Deborah Smith will be in attendance as Editors, and will be taking appointments.

Feb. 19, 2010

Reported in today's Deal News:

Adrianne Ambrose's WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT BEING A CHEERLEADER, the humorous, endearing diary of a middle school geek who wins a spot as a cheerleader that changes her life, to Debra Dixon at Bell Bridge Books, in a nice deal, for publication in July 2010 (World).

Feb. 18, 2010

Fun with pictures: Author Kat Magendie posting "naked" pictures of herself reading her novel.

Another blurb on Galley Cat about us:

New purchase: "What I learned About Being a Cheerleader" By Adrian Ambrose. Great, funny YA.

Feb 7, 2010

NOW ON KINDLE: Twice Dead, sequel to Kalayna Price's bestselling ONCE BITTEN, which went to No. One on Kindle last month.

Coming March 1: another two-week giveaway on Kindle. BOOTH'S SISTER, PRIMITIVE, MOONSTONE.

Big PR planned for Leigh Brill's A DOG NAMED SLUGGER. Publicist David Ratner of Neman Communications, Boston, now on board. Major push planned to put Brill on TV, radio, etc.

Finishing touches Anthony Francis' FROST MOON. A March 1 release.

Feb. 3, 2010

Thank you Books a Million for featuring Kat Magendie's Tender Graces video on your site:

We've bought a new YA book. More news soon.

Feb 1, 2010

Featured on the cover of Ingram Advance FINE PRINT newsletter this month: A GENTLE RAIN, Deborah Smith

NOW ON SALE AND FEATURED in ads on Indie bookselling sites across the south: Janice Daugharty's THE LITTLE KNOWN

January 28, 2010

Launched, step one: TWICE DEAD, Kalayna Price, book two in the Haven series. Book One has been an ebook and print bestseller, most recently taking the top Fantasy spot at See TWICE DEAD at and next week on and elsewhere.

Other news: Confirmed: March Kindle giveaway for Booth's Sister, Jane Singer; Primitive, Mark Nykanen; Moonstone, Marilee Brothers. March 1 to March 14.

January 26, 2010

Yesterday sent us the December numbers on our Kindle ebook giveaways and sales. We're not ready to announce the full results (we want to see January numbers too, which won't be available for several weeks) but I can say this much: the critics who claim that only a few thousand downloads will put a book in the Kindle top ten are very VERY wrong. The figures we've got for, essentially, one prime week of promotions on Kindle at the end of the month, will blow ALL claims of low-download figures out of the water. And that was before our books took over four of the five top slots after Jan 1. Those figures, which will be in the January report, will certainly be interesting.

January 21, 2010

Coming soon, Book trailer, FROST MOON.

January 20, 2010

First review, FROST MOON, Anthony Francis.
From Bitten By Books
"Brilliant... reserve a place on your book shelf."

January 19, 2010

Another Kindle promo success story: one of the five titles we placed for free on Kindle after Xmas was Carolyn McSparren's four-year-old women's fiction novel, ALL GOD'S CREATURES, the story of a Memphis debutante, circa 1960, who defies convention to become a trailblazing veterinarian. Chock full of great anecdotes McSparren gathered from women veterinarians, both about their human and animal-patient escapades, the book is a great read but never really found a wide audience--until now. The Kindle promo garnered a rush of glowing reviews from readers (as good as James Herriot's books, several said) and print sales shot up.

Now we're relaunching the book with a massive e-galley giveaway next month at Library Thing.

Look for these titles, free, on Kindle, in March: BITE ME, Parker Blue's book one of the Demon Underground series, a YA urban fantasy series set in Texas and featuring a teen half-demon vamp fighter. Also PRIMITIVE, by ex-NBC newsman Mark Nykanen, an eco-thriller featuring a kidnapped fashion model, a neo-primitive cult, and a plot by the CIA to hide a catastrophic bit of news about global warming.

January 18, 2010

The Crossroads Cafe, Deborah Smith, continues to stay on Amazon bestseller list even though the free giveaway ended more than a week ago. the book now has more than 100 great reviews and an overall rating of 4.5 stars.

Pulitzer nominee Janice Daugharty's first Young Adult book, THE LITTLE KNOWN, launches this week. A coming of age story set in segregated Ga. town 1960's, starring a young AA boy who finds a robber's lost loot and begins playing Secret Santa for needy neighbors, black and white.

January 16, 2010

Books we'd like to find and buy: 1. A mystery series set in the world of Civil War reenactors. 2. Regency romances, both new and reprints. 3. As always, more fantasy novels, both YA and adult, all types. 4. Self-help and how-to, especially crafts and tarot-card reading.

January 14, 2010

SIGNED: Author Janice Daugharty (THE LITTLE KNOWN) for a second book. BIG EDDY is the multi-generational saga of a family trying to preseve a Southern home.

Updated January 13, 2010

Slate Magazine covered our "Kinder-ella" story about author Gayle Trent's success following the free promo for her mystery series on Amazon.

SIGNED: Author Deborah Grace Staley, for three more novels in the popular ANGEL RIDGE series. Small-town romances, charming, gentle, set in the mountains of Tennesee. Book 3, Mountain Mist, comes out in September 2010; Books 4, 5 and 6 in 2011-2012.

Today on Amazon, our Kalayna Price's ONCE BITTEN is the Number 2 book in Fantasy. Number 1 is Stephanie Meyers and Number 3 is Stephanie Meyers. Way to keep some great company, Kalayna!

The Crossroads Cafe, Deborah Smith, remains Number 1 on Amazon Kindle, even though the sale has ended and the book is back to its regular 9.99 price.

In other good news; Gayle Trent, our mystery author (Daphne Martin cake decorating series, MURDER TAKES THE CAKE and DEAD PAN) has signed with uber agent Robert Gottlieb. He will be working with us to find a splashy new home for Gayle's series. We totally support our authors' progress and success, including moving them up the food chain of publishing . . .

Last but not least, our new fantasy series, SKIN DANCER, by debut author Anthony Francis, is careening through production and drawing absolute, total RAVES from early insider reads. Filled with adventure, humor, edgy characters and an incredible alternate reality, this story of a "magical tattoo artist" in modern Atlanta is going to rock the fantasy readers' world. Book one, FROST MOON, introduces the coolest heroine evah: tattoo specialist and "skin dancer" Dakota Frost, a tall, gorgeous, bi-sexual twenty-something whose tats are admiringly known as "Frost bites."

Dakota is caught up in a police investigation into serial killings of tattooed victims, and also plunges into the middle of Atlanta's vampire and were-shifter societies, when she's asked to ink a "control charm" into the skin of a werewolf who is a suspect in the killings.

Seductive, surprising, filled with astonishing scenes evoking visuals we can't easily describe, this series, we predict, will score film and/or TV options and could become a major franchise.

Review copies are now available. email Deb Smith, Editor, at

Other projects moving through production for spring pub dates are: A DOG NAMED SLUGGER, Leigh Brill, THE GODDESS OF FRIED OKRA, by Jean Brashear (with a long list of fabulous author endorsements, including Susan Wiggs, Stella Cameron, Pamela Morsi and Debbie Macomber!), Bo Sebastian's THE GIRLFRIEND'S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING MEN, WRITTEN BY A GAY FRIEND (carrying endorsements from entertainers LeeAnn Rimes and Mindy McCready!) TWICE DEAD, Kalayna Price's second vampire novel, TRY ME, Parker Blue's new YA vamp novel, and introducing a fantastic new debut author, LISA TURNER, whose suspense novel, A DEATH IN DIXIE, will be listed here soon for consideration.

Old news from week of Jan 4:

Wow, what a week! BelleBooks titles took four of the five top spots at Amazon Kindle, occupying at one point both Number one (THE CROSSROADS CAFE, Deborah Smith) and Number two (MURDER TAKES THE CAKE, Gayle Trent.) Also, the books dominated their respective bestseller categories in both print and ebook. The unexpected success of BelleBooks' decision to give away some ebook editions free for two weeks following Christmas has led to widespread publicity for BelleBooks and individual authors; including rights inquiries and one author being contacted by a major big-time literary agent. Kalayna Price's ONCE BITTEN was Number One in Fantasy. The excerpt for her sequel, TWICE DEAD, received 2,000 views in two days at

We will definitely be trying this type of giveaway again in the future.

Coming up this month: major e-galley offer for THE LITTLE KNOWN, Janice Daugharty. See the Early Reviewers promo at Library Thing. 300 e-galleys available.

Coming next week: exciting news about endorsements for therapist Bo Sebastian's THE GIRLFRIEND GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING MEN, WRITTEN BY A GAY FRIEND.

Now available: book trailer THE LITTLE KNOWN

Early feedback is calling TLK a new classic in coming-of-age YA lit. 1960's segregated Georgia; young AA boy finds lost bank-robber loot and begins playing Secret Santa to local needy, both black and white. Will he transform their lives by handing out money, or is something more important involved? by acclaimed author Janice Daugharty.

E-galleys available on TLK and all other upcoming titles.

TOP KINDLE BESTSELLERS WEEK OF DEC. 27: Five BelleBooks titles: THE CROSSROADS CAFE, MURDER TAKES THE CAKE, ALL GOD'S CREATUES, ONCE BITTEN, and MOSSY CREEK, all in top 50 overall Kindle bestsellers; also several are No. One in their genre categories.

SOLD: Large Print rights, THE GREENWOOD LEGACY, Jacquelyn Cook, Civil War historical, to Hazel Rumney at Thorndike Press.
INQUIRES: Korean rights, MURDER TAKES THE CAKE and DEAD PAN, by Gayle Trent.
INQUIRIES: Film rights, ALICE AT HEART, Deborah Smith

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Acquired, A DOG NAMED SLUGGER, by Leigh Brill. True story of Brill's struggles to get through college while suffering from congenital cerebral palsy, and how Slugger, a trained companion dog, transformed her life. Heart-warming in the tradition of Marley and Me, Dewey, and others. Brill is a motivational speaker and counselor. Pub date April 1, 2010 in trade paper.

Announcing: Sold, to Thorndike Press, large print rights on Carolyn McSparren's mystery, CART BEFORE THE CORPSE.

Announcing: Soul Catcher, urban fantasy, by Deborah Smith writing as Leigh Bridger, is in the Top Ten bestseller list at (ebook edition) Also No. 4 on the Dark Fantasy list.

Announcing: Fabulous Featured Review for The Further Adventures of Ociee Nash by Milam McGraw Propst, at Midwest Book Review.

ANNOUNCING: Primitive author Mark Nykanen has scored a great, two-book sale to EOS, Harper Collin's sci-fi/fantasy imprint. Mark sold EOS a post-apocalyptic enviro-doomsday series. The series is already getting serious film option inquiries, too. We're thrilled. Always happy to brag when big pubs recognize the quality of our fab authors.

Announcing: To Be Featured in Nov. or Dec.: Deborah Grace Staley's A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (sweet romance) on Knoxville, TN radio station B97.5 book club.

Announcing: Release of Deborah Smith's illustrated children's book, LARD BUTT AND GUACAMOLE. At exclusively. 24 pages, full-color, paperback. The NYT bestseller also has CAT HAIKU on, illustrated by the author. This week, Smith's urban fantasy, SOUL CATCHER (written under pen name Leigh Bridger) debuted at No. 34 on Fictionwise ebook dark fantasy list and is currently featured on the retailer's home page.

Announcing: coming soon on CBC (Canadian public radio) NORTH BY NORTHWEST program, reaching 4 million listeners; an in-depth interview with thriller author MARK NYKANEN (Primitive.)

Announcing: Bell Bridge buys a new urban fantasy series, SKINDANCER, by debut author Anthony Francis. Book One: Frost Moon. Series premise: What if tattoos are "alive" with the spirits of magical beings?

Announcing: a major cable network has asked to see Leigh Bridger (Deborah Smith's) SOUL CATCHER novel about an Asheville folk art who traps demons in her paintings. Also requesting Bell Bridge YA novel MOONSTONE, by Marilee Brothers, about a Seattle teen who discovers she's the Star Seeker of an old prophecy of good versus evil.

Announcing: Bell Bridge buys THE GODDESS OF FRIED OKRA, by top-selling Harlequin author JEAN BRASHEAR. Women's fiction, literary, humor. A grieving woman goes on a whimsical search for her reincarnated sister, using Texas historical markers as a guide. For publication April 2010.

Announcing: Bell Bridge buys third title in Deborah Grace Staley's acclaimed Angel Ridge (sweet romance) series. Book two, A HOME FOR CHRISMTAS, pubbing in Nov. 2009 and Book 3, HEART'S DESIRE, in fall 2010. Book one ONLY YOU, and two have sold large print rights to Thorndike Press.

Drumroll: Bell Bridge Books author Kalayna Price (Once Bitten, Bk one, the Haven series) has scored an auction/very nice deal for a new fantasy series at ROC/Ace, New York. Kalayna's sequel to Once Bitten will be published by Bell Bridge in 2010.

Drumroll: Large print rights to Thorndike for Critters of Mossy Creek, book seven in the Mossy Creek series.

Author Mark Nykanen scores major radio interview on Canada's NORTH BY NORTHWEST program, scheduled for November.

Announcing two new books for our list soon, one women's fiction one YA paranormal.

PRIMITIVE and SOUL CATCHER opening orders very strong, yay.

Now shipping; PRIMITIVE, our eco-thriller by former NBC newsman Mark Nykanen. Strong online sales and direct orders too. Ebook will be on sale next week at

The third OCIEE NASH book, THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF OCIEE NASH, is also up on fictionwise now. Also online and elsewhere.

Drumroll: The first two Ociee Nash ebooks are bestsellers at The newest one goes on sale next week.

Coming up this fall, DEAD PAN, cozy mystery, Gayle Trent; CART BEFORE THE CORPSE, mystery, Carolyn McSparren; HUMMINGBIRD RIDGE, women's fiction, Margaret Nava; PRIMITIVE, thriller, Mark Nykanen, SOUL CATCHER, urban fantasy, Leigh Bridger; A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, sweet romance, Deborah Grace Staley; CRITTERS OF MOSSY CREEK, Bk 7 the MC series, various authors; THE GREENWOOD LEGACY, historical, Jacquelyn Cook; FURTHER ADVENTURES OF OCIEE NASH, YA, Milam Propst.

Now on for reading: Excerpt, Janice Daugharty's 2010 Southern Lit novel, THE LITTLE KNOWN.

New book coming from Margaret Nava: sequel to Egret Cove. December 2009, HUMMINGBIRD RIDGE. Mom Lit about the adventures of 60-ish Angela Dunn as she and her new husband, Gilberto, set up housekeeping in the W. Va. mountains.

Two more titles offered to Southern indie booksellers via SIBA'S Okra Picks program: YA Americana, THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF OCIEE NASH, and THE CRITTERS OF MOSSY CREEK, a Mayberry-ish book set in a small Georgia town.

Coming Oct. 1: Cart Before The Corpse, book one in the new Mossy Creek mystery series, by Carolyn McSparren. Other October titles: Leigh Bridger aka Deborah Smith's SOUL CATCHER, dark urban fantasy; Mark Nykanen's PRIMITIVE, enviro thriller.

Now on for viewing: large excerpts from JANICE DAUGHARTY'S The Little Known also from Jacquelyn Cook's historical, THE CREENWOOD LEGACY.

Meet Author Kathryn Magendie (TENDER GRACES) at SIBA this fall. She'll be signing TENDER GRACES.

On the launch pad: CRITTERS OF MOSSY CREEK, book seven, the Mossy Creek Hometown Series. The Mayberry-ish dramas of a small Georgia mountain town. A "collective novel" in which multiple authors write in the perspective of various established characters. Authors include NYT bestsellers Deborah Smith, Sabrina Jeffries, Sharon Sala and Anne Bishop, also well-known Patti Callahan Henry, Carolyn McSparren, Susan Goggins, Maureen Hardegree and others. Launching later in fall 2009, a Mossy Creek Mystery Series.

In hand: DEAD PAN, sequel to MURDER TAKES THE CAKE, Gayle Trent. Cozy culinary mystery. Coming in fall 2009, trade paper.

Sold: Large print rights, England, MURDER TAKES THE CAKE by Gayle Trent, to BBC Audiobooks.

Scheduled for Winter 2010; anthology combining Sarah Addison Allen's IN MY DREAMS novella and a new novella from Deborah Smith titled THE TOMATO MOONS OF MORNING GLORY. Southern smalltown fiction.

Portugese sales for Deborah Smith's A GENTLE RAIN (women's fiction)reporting very strong; publisher has requested other Smith titles for consideration.

Large print rights for ONLY YOU, Deborah Grace Staley, sweet romance, to Thorndike Large Print.

THESE REVIEW GALLEYS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN JULY: Soul Catcher, Primitive, The Ociee Nash Series (Young Adult Historical), A Home For Christmas, Haint Misbehavin' (YA paranormal). Contact Deb Smith at

Acquired: Girlfriend Wake Up and Smell the Roses, A gay friend's advice on men, Bo Sebastian, clinical hypnotist and life coach

Acquired: Dead Pan, book two in the Daphne Martin cake decorating mysteries, by Gayle Trent

Coming in September: Book 3 Ociee Nash YA series. Americana, turn of the century Mississippi and North Carolina, a 11 year old girl's adventures. First two books became THE ADVENTURES OF OCIEE NASH, starring Keith Carradine and Ty Pennington, Mare Winningham.

All BelleBooks and Bell Bridge Books e-book editions will now be sold via in download pdf. All our ebooks are already available at and in the Amazon Kindle store. Also see excerpts and other title info at Search keywords "BelleBooks" or "Bell Bridge Books" also individual titles.

Ebook Bestseller: Cozy mystery, DIXIE DIVAS, Virgnia Brown,

Acquired: HAIN'T MISBEHAVIN', Maureen Hardegree, YA paranormal, first book in The Ghost Handlers series, publishing spring 2010, trade paper.

Acquired: THE LITTLE KNOWN, by Pulitzer nominee Janice Daugharty (Earl in the Yellow Shirt)to publish Feb. 2010

Acquired: Five more novels for the Haven vampire/shapeshifter series, by debut author Kalayna Price; Book One, ONCE BITTEN (Jan 09) still an ebook bestseller

Acquired: Book Two in the Angel Ridge series by Deborah Grace Staley; sweet small-town Mayberry-ish. A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS TO PUB Nov. 09; Currently: ONLY YOU, on sale now.

Movie Interest: Under option: Deborah Smith's The Crossroads Cafe, to producer Dan Paulson

Subrights sales: Large print to Center Point Press for TENDER GRACES, by Kathryn Magendie

Other News: See nearly sixty book excerpts and promotions including the BBB catalog on SCRIBD.COM. Latest additions: Sneak preview for PRIMITIVE, Mark Nykanen (which is getting strong film and foreign translation interest currently)Also see excerpt posted today for A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.

BelleBooks and its new division, Bell Bridge Books, is a small press owned by four veteran women authors including NYT bestselling author Deborah Smith (A PLACE TO CALL HOME, Bantam Books.)

BelleBooks publishes 2-5 titles per year in traditional print. titles include the Mossy Creek Hometown Series, Deborah Smith's award-winning women's fiction novels, and the nonfiction how-to "Bra Talk" by two-time Oprah guest Susan Nethero. Upcoming in 2009: KITCHEN CHARMS, Deborah Smith, Don't Hold Your Breath, by Deborah Smith, The Greenwood Legacy, Jacquelyn Cook, CART BEFORE THE CORPSE, a Mossy Creek Mystery, by Carolyn McSparren

Bell Bridge Books, established in 2008, plans to publish 8-10 books per year in POD and ebook. Launch titles for July 2008 included historical fiction Booth's Sister by Civil War scholar Jane Singer and Christian "hen lit" Egret's Cove by Margaret Nava. Fall titles included two YA fantasy novels and one adult fantasy novel, all the launch books for series.

On schedule for 2009: ONCE BITTEN, (vampire/shapeshifter), January, by debut author Kalayna Price; FLOWERS FOR ELVIS (southern fiction), April, by Julia Schuster; TENDER GRACES (southern fiction), April, by Kathryn Magendie; TWELVE SACRED TRADITIONS OF MAGNIFICENT MOTHERS IN LAW, (humor, nonfiction,) April, by NYT bestseller Haywood Smith; ONLY YOU, (romance), May, by Deborah Grace-Staley; MOONRISE, (YA fantasy) by Marilee Brothers; DIXIE DIVAS, (women's fiction), by Virginia Brown; PRIMITIVE (thriller) by acclaimed author and journalist Mark Nykanen (HUSH, BONE PARADE, SEARCH ANGEL)and others.

Coming in 2010: Pulitzer nominee Janice Daugharty's THE LITTLE KNOWN.

BelleBooks specializes in general fiction with a wholesome appeal and southern settings.

Bell Bridge Books is primarily focused on fantasy fiction including all types of fantasy (high, epic, urban, etc) but also publishes general fiction in POD and ebook.

years experience: 14
Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction
Top Ten Kindle ebook bestsellers: A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE, Lisa Turner, THE CROSSROADS CAFE, Deborah Smith, EYEWALL, Buzz Bernard.
SEAL of My Dreams, a romance anthology featuring 18 top authors; all proceeds go to veterans' medical research, featured on the USA Today romance blog and on NPR; a bestseller.
GONE, by Nell Dickerson, a photo/essay on architecture of the antebellum South, featured in Guns & Garden, and the New York Times.
Bra Talk by two-time Oprah guest Susan Nethero
Award-winning novels of NYT bestseller Deborah Smith
Mossy Creek Hometown Series
In My Dreams by Sarah Addison Allen (Garden Spells) -- audio and ebook only
Primitive by Emmy-winning journalist Mark Nykanen
The Little Known by Pulitzer-nominee Janice Daugharty
Genres currently emphasized: Fantasy of all types, mystery, suspense, limited buys in romance and women's fiction, humor.
Large Print and foreign on various titles
Contact our foreign rep: Michael Wenzel, Editio Dialog Agency, Lille, France
Debra Dixon, President, BelleBooks,

Foreign: Michael Wenzel, Editio-Dialog, Lille, France
Film: Trident Media Group

Debra Dixon, Deborah Smith, Brenda Chin