Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lovestruck, an Entangled Imprint--Editorial Director, Gwen Hayes


I'm so excited about Entangled's new category line, Lovestruck. We'll be launching this summer and are looking for fresh, new voices for this fun line, so if you are an agent or author looking for a home for a fantastic manuscript, please visit our submission page.

This line is "it could happen to you" romances. The hot bartender, the attorney you meet when you crunch his car, the guy who is always in line at Starbucks the same time you are--real, everyday, and serendipitous. Lovestruck is about characters we love and want to root for. Stories can be funny or emotional--and both! Lovestruck readers want to be smitten.

The submission guidelines are below--I'm going on a trip in ten days and I want my Kindle FULL of Lovestruck stories.

For authors who dream up stories that belong on the big screen starring Kate Hudson, Rachel McAdams, or Reese Witherspoon, Entangled’s Lovestruck imprint is for you. We are looking for fresh voices who excel at witty dialogue, twisting classic tropes, and writing character-driven romance. Stories feature contemporary women finding love with a cute best friend, the adorable geek in the next cubicle, the hot attorney whose car she crunched that morning, or with her childhood nemesis turned irresistible next door neighbor.
Lovestruck is about love where you least expect it. We love original “meet cutes” and endings that make us smile and our hearts grow a size or two. Our readers want to be smitten.
  • 45-60k
  • The tone is fresh, fun, and fabulous
  • Special attention is placed on the chemistry between the couple. Their interactions should jump off the page, starting with original “meet cutes” and ending with a swoon-worthy close.
  • Internal conflict and romance tropes drive the story.
  • Metro settings, think FriendsMixology, and New Girl, though small cities are okay also.
  • The heroes are real—guys we meet every day who are self-assured and successful at what they do…the hot bartender, local doctor, attorney, minor league ball player, architects, construction workers, etc.
  • Outside authors with the Entangled Lovestruck voice: Jill Shalvis, Shannon Stacey, Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Crusie.
  • Movies that inspire us:  The ProposalFools Rush InLeap YearNever Been Kissed
  • While Lovestruck stories do not have to be comedies, the tone should be lively, playful, and sensual. We love books that take us on an emotional journey, too!
  • The sex scenes should be fully realized but limited to two or three scenes. 

Having trouble deciding which imprint to submit your story?
  • The differences between Lovestruck and Bliss are: tone and setting. Bliss romances take place in small towns and are more focused on family. Lovestuck stories are focused on finding love in modern settings.  
  • The difference between Indulgence and Lovestruck is the hero. Indulgence heroes are fantasy men who have wealth and power and know how to wield it. Lovestruck heroes are the guys you meet in real life. Indulgence heroes are always alpha--Lovestruck  heroes can be alpha, but beta works here too. (Think Big vs Aidan on Sex and the City)
  • The difference between Brazen and Lovestruck is heat! You’ll see less in a Lovestruck, and a Brazen love story “starts in the bedroom.” The sexual interaction is the gravitational force that brings the characters to true love. In a Lovestruck, the sexual attraction is not the focus, but rather a result.
https://entangledpublishing.submittable.com/submit/28442


Thursday, February 20, 2014

New Falling Under fan art--thank you Adelle Yeung!

I am absolutely in love with this depiction from Falling Under. My husband always called Theia's handmaidens "the Splice Girls" and that they are. I get the biggest kick out of fan art. Thank you again Adelle. (who has a Facebook page you can visit here)
I have more fan art on...my fan art page if you are interested. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

New Release from Gwen Hayes ...and Win a Kindle

Warm up your winter by reading something…HOT.

Online virile.com dating columnist Dane Martin has no plans to give up his reign as bachelor extraordinaire. He has a reputation to uphold, especially with the upcoming release of his book Coming on Strong.

Holly Winters, everyone’s favorite girl next door, thanks to her blog of the same name, gives advice, but she doesn’t always take it. When she meets Dane Martin, every fiber of her being warns her to turn tail and run. Instead, she risks her future as an authority on relationships, jeopardizing her upcoming self-help book for women struggling to find commitment among the Virile sycophants.

Has the Girl Next Door tamed the most Virile man alive, or is she just another notch on the bedpost?

What the critics are saying about Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door:

"I was surprised to find how sexy this story was, a lot of explicit scenes and cursing. Call me old school, or prudish, or whatever."

 "The language was stronger than I expected but I'm starting to get used to it."

 "So, I’m not a prude by any means, and I love a good book with sex in it, but holy cow, that’s all this book was about!"

 "They’re in love, and having sex ALL THE TIME. No joke, like every three pages"

But also:

"Sexy, clever, and fun. Gwen writes a romance that you can't put down." NYT bestselling author, Shelli Stevens

"Sweet and sexy, Gwen Hayes knows how to bring the heat!" USA Today bestselling author, Karen Erickson

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Help a girl out--win two free books from Entangled Publishing @entangledpub

Dear Reader,
I need your help! I have an Entangled release coming out on the 13th about two dating advice bloggers...and I need ten "Dear Abby" type questions to throw at these characters for a special promotion. Please email me (gwen @ gwenhayes.com) as many as you like between now and Sunday night (Jan 5th)...they should be about dating and romance...and they can even be a little crazy and fun. If I use yours, you'll win a backlist Indulgence AND Scandalous ebook.

Here is the blurb to get you started...poor Holly and Dane have no idea what they have coming. My readers are CREATIVE.

Online virile.com dating columnist Dane Martin has no plans to give up his reign as bachelor extraordinaire. He has a reputation to uphold, especially with the upcoming release of his book Coming on Strong.

Holly Winters, everyone’s favorite girl next door, thanks to her blog of the same name, gives advice, but she doesn’t always take it. When she meets Dane Martin, every fiber of her being warns her to turn tail and run. Instead, she risks her future as an authority on relationships, jeopardizing her upcoming self-help book for women struggling to find commitment among the Virile sycophants.

Has the Girl Next Door tamed the most Virile man alive, or is she just another notch on the bedpost?

Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door is available for pre-order.

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Tribute to Christmas Vacation and John Hughes--Christmas Village Style

As you know by now...I love to '80s. And I love John Hughes movies. And I love Christmas. So it likely surprises no one that my favorite holiday movie is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

Also, it's well known that my husband is extraordinary and he made the best Christmas village ever this year. Some of the items were purchased, but the finishing touches were MacGyvered with items he found around the house.







And why is the carpet all wet, Todd?


Shitter was full.

Going for a new amateur recreational saucer sled land speed record, Clark W. Griswold, Jr. Remember, don't try this at home kids; I am a professional.















Sunday, December 22, 2013

Fresh Eyes Critique Holiday giveaway of books by Tammy Blackwell and Danielle Monsch

Way back when, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life my first year of college. I vividly remember saying, "I wish someone would pay me to read."

It took a long time to get here, dude.

I started Fresh Eyes Critique last year and it has been such an enriching experience personally and professionally. Not all of my clients have released their books yet, but today I'm giving away two ebooks that I collaborated on. Thank you Dani and Tammy. I enjoy working with you both so much.

STONE GUARDIAN
Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance by Danielle Monsch

Gryphons flying past Skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago.

Well, not normal for everyone. Larissa Miller may have been born after the Great Collision, but as a history teacher who lives in the human-only city, she has never come into contact with any other race or species. That is, until one day she walks out of her apartment only to be attacked by a mob of Zombies, but then is saved by a Gargoyle.

Leader of the Gargoyles, Terak has been watching over the human woman for months because of a cryptic prophecy. Gargoyles trust no one outside their Clan, but something about this woman stirs every protective instinct within him. When he realizes the danger to her is real, he refuses to allow her to explore this new world without him at her side.

In the course of their investigation Terak becomes entranced by his little human. But when he discovers why Necromancers want her and the great reward that awaits him if he betrays her, he must choose between the welfare of his Clan and not only Larissa’s life, but the fate of this new Realm as well.
www.daniellemonsch.com  Buy on Amazon.

Fragile Brilliance
YA/NA Paranormal Romance by Tammy Blackwell
Maggie McCray has worked her whole life for the opportunity to attend Sanders College. It’s her one chance at becoming a world-renowned artist, and she’s determined nothing will get in her way. But when a murder brings Maggie and her powers to the attention of the Alpha Pack and the tragically handsome Charlie Hagan, her carefully planned future hangs in jeopardy.

Charlie Hagan isn’t happy when the Alpha Female assigns him as Maggie McCray’s personal bodyguard. Just being near the Thaumaturgic threatens to unleash the primal instincts he’s been suppressing for so long. Charlie knows if the coyote is uncaged, then the person he’ll most need to protect Maggie from is himself.
www.misstammywrites.com Buy on Amazon


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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Entangled Scandalous submission call for 1950s stories

Love Me Tender

Scandalous Submission call for stories from the 1950s

As you probably know, our regular submission guidelines stop at 1949. We thought it might be fun to see what you creative types could do with some pomade, pencil skirts, and rock-n-roll music, so we invite you to submit a story that takes place any time from 1950-1959. 
  • Wordcount 15-20k
  • heat level: any
  • Happy Ever After please!
  • Submissions end March 31st
Please submit to the following link, using Love Me Tender in the Attn: box: https://entangledpublishing.submittable.com/submit/19013

Also, Don't forget the Bring On the Heat submission call ends soon. http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=e8fdc62952&id=76ae6fb7cc for more details.