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Critter Notices

Critters is 23!

Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

Critters no longer accepting European Union members :(

It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]

Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

New Book from a Critter Member

**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM

The Sigil Trilogy

If you're looking for an amazing, WOW! science fiction story, check out THE SIGIL TRILOGY. This is — literally — one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read.

P&E Has a New Caretaker!

I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!


I'm being interviewed live on public radio for Critters 20th birthday. For those who want to listen, it's on the 10am (Mountain time) show on Thursday, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]

Free Web Sites

Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.

ReAnimus Acquires Advent!

ReAnimus Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of the legendary Advent Publishers! Advent is now a subsidiary of ReAnimus Press, and we will continue to publish Advent's titles under the Advent name. Advent was founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp and others, and has published the likes of James Blish, Hal Clement, Robert Heinlein, Damon Knight, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and many others. Advent's high quality titles have won and been finalists for several Hugo Awards, such as The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy and Heinlein's Children. Watch this space for ebook and print editions of all of Advent's current titles!

Network speeding up

I'm switching the connection over to a new, shiny 10X faster network because of all the load. There might be bits of downtime as your boxes learn new addresses and things. Should be brief. Let me know of any prolonged outages you see.

Preditors & Editors Changeover

With the very sad passing of Dave Kuzminski, who ran P&E, I've taken over the P&E duties. Lots of what I hope are improvements; check it out at pred-ed.com.

Critters Server is Dying has been Replaced

See important details here in my blog. Let me know if you find anything that isn't working right. (Manuscripts are now available for this week, FYI.)

Book Recommendation

THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock

Announcing ReAnimus Press

If you need help making ebooks from manuscripts or print copies—or finding great stuff to read—look no further! An ebook publisher started by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]








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Standings for Romance Novels

1. Written in Stone, Viviane Brentanos, MuseItUp Publishing, [link][comments]

2. Lucidity, Angela Burke, Solstice, [link][comments]
3. The Joke's on Me, Laurie Boris, 4RV Publishing, [link][comments]
4. In The St. Nick Of Time, K.M. Daughters, The Wild Rose Press, [link][comments]
5. Civilizing Frances, Marguerite Butler, Musa Publishing, [link]
6. Connection of the Minds, Roseanne Dowell, MuseItUp Publishing, [link][comments]
7. Dragon Lover, Jeanne Guzman, Gypsy Shadow Piblishing, [link][comments]
8. Call Me Duchess, Maggie Dove, Eternal Press, [link][comments]
8. An Affinity for Shadows, Liz R. Newman, Gypsy Shadow Piblishing, [link][comments]
9. Saved by the Sheriff, Carol Preflatish, Secret Cravings Publishing, [link]
10. Rebecca's Choice, Barbara Westbrook, Secret Cravings Publishing, [link]

11. Down the Yellow Brick Road: Finding Home, DX Luc, New Concepts Publishing, [link][comments]
11. Teacher's Pet, Kenzie Michaels, Freya's Bower, [link][comments]
12. Alexandra The Great, Paulette Rae, Bluewood Publishing, [link][comments]
13. Wasteland, Lynn Rush, Crescent Moon Press, [link][comments]
13. Jessie's Girl, Amanda Ashley, Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery, [link][comments]
14. The Faberge Secret, Stephanie Burkhart, Desert Breeze Publishing, [link]
15. Night Walker, Lisa Kessler, Entangled Publishing, [link]
15. When We Were Amazing, Christine London, MuseItUp, [link][comments]
16. Joy Ride, Desiree Holt, Decadent Publishing, [link][comments]
17. His Leading Lady, Paula Martin, Whiskey Creek Press, [link][comments]
17. Den of Seduction, Christy Poff, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, [link]
17. Viking, Go Home, Faith V. Smith, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
18. Dragon Bound, Thea Harrison, Penguin, [link],,9780425241509,00.html [comments]
18. West Salem, Cherie De Sues, Silver Publishing, [link][comments]
19. Escape to Love, Cher Green, eTreasures Publishing, [link][comments]
20. This Time Forever, L.J. Holmes, Muse It Up, [link][comments]
20. Illusions, Sheryl Hames Torres, Sapphire Blue Publishing [comments]
20. Muffled Drum, Erastes, Carina Press, [link][comments]
20. The Nasty Vamp, Gail Koger, Whispers Publishing, [link][comments]
21. Kissing Sherlock Holmes, T D McKinney & Terry Wylis, Amber Allure, [link]
21. Together for Christmas, Mimi Barbour, Wild Rose Press, [link]
21. By the Numbers, Chris Owen and Tory Temple, Torquere Press, [link]
21. For His Eyes Only, T. C. Archer, Set, [link][comments]
21. Rock Bottom, Cate Masters, Lyrical Press, [link]
21. Beyond a Highland Whisper, Maeve Greyson, The Wild Rose Press, [link][comments]
21. Lost Then Found, Christina Freeburn, Desert Breeze Publishing, [link]
21. Angels Cry, J.S. Wayne, Noble Romance Publishing, LLC, [link]
22. Lord Keeperr, Tarah Scott, Etopia Press, [link]
22. Second Chance Love, Jennifer Labelle, Secret Cravings Publishing, [link]
22. A Wedding to Die For, Heather Haven, MuseItUp, [link][comments]
22. Tinseltown, Barry Brennessel, MLR Press, [link]
22. Bad Vibrations, Christine Pope, Dark Valentine Press, [link]
22. All Lessons Learned, Charlie Cochrane, Samhain
22. The Charlie Factor, Diana DeRicci, Purple Sword Publishing, [link]
22. Death of Innocence, Kayden McLeod, Solstice Publishing , [link]
22. The Curse of Gremdon, Ciara Knight, Crescent Moon Press, [link][comments]
22. North of Need, Laura Kaye, Entangled Publishing, [link]
22. Two For The Price Of One, Sandy Sullivan, Secret Cravings Publishing, [link]
22. An Era Apart, Chris Lange, Noble Romance Publishing, [link]
22. A Piece of My Heart, Kemberlee Shortland, Highland Press, [link][comments]
22. Under the Moon, Natalie J. Damschroder, Entangled Publishing, [link]
23. Squire's Quest, Judith B. Glad, Uncial Press, [link]
23. Taking Chances, Parker Grey, Dark Roast Press, [link][comments]
23. The Locker Room, Amy Lane, Dreamspinner Press, [link]
23. Hawke's Purr-fect Mate, H.C, Brown, Noble Romance, [link]
23. Hot Vampire Touch, Lisa Renee Jones, Lisa Renee Jones, www.lisareneejones.com
23. After the Sunset, Mary Calmes, Dreamspinner Press, [link]
23. Jodi's Journey, Rita Hestand, Secret Cravings Publishing, [link]
24. A Lingering Passion, Lee Barwood, Blood Moon Publishing, [link]
24. Tanar's Forbidden Love/Chronicles of the Vampire Society Vol. 2, Topaz Jordyn, Secret Cravings Publishing, [link][comments]
24. Revolution Lovers, Jocelyn Modo, Ellora's Cave, [link]
24. Calling Home (A Destiny's Child Book), Zee Monodee, Noble Romance Publishing, [link]
24. Just Like Cats and Dogs, BA Tortuga, Torquere Press, [link]
24. Across A Crowded Room, Elizabeth Marchat, Siren, [link]
24. Eternally Chained: Night Watchers, Candace Sams, The Wild Rose Press, [link][comments]
24. The Shoppe of Spells, Shanon Grey, Crossroads Publishing House, [link][comments]
24. Arkham Dreams, Robin Wolfe, Eternal Press, [link]
24. Traitor's Daughter, Lily Dewaruile, Eres, [link]
24. The Forgotten Child, Lorhainne Eckhart, [link]
24. No Ordinary Love, Kate Lynd, ?, [link]
24. A Knight of Passion, Tarah Scott, Total E-Bound, [link]
24. Lost and Found, Karen L. Syed, Echelon Press, [link]
24. Uncommonly Brazen, Rita Sawyer, Siren Publishing, [link]
24. A Touch of Crimson, Sylvia Day, Signet, [link],,9780451234995,00.html
24. Epiphany, Heather Kuehl, Decadent Publishing, [link]
24. In Noble Pursuit, J C Natal, Dark Roast Press, [link][comments]
24. Moonlight Deception, Tamela Quijas, Gray Lady Publishing, [link]

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