The Editing Team
Stacy C. Abrams, Executive Editorial Director of Bliss and Entangled Teen
Stacy Abrams started in the publishing industry in 2002, most recently leaving a seven-year stint at Bloomsbury Publishing’s children’s division to join the Entangled team. Stacy has edited such award-winning and high-caliber YA authors as Jessica Warman, Tracy Deebs, Alex Scarrow, and Michelle Rowen, among many others, and her books have earned starred reviews from all the major review journals. In addition to editing, she has been a freelance copy editor for several major New York publishing houses. She earned her Bachelor’s in English at Northwestern University and currently resides in New York City with her husband and too-cute puppy. Find her on Twitter at @StacyAbramsEdit.
Stacy loves working on contemporary teen stories, even if they have a supernatural bend. Some of her favorite projects she’s edited have been Jessica Warman’s Between (contemporary ghost/murder mystery story), Tracy Deebs’s Tempest series (mermaid paranormal romance), and Loretta Ellsworth’s In a Heartbeat (dual narratives from the POV of an organ donor and recipient). She’d love to see more psychological thrillers, unique paranormal creatures, time travel, gritty across-the-tracks romances, or a historical set in the twentieth century. In the adult genre, Stacy loves light contemporary romances, ripped-from-the-headlines thrillers, friendship stories, and suspense. She doesn’t tend to lean toward vampires, zombies, adult historicals, or high-heat levels—though if any one were done in just the right way, she wouldn’t say no!
Kerri-Leigh Grady, Editorial Director of Edge
Kerri-Leigh Grady loves to sink into happily-ever-after tales and blow-up-all-the-things tales, especially when her testosterone-loaded house has hit its monthly limit of athletic socks and slapstick. She holds an MFA from Seton Hill University and a BS in computer science. She’s a nerd with an unnatural love of dark humor, gadgets, chickpeas, and ATS bellydancing. When the zombie apocalypse happens, she’s likely to be patient zero. If you see her bite someone, grab your water and head for your bunker.
Karen Grove, Editorial Director of Embrace
Karen Grove has been an editor for 28 years, working with authors at Harcourt and then Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, concentrating in young adult fiction. She has worked with such prestigious authors as Han Nolan, Carol Plum-Ucci, L. A. Meyer, Ann Rinaldi, Adele Geras, Kathryn Reiss, Gary Paulsen, and New York Times bestselling author Susan Beth Pfeffer. The majority of her books have earned starred reviews from major review journals and such prestigious awards as the National Book Award, Michael L. Printz Honor, multiple Edgar Allan Poe Awards (Mystery Writers of America), and a RITA Award (Romance Writers of America). In addition to her editing, she owned and operated a local business newspaper for 10 years. When she is not reading or editing, she can be found scrapbooking, wine tasting, or cheering at a hockey game. She resides in Southern California with her husband and college-age son.
Candace Havens, Editorial Director of Covet and Select
Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. And she is the Editorial Director for the Covet, Edge and Select lines at Entangled Publishing. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2200 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Hawkeye & Dorsey on 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.
Gwen Hayes, Editorial Director of Scandalous
Gwen Hayes began her publishing career editing for a small publisher in 2007. She went on to write and publish kissing books for adult and young adult readers while continuing to freelance as a content editor before joining the Entangled team in 2013. Gwen lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero, their almost grown children, and the pets that own them. In her spare time, Gwen likes to pretend she actually has spare time. She firmly believes she is saving the world one love story at a time and she loves to talk romance and shenanigans on Twitter @gwenhayes.
Gwen loves all historical eras, but has a special passion for Gothic romance and books set in the early 1900s through WWII (hint hint.) She also believes that the modern historical romance reader is ready for more multi-cultural protagonists and unusual settings–but that Dukes are still totally hot. She’s looking for submissions with a strong voice and new twists on favorite tropes.
Alethea Spiridon Hopson, Editorial Director of Indulgence
Alethea Spiridon Hopson was an editor for Harlequin Books in Toronto for almost seven years, working with writers such as Bobby Hutchinson, Roberta Gellis, Lori Foster, Cathy Yardley, Lori Wilde, Jill Shalvis, Anne Stuart, and Pamela Morsi to name a few. She worked on anthologies, continuities, special projects, and some series. She enjoys a fresh, fun, flirty voice, and anything that can make her laugh and see the lighter side of life. That being said, she’s also drawn to contemporary alpha male stories and lush historical romances. Jane Porter, Sherryl Woods, Rachel Gibson, Carole Matthews, Julie James, Sheila O’Flanagan, and Sarah Mayberry are some authors she enjoys reading. Before joining Entangled, Alethea was a freelance editor and writer, and has edited everything from historical to paranormal romance, non-fiction titles, plays, and even some poetry. Find her on Twitter at @aletheaspiridon.
Heather Howland, Editorial Director of Brazen
After years of editing in the legal, industrial, and technical sectors, Heather Howland packed up her desk and dove into her true passion—romance. Before joining Entangled, she worked as a freelance editor and as the acquisitions editor of a small romance publisher. She now edits popular authors such as NYT bestsellers Katee Robert, Laura Kaye, Tessa Bailey and Kelsie Leverich, USA TODAY bestsellers Samanthe Beck, Cari Quinn, and Misty Evans, and up-and-coming rock stars Tonya Burrows and Nicolette Day. In her spare time, Heather hosts craft chats, teaches editing workshops for various organizations, and mentors YA authors through the writing and editing process. She holds a BS in creative writing and psychology, which she channels into her love of dark and sexy romantic fiction. Find her on Twitter at @HeatherHowland.
While she enjoys gritty/modern paranormal, quirky sci-fi, cyberpunk, biopunk, and unexpected fairytale retellings, Heather is currently on a contemporary romance kick. Send her anything military-related, scintillating and/or flirty contemporary romance, dark and psychological YA or New Adult thrillers, swoonworthy YA and New Adult romance, and romantic comedies in both the adult and young adult genres. Commercial plots written in a literary voice are her kryptonite. She generally avoids cozies, time travel, urban fantasy, historical, hard sci-fi, high and epic fantasy, shifters, zombies, and Plain Jane heroines, so those submissions might be a better fit for another editor.
Terese Ramin, Editorial Director of Entangled Ignite (Suspense)
Terese Ramin has been writing and editing since she was nine and learned how to do it. She is the author of ten romantic suspense novels and numerous short pieces, and the creator and creative force behind the charitable anthology Bewitched, Bothered, & Be Vampyred. Current projects include The Cure, a thriller written with author David Wind, and a series of paranormal romances with writing partner Dawn Johanson that will be published under the pseudonym Catharyn Marr. Her short piece ‘Two Puppy Theory’ is part of the newly available charitable anthology The Sound and the Furry to benefit the International Fund for Animal Welfare. She’s long found the best place to dream is from the middle of a book. Find her on Twitter at @TereseRamin.
Nina Bruhns, Senior Editor
A national bestselling author of over 30 novels and screenplays herself, Nina Bruhns brings a keen eye for compelling voices and fresh stories to her work as a Senior Editor for Brazen, Romantic Suspense, Indulgence, Scandalous, and Edge. Having recently stepped down from the position of Editorial Director of Entangled Suspense in order to devote more time to her hands-on editing, Nina is the kind of no-nonsense senior editor who will challenge you to dig deep and give your very best (and more) to every manuscript.
Nina is seeking vivid, gripping stories of all kinds—the hotter the better! Contemporary, historical, paranormal, she is looking for all of the above. Her personal faves are intimate strangers, alpha heroes, special-ops, fast-paced adventures, spies, BBC-style mysteries (with heat!), kink, unusual settings, anything set in the past, and did she mention hot? Dislikes? Female villains. Pregnant heroines.
Submit to Nina via the usual Submittables page and request her by name. Be sure to include a short synopsis with your submission (3-5 pages), or if you prefer, a Beat Sheet. Questions? Contact Nina at Nina @ EntangledPublishing.com
Charlotte “Charley” Christian, Senior Editor
Charlotte “Charley” Christian has worked in the editorial department of a major NY publishing house for over 6 years, and has had the pleasure of working with many New York Times and USA Today best selling authors. Born and raised in NYC, she now makes her home across the river in NJ with her husband and two adorable furbabies.
Rochelle French, Senior Editor
Rochelle French started in acquisitions and editing over twenty years ago for an academic journal. After spending ten years serving as a project manager/deputy project manager for a consulting firm, she left the business world to become a writer and freelance editor. She has been editing fiction and non-fiction since, most recently as an acquisitions editor for a boutique fiction publishing firm before joining Entangled Publishing, Inc. As a freelance editor, fiction writing teacher, and writing coach, she has provided editing and writing services to a variety of clients, ranging from international businesses to bestselling authors. She is a multi-published author under a pseudonym. Find her on Twitter at @RochelleFrench.
Rochelle is looking for traditional romantic suspense, category-style cozy mysteries, and thrillers with a strong romance. Small town stories always catch her attention. She loves strong, smart, and sassy heroines—but can do without the snark—and heroes with a deep sense of integrity. She’s drawn to all tones, from light-hearted to emotionally dark. Rochelle is is keenly appreciative of innovative takes on romantic suspense and mystery. Sex can be on the page or behind closed doors—as long as the relationship is hot and steamy. She wants a strong voice, a page-turning read, and a story where characters inspire one another to grow. Above all, she’s looking for that elusive “tingle” factor—that delicious moment when the story shoots tingles straight up her spine.
Karen Grove, Senior Editor
Karen Grove has been an editor for 28 years, working with authors at Harcourt and then Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, concentrating in young adult fiction. She has worked with such prestigious authors as Han Nolan, Carol Plum-Ucci, L. A. Meyer, Ann Rinaldi, Adele Geras, Kathryn Reiss, Gary Paulsen, and New York Times bestselling author Susan Beth Pfeffer. The majority of her books have earned starred reviews from major review journals and such prestigious awards as the National Book Award, Michael L. Printz Honor, multiple Edgar Allen Poe Awards (Mystery Writers of America), and a RITA Award (Romance Writers of America). In addition to her editing, she owned and operated a local business newspaper for 10 years. She resides in Southern California with her husband and college-age son.
Karen looks for stories with quirky characters, compelling voices (even snarky ones, if there’s heart behind it), and settings that are so strong they become characters themselves. She adores small-town and Southern novels, with their strong sense of community and personal relationships, as well as stories with deeply flawed characters that she can both love and hate. Karen reads across a wide range of genres and enjoys gritty contemporaries, dark urban fantasy, apocalyptic stories, suspense/thrillers, mystery, romance, and tales that contain elements of the supernatural as well as sports (hockey, soccer, football, equestrian)—though maybe not together. Although Karen edits both Adult romantic fiction and YA, she is especially interested in stories that feature protagonists grappling with life after high school…those 18-24 year olds embarking on their first foray into independence. The only topics that don’t particular interest her are high fantasy (she prefers her fantasy to be firmly grounded in the real world) and deeply rooted science fiction. No matter what the age group or genre, Karen wants a story to move her—to make her laugh, cry, tense in fear, or cause her to think in some way she hasn’t considered before.
Erin Molta, Senior Editor
Erin has been working in publishing for more than 24 years. From picture books and novelty books to YA and middle grade she is now enjoying the romance genre! Erin would love to see historical romances about the Elizabethan era—the “Virgin” Queen Elizabeth and the intrigue at her court. She is also fascinated with the Salem Witch trials—think Witch of Blackbird Pond but as an adult romance. Any tale of an ostracized woman and the man who stood up for her is a plus. So, of course, mediaeval knights in shining armour rank high on the wish list, but not necessarily the damsels in distress! She’s looking for strong women who can put those knights in their place. And, if you can’t tell by her name, Irish historical—whether it be way back when the leprechauns were a frolickin’ or tales from the potato famine—she’d love to read about it. You can reach her at erin(at)entangledpublishing(dot)com
Tracy Montoya, Senior Editor
Tracy Montoya is the award-winning author of several romantic suspense novels for both Harlequin and Kensington, none of which have received less than four stars from Romantic Times. She’s given acclaimed hour-long day-long, and week-long workshops across the country on finding “a method for plotting madness”; using “deep point of view” to create characters that pop off the page; and more. Tracy is also a longtime magazine editor and writer who has written hundreds of articles for publications like Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, Audubon, Utne, and Hope Magazine.
Tracy is seeking category-length romantic suspense of all kinds—anything from sweet to sexy, as long as it’s character-driven and fast-paced. Her personal favorites usually have a strong conflict, at least a 40/60 suspense-romance balance (or even heavier on the suspense), and an exceptionally strong heroine—think Buffy Summers (with or without the slayer powers) not Bella Swan. She especially loves dark suspense and new twists on the following hooks: seemingly doomed reunion romances, international intrigue/adventure, Special Ops, alpha heroes who aren’t abusive jerks, paranormal-ish elements, and stereotype-free multicultural characters. There’s not a lot that Tracy doesn’t like, though she tends to shy away from westerns. That said, anything goes as long as it contributes to her insomnia problem and keeps her reading through the night.
Wendy Chen, Associate Editor
Wendy Chen first started editing romances at a large NYC publishing house in the late 1990’s. She then got her MBA in Marketing and Finance from New York University, and has been working on the business side of a major newspaper. While writing her own novels, she found she missed the world of editing and is thrilled to be with Entangled. While she is still a New Yorker at heart, she now lives in Northern Virginia. Find her on Twitter @wendychenbooks
She loves contemporaries and historicals, with strong and sassy heroines, and smart and sexy heroes. Favorite tropes include Relationships of Convenience, Friends to Lovers, Enemies to Lovers, Second Chance at Love, but she’ll fall for anything with a great voice that makes her laugh and cry.
Theresa M. Cole, Associate Editor
As a part time book store employee, Associate Editor for Entangled Publishing, and Line Editor for another publisher, she’s able to surround herself with her favorite things, BOOKS. Before securing a position with Entangled Publishing, she worked as a freelance editor for multiple publishers and individual authors. Theresa’s first love will always be paranormal, but she’s also drawn to historical romance, young adult, and contemporaries dealing with real issues. A dangerous bad boy hero or a twist on mythology, religious theories, or legends are almost always sure win with Theresa. When she isn’t working, reading, crafting, or attending her sons’ sporting events, she can usually be found on Twitter at @TheresaMCole.
Kate Fall, Associate Editor
Kate Fall is an editor with Entangled Publishing. She previously interned at Rhemalda Publishing, is a member of SCWBI, and has been writing and editing professionally for 14 years. She loves novels with humor, settings that come to life (whether historical, contemporary, or futuristic), and main characters with what the Irish call “a good person’s faults.” She is especially looking for sweet romance for any age group with a well-rounded cast of characters, a love interest down on his luck, unusual American town life, or a unique twist on a time-honored plot. Follow Kate on Twitter at @KateFall.
Robin Haseltine, Associate Editor
Robin Haseltine is an award-winning columnist whose articles on gifted children were featured on Moms Online, Oprah.com, and in parenting newsletters. She’s finaled in fiction contests in four different romance genres and is a former freelance editor. Her articles on the craft of writing have appeared in Romance Writers of America chapter newsletters and on spec fiction websites. Favorite reads include historicals, young adult, and anything and everything fantasy. Robin began interning with Entangled Publishing last year and can be found on twitter @robinhaseltine.
Marie Loggia-Kee, Associate Editor
Marie Loggia-Kee’s work can be found in more than 150 magazines and seven anthologies. She has a strong background in journalism, a master’s degree in communications, and a master’s degree in English. In addition to publishing romantic fiction under a penname, she edits and writes for a variety of venues, and teaches college classes in journalism, English, film studies and popular culture.
Marie would like to see contemporary, sensual small-town settings, along the lines of Robyn Carr’s Virgin River or Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold. She would also like to see submissions with culture and sass similar to Alisa Valdes-Rodriquez and Mary Castillo. Within the paranormal realm, Marie is craving a strong female protagonist who’s fighting the bad guys rather than simply jumping into bed with one of them, who has a love interest that’s not the vampire she’s supposedly hunting. She’s open to F/M, F/F, and M/M pairings in all heat levels, though erotic elements must be secondary to the plot.
Stephen P. Morgan, Associate Editor
Stephen is looking for high concept mixed genre pieces within younger and upper YA, New Adult, and Contemporary. Young adult historical time traveling adventure? New adult vampire detective agency? Steampunk murder mystery? Steamy romance set in a college for wizards? You get the drift. Let him see it! Just keep in mind that all submissions must include strong romantic elements.
Stephen also has a barely contained addiction for stories that take place in the fashion or publishing industry. He watches You’ve Got Mail, The Devil Wears Prada, and The Proposal at least ten times every year. He welcomes you to exploit his addiction without mercy. He accepts stories of all heat levels. And don’t worry if your story doesn’t fit his above criteria. All he really requires is a strong romance and a strong story. Find a way to write your story with commercial elements and a literary voice and you’ll immediately have his attention. He also adores a fresh, fun, flirty voice. LGBT characters and stories more than welcome.
Before joining Entangled, Stephen worked in various facets of the publishing, magazine, and communications industries as a writer, editor, and interview coordinator. He currently assists in developing and coordinating his university’s forthcoming MFA program in Narrative Journalism and Screenwriting. His Master’s is in Journalism & Mass Communication. His Master’s thesis, Book DNA, involved a content analysis of what elements contribute to commercially and critically successful genre fiction. You can reach him at Stephen (at) entangledpublishing.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Stephen_Edits.
Lewis Pollak, Associate Editor
A student of philosophy, psychology, and the sciences, Lewis Pollak has an appreciation for both characters with complex motivations and stories that are thought-provoking. Find him on Twitter at @LewisPollak.
Lewis loves books that take readers to new worlds, whether they are alien landscapes, alternate histories, or contemporaries with a twist. He also enjoys books that strike a balance between serious and humorous moments. While partial to all sorts of speculative fiction from high fantasy and urban fantasy (but not Keith Urban fantasies) to science fiction and paranormal, interesting characters with genuine emotions and snappy retorts usually win him over regardless of genre.
Alycia Tornetta, Associate Editor
Alycia Tornetta started at Entangled as an intern for Stacy Cantor Abrams before moving to an assistant role. She previously interned at Hodder Children’s Books of Hachette UK, Penguin Press UK, Octopus Books, BMJ, and D4EO Literary Agency. She earned her Bachelor’s in English Literature at California State University Sacramento and her Masters in Publishing at the University of the Arts London. She currently lives in a small town where, in the land of trucks, her mini cooper is the smallest car around. You can follow her on Twitter at @weechagirl.
Alycia loves all sorts of books, especially ones that combine genres in a unique and clever way. She’s a huge fan of contemporary, sci-fi, mysteries, and thrillers. If it’s fast-paced and makes her heart race, she wants to read it. She also has a weakness for cute, nerdy boys with great hair and bad boys with even better hair. For adult, she loves strong, quirky heroines and lots of tension.
Allison Blissard, Associate Editor
Elisabeth Kaufman, Associate Editor
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