The Editing Team
Stacy C. Abrams, Executive Editorial Director of Entangled Teen and Select
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!
Candace Havens, Editorial Director of Covet, Indulgence, and Embrace
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.
Heather Howland, Associate Publisher and Editorial Director of Brazen and Lovestruck
After years of editing in the legal, industrial, and technical sectors, Heather Howland packed up her desk and dove into her true passion—romance. 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. 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 paranormal, quirky sci-fi, cyberpunk, and biopunk, Heather is currently on a contemporary romance kick. Send her sexy/flirty/edgy adult romance, dark and psychological YA/NA thrillers, unexpected fairytale retellings, swoonworthy YA/NA romance, and romantic suspense with a military/mercenary team angle. 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.
Alycia Tornetta, Editorial Director of Bliss, Scandalous, and Ignite
Alycia Tornetta is the Editorial Director for Entangled Publishing’s Bliss, Scandalous, Ignite, and Embrace imprints. She works with popular authors such as NYT bestseller Lauren Blakely, USA Today bestsellers Karen Erickson and Cindi Madsen, and bestselling authors Rachel Harris, Hope Tarr, and many more. Alycia loves quirky, independent heroines and smart, sexy heroes. She also has a weakness for cute, nerdy guys with great hair and bad boys with even better hair. Alycia 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 kinds of books, especially ones that combine genres in a unique and clever way. For YA, 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. Light contemporary romances that make her swoon are great, too. For adult, she loves fun voices, strong tropes, and lots of sexual tension. She’d kill for more LGBT stories for YA, NA, and adult romance.
Nina Bruhns, 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
Wendy Chen, 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 Cole, Editor
A self-proclaimed book and coffee addict, Theresa has been devouring words most of her life. She’s worked with numerous publishers and authors, some of whom went on to become NYT and USA Today bestsellers. Paranormal romance will always be her first true love, but any story that makes her laugh, cry, or both is a sure win, especially if sexy cowboys are involved. She likes her contemporaries with a dash of humor, her paranormal romances with tortured heroes, and she’s a sucker for the older brother’s best friend.
Theresa resides in the beautiful state of Michigan with her husband, sons, and one cat who thinks he owns them all. When she’s not editing, writing, or reading, she can usually be found at her son’s sporting events or daydreaming about living somewhere warmer. Contact her at Theresa AT entangled publishing DOT com and check out her Twitter for her current #mswl.
Karen Grove, 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.
Robin Haseltine, 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.
Alethea Spiridon Hopson, Editor
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.
Marie Loggia-Kee, 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.
Jenn Mishler, Editor
Jenn Mishler is an avid reader and has always wanted to be involved with books. For the past 5 years, she has worked in the publishing industry as a Literary Agent. She loves young adult fiction, particularly fantasy and science fiction. To her, nothing is better than falling in love with strong characters and unique stories. Her biggest pet peeves include: weak dialogue, info dumping and an imbalance of showing vs. telling.
Jenn would like to see interesting and unique fantasy, twisty science fiction, and thrilling horror. She is also a sucker for dark humor and realistic romance. She can be found online @thecomishler.
Erin Molta, 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, Editor
Tracy Montoya is the award-winning author of several romantic suspense novels for both Harlequin and Kensington. 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 national publications.
Tracy is seeking category-length romantic fiction of all kinds—anything from sweet to sexy, as long as it’s character-driven, emotional, and fast-paced. Her personal favorites usually have a strong conflict and an exceptionally strong heroine—think Buffy Summers (with or without the slayer powers) not Bella Swan.
She especially loves historical suspense, twisted fairy tales, innovative YA and NA, and contemporaries with signature voices and that perfect blend of emotion and humor. In fact, 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. She’d love to hear from more authors of color.
Stephen P. Morgan, Editor
Stephen is looking for fun and snarky contemporary romances driven by strong romance tropes. Bring on the alpha hero hiding a heart of gold, and please pit that alpha hero against the one woman willing to call him on his BS. Mild to high heat level preferred, with love scenes fully realized on the page. Favorite tropes include Enemies to Lovers, Fake Engagement, Marriage of Convenience, Mistaken Identity, Older Brother’s Best Friend/Best Friend’s Little Sister (or some variation), Ugly Duckling, and Intimate Strangers.
For YA/NA, he’d love to see more gritty across-the-tracks romances, tortured heroes/heroines on the path to redemption, and high-concept genre pieces (biopunk, steampunk, thrillers, even fantasy or paranormal if it’s just a splash of supernatural grounded in the real world).
If your story doesn’t match any of that, don’t worry! Bottom line, if it’s fast-paced and has a strong romantic conflict, send it his way. Find a way to write your story with commercial elements and a literary voice and you’ll immediately have his attention. LGBT characters 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. 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, where he occasionally posts pictures of his three tiny brown dogs.
Lewis Pollak, 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.
Lydia Sharp, Editor
Lydia Sharp is a YA novelist, short fiction author, and former blogger extraordinaire. In the past she has been a regular contributor to several publishing industry sites, including the award-winning Writer Unboxed. Lydia joined the Entangled family in 2013 as an editorial assistant and began acquiring her own titles in 2015. Her favorite stories have a brisk pace, crackling chemistry, witty banter, romantic moments that make you melt, a high stakes plot, characters that jump off the page, and a dramatic ending. Lydia is open to LGBTQ+ characters and would love to see more diverse characters in lead roles, including (but not limited to) cultural and ethnic diversity, religious diversity, social and economic diversity, and characters with disabilities (mental or physical). Follow on Twitter @lydia_sharp.
Lydia is actively seeking authors for the following lines: Entangled Teen (any genre, sub-genre, or genre blend), Embrace (contemporary and sci-fi only), Entangled Select (any genre, sub-genre, or genre blend), Teen Crush, Teen Crave, Indulgence, Lovestruck, and Bliss. See submission guidelines for requirements of each line. Please submit a query letter, synopsis, and full manuscript to the attention of Lydia Sharp via Submittable. Agents and established authors may submit queries and/or proposals directly to lydia[at]entangledpublishing[dot]com. Looking forward to reading your book!
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