Peter Senftleben

Peter Senftleben - Editor

New York, NY

Award-winning editor of bestselling novels with 14+ years of New York experience and a passion for helping writers achieve their best.

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Overview

I have a passion for helping writers hone their craft and turn their projects into the best books they can be.

I have an odd background for an editor; I got a degree in chemical engineering and math from Tulane University, but I've been in the world of publishing since I moved to New York City in 2003. First, I was an intern at a prestigious literary agency, then an assistant at a much smaller boutique agency. I soon moved to the editorial side of the business and spent nearly ten years acquiring, editing, and publishing a wide range of commercial fiction for Kensington Publishing. In 2016, I moved to Crooked Lane Books with a focus on crime novels, and have been a full-time freelance editor for 3 years. In almost a decade and a half of editing, I've worked on more than 200 titles in genres ranging from romance to mystery and thriller to horror, as well as mainstream fiction and YA novels. Many of the authors with whom I've worked have won awards and are New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.

TL;DR? I like books, cookies, reality competition shows, New Orleans, pizza, and chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.

Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Fiction
Horror
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Awards

  • RITA Award

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (almost 6 years)

Editor

Crooked Lane Books
September, 2016 – February, 2017 (5 months)

Associate Editor

Kensington Publishing Corp.
December, 2006 – September, 2016 (almost 10 years)

Portfolio (37 selected works)

Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians)

Dianne Duvall

A USA Today BestsellerThe Immortal Guardians protect the innocent in secret. Sometimes the secret gets out...U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can't guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, onl... read more

A USA Today BestsellerThe Immortal Guardians protect the innocent in secret. Sometimes the secret gets out...U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can't guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, onl... read more

One Texas Night

Jodi Thomas

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas lassos the heart of Texas with these four spellbinding stories, available together for the first time, where love shows up unexpectedly. . . Hank Harris wasn't even looking for a woman when he ended up with a wife. Aggie is exactly who he needs as a business partner--if only she weren't so damn beautiful, spirited--and in his bed. . .Rowdy Darnell ... read more

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas lassos the heart of Texas with these four spellbinding stories, available together for the first time, where love shows up unexpectedly. . . Hank Harris wasn't even looking for a woman when he ended up with a wife. Aggie is exactly who he needs as a business partner--if only she weren't so damn beautiful, spirited--and in his bed. . .Rowdy Darnell ... read more

Two Rivers

T. Greenwood

T. Greenwood's new novel is a powerful, haunting tale of enduring love, destructive secrets, and opportunities that arrive in disguise . . . In Two Rivers, Vermont, Harper Montgomery is living a life overshadowed by grief and guilt. Since the death of his wife, Betsy, twelve years earlier, Harper has narrowed his world to working at the local railroad and raising his daughter, Shelly, the best... read more

T. Greenwood's new novel is a powerful, haunting tale of enduring love, destructive secrets, and opportunities that arrive in disguise . . . In Two Rivers, Vermont, Harper Montgomery is living a life overshadowed by grief and guilt. Since the death of his wife, Betsy, twelve years earlier, Harper has narrowed his world to working at the local railroad and raising his daughter, Shelly, the best... read more

The Courtesan Duchess (Wicked Deceptions)

Joanna Shupe

Can a bold-faced lie lead to everlasting love? One by one, the impetuous heroines in the Wicked Deceptions series intend to find out, each in her unique way... How to seduce an estranged husband--and banish debt!--in four wickedly improper, shockingly pleasurable steps...1. Learn the most intimate secrets of London's leading courtesan.2. Pretend to be a courtesan yourself, using the name Julie... read more

Can a bold-faced lie lead to everlasting love? One by one, the impetuous heroines in the Wicked Deceptions series intend to find out, each in her unique way... How to seduce an estranged husband--and banish debt!--in four wickedly improper, shockingly pleasurable steps...1. Learn the most intimate secrets of London's leading courtesan.2. Pretend to be a courtesan yourself, using the name Julie... read more

Dead in the Water (A Mattie Winston Mystery)

Annelise Ryan

Deputy coroner Mattie Winston is starting to feel like she’s in way over her head . . .As the single mom of an energetic toddler and an investigator working for the medical examiner’s office in small-town Sorenson, Wisconsin, Mattie is used to her life being a juggling act. But now that she’s moved in with Detective Steve Hurley and his teenaged daughter Emily, and has started planning their w... read more

Deputy coroner Mattie Winston is starting to feel like she’s in way over her head . . .As the single mom of an energetic toddler and an investigator working for the medical examiner’s office in small-town Sorenson, Wisconsin, Mattie is used to her life being a juggling act. But now that she’s moved in with Detective Steve Hurley and his teenaged daughter Emily, and has started planning their w... read more

Ho-Ho-Homicide (A Liss MacCrimmon Mystery)

Kaitlyn Dunnett

“It’s got two things that everyone likes: Christmas and Murder.” – Jimmy Fallon Business is booming at the Scottish Emporium in Moosetookalook, Maine, and Liss MacCrimmon Ruskin couldn't be happier--or busier. A romantic getaway at a rustic Christmas tree farm is just what she needs. But the property's mysterious past has her feeling less than merry. . .Liss is surprised when an old friend fro... read more

“It’s got two things that everyone likes: Christmas and Murder.” – Jimmy Fallon Business is booming at the Scottish Emporium in Moosetookalook, Maine, and Liss MacCrimmon Ruskin couldn't be happier--or busier. A romantic getaway at a rustic Christmas tree farm is just what she needs. But the property's mysterious past has her feeling less than merry. . .Liss is surprised when an old friend fro... read more

The Shift of the Tide (The Uncharted Realms) (Volume 3)

Jeffe Kennedy

Free from the hand of a tyrant, the Twelve Kingdoms have thrown all that touch them into chaos. New allies appear--and enemies encroach--from all sides. To survive, they must adapt to this new reality without a moment of doubt... Growing up in a country where magic was common as dust, Zynda never had to worry about her enchantments upsetting the balance of nature. But the land beyond the borde... read more

Free from the hand of a tyrant, the Twelve Kingdoms have thrown all that touch them into chaos. New allies appear--and enemies encroach--from all sides. To survive, they must adapt to this new reality without a moment of doubt... Growing up in a country where magic was common as dust, Zynda never had to worry about her enchantments upsetting the balance of nature. But the land beyond the borde... read more

Forever With You (Unforgettable You Book 4)

Beverley Kendall

I'd never fallen harder for anyone than I did for Graham Prescott. The British hottie was like no other guy I'd ever met. And the attraction between us was mutual and red-hot.I would have done and said almost anything to be with him. So I'd told him one harmless, little lie...But it hadn't been.Harmless or little.That lie nearly cost him his freedom. Seeing him again after four years stirs up ... read more

I'd never fallen harder for anyone than I did for Graham Prescott. The British hottie was like no other guy I'd ever met. And the attraction between us was mutual and red-hot.I would have done and said almost anything to be with him. So I'd told him one harmless, little lie...But it hadn't been.Harmless or little.That lie nearly cost him his freedom. Seeing him again after four years stirs up ... read more

A Murder at Alcott Manor: A Contemporary Gothic Romance Novel (The Alcott Manor Trilogy Book 2)

Alyssa Richards

Mason and Layla have waited a long time to be together, but the twisted truth of their past could ruin everything.Layla’s late husband left her homeless, broke, and with two young girls to care for. When she’s offered a caretaker position at her old manor home, she chooses to overlook the hauntings… and the spot where her husband was killed.Mason left behind the stress of New York City finance... read more

Mason and Layla have waited a long time to be together, but the twisted truth of their past could ruin everything.Layla’s late husband left her homeless, broke, and with two young girls to care for. When she’s offered a caretaker position at her old manor home, she chooses to overlook the hauntings… and the spot where her husband was killed.Mason left behind the stress of New York City finance... read more

Lone Wolf (An F.B.I. K-9 Novel)

Sara Driscoll

In the first of a thrilling new series, FBI Special Agent Meg Jennings and Hawk, her loyal search-and-rescue Labrador, must race against time as they zero in on one of the deadliest killers in the country . . . Meg and Hawk are part of the FBI’s elite K-9 unit. Hawk can sniff out bodies anywhere—living or dead. When a bomb rips apart a government building in Washington D.C., it takes all of th... read more

In the first of a thrilling new series, FBI Special Agent Meg Jennings and Hawk, her loyal search-and-rescue Labrador, must race against time as they zero in on one of the deadliest killers in the country . . . Meg and Hawk are part of the FBI’s elite K-9 unit. Hawk can sniff out bodies anywhere—living or dead. When a bomb rips apart a government building in Washington D.C., it takes all of th... read more

Bone White

Ronald Malfi

“Malfi is a master at horror.”—RT Book Reviews A landscape of frozen darkness. The scrape of bone on bone . . . Paul Gallo saw the report on the news: a mass murderer leading police to his victims’ graves in remote Dread’s Hand, Alaska. It’s the same bit of wilderness where his twin brother went missing a year ago. As the bodies are exhumed, Paul travels to Alaska to get closure and put his gr... read more

“Malfi is a master at horror.”—RT Book Reviews A landscape of frozen darkness. The scrape of bone on bone . . . Paul Gallo saw the report on the news: a mass murderer leading police to his victims’ graves in remote Dread’s Hand, Alaska. It’s the same bit of wilderness where his twin brother went missing a year ago. As the bodies are exhumed, Paul travels to Alaska to get closure and put his gr... read more

Wrapped Together (Portland Heat)

Annabeth Albert

In the bustling restaurants, shops, and cafés of Portland, Oregon, things really heat up for the hard-working men behind the scenes when the holidays come into town . . . For a stationery store owner, the holidays are great for business. But for Hollis Alcott, Christmas reminds him of the tragic events of three years past, and the last thing he wants to do is take part in Portland’s over-abund... read more

In the bustling restaurants, shops, and cafés of Portland, Oregon, things really heat up for the hard-working men behind the scenes when the holidays come into town . . . For a stationery store owner, the holidays are great for business. But for Hollis Alcott, Christmas reminds him of the tragic events of three years past, and the last thing he wants to do is take part in Portland’s over-abund... read more

Magnate (The Knickerbocker Club)

Joanna Shupe

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016!A Washington Post Top Romance of 2016!Winner! RT Book Reviews May 2016 Seal of ExcellenceA Library Journal Cool Summer Read of 2016! "Shupe delivers a tremendously entertaining romance -- sexy and clever -- set in an era the genre has been waiting for." -- Sarah MacLean, The Washington Post New York City's Gilded Age shimmers with unimaginable wealth and g... read more

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016!A Washington Post Top Romance of 2016!Winner! RT Book Reviews May 2016 Seal of ExcellenceA Library Journal Cool Summer Read of 2016! "Shupe delivers a tremendously entertaining romance -- sexy and clever -- set in an era the genre has been waiting for." -- Sarah MacLean, The Washington Post New York City's Gilded Age shimmers with unimaginable wealth and g... read more

Where I Lost Her

T. Greenwood

“Spellbinding. I loved everything about Where I Lost Her.”—Mary Kubica, bestselling author of The Good GirlIn her page-turning new novel, T. Greenwood follows one woman's journey through heartbreak and loss to courage and resolve, as she searches for the truth about a missing child. Eight years ago, Tess and Jake were considered a power couple of the New York publishing world--happy, in love, ... read more

“Spellbinding. I loved everything about Where I Lost Her.”—Mary Kubica, bestselling author of The Good GirlIn her page-turning new novel, T. Greenwood follows one woman's journey through heartbreak and loss to courage and resolve, as she searches for the truth about a missing child. Eight years ago, Tess and Jake were considered a power couple of the New York publishing world--happy, in love, ... read more

Don't Let Me Go

J.H. Trumble

Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real, heart-pounding, tell-the-parents relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. He and Adam are rock solid. Two parts of a whole. Yin and yan... read more

Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real, heart-pounding, tell-the-parents relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. He and Adam are rock solid. Two parts of a whole. Yin and yan... read more

Criminal Confections (A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery)

Colette London

Hayden Mundy Moore is an expert on everything chocolate, helping clients develop new products and revamp recipes until they're irresistible. But sometimes, a dash of murder finds its way into the mix...

Hayden Mundy Moore is an expert on everything chocolate, helping clients develop new products and revamp recipes until they're irresistible. But sometimes, a dash of murder finds its way into the mix...

Cowboy Come Home (The Lost Sons Trilogy)

Janette Kenny

"A classic Western historical with a hero you're gonna love." --Jodi Thomas"An enjoyable, adventurous western." –RT Book ReviewsBelieve In Second Chances…Trey March never wanted to see Daisy Barton again. But there she is, in over her pretty little head running the JDB Ranch--and standing between him and the small fortune he's owed. Now if he wants to get his due, he'll have to save the ranch ... read more

"A classic Western historical with a hero you're gonna love." --Jodi Thomas"An enjoyable, adventurous western." –RT Book ReviewsBelieve In Second Chances…Trey March never wanted to see Daisy Barton again. But there she is, in over her pretty little head running the JDB Ranch--and standing between him and the small fortune he's owed. Now if he wants to get his due, he'll have to save the ranch ... read more

What's Left Behind

Lorrie Thomson

When the person you've built your whole life around is gone, what do you do? It's not the first time Abby Stone has faced the question. At eighteen, she envisioned a future with her childhood sweetheart, Charlie, only to have him go off to school and leave a pregnant Abby behind. But that pales beside a second loss, when her eighteen-year-old son, Luke, falls to his death from his third-floor ... read more

When the person you've built your whole life around is gone, what do you do? It's not the first time Abby Stone has faced the question. At eighteen, she envisioned a future with her childhood sweetheart, Charlie, only to have him go off to school and leave a pregnant Abby behind. But that pales beside a second loss, when her eighteen-year-old son, Luke, falls to his death from his third-floor ... read more

The Quiche and the Dead (A Pie Town Mystery)

Kirsten Weiss

Is Val's breakfast pie the quiche of death? Owning her own business seemed like pie in the sky to Valentine Harris when she moved to the coastal California town of San Nicholas, expecting to start a new life with her fiancé. Five months—and a broken engagement—later, at least her dream of opening a pie shop has become a reality. But when one of her regulars keels over at the counter while eati... read more

Is Val's breakfast pie the quiche of death? Owning her own business seemed like pie in the sky to Valentine Harris when she moved to the coastal California town of San Nicholas, expecting to start a new life with her fiancé. Five months—and a broken engagement—later, at least her dream of opening a pie shop has become a reality. But when one of her regulars keels over at the counter while eati... read more

Under Water (A Duck Darley Novel)

Casey Barrett

“Here be the beginnings of a superb series.” —Ken Bruen, author of the Jack Taylor series Duck Darley should have been a winner. Once a competitive swimmer destined for Olympic gold, he drank away his gilded youth and followed his fraudster father’s footsteps into prison. Barely scraping by as an unlicensed private investigator, Duck now chases down cheating spouses for the same Manhattan elit... read more

“Here be the beginnings of a superb series.” —Ken Bruen, author of the Jack Taylor series Duck Darley should have been a winner. Once a competitive swimmer destined for Olympic gold, he drank away his gilded youth and followed his fraudster father’s footsteps into prison. Barely scraping by as an unlicensed private investigator, Duck now chases down cheating spouses for the same Manhattan elit... read more

Drive (Hot Rides)

Sidney Bristol

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In Your Arms (A For Your Love Novel)

Shannyn Schroeder

A KNIGHT IN SHINING LEATHER… Sean O'Malley has never tried to hide who he is. He shows it in the motorcycle thrumming between the legs of his tight jeans…the shaggy hair that falls in his gorgeous eyes…the wicked gleam in his smile when he asks Emma out for a drink. Sean is a rebel, a bad boy, and a ton of fun: exactly the kind of guy she's sworn off forever. Emma isn't just the the prim kinde... read more

A KNIGHT IN SHINING LEATHER… Sean O'Malley has never tried to hide who he is. He shows it in the motorcycle thrumming between the legs of his tight jeans…the shaggy hair that falls in his gorgeous eyes…the wicked gleam in his smile when he asks Emma out for a drink. Sean is a rebel, a bad boy, and a ton of fun: exactly the kind of guy she's sworn off forever. Emma isn't just the the prim kinde... read more

A Living Grave

Robert E. Dunn

The first in a gritty new series featuring sheriff's detective Katrina Williams, as she investigates moonshine, murder, and the ghosts of her own past...Body Of ProofKatrina Williams left the Army ten years ago disillusioned and damaged. Now a sheriff's detective at home in the Missouri Ozarks, Katrina is living her life one case at a time-between mandated therapy sessions-until she learns tha... read more

The first in a gritty new series featuring sheriff's detective Katrina Williams, as she investigates moonshine, murder, and the ghosts of her own past...Body Of ProofKatrina Williams left the Army ten years ago disillusioned and damaged. Now a sheriff's detective at home in the Missouri Ozarks, Katrina is living her life one case at a time-between mandated therapy sessions-until she learns tha... read more

If I Had You (The Grand Russe Hotel)

Heather Hiestand

Inside the glittering walls of a famous hotel, an ingénue experiences first passion . . . As she stands before the gilded doors of The Grand Russe Hotel, Alecia Loudon is poised on the threshold of a profound awakening. It is the Roaring Twenties, and London is buzzing with opportunities for adventure . . . and indiscretion. The young personal secretary knows nothing of the ways of men, but a ... read more

Inside the glittering walls of a famous hotel, an ingénue experiences first passion . . . As she stands before the gilded doors of The Grand Russe Hotel, Alecia Loudon is poised on the threshold of a profound awakening. It is the Roaring Twenties, and London is buzzing with opportunities for adventure . . . and indiscretion. The young personal secretary knows nothing of the ways of men, but a ... read more

The Happy Hour Choir (An Ellery Novel)

Sally Kilpatrick

From debut author Sally Kilpatrick comes a hopeful tale of love and redemption in a quiet Southern town where a lost soul finds her way with the help of an unlikely circle of friends. . .Life has dealt Beulah Land a tough hand to play, least of all being named after a hymn. A teenage pregnancy estranged her from her family, and a tragedy caused her to lose what little faith remained. The waywa... read more

From debut author Sally Kilpatrick comes a hopeful tale of love and redemption in a quiet Southern town where a lost soul finds her way with the help of an unlikely circle of friends. . .Life has dealt Beulah Land a tough hand to play, least of all being named after a hymn. A teenage pregnancy estranged her from her family, and a tragedy caused her to lose what little faith remained. The waywa... read more

26 Hours in Paris (International Affairs)

Demi Alex

One day to see the sights.One night to change your life…Magazine writer Kathryn Taylor is traveling from New York to Paris for work. But the flirtatious Frenchman she left long ago is waiting at the airport--and he wants to play…No one can guide Kat through the sensual city's delights like Marko Renard. He let her get away once, and now he's determined to make her stay--even if he has to tie h... read more

One day to see the sights.One night to change your life…Magazine writer Kathryn Taylor is traveling from New York to Paris for work. But the flirtatious Frenchman she left long ago is waiting at the airport--and he wants to play…No one can guide Kat through the sensual city's delights like Marko Renard. He let her get away once, and now he's determined to make her stay--even if he has to tie h... read more

How to Rope a Real Man (Catcher Creek)

Melissa Cutler

Against all odds, the Sorentino sisters saved their family's rundown New Mexico ranch, but the youngest has a dream that just may ruin their hard-earned peace--unless a certain sexy cowboy lawyer changes her mind...Jenna Sorentino is as independent as they come. Despite her wild past, she's grown up enough to keep quiet about the identity of her baby's daddy, go to night college--and hide her ... read more

Against all odds, the Sorentino sisters saved their family's rundown New Mexico ranch, but the youngest has a dream that just may ruin their hard-earned peace--unless a certain sexy cowboy lawyer changes her mind...Jenna Sorentino is as independent as they come. Despite her wild past, she's grown up enough to keep quiet about the identity of her baby's daddy, go to night college--and hide her ... read more

Last Call in Wonderland

Browatzke, Rob

Chills

SanGiovanni, Mary

The Night Parade

Malfi, Ronald

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