It’s been a quiet blogging month and for that I apologize.  Mostly I’ve been so busy on the business front (always a good thing!) that finding time to post has been a bit challenging.  If you’re so inclined, you can see the deals I’ve been up to at Publishers Marketplace.

Let me see if I can summarize some of the amazing things going on for my authors right now!

-N.K. Jemisin – not only is her novel THE FIFTH SEASON on Publishers Weekly’s list of Top 10 SF, Fantasy & Horror releases for Fall, but Orbit has just done a cover reveal for SHADES IN SHADOW, a triptych of stories set in her award-winning Inheritance world (THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS, THE BROKEN KINGDOMS, THE KINGDOM OF GODS).

-Ramez Naam’s APEX (the conclusion to his stunning sf thriller series that began with the award-winning NEXUS and CRUX) is one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year (So Far) for Science Fiction and Fantasy!

-R.S. Belcher has received a starred review from Kirkus for his upcoming novel NIGHTWISE as well as a Top Pick! rating from Romantic Times!

-Christina Henry has a ton of amazing reviews coming in on her new and very different novel ALICE, including a Top Pick! from Romantic Times and the first two chapters are now posted for your reading pleasure!

July 7th is going to be a week of epic releases!  Rachel Caine is going to rock the world with INK AND BONE, the first in a new series called The Great Library.  J. Kathleen Cheney brings to a grand conclusion her acclaimed series that began with THE GOLDEN CITY and continued with THE SEAT OF MAGIC with THE SHORES OF SPAIN.  Christie Golden’s Star Wars novel DARK DISCIPLE releases as well, and advance readers have already begun singing its praises.  So, if you’re looking for new summer reads, you might want to check these out!

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In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

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A brilliant new chapter in the Novels of the Golden City.

Even as the branches of peace are being offered, there are some who still believe those who are not human should be used as chattel. And they are willing to go to great lengths to retain their power.

Newlywed siren Oriana Paredes has been appointed Ambassador to her home islands now that communication between Northern Portugual and the magical races has been restored. But convincing her people that the new Portuguese Prince’s intentions are honorable after years of persecution is difficult. And her husband, Duilio, faces his own obstacles among the sirens where males are a rare and valuable commodity with few rights.

In addition to their diplomatic mission, the two hope to uncover the truth behind Oriana’s mother’s death. Evidence suggests that Spain—a country that has been known to enslave magical beings—may have infiltrated the siren authority. Unable to leave their post, Oriana and Duilio must call on Inspector Joaquim Tavares to root out the truth.

But even his seer’s gift cannot prepare him for what he will discover.

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Based on unproduced episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this new novel features Asajj Ventress, former Sith apprentice turned bounty hunter and one of the great antiheroes in the Star Wars galaxy.
 
The only way to bring down the Sith’s most dangerous warrior may be to join forces with the dark side.

In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.

Libcon, June 27, 2015

Posted: June 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

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A don’t miss event for readers and writers in the Orlando area!

From the Facebook page:

A day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Join us for book signings, panel discussion, and writing workshops!

The Author’s Fair in Library Central will feature 26 authors of all genres from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. NYT Bestselling Author and Printz Honor recipient Rick Yancey will give the keynote address at 11 a.m. and sign immediately after his talk. Yancey’s book The 5th Wave is now a major motion picture, releasing 2016. From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., there will be panel discussions for both readers and aspiring authors.

Attending authors are: R.L. Austin , Kait Ballenger, Vivi Barnes, Stacy Barton, Richard Lee Byers, Ella Martin, Doug Dillon, Lucienne Diver, James Driggers Books, Christina Farley, Maria Geraci, Author, Lori Goldstein, Shane Hinton, Nathan Holic, Trisha Leaver, YA Author, Ethan Long, Tawdra Kandle, Author, Marianne Kirby, David Lapham, Lynne Matson, Amy Christine Parker, HD Smith, J.A. Souders, Jeff Strand, Nancy Robards Thompson Books, Lynn Waddell

Where:
101 E Central Blvd
Orlando, Florida
(407) 835-7323

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Summer is about to begin! 

But just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we should stop reading and writing. I’ve teamed up with the YA Chicks and many participating authors (Rachel Caine, Amy Christine Parker, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Christina Farley, Vivi Barnes, Janice Gable Bashman, Tamsin Silver just to name a few!) on a global campaign to encourage readers, writers, students, and teachers to share pictures all of the places—both ordinary and extraordinary—where they are reading and writing. This is open to all readers/writers of both middle grade and young adult books!

You can also take part in…

A MONSTER GIVEAWAY! 

Vamped I’ll be giving away a copy of my first young adult novel, VAMPED, and also a Skype visit.

And there’s more! Every author participating in this campaign is giving away books, critiques, swag and/or Skype visits.

THIS GIVEAWAY WILL RUN FROM 9:00am, Friday, May 22nd – 11:00pm, Sunday, May 31st

So are you ready?

Drum roll….

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Can you guess where I am?  Here are some clues:

1- It’s a Southern thing.

2- Where Shopping is a Pleasure®

3- (Really, you need more?)

4- It really is super.

5- When I visit I throw caution to the wind and put all my eggs in one basket.

Once you’ve figured out where I’m writing, head over to the YA Chicks site and:

  • Officially enter the giveaway by inputting each author’s name and your guesses about our locations. Every author location you guess correctly increases your chances to win.
  • For even more chances, post a picture of yourself reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag).

For writer prize packs:

  • Post pictures of yourself writing in a fun location on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere. Then follow the directions on the Rafflecopter giveaway to let us know you did it.
  • For even more chances, gather your writer friends together and post a group shot with the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag). And hey, since you’re already together, why not host a write-a-thon?

For teacher prize packs:

  • Post pictures of your class reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag).
  • Then let us know you did it when you enter the Rafflecopter. If you don’t have a Twitter or Instagram, you can email your picture directly with the picture pasted directly into the email (no attachments–we won’t open them) AND the subject, “Read or Write Anywhere.”
  • You can also check out the YA Chicks Read or Write Anywhere lesson plan, available on their site.

Now, what are you waiting for? Get out there and READ OR WRITE ANYWHERE!

Tomorrow, the YA Chicks with the help of many, many other writers of young adult, new adult and middle-grade fiction, are launching the #ReadorWriteAnywhere campaign.  The full list of participating authors and prizes and info on participation are up on their blog.  In short you can participate by:

-stopping by the YA Chicks blog tomorrow (kick off is 9 am Eastern) to see pics of the authors writing anywhere, click on their photos to see larger versions and to get clues on where they were taken, enter your answers and the giveaway on the blog.

-post pictures of yourselves reading or writing anywhere and post them up on social media with the hashtag #ReadorWriteAnywhere and let the YA Chicks now on the blog.

-teachers: post pics of your classes reading or writing anywhere with the hashtag and enter to win a Skype visit from participating authors.

I believe there will be a Rafflecopter set up so that we can keep track of it all for prize purposes.

Most of all, have fun and remember to keep on reading, keep on writing and keep on dreaming big!

Because I’m a bossypants, I roped more of my friends (including the great Nunes at Night band and Beth Ceyrolles of Brick City) into helping me demonstrate how to read or write anywhere.

Throwing virtual confetti here today in celebration of two clients up for the Scribe Award for Best Original Novel – Speculative: David Mack for Star Trek: DISAVOWED and Keith R.A. DeCandido for Sleepy Hollow: CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION! For those who don’t know, the Scribe Awards are given out by The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers to honor excellence in the field of licensed works. The winners are announced in July at San Diego ComicCon. The full panel of nominees, including great editor and writer Greg Cox, is here.

I’m also thrilled to wish P.N. Elrod a happy book birthday for her wonderful novel THE HANGED MAN, the first in a new gaslight fantasy series from Tor Books!

the hanged man THE HANGED MAN by P.N. Elrod (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-a-Million)

On a freezing Christmas Eve in 1879, a forensic psychic reader is summoned from her Baker Street lodgings to the scene of a questionable death. Alexandrina Victoria Pendlebury (named after her godmother, the current Queen of England) is adamant that the death in question is a magically compromised murder and not a suicide, as the police had assumed, after the shocking revelation contained by the body in question, Alex must put her personal loss aside to uncover the deeper issues at stake, before more bodies turn up.

Turning to some choice allies–the handsome, prescient Lieutenant Brooks, the brilliant, enigmatic Lord Desmond, and her rapscallion cousin James–Alex will have to marshal all of her magical and mental acumen to save Queen and Country from a shadowy threat. Our singular heroine is caught up in this rousing gaslamp adventure of cloaked assassins, meddlesome family, and dark magic.

“Murder, mayhem and tea–a well-bred Victorian urban fantasy thriller. Prepare, o reader, to be enthralled.”–Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of the Mercy Thompson series on P.N. Elrod’s The Hanged Man

“Elrod has a marvelous feel for Victorian times and a deft turn of phrase. All her characters are deliciously lively and Alex is an immensely appealing heroine. I hope we see a great deal more of her… not to mention Lieutenant Brooks.” — Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series

“Rich in setting, romance, and action, The Hanged Man is a brilliantly told, involving blend of the paranormal with classic Victorian literature. I devoured it in one sitting and can’t wait to see the next installment with these fascinating characters!”
— Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampire series

“A whip-fast, deadly smart mystery in a steampunk British Empire–I loved it!”  — Lilith Saintcrow, author of To Hell and Back

“The Hanged man is a rousing historical mystery, full of magical twists sure to keep the pages turning. A must-read!” — Faith Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series

“Solid genre-mixing mystery … enjoyably headstrong protagonists surrounded by supporting characters who entertain while complicating the plot. This well-constructed novel will please fans of alternate history, fantasy, and mystery.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Elrod’s formidable imagination is given free rein in this dark and intriguing series opener. A twisting, tricky mystery rounds out this series debut in impressive form. 4 1/2 stars!” — Romantic Times

In case you haven’t heard about #ReadorWriteAnywhere, it’s a great campaign started by the YA Chicks to encourage reading and writing specifically for (but not limited to) teens over the summer. On May 22nd, many young adult and middle-grade authors will be posting pictures of themselves writing anywhere with clues for viewers to guess where that might be. And, of course, prizes to be won for correct answers. But that’s not all! Readers, writers, teachers and students are all encouraged to share pictures of themselves reading or writing anywhere on social media with the hashtag #ReadorWriteAnywhere and then enter the Rafflecopter giveaways that will be posted for chances to win books, critiques, Skype visits for their classes, etc. You can check it out here on the YA Chicks blog.

To get you ramped up and show you how it’s done, I had some great friends of mine help out and take pictures of themselves reading and writing anywhere. So get pumped, get out there and get pictures. Ready? Set? Go!!!

New releases

Posted: May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

You know those awesome birthday celebrations that last a full week?  Well, Ramez Naam’s book APEX comes by it naturally!  Last week marked the digital release.  Today it’s out in print!  So yet another happy book birthday to Ramez Naam for APEX, which Amazon has declared a Best Book of the Month!

Next week’s excitement is THE HANGED MAN by P.N. Elrod, the first in a really exciting, all-new series.  Seriously, all, you do NOT want to miss this!

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On a freezing Christmas Eve in 1879, a forensic psychic reader is summoned from her Baker Street lodgings to the scene of a questionable death. Alexandrina Victoria Pendlebury (named after her godmother, the current Queen of England) is adamant that the death in question is a magically compromised murder and not a suicide, as the police had assumed, after the shocking revelation contained by the body in question, Alex must put her personal loss aside to uncover the deeper issues at stake, before more bodies turn up.

Turning to some choice allies–the handsome, prescient Lieutenant Brooks, the brilliant, enigmatic Lord Desmond, and her rapscallion cousin James–Alex will have to marshal all of her magical and mental acumen to save Queen and Country from a shadowy threat. Our singular heroine is caught up in this rousing gaslamp adventure of cloaked assassins, meddlesome family, and dark magic.

“Murder, mayhem and tea–a well-bred Victorian urban fantasy thriller. Prepare, o reader, to be enthralled.”–Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of the Mercy Thompson series on P.N. Elrod’s The Hanged Man

In other news, my own Latter-Day Olympians series has some new additions coming this fall!  BATTLE FOR THE BLOOD, which is already out in digital, will see print on September 1st.  You can check out a teaser for it in this month’s BTS Book Reviews here!  Book five, BLOOD HUNT, will be releasing in both print and digital on October 20th!

I’m going to take a bit of time off this summer from writing novels and short fiction to work on the Goddities website! Those of you who read the Latter-Day Olympians series know that my heroine’s grandmother, Yiayia, runs a kind of on-line gossip rag for the gods.  I’ve wanted to actually put this together for some time now, and this summer I think I’m actually going to do it.  So, look for some godly gossip coming this fall!  For those who haven’t read the series, the book order is below:

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I hope you’ll give it a chance, because well, among others, Hermes must be heard.  Really, he insists.