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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!

the hanged man

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:

BadBlood300 CrazyintheBlood300  RiseOfTheBlood72lgBattleForTheBlood300

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

If you follow me on Twitter, you may be over hearing me crow about Ramez Naam’s fabulous, award-winning sf thrillers NEXUS, CRUX and, now, APEX.  But if you’ve read the books…ah, that’s a different story!  You’ve probably already begun proselytizing yourself!

APEX, the epic conclusion to the series is out today in digital and one week from today in print.

You can read an exclusive of the first chapter of APEX up at i09, see the Geek Library review here or find out what the big idea is over on John Scalzi’s blog.  You can take B&N’s word for it as a Best Pick for May.  Or, you can head over to Ramez’s website or your bookseller of choice to check the series out for yourself!  The cover copy for APEX and some reviews for the series are below.

Apex-144dpi APEX by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books)

The Explosive Conclusion to Nexus and Crux

Global unrest spreads through the US, China, and beyond. Secrets and lies set off shockwaves of anger, rippling from mind to mind. Riot police battle neurally-linked protesters. Armies are mobilized. Political orders fall. Nexus-driven revolution is here.

Against this backdrop, a new breed of post-human children are growing into their powers. And a once-dead scientist, driven mad by her torture, is closing in on her plans to seize planet’s electronic systems, and re-forge everything in her image.

A new Apex species is here. The world will never be the same.

Rave Reviews:

NEXUS & CRUX

“I cannot recommend these two sci-fi thrillers highly enough” —Kurzweil: Accelerating Intelligence Blog

NEXUS

“Naam, an expert in new technologies and author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement (2005), turns in a stellar performance with his debut sf novel.” —Booklist, Starred Review

Nexus is a lightning bolt of a novel, with a focus on action and plotting that will remind readers of some of the best novels from the late Michael Crichton.” –Ars Technica

“Naam displays a Michael Crichton-like ability to explain cutting-edge research via the medium of an airport techno-thriller.” —SFX Magazine 

“His breathtaking expertise and confidence as a writer makes Naam the only serious successor to Michael Crichton working in the future history genre today.” —Scott Harrison, author of Archangel

“Excellent spycraft, kick-ass action scenes, and a chilling look at a future cold war over technology and ideology… a hell of a read.” —Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

“The action scenes are crisp, the glimpses of future tech and culture are mesmerizing” —Publishers Weekly

“A ‘smart thriller’ in all senses of that phrase. Ramez Naam really does know how to make you turn that page. If you are posthuman or transhuman this is an absolute must-read for you; and even mere mortals will love it.” —Philip Palmer, author of Version 43 and Hell Ship

“Nexus is an extremely strong, intriguing and interesting fiction debut.” —SF Signal

“I can highly recommend reading Nexus. It is a fun, thought-provoking read, an excellent combination of interesting speculation with a gripping plot.” —Sense of Wonder

CRUX

“A blisteringly paced technothriller that dives deeper and even better into the chunky questions raised by Nexus. This is a fabulous book, and it ends in a way that promises at least one more. Count me in.” —Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother and Homeland

“Smart, thoughtful, and hard to drop, this richly nuanced sequel outshines its predecessor with a wide cast of characters and some complicated, uneasy questions about power, responsibility, and the future of humanity.” —Publishers Weekly

“Potent like Naam’s vividly imagined nano-drug Nexus, Crux is a heady cocktail of ideas and page-turning prose. It left my brain buzzing for days afterwards.”  —Hannu Rajaniemi, author of The Quantum Thief and The Fractal Prince

Crux (Angry Robot Books) is an outstanding speculative fiction adventure. It combines the very highest level of neuroscientific reality with plausible neuroscience fiction that is very well thought through. I loved it.” —Stephen L Macknik for Scientific American

Crux was absolutely amazing!” —Thinks Books

The fabulous YA Chicks— ViviBarnesChristina Farley, and Amy Christine Parker—along with “guest co-creators” me, Peggy Jackson, and Tara Gallina, are putting together a really exciting global campaign launching on May 22, 2015, 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!  It will involve a big giveaway with THREE separate prize packs:

  • The Reader’s Pack: Includes one book from every participating author (just wait until you hear who we’ve got lined up!): US and Canada only
  • The Writer’s Pack: Includes query critiques, writing swag from authors, and more! International
  • The Classroom Pack: Includes free Skype visits w/YA Chicks and other participating authors, a signed YA Chicks poster, and other swag!International

Our introductory video is below (and much fun)!  You can click here to visit the YA Chicks website and find out more about participating.  There’s nothing to lose and a lot, potentially, to win!