Hiatus

Posted: January 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

You may have noticed that the blog has been neglected since the new year.  Unfortunately, my workload is such that for the time being, I’m going to have to put the blog on hiatus.  It’s definitely been the best kind of insanity these past few weeks, but still, even finding the time to post about the hiatus has been hard to come by.  And so…I hope you’ll check back in a few months.  I’ll definitely post on Twitter and elsewhere when I’m able to find time to devote to the blog once again, but for now, 140 characters seems to be all I can keep up with on top of my usual work.  As Tigger would say, TTFN!

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Even with all of the fabulous news hitting in December, I was so burnt out by the end of the year that I never even posted my badge for VAMPED! I’m so thrilled and honored that it was chosen as a finalist in BTS’s 2015 Readers Choice Awards in the young adult category! Excited enough that I’m in danger of depleting my year’s allotment of exclamation points? You bet!!!!

Gina, my fashionista of the fanged, things this earns her a new pair of shoes…at the least.  I’m hiding the credit cards!

Two new Best of lists since yesterday that I want to share before things get to crazy-busy here and I run out of time – another one each for THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin and THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman!

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THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin

Buzzfeed’s 32 Best Fantasy Books Of 2015

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THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman

The Book Plank’s Best Debuts of 2015

thor dueling with giants I was tempted to start out with some really bad puns, suggesting you get off your feet if they’re Thor from all your holiday shopping and settle in with a good book, but I won’t subject you to all that.  Instead, I’ll just begin with a *Kermit flail* and an announcement that the first book in Marvel’s Asgard trilogy, THOR: Dueling with Giants by Keith R.A. DeCandido is out today in e-book! (Print version coming in the spring.)

Cover copy:

One of the greatest heroes from Marvel—and myth—returns as Thor battles the mightiest of the giants in a fight to the death. The first book in an action-packed trilogy, Dueling with Giants is a story of epic combat from start to finish, sure to entertain fans of Marvel comics and adventure novels alike.

During just another day for the God of Thunder, Thor is defending Asgard against invading trolls when the unthinkable happens—his hammer, Mjolnir, loses its enchantment, depleting Thor’s strength. Thor is still more than a match for his enemies; after vanquishing them, he learns the secret to his sudden weakness: Mjolnir has been switched! And only one being is cunning enough to carry out such a trick: Thor’s own adopted brother, Loki.

As punishment, Odin imprisons Loki for a year, but the trickster soon takes on other forms and escapes his imprisonment. He provokes a dispute between Odin and the giant Hrungnir—one that soon brings a full-scale attack on Asgard and a one-on-one challenge to Thor himself.

Dueling with Giants will be followed by two more riveting installments featuring Sif and the Warriors Three, all written by Marvel veteran and popular fantasy author Keith R.A. DeCandido. The Tales of Asgard Trilogy will be an adventure that Marvel readers won’t soon forget.

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In addition, I’ve got some great new Best of lists to crow about.  I’m posting for my authors in particular, but the overall lists have wonderful recommendations, and any book buys enrich us all! And so, new for:

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THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin

*Free* Short Story

Posted: December 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

I’m up today at Literary Escapism with a Vic & Bob story about Black Friday and a certain Jolly Old Elf.  Enjoy!

Best of lists and a giveaway!

Posted: December 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

There have been a lot of crazy-awesome things going on around here keeping me too busy (for the moment) to post any new pithy and profound blogs.  I hope to remedy that soon. In the meantime, I do have a list of Article & Guest Blogs I’ve done to date AND I’ve got suggestions of some amazing books to while away your time.  Plus a giveaway!

First, the free stuff.  Genevieve Cogman, author of the amazing novels THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY (UK, US) and THE MASKED CITY (UK, US) has offered up a free audio download of the THE MASKED CITY to one lucky winner!  Tweet, follow, comment or share to win.  See Rafflecopter giveaway!

For more goodness, here’s my compilation of Best Of lists for my clients so far. Remember, the holidays are here and books make great gifts!

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THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin

The Washington Post: Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2015

Barnes & Noble’s list of Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2015

Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2015: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2015

NPR’s Best Books of 2015

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INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine

Barnes & Noble’s list of Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2015

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ALICE by Christina Henry

Amazon: Best Books of the Year: Science Fiction & Fantasy

(ALICE also came in 2nd in the GoodReads Choice Awards for Best Horror of 2015, second only to Dean Koontz’s SAINT ODD)

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THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman

The Independent

Best Books of December 2015:

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ASH AND SILVER by Carol Berg

Amazon Best Books of the Month: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Omnivoracious Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of December

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BLOOD STORM by Steven Harper

Amazon Best Books of the Month: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Omnivoracious Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of December

I hope you all had a super-fantastic Thanksgiving, full of warmth, love, laughter and overstuffed bellies.  Coming back from a long weekend is always a mixed blessing.  You’re refreshed, you’re ready to go (unless you were trampled during any of the Black Friday sales, which I studiously avoided) and… Then you see the mountain of things that accumulated while you were out of the office and suddenly you’re right back where you started!  Luckily, this year I came back to fabulous news and an amazing launch week for several of my authors.

On the news front, THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin is once again on a Best list, this one the New York Times’s list of 100 Notable Books of 2015!  Also, ALICE by Christina Henry came in 2nd(!) in the GoodReads Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Horror Novel of 2015, second only to SAINT ODD by Dean Koontz!  Pretty darned impressive.

On the new releases, this week we have Carol Berg’s ASH AND SILVER, the conclusion of the Sanctuary duology that started with DUST AND LIGHT, BLOOD STORM by Steven Harper, the second of the Books of Blood and Iron, and THE MASKED CITY by Genevieve Cogman, sequel to THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY in the UK.  Both THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY and THE MASKED CITY come out soon in the US (and the first is already available for pre-order), so look out!  Deets on the new releases are below!

AshandSilver_100DPI ASH AND SILVER by Carol Berg

In Dust and Light, national bestselling author Carol Berg returned to the world of the award-winning Flesh and Spirit. Now she continues the saga of a man whose past is veiled in shadows….

Ever since the Order of the Equites Cineré stole his memory, his name, and his heart, thinking about the past makes Greenshank’s head ache. After two years of rigorous training, he is almost ready to embrace the mission of the Order—to use selfless magic to heal the troubles of Navronne. But on his first assignment alone, the past comes racing back, threatening to drown him in conspiracy, grief, and murder.

He is Lucian de Remeni—a sorcerer whose magical bents for portraiture and history threaten the safety of the earth and the future of the war-riven kingdom of Navronne. He just can’t remember how or why.

Fighting to unravel the mysteries of his power, Lucian must trace threads of corruption that reach from the Pureblood Registry into the Order itself, the truth hidden two centuries in the past and beyond the boundaries of the world…

blood storm BLOOD STORM by Steven Harper

From the author of Iron Axe comes the second Book of Blood and Iron…

Ages ago, those who had the ability to change their shape lost it, leading to endless bloody battles for supremacy between the races—until one reluctant hero stepped forth to restore peace to the world.…

Even though Danr the half troll ended centuries of fighting, he still is not living the quiet life he longs for. Rumors have arisen that certain people are once again wielding the power of the shape. If Danr could learn to use it, he could become fully human and spend his life with his beloved, Aisa. But he is not the only one who craves the gift of changing form.…

Slavers have taken Danr’s friends captive, demanding the power of the shape as ransom. To obtain it, Danr must cross paths with the Fates, Death, and a giant wyrm that lives at the bottom of the ocean—before other, more dangerous parties uncover the secrets of shape changing.…

 

masked city THE MASKED CITY by Genevieve Cogman

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman is a wonderful read for all those who enjoyed Mr Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Jasper Fford’s The Eyre Affair or Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London.

Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he’s been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.

Kai’s dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people – and the forces of order and chaos themselves.

Irene’s mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it’s always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.