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So many new and exciting releases out today!!! Awesome to see them already garnering the attention they deserve. I’ve already mentioned about N.K. Jemisin’s THE FIFTH SEASON appearing on Kirkus Reviews’ list of “The Must-Read Speculative Fiction Books Coming Out in August” and Barnes & Noble’s Bookseller’s Picks for August. Most recently, Book Riot called it one of The Best Books We Read in July!

ALICE by Christina Henry is not only on Kirkus’s list, but on Amazon’s Best Books of the Month: Science Fiction & Fantasy. NewInBooks also names it one of The Four Best Alice in Wonderland Inspired Books, along with another great Knight Agency novel ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND by Gena Showalter!

THE VEIL by Chloe Neill is one of Barnes & Noble’s Bookseller’s Picks for August (along with NIGHTWISE by R.S. Belcher, which comes out on August 18th)!

HIS FATHER’S EYES by David B. Coe is another great book on Kirkus Reviews’s list of The Must-Read Speculative Fiction Books for August and the second in his Casefiles of Justis Fearsson series for Baen Books. (First is SPELL BLIND.)  BTW, David will be back here on Thursday talking about point of view and narrative, so check back then!

Karen Whiddon’s Colton’s book THE TEMPTATION OF DR. COLTON officially released over the weekend, but since I was out getting my geek on at Tampa ComicCon, I’m wishing her a Happy Book Birthday today as well!

More about these books is below! And just to be absolutely fair (or tricksy, however you’d like to look at it), I’ll do them in reverse order from above.

temptation of dr colton THE TEMPTATION OF DR. COLTON by Karen Whiddon (Amazon, B&N, BAM)

The Coltons of Oklahoma series continues…and for one Colton doctor, the prognosis is deadly…

After a hit-and-run, all the frightened victim can remember is the handsome Dr. Eric Colton, who rescued her. She has no identity and no memory, other than the flash of a gunshot and a man’s name. But she knows she’s in grave danger.

Eric can’t explain his irresistible attraction to the mystery woman who, in hours, transforms him from workaholic surgeon to vigilant bodyguard. He can’t let her out of his arms, not when danger stalks her. But why? What lies hidden in her mind? Eric doesn’t know what she’s forgotten, but he knows people will kill to ensure she never remembers…and it’s up to him to stop them.

his father's eyes HIS FATHER’S EYES by David B. Coe (Amazon, B&N, BAM)

Book #2 in The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, a new contemporary fantasy series from fantasy all-star David B. Coe. A hardboiled, magic-using private detective battles dark sorcerers in Phoenix, Arizona.

Justis Fearsson is a weremyste. He wields potent magic, but every month, on the full moon, he loses his mind. He’s also a private detective, who can’t afford to take time off from his latest investigation while his sanity goes AWOL.

A legion of dark sorcerers has descended on Phoenix, wreaking havoc in the blistering desert heat. With the next moon phasing approaching, Jay has to figure out what connects a billionaire financier and a vicious drug kingpin to an attempted terrorist attack, a spate of ritual killings, and the murder of a powerful runemyste. And he has to do it fast. Because these same dark sorcerers have nearly killed the woman he loves and have used their spells to torment Jay’s father. Now they have Jay in their crosshairs, and with his death they intend to extend their power over the entire magicking world. But Jay has other plans, and no intention of turning his city, or those he loves, over to the enemy.

the veil THE VEIL by Chloe Neill (Amazon, B&N, BAM)

A brand new series from New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill.
Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

As more and more Sensitives fall prey to their magic, and unleash their hunger on the city, Claire and Liam must work together to save New Orleans, or else the city will burn…

alice ALICE by Christina Henry (Amazon, B&N, BAM)

A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll…

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.

Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.

And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.

fifth season THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin (Amazon, B&N, BAM)


A season of endings has begun.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.

It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

A new fantasy trilogy by Hugo, Nebula & World Fantasy Award nominated author N.K. Jemisin.

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:


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


“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


“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

I’m time crunched at the moment between the vacation backlog and the final prep work for next week’s London Book Fair, so while I have three amazing book birthdays this week (SHARDS OF TIME by Lynn Flewelling, THE WOLF SIREN by Karen Whiddon and TEACH ME A LESSON by Jasmine Haynes), I’m going to celebrate them with a post a day so that each gets to shine on it’s own!

Before I start, I have to wish HUGE congratulations to TJ Bennett for finaling in the RITA Award for Best Historical for her wonderful, atmospheric novel DARK ANGEL and to Ramez Naam, whose received even more recognition for his sf thrillers NEXUS and CRUX, this time by being shortlisted for the Prometheus Award.  So proud!

And now (drum roll please)…  I’m so thrilled with the early attention Jasmine Haynes is receiving for her latest erotic novel TEACH ME A LESSON, like this fabulous quote from Heroes & Heartbreakers: “There is no one who writes pure erotic fantasy better than Haynes.”  I’m sure you can all guess that I think she’s wonderful, but you shouldn’t take my word for it!  Run out and see for yourselves.

Teach-Me-a-Lesson250 TEACH ME A LESSON by Jasmine Haynes (Berkley)

Do what you have to do, Principal. I deserve it…

High school guidance counselor by day, sex therapist by night, Charlotte Moore’s passion is people—whether helping students with the realities of life or helping their parents with the fantasies. Enter Principal Lance Hutton, the perfect subject for Charlotte’s method in recharging the sex drive—and it’s going to take some discipline. Considering this hot older man is her boss, it makes sense that he dole out the punishment. Besides, Charlotte’s begging for it.

But when Charlotte’s after-school extracurricular activities are made public, it threatens her job, her reputation, and the career of the man she’s falling head over heels in love with. Now, if this town wants a scandal, Charlotte and Lance are ready to give them one—and a lesson in bad behavior they’ll never forget.


You can read more with RT’s Hump Day Excerpt here.

Now, it just so happens that Jasmine Haynes came up today in Amy Christine Parker’s and my vlog for YA Rebels.  Not because she’s YA (decidedly not!) but because when I went out to Los Angeles to research my first Latter-Day Olympians novel, she came out to meet me, and we had a grand old time.  Only a fraction of our travels and travails made it into BAD BLOOD, but I’ll have the memories for a lifetime.  If you’re interested in hearing a bit more, here’s the vlog talking about writing, travel and inspiration.  Enjoy!

princeofshadows_lores Before I even begin, a HUGE congratulations to Rachel Caine for receiving Romantic Times Magazine’s February Seal of Excellence.  According to RT (link here, though I’m not sure you can view if you’re not a subscriber), “Each month the RT editors select one book that is not only compelling, but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction. This book stands out from all the others reviewed that month, in the magazine issue and on the website. February 2014’s RT Seal of Excellence — the editors’ pick for best book of the month — is awarded to Rachel Caine‘s Romeo & Juliet retelling, Prince of Shadows.”  So awesome!

I’m also pleased to wish happy book birthdays to Susan Krinard, Christie Golden and Chloe Neill!

shadowmaster SHADOWMASTER by award-winning and bestselling author Susan Krinard

Third novel in Susan Krinard’s acclaimed Nightsiders series (starting with DAYSIDER and NIGHTMASTER)

Humans and vampires stand on the brink of war in this gripping series by New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard

In the crumbling outpost of San Francisco, a fragile truce is threatened by an assassination plot. Half-dhampir agent Phoenix Stryker has the beauty, brains—and blood—to infiltrate the vampires’ secret society and save the city. But once she’s in, she finds that her target, the assassin Drakon, is not the monster she expected. Handsome, honorable and irresistibly attractive, Drakon will stop at nothing to save his people—and protect the woman he needs even more than the blood that keeps him alive. Now the key to the world’s survival may lie in their dangerous alliance….

some girls bite mm SOME GIRLS BITE (first in the New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series) by Chloe Neill

This is the mass market reprint (read new, lower price!) of the book that started it all!  There are two days left to get into the giveaway Chloe Neill is hosting in celebration!

They killed me. They healed me. They changed me.

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world. When a rogue vampire attacked me, I was lucky he only got a sip. Another bloodsucker scared him off and decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

Now I’ve traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed,
four-hundred-year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects my gratitude—and servitude. Right…

But someone’s out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches?

My initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.

blackbeard Assassin’s Creed: BLACKBEARD: THE LOST JOURNAL by Christie Golden (Author) and Ubisoft (Creator)

Few moments in history have proven as timelessly fascinating as the lawless Golden Age of Piracy, which was largely played out in the Caribbean of the 16th and early 17th centuries. In this time of rebellion, fortune, intrigue, and adventure, Blackbeard stands as one of the most fearsome captains to have ever sailed the seas. Now, as the latest historical figure to take center stage in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Blackbeard joins the ranks of Edward Kenway — father of Haytham Kenway and grandfather of Connor — as they navigate troubled island waters and carve out their destinies. Thoughtfully crafted to resemble an authentic pirate artifact, this illustrated journal delivers a unique insider’s view into the world of the game through fascinating entries that provide a firsthand account of the day-to-day lives of the characters. This one-of-a-kind graphic novel — featuring beautifully etched illustrations and portraits, wanted posters, detailed ship’s logs and maps, newspaper clippings, Letters of Marque, and more — brings the bold worlds of Blackbeard and Kenway strikingly to life.

Wild Thingsprinceofshadows_lores I’m so thrilled to wish a happy book birthday to Rachel Caine for her amazing Shakespearean novel PRINCE OF SHADOWS — which casts Benvolio as the hero in a trilling and wonderful Romeo & Juliet retelling, which Kirkus Reviews called, “Simply superb”  — and to Chloe Neill for her latest Chicagoland Vampires tale, WILD THINGS, which A Book Obsession blog calls, “An absolute treat not to be missed”!  So awesome!

Also, Amy Christine Parker and I thought it would be fun for this week’s YA Rebels video to talk about what we’d be doing if we weren’t writing.  Come join in the fun!

So many exciting book birthdays today!  There’s BLACK ARTS, the new novel in Faith Hunter‘s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock series, HOWLING FOR YOU, an e-novella in Chloe Neill’s NYT bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series, where we finally get things from Jeff Christopher’s perspective, and GRYPHON PRECINCT, the fourth novel in Keith R.A. DeCandido‘s fantasy police procedural series.  So much goodness!

BlackArts-Cover BLACK ARTS by Faith Hunter

When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace.

Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy—one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

Praise for the Jane Yellowrock Novels

“Jane’s world is a fully realized one, full of shapeshifters, Native American magic and folklore, baddies that will make your hair stand on end, and a heroine, that, despite her considerable skills, harbors plenty of vulnerability and self-doubt. If you love urban fantasy or just plain wonderful writing and world building, this is the series for you.” —My Bookish Ways

“Jane Yellowrock is smart, sexy, and ruthless.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Kim Harrison

“Seriously. Best urban fantasy I’ve read in years, possibly ever.”—C. E. Murphy, author of Truthseeker

“Jane is the best urban fantasy heroine around.”—Night Owl Reviews

howling for you HOWLING FOR YOU by Chloe Neill

Jeff Christopher is a shapeshifter and ally of Chicago’s Cadogan House of vampires—he’s also a tech whiz and mostly-legal hacker. And the only protective shields he’s never been able to find a way around are those of the powerful Keene Family.For a long time, Jeff has only had eyes for the beautiful Fallon Keene. Unfortunately, she is the only sister of the lethal North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene. The intricate balances of power and politics make it all but impossible for Fallon to trust her feelings.But fate takes a hand when the Pack’s totem is stolen—threatening the Keene family’s rule—and Fallon enlists Jeff’s help to retrieve it before the Pack is thrown into chaos. Can she and Jeff find the totem, and restore order, before it’s too late? And will Jeff finally be able to prove himself to the only person he truly loves?

Includes an exclusive preview of the Chicagoland Vampires novel… WILD THINGS

“These books are wonderful entertainment.”—#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris

“A wonderfully compelling vampire heroine.”—USA Today Bestselling Author Julie Kenner

“A strong minded, sharp-witted heroine who will appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake.”—Library Journal

“If you loved Nancy Drew but always wished she was an undead sword-wielding badass, Merit is your kind of girl.”—Geek Monthly

gryphonprecinct GRYPHON PRECINCT by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Humans and elves, dwarves and gnomes, wizards and warriors all live and do business in the thriving, overcrowded port city of Cliff’s End, to say nothing of the tourists and travelers who arrive by land and sea, passing through the metropolis on matters of business or pleasure-or on quests. The hard-working, under-appreciated officers of the Cliff’s End Castle Guard work day and night to maintain law and order as best they can.

Cliff’s End is rocked by the death of Lord Albin. As soon as the funeral ends, Albin’s son Blayk takes over and starts instituting wholesale changes in how the Cliff’s End Castle Guard is run: enforced retirements of older guards (including Captain Osric), surprise promotions (including Grovis to replace Osric as Captain of the Guard), sword requalifications for all guards, and much more. Worse, Blayk has split up Lieutenants Torin ban Wyvald and Danthres Tresyllione and given them new partners. Lieutenant Dru, still devastated by the loss of Lieutenant Hawk, also has a new partner.

All three detectives catch separate cases, but the more they investigate, the more they realize that all three are related – and connected to a conspiracy that targets the King and Queen themselves!

Praise for the Precinct novels:

“All in all, this is a fascinating excursion in genre-bending; it’s worth a try even for readers who usually take either their procedurals or their fantasies unadulterated.” -Booklist

“Beneath the swords and sorcery is a well-constructed set of hardboiled mysteries; Dragnet in a Dungeons and Dragons setting. Keith DeCandido’s first original novel (he has written several tie-ins) is a well-paced, entertaining read.” – Reviewing the Evidence

Also, Amy Christine Parker (author of the acclaimed YA thriller GATED) and I got together over the weekend and had some fun with our YA Rebels video on The Top Ten Things Never to Say to a Writer.  We hope you enjoy!

beyond our stars small I have to wish a fantastically happy book birthday to debut author Marie Langager, whose wonderful young adult science fiction novel BEYOND OUR STARS, released today as part of Bloomsbury Spark’s launch line.  So exciting!

Cover Copy:

Fleeing a destroyed Earth, seventeen-year-old orphan Hope grew up living in the confines of a spaceship heading to CR-3, a new home planet. She’s been kicking the steel walls for too long and ever since she broke her boyfriend’s heart, touchdown could mean open air and a fresh start. But no one expected the Locals.

Hope’s dreams of freedom turn into nightmares when the Locals trap the humans and mark groups for observation. At any moment she can be called into a holographic observation room for testing. Some days she’s drowning in a strange dark ocean, some days she’s locked up without food, and all with the one boy she can’t seem to forget.

As the Locals study Hope, she studies them. She wants to believe the tall grey creatures could be peaceful, but as the simulations become more dangerous, Hope is about to become the human race’s last chance for survival.


In other news, there are still 13 hours left to get in on Chloe Neill‘s great giveaway!  One lucky person will win:

  • A Kindle Paperwhite E-Book Reader
  • An autographed ARC of WILD THINGS;
  • Chicagoland Vampires bookmarks, pens, and buttons;
  • Two signed, international copies of the CV books.

Check her blog for details.  And don’t forget, her enovella HOWLING FOR YOU, set in her Chicagoland Vampires world, is set to release January 7th, though you can pre-order now!  (WILD THINGS, the next series Chicagoland Vampires book is coming the very next month on February 3rd).

Last, but not least, The Knight Agency has three (!) authors up on this round of Addicted 2 Heroines’ Hottest Heroine Cover contest – J. Kathleen Cheney, Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh! You can check out all of the great covers here and vote for a chance to win an Amazon gift card or books from the Book Depository ($30).