I have so much good news to share! In no particular order:

cold reign A  huge congratulations to Faith Hunter for hitting #29 on the USA Today bestseller list with her latest Jane Yellowrock novel, COLD REIGN. So thrilled!

assassins-creed-novelization assassin's creed heresy More huge congratulations to Christie Golden not only for her two Scribe Award nominations for Best Adapted – General and Speculative (ASSASSIN’S CREED) and Best Speculative Original (ASSASSIN’S CREED: HERESY), but for being honored by the IAMTW with the 2017 Faust Award and adding her to their prestigious list of media tie-in Grandmasters. So proud!

paper and fire HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY this week to Rachel Caine for the mass market reissue of PAPER AND FIRE, the second novel in her amazing Great Library series comprised thus far of INK AND BONE, PAPER AND FIRE and ASH AND QUILL (coming July 11th!) (For UK links, see INK AND BONE, PAPER AND FIRE and ASH AND QUILL.)

VAMPED - hires REVAMPED new cover All new editions of the first two novels in my Vamped series, VAMPED and REVAMPED, have been released by Lore Seekers Press, both only $2.99 in digital. The next two and a brand new fifth novel will be coming soon!

Greetings! Hope it’s drier where you all are than it is here. Thunderstorms, pouring rain. A great day to stay in with a good book! Luckily, Barnes & Noble has a list of some of the best new science fiction and fantasy releases of May for your reading pleasure, including Faith Hunter’s latest, COLD REIGN! And if that’s not enough, N.K. Jemisin’s award-winning Broken Earth series has earned another win — this time the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best High Fantasy for THE OBELISK GATE! If you haven’t already started this series, now is a great time to catch up on THE FIFTH SEASON and THE OBELISK GATE before the August release of the stunning conclusion, THE STONE SKY.

Since I’ve promised great reads for a rainy day in my blog header, here are some awesome first pubs and re-releases in sf/f, mystery and suspense that are available right now, no waiting!

 cold reign COLD REIGN by Faith Hunter (Penguin Books, mass market)

(Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Indiebound)

The adventures of Jane Yellowrock continue with a thrilling new installment in the New York Times bestselling series that captures “the essence of urban fantasy” (SF Site).

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most.

Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official Enforcer to Leo Pellissier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.

And there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.

Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…

kiss the bricks KISS THE BRICKS by Tammy Kaehler (Poisoned Pen Press, hardcover)

(Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Indiebound)

At the end of the first practice session for the iconic Indianapolis 500 race, Kate Reilly is stunned to discover she was the fastest driver on the track. She’s even more surprised to learn she wasn’t the first woman to top the speed charts in the race’s 106-year history. That feat was accomplished in 1987 by PJ Rodriguez-steady, dedicated, immensely promising-who shocked the racing world and the wider one by committing suicide ten days later.

When the press, bloggers, and social media go crazy over the connection between PJ and Kate, Kate begins to lose her identity-suddenly everyone’s comparing Kate and PJ, calling Kate PJ, and wondering if Kate will kill herself, too. Under siege from various trolls live and digital, Kate feel PJ’s story deeply. So she’s impelled to listen to PJ’s family-which claims PJ did not jump, but was murdered. And she agrees to help them find PJ’s killer and restore her reputation…30 years after the fact.

PJ’s death was a great tragedy; Kate feels it in her bones and believes she is the best person, perhaps the only person, to investigate PJ’s story. What evidence is there? She can interview people at the track who were there in 1987. She can consult the press coverage. And she can marshal up help from “Special Team Kate.” They work in an atmosphere of prejudice and chauvinism, the same that surrounded PJ.

But Kate is at the Indy to run the biggest race of her career. To prepare she fills her days with driving on the track for practice, fulfilling sponsor obligations, promoting the IndyCar Series and as ever, playing peacemaker between the warring sides of her maternal and paternal families.

Before long one suspect in PJ’s death turns up dead, all but confirming PJ was killed. So as Kate prepares to run the biggest race of her life she must narrow down the clues to not one but two murders, all while fighting for her own voice and identity through the storm of media attention. Will the past stay buried? Or will history repeat itself and leave Kate dead?

Kiss the Bricks is the 5th Kate Reilly mystery and takes its title from the Indy winner’s tradition of kissing the track’s Yard of Bricks in tribute to its legendary history.

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(Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Indiebound)

The Explosive Conclusion to Nexus and Crux Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award

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 protestors. Armies are mobilized. Political orders fall. Nexus-driven revolution is in 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.

heart breaker HEART BREAKER by Shannon Curtis (Harlequin Australia, hardcover)

(Booktopia, Amazon AU, Dymocks)

She’ll do whatever it takes to track this killer …

Harmony Talbot’s world is destroyed when she arrives home and discovers her cousin’s dead body, left with a single white rose as the killer’s calling card. Lightning shouldn’t strike twice, but this is the second unsolved murder in Harmony’s family. Harmony is determined that this time there will be justice, even if she has to track down the culprit herself.

Homicide detective Bern Knight is good at catching criminals. Though meaningful, his work leaves little time for relationships, and the last thing he needs is a beautiful, bumbling amateur sleuth getting herself into trouble. Whoever committed this crime is no ordinary murderer; he’s a ghost, leaving behind no evidence until more bodies with the same sadistic markers start turning up.

As a digital forensic investigator, Harmony has a special set of skills that she’s fully prepared to use, no matter how much the stern detective is against her interference. Tracking the killer is no easy feat, but Harmony lures him out of hiding. Except now she’s the one in the killer’s crosshairs…

In all actuality, yesterday was new release day, and while I tweeted, finding time to post my blog was beyond me. Today, after an early start and multiple cups of coffee, I’m pleased to present this week’s new releases! (Although my own, Revamped, is technically a 4/30 release, so you’ll probably hear from me again next week!)

Anyway, this week seems to have a theme: blades and blood!

blade bound.png BLADE BOUND by Chloe Neill, Berkley (Amazon, B&N, Kobo)

“Major kudos to Neill for a series of unforgettable adventures!” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Star Top Pick! Rating

The thrilling final installment of Chloe Neill’s New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series sees sinister sorcery advancing across Chicago, and it might usher in the fall of Cadogan House….  

Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation into a vampire, Merit has stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. She’s saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.

When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire who seems to be under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have imagined. As malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It is her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.

Chicagoland Vampires series

Some Girls Bite

Friday Night Bites

Twice Bitten

Hard Bitten

Drink Deep

Biting Cold

House Rules

Biting Bad

Wild Things

Blood Games

Dark Debt

Midnight Marked

Blade Bound

* And stories: High Stakes (Luc & Lindsey Short Story), Howling For You (Jeff & Fallon Novella), Lucky Break (Ethan & Merit Novella), Phantom Kiss (Ethan & Merit Novella)

shadows blade SHADOW’S BLADE by David B. Coe, Baen Books mass market reissue (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo)

“Coe balances wit and drama, gives his female characters plenty of agency, and even throws in a bit of The Maltese Falcon via a powerful object everyone desires. This noir-tinged urban fantasy with real-feeling magic and multiple moral quandaries is highly recommended.”—Publishers Weekly

Book #3 in The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, the critically acclaimed contemporary fantasy series from fantasy all-star David B. Coe. A hardboiled, magic-using private detective fights dark sorcerers in Phoenix, Arizona.

Justis Fearsson is a weremyste and a private detective. He wields potent magic, but every month, on the full moon, he loses his mind. His battles with insanity have already cost him his job as a cop; he can’t afford to let them interfere with his latest case.

Phoenix has become ground zero in a magical war, and an army of werecreatures, blood sorcerers, and necromancers has made Jay its number one target. When he is hired to track down a woman who has gone missing with her two young children, he has a hunch that the dark ones are to blame. But then he’s also brought in by the police to help with a murder investigation, and all the evidence implicates this same woman. Soon he is caught up in a deadly race to find not only the young family, but also an ancient weapon that could prove decisive in the looming conflict. Can he keep himself alive long enough to reach the woman and her kids before his enemies do? And can he claim the weapon before the people he loves, and the world he knows, are lost in a storm of flame, blood, and darkest sorcery?

The Case Files of Justis Fearsson

Spell Blind

His Father’s Eyes

Shadow’s Blade

REVAMPED new cover REVAMPED by Lucienne Diver, Lore Seekers Press (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

“This is a witty vampire romance/adventure with plenty of heart and action. Diver has written a supernatural sequel to Vamped that will attract even reluctant readers.”   —VOYA, reviewed by Ava Ehde

Revamped by Lucienne Diver was witty, sweet, and just dark enough to ignite my morbid taste buds.” —Bitten by Books

After surviving super spy club training, Gina, Bobby and their fanged friends are sent on their first mission—undercover at a New York high school where some seriously weird stuff is going down. As excited as Gina is to get out of spook central, she’s less than impressed with her new identity as goth-girl Geneva Belfry. No color palette to speak of—more chains than a bike rack—and don’t even get her started on the shoes. About the only thing she can say for her all-black wardrobe is that it’s great for hiding blood spatter and other fashion faux pas.

And there will be blood.

Kids at the high school are going crazy—sudden outbreaks of violence, kids sleepwalking through school or dropping out entirely. Serious magic surges have been detected in the area, along with a mysterious and nearly mythic figure . . . someone who should be long dead and at least thrice buried.

Some legends just won’t die.

Vamped series

Vamped

Revamped

Fangtastic (new edition forthcoming)

Fangtabulous (new edition forthcoming)

Fangdemonium (all-new novel forthcoming!)

New releases are always exciting — as are bestseller list, awards nominations, awards wins and so, so many other things in publishing! Yes, I’ll admit it, I love our wild and crazy business.

I’m absolutely thrilled to post about this week’s new releases: THE TEXAN’S RETURN by Karen Whiddon, and the new edition of VAMPED, which kicks off my entire Vamped series — with more re-releases and an all new 5th book, FANGDEMONIUM, to come!

texan's return THE TEXAN’S RETURN by Karen Whiddon, Harlequin Romantic Suspense (B&N, Amazon)

A dying father’s final wish brings a mystery to life once again…

In the small town of Legacy, Texas, an old man is dying. At his side is the son determined to clear his name. Mac Morrison knows his father was wrongfully imprisoned for murder, and he’s determined to find the real killer. But not before he reunites with a love from his past…

Hailey Green, who’s still grieving her brutally murdered sister, hasn’t seen Mac since he fled town in disgrace. Forced to raise her siblings, Hailey still relies on no one but herself—until the man who killed her sister returns. Turning to each other while seeking answers, Hailey and Mac find their old desires reignited and realize that the only life worth protecting is one together!

VAMPED - hires.jpg VAMPED by Lucienne Diver, Lore Seekers Press (B&N, Amazon)

Gina Covello’s “Rules for Surviving Your Senior Prom” (spring issue of Modern Goth Magazine):
Rule #1: Do not get so loaded at the after prom party that you accidentally-on-purpose end up in the broom closet with the surprise hottie of the evening, say the class chess champ who’s somewhere lost his Coke-bottle lenses and undergone an extreme makeover, especially if that makeover has anything to do with becoming one of the undead.

Gina Covello has a problem. Waking up a dead is just the beginning. There’s very little she can’t put up with for the sake of eternal youth and beauty. Blood-sucking and pointy stick phobias seem a small price to pay. But she draws the line when local vampire vixen Mellisande gets designs on her hot new boyfriend with his prophesied powers and hatches a plot to turn all of Gina’s fellow students into an undead army to be used to overthrow the vampire council.

Hey, if anyone’s going to create an undead entourage, it should be Gina! Now she must unselfishly save her classmates from fashion disasters and her own fanged fate.

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted! At first I was crazy busy with London Book Fair prep and then with follow up. I still have to do a write-up of the fair, which was wonderful, but in the meantime, I’m popping my head out of my agent-cave to celebrate David Mack’s latest release, out today!

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Star Trek Section 31: Control by David Mack

Buy now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Kobo

From the New York Times bestselling author David Mack comes an original, thrilling Section 31 novel set in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe!

No law…no conscience…no mercy. Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, and answering to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group pledged to defend the Federation at any cost. The discovery of a two-hundred-year-old secret gives Doctor Julian Bashir his best chance yet to expose and destroy the illegal spy organization. But his foes won’t go down without a fight, and his mission to protect the Federation he loves just end up triggering its destruction. Only one thing is for certain: this time, the price of victory will be paid with Bashir’s dearest blood.

 

Excitement!

Posted: February 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

obelisk gate So much good news to post today! First, huge congratulations to N.K. Jemisin, who’s THE OBELISK GATE, sequel to her award-winning novel THE FIFTH SEASON, is a finalist for both the Nebula Award and BooktubeSFF’s 2017 Award for Best Novel!!! (That’s right, three exclamation points. I’m that excited!)

invisible library usGenevieve Cogman has been getting a lot of love lately for her Invisible Library series, including great mentions on the Barnes & Noble blog noting 10 of Our Favorite Alternate Londons in Fantasy and the Book Bub Blog about 11 Books That Will Make You Love Libraries Even More.

inkandbone_FINAL paper and fireSpeaking of libraries, Penguin Random House is right now running a great sweepstakes for the first two novels in Rachel Caine’s bestselling Great Library series, INK AND BONE and PAPER AND FIRE, in celebration of the third novel, ASH AND QUILL, which will be out in July!

For Audiobook fans out there, Audible.com is running an amazing First-in-a-Series promotion this week. So many amazing titles that are right now just $4.95 for members, including:

Editor’s Picks

The Fifth Season (Broken Earth series) by N.K. Jemisin

Fantasy

Dust and Light (Sanctuary series) by Carol Berg

Ink and Bone (Great Library series) Rachel Caine

Spell Blind (Case Files of Justis Fearsson) by David B. Coe

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library series) by Genevieve Cogman

Luck in the Shadows (Nightrunner series) by Lynn Flewelling

Iron Axe (Books of Blood and Iron) by Steven Harper

The Fifth Season (Broken Earth series) by N.K. Jemisin

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance series) by N.K. Jemisin

Grave Witch (Alex Craft series) by Kalayna Price

Romance

Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss series) by Nalini Singh

Paranormal Romance

Working Stiff (Revivalist series) by Rachel Caine

Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires) by Rachel Caine

Blood of the Earth (Soulwood series) by Faith Hunter

Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock series) by Faith Hunter

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires series) by Chloe Neill

Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter series) by Nalini Singh

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling series) by Nalini Singh

Mystery

The Anatomist’s Apprentice (The Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries) by Tessa Harris

Enjoy!

Friday morning started out with me setting out my jewelry, as I do a few times a year at conventions. As you might guess, as a full-time agent and part-time writer, I don’t have a ton of time for much else, but I’ve never learned how to relax, and so I must be productive at all times. Thus, when I’m not reading or writing or negotiating, I’m generally beading or scrapbooking or traveling. Every once in awhile I lay about on the beach, but even then I have a book in hand, market reading if not a client manuscript on my Kindle. Not that I’m complaining! I got into this business because I love books and twenty-three years later, that love has only deepened.

Shortly thereafter I had the privilege of participating on the Mystery & Suspense panel with Katie Reus, Tonya Burrows, Graylin Fox, and Jana Oliver. As you may or may not know, my latest release is a young adult suspense novel entitled Faultlines (definitely one of the books of my heart), though my previous series have also employed mystery/suspense elements. You have to write what you love!

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That afternoon, Alethea Kontis, Hildie McQueen, Lisa Kessler, Deborah Blake, Mari Mancusi, Jana Oliver and I banded together for the Tea & Tiaras meet and greet. There were, of course, tiaras and other largess from each of us princesses, plus giveaways. We started off very well behaved.

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But then, of course, things devolved….

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Or evolved, as I like to think of things, because, as you all know, well behaved women seldom make history!

That night we had the Movie Magic Mixer. There were some truly great costumes, including Mari Mancusi as Jedi Rapunzel, Chelle Olson as Katniss Everdeen, Graylin Fox as a fairy queen, Paige Tyler as a Star Trek character… I wore the same goddess outfit from the meet & greet and decided that I was Athena from the Percy Jackson books/films so that I could stay in theme! We danced our booties off and had a great time with the selfie spots that Jennifer Morris and her team had set up! If only my camera had been cooperating, I’d have more shots to share.

Whoo, and that’s all just Friday!

Saturday started out with the Remaking Mythology panel (and others, of course, but I can only speak to where I was at any given time!). Alethea Kontis, Asa Maria Bradley, Deborah Blake, Gail Z Martin, Eric R Asher and I talked about merging mythology into our stories and had a darned fine time doing it!

This was followed by a very nice conference Lunch with an Author and then, one of my favorite events, one I both look forward to and dread every yearthe Flash Fiction panel, where the audience throws things at us like post-apocalyptic vampire penguins and my fellow panelist throw out things like “scientific nipples” and…ahem, well, since I write young adult fiction, maybe I should leave out the rest, although I’m sure there are clips and perhaps a few write ups of some of the more outrageous elements! My notes below might give some indication as well. They certainly don’t do the panel justice, but maybe the looks on our faces will! (Most pics courtesy of Graceful Art & Photography. Flash Fiction panel L to R: Amy Lane, Julie Kenner, Dee Davis, Becky McGraw, Damon Suede, me, Kiernan Kelly.)

The book signing was amazing, as always, and once again I got to share a table with the wonderful Poppy Dennison. Dinner at Bubba Gump’s and a rousing few rounds of Cards Against Humanity finished off an awesome evening.

Sunday, Deborah Blake and I reprised our Mythological Jeopardy using our low-tech board and high-brow antics. (Well, antics, anyway!)

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Then, with sadness, I bid Coastal Magic good-bye, and drove two and a half hours home… Or almost, anyway. Two hours and ten minutes in, give or take, my car started running rough and then making a terrible noise. I was just getting off at an exit near home and hoping to make it to somewhere I recognized when the noise turned into smoke and then an explosion like someone had set off a bomb beneath my car. I managed to steer it to the shoulder, but alas, my oil leak had led to a crack in the engine block and the car I’d been hoping to save for my son when he gets his license (any time now) was no more. We could possibly have raised it from the dead, but the repairs wouldn’t have been worth it. The car had made it twelve years and around 144,000 miles. Better it should die with me behind the wheel than our son. He’ll now have a much newer car coming to him when the time is right!

And that’s all I have to say about that.