I’m just back from the Cascade Writers Conference in Tacoma Washington, and I have to say that it was a fabulous trip.  The writers conference itself was lovely and featured Tor editors Beth Meacham and Claire Eddy as well as speakers Manny Frishberg, Lee Moyer, Matt Youngmark and others.  (You can check out the whole line-up here.)  Because it was small, it was also intimate, which meant that the attendees had solid, dedicated time with the pros, and we got to really know the writers in turn. On top of it, the setting was beautiful (well, not so much the La Quinta as the natural beauty of Tacoma’s waterfront and the surrounding areas). I was lucky enough to have artist Lee Moyer (whose work you seriously have to check out) drive me in from the airport and detour to Snoqualmie Falls on our way, and I cannot think of a better way to kick off a conference! There will be more pics to come, but since I want to get to my new releases and other good news, I’ll post just a few here!

 

As for new releases – I’m so pleased to wish a one-day-belated Happy Book Birthday to Faith Hunter for BLOOD OF THE EARTH!  Not only a new release, but the start of an all-new series spun off of her Jane Yellowrock books.  (Speaking of new series, the second Devil’s Isle novel by Chloe Neill, THE SIGHT, comes out August 16th and she and Faith Hunter are both over on the Happy Ever After blog today talking about their books!)  BLOOD OF THE EARTH is a B&N Bookseller’s Pick for The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of August 2016, so you don’t have to take my word that it’s awesome! But, of course, to be really sure you should go out and read for yourself!   (While I’m at it, THE OBELISK GATE by N.K. Jemisin – coming August 16th- is also a B&N Pick as well as one of Kirkus’s August Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You’ll Want to Read and  The Verge’s Best Books Science Fiction and Fantasy Coming out in August.)

 blood of the earth BLOOD OF THE EARTH by Faith Hunter (B&N, Amazon, Books-a-Million, Powells)

Set in the same world as the New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, an all-new series starring Nell Ingram, who wields powers as old as the earth.

When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her.

Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville.

Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out…

“Hunter introduces a new heroine with ties to her “Skinwalker” series that will please fans of those books. Plenty of action, magic, and fascinating characters, both familiar and new, create another terrific urban fantasy from an established author.” —Library Journal

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