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It seems that I’m not the only one excited about David Mack’s new release, THE MIDNIGHT FRONT, the first in his epic Dark Arts series for Tor Books. Amazon has named it one of the Best Books of the Month: Science Fiction & Fantasy. Sci-Fi Bulletin calls it, “A terrific opening salvo in this rewriting of the 20th Century.” Kirkus Reviews calls it, “propulsive, with well-crafted characters and cinematic set pieces culled from the war’s most momentous crossroads. Equal parts brimstone and gunpowder, the book deftly mixes the tropes of high fantasy into a semirealistic portrayal of WWII.” Check it out!

midnight front THE MIDNIGHT FRONT by David Mack

From New York Times bestselling author David Mack comes a visionary World War II-era adventure. The Midnight Front is the epic first novel in the Dark Arts series.

On the eve of World War Two, Nazi sorcerers come gunning for Cade but kill his family instead. His one path of vengeance is to become an apprentice of The Midnight Front―the Allies’ top-secret magickal warfare program―and become a sorcerer himself.

Unsure who will kill him first―his allies, his enemies, or the demons he has to use to wield magick―Cade fights his way through occupied Europe and enemy lines. But he learns too late the true price of revenge will be more terrible than just the loss of his soul―and there’s no task harder than doing good with a power born of ultimate evil.

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In other news, HONOR AMONG THIEVES, the amazing young adult science fiction novel forthcoming in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS from Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre is already making lists, notably, BookBub’s Biggest Teen Books for Adults coming in 2018 and Bustle’s 17 YA Books Coming In February That Make The Perfect Valentine’s Dates.

YA Interrobang did a cover reveal for Caitlin Seal’s epic debut YA fantasy novel, TWICE DEAD (September 2018 from CharlesbridgeTeen).

ALICE by Christina Henry made BookAxe’s list of 5 Magical Fairytale Retellings.

Barnes & Noble’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy blog has just done a whole post in praise of Librarians, particularly, Genevieve Cogman’s incredible Irene Winters from the Invisible Library series, of which the latest, THE LOST PLOT (US, UK), has just been unleashed unto the world!

Before I even get into new releases – and July is an incredible month for them! – I want to give huge shout outs to N.K. Jemisin for her World Fantasy Award Nominee THE FIFTH SEASON and to Genevieve Cogman, whose novel THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY has just come out in the US to great acclaim and was one of Good Morning America’s beach read recommendations this past week!

And now, the new releases. Already this month we’ve had PAPER AND FIRE by Rachel Caine, MIDNIGHT SERENADE by Alli Sinclair and TEMPTING THE DRAGON by Karen Whiddon.  Today we have one all-new book – RED QUEEN by Christina Henry, sequel to her hit novel ALICE – and three exciting reissues – the Path novels by Diana Pharaoh Francis, her first-ever trilogy. Check them out!  (And later this month, we have SMASH & GRAB by Amy Christine Parker and RED RIGHT HAND by Levi Black, but now I’m getting ahead of myself!)

red_queen_front mech.inddRedQueen UK RED QUEEN by Christina Henry (US: B&N, Amazon; UK: Titan Books)

The author of Alice takes readers back down the rabbit hole to a dark, twisted, and fascinating world based on the works of Lewis Carroll…
 
The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.

Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.

The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen…

Path series: PATH OF FATE (B&N, Amazon), PATH OF HONOR (B&N, Amazon), PATH OF BLOOD (B&N, Amazon)

I’ve put  only the cover copy for PATH OF FATE below to avoid any spoilers, but trust me when I say you’ll want the whole series!

Unlikely heroine Reisil and her goshawk companion face their unexpected destiny in this captivating first novel of an epic fantasy trilogy.

Orphaned by her mother and passed from family to family in the village of Kallas in the land of Kodu Riik, Reisil feels as if she will never truly belong. But her training as a tark, or healer, offers her the promise of acceptance by the townsfolk, and as her talents emerge, it appears she will finally be able to hold her head high.

But fate has another path in store: A goshawk named Saljane swoops into her life, and Reisil discovers that she is able to communicate telepathically with the animal. This is an undeniable sign that Reisil has been chosen by Lady Amiya, the goddess of Kodu Riik, to become an ahalad-kaaslane—a guardian of the land who must live a life of constant travel and forgo the very bonds of family and community the girl healer so desires.

Though the role of ahalad-kaaslane is a noble one, Reisil cannot bear the thought of losing the ties with society she has worked so hard to form. She rejects the Lady’s appointment, ignoring the goshawk no matter how persistently it follows her. But when a kidnapping plot breaks a treaty with the neighboring country of Patverseme, Reisil realizes the sentient bird of prey is the only creature capable of tracking the traitors down and saving Kodu Riik from the evils of war.

Reluctantly, Reisil accepts her destiny as an ahalad-kaaslane, and embarks on a dangerous pursuit of the kidnappers—and a perilous trek of self-discovery—in order to save two kingdoms.

A feminist fantasy of honor and perseverance that features a special soul-to-soul bond with a blessed animal, Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award.

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.

It’s been a crazy week thus far, but I still wanted to jump on quickly for a few brief things. Number 1 (cue Kermit flail!):

alice I’m truly excited to announce that ALICE by Christina Henry (that amazing novel I raved about to everyone who would listen) made Amazon’s list of Best Books of the Year: Science Fiction and Fantasy in addition to the semifinal round of the GoodReads Best Books of 2015: Horror!

Speaking of great books, I finally read ANCILLARY JUSTICE, the sf novel by Anne Leckie that everyone else has been talking about for so long and which has taken home a host of awards. It took me a while to get into the story, but once the larger implications of things were unveiled, I couldn’t put the book down. Next order of business: pick up ANCILLARY SWORD and ANCILLARY MERCY to (hopefully) read over Thanksgiving. Also, pay this book forward, since it was given to me.

That’s one of the wonderful things about meetings with editors and authors, they have such fantastic taste, and I get to add to my teetering TBR pile. Another great thing, I get to contribute to theirs! Oh, I have mailings going out this week which will hopefully brighten up some holidays.

So, I promised a write up of the past week. Again in brief, because…time… It hit the ground running last Tuesday morning (despite one of the wheels falling off on my rollerbag!) for several really productive meetings in New York, followed by dinner with my longtime friend (and former boss) Eleanor Wood, in our old stomping grounds in Chelsea. Sadly, our old watering hole had closed, but the Trattoria was still open and still absolutely wonderful. The next day involved a breakfast meeting where Rebecca Brewer and I got to cheer on Christina Henry’s success, a coffee meeting, a lunch meeting, more coffee…you get the idea. The high point of the day was dinner with Michelle Belanger and Elyria Rose at Bareburger, followed by her Q&A with Damien Echols and her reading at the KGB Bar to celebrate the launch of her first novel, CONSPIRACY OF ANGELS (she’s well known in non-fiction of the occult)! You can see the video we took of the talk here on Michelle’s Facebook page.

kgb bar

The World Fantasy Convention has always been one of my favorite, because it’s all pros, all in one place. Everywhere you look are absolutely amazing people and the stunned realization that you belong among them. Okay, there’s always a certain amount of imposter syndrome, but the reality is there you are. In meetings. On panels. Breaking bread with your literary heroes and heroines. Twenty-two years in the business and I still find it little short of amazing. This year I got to meet my newest client James Alan Gardner and to see long-time clients Carol Berg, J. Kathleen Cheney and David Mack. I got to spend time with the brilliant Esther Friesner, Deborah Blake, Ellen Asher, Brenda Carr and Nancy Holzner (see pic here with the aforementioned Carol Berg).

wfc dinner

I got to share a meal with L.E. Modesitt, Steve Saffel, Dana Hayward, Deanna __ and a new friend we picked up along the way, Ian McKinley, the man in the kilt. I bumped into a lot of people from the Seton Hill Writers Conference, which I’ve been brought in for a couple of times and which is an absolutely fabulous program and to rub elbows with amazing authors F. Paul Wilson, Anne Bishop, Marianne de Pierres, Meg Turville-Heitz and others and to see “rival” (in quotes only because we’re friends, not because they’re not formidable) agents Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry of the Donald Maass Literary Agency and Barry Goldblatt of his own agency, and editors Diana Gill and Anne Sowards of Penguin, Anne Groell of Del Rey, David Pomerico and Kelly O’Connor of HarperCollins, Marco Palmieri, Whitney Ross and Diana Pho of Tor, Lee Harris of Tor.com, Simon Taylor of Transworld, Oliver Johnson of Hodder Stoughton, Rani Graff of Graff Publishing, Marc Gasgoine and Michael R. Underwood of Angry Robot Books…and OMG, I know I’m forgetting someone and please, please don’t be offended if I inadvertently left you off the list!

Anyway, enough of the name dropping. Not so long ago there’d have been a ton of pics as well, but I was so busy I didn’t even think of bringing my camera out most of the time and when I finally did, it decided not to play nice.

But I did take a picture of this great haul of books in the conference bag and on the freebie table!

wfc books

I’m looking forward to World Fantasy next year when it’s in Columbus, Ohio, which is where Michelle Belanger’s CONSPIRACY OF ANGELS is set. That’s right, Michelle, you’ll have to go!

I’m just back (well, as of 2 a.m. Sunday night…or rather Monday morning) from meetings in New York and the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs.  I always come back from New York so energized and pumped, because a) I’ve done some great business, and b) I’ve been surrounded by people whose lives are dedicated to books.  My people!  I’ll probably do a write up with a few pics of my travels and travails a bit later this week, but for now I wanted to give some huge shout outs to some of my authors with exceptionally good things going on.

First, a Happy Book Birthday (or at least re-issue birthday) to D.B. Jackson for the trade paperback edition of his wonderful “tricorn punk” novel A PLUNDER OF SOULS:

PlunderofSouls150 A PLUNDER OF SOULS by D.B. Jackson

Boston, 1769: Ethan Kaille, a Boston thieftaker who uses his conjuring to catch criminals, has snared villains and defeated magic that would have daunted a lesser man. What starts out as a mysterious phenomenon that has local ministers confused becomes something far more serious.

A ruthless, extremely powerful conjurer seeks to wake the souls of the dead to wreak a terrible revenge on all who oppose him. Kaille’s minister friends have been helpless to stop crimes against their church. Graves have been desecrated in a bizarre, ritualistic way. Equally disturbing are reports of recently deceased citizens of Boston reappearing as grotesquely disfigured shades, seemingly having been disturbed from their eternal rest, and now frightening those who had been nearest to them in life. But most personally troubling to Kaille is a terrible waning of his ability to conjure. He knows all these are related…but how?

When Ethan discovers the source of this trouble, he realizes that his conjure powers and those of his friends will not be enough to stop a madman from becoming all-powerful. But somehow, using his wits, his powers, and every other resource he can muster, Ethan must thwart the monster’s terrible plan and restore the restless souls of the dead to the peace of the grave. Let the battle for souls begin in A Plunder of Souls, the third, stand-alone novel in Jackson’s acclaimed Thieftaker series.

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Next, I’m really excited to have three authors in the semifinal round of GoodReads Best Books of 2015 voting!

alice ALICE by Christina Henry up for Best Horror!

fifth season THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin up for Best Fantasy!

Apex-144dpi APEX by Ramez Naam up for Best Science Fiction!

There’s some stiff competition and wonderful titles to take as recommendations for your reading list.  However you’re inclined, I hope you’ll vote and let your voice be heard!

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)

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. FOR THE LAST TIME.

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.

I have to interrupt these blogs of my Ireland trip for amazing book news…after all, this is primarily a book blog!

mullinsnrca First, huge congrats to Debra Mullins, who brought home the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best Paranormal Romance for HEART OF STONE, the second in her TruthSeers series.  The first book, PRODIGAL SON, won first place last year in the Book Buyers’ Best Awards!  Plus, among other accolades, Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review and said, “Suspense and romance are wrapped together in such a way that neither overwhelms the other—and they combine beautifully with intriguing secondary characters, sensual passion, and powerful themes of trust and loyalty.”  Take note, paranormal romance fans!

alicehis father's eyesfifth season Because I don’t believe a TBR pile can ever be TOO big, I’m excited to pass along Kirkus Reviews’ list of “The Must-Read Speculative Fiction Books Coming Out in August”, which includes ALICE by Christina Henry, HIS FATHER’S EYES by David B. Coe and THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin.  Such a great list!

the veilfifth seasonnightwise Barnes & Noble’s Bookseller’s Picks for August is also full of win!  B&N gives well-deserved nods to THE VEIL by Chloe Neill (first in a brand new series!),  THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin (also the first in an exciting new series) and NIGHTWISE by R.S. Belcher (his first contemporary fantasy)!

ShadesInShadow[2] In case you haven’t already taken the hint that THE FIFTH SEASON is among this fall’s must-reads, Bibliotropic just gave N.K. Jemisin 5/5 Stars and called THE FIFTH SEASON, “A legend in the making” and Publishers Weekly gave it a great starred review!  Incidentally, her Inheritance Trilogy triptych of stories, SHADES IN SHADOW, just released this week, and you should check that out as well!