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I’m not saying you have to run out and grab N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth series right now – for yourself and everyone you know – I’m just saying that THE FIFTH SEASON is back on the USA Today Bestseller list this week two years after initial publication, that it won the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novel, which the sequel, THE OBELISK GATE, won in 2017, and that the conclusion to the trilogy, THE STONE SKY is burning up all this years best of the year lists! Check it out:

Bustle‘s The 17 Best Fiction Books of 2017

NPR’s list of the Best Books of 2017

Barnes & Noble’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017

The Guardian’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 0f 2017

Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2017

 Amazon’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017

AudioFile’s 2017 Best Audiobooks (no link here, since it seems to involve sign-up)

And while I’m at it, there’s Brit + Co’s list of 11 Sci-Fi Books to Binge While You Wait for “Star Wars Episode VIII, and THE STONE SKY came in at #4!

Closing the week out on a high note, I want to send out a great, big, virtual high five to my new award-winners and those who are burning up the best of lists, so here we go!

Congratulations to:

under-the-spanish-stars-au Alli Sinclair for winning Best Established Author and Best Cover for her novel UNDER THE SPANISH STARS (AUS/NZ edition)  in the 2016 AusRom Today Readers’ Choice Awards!

invisible library us Genevieve Cogman for all the great attention for THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY:

Barnes & Nobles’ list of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016

Amazon’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016

Library Journal’s Best Books of 2016: Science Fiction & Fantasy

German edition (Die Unsichtbare Bibliothek) won Silver in the Der Leiserpreis Awards

obelisk gate N.K. Jemisin for THE OBELISK GATE appearing on:

Barnes & Nobles’ list of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016

Amazon’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016

Kirkus’s Best Fiction of 2016

fifth season N.K. Jemisin for THE FIFTH SEASON hitting:

The Guardian’s Best Books of 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy

I know you’ve all heard me crow already about her Hugo-Award win!

In completely unrelated news, there are two weeks left to enter YA Books Central’s giveaway of my new release FAULTLINES! (Though it wouldn’t break my heart if you want to grab your copy now rather than wait and hope. Either way, I won’t judge!)

I’ll try to set my blog to post my happy book birthdays for next week (there are a ton of them!) while I’m away, but otherwise, all will be quiet on the bloggish front while I take a much-needed few days off to snorkel and cruise with my husband.

There’s so much excitement going on this week that I’m bursting with news! Check it:

Amy Christine Parker appeared this week on Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend in association with yesterday’s Teen Author Festival at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin. I hope to find time to write up a full report on that soon, but long story short, it was a great event with incredible people. In addition to Amy Christine Parker and me, they had Alethea Kontis, Christina Farley, Vivi Barnes, Martina Boone, Jodi Meadows, Sarah Nicolas and Jeff Yager. What an incredible bunch!

In other news, N.K. Jemisin’s THE OBELISK GATE and Genevieve Cogman’s THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY have been burning up this year’s best of lists! To date:

THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY and THE OBELISK GATE  made Barnes & Nobles’ list of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016 and Amazon’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016!

Kirkus included THE OBELISK GATE in its Best Fiction of 2016.

THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY (in its German edition DIE UNSICHTBARE BIBLIOTHEK) is shortlisted for Der Leiserpreis on lovelybooks.de!

If you haven’t picked up THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY series, now would be a great time to get the first two (THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY and THE MASKED CITY) and to enter the Goodreads giveaway for the upcoming third book, THE BURNING PAGE!

In even more news, Justine Magazine just did posted their cover reveal and teaser for ASH & QUILL, the conclusion to Rachel Caine’s amazing Great Library series!

faultlines-front-cover-final And last, but hopefully not least, I have my own excitement going on over at YA Books Central, an interview and giveaway for my new novel, FAULTLINES! I hope you’ll check it out.

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

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.

With Thanksgiving and various other holidays approaching, you may actually find yourself with a little downtime. I don’t know about you, but after all the socializing, sometimes I have to retreat to a nice quiet room with a good book.  Luckily, ’tis the season for Best of lists that offer suggestions to tickle any fancy!

fifth seasoninkandbone_FINAL I’m excited to see what both THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin and INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine made Barnes & Noble’s list of Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2015 THE FIFTH SEASON is also on Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2015: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror. So well deserved for both books!

Also, huge kudos to the authors nominated for Romantic Times’ Reviewers Choice Awards!  You can see full lists by category on the RT Book Reviews blog, but I want to give a special shout out here to The Knight Agency authors nominated:

Edge-of-Dreams-small-200x300 Diana Pharaoh Francis EDGE OF DREAMS – Indie Press/Self-Pub Urban Fantasy

N.K. Jemisin’s THE FIFTH SEASON – Fantasy Novel

Robin D. Owen’s HEART LEGACY– Fantasy Romance

Nalini Singh’s ARCHANGEL’S ENIGMA – Paranormal Romance

Nalini Singh’s ROCK HARD – Indie Press Contemporary Romance

Tessa Harris SHADOW OF THE RAVEN – Historical Mystery

Shirley Jump’s THE HOMECOMING QUEEN GETS HER MAN – Harlequin Special Edition

Marilyn Pappano’s BAYOU HERO – Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Karen Whiddon’s SHADES OF THE WOLF – Harlequin Nocturne

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You all rock my world!

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!

Jane_Yellowrock_World_Companion Okay, so much good!  First, happy one-day-belated book birthday to Faith Hunter and Carol Malcolm, whose JANE YELLOWROCK WORLD COMPANION came out in digital yesterday and is available everywhere!  They’re having a release party starting at noon today (though you can RSVP now) over at Bitten by Books and giving away a $50 gift card!  Also new and exciting, Audible has just released an audio collection of Jane Yellowrock stories called CAT O’NINE TALES, which is available here.  (Incidentally, Jane Yellowrock made the Barnes & Noble Book Blog’s list of “The 10 Most Badass Women in Fantasy Literature”.)

sixguntarotcover Congratulations to R.S. Belcher whose amazing debut novel THE SIX GUN TAROT has now made two (count ‘em, 2!) Best of the Year lists:

Forbidden Planet Blog: http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2013/best-of-the-year-2013-andrew-girdwood/

Passionate Foodie Blog: http://passionatefoodie.blogspot.com/2013/12/my-favorite-fiction-books-of-2013.html

BlackArts-Cover Faith Hunter’s BLACK ARTS cover won one of the first rounds of voting for the Hottest Heroine Covers 2013 at Addicted 2 Heroines.  I count two Knight Agency authors (I’m sensing a numerical theme here) in the 3rd round voting: Chloe Neill and Kerry Schafer.  Go, see for yourself which is your favorite.  You might win a $30 Amazon Gift card (US/CA) or $30 in books from the Book Depository (INT) via their Rafflecopter giveaway.

goldencity_100dpi Speaking of giveaways, if you haven’t checked out J. Kathleen Cheney’s debut THE GOLDEN CITY (which, incidentally, made Library Journal’s list of Best Books of 2013:SF/Fantasy), GoodReads is giving you the chance to win one of eight copies.  Twenty-nine days left to enter.  That’s more than the shopping days left until Christmas!

If you want your own say in best of the year lists, you have until 11:59 pm on Friday, December 20th to vote in Paranormal Haven’s Best of 2013 Awards.  There are some amazing choices here, including, of course, books by Chloe Neill, Nalini Singh, Gena Showalter and other favorites!

Vamped In other news, Diana Rodriguez Wallach was amazing enough to mention my YA novel VAMPED in her post “Give an Indie Book for Christmas – 3 Books for Paranormal Lovers” along with SUPERNATURAL HUNTERS by Kelly Parra and the anthology VERY SUPERSTITIOUS, so, of course, I have to include this in my round up as well!

SciFi Chick has posted a list of favorite science fiction and fantasy titles read and reviewed in 2012.  The full list is here for those looking for good holiday reads!  I want to throw out some special congratulations to David Mack, Rachel Caine and D.B. Jackson, whose books from the list are posted below.  I also want to issue a special thanks to all the reviewers who take time to read, post and wrap up the year in this way.  Wonderful for holiday cheer and for gift lists!

Science Fiction:

persistenceStar Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: The Persistence of Memory by David Mack

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: Silent Weapons by David Mack

TwoWeeks NoticeTwo Weeks’ Notice by Rachel Caine

Fantasy:

thieftakerThieftaker by D. B. Jackson