Posts Tagged ‘best of’

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

Looking for some great reading recommendations this holiday season?  Paranormal Haven has their Best of 2012 Poll up now with nominations from their readers, so you might find some great inspiration there and maybe want to put in a vote or two of your own.  (Voting ends Dec. 19th.)  I’m excited to see so many awesome Knight Agency clients on the list!

Best Hero:
Paris from Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter
Jason from Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh
 
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Best Heroine:
Claire Danvers from Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine
 
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Best supporting Character:
Robin Goodfellow (Puck) from Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman

 
Death's Rival

Best Villain:
D’allyon from Death’s Rival by Faith Hunter
 
hex appeal
Best Anthology:
Hex Appeal ed. by P.N. Elrod
 
Best Series:
Guild Hunter by Nalini Singh
 
Best Author:
Nalini Singh
 
Best Book Cover:
Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter
Out for Blood by Kristen Painter
Riveted by Meljean Brook*
*Knight Agency client but previously sold title

Need more? Leigh Evans, whose debut The Trouble with Fate (which I have on good authority is AMAZING), vlogs with Heroes and Heartbreakers about her Favorite Paranormal Authors.  You might want to check it out!