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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!

Huge congratulations today to Rachel Caine, whose amazing suspense novel STILLHOUSE LAKE is not only a Kindle bestseller, but a USA Today bestseller as well!

Happy Ten Year Anniversary to Orbit Books in the US! To celebrate, they’re making the e-books for ten of their most popular titles, including N.K. Jemisin’s award winning SFF novel THE FIFTH SEASON, available for only $2.99 for a limited time. There are other amazing options from Ann Leckie, Brent Weeks, Joe Abercrombie, Mira Grant, Gail Carriger, M.R. Carey, Kim Stanley Robinson, James R.A. Corey and Andrzej Sapkowski!

Big happy book birthday to a novel close to my heart, NO GOOD DEED by Kara Connolly, quotes and cover copy below!

no good deed NO GOOD DEED by Kara Connolly (Delacorte Press)

“This cheeky take on the Robin Hood legend is pure fun. Connolly’s swashbuckling debut will satisfy any adventure fans, and Ellie’s struggle to come to terms with her brother’s decision gives added depth.” —Booklist

“Robin Hood fans will enjoy Ellie’s escapades as she runs around Sherwood Forest, bumping into bad guys, and teens interested in historical fiction with a generous mix of action/adventure will appreciate this page-turner. Read-alikes include fairy-tale and myth retellings such as Renée Ahdieh’s “The Wrath & the Dawn” series, David Almond’s A Song for Ella Grey, and Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora.” —School Library Journal

Cover Copy:

Fans of Dorothy Must Die will love this reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Girl power rules supreme when a modern girl finds herself in the middle of a medieval mess with only her smart mouth and her Olympic-archer aim to get her home.

Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.

Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages; she just wants to go home before she gets the plague. But people are suffering in Nottingham, and Ellie has the skills to make it better. What’s an ace archer to do while she’s stuck in Sherwood Forest but make like Robin Hood?

Pulled into a past life as an outlaw, Ellie feels her present fading away next to daring do-gooding and a devilishly handsome knight. Only, Ellie is on the brink of rewriting history, and when she picks up her bow and arrow, her next shot could save her past—or doom civilization’s future.

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FANGDEMONIUM - ebook In other news, my FANGDEMONIUM blog tour continues today at CTR, ALT, BOOKS! with a Q&A, excerpt and a link to the #giveaway! Looking for the full Vamped series? You can find blurbs and links here.

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Molly Cochran is the author and co-author with Warren Murphy of many amazing books, including the New York Times Bestseller and classic Arthurian novel THE FOREVER KING (as well as the sequels THE BROKEN SWORD and THE THIRD MAGIC).  If you liked T.H. White’s THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING, Mary Stewart’s CRYSTAL CAVES or Marion Zimmer Bradley’s THE MISTS OF AVALON, you’ll love Molly’s work.  And the best part is that she’s brought the Arthurian legends to modern day while still keeping all the historical feel and flavor.  The same goes for her Katy Ainsworth novels, set in a town in Massachussets run by witches where the young heroine discovers her very dark and dangerous legacy (LEGACY, POISON and SEDUCTION…and also her novella “Wishes”).  Really, you won’t want to miss Molly’s work…or her guest blog below.

WRITE WHAT YOU LOVE

                Write what you know. It’s the First Great Commandment of writing, and it’s true. You can’t write convincingly about Admiral Byrd’s expedition to the South Pole if you’ve never been cold. Unfortunately, that dictum has scared a lot of would-be novelists into writing only about their own personal experiences. That’s fine as far as it goes—provided your xperience has been so extraordinary that people who don’t know you will want to read about it—but that sort of extremely personal work, generally known as a coming-of-age novel, tends to be a one-shot deal. It’s nothing if not restrictive if you’re planning a career as a writer.

So a better mantra than write what you know might be, in my opinion, write what you love. What excites you? Baseball? Fashion? Paris? Whatever your passion, whether it’s knitting or speculating about the end of the world, your interest in the subject will breathe life into your work.

Writing what you know helps if what you know is something special. Patricia Cornwell, who writes so convincingly about forensic science, spent many years working as a medical examiner. Not surprisingly, Scott Turow and John Grisham, both lawyers, bring insider knowledge to their novels about corporate crime. But let’s be honest: How many jobs have you held that you would deem worthy of a novel?

Intimate and esoteric knowledge is the key to writing a work that stands out from the crowd, but that knowledge need not come from direct experience. In William Wharton’s bestseller Birdy, the protagonist is an autistic man who owns hundreds of birds. Obviously the author has an encyclopedic knowledge of these creatures, but it is his passion, not his knowledge, that allows him to write in a way that makes birds fascinating to the general public.

Think about the things you love to do—cooking, skateboarding, surfing, skiing, playing an instrument, dancing, video games . . . or the things you’d love to learn about—movies, dogs, design, magic, the music industry, the history of the town where you live . . . Those subjects are all fodder for possible bestsellers, founded on knowledge of your subject and ignited by your passion for it. That passion might even be for something that doesn’t exist. Anne Rice has made no secret of her obsession with the idea of vampires walking undetected among us. Whitley Strieber is clearly fascinated by the possibility of extraterrestrial aliens visiting earth.

In my own case, a lifelong interest in the legend of King Arthur has borne fruit in not one, but two books. Since childhood, I’ve read obsessively about Arthur Pendragon and the Knights of the Round Table. In grade school, I studied the clothing and architecture of Fifth Century Britain. I devoured tracts on sword making and medieval combat. T.H.White’s The Once and Future King and Mary Stewart’s Merlin trilogy were my bibles. The first time I saw John Boorman’s Excalibur, I thought I’d found my way to heaven.

So it was almost inevitable that one day I would write my own version of Camelot. In The Forever King, ten-year-old Arthur Blessing is unaware that he is the reincarnation of King Arthur of Britain until he discovers a cup that heals wounds and bestows eternal life—the Holy Grail, that brings with it great danger and the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. That book became an international bestseller, and I believe that much of its success was because I was so deeply invested in the subject that the novel reflected more than mere factual knowledge: It was filled with love.

That love carried over into a second novel, written much later. In Poison, I revisited the Arthur legend by reworking the character of Morgan le Fay into a feminist archetype that lent humanity to a woman who has been historically depicted as a villainess. In both cases, my passion for the subject drove both the story and the writing of that story, and as a result, both novels were deeply satisfying projects for me.

So if you’re thinking that you have to write another Divergent or Twilight to make it as a writer, think again. Writing a novel is a long, complex process. Copying someone else, no matter how successful that writer is, probably won’t work, because you can only put your heart into something you love.

And your heart will show, on every page., in every sentence. Love makes the difference. Write what you love.

In addition to the continuation of many awesome, popular series in 2015, like Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires, Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock, D.B. Jackson’s Thieftaker, Carol Berg’s Sanctuary, Diana Pharaoh Francis’s Diamond City Magic, Debra Mullins’s Truthseers, Vicky Dreiling’s Sinful Scoundrels, Susan Krinard’s Midgard and Nightsiders…the new year is going to be full of incredible new releases as well!  Over the next few days, some of my winter/spring release authors have taken time out of their writing schedules to do up guest blogs for me, and I’ll be posting them here, so stay tuned!  Specifically, I’ll have:

Iron Axe final Steven Harper, the author of the Norse-inspired novel IRON AXE, first in the Books of Blood and Iron.

spell blind David B. Coe, author of SPELL BLIND, first in The Case Books of Justis Fearsson, in which a former police detective has to battle his own mind and magic in order to take a special and sadistic serial killer.

invisible library Genevieve Cogman, debut author of THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY, which her publisher Tor UK calls, “Dr. Who with Librarian spies.”  (Right now available in the UK, but will keep you updated on when to expect it in the US.)

THE EXILE C.T. Adams, author of THE EXILE, a novel of conspiracy, magic, and most assuredly the Fae.

You’ll also be hearing a lot more about the following upcoming new authors/titles/series this year (listed below in order of publication)!  Some are already available for pre-order.

runaway lies RUNAWAY LIES by Shannon Curtis (Harlequin Australia, coming January 19th)

the hanged man THE HANGED MAN by P.N. Elrod (Tor Books, coming May 19… “Murder, mayhem and tea—a well-bred Victorian urban fantasy thriller. Prepare, o reader, to be enthralled.” says Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of the Mercy Thompson series

inkandbone_FINAL INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine (NAL, coming July 7)…In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

alice ALICE by Christina Henry (Ace Books, coming August 4)… A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll…

the veil THE VEIL by Chloe Neill (NAL, coming August 4)… a new series by New York Times bestselling author set in a war-torn New Orleans, still recovering and now living in the shadow of Devil’s Isle, a walled district confining the paranormal powers that crashed into our world when the Veil fell.  Well, mostly confined…

nightwise NIGHTWISE by R. S. Belcher (Tor Books, coming August 18)…Featuring Laytham Ballard. It’s said he raised the dead at the age of ten, ripped off the Philosopher’s Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. The legends are only a fraction of the truth.

On top of all THAT, I’m waiting on some firm publication dates for later in the year, like for a new series by Faith Hunter and a debut urban fantasy series by Michelle Belanger…  Watch this blog; it’s going to be an exciting year!!!  (And 2016 won’t be too shabby either!)

broken soul First off, a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Faith Hunter for hitting #19 on the New York Times e-book bestseller list and #45 on the overall USA Today bestseller list for the latest Jane Yellowrock novel BROKEN SOUL!

Next, the e-book of N.K. Jemisin’s amazing and award-winning fantasy novel THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS is right now only $1.99 for Kindle and Nook. It won the Locus Award for Best First Novel as well as the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Fantasy and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Prix Imaginales, Tiptree and Goodreads Readers’ Choice Awards.  It’s also been published already in twelve countries.  If you haven’t read it yet, I wouldn’t miss this chance!

Fangtastic cover Far less exciting to anyone but me, the FANGTASTIC, the third book in my Vamped series is now available in it’s new edition for Nook, Kindle and Kobo. This follows the new editions for VAMPED and REVAMPED!

And now, the promised pictures from the stunning Blue Mountains and the rain forest at the bottom, the final day of sightseeing from my August trip to Australia.  I think I’ve dribbled the pictures out because once they’re all posted, my trip down Memory Lane hits a snag.  Sigh.

Our Tuesday YA Rebels video will be up later today, giving tips on how to (and not to) find a literary agent.  I’m not ashamed to say that my thirteen year old son has to upload this for me – not because I don’t know what I’m doing, but because his tech is way more updated than mine, which needs a serious upgrade.  So, more on that soon.

daylighters In the meantime, I didn’t get to crow last week (except on Twitter and Facebook and to anyone who would listen) about Rachel Caine’s amazing Morganville Vampires series hitting the New York Times list once again (#10 for Children’s Series)!  DAYLIGHTERS, the fifteenth and final book in the series, launched earlier this month to great acclaim.  For those of you you’ve been waiting for the whole series before starting, this is it!  You can read from beginning to end…and then run out and get all of her other books in various series, because she’s amazing no matter where you start! Speaking of Rachel Caine, she’s donated a signed set of her Outcast Season and Revivalist series to raise money for the Red Cross’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.  You can bid here or check out what else Authors for the Philippines has on offer.  Don’t forget, the holidays are right around the corner and books make great gifts, especially when the money for them goes to such a great cause.

DustAndLight In other news, Bookworm Blues did a fabulous piece on fantasy writer Carol Berg and her career here.  Have I mentioned that she has a new series starting in August 2014 with DUST AND LIGHT (which – shameless plug – is already available for pre-order)?  It’s all about fantasy and forensics…two of my favorite things.  I’ve loved everything Carol’s ever written, but I might have to admit to a particularly warm place in my heart for this new series!

More as it happens.

I’m blogging over at Magical Words with a hopefully pithy post on safety and suspense called “Wherein No One is Safe.”  I hope you’ll check it out and leave a comment.  One of my favorite things about Magical Words is the discussion that always seems to come along with the articles.  Often just as intriguing, if not more so!

In other news, today is a big, BIG day for new releases.  I’m incredibly excited to wish happy book birthdays to Chloe Neill for BITING BAD, the latest novel in her New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series, to Rachel Caine for TERMINATED, her stunning conclusion to the Revivalist series, to Amy Christine Parker for her debut YA thriller GATED and to Susan Krinard for her awesome new paranormal romance DAYSIDER.  (Also, in case you missed it, MIST, the first novel in Sue’s urban fantasy series, came out just last month!)

biting bad BITING BAD by Chloe Neill (NAL)

Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.

Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.

Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.

Reviews

“I absolutely loved this book from start to finish; this is the installment that I have been waiting for. . . . Chicagoland Vampires are better than ever!” – Rabid Reads

“These books are wonderful entertainment; and if you are looking for a vampiric role-model, you couldn’t do any better than Merit of House Cadogan. Chicago is lucky to have her.” — #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris

“[H]eart-pounding danger, high-stakes drama and excitement as Merit, Ethan and crew take on a treacherous new enemy!” — RT Book Reviews
Terminated TERMINATED by Rachel Caine (Roc Books)

Bryn Davis has survived Pharmadene’s attempts to destroy her, but in doing so, she was forced to receive the military upgrade of her nanites … which makes her even more dangerous than before, even to her own side. But she’s not running from her enemies — she’s running toward them. It’s time to terminate the oncoming corporate zombie apocalypse for good … even if it means terminating herself along with it.

Reviews

“The action-packed conclusion to this inventive interpretation of the zombie mythology is sure to please urban fantasy and sci-fi fans alike. There are plenty of bad guys, fights and surprises to keep readers on their toes as Bryon and friends slip from safe house to safe house in an attempt to stay alive long enough to discover what is really going on. The character development is outstanding, especially Bryon and Patrick as they struggle with their past and more importantly, immediate issues. What could have been a heartbreaking finish ends instead on a high note that is certain to please Caine’s fans.” —MonstersAndCritics.com

“We have zombies filled with nanobots that rapidly heal the body and a giant evil pharmaceutical company. Add in some ex-military types, ex-spies, highly connected and very resourceful paranoid types, and a psychotic villain and this is one action packed, exhilarating read.” —Badass Book Reviews

“From heart pounding action to characters you can really get behind and a fantastic finish to the Revivalist series, TERMINATED is one book you won’t want to miss!” —A Book Obsession (5 Stars)

gated updated GATED by Amy Christine Parker (Random House Children’s)

She thought the evil lived outside the walls. She was wrong.

Amy Christine Parker’s deliciously chilling prose creates a fast-paced, nerve-fraying contemporary thriller that questions loyalties and twists truths.

In the Community, life seems perfect. Lyla Hamilton believes she is one of the chosen. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pioneer invited her family to join the Community and escape the evil in the world. They’ve thrived under his strict, charismatic leadership.

Now seventeen, Lyla knows certain facts are not to be questioned:

Pioneer is her leader. Will is her Intended. The end of the world is near.

Pioneer has visions of the imminent destruction of humanity. He says his chosen must prepare to fight off the unchosen people, who will surely seek refuge in the Silo, the underground shelter where the Community will wait out the apocalypse.

Lyla loves her family and friends, but a chance encounter with an unchosen boy has her questioning Pioneer, the Community–everything. She needs time to figure out the truth. But with Pioneer’s deadline for the end of days fast approaching, time is the one thing she doesn’t have.

Reviews

“Parker doesn’t pull punches, indicating a level of brutality that will appropriately disturb even as it successfully conveys Lyla’s complete entrapment in the Community. Compelling and not that distant from real-world cults that have ended in tragedy.” — Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2013

“Parker skillfully explores the mindset and inner workings of an apocalyptic cult, steadily building toward the inevitable moment of truth…As for the apocalypse itself, Parker keeps things suitably ambiguous, resulting in a complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events.” — Publishers Weekly, June 10, 2013

“Parker is a seriously talented writer. She has that rare talent for getting inside your head and making you look at things in a certain way. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.” —Escape into Words, July 16, 2013

“Gated is unlike any other YA book out there.  It isn’t afraid to push the limits, or to go as far as it needs to go to stay honest.  Gated is a candid look at the inside of a cult, an unflinching reflection on today’s society, and of course, a masterful thriller.”— Pretty Deadly Reviews

daysider DAYSIDER by Susan Krinard (Harlequin Nocturne)

Human/vampire relations are in turmoil in a stunning new series by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Susan Krinard

Tensions between human and vampire factions are escalating. Peace hangs in the balance. And like two ill-fated stars, Alexia Fox and Damon are destined to collide. She’s a seductive human operative on a mission to infiltrate an illegal vampire colony. He’s a vampire and represents everything she loathes—and all that she desires. Their attraction is scorching, immediate…and could explode like the fragile truce they’ve both been fighting independently to preserve. Now the world’s last hope hinges on their ability to work together. As enemies they are doomed, but as allies they just might save the world.

Reviews

“A complicated and fascinating mythology makes Daysider a fun read. Its fast-paced excitement will keep readers’ attention from beginning to end.” –Romantic Times (4 1/2 Stars)

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book! …Susan somehow managed to combine heart stopping action and edge of your seat suspense with enough romance to keep diehard Paranormal Romance fans happy while still making Urban Fantasy lovers want more.” – Literal Addiction