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I’m very excited to share the book birthday for my new release, FAULTLINES, with awesome authors Christie Golden (ASSASSIN’S CREED: HERESY) and Keith R.A. DeCandido (Marvel’s Sif: EVEN DRAGONS HAVE THEIR ENDINGS). Happy book birthdays, Christie and Keith! For you readers out there, you’re in for a treat with these new releases, information below!

In celebration of FAULTLINES, I’m guest blogging today for Tez Miller on the new novel as well as being the change you want to see and for Deborah Blake’s Writing the Witchy Way on switching gears, since FAULTLINES, as a YA thriller and issue book, is so different from what I’ve written before. Also on Deborah’s blog, there’s a giveaway, so please go, read, comment and be entered for your chance to win!

ac-heresy ASSASSIN’S CREED: HERESY by Christie Golden [B&N, Amazon, Kobo, Indiebound]

From New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden comes an original story set in the universe of Assassin’s Creed.  Reliving the memories of his ancestor who fought beside Joan of Arc, high-ranking Templar Simon Hathaway slowly uncovers secrets of the past that could dangerously impact his present…and that of the entire Templar order.

An endless conflict.  An old wrong.  A new revelation.  

Simon Hathaway, member of the Templar Inner Sanctum, brings a cool head and detached manner to his new role as Head of Abstergo Industry’s Historical Research Division.

But Simon also has an insatiable curiosity, and is fascinated by the thought of experiencing history first-hand through his ancestor–Gabriel Laxart, who fought alongside the legendary Joan of Arc.

When he enters the newly-designed Animus for its initial project, Simon finds himself unprepared for what he discovers: How deep the conflict between the Templars and the Assassins goes. What Gabriel will do for the woman he both loves and reveres.

And the most dangerous truth of all: Who is the heretic…and who is the true believer.

sif MARVEL’S SIF: EVEN DRAGONS HAVE THEIR ENDINGS by Keith R.A. DeCandido (Book 2 in the Tales of Asgard Trilogy) [Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indie Bound]

In book two of the Tales of Asgard Trilogy another legendary hero takes center stage, as Marvel’s Sif comes to the defense of a village under attack by a dragon. But this is no ordinary dragon, and when Sif tracks it to its lair, she learns that the dragon used to be a man, cursed because of his lust for gold. Now she must find a way to save both the village and the man within the beast. The epic trilogy continues with The Warriors Three in the final installment of the series, coming in June 2016.

Book #1: MARVEL’S THOR: DUELING WITH GIANTS

And in case you haven’t seen this already…

faultlines-front-cover-final FAULTLINES by Lucienne Diver [B&N, Amazon, Books-a-million, Indiebound]

“Vivid, suspenseful, and charming, Diver creates a world where anything can happen in this must-read page-turner.” —Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of the Need series

“Faultlines blew me away! A tense, suspenseful read that will break your heart and keep you guessing right up until the very end.” —Amy Christine Parker, author of GATED and ASTRAY

Six months ago Vanessa Raines lost her best friend.

Lisa had changed, pushing away everyone close to her, even Vanessa. She had quit soccer. Started wearing dark and dismal clothes. She refused every offer to talk and suffered whatever she was going through in silence. Now she’s really gone. Suicide they claim, but Vanessa knows that isn’t right. It can’t be.

Vanessa blames herself for letting Lisa chase her off. She wants answers, so that she can put to rest the rumors surrounding Lisa’s death and so that she can move on, heal. But Lisa left no note and the journal she was always scribbling in—which might tell all—is mysteriously missing.

As Vanessa struggles to come to terms with the loss of her friend and to reconstruct the last months of Lisa’s life, someone calling themselves “Poetic Justice” begins taking revenge against those he or she thinks drove Lisa to suicide. Everyone at school believes Vanessa is this mysterious “Poetic Justice”. It’s easy to blame the former best friend, and Vanessa makes an obvious target.

Struggling with her own guilt, Vanessa is determined to ignore the threats and allegations aimed her way. But as Poetic Justice’s vengeance takes a darker turn, retaliation against Vanessa begins to escalate, from cyber bullying to violence, putting both her and the little sister she adores in the line of fire. To protect them both, she has to find out who’s behind the attacks before things turn deadly. And hope she can survive the truth.

invisible library us.jpg I’m so, so excited about today’s new release, THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman!  Now, you may already have heard me talk about this book.  That’s because it made a big splash in the UK and is now available in the US! Already it’s made lists: The Independent’s 10 Best Fantasy Novels, Book Plank’s Best Debuts of 2015, Library Reads June 2016 Top Ten Books, Barnes & Noble’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of June, Amazon’s list of top SF/F Books of June, and Bookish’s list of Summer 2016’s Must-Read Science Fiction & Fantasy Books.

And quotes!  Oh boy-howdy, do we have quotes!

“Cogman conjures visuals that scream to be brought to life by ILM and brought to the masses who – for reasons unfathomable – bypass the book stores.

Get in early and make sure you get on the I-read-the-book-before-it-was-a-movie side of the fence, you know how us readers like to be smug…” —GEEKChocolate

“The Invisible Library” is one of the most pleasurable debuts of the year.” —Upcoming 4.me

“The Invisible Library is great fun…a total geek-out for bibliophiles.”—PopVerse

“An involving, thoroughly enjoyable adventure that will bring the reader back for more.”Sci-Fi Bulletin

“The Invisible Library is an interesting mix; Sapphire and Steel meets The Unseen University by way of The Parasol Protectorate, which makes it a thoroughly entertaining mis-match and great fantasy romp.” —Starburst Magazine

“THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY is everything I could ever want out of a book” –Fantasy Book Review

“The Invisible Library is a great start of the new series, inventive and highly addicted.” —Book Plank

“Holy WOW, this is quite possibly my favourite new book of the year! Seriously, it’s kicking off an an amazingly unique series, and I just well and truly loved it!” —Reality’s a Bore

“I loved The Invisible Library and the world Cogman has created in her debut. This book is just an amazingly fun read… With The Invisible Library Cogman has set the bar high for 2015 debuts, for pure fun, enjoyment and zest for life if nothing else.” —Fantastical Librarian

Genevieve Cogman offers an addictive start to a new series…if you’re a fan of the likes of Doctor Who, Fringe or The Librarians, or in fact, just fun urban fantasy in general, you won’t want to miss this.” —The Fictional Hangout

“I absolutely loved this—steampunk flavored with truly unique mythology and a dash of the eldritch.  Such clever, creepy, elaborate worldbuilding and snarky, sexy-smart characters! Also, remote-controlled alligators. You just can’t go wrong with that.” —N.K. Jemisin, award-winning author of THE INHERITANCE TRILOGY and THE FIFTH SEASON

“This was a brilliant debut novel by Genevieve Cogman… Fans of Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, Deborah Harkness’ Discovery of Witches trilogy, TNT’s The Librarians tv series, and book lovers in general will fall in love with the world of The Invisible Library.” —BookWyrm Reviews

But you can see for yourself!  The book is out today, and if these reviews (and the cover copy below) don’t make you want to run out and grab it for yourself, maybe you’d like to win a copy over on Ace and Roc Books’ Facebook page.  And don’t forget to look for the upcoming sequels, THE MASKED CITY and THE BURNING PAGE!

invisible library us Cover Copy:

Collecting books can be a dangerous prospect in this fun, time-traveling, fantasy adventure from a spectacular debut author.
 
One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen.

London’s underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.

Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn’t just Irene’s reputation at stake, it’s the nature of reality itself…

FEATURING BONUS MATERIAL: including an interview with the author, a legend from the Library, and more!

When our awesome newsletter coordinator Travis Pennington sent this month’s Agents of the Roundtable question around, I opened it as usual with no idea that it would provoke such an emotional response in me. You won’t get it either. Not at first. Here’s the question. Read on to the answer.

What were some of the books you read before becoming an agent that made you want to have a career in the industry?

All of them. No, really, all. See, I grew up severely asthmatic with extreme allergies. It seemed like the outdoors was trying to kill me. I couldn’t run off and have adventures like the rest of the kids, so I did my adventuring from the comfort of my own home. I first discovered THE SECRET GARDEN (by Francis Hodgson Burnett) along with Mary and fell in love with Dickon when I was stuck in the hospital in the fourth grade. My mother had cleverly brought the book to read to me and then left it behind when she went home. Of course, I couldn’t wait for her to return to find out what happened, so I finished it off. I think I read at least a book a day from then on. I was hooked. To this day, books are magic for me. They take me to worlds outside my own and expose me to wonder, magic, love and epic adventure on a regular basis. Being part of making books happen…that’s an absolute dream come true.

I had tears in my eyes as I finished typing this. Silly, I know, and yet…

And yet, the next thing I did was open a new Word file and type How Books Saved my Life. It sounds over-the-top—melodrama if not outright hyperbole (see how I just slipped those SAT words in there?) but it isn’t. It really is true.

I did not have a great childhood. I’m sure many of you didn’t have a great childhood. I’m not looking for sympathy. I’m stating a fact. I don’t know how many of you read my piece in DEAR BULLY: Seventy Authors Tell Their Tales, but that will give you some idea. What I’ll say here is that I was constantly in and out of the hospital for my asthma—in the emergency room, usually late at night, several times a month, admitted about once a month when I was very young, trickling to just a few times a year when I was a teenager. My nose constantly ran; I always looked like I had two black eyes (we called them allergy shiners); I almost always had a low-level wheeze even when I wasn’t in full-blown attack. I couldn’t play sports and in cold weather had to wear a mask over my face to heat the air before it could reach my lungs. You can imagine how well that went over. In addition, I was short, skinny, too smart and had Urkel’s fashion sense. I kid you not.

But you know what? When I look back on my childhood, that’s not what I most remember. I remember the books. SECRET GARDEN was the first book I ever finished. I had no idea how I passed my time before, but I know that after that, I grabbed everything I could get my hands on. I can’t possibly remember all the books I read, but early favorites were THE CHANGEOVER by Margaret Mahy, THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND by Elizabeth George Speare, A WRINKLE IN TIME and other books by Madeleine L’Engle, ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O’Dell, THE MONDAY HORSES by Jean Slaughter Doty, to whom I sent my first fan letter (and who graciously answered back), every horse book I could get my hands on (BLACK BEAUTY, the entire Fury, Misty and Black Stallion series…), ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by Lucy Maud Montgomery… It wasn’t long before I graduated to anything I could get my hands on. For instance, the first book I grabbed from my father’s shelves was STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert A. Heinlein which is…eye-opening at eleven. I’m sure he saw me reading it, but either he didn’t remember the content or he never considered that just because I could read something didn’t mean I should at that age. From his shelves I also discovered Isaac Asimov, Eric van Lustbader, Ken Follett, Tom Clancy and probably a million other suspense/thriller, sf and other writers. From my mother, the dedicated romance reader, I found Regency romances and the wonderful drawing room banter (not to mention characters with actual fashion sense). My godparents were the fantasy readers, and I couldn’t swear to the book that got me started in the genre, but I was soon off and running with Stephen R. Donaldson’s Mordant’s Need and Melanie Rawn’s Dragon Prince series and millions of others. I don’t know who turned me on to Sherlock Holmes (my grandmother was the mystery reader, so she seems the likely culprit).

Fiction is the providence of the misfit. None of those heroes or heroines fit in, whether it was a wild horse struggling against abuse or the bit or a free-spirited girl who grew up in Barbados trying to adjust to Quaker society and being branded a witch for her differences. Books are not written about the people who mesh and go blithely through society never making waves. Books are written about those who don’t fit in and refuse to let injustice or incarceration or bullying or brainwashing break them. They stand up and they fight and they make a difference. They effect change. It may not be world-bending each time, but changing even is single mind is earth-shattering. It’s amazing. It’s heroic. Don’t think so? have you ever tried changing a single mind set in its beliefs? Have you ever tried engaging one of those “Don’t clutter my mind with facts” sorts of people? Ever get anywhere?

Books do so many things. They make people think, and offer a safe environment for it, because, after all, it’s not your society or election or religious system being called into question. They also offer a place to belong and others (reality-based, however fictional) who have gone through trials and tribulations and come out the other end. They’ve survived. Maybe battered, but better, stronger, knowing they can. They leave us with the same message.

Yes, books provide escape, and they offered up the armchair adventure that I craved. But they also shaped who I am today, not only because I went into publishing to become part of the magic, but because part of each of those heroes and heroines lives in me, and I’d be letting them down…I’d be letting myself down…if I didn’t live up to their example.

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As a side note, books are not the only positive things I remember from my childhood. I want to give credit where credit is due. My parents never complained (that I remember) when I woke them up at two a.m. because really, truly, nothing was working to fight back the asthma and I needed to go the hospital…again. In fact, they would, as they could, make it into positive time. They’d play Hangman with me in the ER to distract me. My Mom and I would pick up donuts or Kentucky Fried Chicken or something I considered a real treat on the way home (depending on the time of day or night).

I remember the extremely nice lady in the school office who brought me little things like shells that were a treasure to a child. And the nurses who braided my hair when I was stuck in the hospital. And making hand puppets with the nice lady who came in a few times a week to run a playroom/craft area for the kids so that I could perform my own make-believe.

I was stuck in the hospital with only the five channels they had back then when the Mets won the 1986 World Series, which I was so excited to see and would never have watched had I been home. I also just happened to be flipping through CNN in 1984 when Ronald Reagan, not realizing the microphone was on, “playfully” talked about bombing Russia. Historical events I would have missed otherwise.

And I finally did find my place in the world some time in middle-school when I discovered theatre and all my other misfit friends. I say this with all love and know they’d agree, because my local theatre friends and I dubbed ourselves the Freaks of Duchess County, changing to Freaks of the World when many of us moved on. Because yes, we know all about growing and changing and the power of the word.

I remember so much more, but I’ve taken you far enough down my memory lane.

Writers are my rock stars. Always have been. Always will be.

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!

fifth season

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

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.

I’m sorry I’ve been so quiet here on the blog.  Last weekend we were off for some family time — a wonderful wedding, followed by the NY Renaissance Fair with friends and family…and then two strokes for my grandmother the day we came back.  Yesterday was the first day I felt like the sky might not be falling.  (My amazing grandmother, who brings us all together with her heart and humor, is 96 and right now eating through a tube and unable to speak, but she’s still here and finding ways to express herself. She’s still thinking of others and her eyes are lighting up at the sight of her family, so…)

Anyway, I’m popping in quickly to post an article I thought you all might find useful, one that Nupur Tustin put together for Sisters in Crime’s Guppies group on Marketing your way to Success: September 2015 First Draft_ AgentInsight.

Enjoy!

I’m so, so excited for everything going on this fall for the Latter-Day Olympians series!  Check it out:

BATTLE FOR THE BLOOD (4th in the series) comes out on September 1st in trade paperback.  (Though it’s already out in digital and already available for pre-order in print at B&N, Amazon, Books-a-Million, etc.)

Trickster Blood, the first full-length story featuring Hermes (also from the series) releases in digital (for FREE!!) on September 29th, though, of course, you can preorder any time: Kindle, ARe, etc.)

BLOOD HUNT (5th Latter-Day Olympians novel and possibly my favorite!) publishes in print and digital on October 27th!!! (But you can pre-order it now with Samhain, Amazon, Barnes & Noble….)

I’ll be doing a whole host of things to celebrate as time goes on, but today I’d like to direct your attention to my short, short story featuring Hermes and Hecate, Tricks, Treats and Sandy Feets, which is up today on Literary Escapism for your viewing pleasure!

In case Tricks, Treats and Sandy Feets tickles your fancy and you want to check out more, here’s the entire series for your reading pleasure:

Latter-Day Olympians novels:

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Latter-Day Olympians stories appear:

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Shorts:

Character’s Court: Tori Karacis vs. Author Lucienne Diver

If I Ruled the World (by Hermes)