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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

One of the most exciting parts of my job is selling a debut series.  That excitement ramps up to eleven (call back to Spinal Tap) when the first book in that series actually releases!  Thus, I’m VERY pleased today to introduce you to CONSPIRACY OF ANGELS, Book #1 in Michelle Belanger’s awesome Shadowside series.  Name ring a bell?  You might know Michelle from her from her regular appearances on Paranormal StateShe’s also been featured in numerous programs on HBO, the History Channel, CNN Headline News, etc., about the paranormal world and the modern vampire community to which she belongs and is well known for her non-fiction such as The Psychic Energy Codex and The Dictionary of Demons.

Conspiracy of Angels CONSPIRACY OF ANGELS by Michelle Belanger (Titan Books)

“In Conspiracy of Angels, Michelle Belanger presents a gripping fantasy of angels, demons, and awesome powers. Belanger’s incredibly detailed imagery instantly immerses you in the angelic earth that she has created.”Mugglenet

Cover copy:

When Zachary Westland regains consciousness on the winter shores of Lake Erie, his memories are gone. All he has are chaotic visions of violence and death… and a business card for Club Heaven. There Zack finds the six-foot-six transexual decimus known as Saliriel, and begins to learn what has happened.
Alarming details emerge, of angelic tribes trapped on Earth and struggling in the wake of the Blood Wars. Anakim, Nephilim, Gibburim, and Rephaim—there has been an uneasy peace for centuries, but the truce is at an end.

With the help of his “sibling” Remiel and Lilianna, the lady of beasts, Zack must stem the bloodshed before it cannot be stopped. Yet if he dies again, it may be for the final time.

Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Mysterious Galaxy

I’m also excited that my new novel, BLOOD HUNT, releases today from Samhain, especially since I get to pull Egyptian mythology into this one!   I’ve been lucky to have so many people helping me spread the word.  You can check out some special posts here:

Tori’s Top Ten Costumes for Halloween

Tori’s Guide to Mythological Investigations

Goddities website reveals: Apollo (thank you, Slippery Words), Eros (thank you, Faith Hunter)!

5 Questions in 5 Minutes at Slippery Words

BloodHunt300 BLOOD HUNT by Lucienne Diver (Samhain)

Fame is no longer the name of the game…it’s survival.

Tori Karacis is back in L.A., relieved to once again match her passport photo thanks to a tattoo that controls her gargoyle-esque wings. Her newest case doesn’t involve gods or an impending apocalypse. It does, however, involve murder.

Jessica Roland’s suspicions began when her brothers returned from Egypt eerily different. The terror kicked in with the ritualistic murder of her parents. Her real brothers would never have done such a thing, yet their guilt seems indisputable. What could it be? Curse of the Pharaohs? Some kind of brain-eating bacteria?

At the scene of a second attack, there’s evidence it’s the work of Set, the god of chaos, who should have been locked away a long time ago. And hello, there’s a new arrival. Neith, a warrior goddess who’s got the hots for Tori’s ex, Nick Armani.

Tori should be cool with that. After all, she’s involved with Apollo-that Apollo. Still, it’s a bit much for Neith to ask for seduction advice! Meanwhile, Set is gaining strength, chaos is leaking all over the place, and L.A. is a powder keg set to blow.

Warning: Relationships heat up and danger mounts. Prepare for chills, thrills and kills when Chaos makes its Hollywood debut.

Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Samhain

invisible library Sometimes a book/series comes along that pushes all your buttons in just the right way.  THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman is one of those.  I’m so excited that the critics agree!  I’m honestly struggling a bit here for an introduction that will do the work justice.  It’s like, what do you say to the book that has everything?  Hmm, maybe I just let the characters speak for themselves.

Genevieve has kindly provided us with a short dialogue between her main characters, just to give you a taste.  (And read on for cover copy and fantastic quotes.   The book is getting quote the buzz.  Right now out in the UK and elsewhere, I’ll keep you updated on when it comes to the US.)

A peek behind the curtains…

IRENE: There have been some questions about what I actually have on my own bookshelves. I’m afraid that the answer is very prosaic. When I actually got lodgings in Vale’s world, I started assembling books that would be useful. Necessary, even. Dictionaries, grammars, atlases, encyclopedias, catalogues from rare book collections…

KAI: (emerging with an armful of books) Irene, you won’t believe this! Dumas actually completed The Knight of Saint-Hermine in this world! And there are sequels!

IRENE: (interested) Oh, excellent! (she remembers the interview) That is, as you can see, we’re also working on establishing what books are unique to this world, since even if the Library hasn’t requested them yet, they may be called for in the future. And of course, other Librarians like to fill their own collections. We do each other favours.

KAI: Is that why you were looking for the entire set of Hergé Tintin books?

IRENE: Exactly.

KAI: Why are they in your bedroom?

IRENE: I need to check them first. Anyhow, what I was going on to say is that since this world doesn’t have an internet –

KAI: Or cybernet, or Mesh, or whatever you call it –

IRENE: We have to resort to encyclopedias quite a lot when researching things. Authors, locations, history, whatever. That is one thing I do regret about living here – no convenient online mass communications.

KAI: Right. I still think there has to be some way we can capitalise on that, you know. Work out a way to handle the demonic possession, bring in mass communications, become incredibly wealthy –

IRENE: And incredibly public and obvious. No.

KAI: Shell companies and false identities, Irene. Everyone’s doing it. It’s the in thing.

IRENE: (forcibly changing the subject) What are the other books you’ve got there?

KAI: Mostly poetry, but I did find a catalogue for the upcoming auction at Lord Cymbris’ estate.

IRENE: Is the local À Rebours listed in it? The Huysmans? I’ve had a request for that.

KAI: Yes, but they haven’t listed a price, so it’s going to be expensive.

IRENE: (thoughtfully) We should probably attend, just to see who picks it up.

KAI: Right. So we’ll want maps of the estate, a full list of collectors attending the sale, check with Vale about whoever the purchaser was in case he’s got relevant information, and –

IRENE: Wait a moment. Let me check my calendar. That’s the same day as the jumble sale at the Starry Wisdom Cathedral at Ely. Damn. I knew there was something I should be remembering.

KAI: Let’s toss for it. I call heads.

IRENE: Let’s be practical about this. The auction’s the one with the book that we actually want, the jumble sale’s just speculative. It’s safer if we both attend the auction.

KAI: Safer for who, exactly?

IRENE: Naming no names, but would you or Vale know anything about the fire at the Southend Shelter last week, and the reports of sea monsters?

KAI: (pauses) That was my night off. We agreed not to ask questions about each others’ nights off.

IRENE: So we did. But we’re both going to be attending that auction.

KAI: Can I at least wear a decent suit?

IRENE: Of course.

KAI: And dance at the dinner afterwards?

IRENE: Don’t push your luck.

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Cover Copy:

Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.

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

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!)

the-morganville-vampires-logo First, did you all see the debut of the Morganville Vampires webseries over at Geek & Sundry?  Are the characters as you imagined them?  Shane has been my favorite character throughout the series, and the web shows are no exception!  I can’t wait until Myrnin makes an appearance.

Second, wishing Christina Henry a very happy and special book birthday today for BLACK SPRING, the conclusion of her wonderful Black Wings series.  Have you met Maddy Black yet?  What about her wisecracking, junk food loving gargoyle sidekick Beezle?  If not, you’re in for a treat!  Check out her guest post here on “Why Gargoyles Make the Best Sidekicks” and enter her tour-wide Rafflecopter giveaway!  More on this awesome new release below.

BadBlood300 Third, I’m up today on Books Make Me Happy with a flash fiction story inspired by a photograph of a cat basking in the sun…or so it would seem.  Hope you’ll check it out!  And don’t forget that BAD BLOOD, the first novel in my Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series (murder, myth, magic and mayhem) is only $.99 until November 7th.  A great time to jump into the series if you’re so inclined! (Here are the links for Nook, Kindle and Kobo.)

BLACK-SPRING-217x350 And now, more on BLACK SPRING:

A former Agent of death, Madeline Black now has everything to live for, most importantly, her unborn child. But Chicago has become ground zero in a struggle between ancient creatures, and only Maddy can stop the carnage…

The mayor of Chicago has announced a plan to round up the city’s supernatural beings and put them in camps. With her due date looming, Maddy’s best move would be to lay low for a while. But not everyone is willing to respect her privacy. Hounded by tentacled monsters, a rogue shapeshifter, and a tenacious blogger, Maddy turns to her most powerful ally, her uncle Daharan, only to find him missing.

Just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, Maddy gets an invitation in the mail—to Lucifer’s wedding. Turns out everyone has been invited, friends and enemies alike. And with that kind of guest list, it’s highly unlikely there will be a happily ever after.

Praise for the Black Wings novels:
“A complex and engaging universe.”—Open Book Society

A fast-paced, spine-tingling, adventure ride that won’t let you go till the end.”—Fresh Fiction“Secrets and revelations of the most awesome and diabolical kind.”—My Bookish Ways

 
About the Author:

Christina Henry is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with subtitles in her spare time. Christina used to work in a comic-book store and, as a result, has boxes of bagged and boarded comics in her attic. Needless to say, she can hold her own in a conversation about manga and anime. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

Her most recent books include: Black Heart, Black City, Black Lament, Black Howl, Black Night, and Black Wings.

beyond our stars small I have to wish a fantastically happy book birthday to debut author Marie Langager, whose wonderful young adult science fiction novel BEYOND OUR STARS, released today as part of Bloomsbury Spark’s launch line.  So exciting!

Cover Copy:

Fleeing a destroyed Earth, seventeen-year-old orphan Hope grew up living in the confines of a spaceship heading to CR-3, a new home planet. She’s been kicking the steel walls for too long and ever since she broke her boyfriend’s heart, touchdown could mean open air and a fresh start. But no one expected the Locals.

Hope’s dreams of freedom turn into nightmares when the Locals trap the humans and mark groups for observation. At any moment she can be called into a holographic observation room for testing. Some days she’s drowning in a strange dark ocean, some days she’s locked up without food, and all with the one boy she can’t seem to forget.

As the Locals study Hope, she studies them. She wants to believe the tall grey creatures could be peaceful, but as the simulations become more dangerous, Hope is about to become the human race’s last chance for survival.

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In other news, there are still 13 hours left to get in on Chloe Neill‘s great giveaway!  One lucky person will win:

  • A Kindle Paperwhite E-Book Reader
  • An autographed ARC of WILD THINGS;
  • Chicagoland Vampires bookmarks, pens, and buttons;
  • Two signed, international copies of the CV books.

Check her blog for details.  And don’t forget, her enovella HOWLING FOR YOU, set in her Chicagoland Vampires world, is set to release January 7th, though you can pre-order now!  (WILD THINGS, the next series Chicagoland Vampires book is coming the very next month on February 3rd).

Last, but not least, The Knight Agency has three (!) authors up on this round of Addicted 2 Heroines’ Hottest Heroine Cover contest – J. Kathleen Cheney, Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh! You can check out all of the great covers here and vote for a chance to win an Amazon gift card or books from the Book Depository ($30).

Sending for the newsletter, but also for a huge WHOO HOO!

goldencity_100dpi So beside myself with excitement to see J. Kathleen Cheney’s debut novel THE GOLDEN CITY on Library Journal’s list of Best Books of 2013: SF/Fantasy!

It’s so funny, because just the other day some writers were bemoaning on my Facebook page the way the “establishment” is so averse to new voices, how we’re all gatekeepers (read evil ogres), etcetera and so forth and yet here’s one of the industry magazines putting a new voice on par with other awesome, established authors.  Hmm, because this is my soapbox and I’ll holler if I want to, here are some other recent and amazing debuts on my list, all new within the past twelve months or forthcoming:

NEXUS by Ramez Naam – a great SF thriller released by Angry Robot Books in December 2012, followed by the sequel CRUX in August 2013

GATED by Amy Christine Parker – a young adult thriller about a girl who grows up in a cult and begins to question as the “end times” are upon them published by Random House Children’s in August 2013

THE GOLDEN CITY by J. Kathleen Cheney (mentioned above) – a fantasy/mystery set in a alternate Portugal released by Roc books in November 2013

BEYOND OUR STARS by Marie Langager – a suspenseful YA science fiction novel in which a girl’s hope for a fresh start on a new planet becomes a nightmare when she’s marked by the current inhabitants for for special testing coming in December 2013 from Bloomsbury Spark

PREDATOR by Janice Gable Bashman – young adult novel with a unique twist on the werewolf mythos coming from Month9Books in Fall 2014

THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman – wonderful fantasy novel billed by the publisher as Doctor Who with librarians! forthcoming from Tor UK in January 2015

My debut novelists have also included Lynn Flewelling, Carol Berg, Vicky Dreiling, Diana Pharaoh Francis, N.K. Jemisin, Kalayna Price, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Steven Piziks (aka Steven Harper), Tammy Kaehler….  A very impressive list, I think you’ll agree!  So, if you want to see more new voices, the best thing you can do is support them as they come along!