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It’s probably clear enough that as a literary agent and writer, I’m crazy about books.  I’m guessing that if you’re following me here or on Twitter or elsewhere, that you are as well, making you all absolutely brilliant and tasteful and MY KIND OF PEOPLE!  Thus, I thought you might be interested in this spate of book-and-library-themed books.  And please, please, please add to this list in comments.  My TBR pile, while threatening to collapse the second floor of my house straight down to the foundation, can never truly be high enough!  In fact, if you comment below, your name will be entered to win an audio download of THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY (name drawn next week).

In order of publication:

invisible library THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman…this novel has everything.  Seriously.  Fans of Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, The Librarians, steampunk or just a great read will love this book.  Just check out the cover copy:

The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies – think Doctor who with librarian spies!

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.

inkandbone_FINAL INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine (coming July 7th)…what a wonderful, tense, amazing start to a new series with a Harry Potter-esque flavor and yet a world all it’s own.  I can’t find the words to do it justice, so I’ll again defer to the cover copy:

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.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

[Doesn’t that sound awesome?]

And while we’re on the topic of Rachel Caine, have you all read her incredible PRINCE OF SHADOWS?  It’s a retelling/reimagining of ROMEO AND JULIET from the point of view of Benvolio, who’s got some secrets and intrigues all his own.  Yes, I know, this is a play rather than a book, but since I first read it in that form (as a Penguin Classics paperback, I believe), I’m counting it toward my book-and-library-themed books!

alice ALICE by Christina Henry (coming in August, and not nearly soon enough!)…her publisher starts their cover copy with, “A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll…”  I can’t think of a better one-liner.  This novel is psychological, brilliant, gritty, unique, brilliant…oh, did I say that already?  The copy continues:

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.

Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.

And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.

[Also if you like Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland, you HAVE to check out Gena Showalter’s White Rabbit Chronicles, available now!]

What else, book folk?

So excited for today’s diverse list of new releases!  On the Knight Agency list, we have the stunning conclusion to Gena Showalter’s White Rabbit Chronicles, THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS, and the latest rock hero romance by Nalini Singh, ROCK COURTSHIP.  On my list, we have a fun-filled, caffeine-fueled sexy romance in SOME LIKE IT HOTTER by Isabel Sharpe, cowboys, babies and suspense…oh my! in A SECRET COLTON BABY by Karen Whiddon, and the wonderful history and horror of Sleepy Hollow in CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION by Keith R.A. DeCandido.  Book blurbs below.  Congratulations to all!

some like it hotter SOME LIKE IT HOTTER by Isabel Sharpe (Harlequin Blaze)

She takes hers tall, dark and extra hot!

To coffee-shop owner Eva Meyer, the California coast is beautiful, mellow…and boring. The solution? Swapping lives—and coffee shops—with her twin sister for one month. Now Eva’s settled in the bustling Big Apple, where she can order anything…anytime.

And what Eva really wants is the extra hot, topped-with-whipped-cream sexiness that is Ames Cooke.

While Eva is convinced she’s found her perfect cup of Delicious Man, Ames isn’t quite sure what to do with the quirky little number who’s charged into his life. He’s supposed to be attracted to someone cool and reserved—like her sister. But Eva has the unnerving ability to turn things seriously hot and steamy. Besides, it’s only for one month. And like every good coffee addict, Ames can stop whenever he chooses….

Secret Colton Baby A SECRET COLTON BABY by Karen Whiddon (Harlequin Romantic Suspense)

A new addition to Wyoming’s most scandalous family

Is Theo Colton the father of a baby dropped at his doorstep by a dying socialite? Even more shocked than the sexy bronc-riding champ is his beautiful cook, Ellie Parker. Just as she becomes the baby’s nanny, she discovers a terrifying stalker has followed her to Dead River.

What’s worse—as a mysterious virus quarantines the town, danger goes viral, too. But to Theo and Ellie, the biggest dangers are their sizzling attraction and profound new feelings. Can Ellie tame the cowboy who wants nothing more than a wild ride with women? Or must she deny her heart to save his life?

sleepy hollow SLEEPY HOLLOW: CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION by Keith R.A. DeCandido (Broadway Books)

When Ichabod Crane, a soldier from the Colonial Army, is resurrected from his grave, more than two centuries after he was killed in battle, he partners with Lieutenant Abbie Mills of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department to fight the evil forces that have taken hold of the town.
 
It’s a cold day in January, and Ichabod visits Patriots Park for a moment of peace. Instead, he receives a disturbing vision from his wife, Katrina, in which she delivers a cryptic but urgent message: he must retrieve the Congressional Cross that he was awarded by the Second Continental Congress for bravery in action. There’s just one problem: Ichabod was killed before he ever received the medal, and he is unsure where it might be. Together Ichabod and Abbie set out to uncover the mystery of the cross and its connection to George Washington and his secret war against the demon hordes. They soon learn that a coven of witches is also seeking the cross in order to resurrect their leader, Serilda, who was burned at the stake during the Revolutionary War. Now they must locate the cross before the coven can bring back Serilda to exact her fatal revenge on Sleepy Hollow.

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).

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
 
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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!

So many exciting things going on over at GoodReads! Here are a few things of note:

Diana Pharaoh Francis’s publisher, Pocket Books is, doing a giveaway of her latest Horngate Witches novel BLOOD WINTER. Enter now for a chance to win!

Rachel Caine is doing a giveaway of her latest bestselling Morganville Vampires novel BITTER BLOOD (ending Nov. 20th). Enter here for a chance to win!

The GoodReads Choice Awards are in their semi-final round, and I’m so pleased to see on the ballot:

Whoever you’re rooting for, I hope you’ll go cast your vote!

In other news, Ramez Naam, whose debut novel NEXUS is coming out from Angry Robot Books in December, is offering up a free preview for Kindle of the first three chapters.  Get them while they’re hot!  AND if you order a copy of NEXUS before December 31st, Ramez will give away a copy of his non-fiction book MORE THAN HUMAN as well.  Details here.

The third annual Goodreads Choice Awards voting has begun.  The first round is open until November 13th, so check it out now to vote for your favorites!  Personally, I’m really excited to see Chloe Neill’s Hard Bitten in the Paranormal Fantasy category, Rob Thurman’s Basilisk in Science Fiction and Knight Agency authors Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh up in Romance!

I’m also very excited about all our Romantic Times Award nominees, but I’m waiting to see if we can official announce yet or if we have to wait, so more on that soon.

In the meantime, I leave you with these long-promised pics from the tour that Elaine and I took up the Rhein River on our first, jet-lagged day in Frankfurt.