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I have so much good news to share! In no particular order:

cold reign A  huge congratulations to Faith Hunter for hitting #29 on the USA Today bestseller list with her latest Jane Yellowrock novel, COLD REIGN. So thrilled!

assassins-creed-novelization assassin's creed heresy More huge congratulations to Christie Golden not only for her two Scribe Award nominations for Best Adapted – General and Speculative (ASSASSIN’S CREED) and Best Speculative Original (ASSASSIN’S CREED: HERESY), but for being honored by the IAMTW with the 2017 Faust Award and adding her to their prestigious list of media tie-in Grandmasters. So proud!

paper and fire HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY this week to Rachel Caine for the mass market reissue of PAPER AND FIRE, the second novel in her amazing Great Library series comprised thus far of INK AND BONE, PAPER AND FIRE and ASH AND QUILL (coming July 11th!) (For UK links, see INK AND BONE, PAPER AND FIRE and ASH AND QUILL.)

VAMPED - hires REVAMPED new cover All new editions of the first two novels in my Vamped series, VAMPED and REVAMPED, have been released by Lore Seekers Press, both only $2.99 in digital. The next two and a brand new fifth novel will be coming soon!

Greetings! Hope it’s drier where you all are than it is here. Thunderstorms, pouring rain. A great day to stay in with a good book! Luckily, Barnes & Noble has a list of some of the best new science fiction and fantasy releases of May for your reading pleasure, including Faith Hunter’s latest, COLD REIGN! And if that’s not enough, N.K. Jemisin’s award-winning Broken Earth series has earned another win — this time the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best High Fantasy for THE OBELISK GATE! If you haven’t already started this series, now is a great time to catch up on THE FIFTH SEASON and THE OBELISK GATE before the August release of the stunning conclusion, THE STONE SKY.

Since I’ve promised great reads for a rainy day in my blog header, here are some awesome first pubs and re-releases in sf/f, mystery and suspense that are available right now, no waiting!

 cold reign COLD REIGN by Faith Hunter (Penguin Books, mass market)

(Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Indiebound)

The adventures of Jane Yellowrock continue with a thrilling new installment in the New York Times bestselling series that captures “the essence of urban fantasy” (SF Site).

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most.

Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official Enforcer to Leo Pellissier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.

And there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.

Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…

kiss the bricks KISS THE BRICKS by Tammy Kaehler (Poisoned Pen Press, hardcover)

(Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Indiebound)

At the end of the first practice session for the iconic Indianapolis 500 race, Kate Reilly is stunned to discover she was the fastest driver on the track. She’s even more surprised to learn she wasn’t the first woman to top the speed charts in the race’s 106-year history. That feat was accomplished in 1987 by PJ Rodriguez-steady, dedicated, immensely promising-who shocked the racing world and the wider one by committing suicide ten days later.

When the press, bloggers, and social media go crazy over the connection between PJ and Kate, Kate begins to lose her identity-suddenly everyone’s comparing Kate and PJ, calling Kate PJ, and wondering if Kate will kill herself, too. Under siege from various trolls live and digital, Kate feel PJ’s story deeply. So she’s impelled to listen to PJ’s family-which claims PJ did not jump, but was murdered. And she agrees to help them find PJ’s killer and restore her reputation…30 years after the fact.

PJ’s death was a great tragedy; Kate feels it in her bones and believes she is the best person, perhaps the only person, to investigate PJ’s story. What evidence is there? She can interview people at the track who were there in 1987. She can consult the press coverage. And she can marshal up help from “Special Team Kate.” They work in an atmosphere of prejudice and chauvinism, the same that surrounded PJ.

But Kate is at the Indy to run the biggest race of her career. To prepare she fills her days with driving on the track for practice, fulfilling sponsor obligations, promoting the IndyCar Series and as ever, playing peacemaker between the warring sides of her maternal and paternal families.

Before long one suspect in PJ’s death turns up dead, all but confirming PJ was killed. So as Kate prepares to run the biggest race of her life she must narrow down the clues to not one but two murders, all while fighting for her own voice and identity through the storm of media attention. Will the past stay buried? Or will history repeat itself and leave Kate dead?

Kiss the Bricks is the 5th Kate Reilly mystery and takes its title from the Indy winner’s tradition of kissing the track’s Yard of Bricks in tribute to its legendary history.

Apex-144dpi APEX by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot, mass market reissue)

(Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Indiebound)

The Explosive Conclusion to Nexus and Crux Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award

Global unrest spreads through the US, China, and beyond. Secrets and lies set off shockwaves of anger, rippling from mind to mind. Riot police battle neurally-linked protestors. Armies are mobilized. Political orders fall. Nexus-driven revolution is in here.

Against this backdrop, a new breed of post-human children are growing into their powers. And a once-dead scientist, driven mad by her torture, is closing in on her plans to seize planet’s electronic systems, and re-forge everything in her image.

A new Apex species is here. The world will never be the same.

heart breaker HEART BREAKER by Shannon Curtis (Harlequin Australia, hardcover)

(Booktopia, Amazon AU, Dymocks)

She’ll do whatever it takes to track this killer …

Harmony Talbot’s world is destroyed when she arrives home and discovers her cousin’s dead body, left with a single white rose as the killer’s calling card. Lightning shouldn’t strike twice, but this is the second unsolved murder in Harmony’s family. Harmony is determined that this time there will be justice, even if she has to track down the culprit herself.

Homicide detective Bern Knight is good at catching criminals. Though meaningful, his work leaves little time for relationships, and the last thing he needs is a beautiful, bumbling amateur sleuth getting herself into trouble. Whoever committed this crime is no ordinary murderer; he’s a ghost, leaving behind no evidence until more bodies with the same sadistic markers start turning up.

As a digital forensic investigator, Harmony has a special set of skills that she’s fully prepared to use, no matter how much the stern detective is against her interference. Tracking the killer is no easy feat, but Harmony lures him out of hiding. Except now she’s the one in the killer’s crosshairs…

I’m just back from the Cascade Writers Conference in Tacoma Washington, and I have to say that it was a fabulous trip.  The writers conference itself was lovely and featured Tor editors Beth Meacham and Claire Eddy as well as speakers Manny Frishberg, Lee Moyer, Matt Youngmark and others.  (You can check out the whole line-up here.)  Because it was small, it was also intimate, which meant that the attendees had solid, dedicated time with the pros, and we got to really know the writers in turn. On top of it, the setting was beautiful (well, not so much the La Quinta as the natural beauty of Tacoma’s waterfront and the surrounding areas). I was lucky enough to have artist Lee Moyer (whose work you seriously have to check out) drive me in from the airport and detour to Snoqualmie Falls on our way, and I cannot think of a better way to kick off a conference! There will be more pics to come, but since I want to get to my new releases and other good news, I’ll post just a few here!

 

As for new releases – I’m so pleased to wish a one-day-belated Happy Book Birthday to Faith Hunter for BLOOD OF THE EARTH!  Not only a new release, but the start of an all-new series spun off of her Jane Yellowrock books.  (Speaking of new series, the second Devil’s Isle novel by Chloe Neill, THE SIGHT, comes out August 16th and she and Faith Hunter are both over on the Happy Ever After blog today talking about their books!)  BLOOD OF THE EARTH is a B&N Bookseller’s Pick for The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of August 2016, so you don’t have to take my word that it’s awesome! But, of course, to be really sure you should go out and read for yourself!   (While I’m at it, THE OBELISK GATE by N.K. Jemisin – coming August 16th- is also a B&N Pick as well as one of Kirkus’s August Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You’ll Want to Read and  The Verge’s Best Books Science Fiction and Fantasy Coming out in August.)

 blood of the earth BLOOD OF THE EARTH by Faith Hunter (B&N, Amazon, Books-a-Million, Powells)

Set in the same world as the New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, an all-new series starring Nell Ingram, who wields powers as old as the earth.

When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her.

Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville.

Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out…

“Hunter introduces a new heroine with ties to her “Skinwalker” series that will please fans of those books. Plenty of action, magic, and fascinating characters, both familiar and new, create another terrific urban fantasy from an established author.” —Library Journal

I love book birthdays, don’t you?  I only wish they came with cake.  But I suppose with the sedentary reading lifestyle, it’s probably a good thing they don’t.  Still and all, these new releases are absolutely worth curling up with a good cup of tea (or, in my case, coffee), even if you leave off the biscuits!

inkandbone_FINAL INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine (paperback edition)

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

shadow-rites SHADOW RITES by Faith Hunter (mass market)

Slaying vampires is child s play for skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But handling the complicated politics of New Orleans supernatural players is another story…

Jane is keeping the peace between visiting groups of witches and vamps in the city, but then trouble comes knocking on her doorstep. When her house is magically attacked, the wild chase to find her assailants unearths a mystery that has literally been buried deep.
A missing master vampire, presumed long deceased, is found chained in a pit…undead, raving mad, and in the company of two human bodies. Now it s up to Jane to find out who kept the vampire hidden for so long and why, because the incident could tip already high supernatural tensions to an all-out arcane war.

red flags.jpg RED FLAGS by Tammy Kaehler (hardcover & paperback)

When Kate Reilly arrives in Long Beach, California, a week ahead of the Grand Prix, she’s immediately plunged into a new social scene—as well as a murder investigation. Her cousin Billy is found dead, with Kate’s card in his pocket. The cops want to know why, and sponsors and race organizers—anxious to keep racing’s image clean—want Kate to investigate. Doubting she can solve another murder, especially that of a relative she despised, Kate reluctantly agrees.
At the same time, coaching a gorgeous and talented actress for a celebrity race brings Kate into the orbit of Hollywood’s hottest bachelor. And then a local FBI agent takes notice of more than her driving and sleuthing skills. She goes from Sony Studios to Venice Beach and from Rodeo Drive to the Hollywood Hills, attending parties, power-shopping, and dodging unwelcome paparazzi. Kate’s ballooning media exposure generates national commentary, testing her composure and forcing her to get ahead of the stories—whether critical or flattering.
Kate’s professional dreams are also coming true. The upcoming Grand Prix is her first race with a new sponsor that’s also funding an IndyCar test drive and a ride in next year’s Indy 500—along with future possibilities in NASCAR. The downside? New sponsor Frame Savings is owned by her family, and its management, outside of her long-estranged father, is unfriendly to her…even rivalrous.
Kate must stay on her toes as the Long Beach race weekend begins. She’s negotiating the next steps in her career, driving two racecars and coaching a third, discovering more about the disreputable members of her father’s family than she wanted to know, and juggling questions and suspects. On track, red flags fly to warn her of danger. Off track, Kate struggles to interpret warning signs and stay out of a killer’s grasp.

 

This year has been filled already with so many great things for my authors that I have to take a moment out to congratulate them all! A few fabulous highlights:

Both N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth and Rachel Caine’s Great Library series appeared on Bustle’s list of 18 Fantasy Series to read after ‘Glass Sword’ (the second volume in Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series).

Speaking of which, since I last crowed about N.K. Jemisin’s accomplishments, the first novel in the Broken Earth series, THE FIFTH SEASON, has been…wait for it!…

-Nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel

-Named a finalist for the Kitschie Award for Best Novel (aka the Red Tentacle Award)

-Shortlisted for the American Library Association’s RUSA (Reference and User Services Association) Reading List.

Apex-144dpi I’m very excited to announce that APEX by Ramez Naam is a Philip K Dick Award Nominee!

dreaming death DREAMING DEATH by J. Kathleen Cheney was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ February Speculative Fiction Books You Can’t Miss. Also, Romantic Times Magazine did a very nice spotlight on DREAMING DEATH in their March issue (page 65)!

BloodinHerVeins-cover Also this month, Library Journal did a special interview with Faith Hunter about her Jane Yellowrock Collection BLOOD IN HER VEINS.

I know, I know, I missed blogging all last week.  Apparently, it is possible to shut me up. It just takes a horrible sinus infection and a bout with pink eye to do the trick.  After a week of antibiotics and ointment, it’s now possible for me to climb stairs without dizziness, breath out of both sides of my nose and even see straight.  Wow, the things you take for granted on a day to day basis.

Anyway, that means I’m behind reporting on the California Dreamin’ Conference in beautiful sun-shiny Brea, California.  The conference had some wonderful guests, including me, Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary, Erika Tsang from Avon, Sue Grimshaw from Random House/Loveswept,Courtney Miller-Callihan from Greenburger Associates, Brenda Chin from ImaJinn/Belle Books, Jennifer Miller from Samhain Publishing, Liz Pelletier from Entangled and Jill Limber from Boroughs Publishing. Author guests included Vicky Dreiling, Debra Mullins, Chris Marie Green, Sylvia Day, Crystal Jordan, Lisa Kessler, Tessa Dare, Susan Squires, Beth Yarnall and many others.  I hear that April Kihlstrom did a great Book in a Week workshop and there were other wonderful presentations on marketing, the state of the industry, editing, conflict, writing sex scenes and just about anything you might want to learn.  Unfortunately, I missed the big signing on Sunday, but all for a good cause – the christening of my new niece River, who is the cutest, sweetest, most wonderful baby in the world.  (Note: I may be slightly biased.)

Well, I’ve dealt with the past.  Now on to the present – new releases!  As many of you might know already, Faith Hunter’s latest Jane Yellowrock novel, DARK HEIR, is out today.  Not to oversell it, but it is amazing and you must all run out and get your copy.  Yes, that’s an order.  I’m bossy that way.  And if you haven’t already picked up Ramez Naam’s award-winning NEXUS and CRUX, now’s your chance.  NEXUS was reissued last month in mass market and the new mm edition of CRUX comes out today…both just in time for the explosive climax of the series, APEX, coming May 5th in trade paperback and electronic form.  And we’ve just heard about another new award nomination, so congratulations to Mez on finaling in the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire for the French edition of NEXUS!

dark heir DARK HEIR by Faith Hunter

Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…

For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.

Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.

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Faith Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series, the Rogue Mage novels, and the upcoming Soulwood trilogy. She lives near Charlotte, NC.

crux mass market CRUX by Ramez Naam

Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5.  The world is a different, more dangerous place.

In the United States, the terrorists – or freedom fighters – of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. In Washington DC, a government scientist, secretly addicted to Nexus, uncovers more than he wants to know about the forces behind the assassinations, and finds himself in a maze with no way out.

In Thailand, Samantha Cataranes has found peace and contentment with a group of children born with Nexus in their brains. But when forces threaten to tear her new family apart, Sam will stop at absolutely nothing to protect the ones she holds dear.

In Vietnam, Kade and Feng are on the run from bounty hunters seeking the price on Kade’s head, from the CIA, and from forces that want to use the back door Kade has built into Nexus 5.  Kade knows he must stop the terrorists misusing Nexus before they ignite a global war between human and posthuman. But to do so, he’ll need to stay alive and ahead of his pursuers.

And in Shanghai, a posthuman child named Ling Shu will go to dangerous and explosive lengths to free her uploaded mother from the grip of Chinese authorities.

The first blows in the war between human and posthuman have been struck.  The world will never be the same.

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Ramez Naam has won the Endeavor Award for his novel NEXUS (along with Ken Scholes for REQUIEM) and the Prometheus Award (tying with Cory Doctorow for HOMELAND). He’s been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clark, Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

I’m so pleased to wish some awesome new happy book birthdays.  All the birthdays today seem to have something in common…modern stories with mythic/supernatural slants.  Check them out!

Predator_cover PREDATOR by Janice Gable Bashman

The hunt is on!

Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers.

When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines.

Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them. As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all.

Predator gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.

“Predator is a fast-paced, creepy page-turner! Bashman had me at the opening sentence and she’s still got me. I want more!” — New York Times Bestselling Author Nancy Holder

“I thought I had read all there was about werewolves, until I read Ms. Bashman’s novel. WOW.” — Kimberly S. Mason

“If you like Teen Wolf, you should read Predator.” — Nick Rosenburg

“Cool book. Love the cover and the vibe. Will definitely read her next book in the series.” — Vanessa C.

“Thanks for letting me read Predator by Janice Gable Bashman. Not what I expected at all. Really loved the different take on werewolves.” — Anna Brand

black water BLACK WATER by Faith Hunter

Three stories from New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter, starring shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock.

In Snafu, a young Jane shows up for her internship with a securities firm. But before she even gets her foot in the door, she’s accosted by two street toughs and is forced to draw on her new-found Beast-magic to defend herself…

In Black Water, Jane encounters a dire situation involving an escaped prisoner and endangered hostages. With a helpful—and oddly sane—werewolf, Jane goes after the criminals, but can she stop them in time to bring the kidnapped women home alive?

In Off the Grid, Jane goes on what looks like a simple mission for the Knoxville blood-master—finding a missing Mithran. Her search leads Jane to a young woman named Nell, a woman with a scarred past and a strange power, a woman who may hold the key to saving the missing vampire, if Jane can convince her to assist.

Includes an exclusive preview of the Jane Yellowrock novel, Broken Soul, coming October 2014 from Roc!

“VERDICT: Jane Yellowrock is one of the most intriguing heroines in urban fantasy, and Hunter skillfully doles out tiny pieces of Jane’s backstory to keep readers coming back for more. Mystery and action are at the forefront here, but the romance from the first book continues to build slowly. Readers eager for the next book in Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series may want to give Faith Hunter a try.”    —Library Journal, starred review (for BLOOD CROSS)

“Jane’s world is a fully realized one, full of shapeshifters, Native American magic and folklore, baddies that will make your hair stand on end, and a heroine, that, despite her considerable skills, harbors plenty of vulnerability and self-doubt. If you love urban fantasy or just plain wonderful writing and world building, this is the series for you.” —My Bookish Ways

“Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series is a must-read for any urban fantasy fan. Start with Skinwalker! drey’s rating: Excellent!” —Drey’s Library

BattleForTheBlood300 BATTLE FOR THE BLOOD by, well, me

Dragons, demons, gods, gorgons. Who will save the world…and who could destroy it?

Latter-Day Olympians, Book 4

Tori wakes after Rise of the Blood to two very shocking realizations: one, she’s in bed with a very naked Apollo, having lost the fight to resist their attraction. Two, she still has her wings. Not dinky little fairy wings. Full-scale, cover-’em-with-a-trench-coat bat wings.

Apollo suggests consulting the Gray Sisters on the wings. Those cannibalistic, psychopathic oracles who, even with only one tooth and one eye among them, manage to see too much. As in a Rapture, zombie-apocalypse, biblical-plague, hellgates-busted-open the end of the world.

While the Sisters are perfectly on board with death and destruction, the thinning of the human herd doesn’t sit well with them at all. They’ll help her. All she has to do is save the world.

Tori and her team trace the origin of the plagues to New York City, which is under quarantine and martial law—as if that’s enough to stop the influx of gods and gorgons, dragons and demons. But as death threatens from without, betrayal lurks within Tori’s ranks. And nobody is safe. Nobody.

Warning: Betrayal and bad-assery, sensuality and a sizzling hot sun god. Death, demons, destruction and, potentially, the end of the world as we know it…zombie style.

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I won’t weigh you down with quotes on mine, except maybe for my favorite, from Long and Short Reviews, “Bad Blood is a delightful urban fantasy, a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan, and a true Lucienne Diver original.”

So many exciting book birthdays today!  There’s BLACK ARTS, the new novel in Faith Hunter‘s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock series, HOWLING FOR YOU, an e-novella in Chloe Neill’s NYT bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series, where we finally get things from Jeff Christopher’s perspective, and GRYPHON PRECINCT, the fourth novel in Keith R.A. DeCandido‘s fantasy police procedural series.  So much goodness!

BlackArts-Cover BLACK ARTS by Faith Hunter

When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace.

Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy—one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

Praise for the Jane Yellowrock Novels

“Jane’s world is a fully realized one, full of shapeshifters, Native American magic and folklore, baddies that will make your hair stand on end, and a heroine, that, despite her considerable skills, harbors plenty of vulnerability and self-doubt. If you love urban fantasy or just plain wonderful writing and world building, this is the series for you.” —My Bookish Ways

“Jane Yellowrock is smart, sexy, and ruthless.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Kim Harrison

“Seriously. Best urban fantasy I’ve read in years, possibly ever.”—C. E. Murphy, author of Truthseeker

“Jane is the best urban fantasy heroine around.”—Night Owl Reviews

howling for you HOWLING FOR YOU by Chloe Neill

Jeff Christopher is a shapeshifter and ally of Chicago’s Cadogan House of vampires—he’s also a tech whiz and mostly-legal hacker. And the only protective shields he’s never been able to find a way around are those of the powerful Keene Family.For a long time, Jeff has only had eyes for the beautiful Fallon Keene. Unfortunately, she is the only sister of the lethal North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene. The intricate balances of power and politics make it all but impossible for Fallon to trust her feelings.But fate takes a hand when the Pack’s totem is stolen—threatening the Keene family’s rule—and Fallon enlists Jeff’s help to retrieve it before the Pack is thrown into chaos. Can she and Jeff find the totem, and restore order, before it’s too late? And will Jeff finally be able to prove himself to the only person he truly loves?

Includes an exclusive preview of the Chicagoland Vampires novel… WILD THINGS

“These books are wonderful entertainment.”—#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris

“A wonderfully compelling vampire heroine.”—USA Today Bestselling Author Julie Kenner

“A strong minded, sharp-witted heroine who will appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake.”—Library Journal

“If you loved Nancy Drew but always wished she was an undead sword-wielding badass, Merit is your kind of girl.”—Geek Monthly

gryphonprecinct GRYPHON PRECINCT by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Humans and elves, dwarves and gnomes, wizards and warriors all live and do business in the thriving, overcrowded port city of Cliff’s End, to say nothing of the tourists and travelers who arrive by land and sea, passing through the metropolis on matters of business or pleasure-or on quests. The hard-working, under-appreciated officers of the Cliff’s End Castle Guard work day and night to maintain law and order as best they can.

Cliff’s End is rocked by the death of Lord Albin. As soon as the funeral ends, Albin’s son Blayk takes over and starts instituting wholesale changes in how the Cliff’s End Castle Guard is run: enforced retirements of older guards (including Captain Osric), surprise promotions (including Grovis to replace Osric as Captain of the Guard), sword requalifications for all guards, and much more. Worse, Blayk has split up Lieutenants Torin ban Wyvald and Danthres Tresyllione and given them new partners. Lieutenant Dru, still devastated by the loss of Lieutenant Hawk, also has a new partner.

All three detectives catch separate cases, but the more they investigate, the more they realize that all three are related – and connected to a conspiracy that targets the King and Queen themselves!

Praise for the Precinct novels:

“All in all, this is a fascinating excursion in genre-bending; it’s worth a try even for readers who usually take either their procedurals or their fantasies unadulterated.” -Booklist

“Beneath the swords and sorcery is a well-constructed set of hardboiled mysteries; Dragnet in a Dungeons and Dragons setting. Keith DeCandido’s first original novel (he has written several tie-ins) is a well-paced, entertaining read.” – Reviewing the Evidence

Also, Amy Christine Parker (author of the acclaimed YA thriller GATED) and I got together over the weekend and had some fun with our YA Rebels video on The Top Ten Things Never to Say to a Writer.  We hope you enjoy!

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!

Today is a great day to be a book buyer! So many fabulous new releases, including BLOOD TRADE by Faith Hunter, BRAKING POINTS by Tammy Kaehler, THE WOLF PRINCE by Karen Whiddon, the trade paperback of BITTER BLOOD by Rachel Caine and my friend Cecily White’s debut PROPHECY GIRL. Details below!

blood trade BLOOD TRADE by Faith Hunter (New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock series, Book 6)

BLOOD TRADE is a perfect blend of dark fantasy and mystery with a complex and tough vampire killing heroine.” – All Things Urban Fantasy

ane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line…

The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets.

But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill—even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive…and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.

braking points BRAKING POINTS by Tammy Kaehler (Kate Reilly Mystery, Book 2)

“Action from page one ensures an engrossing read with abundant twists in the plot. This is certainly for Danica Patrick fans and pairs nicely with Simon Wood’s racing series or Steve Ulfelder’s Conway Sax series.” – Library Journal

“Kate’s second outing is just as fast-paced as her first, balancing mystery and racing adventure all the way to the checkered flag.” – Kirkus Reviews

Kate Reilly can’t remember a worse time in her life, on-track or off. She wrecks her racecar at Road America in Wisconsin, sending a visiting NASCAR star to the hospital, and loses her cool on-camera, only to end the day by discovering her boyfriend with a friend of hers. A dead friend.With little time to grieve, Kate finds herself the pariah of the racing world, the target of vicious e-mail messages, death threats, and a frenzy of blame on racing sites and blogs, including an influential, anonymous blogger who’s trying to get her fired. But nothing is as bad as knowing her friend’s killer is still out there—and aiming at Kate.She’s riding a roller coaster of emotion, juggling an exciting new sponsor, a boyfriend she’s not sure she can trust, and new-found family she doesn’t want to claim. Dodging unfavorable media attention and a pit reporter with a bias against women in racing, Kate redeems herself by delivering stunning performances behind the wheel at the next race: Petit Le Mans, the ten-hour endurance classic.The championship race weekend and an undercurrent of threats on all sides rev Kate’s nerves to their limits. From on-track action, to sponsor parties, to the Series awards banquet, she’s part of the action, uncovering motives, secrets, and powerful ambitions. Ultimately she learns no one can escape the past—but only a murderer is driven by it.

wolf prince THE WOLF PRINCE by Karen Whiddon

“Original and exciting, the constant tension — both dangerous and sexual — will keep readers on the edge of their seats.” – RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars

Willow was unlike any princess he’d ever met…

As heir to the throne, Ruben must choose an appropriate mate to preserve his royal bloodline—despite his fear that his true nature will destroy them both. Yet the female he craves above all others is a dangerous combination of fairy and shifter, a mesmerizing creature who inspires both passion and suspicion. Then violence strikes the castle, and the two are forced to track a killer into perilous magical territory. But with treachery everywhere, will Willow and Ruben’s growing bond be enough to shift the fate of their two kingdoms?

BitterBlood BITTER BLOOD by Rachel Caine (New York Times betseslling Morganville Vampires series, Book 13)

For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news…or worse.

prophecy girl PROPHECY GIRL by Cecily White (Angel Academy, Book 1)

Amelie Bennett. . . . Ending the world, one prophecy at a time.

I was born to slay Crossworld demons.

Big black flappy ones, little green squirmy ones. Unfortunately, the only thing getting slain these days is my social life. With my high school under attack, combat classes intensifying, and Academy instructors dropping right and left, I can barely get my homework done, let alone score a bondmate before prom.

Then he shows up.

Jackson Smith-Hailey. Unspeakably hot, hopelessly unattainable, and dangerous in all the right ways. Sure, he’s my trainer. And okay, maybe he hates me. Doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the wicked Guardian chemistry between us. It’s crazy! Every time I’m with him, my powers explode. Awesome, right?

Wrong.

Now my teachers think I’m the murderous Graymason destined to bring down our whole race of angelbloods. Everyone in New Orleans is hunting me. The people I trusted want me dead. Jack and I have five days to solve the murders, prevent a vampire uprising, and thwart the pesky prophecy foretelling his death by my hand.  Shouldn’t be too difficult.

Getting it done without falling in love. . . that might take a miracle.