Posts Tagged ‘janet mullany’

fallofnight  I’m so excited that Rachel Caine’s latest release, FALL OF NIGHT, has once again propelled her Morganville Vampires to the New York Times Children’s Series bestseller list, now at #7!  If you haven’t yet been introduced, well then, you’ve got a whole incredible series to look forward to that just keeps getting better and better!  Need more than my word? Last year, the series was voted the most popular in the UK by over 300,000 school children, beating out the Twilight and Harry Potter series!

Hidden-Paradise200  I also want to congratulate Janet Mullany for finaling in the Booksellers’ Best contest in the erotic category for HIDDEN PARADISE!

In case you missed it, I waxed psychological over at Magical Words earlier this week with a post on “How Not to Write Like a Psychopath”. 

I’m sure I’ll think of a million and one bits of news to post the moment I upload this blog, but since I have at least a million squared things that need my attention at the moment, I’ll sign off for now!

So much to celebrate this week in addition to the latest book birthdays.

First, if you haven’t already heard me trumpet this (because I’m known for my subtlety), I have a bunch of my own new releases coming out this year, particularly in the Latter-Day Olympians series. The first book, BAD BLOOD, is already out from Samhain in all formats. The second, CRAZY IN THE BLOOD, is out in digital and will be released in trade paperback on July 2nd. That’s right, you could have it in time for reading over the July 4th long weekend! (No pressure, of course.) And if all that isn’t exciting enough, I recently received the final cover for book 3, RISE OF THE BLOOD, that I can share with you all. This one’s out in digital in September and print next year.

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Now, I’d like to say that I look just this badass in a negotiation, but in all likelihood, I’m holding a cup of coffee and a telephone rather than purched upon a pedastal, but I do have the boots.  No, sadly, this isn’t me, but my heroine Tori Karacis, who has just enough gorgon blood to stop men in their tracks.  I love this pic because the model truly looks like she has the gorgon glare.  Talk about something that would come in handy in a negotiation!

Oh, and while we’re on the subject of boots (back a few sentences…there it is), I have a Latter-Day Olympians story coming out in the awesome KICKING IT anthology releasing from Roc Books in December of this year.  So, boots seem to be a bit of a theme (just check this cover):

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Some extra loud shout outs to the following authors for their HUGE recent achievements:

Rachel Caine for how amazingly the new Morganville Vampires novel FALL OF NIGHT is doing right out of the gate, ranking #4 in both the UK Children’s and UK Children’s Fiction lists and topping the Small Publishers’ Children’s chart.  It just came out on Tuesday here in the US, but I expect that we’ll have similar wonderful news here shortly.

N.K. Jemisin for the Locus Award nomination for Best Fantasy for THE KILLING MOON!

Jasmine Haynes for finaling in the Erotic category of the National Readers’ Choice Awards (winner to be announced at RWA National) with THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE!

Janet Mullany for finaling in the Golden Quill with her erotic novel HIDDEN PARADISE!

I’m so excited for you all.  You have no idea how difficult it is to type with fingers and toes crossed.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Summer might be drawing to a close, but summer heat?  Not on your life!  Janet Mullany is talking about her latest steamy novel, HIDDEN PARADISE, over at Risky Regencies and on the Romantic Times blog today, Victoria Janssen talks about it over at Heroes and Hearbreakers, and I’m going to be doing a little talking about it myself here.

Blurb:

Louisa Connelly, a recently widowed Jane Austen scholar, needs some relief from her stifling world. When a friend calls to offer her a temporary escape from her Montana ranch, she is whisked into a dizzying world of sumptuous food, flowing wine…and endless temptation.

She’s an honored guest at Paradise Hall, an English resort boasting the full experience of an authentic Georgian country-house weekend. Liveried servants tend to every need of houseguests clad in meticulous period costume: snug breeches, low-cut silken gowns and negligible undergarments.

It’s Mac Salazar, a journalist immersing himself fully, deeply, lustily in the naughty pleasures of upstairs-downstairs dalliances, who piques Louisa’s curiosity—and libido—most. He’s a dilettante straight out of a novel: uninhibited, unapologetic and nearly insatiable. But Lou’s not romantic about this much, at least: Paradise Hall is a gorgeous fantasy, nothing more. A lover like Mac is pure fiction. And the real world beckons….

It was wonderful to spend last weekend at the DFW Writers Conference, communing with my fellow agents, meeting and renewing friendships with the wonderful DFW membership and seeing some of my local authors!  Here’s a wonderful pic of us at dinner at Italianni’s.

(From L to R: J. Kathleen Cheney, P.N. Elrod, Karen Whiddon, me, and Rosemary Clement-Moore)

Rosemary’s novel TEXAS GOTHIC, a fabulous story that appeals to adults as well as the young adult audience for which it’s intended, was just featured on Good Morning, Texas as a great book to take to the pool or beach, especially for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend! Oh, and that first series that’s mentioned (“like Veronica Mars meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Delacorte is bringing out the first two, PROM DATES FROM HELL and HELL WEEK, and publishing them together in September in an omnibus edition called BRIMSTONE.  I highly recommend checking it out!

If you’re looking for romantic reading for the holiday weekend, RT Book Reviews has a “Which Self-Published Story is Right for You?” quiz up on their website featuring works by Sharon Sala, Diana Layne, Crista McHugh and our own Beth Cornelison (TRUST IN ME, currently just 99 cents!).

Here are some other great 99 cent reads!

THE MALORIE PHOENIX by Janet Mullany: a stolen family jewel, an abandoned child, mystery, intrigue and, best of all, romance!

Z by Lauren Baratz-Logsted: a contemporary re-envisioning of The Great Gatsby

Our you can “Take Five” with Lynn Flewelling, whose latest Nightrunner novel featuring my very favorite spies Seregil and Alec, will be out next week (CASKET OF SOULS).

They’re a bit more than 99 cents currently, but, of course, if you feel a sudden urge to run out for any of my books, there’s the Vamped series (Clueless meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer…nearly as cool as Veronica Mars meets…) or BAD BLOOD (mythology, murder and mayhem, first in the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series).

Happy book birthday to award-winning author Beth Cornelison for her new Harlequin Romantic Suspense novel SOLDIER’S PREGNANCY PROTOCOL!  You can check it out over at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-a-Million and everywhere else.

Blurb:

Survival. Danger. Living on the edge. It’s what Alec is all about. But crawling on his belly through the South American jungle is child’s play next to babysitting the mother-to-be with the bad luck to get caught in the cross fire. Safeguarding Erin Bauer and her baby is Alec’s top priority. Only, now the Special Ops soldier is falling for this brave, vulnerable woman with the melting mahogany eyes.

Alone with Alec in a remote Rocky Mountain hideaway, Erin knows her life depends on the rugged, enigmatic stranger. Alec makes her feel protected. Cherished. Complete. But he lives a life of risk and deadly danger. How much is Erin willing to risk for a love that could give them both what they need and desire most?

Next Tuesday, Lynn Flewelling‘s new Nightrunner novel, CASKET OF SOULS, is coming out from Bantam Spectra.  You won’t want to miss Seregil and Alec in their latest adventure, doing what they do best.  Now available for pre-order everywhere.

Blurb:

The Nightrunners are back in this gripping novel full of Lynn Flewelling’s trademark action, intrigue, and richly imagined characters.
 
More than the dissolute noblemen they appear to be, Alec and Seregil are skillful spies, dedicated to serving queen and country. But when they stumble across evidence of a plot pitting Queen Phoria against Princess Klia, the two Nightrunners will find their loyalties torn as never before. Even at the best of times, the royal court at Rhíminee is a serpents’ nest of intrigue, but with the war against Plenimar going badly, treason simmers just below the surface.

And that’s not all that poses a threat: A mysterious plague is spreading through the crowded streets of the city, striking young and old alike. Now, as panic mounts and the body count rises, hidden secrets emerge. And as Seregil and Alec are about to learn, conspiracies and plagues have one thing in common: The cure can be as deadly as the disease.

Also, since I missed offering the HUGE CONGRATULATIONS here on my blog at the time, here’s a belated you go, girl! for Rachel Caine, whose latest Morganville Vampires novel, BLACK DAWN, hit #50 on the USA Today bestseller list and has been tearing up the charts in the UK.  Check out the Waterstones page with the Morganville Vampires up front and center!  (And clearly “Not just for teens!”)

I want to shine a light too on the wonderful reviews coming in for Janet Mullany‘s latest historical romance THE MALORIE PHOENIX, out in digital everywhere (Kindle, Nook, etc.)  Dorothy Muir calls it, “a good, rollicking Regency tale.” Imagine a World… says, “From beginning to end, this book is never anything less than amazing.” Want to know more?  Check out Janet’s book trailer.

Out and about!

A new version of Doranna Durgin’s excellent first mystery starring Sully Beagle (oh, and his person, veterinarian Dale Kinsall) finding murder and menace in the high desert: NOSE FOR TROUBLE.  You can check out an except and more on Doranna Durgin’s website or see what the publisher has to say here in their announcement of  the title’s debut in their new mystery line.

Blurb: Dale Kinsall, DVM, and his young Beagle Sully are brand new to the high desert of the American Southwest. Determined to escape reminders of the catastrophic fire that scarred his memory and damaged his lungs, Dale arrives to a clinic populated by an eccentric staff, even odder clients—and a community all abuzz about a recent murder.

The wagging tongues grow even louder when Dale himself stumbles across a second victim on his very first day at the clinic—a man drowned in his own drought-dusty backyard—and that’s just the beginning. Dale’s new boss is less than pleased that scandal and chaos seem to trot along at Dale’s heels.

Before much longer it becomes evident that Dale, Sully, and the clinic are all at risk, even as Dale’s fledgling relationship with a local colleague turns serious in more ways than one. Trouble seems to be closing in on all of them. But how can Dale solve the mystery when he’s not even sure what the mystery is? And how can he protect everyone and everything he cares about?

There’s only one thing for certain: just like Sully, Dale has a Nose for Trouble.

For the first time anywhere, Janet Mullany’s wonderful historical romance THE MALLORY PHOENIX on Nook and Kindle:

She plays a deadly game, but nothing is as dangerous as love.

Benedict de Malorie, Earl of Trevisan, can never forget the masked woman he met one night at a London pleasure garden. The clever pickpocket stole his heart and his family’s prized jewel – the Malorie Phoenix. But the family treasure reappears in Benedict’s darkest hour, returned by its thief, along with the unexpected gift of his infant daughter.

Believing that she is dying, Jenny Smith leaves her daughter in the custody of the baby’s blueblood father. Seven years later she finds herself in good health and alone, yearning for her only child. To raise enough money to support them both, she takes part in a daring escapade that requires her to impersonate a woman of quality. She fools the ton and Benedict himself.

When Jenny finds herself entangled in a murderous plot against Benedict, the father of her child, her carefully laid plans begin to fall apart. All she wants is her daughter back, but she never thought she’d fall in love with Benedict. Revealing her part in the plot means she will almost certainly lose Benedict and their daughter forever. But continuing to play her role puts them all in terrible danger.

Oh, I know you’ve seen this cover before!  But what’s new and exciting is that Persephone Magazine’s book club is reading N.K. Jemisin’s THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS over the weekend of May 5th, so if you haven’t read it yet, now would be a great time.  And if you have, maybe you want to swing by and discuss!

(BTW, her new series begins on May 1st with THE KILLING MOON and continues in June with THE SHADOWED SUN.  I’m so looking forward to these new releases.  Amazing books!)

So many great things to announce, like the new Rachel Caine deal reported in this week’s Publishers Weekly, Kalayna Price’s incredible urban fantasy GRAVE WITCH winning a Maggie Award in the Published Paranormal category, the great interviews (including one with me), which the editors at The Write Place at the Write Time shared on the Inscribing Industry blog, Janet Mullany blogging over at Austen Prose with a giveaway of her latest novel, the special price on my own Vamped for Kindle right now and these fabulous new books, releasing today!

JANE AUSTEN: BLOOD PERSUASION by Janet Mullany (Avon/HarperCollins)

Other available series titles: JANE AND THE DAMNED

“Mullany (Improper Relations) pens an impressively compelling Jane Austen mashup full of humor (“You damned Damned!”) and poignant irony.… the bond between Jane and her father, the small scenes that reflect Austen’s novels, the sly humor of a vampire Prince Regent, and an abundance of moral dilemmas and vivid action make this a very satisfying page-turner for vamp-lovers and Austen fans alike.”      —Publishers Weekly

“A fast-paced adventure.”   —Booklist

“…a captivating and exhilarating good read!” —Austenesque Reviews

“Jane and the Damned wasn’t what I was expecting; it far exceeded my expectations.  I loved the action, I loved the vampire elements and I loved that Ms. Mullany kept many quirks and characteristics of the original Jane intact.  The fictional characters Ms. Mullany introduced were vibrant, flamboyant , excessive and seductive … Jane and the Damned is a vampire story for those discriminating readers who enjoy a more cerebral type of supernatural yarn.” —Psychotic State

Blurb: It is 1810, and the Damned are out of favor—banished from polite society. Jane Austen’s old undead friends have become new neighbors, raising hell in her tranquil village just in time to interrupt Jane’s work on what will be her masterpiece. Suddenly Jane’s niece is flirting dangerously with vampires, and a formerly respectable spinster friend has discovered the forbidden joys of intimate congress with the Damned (and is borrowing Jane’s precious silk stockings for her assignations). Writing is simply impossible now, with murderous creatures prowling the village’s once-peaceful lanes. And with the return of her vampire characteristics, a civil war looming between factions of the Damned, and a former lover who intends to spend eternity blaming her for his broken heart, Jane is facing a very busy year indeed.

Bloodhound Files #4: BETTER OFF UNDEAD by D.D. Barant (St. Martin’s Press)

Other available series titles: DYING BITES, DEATH BLOWS, KILLING ROCKS

“A steller addition to an already outstanding series.” –RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars! TOP PICK!)

 “This engrossing debut adds another captivating protagonist to the urban fantasy ranks…Barant’s well-developed world offers intriguing enhancements to mythology and history. Jace is remarkable, strong-willed and smart, and she sets an unstoppable pace. Look for the Bloodhound Files to go far.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)  

“A heroine with plenty of guts, moxie and a sense of the absurd.  [A] fresh and original take on urban fantasy…Huge kudos to Barant for spicing things up with a story that expertly integrates detective work, kick-butt action and a wacky sense of humor.  Make sure you get in early on the outstanding new Bloodhound Files series.”—Romantic Times 

“Barant does an excellent job introducing a whole new world where vampires make up the majority of the population…quick and engrossing…a great new series.”—The Romance Reader 

Blurb: Dark magic, unknown enemies, monsters of every stripe—FBI profiler Jace Valchek has seen it all. In this bizarre parallel universe, shape-shifting werewolves and blood-thirsty vampires don’t even warrant a raised eyebrow. That is, until Jace has to face what life might look like as one of them …

It starts off as just another run-of-the-mill assignment: to track down the rogue don of a mafia werewolf family before he upsets the delicate balance of the underworld. But Jace wasn’t counting on being bitten…and soon she’s fighting the growing wolf inside her with a startling antidote—vampirism. Stopping a bloody gangland war won’t be easy when Jace is feeling some new, and very inhuman, desires …

SONG OF THE BEAST by Carol Berg (Roc)

Awards won: 2003 Colorado Book Awards in genre fiction

“Carol Berg’s latest work shows the maturing of a prolific and dynamic writer.” — New York Review of Science Fiction

“Like Lois McMaster Bujold, Berg knows how to grip her audience from the first page and fling them on a rollercoaster ride.” — SF Revu

“The plot keeps twisting right until the end.” — Locus

“Fans of “THE DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN” series by Anne McCaffrey will love this novel.” — The Best Reviews

“Berg’s fascinating fantasy is a puzzle story, with a Celtic-flavored setting and a plot as intricate and absorbing as fine Celtic lacework….  the characters are memorable, and Berg’s intelligence and narrative skill make this stand-alone fantasy most commendable.” — Booklist

“Dragons’ voices and one man’s sheer, indomitable will blend to produce a powerful story of courage and faith. “Song of the Beast” is this summer’s sleeper hit.” — The Davis Enterprise

 

Blurb: Brutal imprisonment has broken Aiden McAllister.  His celebrated voice is silent.  His hands ruined.  His music is destroyed—and with it the visions he once gave a kingdom ravaged by dragon war.  The god who nurtured his talent since boyhood has abandoned him.

But no one ever told Aidan his crime. When pursuers threaten to throw him back in the prison he’s just left, he’s driven to discover the truth, risking his hard-bought freedom to unlock the mind of his god and the heart of his enemy.