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So much happened last week that I didn’t get a chance to post all of the awesome news here, though I did at least tweet it out! (For those on Twitter who don’t yet follow me but would like to, I’m @luciennediver.) But, I will remedy that today and hopefully get caught up enough by the end of the week that I can post some of the pics from Italy, which was beyond words.

To start, the third book in Rachel Caine’s amazing Great Library series, ASH AND QUILL, sequel to INK AND BONE and PAPER AND FIRE, was released by Berkley in the US and by Allison & Busby in the UK. Barnes & Noble did a wonderful write-up of the book on their blog, “Knowledge is Power in Rachel Caine’s The Great Library“. Fresh Fiction made it their Fresh Pick for July 8th.  Eater of Books did a fascinating Science in Fiction blog based on the book, and there have been many incredible reviews, giveaways and other posts. If you haven’t already started this series, you might want to get caught up!

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And I have a book out today! FANGDEMONIUM, the conclusion to my Vamped series is finally here. In honor of that, Let’s Talk! Promotions is doing a blog tour with a giveaway. I hope you’ll check it out and enter to win. Today’s stops are:

I Smell Sheep: The Character’s Court: Author Lucienne Diver vs. Vampire Gina Covello (Fangdemonium book tour) + giveaway  (Come mock me in my poofy pink dresses and see me answer for my authorial crimes)

The Million Words: Writing YA

Cover copy:

Fanged and fabulous . . . and hunted.

Gina Covella, fashionista of the fanged, and her entourage are primed to reveal the existence of vampires on the popular Ghouligans television show, when their former federal handlers swoop in to shut them down and imprison the vamps in one of their super secret testing facilities. Or not so secret, as the gang knows all about the horror hospitals and has sworn to take them down.

Their daring escape runs them right into the arms of “the resistance”—a group of humans and vampires who’ve joined together to stop the fighting that’s made Gina and her boy Bobby’s hometown a bloody battlefield. Going home brings them back to old nemeses as well, including the psycho psychic who declared Gina “chaos” and Bobby “the key”. They hope he’ll unlock the secret of stopping the Feds’ freakshow experiments for good, because they’re building up to something big. Huge. And they’re consolidating their power in the Big Easy, aka New Orleans, where what’s cooking is nothing less than the final showdown.

First 4 Books in the series: Vamped, Revamped, Fangtastic and Fangtabulous

In other amazing news:

Kalayna Price’s GRAVE RANSOM debuted at #143 on the USA Today bestseller list!

Entertainment Weekly put together a list of 27 Women Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now, and N.K. Jemisin and Rachel Caine are both featured!

N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy and J. Kathleen Cheney’s DREAMING DEATH made Barnes & Nobles’ great list of “Books that Blend Science Fiction and Magic, Minus the fantasy Tropes”.

LOST BOY by Christine Henry is on Amazon’s list of favorite SF/F hitting shelves this month.

I’ll have a happy book birthday and more news to share tomorrow, so check back then!

With a million things (no exaggeration!) to do before leaving for vacation in Italy, I’m posting my happy book birthdays for this week and next a little early, but I hope that I can be forgiven for that, especially when I return with wonderful travel experiences and pictures to share with the class!

So, without further ado, happy upcoming book birthdays to…

 Queen-Swords THE QUEEN OF SWORDS by R.S. Belcher | Tor | June 27th

(Barnes & Noble, Amazon, IndieboundBooks-a-million)

“Belcher’s enjoyable third historical fantasy (after The Shotgun Arcana) employs considerable imagination to drop readers into a fully formed world of magic and mysticism, drawing on ancient cultures and rituals while serving up exciting action sequences… Fans of the Golgotha series will adore this, and new readers will find a rich new world to fall into as well as two very strong heroines to root for.” —Publishers Weekly

“Once again letting loose the reins on his formidable imagination and skill, Belcher creates another undeniable winner with his whimsically horrific characters, unparalleled worldbuilding, stimulating narrative and a diabolical storyline teeming with magic, mayhem and dark humor. Fans will cheer the powerful female protagonists who are indeed the queens of this world.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick!

1870. Maude Stapleton, late of Golgotha, Nevada, is a respectable widow raising a daughter on her own. Few know that Maude belongs to an ancient order of assassins, the daughters of Lilith, and is as well the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Anne Bonney, the legendary female pirate.

Leaving Golgotha in search of her daughter Constance, who has been taken from her, Maude travels to Charleston, South Carolina, only to find herself caught in the middle of a secret war between the Daughters of Lilith and their ancestral enemies, the monstrous Sons of Typhon. To save Constance, whose prophetic gifts are sought by both cults, Maude must follow in the footsteps of Anne Bonney as she embarks on a perilous voyage that will ultimately lead her to a lost city of bones in the heart of Africa―and the Father of All Monsters.

One of the most popular characters from The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana ventures beyond Golgotha on a boldly imaginative, globe-spanning adventure of her own!

(Excerpt here!)

stillhouse lake STILLHOUSE LAKE by Rachel Caine|Thomas & Mercer| July 1st

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieboundBooks-a-million)

“Caine spins a powerful story of maternal love and individual self-realization that cries out for at least one redeeming sequel. Compelling characters and plenty of credible plot twists…” —Publishers Weekly

Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.

LostBoy.jpg LOST BOY by Christina Henry | Berkley | July 4th

(Barnes & Noble, Amazon, IndieboundBooks-a-million)

“Bestseller Henry (Red Queen) will delight readers with this thrilling origin story, which reveals the true Peter Pan and the long road that led Jamie the lost boy to become pirate captain James Hook… Multiple twists keep the reader guessing, and the fluid writing is enthralling. Henry perfectly captures what it’s like to live on Peter’s island, and Jamie is a powerful character. Through his perspective, Henry immerses the reader in Neverland and genuinely shocks with the meanings behind Peter’s secrets and the intentions of his adventures. This is a fine addition to the shelves of any fan of children’s classics and their modern subversions.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“…a deeply impactful, imaginative and haunting story of loyalty, disillusionment and self-discovery.” RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Star Top Pick!

From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a familiar story with a dark hook—a tale about Peter Pan and the friend who became his nemesis, a nemesis who may not be the blackhearted villain Peter says he is…

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.

Peter lies.

Grave Ransom Hi Res Cover GRAVE RANSOM by Kalayna Price | Ace | July 4th

(Barnes & Noble, Amazon, IndieboundBooks-a-million)

“Over the course of this transfixing series, Price has built a uniquely compelling world and made sure her characters were truly unforgettable!” —RT Book Reviews

The world-building in this series is phenomenal, with more intricacies to discover in each and every book… this is one installment of the Alex Craft series that you won’t want to miss.” —The Novel Lady

In the thrilling new novel from USA Today bestselling author Kalayna Price, Alex Craft comes face-to-face with the walking dead….

Grave witch Alex Craft is no stranger to the dead talking. She raises shades, works with ghosts, and is dating Death himself. But the dead walking? That’s not supposed to happen. And yet reanimated corpses are committing crimes across Nekros City.

Alex’s investigation leads her deep into a web of sinister magic. When Briar Darque of the Magical Crimes Investigation Bureau gets involved, Alex finds herself with an unexpected ally of sorts. But as the dead continue to rise and wreak havoc on the living, can she get to the soul of the matter in time?

her guardian shifter HER GUARDIAN SHIFTER by Karen Whiddon | Harlequin Nocturne | July 4th

(Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-a-million)

Some boundaries are made to be crossed… 

A rare Vedjorn bear shifter, Eric Mikkelson lives on his own terms. So allying with wolf shifters, even gorgeous Julia Jacobs, bristles his loner instincts. But Eric must protect his infant son from the dangerous shifter cult stalking him. However, keeping JJ at arm’s length proves nearly impossible. She gets under Eric’s skin, exposing them to new risks as their staggering attraction defies Pack laws, and JJ’s own dark secrets fester between them.

When the safe haven of their shifter-friendly town is violated, lying low is no longer an option. Julia and Eric must embrace the power of their inner beasts, even if it means sacrificing their forbidden bond.

 

While we’re on the subject of new releases, right now if you pre-order UNDER THE PARISIAN SKY by Alli Sinclair, you receive exclusive content AND are entered to win a beautiful pendant. It’s a win-win-possible-win situation!

This year started out with such a bang (in all the best ways except my back going out) that I wasn’t sure I was going to find time to blog in 2016.  I was literally dancing as fast as I could to keep on top of things (a la Buffy in Once More With Feeling).  However, I’ve emerged from my mad dance inspired and only slightly singed. For some of what I’ve been working on, you can check out Tor UK’s announcement of the acquisition of two new books in Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series. More announcements to come!

On February 18th I did my first new post on How Books Saved my Life.  It really is a dream come true to be part of the publishing process, and I’ve discovered that no matter how busy I become, I’m unable to resist bubbling over when my authors’ new releases hit the shelves.  And so, today I’m very excited to celebrate the following February book birthdays!

BloodinHerVeins-cover BLOOD IN HER VEINS: Nineteen Stories from the World of Jane Yellowrock by Faith Hunter

New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter presents a comprehensive collection of stories starring everyone’s favorite “smart, sexy, and ruthless”* shapeshifting skinwalker…

In this must-have collection of stories, experience nineteen thrilling adventures from the world of vampire-hunter Jane Yellowrock, including many fan favorites and two all-new novellas. Read about the first time Jane put the pedal to the metal in “The Early Years,” and the last thing a werewolf will ever see as Jane delivers justice in “Beneath a Bloody Moon.” Get a searing look into the pasts of some of the series’ best-loved characters: Beast in “WeSa and the Lumber King,” Rick LaFleur in “Cat Tats,” and Molly Everhart Trueblood in “Haints.”

In the brand-new “Cat Fight,” the witches and vampires of Bayou, Oiseau, are at war over a magical talisman—and Jane must figure out how to keep the mysterious artifact out of the covetous hands of the Master of New Orleans. And in the never-before-published “Bound No More,” Jane welcomes a visit from Molly and her daughter, Angie, who is about to prove she’s the most powerful witch in Everhart history….

From the Big Easy to the bad bayou, from the open road to a vampire’s lair—with Jane Yellowrock, it’s always a given: have stakes, will travel.

*New York Times Bestselling Author Kim Harrison

grave visions GRAVE VISIONS by Kalayna Price

The USA Today bestselling author of Grave Memory and Grave Dance returns with her bewitching heroine Alex Craft in a new novel of twisting urban fantasy where the secrets of the dead can wreak havoc on the living.

If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She’s a grave witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But she has her own secrets. She’s not human—and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie.

Fae can’t survive without a tie to Faerie, and now that Alex’s true nature has awoken, she’s no exception. She must align herself to a court and soon. To retain as much freedom as possible, she makes a deal to track the source of a new glamour-infused street drug which causes hallucinations that kill—and not just the user. Her investigation entangles Alex in a conflict brewing in Faerie, and she must find answers before she’s dragged so deep that she loses not only her freedom, but her life.
rock-a-bye rescue  ROCK-A-BYE RESCUE: Guarding Eve\Claiming Caleb by Beth Cornelison and Karen Whiddon

Two babies in jeopardy…two powerful stories in one! 

When an unhinged cult leader escapes custody, he’ll stop at nothing to get to two innocent babies…and the foster mothers who stand in his way.

GUARDING EVE by Beth Cornelison

Lila Green goes from foster mom to bodyguard when a storm traps her and six-month-old Eve in a remote mountain cabin with a killer on their heels. Can her neighbor, wounded veteran Dean Hamilton, help them survive?

CLAIMING CALEB by Karen Whiddon

Michelle Morgan must protect her newborn nephew, Caleb—and even work with her ex-fiancé. FBI agent Garrett Ware never wanted children, but now he’ll sacrifice everything for this baby…and this woman.

a deadly tail A DEADLY TAIL by Dixie Lyle

“A clever new series that deftly blends cozy mystery with the paranormal…original and witty.”-Ali Brandon, author of the Black Cat Bookshop mysteries

Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster returns-with her otherworldly animal companions Whiskey and Tango-to shine a light on the dark side of fame…

Foxtrot has seen a lot of strange things as assistant to billionaire Zelda Zoransky at her wacky mansion. And that includes her telepathic cat Tango and ectoplasmic pooch Whiskey. So it’s no surprise to find a horde of zombies lurching across the lawn-even if they are just actors in a horror movie that’s filming on the mansion grounds. The special effects look pretty convincing. But all that fake blood doesn’t fool Whiskey, who quickly sniffs out the truth: one of those corpses is real…

Before you can say, “Lights, camera, murder,” Foxtrot and her furry partners-in-crime-solving are caught up in the drama of who-killed-who…and why. With a crazy cast of characters including a neurotic director, a star-hungry diva-even with an appearance by Lassie’s ghost-it’s bound to have one hell of a twist ending. But first, Foxtrot and her supernatural sidekicks have to find a killer amongst them-before the whole case is a wrap…in the next Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot novel from Dixie Lyle.

dreaming death DREAMING DEATH  by J. Kathleen Cheney

In the Novels of the Golden City, J. Kathleen Cheney created a “mesmerizing” (Publishers Weekly) realm where magic, history, and intrigue combine. Now, she presents a new world ruled by psychic talents and fatal magic…

Shironne Anjir’s status as a sensitive is both a gift and a curse. Her augmented senses allow her to discover and feel things others can’t, but her talents come with a price: a constant assault of emotions and sensations has left her blind. Determined to use her abilities as best she can, Shironne works tirelessly as an investigator for the Larossan army.

A member of the royal family’s guard, Mikael Lee also possesses an overwhelming power—he dreams of the deaths of others, sometimes in vivid, shocking detail, and sometimes in cryptic fragments and half-remembered images.

But then a killer brings a reign of terror to the city, snuffing out his victims with an arcane and deadly blood magic. Only Shironne can sense and interpret Mikael’s dim, dark dreams of the murders. And what they find together will lead them into a nightmare…

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My good friend (and Knight Agency client) Deborah Blake also has an awesome new release out in February:

wickedly powerful WICKEDLY POWERFUL by Deborah Blake

The author of Wickedly Wonderful returns to her “addicting”* world of Russian witches in the latest Baba Yaga novel.

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

The only thing more fiery than Bella Young’s red hair is her temper. She knows that a Baba Yaga’s power without strict control can leave the people she cares about burned, so to protect her heart—and everyone around her—the only company she keeps is her dragon-turned-Norwegian-Forest-cat, Koshka.

But when Bella is tasked with discovering who’s setting magical fires throughout Wyoming’s Black Hills, she finds herself working closely with former hotshots firefighter Sam Corbett—and falling hard for his quiet strength and charm.

Sam may bear the scars of his past, but Bella can see beyond them and would do anything to help him heal. Only before she can rescue her Prince Charming, she’ll have to overcome the mysterious foe setting the forest fires—a truly wicked witch who wields as much power and even more anger than Bella…

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Tomorrow, time permitting, I’ll have another new blog with all sorts of great award and other news, but I think this is enough for today, don’t you?

It seems the days when I could count on things being quiet enough to post a leisurely blog are far behind me, so I’m a couple of days late posting my happy book birthdays for the week. Here are some great, great reads just out!

Kicking_It KICKING IT edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price

This is am amazing urban fantasy anthology featuring, as the cover says, “All-New Tales of Murder, Magic, and Manalos”.  Okay, not all the boots are Manolos, but, hey, alliteration…what can you do?  Featured here are some of the very top names in urban fantasy…and me.  Awesome stories from Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, Rob Thurman, Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price, Christina Henry, Chris Marie Green, Shannon K. Butcher and (last but least), me.  Really, seriously worth checking out!

nightmaster-150x237 NIGHTMASTER by Susan Krinard

Amanda Quick said, “Susan Krinard was born to write romance.”  I couldn’t agree more.  She’s won the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Contemporary New Reality, as well as many Readers’ Choice, PRISM and other awards for her paranormal romance.  NIGHTMASTER is the second in her exciting Nightsiders series for Harlequin’s Nocturne line (the first is DAYSIDER).

colton christmas rescue COLTON CHRISTMAS RESCUE by Beth Cornelison

Award-winning author Beth Cornelison’s latest release is in the very popular Coltons of Wyoming continuity series.

Cover copy:

Join the Coltons of Wyoming for a holiday showdown at Dead River Ranch

Deep undercover, Wyoming special agent Slade Kent comes to Dead River Ranch with only one thing in mind: justice. Bent on solving a string of recent crimes, as well as his father’s long-unsolved murder, he won’t let down his guard for anyone. Until beautiful heiress Amanda Colton and her baby are attacked. He’ll do anything to protect them…even put his heart on the line.

Amanda’s done with deception, but the irresistibly mysterious Slade draws her trust. When danger—and uncontained passion—spark, they must both put aside secrets and agendas for survival…and love?

Looking for more great reads?  GoodReads has announced their Best Books of 2013!  I’m particularly excited to have TWO authors on the Paranormal Fantasy list – the fab Chloe Neill and Faith Hunter!

Also, Amy Christine Parker and I recommended some Rebel Reads in our video Tuesday for the YA Rebels (see below).  And if you scroll below that, you’ll see a couple more of my Rebel Reads that I’d somehow neglected to send, but which are great recommendations for boys particularly: SUBJECT SEVEN by James A. Moore and PATIENT ZERO by Jonathan Maberry.  (Also, my 13 year old recommends Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series, Kristen Simmons’s ARTICLE 5, and Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle.)

I’m extremely pleased today to have two fabulous men of urban fantasy to introduce to you: D.B. Jackson and the hero from his new Thieftaker series, Ethan Kaille.  Kat Richardson calls the series, “A beautiful balance of magic and crime, history and fantasy that was fast-paced, compelling, and completely absorbing. Historical fantasy that reads like an old-school crime novel, as if Raymond Chandler were channeling Jonathan Swift. I loved it!”  I think this about says it all!  Before I introduce Ethan Kaille, a few other things to report:

In honor of her upcoming Morganville Vampires release, BITTER BLOOD (coming November 6th), Rachel Caine has some really fun “Decision Morganville” campaign videos up on her website with more on the way.  You might want to check them out…if you know what’s good for you.

Heroes and Heartbreakers is running contests with some fabulous prizes up on their sight, in honor of Halloween, including prize packs of books by Faith Hunter and books by Kalayna Price, Ilona Andrews and Karen Chance.  There’s also a vampire prize pack.  Enter soon for a chance to win!

Last, but certainly not least, the Crossroads Blog Tour is in full swing.  Answer all the scavenger hunt questions correctly for a chance to win a Kindle pre-loaded with books by all of the participating authors.  The full list of blogs, participants, etc., is here.  If you’re looking for me, I’ve been up at Most-Wanted Monsters, Confessions of a Bookaholic, and Late Bloomer.  Today, Christine Fonseca and I will be appearing on Mundie Moms, so check us out.

And now, without further ado, I present to you Ethan Kaille, hero of  THIEFTAKER and, soon, the sequel, THIEVES’ QUARRY, both from Tor Books:

My name is Ethan Kaille.  I am a thieftaker and conjurer.  Perhaps you’ve heard my name.

As a thieftaker in Boston, I am accustomed to treating with the town’s less savory denizens.  As a rival to the lovely and dangerous Sephira Pryce, the self-proclaimed “Empress of the South End,” I am also used to having my life threatened on a regular basis, either by Sephira herself, or by her toughs, Nigel, Nap, and Gordon (she employs others, but these are the three who harry me most often).  And as a conjurer living among men and women who equate any form of spellmaking with devilry and witchcraft, I have reconciled myself to living in constant fear of discovery and execution.

Until today, though, I believed that I had witnessed all the wonders and terrors that the streets of Boston have to offer.  I was wrong.

For today, Sephira Pryce summoned me to her home for a most unusual interview.  I say summoned, because even Sephira’s most genteel invitations carry with them the thinly veiled threat of violence should her request be rebuffed.  When I arrived at her home, Sephira invited me to sup with her.  I ate a bit of her food and drank a glass of what I admit was an excellent Madeira wine, taking care to sample only those foods and drink she herself had taken.  I am certain that the woman is not above poisoning a rival.  Her toughs stood off to the side, saying little, but watching me, and making clear with their expressions that any misstep on my part would be rewarded with a beating.

After telling me how honored I should be to have been invited to her home, Sephira informed me that she had spoken with a time witch, a woman who could travel to another time and place and report on events there.  I am familiar with many magicks, and have heard rumor of such powers, and so I was not as skeptical as you, dear reader, might expect.

But what Sephira told me next, did give me pause.  It seems — according to the time witch — that tales of my rivalry with Sephira have been retold, and even committed to paper, by a writer working nearly two hundred and fifty years in the future.  I received this news with a modicum of surprise and puzzlement.  Why would the mundane concerns of two Boston thieftakers in the year 1765 be of interest to anyone living in so distant a future?  I asked Sephira as much, and in doing so, inadvertently struck at the core of the matter, at least so far as she is concerned.

“Because of you,” she said, her mouth twisting, as if the words themselves tasted bitter on her tongue.

“Because of me?”

“Well, not you so much as your bloody magicking.  It seems the readers of this so-called writer are fascinated by your conjurings.  They see you as some sort of hero.  Apparently they fail to grasp the fact that without your witchery you would be nothing, that it is by sheer good fortune and your conjuring tricks that you manage to make yourself any sort of ‘rival’ to me.”

“And this bothers you,” I said, not bothering to mask my amusement.

“Of course it bothers me!” she said, her eyes like daggers.  “I am Sephira Pryce, Empress of the South End, and the most renowned and successful thieftaker this town has ever known.  I am a friend to no less a personage than the Governor of the Province, not to mention representatives of the Crown here in  Boston.  And you . . .”  She shook her head, her shining black curls shimmering in the candlelight.  “You live in a room that is barely the size of my wardrobe, over a cooperage that stinks of sweat and smoke and stale leather.  You earn in a year what I make in a fortnight.  And somehow you are the hero?”

She reached for her goblet with a shaking hand, her cheeks flushed.  But with a sip of wine and a moment’s silence, she appeared to compose herself.  When she spoke again, it was in a calmer voice.

“I enjoy my fame, and I want for nothing.  My . . . concerns about these erroneous accounts are more for the people of the future than for you and me.  We both know what you are and what I am, but these others — they are being presented with a skewed vision of Boston and our time.”

I nodded, managing not to laugh at her vanity and her lies.  “I see.  And so what would you suggest we do about this?”

She considered me for several moments, her eyes narrowed.  “To be honest, I had considered having you killed.  That would have put an end to the problem.  Except that this future writer would most likely have portrayed your murder as an act of petulance and jealousy on my part, which would serve only to make matters worse.”

“Yes, those nettlesome writers.  Leave it to them to twist a simple killing into something unseemly.”

“Exactly,” she said.  “So instead, we are going to try something else.”

I felt my stomach tightening.  I had a feeling that whatever notion she had settled on would be little better than my murder.  But even I was not prepared for what she said next.

“You, Ethan, are going to teach me to conjure.”

I gaped at her.  “What?”

“That way we’ll be on equal footing, and those future readers who find your spells so fascinating will read with wonder of my exploits as well as yours.”

“I can’t teach you to conjure,” I said, shaking off my shock at her solution.

“Someone taught you.”

“Yes, my mother did.  Just as her mother taught her.  But I have conjuring blood in my veins.  You don’t, Sephira.  And without it, you can’t cast spells, no matter how much I teach you.”

“Nonsense.  I don’t need different blood.  I just need the knowledge that you already possess.  If you can cast spells so can I.  And you’re going to teach me how.”  She shot a meaningful look at her men.  “Or we’ll return to my first idea.”

I considered my options, and decided that I had few. “Very well,” I said.  I picked up the fork from my place setting and dragged the tines across the back of my hand, making four parallel cuts in my skin.  Blood welled from the wounds.

Sephira cried out.  Her men lunged for me.  But I spoke the spell too quickly.

Dormite omnes, ex cruore evocatum!”  Slumber, all of them, conjured from blood.

Her men fell to the floor in a brawny heap; Sephira slumped in her chair.  They would awaken before long.  But by then I would be safely away.  I stood, drained a second cup of wine, and smiled.

“So ends your first and last lesson,” I said, and walked out.

*****

D.B. Jackson is also David B. Coe, the award-winning author of a dozen fantasy novels. His first book as D.B. Jackson, Thieftaker, volume I of the Thieftaker Chronicles, is now available; the second volume, Thieves’ Quarry, will be released next summer. D.B. lives on the Cumberland Plateau with his wife and two teenaged daughters. They’re all smarter and prettier than he is, but they keep him around because he makes a mean vegetarian fajita. When he’s not writing he likes to hike, play guitar, and stalk the perfect image with his camera.

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Things have been crazy-good-busy with work these past couple of weeks and something’s had to give.  Unfortunately, it was the blog.  So, herewith, a quick catch up on some new and exciting goings-on, some pics from Dragon*Con and a few links.  Universe willing, I’ll finish posting the glorious Hawaii pics very soon and get back to blogging as usual.

So, Vamped, the first book in the series of the same name, is currently specially priced at $1.99 for Kindle.  That’s right, all that snark for half of what a fancy coffee will cost you, and it’ll last a lot longer!  If you’ve liked Clueless or Legally Blonde, if you’ve liked Buffy (and who hasn’t?), this might be for you.  At best, you love it.  At worst, you get to feel all superior to me because you can write circles around me.  Isn’t the not-knowing killing you?

Also specially priced are new digital releases from Faith Hunter and Vicky Dreiling!  Have Stakes Will Travel, Faith Hunter’s new set of stories from the Jane Yellowrock world, includes an exclusive preview of the first few chapters of DEATH’S RIVAL, coming October 2nd!  Vicky Dreiling has a new e-novella A Season for Sin out from Forever Romance, introducing the sinful scoundrels that will be featured in her upcoming series.  I love a good rake, as long as I’m not expected to use it on the fall foliage!  As if that isn’t enough, Forever has specially priced Vicky’s RITA Award nominated Regency romance, HOW TO MARRY A DUKE at $2.99.  If you haven’t read it already, now’s your chance!  Heck, even if you have…books make great gifts!

Huge congrats are in order for Karen Whiddon’s romantic suspense THE COP’S MISSING CHILD debuting at #94 on Bookscan’s Romance bestseller list and for Christie Golden’s new World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmore: TIDES OF WAR hitting the New York Times bestseller list at #13 and a USA Today at #119!  You go, gals!

I wish I had time to post an entire wrap up of the enormity and crazy wonderfulness that is Dragon*Con, but suffice it to say that I got to put an arm around James Callis and Jamie Bamber (and see them drinking at the bar the following day), snap a picture with a zombie-hunter Beaker, sell out of my urban fantasy BAD BLOOD (murder, myth and mayhem, oh my!) and spend a wonderful few days with incredibly talented writers David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson, Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Michelle Belanger, Diana Peterfreund, C.L. Wilson, Jennifer St. Giles, Deidre Knight, John Hartness, James Tuck, Elaine Isaak, and Tracy Akers.  I also wrote a post over at Magical Words on Con-etiquette, partially inspired by the con.  Here are some snapshots for your viewing pleasure.

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Gearing up for the big Romance Writers of American National Conference next week in Anaheim.  Really looking forward to seeing Vicky Dreiling, Lynn Flewelling, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Debra Mullins, Kira Sinclair and others!  Also to the huge Literacy Signing!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted up new sales, so I thought I’d take the opportunity today.

Women’s/Romance  
Jasmine Haynes, National Readers’ Choice Award-winning author of   THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE sells two more erotic romances in that vein Wendy McCurdy for Berkley Heat, in a very nice deal, by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

Mystery/Crime  
Tammy Kaehler’s BRAKING POINTS, the second Kate Reilly mystery, in which the protagonist finds her date in the shadows with another woman…this one quite dead…and what follows is a mystery almost as fast-paced as the cars she races, to Jessica Tribble of Poisoned Pen Press, by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

D.D. Barant’s three books in a quirky paranormal cozy, to Monique Patterson of St. Martin’s, in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver at The Knight Agency.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy  
NYT bestselling author Faith Hunter’s HAVE STAKES, WILL TRAVEL, following on the success of CAT TALES, a second collection of stories in her Jane Yellowrock world, to Jessica Wade of NAL, for publication in September 2012, by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

KICKING IT, an urban fantasy anthology featuring stories by and about butt-kicking women from Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price, Shannon K. Butcher, Rob Thurman and others, to Jessica Wade at NAL, in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver at The Knight Agency.

International rights: Fiction
German rights to Rachel Caine’s GHOST TOWN to Arena by Thomas Schlueck GmbH

French rights to Diana Pharaoh Francis’s SHADOW CITY and BLOOD WINTER to Panini France by Agence Litteraire Lenclud

French rights to Faith Hunter’s RAVEN CURSED and DEATH’S RIVAL to Panini France by Agence Litteraire Lenclud

French rights to Rachel Caine’s WINDFALL, FIRESTORM and THIN AIR to Panini France, by Agence Litteraire Lenclud

Russian rights to N.K. Jemisin’s THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS to Atticus in a nice deal by Nova Littera