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I’m about to head up to NY for a host of meetings and the World Fantasy Convention, thus, only a brief write-up of the 2050 Convention that took place this past weekend in Daytona Beach.  This was the first year for the 2050 Convention, and the timing was unfortunate, both that it was Halloween weekend and that it was up against the established Spooky Empire Convention only an hour or so away in Orlando.  It was set up as a huge gaming, media and cosplay con and had some wonderful guests, like my client Keith R.A. DeCandido, Michael Biehn (Reese from the first Terminator film), Gigi Edgley from Farscape and many others, and a well laid out dealers room, where I had the good fortune to sit between Bill Hatfield (author and friend) and John Stanko (artist), but… Well, hardly anyone came. Still, Bill, his wife Karen, and I had a blast at the zombies vs. gypsies pub crawl, where we listened to a fabulous band.  Pete (my husband) and I saw two beautiful sunrises along Daytona Beach. And…well, there is no and.

I hope the con will do better next year.  It’s a beautiful setting, right there on Daytona Beach, and potentially a good con, but I feel badly for the vendors and the special guests who came expecting so much more.

You can see a more extensive write-up and photos over at Comic Coverage, but for here and now, my pictures…

Throwing virtual confetti here today in celebration of two clients up for the Scribe Award for Best Original Novel – Speculative: David Mack for Star Trek: DISAVOWED and Keith R.A. DeCandido for Sleepy Hollow: CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION! For those who don’t know, the Scribe Awards are given out by The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers to honor excellence in the field of licensed works. The winners are announced in July at San Diego ComicCon. The full panel of nominees, including great editor and writer Greg Cox, is here.

I’m also thrilled to wish P.N. Elrod a happy book birthday for her wonderful novel THE HANGED MAN, the first in a new gaslight fantasy series from Tor Books!

the hanged man THE HANGED MAN by P.N. Elrod (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-a-Million)

On a freezing Christmas Eve in 1879, a forensic psychic reader is summoned from her Baker Street lodgings to the scene of a questionable death. Alexandrina Victoria Pendlebury (named after her godmother, the current Queen of England) is adamant that the death in question is a magically compromised murder and not a suicide, as the police had assumed, after the shocking revelation contained by the body in question, Alex must put her personal loss aside to uncover the deeper issues at stake, before more bodies turn up.

Turning to some choice allies–the handsome, prescient Lieutenant Brooks, the brilliant, enigmatic Lord Desmond, and her rapscallion cousin James–Alex will have to marshal all of her magical and mental acumen to save Queen and Country from a shadowy threat. Our singular heroine is caught up in this rousing gaslamp adventure of cloaked assassins, meddlesome family, and dark magic.

“Murder, mayhem and tea–a well-bred Victorian urban fantasy thriller. Prepare, o reader, to be enthralled.”–Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of the Mercy Thompson series on P.N. Elrod’s The Hanged Man

“Elrod has a marvelous feel for Victorian times and a deft turn of phrase. All her characters are deliciously lively and Alex is an immensely appealing heroine. I hope we see a great deal more of her… not to mention Lieutenant Brooks.” — Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series

“Rich in setting, romance, and action, The Hanged Man is a brilliantly told, involving blend of the paranormal with classic Victorian literature. I devoured it in one sitting and can’t wait to see the next installment with these fascinating characters!”
— Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampire series

“A whip-fast, deadly smart mystery in a steampunk British Empire–I loved it!”  — Lilith Saintcrow, author of To Hell and Back

“The Hanged man is a rousing historical mystery, full of magical twists sure to keep the pages turning. A must-read!” — Faith Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series

“Solid genre-mixing mystery … enjoyably headstrong protagonists surrounded by supporting characters who entertain while complicating the plot. This well-constructed novel will please fans of alternate history, fantasy, and mystery.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Elrod’s formidable imagination is given free rein in this dark and intriguing series opener. A twisting, tricky mystery rounds out this series debut in impressive form. 4 1/2 stars!” — Romantic Times

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

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

She takes hers tall, dark and extra hot!

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

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

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

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

A new addition to Wyoming’s most scandalous family

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

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

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

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

Yesterday, Amy Christine Parker did a wonderful YA Rebels vlog about A Day in the Life of a Full-time Writer.  Too funny and waaaayyyy too accurate.  For your viewing pleasure:

 

A really fun, wonderful new book released yesterday – THE KLINGON ART OF WAR!  Please join me in wishing Keith R.A. DeCandido a happy book birthday!

klingonartofwar THE KLINGON ART OF WAR by Keith R.A. DeCandido (Pocket Books/Star Trek)

Passed down from the time of Kahless,ten precepts have shaped Klingon culture and indoctrinated Klingons in the Way of the Warrior. With this new translation, people from all walks of life—and all worlds—can harness the ancient Klingon wisdom and learn to embody courage, discipline, and honor.

• Choose your enemies well.

• Strike quickly or strike not.

• Always face your enemy.

• Seek adversity.

• Reveal your true self in combat.

• Destroy weakness.

• Leave nothing until tomorrow.

• Choose death over chains.

• Die standing up.

• Guard honor above all.

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!

I’m so pleased to present a guest blog by Keith R.A. DeCandido, whose brand new story collection RAGNAROK AND ROLL has just been released by Plus One Press.  Here he talks about the setting and how inspirational it can be.

ragnarok and roll  The first time I went to Key West, I was overcome by the magic.

I’m not the biggest fan of Florida, but I’ve always made an exception for Key West. The laid-back attitude, the excellent food, the friendly people, the live music, the history, the folklore, the nightly celebration of sunset—there’s a lot to love.

I took several trips there throughout the 1990s, and just absolutely fell for the place. Besides the fact that it’s beautiful—especially at sunset, which they really do celebrate every single night—there’s so much history and storytelling on the island. It started out as a burial ground for the Calusa tribe—its original name was Cayo Hueso, Spanish for “Bone Key,” anglicized to “Key West” after Spain ceded Florida to the U.S. in 1819. It’s been home to wrecker captains, to rogues and misfits, to treasure hunters and transients, to Naval bases and tons of bars. And it’s got more ghost stories than anyplace this side of New Orleans.

So many colorful characters have called Key West home: author Ernest Hemingway, President Harry S Truman, treasure hunter Mel Fisher, musicians Jimmy Buffett and Michael McCloud, and tons more.

Naturally, it’s the perfect place to set urban fantasy stories. I already had a character in mind, a San Diego-based scuba diver named Cassie Zukav whom I’d used in a story back in 1997. Transplanting her to Key West was no problem—the island is full of people who came to visit and never left, and it was easy enough to have Cassie do that.

Cassie was conceived as a weirdness magnet: crazy-ass stuff happens to her all the time. My plan was to use that as a vehicle for telling stories about the magic that can happen on the island: ghosts, mythical sea creatures, immortal rock-and-rollers, even Norse gods. Plus the Key West standbys of scuba diving and hanging out in your favorite bar and hearing the house band rock it.

To my surprise, the Norse gods kinda took over a bit. Well, okay, it wasn’t that much of a surprise, I guess—the Aesir can be insidious, and if you don’t believe me, just ask Tom Hiddleston. Better still, ask Tom Hiddleston’s fans…

Anyhow, I hit on the notion of Cassie being one of the Dísir, the fate gods of the Norse pantheon, and it all came together. Cassie-as-Dís became the fulcrum of the stories—and it also meant that Loki and Sigyn and Odin would all become recurring characters in Cassie’s life in Key West, along with 1812, the house band at Mayor Fred’s Saloon on Greene Street, whom Cassie never misses if she can.

The result of all this is Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. It has eight stories, some reprints, some new—plus digging up that old 1997 story that introduced her. In the title story, Cassie finds out that she’s a Dís just in time to stop Loki from bringing about Ragnarok. And then it gets really weird as she encounters a water elemental who wants to kill one of the regulars at Mayor Fred’s (and doom one of 1812 as well), the truth behind one of the great blues legends of the 20th century, the hyper-charging of the ghosts on the island coinciding with visits from Cassie’s twin brother Paul and their parents (who really did name their twin children “Castor” and “Pollux”), plus the tumultuous relationship between Loki and Sigyn and a surprise appearance by Thor the Thunderer.

Be assured that this is only the beginning. Throughout Ragnarok and Roll you’ll see references to other adventures Cassie has had, and I do plan to tell those (particularly the one about FBI Special Agent Rance Demitrijian—who is not Cassie’s boyfriend, really!—being naked on the boardwalk after being ravaged by a nixie), plus there’s lots more stuff that can still happen on Key West.

If you want to sample one of Cassie’s stories, check out the first part of the three-part “Cayo Hueso” arc—”A Farewell to Cats” is available for Kindle or Nook for only $.99. The second part, “The Buck Stops Here” will be available this week (also for $.99), with Part 3, “Twisting Fate,” coming next week (guess the price—oh, c’mon, guess!). Or you can just go ahead and order the full collection of Ragnarok and Roll with all nine stories from the fine folks at Plus One Press in either trade paperback or eBook form from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

And hey, if you’re in the New York City area, there are two launch parties for the collection this week: Tuesday the 20th at the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art at 138 Sullivan Street in the SoHo section of Manhattan at 7pm, and Friday the 23rd at Singularity & Co. at 18 Bridge Street in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, also at 7pm. All are welcome!

So excited to wish a happy book birthday to Rob Thurman and to Keith R.A. DeCandido for:

slashback Rob Thurman’s incorrigible Leandros brothers are back in SLASHBACK, the lastest novel in her New York Times bestselling series!

Playtime…

Taking on bloodthirsty supernatural monsters is how Caliban and Niko Leandros make a living. But years ago—before they became a force to be reckoned with—the brothers were almost victims of a very human serial killer.

Almost.

Unfortunately for them, that particular depraved killer was working as apprentice to a creature far more malevolent—the legendary Spring-heeled Jack. He’s just hit town. He hasn’t forgotten what the Leandros brothers did to his murderous protégé. He hasn’t forgotten what they owe him.

And now they are going to pay…and pay…and pay.…

Quotes

“In a series that constantly finds new ways to explore the bonds of brotherhood and friendship, this book takes those emotions to a whole new level. And the book is stronger for it.” —SF Revu for DOUBLETAKE

“Rob Thurman’s books have become favorites. The grim horrific reality of the world Cal inhabits is viewed through a sarcastic lens and softened with the love between brothers. Touching and at times hilarious, yet intensely compelling Thurman’s storylines are among the darkest in urban fantasy but she uses that grim supernatural backdrop and the internal struggles of her antihero Caliban to heighten the sense of what it truly means to be a power for good. Any book by Thurman is worth the purchase, but the Cal Leandros series shines, each one better than the one before.” —Fresh Fiction for DOUBLETAKE

THE ZOO JOB LEVERAGE: THE ZOO JOB by Keith R.A. DeCandido

A new novel based on the hit TV series Leverage

The rich and powerful take what they want.
We steal it back for you.

THE ZOO JOB 

Marney Brillinger is in trouble. The zoo that has been in her family for generations is failing, and when she makes a deal with a Malanian priest to loan her two exotic black rhinos for a special exhibit, they never arrive. Now, she’s on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars to the priest, who was planning to use the money for sick children.

Desperate, she turns to Nate Ford and his team for assistance. But finding two very large lost animals is no easy feat when the search involves duplicity—both international and close–to–home—and the unwelcome arrival of Nate’s nemesis, Interpol agent James Sterling.

With Sterling around, if the team isn’t careful, they just might end up in cages of their own . . .