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So excited that today introduces the world to HONOR AMONG THIEVES by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre,  one of BookBub’s Biggest Teen Books for Adults Coming in 2018!

 HonorAmongThieves hc.jpg HONOR AMONG THIEVES by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, Amazon, iBooks, Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Powells, BAM)

Meet your new favorite kickass heroine in this daring YA series by New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre, a thrilling yet romantic futuristic adventure perfect for fans of Claudia Gray’s A Thousand Pieces of You.

Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.

Select quotes:

“This series opener from Caine (the Great Library series) and Aguirre (the Immortal Game trilogy) is both a thrilling SF novel and a deeply philosophical examination of the nature of love. Keenly wrought characters, imaginative worldbuilding, and an inventive plot engage and gratify while urging readers to stay curious, question authority, and fight injustice.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Electrifying and unputdownable. There is no other book like this in the universe. It’s an honor (even among thieves) to share Zara’s spaceship with her.” —Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe trilogy

“Ann Aguirre and Rachel Caine are the definition of a double threat. Honor Among Thieves is proof — pitch-perfect pacing and unexpected twists make it a heart-stopping thrill ride. I loved every minute of it!”  —Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures & author of The Lovely Reckless

“Caine and Aguirre’s immersive world and unforgettable characters will absolutely enthrall readers.” —Zoraida Cordova, author of Labyrinth Lost and the Vicious Deep trilogy “Caine and Aguirre create a fresh and fascinating story of interspecies bonding, the power of music, and the effects of trauma on good creatures.”    — ALA Booklist

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And ‘tis the season for book award announcements! We have great news in the form of two TKA clients up for Best Male Protagonist in a Leading Role in the Bookish Awards: Cat Sebastian for THE LAWRENCE BROWNE AFFAIR and Christina Henry for LOST BOY!

We also have a host of nominees for the Audie Awards!

Science Fiction:

BATTLEFRONT II: INFERNO SQUAD (Star Wars) by Christie Golden, read by Janina Gavankar

THE STONE SKY by N.K. Jemisin, read by Robin Miles

Paranormal:

CURSE ON THE LAND by Faith Hunter, read by Khristine Hvam

SILVER SILENCE by Nalini Singh, read by Angela Dawe

Best Female Narrator:

THE STONE SKY by N.K. Jemisin, read by Robin Miles

So, good news all around!

If you follow me on Twitter, you may be over hearing me crow about Ramez Naam’s fabulous, award-winning sf thrillers NEXUS, CRUX and, now, APEX.  But if you’ve read the books…ah, that’s a different story!  You’ve probably already begun proselytizing yourself!

APEX, the epic conclusion to the series is out today in digital and one week from today in print.

You can read an exclusive of the first chapter of APEX up at i09, see the Geek Library review here or find out what the big idea is over on John Scalzi’s blog.  You can take B&N’s word for it as a Best Pick for May.  Or, you can head over to Ramez’s website or your bookseller of choice to check the series out for yourself!  The cover copy for APEX and some reviews for the series are below.

Apex-144dpi APEX by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books)

The Explosive Conclusion to Nexus and Crux

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 protesters. Armies are mobilized. Political orders fall. Nexus-driven revolution is 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.

Rave Reviews:

NEXUS & CRUX

“I cannot recommend these two sci-fi thrillers highly enough” —Kurzweil: Accelerating Intelligence Blog

NEXUS

“Naam, an expert in new technologies and author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement (2005), turns in a stellar performance with his debut sf novel.” —Booklist, Starred Review

Nexus is a lightning bolt of a novel, with a focus on action and plotting that will remind readers of some of the best novels from the late Michael Crichton.” –Ars Technica

“Naam displays a Michael Crichton-like ability to explain cutting-edge research via the medium of an airport techno-thriller.” —SFX Magazine 

“His breathtaking expertise and confidence as a writer makes Naam the only serious successor to Michael Crichton working in the future history genre today.” —Scott Harrison, author of Archangel

“Excellent spycraft, kick-ass action scenes, and a chilling look at a future cold war over technology and ideology… a hell of a read.” —Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

“The action scenes are crisp, the glimpses of future tech and culture are mesmerizing” —Publishers Weekly

“A ‘smart thriller’ in all senses of that phrase. Ramez Naam really does know how to make you turn that page. If you are posthuman or transhuman this is an absolute must-read for you; and even mere mortals will love it.” —Philip Palmer, author of Version 43 and Hell Ship

“Nexus is an extremely strong, intriguing and interesting fiction debut.” —SF Signal

“I can highly recommend reading Nexus. It is a fun, thought-provoking read, an excellent combination of interesting speculation with a gripping plot.” —Sense of Wonder

CRUX

“A blisteringly paced technothriller that dives deeper and even better into the chunky questions raised by Nexus. This is a fabulous book, and it ends in a way that promises at least one more. Count me in.” —Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother and Homeland

“Smart, thoughtful, and hard to drop, this richly nuanced sequel outshines its predecessor with a wide cast of characters and some complicated, uneasy questions about power, responsibility, and the future of humanity.” —Publishers Weekly

“Potent like Naam’s vividly imagined nano-drug Nexus, Crux is a heady cocktail of ideas and page-turning prose. It left my brain buzzing for days afterwards.”  —Hannu Rajaniemi, author of The Quantum Thief and The Fractal Prince

Crux (Angry Robot Books) is an outstanding speculative fiction adventure. It combines the very highest level of neuroscientific reality with plausible neuroscience fiction that is very well thought through. I loved it.” —Stephen L Macknik for Scientific American

Crux was absolutely amazing!” —Thinks Books

beyond our stars small I have to wish a fantastically happy book birthday to debut author Marie Langager, whose wonderful young adult science fiction novel BEYOND OUR STARS, released today as part of Bloomsbury Spark’s launch line.  So exciting!

Cover Copy:

Fleeing a destroyed Earth, seventeen-year-old orphan Hope grew up living in the confines of a spaceship heading to CR-3, a new home planet. She’s been kicking the steel walls for too long and ever since she broke her boyfriend’s heart, touchdown could mean open air and a fresh start. But no one expected the Locals.

Hope’s dreams of freedom turn into nightmares when the Locals trap the humans and mark groups for observation. At any moment she can be called into a holographic observation room for testing. Some days she’s drowning in a strange dark ocean, some days she’s locked up without food, and all with the one boy she can’t seem to forget.

As the Locals study Hope, she studies them. She wants to believe the tall grey creatures could be peaceful, but as the simulations become more dangerous, Hope is about to become the human race’s last chance for survival.

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In other news, there are still 13 hours left to get in on Chloe Neill‘s great giveaway!  One lucky person will win:

  • A Kindle Paperwhite E-Book Reader
  • An autographed ARC of WILD THINGS;
  • Chicagoland Vampires bookmarks, pens, and buttons;
  • Two signed, international copies of the CV books.

Check her blog for details.  And don’t forget, her enovella HOWLING FOR YOU, set in her Chicagoland Vampires world, is set to release January 7th, though you can pre-order now!  (WILD THINGS, the next series Chicagoland Vampires book is coming the very next month on February 3rd).

Last, but not least, The Knight Agency has three (!) authors up on this round of Addicted 2 Heroines’ Hottest Heroine Cover contest – J. Kathleen Cheney, Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh! You can check out all of the great covers here and vote for a chance to win an Amazon gift card or books from the Book Depository ($30).

Sending for the newsletter, but also for a huge WHOO HOO!

goldencity_100dpi So beside myself with excitement to see J. Kathleen Cheney’s debut novel THE GOLDEN CITY on Library Journal’s list of Best Books of 2013: SF/Fantasy!

It’s so funny, because just the other day some writers were bemoaning on my Facebook page the way the “establishment” is so averse to new voices, how we’re all gatekeepers (read evil ogres), etcetera and so forth and yet here’s one of the industry magazines putting a new voice on par with other awesome, established authors.  Hmm, because this is my soapbox and I’ll holler if I want to, here are some other recent and amazing debuts on my list, all new within the past twelve months or forthcoming:

NEXUS by Ramez Naam – a great SF thriller released by Angry Robot Books in December 2012, followed by the sequel CRUX in August 2013

GATED by Amy Christine Parker – a young adult thriller about a girl who grows up in a cult and begins to question as the “end times” are upon them published by Random House Children’s in August 2013

THE GOLDEN CITY by J. Kathleen Cheney (mentioned above) – a fantasy/mystery set in a alternate Portugal released by Roc books in November 2013

BEYOND OUR STARS by Marie Langager – a suspenseful YA science fiction novel in which a girl’s hope for a fresh start on a new planet becomes a nightmare when she’s marked by the current inhabitants for for special testing coming in December 2013 from Bloomsbury Spark

PREDATOR by Janice Gable Bashman – young adult novel with a unique twist on the werewolf mythos coming from Month9Books in Fall 2014

THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman – wonderful fantasy novel billed by the publisher as Doctor Who with librarians! forthcoming from Tor UK in January 2015

My debut novelists have also included Lynn Flewelling, Carol Berg, Vicky Dreiling, Diana Pharaoh Francis, N.K. Jemisin, Kalayna Price, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Steven Piziks (aka Steven Harper), Tammy Kaehler….  A very impressive list, I think you’ll agree!  So, if you want to see more new voices, the best thing you can do is support them as they come along!

SciFi Chick has posted a list of favorite science fiction and fantasy titles read and reviewed in 2012.  The full list is here for those looking for good holiday reads!  I want to throw out some special congratulations to David Mack, Rachel Caine and D.B. Jackson, whose books from the list are posted below.  I also want to issue a special thanks to all the reviewers who take time to read, post and wrap up the year in this way.  Wonderful for holiday cheer and for gift lists!

Science Fiction:

persistenceStar Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: The Persistence of Memory by David Mack

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: Silent Weapons by David Mack

TwoWeeks NoticeTwo Weeks’ Notice by Rachel Caine

Fantasy:

thieftakerThieftaker by D. B. Jackson

nexusI don’t often post on Saturdays, but it’s incredibly awesome to see a novel doing so well even before it’s out of the gate, so I had to jump on to give huge kudos to Ramez Naam, whose fiction debut, NEXUS, has been chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the December Best Bets for Science Fiction and Fantasy.  I love this book and can highly, highly recommend it!

In other news, Two Fantasy Floozies has an interview up with me right now, about being an agent and author.  Did I mention that I have a new book coming out next month?  (FANGTABULOUS, the fourth in the Vamped series.)  Okay, now I’m being disingenuous – of course I’ve mentioned it!  But have you run out and pre-ordered?

Happy release day to David B. Coe, Marjorie M. Liu and David Mack for their latest!

THE DARK-EYES’ WAR by David B. Coe (Tor Books)

The conclusion to the epic series Blood of the Southlands comes to mass market:

“I came across David B Coe’s writing a little over a year, year and half ago, and I was amazed. He is one of my all time favorite fantasy writers. The Dark Eyes’ War has been highly anticipated for myself for over a year. It didn’t disappoint at all.”        Fantasy Book Critic

A bitter old woman’s curse has set in motion events that have felled innocent lives across an already war-weary land. She has paid the ultimate price, and an end to the curse is at hand, but her evil has created chaos and destruction.

Qirsi all across the Southlands are dying from a plague that turns their own magic against them, allowing an Eandi army from Stelpana to boldly march into their territory. But magic has many faces, and the Qirsi aren’t the only ones cursed; even as Stelpana’s force wins battles, an insidious magic has corrupted the spells of their sorcerers, and what began as a military triumph is suddenly jeopardized. The future of the Southlands hangs in the balance, as the deeds of previous generations wreak terrible consequences on both sides in this misbegotten war.

WITHIN THE FLAMES by Marjorie M. Liu (Avon Books)

New Dirk & Steele paranormal romance:

“Within the Flames is another sterling addition to Marjorie M. Liu’s Dirk & Steele series. Eddie and Lyssa set the pages ablaze, literally! … Within the Flames is a fiery explosion of action, adventure and beautiful romance.” –Joyfully Reviewed

Joining the Dirk & Steele Agency turned Eddie’s life around. A pyrokinetic and former car thief, he cannot refuse an assignment to cross the continent in order to rescue an extraordinary woman in peril . . . even though he fears losing control of the destructive power of flame at his fingertips.

The last of her shape-shifting kind, Lyssa hides in the abandoned tunnels beneath Manhattan, seeking refuge from those who murdered her family a decade ago and would now destroy her as well. Like Eddie, fire is her weapon, her destiny . . . and her curse. Yet she wants nothing to do with this mesmerizing stranger who seeks her trust while enflaming her passion. For beneath Lyssa’s extraordinary beauty are dangerous secrets . . . and even darker, nearly irresistible urges. But she has won the heart of a fearless protector . . . and all the demons in the world will not make him back down.

STAR TREK: MIRROR UNIVERSE: RISE LIKE LIONS by David Mack (Pocket Books)

Miles “Smiley” O’Brien struggles to hold together his weary band of freedom fighters in their war against the overwhelming might of the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. Each day pushes the rebels on Terok Nor one step closer to defeat, but with nowhere left to run, the time has come to make their last stand.

Light-years away, Mac Calhoun and his Romulan allies harass Klingon forces with devious hit-and-run attacks. But Calhoun has a grander ambition: he intends to merge his fleet with the Terran Rebellion and lead it to victory—or die trying.

Meanwhile, a bitter feud threatens to shatter the Alliance from within. The old rivalry between the Klingons and the Cardassians erupts into open warfare as each vies for the upper hand in their partnership.

Manipulating events from its hidden redoubts, Memory Omega—the secret operation initiated by Spock a century earlier—sees its plans come to fruition sooner than expected. But striking early means risking everything—and if the revolution fails, Spock’s vision for the future will be lost forever.