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Due to an insanely busy schedule punctuated by my son’s bronchitis, I failed to blog last week (bad agent, no cookie), though I did manage to tweet, Facebook and almost the whole nine yards. So this week I’ve very excited to wish one belated and two on-target happy book birthdays!

Last week saw the publication of HARSH GODS by Michelle Belanger, sequel to CONSPIRACY OF ANGELS, which Laurell K. Hamilton called, “A singular reading experience.”  This week (today, in fact) we have the release of the US edition of Genevieve Cogman’s acclaimed novel THE MASKED CITY, which both Barnes & Noble and Amazon have named to their lists of Best SF & Fantasy for September and also the wonderfully inventive and unique middle-grade novel UN/FAIR by Steven Harper.  More on all of these books below.

A few quick things first:

-Big shout out to Faith Hunter for BLOOD OF THE EARTH and Christie Golden for Warcraft: DUROTAN, both on Audible’s list of Five-Star Favs, this month’s top rated SF/F!

-Another big shout out to Amy Christine Parker, whose novel GATED (about a girl who grows up in a cult) made B&N Teen’s list of the 10 of the Best First Lines in YA thrillers.  I agree and have also added to my teetering TBR pile due to this list and others like it. Booksellers, you’re certainly good at your jobs!

-Alert! Now is your chance to win a copy of Barbara J. Hancock’s BRIMSTONE SEDUCTION over on GoodReads before it releases on October 4th!

And now…

harsh gods HARSH GODS by Michelle Belanger (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-a-Million)

“A darkly vivid world… Her characters are intriguing, her pacing swift. More, please!”—Jim Butcher, creator of The Dresden Files 

The last thing Zack Westland expects on a frigid night is to be summoned to an exorcism.

Demonic possession, however, proves the least of his problems. Father Frank, a veteran turned priest, knows Zack’s deepest secrets, recognizing him as Anakim, an angel belonging to that hidden tribe. And Halley, the girl they’ve come to save, carries a secret that could unlock a centuries-old evil. She chants an eerie rhyme, and she isn’t alone…

“HANDS TO TAKE AND EYES TO SEE,
A MOUTH TO SPEAK. HE COMES FOR ME.”

As Zack’s secrets spill out, far more than his life is at stake, for Halley is linked to an ancient conspiracy. Yet Zack can’t help her unless he’s willing to risk losing his immortality—and reigniting the Blood Wars.

Masked City US.jpg THE MASKED CITY by Genevieve Cogman (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-a-Million)

Librarian-spy Irene and her apprentice Kai are back in the second in this “dazzling”* book-filled fantasy series from the author of The Invisible Library.
 
The written word is mightier than the sword—most of the time…
 
Working in an alternate version of Victorian London, Librarian-spy Irene has settled into a routine, collecting important fiction for the mysterious Library and blending in nicely with the local culture. But when her apprentice, Kai—a dragon of royal descent—is kidnapped by the Fae, her carefully crafted undercover operation begins to crumble.

Kai’s abduction could incite a conflict between the forces of chaos and order that would devastate all worlds and all dimensions. To keep humanity from getting caught in the crossfire, Irene will have to team up with a local Fae leader to travel deep into a version of Venice filled with dark magic, strange coincidences, and a perpetual celebration of Carnival—and save her friend before he becomes the first casualty of a catastrophic war.

But navigating the tumultuous landscape of Fae politics will take more than Irene’s book-smarts and fast-talking—to ward off Armageddon, she might have to sacrifice everything she holds dear….

“A dazzling bibliophilic debut.”—*Charles Stross, Hugo Award-winning author of the Laundry Files

unfair.png UN/FAIR by Steven Harper (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-a-Million)

It’s difficult enough to live in the neighborhood “freakazoid” house. It’s even more difficult when you’re autistic and neither your family nor best friend really understands you. So when Ryan November wakes up on his eleventh birthday with the ability to see the future, he braces himself for trouble. But even his newfound power doesn’t help him anticipate that the fair folk—undines, salamanders, gnomes, and sylphs—want him dead, dead, dead. Ryan races to defend himself and his family against unrelenting danger from the fairy realm so he can uncover the truth about his family history—and himself. Except as Ryan’s power grows, the more enticing the fairy realm becomes, forcing him to choose between order and chaos and power and family. And for an autistic boy, such choices are never cut and dry.

 

 

I hope you all had a super-fantastic Thanksgiving, full of warmth, love, laughter and overstuffed bellies.  Coming back from a long weekend is always a mixed blessing.  You’re refreshed, you’re ready to go (unless you were trampled during any of the Black Friday sales, which I studiously avoided) and… Then you see the mountain of things that accumulated while you were out of the office and suddenly you’re right back where you started!  Luckily, this year I came back to fabulous news and an amazing launch week for several of my authors.

On the news front, THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin is once again on a Best list, this one the New York Times’s list of 100 Notable Books of 2015!  Also, ALICE by Christina Henry came in 2nd(!) in the GoodReads Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Horror Novel of 2015, second only to SAINT ODD by Dean Koontz!  Pretty darned impressive.

On the new releases, this week we have Carol Berg’s ASH AND SILVER, the conclusion of the Sanctuary duology that started with DUST AND LIGHT, BLOOD STORM by Steven Harper, the second of the Books of Blood and Iron, and THE MASKED CITY by Genevieve Cogman, sequel to THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY in the UK.  Both THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY and THE MASKED CITY come out soon in the US (and the first is already available for pre-order), so look out!  Deets on the new releases are below!

AshandSilver_100DPI ASH AND SILVER by Carol Berg

In Dust and Light, national bestselling author Carol Berg returned to the world of the award-winning Flesh and Spirit. Now she continues the saga of a man whose past is veiled in shadows….

Ever since the Order of the Equites Cineré stole his memory, his name, and his heart, thinking about the past makes Greenshank’s head ache. After two years of rigorous training, he is almost ready to embrace the mission of the Order—to use selfless magic to heal the troubles of Navronne. But on his first assignment alone, the past comes racing back, threatening to drown him in conspiracy, grief, and murder.

He is Lucian de Remeni—a sorcerer whose magical bents for portraiture and history threaten the safety of the earth and the future of the war-riven kingdom of Navronne. He just can’t remember how or why.

Fighting to unravel the mysteries of his power, Lucian must trace threads of corruption that reach from the Pureblood Registry into the Order itself, the truth hidden two centuries in the past and beyond the boundaries of the world…

blood storm BLOOD STORM by Steven Harper

From the author of Iron Axe comes the second Book of Blood and Iron…

Ages ago, those who had the ability to change their shape lost it, leading to endless bloody battles for supremacy between the races—until one reluctant hero stepped forth to restore peace to the world.…

Even though Danr the half troll ended centuries of fighting, he still is not living the quiet life he longs for. Rumors have arisen that certain people are once again wielding the power of the shape. If Danr could learn to use it, he could become fully human and spend his life with his beloved, Aisa. But he is not the only one who craves the gift of changing form.…

Slavers have taken Danr’s friends captive, demanding the power of the shape as ransom. To obtain it, Danr must cross paths with the Fates, Death, and a giant wyrm that lives at the bottom of the ocean—before other, more dangerous parties uncover the secrets of shape changing.…

 

masked city THE MASKED CITY by Genevieve Cogman

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman is a wonderful read for all those who enjoyed Mr Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Jasper Fford’s The Eyre Affair or Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London.

Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he’s been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.

Kai’s dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people – and the forces of order and chaos themselves.

Irene’s mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it’s always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.

Iron Axe finalSteven Piziks As promised, I’m really pleased to introduce Steven Harper, author of IRON AXE, the first book in a wonderful Norse-inspired series about an outcast, half-troll boy given an earth-shattering (or saving) mission by Death herself.  Publishers Weekly says of it, “Harper begins the Books of Blood and Iron series with an exciting and somewhat unusual quest… His reinterpretations of trolls, giants, and fae folk give this series opener a fresh feeling, while his nods to Norse mythology and folklore root it strongly in fantasy tradition. Readers will be eager to see what’s in store.”  If you want to see what’s in store, comment below for a chance to win the audio edition (via Audible) of IRON AXE!

For those who don’t know, I’ve represented Steven for a long time now…almost exactly a week longer than I’ve been married to my husband.  I started reading his work shortly before taking time off for the last minute wedding prep and literally couldn’t put it down.  I was haggling with the caterer and his publisher all at the same time.  (Can you say insanity?  Sure you can!)  As Steven Harper, he’s written the steampunk Clockwork Empire books for Ace (THE DOOMSDAY VAULT, THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE, THE DRAGON MEN and THE HAVOC MACHINE), as well as The Silent Empire series and other books like WRITING THE PARANORMAL NOVEL (Writers Digest Books).  As Steven Piziks, he’s written original sf thrillers IN THE COMPANY OF MIND and THE CORPORATE MENTALITY as well as various tie-ins.  And today, he’s written for you about his…

Emergency Backup Fantasy World

When I was sixteen, I doodled a map of a city with a strangely-shaped harbor.  Eventually, I wondered what the country around the city looked like, so I doodled that, too.  Then, just for fun, I drew the countries around it, and eventually the continent.  By now I had so much time invested in it that I had to keep going.  I got some good drawing paper and colored pencils and put in the terrain and geography.  I worked out weather patterns.

Then I worked out the people.  Since I liked fantasy, the place became a fantasy world.  This country was ruled by elves.  This one by humans, but it was fragmented like Europe in the 1700s.  This country was for dwarves, and over here, merfolk.  I created gods and goddesses as well, nine of them in all.  The notes grew and grew, and I put them into a big blue binder.  Since I called the world Terra, the binder became the Terra File.

Over the years, I used the Terra File on and off.  It was a role-playing game for a long time.  I wrote a couple of short stories set on Terra, but nothing major.  Eventually, I put the Terra File aside and forgot about it.

Then I talked to my editor, Anne.  We were at World Fantasy Con, and she wanted to know what my next writing project would be.  I pitched several ideas, but none grabbed her.  Finally, in desperation, I remembered a short story I’d written years ago about an outcast teenaged boy who was half human, half troll.  I’d always wanted to write a novel about Trollboy, so I pitched that.  The setting was historical Norway, and I’d done a fair amount of research into Viking culture.

“Hmmm,” Anne said.  “I like the character and story, but Vikings are a hard sell.”

Think fast, Steven.  Think!  And I remembered the Terra file.

“Well,” I replied slowly, “I do have an emergency backup fantasy world.”

Anne blinked.  “You have an emergency backup fantasy world?”

“Doesn’t every author?” I said, and described Terra.  “What if I put Trollboy there?”

“I like it!” she said.  “Send me a synopsis, and we’ll talk.”

Back home, I dug out the Terra file and went to work.  A couple weeks later, I had my synopsis and was working on IRON AXE, the first novel in the Books of Blood and Iron.  Trollboy lives!

It pays to keep an emergency back up.

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Steven Harper Piziks was born with a name that no one can reliably spell or pronounce, so he often writes under the pen name Steven Harper. He lives in Michigan with his family.   When not at the keyboard, he plays the folk harp, fiddles with video games, and pretends he doesn’t talk to the household cats. In the past, he’s held jobs as a reporter, theater producer, secretary, and substitute teacher. He maintains that the most interesting thing about him is that he writes books.

In addition to the continuation of many awesome, popular series in 2015, like Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires, Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock, D.B. Jackson’s Thieftaker, Carol Berg’s Sanctuary, Diana Pharaoh Francis’s Diamond City Magic, Debra Mullins’s Truthseers, Vicky Dreiling’s Sinful Scoundrels, Susan Krinard’s Midgard and Nightsiders…the new year is going to be full of incredible new releases as well!  Over the next few days, some of my winter/spring release authors have taken time out of their writing schedules to do up guest blogs for me, and I’ll be posting them here, so stay tuned!  Specifically, I’ll have:

Iron Axe final Steven Harper, the author of the Norse-inspired novel IRON AXE, first in the Books of Blood and Iron.

spell blind David B. Coe, author of SPELL BLIND, first in The Case Books of Justis Fearsson, in which a former police detective has to battle his own mind and magic in order to take a special and sadistic serial killer.

invisible library Genevieve Cogman, debut author of THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY, which her publisher Tor UK calls, “Dr. Who with Librarian spies.”  (Right now available in the UK, but will keep you updated on when to expect it in the US.)

THE EXILE C.T. Adams, author of THE EXILE, a novel of conspiracy, magic, and most assuredly the Fae.

You’ll also be hearing a lot more about the following upcoming new authors/titles/series this year (listed below in order of publication)!  Some are already available for pre-order.

runaway lies RUNAWAY LIES by Shannon Curtis (Harlequin Australia, coming January 19th)

the hanged man THE HANGED MAN by P.N. Elrod (Tor Books, coming May 19… “Murder, mayhem and tea—a well-bred Victorian urban fantasy thriller. Prepare, o reader, to be enthralled.” says Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of the Mercy Thompson series

inkandbone_FINAL INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine (NAL, coming July 7)…In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

alice ALICE by Christina Henry (Ace Books, coming August 4)… A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll…

the veil THE VEIL by Chloe Neill (NAL, coming August 4)… a new series by New York Times bestselling author set in a war-torn New Orleans, still recovering and now living in the shadow of Devil’s Isle, a walled district confining the paranormal powers that crashed into our world when the Veil fell.  Well, mostly confined…

nightwise NIGHTWISE by R. S. Belcher (Tor Books, coming August 18)…Featuring Laytham Ballard. It’s said he raised the dead at the age of ten, ripped off the Philosopher’s Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. The legends are only a fraction of the truth.

On top of all THAT, I’m waiting on some firm publication dates for later in the year, like for a new series by Faith Hunter and a debut urban fantasy series by Michelle Belanger…  Watch this blog; it’s going to be an exciting year!!!  (And 2016 won’t be too shabby either!)

Happy New Year, all!  I hope your holidays were as wonderful and relaxing as mine.  You just can’t beat holding your new baby niece in your arms and having her tiny fingers clench yours.  Nope, you just can’t.

So much to celebrate this year, and I will in just a second, but I’m going to start off with a public service announcement.  GET YOUR EYES CHECKED.  Yes, seriously. If you’re anything like me, you put off taking care of yourself, especially for things that don’t seem massively urgent, like dental care, eye care, blood work, mammograms…  Well, the problem there is that sometimes you don’t catch things until they’re irreversible rather than early on when they can be more easily treated.  I usually order multiple boxes of contact lenses so that I don’t have to go back to the eye doctor for practically ever.  (The prescriptions themselves are only good for a year.)  So, it had been…far too long since I’d been in for an eye exam.  Luckily (not that I thought so at the time) my supply ran out in December, and I grudgingly went to the doctor, which is where I discovered that I didn’t have to suffer through the eye strain and fatigue that had plagued me for too long.  In short, I was having to work really hard to read.  The lettering all seemed too small, too faint, too fuzzy and by 8 pm, which is when I do a lot of my reading, my eyes wanted to give out.  They didn’t want to focus at all.  It was slowing me down, and as any of you who’ve read my blogs know, that’s just not an option.  Most days I’m tapdancing as fast as I can just to keep up with things.  The solution here was blessedly simple.  My prescription had changed, my astigmatism had changed, and I now needed to wear readers over my contacts.  Did I feel old?  Yes.  Did I get cute little reading glasses to make up for it?  You betcha.  So, no deep coded message here.  The take-away is that taking a little time can save a lot of time and strain and grief down the line, so, as Nike would say, JUST DO IT.

Now that we have that out of the way, I want to introduce some just-released books that you might want to feast those eyes on!

spell blind SPELL BLIND by David B. Coe (hardcover, e-book from Baen)

“Coe brings deep knowledge of both fantasy and mystery to his well-structured first urban fantasy novel.” – Publishers Weekly

Book #1 in The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, a new contemporary fantasy series from fantasy all-star David B. Coe. A hardboiled, magic-using private detective hunts a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona.

Justis Fearsson is a private investigator on the trail of a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona. Justis is also a weremyste—a person with a wizard’s gifts and the ability to see into the paranormal world. Unfortunately, weremystes also tend to go crazy on the full moon—which is why Justis is no longer a cop. Hard to explain those absences as anything but mental breakdown. But now an old case from his police detective days has come back to haunt him, literally, as a serial killer known as the Blind Angel strikes again. His signature stroke: burning out the victims’ eyes with magic. Now the victims are piling up, including the daughter of a senator, and Justis must race to stop the Blind Angel before he, she, or it kills again. There’s only one clue he’s got to go on: the Blind Angel is using the most powerful magic Justis has ever encountered, and if he doesn’t watch his own magical step, he may end up just as dead as the other vics.

Iron Axe final IRON AXE by Steven Harper (mass market, e-book from Roc)

“Harper begins the Books of Blood and Iron series with an exciting and somewhat unusual quest… His reinterpretations of trolls, giants, and fae folk give this series opener a fresh feeling, while his nods to Norse mythology and folklore root it strongly in fantasy tradition. Readers will be eager to see what’s in store.” – Publishers Weekly

In this brand new series from the author of the Clockwork Empire series, a hopeless outcast must answer Death’s call and embark on an epic adventure….

Although Danr’s mother was human, his father was one of the hated Stane, a troll from the mountains. Now Danr has nothing to look forward to but a life of disapproval and mistrust, answering to “Trollboy” and condemned to hard labor on a farm.

Until, without warning, strange creatures come down from the mountains to attack the village. Spirits walk the land, terrifying the living. Trolls creep out from under the mountain, provoking war with the elves. And Death herself calls upon Danr to set things right.

At Death’s insistence, Danr heads out to find the Iron Axe, the weapon that sundered the continent a thousand years ago. Together with unlikely companions, Danr will brave fantastic and dangerous creatures to find a weapon that could save the world—or destroy it.

shades of the wolf SHADES OF THE WOLF by Karen Whiddon (e-book out now, 2-in-1 paperback out in March, Harlequin Nocturne)

Could she lead him to the one thing he’d missed when he was alive?

Ever since her husband died in Afghanistan, shape-shifter Anabel Lee has been haunted—by every ghost except the one she longs to see. But when Tyler Rogers appears, Anabel senses something different about him. It’s not just his piercing blue eyes or sexy voice. Even though he’s a ghost, Tyler is more real than anyone she’s met in years.

Tyler needs Anabel’s help. His sister has been abducted by a powerful warlock, and he can sense her light fading fast. Confined to the spirit realm, he needs to join his powers with Anabel’s to bring his sister back from the darkness. As they work together against time and magic, will they discover a passion strong enough to bridge this world and the next?

 

Happy reading!

 

First, HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to Rachel Caine, Steven Harper and Karen Whiddon for their new releases!!!

fallofnightFALL OF NIGHT by Rachel Caine

New novel in the internationally bestselling Morganville Vampires series

Praise for the series: 

“Rachel Caine is a first-class storyteller who can deal out amazing plot twists as though she was dealing cards.”—#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris

“Fast-paced adventure….Claire’s tough-girl attitude may remind adult readers of Rachel Morgan and her world of human-vampire interactions. A tremendously popular series.”—Booklist

“Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series is my all-time favorite. I love love love the characters, the town, and the surprising plots.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Maria V. Snyder

“Thrilling, sexy, and funny! These books are addictive. One of my very favorite vampire series.”—Richelle Mead, International Bestselling Author of the Vampire Academy Series

Cover Copy:

Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. When student Claire Danvers gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it. But Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire trouble…

Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane.

Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires.

But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make…

havoc machineTHE HAVOC MACHINE by Steven Harper

New novel in the acclaimed Clockwork Empire series

Praise for the series:

“Steven Harper has an extraordinary writing talent and his characters, human or not, are all addictive as sin. An eclectic story that I cannot recommend highly enough.”   —Huntress Book Reviews

“This series has really grabbed a hold of me to the point where I’m desperate to find out what happens next. The characters and their plight are so easy to become invested in, and I found myself rooting for them every step of the way. So I cannot recommend the books in The Clockwork Empire series, especially The Impossible Cube any higher. Whether you are a fan of Steampunk or not, these books promise to be an exhilarating roller coaster ride from start to finish that you won’t want to miss!”   —A Book Obsession

“This is a good mix of science fiction and fantasy, action, with a bit of romance as well. Since steampunk has grown in popularity over the years, I see this one being picked up by many fans of the genre.” —News and Sentinel

Cover Copy:

In a world riddled with the destruction of men and machines alike, Thaddeus Sharpe takes to the streets of St. Petersburg, geared toward the hunt of his life….

Thaddeus Sharpe’s life is dedicated to the hunting and killing of clockworkers. When a mysterious young woman named Sofiya Ekk approaches him with a proposition from a powerful employer, he cannot refuse. A man who calls himself Mr. Griffin seeks Thad’s help with mad clockwork scientist Lord Havoc, who has molded a dangerous machine. Mr. Griffin cares little if the evil Lord lives or dies; all he desires is Havoc’s invention.

Upon Thad’s arrival at Havoc’s laboratory, he is met with a chilling discovery. Havoc is not only concealing his precious machine; he has been using a young child by the name of Nikolai for cruel experiments. Locked into a clockwork web of intrigue, Thad must decipher the dangerous truth surrounding Nikolai and the chaos contraption before havoc reigns….

millionaire cowboy THE MILLIONAIRE COWBOY’S SECRET by Karen Whiddon

Wonderful romantic suspense

“Strong, efficient writing and heartfelt romance” – Romantic Times Book Reviews

Cover Copy:

Undercover Seduction Undercover ATF agent Skylar McClain dreams of justice and lives by the law. She always gets her man. Armed with a killer smile and an undercover identity as a photojournalist, she should have no problem bringing down any criminal—even a sexy millionaire horse breeder. But no assignment has ever tested her boundaries like Matt Landeta. His connection to Mexican drug cartels makes him dangerous. Only, what if there’s more to this case than right and wrong?

All Matt wants is revenge. Not a gorgeous distraction like Skylar, whose hunt for answers will complicate things. Yet an unexpected enemy is about to bring Skylar closer to the truth…and to Matt. And letting go of his darkest secrets might be the only way to protect her.

I’m a couple of days late posting about this week’s new releases, but it’s been a crazy, busy, wonderful week, and I’m just glad to be doing so now!  Happy Book Birthday to Rachel Caine, Steven Harper, Bryan Anderson and David Mack!

BITTER BLOOD by Rachel Caine

Latest in the blockbuster, New York Times-bestselling Morganville Vampires series

Blurb:

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

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

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

THE DRAGON MEN by Steven Harper

Third in the amazing steampunk series The Clockwork Empire (really, really, really not kidding, y’all – this one blew me away)

Blurb:

As China prepares to become the ultimate power in an era of extraordinary invention and horror, Alice Michaels’ fate lies inside the walls of the forbidden kingdom….

Gavin Ennock has everything a man could desire—except time. As the clockwork plague consumes his body and mind, it drives him increasingly mad and fractures his relationship with his fiancée, Alice, Lady Michaels. Their only hope is that the Dragon Men of China can cure him.

But a power-mad general has seized the Chinese throne in a determined offensive to conquer Asia, Britain—indeed, the entire world. He has closed the country’s borders to all foreigners. The former ruling dynasty, however, is scheming to return the rightful heir to power. Their designs will draw Gavin and Alice down a treacherous path strewn with intrigue and power struggles. One wrong step will seal Gavin’s fate…and determine the future of the world.

NO TURNING BACK by Bryan Anderson with David Mack

One Man’s Inspiring Story of Courage, Determination and Hope

Blurb:

The word conquer has changed meaning for Bryan Anderson. As a U.S. Army Sergeant in Iraq, it meant taking down the enemy. After becoming Iraq’s fourth triple amputee from a roadside explosive, what he had to conquer got a bit more personal.

On October 23, 2005, the moment Bryan looked down and realized he no longer had legs, he cracked a joke. It was a tragedy that could break many, but Bryan transformed it into something positive, something that propelled him forward. Despite grueling surgeries and rehabilitation, his goal has always been bigger than simply walking again. Making the most of life, he went for it, learning how to snowboard, water-ski, rock climb, and skateboard with his condition—even winning himself some gold medals to place next to his Purple Heart.

In this inspiring memoir, Bryan shares his infectious love for life that touches anyone who’s faced hardship. Anyone, in any circumstance, can overcome the toughest challenges, by not just surviving, but thriving. No Turning Back is a testament to pure hard work, perseverance, and hope for a better life—no matter what shape it takes.