Posts Tagged ‘the risk-taker’

Killing MoonShadowed SunWhile we’re on the subject of “Best of” lists, holiday book recommendations, et. al., iO9 has come out with their Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2012 list.  Fabulously (and unsurprisingly to those who’ve read and loved her), N.K. Jemisin’s Dreamblood series, THE KILLING MOON and THE SHADOWED SUN, made the list!

nexusIn other news, SF Squeecast, Episode 19 squees about some amazing authors, among them, Ramez Naam, whose debut sf thriller NEXUS you might have heard me talk about just a bit.

risktaker_smKira Sinclair has entered The Next Big Thing blog hop, and I’m pleased to present her post at The Writing Playground about her new book THE RISK-TAKER and what’s inspired her to write about a reckless POW who just wants to forget and the journalist (and girl who got away) who wants him to do anything but.

IceyBooks is doing an exclusive cover reveal today on Amy Christine Parker’s incredible debut (coming in August from Random House Children’s Books), GATED.  Since it’s about an apocalyptic cult, it’s entirely appropriate that today’s the day.  Assuming the world doesn’t actually end, I can HIGHLY recommend that you check this one out!

FangtabulousAnd a reminder that FANGTABULOUS, the fourth book in my Vamped series that began with VAMPED, REVAMPED and FANGTASTIC, is coming out in just a couple of weeks (though it may be shipping a little early!).  I may be a little biased, but I think this is a great young adult series for those who might like their tongue firmly implanted in cheek.  Or a little bark with their bite.  Kirkus Reviews gave FANGTABULOUS this amazing review, “Another amusing romp in the series, this installment also sees its hardy heroine beginning to mature, adding further dimension to her character.  Reminiscent of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, Gina never fails to deliver the goods.”  I think this might be the best present ever!  (The review, I mean, though if you take it as referring to the books, well, I certainly won’t protest.)  Buy early and often!

Okay, now really and truly signing off (temporarily) for the holidays.

I’m so excited today to congratulations to D.B. Jackson for being named one of the winners of WordNerds’ Best First Book in a Series Award for his most excellent historical urban fantasy novel THIEFTAKER!

Also thrilled to wish happy book birthdays to Ramez Naam for NEXUS and to Kira Sinclair for THE RISK TAKER.

nexus NEXUS by Ramez Naam

This is an amazing science fiction thriller that has been receiving a ton of well deserved buzz.  Just check out this amazing write-up in Wired or these fantastic quotes:

“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

“Reminds me of Michael Crichton at his best.” —Brenda Cooper, author of The Silver Ship and the Sea and The Creative Fire

“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

At the risk of belaboring how much you must go out and buy this book, if you order before December 31st, the author is giving away a copy of his award-winning non-fiction book MORE THAN HUMAN.  Details are here.  It’s an offer not to be missed!

risktaker_smTHE RISK-TAKER by Kira Sinclair

If you want a novel to raise your temperature on the cold winter nights or to warm your heart, this is for you!  Just check out this fabulous review on CSI: Creative Scene Investigations!  Or the book description below:

Subject: Totally buff ranger Gage HarperCurrent Status: Walking wounded—both physically and mentallyMission: Finally get the girl he could never haveObstacle: She may just be the biggest risk he’s ever takenAll returned POW Gage Harper wants to do is forget, even if he has to let some gym rat beat him to a pulp to do it. He certainly doesn’t want to tell the tale of his heroism to the tabloids. Especially since he’s no hero…. But one journalist is determined to get the inside scoop—and she’s the only girl Gage has never been able to resist.

Hope Rawlings never took Gage’s romantic advances seriously growing up. After all, she was just his buddy, and a guy like Gage could have any girl he wanted. But now she needs his story to get her dream job in the city. And she’s willing to do anything to get it.

I’ll be posting a little bit over the holidays (for example, Amy Christine Parker’s big cover reveal on Friday at Iceybooks), so I hope you’ll stop back in before the new year, but in case you don’t, I want to wish you all now a fabulous holiday season and an incredibly happy, healthy, save and serene new year!

blood winter Also, Diana Pharaoh Francis, whose new Horngate Witches novel BLOOD WINTER comes out in just one week, is over at Literal Addiction with some pretty fascinating answers to their interview questions and at The Qwillery, talking about Becoming a Hero.  I hope you’ll check her out and show her some love!