News from LE
I have some fabulous things in the work here at LE. Well, the most recent one is the SCHOOL’S IN event which is featuring 30 different authors who are celebrating August and September releases. Make sure you swing by and check them out; each author has stopped by with a short story featuring one of their characters going back to school or reliving a memory. Here are the current stories posted:
- Isaac Vainio by Jim C. Hines (Libromancer)
- Sethie’s High School Reunion by Alyssa Sheinmel (The Stone Girl)
- David Kentewess by Meljean Brook (Riveted)
- Wendy, Eddie, Piotr by KD McEntire (Reaper)
- Owen Palmer by Shana Swendson (Much Ado About Nothing)
- School of Hard Knocks (Levet) by Alexandra Ivy (Fear the Darkness)
- First Day at Loser Late-Blooming Shifter School by Nina Berry (Otherkin)
- Gage by Jocelynn Drake (The Asylum Interviews: Trixie)
- Jessica McClain by Amanda Carlson (Full Blooded)
I do have a recently started project that I’m super excited about. I don’t want to go into too much detail about it, because I want it to be a surprise for one. Let’s just say it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile and I’m finally getting the chance to. I’m hoping I’ll be able to share it next week, but we’ll see.
In the next week or so, LE will be searching for two new readers to join the team. We are looking for one to review strictly fantasy (high, dark, ya, etc – just not urban) and science fiction (all subgenres) and a second for urban fantasy and paranormal romance to come on as full time reviewers. That means 4-5 reviews per month, with one being due each week. I’ll be posting the full requirements soon (I wanted to get the newsletter up first), but if you’ve been thinking about reviewing or know someone who wants to, keep your eyes on LE for the posting to go live in the next couple of days.
For those wondering, I know I posted for a SF/F reviewer earlier this summer, but various issues made it an inopportune time to bring someone on. Now that school is back in session, some of that time has freed up, so Nicole and I will be able to give each applicant the time they deserve.
- Hearts of Darkness – Maureen F, who said Run. Definitely run. I (unlike most of the others) would not bring a weapon because I’d likely hurt myself more than whoever’s attacking me so I’ll need lock picks, a first aid kit, and a thick jacket with lots of pockets because Seattle can get pretty cold and pockets are always useful.
- In a Fix – ErinF1, who said I think of each book I read as an out of body experience. My hope is to be drawn completely into the story through the characters. Don’t particularly have a favorite type…
- How To Lose a Demon in 10 Days – Barb P, who said I’m sorry, I have to go with my real life hero, and that would be my 20 year old son. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 6. Life has been pretty difficult for him, but bless his heart, no matter what happens or what people say to him or about him, he keeps on going. He is now in college with a 3.7 GPA and he just keeps at it with so much determination. I am so proud of him! He is my hero!
If anyone has an LE button posted anywhere, or wants one, I’ve posted a couple of updated versions in the site images folder on Facebook. These include the spacey background as well as the new tagline on one of them.
One last thing, I’ve been getting some questions and I wanted to say – BLACK FRIDAY will return in November! It seems the event was popular last year, so I’ll be doing it again and will start working on it when SCHOOL’S IN concludes.
During August, 75 different covers were revealed. I’m only going to show off a few that I haven’t seen get as much time on the blogs, but you can find all of them, in their original sizes, on the Facebook page in the August album. There were a ton of great sources: Wicked Scribes, All Things Urban Fantasy, Michelle’s Book Blog, Escape Between the Pages, Dark Faerie Tales and Tez Says.
The Curiosities an anthology featuring Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff
The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
Charming Blue by Kristine Grayson (Fates #8)
Iron’s Prophecy by Julie Kagawa
Where There’s a Will by Karen Kelley
Daemon’s Angel by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Brotherhood of the Sword #2)
Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster
Savage Redemption by Alexis Morgan
Taking the Cake! by Lisa Papademetriou (Confectionately Yours #2)
Blaze Dark by Marianne de Pierres (Burn Bright #3)
Shine Light by Marianne de Pierres
Entice by Jessica Shirvington (Embrace #2)
Outpost by Ann Aguirre (Razorland #2)
How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by GA Aiken (Dragon Kin)
Willful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society an anthology
An Apple for the Creature an anthology featuring Charlaine Harris, Ilona Andrews, Mike Carey, Thomas Sniegoski and more
Desire the Night by Amanda Ashley
Blackwood by Gwenda Bond (Strange Chemistry)
This Case Is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova
Riveted by Meljean Brook (Iron Seas #2)
Playing to Win by Jaci Burton
Accidentally Dead by Dakota Cassidy (Accidental Friends)
The Lost Night by Jayne Castle (Harmony World #10)
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs (Medusa Girls #1) (MMP)
Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs (Medusa Girls #2)
Head Rush by Carolyn Crane (Disillusionist #3)
Once and Again by Lauren Dane
Supernatural Born Killers by Casey Daniels (Pepper Martin Mystery)
The Asylum Interviews: Trixie by Jocelynn Drake (Asylum Tales prequel)
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
Dark Storm by Christine Feehan (Carpathians #23)
Beneath A Blood Red Moon by Heather Graham
The Kingmakers by Clay & Susan Griffith (Vampire Empire #3)
In a Fix by Linda Grimes
The Space Between Us by Megan Hart
Two Ravens and One Crow by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid)
Tiger’s Destiny by Colleen Houck (Tiger’s Curse #4)
Clean by Alex Hughes
Have Stakes Will Travel by Faith Hunter
Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon
A Host of Furious Fancies by Mercedes Lackey
A Host of Furious Fancies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Surrender by Aimee Laine (Mimics of Rune #2)
His Very Own Girl by Carrie Lofty
A Tale of Two Vampires by Katie MacAlister (Dark Ones)
Blood Forever by Mari Mancusi (Blood Coven Vampires)
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Envy by Elizabeth Miles (Fury #2)
Dragon’s Moon by Lucy Monroe (Children of the Moon)
The Map of the Sky by Felix Palma
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
Dead Is a Killer Tune by Marlene Perez
Dead Mann Running by Stefan Petrucha
Velvet Moon by Sophie Renwick (The Immortals of Annwyn #3)
Primal Possession by Katie Reus (Moon Shifter #2)
Impulse by Moira Rogers (Southern Arcana)
Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #5)
In Rides Trouble by Julie Ann Walker (Black Knights Inc #2)
Inhuman by Eileen Wilks
September 6th: Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #6)
Toxic by jus Accardo (Denazen #1)
Silver Mine by Vivian Arend (Takhini Wolves #2)
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (Lynburn Legacy)
Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
Under the Moon by Natalie Damschroder (Goddesses Rising)
Flock by Wendy Delsol
Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst
When Morning Comes by Lori Handeland
Hidden by Sophie Jordan
Vanish by Sophoie Jordan
Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield
Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier
Full Blooded by Jessica McClain
The Hunt by LJ Smith (Secret Circle #5)
The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks
Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Covenant #2)
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The First Kill by Heather Brewer (Slayer Chronicles #1)
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
Incarnation by Emma Cornwall
Glass Heart by Amy Garvey (Cold Kiss #2)
Stray Souls by Kate Griffin
Hunter’s Season by Thea Harrison
Forever Werewolf & Moon Kissed by Michele Hauf
The Curse by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love (Belador #3)
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell
Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride
White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin
What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang (Hybrid Chronicles #1)
The Mongoliad: Book One Collector’s Edition an anthology featuring Neal Stephenson, Erik Bear, Greg Bear and Joseph Brassey
The Mongoliad: Book Two an anthology featuring Neal Stephenson, Erik Bear, Greg Bear and Joseph Brassey
The Undead In My Bed an anthology featuring Katie MacAlister, Molly Harper, Jessica Sims
Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer (Noon Onyx)
Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong (HC)
Seduction’s Shift by AC Arthur (Shadow Shifters)
Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks (Montgomerys & Armstrongs #1)
The Infects by Sean Beaudoin
Shadows by Ilsa Bick (Ashes)
The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
Shadow Rising by Cassi Carver (Shadow Slayers #2)
Sacrifice the Wicked by Karina Cooper (Dark Mission)
Wolf Pact by Melissa de la Cruz
Scorched by Gina Damico (Croak #2)
Covet by Melissa Darnell
A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies
How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days by Saranna DeWylde (10 Days #2)
The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegen (Mephisto #2)
Dark Predator by Christine Feehan
The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel (Zombie #2)
A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison
Kiss of Surrender by Sandra Hill (Deadly Angels #2)
The Blessed by Tonya Hurley
Something Witchy This Way Comes by HP Mallory (Jolie Wilkins)
Yesterday by CK Kelly Martin
The Water Mirror by Kai Meyer
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
Hold ‘Em by Katie Porter (Vegas Top Guns #3)
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter (White Rabbit Chronicles #1)
Personal Demon by Susan Sizemore
The Forbidden Lady by Kerrelyn Sparks
Blood Riders by Michael Spradlin
The Moonstone and Miss Jones by Jillian Stone (Phaeton Black #2)
Alchemystic by Anton Strout (Spellmason Chronicles #1)
Blaze by Joan Swan (Phoenix Rising #2)
Dreamer by Mark Teppo
Rapture by JR Ward (Fallen Angels #4)
Dawn’s Desire by Donna Grant (Dark Kings #3)
The Scoundrel by Laurell K Hamilton (Anita Blake: Curse of the Damned #3)
September 27th: Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney
New Release Dates:
I don’t have the New Releases page updated just yet. I will have it updated in a couple of days. A printable version of the New Releases page was requested on facebook awhile back and that is now available. For a listing of all the novels that were added, click here and here. I still have a bunch more to post, but so as not to make the newsletter excessively long, here’s a few with October and November dates with more to be posted later:
10/01/12: Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne (The Portal #1)
10/01/12: No Quest For The Wicked by Shanna Swendson (Katie Chandler #6)
10/02/12: The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Strange Chemistry)
10/02/12: Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow
10/02/12: London Eye by Tim Lebbon (Toxic City #1)
10/02/12: Palace of the Damned by Darren Shan (Saga of Larten Crepsley)
10/16/12: Dueling Minds an anthology featuring Brian James Freeman, Brian Keene, Gary Braunbeck, Tim Lebbon
10/16/12: Sex and the Single Princess by Marie Treanor
10/16/12: Blind Destiny by Shiloh Walker (Grimm Circle #7)
11/01/12: Gilded Wings by Amy Lignor (Angel Chronicles #2)
11/01/12: Provoked by Rebecca Zanetti
11/06/12: The Harvest by Vicki Pettersson
11/27/12: Angel In Chains by Cynthia Eden
11/27/12: Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Katie Porter
11/27/12: Dead on Delivery by Eileen Rendahl (Messenger #2)
Karen Mahoney has some fabulous news. For those of us in the US who won’t be able to get a copy of her new novel, Falling to Ash (because the US Pubs haven’t bought it yet), we will be able to get more of Moth via Moth Tales, a new web comic series by Karen and Candace Ellis. The first episode starts September 19th and will begin appearing every Monday and Friday.
Anne Bishop is starting a new series! Written in Red is a new series featuring vampires and shapeshifters (so something totally different than her Ephemera and Black Jewels series) and will be released March 2013.
No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities—vampires and shape-shifters among them—who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.
As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.
Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.
For those of us in Michigan, the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group is developing a writers conference and will be having a multi-author signing on November 3rd. The attending author list hasn’t been posted yet, but it does show that Colleen Gleason will be this years keynote speaker. The Ready, Set Write Conference still seems to be setting up their page, but after some browsing I noticed that Jennifer Armintrout is also schedule to appear. I’ll be keeping my eyes on this one as it might be a good place to see a bunch of local authors.
Tez Says found a few new author deals including a new erotic trilogy by Andrea Cremer.
Andrea Cremer‘s adult erotic trilogy to Dutton (World). Set within the Nightshade world of the author’s YA books, about the lives, passions, and betrayals of lovers whose very desires invite their dooms. The first book is scheduled for October 2013.
For fans of Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, the third book now has a title and a release date. Entwined With You will be out December 31, 2012 – so not as long of a wait between books two and three as there was for one and two.
While updated the new release page, I noticed that the preorder link for another hot title went live on Amazon – Lover At Last by JR Ward, the next Black Dagger Brotherhood novel that features our favorite couple, Blay and Qhuinn.
Fantastic news for fans of Kelley Armstrong. Bell Media just announced that Bitten is getting made into a 13 hour drama for the television station Space in Canada. That means we’ll be getting some live Clay & Elena action! Now if only we can get it in the US. Speaking of Armstrong, have we seen the back cover blurb for Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong’s upcoming Loki’s Wolves?
In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok that only the gods can stop. When this apocalypse happens, the gods must battle the monsters—wolves the size of the sun, serpents that span the seabeds—all bent on destroying the world.
The gods died a long time ago.
Matt Thorsen knows every Norse myth, saga, and god as if it was family history—because it is family history. Most people in the modern-day town of Blackwell, South Dakota, in fact, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt’s classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke.
However, knowing the legends and completely believing them are two different things. When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids—led by Matt—will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt, Laurie, and Fen’s lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.
I even have some Nadia news for you. Fans of Armstrong’s Nadia Stafford series will be happy to hear that a third yet to be named novel will be released in 2013.
Jaye Wells has some fabulous news. She’s sold a new series and has been contracted for three novels. There will also be two new Sabina Kane e-novellas
The PROSPERO’S WAR series focuses on an ambitious cop, named Kate Prospero, whose goal is to rid the streets of the covens that sell addictive dirty magic. I pitched it to Orbit as “The Wire with wizards.” The first book will be titled DIRTY MAGIC (Fall 2013).
Rachel Vincent has revealed the cover for her third Bound novel, Oath Bound, as well as the blurb.
New Excerpts or Reading for Free
Jeri Smith-Ready is giving us a glimpse into a new Jezebel short story, A Chance in Hell, that is still a work in progress.
Ilona Andrews has posted a random funny from what I believe is the upcoming Kate novel, which hasn’t been named yet.
In anticipating of the release of Cherished, Lauren Dane has posted a few snippets from her contribution Sway – one, two, three and four. Dane has also posted a snippet from her Brown Sibling novel, Never Enough, which is currently available.
Shiloh Walker has posted a snippet from her upcoming novel, The Protected, which comes out next year. Walker has also posted an excerpt from the newly retitled, Wrecked (formerly Wrecked This Life), which comes out April 2, 2013.
Karen Mahoney has a snippet from her upcoming novel, Falling to Ash, which will only be released in the UK/Aus/NZ in September. It sucks, I know.
Featured Book: This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova
What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power—our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks,” and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and men. Very lucky humans are selected to join the vampires, werewolves, and elves—or, on occasion, to live at the Seelie Court.
Linnet Ellery is the offspring of an affluent Connecticut family dating back to Colonial times. Fresh out of law school, she’s beginning her career in a powerful New York “white fang” law firm. She has high hopes of eventually making partner.
But strange things keep happening to her. In a workplace where some humans will eventually achieve immense power and centuries of extra lifespan, office politics can be vicious beyond belief. After some initial missteps, she finds herself sidelined and assigned to unpromising cases. Then, for no reason she can see, she becomes the target of repeated, apparently random violent attacks, escaping injury each time through increasingly improbable circumstances. However, there’s apparently more to Linnet Ellery than a little old-money human privilege. More than even she knows. And as she comes to understand this, she’s going to shake up the system like you wouldn’t believe….
This Month’s Reviews
Biting Cold by Chloe Neill
Blood and Silver by James R. Tuck
Darkness Everlasting by Alexandra Ivy
Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston
Blood of Innocence by Tami Dane
I Couldn’t Love You More by Jillian Medoff
The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton
Thoroughly Kissed by Kristine Grayson
Starlight by Carrie Lofty
Voracious by V.K. Forrest
Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen
Song of the Dragon by Tracy Hickman
Bared to You by Sylvia Day
Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney
Double Down by Katie Porter
Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
From the Reader
I’m getting excited for Arrow to premiere on the CW on October 10th. There’s already news leaking about which other superheroes will be making an appearance. The Huntress is a go and the idea of a Bruce Wayne/Batman appearance has risen since the Nolan Trilogy is now done. I want to say the other superhero confirmed to make an appearance is Black Canary, but don’t quote me on that. I can’t find the article any more. Is anyone else getting excited?
Parajunkee’s latest edition of Book Blogging 101 polled over 200 Book Bloggers, asking some hot topics about their own blogging experiences and her results are kind of surprising. The topics include Blog Size, Pageviews & Advertising Myths (everyone does understand the difference between page views and visitors, right?), Handling Reviews, Authors & Posts (negative reviews area must IMO) and Blogger Behaviors, Drama & Social Networking (33% of bloggers don’t use facebook?).
The Galaxy Express has a bunch of great news for any science fiction romance lover, including the news that Carina Press will be launching a serial by Zaide Bishop in 2013 that will consist of each episode having 20k-30k words.
Jennifer Armintrout has been reviewing Fifty Shades Darker, the second novel in the Fifty Shades series and they’re quite humorous to read. Here are the recaps for Chapter One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven and Eight.
Stainless Steel Droppings has started it’s annual R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII Reading Challenge. RIP is a great challenge as it runs for two months and features books and movies/television that could be classified (by you) as: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, Supernatural or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above. This is one challenge that I try to do every year, but I don’t think I’m going to make it this year. However, if you can do it, DO IT!
Did you know that if you @reply someone on Twitter, it doesn’t show up to the world? You always hear how anything said on Twitter is very public, but maybe not everything. At least if you don’t have an extremely large audience. During Parajunkee’s latest Blogging 101 post (Ten Rules for Twitter Newbies), she says this:
Rule #6 – If you begin your tweet with @username it will be a reply and will only be viewable to people that follow you and that person. It will show up on your profile page, but your follower stream will not be able to see it. If you want the rest of the world to see the tweet — stick a character in front. A lot of people will use a period.
I so did not know that. I have so been tweeting wrong then! If you’re a new blogger or are thinking about becoming one, make sure you bookmark Parajunkee’s View. Her Blogging 101 tips are so informative that I have yet to not learn something new. I especially wish she had been around when I first started and I had the chance to read her My Best Advice To New Bloggers post.
Did you miss the chance to head to New Orleans for the Authors After Dark convention earlier this month? The AAD blog has collected a bunch of the various author recaps, so if you want to hear how it was, here’s a bunch of opinions for you. If you want to go next year to Savannah, Georgia (I’ll be there with both monkeys!), registration is now open. It’s a little pricer this year, but still not as bad as RT.
During August, I really slacked on the news posts and that was a really bad thing for all the author interviews and guests posts. There were 107 different authors who visited various sites last month and many of those authors visits more than one site. So instead of adding a lengthy list to this month’s newsletter (and in an effort to get it out a little quicker), I’m not going to list all the ones from the last news post here. They have all been added to the master list, which has been posted on Facebook. To point out how many appearances there were in August, Facebook wouldn’t let me put them all in one note. Whaaat! That’s never happened before. So this month’s listing of author interviews and guest articles have been separated into two parts – LE posts and Authors A – J and Authors K – Z.
GoodReads is giving away a few of books right now: