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New releases

I'm very pleased to present this week's new releases!


, Volume 3 by P.N. Elrod
"I love getting into bed with Jack Fleming.  Vampires, Chicago, jazz, and mystery - nobody does it better than P.N. Elrod." - Lilith Saintcrow, author of the Dante Valentine series

Chicago is a rough town, even for the undead. But someone has to clean up the dirty burg, and Jack Flemming is just the vampire for the job. The Vampire Files, Volume Three includes two adventures featuring Chicago's very own vampire P.I. as he cleans up the streets, one crook at a time (A CHILL IN THE BLOOD and THE DARK SLEEP). 

FORMULA FOR MURDER (third Maternal Instincts Mystery) by Diana Orgain
"Anyone who’s been a mother or had one will welcome the arrival of this entertaining new sleuth.” — Gillian Roberts, author of the Amanda Pepper series

Sleuth and first-time mom Kate Connolly and her baby are the victims of a hit-and-run, but escape unharmed. A witness identifies the car's French diplomatic license plates, yet when Kate and her hubby try to get some answers, they get le cold shoulder. But there's something going on at the French consulate that's dirtier-and far deadlier-than any diaper.

BLACKOUT (sixth Cal Leandros novel) by Rob Thurman
“Supernatural highs and lows, and a hell of a lean over at the corners. Sharp and sardonic, mischievous and mysterious…The truth is Out There, and it’s not very pretty.”—Simon Green, New York Times Bestselling Author of Paths Not Taken

“Cal’s a sarcastic, sardonic narrator who pulls the reader into his world, both the good and the bad. Tightly plotted and fast paced…full of twists and turns.”—Romantic Times

When half-human Cal Leandros wakes up on a beach littered with the slaughtered remains if a variety of hideous creatures, he's not that concerned. In fact, he can't remember anything-including who he is.
             And that's just the way his deadly enemies like it...

Wanna know more?  Check out this rockin' series trailer.

Coming later this month: WRITING THE PARANORMAL NOVEL by Steven Harper and the reissue of EYE OF HEAVEN by Marjorie M. Liu!

First Son's Second Book Blog

For those of you who enjoyed my son’s previous book recs, here’s a new list just in time for the holidays.  For those who missed out, you can click here for his earlier advice.

First (and only) Son's Second Book Blog

I AM NUMBER FOUR (Lorien Legacies #1) by Pittacus Lore– It’s really awesome.  It’s about a kid who’s an alien and he comes from a planet in a different galaxy.  The first three who escaped with him have been killed and he’s next.

The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer – It’s really awesome (Me: “You said that about I AM NUMBER FOUR.”  Him: “Well, a lot of them are really awesome.”)  It’s about a teenage criminal genius.

THE SOCIETY OF UNRELENTING VIGILANCE (The Candleman #1) by Glenn Dakin – It was really, really, really, really, really good.  (Son: “Wait, how many reallys was that?” I read it back to him. “Add three.”  Me: “What, five wasn’t enough?”  “No, not enough.”)  It’s about this kid who can melt you by touching you with his bare skin.

The Warriors series by Erin Hunter – It’s about a bunch of cats who fight each other.  That’s just basically what it’s about.  It was okay.  I didn’t like it, but I know a lot of kids who did.

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins – An instant bestseller.  It’s really…. (Me: “Enough with the It’s really. Come up with something else to say.”)  Um, okay.  Uh.  There’s a lot of fighting.   It’s got a good storyline.   It‘s got awesome characters and it’s a really good book.  I think you should read it. (Me again. Everyone in the world should read this book.  I don't just mean kids that are ten going on twenty or just boys or.... I mean everyone.)

The Ender series by Orson Scott Card – It’s the best series I’ve never completed.  I’m on CHILDREN OF THE MIND right now.  It has a really great storyline, it’s got great characters and it’s interesting.  (Yup, me.  I have to add here a recommendation also for his Tales of Alvin the Maker, also called The Hatrack River series.  My son hasn't read these yet or I'm sure he'd plug them himself.)

NERDS by Michael Buckley – It’s about these teenage super spies that kick butt.  I recommend it.  The teenage super spies also have special powers.  One kid uses her inhalers to shoot fire.  Another kid can make metal tentacles come out of his braces.  It’s actually really cool.

THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA – It’s very, really good.  It’s about this fortune-telling origami Yoda puppet.  It can read the future, depending on what you ask it.  It’s very, very funny.

(Our puppy starts indicating that he has to go out.  “My dog is barking.  How do I make it stop?” he says.  Me: “Oh, is that what you want to ask Origami Yoda?”  Him: “It’s actually from the book. It’s one of the strange cases.”)

The blog ends here because I did, in fact, have to take the puppy out.  However, my son, who’s off finishing I AM NUMBER FOUR before school rather than reading over my shoulder right now, will be getting a bunch of new books for Christmas, so I expect there will be another middle-grade/YA blog from him some time after the new year.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy and maybe even discover something great for one of the readers on your shopping list.

Winner and PASIC chat

The winner of the bundle of books from the Debut Week giveaway is Susan Thorson!  Susan, if you'll e-mail me per the address in my response to your comment, I'll get you out a bundle of books a.s.a.p.  Enjoy!

In other news, I'm doing a chat tonight for PASIC (the Published Authors' Special Interest Chapter of RWA) at 9 p.m. eastern.  I hope you'll join me!  Here's the link to their site.  Clicking the chat button in the upper right should lead you to log in for the chat.

Great Books for Boys - guest blog by...my son!

My son is a huge reader.  I asked him to guest blog for me last night, much to his excitement, about great books for boys his age (nine and a half) and here's what he came up with, in his very own words.  All I did was type as he talked.  Enjoy!

Bio: I’ve only written a few books, but the ones I have written have been pretty good.  I like to write about things that haven’t really happened, like science fiction.  I love science and I’m in the gifted program. 
[Me: clearly, he has a self-image problem.  We're working on that (*grin*).  Seriously, though, all on his own a few years ago he started writing and illustrating graphic novels and selling them for a dollar a piece to raise money for cancer research.  Our community newsletter gave him a write-up.]


Great Books for Boys by Ty

I’d say one of the best books for boys is Vordak the Incomprehensible’s How to Grow Up and Rule the World.  It’s a good book with a lot of evil in it and it’s got some pretty wicked things in there, like teaching your brother that the word for shoes is “poop.” [Me: not available until August 24th.  I received an early copy when I was at the Egmont offices and laughed aloud over something on the galley cover.  This book is read-out-loud-to-your-friends funny.]

A great series would be the Percy Jackson series, because it’s got a lot of butt-kicking and violence.  Just what every kid loves! 

Another great series is the Pyrates series.  It’s basically about four kids who discover a treasure map and an entire network of tunnels that contain an ancient treasure called The Eye of Eternity.

The Harry Potter series is another one I definitely recommend.  It’s really cool, because there’s a lot of violence. [Aside from me, “Can we not dwell on the violence.”  Him, “Mom, kids love the violence.  It’s the #1 thing kids love.”  “Oh, good.” (sarcasm, in case it’s not coming through)].  It’s awesome.

A great book would have to be The Dangerous Book for Boys.  It puts a lot of cool things in our heads.  Some of them are like dangerous stunts, and some are just plain how to catch yourself a girlfriend.

I’ve basically expended most of the books in my knowledge that were great.  Thank you for reading this.  Good-bye.

[Hey, it's me again.  The things you discover when you have your son guest-blog....  When we've talked about the Percy Jackson books, which he encouraged me to read so that we could discuss, it's been all about how cool Poseidon is and how much he's learned about the gods and goddesses.  Oh yeah, and if I could be a demi-god, which demi-god would I be?  Who knew it was really all about the butt-whooping?]

March 1: P.S. to this - what Ty's reading this week: Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney.


Wow, I didn't have time to do more than comment on a few blogs and post a few tweets before the situation with Amazon and Macmillan (hopefully) resolved.  If you stepped away from your computer over the weekend, you might have missed it, but Shelf Awareness has an excellent wrap-up here.

More pithiness on the subject from my client Doranna Durgin, whose wonderful paranormal romance THE RECKONERS releases tomorrow from a Macmillan imprint.

More on Teen Reads and Take Home Tuesday

When I was in NY a week and a half ago, the lovely ladies at the Avon offices gave me a copy of SHELF DISCOVERY: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading.  Just looking at the Table of Contents was a nostalgia trip through time.  So many of my favorites discussed: A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle, FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER by E.L. Konigsburg, ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O'Dell, THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND by Elizabeth George Speare, THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett....  (I'd have added a few, like WATCHER IN THE WOODS by Florence Engel Randall, THE CHANGEOVER by Margaret Mahy, LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott, BLACK BEAUTY by Anna Sewell, MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE by Marguerite Henry....)  Because I am who I am, I started collecting my old favorites before my son ever came along, wanting to introduce my child to my first loves.  He's read some and I hope that he'll read others.  For myself, I'm looking forward to checking out the classics I may have missed and wandering down memory lane with the others.

For more talk of Teen Reads, my Cynsations interview is up today, including discussion of how my own young adult novel, VAMPED, came to be.

In other news, The Knight Agency is hosting a Take Home Tuesday Contest with Marley Gibson, Patrick Burns and Dave Schrader, co-authors of THE OTHER SIDE: A TEEN'S GUIDE TO GHOST HUNTING AND THE PARANORMAL.

Where: TKA Chat Room

When: Wednesday, October 21st @ 9pm ET

How To Chat: (1) Click on this link: http://client1.sigmachat.com/sc.php?id=115545 (2) Enter a username and password (any combination) (3) Click Login

Sassy Summer Reads

Esi Sogah, an awesome editor with Avon Books, has agreed to do her own guest blog on beach reads.  If you'd like to get to know Esi better, she's got a wonderful Q&A up on the Avon site.  I sort of empathize with the need to see every dance movie ever made, though I tend to get cranky when there's not nearly enough actual dance in them.

As for the books, these ought to heat up your summer!


Hi everyone! I was so excited to be asked to guest blog about beach reads. As some of you may know, being an editor does not mean you get to read all the time—in fact, it means just the opposite! Luckily, things slow down a bit in the summer and I get a chance to dive in. Of course, it's difficult for me to recommend anything from my TBR pile, since I haven't read them yet, but here are some books I know you'll love this summer:


Hollyhood by Valerie Joyner: This is a roller-coaster story of life behind the scenes of a big network sitcom. Ty Hart, one of the few black producers in the game, knows he has to work seriously hard to keep his show at the top. But when the leading man has an ego bigger than Texas—with the star actress not far behind, your best friend has some very bad habits, and your girlfriend puts a new twist on the double standard, nothing comes easy.


Curing the Blues With a New Pair of Shoes by Dixie Cash: I absolutely love the Dixies. They write hilarious southern mysteries, set in Texas, with two fantastic heroines. What could be better than hairdressers that moonlight as private detectives? Now, this one is on sale on 7/21, but there are five other Dixie books to tide you over until you can get the new one.


Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn: Since I can't shut up about Deanna Raybourn, it only makes sense to mention her here. She writes fantastic historical novels with sweeping mysteries and awesome characters. Deanna won a RITA in 2008 for Silent in the Grave and she definitely wasn't a one hit wonder. I loved her first two books, and this one kept me up until 3am on a worknight—you can't get a better recommendation than that!


And, to be perfectly honest, it wouldn't be summer if I didn't re-read at least of few of Stephanie Laurens's

books. Don't think of them as beach reads? Well, check out this picture of Princess Beatrice and think again!


Enjoy your summer—and happy reading!

Sizzling Summer Reads

I’m going to have some awesome editors guest blogging on Wednesday and Thursday about great summer reads (Esi Sogah from Avon and Rose Hilliard from St. Martin’s Press). 

Someone posed the question recently on Facebook “Where and when would you go if you could time travel?”  My answer was that I didn’t so much want to travel in time as stop it so that I could catch up on all my work.  I realized later that I was wrong.  If I had the means to stop time, I’d probably use it to read some of the wonderful books on my TBR stack that I never seem to have the time to get to.  So, what’s on my TBR pile?  Well, it seems largely, though not entirely, one paranormal summer:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
From the back cover: "Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature.  Seth Grahame-Smith once took a class in English Literature."

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
A 2008 YALSA Teen Top Pick.  Vampires...need I say more?

Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
"Night of the Living Dead meets Michael Crichton" - Joseph Finder, NYT bestselling author of Power Play

Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells
See, I promised I'd buy a copy....or five.  I'm looking forward to this!  Especially because I think your protag here and mine from Vamped would get along famously. 

Red Fire by Deidre Knight
"Deidre Knight has created a fascinating world of gods, demons, and immortal warriors.  I can't wait for more!" - Angela Knight, NYT bestselling author

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
I seem to be on a Jane kick!

Finger-Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
Huge fan of the series.  Haven't missed one yet.

Let’s see, who am I missing?  There are other books on my list I haven’t yet acquired but fully intend to: Bite Me by Melissa Francis, Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby, The Downhome Zombie Blues by Linnea Sinclair, Blue Diablo by Anne Aguirre.   Really, the list goes on and on.  In fact, if you check back later today, I may have added to it as things occur to me.  What are y'all reading this summer?  Any suggestions to add to my toppling stacks?

Of course, I can't forget the awesome summer releases from my authors!  June titles are posted here.  July and August are behind the cut, since LJ keeps telling me my post is too long.  What, me, run off at the mouth about books?

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Strange Brew edited by P.N. Elrod
Today’s hottest urban fantasy authors come together in this delicious brew that crackles and boils over with tales of powerful witches and dark magic!
In Charlaine Harris’ “Bacon,” a beautiful vampire joins forces with a witch from an ancient line to find out who killed her beloved husband. In “Seeing Eye” by Patricia Briggs, a blind witch helps sexy werewolf Tom Franklin find his missing brother—and helps him in more ways than either of them ever suspected.  And in Jim Butcher’s “Last Call,” wizard Harry Dresden takes on the darkest of dark powers—the ones who dare to mess with this favorite beer.
For anyone who’s ever wondered what lies beyond the limits of reality, who’s imagined the secret spaces where witches wield fearsome magic, come and drink deep. Let yourself fall under the spell of this bewitching collection!

The Calling by David Mack

No one would guess by looking at Tom Nash that he's extraordinary, and that's just fine with him. A tall, broad-shouldered jack-of-all-trades from Sawyer, Pennsylvania, Tom has a knack for fixing things. He also hides a secret talent: he hears people's prayers. Stranger still, he answers them. Maybe it's because he's a handyman, but Tom feels compelled to fix people's problems. Which is all well and good -- until the soul-shattering plea of a terrified girl sends him on the darkest journey of his life....
Heeding the call and leaving his home for New York City, Tom discovers a secret world beyond the range of mortal perception -- a world of angels and demons and those who serve them. With the guidance of a knowing stranger named Erin, Tom learns that he himself is one of The Called, born with a divine purpose and a daunting task: to help the powers of Heaven in the war against the agents of Hell, an army of fallen angels known as the Scorned. Thrust into an epic battle of the sacred and the profane, Tom Nash must find the girl who prayed for his help -- because her fate will determine whether humanity deserves to be saved, or damned for all eternity....

by Faith Hunter
Start to an awesome new fantasy series!  Want to learn more?  Exclusive interview with the author is up today at
Bitten By Books
.  There will be prizes!

Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu
“Readers of early Laurell K. Hamilton [and] Charlaine Harris…should try Liu now and catch a rising star.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Demon hunter Maxine Kiss, inked with living tattoos, is on a mission to rescue the man she loves from a bloodthirsty army. To save him, Maxine has only one choice: to lose control—and release her own powers of darkness.

Southern Peril by T. Lynn Ocean
Why is it so hard for Jersey Barnes to retire? When a state supreme judge calls in a favor, she tells herself (again) that this is her last case. She must investigate the judge’s brother, Morgan, and his newly-inherited business. When Jersey realizes the DEA is checking on Morgan, too, she finds herself in the middle of a twenty-year-old mystery and a drug ring investigation. Still checking up on her geriatric father and his trouble-making friends, negotiating the steamy friendship/relationship with her bartender Ox, and dodging the flirtacious sparks flying back and forth with the cute DEA agent, Jersey begins to wonder if retirement is ever in her future. On the heels of the lauded Southern Poison, readers will welcome another hilarious, suspenseful, and sun-soaked adventure from the unforgettable Jersey Barnes.

The Edge of Dawn by Patti O’Shea
According to Sherrilyn Kenyon,"Patti O'Shea is a voice and talent to be reckoned with."  Her multiple award nominations and wins bear this out.  THE EDGE OF DAWN follows IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR and IN TWILIGHT'S SHADOW in her Light Warriors series.

Wild Wolf by Karen Whiddon
The latest installment of Karen's immensely popular Pack series for Nocturne.


Cape Storm by Rachel Caine
Check the forecast for the series that’s “an addictive force of nature that will suck you in .” (News and Sentinel)

Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin and her new husband, the Djinn David, are running from a malevolent hurricane bent on destroying her. Joined by an army of fellow Wardens and Djinn onboard a hijacked luxury liner, Joanne has lured the storm into furious pursuit. But even their combined magic may not be enough to stop it—nor the power-mad ex-Weather Warden controlling it...

Lion Heart by Doranna Durgin
Wonderful new addition to her Sentinels series for Nocturne.

The Fire King by Marjorie M. Liu
Newest novel in Marjorie M. Liu's bestselling Dirk & Steele series of suspenseful paranormal romance. 

A Most Lamentable Comedy by Janet Mullany
If you haven't already read THE RULES OF GENTILITY by Janet Mullany, you don't have to in order to read A MOST LAMENTABLE COMEDY.  But seriously, why wouldn't you?  To give you a taste, it opens "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman of fortune and passable good looks amuses herself in London with fashion, philanthropic works, and flirtation, until a suitable gentleman makes an offer.  I consider the pursuit of the bonnets and a husband fairly alike - I do not want to acquire an item that will wear out, or bore me after a brief acquaintance, and we must suit each other very well."

Bundle of Trouble by Diana Orgain
This is the first in a wonderful new mystery series involving new mom and burgeoning detective Kate Connolly, who must battle diaper blowouts, breastfeeding mishaps and a murder in which her brother-in-law is either suspect or villain.  Publishers Weekly calls this,a charming debut thriller.”

More awesome covers and things to check out


Here are some fabulous covers for more newly released and upcoming books.  Check them out!

In other news,
Rachel Caine, author of The Morganville Vampires series (Glass Houses, The Dead Girls' Dance, Midnight Alley) and the Weather Wardens series (Ill Wind, Heat Stroke, Chill Factor, etc.)  will be chatting at The Knight Agency blog on Thursday, September 18th at 9:00pm ET.  

Doranna Durgin will be doing a blog post here about her multiple personalities...uh, genres...and keeping her stories straight.