Thank Goodness I Wasn’t on the Naughty List

Be sure to check out yesterday’s review of TWILIGHT and your chance to win a copy of the book!

My case of Wii shoulder is nicely recovering after spending several days reading the books I got under the tree and in the mail. But have I learned? Hell no. I’m *this close* to being a Pro in tennis. At least my Fitness Age is younger than my real age. *g*

Here’s a look at the books you’ll be hearing more about.

Look what came in the mail!

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Look what was under the tree!

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Briefs 2008.12.17: Pettersson, Rardin, Barbie & Fringemas!

* Suvudo asks Vicki Pettersson 5 questions, including “Describe your writing day? How many words/pages do you write a day on average? Breaks? How much time do you spend editing and how do you go about it?”

* Reading With A Bite interviews Jennifer Rardin.

* Special Hitchcock edition of Barbie:

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* Happy Fringemas! Fox has released a special Christmas-themed recap of Fringe so far. A great gift for those of us who’ve missed more than a few episodes.

Free Fiction Friday 2008.11.28

* Twilight Lady: an Urban Fantasy webcomic

* The Rat Catcher by Kate Rothwell

* “When the Music’s Over” by Jeri-Smith Ready’s character Jim.

* The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold “In The Buried Pyramid, Jane Lindskold sends us on a marvelous ride through Ancient Egyptian myth, legend, and religion and leaves us enlightened and amazed.  (You have to be a registered user of Tor.com, and logged in, in order to download this book.)”

* “When I was a Witch” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

* “The Daemon Wars” – Parts 1 & 2 by Jennifer Rardin

New Releases for August

2 – STEPHENIE MEYER – Breaking Dawn (hardcover) (YA)
Breaking Dawn, the final book in the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga, will take your breath away. [Amazon link]

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5 – RACHEL CAINE – Gale Force (Weather Warden, book 7) (pb)
Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is on vacation when her Djinn lover, David, asks Joanne to marry him. She’s thrilled to say yes, even if some others may be less than happy about it.

Unfortunately, Joanne’s pre-marital bliss is ended by a devastating earthquake in Florida. And she can’t ask David and his kind for assistance. Because the cause of the quake is unlike anything Joanne has ever encountered—and a power even the Djinn cannot perceive. [Amazon link]

5 – JACKIE KESSLER – Hotter Than Hell (Hell on Earth series, book 3)
The incubus Daunuan loves his job: seduce a lot of mortals, bring their souls to Hell, party at the best interdimensional pub this side of the Astral Plane. But when the King of Lust makes him an offer he can’t refuse, Daun has to give up all the tricks of his trade to properly befriend—and bed—Virginia Reed, a woman who’s meant for Heaven.

If he can get her to love him for the incubus he really is, and if he can avoid the rogue demons that are hell-bent on destroying him for reasons unknown, Daun will become the First Principal of Lust, second in line to the King. But Daun learns that love is more than a four-letter word, and that maybe, just maybe, demons really do have feelings after all… [Amazon link]

5 – RICHELLE MEAD – Storm Born (Dark Swan, book 1) (pb)
Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy–one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her… [Amazon link]

5 – KAT RICHARDSON – Underground (Greywalker, book 3) (hardcover)
Harper Blaine was your average small-time P.I. until she died—for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker—walking the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she’s discovering that her new abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases.

Pioneer Square’s homeless are turning up dead and mutilated, and zombies have been seen roaming the underground—the city buried beneath modern Seattle. When Harper’s friend Quinton believes he may be implicated in the deaths, he persuades her to investigate. But the killer is no mere murderer—it is a creature of ancient legend. And Harper must deal with both the living and the dead to stop the monster and its master…unless they stop her first. [Amazon link]

5 – Anthology – SUSAN SIZEMORE, ERIN McCARTHY, CHRIS MARIE GREEN, MELJEAN BROOK – First Blood (pb) (PR)
You never forget your first blood…Susan Sizemore returns to the universe of her Laws of the Blood novels with a sizzling story of the relationship between a vampire enforcer and a werewolf.

Erin McCarthy’s Sasha Checkikov flees the bright lights and dangerous slayers of Vegas for New Orleans, where she is saved by a vampire haunted by his past—and hungry for passion.

Set in the Vampire Babylon world, Chris Marie Green’s story puts the bond between twin female vampires to the test when one of them falls for her prey.

Meljean Brook’s vampire Annie Gallagher needs help to save a young human girl, but she doesn’t expect the help to come from the FBI agent she loved—and had to give up— when she was transformed.
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12 – JENNIFER RARDIN – Bitten to Death (Jaz Parks, book 4) (pb)
Jaz Parks here. My latest mission has taken me to the ancient Greek city of Patras; but instead of soaking up its splendor, I’m here to infiltrate a Vampere Trust. Only two vamps have ever escaped the tightly bound communities and lived to tell the tale: Edward “The Raptor”Samos, the most reviled criminal mastermind in recent memory, and Vayl, the CIA’s number one assassin who also happens to be my boss.

The Raptor is trying to take over Vayl’s former Trust. Unfortunately the Trust’s new leader has her own plans.

This job is going to be the death of me. [Amazon link]

26 – ROSEMARY CLEMENT-MOORE – Hell Week (Maggie Quinn: Good vs Evil) (hardcover) (YA)
MAGGIE QUINN IS determined to make her mark as a journalist. The only problem? The Ranger Report does not take freshmen on staff.

Rules are rules. But when has that ever stopped Maggie?

After facing hellfire, infiltrating sorority rush should be easy. It’s no Woodward and Bernstein, but going undercover as the Phantom Pledge will allow her to write her exposé. Then she can make a stealth exit before initiation. But when she finds a group of girls who are after way more than “sisterhood,” all her instincts say there’s something rotten on Greek Row. And when Hell Week rolls around, there may be no turning back.

If there is such a thing as a sorority from hell, you can bet that Maggie Quinn will be the one to stumble into it. [Amazon link]

26 – CAITLIN KITTREDGE – Pure Blood (Nocturne City series, book 2) (mmpb)
In the shadows of Nocturne City, witches lurk and demons prowl, and homicide detective Luna Wilder must keep the peace—while living life as a werewolf. Now bodies are turning up all over town, the brutal murders linked by a cryptic message: We see with empty eyes…

To make matters worse for Luna, she can’t get wolfishly handsome Dmitri Sandovsky out of her mind. The last time he helped her with a case, Dmitri suffered a demon bite that infected him with a mysterious illness…and now his pack elders have forbidden him from associating with Luna. But she’ll need his help when high-level witches start turning up slaughtered. Because a war is brewing between rival clans of blood witches and caster witches—a magical gang war with the power to burn Nocturne City to the ground. [Amazon link]

26 – LILITH SAINTCROW – Hunter’s Prayer (Jill Kismet, book 2) (mmpb)
Another night on the Nightside…An ancient evil looms over Santa Luz. Prostitutes are showing up dead and eviscerated. And Jill Kismet just might be able to get her revenge against an old enemy.

There’s just one problem. Someone wants Jill dead–again. And if they have to open up Hell itself to kill her, they will.

Sometimes, even when you’re Jill Kismet, you don’t have a prayer… [Amazon link]

Books, Books, Books.

* Writing My Way to Sanity – Karen Mahoney dishes on how she wrote herself out of a bad time. Ms Mahoney recently became a client of UF-loving agent Miriam Kriss.

* ABC has started up a LOST book club, a place to chat about the many books mentioned in the series. Several SF/F books are listed, check the website for all the details. [SF Signal]

* In support of the August 2, 2008 release of Stephenie Meyer’sBreaking Dawn”, Hachette Book Group USA has agreed to give away THREE SETS of the author’s Twilight Saga, including copies of “Twilight”, “New Moon”, “Eclipse” and the new book “Breaking Dawn”!!! So please read the rules below and completely fill out the form to enter! North American Residents Only. Giveaway ends Saturday, August 2, 2008 – 11:59AM PST. [Fantasy Book Critic]

* In anticipation for Bitten to Death and in response to fan demands, Jennifer Rardin has added a Fan Art page to her website!. See site for details on submissions. [Jennifer Rardin]

* Catch a sneak peek at Elizabeth Bear’s newest release Ink & Steel. The prologue and first three scenes of act one are posted. [Elizabeth Bear]

* And finally, a quick poll. We get a lot of books and we don’t need to keep all of them. We don’t mind shipping them out to folks who want to read them.

How do feel about winning a used book?

1) Sure.
2) No thanks.

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Publishing Deals, The Use of Scent in Writing and More!

AUTHORS

Jaye Wells talks about the use of scent in her writing.

Fantasy Debut has an interview with Jennifer Rardin. Here is snippage:

Tell us a little bit about the Jaz Parks series.

The books follow legendary CIA assassins, Vayl the vampire and his assistant Jaz, as they move through their missions. Which, of course, involve killing nasty, power-hungry creatures who’d just as soon bite your head off as look at you. Then they’d probably suck out your soul and pronounce it claw-lickin’ good because, you know, they’re usually raging maniacs with scary supah powers.

BOOK REVIEWS

Angieville reviews Chill Factor by Rachel Caine.

Kimberly reviews The Iron Hunt by Marjorie Liu.

Books and Myths and Jaxon review Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton.

Jenn at Flames Rising reviews Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready.

Janicu reviews Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson.

CONTESTS/GIVEAWAYS

Rachel Vincent is giving away Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson, so go and comment. Contest ends Friday, May 30.

Lurv a la Mode is giving away copies of Magic Bites and Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews. Leave a comment on a new “word of power” for Kate to use by 6:00 p.m. EDT tomorrow night to win.

PUBLISHING NEWS

From Laurell K. Hamilton’s blog:

Press Release from Berkley:
At Berkley, Editorial Director Susan Allison signed up three more Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels from Laurell K. Hamilton—the 1 bestselling author credited with starting the genre of paranormal fiction. North American hard/soft rights were brokered by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House in a major 7-figure deal. The first of the three books-the sixteenth hardcover in the popular series, following the latest installment Blood Noir-will be published in 2009.

Dear Author has posted Publishing Deals for the week of May 22-28 complete with commentary.

One Foot in the Grave on Bestseller Lists for Third Week in a Row

AUTHORS

From Jeaniene Frost’s journal:

ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE is on the USA Today, the New York Times, and the Borders Romance bestseller lists for its third week in a row.

Robbie interviews Melissa Marr.

BOOK REVIEWS

Angieville reviews Ill Wind by Rachel Caine.

Ciaralira reviews Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs.

CONTESTS

MediaBlvd is giving away three signed copies of Jennifer Rardin’s Jaz Park’s series (Once Bitten, Twice Shy; Another One Bites the Dust and Biting the Bullet) please send an email with your name and mailing address to contest@mediablvd.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with JAZ PARKS in the subject. The contest ends on May 30, 2008, after which the winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email. Only one entry per mailing address.