Thursday, February 23, 2017

Attention Book Collectors!

Mighter Than the Sword by K.J. Parker has just been listed for pre-order



An Imperial legate is called in to see his aunt, who just happens to be the empress running the civilized world while her husband's in his sick bed.  After some chastisement, she dispatches her nephew to take care of the dreaded Land and Sea Raiders, pirates who've been attacking the realm's monasteries.

So begins a possibly doomed tour of banished relatives and uppity royals put in charge of monasteries like Cort Doce and Cort Maleston, to name a few.  While attempting to discover the truth of what the pirates might be after, the legate visits great libraries and halls in each varied locale and conducts a romance of which he knows-but doesn't care-his aunt will not approve.  With enough wit and derring-do (and luck), the narrator might just make it through his mission alive...or will he?

There are 1000 signed hardcover copies to be published in June.  The awesome dust jacket artwork belongs to Victor Chong.  Priced at $40, this is an affordable addition to your library!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Returning to the Psi Academy with Vincent Scarsella




It’s not magic, it’s real... The war between good and evil psi warriors gets into high gear in this second installment of the Psi Wars! series with our teen heroes, Henry Greenberg and Sebastian Drake, involved in more thrilling psychic hijinks. Having escaped The Psi Academy, Sebastian and Captain Fabian come looking for Henry to help them rescue Sebastian’s father, Colonel Peter Drake, and the others being held captive by the evil Kinsman z-Prime on Level 13 of the Psi Cave. But after teleporting inside, Henry and Sebastian are met by the unexpected and find that who they thought was bad may not be bad after all. Their adventure takes them to The Realm Beyond The Realm—the place beyond space and time—a necessary step to enable them return the Psi Academy for a face off against the baddest of psi warriors in the most important battle of the Psi War. Amazing psychic powers are on display—telekinesis, telepathy, tele-influencing and more—in this rip-roaring adventure where the magic of flying vans, dragon wraiths, and wolfboars become reality in a battle for the minds of ordinary men. And lurking beneath all this is Henry’s struggle over who is truly good and who is truly bad.

I absolutely loved the first book in this series and couldn't wait to jump into the next one.  As a series, it has so much going for it.  The Psi Academy teaches young cadets about fringe science.  Every child at the academy has an ability of some sort.  It's like magic, but it's real.  Everything is well-researched and it's explained in a manner that young children can understand.

When I picked up the second book, I had a bit of an issue.  It's a little slow in the beginning.  You really need to start reading the second book as soon as you finish the first.  It needs that momentum to get you through the beginning.  After that, however, there's so much excitement!  Instead of focusing so much on science and teaching, this book deals more with strategy.  There are some great science lessons, but it's more adventurous than the first.  We get to hang out with the kids as they battle the big bad in this one.  If you begin the second book immediately after the first, you'll be thankful for the breathing time in the beginning.

The best part of this series for me is that it give the reader a chance for unexpected knowledge.  I remember as a young child, I read about Irma Baumlein and I learned what 'cerulean' meant.  That's stuck with me my entire life.  I was reading along, and BAM!, there was something I didn't know, and I had to find out.  This entire series is full of unexpected tidbits like that.  It's a fantastic way for kids to get lost in an adventure and start asking questions.

In the first book, we were able to attend lessons and have our world set up for us.  It was absolutely riveting!  This second book, we're out in the field more.  I'm anxious to see where Scarsella goes with the third book.  He hasn't announced he's working on it, but he left himself wide open at the end of this one, so I have no doubt that he is.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Attention Book Collectors!!!

I love collector's edition books!  They're the heart of my library.  When an opportunity comes along to get a new one, I get all jittery and excited!

Subterranean Press just announced that it's publishing a special release for Robert McCammon's Swan Song.  If you've read the book, you know it's a necessary addition to your own library.



This is a one time printing of 500 numbered and 52 lettered copies.  It has a unique wraparound dust jacket.  Illustrations, full page and gatefold, are done by David Ho, who does really breathtaking work.  The Lettered edition also has an exclusive gatefold illustration.  The Limited edition is slipcased and the lettered edition comes in a custom traycase.

Lettered editions are already spoken for, but you still have time to get a Limited edition!

If you're a collector, this is a great opportunity for you to indulge.  Jump over and take a look!


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Life of Death gets revamped!

I'm a huge fan of the Life of Death series.  I've been waiting quite awhile for the third book in the series, Sacrifices, and I've been assured that it's coming out within the next few months.  I'm just as excited that Weston Kincade has redesigned his book covers.  There wasn't anything wrong with the old ones, but the new ones really pop!  There's a nice uniformity between each, even though they're all different.  I'm so happy with the new covers!  I can't wait to add these to my personal library!

In the Life of Death series, we follow homicide detective Alexander Drummond.  I'm going to show you the synopsis for each of the first two books, and you'll see for yourself that you want to read these!


Life of Death:  Homicide detective Alex Drummond is confronted with the past through his son's innocent question.  Alex's tale of his troubled senior year unfolds revealing loss, drunken abuse, and mysterious visions of murder and demonic children.  Is he going insane?  With the help of his close friend Paige Kurtley, Alex must find the source of his misfortune and ensure his sanity.


Golden Bulls:  Fifteen years of ritual sacrifices that began before Alex Drummond joined the force have become an anomaly in Tranquil Heights.  For most residents, anger at the unsolved murders has turned to disappointment with the small police force.  Now citizens hope this year's sacrificial lamb won't be one of their loved ones.  Alex Drummond's ability to relive victims' traumatic murders has not been enough.  There are misguided links to Egyptian funerary rights, but without evidence and the murderer's identity, no one outside of Drummond's tight circle will believe him, let alone make an arrest and stop the vicious killings.  After an anonymous tip, Detective Drummond discovers an annual visitor, a local who moved away years before with a similar flare for murder.  He follows her to Washington DC after watching the woman burn her husband alive.  His high school friend, Jessie Arturo, who settled in the large city after a failed baseball career, assists with the investigation.  In such a large place, unsolved murders abound like cobwebs under abandoned guest beds.  September 20, the serial killer's anointed date, is only days away.  How has the murderer proven so elusive, even from Alex's paranormal abilities?  Is he in over his head, or can Detective Alex Drummond save the ghosts calling to him and decipher this network of brutal, ritual sacrifices before someone else is burnt alive?


The third book coming out is titled Sacrifices.  I haven't been able to wrangle out of Weston much about it yet.  I'm pretty sure it's going to cost me a healthy batch of brownies in order to get early information on this one.  We'll keep you updated!  As of right now, Sacrifices is supposed to be released in May.




Friday, February 17, 2017

Another update!!!

We've been working like crazy on our new site!  I have to tell you, when I started these changes, I didn't realize just how far I was planning to go with it.  We've got our fingers in every area of the book industry at the moment!

We just added a Literary Agent page!  I only have a few of them listed so far, but I have far more to add.  These are ONLY agents that are CURRENTLY taking on new clients.  If you're looking for an agent, go check it out!  We've taken the guess work out of sending query letter after query letter in your search for an agent.  You'll see the agent's name, company, what they're looking for, and their specifications for contacting them.  Happy agent hunting!

We've added more books to the Reviewers Needed page!  Seriously, go look at this page!  I'm finding that I'm updating it daily!  It's the perfect spot to find something new to read!  You do NOT need to be a professional reviewer to apply for these books.  If you're willing to throw up a quick review on Amazon or Goodreads once you've finished, then you're eligible!  There are hard copies as well as e-copies and we're expanding our genres so you're sure to find something you'll love.  Just today, we posted our first cozy mystery!  One of my staff reviewers said that it's a phenomenal read and the best cozy she's read in months!

We did a little voting today, which is always fun!  Eventually, I'll have awards platforms listed up so that it's easy to see what voting is beginning and ending and who is eligible to vote.  For now, it's a pretty slim list.  I'd really like to finish getting agents listed before moving on to this.

We've updated our Editors page this week!  We added Hyde 'N' Seek Editing, who will offer you a discount if you use the magic word listed on our page.

I'm excited that we've added several new authors, agents, publishers, editors, reviewers and marketers to our circle.  I look forward to sharing all of them with you in the future.  Honestly...is it possible to have too many contacts?!

Our office will probably be closed most of the weekend, so you won't be seeing a lot of updates.  I'm looking forward to getting back at it first thing Tuesday morning!  So much to do!  So much to do!  For the rest of the day, we're off for a little beta reading!



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Planetary Awards

The Planetary Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing is one of the newer awards out. There are two categories (short story/novella and novel)  and the winners are chosen by book bloggers.

If you were part of the nomination process, you're finished.  However, if you weren't and you're a blogger, it's time to go cast your vote.  Simply post your vote on your blog, youtube channel, or podcast and then leave a comment here so they can count your vote.  You can vote in both categories.  Closing date is April 1st, 2017.

Who are the nominees this year?

Short stories/novellas:

Athan and the Priestess by Schuyler Hernstrom
Awakening by Susan Kaye Quinn
Edge by Russell Newquist
The Gift of the Ob-Men by Schuyler Hernstrom
The Glass Flower by George RR Martin
Images of the Goddess by Schuyler Hernstrom
Paper Cut by Aeryn Rudel
Purytans by Brad Torgersen

Novels:
Arkwright by Allen Steele
Babylon's Ashes by James SA Corey
Hel's Bet by Doug Sharp
Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani
Murphy's Law of Vampires by Declan Finn
The Secret Kings by Brian Niemeier
Swan Knight's Son by John C Wright


It was tough making my decision because there are a few good novels here.  However, Literary Litter is officially casting its vote for Murphy's Law of Vampires by Declan Finn.  It's the second book in Finn's Love at First Bite series.  I'm a big fan of Finn's writing style.  In this series, he's created fascinating characters and plenty of challenges.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Earthling Publications

This morning, I fell in love.


I've been a book junkie my entire life.  Always.  The stories inside, the new worlds, the fascinating people, that's only a part of it.  I could spend hours just holding a beautifully created book.  Give me slip covers, and rough cut thick pages and hand sewn bindings and beautiful artwork and I will be your reading slave. I can't even begin to count the rescue books that I have.  Beautifully created pieces of art that are being used as decoration in an antique store just sickens me.  Just last summer, I saved a first edition Poe from being used to prop a chair.

Earthling Publications.  How have I never heard of these guys before?!  This is mass market production.  These are beautifully crafted books!  I can only imagine (at least, until my copies begin to arrive) how wonderful the stories inside are.  A well-told story is artwork.  These books,  in themselves, are artwork.


How did I find out about them?  By accident!  I saw a friend post about Bloodstained Wonderland.  I love Facebook for this very reason!  I find the most fascinating stuff!  I've already ordered my copy and began searching for the perfect copy of Bloodstained Oz (2006) to accompany it in my library.

These are not the types of books that you want to order just because you want to read it and hand it off.  These are the types of books that you put in your personal library, love, and then hand down for generations.  Every book they produce is a collector's edition.  I know that most people can't afford some of them, but they have different price listings so that they're incredibly affordable.  If we're being completely honest, I'm the only person I know that has a book buying budget.  Books can be expensive, but you don't have to sacrifice quality.  To buy a numbered, signed, and beautifully crafted copy of Bloodstained Wonderland, it's only $35.  That's the price of a mass produced new release and a copy.

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