Friday, November 30, 2012

#Steampunk #Frankenstein, Anyone?

First, here are today’s stops on the River Roadbook tour. There are prizes galore—check the column at the right for Tour Prizes. Today’s two stops are both official tour spots, so you can enter for the tour-wide prizes as well as the commenter prizes.

*** Frankie at Blooding Book Reviews has a review of River Road today, so check it out!

*** There’s a promo over at Nomi’s Paranormal Palace today. Naomi’s a fan of the Susannah Sandlin series, so I’m glad to be able to promo River Road on her blog as well.

Now, today, I’m excited about offering this book as a giveaway. Steampunk: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is part of same series where we found Steampunk Poe, from the folks at Running Press. This is NOT a steampunk rewrite of Frankenstein, but is the original Mary Shelley story, with gorgeous full-color illustrations by Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac. 

Zdenko Basic is a costume and set designer for The Merlin Theatre in Somerset, England, and has illustrated classic children’s books such as Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio and Snow White. He also received the 2009 Croatian Association of Artists of Applied Arts award for best young artist.

This is a beautiful, beautiful book. Seriously, you want this in your library. (And I have it on good authority that Steampunk H.G. Wells is coming soon!)

Just leave a comment—have you read the original 1818 story by Mary Shelley? I have to be honest and say I had not read it until a few years ago; I only knew the old horror movie. (Believe me, the book’s much better.) No hoops today. Leave a comment; get an entry. Easy-peasy!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Q&A with Author Helen Marshall (& W*n a Choice of Book from the ChiZine Catalog)

First off, one stop today on the River Road virtual tour. I’m being interviewed at Juliana Haygert’s blog—you can find out what my dream job would be if I weren’t an author and what three people and three objects I'd take to a desesrted island. This is an official tour stop, so you can enter for the big tour-wide prizes as well as the commenter prizes (see prize list in righthand column of this blog). 

Also, some great reviews in today! Thanks to Sarah at Feeling Fictional, Julie at Yummy Men Kickass Chicks, and Stacy at Urban Fantasy Investigators (and Roger for letting me know about them!) Remember that all comments on these stops enter the commenter for today's mystery book--one for every day of the tour. 

Now! Today, I welcome author Helen Marshall to the blog. Helen’s new book, Hair Side, Flesh Side, is a debut collection of stories that sound pretty amazing! She lives in Toronto, where she’s studying for her PhD in medieval history. You can learn more about Helen from her website.

ABOUT HAIR SIDE, FLESH SIDE: A child receives the body of Saint Lucia of Syracuse for her seventh birthday. A rebelling angel rewrites the Book of Judgement to protect the woman he loves. A young woman discovers the lost manuscript of Jane Austen written on the inside of her skin. A 747 populated by a dying pantheon makes the extraordinary journey to the beginning of the universe. Lyrical and tender, quirky and cutting, Helen Marshall’ s debut collection weaves the fantastic and the horrific alongside the touchingly human in fifteen modern parables about history, memory, and cost of creating art.

Welcome, Helen!

Give us your elevator pitch:
My collection, Hair Side, Flesh Side, is really a book about books. It’s like English Lit 101 taught by Jorge Luis Borges or Neil Gaiman—filled with warring angels; saints and dragons; the ghosts of dead authors; Jane Austen’s lost manuscript written on the inside of a young woman’s skin; a pantheon of dying gods on a 747 headed for the beginning of the universe; and the fifth tallest statue of Jesus. What’s not to love?

Describe your favorite scene from the new book--and why is it your favorite?
My favorite scene comes in a story titled “Blessed” in which a little girl’s split-up parents each give her the body of a dead saint in order to celebrate her seventh birthday. I love the moment near the end of the story where the story takes a turn from the comic absurdity of the premise to delve into some real darkness, asking the reader to consider what family is, and sacrifice, and what terrible things we might do to ourselves and others in the name of love. I’ve just finished a book tour in which I’ve been reading “Blessed” to an audience: there’s this wonderful moment when you can feel almost palpably the shift in the mood of the crowd as I hit that scene. It’s like the floor is dropping out from underneath them. That’s what I love about it. It’s the moment where the story suddenly works. It stops being about the ridiculousness of watching parents compete to give their daughter St. Lucia of Syracuse or Joan of Arc, and becomes something much more personal and human.

What was the hardest scene to write?
My story “Sanditon”—about an editor who, in the midst of an affair with a famous author, discovers the complete manuscript of Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel on the inside of her body—was the first story where, once I finished it, I really knew what Hair Side, Flesh Sidewas about. It became what I thought of as a “pillar” story. But the story was difficult to write, not only because I wanted to sell to the reader a kind of outlandish situation, but because the subject matter felt so close to my own heart. For me, the heart of the story was me trying to figure out a way to navigate my own writing ambitions, to figure out how they stacked up against whole of human literary achievement. As a writer, it’s easy to feel hollowed out by the work of those people we admire, as if we can’t compete, as if what we do is somehow unnecessary because better, bolder, louder voices have gone before us. So the difficult part of writing the story was trying to find answers to those questions—“What is art? What are we reallytrying to do here?”—and still tell a story that was about smaller but still vital questions of sex and power and love and guilt, and what it’s like to get lost in a destructive relationship.
     (Sadly, you cannot read that story on my website. But if you send me an e-mail at then I’d be happy to mail you one of the limited edition, signed chapbooks free of charge while supplies last!)

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
Bluegrass Symphony by Lisa Hannett—I picked up a copy at the World Fantasy Convention a month ago where it was nominated for Best Short Story Collection, and I haven’t had a chance to crack it open yet: I’m just waiting for one of those perfect evenings when the house is empty, the world is quiet and I can pour myself a glass of red wine then sit down to read something glorious and chilling. Some books can’t be read on planes or in the snatches of time between subway stops. I think this will be one of those books, so I’m saving it for myself as a treat.

Book you've faked reading (Moby Dick is leading the votes on this question!): 
I’m not sure I want to see my fakery undone so easily as this. All I can say, dear reader, gentle reader, wise reader, is that it is not your book. Of course, I read yourbook. Really. I swear. What? You want to know my favourite part? That bit in the middle? Yeah? That was my favourite bit. Followed by the ending. The ending was triumphant. Yeah. It really… err… you know… pulled the plow. (Unless your book was Moby Dick, in which case, I can happily say that I have not read it… but, I swear, it is on my nightstand right next to Bluegrass Symphony.) (Suzanne: Okay, now THIS is officially my favorite answer to this question!) 

Book you're an evangelist for: 
Remember Why You Fear Me by Robert Shearman: this was the final book I edited for ChiZine Publications, and it was a remarkable way to finish. If you’re looking for a writer who is wickedly smart, blackly comic, and knows how to leave you smiling even after he’s pulled the knife from your gut, then he is one to follow. Short fiction is, I think, one of the hardest forms to write because it’s so compressed, so confrontational in many ways. But Shearman is one of the great talents of our generation, and he can show you how it’s done.

Book you've bought for the cover:
I picked up Anne Carson’s Nox after I saw that it came in its own holding box: it’s one of the strangest things you’ll encounter, half a book of poetry, half a scrapbook to commemorate her brother’s death. When you open the box, you discover that the “book” is an accordion set of images that you can pull out the way you pull out one of those folding postcard sets. With eBooks making straight prose much more accessible electronically, I find myself drawn to writers and publishers who are doing really innovative things with the physical forms of books. Like Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes—a sculptural object made from Bruno Shulz’s Tree of Crocodiles, the pages of which have been literally carved apart, words dissected and removed, so that you can see through to the pages behind. It’s glorious in its strangeness! I live in a tiny apartment in Toronto so I find, now, that if I want to make room for a book on my shelf then I want it to be a beautiful object.

Book you most want to read again for the first time:
This might sound strange, but a children’s picture book called Death, Duck and the Tulipby Wolf Erlbruch: it’s one of the most heart-breaking, simple and sweet meditations on death that I’ve ever encountered. It was published in Germany, originally, which makes sense because I couldn’t imagine it being published, for the first time, in North America. Sometimes you read something and it’s like the breath catches in your throat. Magical. I wish I could read everything with that same sense of wonder.

Favorite line from a book:
“Death stroked a few rumpled feathers back into place, then carried her to the great river. He laid her gently on the water and nudged her on her way. … When she was lost to sight, he was almost a little moved. But that’s life, thought Death.”

Thanks, Helen! ChiZine Publications is offering one commenter any ebook of choice from their catalog. I’m thinking Hair Side, Flesh Side sounds like a good choice! Do you like to read collections of shorts—if so, do you have a favorite? I’ve found from a writing standpoint that short stories are difficult for me. I’m not sure if I’m not disciplined enough, or if it’s because I haven’t read enough of them to truly understand the form, or what—but I’d rather write a 90,000-word novel any day.

Up to five entries possible: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow, +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest, +1 for a Facebook follow. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday. Now…go!

New Reviews and a River Road Blog Tour Stop

Only one stop today on the River Road virtual tour. I’m being interviewed at Juliana Haygert’s blog—you can find out what my dream job would be if I weren’t an author and what three people and three objects I'd take to a desesrted island. This is an official tour stop, so you can enter for the big tour-wide prizes as well as the commenter prizes (see prize list in righthand column of this website).

Also, some great reviews in today! Thanks to Sarah at Feeling Fictional, Julie at Yummy Men Kickass Chicks, and Stacy at Urban Fantasy Investigators (and Roger for letting me know about them!) Remember that all comments on these stops enter the commenter for today's mystery book--one for every day of the tour.

Last but not least, from the new issue of LIBRARY JOURNAL:

Johnson, Suzanne. River Road. Tor. Nov. 2012. c.320p. ISBN 9780765327802. $24.99. FANTASY.

Newly appointed wizard sentinel Drusilla Jaco (DJ) and her enforcer partner Alex Warin face a new challenge in their attempt to keep humans unaware of the existence of the supernatural creatures in their midst and to reinforce the unsteady peace that exists among these magical beings. When someone or something from Beyond poisons the waters of the Mississippi, threatening humans and supernaturals, DJ looks for a potential cause in the brewing feud between two clans of Cajun merpeople. In addition, wizards are dying and their deaths me be connected to the poisoned waters. VERDICT The sequal to Royal Street delivers more New Orleans atmosphere, appearances by pirate Jean Lafitte, one of the “historical undead,” and a mystery that showcases the growing bond between DJ and Alex. Fans of urban fantasy, paranormal mysteries, and lovers of New Orleans should particularly enjoy this new series.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


First, here are today’s stops on the River Road virtual tour.

I’m being interviewed at The Speculative Salontoday, with some really interesting questions. What would I like to see more of in urban fantasy? Check it out and see.

And here’s a treat! I managed to coerce Alex Warin to sit down for an interview at the ExLibris blog today. As many of you know, Alex is often a man of few words. Well, few words you’d want to repeat. But I managed to get a few answers out of him.

Now… I had planned to start the book club back up today, but early responses to the Preternatura survey indicate that this is not something folks want to see.

So while I continue to collect survey responses (PLEASE take it if you haven’t already—it’s near the top of the righthand column and will take less than a minute—it’s also anonymous), I’m putting the book club on hiatus.

In the meantime, I’m looking for ideas for new blog features I can start up after the first of the year to shake things up around here, so post a comment with something you’d like to see more of here or a feature or meme from another blog you always enjoy reading (yeah, I’m not above stealing an idea or two—LOL), and I’ll enter you for a three-book mystery prize pack. Do you like the In My Mailbox or Waiting on Wednesday memes? Other features?

No hoop-jumping today. One entry per person for a comment! I'll reveal the results of the survey and some changes coming to the blog in this space next Wednesday!

An Interview with Alex of River Road

I’m being interviewed at The Speculative Salon today, with some really interesting questions. What would I like to see more of in urban fantasy? Check it out and see.

And here’s a treat! I managed to coerce Alex Warin to sit down for an interview at the ExLibris blog today. As many of you know, Alex is often a man of few words. Well, few words you’d want to repeat. But I managed to get a few answers out of him.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

All About Worldbuilding: Royal Street and River Road

***I’m being interviewed by Steph at Fangs Wands and Fairy Dust today. This was a fun interview because I got the challenge of trying to lay out my worldbuilding for the Sentinels series, talk about DJ’s relationship history, and which guy I’d pick for her as a reader if I wasn’t picking as a writer. This is an official tour stop so you can enter for the tour-wide prizes here (see listing in righthand column) as well as a signed copy of River Road (US or UK edition).

***I’m also at the UK Feeling Fictional site today, talking with Sarah about the different species of preternaturals in the Sentinel series. Comment here for a signed copy of River Road (or Royal Street, US or UK version) and the commenter prizes, plus find a link to the official tour prizes that include choice of a Kindle, Nook or $100 gift card.

Q&A with #fantasy Author Juli D. Revezzo (& W*n a Copy of The Artist’s Inheritance)

First off, here are today’s blog appearances for the ongoing RIVER ROAD virtual tour! Details on tour prizes can be found in the righthand column.

***I’m being interviewed by Steph at Fangs Wands and Fairy Dust today. This was a fun interview because I got the challenge of trying to lay out my worldbuilding for the Sentinels series, talk about DJ’s relationship history, and which guy I’d pick for her as a reader if I wasn’t picking as a writer. This is an official tour stop so you can enter for the tour-wide prizes here as well as a hardcover copy of River Road (US or UK edition).

***I’m also at the UK Feeling Fictional site today, talking with Sarah about the different species of preternaturals in the Sentinel series. Comment here for a signed copy of River Road (or Royal Street, US or UK version) and the commenter prizes, plus find a link to the official tour prizes that include choice of a Kindle, Nook or $100 gift card.

Now! Today, I welcome author Juli D. Revezzo to the blog. Julie’s book The Artist’s Inheritance is the first in a new Antique Magic Books series that has elements of fantasy, paranormal fiction, and mystery in it. Read on to learn more about Juli and comment to win a digital copy of the book! You also can learn more about Juli at her website. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST’S INHERITANCE: Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving….When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?... Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

Welcome, Juli!

Give us your elevator pitch:
Trouble only a witch can solve... Settling into their new home, changes come over Caitlin’s husband Trevor. He’s obsessed with a beautiful chair he's carving, a passion that smacks of his familial curse. Armed with little experience of the supernatural, Caitlin must proceed with caution. If she fails to break this cycle of damnation, she’ll lose forever the one thing she loves most: Trevor.

What is your favorite scene in the book?
The scene where Caitlin is first taken over by the Civil War soldier’s spirit.

Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
There are a few: when Caitlin deals with the gods in book one and when she first encounters her brother-in-law’s spirit (in book two).

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
Right now? I’m reading Tournament of Chance by S.G. Rogers. By the time you post this, who knows? ;)

Favorite book when you were a child:
I hate to admit this but as a child, I wasn’t a big reader, until high school came around and I found Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné. I was hooked ever after. J

Your five favorite authors:
Michael Moorcock, Melanie Rawn, J.V. Jones, Virginia Woolf, and Jolene Dawe.

Book you've faked reading:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Well, I hate to say I faked it. I don’t know if I can recall ever faking reading anything (maybe something in college but I’m taking the fifth on which book it was), but with HP I think I skimmed more than actually read it. I didn’t really get into the series until a later date. 

Book you're an evangelist for:
I can’t pick a singular book but now, an author. That’s a different story. To that, I say, Moorcock. Anything Moorcock. Especially the first six Elric novels, and the Von Bek novels.

Book you've bought for the cover:
I know this is going to shock the heck out of cover art evangelists, but I don’t buy based on cover art—except in the case of the work of Robert Gould. I adore his work. I’ve done what I can to seek out every cover he’s ever done for (wait for it) Moorcock. :) If it looks like a Gould, it’s an auto-snag for me.

Book that changed your life:
I hate to be a broken record but Elric of Melniboné by Michael Moorcock. After him, I’d Isaac Asimov’s Robots of Dawn, and Ruins of Ambrai by Melanie Rawn kicked me in the behind to get serious about my work.

Favorite line from a book:
There are so many. But the first one that comes to mind is from my novel The Artist’s Inheritance:
“Why so blue?” he teased.
Caitlin looked down to see her hands stained a deep indigo. She swore and rubbed at the ink stains.
“Spend all morning with a new guy?” he teased. “Don’t tell me—he’s a baker, and is fond of blueberry pies? Or you were roleplaying. What, though? That’s what I can’t figure out.”
“Very funny.” She grimaced, but nuzzled into him when he kissed her cheek. “No, I almost took a sledgehammer to a certain stubborn printer.”
“Ten’s fritzing again?”
“No, I mean Calvin,” she teased, perusing the break room fridge.
That last line. *giggle* Poor Calvin. But he really is a PITA to Cait. Well, she’s got bigger things to worry about. You’ll have to read to find out what!

Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Well, a few years ago I re-read Elric and yep, just as good. J So, next on the list would be Corum or Warhound and the World’s Pain by Michael Moorcock

Most horrifying moment while reading a book:
Gotta echo my friend Marsha A. Moore here. There’s a certain ending to Melanie Rawn’s Mageborn Traitor that shocked/annoyed/miffed me and I’ve been waiting years for the next book to come out to find out what happens next. That was a total tap on the shoulder that said, “Don’t do this to your readers.”

Favorite book about books or writing:
I enjoyed Virginia Woolf’s diaries, and as far as technical books go, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King.

What’s next?
I have a new title out now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords, called House of Cards, and my next novel in the Antique Magic series, (tentatively titled Drawing Down the Shades) should be out sometime next spring. If you’d like to read The Artist’s Inheritance in the meantime, it’s available too at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwordsand in paperback from Createspace.

Thanks for having me here today, Suzanne! J

Thanks, Juli! Want to win a copy of The Artist’s Inheritance? What would you like to inherit from one of your relatives? I always wanted this antique mantel clock my parents had…and when I was in college it got knocked off and broke into a bazillion pieces. Oh well. Don’t want it now! Up to five entries possible: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow, +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest, +1 for a Facebook follow. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday.

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Releases November 24-30 and Reader’s Choice C*ntest

First, we have today’s stops on the River Road virtual tour. Please see the column at right for the full list of prizes! Both stops are official tour sites so you can enter for the tour-wide prizes as well as comment for the extra commenter prizes.

***I’m at the Urban FantasyInvestigations website today, talking about twisting the werewolf and shapeshifter mythologies in my Sentinels series.

***I’m being interviewed by Beverly at The Wormhole today--find out one of my writing quirks!

And now…on to this week’s Reader’s Choice Contest….

What do you want to read? After a light release week last week, we have a bit more to choose from this week. As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe will make your wishes come true. If the book is part of a series, you can request the first book in the series. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter.

Here we go….

Angel in Chains (The Fallen #3), by Cynthia Eden (November 27, Brava)
As a fallen Angel of Death, Azrael is cursed to walk the earth alone in search of redemption. One night, as he wanders the streets of New Orleans, he discovers a woman surrounded by panther shifters. No longer able to contain the anger simmering within, Az summons his dark powers and attacks, determined to protect this innocent human from certain death. Only Jade Pierce is no delicate flower. She’s spent years learning to survive and fight the evil forces sent by her ex-lover who refuses to let her go. But after seeing Az in action, she figures she could use a little supernatural help. And so she plans a course of seduction guaranteed to arouse his interest and his angelic passions.

Drive Me Wild (The Others #14), by Christine Warren (November 27, St. Martin’s)
Tess Menzies can work a spell with a few blinks of her baby blue eyes. But this dedicated witch can’t summon up a single good reason for why she’s been made an envoy between her kind and Manhattan’s fiercest were-creatures. She’ll need every miracle in the book to broker any kind of truce. That means outwitting Council of Others leader Rafael De Santos. It doesn’t take a cat’s supernatural senses for Rafael to suspect that there’s something strange about this unexpected peace offering. And finding the truth is just as tempting as uncovering the secrets Tess is trying to conceal. She’s tantalizing enough to make this wandering were-jaguar think he’s found the perfect mate. But his stealth and her spells can’t guarantee they have a chance at survival, much less a future together.

Kiss of Surrender (Deadly Angels #2), by Sandra Hill (November 27, Avon)
It’s not easy being a Vampire Angel. No one knows that better than Trond Sigurdsson. In the centuries since he last went out drinking and wenching with his Viking buds, Trond has been a gladiator, a cowboy, a ditch digger, even a sheik. But now he’s the baddest of them all: a Navy SEAL kicking butts of terrorist immortals with the help of his hot female partner, police officer-turned-Special Forces operative Nicole Tasso. It’s not easy being a Vangel’s lover. The “cop” part of Nicole tells her there’s something bizarre about her gorgeous godlike teammate. Trond has secrets galore, but Nicole feels certain she can dig them out, and really get to the heart of this powerful, unnerving stranger whom she may be risking her soul to love.

Midnight’s Warrior (Dark Warriors #4), by Donna Grant (November 27, St. Martin’s)
For ten long years, Tara has been a woman on the run, hiding from the magic-wielding Warriors and Druids of modern-day Scotland. Now, as a tour guide at a remote Highland castle, she hopes to finally escape her past, until one impossibly gorgeous man enters her life and exposes her wildest secrets. For centuries, Ramsey MacDonald has concealed his strength and skill as part Warrior, part Druid, for fear of unleashing the full force of his power. But when he takes Tara into his arms, and seals their fate with a kiss, Ramsey will have to fight for her love, though it may mean losing control of the magic inside him.

Moonshifted (Edie Spence #2), by Cassie Alexander (November 27, St. Martin’s)
After surviving a brutal vampire attack, Nurse Edie Spence is ready to get back to work, attending to supernatural creatures in need of medical help. But her nursing skills are put to the test when she witnesses a hit-and-run on her lunch break. The injured pedestrian is not only a werewolf, he’s the pack leader. With two rival packs fighting tooth and nail, Edie has no intention of crossing enemy lines. When she meets her patient’s nephew, a tattooed werewolf named Lucas with a predatory gleam in his eye that’s hard to resist, Edie can’t help but choose sides. The question is: can she trust this dangerous new ally? And can she trust her own instincts when she’s near him? Either way, Edie can’t seem to pull away, even if getting involved makes her easy prey.

Shadow’s Claim: Immortals After Dark (The Dacians #1), byKresley Cole (November 27, Pocket Books)
Trehan Daciano, known as the Prince of Shadows, has spent his life serving his people, striking in the night, quietly executing any threat to their realm. The coldly disciplined swordsman has never desired anything for himself, until he beholds Bettina. Desperate to earn her guardians’ approval after a life-shattering mistake, young Bettina has no choice but to marry whichever suitor prevails. Yet one lethal competitor, a mysterious cloaked swordsman, invades her dreams, tempting her with forbidden pleasure. Even if Trehan can survive the punishing contests to claim her as his wife, the true battle for Bettina’s heart is yet to come. Unleashing a millennium’s worth of savage need will either frighten his Bride away, or stoke Bettina’s own desires to a fever pitch.

Wild About You (Love at Stake #13), by Kerrelyn Sparks (November 27, Avon)
It’s not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he’d like to lick. Howard is not like most men. For one thing, he’s a shapeshifter. And he always thought his celebrity crush would never amount to anything more than drooling at Elsa on TV. When his meddling vampire employer gets involved, the star is suddenly within his grasp, and within a hair of her life. For an ancient curse forbids their newfound love, and Howard is suddenly torn between his desire for her and his desire to keep her alive.

City of Dark Magic: A Novel, by Magnus Flyte (November 27, Penguin)
Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” she manages to get arrested, to have tantric sex in a public fountain, and to discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a four-hundred-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide.

Cold Days (The Dresden Files #14), by Jim Butcher (November 27 Roc)
After being murdered by a mystery assailant and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. He is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty. Her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter who she wants him to kill. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own: his soul.

Kept (Coveted #2), by Shawntelle Madison (November 27, Ballantine)
Fresh from defending her pack in battle, Natalya Stravinsky, a whip-smart werewolf with a lovable neurotic streak, wants a little rest and relaxation. Once an outcast, she’s now eager to rejoin the ranks of her New Jersey pack. Yet Nat barely has time to revel in her progress before the next crisis comes howling at her door. Nat’s father has suddenly gone missing, captured by the Russian werewolf mafia. And as Nat steps up to save her dad from a mob boss’s deadly game, two men step in to play another round for her heart: her gorgeous alpha ex-boyfriend, Thorn, and her new flame, the sweetly sensitive wizard Nick. With her life growing more harried by the minute, Nat must stay cool, calm, and collected, or else risk losing everything.

King of the Dead (Jeremiah Hunt #2), by Joseph Nassise(November 27, Tor)
In a devil’s deal, Jeremiah Hunt sacrificed his human sight in exchange for the power to see the hidden world of ghosts and all of the darker spirits that prowl the streets. Hunt uncovered a world of murder and magic that took his daughter from him and nearly cost him his life, but that was only the beginning. Now Hunt is on the run from the FBI, who have pegged him as a mass-murdering dark sorcerer. His flight from the law is diverted to New Orleans when his companion, a potent witch, has a horrific vision of the city under magical siege. When they arrive, they realize that the situation is more dire than they could have imagined: the world of the living faces a terrifying attack by forces from beyond the grave.

Lullaby (Watersong #2), by Amanda Hocking  (November 27, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Young Adult. Harper only wanted a normal life. When her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of beautiful girls, everything changes. Harper must face dangers unlike any she’s ever experienced to rescue Gemma. Fortunately, she has Daniel by her side, a guy who’s immune to the girls’ dark powers. While Harper searches for her sister, Gemma struggles to adjust to her new life. Gemma’s powers are growing. The longer she lives with her new “sisters,” the harder it is to resist entering their magical world. It’s a realm both dark and beautiful. As she’s drifting far away from her old life, Harper and Daniel find her. All she wants is to return to her family, but how can she do that when she’s become something else entirely? Will they still love her once they learn the truth?

Lust for Life (WVMP Radio #4), by Jeri Smith-Ready (November 27, Pocket Books)
Ciara’s con-artist parents taught her three keys to survival: keep low, keep quiet, and most of all, keep moving. But managing WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll, not to mention becoming a vampire herself, has kept her in one place long enough to fall madly in love, adopt an undead dog, and make more enemies than she can shake a stake at. A psychotic DJ, a wannabe necromancer, and a posse of vengeful hippies would all love to see Ciara get her day in the sun, literally. To protect Ciara, her fiancé, Shane, has traded his flannel shirt and guitar for a flak jacket and crossbow. If she survives to walk down the aisle, will she recognize the man waiting at the altar? Ciara must decide who to trust, who to love, and who to kill.

Steel’s Edge (The Edge #4), by Ilona Andrews (November 27, Ace)
Charlotte de Ney is as noble as they come, a blueblood straight out of the Weird. Even though she possesses rare magical healing abilities, her life has brought her nothing but pain. After her marriage crumbles, she flees to the Edge to build a new home for herself. Until Richard Mar is brought to her for treatment, and Charlotte’s life is turned upside down once again. Richard is a swordsman without peer, future head of his large and rambunctious Edger clan, and he’s on a clandestine quest to wipe out slavers trafficking humans in the Weird. When his presence leads his very dangerous enemies to Charlotte, she vows to help Richard destroy them. The slavers’ operation, however, goes deeper than Richard knows, and even working together, Charlotte and Richard may not survive.

The First Prophet (Bishop Files #1), by Kay Hooper (November 27, Jove)
Months ago Sarah Gallagher woke from a coma with psychic abilities she couldn’t control. They changed her life and cost her the man she loved. And now, someone is playing games with Sarah’s mind. It begins with Sarah’s home being destroyed by fire, an act of arson that draws novelist Tucker Mackenzie into Sarah’s confidence. But he has other reasons for pursuing a woman who can see what others can’t. So does a mysterious enemy intent on eliminating Sarah, and everyone she cares about. Because it’s only a matter of time before her visions lead her and Tucker to a secret many will kill to hide. Only then will they begin to discover the scope of a terrifying conspiracy so deep and complex they can trust almost no one.

Trapped (Iron Druid Chronicles #5), by Kevin Hearne (November 27, Del Rey)
After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge, but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have “kill the Druid” at the top of their to-do lists.

Undead to the World (The Bloodhound Files #6), by D.D. Barant (November 27, St. Martin’s)
Jace’s return to Kansas is an instant reminder that there really is no place like home. The tavern is still brimming with losers, practical jokers, and motorcycle chicks. Even the town’s only Goth is still wearing eyeliner. But just as Jace is about to click her heels and hightail out of there, she’s roped into a brand-new case. Somebody is possessed. And the bodies are piling up. They call him the Gallowsman. According to legend, he was sentenced to hang, though his crimes still have not been specified. When he was strung up to die, his spirit stuck around waiting for people to hang themselves, so he could steal their bodies. Now, with the undead rising up and going on a rampage, Jace must put her own neck on the line. Can she get the Gallowsman to give up the ghost?

The Rise of Ransom City, by Felix Gilman (November 27, Tor)
This is the story Harry Ransom. If you know his name it’s most likely as the inventor of the Ransom Process, a stroke of genius that changed the world. Or you may have read about how he lost the battle of Jasper City, or won it, depending on where you stand in matters of politics. Friends called him Hal or Harry, or by one of a half-dozen aliases. If you’re reading this in the future, Ransom City must be a great and glittering metropolis, with a big bronze statue of Harry Ransom in a park somewhere. You might be standing on its sidewalk and not wonder in the least of how it grew to its current glory. Here is its story. It all starts with the day that old Harry Ransom crossed paths with Liv Alverhyusen and John Creedmoor, two fugitives running from the Line, amidst a war with no end.

Edge of Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan (November 27, Solaris)
“One giant leap for mankind.” Those were Neil Armstrong’s immortal words when he became the first human being to step onto another world. All at once, the horizon expanded; the human race was no longer Earthbound. Our destiny would now be to reach out to eternity. The thirteen stories in this anthology span the whole of the human condition in their race to colonise Earth’s nearest neighbors. Featuring stories by Hannu Rajaniemi, Alastair Reynolds, James S. A. Corey, John Barnes, Stephen Baxter, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Elizabeth Bear, Pat Cadigan, Gwyneth Jones, Paul McAuley, Sandra McDonald, Stephen D. Covey, An Owomoyela, and Bruce Sterling.

The Fractal Prince (The Quantum Thief Trilogy #2), by Hannu Rajaniemi (November 27, Tor)
A physicist receives a mysterious paper. The ideas in it are far, far ahead of current thinking and quite, quite terrifying. In a city of “fast ones,” shadow players, and jinni, two sisters contemplate a revolution. And on the edges of reality a thief, helped by a sardonic ship, is trying to break into a Schrödinger box for his patron. In the box is his freedom. Or not. Jean de Flambeur is back. And he’s running out of time. (Currently available as an ebook release.)

The Sum of Her Parts (Tipping Point #3), by Alan Dean Foster(November 27, Del Rey)
Dr. Ingrid Seastrom was once a respected American physician. Whispr was once a streetwise thief. Now, in a world on the edge of catastrophe they are allies, thrust together by fate to unravel an impossible mystery, even as they are stalked by a relentless killer. They are bound together by a thread: a data-storage thread made of a material that cannot exist, yet somehow does. Their quest to learn its secrets has brought them to South Africa’s treacherous Namib desert. Beyond its dangers waits a heavily guarded research facility that promises answers. Getting there won’t be easy, not with Napun Molé on their trail. They’ve already escaped the assassin twice, and as far as Molé is concerned, finishing them off isn’t just a job anymore, it’s personal.

Bard’s Oath (Dragonlord #3), by Joanne Bertin (November 27, Tor)
For many millennia, the Dragonlords have been a blessing to the world, with their great magic and awesome power. Leet: a master bard of great ability and vaulting ambition, has his own darker magic. Years ago, death claimed the woman he loved, setting him on a course to avenge her death. Consumed by his thirst for revenge, Leet has set in motion a nefarious plot that ensnares the friend of a Dragonlord. Raven, a young friend of the Dragonloard Linden Rathan, is ensnared by Leet and under the bard’s spell, is one of the bard’s unwitting catspaws. When accused of a heinous crime, Raven turns to Linden. Linden comes to Raven’s aid. But Raven, and others victimized by Leet, are at the mercy of human justice. Can even a Dragonlord save them from a dire fate before it is too late?

Crossed Blades (Fallen Blade #3), by Kelly McCullough (November 27, Ace)
For six years, former temple assassin Aral Kingslayer has been living as a jack of the shadow trades, picking up odd jobs on the wrong side of the law. But the past is never dead, and Aral’s has finally caught up to him in the beautiful, dangerous form of Jax Seldansbane, a fellow Blade and Aral’s onetime fiancée. Jax claims that the forces that destroyed everything Aral once held dear are on the move again, and she needs his help to stop them. But Aral has a new life now, with a fresh identity and new responsibilities. And while he isn’t keen on letting the past back in, the former assassin soon finds himself involved in a war that will leave him with no way out and no idea who to trust.

Defiant Peaks (The Hadrumal Crisis #3), by Juliet E. McKenna (November 27, Solaris)
Archmage Planir and the wizards of Hadrumal have demonstrated their devastating powers and the corsair threat is no more. Will Tormalin’s Emperor make an alliance with Solura’s wizards who so openly covet Hadrumal’s secrets? Will he seek out that other mysterious magic, Artifice, to counter Planir’s magecraft? How will the aloof Aetheric adepts of the mountains answer such an appeal? Aldabreshin warlords have always forbidden wizardry. Now the Archmage has encroached so unforgivably on their domains, their laws demand a wizard’s shed blood to wash away the taint and the Aldabreshi have countless men and ships for such a quest. With many of the Wizard Council disputing Planir’s chosen course, he must look beyond the island city for allies.

A Fantasy Medley 2 (Quarters #4.5, October Daye .5), edited by Yanni Kuznia (November 28, Subterranean)
With “Quartered,” Tanya Huff returns with the story of the young bard Evicka, whose mission to spy on an assassin brings peril, tragedy, and, ultimately, revelation. In “Bone Garden,” Amanda Downum revisits Erisín. Deadly spirits are preying on the city’s most vulnerable citizens in this story of secrets and sacrifice. “The Sergeant and the General” finds Jasper Kent weaving a tale from the other side of the battle lines drawn in his Danilov Quintet, with a French veteran of Napoleon’s disastrous Russian campaign haunted by more than just memories. And in “Rat-Catcher,” Seanan McGuire travels into the past of the October Daye series to pull back the veils on both the world of 17th century London theater and the faerie Court of Cats as two worlds collide.

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