It is with great pleasure that I welcome author Dawn Cook aka Kim Harrison to my client list! I’m very much looking forward to working with her on her future books!
Perhaps most well-known for her urban fantasy Hollows series featuring Rachel Morgan, Dawn has also written YA, traditional fantasy, graphic novels, and a one-of-a-kind world book. Her most recent release on November 22nd was THE OPERATOR, the second book in her Peri Reed Chronicles. And, of course, I’m also very excited about her upcoming prequel to the Hollows, THE TURN (you can read Chapter 1 over on her blog). The book hits the shelves in February.
My jack o’lantern for this year!
Today is the official release date for the new novel from Mary Robinette Kowal: Ghost Talkers!
“In this entrancing alternate history, Kowal (the Glamourist Histories series) introduces the Spirit Corps, a group that communicates with recently killed soldiers to gather important wartime information. It’s the summer of 1916, and American medium Ginger Stuyvesant works with the British Army at Le Havre to coordinate and lead spirit circles. When her intelligence officer fiancé, Capt. Benjamin Harford, uncovers a German plot to target the Spirit Corps and is sent to the front soon after, Ginger must use every power at her disposal to track down a traitor and protect the corps. Kowal’s depiction of spiritualism is richly imagined, and its complications and consequences are thoughtfully considered. Her depiction of the Western Front includes diverse characters often neglected in wartime stories: the many people who help Ginger include women young and old, people of color, and disabled veterans, all of whom are dismissed by the British men in charge. The well-drawn characters and the story’s gripping action and deep emotion will captivate readers.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Once again, Kowal takes an innovative premise and executes it superbly, imaginatively marrying history with a fresh fantasy concept. Though the romance between Ginger and Ben is bittersweet, the story never becomes maudlin — in fact, it’s absolutely riveting. The story moves briskly as Ginger struggles to identify a spy in the English army, revealing itself as an engrossing amalgam of romance, historical fiction, fantasy and mystery. I only have one caution: When you start , Ghost Talkers, clear your schedule — you won’t be able to put it down.” — RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!
Read an excerpt here!
* I’m absolutely beyond thrilled that Nicky Drayden’s debut novel has sold to Harper Voyayer. It’s called THE PREY OF GODS. There is just something so special about discovering and then finding a home for a first novel. The news broke in this week’s PW Deals column, and Nicky has more about it on her own site too. Head on over there and learn more about the book!
* Meanwhile, about the blogosphere, Martha Wells was interviewed and discussed worldbuilding in her amazing Raksura series. “Studying how real-world cities worked at various times in history, and how cultures and religions change over time, and the kind of technologies that cities in the ancient world developed, and how different cultures interacted with each other, all helped fuel my imagination and let me create my own cultures and cities.”
* Also very excited about the card game that Evil Hat Productions is basing on the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. They’ve got a Kickstarter going right now. Today’s funding level unlocked for supporters a preview of the first chapter of the next Dresden Files novel, PEACE TALKS. Check it out.
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Indeed, a while since I’ve done much blogging. I keep meaning to get back to it but where does all the time go? A question for another time or this won’t get posted either.
I especially wanted to boost awareness on this post from Mary Robinette Kowal on sensitivity readers and why she pulled a project. This is an important issue and one that is being much debated. Her commentary here is definitely food for thought.
Martha Wells, creator of the awesome Raksura, gives a glimpse of memories where she almost thought the series wouldn’t happen and was considering winding down her writing career.
And Yoon Ha Lee thinks out loud about prose and metaphors and characters and all sorts of other ingredients that go into storytelling in this self-inventory. I especially like the idea of parsley writing versus cilantro writing.