happy release day!

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!

link salad (client edition) – including news of a debut novel!

* 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.

link salad (client edition)

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.

happy release day!

Today is the official publication day for a new Raksura novel: The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells!

The Edge of Worlds, from celebrated fantasy author Martha Wells, returns to the fascinating world of The Cloud Roads for the first book in a new series of strange lands, uncanny beings, dead cities, and ancient danger.

An expedition of groundlings from the Empire of Kish have traveled through the Three Worlds to the Indigo Cloud court of the Raksura, shape-shifting creatures of flight that live in large family groups. The groundlings have found a sealed ancient city at the edge of the shallow seas, near the deeps of the impassable Ocean. They believe it to be the last home of their ancestors and ask for help getting inside. But the Raksura fear it was built by their own distant ancestors, the Forerunners, and the last sealed Forerunner city they encountered was a prison for an unstoppable evil.

“An imaginative world of engaging characters . . . the dramatic battles, tough decisions, and character dynamics shine through.”
—Publishers Weekly

Also available today: Jericho by Alex Gordon!

In this follow-up to the masterful debut Gideon, a young witch must risk death and damnation to defeat a powerful ancient evil.

In unearthing her father’s secret past, Lauren Reardon discovered a shocking truth about herself. She is a Child of Endor, a sect of witches who believe they are the guardians of the “thin places”—areas across the globe where evil can seep through the divide between the worlds separating the living and the restless dead. At any time, she can be called upon to close one of these breaches and prevent demons from infiltrating our realm. When Lauren has a disturbing vision of an Oregon forest, she is drawn back to the familiar woods of the misty Pacific Northwest to investigate.

Locals had long whispered about an abandoned logging camp known as Jericho—of the strange disappearances and eerie sounds heard in the woods deep in the night. But these ghost stories only hint at the true evil lurking within the camp’s dilapidated buildings, a primeval malevolence far more terrifying than Lauren’s darkest imaginings. And now, Lauren must face this evil, even if it takes her life . . . even if it costs her soul.

happy release day!

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

“In Bishop’s fourth dark fantasy adventure (after Vision in Silver), the stakes have grown higher. There are plenty of parallels to draw between current events and Bishop’s alternate world, but it is the stories of the characters woven through the action that keep the books fresh. Vivid worldbuilding and myth creation are Bishop’s strengths, and this title is a welcome addition to the series.” — Library Journal

“As the fourth book in Bishop’s phenomenal Others series begins, there is an extinction threat hanging over the entire human population of Thaisia. The only thing preventing it at this point is the Elders’ curiosity about the effect blood prophet Meg Corbyn is having on the Lakeside terra indigene (“Others”). Without a doubt this is one of the best UF series on the market, and in this newest chapter, the peril and terror factors are completely off the charts! Bishop is one hell of a storyteller.” — RT Book Reviews, 5 stars, Five Star Gold

Also available:

Book 1: Written in Red
Book 2: Murder of Crows
Book 3: Vision in Silver