My Jack-O-Lantern this year!
My Jack-O-Lantern this year!
Today Nicky Drayden’s amazing debut The Prey of Gods hits the shelves!
“In this genre-bending debut novel, a science fantasy set in 2064, newly awakened demigods and artificial intelligences battle for the fate of South Africa…Drayden uses numerous perspectives to weave an engaging story that’s populated by a diverse cast and enhanced by fascinating concepts. There’s a lot to take in as the various plot threads interweave and converge toward a surprising climax, but Drayden balances the genre elements skillfully, creating a world where genetic manipulation, sentient robots, and folkloric origin stories can coexist plausibly, if not peacefully.” – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Fans of Lauren Beukes and N.K. Jemisin will want to check out this winning mashup that mixes genres and moods with gleeful abandon, heralding a fresh new talent. It also has a truly fantastic cover.” –Library Journal, Starred Review, Debut of the Month
“This stunning sequel to the Hugo- and Nebula-nominated Ninefox Gambit contains a satisfying mixture of interstellar battles, politics, intrigue, and arcane technology. The Hafn have invaded Hexarchate territory, and the Hexarchate military Kel Command have resorted to deploying a human weapon to take control of the response force. He is the resurrected General Shuos Jedao, and he has possessed the body of Kel infantry captain Ajewen Cheris. After subduing and releasing Lieutenant Colonel Brezan, who tries to resist him, Jedao goes rogue, still fighting the Hafn but also pursuing his own agenda. Brezan is promoted to the rank of high general and sent back to retake control of the fleet with the assassin Tseya, a member of the diplomatic Andan faction. In the background, Hexarch Shuos Mikodez maneuvers his faction’s intelligence-gathering forces; meanwhile, the leader of another faction has disappeared, and his replacement offers immortality to her peers. With multiple characters skilled in deception, Lee is able to keep readers guessing at Jedao’s goals until the end. He never explains the Hexarchate’s calendrical technology, but readers who don’t mind being dropped in the deep end will savor this brilliantly imagined tale.” – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Today is the official release date for All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries 1) by Martha Wells!
On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.
“Murderbot is wonderfully relatable, very funny and a great narrator, editorial asides and all. The story is well put together and sketches out an intriguing future, but the real draw is our host, and the result is a story that builds to an unexpectedly moving climax. More Murderbot, please.” — RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!
“This slim read is both surprisingly funny and packed with intriguing future worldbuilding, all the more reason to celebrate the sequel due later in the year.” — B&N SFF Blog
Also hitting the shelves today: The Gathering Edge by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
A series milestone as we welcome the twentieth amazing entry in the nationally best-selling Liaden Universe® series.
The luck runs rough around Theo Waitley. Not only are people trying to kill her and capture the self-aware intelligent ship Bechimo to whom Theo is bonded, they’re also trying to arrest her crew members, and throw the dignity of an important passenger, the duly-constituted norbear ambassador Hevelin, into question.
“The anomalous scenario gives Theo serious choices to make, transforming the “safe space” into something much more perilousand much more adventurous.” — B&N SFF Blog
Today is the official release day for Brimstone by Cherie Priest!
“In this pitch-perfect penny dreadful, Priest (The Family Plot) evokes the strangeness and charm of early-19th-century Florida and the fortitude of two spectacular protagonists. Priest wields a brilliant command of the delightful and the frightening in this enchanting tale. The detailed extrapolation of Spiritualist beliefs into reality makes the story even more terrifying than if it had a supernatural villain driving the chaos. The conclusion is both uplifting and satisfying, a fitting reward for the protagonists, who have each sought only to give help and love to those in need.” – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Priest weaves intriguing historical detail throughout this slowly intensifying tale of darkness, fire, and the power of human connection. Recommended for fans of Joe Hill, otherworldly suspense, and stories with a strong sense of place and history.” – Booklist
Also available today, the first of the brand new novels in the acclaimed Under Jurisdiction series: Blood Enemies by Susan R. Matthews
“Matthews’ intelligent prose, her genius for the unexpected, and her keen sense of atmosphere, produce an extremely compelling read.” – New York Review of Science Fiction
Andrej Koscuisko is a former Fleet Medical Officer for the Jurisdiction. But he also served as the Inquisitor for the Bench, a position both tempting and full of conflict. Finally reaching his limit, Andrej fled into Gonebeyond Space. Now savage terrorist organization Angel of Death means to make Gonebeyond its own, but the secret service of the Dolgorukij church, the Malcontent, plans to stop them. The Malcontent faces Andrej’s unplanned intervention at the worst possible time, and the only way to bring down an organization that has slain whole systems is for Andrej to once again risk his soul and sanity as an Inquisitor.
Want to see how it all began? Baen Books has also re-issued the first six novels of the Jurisdiction series in two omnibus volumes: Fleet Inquisitor, including Exchange of Hostages, Prisoner of Conscience, and Angel of Destruction, and Fleet Renegade, including Hour of Judgment, The Devil and Deep Space, and Warring States!
In honor of International Women’s Day, I’m giving away some of my favorite client novels – written by women and featuring women characters.
The Prey of Gods (ARC) by Nicky Drayden – Amazing debut novel coming this summer from a new voice in the tradition of Lauren Beukes and Nnedi Okorafor. A fantastic, boundary-challenging tale set in a South African locale.
Emilie & the Hollow World by Martha Wells – Alternate world Victorian adventure from the author of the Books of the Raksura. “Emilie is the best kind of adventurer — curious, courageous, stubborn, resourceful, and quick to make friends.” — Sharon Shinn, bestselling author of the Samaria series
Ghost Talkers (ARC) by Mary Robinette Kowal – From the Hugo-Award winning author comes a spectacular novel of historical intrigue and fantastical danger about Ginger Stuyvesant, American heiress in London during World War I and a medium for the Spirit Corps.
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear – “Karen Memory is a book that gets going right away and never stops. Karen’s rough edges and obviously wicked intelligence are highlighted by nuanced details that establish her already likable voice as even more relatable; her charming (self-taught) misuse of phrases and terminology, and reflexive bravery and morality are just a few examples in this fantastic read.” ―RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick!
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest – Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure. Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her. Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window. Princess X?
Heart of Iron by Ekaterina Sedia – In a Russia where the Decembrists’ rebellion was successful and the Trans-Siberian railroad was completed before 1854, Sasha Trubetskaya becomes one of the first female students at the university and when her friends – the Chinese students – start disappearing finds herself trying to stop a war brewing between three empires and on the run from the terrifying Dame Florence Nightingale!
Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop – The exciting conclusion to the story that began with Written in Red, featuring blood prophet Meg Corbyn. “I can’t tell you how rich this series is and how enthralled I am.” – Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse fantasy/mystery series
To enter: Post a comment on this entry about your favorite novel written by a woman.
Only one entry per person. Domestic (US) and international entries accepted. Contest starts now and runs until Midnight Eastern Time, today March 8th, 2017. Winner will be randomly chosen.