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Excerpt and Giveaway: The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma

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The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma Excerpt
by Brian Herbert
Reprinted with permission from Tor Books.


For the environmental health of the American continents, all inhabitants who survived the Corporate War will be relocated onto densely populated human reservations, with the remaining land slated for either collective farms or comprehensive greenforming, returning it to the pristine beauty of nature. As part of his historic Edict 101, our beloved Chairman Rahma Popal has announced, “Anyone who resists will be dealt with severely. He will be recycled.”
—government news flash, March 17, 2043

THE NUCLEAR-POWERED TRUCK flexed its long body around highway turns without slowing, its air whistle keening to ward off wild animals. Inside the passenger dome sat a man and a woman in complementary uniforms—his forest green and hers black, with peace symbols on the lapels. They held hands and gazed out at the sun-mottled trees of autumn, bearing leaves that were a spectacular array of golden-brown hues. This was an old road, bumpy from decay and debris, having fallen into disuse because of the mass exodus of population in the last two decades. It was the year 2063 in the New England Conservancy, and soon there would be no more need for this route.

Ahead of the vehicle and behind it, police cars created a security zone, their strobe lights flashing and fender-mounted weapons glow-ready, while a Greenpol aircraft flew low overhead. For years there had been attacks by disaffected Corporate elements against GSA assets, and the Chairman had ordered extra precautions to secure his valuable equipment and personnel. Greenpol was the special police force he had created, with divisions to stop eco-criminals, prosecute other crimes, and bodyguard his person.

Presently the big armored truck slowed and turned onto the rough, weed-encrusted surface of an abandoned parking lot, where it screeched to a stop. Outriggers shot into position and adjusted for the uneven surface, leveling the great machine mounted on the chassis. The two passengers, both eco-techs, exited the dome and stepped onto a wide turret platform on the vehicle. They secured their stylized, owl-design helmets and dark goggles, then grabbed hold of safety bars. Other crew members rushed to their stations, to operate the complex equipment and monitor the results. They wore black trousers, jackboots, green jackets, and shiny green helmets.

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Flight of the Golden Harpy Excerpt and Giveaway

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Flight of the Golden Harpy Excerpt
by Susan Klaus
Reprinted with permission by Tor Books.

Kari crouched as motionless as a doll beneath the ferns and stared across the lake carpeted with purple lilies to the trisom trees on the opposite shore. The towering trees swayed in the breeze; their branches overloaded with sweet fruit at this time of the year. After an hour of patient waiting, the eleven-year-old brushed her sweaty locks from her forehead and fretted. Her two-mile hike through Dora’s hot jungle had been in vain. Nothing but birds and small-winged mammals had come and feasted on the fruit.

She heard a pair of squabbling kilts, squirrel-type creatures, and lowered her gaze to watch them as they tussled, rolled, and chased each other up and down the vines. So entranced with the kilts, she failed to notice the male harpy who had flown in and landed in the trisom trees. She rose to leave and saw the flutter of his pale yellow wings before he folded them against his back.

She ducked back down and swallowed. “He’s a golden. A real, true golden harpy,” she muttered, watching him. He picked a ball of fruit, leaned his slender, humanoid frame against the white bark, and nibbled.

Her chest pounded with excitement, realizing she gazed at the rarest creature on the planet. Numerous times, she had seen brown-winged harpies, but the blond, yellow-winged species were nearly extinct. Prized by hunters, the goldens were considered the ultimate game animal and slaughtered for their trophy wings. The golden flung the shoulder-length hair from his boyish face and sniffed the air before hopping to another limb, out of view.

Kari dismissed her father’s warnings about dangerous harpies and crawled from her hiding place for a better look. Approaching the lake’s edge, she was so captivated she never noticed the ripples of water created by a stalking mogel. It shot out from the murky depths and latched its mouth around her leg. The giant eel-like beast knocked her down on the muddy bank and dragged her toward its watery domain. She screamed for help, but was too far from home and her father to be heard.

With her free foot, she frantically kicked the beast’s leathery black head and silvery eyes, but the mogel remained undeterred, holding on to its meal. Its sharp fangs clamped down and released their venom. While thrashing in the shallow water she felt a burning pain enter her bite wound. She grabbed a large rock and clung to it, but with the mogel’s strength and steady pull, her hands quickly slipped over the algae-covered stone. Total paralysis from the poison and drowning would soon end her struggle.

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Keri Arthur Blog Tour: Interview and Giveaway!

Author Keri Arthur joins today for her first stop along her latest blog tour, promoting her new release FIREBORN!

Can you tell us a bit about FIREBORN in your own words?

Fireborn is the story of Emberly, a phoenix blessed (or cursed) with foresight. When she sees the death of the man she once loved, she steps into alter fate–and in the process becomes involved in not only the investigation of her boss’s murder, but the efforts to recover his stolen research before it falls into the wrong hands–and changes the world forever.

Tell us about Emberly Pearson. A phoenix as a main character sounds like something new.

It’s certainly new for me! But after spending 16 books in the Riley Jenson world, writing about vamps and weres, I really felt the need to write something totally different. So I began researching all sorts of mythical creatures, and it was the phoenix–with it’s ability to be reborn time and again out of the ashes of its death–that snagged my muse’s interest, mainly because of the potential such an ability offered story-wise. So Emberly–and the world of phoenixes–was born

Does this mean she’s immortal?

She’s immortal in the sense that on death, she’s reborn. But it’s not automatic; there are restrictions and if they’re not met, she dies permanently.

Is there anything else unique about this urban fantasy series?

There’s a different take on vampires in this one, and there’s certainly some supernaturals that haven’t featured in any of my books before–dark elves, for instance.

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Syfy BTS Press Tour – Helix Set Tour Part 2

Part 1 can be seen here.
I was able to attend this year’s Syfy Digital Press Tour (or Behind-the-Scenes Tour) in Montreal where most of our day was on the set of Helix, Syfy’s newest series coming in January 2014!

After the set tour, we had a Q&A session with the cast. Here are some videos and photos from the event.

First, here’s the intro for the cast members:

Then, each cast member briefly discussed his or her role on the show.

Billy Campbell:

Hiroyuki Sanada:

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Syfy BTS Press Tour – Helix Set Tour Part 1

I was able to attend this year’s Syfy Digital Press Tour (or Behind-the-Scenes Tour) in Montreal where most of our day was on the set of Helix, Syfy’s newest series coming in January 2014!

Some of the areas are still under embargo, so I’m not allowed to post those photos yet. But here’s what I can show…

We started our tour through the corridors of the Helix station. I was able to catch it on video, so that it feels like you’re actually there:

And here’s a live action scene in a lab that we got to see up close:

Here are some various shots of the labs:

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Syfy BTS Press Tour – Being Human Set Tour

I was able to attend this year’s Syfy Digital Press Tour (or Behind-the-Scenes Tour) in Montreal where our first set visit was Being Human!

Aiden, Sally, and Josh’s street:
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Their front stoop, walking into their house:
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Some shots from inside the house:
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Syfy BTS Press Tour – Montreal – Day 1

A couple of weeks ago I was able to attend the Syfy BTS (Behind the Scenes) Press Tour in Montreal, featuring set tours of Being Human and Helix. But the night before was cocktails and dinner with talent from Haven, Defiance, and Ghost Hunters. This is one of my favorite parts of the weekend, as it was last year in Toronto. It’s a casual time to get to know one another in a relaxed setting. I sat next to Adam Berry and Amy Bruni from Ghost Hunters. We had a great time with a lot of stories exchanged and even more laughs.

Here I am with Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Adam Berry, and Amy Bruni from Ghost Hunters:

With Adam Copeland (Edge) from Haven

With Lucas Bryant, Adam Copeland, and Eric Balfour from Haven. I have a lot of these!
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Received in April

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in April for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Ray / DVD:
Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 Blu Ray
Star Trek: The Next Generation The Best of Both Worlds Blu Ray

The Golden Age of Death by Amber Benson

Amazon / 47 North:
A Private Little War by Jason Sheehan
Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders by Richard Ellis Preston Jr.

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow by Tommy Donbavand
Doctor Who: Plague of the Cybermen by Justin Richards
Doctor Who: The Dalek Generation by Nicholas Briggs

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen Books:
Pivot Point by Kasie West
The Rising by Kelley Armstrong
Reboot by Amy Tintera
Towering by Alex Flinn
The Dark Shore by Kevin Emerson
Light by Michael Grant

Harper Voyager / William Morrow:
The Arrivals by Melissa Marr
The Dead Run by Adam Mansbach
Magician’s End by Raymond E. Feist

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s / Clarion:
Escape from the Pipe Men! by Mary G. Thompson

Macmillan Teen / Henry Holt:
Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Mulholland Books:
Point and Shoot by Duane Swierczynski

Tempest Reborn by Nicole Peeler

The Circle by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg

Pathfinder Tales: Pirate’s Honor by Chris A. Jackson

Penguin / Blue Rider Press:
Angel City by Jon Steele

Pocket Books:
World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War by Christie Golden
Rise of the Gryphon by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The secret of Abdu el Yezdi by Mark Hodder

Tales of Majipoor by Robert Silverberg
The Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee
Bronze Gods by A. A. Aguirre
Dead Letter Day by Eileen Rendahl

Scholastic / Point:
Rebel Spirits by Lois Ruby
Wings of Fire Book Three: The Hidden Kingdom by Tui T. Sutherland

Simon Teen / Razor Bill / McElderry:
SYLO by D.J. MacHale
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

St. Martin’s Griffin:
Destined by P. C. Cast

Titan Books:
Plague Nation by Dana Fredsti

London Falling by Paul Cornell
Grail of the Summer Stars by Freda Warrington
Necessary Evil by Ian Tregillis
Alien Hunter by Whitley Strieber

Tor Teen:
Shadow Grail #3: Sacrifices by Mercedes Lackey
Replica by Jenna Black
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Underland Press:
Cyberpunk: Stories of Hardware, Software, Wetware, Evolution, and Revolution by Victoria Blake

Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince by Nancy Atherton

WMG Publishing:
Snipers by Kristine Kathryn Rusch