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Book Giveaway: The Warder Trilogy by Eldon Thompson

Courtesy of the author, I have a SIGNED set of The Ukinhan Wilds, The Blackmoon Shards, and The Sundered Isle by Eldon Thompson for one lucky winner!

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Received in September

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Ray / DVD:
Hocus Pocus Anniversary Edition Blu-ray
Ocean’s 8 4K Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box
ThinkGeek Apparel

Amazon Publishing:
The Fever King by Victoria Lee

BBC Books:
Doctor Who:The Women Who Lived True Tales of: Brilliant Women from Across Time by Christel Dee

Bloomsbury:
The Darkdeep by Ally Condie

Cyndyn:
The Ukinhan Wilds by Eldon Thompson
The Blackmoon Shards by Eldon Thompson
The Sundered Isle by Eldon Thompson

Daw:
The Bartered Brides by Mercedes Lackey

Del Rey:
Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan
Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition by Mur Lafferty
Dragon’s Code by Gigi McCaffrey

Entangled Teen:
Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn

Fun Studio International:
Star Wars: Millennium Falcon Book and Mega Model by Star Wars

Gallery Books:
Halo: Silent Storm by Troy Denning

Harlequin Teen:
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen Books:
Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows

Harper Voyager:
The Accidental War by Walter Jon Williams
Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep
The Black Khan by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Hex Publishers:
Mechanical Animals by Lauren Beukes

Macmillan Teen / Feiwel and Friends / Square Fish:
Young Captain Nemo by Jason Henderson
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Scholastic / Point:
Impostors by Scott Westerfeld
The Haunting of Hounds Hollow by Jeffrey Salane
Where She Fell by Kaitlin Ward
Let Sleeping Dragons Lie by Garth Nix
Gamer Army by Trent Reedy
The Prince Problem by Vivian Vande Velde
The Golden Tower by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Shadow Mountain:
Squint by Chad Morris

Simon Teen / Simon Pulse:
Light Years by Emily Ziff Griffin

Titan Books:
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – The Haunting of Torre Abbey by Carole Bugge
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – The Devil and the Four by Sam Siciliano

Tor Teen:
The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse

Book Giveaway: Kill the Queen

Courtesy of Harper Voyager, I have a copy of Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 19. I’ll draw a name on October 20, and notify winner via email.

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Blog Tour: The Lost Fleet: Corsair Graphic Novel Giveaway

Courtesy of Titan Comics, I have a copy of The Lost Fleet: Corsair Graphic Novel by Jack Campbell for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 5. I’ll draw a name on October 6, and notify winner via email.

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Received in August

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Ray / DVD:
Blindspot Season 3 DVD
Supernatural Season 13 DVD
Young Sheldon Season 1 DVD

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box
ThinkGeek Apparel

Ace:
Irontown Blues by John Varley

Amulet:
Wicked Nix by Lena Coakley

Angry Robot:
Implanted by Lauren C. Teffeau

Crown:
Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

Daw:
Search Image by Julie E. Czerneda

Del Rey:
Tarnished City by Vic James
Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton

Disney Hyperion:
A Circle of Elephants by Eric Dinerstein
Prosper Redding The Last Life of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken
The Isle of the Lost: The Graphic Novel by Melissa De la Cruz

Harper Voyager:
Temper by Nicky Drayden
Timeless by R. A. Salvatore

John Joseph Adams / Mariner:
The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette

Kensington / Rebel Base:
A Meddle of Wizards by Alexandra Rushe

Little, Brown / Jimmy:
Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
Light Years by Kass Morgan

Pyr:
Black City Dragon by Richard A. Knaak

Random House Children / Knopf:
Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Liesl Shurtliff

Scholastic:
Night Flights: A Mortal Engines Collection by Philip Reeve
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Simon Teen / Simon Pulse:
This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

Spark:
Resistant by Rachael Sparks
Deepest Blue by Mindy Tarquini

Subterranean Press:
The Big Crush by David J Schow
More Walls Broken by Tim Powers
The Prisoner of Limnos by Lois McMaster Bujold
Virtue Signaling and Other Heresies by John Scalzi

Titan Books:
Star Trek: Lost Scenes by Curt McAloney

Tor:
Denied by Cathy Clamp
The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal

Book Giveaway: The Fated Sky

Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal for one lucky winner!

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FearlessWomen Tour: Book Excerpt: The Fated Sky

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The Fated Sky Excerpt

Now I faced the wall, running a Fibonacci sequence to try to calm down. At least I didn’t throw up anymore. Usually.

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144 . . .

Behind me, Parker paced in tiny circles, shaking his hands as if he were trying to get blood back into them. An assistant with a clipboard waited by us, one ear covered with a giant earphone, as if he were at Mission Control.

. . 233, 377, 610, 987, 1597, 2584, 4181, 6765 . . .

The man with the clipboard leaned next to me and whispered, “You’re on.”

Onstage, Jack Paar said, “Please welcome my next guests, Colonel Stetson Parker and Dr. Elma York.”
I turned away from the wall in time to see Parker snap his genial smile into place. He gestured for me to lead the way. “Ladies first.”

My smile felt brittle and plastered on. Crinoline shushing against my legs, I strode out into the lights and the wall of applause. Beyond the banks of lights and cameras, real people sat in the auditorium. Beyond them, millions of people sat on the other side of television sets.
. . 10946, 17711, 28657 . . .

Mr. Paar shook my hand and then Parker’s, and we went through the requisite smiling and waving to the audience before we were seated on matching leather chairs next to his. A silver microphone stood on the floor between Parker and me, and I had to cross my legs carefully to keep from hitting it with my pumps.

With a tug on one of his signature ties, Jack Paar leaned over to us as if we were the only people in the room. “Thank you both so much for joining us. I tell you, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten over being five years old. I know it’s obvious, but I just need to say it . . . You’ve both been to the moon?”

Parker laughed. He really does have a good laugh. “I can’t believe it either. There are days when I have to pinch myself.”

“And, Dr. York . . . You live on the moon, is that right?”

“Yes, I live in the lunar colony about six months out of the year.”

“That must be fascinating.” Jack Paar leaned closer, smiling with all the fidgety interest of a child. “What’s it like?”

“More like Earth than you might think. I pilot one of the transport ships, ferrying geologists and miners out to various sites. I have a regular route, so it’s not much different from being a bus driver, really.”

Beside me, Parker chuckled. “Don’t let Dr. York sell her-self short. Piloting one of these ships requires a lot of skill because of mascons.”

Jack Paar raised his eyebrows almost to his hairline. “Mass cons? Is that a convicted mascot?”

Bless him for making me laugh, even if it was a poor joke, or I would have gaped at Parker’s compliment. “Mascon is short for mass concentration. There are local heavy spots on the moon where the rocks have more density, so it causes the ship to dip unexpectedly.”

“Wait—there are really spots where there’s more gravity on the moon?”

I nodded. “Here on Earth, too, but it’s so slight that you wouldn’t notice it. It’s one of the reasons we can’t automate a ship around the moon, because the math is too complicated for a mechanical computer that’s small enough to fit on the spacecraft.” Not that anyone wanted to hear about math. My job was to extoll the virtues of the Mars program. “But the lunar colony does give a taste of what our Mars colony will be like. It’s much the way living on the frontier must have felt for early Americans.”

THE FATED SKY Summary:
Mary Robinette Kowal continues the grand sweep of alternate history begun in The Calculating Stars, The Fated Sky looks forward to 1961, when mankind is well-established on the moon and looking forward to its next step: journeying to, and eventually colonizing, Mars.

Of course the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but there’s a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historic—but potentially very dangerous—mission? Could Elma really leave behind her husband and the chance to start a family to spend several years traveling to Mars? And with the Civil Rights movement taking hold all over Earth, will the astronaut pool ever be allowed to catch up, and will these brave men and women of all races be treated equitably when they get there? This gripping look at the real conflicts behind a fantastical space race will put a new spin on our visions of what might have been.

About Mary Robinette Kowal:
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the historical fantasy novels Ghost Talkers and the five books in The Glamourist Histories series. She is also a multiple Hugo Award winner. Her short fiction has appeared in Uncanny, Tor.com, and Asimov’s. Mary, a professional puppeteer, lives in Chicago with her husband Robert and over a dozen manual typewriters.

About #FearlessWomen:
Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction, and it is no longer enough to say “Women are here.” Instead, #FearlessWomen everywhere are taking a stand to say “Women will thrive here.”
Highlighting major titles from bestselling authors V.E. Schwab, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jacqueline Carey as well as titles from acclaimed and debut authors such as Mary Robinette Kowal, Tessa Gratton, Sam Hawke, and Robyn Bennis, #FearlessWomen will be a coordinated social media celebration encouraging fans to start a dialogue about women in publishing, their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories.
Tor Books’ handles across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@torbooks) will be using the hashtags #FearlessWomen (and #FearlessFantasy and #FearlessSF) to promote excerpts, exclusive content, quizzes and giveaways beginning in May. There will also be exclusive giveaways at BookCon, San Diego Comic-Con, and New York Comic Con. Follow Tor Books online, join the conversation – and get reading!

Received in July

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Ray:
Rampage Blu-Ray
Ready Player One Blu-Ray
Counterpart Season 1 Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box
ThinkGeek Apparel

Abrams / Amulet:
Ocean Renegades! Journey through the Paleozoic Era by Abby Howard

Ace:
Stars Uncharted by S. K. Dunstall

Apex Publishing:
Nexhuman by Francesco Verso

Berkley:
Shadow’s Bane by Karen Chance
Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill

Clarion Books:
Bluecrowne by Kate Milford

Daw:
Worldshaper by Edward Willett

Del Rey / Bantam:
Bright Ruin by Vic James
Dragon’s Code by Gigi McCaffrey
Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn
The Point by John Dixon
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon

Disney Hyperion:
Tales from the Haunted Mansion, Volume III: Grim Grinning Ghosts by Disney Book Group
Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief Illustrated Edition by Rick Riordan
Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch by Serena Valentino

Pyr:
Keepers by Brenda Cooper
No Sleep till Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton

Random House Children’s / Delacorte:
The Door to the Lost by Jaleigh Johnson
Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 2: The Middle-Route Run by James Parks

St Martin’s Press:
Maze Master by Kathleen O’Neal Gear

Subterranean Press:
A Time to Scatter Stones by Lawrence Block

Titan Books:
Occupy Me by Tricia Sullivan
Strange Ink by Gary Kemble

Tor:
Mystic Dragon by Jason Denzel
Arabella The Traitor of Mars by David D. Levine
The Razor by Jack Barton Mitchell
Privateer by Margaret Weis
An Informal History of the Hugos by Jo Walton