Received in September

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

47North / Amazon Crossing:
Tears in Rain by Rosa Montero

Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman
Alchemystic by Anton Strout
Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: The Dalek Project Graphic Novel by Justin Richards

The Vampire Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Bloodthirsty Undead by Roger Ma
Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf: Volume 1 by Patricia Briggs

Bloomsbury / Walker:
TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code by Alex Scarrow

Crown Publishing:
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

Redoubt by Mercedes Lackey

Harper Teen / Greenwillow:
Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Harper Voyager:
Initiate’s Trial by Janny Wurts

Health Communications, Inc.
Blood Zero Sky by J. Gates

Blessed By a Demon’s Mark by E.S. Moore

Seeds of Earth by Michael Cobley

Pathfinder Tales: Queen of Thorns by Dave Gross

Penguin / NAL:
The Hiding Place by David Bell

Pocket Books / Gallery Books:
Lust for Life by Jeri Smith-Ready
Borderlands #2: Unconquered by John Shirley
Ghost Town by Jason Hawes
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Brinkmanship by Una McCormack

Be My Enemy by Ian McDonald

Scholastic Press:
The Golden Door by Emily Rodda
Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities by Mike Jung
The Bar Code Prophecy by Suzanne Weyn

Simon Teen / McElderry Books:
Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Simon & Schuster / Touchstone:
Red Rain by R.L. Stine

St. Martin’s Griffin:
Portlandtown by Rob DeBorde

Titan Books:
Supernatural: Rite of Passage by John Passarella
The Martian War by Kevin J. Anderson
Resident Evil: Retribution by John Shirley

Ironskin by Tina Connolly
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

University of Minnesota Press:
Death Sentences by Kawamata Chiaki

WMG Publishing:
Blowback by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Wheel of Time iPhone Case

The 14th and final installment of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, A MEMORY OF LIGHT, will be released both in print and as an audiobook on January 8, 2013. Macmillan Audio is offering to anyone who pre-orders the CD audiobook a FREE custom iPhone case with the wheel of time logo up until 12/7!

Here’s a link to the website with all of the rules and regs:

Book Giveaway and Excerpt: Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan

Courtesy of Tor Forge, I have a copy of Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell for three (3) lucky winners!

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

And keep reading below for an excerpt from Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan!

Good luck!

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Exclusive Author Interview with Sarah Beth Durst recently had the opportunity to interview author Sarah Beth to talk about her latest release Vessel. Her novels Ice and Enchanted Ivy are two of my top favorite young adult novels that I always recommend. And last year’s Drink, Slay, Love was a fantastic vampire romance novel.

Enchanted Ivy:
Drink, Slay, Love:


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

VESSEL is about a girl who lives in a harsh desert land and is destined to sacrifice herself so her clan’s goddess can inhabit her body… but her goddess never comes.

Can you talk about Liyana’s character and the reason for her sacrifice?

Once a century, the goddess of the Goat Clan claims a human body and uses it to work the magic that fills the wells, revitalizes the oases, and increases the herds. Without this infusion of magic, the clan will wither and die.

Liyana has been chosen to give her body to the goddess. She doesn’t want to die, but she is willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of her clan and especially for the sake of her four-year-old brother. She is both brave and extremely practical as she faces her own death.

The creatures in VESSEL seem very unique. Where did the idea for the wolves of sand and serpents of glass come from?

I use the Rule of Awesome to develop my ideas. (Okay, yeah, I made up that term just now.) It goes something like this:

Me: I want to write about a desert.
My brain: Okay. But is it awesome?
Me: Deserts have sand storms. And wolves.
My brain: Okay. But is it awesome?
Me: The wolves are made out of sand.
My brain: Okay. But is it…
Me: And there are dragons made of sand… no, sky serpents made of GLASS. Unbreakable glass! And monstrous worms. And gods and goddesses that displace human souls when they…
My brain: Okay, okay! Write that.

This seems to be your first novel not set in world similar to present day Earth. Was that a natural progression that your fantasy world-building has taken?

Read moreExclusive Author Interview with Sarah Beth Durst

Received in August

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

The Mongoliad: Book Two by Neal Stephenson

Endgame by Ann Aguirre
Wrayth by Philippa Ballantine
Ghost of a Dream by Simon R. Green
Slow Apocalypse by John Varley

BBC Books:
Doctor Who the Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen Books / Balzer + Bray:
The Cloak Society by Jeramey Kraatz
The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck by Emily Fairlie
Feedback by Robison Wells
The Cup and the Crown by Diane Stanley
Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You by Joyce Carol Oates
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Defiance by C. J. Redwine

Harper Voyager:
Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb
Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill

Hodder & Stoughton:
Tomorrow the Killing by Daniel Polansky
The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams

Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Penguin / New American Library:
Collision Course by David Crawford
Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye

Penguin Teen / Razorbill:
Origin by Jessica Khoury
Department 19: The Rising by Will Hill

Pocket Books / Gallery Books:
Star Trek: Titan: Fallen Gods by Michael A. Martin
Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter by Jessica Sims
World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War by Christie Golden
Star Trek: Voyager: The Eternal Tide by Kirsten Beyer
Blood Winter by Diana Pharaoh Francis
All Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman
Incarnation by Emma Cornwall
Legends of the Dragonrealm: Shade by Richard A. Knaak

Random House Teens:
Unspoken: The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan

Bronze Summer by Stephen Baxter
Lord of Mountains by S. M. Stirling
Clean by Alex Hughes

Scholastic / Chicken House:
Rootless by Chris Howard
Claws by Mike Grinti
Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
The Bar Code Rebellion by Suzanne Weyn
Infinity Ring Book 1: A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner

Shadow Mountain:
Janitors by Tyler Whitesides
Janitors: Secrets of New Forest Academy by Tyler Whitesides

Tor Books:
Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn
Black Bottle by Anthony Huso
The Unincorporated Future by Dani Kollin
Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell
In a Fix by Linda Grimes
This Case Is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova

Exclusive Author Interview: Alex Bledsoe was recently able to interview author Alex Bledsoe to discuss his Eddie LaCrosse series and recent release, Wake of the Bloody Angel. (Reviewed here.)

Can you tell us a bit about Wake of the Bloody Angel in your own words?

Like all the prior Eddie LaCrosse novels, this one is a mystery at heart. Eddie is hired by his landlord, the enigmatic Angelina, to discover what happened to the great love of her life, the pirate Black Edward Tew. He vanished twenty years earlier on his way back to her with the richest pirate treasure ever recorded. To follow this very cold trail, Eddie enlists the help of Jane Argo, another sword jockey who was once a pirate captain herself. They charter a pirate hunting ship, crewed by former buccaneers now barely on the right of side of the law. There are battles, horrors and surprises before the final revelations about the fate of Black Edward.

What is a sword jockey? How did you come up with this idea?

In my secondary-fantasy world, he’s the equivalent of a private detective. People hire him to find things out, to discover if other people are doing bad things, and to resolve problems. I invented the designation because there wasn’t an equivalent accepted term in fantasy. The closest would be “mercenary,” I suppose, but that doesn’t include solving mysteries or locating missing persons. I wanted something that had the same slang feel as “private eye” or “shamus,” but was particular to a faux-medieval world. “Sword jockey” seemed to fit.

The Eddie LaCrosse series has the feel of a detective novel or an urban fantasy but is set in a more traditional fantasy world. Was there a reason you went this unconventional route?

For years–and we’re talking at least twenty of them–I tried to write the story that became the first novel, THE SWORD-EDGED BLONDE, as a more traditional fantasy. It never worked, or rather, it never came to life. It was a compendium of tropes, all done better by other fantasy authors, and all failing to create the effect I was after. Finally I realized that, since I adored reading hard-boiled detective novels as much as I did fantasy, that perhaps combining the detective-style narrative voice with the accoutrements of fantasy would create something interesting. And it did. I just wish I’d thought of it sooner.

How do you see Eddie’s relationship with Liz progressing?

Read moreExclusive Author Interview: Alex Bledsoe

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