Simon & Schuster eBook Sale

Simon & Schuster just launched a new blog that highlights promotional prices on eBooks: http://www.getebooksonsale.com/

Currently, they have a New York Comic-Con package consisting 34 science fiction, urban fantasy, YA, and (15) original Star Trek novels – all half off. The listed eBooks are $3.99 until November 14, 2011.

Some of the books on sale are ones that I highly recommend.
Review links below:

Dark Descendant by Jenna Black

Starfleet Academy: The Edge by Rudy Josephs

Starfleet Academy: Delta Anomaly by Rick Barba

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Typhon Pact #1: Zero Sum Game by David Mack

Star Trek: Destiny #1: Gods of Night by David Mack

Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Watching the Clock by Christopher L. Bennett

Star Trek: Enterprise: Kobayashi Maru by Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels


While you’re at Get eBooks On Sale, http://www.getebooksonsale.com/ be sure to check out other existing sales, as some are as low as $.99.

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: The Iron Elves Series

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Title: Ashes of a Black Frost: Book Three of the Iron Elves
By: Chris Evans
ISBN: 9781439180662
Format: HC
Price: $25.99/$29.99 CAN
On Sale: 10/18/11

Description:
Bones jutted from the sand at angles—not odd angles, though, for that would suggest that there were ways bones could protrude that made sense—and the eyes of those still living stared and saw nothing.

Amidst a scene of carnage on a desert battlefield blanketed in metallic snow, Major Konowa Swift Dragon sees his future, and it is one drenched in shadow and blood. Never mind that he has won a grand victory for the Calahrian Empire. He came here in search of his lost regiment of elves, while the Imperial Prince came looking for the treasures of a mystical library, and both ventures have failed. But Konowa knows, as do the Iron Elves—both living and dead—that another, far more important battle now looms before them. The campaign in the desert was only the latest obstacle on the twisted, darkening path leading inexorably to the Hyntaland, and the final confrontation with the dreaded Shadow Monarch.

In this third novel of musket and magic in Chris Evans’s Iron Elves saga, Konowa’s ultimate journey is fraught with escalating danger. A vast, black forest finds a new source of dark power, spawning creatures even more monstrous than the blood trees from which they evolve. The maniacally unstable former emissary of the Shadow Monarch hungers for revenge, leading an army of ravenous beasts bent on utterly destroying the Iron Elves. A reluctant hero, Private Alwyn Renwar, struggles to maintain his connection to this world and that of the loyalty of the shades of the dead. And in a maze of underground tunnels, Visyna Tekoy, whom Konowa counts among those he has loved and lost, fights for her life against the very elves he so desperately wants to find.

And so Konowa sets off from this Canyon of Bones, pursuing his freedom from a curse that has cast his life in darkness. For though his long, violent trek may indeed lead him to his destiny, he is ill prepared for the discovery he will make . . . with the fate of the Iron Elves, and the world, hinging on the courage of one wrathful elf.

To get caught up with the Series click here http://chrisevansauthor.com/ or visit simonandschuster.com

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Courtesy of Gallery Books, I have a copy of the first two books in the Iron Elves series A Darkness Forged in Fire and The Light of Burning Shadows by Chris Evans for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US only, no PO Boxes. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 28. I’ll draw a name on October 29, and notify winner via email.

Good luck!

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Received in September

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

DVD/Blu-Ray:
Camelot: The Complete First Season
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Blu-ray Edition)

DC Comics:
Stormwatch #1
OMAC #1

Harper Teen / Balzer + Bray:
Frost by Marianna Baer
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Variant by Robison Wells

Tor / Forge:
With Fate Conspire by Marie Brennan
Spellbound by Blake Charlton
The Highest Frontier by Joan Slonczewski
Ganymede by Cherie Priest
The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge

MacMillan / Tor Teen / Square Fish:
All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith
Laddertop, Volume 1 by Orson Scott Card
Cosmic Storm by Dom Testa

Scholastic:
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
A Web of Air by Philip Reeve
Floors Book 1 by Patrick Carman
First Day on Earth by Cecil Castellucci
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
iBoy by Kevin Brooks
Sound Bender by Lin Oliver
Six Days by Philip Webb
Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Rip Tide by Kat Falls
Clone Codes by The McKissacks
Clode Codes: Cyborg by The McKissacks
The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby

Night Shade Books:
The Book of Cthulhu by Ross E. Lockhart

Pocket / Gallery Books:
World of Warcraft: Wolfheart by Richard A. Knaak
Star Trek: Vanguard: What Judgments Come by Dayton Ward
StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres by Nate Kenyon
Alterant by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love
Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep
Conquer the Dark by L. A. Banks
Trance by Kelly Meding
Destination Truth by Josh Gates
Thawed Out and Fed Up by Ryan Brown
Day by Day Armageddon: Origin to Exile by J. L. Bourne

FireFly Publishing:
Star-Crossed Saga: ProtoStar by Braxton A. Cosby

Daw Books:
Magebane by Lee Arthur Chane
Changes by Mercedes Lackey
Intrigues by Mercedes Lackey

Roc Books:
Firestorm: Destroyermen by Taylor Anderson

Ace Books:
Down These Strange Streets edited by George R. R. Martin

AmazonCrossing:
The Settlers of Catan by Rebecca Gable

NAL Books:
The Dark Elite by Chloe Neill

Random House Teens / Delacorte Press:
The Death Cure by James Dashner

Orbit Books:
Cold Fire by Kate Elliott

Bloomsbury / Walker Books:
After Obsession by Carrie Jones
Shifting by Bethany Wiggins
The Death Catchers by Jennifer Anne Kogler
Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley
Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore
Between by Jessica Warman

Received in August

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

DC Comics:
DC Comics: The New 52 #1

Aladdin / Simon Teen / McElderry:
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: Coming of the Terraphiles by Michael Moorcock
Torchwood: First Born by James Goss
Torchwood: Long Time Dead by Sarah Pinborough
Torchwood: The Men Who Sold The World by Guy Adams

Hodder & Stoughton:
Outpost by Adam Baker

Harper Teen:
The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Random House:
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Macmillan Teen:
The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson (audio version)
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (audio version)
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (audio version)

Tor Books:
The Moon Maze Game by Larry Niven
Cowboys & Aliens by Joan D. Vinge

Pocket Books / Gallery/ Simon and Schuster / Washington Square Press:
Dark Taste of Rapture by Gena Showalter
Blood Sacrifice by Maria Lima
Enemy Mine by Karin Harlow
Night Falls on the Wicked by Sharie Kohler
My Soul to Take by Tananarive Due
The Hour of Dust and Ashes by Kelly Gay
Star Trek: A Choice of Catastrophes by Michael Schuster and Steve Mollmann
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies by Matt Mogk

Daw Books:
One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire
The Truth of Valor by Tanya Huff
Blood Spirits by Sherwood Smith
Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith
Legacy of Kings by C.S. Friedman
Vamparazzi by Laura Resnick

Roc Books:
Shadow Kin by M.J. Scott
The Tears of the Sun by S. M. Stirling

Ace Books:
Blood Rules by Christine Cody
Against All Things Ending: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson

Penguin / NAL / Dutton:
Drink Deep by Chloe Neill
Children of Paranoia by Trevor Shane

KTeen:
Unnatural by Michael Griffo
Unwelcome by Michael Griffo

Archaia:
Bleedout by Mike Kennedy
Days Missing: Kestus #2 by Phil Hester
Old City Blues by Giannis Milonogiannis
Fraggle Rock: Tails and Tales by Tim Beedle
The Scrumps: Mooch Steps Up His Game Oneshot
Cyclops #5 of 8
Feeding Ground #6 of 6

Quirk Books:
Star Trek Book of Opposites by David Borgenicht

Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Book Group:
Pure by Julianna Baggott

Scholastic Books:
Tomorrow Girls: Behind the Gates by Eva Gray
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Harper / Voyager:
Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense by Jack Dann

Received in July

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

Angry Robot:
Dark War by Tim Waggoner
Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis

Random House/Crown Publishing:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Simon Teen
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy: The Gemini Agent by Rick Barba

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen Books:
Alex Van Helsing: Voice of the Undead by Jason Henderson
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

BBC Books:
Doctor Who and the Crusaders by David Whitaker
Doctor Who and the Daleks by David Whitaker
Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Cybermen by Gerry Davis
Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters by Malcolm Hulke

Penguin Teen/ Philomel:
Z. Raptor by Steve Cole

K Teen:
Torn by Erica O’Rourke
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Orbit Books:
Germline by T.C. McCarthy
Blood Rights by Kristen Painter

Roc Books:
Dead Iron by Devon Monk
Working Stiff by Rachel Caine
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
Dead Mann Walking by Stefan Petrucha

Pocket / Gallery Books:
Alterant by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Gears of War: Coalition’s End by Karen Traviss
Beauty Dates the Beast by Jessica Sims
Star Trek: Cast No Shadow by James Swallow
Bound By Moonlight by Nancy Gideon
Shadow Fall by Seressia Glass
Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett

Penguin / Viking:
The Magician King by Lev Grossman

Harper Collins / William Morrow / Voyager / Avon:
Overbite by Meg Cabot
Aloha from Hell by Richard Kadrey
The Fire King by Marjorie M. Liu

Ace Books:
Heroes at Odds by Moira J. Moore
Theirs Not To Reason Why: A Soldier’s Duty by Jean Johnson

Daw Books:
The Diviner by Melanie Rawn
Path of the Sun by Violette Malan
Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane
Water to Burn by Katharine Kerr

Tor Teen / Fiewel and Friends:
Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Tor / Forge:
The Unincorporated Woman by Dani Kollin
The Watchtower by Lee Carroll

Solaris Books:
Sympathy for the Devil by Justin Gustainis

Hodder & Stoughton:
Bricks by Leon Jenner

Relic Master Blog Tour: Catherine Fisher Guest Post

It’s very exciting to announce the publication of volume three in the RELIC MASTER quartet: THE HIDDEN CORONET. In this book I introduce a few new characters, and Raffi, Galen and the others finally start to learn some of the secrets of the mysterious Sekoi, and how to begin to correct the disintegration of Anara. Carys gets trapped in the Drowned Palace of Theriss, and Galen sees at last the face of one of the Makers, though perhaps not in the way he had wished. I hope readers who are still hanging on in this fast and furious journey will enjoy this installment!

In this blog I’d like to talk about characters. I notice when I get messages from readers there are two things they always respond to, and want to talk about. The first is concept- the big ideas of the book, the setting. This overall plan often gets people excited. But what engages readers, more than anything, I’m coming to think, is the way they relate to the characters, whether that’s liking them, hating them, finding them intriguing or just wanting to be them.

In the Relic Master set, I had my ideas for the two main characters from the start. The sorcerer and his (inept) apprentice is a really old idea; I wanted to take that and work with it a little, and see what would happen. Once I had the idea of the outlawed Order, and the powers of the keepers, I knew that Galen would be quite a bitter and haunted man. I liked that idea, because it would lead to a great deal of friction between him and Raffi. But it was only when a friend of mine suggested that Galen might have lost his magical abilities that I really saw him clearly. A proud, arrogant man, always secure in his beliefs, suffering such a terrible loss and doubt and then having to depend on a half-taught boy- he would really be interesting. So in the first book things are at their worst for him. And even the solution- his gaining the powers of the Crow- is a difficult one, because to have too much power might be just as hard to deal with as having too little. But Galen is more than bitter and reckless, I hope; he does have a great deal of compassion, and I wanted to bring that out a bit in Hidden Coronet, in the scenes after the Vortex in the town of Areto.

As for Raffi, he was pretty clear from the start. His fear, for one thing. He starts quite young; he is scared of death and torture, scared of the Watch, doubtful about whether he can ever live the life of a keeper. And yet something keeps him with Galen, when he might run away, and that must be some deep-seated love, and courage. Which I hope becomes clearer book by book, until in The Margrave….. But I can’t tell you about that yet! Raffi is also changed by his relationship with Carys, and the discovery that you can like someone who is completely opposite to you, and rubbishes all your deepest beliefs. I don’t think he’s ever come across someone like her before. Finally he becomes a strong, clear-sighted character, seeing Galen’s mistakes as well as his own.

Carys was a delight to write- I wanted to make her tricky, scheming, very determined; a high flyer but someone who pursues her own path. She doesn’t quite get the Makers, but she also is coming to loathe the Watch, and so she has to define her own truths. And of course she has a big dark hole at the centre of her life, because the Watch have taken her identity and her family, so she has to find something to replace them.

Finally, there’s the Sekoi. Inventing an alien race is the ultimate joy for a writer- anything is possible, as long as you can make the reader believe in it. The sekoi are cat-like, tall, seven-fingered, with a bizarre line in storytelling and their own, very secret lives. The sekoi in my story- whose name you never learn- is sardonic, world-weary and has a definite agenda of its own. It’s a great character to use to comment on the tangles that the humans get themselves into, and to have two very alien cultures confronting each other, with all their differences, and this comes to a climax at the end of the Margrave. (Again, can’t explain yet!) And where are the sekoi children, and why do obvious carnivores only eat fruit? Some mysteries remain, even to me!

Stories are told through people, their actions, their motivation, their hopes and fears. Readers link in with that, and I know from speculation about Incarceron and now Relic Master that they love to imagine further adventures for their favorite characters. Which is fine by me.

Enjoy book three. And next month, the final adventure, and the darkest most dangerous enemy of all- THE MARGRAVE!

Catherine Fisher

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