The Hobbit trailer!

  • Posted by admin on Dec 21 2011

Like everyone else, we’re beyond excited about the just-released trailer for THE HOBBIT. If you haven’t watched too many times already, here it is.

Haven’t read THE HOBBIT yet? Want to revisit  now that you’re in love with Middle Earth again? Our enhanced e-book of THE HOBBIT  includes not only Tolkien’s original drawings for THE HOBBIT (high-resolution in both black and white and in color), plus recently-discovered audio recordings of J. R. R.  Tolkien himself reading excerpts, including the dwarves’ party song, the account of their capture by the three trolls, and Bilbo’s fateful encounter with Gollum.

 Here are all of our Tolkien e-books and audios!


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Holiday fun! 12 Harper Voyager e-books under $2.00!!

  • Posted by admin on Dec 20 2011

To celebrate our new website and the holiday season (and to shamelessly introduce you to our fabulous authors), 10 of our favorite Harper Voyager titles are on sale from now through 2/6/12!  All platforms. Every book is $1.99 and under!



THE SCENT OF SHADOWS, Vicki Pettersson

 NIGHTWALKER, Jocelynn Drake

SANDMAN SLIM, Richard Kadrey

PHOENIX RISING, Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

DEN OF THIEVES, David Chandler





SHAMAN’S CROSSING, Robin Hobb (until 1/2/12)

Plus Kim Harrison’s EVERY WHICH WAY BUT DEAD (featuring a sneak peak at A PERFECT BLOOD) is $1.99 through 1/10/12!

 And HOLIDAYS FROM HELL  featuring Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Marjorie M. Liu, and Vicki Pettersson is $.99!

— Diana

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Christmas in Hong Kong by Kylie Chan

  • Posted by admin on Dec 15 2011

I come from a large family, and back in Australia Christmas was always a big deal. The children would lose sleep from excitement as the big day approached, and all the family would gather round the tree on Christmas Day, sharing gifts and having a massive inappropriately hot meal before collapsing on the sofa to watch The Sound of Music.

My first visit to Hong Kong was Christmas 1984. I’d never been outside Australia before, and being the novice that I was, I expected something very similar from my new husband’s family. I was staying with them and would be in their apartment for Christmas Day, so I broached the subject of Christmas shopping with him the week before.

‘Christmas shopping for what?’ he said.


‘Gifts?’ he was thoroughly confused. ‘What on earth for?’

‘For Christmas, silly.’

‘Oh, we don’t do that. Don’t worry about it.’

It took some explaining, but he finally convinced me that it wouldn’t be a major social blunder not to present his family with gifts. It didn’t feel right, but I went along – especially when he said that giving them Christmas gifts would be a major social blunder.

My mother had given me a tinned Christmas cake to take with me and present to my husband’s mother. I gave it to her and she was nonplussed. She’d never seen anything like it before, and what was this black stuff in it? Through my husband (she didn’t understand English) I explained dried fruit and Christmas cake. They opened the tin and tried it, made appropriate noises and hysterically restrained faces, and quietly threw it away when they thought I wasn’t watching.

Tsim Sha Tsui East hotels – each is about ten storeys high, decked in lights

On Christmas Eve, he took me out to Tsim Sha Tsui and Admiralty to take photos of the Christmas lights; all of the Hong Kong multi-storey buildings were decked out in colourful designs depicting Santa and his reindeer. What seemed to be millions of people milled around, taking photographs and eating stinky tofu from sidewalk cart-based vendors. We went back to their apartment, had a normal family dinner, and that was that.

Pedestrian bridges over Queen’s Road

Christmas Day came and went and was a completely ordinary day. It was a public holiday, but everybody just went shopping anyway. The hotels (and there are a lot of hotels in a tourist-centred place like Hong Kong) put on ‘Christmas Dinner buffet with Santa, balloons and free toys for children’ but that was the extent of the Christmas cheer in Hong Kong.  They didn’t even show Sound of Music on the television.

It wasn’t until I went to live there some ten years later that I experienced the excitement and wonder that is Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. This is their equivalent of our Christmas – the entire city closes for five days (if you’re a tourist, I don’t recommend going during Chinese New Year, because, seriously, everything is shut). People wear shiny new clothes and go around visiting all their friends and relatives, carrying good-luck gifts of oranges, chocolates, and biscuits. The family gathers together – even if it means travelling halfway across the globe – and shares banquets and candy and dishes specially made for the holiday for the whole week.

We have our Christmas tree, but if a Hong Kong family has the space, it’s traditional to go to the special New Year flower markets and buy a small plum or cherry tree, covered in blossoms to represent the growth of the new year. If they don’t have as much space (like my in-laws), they can buy a blossom-covered branch off a tree, or a branch of a pussywillow with its feathery buds. Cumquat bushes, covered in the small golden globes of the fruit, are also popular. The jonquils and daffodils have just started to flower, and my father-in-law always made a display of the bulbs in a specially-made ceramic dish with the flowers sprouting out of them. He’d carve and join them together with toothpicks in a complicated pyramid to make a miniature floral sculpture.

He looks quite severe here between his cumquat bush and the red-bound daffodils, but he had a huge grin on his face and was immensely jolly when he brought that cumquat home with triumph – it was just the right size to fit on his tea table.

The Christmas lights are subtly changed to New Year lights – Santa becomes the god of fortune, his sleigh changes to a giant boat-shaped gold bar, and his reindeer change to the animal of the New Year. The way these lights are changed is sometimes breathtakingly clever in the way that they use an economy of changes to show a completely new picture.

The kids spend many sleepless nights waiting for Chinese New Year to come around, because during the five day holiday every adult they know is obliged to give them cash in red envelopes – for every dollar you give away, ten will return to you during the year. My father-in-law filled his pockets with the red packets – lai see – and loved handing them out to every child he saw. At the end of each day my children would open their red packets and discuss what they’d buy with the money. The toy shops brought in special stock just for this time. It’s a time of sharing with the family, eating way too much fatty food, and children plotting about what they’re going to buy with their shopping money and comparing their New Year purchases.

When I returned to Australia with my children, they already appreciated the wonders of Chinese New Year and have since gained an appreciation for Christmas as well. When it comes down to it, the two festivals are similar where it counts – spending time with the family and celebrating another year together.

Kylie Chan

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PaleDemon mm c
  • Posted by admin on Dec 14 2011

The paperback edition of Kim Harrison’s latest New York Times bestseller is available now!

Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel has 3 days to get to the annual witches convention in San Francisco and clear her name to live. If not, the only way to escape the death sentence is to live in the demonic ever after… for ever after.

Banned from the flight lists, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, who has his own mysterious business on the West Coast. But a witch, an elf, a living vampire and a pixy in one car for over 2300 miles? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being targeted for assassination.

For a fearsome demon walks the sunlight–freed after centuries of torment at last to slay the innocent and devour souls. But his ultimate goal is Rachel Morgan, and even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.

Check out just some of the praise Pale Demon has received:

“There are many urban fantasy books crowding the shelves these days, so many that it’s hard to figure out which are the cream and which are simply riding the popularity wave. Harrison’s books are the real deal — fast, funny, dramatic, and full of life. If you haven’t tried her yet, you should.”
— Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction

“Elegant and taut as a gymnast’s cartwheel, Harrison’s polished prose drives a story that will have readers swerving in their seats every time Rachel turns the wheel.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“With more than 2.5 million “Hollows” books in print, Harrison has definitely tapped a nerve — or a magical ley line.”
— San Antonio Express-News

“If you’re familiar with Kim Harrison’s first eight ‘Hollows’ books, stop wasting your time reading this review and go beg, borrow or buy Pale Demon. Trust me. Now off with you! To those of you still reading: I envy you. You have a long, wild and wonderful ride ahead. Allow me to introduce you to Rachel Morgan, witch, bounty-hunter and bad-ass.”
— Miami Herald

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Let's get arty – Earth Girl by Janet Edwards Cover Competition

Janet Edwards
  • Posted by admin on Dec 14 2011

Picture from I have no image rights to it“Cover Art” occurs every Tuesday.

Essentially, the HarperCollins Art Department gather us in a small, air-tight room, and show us a bajillion covers until our heads explode.  I jest! It’s actually rather fun – definitely one of the highlights of the week. They sometimes even have biscuits (posh)!


So, in an attempt to prolong the creative process I think that we should get all arty.

The Challenge

Create your own cover  interpretation of our 2012 Sci Fi debut Earth Girl by Janet Edwards.


Jarra is stuck on Earth while the rest of humanity portals around the universe. But can she prove to the norms that she’s more than just an Earth Girl?

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.

A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.


It needs to say Earth Girl and Janet Edwards.

All of the entries (if we have any, it’s a busy time of year) will go up on the blog. Stick figures are welcome.

Enter via Twitter or email

 DEADLINE 5th JANUARY 2012! All entries will receive goodies!

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