Rain Wilds Chronicles: All Four Rain Wilds Ebooks in One!

  • Posted by admin on Jun 25 2014

 Get all four novels in Robin Hobb’s The Rain Wilds Chronicles in one e-book, including Dragon KeeperDragon HavenCity of Dragons, and Blood of Dragons. This thrilling series tells the story of the resurgence of dragons in a world that both needs and fears them.

Now available to download! More info here. 

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Guest Post: Katherine Harbour author of THORN JACK (out today!)

  • Posted by admin on Jun 24 2014

We’re so excited to host Katherine Harbour, the debut author of THORN JACK, a modern retelling of the ballad Tam Lin. A cross between The Night Circus and The Secret History, THORN JACK is the beginning of a very exciting series about a college freshman who finds out the sleepy university town she has just moved to is anything but sleepy… or human, for that matter. She also meets a very alluring boy named Jack… 

Katherine has kindly written a guest blog introducing THORN JACK, which comes out today in hardcover and ebook.

I began writing THORN JACK when I was seventeen—in the ‘80s, books about fairies were popular and I’d read the ballad ‘Tam Lin’ and other books inspired by it: Elizabeth Marie Pope’s The Perilous Gard, Diana Wynne Jones’s Fire and Hemlock, Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin. I was intrigued by the idea of a girl rescuing her lover from ancient creatures who wanted to sacrifice him for their own benefit. I’d also heard Fairport Convention’s eerie cover of the ballad. What inspired me to retell ‘Tam Lin’ as a modern story wasn’t just the romance between the mortal girl and the mysterious knight, but the idea that the faery queen truly loved Tam Lin—‘Out then spoke the Queen of Fairies, and an angry woman was she; “Shame betide her ill-faired face, and an ill death may she die, for she’s taken away the bonniest knight in all my company.”’ A sacrifice must be something of value for it to be effective. In THORN JACK, Reiko Fata, the faery queen, loves Jack, her knight.

The idea of setting ‘Tam Lin’ in a resort/college town that’s a getaway for theater and film people, the wealthy and the artsy, seemed a perfect way to mask the Fatas’ (faeries) beauty, eccentric style, and lavish parties (faery revels). At the ballad’s beginning, there’s a warning about the ruins of Carter Hall being haunted: ‘“O I forbid you maidens all, that wear gold in your hair, to come or go by Carter Hall, for young Tam Lin is there.”’ It reminded me of those abandoned mansions, like Wyndcliffe, in upstate New York. In Tam Lin, the heroine is compelled to explore Carter Hall. In THORN JACK, Finn Sullivan, the heroine, is drawn to the Fata-haunted mansions of Fair Hollow.

In the ballad, the faeries’ sacrifice is to Hell. I made it a sacrifice to the Lord of the Dead, which better suited the book’s theme of battling death. In ‘Tam Lin’, the girl becomes pregnant. That seemed a desperate and sketchy reason for true love. Finn’s and Jack’s romance begins with a glamor, a spell. As Jack guides Finn through his mysterious world, their relationship evolves into a friendship, then love. In the ballad, and in THORN JACK, the girl rescues the boy.

I’d like readers to become lost in THORN JACK’s autumnal, college atmosphere, in the ghostly border world of the Fatas, and to enjoy spending time with the four main characters as they grow and save each other.

–Katherine Harbour, 2014

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Three great ebooks on sale this weekend!

  • Posted by admin on Jun 20 2014

Don’t miss these deals, and the chance to start reading a new series!  DEAD WITCH WALKING by Kim Harrison, SANDMAN SLIM by Richard Kadrey, and ARCHON by Sabrina Benulis are all on sale from 6/20-6/23 for just $1.99.  Get these deals on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes!

Book One of The Hollows

Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She’s also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50% of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves-the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they’ve stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

On the run with a contract on her head, Rachel reluctantly teams up with Ivy, Inderland’s best runner…and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shapechanging assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crimelord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death…not to mention her own roommate!

Fun, sassy, filled with action, humor, and romance, DEAD WITCH WALKING is the perfect read for anyone who likes vampires, paranormal fantasy, and romance.

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Life sucks, and then you die. Or in James Starks’s case, you spend eleven years in Hell as a hitman before finally escaping, only to land back in the hell-on-earth that is Los Angeles.

Now Stark’s back, and ready for revenge. And absolution, and maybe even love. But first and foremost, getting the bastards who killed him in the first place. But when his first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head, Stark discovers that the road to absolution and revenge is much longer than you’d expect, and both Heaven and Hell have their own ideas for his future…

Supernatural fantasy has a new anti-hero–get ready for Sandman Slim.

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Angela Mathers is obsessed with visions of angels, supernatural creatures who haunt her thoughts by day and seduce her dreams by night. Released from a mental institution, she hopes her new university, West Wood Academy, will give her the chance at a normal life.

But such is not to be…. For a secret coven plots within West Wood, and demons and angels alike walk the streets of Luz, searching for the key to open Raziel’s book–a secret tome from a lost archangel. Some wish to destroy Raziel, others, like the Supernal Israfel, one of the highest of the high, to free him. For when the Archon rises as foretold, they will control the supernatural universe.

Torn between mortal love and angelic obsession, Angela holds the key to both Heaven and Hell, and both will stop at nothing to possess her.

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Exclusive Excerpt from Katherine Harbour's THORN JACK!

  • Posted by admin on Jun 18 2014

Katherine Harbour’s haunting and beautiful retelling of Tam Lin is out next week, but we have a an exclusive sneak peek right here!

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Guest Post: Emmi Itäranta, author of MEMORY OF WATER

  • Posted by admin on Jun 16 2014

We’re so excited to welcome Emmi Itäranta, the Finnish author of internationally acclaimed dystopian novel MEMORY OF WATER, out now in the United States from Harper Voyager US! 

Memory of Water: a tale of twin novels 

This, dear reader, is the story of my book Memory of Water. Or books: conceived in two languages, separated at birth.

It began in January 2008. I stared out of my window into a fog-filled day in Canterbury, United Kingdom, where I had moved the year before. I only had a few hours to write a piece for a creative writing class, and nothing much seemed to stir in my winter-weary brain.

Then, an image came: I saw a young woman preparing a last cup of tea for herself in an isolated house in a future world that was running out of fresh water.

I didn’t know her name, or her story, or anything else about her world. Yet the image was strong enough that I had to put it into words. I thought it could be the beginning of something, or perhaps the end. In the class my tutor told me, ‘This is a novel.’ I didn’t believe her yet.

To my surprise, the image began to expand, to claim more words, and it began to do so in two languages: in my native Finnish, and in my adopted second language, English. Over the next two and a half years, I added more and more words around the image, until I knew the woman, and her story, and her world. In September 2010, I had the full manuscript of my first novel in Finnish and English.

Many people have asked me why I wrote Memory of Water in two languages instead of just one. Wasn’t it very slow? Wasn’t it hard work? Wasn’t it, at the end of the day, slightly against all reason and sanity?

The answer to all is yes. And yet I feel that I couldn’t have written this book any other way. The English version is not a translation. The Finnish version is not a translation. They are both the original, and each was shaped by the constant presence of the other. They are twins, inseparable, and would not be the same without each other.

–Emmi Itäranta, 2014

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