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Let’s Extend the Fun: Excerpt From David B. Coe’s Children of Amarid

Wow! Hey kids, I got really lucky and was offered a chance to post an excerpt from David B. Coe’s Children of the Amarid to follow yesterday’s post. Enjoy!

Baden lay down beside the fire, and Jaryd did the same, not bothering this night to pull out his sleeping roll. The Owl-Master’s breathing soon slipped into a slow, even rhythm, but Jaryd lay awake for a long time. He thought about Amarid and Theron; about spirits and what it meant to be condemned to eternal unrest; and about the depths of emotion that could drive two friends to do such things to each other and to the Order they had created. Gradually the flames died out, leaving a bed of glowing coals that settled noisily. In the darkness, Jaryd could make out the bright stars overhead, and he picked out the constellations he knew: Duclea, weeping on her knees for her sons, and for her husband’s fury; Leora in her ceaseless dance; and Arick, lower in the sky and to the west, his fist poised to smite the land he had created for Tobyn and Lon.

When finally Jaryd drifted into a fitful, uneasy sleep, he dreamed of a mage. At first he thought he was seeing himself as he would be someday. But this mage carried a ceryll of deep red and a dark bird with strange, bright eyes. The mage moved toward him, extending a hand in which he carried a slender black object. He remained hooded, his face shrouded in shadow and unrecognizable. But as he drew near, Jaryd recognized the offered object as a black feather.  When Jaryd took it in his hand, the feather flared brightly and turned to gray ash.

He awoke to find Baden shaking him gently, the mage’s lean face somber in the silver light of dawn.

“A strange vision came to me last night,” Baden said. “I don’t know what it means, but I think we should be on our way.”

Jaryd tried to force himself awake. Baden offered him the last of the dried fruit and some water, both of which helped, and soon they had broken camp and started down the trail toward the town. They walked as quickly as the steep descent would allow. Baden, who seemed impatient to reach Taima, said little, and Jaryd spent much of his time on the trail reflecting on the story he had heard the night before. They stopped at midday by a small spring. They refilled their water skins, ate what was left of the dried meat, and continued down the mountain.

The acrid smell of charred wood and grain reached them a short while later, and from a small clearing near the base of the mountain, they caught their first glimpse of Taima. A haze of dark smoke hung over the town, and the blackened frames of several buildings stood like skeletons in the town center.

“Fist of the God!” Baden said, exhaling the words as if he’d taken a punch to the gut. “We’re too late.”

My Interview with Patricia Briggs!

image1-2I had the marvelous opportunity to speak with the incomparable Patricia Briggs while attending DragonCon.  This is me with her.  (I’m the short one!)

Note her T-shirt…”To protect against the nudge.”

You can listen to the whole interview below. Warning: Smack dab in the middle there is a break in the sound…just let it play on and it will pick back up. There are also some points where Patty fades out a bit in the second half.  (Blame her, she played with her microphone. ) Warning: This interview is full of SPOILERS.

Thank you, Patty and Mike, for letting me invade your hotel room and do this interview. This was a highlight of my con.

Book Birthdays–Barb Hendee and David B. Coe; Returning Ebooks Commentary

A couple of book birthdays to announce for May 3rd. David B. Coe’s Shadow Blade, the third in the Justin Fearsson series, and Barb Hendee’s To Kill A Kettle Witch, the fourth in the series.

I have read To Kill A Kettle Witch and found it delightful. Full of magic and intrigue, but also really wonderful in the way the relationships between the characters are portrayed. The romance part is not overdone, nor underdone. It is just right. Although I did read this book as a stand-alone, I highly recommend that you start with the first one. When you buy them in a bundle on Amazon, you can get a really good price. Go check it out, and while you are there, notice that Hendee has a number of other books. If you like to find an author and hang on, reading everything they write, you’ll get a lot of pleasure from Barb Hendee’s catalog.

Much like Hendee’s novel, David B. Coe’s Shadow Blade is part of a series that is best read from book one. I haven’t read this third book yet, but the first two were exciting, fast reads. To give you a sense of it, the recommended book underneath Shadow’s Blade on Amazon is for Charlaine Harris’ Night Shift, which I love. In fact, I will be reviewing the third in Harris’ Midnight, TX series very soon.

Books-ebooks-photo-76942-mediumI would be remiss if I did not comment on an issue that is making the rounds in writing circles and on Facebook. I was completely unaware of this, but it seems there are readers out there that buy an e-book and then return it, even if they’ve read the whole thing or a significant part of it, and Amazon allows it. Team: this is theft. Writers spend months, even years, writing, editing, anguishing over their prose and then cross their fingers that the book or story will see the light of day. Sales are what pay the bills and ensure that more books and stories are published.

I think the most offensive comment was from a reader who commented that “I shouldn’t have to pay for stories in your head.” Sorry, that is exactly what you are paying for, because getting those stories our of our heads and onto paper is exceedingly hard. Acts of creation, like composing, writing, sculpting, painting and dancing, are just as valuable as computer programming. You are paying for the time, expertise, blood, sweat and tears that went into the creation of that art. If you don’t want to pay for the book, go to the library. That is a perfect way to support the author and not have to shell out cash.

If you agree and want to support writers, especially indie writers and small press publishers, you can sign this change.org petition here.

 

Cover Reveal: Curse on the Land

Can I just say how excited I am for the new Soulwood books? They are going to be amazing, and here for the first time is the cover of the second book, Curse on the Land! The first book, Blood of the Earth, is out August 2nd. This one, Curse on the Land, is out November 1. 

Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly-formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded—even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals presents dangers of its own…

After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more…

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Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep

Bitter bite coverBitter Bite is definitely a Gin at her best story.  Finn may be in for a wonderful surprise or a world of hurt, and if it is the latter, you know darn well that Gin is going to take care of it in her very special way. You’ll learn a little more in the excerpt below. Oh, and one more thing…there may be something bigger going on than even Gin knows.  Things that make you go “hummmm…”

Enjoy the excerpt and please comment to be entered into my giveaway! You also an enter the second BIG giveaway…details below.

Excerpt
I stared at the box, more knots forming in the pit of my stomach and then slowly tightening together. I’d recently gone up against Raymond Pike, a metal elemental who had enjoyed planting bombs before I’d helped plant him in some botanical gardens. Pike had received a letter with Deirdre’s rune stamped on it, and had bragged that the two of them were business associates—and that she was the most coldhearted person he’d ever met. I wondered if he’d booby-trapped the box in Deirdre’s casket as some sort of favor to her, to blow up anyone who might come investigate whether she was truly dead.
So I reached out, using my Stone magic to listen to all the rocks in the ground around the casket. But the rocks only grumbled about the cold, the snow, and how I’d disturbed their final resting place. No other emotional vibrations resonated through them, which meant that no one had been near the casket in years.
I crouched down and brushed away the dirt that had fallen on top of the box when I’d opened the casket lid. No magic emanated from the silverstone box, although a rune had been carved into the top of it—the same small circle and eight thin rays that were branded into both of my palms.
My spider rune.
“Fletcher,” I whispered, my breath frosting the air.
The old man had left the box here for me to find. No doubt about it. He was the only one who seemed to know that Deirdre wasn’t actually dead. More important, Fletcher had known me. He had realized that if Deirdre ever made an appearance back in Ashland, back in Finn’s life, that I would find his file on her and come to her grave to determine whether she was dead and buried.
Once again the old man had left me with clues to find from beyond his own grave, which was located a hundred feet away. For whatever reason, he and Deirdre hadn’t been buried side by side. Something I hadn’t really thought too much about until just tonight. I wondered why Fletcher hadn’t buried the supposedly dead mother of his son next to his own cemetery plot. Something must have happened between him and Deirdre. Something bad.

There is a tour-wide giveaway for a complete set of the Elemental Assassin series, a $25 Amazon gift card, and 3 signed copies of BITTER BITE. Series & gift card are open to US/Canada; signed copies are US only.

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Which is stronger: blood ties or a battle-tested friendship? That’s the question Gin Blanco asks when a friend’s long-lost relative strolls into town. The suspicious reunion is a surprise for everyone—and a big problem for Gin. Book fourteen in the New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series RT Book Reviews calls “unbeatable entertainment!”

It’s not easy being queen bee of an underworld abuzz with crooks and killers. Wielding my potent Ice and Stone elemental magic will only get me so far—my real secret is my tight-knit makeshift family, a motley crew of cops and criminals, dwarves and playboys. My foster brother Finnegan Lane is my right-hand man, but when his suddenly not-dead relative comes back into the picture, I’m the one on the outside looking in.

It’s funny how life works: one minute your best friend is rock-steady, and the next he’s doe-eyed and buying into this whole loving-relative routine to the point of ignoring you. I’d like to be happy for Finn, I really would. But all of my instincts are telling me that beneath the syrupy sweet demeanor and old-fashioned charm, this sudden interloper is planning something. The whole shtick leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. This person might have avoided the grave once, but I’ll put anyone who hurts Finn in the ground—for good.

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Jennifer Estep
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.
 
Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. Bitter Bite, the 14th book in the series, will be released on Feb. 23.
 
Jennifer also writes the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series. She is also the author of the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.
 
For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit www.jenniferestep.com or follow Jennifer on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter.

Best Quincy Harker Yet!

Hell Freezes OverJohn Hartness’ new Quincy Harker novella, Hell Freezes Over, is out and it is the best one yet.  Hartness has really hit is stride with this character and the novella zips along with enough action, emotion and mystery to keep any speculative fiction reader happy.

Murders, horrific murders, are happening. At first they look like mundane murders carried out by insane fathers against their wives and children. But a tiny little girl ghost points Harker in a different direction.

We get to meet a bunch of new characters and the sh*t begins to fly with both Flynn and Smith, as I’ve been hoping.

I love the spirituality Hartness blends into his fiction, and that is on display here, in a most elegant way.

Buy it: Hell Freezes Over

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Big Giveaway of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Authors!

Happy Holidays from some of your favorite Urban Fantasy/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance authors! Five lucky winners will receive a random selection of books from NYT Best Selling Authors Faith Hunter, Jennifer Estep, Darynda Jones. Also Christina Henry, David B. Coe, John Hartness, Gail Z. Martin, Stuart Jaffe, Laura Anne Gilman, and Mindy Mymudes. (Not all authors will be included in each prize pack.)
Also, make sure to comment below. One person who comments here or on any of the other blog sites participating will win a Holiday Gift Card.
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Robin Hood: Demon’s Bane 1_Mark of the Black Arrow

I absolutely loved Robin Hood: Demon’s Bane 1: Mark of the Black Arrow, published by TitanRobin Hood_mark of the black arrow. It is creative, fun, loyal to canon and yet thoroughly modern. It is also a quick read, so pick it for a weekend’s read, a road trip or a chilly fall evening by a fire.

I asked authors Debbie Viguie and James R. Tuck to talk to me about this book.

  1. One of my favorite things about your take on the Robin Hood story is the prominence of Maid Marion as a true heroine. No shrinking violet here. Did you go into this book with that as a goal or did it develop as you worked together?

Debbie: I always loved the hint of Marian as a spy in the Errol Flynn film. While we decided to make Will a court spy in our book it was important that Marian have a vital part to play as Robin’s equal without her feeling like a modern woman dropped into a medieval story. I love how she feels true to her time yet totally heroic.

James: I wanted Marian to be fairly kick ass but at the same time a woman of her time. She has been shaped by the social mores and a bit sheltered but also raised by a kind man who loves her and pushes her to be all she can be. She’s as much a hero as the rest of the crew.

2. Can you describe the process of co-writing this book? How did you work together?

Debbie: I have to say writing with James is a dream. Our strengths complement each other nicely.

James: We swap off via email. I wrote a section then sent it to Debbie who wrote a section and so forth. We kept in touch with text and emails to swap ideas that came up in the writing and the rewriting.

3. I couldn’t quite tell.  How old are Marion, Robin and Will?

James: I picture youngish for our time, 18-21, but in those days you had to be pretty grown up by the time you were a teen. I worked under the assumption they could be a little younger acting than they really would have been back then by virtue of Kind Richard’s peaceful reign.

Debbie: What James said. I see them as the modern day equivalent of mid-twenties. Their actual age I picture to be 17-19.

4. When the black arrow comes to Robin, the original guardian thanks him for releasing him from his prison.  Are we to suspect that Robin is the new guardian and will, at some point, wind up locked in Sherwood Forest?

Debbie: I’d say he is the new guardian of the arrow. What that means for him, we’ll just have to wait and see.

James: You may suspect that. We shall see how that works out. *muwa ha ha’s to himself *

5.  How challenging is it to work with a story with such an established canon?

Debbie: One of the great things about the Robin Hood story is that there are several characters to work with that will be familiar to the audience but that don’t always get a lot of attention. It’s been a lot of fun to flesh out some of the secondary characters and even introduce new ones. We use people’s knowledge of the myth and their expectations as a jumping off point for our story. We let it inform our work but we don’t let it constrain our work.

James: Not difficult at all. I found it allowed a lot of material to mine but whenever we wanted we simply ignored it and did our own take on the things happening in the story itself.

Bonus Question–Why such a long title? It couldn’t have been Robin Hood: Mark of the Black Arrow? What’s the purpose of the Demon’s Bane?

James: Ha, publishers. Totally the call of Titan. I would have liked a series title of Robin Hood: Demonslayer but they felt with all the Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter knockoffs it would hurt the book.

Debbie: What James said. We all wanted the series title to reflect the supernatural element and then have the individual book titles reflect something specific about that book.

Bonus question 2: Tuck, did you design this cover?

James: Nope. That was the good folks over at Titan. I had nothing to do with it, but I like it!

Debbie: I was thrilled when our editor revealed to us the book covers.  They are so beautiful and mysterious.

SW: I loved it too!

 

5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Lucienne Diver: Let’s Talk Blood Hunt

BloodHunt300Hi Lucienne! Welcome to SlipperyWords.  I am so glad to have you. You know I have been a fan of this series since the beginning. 

I really appreciate that!!

  1. You really put Tori through a lot of physical pain and agony this time around.  Any particular reason why you love to torture her?

War has a cost.  And even though Tori doesn’t go to war in the typical sense, she is fighting some pretty immense forces, and she’s still (mostly…somewhat…) human, so she’d going to get banged up.  It’s only realistic!  But she’s tough.  She can take it.  Yeah, Tori is my heroine in more ways than one!

  1. You have now officially written my most favorite fight scene.  I won’t give away why, but it is essentially a fight in slow-motion and it is toward the end of the book.  Did you have fun imagining that scene?  I laughed out loud reading it, especially when you compared it to the Matrix. 

Thank you SO much. Would you believe I used to have trouble with fight/action scenes?  My writers’ group—Keith R.A. DeCandido in particular (hey, Keith!)—used to beat me up for it.  Now I sort of rub my hands together and cackle with glee.  I had a ton of fun with that fight scene.  It’s so epic!  At least, I like to think so.  But every time I do something like this I wonder, “Where on earth can I go for the next book?  How do I top that?”

  1. Nick has an opportunity to move on from Tori with a special character in this book.  I always thought he would wind up with a mortal, but did you feel that given what he has seen and knows, he had to find an immortal?

I’m not so sure he found an immortal so much as she found him…and he was powerless to exist.  Or at least, he didn’t want to fight too hard.  That special someone is something of a force of nature!

  1. I find the doubling, even tripling up of gods as multiple versions of one deity challenging to wrap my mind around.  When and how do they appear in one physical form versus another?  Apollo/Horus for example. 

I didn’t want to focus entirely on Greek mythology, but that’s where I started with the Latter-Day Olympians series.  As you’ve said, I wanted to bring their counterparts and compatriots in other pantheons in as well, so that I could draw on Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian, Norse, Native American and other mythologies.   Mostly, though, they do appear in their Greek forms for continuity and because they’re trying to blend into our world of today.  Apollo as Horus with his hawk head would be pretty conspicuous!  So would Hermes as Iemisch with a fox body and serpent’s tale or as Spider or Coyote…  And Aphrodite as Ishtar would have wings…and she’s certainly no angel!

  1. Will Tori ever make nice with Zeus and Poseidon?  I’d like to see her go back to the beach at some point. I mean, she lives in California… it seems cruel to take the ocean away from her.

You know, that’s an interesting question!  It hurts me and my sun-worshipping self as well.  I don’t have an answer for this yet, but I’m working on it!

Thanks so much for spending time with me talking about Blood Hunt!  Available TODAY!

My pleasure!  I have to admit that Blood Hunt is probably my favorite of the Latter-Day Olympians novels.  I could talk about it all day long!

From October 19-31st, the first in the series, Bad Blood, will be just $0.99 in digital editions.  Also, the series’ prequel story “Trickster Blood” is free to read any time.

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Website REVEAL! Goddities from Lucienne Diver

Lucienne Diver is revealing her new Goddites website today to go with her hilarious series, The Latter-Day Olympians (which I strongly recommend)!  For those who are familiar with the books, this is Yiayia’s blogsite, where we all know we go for the best gossip on all of the gods.

Go check it out and also watch for an interview with Lucienne tomorrow about her latest book!  In the meantime, I have a treat…the dossier of Apollo (and he’s yummy)

apolloGod of the sun (and at least as hot). Also the god of music, prophecy and a whole host of other things. Basically, the ancients adored him so much they just kept piling on, stealing attributes and worship (and thus power) away from other gods to heap upon him. Apollo’s been many things in many cultures – Hobal (aka Hubal) from Arabia, Shamash from Assyrian-Bablonian myth, Horus from Egypt, just to name a few.

Oddly, in his Greek and Roman incarnations, he’s described, along with his twin, Artemis, to be blue-eyed with a mane of blonde hair, leading to belief that he was stolen originally from an earlier pantheon.

He’s rumored to be amazing with a bow and arrow, which is not code for anything more down and dirty…though, pssst, I hear he’s no slouch in that area either.

In fact, rumor has it that not so long ago, Apollo started a film career in the, er, adult arena, which he leveraged into a full-fledged acting career. He’s now getting into management, though he still does some acting on the side.

(My granddaughter would kill me for saying so if her secret weren’t already out in the Latter-Day Olympians series, but she’s quite taken with him herself. In fact, here’s a direct quote from their first meeting:

“Apollo-freakin’-Demas, all six foot two ridiculously ripped inches of him.  I had one of those bizarre romantic comedy moments where the world contracts, spatial relationships are meaningless and he was all there was in the world – just his turquoise eyes meeting my bronze, silently speaking volumes.  All those statues carved in his likeness were such pale imitations as to be sacrilege.”)

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*Model: Actor Paul Logan