Saturday, December 28, 2013

Books to Read in 2014

 Books for your nightstand: We're all readers. What do readers like better than to hear about new books? If you like my writing, then chances are we have similar tastes in literature, and so you might be interested in the novels I'm looking forward to reading in 2014:
Hild by Nicola Griffin: Described by io9, one of my favorite websites: "Nicola's effortlessly immersive descriptions of life in the Middle Ages will enthrall you, but so will her depiction of a woman trying to survive as the Seer in a society that believes in prophecy and conflicting gods. A must-read for anybody who writes (or reads) historical fantasy."

Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye: This is the first book in a series. I've heard wonderful things about this historical mystery sets in the turn-of-the-century New York. Gangs of New York mets Caleb Carr's The Alienist is how it's been described. 
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker: Everyone is raving about this tale of a jinni who teams up with a golem in 1899 New York City.

Something More Than Night by Ian Tregellis: Described as a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas's vision of Heaven. It's a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, dirty priests, swell dames, femmes fatales, and the Voice of God and it's been praised as absolutely brilliant.
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch: The main character in Lynch's novel (third in a series) has been described as a charming bastard, and you know I find well done scoundrels irresistible. I'll be starting with the first book in the series, though, The Lies of Locke Lamora, and save this one to the end.
Now it's your turn: what books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?

Friday, December 20, 2013

More Descent News

More tidbits...

In case you didn't hear about it earlier, RT Book Reviews gave a nice review of The Descent and made it a Top Pick! for January 2014:

“A satisfying finale to an intense and spellbinding series...The three books make up a beautiful story executed perfectly from start to finish… The Descent is a haunting, unforgettable tale of love, passion and humanity.” – RT Book Reviews

Cadsawan Jewelry--official jewelry maker for several series including 50 Shades of Gray, Black Dagger Brotherhood, and Morganville Vampires, among others--has made a bracelet with the Vial from The Taker. We'll be featuring the bracelet in a few upcoming giveaways: check back for details.

I won't be doing a lot of events for The Descent release mostly due to the weather at this time of year (not so good for travel) but a few have been posted to my Events page. The book launch party will be at One More Page Books in Arlington, Virginia on January 14th at 7 PM. (If you can't join us at the launch party but would like a signed and/or personalized book, you can order them through One More Page at this link.)

I'll be appearing at libraries in Annandale, Ashburn and Gum Spring, and at the Falmouth Historical Society. Please check the events page for details, although information about more stops will be coming. Also, I'll be doing a few festivals in the coming months including the Virginia Festival of the Book in March, Southern Kentucky Book Festival in April, and the Philadelphia Writers Conference in June.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

News, and a contest for you

The long-awaited Croatian edition of The Taker
Yet to convince some of your reading pals to try The Taker stories? Show them Jennifer Castro's piece over at fashion magazine Cliche. I think she perfectly captures the books' niche. There's a Q&A, too.

Super nice review of The Descent at t and a book. Thanks, Tegan!

Ever want to be a character in a book? Enter the name-a-character contest and you might get your dream come true. To celebrate the release of The Descent and to thank you all for your support, I'm holding a contest where the winner gets to name a character in an upcoming book. It can be named after you, a child or family member, in memorial for a friend. All the details here. Closes 1 January.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

From The Descent

I was marched into the bedchamber. It was huge, a cross between the sort of royal apartment you'd see at Versailles and a neglected sepulcher. The room was vast but the furniture was clustered in the center of it, leaving the walls and corners hidden on woolly darkness. The silk wall coverings were mildewed and rotting; cobwebs hung from a giant unlit chandelier overhead, By far, the grandest thing in the room was the bed, a massive structure with posters that thrust heavenward like spires on a church. The bed curtains were great waterfalls of fabric, red velvet lined with gold satin and trimmed with braided swag. It was then, with a jolt of horror, that I realized this was the bed I'd seen in my nightmare. The coverlets were thrown back, as they'd been in my dream, revealing a woman astride a man like a succubus, their flesh tones stark against blindingly white sheets.

The queen. She was tall, almost painfully slender, and luminously white, as though lit from within. Her face was fiercely and coldly beautiful.  

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Lowest price ever on The Reckoning

I'd like to interrupt your Christmas shopping and present wrapping and eggnog drinking and ice-skating parties and tree-decorating to let you know that The Reckoning ebook is available on Kindle for $1.99.

It is part of this month's Kindle Big Deal, which means from today until the 29th, it's on sale. In case you're wondering why just Kindle, why not Nook and Kobo and the print version while we're at it, the decision as to which books get included in the promotion is made by Amazon. They set the price, too. (By the way, you don't have to own a Kindle device: you can download the Kindle app to your tablet or smart phone, even your desktop computer or your laptop.)

I know you've been really good this holiday season. You've been pulled in a million directions trying to make everyone else--your spouse, your kids, your relatives, your boss, your coworkers--happy. Why not make yourself happy too and go get The Reckoning now for this sweet price? I can guarantee that it will never be lower.