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Support Canadian Authors on Canada Day

July 1st is approaching, and you know what that means: Canada Day! No matter where you live, celebrate the occasion by supporting Canadian authors. Here are some books by Canadian authors on my wishlist:

R. J. Anderson: Ultraviolet Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Joëlle Anthony: Restoring Harmony Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Kelley Armstrong: Spell Bound Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Kelley Armstrong: Hidden Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)
Kelley Armstrong: The Calling Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Jes Battis: A Flash of Hex Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Jes Battis: Inhuman Resources Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Jes Battis: Infernal Affairs Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Sean Cummings: Unseen World Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Kathleen Peacock: Deadly Hemlock Buy (UK) Buy (Worldwide)
Michelle Rowen: Nightshade Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Michelle Rowen: Bloodlust Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Cover Art Survey

This survey came via one of the loops I’m on. Thought I may as well share my answers with you, too.

I’ll give you my demographics, too, so you can see where I’m coming from, and perhaps why my opinions are what they are.

23 years old, Celtic-Australian female in suburban Victoria. Am a reader, not an author. Not really into romance as a genre – I prefer it as a subplot rather than the main event.

1. What kind of covers do you like? I prefer photography, or illustration that looks close enough to resemble photography. I’m easily distracted by pretty colours, swirly things, prisms throwing rainbows, pretty cityscapes, gorgeous international architecture, etc.

2. How much detail should be on them? Maybe three things maximum on the front cover – character, setting and symbol. I’m happy to have a very detailed setting, but would prefer more anonymous character models.

3. Do you prefer characters or symbols, and why? Symbols. Would rather see something ABOUT the character, rather than the character his/herself. So pretty much symbols win by default 😉

4. What don’t you like on covers? I’m so over mantitty and clinch covers, and arse/boobs shots. I guess when you’re exposed to something so much, you become desensitised, and that’s pretty much the stage I’m in.

5. What would you prefer in digital artwork? Characters, or something to do with the story? Character faces are fine, but see my above note about T&A/naked torsos. So I guess I would prefer something to do with the story, but surely there’s room on the cover for both character and something that fits the story.

6. Links to covers you do like, both digital and ‘normal’. http://judyyork.com/collections/Fantasy3/imgs/5.jpg This is my favourite cover of all time, done by Judy York for Marianne Mancusi’s Razor Girl. Love the colours, love the setting, love the look of the character – of course, you need great writing to inspire a great cover commissioned just for the book. Think it has elements of both digital and normal. http://www.stygiandarkness.com/store/images/L_a_flash_of_hex.jpg This is Timothy Lantz’s cover for Jes Battis’s A Flash of Hex. This is illustrated, I think, but may also have digital elements. I love the smoke, the colours and the glowing things. http://samhainpublishing.com/graphics/1316.jpg And as for straight digital art, I recently found this gem by Kanaxa for Nicole Kimberling’s Happy Snak. It’s got the right balance of character, setting, and swirly colours. The font is also a good match for the genre.

May 2009 Releases

If you’re done with the April 2009 Releases, it’s time to move onto the May 2009 Releases for the US, Canada, UK and Australia. For titles and release dates even further into the future, check my Reading Wishlist.

May’s releases are behind the cut, to spare those of you not interested. I can is considerate, y’all! 🙂

Kelley Armstrong
The Awakening (Darkest Powers, Book 2)
Hachette Orbit (UK: 4th May 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Chloe Saunders used to be a normal teenage girl – or so she thought. Then she learned the shocking truth – she is a walking science experiment. Genetically altered at birth by a sinister group of scientists known as the Edison Group, Chloe is an aberration – a powerful necromancer who can see ghosts and even raise the dead, often with terrifying consequences. Even worse, her growing powers have made her a threat to the surviving members of the Edison Group, who have decided it’s time to end their experiment – permanently…Now Chloe is running for her life with three other supernatural teenagers – a charming sorcerer, a troubled werewolf and a temperamental young witch. Together they have a chance for freedom – but can Chloe trust her new friends?

Eric Garcia
The Repossession Mambo
Scribe (AU: 4th May 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

In a near future when people live virtually forever, rarely dying of disease or old age, there’s big money to be made in the “artiforg” business – the buying and selling of artificial organs that promise to prolong life. Companies are only too happy to extend credit to anyone with the proper financial means. But buyer beware: if you fall too far behind in your payments, your artiforgs will be repossessed. Like many former US soldiers, Remy makes his living reclaiming organs from debtors who can no longer afford them. He’s one of the best, and business is good until Remy finds himself being hunted by the same people he once worked with, and quickly running out of places to hide. Now, he’s holed up in a deserted building, writing his life story on a beat-up typewriter in the hopes of getting it all down on paper before the Bio-Repo Man shows up to collect on his debts. And what a story it is…

Libba Bray
The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster (UK: 5th May 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Having bound the wild, dark magic of the realms to her, Gemma has forged unlikely and unsuspected new alliances both with the headstrong Felicity and timid Ann, Kartik, the exotic young man whose companionship is forbidden, and the fearsome creatures of the realms. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test those bonds. As her friendship with Felicity and Ann faces its gravest trial, and with the Order grappling for control of the realms, Gemma is compelled to decide once and for all which path she is meant to take. Pulled forward by fate, the destiny Gemma faces threatens to set chaos loose, not only in the realms, but also upon the rigid Victorian society whose rules Gemma has both defied and followed. Where does Gemma really belong? And will she, can she, survive?

Lauren Dane
Relentless (Federated Universes, Book 2)
Penguin Berkley (US & CA: 5th May 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Fifteen Families rule the Federated Universes – and Abbie Haws has spent her life battling the system. She’s always been too driven to pay much attention to love. But when she meets Roman Lyons, Head of House Lyons, who stands for everything she hates, Abbie’s attraction catches her off-guard…Their world, Ravena, revolves around born leader Roman, who dreads meeting this defiant – if stunning – rabble-rouser. But sometimes headstrong personalities that collide in public become hot-and-heavy, guilty trysts in private.

Kim Harrison
White Witch, Black Curse (Hollows, Book 7)
HarperCollins Voyager (UK: 14th May 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

The demon, Algaliarept, although banished back into the everafter has infected others of his kind with his interest in a witch who can channel demon magic. Rachel soon finds herself with not one but three hellions on her tail; and one of them is even crazier and more dangerous than all the fairy assassins, weres and vampires on the planet.

Lili St. Crow
Strange Angels (Strange Angels, Book 1)
Penguin (US: 14th May 2009; CA: 19th May 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re travelling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Then her dad turns up dead – but still walking – and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever – or whoever – is hunting her?

Rhonda Roberts
Gladiatrix (Timestalker, Book 1)
HarperCollins Voyager (AU: 20th May 2009)

Left for dead when she was two‚ Kannon Jarratt has no idea of her real identity. Now‚ twenty years on‚ she discovers that her mother might be US Time Marshal‚ Victoria Dupree. Kannon travels to ancient Rome where Victoria is investigating the Hierophant‚ mysterious leader of the Isis cult. To find her mother‚ Kannon becomes a gladiatrix in the service of Domitia Crassus‚ the only person who knows the Hierophant’s identity. Unfortunately‚ all paths are leading her to an epic battle to the death in the arena…

Jes Battis
A Flash of Hex (OSI, Book 2)
Penguin ACE (US/CA: 26th May 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

After a series of brutal murders, Occult Special Investigator Tess Corday is convinced the identity of the killer is locked in her own head. The only question is – how many rules is she willing to break to get to the truth?

Richelle Mead
Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid, Book 4)
Kensington (US: 26th May 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Georgina Kincaid has been a bad, bad succubus…which should be a good thing. But lately, thanks to her foul mood over breaking up with best-selling writer Seth Mortensen, she’s been so wicked that Seattle’s über-demon Jerome, decides to “outsource” Georgina to a rival – and have her spy for him in the process. Being exiled to the frozen north – okay, Vancouver – and leaving Seth in the cosy clutches of his new girlfriend is unpleasant enough. Then Jerome is kidnapped, and all immortals under his control mysteriously lose their powers. One bright spot: with her life-sucking ability gone, there’s nothing to keep Georgina from getting down and dirty with Seth – nothing apart from his girlfriend that is. Now, as the supernatural population starts turning on itself, a newly mortal Georgina must rescue her boss and figure out who’s been playing them – or all hell will break loose…

A. J. Menden
Tekgrrl (Elite Hands of Justice, Book 2)
Dorchester Leisure (US: 26th May 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

When she was 12, Mindy asked to go to the School like other gifted girls. Her parents sent her to another planet. Today, Mindy’s back on Earth. She’s a mechanical genius with the Elite Hands of Justice, America’s premier superhero squad. She’s been having headaches, though, and not just because her long-time crush is flirting with a team-mate. It’s not because she’s pushing thirty. It’s also not because of the contrary actions of the new Secretary for Superhero Affairs, ex-ally Simon Leasure. No, what’s burning her brain is a past she can’t remember, a past that has been erased. It’s a memory surging closer – in flying saucers. Her worst nightmare is returning, big-time, and only she, her friends and her one true love can stop it.

[COVER ART] A Flash of Hex (Jes Battis) & Blood from Stone (Laura Anne Gilman); Happy Birthday, Stacey Jay; UK Sale

Full cover art for Jes Battis’ A Flash of Hex.

Cover art for Laura Anne Gilman’s Blood from Stone.

It’s 24th October – Stacey Jay’s birthday. The best gift is pre-ordering You Are So Undead to Me.

Hachette Orbit has bought the UK (and hopefully Australian) rights to Marjorie M. Liu’s The Iron Hunt, and two other as yet unnamed novels.

No opinions today; I’m in a dodgy mood.

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[COVER ART] Deadly Desire (UK) – Keri Arthur & Pre-Order Pimping

(From here.) Hachette/Piatkus in the UK (and Australia et al) has thankfully gone with a new look for Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson series, starting from the upcoming seventh book, Deadly Desire. “Thankfully?” you ask. First of all, I know nothing about art and design, but when I look at something, I can pretty much tell straight away whether I like it or not. And the earlier UK covers for the series were…quite obviously PhotoShopped. Like there was no pretence of Riley actually being at Southbank or wherever. So while I very much appreciated the publisher putting in an effort to include a bit of Melbourne in the scenery, otherwise I wasn’t too impressed. And they made Riley a brunette instead of a redhead.

But let’s forget the past, because Hachette/Piatkus has improved their design, and I approve. Well done, folks 🙂

And Jes Battis’ A Flash of Hex is now pre-orderable. I know I mention a lot of books, but I really want you to consider buying this author’s OSI series (starting with Night Child). I’m the first to admit to being under-whelmed by a lot of books, so when I find something I’m genuinely impressed with, I want to share my enthusiasm. There seems to be a lot of urban fantasy stuff published of late, but Night Child is one of the genuine stand-outs. There’s a lot of intelligence and smarts in it – and not just street smarts or what the CIA calls “intelligence”. And I actually connected with the characters, which doesn’t usually happen for me.

Okay, bed-time now…

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[COVER ART] A Flash of Hex – Jes Battis

Totally made of pretty, aye? Shadows, sparkles, vibrant colour and a misty haze…It comes from the hands of Timothy Lantz – you may recognise his name as the cover artist for a lot of Juno Books, including Chris Howard’s Seaborn. But I decided to look up upon viewing Jes Battis’ Night Child – and it’s not just fab art; the story’s pretty awesome, too 😉

You’re looking at what’ll be on the cover of Jes Battis’ A Flash of Hex (or A Flash of Hextacy, I’m not entirely sure). It’s the second OSI novel due out in June 2009. No pre-order links available yet, but keep your eye out – I know I will.

Mind you, the cover still needs the author and title added, but Penguin Ace will take it from here. In the meantime, we can has this pretty.


It had to be done. The cat is Guinevere Anastasia Battis, flatmate of Jes Battis. The regal lady of the house tolerated being photographed with her flatmate’s first novel, Night Child (27th May 2008). And yes, there will be a sequel – currently titled Hextacy, but that could change. Release date unknown.

It’s been raining over the weekend here in Melbourne. Manny’s been outside and got rained on, both Saturday and Sunday. Had to be towel-dried, and then used the heating vent as a blow-dryer. Currently having naptime on the couch. During the week, though, I’ll have to perk him up so he can be photographed with a new book that arrived on Friday.

Reading schedule has changed again, due to the new book’s arrival. Conducted another interview. Am currently in the process of changing my book newsletters and blogs from my old address to my proper one. Am up to L authors.

Sore throat began on Friday night. Still here. Listened to Madonna’s Hard Candy again this morning, and I still love it.