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[COVER ART] Huntress – Caitlin Kittredge et al; Jennifer Armintrout’s Princess of Dorkness Cast

Cover art for Huntress, an anthology featuring works from Caitlin Kittredge, Marjorie M. Liu, Jenna Maclaine and Christine Warren. Due for release 30th July 2009. Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

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7 views for the latter, and you definitely found the right place. Don’t just be a lurker – come say hello πŸ™‚

As for futuristic angel…only Faith Hunter’s Rogue Mage series comes to mind: Bloodring, Seraphs and Host.

Thoughts Upon Jennifer Armintrout’s Latest Princess of Dorkness Cast
-Is it wrong of me to find the word nostril somewhat funny?
-Weird how her eyebrows and nose are connected. Like how my sister gets hiccups from eating raw carrot.
Doubt…I am shamed. If I hadn’t seen the ads for the film version, I wouldn’t have known about the play. Oh, TV, what you’ve done to me…
-Baby’s first PODcast: rite of passage, w00t! πŸ™‚

November 2008 Releases

If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, check October 2008 Releases. I’ve tried to be as accurate as I can with publishers, countries and dates, but a lot could happen between now and their release dates. Still, hopefully you’ll find some of this useful. US: USA. UK: United Kingdom. AU: Australia.

Heather Graham
Deadly Harvest (Flynn Brothers, Book 2)
Harlequin MIRA (US: 1st November 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

Jeremy Flynn finds he’s needed desperately when his old police diving partner winds up in serious trouble. While on a vacation to patch up their marriage, his wife disappears, and he’s suspected of murder. Rowenna believes that a man must keep an open mind, but even she is stunned by the ancient and diabolical rites being practiced beneath the history and modern day wiccan movement of her home town, where, suddenly, a trip into the cornfields is a trip into the psychotic mind of a killer with an agenda.

Suzanne McLeod
The Sweet Scent of Blood (Spellcrackers.com, Book 1)
Hachette Gollancz (AU: 1st November 2008) – Paperback)

Genevieve Taylor is a Sidhe, one of the noble fae and she’s unusual, even in present-day London where celebrity vampires, eccentric goblins and scheming lesser fae mix freely with the human population. Genny is a rising star at Spellcrackers.com, where she finds the M in magic – which invariably leads to mischief, malice and murder. Spellcrackers.com is affiliated to the Witch Council, whose ancient tenets prohibit any contact with vampires. Genny also works as a volunteer at a clinic which treats victims of vampire attacks. Then there’s her extra-curricular activity, extracting vulnerable fae lured by the local fang gangs. Genny certainly doesn’t want any closer involvement with the vampire community. But when Mr October, one of the hot calendar pin-up vamps, is accused of violently murdering his girlfriend, Genny’s called on to repay an old debt and prove his innocence. And that means consorting with some of the sexiest vamps in London!

A. J. Menden
Phenomenal Girl 5 (Elite Hands of Justice, Book 1)
Dorchester SHOMI (US: 1st November 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

Lainey Livingston has just been made a member of the Elite Hands of Justice, the world’s premiere cadre of superheroes. Her work with the Red Knights and the Power Squad was impressive; all her senses are extraordinary, and her great strength and ability to fly are equally remarkable. But no one gets a free pass to active duty, and Lainey’s next test is going to be her hardest. She’s to train with the Reincarnist. Robert Elliot, the Reincarnist. A magician who has lived multiple lifetimes, he’s the smartest man in the world – and Lainey’s last obstacle. He was personally responsible for seeing Pushstar wash out. But his eyes are the softest, kindest that Lainey has ever seen, and he’s just the sort to knock her for a loop. Lesson #1: Romantic entanglements among crime fighters are super exploitable, and falling in love with a man who “can’t die” is like waving a red flag at a bull. Especially when the most fiendish plot ever is about to break over Megolopolis like a wave of fire.

Stephenie Meyer
Twilight (Twilight Saga, Book 1)
Hachette (US, UK: 1st November 2008) – Paperback

Bella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Bella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Bella, the person Edward holds most dear.

Lilith Saintcrow
Hunter’s Prayer (Jill Kismet, Book 2)
Hachette Orbit (AU: 1st November 2008)

Jill Kismet, Dealer in Dark Things. Spiritual Exterminator. Demon Slayer – it’s not the type of work you can put on a business card. But every city has people like me. Usually the police have us on payroll as consultants, because what ordinary cop can face down a Were or an ordinary shapechanger, or an Assyrian demon? Not to mention the silvers or the Black Mist, the adepts of Sorrow House or of the Middle Way? What ordinary cop stands a chance against a Trader, even? People disappear all the time, it’s an epidemic; some of the disappearances are murder, some are fugitives, some are kidnapped by other human beings. Some of them are even found again. But a good proportion of them are taken by the things that go bump in the night. And then it becomes a hunter’s job to bump back. Hard.

Laurell K. Hamilton
Swallowing Darkness (Merry Gentry, Book 7)
Random House (US: 4th November 2008; UK: 6th November 2008; AU: 15th November 2008) – Hardcover

I am Meredith, princess of faerie, wielder of the hands of Flesh and Blood, and at long last, I am with child – twins, fathered by my royal guard. Though my uncle, Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, claims that he is the true father since he abducted me from my home, betrayed and defiled me. And now he has branded my guards as a threat to my unborn children. Bearing an heir has placed me halfway to my aunt’s throne, that much closer to my reign over the Unseelie Court – and well ahead of her son, my cousin Cel, in this race. Now I must stay alive to see my children born and claim my place as queen. But not all in faerie are pleased with the news, and conspirators from every court in the realm plot against me and mine. They seek to strip my guards, my lovers, from me by poisoned word or cold steel. But I still have supporters, and even friends, among the goblins and the sluagh, who will stand by me. I am Meredith Nic Essus, and those who would defy and destroy me are destined to pay a terrible price – for I am truly my father’s daughter. To protect what is mine, I will sacrifice anything – even if it means waging a great battle against my darkest enemies and making the most momentous decision ever made as princess of faerie.

Faith Hunter
Bloodring (Rogue Mage, Book 1)
Penguin Roc (US: 4th November 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

In a near-future world, seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle. But a new species of mage has arisen. Thorn St Croix is no ordinary “neomage.” Nearly driven insane by her powers, she has escaped the confines of the Enclaves and now lives among humans. When her ex-husband is kidnapped, Thorn must risk revealing her true identity to save him.

Jordan Summers
Red (Dead World, Book 1)
Macmillan Tor (US: 4th November 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

Gina Santiago is a member of an elite tactical team in charge of protecting the world. She’s devoted her life to apprehending the most heinous criminals that prey on society – and now she’s after the worst one yet. On her own, with no backup, the trail takes her to a dusty, tight-knit town on the fringes of society, where everyone’s a suspect. Even the sexy sheriff, Morgan Hunter, isn’t telling her everything. Gina knows he’s trouble, but she’s inexorably drawn to him. The closer Gina comes to finding out the secret of this sleepy little town and its big bad sheriff; the closer she comes to catching the predator, the more scared she gets – because she’s beginning to realise that she has a secret too. A secret that will change Gina’s life…and make her the killer’s prey.

Kelley Armstrong
Living with the Dead (Otherworld, Book 9)
Hachette Orbit (UK: 6th November 2008) – Hardcover

Robyn Peltier has always lived a normal life. So when her boss is murdered and she is named prime suspect, she is way out of her depth. As the bodies pile up only her friend Hope, and Hope’s somewhat spooky boyfriend Karl, are on her side. Hope, meanwhile, has a few secrets of her own. Namely that she is half-demon, and her ‘spooky’ boyfriend is actually a werewolf. Hope also knows that Robyn has accidentally stumbled into a bloody supernatural turf war. And the only way she can keep her friend alive is by letting her enter a world she’s safer knowing nothing about…

Richelle Mead
Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3)
Penguin Razorbill (US: 13th November 2008) – Paperback

Is Rose’s fate to kill the person she loves most? It’s springtime at St Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason’s death, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can’t concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret…She’s in love with Dimitri. And this time, it’s way more than a crush. Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever…

Kim Harrison
The Outlaw Demon Wails (The Hollows, Book 6)
HarperCollins Eos (US: 25th November 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

In the Hollows, where the natural and the supernatural co-exist – not always peacefully – desperate times often call for unorthodox measures. But bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan did the absolutely unthinkable to save the lives of her friends: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins have come home to haunt her. As Rachel hunts for the truth behind a terrifying murder, the discovery of a shocking family secret is about to throw her entire life into question. And the long-lost ancient knowledge she seeks resides in the demonic ever-after. But there are some lines that should never be crossed – like the one Rachel Morgan’s stepping over…again!

Happy Birthday, Faith/Gwen Hunter; Cat with Book

It’s August 15th, and Faith Hunter’s birthday – Gwen Hunter’s, too. (They happen to be the same person.) Give the gift of royalties by puchasing Bloodring, Seraphs, Host and Sleep Softly. Gwen has a big backlist (including medical thrillers, yay!), so get researching.

Manny with Lilith Saintcrow’s Night Shift. Yep, he’s sitting upright, with the book leaning against him. That cat’ll let you do anything!

[COVER ART] Bloodring – Faith Hunter

(Image from here.) Tonight I was rearranging my TBR pile with Amazon’s help, when I came across this new cover art. End of this year/early next year, Penguin will be re-releasing Faith Hunter’s Rogue Mage series in mass market – and with new art. Fingers crossed that Host ends up on eBay Australia, because I only have the first two books (in their original trade paperbacks).

Faith Hunter
Bloodring (Rogue Mage, Book 1)
Penguin Roc (4 Nov 2008)

Faith Hunter
Seraphs (Rogue Mage, Book 2)
Penguin Roc (2nd December 2008)

Faith Hunter
Host (Rogue Mage, Book 3)
Penguin Roc (6th January 2009)

[INTERVIEW] Faith Hunter (Gwen Hunter)

Meet Faith Hunter, author of post-apocalyptic fantasy novels Bloodring, Seraphs and Host (Penguin: 7th November 2006, 1st May 2007 and 6th November 2007 respectively). Let’s learn…

No one thought the apocalypse would be like this. The world didn’t end. And the appearance of seraphs heralded three plagues and a devastating war between the forces of good and evil. Over a hundred years later, the earth has plunged into an ice age, and seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle while religious strife rages among the surviving humans.

Thorn St. Croix is no ordinary neomage. All the others of her kind, mages who can twist leftover creation energy to their will, were gathered together into Enclaves long ago; and there they live in luxurious confinement, isolated from other humans and exploited for their magic. When her powers nearly drive her insane, she escapes – and now she lives as a fugitive, disguised as a human, channelling her gifts for war into stone-magery and the pacific tasks of jewellery making. But when Thaddeus Bartholomew, a dangerously attractive policeman, shows up on her doorstep and accuses her of kidnapping her ex-husband, she retrieves her weapons and risks revealing her identity to find him. And for Thorn, the punishment for revelation is death…

Living among humans in a post-apocalyptic ice age, neomage Thorn St. Croix has learned to count on her friends, but she’s lost count of her enemies. She is a source of both fear and fascination for the people of Mineral City: Her powers can save them from the forces of evil, but also attract demon spawn and succubae. And fighting on her own turf nearly gets Thorn and those she holds dear killed.

But Thorn’s ultimate test awaits deep under the snow-covered mountains beyond the village, where an imprisoned, fallen seraph desperately needs her help. There, hidden in the hellhole, the armies of Darkness assemble to ensure this subterranean rescue will be Thorn’s final descent.

In a post-apocalyptic ice age, neomage Thorn St. Croix was nearly driven insane by her powers. She lived as a fugitive, disguised as a human and married to a human man, channelling her gifts for war into stone-magery. When she was discovered, her friends and neighbours accepted her, but warily. Not so the mage who arrives from the Council of Seraphs, who could be her greatest ally – or her most dangerous foe. And when it’s revealed that her long-gone sister, Rose, is still alive, Thorn must make a choice – and risk her own life in the process.

Tez Miller: I’ve known of your existence for quite a handful of years now as Gwen Hunter. However, I only found out about your Faith Hunter writings this year. Which of your author personas do readers tend to find first before discovering the other?
Faith Hunter: It depends on which pen name has a recent book. Lately it’s been Gwen, because Mira Books released Sleep Softly in February. I’ve had lots of fan mail, much from new readers, and after they read one book, they want more, which is really nice! Unfortunately, about five or six Gwen books are currently out of print. Makes it hard to keep new fans happy!

I was recommended the DeLande series, but because I read them whenever I found them, they were out of order. I can’t remember the others, but Stolen Children (published in the US as Betrayal) still sticks in my mind. What was your favourite to write in that series?
Wow. That was a trip, writing those books. I had previously written police procedural thrillers (I called them “bang-bang-shoot-’em-ups”) with a co-writer, under the pen name Gary Hunter. I did the writing and he did the plot lines. When I went out on my own, I had no idea how to plot a book. Yikes…

I tell people, when I teach writing, that a writer learns how to write a book by writing a book. There is no other way to do it because it comes from inside and can’t be taught. It’s like learning to walk. You’re this kid who sees everybody else doing it, right? It looks easy. Right? But your brain, while knowing it can be done, in theory, has to figure out how to make it work in practice. And it is like that for every single book. You have to figure out how to make it work. Anyhow – to answer your question, I thought I’d share a bit of the history of my work…

Betrayal was sold at the European Book Festival – held that year in Bohn, I think – to Germany and Holland, based on a thirty-page synopsis and one hundred pages of manuscript. Unfinished. And me not knowing how to plot… More yikes. Then, my agent, confident he had started a huge buzz, took it off the market. He told me I had to finish the book in sixty days… I had to learn how to plot a book while writing Betrayal (Stolen Children), with a sixty-day deadline. I started from scratch. But I did it. Start to finish, Betrayal took three months and two weeks, including a trip to New Orleans to do research. And me working full time.

I was a nutcase. Literally. I made myself sick, starting a case of adrenal insufficiency that I battled for over ten years. (I’m better now, by the way!) So Betrayal and False Truths were hard to write. I finally started having fun with Law of the Wild.

Holy Feckington! And really making yourself sick…that’s scary! Glad to know that things are looking up now.

I was thrilled to learn that you wrote medical thrillers, the Dr Rhea Lynch series – love that genre πŸ™‚ And what interested me even more is your work as a Lab Tech (I tend to fangirly over people in the medical industry; sorry if that embarrasses you πŸ˜‰ ). Any chance of you writing more medical thrillers in the future?
Not embarrassed at all. I think hospital-employed nurses and doctors deserve to be paid the highest salaries in the world. They do grueling work, for a mostly ungrateful populace, with horrid hours, and working conditions that no one else would tolerate. Say you work in a bookstore and your boss tells you that today, after lunch, you have to stand close by a customer while that customer throws up his chili-cheese-dog all over your feet. See what I mean? Yuckers. But back to your question, yes, the medical thriller Sleep Softly is out in mass market paperback right now.

Hmm, can’t remember what the last thing I regurgitated was…but it wasn’t chili-cheese-dog, and it was in the privacy of my own bathroom. Haven’t been a patient in the hospital since…as far as I know, my birth. Yay me! πŸ™‚

Whilst reading Shadow Valley, I had two very atmospheric songs running through my head: “Deep Honey” and “Hairy Trees”, both from Goldfrapp’s Black Cherry album. Do you write in silence, or do you need some kind of sound, whether it’s music, TV or otherwise?
Total silence. Even my dogs know they have to be quiet.

Same here! The only way I can hear my brain think.

By the way, Shadow Valley has one of my all-time favourite cover art. I don’t know who did it, but I still love it.
I loved that cover too. It made me want to walk into that forest and stay forever!

Okay, now onto your Faith Hunter works before readers of Urban Fantasy Land start getting narky that we haven’t talked UF yet. Were the plagues in your Rogue Mage novels caused by seraphs, demons or others? And what exactly is a seraph?
Last question first. Most ancient religions mention messengers of Gods(s), winged beings who bring heavenly judgment on humans, help them when they need it, etc. Other religions actually worship the winged beings. In the Judeo/Moslem/Christian religions, as well as old Byzantine religions, the winged beings are called the Seraphim and the Cherubim, messengers between God and humans and the beings who bring God’s judgment on Earth. So…I stole my seraphs and cherubs πŸ™‚

As to the plagues, I never said. I have feelings about who brought them, but I wanted to leave it open for readers to decide for themselves. It’s part of the whole “who is God, and what does he want?” question. To me reading fantasy is all about the discovery of the world. I didn’t want to squelch the reader’s imagination or religious journey, if he/she is on one.

I have neither imagination nor a religious journey – woot! πŸ™‚

When I saw “jewellery making” in the Bloodring copy, I immediately was reminded of your novel Bloodstone. Have other readers picked up on this? Do you make jewellery, and if so where can people go to buy your pieces?
Faith came up with the idea for Bloodring while Gwen was writing Bloodstone. I had this family of Psi users, who were under siege in the real world. It was a fun book to write, but I wanted to do more with the characters. So, Faith took them and changed them and had these characters…but no idea what to do with them.

Then, one day I (Gwen and Faith, the beginning of my schizoid life experience) was/were having tea with Kim Harrison and the prophecy came to mind. You know – A Rose by Any Other Name Will Still Draw Blood. After that it all came together.

And yes, I think it’s cool when readers notice the similarities between the opening of Bloodstone and the second and third chapters of Bloodring. It was part of my writing life metamorphosis.

Jewellery: I make it for writer friends and for myself, and I charge friends only the cost of the materials. I don’t sell it on the general market, but I do occasionally give it away πŸ™‚ I have a piece to give away at ConCarolinas, May 2008, which will be fun. I’ll also display some of the pieces I made for Thorn. Jewellery making is my relaxing pastime. I love it, love it, love it.

Mineral City: partially based on somewhere real? If so, please dish πŸ˜‰ Or how did it enter your imagination?
Yep, a real place. Sorta. Ren (hubby) and I spent the summer of 2005 in the mountains and I fell in love with Spruce Pine, North Carolina. I did a lot of research there. There is this billboard calling Spruce Pine the Mineral City, because of the gems and quartz that are mined all around in the hills. The town is built exactly like Thorn’s Mineral City, with Upper and Lower streets, and the Toe River bisecting the town. I did give it taller peaks. The town has this mineral and gem show every August and I’ve missed it for the last two years, writing. I hope I make it this year.

“Snow-covered mountains” are mentioned in the Seraphs copy. I’ve never experienced snow, so will you explain the pros and cons of it, please?
Oh…wow. Snow. How do you describe it? At its most basic, it’s frozen precipitation. The Inuits have lots of words for snow, and once you spend a winter in a snowy place, you begin to understand why. The different Inuit terms are a survival part of their language.

Some snow is irregular-shaped and sharp-edged, and when it is caught in a hard wind, it feels like it cuts your skin. Some snow is soft and wet, and it makes soft plops when it lands on the ground or on your face. This kind melts fast. Some kinds are partial sleet, meaning they have a kernel of solid ice at the centre. This kind falls fast and it whispers when it lands. And the strangest kind, in my estimation, is huge and flat, the size of saucers, sometimes, and it floats down in a still air so slowly, twirling. I only saw this kind once in my life, and it was amazing. It was night out, and the moon was a hazy blob in the clouds, the streetlights and house lights casting a glow that went on forever on the snow, reflecting back and forth. And these hand-sized flakes fell, dancing on the air. I’ll never forget it. It was like God giving me a gift, right out of heaven.

It is beautiful. However, it can be deadly because it’s frozen, can be piled up to form potential avalanches, can be slick, crushes beneath tires to form a solid sheet of ice on the roads, drapes on tree limbs, breaking them and causing power shortages, and any other hundred potential problems.

What published works of yours can we look forward to in the future (near and/or far)?
Ashes to Ashes by Gwen Hunter, this summer (June/July/August – Northern Hemisphere’s summer). This will be the first US issue, but it was released in the UK in 1997, I think. Rapid Descent by Gwen Hunter, February 2009. Reissue of the Rogue Mage trilogy in mass market paperback in the US in November 2008, December 2008 and January 2009.

Are you an outliner or seat-of-the-pants writer?
Yes. No, I’m trying to be cheeky. I have done both. Medical thrillers are heavily outlined. Fantasy much less so. Everything else falls somewhere in the middle, outlined more or less.

In which foreign countries/languages would you most like to be published?
I’ve never been published in Spanish or Portuguese, and it would be cool to see that happen.

Thanks for dropping by, and have a lovely day! πŸ™‚
Thanks Tez! This was fun!

Relevant Links

You can purchase Bloodring online from: Amazon, Amazon CA & Amazon UK.

You can purchase Seraphs online from: Amazon, Amazon CA & Amazon UK.

You can purchase Host online from: Amazon, Amazon CA & Amazon UK.

Cat with Books

Manny looks rather sly with Hidden – not sure why. He seems to be pondering the apocalypse with Bloodring and Seraphs.

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