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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™‚

January 2009 Releases

If you’re done buying your December list, now move on to January 2009’s releases (see below). For even further into the future, check my Reading Wishlist.

Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games
Scholastic (UK: 5th January 2009) – Paperback

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever…

Anya Bast
Witch Heart (Elemental Witches, Book 3)
Penguin Berkley (US: 6th January 2009; CA: 8th January 2009) – Mass Market Paperback

Claire, a demon’s handmaiden, is rescued from enslavement by a handsome playboy. Now they’re both in danger of being captured by warlocks who are determined to harness Claire’s powers for evil.

Rachel Caine
Lord of Misrule (Morganville Vampires, Book 5)
Penguin Signet (US: 6th January 2009; CA: 8th January 2009) – Mass Market Paperback

In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn’t the only threat. Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against elements both natural and unnatural.

Faith Hunter
Host (Rogue Mage, Book 3)
Penguin Roc (US: 6th January 2009; CA: 8th January 2009) – Mass Market Paperback

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, channeling 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 her long-gone sister, Rose, is revealed to still be alive, Thorn must make a choice – and risk her own life in the process.

Stacey Jay
You Are So Undead to Me (Megan Berry, Book 1)
Penguin Razorbill (US: 22nd January 2009; CA: 29th January 2009) – Paperback

Fifteen-year-old Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she’s part-time shrink to a bunch of dead people with a whole lot of issues. All Megan wants is to be normal – and go to homecoming, of course. Unfortunately, it’s a little difficult when your dates keep getting interrupted by a bunch of slobbering Undead. Things are about to get even more complicated for Megan. Someone in school is using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into flesh-eating Zombies, and it’s looking like homecoming will turn out to be a very different kind of party – the bloody kind. Megan must stop the Zombie apocalypse descending on Carol, Arkansas. Her life – and more importantly, homecoming – depends on it.

Kelley Armstrong
Men of the Otherworld (Otherworld, Anthology)
Random House Spectra (US & CA: 27th January 2009) – Hardcover

As a curious six-year-old, Clayton didn’t resist the bite – he asked for it. But surviving as a lone child-werewolf was more than he could manage – until Jeremy came along and taught him how to straddle the human-werewolf worlds, gave him a home…and introduced him to the Pack. Featuring three of the most intriguing members of the American Pack – a hierarchical founding family where bloodlines mean everything and each day presents a new, thrilling and often deadly challenge. For as Clayton grows from a wild child to a clever teen who tests his beloved mentor at every turn, he must learn not only to control his animal instincts but to navigate Pack politics – including showing his brutal archnemesis, Malcolm, who the real Alpha is…

Suzanne McLeod
The Sweet Scent of Blood (Spellcrackers.com, Book 1)
Hachette Gollancz (AU: January 2009) – Hardcover

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 – and that invariably leads to mischief, malice and – too often – 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.

[COVER ART] Host (MMPB) – Faith Hunter; New Kelley Armstrong Trilogy & My Claim to Fame

(From here and here.) We finally have cover art for Faith Hunter’s Host (mass market paperback edition). I have to say these reissues are much more to my liking than their original trade paperback covers. Anyway, if that MySpace photo doesn’t show up, just keep watching the animated GIF from Faith’s website – it shows all three Rogue Mage reissue covers.

Kelley Armstrong’s untitled trilogy, to follow Armstrong’s DARKEST POWERS series, to Rosemary Brosnan at Harper Children’s, by Sarah Heller at Helen Heller Agency (US).

Stay tuned for details – hopefully it’ll get a UK deal, and if so Hachette will probably publish it.

I’ve been cited as a source in a Wikipedia entry. This is the closest I’ll get to fame, people. Check it out: 5. ^ a b c d e f ‘Tez Says’ tezmilleroz.wordpress.com. February 22, 2008. Retrieved on July 4, 2008

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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.