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January 2010 Releases

Done with December 2009 Releases? Then get ordering these January 2010 Releases. For titles even further into the future, check my Reading Wishlist. As always, this list doesn’t include everything, release dates may change, etc. US, Canada, UK and Australia represented.

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October 2009 Releases

Done buying September 2009 Releases? Now time for October’s list, with books from the US, Canada, UK and Australia. As always, I don’t include anything – just the ones I’ve heard of and am interested in. Covers and release dates are subject to change, so if I’m wrong, blame my sources πŸ˜‰

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[REVIEW] Shadowfae – Erica Hayes

Erica Hayes
Shadowfae (Shadowfae Chronicles, Book 1)
Macmillan St. Martin’s Griffin (US: 13th October 2009)
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The goals of breaking shackles and finding freedom drive this colourful and disgusting vision of Melbourne, where fae and vampires live among humans.

Soul-sucking succubus Jade goes to steal a soul – only someone else has beat her to it. Incubus Rajah is also seeking emancipation, and the two need four particular souls each to score their freedom. But chasing the same soul, they can’t both win, and when it comes to love, is it right to save yourself by damning your loved one?

I love my Melbourne as Shadowfae‘s setting! I don’t often go into the city, but I’ve been to the Arts Centre, the gaslight bursts outside Crown Casino, and Swanston Walk’s Starbucks, which all appear in the book. And even for the places I haven’t been, I can extrapolate what I’ve seen to easily imagine those I haven’t.

Erica Hayes has a psychedelic imagination that gives the Shadowfae world a vibrant splash, scenes and locations for which I’d love to see fan-art (I’m thinking oil paintings and digital works). The descriptions are inspired, and Chapter 4 in particular is beautifully written. Though it’s sad, even icky and slimy death is richly colourful.

There’s dark humour, but it fades as the characters fall in love and the stakes get higher. It’s an intriguing enough plot, but for reasons unknown I couldn’t quite connect with it and the characters. My distracting brain is probably to blame: Jade is predominantly, uh, wet, making me wonder if bacteria is blossoming, maybe some kind of fungus. Thoughts like that tend to spoil the mood, but the threesome scene is seriously sizzling and memorable. M/m and m/m/f action is hot!

And if you were wondering about the “disgusting” mention at the start of this review…Souls can come out in jizz, vomit and other bodily fluids. Jade has to drink those, then vomit them into soultraps. Yucky, but at least it’s better than “beautiful souls” or other such purple prose πŸ˜‰

Claim to Fame, New Book Deal & Cover Art

Claim to fame: Dorchester Publishing has included part of my review on their page for A. J. Menden’s Tekgrrl. Only a few words, but I’m credited for them πŸ™‚

New book deal: From here: Erica Hayes’s Shadowsong, in which a knife-wielding banshee gangster’s quest for revenge on the assassin who ruined her life is interrupted when a deluded fairy sorceress steals her magical song, again to Rose Hilliard at St. Martin’s, in a two-book deal, by Marlene Stringer of the Stringer Literary Agency (World). And I’m happy to announced I received an ARC of Erica’s first novel, Shadowfae, during the week. I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing it soon πŸ™‚

Cover art: I’ve fallen drastically behind on posting covers. For now, I’m only posting the ones I HAVEN’T seen plastered everywhere, but I don’t follow as many other book blogs as I used to. Sorry in advance if you’ve already seen these, and I’m clogging up your blog feed.

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[COVER ART] Shadowglass – Erica Hayes

Time to pimp Erica Hayes again πŸ™‚ Her first novel, Shadowfae is due for release on 13th October 2009, and the cover for her second novel, Shadowglass, has just been released. Expect that book out in April 2010. Cover art from here. In the meantime you can pre-order Shadowfae: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Introducing Yolanda Sfetsos, Tracey O’hara & Erica Hayes

Just wanted to take the time to introduce some Australian urban fantasy and futuristic authors whom you may not have encountered yet. You should already be familiar with Keri Arthur, and maybe Lexxie Couper πŸ˜‰

Yolanda Sfetsos has recently signed contracts with ImaJinn Books and Samhain Publishing, but information about them hasn’t been officially released yet, so stay tuned. She also has a backlist of eBooks with other publishers. I found her via LiveJournal, I think. Newsletter BlogSpot LiveJournal MySpace Bebo

Tracey O’hara has signed a three-book deal with HarperCollins Eos, with the first book of the Dark Brethren series, Night’s Cold Kiss, due out 25th August 2009 (5th in Canada). Nalini Singh wrote the blurb: “Intense, sexy, bold, Night’s Cold Kiss is a superb debut. Tracey O’hara writes in a voice full of passion and power – I’m already waiting impatiently for the next book from this talented author.” Do you trust Nalini Singh’s judgment? You’ll find out soon enough πŸ˜‰ Check out the key selling points. I found her via LiveJournal, and then we met at ARRC09. AuthorTracker LiveJournal MySpace

Tracey O’hara
Night’s Cold Kiss (Dark Brethren, Book 1)
HarperCollins Eos (CA: 5th August 2009; US: 25th August 2009)
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(Official cover copy yet to be released. Here are the basics.)
For centuries war raged between the humans and Aeternus vampires – until the efforts of the courageous on both sides helped to forge a fair, if fragile, peace. But the rogue, vicious, and half-mad Necrodreniacs will never be controlled – addicted as they are to the death-high…and bloody chaos.

Erica Hayes has signed with St. Martin’s, and the first Shadowfae Chronicles book, Shadowfae, is due out 13th October 2009. Tracey told me about her, so I looked Ez up when I remembered to, and found her on LiveJournal. I think at ARRC09 I may have asked her where the registration desk was, but I didn’t know who she was at the time. Oops. Sorry, lass! Mailing List LiveJournal MySpace

Erica Hayes
Shadowfae (Shadowfae Chronicles, Book 1)
St. Martin’s Griffin (US: 13th October 2009)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Official cover copy yet to be released. Here are the basics.)
In a city infested with psychotic fairies and run by sadistic vampire mafiosi, life as a soul-sucking succubus rarely involves lacy lingerie, hot guys or great sex. Instead, Jade must spend her nights seducing gangsters and murderers, or simpering as a trophy girl for hell’s minions. So when she discovers a forbidden ritual that promises to break hell’s thrall and set her free, she’s got nothing to lose, even if it involves seducing the four most repellent souls in town. But when you’re cheating hell, there’s always a catch. Others are as desperate to trap those same souls and escape. Like Rajah, a 400-year-old incubus whose raw sensuality makes him a formidable adversary, even as his empathy for her plight makes him an unexpected ally. But they can’t both win their freedom, and if Jade wants to beat Rajah to the prize, she’ll need all her hell-cursed charms.

3 New US Pre-Order Links

Erica Hayes: Shadowfae (13 Oct 2009)
Justine Larbalestier: Liar (29 Sep 2009)
Lili St. Crow: Betrayals (12 Nov 2009)