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[GUEST-BLOG & AUSTRALIAN GIVEAWAY] Sara Creasy, Author of Song of Scarabaeus & Children of Scarabaeus

Sara Creasy is the author of Song of Scarabaeus and the newly released Children of Scarabaeus. Today she’s guest-blogging about plotting. Below the book info, you should find the guest-blog, as well as a special giveaway for those of you with an Australian snail-mail address. Read on!

Sara Creasy
Song of Scarabaeus (Scarabaeus, Book 1)
HarperCollins Voyager (CA: 12th April 2010; US: 27th April 2010)
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Trained since childhood in advanced biocyph seed technology by the all-powerful Crib empire, Edie’s mission is to terraform alien worlds while her masters bleed the outlawed Fringe populations dry. When renegade mercenaries kidnap Edie, she’s not entirely sure it’s a bad thing…until they leash her to a bodyguard, Finn – a former freedom fighter-turned-slave, beaten down but never broken. If Edie strays from Finn’s side, he dies. If she doesn’t cooperate, the pirates will kill them both. But Edie’s abilities far surpass anything her enemies imagine. And now, with Finn as her only ally as the merciless Crib closes in, she’ll have to prove it or die on the site of her only failure…a world called Scarabaeus.

Sara Creasy
Children of Scarabaeus (Scarabaeus, Book 2)
HarperCollins Voyager (CA: 14th March 2011; US: 29th March 2011)
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Edie Sha’nim believed she and her bodyguard lover, Finn, could find refuge from the tyranny of the Crib empire by fleeing to the Fringe worlds. But Edie’s extraordinary cypherteck ability to manipulate the ecology of evolving planets makes her far too valuable for the empire to lose. Recaptured and forced to cooperate – or else she will watch Finn die – Edie is shocked to discover the Crib’s new breed of cypherteck: children. She cannot stand by while the oppressors enslave the innocent, nor can she resist the lure of Scarabaeus, the first world she tried to save, when researchers discover what appears to be an evolving intelligence. But escape – for Edie, for Finn, and for the exploited young – will require the ultimate sacrifice…and a shocking act of rebellion.

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2 Events, 1 News & 11 New Deals

On Thursday 24th February, Keri Arthur will be the star of Library Lovers’ Lunch at Belgrave Library in VIC. Starts at 12:30PM and costs $10, which includes lunch. You can book your place by phone on 9754 7266, or online. Hope to see you there!

Rachel Caine will come to Australia for the worldwide release of Bite Club (Morganville Vampires, Book 10) in May 2011. Stay tuned for more details.

Sara Creasy‘s sci-fi romance Song of Scarabaeus has been nominated for the 2010 Philip K. Dick Award. The sequel, Children of Scarabaeus, will be published 29th March 2011.

Rachel Cohn‘s 4-book sci-fi/fantasy series to Disney-Hyperion (World English). The first book, Beta, will be published in 2012, the rest following in 1-year intervals. Set in the bioengineered tropical paradise of Annex, which is staffed by soul-less clones. In Beta, 2 teenage girls – 1 human & the other her clone – are both stranded in the Annex & fall in love with the same guy.

Film rights for Jack El-Hai‘s The Lobotomist sold to Realm Pictures producer Brad Fischer, working with Leonardo DiCaprio’s production shingle, Appian Way. A biography of Walkter J. Freeman, the brilliant doctor who found infamy instead of medical glory after he introduced the lobotomy as a treatment for mental illness.

Kat Falls’s dystopian YA romance trilogy, The Fetch, to Scholastic Press (world rights, exc. UK/Aus/NZ). 1st book scheduled for 2012. Set in a near future in which American has been literally separated – a wall has been erected – into East & West after a disease ravages the eastern half of the country. When a 16-year-old girls is forced to travel east into the “savage zone” on a dangerous mission, she winds up meeting a mysterious boy.

Kathy Hepinstall‘s The Blue Asylum to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NA). Madness, slavery & war are the backdrop to a love story set during the Civil War, at an insane asylum on remote Sanibel Island, as a plantation wife who has been committed by her husband falls in love with a fellow inmate & plots their escape.

Nancy Holzner‘s next 2 Deadtown novels will be released in 2011 & 2012 respectively.

UK rights for Tara Hudson‘s debut YA ghost romance Hereafter sold to HarperCollins Children’s for publication in July 2011.

Jay Kristoff‘s Stormdancer in a 3-book World English deal to Thomas Dunne Books, in association with Tor UK. A dystopian fantasy set in steampunk feudal Japan.

Screen rights for Marie Lu‘s futuristic Legend to CBS Films/Temple Hill. Takes place in a North America split into 2 warring nations, following a young Robin Hood & a teen prodigy hired to hunt him down who uncover an impossible truth about their totalitarian leaders. Lu has planned the series as a trilogy & will be involved in the scripting phase as an exec producer.

Gena Showalter has sold Alice in Zombieland, the 1st in a series. A teenage girl loses her family in a crash, only to wake up to a world of zombies & zombie-slaying, as well as a bad boy who could save or destroy her.

Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (NA), scheduled for October 2011. Will riff on the original title that launched the popular YA line about a group of wealthy Upper East Side teenagers who attend a posh Manhattan private school. The book, which will be a mashup in the style of Pride, Prejudice & Zombies, is a serial killer version of the original Gossip Girl novel…or “Gossip Girl: Slasher Edition”. Blair Waldorf & Serena van der Woodsen become the “most fabulous, trendsetting serial killers” around.

Jill Williamson‘s YA novel Jason Farms to Zonderkids for publication in June 2012. A girl discovers an underground lab of clones – all of whom look suspiciously like a boy from school.

Persnickety Snark’s FIVE Challenge, Day 1: Great Debuts

Today, December 21, is the first day of Persnickety Snark’s FIVE Challenge, and today’s particular challenge is…Great Debuts!

Adele’s list may be YA only, but I’m including all age brackets. I read quite a few debuts, but not all of them were published this year, as I tend to read things by availability and my ordered lists. There are probably many awesome books published this year that I may not read until 2011 or beyond.

Anyhoo, here we are, counting down from 5 to 1 – yes, I do play favourites:

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April 2010 Releases

Done with March 2010 Releases? Here are April 2010 Releases. To look into the future, check Reading Wishlist.

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[REVIEW] Song of Scarabaeus – Sara Creasy

Sara Creasy
Song of Scarabaeus
HarperCollins Eos (CA: 7th April 2010; US: 27th April 2010)
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Highly sought-after cypherteck Edie Sha’nim is kidnapped, and mentally leashed to her new bodyguard. To afford the teck’s removal, they aboard the Hoi Polloi, whose mission is to collect biocyph from Scarabaeus, a planet that’s played a big part in Edie’s history.

It must say a lot about my personality that characters dying doesn’t upset me as much as characters being separated from their stuffed animals. Edie’s childhood flashback nearly bloody broke me.

Hard sci-fi is not usually my chosen genre, so the ship’s set-up and its crew rankings confused my eejit brain. Not to mention all the teck stuff, so I didn’t really get sucked in until two-thirds of the way into the novel, when Edie finally gets to Scarabaeus, a planet that’s totally effed. After reading, you may have nightmares involving flora and fauna attacking you – seriously, this weird shiz is bloody engrossing.

My favourite character by far is navpilot Cat Lancer. She may or may not be evil, but one can’t help but be won over when she says, “don’t be a dick.” I like the way she thinks ๐Ÿ˜‰

Confusing for eejit brains, Song of Scarabaeus is otherwise a fascinating read, with unforgettable, freaky, and frightening moments. Also, I demand more Cat Lancer!

10 New Covers

10 new covers behind the cut. Here are the details:

Kylie Chan: Red Phoenix (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Sara Creasy: Song of Scarabaeus Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Vicki Pettersson: Cheat the Grave Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Kim Harrison: Black Magic Sanction (US) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Susan Beth Pfeffer: Life As We Knew It (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Susan Beth Pfeffer: The Dead and the Gone (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Jennifer Armintrout: Possession (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Kelley Armstrong: Bitten (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Kelley Armstrong: Stolen (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
M. J. Rose: The Hypnotist Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

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Introducing Sara Creasy…

The latest Aussie urban fantasy/futuristic author I’ve found is Sara Creasy. A Brit-born Aussie living in the American Southwest, but nonetheless one of us. Ooh, that sounded ominous… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mind you, I found out about her novel before I even know of her Oz history. Diana Gill at HarperCollins Eos has bought Sara’s Song of Scarabaeus in a two-book deal. Yup, this makes her imprint mates with our Tracey O’hara. Now to await news of Oz rights being sold…

*ahem* From here:

It’s the story of Edie, trained since childhood by the oppressive Crib government to program advanced terraforming technology called biocyph seeds. She is kidnapped for her valuable skills, assigned a reluctant bodyguard, and coerced into working for mercenaries who steal biocyph and sell it to the outlawed Fringe worlds. They take her back to Scarabaeus, the planet she first visited as a trainee, seven years ago, and her one terraforming failure. But Scarabaeus is no longer the serene and beautiful alien world she remembers…

Futuristic fiction is fabulous, people.

Relevant Sara Creasy Links

If you contact her, remember to drop my name ๐Ÿ˜‰