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May 2013 Releases

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2nd April 2013 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong
The Rising (Darkness Rising, Book 3)
HarperCollins (US: 2nd April 2013); Hachette Little, Brown Atom (UK & AU: 2nd April 2013); Random House Doubleday (CA: 2nd April 2013)
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Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they’re quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it’s not like they can just go to the authorities for help. All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they’re so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control. But Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her. And now, like it or not, she’ll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya can’t keep running forever.

Rachel Caine
Bitter Blood (Morganville Vampires, Book 3)
Penguin NAL Signet (US & CA: 2nd April 2013)
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Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires. To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news…or worse.

Bethany Wiggins
Stung (Stung, Book 1)
Bloomsbury Walker (US: 2nd April 2013)
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Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered – her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighbourhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right wrist – a black oval with five marks on either side – that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. And she’s right. When the honeybee population collapsed, a worldwide pandemic occurred and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. Only the solution was deadlier than the original problem – the vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts who were branded as a warning to un-vaccinated survivors. Key people needed to rebuild society are protected from disease and beasts inside a fortress-like wall. But Fiona has awakened branded, alone – and on the wrong side of the wall…

[GUEST BLOG] Bethany Wiggins on Plotting

This is a stop of the official Stung tour schedule. Here you will find a guest post by Bethany Wiggins, information on her books, and a giveaway link.

So, you want to know my views on plotting? Well, I’m one of those people who doesn’t exactly know the details of the manuscript I’m writing until I type The End. I know HOW it will end, just not quite how I’m going to get my characters there.

Example: the fastest way from point A to point B is a straight line, right? Not when I wrote Stung! If point A was page one, and point B was page 304, there were about 5,000 different routs between the two and I had to pick the twistiest one. It was hard. It made my brain hurt some nights. I got stumped sometimes.

I remember being about 100 pages into Stung and getting totally lost, so I sat down with a trusted creative person (my husband in this case) and told him Stung‘s plot so far, told him how I wanted it to end, and then begged him to throw out some bizarre plot scenarios. 9 out of ten I would disregard, but every tenth or so idea he had got my brain working. It all started to come together.

When I finally wrote THE END of Stung, the dots didn’t quite line up, and I knew it! Grrr! There was something missing. I sat down, mapped out the whole story, and then I wrote the chapter in the very middle of the book (in the shadowed alley, with the raiders). And THEN it was done.

So that’s how I plot!

Prize: Signed copies of Stung (number TBD) and honey sticks! (Read the book to understand!)
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Bethany Wiggins
Stung (Stung, Book 1)
Bloomsbury (US: 2nd April 2013; AU: 1st July 2013 UK: 4th July 2013)
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Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered – her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighbourhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right wrist – a black oval with five marks on either side – that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. And she’s right. When the honeybee population collapsed, a worldwide pandemic occurred and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. Only the solution was deadlier than the original problem – the vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts who were branded as a warning to un-vaccinated survivors. Key people needed to rebuild society are protected from disease and beasts inside a fortress-like wall. But Fiona has awakened branded, alone – and on the wrong side of the wall…

Bethany Wiggins
Cured (Stung, Book 2)
Bloomsbury (UK: 2nd January 2014)
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Bethany Wiggins
Shifting
Bloomsbury (US & AU: 27th September 2011; UK: 6th December 2012)
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After bouncing from foster home to foster home, Magdalene Mae is transferred to what should be her last foster home in the tiny town of Silver City, New Mexico. Now that she’s eighteen and has only a year left in high school, she’s determined to stay out of trouble and just be normal. Agreeing to go to the prom with Bridger O’Connell is a good first step. Fitting in has never been her strong suit, but it’s not for the reasons most people would expect – it all has to do with the deep secret that she is a shape shifter. But even in her new home danger lurks, waiting in the shadows to pounce. They are the Skinwalkers of Navajo legend, who have traded their souls to become the animal whose skin they wear – and Maggie is their next target.

Author photo from BethanyWiggins.com

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April 2013 Releases

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4 New Covers (Graves, Rush, Smibert, Wiggins)

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3 New Covers (Kane, Simmons, Wiggins)

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9 New Deals (Aguirre, B., Holeman, Marr & Pratt, Quinn, Sun, Wiggins, Woolston)

Ann Aguirre‘s new trilogy to Ace (World English), for publication beginning 2013. Pitched as “Prison Break in space”. On a prison ship filled with warring factions, hostile territories & savage retribution, only the strong survive.

Ann Aguirre & Andres Aguirre writing as A. A. Aguirre’s Bronze Gods to Ace (World English) in a 2-book deal. A steampunk fantasy wrapped around a whodunit, where gaslight detectives solve ritual slayings & magic is a shameful secret.

Megan B.‘s Bangable Dudes in History, based on the blog of the same name, to Simon & Schuster (World). A collection of historical hotties (princes, dandies, scientists, composers, assassins & more) & an exploration of what makes them so darn foxy. Complete with photos, little-known historical facts, & charts & graphs.

Linda Holeman‘s untitled novel, set in 1861 Imperialist Russia & pitched as “Anna Karenina meets Downton Abbey“.

Rags & Bones, a YA anthology of short stories edited by Melissa Marr & Tim Pratt, to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (World). The collection retells classic tales that have inspired the contributors – including Neil Gaiman, Lev Grossman, Kelley Armstrong, & Carrie Ryan. Publication is scheduled for 2013.

Kate Karyus Quinn‘s Another Little Piece in a 2-book deal to HarperTeen (NA). A girl comes to on an Oklahoma highway in another girl’s body with the knowledge that she has murdered the girl whose form she now takes. The main character journeys back to the murdered girl’s home in upstate New York as she tries to figure out, among other things, the identities of her other victims.

Amanda Sun‘s debut Ink Wash to Harlequin Teen (World) in a 2-book deal. A 16-year-old orphan is uprooted to Japan & crosses paths with her school’s arrogant kendo star whose drawings come to life in dangerous ways, pushing them both into Japan’s paranormal underworld.

Bethany Wiggins‘s Stung. Government attempts to save endangered bees by genetic modification causes their sting to induce deadly, flu-like symptoms in humans. A vaccine created in response changes children into ferocious, killer beasts. The uninfected have built a wall to keep the beasts out, & a girl has awakened on the wrong side.

Blythe Woolston‘s Black Helicopters to Candlewick (NA) in a 2-book deal for publication in 2013. About a girl raised to be a weapon who straps on a vest of explosives & sets out to kill & be killed until her plan goes wrong.