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The 1st 13 Books on My To-Be-Read Pile – Thursday 22nd October 2009

Subject to change, if my other library reservation comes in, or if I get more ARCs or review copies.

1. Kelley Armstrong’s Frostbitten (library) [currently reading]
2. Kelly Meding’s Three Days to Dead (ARC)
3. Laurell K. Hamilton’s The Laughing Corpse (review copy)
4. Kim Harrison’s Every Which Way But Dead
5. Kim Harrison’s A Fistful of Charms
6. Trisha Telep’s The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance
7. Karin Slaughter’s Fractured
8. Karin Slaughter’s Genesis
9. Tess Gerritsen’s The Bone Garden
10. Tess Gerritsen’s Keeping the Dead
11. Kim Harrison’s For a Few Demons More
12. Kim Harrison’s Where Demons Dare
13. Mo Hayder’s Ritual

[COVER ART] The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance – Trisha Telep (ed.)

Happened across this at Amazon. Trisha Telep, the editor who brought us The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance, will be returning with The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance. It’s due to be released on 26th February 2009 in the UK, and 13th April 2009 in the US. The cover art here is the US edition. (Haven’t found the UK one yet.) Pre-order

Acquired Today

Trisha Telep (ed.)
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance
Constable & Robinson (UK: 24th July 2008); Perseus Running Press (US: 28th July 2008)
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Authors include Sherri Erwin, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jenna Black, Jenna Maclaine, Raven Hart, Delilah Devlin, Keri Arthur, Kimberly Raye, Alexis Morgan, Lilith Saintcrow, C.T. Adams, Cathy Clamp, Susan Sizemore, Dina James, Colleen Gleason, Barbara Emrys, Savannah Russe, Shiloh Walker, Vicki Pettersson, Rebecca York, Rachel Vincent, Amanda Ashley, Karen Chance and Nancy Holder.

Happy Birthday, Justine Musk & Trisha Telep

I fell behind, and thus missed some birthdays. Sorry, y’all.

Anyway, today – 2nd September – is the birthday of Justine Musk and Trisha Telep. Give them the gift of royalties by purchasing Blood Angel, Uninvited, Lord of Bones and The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance.

[COVER ART] Hunter’s Prayer – Lilith Saintcrow; The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance & Pre-Orders

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Lilith Saintcrow
Hunter’s Prayer (Jill Kismet, Book 2)
Hachette Orbit (26th August 2008)
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Trisha Telep (ed.)
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance
Perseus Running Press (28th July 2008)
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Mario Acevedo
Jailbait Zombie (Felix Gomez, Book 4)
HarperCollins Eos (24th February 2009)
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Ann Aguirre
Blue Diablo (Corine Solomon, Book 1)
Penguin Roc (7th April 2009)
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Sharon Ashwood
Ravenous (The Dark Forgotten, Book 1)
Penguin Signet (3rd February 2009)
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Fate (Bailey Morgan, Book 2)
Random House Delacorte (10th March 2009)
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Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster Margaret K. McElderry (24th March 2009)
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Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Random House Delacorte (April 2009)
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July 2008 Releases

In case you missed them, check June 2008 Releases. I accidentally forgot to list some titles, unless they were on the May page. Anyway, those extra books are below, as well as the July 2008 Releases. For titles even further in the future, check my Reading Wishlist.

Jeaniene Frost, Terri Garey, Maggie Shayne & Kathryn Smith
Weddings from Hell
HarperCollins (US: 1st June 2008)
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Some marriages are made in heaven… Some are not. What happens when “the happiest day of your life” turns into a nightmare? Forget the drunken best man or the bridesmaid dresses from the ’80s…none of these wedding day disasters can compare to a cursed bride determined to make it down the aisle, or a vampire who is about to disrupt your wedding. Join New York Times bestselling authors Maggie Shayne and Jeaniene Frost, USA Today bestseller Kathryn Smith, as well as Terri Garey in four unforgettable tales of unholy matrimony…where the grooms are dark, dangerous, and mostly dead, and to love and cherish till death takes on a whole new meaning.

Vicki Pettersson
The Touch of Twilight (Signs of the Zodiac, Book 3)
HarperCollins (UK: 2nd June 2008)
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Joanna Archer has won the trust of the Light Zodiac, and issued a challenge to the Shadows, but in doing so has made herself and those she loves a target. The shadows are stalking her human lover who believes Joanna to be dead. She is powerless to help him, for in doing so she will have to reveal her identity and put the entire city in peril.

Stephenie Meyer
New Moon (Twilight, Book 2)
Hachette (UK: 4th June 2008)
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For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of an evil vampire but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realise their troubles may just be beginning…

Lilith Saintcrow
Night Shift (Jill Kismet, Book 1)
Hachette (US: 24th June 2008; UK: 3rd July 2008)
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Jill Kismet is a dealer in dark things and demon slayer, and it’s her job to patrol the nightside. In the cold pre-dawn, Jill is called in to assess the aftermath of a particularly savage cop-killing. Under the haunted eyes of the forensic techs, Jill picks up the stench of hellbreed and something else – something dangerous and tainted. But this makes no sense as hellbreed always work alone, distrusted even by their own kind. Jill’s a Hunter, trained by the best, but she’s in over her head. Welcome to the night shift…

Kelley Armstrong
The Summoning (The Darkest Powers, Book 1)
HarperCollins (US: 1st July 2008); Hachette (UK: 3rd July 2008)
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My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again. All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me. Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House…before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

Eve Kenin
Hidden (Northern Waste, Book 2)
Dorchester (US: 1st July 2008)
Review
Interview
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Tatiana has honed her genetic gifts to perfection. She can withstand the subzero temperatures of the Northern Waste, read somebody’s mind with the briefest touch, and slice through bone with her bare hands. Which makes her one badass chick, all right. Nothing gets to her. Until she meets Tristan. Villain or ally, she can’t be sure. But one thing she does know: he has gifts too – including the ability to ramp up her heart rate to dangerous levels. But before they can start some chemistry of their own, they have to survive being trapped in an underground lab, hunted by a madman, and exposed to a plague that could destroy mankind.

Patricia Briggs
Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, Book 1)
Hachette (UK: 3rd July 2008)
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Mechanic Mercy Thompson is woken at 3am by a vampire calling in a favour. He has to deliver a message to a fellow undead and needs a witness that won’t be noticed – and Mercy’s shapeshifting abilities make her the perfect candidate. But the assignment turns into a bloodbath and Mercy attracts the attention of not just a powerful vampire, but the even more powerful demon possessing him. She can count on the supernatural community for protection – and alpha werewolf Adam would like her to rely on him in other ways too – but when it comes to being proactive, she’s on her own.

Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2)
Walker (UK: 7th July 2008)
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With her mother in a coma and her father hell-bent on destroying the world, Clary is dragged deeper into New York’s terrifying underworld of werewolves, demons and the mysterious Shadowhunters. Discovering the truth about her past was only the beginning, now Clary must save the world from her own father the rogue Shadowhunter Valentine. With two of the Mortal Instruments at his command, Valentine is assembling an army of demons to wage war on the council of Shadowhunters and destroy them once and for all. As the battle begins, Clary must face her darkest fears and come to terms with her feelings for a boy she wishes wasn’t her brother.

Trisha Telep (ed.)
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance
Running Press (US: 8th July 2008); Robinson (UK: 28th July 2008)
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Paranormal romance is a supernatural force to be reckoned with. Packed with a menagerie of werewolves, shape-shifters, and assorted demons, its undisputed king is none other than our favorite centuries-old bloodsucker-the vampire. Let the biggest and brightest names in the paranormal romance business show you the bewildering array of complex vampire codes of conduct, dark ritual, and dating practices, as they chat up the locals and engage in the most erotic encounters you will sink your teeth into this side of un-Death. These ain’t your mother’s vampires! In a quickly expanding genre, here are 30 short stories of hot blood and inhuman passions.

Michelle Maddox
Countdown
Dorchester (US: 29th July 2008)
Review
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THREE. Kira Jordan wakes up in a pitch-black room handcuffed to a metal wall. She has 60 seconds to escape. Thus begins a vicious game where to lose is to die. TWO. The man she’s been partnered with – her only ally in this nightmare – is a convicted mass murderer. But if he’s so violent, why does he protect her? And stranger still, what is it behind those haunted sea-green eyes that makes her want to protect him? ONE. No one to trust. Nowhere to run. And the only hope of survival is working together to beat the COUNTDOWN.

[GUEST BLOGGER] Jenna Maclaine

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Hi everyone! Tez asked me to write a guest blog about how I came to make the great leap from being self-published to having my first book released by St. Martin’s Press. To all of those aspiring writers out there, I’m sorry to tell you that I don’t think I can offer a whole lot of advice on the subject. I think my story has more to do with dumb luck than talent, but here it is anyway…

Wages of Sin started out as one scene that floated through my head one night as I was falling asleep. I began with nothing more than ideas for two scenes and the four main characters and I let the story take me where it wanted to go from there. (This is how I write and I think it drives my editor nuts because she wants a detailed outline before I begin a book and my creative process just doesn’t work that way!) So over the winter (December, January and February) of 2004-2005 I wrote Wages of Sin and edited it. Then I stuck it in a drawer for a few months and came back to it later with fresh eyes, edited it again, and handed it off to friends and family to critique and proofread. I have to say right here that if you’re planning on self-publishing, invest in the services of a copyeditor. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve read WOS, friends and family have read it, my editor has read it, and still when I got the revisions from the copyeditor there were mistakes that she found that everyone else had missed thus far. One thing I can guarantee you as a writer is that you will read what was in your head when you wrote it and not necessarily what’s actually on the page. That being said, I thought it was as clean as I was able to get it and so I did what you’re supposed to do at this point – I started querying agents.

I’m sure I didn’t query as many as it felt like I did, but after about six or eight months of sending out queries and receiving form letter rejections I naturally began to get a little depressed. I’ve always wanted to write and to get to this point and hit a wall was more frustrating than finding out at midnight that there’s no chocolate left in the house. As patience has never been one of my virtues, I began to look at self-publishing. Now, I have never believed that being an author would make me independently wealthy so it wasn’t a big book contract that motivated me to write…I just wanted to see something that I’d created in print. I struggled with the decision to self-publish because I realised what a stigma independent releases have in the publishing world, and with readers themselves. I figured that if I did this, I was basically saying goodbye to any chances I had at being published by a traditional publishing house. Since the chances of finding a good agent, let alone a publisher, looked pretty bleak at this point I decided to take the plunge and self-publish.

I published WOS through Lulu.com and it was a really good experience. Once you figure out all the little tricks to getting a good copy, and with some help from some of the experts on there, it was pretty easy. I think the hardest part was the cover. It’s a picture of Armadale Castle that I took while I was in Scotland. I played around with Photoshop and got everything looking the way I wanted it to look, and then I hired someone to put it all together into a wraparound cover. I also purchased Lulu’s global distribution service which puts your book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all the online sellers. The most exciting thing was the first day it came up on Amazon. I just sat at my computer and stared at the screen! Even though I was sure that no one would ever buy it, it was such an unbelievable rush to see my book up there.

I have to say that I am still surprised it sold so well, considering the price I was forced to sell it for. If you decide to self-publish you’ve got to realise that you’re probably not going to make any money doing it. The costs of print on demand are just so high. Through Lulu you can set your own royalties but you also have to keep an eye on the end cost of the book. WOS sold for $15.99 and that was pretty much as cheap as I could make it. I made $1 a book. It sold very well, too. It was consistently on Lulu’s top 10 fiction sales for the year and a half it was available, selling about 600 copies, which is way more impressive than it sounds if you’ve researched self-publishing sales statistics. So, no, self-publishing isn’t going to make you rich. Basically, you’re doing it simply because you want to see your work in print, or to get your work out there so that others can see it. The latter is what ultimately landed me a contract with an agent.

WOS came out at the end of January 2006. The week before Christmas that year I sat down to open my e-mail account that I have set up for my writing and there was one new message. I looked at the sender’s name and thought, I know that name…where do I know that name from? Then I looked at the subject, which said “literary representation”, and it all clicked. It was an e-mail from the second agent I’d queried. I opened it, a little confused as to why she was writing me, and was absolutely shocked to read that she’d bought WOS on Amazon, read it, loved it, and wanted to know if I was interested in signing with an agent and searching for a traditional publishing house for it. (Uh…gee…let me think about that one!) Once I’d collected myself a bit I replied that I certainly would be interested and that as it happened I still had her very nice rejection letter in my desk drawer! This, of course, all happened at about 2AM and I had to wait until the next morning to tell everyone I’d ever met. We signed the contracts and six months later (right in the middle of one of the worst days of my life) Miriam Kriss called me to tell me that St. Martin’s Press had offered me a three-book contract.

I wish I could say “yes, do it this way because this is how I did it” but, as I said earlier, it was a whole lot of dumb luck that got me to where I am now. The only advice I can give is to pass on what a wise man once told me that made me sit down and write WOS in the first place: the way to be happy in life is to follow your bliss. I truly believe that if you do that, everything will work out as it should.

Relevant Links
http://jennamaclaine.com/
http://www.myspace.com/jennamaclaine
Meet Jenna Maclaine

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The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance
Wages of Sin

Meet Jenna Maclaine

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Jenna Maclaine’s path to publication is unusual, and her guest blog will focus on that. In this pre-post, here’s her publishing schedule:

The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance (28th July 2008) – features Jenna’s short story The Righteous
Paranormal romance is a supernatural force to be reckoned with. Packed with a menagerie of werewolves, shape-shifters, and assorted demons, its undisputed king is none other than our favorite centuries-old bloodsucker—the vampire. Let the biggest and brightest names in the paranormal romance business show you the bewildering array of complex vampire codes of conduct, dark ritual, and dating practices, as they chat up the locals and engage in the most erotic encounters you will sink your teeth into this side of un-Death. These ain’t your mother’s vampires! In a quickly expanding genre, here are 30 short stories of hot blood and inhuman passions.
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Wages of Sin (29th July 2008)
Dulcinea Craven descends from a long line of witches, and she has just inherited wild, untrained magical powers that she has no idea how to control. Now a ruthless vampire and an age-old demon are determined to enslave Cin and steal her power for their own. Her only hope is The Righteous, a band of warrior vampires who slay the rogue undead. Among them is Michael, a fierce swordsman who inflames Cin’s most primal hungers. Showing her a sensual pleasure beyond anything in the mortal realm, she must choose between the human existence she has always known, and immortality as a vampire – a new life filled with forbidden urges, dark yearning, and unearthly passions…
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Grave Sins (February 2009)

Strange Brew (June/July/August 2009) – features a short story from Cin’s world.

Relevant Links
http://jennamaclaine.com/
http://www.myspace.com/jennamaclaine