Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wednesday night genre link round-up.

Linkity link link link link link! As La Gringa sits here waiting patiently for news about various and sundry job interviews, she may as well provide you with linkity goodness, yes?
At Chasing Ray, Colleen Mondor looks at three books about Druids: Girlwood by Claire Dean, Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay, and Triskellion by Will Peterson. She also looks at the Connie Willis novella All Seated on the Ground.

At Omnivoracious, Jeff VanderMeer interviews Daniel Abraham, Gardner Dozois, and George R.R. Martin about their new collaborative effort Hunter's Run.

Author Jeaniene Frost has an interview with her agent Rachel Vater.

Author Rachel Caine reviews Black Magic Woman by Justine Gustainis.

A lot of new reviews at Book Fetish: Swimming Without a Net by Mary Janice Davidson, The Last Twilight by Marjorie M. Lui, Dark Hollow by Brian Keene, Once Bitten, Twice Shy and Another One Bites the Dust by Jennifer Rardin, Evermore by Lynn Veihl, Master of Shadows by Janet Lorimer, and Amberlight by Sylvia Kelso.

Bookgasm reviews Dave Keck's In the Eye of Heaven and In a Time of Treason and Firstborn by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter.

The Millions has a great post about making art out of your rejection slips. Also, a list of the best parrot books ever. (Not books about parrots; books that have parrots in them. Oh, just go read the damned thing.)

Good post at Smart Bitches about copyright infringement.

The Dabel Brothers have signed Patricia Briggs to do a four-part series of original comics based on her Mercy Thompson character (Blood Bound, Iron Kissed, et al).

Dear Author reviews Succubus On Top by Richelle Mead, Grimspace by Ann Aguirre, and an interview with paranormal romance author Shana Abe.

Monsters & Critics has a new review of Small Favor by Jim Butcher.

At Fantasy Magazine, K. Tempest Bradford interviews Ekaterina Sedia and Justine Larbalestier.

Harlequin has launched a fabulous new blog for their paranormal romance authors.

La Gringa has a fangirlie moment: Matt Stover's third Caine novel, Caine: Black Knife is FINALLY going to get published! If you haven't has a chance to read the first two, you are doing yourself a serious disservice. Start with Heroes Die. (Just ignore the hideous cover. It is possibly the worst cover in the history of SF/F. Oh, and close your eyes and flip past that one torture scene where the bad guys sew insects under the skin of Caine's leg. GAH! )

"I believe predictive text can be a real force for good!"

For anyone out there who has ever tried to text my name on their cell phone and gotten the word "ankle" instead. (Via Fluxblog)

Today's great mystery:

Which of Jeff Ford's three Furry Machiavellian Persons is pissing on his Xbox?

Today is International
Delete Your Myspace Account Day!

Yes, it is. I didn't make it up. And Nick Mamatas gives some excellent reasons why you should delete your Myspace account.

My personal favorite:
You visit someone’s profile only to have your eyes bleed because of terrible page layout with non-matching designs and font colors.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tuesday night genre link round-up.

Yeah, I know I said I wouldn't be posting as often but I have a lot of links bookmarked that I want to get caught up on, so after this week, link posting will slow down to about three times a week. (Really. I mean it this time!)
First up, at Locus Online, Jeff VanderMeer posted a thoughtful round-up of his Best of 2007. Likewise, Claude Lalumiere has also posted a round-up of recommended reading. Both are well worth reading!

At the Los Angeles Times Online, Ed Park discusses Terry Pratchett. Also, Sonja Bolle reviews Runemarks by Joanne Harris.

Reuter's carries a story about Ender's Game becoming a video game. (Does anyone else see the irony in this?)

Minneapolis City Pages has an interview with Wicked author Gregory Maguire.

Of Blog has a new interview with Ekaterina Sedia. There's also a review of my pal Dave Keck's new book In a Time of Treason. (Yay! Go buy this book, please. Thanks!)

A Dribble of Ink reviews Diana Gabaldon's Outlander.

Fantasy Magazine has new reviews by Paula Guran of Naomi Novik's Empire of Ivory and Cherie Priest's Neither Flesh Nor Feathers.

Graeme's Fantasy Book Review looks at Debatable Space by Philip Palmer and Biting the Bullet by Jennifer Rardin.

Neth Space reviews Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson and The Traitor by Michael Cisco.

Miladyinsanity reviews Black Magic Woman by Justine Gustainis and an interview with Diana Pharoah Francis.

More tomorrow as I catch up...

Monday, January 28, 2008

Agent and editor blog link round-up.

A round-up of some bloggity goodness from the various agent and editor blogs I visit on a regular basis.
Agent Andrew Zack explains reserves for returns.

The editors at Redlines and Deadlines discuss writing dialogue and the right way to use cultural references in your novel. There's also a damned funny - but practical - guide for romance writers who want to introduce unusual sex toys into a sex scene. (Seriously, you have to read this.)

Agent Kristin Nelson talks about making sure your agent isn't handing your rights away and specifically discusses publishers who claim that graphic novel rights are now part of their "boilerplate contract". Links here and here.

Agent Nathan Bransford has announced the Surprisingly Essential First Page Challenge. First prize will be a "choice of a query critique, partial critique, 10 minute phone conversation, or one of my clients' books. Runners-up will receive a query critique or other agreed-upon prize." Deadline is this Wednesday night at 5:00 PST. Good luck, kids!

Jennifer Jackson discusses your first book offer and why you should listen to your agent when s/he tells you to take it.

Editor Moonrat talks about how long is too long for an editor to get back to an agent about a manuscript. There's also a good post about the crucial difference between cover copy and a book synopsis.

Agent Kate Schafer has a new blog where her agent alter-ego Daphne Unfeasible answers questions from writers and give really great advice. Not as snarky as Miss Snark, but the advice is just as good. Check it out!

Monday genre review link round-up.

Firstly, I'm going to start including the PW round-ups with the regular link round-ups, since it takes too much time to steal copy and paste and format the whole thing. You can click the link to see the full text of the reviews:
So, from this week's adult trade Publishers Weekly reviews, new reviews of The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson, Viewpoints Critical: Selected Stories by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (starred review), Where Angels Fear by Ken Rand, The Alchemist's Code by Dave Duncan, The Ancient by Bob Salvatore, Rolling Thunder by John Varley, Ten Sigmas and Other Unlikelihoods by Paul Melko, When the Tide Rises by David Drake, Realms: The First Year of Clarkesworld Magazine, edited by Nick Mamatas and Sean Wallace, The Healer by Sharon Sala, Deadly Deceptions by Linda Lael Miller (starred review), and a Signature Review by Jeff VanderMeer of Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, edited by Ekaterina Sedia. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of the PW page above, you'll also see reviews for the following graphic novels: B.P.R.D.: Garden of Souls by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Guy Davis, and Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (La Gringa hearts Kazu, fyi.) Lastly, in YA fantasy, PW has reviews of the following: Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn and The Swan Kingdom by Zoë Marriott.

Justine Larbalestier has a very thoughtful post about what plagiarism is and what it is not.

At Salon.com, Laura Miller reviews The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories by Connie Willis.

The Book Swede has reviews of Darwin's Paradox by Nina Munteanu, Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, edited by John Joseph Adams, Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks, The Crown Rose by Fiona Avery, and an interview with Robert V.S. Redick.

Pat's Fantasy Hotlist reviews of Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn.

At Rain Taxi, Alan DeNiro reviews The New Space Opera, edited by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, and Kristin Livdahl reviews The Dog Said Bow Wow by Michael Swanwick.

At Sci Fi Weekly, Paul DiFilippo reviews Thunderer by Felix Gilman and Hunter's Run by George R.R. Martin, Garder Dozois and Daniel Abraham; Doug Fratz reviews Debatable Space by Philip Palmer and War Machine by Andy Remic; and John Clute reviews Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost.

Speaking of Shadowbridge, Fantasy Book Critic also reviews it, as well as The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V.S. Redick, After the War by Tim Lebbon, The Blood King by Gail Z. Martin, and Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow.

The San Diego Union Tribune also reviews Shadowbridge, as well as Dragon Harper by Anne and Todd McCarthy, Half the Blood of Brooklyn by Charlie Huston, The Jinn from Hyperspace by Martin Gardner, and Gene Wolfe's Soldier of Sidon.

Author Jeffrey Ford also weighs in on Shadowbridge.

And at Fantasy Magazine, Paula Guran reviews Shadowbridge and Wastelands. Paula also reviews Grey by Jon Armstrong and Antediluvian Tales by Poppy Z. Brite.

EDIT TO ADD: Rose just let me know that there is also an interview with Iain M. Banks in this week's Publishers Weekly.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

New Shirley Jackson Award announced

I missed seeing this last week, but thought I should pass it along. (Book publicists, please pay attention, thanks!)
Award named for Shirley Jackson to Honor Writers of Psychological Suspense, Horror, and the Dark Fantastic

Inaugural year is for works published in 2007; Board of Advisors and Judges announced.

Boston, MA (January 2008) — In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson's writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, the Shirley Jackson Award has been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, “The Lottery.” Her work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work. National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novelist Jonathan Lethem has called Jackson “one of this century’s most luminous and strange American writers,” and multiple generations of authors would agree.

The Shirley Jackson Award will be voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors. The awards will be given for the best work published in the preceding calendar year in the following categories: Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.

A website, www.ShirleyJacksonAwards.org, will provide more information on the award categories and the selection process. The date and location for the awards ceremony will be announced soon.

The jurors for the 2007 Shirley Jackson Awards are, alphabetically:
  • F. Brett Cox, co-editor (with Andy Duncan) of Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (Tor, 2004); author of numerous short stories, critical essays, and reviews; English faculty at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.
  • John Langan, author of short story collection Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters (Prime Books, forthcoming 2008) and numerous critical essays and reviews; English faculty at State University of New York-New Paltz.
  • Sarah Langan, author of novels The Keeper (Harper, 2006; finalist for Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel) and The Missing (Harper, 2007); MFA in Creative Writing, Columbia University; freelance writer currently living in New York City.
  • Paul G. Tremblay, author of collection Compositions for the Young and Old (Prime Books, 2004), novella “City Pier: Above and Below” (Prime, 2007), and novel The Little Sleep (Henry Holt, forthcoming); one-time co-editor of Fantasy Magazine and the anthologies Fantasy and Bandersnatch.
The Board of Advisors for the Shirley Jackson Award includes
  • Award-winning editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow
  • Renowned scholar and editor S.T. Joshi
  • Author and teacher Jack M. Haringa (co-editor, with Joshi, of the critical journal Dead Reckonings)
  • Editor Bill Congreve
  • Author Mike O’Driscoll
  • Editor Ann Vandermeer
  • Award-winning and best-selling novelist Stewart O’Nan.
For more information, please contact award administrator JoAnn F. Cox at admin@shirleyjacksonawards.org.

Sunday genre link round-up: Print Media Edition

We're going to get caught up on some print reviews that you may have missed from the past month.
The Denver Post reviews Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost, Queen of Dragons by Shana Abe, and Looking Glass by James R. Strickland.

The Kansas City Star also reviews Shadowbridge as well as Thunderer by Felix Gilman.

At the Washington Post, Paul Di Filippo reviews Red Spikes by Margo Lanagan, A Companion to Wolves by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear, The Sunrise Lands by S.M. Stirling, and the anthology Eclipse One, edited by Jonathan Strahan.

At the Village Voice, Brian Francis Slattery reviews You Must Be This Happy to Enter by Elizabeth Crane.

The New York Times reviews Joe Hill's 20th Century Ghosts, Laird Barron's The Imago Sequence, Clive Barker's Mister B. Gone, and John Shirley's Living Shadows.

The Los Angeles Times reviews Stephen King's Duma Key. Also, Ed Champion reviews Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune also reviews Duma Key.

At the San Franciso Chronicle, Mike Berry reviews Runemarks by Joanne Harris.

The Charleston City Paper reviews Black Hole by Charles Burns.

At the Contra Costa Times, Clay Kallam reviews Carol Berg's Breath and Bone, Kevin J. Anderson's Metal Swarm, Naomi Novik's Empire of Ivory, Whiskey and Water by Elizabeth Bear, End of the World Blues by Jon Courtenay Grimwood, and the new anthology Wastelands, edited by John Joseph Adam.

The Toronto Star reviews Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips.

The Times of London reviews Eoin Colfer's Airman and The Cleft by Doris Lessing.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Stinkyboy watches Law & Order: SVU

House Guest took a cell phone photo of Stinkyboy watching television. Specifically, Law & Order: SVU. No, really. I think he has a thing for Mariska Hargitay.

Wherein La Gringa finally navigates her way through setting up Google Reader!

Third time is apparently the charm. Cheryl Morgan tried to help me with this way back in October, but I made a mess of it utterly and gave up. Finally humanfemale, watching with exasperation whilst I clicked slowly and methodically through every single goddamned link on my blog, took matters into her own hands and helped me set up my Google Reader. And, after nearly eight straight hours of adding links, I am finished!!!

The genre link round-ups I'd been doing here on the blog were taking up an inordinate amount of my time, time I simply don't have any longer. Hopefully this will solve the problem. Also, I'll only be doing major link round-ups three times a week from here on in. That'll also cut down on the time spent online. There will be other changes coming along, but I can't talk about them here just yet.

Friday, January 25, 2008

New Soul by Yael Naim, or
That ubiquitous MacBook Air commercial

Because you know that every time you see that ad, you wonder to yourself "What is this music?" Well, I saved you the trouble of Googling it. (You're welcome.)

And this is why we love Jeff Ford...

A comment that Jeff Ford left on Jeff VanderMeer's blog regarding a post about The Manga Bible:
"There’s plenty of fucking in the Bible, but they never do a comic about it. That’s the problem. If they do it, they should call it — BEGATS."
Brilliant!

Kirkus Reviews seeking materials submissions for
SF/F Special Issue

Heads up to all you indie publishers and authors out there! Kirkus Reviews is looking for materials submissions for their forthcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy Special Issue (onsale April 1st). The deadline for submission of your book and/or manuscript is February 8th.

In order for your book to be considered, you must submit a finished book, galley or manuscript for any book that has been or will be published in 2008. Catalog copy will not suffice. They are also requesting only three books per imprint.

Important tip to authors looking to submit your own books: CHECK WITH YOUR PUBLICIST FIRST! Make sure s/he hasn't already submitted the book for you. If your publicity department has chosen not to submit your book in lieu of three others that they feel are bigger priorities for the publishing house, I would recommend that you respect their decision and do not submit your book on your own. You'll only annoy the people at Kirkus Reviews and you'll also be sending a clear message that you don't trust your publicist to do his/her job.

From Kirkus Reviews:
Once you’ve made your top picks, please send me one copy of the book, galley or manuscript, along with a one-page information sheet that includes the responsible publicist’s name, e-mail and phone number for each title, and mark it as follows (so we can distinguish from books sent for regular review): Molly Brown, Reading Groups Special, Kirkus Reviews, 770 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10003.

We will include Children’s and Young Adult books in this issue. Please send those materials to Vicky Smith and contact her directly with any Children’s/YA questions at Vicky Smith, 99 Mitchell Rd., South Portland, ME 04106.
(Thanks to Scrabble pal McLovin' for the heads up!)

Getting caught up on genre acquisitions!
Part Three: Rights Sales

Okie dokie, last but certainly not least, the collected genre rights sales of the past month. (Looks like those Czech's like U.S. skiffy an awful lot!)
Czech translation rights to Ellen Datlow’s anthology THE DARK sold to Mlada by Elena Santogade at Writers House.
Complex Chinese rights to K.J. Bishop's THE ETCHED CITY, to Fullon Books in Taiwan, in a nice deal, by Gray Tan at Jia-Xi Books on behalf of Danny Baror at Baror International.

Czech rights to Rachel Caine's CHILL FACTOR, the third novel in the author's Weather Wardens urban fantasy series, to Triton, by Kristin Olson of the Kristin Olson Literary Agency, on behalf of Lucienne Diver of Spectrum Literary Agency.

Czech rights to Lynn Flewelling's THE ORACLE'S QUEEN, the conclusion of the author's Tamir epic fantasy trilogy, to Fantom Print, in a nice deal, by Kristin Olson of Kristin Olson Literary Agency, in association with Lucienne Diver of Spectrum Literary Agency.

Czech rights to James Morrow and Kathryn Morrow's SFWA EUROPEAN HALL OF FAME, to Baronet, by Eleanor Wood at Spectrum Literary Agency.

Italian rights to Shaun Tan's THE ARRIVAL, to Elliot Edizioni, in a nice deal, by Maura Solinas at Piergiorgio Nicolazzini Literary Agency, on behalf of Hachette Australia.

French rights to Jim Butcher's DEATH MASKES, to Stephane Marsan at Bragelonne, by Vincent Vichit-Vadakan at VVV, in association with Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

World Fantasy Award winner Ramsey Campbell's THE GRIN OF THE DARK, involving a search for a silent film comedian, whose career seemed to disappear overnight, and its effects on the investigator, a film journalist, to Adam Nevill at Virgin, in May 2008, by John Jarrold.

German rights to Amber Benson's DEATH'S DAUGHTER, to Egmont, by Joachim Jessen at the Thomas Schlueck Agency, on behalf of Brendan Deneen at Objective Entertainment.

USA Today Bestseller Kimberly Raye's untitled vampire love story, to Trisha Telep at Constable & Robinson, by Natasha Kern at Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

Japanese rights to Daniel Wallace's MR. SEBASTIAN AND THE NEGRO MAGICIAN, now sold in ten territories, to Random House Kodansha, by Tuttle-Mori, on behalf of Markus Hoffmann at Regal Literary.

Getting caught up on genre acquisitions!
Part Two: Paranormal Romance & YA Fantasy

Are you ready? Okay, here goes:
Charlotte Featherstone's WINTER'S DESIRE: MIDNIGHT WHISPERS, one of three stories in a winter's soltice anthology, the tale of a young widow who once a year, on the eve of the magical Solstice, gets her winter's desire, to Susan Swinwood at Harlequin SPICE, in a nice deal, by Mary Louise Schwartz at the Belfrey Literary Agency (World).

Lucy Finn's BEST WISHES ALWAYS, about a grieving young antiques dealer who is through with love until a mysterious brass lamp and a sexy genie make her risk her heart once more, to Kristen Weber at NAL, by John Talbot at Talbot Fortune Agency (world).

Anna Evans's BRIAR ROSE, featuring the heroine of the Sleeping Beauty myth -- the ogre slayer, Briar Rose, to Heather Osborn at Tor, in a three-book deal, by Caren Johnson at Caren Johnson Literary Agency (World English).

Debra Webb's next three novels to follow up TRACELESS, NAMELESS and FEARLESS, set in a small town in Maine where people think an old evil has come back to claim more victims, and a paranormal investigator courts danger when she sets out to prove them wrong, to Jennifer Weis at St. Martin's, by Stephanie Kip Rostan at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency (World).

Michele Bardsley's sequel to DON'T TALK BACK TO YOUR VAMPIRE and BECAUSE YOUR VAMPIRE SAID SO, featuring the undead moms and dads that make up the Paranormal Parent-Teacher Association (PPTA) of Broken Heart, OK, to Kara Cesare at NAL, by Stephanie Kip Rostan at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency (World).

Lisa Renee Jones's CAPTURED BY THE BEAST, the Knights of White continue their fight with the soulless Darkland Beasts, to Ann Leslie Tuttle at Harlequin Nocturne, in a nice deal, for publication in Spring 2009, by Natasha Kern at Natasha Kern Literary Agency (World).

Patti O'Shea's THE DRAGON'S DAWN, in which a glass artist learns she's the legendary dragon mage -- and that a rival group of magic users will kill to take her new-found powers, to Heather Osborn at Tor Romance, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Lucienne Diver of Spectrum Literary Agency (NA).

Doranna Durgin's THE RECKONERS, about a young woman once mentored by a ghost and her Southwest ghostbuster team, all of whom tangle with a fiercely driven demon-hunter from a different dimension, to Heather Osborn of Tor Romance, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Lucienne Diver of Spectrum Literary Agency (NA).

Dakota Cassidy's THE ACCIDENTAL HUMAN, about a multi-level cosmetics saleswoman who thinks she's seen it all with her "accidentally" paranormal friends until she meets a vampire turned human, again to Cindy Hwang at Berkley, in a nice deal by Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency (NA).

Hilari Bell's GOBLIN GATE, in which a boy has to make peace with hedgewitches, make war with a powerful priest, and remake the entire kingdom, and THE GOBLIN WAR, to Melanie Donovan at Harper, in a very nice deal, for publication in 2008, by Irene Kraas at Kraas Literary Agency (World English).

David Macinnis Gill's SOUL ENCHILADA, in which a girl is shocked to learn that her deceased grandfather financed his classic car by offering his soul to the devil; now, the repo man is back to repossess the car, her grandfather is hiding out in the afterlife, and she is left to settle the matter, to Virginia Duncan at Harper, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio.

TO CATCH A MERMAID and SAVING JULIET author Suzanne Selfors's COFFEEHOUSE GIRL, about a girl whose ordinary life as a student and coffeehouse barista turns extraordinary when a rebellious guardian angel breaks all the rules and falls in love with her, to Emily Easton at Walker Children's, by Michael Bourret at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (World).

Getting caught up on genre acquisitions!
Part One: SF/F Acquisitions

I've got a month's worth of acquisitions announcements to catch up on, so I'll do a couple of separate postings. This post includes only those books reported as SF/F. The next post will cover paranormal romance and YA fantasy. Last post will cover rights sales. Got it? Good. Let's begin:
Larry Niven and Edward Lerner's DESTROYER OF WORLDS, in which an aggressive alien race, traveling in an armada of ships at near lightspeed and wreaking havoc in its wake, approach space occupied by the alien Puppeteers and their recently liberated human colonies, and the humans must figure out how to defeat this powerful armada in order to survive, the third novel in the "Fleet of Worlds" series, to Bob Gleason at Tor, in a very nice deal, by Eleanor Wood at Spectrum Literary Agency (NA).

N. D. Hansen-Hill's BONESONG, in which Neanderthals are not only secretly still in existence, but rule the world, and RELIC, to Deena Fisher at Drollerie Press, for publication in 2008 (World).

Author of STILL HOOD, K'wan three street novels and three sci/fi fantasy novels, to Monique Patterson at St. Martin's, by Marc Gerald at The Agency Group.

James Hogan's THE MIGRATION, covering four generations on an interstellar voyage from Earth to a distant planet, including the wide variety of societies that develop on the ships and theirsatellites, with a the younger, surviving passengers encountering and having to deal with intelligent "native" beings upon reaching their destination, to Toni Weisskopf at Baen Books, by Eleanor Wood at Spectrum Literary Agency (NA).

Michael Jasper's A GATHERING OF DOORWAYS, the story of a missing child who leads his parents on a quest on and underneath their land, and MAPS AND LEGENDS, to Sean Wallace at Prime Books, in a nice deal, for publication in November 2008 (world).

Carol Berg's THE SABRIAN VEIL trilogy, the story of a trio of unlikely confidential agents - a foppish nobleman, a disillusioned student of magic, and a brooding practitioner of the dark arts - hired to investigate murder and hauntings in a world where natural science has supplanted failing magic, to Anne Sowards at Roc, in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver of Spectrum Literary Agency (NA).

Mark Chadbourn's THE BONES OF GODS, in a world where magic demands human sacrifice, terrible choices must be made to save a kingdom from an implacable enemy, to Christian Dunn at Solaris, in a nice deal, for publication in 2009, by Ian Drury at Sheil Land Associates (World).

Mark Teppo's LIGHTBREAKER, compared to Jim Butcher channeling Aleister Crowley, to Jason Williams at Night Shade Books, in a nice deal, for publication in 2009, by Kristopher O'Higgins at Scribes Literary Agency (NA).

Jay Lake's GREEN, about the girl known only as Green, sold as a child and trained to become a courtesan-assassin, she becomes a catalyst for change in the foreign land she learns to call home, to Beth Meacham at Tor, for publication in 2009, in a two-book deal, by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency (world English).

Catherine Asaro's DIAMOND STAR, another in the Skolian Empire series, focusing on a renegade member of the powerful Skolian Empire Dynasty who becomes a successful rock star on Earth and, against his wishes, an important pawn in the ongoing war between the Skolian Empire and the sadistic Traders, to Antonia Weisskopf at Baen Books, by Eleanor Wood at Spectrum Literary Agency (NA).

Dakota Banks' THE MORTAL PATH: DARK TIME and a sequel, the first books in a paranormal thriller series about a woman unjustly persecuted 300 years ago who sought revenge as a demon's assassin, and now is desperate to win back her soul by saving lives to equal those she took, to Diana Gill at William Morrow, by Jill Marsal at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

Best. Book trailer. Evah!!!

Directed by McG, for the book Celebutantes by Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper. Seriously funny stuff.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Gratuitous cat photos.

Yeah, you thought this was gonna be a real post. But you'd be wrong. Until my hiatus is over, here are some gratuitous cat photos taken by Romany, my temporary British houseguest.





Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Welcome to the world, Chloe Arcadia!

Interrupting the hiatus to announce the arrival into the world yesterday at 3:59 PM of Baby Chloe Arcadia, freshly hatched spawn of Dutchboy and VillageChick!

Baby Chloe was two weeks late for her own first birthday, but she finally got around to popping out to say hello yesterday afternoon. Say hello to Baby Chloe!

Okay, sticking head back in the sand for a while.