Darcy Abriel's latest erotic romance, Haevyn, blends steampunk, science fiction and steamy romance to create an unforgettable story. Heroine Haevyn Breina is a humanotic — part human, part machine — in a futuristic dystopian world where she sexually serves high-ranking military officers. To understand exactly what being a humanotic means, we asked the heroine to tell us a little bit about her transformation and the world in which she lives.
Author Marie Brennan's latest release, A Natural History of Dragons, is a delightful story for genre fans looking for a touch of historical romance in their fantasy. The story is a the fictional memoir of famed dragon anthropologist Isabella, Lady Trent. The book begins with her curious youth and leads up to her marriage and, soon after, her first voyage to document dragons in their natural habitat. Fictional memoirs are an up-and-coming trend in recent fantasy, so we asked the author why she chose to write this story of dragons from Isabella's point of view.
I don’t remember making a truly conscious decision to write A Natural History of Dragons in the format of a memoir. It was always in first person, from the moment I sat down to play with the idea; I don’t know when during that process it became apparent to me that I was writing it from an explicitly retrospective point of view.
Author Tina Connolly is set to continue the story told in her debut novel Ironskin with the upcoming Copperhead. And although the sequel doesn't hit shelves until September 2013, the author has just revealed the book's shiny new cover. And I have to say, this art is just as gorgeous as Ironskin's cover, and actually reminds me of a more "adult" version of Kady Cross' Steampunk Chronicles artwork.
Tina Connolly debuted last year with her Jane Eyre-inspired fantasy Ironskin, about a beautiful woman, Jane, whose face has been marred by a grotesque iron mask, which keeps the powerful fey magic Jane has been infected with contained.
A victim of the Great War between fey and humans, Jane begins rebuilding her life by taking a job as a governess to a very unique child. Dorie was born half human, half fey, and must learn to control her fey abilities in order to integrate into human society. What Jane doesn't know is that Dorie's father, a popular artist, has a deep secret that could affect both her life and Dorie's.
This month, science fiction and fantasy readers can expect some great new releases from a variety of authors. Today we're playing tour guide and pointing out some out of this world literary hotspots.
Fantasy author Gail Z. Martin kicks off her new Ascendant Kings Saga with Ice Forged, which hits shelves today! The series starter tells the story of Lord Blaine McFadden, a young man charged with killing his violent father in order to protect his brother and sister. Blaine is subsequently sent to the frigid edge of the world, Edgeland, as punishment. After making a home for himself there, Blaine is called back to his home country of Donderath when a war breaks out and several supernatural incidents occur. With many fantasy novels set in large, immersive worlds, we're always curious to know how authors plan the start of a fantasy series. Today Martin shares how she built up — and tore down — her universe in Ice Forged.
A blank page is always daunting, no matter how much opportunity it presents.
I don't know if it ever stops being scary when you start writing a brand new book in a new world with new characters, but if it does, I haven't gotten to that point yet.
With a new year comes resolutions, new beginnings and best of all ... new books! This month we'll be sharing thirteen titles across the genres we're looking forward to in 2013, continuing with science fiction and fantasy releases! So just in case your TBR list wasn't already a mile long, here are a dozen (plus one!) sci fi and fantasy titles we're anticipating in 2013:
This month, science fiction and fantasy readers can expect new releases from a variety of authors, just in time for the holidays. Today we're playing tour guide and pointing out some December hotspots of the genres. We've selected four releases — from space opera to epic fantasy — and offer an overview of the stories, plus some important tidbits of wisdom that readers should know before diving in.
Mira Grant, the pseudonym for Urban Fantasy author Seanan McGuire, released the final book in her Newsflesh trilogy, Blackout, this year, which earned a 2012 RT Readers' Choice Awards nomination. The trilogy follows two young blogger journalists as they dig to uncover the conspiracy that caused a zombie-like plague twenty years prior. We we're curious to hear the author's thoughts on the series now that it's come to a close and what readers can expect next.
Your June release, Blackout, was nominated for a 2012 RT Readers' Choice Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, congrats! Now that your Newsflesh trilogy has ended, which book was the most fun to write?
Next year Neil Gaiman will be releasing his highly anticipated first full-length adult story since his 2007's Anansi Boys. For those who haven’t been keeping count, that’s eight long years. Gaiman fans can expect The Ocean at the End of the Lane to hit shelves June 18, 2013, and although the story clocks in at a mere 192 pages, putting it in novella territory, I predict it will be a complete and satisfying read.
If you’ve never opened up a Gaiman book or graphic novel before (maybe you have American Gods marked as “Want to Read” on Goodreads, or a friend has been bugging you for ages to borrow their collection of Sandman comics … ), know this: A Gaiman story will often involve a young protagonist, non-human characters and is often split between two distinct worlds. Gaiman pens fun, unique characters and his stories are adventures that aren’t held back by the weight of said characters, who typically rise up to take center stage. If I had to sum up your average Gaiman story (that statement in itself is kind of an oxymoron, but I digress …) in one word, it would be hopeful. They are truly stories that will resonate with readers emotionally.