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The Dark Talent by Brandon Sanderson

Today I’m excited to join in the release day celebration of The Dark Talent by Brandon Sanderson. Sanderson’s Alcatraz books are definitely different from the books he’s known for, but as a fan of interesting middle grade, I absolutely adore this series. It is funny and clever and full of the same awesome magic that I love in Sanderson’s adult series. Check it out for yourself!

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The Dark Talent is the fifth action-packed fantasy adventure in the Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series for young readers by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. This never-before-published, fast-paced, and funny novel is now available in a deluxe hardcover edition, illustrated by Hayley Lazo.
Alcatraz Smedry has successfully defeated the army of Evil Librarians and saved the kingdom of Mokia. Too bad he managed to break the Smedry Talents in the process. Even worse, his father is trying to enact a scheme that could ruin the world, and his friend, Bastille, is in a coma. To revive her, Alcatraz must infiltrate the Highbrary—known as The Library of Congress to Hushlanders—the seat of Evil Librarian power. Without his Talent to draw upon, can Alcatraz figure out a way to save Bastille and defeat the Evil Librarians once and for all?
“Like Lemony Snicket and superhero comics rolled into one.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

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October Daye Reread Blog Tour! + Huge Giveaway!

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Late Eclipses Favorites

Hello everyone! I’m excited to join the blog tour celebrating the latest addition to the October Daye series: Once Broken Faith. There are two giveaways to enter, one for a copy of Late Eclipses (book four!) and one for the whole kit and caboodle :D. Today I want to take the opportunity to discuss my favorite parts of Late Eclipses from the read along we recently had since this is my favorite of the Toby books so far!

There will be spoilers for Late Eclipses below!!

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Arabella of Mars Blog Tour + Giveaway

Arabella of Mars Blog Tour Giveaway

5 Arabella of Mars Quotes + Giveaway!

Today I’m excited to be a part of the blog tour for Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine! Arabella of Mars is out now and got a glowing review from Jim C. Hines, which I why I’m pretty sure it must be good ;-). Here are five quotes from Arabella of Mars to give you an idea what to expect and don’t miss the US/CAN giveaway at the bottom!

1. “Beneath the fur-trimmed leather of her thukhong, her heart beat a fast tattoo, racing not only from the exertion of her rush to the top of this dune but from the exhilaration of delicious anticipation. For this, she was certain, was the night she would finally defeat her brother in the game of shorosh khe kushura, or Hound and Hare.” [Read more…]

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan Giveaway!

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The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

Today I’m really excited to be able to host a giveaway for The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan! I just finished this book a few days ago and really enjoyed it. It was my Pokemon Go audiobook for a while and I got a lot of walking in without even noticing it since I was listening to dragon adventures :D. If you love the idea of dragons in a complex society, sort of like Novik’s, don’t miss this!

The Waking Fire Giveaway

The New York Times bestselling Raven’s Shadow Trilogy was a perfect read for “fans of broadscale epic fantasy along the lines of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels.”* Now, Anthony Ryan begins a new saga, The Draconis Memoria…

Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from the veins of captive or hunted Reds, Green, Blues and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that give fearsome powers to the rare men and women who have the ability harness them—known as the blood-blessed.

But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly. The Syndicate’s last hope resides in whispers of the existence of another breed of drake, far more powerful than the rest, and the few who have been chosen by fate to seek it.

Claydon Torcreek is a petty thief and an unregistered blood-blessed, who finds himself pressed into service by the protectorate and sent to wild, uncharted territories in search of a creature he believes is little more than legend. Lizanne Lethridge is a formidable spy and assassin, facing gravest danger on an espionage mission deep into the heart of enemy territory. And Corrick Hilemore is the second lieutenant of an ironship, whose pursuit of ruthless brigands leads him to a far greater threat at the edge of the world.

As lives and empires clash and intertwine, as the unknown and the known collide, all three must fight to turn the tide of a coming war, or drown in its wake.

*Library Journal

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Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator {Authors Q&A} + Giveaway!

Wolf's Empire: Gladiator Authors Q & A

Today I’m excited to welcome Claudia and Morgan to the blog to discuss their new book Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator (out now)! I got interested in Gladiator as soon as I saw a review that mentioned most of the characters are bisexual in addition to the awesome sounding sci-fi set up. I can’t resist a book that shows bisexuality is normal and legitimate!

Claudia, Could Accala hold her own against your character Susan Ivanova from Babylon 5?

Accala has her combat discus and lots of hand-to-hand combat training so as much as I adore Ivanova and believe her to be one of the toughest most competent characters I have ever portrayed I would have to vote for Accala in a hand-to-hand or edged weapon fight if (and this is a big if):

If it came down to PPG versus an ion pistol from the Wolf’s Empire universe, I’d say Ivanova would take Accala. Ivanova would also have the upper hand if it were a test of skills in a White Star or keeping cool under a large form battle, due to age and experience but I sure as heck would think that ANY confrontations between those two would make sparks fly! They are both prototype Alpha kick ass ladies to say the least.

Babylon 5 had a big story arc. Have you tried to do something similar with Wolf’s Empire?

Absolutely. The historical Rome is vast and complex so expanding that out to a galactic empire filled with warring families, cultures, and alien beings was a big job. Over the top of that we laid out a detailed story arc that takes the main character and her allies on a challenging and exciting journey as they struggle to save the empire from external attack and destruction from within.

Susan Ivanova was bi-sexual and had a difficult time with relationships. Are you exploring this aspect of Accala in Wolf’s Empire?

Don’t we ALL have difficulty with relationships? :)

Yes, even though Accala is mature she begins the first book in her teens so there are feelings that are new for her when she comes into contact with certain individuals. We have explored her sexuality with even less of a fuss as it was in Babylon 5 and Ivanova, i.e.:  people were taken aback when she was revealed to have feelings for a woman whereas now Morgan and I just presumed that in a futuristic Roman arena, there would not be traditional aspects of sexuality and that being bisexual or homosexual would simply be so normal and taken for granted that we would not have to point it out or make a fuss about it. Accala experiences love and lust with both sexes in Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator. Her confusion between the comfort of a loving physical relationship, falling “in” love and  having sex for the sake of release or just pleasure is the same conundrum we are all faced with at a certain age, only wisdom and more experience can change that and as I mentioned earlier, she is quite young…..she is exploring right now. …but she does have the capacity to love deeply despite life dealing her some terrible blows at a very early age.

What do you feel are the important qualities of a science fiction heroine?

Fallibility and angst, there has to be a learning curve and some insecurities in a character for you to care about her, no one is perfect…perfect is boring. Physical and mental strength is obviously key as well.

Will there be more Wolf’s Empire books?

Heck ya! If the fans want them then we have plans to take Accala as far as she can go.

How much is your main character Accala like your character Susan Ivanova?

They are both incredibly resilient, both emotionally and physically, which is why imagining a fight between them is difficult, especially since they are both stubborn and dislike losing!

They have a lot in common such as their inner strength, whether guided by the memories of people who have passed or a higher being, they both rely on a spiritual-inner life to give them strength in times and to talk to throughout trials.

They are both kick ass, fabulous, strong women who I find joy in bringing to life at first with JMS, the creator of Babylon 5, and now with my writing partner, Morgan Grant Buchanan.

Giveaway!

Courtesy of Tor, I also have a giveaway for you all! If you are now as excited about Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator as I am, don’t miss out :D. This giveaway is open to US/CAN addresses, the winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email, and I’ll be checking entries so be sure everything is correct.

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Debut Authors Bash – Traci Chee + The Reader Giveaway!

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Interview with Traci Chee Author of The Reader!

I’m so excited to have Traci Chee on the blog today discussing her upcoming debut novel, The Reader! In addition, there is an ARC giveaway at the bottom :D. Finally, if you are as excited about The Reader as I am, don’t miss The Reader box from Books on Dragonwings for SIX items themed after The Reader and a hardcover!!!!

The Reader has a lot of different stories wrapped together; did you have all these stories in mind when you started or did the interweaving grow from something more linear? [Read more…]

Ink and Bone giveaway

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Hello loves! I’m really excited to bring to you a giveaway of one of my favorite books of last year, Ink and Bone. The sequel, Paper and Fire, is coming out next month, so this is just in time for you to get caught up and barrel right on into book two :D

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

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The Last Star and Swag Giveaway!

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The Last Star by Rick Yancey

The Last Star by Rick Yancey Giveaway

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I’m so excited for the release of The Last Star and I’m doubly excited that I get to give one of you a finished copy and awesome swag!

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All the Birds in the Sky SIGNED Giveaway! (US/CAN)

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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

I’m beyond excited today to bring you a giveaway from Tor for two SIGNED copies of All the Birds in the Sky! If you’ve somehow missed this unique and beloved book, here’s the description:

All the Birds in the Sky

From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world–and the beginning of our future

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.

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Book Connection With Ella Martin: These Broken Stars + Giveaway!

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In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I’m welcoming Ella Martin (author of I Love Him, I Love Him Not) to the blog to discuss the wonderful romance in YA sci-fi These Broken Stars, one of my favorite books of 2013! She’s also giving away a copy of These Broken Stars so you can see how awesome it is :D.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerWhen I read science fiction, it’s always with a sense of awe. It’s hard enough to create multi-dimensional characters and a compelling plot. It’s another to do all that and build a detailed world with lush landscapes and futuristic technology. Add to that a swoony love story, and I’m left staring at the last page wondering how the author did it.

THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner was a delicious read. It’s the first book in the Starbound Trilogy, and this dual-narrative story admittedly sets up the story arc for the entire series, but it does so in a way that leaves you simultaneously satisfied and wanting more. And that’s a tough combination to master. We meet Lilac and Tarver on board the Icarus, a luxury space cruise liner, before the ship is torn out of hyperspace. They escape the ship together in a life pod, only to crash on an uncharted alien planet. [Read more…]