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ACE ROC Giveaway June July August

Welcome to the next installment of-‘what’s coming from Ace and Roc in the next few months. (I really need to think of a catchy name-) Drop a comment as to which 1 book you would want.

We’ve got 10 books to giveaway so please drop a comment with TWO pieces of information: the books you want now AND the August/September/October ACE ROC book you are most excited about. All the books in the giveaway are depicted in the cover slide. Enjoy! and good luck!


Thanks again to Dear Author for giving me this opportunity to let you know about some of our terrific forthcoming titles. As always, there are too many great books for me to mention all of them, so you can look at our site to see everything we publish.

June 2009

CARPE CORPUS by Rachel Caine (2 ARCS)

Technically this book is published by NAL Jam, since it’s Rachel’s YA series, but I’m sneaking it in here since most of her books are Roc. This is the latest of her Morganville Vampires novels, about Claire Danvers, a young woman who goes off to college in Texas-and discovers the entire town is run by vampires. The whole series is well-done and very entertaining, and this particular book features a vampiric version of a computer / artificial intelligence (note: it’s kind of steampunk-ish and absolutely fascinating), and there are developments in Claire and her boyfriend Shane’s relationship that you will not want to miss.

PHANTASM by Phaedra Weldon (2 ARCS)

This is urban fantasy with a twist: the smart and sassy heroine, Zoe Martinique, can leave her body behind and travel in the realm of the ghostly at will. In this installment, Zoe is trying to rescue her mother’s soul, still lost on the Abysmal plane. But to do so, she must team up with her nemesis-If you think you know where this is going, you may be surprised!

July 2009

DARKNESS CALLS by Marjorie M. Liu (1 ARC)

Marjorie has written a number of wonderful paranormal romances; DARKNESS CALLS is the second in her urban fantasy series about a demon hunter with some unusual guardians: tattoos that come to life at night. I love the opening of this one: “Zombies had a bad habit of shooting me in the head. Most of them knew better, but there was always that one who wanted to get lucky.”

SKINWALKER by Faith Hunter (2 ARCS)

Faith starts a new urban fantasy series with this novel. Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-‘a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires-‘and hunts the undead for a living. The author has a great eye for detail and the setting of New Orleans and the characters really come alive. Plus, how can you go wrong when the love interest is a hot Cajun biker!

August 20009

VANISHED by Kat Richardson (1 ARC)

Kat’s series is the closest to mystery, what we call urban fantasy noir, of all the fantasy writers I work with. Her heroine in this series, Harper Blaine, is an actual P.I. working in Seattle. She handled the usual small-time cases until she died-‘for two minutes. When she came back to life, she was different, and her new abilities as a Greywalker are landing her all sorts of "strange" cases involving the paranormal. There’s a wonderful sense of place in these books and the writing is terrific.

SKIN DEEP by Mark Del Franco (2 ARCS)

This is first in a new series that I describe as ALIAS, the paranormal version! Laura Blackstone is an intelligence agent with magic, and when she disguises herself, it’s more than a new outfit or a way or talking-‘with her glamour spells, she can choose exactly how she looks. Of course, with all these identities, it’s easy to lose sight of who she really is. One of my favorite moments is when Laura wakes up after an accident and almost at the same time she’s wondering where she is, she’s wondering who she is, as in, is she still glamoured or has she dropped her spell-‘and broken cover.

Anne Sowards is an executive editor at Penguin Group (USA) Inc., where she primarily acquires and edits fantasy and science fiction for the Ace and Roc imprints. Some of the great authors she works with include Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop, Ilona Andrews, Karen Chance, Jack Campbell, and Rob Thurman. When she’s not reading, she listens to Chinese rap and spends way too much time playing video games. Follow her at

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


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