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ACE/ROC Fall Fantastic Preview and Giveaway

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.

September 2009

HUNTING GROUND by Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs is familiar to the readers of Dear Author, so I won’t say too much about the plot. This is the latest in the "Alpha and Omega" series, featuring the mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. The story kicks off when Charles and Anna go to Seattle to present the North American wolves’ plan to "come out" to the public. This may not sound interesting on the surface, but you’re always in good hands with Patricia Briggs. When she first told me she wanted to write a novella about Charles for ON THE PROWL, I wasn’t sure, since he wasn’t the most immediately obvious character from the Mercy Thompson series to center a novella on. I should never have doubted-’I loved Charles and Anna so much I asked Patty if she’d like to tell more stories about them (which resulted in CRY WOLF and HUNTING GROUND).

ARIEL by Steven R. Boyett

The romantic elements in this are not a major part of the plot, and be warned, the ending is downright bittersweet, but I am so obsessed with it I could not resist sharing. I first read this book when I was around fourteen, and I fell completely in love with it-’I had never read anything quite like it, before or since. It’s essentially post apocalyptic fantasy, where suddenly all our tech stops working-’and magic does. It’s written in a gritty, realistic, and utterly believable way. And it’s about a young man named Pete Garey who managed to survive this Change and the madness that followed. He spent two years wandering and scavenging the near-deserted cities and towns alone, until the day he encountered an injured unicorn and an unlikely friendship was formed.

ARIEL has been out of print for years, but I never forgot it, and I was thrilled when I found out Steven Boyett had written a sequel (and that it was stellar). It’s been so exciting to be a part of bringing ARIEL and its sequel ELEGY BEACH (out November 09) to a new generation of readers.


Rob Thurman is best known for the Cal Leandros novels, a snarky, action-packed urban fantasy series featuring the half-human Cal and his brother Niko. With TRICK OF THE LIGHT, Rob begins a brand new series set in a different corner of the world-’Las Vegas.

Bar owner Trixa Iktomi deals in information, and she knows better than most that creatures beyond human understanding exist. After all, she’s got a few secrets herself. But while demons are sexy as all and useful sources to boot, they have a nasty habit of stealing souls and dealing in death and destruction. Las Vegas may be Sin City, but it’s still Trixa’s home, and she’s not about to let demons take over. So she and her friends make a habit out of–discouraging–the demons that overstep their bounds.

October 2009

ON THE EDGE by Ilona Andrews

First off, this is not a Kate Daniels book. But you should not let that stop you, because it is really, really good. It’s got a stronger romance component than the Kate books, and plenty of the terrific worldbuilding and characterization that Ilona Andrews is known for. It’s about a young woman named Rose Drayton who lives between worlds, on the border between the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at WalMart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). She’s been struggling, working a minimum wage job in the Broken just to get by, when Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into the Edge on the trail of dark magical creatures-’and into Rose’s life.

QUATRAIN by Sharon Shinn

I am a big Sharon Shinn fan (with a special fondness for her Samaria novels, where angelic beings take human lovers), and I am really excited about Quatrain. It’s a collection of four romantic fantasy novellas, each set in one of the different worlds she has created (including Samaria!). Sharon’s books are an irresistible blend of fantasy, romance, and adventure, and this book is a great way for readers to sample her different worlds.

November 2009


This is the latest in Devon’s Allie Beckstrom series, and these just keep getting better and better. Allie lives in an alternate Portland, Oregon, where the use of magic is as commonplace as electricity. But in Allie’s world, the price you pay for using magic doesn’t come out of your checking account, but your body and soul. Every time she casts a spell she’ll pay for it with a migraine, a fever-’or the memory of her first kiss. In fact earlier in the series, she lost the memory of the man she fell in love with, and in this book Allie’s taking steps toward redeveloping her relationship with the mysterious, sexy, Zayvion Jones-’while dealing with the ghost of her father.

HEART’S BLOOD by Juliet Marillier

Juliet writes beautiful historical romantic fantasy, and HEART’S BLOOD is no exception. I really go for stories with new takes on fairy tales, and in fact the first book of Juliet’s I read was DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST. I was attracted to it because it’s a loose retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales, the one about the girl whose brothers are transformed into swans.

Like DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST, this book is set in ancient Ireland. And it also has elements of a fairy tale-’in this case, "Beauty and the Beast". Caitrin is a young scribe forced to flee her abusive relatives. She finds shelter in the fortress of a cursed chieftain-’but to free him, she must first unravel the web of sorcery woven by his ancestors.


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

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We are giving away the following:

HUNTING GROUND / Patricia Briggs (2 finished copies, 1 ARC)
ARIEL / Stephen R. Boyett (2 finished copies)
TRICK OF THE LIGHT / Rob Thurman (3 ARCs)
ON THE EDGE / Ilona Andrews (3 ARCs)
QUATRAIN / Sharon Shinn (3 ARCs)
HEART’S BLOOD / Juliet Marillier (3 ARCs)

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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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