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I have TEN ACE/ROC titles (1 will be an ebook copy) scheduled to be published in March, April and May including Anne Bishop, Ann Aguirre, and Ilona Andrews. Anne Soward, editor of ACE/ROC, has donated these books to giveaway to highlight some of their spring titles. Play the slideshow (there is a 4 sec delay) or click through the covers and then take a look at the highlights below. Drop a note in the comments with the title of two books you would like and anything else you think ACE/ROC should know. Winners will be picked at random.
We have lots of exciting books coming from Ace and Roc in the next few months! (Too many, in fact, to tell you about all of them-‘check out our website http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/specialinterests/scifi/index.html for more info on our upcoming releases.)
Thanks to Jane for giving me this opportunity to share some details on our forthcoming books with Dear Author readers.
In March 2009:
The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop.
- This is a new Black Jewels novel, set in the violently passionate, darkly erotic world ruled by the Blood, a race of witches and warlocks whose power is channeled through magical jewels. It features an unusual heroine for a Black Jewels novel-‘a lighter-jeweled Queen (which in the world of the Blood, means she has less magical power). If you have not read Anne Bishop, she is really special-‘and her world, where the High Lord of Hell is counted among the heroes, turns fantasy tropes on their head. Start with Daughter of the Blood, the first of the Black Jewels novels.
Deathwish by Rob Thurman
- This is the latest in the Cal Leandros series, an incredibly clever, snarky, and action-packed urban fantasy series about Cal, his half-brother Niko, and their friends (and enemies), all set in a New York City where a troll lives under the Brooklyn Bridge and a vampire lives in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. It’s got a little bit of Supernatural in it, plus it’s hugely entertaining in its own right, so fans of the TV show should definitely check Rob Thurman’s books out.
In April 2009:
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
- Kate Daniels is back for her next adventure in this follow up to Magic Bites and Magic Burns. In an alternate Atlanta, magic comes and goes like the tide, and Kate is a mercenary who makes her living cleaning up the paranormal problems (and monsters) left behind when magic recedes. In addition to tough girl Kate herself, this series also addresses her developing relationship with Curran, the leader of Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapechangers, and features some seriously scary vampires, unlike any I’ve ever read about before. (They are monsters, not sexy love interests, in case there was any doubt!) Ilona’s books usually have a touch of unusual or non-western folklore, and MAGIC STRIKES takes on the Rakshasas of Hindu legend.
Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre
- For those of you who know Ann Aguirre for her romantic science fiction, she’s launching a new urban fantasy series in April-‘and she continually impresses me with how she handles both science fiction and fantasy with ease. Her Sirantha Jax science fiction series totally sold me in spite of my prejudice against books written in the present tense. (Ann is still writing the Jax novels, never fear.) Her new urban fantasy series is about Corine Solomon, a "handler" who can touch objects and know their history. It’s got a strong voice and a unique setting, with a fantastic southwestern flavor. When the book opens, Corine is an ex-pat living in Mexico-‘her former lover shows up needing her help to track down a missing person and she goes with him to Laredo, Texas. Demons, zombies, ghosts, and black magic ensue!
In May 2009:
Sins & Shadows by Lyn Benedict
- This is the first in a dark urban fantasy series, about Sylvie Lightner, an unlicensed PI working in south Miami Beach. Sylvie specialized in cases involving the paranormal world, but after one of her employees is murdered, she’s ready to close up shop. Then a man claiming to be a god shows up, and tells Sylvie she has to find his missing lover, or Sylvie-‘and the world-‘will pay the price. Sylvie is definitely a character with issues to work through (which makes the book all the more interesting), and I absolutely love the characterization of the Furies (assigned to help out Sylvie by the god), and Sylvie’s ex, a government agent who’s the son of the Sphinx. (Oh, and in case you flip out like I did, the author assures me that the event at the end of the book is not as it seems. . . .)
Darkborn by Alison Sinclair
- This is NOT an urban fantasy. (I know you thought it was all I handled, but not true! <g>) This is actually a gorgeously written sophisticated fantasy, set in a Regency-flavored society where centuries ago a powerful spell divided the people of the city of Minhorne into the Darkborn, who are killed by the touch of sunlight, and the Lightborn, who cannot abide darkness. Balthasar Hearne is a Darkborn physician, and his wife Telmaine is a noblewoman hiding a secret: she’s a powerful mage, which is completely unacceptable in Darkborn society. Balthasar’s delivery of a noblewoman’s twins-‘who can see, something unheard of among the Darkborn-‘draws him deeper into a web of political intrigue and magical attacks; while Telmaine’s chance encounter with Ishmael di Studier, a minor Baron ostracized for using magic, leads her to confront a power she neither wants nor can control. It’s involving, emotionally wrenching, and a ripping good read.
Anne Sowards is a senior editor at Penguin Group (USA) Inc. She has worked on Ace science fiction & fantasy since 1996, and on Roc science fiction & fantasy since December 2003. She edits a number of great authors, including Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop, Jack Campbell, and Karen Chance. When she’s not reading, she listens to Chinese rap and spends way too much time playing video games.