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What’s New for Spring from Ace/Roc

  NOTE: This post will close it’s comments Tuesday at 8 PM CST and the winners will be posted in the A.M. on Wednesday

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 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.

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


  1. bridget3420
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 20:14:08

    Magic Strikes and Darkborn would be my picks

  2. Kathy
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 20:15:28

    Well, I’ve had magic strikes pre-ordered pretty much since the day it popped up on amazon. Release day’s almost here. Yay!

    I guess I’ll have to go with Sins and Shadows and Darkborn because both of those authors are new to me and the books sound very intriguing.


  3. Lynette
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 20:17:25

    Deathwise and Darkborne please.

    Thank you for doing this.

  4. Rochelle
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 20:29:21

    I’ve been waiting for Magic Strikes since last year and Sin and Shadows sounds fascinating.

    Thanks Ace/Roc!

  5. Jeanie
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 20:31:12

    Darkborn – Alison Sinclair
    Blue Diablo – Ann Aguirre

    Thank you

  6. Patrice
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 20:32:56

    I’d love to try Deathwish by Rob Thurman and Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews, but actually they all sound great! thanks for a list of new authors for me to try!


  7. Rena M.
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 20:44:56

    Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop and Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews. Thanks for having the contest!!

  8. Sherry Thomas
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 20:55:43

    Huh, which are the big names in Chinese rap, that I’d like to know. :-)

  9. carol
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 21:04:25

    The Shadow Queen and Darkborn. I’m a great fan of Anne Bishop (love all her Black Jewels books. Am now reading The Invisible Ring, then it’s on to Tangled Webs) and I’ve love to try the fantasy by Lyn Benedict. As you might have noticed, I’m not a great fan of urban fantasy…

  10. Holly Z
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 21:15:50

    I would love Blue Diable and Sins & Shadows!

    The cover for Darkborn looks amazing but I’m not a big fan of true fantasy.

  11. Janet H
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 21:18:31

    Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre and Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
    I’m hooked on Ann’s Jax and would like to try Ms. Andrews.

  12. Erika R
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 21:22:42

    Blue Diablo and Sins & Shadows both sound good. Thanks for the chance!

  13. Sue
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 21:29:26

    Two choose which ones are my top two. I am anxiously waiting for Magic Strikes and Darkborn. All the covers look gorgeous. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  14. MaryK
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 21:30:35

    I’m already buying Blue Diablo and Magic Strikes so if I’m lucky enough to win I’d like to give Darkborn and The Shadow Queen a try.

  15. Eshani
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 21:34:38

    I’ve been waiting for Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre..and I would love to try Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews. Thanks for having such a great contest!

  16. Jennifer B
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 22:00:01

    I’ve never read any of these authors but I’m game to try one of them.

    Darkborn and Blue Diablo both sound really good.

  17. Jackie B
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 22:03:19

    I’ve been waiting on Blue Diablo and Darkborn looks amazing. Wonderful contest!

  18. jessica
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 22:33:26

    Sin and Shadows and Magic Strikes

    I already read Deathwish–thought it was excellent :)

  19. an
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 22:48:06

    my vote? sinclair and aguirre.
    I LOVE ANN AGUIRRE so much it’s a little hysterical, and Sinclair’s book sounds fascinating.

    fyi – ebooks that can be read on a mac are perfectly fine with me.

  20. Renee G
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 22:50:45

    I’m really looking forward to reading Magic Strikes.


  21. Katee R
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 23:19:32

    I’m definitely buying Ann Aguirre’s book so I pick the two who I’ve never heard of before this:

    Sin & Shadows


  22. Mary M.
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 23:23:08

    I love that contest! Plenty of new book recs for me, yum yum! The two that interest me the most, out of that list, would be Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews (I have the first 2 books and I’m just waiting to find the time to read them) and Sins & Shadows by Lyn Benedict. Never heard of that author before but I like the premise of the book. Plus, apparently, it’s a new series.

    I just noticed the poll at the side and I don’t care about the imprint of a book, but I do like Roc because I’m an unconditional Harry Dresden fan. These books are fantastic.

  23. shiegra
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 23:33:30

    Ilona Andrews’ Magic Strikes and Sins and Shadows. I’ve been biting my nails in impatience for Magic Strikes!

  24. danni t
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 23:54:44

    Since I’ve never read anything by them before I’ll pick Sin and Shadows by Lyn Benedict and Darkborn by Alison Sinclair.

  25. MWest
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 00:11:22

    Darkborn and The Shadow Queen look awesome.

  26. Missy_g
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 01:26:01

    I cannot wait for both Deathwish and Magic Strikes! All the rest look very interesting as well.

  27. Dawn M.
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 02:01:49

    I would love to have Magic Strikes and Deathwish. Great contest!

    Thanks! :0)

  28. BlueRose
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 02:13:34

    Thanks for the recommendations, a few of these books and authors I havent heard of.

    I dont know if I qualify for the giveaway seeing as I am halfway round the world, but if I do I would love to win:

    The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop

    (she is one of my top 5 authors and I LOVE the Black Jewels series TO DEATH!)

    Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre (the reviews on here have made me curious about this author and I am going go buy the first one of her other series when I have some spare cash)

  29. Ayesha
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 02:51:52

    I would absolutely love to win Darkborn by Alison Sinclair AND Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre . Thank you so much!
    Peace and Blessings,

  30. Caffey
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 03:30:53

    Hard to pick two! I love reading new to me authors as well so its great to see those!

    I’d love to be in for any including these two:
    BLUE DIABLE by Ann Aguirre
    DARKBORN by Alison Sinclair

    Thanks bunches

  31. white_unicorn
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 07:16:32

    hope I’m not too late….

    I am actualy panting to get my hands on Ilona Andrew’s Magic Strike and since I have to enter 2 books…I’d like to read Darkborn by Alison Sinclair.

    Thank you so very much…

    Athena – White Unicorn – Greece

  32. CrystalGB
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 07:35:38

    I would love to read Lyn Benedict’s Sins & Shadows and Ann Aguirre’s Blue Diablo. Thank you for the giveaway.

  33. Diane V
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 07:46:52

    Would love to be able to get my hands on Magic Strikes or Blue Diablo.

    Thanks for the giveaway and Happy St. Patty’s Day to all.

  34. Janicu
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 08:21:52

    There’s a bunch of entries already, wow. I’d pick Sins & Shadows by Lyn Benedict and The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop.

  35. jessica
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 09:19:28

    Ooh – they all sound good – I am waiting for Magic Strikes & Darkborn sounds very interesting. I would love to recieve those two if I win. If not, I will have to put them on my wishlist! I have already read Shadow Queen and plan on buying the Deathwish, so this list is apparently made just for me :).

  36. Sandra Rosa
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 09:36:39

    I’m eagerly awaiting Magic Strikes and Sins & Shadows sounds good!!! :)

  37. jillyfae
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 10:47:35

    Blue Diablo and Shadow Queen pretty please.

  38. Jessica
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 11:49:47

    I would love Deathwish by Rob Thurman and The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop. Thanks!

  39. hanne
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 12:09:54

    Woo, new giveaway!

    I have already bought the Anne Bishop book, so I think I’ll go for
    – Darkborn by Alison Sinclair
    – Sins & Shadows by Lyn Benedict

  40. Shay T
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 12:17:37

    I would love a copy of Sins & Shadows and The Shadow Queen. *crosses fingers*

  41. Michelle M
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 12:57:40

    OOOOHH… Count me in for The Shadow Queen and Magic Strikes. Love both these authors!!

  42. Tamara
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 13:51:36

    Blue Diablo and The shadow Queen sound very interesting

  43. Becky V
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 14:08:31

    Magic Strikes and Deathwish.

    Two of my favorite authors!

  44. Anji
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 14:47:35

    I discovered both Ilona Andrews and Ann Aguirre through Dear Author, so now I’m eagerly awaiting Magic Strikes and Blue Diablo. I wonder what Kate is up to now, and Ann Aguirre’s new series sounds very interesting!

  45. Jenny Schwartzberg
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 15:51:39

    Ann Aguirre’s Blue Diablo sounds great. I enjoyed the Sirantha Jax books so I’m sure this will be good too. I have a soft spot for psychic/fantasy/scifi detectives so Lyn Benedict’s Sins and Shadows really tempts me. Fingers crossed!!!

  46. Julie
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 16:14:43

    For me…

    Deathwish by Rob Thurman (loved the previous books in this series!) and Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre

  47. Athena
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 16:34:32

    I’d love to have Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews and Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre

  48. Ericka
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 17:05:26

    I would love to have Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre and Sin & Shadows by Lyn Benedict. I have discovered that I enjoy dark/gritty Urban Fantasy and would like to read more of Ann Aguirre and try a new (to me) author in Lyn Benedict.
    Thanks :)

  49. Kristi
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 18:53:30

    I would like to win either Darkborn or The Shadow Queen.

    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  50. Tili
    Mar 17, 2009 @ 18:54:00

    I’d like Blue Diablo or Darkborn.

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