Exclusive: The Raven’s Shadow cover reveal | ... →
Elspeth Cooper’s nove, The Raven’s Shadow, is book three of The Wild Hunt …
What are your favorite Night Shade authors up to? ... →
Notes, links, and news about your favorite Night Shade Books authors and what we’re up to now …
The Creepiest Photo Album Part IV - CVLT Nation →
- Blog - a long, dry spell, then the news rained... →
Thanks to hard work, several top-notch beta readers, and some sheer good luck, I finished my urban fantasy short story “Naked the Night Sings” and submitted it for consideration. I received my email confirmation on Friday …
[T]he importance of libraries in general is a very good story that is being very...– Michael Rosenblum (down the comment thread) So in a way this whole ordeal sort of begs the all important question: how do we effectively demonstrate the library’s value to demographics that do not necessarily need the library, i.e. rich white dudes? This case is even more complicated, as he seems...
Brenda Novak Auction | BookSworn →
Author Brenda Novak holds an annual auction to support diabetes research. This year, several members of BookSworn have offered up signed copies of their novels for Brenda’s auction. Some of these novels are first editions and will not be reprinted, so you’ve got a chance to bid on some real collector’s items. Hit the link to find out how to bid.
Mother's Day & Three Great Moms of SFF | ... →
At BookSworn, author Helen Lowe talks about Mother’s Day and great mom’s of SFF … Today is Mother’s Day— and that got me thinking about mothers in SFF. By which I mean, SFF stories that feature women specifically as mothers, and that capture, just a little, what it means to be a Mom— not just as a “bit part”, but as a central character in a novel-length work? Who immediately...
Tower Broken Cover Reveal | BookSworn →
The Tower Broken is the third novel in Mazarkis Williams’ superb Tower and Knife series (The Emperor’s Knife-Book 1 and Knife Sworn-Book 2).
Brenda Novak Auction | BookSworn →
The members of BookSworn have donated signed copies of their books for Brenda Novak’s auction to raise money for diabetes research. Check out how you can bid …
- Blog - Naked the Night Sings, a guest post at... →
a teaser for you … the opening paragraph from “Naked the Night Sings”: If color were sound, this would be a song of blue, low and sultry, bittersweet—but not a requiem. Not yet. These are merely the opening notes, the long low growl of a guitar, a player in pain, and he sings his song in a harmony of indigo and black.
The Brazen Bibliophiles of Timbuktu: How a Team of... →
willywaldo: When Abdel Kader Haidara was 17 years old, he took a vow. Among the families of Timbuktu with manuscript collections (and the Haidaras had one of the largest), it’s traditional for one family member from each generation to swear publicly that he will protect the library for as long as he lives. The families revere their manuscripts, even honoring them once a year through a holiday...
Argosian Dirigibles | BookSworn →
At the BookSworn blog, author Mary Victoria talks about the Argosian dirigibles in her Steampunk novels: One of the many satisfying things about creating a fantasy world is being given carte-blanche to imagine the gadgets and contraptions which might form a part of everyday life. These things naturally have a basis in ‘reality’ as it is presented in the story. People living in a gigantic tree...
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the...– Pablo Neruda, Sonnet XVII
You have a voice, you understand style, but you’ll never ever succeed,...– Manuel Torre, from a lecture given by the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca in 1933, Theory and Play of the Duende.
[Review] Miserere: An Autumn Tale by Teresa... →
My very first ever bilingual review of Miserere. It’s beautiful in French and in English. @idesanya Redemption—a review of Miserere: An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock. Have you ever experienced that single moment of destiny, fate, or whatever you chose to call it, when everything seems to come together to hand you the hard-earned fruit of your effort? …
FX Casts 'House of Cards' Star Cory Stoll in... →
FX has cast “House of Cards” star Cory Stoll as the lead in its drama pilot “The Strain,” based on the bestselling vampire novel trilogy from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.
The Ierusal Fragment at BookSworn
And now it is my turn to show you a secret inside my story. This is about the haunted city of Ierusal: “… in the night. Lehmert managed to get to the wall and saw the devastation. He spoke to a guard who said that reinforcements are engaged in heavy combat ten leagues south of us. They will not arrive … [Click here to read more …]
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we stood among secrets in the darkness in love
The Second City at BookSworn
Elspeth Cooper gives you a lyrical travel memoir about White Havens that leads you deeper into her world … Today I rose early to bright sunshine and the gentle plash of the cormorants fishing in the canal. I took my breakfast on the terrace, whilst they lined the balustrade like glossy black gargoyles, drying their wings in the morning sun. St Tamas’ Lock is pretty in the spring. The...
“What the hell is Yhor?” “I have no idea.” at...
Zachary Jernigan gives a refreshing take on writing fantasy and science fiction at BookSworn: Sometimes I feel like a traitor to my genre. As a fantasy author (or science fiction author, or science fantasy author, depending on who’s doing the defining) I’m kind of expected to fully inhabit the world in which I write. Readers assume — I think, anyway; please correct me if I’m wrong — that a...
Shadari Divining Elixir at BookSworn ...
Evie Manieri speaks of elixirs and the dangers of knowing the future inside her story, Blood’s Pride: Would you want to see the future, if you knew you couldn’t change it? That’s the question put forth by the priceless Shadari divining elixir sloshing around in Jachad’s little bottle; priceless, because when the Shadari priests threw themselves from the cliffs at the height of the...
'Here be Dragons': The Magic and Power of Maps at...
Helen Lowe talks about the fantasy maps that she uses in her inside her stories with a post at BookSworn: One of the great allures of Fantasy is the way it explores “wonder” and “possibility”, as well as the ability to simply have fun with “what if”—and nothing captures these elements better than the map. The blank spaces on the chart offer mystery, adventure and danger, while the map as a whole...
Moonwrought Pendant at BookSworn
Betsy Dornbusch brings us inside her debut fantasy, Exile, and tells us more about the moonwrought pendant: Moonwrought is the Akrasian term for a variety of platinum mined in a lower region of Brîn in the Rhial coastal hills. It’s called moonwrought for the enslaved Moonling tribes who mined and worked the metal, and for its likeness to the Seven Eyes, the moons representing the gods. It has...
Chris Bohjalian: "We Are Still the Mountain" →
willywaldo: In the coming days, Armenians around the world will come together to acknowledge what I have come to call “The Slaughter You Know Next to Nothing About.” April 24 marks the 98th anniversary of the night the Armenian religious and intellectual leaders were rounded up in Constantinople — and the start of the Armenian genocide. And yet most of North America probably can’t find...
Beer Bottle, circa 1970 or 680 BE at BookSworn
Mark Lawrence brings you an artifact from his world at BookSworn’s series “Inside the Story” … This artefact of the Builders was excavated at Roma and is part of the Pope’s collection of antiquities. Ceramics, glass, and some types of plasteek that have been kept out of the sun – these are what have survived the thousand years since the world changed. This bottle speaks...
At BookSworn, the outrider's best friend ...
At BookSworn, Courtney Schafer talks about the outrider’s best friend inside her stories: A pack llama! No, I’m kidding. (Though in a very early draft of The Whitefire Crossing, there was indeed a reference to llamas – which are far more nimble than mules and thus make much better pack animals when traveling off-trail in the mountains! My husband has always been sad I took that out. ”But...
The Game of Settu ... at BookSworn →
Games often reflect the mindset of a particular society. For example Monopoly is considered a quintessentially American game, as focused as it is on acquiring wealth and land. The way to win is to bankrupt everyone else, leaving yourself as the lone robber baron. Believe it or not many other cultures consider it an odd game, with odd goals, and not very much fun at all. As children we don’t...
I'm back on Tumblr ...
I’m giving Tumblr another shot. If you have a Tumblr blog, give me a follow so that I know you’re out there. That way I can give you a follow-back. So what is going to be here? Links to posts at my blog, BookSworn, and other teeny notes of interest. Essentially, it’s like the header says … the same rhetoric that is on my web site, only in smaller doses. If you want to...
Bastard Books: Review: MISERERE by Teresa Frohock →
bastardbooks: Originally posted at: http://bastardbooks.blogspot.com/2013/04/review-miserere-teresa-frohock.html Miserere: An Autumn Tale is the debut novel by Teresa Frohock, and it’s beautifully written as promised in the very first paragraph. In the midst of the oldest and longest war in…