Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Guest Post: Michael J. Sullivan – Editing: Traditional vs Self-published

Please welcome Michael J. Sullivan, author of The Riyria Revelations fantasy series which is now being released by Orbit. The first Orbit release is Theft of Swords which collects the novels The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha. Just read it and found it to be quite awesome.

In any case, both Mihir and I are glad to have Michael here as he shares with us his experience with the editing process:
Michael J. Sullivan – Editing: Traditional vs Self-published

Hello, my name is Michael J. Sullivan, and I’ve written a six-book fantasy series, The Riyria Revelations. I’m one of the few authors that have seen both sides of the publishing fence. I’ve self-published five of my six books and now these same works are being re-released by Orbit as a trilogy.  Bastard, (wow it’s strange typing that without feeling like I’m being insulting), asked me here today to peel back the veil and talk a bit about editing…in particular how it differs between the two worlds.

To understand the editing process, I’d like to first take a minute to talk about the differences between talent and skill. While I’m sure people could debate the subtle nuances all day, let me at least lay out my particular beliefs so you know where I’m coming from. By my definition talent is something that you are born with…it is inherent in you and cannot be taught. Skill, on the other hand, is the component that you learn, and in fact it improves with practice. When you learn techniques, you are adding to your skill set. The ability to conceive an idea from nothingness is a trait that all sentient beings possess, but not all people can take an idea and develop it into a compelling medium.  A person can imagine a beautiful scene in their head, but to be able to recreate that on canvas, so that others can experience the same image, requires talent and skill.

So, why did I bother bringing up talent and skill? Well as it turns out, for me at least, it aligns pretty nicely with the types of editing that every book should go through.  The first type of editing is developmental and revolves around the story as a whole. The developmental editor’s job is to make sure that the books are well paced, the characters are realistic, and any potential plot holes are firmly plugged. The developmental editor is primarily focusing on the talent portions of the book…basically concentrating on the storytelling elements.

Copy editing (or line editing) concerns itself primarily with the skill portion. During copy editing, an awkward sentence may be restructured, homophone errors corrected, and commas are added and removed in great number. It is the copy editors job to make sure that the books are free of all grammatical errors and reads smoothly.

There is a debate these days about whether authors should self-publish or go traditional, and there are valid points on either side. Self-publishing provides for complete freedom and a higher per book income, but traditional rules in two very important areas: distribution and editing.

To even consider the possibility of self-publishing I think you have to have a hearty dose of talent…in other words your storytelling better hold up well on its own without the need of much developmental editing. Most self-publishers rely on a trusted partner (in my case this is my wife), and fellow writer friends, generally through critique groups. To hire a developmental editor, if you can find a good one, is VERY expensive. In many ways, it’s like the posh restaurant with no prices…if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it. If you look critically at your book, and conclude you need a developmental editor, then I don’t think self-publishing is the right choice for you.

Copy editing is another matter altogether. This is a skill that many people do, both full- and part-time, and it can be hired at a reasonable cost. While most often this work is done by professionals, I’ve also found some of the best line editors come from astute readers with a high sensitivity to errors. The problem with copy editing is that I’ve never found a single person that finds ALL the little nits. When you think about it there are literally millions of possible errors in a book of 100,000 words.  Everything from punctuation of a dialog tag verses an action tag, to making sure that titles in apposition are lower case while those used in direct address are capitalized.  To have a well copy edited book will require more than one person, and hiring multiple people will drive up the book’s cost.

Traditional publishing is going to have both types of editors on staff and working to make your book the best it can be. I’ve read many a blog post where authors rave about the contributions of their developmental editors, and how their books were tremendously improved because of their hard work. To be honest the Orbit books are actually very similar to my self-published versions, but there are a number of reasons for this: a tight deadline, existing fans, interwoven plot elements, and the fact that I liked them the way they were ;-). Still, there have been some nice changes that came about, and I can’t adequately sing the praises of just how good the copy editing and proofing folks were.

So there you have it: Editing 101 from both a self-published and traditional published viewpoint. For me, writing a book is easy, but it is the editing that takes the real time.  I’ve been known to write a book in a month, and then spend six to nine months editing it. For any aspiring authors out there I hope this helps…and please, if you do plan on self-publishing, don’t scrimp on the editing. You have the responsibility to put out a book of the highest possible quality…yes it will take a great deal of effort, and that is one of the disadvantages of self-publishing, but it is a crucial component and one corner you simply can’t cut.

Thanks Michael once again for stopping by, it's appreciated. For those of you who haven't bought a copy yet of his books, make sure to do so: Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire, and Heir of Novron.

Please visit his website and blog for more information.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Bastard Reaction: Betrayal - A Demon Squad Story by Tim Marquitz

As I've mentioned multiple times before, I'm a big fan of Tim Marquitz's urban fantasy series, Demon Squad featuring Frank Triggs. Recently a short story titled Betrayal set in this world was released, this one with a side-character as it's narrator; Scarlett who's Frank's angelic cousin.

In Betrayal we find Scarlett in Heaven after the events of Armageddon Bound as she ruminates on her life and on how the situation has progressed to its current state. And then the fun begins. Betrayal is a two scene story which comes off as a "thank you" from the author for fans of the series, and as an opportunity to see the world from a different set of eyes than that of Frank. More than anything, Betrayal is the perfect setup for the next release At the Gates as the events lead right up to the start of the book, but also it sets the right atmosphere, a more serious one, making a smoother transition.

Additionally to Betrayal, Tim has also included another short story in this release, this one featuring Frank in the Prohibition era in what I can only explain as an amusing story with a Valentine's Day inclination. Fans of mob history should get a kick out of it. This one is called Prohibition Black and Blues.

Both can be read and obtained freely by following any of the following links:

Keep an eye out for the next Demon Squad adventure with At the Gates, which is going to be released in a few days, December 1, 2011. It's the best one yet. Looks like the Kindle version is available already.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Update on the Twenty Palaces prequel by Harry Connolly

A few weeks ago, I reviewed Circle of Enemies by Harry Connolly, third book in the Twenty Palaces series. While I enjoyed the book very much, was saddened to learn that Del Rey had decided not to continue with the series. It's with great joy that I just stumbled into a self-published prequel to the series which recently came out, titled the same as the series, Twenty Palaces. Really like the cover too.

Here's the book's description:
When Ray Lilly was 13 years old, a handgun accident landed his best friend, Jon Burrows, in a wheelchair and turned Ray into a runaway and petty criminal. Fifteen years later, Ray returns home after a stint in prison; he’s determined to go straight, but he knows he can’t do that without making peace with his old friend.
What Ray doesn’t expect is to discover that Jon has just received a mysterious cure–not only is he out of his wheelchair, he seems stronger and faster than… well, pretty much anyone. Worse, his cure has drawn all sorts of unwanted attention: the media are camped out on his block, the police are investigating him for insurance fraud, and weird shadowy figures have begun to draw closer, figures who clearly do not mean to do Jon any good.
Can Ray atone for the biggest mistake of his life by protecting his oldest and best friend? What’s more, should he?
Very much looking forward to reading this. Hopefully there's a lot of positive reaction to this and plenty of sales so that we can motivate Harry for even more Twenty Palaces awesomeness sooner rather than later.

It's only available as an ebook, so please visit Harry Connolly's blog for more info on this book and for buy links:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bastard Reaction: Hellbent by Cherie Priest

I really enjoyed Bloodshot by Cherie Priest published earlier this year, first of the Cheshire Red Reports. It was fun, fast moving, and some good action. Was excited to learn a sequel was due out months later, one that I read recently. Hellbent continues the story of Raylene Pendle, an OCD vampire and master thief.

After the events of Bloodshot, we see Raylene in a more domestic setting living what can be construed as a family life. She gets contracted to steal mystical penis bones, which doesn't go as planned. Complicating matters, the patriarch from Ian's vampire house is murdered, making Ian next in line to become head of the house, something he can't do since he would get killed himself because of his current handicap. Yet, there are people who could get targeted if he doesn't avail himself, people he cares for. It's up to Raylene to figure out a way around this, travelling to California to investigate the matter. All the while, trying to recover the mystical penis bones in the hands of a crazy sorceress fueling her magic to disastrous proportions.

Hellbent was a fun roadtrip of a book, sadly it was simply that and left me wanting for something more. I really enjoy Raylene as a narrator, which I find to be pretty much the most important aspect in a first person narration. Not only that the book is filled with some good dialogue and plenty of fun banter with other characters. The problem was that the book's plot was lacking and the action very much subdued, particularly when compared with Bloodshot.

I thought the best aspect of the book was Adrian, a Marine drag-queen who has become Raylene's sidekick. He's fairly badass, plus there's some cool banter with Raylene making the novel quite the fun read. But other than that, there wasn't much here. My other problem was that the resolution to the plot was heavily hinted at in the middle of the book, which made the ending quite predictable. Not only that, events occur in quite a convenient manner for our heroes, particularly towards the end. The book has some good humor, but it becomes a bit repetitive after a while so it got old for me fairly quickly.

Action-wise, which was one of the main draws of the first book and what many had praised Bloodshot for, was also scant. Though, at the risk of contradicting myself, there was still quite a bit of action. Problem was when the action was featured it wasn't as exciting as the first book. The sense of tension and danger was not present in this book, something which I thought Bloodshot did quite well.

Hate to be negative on this book because it's still an enjoyable read that I'm sure plenty urban fantasy readers would enjoy, but can't help feeling disappointed with the lackluster plot which didn't grab me. The novel itself serves more as a bridge novel to what is to come, and I'm still looking forward to reading more in the series now that the pieces are in their respective places. Sadly, I just learned that Cherie Priest only has a two book contract for this series, and it's unknown whether she'll be able to return to this series.

As mentioned before, I very much enjoy Raylene as a narrator, a very much needed bright-spot for this book. She comes off as this person you just met in the bar, who is a bit nuts, but there's an instant connection and you became quick best friends. There's an intimacy in the way she narrates, as she was speaking directly at you over a bottle of wine (I'd say beer, but Raylene prefers her wine).

Hellbent is simply quite an entertaining lighthearted roadtrip of a book with an OCD vampire which plenty will enjoy. Those looking for something more, particularly a strong plot, will have some trouble with it. In any case, hoping for more as I'm sure that series will get better from here, and hopefully back to the form we found in Bloodshot.

Buy Hellbent from The Book Depository.

Please visit Cherie Priest's website for more information.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bastard Reaction: Demonized by Naomi Clark

Ethan Banning is back and on the verge of a psychotic break. We first saw him as a side-character in Afterlife, reviewed here, first of the Shoregrave series. The Demonized novella can be considered a loose sequel, as it take place not long after the events of Afterlife and Ethan is now dealing with the aftermath of those events.

Hoping for a return to normalcy and leave the supernatural world behind, Ethan is back in his city doing his usual PI work. He's on a missing person case, when he stumbles into the person's dead body where he soon realizes something supernatural was involved. Together with police detective Anna Radcliffe, he tries to figure out what happened to the victim. Problem is that he's battling a demon possession who's trying to take control of his body and mind. Ethan's sanity is degenerating, filled with thoughts of rape, torture, and murder and it's taking every ounce of his will to keep himself from acting on his psychotic desires.

I found Demonized to be a quite a cool novella, and I just love Ethan Banning as a character. His psychosis aside, he really embodies what I imagine many private eyes to be. He comes off as a man's man hardboiled detective, nosy, rude, and completely politically incorrect. A bit of a sleaze bag too. But I found him quite likable; he has his charm I think.

Demonized suffered from some of the same problems I noticed in Afterlife, in particular that the mystery was predictable. The good thing in Demonized, is that all told the mystery is secondary to what is going inside Ethan Banning's head. His psychosis makes him a very unpredictable character, which I think balances out the predictability of the mystery. Also had a few problems with some character decisions towards the end that I thought were a bit out of character, but they were grounded on despair, impatience, and on the edge of sanity so in certain angles they make better sense.

The book is quite twisted, has plenty of disturbing scenes, some that I'm sure won't sit well with more sensitive readers. Some are just plain gross as we see Ethan feeding the demon with sick images in the hopes that it'll satisfy itself enough to not attack Ethan's mind. I thought it was very interesting ride.

I loved reading Demonized, though I'm not much for reading short stories and novellas. Enjoying a lot being inside a narrator's head who's a sociopath or has psychotic tendencies; characters like Dexter Morgan, John Cleaver, and Jorg Ancrath have become favorites. So glad I can add Ethan Banning to the mix. Looking forward to reading further adventures into his mind.

You can buy Demonized here.

Please visit Naomi Clark's website and blog for more information on this series and others.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bastard Giveaway: Half-Past Dawn & Burned

Last week the @BastardBooks twitter account reached 300 followers, while the GFC reached 100 followers. As a thank you, we at Bastard Books decided to do a giveaway for a couple of thriller books which seem interesting. Hope they're to your liking.

The books are a hardcover copy of Half-Past Dawn by Richard Doetsch and a trade paperback copy of Burned by Thomas Enger.

Participants have to be 18 years of age or older to participate. Void where prohibited by law. Giveaway rules are subject to change. 

The giveaway is open for US mailing addresses only, and it will run from November 15, 2011 until 11:59pm ET on November 27, 2011.

How to participate:
  • To enter the giveaway, just place a comment in this post declaring intention to participate.
  • One entry per person, or face disqualification.
  • Make sure to provide an email address to which I can contact you.
  • Entries accepted until 11:59pm ET on November 27, 2011
  • Winners will be chosen by random sorting entries, and then using a random number generator.
  • There will be two winners, one book per winner.
  • The first winner will choose the book he prefers, and the second winner will take the remaining one.
  • Will have to confirm email to be considered a winner within a week after November 27, 2011.

Additional entries may be had by doing the following:
This time I'm giving additional bonus entries to GFC and Twitter followers since this giveaway is a thanks to them.
  • Follow me on my blog publicly so that you appear on Google Friend Connect to get 2 additional entries. Make sure to provide your GFC username.
  • Follow me on twitter, @BastardBooks to get 2 additional entries. Make sure to provide your twitter username.
If you do the steps above, and only by doing those steps, you'd end up with the possibility of 5 total entries:
+1 Comment Entry
+2 Google Friend Connect (Mention your GFC username)
+2 Twitter Follower (Mention your twitter username)

Even though you don't get an additional entry, consider subscribing to my Facebook Bastard Books page.

For those who have trouble with posting comments, feel free to email me at bastardgiveaway @ gmail with all the information depicted above, and I'll manually make your comment entry for you personally.

Thanks, and good luck!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bastard Reaction: Circle of Enemies by Harry Connolly

The Twenty Palaces series by Harry Connolly has been a favorite of mine for the past two years. It was with great anticipation that I was waiting for the third installment, Circle of Enemies. Then Borders went under, my pre-order got cancelled, and then it took me a while to find a copy for me. Finally managed to read the book a few weeks ago, and needless to say it didn't disappoint.

Ray Lilly is back, struggling with the events and horrors he has experienced and took part of in the previous two novels. Horrors that almost no one would be able to cope with, and even with his current instability it's to his credit and strength that he hasn't completely lost his mind yet. Early on he gets a visit from his past, an acquaintance and friend, who delivers a message to him which accuses him of killing her others from his previous gang. She disappears right after. Trying to make sense of what he just witnessed, he travels to California to confront his past, figure out what is happening and how exactly is he responsible for their deaths, and find out if they're dead at all.

Circle of Enemies is a novel in which we really get to learn who Ray is and who he used to be. He has to deal with former friends, some of who he no longer recognizes, and doesn't know who he can trust as he faces off against an enemy which might just be the most dangerous of any he might ever encounter. During this he's questioning his role with the Twenty Palaces Society, and questioning the role of the society itself on the world.

What has attracted me to this series, and what I've enjoyed the most, is how horrific and disturbing some of the events and situations are. They often feed off some of our inner most fears, and in Circle of Enemies it's no different, though a bit more toned down from the previous two novels. What Connolly also has done very well is create an atmosphere of helplessness, centered around these fears, and it's an interesting dynamic of how our heroes go about handling the situations.

Moral and ethical dilemmas are often in play, weighted against interests of both a micro and macro scale. It's interesting to see where our heroes draw the line because if children need to get killed to save the world, for example, our heroes may very well just go and kill these children. And it's never pretty. It's choices like this one which has Ray in a foul emotional state in this book, dealing with the aftermath of various horrific choices and actions he's had to take to solve problems by means he's not proud of. This time it's people form his past that are in the line of fire, so the personal stakes are even higher.

Ray Lilly is an interesting narrator, in many ways atypical to what I've usually read in urban fantasy. He's not a charismatic narrator. It reminds me in some ways of Connor Grey from Mark del Franco's series, but without the light humor. For the most part, never getting too high or too low emotionally. In many manners he comes off as indifferent, which is just an illustration of how he has insulated himself to protect his sanity and also a portrayal of how he has a new perspective of the world. He's had to re-prioritize the facets of his life.

Circle of Enemies addresses some concerns and complaints by some readers, which was nice to see. Ray Lilly gets a bit of a power-up which I'm looking forward to see how it works out. Also, we get a much better sense of direction and the picture is getting clear about where the journey is heading and how the world works. In many ways, this is a book about origins.

Harry Connolly writes another winning novel in the Twenty Palaces series, and I'm sure Circle of Enemies won't disappoint fans of said series. Sadly, as I was reading this book I got news that Del Rey had cancelled the series, which you can read about in Connolly's blog. This was a series that had pretty much exactly what I want to read in an urban fantasy, so I've taken the news a bit hard. Regardless, a series that I would recommend despite this because I think the way Circle of Enemies ended, though a bit open ended, it gives a clear and satisfying picture of where our characters are heading and on the series as a whole. Looking forward to future projects by Harry Connolly, and crossing my fingers on an eventual reunion with Ray Lilly and company.

You can buy Circle of Enemies from The Book Depository.

Make sure to visit Harry Connolly on his website and his blog.

Update on the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews (by Mihir)

Originally the Kate Daniels series was going to be seven books long, however earlier this year the authors found that they would need the Andrea/Raphael spinoff novel to occur before the next book (Kate 6) for it to work, as detailed in this announcement over here. This was the original release schedule:

1) Andrea book—5/31/2012
2) Kate 6—2/2013
3) Jim/Dali book or Kate 7—Late 2013/2014

However due to a recent family emergency, the authors have revealed that the Andrea book will now be released somewhere in August 2012 and that way the next Kate Daniels book will also be release later than the planned release in February 2013. Their publishers have been very flexible with them and also helped them in this regard, so kudos to them.

Bastard and me would like to send our most sincere good wishes to both Ilona & Gordon and also their family members in this time of personal emergency, hoping that the emergency passes and they become well again. Hoping for the best, and we exhort people show patience and give their support to the Andrews in their time of need.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bastard Giveaway: Winner Updates on Blog Hop, Den of Thieves, and The Iron Elves

Before getting to the winners, let me remind you guys that we have a giveaway that ends November 4 at 11:59pm ET. It's a great giveaway by an awesome author, one signed copy of both Mind Games and Double Cross by Carolyn Crane. Also a very fun author guest post:
Guest Post & Giveaway: Underutilized goblins, demons, spirits by Carolyn Crane

As for the winners of the giveaways, it's been a while coming, but everyone should have received their winnings. If you haven't, please contact me either by commenting here including your email address, or just send me an email. The delay for making this post was mainly due to the amount of winners I had on the Falling into Books Blog Hop giveaway, a bit of a pain in the ass to coordinate, but hopefully worth it for you guys as it was for me. Certainly was very appreciative of the feedback and the amount of participation.

Falling into Books Blog Hop Winners:

Remember, that everyone who participated in that giveaway won an e-copy of Resurrection by Tim Marquitz. If you didn't receive it, make sure to let me know.

Ten US winners, all received e-copies of Resurrection by Tim Marquitz and Afterlife by Naomi Clark, plus choice of one e-book from both:

  • Julie won my personal copy of My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
  • Melissa from Clearwater won signed copy of Spider's Revenge by Jennifer Estep, provided by author.
  • Ed Nemo
  • Mia
  • scribblingpencil
  • sablelexi
  • kindle-aholic
  • Jakiking
  • KainsHottie
  • intothenyght

Ten international winners, all received e-copies of Resurrection by Tim Marquitz and Afterlife by Naomi Clark, plus choice of one e-book from both authors:

  • the-emily-boyd
  • kara-karina
  • ahz1
  • Mel S
  • Robi
  • Komal
  • Maja
  • Ken
  • Yto
  • Pabkins

Copies of Den of Thieves by David Chandler provided by HarperCollins Publishers.

  • One lucky winner for both books by Chris Evans, Melissa from Clearwater. Book provided by Simon & Schuster.

Congrats to all winners, hopefully we can keep doing this as I know we all like free books. See ya around!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bastard Reaction: Blood Rights by Kristen Painter

Drinking blood has never been described in a more enticing and delicious manner than how Kristen Painter has portrayed in Blood Rights. First book in the House of Comarré series, in what has been described as a "Gothic Urban Fantasy". This was a book I was hesitant to try, on a first glance it seemed like the kind of book I wouldn't enjoy. A voice, one that I'm sure I'm not imagining, told me I was being an idiot and convinced me to read the book (maybe it was Justin from Staffer's Musings); glad I did because this was quite a cool read.

This is the story of Chrysabelle, a comarré, who's on the run from noble vampires on the suspicion that she murdered her patron, a noble vampire himself. She's pursued by Tatiana, a power hungry and sadistic noble vampire, seeking for an object of power that will forever change the status quo between humans and vampires. Lastly, there's Malkom a disgraced former noble vampire who is poised to be the only chance Chrysabelle has to survive; if he doesn't kill her first.

The book takes place in the year 2067, and the world is quite a different place as it regards world control and politics. Technology wise, there's not much advancement from what we know at the present, but there's room for introducing more advanced technology. The world is populated by a myriad of supernatural beings which humanity is ignorant to. Many of them are introduced, particularly of the fey and were variety, but only superficially. The comarré come off as geisha spymaster warriors, raised to a life of servitude to vampires by providing them the purest of bloods, and whatever benefits it might bring.

Blood Rights is a multi-POV third person narrative, featuring mainly the 3 characters already mentioned. I'm having a bit of trouble coming up with a description of the story, as I'm finding a lot of contradiction to my instincts. Gut check reaction tells me that there's quite a bit of "romance" in this book, but that's really not true at all. There's a weird lust filled and erotic scenario, without it really being either. There's just not a sexually charged motivation in this book, other than a great need to feed, sustain, survive. I think part of it is how Painter describes this particular need in a way that it's emotionally charged and desired which confuses; and it works.

It works because the characterization of the two heroes is excellent. We spend a lot of time in their heads, introspecting and we really start feeling their need as if it were our own, and plenty of good imagery to go with it. I'd be surprised if a reader doesn't come off after reading this book jonesing for a vein to slurp some blood. It also works because Chrysabelle and Malkom are both strong likable characters, in a way that reminds me a bit of Kate Daniels and Curran from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews; as a unit. On the sexual side, there's really one real sex scene which I recall, which in truth comes off as some weird willing torture'd have to read it to understand.

I have a couple of complaints, first in the beginning we get introduced to what could potentially be a very interesting political intrigue subplot, but it really doesn't get touched more throughout the rest of the book; maybe only in passing. I'm hoping we see more of it in the subsequent books. The other one is that two thirds into the book, the plot forward momentum stops. We pretty much get stuck in a ship setting, with our heroes dancing around each other playing the "I trust you, I trust you not" dance without really going anywhere as far as plot progress. The other side of it, is the time is well spent developing the characters and their psyche which will appeal to some, particularly if you enjoy the tension of the relationship, or lack of one. Once we get done with that, the plot moves in a rapid exciting pace.

These issues aside, the book is really action packed; even during the down moments there's soon to be an action sequence. I thought the world building was very good in many regards, but I look forward to exploring more of the world on a macro scale. Our heroes are quite kickass, and I'm sure they'll become favorites of many. It's also populated by some good side characters, some fun ones, which I very much look forward to reading more about. There's just a lot of aspects this series has the opportunity to explore, and more than anything I think it's what has me interested in the series.

The cover I think it's quite awesome, done by Nekro.

At the moment I'm highly recommending Blood Rights to any urban fantasy reader, even those that are romance averse, though I'm aware that many of the scenes have the potential of not being to your liking on that regard. I think the book has done a good job balancing the elements, and includes plenty of action that should appeal fans of the sub-genre mixed with a good dosage of emotional drama and self-exploration. For those worried about having to wait for the next book, the sequel just came out Flesh and Blood and the third book in the House of Comarré is due out at the end of the month, Bad Blood. Looking forward to what Kristen Painter has planned for the series.

You can buy all the books in the House of Comarré series here:
Blood Rights
Flesh and Blood
Bad Blood

Make sure to visit Kristen Painter's website and blog for more information on this and her other books.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Mihir on FBC August-October 2011

For those that don't know my other blog contributor and friend Mihir is also reviewer on the Fantasy Book Critic blog. Since you guys have enjoyed Mihir's contributions to this blog, I thought it would be beneficial to provide links to what Mihir has done, since I started this blog, on FBC. Will try to make this a monthly thing, but here are his posts from August to October:

Review: August 8, 2011 - A Shot in the Dark by K.A. Stewart
This is the 2nd book in the Jesse Dawson urban fantasy series, one that I've been enjoying. I also reviewed it myself.

Review: August 15, 2011 - Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
Latest installment on The Dresden Files, my favorite UF series. Though another good book by Jim Butcher, a bit of a disappointing one. I reviewed it too.

Review & Interview: August 18, 2011 - First Frost by Jennifer Estep
Prequel short story in the Mythos Academy young adult series, I'm a fan of her Elemental Assassin series.

Review: August 26, 2011 - Devil's Cape by Rob Rogers
This looks like an awesome superhero novel. I've been trying to find more superhero reads, so hopefully I'll give this a try soon. Mihir was impressed.

Review: September 11, 2011 - Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
This is the first novel in the YA series, Mythos Academy. I got myself a copy, hopefully will read soon.

Interview: September 15, 2011 - Barry Eisler
Very interesting and informative interview, with the author of the John Rain thriller series, which looks quite good. Mihir highly recommends it.

Review: September 18, 2011 - Awakenings by Edward Lazellari
Here's a book I'm very much looking forward to reading, it happens to be the book featured in my first giveaway. Already got my copy, so reading soon.

Interview: September 21, 2011 - Matt Roeser
I had never heard of Matt Roeser before, but he's doing some very nice cover art worth paying attention to. Did some cool ones for A Song of Ice and Fire.

Interview: October 3, 2011 - Philippa Ballantine
Another cool interview, I've read two of her books and have really enjoyed them. Here's my review for Spectyr. Planning on checking out her other series.

Review: October 5, 2011 - Alphas: Origins by Ilona Andrews
Been a fan of their Kate Daniels series, very much planning reading this novella. Already read the novella Ascension by Meljean Brook in the Angels of Darkness anthology.

Review: October 12, 2011 - Silver Shark by Ilona Andrews
This is a sequel novella to Silent Blade, part of the Kinsmen series. Romance sci-fi, quite good in my opinion. I also reviewed it.

Review: October 14, 2011 - The Detachment & The Lost Coast by Barry Eisler
The Detachment is the 7th book in the John Rain series, which has been highly praised. The Lost Coast is a short story set in the same world.

Review: October 20, 2011 - The Infernals by John Connolly
This is the sequel to the YA book The Gates. John is better known for his thriller series Charlie Parker, a favorite of Mihir's. He let's me know on a daily basis.

Review & Interview: October 21, 2011 - A Dance of Death by David Dalglish
Ends the Shadowdance Trilogy, heavily recommended by Mihir. Takes place in the same world as his Half-Orc series.

Review: October 24, 2011 - Zero Sight by B. Justin Shier
Urban fantasy debut series, which looks like a very good one. Really hope to give this a try soon.

Review: October 26, 2011 - The Hour of Dust and Ashes by Kelly Gay
Third in the Charlie Madigan series, a favorite UF series of mine. Mihir reviewed the first two books HERE and HERE. I also reviewed this book.

Review: October 31, 2011 - Song for a Naming Day by Sarah Ash
Had never heard of this author before, but this is a short story set in the same world as her Tears of Artamon trilogy.