Cover Shot! The Elite by Kiera Cass

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café. I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share. More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents. There is an allure to a beautiful cover. Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

I’m not too enamored with the dress, but I love the title font and graphic for The Elite by Kiera Cass.  Are you reading this series? What do you think of this cover?

In stores April  2013.

     

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This Week’s New and Notable Releases–Part 1

There are a ton of awesome releases this week, so I split the adult list into two parts. First up are the PNR/UF and Fantasy titles. So many of these are on my wish list! What’s on yours?

Check back tomorrow for new romance releases.

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Dark Currents: Agent of Hel by Jacqueline Carey (Oct 2, 2012)

Daughter of the Sword: A Novel of the Fated Blades by Steve Bein (Oct 2, 2012)

Death’s Rival: A Jane Yellowrock Novel by Faith Hunter (Oct 2, 2012)

Ember’s Kiss: A Dragonfire Novel by Deborah Cooke (Oct 2, 2012)

Ghosts of Memories: A Vampire Memories Novel by Barb Hendee (Oct 2, 2012)

Ironskin by Tina Connolly (Oct 2, 2012)

London Eye (Toxic City Book One) by Tim Lebbon (Oct 2, 2012)

Mate Claimed (Shifters Unbound) by Jennifer Ashley (Oct 2, 2012)

Mortal Ties (Lupi) by Eileen Wilks (Oct 2, 2012)

Phantom Shadows (Immortal Guardians) by Dianne Duvall (Oct 2, 2012)

Revelation (A Novel of the Seven Signs) by Erica Hayes (Oct 2, 2012)

Savage Hunger by Terry Spear (Oct 2, 2012)

Skarlet: Part One of the Vampire Trinity (Vampire Babylon Trilogy) by Thomas Emson (Oct 2, 2012)

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (Oct 2, 2012)

Werewolf in Denver: A Wild About You Novel by Vicki Lewis Thompson (Oct 2, 2012)

Wicked Whispers (Castle of Dark Dreams) by Nina Bangs (Oct 2, 2012)

Courting Trouble by Jenny Schwartz (Oct 1, 2012)

Mark of the Witch (The Portal) by Maggie Shayne (Oct 1, 2012)

Wild Hearts in Atlantis by Alyssa Day (Oct 2, 2012)

Waiting On Wednesday–Solstice by P J Hoover

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I am such a sucker for post-apocalyptic books!   I don’t know that I would be setting off on the adventure of a lifetime in a pair of shorts and a tank top, but Solstice by P J Hoover looks intriguing anyway.

In stores June 2013

 

Piper’s world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.

What are you waiting on?

This Week’s New and Notable Releases–September 24

Here are this week’s new and notable releases for romance and UF/PNR readers. What’s on your list?

Check back tomorrow for this week’s Young Adult releases.

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Blaze by Joan Swan (Sep 25, 2012)

Unleashed by Crystal Jordan (Sep 25, 2012)

Dawn’s Desire by Donna Grant (Sep 25, 2012) – Novella, only .99!

      

Lord of Temptation (Lost Lords of Pembrook) by Lorraine Heath (Sep 25, 2012)

Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane (Sep 25, 2012)     

Josh by R.C. Ryan (Sep 25, 2012)

My Scandalous Viscount (Inferno Club) by Gaelen Foley (Sep 25, 2012)     

Outlaw Derek by Kay Hooper (Sep 25, 2012)     

An Outlaw’s Christmas (Mckettricks) by Linda Lael Miller (Sep 25, 2012)

      

Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke by Suzanne Enoch (Sep 25, 2012)     

Secrets of a Wedding Night by Valerie Bowman (Sep 25, 2012)     

Seduction’s Shift (Shadow Shifters) by A.C. Arthur (Sep 25, 2012)

      

Shadow Rising: The Shadow Slayers, Book 2 by Cassi Carver (Sep 25, 2012)  

When the Duchess Said Yes (Wylder Sisters) by Isabella Bradford (Sep 25, 2012)

The Undead In My Bed by Katie MacAlister and Jessica Sims (Sep 25, 2012)

How a Lady Weds a Rogue  by Katharine Ashe

Thirst by Karen E. Taylor (Sep 25, 2012)

Alchemystic by Anton Strout (Sep 25, 2012)

      

Blood Riders by Michael P. Spradlin (Sep 25, 2012)

Boyfriend from Hell (Saturn’s Daughters) by Jamie Quaid (Sep 25, 2012)

The Sundering (Time of Legends) by Gav Thorpe (Sep 25, 2012)

      

Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer (Sep 25, 2012)

Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel (Sep 25, 2012)

Earth to Hell: Journey to Wudang: Book One by Kylie Chan (Sep 25, 2012)

How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days by Saranna DeWylde (Sep 25, 2012)

Immortal Surrender (Curse of the Templars) by Claire Ashgrove (Sep 25, 2012)

The Moonstone and Miss Jones (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator) by Jillian Stone (Sep 25, 2012)

Personal Demon by Susan Sizemore (Sep 25, 2012)

Sacrifice the Wicked: A Dark Mission Novel by Karina Cooper (Sep 25, 2012)

Something Witchy This Way Comes: A Jolie Wilkins Novel by H. P. Mallory (Sep 25, 2012)

A Star Shall Fall by Marie Brennan (Sep 25, 2012)

Interview with Laura Bickle, Author of The Hallowed Ones

Laura Bickle is a favorite around the virtual offices, and I’m always delighted when she has time to drop in for a chat.  Today we are going to talk about her soon to be released young adult title The Hallowed Ones.  This is a scary glimpse at the end of the world!  I enjoyed this thrilling, frightening, exciting read, and I wanted to ask Laura a few questions about it, so let’s see what she has to say.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Laura Bickle] Cat-rancher, Tarot enthusiast, and sometime salamander chaser. Writing urban fantasy and YA as Laura Bickle and Alayna Williams.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Hallowed Ones?

[Laura Bickle] Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers are free to experience non-Amish culture before officially joining the church. But before Rumspringa arrives, Katie’s safe world starts to crumble. It begins with a fiery helicopter crash in the cornfields, followed by rumors of massive unrest and the disappearance of huge numbers of people all over the world. Something is out there…and it is making a killing.

Unsure why they haven’t yet been attacked, the Amish Elders make a decree: no one goes outside their community, and no one is allowed in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man lying just outside the boundary of their land, she can’t leave him to die. She refuses to submit to the Elders’ rule and secretly brings the stranger into her community—but what else is she bringing in with him?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Laura Bickle] I was thinking about what would happen if the end of the world came…I know this is a common thing to think about on an everyday basis! But that’s part of the joy in being a writer. I get to think about odd things.

I was wondering who would be best-equipped to survive a large-scale disaster. It occurred to me that the Amish would be uniquely equipped to survive. They are incredibly self-sufficient and are not dependent upon things we take for granted in our world, things like electricity and cars.

I live not too far from a large Amish settlement. When I was a child, my parents would take me to visit, and I was fascinated by a world very different than the one I lived in. I’d see Amish girls my age over the fence and wonder what their lives were like. And that’s where Katie came from.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you research Amish culture and traditions?

[Laura Bickle] I spent some time visiting the Amish settlement near where I live. I also did a good deal of reading…there are a lot of great books out there that look at the Plain way of life from a sociological perspective. National Geographic has also done a number of very good documentaries about the Amish. Many of the ideas were very foreign to me. For example, the Amish do not wish to be connected to the outside world, so power lines, phone lines, and electricity are not used. That kind of voluntary isolation is fascinating to me. The only parallel I can draw in my own life is when storms came through our area and we were without phone, cable, electricity, and internet for a week. It was very still and very peaceful.

I’m acutely conscious that I can’t know or understand everything about the Amish, never having lived in an Amish community. But I learned enough to develop an immense respect for the Amish way of life.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Katie?

[Laura Bickle] Katie is strong, quiet, and resolute. She’s a young woman growing into her power.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things would Elijah never have in his room?

[Laura Bickle] Hmmm…Elijah is the boy Katie has grown up with, who she expects to marry someday. Elijah is something of a straight arrow. He’d never have the keys to a car, a secret stash of Star Wars action figures, or anything with a remote control.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Alex would never have in his pockets?

[Laura Bickle] Alex is an injured man Katie finds outside the boundaries of her community. Katie brings him inside her barn to recover, but can’t be sure what kind of evil he’s bringing in with him.

Alex is a graduate student in anthropology. You wouldn’t find any of the following in his pockets: more than twenty bucks, a comb, or directions to the nearest church.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Katie had a theme song, what would it be?

[Laura Bickle] Hmmm. Katie doesn’t spend much time listening to popular music, but she was caught by her father humming “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones while milking the cows.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Laura Bickle] My herd of cats would say they’re my greatest influences. There’s always one or two draped on me while I’m trying to type, trying to hit the delete key.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Laura Bickle] Quiet, Coca-Cola, and someplace to sprawl out.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Laura Bickle] FEVER by Lauren DeStefano. Her voice is so incredibly powerful – I can’t wait for the third book in the Chemical Garden trilogy. Both WITHER and FEVER were books that lingered with me for a long time after I finished – I love it when a story takes up real estate in my head and haunts me like that.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Laura Bickle] My all-time favorite is Robin McKinley’s HERO AND THE CROWN. I read it when I was a pre-teen, and fell in love with fantasy ever after. It was the first book I’d read that had a female protagonist who slew her own dragons. I was hooked.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Laura Bickle] In my day job, I work in a library. I get to pet all the new books and come home with armloads of books to read for research and pleasure.
My husband and I are amateur astronomers. We were excited to finally get a break in the cloud cover to see a bit of the Perseids meteor shower this year.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Laura Bickle] I love to connect with readers! My website is www.laurabickle.com. I blog about nerdy stuff like my action figure collection at http://laurabickle.com/category/blog/ I’m also on Twitter and Facebook.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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eBook Bargains for Your Kindle! YA Dystopian Edition!

Here are some cheap YA dystopian reads for your Kindle reader or Kindle app.

Memento Nora by Angie Smibert ($1.99)

On an otherwise glossy day, a blast goes off and a body thuds to the ground at Nora’s feet. There are terrorist attacks in the city all the time, but Nora can’t forget.
In Nora’s world you don’t have to put up with nightmares. Nora goes with her mother to TFC–a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic. There, she can describe her horrible memory and take a pill to erase it so she can go on like nothing ever happened. But at TFC a chance encounter with a mysterious guy changes Nora’s life. She doesn’t take the pill. And when Nora learns the memory her mother has chosen to forget, she realizes that someone needs to remember.
With newfound friends Micah and Winter, Nora makes a comic book of their memories called Memento. Memento is an instant hit, but it sets off a dangerous chain of events. Will Nora, Micah, and Winter be forced to take the Big Pill that will erase their memories forever?
Angie Smibert’s remarkable debut novel takes readers on a thrilling ride through a shadowy world where corporations secretly rule and consumerism is praised above all.(

The Forgetting Curve (Memento Nora) by Angie Smibert ($1.99)

Aiden Nomura likes to open doors—especially using his skills as a hacker—to see what’s hidden inside. He believes everything is part of a greater system: the universe. The universe shows him the doors, and he keeps pulling until one cracks open. Aiden exposes the flaw, and the universe—or someone else—will fix it. It’s like a game.
Until it isn’t.
When a TFC opens in Bern, Switzerland, where Aiden is attending boarding school, he knows things are changing. Shortly after, bombs go off within quiet, safe Bern. Then Aiden learns that his cousin Winter, back in the States, has had a mental breakdown. He returns to the US immediately.
But when he arrives home in Hamilton, Winter’s mental state isn’t the only thing that’s different. The city is becoming even stricter, and an underground movement is growing.
Along with Winter’s friend, Velvet, Aiden slowly cracks open doors in this new world. But behind those doors are things Aiden doesn’t want to see—things about his society, his city, even his own family. And this time Aiden may be the only one who can fix things… before someone else gets hurt.

Watersmeet  by Ellen Jensen Abbott ($3.99)

From her birth, Abisina has been outcast–for the color of her eyes and skin, and for her lack of a father. Only her mother’s status as the village healer has kept her safe. But when a mythic leader arrives, Abisina’s life is ripped apart. She escapes alone to try to find the father and the home she has never known. In a world of extremes, from the deepest prejudice to the greatest bonds of duty and loyalty, Abisina must find her own way and decide where her true hope lies.

The Centaur’s Daughter  by Ellen Jensen Abbott ($3.99)

Abisina had found a home in Watersmeet–the community her father led until he was killed by the evil White Worm. But now, Watersmeet is as divided as the village she fled as an outcast. The land faces a new threat, and an uneasy alliances between the humans and the creatures will have to be formed to survive. If Abisina doesn’t become the leader Watersmeet needs, she may lose everything. But can she take her father’s place? This powerful and moving fantasy deals with timely issues about identity, prejudice, and war. This is the sequel to Watersmeet, which was an IRA Young Adult Book Award Notable and a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Nominee.

YA eBargains for Your Kindle

Here’s a small round-up of nicely priced YA eBooks for your Kindle or Kindle app.

 Eve by Anna Carey ($2.99)

Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Readers will revel in Eve’s timeless story of forbidden love and extraordinary adventure.

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Partials by Dan Wells ($2.99)

The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what’s left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.

 

These Harper Collins’ contemporaries are at a lower price point, so check them out.  I enjoyed both of these.

 

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley ($5.69)

Meet Corrinne. She’s living every girl’s dream in New York City—shopping sprees at Barneys, open access to the best clubs and parties, and her own horse at the country club. Her perfect life is perfectly on track. At least it was. . . .

When Corrinne’s father is laid off, her world suddenly falls apart. Instead of heading to boarding school, she’s stripped of her credit cards and shipped off to the boonies of Texas to live with her grandparents. On her own in a big public school and forced to take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is determined to get back to the life she’s supposed to be living. She doesn’t care who she stomps on in the process. But when Corrinne makes an unlikely friend and discovers a total hottie at work, she begins to wonder if her life B.R.—before the recession—was as perfect as it seemed.


A Long Way from You (Where I Belong) by Gwen Heasley ($5.69)

For too long, Kitsy has had to satisfy her dreams of becoming a real artist by giving her friends makeovers before prom. So when her best friend Corrinne’s family offers to sponsor her for a summer art course in New York City, Kitsy bids a temporary good-bye to Texas to say hello to the West Village.

Between navigating the subway and the New Yorkers—namely, the Art Boy who has a nice trick of getting under her skin—Kitsy knows that this summer is going to be about a lot more than figure drawing.

Interview with C J Redwine, Author of Defiance

 

C J Redwine is the author of the recently released YA title, Defiance.  This is the first book in a planned trilogy that is being released by HarperTeen.  C J stopped by the virtual offices to chat about her book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[C J Redwine] Quirky, book geek, adoption advocate, lemon bar addict, Johnny Depp fangirl, slightly nuts.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Defiance?

[C J Redwine] Sure! Here’s the synopsis:

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[C J Redwine] For years, I’d had the idea of an unkillable (Look at me making up words!) beast living far beneath the earth’s surface. But the rest of the story’s world refused to appear until one day when I saw a picture of a city-state, and my fertile little brain said HELLO, MY PRECIOUS. The characters came from the world. It’s a tough place to live, and so I knew my characters would be capable and resourceful and when pushed to their limits, would do whatever they had to do to get things done. It was interesting to discover that while Rachel and Logan are both tremendously capable and resourceful, it comes out in very different ways. She’s impulsive and he’s a compulsive planner. :)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?

[C J Redwine] The level of emotional authenticity I had to bring to the manuscript was daunting some days. I had to go to some very dark places to deliver the kind of story I wanted to tell.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Rachel?

[C J Redwine] Fierce, loyal, impulsive

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Logan would never have in his pocket?

[C J Redwine] I tried to answer this! I really did. But Logan is a compulsive planner. He likes to map out all possible scenarios and be prepared for any contingency. There isn’t anything he wouldn’t have in his pocket if he thought he might need it to accomplish his mission. :)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[C J Redwine] Music and movies! I have a huge music library and go to the theater as often as possible.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[C J Redwine] My playlist, my laptop, and a stretch of uninterrupted time.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[C J Redwine] The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I read it in second grade. I’d read other books before this (mostly Nancy Drew), but this is the book that opened up a world outside of the one I lived in everyday and showed me that no journey is impossible if you have a book as your guide.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[C J Redwine] Hang with my family, watch Harry Potter movies, read books, and laugh.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[C J Redwine] Talk to me on my blog, Twitter, or Facebook!

blog: http://cjredwine.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/cjredwine

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/cjredwine

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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