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Tomorrow (Saturday) I'll be at a cultural fair, so I won't be checking in until later in the afternoon. But my first post in the "Is Something Burning?" series goes up at Book View Cafe. This should be the link, starting at about 1 am or so...I think the blog is on EST.

It's a guide for the hyper focused.

From a woman who once read through a house catching on fire.

Really.
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SF Signal says so.

And when Audible pays us, Alfreda can pay the rent!
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Publishing Perspectives is an online site where you can find international book publishing news and opinions. And today they're talking about Book View Cafe!
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So--check out the new stuff and our specials. MOBI/Kindle, EPUB/Nook, and even an occasional PDF. (If you buy an EPUB or MOBI of one of my SF novels and want the PDF, I can arrange it--we just didn't update it with the cover change.)
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You know that I am part of Book View Cafe (like from the beginning.) You know that we work hard, to let you know that we have a good product and you can depend on it? (We have a good blog, too!)

Well, someone not only noticed, they noticed just about everything. So even if you don't go looking for daily blog variety? Here's why you, a book reader (especially an ebook reader) need Book View Cafe. Thanks, folks at Book Recommendations!
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(I meant to post this yesterday, and then got ghastly ill, which knocked it clean out of my head. Clearly time to learn if I can now post in advance on LiveJournal! Serious apologies to Steven ([livejournal.com profile] spiziks), because this is a wonderful little post. THE HAVOC MACHINE, by Steven Harper, is the fourth novel in the exciting steampunk Clockwork Empire series. Please enjoy Steven's talk about, well...the love interest isn't always just one person.)

I did say steampunk, didn't I?


Steventree

You know the trope: the hero has to have a love interest. In adventure fiction, this is a subplot. In romance fiction, it's the main plot. Usually the hero (let's assume it's a straight male) starts off not getting along with his eventual lady love, or he can't be with her for some reason, but through the course of the story, he comes to realize he can't live without her and/or they overcome the obstacles so they can be together. Dab your eyes with a tissue.

When I started writing THE HAVOC MACHINE, I created Thad, my protagonist, and Sofiya, a prominent female character and his eventual love interest. However, as the book progressed, I realized the two of them had zero romantic chemistry for each other. Nada. Zip. What's more, I didn't really want to force the issue.

Meanwhile, another character showed up.
Read more... )
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In a world riddled with the destruction of men and machines alike, Thaddeus Sharpe takes to the streets of St. Petersburg, geared toward the hunt of his life….

Thaddeus Sharpe’s life is dedicated to the hunting and killing of clockworkers. When a mysterious young woman named Sofiya Ekk approaches him with a proposition from a powerful employer, he cannot refuse. A man who calls himself Mr. Griffin seeks Thad’s help with mad clockwork scientist Lord Havoc, who has molded a dangerous machine. Mr. Griffin cares little if the evil Lord lives or dies; all he desires is Havoc’s invention.

Upon Thad’s arrival at Havoc’s laboratory, he is met with a chilling discovery. Havoc is not only concealing his precious machine; he has been using a young child by the name of Nikolai for cruel experiments. Locked into a clockwork web of intrigue, Thad must decipher the dangerous truth surrounding Nikolai and the chaos contraption before havoc reigns….
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If you've wanted to introduce folk to Nuala, and to Book View Cafe? Today is the last day of the sale on my books, so send them on over!
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and now you can read it! And you should --

...fans of the Miller & Lee Liaden books, the Cherryh Atevi books, the Smith Idomeni books or my Nuala books will probably enjoy Ross’s novels as well.
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As the holidays roll along, we're celebrating Ursula K. Le Guin over at Book View Cafe. Quietly, because Ursula is a modest woman. But a new post slips out every day or so. You'll find lists of all the new reviews and accolades popping up in the past few months, including interviews and even a video.

And you'll find my essay on how an anthology of her nonfiction essays called The Language of the Night made a big impression on me, back in the dark ages.

It still does. Recommended.
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My life has been so crazed the past two months, I am woefully behind on mentioning great new releases at Book View Cafe. So I thought I would mention them grouped according to what your tastes in fantasy and science fiction reading might be. This post is about two fine historical fantasists, Judith Tarr and Irene Radford. With these series, you will get great characterization and multiple points of history, intersected with and woven with magic. You'll also see characters dealing with the mental maps of the world that the religions they have grown up with have given them -- living those maps, questioning those maps, changing those maps as their understanding of the world and of Spirit evolves.

Not one, but two outstanding writers and books! )
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I liked this one! For lovers of Sweet Regency novels, this one can stand with Heyer. Recommended! I did a review over at Goodreads, but the way I phrased it might be a spoiler for some, so you'll have to go after it.

Four stars, by the way. Here's a sample.


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Have you gotten to the Stories of the Puzzle Lands yet?

I haven't, but I can see they're going on the list! Nebula and Locus Award winner Linda Nagata's latest book is Hepen the Watcher. This has already been praised to me by writer Jennifer Stevenson. Here's a hint:

A fast-paced, mythic fantasy by the author of The Dread Hammer:

The demon Dismay’s murderous nature has earned him the ire of his beloved wife, who has sent him away in a fit of temper. In his exile he ventures south into Lutawa, a land ruled by an immortal king who punishes treason with the terrible weapon of infernal fire. Believing this king to be the same cruel deity known in the north as Hepen the Watcher, Dismay resolves to kill him--and accidentally ensnares two innocent young women, Ui and Eleanor, in his schemes.

Linda Nagata is the author of nine novels including The Bohr Maker, winner of the Locus Award for best first novel, and the novella "Goddesses," the first online publication to receive a Nebula award. She lives with her husband in their long-time home on the island of Maui.

You can pick up a sample in EPUB/Nook or Mobi/Kindle.

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The tale of the ælven's struggle against their kindred foes, the vampiric alben, continues!

Swords Over Fireshore is now available!

What a reviewer said about the fantasy prequel Heart of the Exiled:

“In fantasy, the tropes of vampires and elves have both been done to death, but Nagle makes both fresh and the characters, not their situations or their preferences for blood, carry the novel.” —RT Book Reviews, on Heart of the Exiled

You can read a sample in EPUB/Nook, Mobi/Kindle and even PDF!

As always, Book View Cafe editions are DRM-Free. Swords Over Fireshore is only $4.99 and is on sale today!
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I am SO far behind on new releases from Book View Cafe, because of my move and such ilk. So I thought I should start with our newest member, New York Times Bestselling author Lois Gresh. Lois joins BVC today with the release of her short story collection Eldritch Evolutions. I haven't read all this, because when it comes to scary stuff, I'm a wimp. It's not the reading -- it's the two weeks of nightmares processing the stuff and taking it further that wipes me out!

But I will be reading some of Lois's work, because I interviewed her (check out the interview over at the BVC blog) and she's a fascinating woman. In the meantime, let me tell you about Eldritch Evolutions.

Eldritch Evolutions is the first collection of short stories by Lois Gresh, one of the most talented writers working these days in the realms of imagination.

These tales of weird fiction blend elements wrung from science fiction, dark fantasy, and horror. Full of unique ideas, bizarre plot twists, and fascinating characters, these tales show a feel for pacing and structure, and a wild sense of humor. They always surprise and delight.


Eldritch Evolutions was on the HWA Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot for Best Collection of 2011.

Lois Gresh is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of 27 books and 45 short stories. Her books have been published in approximately 20 languages. Lois has received Bram Stoker Award, Nebula Award, Theodore Sturgeon Award, and International Horror Guild Award nominations for her work.

As you can see, there are stories in many realms in this collection. Some of you need to read this and tell me what I can read! I read one of the Lovecraftian stories and my hair is still curled! And -- BONUS: two free stories to get you started.

Welcome, Lois! We're glad that you've joined Book View Cafe!

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I first read Patricia Rice's work while researching to do an interview on her Magic Series. This was back when I was ill enough that I didn't mess with the Joomla interface at Book View Cafe, so for various reasons that interview never was posted.

But I read five great romantic fantasies for my research (haven't cornered the sixth) and discovered an author with a huge back list that I could always count on for an entertaining read. In fact, I just read California Girl last week (recommended!)

Pat's latest ebook reprint is Sweet Home Carolina, and as it happens, I've read this one, too. I love how she makes her characters feel very real, even when she's playing fair as far as romance readers are concerned. You will get a Happily Ever After, but the protagonists have to work for it. There will be choices, sacrifices, and fears to be faced -- along with teaching me about a part of the country and an industry I didn't know a lot about.

Here's my blurb for this book --

Frustrated divorcee Amy Warren is striving to fix her life by helping her home town buy the local mill, and then she can put her Plan for the Rest of Her Life into action. Amy’s Plan shatters when European playboy Jean-Jacques St. Etienne arrives with loads of cash, charisma, and expertise, with every intention of buying the mill for its designs and then abandoning the community.

As mild-mannered Amy and dashing Jacques play a cat-and-mouse game that madly leads to love and can only end in heartbreak, their affair affects the existence of an entire town.


With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today's bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice is one of romance's hottest authors. Her emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances have won numerous awards, and been Romance Writers of America RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories.

If you like contemporary romance, give this one a try! Attractively priced at $4.99, DRM-free at Book View Cafe!

ISBN: 978-1-61138-149-8

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...you have missed a smart, funny, talented woman.

Patricia "Pooks" Burroughs has joined Book View Cafe, and we are all the stronger for it. Her first release with us is for all of you who like your historical romance spicy --

La Desperada -- A Western Romance
ISBN: 978-1-61138-141-2

A desperate woman fleeing for her life holds a cold-blooded murderer at gunpoint and says, "Take me with you."

Thus the tortured outlaw's quest for vengeance joins her bid for freedom, and a tale of grand passion and wild adventure unfurls. Set in the Texas and New Mexico of Billy the Kid, their love and sacrifice become the stuff of legend, the legend of "La Desperada."

“This is the book that Joan Wilder would have written!” —Terri Edda Miller, Producer, Castle

I've been making Pooks' acquaintance over the past year or two through several writer's groups. We have yet to meet in person, but I'm looking forward to it. I can always count on Pooks to be interesting, informative, and helpful. Pooks has all the things I trust about writers I want to read and people whose energy I'm willing to brush up against. She creates books. She pens essays. She writes scripts! If you'd like a taste of the elemental Pooks, you need to read her first post for Book View Cafe. Because things happen to Pooks.

Really.

La Desperada is $4.99 and DRM-free at Book View Cafe. And Patricia Burroughs is recommended. If you're not into western romance, stick around -- she's writing a fantasy.

Really!

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Did you miss Irene Radford's Merlin's Descendants Series? It's a topic that has always intrigued me (a friend of mine and I have noodled with our own interpretation of this Matter of Britain) but if you missed it the first time, now's your chance! Book View Cafe is re-releasing all the books, in proper order, beginning this month with GUARDIAN OF THE BALANCE.

And -- there's a map at this link. A DETAILED map. (I adore maps in books.) Plus, as I always demand, a sample. I'm currently proofing the third volume. Arthurian Romance folks, check it out! Fantasy and The Matter of Britain!



Special price: $3.99 (regularly $4.99)
Exclusive to the Book View Café, an introductory price reduction

Caught between her beloved father, the Merlin of Britain, and Arthur Pendragon, the old ways and the new, Wren must find a way to balance the forces of Chaos with peace. She nurtures the land and the people, creating a haven for anyone displaced by the turbulence. And for the safety of all she must guard her heart against the deep love she shares with Arthur, a married king who holds the future of all the Britains in his hands and his sword.
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With the release of Linda Nagata’s Skye Object 3270a, I thought I should mention that Book View Café now has several ebooks for teens that should do a great job of infecting your kids with a dose of wonder. Not only are they DRM-free, but the majority of the money goes directly to the author who produced the great book. So take a look at our list and give us a try!
SF and Fantasy! )
If your teen has access to a handheld ereader or tablet, we’ve got a book to lure them into the wonder of speculative fiction. Remember that registration at Book View Cafe allows you to download your books from anywhere, at any time, in any format the books come in. And that offer is good for as long as we’re out there fighting the good fight for better books and more choices in book buying. (When you visit www.backlistebooks.com, you'll have the choice of multiple bookstores to purchase your indie ebook.)

Power to the Authors! ;^)
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Judith Tarr is one of the most fantastic fantasy writers out there, and today a historical period dear to her heart returns to her catalog -- Alexander the Great. Judy LOVES her Persian royalty, and under her skillful hands, you'll love them, too. If you missed LORD OF THE TWO LANDS in the early 1990s, now's your chance to read it -- immediately, DRM-free, the bulk of the money going directly to the author. Bonus -- this book was a World Fantasy Award nominee.

And there's a sample chapter, of course!

In 336 B.C., Egypt lies under the yoke of Persia. But from the north a spirit of fire moves across the world. His name is Alexander, and he is the destined conqueror of the Persian Empire--and the king foretold of Egypt.

Meriamon, daughter of the last Pharaoh, journeys out of Egypt to find him and bring him home. From the battlefield of Issus to the siege of Tyre, from the founding of Alexandria to the divine revelations of Siwah, Meriamon both leads and follows her divine charge, who becomes her friend and her chosen king.

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