Balticon Book Recommendations!

On Saturday, I was lucky enough to be on a fantastic panel at Balticon called ‘Weirding the Regency: Fantasy of Manners, Napoleonic Space Opera, and More.’ It was the panel I was most excited about all weekend, since the program description read like it had been written just for me! Historical fantasy and space opera are two of my absolute favorite genres as a reader AND a writer! I was joined by awesome co-panelists John G. Walker and Melissa Scott, and together with a fantastic audience we got to nerd out extravagantly.

I promised while I was there that I would write up the huge list of books I blurted out as recommendations, since I’m a fast talker (and an overly enthusiastic hand-waver). So if you were there, here you go! And if you weren’t, you should definitely still keep reading, because these are some awesome books and I highly recommend you read them. (And if you want to nerd out about them with me, I’m ALL FOR IT! Get your wavy hands ready.)

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The Mathematical Gambit is available now!

My life has been sheer chaos lately, but I’m happy to be able to surprise you, gentle readers, with a new release! That’s right. Miss Anastasia Galipp, the finest spy the Home Office has ever let loose in Mayfair, is back, with a new adventure and some new feelings to explore regarding her very handsome wizard partner, Simon Armistead. The Galipp Files, Book 2: The Mathematical Gambit, is available on most major ebook retailers for just 99 cents, and I’m excited for you to read it!

You’ll find the book’s description and buy links right here. (And if you missed the first book in the series, The Star of Anatolia, it’s right here! With a shiny new cover to celebrate!)


Book Spotlight: Steel Blood

Hi friends! I’m swinging by here to introduce you to a writer friend of mine. Because the historical fantasy genre is a place where we can mix up so many variables, we write in the same genre (and frequently co-habit panels at local conventions!) but her world is intriguingly different than mine, and it’s SO GOOD! So please read on to meet my friend J.L. Gribble and learn a bit about her newest release – I think you’ll really like it.

Steel-Blood-Jacket.inddAs her children begin lives of their own, Victory struggles with the loneliness of an empty nest. Just when the city of Limani could not seem smaller, an old friend requests that she come out of retirement for one final mercenary contract—to bodyguard his granddaughter, a princess of the Qin Empire.

For the first time in a century, the Qin and British Empires are reopening diplomatic relations. Alongside the British delegation, Victory and her daywalker Mikelos arrive in the Qin colony city of Jiang Yi Yue. As the Qin weredragons and British werewolves take careful steps toward a lasting peace between their people, a connection between the Qin princess and a British nobleman throw everyone’s plans in disarray.

Meanwhile, a third faction stalks the city under the cover of darkness.

This is not a typical romance. It’s a good thing Victory is not a typical vampire.

Gribble photo colorBy day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. She is currently working on the Steel Empires series for Dog Star Books, the science-fiction/adventure imprint of Raw Dog Screaming Press. Previously, she was an editor for the Far Worlds anthology.

Gribble studied English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She received her Master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where her debut novel Steel Victory was her thesis for the program.

She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (www.jlgribble.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jlgribblewriter), and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits).

You can buy STEEL BLOOD on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or direct from the publisher. And don’t forget to check out the first two books in the series, STEEL VICTORY and STEEL MAGIC.

Today’s the Day! The Star of Anatolia is Out!

Happy release day, everyone! I’m excited to say that THE STAR OF ANATOLIA, a short novella in my Wizards of London world, is out today! I’m super excited about it. There’s lady spies, dangerous magic, a fabulous necklace, a handsome wizard, and of course, the Duchess of Edgebourne. Here’s the blurb:

star-of-anatolia-coverMeet Miss Anastasia Galipp. Debutante, know-it-all, and the Home Office’s secret weapon. She gathers gossip in the ballrooms of Mayfair, winnowing through to discover Society’s most unsavory secrets. But her position is a precarious one, and she needs to prove herself to be the spy she thinks she is once and for all. When she’s assigned a case that hits close to home, she thinks she sees her chance. But add in a wedding to stop, a new partner, some dangerous magic, and an unexpected duchess, and Anastasia’s life is suddenly more complicated than she ever imagined.

 

This is a quick read, and I hope you love it! I’m excited to keep writing about Anastasia – she’s my favorite heroine so far.

If you’re in the US, I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend! Pick up THE STAR OF ANATOLIA during your food coma; it’ll liven things up a little. You can find buy links to all of the major ebook retailers here. Enjoy!

A World Of Octobers

Well, hello there. Welcome to autumn, my favorite season (unless you count ‘the holidays,’ which is totally a season. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise). But weather-wise and decor-wise and general existence-wise, autumn is great. And BUSY. So busy! There is inevitably a lot going on in people’s lives in autumn, and I’m no different. Want a list? You’re going to get one anyway, because I like lists.

  • My kids are in the full swing of ‘preschool.’ It’s in quotes because they’re two. But they love it deeply, and I love it even more, because the particular program they’re enrolled in offers parents a coworking space above the school space. So I get three hours twice a week to procrastinate on the internet write. (Guess where I am RIGHT NOW?)
  • I’m a featured author at Virtual FantasyCon’s paranormal/urban fantasy Facebook event tomorrow, where I’ll be posting and commenting and generally having fun (thank goodness they scheduled it for Wednesday, my babysitter day!).
  • I’m running an Amazon Giveaway for the next couple of weeks; you can sign up to follow my Amazon author page and thus be notified of new releases by the juggernaut that is Amazon automation, and enter to win a copy of THIEVES’ HONOR! Super fun.
  • I’m also recruiting ARC reviewers! If you’re interested in getting my books for free before they’re out and posting reviews (honest ones, please!), you can fill out this form. Limited spots are available, so act fast!
  • This weekend I’m heading to the New Jersey Romance Writers’ conference. This is doubly exciting, because a) I get to hobnob with other writers, get creatively inspired, and get all kinds of useful publishing advice and b) my children are staying home, so I get to pretend like an adult who doesn’t spend six days a week in rumpled yoga pants (on the seventh day, I wear no pants).
  • Sweater weather.
  • Football food (for the record, in my house, we wear purple on Sundays).
  • Food in general. Autumn is for eating, if you ask me.
  • I’m breaking out the holiday spreadsheet and getting started (woefully late, for me) on gift shopping. There’s a basket hidden away in a certain closet of my house slowly starting to fill with delightful things that I can’t wait to give to people.

What do you have going on this autumn? I hope you’re making time to eat delicious food and enjoy delicious fall colors in the midst of this busy season!

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Reviews! More Reviews!

I’m super excited. Thieves’ Honor has been out for a little over a month now, and reviews are trickling in. A reviewer over at Night Owl Reviews posted that the book was “sweet, sassy, and a lot of fun.” I may have shrieked “JUST LIKE MEEEE!” at my husband when I read it to him. I’ll never tell.

I’m loving seeing what people have to say about my little book, though! The best part, at least so far, is that even the reviews that aren’t glowing always seem to have really great feedback, things I can use as I write the next book. Thanks, reviewers!

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PS: I’m going to be setting up an advance review team soon! Stay tuned – and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter, where I’ll be offering first crack at the limited spaces on the team! If you want to read Duncan’s story as soon as humanly possible, I want to hear from you!

Release Day!

This is it! ‘Thieves’ Honor’ is officially available to the world! I’ve started to see a few people posting that it was auto-delivered to their devices (thanks for pre-ordering!!). It’s super exciting!

So exciting, in fact, that I’ve hired a babysitter and locked myself in the office to work all day! (Actually, I would have done that anyway, but I lucked out and release day happened to fall on a babysitter day.) So I’ll be all over social media today, and I’d love to hear from you if you read the book!

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