Okay, so part of this post was supposed to go up yesterday. Sorry, sorry, sorry! I suck. I do. Mea culpa!
First: happy New Release Week! Here are some of the books hitting the shelves this week — just in time for the holidays!
DC Comics: The New 52
DC Comics has launched 52 new #1 issues starring the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes! In December, to commemorate this incredible event, DC is collecting every one of these debut issues in a once-in-a-lifetime massive hardcover that includes:
• JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
• ACTION COMICS #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales
• BATMAN #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
• GREEN LANTERN #1 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke
• SWAMP THING #1 by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette
• STORMWATCH #1 by Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda
• TEEN TITANS #1 by Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth
• And 45 more!
[As a one-time fangirl, I’m sorely tempted to plunk down the cash for this baby. But part of me is sorta terrified to see what they’ve done with the origins. Has Batman gone from an orphaned billionaire to a suburban family man? Has Superman come to America by way of Ellis Island? Is Wonder Girl still wearing a red leotard?]
On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane
“The choices I had made led to the moment when fate took over. I would learn a lesson I wasn’t prepared for. And Death would be my willing teacher.”
Five years ago, Abbey Chandler cheated Death. She survived a horrific car accident, but her “lucky” break came at the expense of her mother’s life and changed everything. After she crossed paths with Death—by taking the hand of an ethereal boy made of clouds and sky—she would never be normal again.
Now she’s the target of Death’s ravens and an innocent boy’s life is on the line. When Nate Holden—Abbey’s secret crush—starts to climb Alaska’s Denali, the Angel of Death stalks him because of her.
And Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets.
Blood Wolf (Wereling #3) by Steve Feasey
Trey Laporte had been told he was the only one. It was a lie. But some secrets he would have been better off not knowing. Trey, the last hereditary werewolf, has found his pack – and they’re vicious, bloodthirsty, and truly wild. All Trey wants is to go home, but having learned more about his Wolfen nature, he has decided, for the safety of his friends, to never return.
Back in London, Alexis uses her magic to track down the Necrotroph that is intent on infiltrating her father, Lucien’s, organization. But while Alexis is focused on the outside threat, Lucien is battling with his own darkness. His evil brother Caliban’s savage bite and the poison left behind have reawakened Lucien’s vampire instincts – turning every night into a battle.
Enchanted Again by Robin Owens
Magic has a price—and for Amber Sarga it’s days and years off her life. Each curse she breaks ages her—and the bigger the curse the bigger the cost, and not only to her. That’s why she hides away and has vowed not to get involved again… That’s why she hates looking in a mirror…
And then an ill-fated stranger arrives. Rafe Davail doesn’t believe in curses—not even knowing that in his family every first son dies young. Amber offers guidance but she won’t break the curse. Still, as she grows closer to Rafe and discovers the secrets of their pasts, she wonders if for this time, this man, she should risk it all….
Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield
Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide by Michelle Rowen and Richelle Mead
The official guide to the #1 international bestselling Vampire Academy series
Sink your teeth into the perfect holiday gift and must-have collector’s item for every fan of Richelle Mead’s totally addicting Vampire Academy series.
Discover the history of St. Vladimir’s Academy, explore the dark psychology behind Rose and Lissa’s spirit bond, and find out even more illicit secrets about Moroi society. This ultimate guide will feature everything readers want and need to go even deeper into the world of Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, and Last Sacrifice . . . every heartache, every betrayal, every sacrifice, and so much more!
Touch of Power by Maria Snyder
Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.
Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life….
And now, onto the questions!
From Dame Devon: “Dames, do you usually work on one book at a time, or several? If several, how do you break it up? Morning and night, or whichever deadline is closest? Or ?? Also, since 2012 is right around the corner, what’s coming out in the new year for you?”
From John Burridge: “Question One: If the British Industrial Revolution — with its culture of “Muscular Christianity”, Art Deco iconography of the burly man with gears in the steam plant, and class stratification — is the template for Steampunk, how do you balance writing a female, gay male or non-Occidental character so that modern readers’s sensibilities aren’t offended while still keeping a steam-driven Victorian feel?”
“Question Two: When constructing writing goals, which is more important for you: word count per day or hours spent writing per day? And why; does your answer change depending on circumstance?”
“Question Three: Since Devon’s trusty internet steed is currently a pony… what top five computer tools should a writer never be without? FOLLOW-UP Question: As A Computer Guy By Day, I personally don’t want to be included in a list of top five computer tools a writer should have (Hey mom, Today I was a writer’s tool!)… so are computer skills something a writer should have, like knowing how to format a manuscript or construct a grammatically correct sentence [I feel your pain, John — Dame Jackie]; or are Computer Geek Friends like first readers? (Conversly, are writers too tethered to computers/the internet?)”
Leigh (and sooz and Lizzie) wrote: “I have a really bad habit of starting a “novel” and writing furiously for a day or week and then get bored around twenty pages or less… do you have any tips on breaking this habit?”
Jenn asked: “Are you doing anything special for the holidays?”
Kindle-aholic asked: “What books out in 2012 are you most looking forward to?”
Anna wrote: “I was wondering how to start a blog. How do you get readers?”