A number of Novelociraptors attended Worldcon in London in August. Fran Wilde shares tales of alien hangar bays and panels and pictures galore…
This is an exciting few weeks for me. The cover for my first YA, SERIOUSLY WICKED, was just released. (It’s so fun and fits the book perfectly.) This week, the paperback for COPPERHEAD, the middle volume of my IRONSKIN trilogy, comes out from Tor (there will never be a better time to pick this book up!)
And in two weeks, the final volume of the trilogy comes out! It’s called SILVERBLIND and it follows the story of a grown-up Dorie (the young girl from IRONSKIN.)
18 years later . . .
Dorie Rochart has been hiding her fey side for a long time. Now, finished with University, she plans to study magical creatures and plants in the wild, bringing long-forgotten cures to those in need. But when no one will hire a girl to fight basilisks, she releases her shapechanging fey powers–to disguise herself as a boy.
While hunting for wyvern eggs, she saves a young scientist who’s about to get steamed by a silvertail– and finds her childhood friend Tam Grimsby, to whom she hasn’t spoken in seven years. Not since she traded him to the fey. She can’t bear to tell him who she really is, but every day grows harder as he comes to trust her.
The wyverns are being hunted to extinction for the powerful compounds in their eggs. The fey are dying out as humans grow in power. Now Tam and Dorie will have to decide which side they will fight for. And if they end up on opposite sides, can their returning friendship survive?
Sound interesting? Check out the opening of the book on Tor.com!
Here’s a teaser:
“I’m very qualified,” Dorie said evenly. Of course she could not tell him exactly why she was so qualified. Being half-fey was the sort of thing for which they might just throw you in an iron box for the rest of your life. If they didn’t hang you first. “I grew up in the country, and I—”
“I know, I know. You always dreamed of hunting copperhead hydras and silvertail wyverns like your brothers.”
But really, just go read the whole chapter, and see what you think. Then, you can check out my page about the book (with plenty of preorder links!) And, right now, Tor’s running a giveaway for the book, so please, go enter if you’re on Goodreads!
Tina Connolly’s SERIOUSLY WICKED is a YA about a girl who’s being raised by a seriously wicked witch. It contains:
* 1 sweet boy-band boy
* 1 dragon who lives in an RV garage
* 1 demon who occasionally imitates Elvis
* 1 hidden phoenix that’s going to explode on Halloween
* 1 witch who just wants to run the whole city, sheesh, is that too much to ask?
* 1 girl named Cam trying to fix it all
SERIOUSLY WICKED, Tor Teen, MAY 2015.
Beth Cato’s debut novel The Clockwork Dagger is out today!
Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.
Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.
The full first chapter can be read at Tor.com.
Here’s where you can find us over the next few months:
BETH CATO: book release party for The Clockwork Dagger at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona, on Friday September 19th at 7pm.
MICHAEL R. UNDERWOOD & FRAN WILDE: appearing on programming at the Baltimore Book Festival September 26th through 28th.
LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN: Attending the SFWA Authors and Editors Reception in New York, NY on October 6th.
TINA CONNOLLY: Book release party for SILVERBLIND at Powells Cedar Hills on Tuesday, October 7th at 7pm.
At New York Comic-Con, October 9th through 12th:
MICHAEL R. UNDERWOOD: attending to support THE YOUNGER GODS release
STEVE BEIN: speaking on a Dr. Who panel called “Trust Me, I’m the Doctor” on October 12th from 2:00-2:45. (Visit for more details as they become available.)
KEN LIU: speaking on a panel on 10/9 at 5:00-5:45 PM for Saga Press, S&S’s new genre imprint and his publisher, to introduce his debut novel THE GRACE OF KINGS.
BETH CATO: attending the Fall Discover Show of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA) on October 10th and 11th in Denver, Colorado.
LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN & FRAN WILDE: Appearing on programming at Capclave in Gaithersburg, MD, October 10th-12th.
KEN LIU: attending the Global Chinese Language Science Fiction Nebula Awards in Beijing as a special guest from 11/1-11/2. I’ll be introducing my English translation of Cixin Liu’s hard science fiction hit, THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM, to be published by Tor Books on 11/11. I’ll also be doing signings related to my Chinese short story collections as well as giving some talks on various topics of interest to Chinese SSF fans.
MICHAEL R. UNDERWOOD, BETH CATO, LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN, TINA CONNOLLY, E.C. AMBROSE, FRAN WILDE: Attending the World Fantasy Convention in Washington, D.C. November 6th-9th. We’ll release details on our programming as it becomes available.
LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN: Appearing on programming at Philcon in Cherry Hill, NJ. November 21st-23rd.