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A chat with Michael R. Underwood, author of Attack the Geek (Ree Reyes)

Micheal R. Underwood’s brand new novella, ATTACK THE GEEK (A Ree Reyes Side Quest), just came out, and he stopped by to chat about it,and much more! Please welcome Michael back to the blog!

mikeunderwood2So, ATTACK THE GEEK just came out! Care to dish?
This one was a lot of fun to write – I’ve gotten to know the characters, and I took the chance on a limited setting story, where I could focus on action and character (including a big cast). Ree’s working the Saturday night shift at Grognard’s, and the place is hopping, filled with Geekomancers and associates competing in a Vampire: the Eternal Struggle CCG tournament. The power goes out, and the patrons get ambused when the leave. Ree, Drake, Eastwood, Grognard, and the rest have to hold the fort against all comers (gnomes, minotaurs, animate clouds of weapons) while dealing with their internal squabbles. And a few more surprises along the way.

Attack the Geek was meant to be a stand-alone story for existing readers, but some folks are saying they’d take it as an entry point to the series, which is great. It’s going to have even more meaning for existing fans of the series who can see how Ree’s relationships with the members of the Pearson Underground evolve in this story. And if you like the trademark injokes and magic geekdom from Geekomancy and Celebromancy, Attack the Geek will be wall-to-wall fun.
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Ice Cold Interview: Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson

The new suspense collection,ICE COLD: Tales of Intrigue From the Cold War, just came out, and I managed to wrangle its editors, Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson, into answering a few of my questions! Please welcome them to the blog!

jeffdeaverraymondbensonCongratulations on the release of ICE COLD! I think the Cold War collection has a fascinating theme! Why is this a time period that interests you?

Jeffery Deaver: The fast answer would be because it seems to be happening all over again . . . . In reality, I was drawn to the era because I came of age during that time. I well remember being worried about Russian nuclear attacks. I also was very intrigued with the idea of espionage, and was a huge fan of the books of Ian Fleming, Len Deighton, Frederick Forsyth, John le Carre and other spy writers. As you know, Raymond and I are the only Americans tapped by the Ian Fleming estate to write James Bond novels.

Raymond Benson: I grew up during much of the time period. Born in the 50s, grew up in the 60s—and those two decades are the ones we generally equate with the Cold War years, even though it began at the end of World War II and continued until 1989. I remember the “Duck and Cover” drills in elementary school and some folks building bomb shelters in their back yards. Discovering James Bond in the 60s was a big part of my development as well, and that character went hand-in-hand with the times. The protagonist of my most recent series, the Black Stiletto, also lives during the Cold War years. She gets involved in tackling “Commie spies” and such. To tell the truth, now it’s all great fun! Back then, though, things were pretty tense.
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Edgar Award winning mysteries (ebook) on sale from Mysterious Press!

Every one of these books are Edgar Award winners, and all are $1.99 on Kindle, courtesy of Open Road Media/Mysterious Press. Also included are some nominees that you can score for $1.99 each also! Note that FALLING ANGEL by William Hjortsberg was the inspiration for the film Angel Heart. Just sayin’. Snap these up quick, because who knows how long these will last!


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The Mall by SL Grey

themallThe Mall by SL Grey (Atlantic Books, April 2014)-Rhoda is supposed to be watching the child of a friend of a friend. Rhoda goes to the Highgate Mall to score cocaine, and when she steps away to collect, she loses track of said child. Desperate not to be turned into the police, she, er, asks (if you call a knuckle sandwich asking) a clerk named Daniel to help her. He claims to have seen the child running through the back corridors earlier, so that’s where they start, and that’s exactly when things start getting very, very weird. Daniel knows these corridors like the back of his hand, or, at least, he thought he did, but soon, they’re hopelessly lost, and something very big seems to be following them. Soon they emerge into a very different mall, where things seem more than a little off: shop employees are chained to their counters by their ankles, everyone seems to have at least one very noticeable gaping wound, and of course, all of the shop names are very different. Rhoda and Dan’s journey seems to be steered by the text messages they are both receiving from an unknown source, but who is sending them, and why, and more importantly, how do they get back to their own reality without losing their lives?
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Interview (& Giveaway): Hazel Gaynor, author of The Girl Who Came Home

Please welcome Hazel Gaynor to the blog for her tour! Hazel’s new book, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME:A Novel of the Titanic, just came out and she was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about it. Also, there’s a tour-wide giveaway, so be sure to check that out at the bottom of the post!

hazelgaynorCongratulations on your new novel, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME! Will you tell us a little about it?
Firstly, thank you for inviting me to My Bookish Ways!

I’m so excited about the release of my debut: THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME – A Novel of the Titanic. The novel tells the story of a young Irish woman, Maggie Murphy, who reluctantly leaves her Irish home and her sweetheart, Séamus, to start a new life in America with her aunt. They travel on RMS Titanic. Seventy years later, Maggie confides in her great-granddaughter, Grace, sharing her experience of the traumatic events of April, 1912. Maggie’s revelations have far-reaching repercussions for them both.

I’ve been fascinated with Titanic since I was a teenager. When I started my research for the novel, I came across the record of a survivor from a small parish in County Mayo, Ireland. From there, I discovered the history of a group of Irish emigrants – now known locally as the Addergoole Fourteen – who travelled together on Titanic. I knew immediately that I’d found the inspiration for my novel. I wanted to explore the experience of a third class passenger on Titanic, the aftermath of the disaster and how such an event can have far-reaching repercussions on a survivor’s life. Through Maggie, I hope to allow readers to immerse themselves in an aspect of the Titanic disaster they might not have considered.

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Fantasy, SF, and Horror Kindle Deals (Week of April 7th)

Welcome to this week’s hookup to your under $5 Kindle deals in SFF! Lots of awesome to be found here and ohhh, the pretty covers! As always, doublecheck the price before you click BUY, and enjoy!

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Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon reviewed at SF Signal

Today at SF Signal, I reviewed COLDBROOK by Tim Lebbon, and be sure to keep an eye out for my interview with Tim, also at SF Signal!


Mystery and Suspense Kindle Deals (Week of April 7th)

Here’s your list of Kindle awesomeness this week in Mystery and Suspense! As usual, all are under $5 (except for RITUAL-that one is right at $5), but be sure to doublecheck the price before you hit the BUY button! Enjoy!

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Kindle books by Sheri S Tepper on sale!

Each of these fantasy titles by Sheri S. Tepper are only $.99 on Kindle right now! Enjoy!

Interview (& Giveaway): James Lovegrove, author of Age of Shiva

It’s always a pleasure to have James Lovegrove on the blog, and today he’s here to answer a few question about his new Pantheon book, AGE OF SHIVA! Also, courtesy of the awesome folks at Solaris, we’ve got 3 copies to give away to 3 lucky winners!

jameslovegroveYour newest book in the Pantheon series, THE AGE OF SHIVA, just came out! Will you tell us a little about it?
Age Of Shiva is the sixth novel in my Pantheon series, and this time I turn my attention to the Hindu gods and their mythology. It’s also a superhero story. I’ve been itching to try my hand at writing about superheroes, and somehow the Hindu pantheon and a spandex-clad super-team seemed a good fit. I think the initial inspiration may date back to my childhood. When I was a kid, another boy at school brought in these Indian comics about the Hindu gods. The strips featured blue-skinned deities performing superhuman feats. They looked fairly similar to the comics I was used to but the story content was historical and mythological.
These are, I now know, something called Amar Chitra Katha (“Immortal Captivating Picture Stories”) and they’ve been a publishing phenomenon in India since the 1960s. Designed as an educational tool for children, they retell stories from faith and folklore, including the great epic poems such as the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita. Something about the mixture of comic books and Hindu gods must have stuck in my head in all the years since, and the result is a novel in which I make a modern-day superhero team out of the Dashavatara, the Ten Avatars of Vishnu, the various incarnations which that god took on the occasions when he came down to Earth to help out mortals. There are also billionaire businessmen, demons, and a world on the brink of nuclear Armageddon. High stakes stuff. Because why not?
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