Sunday, 8 December 2019

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW Is NPR Favorite

Congratulation to GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW by Silvia Moreno-Garcia for being named an NPR Favorite Book of 2019! This is Silvia’s second time on the list and it also marks the seventh consecutive year in which a JABberwocky client has been included in NPR’s annual list of Favorite Books.

Set in 1920s Mexico, GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW centers on Casiopeia Tun, a  young woman who dreams of escaping her life as an unappreciated drudge in her wealthy grandfather’s home. When she opens a mysterious box in her grandfather’s room, she accidentally unleashes Hun-Kamé, the Maya god of death. With their fates now intertwined, Casiopeia must accompany Hun-Kamé on a road trip across Mexico to help recover his throne from his treacherous brother. If they fail, they will both perish. But if they succeed, then all of Casiopeia’s wildest dreams will come true.

Petra Mayer, editor of NPR books, praises GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW, saying, “Moreno-Garcia spins her story out to stranger places, rejecting the easy arc of a fairy tale. You’ll be left wondering where Casiopeia will go next — and longing for more of her magical world.”

Here’s a brief retrospective of previous NPR honorees, with links to buy the books:

2018: Daniel José Older, DACTYL HIL SQUAD (buy); Ailiette de Bodard and Lavie Tidhar for their short story contributions to A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS, edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, (buy)

2017: Daniel José Older, SHADOWHOUSE FALL (buy)

2016: Silvia Moreno-Garcia, CERTAIN DARK THINGS (buy)

2015: Daniel José Older, SHADOWSHAPER (buy)

2014: Marie Brennan, THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS: (buy)

2013: Marie Brennan, A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS (buy)

 


Sanderson’s Starsight Hits #1 on the New York Times!

 

Book 2 of Brandon Sanderson’s scifi YA series, STARSIGHT, had a phenomenal debut across formats, hitting #1 on the NY Times Hardcover Fiction list, #1 on the Audible list, #7 on the USA Today Bestseller List and #1 on the Amazon Chart. This title has received lovely reviews from Kirkus and Tor.com in both non-spoiler and full-spoiler versions.

Skyward, the first book in the series, debuted last year at #3 on The New York Times Young Adult Hardcover Bestseller List and remained on the list for 6 weeks. With STARSIGHT is following in its wake, The Skyward Series is shaping up to be, pun intended, out of this world!

A huge congratulations to Brandon Sanderson and a hearty thanks to all the wonderful readers who want to continue following Spensa’s journey through the stars. Those who haven’t read STARSIGHT can find a sneak-peek teaser here.

 


JABberwocky’s “Best Of” Bonanza 2019

Skyward

This was an exciting year for us here at JABberwocky! We want to say congratulations to our authors whose amazing titles made it onto ‘Best Of’ lists in 2019!

Myke Cole, THE KILLING LIGHT (Tor.com)
The Quill to Live’s “Best Books of 2019

K. Eason, HOW RORY THORNE DESTROYED THE MULTIVERSE (DAW)
Kirkus’ “Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2019

R.A. LAfferty, THE BEST OF R.A. LAFFERTY (Gollancz)
Tor.com’s “Best Books of 2019

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW (DAW)
Amazon’sBest Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2019
Tor.com’s “
Best Books of 2019
BookPage’s “Best Books of 2019
Barnes & Noble’s Sci Fi & Fantasy Blog’s “Favorite Sci Fi and Fantasy Books of 2019
The Nerd Daily’s “Best Sci Fi and Fantasy Books of 2019
Book Riot’s “Best Books of 2019
NYPL‘s “Best Adult Books of 2019
NPR’s Favorite Books of 2019
Nominated for the 2019 Lolly Award
Nominated for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award in the Fantasy Category

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, CERTAIN DARK THINGS (Thomas Dunne)
Lit Reactor’s “Best Horror Books of the Decade

Suzanne Palmer’s, FINDER (DAW)
Washington Independent’s “Favorite Books of 2019

Brandon Sanderson, SKYWARD (Delacorte)
Library and Information Technology Association’s “Notable Children’s and YA Science Fiction List of 2019
Nominated for the 2020 Sakura Medal in the Middle Grade category.

Brandon Sanderson, THE WAY OF KINGS (Tor)
Paste Magazine’s “Best Fantasy Novels of the Decade”

Michael J. Sullivan, AGE OF LEGEND (Grim Oak Press)
Nominated for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award in the Fantasy Category

Justina Ireland, DREAD NATION (Subterranean Press)
Paste Magazine’s “Best Books of the Decade
Winner of the 2019 Locus Award for best YA Novel

Mallory O’Meara, LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (Hanover Square Press)
Book Riot’s “Best Books of 2019
Winner of the 2019 South California Independent Bookseller Association Book Award: Best Biography
Nominated for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award in the History & Biography Category

Vault Comics
(THE PLOT, QUEEN OF BAD DREAMS, SERA AND THE ROYAL STARS, WASTED SPACE, THESE SAVAGE SHORES)
The Beat’s “Best Comics of 2019


Kobo Sale in the UK, Australia and New Zealand this Weekend

Beginning today, Kobo is holding a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale for readers in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Included are some great JABberwocky eBooks from the likes of Brandon Sanderson, Aliette de Bodard, Elizabeth Moon, and Mallory O’Meara. The sale runs through Monday, December 2nd.

UK: £0.99 (£3.99)
AU: $1.99 ($6.99)
NZ: $2.99 ($6.99)
UK: £0.99 (£3.49)
AU: $1.99 ($5.99)
NZ: $2.99 ($8.43)
UK: £0.99 (£4.99)
AU: $1.99 ($7.99)
NZ: $2.99 ($7.99)
UK: £1.99 (£9.99)
AU: $3.99 ($11.99)
NZ: $4.99 ($12.99)

RULES FOR VANISHING Optioned for Film & Television!

Film rights for Kate Alice Marshall’s RULES FOR VANISHING have been optioned by Rob Friedman (Ascendant Entertainment) and Patrick Wachsberger (Picture Perfect Federation)! Friedman and Wachsberger previously worked together on franchises like Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Divergent during their time as co-chairmen of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. We’re thrilled that Marshall’s YA horror novel has captured their attention and that they’ll be bringing their considerable talents to the screen adaptation.

RULES FOR VANISHING was the #1 New Release in Amazon’s Teen & YA Ghost Stories category. Many outlets featured it on “best of” lists, including Barnes & NobleRefinery 29BustleBook Riot, and BookPage.

Publishers Weekly’s starred review calls the book “An exquisitely unsettling dark fantasy,” and School Library Journal says the book is “filled with eerie imagery and captivating revelations.”

RULES FOR VANISHING follows 17-year-old Sara whose sister Becca disappeared one year ago and only Sara knows where she is. Becca went to find the ghost of Lucy Gallows and is trapped on the road that leads to her. When Sara and her friends meet in the forest to search for Becca, the mysterious road unfurls before them. All they have to do is walk down it.

But the path to Lucy is not of this world, and it has its own rules. Every mistake summons new horrors and no one is guaranteed safe passage. Sara knows that if she steps onto the road, she might not come back. But Becca needs her. And Lucy is waiting.

RULES FOR VANISHING, published in North America by Viking Children’s and in the UK by Walker Books, is Marshall’s second YA novel. Her first, I AM STILL ALIVE (also published by Viking Children’s), is currently being adapted into a feature film by Lori Evans Taylor with Universal and Pearl Street Films producing and Ben Affleck attached to star.


JABberwocky’s 25th Anniversary

 

 

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of JABberwocky Literary Agency Inc., we hosted a party honoring all the wonderful people who made it possible. Our clients, the backbone of our agency, the editors who polish manuscripts until they shine, and everyone else whose hard work and dedication lets us work with the books we love.

We also want to honor JABberwocky’s “JABbermaster”, Joshua Bilmes, who built this company from the ground up. Under Joshua’s expert leadership, JABberwocky now has over a hundred wonderful clients, with a trove of talent that continues to grow every year.

 

A huge thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us, as well as to everyone who couldn’t make it. These past years have been amazing and we’re excited for the future has in store. From all of us at JABberwocky, here’s to the next 25 years!


Tanya Huff Hall of Fame Induction

JABberwocky is delighted to announce that Tanya Huff has been inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association(CSFFA)’s Hall of Fame.

The CSFFA’s mandate is to present, publicize and honor awards for the genres of science fiction and fantasy in all their variations and in all the ways they are celebrated. Huff’s listing in their Hall of Fame highlights her as “one of the most prominent Canadian authors in the category of contemporary fantasy.”

 

The Hall of Fame award was presented by the CSFFA on October 19 at Can-Con 2019 in Ottawa. In response to her induction into the Hall of Fame, Huff said:

“I’d like to thank the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association for the honour of the induction into the Hall of Fame. It was wonderful to be recognized and I was overwhelmed by the reaction. So, thank you, very much.”

 

Huff is one of JABberwocky’s special clients who has been with us through our full 25 years as a company. Beginning with the Novels of Crystal, Huff has written a diverse array of fantasies, including her popular “Blood” books, which were the basis of the Canadian-produced and developed TV series, Blood Ties. Other series by Huff include the Torin Kerr military sf novels, the Quarters novels, and the humorous Keeper Chronicles. Huff’s 30+ books have been on more than a dozen bestseller lists, have sold in over a dozen languages, and have over 1.2 million copies in print in the US alone. We were delighted to hear about this prestigious and well-earned induction. Our heartiest congratulations go out to Huff, who more than deserves it.


October’s Start a New Series Pick

A Caithan Crusade #1

For October’s Start a New Series Pick, we’re making the first book in Julie Dean Smith’s Caithan Crusade series free to download.

Dive into some epic fantasy with CALL OF MADNESSit’s available as a free download through October 13th here:

Amazon | Apple Books | Google Play

Magic has been forbidden in Caithe for 200 years and those born with magic—the Lorngeld—are considered the devil’s children. The Lorngeld are ruthlessly executed by the Caithan Church before they can be corrupted by mind-plague—the volatile madness that afflicts untrained wizards. Only King Kelwyn, artificially gifted with borrowed magic, is exempt from punishment. His daughter may not be so lucky.

Impertinent and rebellious, Princess Athaya prefers to spend her time gambling and drinking rather than courting would-be suitors. Discovering that she is a natural-born wizard is an unwelcome surprise. But there are those who believe it is a gift, and that an adept of Athaya’s inherent ability may be an opportunity to finally lead the Lorngeld out of persecution.

Torn between loyalty to her kingdom, her duty to the Lorngeld, and her own impulsive heart, Athaya must harness her burgeoning magic before it drives her mad, and learn to wield its power before those who fear it—and those who envy it—can destroy her.

 


Now Available: THE DARKEST GATEWAY by Jeri Westerson

“Westerson’s fourth and final Booke of the Hidden romantic urban fantasy neatly ties up the loose ends… [and] generously parcels out the heroics among a diverse group of folks who undercut their stereotypes…Readers who have followed Kylie’s saga get a satisfactory finale.”
Publishers Weekly

 
With Halloween just a week away, tea-shop proprietor Kylie Strange doesn’t have much in the way of holiday spirit. She’s just learned that the last day of October also heightens the power of magic—which means the potential for a tidal wave of evil creatures to emerge from that supernatural Booke of the Hidden.

Destroying the ancient Booke once and for is the ultimate solution. But the only way to accomplish this task involves a journey to the Netherworld and the help of the only being powerful enough to destroy the Booke: Satan himself. And, though the brooding and elusive Erasmus Dark has captured Kylie’s heart against her better judgment, she ignores his repeated warnings that the mission guarantees her doom.

With Kylie in the Netherworld, her coven must stave off the onslaught of deadly creatures that emerge from the Booke—as well as hold back the encroaching destruction of the maniacal god Baphomet. Luckily, they’re joined by some unlikely friends in their fight against total annihilation.

But now Kylie’s journey becomes a rescue mission, and if she can’t complete her task and return from the Netherworld, all will be lost for the inhabitants of Moody Bog…and the rest of humanity.

Now available!

EBook: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Google

Paperback: Amazon | IPG

 

“Jeri hit it out of the ballpark again. This was so action packed, every page was crammed with some sort of conflict or battle…I never knew what direction the story would take next and I did not want to put the book down…I am so sad to see the series end but I am so happNowy with what Jeri created.”
Smada’s Book Smack


Officer-Cadet by Rick Shelley is Free this Weekend!

“Rick Shelley was a soldier at heart, and his books were written from the heart. They carry the real feel of the sweat, blood, and camaraderie of those on the front lines.” Jack Campbell, author of the bestselling Lost Fleet series.

This weekend, we’re giving away free eBook editions of the first book in the Dirigent Mercenary Corps series, Rick Shelley’s military sci-fi classic.

OFFICER-CADET is available as a free download from the following retailers:

Amazon | Kobo | Google Play

The year is 2804 AD. Humanity has colonized the universe. But the authority of the Confederation of Human Worlds is spread thin. Where the Army of planet Earth cannot reach, mercenaries must keep the peaceand the Dirigent Mercenary Corps are the best of the best.

Lon Nolan wasn’t supposed to be serving with the DMC. He’d earned his place at the elite North American Military Academy, and he’d excelled there. But when he’s kicked out of the Academy on trumped-up charges, he’s left with no choice: join the DMC or go home.

So join he does, going from top of his class to bottom rung in the DMC. To become an officer, he’ll have to survive his first taste of combat with his new army, and if he fails, he won’t lose just his honor, but his life.

 


Mallory O’Meara 2019 SCIBA Book Award Winner

Mallory O’Meara’s THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON won the 2019 South California Independent Bookseller Association Book Award in the Biography category. SCIBA’s aim is to recognize the creative talent of Southern California writers, editors, illustrators, and subject matter. Winners were announced at SCIBA’s final Fall Trade Show, which SCIBA director called, “one of the best attended shows we’ve had in years.” This award is one more on the ever-growing list of praise and acclaim O’Meara’s title continues to receive.

THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick—one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters.

O’Meara’s breakout debut hit #8 the LA Times Bestseller List and held a spot on the list for two weeks. The New York Times offered high compliments saying, “O’Meara achieves her goal. Thanks to her persistent efforts, THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON pulls Milicent Patrick and her considerable accomplishments out of the murky swamp of overlooked history and back into the light.”

O’Meara’s book garnered positive reviews from the LA Times, which calls it “engaging and compelling”, along with the Seattle Times. A Publishers Weekly starred review calls the title, “a fascinating slice of Hollywood history with a feminist slant, correcting a sexist wrong from decades ago and restoring Patrick to her rightful place of esteem.” This compelling narrative nonfiction has also been in featured in articles on Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post.

THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON graced the cover of BookPage as well as received a starred review from BookPage insisting, “Even if you’re not a fan of horror films, THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is a riveting, sincere Hollywood saga that will quickly win your heart.”

O’Meara’s is hard at work researching for her next upcoming project, GIRLY DRINKS, which sold to Hanover Square Press.


The Steel of Raithskar Giveaway this Weekend!

This weekend, we’re giving away free eBook editions of the first book in the Gandalara Cycle, Randall Garrett and Vicki Ann Hedron’s epic fantasy series.

THE STEEL OF RAITHSKAR is available as a free download from the following retailers:

Amazon | Kobo | iTunes | Google Play

The last thing terminally ill language professor Ricardo Carillo remembers is standing on the deck of a Mediterranean cruise ship, watching a giant fireball hurtle toward him. He awakens in the body of a young Gandalaran named Markasset, sharing a telepathic bond with a giant, intelligent feline named Keeshah.

Ricardo faces two challenges: navigating this unfamiliar desert world, and learning about his new identity and mission. Markasset turns out to be a talented swordsman with a powerful father, Thanasset, who’s a Supervisor in the city of Raithskar. But Markasset’s own reputation is more dubious. He has gambling debts and a shadowy past—and he’s suspected of stealing a sacred gem, the Ra’ira, that was under his father’s protection.

With few allies except a beautiful fiancée and the loyal Keeshah, Ricardo is determined to piece together what really happened to the Ra’ira. The truth will either prove his innocence—or endanger the new life he has only just begun.


JABberwocky Humble Bundle Wrap-Up

Last week saw the conclusion of the JABberwocky-curated Science-Fiction and Fantasy book bundle at Humble Bundle. We’d be remiss to go without mentioning our appreciation for the more than 3,000 readers who bought a bundle. Your support worked to raise over $8,000 for two great charities: the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Girls Who Code. Even if you missed out on the bundle, we’d encourage you to support both organizations and the great work they’re doing. We’d also like to thank Humble Bundle for inviting us to curate a bundle with a selection of JABberwocky eBooks.

We hope you enjoy all the great books!

About the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF)
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Our work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators who face the threat of censorship. We monitor legislation and challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. We create resources that promote understanding of comics and the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day we publish news and information about censorship events as they happen. We are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week. Our expert legal team is available to respond to First Amendment emergencies at a moment’s notice. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights on which our community depends. For more information, visit www.cbldf.org.

About Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. In 1995, 37% of computer scientists were women. Today, it’s only 24%. If we do nothing, in ten years the number of women in computing will decrease to just 22%. Computing is where the jobs are — and where they will be in the future, but fewer than 1 in 5 computer science graduates are women. So Girls Who code are building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States. To learn how you can help them, check out their website.


JABberwocky Authors Coming Soon to TV

JABberwocky authors Myke Cole and Charlaine Harris are coming to the small screen in August.

Myke will be featured on Discovery Channel’s new series, Contact, in which a group of highly trained investigators strive to determine whether extraterrestrials have made contact on Earth.

Led by Myke, a former CIA targeting officer, and conflict analyst Dr. Michael Livingston, the series features six professionals looking to solve that mystery using a “radical, new and comprehensive approach by bringing together millions of data points, credible eye-witness accounts and declassified government reports.” Discovery says this is the “first ever global investigation to determine whether or not aliens have made contact here on Earth.”

Contact premieres Wednesday, August 7, at 10 p.m. on Discovery Channel and again on Tuesday, August 13, at 9 p.m. on Science Channel. The show also will be available on the Discovery GO app.

Hallmark Mysteries and Movies Channel will release 3 brand new Aurora Teagarden movies, based on the beloved mystery series by Charlaine Harris. The films–A Game of Cat and Mouse, An Inheritance to Die For, and A Very Foul Play–will premiere August 4th, 11th, and 18th respectively. These movies will be featured on SIGNATURE MYSTERY, the premiere Sunday night destination on television for thrilling mysteries.

Myke’s first sci-fi novel, SIXTEENTH WATCH, publishes from Angry Robot in March 2020. His latest work of nonfiction, LEGION VERSUS PHALANX, is available from Osprey.

JABberwocky has released eBook editions of  the first eight books in the Aurora Teagarden series. For info about the other books in the series, head to Charlaine’s page on our website.


Catherine Hardwicke to Direct HEATHEN Comic Adaptation

Director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Red Riding Hood, Thirteen) has signed on to helm the motion picture adaptation of Vault Comics‘ best-selling epic feminist comic book series HEATHEN for Constantin Film and Prime Universe Films.

Kerry Williamson has also signed on to write for the film. Williamson previously penned the Tyler Perry-starring “Alex Cross” and most recently, Netflix’s “What Happened to Monday.” She is currently working on an adaptation of the fantasy series Sandman Slim for director Chad Stahelski and Studio 8.

Written and drawn by Natasha Alterici, HEATHEN centers on Aydis, a young female Viking, a warrior, an outcast, and a self-proclaimed “heathen.” Born into a time of warfare, suffering, and subjugation of women, she is on a mission to end the oppressive reign of the God-king Odin.

The comic’s first trade paperback sold out in one week and immediately returned for a second printing. The book was selected by Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA) to be included in its 2018 “Great Graphic Novels For Teens” list and has sold overseas in Spain and Italy.

Earlier this year we shared the news that VAGRANT QUEEN will be adapted into a live-action series on SYFY. With SYFY’s VAGRANT QUEEN series slated for release in 2020 and a film for HEATHEN in the works, JABberwocky couldn’t be more excited to be working with such incredible titles.


Get Fair Coin by E. C. Myers for $0.99!

For a limited time, the eBook edition of E. C. Myers‘ Andre Norton Award-winning young adult novel, FAIR COIN, is available for just $0.99!

The book follows Ephraim, a teenager who discovers a strange coin that makes his wishes come true each time he flips it. Before long, he’s wished his alcoholic mother into a model parent, and the girl he’s liked since second grade suddenly notices him. But Ephraim soon realizes that the coin comes with consequences –several wishes go disastrously wrong, his best friend Nathan becomes obsessed with the coin, and the world begins to change in unexpected ways.

Available for $0.99: Amazon | Apple Books | Kobo

The discount runs through July 30th.

Upon it’s release, i09 wrote:

“Tired of cookie-cutter young-adult novels? The cure awaits, in the shape of E.C. Myers’ astounding Fair Coin — a book which, among other things, achieves the feat of seeming like a dark fairy tale and a clever science fiction epic, rolled into one. It’s a fast-moving book full of twists and cool character moments, and definitely ideal for adults who miss the days of engaging, idea-driven science fiction… don’t plan on doing anything else until you finish reading it.”

E. C. Myers‘ latest book is the RWBY novel, AFTER THE FALL. Since its publication last month by Scholastic, the book has become a national bestseller and debuted at #22 on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List for Children’s Frontlist Fiction!


Myke Cole Investigates in New Discovery Channel Series ‘Contact’

We’re over the moon to announce that JABberwocky author Myke Cole will be featured on Discovery Channel’s new series, Contact, in which a group of highly trained investigators strive to determine whether aliens have made contact on Earth.

Led by former CIA targeting officer Myke Cole and conflict analyst Dr. Michael Livingston, this series features six professionals looking to solve that mystery using a “radical, new and comprehensive approach by bringing together millions of data points, credible eye-witness accounts and declassified government reports.” Discovery says this is the “first ever global investigation to determine whether or not aliens have made contact here on Earth.”

Now is the perfect time for this show to take off. By using state-of-the-art technology paired with social media’s unique ability to connect and share stories across the globe, Myke and the other investigators will be able to gather intel and identify patterns like never before. With Myke heading the team, Contact is sure to be out of this world.

Contact premieres Wednesday, August 7, at 10 p.m. on Discovery Channel and again on Tuesday, August 13, at 9 p.m. on Science Channel. The show also will be available on the Discovery GO app.

Myke Cole’s first scifi novel, SIXTEENTH WATCH, publishes from Angry Robot in March 2020. Myke’s newest work of nonfiction, THE BRONZE LIE: SHATTERING THE MYTH OF THE SPARTAN WARRIOR SUPREMACY, is under contract with Osprey.


JABberwocky Humble Book Bundle Starts Today!

We’re incredibly excited to announce today’s launch of our Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Bundle with Humble Bundle, which runs until July 31st.

With Humble Bundle, you choose the price and increase your contribution to upgrade your bundle. You’ll also be able to choose to support two great organizations with your purchase: the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Girls Who Code.

The bundle includes books from a litany of JABberwocky authors—ranging from NY Times bestsellers to award winners and cult favorites.

Authors include: Charlaine Harris, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Aliette de Bodard, Elizabeth Moon, Daniel José Older, Tim Akers, Simon R. Green, Marie Brennan, Jack Campbell, William C. Dietz, Tanya Huff, and more!

Check it out here!

About the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF)
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Our work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators who face the threat of censorship. We monitor legislation and challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. We create resources that promote understanding of comics and the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day we publish news and information about censorship events as they happen. We are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week. Our expert legal team is available to respond to First Amendment emergencies at a moment’s notice. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights on which our community depends. For more information, visit www.cbldf.org.

About Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. In 1995, 37% of computer scientists were women. Today, it’s only 24%. If we do nothing, in ten years the number of women in computing will decrease to just 22%. Computing is where the jobs are — and where they will be in the future, but fewer than 1 in 5 computer science graduates are women. So Girls Who code are building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States. To learn how you can help them, check out their website.


AFTER THE FALL National Bestseller List

 

Exciting news! RWBY, Book #1: AFTER THE FALL is a national bestseller, debuting at #22 on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List for Children’s Frontlist Fiction! This book comes from JABberwocky’s Nebula and Andre Norton Award-winning author E.C. Myers and RWBY’s head writers, Kerry Shawcross and Miles Luna:

In this first novel based on the Rooster Teeth’s popular online anime series RWBY, four teens are sent to a small town in a forbidding desert to train as warriors and help a group of refugees fight the monstrous Grimm.

Kirkus gave AFTER THE FALL high praise saying, “This spinoff is funny and thrilling from beginning to end, and thoughtful writing gives the action added depth and emotional impact.” JABberwocky gives our heartiest congratulations to Myers on his fantastic success. RWBY, Book #2 is under contract with Scholastic.

 

You can get your copy of AFTER THE FALL at your favorite retailer today!

Scholastic: US
Apple Books: US
Amazon: US and Canada
Barnes & Noble: US
Kobo: US and Canada.


2019 Locus Award Winner: Justina Ireland!

 

JABberwocky is thrilled to announce that Justina Ireland’s DREAD NATION won the 2019 Locus Award in the Young Adult Novel category! Justina is a new client and we couldn’t be happier about this celebratory start.

Justina’s New York Times bestselling title is a powerful, compelling tale of a young girl’s journey through a hostile world. DREAD NATION was published from Balzer + Bray in April 2018 and JABberwocky is incredibly excited to see this book getting the attention it deserves.

At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, DREAD NATION is Justina Ireland’s stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.

Justina is working on a followup to DREAD NATION under contract with Balzer + Bray.

Congratulations to Justina Ireland and a big shoutout to all of JABberwocky’s 2019 Locus Award Finalists! We’re so proud to be working with such amazing authors.


3 Great JAB eBooks are Kindle Monthly Deals

      

Three great JABberwocky eBooks are Kindle Monthly Deals for July. From today through the end of the month, these page-turners are just $0.99:

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris: $0.99 at Amazon
The first book in the Aurora Teagarden series. Just in time for August and Aurora Teagarden month! 

Troubled Bones by Jeri Westerson: $0.99 at Amazon
The fourth installment of the Crispin Guest series re-imagines the world of The Canterbury Tales in an engaging, suspenseful mystery.

Antares Dawn by Michael McCollum: $0.99 at Amazon
The first book in the Antares Trilogy is one of the latest additions to our eBook catalog–we’re excited to be able to share the Antares series with a new generation of SF readers!

 

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August is Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Month

Hallmark Mysteries and Movies Channel has announced that 3 brand-new Aurora Teagarden movies. A Game of Cat and Mouse, An Inheritance to Die For, and A Very Foul Play will premiere on August 4th, 11th, and 18th. These movies will be featured on SIGNATURE MYSTERY, the premiere Sunday night destination on television for thrilling mysteries.

More details are to come, but for now, check out a preview of the new movies!

JABberwocky has released eBook editions of most of the Aurora Teagarden series, including the first book, REAL MURDERS which is currently on sale as one of 10 Blockbuster Books at Apple Books through July 1st.

For info about the other books in the series, head to Charlaine’s page on our website.


The Bronze Lie Sold to Osprey

 

We’re thrilled to share that Myke Cole’s newest work of nonfiction, THE BRONZE LIE: SHATTERING THE MYTH OF THE SPARTAN WARRIOR SUPREMACY, has been sold to Osprey!

Myke’s first nonfiction title, LEGION VERSUS PHALANX, was described as “highly entertaining” (The Armourer) and “the most accessible introduction to ancient warfare that I’ve ever read” (Adventures in Historyland). David Frum, a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, tweeted, “We all know who wins, but what a great explanation of WHY.”

THE BRONZE LIE will explore the legend of the Spartan warriors and how their reputation as the greatest fighters in history is largely undeserved. With a background in history and several series under his belt, Myke is the perfect messenger to set the record straight.

Myke’s announcement tweet for this book went viral. After 20 hours, it had 230,000 views, was liked 3,000 times, and had multiple influencer engagements, including Malcolm Nance, Stonekettle, and John Scalzi.

This is Myke’s most successful book announcement to date and we’re excited for the future of this title.


WASTE TIDE is ‘Best of the Month’ by Apple Books and Kobo for May!

If you are still looking for a good book for the month of May, Apple Books and Kobo have both selected WASTE TIDE by Chen Qiufan as a Best of the Month book pick.

WASTE TIDE follows Mimi, a migrant waste worker on Silicon Isle, a small island off the coast of China where towering heaps of electronics are sent to be recycled. As Mimi struggles to carve out a better life on the polluted island, there are many forces—ruthless local gangs, ecoterrorists, money-hungry American investors, and a Chinese-American interpreter searching for his roots—that threaten to change life as she knows it. As the forces collide, Mimi must decide if she will be a pawn in someone else’s game or change the rules altogether.

Apple Books Review praised WASTE TIDE as “imaginative and all the more haunting for being rooted in reality.”

 

Get your copy at your favorite retailer today!

Apple Books: US

Amazon: US and Canada

Barnes & Noble: US

Kobo: US and Canada.

 

 


Vagrant Queen TV Series!

VAGRANT QUEEN is going live-action! SYFY announced they’re picking up the series for a 10-episode TV series adaptation.

This breakout graphic novel series from Vault Comics debuted in February 2018. Written by Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated author Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim, Eternity Girl, Transformers vs. Visionaries), and illustrated by Jason Smith, this exciting, violent, snarky space opera is not to be missed.

“VAGRANT QUEEN follows Elida from child queen to orphaned outcast, as she scavenges the treacherous corners of the galaxy, always one step ahead of the Republic government out to extinguish her bloodline. When her old friend Isaac shows up claiming her mother Xevelyn is still alive, they head off with their new ally, Amae, to stage a rescue that will take her back into the perilous heart of her former kingdom and up against a deadly foe from her childhood, Commander Lazaro.”

The VAGRANT QUEEN cast includes Adriyan Rae to star as Elida, the titular vagrant queen. Tim Rozon will play Isaac in the co-starring role and Paul du Toit will play the villainous Commander Lazaro.

VAGRANT QUEEN’s creative team will be comprised of showrunner Jem Garrad (You Me Her, Android Unemployed),  Mika Collins (Deep Six) and Mariko Tamaki (Skim). Garrard herself will be stepping in the director’s chair for some episodes, as will Danishka Esterhazy (Banana Splits). Also aboard are executive producers such as Lance Samuels & Daniel Iron (Goalie), along with Vault Comics’ F.J. DeSanto & Damian Wassel.

VAGRANT QUEEN is set for a premiere on Syfy in 2020.