Sunday, 29 March 2015

Aurora Teagarden Premiering on Hallmark on April 4th 2015!

As we announced earlier in the year, the Hallmark Movie Channel picked up Charlaine Harris’s series as part of their Movies & Mysteries franchise. Hallmark has recently announced that the first movie in the Aurora Teagarden series, A Bone to Pick, will premier at 9pm EST on April 4, 2015!  More information can be found on Hallmark’s Aurora Teagarden website!

Full House star Candace Cameron Bure will be playing Aurora “Roe” Teagarden, the series’ small town librarian-turned-detective. The film also stars Lexa Doig, Marilu Henner, and Craig March. Candace Cameron Bure and Charlaine Harris will also be executive producers alongside HF’s Jim Head and Muse’s Michael Prupas and Joel Rice.

Hallmark has recently posted a behind the scenes video, photos from the movie, and more on their website. Also, keep up to date with the latest news on the Aurora Teagarden website! True Blood’s success led fans of the show to become loyal readers of the Sookie Stackhouse series, and we’re excited for these movies to lead droves of mystery lovers to discover Aurora Teagarden!


The Dragons of Dorcastle Coming to an eReader Near You

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We’re pleased to announce that THE DRAGONS OF DORCASTLE, the first book in the Pillars of Reality epic fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Jack Campbell, will be available in ebook format on April 3rd, 2015! In just a few short weeks, readers will be able to experience the masterful worldbuilding and fully-realized characters audiobook listeners have been raving about!

Book Lover’s Life gave it 5 stars, saying, “From the very first page I was drawn into a world filled with an almost steampunk feel but that’s heavy in magic too. It was an action packed and exciting book and one I can’t recommend highly enough. I loved everything about the book, from the magical world to the fantastic characters, and I can not wait for the next book to see what happens.”

The Pillars of Reality series is an Audible bestseller, and is one of the fastest-selling Audible Studios titles ever. Here’s a little bit more about the series:

For centuries, the two Great Guilds have controlled the world of Dematr. The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything that humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of the world behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

You can pre-order your copy today for your Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Google Play, and iOS e-reading devices and apps. But act fast — the $5.99 price won’t last long! If you’ve already finished THE DRAGONS OF DORCASTLE, the second book in the series, The Hidden Masters of Marandur, is currently available from Audible for your listening pleasure.


A JABberwocky Guide to Romance

Kathleen KimmelIn addition to selling a record-number of debut science fiction and fantasy novels over the last year, we’re excited to announce our very first romance sale! A LADY’S GUIDE TO RUIN by Kathleen Kimmel is an amazing Regency debut, sold to Julie Mianecki at Berkley in a two-book deal.

Featuring a jewel thief who impersonates an earl’s cousin to escape her past, only to discover her past may cost her the man she had no intention of falling for, the non-traditional Regency heroine and fantastic voice guaranteed that this was love at first read for Lisa. Joshua and Krystyna both fell under its spell during last year’s London Book Fair, taking time from said fair to call about how much they loved it.

Congratulations, Kathleen! We look forward to many more happily ever afters.


Mayer Alan Brenner’s featured Dance of Gods Series


Brenner Featured eBook Widget Tiny“For those who like their fantasy with plenty of adventure and a dollop of humor, I recommend The Dance of Gods… non-stop action, highly entertaining … an intriguing and delightfully funny series.” 
-Locus

At the intersection between Glen Cook, Terry Pratchett, and Charles Stross, the four volumes of Mayer Alan Brenner’s Dance of Gods series follow a sprawling cast of raffish adventurers and ne’er-do-well gods, half of them too smart for their own good and all of them submerged eyebrow-deep in increasingly wild plots, through a world where computers and technology are long-gone and power-mad potentates do their best to ruin everyone’s lives. Maximillian the Vaguely Disreputable struggles to lead his fractious band of friends through a landscape of unstable spells and unconstrained sorcery in a series that has finally found its audience in the age of e-books.

Buy a copy today on The Dance of Gods’ series page!


Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines is a Kindle Daily Deal!

Libriomancer by Jim Hines

Libriomancer by Jim Hines

Today, and today only, LIBRIOMANCER by our Hugo Award-winning Jim C. Hines is a Kindle Daily Deal! Now is the perfect time to pick up the first book in his Magic Ex Libris series for a mere $1.99.

LIBRIOMANCER is a fun, action-packed romp of an urban fantasy.  io9.com called it “[a] love letter to science fiction and fantasy” that’s perfect “for anyone who’s loved geeky books their whole life.” Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, and it was an Editors’ Best of 2012 pick by RT Book Reviews.

Librarian Isaac Vainio is a libriomancer — he can reach into any book and pull out any object within the page. It’s a useful magical tool, especially when a trio of vampires begin attacking members of the secret Die Zwelf Portenære, founded by the magical Johannes Gutenberg to protect the world from magical threats. Along with the beautiful dryad Lena Greenwod and the neuritc fire-spider Smudge, Isaac begins his adventure into the world of vampires, magic, and the six hundred year old Gutenberg.

In addition to the Daily Deal, B&N, Kobo, and the iBookstore are price-matching, so you can take advantage of the promotion, regardless of your e-reading preferences!

 

 

 


Featured eBook Author Sarah Ash

Fantasy Book Critic touts Sarah Ash’s writing as “lyrical and lucid, and often featur[ing] a vast array of characters that showcase the whole spectrum of humanity.” That description rings true when it comes to this week’s featured eBooks.

Known best for her Tears of Artamon Trilogy, Ash’s fans will enjoy taking a step back and reading her earlier novels–Songspinner, The Lost Child, and Moths to a Flame, which are now available through JABberwocky’s eBook program. These fantasy novels showcase Ash’s masterful world-building and her ability to introduce readers to characters that are, at once, fully human, utterly fantastical, and entirely believable.

To read more about Ash’s novels, and pick up copies of your own, follow this link to visit her updated author page!


Award Nominations, Foreign and Domestic

13630171It’s always great to start the week by sharing recognition for our authors! First up, Peter V. Brett is a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Award, which is the French-language equivalent of the Hugo or Nebula. Peter’s Demon Cycle series has been nominated in the category for Roman etranger (foreign novels translated into French), and the winners will be announced in May.

Brandon Sanderson‘s THE RITHMATIST was recently selected for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Books Award 2016 Master List! This is Illinois’ Children’s Choice Award for students in grades 4-8. Previous selections include The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

Last March, Brandon’s other bestselling YA novel, STEELHEART, was nominated for the Georgia Peach Award for Young Readers and the winners will be announced next month.

We’re also very excited to share that two Tachyon titles (for which we represent foreign rights) are finalists for the Nebula Award for Best Novella: WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE by Daryl Gregory and YESTERDAY’S KIN by Nancy Kress.


A Magdalene Short Story eCollection by Tanya Huff

Third Time Lucky by Tanya HuffTanya Huff’s beloved character Magdalene, the most powerful wizard in the world, has previously appeared in various magazines and collections. This year, Magdalene makes the jump to digital for the first time in Tanya Huff’s latest short story collection, Third Time Lucky: And Other Stories of the Most Powerful Wizard in the World.

There’s a lot of responsibility involved with being the most powerful wizard in the world, and Magdelene wants nothing to do with any of it. Lazy, lusty, and more likely to be found lying in the sun than casting runes or sacrificing unfortunate goats, she’d really rather avoid dealing with challenges, errant apprentices, demons, dragons, death, and bureaucracy.

These seven stories include “Third Time Lucky”, Tanya Huff’s first professional sale to George Scithers at AMAZING STORIES. Thirty years, thirty novels, eighty-three short stories, and one television show later, this is where it all began.

Stories included are The Last Lesson; Be It Ever So Humble; Mirror, Mirror, on the Lam; Third Time Lucky; And Who is Joah?; Nothing Up Her Sleeve; and We Two May Meet.

Each story is accompanied by a brand-new author note.

Edit: THIRD TIME LUCKY is now on sale! You can order your ebook today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and the iBookstore. If you’re one of the few people who purchased the long out-of-print collection Stealing Magic, which has many of the same stories, then you should check out Tanya’s many other ebook collections available as JABberwocky ebooks!


JABberwocky Welcomes Mystic Author Jason Denzel

Mystic_DenzelIt’s time to issue a warm JABberwocky welcome to Jason Denzel!

Jason must be a Mystic (hence the ambiguity in the post’s title), because he’s pulled off something special—his debut novel, which was acquired by Tor Books on an exclusive submission, will come out this fall! The road to acquisition to publication can often take a year or more.

Mark your calendars for November 3rd, 2015. Better yet, you can already pre-order it.

Mystic tells the story of working-class Pomella, who is invited to compete for a position as the apprentice to the local Mystic, which flies in the face of local tradition—only nobility have historically been allowed. If she fails, she becomes an untouchable, outcast from the rest of society for the rest of her life. Pomella has a natural gift, but when she starts lying to get ahead, it threatens to blow up in her face.

When he’s not writing, Jason is also the founder of Dragonmount.com, the leading Wheel of Time community. If you’re a WoT fan, chances are good you’ve heard of it.

Welcome aboard, Jason! Hard as they are, publishing’s trials have nothing on Pomella’s. . .


Adam Rakunas is Now a Robot, Angry

ooh he fancyGood news everyone! WINDSWEPT by Adam Rakunas, his debut novel, has been sold to Angry Robot!

After reading this book, you’ll understand why we’re celebrating this two book deal with friend-of-the-agency Captain Morgan. We discovered Adam the “old fashioned” way. After rum-maging through “Fantasy and Science Fiction” we asked if he had a novel and sure enough – he showed us WINDSWEPT!  It’s a rum-soaked gonzo noir filled with sex, violence, and labor relations and will leave you begging for mojito! This “dark and stormy” novel follows union recruiter Padma as the deal of a lifetime falls apart in front of her and she has to scramble to save her city, her planet, and basically all of Occupied Space – all before Happy Hour.

Congratulations Adam!

It’s been a stellar few months for several JABberwocky debut clients and Adam’s wonderful news is only the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned for more excitement!

Phil Jourdan at Angry Robot is the acquiring editor. Sam Morgan and Joshua Bilmes negotiated for JABberwocky. Translation rights are available, contact Krystyna. Audio rights are available, contact Sam.


Hollywood Comes Knocking for Sanderson and Older

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We’ve had a lot of Hollywood-related excitement the last couple weeks, and now have big news to report: Both Brandon Sanderson and Daniel José Older have new option deals!

Brandon Sanderson’s #1 NYT bestselling Reckoners series (STEELHEART, FIREFIGHT, and the forthcoming CALAMITY) has been picked up by Twentieth Century Fox, for Shawn Levy’s Fox-based 21 Laps to produce. Levy has produced and directed dozens of films, including Real Steel, This Is Where I Leave You, and the Night at the Museum series. We think David and the Reckoners are in great hands!

Daniel José Older’s Bone Street Rumba series, which just launched January 6th with HALF-RESURRECTION BLUES, was optioned by Tony award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose for her Roaring Virgin Productions. Rose voiced Disney’s first African American princess, Princess Tiana, in The Princess and the Frog, and starred in the hit film Dreamgirls. She received a Tony Award for her role in Caroline or Change and was recently nominated for another Tony for her standout performance in A Raisin in the Sun, alongside Denzel Washington.

Regarding the announcement, Older said, “I’ve been a fan of Anika Noni Rose’s brilliant work on stage and screen for years. She has a deep understanding of narrative, craft, and truthtelling in general and the Bone Street Rumba series in particular, and I’m beyond thrilled to see this project come together.”

These are huge developments, and we couldn’t be happier for Brandon and Daniel!

 


Another #1 NYT Bestseller for Brandon Sanderson!

It’s already a very exciting start to 2015 for JABberwocky: FIREFIGHT debuted this week at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list! This long awaited second installment in Brandon Sanderson‘s Reckoners series is also a #9 USA Today bestseller, and a #14 Indie Children’s bestseller. FIREFIGHT is #3 on Bookscan’s juvenile list and #23 overall! The release of FIREFIGHT also triggered a return to the NYT list for the first Reckoners novel, STEELHEART, which is on its second week at #11.

This is Brandon’s third #1 New York Times bestseller in the past year and a half, after STEELHEART debuted at #1 on the New York Times list in October 2013 and WORDS OF RADIANCE, the second Stormlight Archive debuted at #1 in March 2014.

FIREFIGHT was also listed on “The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads for January” by Kirkus, who gave it this glowing praise: “Big in size and vision…the rare middle volume that keeps the throttle open and actually moves the story along significantly...This sequel to Steelheart keeps its foot on the gas pedal and is the prose equivalent of an action packed comic.” FIREFIGHT has already been sold in fifteen markets and more deals are in the works!

 


2014 – Another Great Year for JABberwocky Clients!

As 2015 begins, we’d like to reflect on the past year, which was a fantastic one for our clients! Myke Cole has once again received superb recognition across the board. BREACH ZONE, the third and final installment in his Shadow Ops series, was picked as a top book of the year by the Qwillery, Only the Best Sci Fi & Fantasy, and Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist, among others. His upcoming novel GEMINI CELL, the first book in his brand new Operator series, has already been recognized as well: Buzzfeed and Kirkus have both listed it on their top picks for the new year!

Also on Buzzfeed’s notable books for 2015 are Daniel Jose Older’s HALF RESURRECTION BLUES and Jim Hines’s UNBOUND. Kirkus also highlighted UNBOUND, as well as Brandon Sanderson’s upcoming Reckoners novel, FIREFIGHT. Daniel’s upcoming Young Adult novel, SHADOWSHAPER and Brandon Sanderson’s next Mistborn Adventure, SHADOWS OF SELF, have both also been listed on io9.com‘s list of “Mind-Blowing Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Look Out for in 2015.”

WORDS OF RADIANCE, the second book in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series, was a finalist in the Goodreads Books of the Year Awards. It was also picked for year’s best lists by Amazon, Fantasy Literature, Swide Magazine, BookLoons, Bibliosanctum, and the Arched Doorway, which also included SHATTERING THE LEY, by Joshua Palmatier. Swide Magazine also included John Sprunk’s BLOOD AND IRON and Charlaine Harris’s MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD on their best of 2014 list.

Marie Brennan’s TROPIC OF SERPENTS was recognized by NPR and Amazon, Bibliosanctum, among others, as a top book of the year, and Erin Lindsey’s THE BLOODBOUND was chosen by Bibliosanctum, Black Gate, and Night Owl Reviews.

It has been a great year for JABberwocky authors, and 2015 is already looking to be another successful year!


Boskone Bound!

What better way to kick off the New Year than to look ahead to all of the upcoming conventions?

Joshua is doing just that, and his schedule for Boskone 52 has just been confirmed! Below is a copy of his scheduled panels for the convention and you can check out all of the JABberwocky agents’ upcoming events at our Travel webpage.

  • “Pitch Perfect” — Saturday 2/14/15 @ 3pm

Pitching a project is an art. What does it take to put together a good pitch? When should you give a pitch; when should you hold off? Pros share advice and tips on pitching, including success stories and failures.

  • “Demystifying the Agency Process” — Saturday 2/14/15 @4pm

The business of finding an agent can be a bit of a mystery. Who should you contact? What should you say? How much of your manuscript should be finished? These are only a few of the questions new authors have, but what about authors who have to change agents? There is a set of other issues they need to manage. Professional agents take the time to share their experience and advice on the steps in the “agent finding” process.

  • “Contracts: Talking Terms” — Sunday 2/15/15 @ 11am

Literary contracts can be tricky to navigate. Find out about the mysterious clauses and terms that are hidden in plain sight. When is a deal too good to pass up or too good to be true? Ask questions about what’s okay to publish, find out about legal landmines, and ask the questions that you most want to know.

Several JABberwocky clients have also confirmed their attendance at Boskone 52 so be on the lookout for Toni L.P. Kelner, Myke Cole, and Walter Jon Williams!


JABbermas eBooks

A festive JABbermas to our wonderful ebook readers! Until New Year’s Eve, six of our ebooks are on sale! For only $2.99, you can explore the wide variety of novels and genres JABberwocky is honored to make available as ebooks.

Dirigent Mercenary Corps A Caithan Crusade #1 Where Are They Now? / Tilda Harper

Science Fiction
OFFICER-CADET by Rick Shelley is a military science fiction classic. Rick Shelley was himself a veteran of the U.S. Army, and his experience and knowledge shine through on every page. The first of the 6-book Dirigent Mercenary Corps, OFFICER-CADET is a great introduction to the subgenre.

Fantasy
On the fantasy side, we have CALL OF MADNESS by Julie Dean Smith, first in a 4-book epic fantasy series. With high-stakes adventure and a fully realized magic system, this one you don’t want to miss. Grimdark SHADOWKINGS by Michael Cobley kicks off a trilogy complete with political intrigue and a bleak fight against a seemingly insurmountable foe.

Horror
Our titles in the horror genre are star-studded. HOTTER BLOOD, edited by Jeff Gelb and Del Howison is the second installment of the bestselling Hot Blood horror anthology series. Several stories in the series have won the Bram Stoker Award, and dozens of others have been finalists. VAMPIRE VOW by Michael Schiefelbein is the first of a 4-book series featuring a Roman-centurion-turned-vampire made of stiffer stuff than certain other vampires, and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. (Be aware, HOTTER BLOOD and VAMPIRE VOW may feature adult content.)

Mystery
CURSE OF THE KSSING COUSIN by Agatha Award-winning author Toni L. P. Kelner is a delightful cozy mystery featuring celebrity reporter Tilda Harper, and the first a series. Fans of both the genre and television trivia will get a kick out of this mystery! (This novel was originally published as Without Mercy.)

Giveaway!
And last, but certainly not least, you can now enter to win one of five print copies of Jack Campbell’s short story collection AD ASTRA! The Goodreads giveaway ends at midnight on January 5th, 2015, so put your name in the hat quickly!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Ad Astra by Jack Campbell

Ad Astra

by Jack Campbell

Giveaway ends January 05, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


Hark! An Elizabeth Moon Short Story Collection

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Elizabeth Moon fans, rejoice!

Elizabeth has collected eight short stories into a new collection, Deeds of Honor: Paksensarrion World Chronicles, and JABberwocky is honored to make it available as an ebook. The eight stories in this collection feature characters familiar to readers of the Deed of Paksenarrion series and the Paladin’s Legacy series, as well as legends from Paksenarrion’s world. While six of these stories have appeared in various forms over the years and have been updated here, two stories are brand new, never-before-published, exclusively for this collection! Each story begins with a unique author’s note.

Perfect for fans of Elizabeth’s epic fantasy novels, Deeds of Honor is also an excellent place to start for those readers looking to test the water.

Pre-order your copy today for a mere $2.99! The collection goes on sale on December 22nd, 2014, and this special price will last through January 5th, 2015. If you miss the pre-order window, you’ll still have time. But don’t delay too long!


NPR Loves JABberwocky

NPR recently released their Best Books of 2014 list, and two of our clients make an appearance! Included on this year’s list is THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS by Marie Brennan, the second novel in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series. Book critic K. Tempest Bradford says of SERPENTS: “Marie Brennan expertly weaves together fantasy and science, history and memoir, and adventure and politics … [and] offers a nuanced and engaging look at how politics can influence the “pure” pursuit of knowledge.” The first novel, A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS, was similarly lauded last year.

Also on the list is KALEIDOSCOPE, an anthology with stories by JABberwocky client E.C. Myers, alongside pre-eminent writers in the genre like Garth Nix, Sean Williams, and Ken Liu. The anthology focuses on and explores diverse voices and characters in science fiction and fantasy for young adult readers. Bradford notes that the stories offer perspectives that are not “all about how being not white, not straight, not able-bodied, and not rich are the problem.” Rather, the character’s diverse backgrounds “inform the way each person deals with” their particular challenge.


Black Friday / Cyber Monday Audible Deals

The anthology Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, is available from Audible at a special Black Friday/Cyber Monday price! Beginning on Black Friday (the 28th), you can pick up your copy for only $4.95, a fantastic price for 15 stories set in the Sookie Stackhouse world by an amazing list of contributors, including New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry, and Seanan McGuire. Act fast! The sale ends Tuesday, December 2nd.

Another audiobook available during the Cyber Monday festivities is A Skeleton in the Family, the first book in Toni’s latest series (written as Leigh Perry). Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore picked it for their Fantastic Firsts Cozy Mystery Series book club, and RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5-star rating, calling it “a very touching and entertaining whodunit.” You can snag this amazing cozy mystery at an unbeatable price beginning Monday, December 1st. Don’t blink, though! This sale ends Tuesday, December 2nd.

And also part of Audible’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday excitement — Dauntless, the first Lost Fleet novel by Jack Campbell.  This NY Times bestselling series hooks pretty much everyone who decides to start it,and the best place to start is right at the beginning.  Only $4.95, and on sale through Cyber Monday, December 1.  You don’t even need an Audible account; you can buy through Amazon.


UPDATE: WORDS OF RADIANCE on The Der Spiegel Bestseller List!

We are thrilled to share that WORDS OF RADIANCE, the second installment in Brandon Sanderson’s #1 New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive series, is #42 on the Der Spiegel Bestseller List in Germany! Last week it debuted at #48 and this week moved up six spots on the list. Der Spiegel is a weekly German news magazine and one of Europe’s largest publications of this sort, with a weekly circulation of more than one million. This is the first time Brandon has been on this list, and he joins fellow JABberwocky clients Charlaine Harris and Peter V. Brett with this achievement.

In other news, WORDS OF RADIANCE was ranked #10 on Amazon’s top 20 “Best Books of 2014: Science Fiction & Fantasy” list! He is in good company on the list, along with George R. R. Martin, Anne Rice, Patrick Rothfuss, Diana Gabaldon, and more.

WORDS OF RADIANCE debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in March, and with this placement on the Der Spiegel list, has now become an international bestseller. This marks the second time one of Brandon’s books has become an international bestseller – The Rithmatist hit #3 on the Eslite bestseller list in Taiwan earlier this year.


YALSA Names The Rithmatist and Steelheart to Their Top Ten!

We are thrilled to share Brandon Sanderson‘s most recent recognition: YALSA has chosen not one, but two of Brandon’s titles for their Teens’ Top Ten List! THE RITHMATIST was selected for the #3 spot and STEELHEART was chosen as #8. YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, is a national group of librarians and advocates who work to improve library services for teens, and the titles on this list were chosen by students in sixteen school and public library groups around the country.

This news is particularly exciting at this moment as FIREFIGHT, the sequel to STEELHEART and the second book in The Reckoners trilogy, is forthcoming in January 2015 from Delacorte and a second installment in The Rithmatist series is under contract to Tor. Brandon has received a huge amount of recognition for these books, including a Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel and Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction for Steelheart, as well as spots on best-of lists by The New York Times, Apple, Kirkus, and Audible. With this YALSA selection, we’re happy to see that these books continue to impress and delight young readers and librarians alike!


Have Agent, Will Travel

Lisa will be attending the New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart in a Book Conference in Iselin, New Jersey, this weekend! She’ll be taking pitches Saturday morning and participating in the Editor/Agent Panel in the afternoon.

She’ll also be making an appearance at the Literacy Book Fair and Author Signing, hosted by NJRW, which is open to the public from 4pm-5:30pm on Saturday the 18th. Come by and say hi! You can follow her #NJRW or #PYHIAB tweets at @_LisaRodgers.

And next weekend, Lisa will be attending the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada! She’ll be taking pitches all weekend, and participating in the SiWC Idol Panel. She promises to be nicer than Simon Cowell. In addition to taking pitches, she’ll be running a Book Publishing Contracts Essentials workshop Saturday afternoon. It looks like registration might still be open until the 19th, if you’re thinking of attending!

Be sure to follow her #siwc14 tweets next weekend!


Ad Astra Available in Print

A Short Story CollectionThis is a very special weekend in JABberwockyland!

Not only is it the 20th anniversary of JABberwocky being in business, but we’ve just made available the very first print edition of any JABberwocky ebook!

That honor goes to AD ASTRA by Jack Campbell (AKA John G. Hemry), a collection that gathers together 11 short stories that explore what kinds of problems mankind might face as our horizons expand. Each is accompanied by an original author’s note. This is the most multi-faceted introduction to Jack Campbell’s short fiction, and an essential complement to his bestselling Lost Fleet and Lost Stars series.

And because it also happens to be New York Comic Con this weekend, we have a special treat for all you Jack Campbell fans! This weekend only, you can buy a print edition of AD ASTRA for a mere $10 (regular price $12.99) by using the discount code UMECDPB6 at checkout.
UPDATE: This Comic Con discount is no longer available. If you missed out, don’t worry! Check back regularly for other promos. And if you picked up a postcard from Jack Campbell at Comic Con, that discount code is still valid!

Buy your copy today!

If you’re more of a digital kind of reader, click here to see where you can find the ebook edition of AD ASTRA.

A very special weekend, indeed!


New Additions to the JABberwocky eBook Program

We’re honored to include in our ebook program two standalone mystery novels by #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris! Best known for her Sookie Stackhouse series, Charlaine made her debut with these first-rate small town Southern mysteries.

SWEET AND DEADLY features newspaper reporter Catherine Linton, who’s returned to her hometown Lowfield, Mississippi, certain that her parents’ recent death was no mere accident. But her investigation unearths more secrets than she bargained for, and now she’s both the sheriff’s lead suspect and the killer’s next target. Originally published in 1981, Birmingham News called it a “home run the first time out.”

A SECRET RAGE follows former NYC model Nickie Callahan as she re-assimilates into small town Southern life — and to catch the rapist terrorizing the community when the violence affects Nickie personally. Charlaine’s second novel is a bit of a departure from her more lighthearted Southern mystery series like Aurora Teagarden or Lily Bard. While it contains features readers will recognize from those later series, The Boston Globe summed it up best: “But more than [a good mystery], the book is a powerful study of rape and its consequences… a powerful vision of women fighting together against a common enemy.”

Don’t miss out on these early Charlaine novels!


An Update, An eBook, and THE WAY OF KING(Job)S

Exciting news for those with Apple™ addictions, there is a new version of iOS for those with the latest versions of the gadgets pioneered by Steve Jobs. According to the news sources the iOS8 update will also include a bundle of updates for their app suite include a new version of Apple’s e-reader: iBooks.

For those not previously familiar with this app, Apple is offering a free ebook download in conjunction with running the iOS8 update as a way to coax new users to try it out. While we suppose a person could use this free download on any one of our clients’s excellent works, why not get the most bang for your free buck and pick up an e-copy of Brandon Sanderson‘s THE WAY OF KINGS? At over 1000 pages long in it’s non-digital, hardcover format, the first book in the Stormlight Archive series is sure to keep you hooked for the next several weeks! Or at least until the next iOS update is released.


The Midnight Queen

It’s been two weeks since Sylvia Izzo-Hunter’s debut novel THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN hit shelves, and the incredible reviews have been pouring in! Sylvia was even chosen for an author spotlight by Romantic Times, who called the book “creative and suspenseful — and never predictable…a novel that readers will be unable to put down.”

THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN, the first installment in the Noctis Magicae series, tells the story of Gray, a student at Oxford’s Merlin College, being educated in the lore of magick. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace, to spend the summer at his professor’s country estate. There, along with the professor’s daughter Sophie, Gray discovers that there are secrets in their magic society and what Gray witnessed in Oxford might be even more sinister than it seemed.

Bookworm Blues has called THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN “a powerfully atmospheric novel…a love story that will warm your heart, and a story of magic and struggle, truth and might, in the face of all odds, with some stunning writing that will really hook readers and brings them into the colorful world that Hunter has created.”

Be sure to check out the rest of the reviews over at Sylvia’s author page!