Feb 212017
 

Congratulations to the DMLA authors nominated for a 2016 Nebula Awards!

Novel:
Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)

Novella:
Runtime, S.B. Divya (Tor.com Publishing)

Short Story:
“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 11-12/16)

Feb 162017
 

Cover for Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop, a book in the Others seriesRT Book Review: Bishop’s Novel of the others series has truly been one of the most original and phenomenal UF series out there, so this fifth book is a bit bittersweet. While Bishop’s worldbuilding is second to none, it has been the characters and their relationships that elevate these stories into masterpieces. It appears that this will be the final Simon and Meg book (at least for now), since in her next book Bishop will turn to new characters in a different part of Thaisia. Bottom line, this is once again an epically amazing and thrilling story, but I really hope Bishop returns to continue Simon and Meg’s unforgettable journey because this didn’t feel like a finale.

Read RT Book Review’s full review of Etched in Bone here.

Feb 152017
 

Cover for Anatomy of Innocence: the Truth of the Wrongfully Convicted, a collection of true stories edited by Leslie S. Klinger and Laura CaldwellKirkus: A unique collection of 15 wrongful conviction sagas bound to shake faith in the American criminal justice system. In the past three decades, books about wrongful convictions have become so numerous that they form their own genre. The advent of DNA testing for law enforcement purposes validated the previously discredited statement that American prisons are filled with innocent inmates while the actual perpetrators remain unpunished. Few of the books, however, match this skillful anthology, assembled by Life After Innocence founder Caldwell (The Dog Park, 2014, etc.) and Edgar Award-winning mystery editor Klinger (editor: In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe: Classic Tales of Horror, 1816-1914, 2015, etc.), in which exonerated individuals tell their stories to high-profile authors, most of them known for their fast-paced crime novels. While the names of the exonerees may be unfamiliar to general readers, the names of the authors are better known: Sara Paretsky, Lee Child, Laurie King, and more. Scott Turow and Barry Scheck provide the introduction. […] A searing, unforgettable anthology, with valuable insights provided at the end of each chapter by the editors.

Feb 142017
 

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s three new novels in the epic Liaden series, to Toni Weisskopf at Baen in a six-figure deal by Jennifer Jackson.

Feb 102017
 

Cover for At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson.Publishers Weekly: The universe appears to be literally shrinking around Ozzie Pinkerton: erasing people, obliterating the stars, and reducing the world to little more than his town of Cloud Lake, Fla. Ozzie alone remembers the world as it was […] As in We Are the Ants, Hutchinson uses a science fiction overlay to explore important topics, including self-mutilation, gender identity, and child abuse. Ozzie’s friends remind him that the world doesn’t revolve around him, but Hutchinson playfully disagrees, turning the literal shrinking of the universe into a smart metaphor for Ozzie’s introversion and alienation. Ozzie’s wit and concern for his friends make him a captivating narrator frozen by the changes and choices he faces. The conceit also works as a powerful parable for victimization, as everything Ozzie knows is stolen and the people he should be able to trust constantly undermine him—or disappear altogether.

Feb 102017
 

What’s it about? For starters, we’ll use core emotional craft principles like third level emotions in different contexts. We’ll add to your novel moments of delight and defeat. We’ll see how emotional goals play out both in scenes and change over the length of your novel. We’ll build a box of hopelessness for your protagonist and find four ways in which your readers cannot help but hope and cheer despite themselves. We’ll change your own emotions and discover how that impacts the page you’re writing. We’ll draw the moral map of your story and take readers on a twisting route through it. We’ll follow an emotional journey that readers cannot resist and that opens for you a new level of craft.

Bring blank notebooks and a supply of pens. This is new stuff. It’s the practical techniques of writing fiction not with your head, but with your heart.

Workshop dates:

Houston, June 2-4
Seattle, September 15-17.

Learn more about this great workshop!

 

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Feb 092017
 

Congratulations to the DMLA clients who made the 2016 Locus Recommended Reading List!

Novels – Fantasy
* City of Blades, Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway)

Novels – Horror
* The Family Plot, Cherie Priest (Tor)

First Novels
* Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)

Collections
* Project Elfhome, Wen Spencer (Baen)

Novellas
* Hammers on Bone, Cassandra Khaw (Tor.com Publishing)

Novelettes
* “Foxfire, Foxfire”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/03/16)

Short Stories
* “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies“, Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 11-12/16)
* “Breathe“, Cassandra Khaw (Clarkesworld 5/16)
* “Shadows Weave“, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/26/16)
* “Afrofuturist 419“, Nnedi Okorafor (Clarkesworld 11/16)

Feb 082017
 

Cover for At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson.Shelf Awareness: Any breakup can make a person feel like the world has just ended, but high school senior Ozzie Pinkerton of Florida feels even worse: as far as the universe is concerned, his ex-boyfriend Tommy never existed.

While Shaun David Hutchinson is a master of fusing the bizarre with the mundane, and the plot is delightfully constructed, it is Ozzie’s pained, sardonic voice that steals the spotlight. Hutchinson’s authentic characters, exploring their gender and sexuality with equal parts confusion and confidence, will resonate with many teens who no longer see their identity as binary or unchanging. Ozzie’s story may be fantastical, but its emotional honesty renders the whole complicated story believable, and readers will flock to its central truths.

Discover: Shaun David Hutchinson’s smart YA novel finds authenticity in the weirdest of places.

Feb 072017
 

From the Romantic Times Sapphire award winning author of the Internationally best-selling Elfhome series.

REBUILD A LIFE, SAVE A CITY

Silas Decker had his world destroyed when he was attacked by vampires outside of New Amsterdam. He has rebuilt his life a dozen times in the last three hundred years—each time less and less successfully. Now he lives alone, buried under a hoarding habit, struggling to find some reason to wake up with the setting of the sun.

Eloise is a Virtue, pledged to hunting evil. What she doesn’t know is how to live alone in a city full of strangers who know nothing about monsters.

Seth is the sixteen-year old Prince of Boston, ward of the Wolf King. Now he is left in a city that desperately needs his protection with enemies gathering all around.

Joshua believes he is a normal, college-bound high school senior. His life is shattered when he wakes up in a field, covered with blood, and the prom committee scattered in pieces about him like broken dolls.

These four must now come together to unravel a plot by Wickers, witches who gain power from human sacrifices and have the power to turn any human into their puppet. Four people who lost everything struggle to save Boston by saving each other.

Feb 072017
 

Cover for At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson.Tommy and Ozzie have been best friends since second grade, and boyfriends since eighth. They spent countless days dreaming of escaping their small town—and then Tommy vanished.

More accurately, he ceased to exist, erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Everyone except Ozzie.

Ozzie doesn’t know how to navigate life without Tommy, and soon suspects that something else is going on: that the universe is shrinking.

When Ozzie is paired up with new student Calvin on a physics project, he begins to wonder if Calvin could somehow be involved. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is for him to deny the feelings developing between them, even if he still loves Tommy.

But Ozzie knows there isn’t much time left to find Tommy–that once the door closes, it can’t be opened again. And he’s determined to keep it open as long as possible.