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Day 3 of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravagaza

Day 3 of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravagaza

On the third day of my 12 Days of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravagaza, I'm giving you... Seed to Harvest by multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner Octavia E. Butler because I just love her so much. And you, too! But... mostly her.

This omnibus contains all four novels in her Patternist series: Wild Seed, Mind of My Mind, Clay's Ark, and Patternmaster — if you love sci-fi with secret histories that span from Ancient Egypt to the far future and include telepathic mind control, alien viruses, shape-shifters and more, this one is for you.

And just what is this 12 Days of Christmas Ebook Giveaway extravaganza type thing? It's me giving away one ebook from an awesome sci-fi or fantasy author every day for the next twelve days! There are several ways you can enter to win each day, all of them free. The giveaway ends on December 23 and all the winners will receive their gifts via email on Christmas Eve. So go forth and enter, you SFF book loving fool . . . and happy holidays!

Day 2 of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza

Day 2 of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza

It's day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Ebook Giveaway extravaganza type thing, and on this second day of Christmas your favorite blogger gave to you . . . The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. If you love tales of magical schools or enjoyed the world of The Night Circus, then you'll want to win this delightful romp through a magical Victorian London. I mean, it's free to enter, so why not?

And just what is this 12 Days of Christmas Ebook Giveaway extravaganza type thing? It's me giving away one ebook from an awesome sci-fi or fantasy author every day for the next twelve days! There are several ways you can enter to win each day, all of them free. The giveaway ends on December 23 and all the winners will receive their gifts via email on Christmas Eve. So go forth and enter, you SFF book loving fool . . . and happy holidays!

12 Days of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza

12 Days of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza

Christmas is coming . . . and not much else in the way of new sci-fi and fantasy books. But I have something better for you anyhow! 

After almost a year of trying (and sometimes failing!) to blog consistently, on top of trying to write consistently, on top of trying to live consistently . . .  I wanted to thank you, dear reader, for your patience and presence. To show my appreciation, I've decided to have a 12 Days of Christmas Ebook Giveaway extravaganza type thing starting today!

Every day for the next twelve days I'll be giving away one ebook from an awesome sci-fi or fantasy author. There are several ways you can enter to win each day, all of them free! The giveaway ends on December 23 and all the winners will receive their gifts via email on Christmas Eve. So go forth and enter, you SFF book loving fool... and happy holidays!

11 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Deluxe Edition Books for Gift Giving

11 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Deluxe Edition Books for Gift Giving

Books make for great gifts, don't you think? Except . . . book lovers have probably already bought or read most of the books they want. Enter the deluxe edition: those fancy, illustrated editions designed especially for gift giving — I mean, I assume that's what they're for, with their gilded edges, pretty pictures, and fall release dates.

If you're searching for the perfect book to give your favorite sci-fi or fantasy reader, elevate your giving with just such a deluxe, anniversary, or collector's edition of a beloved book. Or a hardcover edition instead of a mass market paperback, or a series collected into one volume. Here are 11 deluxe edition books to get you started in these trying holiday shopping times...

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Bookish Gift Guide

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Bookish Gift Guide

'Tis the season for giving! Here's a sci-fi and fantasy bookish gift guide to help make it easier to shop for your favorite SFF book lover (and it's totally okay if that person is you). On this list you'll find everything from Kindle covers made to look like real hardcover books, custom ex libris stamps inspired by Harry Potter and Tolkien, bookish clothes and candles, SFF magazine subscriptions, and other fun gifts (if you're into the weird and offbeat, be sure to take a closer look at the porcelain mugs!).

On Wednesday, you'll find a list of all the collector's editions and reissues of classic SFF novels out in time for the holidays, so stay tuned... Until then, happy shopping!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year, I'm thankful for all of you! Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving today or not, I hope you have a wonderful weekend with family and loved ones. I'll be back with a spec fic/SFF bookish gift guide just in time for Cyber Monday... until then, Happy Thanksgiving!

New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books: November 20 - 26

New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books: November 20 - 26

Lovers of paranormal and urban fantasy have a lot to be thankful for in this week's new sci-fi and fantasy book releases! For fans of True Blood and the Sookie Stackhouse novels comes a collection of every short story in the series. There's also another urban fantasy anthology featuring tales all set in New York, written by a who’s-who of New York Times bestsellers and Hugo and Nebula Award-winning writers including George R. R. Martin, Maria Dahvana Headley, Holly Black, and more.

On the sci-fi front, you'll find a near-future tale about a narcoleptic dreamhacker that sounds all kinds of awesome (especially if you loved Inception as much as I did), and a unique, satirical take on the apocalyptic genre exploring what happens when all humor is wiped off the face of the Earth in the form of a virus that obliterates the part of the brain where humor lives.

But what I'm most excited for this week is the return of Anne Rice! Writing with her son Christopher, this week brings the long-promised sequel to The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned. (Seriously, this was the third Anne Rice book I ever read a million years ago, and even then it was already yeas old! It's been that long.) Based on reviews, this book sounds like it's also a return to form for her, which makes my unabashed ride-or-die fangirl heart so happy!

Here are this week's new SFF books...

Waiting on Wednesday: The Hazel Wood

Waiting on Wednesday: The Hazel Wood

Last week's pick was all about witches, because witchy fiction is one of my favorite things. But more than my love of witches, I am obsessed with fairy tales — the Grimmer, the better. I mean, I love Disney too, but there's just something about the darker originals that resonate with me. Which is why I chose this week's Waiting on Wednesday pick: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.

In addition to the excellent reviews it's already getting, The Hazel Wood features a girl named Alice, a journey to grandmother's house, a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales (written by grandmother), and a trek into the cruel supernatural world where those pitch-dark stories are set. As you can see, it also hits that bookish soft spot every writer has for books about writers, and every reader has for books about books!

Check out The Hazel Wood for yourself...

New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: November 13 - 19

New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: November 13 - 19

After the hellish heat wave that closed out October here in LA, the promise of fall and cooler, darker days are finally here. This week's new SFF books feel the same: there's so much interesting, dark new sci-fi and speculative fiction with a new sci-fi heist thriller from The Martian's Andy Weir and a collection of Philip K. Dick tales to go with the new Amazon streaming show based on his work.

There's also a deliriously dark new fantasy about an alchemist and a book of life that writes itself, a lush epic fantasy set in the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, and a couple new dystopian tales, including an alt-history that explores what the world today would be had the Nazis won (basically: not good). You'll even find a touch of horror with Mira Grant's latest about an expedition to find... killer. mermaids. I need this in my life right now.

Here are this week's best new sci-fi and fantasy books...

Waiting on Wednesday: The Wicked Deep

Waiting on Wednesday: The Wicked Deep

Can you believe it's November already? This year has just flown by. And while fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, it's also my busiest time — plus, I decided to do NaNoWriMo as well so I could finally finish a project I've been working on forever, which is why I've been lacking in new releases and just posting in general the last couple of weeks. I know, excuses, excuses.

Anyway, I thought I'd ease back in with a new Waiting on Wednesday pick: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. Reading the synopsis, I feel like this book was kind of written just for me? I mean, probably not, but like... I really, really love Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic (the movie more so than the book, I must admit).

And I really, really love witches and witchery in fiction (and real life too, I must admit as well). And there are sisters, which I also love to read about. And revenge. And generational curses. And a hint of deadly siren, perhaps? And a beautiful cover.

Oh yes, this book was definitely written for me. Take a look...