Thursday’s Thoughts -Updates

So I thought I’d make some rounds within the book world and post some author news this week.

A quick note for Rick Riordan fans, in part of the publicity Riordan has been doing leading up to the release of Mark Of Athena, the author stated that his next project was going to be on his first love, Norse, mythology. I for one can’t wait to see what kind of spin he puts on Thor and Loki.

On her blog, Richelle Mead answers the question: What is Gameboard of the Gods?

It’s been mentioned a few times in Richelleland, but I know it’s easy to miss stuff like that, especially in the onslaught of Bloodlines updates. Gameboard is the first book in my new Age of X series, which is a kind of futuristic paranormal series for adults (though teens can read it too because I would’ve been all over this in my younger years).

Here’s the premise. Religious extremists released a virus that wiped out half the world’s population and plunged it into chaos. A hundred years later, some places have recovered better than others, including a high tech new country formed out of pieces of the former US and Canada (I’m pretty sure it’s only a matter of time before our countries unite anyway). After its troubled past, this country has an understandably wary attitude toward religion. It goes out of its way to dismantle most religious groups and debunk any claims of the mystical or paranormal. My hero is an uber charismatic guy who helps carry out that agenda for the government. My heroine, who hangs out with him, is a former Finnish debutante who’s now a kind of super soldier. Unfortunately, denying that the supernatural exists gets a little hard when it starts following them around…

So there we go! I’m excited about this. I love the characters and the world, and although I can’t use 80s music references, there’s still enough wacky banter and sexual tension to make it a Richelle book. There’ll be more updates coming, as well as the cover. This book comes out in June, which means 2013 is going to be happening: Indigo in February, Gameboard in June, and Bloodlines #4 (title and exact date to come) in the fall. That also explains why there’s so much work going on this year! But it’s going to be awesome, and I hope you guys love what’s to come.….. For more check out Richelle’s blog here.

Julie Kagawa revealed the cover for an upcoming anthology featuring a prequel to The Immortal Rules called Dawn Of Eden. It will be published in ‘Til the World Ends, art work and synopsis below…. Learn more on Julie’s blog here.


Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden–as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What’s worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she’s beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems….  

Quick note: while this is a prequel to The Immortal Rules, it is not a YA novella.  It is an adult story with adult content, so consider yourselves warned.  

Lastly Jennifer Estep revealed the cover for the next installment of her Elemental Assassins Series, Deadly Sting. I for one like this better than the last one, since I didn’t get the whole step-back cover thing and honestly thought the white cover was just a placeholder that had been used in everything. Deadly Sting’s step-back looks quite festive, though I don’t know why anyone would want to cover up such a beautiful cover….. Check out the post here

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