by Jean Lafitte, privateer and guest blogger
Bonjour, my friends. It is I, Jean Lafitte, coming to you from my home in Old Barataria, although I am assisting in my….(SJ: creator) (JL: Mon Dieu, you did not create me, you brazen wench.) (SJ: Whatever.)
For the next few weeks, I shall be assisting in Jolie’s friend as she tends to other business and she says I am quite full of myself and always have opinions to share, an opinion which I humbly share.
So first, you might find Mademoiselle Susannah today with author Jill Archer, where she is talking about something called “instalove.” She seems to be somewhat disapproving of this thing, but I feel it sounds quite enjoyable. You also might enter to win cash and gifts there. Should you wish to share them (SJ: stop right there) (JL: I shall have you keel-hauled.) (SJ: I can’t swim; it would kill me.) (JL: Exactement.).
Mademoiselle Susannah also is answering questions at a place called Literary Musing today. She is talking about a new book called BLACK DIAMOND. I should much like to read this book as it is about the lands of South Louisiana where I once plied my trade, and also must surely be about diamonds. You also might wish to enter the giveaways here, and should you win diamonds you might share them with any handsome Frenchmen you might know.
[SJ butting in here. The interview today left out the photos, so here are how I imagine Cole and Jena…
Bah. One must not interrupt Jean Lafitte!
In the meantime, Mademoiselle Suzanne—who obviously does not know what to call herself—left this list of new books this week and says you may win one of your choice by leaving a comment here. I know nothing of such things.
A Game of Thrones, The 20th Anniversary Illustrated Edition—A Song of Ice and Fire, Book One, by George RR Martin, Oct. 18. Published in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of George R. R. Martin s landmark series, this lavishly illustrated special edition of “A Game of Thrones “revitalizes the fantasy masterpiece that started a cultural phenomenon. With full-page illustrations in every chapter, the mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure of this saga come to life as never before.
A Theft of Magic (The Fay of Skye #2), by Cara McKinnon, Oct. 17, Stars and Stone. A woman sworn to truth. A man who deals in lies. A passion lighting the way to love…or loss. At the behest of the Duchess of Fay, Ronan McCarrick, thief, smuggler, and Irish revolutionary, travels to the Isle of Skye, the domain of Sorcha Fay. She is known as the Seeress of Skye, an elusive figure who rarely leaves the island. Ronan’s arrival triggers one of her defensive spells, incinerating his clothing and everything he’s carrying. Including the letter that would have told Sorcha why he has come to Skye. Despite an instant attraction to the naked and furious Irishman, Sorcha believes that Ronan is an interloper who has been attacking her wards for months. Even when part of his story is confirmed, she still mistrusts him. But when she discovers that two powerful objects are missing from the Fay vaults-someplace he couldn’t have been-she’ll need his help to steal them back. If he doesn’t steal her heart first.
Black Diamond (Wilds of the Bayou #2), by Susannah Sandlin, Oct. 18, Montlake. For some people, the untamed beauty of the bayou is a place to hide. For Louisiana wildlife agent Jena Sinclair, it’s a place of refuge—one where she can almost forget the tragedy that scarred both her skin and her soul. But when the remains of yet another fisherman turn up, Jena realizes that Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes is not safe for her…or anyone else….The mysterious deaths aren’t her only problem. A dangerous drug known as Black Diamond is circulating through Terrebonne Parish, turning addicts into unpredictable sociopaths. Jena’s investigation leads her to Cole Ryan—a handsome, wary recluse struggling with his own troubled history—who knows more than he’s willing to admit. If they want to stop the killer, Jena and Cole must step out of the shadows of their pasts and learn to help each other…before the evils lurking in the bayou consume them both.
Everything That Isn’t Winter: A Tor.com Original, by Margaret Killjoy, Oct. 19, Tor. Does a renewed world still have a place for those who only know how to destroy? While defending a tea-growing commune in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, one person seeks an answer.
Immortal Defender (Immortal Brotherhood #4), by Lisa Hendrix, Oct. 18, Berkley. Part of a band of Viking warriors cursed by an evil sorceress, Torvald has searched for years for a magic that can free him from his fate—to live forever as a were-creature, a man by night, a stallion by day. While studying with the alchemist to Queen Elizabeth, Torvald meets the lovely widow Josian Delamere and hopes she might be the one woman who can save him. Unwilling to give up the independence of her widowhood, Josian expects to become merely lovers, but Torvald’s tender seductions make her yearn for more. Just as she’s poised to surrender her heart, a hidden enemy reveals Torvald’s secret to her—and she flees the dark magic that surrounds him, in fear for her very soul. The proud warrior can win any battle, but he cannot surmount the pain of losing Josian. Yet when her life is threatened, he will risk it all to come to the defense of the one woman who means more to him than his own salvation…
Isis Orb (Xanth #40), by Piers Anthony, Oct. 18, Open Road. In Xanth, everyone has a talent. But that doesn t mean everyoneloves his talent, and no one understands that better than Hapless. Endowed with the ability to conjure any instrument he wants, Hapless could be an extraordinary musician if only he could play a tune that didn t fall ear-piercingly flat. His one desire is to find an instrument he can play and maybe a girlfriend or three. But like music, women have never been his forte….When the Good Magician hears about Hapless’s desperate desire, he sends the young man on a quest to find the elusive Isis Orb, a magical talisman that could fulfill his wish. But the mysterious Egyptian goddess for whom the orb is named guards the enchanted object and won’t let anyone see it let alone use it….Setting out to achieve the impossible, Hapless meets an eclectic mix of creatures that join him on his journey. Like the musically challenged Hapless, they all have wishes they hope the Isis Orb will grant. But the only way they can control the orb is to capture the five totems from the regions of Xanth: Fire, Earth, Air, Water, and the Void. Together, this motley crew will heroically fight dragons, a six-headed griffin, and even a beautiful, seductive water gorgon who tries to rain on Hapless’s parade.
Of Flame and Light (Weird Girls #7), by Cecy Robson, Oct. 18. Taran Wird holds the unique ability to conjure fire and lightning. She is mated to Gemini, Second in Command to the Squaw Valley Pack of the Lake Tahoe Region, and the sole werewolf to possess the ability to split into two wolves. And although they are mates, Taran’s insecurities have driven them apart. Devastated by an injury that left her with a zombie-like limb, Taran struggles to regain command over her magic. But when her arm and her power turn against her, lashing out on those she most loves, she knows she can no longer carry this burden alone. Not that she likes the alternative. The only way to regain control of her magic is to align and learn from the local coven of witches―the very ones who sought to banish her when she and her three unique sisters first moved to the mystical region. But although Taran is trying, the teachings don’t come easy, and the tasks leave her weak and emotionally shattered. Yet Taran must learn and learn fast. Time is running out. The fire she once mastered so easily has become her greatest adversary and is now slowly burning her alive . . .
The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin, by Ursula K. Le Guin, Oct. 18, Saga. Every novella by Ursula K. Le Guin, an icon in American literature, collected for the first time—and introduced by the legendary author—in one breathtaking volume. Ursula K. Le Guin has won multiple prizes and accolades from the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to the Newbery Honor, the Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and PEN/Malamud Awards. She has had her work collected over the years, but never as a complete retrospective of her longer works as represented in the wonderful The Found and the Lost.
The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, edited by Dominik Parisien and Nava Wolfe, Oct. 18, Saga. Fairy tales have dominated our cultural imagination for centuries. From the Brothers Grimm to the Countess d’Aulnoy, from Charles Perrault to Hans Christian Anderson, storytellers have crafted all sorts of tales that have always found a place in our hearts. Now a new generation of storytellers have taken up the mantle that the masters created and shaped their stories into something startling and electrifying. Packed with award-winning authors, this anthology explores an array of fairy tales in startling and innovative ways, in genres and settings both traditional and unusual, including science fiction, western, and post-apocalyptic as well as traditional fantasy and contemporary horror. From the woods to the stars, The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Talestakes readers on a journey at once unexpected and familiar, as a diverse group of writers explore some of our most beloved tales in new ways across genres and styles.
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