“Some cities are naturally holiday cities. London is a Christmas city. Paris is a Valentine’s Day city. And no place in the world is a Halloween city more than New Orleans.” –The opening lines of “RUSTED VEINS (US | UK)
While I am a huge fan of both New Orleans and Halloween, I not yet had the good luck to be in the Big Easy on All Hallow’s Eve. However, I’ve been to NOLA many, many times over the last decade, and I’ve researched the city’s Halloween traditions extensively (for my book GREEN-EYED DEMON [US | UK | AUS]). Even though we can’t all just drop everything and go to New Orleans to celebrate Halloween this year, it doesn’t mean we can’t bring it to our own houses.
I am not exactly a party planner (except for fictional ones where budget is no object), but I do love to attend a good party, so I’ve put together my dream New Orleans-themed Halloween party. I’m tempted to throw this party to celebrate the release of my Sabina Kane Halloween novella “Rusted Veins.” Since it is available this week and happens to be set in New Orleans, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
Tie a calligraphied invite to a chicken foot or gris-gris bag for a charming voodoo touch. If it’s in the budget, have a second line band deliver them door-to-door while playing a funeral dirge.
- “Bloodletting” by Concrete Blonde
- “Hoodoo” by Muse
- “Voodoo Child” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
- “The Witch Queen of New Orleans” by Tom Jones
- “504” by the Old 97s
- “Louisiana Blues” by Muddy Waters
- “Apache Rose Peacock” Red Hot Chili Peppers
Guests will be invited to dress as their favorite real or fictional New Orleans resident. I’ve included some suggestions below.
For the ladies:
- Marie Laveau, Voodoo Priestess
- Madame Delphine Lalaurie, Famous murderess
- Lulu White, famous Storyville Madam
- Blanch DuBois or Stella Kowalski from Streetcar Named Desire
- Anne Rice, author
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- - October 22nd, 2013
“I loved this book from start to finish. Exciting and innovative, CHARMING is a great introduction to a world I look forward to spending a lot more time in.” – Seanan McGuire
I’m sure by now all of you have read and are as enthralled by Elliott James’s CHARMING (US | UK | AUS) as I am, anxiously counting down the days until book two comes out. If this sounds like you, then the release of the newest Pax Arcana short story, PUSHING LUCK, should help you bear the wait.
PUSHING LUCK is the third in a series of short stories from our wonderful author, Elliott James, introducing us to John Charming. John is a descendant of a long line Charmings—an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch finders, and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern-day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns, John Charming was one of the best—until a curse made him one of the abominations the Knights were sworn to hunt.
In PUSHING LUCK, while trying to make money off the grid, John Charming stumbles upon an underground poker tournament where the hors d’oeuvres are made of human flesh and the players are gambling with much more than their money. All bets are off.
“Loved it! Charming is a giant gift basket of mythology and lore delivered by a brilliant new voice in urban fantasy. Elliott James tells stories that are action-packed, often amusing, and always entertaining.” – Kevin Hearne, author of Hounded
PUSHING LUCK is out now in the US and releases in the UK on October 31st.
- - October 19th, 2013
Some of the characters in Amanda Carlson’s new novel COLD BLOODED ( US | UK | ANZ) may be as cold as they come, but the reviews this new book is getting are hot hot hot!
If you’re into urban fantasy and paranormal romance of any kind but haven’t yet checked out the Jessica McClain novels (which begin with FULL BLOODED (US | UK | ANZ), look below to see what you’re missing! Fans of the likes of Patricia Briggs, Rachel Caine, Ilona Andrews and Chloe Neill will love this . . .
‘Cold Blooded starts with a bang and the action keeps coming right up until the final pages. Jess now faces her most perilous journey yet, where the stakes have never been higher. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her next’ VAMPIRE BOOK CLUB
‘I’ve fallen in love with Jessica, and her loyalty to those around her and willingness to do what it takes to keep them safe. I’m thrilled to be following her as she figures out this whole werewolf thing . . . And yes, it is as hot as you were likely expecting it would be.’ ALL THINGS URBAN FANTASY
‘If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend it. It is great for people who like strong female leads, werewolves and a lot of action. If you’ve enjoyed Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, The Hollows by Kim Harrison, Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane and Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs, then I think you’ll love this book’ HOT LISTENS
‘Cold Blooded was a fun, action-packed book with the right amount of romance, adventure, and twists to keep me firmly planted as part of the Pack’ SHE WOLF READS
‘Cold Blooded is the third book in Amanda Carlson’s Jessica McClain series and this one people is my favorite to date . . . Really cool . . . Red Blooded is up next sometime in 2014 and I can’t wait to read it’ YUMMY MEN AND KICK ASS CHICKS
‘It’s intense action start to finish and I’m ready for more’ HAPPILY EVER AFTER READS
- - September 26th, 2013
“Grab some snacks and settle back as splendid debut author James serves up a Prince Charming tale yanked sideways.” – RT Book Reviews
Who is John Charming? That’s a complicated question best answered by the man himself, but what I can tell you is that CHARMING and its connecting short fiction are tremendous fun. Here is a free preview of one of Elliott James’s short fiction, a prequel story to the upcoming novel CHARMING.
Somewhere in Alaska a locked house full of ripped apart bodies and one teacup poodle covered in blood. Somewhere in Alaska, the voice of a dead woman speaks through a car radio. And somewhere in Alaska, the last surviving descendant of one of John Charming’s only friends is being pursued by nightmare hounds. The dog days have begun.
DOG-GONE will only be available on OrbitBooks.net for a limited time. After that, you’ll have to wait until February to purchase a copy for your e-reader, but we’re convinced that once you’ve been introduced to the series, you’ll be anxious for more. We’ve gotten some terrific reviews for the first book. If you like urban fantasy, CHARMING is a “must read” this September.
Read DOG-GONE by Elliot James or check out the newly released short story, DON’T GO CHASING WATERFALLS.
More Praise for CHARMING:
“This debut introduces a self-deprecating, wisecracking, and honorable-to-a-fault hero who can stand up to such established protagonists as Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden and Seanan McGuire’s October Daye. Combining action and romance — with an emphasis on action — this is a top-notch new series opener for lovers of urban fantasy.” – Library Journal (starred review)
“In a saturated literary realm, James’s tale stands out for the gritty, believable world he builds, and provides a reason for the genre’s renewed strength. This is masculine urban fantasy in the vein of Jim Butcher and Mark del Franco.” – Booklist
More Short Fiction by Elliot James:
September: NEWLY RELEASED!
- - September 26th, 2013
Orbit signed up Will McIntosh for the terrifically imaginative novels LOVE MINUS EIGHTY (US | UK | AUS)and DEFENDERS (coming in 2014), but we never forgot that he is a supremely talented short story writer with an amazing range. In fact both novels began as short stories that were so rich and brimming with ideas that they begged to be expanded. The same could be said of any of his shorter work.
In THE HEIST (US | UK) the Hugo Award-winning author uses an uncanny Las Vegas caper to talk about friendship, regret, and the human desire for just a little bit more time. It’s funny, sweet, heartfelt, and wholly original.
Also, if you liked “THE HEIST don’t miss McIntosh’s other short story in the Orbit Short Fiction program, THE PERIMETER (US | UK)
- - September 11th, 2013
The time is almost upon us.
The film version of ENDER’S GAME – one of the most popular and critically acclaimed science fiction novels ever written – will be out in the UK on 25th October .
To celebrate, we’re very pleased to present the final cover for our Orbit film tie-in edition – available from 3rd October.
Starring Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyrum Graff, Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham and Asa Butterfield as the child prodigy Ender himself, we have very high hopes for this movie. The trailer looks spectacular – check out the latest extended version if you haven’t seen it yet.
You can also keep up to date with news on the film on the Ender’s Game Facebook page.
And if you haven’t read the worldwide bestselling, award-winning book behind this film yet, read a free extract to find out what you’re missing.
- - September 6th, 2013
We’re delighted to reveal the cover for a truly exceptional book that we’ll be releasing worldwide next year – one unlike anything you have ever read before, and set to be one of our biggest launches in 2014. And it starts with an ending.
Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.
No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.
As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message. It has come down from child to adult, child to adult, passed back through generations from a thousand years forward in time. The message is that the world is ending, and we cannot prevent it. So now it’s up to you.’
This is the extraordinary journey of one unforgettable character – a story of friendship and betrayal, loyalty and redemption, love and loneliness and the inevitable march of time.
Claire North is a pseudonym for an acclaimed British author who has previously published several novels. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is released worldwide on 8th April next year.
- - September 5th, 2013
We’re proud to present the cover for the start of a breathtaking new epic fantasy series which will be launched internationally in 2014.
THE PATH TO POWER is the majestic opening to The Tarnished Crown Quintet – a major new series from Karen Miller, the bestselling author of THE INNOCENT MAGE (UK | US).
It is a powerful epic set against a tapestry of political intrigue, supernatural skulduggery, plague and war.
Much awaits those who will follow the path to power. Royal houses will rise and fall. Trading empires will be destroyed and reborn. Friends will become enemies, and enemies friends. All of this will come to pass, and the only certainty is that nothing will remain as it once was.
Brace yourselves to discover THE PATH TO POWER in July 2014.
- - August 28th, 2013
We’re delighted to present the beautiful new cover for NIGHT BROKEN, the stunning eighth novel in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. It’s released as a hardback on 4th March next year, and urban fantasy fans are in for a treat! Check out what lies in store . . .
An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam won’t turn away a person in need, but with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right.
Soon, Mercy learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and will anything to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.
On top of this, there’s an even more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man – in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies pile up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her world apart.
If you’re new to Patricia Briggs, you can get hold of other books in the Mercy Thompson series right now – they begin with MOON CALLED (UK |ANZ). And if you’ve already devoured both this and Patricia Briggs’ other urban fantasy series Alpha and Omega, there’s something new you can try too: check out ARALORN (UK | ANZ), the tale of a noble, shapeshifter and spy . . .
- - August 15th, 2013
Last year, I received a submission for a novel that I just couldn’t let go of. It hit all my urban fantasy notes, plus it had a male hero! It also had a great hook — and it didn’t hurt that it reminded me of my love for both Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne.
The concept is this: What if there was more than one Prince Charming? What if there was a whole line of Charmings’ going back far into history — each one with a mission to rid the world of evil. But what happens when the last one is turned…and he becomes what he hunts?
So with this in mind, I set out to publish CHARMING (out in September), but Elliot James didn’t stop there. He also wrote a series of stories that will introduce us to the character in the coming months. The first, CHARMED, I’M SURE, is out today!
To tell you a tiny bit about the story:
When Tom Morris encounters a naked man walking along the interstate with no memory of how he got there, the smart thing to do is drive away. The only problem is, Tom Morris has secrets of his own. Like the fact that he comes from a long line of witch finders, monster slayers, and enchantment breakers, or that his real name is Charming. John Charming.
We’ll have one story a month starting with this one. DON’T GO CHASING WATERFALLS will be out in September to coincide with CHARMING (the novel) and PUSHING LUCK will be published in October.
And did I mention that Kevin Hearne was kind enough to give CHARMING a quote?
“Loved it! CHARMING is a giant gift basket of mythology and lore delivered by a brilliant new voice in urban fantasy. Elliott James tells stories that are action-packed, often amusing, and always entertaining.”
— Kevin Hearne, author of HOUNDED
I’m very excited about this debut author and if you get a chance, dip into one of the short stories, or even better, pre-order CHARMING! It’s totally worth it!!!