Welcome to Smugglivus 2010: Day 32

Throughout this month, we will have daily guests – authors, bloggers and publishers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2010, and looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2011.

Who: Stacy Hague-Hill, editor at the formidable Tor books, with a list of what to expect from Tor in 2011 and a most awesome and generous giveaway!

Please give it up for Stacy!

Ah, Smugglivus! It’s a wonderful time of the year. I’d like to begin by saying thanks to our excellent hosts for not only making it happen but inviting Tor to be part of the festivities. You guys rock.

It’s been an exciting year around Tor, where we’ve seen a house record of twenty bestsellers, including works by great authors like Brandon Sanderson, whose highly-anticipated Wheel of Time book, The Towers of Midnight, and his original work, The Way of Kings, captivated a legion of fans; David Weber, whose Out of the Dark (which has the best concept ever—aliens v. vampires? I was sold) and Mighty Fortress were both big hits; and debut novelist Bruce Cameron still has an excellent run on the list with the heartwarming novel about a dog and his boy, A Dog’s Purpose. Congratulations to them, and to all of our authors. And thanks to all of you for making it a wonderful year!

Now, on to a preview of the cool new titles we have coming up in 2011.

Even as the ball drops in Time Square, an all-new fantasy series by none other than Orson Scott Card will be on its way to a fine bookstore near you. The Lost Gate, hitting shelves in early January, is the story of a young man and a clan of mages living in exile in our world. It’s a wondrous and strange story like only Card can write—read it, and you’ll be transported.

In March, we have Hellhole, the beginning of a shiny new epic science fiction series by seasoned writing team Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. Kevin and Brian are behind the wildly successful expansions to the Dune universe, and in Hellhole they are bringing that same sense of wonder and adventure to their original work. If you’re a fan of epic, galaxy-spanning intrigue and excitement, this book is for you.

April will see the publication of a book that is one of my personal favorites on the list: After the Golden Age, by the smart and talented Carrie Vaughn. Here, Carrie departs from her bestselling Kitty books (though never fear—there is more Kitty to come!) to tell a story about the thoroughly mundane daughter of the world’s greatest superheroes, and what happens when her awesome powers of forensic accounting become the key to defeating a notorious super villain. This novel is engaging, evocative, and a little heartbreaking, and even has a little bit of romance.

May will not only bring you Spring, but a new John Scalzi novel! Fuzzy Nation is a completely enthralling work of science fiction adventure that features both a lone man making his way as an independent contractor in a thoroughly incorporated galaxy, and also a race of ridiculously cute small furry bipeds. It’s also something new for publishing—a Battlestar Galactica-style reboot of the 1962 novel Little Fuzzy, by H. Beam Piper. Yes, Tor loves you.

In July, fans of Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series (or of the much-missed television series based on the works, Legend of the Seeker) will be able to return to that world with the release of The Omen Machine, the beginning of a new cycle of tales centering on Richard Cypher and Kahlan Amnell. It is epic goodness like only Goodkind can deliver AND it’s the beginning of a new story arc, so new readers can pick it up and dive right in.

And that’s just the beginning of 2011….Keep your eye out for more great books to come. Happy Smugglivus, all!

Happy Smugglivus, Stacy!

Now, for the giveaway.

Giveaway details:

Three lucky commenters get one set of books/goodies each: each set consisting of a copy of The Lost Gate, a HELLHOLE baseball cap, an ARC of After the Golden Age, a copy of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, and a copy of Wizard’s First Rule, the first of Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series.


The Rules:

Comment away for a chance to win. The contest is open to US and Canada ONLY and will run till Saturday January 8th 11:59 P.M. (PST). One entry per person, please. We will randomly pick the winner and post it on our January 9th stash. Good luck!

Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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171 Responses to Smugglivus 2010 Guest Publisher and New Year’s Giveaway: Stacy Hague-Hill of Tor

  1. Hann1bal says:

    “One morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I don’t know.” -Grouch Marx, Animal Crackers

  2. Tatiana says:

    What a great way to start the new year! These are some great reads to look forward to.

  3. Davina says:

    Happy New Year! You bet its a great way to star the year. What a give away! I love many many many TOR books. I would love to win the giveaway! Thank you so much!

  4. Niveau says:

    My TBR list just grew. Again. I’d love to win these!

  5. Debbie says:

    I would love to win. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite books so I’ve been wanting to check out The Lost Gate. dasuzuki at yahoo dot com

  6. I’m especially excited for the Carrie Vaughan book!

  7. Mezzowriter says:

    Ok, I’m drooling.
    Please pick me. *hopes*

  8. Caitlin says:

    All those books sound fantastic! I’m especially looking forward to Carrie Vaughn’s book and Hellhole. Enter me for the giveaway! :D

  9. Laura says:

    Yay! Swag! Count me in please!

  10. RK Charron says:

    Hi :)
    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a generous giveaway.
    I’m not too sure about the Little Fuzzy novels being “re-done”.
    Happy New Year!
    Here’s to a wondrous 2011!

  11. winterfall says:

    This is a great giveaway.

  12. Superfoxy says:

    Cannot wait for the new OSC!!!
    I have to say how grateful I am for this website … I have found so many wonderful books and authors to devour. My reading tastes sync up quite nicely with your picks :)

  13. Ashley says:

    Wow, that is a fantastic giveaway!

  14. brit says:

    oh, this contest has me excited!

  15. Charlotte says:

    Maybe this time I’ll get lucky! Thanks!

  16. The Lost Gate sounds neat, and being a comic book geek that I am, I’m pretty excited about After The Golden Age.

    This is a great giveaway, thanks!

    Happy New Year,
    Jennifer (An Abundance of Books)

  17. Jessy says:

    Sweet! I’m really looking forward to Fuzzy Nation but the other titles look pretty darn good as well. Happy New Year everyone!

  18. Bella F. says:

    wow, exciting stash! I’d definitely like to check out After the Golden Age and Terry Goodkind’s book. Happy New Year everybody:)

  19. Lillian Maloney says:

    Have a Hap-Hap-Happy New Year!! Thanks for giving us the chance to win this fantastic collection of books and swag!!!

  20. J says:

    Wow! That’s quite a line up. I sense trips to the bookstore in the future. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. NLMars says:

    Awesome giveaway! The stash looks amazing, I’m literally drooling. :P

  22. If I would win a copy of After the Golden Age I think I might just about DIE. It’s one of my most anticipated books for next year.

  23. SandyG265 says:

    I love H Beam Piper’s books so i’m not sure how I feel about a new book based on his Fuzzy series but I’m willing to give it a try.

  24. Cassidy says:

    Super Powers of Forensic Accounting? After the Golden Age sounds like a book for me! All the prizes look great!

  25. Chris says:

    What a great contest happy new year! Pleas pick me lol

  26. I love Tor! Great contest – please enter me!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  27. Colleen says:

    Carrie Vaughn has a new series coming out??? Yay!!!!!
    Great contest. Thanks for hosting it. :0

  28. Nicole says:

    A lot of these books sound fantastic. I think 2011 is going to be a great year for books.

  29. Stacy says:

    Happy New Year to you as well!

    What a great group of books.

  30. Chimney says:

    Those look like some great reads! The two I’m most excited for are ‘After the Golden Age’ and Fuzzy Nation (I can’t resist cute things!).

  31. Cait H. says:

    I cannot wait to read The Lost Gate! Happy New Year, and thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Linda Henderson says:

    Great giveaway, thank you so much. I hope you have a very Happy New Year.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  33. Michelle says:

    Oooh… I love Tor!

  34. Missy Ann says:

    Wow! Awesome swag, I love Carrie Vaughn and would be so happy to get my hands on that ARC (along with all the other great stuff!).

  35. ThisViewOfMine says:

    Happy New Year!

    I’ve been meaning to check out Terry Goodkind.
    Tor always has some great titles.

  36. Jenny N says:

    Happy new year and thanks for the giveaway :)

  37. Kat says:

    Hooray for new books in the new year!

  38. Alison says:

    Several of these are going on my to-read list. I am particularly intrigued by After the Golden Age.

  39. Megan says:

    <3 Tor. So many goodies.

  40. Sarah says:

    Happy New Year, Book Smugglers! These all sound delightful!

  41. D. D. Syrdal says:

    OMG this is fantastic! Many many thanks for doing this.

  42. Monica says:

    Wow, those are some drool-worthy books! Thank you so much for doing this!

  43. rissatoo says:

    Card, Scalzi, Vaughn, Herbert & Anderson, and Goodkind? Oh, Tor, you make my heart beat fast in 2011!! :)

  44. willaful says:

    Hmm, not sure how I feel about a LF reboot. Though Scalzi could make it awesome. I will reserve judgment. :-)

  45. Kira says:

    I would loove to read these books. I heart fantasy!

  46. Poppy says:

    Great start to the new year! I love Carrie Vaughn’s work! This would be so cool to win!

  47. Breanne M. says:

    Great contest, and Happy New Year to you to! Great way to start off the year – adding books to my TBR list!

  48. Katie A says:

    Am dying to read After the Golden Age – sounds fantastic!

  49. Ava North says:

    Just added a new book to my list…

  50. Kelsey says:

    Heck yes!! Happy New Years!


  51. Noobling says:

    Please enter me. Thank you!

  52. Mekaela says:

    Happy New Year :)

  53. Samantha R. says:

    Awesome! Thanks!

  54. Lesley D says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I especially can’t wait to read The Lost Gate.

    Happy New Year!

  55. Snowtulip says:

    Wow, Orson Scott Card and Carrie Vaughn, I enjoy them both so much!

  56. jenmitch says:

    wow, what an awesome give away! thanks!

    i have been meaning to get into orson scott card again, after having read all the ender books years ago. and that is pretty exciting about new sword of truth books, though i admit i really hope they tend towards the early part of the series rather than the later stuff. and “after the golden age” looks super amazing!

  57. Elizabeth says:

    My TBR pile just got a little longer :) Thanks for the givaway!

  58. Woot! All great books. Crossing my fingers.


  59. Jocelyn C. says:

    What an awesome giveaway from one of my favorite blogs and one of my favorite publishers! Consider me entered.

  60. Maria says:

    Old Man’s War has been on my wishlist for awhile now :)

  61. Ceci says:

    “and also a race of ridiculously cute small furry bipeds.”

    And that won me over. Another one added to my list.

    Tzuki.Hikaru (at) gmail (dot) com

  62. Bryan Thomas Schmidt says:

    I just sent in my Hugo noms and was surprised to see my top choices were 90% TOR. I knew you guys put out good books, but I didn’t realize most of my reading was TOR. All the more reason to look forward to these books. Thanks for sharing about them.

  63. Peter G. says:

    Very generous of you!

  64. Kbpennell says:

    I love Tor books! Give me the swag please

  65. Kbpennell says:

    I love Tor books! Give me the swag please. All these new books looke great.

  66. Matt Caulder says:

    Always excited for the chance to win some books.

  67. christopher h says:

    wow! these look great!

    happy new year, all!

  68. Lis Carey says:

    Happy New Year!

    What a wonderful line-up! I have to say I find the idea of a John Scalzi reboot of Little Fuzzy both scary and wonderful. :D

  69. Spaz says:

    That’s some nice swag!

  70. E.J. Stevens says:

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! Happy New Year. :)
    From the Shadows

  71. Carol M says:

    Happy New Year!

    Thank you for such a great giveaway! I’d love to win these books. They all look good! :-)

  72. sue brandes says:

    Happy New Year! Sounds like great books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  73. Please enter me in this fabulous contest!


  74. nfonseca says:

    this is a great giveaway. have a happy new year :)

  75. Jaime W says:

    Tor is awesome! I would love to win. :D Thanks for the giveaway!!

  76. Sharon Haas says:

    It’s been way too long since I got a new Orson Scott Card book to obsess over! Thanks for the chance to win one but either way – I HAVE to have it!

  77. Melanie L says:

    All of these look really good. I’ve been looking forward to reading The Lost Gate for a while. Thanks for the chance to win. Happy New Year! :)

  78. DubsAA says:

    Love me some TOR books, can usually be found reading one.

    Happy New Year!

  79. Monica says:

    Looking forward to a new year of new reads!


  80. Kay Brown says:

    These look great! Thanks for the chance to win :-) Happy New Year!

  81. Gnash Chick says:

    Hey! New Year, new books! Thanks for the reviews, and Count me in on the giveaway.

  82. mdunnbass says:

    Wuhuu! That’s a heckuva great giveaway!

  83. Anonymous says:

    I will be looking forward to the new work by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. After reading where they took the Dune series I anticipate a very interesting storyline. It would be nice to get a copy pro bono.

  84. Steve Caunce says:

    I will be looking forward to the new work by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. After reading where they took the Dune series I anticipate a very interesting storyline. It would be nice to get a copy pro bono.

  85. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read these books. Tore923@aol.com

  86. Caitrin says:

    Tor is basically my favorite publisher. I Looooove Tor.com and I know the quality of books Tor publishes is really good. *crosses her fingers* :D

  87. James says:

    Whoa, awesome giveaway! :D Thanks for putting this on!

  88. Maureen says:

    I would love to win it!

  89. Debbie says:

    Some great books here. Definitely adding After the Golden Age to my TBR list.

  90. James says:

    Commenting hopefully.

  91. Sean Holland says:

    Happy New Year to you as well. Thank you for the wonderful contest.

  92. I love Carrie Vaughn, and I’m thrilled to hear she has another book coming out! Would love to win this giveaway. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  93. Jenn Young says:

    Here swaggie swaggie swaggie!

  94. Bethie says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Happy New Year!

  95. What an awesome contest. I love Tor!

  96. Adrienne says:

    Thank you again for the give away!!! I can’t wait to read them all

  97. Brenda says:

    Fuzzy Nation looks fab! – I love everything I’ve read by John Scalzi.

  98. teri says:

    cant wait to read The lost gate!! Havent read Orsen in a longgg time.

  99. Stacey says:

    Hellhole looks like an amazing book, and so do all the others!

  100. handy50322 says:

    TOR, The Only Read,I need!!

  101. Robert says:

    After the Golden Age has me interested in reading Carrie Vaughn.

  102. OMG – this is the awesome of epicness in giveaways! So awesome! Thanks so much and please enter me! (apereiraorama @ gmail.com)

    I juts added to my Tor stock with a few titles that I am super excited about, so thanks for the upcoming titles and covers! So exciting (I am such a fan girl …)

    Thanks! :D

  103. Gypsi says:

    You’ve sold me on After the Golden Age; can’t wait to read it. Look forward to trying to new Card as well!

  104. Kwhopper88 says:

    Little confused- I thought the SoT series was going to be done, as in DONE, due to the events of the last book; it seemed kind of implied? Well, TLG looks good for sure. Nice giveaway!

  105. Cynyr says:

    Looking forward to new stuff from Scalzi and Weber, and especially Mr Card. Hope you break your own record!

  106. Redalth says:

    Super sweet deal!

  107. You had me at “forensic accounting.” I would love to win the books!

  108. Justin says:

    Comment me in!

  109. Josh says:

    I love Orson Scott Card. The book sounds great!

  110. tati says:

    What a way to start out the New Year!

  111. Jon says:

    Count me in!

  112. Michael says:

    Awesome way to start the new year.

  113. I’ve been wanting to check out After the Golden Age… thanks for the opportunity! :D

  114. Amy says:

    Oh! The cover for The Lost Gate is so pretty…

  115. Audra Holtwick says:

    Can’t wait for HELLHOLE_ Have a Happy New Year

  116. Kimberly Rixon says:

    Wow, I didn’t know Card had a new book coming out! Can’t wait to read The Lost Gate.

  117. Allison says:

    great line-up there, looking forward to a lot of great new stuff in 2011!

  118. Tanya says:

    This is definitely a great way to start the new year..Happy New Year’s Gal’s.. :lol:

  119. Tina says:

    These all sounds like great reads! Thanks for the chance to win them :)

  120. Susan Laura says:

    All “new to me” authors. Wonderful stuff – thanks!

  121. Lexie C. says:

    I don’t think my TOR Shelf would be complete without these :D Happy New Year!


  122. Stephanie K. says:

    After the Golden Age sounds really good and I love the cover!

  123. Sam says:

    Looking forward to The Lost Gate!

  124. diana mack says:

    awesome books! thanks for the chance

  125. Edith says:

    Great variety including some of my fave authors!

  126. Rebecca LB says:

    New Year, new books–sounds great!

  127. John Wolsky says:

    Happy New year

  128. Sophie Gale says:

    Happy New Year to us! 2011 is looking good!

  129. athlios says:

    Wait, a new Richard story? The first one finished? I think i’m a book behind. Oh dear.

  130. Lauren Skye says:


    This is the stash of all stashes. The motherload. My dream come true. All that jazz.

    Okay, seriously, these books all sound amazing!!!!! I am especially excited about “After The Golden Age”, “The Lost Gate”, and “The Wizard’s First Rule”. Tor always puts out great works and I would over the moon to get these.

    On a side note: BOOK SMUGGLERS I LOVE YOU!!! I’ve been a “silent” reader for a year now, and I never miss a post!

  131. Carapace says:

    It’s only due to a recent round of layoffs I’m not buying “After The Golden Age” right this minute. Curse you, layoff!

    In the meantime, I can still ooh and aah over the cover art! Sharp!

  132. A'lina says:

    Great choices. Looking forward to After The Golden Age and The Lost Gate! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  133. Geddy Israel says:

    Great to hear that Goodkind is taking Richard and Kahlan even further. Now I can finish the series knowing that it isn’t truly over. ^_^

  134. Stephanie says:

    Carrie Vaughn’s AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE looks irresistable! I can hardly wait! :D

  135. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway and Happy New Year to you guys!

  136. Nolly says:

    I’m in; I’d really like the Vaughn ARC.

  137. Anassa says:

    Ooh! I’ve been eying the Card and Vaughn already, and won’t say no to reading Fuzzy Nation or Wizard’s First Rule, either. Count me in!

  138. debp says:

    I would love to read these. I hope you have a very good new year.

  139. Mindi says:

    These books would make great additions to my classroom library!

  140. Janice Robertson says:

    Thanks for the updates. An interesting lineup of books! Don’t know if I can stand to wait til July for the next Goodkind book though!

  141. shabbygeek says:

    Wow, these are EXCELLENT prizes! And yes, Tor loves us indeed!

  142. edmontonjb says:

    Wow, 20 bestsellers in 2010! This is such a generous giveaway. Please count me in

  143. Syd Gill says:

    What an awesome giveaway. Free books, who can say no to that??!! YAY!

  144. Teri C says:

    Those are some amazing titles there that I am anticipating, I cannot wait!

  145. Kaya H says:

    Great books are coming out soon!
    I love new years with great new releases.
    Happy reading Everyone!

  146. Ian says:

    Lost Gate and Wizards have been on the top pf my read list for 2011. Thanx for the opportunity!
    Happy new year of books readers.

  147. Becky says:

    I really like the cover on the book Hellhole.

  148. CC says:

    Just send them my way, I would love to have them! ;)

  149. Katsie says:

    Magnificent swag!

  150. SaraC says:

    I love TOR books! Would love to win these!

  151. Lisa says:

    Would love to start the New Year off reading these books! Please enter me in the giveaway! Thanks!

  152. Megan says:

    What a great giveaway. My TBR list grows every time I visit this site.

  153. Amanda Lee says:

    Wow, what an amazing giveaway! :D I swear, I have to add like five new books to my to-read list every time I visit here. :)

  154. Excellent ! I’m always looking for books to review on my blog.

  155. jackie Edwads says:

    So exciting, there isn’t a single book in that :D list that I’m not looking forward to reading

  156. Sarah C. says:

    Wow, I am drooling over that list of prizes. Want!

  157. April says:

    All of these books look great! I especially cannot wait to read Fuzzy Nation in May.

  158. Isabeleeta says:

    I’m a huge fan of Orson Scott Card, and I think The Lost Gate will be a promising book. I fell in love with his writing after reading The Alvin Maker series. I hope this new book will be just as saisfying.

  159. Cieloan says:

    Looks like a good start to the year. ^O^

  160. Shannon S says:

    looking forward to the new books of 2011!

  161. heatwave16 says:

    Carrie’s new book sounds like a blast. I love the Kitty series.

  162. I LOVE the cover to The Lost Gate! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  163. Teawench says:

    All those books look like fabulous reads. I’ll have to add them to my TBR list.

  164. Kaitlin says:

    What an awesome giveaway!

  165. Rachel says:

    Happy New Year! These books look wonderful!

  166. Dana says:

    All the books look amazing. Love the covers too… Happy New Year

  167. Courtney says:

    Looks neat!

  168. Rin says:

    This all looks great! Thank you for the chance to win.

  169. Cathie says:

    Please enter me!

  170. Karissa says:

    Thanks for the wonderful contest! What a great set of books :-)

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