Happy Wednesday and welcome to a brand new monthly feature in partnership with Fran Wilde and Aliette de Bodard’s Cooking the Books Podcast! Today’s guest is Ken Liu, with a special, exclusive to Book Smugglers, Cooking the Books Interview, in time for the author’s second Dandelion Empire book release in paperback! Check out the chat […]
A Question of Faith by Tonya Liburd Published 7/11/2017 “Man, know thyself, and you are going to know the gods” – Inscription from the Luxor Temple In the Temple of Ra, Ceke works on cutting edge research investigating the connection between music, identity, and the realm of the gods. Though devoted to her service at […]
“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Tomorrow, we publish the third short story in our Gods and Monsters season: A […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana talks about two graphic novels: Go over there to check it out.
Today we are delighted to host Sarah Kuhn to talk about the experience of writing Heroine Worship, the sequel to the amazingly fun Heroine Complex. When I started writing Heroine Complex—the first book in my series about Asian American superheroines fighting evil, negotiating complicated friendships, and falling in love with various cute nerds—I had no […]
Hello all! Today we are delighted to reveal the cover for Stephanie Burgis’ upcoming novella Snowspelled! Without further ado, behold! The smugglerific cover! The Cover: Cover artist Leesha Hannigan’s website: www.leeshahannigan.com Cover designer Patrick Samphire’s website: www.patricksamphire.com Stephanie Burgis on the cover: When I finished writing my novella Snowspelled, I knew one thing for sure: […]
It’s Monday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Thea talks about a YA fantasy novel with an intriguing premise… Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts follows a ragtag team of actual bastards–half-noble, half-common–as they accidentally uncover a traitorous rebellion that threatens to tear their world apart. Head over to Kirkus to read the review.
The Waters and Wild of Winter Street by Jessi Cole Jackson Published 6/27/2017 Welcome to 222 Winter Street, home to loving parents Matt and Geoffrey, and their two adopted daughters. Moira and Mystique Brighton-Briggs may identical be twins, but the girls couldn’t be more different. One is all softness and light, the other sharp corners […]
“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Tomorrow, we publish the second story in our new season of short stories – […]
In which we reveal the cover for the second short story in our 2017 season of Gods and Monsters: The Waters and Wilds of Winter Street by Jessi Cole Jackson! Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover! About the Story Welcome to 222 Winter Street, home to loving parents Matt and Geoffrey, and their two […]
In which we showcase the cover of Emma Newman’s Weaver’s Lament, the sequel to Brother’s Ruin Without further ado, behold! The smugglerific cover! The Cover: The cover art is by Cliff Nielsen, with design by Christine Foltzer. About the book Charlotte’s magical adventures continue in Weaver’s Lament, the sequel to Emma Newman’s Brother’s Ruin. Charlotte […]
Title: Long May She Reign Author: Rhiannon Thomas Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: February 2017 Hardcover: 422 Pages The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power. Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Thea takes a turn this week, and reads the newest novella from John Scalzi, The Dispatcher. Originally published as an audiobook, this noir-ish novella takes an odd premise to the extreme: what happens when the murdered show up alive and well after being dispatched? “>Head over […]
Title: The Shadow Cipher Author: Laura Ruby Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade Publisher: Walden Pond Press Publication Date: May 16 2017 Hardcover: 448 Pages It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one […]
Title: Strange the Dreamer Author: Laini Taylor Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Little, Brown Publication Date: March 2017 Hardcover: 544 Pages The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed […]
Title: A Crown of Wishes Author: Roshani Ckokshi Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Publication Date: March 2017 Hardcover: 369 Pages An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer… She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s […]
Today we are delighted to be partnering with Little, Brown to share a giveaway of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor! About the Book: A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. The dream chooses the dreamer, not […]
Ana continues her adventures in Discworld, with the next City Watch novel, Feet of Clay Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the end of 2012, when both Ana and Thea were feeling exhausted from the never-ending inundation of New and Shiny (and often over-hyped) books. […]
Fantasy author Zetta Elliott (A Wish After Midnight, Ship of Souls, The Door at the Crossroads) takes on the issue of minstrelsy in kidlit. “Minstrelsy is the New Black” originally appeared in the third volume of our Quarterly Almanac–a quarterly collection of awesome original short fiction, essays, reviews, and reprints (edited and curated by yours […]
Today we are thrilled to launch the debut novella in our brand new Novella Initiative Project: Keeper of the Dawn by Dianna Gunn. We’ve got plenty of shenanigans happening today including an excerpt and giveaway here and a Facebook Live Q&A event with the author on Facebook at 5pm EST today. LET’S OPEN THE CHAMPAGNE! […]
The White Road of the Moon: Rachel Neumeier on Those Early Novels You Haven’t Looked at in Ten Years
Happy Monday to all! Today, we are pleased to host Fantasy author Rachel Neumeier to talk about her most recent novel The White Road of the Moon, a stand-alone YA Fantasy, out last March. Those Early Novels You Haven’t Looked at in Ten Years The White Road of the Moon is my twelfth book to […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana takes a look at two very different books: Black Panther – A Nation Under our Feet, volume 1 and The Gauntlet are both excellent. Check it out here.
“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Today our guest is author Dianna Gunn, whose novella Keeper of the Dawn is […]
Hello, it’s Friday and we are over at… Tor.com! Well, the cover of our first Novella Initiative title is! Go over to Tor.com for the full cover! ABOUT THE NOVELLA Sometimes failure is just the beginning All Lai has ever wanted is to become a priestess, like her mother and grandmother before her, in service […]
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