Goodreads Sweepstakes: Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson

Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy HendersonAbout Finn Fancy Necromancy: Writers of the Future grand prize winner Randy Henderson presents a dark and quirky debut in Finn Fancy Necromancy.

Finn Gramaraye was framed for the crime of dark necromancy at the age of 15, and exiled to the Other Realm for twenty five years.  But now that he’s free, someone—probably the same someone—is trying to get him sent back.  Finn has only a few days to discover who is so desperate to keep him out of the mortal world, and find evidence to prove it to the Arcane Enforcers.  They are going to be very hard to convince, since he’s already been convicted of trying to kill someone with dark magic.

But Finn has his family: His brother Mort who is running the family necrotorium business now, his brother Pete who believes he’s a werewolf, though he is not, and his sister Samantha who is, unfortunately, allergic to magic.  And he’s got Zeke, a fellow exile and former enforcer, who doesn’t really believe in Finn’s innocence but is willing to follow along in hopes of getting his old job back.

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Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Eterna Files by Leanna Renee Hieber

The Eterna Files by Leanna Renee Hieber About The Eterna Files: Welcome to The Eterna Files, written by Leanna Renee Hieber, “the brightest new star in literature” (True-Blood.net)

London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega. Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire, a skeptic driven to protect the helpless and see justice done, is the perfect man to lead the department, which employs scholars and scientists, assassins and con men, and a traveling circus. Spire’s chief researcher is Rose Everhart, who believes fervently that there is more to the world than can be seen by mortal eyes.

Their first mission: find the Eterna Compound, which grants immortality. Catastrophe destroyed the hidden laboratory in New York City where Eterna was developed, but the Queen is convinced someone escaped—and has a sample of Eterna.
Also searching for Eterna is an American, Clara Templeton, who helped start the project after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln nearly destroyed her nation. Haunted by the ghost of her beloved, she is determined that the Eterna Compound—and the immortality it will convey—will be controlled by the United States, not Great Britain.

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Goodreads Sweepstakes: Of Irish Blood by Mary Pat Kelly

Of Irish Blood by Mary Pat Kelly About Or Irish Blood: It’s 1903. Nora Kelly, twenty-four, is talented, outspoken, progressive, and climbing the ladder of opportunity, until she falls for an attractive but dangerous man who sends her running back to the Old World her family had fled. Nora takes on Paris, mixing with couturiers, artists, and “les femmes Americaines” of the Left Bank such as Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Beach. But when she stumbles into the centuries-old Collège des Irlandais, a good-looking scholar, an unconventional priest, and Ireland’s revolutionary women challenge Nora to honor her Irish blood and join the struggle to free Ireland.

Author Mary Pat Kelly weaves historical characters such as Maud Gonne, William Butler Yeats, Countess Markievicz, Michael Collins, and Eamon de Valera, as well as Gabrielle Chanel, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Nora Barnicle, into Of Irish Blood, a vivid and compelling story inspired by the life of her great-aunt.

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Short Story Collection Sweepstakes

Short Story Holiday Collection

We’re offering the chance for one lucky reader to win this collection of amazing anthologies.

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What We’re Reading This Holiday Season: Part Two

We all have it—the book you bought ages ago, that you’ve been meaning to read forever. But for some reason, you haven’t gotten around to it. Either you haven’t been in quite the right mood, or you know you’re going to need a real stretch of uninterrupted reading time. Now that the holidays are almost here, you know exactly what you’re going to do with your free time: sit down and finally read that book.

For our last newsletter of 2014, we thought we’d share our list with you. So here are a selection of Tor staffers talking about the books they’ll be reading over the holidays:

TheMirrorEmpirePaul Stevens, Editor: I’m looking forward to checking out Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire. The premise is fascinating and very large in scope, so I’m curious to see how the story plays out against such a large backdrop.

Claire Eddy, Senior Editor: What am I looking forward to reading over the holiday break besides the mountain of submissions that continually haunt me? I am eagerly awaiting the publication of Pogo Vol. 3: Evidence To The Contrary by cartoonist Walt Kelly. A labor of love by Fantagraphics and spearheaded by Kelly’s daughter, their plan is to release a 12 volume series that will reprint the complete run of Kelly’s work. Kelly was a fantastic cartoonist and one of the best in social satire that I have ever encountered. His work is a snapshot of American politics that all students of history should read. Wicked funny too. I plan to curl up in my jammies and relive a warm and fuzzy piece of my childhood…

EndersGameMTERyan Meese, Assistant to the Associate Publisher: As a new member of the Tor team, I’ve been making an effort to read some of our more prominent titles. First on the list was Ender’s Game, which turned into reading the entire Ender quartet. Now that I have finished that, I plan on switching over to the fantasy side of things for Sanderson’s Mistborn series. Also on the radar is Ender’s Shadow!

Rayna Erlick, Digital Marketing Assistant: I’ve never really tried reading graphic novels before, but this holiday season I’m looking forward to finally stealing (uh, I mean borrowing) Watchmen from my dad and snuggling into my childhood bed for a read-a-thon. Thanks for sharing, Dad!

Desirae Friesen, Publicity Assistant: The problem with working here at Tor is that my to-read pile is always full of our own books! But since I love the Bartimaeus trilogy I made time for Jonathan Stroud’s new Lockwood & Co series. While less funny than Bartimaeus, it has more action and adds a lot of creepiness. The first book, The Screaming Staircase kept me up all night – the ghosts were too scary to keep reading, but the action was too exciting to put it down! Since I read a galley of the first book, the wait has been extra-long for the second book in the series, The Whispering Skull, but it’s finally out and I know that as soon as I get the chance I will curl up for another terrifying adventure.

Dance with DragonsDiana Pho, Editorial Assistant: I have to admit: when I first got into A Song of Ice and Fire a few years ago, I read the first three books in two months, and then stopped a third of the way through A Feast for Crows because it focused on all of the characters I didn’t care much for. Then, when A Dance with Dragons came out, I thought, “Finally! They’re back!” So this holiday season, I’ll pull this 5-pounder from the shelf to tide me over during the next predicted Polar Vortex.

Emily Mullen, Senior Publicist: Wally Lamb is one of my favorite fiction authors. From She’s Come Undone, The Hour I First Believed, and I Know This Much Is True, he doesn’t disappoint. The thing I love most about Lamb’s work is that I’m always able to fully immerse myself to the point where I feel like I’m actually one of the characters and part of the unraveling story. So I can’t wait to read his latest, We Are Water, over the holiday. I also plan on reading Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which has been on my TBR list since it came out. The holidays are the best time for catching up!

Today Only: Necroscope eBook is On Sale for $2.99

Necroscope by Brian LumleyFor one day only, the ebook for Necroscope by Brian Lumley is on sale for $2.99!*

About Necroscope: Dead men tell no tales…except to Harry Keogh, Necroscope.  And what they tell him is horrifying.

In the Balkan mountains of Rumania, a terrible evil is growing.  Long buried in hallowed ground, bound by earth and silver, the master vampire schemes and plots.  Trapped in unlife, neither dead nor living, Thibor Ferenczy hungers for freedom and revenge.

The vampire’s human tool is Boris Dragosani, part of a super-secret Soviet spy agency.  Dragosani is an avid pupil, eager to plumb the depthless evil of the vampire’s mind.  Ferenczy teaches Dragosani the awful skills of the necromancer, gives him the ability to rip secrets from the mind and bodies of the dead.

Dragosani works not for Ferenczy’s freedom but world domination.  He will rule the world with knowledge raped from the dead.

His only opponent: Harry Keogh, champion of the dead and the living.

To protect Harry, the dead will do anything–even rise from their graves!

Goodreads Sweepstakes: Echo 8 by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Echo 8 by Sharon Lynn FisherAbout Echo 8Echo 8: a thrilling new science fiction romance from Sharon Lynn Fisher, the author of Ghost Planet and The Ophelia Prophecy.

Three lives.
Two worlds.
Once chance to save it all.

Tess is a parapsychologist, devoting her life to studying paranormal and psychic phenomenon. But when doppelgangers begin appearing from a parallel world, all her training couldn’t prepare her for what is to come.

Jake appeared from another Earth, shocked and angry, and restrained by government investigators for study. But when he unwittingly steals energy from Tess, it causes a ripple effect across two worlds.

Ross is an FBI agent, ordered to protect Tess as she conducts her research into this dangerous phenomenon. His assignment was not random—he and Tess have a history. And when those feelings resurface, Ross will have to choose between his love for Tess, and his duty to protect his world.

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Sneak Peek: Read an excerpt from The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley

The Providence of Fire by Brian StaveleyThe first seven chapters of The Providence of Fire are now up on Tor.com for your reading pleasure! But we know that’s not enough of this awesome world. So we asked Brian to pick a chapter from later in the book, so you can see what kind of trouble Adare, one of our favorite characters, is getting into. Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 18 of The Providence of Fire, by Brian Staveley.

Chapter 18

Olon straddled the blue-brown shallows of the northern end of Lake Baku like a gracile thousand-legged spider of stone, her body an oblong island a few hundred paces offshore, her legs the narrow quays stretching into the shimmering water and the slender stone bridges reaching toward the north bank. Even seen through the blindfold, the narrow towers and shapely domes were far more elegant than Annur’s stark angles and rigid lines, but Adare couldn’t spare much attention for the architecture, not with two score armed men blocking the bridge on which she stood.

The men weren’t uniformed, not that she could make out, anyway, but it was clear enough from the neat ranks, from the well-polished weapons and obvious military discipline that they weren’t a band of thugs out to rob pilgrims. They might have been legionaries, only they weren’t wearing imperial armor, and besides, none of the armies had a legion stationed in Olon. Which meant the Sons of Flame. Which meant the reports Adare had heard were true. She wasn’t sure whether to be relieved or terrified.

She had thought, at first, that the men were just running a routine patrol on the bridge, checking carts and carriages, maybe strong-arming money out of the merchants, some sort of “levy” to support the faithful. As she approached, however, caught up in the knot of pilgrims, she realized they were waiting—forty or fifty of them, well-armed and alert—just waiting. Adare glanced over her shoulder, half expecting to find another army marching on the city, an attacking force that might warrant the presence of so many armed men, but there was no army. Only the stragglers of her own pilgrimage alongside a few local cart drivers lashing ponderous water buffalo.

“Looks as though the light lovers think they own the bridges,” Nira groused, spitting onto the flagstones.

Adare nodded nervously. She’d expected the Sons of Flame to be hidden away somewhere, holed up in alleys and cellars, not standing at attention athwart the main bridge into the city. Ameredad was either very bold, very stupid, or both. Such an open display of force risked the full retaliation of Annur, at least once il Tornja heard of it.

On the bright side, she thought bleakly, at least I don’t need to go hunting around for them in the taverns. At least they’re here.

She reached up to adjust her blindfold, squared her shoulders, then moved forward with the mass of gold-robed faithful, just another pilgrim returning to the city where the faith was born. The soldiers, younger men mostly, some with onion-pale skin, others dark as charred wood, watched the throng approach. Adare waited for them to move aside, to allow the devout into the city, but they did not move. Instead, when the first wagons reached the height of the bridge, a broad-shouldered man with a neck like a dock piling stepped forward. He must have been well into his fifth decade, though the years had done nothing to chip away at the heavy muscle of his arms and chest.

“Stop,” he said, voice loud enough he didn’t bother to raise a hand. The pilgrimage clattered to a halt in a welter of confused questions, those behind demanding answers from their friends nearer the top of the bridge. Adare’s hands were slippery with sweat. She forced herself to leave them at her side, not to wipe them on her robes. She felt light-headed, as though she might pass out. It would be a disaster, of course. If she fell, the pilgrims who came to her aid would remove the blindfold, and then she was dead. Continue reading