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Because Warlords of Draenor has been a crap expansion that broke several core elements of the game that I enjoyed (crafting, you fuckers) in the name of "level cap as fast as humanly possibly and go raid and don't you dare do anything else". *ahem* But they didn't ruin Brewfest, and so [personal profile] darthneko and I resubbed for a month so that we could race rams and throw beer steins at dwarves and get Brewfest clothes for all our low level characters.

And then, yesterday, we successfully got our last few characters their clothes, and took them, one by one, to a quiet spot by the path up to Ironforge.

Screencaps followed. So many, many screencaps.

And then my lovely wife spent tonight doing this:cut for image )
You can also go see the image on Deviant Art here. For the record, I had to feed Hardwire something like 30 Alterac brandies from my Alterac brewpup before we finally got him to puke.
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One funny (for certain values of funny) thing about taking this tax course is that I get Official Instruction in how to handle stuff that's going to show up on my own return this year. Unemployment compensation? Yup. Tuition adjustments? Haven't hit that yet, but yup.

I already knew how to do interest and dividends and the stupid Capital Gains tax worksheet which I have to use every single year because some blather about Liz's personal financial history )

I had someone at Not the IRS do my taxes last year, but I am unsure whether I'll do them on company software again this year. If that gets taken out of a paycheck, which is what happens to receptionist types (I mean, it's pre-tax rather than post-tax, but even so), then I think I would rather do them at home in pencil and paper as I'd always previously done. I am quite sure I could have figured out unemployment and tuition stuff on my own if I'd wanted to last year. I just got lazy and decided not to download a twenty-zillion page PDF with the relevant instructions. But I think tax preparers get some discount certificates and stuff, and in any case I would be doing my own taxes rather than getting a coworker to do them for me, so perhaps this year doing my taxes through the company would be free. And in that case, you damn well bet I'll let the software do all the writing for me.

VIFF 2015 (most of)

Oct. 4th, 2015 08:33 pm
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16) See ten movies at the Vancouver International Film Festival. (10/10) 2015-10-04

I did not expect to knock that off the list this year, but this was a decent year for VIFF movies. And I've still got at least two more coming this week.

Very good: A Tale of Three Cities, High-Rise, Ayanda
Good: 600 Miles, 808
Not bad: Beeba Boys, The Anarchists, The Classified File, A Perfect Day
Not my thing: The Assassin

many many films )
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Brain is finally settling down somewhat. I can think more clearly, and anxiety is down to... more or less manageable levels. Executive function is still an issue, and I'm struggling with writing and RP because of it, but I'm hoping that will sort itself out soon?

I am somewhat annoyed at myself because I had planned to do NaNo this year and I really thought I'd be prepared for it come November? But I just lost over a month of work time, and I realized something about my worldbuilding that is... helpful, but also going to require a lot more fucking work to sort out. So I don't know.

I might try to wrestle one of my other projects into something novel-shaped before the end of the month so I will have something to do with myself, but I'm not sure. Having plans disrupted upsets me and I am not very good at recovering quickly afterward. Which is basically the story of this entire terrible year.

Slooooowly getting ready for my trip to see [personal profile] jaeholderman later this week. I missed New York and I missed autumn and I missed my girlfriend and I get to have all of them for a week. /vibrates excitedly

My 50 Tanith Lees in 50 Weeks list

Oct. 4th, 2015 10:53 pm
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Or, in a surprise twist, A Year of Tanith Lee. Because it was easier to add than to cut.

Read more... )

Meet the Hooligans

Oct. 4th, 2015 09:18 pm
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So, yeah. These are the hooligans. Lexi the Cavalier King Charles, and Eloise the Chihuahua/Dachshund. 

Their settings are FULL THROTTLE or OFF. Not much in between. 

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The New York Times ran an interesting article today, in which the writer of the piece talked about the difficulty of making friends if one is over the age of 30. The reasons for this vary and can include the fact that one has a family and children to worry about, time pressures, scheduling, and the fact that as one gets older one becomes pickier about the people one chooses to spend time with in any event.

I found the article interesting because while not discounting all of the above, my thirties and forties have been very good years for me in terms of the acquisition friends, both in terms of quantity and of quality of friends. I can say without reservation that a number of the people that I’ve met in the last decade have become some of the most important people in my life, friends that I can’t imagine living my life without now. I don’t disagree with the writer’s general thesis — I do think it is generally harder to make new friends the older one gets — but it does make me wonder what the mechanics of my situation have been that make the last decade different for me than for this particular author.

The answer, think, is relatively simple: I moved into a line of work with a deeply-established social structure. Which is to say that when I became a science fiction author, I plugged into a field where there were lots of conventions and social events, i.e., opportunities to socialize with people who have similar enthusiasms, and where both fans and pros in the genre generally buy into the idea of a community. All things being equal, people are friendly and supportive rather than not.

Additionally, the way that the science fiction community comes together for conventions and similar events works really well for the general impositions that adults have making and maintaining friendships. When fans and pros go to conventions, by and large they are taking a bit of time from their “real” lives to have two or three days of highly concentrated social experiences: Hanging out in hotel bars, staying up late with deep (and not so deep) conversations about work and life, and otherwise focusing on enjoying themselves with others — not worrying (as much) about life, and kids, and other parts of their existence that distract from making a connection with other adults.

There’s also the fact that people in science fiction and fantasy (and also I think in literature generally) are pretty good with the social media thing. While there’s certainly the possibility of downside in blogs/Twitter/Facebook what with complete and utter assholes trying to get your attention, which we don’t need to get into at the moment, the lovely upside to social media is that it makes it easy to stay in contact with friends even when you can’t physically be with them at any particular moment. Snarking with my pals (authors and otherwise) on Twitter or Facebook helps keep the friendship humming along, so you don’t have that start-and-stop feeling that the NYT writer mentions.

(I don’t think that any of this is unique to science fiction and fantasy, mind you. There are other communities that adults can join into and have at least some of the same dynamics in play. This is just the one I lucked into.)

Finally, I think there’s a personal aspect as well. I find it relatively easy to be friendly with people, and consequently, to make friends — and also (this is somewhat important, I think), I don’t fret if I don’t see a friend for months or even years at a stretch. Because, you know, I realize we’re all adults and have lives and kids and such, and that sometimes that’s just the deal. I mean, I can usually tell pretty quickly whether I want to be friends with someone. If I do, then the qualities that make them someone I’d want to be friends with are (generally) not likely to go away. So I don’t worry about seeing them again. When I do, I assume it’ll still be there. And in the meantime, as noted: Twitter and blogs and such.

(And also, occasionally: Email and/or phone and/or other private communication! That’s right! Not everything in the New Age has to be done in public!)

I do think friendship as an adult has to be approached with the understanding that it is different for adults than for people in their twenties or below. If you try to do friendship like you were sixteen years old, then it’s probably going to end up like anything you’d approach as if you were sixteen, i.e., kind of a hot mess. Being sixteen is fine when you’re sixteen. It’s problematic when you’re thirty-six or forty-six. So, be a grown-up about what friendship is and how it’s done in between everything else in your life, and I think you’ll be fine.

I’ve noted before here, a while back, that prior to coming into the world of science fiction, I told Krissy that I was pretty sure I had made all the friends I was ever going to make. It turns out I was entirely wrong, and it turns out that I am very happy about that. I wouldn’t trade the friendships I’ve made in the last decade for anything in the world. They were a surprise for me and I’ve been grateful for them. I continue to be grateful for every new friend I make. I hope to make at least a few more before I’m done.

(Picture above of a group of us at the Hugo afterparty, borrowed from Ramez Naam)

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Completely coincidentally, but I like to think in compensation for the fact that last year's randomly-chosen birthday gift from Andrew's wishlist was something horribly Monkees-related, his present this year included CDs of The Nest Cottage Chronicles, the first of which, Hornet's Nest, is a Doctor Who story that's loomed large in my mind for a few reasons.

First, it's a Fourth Doctor one, and there's a lot to love about those. I love listening to Tom Baker telling me stories (I've got a version of him reading "A Christmas Carol" that I listen to every year, even though it always makes me cry and I hate crying). He's joined here by the marvelous Susan Jameson, whose Mrs. Wibbsey is a perfect foil to the whimsical, adventurous Doctor.

Next, it was something Andrew bought as mp3s ages ago, but some of the mp3s got lost in the computer at some point, including the first story of Hornet's Nest which left me less inclined to listen to the ones we did still have. Seeing the "Hornet's Nest" folder on my computer every time I look at the Doctor Who audios -- which is often! -- always left me with a little twinge of annoyed sadness, so it's lovely to have the complete set of something I've been missing s much.

And third, it's written by Paul Magrs. At the time I first heard it I don't think this meant anything to me, but it was probably one reason Andrew included him in a trio of Doctor Who writers I liked without knowing it. He's been subscribing to Big Finish for years, and I gradually got more keen on being in the room when he was listening to the stories, but my interest never went any further than that so I never knew who wrote what. But it seemed there were patterns in what I told him I liked, some writers kept turning up, so he was able to say, "You like Jac Rayner, Paul Magrs and Nev Fountain."

Only much later than that did I learn Paul Magrs lived in Manchester, and later than that that he lived in Levenshulme. Andrew said he saw him at Levy train station one day, but didn't want to go say hello in the fannish way.

But since Andrew's bizarre means of introducing himself when he was telling at what turned out to be their polling station -- Paul and his partner asked who Andrew was after he asked if he could see their polling cards and Andrew said "I'm a writer with Obverse Books," the publisher of his Doctor Who spinoff spinoff novel, also one that Paul's worked with and is friends with the people in charge. And then we met Paul for coffee to get him to sign one of his books as a present for Alex and Richard's wedding, and we've been out with him and sometimes his partner to the pub a few times since. So now I have to remind myself that the smiley interesting person I know is the same one who's written books I've read since, which I find surprisingly difficult! I'm not used to this, I guess.

I do really like his writing style, even if it has to be in an entirely different part of my brain from the part that really likes him. He's got a knack for descriptions that seem very vivid and evocative, his characters are easy to empathize with even when they appear to be the baddies. I had bizarrely (for me) vivid memories of some of the moments in Hornet's Nest -- the frenzied dancing on a dark stormy seaside pier, miniaturized in the dollhouse, and the eerie taxidermied animals -- long after the vagaries of computer storage meant I couldn't listen to them any more.

Best of all, though, was a line that actually made me laugh out loud and comment upon I when I first heard it. Dealing with one of the aforementioned creepy taxidermied animals, the Doctor says "I cut open the badger's brain with very tiny brain-scissors." Such a Doctor-y thing, scissors for all occasions and eventualities! And of course Tom Baker delivers the line in his matter-of-fact way that ensures any question of how silly or surreal it might be evaporates in the throat before it can be uttered. It's stuck with me as an epitome of what I expect from the Doctor.

I've listened to the first story again tonight -- the one with the brain-scissors, and it's as least as delightful as I remembered: it's a story that acknowledges that time has passed for its companion (no-longer-Captain Yates) but takes for granted that the Doctor is the same despite having been elsewhere for a long time -- Yates says he's heard that the Doctor "had changed, and then changed again" but here he is, without explanation, just as he was when Yates was a much younger man. My subject line here is something Yates says to the Doctor, almost accusingly, as he's trying to come to terms with this. I really like that; it's easy to understand why Doctor Who doesn't make as much as I wish it would of the implications of its time-travelling hero: only one actor is going to play the Doctor on the television at a time, but this is one of the constraints audio stories (and, even more so, books) need not have. But even then, most of the audios feature stories as if they were in continuous fashion, not with the long break here that sets this story off in a slightly disconcerting way that works really well for the eerie, grim story that we're about to be told.

The story's set near Christmas -- it actually starts on my birthday -- and there's something claustrophobic about these shortest days of the year, something unsettling about this time of year when life is outside its normal boundaries -- liminal, my academic friends would say, where the usual rules don't apply and things that are usually not allowed may even be encouraged.

No spoilers, because I hope you all go listen to the story now.

Merlin fic recs

Oct. 4th, 2015 09:47 pm
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Okay, so I guess a bunch of people are doing recs this month. Yay recs! I said I would do a recs post every weekend and here we are at the end of the weekend so here goes!

A couple months ago I wrote a little ficlet of a modern AU where magic is regulated by the government and drug companies, and I was reflecting that I love these kinds of AUs with a passion and wish they would get written more. Most Merlin fics are either canon-era with magic banned or modern AUs without magic, and of course there are many other variations but DAMN, MODERN AUS WITH MAGIC ARE THE BEST.*

  • My all-time favorite, as many of you could probably guess, is the 2010 classic 125K fic Arcane Asylum by [archiveofourown.org profile] new_kate. It starts with Arthur, who's been framed for a magical crime, going into a prison for magic users that's mostly been taken over by the inmates and especially by the most powerful wizard among them, Merlin. There is some threatened non-con early on and then there is an epic Arthur/Merlin love affair and adventure. This fic, as they say, gives me all the feelings. To be honest my favorite parts are not the main plot of the story but the flashbacks to Merlin's childhood and the way his mother tried to protect him, then to his youth on the run before he got caught. It seems to me that these parts of a very strong "magic as metaphor for gayness" feel and that has always been one of my favorite things about this fandom and I love it. Then also much later in the fic there's the amazing Arthur/Sophia noncon flashback. The podfic I made of it in 2012 is by far the longest podfic I've ever made -- it sort of took me six months -- and I imagine you can sort of hear my voice flagging in the second half and then picking up again when Sophia shows up. Anyway, the whole thing is glorious really and if you came in later or just somehow never got around to this I recommend it most highly. As an anon once commented on my podfic, "this is such a satisfying fic! it is the thanksgiving meal of fanfiction."

  • Here is another old favorite: Seasons by [profile] wangler who used to go by another name though I'm not sure we're supposed to connect them. This is another long (40K) Arthur/Merlin fic with some other pairings mixed in. It is really good for crying though at times it will cut away when you are wanting to see more. Besides loving this fic in a way that makes me feel like a mess all over the floor I really admire it for the way the author shows us little pieces of the universe through tiny details, like Nimueh telling the paramedics that Merlin is Class Four even though his driver's license says two. That is just fabulous. For a while I thought I would make a multi-voice podfic of this and I even recorded the Merlin parts years ago so if you want to do Arthur let me know and I'll see if I can salvage those files. *sigh*

  • Okay so then later this summer a few weeks after I wrote that ficlet we were leaving prompts for each other on Team Gluttony and [livejournal.com profile] lady_ragnell wrote me this gorgeous little piece of Hunith and Freya gen with background Freya/Merlin, Forget the World. And I thought wow, Hunith and Freya and modern AU with illegal magic my life cannot get any better, and then...

  • A few days later I got the notification that my new friend [livejournal.com profile] polomonkey had posted a new fic called In Spite of Everything, the Stars and oh it was just 82249 words of Arthur/Merlin tagged Kidnapping and Hurt/Comfort and Alternate Universe - Modern With Magic. On top of the fantastic story this has really gorgeous artwork by [archiveofourown.org profile] mushroomtale and I just got to sink into a really long fic and read all weekend in a way that I have not done with a Merlin fic probably in years. Part of what was so fun was squeeing about it on Twitter and realizing that other people who barely read Merlin fic anymore were just as excited and it was so satisfying and good.

  • (*omg if you are my [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays writer or artist and you are freaking out because you already started making something for one of my other requests please don't worry, when I say "the best" here I really just mean "awesome" but I also feel that magic reveals are the best and gen is the best and kink exploration is the best and so on.)

    Anyway yay recs! If you would like to feel responsible for doing a certain number of recs posts this month you can go tell [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore or else you can just start making some recs posts!

    Yuletide: Nominations

    Oct. 4th, 2015 08:27 pm
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    Nominations are in the process of being approved right now.

    I did manage to get mine all in on time, though I'm already having second thoughts about one of my choices because I've committed myself to re-reading a trilogy over the next month if I want to have any hope of being able to follow through on the fandom.

    I've never nominated a book fandom before. Naturally, this meant that I decided to nominate two book fandoms. I really don't know what was going through my head, except way too much amusement at the possibility of seeing fanfic about myself. Yes, I am feeling a bit conceited right now. Why did you ask?

    My nominations were for:

    The Tomorrow People (2013) (Surprised? Ha!)

  • Luca Jameson

  • Sophie Coburn

  • Monty the Magnificent

  • Kurt Rundel

  • Psion - Joan D. Vinge

  • Cat

  • Mikah

  • Jule taMing

  • Elnear taMing

  • Into the Wild Nerd Yonder - Julie Halpern

  • Jessica Sloane

  • Barrett Sloan

  • Henry Hathaway

  • Dottie Bell
  • (ME!)

    A Very Brave (or Foolish) Dog

    Oct. 4th, 2015 08:39 pm
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     I saw this on the national news this morning:

    A tiny French Bulldog chasing bear cubs away from his house. 

    And Part Two of that clip.

    I am very curious to hear the thoughts of those with better knowledge of both dogs and bears (hi, silverjackal), but I confess that my immediate response was I LOVE THIS DOG. My second thought was: This could have ended very very badly if the dog had gone after Mom Bear instead of the kids.

    Belated third thought: Here we see the evidence that their small size and utter cuteness notwithstanding, Frenchies are still bulldogs

    Meme: 30 Days of Fanfic

    Oct. 4th, 2015 11:47 am
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    20 –Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

    'Bunny' as a verb? I don't think I'm prepared to cope with that.

    Of course I get inspired by other people's works. I've been negatively inspired by seeing people write a character or scenario a certain way and becoming so pissed that I wanted to see if I could do it better. (Turns out, I couldn't). I've been positively inspired by seeing art that I felt needed the rest of the story. I've been inspired by ideas that are dropped into stories and then never developed, perhaps because the author wasn't even aware of them. That's one of the great things about fanfic: where it can be an active conversation in how we see the characters and concepts of the show. When that conversation doesn't exist, I don't see much purpose to being in the fandom.
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    - recent viewing
    The Heroic Legend of Arslan (anime, recent, not the older and much shorter OAVs that I saw back in undergrad). This is a likable heroic fantasy epic, which Wikipedia tells me is based on a Persian saga, but it's difficult to recommend it. Mainly, it's based on a series of light novels that are not only still ongoing, they're by the same author-of-light-novels responsible for Legend of the Galactic Heroes. While I loved what I saw of LoGH, this indicates to me that we are never going to see an ending in English translation. (Or anyway, by the time one comes out--if one comes out--I will have long since moved on.) Arslan only has one season of 25 (?) episodes, and while it forms a complete narrative arc, many questions are left unanswered--indeed, even many of the same questions that were left unanswered by the extremely condensed OAVs.

    Arslan is a prince of questionable legitimacy who is left with the task of retaking his nation, Pars, when it is conquered and its capital occupied by the religious fanatics of Lusitania; the Lusitanians object to the Parsian practice of slavery and they also believe that people who do not accept their faith can be slaughtered without compunction. While Arslan by himself has little chance of success, being a first level paladin with Lawful Naive tendencies, he is fortunate enough to have extremely capable allies: Narsus, a master strategist as canny as he is a terrible artist, and a level 20 fighter on top of that; Daryun, a level 20 fighter who is routinely shown slaughtering enemy soldiers by the score (and I'm personally convinced he's riding a M:TG Nightmare); the bard Gieve; the horse-archer/priestess Farangis, who speaks to the djinni and also has the handy ability to invoke Protection from Missiles; and various others.

    The nature of the threat is not altogether clear. Andragoras, the imprisoned king, shows little warmth toward his possible son, ditto Queen Tahamenay, whose extraordinary beauty makes all the eligible royal males treat her as a prize broodmare. I was disappointed that we basically never got to see what Tahamenay thought of her situation. Arslan has a competitor for the throne not just in the invading Lusitanians or certain "allies" but in a displaced relative who may well have a better claim than he does. Said relative has the aid of realio trulio magic-users, the source of whose power is never revealed, because the anime runs out of narrative.

    On a more human scale, Arslan's opposite number among the Lusitanians is the young knight Etoile, whose faith is as unwavering as he is stubborn. Arslan's interactions with Etoile are welcome in a show where characterization is largely archetype; none of the characters is all that well-developed, and it was difficult not to feel frustrated with Arslan himself for not growing up faster.

    Visually, there's a lot of CGI for the big battle sequences. I personally started wanting to scream every time that goddamn pet hawk showed up and we got Hawk Camera. I've said this before, but I am not fond of Arakawa's character designs, which are serviceable but not particularly pretty. I much prefer the OAV's/manga's designs. And I have no idea why Farangis is in such an egregiously fanservicey getup when she's a horse-archer. (Well, okay, I do know, they're appealing to people who want to watch fanservice, but...)

    Worth watching once, and it was nice for the narrative to get some breathing space (sorely lacking in the OAVs, because did we mention condensed?), but I don't feel any inclination to watch it again.

    fanfic meme

    Oct. 4th, 2015 08:50 pm
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    All right, fuck this noise, I want to get back into a fannish mindset. After posting about my lack of fannishness on Friday night, I promptly opened my Steve/Bucky WIP of Doom and stayed up until 2am revising & completing it. Which makes it the first fic I've completed in 2015. SIGH. But still! That's in beta now, and I don't actually want it to be the ONLY fic I complete in 2015, so I need to start thinking about fic again. With that in mind, stealing the "30 Days of Fanfic" meme from [personal profile] escritoireazul (and probably other people as well).

    I won't actually post every day, but I'll get through it eventually.

    1 – How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?
    X-Files! I was thirteen and obsessed with the show, and found an AOL chatroom devoted entirely to X-Files discussion. (Yeah, it's dated, but at least it wasn't an IRC chat!) Finally, a community of fans just as obsessive as I was! At some point, someone there must've linked to fanfic, and the idea of CONTINUING THE STORY hit alllll of my little thirteen-year-old buttons. I started reading anything I could find, particularly once I figured out what MSR meant. (Mulder/Scully Romance, FYI.) My bitty shipper heart grew three sizes that day. The show itself was awesome, but there were people out there writing the stories the show never actually told! Where Mulder and Scully finally, like, kissed! Very exciting. And since I'd been writing short stories since I was a small child, it wasn't much of a leap to writing my own fanfic, too.

    My first fic was a character study of Agent Pendrell, oddly enough. Go figure.

    all the days )

    Bargain Book Roundup

    Oct. 4th, 2015 11:53 pm
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    Fantasy & Science Fiction

    Pump Six and Other Stories ($1.99 Kindle), by Paolo Bacigalupi [Night Shade Books] – Publishers Weekly Starred Review

    Paolo Bacigalupi’s debut collection demonstrates the power and reach of the science fiction short story. Social criticism, political parable, and environmental advocacy lie at the center of Paolo’s work. Each of the stories herein is at once a warning, and a celebration of the tragic comedy of the human experience.
    The eleven stories in Pump Six represent the best Paolo’s work, including the Hugo nominee “Yellow Card Man,” the nebula and Hugo nominated story “The People of Sand and Slag,” and the Sturgeon Award-winning story “The Calorie Man.”

    Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

    The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery ($1.99 Kindle), by Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie [William Morrow / HarperCollins]; add the Audible narration for just $3.99.

    Since the publication of her first novel in 1920, more than two billion copies of Agatha Christie’s books have been sold around the globe. Now, for the first time ever, the guardians of her legacy have approved a brand-new novel featuring Dame Agatha’s most beloved creation, Hercule Poirot.

    Internationally bestselling author Sophie Hannah breathes new life into the incomparable detective. In this thrilling tale, Poirot plunges into a mystery set in 1920s London—a diabolically clever puzzle that will test his brilliant skills and baffle and delight longtime Christie fans and new generations of readers discovering him for the first time. Authorized by Christie’s family, and featuring the most iconic detective of all time, this instant Christie classic is sure to be celebrated by mystery lovers the world over.

    Romance & Women’s Fiction

    Mine To Take: A Nine Circles Novel ($2.99 Kindle), by Jackie Ashenden [St. Martin’s / Macmillan]

    First in a brand new series by Jackie Ashenden featuring the members of the Nine Circles Club–friends bound together by power, secrets, need…and the love they will find and stop at nothing to keep.

    Passion always comes at a price.
    Gabriel Woolf is unstoppable. A ruthless businessman, he has perfected the art of revenge. Ever since his mother’s death, Gabriel has harbored only one wish: To take down the man who ruined their lives. But all bets are off when he meets his father’s step daughter, Honor St. James. Beautiful and innocent, she is everything Gabriel never knew he wanted–and now there’s no turning back…

    Is her desire worth the risk?
    Honor wasn’t born yesterday. She knows that Gabriel is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, willing to cross any line to get what he wants…herself included. But Gabriel’s passion for Honor–in spite of her connection to the man he hates the most–cannot be denied…and the feeling is utterly mutual. Can Gabriel be trusted? The only thing she knows for sure is how he makes her feel. And she can’t keep herself from coming back to him, over and over again…in Mine to Take.

    Indies & Backlist

    Holy Moly” Blanco County Mysteries #6 ($0.99 Kindle), by Ben Rehder – Publishers Weekly Starred Review

    “This guy is the funniest, freshest voice in Texas mystery writing today. His work stands out like a DayGlo parka in deer season.”
    —Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lightning Thief

    Holy Moly: When televangelist Peter Boothe decides to build a megachurch on the banks of the Pedernales River, he thinks his biggest problem will be a few unhappy neighbors. However, when backhoe operator Hollis Farley unearths a rare fossil on the construction site—a discovery that could lead to plenty of embarrassing Darwinian publicity—the cover-up begins. Soon, Farley is dead, shot in the back with an arrow, and Game Warden John Marlin is asked to help with the case. What he and the local deputies find is a suspect list of biblical proportions: Could it have been the bitter geology professor? The private fossil collector with a somewhat unusual fetish? The minister’s wife who takes the Commandments rather lightly? Or the geriatric environmentalist with a mean right hook? Nothing is sacred in Rehder’s most laughable satire yet, a twisted tale of greed, corruption, infidelity, and, yes, paleontology.

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