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    December 24th, 2010

    Interviewed, reviewed, and character revenge

    Yesterday, HUNGER got a terrific review at YA Book Reads — and today, they posted an interview with me, in which I talk about writing, donating money to NEDA, the character of Death, and, er, strip clubs. 🙂

    HUNGER also recently got a terrific review at the Starmetal Oak Book Blog.

    And you should stop by Figment, where I am interviewed by Lisa (protagonist of HUNGER) and Missy (protagonist of RAGE).

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    December 23rd, 2010

    Updates and League Stuff

    Yeah…it’s been months since I’ve blogged here. Wow. Sorry. Can I plead exhaustion? Or being 40? Oy.

    So, some things have happened since HUNGER was published. First of all, I’ve updated my website. Didja see? Look at the book pages — notice any new things? Like all the Hell short stories and novellas? And the Whedonverse section? Yes, cool things abound. Go look. In particular, look at the new things that will be available in the first three months of 2011. Rah!

    Speaking of Hellish things, HELL TO PAY is drawing to a close. One chapter left. To everyone who’s been reading the novel one chapter at a time, one week at a time, thank you. When I post the final chapter on Tuesday, I’ll have some questions for you. (What, I didn’t mention there would be a quiz at the end? Oopsie…)

    Another thing: I’ve decided to temporarily close Cat and Muse. That was probably obvious from the lack of new interviews. I’ll do one final chat between Jezzie and Daun, but then C&M will be closed. For now. I’ll still keep the interviews up on the website so people can read past interviews, and hopefully get a kick out of them.

    Okay, I have some major pimpage to make up for. I now present to you: Updates from the League of Reluctant Adults!

    Over at Mario Acevedo and Jeanne Stein‘s blog, The Biting Edge, they’ve been doing lots of things (minds out of the gutter, people): posting Weird Al Yankovic videos (bless ’em!), interviewing the amazing Juliet Blackwell about her yet another new series, and so much more. And if you haven’t checked out Mario’s Felix Gomez adventures–in novels and in comic books–and Jeanne’s Anna Strong chronicles, you should. And congrats to Jeanne for CHOSEN being nominated for an RT Reviewers Choice Award for Best Urban Fantasy!

    Michele Bardsley‘s hysterical Broken Heart Vampires series keeps getting better and better! CROSS YOUR HEART came out earlier this year, and a series (Wizards! Witches! Rah!) will kick off in March 2011.

    Leaguer Sonya Bateman also has a novel hitting the shelves in March 2011: MASTER AND APPRENTICE, the highly anticipated follow-up to this year’s MASTER OF NONE. If you think genies are all like Barbara Eden in a bottle, think again.

    The ever amazing Dakota Cassidy launched a new series, the Ex-Trophy Wives. The first book, YOU DROPPED A BLONDE ON ME, hit the shelves earlier this month. Get thee to a bookstore and buy! Now!

    This has been a great year for Carolyn Crane. The first two books of her Justine Jones: Disillusionist trilogy hit the shelves and wow, look at the awards that her second book, DOUBLE CROSS, has been nominated for: Goodreads Best Paranormal Fantasy of 2010, RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Urban Fantasy, and Authors After Dark Best Fantasy! Congratulations, Carolyn!

    Molly Harper will have a fourth Jane Jameson “Nice Girls Don’t” vampire book coming soon. But coming sooner (February 2011) will be her first werewolf book, HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF. Preorder now!

    Kevin Hearne, author of the upcoming Iron Druid chronicles, is eagerly looking forward to the book birthdays of HOUNDED (April 2011), HEXED (May 2011) and HAMMERED (June 2011). What’s that? You don’t want to wait until April? Lucky for you that Kevin has a FREE STORY set in the HOUNDED world, right here on Suvudu. Enjoy!

    Mark Henry‘s Amanda Feral has been a busy zombie deadutante. First, she’s up for an RT Reviewers Choice Award for Best Urban Fantasy Protagonist. And she’s also Mark’s pen name for a super naughty novella called “A Stocking Full of Coal.” You know you want it. As for Mark, check out his YA debut as Daniel Marks in the anthology KISS ME DEADLY, on sale now.

    Have you read Stacia Kane‘s amazing Downside series? If not, WHY THE HELL NOT? I don’t know who I love more, Chess Putnam or super enforcer Terrible. Run, don’t walk, to buy, not borrow, UNHOLY GHOSTS, UNHOLY MAGIC and CITY OF GHOSTS (nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy). And hey, Stacia is up for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Goodreads Author! Rock on! And make sure to download her free short story about Haunted Week!

    My Icarus Project coauthor, Caitlin Kittredge, has been damn busy. I know, surprise, surprise. The third book her her Black London series, BONE GODS, came out at the end of November, and she’s working on the fourth book now as well as preparing for her YA debut, THE IRON THORN, first book in The Iron Codex. It hits the shelves in February 2011, and you can (and should) preorder now.

    The third book of J.F. Lewis‘s Void City series, CROSSED, comes out in January 2011! And did you know you could get “Welcome to the VOID” t-shirts? You can! Author clothing line, proudly sponsored by the League of Reluctant Adults!

    One day, I’m sure that Richelle Mead will hit the big time. Until then, you may want to check out her little-known series, Vampire Academy. Oh–sorry, I must have bamfed over to a parallel universe or something, because we all know that the last book in the first VA series, LAST SACRIFICE, came out earlier this month and made serious waves. Congrats, Richelle!

    If you’re a fan of Kelly Meding‘s Dreg City series like I am, you’ll be happy to know that she’s got a collaborative story, written with Lara Adrian, Harry Connolly, Lucy A. Snyder and the League’s Stacia Kane, available now as an e-book! The third Dreg City book, ANOTHER KIND OF DEAD, will hit the shelves in July 2011.

    Nicole Peeler has been making waves with her sexy selkie Jane True. Her upcoming January 2011 release, TEMPEST’S LEGACY, is an RT Top Pick, huzzah! And in January, you can get all three Tempest audiobooks. Nicole’s got tons of terrific reviews for LEGACY, so hop over to her website and check them out! And then go buy the book!

    DREADNOUGHT, the sequel to Cherie Priest‘s multiple award-winning steampunk novel BONESHAKER, came out earlier this year. Coming in 2011: GANYMEDE, the third book in the Clockwork Century, as well as the launch of her new urban fantasy series, BLOODSHOT.

    The fifth book in Kat Richardson‘s Greywalker series, LABYRINTH, came out in August, and the next book, DOWNPOUR, will hit the shelves in summer 2011. Can’t wait for more Harper Blaine!

    Michelle Rowen has been OMGBUSY this year! She launched the Living In Eden series with THE DEMON IN ME, and the second book, SOMETHING WICKED, just came out in November. The second book in her YA Demon Princess series, REIGN CHECK, hit the shelves in May, and she had a YA short story appear in KISS ME DEADLY. In case smoking-hot contemporary romance is what you’re looking for, check out her other November release, TOUCH AND GO. And the first book in an all-new vampire series, NIGHTSHADE, comes out in February 2011! Huzzah, Michelle!

    Diana Rowland‘s third book in her Kara Gillian, Demon Summoner series, SECRETS OF THE DEMON, hits the shelves at the start of January! What better way to kick off a new year than with a new Kara story? Preorder now!

    Have you read K.A. Stewart‘s A DEVIL IN THE DETAILS yet? This urban fantasy debut earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, saying: “This crackling series launch hits the trifecta of strong story, characters, and prose. Jesse James Dawson is a retail clerk, a samurai, a redneck brawler, a good husband and father, and a Champion: a demon slayer who fights to free repentant souls from hastily entered contracts.” I’m telling you, books make **terrific** presents.

    Anton Strout and I both have stories in the upcoming AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR. Mine is a Hell short story, and his is set in his Simon Canderous series. But hey, that’s in March. Before that, in February, pick up book 4 of the series, DEAD WATERS. It’s hard to fight evil on a budget.

    The third book in Jaye Wells‘s acclaimed Sabina Kane series, GREEN-EYED DEMON, hits the shelves in March 2011! If you haven’t read RED-HEADED STEPCHILD and THE MAGE IN BLACK, do so. Now.

    And that’s the latest about the crazy folks in the League of Reluctant Adults.

    Whew.

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    October 31st, 2010

    HUNGER goes to the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear

    I couldn’t be there, but thanks to Brian Cortijo and Jennifer Fischer, HUNGER made it to the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear!!!

    Brian and Jen show off their reading material on one of the Sanity busses

    You guys are the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rah, Ruach AZA and BBG!

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    October 19th, 2010

    A.S. King, HUNGER, and other stuff

    So I’ve been quiet here. I know. That’s because I’ve been spending lots of time at my alter ego’s blog.

    What’s that? You haven’t been visiting there? Well then, here’s what you’ve been missing…

    A.S. King’s latest stop on the Pizza Delivery Blog Tour.

    A Post Mortem interview with A.S. King’s Vera Dietz and Death.

    The Crossroads Blog Tour.

    The Traveling to Teens tour.

    A whole bunch of interviews, reviews, and contests/giveaways about HUNGER.

    So really, if you haven’t been visiting the Jackie Morse Kessler blog, you’re missing out. Because I can only be in so many places at the same time.

    You definitely want to stop by today, because there’s **lots** going on. Really.

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    October 12th, 2010

    HUNGER blog tour and A.S. King’s VERA

    So you guys know I have an alter ego, Jackie Morse Kessler, complete with a website and twitter addy. You may not know that this month, HUNGER has been making its way around teh webz in a blog tour, along with other reviews. Here’s a spiffy link to today’s JMK entry, which details the latest blog tour visit.

    It also highlights that today is the book birthday of PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ, a terrific novel by the insanely talented A.S. King. This book received starred reviews from not only Publishers Weekly but also Kirkus, which, frankly, elevates A.S. King to the level of goddess. Go buy a copy (or two) today!

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