Acquired ARCs for the week of September 16th

Every week I share which ARCs I’ve picked up from Edelweiss or Netgalley.

Netgalley

A Conjuring of Assassins by Cate Glass

I enjoyed the first of this series about an exiled courtesan who’s forced to babysit her troublemaker brother. It turned into a heist plot and man, do I love a magic heist(see my love of the movie Now You See Me. I’m excited to see what’s next for the group. It isn’t complicated world building so it’s great for those nights where I just want to lose myself in the adventure of it.

Pub date: February 4, 2020

Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire

This is me telling you that Subterranean Press is putting out a collection of short stories by Seanan McGuire and you need to go pre-order it. Seanan has a gift for the short story where she packs a punch in just a short amount of words. Or she’ll send you hiding under your bed in terror. It’s obviously a gift. This also releases on Halloween so it’s an omen.

Pub date: October 31, 2019

Edelweiss

Deal With the Devil by Kit Rocha

There’s no cover announced for this one yet. I love Kit Rocha’s romance series, and this is the first in their SFF series pubbed by Tor. I admit, I’m a little over halfway into it and…it feels more on the romance side of it still. I don’t know. Maybe it’s me. It’s still a fun book and I’m excited to see what it means to be a Mercenary Librarian.

Pub date: May 20, 2020

The Borgia Confessions by Alyssa Palombo

I have a confession. I’ll read all the books about the Borgias or the Tudors. They are the tabloid trash fires of their time, just with more poisonings. It’s always interesting to see what lore or suppositions the author is going to play with. Was there incest afoot in the Borgia household? Did Cesar kill his older brother?

Pub date: February 11, 2020

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Another cover not announced because this is another Tor publication and we’re a bit of the game. This is a new to me author although he’s been around and has won the LAMBDA for best Gay Romance. I am interested to see his foray into SFF. The premise sounds fascinating. Magical creature children on an island. I’m listening.

Pub date: March 17, 2020

Seanan Shenanigans in San Francisco

  
I got really lucky a couple weekends ago and got to head to San Francisco with one of my buddies to the book launch of one of my favorite authors, Seanan McGuire. A Rose-Red Chain is the latest in her urban fantasy series featuring a changeling named October Daye. I won’t go on, but not only did I get a few books signed, win a prize (another of her books), and enjoy good music and just be in a bookstore, but I also got to hang out with Seanan herself. When I was getting my books signed, Seanan, a reptile aficionado, spotted the gecko tattoo I’ve been getting worked on (if you follow my Instagram or Twitter you’ll know it’s all done now), and basically a bond was formed. 

My friend Anie and I managed to lose our seats so had to stand in the back of the room where Seanan was and she immediately pulled out her phone and started showing me the pics of her alligator lizard and Maine Coons. It was great. Anie and I got to ask her questions about the series and Seanan was super gracious in answering them. The amount of canon she is able to remember! She also writes another urban fantasy series as well as a series about zombies among other projects so I am pretty impressed here. 

She did mention that in March the lastest in that other urban fantasy series is coming out and it just so happened the first book in a debut series is coming out the same day. The reason she mentioned it was not to smash the other author down, but to build her up, a thing I think the book community should always be doing. It’s not a zero sum thing. There is room at the table for everyone, we just have to make the space. This book in particular is called Borderline by Mishell Baker. It is exactly what we have been asking for. A main character who is not only afflicted with a mental illness, but is also a paraplegic. I really can’t wait to get my hands on this book. We need to put our money where our mouths are. Seanan is doing this by inviting Mishell to share her book launch party. I’ll be there. Will you?  

 
 

Antici….pation

Okay, I know. That title is terrible. I couldn’t help it. I have it though. I am highly anticipating a few books in the coming months.

September 

  • Festive in Death by J.D. Robb. I have been a fan of this series forever. A futuristic cop procedural with tough as nails cop Eve Dallas, it’s a fun bit of mystery. The series isn’t perfect (I have issues with how Dallas’s hubby continually inserts himself into all her cases), but all in all it’s a ride I look forward to taking. Sep 1.
  • The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire. Again, a series I have an obsession with. This time it is an Urban Fantasy with a changeling named Toby Daye jumping through hoops to have to deal with the always scheming fae living among us, specifically in the San Francisco area. I have a weakness for violence and snark and Toby delivers both effortlessly and joyfully. Sep 2.
  • The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison. I hate to get all genre on you all at once, but I couldn’t help it. This is the last in Harrison’s much loved Hollows series so I’m definitely in it to win it. More snark (much of it from a pixie who uses Tinkerbell’s name in vain), more violence, and probably tears as we say goodbye to the Hollows crew. Sep 9.

October

  • Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity by David Friedman.  I’ve been convinced for awhile that Wilde would kill at Twitter. Remember that weakness I had for snark? He was a master of it. Go read The Picture of Dorian Gray or The Importance of Being Earnest if you don’t believe me. And if he were alive today we’d be seeing his shenanigans all over People magazine and E! News. I also really love biographies of authors. Some of them lived lives that were worthy being as interesting as the novels they wrote. Oct 9.
  • The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney. I have this one on its way to me as an ARC and I cannot wait. I have loved Ancient Egypt since I was a kid, but mostly I got stuck in Cleopatra’s reign. Lately I’ve branched out and picked up a few historical fictions of others. yYes, I know not the same as nonfiction, but that’s where I start. I have a process. Cooney writes of the longest reigning female pharoah, Hatshepsut and her  struggles of ruling in a time when men were the status quo. Oct 14.
  • Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. I have a confession I don’t watch Parks and Rec, but I did watch SNL and I read Bossypants earlier this summer. Tina Fey had a great anecdote involving Poehler that basically resulted in Poehler saying “I don’t fucking care if you like it.” I immediately wanted two things. One, a tshirt with this proclamation and two an Amy Poehler biography. To my family’s relief, I’m willing to settle for the book. I’m probably going audio since Poehler is narrating. Oct 28

 

What books are you anticipating in September and October?