Blog Tour: An Import of Intrigue Guest Post, Q&A and Giveaway!
Author Interview , Giveaway / October 31, 2016

I’m excited to welcome Marshall Ryan Maresca to the blog today! We have lots to share, first is a guest post discussing the decision to publish to parallel series, and how that works. Second, a Q&A and finally, don’t miss our giveaway! The publisher is generously providing the first and second books in this series:  A Murder of Mages and An Import of Intrigue to the winner. The giveaway is open to the US/Canada. Welcome Marshall, Thanks so much for joining us today! GUEST POST So for the guest post, we asked Marshall if he could discuss the decision to release two parallel series and how he approaches that as an author.  So, I have two separate Maradaine-based series going on right now (and I’m launching a third—look for the first Streets of Maradaine novel, The Holver Alley Crew in March 2017!), which is kind of a daunting, mad thing for an author to do.  Many authors balk at trying to do just one series, but two (three?  four???) that run in parallel?  Why would I do that to myself? Well, it started when I first finished the manuscript that became The Thorn of Dentonhill.  I started shopping it to agents, and that…

Backlist Burndown Review: Nine Princes of Amber by Robert Zelazny

So I am participating in the Reddit Fantasy 2016 Book Bingo, and they forced me to read a book from the 1970s to fill the Decade You Were Born Square (yeah, I’m old, anyway…). Considering I rarely read anything more than a couple years old, this was definitely out of my typical set of books. Based on recommendations, I chose Nine Princes in Amber by Robert Zelazny and was incredibly impressed by how well it aged. It is a portal fantasy, so parts of it are set in the “modern” day we know, but with the exception of the absence of current technology and a few references to hippies, I could not have told you when it was written. It still feels very modern even though its 40+ years old. The story begins with Corwin, who has woken in a hospital and seems to be suffering from amnesia. Now, I have read a number of books that start with amnesia, that have decidedly not worked well for me. I am happy to say this one actually did. As Corwin learns and remembers more, we discover alternate worlds and in particular, we learn about Amber, the ultimate world. The world that seems hardest…

Hot off the Press! New SFF Releases for October 25, 2016
New Releases / October 25, 2016

Curious what new books are releasing? I am highlighting the new releases that caught my eye for this week. Let me know if you see anything new, interesting or any must reads! I am sure I missed some worthy books as well, so please feel free the share!   FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION   FANTASY                 SCIENCE FICTION             FANTASY         SCIENCE FICTION   Altered Starscape Ian Douglas 10/25/2016 Harper Voyager Dragon and Thief Zahn, Timothy 10/25/2016 Tor Books Faller McIntosh, Will 10/25/2016 Tor Books Lost Gods Brom 10/25/2016 Harper Voyager Patterns of the Wheel Jordan, Robert 10/25/2016 Tor Books The Blood Mirror Weeks, Brent 10/25/2016 Orbit The Plague of Swords Cameron, Miles 10/25/2016 Orbit Wierd Space: The Star of the Sea Una McCormack 10/25/2016 Abaddon

Review: Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
Reviews / October 24, 2016

I have to confess when I first saw this book, I did not realize it was a retelling of The Tempest by William Shakespeare. There are some authors that have impressed me enough with my previous reads I honestly don’t feel the need to read the synopsis closely before diving in when I get my hands on it. This was one of those books. I absolutely love The Heart Goes Last, and regardless of what Atwood’s next book was about, I knew I would have to read it. Enter Hag-Seed. I am not sure I was the ideal reader for this particular book. I am woefully unfamiliar with The Tempest, which means that there are likely many reference and parallels, unique twists, etc, that I am not in a position to recognize or appreciate. I will say that the way Hag-Seed is told, I did become more familiar with The Tempest as I read. At the end of the book, there is a section that summarizes The Tempest for the reader. I wish that had been in the beginning as I felt like it may have helped me understand the retelling aspect a bit more if I had read that…

Friday Firsts – Import of Intrigue by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Friday Firsts / October 14, 2016

Friday Firsts is a new meme that will run every Friday here on Tenacious Reader. It will feature the first few sentences/paragraph of my current book and my first impressions as well. It’s meant to be a quick and easy way to share a bit about what I am reading, and I would love to hear others join in sharing their current reads as well. The dead man had no face. All that remained where a face that had once been was a gruesome mess of flesh, bone, and hair. The rest of his body was no better. Satrine Rainey was astounded it was still recognizable as a man. She was also astounded how, after two months as an Inspector Third Class in the Constabulary of the city of Maradain, she had grown accustomed to sights like this. Too many of her case assignments involved dead bodies, and Captain Cinellan still delighted in assigning, in his words, the “strange ones” to her and her partner, Minox Welling. My First Impressions heh … well, for some reason I didn’t expect this one to start straight with gore. 🙂 Out of Maresca’s two series, I have preferred the one centered around the magic school…

Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
3.5 Stars , Reviews / October 13, 2016

Nevernight is a dark, visceral tale about one girl who is determined to join an elite league of assassins and is set on vengeance for the destruction of her family. It is a story that does not hold back on the gory details, and even warns the reader of that in the offset of the book. Mia has been living alone in the streets, both surviving and also eluding the remnants of the rebellion that destroyed her family. She is strong and determined, the type of female character we all love to read about. She does eventually befriend a boy who turns out has similar aspirations as herself. I have to admit, I started this book with some mixed feelings. On one hand: Assassins! Cool! 😀 And on the other, I found myself distanced a bit from the text for a couple of reasons. First, there was a strong YA feel to parts of it, though the graphic violence and sex would likely keep most people from labeling it YA. I don’t say that as a bad thing. YA can be many, many different things and I strongly believe there can be quite a bit of diversity in tone, prose, etc. But…

Top Ten Tuesday – Books You Read Because of Recommendations
Top Ten Tuesday / October 11, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is All About Books You Read Because of Recommendations OK, to help whiddle down this list, I decided to go with only 4 – 5 star ratings. Also, there are a few where I remember a specific review/person or site that swayed me to read it, but generally it’s a culmination of the review blogs I follow, as well as conversations and recommendations from places like Reddit Fantasy and the Fantasy Faction forum.