Sunday, May 18, 2008

When More is Better

I was delighted when Ace told me they were reissuing Patricia Briggs's backlist in new editions, and very happy to find When Demons Walk out on the shelves yesterday:



I think the new cover art and design (courtesy of Gene Morrica and Annette Fiore) are gorgeous, but okay, given the cover quote I'm probably a little biased. Back when I first started recommending Patricia Briggs to my readers, I always hoped the publishing universe would be fair for once and she would someday receive the recognition she deserves.

Very happy now. Thank you, Universe.

I did buy up all the copies BAM had in stock, and after hoarding some for my keeper shelf and family care packages, I've got four extras to give away. If you'd like a chance to win a copy, in comments to this post name an author you'd like to see more people read (or if you can't decide among your favorites, just throw your name in the hat) by midnight EST on Monday, May 19, 2008. I'll draw four names at random from everyone who participates and send the winners an unsigned copy of When Demons Walk by Patricia Briggs as well as a surprise. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.

103 comments:

  1. Can't name just one author. I'd like to see Rob Thurman, Christine Warren, Eileen Wilks, Lynn Viehl, Jennifer Rardin, and Charlie Huston.

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  2. I would like to see more people reading Lara Adrian and Ilona Andrews two authors I think need more people appreciating their world building and characters!
    Yeah Patricia!

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  3. Kij Johnson and Lane Robins

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  4. Frank Tuttle, master at world-building.

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  5. Jacqueline Carey & Trevanian.

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  6. I'm quite a fan of Alastair Reynolds, and will try to get people to read his books any chance I can

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  7. Oh hey, love Patricia Briggs and this is one of the very few I haven't read. Hobb's Bargain is wonderful.

    Author I'd like to see more people read...Ilona Andrews, Jennifer Rardin, & Rob Thurman have already been mentioned...so I'll add Amy Lane.

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  8. I would like to see more people reading Ilona Andrews I love her books.

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  9. Oooh, there are lots I could mention, but I'll stick to the first one that came to mind.

    I wish more people read Tanya Huff, particularly her "Smoke" series. Because she seemed to have more ideas for books, but not enough readers of that series, and so I don't think it's getting continued. Alas.

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  10. Warren Ellis, his first novel is freakishly strange but totally engaging. His comics are just as weird. The man just radiates talent.

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  11. Debbie6:26 AM

    More people should read Laurie Breton's books!

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  12. Oh, gorgeous cover! Let's see, Lynn Viehl, Lois McMaster Bujold, Ilona Andrews, Neal Stephenson.

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  13. Ahhh! There was an author I was talking about just the other day that I said was hard to get ahold of, but worth it. Now I can't remember her name. Funny how that works...

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  14. I wish more people would read Gia Dawn, Ursula Bauer and Shannon Stacey, but I might be a touch biased.

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  15. People need to watch out for Marc Paoletti. He's got two books coming out this summer. One written with co-author Patricia Rosemoor, THE LAST VAMPIRE. And his amazing action thriller, SCORCH.

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  16. Hurray Patricia. I just want to see people reading more books, period. On another happy note, I found that somehow one of my favorite books got reprinted - The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip. I hadn't seen it in years. More people should read that. =o)

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  17. Can't possibly narrow it down...so throwing my name in the hat.

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  18. Jonathan Carroll, without a doubt.

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  19. There are so many. Holly Lisle, Tamara Siler Jones, Lynn Viehl (and all her iterations), and I can't disagree with Lois McMaster Bujold either. I know I'm leaving some out.

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  20. I say this every time, but...

    ORSON SCOTT CARD!

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  21. I'd love to see more people reading Cameron Dokey's fairy tales. And Wen Spencer deserves more readers for her Tinker series.

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  22. Well, Patricia Briggs would certainly be on my list. Syne Mitchell, Nalo Hopkinson and Clifford Simak also.

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  23. I'll have to go with John Steakley.

    Granted he's less than prolific, both both his novels are good reads with multi-dimensional protagonists and wonderfully built up worlds.

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  24. Agree with Angela, SHANNON STACEY!

    Ilona Andrews, Lilith Saintcrow, Lynn Viehl, Elizabeth Bear, just to name a few.

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  25. Tamara Siler Jones, Holly Lisle and more folks need to be reading more of your books. (especially the SF ones.)

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  26. Libba Bray! :)

    -DiDi

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  27. Anonymous11:39 AM

    I love Gena Showalter (and her new series as well as her Atlantis books), P.C. Cast (gotta love the Goddess series) and as always Lynn Viehl. You just don't get the credit you deserve for your books. I even got my Mom hooked on the StarDoc series!
    Tami from Jax

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  28. How do you narrow it down to even a few authors who need to be more widely read? There are so many out there who are worthy of the attention.

    Do I have to pick one? Ann Aguirre. And now I'll apologize to the myriad of others who didn't get named.

    Glad to see you're helping Patricia Briggs' cause. I've heard great things about her books.

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  29. Lillith Saintcrow and Marjorie M. Liu :)

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  30. Anonymous12:32 PM

    For me it's definately L.A. Banks and Jacqueline Carey!

    Thanks,

    Terri W.

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  31. I agree with Brock Marsden,

    More Syne Mitchell!

    And Lynn Viehl.

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  32. So I scroll through the list because you never know what you are going to see or get a lead on a great book. I guess I need to give Ilona Andrews a try.

    For me, Deborah Smith. Such a good writer. I'm afraid after some online brouhahah last year people won't read her books and that would be a shame.

    Also, I'm always surprised how many people haven't read Robin D. Owens Heart series.

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  33. Lynn Viehl (and all your many author aka's) should be required reading. I especially enjoy the snark. :)

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  34. More people should read Elizabeth Bear's "Dust"

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  35. I'd love to have more people read Jess Michaels. I love her books

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  36. Megan Whalen Turner. :)

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  37. Lynn Viehl, Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Simon Green, and Andrew Fox.

    Also, Robert Heinlein

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  38. I have to pick more than one. I'd like to see more people reading books by Shiloh Walker, Ann Aguirre, Cynthia Eden, Megan Hart, and Christine Warren.

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  39. Nalini Singh and Karen Chance both of whom write lovely books :D

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  40. I only recently discovered Patricia Briggs but can now call myself a squealy fan girl. And i turned my husband on to her stories, too.

    This is one I'd not seen yet and it looks fun!

    I think more people should read C.E. Murphy and Yasmine Galenorn.

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  41. Difficult to choose, but I'll say Maria V. Snyder or Ilona Andrews. (Wow, a lot of Ilona Andrews fans here!)

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  42. Gennita Low and Fiona Brand.

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  43. Can't name just one author XD

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  44. More people should read Lilith Saintcrow, Rob Thurman, TA Pratt, Rachel Vincent, Jeri Smith-Ready, Michele Hauf, Jordan Summers, Lynn of course, Ann Aguirre, Rachel Caine.

    I could go on and on. It seems there are way too many great authors not highly read. It makes me cry.

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  45. Lisa Shearin! Her Raine Benares series is quite awesome.

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  46. I know he's a pretty big name, but I STILL don't think enough people have read George R. R. Martin.

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  47. Tammy4:59 PM

    LOL, Everyone I thought of right away has already been mentioned. SO tossing name in hat.

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  48. J.F.Lewis and Jennifer Donnelly

    ~ aBookworm
    From the Contests/Review blogs

    A Bookworm's Diary
    A Bookblogger's Diary

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  49. If I had to pick only one, I'd have to pick Jim Hines, but there are so many close seconds.

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  50. *G* Am I allowed to say me?

    If yes, then me and Shelby Reed. Shelby because her writing is beyond beautiful and me, well... I like to sell books. I'd like to sell more. Heh. Shameless, I know.

    If I'm not allowed to say me, Shelby Reed-because her writing is so beyond beautiful. ;)

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  51. Michelle Sinclair and Susan Mallery

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  52. Definitely Tamara Siler Jones

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  53. Lynn Viehl (and it's not an empty praise, I'd like to see more readers for your books, you desrve it), Tanya Huff, Karen Chance, Lilith Saintcrow, Richelle Mead, and a few others.

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  54. I could've sworn I already commented, but I don't see it, and I *think* you've added the comments that were made since I thought I posted, so I'm reposting, and if it's a double-entry, you just go on and delete it. :)

    Lynn Viehl.
    Joshilyn Jackson.
    Catie Murphy.

    And how could I forget (in my OP) Holly Lisle and Tamara Siler Jones? Bad Jess. *guilty look*

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  55. You gave a cover quote? Note to self: Must Buy WHEN DEMONS WALK.

    Leave me out of the drawing.

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  56. More people should read Jacqueline Winspear and Deborah Crombie.

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  57. Besides the (obvious) pimping of Lynn Viehl books, I'm always recommending Shania Abe's dragon series, as well as Emma Bull's "War of the Oaks". IMO, urban romantic/fantasy at it's finest. And published long before "urban romantic/fantasy" was a shelf at the local bookstore!

    — Bonz

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  58. Great post and such a choice of wonderful authors. Monica Wood and Ellen Page.

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  59. After reading this post today, I saw Patricia's book in Barnes and Noble (face out) and in Walmart! I thought it was great she's getting so much exposure for these re-releases.

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  60. Let's see...how about Nalini Singh and Lauren Dane.

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  61. Marjorie M. Liu and Vicki Pettersson

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  62. Anne Stuart, Robyn Carr, and Lara Adrian.

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  63. I would like to see more people reading Connie Willis. Lots more British people! Then I wouldn't have to order her books from the States all the time :).

    (and she is a marvellous writer)

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  64. S.L. Viehl, Patricia Briggs, Lauren Dane, and Jeannine Frost is a newby that I love.

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  65. Very hard to pick! Patricia Briggs would certainly be on the list and then Lynn Viehl,Kelly Armstrong, Elizabeth Vaughn and Rachel Vincent to pick a few.

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  66. My favorite new author is Colleen Gleason.

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  67. Oi, don't enter me in the contest because you've been FAR too generous with me in past, but I had to comment to say how much I also love Patricia Briggs! Her Mercy Thompson series is high on my list of "things to buy as soon as I can afford them".

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  68. Eva wrote: You gave a cover quote?

    That quote actually dates back to 2004. ;) Because it is often very hard for authors to get quotes, I deliberately worded it to say what I thought of both the author and the book (something to think about when you guys give quotes in the future. Wording is everything.) And Ace still asked my permission before they reused the quote, too, which I think is very classy -- often publishers don't. I gave another one earlier, some time in '02 or '03, but that was specifically for The Hobb's Bargain, and it came off a comment I made to my readers on my old web site.

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  69. I'm just tossing my name in before it's too late.

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  70. Patti's stuff rocks. And to make you all envious, I get to see her this weekend at Miscon. She also rocks--one of the nicest, most generous people and writers on the planet.

    I'm going to echo Ilona Andrews as a writer more people should read. And Catie Murphy. Excellent fantasy.

    Di

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  71. Agree with many already mentioned. I would add Catherine Spangler and Pamela Clare to the list.

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  72. Some authors that I think deserve a read are; 1)Lynn Viehl (definitely), 2) Karen Marie Moning, 3) Susan Elizabeth Phillips, 4) Judith McNaught. I haven't read Patricia Briggs, but now I'm very curios....

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  73. Anonymous12:52 AM

    Just my name.....Marian Irwin in South Africa

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  74. C.L Wilson's books, Eve Silver, and her other persona's...and about a million others. But, there were some authors here I don't think I know...so I will have to be looking them up right now!

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  75. I love her Mercy Thomson series so count me in

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  76. Too many.
    So tossing my name in the hat.

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  77. I definitely agree with Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Lois McMaster Bujold, Wen Spencer, and Elizabeth Vaughn. I'd add Jim Butcher although he finally seems to be getting his props, Anne Bishop, Charlaine Harris, Suzanne Enoch.

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  78. Elizabeth Haydon, Johanna Lindsay, David Farland

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  79. Apparently my first attempt at throwing my name into the hat didn't work. Grrr.

    So, here's my names: David Farland, Johanna Lindsay, yourself, Holly Lisle.

    Krista in Michigan

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  80. I love Morgan Howell's Queen of the Orcs trilogy. Everyone should read that. And of course, Octavia Butler. Love her!

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  81. Anonymous10:04 AM

    Kelly Armstmrong. I can think of more, but she was the first one that popped into my head. :)

    I second the thanks to the universe as well. I just started reading the Mercy Thompson series, so I'm happy to hear her backlist will be easier to find.

    JulieB

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  82. Please add my name to the hat.

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  83. More people need to read Markus Zusak. Yes he's Australian. Yes, he writes YA, but it's so freaking good!

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  84. Stephanie Barron, Lynn Viehl, Jane Austen, and Caleb Carr. How's that for a line up?

    Cheers!

    Carissa

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  85. throwing my name into the hat:)

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  86. I am a huge Patricia Briggs fan! This is WAAAAY cool!

    I think more people should read Kelly Armstrong. I'm addicted to her work.

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  87. I'd love to see more people reading CJ Cherryh, Elizabeth Moon, and Robin Hobb.

    On top of tha, I'd like to add my name to the hat--I'm always looking for new authors to fall in love with (although I'll also settle for lust!)
    :-D

    p.s. I think your blog is wonderful!

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  88. Chris Moriarty! Of course she needs to write more too ;-)

    I found out the hard way that a publisher can use my quote whenever they want. I had someone ask me why I thought such n such a book was great. Since I hadn't read it, I couldn't answer, but I checked and the cover quote was what I gave for a prior book by the same author.

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  89. A lot of the authors I was going to say I saw when skimming the comments, so Vicki Pettersson. Her third book is about to come out and I read the ARC a week or two ago. Good stuff. I hope it does well.

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  90. Jacquelyn Frank, Jackie Kessler and Rachel Vincent

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  91. Jacquelyn Frank, Jackie Kessler and Rachel Vincent

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  92. I'd like to see more people reading books by Kate Rothwell, Lyn Cash, Lynn Viehl, Jennifer Macaire, KG McAbee, and Tricia McGill & Samantha Winston ;-)
    ...among a slew of others!
    :-D

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  93. I would love to see more people read Rob Thurman. She is just a fantastic writer and deserves a spot on the bestseller list.

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  94. Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Lynn Viehl, Marjorie M. Liu...just to name a few ;)

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  95. Penny Pflager2:20 PM

    Besides all my favorite authors, I like trying new authors. Kat Richardson (Greywalker series)is a person people should try.

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  96. Ok. Second try. First message transmitted to outerspace somewhere. I can't wait for Cry Wolf (Patricia Briggs) to be released. Jeaniene Frost, Nalini Singh, and of course, Lynn Viehl are also faves.

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  97. Chris Zimmer5:16 PM

    I think everyone should read Sheri S. Tepper. But my newest interest is Cherie Priest. She's a great southern gothic paranormal writer. Better than some of the fluff currently on the bestseller lists.

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  98. Chris wrote: Better than some of the fluff currently on the bestseller lists.

    Haven't seen much horror fluff out there myself. Aside from my own, of course. ;)

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  99. I'd suggest Joanne Bertin, Tamara Siler Jones and kristen Britain, off the top of my head. Plus, as always, S.L. Viehl. :-)

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  100. For older authors, try Cordwainer Smith. And for non-SF, Georgette Heyer.

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