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Podcast Episode 12: interview with author Seanan McGuire on her newest October Daye book!

In episode 12 I chat with New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire about her newest October Daye book, NIGHT AND SILENCE, which is in stores on September 4th, 2018. We discuss what it’s like doing mental damage to your beloved characters, the different ways we can define family, and much much more!

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Podcast Episode 11: throwback interview with authors Natalie C. Parker and Tessa Gratton!

In episode 11, I’m throwing it back to an interview from SDCC 2014 with authors Natalie C. Parker and Tessa Gratton!

Both Natalie and Tessa have books coming out within the next month (Natalie’s book SEAFIRE is out August 28, and Tessa book STRANGE GRACE is out September18). We talk about writing cultural traditions, location as character (and the different ways the authors approach bringing it into a story), writing flawed characters, and much much more!

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Podcast Episode 10: interview with author Laurell K. Hamilton!

Episode 10 features author Laurell K. Hamilton, and it is one of the most fun interviews I’ve ever had. We talk about her newest Anita Blake Book, SERPENTINE, which hits shelves on August 7, 2018.

And we go deep: we muse on characters steering the book, address real relationship problems within the realm of her characters, examine emotional intimacy, discuss sexual preferences and how to have healthy sexual relationships, the impact your art can have on the lives of people in ways you never imagined, having the hard talks, what’s coming up in her writing life, and much more!

Plus, we’re giving away a copy of the new book SERPENTINE, scroll to the giveaway below!

BUT BEFORE YOU LISTEN…

There are some mild spoilers in the podcast, nothing huge, but I can’t say we don’t discuss a few conversations that happen. If that bothers you, read first and then come back and listen. Also, this is a sex-heavy discussion, so if that makes you uncomfortable you may want to pass.

If it doesn’t bother you, OR, if you know nothing about the Anita Blake books but want to listen, here’s the minimum you need to know so you know what we are talking about:

  • Anita Blake is our main character. Vampire Hunter and helps cops solve supernatural crimes.
  • Edward is her best friend, and an assassin. Anita never thought he’d let himself fall in love enough to get married. They have never slept together, more like brother and sister, though rumors have spread from co-workers jealous of their talents.
  • Anita is ‘dating’ lots of men, but there are three main ones:
    • Micah and Nathaniel, the three of them share a house and are a unit
    • Jean-Claude, a vampire she also loves and they all sort of share with.
      • They are going to do a ceremony so the four of them can be married.
  • Nathaniel feels like Micah (who runs a group for lycanthropes called furry coalition) and Anita are working too much and their sex life is suffering for it, which really worries him. He brings it up in Florida even though there’s lots of other shit going on (like murders and freakish lycanthropy victims). Also, Nathaniel wants a baby, which Anita doesn’t really want, and she’s struggling with the fact that he may go to someone else to be able to have one.

  • Damian is a vampire tied to Anita.

  • Richard is a werewolf Anita dated that is also still tied to her. He is afraid to face what he is and has some serious emotional issues.

We reference a few fun things in the podcast, below are the links:

Click here for the Merry Gentry series. 

Click here for the Anita Blake books.

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GIVEAWAY:

We are giving away one copy of SERPENTINE!

US entries only.

Giveaway is open until 11:59 EST on August 14th.

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Podcast Episode 9: interview with Mary Robinette Kowal

Episode 9 of the podcast features the lovely, multi-talented, and award-winning Mary Robinette Kowal!

Mary splits her time between multiple creative endeavors, and on this episode she digs into what it’s like to be an audiobook narrator as well as an author. Go behind the scenes to learn what it’s really like to record an audio book, and enjoy Mary’s insight and humor as she accounts her experiences. We also talk about her newest book, THE CALCULATING STARS, which hit shelves on July 3, 2018.

We reference a few fun things in the podcast, below are the links:

Mary’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/maryrobinette/memberships

Mary’s Drip: https://d.rip/maryrobinette/tiers

Plus, click here for The Lady Astronaut club!

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Check out an audio sample of THE MIME ORDER, Samantha Shannon’s second book in THE BONE SEASON series!

I’ve been pounding through audio books this year; most of the books I’ve read actually have been on audio (I think something like 20 of the 25 books I’ve read). There’s something about a fantastic narration that adds to the storytelling, and if you’re not an audio book person, I’d encourage you to try.

One series I’m absolutely gaga over, for both the story itself and the audio versions, is THE BONE SEASON series by Samantha Shannon (THE BONE SEASON and THE MIME ORDER are currently out). What’s it about? Here’s the official blurb for book 1:

The-Bone-Season-by-Samantha-Shannon_thumb1The first pick of NBC’s Today Book Club

Featured in New York, USA Today, and Forbes, and on CNN.com.

Enter the world of Paige Mahoney, a gifted clairvoyant, a “dreamwalker,” in the year 2059. Her natural talents are considered treasonous under the current regime. Snatched away to a secret prison, she encounters another race, the Rephaim, creatures who wish to control the powers of Paige and those like her. One in particular will be assigned as her keeper, her trainer. But his motives are mysterious. To regain her freedom, Paige must learn to trust, in the prison where she is meant to die.

I was a bit late to the game for the first book in the season, but I devoured it earlier this year, and have had the pleasure of listening to the second book, THE MIME ORDER, as well. Thanks to audible.com we have an excerpt of the second book for you to check out below. THE MIME ORDER released earlier this year, but we wanted to make sure word kept spreading about this addicting series. And stay tuned, we’ll be bringing you the review of this amazing book in the near future! But for now, enjoy the audio, which is narrated by the awesome Alana Kerr (she also did THE BONE SEASON). Here’s the summary, but beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the first one!

M_O_BlackIn the internationally best-selling The Bone Season, Paige Mahoney escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but now her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London. As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

 

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The Mime Order (The Bone Season) by Samantha Shannon out today!

The Mime Order, the sequel to the bestsellfing The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, is out today! The first book was hugely popular, being called the next Harry Potter and Hunger Games, and it hit a bunch of the bestseller lists. Book two in this seven-book series stands to follow in the footsteps of its already famous predecessor.

What’s it about? Here’s the official blurb:

the mimie orderPaige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.
As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.
Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

We’ve teamed up with Audible.com to bring you an awesome excerpt of this fab sequel on audiobook. The Mime Order is narrated by Alana Kerr, who also narrated The Bone Season. Click below to listen to an excerpt, and stay tuned in the near future as we bring you a full review of this fantastic audiobook!

 

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New Philip Pullman His Dark Materials audiobook exclusive to Audible!

61NOblVCzcL._SL300_We here at Lytherus are big fans of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series, so when we heard that there was a new story set in this world we had to share. Pullman wrote The Collectors exclusively for Audible.com, and it was released into the world yesterday, so it’s available for all!

This short story gives us a glimpse into the early life of the infamous villain of the series Mrs. Coulter, and will not be available anywhere in print. The audiobook is narrated by Bill Nighy (of Pirates of the Caribbean and Love Actually fame) and should be a real treat for the fans.

We’ve posted a clip of The Collectors below for your listening enjoyment. Don’t forget to hop over to Audible.com to get your copy!