I was just visiting Orbit Books, and thinking about how this publisher does it right: the site has interesting content, a nice design, and it's easy to navigate. Some publishers have so much wickety-wack that I give up visiting. Publishers were late to the online world and many flash graphics that jam up, wonky internal search engines, and dull content. I visit those sites and never want to go back.
Not so with Orbit. I like the author links and blogroll right on the home page as well as the tabs at top. You can easily sign up for the newsletter on the homepage. I stop by and say, hmm, let's see what's coming up, and I can find Jaye Wells' Blue-Blooded Vamp,the final book in the Sabina Kane series which will be released on June 1.
Sabina Kane is on the hunt. Her prey: Cain, the father of the vampire race and the one who murdered her family and her friends. Unfortunately, Cain is hunting Sabina, too. The one man who holds the key to defeating Cain is, of course, Abel. A mage with secrets to spare and, hopefully, the power to match it. Unfortunately, for Sabina, he's in Rome and may not want to be found. Sabina sets out for Italy with her friends, Giguhl and Adam Lazarus, to track down the only man who can get her the revenge she hungers for. But will he help her or oppose her? And just who is Abel, really? Worst of all, when Sabina figures out the goddess Lilith has a plan for her-she realizes this trip is getting deadlier by the minute.Cool cover, right? And Orbit's jr. designer Wendy Chan shares the fun photo shoot for this series.
I also discovered the steampunk paranormal, God Save the Queen (Immortal Empire #1) by Kate Locke, which will be released on July 12. Who is Kate Locke? Why none other than fabulous Katy Cross, author of steampunk YA!
Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist. The undead matriarch of a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012 and Pax Britannia still reigns.Orbit's releasing another steampunk paranormal, with the first in the Bannon and Clare series.
Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key-the prize in a very dangerous struggle.
The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow will be released on August 12:
Archibald Clare is a detective of truly uncanny abilities–a mentath, capable of feats of deduction and logic that border on the supernatural. He is also abruptly, uniquely, the only unregistered mentath left alive in Londoninium. Someone has murdered the others and, if not for the timely intervention of the Prime sorceress Emma Bannon, there would have been no one left to stop… whatever is coming.
Mentaths and sorcerers are dying-or worse, being seduced into betraying Queen and Country. Bannon and Clare must uncover treachery, conspiracy, and sorcery of the blackest hue. And in a Britannia where magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, time is short.
GRATUITOUS VIDEOS OF THE DAY
Blogger is really annoying me with its "improvements" which seem to be crap statistics and needless extra steps and did I mention the crap statistics and graphs? They've made adding videos harder. It makes me want to slap someone. But the day is beautiful and I'm going to move past my blogger hatin' to post new lively videos. Enjoy!
First up, if you're not watching Lost Girl, you should be. This low-budget urban fantasy has a good cast, action, smexyness, humor and cool worldbuilding.