Happy publication day everyone! There are some interesting things publishing today — the continuation of a fabulous urban fantasy series — and some books which are being published in a new format for the very first time. Read on for details!
The Trouble With Vampires, Lynsay Sands
Irresistible desire and thrilling suspense combine in this electrifying new Argeneau novel from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands.
For close to three thousand years the imposing, impossibly handsome Santo Notte has fought in armies across the world and battled his own, more personal enemies. Of all the places he might expect to encounter his life mate, a quiet corner of upstate New York doesn’t seem likely. But as soon as he makes contact with history professor Petronella Stone, while hunting down a suspected rogue immortal, he knows that she will be the greatest adventure of his eternal life.
He expects her to be surprised, confused, even overwhelmed. What he doesn’t expect is that Pet has a secret history of her own. But as Pet struggles to protect her nephew from a danger lurking too close to home, Santo realises there’s another threat to her safety — him. And claiming their passionate future will be impossible until he leaves his past behind, forever . . .
Praise for Lynsay Sands:
‘Vampire lovers will find themselves laughing throughout. Sands’s trademark humour and genuine characters keep her series fresh and her readers hooked’ Publishers Weekly
‘Delightful and full of interesting characters and romance’ Romantic Times
‘Sands writes books that keep readers coming back for more . . . clever, steamy, with a deliciously wicked sense of humour that readers will gobble up’ Kate McAlister
Bored of the Rings, The Harvard Lampoon
50th anniversary edition of the ultimate Tolkien Parody!
Sometimes childish, sometimes rude, always clever and always very, very funny, this book has delighted most, and outraged a few, Tolkien fans in the US for more than 40 years.
Pulling in references to popular culture and fantasy literature as a whole, this is a killingly effective parody of THE LORD OF THE RINGS. From the dreary Goddamn (Gollum) to the feckless Arrowroot (Aragorn), the bungling Goodgulf (Gandalf) to the timid, mean-minded boggies Frito (Frodo) and Dildo (Bilbo), no character is safe. Fleeing the Nozdrul, bored by acid-casualty Tim Benzedrine and harassed throughout by the minions of Sorhed, the fellowship move through a Middle Earth like no other. Short, sharp and very much to the point, even Tolkien would be hard-pressed to surpress a giggle at Bored of the Rings.
‘Lurches drunkenly through Tolkien’s narrative, scrawling graffiti on noble citadels and firing off gags with such machine-gun speed that something hits the funny bone on almost every page’ David Langford
Lud-in-the-Mist, Hope Mirrlees
A true classic – and the ‘single most beautiful . . . and unjustifiably forgotten novel of the twentieth century’ Neil Gaiman
Lud-in-the-Mist – a prosperous country town situated where two rivers meet: the Dawl and the Dapple. The latter, which has its source in the land of Faerie, is a great trial to Lud, which had long rejected anything ‘other’, preferring to believe only in what is known, what is solid.
Nathaniel Chanticleer is a somewhat dreamy, slightly melancholy man, not one for making waves, who is deliberately ignoring a vital part of his own past; a secret he refuses even to acknowledge. But with the disappearance of his own daughter, and a long-overdue desire to protect his young son, he realises that something is changing in Lud – and something must be done.
Lud-in-the-Mist is a true classic, an adult fairy tale exploring the need to embrace what we fear and to come to terms with ‘the shadows’ – those sweet and dark impulses that our public selves ignore or repress.
Praise for Lud-in-the-Mist:
‘A Shakespearian tragi-comedy, a murder mystery, and a multi-faceted allegory all in one; and a damn good story, too’ Mary Gentle
‘[involves] fundamental questions of how a society and its members understand their own history, and how they make sense of the conflicts embedded in social class and political power’ The Times Literary Supplement, Mary Beard
‘[Mirrlees has] a view of her own about books and style … and a corresponding taste for the beautiful and elaborate in literature’ Virginia Woolf