The Leaning Pile of Books is a feature where I talk about books I got over the last week – old or new, bought or received for review consideration (often unsolicited). Since I hope you will find new books you’re interested in reading in these posts, I try to be as informative as possible. If I can find them, links to excerpts, author’s websites, and places where you can find more information on the book are included.

This was a good week for books, and I’m particularly excited about the first book listed! Before I get to the books, here are a couple of things coming up this week.

Tomorrow there will be a giveaway of the first two books in Brandon Sanderson’s Reckoners series, Steelheart and Firefight! Sometime later this week (probably Wednesday), I’ll finally be posting my review of Dust and Light by Carol Berg, which was one of my favorite books of 2014.

On to this week’s books!

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

This steampunk adventure will be released on February 3 (hardcover, ebook). An excerpt from Karen Memory is available on

Elizabeth Bear has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, two Hugo Awards for short fiction, the Sturgeon Award, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. She is also one of my favorite authors so I am pretty excited about this one!


“You ain’t gonna like what I have to tell you, but I’m gonna tell you anyway. See, my name is Karen Memery, like memory only spelt with an e, and I’m one of the girls what works in the Hôtel Mon Cherie on Amity Street. Hôtel has a little hat over the o like that. It’s French, so Beatrice tells me.”

Set in the late 19th century—when the city we now call Seattle Underground was the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront, Karen is a young woman on her own, is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable’s high-quality bordello. Through Karen’s eyes we get to know the other girls in the house—a resourceful group—and the poor and the powerful of the town. Trouble erupts one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, beggin sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, and who has a machine that can take over anyone’s mind and control their actions. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap—a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered.

Bear brings alive this Jack-the-Ripper yarn of the old west with a light touch in Karen’s own memorable voice, and a mesmerizing evocation of classic steam-powered science.

The Eterna Files by Leanna Renee Hieber

The Eterna Files (The Eterna Files Saga #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber

This paranormal mystery will be released on February 10 (hardcover, ebook). An excerpt from The Eterna Files can be read on

Leanna Renee Hieber’s debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, won Prism Awards for Best Fantasy Romance and Best First Novel. Another one of her books, the young adult novel Darker Still, was a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. I read her first novel and enjoyed it so I am quite curious about this one!


Welcome to The Eterna Files, written by Leanna Renee Hieber, “the brightest new star in literature”(

London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega. Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire, a skeptic driven to protect the helpless and see justice done, is the perfect man to lead the department, which employs scholars and scientists, assassins and con men, and a traveling circus. Spire’s chief researcher is Rose Everhart, who believes fervently that there is more to the world than can be seen by mortal eyes.

Their first mission: find the Eterna Compound, which grants immortality. Catastrophe destroyed the hidden laboratory in New York City where Eterna was developed, but the Queen is convinced someone escaped—and has a sample of Eterna.

Also searching for Eterna is an American, Clara Templeton, who helped start the project after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln nearly destroyed her nation. Haunted by the ghost of her beloved, she is determined that the Eterna Compound—and the immortality it will convey—will be controlled by the United States, not Great Britain.

Cherry Bomb by Kathleen Tierney

Cherry Bomb (Siobhan Quinn #3) by Kathleen Tierney

The conclusion to the Siobhan Quinn series will be released on February 3 (paperback, ebook). The first two books in the series are as follows:

  1. Blood Oranges
  2. Red Delicious

Kathleen Tierney is a pseudonym for Caitlin R. Kiernan, whose work has won the James Tiptree Award and the Bram Stoker Award for Novel and been nominated for four World Fantasy Awards as well as the Shirley Jackson Award.


Meet Siobhan Quinn—Half vampire, half werewolf, and retired monster hunter. Or so she thought…

Three years have passed since Quinn turned her back on Providence, Rhode Island’s seedy supernatural underbelly, walking out on Mr. B. and taking a bus headed anywhere. She hoped her escape would give her some peace from the endless parade of horrors. But a dead girl who quarrels with the moon can’t catch a break, and, on the streets of Manhattan, Quinn finds herself caught between a rock and a hard place. Again.

What do you do when you’re stuck in the middle of a three-million-year-old grudge match between the ghouls and the djinn, accidentally in possession of a hellish artifact that could turn the tide of the war, all the while being hunted by depraved half-ghoul twins intent on taking the object and ushering in a terrifying Dark Age?

Especially when you’ve fallen in love with the woman who got you into this mess—and you ain’t nobody’s hero…

Darkwalker by E. L. Tettensor

Darkwalker (Nicolas Lenoir #1) by E. L. Tettensor

I’ve been quite interested in this one since seeing some good reviews and reading E. L. Tettensor’s guest post on antiheroes that went up on Monday. Darkwalker is available now (mass market paperback, ebook, audiobook).

This is E. L. Tettensor’s debut novel. The second Nicolas Lenoir book is coming soon, and she is also Erin Lindsey, author of The Bloodbound.


He used to be the best detective on the job. Until he became the hunted…

Once a legendary police inspector, Nicolas Lenoir is now a disillusioned and broken man who spends his days going through the motions and his evenings drinking away the nightmares of his past. Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the grasp of the Darkwalker, a vengeful spirit who demands a terrible toll on those who have offended the dead. But the Darkwalker does not give up on his prey so easily, and Lenoir has always known his debt would come due one day.

When Lenoir is assigned to a disturbing new case, he treats the job with his usual apathy—until his best informant, a street savvy orphan, is kidnapped. Desperate to find his young friend before the worst befalls him, Lenoir will do anything catch the monster responsible for the crimes, even if it means walking willingly into the arms of his own doom…

Master of Plagues by E. L. Tettensor

Master of Plagues (Nicolas Lenoir #2) by E. L. Tettensor

Nicolas Lenoir’s adventures will continue with the release of book two on February 3 (mass market paperback, ebook). An excerpt from Master of Plagues is available on the author’s website.


“A dark fantasy detective story that takes readers on a dark, sometimes disturbing journey. E.L. Tettensor crafts a tale that makes you think even while you shudder—a delightful combination.”—Fresh Fiction on Darkwalker

Unraveling a deadly mystery takes time—and his is running out…

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Darkwalker, Inspector Nicolas Lenoir throws himself into his work with a determination he hasn’t known in years. But his legendary skills are about to be put to the test. A horrific disease is ravaging the city—and all signs point to it having been deliberately unleashed.

With a mass murderer on the loose, a rising body count, and every hound in the city on quarantine duty, the streets of Kennian are descending into mayhem, while Lenoir and his partner, Sergeant Bran Kody, are running out of time to catch a killer and find a cure.

Only one ray of hope exists: the nomadic Adali, famed for their arcane healing skills, claim to have a cure. But dark magic comes at a price, one even the dying may be unwilling to pay. All that’s left to Lenoir is a desperate gamble. And when the ashes settle, the city of Kennian will be changed forever…

Today I’m happy to welcome E. L. Tettensor as part of the Master of Plagues blog tour! Master of Plagues, the second Nicolas Lenoir novel following Darkwalker, will be released on February 3. While I haven’t yet read these books, I’m quite curious about them—especially after reading reviews of Darkwalker at Bookworm Blues and Not Yet Read and this interview with the author at The BiblioSanctum in which she discussed Nicolas Lenoir as an antihero. Since this aspect of the main character particularly piqued my interest, I’m glad she shared some thoughts on why fictional antiheroes are so compelling in today’s guest post!

Darkwalker by E. L. Tettensor Master of Plagues by E. L. Tettensor
Sympathy for the Devil

“Prepare to dislike him from the start.”

“Probably one of the most unlikeable characters that I’ve run across for a while.”

“We were so angry with him, we almost stopped reading.”

These are just a few of the things reviewers have said about Inspector Nicolas Lenoir, the main character in my debut novel, Darkwalker, and its sequel, Master of Plagues. At first glance, they aren’t very flattering. In fact, they seem like exactly the sorts of comments an author dreads. After all, who wants to read a book with an unlikeable protagonist?

Well, these bloggers, for a start; all three of them enjoyed the book–not in spite of its hero, but because of him. Nor are they alone. A casual glance at the bestsellers list offers evidence enough of the widespread appeal of antiheroes. Not just in books, but in television, movies, graphic novels, and so on. Such is our collective appetite for them that Entertainment Weekly has declared this the Age of the Antihero. Thieves, murderers, tyrants, even cowards–we love them. We root for them shamelessly, even if we don’t totally approve of that time they shoved a kid out the window, or forced some local hoodlum to cook meth. Because, damn it, they’re interesting. We might not condone their actions, but we’re mesmerised by them, like rubbernecking at a car crash.

Why is that, though? What is it about antiheroes that so captivates us?

The conventional answer is that they’re more realistic. Human beings are inherently flawed; to be believable, a character should be too. Realistic characters resonate with us much more deeply. We see a little bit of ourselves in them, and it’s this recognition that draws us in.

I’ll buy that–up to a point. An antihero in the vein of Sherlock Holmes (or Nicolas Lenoir) is not a necessarily bad person; he’s just kind of a dick. A “high-functioning sociopath” with a moral compass that doesn’t quite point True North. Holmes’s arrogance and his inability to connect with people are realistic traits, ones we recognise in the people around us.

But antiheroes don’t have a monopoly on flaws. Tony Stark is an egomaniac. Buffy is needy. Jon Snow is woefully naïve. Those are all flaws, yet I wouldn’t consider any of these characters to be antiheroes. Moreover, the flaws of many antiheroes are actually pretty over the top. If the actions of a Jaime Lannister or a Walter White resonate with you… well, I’m going to stop that sentence right there, because I’m afraid of you.

Seen in that light, the “antiheroes are more realistic” theory doesn’t quite wash. There has to be more to it than that. And I think perhaps it’s something to do with worldview.

Even if antiheroes themselves don’t necessarily resonate with us, the rules governing their lives do. Stories with antiheroes at their centre offer a vision of the world that we recognise, one in which not only do good things happen to bad people, but good things can be actively brought about by bad people. This is both realistic and aspirational, and it’s the latter aspect that I think is most captivating. We love a redemption story. Not in the treacly, he-turned-out-to-be-a-swell-guy-in-the-end sense, but in the sense of great deeds being within the grasp of anyone, no matter how flawed. Being, in other words, within our grasp.

It’s a pretty compelling worldview, with roots sunk deep into the religious foundations of Western culture. It means that however meagre your talents or egregious your past sins, the only thing standing between you and greatness is choice.

And so we cheer for the antihero, knowing that however far into darkness s/he falls, it will only make the climb back into the light that much more satisfying. It’s a journey that’s hard to pull off as an author, but when it works, it really works. Of all the impressive tricks I’ve seen over the years, getting me to root for Jaime Lannister takes the prize. I’m hooked, and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

“There is no redemption.” So says the Darkwalker, and Lenoir believes it. Maybe they’re right. But the quest for it makes for one hell of a story.

E.L. Tettensor likes her stories the way she likes her chocolate: dark, exotic, and with a hint of bitterness. She has visited more than fifty countries on five continents, and brought a little something back from each of them to press inside the pages of her books. She also writes traditional fantasy as Erin Lindsey. She lives with her husband in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Twitter: @etettensor

The Leaning Pile of Books is a feature where I talk about books I got over the last week – old or new, bought or received for review consideration (often unsolicited). Since I hope you will find new books you’re interested in reading in these posts, I try to be as informative as possible. If I can find them, links to excerpts, author’s websites, and places where you can find more information on the book are included.

This week brought three books, but I’ve already talked about two of them before (and I do plan on reviewing both of them since they’re books I’ve been looking forward to reading). So I’m just going to write about the one that showed up that I haven’t already covered before.

For reviews, I haven’t had a chance to start a new one since posting my review of Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith on Wednesday. I’m still trying to decide if I should review Dust and Light by Carol Berg or The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman next. Both of these were books I very much enjoyed.

There is also still time to enter to win a copy of Impact Velocity by Leah Petersen in the international giveaway! The last day to enter is Wednesday of this week.

On to this week’s book!

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

Kelly Link’s latest short story collection, Get in Trouble, will be released on February 3 (hardcover, ebook, audiobook). There is a book tour for this release with events in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Washington, Oregon, California, and Michigan. Check out the list of Get in Trouble events on the publisher’s site to see if there’s an event near you!

I haven’t read any of Kelly Link’s short stories yet myself, but I’ve heard they are wonderful.


She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” and by Neil Gaiman as “a national treasure.” Now Kelly Link’s eagerly awaited new collection—her first for adult readers in a decade—proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have.

Link has won an ardent following for her ability, with each new short story, to take readers deeply into an unforgettable, brilliantly constructed fictional universe. The nine exquisite examples in this collection show her in full command of her formidable powers. In “The Summer People,” a young girl in rural North Carolina serves as uneasy caretaker to the mysterious, never-quite-glimpsed visitors who inhabit the cottage behind her house. In “I Can See Right Through You,” a middle-aged movie star makes a disturbing trip to the Florida swamp where his former on- and off-screen love interest is shooting a ghost-hunting reality show. In “The New Boyfriend,” a suburban slumber party takes an unusual turn, and a teenage friendship is tested, when the spoiled birthday girl opens her big present: a life-size animated doll.

Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids . . . These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty—and the hidden strengths—of human beings. In Get in Trouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do.

Since moving to Vermont, I’ve become aware of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series featuring science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors from the state. I haven’t attended any of the events since there haven’t yet been any near me, but I wanted to pass along the details of their first event of 2015 in case anyone in the Montpelier area was interested. For news about the series, keep an eye on the upcoming events page on the Geek Mountain State site or follow the Vermont SF Writer’s Series on Facebook!


Geek Mountain State is pleased to announce the next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series: Vermont Stories of Imagination!, which will take place on January 24th at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier at noon. Authors included in this event are Sean Patrick-Burke, Brett Cox, Kane Gilmore, Mike Luoma, Aimee Picchi and Ginger Weil.

This event follows a very successful year in which hundreds of listeners listened to dozens of Vermont storytellers in places such as Quarterstaff Games, Phoenix Books, The Fletcher Free Library and the headquarters for the Burlington Writer’s Workshop. This first event of 2015 will also move the series out of Burlington for the first time to Montpelier.

The Vermont SF Writer’s Series is designed to designed to promote and encourage local authors who specialize in all types of speculative fiction (Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror), by hosting an event with a partner organization and bringing authors before a live audience. The series has been run by Geek Mountain State since 2013.

Event attendees for the Montpelier event will be provided a discount on museum admission for the day.

Sean-Patrick Burke‘s short fiction has been published in Fox Cry Review and Trans Lit Magazine; his non-fiction won the first annual Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library essay contest. He lives with Amelia, his wife, and their four daughters, and can be found on twitter at @Sea_Bunker. He spent his first paycheck (at the age of 12) on the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation on VHS, and has never regretted it.

F. Brett Cox‘s fiction, poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. With Andy Duncan, he co-edited the anthology Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (Tor, 2004), and appears in War Stories: New Military Science Fiction. A native of North Carolina, he is Associate Professor of English at Norwich University.

Kane Gilmour is the international bestselling author of The Crypt of Dracula and Resurrect. His work was recently featured in the Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters anthology from Ragnarok Publications, and he also writes the sci-fi noir webcomic, Warbirds of Mars. He lives with his family in Vermont.

Mike Luoma writes and publishes science fiction and comics, creates the weekly Glow-in-the-Dark Radio podcast and hosts middays on The Point, Vermont’s Independent Radio Network, where he’s also the Music Director.

In his first novel, 2006’s Vatican Assassin – science fiction set during an interplanetary Western/Muslim war – title character “BC” kills for the New catholic Church in 2109; there’s also a Graphic Novel adaptation with artist Cristian Navarro, and the audiobook, narrated by Mike, is available through Audible. The ebook of the original novel is available for free at most fine online bookstores. BC’s story continues in Mike’s Vatican Assassin Trilogy.

Mike will be doing a preview reading from the 3rd novel in his series The Adventures of Alibi Jones – Alibi Jones and The Hornet’s Nest – coming this summer. The first two books, Alibi Jones and Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur are available now.

You can listen to Mike read his work free each week – look for Mike Luoma on iTunes for his Glow-in-the-Dark Radio podcast and free, downloadable audio books from Find out more at

Aimee Picchi is a freelance writer for CBS MoneyWatch, and has been published in the Boston Globe, Bloomberg Markets, MSN Money and Seven Days, among other publications. Before freelancing, she worked as a media reporter for Bloomberg News in New York. Her fiction has been published in The Colored Lens, Flash Fiction Online and is forthcoming in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. She also slush reads for the Hugo-award winning Clarkesworld magazine. A classically trained violist, she is a graduate of the Juilliard pre-college program and the Eastman School of Music.

Ginger Weil grew up in Vermont, where she picnicked in cemeteries and played tag in corn fields. The first things she looks for in a new town are a library and a coffee shop. She’s worked as a bookseller, baker, librarian, and office manager. Her fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine.

Additionally, the Vermont SF Writer’s Series will be shifting from a bi-monthly schedule to a monthly schedule. Our next event will take place at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction in February, Quarterstaff Games of Burlington in March, the Fletcher Free Library of Burlington in April, and additional locations to come.

Radiant, Karina Sumner-Smith’s debut novel, is set in the same world as her Nebula-nominated short story “An End To All Things.” It’s also the first book in the Towers Trilogy, which will be completed in 2015. Defiant is scheduled for release in May and Towers Fall will follow later in the year.

Xhea has never been like everyone else—she has no magic, the power tied to life itself. Survival is tough for those without much magic and even harder for Xhea since many ordinary tasks require it. However, Xhea scrapes by the best she can by collecting and selling artifacts and performing services related to her unique ability to see and hear ghosts. She can also cut the tethers that keep ghosts bound to people after they die, freeing the living from the constant sensation of a ghost’s presence.

When a man approaches her with money and the ghost of his daughter drifting in his wake, Xhea agrees to unbind the spirit from him and bind the dead girl to herself for two days. This is not particularly unusual business for Xhea, but the more time she spends with the ghost, Shai, the more extraordinary the situation seems. A ghost should no longer have any magic at all, but Shai sometimes glows brightly with it. The only other time Xhea encountered a ghost radiant with magic like Shai, someone was trying to resurrect him and the ghost’s end was agonizing. The memory of this continues to haunt Xhea, and she vowed to never allow this to happen to another ghost if she could help it. She cannot abandon Shai, this girl with the painful past who would be completely alone without Xhea, to a similar fate. Yet as Xhea’s determination to do what she can for her new friend grows, so does her newly discovered magic—a dark, uncontainable power that she must learn to control if she’s going to help Shai.

Radiant is a strong debut novel, and I was particularly impressed by the worldbuilding, writing, and its overall uniqueness. It did have some problems with pacing that may have been partially due to setting up the rest of the trilogy since there was a lot to introduce: the basic world and its social structure, Xhea and Shai’s developing friendship, and both girls’ different powers. Throughout the book, a tantalizing mystery builds surrounding Xhea’s burgeoning abilities, especially as it becomes clear that others have some knowledge about them even if she and Shai do not. Since I did find parts of the first half slow, Radiant wasn’t my favorite debut of 2014, but it has the distinction of being the one I admired the most for its originality and thoughtful composition—and for these reasons, Karina Sumner-Smith is absolutely an author whose books I will be looking out for in the future.

A large part of what makes Radiant different is its world. The Towers Trilogy is set sometime after a great change occurred, making humanity reliant on magic. Everyone is supposed to possess at least a little magic, and the leftover power can fuel machinery or be used as currency. Those with an abundance of magic are well-off and live in the towers, and those with little to spare can barely survive on the ground. As the only person she knows without any magic, Xhea can barely make it by and is well aware that most people consider her some sort of freak. I loved the contrast between Xhea and Shai’s lives and what was shown about the world through their differing experiences: Xhea’s story shows the cost of having too little power while Shai’s shows the cost of having too much.

The world is complex and isn’t always explained thoroughly, but I loved that the author didn’t try to over-explain the details or fill in too much of the past before Xhea’s time. The narrative is told through her third-person perspective, and I felt like I saw the world just as she saw it. Once in awhile, there was a reference to the “before-times” but there weren’t big infodumps filling in the gaps of what happened—the information revealed seemed to be what was important to Xhea’s thoughts and situation at the time. Of course, I am curious to learn more about what happened and hope it’s revealed in one of the other two volumes in the trilogy, but I thought the way information was parceled through her perspective was quite fitting.

Another aspect of Radiant that sets it apart from a lot of fantasy I’ve read is that the relationship in the series given the most focus is the friendship between Xhea and Shai, two women. Xhea has no significant other, friends, or family, only business contacts and acquaintances—until Shai enters her life. At first, Xhea views Shai as a spoiled rich girl, and she wishes for her to stop talking so she can just drag her around with some peace and quiet for a couple of days, earn her pay, and then return the ghost girl to her father. Yet as Xhea gets to know Shai, she comes to see she’s had a deeply difficult life despite her wealthy family and she sympathizes with her as someone who is now alone, just as Xhea has been for so long. The two face many challenges together, and the lengths Xhea goes to in order to help Shai are quite touching. Initially, it seems as though she mostly wants to help her out of moral principles and the thought of Shai facing her fate without anyone at all, but later it’s much more than that—Shai is Xhea’s friend and she will fight for her.

The dialogue is straightforward and natural, but the prose is often quite picturesque and lovely. For example, the first two paragraphs painted a vivid image:


Curled in a concrete alcove that had once been a doorway, Xhea watched the City man make his awkward way through the market tents, dragging a ghost behind him. Magic sparkled above his head like an upturned tulip, deflecting the heavy rain and letting it pour to the ground to trace a circle in the puddles at his feet. He was, of course, watching her.

It was not his attention that had caught Xhea’s notice, nor his poor attempt to blend into the crowd, but the ghost tethered to him with a line of energy more felt than seen. The dead girl couldn’t have been much older than Xhea herself—sixteen, Xhea supposed, perhaps seventeen—and she floated an arm’s span above the man’s head like a girl-shaped helium balloon.

As impressed as I was by Radiant, I did think that it was bogged down by too much narrative at times, especially in the first half. While Xhea’s thoughts and observations fit naturally, they were often in large chunks that could have used some dialogue to break things up more. This works in the sense that Xhea is alone a lot of the time or with just Shai—who isn’t always talkative despite Xhea’s early impression of her as a talker—but it did slow down the pacing a lot. Toward the end, this was better as more happened and Xhea spent more time with other characters (some of whom were quite compelling and will be interesting to learn more about).

Radiant is one of the more unconventional speculative fiction books I’ve read recently. Some of the elements are familiar—technology being replaced by magic, a main protagonist who learns she’s extraordinary, and yes, even the walking (un)dead—but Karina Sumner-Smith created a world that is entirely unlike any I’ve encountered before. I feel like I keep using this word, but “unique” really sums up Radiant in every way: the prose, the focus on two remarkable heroines, and the setting with its ghosts, magic, and towers. It may not have been as much of a page-turner as I would have liked during the first half of the book, but it certainly left me eager to read Defiant—or any other book the author writes.

My Rating: 7.5/10

Where I got my reading copy: ARC from the publisher.

Other Reviews:

Today I have one ebook edition of Impact Velocity by Leah Petersen to give away! While it’s the third book in The Physics of Falling series (following Fighting Gravity and Cascade Effect), it can be read as a stand alone. This science fiction romance series—with a romance between a man with unclass status and the emperor himself—sounds interesting and I’ve heard good things about it. Since this is an ebook giveaway, it is open internationally!

Impact Velocity by Leah Petersen

About Impact Velocity:

Jake has finally found peace and a family with the man he loves. But when the unimaginable happens, Jake finds himself on the run with his greatest enemy and the man who betrayed them both. If he can’t find a way to bring down the man who now wields the power of an emperor, he’ll lose not just his own life, but his daughter’s as well.

I have one copy of the Impact Velocity ebook to give away! This giveaway is open internationally, and the winner has a choice of either mobi or ePub format.

Giveaway Rules: To be entered in the giveaway, fill out the form below OR send an email to kristen AT fantasybookcafe DOT com with the subject “Impact Velocity Giveaway.” One entry per person and one winner will be randomly selected. Those from any country are eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will be open until the end of the day on Wednesday, January 21. The winner has 24 hours to respond once contacted via email, and if I don’t hear from them by then a new winner will be chosen (who will also have 24 hours to respond until someone gets back to me to verify the correct email address).

Please note email addresses will only be used for the purpose of contacting the winner. Once the giveaway is over all the emails will be deleted.

Good luck!

Update: Now that the giveaway is over, the form has been removed.