Monday’s Mailbox for 7/23/12

I just recently received an ARC of Stormdancer, the first in the Lotus Wars series by Jay Kristoff! This is the Aussie author’s debut novel and it has been another highly anticipated book of 2012 for me.

Many thanks to Cassandra over at St Martin’s Press for sending me a copy. So looking forward to reading this one.

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

The first in an epic new fantasy series, introducing an unforgettable new heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal Japan.

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

Run the Risk by Lori FosterLisa and I both love Lori Foster’s Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series and have been looking forward to her next project. Without a doubt Foster has become one of my favorite romance authors. Not only does she write great characters, but she’s sweet, accommodating, and is really cool about chatting with her fans.

I had mentioned to Lisa that I hadn’t seen Run the Risk at NetGalley yet. Maybe lamenting would be more suitable. A few days later I searched for Lori’s name and the title came up. Eeek! I was so excited and even more excited when I had been auto approved for it! How the hell did that happen? Ok, so I didn’t care about why so much and excitedly sent a message to Lisa that Run the Risk was available and to get her butt to NetGalley ASAP!

Her response? “Oh, yeah, I got it last night.”

The little bitch. She never told me.

I pulled the imaginary knife out of my back and transferred the file to my beloved Kindle.

Now, to get out of my writing phase and get back into reading. I need to check out Run the Risk something fierce.

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