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Thu
May 16 2013 1:30pm

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread: Book 13, Dead Ever After Review

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread Book 13 Dead Ever After Charlaine HarrisWell everyone, we’ve completed our 12 book re-read of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse books. Thanks for sticking with me! But we can’t end this journey without discussing the long-awaited conclusion, book thirteen—Dead Ever After. Unfortunately, there were a number of spoilers released before the publication date, which I studiously avoided. After committing to thirteen books in this series, there was no way I would spoil the ending! But now that the book is out, permit me to spoil it now? I’ll give a short recap and then let’s discuss this potential HEA.

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Thu
May 9 2013 1:10pm

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread: Book 12, Deadlocked

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the very last re-read *tear* of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books. This week we’re recapping Deadlocked, and then next week we will discuss the final book in the series, Dead Ever After. And while I know there are an abundance of spoilers on the internet (to be discussed next week!) I have so far managed to avoid them (a la How I Met Your Mother’s Super Bowl episode). So my recap is unspoiled with what is yet to come, though I have my own predictions of Sookie’s happily ever after. We’ll just have to wait and see if I’m right!

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Thu
May 2 2013 11:20am

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread: Book 11, Dead Reckoning

Sookie Stackhouse Reread Charlaine Harris Dead ReckoningWelcome back to our reread of the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. This week, we’re reading book 11, Dead Reckoning.

The book begins as Sookie is finally cleaning out the attic, like she’d planned to in the last book. And what does she find? Nothing yet, but she will. The real story begins as Sookie is working at Merlotte’s later that day. She happens to glance up, sees lights outside, and a figure moving fast towards them. She barely has time to yell “Down!” before a fiery bottle is thrown into the bar. Sookie’s apron is briefly on fire before Sam puts it out, and also her hair, as they all scramble to put out all the fires. Shortly after, Eric arrives—he could feel her panic. But he’s almost too angry that Sookie was in danger, and she knows there’s something else bothering him.

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Thu
Apr 25 2013 4:00pm

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread: Book 10, Dead in the Family

Sookie Stackhouse Reread Book 10 Dead in the FamilyWell, things are certainly progressing at our weekly re-read of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series. Today we are discussing book 10, Dead in the Family, and only have three more in the series! But I’m getting ahead of myself….

Dead in the Family begins as Amelia leaves for New Orleans, unable to stay in Bon Temps after Tray’s death. Sookie herself is still coping with the aftermath of the attack, both physically and mentally. At least she is officially with Eric, though she still isn’t sure how much of their relationship is the blood bond, and how much is actual feeling. A few days after Amelia’s departure, Sookie wakes up to Claude waiting outside on her porch. He asks about Claudine’s death, and Sookie’s capture. After a short conversation, he leaves, and Sookie cries. She had been waiting for him to kill her the whole time. But he didn’t—and she realizes that she actually wants to live. After one of Sookie’s many nightmares, Eric finally explains why he didn’t save her from torture—he was essentially being tortured himself. Victor Madden had chained him with silver, to keep him from taking sides in the Fae War. Eric was able to phone Niall before he was chained, though, to warn him, and he was eventually able to get the king, Felipe, on the phone to order Victor to let Eric go. Which he did, but it was too late for Sookie. Victor claimed he’d “forgotten” their marriage, and was not punished for his actions. Sookie finally believes Eric, and she ends the chapter with the statement “I think we need to kill Victor.”

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Thu
Apr 18 2013 1:30pm

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread: Book 9, Dead and Gone

Sookie Stackhouse Reread Book 9 Dead and Gone Charlaine HarrisWelcome back to our re-read of Charlaine Harris’s bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series. This week we’re reading the ninth book in the series, Dead and Gone. Only three more before we’ve completed the series!

It’s been two and a half months since the events of the previous book, and our story begins as Sookie is watching what seems to be the vampire version of What Not to Wear on TV, with roomies Octavia Fant and Amelia Broadway. Apparently America is addicted to vampire reality shows. Shocking!

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Thu
Apr 11 2013 1:00pm

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread: Book 8, From Dead to Worse

The Sookie Stackhouse reread on Tor.com: From Dead to WorseWelcome back to our weekly Sookie Stackhouse re-read of Charlaine Harris’s bestselling series. This week we’re reading From Dead to Worse, the eighth book in the series. Now that we’re getting into the more recent books, which are probably much more fresh in your memory, I plan to cut down a bit on the recap itself and dig in a bit more to the world and the characters. Sound good? Let’s dig in!

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Fri
Apr 5 2013 2:00pm

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread: Book 7, All Together Dead

Sookie Stackhouse series reread All Together DeadWelcome back to our re-read of the Sookie Stackhouse series, by Charlaine Harris. This week we’re on the seventh book, All Together Dead.

All Together Dead begins during the third weekend in September, and between Definitely Dead and this book, Hurricane Katrina hit, dramatically changing the balance of power in the vampire states. Before, Area 5 (northwestern Louisiana) was much less influential than the other half of the state. Now it is one of the most profitable.

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Thu
Mar 28 2013 1:00pm

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread: Book 6, Definitely Dead

Sookie Stackhouse Reread Charlaine Harris Vampire Werewolf Romance Book 6 Definitely DeadWelcome back to our re-read of the New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse books, by Charlaine Harris. Today we’re discussing the sixth book, Definitely Dead, one of my personal favorites!

Definitely Dead opens with a humorous scene, as Sookie is draped over the arm of a super hot man, who is smoldering down at her. Dream come true? You’d think, but the man in question is Claude the fairy (literally). As we mentioned in the previous book, Dead as a Doornail, Claude asked Sookie to pose with him to help his romance-cover-model career along. As Sookie isn’t the least bit attracted to Claude, handsome as he is, she thinks of Quinn...which apparently gives her the appropriately sexy expression. And who should be assisting on set but Maria-Star Cooper, the were injured by a car earlier in the series. Sookie hasn’t had much contact with the shifter community since the packmaster contest, but she is happy to see Maria Star. Maria is trying to work up the courage to tell Sookie something—that she and Alcide are dating. Sookie is upset, but she maintains her pride and wishes them well. While Sookie wasn’t in love with Alcide, she liked him, and it’s never fun to realize you’ve been replaced in someone’s affections. Maria also informs Sookie that the Debbie Pelt murder investigation is ongoing, and that Debbie’s sister Sandra is the driving force behind the search.

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Thu
Mar 21 2013 1:00pm

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread: Book 5, Dead as a Doornail

Sookie Stachouse Reread Book 5 Dead as a Doornail Charlaine HarrisOur reread of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series continues, with fifth book Dead as a Doornail.

“I knew my brother would turn into a panther before he did.”

With that opening line, Harris gives us a pretty good idea of the central plotline—shape shifter shooters, and shape shifter politics.

In the previous book, Dead to the World, Sookie’s brother Jason was bitten many times by a were-panther. He was not born a shifter, so he cannot turn into a full panther, but it’s possible he could react to the bites and turn into a panther/man hybrid at the next full moon. The chapter opens at the full moon, and Sookie is driving Jason to the were community of Hotshot, in case he does in fact change. Though the moon has not yet risen, Jason’s eyes have already turned yellow, and Sookie knows he will change.

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Thu
Mar 14 2013 1:00pm

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread: Book 4, Dead to the World

Sookie Stackhouse Reread Charlaine Harris Book 4 Dead to the WorldWelcome back to our re-read of the New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse books, by Charlaine Harris. Today we’re discussing Dead to the World, the fourth book in the series.

Our story begins as Sookie finds a note taped to her door when she gets home from work. She hasn’t spoken to her ex-boyfriend Bill since the events of the previous book, over a week ago, and last saw him when she dropped of his computer at his house. A gesture much kinder than he deserved. His note asks her to come to the front door and let him in if she’s ready to talk. Creeper.

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Thu
Mar 7 2013 1:30pm

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread: Book 3, Club Dead

Sookie Stackhouse  Book 3 Club Dead Charlaine Harris Vampires Paranormal Romance RereadWelcome back to the next installment in our Sookie Stackhouse series reread. This week we have the third book in Charlaine Harris’s New York Times bestselling series, Club Dead.

As we begin our story, telepathic waitress Sookie is bemoaning the fact that the honeymoon phase in her relationship with her vampire-boyfriend Bill is over. For the past two months, he has been working on some super-secret-vampire-project on the computer (yes, a vampire using a computer!), practically ignoring Sookie altogether. While he does tell her that the project is an assignment from the vampire queen of Louisiana, he refuses to share any more information. More importantly, he insists that Eric Northman, his liege and the sheriff of area 5, cannot know.

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Thu
Feb 28 2013 10:00am

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread: Book 2, Living Dead in Dallas

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread on Tor.com: Book 2, Living Dead in DallasWelcome back to our Sookie Stackhouse series reread. This week I will be discussing the second book in Charlaine Harris’s New York Times bestselling series, Living Dead in Dallas.

Our story begins with Andy Bellefleur, a Bon Temps detective, getting drunk at Merlotte’s bar. And while intoxication may be usual at a bar, a drunk Andy certainly is not. Sookie makes him hand over his keys, and calls his lawyer-sister Portia, to come and pick him up. Sookie’s boyfriend Bill (otherwise known as Vampire Bill, or V.B.) also stops by the bar, and Portia is able to put aside her prejudice long enough for Bill to help her get Andy out the door. Andy’s car stays in Merlotte’s parking lot through the next day.

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Wed
Feb 27 2013 3:00pm

How the Cover was Created For New Sci-Fi Book The Planet Thieves

Cover and Illustration Reveal for New Middle Grade SF Novel The Planet Thieves

I’m thrilled to share the story behind the cover and illustrations for The Planet Thieves, the first in a new middle grade SF series from author Dan Krokos.

The novel focuses on 13 year old Mason Stark, who spends his summers as a cadet in the Earth Space Command and is forced to take charge when the adults on his crew are taken hostage by the alien Tremist.

Obviously covers are important, but covers for first-in-series books are doubly so. You’re setting the tone, art style, and treatment for the rest of the series. Let’s be honest, books are judged by their covers. Dan, his agent and I (his editor) discussed our ideas for the cover extensively, tweaking our concept before sending it on to art. Here’s an excerpt from Dan’s initial thoughts, exactly as they appeared on our memo:

I’d love to do something that shows Mason, from behind looking out at a space battle from the window of his spaceship.

I completely agreed, and we fleshed out that idea in our cover concept.

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Thu
Feb 21 2013 10:00am

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread: Book 1, Dead Until Dark

The Sookie Stackhouse reread on Tor.com: Book 1, Dead Until DarkCharlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series is one of the most popular urban fantasy series around, with thirteen books, numerous short stories, and a hit television series on HBO. And it all began with 2001’s Dead Until Dark.

“I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.”

With this opening line, we are ushered in the world of Bon Temps, a small town in rural Louisiana. Our heroine, Sookie Stackhouse, lives with her grandmother in their old family home, and is a waitress at the local bar, Merlotte’s. Make that a telepathic waitress.

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Thu
Feb 21 2013 10:00am

Announcing the Sookie Stackhouse Reread on Tor.com!

The Sookie Stackhouse Reread on Tor.com

On May 7th, the thirteenth (and final) book of Charlaine Harris’s long-running urban fantasy series, Dead Ever After, will be released. In honor of this momentous occasion, Tor.com is kicking off a reread of the entire series, starting with the first novel, Dead Until Dark.

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Wed
Jun 20 2012 1:00pm

Cover Reveal for New YA Novel The Nightmare Affair

Cover Reveal for The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for Mindee Arnett’s debut YA novel, The Nightmare Affair. Finding the right cover was quite an involved process, so we thought we’d share a little bit about how we reached the final product. It was a collaborate process between Mindee, her agent Suzie Townsend, and myself as editor—and of course, Seth Lerner, the art director for Tor Teen. We are all enthusiastic about the series, and were very focused on finding the right direction for this debut.

Seth had the brilliant idea of working with artist Kate Forrester, who specializes in laser cut paper illustrations. We went through several rounds to find the perfect cover, but each piece of art was amazing in its own right. She’s incredibly talented, and we were thrilled to work with her.

Now on to the covers, and our thought process for each!

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