Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Can't Wait To Be Read 2019

The second in the Blood Eternal series is on my radar, out April 2019
With 2019 underway, it's time to reassess the alluring and sometimes daunting To Be Read list. 

Because, no matter how long the TBR stack, there's always room for more great books, right?

Here are some of my new additions, coming out in 2019. They range across a bevy of genres and sound amazing to me! Loving the cover art too! Do you have a favourite?

Can't wait for this by one of my fav authors.

I love this author. Her writing is crisp and engaging, the subject matter always deep. Don't be halted by the YA tag. Dunn is great reading, for any age.

The Wicked King, Book #2 in The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black
My first Holly Black title was The Darkest Part of the Forest and I've been a fan ever since. The Folk of the Air is right up there with her best!

#11 in the Mercy Thompson series out March 2019.
Fabulous Urban Fantasy! In all of this series, I think the first, Moon Called, is my fav, but I'm looking forward to more Mercy and Patricia Brigg's fabulous writing

Coming out February 19th, by Sup author, T. Frohock.

This is a long-anticipated read, a lyrical historical fantasy adventure. It's set in 1932 Spain and Germany and brings to life the world of the novellas collected in Los Nefilim: Spanish Nephilim battling daimons in a supernatural war to save humankind. Can't wait to read more of our own Supernatural Underground authors!

We're all waiting for book #4 of this fabulous series!

Speaking of our very own Sup authors, I just talked with Helen Lowe. Although she concedes it's not quite as exciting as anticipating a new release, Helen is very much looking forward to completing the fourth and final novel in her The Wall Of Night series (working title: The Chaos Gate)... coming out in the middle of the year? I hope so!

And, of course, she can't wait to share all the pre-release excitement, including cover art and sneak previews of the final instalment! Because (I was going to say "at the end of the day" at this point but realize it is every part of the day--and night!) the story is what we're all about here on Supernatural Underground.

Debut epic fantasy? Yes, please.
This is the first book in Lyons’ A Chorus of Dragons series launching an epic fantasy tale I'm really excited to dive into. I mean, dragons!

This book had me at the cover and the tagline. The ARC reviews are riveting! 
Seanan McGuire, who brought us October Daye, has a standalone fantasy coming out in May 2019. Looking forward to this one too. That cover...

Finally, I have a title coming out in September 2019 but am not allowed to say more. Sneak-peek it though, at :)

I'd love to hear of more books for 2019... especially the different and obscure ones that might be on your TBR list. As Haruki Murakami says, "If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking."


Kim Falconer's New YA Fantasy Series is out in 2019 - The Bone Throwers. Also check her urban fantasy out now - The Blood in the Beginning - and Ava Sykes Novel and the SFF Quantum Enchantment SeriesYou can find Kim on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Kim also runs where she teaches the law of attraction and astrology. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Time To Chillax: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
I love the whole idea of the new year, with its official marking off of the old and welcoming in fresh starts.

Most of all, though, I love the opportunity to chillax after all the pressure of Christmas—you know, decorations, food, presents, full on family-and-friends time—followed by New Year's Eve retrospectives and serious party time. Which is all fabulous and fun, but not precisely relaxing, especially when it all comes at the one time!

So New Year's Day is for finally kicking back, putting my feet up, and mixing up such delights as lying on the couch reading a book or watching a great TV show or movie.

At home, I hasten to add. There's no way I want to move away from that couch and "feet up" time if I can help it!

Right now I have a number of books on the go. Having fallen in love with the Shetland TV series this year, I have the first two books in the Ann Cleeves series to read: Raven Black and White Nights.

I've just finished the first one and really enjoyed it. Despite having seen the TV series, the novel still managed to hook me in and keep me reading so I'm really looking forward to White Nights.

Another two-book pair is Lamentation by historical-crime/mystery writer CJ Sansom and his latest work, Tombland (that's Tomb Land, folks, not Tom Bland, as I heard one fellow bookshop afficionado  say, in a slip of the tongue! ;-) )

The books are set in Tudor England, during the period of religious, political, and social unrest that followed Henry the VIII's breakaway from the Roman Catholic church.

The author's historicism is really good (imho) and the main character, Matthew Shardlake, wonderfully flawed.

I am reading Lamentation right now and have my suspicions who the mysterious antagonist may be, but must read on to find out if I have guessed correctly...

The fifth book on my New Year chillax reading list is Tempest and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles Book One) by Tamora Pierce. I am a longtime fan of Ms Pierce's fantasy fiction, as well as hugely impressed by her output, so really pleased to have a new Tortall adventure to relax with.

As for TV series, besides Shetland, in this past year I've enjoyed time with The Expanse, The Last Kingdom, and Babylon Berlin, so am pleased the latest season of The Last Kingdom is still "to be watched" before the holiday is over.

The Last Kingdom
And then, of course, it will be back to writing, writing... But putting one's feet up with a good book and a TV series or two is a great way to ensure a little refreshment of both mind and spirit before returning to the hard work.

I hope you are all getting in a little chillax time, too, before returning to work. If you have some good reads to recommend or shows to share with your fellow Supernatural Undergrounders, we'd love to see your comment. :-)

In the meantime: Happy New Year!


Helen Lowe is a novelist, poet, and blogger whose first novel, Thornspell (Knopf), was published to critical praise in 2008. Her second, The Heir of Night (The Wall Of Night Series, Book One) won the Gemmell Morningstar Award 2012. The sequel, The Gathering Of The Lost, was shortlisted for the Gemmell Legend Award in 2013. Daughter Of Blood, (The Wall Of Night, Book Three) is Helen's most recent book and she is currently working on the fourth and final novel in The Wall Of Night series. Helen posts regularly on her “…on Anything, Really” blog and is also on Twitter: @helenl0we