VONA / Japan

So, it turns out that the VONA deadline was extended to March 15th.  Here’s the press release regarding my workshop:

Attention, Writers of Color, Writers of Popular Fiction– Romance, Mystery; Urban Fantasy. Take a workshop with Marjorie Liu this summer. The VONA/Voices Workshop presents the Popular Fiction– Romance, Mystery; Urban Fantasy workshop for Writers of Color.  Whether you’re working in romance, comic books, sci-fi/fantasy, or mysteries, your work will be shared and discussed with our excellent workshop members.

Held at the University or California at Berkeley from June 22-28th, this workshop is in its 15th year. VONA/VOICES, the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation, brings writers of color from the margins to a community where their work is centralized and honored.

Marjorie Liu is a New York Times Bestselling author of novels and comics. She is best known for paranormal romance novels, urban fantasy novels, and her comic work with Marvel Comics. Liu was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book (2013) for her work on Astonishing X-Men. Just released is Labyrinth of Stars, part of her Hunter Kiss urban fantasy series.  http://marjoriemliu.com

To apply, go to www.voicesatvona.org. The final deadline is March 15, 2014. Some scholarships are available.

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I’m still in Japan.  I’ll be posting more about the trip, but for the moment here are some photos from the other day: a nighttime shot of Tokyo from the 52nd floor of the Mori, along with part of an exhibit there — and a subway portrait.  I’ve been enjoying snapping shots from the train.  You can see a lot more photos from Tokyo on my instagram account — updated daily.

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Interviews, guest posts…

I’ve been hopping around the internet (due to the kindness of many blogs that have welcomed me) to discuss the latest Hunter Kiss novel, Labyrinth of Stars.  Here’s the breakdown of interviews and giveaways, so far:

Bitten By Books (an “interview” between Grant and Maxine; i.e., a new, exclusive, very short story with them) + a giveaway.

The Big Idea: a blog post about what the Hunter Kiss series is really all about (hint: it’s mothers and daughters).

An interview with me over at My Bookish Ways.

Tor.com’s Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe.

I appreciate everyone who is supporting this novel.  You guys are great.  It means so much to me, and thank you.

A wolf and a warrior…

Labyrinth of Stars has been out for a couple days (oh, hey, and Sympathy for the Bones, as well), and the nerves have passed — sort of.  At any rate, I’m busy revising my next book, which is the way it always goes:  the work continues, no matter what else is going on.

Here’s a new interview with me and a giveaway at Urban Fantasy Investigations — plus a nice review of the novel at All Things Urban Fantasy. What the reviewer says is true: it’s best to have read previous books in the series before tackling this latest one. I try to make them all stand alone, but in a series with as much mythology as this one, it’s not possible to hit every note for a new reader.

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 12.22.54 PMI’d also like to highlight two more novels that were released the same day as mine, by authors I love.  The first is The Clockwork Wolf  by Lynn Viehl. It’s part of her “Disenchanted & Co.” steampunk series, which is incredibly fun:  Doing a favor for deathmage Lucien Dredmore, Kit agrees to interview a newly widowed lady as a potential client. Upon meeting, however, she learns that the woman in question is none other than Lady Eugenia Bestly, president of the Rumsen Ladies Decency Society— someone who once led a vicious campaign to ruin Kit’s life. Ironically Lady Bestly now lives in fear herself, for the press is about to unmask her husband as the savage “Wolfman” who died while terrorizing the city.  As monstrous rampages continue to occur, Kit soon determines there is more than one Wolfman, and that they may themselves be victims of evil players. While avoiding both mechanized assassins and attempts by Dredmore and Chief Inspector Tom Doyle to take her under their protection, Kit follows a tangled path that leads from a prestigious gentlemen’s club fronting a hellish secret to a vengeful native tribe and dangerous, ancient magics.

Listen, how could you not love that novel?  I’ve already started reading The Clockwork Wolf, and can’t put it down.  But then, Lynn never disappoints.  Her books, whether they’re about vampires  or intergalactic doctors, are the best.  She also writes a great blog, which you should also check out.

Second on my list are Gennita Low’s romantic suspense novels, which I’ve been SEAL3dENLARGED4WEBdevouring for the last ten years.  She’s got it all: romance, hot sex, danger, laughs.  I can’t put them down, ever.  She’s someone else who never disappoints.

She’s got a new story out, which is part of an e-anthology filled with other amazing authors.  All the books are focused on heroes who are Navy SEALS, and Gennita’s is called “Warrior”: On a covert operation with his SEAL team, Lucas Branson bumps into his love interest, Kit Ling Harrison, who is overseas with her media team interviewing victims of war. Things get interesting when he and Kit end up on an unexpected road trip. Chasing vehicles, avoiding RPGs, singing silly songs, and falling in love ensue.

A really fun read, and highly recommended.  Visit Gennita’s blog for more information about her work.

If there are other books that you think people should know about, mention them in the comments.  I love getting recommendations for new (and old) titles, and it doesn’t matter the genre.

Labyrinth of Stars! Out now!

Yes, it’s THAT day.  After a long wait, the fifth Hunter Kiss novel is out in the world.  Thank you, everyone, who has supported the series.  My appreciation is endless.

You can read a brief interview with me at Book Obsession, and check out the Labyrinth of Stars giveaway at Paranormal Bites.  Also, here’s an excerpt from a Romantic Times interview about Maxine and her journey.

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Tokyo Literary Festival

I’m in Japan for the next month.  It’s for research, writing, unwinding — a little bit of everything.  I’m also participating in the Tokyo Lit Festival, which kicks off this Friday.  My event is on Sunday, March 2nd, for those of you in the area who want to stop by.  There’s no official signing (I don’t think), but catch me afterward if you want your books signed.

Literature Without Borders with Marjorie Liu (organized by Kawade Shobo Shinsha) @Waseda Ono Auditorium (Nishi-waseda 1-6-1, Shinjuku-ku)
11:00-12:00: Marjorie Liu, Makoto Ichikawa , Yukiko Konosu