Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Preview Horizon and read ALL of Beguilement, courtesy of Eos

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Eos Books is running a promotion to go along with the up and coming release of Lois McMaster Bujold's Horizon, the fourth and final book of The Sharing Knife Series.

They're offering a generous preview of Horizon and the complete read of Beguilement.

Here's what they have to say:

We're just three weeks away from the on-sale date of the final volume in Lois McMaster Bujold's SHARING KNIFE series -- but that doesn't mean you can't get a head start!  Our Browse Inside widget is now up and running -- click through to read the first 20% of the book (the first 86 pages) for free.

AND -- for any readers who love Bujold's other work but haven't yet given this series a try -- we're making the first volume, Beguilement, 100% available for the month of January (1/6 -- 1/27).  Click through here for the Browse Inside widget -- all 361 pages available FREE, through your PC!

Sounds like a good offer to me.

Tor Free E-book: The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold

n79453Tor has another free giveaway out there: Jane Lindskold's The Buried Pyramid. This is the second book Tor is giving away by Lindskold. The first was Through Wolf's Eyes. My post about that one remains the most visited post on this site.

So what's The Buried Pyramid about? Check this out from Tor's posting:

Set in the Victorian age, The Buried Pyramid is, at the start, an archaeological suspense novel. Jenny Benet, a recently orphaned American who was raised in the Wild West before being “finished” in Boston, goes to Egypt with her uncle, Neville Hawthorne, a prominent British archaeologist. They’re searching for the legendary Buried Pyramid, the tomb of the pharaoh Neferankhotep—who may also have been Moses the Lawgiver.

Discovering the tomb is not the end of their journey but only the beginning. In The Buried Pyramid, Jane Lindskold sends us on a marvelous ride through Ancient Egyptian myth, legend, and religion and leaves us enlightened and amazed.

Sounds like an excellent adventure ride through history. Exactly my kind of book.

I'm posting this a little late, and since the free stuff is only free for so long, better go get it now if you haven't already.

Tor Free E-book: Dogland by Will Shetterly

9780765342331_ci_stdNOTE: While Tor is making two e-books available simultaneously as free downloads (this one and War of the Oaks, by Emma Bull), I am splitting them up for purposes of my Tor Free E-books Giveaway series.

Tor has reinstated their free e-book giveaway program wherein they will make available for download one free e-book per month. I don't think this continuation of the program has an end date currently, so enjoy. The only catch is that you will have to join their site as a member in order to get the downloads, and each e-book will only be available for a limited amount of time.

This month's free giveaway (along with the aforementioned War of the Oaks) is Dogland, by Will Shetterly.

Shetterly maintains a blog and where, after clicking through a couple of times, I came across this interesting tidbit from his biography page:

I live in Tucson, Arizona, with my wife, Emma Bull, and our cat, Toby, the Terror of the West. When I was a boy, I lived at a tourist attraction attraction called Dog Land that inspired my novel, Dogland.

He claims metatheism as his source of spiritual nourishment, links to a cookie recipe titled "Shetterly's Finest-Kind Cookies" that I would have tried out if only the link worked (I like cookies), and offers this:

In 1994, I ran for Governor of Minnesota and finished third in a field of six.

Hey, this guy could have been president, or perhaps vice-president.

His bibliography boasts a long list of novels, short stories, anthologies, comic books and graphic novels, and a trio of screenplays.

As far as what Dogland is about, I grabbed this from Amazon:

In late 1950s Florida, the transplanted Nix family opens Dogland, a tourist attraction, and their beliefs in integration attract the attention of the Klan. Young Christopher Nix befriends a black man and a Seminole woman who may know the real secret to the Fountain of Youth. Shetterly captures the rhythm, feel, and language of cracker Florida, its legends, and the clash of cultures.

I have to admit, not my usual. But I downloaded it for free, so I'm sure to give it the first 50 pages if nothing else.

Reviews forthcoming of Bujold's The Sharing Knife series

image I know I recently said I was going to pass on ARC's and reviews for a bit while I finish my own projects, but this one was too good to pass up.

EOS Books put out a call for advanced readers for the fourth installment in Lois McMaster Bujold's Sharing Knife series, Horizon:

It's that time again -- we've got ten galleys of the highly anticipated conclusion to Lois McMaster Bujold's Sharing Knife series.  We'll send you one in return for a review we can post on our blog.  E-mail eosbooks@harpercollins.com to enter.

They sweetened the deal by offering to send out the complete set if you hadn't yet read books one through three. That, my friends, was an offer I could not refuse.

So, once the set arrives, I'll be diving in immediately. I plan to review all four books, not just Horizon, each in its own blog post rather than throwing them all together like I did with The Soldier Son Trilogy. It should make for a whirlwind of reading and reviewing, one that I hope does not disrupt my own writing schedule.