via Book Trade: Two-Book World Rights Deal For YA Fantasy Novelist
Puffin are very excited to announce that we have acquired two fantasy novels in a new series entitled Wereworld by British author and artist Curtis Jobling. Shannon Park, Executive Editor at Puffin secured world rights for the series from the John Jarrold Literary Agency, for an undisclosed five-figure sum. The Wereworld novels are due for publication in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

WEREWORLD follows the story of fifteen-year-old Drew, a shepherd’s son, as he comes of age and discovers he’s the last of the long line of Werewolves, and rightful (yet reluctant) ruler of the land of Lyssia, where lycanthrope ‘Werelords’ reign. Before long he’s hurtling headlong into an epic journey of fantasy and horror, from one deadly encounter to the next, meeting exotic Werelords at every turn as he’s drawn inexorably towards his destiny.

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Cover Exclusive: FULL STEAM AHEAD by Nathalie Gray

by Heather Massey at The Galaxy Express
PhotobucketRegarding the cover for Nathalie Gray’s forthcoming erotic steampunk romance novel, FULL STEAM AHEAD, nothing can express my reaction better than OMG!* Feast your eyes on this striking cover, an exclusive made possible for you by the combined generosity of the author and Red Sage Managing Editor Theresa Stevens.

This cover is a super science fiction romance cover for a number of reasons. First, the airship is eye-catching and prominent. Sleek. It’s above the clouds so I’m anticipating the story will promise loads of adventure and airship battles. There’s not just one, either—two of them grace the cover. Those convey the science fictional aspects with aplomb. But what about the romance?

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Over Fifteen Pounds of Book!!–Knowing Darkness: Artists Inspired by Stephen King

by Jeff VanderMeer at Omnivoracious
Some books make you feel like Captain Ahab pursuing the white whale. They come smashing through the door, so heavy that because it’s a book and you’ve forgotten books can be huge, you almost hurt yourself lugging it through the house to the livingroom. Knowing Darkness: Artists Inspired by Stephen King is one of those books. It’s the brainchild of Centipede Press and its founder Jerad Walters, who has established a reputation for doing the impossible, with such juggernauts as A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by Lovecraft (which my wife and I covered for io9 in this feature).

Covering King’s entire career, this oversized monster features over 500 illustrations in almost every artistic medium imaginable, including 30 double-page foldouts. Not only have obscure reprints been included, but the 11 x 15 book also features commissioned works that will never appear anywhere else.

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