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Cherie Priest

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CHERIE PRIEST is the author of over a dozen novels, including the steampunk pulp adventures The Inexplicables, Ganymede, Dreadnought, Clementine, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Bloodshot and Hellbent from Bantam Spectra; Fathom and the Eden Moore series from Tor; and three novellas published by Subterranean Press. In addition to all of the above, her first foray into George R. R. Martin’s superhero universe, Fort Freak (for which she wrote the interstitial mystery), debuted in the summer of 2011. Cherie’s short stories and nonfiction articles have appeared in such fine publicatio...more

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Cherie Priest Hey there - and I'm glad you enjoyed the books. Unfortunately, they just didn't sell well enough to make the publisher happy - so they declined to…moreHey there - and I'm glad you enjoyed the books. Unfortunately, they just didn't sell well enough to make the publisher happy - so they declined to pursue the series any further. I had a third one on deck, but such is life. I've often thought about producing it myself one day...but right now, I'm booked up with other projects.

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Cherie Priest Thank you so much! And only the two, MAPLECROFT and next year's CHAPELWOOD. In all honesty, I wanted MAPLECROFT to be a stand-alone, and not do a…moreThank you so much! And only the two, MAPLECROFT and next year's CHAPELWOOD. In all honesty, I wanted MAPLECROFT to be a stand-alone, and not do a follow-up at all; so the two books are set thirty years apart, and are quite different (yet of the same vibe, I believe). After that... barring unforeseen changes/conditions...I'm moving on from Lizzie.(less)
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Any chance...? And I PROMISE I'll stop asking after Halloween. That's my cutoff. I swear.
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"Yup! And boy howdy, has it been (a). lots of fun, but (b). A LOT of work. I wrote the interstitial/frame story for the next WC book (FORT FREAK, which...more "
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“OMG YOU GUYS it has come to my attention that SOMEONE on the internet is saying that my fictional 19th century zombies are NOT SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND. Naturally, I am crushed. To think, IF ONLY I’d consulted with a zombologist or two before sitting down to write, I could’ve avoided ALL THIS EMBARRASSMENT.”
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“It's funny what they say about men in uniform - how people think women just can't resist 'em. Fact is, I think we're just pleased to see a man groomed, bathed, and wearing clothes that fit him.”
Cherie Priest, Dreadnought

“I've heard it said that God made all men, but Samuel Colt made all men equal.

We'd see what Mr. Colt could do for a woman.”
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Please help Nothing but Reading Challenges pick the October ADULT Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SciFi/Fantasy Book of the Month. Which of the following books should we read?

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.
  22 votes 26.8%

On the Edge (The Edge, #1) by Ilona Andrews
On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

Rose thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn’t turn out how she planned, and now she works a minimum wage, off the books job in the Broken just to survive. Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have her (and her power).

But when a terrible danger invades the Edge from the Weird, a flood of creatures hungry for magic, Declan and Rose must work together to destroy them—or they’ll devour the Edge and everyone in it.
  16 votes 19.5%

Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell, #1) by Jenn Bennett
Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett
Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.
  13 votes 15.9%

Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, #1) by Ann Aguirre
Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
By all accounts, Sirantha Jax should have burned out years ago…

As the carrier of a rare gene, Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace—a talent which cuts into her life expectancy, but makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. But then the ship she’s navigating crash-lands, and she’s accused of killing everyone on board. It’s hard for Jax to defend herself: she has no memory of the crash.

Now imprisoned and the subject of a ruthless interrogation, Jax is on the verge of madness. Then a mysterious man breaks into her cell, offering her freedom—for a price. March needs Jax to help his small band of rogue fighters break the Corp monopoly on interstellar travel—and establish a new breed of jumper.

Jax is only good at one thing—grimspace—and it will eventually kill her. So she may as well have some fun in the meantime…
  11 votes 13.4%

Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels World, #1) by Ilona Andrews
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
Some people have everything figured out — Andrea Nash is not one of those people. After being kicked out of the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. All she can do is try to put herself back together, something made easier by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend, Kate Daniels.

When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano — the male alpha of Clan Bouda and Andrea's former lover — die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate ... and must work with Raphael. As her search for the killer leads her into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta, Andrea knows that dealing with her feelings for Raphael might have to take a backseat to saving the world ...
  11 votes 13.4%

Bloodshot (The Cheshire Red Reports, #1) by Cherie Priest
Bloodshot by Cherie Priest

Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist—even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files—documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the wilds of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta. And with a psychotic, power-hungry scientist on her trail, a kick-ass drag queen on her side, and Men in Black popping up at the most inconvenient moments, the case proves to be one hell of a ride.
  9 votes 11.0%

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message 15: by Shannon

Shannon Thanks for accepting my friends request!

message 14: by Rob

Rob Finally got round to starting Bloodshot - intriguing.....

message 13: by Row

Row Thank you for the friend-ness! You are definitely one of my favorite authors, I get so much joy from your work, and has really been a help in inspiring me to write my own novels! Thank you for all you do, and please don't stop writing wonderful things!

message 12: by Gaurav

Gaurav Sethi I wanted to thank you for the joy I've received through your writing. I just finished the first book in the Eden Moore series and eagerly starting the second. I live in Ontario Canada now, but I grew up in the south and your story takes me back to my childhood. Not as many ghosts as Eden, but the same love of nature. :) Thank you.

message 11: by Esteban

Esteban Thanks for the friendship! I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your work. You've become an instant favorite.

message 10: by VampireNovelFan (last edited Dec 15, 2011 08:32PM)

VampireNovelFan Thanks for the friendship! I was a bit disappointed to learn that the Cheshire Red series is in limbo of sorts because it became an instant fave--which is a rarity for me. But I look forward to reading your other series as well. You're a wonderful author!

message 9: by Gary

Gary Revel It's great to have you as a friend CHERIE:

My memoir - TO LIVE OR MAYBE NOT is at Barnes and Noble, and other book sellers worldwide. It includes details of my birth, youth, US Navy Service, music-Hollywood, Memphis, Nashville, Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination Investigation, recording and releasing the single record THEY SLEW THE DREAMER about the MLK assassination.

Paperback and Nook Book

Links to more Jongleur books and book sellers.

message 8: by April

April Cherie
I started Bloodshot and I am so far amazed! I love it and I am only about 1/4 of the way into it.
Well done! It will be a favorite I can tell already!

message 7: by April

April Great thanks!

Cherie Priest I'd be amazed if it wasn't. It's a Bantam (Random House) release, so it should be on all the major devices.


April wrote: "Cherie
Do you know if Bloodshot will be available for the Nook?
I am really looking forward to reading it!
Thanks, April"

message 5: by April

April Cherie
Do you know if Bloodshot will be available for the Nook?
I am really looking forward to reading it!
Thanks, April

Cherie Priest Hey there :) I am led to understand that Clementine is processing ... and that it should be available in other formats soon. That's all I know about that one, I'm afraid.

As for the Eden books - I have zero input on that whatsoever. I don't hold the ebook rights, and have no influence over where they go, or how they come out. Sorry!


Posthums wrote: "Couple questions, do you have nay idea when Clementine will be available for the Nook? Also, Wings to the Kingdom is not available as an ebook for B&N, but Not Flesh Nor Feathers is. I just finish..."

Posthums Couple questions, do you have nay idea when Clementine will be available for the Nook? Also, Wings to the Kingdom is not available as an ebook for B&N, but Not Flesh Nor Feathers is. I just finished the first book in the series and would love to get the 2nd for the Nook.


Ashley S. Hi...thank you for adding me...LOL

message 1: by Cyndy

Cyndy Otty Welcome to Goodreads, Cherie! :)

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