Wednesday, April 25, 2007

RW: Past and Future

It was insanely hard to judge the Name This Ship contest, as you all came up with some fabulous names for Cherijo and Reever's scout. To avoid any subconscious bias, I put all the entries on a spread sheet, shuffled them around and then went through a process of elimination based on the name only.

It came down to fifteen semi-finalists, and me seriously wishing I could write a little scout fleet into the book so I could use all of them (this is why I hate contests. I want everyone to win.) There could be only one, though, so after a few more days of dithering, I found I kept coming back to one name over and over. It really resonated with me as a fitting and beautiful name for the ship. So the winning name is:

MoonFire submitted by Joely Sue Burkhart

Congratulations, Joely (e-mail me at LynnViehl@aol.com when you get a chance), and thanks to everyone who joined in.

This week I have another giveaway for the readers, this time for a new novel by one of my favorite writers. Years ago I picked up one of this author's category romances at random during a church rummage sale. I'd never read any of her work before then, but after I finished the novel I went out immediately, hunted down and bought everything she'd written to date.

Linda Howard's new Nocturne novelRaintree: Inferno by Linda Howard is the first book in a paranormal trilogy being written by Linda Howard, Linda Winstead Jones and Beverly Barton. Finding this book on the shelves (I had not heard that Linda was writing a paranormal) delighted me, as it took me back to some of my happiest book-hunting days. When you discover a talented, unique author, they always grab your imagination from page one, and you just can't get enough of their work. For me that's Linda Howard.

If you'd like a chance to read Linda's latest novel along with me for free, in comments to this post name an author who sets your imagination on fire by midnight EST on Tuesday, May 1, 2007. I'll draw ten names at random from everyone who participates, and send the winners an unsigned copy of Raintree: Inferno by Linda Howard. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something at PBW in the past.

60 comments:

  1. Sherrilyn Kenyon is the author that comes to mind. I love her Dark Hunter books and her Lords of Avalon and historicals written as Kinley Macgregor.

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  2. I think the last "new discovery" author who rocked my world is Kresley Cole. I'm hunting down her historical backlist now.

    Love the name of the new ship!

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  3. Laura E12:13 PM

    Linnea Sinclair. Definitely pick up Accidental Goddess if you want a good read!

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  4. Laura E12:15 PM

    Can you list the finalists for the Name the Ship contest? Thanks

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  5. Anonymous12:44 PM

    For me, it's Catherine Asaro and her Skolian Empire series. I discovered it last year and can't get enough of the characters and concepts.

    Anna M.

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  6. That would be Leigh Richards. I had never heard of her, but I picked up a copy of Califia's Daughters and LOVED it.

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  7. It Don't Happen Any More. *whimpers* I cannot remember when I last got a novel because I just happened on it, ie without putting it on my wish list first.

    Congrats, Joely!

    (don't put me in the drawing, thanks!)

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  8. My imagination is being set aflame by my old favorite children's books right now: The Prydain Chronicles, The Dark is Rising, A Wrinkle in Time... My DD is getting to the age where she's reading them, and I've found it incredible to step back to my own childhood with her.

    I adore Linda Howard... how wonderful that she's trying out paranormals. I had no idea.

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  9. Anonymous2:11 PM

    I love Jodi Picoult. Her books make me want to be a better writer.
    Page

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  10. Linda Howard is one of my all time favorite authors. Her book Cry No More was amazing

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  11. Melissa B2:23 PM

    Orson Scott Card gets me every time.

    I agree with laura e. on posting the 15 finalists. It will help the ego of those who were narrowed down from the 100+ who participated. ;)

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  12. This week I would choose Orsen Scott Card, his characters seem so real I get sucked right in.

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  13. Angela Knight and Morgan Hawke.

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  14. Anonymous2:59 PM

    Contratulations Joely! Great name!

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  15. Well I seem to be finding a bunch of good writers lately. This month I am very enthusiastic about Ilona Andrews. I just read Magic Bites and loved it.

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  16. Garnigal4:12 PM

    I'm currently all about S.M Stirling. His post-apocalyptic series (starts with Dies the Fire) leaves me sitting, thinking about what I would do.

    Probably die... but I have excellent plans!

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  17. Anonymous4:40 PM

    I gotta go with Julie Czerneda (love that Esen).

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  18. Anonymous4:40 PM

    whoops, forgot to sign (author choice: Julie Czerneda)

    cgaupp

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  19. Taylor Holden is my newest find. Just great.

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  20. I have just found out about Ellen Baker. A real treat.

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  21. One new one who I think I will keep for a long time is Monica Wood.

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  22. I just picked up a new book by Jody Shields.

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  23. Natasha Mostert. I just read Season of the Witch and it was incredible.

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  24. Jason6:24 PM

    With the exception of you and Holly Lisle, my favorite author is Terry Brooks. His novels are always amazing.

    (Oh and I love the ship name!)

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  25. SQUEE!! With so many great entries, I'm honored and shocked. Thank you so much!

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  26. Other than you Lynn cause i LOVE your books!! I Love so many oh how to choose. I would have to go with the one who got me addicted and that would be CHRISTINE FEEHAN ^_^ She writes so many good series The dark Series and the Games series which is AWESOME and the leopard series. :)

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  27. I enjoy reading anything by Karin Slaughter. She writes mysteries. Congratulations, Joely. A beatiful name.

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  28. Congratulations - I love that name.

    I'm also reading Jodi Picoult - my daughter got me started with her and I've read about 5 of her books and loved them all. I think I have 8 more to go :) She's my contemporary author but Julie Garwood is my pick for historical reading.

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  29. Wow. Hard to pick one author who sets my imagination on fire. If I had to pick my favorite though, it would be... Piers Anthony. Not only sparks my imagination but makes me laugh and works my brain.

    (Terry Brooks is a close second... Or maybe Ray Bradbury... Ack, there're so many.)

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  30. ooh. Me, me!

    C.E. Murphy. :D I love her books, they're so wonderful, and I end up writing a lot after I read them. ^^ Not in the same genre, but writing's writing!

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  31. Anne Mccaffrey. I got hooked on Anne's work a long time ago with her "Restoree" and I've been a fan ever since. She's incredibly versatile.

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  32. Jackilyn Frank's Jacob
    Jaci Burton's Demon Hunter
    SL Vieyl Stardoc
    There are lots more but those are some of the ones that I've read recently and absolutely loved.

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  33. I love Elizabeth Kerner. The final book of her trilogy, "Redeeming the Lost," made me cry as I was reading it.

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  34. I love Linda Howard! Her Mr Perfect did set my imagination on fire, alright, and since then she's my favourite romance writer.

    Other than that, Guy Gavriel Kay always make me wish I have half his talent and imagination and story telling skills.

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  35. Well, count me in and call me happy.

    And I mourn my scout, Lightwing - oh well. :-)

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  36. Karen W.11:43 PM

    I would have to say Theodore Sturgeon. His writing just awes and amazes me in every way!

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  37. Doh! Forgot to post my author name!

    John Irving in "A Prayer for Owen Meany" - blew my mind. Awesome book.

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  38. Anonymous1:46 AM

    Congrats, Joely!

    Linda Howard is one of my favorite authors.

    Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series
    J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood Series
    L.A. Banks Vampire Huntress Series

    Terri W.

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  39. Adele Geras. She's written a young adult book called "Ithaka" which I have just fallen in love with. And congrats to Joely- MoonFire is a really cool name!

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  40. JR Ward.

    Every time she reveals a little more of the brothers, I just can't help but imagine more and more for them.

    Congrats, Joely! Awesome name ;)

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  41. That's a really great name. Congrats to the winner!

    Please don't enter me for the book, I just wanted to leave a comment about how awesome that name is.

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  42. Congratulations to Joely. MoonFire is a lovely name for a ship.
    An author that sets my imagination on fire? Hmm. Can I say all authors? There are so many great ones, that it's always hard and seems unfair to only pick one name. I will add Karen Chance's name. Her recent "Claimed By Shadow" was just a fabulous read.

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  43. For me it was you I started the Stardoc on February and had to buy all your books after that ;)

    And Elisabeth Moon witth her last series.

    Congratulation for the name

    Chiara

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  44. Holly Black makes my imagination tingle.

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  45. Libba Brey. Her first two books were fantastic!

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  46. Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Wonderful.

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  47. Deborah Crombie. absolutely great.

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  48. Robin Hobb, in the fantasy genre, really got so captivated I must have lost quite a bit of my eyesight from reading non stop. I hope you like it too, if it's your kinda thing.
    Hope you choose me, and if "anywhere on the planet includes Paris France, choose me!!^^

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  49. "When you discover a talented, unique author, they always grab your imagination from page one, and you just can't get enough of their work."

    You described my experience this month when I picked up "Crossing the Line" by Karen Traviss. She blew my sox off.

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  50. Jo Clayton has been my fave for some time now; while others have come close, she and her works are nearest and dearest to my heart. My gods, that woman had a way with words! I was lucky enough to be able to collect everything she wrote as pretty much her entire collection is out of print. Unfortunately she died quite some time ago, cut down in her prime by brain cancer.

    As for a living author: I did discover a new unique, talented author very recently (two weeks ago, as a matter of fact): Vicki Pettersson. She writes what I would classify as science fiction/fantasy but can be found in the horror section in Real World bookstores. Her heroine is lovely and quite flawed, her writing is fantastic.

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  51. Rhyannon Byrd for romance. While the paranormal market is booming, her voice is incredibly different IMO. I love her Magick Men series. Its what keeps me coming back to Ellora's Cave.

    Karin Slaughter for mystery. I like the fact that she writes the gory stories some authors can't. I can totally fall into her stories. Turn off everything but one lamp, and hunker down with Kisscut...gave me nightmares. :)

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  52. Oh wow! Would love to win this book. It is on my TBB list. As for an author who sets my imagination on fire, besides Linda I would have to say Robin Owens. She hooked me with Guardian of Honor. Could not put it down and she became a must buy after reading it.

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  53. J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts for her In Death series. Roarke definitely sets my imagination on fire. lol

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  54. Anonymous1:53 AM

    janelle taylor, the moondust , set of four, actaully my first books, that connected



    erica orloff
    here i was didnt know that there was lots authors of paranormal

    lol i was just bumbling along till the internet

    taMI

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  55. No one sets my imagination ablaze as much as Suzanne Brockmann, especially in her Team 16 the Trouble Shooters Series. I think it's because she writes in the 3rd person DEEP POV and that makes the emotional, suspenseful component so much more dramatic and impactful than anything I've read before. Linda Howard draws a very close second. And, Louisa May Alcott and Pearl S. Buck tie for third. :)

    [ooo! Pick me, Pick me!]

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  56. sherryr9:38 PM

    I would love to have this book by Linda Howard. She is a fabulous author. Christine Feehan is another favorite. She caught me with her very first book. Those Carpathians are really something.

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  57. >.< eek! I've got to narrow it down? I'd go with Jacqueline Carey then. Her Kushiel's series is fantastic.

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