Book Beat at NYCC! Book signings with SA Chakraborty and Kristen Ciccarelli! Book haul!

New York Comic Con is always a great book event for me since I love fantasy and science fiction and the publishers always come out to play! Here’s a look at my book haul and a couple of the signings I managed to squeeze in!

I was lucky enough to meet two authors making their debut with books that will make my “best of 2017” list! The first is Kristen Ciccarelli and her book, The Last Namsara, is a terrific fantasy with lots of dragons. It just came out a few days before NYCC so I have a lovely, shiny copy signed!

I also met S.A. Chakraborty who wrote City of Brass, an epic Middle Eastern fantasy. So loved this! It’s not out until November 14th so pre-order it now! If you can’t wait, I’ll be giving away an advance copy on Twitter so keep an eye out for that!

I am always pressed for luggage space (and time) at NYCC so those were the only signings I got to. However, I did manage to nab  advance copies of some really exciting books!

Crown Publishing had advance copies of Artemis, the new book by Andy Weir, the author of The Martian. This was a tricky book to find. (There were secret passwords involved.)

I’m also really excited about these fantasy books — lots of women who persisted, dragons and more!

  • Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian – Fantasy with an orphan queen bent on revenge (April 24)
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – The film rights have already sold for this book inspired by the authors Nigerian-American roots. Zelie is trying to control her powers in a land where the crown prince is trying to wipe out magic. (March 6)
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – Historical fantasy where zombie rose out of the American Civil War (April 3)
  • ElementalsIce Wolves by Amie Kaufman – Shapeshifting, family, wolves and dragons abound in this Middle Grade book (March 27)
  • Heartstone by – I’ve had this on my list for a while since its been described as Pride and Prejudice with dragons (out now)
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer – A group of superheroes overthrow the establishment, only to get branded as villains. Nova (aka Nightmare) tries to infiltrate the enemy, but then starts to questions what’s right. (November 7)
  • The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross – Girl falls into a plot between warring factions and has to decide where her loyalty lies (February 6)
  • Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce – New series set within the Tortall universe about 3 young friends who may grow up to shape the future of their lands (February 6)

So many great stories ahead! Can’t wait for these books? I will be giving away a copy of City of Brass and some signed goodies over on Twitter so follow me to enter (@Cambear).

Thanks to Crown Publishing (Artemis) HarperCollins (City of Brass, Elementals: Ice Wolves, Dread Nation, The Queen’s Rising), Random House (Ash Princess, Tempests and Slaughter) and Macmillan (Renegades, Children of Blood and Bone) for the books and all the fun!

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