Freda Warrington’s THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES Out Now in the US!


We’re delighted to announce that the wait is over! Readers in the US can now pick up the third novel in Freda Warrington‘s critically-acclaimed Blood Wine series, THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES! The series is published by Titan Books. Here’s the synopsis…

The ballerina Violette Lenoir has fallen victim to the bite of the vampire Charlotte. Her fire and energy have fuelled a terrifying change and a dreadful realisation; that Violette has become Lilith, the demon mother of all vampires. Haunted both by what she has done and by Violette’s dark sensuality, Charlotte and her immortal lover Karl are drawn towards the dancer and the terrible destiny that has fallen on her shoulders. But other, far more dangerous shadows are gathering around Violette. To the vampire Sebastian and to the dark heirs of Kristian, she threatens to wreak havoc with their plans to bring all of mankind under their dark wings. Innocently embroiled in the endgame, courtesan extraordinaire Robyn Stafford finally meets her match as she is torn between the two ultimate lovers: Sebastian, and Violette…

The fourth, never-before-released fourth novel in the series, THE DARK ARTS OF BLOOD, is due out in the UK in May 2015 – it will follow shortly afterwards in the US. Check back soon for an official cover reveal. The first three novels – A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE and A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET – are also available in audio, too, from Audible.

US Publication Day – Ian McDonald’s EMPRESS OF THE SUN

McDonald-E3-EmpressOfTheSunUS-BlogThe wait is finally over! The third volume in Ian McDonald‘s critically-acclaimed Everness series, EMPRESS OF THE SUN, is out today in the US! The series is published by Pyr Books.

Here is the synopsis…

World-hopping, high-action adventure starring a smart boy with computer skills and a tough girl who pilots a blimp 

The airship Everness makes a Heisenberg Jump to an alternate Earth unlike any her crew has ever seen. Everett, Sen, and the crew find themselves above a plain that goes on forever in every direction without any horizon. There they find an Alderson Disc, an astronomical megastructure of incredibly strong material reaching from the orbit of Mercury to the orbit of Jupiter. 

Then they meet the Jiju, the dominant species on a plane where the dinosaurs didn’t die out. They evolved, diversified, and have a twenty-five million year technology head-start on humanity. War between their kingdoms is inevitable, total and terrible. 
Everness has jumped right into the midst of a faction fight between rival nations, the Fabreen and Dityu empires. The airship is attacked, but then defended by the forces of the Fabreen, who offers theEvernesscrew protection. But what is the true motive behind Empress Aswiu’s aid? What is her price?

The crew of the Everness is divided in a very alien world, a world fast approaching the point of apocalypse.

The novel, out in the UK since last month, has been racking up some impressive reviews. Here’s just a taste of what’s been said…

‘The marvelous Everness series takes readers to a world with highly evolved dinosaurs in this third voyage through parallel universes… McDonald lets his imagination run rampant without abandoning credibility, tackling real scientific concepts such as confirmation bias, a feature lacking in far too much science fiction… Endlessly fascinating and fun.’ — Kirkus (Starred Review)

‘YA or not, the Everness series may be the most enjoyable ongoing series that SF currently has to offer.’ — Locus (Jan.2014)

‘It’s no exaggeration when I say these books in the Everness series just seem to get better and better. The adventure that started with PLANESRUNNER only intensified with BE MY ENEMY, and now the third installment has taken things even further… The author sure pulled out all the stops with this one. Blown, my mind is… Action, adventure, and rollicking good fun! EMPRESS OF THE SUN has all of that…’ — Bibliosanctum (5/5)

The Everness series – PLANESRUNNER, BE MY ENEMY and EMPRESS OF THE SUN – is published by Pyr Books in the US and Jo Fletcher Books in the UK. If you have already read the first two, you can get a taste of EMPRESS OF THE SUNhere. You can also learn a little bit more about the Multiverse in Ian’s books by reading his Guest Post on Nocturnal Book Reviews.




UK Covers for the Everness Series (JFB)

Happy (US) Release day – Freda Warrington’s A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE

The wait is over! Freda Warrington‘s A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE is now available in the United States. The first instalment of her Blood Wine series, the novel has been re-issued by Titan Books.


Here’s the synopsis…

1918. A First World War battlefield becomes the cosmic battleground for two vampires, as Karl von Wultendorf struggles to free himself from his domineering maker, Kristian.

1923. Charlotte Neville watches as her father, a Cambridge professor, fills Parkland Hall with guests for her sister Madeleine’s 18th birthday party. Among them is his handsome new research assistant Karl – the man Madeleine has instantly decided will be her husband. Charlotte, shy and retiring, is happy to devote her life to her father and her dull fiance Henry – until she sees Karl…

For Charlotte, it is the beginning of a deadly obsession that sunders her from her sisters, her father and even her dearest friend. As their feverish passion grows, Karl faces the dilemma he fears the most. Only by deserting Charlotte can his passion for her blood be conquered. Only by betraying her can he protect her from the terrifying attentions of Kristian – for Kristian has decided to teach Karl a lesson in power, by devouring Charlotte.

Titan Books will be re-releasing the first three novels in the series over the course of 2013-14: A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET and THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES. Titan is also due to publish a brand new, fourth book – THE DARK ARTS OF BLOOD – in October 2014.