Smugglers Stash

Smugglers’ Stash & News

Happy Sunday, everyone (and happy long weekend, to those in the United States)! Welcome to another week, and another edition of the Stash.

The Seven Realms Giveaway Winner:

The lucky winner of the first three books in the Seven Realms tetralogy (The Demon King, The Exiled Queen & The Gray Wolf Throne) is…

Congratulations! You know the drill. Send an email to contact AT thebooksmugglers DOT com with your snail mail address and we will get your winnings out to you as soon as possible.

Nerds Heart YA:

The annual Nerds Heart YA tournament is in its final glorious showdown, and we smugglers have been given the honor of judging the final matchup. This year, the finalists are What Momma Left Me by Renee Watson and Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. We reviewed the former yesterday, and will have our review of Antony John’s book this Saturday, followed by our champion selection! Stay tuned.

Art Pretties:

The winners of the 2011 Chelsey Awards were announced recently at World Con, and there are many, many pretties for your perusal. Amongst the winners are some of our favorite SF/F cover artists (Jason Chan & Michael Whelan). is doing an awesome closer look at each of the artists, so we highly recommend that you check it out.

Heroes Adrift:

We were very saddened to learn that Moira J. Moore’s truly excellent Heroes series has been dropped by Ace. While we are so heartbroken that Lee and Taro’s story won’t be continued with the publisher, we are so very glad to hear that Moira Moore plans on finishing their saga, even if it means she has to publish it herself. We know that we’ll be eagerly awaiting the next installment! (Thanks – or sadface? – to Estara for the tip)

This Week on The Book Smugglers:

Summer may be officially over, but we’ve got a full schedule to help you get through the back-to-school/weather-changing blues. On Monday, we have a joint review of one of our favorite titles of the year, Fury by Elizabeth Miles. We’ll also have Elizabeth Miles over for a spot in our Inspirations & Influences series.

On Tuesday, Thea reviews YA novel (billed as a super-hybrid of Lost, The Hunger Games, and Vampire Academy) Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff, followed by a guest post from the author – and a chance to win the book.

Wednesday, Thea reviews YA horror novel Possessed by Kate Cann.

And on Thursday, we are back with a joint review of the ever-so-highly anticipated Skyship Academy by Nick James, as we host the next stop on the book’s blog tour.

On Friday, we have author Melvin Burgess over for a guest post as he talks about Kill All Enemies.

Finally, on Saturday we close out the week with a quick review of the last book in the Nerds Heart YA bracket, Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John – followed by our announcement of the winner of the 2011 tournament!

Phew. It’s fixing to be a long week, and we hope you enjoy the ride. Until tomorrow, we remain…

~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers

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  • Jackie Kessler
    September 4, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Excellent stuff to look forward to this week!

  • janicu
    September 4, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Oh nooo, the Hero series is being dropped? 🙁 I am a book or two behind but I’ve been following it for years now. This is depressing news. I hope the author does find a way to publish the rest.

  • Lauren
    September 4, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Sounds like an excellent week! Just wanted to let you know that your review of “Fury” is already up. Not sure how that happened, but I just read it; and am now excited to get a copy of the book! Anyways, I use this app called “Pulse” that gathers news feeds and such from websites I check often. Yours being one of them, the Smugglers feed is of course in my app as well. I woke up this morning and when I checked it the “Fury” review was available.

    Just thought you might like to know, in case you didn’t already.

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  • Kristen
    September 4, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I saw the news about the Heroes series on Twitter and was also sad to hear it. I’ve only read the first two books, but I was really enjoying them and looking forward to reading the rest. It’s great that Moira J. Moore will still be wrapping up the series, though.

  • Estara
    September 4, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Janicu, Moira Moore promised (with picture of the work already done) on her LJ that she would finish the series and put it up on the web – several readers are encouraging her to see if she couldn’t epublish it or maybe find one of the e-presses as a sponsor to finish it – before she’ll put it up in html (we’d also like to pay her some money for the efforts ^^).

  • Estara
    September 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Ana!!!!!!! ❗ ❗

    I keep forgetting to ask whether you’ve alread read that Tamara Allen is offering a FREE short story at AllRomance Ebooks in various formats (it’s also set in the Great Depression) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • KarenS
    September 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Looking forward to your reviews of Five Flavors of Dumb, Fury and Isle of Night. I read Five Flavors and enjoyed it, but I’m trying to decide if I should buy Fury and Isle of Night, so your reviews will definitely help with my decision.

    I’m heartbroken over the news about the Heroes series. It feels as if there’s so much more to learn about Taro and Lee, and I was so looking forward to reading more about Lee’s excellent brothers!

    Most of my favorite series will not have new books out in 2012: I just learned Deanna Raybourn’s Julia Grey series has been put on hold – her next novel will be a stand alone in 2013. Of course, we already know the Mercedes Thompson series and the Kate Daniels series won’t have new books until 2013, as well. And now the Heroes series has been canceled.

  • Karen
    September 5, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    AWESOME!!! It’s my birthday week, to boot! Thanks for the awesome present 🙂

  • Lyra Sullyvan
    September 6, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Wow, the covers of The Seven Realm tetralogy are amazing!

    And thanks for the titles for Nerd <3 Ya, I never heard of it but I'm curious about it so I'll check this out!

    PS : The nice pic is cute ^^ Wall-eee !

  • Lyra Sullyvan
    September 6, 2011 at 2:38 am

    (I meant “last pic”)

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