Book Giveaway: A Natural History of Dragons
I know I haven’t even mailed out the book from my last giveaway yet, but I couldn’t help it! I had to give out more free books. Because that’s just how I roll!
Okay, what really happened is that a while back I had the chance to read Marie Brennan’s new book A Natural History of Dragons [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy]. I loved it, and was happy to provide a blurb. Tor recently offered me a finished copy as a way of saying thank you, which was very nice of them. To which I responded, “Yes please, and if you felt like sending me an extra copy, I’ll give one away on my blog.”
They sent me four.
I’m a-keeping one for myself, but the other three are up for grabs.
And just to make things more exciting, these are autographed copies! Not autographed by Brennan, though. And let’s be honest, we authors sign a lot of our books, especially during release month. So there will probably be plenty of author-signed copies out there. But these three books are the ONLY COPIES with MY autograph! Go ahead and look, it’s right there on the back cover by my blurb!
In keeping with the theme, all you have to do to enter the giveaway is write a blurb for the not-actually-written book Mary’s Angels and leave it in the comments. If you’re unfamiliar with this masterpiece or need a reminder, click here for the cover art. Your blurb should be silly, and can be as positive or negative as you’d like. (Though I know you can do better than “Oh, I’m blind” and “Brain bleach!”)
Everyone can enter, no matter where you’re located, and I’ll pick three winners at random next week.
I’ll close with the official publisher’s description:
You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon’s presence, even for the briefest of moments—even at the risk of one’s life—is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .
All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.
Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.
I liked this book a lot. Lady Trent is a great character, the memoir structure works really well, and as a bonus, you get interior illustrations by Todd Lockwood. If you don’t win, you should check it out anyway.
Andrew Zimmerman Jones
February 4, 2013 @ 10:22 am
“It’s easy to dismiss a book like this as just trying to prey upon our need to feel physically superior to your favorite authors, but Mary’s Angels goes far beyond that simple cliche, making you also feel emotionally and intellectually superior as well. A must-read for those dark nights when you think that your life sucks.”
February 4, 2013 @ 10:28 am
Yesterday i finally managed to read Mary’s Angels. I didn’t know what to expect, i bought it for it’s cover.
Actually it turned out quite interesting. You see, there are these guys .. ahem… angels do quite a lot of odd jobs for their boss Mary. She has quite interesting mind control technique and manages to make them do stuff they would never do normally. These angels are not the run-of-the-mill secret agents but science fiction and fantasy authors. So even making them walk in the same direction is something to challenge a cat herder. But somehow they end up and achieve what they set out to do.
Strong read recommendation!
February 4, 2013 @ 10:31 am
As the recipient of the last giveaway, I’ll give somebody else a chance to win – but I’m looking forward to the book! (both the signed Libriomancer and reading Natural History of Dragons)
February 4, 2013 @ 10:59 am
“Turning the world upside down four shirtless men at a time, Mary’s Angels is a must read.”
February 4, 2013 @ 11:01 am
My 18yo daughter would LOVE LOVE LOVE another ragon book. She is dragon crazy. I can almost hear the “SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!” already.
So, a cover blurb for an unwritten book about which I know nothing but the title and the cover art…
“Mary was just setting out to write the Great American Novel. That’s all she wanted to do. Doesn’t everyone? She had it all planned out. But the publisher wanted to tell her what the cover art should look like; and when Mary pushed back, and the publisher resisted, a whole pack of other authors somehow got involved in the growing mess.
“And that’s when everything really started to get strange…”
February 4, 2013 @ 11:05 am
“Mary’s Angels is a fun filled thrill ride. Every single page blows the mind with it’s completely realistic depictions from such a wide variety of topics such as the proper flight paths of rockets to how to correctly lounge in both swim and formal wear. A gripping read that you won’t want to put down! Even if the cover hadn’t been coated in glue.” — The Tempest Times
February 4, 2013 @ 11:08 am
“Round up the freaks, ’cause trouble’s come to town!”
When the dragons of the filibuster join forces with the largest bull-horn salesman in town, silence literally becomes golden–and sleep becomes the most sought-after comodity in the world.
But Mary has no time for despair. Driven by the need to stay gorgeous or see her cover-pose-modelling career go bust, she gathers a hardy band of freaky, rugged, hairy, sleep-deprived writer/parents. Their mission: To restore law and order, end the ear-splitting lizard regime, and above all: Put a sock in it!”
February 4, 2013 @ 11:10 am
These stunning expanses of pale, authorly flesh drive my mind wild. I wait with wild anticipation as to whether the words of this great work warp my mind as much as the stunning beauty of the cover.
February 4, 2013 @ 11:24 am
In the real world, they couldn’t write their way out of a jam, so they had to try something … anything … else.
Soon to be a movie starring Sandra Bullock, Zach Galifinakis, Ben Affleck, Martin Freeman, and Jason Statham.
February 4, 2013 @ 11:41 am
Once upon a time, there were four chucklesome fellows who went to the Learn To Write From Your Own Home Academy. And they were each assigned very expository duties but I took them away from all that and now they work for me. My name is Mary.
February 4, 2013 @ 11:43 am
“Mary’s Angels is the newest, sexy, go-go-go masterpiece from five stunningly talented authors. It turns the old trope of Charlie’s Angels into a wild, gun-filled romp. Read and weep at the sheer majesty of the authors’ genius. Then go have some kick-ass science fiction-inspired fun.”
Jim C. Hines
February 4, 2013 @ 11:46 am
I will be spending the rest of the day trying to decide which actor will play which author…
February 4, 2013 @ 11:58 am
A horror story unlike any other, this book takes you where your imagination dares not go. Read it with the lights off–it’s too scary by light of day!!!
February 4, 2013 @ 12:05 pm
One woman with a laser.
Four scantily clad men.
A Full Tank of Gas….
The place: Dearborn, Michigan, a seething den of vice and iniquity.
The mission: Daredevil laser-for-hire Mary must forge a roadworthy team of travelers from four innocent scribes: Patrick the Beard, Scalzinissimo, Hines the Destroyer, and Strossilicious. Can she get these beauties safely to their goal?
Their goal: The Kingdom of DAW, a distant den of vice and iniquity. Some 500 miles (or 800 kilometers) of treacherous interstate roads lie between Mary and her ruthless clients, the Empress Betsy Wollheim and Queen Sheila Gilbert, who will choose three luscious lads for themselves (one apiece, and a spare—just in case) and then sacrifice the fourth swain to Tor, the dark netherworld of their realm.
The question(s): Will these sloe-eyed vamps survive their perilous journey? And, if so, will the mutual bonds forged by their shared hardships on the Pennsylvania Turnpike protect them from the ruthless rulers of the publishing world?
February 4, 2013 @ 12:15 pm
Stock up on sun-screen, ladies, Mary’s Angels will be needing frequent rub-downs as they take on one of their toughest cases yet. The hot sultry summer sun brings more than just heat. As temperatures rise, so does the threat level as swamp coolers and air conditioners spew forth death along with cool air. Mary and her Angel men-about-town arrive in the nick of time to kick butt and blast face, saving civilization and perfecting their tan at the same time.
February 4, 2013 @ 12:17 pm
This debut novel reads like a love letter to classic sci-fi and crime stories. You’ll find all those tropes that you’ve loved since the 1950s. Mary is the head of Municipal Earth Alien Threat Strikeforce (M.E.A.T.S.), a branch of the police in charge of investigating crimes involving immigrants from other worlds. She’s smart, logical, and unshakably cool, even when M.E.A.T.S. uncovers a plot that might threaten the existence of the human race.
Enter Mary’s Angels, her crack team of field investigators, which she guides from her offices at M.E.A.T.S. HQ. Their adventures are the focus of the story, and the author has cleverly given them a great assortment of individual personalities– sweet guy, shy guy, glamorous guy, and flirty guy. So as you’d imagine, this team is perfectly suited to head into the dangerous world of interplanetary organized crime, ready to combat the greatest threat the Earth has ever faced with witty quips and spunky personality. And of course, the action heats up when they use their seductive charms to distract guards and to trick alien criminals into spilling their secrets.
In a bit of a modern twist to this sci-fi crime adventure, the author gives a nod to 20th-century fears of climate change: In 2213, global warming has gotten so severe that whenever the Angels leave the air-conditioned comfort of M.E.A.T.S. HQ, they leave most of their clothes behind.
Mary’s Angels is a fun, sexy romp. Read it today!
February 4, 2013 @ 12:18 pm
I laughed, I cried…and that was before even opening the book! Mary’s Angels is an experience like no other.
February 4, 2013 @ 12:24 pm
Both Heavens and Hells Angels will turn green with envy facing these angels.
February 4, 2013 @ 12:25 pm
Mary’s Angels is a piece that restored my faith in publishing because it is not about one man with many hot women who want to have sex with him but about one woman with many men who want to fulfill her emotional needs. The characters of those men is just heart-warming and Mary herself will inspire many women to ask themselves ‘Why not me? Why should I continue to be just another hot woman chasing a man when I can have all my deep emotional needs met and, gladly, fulfilled just like Mary?’. An excellent, inspiring read that will help shape the way that men and women read science fiction for years to come.
February 4, 2013 @ 12:41 pm
Gender bending at its finest, Mary’s Angels is a rip-roaring, bodice ripping heck of a good time! Find out how sensitive new age guys fight the chains of tyranny, fry it up in a pan and never forget how to be a man. You views of stereotypical male roles in literature will never be the same. Come aboard the space ship “Is that a Rocket in my Pocket?” and explore the most final of frontiers. And when lost in an asteroid field, find out if men ever do stop to ask for directions! Mary’s Angels – a monument to a new age in genre fiction.
February 4, 2013 @ 1:21 pm
Finally there is a show featuring brilliant men stepping into a cloak-and-dagger world after their normal 9 to 5 under the guidance of a street-savvy female investigator. She finds the problems and they become the solutions. Some might think the piece is hopelessly derivative, but they are selling it short. Mary’s Angels promises and delivers a completely new perspective on the power of ordinary people when working together to uncover extraordinary solutions. Between the wise counsel of Mary and powerful, and sometimes humorous, actions of her “angels”, you will be hooked. Snag a copy today!
February 4, 2013 @ 1:40 pm
In a world where age trumps beauty, one woman bucks the trend and proves that brains can come with youth, and that even young women can get men falling all over her.
February 4, 2013 @ 1:52 pm
‘Mary’s Angels’ is the true story of the meteoric rise to power and just as steep fall of Mary Robinette Kowal. Chronicling her beginnings as a puppeteer through her coup d’état of SFWA, this non-fiction work highlights the Writing Excuses Massacre, the annexation of the Campbells, Hugos, Nebulas, and Writers of the Future and the eventual overthrow at the hands of her Preatorian-like “Angels”. Of particular note are the discussions surrounding her dulcet tone and use of initial diplomacy contrasted sharply with her use of the ‘Angels’ as a marching death squad. While history may reflect on Kowal “The Puppet Master” and her brutality, was she really a dictatorial monster or a pragmatic unifying force? Included are first hand accounts, images and transcripts from her trial in The Hague including the cover image used as the pose of the now famous Kowal Fountain in the lobby of the SFWA headquarters in Chicago.
February 4, 2013 @ 2:37 pm
“She had a gun to use, but nowhere to aim. Four authors thought they knew where she could shove it.
They thought wrong.
Join Mary on an adventure of cover art gone awry and be swept along as she navigates the seedy waters of traditional publication.”
Okay, I don’t think any of that made sense, but I want that book! 🙂
February 4, 2013 @ 2:37 pm
Through subtle linguistics, Mary’s Angels takes a shot at the technoeconomical allegory of our time–and strikes true. From Paris, to Rome, to Hong Kong, the Moon, and beyond, the titular Mary is an enigma of action. Throughout her intense adventure, the reader needs to ask him- or herself but one question:
Is there anything better?
February 4, 2013 @ 2:40 pm
We have all heard of Charley’s Angels, but there is a new group on the block. Be sure and check out “Mary’s Angels”. This fast paced and extreamly thin book is not about your typical angels, these are Mary’s Angels.
Toni L.P. Kelner
February 4, 2013 @ 2:48 pm
If heaven ever needs an army, Mary and her Angels are ready to take off their halos and get the job done.
February 4, 2013 @ 2:49 pm
You should def get Martin Freeman, cause Scalzi is sooooo Ben Affleck. Stross gets Statham, for the accent. And Pat’s beard makes Zach Galifinakis a obvious choice.
February 4, 2013 @ 2:55 pm
Mary’s Angels is a subversive and at times poignant examination of of our matriarchy, and the subtle disempowerment men are heir to. I had never thought I was sexist, but this book made me really examine my prejudices, and I realized that I was too often guilty of assuming that just because men are clearly intended to be sex kittens(I mean, there’s no other reason for those luscious beards, doesn’t mean that they need to be protected completely from the world. A brilliant book that I plan to recommend to all my friends!
February 4, 2013 @ 3:01 pm
One lady with a laser, four men lounging by the pool — What could go wrong? Everything!
Join Mary & her angels on a pangalactic journey, dodging villians of all species, in search of the ultimate writer’s prize — The One Perfect Sentence — so they’ll never have to work again. Who sent them the cookies? What happened to Hugo, their intelligent (& possibly on the lam) rocket? & most importantly, are we there yet?
Get ready for the ride of your life! Douglas Adams, watch out!
February 4, 2013 @ 3:08 pm
Mary’s Angel’s. Some covers say it all. This says too much. Mary’s Angels – more tantalizing than Charlie’s Angels (or at least hairier).
February 4, 2013 @ 4:08 pm
“It was a power that Mary never asked for. Men would do anything for her. Anything! After they cleaned the house and balanced the checkbook, what was left? She decided to use this power for good. If you don’ t want to fall prey to Mary’ s spell, don’t read this book!!!”
Michael J Winegar
February 4, 2013 @ 4:08 pm
A fantastical, scientific, and whimsically searing indictment of the state of affairs in the twenty-first century. This tour-de-force of modern literature will leave you gasping for breath, bleeding from the ears, thoughtfully writing letters to people of consequence, and begging for less. Grab your bacon-taped cat and hold him or her close because you are in for a rollicking, fiendish ride full of sizzling male exploitation and lots of noisy gunfire. It’s about time someone crammed the stiletto heel on a hairier pair of feet.
—Michael J Winegar, author of the non-selling books, Unfinished, Trunked, and Nearly Done I Swear.
February 4, 2013 @ 4:27 pm
Four pasty-white angels and the Woman who commands them… this savvy investigator can mop up the paranormal mob, her street-smarts sending the innocuous foursome to the points of the compass as distractions.
Don’t miss this new, exciting (and hopefully never-repeated)story!
February 4, 2013 @ 4:52 pm
A strong woman, a tiny rocket, some pale but game boys who are up for anything — “Mary’s Angels” is a tour de force, a jolly, rollicking, charitable work of art. Rated 4.5 spit-takes.
February 4, 2013 @ 5:02 pm
Four men, one woman: does this seem OK for you? The men nearly undressed, the woman armed: do you want to know what happens next? All of them authors: read more about it! MA is the newest installment in scifiverse. It’s not just another angle, but four new angels. But sin follows them close behind.
February 4, 2013 @ 5:09 pm
Charlie never saw it coming when his sister decided to start her own agency…
February 4, 2013 @ 5:16 pm
Intellect. Physical strength. Charm. Extreme flexibility. Mary and her Angels have it all! So when they were given the impossible task of recreating covers with spine-cracking poses, they expected to be back home by the pool in no time. Little did they know the laws of physics they would have to violate…
February 4, 2013 @ 5:43 pm
Mary is an irresistible heroine – as you can see from her flock of hoary, hairy admirers! And although her Angel’s can’t fly, Mary’s got that covered herself, with her super-levitation powers. You will not regret reading this book, though you may regret spending too long studying the cover art!
February 4, 2013 @ 5:54 pm
Mary Robinette Kowal lived a placid, respectable life of as a puppeteer and regency romance author, until one shocking kerfluffle changed everything. She traded in her fictional corsets for a real leather jacket, and her fountain pen for a gun. In what the Times calls “one of the most peculiar romps of this decade,” Mary and her gang of dissipated authors explore the outmost limits of good taste, and in doing so, find for themselves a purpose and a community where they can truly belong.
February 4, 2013 @ 6:13 pm
Deprived of clothing, four blinding white middle-aged men fight baddies with the power of bacon, love, and excessive verbiage. You will thrill to their exploits as they follow their fearless leader, Mary, into one danger after another: angels who dare to go where even fools fear to tread. Yet, oddly, never once do they manage to find the nearest Men’s Wearhouse for more seasonally appropriate apparel.
February 4, 2013 @ 7:19 pm
“Mary’s Angels” is a fun for the whole family story of four men forced at gun point to poise in uncomfortable positions.
February 4, 2013 @ 7:33 pm
Based on the Award-Winning (Golden Raspberry, 2014) Movie!
Read what others have said about the film:
“It shtunk!” (Positive Thoughts Review)
“Those guys are the new faces of radio” (Flycatcher’s Gazette)
“I want those two hours of my life back!” (Left-Handed Back Flange Collector’s Digest)
“Oh god. The tentacles. The tentacles.” (Lower Gidding Chronicle)
“Had the people in the next cinema over demanding their money back.” (New Scientist)
“Why did this not go direct to video?” (Wagga Wagga Times)
Now read the book! Because it can’t possibly be as bad as the movie.
February 4, 2013 @ 8:31 pm
Fighting crime, solving mysteries and daring skin cancer to despoil their milky white flesh, Mary’s Angels were all that stood between the forces of good and evil (and me getting a copy of A Natural History of Dragons signed by Jim C. Hines!!).
February 4, 2013 @ 8:38 pm
One woman four pale nerds and Epic Beard in a fight to save the world in the disturbing but addicting scifi romance. You will want to put it down but but in an affront to all sense wont be able to non stop action with a sprinkling of gut wrentching eroticism makes this one of the years must reads.
February 4, 2013 @ 8:53 pm
The last surviving force for good in a universe of evil sexism, Mary and her angels will thoroughly enthrall you!
February 4, 2013 @ 9:18 pm
Male objectification, laser guns and spaceships . . . what’s not to love?
February 4, 2013 @ 10:01 pm
“It’s still better than the last Charlies Angels TV Series.”
February 4, 2013 @ 10:12 pm
“Four coy men and one battle ready woman, all ready for action!”
sooooo want dragon book…..
February 4, 2013 @ 10:22 pm
Mary never showed taste in men, and couldn’t get them to go when she dropped them. Four guys hanging around her sauna cramped her style, so she came up with a scheme to get them out of the house.
With luck, none of them will come back.
February 4, 2013 @ 11:36 pm
With an all-star cast of mostly naked authors and a surprising cameo by a slightly suggestive Hugo award, “Mary’s Angels” is one of the most stimulating books I’ve had the pleasure of imagining to read this year.
February 5, 2013 @ 1:28 am
“If ever you should judge a book by it´s cover this is the time. Mere words will fail to describe the awsomeness inside”
February 5, 2013 @ 5:32 am
Mary and her four adorable sidekicks set out to conquer the universe.
This brilliant debut novel gives us space opera at its best. A must read!
February 5, 2013 @ 6:55 am
“An influential book, I started reading and couldn’t keep my shirt on.”
February 5, 2013 @ 7:40 am
Did you ever wonder what’s beneath the red shirt?
Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings
February 5, 2013 @ 8:55 am
Oh you are so awesome, I’ve been eyeing that book for months!
“Mary’s Angels is an astonishing blend of prowess and panache! How do those guys pull off those stunts? They must have a great trainer in Mary!”
February 5, 2013 @ 10:10 am
“After seeing the cover for this book, I couldn’t help but purchase it even though I had to buy another book too so no one but the cashier would see the cover as I carried it through the store. The cover says it all, one woman with her four sidekicks who can’t seem to keep their clothes on, let the hijinks commence!”
February 5, 2013 @ 12:08 pm
“You’ll never be so happy that an author chose to keep his shorts on!”
February 5, 2013 @ 12:34 pm
In the endless War against the Trolls, one woman spearheads a team fighting outdated thinking and banal stereotypes. Welding the vastly differing styles of her ragtag band of writers into a unified cadre, Mary and her Angels are ready and willing to bring the battle to their knuckle dragging opposition. They won’t start the fight, but they’ll finish it!
February 5, 2013 @ 1:57 pm
Mary was having a great life, she had her health, her ship, and a really awesome laser gun, but life had other plans in the form of four “alien” men dropped at her ships door, what’s a fully capable, smart, self-possessed woman to do? Find out in Mary’s Angels
February 5, 2013 @ 2:46 pm
“The Wednesdaay Lunch Basketball Game at Universal Products’ fourth-floor gym will be different this week. Ten men, all CEO’s of some of the most imprtant tech firms you’ve never heard of, get together each week for no-rules pickup basketball, where talk ain’t cheap and the elbows are sharp. These are men who think networking over a golf course is for lesser mortals. Early arrivals UP’s boss Jan-Ingmar Glasogon, Heinz ‘Bear’ Kobold, Lenny Green and Whit Snow get interrupted by Glasogon’s personal asisstant, mild-mannered Mary Malone. She’s packing serious heat in the form of UP’s first working laser-weapon prototype, an actual-to-goodness working ray gun. ‘Gentlemen, I’ve just been informed by Charlie Doyle, that the building is in lockdown. We have an intruder in R & D who is armed heavily. And seems intent on killing. I need your help to stop him. Your choices are to blockade the door to the gym and wait out the situation, or come with me and let’s stop this nut before he kills more people.’ With glances being the sole communication amongst the men, Glasogon says, ‘Let’s do this.’ One woman, four men and a ray gun against a gun-toting madmen (or mad men) running amok in a locked down hi-tech building with no further support possible. What could possibly go wrong? The anser: Everything!”
February 5, 2013 @ 7:17 pm
“When an alien toe fungus threatens Readercon 24 Americas greatest geeks must join forces with agent M.A.R.Y in this Dungeons and Dragons meets G.I. Jane action packed thriller. (Warning: Uses 4th edition D&D rules which may offend some people).”
February 5, 2013 @ 7:37 pm
This book saved my life. I recently found myself trapped in a hostage situation while backpacking in the mountains of Latvia, held by a rather alarming prince who demanded my loyalty and marriage in spite of my insistence that I found neither his extra toes attractive, nor did I in any way speak his language (which may, in fact, have made my pleas meaningless). I insisted that before I commit to him I would tell him a story. He agreed. I read him a chapter each night of Mary’s Angels (which was in in my satchel at the time, and incidentally has very long chapters). He found the story so engaging and compelling (and so clearly written that he understood it despite the lack of translation) that when it came to conclusion he released me with teary eyes to the freedom I so desired (he also mentioned he would like to marry the author now, which might have helped). A definite must-read and a perfect travel companion that will become an essential article of any library, satchel, or reader’s heart.
February 5, 2013 @ 7:43 pm
Dearborn is so much more exciting than I ever knew. Thank you for making this my new thought every time I pass through. You’ve made my day.
February 5, 2013 @ 8:32 pm
They thought a woman couldn’t do the job alone. So they saddled her with a team of hapless guys they thought they could make seem better by calling them “angels”. How will she manage to save the world while saving these jokers from themselves?
February 5, 2013 @ 9:46 pm
Chronicling the almost true amazing adevntures of Mary R Kowal and her rebelious band of barely clad brothers in mayhem as they fight against the despotism of the new SFWA star council that deposed John Scalzi when his brainwasing treatment broke. Fighting against the corporate foes that for plots and my skins sake must remain nameless. Released from their secret underground bunker into the wild get a copy and lean the almost truth before they get pulped.
February 5, 2013 @ 9:48 pm
“Mary is a down on her luck ex-detective turned bounty hunter. From Mars. After her husband was fridged (a refrigeration unit fell on him while walking the streets of Ganymede), she turned to space to fulfill her dream of becoming the very best.
In her Alpha class ship, the Hugo, Mary is joined by her elite team on a secret mission to save the galaxy. Her pilot Scalz is a well meaning, but rather absurd man, interested in taking the long way round the planet, just to follow the sunset. Jhim, her bespectacled tech expert is known for his love of the short, green aliens called Gobs. In Stross Delta, the aliens look quite a bit like standard Earth humans, except for their bug-like eyes. Like all Strossians, this one has an unpronounceable name, so Mary’s team just calls their medic and heavy weapons expert Dude. Rounding out the team is communications officer Rothy, a gambler with debts in twelve systems and nineteen different currencies. Mary holds her doubts about the mission close as the team is eager for glory and honor, and the lamentations of bigots everywhere.
Fast paced, high-fantasy/horror/sci fi/thriller, with a comedy-romance glow, this book is sure to entertain those 8-to-80 year-olds in your life. Caution: Not appropriate for ages 9-79.”
February 5, 2013 @ 10:46 pm
Mary’s Angels aren’t just eye candy, they totally kick butt… in high heels.
Tansy Rayner Roberts
February 6, 2013 @ 3:09 am
“In a world ruled by a dictator who may or may not be the reconstituted zombie form of celebrated author Jane Austen, only one woman dares to walk the mean streets of New Bath without a crinoline or an etiquette manual… instead she has her loyal, unswerving angels at her side: the failed footman, the exiled prince, and the reformed cad.
Together they will save the universe… AND make sure there are enough gentlemen to dance with at the Cyberball.
I laughed, I cried, I may have thrown up a little. Me and my friends are totally cosplaying the Undead Militia at the next Marycon. This little gem may be the seventeenth in a series but it is the best Mansfieldpocalypse adventure yet!”
Stephen A. Watkins
February 6, 2013 @ 12:45 pm
This book looks fabulous, and I’d love to get my hands on a copy! 🙂
“In a world dominated by women, there was no room for crime-fighting men. Relegated as second-class citizens they were stuck in dead-end careers, such as writing tawdry genre fiction. But these men had one advantage: Because they were so oppressed, they were practically invisible. They could go anywhere without being noticed.
Enter Mary: the one woman forward-thinking enough to look beyond staid old gender stereotypes. Enlisting the help of four down-on-their-luck genre writers, Mary’s Agency is there to pick up the pieces where professional law-enforcement leaves off. Receiving their orders from the ever-mysterious Mary, these four are cracking cases, solving crimes, and busting butts. Exciting, action-packed, and not-at-all exploitative, Mary’s Angels is the hottest thing since men-who-can-slice-bread.”
February 7, 2013 @ 2:57 pm
“These strong male characters are truly inspiring! A book to read yourself, a book to read with your son.”
February 7, 2013 @ 6:16 pm
Eyes screwed tightly shut, Mary drew her phaser. Teleporation was dangerous under the best of circumstances, but launching without proper coordinates was insanity. She could be anywhere! Slowly, muscles still tensed in a hunter’s crouch, she primed her weapon, opened her eyes – and froze.
Don’t move, she told herself. They’re probably more scared of you than you are of them.
Running from the aftermath of an office Christmas party gone horribly wrong, trainee bounty hunter Mary RK finds herself stranded in the exclusive resort-city of Posing: a men-only tropical getaway owned and run by mysterious tycoon Eka C. Feeb. Detained as a suspect in an ongoing investigation into a sudden shirt shortage being conducted by the city’s police force, Mary must not only prove her innocence, but show the men of Posing what a real woman looks like. Period.
February 9, 2013 @ 12:20 am
Mary never expected their run of the mill planetary survey to go like this. When their shipboard computers malfunction Mary and her crew mates must survive on an strange alien planet without being killed by the hostile natives. The Planœgæāns are a matriarchal society where the males are much smaller and are white as to draw attention from the females. Lacking white clothing her fellow crewmates must do with the blinding expanse of their bare skin. These explorers must learn a new language a new culture and a new planet if they have any hope of making it back home.
February 9, 2013 @ 1:52 am
Angels have a rough time in the twenty-first century. Their assignments can range from protecting a child in a secret superpower school to educating the willfully blind in empathy and respect for women. All that and the wardrobe department is awfully short on robes and wings, too.
Mary was an agent who kept stumbling on these angels on missions military, espionage, and political and realized they needed someone in their corner until they earned their wings. And she had just the gun to do it… as long as she got to keep her sanity too.
February 9, 2013 @ 6:49 am
“Mary’s Angels will keep you up far too late at night — first when you can’t put it down until you’ve turned the last page, and then when you can’t get the images out of your head.”
February 10, 2013 @ 2:08 am
Driven by the desperate need to be a woman’s equal, Mary’s Angels struggle to fit in, fighting for justice as well as equality. Tight jeans and tighter spots, our heroes will prove they are not just any men, but angels, out to keep the city safe. Who is the mysterious Mary? And how does she keep a stable of studs with skills beyond normal men? Read Mary’s Angels.
February 10, 2013 @ 4:52 pm
“MARY’S ANGELS is a far cry from Charles Dickens. This book has action and adventure, often at the same time. Highly recommend!”
February 11, 2013 @ 5:41 pm
When it turns out scantily clad men and nerf guns are the only way to defeat the evil alien overlords the call is sent for Mary’s Angels. Action, Adventure and semi nudity. Well worth the read.