Tuesday, 5 June 2007

A New Way to Find Books

I follow quite a few author message boards/blogs - Lynn Viehl, Kelley Armstrong, Nalini Singh. And the other day I thought I'd check out C.E. Murphy's blog as I'd not visited it for a while. She just happened to have posted about Heart of Stone , and posted the cover. Hopefully if you click on the link it will take you to the post. And darn it's not out 'til November.

Anyhoo, I thought that's a very nice cover, I must check out the artist's website . Mainly because I thought I wouldn't mind having a print of that cover myself. Lo and behold Chris McGrath has done a lot of the artwork on some of my favourite urban fantasy - Greywalker (Kat Richardson), The Dresden Files (Jim Butcher), Nightlife (Rob Thurman). So I decide to peruse the other covers he's been doing for any interesting new releases.

Apart from Heart of Stone (which I was already interested in :) ). There is one for a book called Wraith by Phaedra Weldon. It's released in June and the blurb sounds intriguing.

"Zoe Martinique has turned her unusual ability into a career. When she's traveling, she can't be seen which makes her an ideal professional snoop. Industrial espionage, surveillance, whatever. But one night things get out of hand while she's out-of- body. She witnesses a murder and a soul stealing, and discovers she has unwelcome company: Trench- Coat, a ghostly killer who can see and hurt her.
Teaming up with a blue-eyed police detective, she tries to solve the case and improve her love life. She also enlists the support of her psychic mother and the ghostly couple who haunt her house. And with murderers, kidnappers, and a desperate ex-porn star involved, Zoe needs all the help she can get."

I'm trying to ignore the fact that the protagonist has an inappropriate apostrophe shoved into her name and may pick this up when it's released. (I can breathe a sigh of relief Phaedra very kindly posted to my blog! And said that it's an error on the blurb, the protagonists name is Zoe (with two little dots over the e - which if I knew how to do with this keyboard I would. Obviously a similar problem was encountered by the blurb writer. :) So I've corrected the blurb, in case you were wondering where that apostrophe went. :))

In other news, I'm trying to think of a name for my livejournal blog (am I allowed to say that here?) :). Which is/was going to be more about all the creative stuff that I start and never seem to finish, in the hopes it would give me the kick up the ass I need. But I can't think of what to call it.


Naomi said...

I just added that book to my Amazon wishlist. As soon as I've got some spare cash, I'm ordering it. I'm looking forward to Heart of Stone too. I really like Murphy's writing style, but couldn't get into her Walker Papers series.

LesleyW said...


Was that after you read the post, or had you heard about the book before?

Phaedra said...

The apostrophe is actually a typo for whomever wrote up the Revue. Her name is Zoƫ with a long E. :)

And thanks for taking a look at Chris' site! When I found out he was doing my cover, I did a little happy dance!


LesleyW said...


Phaedra, thanks for taking the time to post the correction. Glad to hear there's no unfortunate apostrophe. :)

My copy of Wraith has been ordered and I'm looking forward to reading it. Though it may take a few weeks for it to arrive. And Chris does some beautiful covers.

Naomi said...

I stumbled across it on one of those Amazon list-mania things, I think, and loved the concept. I actually ordered a copy today, although I'm completely penniless and probably can't afford it, lol.

LesleyW said...

My copy has arrived. :)