Cover to Cover #448: Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Interview: Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert join us this week in the middle of their book tour to talk about Hellhole, their most recent collaboration and the first in a trilogy set in a new original universe.

They talk about their collaborative process, the future of the Dune series, listening to (or not listening to) critics, and why not to buy Christmas presents before December 21, 2012.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #447: Justin Gustainis

Interview: This week, Justin Gustainis joins Mike and Mike to discuss his new projects, including the recently released Those Who Fight Monsters, an occult detectives anthology he edited for EDGE SF. Justin talks about why he put together this anthology, who he had contacted to contribute, what he expected and what he didn't expect during the creation of this book.   [Read more...]

Book Tour: Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

Only the most desperate colonists dare to make a new home on Hellhole. Reeling from a recent asteroid impact, tortured with horrific storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and churning volcanic eruptions, the planet is a dumping ground for undesirables, misfits, and charlatan. Against all odds, an exiled general named Adolphus has turned Hellhole into a place […]

Cover to Cover #446: Patricia Briggs

Interview: This week, Patricia Briggs joins the guys to talk about her newest book, River Marked, the 6th and newest book in her Mercy Thompson series. In this story, she not only explores Mercy's Native American heritage, but also delves into a true monster tale.   [Read more...]

SF Signal Asks: "What forthcoming SF/F/H books are you most looking forward to?"

SF Signal asked a panel of genre aficionados what upcoming science fiction, fantasy and horror books due out in 2011 that they were looking forward to the most.

Respondents include Mike Resnick, Mur Lafferty, Patricia Briggs, David Louis Edelman, and yours truly, Summer Brooks.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #445: Jon F. Merz

Interview: This week, our guest is Jon F. Merz, and the latest book in his Lawson Vampire series is The Kensei. Lawson is fixer in the vampire world, and his primary mission is to protect the secrecy of their existence.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #444: Electronic Sales and More

Voicemail: Web Genii mentions a blog post that talks about measuring the numbers of book torrent downloads, and wants to know if electronic book sales currently count towards the New York Times Best Sellers Lists; she also asks what might be the sense is behind regional restrictions of electronic books.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #443: Alan Dean Foster

Interview: This week, our guest is Alan Dean Foster, and his latest SF novel is The Human Blend, and his newest book is a memoir, Predators I Have Known (coming out as a first print digital edition).

In The Human Blend, he explores a world where genetic engineering and body modifications are widely in use, including as punishments for criminals. It's the first book in his new "The Tipping Point" trilogy.   [Read more...]

Book Tour: Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, will be on tour this March to support the release of RIVER MARKED (Ace Hardcover; March 1, 2011; $24.95).   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #442: Angela James, Carina Press

Interview: This week, Angela James, Executive Editor of Carina Press, joins us to talk about the digital book marketplace, and some of the changing trends in reading habits, reading formats, and options for a wider range of authors, and more.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #441: Mercedes Lackey

Interview: This week's guest is Mercedes Lackey, whose newest anthology Trio of Sorcery from Tor Books is a collection of two stories featuring her popular urban fantasy heroines, Diana Tregarde and Jennifer Talldeer, plus a new story with a new heroine, technoshaman Ellen McBridge.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #440: Shawn Kupfer

Interview: This week's guest is Shawn Kupfer, whose new book 47 Echo is a military scifi thriller from Carina Press. The story follows the exploits of a prisoner-soldier, Nick Morrow, during a future war with China-North Korea.

Shawn's book is a digital only release from Carina Press, available on Kindle and from Audible now, and Shawn also talks about the bold steps Carina Press is taking with not paying author advances and also not having any DRM in their products.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #439A: Gadgets and Getting Started in Electronic Publishing

Voicemail: Trampas finds irony in Summer reading the description of a book featuring characters named Sunshine and Rayne; Mike in Germany asks if there's a "dummies" level guide that can help authors get started in the electronic publishing realm; Trampas finds irony in eating chicken nuggets while listening to Tracy Hickman talking about cannibalism   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #438A: Of Books and Bookstores

Mike and Mike recap some publishing news, the big one being that Borders has been delaying payments to creditors, including publishers, because of liquidity issues.

Will some of these issues, combined with the increase in ebook sales, mean that local and indie bookstores will have a chance to recover some of their lost marketshares?   [Read more...]

Dragon Page Project Write: Assignment #1

Mike Stackpole has thrown down the challenge to both Mike Mennenga and Summer Brooks, and we're inviting all Dragon Page listeners to join in. Get writing. Work on the assignments, pull out one of those old stories in need of a rewrite or a fresh start, learn or relearn your writing process along the way, […]

Cover to Cover #437A: Listener Voicemail

Mike Mennega discovered that there's a backlog of voicemail that collected over the holidays, so Mike Stackpole and Summer help him navigate the extra commentary.

Listener Review: Web Genii brings us a review of Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn.   [Read more...]