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Everyone here at borg.com is pretty excited this week to hear that Elizabeth C. Bunce (who reviewed The Closer, Major Crimes, and Grimm here this week) is featured on Oprah Winfrey’s 2012 Kids Reading List for her second novel, StarCrossed, a high fantasy adventure about a thief on the run who stumbles into a Renaissance era revolution.  Oprah.com revealed its newest annual list this month, and StarCrossed is one of 25 books recommended for teen readers.  Other selections include The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, 2009 Newbery winner The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and 2012 Eisner winner Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol.  Elizabeth is one of only a handful of writers to have two books on Oprah’s Kids Reading List.  Her first novel, A Curse Dark as Gold, the national award-winning retelling of Rumplestiltskin set in a haunted woollen mill, was included on the first such list in 2009.

StarCrossed is the first installment in Elizabeth’s Thief Errant series.  Her 2011 release Liar’s Moon is the fantasy noir sequel to StarCrossed, featuring the continuing adventures of intrepid thief Digger as she returns to her home city at the brink of war.  Good news abounds, as Elizabeth also learned this week that Liar’s Moon will receive the Kansas Notable Book medal from the State of Kansas later this year.  This is Elizabeth’s third book to receive this recognition.  Her books have been recognized by the American Library Association, the Smithsonian Institution, the Chicago Public Library, Cybils, all major book review publications, and several other states.  Elizabeth is currently working on her fourth novel.

If you haven’t seen Elizabeth’s books yet, here are book trailers for her first three novels:

A Curse Dark as Gold

StarCrossed

Liar’s Moon

So if you like to read fantasy, don’t take our word for it, check out the thousands of online reviews for her books, such as those found at book review websites like goodreads.com, where you’ll find 7,500 ratings by readers of Elizabeth’s novels.  A Curse Dark as Gold, StarCrossed, and Liar’s Moon are available at a library near you, and discounted hardcover, paperback, eBook, and even an audiobook version (for A Curse Dark as Gold) of her books are available at Barnes & Noble, Powell’s City of Books, Amazon.com, neighborhood bookstores, and other online retailers.

C.J. Bunce*
Editor
borg.com

*proud DH

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For the first time anywhere, borg.com is premiering for readers the release of the trailer for Liar’s Moon:

Digger returns!

The errant thief who escaped a failed heist to stumble into a conspiracy of an exiled band of rebels and users of forbidden magic in the high fantasy novel StarCrossed, returns to her home city of Gerse in Elizabeth C. Bunce’s new fantasy noir novel Liar’s Moon.

No time is wasted as our feisty heroine is mugged and dragged kicking to prison.  But there’s more to this capture as she finds an old ally imprisoned there, awaiting a death sentence for the murder of his wife.  She continues to break her own rules—don’t get caught and don’t get involved, as she wrestles with even more rules: keep your head down, keep your eyes open, and keep your mouth shut.  For Digger, continuing to masquerade as Lady Celyn, it’s all about just staying alive as the stakes are raised when she receives secret messages and is finally visited by the icy and creepy Inquisitor.  She must rely an old friends and acquire new ones to weave her way through her own problems and pursue a dark mystery as Prince Wierolf’s army closes in on the city gates.  And the truth is not what she wants to hear.

Bunce’s writing is smart, her characters are gutsy, and her portrayal of an Italian Renaissance-inspired harbor town on the cusp of being sacked by a new leader’s army is evocative and gritty.  But it’s her characters’ relationships and interactions that will stick with you long after the story ends.  Bunce adds some great new players into this fantasy world, like the elegant Lady Koya and fellow street urchin Rat, who join old favorites like Eptin Cwalo and Raffin Taradyce–but even they are not the same people they once were.  Time and impending war changes everyone and Digger must decide whether to keep her secret skill with forbidden magic hidden or use it to change all the rules.  In the end she encounters her most significant relationship yet and realizes she is even more powerful than she ever imagined.  Part whodunnit, part noir crime drama, part romance, this centuries old fantasy world will have readers honing their own detective skills to uncover a plot against a local crime family.  It also reveals the reality of a city readying for war, a town cloaked in secrets, and townsfolk who must choose sides as they try to survive, hidden in dark alleys and warehouses in this well-developed river city underworld under a sky of seven moons.

Liar’s Moon is available in hardcover November 1, with pre-release and eBook discount pricing at Amazon.com.  Liar’s Moon has been nominated for the ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list for 2011.  Book 1 of the Thief Errant series, StarCrossed, is also available in stores and online, and it is available in hardcover and eBook editions.  StarCrossed was named to the Best Fiction for Young Adults list, a Kansas Notable Book, and a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best book.  Bunce’s first novel, A Curse Dark as Gold, is also available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and eBook editions.  A Curse Dark as Gold was named the inaugural winner of the American Library Association’s William C. Morris Award, a Smithsonian Notable Book, a Kansas Notable Book, listed as an Oprah’s Book Club Kids Reading List Teen Selection, the Amelia Bloomer Project list, a Best Book for Young Adults, and a Cybils Award finalist.

Here is the trailer for StarCrossed that debuted last year:

This past weekend the state library of Kansas and first lady of Kansas, Mary Brownback, held the annual award ceremony for the Kansas Notable Book winners along with a new event promoting reading–the 2011 Kansas Book Festival.  Hundreds attended the event Saturday at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka, which featured presentations by this year’s Notable Books honorees and a keynote address by David Eisenhower, grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

This year’s Kansas Notable Book list of 15 books featured several non-fiction works, and also fiction works, including the high fantasy novel StarCrossed by borg.com contributor Elizabeth C. Bunce, who also won a Kansas Notable Book medal for her novel A Curse Dark as Gold, in 2009.  Here is her book with the Notable Books gold seal:

Other books named to the 2011 list are: Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber, Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun by Amy Barackman, And Hell Followed With It: Life and Death in a Kansas Tornado by Bonar Menninger, Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West–One Meal at a Time by Stephen Fried, Baking with Friends: Recipes, Tips and Fun Facts for Teaching Kids to Bake by Charlene Patton and Sharon Davis, Bound: A Novel by Antonya Nelson, A Distant Home by George Paris, Flyover People by Cheryl Unruh, Ghost Stories of the New West: From Einstein’s Brain to Geronimo’s Boots by Denise Low, Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayer, Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, A Prairie Peter Pan: The Story of Mary White by Beverley Buller, Prairie Rhythms: The Life and Poetry of May Williams Ward by Lana Wirt Myers, and The Scent of Rain and Lightning: A Novel by Nancy Pickard.  The authors are pictured above with Roy Bird and Joanne Budler, from the state library and Kansas Center for the Book, and First Lady Mary Brownback.

“The State Library of Kansas appreciates this opportunity to recognize and celebrate Kansas’ rich literary heritage,” said State Librarian Joanne Budler.  “The Notable Books list captures the best work of our native sons and daughters, and truly captures our heritage–Kansas history, Kansas heroes and heroines, and so much more.”

Keynote speaker for the festival was David Eisenhower, co-author of Going Home To Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969, with wife Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of President Richard Nixon.  Authors, speakers and guests were invited to the governor’s mansion Friday night before the event.  Mr. Eisenhower shared stories about his interests and the writing process and discussed books with other authors.  The Friday event was held by the governor and first lady on their terrace.  Pictured here is Mr. Eisenhower with me at the governor’s mansion:

Next year’s Kansas Book Festival is scheduled for September 15, 2012.

C.J. Bunce

Editor

borg.com

The first full day of the 42nd annual Comic-Con got off to a great start Thursday at the San Diego Convention Center with the first of tens of thousands of fanboys and fangirls and writers, artists, actors and everyone and anyone from the entertainment industry packing the venue.  Lots of oversized swagbags and swag to carry in them and big displays from major creative properties.  Several major events are celebrated this year, including the 35th anniversary of Star Wars throughout the convention.

But today Comic-Con really emphasized the COMIC in Comic-Con.  Artists and writers packed both Artists Alley and the main aisles.  Echo and Strangers in Paradise creator Terry Moore was signing at his booth (his 15th year at the Con):

Fan favorite David Petersen (Mouse Guard) revealed an exclusive to borg.com tonight:  Years in the making, Friday will be the debut at Comic-Con of his boxed set Mouse Guard role playing game with a limited quantity available at Comic-Con.  Here he is signing at his booth:

Legendary fantasy author Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn, Tamsin) shared stories about his writing and inspired others at his booth in Artists Alley.  Freddie Williams II (Captain Atom, Robin) and his wife Kiki were jam-packed up until closing with fans at Freddie’s booth.

But not all the fun was to be had on the convention floor.  Another popular franchise celebrates a benchmark this year.  Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books hosted an invitation-only bash tonight at the Hilton Bayfront to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Jeff Smith’s comic book franchise Bone.  Guest of honor Smith was on hand, as well as a who’s who of the comic book and sci-fi/fantasy genres.  Terry Moore and his wife Joann, were in attendance, as was David Petersen and his wife.  Legendary artist Sergio Aragones celebrated as well, along with Judd Winick (Green Arrow writer, among other noted DC work) and Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings).  Attendees included Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine artists and authors Elizabeth C. Bunce (Liar’s Moon, StarCrossed, A Curse Dark as Gold), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Ted Naifeh (The Good Neighbors), Jake Parker (Missile Mouse), Dan Santat (Sidekicks), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), and Doug TenNapel (BadIsland).

Here, the crowd toasts Jeff Smith (far left).  Next to Jeff is Joann and Terry Moore, far left is Judd Winick next to Jeff’s wife and business partner Vijaya.

Here Elizabeth C. Bunce, Lisa Yee (Millicent Min), and Sheila Marie Everett, Scholastic publicist, celebrate at the party for Jeff Smith.

No industry has a more welcoming group of people than the Comic-Con crowd.  Writers and artists shared stories into the night and everyone had a great time.

And Comic-Con wouldn’t be Comic-Con without some great costumes, including this group of Slave Leias at the Lucasfilm booth:

More to come tomorrow!

And we’ll post more updates throughout Comic-Con and over the coming weeks.

C.J. Bunce

Editor

borg.com

The 2011 San Diego Comic-Con is just ten days away.  Sold out months in advance as with past years, again more than 100,000 comics, sci-fi, fantasy, movie, TV and gaming fans will descend on the beautiful waterfront convention center for this year’s event.  Comic-Con organizers released the programming schedule for the four-day convention this weekend, and as usual there is something for everyone.

At the top of my list our own borg.com contributor, author Elizabeth C. Bunce, will be giving away advance copies of her new fantasy novel Liar’s Moon and will speak on a panel with other genre authors as part of the Saturday line-up.  She will also be available for signing copies of her new book, the sequel to StarCrossed in her Thief Errant series.  If don’t you don’t get a copy at Comic-Con you’ll have to wait until its official release in November from Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic .

DC Comics has several presentations involving the September release/re-launch of 52 comic titles, including panels featuring Jim Lee and several writers and artists.  Digital artist  Freddie Williams II (Captain Atom, DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics) is scheduled to be in “artist’s alley” again this year and internationally known artist Alex Nino (God the Dyslexic Dog) will be featured in one panel.

Some great TV series cast presentations are scheduled to appear–the entire cast of Chuck, Psych, Warehouse 13, and Torchwood are at the top of the list along with a presentation by the one and only Bruce Campbell from Burn Notice.  The current Doctor Who himself, Matt Smith, is slated to be on a panel.

Another panel features Rick Baker, monster maker, talking about making creatures for the future release, Men in Black III.

The fan group OneRing.net will hosting a panel on the coming Hobbit movie and they hint at one or more surprise guestsand Mugglenet will be featured in a separate panel discussing the final Harry Potter installment.

Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four, Horatio Hornblower) will preview their new TV series thriller Ringer in one of the big convention ballrooms.

Other interesting scheduled presenters include Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead), William Shatner (Star Trek), Avery Brooks (Deep Space Nine), Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Elijah Wood (Wilfred, LOTR), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Jeff Smith (Bone), and Terry Moore (Echo, Strangers in Paradise).

You can also depend on the major studios to preview coming theatrical releases both on and offsite at this year’s show.  Too much for any one person to see! 

C.J. Bunce

Editor

borg.com