Fantastical News!

Posted 21st August 2020 by Sia in Book News, Queer Lit / 0 Comments

There’s been some announcements and discoveries lately that I could not resist writing up. Just in case any of you haven’t heard yet!

Tarot Sequence

First and foremost, rejoice: KD Edwards has signed the deal on two more books of the Tarot Sequence!!!

This is a BIG DEAL! Fans and fanatics are probably already aware that the Tarot Sequence is a planned NINE-book series, but publishers never buy the rights to that many books all at once. From what I understand, it’s a special occasion when they buy an entire trilogy in one go, rather than nabbing one and seeing how it sells before committing to more.

So Pyr buying the rights to two more books of the Sequence??? Is excellent. It means they have faith not just in KD, but in us, the fans – typically sales decline for every subsequent book in a series, so Pyr is basically saying that they believe that enough of us really love these books that it’s worth their while to keep publishing the Sequence. All the reviews and memes and fanart and playlists and the hive of activity that is the Sequence Discord??? It’s all worked to convince them that we’re in this for the long haul.

So go us!!!

KD announced that the title of Tarot #3 is THE HOURGLASS THRONE, which is…more than a little terrifying for those of us who’ve read The Last Sun and The Hanged Man. I may write a speculation post in the near future.

But ultimately: Congrats, KD!!!

(And massive thank you to Pyr!!!)

Queer Witches, Hell Yeah!

The sequel to the fucking incredible Scapegracers The Scratch Daughters – is now available to pre-order – at least the Kindle edition! (And yes, I realise Scapegracers itself isn’t actually out yet…but I promise you, you are going to want the entire trilogy after you read the first five pages!)

Probably none of you are actually going to hit that pre-order button, but I had to share the news, okay???

And look, if you’re not going to pre-order the sequel, at least go order Scapegracers! I promise you won’t regret it!

The Scapegracers (Scapegracers, #1) by H. A. Clarke
Genres: Queer Protagonists
Representation: Lesbian MC, assorted queer cast, Characters of Colour
Published on: 15th September 2020

An outcast teenage lesbian witch finds her coven hidden amongst the popular girls in her school, and performs some seriously badass magic in the process.

Skulking near the bottom of West High’s social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for Coke bottles. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, she’s had a hard time making friends. But when the three most popular girls pay her $40 to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are dangerous angels, sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now–unbelievably–Sideways’ best friends.

Together, the four bond to form a ferocious and powerful coven. They plan parties, cast curses on dudebros, try to find Sideways a girlfriend, and elude the fundamentalist witch hunters hellbent on stealing their magic. But for Sideways, the hardest part is the whole ‘having friends’ thing. Who knew that balancing human interaction with supernatural peril could be so complicated?

Rich with the urgency of feral youth, The Scapegracers explores growing up and complex female friendship with all the rage of a teenage girl. It subverts the trope of competitive mean girls and instead portrays a mercilessly supportive clique of diverse and vivid characters. It is an atmospheric, voice-driven novel of the occult, and the first of a three-book series.

Grab it now from (USA) or Hive (Europe), both ethical alternatives to You Know Who; or here at Book Depository!

From the Author of Red, White, and Royal Blue

Casey McQuiston’s newest novel (out next year) had its cover reveal today!

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Representation: F/F or wlw, Love Interest of Colour
Published on: 1st June 2021

"Dreamy, other worldly, smart, swoony, thoughtful, hilarious - all in all, exactly what you'd expect from Casey McQuiston!" - Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Date and
Party for Two

Cynical twenty-three-year old August doesn’t believe in much. She doesn’t believe in psychics, or easily forged friendships, or finding the kind of love they make movies about. And she certainly doesn’t believe her ragtag band of new roommates, her night shifts at a 24-hour pancake diner, or her daily subway commute full of electrical outages are going to change that.

But then, there’s Jane. Beautiful, impossible Jane.

All hard edges with a soft smile and swoopy hair and saving August’s day when she needed it most. The person August looks forward to seeing on the train every day. The one who makes her forget about the cities she lived in that never seemed to fit, and her fear of what happens when she finally graduates, and even her cold-case obsessed mother who won’t quite let her go. And when August realizes her subway crush is impossible in more ways than one—namely, displaced in time from the 1970s—she thinks maybe it’s time to start believing.

Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop is a sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible as August does everything in her power to save the girl lost in time.

I’m really excited to see McQuiston go for more fantastical elements (time-travel!) and featuring a queer activist from the 70s!!!

Check out the link up above to hear more about the book and McQuiston’s thoughts behind it!

That’s it for today – I’m sure there’ll be more great bookish news soon!


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