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$2.99 Ebook Sale: Awakenings by Edward Lazellari

Place holder  of - 14The ebook of Awakenings, the first book in Edward Lazellari’s Guardians of Aandor series, is now on sale for just $2.99! Purchase your copy before the next book in the series, Blood of Ten Kings, is released on December 4th. Hurry, this sale will only last for a limited time!

About Awakenings:

Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a loving family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It’s as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance.

Cal’s and Seth’s lives are turned upside down as they are stalked by otherworldly beings who know about the men’s past lives. But these creatures aren’t here to help; they’re intent on killing anyone who gets in their way. In the balance hangs the life of a child who might someday restore a broken empire to peace and prosperity. With no clue why they’re being hunted, Cal and Seth must accept the aid of a strange and beautiful woman who has promised to unlock their secrets. The two must stay alive long enough to protect their loved ones, recover their true selves—and save two worlds from tyranny and destruction.

Awakenings launches a captivating fantasy saga by an amazing and talented new storyteller.

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This sale ends December 4th.

Find Tor Books at BEA!

Find Tor Books at BEA!

BEABook Expo America 2013 takes place in New York City from May 29th to June 1st and we’ll be there! Take a look below to see which Tor authors, editors, and more will be appearing. Meet Brandon Sanderson, Ellen Datlow, Kendare Blake, and more!

Tor Books will also be present in the Macmillan section at booth 1557 for the entirety of the conference. Stop by and say hello!

Wednesday May 29th

  • Book Blogger Conference Editor Insight Panel with Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Senior Editor at Tor Books (Location TBD). 10:10am-11am.
  • Children’s Librarians Dinner w/Kendare Blake (Anna Dressed in Blood, Antigoddess). 7pm-9pm at the Princeton Club of NY, 15 W. 43rd Street.

Thursday May 30th

Author Signings at Autographing Area (Tor Table #17)

  • Kendare Blake (Anna Dressed in Blood, Antigoddess) 9:30 am-10:30am
  • Dan Krokos (Planet Thieves) 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Brandon Sanderson (The Way of Kings, The Rithmatist) 2pm-3pm (Note: This event is ticketed.)

Friday May 31th

Horror Writers of America Signing at Table #24

  • Ellen Datlow (Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, Tor.com) 2:30pm-3:30pm

Signings at Booth 1557

  • Brandon Sanderson (The Way of Kings, The Rithmatist) 3:00-4:30pm

Author Signings at Autographing Area (Tor Table #17)

  • V.E. Schwab (Viscious) 2pm-3pm
  • Edward Lazellari (The Lost Prince) 3pm-4pm

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Fantasy: Keeping It Real

Place holder  of - 78By Edward Lazellari

The characters in Awakenings live in our world, the one where Obama is president, Bloomberg’s the mayor, and no one can figure out the physics behind Donald Trump’s hair. My New York could be the setting for a Jonathan Franzen story, or a place where Carrie Bradshaw parties with her girlfriends. And it’s this universe that’s invaded by the “fantasy” elements. That mainstream/fantasy mix is the vibe I aimed for in writing Awakenings.

Take Callum the cop in the novel… I could have faked all the police actions in the book, but wanted the interactions between the cops to be authentic. I spoke with a friend in the NYPD to determine what the likely course of actions would be in certain scenarios. I got the correct signal codes for jobs, and more importantly, how the NYPD would communicate under those circumstances. There are also ramifications to the actions that occur, and I wanted the cause and effect to seem logical. A police officer should be able to read those scenes, and even with the fantastic elements introduced, not be pulled out of the story because it lacks credibility.

The irony is writers of fantasy expend tremendous effort to make the worlds in their story as “real” as possible, whether it’s about a boy living under the stairs, a girl who leaves the farm to save her dog from a crone, or a hobbit that wonders what’s beyond the Shire. We love these stories and come back to them because, except for Charlie Sheen, most of us fantasize about being something else (or somewhere else) instead of trudging through our daily existence for little pay and no accolades. We all want to be powerful heroes, great lovers, or sports gods. There has to be something recognizable in the universes these stories take place it. Fantasy stories tap into a primal part of ourselves that improve our regular lives. It’s why people crowded around the poet Homer three thousand years ago to hear him recite tales of gods and heroes. We fantasy readers get it, and I’ve seldom met a fantasy fan I didn’t like.


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Presenting our stellar list of authors and their events at BEA 2011!

An Editor’s Buzz Pick, a Ticketed Autographing and an two Author Spotlight Stages are just some of the highlights of the show this year. We have a table in the autographing area reserved exclusively for Tor/Forge authors this year; all signings will take place at Table 12 unless otherwise noted. Read on for show highlights and a day-by-day guide to this year’s BEA!

Highlights for Tuesday, May 24th

Ice-T & Coco Ticketed Autographed Signing! 175 tickets and copies of Kings of Vice and Angel will be available on a first come first serve basis.
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Bill Willingham’s Down the Mysterly River has been selected as an Editor’s Buzz Pick for Children! The book is only one of four chosen within all of the publishing houses; Editor Susan Chang will present.
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 1E15

New York Book Week Science Fiction & Fantasy Evening at the NYPL

Tor authors John Scalzi & Catherynne Valente along with Lev Grossman & Scott Westerfeld will read with improvisational music courtesy of our own Brian Slattery, followed by a Q&A.
6:00pm – 7:45pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Bldg, South Court Auditorium
New York Public Library

 Other events on Tuesday:

Forge In-Booth signing

  • David Hagberg / Abyss / Macmillan Booth 3352 / 11:00am –11:30am

Tor In-Booth Giveaway

  • Card & Card / Laddertop / Macmillan Booth 3352 / 3:30pm – 4pm

Mystery Writers of America Booth Signings (#4482)

  • Hilary Davidson / The Damage Done / 9:30am – 10:30am
  • H.T. Narea / The Fund / 2:00pm – 2:30pm
  • David Black / The Extinction Event/ 2:45pm – 3:15pm
  • David Hagberg / Abyss/ 3:30pm – 4:00pm

Formal Autographings at the Tor & Forge Table (Table #12)

  • David Lubar / Attack of the Vampire Weenies / 9:30-10:30am
  • Edward Lazellari & Lev A. Rosen / Awakenings & All Men of Genius / 10:30am-11:30am / “A salute to debut authors from Tor”
  • Margaret McLean & H.T. Narea / Under Fire & The Fund / 11:30am-12:30pm/ “A salute to debut authors from Forge”
  • Lisa Desrochers & Kiki Hamilton / Original Sin & The Faerie Ring/ 2:30pm – 3:30pm / “A salute to debut authors from Tor Teen”
  • Bill Evans / Dry Ice / 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Highlights for Wednesday, May 25th

Author Spotlight Stage with Bill Willingham! Heidi MacDonald, Graphic Novel Editor, Publishers Weekly to moderate.
10:30pm – 11:00pm
Midtown Stage

SFF Author Insight Stage: Tor Authors with John Scalzi, Carrie Vaughn  & Vernor Vinge . Moderated by Ron Hogan, founder of Beatrice.com and SFF reviewer for Shelf Awareness.
1:30pm – 2:10pm
Midtown Stage

Other events on Wednesday:

Tor In-Booth signing

  • Bill Willingham / Down the Mysterly River / Macmillan Booth 3352 / 11:30am –12:00am

Forge In-Booth Giveaway

  • Bruce Cameron / Emory’s Gift/ Macmillan Booth 3352 / 10:00am – 10:30am

Mystery Writers of America Booth Signing (#4482)

  • Bruce DeSilva / Rogue Island / 12:30pm – 1pm

Formal Autographings at the Tor & Forge Table (Table #12)

  • Carrie Vaughn & CJ Henderson / Kitty’s Greatest Hits & Central Park Knight / 9:30-10:30am “A salute to urban fantasy from Tor”
  • Jon Land / Strong at the Break / 10:30am – 11:30am / “Forge Books very own Energizer bunny!” (Just kidding, wanted to see if you’re still paying attention)
  • Ellen Datlow & F. Paul Wilson / The Dark at the End & Blood and other Cravings / 11:30 – 12:30 “A salute to horror legends from Tor”
  • Bob Gleason / End of Days / 1:30pm – 2:30pm /”A new thriller from Forge Executive Editor”
  • Bruce DeSilva /Rogue Island / 2:30pm – 3:30pm / “2011 Edgar Award winner”
  • Vernor Vinge & John Scalzi / 3:30pm – 4:30pm / “Science fiction legends from Tor”

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