Book Review: Beyond Your Touch and A Hold on Me by Pat Esden

August 29, 2016 1

Pat Esden’s books are my first foray into New Adult fiction. I held a stereotype that New Adult is largely a soft porn delivery system. Now, Pat’s work is in fact very steamy and very humid.  Not only is her work satisfying on that front, but also it delivers a story punch as well.  Both A Hold on Me and Beyond Your Touch are published by Kensington.

So…spoilers about the first book. Be careful here.

Pat’s series starts with A Hold on Me, in which our heroine, Annie, discoveries that her past has been altered to protect her from knowledge of how her father’s magical family is involved in a war fighting djinn. As a child, Annie did not warn her family about how her mother was being visited by a djinn, and she feels responsible for her mother’s kidnapping. All of this is revealed against a backdrop of Annie’s father’s possession, cure, and reconciliation with his family. Also, there’s this guy named Chase, who happens to be half-ifrit, half-human, and all hot.

The next book, coming out in September, is Beyond Your Touch. Annie and Chase are now in a full-fledged, torrid and sexy relationship. Tension is introduced in two ways–a rescue mission will be launched to the djinn realms to rescue Annie’s mom, and in order to go to the djinn realms, the assistance of a magical flute player, Lotli, is required. Annie is convinced that something is up between Chase and Lotli, especially after Chase cools it with Annie so he can concentrate on the mission. Annie discovers more about her new family and her role in it. The mission to the djinn realm does not go as planned, and the book ends with the stakes higher than the book began.

If you’ve never read New Adult and you’d like to give it a try, I would recommend Pat Esden’s books. The story and the hot sex are co-conspirators in a partnership that pulls you in and keeps you moving through the story. Whether you are a lover of romance, or adventure, there’s plenty here to satisfy both those interests. I particularly found the subject matter interesting, as I have done some research regarding djinn and Solomon for my own work, so it’s nice to see how someone else interprets it.

A Hold on Me is available now. If you act very quickly, you may have just enough time to finish it before Beyond Your Touch arrives at your local bookstore.

37.0 – Editor Spotlight: C.C. Finlay

August 25, 2016 0

UN_CCC.C. Finlay became the editor of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine in early 2015. He’s also written fiction, including the Traitor to the Crown series, and bootstrapped the Blue Heaven writing workshop. We caught up with Charlie at MidAmeriCon II and picked his brain about writing, editing and supporting others.

F&SF’s Worldcon discount code remains in effect this week, so take advantage of an astounding deal: an annual subscription via Kindle for a mere five bucks! Follow the link to support great fiction and features from a true friend to writers everywhere.

35.0 – Author Spotlight: Ann Leckie

August 18, 2016 0

un_leckieThis week we’re at Worldcon! But before we left we had a chat with Ann Leckie, author of the Hugo and Nebula winning Imperial Radch series. We discuss the books in the series as well as Ann’s short fiction and her stint as editor of Giganotasaurus. We may have pressured her for details on her upcoming books as well as a few other, uh, ancillary topics.

We’re at Worldcon!

August 15, 2016 0

Chris, Cath and George will be at MidAmeriCon II this week! Will you? Find us on Twitter if you’re around and want to say hi. We’re looking forward to connecting with friends and former guests! (And hey, if you want a bit part in our upcoming radio drama, that may be arranged. Mwahaha…)

In other news, we’ve added a couple of short blooper files to our Extras page. Hard to believe, but we do occasionally biff the show in comical fashion.

What else are we up to? Glad you asked. Dr. Cath will share her expertise on two panels at Worldcon this week. Chris just wrapped up DraculaFest with a summary mega-post. Chia’s spending the summer in Florida and has the pics to prove it (with a brief stint back in Boston to cover Forbidden Research). And George is held hostage by a feline overlord. Don’t send help.

Thanks for listening! New show coming soon.

34.0 – Author Spotlight: Thomas Olde Heuvelt

August 11, 2016 0

un_heuveltDutch author Thomas Olde Heuvelt‘s frightening novel Hex is out now in North America. He joined us during his recent tour of the U.S. to talk about the book and the process of updating the text for a foreign audience. We also find out about his other work–including the recent Hugo-winning story, The Day the World Turned Upside Down–and what’s in store for the future.

33.0 – Tech Spotlight: Dan Novy

August 4, 2016 0

un_02Emmy-winning visual effects supervisor turned MIT Media Lab grad student (and Unreliable Spouse) Dan Novy joins us for a wide-ranging discussion of storytelling and technology. Only UN can squeeze Pluto Nash, Cthulhu, homegrown food, Audrey Hepburn, Hatsune Miku, carnies, Blade Runner, Ursula LeGuin, Gorillaz and Pokémon Go into one show! Spoiler alert: the future is awesome.