I’m happy to say that I can tell you. One of my favorite new reads is WRITTEN IN RED by NYT Bestselling author Anne Bishop. This is such a wonderful read. The story feels a lot like urban fantasy and
yet . . . the world building puts this squarely in the “not” category.
The blurb from the publisher:
No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities—vampires and shape-shifters among them—who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.
Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.
Yes, I do know Anne. I’ve known her for years, and as a New York Times bestselling author coming out in hardcover, she certainly doesn’t need me to sell books. <g> But I couldn’t resist the opportunity to finally answer the oft-asked question of how to write something so fresh that you smack your forehead and think, “Well, yeah. Of course. *That’s* how you do it.” The book has 61 ratings at Amazon. 54 are 5 star. 4 more are 4 star.
Anne knows how to find characters we care about and bring them to life in an interesting world that is eerily familiar and oh so different.
Some of the staff and I were at a conference this weekend and on the plane I asked a question of our Ops Manager. She looked up from her iPad, eyes foreboding and just stared at me. I said, “You’re reading Written In Red? Never mind.” I shut up and slunk back into my seat. i was the one who told her she had to read it. I couldn’t very well complain when she was taking her assignment seriously.
Go read WRITTEN IN RED. It’s fabulous, fresh and just came out March 5th. Has anyone read it or other great “fresh” book recently?