Debra — Recommended Read – WRITTEN IN RED

Writers constantly ask me, “What does fresh mean?”

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?

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7 Responses to Debra — Recommended Read – WRITTEN IN RED

  1. leannebanks says:

    Debra, it sounds fabulous! CONGRATS to Anne!!! 🙂

  2. I just got it, to download into my Kindle Fire. It sounds like a spell binding book. It’s always wonderful to hear about books I may have otherwise missed!

    • debradixon says:

      It’s just a great book. And I found her first (didn’t know her from Adam’s off ox) through her Jewels trilogy which is still one of my all time favorite reads. If you love WRITTEN IN RED, then go get DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD and start that series while you’re waiting for the next Others book!

  3. kylie brant says:

    I love to hear stories about books that are allowed to straddle genres. There are far too few of those books. I have gotten a little cynical about editors talking about wanting new and different and then turning it down because it doesn’t fit in a niche. To be fair, I think perhaps editors are seeking *fresh* but marketing in the big houses seem to make the final decisions and if marketing doesn’t know how to sell something…it doesn’t get bought. And we as readers lose out on otherwise fabulous stories.

    • debradixon says:

      K– I think you’re right. The editors have to get a book past marketing and these days with the competition being so cut-throat and margins so tight, the “tried and true” has an easier time getting the green light.

  4. loisgreiman says:

    That does sound pretty great. Thanks for the review. Been a little busy writing lately to read much. But I’m due.

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