Only two February releases that have caught my eye this month (obviously a slow start to the year, much like my blogging):
Tamora Pierce‘s “Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales” (fantasy): I am ridiculously happy about this collection of short stories, which consists of a mix of previously-published and original stories. Tamora Pierce’s Alanna books fueled my love of fantasy, even before I became aware of a genre called “fantasy” (or even what “genre” meant, come to think of it), and she is an autobuy author for me.
Blurb from Amazon:
Collected here for the first time are all of the tales from the land of Tortall, featuring both previously unknown characters as well as old friends. Filling some gaps of time and interest, these stories, some of which have been published before, will lead Tammy’s fans, and new readers into one of the most intricately constructed worlds of modern fantasy.
Out Feb 22 (wiki page)
Harper Fox‘s “The Salisbury Key” (m/m romance): Harper Fox was one of my favourite debut authors last year, and she’s building an excellent backlist pretty rapidly. She excels at angst-filled redemption stories, and this is sounding like yet another winner.
Blurb from Samhain:
Can love repair a shattered life in time to save the world?
Daniel Logan is on a lonely quest to find out what drove his lover, a wealthy, respected archaeologist, to take his own life. The answer—the elusive “key” for which Jason was desperately searching—lies somewhere on a dangerous and deadly section of Salisbury Plain.
The only way to gain access, though, is to allow an army explosives expert to help him navigate the bomb-riddled military zone. A man he met once more than three years ago, who is even more serious and enigmatic than before.
Lieutenant Rayne has better things to do than risk his life protecting a scientist on an apparent suicide mission. Like get back to Iraq and prove he will never again miss another roadside bomb. Yet as he helps Dan uncover the truth, an attraction neither man is in the mood for springs up against their will. And stirs up the nervous attention of powerfully placed people—military and academic alike.
First in conflict, then in passion, Rayne and Dan are drawn together in a relationship as rocky and complicated as the ancient land they search. Where every step leads them closer to a terrible legacy written in death…
Out Feb 22 (excerpt)
Slim pickings this month for me, any other February releases you have your eye on?