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25 Years of Spectra: HAVEMERCY (2008) by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett


It’s hard not to see this cover and not go: That’s an awesome cover (which is why I left it so big on this post). I think Steve Youll has done some great work for Spectra over the years, but this is by far and away my favorite of his covers for one of our novels, and it couldn’t have happened to a cooler book. I’m sure Anne, below, is going to talk about how Havemercy came to be, so I’m just going to say this: Jaida and Dani are the kinds of authors that make me jealous, because they, well, they’re authors at such a young age and I’m not!

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SF & Fantasy

25 Years of Spectra: MIND THE GAP (2008) by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon


I’m not saying Christopher Golden needs a collaborator to make it onto this list (seriously–check out his books The Myth Hunters or The Boys Are Back In Town if you don’t think he can hold his own), but it just so happens the two books with his name on it also share credits with another [...]

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Paranormal

25 Years of Spectra: THE DEVIL INSIDE (2007) by Jenna Black


devil-inside.jpgThe second book to make the list from 2007 was Jenna Black’s debut novel, The Devil Inside. Not only did this novel introduce the world to Morgan Kingsley, it really helped establish Spectra (at this point with a roster that included superstars Kelley Armstrong and Keri Arthur) as a force in the urban fantasy/paranormal romance world.

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Graphic Novels & Manga

25 Years of Spectra: BALTIMORE, OR, THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER AND THE VAMPIRE (2007) by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden


In one of those It’s-a-small-world moments, as I was getting ready to write up this post for our first 2007 selection to the 25 Years of Spectra list, I happen to run into one of the authors in the building. Christopher Golden is in town visiting, and had just gotten back from breakfast with [...]

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SF & Fantasy

25 Years of Spectra: FULL MOON RISING (2006) by Keri Arthur


It’s kind of amazing to think it was only FOUR years ago that Riley Jenson popped into the literary consciousness.
Nine books later (nine!), Riley’s adventures have come to an end with this past Spring’s Moon Sworn, but her legacy (and Keri Arthur’s, of course) certainly lives on.
What’s kind of nice about a series ending, though, [...]

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SF & Fantasy

25 Years of Spectra: THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA (2006) by Scott Lynch


If someone asked me who my favorite new fantasy author is, I’d be torn. I love Ari Marmell, but I’m also a bit biased, as I’m his editor. And I think Patrick Rothfuss is doing some great things (I love the write-ups he did for our Cage Match), although I wish he’d do [...]

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25 Years of Spectra: FINDERS KEEPERS (2005) by Linnea Sinclair


Linnea might be one of the nicest people I know–and I’ve never met her!
All my interactions with her have been through e-mail, and yet I’ve yet to come away from a message from her and not feel good about myself.
That takes a special kind of person, I think.
Throw on top of that the fact that [...]

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SF & Fantasy

25 Years of Spectra: HAMMERED (2005) by Elizabeth Bear


Five years ago, when Spectra turned twenty, Elizabeth Bear wrote Hammered, the first book in the Jenny Casey Trilogy.
Below, Elizabeth and her editor, Anne Groell, discuss working together for the first time.

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“Since Hammered was published, I have written or cowritten eighteen novels and more than sixty short stories. [...]

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SF & Fantasy

25 Years of Spectra: FORTY SIGNS OF RAIN (2004) by Kim Stanley Robinson


Kim Stanley Robinson, who already made our list with Red Mars, now discusses the first book in his Science in the Capital series, Forty Signs of Rain. His editor on this series, Anne Groell, also includes here thoughts.

“My trip with the National Science Foundation to Antarctica, in 1995, had put me in contact with [...]

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SF & Fantasy

25 Years of Spectra: DIME STORE MAGIC (2004) by Kelley Armstrong


I had heard of Kelley Armstrong before I started working for Spectra, but I had never read her. Why would I? I’m a guy, and she writes paranormal romance. Clearly, I wouldn’t like it.
But Dime Store Magic was in the pile of books my new bosses told me to I needed to [...]

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