Richelle Mead (blue_succubus) wrote,
Richelle Mead

Let's talk about Gameboard of the Gods

Believe it or not, there's more going on in Richelleland than the movie and The Fiery Heart. No, really. And, it's happening sooner than those two. On June 4, Gameboard of the Gods (my twentieth novel!) comes out. Gameboard is the first book in my new adult series, Age of X. Yup, adult. There's been some confusion about whether it's YA, so just be advised there's some "content" in there. Of course, I was reading Clan of the Cave Bear and Harlequin novels when I was a teen, so who am I to advise? I grew up to write about succubi, so it looks like it all worked out.

Anyway, I'm super excited about Gameboard because it's a new project for me, which is always cool for an artist/author. I guess the best genre to put it in is "futuristic paranormal." So, you have sci-fi things like automated cars and genetic manipulation mixed with supernatural things like shapeshifters and magical talking ravens. And of course, it has all the other things I like to write about: dysfunctional romances, caffeine, mental health, mythology, mojitos. There are no 1980s references, sadly, since it takes place one-hundred years in the future. Maybe for the next book I'll work in 80s music as a high brow classic art form.

Over the next couple of months, I'm going to give you even more background about Gameboard of the Gods, such as primers on the world and characters, as well as excerpts. Today's post is just an intro, plus a refresher for those who've missed the official descriptions. There's a couple of them:

A brilliant but bitter exile, plagued with an addictive personality and a troubled past. A beautiful super soldier whose true nature holds more danger than anyone realizes. In a futuristic country that's turned its back on religion, these two unlikely partners find that a series of ritualistic murders are just the beginning of supernatural forces slowly attempting to reclaim the world...

Age of X is Richelle's newest adult series, mixing paranormal and near-future genres.

Then there's this one:

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Hope that helps! We'll have more in the days to come...
Tags: age of x, gameboard of the gods
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