Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells


I have fallen in love with Murderbot, the soap opera watching Security Unit, introduced in All Systems Red by Martha Wells. There are additional novellas upcoming and I can't wait to read them.

Check out the gorgeous covers for the Murderbot Diaries by Jaime Jones. Murderbot is the A.I. you've been looking for!


Artificial Condition
The Murderbot Diaries 2
Tor.com, May 8, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 160 pages

"I love Murderbot!" —Ann Leckie

The follow-up to the hugely popular science fiction action and adventure All Systems Red

It has a dark past—one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…





Rogue Protocol
The Murderbot Diaries 3
Tor.com, August 7, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 160 pages

SciFi’s favorite crabby A.I. is again on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah's SecUnit is.

And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good.
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Martha Wells' Rogue Protocol is the third in the Murderbot Diaries series, starring a human-like android who keeps getting sucked back into adventure after adventure, though it just wants to be left alone, away from humanity and small talk.

Read Rogue Protocol and find out why Hugo Award winner Ann Leckie wrote, "I love Murderbot!"





Previously

All Systems Red
The Murderbot Diaries 1
Tor.com, May 2, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 160 pages

A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence.

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

Qwill's Thoughts

All Systems Red is the first Murderbot Diaries novella by Martha Wells. I have always been fascinated by robots, androids, things related and in between. I now have a new favorite to add to my list - Murderbot from All Systems Red.

All Systems Red is told from the point of view of Murderbot, a self-given name after an unpleasant malfunction on a previous mission. Murderbot has hacked its governor module so it's under no one's control but its own. More than anything Murderbot would like to finish its daily jobs and get back to watching some of the 35,000 hours of movies, books, etc. it has downloaded.

Murderbot is both mechanical and organic with the ability to regrow and repair via the help of the MedSystem. It's a SecUnit - Security Unit - hired out to various missions to protect those who hire it. It's not a robot but an android.

On this particular mission Murderbot is contracted for by PreservationAux who had bought an option on the resources of the planet they are on. This is a survey trip to see if they should bid on a share of the planet's resources. Things start to go awry when another group on the planet is killed by what appears to be rogue SecUnits. Murderbot and those it's protecting need to figure out what is going on and get off the planet before they too are killed.

This is Murderbot's story and journey. Murderbot is fabulous - self-deprecating, smart, worried, and trying to find its place in the universe. Murderbot tries to pretend it's a robot so others don't want to interact with it much. Murderbot is awkward around humans and watching it interact with the humans on this mission is sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes heartwarming. Wells surrounds Murderbot with a great supporting cast some more supportive of Murderbot than others.

All Systems Red is simply wonderful. Wells fits so much into this story - mystery, action, thrills, and more. The story and writing are superb with great world and character building. Wells has created an iconic character with Murderbot; a character who will explore the issue of what it is to be human. I am looking forward to more Murderbot Diaries.

Review originally posted here.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Susan Bishop Crispell (2016)

Dreaming in Chocolate
St. Martin's Griffin, February 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

“Come for the life-changing chocolates and opinionated apothecary table, stay for the enchanting eight-year old and complicated secrets." —Amy Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

At twenty-seven, Penelope Dalton is quickly ticking off items on a bucket list. Only the list isn’t hers. After her eight year-old daughter Ella is given just six months to live, Penelope is determined to fill Ella’s remaining days with as many new experiences as she can.

With an endless supply of magical gifts and recipes from the hot chocolate café Penelope runs alongside her mother in a small town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, she is able to give her daughter almost everything she wants. The one sticking point is Ella’s latest addition to her list: get a dad. And not just any dad. Ella has her sights set on Noah Gregory, her biological father and the only person Penelope knows to have proved her true love hot chocolate wrong.

Now Noah’s back in town for a few months—and as charming as ever—and the part of her that dreamed he was her fate in the first place wonders if she made the right decision to keep the truth of their daughter from him. The other, more practical part, is determined to keep him from breaking Ella’s heart too.

But as Ella’s health declines, Penelope must give in to her fate or face a future of regrets.





Darynda Jones (2011)

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave
Charley Davidson 12
St. Martin's Press, October 31, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.

Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?





Eli K. P. William (2015)

The Naked World
Jubilee Cycle 2
Talos, November 21, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages

In a world stripped bare of digital images and promotainment, unveiled with the audiovisual overlay of the ImmaNet, in an exposed world, a naked world, Amon Kenzaki awakens, lost and alone. He must now travel deep into the District of Dreams in search of Rashana Birla, the one person that might help him unravel the mystery of jubilee. But deprived of the apps and informational tools he’s depended on his entire life, traversing the largest bankdeath camp on Earth is no easy task.

Inside an ephemeral labyrinth of slowly-dissolving disposable skyscrapers clogged to the limit with the bankdead masses, Amon soon finds himself face to face with two dangerous groups: a cult called the Opportunity Scientists, who preach bizarre superstitions about economic salvation, and a supposedly humanitarian organization called the Philanthropy Syndicate, whose mandate of serving the poor conceals rapacious motives.

Amon takes refuge in Xenocyst, a community that genuinely strives to improve conditions in the camps, where he begins to work towards its cause and reconciles himself to his newfound poverty. But when political forces threaten the community’s existence and the lives of its members, he is forced to team up with a vending-machine designer, an Olympic runner, a fertility researcher, a corporate tycoon, and many others to expose the heinous secret festering at the heart of the action-transaction market he once served.

In book two of the Jubilee Cycle, Eli K. P. William delves beneath the surface of his cyber-dystopian Tokyo to unearth the fate of outcasts trapped in its depths and shine a light on the financial obstacles blocking one individual’s efforts to help them.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

More The Walking Dead Variant Covers Revealed

JAW-DROPPING THE WALKING DEAD VARIANT COVERS REVEALED IN CELEBRATION OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY

PORTLAND, OR, 09/21/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal a slew of THE WALKING DEAD variants in celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary.

This final month of 25th anniversary theme variants pay tribute to some of the hottest, most jaw-dropping moments from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s long-running, and industry-changing series THE WALKING DEAD which went on to become a pop culture phenomenon.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Review: Whispers of Warning by Jessica Estevao


Whispers of Warning
Author:  Jessica Estevao
Series:  A Change of Fortune Mystery 2
Publisher:  Berkley, September 19, 2017
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
List Price:  US$15.00 (print); US$11.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9780425281611 (print); 9780698197176 (eBook)

Ruby Proulx’s new life in Orchard Beach, Maine, faces some sinister complications in the next Change of Fortune Mystery by Jessica Estevao…

Free from the clutches of her con artist father, Ruby Proulx is starting to settle in at the Belden, her aunt Honoria’s seaside hotel. She loves finally being rooted in one place and also feels a sense of purpose as she helps Honoria keep her business afloat by acting as a psychic medium for the hotel’s metaphysically inclined guests.

When one of the guests, renowned Spiritualist and outspoken suffragist Sophronia Foster Eldridge, checks into the hotel for a monthlong stay, Ruby finds her sense of purpose expands outside the confines of home and family. Sophronia takes Ruby under her wing and mentors her in the mediumistic abilities, encouraging her to fight for women’s rights.

But not everyone is as happy with Sophronia’s appearance in Old Orchard. When a dangerous act of sabotage is carried out and a body is found floating in the pool of a local bathhouse, Ruby takes it upon herself to find answers— and in the process learns that her new friend has been hiding some deadly secrets of her own…



Qwill's Thoughts

The intrepid Ruby Proulx is at it again in Whispers of Warning, the 2nd novel in the Change of Fortune Mysteries by Jessica Estevao.

The events take place just a few weeks after Whispers Beyond the Veil. Ruby is settling into her life at the Belden Hotel, which is owned by her Aunt Honoria Belden. The Belden has carved out a niche as a hotel for those interested in Spiritualism. The staff includes practitioners of the spiritual arts and Ruby has become the resident medium. The hotel is located on Orchard Beach in Old Orchard, Maine, a popular seaside resort town. The new pier is about to be opened and will be the largest pleasure pier in the world. This is drawing crowds to Old Orchard. At the same time well-known spiritualist and women's suffrage advocate Sophronia Foster Eldridge is also in town giving speeches and setting up a march for women's rights despite wide-spread resistance.

Many of the characters we've met in the first novel are back again - the hotel staff, Honoria's suitor George Cheswick, Officer Warren Yancey, Ruby's best friend Lucy Yancey, and many more.

The historical backdrop is fascinating and presented organically in the novel. Estevao's first novel as well as Whispers of Warning makes me curious about the history of the era - the late 1890s. And I do admit to reading up on some of the historical issues Estevao presents. While additional reading is completely unnecessary to understanding the events in this novel, I love when a novel piques my curiosity about history.

Whispers of Warning is a slow and pleasant burn. Unlike many mysteries there is no death in the first half of the novel. Rather Estevao lays the foundation for the upcoming events with excellent character and plot building. Honestly I could just read about Ruby's day to day life and interactions without a mystery at all. She is a complex character trying to find her way in her new circumstances after growing up traveling in a medicine show with her not so pleasant father. While she chafes at the limits put on women of her era she does what she can to be independent. She also tends to upset the apple cart on occasion and discomfit many of the men that she encounters. You can't help but hope that everything turns out for the best for Ruby.

Whispers of Warning is beautifully written with great characters, a touch of the supernatural, unexpected twists and turns, and an engrossing mystery. I am looking forward to further adventures with Ruby Proulx.





Previously

Whispers Beyond the Veil
A Change of Fortune Mystery 1
Berkley, September 6, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

First in a dazzling new historical mystery series featuring Ruby Proulx, a psychic with a questionable past who suddenly finds her future most uncertain…

Canada, 1898. The only life Ruby Proulx has ever known is that of a nomad, traveling across the country with her snake-oil salesman father. She dreams of taking root somewhere, someday, but, until she can, she makes her way by reading tarot cards. Yet she never imagined her own life would take such a turn…

After one of her father’s medical “miracles” goes deadly wrong, Ruby evades authorities by hiding in the seaside resort town of Old Orchard, Maine, where her estranged aunt, Honoria, owns the Hotel Belden, a unique residence that caters to Spiritualists—a place where Ruby should be safe as long as she can keep her dark secret hidden.

But Ruby’s plan begins to crumble after a psychic investigator checks into the hotel and senses Ruby is hiding more than she’s letting on. Now Ruby must do what she can to escape both his attention and Aunt Honoria’s insistence that she has a true gift, before she loses her precious new home and family forever…

Review here.

Nintendo Download, September 21, 2017: The first Pokémon game on Nintendo Switch!

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:


  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Pokkén Tournament DX – Take direct control of one of more than 20 prized Pokémon fighters to defeat other Pokémon in arena fights. Call upon Support Pokémon to assist in the fight, then unleash your Pokémon's unique Burst Attack to climb atop the ranks. With new modes and new ways to battle with friends*, this is your chance to become champion of the Ferrum Region! The Pokkén Tournament DX game will be available on Sept. 22.
    • SteamWorld Dig 2 – The SteamWorld Dig 2 game takes you on a platform mining adventure. When an old trading town is struck by mysterious earthquakes, it’s up to a lone steambot and her unlikely companion to uncover what trembling terrors lie beneath. Dig your way underground and explore vivid worlds riddled with treasure, secrets and traps.
    • Flip Wars – Software Update – Fans that are enjoying the multiplayer fun of Flip Wars can now enjoy a free update. Once downloaded, the update adds a new stage, new mechanics, local wireless multiplayer, Class Matches and a new online** battle mode.
  • Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
    • Pokémon Gold Version / Pokémon Silver Version – When initially launched on the Game Boy Color system, the Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version games continued to expand the Pokémon universe, adding 100 Pokémon, held items, Pokémon eggs and real-time events thanks to an internal game clock. Now, a new feature lets you trade and battle Pokémon in 2D using local wireless on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version will be available on Sept. 22.
      • Also, as a bonus for purchasing one of these great games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, Trainers will get a code*** that unlocks the Mythical Pokémon Celebi in their Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon game. Or, Trainers can hold on to the code and use it in either of the upcoming Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon games when they launch on Nov. 17. Purchase the Pokémon Gold Version or Pokémon Silver Version game in Nintendo eShop by Jan. 15, 2018, to receive a bonus digital code for a Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu theme inspired by the version you bought.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan


The Legion of Flame
Author:  Anthony Ryan
Series:  The Draconis Memoria 2
Publisher:  Ace, June 27, 2017
Format:  Hardcover and eBook,  576 pages
List Price:  US$28.00 (print); US$11.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9781101987896 (print); 9781101987902 (eBook)

Empires clash and a fell power stakes its claim in the second in a new series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven’s Shadow Trilogy.

For centuries, the vast Ironship Trading Syndicate relied on drake blood—and the extraordinary powers it confers to those known as the Blood-blessed—to fuel and protect its empire. But now, a fearsome power has arisen—a drake so mighty that the world will tremble before it.

Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge, and ironship captain Corrick Hilemore embark upon perilous quests to chase down clues that offer faint hopes of salvation. As the world burns around them, and the fires of revolution are ignited, these few are the last hope for the empire and for all of civilization.



Trinitytwo's / Tracey's Review

Review for The Waking Fire (Draconis Memoria 1) here.

The Legion of Flame, the second book in the Draconis Memoria series, picks up in the aftermath of the destruction wreaked upon the people of the Corvantine Empire by the ruthless White Drake and its army of lesser drakes and Spoiled humans. Unlike its kin, this legendary dragon is enormously powerful and has the ability to transform the humans it takes as captives into slaves by compelling them to stare into mysterious crystals. The slaves, called the Spoiled, remain humanoid in appearance but their yellow eyes and the scaled ridges on their faces make their presence easy to identify. The White is able to command the Spoiled nonverbally, and although a portion of their individuality remains, they are largely a collective mind. As the Spoiled army systematically wipes out settlement after settlement, it also amasses more recruits. Their assimilation results in shared knowledge and abilities that the White plans to use to for its goal of permanently subjugating humankind.

In this action-packed, quest-driven sequel to The Waking Fire, author Anthony Ryan focuses each chapter on the exploits of one of the four main characters. Each POV storyline successfully navigates the balance of adrenaline-filled action with eye-opening exposition. Sirus, a new POV character, gives the reader the opportunity to understand the mutated Spoiled's perspective. Sirus' quick intellect and ability to lead make him a valuable asset. And although he is filled with self-loathing, he is consistent and very successful in furthering the White's plans. Sirus' chapters were the most difficult for me to read. It was unsettling to watch him devise ingenious methods to kill and capture humans. But although it was uncomfortable, I also found it illuminating and fascinating. Through Sirus, Ryan is able to share the very alien nature of the drakes and the White in particular, in a very natural and uncontrived setting.

Corrick Hilemore and Clay Torcreek set sail to the frigid southern isles with the purpose of discovering the true nature of their enemy and perhaps a means to destroy it. Although Hilemore and Clay begin their journey together, they soon become separated, which leads both protagonists through harrowing experiences. Though Hilemore has an important role to play, it is Clay that provides the back-story of the White's origins. Similar to The Waking Fire, Hilemore is relegated to the position of secondary character and although he is extremely earnest and likeable, I'm beginning to wonder if his sole purpose is to fill in some of the series' blanks. Clay's travels are much more vital and quickly take an unexpected turn. His subterranean passage is especially exhilarating and extremely informative.

Lizanne Lethridge and her mission engaged me the most. Seeking a fabled weapons inventor, she must infiltrate the virtually impenetrable prison city of Scorazin. Lizanne's skill set as a spy and assassin are sorely tested in a fortress city whose only inhabitants are hardened criminals. Most admirably, Lizanne never quits no matter how many obstacles are thrown in her path or how many detours she is forced to endure. Hands down my favorite character, her foray in Scorazin and her interactions with its denizens kept me turning pages late into the night.

Always impeccable, Anthony Ryan's world building skills do not fail to amaze. In the Draconis Memoria series, he completely immerses his readers in a steampunk-esque world where the struggle for survival is palpable against an emerging army of ferocious drakes. I especially appreciated the premise of short-sightedness by the power-hungry. Mirroring current world events, this theme is resoundingly appropriate.

The Legion of Flame pits human perseverance and ingenuity against the brute force and intellect of a race vying for its own place in history. Pure and simple, it is brilliant story-telling. This series is top notch and not to be missed.

Horror Adventure Gasolina #1 Rushed Back to Print

BUZZ FUELS DEMAND FOR GASOLINA,
DEBUT SENT BACK TO PRINT 

“A gritty and gruesome tale you’ll be hooked on.” —Geek.com

PORTLAND, OR, 09/20/2017 — Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment is pleased to announce that GASOLINA #1—by creators Sean Mackiewicz and Niko Walter with colorist Mat Lopes and letterer Rus Wooton—will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand.

Fans of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s THE WALKING DEAD in search of a new horror/adventure series to jump onto burned through GASOLINA #1.

“Retailer support for Gasolina #1 has been tremendous, and thanks to all the readers riding shotgun with Amalia and Randy. Their lives are about to become a full-blown horror movie,” said Mackiewicz. “Next issue: fast cars, danger, fire and knives!”

Set south of the border, GASOLINA #1 follows newlywed fugitives Amalia and Randy on their journey south from El Norte. They have played many roles in order to survive, but now, they must become unlikely leaders in the fight against a new cartel who uses inhuman tactics to ignite the most monstrous war Mexico—and the world—has ever seen.

MAESTROS #1 Limited Variant Cover Revealed

PIA GUERRA MAESTROS #1 VARIANT COVER REVEALED

Special limited variant cover from the co-creator/artist of Y: The Last Man

PORTLAND, OR, 09/20/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal a special limited variant cover of MAESTROS #1 by Y: The Last Man co-creator and series artist Pia Guerra.

In MAESTROS, Willy Little is granted an unlimited and ultimate power by sheer force of luck when his god-like wizard-king father is murdered—along with the rest of the royal family. With enemies everywhere, will this Orlando-born millennial be able to keep his new magic kingdom? And will he still be a nice guy when nobody ever says no to him anymore?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the recently released and upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Ann Leckie (2013)

Provenance
Orbit, September 26, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege and birthright.

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned.

Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.



The Imperial Radch Boxed Trilogy: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, and Ancillary Mercy
Orbit, September 19, 2017
Trade Paperback, 1248 pages

About Ancillary Justice

The only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the first book in Ann Leckie’s New York Times bestselling trilogy.

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.

Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.


About Ancillary Sword

The sequel to Ancillary Justice, the only novel to ever win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the second book in Ann Leckie’s New York Times bestselling series.

Breq is a soldier who used to be a warship. Once a weapon of conquest controlling thousands of minds, now she has only a single body and serves the emperor.

With a new ship and a troublesome crew, Breq is ordered to go to the only place in the galaxy she would agree to go: to Athoek Station to protect the family of a lieutenant she once knew – a lieutenant she murdered in cold blood


About Ancillary Mercy

Ancillary Mercy is the stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

For a moment, things seemed to be under control for Breq, the soldier who used to be a warship. Then a search of Athoek Station’s slums turns up someone who shouldn’t exist, and a messenger from the mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq’s enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai – ruler of an empire at war with itself.

Breq refuses to flee with her ship and crew, because that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. The odds aren’t good, but that’s never stopped her before.

[Note: the publisher does not provide a description for the boxed set. Description are the publisher's for each volume.]





Cecy Robson (2012)

Of Flame And Light
Weird Girls Flame 1
Cecy Robson, October 18, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBooks, 346 pages

Taran Wird holds the unique ability to conjure fire and lightning. She is mated to Gemini, Second in Command to the Squaw Valley Pack of the Lake Tahoe Region, and the sole werewolf to possess the ability to split into two wolves. And although they are mates, Taran’s insecurities have driven them apart.

Devastated by an injury that left her with a zombie-like limb, Taran struggles to regain command over her magic. But when her arm and her power turn against her, lashing out on those she most loves, she knows she can no longer carry this burden alone. Not that she likes the alternative.

The only way to regain control of her magic is to align and learn from the local coven of witches―the very ones who sought to banish her when she and her three unique sisters first moved to the mystical region. But although Taran is trying, the teachings don’t come easy, and the tasks leave her weak and emotionally shattered.

Yet Taran must learn and learn fast. Time is running out. The fire she once mastered so easily has become her greatest adversary and is now slowly burning her alive . . .





Jamie Sawyer (2016)

The Eternity War: Pariah
The Eternity War 1
Orbit, September 26, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

The first novel in a brand-new series from rising SF star Jamie Sawyer, The Eternity War: Pariah is an action-packed adventure set in the same universe as his acclaimed Lazarus War novels.

The soldiers of the Simulant Operations Programme are mankind’s elite warriors. Veterans of a thousand battles across a hundred worlds, they undertake suicidal missions to protect humanity from the insidious Krell Empire and the mysterious machine race known as the Shard.

Lieutenant Keira Jenkins is an experienced simulant operative and leader of the Jackals, a team of raw recruits keen to taste battle. They soon get their chance when the Black Spiral terrorist network seizes control of a space station.

Yet no amount of training could have prepared the Jackals for the deadly conspiracy they soon find themselves drawn into – a conspiracy that is set to spark a furious new war across the galaxy.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Genevieve Cogman (2016)

The Lost Plot
An Invisible Library Novel 4
Ace, January 9, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae.

In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon political contest. It seems a young Librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can’t extricate him, there could be serious repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war.

Irene and Kai are locked in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They’ll face gangsters, blackmail, and the Library’s own Internal Affairs department. And if it doesn’t end well, it could have dire consequences on Irene’s job. And, incidentally, on her life…





Jon Skovron (2016)

Blood and Tempest
The Empire of Storms 3
Orbit, November 28, 2017
Mass Market and eBook, 464 pages

The thrilling conclusion to Jon Skovron's adventure fantasy series, two young people from a fracturing empire spread across savage seas must find a way to keep their nation together.

Still reeling from the events at Dawn's Light, Hope struggles to understand what it means to be a warrior who has vowed to never again take up a sword.

Red is enjoying his new role as imperial spy. Perhaps a bit too much. But his loyalties will be tested when his employer, Lady Hempist, relents and assigns him the one task he's been begging for all along: recruiting Hope and Brigga Lin to help rid the empire of biomancery once and for all.

Fate brought them together; it will tear their empire apart.





Simone St. James (2012)

The Broken Girls
Berkley, March 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

A breakout suspense novel from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare.

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

Monday, September 18, 2017

Caitlin Kittredge and Roberta Ingranata Take on Witchblade

KITTREDGE & INGRANATA TAKE ON THE WITCHBLADE

PORTLAND, OR, 09/18/2017 — All-female creative team—writer Caitlin Kittredge (THROWAWAYS, Coffin Hill) and artist Roberta Ingranata—join forces for an all-new story about one Alex Underwood, a journalist who thinks she’s seen it all… until she becomes the unlikely host to an ancient and powerful artifact known as the WITCHBLADE. The ongoing series—first co-created by Image Comics co-founder and partner, Marc Silvestri, with Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner, and David Wohl—is set to launch this December.

The View From Monday - September 18, 2017

Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week -

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz.


Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Of Sand and Malice Made (A Shattered Sands Novel) by Bradley P. Beaulieu is out in Trade Paperback;

Wickedly Spirited (A Baba Yaga Novella ) by Deborah Blake

Danger's Halo (Holly Danger 1) by Amanda Carlson

Blade of Darkness (Immortal Guardians 7) by Dianne Duvall

Demon Hunting with a Sexy Ex (Demon Hunter 5) by Lexi George

Light of the the Spirit (Muse Chronicles 4) by Lisa Kessler

The Imperial Radch Boxed Trilogy: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, and Ancillary Mercy by Anne Leckie;

Null States (The Centenal Cycle 2) by Malka Older

Into the Woods (Bookburners Season 3 #10) by Andrea Phillips;

The Exiled King (Bone Magic 4) by Sarah Remy


Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.






Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

September 18, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Danger's Halo (e) Amanda Carlson SF/AP/PA - Holly Danger 1
An Orchard in the Street (e) Reginald Gibbons LF/VM/SS - American Readers Series
Witches Brew: Stories for the Season Paula Guran (Ed) F - Anthology
Light of the Spirit (e) Lisa Kessler FR - Muse Chronicles 4
An Unkindness of Ghosts (e) Rivers Solomon SF/SO/LF/AP/PA



September 19, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Of Sand and Malice Made (h2tp) Bradley P. Beaulieu F/DF - A Shattered Sands Novel
Wickedly Spirited (e) Deborah Blake PNR - A Baba Yaga Novella
Successor's Promise Trudi Canavan F - Millennium's Rule 3
House on the Forgotten Coast Ruth Coe Chambers M/PNR/RSus
Wicked Abyss (h2mm) Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 17
Trinity (ri)(e) Lauren Dane PNR - de La Vega Cats 1
Blade of Darkness Dianne Duvall PNR - Immortal Guardians 7
Whispers of Warning Jessica Estevao Hist/M - A Change of Fortune Mystery 2
Kung Fu High School (ri) Ryan Gattis Cr/Dys
Demon Hunting with a Sexy Ex Lexi George PNR - Demon Hunter 5
Wicked Deeds Heather Graham SupTh - Krewe of Hunters 23
Grave Danger S.K. Gregory PNR - Aurelia Graves
A Dream Given Form: The Unofficial Guide to the Universe of Babylon 5 Ensley F. Guffey
K. Dale Koontz
LC/SF
Dark Debts (h2tp) Karen Hall Th
The Wicked (e) Thea Harrison PNR - Elder Races Novella
Strangers of the Night and Witch's Hunger Megan Hart
Deborah LeBlanc
PNR
Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction Grady Hendrix LC/H/Sup
Blood of Sanguinius Darius Hinks SF - Mephiston 1
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017 Edition Rich Horton (Ed) SF - Anthology
The Legion Prophecy Mark A. Latham UF - Lazarus Gate 3
The Imperial Radch Boxed Trilogy: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, and Ancillary Mercy Ann Leckie SF - Imperial Radch
Stranger of Tempest Tom Lloyd F - God Fragments 1
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld Patricia A. McKillip F/MR/HistF/FR
New Fears - New horror stories by masters of the genre Mark Morris (Ed) H - Anthology
Autonomous (D) Annalee Newitz SF
Null States Malka Older SF/CyP/TechTh/Pol - The Centenal Cycle 2
The Two of Swords: Part Eighteen (e) K. J. Parker F - Two of Swords
Poison Sarah Pinborough DF - Fairy Tales 1
The Exiled King (e) Sarah Remy F - Bone Magic 4
A Small Charred Face Kazuki Sakuraba Gothic
Words of Radiance (ri) Brandon Sanderson F - Stormlight Archive 2
Zero-G: Green Space William Shatner
Jeff Rovin
SF - Samuel Lord 2
Sisters of Battle: The Omnibus James Swallow SF - Sisters of Battle
Desert Wolf and Protector Wolf Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
Linda O. Johnston
PNR



September 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Into the Woods (e) Andrea Phillips UF/M - Bookburners Season 3 #10



September 22, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Runabout (e) Kristine Kathryn Rusch SF - Diving 6



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Illus - Illustrator
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



Absurdist - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RSus - Romantic Suspense
Satire - Satire
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

New YA Fantasy Sleepless Coming in December

DREAMY NEW YA FANTASY SLEEPLESS ARRIVES THIS DECEMBER

“SLEEPLESS is the fairy tale I’ve apparently been missing all my life. I love this world that feels familiar but also equally original.” —Amy Reeder (ROCKET GIRL, Madame Xanadu)

PORTLAND, OR, 09/15/2017 — Writer Sarah Vaughn (ALEX + ADA, ETERNAL EMPIRE) teams up with artist Leila del Duca (SHUTTER, AFAR), editor/colorist Alissa Sallah, and letterer Deron Bennett for the fantasy romance series SLEEPLESS this December.

Lady “Poppy” Pyppenia, daughter of a king, is ever guarded by the devoted Sleepless Knight Cyrenic. But a new king has just been crowned—and danger lurks anew around each and every corner.

Bonehead Coming in December from Image / Top Cow

DIVE INTO A MEGALITHIC SUPERCITY IN BONEHEAD THIS DECEMBER

PORTLAND, OR, 09/15/2017 — Writer Bryan Hill (ROMULUS, POSTAL) and Rhoald Marcellius (Marvel: Contest of Champions) unite for BONEHEAD, a gritty new techno-thriller from Image/Top Cow this December.

In a near future, a sprawling megalopolis sees the rise of “Boneheads,” parkour gangs who use neuro-linked helmets to augment their abilities and live for the thrill of physical risk. As a gang war threatens to tear the city apart, a mysterious Bonehead rises—a man with no past who might be the key to saving the city's future.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

CT Horrorfest

Just a quick post about CT HorrorFest which is being held today at the Danbury Arena in Danbury, CT. I admit I hadn't paid much attention to guests and vendors at the show. I was delighted to find that some terrific authors were there.

My first wonderful surprise was spotting John L. Campbell. John writes the terrific Omega Days series.


I picked up a signed set of the Omega Day novels (so far). John's most recent novel is

Cannibal Kingdom
September 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 460 pages

Deep in an Indonesian jungle, a careless tourist releases an ancient evil that has lain dormant for centuries. Appearing as a virus, completely without symptoms and seemingly benign, Trident quickly infects the world's population. Silently it waits, counting down to the moment when it will reveal its true, terrifying nature.

It is only weeks before the presidential elections, and Garrison Fox, a decorated Marine and devoted husband and father, is almost assured of a return to the White House for a second term. As the campaign nears its final days, the First Family finds itself scattered across the U.S.

At an Ohio rally and across the globe, Trident suddenly unleashes its horrible power, transforming unsuspecting people into merciless killers driven to feed. When an infected Secret Service turns on him, President Fox is forced to flee across an America plunging deeper into savagery with each passing hour.

In Atlanta, a CDC researcher will work against her own mortality in an effort to stop an extinction-level event. In Pennsylvania, a newly commissioned second lieutenant is hurled into a war for which he was never trained. And moving east toward a secure mountain bunker, President Fox must find a way to save his family, his country and his own life...if he's not already too late.






I also saw authors Robert J. Stava, Tim Meyer, Chuck Buda, and Hunter Shea:



And of course, I picked up some autographed books!

Nightmare from World's End
Severed Press, October 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 246 pages

In the aftermath of a major hurricane, a massive antique crate washes up on the shore of Raadsel Point. It’s smuggled cargo from the wreck of the Edmund Wood, an unregistered transport returning from a very unusual expedition. . . a ship that went down in the deepest and most dangerous part of the Hudson known as 'The World’s End'. The nightmare creature it contains is about to unleash havoc on the citizens of the sleepy river village of Wyvern Falls and inadvertently draw to it a predator thought extinct a millennia ago. It will come down to two people to figure out what both these creatures are and how to stop them: expat CID Detective John Easton and American Indian anthropologist Sarah Ramhorne. The two of them will have to unravel local Indian myths, outmaneuver a corrupt mayor, a failing Ancient Astronaut Theorist TV show and an overzealous Green Folk Festival if they are to stand any chance of saving the day.





The Thin Veil
May  8, 2017
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 152 pages

Something strange is happening in the small town of Pleasant Plains, New Jersey. People are getting sick. Peculiar noises can be heard from inside their homes. Some of them are acting weird, speaking in unknown languages. Then there are the butterflies. And the green pulsating light coming through the cracks in the walls. Oh, and the hunger. Yes, the people of Pleasant Plains are starving and nothing seems to satisfy their primary desire.

Except for the children. The kids have proven to be quite filling...

The Thin Veil is a 35,000 word horror/science fiction novella.

Contains two previously unpublished short stories: PURPLE CHEESE and NO MAKEUP.





Curse of the Ancients
Son of Earp 1
May 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 188 pages

1870’s. A peaceful town in Iowa territory. The townspeople dislike their new visitor. An Indian man. But they are about to find out that the color of his skin is the least of their worries. A young man, James Johnson, illegitimate son of the legendary Wyatt Earp, dreams of adventure and following in his daddy’s footsteps. James and his mentally disabled friend, Carson, are about to come face to face with an evil previously unimaginable in their little town. An evil they invited in. All hell’s about to break loose. Supernatural forces are at work and the body count is rising... Curse of the Ancients is the first novel in the Son of Earp series by Chuck Buda. It is approximately 57,000 words and contains adult language and scenes of horror. Reader discretion is heavily advised.





Forest of Shadows
Jessica Backman's Death in the Afterlife 1
August 5, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

The dead still hate!

John Backman specializes in inexplicable phenomena. The weirder the better. So when he gets a letter from a terrified man describing an old log home with odd whisperings, shadows that come alive, and rooms that disappear, he can’t resist the call. But the violence only escalates as soon as John arrives in the remote Alaskan village of Shida. Something dreadful happened there. Something monstrous. The shadows are closing in…and they’re out for blood.

“Ancient evil, old school horror and modern style. Highly recommended!" -Jonathan Maberry

“A must add to the library of anyone who loves a great ghost story.” – The Horror Bookshelf

“A spine-tingling jaunt.” RT Book Reviews






I also picked up a couple of pieces of art by Michael Adrian Lavoie (excuse the not wonderful photos; the art is fabulous).








These lovely ladies were giving massages to weary CT HorrorFest patrons:






And last but not least, my daughter cosplayed as Dean from Supernatural: