Born in ’75, I was too young to catch Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980) in the theaters, but we had Showtime, and every time those movies came on the schedule, I watched them. Over and over I watched them, throughout my childhood. There’s no denying the scenes in those films are burned deep into my psyche.
A bunch of Harper Voyager authors are giving away sci-fi and fantasy books. Check it out!
Family is such a comfort. There’s your blood family and then there’s the family you create through shared experiences. There’s no better shared experience than writing, and many of the authors from Harper Voyager have become close. We love to support each other.
And we love to do things together! Like chat about science fiction and fantasy books.
And super lucky for readers, we like to give away books together, too!
Please check out this collection of magnificent science fiction and fantasy books! Then use the rafflecopter below to enter to win a paperback copy. Or if a book sounds too good to miss, links are included so you can go ahead and purchase.
We will choose three winners/each winner will receive four books. (Note: Winners must provide a US address.) The contest runs from Saturday, March 4th until March 15th. Please remember to tweet about the giveaway for extra chances to win!
“What on earth would I gain from that?” I asked him. “Risk my own neck by violating my banishment just to leave you? The sentence placed on me if I return is execution. If I’m entering the mountains again, I’d damn well better get something out of it.”
Exiled from the Silverwood and the people she loves, Mae has few illusions about ever returning to her home. But when she comes across three out-of-place strangers in her wanderings, she finds herself contemplating the unthinkable: risking death to help a deposed queen regain her throne.
And if anyone can help Mona Alastaire of Lumen Lake, it is a former Woodwalker—a ranger whose very being is intimately tied to the woods they are sworn to protect. Mae was once one of the best, and despite the potential of every tree limb to become the gibbet she’s hanged from, she not only feels a duty to aide Mona and her brothers, but also to walk beneath her beloved trees once more.
A grand quest in the tradition of great epic fantasies, filled with adventure and the sharp wit—and tongue—of a unique hero, Woodwalker is the perfect novel to start your own journey into the realm of magical fiction.
Following the events of Elixir, Mabily “Mab” Jones’ life has returned to normal. Or as normal as life can be for a changeling, who also happens to be a private detective working her first independent case, and dating a half-fey.
But then a summons to return to the fairy world arrives in the form of a knife on her pillow. And in the process of investigating her case, Mab discovers the fairies are stealing joy-producing chemicals directly from the minds of humans in order to manufacture their magic Elixir, the dwindling source of their powers. Worst of all, Mab’s boyfriend Obadiah vows to abstain from Elixir, believing the benefits are not worth the cost in human suffering—even though he knows fairies can’t long survive without their magic.
Mab soon realizes she has no choice but to answer the summons and return to the Vale. But the deeper she is drawn into the machinations of the realm, the more she becomes ensnared by promises she made in the past. And in trying to do the right thing, Mab will face her most devastating betrayal yet, one that threatens everything and everyone she holds most dear.
Three brilliant novellas. One fantastic story.
Collected together for the first time, T. Frohock’s three novellas—In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or Guide, and The Second Death—brings to life the world of Los Nefilim, Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons. In 1931, Los Nefilim’s existence is shaken by the preternatural forces commanding them … and a half-breed caught in-between.
Diago Alvarez, a singular being of daimonic and angelic descent, is pulled into the ranks of Los Nefilim in order to protect his newly-found son. As an angelic war brews in the numinous realms, and Spain marches closer to civil war, the destiny of two worlds hangs on Diago’s actions. Yet it is the combined fates of his lover, Miquel, and his young son, Rafael, that weighs most heavily on his soul.
Lyrical and magical, Los Nefilim explores whether moving towards the light is necessarily the right move, and what it means to live amongst the shadows.
A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything.
The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.
On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.
The Women of the Song.
But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power. And time is running out.
A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.
After the Earth’s power is suddenly left unprotected, a young geomancer must rely on her unique magical powers to survive in in this fresh fantasy series from the author of acclaimed The Clockwork Dagger.
In an alternate 1906, the United States and Japan have forged a powerful confederation—the Unified Pacific—in an attempt to dominate the world. Their first target is a vulnerable China. In San Francisco, headstrong Ingrid Carmichael is assisting a group of powerful geomancer Wardens who have no idea of the depth of her power—or that she is the only woman to possess such skills.
When assassins kill the Wardens, Ingrid and her mentor are protected by her incredible magic. But the pair is far from safe. Without its full force of guardian geomancers, the city is on the brink of a cataclysmic earthquake that will expose Earth’s powers to masterminds determined to control the energy for their own dark ends. The danger escalates when Chinese refugees, preparing to fight the encroaching American and Japanese, fracture the uneasy alliance between the Pacific allies, transforming the city into a veritable powder keg. And the slightest tremor will set it off. . . .
Forced on the run, Ingrid makes some shocking discoveries about herself. Her powerful magic has grown even more fearsome . . . and she may be the fulcrum on which the balance of world power rests.
Winter is the most deadly season in Temperance. And it’s not just because of the fierce cold. Evil is stalking the backcountry of Yellowstone, killing wolves and leaving only their skins behind.
As the snow deepens, Geologist Petra Dee is staring her own death in the face, while former Hanged Man Gabriel struggles with his abrupt transition back to mortality. The ravens and the rest of the Hanged Men are gone, and there are no magical solutions to Petra’s illness or Gabriel’s longing for what he’s lost…and what he stands to lose now.
Meanwhile, there’s a new sheriff in town. Sheriff Owen Rutherford has inherited the Rutherford ranch and the remnants of the Alchemical Tree of Life. He’s also a dangerously haunted man, and his investigation of Sal’s death is leading him right to Gabriel.
It’s up to Petra, her coyote sidekick Sig, and Gabriel to get ahead of both Owen and the unnatural being stalking them all – before the trail turns deathly cold.
Anders Jensen is having a bad month. His roommate is a data thief, his girlfriend picks fights in bars, and his best friend is a cyborg…and a lousy tipper. When everything is spiraling out of control, though, maybe those are exactly the kind of friends you need.
In a world divided between the genetically engineered elite and the unmodified masses, Anders is an anomaly: engineered, but still broke and living next to a crack house. All he wants is to land a tenure-track faculty position, and maybe meet someone who’s not technically a criminal—but when a nightmare plague rips through Hagerstown, Anders finds himself dodging kinetic energy weapons and government assassins as Baltimore slips into chaos. His friends aren’t as helpless as they seem, though, and his girlfriend’s street-magician brother-in-law might be a pretentious hipster—or might hold the secret to saving them all.
Frenetic and audacious, Three Days in April is a speculative thriller that raises an important question: once humanity goes down the rabbit hole, can it ever find its way back?
For four hundred years, the Church has led the remnants of humanity as they struggle for survival in the last inhabited city. Echo Hunter 367 is exactly what the Church created her to be: loyal, obedient, lethal. A clone who shouldn’t care about anything but her duty. Who shouldn’t be able to.
When rebellious citizens challenge the Church’s authority, it is Echo’s duty to hunt them down before civil war can tumble the city back into the dark. But Echo hides a deadly secret: doubt. And when Echo’s mission leads her to Lia, a rebel leader who has a secret of her own, Echo is forced to face that doubt. For Lia holds the key to the city’s survival, and Echo must choose between the woman she loves and the purpose she was born to fulfill.
A body is found in the Alabama wilderness. The question is:
Is it a human corpse … or is it just a piece of discarded property?
Agent Samantha Rose has been exiled to a backwater assignment for the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation, a death knell for her career. But then Sam catches a break—a murder—that could give her the boost she needs to get her life back on track. There’s a snag, though: the body is a clone, and technically that means it’s not a homicide. And yet, something about the body raises questions, not only for her, but for coroner Linsey Mackenzie.
The more they dig, the more they realize nothing about this case is what it seems … and for Sam, nothing about Mac is what it seems, either.
This case might be the way out for her, but that way could be in a bodybag.
A thrilling new mystery from Liana Brooks, The Day Before will have you looking over your shoulder and questioning what it means to be human.
Both familiar and fantastic, Clark T. Carlton’s Prophets of the Ghost Ants explores a world in which food, weapons, clothing, art—even religious beliefs—are derived from Humankind’s profound intertwining with the insect world.
In a savage landscape where humans have evolved to the size of insects, they cannot hope to dominate. Ceaselessly, humans are stalked by night wasps, lair spiders, and marauder fleas. And just as sinister, men are still men. Corrupt elites ruthlessly enforce a rigid caste system. Duplicitous clergymen and power-mongering royalty wage pointless wars for their own glory. Fantasies of a better life and a better world serve only to torment those who dare to dream.
One so tormented is a half-breed slave named Anand, a dung-collector who has known nothing but squalor and abuse. Anand wants to lead his people against a genocidal army who fight atop fearsome, translucent Ghost Ants. But to his horror, Anand learns this merciless enemy is led by someone from his own family: a religious zealot bent on the conversion of all non-believers . . . or their extermination.
A mix of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Shadow of the Apt, Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor, and Phillip Pullman’s Golden Compass, this is a powerful new addition to the genre.
Young Devin Roché is about to graduate as an Archivist from the prestigious Llisé’s University, and there is just one more task he wants to complete – to preserve a complete history of Llisé.
The history of Llisé and its fifteen provinces are a peaceful affair, filled with harmony, resolution and a rich oral tradition of storytelling. Nothing untoward ever happens in this peaceful land. Or does it?
Trainee archivist Devin Roché has just taken his finals at the prestigious Académie. As the sixth son of the ruler of Llisé, his future is his own, and so he embarks on an adventure to memorize stories chronicling the history of each province.
As Devin begins his journey with only his best friend Gaspard and their guardian Marcus, he hears rumors of entire communities suddenly disappearing without a trace and of Master Bards being assassinated in the night.
As the three companions get closer to unearthing the truth behind these mysteries, they can’t help but wonder whether it is their pursuit that has led to them.
But if that is the case, what do Llisé and Devin’s father have to hide?
In a domed city on a planet orbiting Barnard’s Star, a recently hired maintenance man has just committed murder.
Minutes later, the airlocks on the neighbourhood block are opened and the murderer is asphyxiated along with thirty-one innocent residents.
Jax, the lowly dome operator on duty at the time, is accused of mass homicide and faced with a mound of impossible evidence against him.
His only ally is Runstom, the rogue police officer charged with transporting him to a secure off-world facility. The pair must risk everything to prove Jax didn’t commit the atrocity and uncover the truth before they both wind up dead.
It’s Father’s Day, and my book Unexpected Rain got included in a promotion this weekend (see the bottom of this post). It got me thinking: while I won’t deny that it’s a great gift for any sci-fi loving fathers out there, if the main characters of the story were to experience Father’s Day, it may not go so well.
Stanford Runstom is an officer in Modern Policing and Peacekeeping – ModPol for short. The interstellar organization provides the few colonies outside of Earth’s solar system with justice and defense services. Runstom’s mother served ModPol as well, as an undercover agent. She infiltrated the criminal outfit known as Space Waste and eventually had to go into a witness protection program. Throughout Runstom’s childhood, he and his mother lived on the move, spending most of that first decade in a spaceship. Because his mother was always on the move and afraid to make permanent connections, he’s never known his father. Once Runstom dared wonder if she’d met the man before she went into wit-pro, but his mother shot it down sharply.
Jack “Jax” Jackson is the dome life-support operator who finds himself accused of mass murder when an entire block is asphyxiated because of codes run from his console. Jax lost his mother a few years back to a terraforming accident. He and his father handled the loss poorly, turning against each other and growing distant. Jax’s father is an engineer and always held hopes that Jax would follow in his footsteps, but depression, apathy, and occasional transgressive behavior held Jax back (thus the lowly operator job). Eventually his father moved to another domed planet and remarried, and the chasm between them grew wider. When Jax is arrested, he can’t bring himself to even call his father, opting instead to send him a short message via his lawyer.
Dava is a cold-blooded Space Waste assassin. She loved her parents both very much, and when she was young, the family was packed into one of the shuttles from Earth to the colonies; a “doomed to domed” mission. When she had arrived, she came out of her sleep tube to find that her parents had been jettisoned because of the Earth-born sicknesses they carried. Dava was left to live in foster care until one fateful day in her late teenage years when she met Moses Down, head boss of Space Waste. Moses “liberated” the outcast Dava from a life of mediocrity by making her into a criminal and a killer. In many ways, he has become a father-figure to her, though she resists such a notion, unconsciously afraid of becoming too close to people she might have taken away like her birth family.
I don’t point all this out to be a downer, I just got the urge to share. Some of these character details come out in the text of the first book, some of them come out later in the trilogy, and some may never come out. But they are there in the layers. My hope is that although this trilogy is of the thrilling noir space opera variety, you’ll find these characters to be complex and deep. At least a little!
Oh, and if you do have a father that isn’t unknown, estranged, or space debris, wish them a Happy Father’s Day and buy them a book! The best fathers love a good book!
Five years ago I wrote a blog post on my birthday called “Today I am 36“. It’s funny to look back on and think about my state of mind at the time. Writing was still what I considered a “hobby”, but it was a hobby I was coming to understand that I could not live without.
Now, five years later, I have two books published, and a third scheduled for the end of the year. Writing is not a job that can pay the bills – not even remotely – but it’s definitely no longer a hobby. It’s an unstoppable drive that I must fulfill with every chance I get.
I still pine for free time. Even more so now than I did back then. I used to have a job I was comfortable putting 40 hours a week into and no more. The pay wasn’t something I could complain about, but it wasn’t stellar, and there were other aspects about it that wore me down. In order for me to be happy in that job, I had to make sure I wasn’t putting in extra unpaid hours. For the past four years, I’ve had a different job. An incredible job. I’m immensely proud of the products I’ve helped develop and the leadership I’ve shown. It’s awesome. But 40 hours a week? Hah. Hahaha. Hahahahaha. No. How many hours a week do I work now?
ALL HOURS OF EVERY WAKING MOMENT.
Ahem. But I still make time for writing. I still make time for spending with my wife. It’s stupid hard to make that time. I mean, come on … “make time”? What does that even mean? Shit if I know. Somehow I do it. Somehow I work my ass off and still manage to write books. And write blog posts, and work around the house, and take trips out of town with my love, and go for a beer with a friend, and sometimes just sit and read. I’m just done complaining about lack of free time. There is no free time. There’s just time.
So now I’m 41. What’s the next five years going to look like? I’m not really sure. I’m working on the third book of The Dome Trilogy. I have another book that I had to set aside so that I could do the trilogy, and that crazy thing is patiently waiting for me to come back to it. It’s very done, but I need to go through the process of finding an agent and all that jazz. And I have a couple of other books in me that keep pushing their way to the surface. I will write those. And work will continue to get more and more intense, because that’s what it is. I love my job and I love to lead, and so it means I’m going to continue to put in the extra effort for it. But I’m never going to let it keep me from writing.
As I said before, in the preface to his collection of essays, Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury says:
I have learned, on my journeys, that if I let a day go by without writing, I grow uneasy. Two days and I am in tremor. Three and I suspect lunacy. Four and I might as well be a hog, suffering the flux in a wallow. An hour’s writing is tonic.
I just wanted to repeat that.
Oh, did I mention the second book in my trilogy came out a couple of weeks ago? Well it did, on February 25th. So go read it, goddamnit: Unclear Skies, book 2 of The Dome Trilogy. That’s my birthday wish!
Remember the last time you saw the original cut of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in the theater? Bet it was a long, long time ago (if ever). For a fortunate few, it was as recent as last Thursday, December 3rd, 2015. Since it’s so fresh in my mind, I thought it would be interesting to do a little review.