There are 3 debuts this week - Epic Fantasy, Post- Apocalyptic SF, and Horror! Something for everyone.
The Song of All (Legacy of the Heavens 1) by Tina LeCount Myers;
The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn;
The Clarity by Keith Thomas.
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.
From formerly featured DAC Authors:
The Armored Saint (Sacred Throne 1) by Myke Cole;
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai is out in Trade Paperback.
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.
February 19, 2018
Marrying an Alien Pop Star
Kendra L. Saunders
SFR/AC - The Alien Pop Star 3
February 20, 2018
Taduno's Song (h2tp)
Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories
F - Collection
The Boy on the Bridge (h2tp)
M. R. Carey
The Clairvoyants (h2tp)
Shroud of Night
The Armored Saint
F - Sacred Throne 1
William C. Dietz
SF/AP/PA - America Rising 3
W. Michael Gear
SF/AC - Donovan 1
A Time of Dread
F - Of Blood & Bone 1
F - Time Keeper Trilogy 3
Fright Night: Resurrection (e)
The Temple (e)
FR - Guardians of Destiny 4
Recluce Tales: Stories from the World of Recluce (h2tp)
L. E. Modesitt Jr.
F - Saga of Recluce
Spaceman of Bohemia (h2tp)
All Our Wrong Todays (h2tp)
The Song of All (D)
Tina LeCount Myers
F - Legacy of the Heavens 1
Curse of the Chosen
F - Endarian Prophecy 3
Embers of War
Gareth L. Powell
SF - Embers of War 1
All the Names They Used for God: Stories
MR - Collection
The Rending and the Nest (D)
Ambiguity Machines: and Other stories
SF - Collection
The Clarity (D)
F - Warhammer Chronicles
Phosphorus: A Winterstrike Story
SF - NewCon Press Novellas Set 3
DF - The Scribe Cycle 1
February 22, 2018
Gods of the Dark Web
Doctor Who: The Missy Chronicles (e)
SF - Doctor Who
D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
LF - Literary Fiction
LitCol - Literary Collection
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
NR - Near Future
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.
The Finalists for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2018 have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand Inc. (SFFANZ). The Sir Julius Vogel Awards recognize excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by New Zealanders. They are voted on by New Zealand fans and are presented at the National Science Fiction convention each year. The awards ceremony will be held at Conclave 3 in Auckland on Sunday, April 1st.
PROFESSIONAL AWARD NOMINEES
In the Earth's Embrace, J.C. Hart (Etherhart Press)
The Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF) has announced the finalists for the A2017 Aurealis Awards.
Winners of the 2017 Aurealis Awards and the Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony during the Easter long weekend as part of the Swancon convention at the Pan Pacific hotel, Perth. Details of the event and a link to the online ticketing options will be available soon.
2017 Aurealis Awards – Finalists
BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION
How to Bee, Bren MacDibble (Allen & Unwin)
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, Jaclyn Moriarty (Allen & Unwin)
The Shop at Hoopers Bend, Emily Rodda (HarperCollins Australia)
The Exile, Jo Sandhu (Penguin Random House Australia)
Kirby Encourages Fans to Perform Random Acts of Kindness at Emerald City Comic Con
Be Among the First to Play Kirby Star Allies for Nintendo Switch and Unleash the Power of Kindness at the Convention
REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 16, 2018 – While the nation celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Day this weekend, Kirby, the charming hero known for his powerful Copy Abilities, is preparing a celebration of his own at this year’s Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. Attendees of Emerald City Comic Con will not only be among the first to play the Kirby Star Allies game for the Nintendo Switch system and try out Kirby’s new Copy Abilities before the game launches on March 16, they will also have the chance to earn cool Kirby themed items for being nice to people around them – just like Kirby himself!
In Kirby’s new game, he uses a new ability to turn his enemies into friends to create a powerful team to save Planet Popstar. But despite his friendly appearance, Kirby brings some seriously powerful new moves and abilities to his new game that would even impress the most hardened video game players. In fact, Kirby’s moves in Kirby Star Allies are some of his most powerful and impressive yet.
Black Star Renegades Author: Michael Moreci Publisher: St Martin's Press, January 2, 2018 Format: Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages List Price: US$27.99 (print); US$14.99 (eBook) ISBN: 9781250117847 (print); ISBN 9781250117830 (eBook)
In the tradition of Star Wars, a galaxy-hopping space adventure about a galactic kingdom bent on control and the young misfit who must find the power within before it’s too late.
Cade Sura holds the future of the galaxy in his hands: the ultimate weapon that will bring total peace. He didn’t ask for it, he doesn’t want it, and there’s no worse choice to wield it in all of space, but if he doesn’t, everyone’s totally screwed. The evil Praxis kingdom is on the cusp of having every star system under its control, and if that happens, there’ll be no contesting their cruel reign. Especially if its fanatical overlord, Ga Halle, manages to capture Cade and snag the all-powerful weapon for herself.
Cade can’t hide from Praxis, and he can’t run from the destiny that’s been shoved into his hands. So he only has one option:
He has to fight.
Cade’s not going to let destiny send him on a suicide run, though. With some help from his friends—rebels and scoundrels alike—Cade’s going to use this weapon to chart a new destiny for the galaxy, and for himself.
He just has to do so before everyone around him discovers that he’s a complete and total fraud.
Blending the space operatics of Star Wars and the swagger of Guardians of the Galaxy,Black Star Renegades is a galaxy-hopping adventure that blasts its way from seedy spacer bars to sacred temples guarded by deadly creatures—all with a cast of misfit characters who have nowhere to go and nothing to lose.
Within a few life changing minutes Cade goes from being a young man with everything to live for to being on the run as the alleged saviour of the galaxy. A single weapon - the Rokura - has the power to bring peace to the empire if wielded by the Paragon. The problem is Cade has it and even he knows he isn't the true Paragon. Someone has to try to defeat the evil Praxis who have taken control of the galaxy by destroying planets and ruthlessly killing civilians. It's up to Cade and his friends to try. Good vs evil, powerful super weapons, and the heroes that wield them - Black Star Renegades has it all.
Michael Moreci's solo debut novel really packs a punch. Set in a vast galaxy where the evil Praxis empire is going for broke to stamp out the few remaining rebels gives the perfect backdrop for the story. Moreci created a great environment for Cade and his motley crew of renegades and machines. Cade himself is a likable character although I feel that Moreci could have spent just a little more time rounding him out. He was a tiny bit one dimensional as his reaction to certain life changing events in the first few chapters should have affected him more than they did. At least Moreci resisted the temptation to dilute the plot with too much romance with Cade and his sidekick Kira.
I like this book and think it was a solid debut. The thing that I think was slightly off putting is the comparisons to Star Wars. The reason I say this is that as I was reading I kept second guessing whether the plot and/or the characters were too similar to Star Wars. Although after a few chapters I forgot about that and just enjoyed Cade's story. This is an action packed read from page one all the way to the end. Well done Michael Moreci!
Disrupted Magic 3
47 North, February 13, 2018
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 316 pages
For years now, Scarlett Bernard has counted on two things: her ability to nullify magic, and Shadow, the bargest who guards Scarlett with her life. But after a sudden revelation turns Scarlett’s world upside down, she panics and leaves town without warning, leaving Shadow with her partner, Jesse. In the chaos that follows, the bargest is stolen—and Jesse nearly dies from a brutal psychic assault.
It seems that an old enemy has returned for revenge…and the attack on Shadow was only the beginning. As Scarlett races home to find the bargest and rescue her friends, she is dragged deeper into a terrifying legend that has somehow found its way to present-day Los Angeles.
Now she will have to recruit every possible ally for a battle that will test her null ability to the limit. Scarlett has been in over her head before, but now she risks losing everything…and she’s never had more to lose.
A Nightshades Novel 3
Tor.com, June 5, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 240 pages
Melissa F. Olson's thrilling FBI vampire procedural Nightshades series concludes with Outbreak
The Chicago field office of the Bureau of Preternatural Investigation is facing its deadliest challenge, yet—internal investigation! Alex and Lindy are on the hook, and on the run.
But when all of the BPI’s captive vampires are broken free from their maximum security prison, and Hector finally steps out of the shadows, Alex must use every trick to stay ahead of both the BPI and the world’s most dangerous shade.
The Tower of Living and Dying
Empires of Dust 2
Orbit, July 24, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
A powerhouse story of bloodshed, ambition, and fate, The Tower of Living and Dying is a continuation of Anna Smith Spark’s brilliant Empires of Dust trilogy, which began with The Court of Broken Knives.
Marith has been a sellsword, a prince, a murderer, a demon, and dead. But something keeps bringing him back to life, and now there is nothing stopping him from taking back the throne that is rightfully his.
Thalia, the former high priestess, remains Marith’s only tenuous grasp to whatever goodness he has left. His left hand and his last source of light, Thalia still believes that the power that lies within him can be used for better ends. But as more forces gather beneath Marith’s banner, she can feel her influence slipping.
Read the second book in this “gritty and glorious!” (Miles Cameron) epic fantasy series reminiscent of Joe Abercrombie and Mark Lawrence where the exiled son of a king fights to reclaim his throne no matter the cost.
Empires of Dust The Court of Broken Knives The Tower of Living and Dying
Dzanc Books, February 13, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
The Survivors, their members known only by the order in which they joined, live alone in a rural Colorado mansion. They believe that sickness bears honesty. And that honesty bears change. Fueled by the ritualized Cytoxan treatments that leave them on the verge of death, they instigate the Day of Gifts, a day that spells shocking violence and the group’s demise.
Enter Mason Hues, formerly known as Thirty-Seven, the group’s final member and the only one both alive and free. Eighteen years old and living in a spartan apartment after his release from a year of intensive mental health counseling, he takes a job at a thrift shop and expects to while away his days as quietly and unobtrusively as possible.
But when his enigmatic boss Talley learns his secret, she comes to believe that there is still hope in the Survivor philosophy. She pushes Mason to start the group over again—this time with himself as One.
Part Fight Club, part The Girls, and entirely unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, Peter Stenson’s Thirty-Seven is an audacious and austere novel that explores our need to belong. Our need to be loved. Our need to believe in something greater than ourselves, and our ultimate capacity for self-delusion.
KICK-ASS #1 RUSHED BACK TO PRINT, TWO MORE VARIANT COVERS REVEALED
PORTLAND, OR, 02/16/2018 — The highly anticipated new story arc of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s KICK-ASS #1 is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with the overwhelming demand. Image Comics is pleased to reveal that KICK-ASS #2 and #3 will feature variant covers with art by Francesco Francavilla and Daniel Warren Johnson respectively.
KICK-ASS is back—ready to wipe out the city's criminal lowlives, destroy its gangs, and save its communities from decay. But there's a new face beneath the old mask, a new figure wearing that famous green and yellow spandex. Who is this new vigilante superhero? Who can fill Dave Lizewski's shoes? Find out in KICK-ASS #1
ROBERT KIRKMAN & LORENZO DE FELICI’S OBLIVION SONG #1 WILL SEE NO ADDITIONAL PRINTINGS, WILL HAVE SUBSTANTIAL OVERPRINT INSTEAD
PORTLAND, OR, 02/16/2018 — The highly-anticipated OBLIVION SONG #1 by Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE) and Lorenzo de Felici will launch in comic book stores on Wednesday, March 7th. There will be no additional printings for this launch issue, so fans are encouraged to add this sure-to-be-hit series to their pull lists and hit their local comic shops in time to snag their copy.
“The response to this new series from the retailer community has been overwhelming so far, and it looks like this launch is shaping up to be huge,” said Kirkman. “Lorenzo and I are thrilled. I know keeping a new series on the stands so new fans can get caught up when issue #2 comes out and beyond is extremely important to the life of a new series. That said, I want people to be able to get the first printing of issue #1 to add to their collection. So we're going to avoid selling out in the first place by printing enough to hopefully meet or exceed what all indications say will be a massive demand.”
REMAKE OF ENCHANTING RPG CLASSIC SECRET OF MANA NOW AVAILABLE
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 15, 2018) – SQUARE ENIX® invites players to discover the beloved magical adventures of Randi, Primm and Popoi in a brand-new remake of Secret of Mana® available today for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and digitally on the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system and STEAM®.
Glide, Jump, and Sing Your Way Through a Beautiful Forest with Fe, An EA Originals Title, Available Worldwide Today
Uncover the Mysteries of Nature on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Origin for PC, and Nintendo Switch
REDWOOD CITY, Calif--February 16, 2018 (BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and the imaginative Swedish studio Zoink Games announced that Fe, a seamless narrative adventure game is now available for download to players worldwide on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Origin for PC. Fe is the first game to launch as part of the EA Originals program, announced at EA PLAY 2017, which aims to bring players unique and memorable gaming experiences from the best independent studios.
Named after the game's protagonist, players will run, climb, and glide through the Nordic forest as the cub-like creature, Fe. Uncover the secrets of Fe’s origin while protecting the ecosystem from the menacing machines, the Silent Ones. As Fe embarks on a voyage of discovery, the wordless experience requires Fe to learn to speak the language of the forest by singing in-tune with various fantastical plants and animals, each of which offers unique gameplay benefits that will help along the journey.