Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Hawthorn Moon Blog Tour - Supernatural Vigilantes by Gail Z. Martin




Supernatural Vigilantes

By Gail Z. Martin

Lonely highways wind through dark forests filled with old secrets, hungry creatures, and the restless dead. In the towns and cities, demons, curses and deals with the devil mean a hunter’s work is never done.

In Sons of Darkness, the first book in my newest urban fantasy series, demon-hunting former priest Travis Dominick works with the misfit psychics of the Night Vigil to fight supernatural creatures and malicious paranormal activity. When a series of disappearances, suicides and vengeful spirits cause havoc and death along a remote interstate highway, Travis teams up with former special ops soldier and monster-hunter Brent Lawson to end the problem with extreme prejudice.

The Night Vigil series is set in Western Pennsylvania, an area full of legends, lore and mysterious monsters. It’s a state undercut by so many miles of coal mines, no one actually knows where the shafts all run. Tragedies haunt its history—mine disasters, railroad wrecks, legendary floods, industrial explosions, and battlefields from the three biggest wars fought on US soil. No wonder the dead can’t rest.

The next book in the series, C.H.A.R.O.N., comes out later this summer. CHARON is a secret government agency devoted to cleaning up supernatural problems and hiding the evidence. They’ve wanted Brent to join them for a long time, and he keeps slipping out of their grip. But when a new threat arises, one that might be of CHARON’s own making, can Travis and Brent fight the danger on their own terms, and still keep their freedom?

Meet the Night Vigil. The run-down convenience store, the all-night diner, the last-ditch shelter, or seedy motel, the redneck bar and the emergency room, and all the other places open on the graveyard shift—they’re Hell’s hunting grounds, full of easy marks and desperate souls, prey for evil things out there in the dark.

We keep the Vigil, looking for the ones who can still be saved, the ones who aren’t too far gone. We’re the misfits and the muck-ups, unwanted by Heaven or Hell, given one last chance to atone for all the mistakes and missed chances, the pain we’ve caused others and ourselves, the good things we were afraid to do, and the bad things we embraced with open arms. We work the night shift because that’s when evil walks. We’re the clerk in the all-night liquor store, the server in the 24-hour diner, the long-haul trucker who only drives at night, the counter person in the convenience store, the dog shift nurse. We recognize the evil when we see it, and we use the skills we honed with blood and fire to stop it, whatever it takes.

Unfinished business ties us to the mortal world, to make atonement, find absolution, satisfy retribution, get things right. You won’t find a sorrier group of halfway house heroes. No illusions left—about ourselves, humanity, or what’s really out there in the darkness. Just a purpose, to go down fighting the good fight. Because this is our last chance.

One final chance to make it right, the thin red line of humanity against the evil that goes bump in the night, your best hope to make it through the hour of the wolf.

Look for Sons of Darkness in ebook and paperback wherever online books are sold, and watch for CHARON, coming soon!





Sons of Darkness
A Night Vigil Novel 1
SOL Publishing, November 5, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages

We are the Night Vigil.

The run-down convenience store, the all-night diner, the last-ditch shelter, or seedy motel, the redneck bar and the emergency room, and all the other places open on the graveyard shift—they’re Hell’s hunting grounds, full of easy marks and desperate souls, prey for evil things out there in the dark.

We keep the Vigil, looking for the ones who can still be saved, the ones who aren’t too far gone. We’re the misfits and the muck-ups, unwanted by Heaven or Hell, given one last chance to atone for all the mistakes and missed chances, the pain we’ve caused others and ourselves, the good things we were afraid to do, and the bad things we embraced with open arms. We work the night shift because that’s when evil walks. We’re the clerk in the all-night liquor store, the server in the 24-hour diner, the long-haul trucker who only drives at night, the counter person in the convenience store, the dog shift nurse. We recognize the evil when we see it, and we use the skills we honed with blood and fire to stop it, whatever it takes.

Unfinished business ties us to the mortal world, to make atonement, find absolution, satisfy retribution, get things right. You won’t find a sorrier group of halfway house heroes. No illusions left—about ourselves, humanity, or what’s really out there in the darkness. Just a purpose, to go down fighting the good fight. Because this is our last chance.

One final chance to make it right, the thin red line of humanity against the evil that goes bump in the night, your best hope to make it through the hour of the wolf

When a series of disappearances, suicides, and vengeful spirits cause havoc and death along a remote interstate highway, demon-hunting ex-priest Travis Dominick teams up with former special ops soldier and monster-hunter Brent Lawson to end the problem with extreme prejudice.





CHARON
A Night Vigil Novel 2






About the Author

The Hawthorn Moon is the annual summer blog tour for Gail Z. Martin, and features guest blog posts, giveaways, surprises, excerpts and more on blogs worldwide. Find the master list of posts and goodies at www.GailZMartin.com


Bonus goodies!

Read a copy of my Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy short story Catspaw for free: https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/UAjd6 and check out my epic fantasy Ascendant Kingdoms short story Reconciling Memory here for free: https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/JQorl


Giveaway!

Enter for a chance to win a copy of The Splintered Crown and Convicts and Exiles http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/9751c04221/?


Gail Z. Martin
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and the Assassins of Landria. Newest titles include Convicts and Exiles, Spells Salt and Steel Season One, Tangled Web, Vengeance, The Dark Road, Sons of Darkness, and Assassin’s Honor.

Larry N. Martin
She is the co-author (with Larry N. Martin ) of the Spells, Salt, and Steel/New Templars series; the Steampunk series Iron & Blood; and a collection of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Iron & Blood universe. She is also the co-author of the upcoming Wasteland Marshals series and the Joe Mack Cauldron/Shadow Council series. As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance. Series include Witchbane, Badlands, and Treasure Trail.


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Monday, June 24, 2019

The View From Monday - June 24, 2019


Happy Last Monday in June!

There is one debut this week:

Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer 1) by Maxym Martineau.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Rift by Nina Allan is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Sea Queen (h2tp) Linnea Hartsuykeris out in Trade Paperback;

Hexarchate Stories (Machineries of Empire) by Yoon Ha Lee;

State Tectonics (Centenal Cycle 3) by Malka Older is out in Trade Paperback;

The Anomaly (The Anomaly Files 1) by Michael Rutger is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd 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.

June 25, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Rift (tp2mm) Nina Allan SF/LF
Harbart (ri) Nabarun Bhattacharya
Sunandini Banerjee (Tr)
GH
Bewitched and Betrothed Juliet Blackwell PCM - Witchcraft Mystery 10
March of War (tp2mm) Bennett R. Coles SF - Virtues of War 3
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints (h2mm) Larry Correia
John Ringo
UF - Monster Hunter Memoirs 3
A Demon in Silver (tp2mm) R.S. Ford F - War of the Archons 1
Salvation (h2mm) Peter F. Hamilton SF/SO/SE - The Salvation Sequence 1
The Sea Queen (h2tp) Linnea Hartsuyker Saga - Golden Wolf Saga 2
We Sold Our Souls (h2tp) Grady Hendrix H/Occ/Sup/SupTh
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs Katherine Howe Occ/Sup/CW/LF
The Privilege of Peace (h2mm) Tanya Huff SF/HSF - Peacekeeper 3
Avalanche (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey
Cody Martin
Dennis Lee
Veronica Giguere
SF - Secret World Chronicle 5
Hexarchate Stories Yoon Ha Lee SF - Machineries of Empire collection
Ball Lightning (h2tp) Cixin Liu
Joel Martinsen (Tr)
SF/HSF
Kingdom of Exiles (D) Maxym Martineau FR - Beast Charmer 1
Outcasts of Order (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Saga of Recluce 20
State Tectonics (h2tp) Malka Older SF/CyP/TechTh/PolTh - Centenal Cycle 3
The Store (tp2mm) James Patterson Richard DiLallo Sus/Cr/SF
Soul Wars (h2tp) Josh Reynolds F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
The Anomaly (h2mm) Michael Rutger Sus/PsyTh/FairyT/FolkT/LM - The Anomaly Files 1
The Book of M (h2tp) Peng Shepherd LF
Nightwing (ri) Martin Cruz Smith SupTh
A Fistful of Elven Gold (tp2mm) Alex Stewart F
The Iron Dragon's Mother Michael Swanwick F



June 26, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Last Tsar's Dragons Jane Yolen
Adam Stemple
HistF/F/AH/DF



June 27, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Devil's Equinox (ri) John Everson H - Fiction Without Frontiers
Dust Devils (ri) Jonathan Janz H - Fiction Without Frontiers



June 30, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In the Shadow of Spindrift House Mira Grant H



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BH - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO) 5



The 5th year of the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off starts on July 1, 2019.

We shall put on our agent hats and go through the 30 books assigned to The Qwillery looking for that 1 novel that we think can win!

Each of The Qwillery's 5 agents will be randomly assigned 6 books out of the 30. Each agent will pick a Semi-Finalist from those 6 books. Then every agent will look at the 5 Semi-Finalists. We'll share our thoughts with each other about the books and out of those 5 books a Finalist will be chosen. Semi-Finalists will get reviews but no score; only the Finalist will receive a score. Note: there is always the possibility of more than 1 Semi-Finalist per agent! That depends on the books!

The Qwillery has the following 30 books in its Slush Pile. You can follow what is happening with the Slush Pile at The Qwillery's SPFBO 5 page here.


The Qwillery's Slush Pile

Author Title
Arden, Blaine D. A Triad in Three Acts
Blanchard, Kelly  Someday I'll Be Redeemed
Blinston, Andy Oblivion
Callahan, Rebecca The Dark Yule
Cowley, Meg Heart of Dragons
Craig, Adam The Pact
Denvil, Barbara Gaskell A White Horizon
Dodge, Emerald Sea of Lost Souls
Dorner, J Lenni Fractions of Existence
Engelmeier, L.K. A Shard of Sea & Bone
Haywood, Lee H.  A Wizard's Dark Dominion
Hodgson, Jim Apprentice Quest
Kang, J.C. Masters of Deception
Knight, Eric T. Stone Bound
Kohler, Paul B. The Borrowed Souls
LeClerc, Patrick Broken Crossroads
Maxwell, Flint Knight and Shadow
McClain, Virginia Blade's Edge
Nile, Edward Bloodlight
Pfeiffer, Levi Litany of Wrath
Ponder, A.J. Quest
Prior, D. P. Husk
Raine, Eliza Skies of Olympus
Sherrer, Lydia Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus: Beginnings
Steer, Huw The Blackbird and the Ghost
Toroid, Ash Tooth Goblins
Van Orman, Sharon Lykaia
Warne, A. A. Heavy Dirty Soul
Zoltack, N. M. A Time of Turmoil
Zwikstra, Monica Alban's Choice



The Agents

The Qwillery's SPFBO team is made up of Qwill/Sally, Melanie, and Jennifer from The Qwillery and 2 guest agents:

Beth Tabler of  the Before We Go Blog and author Phil Parker! We are thrilled and delighted to have them!


About Beth

Who Am I?
My name is Beth. I am originally from Las Vegas but now reside in the pacific northwest with my husband, daughter, and dog named Handsome Jack. I run a website called before we go blog that talks about all things books, and writing.

I love books and everything about them. I pretty much always have a book in my hand. I read science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, young adult, and everything else that looks great. I am a big fan of indie authors, and I run a weekly column called #indiespotlight highlighting a different writer every week.

Where to find me?
beforewegoblog.com
instagram.com/elizabethtabler
https://www.pinterest.com/scottveg3/
https://www.goodreads.com/Scottveg3
https://www.facebook.com/scottveg3/



About Phil

Phil Parker had been a teacher of English and Drama for an eternity until starting a new life as a writer. (It's life, Jim, but not as we know it). He's written 3 non-fiction books, a regular column in an education newspaper for four years and last year self-published his Knights' Protocol trilogy. Its first novel, The Bastard from Fairyland, was an entrant in SPFBO4. Phil blogs at https://www.philparker-fantasywriter.com/ which includes his reviews. Phil also created the British & Irish Writing Community which has a section in his blog. As a judge in SPFBO5, Phil aims to bring his experiences as an author to make sure his reviews are honest, fair and constructive. In his spare time, Phil consumes pizza and red wine and longs to be in Italy while he's doing it.

Twitter: @PhilSpeculates
Facebook: www.facebook.com/philparkerfantasywriter


You can find out more about Qwill, Melanie and Jennifer on the "About Us" page here.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


RJ Barker (2017)

The Bone Ships
The Tide Child Trilogy 1
Orbit, September 24, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages

A crew of condemned criminals embark on a suicide mission to hunt the first sea dragon seen in centuries in the first book of this adventure fantasy trilogy.

Violent raids plague the divided isles of the Scattered Archipelago. Fleets constantly battle for dominance and glory, and no commander stands higher among them than “Lucky” Meas Gilbryn.

But betrayed and condemned to command a ship of criminals, Meas is forced on suicide mission to hunt the first living sea-dragon in generations. Everyone wants it, but Meas Gilbryn has her own ideas about the great beast. In the Scattered Archipelago, a dragon’s life, like all lives, is bound in blood, death and treachery.


The Tide Child Trilogy
The Bone Ships

For more from RJ Barker, check out:

The Wounded Kingdom
Age of Assassins
Blood of Assassins
King of Assassins



The Wounded Kingdom





Rene Denfeld (2014)

The Butterfly Girl
Harper, October 1, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages

The Butterfly Girl is a riveting novel that ripples with truth, exploring the depths of love and sacrifice in the face of a past that cannot be left dead and buried. A year ago, Naomi, the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children, made a promise that she would not take another case until she finds the younger sister who has been missing for years. Naomi has no picture, not even a name. All she has is a vague memory of a strawberry field at night, black dirt under her bare feet as she ran for her life.

The search takes her to Portland, Oregon, where scores of homeless children wander the streets like ghosts, searching for money, food, and companionship. The sharp-eyed investigator soon discovers that young girls have been going missing for months, many later found in the dirty waters of the river. Though she does not want to get involved, Naomi is unable to resist the pull of children in need—and the fear she sees in the eyes of a twelve-year old girl named Celia. Running from an abusive stepfather and an addict mother, Celia has nothing but hope in the butterflies—her guides and guardians on the dangerous streets. She sees them all around her, tiny iridescent wisps of hope that soften the edges of this hard world and illuminate a cherished memory from her childhood—the Butterfly Museum, a place where everything is safe and nothing can hurt her.

As danger creeps closer, Naomi and Celia find echoes of themselves in one another, forcing them each to consider the question: Can you still be lost even when you’ve been found? But will they find the answer too late?



Also by Rene Denfeld






Marshall Ryan Maresca (2015)

Shield of the People
The Maradaine Elite 2
DAW, October 29, 2019
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages

The second novel in the Maradaine Elite series blends fast-paced high fantasy and political intrigue.

After stopping Tharek Pell and saving the Druth Parliament, Dayne Heldrin and Jerinne Fendall find themselves on the margins of the Tarian Order: lauded as heroes in public but scorned and ignored in private, their future in the Order hazy. Dayne is given an assignment that isolates him from the Order, and Jerinne is hazed and bullied at the bottom of the initiate rankings.

But it’s a grand holiday week in the city of Maradaine, celebrating over two centuries of freedom and the foundation of the reunified modern nation, and with that come parades, revelry… and protests and demonstrations. A dissident group called The Open Hand–and their mysterious, charismatic leader, Bishop Ret Issendel–seeks to disrupt the Parliament elections with their message of secession and dissolution.

Despite orders to stay out of the public eye, Dayne and Jerinne are drawn into the intrigue of the Open Hand and kept apart by dark powerful conspiracies that brew around them. Dayne and Jerinne must fight for their own principles, and protect the will of the people as the election is thrown into chaos.


Book 1



Maradaine



Maradaine Constabulary



Streets of Maradaine
The Fenmere Job (Streets of Maradaine 3) coming February 25, 2020.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Nintendo Download, June 20, 2019: Crash the Night with Your Friend Pedro


This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Bloodstained: Ritual of the NightBloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a gothic horror action side-scrolling RPG set in 18th century England. A paranormal force has summoned a demon-infested castle, revealing crystal shards infused with tremendous magical power. Collect, craft and unlock a vast array of weapons, equipment and loot to defeat the countless minions and bosses of hell that await. The Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night game is available June 25.
    • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled – Crash is back in the driver’s seat! Get ready to go fur-throttle with Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. It’s the authentic CTR experience, plus a whole lot more, now fully remastered and revved up to the max. Race online* with friends and Crash the competition with online leaderboards. With Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, the stakes are high and the competition is fierce. It’s the CTR you love, now kicked into the highest gear.
    • My Friend PedroMy Friend Pedro is a violent ballet about friendship, imagination and one man’s struggle to obliterate anyone in his path at the behest of a sentient banana. The strategic use of split aiming, slow motion and the ol’ stylish window breach create one sensational action sequence after another in an explosive battle through the violent underworld.

Todd McFarlane to Draw Record-Setting SPAWN #301


COMIC BOOK HISTORY IS HERE:
McFARLANE TO DRAW RECORD-SETTING SPAWN #301

Todd McFarlane Productions and Image Comics
celebrate comic book history with
SPAWN #301

TEMPE, Ariz. 06/19/2019 — With its 301st issue, Todd McFarlane’s SPAWN becomes the longest running creator-owned comic book in the world!

SPAWN launched to record sales of 1.7 million copies when its inaugural issue was released in 1992, helping to cement the early days of Image Comics as a game-changing, new era in creator-owned comic books. Now, 27-years later SPAWN, and Image Comics remain hallmarks of the comic book industry.

As a testament to the longevity of Todd McFarlane’s seminal creation, and to Image Comics’ revolutionary call for creators’ rights to own and control the characters and comic books they create, SPAWN’s 301st issue will be a truly historic release, as McFarlane’s award-winning, fan-favorite superhero, will become the longest running creator-owned comic book ever.

"I could think of no better reason to return to the drawing board than to celebrate the record-breaking 301st issue of the SPAWN comic,” said McFarlane, creator of SPAWN and President at Image Comics. “Twenty-seven years ago, I began this journey on the SPAWN title. That start, along with helping to co-found Image Comics, (today the third largest comic publisher in the nation) was with the goal of allowing creative people to own and control their ideas.

“It is with great pride that I can say that after nearly three decades of producing the SPAWN title, that I am still 100% in the creative driver's seat of the character I brought to life back in 1992,” said McFarlane. “I wrote and drew that first issue and will do the same for this historic issue as well."

To continue the celebration that begins with the deluxe sized, 72-page issue of SPAWN #300, McFarlane will return, once more, to pencil and ink interior story pages for the record-breaking SPAWN #301. Showcasing his unique blend of larger-than-life action and visual world-building, McFarlane will usher in SPAWN’s next creative evolution in his signature “hyper-detailed” style that has been an inspiration to artists and storytellers across all genres of entertainment media.

Joining Todd on SPAWN #301’s superstar creative team will be legendary SPAWN and Batman artist, Greg Capullo, critically-acclaimed illustrator, Jason Shawn Alexander, top comic artists, Clayton Crain, Jerome Opeña and Francesco Mattina, along with more surprises, including more top-tier comic book talent.

SPAWN #301, a 48-page full-color comic book will be in stores September 25, 2019. Also available will be black and white Spawn #301 “Artist Edition” variant showcasing McFarlane and Capullo’s original, inked artwork.

This record-breaking, history-making, oversized issue will retail for $4.99.

SPAWN #300 hits comic shops on Wednesday, August 28. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 5:
  • SPAWN #300 CVR A MCFARLANE - JUN190014
  • SPAWN #300 CVR B B&W MCFARLANE - JUN190015
  • SPAWN #300 CVR C CAPULLO - JUN190016
  • SPAWN #300 CVR D CAPULLO VIRGIN - JUN190017
  • SPAWN #300 CVR E CAPULLO & MCFARLANE - JUN190018
  • SPAWN #300 CVR F B&W CAPULLO & MCFARLANE - JUN190019
  • SPAWN #300 CVR G CAMPBELL - JUN190020
  • SPAWN #300 CVR H OPENA - JUN190021
  • SPAWN #300 CVR I ALEXANDER - JUN190022
  • SPAWN #300 CVR J PARODY VAR MCFARLANE - JUN190023
SPAWN #301 hits comic shops on Wednesday, September 25. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 2: 
  • SPAWN #301 CVR A MCFARLANE - JUL190084
  • SPAWN #301 CVR B CAPULLO - JUL190085
  • SPAWN #301 CVR C VIRGIN CAPULLO - JUL190086
  • SPAWN #301 CVR D ALEXANDER - JUL190087
  • SPAWN #301 CVR E CRAIN - JUL190088
  • SPAWN #301 CVR F OPENA - JUL190089
  • SPAWN #301 CVR G VIRGIN MATTINA - JUL190090
  • SPAWN #301 CVR H PARODY MCFARLANE - JUL190091
  • SPAWN #301 CVR I B&W MCFARLANE - JUL190092
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Cover Art by Todd McFarlane


Cover Art by Francesco Mattina



ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

ABOUT SPAWN
Todd McFarlane’s Spawn is one of the world’s best-selling and longest-running monthly comic books, with hundreds of millions sold worldwide in more than 120 countries, and 15 different languages. That title’s hugely successful 1992 debut sold an amazing 1.7 million copies—an unprecedented feat in independent comics. A whirlwind of growth and expansion followed: more comics, action figures,
film, and award-winning animation.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Spencer Ellsworth (2017)

The Great Faerie Strike
Broken Eye Books, August 6, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 292 pages

A revolution in Faerie!

Ridley Enterprises has brought industry to the Otherworld, churning out magical goods for profit. But when they fire Charles the gnome, well, they've gone too far. And against a gnome's respectable nature, he takes to the streets, fighting for workers' rights.

The Otherworld's first investigative reporter, Jane, is looking for a story. And she finds it, witnessing a murder and getting sucked into a conspiracy within werewolf high society.

Jane and Charles team up to unite the workers and bring the Ridleys to justice. But a budding romance complicates everything. Can they bring change to Faerie or will dark powers consume both worlds?





Christopher Ruocchio (2018)

Howling Dark
Sun Eater 2
DAW, July 16, 2019
Hardcover and eBook 688 pages

The second novel of the galaxy-spanning Sun Eater series merges the best of space opera and epic fantasy, as Hadrian Marlowe continues down a path that can only end in fire.

Hadrian Marlowe is lost.

For half a century, he has searched the farther suns for the lost planet of Vorgossos, hoping to find a way to contact the elusive alien Cielcin. He has not succeeded, and for years has wandered among the barbarian Normans as captain of a band of mercenaries.

Determined to make peace and bring an end to nearly four hundred years of war, Hadrian must venture beyond the security of the Sollan Empire and among the Extrasolarians who dwell between the stars. There, he will face not only the aliens he has come to offer peace, but contend with creatures that once were human, with traitors in his midst, and with a meeting that will bring him face to face with no less than the oldest enemy of mankind.

If he succeeds, he will usher in a peace unlike any in recorded history. If he fails…the galaxy will burn.

Book 1





Anna Smith Spark (2017)

The House of Sacrifice
Empires of Dust 3
Orbit, August 13, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 576 pages

A powerhouse grimdark fantasy of bloodshed, ambition, and fate, The House of Sacrifice is the thunderous conclusion to Anna Smith Spark’s Empires of Dust trilogy, which began with The Court of Broken Knives.

Marith Altrersyr has won. He cut a path of blood and vengeance and needless violence around the world and now he rules. It is time for Marith to put down his sword, to send home his armies, to grow a beard and become fat. It is time to look to his own house, and to produce an heir. The King of Death must now learn to live.

But some things cannot be learnt.

The spoils of war turn to ash in the mouths of the Amrath Army and soon they are on the move again. But Marith, lord of lies, dragon-killer, father-killer, has begun to falter and his mind decays. How long can a warlord rotting from within continue to win?

As the Army marches on to Sorlost, Thalia’s thoughts turn to home and to the future: a life grows inside her and it is a precious thing – but it grows weak.

Why must the sins of the father curse the child?

Empires of Dust
The Court of Broken Knives
The Tower of Living and Dying
The House of Sacrifice

Book 1
Book 2

Monday, June 17, 2019

The View From Monday - June 17, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

All City by Alex DiFrancesco;

The Record Keeper by Agnes Gomillion;


and

The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Men In Black International: The Official Movie Novelization by R.S. Belcher;

Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone;

Chaos Queen - Fear the Stars (Chaos Queen 4) by Christopher Husberg;

The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell;

and

Coil by Ren Warom.

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.

June 18, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Men In Black International: The Official Movie Novelization R. S. Belcher SF/HU/MTI
Mystic Dragon (h2tp) Jason Denzel F - Mystic Trilogy 2
All City (D) Alex DiFrancesco SF/AP/PA
The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind Jackson Ford SF/GenEng/CyP
Hangman's Gate R.S. Ford F - War of the Archons 2
Empress of Forever Max Gladstone SF/SO
The Record Keeper (D) Agnes Gomillion Dys/SF
Homer's Daughter Robert Graves FairyT/FolkT/LM/LF
The Porpoise Mark Haddon LF/Hist/MR
The Affair of the Mysterious Letter Alexis Hall HistF/DF/M
The Girl in Red Christina Henry SF/AP/PA/FairyT/FolkT/LM/F
The Final Days of Magic J. D. Horn UF/P/Occ/Sup - Witches of New Orleans 3
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2019 Edition Rich Horton (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
Chaos Queen - Fear the Stars Christopher Husberg DF/F - Chaos Queen 4
Kingdoms of the Cursed Greg Keyes F - High and Faraway 2
FKA USA Reed King SF/Dys/Satire
The Brink James S. Murray
Darren Wearmouth
SupTh - Awakened 2
Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected Nnedi Okorafor Memoir - TED Books
The Poison Thread Laura Purcell HistF/Gothic/GH
The Sisters of the Winter Wood (h2tp) Rena Rossner HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
All the Names They Used for God: Stories (h2tp) Anjali Sachdeva MR/SS/LF - Collection
The Crimson Shadow: The Complete Series (e) R. A. Salvatore F - The Crimson Shadow
The Sword of Bedwyr (ri) R. A. Salvatore F - Crimson Shadow 1
Stealing Worlds Karl Schroeder SF/HSF
Silver in the Wood Emily Tesh Gaslamp/FR
The Lesson (D) Cadwell Turnbull SF
Coil (e) Ren Warom SF/Noir
War Michelle West F - House War 8



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BH - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

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