Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Interview with Spencer Ellsworth, author of A Red Peace

Please welcome Spencer Ellsworth to The Qwillery as part of the of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Red Peace is published on August 22nd by Tor.com.

Please join The Qwillery in wishing Spencer a Happy Publication Day!

TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Spencer:  Hi Qwillery! I started writing at the age of five, because I learned how. When I was six years old I snuck out of my room at night to read The Hobbit all night. I didn't understand any of it (the riddles don't translate well to SoCal kids in the 80s) but I knew I wanted to make a story as exciting.

TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Spencer:  I plot just enough to get through the book. Usually my third acts have the biggest changes from the plot--in the case of A Red Peace, for instance, I changed a crucial death at the 2/3 mark to give the ending punch.

We call that the "third-act slump" in the writing business. Sometimes we call it the Pit of Despair, or "a composite word including f***."

TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?


Other than that, I often struggle with the dichotomy between big, important ideas, and the desire to have fun. A Red Peace is supposed to be swashbuckling space opera fun, but I'm also trying to say something about xenophobia and how easily people buy their own hype. Sometimes it can be a real struggle to get the tone right.

TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Spencer:  On the high art end, Shakespeare, Octavia Butler, and Tolkien. On the low art end, I've read every single Transformers comic that came out in the last 30 years.

TQDescribe A Red Peace in 140 characters or less.

Spencer:  A galactic empire falls. The Resistance sweeps into power. Their first order: "kill all humans."

Also, giant space bugs.

TQTell us something about A Red Peace that is not found in the book description.

Spencer:  The working title was "Kill Luke Skywalker," because the main villain started out as basically Luke gone bad--a mystical swordfighting warrior dude who starts to buy his own hype.

(He got more original later, but retains a bit of the "aw-shucks farmboy" appeal of the character.)

TQWhat inspired you to write A Red Peace? What appeals to you about writing Space Opera?

Spencer:  Years ago the first scene of A Red Peace barreled into my head. where the new rulers of the galaxy sweep into the chambers of government and say "okay, now we kill all the humans."

I loved the idea. It promised a really gutsy, powerful story, and one I hadn't seen in the various plucky Rebellion vs Evil Empire stories. But I had to figure out who gave that order and why. A few years later, I was watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which has a bunch of cloned soldiers happily going to their deaths for the Republic.

I realized two things: 1) the Star Wars prequels would make a lot more sense if they were about this clone army asserting their rights and overthrowing the Republic and 2) there was no reason I couldn't do my own version of that idea. A bit like the Russian Revolution in space, where the oppressed rise up against an out-of-touch ruling class.

With giant space bugs.

TQWhat sort of research did you do for A Red Peace?

Spencer:  I did quite a bit of reading about World War I and the Russian Revolution. I really enjoyed China Mievelle's book October and a little-know book by Christopher Dobson called The Day They Almost Bombed Moscow.

TQPlease tell us about the cover for A Red Peace.

Spencer:  Sparth is the artist and he's amazing! Aren't the covers incredible?

A Red Peace shows the Moths, which are the light fighters used by the cross army. They are what you get when you make fighter jets out of used carapaces, bought wholesale from sentient worms.

The Moths are the center of a pretty cool action sequence in A Red Peace, and a REALLY cool big final action sequence in the third book, Memory's Blade.

TQIn A Red Peace who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Spencer:  The book has two main characters, Jaqi and Araskar, and Jaqi just leapt into my head and stayed there. She's a quintessential smuggler and scavenger with a heart of gold.

Araskar, her opposite, had to have several chapters redone because he is the main antagonist. He abuses drugs and follows bad orders even though he knows they're bad orders. I wanted the audience both to like him, and shout OH COME ON DO THE RIGHT THING! at him.

TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in A Red Peace?

Spencer:  We're never divorced from social issues, even in something as fluffy and fun as my book seeks to be. A meme went around a little while ago that talked about how Luke Skywalker was a radicalized orphan boy who commits a major act of terrorism. It was funny, but also very true to history. The big, divisive, believe-in-me-I'll-protect-you figures are often both deliverer and monster.

TQWhich question about A Red Peace do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Spencer:  "Will there be more?" Yes! Book two, Shadow Sun Seven, is up for preorder now, out in November, and book three, Memory's Blade, will follow soon, out in February of 2018. Binge em!

TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from A Red Peace.


"What kind of meat?"
"Matters, does it?"
"Not really. As long as it was breathing once and it's salted now."

This is ugly high art. This is the core of ugly, around which all other ugly orbits.

Luck? You there?

TQWhat's next?

Spencer:  If you like A Red Peace, there's some other great books in the Tor.com lineup this year. I'm really excited to read JY Yang's Red Threads of Fortune and Margaret Killjoy's The Lamb Will Slaughter The Lion. And once again, if you like A Red Peace, check out the sequels Shadow Sun Seven & Memory's Blade, out in November and February, respectively.

TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

A Red Peace
The Starfire Trilogy 1
Tor.com, August 22, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages

A Red Peace, first in Spencer Ellsworth's Starfire trilogy, is an action-packed space opera in a universe where the oppressed half-Jorian crosses have risen up to supplant humanity and dominate the galaxy.

Half-breed human star navigator Jaqi, working the edges of human-settled space on contract to whoever will hire her, stumbles into possession of an artifact that the leader of the Rebellion wants desperately enough to send his personal guard after. An interstellar empire and the fate of the remnant of humanity hang in the balance.

Spencer Ellsworth has written a classic space opera, with space battles between giant bugs, sun-sized spiders, planets of cyborgs and a heroine with enough grit to bring down the galaxy's newest warlord.


Shadow Sun Seven
The Starfire Trilogy 2
Tor.com, November 28, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Shadow Sun Seven continues Spencer Ellsworth's Starfire trilogy, an action-packed space opera in which the oppressed half-Jorian crosses have risen up to supplant humanity.

Jaqi, Araskar and Z are on the run from everyone - the Resistance, the remnants of the Empire, the cyborg Suits, and right now from the Matakas - and the Matakas are the most pressing concern because the insectoid aliens have the drop on them. The Resistance has a big reward out for Araskar and the human children he and Jaqi are protecting. But Araskar has something to offer the mercenary aliens. He knows how to get to a huge supply of pure oxygen cells, something in short supply in the formerly human Empire, and that might be enough to buy their freedom. Araskar knows where it is, and Jaqi can take them there. With the Matakas as troops, they break into Shadow Sun Seven, on the edge of the Dark Zone.

About Spencer

Photo by Chrissy Ellsworth
SPENCER ELLSWORTH's short fiction has previously appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Tor.com. He is the author of the Starfire trilogy, which begins with Starfire: A Red Peace. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three children, works as a teacher/administrator at a small tribal college on a Native American reservation.

Website  ~  Twitter @Spencimus

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Returns August 22

Episode three, 'More Than a Feeling,' will be available for download starting August 22, 2017:

After tracing the origin of the Eternity Forge to a mysterious temple, the Guardians encounter an eccentric being who might hold the key to unlocking the relic's true power. But with Gamora and Nebula busy wrestling with the past and Hala still bent on reclaiming the Forge by any means necessary, it falls to Star-Lord to make a crucial decision that could change the fate of the galaxy -- and the Guardians -- forever.

Nintendo Reveals Video Game News Ahead of Gamescom Show

Nintendo of Europe’s participation in the Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany, is producing news with relevance to fans here in the Americas.

In Splatoon 2 news, Nintendo detailed new free content coming to the game soon: Manta Maria joins the lineup of Turf War* and Ranked Battle stages this weekend, while the new Lost Outpost stage joins the rotation of Salmon Run stages later today. Both stages will also become available in The Shoal for local multiplayer matches. Also announced was that the Bubble Blower special weapon will be available first in a set with the Forge Splattershot Pro starting Sept. 1.

Fans of Nintendo Switch fighter game ARMS will soon have a new character to use as part of the next free update: street performing pugilist Lola Pop. A well-traveled clown with a personality as colorful as her clothing, Lola Pop’s key ability is inflating her body like a balloon, providing her with great defensive qualities. With three new Arms and a new stage, players can look forward to developing new strategies whether competing locally against friends or taking on the world online*.

Those who haven’t yet sampled the fast and fun fighting action of the ARMS game can do so for free this weekend with the ARMS Global Testpunch, which runs 8 a.m. PT Friday, Aug. 25, through 2 p.m. PT Sunday, Aug. 27. To participate, simply download the free ARMS Global Testpunch software from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, then fire it up and jump into online multiplayer matches.

Episode Two of Telltale's 'Batman: The Enemy Within' Coming September 26

Telltale Games has announced that episode two (of five) of Batman: The Enemy Within will be available for download starting September 26. 'The Pact' launches September 26 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Both episodes one and two will become available on iOS and Android-based devices that same day.

Harley Quinn will debut in 'The Pact'.

Destiny 2 Official Launch Trailer

Destiny 2 is out on September 6th for PS4 and Xbox One (PlayStationPlus or Xbox Live Gold subscription, respectively, required for significant features) and on October 24th for PC via Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment's online gaming service.

From the makers of the acclaimed hit game Destiny, comes the much-anticipated action shooter sequel, Destiny 2. Experience an all new cinematic story campaign, innovative cooperative gameplay, and intense competitive multiplayer as you journey across unexplored worlds to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities.

New Legends Will Rise on September 6. Pre-order Destiny 2 and get the Coldheart Exotic Trace Rifle. https://www.destinythegame.com/buy

Monday, August 21, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors

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

Patrick Hemstreet (2016)

The God Peak
The God Wave Trilogy 2
Harper Voyager, August 22, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

"I can’t wait to read what happens next."—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author

The thrilling speculative techno-science epic begun in Patrick Hemstreet's The God Wave continues in this explosive adventure in which a team of neuroscientists must face the consequences of playing God when the superhumans they’ve created threaten to annihilate humanity.

They started with the best intentions . . .

Chuck Brenton had a simple idea: if brain waves can make the needles on an EEG machine move, why couldn’t they be trained to move other things? He and mathematician Matt Streegman developed an astonishing program that enabled a group of highly select individuals—test subjects they called the Alphas—to use their brains to manipulate both physical and digital objects. Their goal was to increase man’s potential and make the world safer.

But when their secret program was discovered, the military stepped in to take control—and unwittingly began a battle that could spell the end of humankind. A trio of renegade Alphas have used their enhanced powers to take the world hostage. Though they say they want world peace, the rebels seem willing to sacrifice countless innocent lives to achieve their goals.

Horrified by what he has unleashed, Chuck is determined to stop the monsters he’s created, no matter the risks. Coming out of hiding, he and his team must wield their own burgeoning abilities to defeat the increasingly unstable superhuman terrorists.

Yet not everyone believes what the Alphas are doing is wrong. A cadre of supporters sees them as the next phase in human evolution and is eager to watch them burn down society on their way to transcendence. . . .

Jay Kristoff (2012)

The Nevernight Chronicle 2
St. Martin's Press, September 5, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

Signed First Edition

The second thrilling installment of the award-winning Nevernight Chronicle, from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a ruthless assassin continues her quest for vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia's suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.

When it’s announced that Scaeva will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end him. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Adam McOmber (2012)

My House Gathers Desires
American Readers Series
BOA Editions Ltd., September 12, 2017
     Trade Paperback, 192 pates
BOA Editions Ltd., August 22, 2017
     eBook, 192 pages

Adam McOmber’s lush, hallucinatory stories are both familiar and wholly original. Drawn from the historical record, Biblical lore, fairy tales, science fiction, and nightmares, these offbeat and fantastical works explore gender and sexuality in their darkest and most beautiful manifestations. In the tradition of Angela Carter or Kelly Link, My House Gathers Desires is covertly funny and haunting, seeking fresh ways to consider sexual identity and its relation to history.

In "Sodom and Gomorrah," readers encounter a subversive, ecstatic new version of the Old Testament story. In "The Re’em," a medieval monk’s search for a mythic beast conjures forbidden desire. And in "Notes on Inversion," the German psychiatrist Kraft-Ebbing receives a surreal retort to his clinical descriptions of same-sex desire.

The View From Monday - August 21, 2017

Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

A Red Peace (The Starfire Trilogy 1) by Spencer Ellsworth;


The History of Bees by Maja Lunde.

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

From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Strategist (The Machinery Trilogy 2) by Gerrard Cowan;

Oracle Bones (Bookburners Season 3 #6) by Max Gladstone;

The God Peak (The God Wave Trilogy 2) by Patrick Hemstreet;

An Echo of Things to Come (The Licanius Trilogy 2) by James Islington;

My House Gathers Desires by Adam McOmber;


Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore.

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.

August 21, 2017
The Mirror of Legends Bernard Lazare
Brian Stableford (Tr)
F/LM/FolkT - Collection
My House Gathers Desires (e) Adam McOmber F - Collection

August 22, 2017
The Iron Hound Tim Akers F - Hallowed War 2
The Book of Esther (h2tp) Emily Barton LF/AH
The Massacre of Mankind Stephen Baxter SF/AC/AH
The New Voices of Fantasy Peter S. Beagle (Ed)
Jacob Weisman (Ed)
F - Anthology
Dead Lines (e)(ri) Greg Bear TechTh/H
Rick and Morty Official Coloring Book Titan Books CB/F/SF
The Golden Apples of the Sun (e)(ri) Ray Bradbury SF
Kingsblade Andy Clark SF - Imperial Knights
Twice Bitten Lauren Dane PNR - Cascadia Wolves 7
Black Legion Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Black Legion 2
A Red Peace (D) Spencer Ellsworth SF/SO - The Starfire Trilogy 1
Swarm and Steel Michael R. Fletcher F/DF
Ashes of the Phoenix (e) Jess Haines UF
The God Peak Patrick Hemstreet TechTh - The God Wave Trilogy 2
An Echo of Things to Come James Islington F - The Licanius Trilogy 2
Throne of the Bastards Brian Keene
Steven L. Shrewsbury
F/H - King of Bastards 2
The History of Bees (D) Maja Lunde LF
Congregations of the Dead James A. Moore
Charles R. Rutledge
H - A Griffin and Price Novel 2
The End of the Day (h2tp) Claire North Sus
Reincarnation Blues Michael Poore CF/LF/FR
The Castle in Cassiopeia Mike Resnick SF/SO - Dead Enders 3
The Seventh Plague (h2mm) James Rollins Sus - Sigma Force11
Lawless and the House of Electricity William Sutton HistTh - Lawless 3
The Silent Shield Jeff Wheeler HistF - Kingfountain 5

August 23, 2017
The Library of Lost Things: A Tor.com Original (e) Matthew Bright F
Oracle Bones (e) Max Gladstone F/Th - Bookburners Season 3 #6

August 24, 2017
UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age: Millennial Conspiracism David G. Robertson UFOs/ Sociology - Bloomsbury Advances in Religious Studies
A Perfect Storm (e) Jodi Taylor SF/TT - Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story

August 25, 2017
The Strategist (e) Gerrard Cowan F - The Machinery Trilogy 2

August 26, 2017
Eat Local Danny King H/MTI

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

AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
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
PP - Police Procedural
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Satire - Satire
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western

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

Frontier Developments Announces "Jurassic World Evolution"

Frontier Developments has revealed the first trailer for its new game Jurassic World Evolution. The game expands on the official Jurassic World mythology and puts players in charge of cinema’s greatest tourist destination Isla Nubar and the surrounding islands of the Muertes Archipelago.

Players will build their own Jurassic World as they bioengineer new dinosaur breeds and construct attractions, containment and research facilities. Every choice leads to a different path and spectacular challenges arise when ‘life finds a way.’

Launching in summer 2018, Jurassic World Evolution will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (movie) will be in theatres June 2018.

Follow Jurassic World Evolution on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors

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

Nisi Shawl (2016)

Tor Books, September 26, 2017
Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 6, 2016

From noted short story writer Nisi Shawl comes a brilliant alternate-history novel set in the Belgian Congo.

What if the African natives developed steam power ahead of their colonial oppressors? What might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier?

Fabian Socialists from Great Britain join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history.

Tom Sweterlitsch (2014)

The Gone World
G.P. Putnam's Sons, February 6, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

Inception meets True Detective in this science-fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope. The Gone World follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind.

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL’s family–and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can’t share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra–a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL’s experience with the future has triggered this violence.

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence or insight that will crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it’s not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time’s horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.

Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.

K. B. Wagers (2016)

Beyond the Empire
The Indranan War 3
Orbit, November 14, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

The adrenaline-fueled, explosive conclusion to the Indranan War trilogy by K. B. Wagers.

Gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place in the palace. Her sisters and parents have been murdered, and the Indranan Empire is reeling from both treasonous plots and foreign invasion.

Now, on the run from enemies on all fronts, Hail prepares to fight a full-scale war for her throne and her people, even as she struggles with the immense weight of the legacy thrust upon her. With the aid of a motley crew of allies old and new, she must return home to face off with the same powerful enemies who killed her family and aim to destroy everything and everyone she loves. Untangling a legacy of lies and restoring peace to Indrana will require an empress's wrath and a gunrunner's justice.

The Indranan War
Behind the Throne
After the Crown
Beyond the Empire

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors

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

Myke Cole (2012)

The Armored Saint
The Sacred Throne 1
Tor.com, February 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 208 pages

"Cole weaves a fantasy world that feels comfortably familiar, then goes to places you’d never expect. You won’t stop turning pages until the stunning finish." —Peter V. Brett

Myke Cole, star of CBS's Hunted and author of the Shadow Ops series, debuts the Sacred Throne epic fantasy trilogy with The Armored Saint, a story of religious tyrants, arcane war-machines, and underground resistance that will enthrall epic fantasy readers of all ages.

In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils, and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.

Ian Doescher (2013)

William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken
Star Wars Part the Seventh
Quirk Books, October 3, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

Experience The Force Awakens as a Shakespeare play, complete with Elizabethan verse, Shakespearian monologues, and theatrical stage directions! As the noble Resistance clashes with the vile First Order, Rey, Finn, Poe Damaron, Kylo Ren, and BB-8 are pulled into a galaxy-wide drama—in iambic pentameter! Star Wars fans and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike will enjoy the authentic meter, reimagined movie scenes and dialogue, and hidden Easter eggs throughout. Chewbacca speaks! Leader Snoke gives a soliloquy! And the romance of Han Solo and Leia Organa takes a tragic turn that Shakespeare would approve of. All with woodcut-style illustrations that place Star Wars characters into an Elizabethan galaxy. The story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, but you’ll be convinced it was written by the Bard.

Betsy Dornbusch (2013)

The Seven Eyes 3
Night Shade Books, November 7, 2017
Trade Paperback,308 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 21, 2017

The Thrilling Conclusion to a Prince’s Quest for Revenge and Honor.

Everything Draken thinks he knows is wrong.

The last time Draken traveled Akrasia, he was the highest lord in the land. His journey before that was eased by royal favor and the grace of the gods. This time is different. His adopted country buckling under attack from religious fanatics and his Queen presumed dead, Draken must flee a deadly coup by an upstart lord. Bitter from fighting an insurmountable war and losing the life he’s built, he lets the ghosts of past mistakes drive him into vigilante revenge. But Draken is about to learn gods and wars have a way of catching up to a man.

In the thrilling conclusion to Dornbush’s Book of the Seven Eyes trilogy, follow Draken as he tries to find peace solace in a life that has been surrounded by bloodshed. Will he avenge those he cares about, while striking down those that stand in his way? Enemy covers all this and more in this epic fantasy series.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors

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

Amanda Carlson (2012)

Danger's Halo
Holly Danger Book 1
ACI Books, September 18, 2017
eBook, 196 pages

153 years in the future, Earth doesn’t look much like it used to.

Holly Danger’s current assignment, gleaned from a set of foggy instructions and a handful of coin stuffed into a slot, is to pick up a street kid who’s about to terminate himself off a cliff. And, as a rule, she doesn’t turn down currency. Her job as a salvager keeps her fed and clothed above the norm, which isn’t saying much.

The norm in this city is a scrape-by existence in a post-apocalyptic world, where the rain never stops, food is always scarce, and the elite have deserted the ranks in search of something better. Picking up this urchin won’t take much time, even if he’s located outside city limits. Her craft is fast, her weapons deadly, and her tech has been optimized as well as it can be for a climate clogged with iron dust.

But things take a big turn when she decides to become the boy’s guardian instead of hand him over. Outskirts have descended on the city, and their plans don’t include playing nice. When her crew is backed against a graphene wall, it’s a good thing her Gem is primed and ready to go. It’s almost as deadly as she is…

Danger's Vice (Holly Danger 2) coming October 23, 2017
Danger's Race (Holly Danger 3) coming December 4, 2017

Gerrard Cowan (2015)

The Strategist
The Machinery Trilogy 2
Harper Voyager, August 25, 2017
eBook, 400 pages

Ruin is coming.

For ten millennia, the Machinery Selected the greatest leaders of humanity, bringing glory to the Overland. But the Machinery came with a Prophecy: in the 10,000th year, it will break, and Ruin will come.

Now, the Prophecy is being fulfilled. The Machinery has Selected a terrible being to rule the Overland, an immortal who cares little for the humans she governs. Some call her the Strategist. Others call her the One. Everyone knows her as Mother.

Mother will do anything to find the Machinery and finally bring Ruin. But only one creature knows where the Machinery is – her ancient enemy, the Dust Queen.

And if Mother wants the Dust Queen’s help, she must ready herself for a game. A game from older times. A game of memory. A game in which mortals are nothing more than pawns.

Eric Scott Fischl (2017)

The Trials of Solomon Parker
Angry Robot, October 3, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

The author of Dr Potter’s Medicine Show conjures up another marvellous mixture of fantasy and the spirits of the Old West

1916, Butte, Montana: City of the Copper Kings. Solomon Parker is old, broken and in debt to very bad people. He’s always managed to stay one step ahead of his last bad decision, but more than anything, he wishes life had turned out differently. Little does he know that for him and his young protégé, Billy Morgan, that wish is about to come true.

The Above Ones, the gods of the People, are bored. Their servant, Marked Face is coming, and he’s bringing his dice…

File Under: Fantasy [ Under the Headstocks | Meet Marked Face | Roll the Bones | Put Your Hands Up ]

Nintendo Switch Splatoon 2 Edition Bundle Coming to Walmart

Nintendo Switch Splatoon 2 Edition Bundle Heads Exclusively to Walmart Stores

New Splatfest Topic Announced: Flight vs. Invisibility

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 17, 2017 – Walmart will be the exclusive retail partner for a new Nintendo Switch bundle that includes a download code for the Splatoon 2 game, a fresh carrying case and colorful new Joy-Con controllers in Neon Pink and Neon Green. The bundle will be available starting Sept. 8 at a suggested retail price of $379.99 and offers fans in North America their first chance to get their hands on that Joy-Con color combination.

Nintendo Download, August 17, 2017: Once Upon a Block…

Nintendo Download, Aug. 17, 2017: Once Upon a Block…

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure – Embark on a perilous quest across the Overworld, to the End and beyond. With a team of friends at your side, and a troubled land in need of heroes, your decisions – what you say and do – drive the story around you, so choose wisely! The Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure game includes all five episodes of Season One and all three episodes of the Adventure Pass. The game will be available on Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch on Aug. 22.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors

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

Stephen Aryan (2015)

The Age of Dread 1
Orbit, October 3, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Fear of magic is intensifying across the west. Morgan, a former Guardian of the Peace, believes the eradication of magic will lead to stability and lasting world peace. He will do anything to achieve his goal, even if it means murdering every child born with magical ability.

The Red Tower is their last hope. Sheltered from a world that fears them, the students there are taught to control their wild and powerful gifts. But unrest is stirring both outside the walls of the Red Tower and within.  

Bradley P. Beaulieu (2011)

In the Village Where Brightwine Flows
A Shattered Sands Novella
Quillings Literary, August 11, 2017
eBook, 65 pages

Street urchins have been turning up missing in the great desert city of Sharakhai. Few care until the son of one of the city’s richest patrons goes missing as well.

The apothecary named Dardzada wants nothing to do with it, but his shrewd mind and skills as an apothecary make him indispensable to his cruel half-brother Layth, the captain of the guard tasked with solving the mystery.

When Layth insists he look deeper into the kidnappings, Dardzada is drawn into a struggle much larger than he ever anticipated, and he soon realizes it will take all his wits to save the victims and himself.
Quillings (Paperback)

Of Sand and Malice Made
A Shattered Sands Novel
DAW, September 19, 2017
Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 6, 2016

This standalone companion novel returns to Bradley P. Beaulieu’s Song of Shattered Sands epic fantasy universe

Çeda is the youngest pit fighter in the history of Sharakhai. She’s made her name in the arena as the fearsome White Wolf. None but her closest friends and allies know her true identity. But this all changes when she crosses the path of Rümayesh, an ehrekh, a sadistic creature forged aeons ago by the god of chaos.

The ehrekh are desert dwellers, but for centuries Rümayesh has lurked in the dark corners of Sharakhai, combing the populace for human “jewels” that might interest her. Some she chooses to stand by her side, until she tires of them and discards them. Others she abducts to examine more closely, leaving them ruined, worn-out husks.

Çeda flees the ehrekh’s attentions, but that only makes Rümayesh covet her more. Rümayesh grows violent, threatening to unmask Çeda as the White Wolf—but the danger grows infinitely worse when she turns her attention to Çeda’s friends.

As Çeda fights to protect the people dearest to her, Rümayesh comes closer to attaining her prize, and the struggle becomes a battle for Çeda’s very soul.

With Blood Upon the Sand
The Song of Shattered Sands 2
DAW, February 6, 2018
Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 7, 2017

The second book in The Song of Shattered Sands series–an epic fantasy with a desert setting, filled with rich worldbuilding and pulse-pounding action.

Çeda, now a Blade Maiden in service to the kings of Sharakhai, trains as one of their elite warriors, gleaning secrets even as they send her on covert missions to further their rule. She knows the dark history of the asirim—that hundreds of years ago they were enslaved to the kings against their will—but when she bonds with them as a Maiden, chaining them to her, she feels their pain as if her own. They hunger for release, they demand it, but with the power of the gods compelling them, they find their chains unbreakable.

Çeda could become the champion they’ve been waiting for, but the need to tread carefully has never been greater. After their recent defeat at the hands of the rebel Moonless Host, the kings are hungry for blood, scouring the city in their ruthless quest for revenge. Çeda’s friend Emre and his new allies in the Moonless Host hope to take advantage of the unrest in Sharakhai, despite the danger of opposing the kings and their god-given powers, and the Maidens and their deadly ebon blades.

When Çeda and Emre are drawn into a plot of the blood mage Hamzakiir, they learn a devastating secret that may very well shatter the power of the hated kings. But it may all be undone if Çeda cannot learn to navigate the shifting tides of power in Sharakhai and control the growing anger of the asirim that threatens to overwhelm her…

A Veil of Spears
The Song of Shattered Sands 3
DAW, March 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 672 pages

The third book in The Song of Shattered Sands series–an epic fantasy with a desert setting, filled with rich worldbuilding and pulse-pounding action.

Since the Night of Endless Swords, a bloody battle the Kings of Sharakhai narrowly won, the kings have been hounding the rebels known as the Moonless Host. Many have been forced to flee the city, including Çeda, who discovers that the King of Sloth is raising his army to challenge the other kings’ rule.

When Çeda finds the remaining members of the Moonless Host, now known as the thirteenth tribe, she sees a tenuous existence. Çeda hatches a plan to return to Sharakhai and free the asirim, the kings’ powerful, immortal slaves. The kings, however, have sent their greatest tactician, the King of Swords, to bring Çeda to justice for her crimes.

But the once-unified front of the kings is crumbling. The surviving kings vie quietly against one another, maneuvering for control over Sharakhai. Çeda hopes to use that to her advantage, but whom to trust? Any of them might betray her.

As Çeda works to lift the shackles from the asirim and save the thirteenth tribe, the kings of Sharakhai, the scheming queen of Qaimir, the ruthless blood mage, Hamzakiir, and King of Swords all prepare for a grand clash that may decide the fate of all.

Also in this series:

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai
The Song of the Shattered Sands 1
DAW, July 12, 2016
Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Hardcover and eBook,September 1, 2015

Best Book of 2015 by Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BuzzFeed • “Promises to be breathtaking.” —Robin Hobb

The Song of the Shattered Sands: Book One

Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings — cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.

Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings’ laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha’ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings’ mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings’ power…if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don’t find her first.

Kevin Hearne (2011)

The Iron Druid Chronicles 9
Del Rey, April 3, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 224 pages

New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne returns with the finale to his wildly popular action-adventure series, The Iron Druid Chronicles.

Two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O’Sullivan travels to Asgard and faces off against the Norse gods to try and prevent Ragnarok in the final battle for the fate of mankind.