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New Releases: DEEP TIME and VEILED EMPIRE

Two new releases are out today from Harper Voyager & Harper Voyager Impulse: DEEP TIME: Star Carrier Book Six by Ian Douglas and VEILED EMPIRE by Nathan Garrison! 

 

The clock is ticking in the struggle for galactic independence

Once rebels themselves facing off against the Earth Confederation, the United States of North America is now the dominant force in negotiations with the interstellar Sh’daar Collective. But just as the Marines root out the last violent dissenters, an alien ship of unknown origin suddenly flees Earth’s orbit. Is it mere coincidence . . . or a terrifying omen?

President Alexander Koenig watches with great interest as USNA forces chase the runaways down. But upon first contact, it’s not apparent where—or when—the crew is headed. For this bizarre species has somehow mastered the power to manipulate time itself. Now Koenig must decide whether he’s dealing with angels of astonishing technological prowess . . . or the agents of humanity’s destruction.

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The Empire is Shrouded, not only by the barrier that covers the land, but by the lies and oppression of the mierothi regime. Magic is the privilege of the elite, and the people of this shadowed country have forgotten what it means to hope under their rule.

But there are some who would resist, with plans put into motion millennia before. For returned to the Empire is a valynkar, servant of the god of light, and with him come the strength and cunning that could tip the scales to end the Emperor’s reign. He has gathered a group of heroes ready to ignite the flame of rebellion and fight against the dark power that has ruled for nearly two thousand years. A power that has champions of its own.

Nathan Garrison’s Veiled Empire throws a mythical land into chaos, with races long thought forgotten, and magics only just discovered. Steel and sorcery clash as brave souls vie for freedom and control in this astonishing debut novel.

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Note from the Editor: A little about DEVIL IN THE WIRES…

It’s not rare for editors to work on books we love – in fact, if we’re acquiring and editing books we don’t love, it means something is wrong.  With first novels, we have the luxury (usually) of reading a whole manuscript before making an offer and editing the book. But with sequels… we may have seen a synopsis, we may know the author’s writing style and track record, but there’s always that thrill of anticipation. That feeling that we’re going to open up the manuscript and find familiar characters – but also something entirely new and unexpected.  More than that, it’s the excitement of finding out that not only does book two build on the world of book one – it blows it out of the water.

And that’s exactly why I can’t recommend Devil in the Wires to you highly enough.  Tim Lees’ Field Ops novels can be hard to pin down – they’re contemporary fantasies.  They’re urban fantasies, when it comes down to it. They’re thrillers.  They’re inspired by film noir. They’re fast-paced, and equal parts hilarious and terrifying.  But with this second novel, Tim has created something really special.  This book grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go.  It adds more depth and personality to some old characters, and introduces some new ones who are rich and interesting and complex.

Devil in the Wires is Constantine meets Office Space.  Protagonist Chris Copeland works for the Registry, a faintly evil (but not exactly villainous) company that captures gods to be recycled as energy.  After the not-so-easy extraction of an ancient and powerful god in Iraq, Chris finds himself drawn into a new company venture: the Registry is building a god-house to contain the god Chris has just captured.  They’re going to use it to supply Chicago with electricity.  And they want Chris to oversee the facility. Chris, company troubleshooter, is not convinced that this is a good idea.  And with good reason, because all too soon, bodies start turning up on the shores of Lake Michigan.

All of that combines to something that feels real.  Tim may be a British author living in Chicago, but he knows his new city – the ins and outs, the atmosphere, the type of people who live there – the things that make it special.  By the time I finished my final edits on this book, I felt like I’d really been there.  And not only that – I was sorry to let these characters go. I’ve never come across a character with a pithier, more spot-on way of looking at the world.  He’s skeptical about the motives of his colleagues, pessimistic and a little put-upon.  But he also hasn’t lost sight of the fact that he works with gods.  Literally.  And that respect for his job makes him good at it.

And then there’s Angel, Chris’s publicist girlfriend, who’s not afraid to tell things like they are, and whose goofy pit bull Riff adds a bit of fun; Woollard, a straight-arrow Chicago detective who suspects things may not be as under control as the Registry would have everyone believe; and Shailer, a Registry executive who just might be a touch out of his depth.  With every new character, I found myself becoming more and more immersed in this fantastically creative, captivating world.  I hope you’ll find you love this book as much as I do!

from Rebecca Lucash, editor at Harper Voyager Impulse

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Out Today: DEVIL IN THE WIRES

DEVIL IN THE WIRES is on sale today!

“It’s a perfect circle, Chris. The god receives his audience, the grid receives the power—and we light up Chicago.”

After the perilous retrieval of a long-dormant god from Iraq, Chris Copeland—professional god hunter and company troubleshooter—is about ready to quit his job. But his employers at the Registry have other plans…plans to build a power facility on the shores of Lake Michigan. Adam Shailer, a rising star at the Registry, thinks he can cage the god, drain its energy, and power the city.

It’s Chris’s job to make sure nothing goes wrong. And at first, everything seems fine. Great, even. But when ecstatic devotees start leaving human sacrifices on the beach near the god-house, it quickly becomes clear that the god is not as contained as the Registry would have everyone believe. The devil’s in the wires, and there’s no turning back now.

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HarperVoyager Authors at #TwitterFiction fest!

We’re super excited to have our authors rep at Twitter’s awesomely innovative and interactive #twitterfiction festival!

Chuck Wendig, author of the upcoming novel ZER0ES, will be on tonight, May 12th at 6pm EDT!

Here’s some more info on what Chuck will be up to!:

We are all connected. Our lives and privacy bound to our devices, devices that talk to one another, devices that know us better than we know ourselves. And as a result, we are all vulnerable. Emergent from the shadows of our unlimited connectedness arises a mysterious figure. And congratulations! It has selected you to have a conversation. To receive a warning. You are vulnerable. It wants to speak to you. Will you listen to what it has to say? Will you be selected? Will you heed its warnings?

Tomorrow (5/13) Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger and the upcoming follow up The Clockwork Crown, will take over at 2 pm EDT.

Here’s a bit more info on Beth’s #twitterfiction foray!

@BethCato seeks out the magic and mystery of the everyday as she alternates between evocative fantasy and science fiction poems and short stories. She encourages other writers & artists to use her #TwitterFiction to spark their own creative works.

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Congrats Beth Cato!

Here at Harper Voyager we’re incredibly proud to call author Beth Cato one of our very own –THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER has just been nominated for the 2015 Locus Award for Best Debut Novel! This fantasy series has been absolutely thrilling to work on; Beth is a natural storyteller, weaving magic into mystery, effortlessly conjuring a world with airships, assassins, gremlins, and a mystical tree with healing powers. Her characters – spunky heroine Octavia, dashingly enigmatic Alonzo, and the audacious Mrs. Stout – come to life in every scene. If you haven’t yet had the chance to explore this fun and fascinating world Beth has created, you’re really missing out on some of the most creative fantasy out there!

Fans of THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER will be delighted to know the sequel, THE CLOCKWORK CROWN, will be released next month on June 9. In the meantime, you can reconnect with Octavia in the e-short THE DEEPEST POISON, available now (with an exclusive excerpt from THE CLOCKWORK CROWN)!


 

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THE BRASS GIANT is on sale today for $1.99!

Sometimes, even the most unlikely person can change the world

Seventeen-year-old Petra Wade, self-taught clockwork engineer, wants nothing more than to become a certified member of the Guild, an impossible dream for a lowly shop girl. Still, she refuses to give up and tinkers with any machine she can get her hands on, in between working and babysitting her foster siblings.

When Emmerich Goss—handsome, privileged, and newly recruited into the Guild—needs help designing a new clockwork system for a top-secret automaton, it seems Petra has finally found the opportunity she’s been waiting for. But if her involvement on the project is discovered, Emmerich will be marked for treason, and a far more dire fate will await Petra.

Working together in secret, they build the clockwork giant, but as the deadline for its completion nears, Petra discovers a sinister conspiracy from within the Guild council…and their automaton is just the beginning.

 

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THE WITCH WITH NO NAME, THE DAY BEFORE, and THE DEEPEST POISON are on sale today!

It’s Rachel Morgan’s ultimate adventure . . . and anything can happen in this final book in the New York Times bestselling Hollows series, out now in mass market!!!!!!!

Rachel Morgan has come a long way from her early days as an inexperienced bounty hunter. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has unexpectedly become something much more.

But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. Rachel has known that this day would come—and now it is here.

To save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything. . . .

Critical Praise

Praise for The Undead Pool:“A great ride in and of itself, rather than simply a buildup to the finale, which is sure to be whiz-bang.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Harrison delivers some amazing major payoffs and throws new wrenches into the life of day-walking demon Rachel Morgan….Huge kudos, as Harrison really nails this one!” — RT Book Reviews (top pick)

“There’s a general sensation of closure and imminent climax as Harrison maneuvers toward the end, and patient readers are promised a substantial payoff.” — Publishers Weekly

“Readers who have followed this series will be overjoyed to have Trent and Rachel finally deal with their complicated history and chemistry.” — Library Journal

“The world-building is complex and solid….and the cast of characters is immensely engaging. The Undead Pool doesn’t disappoint.” — Tor.com

 

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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.

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Octavia Leander, a young healer with incredible powers, has found her place among Miss Percival’s medicians-in-training. Called to the frontlines of a never-ending war between Caskentia and the immoral Wasters, the two women must uncover the source of a devastating illness that is killing thousands of soldiers. But when Octavia’s natural talents far outshine her teacher’s, jealousy threatens to destroy their relationship—as time runs out to save the encampment.

Fans of Beth Cato’s debut, The Clockwork Dagger, will love this journey into Octavia’s past—as well as an exclusive excerpt from the sequel, The Clockwork Crown!

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Voyager Authors at C2E2!

Our authors will be speaking at C2E2! See below for a list of panels where you can see Alex Gordon, Bishop O’Connell, Kelley Grant, and more!

 

FRIDAY

 

Title: Gallows Humor: Authors on Making Light During the Darkest Scenes
Date: 4/24/2015
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: Room S401

Description: It’s the end of the world as you know it. You are racing towards that last battle, heart in your throat and someone cracks a joke. (“Get the Cheese to sickbay!”). You stop to laugh, breathe, relax and breathe for a moment before the tension rachets up and throws you off the literary (not literal!) cliff. Join some of today’s top genre fiction as they discuss the art of integrating humor into horrorific scenarios and how this device evelvates a good book into a great read.

Speakers: Alex Gordon, Bryon Quertermous, Daryl Gregory, Jon Jordan, Lexie Dunne, Tim Lees, Wesley Chu

***Panel Signing: 6:15 – 7:15PM in the C2E2 Autographing Area.

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SATURDAY

Title: Reinventing the Hero(ine)
Date: 4/25/2015
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: Room S403

Description: Heroes come in many forms these days, from reluctant superheroes to psychics and beyond. Join Authors Charlaine Harris (Day Shift), Steve Bein (the Fated Blades series), Bailey Cunningham (the Parallel Parks series), Lexie Dunne (Superheroes Anonymous) and Lauren Roy (the Night Owls series) as they discuss the paranormal elements in their action-packed novels that keep their protagonists on their toes and delight and reward readers.

Speakers: Charlaine Harris, Lauren Roy, Lexie Dunne, Steve Bein, Bailey Cunningham

***Panel Signing: 1:30 – 2:30PM in the C2E2 Autographing Area.

 

Title: Authors of Epic Fantasy
Date: 4/25/2015
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: Room S402

Description: The realm of epic Fantasy encompasses some of the most popular media properties today, from The Hobbit to Game of Thrones. But what does Epic Fantasy mean to you? Dragons, magic and chivalrous knights? And what does it mean to the Authors writing Fantasy fiction today? What are its roots and where is it going? Find out by joining Authors Peter V. Brett (The Demon Cycle), Kelley Grant (Desert Rising), Naomi Novik (Uprooted) and Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle) as they discuss works of Fantasy fiction past, present and future.

Speakers: Colleen Lindsay, Kelley Grant, Naomi Novik, Patrick Rothfuss, Peter V. Brett

***Panel Signing: 4:15 – 5:15PM in the C2E2 Autographing Area.

 

Title: Ghosts and Grim Tidings: The Latest Trends in Horror Fiction
Date: 4/25/2015
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: Room S405b

Description: We’ve all had the experience of staying up all night to read a bone-chilling book….simply because we’re afraid to turn off the light and have the words play against the dark screen of their nocturnal imagination. Join celebrated psychological thriller and horror novelists (including Alex Gordon and Daryl Gregory) as they discuss the most chilling trends in horror fiction. What truly scares jaded readers? What makes the authors themselves wake up in a cold sweat?

Speakers: Alex Gordon, Ali T. Kokmen, Daniel Krause, Daryl Gregory

***Panel Signing: 5:30 – 6:30PM in the C2E2 Autographing Area.

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SUNDAY

 

Title: Out of This World! Science Fiction Authors in Conversation

Date: 4/26/2015
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: Room S405a

Description: Science fiction is mainstream once again. Deep space, time travel, galactic cataclysms and even magic systems based on quantum mechanics continue to fascinate readers. Join Authors Wesley Chu (The Lives of Tao, Time Salvagers), Mike Shepherd (Jump Universe, Kris Longknife) and Bishop O’Connell (The Stolen, The Forgotten) as they discuss their inspirations, research, thoughts on future themes and the exploration of new realities! Moderated by Gary K. Wolfe of Locus Magazine.

Speakers: Gary K. Wolfe, Mike Shepherd, Wesley Chu, Bishop O’Connell

***Panel Signing: 1:15 – 2:15PM in the C2E2 Autographing Area.

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POSITIVE and DESERT RISING are on sale today!


In the bestselling vein of Guillermo Del Toro and Justin Cronin, the acclaimed author of Chimera and The Hydra Protocol delivers his spectacular breakout novel—an entertaining page-turning zombie epic that is sure to become a classic.

Anyone can be positive . . .

The tattooed plus sign on Finnegan’s hand marks him as a Positive. At any time, the zombie virus could explode in his body, turning him from a rational human into a ravenous monster. His only chance of a normal life is to survive the last two years of the potential incubation period. If he reaches his twenty-first birthday without an incident, he’ll be cleared.

Until then, Finn must go to a special facility for positives, segregated from society to keep the healthy population safe. But when the military caravan transporting him is attacked, Finn becomes separated. To make it to safety, he must embark on a perilous cross-country journey across an America transformed—a dark and dangerous land populated with heroes, villains, madmen, and hordes of zombies. And though the zombies are everywhere, Finn discovers that the real danger may be his fellow humans.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome meets World War Z and I Am Legend in this thrilling tale that has it all: a compelling story, great characters, and explosive action, making Positive the ultimate zombie novel of our time.

Critical Praise:

“One of the best zombie novels I’ve read in years. The heart of the zombie story has always been humanity. Positive is a harrowing, brutal, brilliant look at that heart…and it’s still beating.” — New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire on POSITIVE

“A tantalizing and terrifying new take on the zombie mythos, David Wellington’s POSITIVE buzzes with dark, malignant energy. But just beneath the surface of the young protagonist’s journey hums a powerful subtext essaying … the brutal rites of coming-of-age. Wow! Highly recommended.” — Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Descent on POSITIVE

“Combining action and horror and featuring a sympathetic if naïve hero, this is a great addition to the zombie canon from Wellington. Finn’s journey has an epic scale that seems destined for movie screens. In this postapocalyptic world the horror arises mostly from the violent remnants of humanity.” — Library Journal (starred review) on POSITIVE

“If John Wyndham had written a zombie novel, it might very well have resembled Wellington’s clever apocalyptic thriller….Finn’s personal growth is plausible as he grapples with the ethics of survival, and the story displays an imagination familiar to fans of Wellington’s Chimera.” — Publishers Weekly on POSITIVE

“Wellington’s most ambitious book is also his best, written with a maturity and compassion indicative of a writer who’s found the story he was made to tell. Zombie groupies will eat this one up, but it should also be recommended to readers of all epic-scale fantasy.” — Booklist on POSITIVE

“Positive is an excellent novel for those just starting to explore the post-apocalyptic genre while also a satisfying read for the diehard fans out there that are well versed in the worlds of zombies and the end of the world as we know it.” — New York Journal of Books on POSITIVE

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“It frightens me, knowing the One has called up two such strong individuals. It means that there are troubled times in our future, and you must prepare yourselves.”

The Temple at Illian is the crown jewel of life in the Northern Territory. There, pledges are paired with feli, the giant sacred cats of the One god, and are instructed to serve the One’s four capricious deities. Yet Sulis, a young woman from the Southern Desert, has a different perspective—one that just might be considered heresy, but that is catching on rather quickly …

Sulis’s twin, Kadar, meanwhile, is part of a different sort of revolution. When Kadar falls in love with a woman from a Forsaken caste, he finds he’s willing to risk anything to get these people to freedom. But with Sulis drawing a dangerous level of attention from the deities, and war about to break out on two fronts, change may not come as easily as either twin had hoped.

An astonishing debut, Kelley Grant’s Desert Rising brings to life a powerful new epic fantasy tale of determination and self-discovery.

 

Critical Praise:

“Grant draws readers into her unusual setting with lively, well-rounded characters and a satisfyingly twisty plot. Thoughtful worldbuilding adds color and believability. Readers searching for a strong female protagonist and dangerous intrigue in a refreshing fantasy world will enjoy this impressive series opener.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) on DESERT RISING

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Excerpt from David Wellington’s POSITIVE

In the bestselling vein of Guillermo Del Toro and Justin Cronin, the acclaimed author of Chimera and The Hydra Protocol delivers his spectacular breakout novel—an entertaining page-turning zombie epic that is sure to become a classic. POSITIVE is not out until next week, but we’ve got a sneak peek right here!

 

 

 

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APEX is on sale today!

A new dawn is coming.

It’s been eons since Humans controlled the universe, after their defeat by a mysterious enemy. With their downfall came a virtual dark age in which culture and technology stagnated. But now trade is once again flourishing as Human artifacts resurface throughout the galaxy, resurrecting long-forgotten advancements.

And one such discovery may very well alter the course of the future forever.

An epic space adventure, Aer-ki Jyr’s Apex is a breathless race to the ultimate prize, with the very fate of the stars hanging in the balance.

 

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DARK ALCHEMY is on sale today!

Stephen King’s The Gunslinger meets Breaking Bad in Laura Bickle’s contemporary fantasy novel Dark Alchemy.

Some secrets are better left buried …

Geologist Petra Dee arrives in Wyoming seeking clues to her father’s disappearance years ago. What she finds instead is Temperance, a dying western town with a gold rush past and a meth-infested present. But under the dust and quiet, an old power is shifting. When bodies start turning up—desiccated and twisted skeletons that Petra can’t scientifically explain—her investigations land her in the middle of a covert war between the town’s most powerful interests. Petra’s father wasn’t the only one searching for the alchemical secrets of Temperance, and those still looking are now ready to kill. Armed with nothing but shaky alliances, a pair of antique guns, and a relic she doesn’t understand, the only thing Petra knows for sure is that she and her coyote sidekick are going to have to move fast—or die next.

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