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Supervillains Anonymous is on sale today!

Calling all superhero fans!!  Today is the ebook on sale day for SUPERVILLAINS ANONYMOUS by Lexie Dunne.  The stakes are huge and the hero is short when Hostage Girl returns snarkier than ever in the urban fantasy sequel to Superheroes Anonymous.

New superhero Gail Godwin, the one and only Hostage Girl, is in big trouble: her nemesis Chelsea is loose, her trainer Angélica is dead, and everybody thinks Gail did it. To make matters worse, Davenport Industries has thrown her into a prison that just happens to be full of the very same supervillains who used to kidnap her on an almost daily basis.

Outside, things aren’t going all that great either. There’s a conspiracy that runs all the way to the bedrock of the superhero community, and it’s affecting everybody Gail loves. With her friends in the crosshairs, it’s up to her to escape and get to the bottom of things. Subterfuge, crime-fighting, and running away from everybody you know should be a cinch, right?

Wrong. Gail faces off against hero and villain alike just to stay alive. And you know what they say about supervillains: if you can’t beat them…join them.

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BEYOND REDEMPTION: THE MUSICAL (NOT REALLY)

A note from Michael on why he left the music industry to become a writer—and his soundtrack of choice 

Before hurling myself bodily at writing, I worked for fifteen years as an audio engineer. I did live sound in Toronto venues, and mixed well over ten thousand bands. I also worked as a freelance studio engineer. When I left (fled) the music business I brought with me some gear which later became a variety of home stereos.

Working nights mixing rock bands—losing my mind and my hearing—did have one advantage. It left my days free. At some point I realized it might be a neat idea to actually use that time for something constructive rather than just getting my ass handed to me by teenagers in online first-person-shooters.

Sex Without Souls, the goth-metal band I played guitar for, was winding down and I found myself looking for another artistic outlet. Maybe something a little healthier than being in a band, which apparently involved chain-smoking in dingy basements and downing pints of whiskey while on stage.

While my soon-to-be wife planned our wedding, I decided it was time to try writing a novel. I knew exactly what I wanted to write: Snow Crash. I failed. Missed by miles. But what I did end up with caught the attention of a small Canadian publisher by the name of Five Rivers. We spent a year and a half editing and rewriting. This was my first real lesson in writing and I inhaled it. I was hooked, I wanted more. When I started my next novel, Beyond Redemption, I took everything I had learned and applied it to the process.

I don’t know how real writers work. But for me, it all started with two ideas: To explore a world where belief (and delusion) defined reality, and I didn’t want any of my characters to come out of the story as better people. I wanted them to be beyond redemption. I had the title before I wrote the first word.

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BEYOND REDEMPTION is On Sale Today!

A darkly imaginative writer in the tradition of Joe Abercrombie, Peter V. Brett, and Neil Gaiman conjures a gritty mind-bending fantasy, set in a world where delusion becomes reality . . . and the fulfillment of humanity’s desires may well prove to be its undoing.

When belief defines reality, those with the strongest convictions—the crazy, the obsessive, the delusional—have the power to shape the world.

And someone is just mad enough to believe he can create a god . . .

Violent and dark, the world is filled with the Geistrekranken—men and women whose delusions manifest. Sustained by their own belief—and the beliefs of those around them—they can manipulate their surroundings. For the High Priest Konig, that means creating order out of the chaos in his city-state, leading his believers to focus on one thing: helping a young man, Morgen, ascend to become a god. A god they can control.

Trouble is, there are many who would see a god in their thrall, including the High Priest’s own doppelgangers, a Slaver no one can resist, and three slaves led by possibly the only sane man left.

As these forces converge on the boy, there’s one more obstacle: time is running out. Because as the delusions become more powerful, the also become harder to control. The fate of the Geistrekranken is to inevitably find oneself in the Afterdeath. The question, then, is:

Who will rule there?

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Excerpt of Michael R. Fletcher’s BEYOND REDEMPTION

We are beyond excited about Michael R. Fletcher’s dark and gritty fantasy BEYOND REDEMPTION, out next week on June 16th. So excited, in fact, that we have posted an extensive sneak peek here!

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Out Today: THE CLOCKWORK CROWN and THE MECHANICAL THEATER

It’s a Super Steampunk on sale day at Harper Voyager!  THE CLOCKWORK CROWN, Beth Cato’s follow up to The Clockwork Dagger, and Brooke Johnson’s e-original novel THE MECHANICAL THEATER are both out today!

Rich in atmosphere, imagination, and fun, the action-packed, magic-filled sequel to The Clockwork Dagger is an enchanting steampunk fantasy, evocative of the works of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger.

Narrowly surviving assassination and capture, Octavia Leander, a powerful magical healer, is on the run with handsome Alonzo Garrett, the Clockwork Dagger who forfeited his career with the Queen’s secret society of spies and killers—and possibly his life—to save her. Now, they are on a dangerous quest to find safety and answers: Why is Octavia so powerful? Why does she seem to be undergoing a transformation unlike any witnessed for hundreds of years?

The truth may rest with the source of her mysterious healing power—the Lady’s Tree. But the tree lies somewhere in a rough, inhospitable territory known as the Waste. Eons ago, this land was made barren and uninhabitable by an evil spell, until a few hardy souls dared to return over the last century. For years, the Waste has waged a bloody battle against the royal court to win its independence—and they need Octavia’s powers to succeed.

Joined by unlikely allies, including a menagerie of gremlin companions, she must evade killers and Clockwork Daggers on a dangerous journey through a world on the brink of deadly civil war.

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Petra Wade’s older brother, Solomon, has always dreamed of being an actor. Instead, he works grueling shifts in the clockwork city’s boiler rooms to help support his large adopted family. When Le Theatre Mecanique holds an open call for their upcoming performance, he decides to audition. However, the only role he is suitable to fill is that of the theater’s custodian.

Leaving the well-paying boiler job behind him, Solomon immerses himself in the theater—watching rehearsals, studying the performances, and working with an emerging young actress to improve his skills. But back at home, his family feels the sting of their reduced income when his younger sister Emily develops pneumonia and the only treatment is too expensive.

Solomon will be forced to make a difficult choice: fulfill his dreams of stardom, or help save his younger sister.

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BRIAR QUEEN and IRON AND BLOOD out today!

Two fabulous books out today!

THE BRIAR QUEEN

by Katherine Harbour

Available in paperback and ebook editions from Harper Voyager!

The dark, moody, and mystical fantasy begun in Thorn Jack, the first novel in the Night and Nothing series, continues in this bewitching follow up—an intriguing blend of Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alice in Wonderland, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream—in which Finn Sullivan discovers that her town, Fair Hollow, borders a dangerous otherworld…

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IRON AND BLOOD

Part II of the Saga of the Redeemed

by Auston Habershaw

After Tyvian Reldamar gets double-crossed by his business partner, he is affixed with an iron ring that prevents the wearer from any evildoing. Not one to be deterred by this setback, he quickly puts into motion a plan for revenge—one that will use every dirty trick in the book.

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Voyager Authors at Phoenix Comicon!

Anyone going to Phoenix Comicon? Make sure to see our HarperVoyager Spotlight panel, as well as all the panels featuring our amazing authors!

 

Harper Voyager Spotlight Panel : Saturday 10:30am – 11:30am

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With the proliferation of science fiction/fantasy in this year’s movie and television landscape, it’s a vibrant, transformational time in the SF/F publishing market: and Harper Voyager, HarperCollins’ speculative fiction imprint, has never before boasted such a diverse array of content.  Assistant Editor Kelly O’Connor and Associate Publicist Caroline Perny will discuss how the marketplace is rebounding from an overabundance of vampires and werewolves: readers are increasingly hungry for tales more rooted in scientific reality: on the ascendant are science thrillers (Zer0es by Chuck Wendig, Departure by A.G. Riddle, Positive by David Wellington); magical espionage and supernatural noir (Killing Pretty by Richard Kadrey, Stonehill Downs by Sarah Remy, The Day Before by Liana Brooks); space opera and military adventure (Shadow of Empire by Jay Allan, Guerilla by Mel Odom, The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel) . Don’t discount pop culture’s ongoing obsession with marvel-ous superhero mythology and tales of gods on earth (Superheroes Anonymous by Lexie Dunne, Devil in the Wires by Tim Lees).  Readers continue to be fascinated with books that go bump in the night: Horror remains a strong category, with a wide range of fiction incorporating horrorific elements (Gideon by Alex Gordon, The Devil’s Bag Man by Adam Mansbach, Beyond Redemption by Michael K. Fletcher).  And blending the magic of fantasy with the science of SF are some cog-studded Steampunk powerhouses (The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato; On Her Majesty’s Behalf by Joseph Nassise, Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr).  Attendees will get a sneak peak at upcoming Harper Voyager titles, prizes, books—and the chance to meet some of our out-of-this-world authors!

Featuring Alex Gordon, Beth Cato, Chuck Wendig, Joseph Nassise, Mel Odom, Richard Kadrey, and Viola Carr

 

 

Voyager Author Panels & Signings

 

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**Note: Viola will also be participating in a con-adjacent event—The Steampunk Tea

 

 

Joseph Nassise:

**No links to Joe’s schedule yet, as he won’t be announced as a guest until 5/2

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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)!