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A NEW SERIES BY IAN DOUGLAS!

On sale now is BLOODSTAR by New York Times bestselling author Ian Douglas, the first book in his new military SF series STAR CORPSMAN about the elite units of recon Marines and Corpsmen who infiltrate alien worlds ahead of major military strikes and planetary invasion to gather intelligence.

Read an excerpt here and get a copy in paperback or ebook today.

“Douglas knows his SF.”
— Publishers Weekly

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DEVIL SAID BANG is on sale tomorrow, August 28th! (This also means that Richard Kadrey will be on tour–see bottom of post for dates in next two months.)

Here’s another little peak at Richard Kadrey’s fourth Sandman Slim novel DEVIL SAID BANG. And if you haven’t already go to i09 to read the first 40 pages and also read our other previous excerpt here.

It’s afternoon and the senior planning staff is waiting in the palace meeting room. The place looks like Bring Your Clown to Work Day at a Masonic lodge. The slick suits and Hellion power dresses aren’t the problem. It’s everything else they’re wearing. Ceremonial aprons covered with old runes. A morbid rainbow of colored scarves and gloves showing everyone’s place in the food chain. Blinders. Gaggers. Masks.

They’re all giving me the pig eye as I roll in. I take my time getting to the head of the table. The dirty looks aren’t just because I’m late. I’ll always be that sheep-killing dog Sandman Slim to most of them, and now, just to rub their ugly noses in it, I’m their boss. At least the armor is doing its job. No matter how much they hate me, they keep their hex holes shut with my devil armor shining like the mirrored belly of a chrome wasp.

There are twelve on the planning committee. With me there’s thirteen. A cozy little coven. Buer is there. So are Marchosias and Obyzuth. Semyazah would be here but none of the generals will put up with this shit.

Technically I’m supposed to be in ritual drag too but I have a hard time picturing Samael dressed up like a Brooks Brothers Pied Piper, so I follow his example and skip the wardrobe call.

There’s a silver circle in the center of the table. Lines radiate out to the edges, cutting the table into twelve sections. Each trick-or-treater steps up and sets down a different ceremonial object. The junk looks like leftovers from a Goth-club garage sale.

Obyzuth sets down a green rock, like a Templar meditation stone. The Hellion next to her sets down an athame knife that cuts through ignorance or butters magic toast or something. Buer drops a snake carved from the leg bone of a fallen Hellion warrior. It goes on and on like that. I’m supposed to light a red candle at the end of the ritual but things are going too slow.   I fire it up now and light a Malediction off it.

“Don’t take it personally, but if I have to sit through one more of these meetings, I’m going to gut every one of you like catfish, shit in your skulls, and mail them to your families. This isn’t Hell. It’s a PTA meeting. Maybe all we need to save Hell is a bake sale.”

I flick my ashes over the candle.

“Here’s how it is from now on. Do your projects any way you want. Fuck the budgets. Fuck the schedules. When it’s done, you get one minute to tell me about it.”

The room is silent. It’s not like regular silence. More like the kind you get with a concussion.

“In case anyone thinks letting you off the leash is a license to steal or stab me in the back, let me introduce the newest member of our team.”

I go to the doors and open them. A hellhound clanks in on its big metal claws and looks over the room. The hound is bigger than a dire wolf, a clockwork killing machine run by a Hellion brain suspended in a glass globe where its head should be. They’re terrifying on a battlefield but in an enclosed space like this, the whirs and clicks of its mechanics, its razor teeth and pink, exposed brain, are enough to give a Tyrannosaurus a heart attack.

The hound follows me around the table, folds up its legs, and settles down on the floor next to me. A dutiful guard dog.

“This is Ms. 45. The new head of HR. Any of you upstanding citizens that do less than your best work, conspire against me, or sell supplies to the black market can explain it to her. She works nights, weekends, and holidays, and if she’s indisposed, Ms. 45 has a few hundred colleagues downstairs. In fact, the hounds now have the run of the palace, so watch your step. I hear stainless-steel turds stain bad.”

No one says anything. Besides the hellhound, the only sound is people restlessly moving their feet.

“Now get to work and leave me the fuck alone.”

All twelve of them file out, right into the other two hounds I stationed outside. It would have been a hoot programming them to eat each Council member as they left. A little counterproductive, though. I need them to do the work I’m sure not going to do. But If I can’t have a little fun being the Devil, why bother?

Now I can get back to figuring out the rest of Lucifer’s power so I can get the hell out of here.

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PS: Richard will be doing a mini tour for the book:

8-28, Mysterioous Galaxy, San Diego. 7 pm

8-29, Dark Delicacies, Burbank. 7 pm

8-30, Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ. 7 pm

9-2, Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA. 1:15 pm

9-4, Boston Public Library, Boston. 6 pm

9-8, Borderlands Books, San Francisco. 3 pm

9-14 Booksmith, San Francisco. 7:30 pm

10-4 Tattered Cover, Denver, CO. 7:30 pm

10-11 to 10-14 New York Comic Con, Javits Center, times/dates tk

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New! Kim Harrison’s Into the Woods Wallpaper!

Kim Harrison’s upcoming short story collection INTO THE WOODS is getting fantastic buzz!

Publishers Weekly writes “Harrison’s Hollows series remains one of the more solid and satisfying islands in the current sea of novels involving vampires, demons, and werewolves. Hollows fans will be enthralled by the first half of this short story collection….Harrison’s talent for making supernaturals understandable, likable, and engaging is amply demonstrated in this strong collection.”

You can also read an exclusive excerpt over at io9.com!

 

Plus, in anticipation of the October 9th release, Kim has created some beautiful wallpapers for her fans!

Small: 640 x 480 

Medium: 800 X 600 px

Large: 1024 x 768

 

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HIDDEN THINGS on sale today! Intro from Author & Excerpt!

Doyce Testerman on HIDDEN THINGS:

As with most reckless undertakings in my life, Hidden Things was born out of a dare.

My friends and I were sitting around discussing our favorite books, and one of them (De Knippling) commented: “It really sucks that there’s no weird, magical, fantasy stuff set in the Midwest.”

I, secure in my role as the snarky South Dakota expat, replied: “That’s because nothing magical happens in the Midwest.” I paused. “Ever.”

“And that,” De countered, “is your fault.”

I coughed on the soda I’d been drinking. “Really.”

“Yup.” She pointed at me. “Fixing that needs to be your next book.”

“But –”

“And write a female lead this time,” said the-friend-who-would-always-rather-read-female-leads.

“But – ”

“And make her a private detective!” called out the-friend-who-likes-mysteries from the kitchen.

“But –”

“I dare you,” De finished.

And thus, my fate was sealed, Calliope Jenkins was born, and her feet were set on a path that neither of us knew very much about, except its eventual, inevitable destination.

What Do You Do When There’s No Place to Hide?

“Nothing magical ever happens in the Midwest,” Calliope reminded me, her voice as sure and dismissive as mine had been.

But she’s wrong. Very, very wrong, as it turns out. In the first few pages of the story, we see Calliope’s best friend killed by what can only be described as a monster — a twisted Thing with a child’s name. The next morning, someone finds the body. A few hours later, that same friend leaves a message on Calliope’s phone, asking for help, and off we go.

I never thought of Hidden Things as urban fantasy (which is the way it often characterized) because ‘urban’ doesn’t really come into it very much, and it didn’t seem to have any of the trappings I typically associated with the genre. Vampires, sexy or otherwise, were nowhere to be seen; neither were werewolves. Ditto Chosen Ones, surly street wizards, or talking animal companions. There is magic, to be sure, but no spellbooks. Tattoos don’t factor in any significant way, and everyone’s is hair a reasonable, manageable length, and generally the right color. My inspirations came from other areas: Hammet’s stories of Sam Spade and Continental Op gave me a frame of reference for early parts of the story, and the style and pacing of pulp science fiction and fantasy writers like Roger Zelazny have imprinted themselves on me so deeply I probably have Doorways in the Sand encoded somewhere in my DNA. Neil Gaiman’s light touch with the supernatural is something I’ve always love, as well as Stephen King’s gift for characterization.

And, of course, the greatest influence of all — that big stretch of open county and enormous sky where I grew up. There’s a kind of magic there, that much is certain: there’s a magic of extremes, where it can freeze you like the sub-artic in the winter, drown you in Spring, and kill you with heatstroke in the summer. (Fall is actually kind of nice. All two weeks of it. We’ll leave Fall alone.) There’s a magic of stories, too: it’s a lonely country, and the people that live there — from the tribes who first wandered from river to river, to those who came later, decided to stay, and actually survived long enough to make families — they tell stories like they’re sharing food with those that need it.

“The sort of Hidden Things that live in a place like that,” a stranger tells Calliope, “are probably the toughest, smartest Things of all.”

Turns out, he’s right.

*For more fun and games visit Doyce at http://doycetesterman.com/

Critics are loving HIDDEN THINGS!

Reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s dark fantasies and the early books of Stephen King,” — Library Journal

“I loved this book from start to finish. It’s strange, weird and down to earth, all at the same time; chock full of fascinating characters, dark dreams and fantasy elements that deliver a real sense of wonder. What’s not to love?” — Charles de Lint

“Along with the clever, determined, dauntless protagonist, Testerman brings an impressive dark energy to the scenario and plotting . . . Agreeably creepy, with original flourishes and flashes of dark humor.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A satisfying blend of noir and magic.” — Publishers Weekly

“Hidden Things reveals the America I want to believe in–dragons on highways, trolls in the hills, motels that lead to new dimensions. I’ll never look at a rest stop the same way again.” — Maureen Johnson, author of The Name of the Star

“Testerman tells a story of a secret world that is sad, sweet, funny, and more than a little twisted. This world of wizened wizard-men and demon clowns will lure you into the shadows, and once you meet the characters who live in those dark strange places you’ll never want to leave. The magic matters here, but it’s the human touch that really brings the book to life.” — Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Irregular Creatures
Hidden Things Excerpt

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The Courier’s New Bicycle up for more awards!

The Courier’s New Bicycle  by Kim Westwood just keeps on attracting praise! Not only did it pick up both the Ditmar Award for Best Novel and the Best Science Fiction Novel at the Aurealis Awards, but Kim’s story of a dystopian future Melbourne has now been shortlisted for a Best First Fiction Ned Kelly Award for AND a Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for Best Fiction!

In case you needed any more convincing to go and read it, Nalini Haynes great review for The Courier’s New Bicycle  for the Dark Matter Fanzine blog really should do the job!

The Courier’s New Bicycle is a masterpiece; I haven’t felt this way about a work since Wings of Desire.  Highly recommended; this is brilliant speculative fiction not to be missed. ”

Be sure to check out more great posts and reviews over at the Dark Matter fanzine blog!

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Blackwell High Fantasy Night

This past Friday, the team at Fantasy Faction and Blackwell’s held a Fantasy Night. In attendance were two fantasy heavyweights - Peter V. Brett and Joe Abercrombie – and up-and-comer debut author Myke Cole.

The event was extremely well attended, drawing fans, industry people, other authors, and not a few UK-based bloggers under one roof. We crammed ourselves into the store, braving the London heat to enjoy a freewheeling discussion on a wide variety of topics related to fantasy and speculative fiction.

 

 

Marc and Paul of Fantasy Faction hosted, pitching questions and ably steering the discussion between the authors and audience. Topics ranged from why fantasy is so popular these days (we’re the cool kids, now, apparently), to how fantasy has changed over the decades, to whether or not writing is the most fun one can have by oneself.

After the questions, the authors stuck around to sign many, many copies of their books, graciously taking their time to interact with their fans and answer more questions. The lines were long, taking us way beyond the shop’s closing time, before the festivities moved across the road to a pub, where the conversation continued well into the night.

Myke Cole’s debut had just been released and received a lot of attention (and sold out pretty fast). There was, however, a great deal of anticipation surrounding Joe Abercrombie’s upcoming sixth book, A Red Country.

Peter Brett’s line, though, was massive and seemingly-endless. With anticipation riding high for Brett’s third novel, The Daylight War (published by Voyager in February 2013) and also the new hardcover edition of his two novellas The Great Bazaar & Brayan’s Gold (published in January 2013), it was heartening to see so many people eager to meet him and get their books signed. One fan came all the way from Germany just to meet him!

Overall, the night was a huge success, with attendees declaring the event “entertaining”, “insightful” and “funny”, with all three authors on top-form. Peter Brett declared the evening “all win” on the event’s Facebook page, and Fantasy Faction founder Marc Aplin said “To see this many people come out to support us and the authors makes me incredibly proud and reminds me why I love this genre.”

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Peter V. Brett has landed

If you haven’t been following Peter Brett’s twitter feed then you won’t know that he is in London RIGHT NOW. Why? Well, you’re in for a treat.

He will be attending an evening of High Fantasy at Blackwell’s (100 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0JG London). Check out the FB page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/426710264038345/

So if you wanted to meet the author of the Demon Cycle Series, get down to Blackwell today!

http://www.petervbrett.com/

 

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Earth Girl has landed in a bookshop near you!

Earth Girl comes out today! Read a bit about the book below and see what the reviewers have been saying.

A sensational YA science fiction debut from an exciting new British author. Jarra is stuck on Earth while the rest of humanity portals around the universe. But can she prove to the norms that she’s more than just an Earth Girl?

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.

A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.

‘With a dash of action, sprinkling of romance, some teenage angst and a couple of collapsing skyscrapers, this novel contains everything you could possibly want to grab a teenage reader and keep them utterly enthralled’ Starburst Magazine

‘A break from the norms’ SFX magazine

‘In her debut novel, Janet Edwards has created an authentic futuristic world with enough history and adventure to keep readers captivated’ Amazon Kindle Editors’ Pick – August Book of the Month 2012

One of the most recent reviews tweeted at us said:

“Earth Girl is totally zan, impressive, unforgettable and unputdownable. Everything about it was perfect and well-thought out: history, technology, plot, language, vibrant characters, character development and interaction and culture! The writing was flawless and engaging and at the same time, fun and youthful. When I reached the end, I went back to my favorite parts and read them again. I highly recommend this to dystopian readers and science fiction readers! If you see this in a bookstore, grab a copy asap!” Blog link

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Great Reviews for Tracey O’Hara!

SIN’S DARK CARESS, O’Hara’s latest in her wonderful Dark Brethren series, has received a ton of glowing praise:

 

“O’Hara’s fast pace and interesting character mix propels the Dark Brethren series forward like a freight train.” – Monsters and Critics

 

“Tracey O’Hara’s Dark Brethren series gets better with each book.” – Scooper Speaks

 

“Sin’s Dark Caress is a chillingly dark and twisted tale of just how far the Dark Brethern and their accomplices will go to unleash pure evil into the world. I found myself absolutely compelled to keep reading as the tension and urgency rose.” – Paperback Dolls

 

“Sin’s Dark Caress is a fast paced read with plenty of action, exciting twists and strong characters.” – Book’d Out

 

“This is a winner.” – Genre Go Round Reviews

 

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All Hail Jorg – King of Thorns! OUT NOW!

Today is the publication day of the second book in The Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence. The first book, Prince of Thorns, garnered much acclaim on its release last year. Below you can read a synopsis of King of Thorns, follow the link to read exclusive excerpts and find out a bit more about Mark Lawrence.

The second book in the Broken Empire series, Lawrence takes his young anti-hero one step closer to his grand ambition.

To reach greatness you must step on bodies, and many brothers lie trodden in my wake. I’ve walked from pawn to player and I’ll win this game of ours, though the cost of it may drown the world in blood…

The land burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords and petty kings fight for the Broken Empire. The long road to avenge the slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the hidden hands behind this endless war. He saw the game and vowed to sweep the board. First though he must gather his own pieces, learn the rules of play, and discover how to break them.

A six nation army, twenty thousand strong, marches toward Jorg’s gates, led by a champion beloved of the people. Every decent man prays this shining hero will unite the empire and heal its wounds. Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king.

Faced by an enemy many times his strength Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg’s game plan.

Read an exclusive exerpt here

Mark Lawrence Interview and Blog

Buy signed and numbered copies here