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Sneak Peek #1 of GIDEON!

Alex Gordon’s spellbinding new thriller GIDEON is not out until January 6th, but we’ve got a series of sneak peeks to get you super psyched for it!

Here’s sneak peek #1, chapters 1-2!

(PLEASE NOTE THIS EXCERPT IS NOT THE FINAL EDITION AND HAS NOT BEEN COPYEDITED OR PROOFED)

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Harper Voyager veteran authors reflect how their military experiences influenced their books

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we’d like to put the spotlight on our Harper Voyager authors who served in the military: Erik Williams, Ian Douglas, Nick Cole, and Henry V. O’Neil. They each described how their experiences serving have influenced the books they write. We thank them for their courage, as well as for their stories!

ERIK WILLIAMS, author of Demon (out in trade paperback today!):

How has my experience in the military influenced my writing? Hell, I don’t know how it hasn’t. You see, you got to go all the back to the beginning: my birth.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a long story.

In 1978, I was born to two parents both serving in the Navy. My mom didn’t stay in but my dad did, doing close to thirty years.  My youth was spent crawling around on aircraft carriers and under fighter jets and bombers. I went to the University of Southern California on an NROTC scholarship. I met my future wife in that unit. Upon graduation, I was commissioned as an officer and did four years on active duty, including a deployment to the Persian Gulf for the first four months of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  My dad was still on active duty at the same time too, both of us were in the Gulf on separate ships. In 2005, I got out of the Navy (as did my wife) but we turned around and got jobs a defense contractors supporting – you guessed it – the Navy.

So as you can see, the Navy has been, in some form or another, part of my life since the beginning.  Writers like to say, “write what you know.” Well, I know the Navy. So it’s only fitting my first novel Demon would feature a lot of military, including the USS Rushmore (the first ship I actually served on).

Of course, I wasn’t in the CIA.  I’ve never encountered a demon (nor wish to). But I like writing about them. And thanks to my military experience, I’m able to ground m supernatural thriller like Demon in a very real world. I guess you can say it gives the story verisimilitude. Yeah, that’s a good writerly thing to say.

 

IAN DOUGLAS, most recently the author of Dark Matter: Book Five of the Star Carrier series.

Corpsman front!

I was a corpsman, a “Doc” serving with the U.S. Navy, long ago and far away. We ran sick bays and labs and ORs for the Navy; we were medics for the Marines. And, yes, I draw upon those experiences in every book I write.

In his epic military coming-of-age novel Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein wrote movingly about a young recruit reaching “the hump” in his boot camp training … and then pushing beyond. That feeling is quite real and quite powerful. Suddenly, the recruit, his civilian attitudes and worldviews battered down by discipline, training, and a lot of in-his-face screaming, knows that he fits in, that he’s a part of a fraternity, that he belongs.

And he will never, ever be the same.

When I write military SF today, I’m constantly referencing that experience – whether I specifically mention it or not. U.S. military personnel live under a demanding and unaccustomed discipline – they sign away their civilian rights before they raise their hands and swear an oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Usually, they find themselves entering a new relationship with their fellows; it’s well known that the guy in the foxhole fights and dies for his buddies in there with him before he fights for home, mom, and apple pie. That relationship is something most people who have not served in the military can never quite grasp.

Yes, there are exceptions: the cowards and bad apples, the moochers, slackers, and deserters. Humans are, well … human, and no two tick the same way. But in general, that Band of Brothers mentality forged in combat is as sharp and crisp and real as the blood on the sand at Omaha Beach … or the stink of death in Fallujah.

I became a Navy hospital corpsman partly because I hoped to apply my medical training to med school when I got out, partly because my dad before me was a corpsman. Turns out I never became a doctor. I did develop quite an insane love of, and respect for, the U.S. Marine Corps that has stayed with me throughout my life. The scientific, medical, and military training all stood me in very good stead afterward, particularly when I wrote a series for Harper Voyager (Star Corpsmen) about Navy corpsmen in the future. But what really stuck with me were details of life under military discipline and the chain of command, about shipboard life, about the vital need for a well-trained military to defend that afore-mentioned Constitution … and, always, about the goddamned U.S. Marines.

I’m proud to have served.

I’m proud of those with whom I served.

And I’m very proud to be able to bring just a taste of that experience, that fellowship of duty-honor-country, that history, that passion to my tales of the military in the future.

 

NICK COLE, author of Soda Pop Soldier and The Wasteland Saga

I joined the Army as a kid who had some immature ideas about life and writing. The Army changed me, as I’m sure it changes everybody. The Infantry unit I was in had a new 1st Sergeant. He’s the head enlisted man in the company. Even officers who outrank him are wise to listen to his sound advice and hard-earned wisdom.

He had the deadpan eyes of the late actor John Astin. He cut through lies, weaknesses, and youthful ignorance like a deli slicer. The patch on his shoulder told you he was the real deal.  Vietnam, back in the day.

One morning he was going down the line, inspecting us.  If you came up short it was back to the barracks.  Some guy was bellyaching about an important job he had to do.  The 1st Sgt dropped his tombstone gaze right down on top of that slacker.  I was behind the guy.  I heard it all, and it changed me forever.  He didn’t light the guy up and smoke him like a cheap cigarette.  No, he didn’t go straight to Heart Attack military-speak.  He didn’t do any of that. Instead he just said:  “You’re not ready for work.”

John Astin burrowing right into your pathetic soul.

He said, “You show up at the right time, in the right uniform, ready to work.”

Maybe a lot of you figured that out early on. I didn’t. I was young. I was perpetually messing up or not meeting people’s expectations or standards by trying to skate by on charm, mercy, and occasionally getting lucky. I was a kid.

In that one moment, trying to figure out what my major malfunction in life was, I finally understood something that would save me a lot of trouble. Show up in the right uniform, at the right time, ready to work.

The novel is a leviathan. Maybe Melville was really identifying more with Ahab than anyone else. When I wrote my first published book The Old Man and the Wasteland, I knew it had to be the best. I knew I’d get one shot with readers. It couldn’t skate by. This novel was going into the battle that is the marketplace and it needed to be ready. It needed to show up only when it was ready. I held myself to those words. I didn’t let myself say “good enough” until it was ready. It wasn’t done until it was prepared to show up at the right time, in the right uniform, ready to work.

A long time ago I was a young kid, waiting to get in trouble again. I learned something in the Army that would one day help me write a book other people might actually want to read. Thank God for whatever experiences that 1st Sgt had: Vietnam, life, an endless parade of clueless kids who thought life was something else. Thank God for him. And … thank you, 1st Sgt Bannon, wherever you are.

 

HENRY V. O’NEIL, author of Glory Main and Orphan Brigade in the Sim War series

I graduated from West Point in 1985, and spent the next few years as an officer in the US Army Infantry. I was a platoon leader with the 10th Mountain Division at the newly-activated Fort Drum, N.Y. and then served as a company commander with the 1-508th Airborne Battalion in Panama.

During those years I got to meet just about everybody. One of the great things about military service is that the people you work with come from every part of the United States (as well as other countries) and from every walk of life. I quickly learned that there was a vast pool of talent all around me, and that it was important to foster an environment where individuals would step forward to offer their advice or special skills when they were needed.

I incorporated that lesson in my military science fiction tale of survival, Glory Main. In that story, four strangers find themselves marooned on a seemingly barren planet. Confronted with increasingly dangerous threats, their survival often hinges on the hidden talents and inner strengths of the group’s dissimilar members.

Another lesson from my time in the Army was the importance of building genuine, functioning teams. When a team member feels his or her contribution is unwelcome or unappreciated, it can cause that individual to stop trying, or even to withdraw from the group. The initial behavior of the castaways in Glory Main threatened to do just that, and it was an interesting exercise to come up with plot developments that overcame that problem.

Although I never went to the war zone, peacetime training exercises showed me just how complex a military operation can be. When different units act in concert, especially for the first time, there is a huge potential for confusion. Even with effective communication and the best intentions, things still get SNAFU’d all by themselves.

After Glory Main, I wanted to write a story that explored how minor miscalculations can have an enormous impact on a military operation’s success and dire consequences for the soldiers involved. A big battle scene in Orphan Brigade —the sequel to Glory Main—includes a chain of missteps that put the soldiers of the Orphan Brigade in an extremely dangerous situation.

The Human Defense Force depicted in this series is not meant to represent any existing military organization, but of course I was able to draw on my Army experience for the atmosphere and the tone. Both books are a testament to the toughness and resilience of human beings, which I saw demonstrated many times in my years with the Infantry. Whenever I capture that successfully, it’s a tribute to the dedicated men and women of our armed forces.

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METROPHAGE by Richard Kadrey: Back in paperback!

Metrophage, the cult-classic dystopian cyberpunk tale from New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey, is now back in print in a special signed, collectible edition!

About Metrophage: Welcome to our future: L.A. in the late twenty-first century—a segregated city of haves and have-nots, where morality is dead and technology rules. Here, a small wealthy group secludes themselves in gilded cages. Beyond their high-security compounds, far from their pretty comforts, lies a lawless wasteland where the angry masses battle hunger, rampant disease, and their own despair in order to survive.

Jonny was born into this Hobbesian paradise. A streetwise hustler who deals drugs on the black market—narcotics that heal the body and cool the mind—he looks out for nobody but himself. Until a terrifying plague sweeps through L.A., wreaking death and panic, and no one, not even a clever operator like Jonny, is safe.

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Three new urban fantasy stories are released today

We’ve got three new releases today, and they’re perfect for urban fantasy fans!

Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge is the first book of her dark Hellhound Chronicles series. Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who hunts errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss. As punishment for her transgression, Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper’s ledger . . . or die trying.

But after a hundred years of servitude, it’s time for payback. And Hell hath no fury like an avenging Ava. . . .

Available in paperback and ebook: HC.com | B&N | Amazon | Books-A-Million

Also out today is the last installment to the Final Asylum Tales – Inner Demon by Jocelynn Drake. Gage is a powerful warlock in Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, goblins, and vampires walk free alongside humanity. But there are two dangerous entities murdering parents and children, and Gage needs to stop them before anybody else gets hurt.

When Gage discovers a demon locked away, it offers him access to dark magic in exchange for its freedom—a dangerous opportunity, but one that could save his loved ones. Gage must choose between what is right and what is easy … except he’s running out of time.

Available for just $0.99 in ebook:  HC.com | iBooks | Amazon | Google 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to the ever-after one last time in this never-before-published short story!

The origins of the elf and demon war have been shrouded – until now. Told from a demon’s point of view, join Al as he helps Newt spin the curse that caused the elven downfall… and perhaps holds the beginnings of their own reclamations.

Available for just $0.99 in ebook:  HC.com | iBooks Amazon Google 

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Part II of the Final Asylum Tales publishes today

Happy publication day to Jocelynn Drake for Demon’s Vow: Part II of the Final Asylum Tales!

Get the ebook now for just $0.99:  HC.com | Amazon B&N | Google iBooks

Tattoo artist and warlock Gage is having a rough week. He’s trying to track down a mysterious murderer in Low Town while also chasing a powerful entity that’s been using forbidden Death Magic across the nation. When Gage discovers that the two forces may be trying to unite, the stakes get even higher. With Gideon’s help, Gage is determined to stop the murderers before anyone else gets hurt—including his girlfriend, Trixie

Don’t forget Part I– Demon’s Fury – is still FREE.

And the conclusion, Inner Demon: Part III of the Final Asylum Tales, will publish next week. Pre-order your copy today!

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Part I of the Final Asylum Tales is out and FREE

Happy publication day to Jocelynn Drake for Demon’s Fury: Part I of the Final Asylum Tales!

Get it for FREE now.  HC.com | Amazon | B&N | Google | iBooks

Next week part II – Demon’s Vow – will publish, be sure to pre-order now!

Jocelynn Drake continues her successful Asylum Tales urban fantasy series with Demon’s Fury, set in a world where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires walk free alongside humanity.

Powerful warlock and tattoo artist Gage has managed to escape the magical Ivory Towers who terrorize the rest of humans and monsters—but at a price. Now he must join forces with his nemesis, Gideon, to stop an unknown entity who is using old magic to commit gruesome murders. And as if that’s not keeping him busy enough, an investigator recruits Gage to help her track a killer … who may be targeting tattoo artists.

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Supernatural thriller DEMON publishes today

Happy publication day to Voyager Impulse author Erik Williams for DEMON – a supernatural thriller/military sf mash-up.

DEMON was one of the winning books selected from our Harper Voyager Digital Submission Contest!

Mike Caldwell is a CIA assassin who thinks he’s finally got a real case to work on. At a remote construction site in Iraq, something deadly and dangerous has been unearthed, and Mike believes he’s dealing with a powerful pathogen that turns the infected into primal killing machines. The truth, however, is far worse. The ancient prison of the fallen angel Semyaza has been uncovered, and for the first time in thousands of years he is free to roam the earth, possessing the bodies of the humans he hates. And everywhere he goes, Hell is sure to follow.

Now Mike is on Semyaza’s trail, hunting a demon whose mere presence turns every living thing near it into a weapon of mass destruction. Both merchants of death are on a collision course, while the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.

Read an excerpt of the book here.

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Steampunk fantasy THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER debuts today

Happy pub day to Voyager author Beth Cato for her enchanting fantasy debut, The Clockwork Dagger! Full of magic, mystery, and romance, perfect for fans of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger.

Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.

Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.

Get your copy now!  B&N  |  iBooks  |  IndieBound  | Amazon  | HC.com (15% off with free shipping, and 20% off ebook!)

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OUT NOW: THE WITCH WITH NO NAME

The time has come… the end is nigh…

Cheer, sob, all the feelings go!

Watch a video of Kim touring the underground (literally!) of Cincinnati here 

Read excerpt here

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Share your thoughts about the end of the Hollows in the Voyager book club here 

See if Kim’s coming to your town on her book tour here 

 

 

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Cover reveals for new Asylum Tales stories!

Attention all Jocelynn Drake fans: there will be three installments of the final Asylum Tales e-novellas in October! Fans of ANGEL’S INK and DEAD MAN’S DEAL will be able to read the conclusion of Gage’s story, and we are absolutely thrilled to reveal the covers of all three parts!

Demon’s Fury: Part 1 of the Final Asylum Tales
On sale October 14. This first e-novella is FREE! Pre-order your copy today here.

Demon’s Vow: Part 2 of the Final Asylum Tales
On sale October 21. This second e-novella is $0.99. Pre-order your copy here.

Inner Demon: Part 3 of the Final Asylum Tales
On sale October 28. This final e-novella is $0.99. Pre-order your copy here.

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Fairytale rewrite ONCE UPON A RHYME publishes in ebook today

Happy publication day to our Voyager Impulse author Jack Heckel for his comedic fantasy ONCE UPON A RHYME, volume I of the Charming Tales. Jack was a winner from our digital submissions contest and we couldn’t be more excited!

The dragon is dead. The princess has been saved. There is but one problem: Prince Charming had nothing to do with it.

In order to save his royal reputation, Prince Charming must begrudgingly enlist the help of accidental hero William Pickett. The two set out on an adventure that has them fighting trolls, outwitting a scoundrel, and drinking the foulest ale ever, collecting bruises to both body and pride along the way. Meanwhile, the rescued princess, Gwendolyn, turns out to be one dangerously distressed damsel, and an evil presence takes over Castle White in Charming’s absence …

Enter this rollicking world and discover just what happens when a fairytale leaves the well-trodden path of “once upon a time.”

Buy it now in ebook:  HC.com |  Amazon  |  B&N  | iBook  |  Google Play

Be sure to visit Jack Heckel on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@JackHeckel).