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New Release / Giveaway: The Hencha Queen – J. Scott Coatsworth

The Hencha Queen - J. Scott Coatsworth

J. Scott Coatsworth has a new queer sci-fantasy book out, Tales from Tharassas book 3: The Hencha Queen. “A richly painted world that is both beautiful and sinister, evoking landscapes that are as much science fiction as Tolkiensian fantasy. 5 stars.” –Ulysses, Paranormal Romance Guild SILYA COMES INTO HER OWN, BUT WILL SHE BE ENOUGH? Silya finally has everything she always wanted. She’s the Hencha Queen, head of the Temple, and is working to master her newfound talents. So why does the world pick now to fall apart? Her once-nemesis Raven is off riding dragons, and their mutual friend (and her … Read more

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Author Spotlight: Michael Solis

Michael Solis

Welcome to my weekly Author Spotlight. I’ve asked a bunch of my author friends to answer a set of interview questions, and to share their latest work. Today: Michael Solis is from New Jersey and currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya. He has spent the past sixteen years working in development and humanitarianism in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. A Princeton graduate, he has master’s degrees in human rights law and gender studies. While traveling, he fell in love with telling thought-provoking stories based on his personal experiences. Deficient is his debut novel. Thanks so much, Michael, for joining me! J. … Read more

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Review: Glory on Mars – Kate Rauner

Glory on Mars - Kate Rauner

Genre: Sci-Fi, Colonization Get It On Amazon About The Book A fragile foothold on a vast frozen plain. A crashed spaceship’s pilot may have been murdered. Will the first settlers on Mars be the last? Determined to explore with her robots, Emma Winters leaves Earth forever and makes the one-way journey. She trained with her friends for the planet’s deadly challenges, but living on Mars drives them apart. The corporation that sent them has no answers as conflicts escalate toward catastrophe. Her allies falter and clues to survival remain beyond Emma’s grasp. Can she discover the truth before the Red … Read more

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Princess of Shadows: The Girl Who Would Be King – Colin Alexander

Princess of Shadows: The Girl Who Would Be King - Colin Alexander

Dive into Colin Alexander’s sci-fantasy masterpiece: Princess of Shadows: The Girl Who Would Be King. A princess doesn’t lead an army. Or does she? It is a hard life on a strange world under a red sun that never moves in the heavens, its landscape dotted with the ruins of the Ancients who came from beyond the sky. The Kingdom of the Light, Shadows, and Dark brought stability to this world for generations, but peace is dying as the kingdom crumbles. Rebellion and warfare are rife in the realm, and death in all its brutal forms stalks the land. Aeryn, … Read more

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Review: The Great North – J. Scott Coatsworth

The Great North -J. Scott Coatsworth

Just got a great review for The Great North from Ulysses at the Paranormal Romance Guild: Get It On Amazon | Universal Buy Link About The Book Dwyn is a young man in the small, isolated northern town of Manicouga, son of the Minstor, and betrothed to marry the beautiful Kessa in just a few weeks. Mael is shepherding the remains of his own people from Land’s End, a village much farther north, chased out by a terrible storm that destroyed the town. Both are trying to find their way in a post-apocalyptic world. When they meet, their love may … Read more

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Author Spotlight: Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Welcome to my weekly Author Spotlight. I’ve asked a bunch of my author friends to answer a set of interview questions, and to share their latest work. Today: Award-winning author, editor, and publisher Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with Mike McPhail and Greg Schauer to form eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her published works include eight novels, Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court, The Redcaps’ Queen, Daire’s Devils, The Play of Light, and Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day … Read more

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New Release: Spark & Tether – Lilian Zenzi

Spark & Tether - Lillian Zenzi

Lilian Zenzi has a new queer sci-fi romance out (nonbinary/pan/queer/gender-fluid): Spark & Tether. Working odd jobs across the Outer Ring gets a little lonely sometimes—not everyone loves having a synchronist with supraliminal perception around. But all Sacheri wants, he tells himself, is to wander the stars. Then he takes a salvage run to an abandoned moon where he meets the wry, reserved, strictly-by-the-rules archivist Jin. Mesmerized by their confidence and charm, Sacheri can’t resist showing off his abilities–and instead of the damaged ai he was tracking, he stumbles onto a signal left by a synchronist who went missing decades earlier. Sacheri … Read more

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Review: Four & Twenty Blackbirds – M.X. Kelly

Four & Twenty Blackbirds - M.X. Kelly

Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Sci-Fi Get It On Amazon About The Book Twenty-four previously published speculative fiction stories and poems by M.X. Kelly for your reading enjoyment. The Review Four & Twenty Blackbirds is a grab-bag of very short horror, dark fantasy and dark sci-fi stories and poems by M.X. Kelly. None of the stories is more than a few pages long, but they never the less burst with storytelling and worldbuilding – tasty little morsels to whet your appetite. All of these stories are fascinating, but I had a few favorites. “The ABCs of the Apocalypse” is a jagged, broken … Read more

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New Release / Giveaway: The Wasteland Kings – Jaimie N. Schock

The Wasteland Kings - Jaimie N. Schock

Jaimie N. Schock has a new queer sci-fi book (MM romance subplots) book out: The Wasteland Kings. And there’s a giveaway. Hacker Bast has it all: a cushy condo, a sexy boyfriend, and a place among the wealthy elite. When his past catches up with him, he flees into the dreary and dangerous wastelands between domed cities. There, he meets Delphi, who saves him, and Galeron, who runs a small town. He is anything but safe, however, as robotic “dogs” roam the countryside, looking for people to kill, and humans can be just as deadly. As Bast settles in to … Read more

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Review: A Planet of Wrath and Tears – Colin Alexander

A Planet of Wrath and Tears - Colin Alexander

Genre: Sci Fi, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, First Contact Get It On Amazon About The Book A distant star is calling us. Will it end in tears? Could the first contact between humanity and an intelligent species from outer space come at a worse time? The signal arrives when Earth is only beginning to recover from an apocalyptic cyber- and nuclear war. Transportation is by horse. New construction relies on salvage from ruined cities, and indoor plumbing is a thing of the past. Leif Grettison was an army ranger and then an exoplanetary scout who survived two interstellar missions. He thought he … Read more