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Sample Chapters from Venus Ascending

Sample chapters for our February 2017 releases, Beneath the Skin and The Beguiler,  can be found at the Speculative Fiction Forums here: http://forums.ticketyboopress.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=13  These will be our first books from Venus Ascending and we are extremely proud of both of them.

If you love romantic science fiction, check out Carolyn Hill’s amazing far future novel, Beneath the Skin.  If you are looking for romantic fantasy with a gothic flavor, take a look at the first chapter of The Beguiler, by Suzanne Jackson.  (If your tastes are eclectic try them both!)

These books are now available for pre-order at a special pre-publication price here and here.

Futuristic romance Beneath the Skin coming February 28 from Venus Ascending

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At Venus Ascending we are excited to be releasing this novel of romantic science fiction, by debut author Carolyn Hill.  Look for it February 28, 2017.

The ten great families of the “solaratti” hold such influence that even the galactic government hesitates to act openly against them, a power that has gained them unimaginable riches and allowed them to shape the fate of worlds.  Earth is an urban wasteland.  Other planets are being stripped of their resources.  Whole populations are caught in an endless cycle of hard labor and crushing debt, as the solaratti control the supply of food, medicines … everything necessary for survival.

Aleta Graham is a healer and empath, abilities that make her a useful pawn for the ruthless Dagarro family, who have addicted her to the drug known as Sand in order to keep her submissive. But Aleta is determined to overcome the influence of the drug, and make a desperate bid for freedom — even knowing that the penalty for disloyalty to the family is death.

Riven is a shapechanger, a computer genius, a spy sent by the government to destroy the power of the Dagarro.  His ability to take on multiple identities allows him to infiltrate to the heart of their stronghold. But his friendship with Aleta, rapidly developing into something much more, becomes a threat to his mission and to Riven himself.

 

The Beguiler: Fantasy Romance, February 28

Coming February 28, 2017 from Venus Ascending, The Beguiler by Suzanne Jackson.

Rebecca Vasteer has a dangerous secret: she’s a witch.

Men known as Rangers capture witches and hand them over to the public hangman to be hanged or burned, according to the law.  Or so most people believe.  But a secret branch of the Ranger organization conducts an illegal traffic, selling the most talented witches as slaves to wealthy families.

Betrayed by her brother, Rebecca flees her village, only to fall into the hands of Nicholas Jarrett  — witch trader, failed Ranger. At his country estate, he teaches her a new form of magic, less easy to detect.  But his motives are far from pure.  Once Rebecca completes her training she’ll be sold: profit for Nicholas and money for the Rangers.

But when Rebecca shows an unexpected talent for Beguiling, Nicholas feels his power over her — and over his own feelings — slipping away.

And his growing attraction for her, and Rebecca’s for him, may destroy them both.

Suzanne Jackson has written a darkly enchanting tale in the tradition of Jane EyreWuthering Heights, and other classics of gothic romance.  In February 2017, prepare to be beguiled!

New video book trailer for Goblin Moon and Hobgoblin Night

 

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Goblin Moon – https://www.amazon.com/Goblin-Moon-Mask-Dagger-1-ebook/dp/B00NA9YCDO/

Hobgoblin Night – https://www.amazon.com/Hobgoblin-Night-Mask-Dagger-2-ebook/dp/B0147CMT3C

 

 

Venus Ascending Signs a New Fantasy Novel

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For our second acquisition of the year at Venus Ascending I am proud to announce a darkly romantic fantasy by debut novelist Suzanne Jackson .

Rebecca Vasteer has a dangerous secret: she’s a witch.

Witches like Rebecca fear Rangers — men with an ability to repel their magic — because Rangers capture witches and hang them. At least, that’s the law. But not all those convicted of witchcraft end up on the gallows. Traders secretly sell them. Rangers take others to be drained of their magic — a slow and painful death for the witch.

Betrayed by her own brother, Rebecca flees the village . . . only to fall into the hands of Traders. Instead of taking her back to face the gallows, as she expects, they spirit her away to Tarmain, a luxurious estate in the country.

Nicholas Jarrett —Trader, failed Ranger — insists that Rebecca remain there as his guest. But Rebecca knows better: she is his prisoner, and Nicholas her gaoler. He intends to train her in a magic more powerful, less easy to detect. His reasons, however, are hardly altruistic. Rebecca will be sold: profit for himself and money for the Rangers.

But will his growing attraction to Rebecca, and hers to him, destroy them both?

Look for it in late spring or early summer.

Venus Ascending Signs New Author

Venus Ascending copyI am excited to announce our first acquisition for Venus Ascending. Skin Deep was submitted on request before we set the submissions window. I had seen this manuscript years ago, long before I started editing (Carolyn has a habit of writing amazing stories and then not sending them out to publishers). When we started VA I immediately thought of this book as perfect for the imprint, and asked Carolyn to send me a copy so that I could find out if it was as good as I remembered it.

It was as good as I remembered and more! It has a wonderful plot — part gritty dystopian SF and part love story — and terrific characters. What I didn’t remember was how beautifully it was written, with unadorned but exquisite prose. We’re aiming to publish this in the spring.

Further information and a cover reveal when we have a publication date.