This is the first novel for author, Leighton Dean and it is a wonderful story. So plausible in fact, it’s quite worrying.
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!)
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.
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 Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and other classics of gothic romance. In February 2017, prepare to be beguiled!
The cover is by the sci-fi legendary artist, Jim Burns. His work is spellbinding and he has captured the essence of this book with one image. This is a great read with great art. Coming out early 2017.
Leighton Dean’s Cyber-Thriller, set in a divided Britain, (very apt in the current aftermath of Brexit and the disintegration of the political opposition) where politicians grind the country between the cogs of their machinations.
An idealist, lost in war torn streets, a cybernetic enhanced soldier at odds with his mission and a child who knows nothing but murder, must stand together to United a Kingdom.
“Evan had a simple job; enter the anarchist London and bring back Window, the leader of the ‘Free London’ movement. But when a Red Cross transport helicopter is shot down over Hounslow, the tenuous truce between the governing gangs is broken. His mission doomed, he finds an unlikely ally in Bo, a thirteen year old assassin born of the streets.”
31st October 2016 | Worldwide
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Dave de Burgh and Andrew Angel are said to be delighted at this acquisition. It’s good for Tickety Boo Press and good for Phantasia, its fantasy imprint. They said in chorus. “Stewart Hotston has written a tale of mythic depth and keen insight – worlds open up beneath his pen, and readers are sure to be ensnared; get ready to lose sleep and be late for work!”
Stewart Hotston is a writer with a number of short stories to his name. He is also the keeper of story and world building on Age of Ascent, a massively multiplayer space combat game due for release in 2017 from Ilyriad. His first novel, A Family War, the first book of The Oligarchy, was published in May 2016. The sequel, A People’s War, is due for release in late 2016. When he’s not writing he’s passionate about Historical European Martial Arts, particularly rapiers, side swords and their companion weapons and takes every opportunity he gets to have a good fight.
Blurb for Dreams of Darkness
Millennia ago, man walked the Dream with creatures now dimly remembered in myths and legends. Then came the Darkness, for which all believe man was responsible. To defeat it, man was banned from the Dream, cast out into the world of dumb matter.
Chris Elkin knows nothing of this – he’s more concerned with failing his degree, being dumped by his girlfriend and losing access to the inheritance left to him by his late mother. When his mother’s best friend gives him a stone with a hole in it everything seems to change. Suddenly he’s being forced from his home and discovering that if he doesn’t deal with his mother’s legacy, both worlds will go to war.
On the edge of the Dream, Maela, a Fae ambassador, finds humanity flouting the ban. She travels home to warn her people but her news is not welcome. Maela is sent to determine if man truly is to blame for the Darkness and if he is, to unite the Fae in a war against all mankind.
Shaal, an ancient fox spirit, is a survivor who mourns the loss of his lover in the last war. He still haunts the shattered lands where they once lived. Stumbling across a deliberately forgotten memory. Shaal wants to return home and use its power to restore his land. Instead he finds the Fae want what he has and will sacrifice thousands to get it.
Chris, Maela and Shaal converge in a climactic battle against those forces who would wipe out mankind to stop the Darkness. Even if they win, shadowing the edges of their confrontation, the Darkness is plotting its first moves.
Dreams of Darkness is an epic fantasy spread across our world and the world of the Dream, that place where all our myths, all our legends are real. It is the first book of a new Epic Fantasy series, The Fox’s Hope and asks, if all our dreams are true, what would happen if our two worlds collide?
Super short blurb:
Dreams of Darkness is an epic fantasy where twisted myths and legends crash headlong into the life of a failed student, Chris, who discovers he’s the one they’re all expecting to save their world from the rest of us.
Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy
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Published on 11th November 2016.
Here’s the blurb:
“September 1st 1939 – Germany invades Poland, thus triggering the Second World War as well as laying the foundations of German leader Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, which was intended to last for a thousand years.
April 30th, 1945 – Adolph Hitler allegedly commits suicide in the Führerbunker as Allied Forces close in, Hitler’s dreams shattered and Berlin in burning ruins around him.
Early 2010 – A man with CIA connections is found brutally murdered in his apartment. Global financial systems have collapsed, plunging the world into recession. The Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupts, closing European airspace but was it natural or induced? Air Force One, carrying the US President, has its operating system hacked and the plane is controlled by unknown enemies. Threats are made. Prominent figures and leaders from the political, industrial, and religious circles across the globe are systematically killed within three frenzied days of murder. These seemingly unconnected events throw the whole world into turmoil.
Freddy Bartlett, a police detective at SOCA, is given the task of solving the murder, but it turns out not to be as simple as expected. As the clues and events pile, the conclusion is drawn that a Hitler bloodline exists and everything is connected by a vast web of conspiracy, tracing itself back to World War 11; a time the world would rather forget. Truths are uncovered which threaten to shake the very foundations of the modern global village, as a long-hidden secret society from the 30’s harnesses dark occult forces and unleashes Hell on Earth for one purpose and one purpose alone: to institute the Fourth Reich.”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
19th October 2016 | Worldwide
Paul Corcoran is said to be delighted at his second acquisition as editor of Space Dock. Alex Laybourne has signed a 3-book deal which starts with Lost and Found and will be published early 2017
Alex’s novel follows Glenn Hawke’s tragic past which forged him into a fearsome bounty hunter, but when a job takes him to the edge of the free systems, Glenn is forced to into a confrontation with the man who changed his life, so long ago.
He’s about to learn that sometimes when you start chasing ghosts, they don’t hide – they lie waiting…
Alex is the author of thirteen novels. He was born and raised in the coastal English town Lowestoft, it should come as no surprise (to those that have the misfortune of knowing this place) that he became a horror writer.
From an early age Alex was sent to schools which were at least 30 minutes’ drive away and so spent most of his free time alone, as the friends he did have lived too far away for him to be able to hang out with them in the weekends or holidays.
He’s been a writer as long as he can remember and has always had a vivid imagination. To this very day he finds it all too easy to just drift away into his own mind and explore the world he creates; where the conditions always seem to be just perfect for the cultivation of ideas, plots, scenes, characters and lines of dialogue.
Alex is married and has five wonderful children; James, Logan, Ashleigh, Damon and Riley. Alex’s biggest dream for them is that they grow up, and spend their lives doing what makes them happy, whatever that is.
For people who buy Alex’s work, he hopes that they enjoy what they read and that he can create something that takes them away from reality for a short time. For Alex, the greatest compliment he can receive is not based on rankings but by knowing that people enjoy what he produces, that they buy his work with pleasure and never once feel as though their money would have been better spent elsewhere.
Foreword and Acknowledgements by Andrew Angel
In Plain Sight by Juliana Spink Mills
Geometry by Alex Davis
Gods of the Ice Planet by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Island Visit by Nathan Hystad
Even the Klin Are Only Human by Bryn Fortey
A New Dawn by Liz Gruder
Rent by Steven Poore
Salvage by MJ Kobernus
The Devil’s Rock by William Anderson
The Man Who Wasn’t Dead by Terry Grimwood
We Three Remain by Stewart Hotston
Welcome to Cosmic Journey by Michael Chandos
The Zoo of Dark Creatures by Leslie J Anderson
Here by Tim James
We’re exceedingly proud of each of these tales and we’re looking forward to publishing this anthology; there really is something for everyone in this book, with many different explorations of aliens and their effect on humanity.
Look out for posts spotlighting each author and story in the run-up to publication – the 20th of October is a bit too close for comfort, so we’ll be releasing this anthology on the 30th. Keep an eye on the site and on our Facebook Page for pre-order details.
Tickety Boo Rises!
In 2013, Mark Morris, well-known author of such novels as Toady and the Obsidian Heart trilogy, put forward the idea to Spectral Press chief editor Simon Marshall-Jones the idea of a Pan Book of Horror-style annual anthology. Mark had always wanted to edit such a series, and luckily Simon immediately loved the idea, so, at FantasyCon 2014, the first volume was launched to much acclaim. Press-wise, it received many positive reviews and was nominated for various awards the following year.
Volume 2 was released the following year and now, at Halloween 2016, Volume 3, edited by Joseph Rubas, carries on the tradition very ably started by Mark. Already two further volumes are planned for 2017.
The hardback edition is limited to 200 copies so get your orders in now!