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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!

Aliens – The Truth is Coming: Contributor Spotlight: William Anderson

william-andersonAliens: The Truth is Coming will be published on the 30th of November. This series of posts will introduce you to the authors who’s stories feature in the anthology. Next up, we have William Anderson and his tale, ‘The Devil’s Rock

The Devil’s Rock‘ is a cautionary tale masquerading as as what happens on a couple’s enforced retreat from the city, and has a little bite at the end of it.

From childhood one of William’s greatest pleasures has been reading. Throughout a stint in the US Navy, working as an electrician afterwards, and now employed by a large toy retailer, enjoyment of books has been a constant. Proud father of a son in his senior year of college, he shares an apartment with two dogs and a part-time cat named Georgie.

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Aliens – The Truth is Coming: Contributor Spotlight: MJ Kobernus

mj-kobernusAliens: The Truth is Coming will be published on the 30th of November, in just over six days from now! This series of posts will introduce you to the authors who’s stories feature in the anthology. Next up, we have MJ Kobernus, and his tale, “Salvage“.

Salvage” is the kind of tale any fan of exciting, actio-packed SF will enjoy, as it follow a crew on a salvage mission, and their discovery of a ship hiding more than a few unpleasant secrets…

MJ Kobernus is an Anglo/American novelist. He lives in a small town in rural Norway. His first novel, The Guardian – Blood in the Sand, was published in 2015 and has been well received. It is the first of a 4 books series, and will be followed with Blood in the Snow. MJ writes Metaphysical Fantasy and sci-fi. He likes vintage motorcycles, vintage guitars, the Beatles and sailboats. He dreams about sailing fulltime, so if you buy enough of his books, he will do it.

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Aliens: The Truth is Coming – Contributor Spotlight: Steven Poore

steven-poore-bio-pic Aliens: The Truth is Coming will be published on the 30th of November, seven days from now! This series of posts will introduce you to the authors who’s stories feature in the anthology. Next up, we have Steven Poore and his tale, “Rent“.

Rent” is a tale focusing on a group of researches who are trying to solve the mystery of an enigmatic artifact, without knowing just what that artifact could reveal…

Steven Poore is an Epic Fantasist and SFSF Socialist. His novel Heir to the North won a Best Newcomer nomination at the British Fantasy Awards in 2016. The sequel, The High King’s Vengeance is also available from Kristell Ink Books. Steven is one of the main organisers of the South Yorkshire-based SFSF Social meets (@SFSFSocial). He lives in Sheffield with a crafty partner, a three-legged cat, and a critical mass of books and vinyl records. You can find him on Twitter @stevenjpoore, on Facebook as /thestevenpoore, and anywhere that serves Thornbridge ales.

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Aliens: The Truth is Coming – Contributor Spotlight: Liz Gruder

liz-gruder-bio-picAliens: The Truth is Coming will be published on the 30th of November, and this series of posts will introduce you to the authors who’s stories feature in the anthology. Next up, we haven Liz Gruder, with her tale, “A New Dawn“.

A New Dawn” explores what happens when
humanity wholeheartedly embraces their new extra terrestrial overlords, from the point of view of a close-nit family.

Liz Gruder’s first novel, Starseed, was published by Wido Publishing in 2014. She has published short stories and in 2016 placed as a finalist in the international William Faulkner writing competition. Now, she’s working on a steampunk novel about artificial intelligence. She believes speculative fiction can mirror modern issues and serve as a voice (or warning) for what may come. “Question Everything,” is her slogan, “what if …?” is her favorite question and “this too, shall pass” is her mantra. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana where the odd and eccentric is appreciated and celebrated.

https://www.facebook.com/authorlizgruder

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Aliens: The Truth is Coming – Contributor Spotlight: Bryn Fortey

bryn-forteyAliens: The Truth is Coming will be published on the 30th of November, and this series of posts will introduce you to the authors who’s stories feature in the anthology. Next up, we have Bryn Fortey and his tale, ‘Even the Klin Are Only Human‘.

Even the Klin Are Only Human‘ is a tale which takes place during Earth’s occupation by a superior extra-terrestrial force and explores the notions of rule and self preservation.

Bryn Fortey is a veteran of the 70s, sometimes referred to as a Golden Age of British Horror. After an enforced absence he returned to writing in 2012, appearing in various anthologies and magazines. The Alchemy Press brought out MERRY-GO-ROUND, a collection of his work, in 2014.

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Aliens: The Truth is Coming – Contributor Spotlight: Adrian Tchaikovsky

adrian-tchaikovsky-bio-picAliens: The Truth is Coming will be published on the 30th of November, and this series of posts will introduce you to the authors who’s stories feature in the anthology. Next up, we have Adrian Tchaikovsky and his tale, ‘Gods of the Ice Planet‘.

Gods of the Ice Planet’ is a tale which explores questions many have wondered about, in terms of extra terrestrial life: would we know when we had found them, and would they know what we are?

Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire before heading off to Reading to study psychology and zoology. He subsequently ended up in law and has worked as a legal executive in both Reading and Leeds, where he now lives. Married, he is a keen live role-player and has trained in stage-fighting and historical combat. He maintains a keen interest in history and the biological sciences especially entomology.

Adrian is the author of the acclaimed 10-book Shadows of the Apt series starting with Empire in Black and Gold published by Tor UK. His other works for Tor UK include standalone novels Guns of the Dawn and Children of Time and the new series Echoes of the Fall starting with The Tiger and the Wolf. Other major works include short story collection Feast and Famine for Newcon Press and novellas The Bloody Deluge (in Journal of the Plague Year) and Even in the Cannon’s Mouth (in Monstrous Little Voices) for Abaddon. He has also written numerous short stories. In 2016 he won the Arthur C Clarke Award and he has been shortlisted for the David Gemmell Legend Award and the British Fantasy Award.

For more information visit http://shadowsoftheapt.com/

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Aliens: The Truth is Coming – Contributor Spotlight: Alex Davis

screenshot-2016-11-15-13-40-16 Aliens: The Truth is Coming will be published on the 30th of November, and this series of posts will introduce you to the authors who’s stories feature in the anthology. Next up, we have Alex Davis with the tale, Geometry.

Geometry‘ is the kind of tale filled with both terror and wonder, and follows a group of astronauts as they investigate an incredibly strange artifact; it’s one of the tales which reminds us that alien means alien, at least, in the SF context.

Alex Davis has worked in a wide range of capacities in writing and publishing over the last ten years, taking in Literature Development for Derby City Council, two years as Desk Editor for Black Library and Solaris and two years running his own small press, Boo Books. Alongside that, he has developed a strong reputation as an event organiser, often specialising in science-fiction, fantasy and horror, with a portfolio taking in Alt.Fiction, Edge-Lit, Sledge-Lit and more recently chairing FantasyCon 2016. He also works as a proofreader and copy-editor, and has one published novel and a range of short stories to his name.

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Aliens: The Truth is Coming – Contributor Spotlight: Juliana Spink Mills

juliana-spink-mills-bio-picAliens: The Truth is Coming will be published on the 30th of November, and this series of posts will introduce you to the authors who’s stories feature in the anthology. To kick things off, we have Juliana Spink Mills, with the tale ‘In Plain Sight‘.

In Plain Sight‘ opens with a woman out on her morning jog, and becomes a tale exploring what it means to have a home and a new life, and the sacrifices that have to be made to hold onto that life.

Juliana Spink Mills was born in London, England, but moved to São Paulo, Brazil at the age of eight, which probably explains her passion for stories that take the reader through rabbit holes or wardrobes and into strange, new worlds. She grew up bilingual and bicultural. Now living in Connecticut, USA, she writes fantasy and science fiction. She watches way too many TV shows and loves to get lost in a good book. Her dream is to move to Narnia when she grows up. Or possibly Middle-Earth, if she’s allowed a very small Smaug of her own. Juliana is the author of Heart Blade, a young adult urban fantasy, to be published in 2017. www.jspinkmills.com

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Cover Reveal for Leighton Dean’s, Gunboy…

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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.”