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New Releases: 11/15/16

Here’s what went on sale today!

Extreme Makeover by Dan Wells

Extreme Makeover by Dan WellsLyle Fontanelle is the chief scientist for NewYew, a health and beauty company experimenting with a new, anti-aging hand lotion. As more and more anomalies crop up in testing, Lyle realizes that the lotion’s formula has somehow gone horribly wrong. Dan Well’s Extreme Makeover is a satirical new suspense about a health and beauty company that accidentally develops a hand lotion that can overwrite your DNA.

The Galahad Archives Book Three by Dom Testa

The Galahad Archives Book Three: A New LifeThe Galahad Archives Book Three: A New Life is the third of three thrilling two-book omnibus editions in the Galahad Archives series for young adults by Dom Testa. The edition includes the novels Cosmic Storm and The Galahad Legacy. When the tail of the comet Bhaktul flicks through the Earth’s atmosphere, deadly particles are left in its wake. Suddenly, mankind is confronted with a virus that devastates the adult population. Only those under the age of eighteen seem to be immune.

The Gates of Hell by Michael Livingston

The Gates of Hell by Michael LivingstonAlexandria has fallen, and with it the great kingdom of Egypt. Cleopatra is dead. Her children are paraded through the streets in chains wrought of their mother’s golden treasures, and within a year all but one of them will be dead. Only her young daughter, Cleopatra Selene, survives to continue her quest for vengeance against Rome and its emperor, Augustus Caesar.


New Releases: 6/14/16

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Air Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Air Time by Hank Phillippi RyanWhen savvy TV reporter Charlotte McNally enters the glamorous world of high fashion, she soon discovers that when the purses are fake–the danger is real.

Charlotte can’t tell the real from the false as she goes undercover to bring the couture counterfeiters to justice and struggles to answer a life-changing question from a certain handsome professor.

The one thing Charlotte knows for sure is that the wrong choice could be the last decision she ever makes.

False Hearts by Laura Lam

False Hearts by Laura LamRaised in the closed cult of Mana’s Hearth and denied access to modern technology, conjoined sisters Taema and Tila dream of a life beyond the walls of the compound. When the heart they share begins to fail, the twins escape to San Francisco, where they are surgically separated and given new artificial hearts. From then on they pursue lives beyond anything they could have previously imagined.

Ten years later, Tila returns one night to the twins’ home in the city, terrified and covered in blood, just before the police arrive and arrest her for murder–the first homicide by a civilian in decades. Tila is suspected of involvement with the Ratel, a powerful crime syndicate that deals in the flow of Zeal, a drug that allows violent minds to enact their darkest desires in a terrifying dreamscape. Taema is given a proposition: go undercover as her sister and perhaps save her twin’s life. But during her investigation Taema discovers disturbing links between the twins’ past and their present. Once unable to keep anything from each other, the sisters now discover the true cost of secrets.

The Galahad Archives Book Two by Dom Testa

The Galahad Archives Book Two by Dom TestaThe Galahad Archives Book Two: Into Deep Space is the second of three thrilling two-book omnibus editions in the Galahad Archives series for young adults by Dom Testa. The edition includes the novels The Cassini Code and The Dark Zone.

When the tail of the comet Bhaktul flicks through the Earth’s atmosphere, deadly particles are left in its wake. Suddenly, mankind is confronted with a virus that devastates the adult population. Only those under the age of eighteen seem to be immune. A renowned scientist proposes a bold plan: to create a ship that will carry a crew of 251 teenagers to a home in a distant solar system. Two years later, the Galahad and its crew—none over the age of sixteen—is launched.

MEG: Nightstalkers by Steve Alten

MEG: Nightstalkers by Steve AltenIn this fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling MEG series,Nighstalkers picks up where MEG: Hell’s Aquarium left off. Bela and Lizzy, the dominant Megalodon siblings from Angel’s brood, have escaped the Tanaka Institute to roam the Salish Sea in British Columbia. While Jonas Taylor and his friend Mac attempt to either recapture or kill the “sisters,” Jonas’s son, David, embarks on his own adventure, motivated by revenge. Having witnessed his girlfriend’s gruesome death, David has joined a Dubai Prince’s ocean expedition, tracking the 120-foot, hundred-ton Liopleurodon that escaped from the Panthalassa Sea. Haunted by night terrors, David repeatedly risks his life to lure the Lio and other prehistoric sea creatures into the fleet’s nets, while battling his own suicidal demons.

The Mermaid’s Secret by Katie Schickel

The Mermaid’s Secret by Katie SchickelLife on land is suffocating for Jess Creary, who wastes her summers flipping burgers for tourists on a fishing boat off her quaint resort island home off the coast of Maine. After all, her older sister Kay died in a boating accident two years ago, her mother has disappeared, and her father isn’t exactly dealing with things so well. Surfing and the handsome Captain Matthew are about the only bright spots in her life.

Then, on her twenty-third birthday, Jess catches the perfect wave–a wave that transforms her into a mermaid. Under the sea, a startlingly beautiful, dark place, Jess is reborn into a confident, powerful predator with superhuman strength –finally she is someone to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, back on land, Jess’s relationship with Captain Matthew heats up, and so does her search for justice for Kay.

Steeplejack by A. J. Hartley

Steeplejack by A. J. HartleySeventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga, Ang for short, works repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of Bar-Selehm, the ethnically-diverse industrial capital of a land resembling Victorian South Africa. The city was built on the trade of luxorite, a priceless glowing mineral. When the Beacon, a historical icon made of the largest piece of luxorite known to exist, is stolen, this news commands the headlines. Yet no one seems to care about the murder of Ang’s new apprentice Berrit. But when Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician, offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into dangers she could not foresee. On top of this legwork, Ang struggles with the responsibility of caring for her sister’s newborn child.

Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman

Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert ZuckermanAlbert Zuckerman, legendary literary agent, has worked with many bestselling authors, including Ken Follett, Olivia Goldsmith, Antoinette Van Heugten, Michael Lewis, and F. Paul Wilson. Zuckerman is a master at teaching writers the skills necessary to crack the bestseller list.

For this revised edition of Writing the Blockbuster Novel, Zuckerman has added an analysis of Nora Roberts’s The Witness, which he uses along with classic books like Gone With the Wind and The Godfather, to illustrate his points. Zuckerman’s commentary on Ken Follett’s working outlines for The Man From St. Petersburg provide a blueprint for building links between plot and character. A new introduction discusses social media and self-publishing.


Return of Souls by Andy Remic

Return of Souls by Andy RemicIf war is hell, there is no word to describe what Private Jones has been through. Forced into a conflict with an unknowable enemy, he awakes to find himself in a strange land, and is soon joined by young woman, Morana, who tends to his wounds and tells him of the battles played out in this impossible place.

She tells him of an Iron Beast that will end the Great War, and even as he vows to help her find it, enemy combatants seek them, intent on their utter annihilation.


Masamune-kun’s Revenge Vol. 1 Story by Takeoka Hazuki; Art by Tiv

Servamp Vol. 6 by Strike Tanaka

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On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events for June

Trail of Echoes by Rachel Howzell Hall The Mermaid's Secret by Katie Schickel Infomocracy by Malka Older

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in June! See who is coming to a city near you this month.

Kathleen Baldwin, Exile for Dreamers

Friday, June 10
Murder by the Book
Houston, TX
6:30 PM

Sunday, June 12
Barnes & Noble
Dallas, TX
3:00 PM

Claudia Christian, Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator

Thursday, June 30
Barnes & Noble
Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM

Susan Dennard, Truthwitch

Friday, June 10
Barnes & Noble
Grand Rapids, MI
7:00 PM

David Lubar, Character, Driven

Saturday, June 11
Barnes & Noble
Easton, PA
2:00 PM

Avram Noble Ludwig, Shooting the Sphinx

Tuesday, June 28
Barnes & Noble
Upper East Side
New York, NY
7:00 PM

Seanan McGuire, Every Heart a Doorway

Saturday, June 11
New York, NY
3:00 PM

Rachel Howzell Hall, Trail of Echoes

Sunday, June 5
Book Carnival
Orange, CA
2:00 PM

Wednesday, June 8
A Great Good Place for Books
Oakland, CA
7:00 PM

Friday, June 17
Murder by the Book
Houston, TX
6:30 PM

Saturday, June 18
Mystery Lovers Bookshop
Oakmont, PA
2:00 PM

Linda Grimes, All Fixed Up

Saturday, June 4
Barnes & Noble
McLean, VA
1:00 PM

Malka Older, Infomocracy

Wednesday, June 8
Greenlight Bookstore
Brooklyn, NY
7:30 PM
In conversation with Daniel José Older.

Monday, June 13
Washington, D.C.
6:30 PM

Wednesday, June 15
An Unlikely Story
Plainville, MA
6:00 PM

Katie Schickel, The Mermaid’s Secret

Wednesday, June 15
Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse at Mohegan Sun
Books provided by Bank Square Books
Uncasville, CT
12:00 PM

Thursday, June 16
Avon Free Public Library
Local Author Festival with Katie Schickel, Geoffrey Craig, Dawn Leger, Christopher Greene, and Velya Jancz-Urban
Avon, CT
7:00 PM

Friday, June 17
Jabberwocky Bookshop
Newburyport, MA
7:00 PM

Thursday, June 23
Bethany Beach Books
Bethany Beach, DE
6:30 PM

Friday, June 24
Brouseabout Books
Rehoboth Beach, DE
7:00 PM

David C. Taylor, Night Work

Sunday, June 12
Barnes & Noble
Newington, NH
1:00 PM

Dom Testa, The Galahad Archives, Book One

Saturday, June 11
Barnes & Noble
Lakewood, CO
12:00 PM

Simone Zelitch, Judenstaat

Monday, June 20
Philadelphia Free Library
Philadelphia, PA
6:00 PM

Also, be sure not to miss The Poisoned Pen’s Elevengeddon!

Wednesday, June 1
The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ
Hosted by Kevin Hearne and featuring Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Pierce Brown, Beth Cato, Adam Christopher, Ryan Dalton, Leanna Renee Hieber, Jason Hough, Mary Robinette Kowal, Tom Leveen, Michael Martinez, Brian McClellan, Joseph Nassise, Sarah Remy, V.E. Schwab, Scott Sigler, Michael J. Sullivan, Sam Sykes, Dan Wells, and Django Wexler


Book Trailer: Leaving Earth by Dom Testa


The Galahad Archives Book One: Leaving Earth by Dom Testa

Leaving Earth is the first of three two-book omnibus editions in the thrilling Galahad Archives series for young adults by Dom Testa.

When the tail of the comet Bhaktul flicks through the Earth’s atmosphere, deadly particles are left in its wake. Suddenly, mankind is confronted with a virus that devastates the adult population. Only those under the age of eighteen seem to be immune. A renowned scientist proposes a bold plan: to create a ship that will carry a crew of 251 teenagers to a home in a distant solar system. Two years later, the Galahad and its crew—none over the age of sixteen—is launched.

In The Comet’s Curse, the Galahad’s fledgling crew discovers they didn’t set out from Earth alone. Someone has stowed away on the ship and means to sabotage their mission. In The Web of Titan the crew discovers a mysterious metal pod in space. As they prepare to bring it on board they’re hit by an unknown disease that is beyond their medical experience and spreading fast. Sixteen-year-old commander Triana Martell and her council must find a way to overcome all obstacles. For if their mission fails, it will mean the end of the human race.

The Galahad Archives Book One: Leaving Earth releases February 23rd. Pre-order it today: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Indiebound | Powell’s

Launching the Scavenger Hunt Book Tour with Dom Testa!

3…2…1… We have lift off!

Placeholder of  -42Welcome to the launch of the Scavenger Hunt Book Tour for the sci-fi space adventure The Galahad Legacy by Dom Testa! Starting today, March 5th, through Wednesday, April 11th an excerpt from The Galahad Legacy will be featured by a book blogger which is listed in the guide below. Don’t miss a single stop because when one blog runs a passage from the book, you will then be directed to a different blog where you’ll find the next passage in order. Each day brings a new excerpt!

Here’s a bit more about the scavenger hunt from Dom Testa:

The way I see it, you have three choices for entertainment these days. One, you can watch the presidential debates and campaign speeches. Two, you can ponder whether or not it’s a sign of the apocalypse when Jersey Shore folks begin procreating. Or three, you can join in the way-cool scavenger hunt based on the award-winning Galahad book series from Tor Teen!

After you’ve (correctly) chosen Number Three, here’s what you’ll find. The teenage crew of Galahad has been dispatched to colonize a new world in order to save the human race…but there are no adults aboard the ship. Along the way they grow, they evolve, and they find that life in space is no picnic, especially when you encounter a deadly stowaway, an ancient and bizarre uber-intelligence acting as a galactic police force, and some pretty creepy critters loitering around the perimeter of the solar system. And that’s just in the first few months.

The Galahad Legacy is the sixth and final volume in the series, where all (well, almost all) will be revealed. Get started today by picking up the opening installment, The Comet’s Curse, and by the time you reach The Galahad Legacy you’ll be twisted into knots. Here’s the best news: With all six books now available, you’ll have no down-time between each pulse-pounding episode. I loved writing this series, and I’m especially pleased with how it all wrapped up. Enjoy the scavenger hunt, and good luck! Remember, there are other treats, too, at Thanks, and stay in touch!


New Releases: 9/27/2011

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Into the Home Stretch

The Dark Zone by Dom TestaBy Dom Testa

Writing the fourth volume of a six-book series places you squarely on the turn heading into the home stretch. Your characters are established, the direction is firmly in place, and you just know that the overall series climax is ready to poke its head out. But you’ve also created a subliminal sense of pace that behaves like respiration; your story breathes in, breathes out.

In the case of my Galahad series for young adults—including the fourth book, The Dark Zone, due in stores this May—that pacing has involved looking inward and then outward.

From the beginning I knew that the success of the series depended largely on a healthy balance between internal and external conflict. The setting certainly allows for both, with a starship dispatched to colonize a new world (external), but with a crew consisting entirely of teenagers (internal – a LOT of internal!) In fact, the third volume, The Cassini Code, had pretty much pegged the drama meter to the max. I wanted The Dark Zone to not only turn outward, but to explode in that direction.

I hope you become acquainted with the crew—and the adventures—of Galahad. I’ve deliberately created a six-book series that pulls you forward inch by inch before slamming you back into your chair. With volume four, The Dark Zone, I’ll warn you to keep your arms and hands inside the car at all times.


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More from our March newsletter:

News: Dom Testa’s Comet’s Curse ALA/ launch event and Shojo Beat!

Poster Placeholder of - 19Dom Testa kicks off his YA novel debut The Comet’s Curse as a featured author author at the ALA Midwinter’s Sunrise Speakers Series
this Sunday, January 26th, and with a Tattered Cover launch event next Saturday, January 31st!
(full events schedule below)

Media: The COMET’S CURSE also receives a featured review in SHOJO BEAT MAGAZINE, the largest Shojo magazine in the U.S. (110,000+ circ):
“All the kids are likeable … the rocketship’s computer provides a dash of snarky humor.”

Other great reviews: “This book has forever changed my opinion … filled with a constant eerie mystery and a little hint of romance. What I liked most about this book is the description of character. It was like I had met each person in the book personally. Dom Testa did a wonderful job creating the sense of suspense, and character.” —

“This first entry in the Galahad series has an irresistible hook … one part Lord of the Flies and one part TV reality show … fans will enjoy Testa’s spare Asimovian plot, but even those leery of the genre will appreciate how each chapter alternates to the past to further flesh out our protagonists. Stealing the show is the Galahad’s mischievous central computer, Roc.” —Booklist


And don’t forget The COMET’S CURSE book video (now up on various sites, including B&, starring actress Rachel Brosnahan (who currently appears in The Unborn with Gary Oldman) and featuring cameos by several of the young relatives of people at Tor …

Sunrise Speakers Session
Sunday, January 26, 2009
ALA Midwinter 2009
Denver, CO

Tattered Cover Bookstore
Saturday, January 31, 2009, at 2 pm
9315 Dorchester Street
Fort Collins, CO 80525

The Book Rack
Saturday, February 07, 2009 at 2 pm
1801 South College Avenue
Boulder, CO 80302

Boulder Bookstore
Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm
1107 Pearl Street

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