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Queer Books Coming in 2021 🏳️‍🌈

Happy Pride, y’all!!! We are so excited to celebrate the month, starting off with highlighting all of our new queer SFF books out in 2021. Which one is going to the top of your TBR?


Place holder  of - 24Dealbreaker by L. X. Beckett

Rubi Whiting has done the impossible. She has proved that humanity deserves a seat at the galactic table. Well, at least a shot at a seat. Having convinced the galactic governing body that mankind deserves a chance at fixing their own problems, Rubi has done her part to launch the planet into a new golden age of scientific discovery and technological revolution. However, there are still those in the galactic community that think that humanity is too poisonous, too greedy, to be allowed in, and they will stop at nothing to sabotage a species determined to pull itself up.

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Natalie Chan gained her corporate citizenship, but barely survived the battle for Tribulation. Now corporate has big plans for Natalie. Horrible plans. Locked away in Natalie’s missing memory is salvation for the last of an alien civilization and the humans they tried to exterminate. The corporation wants total control of both—or their deletion.

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Image Place holder  of - 29Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Prince Kiem, a famously disappointing minor royal and the Emperor’s least favorite grandchild, has been called upon to be useful for once. He’s commanded to fulfill an obligation of marriage to the representative of the Empire’s newest and most rebellious vassal planet. His future husband, Count Jainan, is a widower and murder suspect. Neither wants to be wed, but with a conspiracy unfolding around them and the fate of the empire at stake they will have to navigate the thorns and barbs of court intrigue, the machinations of war, and the long shadows of Jainan’s past, and they’ll have to do it together. So begins a legendary love story amid the stars.

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Poster Placeholder of - 92A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine

An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is running out of options. In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass—still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire—face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity. Their failure will guarantee millions of deaths in an endless war. Their success might prevent Teixcalaan’s destruction—and allow the empire to continue its rapacious expansion. Or it might create something far stranger . . .

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Placeholder of  -91The House of Always by Jenn Lyons

In the aftermath of the Ritual of Night, everything has changed. The Eight Immortals have catastrophically failed to stop Kihrin’s enemies, who are moving forward with their plans to free Vol Karoth, the King of Demons. Kihrin has his own ideas about how to fight back, but even if he’s willing to sacrifice everything for victory, the cost may prove too high for his allies. Now they face a choice: can they save the world while saving Kihrin, too? Or will they be forced to watch as he becomes the very evil they have all sworn to destroy.

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The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison

When the young half-goblin emperor Maia sought to learn who had set the bombs that killed his father and half-brothers, he turned to an obscure resident of his father’s Court, a Prelate of Ulis and a Witness for the Dead. Thara Celehar found the truth, though it did him no good to discover it. Now Celehar lives in the city of Amalo, far from the Court though not exactly in exile. As a Witness for the Dead, he can, sometimes, speak to the recently dead: see the last thing they saw, know the last thought they had, experience the last thing they felt. Now Celehar’s skills lead him out of the quiet and into a morass of treachery, murder, and injustice.

ON SALE 06/22/2021!

She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

In 1345, China lies under harsh Mongol rule. For the starving peasants of the Central Plains, greatness is something found only in stories. When the Zhu family’s eighth-born son, Zhu Chongba, is given a fate of greatness, everyone is mystified as to how it will come to pass. The fate of nothingness received by the family’s clever and capable second daughter, on the other hand, is only as expected. When a bandit attack orphans the two children, though, it is Zhu Chongba who succumbs to despair and dies. Desperate to escape her own fated death, the girl uses her brother’s identity to enter a monastery as a young male novice. There, Zhu learns she is capable of doing whatever it takes, no matter how callous, to stay hidden from her fate.

ON SALE 07/20/2021!

You Sexy Thing by Cat Rambo

TwiceFar station is at the edge of the known universe, and that’s just how Niko Larson, former Admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind, likes it. Retired and finally free of the continual war of conquest, Niko and the remnants of her former unit are content to spend the rest of their days working at the restaurant they built together, The Last Chance. But, some wars can’t ever be escaped, and unlike the Hive Mind, some enemies aren’t content to let old soldiers go. Niko and her crew are forced onto a sentient ship convinced that it is being stolen and must survive the machinations of a sadistic pirate king if they even hope to keep the dream of The Last Chance alive.

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead. Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over. But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life. When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.

ON SALE 09/21/2021!

Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

Shizuka Satomi made a deal with the devil: to escape damnation, she must entice seven other violin prodigies to trade their souls for success. She has already delivered six. When Katrina Nguyen, a young transgender runaway, catches Shizuka’s ear with her wild talent, Shizuka can almost feel the curse lifting. She’s found her final candidate. But in a donut shop off a bustling highway in the San Gabriel Valley, Shizuka meets Lan Tran, retired starship captain, interstellar refugee, and mother of four. Shizuka doesn’t have time for crushes or coffee dates, what with her very soul on the line, but Lan’s kind smile and eyes like stars might just redefine a soul’s worth.

ON SALE 09/28/2021!

Even Greater Mistakes by Charlie Jane Anders

The woman who can see all possible futures is dating the man who can see the one and only foreordained future. A wildly popular slapstick filmmaker is drawn, against his better judgment, into working with a fascist militia, against a background of social collapse. Two friends must embark on an Epic Quest To Capture The Weapon That Threatens The Galaxy, or else they’ll never achieve their dream of opening a restaurant. The stories in this collection, by their very outrageousness, achieve a heightened realism unlike any other. Anders once again proves she is one of the strongest voices in modern science fiction, the writer called by Andrew Sean Greer, “this generation’s Le Guin.”

ON SALE 11/16/2021!

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Ready to Get Welcomed into the World of Architects of Memory?

In Karen Osborne’s duology, The Memory War, going to the stars means entering an indenture contract with one of the companies that run the spacelanes. While writing the book, Osborne gave a lot of thought into what indenture orientation might look like…then brought her vision to life. Check out her video now to bring yourself behind the eyes of those waiting to sign their contracts, and don’t forget to add Architects of Memory and Engines of Oblivion to your TBR!

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Series We’re Saying Goodbye to in 2021

We’re saying hello to the year 2021, but a bittersweet goodbye to some of our favorite SFF series. Find out which ones are wrapping up in 2021 here.


Image Placeholder of - 38A Summoning of Demons by Cate Glass (Chimera series)

Catagna has been shaken to its core. In every street and market, the people of Catagna are railing against magic-users with a greater ferocity than ever before, and magic hunters are everywhere. Meanwhile, Romy has been dreaming. Every night, her dreams are increasingly vivid and disturbing. Every day, she struggles to understand the purpose of the Chimera’s most recent assignment from the Shadow Lord. As Romy and the others attempt to carry out their mission, they find themselves plunged into a mystery of corruption and murder, myth and magic, and a terrifying truth: the philosophists may have been right all along.

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Poster Placeholder of - 83Engines of Oblivion by Karen Osborne (The Memory War duology)

Karen Osborne continues her science fiction action and adventure series the Memory War with Engines of Oblivion, the sequel to Architects of Memory—the corporations running the galaxy are about to learn not everyone can be bought. Natalie Chan gained her corporate citizenship, but barely survived the battle for Tribulation. Now corporate has big plans for Natalie. Horrible plans. Locked away in Natalie’s missing memory is salvation for the last of an alien civilization and the humans they tried to exterminate. The corporation wants total control of both—or their deletion.

ON SALE NOW!

Image Place holder  of - 34A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine (Teixcalaan duology)

An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is running out of options. In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass—still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire—face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity. Their failure will guarantee millions of deaths in an endless war. Their success might prevent Teixcalaan’s destruction—and allow the empire to continue its rapacious expansion. Or it might create something far stranger . . .

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Placeholder of  -69Breath by Breath by Morgan Llywelyn (Step by Step series)

The residents of Sycamore River have weathered the Change and the nuclear war it provoked. They emerge to try to build a life from the shattered remains of their town. But for some, the very air has become toxic. The people of Sycamore River have to survived the unthinkable. Can they build something new from the ashes?

ON SALE 4/13/21!

Place holder  of - 2Fortress of Magi by Mirah Bolender

The Hive Mind has done the impossible—left its island prison. It’s a matter of time before Amicae falls, and Laura Kramer has very few resources left to prevent it. The council has tied her hands, and the gangs want her dead. Her only real choice is to walk away and leave the city to its fate.

ON SALE 4/20/21!

Fury of a Demon by Brian Naslund (Dragons of Terra series

Brian Naslund’s epic Dragons of Terra series, beginning with Blood of an Exile, is perfect for comic book readers and fans of heroic fantasy. Action-packed and full of fast-paced adventures, the story follows Bershad, the most successful dragon slayer in history—he’s never lost a fight. But now he’s faced with a dangerous conundrum: kill a king or be killed.

ON SALE 8/31/21!

Invisible Sun by Charles Stross (Empire Games series)

A inter-timline coup d’état gone awry. A renegade British monarch on the run through the streets of Berlin. And robotic alien invaders from a distant timeline flood through a wormhole, wreaking havoc in the USA. Can disgraced worldwalker Rita and her intertemporal extraordaire agent of a mother neutralize the livewire contention between their respective timelines before it’s too late?

ON SALE 9/28/21!

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Excerpt: Engines of Oblivion by Karen Osborne

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Placeholder of  -24Karen Osborne continues her science fiction action and adventure series the Memory War with Engines of Oblivion, the sequel to Architects of Memory—the corporations running the galaxy are about to learn not everyone can be bought.

Natalie Chan gained her corporate citizenship, but barely survived the battle for Tribulation.

Now corporate has big plans for Natalie. Horrible plans.

Locked away in Natalie’s missing memory is salvation for the last of an alien civilization and the humans they tried to exterminate. The corporation wants total control of both—or their deletion.

Please enjoy this free excerpt of Engines of Oblivion by Karen Osborne, on sale 02/09/2021.


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The Baywell forward team flanked Natalie easily, forcing her down to her knees, their coldsuit gloves slamming into the shoulders of the puppet drone. She felt the impact of hard metal on stony ground, teeth rattling, chatter from her brand-new memoria grasping at the space beneath her skull. Elsewhere, Ward had gone quiet; she could hear his ragged and nervous breath echoing hers in the earpiece, and a crackling from inside the suit, a loose violent rattling, a brokenness she couldn’t fix now.

“Auroran soldier.” She heard the whine of line-of-sight comms engaging, the crackle of a voice across the distance. A male growl, probably belonging to the leader occupying the mech at the center of the formation. “Are you surrendering?”

She said nothing. Saying yes would make this a war crime. Saying no would give Baywell the chance to retrieve the kicker. She could hear her old captain’s favorite phrase bouncing around like Kate Keller was here, and not dead: Space plus bullshit equals death. And this is bullshit, Nat.

The response to her silence was accompanied by the crack of the barrel of the leader’s boltgun against her helmet. Clang. For a moment, her animal hindbrain panicked, and the immersion cracked. The white walls of the lab flashed before her eyes, causing a splitting headache.

Clang. “Answer me, you Auroran shit.” The captain’s voice had gone venom-sweet.

Natalie licked her lips and tasted blood. Hell. One of the rig connections must have slipped.

“I crashed,” she said.

“Really,” the captain’s voice spat, then he turned to a person nearby. “Can we get a team to check out the crash site?”

Natalie let the words settle. In her ear, Ward was counting down. Eleven. Ten. Nine. In her belly, the kicker howled in impossible, twisting phrases.

Clang. “You have indenture tags, but nobody lets an indenture drive a fighter. You have two seconds to tell me who you really are, or I blow your head off.”

Her mouth went dry. She wasn’t supposed to say anything else. The board hadn’t said anything about getting the puppet rig’s unoccupied head blown off. If that happened, Natalie would still be alive, but Baywell would discover the kicker. Aurora would lose the weapons labs—and the war.

“I don’t suppose you want to surrender,” she said.

He snorted and raised the gun, flicking off the safety. “Plenty of space below for POWs, friend.”

Eight. Seven.

“Okay. You’re right. I’m not an indenture. I’m a birthright,” Natalie lied. She had to keep him going for another seven seconds, and the best way to do that was to convince him that she might have actionable intel. Seven seconds was a fucking year when you were dealing with automatic boltfire. It was a lifetime with a bullet.

“What’s your line, then?”

“My family is—” The memoria showed her a picture she’d seen on Tribulation, lit by flashlight in a dark, destroyed office. People with their arms around each other, a small girl wrapped in a rainbow blanket. Words. “This Is My Family,” scrawled in black marker, like a reminder. Reva Sharma had been on Bittersweet during the war, while doing work for the Sacrament Society, hadn’t she? Could she eke a few more seconds out of that? The memoria whirred against her forehead. The words came out before she could stop them, pushed out by the sheer force of the memory and the strong immersion drugs.

“I’m from the Sharma line,” she said.

Ward’s voice crackled. “Six.”

She saw the captain’s gun waver for a moment. “Holy shit,” he said.

“She’s lying,” said the soldier next to him. A woman. “Intel says Sharma died on Phoenix, and her entire line in the war.”

“Intel’s full of pinheads, Susan,” said the captain.

Five. Four.

Susan growled. “My sister died on Phoenix. I should know.”

“Really? For sure? The Aurorans didn’t return her body, did they? What do you think we’re fighting for?” She turned back to Natalie. “Look, what do you know? You give us something good, we can chat about your accommodations.”

Natalie chose a version of the truth. “Reva Sharma lied to me. That’s what I know. It stands to reason she’d lie to you.”

One.

“You lying to us too?” Susan said.

As an answer, Natalie slipped her little finger into the trigger she’d set in the haptic rig, and pulled.

Most people assumed that Vai weapons were radically different from conventional bolts, bullets, and bombs. They were mostly correct—the powerful moleculars that did most of the killing in the war were incomprehensible, operational only when in direct contact with the Vai. The aliens’ lesser kinetics, though, still responded to the laws of physics, to vectors and triggers, to impact and intent. Natalie expected the yawning ache she’d last felt when the blue screamer went off at Tribulation, the silent, terrible wash of bright green light that meant detonation.

The light was red.

It took her less than a moment to realize what was happening, and another moment to realize she couldn’t do a thing about it.

“Run,” she whispered.

“What the hell is that?” said the captain.

“Run,” she repeated. The word choked against the panic in her throat, and any other answer would have been moot, anyway. It was too late. Within seconds, the puppet was drenched in blood-scarred radiance. The light crawled down her stolen arms, whipped up skeins of golden dust, careened out from the ground zero of her body—a red twist that torqued together like some devil’s idea of rope.

Someone had switched out the kicker EMP with Vancouver’s only redshift star.

“Mr. Ward—”

“You’re fine,” he responded.

“Disconnect me!”

“We’re trying.”

But she didn’t disconnect. She closed her eyes, but the Ingest-quality renderbots Ascanio had recommended for the suit slammed the visuals straight into her brain. The drugs dragged her deeper into eyes-wide consciousness. She’d seen some shit working the ordnance teams in the Vai war: catareactors making peach fuzz of people’s eyes and redoubt stars sending unholy fire through carotid arteries. She’d seen the gas of the greenhouse bomb on the battlefield at Cana snacking on soldiers’ lungs and making soup of her bunkmates’ bones. She’d seen the blue screamer itself, and the way it slipped up the spine, twisting the person apart at the vertebrae. She’d seen her friends die like this, on planet after planet, and on Tribulation itself.

But the redshift star.

Nobody had seen a redshift star work.

Nobody lived that long around a redshift star to know how it worked.

Natalie shook—violent, nauseous. Somewhere inside, she knew this had been inevitable. Applied Kinetics was all about the hope that wild Vai kinetics could be controlled and used in conventional warfare. But this—murder—hadn’t been the plan. Her mission was supposed to go a completely different way. The plan had been to take the base with the EMP, then use the ready platoon to secure the weapons labs. Even now, that seemed off, stupid—boltfire could damage the labs’ operational capacity. But the redshift star—

The star rolled out from the puppet’s stomach cavity onto the ground with a muffled thump, like a badly aimed soccer ball. The roughly spherical weapon had a pockmarked surface more like an asteroid or a stone than a ball of gas. It bumped to a stop at the foot of the leader, and split in half.

He was the first to go, and he went screaming: the red light slipped out from the weapon and shattered in sixteen directions. Red light shot up his leg, slithered under his fingernails, flayed his skin, turned him into strips of meat, and finally into a fine red dust that twisted in a hot electric current.

The others turned to run. She watched from her knees, calling to get me out, get me out, get me out, but they’d pushed more drugs into her IV, and the thrum of reality was so fucking loud, banging around in her ears like gunfire. Rooted to the spot, she watched the Baywells die, cracked by red light, twisted apart into dust.

Above, she gulped down sweet air.

Vancouver air.

She was losing immersion. She knew was on the planet, at the center of the furnace, standing in the middle of a tornado of red and gold dust. But she was also back home staring down her father on the winter-swept plaza, and occupying a tiny slab bed on a troop transport going to Cana, and breathing back on London with Ash and the dead and the dust, and smiling across the Twenty-Five mess at a man she didn’t recognize. Which was fucked up, because there hadn’t been a man on Twenty-Five

but the break didn’t last, goddamn estrefurantoin. The humans before her turned from skin and bones into blood and dust, brief flares and candles, little explosions that burned bright and burst into darkness, the small bursts of wind sending the dust that was left into fading spurts around the landing gears and tailpieces of the abandoned fightercraft. They were dying below her, too, the indentures who worked this mine, the innocents and the misfortunates, the Ashlans, the Natalies, people who knew that going corporate was the only way to get off starving Earth.

She remembered the alien on the concrete floor of the bugout bay on Tribulation, Ash telling her that there’s no such thing as a single Vai, even as her gun spun hot, even as the inhuman silver blood swirled around her feet. They didn’t know we could die, she’d said.

But Natalie knew.

Natalie should have known this, too—

She swayed where she stood, choking on a helpless anger hot enough to burn, struck with the inevitability of it all. Here she was, messing around with proxy rigs and kinetic weapons and other expensive bullshit, when Aurora had simply chosen the rawest of Auroran solutions—one that was efficient, effective, and cheap. Natalie would have thought of it herself, except she’d been to Tribulation. She’d seen efficiency when Ash triggered the Heart—seen the blank-eyed bodies spinning in their tombs, just alive enough to breathe.

She’d been efficiency down in that bugout bay, the Vai that had attacked Ash bleeding out at her feet—

and it had been stupid, stupid, stupid of her to think the Auroran executive board would actually leave the outcome of this battle up to a platoon of soldiers with guns when a more efficient solution was offered.

The noise tapered after a moment, and she placed her borrowed fingers against the ground, imagining what was happening below.

“You’re a monster.”

A new voice. She whirled. The voice belonged to a man with brown eyes, close-cropped black curls, blue work pants, and an Alien Attack Squad swag shirt tight around his arms. He’d been standing behind Natalie the entire time, bare-handed and bareheaded, as if he weren’t afraid of the proxy and the power crackling around her stolen body at all. The air on Bittersweet wasn’t breathable, but he stood without a coldsuit, his chest rising and falling.

Her own suit still crackled with bright red light, fizzled and snapped with it. He wasn’t real. He couldn’t be real, she thought.

Unless—

The last time she’d seen a human being survive the demolition of a Vai kinetic, it had been Ash, back on Tribulation. She’d been lined in blue, the light shoved down her throat, sparkling death at her heart. She’d lived. She’d lived because of what was done to her here on Bittersweet, below the surface of this cursed world.

“Who are you?” she croaked.

The man met her eyes across the distance. “You’re a monster,” he whispered, again.

“It’s not my fault. I didn’t do this.” Her stomach crawled with unwanted guilt.

“It’s never your fault, is it?”

Natalie’s world twisted, and a liquid knot under her skull snapped, as if enough of the drugs had worn off to make her finally realize that this was wrong, this was wrong, this was not her body, that they’d hijacked it to commit a war crime, that she’d just—she’d just—oh god, she’d just—and the scratching yellow dust of Bittersweet spun away from her, fading from gold to black. The last thing she saw was the man still watching as she collapsed, still alive even as an entire world turned to dust.

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Every Tor Book Coming This Winter

We’re closing in on the end of 2020 (BIG SIGHS OF RELIEF), and with that comes some brand new books to curl up with this season. Check out which ones are hitting shelves near you this winter here:

December 1

Image Placeholder of - 44Hollow Empire by Sam Hawke

Poison was only the beginning…. The deadly siege of Silasta woke the ancient spirits, and now the city-state must find its place in this new world of magic. But people and politics are always treacherous, and it will take all of Jovan and Kalina’s skills as proofer and spy to save their country when witches and assassins turn their sights to domination. Hollow Empire is Book 2 in The Poison Wars series. Check out City of Lies, on sale now!

January 5

Place holder  of - 50Deuces Down by George R. R. Martin

Deuces Down is the next Wild Cards anthology collection about George R. R. Martin’s alternate superhero history. In this revised collection of classic Wild Cards stories, the spotlight is on the most unusual Wild Cards of them all—the Deuces, or people with minor superpowers. But their impact on the world should not be underestimated, as we see how they’ve affected the course of Wild Cards’ alternate history. Check out the remainder of the Wild Cards series, on sale now!

January 12

Poster Placeholder of - 86Into the Light by David Weber and Chris Kennedy

The Shongairi conquered Earth. In mere minutes, half the human race died, and our cities lay in shattered ruins. But the Shongairi didn’t expect the survivors’ tenacity. And, crucially, they didn’t know that Earth harbored two species of intelligent, tool-using bipeds. One of them was us. The other, long-lived and lethal, was hiding in the mountains of eastern Europe, the subject of fantasy and legend. When they emerged and made alliance with humankind, the invading aliens didn’t stand a chance. Check out Book 1 in the Out of the Dark series, Out of the Dark, on sale now!

January 19

Image Place holder  of - 99Vengewar by Kevin J. Anderson

Two continents at war, the Three Kingdoms and Ishara, have been in conflict for a thousand years. But when an outside threat arises—the reawakening of a powerful ancient race that wants to remake the world—the two warring nations must somehow set aside generations of hatred to form an alliance against a far more deadly enemy. Check out Book 1 of the Wake the Dragon series, Spine of the Dragon, on sale now!

Placeholder of  -72The Wood Wife by Terri Windling
Leaving behind her fashionable West Coast life, Maggie Black comes to the Southwestern desert to pursue her passion and he dreams. Her mentor, the acclaimed poet Davis Cooper, has mysteriously died in the canyons east of Tucson, bequeathing her his estate and the mystery of his life–and death. As she reads Cooper’s letters and learns the secrets of his life, Maggie comes face-to-face with the wild, ancient spirits of the desert–and discovers the hidden power at its heart, a power that will take her on a journey like no other.

January 26

Dealbreaker by L. X. Beckett

Rubi Whiting has done the impossible. She has proved that humanity deserves a seat at the galactic table. Well, at least a shot at a seat. Having convinced the galactic governing body that mankind deserves a chance at fixing their own problems, Rubi has done her part to launch the planet into a new golden age of scientific discovery and technological revolution. However, there are still those in the galactic community that think that humanity is too poisonous, too greedy, to be allowed in, and they will stop at nothing to sabotage a species determined to pull itself up. Check out Book 1 of The Bounceback series, Gamechanger, on sale now!

February 2

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

A famously disappointing minor royal and the Emperor’s least favorite grandchild, Prince Kiem is summoned before the Emperor and commanded to renew the empire’s bonds with its newest vassal planet. The prince must marry Count Jainan, the recent widower of another royal prince of the empire. But Jainan suspects his late husband’s death was no accident. And Prince Kiem discovers Jainan is a suspect himself. But broken bonds between the Empire and its vassal planets leaves the entire empire vulnerable, so together they must prove that their union is strong while uncovering a possible conspiracy. Their successful marriage will align conflicting worlds. Their failure will be the end of the empire.

A Summoning of Demons by Cate Glass

Catagna has been shaken to its core. The philosophists insist that a disastrous earthquake has been caused by an ancient monster imprisoned below the earth, who can only be freed with magic. In every street and market, the people of Catagna are railing against magic-users with a greater ferocity than ever before, and magic hunters are everywhere. As Romy and the others attempt to carry out their mission, they find themselves plunged into a mystery of corruption and murder, myth and magic, and a terrifying truth: the philosophists may have been right all along. Check out the first two books of the Chimera series, on sale now!

The Best of R.A. Lafferty by R.A. Lafferty

Acclaimed as one of the most original voices in modern literature, a winner of the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement, Raphael Aloysius Lafferty (1914-2002) was an American original, a teller of acute, indescribably loopy tall tales whose work has been compared to that of Avram Davidson, Flannery O’Connor, Flann O’Brien, and Gene Wolfe. The Best of R. A. Lafferty presents 22 of his best flights of offbeat imagination, ranging from classics like “Nine-Hundred Grandmothers” (basis for the later novel) and “The Primary Education of the Cameroi,” to his Hugo Award-winning “Eurema’s Dam.”

February 9

Engines of Oblivion by Karen Osborne

Natalie Chan gained her corporate citizenship, but barely survived the battle for Tribulation. Now corporate has big plans for Natalie. Horrible plans. Locked away in Natalie’s missing memory is salvation for the last of an alien civilization and the humans they tried to exterminate. The corporation wants total control of both—or their deletion. Check out Book 1 in the Memory of War series, Architects of Memory, on sale now!

February 16

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

Evelyn Caldwell’s husband Nathan has been having an affair — with Evelyn Caldwell. Or, to be exact, with Martine, a genetically cloned replica made from Evelyn’s own award-winning research. But that wasn’t even the worst part. When they said all happy families are alike, I don’t think this is what they meant…

Silence of the Soleri by Michael Johnston

Solus celebrates the Opening of the Mundus, a two-day holiday for the dead, but the city of the Soleri is hardly in need of diversion. A legion of traitors, led by a former captain of the Soleri military, rallies at the capital’s ancient walls. And inside those fortifications, trapped by circumstance, a second army fights for its very existence. In a world inspired by ancient Egyptian history and King Lear, this follow-up to Michael Johnston’s Soleri, finds Solus besieged from within as well as without and the Hark-Wadi family is stuck at the heart of the conflict. Check out Book 1 of The Amber Throne series, Soleri, on sale now!

Fairhaven Rising by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

Sixteen years have passed since the mage Beltur helped to found the town of Fairhaven, and Taelya, Beltur’s adopted niece, is now a white mage undercaptain in the Road Guards of Fairhaven. Fairhaven’s success under the Council has become an impediment to the ambition of several rulers, and the mages protecting the town are seen as a threat. Taelya, a young and untried mage, will find herself at the heart of a conspiracy to destroy her home and the people she loves, and she may not be powerful enough to stop it in time. Check out the remainder of the Saga of Recluse series on sale now here!

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