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New Releases: 8/6

New Releases: 8/6

New Releases

Happy New Releases Day! Here’s what went on sale today.

Blood of an Exile by Brian Naslund

Poster Placeholder of - 59Bershad stands apart from the world, the most legendary dragonslayer in history, both revered and reviled.

Once, he was Lord Silas Bershad, but after a disastrous failure on the battlefield he was stripped of his titles and sentenced to one violent, perilous hunt after another. Now he lives only to stalk dragons, slaughter them, collect their precious oil, and head back into the treacherous wilds once more. For years, death was his only chance to escape. But that is about to change.

The king who sentenced Bershad to his fate has just given him an unprecedented chance at redemption. Kill a foreign emperor and walk free forever.

Kingmaker by Margaret Weis & Robert Krammes

Place holder  of - 22In this exciting adventure, Kate and Sophia and their dragon Dalgren form a desperate plan to free Phillip from prison. Thomas is crowned king and discovers a plot by King Ullr to invade Freya. And Henry is forced to flee to the Aligoes where he makes a discovery that could change the fortunes of his beleaguered nation.

Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk

Image Place holder  of - 89No king. No rules.

England, 1191. King Richard is half a world away, fighting for God and his own ambition. Back home, his country languishes, bankrupt and on the verge of anarchy. People with power are running unchecked. People without are growing angry. And in Nottingham, one of the largest shires in England, the sheriff seems intent on doing nothing about it.

As the leaves turn gold in the Sherwood Forest, the lives of six people—Arable, a servant girl with a secret, Robin and William, soldiers running from their pasts, Marion, a noblewoman working for change, Guy of Gisbourne, Nottingham’s beleaguered guard captain, and Elena Gamwell, a brash, ambitious thief—become intertwined.

And a strange story begins to spread . . .

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The Unfortunates by Kim Liggett

Placeholder of  -89When seventeen-year-old senator’s son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he’s done. But those consequences never come, even if headlines of “affluenza” do. The truth soon becomes clear: due to his father’s connections, Grant is going to get away with murder.

As a family tradition approaches, a cave excursion on the Appalachian Trail, Grant seizes the opportunity to take justice into his own hands by staging an accident and never coming back. But before he has a chance to enact his plans, the cave system collapses, trapping him miles beneath the surface with four other teens from much less fortunate circumstances. As they struggle to survive, they share their innermost secrets and fears, and just when it seems they might be on track to finding a way out, they realize…

There’s something else down there.

And it’s hunting them.

Vallista by Steven Brust

Image Placeholder of - 99Vlad Taltos is an Easterner—an underprivileged human in an Empire of tall, powerful, long-lived Dragaerans. He made a career for himself in House Jhereg, the Dragaeran clan in charge of the Empire’s organized crime. But the day came when the Jhereg wanted Vlad dead, and he’s been on the run ever since. He has plenty of friends among the Dragaeran highborn, including an undead wizard and a god or two. But as long as the Jhereg have a price on his head, Vlad’s life is…messy.

Meanwhile, for years, Vlad’s path has been repeatedly crossed by Devera, a small Dragaeran girl of indeterminate powers who turns up at the oddest moments in his life.

Now Devera has appeared again—to lead Vlad into a mysterious, seemingly empty manor overlooking the Great Sea. Inside this structure are corridors that double back on themselves, rooms that look out over other worlds, and—just maybe—answers to some of Vlad’s long-asked questions about his world and his place in it. If only Devera can be persuaded to stop disappearing in the middle of his conversations with her…

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New Releases: 7/30

New Releases: 7/30

New Releases

Happy New Releases Day! Here’s what went on sale today.

Death Goddess Dance by Levi Black

Image Placeholder of - 73In Red Right Hand, Charlie Tristan Moore became the unwilling acolyte of The Man In Black, a treacherous elder god also known as Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos.

In Black Goat Blues, Charlie fought her way past bloodthirsty gods and demons to rescue her lover’s stolen soul, only to put all of Creation at risk.

Now she must stop the Man In Black from achieving his ultimate goal: freeing his dread father, Azathoth, from endless confinement to feast upon humanity for all eternity. But before she can confront her inhuman mentor for the final time, Charlie must make her way to the heart of a hellish, otherworldly prison—and call upon the darkest powers at her command.

Iron Gods by Andrew Bannister

Placeholder of  -49In the depths of space, a beacon has awakened. And an ancient technology has begun to stir. As its memory returns, with it comes a terrifying knowledge—a grave warning about the future of the Spin that has been concealed for ten thousand years.

Ten thousand years after the events of Creation Machine, the Spin is in decline and the beleaguered slave economy of the Inside is surrounded by rebel civilizations. A group of escapees from the vast forced-labor unit known as the Hive have stolen the last of the Inside’s ancient warships and woken it from an enforced trance that had lasted for millennia. And someone has destroyed a planet that didn’t exist, and halfway across the Spin, something has gone wrong with the sky.

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Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre

Place holder  of - 8On a hot summer night, Liv, Morgan, Clay and Nathan are on the way home from a party in Clay’s convertible. Best friends dating brothers? It doesn’t get better than that. But the joyride ends in sudden impact, a screech of brakes, and shattering glass. On that lonely country road, four lives change forever.

Liv wakes in the hospital. At first she’s confused when they call her Morgan, but she assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity. Yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s Morgan’s.

Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life. But as Liv tries to fit herself into Morgan’s world, she discovers endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety and a dark task to finish…if she doesn’t lose her mind first.

Forced to confront the disturbing truths that Morgan kept hidden in life, Liv must navigate a world of long-buried murder, a dangerous love affair—and a romance that feels like a betrayal.

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New Releases: 7/24/18

New Releases: 7/24/18

Happy New Release Day! Here’s what went on sale today.

The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett

Place holder  of - 51 “I plead the blood.”

Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad’s throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely cattle ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest.

Now, on the first anniversary of the Midland, Oklahoma, slaughter, the whole town’s looking at Clay like he might be next to go over the edge.

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Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Image Place holder  of - 81 Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Image Placeholder of - 80 It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she found friendship in the unlikeliest of places. And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders. But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.

After generations of conflict, can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony?

Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

Poster Placeholder of - 69 Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.

Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her. Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene–though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives–and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all.

NEW IN MANGA

Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! (Manga) Vol. 1 Story by FUNA; Art by Neko Mint

Servamp Vol. 11 Story and art by Strike Tanaka

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New Releases: 7/10/18

New Releases: 7/10/18

Happy New Release Day! Here’s what went on sale today.

Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys

Poster Placeholder of - 79 Ruthanna Emrys’ Innsmouth Legacy, which began with Winter Tide and continues with Deep Roots, confronts H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos head-on, boldly upturning his fear of the unknown with a heart-warming story of found family, acceptance, and perseverance in the face of human cruelty and the cosmic apathy of the universe. Emrys brings together a family of outsiders, bridging the gaps between the many people marginalized by the homogenizing pressure of 1940s America.

The Furnace by Prentis Rollins

Image Placeholder of - 80 One decision. Thousands of lives ruined. Can someone ever repent for the sins of their past?

When Professor Walton Honderich was a young grad student, he participated in a government prison program and committed an act that led to the death of his friend, the brilliant physicist Marc Lepore, and resulted in unimaginable torment for an entire class of people across the United States. Twenty years later, now an insecure father slipping into alcoholism, Walton struggles against the ghosts that haunt him in a futuristic New York City.

Game of the Gods by Jay Schiffman

Place holder  of - 63 When one leader gives the Judge a powerful device that predicts the future, the Judge doesn’t want to believe its chilling prophecy: The world will soon end, and he’s to blame. But bad things start to happen. His wife and children are taken. His friends are falsely imprisoned. His closest allies are killed. Worst of all, the world descends into a cataclysmic global war.

In order to find his family, free his friends, and save the world, the Judge must become a lethal killer willing to destroy anyone who stands in his way. He leads a ragtag band of warriors—a 13-year old girl with special powers, a mathematical genius, a religious zealot blinded by faith, and a former revolutionary turned drug addict. Together, they are the only hope of saving the world.

I Only Killed Him Once by Adam Christopher

Placeholder of  -97 Another Hollywood night, another job for electric-detective-turned-robotic-hitman Raymond Electromatic. The target is a tall man in a black hat, and while Ray completes his mission successfully, he makes a startling discovery—one he soon forgets when his 24-hour memory tape loops to the end and is replaced with a fresh reel…

When a tall man in a black hat arrives in the offices of the Electromatic Detective Agency the next day, Ray has a suspicion he has met this stranger before, although Ray’s computerized boss, Ada, is not saying a thing. But their visitor isn’t here to hire Ray for a job—he’s here to deliver a stark warning…

The Unfortunates by Kim Liggett

Image Place holder  of - 30 When seventeen-year-old senator’s son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he’s done. But those consequences never come, even if headlines of “affluenza” do. The truth soon becomes clear: due to his father’s connections, Grant is going to get away with murder.

As a family tradition approaches, a cave excursion on the Appalachian Trail, Grant seizes the opportunity to take justice into his own hands by staging an accident and never coming back. But before he has a chance to enact his plans, the cave system collapses, trapping him miles beneath the surface with four other teens.

But there’s something else down there. And it’s hunting them.

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Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

Pyrre Lakatur is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer—she is a priestess. At least, she will be once she passes her final trial. To complete her trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the seven people enumerated in an ancient song, including “the one who made your mind and body sing with love / who will not come again.”

Pyrre isn’t sure she’s ever been in love. And if she fails to find someone who can draw such passion from her, or fails to kill that someone, her order will give her to their god, the God of Death. Pyrre’s not afraid to die, but she hates to fail, and so, as her trial is set to begin, she returns to the city of her birth in the hope of finding love…and ending it on the edge of her sword.

NEW IN MANGA

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Vol. 7 Story by Ao Jyumonji; Art by Eiri Shirai

Little Devils Vol. 1 Story and art by Uuumi

Sorry For My Familiar Vol. 2 Story and art by Tekka Yaguraba

Spirit Circle Vol. 4 Story and art by Satoshi Mizukami

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New Releases: 1/10/17

New Releases: 1/10/17

Here’s what went on sale today!

Chasing Shadows by David Brin & Stephen W. Potts

Chasing Shadows by David BrinDavid Brin, Hugo award-winning author of The Uplift War, presents a collection of short stories and essays by other science fiction luminaries. As we debate Internet privacy, revenge porn, the NSA, and Edward Snowden, cameras get smaller, faster, and more numerous. Has Orwell’s Big Brother finally come to pass? Or have we become a global society of thousands of Little Brothers—watching, judging, and reporting on one another?

The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett

The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett“I plead the blood.” Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad’s throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely cattle ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest. Kim Liggett draws on her childhood during the Satanic Panic for a chilling tale of magic in The Last Harvest.

I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions by Erin Lyon

I Love You Subject to the Following Terms by Erin LyonIn a world where marriage doesn’t exist—only seven-year contracts—you don’t marry, you sign. You don’t divorce, you breach. And sometimes, you just expire. Kate is struggling to find her footing. She gave up a career she hated to pursue the law, and now she’s buried in debt and unemployed. At least she’s signed to an amazing guy—hot, sweet, and committed.

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Windwitch by Susan DennardIn this follow-up to New York Times bestselling Truthwitch, a shadow man haunts the Nubrevnan streets, leaving corpses in his wake—and then raising those corpses from the dead. Windwitch continues the tale of Merik—cunning privateer, prince, and windwitch.

 

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch by Susan DennardIn the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble&mdashas two desperate young women know all too well. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

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Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuireWhen her sister Patty died, Jenna blamed herself. When Jenna died, she blamed herself for that, too. Unfortunately Jenna died too soon. Living or dead, every soul is promised a certain amount of time, and when Jenna passed she found a heavy debt of time in her record. Unwilling to simply steal that time from the living, Jenna earns every day she leeches with volunteer work at a suicide prevention hotline.

NEW EBOOK BUNDLE:

The Wild Cards Collection by George R.R. Martin & the Wild Cards Trust

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Arpeggio of Blue Steel Vol. 9 Story and art by Ark Performance

Battle Rabbits Vol. 3  Story by Amemiya Yuki; Art by Ichihara Yukino

Golden Time Vol. 6 Story by Yuyuko Takemiya; Art by Umechazuke

My Monster Secret Vol. 5 Story and art by Eiji Masuda

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Interview with Kim Liggett, Author of The Last Harvest

Interview with Kim Liggett, Author of The Last Harvest

Gruesome rituals, a mysterious death, and a town full of secrets…what fun! The Last Harvest is coming out next week, and we were delighted to get a chance to chat with the author, Kim Liggett. You can get started reading the first chapter here.

What did you enjoy most about writing The Last Harvest, and what was most challenging?

I know this sounds wrong because it’s such a dark book, but it was such a joyful experience. From the writing, to the editing, to production, Tor Teen really gave me the creative freedom to carry out my vision. My original concept is nearly identical to the finished product, which is a pretty rare thing. The most challenging aspect was the placement of the clues. It’s a very fine line—leading the reader to some of the more obvious aha moments in order to deftly deliver that sucker punch you’ve been building to. That takes a lot of finessing—a lot of restless nights trying to figure out the exact right alchemy between too much and just enough.

What’s the most bizarre thing you learned while researching The Last Harvest?  

I went down some strange rabbit holes on this book. Ancient symbolism, cults, semen guns, bull riding, blood rituals, and lots of football. My favorite bit of research was running around an abandoned barn in the moonlight, trying to find the best vantage point to peek in.

Which books are currently in your to-read pile?

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas, When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn, NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, and Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

What’s your favorite thing about being a writer?

The friends I’ve met along the way. I have an incredible group of writing friends that I can lean on, in good times and bad. That’s invaluable to me. There’s also the not having to wear pants to work thing, which is a huge bonus.

Who are your literary heroes?

Shirley Jackson. Stephen King, Jean Rhys, to name a few.

What’s your favorite method of procrastination?

Cleaning the oven. There are times when you can safely lick the inside of my oven. Making every kind of stock imaginable. Running errands, weird things like— I think there might be a pair of boots in the back of my closet that need to be resoled.

Do you have any writing rituals?

It’s different with every book. And I’m often working on several books at once, so it’s vital that I have a way to differentiate each brain space. I rely on a specific soundtrack for each book, which I create before I start drafting. Every book has its own signature scent that I add to my diffuser while I work. The only constants are iced green tea, brisk walks with my dog, and endless hours hunched over my computer.

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Don’t forget to follow Kim Liggett on Twitter (@Kim_Liggett) or visit her website.

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On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events for January

On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events for January

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

Susan Dennard, Windwitch

Sunday, January 8
Book People
Austin, TX
2:00 PM
Also with Alexandra Bracken.

Monday, January 9
The King’s English Bookshop
Salt Lake City, UT
7:00 PM
Also with Alexandra Bracken.

Tuesday, January 10
Barnes & Noble
Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Also with Alexandra Bracken.

Wednesday, January 11
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Also with Alexandra Bracken.

Thursday, January 12
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM
Also with Alexandra Bracken.

Friday, January 13
Kepler’s Books
Menlo Park, CA
7:00 PM
Also with Alexandra Bracken.

Sunday, January 15
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN
2:00 PM

Monday, January 16
Spellbound Children’s Bookshop
Asheville, NC
6:00 PM

Tuesday, January 17
Main Street Books
St. Charles, MO
7:00 PM

Wednesday, January 18
Anderson’s Bookshop
Naperville, IL
7:00 PM

Sunday, January 22
Books-a-Million
Beverly Hills, MI
2:00 PM

Heather Graham & Jon Land, The Rising

Tuesday, January 17
Bank Square Books
Mystic, CT
6:00 PM

Thursday, January 19
Barnes & Noble at Warwick Center
Warwick, RI
6:00 PM

Friday, January 20
Barrington Books Retold
Cranston, RI
6:30 PM

Saturday, January 21
Wakefield Books
Wakefield, RI
12:00 PM

Saturday, January 21
Books on the Square
Providence, RI
4:00 PM

Sunday, January 22
Stax Discount Books
Marlborough, MA
11:00 AM

Tuesday, January 24
St. Louis County Library – Weber Road Branch
St. Louis, MO
7:00 PM

Thursday, January 26
Murder on the Beach
Delray Beach, FL
7:00 PM

Friday, January 27
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL
6:00 PM

Saturday, January 28
Books-A-Million
Kissimmee, FL
2:00 PM

Sunday, January 29
Winter Park Public Library
Winter Park, FL
2:00 PM
Books provided by the Writer’s Block Bookstore.

Kim Liggett, The Last Harvest

Wednesday, January 11
Half Price Books
Oklahoma City, OK
7:00 PM

Friday, January 13
Book People
Austin, TX
7:00 PM
Also with Chandler Baker and Neal Shusterman.

Nisi Shawl, Everfair

Friday, January 6
The Book Bin
Salem, OR
7:00 PM

Carrie Vaughn, Martians Abroad

Tuesday, January 17
Tattered Cover
Denver, CO
7:00 PM

Thursday, January 19
Old Town Library
Fort Collins, CO
7:00 PM
Books provided by Old Firehouse Books.

Sunday, January 29
Jean Cocteau Cinema
Santa Fe, NM
1:00 PM

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Sneak Peek: The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett

Sneak Peek: The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett

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Kim Liggett draws on her childhood during the Satanic Panic for a chilling tale of magic in The Last Harvest.

“I plead the blood.”

Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad’s throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely cattle ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest.

Now, on the first anniversary of the Midland, Oklahoma, slaughter, the whole town’s looking at Clay like he might be next to go over the edge. Clay wants to forget the past, but the sons and daughters of the Preservation Society—a group of prominent farmers his dad accused of devil worship—won’t leave him alone. Including Ali, his longtime crush, who suddenly wants to reignite their romance after a year of silence, and hated rival Tyler Neely, who’s behaving like they’re old friends.

Even as Clay tries to reassure himself, creepy glances turn to sinister stares and strange coincidences build to gruesome rituals—but when he can never prove that any of it happened, Clay worries he might be following his dad down the path to insanity…or that something far more terrifying lies in wait around the corner.

The Last Harvest will become available January 10th. Please enjoy this excerpt.

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People call this God’s country, but you can’t have God without the Devil.

I see it in the cutworms threatening to take over the crops and the katydids with their bright-green wings fluttering as they drown in the troughs.

When I’m riding the combine like this, watching the sun rise over the fields, I can’t help thinking about my ancestors who claimed this piece of shit parcel in the 1889 land rush. The majestic display of color and light must’ve felt like God himself was rising up to pass judgment on them every single day. I know it’s just a bunch of particles making the light rays scatter, but it still gets to me. An Oklahoma sky will make a believer out of anybody.

I pull my sleeves down over my frozen knuckles and concentrate on annihilating the wheat in front of me. The last harvest of the season. Man, I hate wheat. It’s so old school. Soybeans—that’s the wave of the future. I kept telling Dad, but he was too stuck in his ways. Now he’s really stuck. Six feet under.

I glance at the Neely Cattle Ranch on the western edge of our property, and a sick feeling twists my insides. I tell myself it’s only an abandoned barn now, but I swear I can feel it pressing in on me, like it’s trying to suffocate me. I’ll never understand why they didn’t burn it to the ground after what happened. After what Dad did.

“Just keep it together, Clay,” I say to myself as I twist my cap around and crank up the music. We need the money and I’m already behind schedule. I had a hard time getting the combine going again this morning. Dad’s the one who was good at all this. Sometimes I catch myself daydreaming about what my life would’ve been like if it never happened. I’d still be playing football, looking at colleges, going down to the quarry to drink beer with my friends.

As I make my last turn to head back home and get ready for school, I catch a glimpse of something moving low through the wheat. I rise up in my seat, peering through the dusty windshield, watching it move back toward the house, when I hit something solid. The cutting blades grind to a halt, making the combine rock forward and stall out.

“Come on,” I groan as I pull out my earbuds.

The sound of screaming guitars fades as I slide out of the cab and trudge toward the front of the harvester.

Hope I didn’t run over my little sister’s bike. I’ve been looking everywhere for that hunk of junk. I thought about getting her a new one, roughing it up a little, telling her I found it out by Harmon Lake, but Noodle’s sharp. Dad put it together for her sixth birthday last year—wasn’t worth a dime, just a bunch of scraps from mine and Jess’s old bikes. Guess it has sentimental value.

As I lean down to look under the cutting platform, a musky copper smell flares in my nostrils. There, stuck in the blade, is a gnarled hoof. My stomach lurches; my throat feels so thick I can barely swallow. Frantically, I dig around in the discarded wheat stems to uncover the rest of it—a newborn calf, throat slit wide open, bright-red blood splattered against golden fur. My eyes well up as I try and find a pulse, but it’s no use. It’s just a heap of warm blood, bone, and fur.

“Jesus!” I stagger back, tearing off my work gloves to try and get away from the sweet repulsive odor, but it’s all around me … inside me.

Pacing around the combine, I scan the fields, searching for an explanation. We don’t have any cattle around here, not since Mr. Neely shut down the ranch last year. Did I do this or did somebody kill it and ditch it here for me to find, like some kind of sick joke?

Bracing my hands against my knees, I stare down at the calf, its eyes black as tar, and all I see is Dad lying on the breeding floor, arms outstretched, his last breath rattling in his throat.

“I plead the blood,” he whispered.

He looked terrified—not of death, but of me.

The wind rushes over the crops, pulling me back. It sounds like sandpaper scraping against skin.

I take off running back toward the house.

I know it’s only the sun chasing my shadow, but I swear, it feels like the Devil himself is right on my heels.

 

Copyright © 2017 by Kim Liggett

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