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New Releases: 1/30/18

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

The Midnight Front by David Mack

Image Placeholder of - 86On the eve of World War Two, Nazi sorcerers come gunning for Cade but kill his family instead. His one path of vengeance is to become an apprentice of The Midnight Front—the Allies’ top-secret magickal warfare program—and become a sorcerer himself.

Unsure who will kill him first—his allies, his enemies, or the demons he has to use to wield magick—Cade fights his way through occupied Europe and enemy lines. But he learns too late the true price of revenge will be more terrible than just the loss of his soul—and there’s no task harder than doing good with a power born of ultimate evil.


Armed and Dangerous by Gina Gallo

Crushed by Kate Watterson

Dead Reckoning and The Last Chance by Mike Blakely

Gaudeamus by John Barnes

Iorich by Steven Brust

The Swarm by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

Without Mercy by Col. David Hunt and R. J. Pineiro


Devils and Realist Vol. 14 Story by Madoka Takadono; Art by Utako Yukihiro

Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends Vol. 15 Story by Yomi Hirasaka; Art by Itachi

Plum Crazy! Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat Vol. 4 Story and art by Hoshino Natsumi


New Releases: 1/3/17

The Dangerous Ladies Affair by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini

The Dangerous Ladies Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill PronziniFor the firm of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, stopping extortionists is not only grand, but excitingly lucrative. When a pleasant afternoon’s bicycling through Golden Gate Park with a friend ends with the revelation of threatening letters, followed by a gunshot in a mansion garden, Sabina Carpenter knows this is a case that demands her immediate and undivided attention.

The Final Day by William Forstchen

The Final Day by William R. ForstchenThe highly-anticipated follow-up to William R. Forstchen’s New York Timesbestsellers, One Second After and One Year After, The Final Day immerses readers once more in the story of our nation’s struggle to rebuild itself after an electromagnetic pulse wipes out all electricity and plunges the country into darkness, starvation, and terror.

Recluce Tales by L.E. Modessit Jr.

Recluce Tales by L.E. Modesitt Jr.Recluce Tales: Stories from the World of Recluce collects seventeen new short stories and four popular reprints spanning the thousand-year history of Recluce. First-time readers will gain a glimpse of the fascinating world and its complex magic system, while longtime readers of the series will be treated to glimpses into the history of the world.


A Voice from the Field by Neal Griffin

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

The Fourth Horseman by David Hagberg

The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint

The Snowy Range Gang and Vendetta Gold by Mike Blakely


The Ancient Magus’ Bride Vol.6 Story and Art by Kore Yamazaki

Bloom Into You Vol. 1 Story and art by Nakatani Nio

Starred Review: A Song to Die For by Mike Blakely

A Song to Die For by Mike Blakely“A beautiful genre-bender.”

Mike Blakely’s A Song to Die For got a starred review in Booklist!

Here’s the full review, from the October 15 issue:

starred-review-gif Blakely has an almighty narrative talent, so propulsive that he has readers turning pages before they know who these characters are or what they’re doing or why anyone should care. That’s especially useful here, because for the longest time the novel looks like two stories patched together, with nothing to do with each other. The first tells of Creed Mason, a has-been country-and-western musician lonely for the big time and riding the coattails of a Willie Nelson sort, who’s working to pay off an IRS tab. They rehearse, squabble, drink beer, and that’s about it; but so high-powered is the author’s skill that even a reader not fond of the milieu is still happy to go along. Even Creed’s efforts to repair a clanking tour bus make good reading. Between these chapters we meet Texas Ranger Hooley Johnson, struggling to connect the murders of two gorgeous young women and coming up against raw evil when he does. Finally, the two stories converge—they were linked all along, but that’s Blakely’s secret—in a stunning action sequence. A beautiful genre-bender.

A Song to Die For will be published on November 18.

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