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$2.99 eBook Sale: July 2021

Summer is finally here and you know what that means…SUMMER SALES! Check out what books you can grab for the entire month of July here!

Poster Placeholder of - 78Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

Nina is an information broker with a mission—she and her team of mercenary librarians use their knowledge to save the hopeless in a crumbling America. Knox is the bitter, battle-weary captain of the Silver Devils. His squad of supersoldiers went AWOL to avoid slaughtering innocents, and now he’s fighting to survive. They’re on a deadly collision course, and the passion that flares between them only makes it more dangerous. They could burn down the world, destroying each other in the process…Or they could do the impossible: team up.

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Placeholder of  -4Sorcery of a Queen by Brian Naslund

Driven from her kingdom, the would-be queen now seeks haven in the land of her mother, but Ashlyn will not stop until justice has been done. Determined to unlock the secret of powers long thought impossible, Ashlyn bends her will and intelligence to mastering the one thing people always accused her of, sorcery. Meanwhile, having learned the truth of his mutation, Bershad is a man on borrowed time. Never knowing when his healing powers will drive him to a self-destruction, he is determined to see Ashlyn restored to her throne and the creatures they both love safe.

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Image Place holder  of - 28Venus by Ben Bova

The surface of Venus is the most hellish place in the solar system. The sky is perpetually covered with clouds of sulfuric acid. The atmosphere is a choking mixture of carbon dioxide and poisonous gases. This is where Van Humphries must go. Or die trying. His older brother perished in the first attempt to land a man on Venus, years before, and his father had always hated Van for surviving when his brother died. Now his father is offering a ten billion dollar prize to the first person to land on Venus and return his oldest son’s remains. To everyone’s surprise, Van takes up the offer. But what Van Humphries will find on Venus will change everything–our understanding of Venus, of global warming on Earth, and his knowledge of who he is.

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Place holder  of - 2The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt

Alice Wyndham has been plagued by visions of birds her whole life…until the mysterious Crowley reveals that Alice is an ‘aviarist’: capable of seeing nightjars, magical birds that guard human souls. When her best friend is hit by a car, only Alice can find and save her nightjar. With Crowley’s help, Alice travels to the Rookery, a hidden, magical alternate London to hone her newfound talents. But a faction intent on annihilating magic users will stop at nothing to destroy the new aviarist. And is Crowley really working with her, or against her? Alice must risk everything to save her best friend—and uncover the strange truth about herself.

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New Releases: 9/3

New Releases

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

The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt

Place holder  of - 25Alice Wyndham has been plagued by visions of birds her whole life…until the mysterious Crowley reveals that Alice is an ‘aviarist’: capable of seeing nightjars, magical birds that guard human souls. When her best friend is hit by a car, only Alice can find and save her nightjar.

With Crowley’s help, Alice travels to the Rookery, a hidden, magical alternate London to hone her newfound talents. But a faction intent on annihilating magic users will stop at nothing to destroy the new aviarist. And is Crowley really working with her, or against her? Alice must risk everything to save her best friend—and uncover the strange truth about herself.

Teeny Weenies: My Favorite President by David Lubar

Poster Placeholder of - 30David Lubar is the master of the short story for kids. Now he’s back with his fourth collection of Teeny Weenies stories, just in time for the winter holidays! Young chapter book readers ages 7 to 10, reluctant readers, and fans of very short stories will be entertained and delighted by these twelve zany tales. Wacky comic book style illustrations by Bill Mayer add to the fun.

Teeny Weenies: The Boy Who Cried Wool by David Lubar

Image Placeholder of - 5David Lubar is the master of the short story for kids. Now he’s back with his third collection of Teeny Weenies stories, just in time for Halloween! Young chapter book readers ages 7 to 10, reluctant readers, and fans of very short stories will be entertained and delighted by these twelve zany tales. Wacky comic book style illustrations by Bill Mayer add to the fun.

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Check Out the Library Weenies by David Lubar

Image Place holder  of - 52Master of the macabre David Lubar is back with Check Out the Library Weenies, his ninth collection of Weenies Stories. Here are thirty more scary stories for the middle grade audience–perfect for both avid and reluctant young readers who like a few chills and a lot of laughs.

 

Port of Shadows by Glen Cook

Placeholder of  -27The soldiers of the Black Company don’t ask questions, they get paid. But being “The Lady’s favored” is attracting the wrong kind of attention and has put a target on their backs–and the Company’s historian, Croaker, has the biggest target of all.

The one person who was taken into The Lady’s Tower and returned unchanged has earned the special interest of the court of sorcerers known as The Ten Who Were Taken. Now, he and the company are being asked to seek the aid of their newest member, Mischievous Rain, to break a rebel army. However, Croaker doesn’t trust any of the Taken, especially not ones that look so much like The Lady and her sister…

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Fantasy Birdwatching: Of Crows, Swans, and Nightjars

Fantasy Birdwatching

By Julia Bergen

Birds have intrigued our imaginations for…well ever, so it’s no surprise that fantasy novels are full of magical birds.  Today we’re going to find some of those feathered modern dinosaurs.

Grab your binoculars and lace up your walking shoes, we’re heading into the wilderness to get a peek at some of the most magical birds in fantasy.

Where to spot nightjars: The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt

Image Place holder  of - 96When Alice Wyndham was little, she constantly saw nightjars, little brown birds, but they were invisible to everyone else. Realizing this wasn’t normal, she forced herself not to see them and became determined to lead a sensible, boring life. Then one day, a mysterious package arrives with a feather inside, which causes her to start seeing nightjars again. It turns out the nightjars are people’s souls, which can only be seen by aviarists like her. A trained aviarist can interpret someone’s nightjar to be able to understand their soul or even change it.

Tips for a good nightjar spotting: Be born an aviarist (sorry, it’s not something you can just become)

Where to spot swans: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Poster Placeholder of - 84Based off the fairy tale, “The Six Swans,” Sorcha grew up with her beloved six brothers and her distant father. When her father marries a beautiful but evil enchantress, she wants to make sure her child inherits, so she attempts to turn her step-children into swans. Sorcha escapes, but she is desperate to save her brothers. So, she makes a deal with the fair folk that she’ll make six shirts out of nettles to turn her brothers back into humans, and that while she’s making them she can’t speak or word or they’ll be swans forever.

Tips for a good swan spotting: Show up on the one day a year the swans return to Sorcha and turn back into humans

Where to spot crows: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Placeholder of  -18In Game of Thrones, the TV show, it’s called the three-eyed raven but in the books the crow is where the magic’s really at! After being pushed out of a tower, Bran Stark, begins having dreams of a three-eyed crow that promises to teach him how to fly. When he’s forced to leave his home, he decides to head to the dangerous realm “North of the Wall” to find the three-eyed crow and discover its mysteries.

Tips for a good crow spotting: Get pushed out of a tower, though maybe it isn’t worth it just to see a crow

Where to spot owls: Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Adaya

Place holder  of - 42Antonio grows up in New Mexico with his parents, his brothers, and Ultima, and old shaman woman, or curandera, who lives with them. Ultima is a mentor figure for Antonio, guiding him toward good decisions. Ultima is constantly accompanied by her owl, who represents her soul. The owl is always protecting Ultima as well as the rest of the family. The owl’s song in particular makes the family feel at peace. Ultima herself is full of the supernatural, and she teaches her understanding of the connection between life, death, and nature, to Antonio.

Tips for a good owl spotting: Be kind to the elderly

Where to find eagles: The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien

Image Placeholder of - 64There are a lot of magical birds in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but the most magical are the Great Eagles, guardians of animal life and buddies with Gandalf. They’re top notch at rescue missions; in The Hobbit they rescue Bilbo and company from orcs and goblins, and in the Lord of the Rings trilogy they rescue Gandalf from Isengard. They’re huge creatures, and are incredibly intelligent, with supernatural vision.

Tips for a good eagle spotting: Be buddies with Gandalf and need some rescuing

Where are the phoenixes you ask? Well it’s simple. Given their fire affinities and load-bearing capacities we believe they’re more appropriately classified as… DRAGONS.

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Excerpt: The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt

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Image Place holder  of - 85Alice Wyndham has been plagued by visions of birds her whole life…until the mysterious Crowley reveals that Alice is an ‘aviarist’: capable of seeing nightjars, magical birds that guard human souls. When her best friend is hit by a car, only Alice can find and save her nightjar.

With Crowley’s help, Alice travels to the Rookery, a hidden, magical alternate London to hone her newfound talents. But a faction intent on annihilating magic users will stop at nothing to destroy the new aviarist. And is Crowley really working with her, or against her? Alice must risk everything to save her best friend—and uncover the strange truth about herself.

The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt will be available on September 3. Please enjoy the following excerpt and head to Tor.com to read the first three chapters.

Excerpt

‘Cigarette?’

She started. A man was leaning against the wall beside her, puffing on a stubby roll-up. She immediately searched out the air above him, and let out a sigh of relief to find it bird-free. She shook her head.

‘No, I – I don’t smoke,’ she stammered.

‘Sensible.’

She nodded. ‘Sensible. The code word for boring.’ Boring was good. She wanted to be boring.

He chuckled and stamped the cigarette out with the heel of his boot. ‘Oh, I don’t know. Sensible girls know what they want. And I like a girl who knows her own mind.’

She flushed and looked the other way, watching the cars zing past.

‘Everything okay?’ he asked.

She turned to find that he’d sidled closer. Close enough that she could see the ragged edges of a white scar slashed across his cheek and another bisecting his eyebrow. He was quite a bit older than her, but somehow the scars and his nearly shaved hair made it hard to guess how much.

‘I’m fine,’ she said, frowning at him.

‘You don’t look fine,’ he said.

‘Oh really? How do I look?’

He paused and examined her. ‘Beautiful.’

She snorted. ‘Well now I know you’re lying,’ she said. ‘No one has ever accused me of being beautiful before. Wholesome, yes. Oh, and of course jowly.’

‘I only say what I see.’ He grinned, his eyes wandering over the dress.

Her cheeks burned uncomfortably. ‘Yes, well . . . you’re probably drunk.’

‘I’m definitely intoxicated,’ he said with a wink. ‘Let me buy you a drink.’

‘Thanks,’ she said, stepping away from him, ‘but my friend’s already bought me one.’

A lazy smile played around his lips. ‘I’ll see you later then. I’ll be waiting right out here.’ He whistled softly. ‘I’d wait all night for a woman like you.’

She resisted rolling her eyes and darted back inside the pub. But once in the narrow corridor, her courage deserted her. Would the birds still be in there? She steeled herself and swung open the door to the Piggery. A wall of black loomed over her, barring her way.

‘What the—’

Crowley’s strong hands grabbed her and urged her backwards, into the side room that was the Poke.

‘Get your hands off me,’ Alice hissed, shoving him away.

‘I was watching you from the window.’

Her mouth fell open. ‘So you are stalking me then? I don’t think your girlfriend would be very pleased.’

His face registered confusion.

‘Sandra?’ she prompted.

‘Don’t be absurd – I only met her a few hours ago. When you raced from your office, after I simply wanted to talk, I had to find someone willing to give me your home address.’

‘She handed my address to a total stranger? What a cow.’

‘I can be quite persuasive when I want to be.’ He shrugged. ‘It was imperative that I spoke with you, but you rudely ejected me from your flat so—’

‘Why are you here?’ she demanded.

The look on his face soured. ‘Stay away from that man.’

‘I beg your pardon?’

He frowned at her. ‘The man you were talking to outside. Stay away from him. He’s dangerous. When Sylvie warned you that you weren’t safe, it was because of him.’

‘Is that so? Well, he hasn’t been following me all day. He didn’t try to force his way into my flat. He hasn’t dragged me into a side room.’ She suddenly became acutely aware that the room was empty. ‘What do you even want?’

Crowley’s eyebrows drew down into a glower.

‘Forget it,’ she said. ‘I have enough to deal with without all this nonsense.’ Alice shoved past him, and he dived to stop her from leaving, pushing the door closed. She could feel his chest heaving, pressed against her back, and she stiffened. ‘Stay away from me or I’ll scream blue murder,’ she said quietly, before forcing the door open and slipping through it. She crossed the narrow corridor and entered the Piggery. Noise and warmth washed over her.

Sandra had broken away from their work colleagues and was hovering anxiously nearby as though waiting for someone. Crowley, obviously. As Alice took a step forward, she glimpsed the dreaded birds again, and her legs weakened. Just as before, they filled the air in a teeming, churning mass. But every blink swept them clean away. Birds. No birds. Birds. No birds. What was happening to her?

Light-headed, she briefly covered her eyes with her hands. Her skin was clammy and her legs weak. She needed to go home. ‘Jen?’ she croaked. A few heads nearby turned, but none were Jen’s.

The room wouldn’t stop spinning and blinking in and out of existence. Birds. No birds. Birds. No birds. A ruffle of wings swiped near her head and she jerked away. A hand made a grab for her, but she shook it off and staggered outside once more.

‘Hey, slow down! Slow down!’

She tripped over the pub’s threshold, and the scarred cigarette smoker caught and steadied her.

‘I knew you weren’t fine. Here,’ he said. ‘I’ll get you into a taxi.’

She squinted at him through narrowed eyes, afraid of what she might see. No birds. She blinked. Still no birds. She exhaled and hugged her arms across her chest.

‘I don’t think I’m very well,’ she mumbled.

‘Come on,’ he said. ‘We’ll share a taxi and I’ll make sure you get home safely. You look like you’re going to faint.’

‘I—No, I’m okay,’ she said, swallowing.

‘Let me get you home,’ said the smoker, tugging at her wrist.

‘No. Honestly, I’m fine. My friend is still in . . .’ She trailed away as she caught sight of a dark figure lurking behind the window, staring at her. Crowley. She turned to the man beside her and nodded shakily.

‘That would be good, thanks,’ she said. He grinned and urged her towards the kerb, threading his arm through hers. ‘I – I don’t even know your name.’

‘Vincent Kelligan. Call me Vin.’

Copyright © 2019 by Deborah Hewitt

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About The Nightjar:

Alice Wyndham has been plagued by visions of birds her whole life…until the mysterious Crowley reveals that Alice is an ‘aviarist’: capable of seeing nightjars, magical birds that guard human souls. When her best friend is hit by a car, only Alice can find and save her nightjar.

With Crowley’s help, Alice travels to the Rookery, a hidden, magical alternate London to hone her newfound talents. But a faction intent on annihilating magic users will stop at nothing to destroy the new aviarist. And is Crowley really working with her, or against her? Alice must risk everything to save her best friend—and uncover the strange truth about herself.

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Cover Reveal: The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt

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The trouble began on a bitter November morning, when Alice Wyndham left her flat and found a box on the front doorstep.

Revealing the cover for The Nightjara contemporary fantasy debut from Deborah Hewitt. And it’s a lovely one too! Behold its black and gold glory:

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Cover Design by Matthew Garrett

The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt is a stunning contemporary fantasy debut about another London, a magical world hidden behind the bustling modern city we know, perfect for fans of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness.

Alice Wyndham has been plagued by visions of birds her whole life…until the mysterious Crowley reveals that Alice is an ‘aviarist’: capable of seeing nightjars, magical birds that guard human souls. When her best friend is hit by a car, only Alice can find and save her nightjar.

With Crowley’s help, Alice travels to the Rookery, a hidden, magical alternate London, to hone her newfound talents. But a faction intent on annihilating magic users will stop at nothing to destroy the new aviarist. And is Crowley really working with her, or against her? Alice must risk everything to save her best friend—and uncover the strange truth about herself.

DEBORAH HEWITT is a teacher and previous ‘Undiscovered Voices’ winner living in Manchester. The Nightjar is her debut novel.

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