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A selection of recent recommended reads from the staff.
From Gretchen McNeil, the author of Ten and Possess, comes this teen horror novel perfect for young fans of Stephen King, and Lois Duncan's I Know What You Did Last Summer.
For Annie Kramer, the summer before college is bittersweet—both a last hurrah of freedom and the last days she'll spend with her boyfriend, Jack, before they head off to different colleges. So she and her friends plan one final adventure: a houseboating trip on Shasta Lake, complete with booze, romance . . . and an off-limits exploration of the notorious Bull Valley Mine.
The legends of mysterious lights and missing persons on Shasta Lake have been a staple of sleepovers and campouts since Annie was a kid. Full of decrepit bridges that lead to nowhere, railroad tunnels that disappear into the mountains, and terrifying stories of unexplained deaths and bodies that were never recovered, Bull Valley Mine is notorious and frightening—perfect for an epic conclusion to their high school lives.
The trip is fun and light—at first. But when a deranged stranger stumbles upon their campsite, spouting terrifying warnings and pleas for help, it's clear that everyone is in danger. And when their exploration of the mine goes horribly wrong, Annie and her friends quickly discover that the menace of Bull Valley Mine doesn't stay at Shasta Lake—it follows them home.
As one by one her friends fall victim to this mysterious and violent force, Annie must do whatever it takes to discover the ancient secrets of the mine and save her friends . . . if she's not already too late.
Epic Reads Impulse is a digital imprint with new releases each month.
It’s tough to have a conscience when you kill for a living.
That's why six years ago, Mallory Jade gave up killing. Now she’s a fixer. Got a problem with a demon? She can help. Infestation of pixies? She’s got you covered. Kidnapped by an undead lich? She’s on her way. Anything you need, so long as she doesn’t have to kill. It’s her one unbreakable rule.
Aside from a few near-death experiences, her new life is good, until her job dumps her in the lap of the man she walked out on six years before. Law Stanger, her former partner and lover, wants her back in his life. He's not above playing dirty. But Mallory knows it can never work. She has secrets Law can never understand or forgive.
All Mallory wants now is to finish her job--track down an incubus and the precious box he stole--and get the hell out of town before Law shatters her heart again. But it wasn’t fate that drew her and Law together after all these years, it was cunning calculation. Now they must face an enemy more powerful than they can imagine, one that has no intention of leaving anybody alive.
"Exceptional... Offers no easy solutions to the various security threats America faces today... As Hellman's convincing, conflicted characters face impossible choices, the tension is real and memorable." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"Hellmann's writing sparkles...plenty of suspense in this richly detailed thriller, but Hellmann’s characteristic wit and warmth are evident, too." —Booklist
Eric Best's world is changing… not just a piece here or there, really changing.
His monotonous day job working for an Internet search engine company leaves him unfulfilled, so he starts writing an exciting screenplay.
His wife isn't happy with all of his time being monopolized, and their marriage is already a little rocky, but Eric is determined to finish what he started.
He's becoming more and more invested in his work. He's even having lucid dreams of his scripted universe... but more real.
Then he notices the changes.
Changes in his life that are impossible, wonderful, and even horrific...
From the moment she first learned the truth about witches she knew she was born to fight them.
Now, at sixteen, Iris is the lone girl on the Witch Hunters Special Ops Team.
But when Iris meets a boy named Arlo, he might just be the key to preventing an evil uprising in Southern California.
Together they're ready to protect the human race at all costs. Because that's what witch hunters do.
Welcome to Hollywood.
Praise for HOLLYWOOD WITCH HUNTER
"Valerie Tejeda's Hollywood Witch Hunter shines as bright as the Hollywood sign, with heart stopping intrigue and action and glamour, Tejeda weaves a witchy web worthy of Buffy comparisons, while building a new generation of fiercely compelling heroines and villains." - Danielle Paige,New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die
"Fast-paced and fun (and featuring a heroine who needs to be my new bestie), Hollywood Witch Hunter is everything I look for in a book! Where do I sign up to battle witches in Tinseltown?" - Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of the Hex Hall series
"Part Hollywood satire, part fast-paced action, Hollywood Witch Hunter infuses real-world glitz and glamour with conniving witches, swoony romance and some 007-worthy tech." - Cara Lynn Shultz, author of the Spellbound series
"Fast-reading, saucy, and delightfully fun." - School Library Journal
"The Mortal Instruments meets 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' set in the cutthroat world of Hollywood - all featuring a kick-ass Hispanic leading lady. That's enough to get my fingers over the 'pre-order.''' - MTV.com
"Valerie Tejeda makes a splash with her debut novel." - USA Today
"Valerie Tejeda's debut novel doesn't hit shelves until July 2015, but the creative premise already has diehard young adult fans on the edge of their seat." - Latina.com
"Any fan of Buffy or The Vampire Diaries could easily become obsessed." - Teen Vogue
Reporter Bertie Mallowan has a knack for finding trouble...or it that trouble has knack for finding her? Whatever, she's still reeling from being laid off from her job when she lands a job as a society columnist at a newspaper owned by multimillionaire Dillard Johnson--known as "The Big Johnson" among his employees. His friend, environmental activist Rowley Poke, is murdered at a party sponsored by Johnson and of course Bertie was one of the guests as part of her new job. The Big J tells Bertie to infiltrate The End, Poke's eco-conservation group, and report back to him. Being dangled before her is a job as an investigative reporter. Bertie must navigate the eccentricities of the Big J, his family, and the new head of The End, Buddy Laird, to solve the mystery. Funny, fast-paced, Snarky Park is another triumph from a writer to watch.
Cathy's previous book is Trashy Chic.
PRAISE FOR the Bertie Mallowan series and Cathy Lubenski
"What do a certain Mennonite innkeeper, and a reporter named Bertie Mallowan, have in common? Could it be that they are both highly intelligent women with a wry take on life, or could it possibly be that both possess tongues capable of slicing Swiss cheese? This is a surefire recipe for a winner in my book! Trashy Chic is pure gold." -- Tamar Myers, author of the Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries and The Headhunter’s Daughter
“Don’t miss this utterly delightful mystery. Cathy Lubenski has a light but sharp touch, a wonderful eye for human types and human foibles, and she’s a natural entertainer. “Trashy Chic” has a perfect humor-to-heart ratio. Bravo!”--T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times bestselling author of The Jaguar and The Border Lords
“Fast and funny. Enjoy!” -- Parnell Hall, author of Caper
South Florida sleuth Helen Hawthorne gets a history lesson from her landlady Margery Flax. In the 1970s, while pushing papers in a dead-end job, Margery witnessed a battle of the blondes between vivacious Vicki and meticulous Minnie for a promotion that would take one of them to the top of the corporate ladder. But when their office politics turned dirty, the blondes got dangerous—leaving one of them dead and one of them a killer whose identity Margery has kept secret for more than forty years…
Ready for a spine-chilling horror thriller with mystery, shocks, twists, and romance?
It all started with a good-time cruise at sea…
When diver Katsu Espinoza is invited on a shark-cage expedition by her billionaire mentor, she’s definitely up for some adventure, even if it means spending time with his greedy heirs. Then she sees who the captain is—Will Ashton, the betraying ex-boyfriend who’d once shattered her heart. And as if that isn’t unexpected enough, her mentor decides that she’s going to inherit the millions of dollars that were supposed to go to his family!
…and turned into hell on earth when they got to the island.
Suddenly, Kat is the girl who swept in to steal a frail old man’s inheritance. Then a storm hits, stranding all of them on a deserted island, forcing them to survive in a paradise gone deadly, because it seems that someone here hasn’t forgotten the money; they’re killing victims with gruesome precision—and Will, with his secretive ways, is at the top of Kat’s growing list of murder suspects. And that list is getting horrifically whittled down one…by one…by one…
***This reissued book was formerly known as Baited, by Crystal Green. Unlike Chris Marie Green’s other paranormal thrillers, this is NOT paranormal. It includes lots of adventure, action, and graphic violence, as well as a short excerpt for another Chris Marie Green story at the end. Terror Island’s word count is approximately 67,000.***
Here’s what readers said about Baited (now Terror Island)!
“Man, this book is so cool... it grabbed me instantly. The characters were engaging, though the suspicion kept building for all of them at one stage or another. This was like a thrill ride through someone's worst nightmare.” – Yolanda Sfetsos, Torn from the Shadows
“Taking And Then There Were None and placing it in a different milieu makes for a strong romantic suspense thriller that will have the audience along with the lead couple speculating just who the killer is. The action starts from the shipwreck and never lets up until the final confrontation. Will and Kat are a fine pairing though she has doubts because she believes he is a philanderer and thus untrustworthy at a time in which to survive they must depend and trust one another. [Green] keeps the action and reader guessing throughout this strong fun tale.” - Harriet Klausner
Isabel, Lady Wilde, mistress of King Charles II, has made a good living disguised as fortune teller Mistress Ruby, counseling London's elite. But after the murder of one of her customers, business has taken a downturn, and Isabel is on the verge of accepting the king's offer to move into the palace.
Isabel's plans are interrupted when a beggar girl named Susanna shows up at her home, claiming to be her niece. Isabel always believed that her older brother, Adam, died alone during the plague. When Susanna reveals that Adam was actually murdered, Isabel is compelled to take up an impossible task: discover the truth about her brother's death, twelve years after it happened.
Isabel's investigation leads her through the gamut of London society, from bear-baiting matches and brothels to the realm of wealthy bankers. But as she uncovers her brother's dark secrets, Isabel begins to wonder whether the past is better left buried-especially when uncovering the truth could lead to her own funeral.
Everyone in small-town Bellville is talking about a series of mysterious fires disrupting the typically tranquil summer. The authorities attribute them to heat lightning, but some Belleville residents are not so sure…
High-school student, Beth, like everyone else in Belleville, has been following the fires – she has plenty of time between her monotonous day job at the deli and solitary nights at home while her mom works late. The fires aren’t the only unusual occurrence – Beth’s old friend Tara, who left town the year before after a scandal, returns with no real explanation. Circumstances only get stranger when Beth unwittingly discovers clues as to what – or who – is the cause of the fires.
Red Dragon Academy Book I
Seven Children, Seven Powers. One Enemy.
Addy Walker is a normal California surfer girl until her mother dies and her British aunt enrolls her at a boarding school called Red Dragon Academy in Wales. At first the school seems okay, if a little weird. Which other school has a sun-day when it's not raining? But when Addy stumbles upon a hallway that leads to a different and horrible part of the school she begins to have her doubts.
Addy has always had vivid dreams but now these dreams are becoming frighteningly real and she has a hard time telling dreams from reality. Was it really only in a dream that she visited the cold palace and met the man who wants her captured? He calls her a dreamwalker and it seems that this is a special and dangerous power. Is Addy really able to move between two worlds or is she finally cracking up?
Dreamwalker is the first book in the Red Dragon Academy series and in it we meet Addy, as well as snooty Pippa, brainy Raj, cheeky Sam, serious Coby, shy Gwyllum and worldly Celeste—all who may have been brought to the school because of their special powers. All of whom may be in mortal danger from a terrifying tyrant who calls himself The One, in a land that seems a lot like Wales, but isn't.
The Mithgar and Faery novels of Dennis L. McKiernan have long enchanted fans and critics alike. And they were equally enthralled with his bestselling science-fiction/fantasy novel: formerly titled Caverns of Socrates but in e-book form titled Shadowprey. And now this gifted author presents us with the sequel to that story, a gripping tale to fire the imagination and make the heart pound. . . .
The Black Foxes are back in the grasp of the Dark God, and He is seeking revenge
Nearly one year ago a lightning strike damaged Avery—the artificial intelligence, AIVR—and for six months thereafter he refused to communicate with his creators. But then Timothy Rendell, a member of the talented team of Black Foxes, received a three-word message from somewhere within the machine, a message impelling the Foxes to step once again into deadly peril as they try to rescue one of their own from the shadow-world clutches of Mad Avery in his very lethal virtual reality.
Dennis L. McKiernan holds us spellbound by weaving together science and magic and hazard and derring-do in a heart-clutching story, a breathtaking saga spanning magical worlds and alien planets in a tale of science fiction, of fantasy, of horror, and a riveting account of a desperate group of skilled scientists trying to keep a team alive, as well as a high-stakes court case concerning the essence of humanity, the outcome of which means life or death for some.
From Dennis L. McKiernan, one of the most prolific and imaginative authors in science fiction and fantasy today, comes Shadowprey, the thrilling sequel to his acclaimed Shadowtrap (formerly titled Caverns of Socrates).
Samantha Cody can’t stay away from trouble. When Sam’s long-time friend, Dr. Lucy Wagner finds her career, and maybe even her life in jeopardy, it’s impossible for Samantha not to run to her ex-boxing buddy’s side.
13 essays on the importance of representation in science fiction and fantasy, with an introduction by author Alex Dally MacFarlane. Proceeds from the sale of this collection go to support the Carl Brandon Society.
Full table of contents:
Introduction by Alex Dally MacFarlane.
“Parched” by Mark Oshiro.
“Boys’ Books” by Katharine Kerr.
“Clicking” by Susan Jane Bigelow.
“The Princess Problem” by Charlotte Ashley.
“Autism, Representation, Success” by Ada Hoffmann.
“Gender in Genre” by Kathryn Ryan.
“‘Crazy’ About Fiction” by Gabriel Cuellar.
“Evil Albino Trope is Evil” by Nalini Haynes.
“Options” by Joie Young.
“Non-binary and Not Represented” by Morgan Dambergs.
“Representation Without Understanding” by Derek Handley.
“Shards of Memory” by Ithiliana.
“I Don’t See Color” by Michi Trota.
“SFF Saved My Life” by Nonny Blackthorne.
Afterword by Jim C. Hines.
A disgraced former home run king, whose rampant steroid use has left him as a testicle shrinking, soprano speaking, bra wearing recluse, is holding on to his single season home run record, asterisk be damned. When Roy learns his record may be broken, he won’t let it happen. He leaves a trail of destruction and bodies in his wake.
The door to the massive New York Times bestselling HOUSE OF NIGHT series has closed. Now, Kristin Cast kicks down a new door to welcome her millions of fans to her latest sizzling series.
There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.
Someone has opened the cage.
The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior—their only son, Alek—to try to bring those souls back. He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won't be able to do it alone.
Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets. First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life. Then, she will become the hunter.
With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another. Blending elements of mythology with the dazzling storytelling that her fans have devoured through the HOUSE OF NIGHT series, Kristin Cast weaves a spellbinding and passionate tale that starts a thrilling new series with an explosive charge.
This e-short story collection from New York Times bestselling suspense author Jan Burke features a brand new Irene Kelly short story, “Privileges,” plus three unforgettable stories from the print anthology Eighteen.
Before Frank Harriman and Irene Kelly got married, Frank was a rookie cop in Bakersfield, California. When he investigates one of the worst types of calls a policeman can get—a bad smell coming from a closed trailer on a hot day—Frank and his training officer are not surprised to find a dead body. But everyone is stunned when the corpse leads to the police chief’s downfall...
Andy Kendricks is back in the third sassy and irresistible installment in Susan McBride's Debutante Dropout series … and this time she's teaming up with her high-society mama to catch a killer who's targeting rich, lonely widows.
Wealthy Texas widows need loving too … which is why Bebe Kent joined a dating service for "discriminating" seniors soon after relocating to the swanky Belle Meade retirement community. Unfortunately, Bebe didn't even live long enough to meet "Mr. Right." And though doctors declared her death totally natural, extravagant blue-blooded Dallas socialite Cissy Blevins Kendricks believes her old friend's demise was hastened—and she's ready to check herself into Belle Meade incognito to prove it.
Cissy's rebellious, sometimes-sleuthing daughter, Andrea, wants no part of her mother's crazy schemes—yet she's anything but pleased that Cissy is going off on her own, playing a highbrow Miss Marple. So she has no choice but to join her mom in search of the truth—especially when more well-heeled widows start turning up dead …
From Bram Stoker winner Douglas Clegg -- author of The Children's Hour and The Hour Before Dark -- comes a novel of heart-pounding suspense and supernatural horror. What secrets lie within the ancient place known as the Goat Dance?
"Douglas Clegg is a weaver of nightmares...Goat Dance is a dark, mesmerizing delight." - Robert R. McCammon, author of Swang Song and The Providence Rider.
"Clegg's stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby."-- Dean Koontz.
In winter, in the mountains, a darkness envelopes a town...a house on the edge of a lake holds the key to its horrifying secret.
A Haunted Lake...
Seven-year-old Teddy Amory should have died that winter's day on Clear Lake, when she fell through the ice while skating with her older brother, Jake. But something got inside her that day . . . something terrifying...
"Douglas Clegg knows exactly what scares us, and he knows just how to twist those fears into hair-raising chills..." - Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series.
A Town in Shadows...
Nightmarish forces lurk in the mountains of Virginia, and darkness has begun to spread like a shroud over the living.
Those long-dead return in nightmares. Does someone – or something -- control these horrifying visions from within the mysterious halls of the Marlowe-Houston House on the edge of Clear Lake?
Now a young man named Coffey returns to Pontefract, Virginia, to find the woman he lost – and a town must face its terrifying past as a possessed child threatens to unleash an unspeakable horror.
A terrifying chiller of a horror novel from a master of gothic thrillers.
Two Lonely Hearts . . . Kalindi MacNeil survived the devastating enemy airship attack that obliterated Liverpool, but even her engineering skills can't seem to repair her broken heart. Seeking to put her life back together, Kali retreats to a desolate, deserted island—only to discover she's not alone. Captain Fletcher Adams, an elite man/machine hybrid, a Man O' War, crashed his battle-damaged airship into the island after the destruction of Liverpool, never expecting to survive the wreck. But survive he did. One Desire . . . Believing he is nothing but a living weapon, Fletcher is wary of his newfound companion—a pretty, damaged, but determined young woman. Together they are stranded on the island, and it is only a matter of time until desire gets the best of them both. Soon Kali and Fletcher each find that they may be just what the other needed. But a danger from beyond the island puts them to the test. Will it rip them apart or bond their hearts forever?
An early work by Toni Leigh Perry Kelner, author of our October Fantastic Firsts Cozy Mystery Series Pick, A Skeleton in the Family...
In the first in bestselling author Toni L. P. Kelner’s smart, witty mystery series, amateur sleuth Laura Fleming finds her trip going South—in lethal ways…
If there’s lost treasure to be found, she’s the one to find it. Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer—at your service.
Originally published as Secret of the Three Treasures.
Sasha’s future was stolen from her the moment she was bitten. Now she's on the run from the Nero Organization that transformed her from a human detective into a shape shifting jaguar assassin.
When a rogue bounty hunter threatens her younger sister, she'll be forced to fight, and with nowhere else to turn, Sasha will need to trust the one man who has every reason to want her dead.
Aren is a werewolf with a secret. While protecting his twin brother and Alpha of the Pack, he found his one mate for life. Sadly she's also the jaguar assassin who tried to kill them both. Now Aren is struggling between his animal nature to love and protect her, and his loyalty to the Pack.
Jeremy, an infamous foot fetishist doomed to the quirkiest 12-step group ever, falls off the wagon spectacularly when he meets Beverly. She is a "beneather", one of an alien species living alongside us after rising from the depths of the ocean. She is perfect for Jeremy. Smart. Beautiful. Great feet. But does Beverly's reciprocation smack of a sinister and slimy secret? Will Jeremy's probation officer revoke his freedom before he meets a bitter, sweaty end? And more importantly, did someone remember to bring donuts and coffee to the 12-step group?
In this short fanasy tale of aliens, foot fetishism and life choices gone horribly awry, Mark Henry returns to his roots, stirring up comedy and horror, muddling in a little sex and serving it up ice cold.
Five of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s most popular cat stories. They run the gamut from the award-winning “The Secret Lives of Cats” to the whimsical “The Poop Thief.” Other stories in the collection include reader favorite “What Fluffy Knew,” the short mystery “Scrawny Pete,” and the Fey prequel “Destiny.”
International bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch has published dozens of novels, including seven books about the Fey. Published all over the world, the Fey novels have recently been rereleased in the United States as audio books by Audible.com. In addition to many awards in the science fiction and fantasy fields, she has been nominated for three Edgar Awards, two Shamus Awards, and an Anthony Award. She has won the Ellery Queen Reader’s Choice Award twice, once for “The Secret Lives of Cats.”
The first novella in the Tales of Bladesend! In spite of Trelayne's victories in battle, the road home is longer than the young knight ever imagined, and it must begin with rejecting his peasant companion, Derik, and denying the memory of the half-orc companion who gave his life for them. Forced to admit that the battle has changed him, Trelayne tries to be the champion for the peasantry, only to make things worse—Derik imprisoned, his betrothed rejecting him, his war-wounds throbbing. Honor provokes him to claim a duel with the swordmaster in the hopes of earning Derik's freedom, but the veterans find that winning a battle is not the same as winning a war—and not all demons wear an ugly face.
From the author of Breathers, Fated, and Lucky Bastard comes a collection of ten dark and humorous tales about extraterrestrial sex toys, a family of luck poachers, a group of professional guinea pigs, the immortal personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins, and a zombie gigolo. Just to name a few. “A Zombie’s Lament”—A newly reanimated corpse attends Undead Anonymous meetings with other zombies and comes to terms with the reality of his new existence. “Softland”—A family of luck poachers living in central California attempts to turn around its fortunes from a deal gone bad. “My Ego Is Bigger than Yours”—A new designer drug reinvents role-playing games by allowing its users to temporarily become dead celebrities and fictional characters. “Dream Girls”—A futuristic tale of sexual obsession, extraterrestrial intelligence, the death of Marilyn Monroe, and the assassination of JFK. “Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel”—A writer suffering from writer’s block becomes addicted to the words he purchases from a drug dealer. “Captivity” —A lonely and horrifying look at what it might be like if you were a bottle of shampoo. “The Sodom and Gomorrah Shore”—The Seven Deadly Sins star in the original reality television show, set back during the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. “Homer’s Reprise”—A modern day story of Odysseus that blends Greek mythology with Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. “Dr. Lullaby”—A panhandler and professional guinea pig discovers that the pharmaceutical drugs he’s been testing have given him unusual side effects. “Zombie Gigolo”—A day in the life of a living corpse who provides a unique service for lonely and desperate female zombies.
In a galaxy torn apart by war
Mara Skiren is a scavenger, a black-market dealer. Blackmailed into helping Commander Kell Frayne infiltrate a treacherous corner of the galaxy, Mara learns that her biggest danger is from her sexy, by-the-book partner. She's a loner with more than a few battle scars on her heart, but something about Commander Frayne stirs up her long-buried need for an intimate connection.
An ace pilot for the elite Black Wraith Squadron, Kell's mission is to rescue a lost pilot and ship. Unable to deny his attraction to the beautiful, rebellious Mara, he decides bedding her would cool his ardor. But one taste is not nearly enough, and he finds himself sharing more of his real self with her than he has with anyone.
With deadly criminals on their heels and an increasingly dangerous assignment to complete, he's starting to wonder if they survived, could he let her go? And will Mara want to stay?
Hot paranormal suspense from local author Lisa!
In a fast-paced, suspenseful debut novel for fans of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner, detective Darla Cavannah goes Deep South in pursuit of a merciless killer.</
Reporter Bertie Mallowan has drifted away from hard news stories and into the shallows of "fluff" features, the kind you find buried in the back of the newspaper. But when she gets the chance to interview greedy, nasty Robert Bellingham, the king of must-have luxury items for the rich of Southern California, she thinks her career is back on track. Bellingham, she learns, has not only made a lot of money, but he’s got a lot of enemies, too. Two days after Bertie's interview, Bellingham's body is found on the floor of the foyer in the family mansion; someone has aerated his skull with the stereotypical blunt object. Thanks to her interview, Bertie has inside information about the life and times of a rich and powerful murder victim and is thrust into a big story again.
This short fiction collection from PW Book of the Year author Harry Connolly combines reprints from magazines and anthologies along with new, previously unpublished fiction, including the TWENTY PALACES novelette “The Hand Made Mask.”
Praise for Harry Connolly’s novels:
“Harry Connolly’s vision is amazing." -- Charlaine Harris
“[CHILD OF FIRE] is excellent reading and has a lot of things I love in a book: a truly dark and sinister world, delicious tension and suspense, violence so gritty you’ll get something in your eye just reading it, and a gorgeously flawed protagonist. Take this one to the checkout counter. Seriously.” -- Jim Butcher
“An edge-of-the-seat read! Ray Lilly is the new high-water mark of paranormal noir.” -- Charles Stross, author of RULE 34
THE GREAT WAY: Complex world, tight action, awesome women as well as men; Connelly was good right out the gate, and just keeps getting better. — Sherwood Smith
"... one hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners, breathtaking holy moly of a
book." -- C.E. Murphy
"One of the few urban magic books — for lack of a better term — novels I enjoyed last year was Harry Connolly’s CHILD OF FIRE. And I loved it.” -- John Rogers, writer/producer LEVERAGE
Leah Tang just died on stage. Well, not literally. Not yet.
Leah's stand-up career isn't going well. But she understands the power of fiction, and when she's offered employment with the mysterious Genrenauts Foundation, she soon discovers that literally dying on stage is a hazard of the job!
Her first assignment takes her to a Western world. When a cowboy tale slips off its rails, and the outlaws start to win, it's up to Leah - and the Genrenauts team - to nudge the story back on track and prevent a catastrophe on Earth.
But the story's hero isn't interested in winning, and the safety of Earth hangs in the balance...
PRAISE FOR THE SHOOTOUT SOLUTION
"Who hasn't wanted to imagine themselves parachuting into a story gone wrong and putting it back on track? It's storytelling as heroism, genre savviness as power. Endless fun. Catnip for genre geeks." — Marie Brennan, World Fantasy nominated author of A Natural History of Dragons
“A clever, exciting, and seriously fun twist on portal fantasy that sends a geeky stand-up comedian into the Wild West. Sign me up to be a Genrenaut, too!” —Delilah S. Dawson, author of the Blud series and Hit