Sep 192017
 

Cover of An Echo of Murder by Anne Perry.In this riveting new William Monk novel, Anne Perry delves into the diverse population of Victorian London, whose disparate communities force Monk to rethink his investigative techniques—lest he be caught in the crosshairs of violent bigotry.

In the course of his tenure with the Thames River Police, Commander Monk has yet to see a more gruesome crime scene: a Hungarian warehouse owner lies in the middle of his blood-sodden office, pierced through the chest with a bayonet and eerily surrounded by seventeen candles, their wicks dipped in blood. Suspecting the murder may be rooted in ethnic prejudice, Monk turns to London’s Hungarian community in search of clues but finds his inquiries stymied by its wary citizens and a language he doesn’t speak. Only with the help of a local pharmacist acting as translator can Monk hope to penetrate this tightly knit enclave, even as more of its members fall victim to identical brutal murders. But whoever the killer, or killers, may be—a secret society practicing ritual sacrifice, a madman on a spree, a British native targeting foreigners—they are well hidden among the city’s ever-growing populace.

With the able assistance of his wife—former battlefield nurse Hester, who herself is dealing with a traumatized war veteran who may be tangled up in the murders—Monk must combat distrust, hostility, and threats from the very people he seeks to protect. But as the body count grows, stirring ever greater fear and anger among the Hungarian émigrés, resistance to the police also increases. Racing time and the rising tide of terror all around him, Monk must be even more relentless than the mysterious killer, or the echoes of malice and murder will resound through London’s streets like a clarion of doom.

Sep 192017
 

Cover of Kaira Rouda's BEST DAY EVER.Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion.

Sep 052017
 

Cover of Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson.Ten teens are left alone in the wilderness during a three-day survival test in this multi-authored novel edited by award-winning author Shaun David Hutchinson.

At Zeppelin Bend, an outdoor-education program designed to teach troubled youth the value of hard work, cooperation, and compassion, ten teens are left alone in the wild. The teens are a diverse group who come all walks of life, and were all sent to Zeppelin Bend as a last chance to get them to turn their lives around. They’ve just spent nearly two weeks hiking, working, learning to survive in the wilderness, and now their instructors have dropped them off eighteen miles from camp with no food, no water, and only their packs, and they’ll have to struggle to overcome their vast differences if they hope to survive.

Inspired by The Canterbury Tales, the characters in Feral Youth, each complex and damaged in their own ways, are enticed to tell a story (or two) with the promise of a cash prize. The stories range from noir-inspired revenge tales to mythological stories of fierce heroines and angry gods. And while few of the stories are claimed to be based in truth, they ultimately reveal more about the teller than the truth ever could.

Sep 012017
 

Cover of The Stone in The Skull by Elizabeth Bear.Publishers Weekly: With a glorious and dramatic story, Bear begins a stunning new series set in the same world as her Eternal Sky trilogy. South of towering mountains lie the Lotus Kingdoms, an analog of our own Indian subcontinent. The Dead Man, once guard to a caliph who’s now dead himself, and the Gage, a hulking brass automaton, protect a caravan that travels over the mountain passes and down into the Lotus Kingdoms during monsoon season. The pair bear a message from the Eyeless One, a powerful wizard, to Mrithuri, ruling rajni of Sarathai-tia, who seeks a way to put off her powerful male cousins and secure her country. Both Mrithuri and her cousin, Sayeh Rajni of Ansh-Sahal, receive dark omens of further threats to their rule.

With sumptuous prose, Bear details the opulence of royal courts, a sodden journey, and intricate rituals. Colors, textures, and aromas enrich her descriptions of lands that stand on the brink of war. Bear’s worldbuilding stretches from the Cauled Sun in the heavens to the vast ecosystem of Mother River Sarathai, and her characters nod to fantasy archetypes while remaining individual.

Aug 312017
 

Turkish rights to Nebula-nominated Martha Wells’ ALL SYSTEMS RED and ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, the first two installments in The Murderbot Diaries, to Ithaki, by Nazli Çökdü at the ONK Agency in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

German rights to New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s WORKING FOR BIGFOOT, collecting together three stories in the Dresden Files series that feature Bigfoot, to Feder & Schwert, by Bastian Schlück at the Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Jennifer Jackson.

Polish rights to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s ETCHED IN BONE, the 5th and final book in the Other series featuring Meg Corbyn the blood prophet, to Initium, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson.

Rights to World Fantasy Award winner Nnedi Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH (recently optioned as a TV series for HBO, with executive producer George R. R. Martin), to Polirom in Romania, at auction; to Muza in Poland, at auction; and to Host in Czech, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi; to Crononauta in Spain, and to Oceano in Latin America and Spanish US market, at auction, by Maru de Montserrat at International Editors’ in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.

Italian rights to New York Times Bestselling author Jim Butcher’s and Evil Hat LLC’s Dresden Files RPG Accelerated to Nicola Urbinati at Dreamlord Press by Jennifer Jackson.

Aug 312017
 

a pair of black ear budsRhiannon Held’s DEATH-TOUCHED, Book 5 of the Silver series, to Anji Cornette at GraphicAudio, by Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency, on behalf of Cameron McClure.

Aug 302017
 
Autostraddle staff writer and direct action organizer KaeLyn Rich’s UNTITLED TEEN ACTIVISM GUIDE FOR GIRLS, showcasing ways that teen girls can advocate and organize in their communities from picking a cause to fundraising to marches and protests to online activism, with a focus on teen specific issues like lobbying elected officials as a non-voter and having tough conversations with parents, to Blair Thornburgh at Quirk Books, for publication in Fall 2018, by Cameron McClure at Donald Maass.
Aug 292017
 

Cover of A Song for Quiet by Cassandra KhawCassandra Khaw returns with A Song for Quiet, a new standalone Persons Non Grata novella from the world of Hammers on Bone.

Deacon James is a rambling bluesman straight from Georgia, a black man with troubles that he can’t escape, and music that won’t let him go. On a train to Arkham, he meets trouble — visions of nightmares, gaping mouths and grasping tendrils, and a madman who calls himself John Persons. According to the stranger, Deacon is carrying a seed in his head, a thing that will destroy the world if he lets it hatch.

The mad ravings chase Deacon to his next gig. His saxophone doesn’t call up his audience from their seats, it calls up monstrosities from across dimensions. As Deacon flees, chased by horrors and cultists, he stumbles upon a runaway girl, who is trying to escape the destiny awaiting her. Like Deacon, she carries something deep inside her, something twisted and dangerous. Together, they seek to leave Arkham, only to find the Thousand Young lurking in the woods.

The song in Deacon’s head is growing stronger, and soon he won’t be able to ignore it any more.

Aug 282017
 

Author photo of Caitlin Starling.Debut author Caitlin Starling’s THE LUMINOUS DEAD, a claustrophobic sci-fi thriller building on the isolated tradition of The Martian and desperate survival of Gravity, in which a professional caver accepts a solo expedition to map an unexplored cave system on a foreign planet, not knowing that her handler’s personal connection with this cave and the ghosts she has buried there will come back to haunt them both, to David Pomerico at Harper Voyager, by Caitlin McDonald at the Donald Maass Literary Agency (World English).

Aug 252017
 

Photo Credit Karen HackerAce Books executive editor Anne Sowards acquired world English and audio rights to BRIEF CASES, a short story collection by Jim Butcher, author of the bestselling Dresden Files series. The new book is a companion piece to Butcher’s 2010 short story collection, SIDE JOBS. It also includes previously published content based on the Dresden Files series, as well as a new Dresden Files novella. BRIEF CASES is scheduled to be released in summer 2018. The deal was brokered by Jennifer Jackson.