Sep 252018
 

The Agony House by Cherie Priest.Denise Farber has just moved back to New Orleans with her mom and step-dad. They left years ago after Hurricane Katrina and are back now, wagering the last of their family’s money on fixing up an old, run-down house and converting it to a bed and breakfast.

When the unexplained noises start, that seems a little weird. Same too for the fact that nothing seems to work around the house…even when it should. But when floors start collapsing suddenly and deadly objects fall everywhere–and voices start speaking to Denise–she knows that something more sinister lies hidden.

Could the answers lie in an old comic book that Denise finds in the abandoned attic…the lost last work of a famous artist who apparently lived here? Denise isn’t going anywhere, so she must unravel the mystery, on the pages and off them, if she and her family are to survive…

Sep 242018
 

Author photo of Robert Jackson BennettAuthor of The Divine Cities trilogy Robert Jackson Bennett’s VIGILANCE, a dark science fiction novella about an America that has permanently surrendered to paranoia, distrust, and gun violence to Lee Harris with Justin Landon editing at Tor.com Publishing by Cameron McClure.

Sep 212018
 

Author photo of Jay Lake.On behalf of the estate of Hugo- Nebula- and World Fantasy Award nominee Jay Lake, and available for the first time also in a digital edition, World English rights to TRIAL OF FLOWERS and MADNESS OF FLOWERS, the City Imperishable novels, to Marcus Gipps at Orion/Gollancz by Jennifer Jackson.

Sep 182018
 

Cover of The Amish Christmas Cowboy by Jo Ann Brown.A cowboy for Christmas…

or another year in the Amish Spinster Club?

Nanny Sarah Kuhns has her hands full with kinder, her overbearing brothers and her big dreams. And it only gets worse when she takes on the care of an injured cowboy. For Amish traveling horseman Toby Christner, tight-knit Harmony Creek represents everything he’s run from. Until he heals, he can’t leave…but will falling for Sarah make him want to stay?

Sep 182018
 

Cover of Dark Tide Rising by Anne Perry.When a ransom exchange turns deadly in this thrilling mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, Commander William Monk faces an unthinkable possibility: betrayal by his own men.

Jacob’s Island is a broken-down waterside slum, a place of perpetual gloom where Monk is just as likely to lose a man to the mud and tides as to the criminals who hide in the shadows. Kidnappers have chosen this warren of tunnels and alleys as the site of a ransom exchange for Kate Exeter, the wife of wealthy real estate developer Harry Exeter. Harry asks the Thames River Police to secretly accompany him to the spot and ensure that no harm comes to him or his captive wife. But on arrival, Monk and five of his best men are attacked from all sides, and Monk is left wondering who could have given away their plans.

As Monk follows leads from Kate’s worried cousin and a crafty clerk at the bank where Exeter gathered the ransom money, it seems undeniable that one of his own men has betrayed him. Delving into their pasts, he realizes how little he knows about the people he works with every day, including his right-hand man John Hooper, the one colleague Monk has always been certain he can count on—but who is also hiding a dreadful secret. As the case runs into a series of deadly obstructions, Monk must choose between his own safety and the chance to solve the mystery—and to figure out where his men’s loyalty really lies.

Sep 132018
 

Cover of Dragon Pear by Yoon Ha Lee. Kirkus: This latest in the Rick Riordan Presents imprint launches Korean mythological creatures into outer space.

Thirteen-year-old Min cannot believe her older brother, Jun, has deserted his Space Force post, as he’s been accused of doing. Naturally, Min runs away from home to clear her brother’s name. It’s a Rick Riordan trademark to thrust mythological figures into new settings. Fans will breathlessly watch while fox-spirit Min charms her way onto a hijacked starship, ending up on her brother’s military star cruiser on the way to the lawless Ghost Sector.

Lee has created an adrenaline-filled space opera with mythological creatures living alongside humans. Min and her family are gumiho, or shape-shifting foxes, but they present as human to hide their magical natures. She takes on the identity of Jang, a male cadet killed in battle, and enlists the aid of two other supernatural Space Force cadets: Haneul, a female dragon, and Sujin, a nonbinary goblin. Min is first and foremost a teenager on a mission and a magical being second. The ambivalence of her identity (fox or human, male or female, hero or traitor,) echoes ethical questions that many kid readers face. It is refreshing to see both Korean elements and a nonbinary character seamlessly integrated into the storyline. Narrator Min explains Korean mythology smoothly as the action progresses for readers with no previous knowledge.

A high-octane, science-fiction thriller painted with a Korean brush and a brilliant example of how different cultures can have unique but accessible cosmology and universal appeal.

Sep 072018
 

The Agony House by Cherie Priest.Booklist: Following up on their successful collaboration in I AM PRINCESS X (2016), Priest and O’Connor neatly weave together the history of comic books and contemporary concerns about gentrification in this eerie ghost story set in a ramshackle house that’s as much a character as the people living in it.

Denise, her mom, and stepdad have just moved into an nearly destroyed, once-beautiful house in New Orleans, and almost right away, Denise starts noticing odd things. First, they’re harmless, if creepy, but later, unexplained, dangerous accidents happen as they renovate the house. But the comic book manuscript Denise finds carefully hidden in the attic (pages of which appear throughout the novel) is the key to source of the poltergeists. Meanwhile, Denise’s neighbors are uneasy about outsiders capitalizing on cheap property in New Orleans, and Priest does a great job of skillfully including the important conversations Denise and her family have with their new community.

At its heart, though, this is a ghost story, and Priest excels at building palpable atmosphere: Denise’s parents’ anxiety about their shoestring budget, the sweltering New Orleans summer heat, the disrepair of the house (“soggy plaster fell from the studs like wet cake”), and the increasingly terrifying haunting. Dynamic characters and a surprising mystery round out this sharp, satisfying, and engrossingly spooky story.

Sep 062018
 

Photo of author Ruthanna Emrys.Locus Award and Crawford Award Finalist Ruthanna Emrys’ THE FIFTH POWER, a science-fiction novel set in 2084 about first contact between aliens and new human collective governments that rise as nation-states are failing, as the aliens seek to rescue humans from a climate changed planet whether they want to leave or not, to Carl Engle-Laird at Tor.com by Cameron McClure.

Sep 052018
 

Author photo of Carissa Ann Lynch.Carissa Ann Lynch’s MY SISTER IS MISSING, when a young woman returns home so that her sister can share secret that needs to be told in-person, she disappears, leaving her alone with her niece and nephew, and as clues start to unravel it makes her wonder if her sister is not only the victim of a crime, but also the perpetrator, to Charlotte Ledger at Killer Reads, in a two-book deal, for publication in Summer 2019, by Katie Shea Boutillier.

Sep 042018
 

Cover of All Systems Red by Martha Wells.Cover of Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor.Congratulations to Martha Wells and Nnedi Okorafor for winning these 2018 Hugo Awards!

Best Novella:
All Systems Red, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)

WSFS Award for Best Young Adult:
Book: Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)