Jan 152018
 

Cover of A Conspiracy of Whispers by Ada Harper.Desires and loyalties clash when a sensual assassin and an intriguing enemy agent must fight together in this exciting debut by Ada Harper.

For Olivia Shaw, the danger of her assignments as a deadly Whisper agent is matched only by that of her hidden status: Liv is one of the caricae, extremely rare women capable of bearing children and therefore controlled by the Syndicate’s government. When her handler sends her into the Quillian Empire, her mission is complicated by stumbling upon a kidnapping in progress.

Liv is drawn deep into political upheaval when her hostage is revealed to be the infamous Red Wolf, Galen De Corvus, brother of the Quillian Empress. Worse yet, he is an altus, more sensitive than most to the pheromones of caricae. If he realizes what she is, he could expose her secret to either government and doom her to a life as breeding stock.

Quillian nobleman turned operative Galen never planned to involve himself with a citizen of the cold, cruel Syn, but Olivia entices him more than she should. As they work together to protect his royal sister from a violent coup, the passionate bond between them proves to be more than mere biology. And Liv must decide if that bond is worth dropping her guard for both an enemy and an altus.

Jan 032018
 

Cover of Witchmark by C.L. Polk.Publishers Weekly: Polk’s stellar debut, set in an alternate early 20th century in an England-like land recovering from a WWI-like war, blends taut mystery, exciting political intrigue, and inventive fantasy.

Polk unfolds her mythology naturally…The final revelations are impossible to see coming.

Polk is a writer to watch for fans of clever, surprising period fantasy.

Dec 142017
 

Cover of Windhome by Kristin Landon.Library Journal: This striking tale of survival and fortitude in an icy, alien world is recommended for readers who enjoy character-driven stories.

Dec 112017
 

Cover of Windhome by Kristin Landon.Earth has sent out exploratory expeditions in a desperate attempt to discover the nature of an alien force that has wiped out the intelligent inhabitants of at least one extrasolar world and now threatens Earth itself. As it nears its destination, one of these ships is raided by aliens while its crew is helpless in cold sleep. Light years from Earth and with no hope of rescue, the few survivors are marooned among the inhabitants of the icy world of Windhome, which was attacked from space only centuries before. The survivors’ descendants still live in fear, and many see the humans as a threat. The humans must struggle to stay alive, to understand this harsh world and its few, grim people—and, somehow, to fulfill their mission and send a warning to Earth.

Thrown into an unwilling alliance with a Windhome outsider faction, exiled into wilderness, two of the human crew must live by this world’s bitter laws, accept the ways of its people, and, in the end, make a terrifying choice.

Windhome is character-driven SF adventure in the grand tradition, set against the backdrop of an unforgettable world.

Nov 202017
 

Cover of Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.Booklist: Ireland delivers a necessary, subversive, and explosive novel with her fantasy-laced alternate history. America is changed forever when the dead begin to prowl battlefields during the Civil War.

A smart, poignant, thrilling novel that does the all-important work of exploring topics of oppression, racism, and slavery while simultaneously accomplishing so much more. From page one, Jane is a capable, strong heroine maneuvering through a world that is brilliant and gut-wrenching.

Dread Nation will take readers on a breathless ride from beginning to end.

Nov 072017
 

Cover of The Selfie Generation by Alicia Eler.Whether it’s Kim Kardashian uploading picture after picture to Instagram or your roommate posting a mid-vacation shot to Facebook, selfies receive mixed reactions. But are selfies more than, as many critics lament, a symptom of a self-absorbed generation?

Millennial Alicia Eler’s The Selfie Generation is the first book to delve fully into this ubiquitous and much-maligned part of social media, including why people take them in the first place and the ways they can change how we see ourselves. Eler argues that selfies are just one facet of how we can use digital media to create a personal brand in the modern age. More than just a picture, they are an important part of how we live today.

Eler examines all aspects of selfies, online social networks, and the generation that has grown up with them. She looks at how the boundaries between people’s physical and digital lives have blurred with social media; she explores questions of privacy, consent, ownership, and authenticity; and she points out important issues of sexism and double standards wherein women are encouraged to take them but then become subject to criticism and judgment. Alicia discusses the selfie as a paradox—both an image with potential for self-empowerment, yet also a symbol of complacency within surveillance culture The Selfie Generation explores just how much social media has changed the ways that people connect, communicate, and present themselves to the world.

Nov 072017
 

Cover of Windhome by Kristin Landon.Publishers Weekly: After an eight-year hiatus, Landon (The Dark Reaches) returns with a complex fourth novel that combines dystopian and first-contact themes. Vika Jai, a young female xenobiologist, wakes from 40 years of cryogenic sleep to a ravaged ship and crew. Only three humans survive to make landfall on Shothef Erau, an inhabited planet known to have been bombed by an alien force.

This is a quiet, tense book, saturated with dread. Vika, barely out of adolescence, is convincingly depicted as maturing just a hair too slowly in an environment with little room for error.

Nov 012017
 

Author photo of Kate McIntyre.Kate McIntyre’s THE HEARTREADER’S SECRET, following THE DEATHSNIFFER’S ASSISTANT and THE TIMESEER’S GAMBIT, in which the Deathsniffer and her assistant, Christopher Buckley, return to her childhood home to investigate a missing inventor and discover a much bigger case, plus the harrowing realization that the very forces they hoped to protect Christopher’s sister from may have been led directly to her door, to Lisa Gus at Curiosity Quills Press, for publication in April 2018, by Caitlin McDonald.

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).