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).

Jan 242017
 

photo of author Ada HarperAda Harper’s A CONSPIRACY OF WHISPERS, a twist on an alpha/omega-style romance set in a world where fertility is a rare and valuable genetic trait, and assassin Olivia Shaw must keep her status as an undocumented fertile woman a secret from the noble who hired her, to Angela James at Carina Press, in a two-book deal, by Caitlin McDonald.

Jan 102017
 
Photo of author C.L. Polk

Photo credit: Blake Rothwell

C.L. Polk’s debut fantasy novel WITCHMARK, in which a doctor returned from a recent war has faked his death to work at a cash-strapped veteran’s hospital, but when a fatally poisoned patient exposes his secret healing powers to a witness, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder, plus an untitled sequel, to Carl Engle-Laird at Tor.com, by Caitlin McDonald.

Aug 042016
 

Cover for Kate McIntyre's The Timeseer's Gambit.It’s been three months since mild-mannered Christopher Buckley began working with Olivia Faraday, the eccentric Deathsniffer. They’ve hunted killers, solved murders, and learned to work together. But their greatest challenges are yet to come…

As a brutal heat wave wracks an increasingly unstable Darrington City, someone is killing young priests. Worse, they are using bound elementals to do it. As Chris and Olivia contend with rogue spiritbinders and a church under siege, the clock ticks down toward the trial of Doctor Francis Livingstone, accused of orchestrating the fall of the Floating Castle and the death of thousands. Chris believes the doctor is innocent, but the tide of the conspiracy aligned against him is strong enough to wash away anyone who would stand for him.

How far is Chris willing to go to save the doctor? Can Darrington city survive the rival forces tearing it apart? And can Olivia find her first serial killer before another body drops?

May 122016
 

Photo of author Alicia Eler.Culture journalist and selfie expert Alicia Eler’s THE SELFIE GENERATION, an exploration of the most direct form of visual communication in the digital age and how it shapes our culture, including discussions of digital privacy, selfie psychology, and depictions of selfie culture in mainstream media, to Maxim Brown at Skyhorse, by Caitlin McDonald.

Dec 222015
 

kate-mcintyreKate McIntyre’s THE TIMESEER’S GAMBIT, in the sequel to THE DEATHSNIFFER’S ASSISTANT, the Deathsniffer and her assistant take on a serial killer who is unleashing elemental spirits to murder young priests, while also trying to untangle the conspiracy that has declared one man responsible for the worst accident of the century, again to Vicki Keire at Curiosity Quills Press, for publication in Summer 2016, by Caitlin McDonald.