Friday, December 23, 2016

Give the gift of books this holiday season!

Books make the best gifts, and here are a few brand new ones you should consider giving as part of your holiday celebration!


By Pat Sawtelle

Better the Vampire You Know

A seemingly random attack exposes Kimie and her best friend to a part of the world the girls never knew existed. A world where vampires and shape shifters shifters not only exist, but are people they know. However, when another attack nearly kills Kimie, her friends must find out why some of the magical beings are after her.

Could this simple human girl be the legendary Chalice mentioned in that old tale they found? The story said the Chalice is bound to the delicate balance between the forces of good and evil. While the part of taking from evil and giving to good didn't sound too bad to Kimie, it never said so many people would want to see her dead.

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By Elizabeth McDonald

All that can kill you is what you carry with you.

Imagine a haunted church, where the ground has turned sour and something walks in the shadows at night to the mournful hymns.

A silent covered bridge that no one dare cross, and the couple lost on the other side.

Angry spirits crying out beneath the ground of a cemetery that will not lie still.

An ageless man bound in love to a mortal woman, forever moving, forever haunted.

A police officer chasing a suspect into the woods - and suspects they are no longer alone.

A woman preparing to leave her husband, with watchful eyes in the corner of the room.

A voice that can speak only through a radio, a voice from beyond death itself.

A man haunted by an ageless face that brings tragedy to his life whenever it appears.

A girl whose imagination carries her beyond the point of no return in a future where dreams become reality - and so do nightmares.

These are the dark, ethereal songs of Moonlight Sonata, stories bound to disturb your sleep and chill your heart. A new collection from the award-winning author of Setting Suns and Nocturne Infernum, Elizabeth Donald has been called “a storytelling ability to rival that of Stephen King.”

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by Bobby Nash

“Sometimes half an inch is all that stands between life and death.”

BEN Books is pleased to announce that it has acquired the rights to award-winning author Bobby Nash’s crime/adventure series, SNOW. SNOW follows the novella-length adventures of former government agent turned do-gooder, Abraham Snow. The first story, SNOW FALLS will be re-released January, 2017. New adventures begin in 2017 with the eagerly anticipated SNOW STORM in February, followed by even more adventures in ebook and print.

“I am extremely excited to re-launch the SNOW series in 2017,” says Nash of his creation. “This cast of characters in SNOW FALLS has become quite dear to me and readers since the original release. The question I get asked most often is, ‘when’s the next Snow coming out?’ Now, we finally have an answer.”

SNOW FALLS was originally released in March 2014 by Jeffrey Weber’s The Stark Raving Group and featured a beautiful cover is illustrated by Dennis Calero with the title and author treatment handled by Bob Wynne, and edits by Gary Phillips. “I am extremely grateful to Jeff and the crew at Stark Raving for launching Abraham Snow’s adventures and introducing audiences to Snow Falls,” says Nash of the series’ origin. “Snow was created for that market originally. Without them, we might not be making this announcement today. Thank you for getting this Snow Ball rolling.”

Artist Dennis Calero’s cover art for Snow Falls will continue to grace the covers to the series.

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by Barbara Doran

Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to present a brand new fantasy adventure novel that is actually the prequel to Ms Doran’s first book, “Claws of the Golden Dragon.”

“We met Barbara Doran at Pulp Fest a few years ago,” recounts Airship 27 Productions Managing Editor, Ron Fortier.  “She was interested in writing New Pulp and we passed along our Submission Guidelines to her.  A few months later we received the manuscript to ‘Claws of the Golden Dragon,’ a terrific book we were only too happy to publish.”

After the success of that initial book, Doran opted to try something different for her second novel.  “Most of the first book takes place in a fictional city on the West Coast,” Fortier continues. “And is populated by some truly wonderful characters, both real and magical. This time Barbara thought it might be fun to go back in time and explore some of their origins.  Thus the inspiration for her new prequel book.”

1930s Shanghai was a place of excitement and intrigue... and magic. It is an international hotspot where foreign agents from around the world ply their trade. Brought to Shanghai to investigate a powerful new aircraft engine, young Conall McLeod becomes embroiled in a high-stakes game between gangs, spies and immortal beings. Together with his beloved Mudan Chang and hot-shot Chinese pilot, Feng Zhanchi, Conall must navigate the dangerous waters of the city's criminal undercurrents and help free a lost immortal from the clutches of evil.

Writer Barbara Doran spins a fantastic tale of action and mystery filled with some of the most memorable characters ever conceived.  Artist Gary Kato returns to offer up nine interior illustrations and Art Director Rob Davis provides the cover to this fast paced fantasy thriller. Whether deep within the cities maze of dark alleys or high atop an ancient castle of evil, no one will be able to escape from The Wings of the Golden Dragon!


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By Various Authors

Apex Publications is happy to announce the release of Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling edited by Jaym Gates and Monica Valentinelli. Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling is an anthology of short stories, poems, and essays that highlights the long-standing tradition of writers who identify tropes in science fiction, fantasy, and horror and twist them into something new and interesting. The anthology was successfully funded through Kickstarter earlier this year.
"Speculative fiction fans tired of clichés will want to grab this expectation-subverting anthology."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling is an anthology of short stories, poetry, and essays edited by Monica Valentinelli and Jaym Gates. Over two dozen authors, ranging from NYT-bestsellers and award winners to debut writers, chose a tired trope or cliche to challenge and surprise readers through their work.

Read stories inspired by tropes such as the Chainmaille Bikini, Love at First Sight, Damsels in Distress, Yellow Peril, The Black Man Dies First, The Villain Had a Crappy Childhood, The Singularity Will Cause the Apocalypse, and many more ... then discover what these tropes mean to each author to find out what inspired them.

Join Maurice Broaddus, Adam Troy-Castro, Delilah S. Dawson, Shanna Germain, Sara M. Harvey, John Hornor Jacobs, Rahul Kanakia, Alethea Kontis, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Haralambi Markov, Kat Richardson, Nisi Shawl, Ferrett Steinmetz, Anton Strout, Michael Underwood, Alyssa Wong and many other authors as they take well-worn tropes and clichés and flip them upside down.
ISBN: 978-1-937009-44-1
Release date: December 13th, 2016
Cost: $18.95 (trade paperback)
365 pages

Upside Down is editor Jaym Gates’s (War Stories) second anthology with Apex Book Company, and it is the first for editor Monica Valentinelli. The two have put together an anthology with a strong mix of fiction and essays that is sure to both entertain and educate readers on tropes and how they are used by writers.

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By M. R. Williamson

War and Horror and Home tangle into a chilling tale from Pro Se Productions in THE STONE COLLECTOR by M. R. Williamson, the author of THE ANGEL OF HOLLOWAY, the first volume in this loosely connected digest novel series.

Billy Joe Willis had spent most of his young life trying to find the normality others seemed to enjoy. Being a Native American raised in a Catholic orphanage did little to help the young Shoshone in that direction. Upon his eighteenth birthday, however, he found a place to fit in- The United States Army. And then came Vietnam.

But this young man never knew ‘normality’ could have so many faces. After a serious wound left him dependent on a painkiller, he turned to Lin Son, the girl he fell in love with at Camp Holloway. With the Son family’s help, the addiction was overcome. But the Viet Kong were a more deadly threat. The raids on Lin’s little fishing village claimed her, her grandfather, and several of the other villagers.

BJ’s wound earned him an honorable discharge enabling him to return to Tipton County, Tennessee and purchase an old country home. Working feverishly, he was finally able to send for Lin’s parents. With them, however, came another--one that could not be seen, An Son.

Being a Shaman, An Son had the power to move between the world of the dead and the one BJ lived in. Saving and helping lost souls to move on was the grandfather’s business now, but he needed help, one who was living. Little did BJ know that he was about to fight again. But this time, the enemy was much more powerful than the Communists.

Featuring a haunting cover and logo design by Percival Constantine and cover design and print formatting by Marzia Marina, THE STONE COLLECTOR is available now at Amazon at and Pro Se’s own store for 10.00.

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By Lee Houston, Jr.

Lee Houston, Jr. showed that sometimes being a super hero isn’t a choice and is most definitely not easy in his first superhero novel PROJECT ALPHA.  Now that hero returns to show that he has what it takes to fight the good fight, even when that means protecting people who don’t trust him.  Lee Houston, Jr.’s PROJECT ALPHA-PROVING GROUND is now available in print and digital formats from Pro Se Productions.

Adrift in space, Alpha eventually awakens to the memory of his emotionally devastating defeat at the hands of Conalaric and the destruction of the planet Shambala. With his genetically enhanced capabilities, the fledgling guardian sworn to protect all who are peaceful and vulnerable in the universe flies off to find himself a new proving ground.

A hospitable planet teeming with life is dominated by a race of humanoids less technologically developed than his adopted home world was, but Alpha decides here he can be of great assistance.

However not all the people of Earth feel the same way about him.

To some Alpha is an angel of hope in a world full of danger and discord. To others he is a potential weapon of mass destruction sent by some unknown entity, and must be stopped at all cost.

Unfortunately his unusual abilities attract the attention of both governmental agencies that seek to capture and control him, and a terrorist group willing to do whatever it takes to advance their own ideals. Can Alpha find some way to fit into this very polarized world, or will he always be an outcast even amongst those he wishes to serve for the better of all? Lee Houston Junior’s PROJECT ALPHA-PROVING GROUND. From Pro Se Productions.

With a fantastic cover by Michael Hegedus and print formatting by Antonino Lo Iacono, PROJECT ALPHA-PROVING GROUND is available now at Amazon and Pro Se’s own store.

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By Various Authors

A cutting edge Publisher of Genre Fiction and New Pulp, Pro Se Productions is known for publishing works that take a particular concept and push it to its limits. The latest release from Pro Se is no different, focusing on two of the most popular stories in any character’s canon-the first and the last. ORIGINS AND ENDINGS VOLUME ONE is now available in print and digital formats.

“Everybody loves a good origin story,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions. “Probably equally, we all like a well done finale too, an appropriate ending to a character’s history, even if it’s the first time we see said character. ORIGINS & ENDINGS is an anthology that is a mixed bag of both. We get the birth of several stories and we get the curtain falling on others. The collection itself illustrates an interesting dynamic, showing of course the differences, but also amazingly the similarities in both types of tales. Origins and endings share a lot of thematic ties and the authors in this two volume collection show that extremely well.”

Every Story Has A Start and Finish. And, for every story, those are two different tales. One of Origin, of birth and promise. Of beginning something and the beauty of the path it will follow. And One of Ending, of finality and completion. Of laying to rest all that had been before one last time.

ORIGINS & ENDINGS VOLUME ONE set of such stories as written by some of today’s best Genre Fiction authors, including Joe Hilliard, Raymond F. Masters, James Weakley, Rob Rogers, and John Meszaros. Some tales are the opening of a great salvo, of action and adventure yet to come and others are the last note, the ringing knell of legends and secrets passing away.

Watch heroes and villains discover themselves while adventurers and explorers give their all to be who they are. ORIGINS & ENDINGS VOLUME ONE. From Pro Se Productions.

With an excellent cover by Larry Nadolsky and logo design and print formatting by Antonino Lo Iacono and Marzia Marina, ORIGINS & ENDINGS VOLUME ONE is available now at Amazon and Pro Se’s own store for 10.00.

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By I.A. Watson

Greek myth's greatest hero faces his greatest tragedy.

Blessed and cursed by the gods, Hercules faces twelve impossible tasks that will take him past the ends of the world, pit him against monsters from beyond imagination, and force him to defy even the deities of Olympus to save those who loved.

Classical legend meets modern adventure from I.A. WATSON, the author of WOMEN OF MYTH and ST GEORGE AND THE DRAGON Books One and Two.

Award-winning writer I.A. WATSON has delved back into the original classical sources to weave this tale of legend's greatest hero. Hercules, the archetypal monster-fighting warrior, great is passion and in wrath, is portrayed in all his flawed glory in a world where legend is giving way to history and the gods are slowly giving way to the rise of humanity.

Publication Date: Dec 16 2016
ISBN/EAN13: 1518884695 / 9781518884696
Page Count: 220
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

Other publications from I.A. Watson are listed at I.A. Watson's Author Page:

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By Various Authors

Pro Se Productions, through arrangement with Heroic Publishing, brings one of independent comics’ brightest stars to life in prose.  FLARE-THE ANTHOLOGY is now available in print and digital formats.

“Flare is here,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “and Pro Se is definitely pleased to have her.  Not only is this anthology due to the work of author Barry Reese bringing Heroic and Pro Se together and his stellar LIBERTY GIRL novel, but it is also the second book in the Heroic/Pro Se imprint, but in no way the last. FLARE is one of our last books of 2016, but heralds 2017 in as the year where multiple Heroic properties will find new life in prose, and who better to lead the way than three fantastic authors writing about The Shining Goddess of Light!””

From the four color pages of Heroic Publishing, The Shining Goddess of Light flies into all new Pulp Adventures! FLARE features three stories starring the most dazzling and powerful two fisted beauty ever to grace a comic book page. Born as a result of an evil experiment, the electrifying Terri Feran takes to street and sky and beyond as Flare, protecting justice and carrying on a legacy of heroism dating back to World War II. Authors Lou Mougin, Brendan Jones, and M. Hadley take Flare from the comic page and thrust her into New Pulp! Enemies that threaten the entire universe! Secrets and ghosts from her past threatening the future of all! Darkness gathering to quench the light! And only FLARE stands in the way! FLARE, an anthology from Pro Se Productions in conjunction with Heroic Publishing.

Featuring a dazzling cover and  design by Jeffrey Hayes and print formatting by Antonino Lo Iacono and Marzia Marina, FLARE is available now at Amazon and Pro Se’s own store.

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Various Authors

Airship 27 Productions announces the release of their latest title featuring a beloved action adventure protagonist. H. Rider Haggard’s classic hero, Alan Quatermain, returns in three brand new adventures all set on the Dark Continent.  Thomas Kent Miller’s novella has the big-game hunter traveling to Ethiopia to search for the fabled Library of Alexandria.  Erik Franlin pits him against an ancient cult of assassins while Alan J. Porter has the skilled tracker stuck in the middle of the Boer War trying to find the source of a diamond smuggling operation.

“This is a fun series for us,” declares Airship 27 Productions’ Managing Editor, Ron Fortier. “The response to volume one was so overwhelmingly positive. It has already been done as an audio book from Radio Archives and demand for more stories hasn’t stopped since we released that first book.”

Artist Graham Hill provides the cover to this second anthology while Clayton Hinkle, who provided interior illustrations for Vol 1 returns to add another dozen great pieces.  All under the supervision of Art Director Rob Davis.  Fortier adds, “We trusts our readers will welcome this new collection. In regards to this series, believe me, we’re just getting warmed up.”

Now it is time to enjoy three fast paced, original tales that capture the mystery and adventure of a wild, untamed land and the man who loved it above all else.  Journey with him and embrace the magic that was and remains Africa.


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