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The Roots of Betrayal

Terrorists attack the Princes, Outcasts build a new city, and the mage Pavresh discovers that Arcist Magic is more powerful than ever imagined.

Pavresh spent the last 5 years exploring the mountains around the Eghsal Valley, seeking to expand Arcist magic by incorporating the foreign traditions of the mountain tribes. But he discovers these barbarian tribes might be more deeply connected to his own people than the official histories admit.

Now news from home has him hurrying back to the Valley: A mysterious, violent group called the Sons of Ryo are terrorizing the cities. The ruling Princes are under threat, and his friends are losing the only shelter they have.

What is this mysterious group, and who is pulling their strings? Who is the man claiming to have crossed the impenetrable mountains from the Forgotten South? Can Pavresh use new more powerful magic to protect his friends' new home, or will the cost be too great?

This sequel to The Silk Betrayal continues the fantasy saga featuring interesting world-building with an Asian flavour and subtle but powerful magics.


Delivery in June 2022

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Around Distant Suns

What happens when scientists and writers collaborate in the creative process?

Unique stories of distant planets, alien encounters, emergent life, and talking clouds, that’s what.

Writers paired with researchers from the University of St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science — experts in astrobiology, gravitational microlensing, Miller-Urey experiments, and exoplanet atmospheres. Each pair met several times: to get to know each other, discuss the researcher's work, and let ideas spark.

From these conversations emerged short stories, poems, and radio plays. Some are closely tied to the research work, others are flights of the imagination alighting from that point. Are are fascinating results of the mixing of ideas.

In the last two decades science has discovered an abundance of planetary systems. But science fiction writers have been writing about exoplanets for a good deal longer than scientists. Thus, science fiction is a crucial tool for learning about how humans might interact with these far-off planets. Both groups are addressing deeper questions — what is life, where did we come from, are we alone, what does it all mean — from different angles. See how both fields grow from collaborations such as found here.

Nine Stories Inspired by Research from the St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science
A novel of Interstellar Contact, Virtual Worlds, and the Essence of Humanity.
by Gustavo Bondoni

Earth is empty of humans. This surprising observation stymies Rome and his shipmates, crew of the starship come to re-establish contact from the colonies. What could have happened in the 500-years of the non-interference treaty to vanish everyone?

Discover the terrifying secret buried deep underground that threatens the existence of everyone on Earth.

“This book is amazing…well formed characters that stand fantastically on their own and when they come together, it's just even better…This is a fast paced, fresh, fantastic work of science fiction.” —Readers' Favorite.

Followed by Splinter
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Have Humans lost their Humanity,
and can an Artificial Intelligence save them?

The Tau Ceti colony is a Utopia, but tension lurks below the tranquil surface. The peace of the colony is shattered when the Unity spacecraft returns from Earth bearing shocking news.

Rome Permek, computer officer on the ship, returned with a stowaway: Emily Plair, an artificial intelligence from Earth's cyberworld. But the colony is not the quiet refuge they hoped for. Some in the colony see her as a threat and will resort to anything to have her eliminated.

The colony erupts with the questions: Is artificial intelligence truly alive? What rights do they have? What constitutes a good life?

Follow Rome and Emily as they traverse the splintered paradise colony, orbital habitats, virtual environments, and distant worlds.

Sequel to Outside

“A riveting, compulsively readable book. It questions if a computer program can come alive… An original story with developed characters, one of whom has multiple copies, offers unique details, a love angle and keeps you guessing until the end… It’s a book that delivers.”
—Jackie Kingon, author of Sherlock Mars and P Is For Pluto.

Off the Beaten Path: 22 Stories by Gustavo Bondoni

22 science fiction and fantasy stories, including two new, never-before published pieces, from the award-winning Argentinian author Gustavo Bondoni.

Set in corners of the world oft forgotten, these stories will take you from the Namib desert, to the Amazon rainforest, to the far side of the moon.

When you dare step Off the Beaten Path, the results could be catastrophic, but the possible rewards are great.

  • A student journalist desperately tries to save the world from a malevolent spirit, by using a recording of a dying old woman's last words.
  • Can a small band of scientists use robotics to save the last of an endangered New Zealand parrot from a genetically engineered menace?
  • A firefighter at Chernobyl finds comfort from an unexpected source.
  • Can an ageing rock musician calm the vengeful ghost of his old friend?
  • Were fairies responsible for humanity's oldest story?

Some of these stories will shock you with a horrifying twist; others will tug at your heartstrings with their emotional resonance. But all will intrigue and move you.

P is for Pluto
by Jackie Kingon

Molly is heading to Pluto.
Send in the clones...

Molly's Bistro is opening a new branch of the famous Martian restaurant on Pluto. But the opening is delayed when their chef is murdered. With the Pluto Police taking a relaxed approach to crime, Molly heads to Pluto to help crack the case and get the restaurant back on track. But she will have to face clone confusion, kidnapping chocolatiers, and the space mafia in order to solve this mystery.

This sequel to Jackie Kingon's Sherlock Mars contains the same mixture of science fiction. mystery, and humor that made her previous book a success.
Pillar of Frozen Light
Science fiction novel of romance, philosophy, interstellar travel, and mysterious artefacts.
by Barry Rosenberg

Jonan’s indulgent life on Earth is upturned when he meets Yerudit, a remarkable woman from a distant colony. After an intense affair, Yerudit leaves Jonan to pursue a pilgrimage across the galaxy. He finds himself following her on his own journey of self-discovery: encountering enigmatic artefacts, haunted by a shadowy figure, and discovering a life he never realised he was missing.

This novel combines romance with philosophy, strange alien vistas with quiet mindfulness, star travel technology with simple self-reliance. Through it all stands the Pillar, an inexplicable object that gives those who encounter it a glimpse of knowledge beyond human understanding.

"The twists are plentiful and the descriptions are literally out of this world, making this an immersive novel that’s easy to enjoy. Rosenberg’s inventiveness is matched with amusing and snappy dialogue that adds to the characterization of Jonan on his journey from a generally selfish person into a being of the galaxy. Overall, I’d definitely recommend Pillar of Frozen Light" 5 Stars ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite
The Hungry Ones
Dark fantasy novel
by Elana Gomel

A woman with no memory wakes up in a city with no history.

The city is alive. Among skyscrapers of flesh and bridges of bone, rogue trains consume their passengers, prophetic Buddhas grow out of sidewalks, and the night is lit up with walking neon signs.

The city is under siege from famine victims turned ravenous monsters, while the city's own flesh begins to mutate.

Somehow, the woman is the key in an eternal struggle pitting city against country, corruption against starvation, a power-crazed madman against a dying infant.

Hunted as a pawn by several factions, she alone may have the power to end the conflict, if she dare unlock her terrible memories. But she has to choose: between the country and the city; between the lost boy-next-door and the man who is not human; between survival and self-sacrifice.

This dark fantasy novel – at times wondrous, at others horrific – will amaze and haunt you.
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Fantasy Adventure in Colonial Brazil
by Christopher Kastensmidt

An unlikely pair of brave adventurers – the Dutch explorer Gerard van Oost and the Yoruban warrior Oludara – travel the wilderness of sixteenth century Brazil.

They aim to protect both the new colonies and the native inhabitants from dangers human and supernatural. Along the way, they encounter a host of creatures inspired by Brazilian folklore: from the brain-sucking Kalobo to the one-legged prankster Sacy-Perey.

This multi award-winning, Nebula-finalist series is now a novel – with new material, but the same mixture of action, adventure, humor, magic, and South American folklore that has won it fans the world over.

“A fantastic romp through the colonial era, with epic battles, creepy creatures and wonderful set pieces.” —Aliette de Bodard, Nebula and BSFA Award winner.

“A series that is quickly becoming my favorite in the genre of sword and sorcery.” —Elias F. Combarro, Sense of Wonder.
Tales of the Sunrise Lands

Anthology of Fantasy Japan

Japan has long fascinated with its unique culture and elaborite folklore. This anthology collects fantasy stories inspired by the culture and literary traditions of the Japanese. From steadfast samurai and contemplative monks, to transforming animals, horrifying spirits, end everyday items come to life, these tales transport you to the magical world of the Sunrise Lands.

  • An itinerant monk and his animal companion follow an evil wind to a desolate village.
  • An onmyōji astrologer investigates the murder of a man who held secrets of the Imperial family.
  • The gods' gift of good luck is accompanied by an invisible cat.
  • The daughter of a fallen samurai is drawn back into her violent past to defend a village from attacking rōnin.
  • A little girl is caught between a mischievous fox and a talking fish.

18 stories of magical Japan, by: Mike Adamson, Stewart C Baker, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Jaap Boekestein, Evan Dicken, Alice Dryden, Steven Grassie, Alison Akkiko McBain, Harry Elliot, Marta Murvosh, Kirstie Olley, Richard Parks, Frances Pauli, TS Rhodes, Douglas Smith, Lyn Thorne-Adler, Josh Wagner, Will Weisser.

Death by Effigy
A Novella of Mystery, Magic, and Marionettes in 19th Century Burma.
by Karen L. Abrahamson

A traditional Burmese puppetry troupe is more than meets the eye: these puppets hold living spirits.

Disaster strikes on the eve of a performance for a royal wedding, when one of their puppets is murdered - his neck broken, his spirit gone. They cannot perform without him, but failure to perform could cost them their livelihoods, or worse, their lives.Aung, the troupe’s elderly singer, must navigate the labyrinth of court intrigues to solve the mystery and appease the angry spirits: goals which might might be at odds. Assisting him – or is that, hindering? – is the troupe’s enthusiastic but youngest puppet.

Can they salvage their performance and save their lives?

A story of magic and traditions of south-east Asia.
Sherlock Mars
Science Fiction Mystery Comedy by Jackie Kingon.

A riotous concoction: fine dining, virtual reality, and murder. Delightfully weird.

Molly Marbles runs a successful bistro on terraformed Mars. When a virtual restaurant opens next door, offering the experience of delicacies from across the solar system with none of the calories, what will it do to her business?

Then, when the virtual restaurant’s owner is murdered in her kitchen, Molly, amateur detective, cranks into high gear to help the police solve the mystery.

Meanwhile, she is planning her pop-star daughter’s wedding, keeping her kitchen staff from feuding, and protecting her android friend from the humans-only mob. Plus, the infamous Cereal Serial Killer has escaped from prison.Things are getting hectic, but Molly is a resilient and resourceful woman, whose knack for mysteries has her nick-named ‘Sherlock Mars’.
Myriad Lands, Vol. 2: Beyond the Edge

Beyond the familiar tropes of knights and castles, elves and dragons, there is a whole world of possibilities for fantasy literature. This anthology collects fantasy stories whose inspiration lies beyond the traditional medieval European basis. It brings exciting new stories and overlooked voices into the fantasy genre. It comes in two volumes.

This volume contains stories set in imaginative other-worlds where society can take many different patterns. Stories by: Tanith Lee, Neil Williamson, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Phenderson Djeli Clark, Meghan Hutchins, Tom Fletcher, Melissa Mead, and more

  • A girl stows-away on a ship battling to obtain scarce water in a world where the seas are made of lava.
  • As dark forces destroy his city, a man has visions of a different life in a peaceful world. Which is the dream and which reality?
  • Can an island woman negotiate a dangerous deal with death mages to silence the volcano that threatens her people?
  • A shaman’s young assistant is poisoned for discovering a dangerous secret.
  • An investigator tries to decipher the message from assassins who use very aggressive flower arranging.

Includes stories set in the worlds of Tanith Lee’s Tales from the Flat Earth, Neil Williamson’s The Moon King, and Tom Fletcher’s Gleam.

Enjoy nineteen stories of fantasy, adventure, and magic set in unique lands beyond the edge of the known world.

Myriad Lands, Vol. 1: Around the World

Beyond the familiar tropes of knights and castles, elves and dragons, there is a whole world of possibilities for fantasy literature. This anthology collects fantasy stories whose inspiration lies beyond the traditional medieval European basis. It brings exciting new stories and overlooked voices into the fantasy genre.

This volume contains stories based on real cultures (or their magical analogues) from all over our world. Stories by: Tade Thompson, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Lyn McConchie, Daniel Heath Justice, Dilman Dila, Daniel Ausema, and more.

  • A Chinese ex-soldier is confronted by the ghost of a young man he killed in battle.
  • Two sisters disagree on how to deal with the African gods who followed their family to modern Britain.
  • A blind Japanese girl journeys through the woods to tend her grandparents’ grave and encounters a nefarious fox spirit.
  • A Nigerian boy catches a magical fish the local magicians would love to eat. But is it worth more to him to keep it alive?
  • A girl from the Caucasus mountains is set to marry a young man from the valley, when an invasion of Cyclopses interrupts the wedding.

Enjoy nineteen stories of fantasy, adventure, and magic from around the world.

A Fledgling Abiba
Novella by Dilman Dila

An orphaned teenage girl tries to survive on her own and understand her magical powers while a sorcerous plague sweeps the country. She may hold the key to its cure, but what she really wants is somewhere she can call home and family.

This story by noted Ugandan author and film-maker Dilman Dila takes us on a journey from mundane village life, becoming more and more fantastic as it goes, drawing us into his world of magic and spirits.

"In clear prose, Dila involves us in a tale of magic driven by fierce emotion, inheritance and tradition. He tells the story of a brave, abused and magical childhood with a film maker’s structural skills and the voice of a writer." —Geoff Ryman
Warrior Errant
Military Science Fiction novel
by Harry Elliott

Humanity has moved to the stars; Earth is an old legend. Now the moons of Mitera are home: stormy Landbreak, bleak Avernus, verdant Ishra. These different worlds have shaped distinct societies.

A deadly insurgency has broken out on Ishra, and the military forces of these contrasting cultures combine to help fight it. They must overcome their differences and mutual suspicions or risk being destroyed by a hostile environment and a canny enemy.

Private James Dalton of Landbreak has questions. Why are they fighting? How can he work with the enigmatic Avernii Transhumans? What secrets lie in the depths of Ishra’s vast jungle?

Follow Private Dalton and his squad as they experience the horrors of war, face their prejudices, and discover their own place in this conflict. As the Avernii say, “A warrior must know his fight.” But James Dalton may not survive the answers he so desperately seeks.
Wolf Unleashed
A novel of Werewolves and Social Justice.
by Jessica Meats

Werewolves are kept as slaves. Exploited to perform dangerous labour, or kept as exotic pets by rich sadists who want a status symbol, werewolves have no rights.

When Crystal’s brother is bitten by a rogue werewolf, her family is advised to think of him as dead. But she refuses to forget him.

Looking for news from within the werewolf community leads her to purchase Thomas, a rebellious werewolf with a string of abusive former owners. Crystal and Thomas must learn to trust each other enough to help solve each other’s problems. Together, they can work to build a movement aimed at bringing rights and justice to all.

This is an urban fantasy, paranormal romance with a difference. It teems with intersectional issues of race, gender, and sexual identity. This is a story of injustice and anger, of love and compassion, of rebellion and hope.

5 Stars – “It was a story that drew me in… I enjoyed how the story developed and how werewolf slavery was tackled by some very brave characters. They took on a fight against a system that needed to be changed, and often it looked like they would be torn apart… I wish there was more of this quality writing out there. A fantastic read!” —Kim Anisi for Readers’ Favorite

[Content Advisory: This book contains scenes of physical and sexual abuse, which are essential to the story, but some readers may find disturbing.]
The Silk Betrayal (Trade Paperback)
A fantasy novel of magic, intrigue, and revolution.
by Daniel Ausema

A young man travels to the city to study magic, but he finds intrigue and revolution.

Pavresh hoped to master the intricacies of arcist magic. Instead, he finds himself entangled in the city’s events. While princes scheme against each other for power, revolutionaries plot against them all to overthrow the rigid caste system. Poets try to inspire change with heretical words, while militants plan more forceful action. A woman born to the princely class, rendered untouchable by a disfiguring accident, sees in revolution a path to a better life. All these strands meet at the home of Chaitan, the elderly master magician from whom Pavresh wishes to learn.In such an environment, betrayal is inevitable. When loyalties conflict, how does one decide whom to betray?

Daniel Ausema is the author of the steampunk serial ‘Spire City’. This is his first novel. It is a fantasy novel with a unique setting: India-flavoured culture, fields of hot springs and geysers, subtle magic, and emerging technology. Within this setting, a host of detailed and varied characters struggle through tumultuous times.
The Madness of Pursuit
Novella by Carmelo Rafala.

Dema Ägan is a notorious pirate woman, who killed her former captain, stole his ship, and plies the seas with her J’Niah witch companion, Rymah. Or so the legends say.

Searching for clues about the famous fugitive, a mysterious man is presented with several books which tell her story from different points of view. As he – and we – read these conflicting tales of adventure on seas filled with danger, ancient power, love and betrayal, we come to see there might be more to her story than the legends suggest.

“A magnificent speculative reimagining of classical nautical fiction. Rafala’s swashbuckling tale fuses adventures on the high seas with alien tech to create a compelling modern narrative.”— Tendai Huchu, author of The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician.
Soul Searching
Near-future SF thriller by Stephen Embleton.

Science has learned to understand the soul, and can track souls through this life and beyond.

A specialist unit of the South African police is using a Soul Tracker device in a harrowing search for a serial killer. As Tracker Ruth Hicks and her partner Franklin Banks race to find the killer before the next victim dies, the case becomes frighteningly personal. They begin to question the morality of their methods.

When one’s soul can incriminate them before birth, can there ever be justice?
Who can be trusted with the power to look inside the soul?

“Tense and exciting with lots of good twists. I really enjoyed it!” —V Anne Smith, author of A Code for Carolyn: A Genomic Thriller
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