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NEW INTERVIEW
Review with Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamed, authors of Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn



RECENT REVIEWS (Click on reviewer link for full review)

“If you want to craft a good story, one that will attract an audience, you’ll need some tools.
The Literary Handyman by Danielle Ackley-McPhail is a great place to start.” –Allie, The Geek Girl Project



“Editor Mike McPhail’s Dogs of War is brilliant military science fiction from start to finish.” –
Luke’s Reviews




“The adventure is wonderful, but the gritty seriousness of the internal struggles of the character is where Ackley-McPhail shines brightest.” –
Luke’s Reviews




“Beautifully evocative of the fairy tale tradition in parts that the modern, steampunk nature of the tale is completely encapsulated in a wonderful adventure.” —
Luke's Reviews


GOODREADS GIVEAWAY - BABA ALI AND THE CLOCKWORK DJINN
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To celebrate the upcoming release of  Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamed, we are holding a GoodReads Giveaway:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21531932-baba-ali-and-the-clockwork-djinn

Come, Best Beloved, and sit you by my feet. I shall tell you a tale such as sister Scheherazade could have scarce imagined.

In the Nejd there is nothing at all…except secrets. A band of thieves wish such secrets to remain hidden.

In England, far from his desert home, Ali bin-Massoud serves as apprentice to the famed Charles Babbage. One night a mysterious box is delivered by a clockwork falcon and Ali’s world is never the same again. Heartache, danger, and thieves mark his journey as Ali is summoned home at the death of his father.

It will take faith, knowledge, and yes, love to realize his destiny, and more than a little skill with steam-driven technology. Can he unravel the mystery of the puzzle box and the clockwork djinn before it is too late? An ancient legacy and Ali's very life depend on it.

Hear you the tale of Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.

"Fantasy needs more heroes like Ali bin-Massoud, and more stories like Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn. This charming story deserves to be well read. Read it, let it sit with you a while, and then read it again." —Luke's Reviews


NEW RELEASE: Trust and Treachery - Tales of Power and Intrigue
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Dark Quest Books and editors Day Al-Mohamed and Meriah Crawford are proud to announce the release of Trust and Treachery: Tales of Power and Intrigue.
This long-awaited book will be a part of the Dark Quest Books launch at the upcoming Balticon science fiction convention (www.balticon.org), where several of the authors and editors will be in attendance.

http://www.amazon.com/Trust-Treachery-Tales-Power-Intrigue/dp/1937051919/



Trust & Treachery
Tales of Power and Intrigue

“This anthology contains some extraordinary stories that will linger in your mind long after you close the book's cover. The contributors to this anthology explore the delicate dance between trust and treachery across a sweeping variety of genres, time periods, and universes.

What happens when you’re betrayed by the person you should be able to trust above all others? The one you love. Maybe even the one who has promised to love, honor, and cherish you. Or even the person who gave you life.

What happens when you’re betrayed by the supposedly benevolent institutions that are supposed to protect you? Your government. Your ruler. Your god.

What if it’s your own mind that you can no longer trust?


Read on and find out!"
Bestselling author Donna Andrews


Contents

Foreword / Day Al-Mohamed
Introduction / Donna Andrews
Sanctified Ground /Beth Cato
Live Free or Die / Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Infinitas /David Taub Bancroft
Terrible Lizards / Demetrios Matsakis
Listener / Kelly Horn
The Peculiar Testimony of Dok Oculus / Eric A. Howald
A Real Produce Guy / Thomas Livingston
Camp Why / D.G. Bracey
When Shakespeare was in Vogue / Stephen Pohl
Plan B / John M. Floyd
Short Dark Future / Marian Allen
Lunar Epithalamion / Calie Voorhis
Oathbreaker / Kate Marshall
Missing Persons/ Ann L. Kopchik
Restraint / Bruce Pratt
Almost There / Al Nash
Assent/ J.R. McRae
Cheat the Hangman / Kris Dikeman
Sweetest, Senseless Death / Mark Mills
Her Majesty’s Executrix / James Daniel Ross
Neighbour from Hell / Edoardo Albert
Perfect Memory / Jonathan Shipley
Survival / Edward Folger
Bad Boy / Ray Succre
Blind Spot / Michaux Dempster
The Wrong Shoes / Chang Terhune
The House on the Lake / Patrick O’Neill
1612 / Richard Smith
Afterword / Meriah Crawford
Bios

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The reopening of Pentagram, the ancient nation of mages, was bound to attract attention. Now the greatest forces in the world are gathering, preparing for battle -- humans and elves, dwarves and vampires, gods and demigods, assassins and healers, mages split between both sides -- none of whom will hold back, for the result of their battle will be no less than the ultimate fate of their world. And at the heart of it all is Alaris, the single person with personal ties to all parties, the ultimate puppet master now forced to play tug-of-war with his puppets. ...What's that? You thought Alaris was dead? Well, when has he ever let that stop him? On Danny Birt and the Laurian Pentology "An author of much promise" -Phillip Ellis, SFReader.com "...an expansive world of great detail and intricacies...original and entertaining...very highly recommended..." -Midwest Book Review
http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Danny-Birt/dp/1937051722/?tag=blissinsan-20



Jim Rankin is Noctiviganti, a "night wanderer" who can visit the world known as the Fringe in his dreams. Jim is an occult detective, a killer and a secret policeman, the warrior retainer and unquestioning servant of the Paramount, the tyrannical yet supremely beautiful queen of the Fringe. The Fringe is the world of myth and mystery from which our own world was born at the beginning of time. At its heart is a great city, the City at the Heart of Her Dreaming, and in the city is a bottomless Pit or Abyss. In "And Then the Night," Jim Rankin receives an instruction from his masters in the otherworld: "Go to Munro, Noctiviganti. You may wait in the dark no longer." There he has a run in with a Russian mob threatening to supplant Paramount as Queen of the Fringe.
http://www.amazon.com/Then-Night-Noctiviganti-C-S-Thompson/dp/1937051455/?tag=blissinsan-20



Jim Rankin is Noctiviganti, a "night wanderer" who can visit the world known as the Fringe in his dreams. Jim is an occult detective, a killer and a secret policeman, the warrior retainer and unquestioning servant of the Paramount, the tyrannical yet supremely beautiful queen of the Fringe. The Fringe is the world of myth and mystery from which our own world was born at the beginning of time. At its heart is a great city, the City at the Heart of Her Dreaming, and in the city is a bottomless Pit or Abyss. In "City of Constant Silence," an unknown disease is killing people from Boston's Chinatown to the empty spaces of the desert Southwest. Its symptoms are different with every victim: Smallpox, Ebola, the Black Plague. In his dreams, Jim Rankin is in exile in the City of Constant Silence, the Dead Guard's secret home. Back in the mortal world, he has begun taking on jobs for money, spurred by the need to make a living while he serves the Paramount. The disease is spread through a tainted batch of methamphetamine sold by Chinese gangs in Boston, so the Chinese Triad hires Jim Rankin to find out what it is. Jim owes a debt to the Witch of Dogtown, who demands that Jim repays what he owes by singing her a song from the Book of the Black School. Seeking to delay the Witch, Jim takes the job and gets out of town.
http://www.amazon.com/City-Constant-Silence-Noctiviganti-Thompson/dp/1937051471/?tag=blissinsan-20



A life on the water is a constant gamble. Whether a sailor pits himself against the forces of nature or finds himself at the mercy of man, odds are even how the encounter will turn out, depending whose side the luck rolls up on.

In Phoebe Wray's Sailor of Kannar, Darcy must take her chances in courts of intrigue to preserve her people's way of life among the marshes.

In Danielle Ackley-McPhail's Trouble on the Water, Rishima Blaque clings to faith and a rock in the middle of the sea in the hopes her husband will find her before the pirates do.

In David Sherman's Vest of the Pecos, Kitty Belle and Cheyenne Walker join forces once again to pit their wiles against the denizens of a paddleboat gaming salon, only to find themselves facing a gamble of another sort.

In Jeffrey Lyman's Unsinkable, Princess Cordolya bows to her father's dictates, setting sail for an alliance with a country across the sea, only to find herself beset by pirates, leviathans, and a mage-borne storm. Will luck be with the lady or will she make her own?

No Matter What, Trouble's Coming for Someone...
http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Water-Danielle-Ackley-McPhail/dp/1937051854/?tag=blissinsan-20



You think you know what’s wrong with the world…but which one? The one you're in? Or the one that mirrors ours, only one more minute closer to heaven or hell, where "angelics" and "demonics" constantly fight for dominance over our souls?

Ask Chris Burns, struggling in a job he hates and dealing with his wife’s betrayal when she chooses an Italian restaurant owner over a loser like him. What is there left to care about? But when Chris is offered a divine mission to cross that one minute and to save both worlds, he gets a shot at eternal glory.

Can a down-on-his-luck loser prevent a "demonic" uprising? Will he make a difference when faced with battling demons and power-hungry Undersecretaries from the almighty “Ministry of Spirits,” all with his know-it-all doppelganger in tow, constantly trying to undermine his efforts…
... at that shot at eternal glory

http://www.amazon.com/That-One-Minute-Regina-Glei/dp/1937051781/?tag=blissinsan-20


FATE’S HAND COVER IMAGE NOT AVAILABLE

Darren Pearce

One hundred years after a terrible disaster a powerful church has risen to take control. The Church of Progression led by the Cardinal crushes the spirit of all on Hestonia beneath an iron-shod boot. With the aid of the Inquisitors, highly trained church operatives that have access to magically powered technology the church ruthlessly oppresses all who stand in the Cardinal's way. Amongst the church's targets are magic users, wizards, descendants of the original powerful beings known as the Anshada.

The church is rife with conspiracy and even its own internal strife threatens to doom it. Power plays come from within and without as the Arch Inquisitor Roland, his lackey Inquisitor Gwillis and disillusioned Inquisitors and other powerful agents of the church clash for control.

There is one agent of the church that remains steadfast, Kalon Rhadon. He is Fate's Hand, the most dangerous of all the churches weapons. Yet even he begins to doubt the established order of things when he is sent to recover a dangerous magical artifact that contains the teachings of the demonic Anshada.

In Kalon's quest for the book there is a young Stealer, Spry, who is instrumental in Kalon's understanding of the events to come and the role that Fate herself has planned for him.

Fate's Hand is a dark fantasy novel set in an original universe that has elements of technology and magic in a decadent society. It is a Steampunk Renaissance novel that couples the swashbuckling traditions of the Musketeers with a powerful narrative.

Join Kalon Rhadon, the First Agent of the Church of Progression, a man who sees the world in black and white and who has loyalty to the Church and no other. Kaitlinel, a sado-masochistic lycanthrope who has her own agenda and reason for helping Kalon discover the book, Spry, a mute orphan who is the key to the book’s ancient lock and finally, Lucretia, a dead woman who has defied the God of Death and serves as the trio’s guide to the resting place of the book. Along the way they will deal with subtle plots against them, betrayal and secrets, all set in the technological fantasy world of Hestonia where giant bird shaped flying machines dominate the sky, souls are bound into crystal to power the devices that keep society functioning and ancient sorcery is countered by the forces of logic and science.

http://www.amazon.com/Fates-Hand-Darren-Pearce-ebook/dp/B00I9Q1C6S/?tag=blissinsan-20

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Darren Pearce
Remir Vorn is an enigma to most people, a ghost to others, an assassin to those of Spinward Station where he was born. He travels the galaxy in a high-tech starship, punishing the men and women who think themselves beyond or outside of the law. Yet when he meets Captain Diana Walker, a transhuman police officer, whilst hunting down a pair of ruthless dirty cops, the rules of the game are changed and Remir must travel to a deep frozen prison to rescue her brother. His reason for doing so? One of the most wanted men in the galaxy is incarcerated there.

Spinward Assassin is a tale of one man’s pursuit of justice at any price, packed with action, adventure and intrigue in a science fiction universe laced with cyberpunk, bioware, nanoware and high tech gadgets. From the seedy alleys of Athena Station to the high towers of the Corporate Zone, the man of a thousand faces unravels a secret that will alter everything.
http://www.amazon.com/Spinward-Assassin-Darren-Pearce-ebook/dp/B00IAOMOD4/?tag=blissinsan-20


New Title - Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn
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Dark Quest Books and authors Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamed are proud to announce the pending release of Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale. The book will be produced under the Palomino Press imprint and is scheduled to release in September 2014, with a pre-release in May 2014. Baba Ali will have its premier at Balticon as a part of the annual Dark Quest Launch Party.

The story is a retelling of the classic Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves set in the Victorian Era where Ali is an engineering apprentice to Charles Babbage. One night a mysterious box is delivered by a clockwork falcon and Ali's world is never the same again.

Heartache, danger, and thieves mark his journey as Ali is summoned home at the death of his father.

Can he unravel the mystery of the puzzle box and the clockwork djinn before it is too late? An ancient legacy and Ali's very life depend on it.

"Fantasy needs more heroes like Ali bin-Massoud, and more stories like Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn. This charming story deserves to be well read. Read it, let it sit with you a while, and then read it again." -Luke's Reviews - http://lukereviews.blogspot.com/2014/03/baba-ali-and-clockwork-djinn-by.html

Back Cover Copy:

Come, Best Beloved, and sit you by my feet. I shall tell you a tale such as sister Scheherazade could have scarce imagined. A tale of wonders, of deeds both great and grievous, of courage that defies description, and above all, Child of Adam, I shall tell you a tale of love.

The night is for the telling of tales to which the morning may bear Truth. In the oldest of days and ages and times, there was, and there was not, a great evil that reached across the desert and beyond…

In the Nejd there is nothing at all…except secrets. A band of thieves wish such secrets to remain hidden.

In England, far from his desert home, Ali bin-Massoud serves as apprentice to the famed Charles Babbage. One night a mysterious box is delivered by a clockwork falcon and Ali's world is never the same again. Heartache, danger, and thieves mark his journey as Ali is summoned home at the death of his father.

It will take faith, knowledge, and yes, love to realize his destiny, and more than a little skill with steam-driven technology. Can he unravel the mystery of the puzzle box and the clockwork djinn before it is too late? An ancient legacy and Ali's very life depend on it.

Hear you the tale of Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.


GETTING SILLY TO HELP CJ HENDERSON
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montage of CJ Henderson
Friend and Dark Quest author CJ Henderson is battling lymphoma for the second time. We are asking everyone to sacrifice a small piece of their dignity both to raise awareness of our upcoming Kickstarter for an anthology to help with his medical costs and to cheer him up.

In homage to one of CJ's frequent sales pitches "I'll dance like a monkey for a nickel" we would like as many people as possible to record a 30-second clip of them or someone they know dancing like a monkey. This can be as simple or complex as you like, choreographed or on the fly.

In the description please put "I'll Dance Like a Monkey for a Nickel - in honor of CJ Henderson, who is battling Lymphoma, #CJHendersonKickstarter. Donate at http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/society-for-the-preservation-of-cj-henderson/87881" and we ask that you send us a link to the video Danielle Ackley-McPhail at greenfirephoenix @ aol . com or Gail Z. Martin @ gail @ chroniclesofthenecromancer . com.

You can use any means you have for the recording and posting of the video, but if you don't know how to start, I am told Vine is an easy to use app. Here are links to that:

Thank you

NEW RELEASE AND BOOK LAUNCH
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Dark Quest Books and Author Danielle Ackley-McPhail are proud to present her newest solo collection, Consigned to the Sea, stories of mystical, nautical fiction where our heroines pit themselves against pirates, witches, and the forces of nature. The book will officially launch at a Book Launch to be held at this year’s Lunacon (www.lunacon.org) Along with Sarah Avery's Tales from Rugosa Coven, William Freedman's Mighty Mighty, and Speculations from New Jersey, the upcoming anthology from the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers (www.gshw.net).

’Tis Said We All Return to Whence We Began…

Is it any wonder then why so many are drawn to the sea? Throughout the history of Man the crash of the waves has been a siren song…a promise…a curse. Above the waves is a challenge that makes or breaks many a man or woman. Below is another world both magical and menacing.

In Consigned to the Sea you will find the vast spectrum of what the oceans have to offer. The wonder of a mermaid yearning to reach the sky… The wrath of the selkie protecting its own… A dragon waging war against pirates…

Whether you root for the sailor or the sea, here is a collection you can treasure.

“Dripping with tension, Consigned to the Sea is a powerful tale with interesting twists toward the end and a strong lead. Recommended.”—Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Rise Reviews

102 pages | $9.95 | 978-1-937051-96-9


Awards
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Dark Quest author James Chambers
has made the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Award
with his novella Three Chords of Chaos: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale



This novella is a part of Dark Quest's Bad-Ass Faerie Tale series, which features works based on stories from the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series. TCC covers the ongoing tale of Gorge, Chamber's master of music magic from Way of the Bone (Just Plain Bad) and Faerie Ring Blues (In All Their Glory). All our best and congrats to James.

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New Releases:

The Awakened Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Awakened-Neal-Levin/dp/1937051811/?tag=blissinsan-20

You just turned nineteen. Do you feel... different? Is strange magic happening all around you? Are you suddenly mindspeaking with a sentient animal? In The Awakened, this could be you. Sixteen exciting stories pull you into the diverse and unusual world of Grimaton, where the twin moons above might mean a lifetime of change. Join our celebrated authors as they explore the world of The Awakened and spotlight the heroes, the villains, and the magic; where a random few may find themselves bonded to an animal companion for life, or might find they are the possessor of weird and powerful magic they could never have imagined. How these exceptional few are treated and how they learn to use those unasked-for powers... Well, that is the adventure we have started here. Experience the highs and lows of becoming an Awakened, decide if you would use your power for good or for evil, and grow with characters who will make you proud... or make you angry. Featuring the works of: Erik Scott de Bie, Clinton Boomer, Steve Creech, Torah Cottrill, Darrin Drader, Hal Greenberg, Ed Greenwood, Doug Herring, Jaleigh Johnson, Rosemary Jones, Ty Johnston, Kevin Kulp, Colin McComb, Darren W. Pearce, Richard Redman, and Rai Smith

Clockwork Chaos Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Clockwork-Chaos-Danielle-Ackley-McPhail/dp/1937051560/?tag=blissinsan-20

History, invention, the power of deduction…Clockwork Chaos is more than goggles and gears. It is about order and structure and timing striving for mechanical perfection. But in an era where mass production does not yet exist, the unique machinery brought forth into the world is at times bound to fall short of the goal. This chaos turns the science into mayhem and when the gears spring forth this mechanical viscera is indicative of a world turned inside out. Join us in our journey through the shine of society to the dark steamy underbelly of grit and crime.

Twelve stories of steam-driven genius plumb the depths of human intrigue even as they raise our vision to the skies. Patrick Thomas’s Spellpunk tale Deadly Imitation turns the Ripper into a tourist attraction. Gail Gray’s The Foxglove Broadsides uses the power of the press to bring down the political machine. And Jeff Young’s Ambergris in Ice gets to the grist of the matter on the issue of smuggling.

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but read on to discover how mods make the man.

Featuring the work of Jeff Young, Richard Marsden, Matt Dinniman, Bernie Mojzes, R. Rozakis, Patrick Thomas, Angel Leigh McCoy, Gail Gray, Patricia Puckett, James Chambers, N.R. Brown, C.J. Henderson, and James Daniel Ross.

New Reviews:

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The Devil of Harbor City’ is a gritty noir novel with wonderfully flawed characters set in a realistic and dark world. –The Bibliophilic Book Blog

Faerie Games Cover

‘Faerie Games’ is an engaging and funny story with great characters. […] I hope the author is planning a sequel or maybe a follow-up novella, because I’d love to see what happens with the whole cast of characters in the future. –The Bibliophilic Book Blog


BOOSTING THE SIGNAL
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Hello, Everyone,

Some of you may already know that our friend and Dark Quest author CJ Henderson was admitted to the hospital before Labor Day for treatment of blood clots in his legs. While he was in the hospital the doctors discovered nodules that later were determined to be lymphoma. He has undergone treatment and chemotherapy and had just been released from the hospital on Friday.
He is home resting, but feeling very weak. He will be in contact when he gets his energy back in a few days.

In the meantime, we have set up a fundraiser to help CJ defray his medical costs and the lost income from the shows he has missed due to this unexpected illness. If you are able to, please consider donating. If you know others who might be inclined to help, please share the link. And while you are at it, please lift CJ and his family up in your prayers. This is going to be a rough time for them.

Please, please share this link with everyone and anyone can think of. Post it on blogs, share it on social media...pin it! Let's just get the word out there!


Thank you.

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