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NEW REVIEWS

Authors Danielle Ackley-McPhail and James Chambers each received a 4-Raven review for their respective titles in the Bad-Ass Faerie Tale series, published by Dark Quest Books.

http://www.bibliophilicbookblog.com/2013/09/book-review-redcaps-queen-by-danielle.html
Ms. Ackley-McPhail has come back again to the Wild Hunt MC [with] a mix of both mundane and magical people, characters which the author has brought to life stunningly. –The Bibliophilic Book Blog

http://www.bibliophilicbookblog.com/2013/09/book-review-three-chords-of-chaos-by.html
Mr. Chambers has created a cast of intriguing and charismatic characters in a music and magic fueled world. […] ‘Three Chords of Chaos’ is no ordinary faerie tale! –The Bibliophilic Book Blog
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NEW RELEASES

Dark Quest Books is proud to announce the following new releases: From Palomino Press and acclaimed author, L. Jagi Lamplighter, the first book on a brand new young adult series, The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin. And from award-winning authors Joe Dever and John Grant, the long-awaited third volume of the Legends of Lone Wolf Omnibus series.



L. Jagi Lamplighter, a fantastic new voice and a fabulous new world in the YA market! Rachel Griffin is a hero who never gives up! I cheered her all the way!
Faith Hunter, author of the Skinwalker series

Rachel Griffin wants to know everything.

As a freshman at Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts, she has been granted to opportunity to study both mundane and magical subjects. But even her perfect recollection of every book she has ever read does not help her when she finds a strange statue in the forest-a statue of a woman with wings. Nowhere-neither in the arcane tomes of the Wise, nor in the dictionary and encyclopedia of the non-magic-using Unwary-can she find mention of such a creature. What could it be? And why are the statue's wings missing when she returns?

When someone tries to kill a fellow student, Rachel soon realizes that, in the same way her World of the Wise hides from mundane folk, there is another, more secret world hiding from everyone-which her perfect recall allows her to remember. Her need to know everything drives her to investigate. Rushing forward where others fear to tread, Rachel finds herself beset by wraiths, magical pranks, homework, a Raven said to bring the doom of worlds, love's first blush, and at least one fire-breathing teacher.

Curiosity might kill a cat, but nothing stops Rachel Griffin! The Unexpected

Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin, a plucky band of children join forces to fight evil, despite the best efforts of incompetent adults, at a school for wizards. YA fiction really doesn't get better than that. -Jonathan Moeller, author of The Ghosts series

Rachel Griffin is curious, eager and smart, and ready to begin her new life at Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts, but she didn't expect to be faced with a mystery as soon as she got there. Fortunately she's up to the task. Take all the best of the classic girl detective, throw in a good dose of magic and surround it all with entertaining, likeable friends and an intriguing conundrum, and you'll have The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin, a thrilling adventure tailor-made for the folks who've been missing Harry Potter, Exciting, fantastical events draw readers into Rachel's world and solid storytelling keeps them there. -Misty Massey, author of Mad Kestrel

http://www.amazon.com/Unexpected-Enlightenment-Rachel-Griffin/dp/1937051870/?tag=blissinsan-20





The third omnibus edition of novels in the classic Legends of Lone Wolf series of epic fantasy based on the award-winning games by Joe Dever.

The Birthplace - Lone Wolf, sent to Barrakeesh to contract peace for his nation, finds himself immediately pitched into a murderous political game in which all the players are using his life as their stake. Qinefer, too, has come to Barrakeesh, determined to oust the evil "otherself" that long ago invaded her mind. For years it has been feeding like a parasite inside her, and only be returning to its source can she hope to drive it out. Yet to do so, she must enter the portal of the Birthplace.

The Book of the Magnakai - The Tomb of the Majhan, in far-off Vassagonia, holds many mysteries, but none is deeper than that of the Book of the Magnakai. This legendary book was stolen from the Kai order six centuries ago and long assumed to be lost forever. It contains the accumulated wisdom of Sun Eagle, order's revered founder. Now, Lone Wolf, assisted by the magician Banedon, has discovered its whereabouts - but so has Haakon, the Archlord of Darkness...And as Lone Wolf and Haakon strive for possession of the sacred writings, they know that at stake are not only their lives but also the future of all Magnamund...

http://www.amazon.com/Legends-Lone-Wolf-Omnibus-3/dp/193705117X/?tag=blissinsan-20
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NEW RELEASES

Fight the summer heat with a cool drink and a great new book from Dark Quest Books. Here are three new releases for you to enjoy: Danielle Ackley-McPhail's The Redcaps' Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale, Keith R.A. DeCandido's Tales from Dragon Precinct and Phoebe Matthews' Vampire Escape.

Enjoy!

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KINDLE RELEASE



The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

The Hunt is On!

When strength becomes weakness... And hope becomes doubt... As the past collides with the future...hard... Can Suzanne-Wild Hunt biker chick and one-time member of the fae High Court-stand strong as her world falls apart?

She survived an assault by redcaps, an all-out battle with the High King's armies, and her first encounter with roller derby... but how will she fare against her inner demons?

Caught in the midst of a transformation she scarcely realizes and does not understand, her hard-won convictions are tested as never before. Suzanne is left with only one question-what if they're wrong?

The truth could mean the difference between saving her sanity and losing her soul...


http://www.amazon.com/The-Redcaps-Queen-ebook/dp/B00DUJAIG4/?tag=blissinsan-20




Tales from Dragon Precinct by Keith R.A. DeCandido

"Reading Unicorn Precinct felt like meeting old friends ... I felt immediately at home in Cliff's End." -Unreality SF on Unicorn Precinct

Humans and elves, dwarves and gnomes, wizards and warriors all live and do business in the thriving, overcrowded port city of Cliff's End, to say nothing of the tourists and travelers who arrive by land and sea, passing through the metropolis on matters of business or pleasure-or on quests. The hard-working, under-appreciated officers of the Cliff's End Castle Guard work day and night to maintain law and order as best they can.

This volume brings together ten pieces of short fiction-some previously published, some brand-new for this book-featuring the Castle Guard:

new cases for Lieutenants Torin ban Wyvald and Danthres Tresyllione to solve, as they deal with animated furniture, a hrancit demon, a closet spewing filth, a senile dragon, and more.

Plus one of Lieutenant Iaian's old cases comes back to haunt him, Lieutenants Dru and Hawk investigate a massacre committed by a vampire, the survivors of the heroic quest from Dragon Precinct return (and get into trouble), and the untold story of Danthres and Torin's first case together is finally told!

Ten adventures of the Cliff's End Castle Guard!

"Dragon Precinct is The Sword of Shannara by way of JAG-and it works beautifully." -Starlog on Dragon Precinct


http://www.amazon.com/Tales-from-Dragon-Precinct-ebook/dp/B00DUFVT2K/?tag=blissinsan-20

PRINT RELEASE



Vampire Escape (Turning Vampire Book 3) by Phoebe Matthews

An undead vampire... A lively boyfriend... A deadly future...

Why does trying to do what's right always turn out going so wrong? Newly turned vampire Georgia wishes her romance could imitate novels and end with an HEA. But she knows it is more likely to end with a dead boyfriend. A new offbeat urban fantasy novel from award-winning author Phoebe Matthews.

On Vampire Career "A fantastic book that will appeal to teens and adults alike!" Readers Favorite review "Vampire Career is a great beginning to Phoebe Matthew's Turning Vampire series...a really fun and entertaining way to spend a few hours. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves reading vampire novels." Douglas Cobb, Bestseller World


http://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Escape-Phoebe-Matthews/dp/1937051331/?tag=blissinsan-20
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GOODREADS GIVEAWAYS

Hi, everyone,
Dark Quest Books, is sponsoring some giveaways over on GoodReads this month. Here is your chance to win some fantastic fiction. We have two short story collections and one novel currently in the rounds. Here are the links to enter:

Best Laid Plans (A Defending The Future Anthology) - Military Science Fiction
(With stories by: James Chambers, Nancy Jane Moore, Maria V. Snyder, Jack Campbell, Bud Sparhawk, Peter Prellwitz, John L. French, Jeff Young, Keith R.A. DeCandido, David Sherman, Jeffrey Lyman, Judi Fleming, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Eric V. Hardenbrook, and CJ Henderson.)
Tales from Dragon Precinct, by Keith R.A. DeCandido - Fantasy Police Procedural
Short stories set in the universe of the Dragon Precinct novel by the same author.
Ending an Ending, by Danny Birt, the first book in the Laurian Pentology - Epic Fantasy
Existence is not supposed to be optional in this flat, polytheistic world--it is the dictate of Etre, one of the world's three founding gods. But Sanct, a man lacking memories, skills, and purpose, possesses (or is possessed by) an object that seemingly ignores the gods' rules with impunity.
These run through July 8th.

Good luck!
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DARK QUEST MEGA LAUNCH - SUNDAY, MAY 26, BALTICON

Hi All,

We are gearing up for Balticon and that means three things: Books, Parties, and Prizes!

Yes, we will be having our annual launch party this year. No, it will not be in the Garden Room. Due to a change in hotel management, we are no longer able to have a party in the GR and provide our own food. Since catering costs are well outside the budget, we have relocated to the Con Suite (Frankie's and Vinnie's).

Sunday, May 26th, 7pm to 9pm.

With a record 22 authors participating this year it should be a blast! We hope you will come and help us celebrate.


Here are the titles releasing specifically for Balticon:



And Dark Quest's Spring Releases:




Please do come help us celebrate! We will have plenty of food, author readings, music, books for sale, and a Chinese-Auction style raffle. Follow are the tentative prizes (subject to change without prior warning.):

Painted Faerie Biker Jacket – Danielle Ackley-McPhail
J&J Miracle Mead – Jonathan Quigley and Jason A. Starr
Jerzey Derby Brigade Prize Pack – Danielle Ackley-McPhail and the Jerzey Derby Brigade
Original Heidi Hooper Lint Art – Heidi Hooper
Vamp-Boop vampire prize pack – John L. French
Punk Skull Gift Bag and books – James Chambers
To Hell in A Fast Car Gift Basket – KT Pinto
Fantastic Futures 13 Autographed Poster – Padwolf Publishing
Between a Roc and a Hard Place + Dragon – Danny Birt
Lost Fleet Audio Book + Three Hardcovers – Jack Campbell
2 Anime Prize Packs – Dark Quest Books
Bronze Hourglass – Danny Birt



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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: James Chambers

A Conversation with Dark Quest Books' Author James Chambers

James  Chambers
1)      Why do you write? I write because I have stories to tell and things I want to say about the world and because characters come to life in my head, and if I don’t write their stories, they’ll die unknown, never having been loved, hated, feared, pitied, admired, understood, or misunderstood. I want to spare them that fate. Also, I write because fiction—in all its forms—is the vocabulary I use to engage with the world. Reality is fine, but in many ways, I prefer the understanding of reality that comes from distilling it through fiction.

2)      What inspired you to become an author (no…it’s not the same thing J)? To put it simply: Reading. I’ve always loved reading books, always loved the experience of moving into the imaginary space of a novel or a story, to leaving the real world behind. It seemed like a natural thing to try my hand at creating my own stories, and I wanted to read stories no one else seemed to be writing. I found that, as a writer, I moved even deeper and more completely into those imaginary places than I did as a reader, and I’ve never looked back.

3)      What was the hardest part about breaking into publishing? Building up enough confidence in my writing to submit it to editors. That was a hard bridge to cross. I still get a nervous twist in my gut every time I send a piece of writing off for consideration—but at least it keeps me on my toes.

4)      Tell us about your upcoming Dark Quest Books title(s).


Three Chords of Chaos is a dark urban fantasy novella, part of the Bad-Ass Faeries series. It’s a faerie-punk love story. The main character Gorge first appeared in “The Way of the Bone” in the second BAF anthology, Just Plain Bad. A second story, “Faerie Ring Blues” appeared in BAF: In All Their Glory. Readers liked him, and I knew there was much more of his story to tell, thus this new novella. Three Chords explores Gorge’s life as an exiled faerie in the mortal world during the early 1980s. As a musical fae, banned from the realm of the sidhe for playing forbidden music, Gorge is drawn to the underground/punk music scene in New York City. There he learns he can build his magical strength by drawing on the energy of his fans. He also encounters a mortal wizard—and record producer—who wants to steal his magic. The wizard threatens Delilah, Gorge’s mortal lover, the one person who keeps him grounded and sane living in the mortal world. It’s a tour through the underground punk clubs and the decadent secret parties of the elite in NYC during which much magic is revealed and many guitars are smashed.

The Dead In Their Masses is the third volume in the Corpse Fauna series, a cycle of novellas and short stories set in a world overrun by the living dead. For those who’ve read the earlier volumes, this one picks up with Cornell (a former bank robber), Della (a nurse), and Mason (a guard) after they escape from the prison. For new readers, it’s an introduction to the Corpse Fauna world, where the walking dead are a little different than the traditional modern-day zombie. Sure, they shuffle, shamble, and eat the flesh of the living, but a shot to the head won’t stop them, and their bodies are riddled with sinister and mysterious eyes that appear in places they shouldn’t, even internal organs…. The Dead In Their Masses is a survival story, the tale of a journey through a deadly world that no longer belongs to the living and where sometimes the living are more dangerous than the dead. It grapples with the friction between faith and science, society and chaos, law and freedom, love and equality, and the need for individuals to maintain their independence from authority no matter what the cost. It also marks the return of the Red Man, a major character introduced in “Birch’s Refugees” in The Dead Bear Witness (Corpse Fauna, volume 1) and begins the final descent into the truth behind the living dead.

5)      Have you always been drawn to your particular genre? What fascinates you about it? I’ve always been drawn to horror fiction and science fiction. My interest is complementary. The ability of horror fiction to conjure and explore raw, intense emotions fascinates me, as does the idea of playing with my fears and the fears of my readers for the sake of telling an engaging story. Good horror fiction has an element of Grimm’s fairy tales: It allows us to face terrible things in a safe environment and prime our psyches for dealing with horror in the real world. On the other hand, science fiction enthralls me because it’s the exploration in fiction of how scientific realities and ideas do or might one day shape human experience and society. The science fiction that most entertains me is science fiction that starts from a simple, concrete premise, asks “What if?”, and then spins out an exciting tale from the result. The genres are yin and yang, emotion and intellect, instinct and rationality, cynicism and optimism, the worst and best humanity has to offer. I enjoy switching from one to the other, so I guess I enjoy extremes.

6)      What is the one thing you really want to write outside of your usual genre? I’d love to write an epic work of historical fiction, something that requires years of research. Also, I think I’d enjoy writing a straight-up, hardboiled, noir, private eye story, something in the vein of Chandler or Hammett but that ground is pretty well trod so I doubt I ever will.

7)      How did you get started writing short stories? Short stories were my first love in fiction. I read tons of science fiction anthologies and horror collections growing up. Those stories defined my early understanding of fiction, and I’ve loved the form ever since. As much as I also love reading and writing longer fiction, the economy of a short story and the potential for short stories to hit readers like a speeding truck that appears out of nowhere still get me really excited about writing them. I love the challenge of creating a glimpse into a whole new world every time I write a new story.

8)      How did you get started writing novels? I sat down to write a short horror story, aiming at 5,000 words or so. Well, 20,000 words later, I realized I was writing a novel, and that it was tremendously different from writing short stories.

9)      Is it hard writing a series, what challenges does it present? I enjoy writing series. I like the opportunity to build up characters and worlds over a span of stories. But to date I’ve done it entirely in short fiction. There’s a tremendous amount of freedom there because you dip into dark little corners of a world or spend time with one or two characters to get to know them better. It’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle or a tapestry or an oral history of an alternate world. Or maybe it’s like touring a foreign country guided by close friends rather than tour guides. The most challenging elements, though, are making sure that readers who come to any one story out of sequence aren’t lost or confused and deciding how much of the world, its rules, and its major players must be established for each story since there isn’t space enough to cover everything.

10)  Did you enjoy writing in a shared universe someone else created? Yes. I wrote several issues of the comic book series Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals that I very much enjoyed. I had direct feedback from Mr. Nimoy on the scripts, and it was a thrill to put my spin on a preexisting world and characters. I’ve also written stories for anthologies featuring the pulp characters the Green Hornet, the Domino Lady, the Spider, and the Avenger. I don’t write pastiches, so I like the challenge of finding a way to write in my voice something distinctive and fresh with these characters that remains true to their original spirit—and will pass muster with the licensors. Writing such long-established characters also offers a great glimpse behind the curtains of what drives their long-lived popularity.

11)  Which do you prefer, short fiction or long? (and of course, why?) To read—short fiction. I love the economy of language it engenders, and I enjoy the intensity it enables. I like the relative lack of commitment, and the opportunity to sample work from a lot writers I haven’t yet read. I love long fiction, as well, but novels often aren’t as tightly written as they should be. That’s a challenge for someone like me who hates to skip parts of a story and is compulsive about finding out how a story ends. To write—I love both, with short fiction taking an edge for the lead.

12)  What about writing has taken you by surprise? Mostly the way characters really do come to life after a while and dictate where a story can go. I’ve thrown out entire plot elements because when I came to a certain scene my characters didn’t act the way I wanted them to—they acted like themselves, and I had to adjust. That kind of surprise is always a pleasant one, and I hope it keeps happening.

13)  What about publishing has been a shock (yes, we would like details.)? The one thing about publishing that still shocks me is how often bad writing is rewarded. People are writing amazing fiction today, in the small press and elsewhere, and yet some of the worst things I’ve read in the past ten years were picks from the best-seller list. I realize this is highly subjective and a matter of taste, but on an objective level, I’ve read highly predictable, unoriginal works rife with bad writing mechanics and thin characters that have been big sales successes, gone on to be made into movies, and their fans rave about them. Part of it, I’m certain, is that these books connect with their audience on important levels other than only story and writing, that their characters and themes may matter much more—and that I’m simply not part of that audience. But it still shocks me these books become as popular as they do.

14)  How is contributing to an anthology different from magazines or novel writing? For one thing, anthologies are often themed, so you’re obligated to engage pre-selected elements in your story. Also, writing short fiction is a smaller time commitment than writing a novel, so anthologies offer a great way to experiment and try my hand at writing something I might not otherwise write. Some of my favorite stories I’ve written in the last few years have been at the prompting of an anthology editor who asked me to do something I wouldn’t have otherwise considered. Gorge, star of Three Chords of Chaos, came into life that way. My editor, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, said she wanted “heavy metal faeries” for BAF: Just Plain Bad. The idea resonated with me, and I wrote “The Way of the Bone.”

15)  Have you ever considered self-publishing? What did (or did not) stop you? I went down the self-publishing road in the comic book industry, where self-publishing is a very different thing than it is for novels and other books. There was a time when it was incredibly difficult to find a publisher for a comic book project without selling away all your intellectual property rights outright; in other words, your publisher often wound up owning all your hard work and creativity, copyrights, trademarks included. (It’s a little better these days in the comics biz, but still a long way from where it should be.) This energized a creator-owned comics movement driven by writers and artists willing to become their own publisher to maintain control of their creations. I did this with a horror comic, “The Revenant,” which appeared in Shadow House, which I published with my partner, Christopher Mills. The experience taught me firsthand that becoming a self-publisher meant also becoming an editor, a salesperson, a marketing and PR director, a production manager, an accountant, a distribution expert, a diplomat, and maybe half a dozen other roles required for successful publishing. It seems a lot of people who opt to self-publish in any field don’t understand this. Self-publishing isn’t only making a book and throwing up a website; it means becoming a publisher for yourself and taking on all the responsibilities of a publisher. Not a small task. For my prose fiction, I’ve avoided self-publishing so that I can concentrate on writing. I like the traditional partnership of working with a publisher, such as Dark Quest Books.

16)  If you could work on any anthology project you want, what would it be? There are a handful of established characters I’d like to write at least once, and a short story would be a great way to do it. I’d love to write a Batman story or John Constantine story. I’d love to write a Godzilla story. If someone ever asked me to contribute to a tribute anthology for Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, or Jim Thompson, I’d enjoy doing that.

17)  Why did you choose to go with an independent publisher? I enjoy working with Dark Quest Books for two reasons. One, they allow me the freedom to write the stories I want to write and to write them how I think best. Neal Levin and all my editors at DQB have been amazingly supportive of my writing. They’ve given me a venue to stretch my muscles, experiment, try different things, and to really go places I don’t think I would’ve gone on my own but which have proven highly rewarding. Two, Dark Quest Books stands out among small press publishers for their professionalism. They understand the publishing process—from conceiving a project to editing it and prepping it for publication to promoting it—and everyone involved puts their hearts into it. On Three Chords of Chaos, for example, we went through two rounds of remarkably fruitful editing. It was the kind of incisive, spot-on editing that understands the work and aims to make it better without changing it. I know writers who didn’t have that experience at major houses.

18)  Tell us about something in your writing career you would have done different given a second chance. I’ll tell you three things. One, I would’ve established a regular writing regimen much earlier in my life. Nothing has helped me more as a writer than simply writing every day. Two, I would’ve started submitting my work much sooner than I did. The experience and feedback would’ve been helpful, and the truth is you know exactly what’s going to happen with every story you write but never submit. Three, I would’ve experimented with different genres more when I was starting out. I like where I am as a writer today, but looking back, I can see I might’ve gotten here sooner.

19)  What advice do you have for someone just getting started? Don’t ever get discouraged. Be open to where opportunities lead you, and be patient. Very, very few writers become overnight successes, but anyone willing to stick with it, keep writing, keep submitting, listen to feedback, and work hard to improve will absolutely be rewarded. Talk to other writers and build a network of people doing what you’re doing. Keep in touch with these people; they are the only other folks in your life who will understand the dizzying heights and terrifying lows of writing. Never hesitate to help out a friend or colleague if you can. Always be professional and respectful. And, most importantly, write every day—a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter, whatever you can manage. Flex your writing muscles daily.
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CONTEST AND GIVEAWAYS

Danielle Ackley-McPhail is running an interesting contest to celebrate the release of her new novel, The Redcaps' Queen, an intriguing mix of biker faerie meets roller derby. To win an autographed copy of the novel, come up with your own, original derby name.

Post it here, along with your real nme for cross reference, then follow the below link to log your entry into Rafflecopter.

For idea and to see if your name is already taken, visit www.twoevils.org/rollergirls/. Please only post original names that are not in use.

To enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

We also have two GoodReads giveaways going on:

http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/51917-redcaps-queen
http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/52004-three-chords-of-chaos

Stand by for more to come!
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NEW RELEASES - PRINT

PRINT RELEASES


The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale, by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
The Hunt is On! When strength becomes weakness... And hope becomes doubt... As the past collides with the future...hard... Can Suzanne-Wild Hunt biker chick and one-time member of the fae High Court-stand strong as her world falls apart? She survived an assault by redcaps, an all-out battle with the High King's armies, and her first encounter with roller derby... but how will she fare against her inner demons? Caught in the midst of a transformation she scarcely realizes and does not understand, her hard-won convictions are tested as never before. Suzanne is left with only one question-what if they're wrong? The truth could mean the difference between saving her sanity and losing her soul...
http://www.amazon.com/Redcaps-Queen-Danielle-Ackley-McPhail/dp/1937051064/?tag=blissinsan-20




Three Chords of Chaos: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale, by James Chambers

Once, lord of lyrics; once, prince of peace…
Now a demon let off his leash…

No greater musician than Gorge ever lived in the Realm of the Sidhe.

No faerie musician ever delved so deeply into the taboo songs and the forbidden music—the Way of the Bone. Yet, Gorge refused to deny himself their temptations.

Praise for the work of James Chambers:
“…chillingly evocative writing…”
—Publisher’s Weekly

“James Chambers writes stories that are paced fast enough to friction burn a reader's eyeballs.”
—Horror Reader.com
http://www.amazon.com/Three-Chords-Chaos-James-Chambers/dp/1937051390/?tag=blissinsan-20



Ending (Book Four in the Laurian Pentology), by Danny Birt
Alaris has enacted his continent-spanning plans, and he races against time to get to the ancient tower of mages, Pinnacle, to enact yet more. But Pinnacle is not his ultimate goal: even mage-kind is but a tool to Alaris. How much, then, do mere individuals matter to 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"A fantastic tale for fantasy/scifi lovers." -Lucille P. Robinson, Alternative-Read.com "Creative and Exciting." -Sherry D. Hooker, author "Loved this wonderfully cerebra, highly creative fantasy!"-Lawrence Steller, LibraryThing.com
http://www.amazon.com/Ending-Danny-Birt/dp/1937051714/?tag=blissinsan-20



Tales from Dragon Precinct, by Keith R.A. DeCandido
"Reading Unicorn Precinct felt like meeting old friends ... I felt immediately at home in Cliff's End." -Unreality SF on Unicorn Precinct Humans and elves, dwarves and gnomes, wizards and warriors all live and do business in the thriving, overcrowded port city of Cliff's End, to say nothing of the tourists and travelers who arrive by land and sea, passing through the metropolis on matters of business or pleasure-or on quests. The hard-working, under-appreciated officers of the Cliff's End Castle Guard work day and night to maintain law and order as best they can. This volume brings together ten pieces of short fiction-some previously published, some brand-new for this book-featuring the Castle Guard: new cases for Lieutenants Torin ban Wyvald and Danthres Tresyllione to solve, as they deal with animated furniture, a hrancit demon, a closet spewing filth, a senile dragon, and more. Plus one of Lieutenant Iaian's old cases comes back to haunt him, Lieutenants Dru and Hawk investigate a massacre committed by a vampire, the survivors of the heroic quest from Dragon Precinct return (and get into trouble), and the untold story of Danthres and Torin's first case together is finally told! Ten adventures of the Cliff's End Castle Guard! "Dragon Precinct is The Sword of Shannara by way of JAG-and it works beautifully." -Starlog on Dragon Precinct
http://www.amazon.com/Tale-Dragon-Precinct-Keith-DeCandido/dp/1937051439/?tag=blissinsan-20




Issue In Doubt, by David Sherman

David Sherman writes about Marines with the razor-sharp realism of one of their own." Jack Campbell, Best-Selling Author, Lost Fleet Series We are not alone! In exploring and colonizing the galaxy, humanity discovers evidence of eighteen sentient species. Seventeen of them had not developed interstellar travel. Those were destroyed by the species that did reach the stars. That space-faring eighteenth decimated the human colony on the Semi-Autonomous World Troy. A Marine Force Recon platoon sent to investigate is wiped out almost to the last man. In reaction, the North American Union assembles the largest army seen since the major wars of the 20th Century. A Marine Corps Combat Force is sent to "kick in the door," backed up by a four-division Army corps to take the planet back. The initial landing is unopposed. It isn't until the fleet carrying the Army corps is approaching Troy that the enemy strikes, with devastating effect.

http://www.amazon.com/Issue-Doubt-David-Sherman/dp/1937051463/?tag=blissinsan-20
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NEW RELEASES - KINDLE

KINDLE RELEASES
Three Chords of Chaos: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale, by James Chambers

Once, lord of lyrics; once, prince of peace…
Now a demon let off his leash…

No greater musician than Gorge ever lived in the Realm of the Sidhe.

No faerie musician ever delved so deeply into the taboo songs and the forbidden music—the Way of the Bone. Yet, Gorge refused to deny himself their temptations.

Praise for the work of James Chambers:

“…chillingly evocative writing…”
—Publisher’s Weekly

“James Chambers writes stories that are paced fast enough to friction burn a reader's eyeballs.”
—Horror Reader.com

http://www.amazon.com/Three-Chords-of-Chaos-ebook/dp/B00CGT85F0/?tag=blissinsan-20

Beginning (Book Two in the Laurian Pentology), by Danny Birt

Sanct is gone... at least for now.  But the threat he left behind hangs heavily over the head of Alaris, who has mustered his forces and set in motion world-spanning plans--plans that will change the fates of his loved ones, the world as a whole, and the gods themselves.

Now that Sanct has left, though, new questions arise: What are Alaris' designs for the world?  And what is he willing to do to achieve them?

"A fantastic tale for fantasy/scifi lovers." --Lucille P. Robinson

"Creative and Exciting." --Sherry D. Hooker

"Loved this wonderfully cerebra, highly creative fantasy!" --Lawrence Steller

http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-The-Laurian-Pentology-ebook/dp/B00CGTMNH6/?tag=blissinsan-20


Hunting Wolf, by Joe Devers and John Grant

Saved from a world of unknown and unknowable limbo, Alyss returns to warn Lone Wolf that the traitor Vonotar is alive! King Ulnar has vowed to his people that the traitor will be brought to justice and punished for his crimes. Lone Wolf must abandon his dream of rebuilding the Order of the Kai to brave the terrible dangers in the icy vastness of Kalte. Where his most hated and treacherous foe, Vonotar, awaits...
http://www.amazon.com/Hunting-Wolf-Legends-Lone-ebook/dp/B00CHRG5FI/?tag=blissinsan-20


The Claws of Helgadad, by Joe Devers and John Grant

In the wake of Archlord Zagarna’s unexpected death at the hands of the young Kai Lord - Lone Wolf - a titanic struggle for power has erupted among the Darklords of Helgedad. Old loyalties are soon forgotten in this bitter contest for the winner will secure for himself the ultimate prize - Archlordship of all the Darklands.

This is one of a series of novels set in the mythical world of Magnamund and based on the "Lone Wolf" roleplaying game books.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Claws-of-Helgadad-ebook/dp/B00C5J6W06/?tag=blissinsan-20


A Season Of Strange Dreams (Noctiviganti, #1), by C.S. Thompson

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.

Jim has been in hiding for five years, wandering aimlessly from state to state after killing his best friend Frank Barnham on a botched mission for the Paramount. Prompted by messages from the spirits of the Fringe, Jim comes out of hiding and takes a Greyhound home to Nottamun, the city where he used to work with Frank before the killing.

A reckless occultist has opened a gateway to the Fringe. Someone has to stop more of the Fringe’s magic from corrupting our world. Someone has to close it. Jim unfortunately is it.
http://www.amazon.com/Season-Strange-Dreams-Noctiviganti-ebook/dp/B00C5SH9DG/?tag=blissinsan-20


Where Angels Fear, by CJ Henderson and Bruce Gehweiler

When Duke University receives a staggering grant that comes with one unusual condition, the pairing of parapsychologist Dr. William Boles and crypto-zoologist Dr. Hugh Blakley, the two are thrown together despite the career-long loathing they share for each other's disciplines. In only a matter of days, however, the two egocentric academics discover that if they can't find a way to work together, they may not survive to teach another semester. And, if they don't survive, the entire world could be right behind them.

http://www.amazon.com/Where-Angels-Fear-ebook/dp/B00C3MNJX8/?tag=blissinsan-20