New-Release Spotlight: The Thirteenth Man by J.L. Doty

About the Book:

From the author of The Treasons Cycle, The Gods Within, and The Dead Among Us series comes a stand-alone science fiction novel for fans of David Weber, B.V. Larson, Lois McMaster Bujold, and more!

When Commander Charlie Cass, the bastard son of the Duke de Maris, returns from five years in a squalid Syndonese POW camp, he finds that little has changed in the Realm. As always, the King and the nine Dukes are conspiring against each other, but now some of them are plotting with Charlie’s old enemy—and as interstellar war looms, they certainly don’t need Charlie Cass messing up their delicate plans. Unfortunately for them, that’s what he’s best at.

Which means he’ll likely face the headsman’s axe.

Spanning the galaxy, The Thirteenth Man blends the best traditions of space opera and military sci-fi into a non-stop adventure that’s as much Patrick O’Brien as it is John Scalzi.

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Author Interview: D. Nolan Clark

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Today I am interviewing D. Nolan Clark, author of the new science fiction novel, Forsaken Skies, first book in The Silence series.

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DJ: Hey D! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself? (Or who you actually are?)😉

D. Nolan Clark: Ha! Yeah, it’s a pseudonym. I’m actually David Wellington, the bestselling horror writer. D. Nolan Clark is what I call myself when I’m writing science fiction. I’m really excited to bring this book out—in some ways it’s the book I’ve been trying to write since I was six years old and I first saw Star Wars. I always meant to write science fiction, and in fact when I published my first novel (Monster Island) I thought I was writing sf. Of course, it had zombies in it, so it got put on the horror shelf.

DJ: What is Forsaken Skies about?

D. Nolan Clark: It’s about the Great Silence, the Great Filter, the Fermi Paradox. The question of why, in a universe full of planets capable of harboring life, we’ve never detected any. The book suggests one answer for that question. It’s also about a future where runaway capitalism and runaway militarism have left us in a very bad position to find out what happened to all the aliens. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Janine A. Southward

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Today I am interviewing Janine A. Southard, editor of the new urban fantasy anthology, Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology.

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DJ: Hey Janine! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Janine A. Southward: Hi, DJ. Thanks for having me! I’m a science-fiction/fantasy author and editor. (My most popular book is probably Queen & Commander, for those of you who read young adult space adventures.) In the past few years, I’ve been writing more and editing less, so it was great to get back to working with other authors on this new project.

DJ: What is Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology about?

Janine: Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology is about the intersections of magic and technology in our modern lives. We all walk around with smartphones in our pockets these days. We sleep with them and consult them for the tiniest things. But do we really understand how they work? Would adding a magical element make a huge difference?

This anthology includes fantastic explorations of modern human nature, from the guy who ignores a phone that always gives perfect directions to the team of programmers who create an app that does magic.

My favorite thing about these stories is how positive they are about technology. Lately, half the non-fiction articles I read complain that phones and digital culture are destroying human interaction. Not in Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology! It’s got matchmaking phones and helpful diet trackers instead. Continue reading

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Author Interview and Giveaway: Erin Lindsey

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The pubsliher was kind enough to provide one (1) free copy of The Bloodbound (Bloodhound #1), that the first book in the Bloodbound trilogy, to go along with this interview! The link and details for the giveaway are located at the bottom of the post, following the interview:)

Today I am interviewing Erin Lindsey, author of the new fantasy novel, The Bloodsworn, final book in the Bloodbound trilogy!

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Q: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Erin Lindsey: When I’m not reading or writing, chances are I’m doing something else creative, like playing music or painting. Or I’m in the mountains. I have a deep love of the outdoors that I think probably comes through pretty strongly in my writing.

Q: What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating Alix? Were you inspired by any historical figures when developing her character?

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Erin: Alix stubbornly refused to be the noblewoman I thought I wanted her to be. Those refined manners just wouldn’t stick. I’d start a scene with the idea that Alix would behave in a manner appropriate to her station, but it never seemed to work out that way; she was constantly putting her foot in her mouth and messing it up. The result was a lot more awkward moments of Alix fighting her own nature than I’d ever planned. It’s kind of a cliché for authors to say that their characters have minds of their own, but they kinda do sometimes.

Q: What appeals to you about writing Fantasy? What is your process for world-building?

Erin: One of the things I like best about writing fantasy is the chance to dabble in what ifs. Starting off with a premise and then going through all the implications of that premise in order to build your cultures, history, etc. For example, what if winter lasted years instead of months? It seems like a pretty small twist at first, but when you start to think through the implications – how these different circumstances would affect familiar societies and institutions – the ramifications are actually huge. I really like to play around with questions like these, starting out with a world that’s very like our own, and then giving it a twist. Altered geography, say, or a fork in the road of history. It’s a creative exercise, but also an intellectual one. And it makes for some really rich, believable settings. Continue reading

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Author Interview: S.C. Flynn

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Today I am interviewing S. C. Flynn, author of the Australian YA post-apocalyptic fantasy novel, Children of the Different, just released.

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DJ: Hey S.C.! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

SCF: I am an Australian/British/Irish/Italian reader and obsessive reviser. I was born in a small town in South West Western Australia, but I have lived in Europe for more than twenty years. First the United Kingdom, then Italy and currently Ireland, the home of my ancestors. That has been a great experience, but also difficult and lonely at times.

My whole life has been fairly multicultural, I guess. The town I grew up in had lots of different nationalities. And there was the Australian Aboriginal culture. When I lived in London, there seemed to be just about every culture in the world! Then I met my Italian wife and lived in Italy, and now I speak fluent Italian. So you never really know what directions life will take you in!

Oh, I have played old jazz and drunk strong coffee all my life. So not much of a morning person, no.

DJ: What is Children of the Different about?

SCF: “Children of the Different” is a Young Adult post-apocalyptic fantasy novel set in Western Australia. The story begins twenty years after a brain disease killed almost the entire world’s population. All the survivors had something special about their brains, and now their children go into a coma at the beginning of adolescence and either emerge damaged or with special powers. The novel follows the Changings and later adventures of two telepathic twins, Narrah (a boy) and Arika (a girl). Continue reading

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Author Interview: Peter Higgins

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Today I am interviewing Peter Higgins, author of the new omnibus, Wolfhound Empire, a collection of the three books in the fantasy trilogy that began with Wolfhound Century.

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DJ: Hey Peter! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Peter Higgins: You know those people you sometimes see sitting alone in cafés, scribbling in a notebook or hunched over a laptop? One of them’s me. Writer at work: no distinguishing features visible to the naked eye. Except that I favour the currently unfashionable denim shirt/jeans combo and hiking boots.

DJ: What is Wolfhound Empire about?

Peter: It’s a fantasy world that owes a debt to Stalin’s Russia, much like what Game of Thrones owes to medieval Europe (i.e., in some ways a lot, and in other ways not much at all). Where the plot of Game of Thrones is about ruling family rivalries, Wolfhound Empire is about murderous conspiracies and being on the run from the authorities. And in both stories there’s a huge crisis happening in the natural, magical, non-human world that’s shaping the characters’ lives, though they don’t fully understand it.  Continue reading

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Author Interview: Lavie Tidhar

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Today I am interviewing World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award winning author Lavie Tidhar, whose Bookman Histories trilogy has just been reissued in new editions by Angry Robot Books.

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DJ: Hey Lavie! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

Laive Tidhar: My pleasure! Thanks for having me.

DJ: Your work has spun everything from the more light-hearted adventures of The Bookman Histories to political noir explorations of current and alternate realities in the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winner and Premio Roma nominee A Man Lies Dreaming, to the World Fantasy Award winning Osama. How do you move between genres and modes of writing like this, and what do you look for in a project before you sit down to start?

Lavie: That’s an excellent question, as I’ve been thinking a lot about this myself recently. There’s a certain register shift between writing something like The Bookman, which is very much in the manner of, almost like a serial, a lot of things happening, you know, from secret catacombs to mechanical assassins to pirates, all coming at you! – and then to something like, say, my recent novel, Central Station, which is almost plotless, that is a much slower, gentler slice-of-life science fiction, I’d call it. And from that to the dark comedy of something like A Man Lies Dreaming. I guess moving between these keeps me interested – it would be terrible to only write the one book over and over – and actually this is also seen in the three Bookman Histories novels, each of which is really in a different genre – adventure, crime, and spy respectively. While all taking place in this mad sort of Victorian era that never was. What I look for, though, is a sort of… I need to be able to have something to say, that the book must be more than just a story, it needs to have a certain weight (if only for my own satisfaction). But I’ve been doing very complex novels recently, in a structural sense, in a sense of voice or whatever, and I’m increasingly being drawn back to the more story-telling mode of The Bookman Histories. We’ll see! Continue reading

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Author Interview: Marie Brennan

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Today I am interviewing Marie Brenna author of the new fantasy novella, Cold-Forged Flame.

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DJ: Hey Marie! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Marie Brennan: I’ve been a professional novelist for a little over ten years, writing full-time for eight of those. It’s almost all fantasy, though a couple of things veer over toward science fiction or horror. Other than that, I’m a thorough-going RPG nerd, a black belt in karate, an amateur photographer . . . I keep busy in a variety of ways.

DJ: What is Cold-Forged Flame about?

Marie: You know how some stories lend themselves to an “elevator pitch,” a single-sentence summary of what they’re about?

This isn’t one of those stories.

Or rather, the elevator pitch makes it sound terrible. “A pessimistic amnesiac is sent on a quest she doesn’t understand across an uninhabited island!” The real story is about what’s going on inside that character’s head. She’s been magically bound to do as she’s told — or at least try to — and remembering nothing makes it more difficult for her to succeed at her task . . . but she’s also been warned that the more she remembers, the more she might lose. The tension between those two impulses, memory and ignorance, is the engine at the heart of the story. Continue reading

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Author Interview: James Lovegrove

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Today I am interviewing James Lovegrove, author of the new science fiction fantasy novel, Age of Heroes, eight book in the Pantheon series].

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DJ: Hey James! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

James Lovegrove: I am an author of science fiction, Sherlock Holmes novels and books in many other genres and for various kinds of readership, with well over fifty published titles under my belt. I’ve been a professional writer since the age of 22 and have just turned 50, so that’s 28 years in the saddle. I provide features and reviews on a regular basis for the Financial Times and the comics magazine Comic Heroes. I live in the sunny seaside town of Eastbourne with my wife, two sons, dog and cat. I am also a 9th degree red belt in jiu-jitsu and a well-known humanitarian, famous for spending millions on charitable causes. One of the above sentences may not be true.

DJ: What is Age of Heroes about?

James: When I submitted a proposal for the novel to publisher Solaris, the tagline I came up with ran: The demigods of Ancient Greek myth are alive and well… and dying one by one. The core concept is that Theseus, Perseus, Heracles and all the other spawn of unions between deities and mortals are still going strong and are more or less unkillable – except that someone has found a way of bumping them off and is doing so. Theseus is our protagonist, once a travelling crime fighter, currently a bestselling crime writer, living a quiet life until he gets dragged into the mystery of the demigod murders. Together he and his cousin Perseus pursue the team of hitmen who are taking out their kin… and if I tell you any more than that, I’ll be committing spoilerism. It’s a fast-paced action adventure with a whodunit element and a plot that crisscrosses the globe and ranges back in time all the way to 1500BCE. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Crymsyn Hart

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Today I am interviewing Crymsyn Hart, author of the new horror/dark fantasy novel, Death’s Revival, second book in the Deathly Encounter series.

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DJ: Hey Crymsyn! (Cool name, by the way) Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself? 

Crymsyn Hart: Thank you so much for having me. I have been writing for over ten years with over eighty books out. I work a conservative day job in the Insurance industry. When I’m not writing, I’m tucked away watching some horror movies or hanging with my husband and three dogs.

DJ: Before we go into details about Death’s Revival, for readers who haven’t started the series yet, what is the Deathly Encounter series about?

Crymsyn: The Deathly Encounters series is about trying to fix one bad decision that spirals out of control and other decisions are made to try and fix the original bad choice. Then of course you throw in grim reapers, psychics, and a few wayward spirits. Continue reading

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