Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Church of Spilled Blood by Jesse Miles

"...I didn't see the plot twist coming."
--Mark Not-Twain, Kindle Reviewer

Church of Spilled Blood

Mystery & Thrillers
Jack Salvo teaches philosophy one night a week at a local community college, but he pays his bills by working as a Los Angeles private detective.

When a group of world-class Russian ballet dancers visits L.A., he signs on as a bodyguard. It's a piece of cake. All he has to do is hang out with beautiful women. Then one of his charges is kidnapped from under his nose.

In pursuing the kidnappers, he evades the FBI, finds bullet-riddled bodies near the Hollywood Sign, and dodges bullets. Drawn into a web of deceit and maniacal revenge, he finds himself in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Now he's a fish-out-of-water--an L.A. private eye in a strange land. The most popular historical site in town is called The Church of Our Savior Built on Spilled Blood . When Salvo tries to save the life of a ballerina with whom he has developed a close personal relationship, the church lives up to its name.

"Salvo is a little reminiscent of Elvis Cole in the books by Robert Crais..."
--Nicholas, Kindle Reviewer

"Reminded me of a good movie, and I just had to keep turning the pages."
--LeeZah, Kindle Reviewer

"The action is non-stop and the characters are fascinating."
--John E. Flatley Jr., Kindle Reviewer

"Salvo has a real mouth on him, and the writer
Jesse Miles gives us some real zingers."
--Fred L, Kindle Reviewer

"Makes you feel like you are there and
the dialogue sounds like real people talking."
--Mariba, Kindle Reviewer

"This is the 2nd book by Jesse Miles that I have read. Having recently
been to St. Petersburg, I could visualize exactly where the events
took place. I live in the southland and can say the same about
his knowledge of the LA landscape."
--Pat D, Kindle Reviewer

Jesse Miles currently lives in the Brentwood district of Los Angeles. His interests include classic films, pro football, pro bicycle racing, Russian ballet, and Formula 1. In his spare time he goes to the gym and hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


In between the lavish meals and family visits and assorted upcoming holiday festivities, there’s a lot of food coma recovery, travel, and binge-reading time that needs filling—and Ruth Vincent’s second Changeling P.I. novel, UNVEILED (on-sale 12/6/16), is a perfect book for that job! It’s got the great mystery and mythical creatures we've
all come to love so much about Urban Fantasy—but Ruth’s storytelling is fun and not overly dark (so, a perfectly engrossing holiday read). I’m including a widget for a review copy below, along with some more information, but I’d love to chat with you about including Ruth and UNVEILED in your upcoming books coverage.

Our heroine is Mabily “Mab” Jones, an average-seeming millennial New Yorker who works as a private detective. However, Mab is more than meets the eye; as the series name indicates, she’s a changeling, and her boyfriend, Obadiah Savage is a half-fey former bootlegger of fairy elixir. Still, despite their unique supernatural situation, Mab and Obadiah are in a good place—until Mab receives a summons to the airy world in the form of a knife stabbed into her pillow. And in the process of investigating her first solo case, Mab discovers the fairies are stealing joy-producing chemicals directly from the minds of humans in order to manufacture their magic Elixir, the dwindling source of their powers. Worst of all, Mab’s boyfriend Obadiah vows to abstain from Elixir, believing the benefits are not worth the cost in human suffering—even though he knows fairies can’t long survive without their magic. Mab soon realizes she has no choice but to answer the summons and return to the Vale. But the deeper she is drawn into the machinations of the realm, the more she becomes ensnared by promises she made in the past. And in trying to do the right thing, Mab will face her most devastating betrayal yet, one that threatens everything and everyone she holds most dear.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

THE DARK LORD by Jack Heckel,

Hi! Wanted to pop a quick note to let you know that THE DARK LORD by Jack Heckel, a hilarious parody of epic fantasy, is on sale today from Harper Voyager Impulse. In THE DARK LORD, a young man travels into a dark and magical world, where dwarves, elves, and sorcerers dwell, to restore the balance between good and evil. Kirkus Reviews called Heckel’s last title, Pitchfork of Destiny: “A rollicking, genuine fairy tale, told with great appreciation for the genre and a sly sense of humor,” and he brings that same sly wit to this standalone novel.

After spending years as an undercover, evil wizard in the enchanted world of Trelari, Avery hangs up the cloak he wore as the Dark Lord and returns to his studies at Mysterium University. On the day of his homecoming, Avery drunkenly confides in a beautiful stranger, telling her everything about his travels. When Avery awakens, hungover and confused, he discovers that his worst nightmare has come true: the mysterious girl has gone to Trelari to rule as a Dark Queen. Avery must travel back to the bewitched land and liberate the magical creatures . . . but in order to do so, he has to join forces with the very people who fought him as the Dark Lord.

Jack Heckel’s life is an open book. Actually, it’s the book you are in all hope holding right now (and if you are not holding it, he would like to tell you it can be purchased from any of your finest purveyors of the written word). Beyond that, Jack aspires to be either a witty, urbane world traveler who lives on his vintage yacht, The Clever Double Entendre, or a geographically illiterate professor of literature who spends his nonwriting time restoring an eighteenth-century lighthouse off a remote part of the Vermont coastline. Whatever you want to believe of him, he is without doubt the author of The Dark Lord. More than anything, Jack lives for his readers.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

ALTERED STARSCAPE (Harper Voyager; on sale Oct. 25; $7.99; ISBN: 9780062379191) by Ian Douglas.

ALTERED STARSCAPE (Harper Voyager; on sale Oct. 25; $7.99; ISBN: 9780062379191) by Ian Douglas.

The first in Douglas’ brand new, thrilling Andromedan Dark series, the book follows the crew and passengers of the Tellus Ad Astra, led by Lord Commander Grayson St. Clair. On a mission to the center of the galaxy, the ship never makes it. Sucked into a black hole en route, the ship emerges four billion years later. Earth is a distant memory, and the Andromeda Galaxy is drifting into the Milky Way. Oh, and St. Clair must keep more than one million souls aboard the Tellus safe from hostile brain-sucking, space-warping aliens who appear to be composed of dark matter.

Douglas’ wild imagination fused with his advanced scientific speculation elevates this new series to intergalactic heights! Packed with action and suspense, ALTERED STARSCAPE reminds fans—both new and old alike—why a Douglas novel is a must have for sci-fi readers.

Altered Starscape

Ian Douglas

October 25, 2016

Harper Voyager

Mass Market

Fiction / Science Fiction / Military

$7.99 USD, $9.99 CAD, £6.99 GBP

ABOUT Ian Douglas

Ian Douglas is the author of the popular military SF series The Inheritance Trilogy, The Heritage Trilogy and The Legacy Trilogy. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.


2162. Thirty-eight years after first contact, Lord Commander Grayson St. Clair leads the Tellus Ad Astra on an unprecedented expedition to the Galactic Core, carrying more than a million scientists, diplomats, soldiers, and AIs. Despite his reservations about their alien hosts, St. Clair is deeply committed to his people—especially after they're sucked into a black hole and spat out four billion years in the future.

Civilizations have risen and fallen. The Andromeda Galaxy is drifting into the Milky Way. And Earth is a distant memory. All that matters now is survival. But as the ship's Marines search for allies amid ancient ruins and strange new planetary structures, St. Clair must wrap his mind around an enemy capable of harnessing a weapon of incomprehensible power: space itself.

Praise for Ian Douglas

“Douglas knows his SF.”—Publishers Weekly on Abyss Deep

“Well researched and quite imaginative.”— on Europa Strike

“Ian Douglas is one of the masters of military science fiction.”—SF Revu on Deep Space

“The action is full-blooded and almost nonstop, yet the well-developed background is surprisingly rich and logical.
…As immersive as it is impressive.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Deep Space

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Christopher Hinz: Binary Storm

Near the end of the 21st century, Earth is in chaos from environmental devastation and a vicious undeclared war against binaries, genetically engineered assassins. Composed of a single consciousness inhabiting two human bodies (tways), binaries are ruled by an alpha breed, the Royal Caste.

Nick Guerra, computer programmer and brilliant strategist, hooks up with Annabel Bakana, the savvy new director of E-Tech, an organization dedicated to limiting runaway technological growth. Together both romantically and professionally, they secretly assemble a small combat team to hunt and kill binaries.

But there’s a fly in the ointment, the mysterious team leader, Gillian. A tormented soul with an unseemly attraction to Annabel, his actions just might help the Royal Caste’s cause and draw the world closer to Armageddon.

Serving as both a stand-alone novel and prequel to Liege-Killer, Binary Storm is a futuristic tale of bold characters pushed to the brink in a dangerous world. Startling action, political intrigue and powerful themes that echo our contemporary era are fused into a plot brimming with twists and surprises.

Praise for Christopher Hinz:

"A genuine page-turner, beautifully written and exciting from start to finish… Hinz presents this material with the assurance of classic sf and the vividness of the new masters… Don’t miss it.”
- Locus

Christopher: vital stats

Reading, PA

Philadelphia Eagles
His cat Avo
Railroad dioramas

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Peter McLean: Dominion

Peter McLean: Dominion

In the tunnels deep under London, the Earth Elementals are dying.
Hunted by something they know only as the Rotman, the Elementals have no one trustworthy they can turn to. Enter Don Drake, drunken diabolist and semi-reformed hitman, and an almost-fallen angel called Trixie.

When Don learns that Rotman is actually the archdemon Bianakith, he knows this is going to be a tough job. The fiend is the foretold spirit of disease and decay whose aura corrupts everything it comes near, and even the most ancient foundations of London will crumble eventually. Now Don, Trixie and his ever-annoying patron the Burned Man have to hatch a plan to keep Bianakith from wiping out the Elementals and bringing down the city. But the Burned Man has other plans and those may have dire consequences for everyone.

The past never stays buried, and old sins must be atoned for. Judgement is coming, and its name is Dominion.

Praise for Dominion:

“Dominion is mad, bad and glorious to read.”
- Edward Cox, author of the Relic Guild series

Peter McLean, vital stats:

Norfolk, UK

Magic and the occult
Tanith Lee
Fine ales

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Megan E O'Keefe: Break the Chains

Megan E O'Keefe: Break the Chains

A year has passed since Detan set the skies above Aransa on fire, and the armies of Aransa’s new dictator Thratia are preparing to knock on the door of his aunt’s city, Hond Steading…

As the city that produces the most selium – that precious gas that elevates airships and powers strange magic – Hond Steading is a jewel worth stealing. To shore up the city’s defenses, Detan promises his aunt that he’ll recover Nouli, the infamous engineer who built the century gates that protect the imperial capital of Valathea. But Nouli is imprisoned on the Remnant Isles, an impervious island prison run by the empire, and it’s Detan’s fault.

Detan doesn’t dare approach Nouli himself, so his companions volunteer to get themselves locked up to make contact with Nouli and convince him to help. Now Detan has to break them all out of prison, and he’s going to need the help of a half-mad doppel to do it.

Praise for Break the Chains:

“I am so glad to say that this book lived up to my pretty high expectations perfectly. I loved it. Detan is back and just as cocky as ever.”
- Ever the Crafter

Megan, vital stats:

Bay Area, CA

Making soap
Writing compelling cads
Scheming and con artistry