Wednesday, April 18, 2018

EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE DAYS?


Sunday, April 15, 2018

R. Lee Ermey dies at 74. RIP Gunny!



From Fox News Copyright 2018.

R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine Corps drill instructor known to millions of moviegoers as the sadistic Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," died Sunday morning, according to his longtime manager. He was 74.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Bill Rogin said Ermey had died due to complications from pneumonia.

"He will be greatly missed by all of us," Rogin wrote. "Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed."

A Kansas native, Ermey enlisted in the Marine Corps and age 17 and spent 14 months in Vietnam before he was discharged in 1972. He served as a technical advisor in Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War epic, "Apocalypse Now," in which he also had a small role as a helicopter pilot.

But Ermey didn't get his big break until nine years later, in Kubrick's own take on Vietnam.

An outspoken conservative, Ermey spoke to Fox News in 2016 about being "blackballed" from Hollywood over his political views.

"I've had a very fruitful career. I've done over 70 feature films," he said. "I've done over 200 episodes of ['GunnyTime']... and then [Hollywood] found out that I'm a Conservative."

Actually, he corrected, "I'm an Independent, but I said something bad about the president. I had something unsavory to say about the president's administration, and even though I did vote for him the first time around, I was blackballed."

Ermey, who was an NRA board member, said at the time that his association with the organization and his disapproval of President Obama cost him acting jobs.

"Do you realize I have not done a movie in five to six years? Why? Because I was totally blackballed by the ... liberals in Hollywood," he alleged. "They can destroy you. They're hateful people [who] don't just not like you, they want to take away your livelihood ... that's why I live up in the desert on a dirt road ... I don't have to put up with their crap."

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Art Bell Passes Away at 72


Art Bell Passes Away at 72

Art Bell, founder and former host of Coast to Coast AM, passed away Friday, April 13. He was 72-years-old. The Nye County Sheriff's Office reports Bell died at his home in Pahrump, Nevada. An official cause of death has not yet been determined. Stay tuned for more information.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Jim Davis, creator of Garfield, interview


Garfield's creator, Jim Davis is interviewed on The Original Van Gogh's Ear Anthology website. Interesting look at imagination and appealing to the masses

https://theoriginalvangoghsearanthology.com/2018/04/08/an-interview-with-jim-davis-2/

Monday, April 9, 2018

SMELLS LIKE FINN SPIRIT by Randy Henderson


SMELLS LIKE FINN SPIRIT by Randy Henderson

Finn Graymare is back in the final installment of Randy Henderson's Familia Arcana series, Smells Like Finn Spirit.

Finn's re-adaptation to the human world is not going so well. He's got a great girlfriend, and is figuring out how things like the internet work, but he is still carrying the disembodied personality of Alynon, Prince of the Silver Demesne, the fae who had occupied his body during his imprisonment. And he's not getting along at all with his older brother. And oh, by the way, his dead grandfather is still trying to possess him in order to bring about Armageddon.

“Finn Fancy is urban fantasy with a pop culture sweet tooth...rollicking and charming as Finn Fancy Necromancy.”—NPR

“Quite a bit of fun.” —Buzzfeed

“A hold-on-tight romp through all things weird and fantastical.” —School Library Journal on Finn Fancy Necromancy

“Absolutely marvelous. A funny, quirky, and compelling tale full of fantastic twists and dire conspiracies.”—Kat Richardson, bestselling author of the Greywalker series

“A fast-paced fantasy mystery.... The quick turns of the mystery plot make this a speedy and enjoyable read.”—Kirkus Reviews

RANDY HENDERSON, author of Finn Fancy Necromancy, and Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free, is the grand prize winner of Writers of the Future Award, a Clarion West graduate, and member of SFWA and Codex. His fiction has appeared in Penumbra, Escape Pod, and Realms of Fantasy, and has been included in anthologies.

On Sale April 24, 2018 from Tor Books. 9780765392664. $18.99 USD.

Check out the first two books in The Familia Arcana series, Finn Fancy Necromancy and Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

MARTIANS ABROAD by Carrie Vaughn


MARTIANS ABROAD by Carrie Vaughn

A great new stand-alone science fiction novel from Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series.

Polly Newton has one single-minded dream, to be a starship pilot and travel the galaxy. Her mother, the Director of the Mars Colony, derails Polly's plans when she sends Polly and her genius twin brother, Charles, to Galileo Academy on Earth.

Strange, unexplained, dangerous coincidences centered on their high-profile classmates begin piling up. There's more going on than would appear, and the stakes are high. Polly is determined to find the truth, no matter the cost.

“A tribute to the power of science fiction, evoking a giddy sense of wonder and adventure about space exploration, technology, and human ingenuity.” —NPR

"This is a classic...adventurous...with retro SF twists that nod to Heinlein’s oeuvre." —Booklist

"This easygoing adventure has an affable appeal."—Kirkus

"The whole story is great fun. Your Heinlein itch will be scratched in a 21st-century way" —RT Book Reviews

"Exciting, entertaining."—The Irresponsible Reader

"A refreshing mix of teen drama and science."—Elitist Book Reviews

CARRIE VAUGHN is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. Her novels include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor Books, and the post-apocalyptic murder mysteries Bannerless and The Wild Dead. She's written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 80 short stories, two of which have been finalists for the Hugo Award. She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin and a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop. An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado.

On Sale April 24, 2018 from Tor Books. 9780765382214. $15.99 USD.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

AVENGERS OF THE MOON by Allen Steele


AVENGERS OF THE MOON by Allen Steele

Our solar system needs a hero and it's about to get one in an old-fashioned, SF pulp adventure with modern sensibility. Allen Steele, author of Arkwright, gives us a thrilling piece of science fiction pulp with Avengers of the Moon.

Curt Newton has spent most of his life hidden from the rest of humankind, being raised by a robot, an android, and the disembodied brain of a renowned scientist. Curt's innate curiosity and nose for trouble inadvertently lead him into a plot to destabilize the Solar Coalition and assassinate the president. There's only one way to uncover the evil mastermind—Curt must become Captain Future.

With the permission of the Edmond Hamilton estate, Allen Steele revives the exciting adventures of Captain Future.

“A rollicking tribute to Edmond Hamilton's classic Captain Future stories.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Steele combines the charm of those classic swashbuckling space adventures many of us grew up on with questions about artificial intelligence and space colonization that we face today.” —Amazing Stories

"An authentic, heartfelt and evocative novel....Blending melodrama with restraint, mixing tragedy and comedy, and hewing to tradition while simultaneously honoring contemporary tastes, this book deserves to find a big audience amongst old and young readers alike."—Locus

ALLEN STEELE worked as a freelance journalist before becoming a prolific science fiction writer. He has garnered multiple Hugo Awards for his novellas and novelettes, and his novel Obital Decay won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. In 2013, he received the Robert A. Heinlein Award in recognition of his fiction promoting space exploration.

On Sale April 17, 2018 from Tor Books. 9780765382191. $16.99 USD.

Friday, April 6, 2018

THE GUNS ABOVE by Robyn Bennis



THE GUNS ABOVE by Robyn Bennis

Robyn Bennis’s THE GUNS ABOVE is an adventurous military fantasy debut about a nation's first female airship captain.

They say it’s not the fall that kills you.

For Josette Dupre, the Corps’ first female airship captain, it might just be a bullet in the back.

On top of patrolling the front lines, she must also contend with a crew who doubts her expertise, a new airship that is an untested deathtrap, and the foppish aristocrat Lord Bernat, a gambler and shameless flirt with the military know-how of a thimble. Bernat’s own secret assignment is to catalog her every moment of weakness and indecision.

So when the enemy makes an unprecedented move that could turn the tide of the war, can Josette deal with Bernat, rally her crew, and survive long enough to prove herself?

“Marvelous, witty, and action-packed! Bennis's writing is incredible, her vocabulary impressive, and she honest to God made me believe you could build an airship from spare parts.”—New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Ann Aguirre

“Wonderfully adventurous and laudably detailed.” —Becky Chambers, author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

“Filled with quick action, witty dialog, and appealing characters.”—Library Journal, starred review

ROBYN BENNIS is a scientist and airship aficionado living in Mountain View, California. Her apartment is within sight of Hangar One at Moffett Airfield, once the West Coast home to the USS Macon, America's largest airship. The Guns Above is her debut novel. Learn more at according2robyn.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter @According2Robyn.

On Sale April 17, 2018 from Tor Books. 9780765388780. $16.99 USD.

The sequel, By Fire Above, is coming May 15, 2018.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

NIGHT MAGIC by Jenna Black


NIGHT MAGIC by Jenna Black


Glimmerglass author Jenna Black returns to her core audience in this spooky yet romantic, dark paranormal horror series.

Jenna Black returns to the quarantined city of Philadelphia, where an unsuspecting seventeen-year-old has unknowingly unleashed a dark power that transforms the city into a monstrous hellscape.

Once, the guilt of having inadvertently let the night magic into the city—and of having killed her onetime best friend—had threatened to destroy Becky Walker. But now she’s been Nightstruck, and all her grief and guilt and terror have been swept away—along with her conscience. So what if she’s lost her friends, her family, and her home? And so what if her hot new boyfriend is super-controlling and downright malevolent?

Mesmerized by the power and freedom of not having to care about anyone but herself, Becket is sinking ever deeper into the night magic’s grasp. But those who love her refuse to give up on her—even if she’s given up on them. If they can’t find a way to help Becket break the night magic’s hold, the entire city might soon find itself shrouded in perpetual night. But the last thing Becket wants is to be “rescued” from her brand new life, and she will fight tooth and claw to stay exactly where she is.

“Black kicks off a creepy series with an imaginative and unsettling premise. Effectively blending grisly horror, teenage dilemmas, and a touch of romance, Black has built a genuinely scary city where the night literally has teeth.”—Publishers Weekly

“The streets of Philadelphia are filled with terror once night falls. Black pulls off some horrific set pieces, and there's a great hook for a larger mystery. A solidly creepy start to a promising series.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author JENNA BLACK writes paranormal romance books and young adult novels, including Shadowspell and Watc hers in the Night, which was nominated for the 2006 Paranormal Excellence in Romantic Literature (PEARL) award. She's your typical writer: an experience junkie. Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush and making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. She went to Duke University to study physical anthropology. Then, during her senior year, she made a shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating. Narrowly escaping the boring life of a primatologist, she moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. Among her other experiences: ballroom dancing, traveling to all seven continents—yes, even Antarctica—becoming a Life Master in Bridge, and singing in a barbershop chorus.
On Sale April 17, 2018 from Tor Teen. 9780765380074. $9.99 USD.

Check out the first book in the series, Nightstruck.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

AZTEC BLOOD by Gary Jennings



AZTEC BLOOD by Gary Jennings

Gary Jennings, whom The New York Times called "the best among our historical novelists," shows readers the gallantry and brutality, the sex and tyranny, of a vanished civilization south of the US border.

In Aztec Blood, the Aztec people have been conquered, and a revolt of Native Americans put down. The former Aztec Empire is now a colony called New Spain in which the Native peoples are enslaved to great estates that are actually feudal domains.

In this brutal and bloody era of swords and cloaks, upheaval and revolution, a young beggar boy of both Spanish and Aztec royal lines must claim his birthright. From the torrid streets of the City of the Dead along the Veracruz Coast to the ageless glory of Seville in Old Spain, Cristo the Bastard connives, fights and loves as he seeks the truth—without knowing that his "tainted" blood is the fore-bearer of a proud new people. As readers follow the loves and adventures of Cristo and experience both the splendor and the barbarism of the era, a vanished culture is brought vividly to life.


"A plum pudding of historical information and detail set unobtrusively into brilliant and offbeat remarkable digressions." —The San Diego Union-Tribune on Aztec Autumn

"[Jennings is] a first-class storyteller." —The Atlantic Monthly

"Jennings . . . can breathe life into the dust of history." —The Washington Post

GARY JENNINGS, author of the New York Times bestseller Aztec, was known for the rigorous and intensive research behind his novels, which often include hazardous travels—exploring every corner of Mexico for his Aztec novels, retracing the numerous wanderings of Marco Polo for The Journeyers, joining nine different circuses for Spangle, and roaming the Balkans for Raptor. Jennings passed away in 1999.
On Sale April 24, 2018 from Forge Books. 9780765399021. $19.99 USD.

Also check out the first two volumes, Aztec and Aztec Autumn.

Monday, April 2, 2018

THE HANDYMAN BY BENTLEY LITTLE, LIMITED TO 450 COPIES


The Handyman
by Bentley Little


Publisher: SST Publications (UK)
Format: Signed & Numbered Limited Edition
Print run: Just 450 Signed Copies!,$60 FROM WWW.CEMETERYDANCE.COM

About the Book:
Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood.

Frank's gaze was oddly confusing, as if he was attempting to discern the proper way to behave because he didn't know how to respond in a human manner, almost like an alien trying to pretend to be human.

Since Frank obviously wasn't an alien, Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy.

In the end, young Daniel would learn the terrifying truth about Frank Watkins...

And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of them out there...

Signed & Numbered Limited Hardcover Edition:
* Limited to only 450 Signed & Hand-Numbered copies
* Personally signed by the author on a specially designed full-colour signature page
* Larger 6.14” x 9.21” trim size
* Printed on 90gsm acid-free paper
* Bound in full-cloth with coloured head and tail bands
* Hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
* Offset printed and bound with full-colour endpapers
* Sewn binding for increased durability
* Incredible wraparound dust jacket artwork & six interior illustrations by Ben Baldwin
* Extremely limited ONE-TIME printing of SST Publication's Special Signed Limited Edition—Only 450 copies will be available worldwide!

NEW MILITARY CHOPPER?


WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW MILITARY VETC HELICOPTER?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

ADVICE AND INSTRUCTION FROM THE MILITARY


ADVICE AND INSTRUCTION FROM THE MILITARY

01.) When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend. - U.S. Marines

02.) Aim toward the enemy. - Rocket launcher instruction

03.) If the enemy is within range, so are you. - Infantry Journal

04.) A slipped gear could cause the M203 grenade launcher to fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular with what is left of your unit. - Army Preventative Maintenance Magazine

05.) It is generally inadvisable to eject over the area you have just bombed. -USAF manual

06.) Try to look unimportant; the enemy may be low on ammo. - Infantry journal

07.) Cluster bombing from B-52's is very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground. -USAF ammo troop

08.) Tracers work both ways. US Army Ordinance

09.) Five-second fuses only last three seconds. Infantry Journal

10.) If your attack is going too well, you are walking into an ambush. -Infantry Journal

11.) No combat ready unit has ever passed inspection. -unknown

12.) Any ship can be a minesweeper, ONCE. -unknown

13.) If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him. -USAF ammo troop

14.) Never tell the Platoon Sergent you have nothing to do. -Marine Recruit

15.) Don't draw fire, it irritates the people around you. -Infantry Journal

16.) Bravery is being the only one who knows you are afraid. - David Hockwort

Monday, March 12, 2018

NEW STEPHEN KING COMING FROM CEMETERY DANCE



FLIGHT OR FRIGHT
edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent

An Original Cemetery Dance Trade Hardcover

Coming This September!

Also Available As An Audiobook From Simon & Schuster Audio!

Also To Be Published by Hodder & Stoughton In the UK!

Flight or Fright
edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent


Fasten your seatbelts for an anthology of turbulent tales curated by Stephen King and Bev Vincent. This exciting new anthology, perfect for airport or airplane reading, includes an original introduction and story notes for each story by Stephen King, along with brand new stories from Stephen King and Joe Hill.

About the Book:

Stephen King hates to fly.

Now he and co-editor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you.

Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you're suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like—gulp!—a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we'll bet you've never thought of before... but now you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger.

Featuring brand new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Dan Simmons, and many others, Flight or Fright is, as King says, "ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents... Even if you are safe on the ground, you might want to buckle up nice and tight."

Book a flight with Cemetery Dance Publications for this terrifying new anthology that will have you thinking twice about how you want to reach your final destination.

Please Note:

Flight or Fright will also be available as an eBook from Cemetery Dance Publications, as an audiobook from Simon & Schuster Audio, and in the UK and related markets by Hodder & Stoughton!

Table of Contents:


Introduction by Stephen King
Cargo by E. Michael Lewis
The Horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet by Richard Matheson
The Flying Machine by Ambrose Bierce
Lucifer! by E.C. Tubb
The Fifth Category by Tom Bissell
Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds by Dan Simmons
Diablitos by Cody Goodfellow
Air Raid by John Varley
You Are Released by Joe Hill
Warbirds by David J. Schow
The Flying Machine by Ray Bradbury
Zombies on a Plane by Bev Vincent
They Shall Not Grow Old by Roald Dahl
Murder in the Air by Peter Tremayne
The Turbulence Expert by Stephen King
Falling by James L. Dickey
Afterword by Bev Vincent

A Note from Stephen King on the origins of Flight or Fright:
Well, we were sitting around at dinner before a screening of The Dark Tower in Bangor, and there were a lot of people who’d flown in for the big night. I mentioned that I hated flying, and the conversation turned to various airplane stories, some scary and some funny. I said there had never been a collection of flight-based horror stories, although I could think of several (including the Matheson and the Conan Doyle, which are in the book) about the terrors of flight. I said someone ought to do the book. Rich Chizmar said, "I would, in a heartbeat." It took more than one heartbeat, but Flight or Fright is now a book. Bev Vincent, that incredible polymath, agreed to team with me as co-editor, and now the book—including several new stories, one by me and one by my son, Joe Hill—is an actual fact. Bev and I think it would make ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents.

A Note from Bev Vincent on the origins of Flight or Fright:

I was sitting next to Rich Chizmar in a Bangor restaurant when Steve came up to us with this idea for an anthology of horror stories involving flying. The fact that we were across the street from Bangor International Airport was especially apropos. Steve and I dug deep to come up with this collection of stories—some of them I'd read before but many of them I hadn't. It was a delight to find tales by some of my favorite authors that fit the loose theme and also to be introduced to several new-to-me writers who had published some chilling tales. Then there's the new stories by Steve and Joe Hill, both of which are terrific and disturbing contributions to this sub-genre. I spent 24 hours total on two flights to and from Japan while working on this project and I spent a lot of time...a LOT of time...thinking about all the things that might go wrong when I was 35,000 feet up hurtling through space at 500 mph in a torpedo with wings. Is it a little twisted that we hope this anthology makes a lot of other people equally nervous the next time they board a flight?

To be published as a trade hardcover edition:
• Printed on 60# acid-free paper
• Bound in full-cloth with colored head and tail bands
• Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
• Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
• Retail price just $27.95

To be published as a Slipcased Hardcover Artist Edition:

• Each book hand-numbered and housed in a custom-made slipcase
• Personally signed by Bev Vincent and Cortney Skinner on a unique signature page
• Includes exclusive interior artwork by Cortney Skinner that does not appear in the trade edition
• Printed on 60# acid-free paper
• Bound in a fine material with colored head and tail bands
• Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
• Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Wrapped in a DIFFERENT full-color dust jacket featuring artwork by Cortney Skinner
• Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
• Retail price: $85

To be published as a Signed & Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition:

• This will be one of the most unique editions Cemetery Dance Publications has ever created
• Limited to just 52 signed and lettered copies personally signed by Stephen King, Bev Vincent, and Cortney Skinner
• Housed in a custom-made box unlike anything we've ever produced before
• Printed on the same 80# acid-free archival quality paper we use for our high-end Stephen King Limited Editions
• Bound in leather with colored head and tail bands
• Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
• Printed and bound with deluxe marbled endpapers created exclusively for this edition
• Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
• Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition
• Retail price: $1500
WWW.CEMETERYDANCE.COM

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Kate Wilhelm


Kate Wilhelm has passed away at the age of 89. She wrote mysteries and science fiction and won several Hugos and Nebulas for her writing,

Her best known work is WHERE LATE THE SWEET BIRDS SANG and along with her husband, Damon Knight taught writing workshops and helped found both the Clarion and Milford Workshops.

Another creator of the field has left us, but will be remembered for her writings.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Stephen King News

Stephen King has announced two new books for this year.


The Outsider


An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

The Outsider will be available in stores and online on May 22nd, 2018.


Elevation


The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences.


Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.


In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face – including his own -- he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.


From Stephen King, our “most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work” (The Guardian), Elevation is an antidote to our divisive culture, as gloriously joyful(with a twinge of deep sadness) as “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Elevation will be available in stores and online on October 30th, 2018.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Welcome to issue #102 of the Donald M. Grant Newsletter


Welcome to issue #102 of the Donald M. Grant Newsletter

14 February 2018

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1. BLACK HOUSE DELUXE SOLD OUT
2 STEPHEN KING ARTIST SIGNED EDITIONS STILL AVAILABLE

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1. BLACK HOUSE DELUXE SOLD OUT

The huge response to our Monday Newsletter exposed problems with out website
but all copies of The Deluxe Edition of BLACK HOUSE that we had sold out
quickly as well as all of our remaining copies of the TALISMAN/BLACK HOUSE
Gift Set.

All orders will be in the mail by today; in the US by Media Mail so it may take a bit
over a week to receive your order.

We have tried to be in touch with everyone who had issues with our web site and
I thank you for your patience.

2 STEPHEN KING ARTIST SIGNED EDITIONS STILL AVAILABLE


Still available are the Artist Editions of THE DARK TOWER VII:
THE DARK TOWER (signed by Michael Whelan) and THE 
WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE (signed by Jae Lee) Please note that
these were released prior to the Trade Editions and so are First Editions of
these books. They can be ordered at:

https://secure.grantbooks.com/product/wind-through-keyhole-artist/


https://secure.grantbooks.com/product/dark-tower-vii-artist/


Thank you.

Robert K. Wiener, President
Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

LOST AND LONELY by Brian James Freeman


LOST AND LONELY by Brian James Freeman, Cemetery Dance, $35, 9781587675683.

Everything you need to know about Brian James Freeman can be found in this book. He has a way with words. His writing has that impact you feel when you are truly bothered by terrors unexpected. He has that subtle smooth touch that you feel just before you feel the razor sharp fingernails. And, he is a great writer.

In this five storied tome, there are differing ways to frighten and horrify you. The theme in each story has to do with the value of family. The wife and son of a bestselling author go missing, but he hears footsteps in the hall. Patty has made some mistakes, but she is sure Roger will take her back after he sees how far she will go to make things right. A father moves his Colonial family into the wilderness to escape a monster that is stalking the new colony. Teenage Melissa has just told her boyfriend that she is pregnant. A 911 dispatcher receives a troubling call from a new mother.

Each story features an illustration by Glenn Chadbourne that fits perfectly with the story. Each tale is a subtle touch that will claw its' way into your memory. That's what you need to know about Brian James Freeman. Remember that all these stories are about family and one can only hope that it's not your family.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Donald M. Grant Newsletter


Donald M. Grant Publisher, Inc. Newsletter


Welcome to issue #101 of the Donald M. Grant Newsletter

12 February 2018

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1. STEPHEN KING SIGNED BOOKS AT 2002 PRICE

This is a rare opportunity to buy a book signed by Stephen King at the original
published price. We found some copies of BLACK HOUSE Deluxe Numbered
Edition signed by Stephen King, Peter Straub and Rick Berry in our barn/ware-
house which were from canceled orders (probably canceled because of the delay
from announcement of ordering to actual shipping date). As a service to our cus-
tomers we are making them available at the original 2002 price of $225.00 plus
$10.00 shipping.

We were able to match a few copies along with the matching number
Talisman/Black House Gift sets (sold at $150.00) for a total of $375.00 plus $15.00
shipping.

These are being sold through our website only (Please do not call our office) on a
first come first serve basis. We will confirm your order along with the number(s)
of the book you will be receiving. We will ship out the lowest numbers first.

For our customers outside the US, please be aware that shipping will be expensive.
Sample costs for the Deluxe BACK HOUSE alone are: Canada (Quebec) $51.00;
Australia $78.00; England $75.00; Norway $64.00, For the Deluxe BACK HOUSE
with the matching number Talisman/Black House Gift set: Canada (Quebec)
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Random Ramblings; Or, I think I lost my mind and it was two quarts low when I got it back.


These are just some ramblings that hit me when I can't get out of the way fast enough. Some of them may make sense but most probably won't.

Ray Thomas of the newly elected Rock'N'Roll Hall of Fame Moody Blues, died recently. After I received the news, I set my MP3 player toggle to shuffle on the Moody Blues and the first three songs played were sung by Ray.

I realize that potato chips are sold by weight, but it is still weird to have less that half a bag of chips when you open them. Wouldn't it be cheaper to use smaller packaging and make us think we are getting more?

We all know that a group of baboons is called a congress, right?

Russia is banned from the Olympics, but the athletes are there; good!

I have an ear infection and the doctor prescribed eye drops! I guess I can't see well enough to hear.

Danish Wedding Cookies aren't Danish and don't always get served at weddings.

If you live in the United States of America, aren't you an American period?

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Baen Books for February

First out of the jiffy bag is MONSTER HUNTER MEMOIRS: SINNERS by Larry Correia and John Ringo, $7.99 Baen, 9781481482875. This sends Chad Oliver Gardenier to New Orleans to take on the latest crop of loup garoueaux, fifty foot upright walking crocodiles and more voodoo spells than the law allows. Since Chad is a bounty hunter, he has to stay alive in order to collect his money.

Wen Spencer was such a voracious reader when he was younger that he ran out of things to read and starting to create his own stories and eventually, he wrote them down. PROJECT ELFHOME, $7.99, Baen, 9781481482905, collects all of his stories into one volume for all of his friends and readers to have in one volume. This is not the Pittsburgh we know. It is a confluence of four worlds meeting and overlapping in Elfhome. And as they are known to say, no one will ever be the same.

The late Poul Anderson was one of the creators of the space opera that I grew up with. Nicholas Van Rijn, Dominic Flandry, The Psychotechnic League, and others are continuing to meet fresh eyes thanks to Baen Books. THE COMPLETE PSYCHOTECHNIC LEAGUE, VOLUME 2, Baen, $10, 9781481483063 is the latest addition to the reprinting of nine fabulous stories. This volume includes the hard to find "The Snows of Ganymede". The Institute has put an end to war and peace covers the globe and the galaxy is the next stop. War will raise its ugly head in a way that shows Poul Anderson at his best.

For those fans of alternate history, you will be pleased to know that 1637: THE VOLGA RULES by Eric Flint, Paula Goodlett, and Gorg Huff is now available. The Russian serfs want to follow the idea that all men are created equal and practiced by the "up-timers" from Grantville. This will be a tough time for the serfs and the czar as liberty tries to make an entry 300 years ahead of schedule. Grab this one in order to see how the writers handle this situation. Baen, $25, 9781481483032.

The other releases are: MISSION TO METHONE by Les Johnson, $16, 9781481483056 and BRINGERS OF HELL by Travis S. Taylor, $23,9781481483049.

Remember great books come from Baen!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

TO CATCH A KILLER by Sheryl Scarborough


TO CATCH A KILLER by Sheryl Scarborough


“A twisty, cold-case mystery custom made for fans of Sara Shepard, PLL and Veronica Mars! The edge-of-your-seat plot, sinister backstory and smart, brave and irreverent main character made this whodunit unputdownable.”—Justine Magazine

In To Catch a Killer, a contemporary mystery by debut author Sheryl Scarborough, a teenage girl uses forensic science to solve the cold-case murder of her mother. Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father's identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother's best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.

fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother's killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she's secretly doing on her own.

Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she's close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it's too late.

“Scarborough has written an intense, engrossing debut. Readers will root for Erin to find answers, laugh at her friends’ antics as they play detective, and struggle to identify the killer in a plot full of red herrings and multiple suspects. This solid mystery will easily grab the attention of fans of the genre.”—Booklist

“To Catch a Killer is a tense, storming heartbeat of a thriller. Scarborough’s tightly woven story merges forensic intrigue with friendship, romance, and family, nailing the dynamic stylings of Veronica Mars and the playful spirit of Bones. I could not put it down.”—Cori McCarthy, author of Breaking Sky

"The fast-paced plot and Veronica Mars-esque protagonist make this book a good fit for avid mystery readers."—School Library Journal

"Scarborough brings Erin to life as a teenager with a damaged past...there are enough red herrings and forensic activity to keep everyone entertained all the way through the climatic end."—VOYA

“A relatable cast and well thought-out plot make this mystery a Sherlockian puzzle sure to impress the most hardened crime-procedural fanatic. Don your deer-stalker caps, gumshoes, you’re in for a twisty ride.”—Mary Elizabeth Summer, author of Trust Me, I’m Lying

SHERYL SCARBOROUGH worked as a writer, story editor, and series developer in children's television before receiving her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adult from Vermont College, where she studied under Rita Williams-Garcia, Tom Birdseye, Susan Fletcher, and A.M. Jenkins, among others. She lives and works in Kalama, Washington. To Catch a Killer is her debut.

On Sale February 27, 2018 from Tor Teen. 9780765381927. $9.99 USD.

Keep an eye out for the sequel, TO RIGHT THE WRONGS, coming February 27, 2018.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

TUT: MY EPIC BATTLE TO DAVE THE WORLD by P. J. Hoover



TUT: MY EPIC BATTLE TO DAVE THE WORLD by P. J. Hoover


"Pleasantly reminiscent of Rick Riordan’s work.” —Publishers Weekly

Meet Tut! He used to rule Egypt. Now he's stuck in middle school.

Having defeated his evil uncle and the Cult of Set, who tried to send him to the afterlife, the perpetually fourteen-year-old King Tut is looking forward to a relaxing summer vacation. But then Tut discovers that his brother Gilgamesh has been captured by the Egyptian god Apep, Lord of Chaos. Gil helped to vanquish Apep thousands of years ago, and now Apep is back for vengeance.

It’s up to Tut and his friends, Tia and Henry, to find Gil and stop Apep before he succeeds in his scheme to swallow the sun and plunge the world into darkness forever...

Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World will appeal to fans of fast and funny mythological fantasy. Don’t miss Tut’s first epic adventure, Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life.

“A panoply of gods, goddesses, and mythical creatures is fodder for spawning interest in ancient cultures, myths, and legends.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The sequel does not disappoint, offering suspense and excitement as Tut gets closer to freeing his brother from Apep…Purchase where there are fans of the first book, or buy the series for readers looking for history and adventure.” —School Library Journal

P. J. HOOVER wanted to be a Jedi, but when that didn’t work out, she became an electrical engineer instead. After a fifteen-year bout designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to start creating worlds of her own. When not writing, she spends time with her husband and two kids, and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik’s Cubes, watching Star Trek, and playing too many video games. P. J. is also a member of the Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels. The author of Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, she lives in Austin, Texas.

On Sale February 20, 2018 from Starscape. 9780765390837. $9.99 USD.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

1972: A NOVEL OF IRELAND’S UNFINISHED REVOLUTION by Morgan Llywelyn


1972: A NOVEL OF IRELAND’S UNFINISHED REVOLUTION by Morgan Llywelyn

The Irish Century series is the narrative of the epic struggle of the Irish people for independence through the tumultuous twentieth century. Morgan Llywelyn's magisterial multi-novel chronicle of that story began with 1916, continued in 1921 and 1949, and now continues with 1972.

1972 tells the story of Ireland from 1950–1972 as seen through the eyes of young Barry Halloran, son and grandson of Irish revolutionaries. Following family tradition, at eighteen Barry joins the Irish Republican Army to help complete what he sees as 'the unfinished revolution'.

Issues are no longer as clear cut as they once were. His first experience of violence in Northern Ireland shocks and disturbs him, yet he has found a sense of family in the Army which is hard to give up. He makes a partial break by becoming a photographer, visually documenting events in the north rather than participating.

Events lead Barry into a totally different life from the one he expected, yet his allegiance to the ideal of a thirty-two county Irish republic remains undimmed as the problems, and the violence, of Northern Ireland escalate. Then Barry finds himself in the middle of the most horrific event of all: Bloody Sunday in Derry, 1972.

“1972 is a new genre for Morgan. Usually she investigates history, but this time she witnessed and recorded it. Her passion for her subject matter, tempered with restraint, is what makes 1972 such a great read.” —Joyce Curran Cannon

“Llywelyn is an astute observer of matters Irish, and understands the passions that move the actors. 1972’s ending is as tragic and inevitable as a tombstone, and as memorable as Swift’s quip: The Irish have religion enough to hate, but not enough to love.” —Richmond-Times Dispatch

Since 1980, MORGAN LLYWELYN has created an entire body of work chronicling the Celts and Ireland, from the earliest times to the present day. Her critically acclaimed novels, both of history and of mythology, have been translated into many languages. She is an Irish citizen and lives in Dublin.

On Sale February 13, 2018 from Forge Books. 9780765381330. $16.99 USD. Buy here!

Check out the rest of the Irish Century Novels:

1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion
1921: The Great Novel of the Irish Civil War
1949: A Novel of the Irish Free State
1972: A Novel of Ireland's Unfinished Revolution
1999: A Novel of the Celtic Tiger and the Search for Peace

Monday, February 5, 2018

RECLUCE TALES by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.


RECLUCE TALES by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.


*Kirkus' Best Fiction of 2017*

"Essential reading for any fan of the increasingly impressive world that is Recluce." —Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of The Stormlight Archive

For over a thousand years, Order and Chaos have molded the island of Recluce. The Saga of Recluce chronicles the history of this world through eighteen books, L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s most expansive and bestselling fantasy series.

Recluce Tales: Stories from the World of Recluce collects seventeen new short stories and four popular reprints spanning the thousand-year history of Recluce. First-time readers will gain a glimpse of the fascinating world and its complex magic system, while longtime readers of the series will be treated to glimpses into the history of the world.

Modesitt's essay “Behind the ‘Magic’ of Recluce” gives insight into his thoughts on developing the magical system that rules the Island of Recluce and its surrounding lands, while “The Vice Marshal's Trial” takes the reader back to the first colonists on Recluce. Old favorites “Black Ordermage” and “The Stranger” stand side-by-side with thrilling new stories.

“This collection of tales set in the world of Modesitt’s beloved Saga of Recluce series will be most readily and deeply appreciated by fans who are eager to revisit old friends and explore Recluce anew. However, Modesitt’s imagination and storytelling power will easily attract newcomers, and the easy exposition and rich descriptions will most likely provide a marvelous gateway into the Saga, as well. ” —RT Book Reviews

“A nostalgic walk through a well appreciated series.” —SF Revu

“Freed from the length of the novel, the beauty of the world that Modesitt creates becomes even more apparent.” —Booklist

L. E. MODESITT, JR., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

On Sale February 20, 2018 from Tor Books. 9780765386205. $15.99 USD. Buy here!

The 20th novel in the Recluce series, OUTCASTS OF ORDER, hits shelves on June 19, 2018.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

TOMORROW’S KIN by Nancy Kress


TOMORROW’S KIN by Nancy Kress


Tomorrow's Kin is the first volume in a hard science fiction trilogy by Nancy Kress based on the Nebula Award-winning Yesterday's Kin.

The aliens have arrived...they've landed their Embassy ship on a platform in New York Harbor, and will only speak with the United Nations. They say that their world is so different from Earth, in terms of gravity and atmosphere, that they cannot leave their ship. The population of Earth has erupted in fear and speculation.

One day Dr. Marianne Jenner, an obscure scientist working with the human genome, receives an invitation that she cannot refuse. The Secret Service arrives at her college to escort her to New York, for she has been invited, along with the Secretary General of the UN and a few other ambassadors, to visit the alien Embassy.

The truth is about to be revealed. Earth’s most elite scientists have ten months to prevent a disaster—and not everyone is willing to wait.

Washington Post Best New Science Fiction for Summer

“Kress mixes contemporary issues of isolationism and refugee status with classic SF first-contact tropes, threaded neatly with solid scientific theory and speculation.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A solid, riveting and fast-paced tale.”—RT Book Reviews (5 stars out of 5)

“Kress has proven that she can pack a huge amount of story into a small container, and here the author expertly explores one family’s experience of alien visitation.”—Library Journal

“Tomorrow’s Kin’s begins in a way that readers of her earlier writing and Sir Arthur C Clarke’s Childhood’s End will recognize—the arrival to Earth of aliens—but then, like the best of Clarke, transcends from this to something new and contemporary.”—SFF World

NANCY KRESS is the bestselling author of multiple science-fiction and fantasy novels, including Beggars in Spain, Probability Space, and Steal Across the Sky. Kress is the recipient of the Nebula, Hugo, Sturgeon, and Campbell awards. Her fiction has been translated into multiple languages, including Klingon. She is also the monthly "Fiction" columnist for Writer's Digest Magazine and she teaches writing regularly at various places, including Clarion and The Writing Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She currently resides in Rochester, New York.

On sale February 13, 2018 from Tor Books. 9780765390301. $15.99 USD. Buy here!

Don't miss the sequel, IF TOMORROW COMES, out March 6, 2018.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly


AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly

A double-agent sacrifices all his ideals in order to save his smuggler lover before a government coup takes over their decadent city in Lara Elena Donnelly’s glam spy thriller debut


In Amberlough, amidst rising political tensions, three lives become intertwined with the fate of the city itself.

The Smuggler: By day, Aristide Makricosta is the emcee for Amberlough City’s top nightclub. By night, he moves drugs and refugees under the noses of crooked cops.

The Spy: Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, but after a disastrous mission abroad, he makes a dangerous choice to protect himself…and hopefully Aristide too.

The Dancer: Streetwise Cordelia Lehane, burlesque performer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, could be the key to Cyril’s plans―if she can be trusted.

As the twinkling marquees lights yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means―and people―necessary. Including each other.

“Donnelly’s striking debut brings a complex world of politics, espionage, and cabaret life to full vision.” —Library Journal, starred review, Debut of the Month

“A sense of inevitable loss and futility permeates this rich drama [which] haunts the reader.” —Kirkus Reviews

“With rich description and morally gray characters, Donnelly has created a debut novel steeped in 1920s atmosphere and intrigue.” —Booklist

“Exploring the roots of hatred, nationalism, and fascism, while at the same time celebrating the diversity, love, romance, fashion, and joy the world is capable of producing.” ―Bookriot

"Amberlough grabbed me from the first page. It is beautiful, all too real, and full of pain. Read it. It will change you." —Hugo Award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal

“Sparkling with slang, full of riotous characters, and dripping with intrigue, Amberlough is a dazzling romp through a tumultuous, ravishing world.” ―Robert Jackson Bennett, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award and the Edgar Award

LARA ELENA DONNELLY is a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, as well as the Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers, where she now volunteers as on-site staff and publicity coordinator. In her meager spare time she cooks, draws, sings, and swing dances. After an idyllic, small-town Ohio childhood, she spent time in Louisville, Kentucky. She currently resides in Harlem, in a tower named after Ella Fitzgerald. Amberlough is her debut novel.

On Sale February 13, 2018 from Tor Books. 9780765383822. $15.99 USD. Buy here!

The sequel, ARMISTICE, is coming May 2018.

Friday, February 2, 2018

CROSSROADS OF CANOPY by Thoraiya Dyer



CROSSROADS OF CANOPY by Thoraiya Dyer

Crossroads of Canopy is the highly-anticipated fantasy debut from Aurealis and Ditmar Award-winning author Thoraiya Dyer, set in a giant mythical rainforest controlled by living gods.


Unar dreams of greatness.

But achieving greatness is more difficult than she thinks.

Her hopes rest on becoming the next bodyguard to Audblayin, the rain forest’s divine ruler of growth and fertility. But to earn that title, Unar must embark on a dangerous quest into the shadowy depths beneath the treetops. Down below, she must confront enemy tribesmen, battle notoriously giant monsters, and master frightening new magic.

Most importantly, Unar must forget all the truths she had sworn her life to uphold…and be willing to risk destroying the very home she loves to seize her destiny.

“Readers will be delighted by Dyer’s polished prose and an exquisite new world of intricate mythology, rituals, and politics.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“I am impressed. A unique, gorgeous, and dangerous world, a stubborn female hero, and a writer to watch!” —Tamora Pierce

“For her striking first novel Crossroads of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer reworks the stuff of epic fantasy in ways that seem organic, rooted in the natural world but just as true to human experience.” —Locus magazine

THORAIYA DYER is a four-time Aurealis Award-winning, three-time Ditmar Award-winning Australian writer based in Sydney. Her stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Apex, Analog, Redstone SF, Nature and Cosmos magazines, and anthologies, including War Stories, Long Hidden, and Cranky Ladies of History. Crossroads of Canopy is the first book in the Titan's Forest Trilogy.

On Sale February 6, 2018 from Tor Books. 9780765385949. $15.99 USD.

Check out the second book in the trilogy, ECHOES OF UNDERSTOREY, on sale in February 13, 2018.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

So long Jack Ketchum


American actor and horror writer Jack Ketchum has died at the age of 71 from cancer.

His good friend writer Christopher Golden confirmed the sad news on Twitter.

He wrote: "I'm numb. No other word for it. Horror legend and my friend for many, many years, Dallas Mayr (aka JackKetchum ) has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Farewell, old friend. I'm so sorry to see you go."

A tweet on Jack's own Twitter account read: "Kev the Webmaster tweeting - Dallas Mayr, Jack Ketchum, passed away this morning, after a long battle with cancer.

"He was grateful for all of you, and he will be sorely, sorely missed."

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Country Artist Lari White Dies From Cancer at 52


Lari White, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, producer and actress, has died in hospice care after a battle with advanced peritoneal cancer. She was 52. As a country artist, White scored six Top 20 country hits, including the Top 10 singles "That's My Baby," "Now I Know" and "That's How You Know (When You're in Love)." As an actor, she appeared opposite Tom Hanks in 2000's Cast Away.

Diagnosed last September with the rare form of cancer, which develops in the thin layer of tissue lining the abdomen, White suffered a series of complications and hospital visits, which she detailed in a post on Artistworks, where she had been teaching online vocal lessons. A GoFundMe page had been set up for the singer and her husband, musician and songwriter Chuck Cannon, to help the family with mounting medical expenses.

In addition to her recording career, White co-produced Toby Keith's 2006 LP White Trash With Money, as well as albums by Billy Dean and Shawn Mullins. On the big screen, she made a brief but memorable appearance in Cast Away and also had roles in the 2010 country-music drama Country Strong and the made-for-TV films No Regrets and XXX's & OOO's.

Born in Dunedin, Florida, White began performing gospel music at 4 years old with her parents. Although she lost the little finger on her left hand in an accident as a toddler, White played piano, entering talent contests and performing throughout the GulfCoast as a teenager. She studied voice at the University of Miami before moving to Nashville in 1988, where she won the TNN (Nashville Network) talent competition You Can Be a Star that same year.

A recording contract with Capitol led to the release of a single, "Flying Above the Rain," giving her a minor regional hit. Signing with Ronnie Milsap's publishing company, she wrote songs that were cut by Shelby Lynne ("What About the Love We Made") and Tammy Wynette ("Where's the Fire"), among others. She also began taking acting lessons and appeared in several plays and musicals around town. In 1992, White began touring as a back-up singer for Rodney Crowell. The following year, she released her debut LP for RCA, Lead Me Not, co-produced by Crowell with guitarist Steuart Smith. The following year, Wishes would prove to be her breakthrough album, with three consecutive Top Ten hits: "That's My Baby," "Now I Know," and "That's How You Know (When You're in Love)," featuring Hal Ketchum. "That's My Baby" and "That's How You Know" were co-written by White with Cannon, whom she married in April 1994. Her next LP, Don't Fence Me In, was issued in December 1995, with the Cole Porter-penned title cut featuring guest vocals from Shelby Lynne and Trisha Yearwood. A move to Disney-owned Lyric Street Records produced one LP, Stepping Stone, and contained her final Billboard singles chart entries, the Top 20 title cut, "Take Me," which was on the Bubbling Under the Hot 100 pop survey, and the minor hit "John Wayne Walking Away."

In 2004, White released the critically acclaimed R&B-flavored Green Eyed Soul, her first of two albums on her own Skinny White Girl label. The follow-up, 2007's My First Affair, was a live document of the diverse material she performed in her cabaret act at Manhattan's Algonquin Hotel. In February of last year, White's Old Friends, New Loves double-EP collection commemorated her 25th anniversary as a recording artist. Guest vocalists on the project included Delbert McClinton, Suzy Bogguss and Lee Roy Parnell, with Charlie Worsham contributing mandolin to the track "In God's Hands." As a songwriter, White had tunes cut by Keith, Patti Page, Pat Green, Danny Gokey and Sarah Buxton, among others. In 2014, she produced The Shoe Burnin': Stories of Southern Soul, a CD compilation combined with a book of short stories by various authors, including White herself.

White is survived by her husband, Chuck Cannon, and their three children.

Copyright 2018 Rolling Stone

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88


Obituaries|Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88


By GERALD JONASJAN. 23, 2018, reprinted from the New York Times


Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 88.

Her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin, confirmed the death. He did not specify a cause but said she had been in poor health for several months.

Ms. Le Guin embraced the standard themes of her chosen genres: sorcery and dragons, spaceships and planetary conflict. But even when her protagonists are male, they avoid the macho posturing of so many science fiction and fantasy heroes. The conflicts they face are typically rooted in a clash of cultures and resolved more by conciliation and self-sacrifice than by swordplay or space battles.

Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Several, including “The Left Hand of Darkness” — set on a planet where the customary gender distinctions do not apply — have been in print for almost 50 years. The critic Harold Bloom lauded Ms. Le Guin as “a superbly imaginative creator and major stylist” who “has raised fantasy into high literature for our time.”

In addition to more than 20 novels, she was the author of a dozen books of poetry, more than 100 short stories (collected in multiple volumes), seven collections of essays, 13 books for children and five volumes of translation, including the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu and selected poems by the Chilean Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral. She also wrote a guide for writers.

“The Left Hand of Darkness,” published in 1969, takes place on a planet called Gethen, where people are neither male nor female.

Ms. Le Guin’s fictions range from young-adult adventures to wry philosophical fables. They combine compelling stories, rigorous narrative logic and a lean but lyrical style to draw readers into what she called the “inner lands” of the imagination. Such writing, she believed, could be a moral force.

“If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly,” she told The Guardian in an interview in 2005. “Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.”

The writer’s “pleasant duty,” she said, is to ply the reader’s imagination with “the best and purest nourishment that it can absorb.”

She was born Ursula Kroeber in Berkeley, Calif., on Oct. 21, 1929, the youngest of four children and the only daughter of two anthropologists, Alfred L. Kroeber and Theodora Quinn Kroeber. Her father was an expert on the Native Americans of California, and her mother wrote an acclaimed book, “Ishi in Two Worlds” (1960), about the life and death of California’s “last wild Indian.”

At a young age, Ms. Le Guin immersed herself in books about mythology, among them James Frazier’s “The Golden Bough,” classic fantasies like Lord Dunsany’s “A Dreamer’s Tales,” and the science-fiction magazines of the day. But in early adolescence she lost interest in science fiction, because, she recalled, the stories “seemed to be all about hardware and soldiers: White men go forth and conquer the universe.”

She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1951, earned a master’s degree in romance literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance from Columbia University in 1952, and won a Fulbright fellowship to study in Paris. There she met and married another Fulbright scholar, Charles Le Guin, who survives her.

On their return to the United States, she abandoned her graduate studies to raise a family; the Le Guins eventually settled in Portland, where Mr. Le Guin taught history at Portland State University.

Besides her husband and son, Ms. Le Guin is survived by two daughters, Caroline and Elisabeth Le Guin; two brothers, Theodore and Clifton Kroeber; and four grandchildren.

By the early 1960s Ms. Le Guin had written five unpublished novels, mostly set in an imaginary Central European country called Orsinia. Eager to find a more welcoming market, she decided to try her hand at genre fiction.

Her first science-fiction novel, “Rocannon’s World,” came out in 1966. Two years later she published “A Wizard of Earthsea,” the first in a series about a made-up world where the practice of magic is as precise as any science, and as morally ambiguous.

The first three Earthsea books — the other two were “The Tombs of Atuan” (1971) and “The Farthest Shore” (1972) — were written, at the request of her publisher, for young adults. But their grand scale and elevated style betray no trace of writing down to an audience.

The Magic of Earthsea is language-driven: Wizards gain power over people and things by knowing their “true names.” Ms. Le Guin took this discipline seriously in naming her own characters. “I must find the right name or I cannot get on with the story,” she said. “I cannot write the story if the name is wrong.”

The Earthsea series was clearly influenced by J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. But instead of a holy war between Good and Evil, Ms. Le Guin’s stories are organized around a search for “balance” among competing forces — a concept she adapted from her lifelong study of Taoist texts.

She returned to Earthsea later in her career, extending and deepening the trilogy with books like “Tehanu” (1990) and “The Other Wind” (2001), written for a general audience.

“The Left Hand of Darkness,” published in 1969, takes place on a planet called Gethen, where people are neither male nor female but assume the attributes of either sex during brief periods of reproductive fervor. Speaking with an anthropological dispassion, Ms. Le Guin later referred to her novel as a “thought experiment” designed to explore the nature of human societies.

“I eliminated gender to find out what was left,” she told The Guardian.

But there is nothing dispassionate about the relationship at the core of the book, between an androgynous native of Gethen and a human male from Earth. The book won the two major prizes in science fiction, the Hugo and Nebula awards, and is widely taught in secondary schools and colleges.

Much of Ms. Le Guin’s science fiction has a common background: a loosely knit confederation of worlds known as the Ekumen. This was founded by an ancient people who seeded humans on habitable planets throughout the galaxy — including Gethen, Earth and the twin worlds of her most ambitious novel, “The Dispossessed,” subtitled “An Ambiguous Utopia” (1974).

As the subtitle implies, “The Dispossessed” contrasts two forms of social organization: a messy but vibrant capitalist society, which oppresses its underclass, and a classless “utopia” (partly based on the ideas of the Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin), which turns out to be oppressive in its own conformist way. Ms. Le Guin leaves it up to the reader to find a comfortable balance between the two.

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“The Lathe of Heaven” (1971) offers a very different take on utopian ambitions. A man whose dreams can alter reality falls under the sway of a psychiatrist, who usurps this power to conjure his own vision of a perfect world, with unfortunate results.

“The Lathe of Heaven” was among the few books by Ms. Le Guin that have been adapted for film or television. There were two made-for-television versions, one on PBS in 1980 and the other on the A&E cable channel in 2002.

Among the other adaptations of her work were the 2006 Japanese animated feature “Tales From Earthsea” and a 2004 mini-series on the Sci Fi channel, “Legend of Earthsea.”

With the exception of the 1980 “Lathe of Heaven,” she had little good to say about any of them.

Ms. Le Guin always considered herself a feminist, even when genre conventions led her to center her books on male heroes. Her later works, like the additions to the Earthsea series and such Ekumen tales as “Four Ways to Forgiveness” (1995) and “The Telling” (2000), are mostly told from a female point of view.

In some of her later books, she gave in to a tendency toward didacticism, as if she were losing patience with humanity for not learning the hard lessons — about the need for balance and compassion — that her best work so astutely embodies.

At the 2014 National Book Awards, Ms. Le Guin was given the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She accepted the medal on behalf of her fellow writers of fantasy and science fiction, who, she said, had been “excluded from literature for so long” while literary honors went to the “so-called realists.”

She also urged publishers and writers not to put too much emphasis on profits.

“I have had a long career and a good one,” she said, adding, “Here at the end of it, I really don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river.”

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Monday, January 22, 2018

NANTUCKET FIVE-SPOT BY STEPHEN AXELROD

NANTUCKET FIVE-SPOT BY STEPHEN AXELROD, Poison Pen Press, $24.95
Reviewed by Jim Brock

Having devoted a lot more of my reading time in recent years to mysteries, its always a good day when I come across a new author - especially one who hits all the right notes for me. Stephen Axelrod does exactly that with NANTUCKET FIVE-SPOT. And for a bonus, there is a previous novel titled NANTUCKET SAWBUCK that I will be seeking out.

Axelrod's main man is Henry Kennis, Chief of Police in Nantucket. Kennis is a former Los Angeles policeman who has become the perfect person for the Nantucket chief's job.He understands the island and he understands the people. When an agent from Homeland Security comes stomping to the island in response to some bomb attacks that could ultimately threaten some of America's elite, Henry is not the type to be relegated to the background. Since that agent has a hidden agenda (don't they all) and his fellow, female agent has a Henry connection, things could be disastrous for the chief.

At the bottom of NANTUCKET FIVE-SPOT is a vengeful plot going back years and the very complexity of the plot is a chore to unravel. Sometimes the getting there is half the fun, Axelrod has the potential to join the list of mystery writers I love like Archer Meyer, Craig Johnson, William Kent Kruezer and others who have strong characters, good puzzles and settings in places I will never see but that adda lot of flavor and uniqueness to their books.

I'm looking for NANTUCKET SAWBUCK and I'm looking forward to more from Stephen Axelrod.

Monday, January 8, 2018

THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS by Steven Brust and Skyler White



The Incrementalists are a secret society of two hundred people—an unbroken lineage reaching back forty thousand years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, a little bit at a time.

Now Phil, the Incrementalist whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has been shot dead. They’ll bring him back—but first they need to know what happened. Their investigation will lead down unexpected paths in Arizona, and bring them up against corruption, racism, and brutality in high and low places alike.

But the key may lay in one of Phil’s previous lives, in “Bleeding Kansas” in the late 1850s—and the fate of the passionate abolitionist we remember as John Brown.

Steven Brust and Skyler White's The Skill of Our Hands is the thrilling and thought-provoking follow-up to their critically acclaimed The Incrementalists.

"Boldly thought-provoking and warmly comfortable." —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick, on The Skill of Our Hands

STEVEN BRUST is the author of Dragon, Issola, the New York Times bestsellers Dzur and Tia ssa, and many other fantasy novels. He lives in Minneapolis.
SKYLER WHITE is the author of And Falling, Fly and In Dreams Begin. She lives in Texas.

On Sale: January 2, 2018, $16.99 USD | 9780765382894

Sunday, January 7, 2018

MIRANDA AND CALIBAN by Jacqueline Carey


Miranda and Caliban is bestselling fantasy author Jacqueline Carey’s gorgeous retelling of The Tempest. With hypnotic prose and a wild imagination, Carey explores the themes of twisted love and unchecked power that lie at the heart of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, while serving up a fresh take on the play's iconic characters.

A lovely girl grows up in isolation where her father, a powerful magus, has spirited them to in order to keep them safe.

We all know the tale of Prospero's quest for revenge, but what of Miranda? Or Caliban, the so-called savage Prospero chained to his will?

In this incredible retelling of the fantastical tale, Jacqueline Carey shows readers the other side of the coin—the dutiful and tenderhearted Miranda, who loves her father but is terribly lonely. And Caliban, the strange and feral boy Prospero has bewitched to serve him. The two find solace and companionship in each other as Prospero weaves his magic and dreams of revenge.

Always under Prospero’s jealous eye, Miranda and Caliban battle the dark, unknowable forces that bind them to the island even as the pangs of adolescence create a new awareness of each other and their doomed relationship.

“In this stand-alone, Carey evokes the same stunning worldbuilding and imagery of her "Kushiel's Legacy" and "Sundering" series, as she stirs new emotions from an old story and reveals another side to Shakespeare's epic play.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Carey turns Shakespeare’s The Tempest on its head, in ways that are always supportable by the original text, with this brilliant deconstruction. The foreordained pattern of the play mixes beautifully with Carey’s intricate characterization and eye for sensory detail, building mercilessly to dazzling, and devastating, tragic effect.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

JACQUELINE CAREY is the author of the New York Times bestselling Kushiel's Legacy series, beginning with Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen and Kushiel's Avatar, The Sundering epic fantasy duology, postmodern fables "Santa Olivia" and "Saints Astray," and the Agent of Hel contemporary fantasy series. Carey lives in west Michigan.

On Sale: January 23, 2018, $15.99 USD | 9780765386816

Saturday, January 6, 2018

NIGHTWISE by R.S. Belcher


R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series set in today's seedy occult underworld in Nightwise.

In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in-between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of ten, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.

Now a promise to a dying friend has Ballard on the trail of an escaped Serbian war criminal with friends in both high and low places—and a sinister history of blood sacrifices. Ballard is hell-bent on making Dusan Slorzack pay for his numerous atrocities, but Slorzack seems to have literally dropped off the face of the Earth, beyond the reach of his enemies, the Illuminati, and maybe even the Devil himself. To find Slorzack, Ballard must follow a winding, treacherous path that stretches from Wall Street and Washington, D.C. to backwoods hollows and truckstops, while risking what's left of his very soul . . . .

“A worthy addition to Belcher's highly imaginative series, with a large cast that is both magical and mundane and a well-drawn historical setting. Weird West fans will happily gobble this up.” —Library Journal on The Shotgun Arcana

“Golgotha is the Wildest of the Wild West.” —Publishers Weekly on The Shotgun Arcana

R.S. BELCHER is the author of two acclaimed "weird westerns," The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana. Nightwise is his first contemporary fantasy novel. He lives Salem, Virginia.

On Sale: January 16, 2018, $17.99 USD | 9781250178916

Friday, January 5, 2018

Kristen Simmons's Metaltown


An enthralling YA story of friendship and rebellion from the acclaimed author of Article 5 and Glass Arrow.

Kristen Simmons's Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

“I’m clutching my mangled heart and smiling madly. It’s that kind of book. Such gorgeous heartbreak! Ty, Colin, and Lena owned me for 372 pages, and long after I finished reading. Smart, absorbing, and deeply human.”—Laini Taylor, National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Daughter of Smoke & Bone

“In her latest, Simmons paints a bleak picture of the future. [Simmons] creates multifaceted characters that are hard to dismiss. It is an unrelentingly grim place, such details as the rat meat Ty and Colin are too poor to buy bringing it to life. In this gritty tale of intrigue, corruption, greed, and human rights, Simmons offers readers a savvy take on a post-apocalyptic society.”—Kirkus Reviews

KRISTEN SIMMONS has a master's degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She is the author of the Article 5 trilogy, The Glass Arrow, and Metaltown. She lives with her husband, Jason, and their precious greyhound, Rudy, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

On Sale: January 2, 2018, $10.99 USD | 9780765336651