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Tue
Aug 19 2014 4:00pm
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Exo (Excerpt)

Steven Gould Exo Cent can teleport. So can her parents, but they are the only people in the world who can. This is not as great as you might think it would be—sure, you can go shopping in Japan and then have tea in London, but it’s hard to keep a secret like that. And there are people, dangerous people, who work for governments and have guns, who want to make you do just this one thing for them. And when you’re a teenage girl things get even more complicated. High school. Boys. Global climate change, refugees, and genocide. Orbital mechanics.

But Cent isn’t easily daunted, and neither are Davy and Millie, her parents. She’s going to make some changes in the world.

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Steven Gould returns to the world of his classic novel Jumper in Exo, the sequel to Impulse, blending the drama of high school with world shattering consequences. Exo publishes September 9th from Tor Books!

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Mon
Aug 18 2014 4:00pm
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Salt & Storm (Excerpt)

Kendall Kulper

Salt & Storm Kendall Kulper Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she’s to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.

Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane—a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.

Salt & Storm, Kendall Kulper’s magical historical romance, publishes September 23rd from Little, Brown Books for Your Readers. Check out an excerpt below!

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Mon
Aug 18 2014 12:00pm
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Lock In (Audio Excerpt)

John Scalzi Lock in audio excerpt audible edition Listen to a free excerpt from Lock In, John Scalzi's new science fiction thriller, coming August 26th from Tor Books! There are two audio editions available from Audible, one narrated by Amber Benson and the other narrated by Wil Wheaton.

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent—nearly five million souls in the United States alone—the disease causes “lock in”: Victims are fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to any stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what’s now known as “Haden’s syndrome,” rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. They are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an “Integrator”—someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder will be that much more complicated…

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Fri
Aug 15 2014 4:00pm
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Riveted (Excerpt)

Jim Davies

Riveted Jim Davies Why do some things pass under the radar of our attention, but other things capture our interest? Why do some religions catch on and others fade away? What makes a story, a movie, or a book riveting? Why do some people keep watching the news even though it makes them anxious?

Professor Jim Davies’ fascinating and highly accessible book, Riveted, reveals the evolutionary underpinnings of why we find things compelling, from art to religion and from sports to superstition. Drawing on work from philosophy, anthropology, religious studies, psychology, economics, computer science, and biology, Davies offers a comprehensive explanation to show that in spite of the differences between the many things that we find compelling, they have similar effects on our minds and brains.

Riveted amazon buy link Jim Davies' Riveted is available now from St. Martin’s Press. Below, read an excerpt from the chapter titled “Hardwiring for Socialization.”

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Fri
Aug 15 2014 9:00am
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Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box (Excerpt)

George Mann

Sherlock Holmes The Spirit Box George Mann excerpt Summer, 1915. As Zeppelins rain death upon the rooftops of London, eminent members of society begin to behave erratically: a Member of Parliament throws himself naked into the Thames after giving a pro-German speech to the House; a senior military advisor suggests surrender before feeding himself to a tiger at London Zoo; a famed suffragette suddenly renounces the women's liberation movement and throws herself under a train.

In desperation, an aged Mycroft Holmes sends to Sussex for the help of his brother, Sherlock.

 

George Mann’s Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box is available August 19th from Titan Books. Check out an excerpt below!

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Thu
Aug 14 2014 3:00pm
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Five Portraits (Excerpt)

Piers Anthony

Five Portraits Piers Anthony excerpt Piers Anthony delivers another tale set in the bestselling world of Xanth, filled with magic, surprises, adventure, and a few puns. Here’s what the author has to say about his new book:

Five Portraits is a kind of sequel to Board Stiff in that it picks up where the other leaves off, with the same characters. Apart from that, it’s one of my favorites within the series.

There’s something about Astrid Basilisk that appeals to me: a very pretty girl whose very glance is deadly, yet she’s a nice person whose selfless effort to save five difficult children from future Xanth is thoroughly worthy. I also like the theme of the power of unlikely friendship. Not just Xanth, but Mundania, too, would be better if there were more such friendships.”

Piers Anthony’s Five Portraits will be published October 21st by Open Road Media. Check out an excerpt below!

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Fri
Aug 8 2014 11:00am
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Spirit’s Key (Excerpt)

Edith Cohn

Spirit's Key Edith Cohn By now, twelve-year-old Spirit Holden should have inherited the family gift: the ability to see the future. But when she holds a house key in her hand like her dad does to read its owner’s destiny, she can’t see anything.

Maybe it’s because she can’t get over the loss of her beloved dog, Sky, who died mysteriously. Sky was Spirit’s loyal companion, one of the wild dogs that the local islanders believe possess dangerous spirits. As more dogs start dying and people become sick, too, almost everyone is convinced that these dogs and their spirits are to blame—except for Spirit.

Then Sky’s ghost appears, and Spirit is shaken. But his help may be the key to unlocking her new power and finding the cause of the mysterious illness before it’s too late.

Check out Edith Cohn’s debut novel, Spirit’s Key, available September 9th from Farrar, Strauss & Giroux.

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Wed
Aug 6 2014 12:40pm

Read a New Stormlight Archive Scene Set After Words of Radiance!

Stormlight Archive Brandon Sanderson Tor.com

A WARNING FROM BRANDON: This scene gives major spoilers for Words of Radiance. Please don’t continue unless you’ve finished that book. This is a very short sequence of Jasnah’s backstory I’ve been reading at signings. It’s not a polished draft. I often read very rough (and potentially continuity-error filled) sequences at signings as a special treat to people who attend. This scene is even rougher than most—first draft, and shouldn’t be taken as canon quite yet, as I haven’t firmed up or fixed all the terminology or Shadesmar interactions.

We’re excited to share with you a scene from somewhere in between the second and third book of the Stormlight Archive, containing back story that may or may not appear in the forthcoming Book Three. As Brandon says above, there are BIG SPOILERS for Book Two, so don’t dive in to this before you’ve read that volume.

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Tue
Aug 5 2014 4:00pm
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Yesterday’s Kin (Excerpt)

Nancy Kress Yesterday's Kin excerpt Aliens have landed in New York. After several months of no explanations, they finally reveal the reason for their arrival. The news is not good.

Geneticist Marianne Jenner is having a career breakthrough, yet her family is tearing itself apart. Her children Elizabeth and Ryan constantly bicker, agreeing only that an alien conspiracy is in play. Her youngest, Noah, is addicted to a drug that keeps temporarily changing his identity. The Jenner family could not be further apart. But between the four of them, the course of human history will be forever altered.

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

Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress publishes September 9th from Tachyon. Check out an excerpt below!

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Mon
Aug 4 2014 4:00pm
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The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit (Excerpt)

Graham Joyce

Graham Joyce The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit excerpt David, a college student, takes a summer job at a run-down family resort in a dying English resort town. This is against the wishes of his family… because it was at this resort where David’s biological father disappeared fifteen years earlier. But something undeniable has called David there.

A deeper otherworldliness lies beneath the surface of what we see. The characters have a suspicious edge to them… David is haunted by eerie visions of a mysterious man carrying a rope, walking hand-in-hand with a small child… and the resort is under siege by a plague of ladybugs. Something different is happening in this town.

When David gets embroiled in a fiercely torrid love triangle, the stakes turn more and more menacing. And through it all, David feels as though he is getting closer to the secrets of his own past.

Graham Joyce’s darkly magic and suspenseful new novel The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit publishes August 5th from Doubleday. Check out an excerpt below!

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Fri
Aug 1 2014 2:00pm
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The Midnight Queen (Excerpt)

Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Midnight Queen Sylvia Izzo Hunter excerpt Gray’s deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace—and without a trace of his power.

He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his domineering professor, Appius Callender. And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon, that he meets the professor’s daughter.

Even though she has no talent of her own, Sophie Callender longs to be educated in the lore of magick. Her father has kept her isolated at the estate and forbidden her interest; everyone knows that teaching arcane magickal theory to women is the height of impropriety.

Sophie and Gray’s meeting touches off a series of events that begins to unravel secrets about each of them. And after the king’s closest advisor pays the professor a closed-door visit, they begin to wonder if what Gray witnessed in Oxford might be even more sinister than it seemed...

Check out Sylvia Izzo Hunter’s The Midnight Queen, available September 2nd from Ace!

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Fri
Aug 1 2014 9:00am
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Joss Whedon: The Biography (Excerpt)

Amy Pascale

Amy Pascale Joss Whedon The Biography excerpt From the cult favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which netted four million viewers per episode, to the summer blockbuster The Avengers, which amassed a box office of $1.5 billion, Joss Whedon has made a name for himself in Hollywood for his penchant for telling meaningful, personal tales about love, death, and redemption even against the most dramatic and larger-than-life backdrops.

Extensive, original interviews with Whedon’s family, friends, collaborators, and stars—and with the man himself—offer candid, behind-the-scenes accounts of the making of ground-breaking series such as Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse, as well as new stories about his work with Pixar writers and animators during the creation of Toy Story. Most importantly, however, these conversations present an intimate and revealing portrait of a man whose creativity and storytelling ability have manifested themselves in comics, online media, television, and film.

Amy Pascale’s Joss Whedon: The Biography is available now from Chicago Review Press!

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Thu
Jul 31 2014 4:00pm
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Trial by Fire (Excerpt)

Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire excerpt Josephine Angelini This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

Josephine Angelini’s Trial by Fire publishes September 2nd from Feiwel & Friends!

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 2:00pm
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The Island of Excess Love (Excerpt)

Francesca Lia Block

The Island of Excess Love Francesca Lia Block excerpt Pen has lost her parents. She’s lost her eye. But she has fought Kronen; she has won back her fragile friends and her beloved brother. Now Pen, Hex, Ash, Ez, and Venice are living in the pink house by the sea, getting by on hard work, companionship, and dreams. Until the day a foreboding ship appears in the harbor across from their home. As soon as the ship arrives, they all start having strange visions of destruction and violence. Trance-like, they head for the ship and their new battles begin.

Francesca Lia Block’s The Island of Excess Love is available August 26th from Henry Holt & Co. This companion to Love in the Time of Global Warming follows Pen as she searches for love among the ruins, this time using Virgil’s epic Aeneid as her guide.

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Thu
Jul 24 2014 11:00am
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Echopraxia (Excerpt)

It’s the eve of the twenty-second century: a world where the dearly departed send postcards back from Heaven and evangelicals make scientific breakthroughs by speaking in tongues; where genetically engineered vampires solve problems intractable to baseline humans and soldiers come with zombie switches that shut off self-awareness during combat. And it’s all under surveillance by an alien presence that refuses to show itself.

Daniel Brüks is trapped on a ship bound for the center of the solar system. To his left is a grief-stricken soldier, obsessed by whispered messages from a dead son. To his right is a pilot who hasn’t yet found the man she’s sworn to kill on sight. A vampire and its entourage of zombie bodyguards lurk in the shadows behind. And dead ahead, a handful of rapture-stricken monks takes them all to a meeting with something they will only call “The Angels of the Asteroids.” Their pilgrimage brings Dan face-to-face with the biggest evolutionary breakpoint since the origin of thought itself.

Peter Watts’ Echopraxia is available August 26th from Tor Books. Check out an excerpt below!

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Tue
Jul 22 2014 4:00pm
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The League of Seven (Excerpt)

Alan Gratz

excerpt The League of Seven Alan Gratz In an alternate 1875 America electricity is forbidden, Native Americans and Yankees are united, and eldritch evil lurks in the shadows. Young Archie Dent knows there really are monsters in the world. His parents are members of the Septemberist Society, whose job it is to protect humanity from hideous giants called the Mangleborn. Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the giant monsters have been all but forgotten—but now they are rising again as the steam-driven America of 1875 rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn. When his parents and the rest of the Septemberists are brainwashed by one of the evil creatures, Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world.

The League of Seven is the first book in an action-packed, steampunk series by the acclaimed author of Samurai Shortstop, Alan Gratz. Check out an excerpt below, and look for it August 19th from Starscape!

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Mon
Jul 21 2014 4:00pm
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The Sovereign Hand (Excerpt)

Paul Gilbert

The Sovereign Hand Paul Gilbert excerpt

Thorn, the gilded capital: bedecked in steam and the dust of convoys bearing riches from all across the earth. From here, wise and ruling hands have ensnared all Aurawn in a great story, a Primacy of Peace. A land where every person—human, gobelin, or drake—can dream, toil hard and succeed.

Of course, not everyone sees things that way. But when Alexa Temperen stands above Crucible Square and denounces the First and all his government for their injustices, the last thing she imagines is that she’ll soon be working for them, as a champion: one of the Sovereign Hand.

Because prophecy has spoken. Evil is stirring, and Alexa is just one of five unlikely heroes chosen to face it. They each have their doubts, and in her darkest moment Alexa still must decide: put pride aside and fight for a government she despises, or turn her back on her calling, leaving millions at the mercy of an unimaginable terror...

The Sovereign Hand is the debut novel from Paul Gilbert, available in August from New Zealand publisher Steam Press.

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Mon
Jul 21 2014 3:00pm

US Cover Reveal and Excerpt for Amy McCulloch’s The Oathbreaker’s Shadow

The Oathbreakers Shadow

Two completely different looks. One book.

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow came out in June 2013 in the UK and Canada, but is finally getting its US debut in Feburary 2015 from Flux Books! To give this edition its own unique spin, my publisher has chosen to do something a bit different for my cover. Whereas the UK and Canada went for a character-led cover, with Raim—my protagonist—looking ready for action on the front, the US have gone with something more iconic and more appealing to the crossover market.

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Fri
Jul 18 2014 4:00pm
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Soda Pop Soldier (Excerpt)

Nick Cole

Soda Pop Soldier Nick Cole excerpt

Gamer PerfectQuestion fights for ColaCorp in WarWorld, an online combat-sport arena where megacorporations field entire armies in the battle for dominance over real-world global-advertising space. Within the immense virtual battlefield, players and bots are high-tech grunts, using dropships and state-of-the-art assault rifles to attack the enemy.

But when times are tough, there’s always the Black, an illegal open-source tournament where the sick and twisted desires of the future are given free reign. And what begins as PerfectQuestion’s onetime effort to make some cash quickly turns dangerous.

All too soon, the real and virtual worlds collide when PerfectQuestion refuses to become the tool of a madman intent on hacking the global economy for himself and fights to stay alive—in WarWorld, in the Black, and in the real world.

Check out an excerpt from Nick Cole’s Soda Pop Soldier, available August 12th from HarperVoyager!

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Thu
Jul 17 2014 2:00pm
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The Rise of Aurora West (Comic Excerpt)

Paul Pope

The extraordinary world introduced in Paul Pope's Battling Boy is rife with monsters and short on heroes... but in this action-driven extension of the Battling Boy universe, we see it through a new pair of eyes: Aurora West, daughter of Arcopolis's last great hero, Haggard West.

A prequel to Battling Boy, The Rise of Aurora West follows the young hero as she seeks to uncover the mystery of her mother's death, and to find her place in a world overrun with supernatural monsters and all-too-human corruption. With a taut, fast-paced script from Paul Pope and JT Petty and gorgeous, kinetic art from David Rubin, The Rise of Aurora West (the first of two volumes) is a tour de force in comics storytelling.

The Rise of Aurora West is out on September 30th from First Second Books, but you can read an excerpt now!

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