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Good Girls

|| Reeling from the violent death of her daughter and a confrontation with the Whistler—the monster who wrecked her life—Jess has fled the South for a tiny college town in New Hampshire. There she huddles in a fire-blackened house with her crippled lover, her infant grandson, and the creature that was once her daughter's best friend and may or may not be a threat.

United States of Japan

|| Decades ago, Japan won the Second World War. Americans worship their infallible Emperor, and nobody believes that Japan's conduct in the war was anything but exemplary. Nobody, that is, except the George Washingtons—a shadowy group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest subversive tactic is to distribute an illegal video game that asks players to imagine what the world might be like if the United States had won the war instead.

The Tiger and the Wolf

|| Maniye's father is the Wolf clan's chieftain, but she's an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan's animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes.

Every Heart a Doorway

|| Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else. Each student at Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home.

Quantum Night

|| Experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for identifying the previously undetected psychopaths lurking everywhere in society. But while being cross-examined about his breakthrough in court, Jim is shocked to discover that he has lost his memories of six months of his life from twenty years previously—a dark time during which he himself committed heinous acts.

The Last Mortal Bond: Chapters 2 and 3

|| The conclusion to Brian Staveley's Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne. The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

The Ballad of Black Tom

|| Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table and keep the roof over his father's head. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

The Bands of Mourning: Chapter Six

, || Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate The Bands of Mourning--the mythical metalminds said to have once belonged to the Lord Ruler. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set.

Lustlocked

, || Second novella in the Sin du Jour series. The Goblin King (yes, that one) and his Queen are celebrating the marriage of their son to his human bride. Naturally the celebrations will be legendary. But when desire and magic mix, the results can be unpredictable.

Dragon Hunters

, || Once a year on Dragon Day the fabled Dragon Gate is raised to let a sea dragon pass from the Southern Wastes into the Sabian Sea. There, it will be hunted by the Storm Lords, a fellowship of powerful water-mages who rule an empire called the Storm Isles. Alas, this year someone forgot to tell the dragon which is the hunter and which the hunted...

Patchwerk

, || Fleeing the city on the TransContinental airship, Dran Florrian is traveling with the Palimpsest—the ultimate proof of a lifetime of scientific theorizing.

The Bands of Mourning: Chapter Five

, || Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate The Bands of Mourning--the mythical metalminds said to have once belonged to the Lord Ruler. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set.