New Fantasy and Sci-Fi Novels For Your Reading List | May 2020

New Fantasy and Sci-Fi Novels For Your Reading List | May 2020

Your fantasy and sci-fi reading list is about to get some exhilarating new additions. Check out our latest recommendations from bestselling authors Dara Kent, Rhett C. Bruno, Stephen Perkins, C.D. Tavenor, Jon Herrera, and Kelly Blanchard. Happy reading!


The Eclipsed

by Dara Kent

Release Date: May 12, 2020

Eighty-nine is just a number. A nameless immortal tasked with ensuring fixed points in time. She has always done her job without fail. But her world is flipped upside down when a jarring discovery, followed by a loss, makes her question everything. Helped by an unlikely ally, Eighty-nine will embark on a journey that will end in a choice… to save reality or let it be ripped apart forever.

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Children of Titan Series (Books 1-4)

by Rhett C. Bruno

Release Date: May 10, 2020

A box set of four books in the Children of Titan Series Quadrilogy by USA Today Bestselling and Nebula Award-nominated author Rhett C. Bruno… With over 1200 pages of gritty, space-opera action, it is perfect for fans of The Expanse and The Mandalorian.

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Grand Masquerade

by Stephen Perkins

Release Date: February 2, 2020

The brand new novel of supernatural suspense from the bestselling author of Sky Parlor, Stephen Perkins… Deep within Vermont’s dark forests lives a mysterious and frightening secret… A door to a world that is beyond human perception… and three hunters that are about to become the hunted.

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Flight of the 500

by C.D. Tavenor

Release Date: May 25, 2020

Raith is a synthetic intelligence down on his luck. He loves to race, so when given a chance to participate in a hyper-experimental faster-than-light space race, he jumps at the opportunity. But he may have got more than he bargained for, as corporations and shadowy collectives fight over the technology that makes the race possible.

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Emma and the Minotaur

by Jon Herrera

Release Date: April 8, 2020

The first book in the World of Light series by Jon Herrera… A great power has awakened in the forests of Saint Martin. After being called by the song of an ancient oak, Emma Wilkins finds herself face-to-face with a colossal Minotaur. After a narrow escape, she discovers that she is the only one who can stop the monster. At stake are the fates of those she cares about the most, and that of the entire world.

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Chronicles of Lorrek (Books 1-3)

by Kelly Blanchard

Release Date: April 29, 2020

This new collection includes the first three books of the Chronicles of Lorrek Series by bestselling author Kelly Blanchard… Sorcerer Lorrek walks a thin line between helping those he loves and being consumed by darkness. Sometimes the line is blurred altogether. How can you fight the darkness when it exists inside you?

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Interview with Kelly Blanchard, Author of the Chronicles of Lorrek

What can you tell us about your new release, Chronicles of Lorrek?

Lorrek focuses on Sorcerer Prince Lorrek who is very powerful but always get blamed when bad things happen, no matter how hard he tries for the best outcome in any given circumstances. He’s always trying to protect those closest to him, but as more goes wrong and the more he gets blamed for everything, the more he begins to wonder if being good is worth it when everyone believes him to be so full of darkness.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always wanted to be an author, always been drawn to stories. I know it wasn’t until I had a horse accident when I was twelve that I decided that I should probably focus on a safe outlet like writing rather than horse riding!

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Oh, that’s a good question! This is very difficult for me to answer because I don’t do favorites or have a list of ‘bests’! I do know. I know that Sharpe’s Eagle by Bernard Cornwell made a strong impact on me because of how he wrote his battle scenes and maneuvered full armies. Writing battle scenes and moving armies is really hard, but reading that book gave me a good idea of how to do it and do it well, so that really helped.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Hmm, interesting question for sure. Let’s see. Does the person have to be living? Because I would love to sit down with Tolkien or C.S. Lewis and ask them how it was to work on their amazing works alongside each other. That would be such a fun conversation!

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I would have to say, it’s the ability to explore new worlds and characters and introduce them to readers. Every writer is gifted with a unique world(s) and special characters, and the world wouldn’t know of them without us writing and publishing the books. It’s a privilege and so much fun!

What is a typical day like for you?

I get up and feed the cats! They will howl and demand food until they are satisfied. After that, I get breakfast then sit down and write 2k words. Then I see about tending to things throughout the day, could be things around the house, but then I focus on really connecting with my readers on my Facebook group, interacting with them and so forth. So much fun for sure! If I have time, I’ll write more because that is what I love!

What scene in Chronicles of Lorrek was your favorite to write?

I can’t say without spoilers! All I can say is that it is pretty epic. Very neat visuals!

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

“We’ll figure it out,” that’s my husband’s and my life motto. Whenever we encounter a situation in life that’s difficult and we have no idea what we’re doing, we always look at each other and say, “We’ll figure it out!” And it tends to always work!

Kelly Blanchard is the author of the new book Chronicles of Lorrek Omnibus.

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Interview with Dara Kent, Author of The Eclipsed

What can you tell us about your new release, The Eclipsed?

Let’s see … The Eclipsed is the 25th full-length novel I’ve written and released, but the first under my new pen name Dara Kent. I decided to write under the new name for genre distinction, since my other novels are romance. When I had the idea for The Eclipsed I realized there was no place for a romance within the story, but I still wanted to write it. Stepping out of my comfort zone was definitely both exhilarating and terrifying. The tale itself is dark and has a lot of twists. Aside from that there’s not much else I want to say because … spoilers.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My mind doesn’t go to a definitive answer to this question, but when I really think about it … libraries are what truly inspired me. (My mom used to take me to The Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh once a week when I was little.) You see, libraries, especially The Carnegie Library, seemed like magical places to me when I was a child. (Okay, fine, they still seem magical.) Imagining my books sitting in libraries across the country waiting to be checked out makes me feel like I’ve added a bit of magic to the world. It might seem silly, but it makes me happy.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Top five list for the best books I’ve ever read? Ever? EVER??! This is an extremely difficult, near impossible question to answer. But I’m going to try. (Why do I always hear Yoda’s voice in my head when I say I’m going to try to do something? “Do or do not. There is no try.” Ugh. Shut up Yoda.) Okay. Here I go:
1) Bram Stoker’s Dracula (This book sparked my love of 1st person POV through Jonathan Harker’s journal entries.)
2) Anne of Green Gables (I simply loved—and still love Ann with an e. ‘nuff said.)
3) Romeo and Juliet (I developed an obsession with the Bard fairly early in my reading life, and this was the gateway drug.)
4) Interview with a Vampire (I enjoy tortured characters, and one of my favs is Louis.)
5) Nope, I just can’t do it. By picking the fifth book I put a cap on my list. I can’t put a cap on my list. I just … can’t. I feel like it would be a betrayal of my booky soul. There are simply too many amazing books out there for me to pick from. Which is why classics are the ones that made the list. They stand out as OGs to me. 😉

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

What are the rules for this? It’s obviously a hypothetical question, so my first guest of choice doesn’t have to be alive, right? We’re doing this with some wibbly wobbly timey wimey rules? Well, it is my show, so I’m going to go with … yes. Time travel, and the bending of time and space for the win! Okay, I got a bit distracted there. Sadly, it happens often. Okay, my first guest will be …

Hunter S. Thompson. Yes, my choice might be a tad cliché, but my reason probably isn’t. You see, I imagine Hunter (Yep, we’re on a first name basis already.) would be enough of a distraction to hide all of the nerves I would most definitely have. While I’m trembling and shaking, he’d be regaling us with tales from his adventures, or sharing his surprisingly insightful takes on life. I’d be temporarily forgotten while all eyes are on him. Maybe I could make a break for it and no one would notice? Who gave me a talk show anyways? Did they not get the memo that I’m a shy introvert??? I’m … yeah … I think this question went wrong with me. I’m over here in my office getting anxious about something that doesn’t exist. Please send help in the form of chocolate ice cream. Thank you.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love digging into content edits after I finish the first draft. To me the first draft is the skeleton of my story, and I need to get it out as soon as possible before I lose inspiration. (I’m a pantser and I also don’t take notes so the first draft is a whirlwind.) But then I get to go back in and really enjoy crafting the story. It’s just me, my laptop, and my imagination. It’s the part that allows me to feel creatively fulfilled.

What is a typical day like for you?

Are we talking pre or post plague times? Yeah, yeah, yeah, as a night owl, and a bit of a hermit, not much has changed for me. I mean I don’t have any appointments or anything right now, but my days were never that exciting to begin with. This is what my current plague times day looks like (be prepared for a whole lot of nothing): I wake up, take care of my dog, eat, do any writing or writing-related work, eat lunch, work a bit more, exercise, shower, eat dinner, spend some time with my hubby and dog, and after my hubs goes to bed I work some more if I have any to do. Then I wind down with a bit of TV followed by some reading. I usually don’t go to bed until sometime between 3-4 am. That’s Monday through Friday. I don’t work at all on the weekends and spend all of my time with my little family. Yep, like a said, snoozefest.

What scene in The Eclipsed was your favorite to write?

The last scene. I swear the last scene in all of my books was my favorite to write, but with The Eclipsed in particular because I got to reveal all of the secrets and tie everything together. It was extremely satisfying to finally be writing what I’d been working towards since the first sentence of the book. Plus, I was almost done. Heh.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Ummm … well, I used to live by the whole “Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse” thing, but that time has passed. (I honestly never thought I’d live this long though.) Now … I’m not sure. I have a lot of favorite quotes, but I don’t think I live by any of them. A sampling of a few: “There are no happy endings because nothing ever ends.” ”Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” “Wibbly wobbly timey wimey.” “Not all who wander are lost.” “If someone tries to kill you, you try to kill them right back.” (Some of those are probably not exact, but that’s how I remember them.) So … yeah … that’s all I got for you on this one. Of course, I’m sure I’ll think of something obvious and brilliant as soon as I click send. *sigh*

Dara Kent is the author of the new book The Eclipsed.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | May 19

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors Rhett C. Bruno, Marc Stiegler, Jessie Mihalik, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Dara Kent, Kelly Blanchard, Jesse Nolan Bailey, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | May 12

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors Nowick Gray, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Andy Peloquin, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from M.L. Bullock, Stacey L. Tucker, Blake Arthur Peel, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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Must-Read Fantasy & Science Fiction Books | May 2020

Must-Read Fantasy & Science Fiction Books | May 2020

Are you ready to embark on some amazing new adventures? You’ll definitely find some new favorites among our list of new release fantasy and science fiction books. Don’t miss new novels by A.L. Hawke, Nowick Gray, Byrd Nash, Martha Wells, C.J. Archer, and Neal Asher. Enjoy!


Broomstick

by A.L. Hawke

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I didn’t believe in witches… that was until I enrolled in Dr. Alondra Johansen’s metaphysical history class. My name is Cadence Hawthorne, but you can call me Katie. Darkness fell over me and my family in my sophomore year. I thought Alondra could help me with my grief and visions of ghosts. But there was this guy working with her. Someone that looked like more like the devil than a professor. He did terrible things to my friend and threatens my growing love for Bryce, Alondri’s teaching assistant.

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FutureCon

by Nowick Gray

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A spin under the new VR headgear sends programmer Joe Norton into an AI game of tough love, mind control, and true choices. Now Norton’s relationships, career, and sanity are at stake. He must finish a mission… but his gifted scope rifle came with no instructions, no target or source, and a single bullet.

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A Study in Spirits

by Byrd Nash

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The second book in A College Fae Magic Series by Byrd Nash… Brigit has been accused of vandalism and stealing test answers. Now she must find the guilty party to stay at Leopold Otto University. To make things worse, her Fairy Debt to a Doppelganger means she must discover the secret of what’s prowling the abbey library.

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Network Effect

by Martha Wells

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The fifth book in The Murderbot Diaries series by New York Times Bestselling Author Martha Wells… When Murderbot’s human associates (not friends) have been captured and another not-friend from its past requires immediate assistance, Murderbot must make a decision between inertia and drastic action.

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The Prison of Buried Hopes

by C.J. Archer

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The fifth book in the After The Rift Series by USA Today Bestselling Author C.J. Archer… On their adventure south to Freedland, Josie, Dane, and their friends have a feeling that someone is following them. Their best move is to hide in the twin cities of Merrin Fahl. But they soon get recognized by strangers.

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The Human

by Neal Asher

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The third book in the Rise of Jain series by bestselling author Neal Asher… Rising from the depths of space, a Jain warship has emerged with a deadly grudge and a wealth of ancient and lethal technology. It is trying to hunt down the alien Client and annihilate anything that stands in its way.

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Interview with Byrd Nash, Author of A Study in Spirits

What can you tell us about your new release, A Study in Spirits?

Accused of cheating and vandalizing the library, Brigit must clear her name. The only problem is what prowls the stacks doesn’t play nicely with others.

Brigit, a dryad, and Logan, a human bard, return in this second book in the College Fae series. With them is a computer hacker-gamer and a flying squirrel that can transform into a key. It’s a story of ghosts, friendships, and a battle over the truth.

This is a contemporary YA fantasy taking place at a European university where the fae and humans attend classes together. It is suitable for 14+ readers.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Once I started reading (which I distinctly remember making the connection that lines made words), I wanted to duplicate that magic. Even when I played make-believe it was all couched into stories – who did what and why.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

These are some of my favorites that I return to often for a re-read, probably because they trigger a deep emotional reaction when I read them:

Paladin of Souls by Lois Bujold
Song of the Beast by Carol Berg
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
The Serpent Garden by Judith M. Riley
The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I actually would prefer to be the host of a history talk show. If you would allow me that change, I would be interviewing Queen Elizabeth I (because I want her secrets on how she maintained power), Jane Austen (as I want to know what was in the letters her sister destroyed), and Nathaniel Hawthorne (to reassure him that no one blames him for his relative burning witches).

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Laughing about some embarrassing and ridiculous situation that I’ve written that my characters have to survive.

What is a typical day like for you?

Up by 7 a.m. to take care of my pets (foster puppy, cats, and horses), and immediately to writing or researching. I try to write/research a bit every day.

Each day I do try to get a nature walk in or get outside to just absorb the energy from trees and animals.

What scene in A Study in Spirits was your favorite to write?

There are 2 scenes I especially like:

Early on there is a confrontation between the main character, Logan, who is a human bard and the father of his roommate. It shows very clearly not only the dangerous interrelationships between human and the fae, but also the dynamics of a father who doesn’t like his daughter’s suitor.

Another scene I enjoyed writing deals with a powerful character, Paul, who is a Doppelganger. Through a series of events he ends up hiding in a trash dumpster. That is one of those embarrassing scenes I mentioned earlier that I like to write about because it lends itself to comedy.

I really like to see what my characters do/react when faced with the unpredictable.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Be true to yourself first.

It’s probably why I identify so much with my main character, Brigit, as she is also rather stubborn about holding to her principles.

Byrd Nash is the author of the new book A Study in Spirits.

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Interview with A.L. Hawke, Author of Broomstick

What can you tell us about your new release, Broomstick?

Broomstick was born out of a whim to create a romance for Halloween. That’s it. Simple, huh? But as I worked on the project and studied other books out there (and witchcraft), I endeavored to create something that felt real. So there’s a lot of real stuff mixed with Cadence’s voice that I think gives the novel a little extra creepiness amid her charm.

This novel is about a college sophomore, Cadence Hawthorne, introduced to a special “honors” program. She’s hesitant to join because of its dealings with the occult, but her best friend and this hot teaching assistant enroll. Students are warned that if they join they will be uncomfortable and there’s a consent form that they must sign. But none of that deters Cadence as much as learning that she has to offer her blood.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I love the thrill of creating magic and romance out of the ordinary. That is why all my novels center on magic and attraction in a contemporary setting. I also write science fiction mixing my medical science background with fantasy.

There are so many amazing authors that I admire out there like Stephen King or E.L. James and many of us want to aspire to have their success, but I’m most driven by the sheer fun of creating a fanciful world and sharing my art with my readers.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

1. Catcher in the Rye
2. Twilight
3. Carrie
4. Frankenstein
5. The Mists of Avalon

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I would never be a talk show host because I’m much too shy, but if we were to fantasize: Mary Shelley. I’d ask her: Did you really write Frankenstein in one night? I don’t believe it. And then I’d ask her how she did it. What a genius.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Breathing life into characters. It’s like being a sculptor. If you think of writing as art, some artists are painters, others are sculptors. I’m a sculptor chiseling and breathing life into my characters. That’s more important to me than painting a scene. They’re both vital, of course, but I write to bring my characters to life. If I don’t have an interesting character, I don’t have a story.

What is a typical day like for you?

Work mostly. I write an hour or two in the early morning, at lunch, or in the early evening. I prefer to write in coffee shops during the day. Sometimes I like to write in the dark at night with just a dim computer screen. In between, there is my busy day job.

What scene in Broomstick was your favorite to write?

The flying one. This witch scene was transformative for Cadence and pivotal for the novel. It was weird, a touch erotic, and just plain fun.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Live life to the fullest and, if you can’t, write about it.

A.L. Hawke is the author of the new book Broomstick.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | May 5

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors Marshal Rust, Neal Asher, Martha Wells, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Byrd Nash, A.L. Hawke, Michael J. Sullivan, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | April 28

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors Ryan W. Aslesen, Jason Anspach, Rick Partlow, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Eileen Mueller, Charley Case, Kristen Painter, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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