Books To Read For Fans of Fantasy and Sci-Fi | January 2021

Books To Read For Fans of Fantasy and Sci-Fi | January 2021

The month of January has brought us some fantastic fantasy and sci-fi books and we couldn’t help but share some of our favorite new releases. Check out the latest from bestselling authors Mark Wells, E.A. Chance, Rory Surtain, Jule Owen, Victoria Saccenti, and Dianne Duvall. Enjoy your new books!


Gate of Shadows

by Mark Wells

Release Date: January 15, 2021

The second book in the Cambridge Gothic Series by Mark Wells… A mystic portal lies open. A chilling predator stalks the night. Can an undaunted student stop the darkness from spreading? Giles Chamberlain is determined to prove himself to his girlfriend’s family, so sets out to discover what became of her missing brother. But when he encounters a sinister figure prowling the college’s rooftops, he suspects last semester’s creature was not the only entity to cross into our world.

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Hunting Daybreak

by E.A. Chance

Release Date: January 14, 2021

The second book in the Shattered Sunlight Series by bestselling author E.A. Chance… In the aftermath of a deadly global solar flare, Dr. Riley Poole embarks on a treacherous journey to learn the fate of her two youngest children. After making the heart-wrenching choice to leave her injured teenage daughter, Julia, in the hands of her aunt and uncle, Riley and her new husband, Coop, strike out into the wilderness toward Colorado.

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Sorrow’s Twin

by Rory Surtain

Release Date: January 18, 2021

The third book in the Demon in Exile Series by Rory Surtain…Sometimes, everything goes according to plan. I dread those moments. Colivar is a Kingdom plagued by seemingly random incursions from the Infernal Domain. For centuries, the Order of the Vigil has fought to stem the tide and preserve the Realm, but politics and uncivil wars have depleted their ranks. For reasons unknown, the High Prince of Hell has decided to lend them a hand in the form of a demon in exile.

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Elidir

by Jule Owen

Release Date: November 15, 2020

The second book in The Recoverist Quartet by Jule Owen… At the end of the twenty-fifth century, two young women in search of their history, uncover dangerous secrets and create some of their own. Elidir can not be found on any official map. A dome protects its citizens from raging storms and deadly heat, while high walls protect them from the desert people known as Non-Grata. In this secret city, deep beneath a mountain, lie the remains of Western civilization.

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Titanian’s Phoenix

by Victoria Saccenti

Release Date: January 15, 2021

The first book in the Titanian Chronicles by Victoria Saccenti… Maya Brown doesn’t believe in magic—until she was kidnapped along with her eccentric godmother, Anna. By elves. After she is freed by a strange power, Maya follows Anna’s plea to seek out a man named Soren at a magical bar. Maya doesn’t believe in love at first sight, either, but when she encounters seven-plus feet of muscle and mood-changing eyes, her body does a full-on reset.

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The Segonian

by Dianne Duvall

Release Date: January 19, 2021

The second book in the Aldebarian Alliance by New York Times Bestselling Author Dianne Duvall… Eliana has never had an ordinary life. Well, it hasn’t been ordinary for a long time. As a powerful Immortal Guardian, she spends her nights hunting and slaying psychotic vampires that most of humanity doesn’t even realize exist. Then she is presented with an opportunity to instantly make her existence seem downright boring. The leader of the Immortal Guardians asks her to guard a group of mortals who are embarking upon a voyage across the galaxy to the planet Lasara. How could she possibly say no?

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Interview with Rory Surtain, Author of Sorrow’s Twin

What can you tell us about your new release, Sorrow’s Twin?

Sorrow’s Twin is the third book in the Demon in Exile Series.

The premise of the Demon in Exile Series is that Colivar is a Kingdom plagued by seemingly random attacks from the Infernal Domain. For centuries, the Order of the Vigil has fought to stem the demonic tide and preserve the Realm, but politics and uncivil wars have depleted their ranks. For reasons unknown, the High Prince of Hell has decided to lend them a hand in the form of a soul from a powerful House of War, a demon in exile.

Part action, part mystery, and part psycho-drama, Sorrow’s Twin depicts Ara Storm and Company locked in a sinister conflict with an enemy hidden deep in the rainforests on the Realm’s eastern border. A clan of heretics have been cutting deals with a demonic entity that calls itself the Emperor, and a campaign to hunt them down becomes more deadly than anyone imagined. Ara Storm finds himself in the worst of all possible positions as he confronts the Emperor’s Children and the dark forces within himself.

Sorrow’s Twin goes places I’d never thought possible when I began writing the Series, diving deep into the mind of the MC and his impact on the characters around him. With the (mostly) first-person narration, there’s always a conflict within the MC’s view of himself, a battle between hero and anti-hero or human and demon, and also a balance to strike between the MC’s strengths, flaws, and commitments and the personal price he pays for each.

Ara Storm, the MC, isn’t a shapeshifter as some might expect from the book’s cover, but rather he harbors some darker paranormal abilities that make him more than effective as a demon-slayer for the Realm and a general menace to himself and those around him. Ara Storm’s schemes don’t always go as planned, but when they do, it can be a real nightmare.

The Demon in Exile novels offer a much more urban fantasy flow, focusing on the characters, their connections, and a well-twisted plot.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Forged by Benedict Jacka and We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson, but most of my time is spent editing Wind Catcher, Book 4 of the Demon in Exile series, revising and proofing ahead of its publication later this year. Text flows differently on a Kindle screen than it does on a PC and inspiration jumps off of the page.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

No one is ever as good or as bad as you think they are, so don’t judge.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

Writing, probably a coming-of-age Warhammer 40K novel. I’ll get there someday.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

An unscripted blend of family, coffee, and creativity drive my day, allowing me the freedom to choose the meaning of the next minute, or the last.

What scene from Sorrow’s Twin was your favorite to write?

There are two pivotal scenes that come to mind, both covering the introductions between Ara Storm, the eighteen-year-old MC, and two very different Kings in the land of Colivar. In each scene, there is a sense of mystery, challenge, and surprise with a back-and-forth in terms of who’s really in control. Great fun.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | January 20

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 Julie Owen, E.A. Chance, N.D. Roberts, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Rory Surtain, Joshua Phillip Johnson, Kevin J. Anderson, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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Interview with Marcus Abshire, Author of Dark Burn

What can you tell us about your new release, Dark Burn?

Dark Burn is an action-packed adventure featuring a MC with a checkered past, riding the line between darkness and doing what’s right.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I read constantly, for years I found a new author and read everything they wrote. One day I picked up a book from the library that was so bad I decided that I could do better. I wrote the first chapter of what is now REDEMPTION and sent it to my brother without any context. He thought it was something a famous author (I won’t name who) wrote, and I realized it wasn’t half bad.

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

I don’t have a top 5. I have read so many books that it would be hard for me to pick just 5.

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

I’d have a successful Indie author on and ask them what was their secret to success.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love losing myself in the story. There are times when I stop writing a certain scene or chapter and it feels as if I have surfaced from a deep dive, as if I have been in a different world and am waking up.

What is a typical day like for you?

I work full time, so usually it’s getting up, getting my butt to work then afterwards, if there is any energy or time left in the day… I try to write.

What scene from Dark Burn was your favorite to write?

The big finale. I love the huge conclusions, usually I make sure they have a lot of explosions, fighting and magic involved!

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

No motto, I just try to be productive, try to look on the bright side of things. Life’s a garden…dig it.

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The Story Behind Fables & Other Lies by Claire Contreras

By Claire Contreras

I’ve always had an overactive imagination. I was an only child for eight years, and had little friends up to that point, so I guess in a way my imagination was my salvation even before I began writing. All of my books are a testament to it, but none more than Fables & Other Lies, which is my most recent release. It’s difficult for me to classify this book. Is it a gothic romance? Is it folklore? Is it fantasy? I guess it’s all of those, or maybe none of those. The one thing I can say for certain is that it stemmed from Caribbean folklore.

My parents moved here from the Dominican Republic when I was just shy of three years old, so of course, I’ve always considered myself to be American above anything else. Still, my Dominican culture is thick and runs deep and there is no escaping it. From a young age, I’ve been listening to folklore from my birth country. My grandmother used to tell me a lot of these stories before bed each night. They all heeded some kind of warning of the occult, and I think they were meant to scare me into not doing anything outlandish, like go swimming after dark, or walking into the woods alone. Unfortunately for my grandmother, I’m a sucker for the macabre. I mean, I had Charles Addams comics pasted on my walls beside all of my JTT posters. My parents thought I was strange, to be sure, but they never outright said it, and when I started writing short stories about ghosts I think they were just glad I had something to do to pass the time.

From the folklore my grandmother used to tell me, I created worlds inside my head. Worlds filled with “what ifs”. I’m fascinated by the things that make us jump or turn the lights on, but I’m also enamored with the feeling of hope that love brings to our lives. When I was writing Fables & Other Lies, I revisited the folklore I’d heard as a child and laced it with a story about family, betrayal, loss, and an unexpected, yet unforgettable unconditional love. My grandmother passed away long ago, but I like to think that she’d be proud of this story and get a kick out of the fact that all of those spooky stories she used to tell me inspired it.

Claire Contreras is the author of the new book Fables & Other Lies.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | January 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 G J Ogden, David Weber, Jon Justice, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Claire Contreras, Marcus Abshire, Michael Anderle, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels | January 2021

Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels | January 2021

Have you been searching high and low to find your next favorite science fiction and fantasy novel? Don’t miss our latest must-read book recommendations from Marti Ward, Marcus Abshire, Philip Nolen, Claire Contreras, Arwen Paris, and G J Ogden. Enjoy your new books and happy reading!


Moraturi Ring: Paradisi Chronicles

by Marti Ward

Release Date: January 4, 2021

The third book in the Lost Mission Series by Marti Ward… SS Moraturi is a Lunar Earth Transfer Orbiter that is taking two cryoholds full of colonists to New Eden, an earth-like planet in the Paradisi system, 2.5 million light-years from Earth in the Andromeda galaxy. Eva’s problem is that the trip that was to take one year is now going to take decades – their emergency supplies were based on 200% of expected needs for just 16 crew members with the 500 passengers in cryo, and the cryotechnology can’t keep them alive for even a decade at a stretch.

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Dark Burn

by Marcus Abshire

Release Date: December 25, 2020

The first book in the Ways of the Warlock Series by Marcus Ashire… My name is Jakobus Shaw and all I want is to be left the hell alone. Once upon a time, I was a warlock. I killed, I tortured, I did all kinds of horrible things for more power, for more control, but I have tried hard to put that all behind me. Now, someone just framed me for murder. A coven of white witches thinks I killed one of their own and they want their pound of flesh. My past is coming back to haunt me and there isn’t a damn thing I can do to stop it.

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Quantum Surge

by Philip Nolen

Release Date: December 5, 2020

“New military science fiction with both the physics and the history meticulously worked out in interesting ways.” The first book in The Jankin Decatur Series by Philip Nolen… It was the time of the fabled First Colonies. It was humanity’s first steps beyond the star of our origin. It was the beginning of a period of great galactic expansion brought on by the discovery of the most minuscule particle in the universe. It was an age that so tried the soul of humankind as to have nearly brought Homo sapiens to an end.

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Fables & Other Lies

by Claire Contreras

Release Date: December 20, 2020

“It is hands down one the most refreshing, magical, intense, twisty reads of 2020!” The new novel from New York Times Bestselling Author Claire Contreras… Do you believe in curses? I never did. Not until that fated night, six years ago, when I sat in The Devil’s Chair and made a wish. Not until it came true. Not until I met River Caliban himself, heir to a fortune of curses. My fated sworn enemy.

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Relic Bounty

by Arwen Paris

Release Date: December 30, 2020

Bounty hunter Janis Torzen finally has a chance to free himself from his indentured servitude to the mob. The brutal weather on planet Urrak is as unforgiving as the mob boss Janis works for, so of course a sudden sandstorm upsets his best laid plans. To make things worse, the courier, Everell, turns out to be a beautiful, smart-mouthed archeologist who has her own plans for the money. Unfortunately, powerful people will kill to possess the relic Everell carries—everyone from government officials to the social elite, and they will stop at nothing to get it.

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Star Scavenger: The Complete Series Books 1-5

by G J Ogden

Release Date: January 8, 2021

“I have never sat down and read 5 books so quickly. As a matter of fact, I very seldom finish a series of books.” The complete Star Scavenger series from bestselling author G J Ogden. The set includes: Guardian Outcast, Orion Rises, Goliath Emerges, Union’s End, and The Last Revocater.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | January 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 Philip Nolen, Arwen Paris, Marti Ward, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from George R. R. Martin, Olivia Wildenstein, Dianna Love, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books For Your New Year’s Reading List | January 2020

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books For Your New Year’s Reading List | January 2020

Need some fantasy and sci-fi book recommendations for the New Year? You’ve come to the right place because we’ve rounded up some of the best new releases from bestselling authors Allen Ivers, Alexa Whitewolf, Dartanyan Johnson, Everly Frost, Neal Asher, and D.K. Holmberg. Happy reading!


The Dollfaces

by Allen Ivers

Release Date: December 23, 2020

Four women, kitted with military hardware and holographic masks, just hit a bank in broad daylight and made off with some cash – and a single deposit box… The Ministry Official tasked with catching these women knows he’s about to wade into the deep end when he connects the robbers to an estranged heiress of a criminal cartel. The young dilettante swims in the city’s urban club scene, reveling in its excesses. And along with a team of women as crazy as she is, she’s giving the criminal underworld a bit of its own medicine…

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Moonlight Rogues Boxset

by Alexa Whitewolf

Release Date: October 1, 2020

What happens when four alpha wolves land in one town, and a fairy godmother decides to play matchmaker? Chaos, of the best kind. Dominic Kosta never belonged – now he only wants Lucrezia. But can this human be the happily ever after he’s been yearning for? And can he protect her when the town comes under attack by mysterious forces?

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Crestahn Kingdom

by Dartanyan Johnson

Release Date: November 13, 2020

The first book in The Crystal of Life Series by Dartanyan Johnson… Princess Sha’ella returns home from the grandest assassins’ tournament to discover her kingdom is under attack. When the truth behind the assault unfolds, evidence reveals that her father along with the king of Crestahn has been plotting a coup against the ruler of the galaxy–and her mentor. Lendelam thought she could escape her past–where those who share her bloodline are blacklisted or murdered by the Beztiqi queen and the royal family.

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This Dark Wolf

by Everly Frost

Release Date: December 11, 2020

The first book in the Soul Bitten Shifter Series by Everly Frost… Cast out of my pack, I live in a supernatural safehouse filled with broken women. Other women come and go, but I remain. I’m waiting. For him. Tristan Masters—the ruthless alpha of the most vicious pack in the city. He fought for my life when my pack wanted to kill me. He saved me. I should be able to trust him. But I know better. Tristan Masters wants my wolf; my killer soul. When he’s ready, he will use me to destroy his enemies.

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Lockdown Tales

by Neal Asher

Release Date: December 15, 2020

Best-selling author Neal Asher was far from idle during the isolation of lockdown; he kept himself occupied in the best way possible: he wrote. And his imagination was clearly in overdrive. Five brand new novellas and novelettes and one novella reworked and expanded from a story first published in 2019. Together, they form Lockdown Tales, exploring the latter days of the Polity universe and beyond. What lies in wait for humanity after the Polity has gone?

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The Fates of Yoran

by D.K. Holmberg

Release Date: December 15, 2020

The third book in The Chain Breaker Series by D.K. Holmberg… After establishing an uneasy truce with the constables, Gavin has settled in Yoran to offer protection to his friends and the remaining magical element in the city. When a job reveals a dangerous new threat in the city, Gavin must take action. This time the target isn’t Gavin, but the city itself. Magic was banished a generation ago, but the Fates have returned. They bring a dark magic Gavin has never seen before—and might be helpless to control.

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Interview with Alexa Whitewolf, Author of Moonlight Rogues Boxset

What can you tell us about your new release, Moonlight Rogues Boxset?

My Moonlight Rogues Boxset is a paranormal romance suspense collection of four full-length novels and four origin stories, wrapped up in a cute package! Each full-length novel follows one alpha wolf as he finds his mate and fights demons from his past, with an overarching plot across the entire series. Readers who love feisty females and sexy (but not overbearing!) alphas will fall in love with Dominic, Tristan, Finn and Lucas. And there’s more! Because while each wolf has his own romance, they also come from various parts of the world  All that culminates in a story packed with folklore and myths from all over – some from my home country, Romania! And the best part is, this boxset is part of an entire universe now with dragon shifters, gods & goddesses and even -gasp- vampires!

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My love for writing started at a young age, when my grandma gave me my first ever duology of books, a Greek mythology collection. I was hooked on the gods and goddesses and the worlds the writer created. I didn’t know back then that I’d want to create my own worlds, that came later, when I ran out of things to devour as a reader. But I think that moment in my youth (I must’ve been around 6-7?) defined my appreciation for writing and authors in general, which led me eventually to my own journey of writing.

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

Ouff, that’s a hard one!! I love too many, that’s the problem, and in all genres. But best of the best? I’ll go by “these books I’ll reread over and over to the end of time” as my rating mechanism  To that effect…
– The Knights of Emerald by Canadian author Anne Robillard. I read the original series in French when I lived in Montreal and it’s outstanding!
– Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers – a childhood favorite of mine
– Alexandra Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo – an every-year-growing-up favorite of mine
– James Rollins’ Altar of Eden – I got to be a Rollins fan late (as in, about 2 years ago?) but I’ve since devoured everything I’ve come across from him, and he never disappoints! I adore his mix of science and history.
– Sharon Bolton’s Now You See Me – a fantastic thriller, first in a series that has kept me captivated over and over again!

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

Diana Gabaldon. I loved her Outlander series and I’m a huge fan of the show, so I’d love to pick her brain for how she came up with the story, what hurtles she’s overcome in writing it, and how much fun it’s been visiting Scotland since.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Losing myself to my characters. Whenever I write, they get into my head and for those days or hours, I live and breathe their lives and their experiences. George R.R. Martin said “A reader lives a thousand lives before he does. The man who never reads only lives once.” For me, I’m living those thousand lives plus an extra hundred with my characters. The other bit I love is that with each book I write, I learning something new about myself. Some books have helped me get through rough patches in life, and others have been journeys of self-discovery! It’s never a dull moment.

What is a typical day like for you?

Waking up and kissing my husband good morning and prepping his coffee for work is always first. We make it a point to have those little moments every day! My day doesn’t really start until I’ve had enough caffeine in me, then I usually lounge on the couch or sit at my desk and do some writing. It’s always first on my list of the day, no matter what else is going on, otherwise I get cranky! I call it wrungry – as in I’m hungry for writing and that makes me cranky  (it’s ok, no one else gets it either except my dogs!). After the writing is done, it’s time for doggie walking to clear my head before some day job business. After a few hours of that I tend to get the itch to write again, so I’ll usually do some writing sprints throughout the day, or redirect the attention to marketing. I always spend late afternoon/evening to work on editing contracts for my LIAS clients, then it’s more doggie walking, spending time with my husband, and relaxing with a Netflix show or reading. More often than not these days, I try to squeeze in some writing just before bed, too. I’ve always been a night owl and whatever word count I don’t get to through the day, I’ll wrap up at nighttime. It’s a crazy pace, but I make it a point to leave weekends free of any “to do” lists.

What scene from Moonlight Rogues Boxset was your favorite to write?

All the fights between Dominic and Lucas! They’re two of the wolves who butt heads the most, and something about their camaraderie (they may want to kill each other, but they still have each other’s back!) always makes me laugh. I think a lot of that has to do with Lucas and his personality. I understand him the most, out of all the wolves. Which is why most readers hate him in books 1-3, then they get to his book (Last to Love) and everything starts making sense, including his butthead attitude. So yeah, their fights were my favorite bit to write!

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

About a year ago on Instagram, I was randomly scrolling (I had a lot of free time) and came upon this quote: “My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from.” It rang so true to me, I printed it and have it on my office wall even now  I was raised with Carpe Diem as our family motto, but this was a version I felt and still feel much more connected with.

Alexa Whitewolf is the author of the new book Moonlight Rogues Boxset

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