Interview with Joe M. Solomon, Author of The Light: Houston, Texas

What can you tell us about your new release, The Light: Houston, Texas?

It is a science fiction thriller that revolves around a group of ordinary college music students whose world is turned upside down when mysterious lights in the sky appear and drive anyone who looks up at them insane. I’ve always enjoyed seeing how different characters in stories react when they’re taken completely out of their element as they are in this one. I also enjoy fast-paced, action-filled stories in which a small group of people have to work together to survive.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always enjoyed creating new worlds, ever since I was a child. Kids often read comic books: Batman, Superman, etcetera. But instead of reading the comic books, I used to cut out the pictures and create my own storyboard. I didn’t actually learn the story of the superheroes until they were made into movies, so I think I was always destined to become a writer.

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

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler

On Writing by Stephen King

Complete Poems and Plays of T. S. Eliot

The Stand by Stephen

Books of Blood by Clive Barker

You always write about murder! Why is that?

Stephen King. I’ve always admired his writing and know he used to be an English teacher, so I would ask him what books he would recommend for the newest generation of readers who might not have explored fiction written before they were born.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love the process of creating new realities. Some ideas I already have in mind before I begin crafting a story. However, as I write, events begin to unfold and expand beyond anything I had imagined. That is so exciting.

What is a typical day like for you?

As far as writing goes, a typical day finds me embroiled in at least one of the following: I’m beginning a new story, am continuing one I’ve already begun, and am rereading a completed project.

What scene in The Light: Houston, Texas was your favorite to write?

I love the opening in which Robert, the main character, rests in his graduate house apartment, speaking to his girlfriend on the phone. She wants him to drive over and see her, but he is tired from the late night they’d shared. He wants to sleep a couple of hours before he swings by. Less than please, she hangs up on him. Poor Robert sits there, contemplating love, and has no idea that not only his world, but the entire world is about to change.

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

Be kind.

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Must Read Fantasy and Science Fiction Books | Summer 2019

Must Read Fantasy and Science Fiction Books | Summer 2019

Have you been searching for some thrilling new fantasy and science fiction novels to explore? You’ll want to dive into these new novels from authors S.J. Hartland, C.A. Knutsen, Omayra Velez, Jayne Faith, Marko Kloos, and Kali Wallace. We hope you enjoy and find some new favorite reads!


The Last Seer King

by S.J. Hartland

Release Date: July 4, 2019

The second book in the bestselling Shadow Sword series that is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones and Prince of Thorns… Roaran has sought redemption for centuries. He has a chance to vanquish a tyrant and save a realm but first, he must cut his last ties to humanity. He has to return to the one place he promised he’d never go again.

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Ancient Agendas

by C.A. Knutsen

Release Date: May 15, 2019

The fourth book in the popular Janus Unfolding Series by C.A. Knutsen… Carmen Willathorpe has sensed an intense concentration of consciousness as a point of light thousands of light-years away. Now the race is on to investigate this incredible light. They soon find a large spherical object behind a translucent barrier. It appears to be some kind of window. One that looks into another dimension. When they discover alien ships behind the barrier, they try and find out if there are conscious beings inside.

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Clashes of Wills

by Omayra Velez

Release Date: March 27, 2019

The exciting third book in The Assembly of Thirteen series by Omayra Velez… Callo has just experienced a bizarre twist of events. After falling into the Cavern of the Righteous, he emerges from a forgotten cave. He finds that his leg is still broken and carries himself out into this impressive new land full of beauty and horror.

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Edge of Magic

by Jayne Faith

Release Date: June 13, 2019

Tara Knightley barely has time to eat and sleep. Between paying off a debt to a Fae mob boss, working as a thief, and keeping up with her three-generation household, she is used to juggling things. But she feels she is not living a life of her own. When she discovers a bounty for a mysterious magical skull, she knows the reward could equal her freedom for her powerful boss.

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Aftershocks

by Marko Kloos

Release Date: July 1, 2019

A new adventure from the author of the bestselling Frontlines series… Across the Gaia System, the earthlike Gretia is struggling to stabilize due to an interplanetary war. Amid a shaky alliance to maintain resources, economies, and populations, Aden Robertson has reemerged. He devoted twelve years of his life to the losing side and has the blood of half a million casualties on his hands. Now he is looking for a way to move on.

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Salvation Day

by Kali Wallace

Release Date: July 9, 2019

The House of Wisdom was a massive exploration vessel. It had been abandoned over a decade ago by the government of Earth after a deadly virus broke out. Everyone on board was killed within hours. Zahra knows that the ship could now belong to her people. But the only way they can get access is to kidnap the only survivor-Jaswinder Bhattacharya.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | July 9

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 C.A. Knutsen, Kimi Eisele, Kali Wallace, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Omayra Velez, Jayne Faith, Judith Berens, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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Interview with C.A. Knutsen, Author of Ancient Agendas

What can you tell us about your new release, Ancient Agendas?

In Ancient Agendas, humanity’s role in the universe as envisioned in the Janus Unfolding series is more clearly defined with the help of non-human perspectives.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I wanted to read books where the main characters’ decisions were not fear-based, where their first thoughts were to help others, and where they didn’t hurt others on purpose. I wanted to see the result when the best characteristics of humanity were the guiding principles. So I write them.

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

Childhoods End – Clark
The Count of Monte Cristo – Dumas
The Wizard of Earthsea series – Le Guin
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings – Tolkien
The Genesis Machine – Hogan

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

Mark Twain. The thought process that results in his humorous insights into human behavior

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Dialogue with humorous banter between characters. Creating a world where kindness prevails.

What is a typical day like for you?

Editing the previous day’s work to get the pace of things and then writing for about four hours.

What scene in Ancient Agendas was your favorite to write?

The several scenes connected with the takeover of the space station.

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

Kindness is the key to what is real.

C.A. Knutsen is the author of the new book Ancient Agendas.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | July 2

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 Michael Todd, Charles E. Gannon, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from D.K. Holmberg, D.G. Swank, Debbie Cassidy, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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The Buzziest Books of June | 2019

The Buzziest Books of June | 2019

The month of June was a great time for readers with a host of exciting releases from bestselling authors. There were so many page-turning novels that captivated us from cover to cover this month. If you want to catch up on the books everyone was talking about, here are our choices for the buzziest books of June. Happy reading!


The Assistant

by Marni Mann

Release Date: May 21, 2019

I am married to my best friend and have two beautiful children. My life is perfect… Then my father got sick. Before I owned a successful company and now I have to stay at home with my family. Before my husband could rely on me to take care of everything but now I have to hire an assistant. Every part of my life can be summed up by these before and afters, but something also happened in the middle.

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City of Girls

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Release Date: June 4, 2019

The year is 1940 and nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out Vassar College for her poor performance in her freshman year. He parents send her to live with her aunt in Manhattan. Her aunt owns the flamboyant but crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. Here Vivian is introduced to an interesting array of characters. When she makes a mistake that turns into a professional scandal, her world turns upside down.

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Accidental Knight

by Nicole Snow

Release Date: May 27, 2019

So my grandfather’s will was quite a shocker. I was about to get a huge fortune, a gorgeous ranch, and the best horse in the world. There’s was just one catch… I had to marry Drake Larkin. Apparently, he is supposed to protect me. I have no idea what he’s protecting me from and he won’t even talk to me. I know what I’m in store for the first time I see him. A broody enigma and a crush I can’t afford.

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Lost Horizon

by Michelle Hercules

Release Date: June 14, 2019

The first book in the new Oz in Space series by Michelle Hercules… Dorothy Hanson has no time for love. Her only goal is to complete the mission her parents started before their death. When the Kansas Space Station is hit by a cosmic disturbance, she jumps at the opportunity to go on her first space voyage. But she didn’t plan on being sucked into a vortex and land on a strange planet ravaged by war.

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Save The Date

by Monica Murphy

Release Date: June 25, 2019

Caroline’s job is to help engaged couples pick the perfect save the date cards and invitations for their wedding. She loves working at Noteworthy and even when she encounters the occasional bridezilla, she enjoys the challenge. That was until one particular bridezilla walks in who’s fiancé just so happens to be the boy Caroline had her first kiss with.

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Mrs. Everything

by Jennifer Weiner

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Bethie and Jo Kaufmann were born into a world full of promise. They grew up in a perfect 1950’s Detroit house and their roles in the family were clearly defined. Bethe is the pretty and feminine good girl who dreams of a traditional life. While Jo is a tomboy, a bookish rebel that wants to make the world fairer. But things end up looking very different from what they imagined.

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Sky Parlor

by Stephen Perkins

Release Date: May 30, 2019

From the dawn of mankind, two ancient gods have made romance and waged war. But after the rapture, will Sky Parlor be their final battlefield? For generations, the population of Sky Parlor believed that the lands beyond the walls of their city were made uninhabitable by the ‘Great Rapture’. When Desmond Starr is appointed Alderman for Sky Parlor’s borough of Columbia, he learns a hidden truth that exposes a shocking lie that has persisted for centuries.

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The First Mistake

by Sandie Jones

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Life for Alice is great. With her second husband, she has a beautiful house, successful business, and two children. She knows life would have been different if her first husband had lived but the arrival of Nathan gave her happiness. But when he starts acting strange, she turns to her best friend, Beth, for help. But soon she wonders if her trust has been misplaced.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | June 2019

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! June had a great selection of bestselling books to check out from thrilling mysteries to enthralling literary reads, and insightful biographies. Pick up these latest paperback books by bestselling authors Stephen King, John Grisham, James Patterson, Robert Galbraith, A.G. Riddle, John Green, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction


Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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Books To Read If You Like Glynn Stewart

Books To Read If You Like Glynn Stewart

Glynn Stewart is a bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction novels. He is best known for his Starship’s Mage series that blends both fantasy and science fiction. Some of his other popular releases include ONSET, Changeling Blood, Duchy of Terra and Vigilante series. If you have been craving some new adventures in both fantasy and science fiction, we think you will love these books to read if you like Glynn Stewart!


Lost Horizon

by Michelle Hercules

Release Date: June 14, 2019

The first book in the new Oz in Space series by Michelle Hercules… Dorothy Hanson has no time for love. Her only goal is to complete the mission her parents started before their death. When the Kansas Space Station is hit by a cosmic disturbance, she jumps at the opportunity to go on her first space voyage. But she didn’t plan on being sucked into a vortex and land on a strange planet ravaged by war.

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Synthesis

by Kyle Harris

Release Date: May 7, 2019

Synthia Garland’s parents migrated to Crystal City seeking fortune and opportunity. Now they are both dead and Synthia is an orphan in a dangerous city. She must steal food, avoid bloodthirsty gangs, and stick with a misfit named Chaz to survive. When a botched robbery leaves Synthia mortally wounded, she wakes up to find her old body is gone. It has been replaced with high-tech cybernetics.

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Heritage of Power

by Lindsay Buroker

Release Date: June 13, 2019

All five books in the Heritage of Power series in one collection… Dragons have returned and are wreaking havoc on human civilization. One man can stop them. Telryn “Trip” Yert was born an outcast and spent his life hiding. He has the ancient blood of dragons flowing through his veins but lives in a world where magic is forbidden. This collection includes Dragon Storm, Revelations, Origins, Unraveled, and Gold Dragon.

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The Solar War

by A.G. Riddle

Release Date: June 25, 2019

The Solar War is the second book in The Long Winter trilogy by bestselling author A.G. RIddle… After the Long Winter, Emma Matthews and James Sinclair are enjoying their life. Things are getting back to normal after they settle down in Camp Seven. But they are waiting and watching the sky for signs of the grid’s return. NASA has discovered several asteroids are headed for Earth but James has a bad feeling. He realizes the truth…the grid are back.

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Broken Veil

by Jeff Wheeler

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Cettie Pratt was rescued from a world of poverty. She has managed to avoid a bleak destiny… until now. It turns out she has been manipulated. She has been groomed for the ultimate betrayal. She must destroy her best friend and stop peace from uniting two war-torn worlds. Sera Fitzempress is an heir to the empire and knows the value she has to her enemies. But they are more cunning than expected and the key to their plan is none other than her best friend.

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Hexarchate Stories

by Yoon Ha Lee

Release Date: June 25, 2019

Book four in the New York Times Bestselling Machineries of Empire series by Yoon Ha Lee… This collection of short stories is set in the world of the Ninefox Gambit. It will take you to the very beginning of the hexarchate’s history and showcases Lee’s imagination through new and never-before-seen stories.

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Interview with Kyle Harris, Author of Synthesis

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

Synthesis dips its toes in a bit of everything. From one perspective, it’s a cautionary tale about the privatized future of space travel and colonization, and the human toll of star-seeking capitalist ventures by unregulated mega-corporations; from another, it’s the genesis story of a survivor on the streets of the unforgiving Crystal City—humanity’s first metropolis beyond the Solar System—with all the gristle of noir and cyberpunk. It has violence aplenty, memory-altering drugs, butt-kicking cyborgs, evil CEOs, and space pirates. Oh, and multilingual sex robots with fruit-flavored bodily fluids! But the human drama is the core of the novel, and Synthesis delivers two unforgettable main characters dishing out some much-needed social justice in a frightening but all-too-familiar future.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My inspiration for becoming an author is probably different than most: I needed a job. Having never seriously considered writing before, I tried it, and amazingly I found near-instant success. This will be my seventh year since I picked up the metaphorical pen. For Synthesis (my first novel of this size and scope), my inspiration was the superhero genre of movies—or, rather, just how damn dull they are. Why do superheroes have to protect the planet from purple aliens with magical gauntlets? Where are the superheroes tackling our real problems, like climate change, political and corporate corruption, or poverty and world hunger? Where are the superheroes willing to do what it takes to save our real world? Give me THAT superhero instead.

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

Confession: I actually haven’t read enough novels to have a top 5 list of favorites. My repertoire of storytelling knowledge comes from the visual medium, but I’ll spare you from my professing love for Fincher, Kubrick, Villeneuve, and so on. Coming from a scientific background, I instead see novel writing like a math problem. And to understand—and solve—the problem in my head, I must research the proofs. Two of those are American Gods by Neil Gaiman and 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Both are fantastic novels. Gaiman’s talent for pure storytelling is something I greatly envy, and I’ve studied King’s mastery of intricate plotting several times. They are mathematicians of prose, and I only hope I can equal a fraction of their talent someday.

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

William Gibson. I’d ask him how Neuromancer would have been different if he had written it in 2019.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Meeting the fantastic characters that have been living in my head all this time, and their voices finally being heard. And just putting together a damn good sentence.

What is a typical day like for you?

Listening to music is always my first step before writing. Then I’ll dig in and write toward a word goal—anywhere from 500 to 1000 words depending on the book. After, I’ll take a break, eat, listen to more music to put my mind back in the groove, and pump out another 500-1000 words. And constantly I’m proofreading earlier passages, or just rereading my favorite scenes in the manuscript. I sit in an empty room with absolutely no distractions, the door closed, my imagination at the controls.

What scene in Synthesis was your favorite to write?

Late in the story, the main character, Synthia Garland, is faced with a perilous task: crossing thirty kilometers of desolate terrain on foot and withstanding deadly elements with a limited supply of oxygen in her EVA suit. I love this sequence for a couple reasons. One, I’m kind of a math and weather nerd, so having Synthia apply her problem-solving skills to a life-or-death situation was really fun, and the scene of her contending with a vicious windstorm is, in my opinion, the highlight of the entire novel. And secondly, it is the ultimate test of her character: the human spirit one-on-one with the forces of nature. No one else could accomplish what she does, and the entire chapter still wrings every organ in my body even after having read it a hundred times. We witness her perseverance, her selflessness, her courage. She faces insurmountable odds, and yet…well, I shouldn’t spoil it!

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

Never give up, never surrender.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | June 25

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 Kyle Harris, Frank Roderus, AG Riddle, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Michelle Hercules, Lindsay Buroker, Ann Gimpel, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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