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.

Synthesis

 

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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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Interview with Michelle Hercules, Author of Lost Horizon

What can you tell us about your new release, Lost Horizon?

Lost Horizon is a space fantasy romance retelling of the Wizard of Oz set in a futuristic world. It’s Star Wars meets the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy is a space pilot cadet who ends up on a planet called Oz. Expect to see the novel’s beloved characters reimagined in unpredictable ways in this coming of age, epic adventure with lots of twists and turns, magic, and of course romance. Lost Horizon is a slow burn reverse harem romance.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always been an avid reader, but never in a million years, I thought I could write a book. My writing career began as a fun project, but once I started writing, I couldn’t stop.

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

Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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

J. K. Rowling. I’d ask if she knew from the beginning all the twists and turns of the series.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The ability to create new worlds and characters readers can fall in love (or hate). It’s all about the experience.

What is a typical day like for you?

Take my daughter to school, sometimes hit the gym, and then write the rest of the day.

What scene in Lost Horizon was your favorite to write?

My favorite scene to write was when Dorothy’s space ship crashed in Oz.

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

Never get too comfortable. Keep moving.

Michelle Hercules is the author of the new book Lost Horizon.

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Interview with Jesse R. Page, Author of The Darkest Night

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

The Darkest Night is a science fiction novel with elements of military sci-fi, archeological drama, as well as mystery and a slight dash of horror.
As you read The Darkest Night, you will also notice that the main protagonist is a historian and every character seems to have at least a basic understanding of history, both ours as well as the fictional history of the universe. Indeed, behind the scenes is a vast and sprawling world and its history serves as much as a part of the plot as if it was another character. The book is designed for those who have always loved to sit down with a book by Heinlein, Asimov, Clarckson, Card or Zahn or one by Comnene, Gibbon, Tuchman or Thucydides and everyone in between.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

As a young child The Darkest Night was unrecognizable compared to what it is today. It was similar to any story a creative kid would tell with Legos and action figures. My brother, now a brilliant scientist and a chemistry teacher, also was a creative story-teller and we played off each other pitting our creations together in verbal battles (he never quite got to into Legos, he is five years older than me). He suggested to me that I eventually write a book. The idea was something I never really took seriously until I was in college. I never considered myself a good writer, merely from a family of writers. My parents ran the local newspaper, I was in college studying history at the time, and both my brothers had written several creative, if unpublished, works in science-fiction and puppetry short films and skits. As if I needed another reason I remember looking as a Christian at science-fiction author (The Darkest Night is written by a Christian author, but I would not call it “Christian Science-Fiction” anymore than I would call Star Trek “Atheist Science-fiction”) and seeing only C. S. Lewis as a Christian Sci-fi author even though there were plenty of fantasy books, including his better known Narnia series.

As far as direct influences on my storytelling, characters and style I have many influences ranging from television series Babylon 5, which is likely the largest as far as world-building all the way to history and mythology, The Three Musketeers, and others. The main antagonist is a sort of villainous Admiral Yi Sun-Shin mixed with a dash of Horatio Nelson only working for a Fascist government more related the Italian or Spanish scale than the German ideas.

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

That is a tough question, I’ve read quite of few good ones. The Bible, my faith is very important to me. If I had to pick a favorite book within it I would say Ecclesiastes.

Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy by Ian Toll is the best book to begin a study of American history. It talks a great deal about the origins of the U.S. navy and Marines Corps, our first international engagements, Napoleonic Europe, the nature of politics, the foundations of the two party system, etc. etc. etc. It is also surprisingly short for all that it packs in and is the best history book I’ve ever seen for a layman’s reading level.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

I greatly enjoyed Hyperion by Dan Simmons, a fact that likely surprises many people who know me. It has some bad language, which I have no problem with done right, as well as some really anti-Christian beliefs, but I can’t deny it is the best written science-fiction novel I have ever read, apart from my own of course.

Cantar de Mio Cid in my opinion is the best of the great epics of European literature over even the likes of Song of Roland and even Beowulf.

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

As an independent author trying to find his way with his first book I would invite a guest who’d been down that road and ask him or her to share their experiences. Self-Publishing is almost akin to running your own small business, one that in the initial stages does not produce a whole lot of results sometimes. It is a fascinating business. I think a lot of people, myself included until recently, figured that an author’s job is to, well, be an author. But writing the books is the easy and fun part.

When a single person mistakenly picks up your novel after all that work and leaves a review meant for another series, that is frustrating. But you move on. When twelve publishing houses don’t even bother to reply to you, you move on. When eleven literary agents do not even give a reply, you move on. When the algorithms of Amazon.com leaves your readers unable to review and your book misprinted you move on and you fix the problem.

Through all of that, or what ever problems that author has it is the ones who still have a passion for their work that stand above all the rest. Anyone who is passionate about what they write, their characters, their stories, or in non-fiction the stories people and research, are worth more than gold. Those are the people I love hearing from and asking about how they got that passion, what spurred them to think, write and create.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love the subtleties of writing. When a minute detail becomes a key plot point later and you lean back in your chair with a smile. Even if only one person in a hundred who reads it catches it, or another fifty who have read it again, that alone makes all the work satisfying, like hiding a gem inside a bale of straw. That said, that is only my favorite thing. There is very little I dislike about writing. I love the sound of keys striking, I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and tea in the afternoon (not always caffeinated) the sound of my dog snoring behind me and the rain falling at eleven o’clock when you physically can’t get to sleep until you’ve completed that scene in your head, the characters coming alive on the page, another chapter completed, another page written and that feeling of excitement and anticipation when you come up with a better line.

What is a typical day like for you?

I have no typical day. I really never have. These days, I generally wake up at six, head into the office a half-hour’s drive away, work eight hours in the woods at my job, come home anywhere between five or seven. Then I usually read or write for a few hours and then go to bed. That is the boring average day of Jesse R. Page. I live in a rural county. I like to say that I am a half-hour to an hour from everything and anything, but twenty minutes from nothing.

That is not to say that is every day. My unusual days are quite common, a chance to go to a library or museum of which there are several here in Virginia. I even had a chance to work on the ships at Jamestown for an afternoon. I love traveling and been to three continents and several other countries, even living for three months in Prague. This past hurricane season my mother and I went to see my brother a half a country away in Texas by car. Occasionally over the years ‘I have gone to conferences, taught and created classes, lectured and gone to hear speakers at conferences. And I must confess that my brother an I released a kraken on the unsuspecting town of Lebanon while driving to see my favorite band Renaissance in New York City.

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

I have several depending on the situation. I am noted for using the word “indeed” a bit too often and I always great people with “greetings and salutations,” and my favorite word is schiltron. Some of my favorite quotes include:
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” -Martin Luther

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” -Leonardo da Vinci

“Under their guidance I beheld the marvels of old Babylon. I marched with the Ten Thousand of Xenophon, I witnessed the conflict around beleaguered Troy which doomed that proud city to pillage and flames. I heard the tramp of the invincible legions of Rome, I saw the victorious galleys of the Eternal City carrying destruction to the Carthaginian shore, and I listened to the lofty eloquence of Cicero and the matchless imagery of Homer. They gave me a vision of the world when it was young and it is almost impossible for those who have not travelled that road to reach a very clear conception of what the world now means.” -Calvin Coolidge

“Doveryai no Proveryai.” -Russian proverb

I could and would go on. But at the end of the day I really only have one; “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

The Darkest Night

 

Jesse R. Page is the author of the new book The Darkest Night.

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | June 18

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 Jesse R. Page, Cadwell Turnbull, Tania Hutley, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Juliana Hargert, Shami Stovall, TR Cameron, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Fantasy and Science Fiction Books For Your Reading List | June 2019

New Fantasy and Science Fiction Books For Your Reading List | June 2019

Have you been on the lookout for some thrilling new fantasy and science fiction books for your reading list? There’s no better time to stock up on new novels with these exciting releases from Juliana Haygert, Stephen Perkins, S.C. McGrath, Jesse R. Page, Shami Stovall, and Orson Scott Card. Get ready to embark on some exciting adventures!


The Demon Kiss

by Juliana Haygert

Release Date: June 13, 2019

The truth was hidden from me all my life. Demons walk the earth and it is my destiny to slay them. I wish I hadn’t lost someone in the process of discovering that truth. Now they are after me. The only way I can stay alive is to go to an academy for demon hunters. There I will learn how to kill supernaturals and underworld minions. But I still can’t shake the feeling that there are secrets I still don’t know about.

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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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To the Waters and the Wild

by S.C. McGrath

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Ancient Eire is shrouded in mystery. Scholars and warriors were honored with the like reverence and women were considered equals to me. Within this world, Keelin, a chieftain’s daughter, struggles to understand her fate. She has the gift of healing and telepathy, and is destined to become a priestess. But she does not want such a solitary and self-sacrificing life. She is torn between her path and her dreams. Soon these troubles are overshadowed. A powerful civilization of the ancient world is about to invade Eire.

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The Darkest Night

by Jesse R. Page

Release Date: April 28, 2019

Nothing seems to be able to stop the Shie. They are a merciless enemy led by an undefeated and brilliant commander. With there superior numbers and tactics they have been able to hold the Gillians in one hand and conquer star systems in the other. Their only hope to end the war is to voyage to the world of Noctorus, a tidally-locked world that has been torn apart by a shattered moon. The reason for the journey is to find an ancient empire, one that is more powerful than the Shie. The mission was meant to be simple…

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Knightmare Arcanist

by Shami Stovall

Release Date: June 18, 2019

Volke Savan is a gravedigger. He wants nothing more than to be like his hero, Gregory Ruma, the legendary magical swashbuckler. To do this he needs to be capable of wielding magic, an arcanist. But to do so he’ll have to bond with a mythical creature. When he discovers a knightmare, he has no reservations. But this knightmare holds a devastating secret… Ruma is a murderer and is out to spread corrupt magic through their nation. To protect his home, Volke will need to confront his hero.

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The Hive

by Orson Scott Card

Release Date: June 11, 2019

The second book in The Second Formic Wars series, the prequel to Ender’s Game… Car and Johnston are back with a hard science fiction book that tells the tale of how a coalition of Earth’s nations barely fought off a Formic scout ship. Now they learn of a mother-ship at the edge of their system and the aliens are preparing to take Earth by force.

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Interview with Stephen Perkins, author of Sky Parlor

By Stephen Perkins

I’ve often heard it said and believed the following to ring true, the best examples of creative fiction – like that of Charles Dickens, for example –  not only serve as cultural signposts or profound commentaries upon the times in which the author has lived, but can also – beneath the visible surface – become transcendent examples of not just clever storytelling, but mythmaking.

The renowned philosopher, Joseph Campbell, once claimed the creation of myths act as cultural foundations and touchstones, and revered exaltations of elevated ideals – in essence – an idealized image; everything a people would like to believe about itself. Campbell was also rumored to have uttered something that could be applicable to what it means to becoming an author of creative fiction: “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”

The kindle edition of my highly-anticipated new novel, science fiction/fantasy/supernatural/suspense/thriller, Sky Parlor – which is now live on Amazon, with print editions soon to follow – dares to delve into the abyss of mankind’s future and pose hypothetical scenarios regarding his relationships with developing technologies, and how that developing relationship will possibly affect his evolutionary process going forward.

In the future, will man and machine learn to procreate?

What sort of species will result, and will the hypothetical results become – ultimately – detrimental or hopeful?

Added to this – there is the supernatural element.

Have ancient gods, throughout the ages, been active in directing the affairs of humankind?

And, there is the question of reincarnation.

Or, as the opening lines to Sky Parlor’s prologue would have it: Is the past, present and future but one moment; have the distant and the dead always been with us – do the joys and the sorrows of forgotten lives frolic in the air like electric current waiting to be reborn?

With an epic narrative containing mythical and ancient gods, the resurrection of legendary historical figures, sometimes reluctant but – in the end – ardent heroes and Machiavellian villains, it is my sincere hope Sky Parlor will represent an enjoyable and transcendent literary journey for both new and loyal readers alike!

 

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