Cyber World is an anthology by Denver's award-winning small press, Hex Publishers. It features a fantastic array of authors such as Stephen Graham Jones, Cat Rambo, Saladin Ahmed, and Paolo Bacigalupi. It was edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola, and it even had a soundtrack by Celldweller. This was a really fun project to work on.
Cyber World was named One of BARNES & NOBLE's Best Anthologies of 2016
Nominated for Best Anthology in the COLORADO BOOK AWARDS 2017
I was pleased that on November 7, 2016 TOR dot com featured Cyber World contributor Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and his essay, "The Game Architecture: We’re All Living in a Cyber World". Great essay on a leading website.
Snowed is a YA novel with a magical and diverse cast of characters. I loved it! I love this author, too. So a bit of bragging: Snowed won the 2016 BRAM STOKER AWARD for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel. It is also (as of this writing) a nominee for the 2017 ANTHONY AWARDS for Best Children’s/YA Novel.
November 4, 2016: BOOK HOUNDS YA has a fun feature where authors can share their pets, and Maria got a book profile and a picture of her Bengal cats. BOOK HOUNDS has over 20,000 Twitter followers and 1,000 direct blog subscribers.
December 15, 2016: I got this one on TOR dot com, a leading science fiction and fantasy online magazine, by pitching a fascinating essay called "The Witches of Winter". I encourage you to check it out. TOR dot com has over 1,000,000 monthly unique users!
December 24, 2016: I also got BIBLIOSANCTUM to review this title. While it only got a three out of five stars, I appreciated the time this reviewer took and attention she gave. She has about 2,000 direct subscribers to her blog these days.
Humanescence is a comic collection of stories written by Jacques Nyemb and illustrated by numerous artists. I publicized both the book itself and the Kickstarter, which was quite successful. In fact, it made it to the Kickstarter "Projects We Love" section.
Some of the publicity items I got for this project are as follows:
March 12, 2016: On BLACK SCI-FI Jacques's comic Not So Super appeared on a list of 50 Comics to Read when Hollywood Doesn't Give You Your Black Jedi. They also promoted the Kickstarter, so it was a great item since it packed a real punch when it went out to their over 5,000 Twitter followers.
June 15, 2016: THE OUTHOUSERS reviewed Humanescent with enthusiastic approval of its diversity in representation, writing styles, and artwork. This spot has more than 200,000 monthly readers so it had good reach.
October 24, 2016: THE COMIC BASTARDS enjoyed Humanescent, rating it four out of five stars, and complimenting the quality of writing, the art, and the consistency of the collection. As their name suggests, the Comic Bastards don't pull punches, so I was very pleased with this review. I don't know how many subscribers and podcast downloads they get, but they have a healthy Twitter following at over 4,500 engaged readers as of this writing.
Alicia Baum is missing a deadly childhood memory. Located beyond life, The Library of Lost Childhood Memories holds the answer. The Librarian is Mr. Wicker--a seductive yet sinister creature with an unthinkable past and an agenda just as lethal. After committing suicide, Alicia finds herself before the Librarian, who informs her that her lost memory is not only the reason she took her life, bu... read more
Charity Jones is a 16-year-old engineering genius who’s much-bullied for being biracial and a skeptic at her conservative school in Oak County, California. Everything changes when Charity’s social worker mother brings home a sweet teen runaway named Aidan to foster for the holidays. Matched in every way, Charity and Aidan quickly fall in love. But it seems he’s not the only new arrival: Charit... read more
In the near future, corporation rules every possible freedom. Without government, there can be no crime. And every act is measured against competing interests, hidden loyalties and the ever-upward pressure of the corporate ladder. Any quest for transparency is as punishable as an act of murder. But one man has managed to slip the system, a future-day "Robin Hood" who tests dairy milk outside o... read more
From the author of The Fool’s Tale and I, Iago comes a disarmingly charming and warm-hearted “romcom” about a woman, her dog, and the man who has to prove that he is good enough for both of them.Sara Renault fired Rory O’Connor from his part-time job at a Boston art museum, and in response, Rory—an Irish actor secretly nursing a crush on his beautiful boss—threw caution to the wind, leaned ove... read more
The next action-packed thriller from the author of Night Hush and Bait…On a secret assignment for MI-5, British SAS soldier Trevor Carswell is deep undercover with The Philosophy of Bedlam, a home-grown anarchist group responsible for several museum bombings. He's on the brink of unearthing their motives when Scotland Yard foils their latest attack. Desperate to escape, the Bedlamites take civ... read more
An assassin, a priest and a schoolteacher walk into a secret nuclear power plant – to Edwin McCallum, detective by trade and artist by desire – there’s something wrong with this picture. He’s going to figure out what it is if it kills him. The Link Boy is the second novel set in the Free World, a post-government future, where there are no laws. Just bottom lines."Economics affects everyone eve... read more
Monsters, robots, a sinister villain... And a boy who's about to discover that the only way to defeat EVIL is with GENIUS.Thirteen-year-old Alfonso is top of his class at the University of Doom, the super-secret Center of Evil Genius Academia and Mad Science. He longs to be a mad scientist like his father, Dr. Eugenio Frankenstein. But when family nemesis Professor James Moriarty falsely accus... read more
Have you ever wondered what the animals do when all the people leave the zoo?Stay up late, join the party and discover the Zoo's Secret.Written and illustrated by Lindsey Bell.
Boomer the bison might wish he had other bison friends and family, but he does have a lot of fun with his different prairie pals! When trouble comes prowling, Boomer discovers something special about himself...and that he has all the family he needs.
Kathy Barrister's life has never been better. Owner of a thriving massage school, Kathy loves passing on her knowledge of a healing profession to others. But when one of her students is murdered, Kathy must face a darker world than she ever knew existed. A serial killer using online advertising services is targeting prostitutes, and it appears Kathy's student has become his latest victim. What... read more
What do you do when your dreams come true? When you were twelve, camping out in the back yard, you told your best friend that if he could draw a superhero good enough, you’d give him the perfect words to say. And then it didn’t just happen, there’s even action figures now. Your comic book is on every shelf. And you live beside your best friend again. Your kids even play together, with those ac... read more
A huntress in a hostile land—armed only with bow, arrow, and the Mothers’ guidance—learns she’s not the jungle's most dangerous predator. Attacked by a ferocious beast, she fights for her life... only to discover that true danger lies not in tooth and claw, but in failing to recognize herself in the heart of her enemy.
Cybernetics. Neuroscience. Nanotechnology. Genetic engineering. Hacktivism. Transhumanism. The world of tomorrow is already here, and the technological changes we all face have inspired a new wave of stories to address our fears, hopes, dreams, and desires as Homo sapiens evolve—or not—into their next incarnation. Cyber World presents diverse tales of humanity’s tomorrow, as told by some of to... read more
We are closer to the Sims than we think …For decades, mankind has been locked in a war with an alien enemy that resembles the human race so closely they are known as the Sims. Both sides battle for control of habitable planets across the galaxies—often at any cost.Lieutenant Jander Mortas is fresh out of officer training and new to the war zone but eager to prove himself. There's just one prob... read more
Someone old, someone cruelDebutante dropout Andrea Kendricks is beyond done with big hair, big gowns, and big egos—so being dragged to a high-society Texas wedding by her socialite mama, Cissy, gives her a bad case of déjà vu. As does running into her old prep-school bully, Olivia La Belle, the wedding planner, who's graduated to berating people for a living on her reality TV show. But for all... read more
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author of A Deadly Wandering comes a pulse-pounding technological thriller—as ingenious as the works of Michael Crichton and as urgent and irresistible as an episode of 24—in which one man has three days to prevent annihilation: the outbreak of World War III.Computer genius Jeremy Stillwater has designed a machine that can predict g... read more
The apocalypse came and went in a single day. When the smoke cleared, half the people in the world were dead. As governments and communities fought to stay intact, dangerous powers manifested in a few of the survivors. Being afflicted was never easy--but when you were cast out by family, wanted by the government, grappling with inner demons, and chased by monstrous beings intent on killing you... read more
In the vein of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, Walter Jon Williams’s Conventions of War, and James S. A. Corey’s Caliban’s War comes a powerful and fast-paced new science fiction novel from Warren Hammond, the author of KOP, Ex-KOP, and KOP Killer.Maritinia is at the far edge of the Empire, a planet with little economic value in the Sire’s sphere of influence. And it’s just rebelled.With little s... read more
On her 30th birthday, Catherine Sharp has a lot to celebrate: a great IT job in Las Vegas, a growing mastery of technomancy, and a deity or two on speed dial. She’s barely had a chance to blow out her candles when she finds a half-dead body on her doorstep. Marius. For centuries, the satyr has lied, cheated and swindled the upper crust of several pantheons in service to Eris, the Greek goddess... read more
A smooth-talking ex-sergeant, accustomed to an easygoing peacetime military, unexpectedly re-joins the fleet and finds soldiers preparing for the strangest thing—war.The two hundred years’ (and counting) peace is a time of tranquility that hasn’t been seen since...well, never. Mankind in the Galactic Age had finally conquered war, so what was left for the military to do but drink and barbecue?... read more
Eleanor’s Gift is a Gothic short story, adorned with black and white illustrations and an atmosphere of darkness. During the last days of autumn, a wave of strange happenings creeps into Lord Welton’s life. It all starts when he brings the sole survivor of a mysterious accident into his household. Soon people close to Lord Welton begin to disappear and a tenebrous danger falls upon the one he ... read more
Dionelle was born unique: she is immune to fire. Shortly after marrying Reiser, Dionelle's unique talents catch the attention of a wicked noblewoman, Lady Karth, who is in need of a new dragon whisperer. Dionelle is crudely thrust into the position, but shows a natural talent for dealing with dragons. Reiser is against the idea, but Dionelle loves what she does and grows fond of the dragons, b... read more
Story 1: The beautiful city of Hasenpfeffer, USA, is made a little less beautiful as the feud between the Sm?rg?sbord Squad and H.U.N.G.E.R. Pack spills into the streets. Story 2: The origins of the Sm?rg?sbord Squad are explored as the details of the day the group came together are revealed.
Jasper works at a record shop. He's a vegan since birth, whose life gets shaken when he gets bitten by a Vampire. He finds himself with a HUGE dilemma of trying to maintain his lifelong Vegan lifestyle and fighting his newly acquired THIRST for blood. He embarks on a journey with the help of his AWESOME grandma, to fight his way to a cure and prepares himself for a showdown with the Vamp who b... read more
Daniel Douglas lives in a world where the mild-mannered receive little attention.One day his life takes a weird turn when he wakes up with a random assortment of powers. The list of powers grows and Daniel never knows when they appear or disappear. None of the powers are particularly helpful to him and they find ways to inconvenience him at every turn. As a matter of fact, we see his life spir... read more
David Holbrook exists everywhere and nowhere.David Holbrook never killed anyone, and lives a lonely and luckless existence with his aging mother in a tumbledown New Jersey town.Caught between finger and trigger, David is given three chances to decide his fate as he is compelled to live and relive all his potential existences.
The year is 1911. In Cold Spring Harbour, New York, the newly formed Eugenics Records Office is sending its agents to catalogue the infirm, the insane, and the criminal—with an eye to a cull, for the betterment of all. Near Cracked Wheel, Montana, a terrible illness leaves Jason Thistledown an orphan, stranded in his dead mother’s cabin until the spring thaw shows him the true meaning of devas... read more
They were the beautiful dreamers. From a hidden city deep in the Ural mountains, they walked the world as the coldest of Cold Warriors, under the command of the Kremlin and under the power of their own expansive minds. They slipped into the minds of Russia's enemies with diabolical ease, and drove their human puppets to murder, and worse. They moved as Gods. And as Gods, they might have remade... read more
Helen Marshall’s second fiction collection offers a series of twisted surrealities that explore the legacies we pass on to our children. A son seeks to reconnect with his father through a telescope that sees into the past. A young girl discovers what lies on the other side of her mother’s bellybutton. Death’s wife prepares herself for a very special funeral.
A child receives the body of Saint Lucia of Syracuse for her seventh birthday. A rebelling angel rewrites the Book of Judgement to protect the woman he loves. A young woman discovers the lost manuscript of Jane Austen written on the inside of her skin. A 747 populated by a dying pantheon makes the extraordinary journey to the beginning of the universe. Lyrical and tender, quirky and cutting, H... read more
The troupe’s unravelling hopes fall on their latest and most promising recruit, Webern Bell, a sixteen-year- old hunchbacked midget devoted obsessively to perfecting the surreal clown performances that come to him in his dreams. But as they travel through a landscape of abandoned amusement parks and rural ghost towns, Webern’s bizarre past starts to pursue him, as well.
Farm is the mega-conglomerate food supplier for City, populated with rabidly bureaucratic superiors, and sexually deviant tour guides dressed in chicken and duck suits. City is sprawling, technocratic, and rests hundreds of feet above the coastline on the creaking shoulders of a giant wooden pier. When the narrator’s mother disappears, he fears she has been deported under City to Pier.
Cast out of the Arabian city of Bessa by the new tyrannical sultan, a harem of 365 women must forge an army, a seraglio of steel, and use it to take back the city. But even if they succeed, their troubles will just be beginning—because their most dangerous enemy is within their own number . . . .
Everything is familiar; everything is different. Behind it all, is there some strange kind of design or merely just the chance to adapt? In Karen Heuler’s stories, characters cope with the strange without thinking it’s strange, sometimes invested in what’s going on, sometimes trapped by it, but always finding their own way in.
Hallie is missing—and so are thousands of others. Everywhere people are singing—climbing to the rooftops, to the bridges, to lamp post and road sign, steeple and water tower, singing gloriously, triumphantly, tirelessly—and dying. Hallie’s mother, Dale, goes to Manhattan to search for her. She drives in from rural New Jersey, passing abandoned cars and trucks, to make her way to the jammed Geo... read more
Eerie, intense, and masterfully-crafted, Hank Early’s gripping series debut Heaven’s Crooked Finger transports readers to a secretive community in the Georgia mountains.Earl Marcus thought he had left the mountains of Georgia behind forever, and with them, the painful memories of a childhood spent under the fundamentalist rule of his father RJ’s church―a church built on fear, penance, and the ... read more
"I know them, these hills." In the foothills of the Green Mountains, a child grows up in an abandoned village, haunted by memories of his absent parents. In a wayside tavern, a murderous innkeeper raises a young girl among the ghosts of his past victims. Elsewhere the village of Whistler's Gore is swept up in the tumult of religious fervor, while in rural Falmouth, the souls of the buried dead... read more
Grief changes people.Brittany used to be a normal teen. She ate like one. She slept like one. And she even had typical mood swings. But finding her best friend dead changed everything. Grief could explain her loss of apetite and her lack of sleep. It might explain why she sees her dead friend everywhere she goes. But it doesn't explain why everyone she touches develops bruises or why she's att... read more
Award winning author Suzanne Church’s cast of distinct characters asks “What if?” in this collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction.Can humanity survive an ice age? Will the storm man steal Wanda’s baby? When will Bob and Sebbee escape the relentless march of the Lost Circle? What is the cause of the taint in Faya’s courted ice? If you can’t escape hell, can you at least... read more
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