*Note from admin: I have no read these books, I simply collect them and assemble the post. This is just a way of showing you releases you might not otherwise see. Read the blurb and as always, if not KULL, download a sample. And if you want your book in this showcase, email bookpimping at outlook dot com.
DAVID WELCH: Tales of the Far Wanderers
To Gunnar of the Tarn life is wandering. A half-breed with no home to return to, he has escaped the endless wars of his father’s people to drift through the vastness of a land once known as North America. Slow to trust and swift with a sword, he had resigned himself to a lonely, itinerant life. That all changes the day he meets Kamith of the Red Horse. The last of her kind, Kamith barely escapes being sacrificed and joins Gunnar in his wanderings. Together, they will try to build some sort of life in a wild and brutal world. Mad priests, crazy fertility rituals, roving slavers, land-hungry kingdoms, desperate sieges, sprawling civil wars, and deranged warriors are only a few of the challenges they’ll face. Their only reward? To survive and live another day by each other’s side.
Inspired by the sword-slinging pulp heroes of old, this story cycle tells the tales of two vagabonds spurned by the world, and forced to fight off it’s madness at every step. But they’re nothing if not tough, and find in each other much to fight for, and to live for…
MACKEY CHANDLER: Neither Here Nor There
This is a stand alone story unrelated to any of my other books or shorts.
So many scientific discoveries have been serendipity rather than a goal to which someone worked as a logical progression. Instead, it was a spill or a misplaced item.
An ingredient measured out in error or from the wrong bottle. Often, a mistake over which someone was bright enough or curious enough to say: “Oops, but that’s interesting, isn’t it?” Uranium ore left next to photo plates, adhesive that wasn’t as permanent as hoped for, but still usefully tacky, or foreign growths in a Petri dish acting strangely…
A major revelation could be a blessing indeed, or if it was big enough to be a life changing development, one might have a tiger by the tail. Wouldn’t that be interesting?
J. M. NEY-GRIMM: Fate’s Door
Secrets, like troubles, come in threes. When you possess one of either, two more arrive to keep it company.
Nerine, a sea nymph of the ancient world, knows too much about both.
Each morning, in the chill before the sun’s rising, Nerine and the three Fates stand under the mighty branches of the World Tree, gazing into the depths of the root-girdled Well of Destiny, watching the dooms that must come to pass that day.
When the dawn’s visions show Nerine’s lover—shipwrecked and drowning—all her renounced yearning for him rises anew.
Surely, as handmaiden to the Fates themselves, she might tilt the odds to give her beloved a chance.
Somehow—this day, this morning, this time—Nerine must subvert destiny or lose the companion of her heart forever.
Love and coming of age in a mythic Mediterranean where the gods and goddesses of old shape history.
JEB KINNISON: Nephilim.
Mt. Hermon, Utah, is the ideal small town—until forces of darkness from deep beneath the mountain lead its people astray.
Sara is the new kid in town — moved with her divorced mother from a wealthy Long Island suburb, her Jewish roots are no help when a relentless angel comes calling. Jared has lived there all his life, and his addiction to online games and porn has his grades tumbling and his Mormon family worried. Together, Jared and Sara fight the battle of their lives against spirits from the Underworld.
“Sophisticated YA (some mild sex, high school setting) Mormon Gothic (with introduction to Mormon history, doctrine, and mythology), paranormal (demons and angels) romance and adventure.”
ALMA BOYKIN: In the Vliets: A Steampunk Adventure.
Hamburg’s half-buried canals, the vliets, hold a secret and a key.
The Prussians conquered Hamburg in 1865, adding the city-state to their new German Empire against the city’s will. Jakob Timmerman fought in that war—as a mage-soldier called Jaeger. Twenty-five years later that war resumes among the waterways and hidden channels of the great port city of Hamburg. Imperial mages and their klankmänner—armored men condemned to half-life for treason or murder—stalk the city.
Jakob accidentally discovers the Imperials’ secret. Now his only hope for safety, and for justice, lies in the vliets among the very men who hate his kind the most.
LAURA MONTGOMERY: Mercenary Calling.
Exoplanets. Terrorists. Lawyers…
Calvin Tondini has his first client, but he may be in over his head.
It’s the twenty-second century. Humanity’s first and only interstellar starship returns safely. Its mission to discover a habitable planet succeeded beyond all hopes, but there’s one problem. Captain Paolina Nigmatullin of the USS Aeneid left an unsanctioned human colony behind and now stands charged with mutiny.
Despite a somewhat spontaneous approach to his own career, life, and limb, Calvin intends to map a more cautious path for his new client. Captain Nigmatullin, however, shows an unnerving penchant for talk shows—appearing on them, that is—and otherwise ignoring her attorney’s sober counsel.
How can Calvin ensure his client’s freedom when death stalks the Aeneid’s crew, and Nigmatullin herself hides secrets from everyone, even her lawyer?
BLAKE SMITH: Test of Valor.
Alain de Kerauille wants to be a knight more than anything in the world, to win as many jousting tournaments as he can, become wealthy and famous, and gain the hand of the fair lady Emma. As a squire in a noble household, he’s well on his way to success, and when he’s chosen to joust in a celebratory tournament, all of his dreams seem within his grasp. Until his rivalry with a fellow squire reaches the boiling point, threatening to destroy everything Alain has worked for and send his future crashing down around him.
Nah King, Nah Queen
Kings are not preservers of liberty. Regardless of how much they even try to be, and how much they are pictured as such in fantasy stories. When some magical whatsit talks about the king as a preserver of ancient liberties, unless the king is also a magical whatsit, the best that can be hoped for is that the liberties of noblemen, magicians and other important people will be preserved.
The vast amorphous people, the “little people” of the kingdom. Well, those might be used in an alliance against noblemen, if it’s needed, but respecting their liberties is almost impossible, because there are so many of them and from a king’s pov they don’t often want what they should want, which amounts to the stuff he wants, relating to foreign relations and trade, and all that good stuff.
Presidents are of course different from kings. They hold the honor for a short time, and are supposed to preserve our liberties.
Note supposed to. The problem is, of course, that form follows function, and when the presidency concentrates too much power onto itself, inevitably, it becomes a kingship. And listening to all those small people who don’t want to do what you think they should becomes an annoyance.
It’s time to make our constitutional presidency less powerful, the ability to affect our daily lives less concentrated on one fallible man.
The alternative is to resign ourselves to monarchs, and I for one ain’t gonna.
Happy President’s day. Let’s make it small.