There are some fantastic Speculative Fiction releases coming out between September and November, but first – releasing on the 31st of August – is THE RUINED LAND and CURSES & CAULDRONS.
THE RUINED LAND (Chronicles of the Pale 3) by Clare Rhoden.
Exiled from the Pale, humachine Hector has found a home with the tribes Outside. Or has he?
While the canini struggle to care for the human twins, Feather travels Broad Plain to reunite them with their father. But his own family is scattered as the Pale sends out its terrifying army and the land itself buckles beneath them.
Can anyone survive the ruination of the land?
In this gripping conclusion to the The Chronicles of the Pale, the citizens of the mighty Pale have as much to lose as the communities of the Outside. This one’s going to be great – here’s the link!
CURSES & CAULDRONS by Blood Song Books.
Over 200 tiny dark tales of magic, mischief, murder, mayhem & madness… You do not want to get on the wrong side of these witches! Let us cast a spell on you… with just 100 words.
This collection features Zoey Xolton, Umair Mirxa, Shawn M. Klimek, Alanah Andrews, Stacey Jaine McIntosh, Belinda Brady, Stuart Conover, Stephen Herczeg, Patrick Winters, David Rae & Galina Trefil and 65 other talented international authors!
Releasing September 2nd: METAMORPHOSIS by Claire Fitzpatrick.
Madeline will never become a woman. William will never become a man. Does June deserve to be human? Does Lilith deserve a heart?
Seventeen stories. Seventeen tales of terror.
If imperfection is crucial to a society’s survival, what makes a monster?
This sounds like a collection of short stories I do not want to miss!
METAMORPHOSIS is available for pre-order here.
Releasing September 3rd: THE PRISONER’S KEY (Glass and Steele book 8) by C.J. Archer.
India’s study into the language of spells is interrupted by the arrest of her teacher for an unpaid debt. Before Matt can repay it for him, the powerful magician escapes from his prison cell. To make matters worse, the moneylender is murdered and the magician is implicated.
Convinced of his innocence, India and Matt must discover who really killed the moneylender before the police find the magician. Their investigation leads them down a path littered with lies, betrayal, scandal, and interference from people they don’t trust.
Meanwhile, Matt’s relatives accuse Cyclops of ruining their daughter, and plan to marry off their manipulative youngest to someone even more manipulative and far more powerful. Should Matt and India support the union, or try to stop it? And how will they stop Cyclops from being deported back to America?
Find out here!
Releasing September 5th: REVELATION (A Divided Elements origin story) by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky
Once known as Paris, the walled city-state of Otpor is enjoying a new Golden Age.
The horrors of the Singularity and Emancipation forgotten, citizens now revel in a veritable utopia of ubiquitous drugs, alcohol, and entertainment, washed down with full employment, universal healthcare, and affordable housing. All made possible by the Orthodoxy—a new world order where everything is engineered to maximum efficiency, including identities.
But, Lira—conditioned to be a Cleaner—wants something more. Risking detention by the authorities, her thieving ways have put her in contact with an opportunistic Water Elemental and both of them in the path of dangerous secrets about Otpor’s history and its dominant ideology, the Orthodoxy. Check it out here.
Releasing September 5th: WORLDS BEYOND (The Indigo Reports 3.0) by Tracy Cooper-Posey
Peace is balanced on a knife edge…
With the incomparable advantage of personal bridge forges and the elusive flying city, Demos, Bellona and her Ledanians have contained their rabid enemies, the Alliance, for more than a decade, preventing them from swallowing whole the hundreds of worlds who look to Bellona to preserve their freedom and peace. If the Alliance’s relentless ambition to find a decisive advantage is realized, the delicate balance Bellona maintains would be destroyed, and the free worlds vulnerable.
Rumours emerge from the Alliance-annexed states of a new type of bridge forge which might just be the tool the Alliance needs to defeat her…
WORLDS BEYOND is the final book in the Indigo Reports space opera science fiction series by award-winning SF author Tracy Cooper-Posey. If sci-fi is your thing, make sure you check this one out here!
Releasing September 12th: STORMING AREA 51 by Black Hare Press.
Explore the horrifying and entertaining exploits and tales of the survivors from the Storm on Area 51. Perhaps what lies hidden, should sometimes remain so…
When an unsuspecting young man from California instigates a comedic social media campaign to storm Area 51—the site of alien legend—little does he realise that this small action will bring about the end of the world as we know it.
Millions of people line up outside the gates of the military base in Rachel, Nevada, and when the Storming begins, it’s a bloodbath.
“The screaming…the blood…the bits of flesh… I’ll never forget it.” – Emily Sparrow, 28
“I thought the Naruto run could outrun bullets. I was wrong. We were all wrong.” – Sexy_Kikashi_69
“Took me nineteen years, but I can finally say with certainty that aliens impregnated my wife. Mother f*****s.” – Earl Justice, 64
The secrets hidden within the high security facility were unleashed upon the world with devastating effects for the whole of humanity.
Inspired by humanity’s reckless pursuit of knowledge, and the reckless ideas to storm a U.S. Air Force base, the folks at Black Hare Press have created a unique collection. Make sure you check this one out! Here’s the link.
Releasing September 14th: SALOONS & STARDUST by Pamela Jeffs.
Four Ink Press presents a science fiction collection by author Pamela Jeffs, featuring tales of ‘courageous women’.
Immerse yourself in alternate landscapes, from ancient oceans to the weird wilds of western frontiers. There you will find a mechanical dragon feeding on extraterrestrial oil to survive, an undertaker scouring alien battlefields for the dog tags of dead soldiers, the daughter of a pirate forging figureheads for spaceships and chimeras duelling at high noon.
This collection also features the Aurealis Award nominated short story ‘Cards and Steel Hearts’. Be brave. Open the pages. Explore.
Here is the pre-order link if you don’t want to miss out! And if you’d like to know more about the Australian publisher Four Ink Press, here is their website.
Releasing October 6th: FIGHT LIKE A GIRL by Aiki Flinthart.
Women are not men with mammaries. They don’t approach, handle, or react to violence in the same way.
Aiki Flinthart is a long-time martial artist, archer, knife-thrower, assault-survivor, and author of 11+ novels – all with kick-ass heroines and heroes.
In Fight Like a Girl, she brings her own experience, plus the results of extensive research and interviews, to the table for fellow authors.
You should come away with an excellent understanding of the differences between males and females, how they fight, react, and think. What weapons and techniques work well for smaller physiques. How it feels to be involved in a fight.
You’ll also get a deep understanding of how to apply that knowledge to an actual fight scene. A step by step guide to how to write and pace your fight scene, word choices, foreshadowing, character arcs, and how to pack an emotional punch.
No, FIGHT LIKE A GIRL: Writing Fight Scenes for Female Characters is not the latest in Flinthart’s Kalima Chronicles of the Ruadhan Side series, but is a book designed to help other writers with their craft. Here’s the link!
Releasing October 7th: MATERNAL INSTINCT by Rebecca Bowyer.
Australia 2040. No child lives in poverty and every child is safe. But at what cost?
19-year-old Monica never wanted a baby but the laws require her to give birth twice before she can move on with her life.
Now that her first son, Oscar, has arrived she’s not so sure she wants to hand him over to be raised by professional parents: the Maters and Paters.
When Monica turns to her birth mother, Alice, for help, she triggers a series of events that force Alice to confront her own dark past. Alice must decide – help her daughter break the law, or persuade her to accept her fate and do what’s best for the nation’s children?
October can’t come quickly enough, this book sounds amazing! Here’s the link to Amazon where you can pre-order it!
Releasing October 8th: WICKED WINGS (Lizzie Grace book 5) by KERI ARTHUR.
In a reservation where magic has been unrestrained for entirely too long, there is no rest from the wicked…
After dealing with the fallout of a shape-shifting, fire-throwing demon, Lizzie, Belle, and Aiden are hoping the reservation will finally catch a break from the constant influx of evil. Those hopes are quickly dashed when Lizzie comes across the scent of evil and tracks it back to the clean-picked bones of a man.
As it quickly becomes obvious that this is not a one-off situation and there’s now a demon with a taste for human flesh on the reservation, another problem arises in the form of a White Lady—a ghost not only seeking bloody revenge, but demanding Belle’s assistance to get it.
And she won’t take no for an answer.
But the greatest threat of all might be the witch who is a magical bloodhound. A witch who’s been sent to the reservation to by one Clayton Marlowe…
If that’s left you wanting more, go here and pre-order a copy! You won’t regret it!
Releasing October 31st: SHADOWS OF A NIGHTMARE by Scott G. Gibson.
This is a short story collection to haunt your nightmares and end the world as you know it.
These chilling tales are not ashamed of visceral horror, of blood splashing freely across the page: “The Rage”, a grisly apocalyptic tale where a viral plague of anger overcomes humans; “Meat Market”, about a killer monster who preys on gym-junkies to eat their well-toned flesh; “The Ghost”, a harrowing supernatural tale about a man who is haunted by the world’s most murderous spirit; “Alien Invasion”, a story of extra-terrestrial beings taking over the world; “The Man in the Van” shows us what happens when an amateur sleuth tries to save his girlfriend from a vicious kidnapper; plus many more.
Are you ready to enter a labyrinth of fear and thrills? Scott G. Gibson’s SHADOWS OF A NIGHTMARE brings you spine-tingling stories to keep you awake at night. Read them if you dare.
This is definitely a must-read for anyone who likes a healthy dose of horror and gore. Here’s the link.
Releasing October 31st: SUBMERGED CITY, FIRE OVER TROUBLED WATER and RISEN (The Drowned Earth series).
The first three instalments of Aussie Speculative Fiction’s upcoming Drowned Earth series of novellas; SUBMERGED CITY by Austin P. Sheehan, FIRE OVER TROUBLED WATER by Nick Marone, and RISEN by Sue-Ellen Pashley will be released on the same day. These are the first of eight novellas set in the same world – an Australia that has been drowned by rising sea levels – and they are sure to make an impact! Each novella will be a tales of survival, of struggles against the elements, and the monsters that this dangerous new world has created. ASF have created a Drowned Earth kickstarter where you can back the project in return for not just the e-books or paperbacks, but some extra-special goodies as well! Check it out here – everyone involved would be really thankful for your support! You can also check out each author’s website (Austin – Nick – Sue-Ellen) and read their interviews about the Drowned Earth project (Austin – Nick – Sue-Ellen).
There are some great books about to be published by some wonderful Australian authors! Don’t forget to pre-order or mark as ‘to read’ on Goodreads if they appeal to you. If you still want more Aussie Spec Fic books, have a look at the Reviews page on our website!
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