There are some fantastic Speculative Fiction releases coming out between October and November – here are a few to make space in your TBR pile for!
Releasing October 31st: THE RISE by Sue-Ellen Pashley.
Katie James’ life is about to change . . . again.
Having survived The Great Rise which decimated the land, the former medical student has made a new life for herself under the leadership of the Authority. But her peaceful existence on the edge of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is shattered when she discovers a body floating in the waves.
Unsure who she can trust, Katie embarks on a mission to discover the truth… even if it puts her on the same kill list.
Get your copy of THE RISE here, and remember that it’s part of the Drowned Earth series, so if you like it make sure you check out the rest of the series!
Releasing October 31st: FIRE OVER TROUBLED WATER by Nick Marone.
Six years after the Rise, Australia’s coastal towns are gone. The survivors have retreated to a series of newly formed islands off the coast of New South Wales, seeking to rebuild their lives with limited resources, destructive weather, and fierce competition amongst communities.
And not all are successful . . .
Baz is a fresh water merchant, desalinating saltwater and bartering this valuable commodity throughout the island communities. But his real mission is closer to his heart: he must find his daughter and grandchildren. While the rest of the country fights to stay alive, all Baz cares about is reuniting with the only family he has left. His greatest fear is that he’s already too late.
Get your copy of FIRE OVER TROUBLED WATER here, and remember that it’s part of the Drowned Earth series, so if you like it make sure you check out the rest of the series!
Releasing November: PROTOTYPE ALPHA-3 by Alanah Andrews.
They say that I’m not human.
I am simply the property of AWPA, the advanced weaponised projects agency.
I wish that I could be both…
Alpha-3 has a single purpose: fulfil her genetic potential. But what happens to the prototypes that don’t meet the standard?
PROTOTYPE ALPHA-3 is the latest book by Alanah Andrews – available soon!
Releasing November 1st: SHARDS OF VENUS by Tjalara Draper.
SHARDS OF VENUS is the first book in the Celestial Shifters series, and looks fantastic.
Still reeling from the vicious murder of her best friend, Violet Chambers is haunted by the “faceless” man with the neck tattoo who kidnapped her. Trying to move on is a daily struggle for the girl who spent most of her life in foster care. But when she meets Nathan, the detective who found her at her best friend’s crime scene, things begin to look more promising. Violet finally finds sanctuary for the first time in her life.
Hellbent on protecting her, Nathan Delano, a mysterious shape-shifting Veniri, will do anything he can for Violet. All he has to do is ensure Violet’s world never collides with the shifter world. But even he can’t stop the enemy determined to destroy her and anyone she gets close to.
Suddenly, Violet doesn’t know who she can trust. With a pact broken and her safety on the line, will Violet save herself before it’s too late? To find out, follow the link!
Releasing November 1st: THE NEW ASYLUM by Frank Prem.
This collection is an exposé of life in the public psychiatric system, spanning five decades and describing sometimes graphically, sometimes ironically, often poignantly, and always honestly, a search for meaning in extraordinary and often incomprehensible circumstances.
The journey begins with childhood experiences of watching immigrant parents earn their living in the Mayday Hills Mental Asylum, progresses through the oddities and antics of psychiatric nurse training in the 1970 on to the high-pressure coalface of managing regional centres facing an inundation of modern urban challenges. Finally settling into the generally calmer waters of a small town residential facility.
Join Frank Prem on his New Asylum journey, and discover what it means to become that particular ‘mental health creature’ that is a psychiatric nurse. While perhaps not speculative fiction, this book will sure shed a unique light of the darkness of the mental health system. Here’s the link.
Releasing November 7th: SHADOWMANCY by Jason Franks.
On a mountain that does not exist, there is a school where they teach the impossible.
From his first day at the Academy, things are difficult for Quay. Though he has surrendered his name, like every other acolyte at the magical school, Quay is the son of a disgraced professor, and he finds that his father’s old enemies are already lined up against him–while the professor’s own faction is just as suspicious. Quay refuses to take a side, but as his powers grow it becomes apparent that the damaged young boy may prove a greater threat than his father ever was.
Deep in the Library of Shadows, Quay finds a way to survive his father’s treacherous legacy, but the price is high indeed. To find out just how high, have a look at Amazon!
Releasing November 1st: ELECTRON’S BLADE by Ian C. Douglas.
It’s war! Ruthless terrorists force the Governor of Mars into military action.
Only one boy can stop the bloodshed. Psychic teenager Zeke Hailey speaks the ancient Martian language. He alone can figure out the riddle of Electron’s Blade. This mysterious alien artefact may hold the secret to peace on the red planet. Both the Governor and rebel colonists seek Zeke’s help. But which side should he trust?
As old foes return, the conflict rapidly escalates. Zeke discovers that nowhere, not even his beloved school for psychics, is safe from the warfare. But is there a deeper conspiracy at work? Who are the shadowy Martian State Brigade? And what of the Spiral, still haunting Zeke’s visions? Is Zeke a pawn in a game played since the dawn of time? Will he stop the apocalypse, or release it? You can pre-order here!
Releasing November 8th: THE DAWNHOUNDS by Sasha Stronach.
Come here, my dearest calamity. I’ve a story to tell – it starts with a shipwreck, and ends with a kiss.
A ship rolls through the fog, its doomed crew fallen victim to an engineered plague. Yat Jyn-Hok—disgraced cop, former thief, long lost love to a flame-haired street girl—stumbles across its deadly trail, but powerful men will do anything to keep it secret.
They kill Yat.
It doesn’t stick.
An ancient intelligence reanimates her, and sends her out to enact its monstrous designs. She has her own plans: to find her lost love, and solve her own murder before the plague tears the city to pieces. But what are the golden threads she sees running through the city walls? What does her inhuman saviour want from her? Why can’t she die?
Set in Hainak Kuay Vitraj—where lost gods live in the cracks in the sidewalk, where the miracle of alchemical botany makes flesh as malleable as clay—The Dawnhounds is a story of rebirth, redemption, and the long road home. I definitely don’t want to miss out on this – so here’s the pre-order link!
Releasing November 11th: CHRISTMAS AUSTRALIS by True Dialogue.
A dark Family Secret. A web of deception. Exiles in alien lands. Who will survive their Australian Christmas calamity to celebrate the festive season?
CHRISTMAS AUSTRALIS: A Frighteningly Festive Anthology of Spine Jingling Tales contains a novella, two novelettes and five short stories – something for everyone this Festive Season.
If you’re looking for Christmas Stories with a twist, then pre-order CHRISTMAS AUSTRALIS here!
Releasing November 15th: TIME OF BREATH by Paul Mannering.
Waking up this morning was the last thing Charlotte Pudding expected to do. Now she is with Vole Drakeforth and a mysterious woman on a quest to find the only man who knows what is really going on.
In the desert country of Pathia, where ideas are hard currency, they search for answers and a tree.
It will take more than an ex-wife, a revolution, and the mystery of a famous Arthurian artefact to stop Charlotte from uncovering the ultimate truth.
TIME OF BREATH is Book Three in Paul Mannering’s Drakeforth Series, and you can go to IFWG Publishing Australia’s website for pre-order options, and details of their many interesting titles.
Releasing November 18th: FIGMENTS AND FRAGMENTS by Deborah Sheldon.
Brutal. Compelling. Sinister.
From wheat farms, roadhouses, caravan parks and beaches to quiet suburban streets and inner-city apartments, award-winning author Deborah Sheldon tells distinctly Australian stories about violence, loss, betrayal and revenge.
Figments and Fragments includes three new stories written especially for the collection.
To find out more or to pre-order a copy, go to the website of IFWG Publishing Australia.
Releasing November 20th: PIERROT’S SONG by Rachel Nightingale.
In PIERROT’S SONG (Tales of Tarya book three) the travelling players of Litonya have destroyed many lives by manipulating the mystical realm of Tarya, and Mina has discovered her brother is one of their victims. Although she is determined to stop them, her hopes for help from the Council of Muses have been dashed. The only possibility for healing lies in a journey to the heart of Litonya, and into a past long lost to history.
When ancient stories give up their forgotten secrets, a path forward begins to appear. But love and talent are pushed to their limits as Mina and her companions come face to face with an enemy who has finally stepped out of the shadows.
Here’s the link to the publisher, Odyssey Books, who you will be able to order PIERROT’S SONG through when it becomes available!
Releasing November 26th: EERIE CHRISTMAS by Black Hare Press.
Here’s something to put under the tree! EERIE CHRISTMAS is a Christmas Theme anthology published by Black Hare Press.
Christmas tales of darkness and horror to fill your stockings this holiday season. What horrors lie in wait on this special night? What macabre monstrosities might manifest? What evil lurks in every rooftop display?
EERIE CHRISTMAS contains 44 terrifying Christmas tales never told before. Featured authors include Zoey Xolton, Alice Lam, Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer, D.M. Burdett, Neen Cohen, Sam M. Phillips and Stephen Herczeg. Pre-order your copy here!
Releasing November 30th: SUBMERGED CITY by Austin P. Sheehan.
Six months ago, a tsunami devastated Melbourne, submerging the central business district and dividing the city in two. The mainland is now under martial law, controlled by General Messinger who believes the Rise was God’s retribution against a sinful world.
David escaped Messinger’s persecution and the violence of the mainland by fleeing to the remains of the city skyscrapers jutting out of the rising waters. Life in the flooded city is tough, resources are scarce, and the constant raids by the Defence Force keep everyone on edge. But David is determined to survive, protecting the one thing the Rise hasn’t taken from him—his adopted son, Salim.
When Salim goes missing, taken during one of Messinger’s raids, David is determined to get him back—even if that means facing the wrath of Messinger and the Australian Defence Force. But he won’t be fighting alone.
SUBMERGED CITY is part of the Drowned Earth series, made up of eight standalone novellas by eight Australian authors.
Releasing November 30th: FIRE OVER TROUBLED WATER by Marcus Turner.
Maria may have survived the initial Rise, but the survivor encampment where she lives is now in the grip of famine. One day, when Maria discovers an unconscious man in a strange boat. He babbles about an enormous floating ‘lotus city’ with enough food to feed the survivors many times over. The only problem is that this city is reserved for the wealthy and powerful.
Maria is determined to right this terrible injustice, where—once again—the elite have left the common folk to starve.
The tides of war are rising, and the lotus cities will know the vengeance of all those left behind.
TIDES OF WAR is part of the Drowned Earth series, made up of eight standalone novellas by eight Australian authors.
Releasing November 30th: LEGACY OF GHOSTS by Alicia Wanstall-Burke.
Four years have passed since Lidan’s world was ripped apart, and time is running out to change her father’s mind about the succession before the bargain with her mother expires. Torn between what she wants and what she knows is right, and she is faced with an impossible choice; will her brother live, or will he die?
Within the walls of the Hidden Keep, Ranoth holds his secrets close as he tries to harness his wild magic. But when life in the Keep descends into chaos, he is cast once more into the outside world, forced upon a southward path toward unknown lands and untold danger.
With Ran set on seeking justice and revenge, and Lidan fighting to find her feet and follow her heart, journeys will converge, and the ghosts of a past thought long dead will rise. LEGACY OF GHOSTS is book two in The Coraidic Sagas and is available for preorder here.
Releasing December: DEAD QUEEN WALING by Tansy Rayner Roberts.
Once upon a time, Ella of Charming made a wish to become a fairy tale Queen, and won her happy ever after. But that was before the child was stolen, before the spinning wheel curse, and the lost decades fighting monsters in a dream world while life went on without her.
Now her sons are all grown up, her husband is a tree, her daughter is missing after a magical meltdown… and none of her Royal gowns have enough pockets for all her weapons.
Welcome back to Charming, a kingdom full of hot mess Royals, the Hounds who love them, and beanstalks that bite back. Will Kai and Dennis sacrifice love for duty? Will Ziyi finally make amends to the family she abandoned? Will Camilla’s magic doom them all? Go to the author’s website for more!
Releasing December 1st: BLACKBIRDS SING by Aiki Flinthart.
Four-and-twenty extraordinary women; one chance to save a kingdom.
What would you sacrifice to save your family, your loved ones, yourself?
In September 1486, the reign of King Henry VII of England is again threatened by York loyalists. The only thing standing in the way is a four-hundred-year-old sidhe who just wants to be left alone, and a group of London women with a lot to lose if England is plunged back into war.
But, in 1486, women have no power. Only the ability to make difficult choices and sometimes-heartbreaking sacrifices.
Become immersed in the fascinating, perilous lives of these women, as told through the medium of 25 interwoven short stories. A prostitute selling her daughter’s virginity to pay her debts; a nun returning to the world after 30 years; laundress whose son is murdered; a lady’s maid hiding her Jewish culture; a blind musician running from a forced marriage; and more.
Each story is a piece in the puzzle. Each woman faces her own trials as she plays her small part in the desperate attempt to protect King Henry and his wife, Elizabeth of York.
Because if they fail, England will once again be thrust into civil war between the Yorks and Lancasters. And these four-and-twenty women have already sacrificed too much.
BLACKBIRDS SING: A Ruadan Sidhe Origin Story sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Here’s the link!
Releasing December 1st: FIVE DRAGONS by Pamela Jeffs.
An Amberwing mother’s eggs are stolen. The Peace Accords held between human, dragon and merfolk races crumble. Aliens invade the planet and dragons start to go missing.
Eridan is a planet in peril.
This speculative-themed collection follows the stories of five dragon breeds. Amberwing, Hydraclaw, Soulslinger, Chronohide and Glamourwing. Each tale connects with the next; a tapestry telling that highlights lives lived against the canvas of a world at war.
Here live dragons.
Welcome to Eridan.
If you love dragon’s, you’ll probably want to click this pre-order link right about now.
Releasing December 9th: APOCALYPSE by Black Hare Press.
A post-apocalyptic adventure of tiny proportions. Venture into the unknown, into a time when society has broken down and every man, woman and child (and the odd monster or alien) must fight for themselves.
What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?
APOCALYPSE is Black Hare Press’ sixth anthology of dark drabbles, stories of exactly one hundred words, from authors all over the world. Several Australian and Kiwi authors featured include Aiki Flinthart, Alanah Andrews, Austin P. Sheehan, J. A. Henderson, Jem McKusker, Melanie Harding-Shaw, Nikky Lee, R. A. Goli, Stephen Herczeg and Zoey Xolton. Here’s the pre-order link!
Releasing December 15th: THE BLOODWOLF WAR by Paula Boer.
Equinora, the world where horses live in harmony with people, is in trouble. The six unicorn guardians created by the Goddess have abandoned their roles and vicious bloodwolves rampage across the land, massacring the herds and villagers.
Fleet, a young stallion without a territory, dreams of galloping with other horses and building a herd of his own. But an attack by a bloodwolf leaves him poisoned and alone. Driven by despair and a promise to fulfil his dying dam’s vision, Fleet sets out to discover how to vanquish the bloodwolves. The only help the renegade unicorns provide is to insist Fleet follow a prophecy to confront the villainous Shadow, an equine so powerful that the Goddess imprisoned him to prevent him destroying her realm.
Accompanied by Yuma, a young man desperate to escape his destiny, and Tatuk, a tiny dragon, Fleet seeks Shadow and a cure for the bloodwolf poison. But even as he begins to fear the selfish unicorns have sent him to his death, he discovers a secret that might mean he has a chance to save all horses and people from annihilation. You can pre-order it right now here!
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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