There are some fantastic Speculative Fiction releases coming out between now and February – here are a few to make space in your TBR pile for!
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. Here’s the link!
SUBMERGED CITY is part of the Drowned Earth series, made up of eight standalone novellas by eight Australian authors.
November 30th: TIDES OF WAR by Marcus Turner.
Maria may have survived the initial Rise, but the survivor encampment where she lives is now in the grip of famine. The crops are failing. Food stores are running low. Tensions are at an all time high.
Until one day when Maria discovers a dying man while out fishing. Upon regaining consciousness he tells her of an enormous floating ‘lotus city’, with enough food to feed the survivors many times over… except this city is reserved for the wealthy and powerful alone.
Determined to right this terrible injustice, Maria forges an alliance with the other survivor communities, to take from the wealthy elite what they hoarded for themselves.
The tides of war are rising, and the lotus cities will know the vengeance of all those left behind.
You won’t want to miss this – here’s the link for TIDES OF WAR, part of the Drowned Earth series.
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 WALKING 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!
December 1st: BLACKBIRDS SING by Aiki Flinthart.
Four-and-twenty extraordinary women; one chance to save a kingdom.
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.
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. 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!
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 1st: ESME’S GIFT by Elizabeth Foster.
In the enchanted world of Aeolia, fifteen-year-old Esme Silver is faced with her hardest task yet. She must master her unruly Gift – the power to observe the past – and uncover the secrets she needs to save her mother, Ariane.
In between attending school in the beguiling canal city of Esperance, Esme and her friends – old and new – travel far and wide across Aeolia, gathering the ingredients for a potent magical elixir.
Their journey takes them to volcanic isles, sunken ruins and snowy eyries, spectacular places fraught with danger, where they must confront their deepest fears and find hope in the darkest of places. ESME’S GIFT, the second instalment in the Esme trilogy, is an enthralling fantasy adventure for readers 12 years and over.
Check here for the link!
December 3rd: VERITAS’ ARK by Jo Seysener.
Veritas lives in a lush, utopian world – and hates it. Tucked away in her Greenhouse built by the enigmatic Jase who warns her against anything extreme, she begins to experiment.
Centuries before, the planet rebelled against humanity and destroyed all but a few souls. Now the Earth is revered as a hostile god.
Trapped beneath a sky of ice in a land of perfection, Veritas longs to Create, her hands curled in the sacred Earth of her Greenhouse.
Forbidden to Create, Veritas flouts the rules too many times. Imprisoned in the Vault, Veritas’ strongest hope is her best – and only – friend, Jase. The man who built her beautiful Greenhouse – her Ark – twining the vines with his own hands.
When Veritas learns of her own magic, she questions the loyalty of the man she trusts most. Here’s the link!
December 3rd: THE TEMPLE OF FORGOTTEN SECRETS by C.J. Archer.
Glancia is plunged into perilous times, but it’s the events in her village that worry Josie more. A terrible fire puts the lives of those she loves at risk and threatens to shatter the uneasy peace.
Josie and the captain investigate the cause of the blaze, but powerful enemies try to stop them. As the dangers grow more intense, so do the feelings between Josie and the captain.
With nobles circling and plotting, new arrivals in the village cause a stir, for they recognize one of the servants. Those who’ve lost their memories are suddenly more hopeful of learning about their pasts, but this new discovery only throws up more questions than answers. Answers the captain will do anything to discover.
To pre-order your copy of THE TEMPLE OF FORGOTTEN SECRETS: After the Rift Book 4, click here!
December 5th: EARTH: The Fatal Frontier by Natasja Rose.
Earth Technology was no match for the might of the Federation’s Advance Research Corps.
Humans – those who survived, at least – preferred the term ‘Invading Space Army’, amid protests about being experimented upon. The Alien scientists found their quibbling about the ethics of non-consenting test subjects tedious, but admitted that the natives were best suited to help the research teams navigate this Deathworld.
Vera was absolutely holding a grudge over the massacre of the facility where she worked, but you didn’t survive weekly team productivity meetings without learning how to hide emotion and fake compliance. She wasn’t a wildlife expert, but the Australian sense of humour bred a wealth of knowledge on how to inflict wildlife on unsuspecting foreigners…
The real battle for Earth’s liberation wouldn’t be fought between armies, but by a scattered handful of survivours fuelled by spite and a basic knowledge of how to survive a world where everything is designed to kill you.
Here’s the link – I think this book sounds like a blast!
December 7th: JOURNEYS by Aussie Speculative Fiction.
15 Australian authors.
What games do the dead play?
Can the ambassador negotiate peace with a hostile alien race?
Why is Rae so terrified of a letter from the ‘Next Chapter’ Department of Lebensqualitat?
Read about living mannequins, prison ships, pandemics and more in JOURNEYS, the second annual anthology from Aussie Speculative Fiction. Here’s the link!
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!
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!
December 15th: CAPRICORN by Aussie Speculative Fiction.
This anthology from Aussie Speculative Fiction contains twisted poems and dark stories inspired by the sea-goat Capricorn, as well as retellings of the myths behind this Zodiac sign.
The featured stories cover multiple genres, including science-fiction, fantasy, horror, dystopian and urban fantasy.
Where do you turn when water is your enemy? Find out in THE SEA FATHER’S DUE.
Discover what lies in wait for Eshan and the colonists who land on a planet in the Gamma Capricornus system in CAPRICORN’S RETURN.
Simon wakes up on a dirt floor, alone in a cell. How did he get there? What further betrayals lie in wait? Find out in THE JUDAS GOAT.
This anthology features Stephen Herczeg, Maddie Jensen, Alanah Andrews, Brianna Bullen, Helena McAuley, Marc Turner, Sam M. Phillips, Austin P. Sheehan, Zoey Xolton, Nikky Lee, Dee Cheers and a foreword by Sasha Hanton.
December 15th: A FANTASY CRHISTMAS: Tales From the Hearth.
13 unforgettable Christmas stories. Fantasy doesn’t get any better than this.
Thirteen stories – Thirteen authors.
One theme – A Fantasy Christmas.
Michelle Crow – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Tinkmas
Pam Hage – Winter Gardens
Deanna Young – Late To The Party
A. A. Warne – FrankenSanta
Kieran McKiel – The Snows At Asrum
Haskell Crow – Sugared Dates
Serena Dawson – A Heist, A Prophecy, And A Unicorn
Joshua A. Brown – For All Of Chainsmyth
R. A. Darlinge – The Faded Photograph
Ezra Raikes – Half Chained, Entirely Unwanted
Dragonness Wyverna – A Solstice Promise
L. R. Huseboe – Folly Amongst The Holly
E. S. Fulrán – Hunter’s Moon
Here’s the link for what’s sure to be an unforgettable Christmas anthology!
December 15th: LETTERS FROM THE LIGHT by Shel Calopa.
IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE LIGHT IS A PRIVILEGE
In a future Australia, where light is only for the powerful and the poor struggle in darkness, Sam grew up praying for a way out. Living as the only sighted boy in a town of blind workers was tough. Discovering it didn’t have to be that way was tougher.
Sam is just one of five desperate people, each from vastly different societies, who must survive prejudice, calamity, and each other to unlock the secrets of their world, and ultimately help a fabled Ai defeat an ancient foe.
LETTERS FROM THE LIGHT is a debut dystopian sci-fi novel by Australian author Shel Calopa. Join her and celebrate diversity, explore the corrupting influence of power, and ask whether it’s truly possible to break free of your upbringing.
To ask yourself WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO ESCAPE THE DARK? click here!
December 26th: THE JINDABYNE SECRET by Jo Hart.
After the oceans rose, survivors migrated in-land. Fresh water is now scarce and rationed out to the settlements from secret, highly protected facilities. But the rations are not enough and the communities are slowly dying.
19-year-old Jax treks to the marketplace in hopes of trading for some hydro-canisters, instead he’s given an opportunity to give his family a fighting chance at survival.
With nothing but a map and a rickety solar truck, Jax journeys to a top-secret government facility at Lake Jindabyne—one of the few freshwater lakes left in Australia. He encounters feral goats, a teenage girl with one hell of a punch, and deadly government soldiers. He discovers an idyllic community for a privileged few who never have to worry about lack of water.
Outraged by the injustice of these people having excess water while his family suffers from dehydration, Jax hatches a plan. At first he starts small—stealing just enough water to ease the parched tongues back home—but with each trip the risks he takes become greater. It is only a matter of time before he gets caught. And the penalty for hydro-theft is death.
THE JINDABYNE SECRET is part of the Drowned Earth series, made up of eight standalone novellas by eight Australian authors.
January 7th: OASIS by Katya de Becerra.
In this young adult thriller for fans of Lost and The Twilight Zone, a group of teens are saved when they come across a mysterious oasis. But who will save them from the oasis?
Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father’s archeological dig site in the desert with four close friends … and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.
Their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed … until they find the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, and shade—and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they question what’s real and what’s a mirage.
The answers turn Alif and her friends against each other, and they begin to wonder if they’ve truly been saved. And while it was easy to walk into the oasis, it may be impossible to leave …
January 13th: BREAKING THE SURFACE by Rebecca Langham
Alessia is an Outsider—a member of the not-quite-human community that has recently been released from their underground prison. Shortly after their liberation, Alessia is given an ultimatum: obey all the United Earth Alliance’s demands, or her mother will forever remain a hostage—a mother she’d believed dead for fifteen years. Reluctantly, she agrees, though she has no idea what those demands may be, or how she will balance her obligations to the UEA with her responsibilities to her people and her family.
As the UEA tightens its grip on humans and Outsiders alike, it becomes clear that meaningful social change will not be possible without a revolution. Alessia and her peers embark on a mission to discover just how far the government is willing to go to maintain their monopoly on power.
What Alessia and her comrades discover, however, goes much deeper than they’d ever anticipated. Who are the Outsiders, really? What secrets of their destiny lay hidden within a top-secret space station? And why are the Outsiders linked to an emerging disease the UEA seems desperate to keep secret? As they delve deeper, it isn’t only Alessia’s identity that will be called into question, but the fate of the entire planet.
January 31st: RIVER OF DIAMONDS by S. M. Isaac
A mechanic who can save the world.
A mercenary who should hide from it.
Just another day living the dream in post-Rise Australia.
Rosa is a mechanic living in the Otway Ranges, in one of the last idyllic settlements left after the Rise flooded the coastlines. Unlike those in other communities, Rosa has grown up with access to ample food, fresh water, and safety—but there is a secret that keeps this community sustainable, one that the leaders aren’t willing to share.
Rosa isn’t content with hiding away and keeping resources to herself, so when she finds a map that could lead to a fortune in fresh water—a scarce commodity—she embarks on a plan to make a real difference to the world. The only problem? There’s an apocalyptic wasteland between her and possible salvation.
Rosa has a map, a mercenary, and a hope to salvage the future.
RIVER OF DIAMONDS is part of the Drowned Earth series, made up of eight standalone novellas by eight Australian authors.
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