There are some fantastic Speculative Fiction releases coming out between now and March. Here are a few exciting new releases to make space in your TBR pile for!
Firstly, STORIES OF HOPE (Aussie Speculative Fiction).
STORIES OF HOPE: A Bushfire Relief Anthology is a speculative fiction anthology that was released by Aussie Speculative Fiction, featuring short stories by authors from New Zealand and Australia.
This collection has been put together by people who wanted to do something to help the people, communities and animals impacted by the devastating fires, with all proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross and the WWF Bushfire Emergency Fund.
Make sure you get your copy here, and tell your friends!
March 31st: SALVAGED by C. A. Clark.
Born in the post-rise utopia of New Melbourne, she has everything she needs, but lacks the one thing she wants—attention from her parents.
Cassie is too young and sheltered to truly understand the hardship faced by humankind during the greatest disaster on earth. The horrors of the past are of no concern to her, until an impulsive decision to go diving during a storm leads her far away from the comforts of New Melbourne. Cassie soon discovers that not everybody lives the same way she does.
With her life in danger, the horrors of the past become the horrors of today. Will Cassie salvage the wreck of her life?
SALVAGED is part of the Drowned Earth series, made up of eight standalone novellas by eight Australian authors. Click here to check out this story, or go to Aussie Speculative Fiction‘s page (or even here) for the whole series!
March 31st: REBEL by Dawn Meredith.
A wounded flying hero struggling to accept his destiny, a shy girl of dark, mysterious secrets unaware of the power within her and a lonely youth out to prove himself worthy of his warrior father.
A race with dragon DNA suffer under malevolent overlords, dreaming of a hero to set them free.
But what they get is a handsome young joker more interested in breaking the rules than breaking free his people.
REBEL id Book One of the Flight Series. If you’re interested in this intriguing high fantasy story, check it out here!
March 31st: MONSTROUS HEART by Claire McKenna.
This is gothic, epic, romantic fantasy at it’s very best; a tale of magic, intrigue on dangerous waters and a love story for the ages.
Arden Beacon arrives in the salt-swept port of Vigil with a job to do. Tasked with using the magic in her blood to keep the lighthouse burning, she needs to prove herself worthy of her family name and her ancestors’ profession.
But the coastline Arden must keep alight – battered by a sea teeming with colossal, ancient beasts – is far from the cultured, urban world she knows. It is a place of secrets, rumours and tight-lipped expectations of a woman’s place. More than anyone, the town folk whisper about Arden’s neighbour, Jonah Riven, the hunter of leviathans. They say he murdered his wife. They say he is as much a monster as his prey.
Click here to get your copy of MONSTROUS HEART, a gothic tale of intrigue on high seas and a love story for the ages.
April: ESCAPE TO EDEN by Jonathan Griffiths.
The year is 2217 and every intelligence agency on Earth is preparing for the reopening of the portals to Eden.
Earth’s population is nearly five billion, resources are running low and all the major powers are running out of places to store their radioactive waste.
This could spell the end of Eden as we know it.
ESCAPE TO EDEN is the third book in the Eden series, out soon. Find out more here.
April 1st: SNOW by Gina Inverarity.
Locked in a cell by her stepmother, Snow grows small but she still
grows. Even so, she’s hardly a match for a world gone wild, where the sun has disappeared behind clouds for good. The night the hunter takes her into the forest with orders to cut out her heart, Snow makes him a promise she isn’t sure she can keep.
And then she runs.
Snow’s life is no fairytale. As she grows up her path will take her into the mountains, over misty passes, desolate gorges and alpine rivers, as well as to the city, where she will make her case for the return of what is hers.
And her childish promise will not be forgotten.
A dark and lyrical Snow White retelling set in a post climate-change world, Snow is a fairytale of the future. Check it out here!
April 1st: DOG TOWN by DL Richardson.
DOG TOWN is an adventure story, filled with wonderful animal characters.
Harry loves to race around the streets of Dog Town. When he stumbles upon the lost city of cats, he finds himself in a race against Dog Town’s fastest canine, Grizzly. The winner of this race will have the power to save Cat World, or destroy it.
Harry wants to win, but there is one small problem. The race is in the ocean, and Harry is terribly afraid of water.
Can Harry overcome his fear of water in time to save Cat World?
With its anthropomorphized characters, “Dog Town” is an ideal book for parents, teachers, or students to read out loud in class, on stage, or at home. Pre-order your copy here!
April 20th: COLD BETWEEN STARS by Belinda Crawford.
In the dark, empty space between solar systems, something lies in wait.
It’s pretty easy being a ship kid; clean out the cyclers, avoid your sister, don’t get sucked into space. The hardest bit about it is spending a couple of decades in stasis/sleep while your ship travels to the next solar system. Then rinse and repeat all the way back to a home you’ve never seen.
Except Kuma just got kicked out of stasis early, like years early.
And he’s alone.
Except for the fug.
If you want to check out what sounds like an amazing YA Sci-Fi adventure, check out COLD BETWEEN STARS (The Echo Book 1) here – I know I’m going to!
April 22nd: OCEANS (Black Hare Press)
Savage sirens, selkies, sailors, serpents, suckers, and sea monsters.
What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?
OCEANS is a watery speculative fiction drabble anthology featuring some wonderful authors Zoey Xolton, Stephen Herczeg, D.M. Durdett, Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer and many others!
Get your copy of OCEANS, book nine in Black Hare Press’ Dark Drabbles series here!
April 22nd: WHAT THE TIDE BRINGS by Heather Ewings.
In most tales of selkies it is a woman whose magical skin is stolen, who is forced to marry the lucky thief and live a life of misery, pining away for her home in the sea.
But what if the stolen skin belongs to an infant, taken before they have memory of life under the waves?
When Myna’s labour results in a disfigured infant, it doesn’t take much for the midwife to convince her husband the child needs to be dealt with. Years pass, and a healthy child is born. But just as Myna’s life is settling into place, she learns her first-born is still alive, that she and the child are selkies.
Myna has a choice, retrieve her skin and return to the ocean, to the family she never knew and the daughter she’s long grieved for, or remain on land with the husband she loves, and the daughter who can never enter the sea. Find out more about WHAT THE TIDE BRINGS here!
April 23rd: JIBBERNOCKY (Black Hare Press)
Not suitable for scaredy-cat adults, JIBBERNOCKY contains monsters, snarks, Alice in Wonderland retellings, Jabberwocky-inspired poems, fairies, dancing elephants and talking mice.
Thrilling, creepy, funny, and spooky! This collection contains stories and poems inspired by the greatest children’s authors of our time. Perfect bedtime stories (to be read by torchlight from under your blanket) for young readers aged 8 to 12.
All profits to Books in Homes (Australia and USA). Books in Homes is a charitable foundation that provides books-of-choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement. Make sure you pre-order a copy here.
May 1st: MATING SEASON by Yael Maree.
A love neither can deny. A law to keep them apart. A dangerous plan that could cost them everything.
At thirteen, as is their custom, Benjen son of Catherine was taken away from everyone he’s ever loved and everything he’s ever known. Now he must survive on Dagon – the all-male island, where boys learn to be men until he comes of age.
Under the wing of his assigned brother Luke, Ben is ushered into manhood, holding on to the memories of his teenage crush, Ariel.
When he unexpectedly reunites with her during Mating Season, dangerous feelings blossom between them. Realising that if they truly love each other, they can never be together, Ben is forced to come up with a risky plan that can cost them everything.
Under the all-seeing eyes of The Watchers, they will have to cross lines to survive, but more importantly to remain in each other’s arms.
When staying together means staying apart, can love truly conquer all?
Mating Season is a provocative dystopian romance novel rich with forbidden love, vivid post-apocalyptic worlds, and underdogs facing impossible odds. Pre-order our copy here!
May 5th: THE DAMSEL GAUNTLET by P. A. Mason.
This witch needs more than a wicked sense of humour to be the hero in a quirky quest she never saw coming.
It was an ordinary afternoon at The Salt and Bog until the city guards turned up. While sipping ale among outcasts and misfits, Gretchen gets called on for an audience with the King… whether she wants one or not. Hauled back to the palace in secrecy, this ‘witch for hire’ gets an offer too good to refuse. But when she’s locked in a dungeon with bickering goblins and a smug dragon, the proposition looks shady.
A damsel is in distress. A prince is on his way. All is not as it seems.
Living from hand to mouth, Gretchen pushes aside her reservations to keep her eyes on the prize; the King’s coin. To earn it, will she be willing to take the dragon by the horns? When a ‘happily ever after’ is at stake, she must paint a heroic picture for those who are watching.
Because when this fairy tale goes down in the history books, the people behind the scenes fade into obscurity… which is exactly how Gretchen wants it. Find out more here!
May 17th: A KISS FOR THE WORTHY by Frank Prem.
Houses and rooms are full of perfumes,
the shelves are crowded with perfumes,
I breathe the fragrance myself and know it and like it,
The distillation would intoxicate me also,
but I shall not let it. . .
Drawing on the phrasing of Walt Whitman’s great late 19th century poem Leaves of Grass (above) Frank Prem has produced a collection of expansive and outward looking love poetry written, as always, in the unique style that allows every reader to relate.
Prem’s interpretations breathe new life into contemporary exploration of themes of love in poetry, and utilise Whitman’s original phrases to inspire a contemplation of the self in the context of landscape and the wider world:
and as they open
they are filled
with sweet perfumes
from a house filled (with the sensual)
a kiss for the worthy is the second of three collections that together comprise A Love Poetry Trilogy, with each revisiting outstanding work by stellar poets of the past to produce vibrant new collections. The first collection, walk away silver heart, draws on Amy Lowell’s deeply personal Madonna of the Evening Flowers, while the third, rescue and redemption, derives from T.S Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
This is a new kind of poetry that tells stories, draws pictures and elicits emotional responses from readers. Just as the best poetry should. Get your copy here!
As you can see, 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.
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