Trigger by Todd Durrant

Title: Trigger

Author: Todd Durrant

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Release Date: April 29, 2009

ISBN: 978-1432711528

Size: 380 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Science Fiction

What if we could build a machine to guarantee survival…at all costs!

The survivors of a devastating mechanical invasion have used every possible resource to flee to Epsilon Eridani where humanity must start over. With unimaginable ingenuity and determination they build a new home in New Eden, a huge habitat orbiting the star. But despite the true pioneering spirit that keeps them alive, there is a growing division. Should humanity continue to spread among the stars, or launch a powerful counterattack and retake Earth from the mysterious enemy? Most important of all– would a military victory be tantamount to suicide?

Trigger is an imaginative piece of speculative history where multiple timelines are brought together to unveil a story where grand designs cause havoc on the space-time continuum. Even the best intentions of brilliant minds and the altruistic desires of rising leaders can collide and crumble into chaos when the truth is only revealed in the shadows.

Till There Was You by Lynn Kurland

Title: Till There Was You

Author: Lynn Kurland

Publisher: Jove

Release Date: April 28 2008

ISBN: 978-0515146240

Size: 384 pages; softcover

Genre: Speculative Romance

Zachary Smith is finished with high-maintenance women, impossible clients, and paranormal adventures. But when he walks through a doorway into a different century— and meets Mary de Piaget—he knows his life isn’t going to turn out quite the way he planned.

The Thousand Eyes of Flame by Michael R. Collings

Title: Wordsmith, v2: The Thousand Eyes of Flame

Author: Michael R. Collings

Publisher: Wildside Press

Release Date: March 9, 2009

ISBN: 978-1434402813

Size: 216 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Speculative

Series: The Veil of Heaven (v1)

This is Omne, a world of perpetual clouds without metals, machines, or technology, whose people harbor the secrets of an unimaginable power that can be used for destruction–or redemption!

Wordsmith: The Veil of Heaven by Michael R. Collings

Title: Wordsmith, v.1: The Veil of Heaven

Author: Michael R. Collings

Publisher: Wildside Press

Release Date: March 5, 2009

ISBN: 978-1434402806

Size: 316 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Speculative

This is Omne, a world of perpetual clouds without metals, machines, or technology, whose people harbor the secrets of an unimaginable power that can be used for destruction–or redemption!

The Soul Alliance: The Thorn of Gooze by Charles Streams

Title: The Soul Alliance: The Thorn of Gooze

Author: Charles Streams

Publisher: Central Orb Publishing (self)

Release Date: March 11, 2009

ISBN: 978-0981881829

Size: 566 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Respites of Power (v1)

Roger Torrents, Israel Mckinley, and the Soul Alliance are on the search for the Ancient Treasures of Chanulville that have been scattered in different ruins throughout Mexico and protected by unknown dangers. In addition to the perils they will face abroad, secret plans are afoot on the home front in Utah and Chanulville. Blaine Warnock, Claudette Alberteau, and the other ex-Chosen Ones show up in Valley View to disrupt the everyday lives of the Chosen Ones, while Lord Rayo enlists the services of Gooze, a mysterious Soul Freezer that lives in the mountains of Chanulville. Will the Soul Alliance be able to recover the Ancient Treasures to move one step closer to healing the Central Orb? And when the prick of the Thorn of Gooze is felt throughout Chanulville, will they all survive until the next spring equinox?

I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells

Title: I Am Not a Serial Killer

Author: Dan Wells

Publisher: Headline

Release Date: March 5, 2009

ISBN: 978-0755348817

Size: 288 pages, 5.5×8.5, softcover

Genre: Speculative

I Am Not a Serial Killer is the story of John Cleaver, a 15-year-old sociopath who works in a mortuary, dreams about death, and thinks he might be turning into a serial killer. He sets strict rules to keep himself “good” and “normal,” but when a real monster shows up in his town he has to let his dark side out in order to stop it–but without his rules to keep him in check, he might be more dangerous than the monster he’s trying to kill.

The book is currently available in the UK. It comes out in Germany this fall, and launches in the US in the Spring of 2010. You can buy it on,,, and For overseas orders I recommend, which ships for free anywhere in the world.

Kindle version of book available in US.

US edition to be published by TOR; available March 30, 2010.

Slathbog’s Gold (Adventurers Wanted, Bk 1) by M.L. Forman

Title: Slathbog’s Gold (Adventurers Wanted, Bk 1)

Author: M.L. Forman

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Release Date: February 4, 2009

ISBN: 978-1606410295

Size: 432 pages, hardback

Genre: YA Fantasy

Do you have the courage, the wits, and the skill to claim a dragon’s hoard? If so, apply within …

The sign is small, tucked into the corner of Mr. Clutter’s bookshop window: “Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within.” No one but fifteen-year-old Alex Taylor even seems to notice it is there. And for Alex, who has wished for a change in his life, it is an irresistible invitation.

Upon entering Mr. Clutter’s shop, Alex is swept away on an incredible adventure to a faraway land filled with heroic warriors, mysterious elves, and hard-working dwarves. Alex becomes the eigth man in a band of adventurers seeking the lair of Slathbog the Red – and evil dragon with a legendary treasure. Along the way, Alex and his new friends must battle dangerous trolls and bandits, face undead wraiths, and seek the wisdom of the Oracle in her White Tower. Alex’s adventure takes him to distant and exotic lands where he learns about courage, integrity, honor, and, most importantly, friendship.

Night’s Pleasure by Amanda Ashley

Title: Night’s Pleasure

Author: Amanda Ashley

Publisher: Zebra

Release Date: February 1, 2009

ISBN: 978-0821780626

Size: 384 pages, mass market paperback

Genre: Speculative; Paranormal Romance

Series: Night’s Kiss (v 1), Night’s Touch (v 2), Night’s Master (v 3)

(Caution: May contain objectionable content)

Savanah Gentry’s life was so much simpler when she was a reporter for the local newspaper. That was before her father’s sudden death drew her into a mysterious new world she was just beginning to understand. A Vampire hunter by birth, Savanah has been entrusted with a legacy that puts everyone she cares for in danger—including the seductive, sensual Vampire who unleashes her most primal desires.Rane Cordova has always been alone, half hating himself for his dark gift even as he relishes its extraordinary power. But one look at Savanah fills him with the need to take everything she has to give and carry her to heights of unimagined ecstasy. And though he never intended their relationship to go this far, now Savanah is in more danger than she knows—and facing a relentless enemy determined to eliminate Rane and all his kind.

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Title: Princess of the Midnight Ball

Author: Jessica Day George

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

Release Date: January 20, 2009

ISBN: 978-1599903224

Size: 288 pages, hardcover

Genre: YA Fantasy

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A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn… Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above.

This book includes knitting patterns for a shawl and a chain of black wool that are key to the plot.

Princess of the Sword by Lynn Kurland

Title: Princess of the Sword
(Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, vol 3)

Author: Lynn Kurland

Publisher: Penguin Group

Release Date: January 6, 2009

ISBN: 978-0425225684

Size: 368 pages, 5×8, softcover

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Star of the Morning (v1), The Mage’s Daughter (v2)

Born out of “a fantasy world…too wonderful to miss” (Paranormal Romance) the Nine Kingdoms Trilogy now explodes in the fiercest battle yet as the fate of a kingdom lies with a man and woman bound by love, magic, and a legendary—and perilous—sword.

Bones of the Dragon by Weis & Hickman

Title: Bones of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras)

Author: Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

Publisher: TOR Books

Release Date: January 6, 2009

ISBN: 978-07653197391

Size: 416 pages, hardcover

Genre: Fantasy

Welcome to the World of Dragonships!

Skylan Ivorson is a sea-raider of the Vindras and eventually becomes the Chief of Chiefs of all Vindras clans, an honor he truly feels he deserves as one who has been blessed by Skoval, the god of war.

But sometimes a blessing is a curse in disguise.

Skoval and the other ancient gods are under siege from a new generation of gods who are challenging them for the powers of creation… and the only way to stop these brash interlopers lies within the mysterious and hidden Five Bones of the Vektan Dragons.

It will be up to the Vindras people, as the dragon-goddess’s champions, to undertake the quest to recover all Five. The fate of the Old Gods and the Vindras rests on their recovery–for this is not only a quest to save the world. It is also a quest for redemption.

He Is Coming by Wendie L. Edwards

Title: He Is Coming (vol. 8)

Author: Wendie L. Edwards

Publisher: Seventh Seal Publishing

Release Date: December 15, 2008

ISBN: 978-0971222892

Size: 305 pages, softback

Genre: Speculative

Series: Hidden Light; Wars of Light; Apocalypse the Unveiling; The Ascension; Hanging By a Thread; Justice of Affliction; United We Stand

An electromagnetic pulse rips through America, initiating a plague written of in the Book of Revelation. Death takes no prisoners, yet ironically, it liberates the captive Saints from persecution. Flying banners of freedom, a new American society emerges based on the original Constitution of the United States. A different, fiercely righteous people descend from the north and join with the Saints as they re-establish a republic. The lost tribes bring with them miracles, gifts, and deadly defenses to protect their tent cities from rogue land pirates that infest the nation. For the Rogers family, the tribes return is especially joyful as Braun and Carea finally come home! In Jerusalem, Elder Conrad Rogers and the two apostles he serves face hostile Jews. The apostles have caused many Jews to question the ancient holy traditions as they send sore plagues upon the nation. Secretly, a Judas is sent among the apostles and their missionary associate, Elder Rogers. It s his job to bring them to destruction. It s only a matter of time before someone dies…. Among the righteous in every corner of the world, there are whisperings among the faithful. They see the signs and know it is the midnight hour. He is coming!

Stonefather by Orson Scott Card

Title: Stonefather

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Subterranean Press

Release Date: October 31, 2008

ISBN: 978-1596061941

Size: 112 pages, Hardcover

Genre: Speculative

Novella length; not eligible for Whitney Award.

When Runnel leaves his mountain valley to head for the great city of the water mages, he has no idea of his own magical talents. But he soon finds that without meaning to, he complicates and then endangers the lives of everyone he comes to know and care about. For when it comes to magic, there are rules and laws, and the untrained mage-to-be must be careful not to tap into deep forces and ancient enmities. Other people might end up paying the price for his mistakes.

Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card

Title: Ender In Exile

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: November 11, 2008

ISBN: 978-0765304964

Size: 384 pages, Hardcover

Genre: Speculative, Science Fiction

Series: Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind, A War of Gifts

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At the close of Ender’s Game, Andrew Wiggin – called Ender by everyone – is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony. He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, at one of the Hegemony’s training facilities, but instead the twelve-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begin the long relativistic journey out to the colonies. With him went his sister Valentine, and the core of the artificial intelligence that would become Jane.

The story of those years has never been told… until now.

Dragonlance: The Survivors by Dan Willis

Title: Dragonlance: The Survivors

Author: Dan Willis, Tracy Hickman

Publisher: Wizards of the Coast

Release Date: November 4, 2008

ISBN: 978-0786947232

Size: 320 pages, 4×7, Softcover

Genre: YA Fantasy

There are many stories in Krynn–and history is watching.

The Journeyman is charged to use the ancient Anvil of Time to travel back along the river of time and find the lost stories that fell between the pages of the history books.

He finds Bradok Axeblade. A chance meeting in a pub turns into a dire warning of impending apocalypse, and Bradok and a determined band of dwarves must brave the dark of the underworld, facing strange new dangers and horrors long hidden from the light. Hunger, fatigue, betrayal, and death await them, all in their quest to find safety in an alien environment – the surface world.

Tracy Hickman Presents the Anvil of Time is the series title for the stand-alone biographies of several of the most important characters in the Dragonlance world.

Clear as the Moon (vol. 6) by Chris Stewart

Title: The Great and Terrible: Clear as the Moon (Vol. 6)

Author: Chris Stewart

Publisher: Deseret Book

Release Date: November 4, 2008

ISBN: 978-1590389942

Size: 352 pages, hardcover

Genre: Speculative

Series: Prologue, The Brothers (vol.1), Where Angels Fall (vol. 2), The Second Sun (vol. 3), Fury and Light (vol. 4), From the End of Heaven (vol.5)


“We have this one chance,” Brucius told Sam. “If you can get him, if you can locate and extricate King Abdullah, then we can punish him. Justice will be served. We could stop the final world war. Find him, we’ll try him and hang him. Don’t, and we’ll have to retaliate.”

The United States, stunned by the nuclear detonation in Washington, D.C., and further crippled by the EMP attack on the whole country, is on the brink of destruction. The unscrupulous leaders who have banded together to toss out the Constitution and divide the ruling of the world between themselves have all but achieved their objective.

But they haven’t factored in one thing. They haven’t considered the chance, however slight, that good people remain who will continue standing up for what they believe in. A daring plot to reinstate Brucius Marino to his rightful position as president of the United States, with an even more audacious plan to bring King Abdullah to justice—everything hinges on the courage and skill of Sara and Sam Brighton and their friends. The thrilling conclusion to The Great and Terrible series will keep you riveted to the very end!

The Clone Elite by Steven L. Kent

Title: The Clone Elite

Author: Stephen L. Kent

Publisher: Ace

Release Date: October 28, 2008

ISBN: 978-0441016082

Size: 384 pages, Softcover

Genre: Speculative, Science Fiction

Series: The Clone Republic, Rogue Clone, The Clone Alliance

2514 A.D.: An unstoppable alien force is advancing on Earth, wiping out the Unified Authority’s colonies one by one. It’s up to Wayson Harris, an outlawed model of a clone, and his men to make a last stand on the planet of New Copenhagen, where they must win the battle and the war—or lose all.

The Indigo King by James A Owen

Title: The Indigo King (Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica)

Author: James A. Owen

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Release Date: October 21, 2008

ISBN: 978-1416951070

Size: 384 pages, Hardcover

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Here There Be Dragons (v. 1), The Search for the Red Dragon (v. 2)

“Answer the question unanswered for more than two millennia, and perhaps you may yet restore the world.”

On a September evening in 1931, John and Jack, two of the Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica, discover a cryptic warning on a medieval manuscript—which is not only addressed to them but seems to have been written by their friend, Hugo Dyson! But before they can discover the origin of the strange book, Hugo walks through a door in time—and vanishes into the past.

And in that moment, the world begins to change.

The Frontier, which separates our world from the Archipelago of Dreams, has fallen. Dark and terrible beasts roam throughout England. No one can be summoned from the Archipelago. And both worlds have fallen into darkness under the reign of a cruel and terrible king.

The only hope to restore the proper order of things lies on a forgotten island at the edge of the Archipelago, where a time travel device left by Jules Verne must be used to race through history itself—from the Bronze Age to ancient Alexandria and the founding of the Silver Throne—in one night. And in that single night, John and Jack will find that the only way to save their friend and stop the chaos destroying the world is to solve a 2,000-year-old mystery: Who is the Cartographer?

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson

Title: The Hero of Ages (Mistborn vol. 3)

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: October 14, 2008

ISBN: 978-0765316899

Size: 576 pages, hardcover

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Mistborn (vol. 1), The Well of Ascension (vol. 2)

Who is the Hero of Ages?

To end the Final Empire and restore freedom, Vin killed the Lord Ruler. But as a result, the Deepness—the lethal form of the ubiquitous mists—is back, along with increasingly heavy ashfalls and ever more powerful earthquakes. Humanity appears to be doomed.

Having escaped death at the climax of The Well of Ascension only by becoming a Mistborn himself, Emperor Elend Venture hopes to find clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that will allow him to save the world. Vin is consumed with guilt at having been tricked into releasing the mystic force known as Ruin from the Well. Ruin wants to end the world, and its near omniscience and ability to warp reality make stopping it seem impossible. She can’t even discuss it with Elend lest Ruin learn their plans!

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave readers rubbing their eyes in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

Night’s Master by Amanda Ashley

Title: Night’s Master

Author: Amanda Ashley

Publisher: Zebra

Release Date: September 30, 2008

ISBN: 978-0821780633

Size: 4×7 Mass Market paperback; 384 pagers

Genre: Speculative Romance

Passion has a darker side. . . Kathy McKenna was sure that the little Midwestern town of Oak Hollow would be isolated enough for safety, but the moment the black-clad stranger walked into her bookstore, she knew she was wrong. Raphael Cordova exudes smoldering power, and his sensual touch draws Kathy into a world of limitless pleasure and unimaginable dangers.Oak Hollow was supposed to be neutral territory for supernatural beings. Instead it has become home to an evil force determined to destroy them-and kill any mortal who gets in the way. As leader of the North American vampires, Raphael has always put duty first, but then, no woman ever enthralled him the way Kathy does. And as the enemy’s terrifying plan is revealed, Raphael’s desire could be a fatal distraction for all his kind, and for the woman he has sworn to love forever…

The Wyrmling Horde by David Farland

Title: The Wyrmling Horde (Runelords #7)

Author: David Farland

Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: September 16, 2008

ISBN: 978-0765316660

Size: 320 pages, 6″ x 9″, Hardcover

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Sum of All Men (v1), Brotherhood of the Wolf (v2), Wizardborn (v3), The Lair of Bones (v4), Sons of the Oak (v5), Worldbinder (v6)

At the end of Worldbinder, Fallion Orden, son of Gaborn, was imprisoned on a strange and fantastic world that he created by combining two alternate realities. It’s a world brimming with dark magic, ruled by a creature of unrelenting evil who is gathering monstrous armies from a dozen planets in a bid to conquer the universe. Only Fallion has the power to mend the worlds, but at the heart of a city that is a vast prison, he lies in shackles. The forces of evil are growing and will soon rage across the heavens. Now, Fallion’s allies must risk everything in an attempt to free him from the wyrmling horde.

Lightland by Kenny Kemp

Title: Lightland

Author: Kenny Kemp

Publisher: Alta Films Press

Release Date: September 1, 2008

ISBN: 978-1892442390

Size: 464 pages, softcover

Genre: Speculative


A deadly virus rages across ancient Africa and young tribesman K’tanu is the only one who is immune. Yet without counting the cost, he gives his life to save his loved ones.

After lying dormant for six thousand years, the virus, now known as Cobalt, reawakens and again begins its destructive march across the planet. When all seems lost, archeologists in Africa unearth a mummy whose perfectly-preserved heart is incredibly immune to the virus. In a final, desparate attempt to stop Cobalt, scientists illegally clone the mummy. At that moment, K’tanu’s soul is torn from his wife and children in the afterlife Lightland and thrust back into mortality.

At first K’tanu is just another medical marvel and the scientists who cloned him have no idea they have interfered with the journey of his soul. But he eventually remembers who he is and realizes that to be reunited with his family in Lightland, he must first return to Africa. He is joined on his perilous journey by Christopher Tempest, the brilliant but reckless archeologist who recovered the mummy, and Kate Seagram, the beautiful and tenacious researcher who is trying to unlock Cobalt’s deadly secrets. Together they will uncover two pasts… one future.

Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show by Orson Scott Card

Title: Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show

Author: eds. Edmund R. Schubert and Orson Scott Card

Publisher: TOR Books

Release Date: August 5, 2008

ISBN: 978-0765320001

Size: 432 pages, 5.5×8″ softcover

Genre: Fantasy

This is a collection of short stories, and therefore not eligible for a Whitney Award. LDS authors featured in this anthology are Orson Scott Card, David Farland, Eric James
, and Scott M. Roberts.

Bestselling writer Orson Scott Card founded the online magazine Intergalactic Medicine Show in 2006. It has been a big success, drawing submissions from well-known sf and fantasy writers, as well as fostering some amazing new talents. This collection contains some of the best of those stories from the past year.

There is fiction from David Farber, Tim Pratt, and David Lubar among others, also four new Ender’s Game universe stories by Card himself. This collection is sure to appeal to Card’s fans, and be a great ambassador to them for these other talented writers.

The Divine Talisman by Eldon Thompson

Title: The Divine Talisman (vol. 3)

Author: Eldon Thompson

Publisher: EOS

Release Date: July 22, 2008

ISBN: 978-0060741549

Size: 544 pages, hardcover

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Crimson Sword (vol. 1), The Obsidian Key (vol. 2)

To protect his people from the demonic Illysp, Torin, king of Alson, made the ultimate sacrifice. Now, as his best friend and his former love seek to salvage the shattered lands beyond their borders, a treacherous assault costs them their most powerful weapon—the fabled Crimson Sword.

Hopelessly outmatched, Pentania’s citizens must fight to flee their conquered homeland or else perish. Yet an even greater threat looms, for the Leviathan has been awakened, an unfathomable creature whose wrath could single-handedly destroy the entire world.

Hope—if any remains—lies in the efforts of a lone elf, a mad witch, and a fallen hero charged with unraveling a series of divine riddles. Yet to do so they must first find a way to break the very bonds of fiendish possession. . . .