The princess of Shinihon could not have picked a worse time to run away. The largest Hameji battle fleet ever gathered threatens to overrun the last of the free stars. To make matters worse, a rogue assassin from an unknown faction has killed the high admiral of the Federation. Without clear leadership, the war may be lost before she can be found.
But Danica Nova and her band of Tajji mercenaries are no strangers to lost causes. They’ve fought the Hameji before, and they’ll fight them again—not for honor, or for glory, but simply for the pay. War has been their way of life ever since the diaspora from the homeworld.
Master Sergeant Roman Krikoryan is one of the few remaining mercenaries still old enough to remember the homeworld. But he’s an old cyborg, and his humanity is fading. Death is a mercy he doesn’t expect to find on this mission.
They aren’t the only ones after the princess, however. Hungry for glory and eager to make a name for himself, Sholpan’s son Abaqa seeks to make the girl his slave. Though only a boy, he’ll stop at nothing to prove himself to his Hameji brethren.
With the Federation in disarray, the bloody end of the war may come too soon for some of them. But one thing is certain—not all of them will live to see it.
15 years after the events of BRINGING STELLA HOME
Caution: This book may contain objectionable content. (PG-13)
Title: Stars of Blood and Glory (Gaia Nova, Book 4)
Author: Joe Vasicek
Release Date: March 4, 2013
Size: 249 pages, e-book
Genre: Science Fiction
Gaia Nova Series: Bringing Stella Home (bk 1), Sholpan (bk 2), Desert Stars (bk 3)
Talia has a secret, one that will save her world and yet rip it apart. Only she can decide if the price is worth it.
Scientist Talia Zaryn has always dreamt of an alien invasion and of her own death. She has kept it a secret, hoping it is nothing more than childish nightmares. But when her face in the mirror matches that of her dreams, she fears they will become reality. If she can prove that life exists beyond their planet, Sendek, perhaps people will then prepare to fight.
Talia’s work at the Space Exploration Foundation leaves no time for personal relationships, but Major Landry Sutton is not looking for a friend. He is looking for a traitor. His ability to sense emotions convinces him Talia is that traitor until a touch sizzles between them. In an instant their minds are connected. Just as the two begin to trust each other, the invading force arrives. Talia and Landry must uncover the secrets of Sendek’s past if they hope to defeat these terrifying creatures. And Talia is the key, if only she can learn to trust the magic coursing through her veins.
Title: The Magic Wakes
Author: Charity Bradford
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Size: 292 pages, softcover
Genre: Science Fiction
The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.
El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt. Worrying about a distant object that might or might not be an alien ship seems…not important.
They’re wrong. It’s the most important thing that has happened to the human race in a million years. The first Formic War is about to begin.
Title: Earth Unaware (First Formic War)
Author: Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: July 17, 2012
Size: 368 pages, hardcover
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Prequel to the Ender’s Game series
Go ye out from Babylon; gather ye out from among the nations. Doctrine and Covenants 133:7
In the near future, the world as we know it will suddenly change. Natural disasters will lead to economic difficulties, leaving the United States on the edge of collapse. During this time of strife, members of the LDS Church will be invited by their leaders to survive the civil unrest by gathering to holy refuges.
In the midst of the turmoil, recently returned missionary Nathan Foster joins a secret team of men who help the Saints escape modern society’s implosion. Nathan is expected to devote all of his time and energy to this cause, but he faces a major personal obstacle in doing so—Marie Shaw.
Nathan has admired Marie since their high school days, and now she’s showing genuine interest in him as well. However, more national trouble erupts including acts of bioterrorism on U.S. soil that not only threatens to tear apart their relationship, but puts their lives in deep peril.
Title: Evading Babylon (Times of Turmoil, book 1)
Author: Chad Daybell
Publisher: Spring Creek Books
Release Date: June 15, 2012
Size: 287 pages, 6×9, softcover
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction
In the year 2032: tyranny threatens to flood the Earth. Only a group of resistance fighters, called Freemen, can save humanity.
Psychopath, James Morstyn, newly appointed head of the Enlightened League of Nation’s, Compliance Army, has discovered mysterious documents. With the assistance of Miah, his biowired juggernaut spy, he sets out determined to find their origin while annihilating the last vestiges of resistance to the new global rule and destroying mankind’s last hope for freedom.
Outlaws to the Enlightened League of Nations (ELN), David and Cindy Corb must escape the League’s murderous compliance patrols on Earth and find a way to join the Freemen or die trying. The Freemen prepare a last desperate refuge for a people being systematically enslaved or killed by the blossoming evil of the ELN.
Thousands flock to their ranks hoping to avoid certain misery and death. But the Freemen are running out of time as Morstyn prepares to destroy them all in a last battle for freedom.
Title: Exodus: Leaving Home (book 1)
Author: Orson T Badger
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Size: 368 pages, 6×9, softcover
Genre: Science Fiction
America’s end is near.
After being weakened by countless natural disasters, America opens its airspace for aid. But instead, what is left of the devastated west coast finds itself nearly obliterated from above.
The key may belong to tests designed by a Pacific Northwest psychologist, Rachel Parker. Rachel loses the love of her life in a house fire as they escape with their children to the nearby Rocky Mountains following the first round of air raids. In refuge, she faces her husband’s best friend, Joshua, but doesn’t want to face his ill-harbored feelings or her own inability to face fear. Her sister, Brenda, escapes the fallen city, and, mistaken for Rachel, is captured.
Terrified and alone, Brenda is protected by the enigmatic Daniel even while he helps keep her captive. Through torture and mind games, Brenda discovers information about her sister’s work that could spin the free world into a tumultuous frenzy where the unknown is safer than reality.
Title: Into the End
Author: Bonnie R. Paulson
Release Date: March 31, 2012
Size: 296 pages, 6×9, softcover
Archeology wasn’t supposed to get him killed.
For two decades, Harry Deacon had served as a skilled and loyal soldier, and it’d cost him his marriage and many dead friends. His new career of digging for artifacts and esoteric knowledge seems safe enough—until he finds an Anasazi tomb in Chaco Canyon that shouldn’t be there. Only hours after Harry emails news of his discovery to a fellow archeologist at a conference in Scotland, she and her students are murdered—and Harry and his assistant are attacked by two hired killers.
Harry must turn to his old skills as his life becomes a frenzied struggle for survival when more assassins close in. Who was buried in the tomb and where did he come from? What was in the strange container housed in the coffin?
As Harry begins to solve the mystery of Chaco Canyon, he learns an astonishing secret: the history of our planet is NOT what we’ve been taught!
Title: Anasazi Exile
Author: Eric F. Swedin
Publisher: Borgo Press
Release Date: March 19, 2012
Size: 308 pages, 6×9, softcover
Genre: Science Fiction
Blood has coated the land in slippery sheets from the moment Tolucan took the throne. Lies, rumors, and sorcery destroyed the treaties which had been in place for two-thousand years. Friendships were forgotten, alliances were betrayed, and an entire race was plunged into the terrifying realms of annihilation.
Now only three of their kind remain. They do not know they are the last and they are kept in hiding. What is to become of them? It is rumored they will overcome the king and restore the peaceful days of old. Will they? Can they? We can only hope.
Tolucan’s power is spreading across the continent while it is reported that dragons have been sighted along the mountainous skyline to the north. It seems the time is drawing near sooner than I had expected…
Title: The Kingdom and The Crown
Author: S.R. Ford
Release Date: March 29, 2012
Size: 512 pages, 6×9, softcover