Monday, October 23, 2017

The View From Monday - November 23, 2017


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire 1) by Melissa Caruso.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Danger's Vice (Holly Danger 2) by Amanda Carlson;

Magic of Wind and Mist: The Wizard's Promise; The Nobleman's Revenge by Cassandra Rose Clarke;

Path of Gods (The Valhalla Saga 3) bu Snorri Kristjansson is out in Trade Paperback;

The Gates of Hell (The Shards of Heaven 2) by Michael Livingston is out in Trade Paperback;

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Morena-Garcia;

and

Switchback (Nightshades 2) by Melissa F. Olson.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.






Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

October 23, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Danger's Vice (e) Amanda Carlson SF/Dys/PA - Holly Danger 2



October 24, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Something Wicked This Way Comes (ri) Ray Bradbury H
The Tethered Mage (D) Melissa Caruso F - Swords and Fire 1
Wrath of the Ancients Catherine Cavendish H/Occ
Magic of Wind and Mist: The Wizard's Promise; The Nobleman's Revenge Cassandra Rose Clarke F
Ready Player One (ri) Ernest Cline SF/Dys/Th
Babylon's Ashes (h2tp) James S. A. Corey SF/SO - The Expanse 6
Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr John Crowley MR/F
Hunter's Moon David Devereux F/DF
Leopard's Blood Christine Feehan PNR - A Leopard Novel 10
Halloween Carnival Volume 4 (e) Brian James Freeman (Ed) H - Anthology
Dragonfly in Amber (25th Anniversary Edition) Diana Gabaldon Hist/HistF/R/TT - Outlander 2
Strange Weather: Four Short Novels Joe Hill H
Nightblade's Vengeance Ryan Kirk HistF - Blades of the Fallen 1
Path of Gods (h2tp) Snorri Kristjansson HistF - The Valhalla Saga 3
Blade of Empire Mercedes Lackey
James Mallory
F - The Dragon Prophecy Trilogy 2
The Gates of Hell (h2tp) Michael Livingston HistF/AH - The Shards of Heaven 2
Tales from a Talking Board Ross E. Lockhart (Ed) H - Anthology
Tangled in Time Barbara Longley TTR
Above the Timberline Gregory Manchess SF
Doctor Who: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe George Mann
Justin Richards
TV - Doctor Who
Blood of the Lost Shannon Mayer UF - Rylee Adamson 10
The Beautiful Ones Silvia Moreno-Garcia HistF/FR
Anno Dracula - One Thousand Monsters Kim Newman HistF/H/DF - Anno Dracula
Switchback Melissa F. Olson UF - Nightshades 2
Firewalk (h2tp) Chris Roberson UF/SupTh/CF/P
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Official Grimoire: A Magickal History of Sunnydale A. M. Robinson
Willow Rosenberg
MTI
The Infinite Now Mindy Tarquini HistF/CoA/MR
The Apothecary's Shop: Venice 1118 A.D. Roberto Tiraboschi
Katherine Gregor (Tr)
Occ/Sup/R
Blue Plague: Sacrifice Thomas A. Watson F/DF - Blue Plague 3



October 27, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: A British Alien? Danny Nicol PerfArts



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Illus - Illustrator
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fem - Feminist
FL - Family Life
Folklore - Folklore
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MF - Military Fantasy
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocHis - Social History
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Melanie's Week in Review - October 22, 2017




Greetings all. I am being very cheeky this week as this WIR is 'pre-recorded'. By the time this WIR gets posted I will be on holibobs in Canada. Sorry! Well not really sorry....if you follow my posts then you know I had some time off and I have a backlog of books to tell you about. I don't want you to miss a single thing that I have been reading.


Without further adieu let's get to it. What did I read?

I have been reading Cassandra Gannon's A Kinda Fairytale series but started on book 3 based on a recommendation on Ilona Andrews' blog. I thought I would go back and read a few others - mainly books 1 and 2. I will talk about these together as I read them back to back and they weren't so fantastic to deserve their very own, individual reviews.

Wicked Ugly Bad is set mainly inside inside the Wicked, Ugly and Bad Mental Health Treatment Center and Maximum Security Prison where Scarlett Riding is serving a sentence for being Bad and trying to prevent her stepsister's - Cinderella - wedding to Prince Charming. Stuck in a 'share circle' with The Big Bad Wolf, Marrok, a troll with self esteem issues plus a few other notorious baddies is proving almost too much. Letty is desperate to escape and it might involve joining forces with some unlikely allies in order to do just that.

Beast in Shining Armor tells the story of the un-hero Avenant and his quest to find a sacred sword. Booted off the throne by the lovely Belle, Avenant is determined to topple Belle as the monarch and get back his crown. Set in an icy northern labyrinth filled with killer minotaurs and a bunch of other evil contestants who want the same thing as Avenant means that he may have to team up with Belle just in order to survive. The odd couple may just be the right couple to win but can they overcome their past in order to find the finish line?

Both books are very similar - the Bad are really good and the Good are really bad, especially Cinderella. There are some quite amusing bits especially in Wicked Ugly Bad and in the bits with the 'share circle'....in fact, those parts are very amusing. WUB was my favourite of the 3 books that I read. It was definitely the most humorous and had more of a plot. Beast in Shining Armor was more typical PNR with the unlikely hero becoming the hero with the love of a good woman. It was funny in parts but those were few and farther between.

Overall, these were OK. I think I over did it with this author and they didn't stand-up to binge reading. If I had to pick only one I would recommend Wicked Ugly Bad and leave it with that one. I also read Not Another Vampire Story but I couldn't finish it, it was quite ridiculous, even for its genre.


The final book I am going to tell you about is Kitty Peck and the Daughter of Sorrow. Yet again life is not a bed of roses for poor Kitty Peck. Following the events of book 2 Kitty is once again being pursued by an evil cabal who are intent on destroying her and everyone she loves. Lady Ginger has the answers that Kitty seeks but she is near death and not intent on sharing her secrets. Kitty is trapped - either give the Barons what they want or suffer - and everyone around her would suffer also. Kitty has little time and even fewer allies to help her bring down those who want to hurt her.

This is another great instalment of the Kitty Peck Mysteries. Griffin has crafted a very compelling, if flawed character in Kitty Peck. You can't help feeling sorry for her and what she has been forced to become. We learn a bit about Kitty's parentage along with Kitty and this was my only point of criticism. The circumstances and details about Kitty's father is flawed. I can't see how Kitty and her brother could be near twins in looks and have been conceived in the circumstances in which Griffin sets out. It's almost as if she forgot that Kitty was younger than her brother. However, I am sooo looking forward to the next instalment. I can hardly wait!


That is it for this week. I hope you have found something enjoyable to read this past week. Until next time... Happy Reading!





Wicked Ugly Bad
A Kinda Fairytale 1
Star Turtle Publishing, March 11, 2013
Kindle eBook, 353 pages
     Also available as Trade Paperback

Once Upon a Time…

Scarlett Riding is NOT an ugly stepsister. Cinderella is the evil one in the family and Letty is determined to prove it. Unfortunately, that’s kinda hard to do from behind bars. After the debacle at the ball, Letty and her sister Dru were dragged off to the Wicked, Ugly and Bad Mental Health Treatment Center and Maximum Security Prison. While Cindy’s planning her dream wedding, her two stepsisters are being forced to endure life in the dreariest dungeon in the land.

Luckily, Letty has a plan to change that unhappy ending. If she can just get to Prince Charming and prove the glass slipper doesn’t fit Cinderella’s foot, she can reclaim her life. In order to do that, though, she needs to convince The Big Bad Wolf to lend a hand in organizing a jailbreak.

Marrok Wolf isn’t sure what to make of the idealistic redhead in his group therapy sessions. With fifty counts of Badness on his criminal record, Marrok’s used to being surrounded by crooks and scumbags. Scarlett wants to lecture him about equal rights for trolls! When the little do-gooder comes up with an elaborate plan to break their entire “share circle” out of prison, though, Marrok is certainly willing to go along with the plot. And not just because he wants to see her naked. The woman may not be wicked, ugly, or Bad, but she’s definitely the only one who can save him.

Together with a wicked witch, a timid bridge ogre, an evil prince, and other villains straight out of a storybook, Scarlett and Marrok are about to make sure that Baddies finally have a happily ever after.





Beast in Shining Armor
A Kinda Fairytale 2
Star Turtle Publishing, August 12, 2013
Kindle eBook, 325 pages
     Also available as Trade Paperback

Beauty vs. Beast…

Contestant One: Avenant is a handsome prince with a dark side. There’s a beast inside of him, always waiting to get out. All his life, he’s been labeled a monster and he’s done his best to live up to his Bad reputation. His parents hated him, his fairytale kingdom fears him, and now he’s been dragged into court. Again. His newest legal troubles are all because Belle Ashman stole his throne. The beautiful bookshop owner is the one woman Avenant longs for. The two of them have been in competition since childhood and the contest just became winner-take-all.

Contestant Two: Tired of Avenant ruining her dates, firing Mother Goose, and tearing down Humpty Dumpty’s wall, Rosabella Aria Ashman decided to depose the tyrant. Eight months ago, Belle led a rebellion and had Avenant thrown in prison. Now, the Beast has returned, demanding his kingdom back. Avenant might be gorgeous, but he’s also arrogant, selfish and he’s been mean to her since kindergarten. This time, Belle’s determined to vanquish him, once and for all.

The Ultimate Showdown: In the farthest corner of the Northlands, there is an impenetrable labyrinth. Made of ice and stone, no one has ever entered it and emerged alive. Now, Belle, Avenant, and other storybook contenders for the crown are heading into the maze. Whoever solves its riddles gets the kingdom. In order to win, Belle and Avenant are going to have to work together. Considering their lifelong feud, that would be challenging enough, but they’re also dealing with an angry minotaur, an unknown killer, miles of twisting corridors… and the fact that these two mortal enemies might just make a perfect team.





Kitty Peck and the Daughter of Sorrow
The Kitty Peck Mysteries 3
Faber & Faber, July 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

Summer 1881: the streets of Limehouse are thick with opium... and menace. At eighteen Kitty Peck has inherited Paradise, a sprawling criminal empire on the banks of the Thames. Determined to do things differently to her fearsome grandmother, she now realises that the past casts a long and treacherous shadow. Haunted by a terrible secret and stalked by a criminal cabal intent on humiliation and destruction, Kitty must fight for the future of everyone she cares for...

Saturday, October 21, 2017

RSVP for the WOLVES AND ROSES Tour now… Get a T-Shirt Later




WOLVES AND ROSES is the new young adult shifter fairy tale by best-selling author Christina Bauer which “blends magical fantasy, swooning romance, and a bucketful of teenage sass” (Booklist) and is “a fun romp for Twilight fans” (School Library Journal).

And now they’re having a bookstore tour where you can get your copy of WOLVES AND ROSES signed, meet characters from the novel, and even take home a swag bag full of goodies… including a themed t-shirt! Bottom line? You don’t want to miss the WOLVES AND ROSES book launch tour.

Be sure to RSVP today and arrive early to the event (links down below) — there’s only a limited amount of swag bags given out on a first-come, first served basis to folks who purchase a new copy of WOLVES AND ROSES.


BOSTON, MA AREA


Barnes & Noble, Prudential Center, Boston MA
Wednesday, November 1st, 5:00 PM EST
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Barnes & Noble, Framingham, MA
Thursday, November 2nd, 7:00 PM EST
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NEW YORK CITY, NY

Bluestockings, Manhattan
Friday, November 3rd, 7:00 PM EST
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA AREA

Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera, CA
Saturday, November 4th, 12:00 NOON PST
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COMING SOON: Metro San Francisco


CHICAGO, IL AREA

Barnes & Noble, Oakbrook IL
Wednesday, November 7th, 7:00 PM
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The Book Cellar, Chicago, IL
Wednesday, November 8th, 7:00 PM CST
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Wolves and Roses
Fairy Tales of the Magicorum 1
Monster House Books, October 31, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 292 pages

Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.
“Should” being the key word.

Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that?

All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just that–if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buh-bye.

But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who—or what—she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.




MAESTROS Issue 1 Gets 2nd Printing

MAESTROS LAUNCHES ON A HIGH NOTE:
DEBUT ISSUE SENT BACK TO PRINT

PORTLAND, OR, 10/20/2017 — Image Comics is very pleased to announce that the first issue of MAESTROS, the new irreverent fantasy series from The Matrix storyboard artist Steve Skroce (WE STAND ON GUARD), will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand.

The Maestro and his entire royal family have been murdered, and his banished son from Earth suddenly inherits the Wizard King's throne along with a spell that turns its user into GOD. With enemies everywhere, will this Orlando-born millennial be able to keep his new magic kingdom?

THE REALM Issue 2 Rushed Back to Print

FANS CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF
THE REALM

PORTLAND, OR, 10/20/2017 — Image Comics is thrilled to announce that the second issue of THE REALM, from Seth M. Peck, Jeremy Haun, Nick Filardi, and Thomas Mauer, is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand.

In THE REALM, our world has been overrun by creatures of myth: orcs, dragons, and countless other horrors. The remaining humans survive in an uneasy equilibrium, fighting tooth and nail to keep hold of what they have left.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Paul Weimer on Civilization VI


“Just one more turn....”

That cry, said aloud or to oneself has propelled legions of gamers for the last 25 years. Ever since the original game came out in 1991, each iteration of Civilization has changed and expanded and reworked the game, sometimes subtly, and sometimes in rather radical departures from the previous iteration. There have been DLCs and add ons for the more recent versions as well, sometimes making a whole new game out of the core engine. There have been a few “spin off” games, like Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, which is “Civ in space” with the added wrinkle of telling a story of transhumanism and colonization of an alien world in the bargain.

I’ve played them all. Since the original Civilization, anticipating and buying the new Civilization has been in my blood. The anticipation of firing up Rome (the Civ I *always* play first by tradition, and the default when I want to play Civ in general) and expanding out that map, exploring, meeting neighbors, and taking over the world, one way or another.

Now, the latest iteration of Civilization, Civilization VI, is now out. How does it stack up to its predecessors? How intuitive is it for new players? Does it still have that one more turn feel?

Therein lies the story.

After picking your civilization, and other options, the typical Civilization screen is to see your Settler, and sometimes another unit, in a small area surrounded by black. Revealing that blackness, finding out what’s there, discovering the world is very much a key Civilization experience. For many people, this is the most fun part of the game, and it is for me, too. So the start came as a bit of a surprise.

That sepia map of the world around is lovely, even if it's not what I expected. I’ve seen this effect used in other games before, other “4X” games that Civilization pioneered, but this is an early marker to a player of previous Civilizations that some things are going to be new. Cities are definitely something that follows this. In games past, cities took up one square, and everything you built, monuments to wonders was in that square. Or should I say, hex. The first four Civilization games used a square grid, but Civilization V, the previous game in the series, changed things to a hexagonal tile map.

Civilization VI takes the hex map further. Cities, and wonders take up space, sprawling across the map. This makes the planning of cities out into a mini game in a way it rarely was before in earlier games. In some earlier games, there were arguments as to the “optimal” build. Here, where you build a city and decide to place its districts, matters and changes things enormously. Not every city can potentially build every World Wonder, as one could in previous games. There are restrictions on tiles for many of them. The Terracotta Army, for example, needs to be built on flat land next to an encampment. If your city doesn’t have an encampment, or the right land next to one, you simply can’t build the wonder even if you’ve researched the prerequisites. It makes city building and planning a far more complicated process than previous games, where one could practically build to a predetermined schedule (assuming no calamities to change the pattern). It also means that your opponents cannot race to the same Wonders as you do without fail. (In Civilization, if another Civ builds a Wonder, no other Civ can build it. There is and can only be one Potala Palace or Oxford University)

It's not all new. Many of the things are still there. Civilizations, some old favorites, and some new ones, and some new leaders for those Civs. In previous Civilization games, Rome was always led by Julius or Augustus Caesar, or sometimes both. This time, Trajan steps up to be your leader, your Optimus Princeps. There are more female leaders than in years past, and some unusual choices in that direction, especially with new Civs like Tomyris leading the horse-riding Scythians, or even the inspired choice of Catherine de Medici as the leader of France. As a sign of things for the future, Greece has a choice of leaders with different bonuses. You can play as the domestic focused Pericles, or as the warlike Queen Gorgo. This suggests, and I hope, there will be more leaders for the existing civilizations in the future.

The speculative element of Civilization VI is in the stories you can create, on maps real and unreal. What would happen if the Japanese rose to power, and had to fight for dominance against the Spanish and the Egyptians? The culture rise of India, even as on the other side of the globe, Brazil strives for similar dominance, while Australia and the United States fight each other. The long story of the Persians, slowly and inevitably conquering the globe. It’s these alternate historical and never-could-have-happened stories that give Civilization VI (and its previous iterations) that alternate historical feel.

But does it have that one more turn feel? Well, in the writing of this review I soon found myself immersed in a game where my Roman Empire was born, expanded, got into tangles with the Aztecs and Spanish (who,much to my disappointment, never got to fighting each other), got into a religious war declared on me by Greece, and eventually wound up sending a colony to Mars, with a science victory for the industrious citizens of the Eternal Empire. So, in the end, the answer is yes.




About Paul

Paul Weimer is a SF writer, reviewer, and podcaster and an avid amateur photographer. When he isn’t doing any of that, he’s often found rolling dice and roleplaying. His audio work can be found on the Skiffy and Fanty Show and SFF audio. His reviews and columns can also be found at Tor.com and the Barnes and Noble SF/F blog, amongst other places. Paul is best seen on Twitter as @princejvstin.



Civilization VI was released on October 21, 2016. Developer: Firaxis Games. Publisher: 2K Games. More information at the Civilization VI site.

Fire Emblem Warriors Out Today for Nintendo Switch and New Nintendo 3DS



Fire Emblem Warriors for Nintendo Switch and New Nintendo 3DS Launches on Oct. 20

Day-One Update and DLC Help to Expand the Adventure

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 19, 2017 – When the Fire Emblem Warriors game launches Oct. 20 for the Nintendo Switch and New Nintendo 3DS family of systems, it will do so with a wealth of content and action-packed gameplay. The new game offers a twist on the acclaimed Fire Emblem series by uniting fan-favorite characters from Fire Emblem history to participate in over-the-top battles focused on real-time, tactical action rather than turn-based strategy.

Fire Emblem Warriors offers action-filled combat through an epic campaign starring more than 20 playable warriors, including two new characters, Lianna and Rowan, battling alongside beloved heroes like Marth, Lyn, Xander, Corrin and Chrom. Fans who want to get even more out of the game can download the free DLC Japanese voice pack and free software update on launch day, as well as purchase upcoming DLC.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

REDNECK #7 Variant for Houston Charity Revealed


IMAGE/SKYBOUND ENTERTAINMENT REVEALS REDNECK VARIANT FOR HOUSTON CHARITY

PORTLAND, OR, 10/19/2017 — Image/Skybound Entertainment is pleased to reveal a special REDNECK #7 charity variant to support the Houston Coalition for the Homeless, which features cover art by Nick Derington. REDNECK is a vampire story set in the Lonestar state, created by Texan writer Donny Cates and artist Lisandro Estherran.

100% of proceeds from the REDNECK #7 charity variant will go to the Houston Coalition for the Homeless.

Nintendo Download, October 19, 2017: Ready, Aim, Fire Emblem!


This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Fire Emblem Warriors – Clash with legions of enemies as Marth, Xander, Corrin, Chrom and other Fire Emblem warriors by unleashing over-the-top-powerful Dynasty Warriors-style moves. Take control of characters with distinct attacks, issue strategic commands and pair up warriors for stunning moves in an epic tactical action game from the Hyrule Warriors team. The Fire Emblem Warriors game will be available on Oct. 20.
    • Just Dance 2018 – Whether you’re a party starter, a dancer in the making or a seasoned pro, get ready to turn up the volume and unleash your inner dancer. Dance to 40 of the hottest tracks of the year, including hits like “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars, “Side to Side” by Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj and “Chantaje” by Shakira ft. Maluma. Great for family gatherings, parties and holidays, the Just Dance 2018 game brings family and friends together like no other game. Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode and are sold separately. Just Dance 2018 will be available on Oct. 24.

Interview with Glynn Stewart


Please welcome Glynn Stewart to The Qwillery. Interstellar Mage, the first novel in the Starship's Mage Red Falcon series, was published on October 14th by Faolan's Pen Publishing.







TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Glynn:  Thanks for having me!

I have always written. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t write, I always had so many ideas to try and get out of my head.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid? What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Glynn:  Mostly a plotter, though probably at least partially a hybrid. I write an outline, of varying levels of detail, before I get started, but the final book usually has at least one major divergence from the outline.



TQDescribe Interstellar Mage in 140 characters or less.

Glynn:  Magic meets light speed as a simple cargo starship – powered by magic – is dragged into politics and an underworld crime war.



TQTell us something about Interstellar Mage that is not found in the book description.

GlynnInterstellar Mage brings back many of the characters from Starship’s Mage that didn’t show up in the rest of the series—and they’re about the only people on the new ship without secret agendas!



TQDoes Interstellar Mage tie-in to any of your other series - Starship's Mage, Castle Federation or Duchy of Terra?

Glynn:  It’s the first book in the second series of the Starship’s Mage universe, starting off a trilogy that runs in parallel to the second and third books of that series.

The first Starship’s Mage series follows Damien Montgomery as he goes from an unemployed (and desperate) jump mage to Hand of the Mage King. It starts with Starship’s Mage itself, but readers can also start with Hands of Mars.

This second series is intended as a second starting point for readers, following the captain of Damien’s first ship – David Rice – as he takes over the Red Falcon and has misadventures of his own.



TQWhat is Space Fantasy?

Glynn:  It depends on who you ask! Star Wars is, of course, the biggest known example of it. There have been a few series over the years with magic in space, or with psionics to the point where it may as well be magic!

For myself, it’s taking a setting where the engineering and science and so forth are done with as much fidelity as possible, and then a layer of magic is put in place to allow for the “impossible” things that are such a feature of the space opera genre.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Interstellar Mage?

Glynn:  A lot of my technical and scientific research for this setting is already done and written up in assorted setting bible documents.

One of the things I had to codify for Interstellar Mage though was freight rates and scale. Given the scale of interstellar shipping in the setting—starship captains rarely deal in less than a standard 10,000 ton shipping container—the numbers get odd when you break them down to a per-ton level.

For the cost of getting about ten tons of cargo from China to the United States today, you could get a 10,000 ton shipping container from Earth orbit to orbit of the Alpha Centauri colonies.

Of course, getting it into and down from orbit is an entirely different story!



TQIn Interstellar Mage who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Glynn:  Easiest was David Rice. I’ve already been in his head and he fits into one of my standard “character archetypes” quite handily.

Hardest was probably Maria Soprano. I’ve written female characters before who were, basically, Honor Harrington style badasses. Soprano is a badass in her own right, but she’s also a more actively sexual and feminine character, which was a difficult balance to walk and not one I’m sure I got right.



TQWhich question about Interstellar Mage do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Glynn:  “Who else is coming back from Starship’s Mage?”

A bunch of people, but most notable I think are Kelly LaMonte and Alaura Stealey, two very different, very badass ladies who both have a dramatic impact on the story.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Interstellar Mage.

Glynn:  “So far two people have tried to kill you and we’ve been dragged into one major political crisis. This all feels far too familiar. Are you sure Damien was our bad luck charm?”



TQWhat's next?

Glynn:  We have a release schedule up on the website at www.glynnstewart.com that we keep reasonably updated.

Next release after this is Changeling’s Fealty, another foray into Urban Fantasy for me, followed by the sixth and final Castle Federation book, Operation Medusa, which I am currently writing.

My co-writing project with Terry Mixon should also see a second release this fall, and the Red Falcon series has two more books next year.

And then, well, we return to the Starship’s Mage primary timeline with the first book of UnArcana Rebellions.

I have a busy year coming up!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Glynn:  Thank you for having me!





Interstellar Mage
Starship's Mage: Red Falcon 1
Faolan's Pen Publishing Inc., October 14, 2017
Kindle eBook

Mars destroyed his ship — but gave him a new one.
Mars drafted his Mage — for the good of humanity!
He should have known that wouldn’t be the end of it…

Captain David Rice has a new ship, a new crew, and a new set of Jump Mages to carry him between the stars. All he wants is to haul cargo, make money and keep his head down.

His past, however, is not so willing to let him go. An old enemy is reaching out from beyond the grave to destroy any chance of peace or life for Captain Rice—and old friends are only making things more complicated!

All he wants is to be a businessman, but as the death toll mounts he must decide what is more important: his quiet life or the peace humanity has enjoyed for centuries…





About Glynn

Glynn Stewart is the author of Starship’s Mage, a bestselling science fiction and fantasy series where faster-than-light travel is possible–but only because of magic. Stewart’s other works include the science fiction series Castle Federation and Duchy of Terra, as well as the urban fantasy series ONSET.

Writing managed to liberate Stewart from a bleak future as an accountant. With his personality and hope for a high-tech future intact, he now lives in Canada with his wife, his cats, and a portable cast of thousands for readers to meet in future books. You can learn more about Glynn Stewart at his website, glynnstewart.com.


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