To celebrate the long weekend and the publication of Temporary Duty Assignment, the fourth novella in our official Novella Initiative, we are delighted to offer up a giveaway! THE NOVELLA INITIATIVE GIVEAWAY THE GIVEAWAY We have two sets of paperback copies + ebooks of all four titles in the Novella Initiative to giveaway to two […]
Hello everyone and Happy Sunday! Let’s dive right in, shall we? This Week on The Book Smugglers: On Monday we celebrate the long weekend with a giveaway! We are offering up a grab bag of our novella initiative to-date–check in tomorrow for a chance to win some cool swag from Dianna Gunn, Michele Tracy Berger, […]
Women Who Lust is an essay by Sarah Kuhn, author of the awesome Heroine Complex urban fantasy series (Heroine Complex, Heroine Worship). This essay first appeared in the fourth volume of our Quarterly Almanac. Women Who Lust There’s an officially licensed Star Wars book where Princess Leia tells Han Solo, “I like the way your […]
It’s Friday so we are over at Kirkus for our regular column! Today it’s Ana’s turn, aswe kiss long sunny summer days goodbye, she looks towards the fall… Head over to Kirkus to read all about the 10 books she’s looking forward to this season.
Title: No Good Deed Author: Kara Connolly Genre: Speculative Fiction, Historical, Young Adult Publisher: Delacorte Press Publication date: July 2017 Hardcover: 352 pages Fans of Dorothy Must Die will love this reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Girl power rules supreme when a modern girl finds herself in the middle of a medieval mess […]
It’s Friday so we are over at Kirkus for our regular column! Today it’s Thea’s turn, and she takes a dive into some awesome flintlock fantasy with a review of The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis. Following the first female captain of an Garnian Aerial Special Corp ship, The Guns Above is all exquisitely written […]
Avi Cantor Has Six Months To Live by Sacha Lamb Published 8/22/2017 Avi Cantor Has Six Months To Live Avi comes across these foreboding words scrawled on the bathroom mirror, but what do they mean? Is this a curse, a prediction, or a threat from Avi’s emboldened bullies? And how to they know his real […]
It’s Tuesday and we are over at Kirkus! In celebration of the Hugo Awards and WorldCon 75 last weekend, Thea wrote up a recap of the Awards ceremony and why this year was particularly momentous for SFF fandom. Head over to Kirkus to read all about it.
“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Tomorrow, we publish the next novella in our ongoing initiative–a science fiction romance called […]
On August 15, we will publish Temporary Duty Assignment by A.E. Ash–a science fiction romance novella set in an alternate future world. To celebrate the release, we are thrilled to share with you this short story prequel set in the same world as TDA, originally published in our Quarterly Almanac. Nice by A.E. Ash “Good […]
Duck Duck God by José Iriarte Published 8/8/2017 “This boy is of my line, and on this day I recognize him and grant him his inheritance.” For kindergarten teacher Monica Quintana, it seemed like any other day right up until the point when little Nicky Swanson became a god. (It might not sound like a […]
“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Tomorrow, we publish the fifth and penultimate short story in our Gods and Monsters […]
Hello everyone, and Happy Sunday! It’s WORLDCON WEEK, FOLKS! That means we are off to Helsinki very soon–so let’s dive right in shall we? WorldCon 75 This week, from Thursday onward, we will be in Helsinki, Finland for the 75th annual World Science Fiction Convention! We’re thrilled to be attending WorldCon again this year and […]
Title: Wolf by Wolf Author: Ryan Graudin Genre: Alternate History, Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Publisher: Little Brown BFYR Publication date: October 2015 Paperback: 416 pages Her story begins on a train. The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the […]
In which we reveal the cover for the fifth story in our 2017 season of Gods and Monsters: Duck Duck God by José Iriarte! Behold the smugglerific cover! About the Story “This boy is of my line, and on this day I recognize him and grant him his inheritance.” For kindergarten teacher Monica Quintana, it […]
We are thrilled to have William Ritter, author of the Jackaby series–a YA historical paranormal mystery series following the irascible R. F. Jackaby, and his assistant Abigail Rook. Give it up for Will, folks. All The People That You Used To Be It’s official. Taking down her hood, Jodie Whittaker has taken up the mantle […]
It’s Saturday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Thea talks about a YA sci-fi novel about teenagers shot into space, but with an interesting twist… Waste of Space by Gina Damico follows a television production company, a space agency, and ten stereotyped teens–the latter are supposedly on their way to the moon and […]
It Came Back by Samantha Lienhard Published 7/25/2017 “Luna Anderson…” He stared at me with an intensity that made me fidget. “The lost sheep has returned at last.” After five years of avoiding her past, Luna finally returns to her childhood home. Her imposing grandfather may be long gone, but his specter hangs over the […]
Hello everyone, and Happy Sunday! Let’s jump in, shall we? This Week on The Book Smugglers: On Monday, we kick off the week with an Inspirations & Influences essay from author Samantha Lienhard about her upcoming short story, It Came Back. Tuesday, we are thrilled to publish the aforementioned It Came Back–the fourth short story […]
Title: The Boy on the Bridge Author: M.R. Carey Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Orbit Publication date: May 2017 Hardcover: 392 pages Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent […]
In which we reveal the cover for the fourthshort story in our 2017 season of Gods and Monsters: it Came Back by Samantha Lienhard! Without further ado, behold the smugglerific cover! About the Story “Luna Anderson…” He stared at me with an intensity that made me fidget. “The lost sheep has returned at last.” After […]
Hello, world! Happy Sunday–let’s get down to business, shall we? This Week on The Book Smugglers: On Monday, we kick off the week with Tonya Liburt’s Inspirations & Influences essay behind her short story, A Question of Faith. Plus, we have Thea’s essay on Where to Begin with the Expanded Star Wars Universe. Tuesday, we […]
It’s Monday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Thea talks about a YA fantasy novel with an intriguing premise… Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts follows a ragtag team of actual bastards–half-noble, half-common–as they accidentally uncover a traitorous rebellion that threatens to tear their world apart. Head over to Kirkus to read the review.
Hello everyone, and Happy Sunday! For those in the United States and Canada, Happy 4th of July/Canada Day weekend! Let’s dive right in, shall we? Gods and Monsters So far, we’ve published two short stories in our 2017 Gods and Monsters series: Beauty, Glory, Thrift by Alison Tam and The Waters and Wild of Winter […]
The Waters and Wild of Winter Street by Jessi Cole Jackson Published 6/27/2017 Welcome to 222 Winter Street, home to loving parents Matt and Geoffrey, and their two adopted daughters. Moira and Mystique Brighton-Briggs may identical be twins, but the girls couldn’t be more different. One is all softness and light, the other sharp corners […]
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