Surprise! Turtleduck Press has a new anthology out. Love Shines Through: A Fractured World Anthology is set in the same world as City of Hope and Ruin (the novel by Kit Campbell and me) but several hundred years earlier–only a few generations after the cataclysmic war that shattered the world into multiple dimensions. It features diverse romance stories by all four Turtleduck Press authors. All the details are below, after our beautiful cover. *drools*
The world was whole before the war.
But war is a terrible thing, and terrible things are done in the name of defense and protection. And this war tore the world apart, fractured it, separated families and lives and dreams. The reasons why no longer matter, but the effects still linger. They cause pain, though the war is over.
But despite the monsters and the poisons and the despair, there is a glimmer of light. And hope and love are not gone from the world.
These four stories, set in the Fractured World, explore how light can make it through the darkness. How hope can conquer fear. And most of all, how love can still flourish, even when the world is bleak.
A young woman braves monsters to see the sky.
A reluctant man chooses forgiveness over suffering.
Lovers reunite to save a child and their community.
Best friends risk everything for each other.
Come see the light for yourselves.
Table of contents
- “Dream of Lions” by KD Sarge — F/F (lesbian) romance, set in the City
- “The Forest and the Fog” by Kit Campbell — M/F (straight) romance, set in the outside world
- “The Shadow of the World” by Siri Paulson — M/NB (male/nonbinary) romance, set in the City
- “Of Poison and Promises” by Erin Zarro — F/F romance, set in the outside world
Want to read more about Love Shines Through? (stay tuned for updates!)
Want more Fractured World stories?
- City of Hope and Ruin is the novel that started it all. Read an excerpt here.
- Get City of Hope and Ruin and four other LGBTQIA romances for free in April when you join QueeRomance Ink–a site built to help readers find exactly the types of queer romance books they want to read.
- “A Constant Companion” by Kit Campbell is a short prequel to the novel, featuring one of the two central characters, Briony.
- “Brothers” by Siri Paulson is a side story to the novel, featuring a secondary character, Astrolabe.
Amazon US: Kindle | Print ~ Amazon Canada: Kindle | Print
Smashwords (ebook format of your choice) ~ Turtleduck Press page for the anthology
It’s out! Erin Zarro’s paranormal romance Fireborn is out in the world, meaning you can buy it in your ebook format of choice as of today. Congratulations, Erin!
Here’s the blurb again…
Former Grim Reaper Leliel and her new husband Rick have settled into a routine of normalcy after their life-changing trip to the Underworld. They can finally relax and be married and deal with mundane problems, like money and learning to use all the modern-day technologies that are new to Leliel. But they’re up for the challenge.
Until Leliel starts having frightening visions of people on fire. The fires appear to be suicides—young adults—but something isn’t right. She senses that they were forced to act against their will. This isn’t their time to die. Even though she’s no longer a Reaper, she needs to fix it. Somehow.
When she and Rick investigate, they encounter resistance from not only the police but also the families and friends of the dead. Complicating factors are the Tarot cards left at the scenes, the mysterious happenings at the college that all of the dead turn out to have attended, and the disturbing new abilities that Rick is developing.
And then Leliel’s own Tarot deck turns up the Death card–twice–and she realizes that she’s gotten the attention of something evil…something she must face without Rick by her side.
Meanwhile, the deaths are mounting…
Read the teaser excerpt at Turtleduck Press.
Buy the ebook on:
Kindle | Kobo | Nook
Since the time for gift-giving is fast approaching, I wanted to pop back in and share some ideas. (For books, of course–is there any other kind of gift for a reader?) If you liked City of Hope and Ruin, or know someone who would, here are some others to check out.
If you liked the post-apocalyptic/fantasy blend with strong female protagonists of colour then try…
- Brown Girl in the Ring by Jamaican-Canadian writer Nalo Hopkinson
- Parable of the Sower (near-future) by famed American author Octavia Butler
- Who Fears Death by Nigerian-American writer Nnedi Okorafor
If you liked the dual-author, dual-protagonist structure then try…
- Sorcery & Cecelia; or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (YA) by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (an epistolary fantasy, with the two characters writing back and forth to each other)
- Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (okay, this isn’t even fantasy, but you’ll still love it, trust me)
If you liked the mixture of urban fantasy with a tinge of SF and the “chosen family” angle then try…
- Above (YA) by Canadian author Leah Bobet
- Fey Touched by Turtleduck Press author Erin Zarro (first in a series, and book 3 is due out May 2017!)
If you liked the demons from another dimension breaking into a fantasy world and the village/rural/wilderness setting then try…
- Burning Bright by Turtleduck Press author KD Sarge
- …okay, I have to put Leah Bobet on here again, because her An Inheritance of Ashes (YA) is exactly this (and was one of my favourite reads this year)
If you liked the Eastern European feel of the world then try…
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone (YA) by Laini Taylor (set in Prague)
- The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia
- The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko (set in Moscow)
If you liked the combination of romance, SF/fantasy adventure, and save-the-world stakes then try…
- the Erin Zarro and KD Sarge novels recommended above
- Shards by my co-author, Kit Campbell
- any of our other novels at Turtleduck Press!