Keep In A Cold, Dark Place by Michael Stewart

Author and SF Canada member Michael F. Stewart is pleased to announce the release of his middle grade horror novel, KEEP in a COLD, DARK PLACE, which tells the rural tale of a young girl who opens a Pandora’s box.

Keep in a cold, dark place. That’s what’s written like some ancient law on every bag of potatoes the family farms. And it’s where Limpy fears she will always remain.

It’s also carved on a box of spheres she discovers in the cellar. Spheres that hatch.

Cute at first, the creatures begin to grow. Then the chickens disappear. The cat is hunted. And something sets the barn ablaze. To survive, Limpy will need to face her greatest fear. The whole family will. Or they may end up in a cold, dark place indeed.

The book is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Keep-Cold-Place-Michael-Stewart-ebook/dp/B06XYQHRJ9/

9 Tales of Raffalon – Matthew Hughes

SFC member Matthew Hughes is offering his collection, 9 Tales of Raffalon, in a multiformat ebook for just .99US for a limited time.

In an age of wizards and walled cities, Raffalon is a journeyman member of the Ancient and Honorable Guild of Purloiners and Purveyors. In other words, a thief.

His skills allow him to scale walls, tickle locks, defeat magical wards. He lifts treasures and trinkets, and spends the proceeds on ale and sausages in taverns where a wise thief sits with his back to the wall.

But somehow things often go the way they shouldn’t and then Raffalon has to rely upon his wits and a well calibrated sense of daring.

Here are nine tales that take our enterprising thief into the Underworld and Overworld, and pit him against prideful thaumaturges, grasping magnates, crooked guild masters, ghosts, spies, ogres, and a talented amateur assassin.

The collection includes seven novelettes that first appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, plus “Inn of the Seven Blessings,” from the bestselling anthology, ROGUES, and “Sternutative Sortilege,” which appears only in this collection.

Find out more and grab your copy in the Bookstore at Matthew’s website, www.matthewhughes.org.

Underneath the Sidewalk Released

Underneath the Sidewalk, Claire Eamer‘s new picture book for 3-to-6-year-olds, features a fantasy world of strange creatures lurking beneath an ordinary sidewalk – and a little girl who accidentally falls into that world. Illustrated by Montrealer Thomas Gibault, Underneath the Sidewalk was published by Scholastic Canada. It has also been published French under the title, L’aventure sous le trottoir.

Claire has also had two kids’ science books published in the last few months: Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home (Kids Can Press) and What a Waste! Where Does Garbage Go? (Annick Press). Information about all her books can be found on her website: www.claireeamer.com.

CLI-FI: Canadian Tales of Climate Change

Exile Editions’ latest anthology, CLI-FI: Canadian Tales of Climate Change, includes stories from SF Canada members Holly Schofield, Geoffrey W. Cole, and Nina Munteanu.

With the world facing the greatest global crisis of all time – climate change – personal and political indifference has wrought a series of unfolding complications that are altering our planet, and threatening our very existence. Reacting to the warnings sounded by scientists and thinkers, writers are responding imaginatively to the seriousness of changing ocean conditions, the widening disappearance of species, genetically modified organisms, increasing food shortages, mass migrations of refugees, and the hubris behind our provoking Mother Earth herself. These stories of Climate Fiction (Cli-fi) feature perspectives by culturally diverse Canadian writers of short fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and futurist works, and transcend traditional doomsday stories by inspiring us to overcome the bleak forecasted results of our current indifference.

Derek Newman-Stille reviews the book, and several individual stories, on the Speculating Canada blog.

To find out more or pick up a copy, visit the book’s Exile Editions or Amazon page.

“Arrivals” from JM Frey

SFC member J.M. Frey has launched a new novella, the second in her Accidental Turn series.

After seventeen years of adventuring, Bevel Dom and Kintyre Turn are finally returning home.

Forsyth Turn—brother to Bevel’s long-time questing partner and newly Paired lover—has left both Hain and a hell of a lot of responsibility behind. He’s bequeathed the Shadow’s Mask and position of the king’s spymaster to Bevel, and the seat of Lysse Chipping to Kintyre. It’s a lot to take on, and it will mean an end to questing forever if they do.

But it might also mean a chance for Bevel and Kintyre to find a Happily Ever After of their own.

Unfortunately, Turn Hall seems to be infested with eligible young maidens out to snatch away the freshly returned Lord of Lysse, determined to destroy the fragile happiness that Bevel has built. Faced with more decisions than he was prepared for, Bevel battles with foes unfamiliar, making him wonder if life on the road really wasn’t all that bad.

But if there’s one thing Bevel Dom isn’t afraid to do, it’s fight for the man he loves.

An Accidental Turn novella set between The Untold Tale and The Forgotten Tale, Arrivals follows Kintyre Turn and Bevel Dom as they step into Forsyth’s vacated life and face the surprising responsibilities he’s left in his wake. Arrivals is available on AMAZON or SMASHWORDS.

Not sure you’re all caught up on the series? Check out the suggested reading order here, and you can pick up a FREE copy of the first book in the series, THE UNTOLD TALE, by signing up for J.M.’s newsletter.

New Releases from Five Rivers Publishing

SFC member Lorina Stephens shares some news about new releases from Five Rivers Publishing:

May 1 saw the release of Michael Skeet’s debut fantasy, A Poisoned Prayer.

En garde! Paris, in the 1680s. Dashing swordsmen compete for the favours of licentious women, and magic—God’s Blessing—is strong enough that prayers really are answered.

Into the City of Light comes Lise de Trouvaille, a young noblewoman of modest means and no apparent Blessing, searching for an advantageous marriage. But the first eligible man she meets—during a werewolf attack, no less—is exactly the wrong person…

You can read an interview with Michael on the Five Rivers site or visit the book’s page to order.

 

Coming on June 1, a new YA fantasy release from Ann Marston, Diamonds in Black Sand.

Iain dreams of sailing beyond the treacherous Barrier Reefs to the tumultuous Wildesea, to become an Outsider like his father before him. But he is bound in service to his uncle Durstan for raising him after the death of his parents, and may not go until he has paid back the time he owes.

The new King of Celyddon bans the magic that keeps the Out-ships safe on the demanding Wildesea where Iain longs to be, and makes outlaws of those who work that magic. Neither the ships nor the men and women who sail them are allowed in the Realm. Iain has no means of escaping his bondage.

He is almost resigned to his fate and trying to make the best of it when he himself develops some of that banned magic, and becomes an Outlaw on the run from the authorities.

You can read an interview with Ann on the Five Rivers site or visit the book’s page here.