The Prince of Winds by Tali Spencer

September 12, 2012

The curses of vengeful gods are difficult to break and our heroes will soon find out. The Prince of Winds by Tali Spencer, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Rimmon may be an eagle warrior, but he’s never known war, and he’s never known love—until his kingdom’s army is destroyed by Ekari, the demon of winds, and he is captured by Melkor, one of the Iron Horde that has been killing off the world’s gods. Those gods have cursed Melkor and his brothers to be conquerors and never to be loved, but Melkor, hoping to overcome his fate, carries Rimmon off to his island. There, he heals Rimmon’s wounds and teaches him about sexual pleasure, earning the young warrior’s trust and fanning the flames of an attraction both men yearn to embrace. But the curses of vengeful gods are difficult to break, especially when Rimmon discovers Melkor is the demon who destroyed his home.

Length: Novella
Genre: High Fantasy

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Call Me Church by Tinnean

August 29, 2012

In the height of the Depression, Church and John are looking to escape. Maybe if Johnny’s lucky, Church will let him tag along. Call Me Church by Tinnean, available from Dreamspinner Press.

It’s the height of the Depression, and people are desperate for a distraction from their lives. Film director Church Chetwood wants to help them forget—and he manages it with his documentaries and travelogues. But when the saber-tooth tiger he captured escapes, Manhattan’s grave situation only worsens. Now Church is facing ten years up the river.

Black Tuesday left John Smith a homeless sixteen-year-old orphan, and in the past four years he’s survived as best he could. When his path crosses Church’s, Johnny’s looking for a meal, nothing more. Surely after all he’s done, no one could love him—especially not Church, who insists he isn’t “like that.” But Church does have a plan to get away. Maybe if Johnny’s lucky, Church will let him tag along.

Length: Novella
Genre: Historical – Americas, High Fantasy – Alternate History

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The Prince and the Program by Aldous Mercer

June 25, 2012

Mordred falls in love with Alan, but the man of his dreams is something less—or more—than he anticipates. The Prince and the Program by Aldous Mercer, available from Dreamspinner Press.

The Mordred Saga: Book One

Mordred Pendragon, the Bastard Prince, has done a Bad Thing—again. Exiled to Canada for seven years, he has to find a job to pay his bills. For reasons he refuses to reveal, Mordred decides “Software Engineer” has a nice ring to it. And though experience with “killing the Once and Future King, my father” and “that time in feudal Japan” makes for a poor résumé, he is hired by a small tech startup in Toronto.

In the midst of dealing with a crippling caffeine addiction and learning C++, Mordred thinks he has finally found someone to anchor him to the world of the living: Alan, the company’s offsite lead developer. Except that Alan might not be a “living” entity at all—he may, in fact, be the world’s first strong AI. Or a demon that mistook a Windows install for the highway to Hell. Or, just maybe, the ghost of Alan Turing, currently inhabiting a laptop.

Mordred’s attempts to figure out his love life are hampered by constant interference from the Inquisitors of the Securitates Arcanarum, corporate espionage, real espionage, a sysadmin bent on enslaving the world, and Marketing’s demands that Mordred ship software to the Russian Federation. Then Alan gets himself kidnapped. To save him, Mordred must ally himself with the company’s CEO, who will stop at nothing to rescue her lead developer so he can get back to work. But the Prince doesn’t just want to rescue Alan, he wants a Happily Ever After—and he will travel beyond Death itself to get one.

Too bad Alan is perfectly happy as a computer.

Length: Novel
Genre: Science Fiction, High Fantasy, Humor
Series: The Mordred Saga by Aldous Mercer

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Aldous Mercer is celebrating the release of The Prince and the Program over at the Dreamspinner Press blog. There’s a $1000 Codebreaking Challenge – a cash award for the first person that cracks the Golden Egg that spans the entire length of the novel. There’s no time limit, the prize will be awarded whenever the Egg is cracked, now or ten years from now. Join Aldous through the day as he reveals some of the Eggs (helping you rule out some leads), plays a little bit of music for you, and talks about The Prince and The Program.

Ash and Echoes by Augusta Li

June 22, 2012

Will a fragile alliance between our heroes keep the kingdom safe? Ash and Echoes by Augusta Li, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Blessed Epoch: Book One

For the past few years Yarroway L’Estrella has lived in exile, gathering arcane power, but that power came at a price. Now it’s time for him to do his duty: his uncle, the king, needs him to escort Prince Garith to his wedding, a union that will create an alliance between the two strongest countries in the known world. But Yarrow isn’t the prince’s only guard. A whole company of knights is assigned to the duty, and Yarrow’s not sure he trusts their leader.

Knight Duncan Purefroy isn’t sure he trusts Yarrow either, but after a bizarre occurrence during their travels, they have no choice but to work together—especially since the incident also reveals a disturbing secret, one that might threaten the entire kingdom. But will it ultimately work in their favor?

When a third member joins the precarious alliance, it seems to cement the bonds between all three men. But the arrangement isn’t perfect: Yarrow knows the power inside him and fears getting too close. The mysterious newcomer was raised to believe love and trust are weaknesses. And Duncan struggles to accept them as they are. Saving their home will take everything they have—including the fragile relationship they’ve built.

Length: Novel
Genre: High Fantasy
Series: Blessed Epoch by Augusta Li

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