Monday, April 24, 2017

World Weaver Press Acquires English Rights to Brazilian Anthology

World Weaver Press Acquires English Rights to Brazilian Solarpunk Anthology

Albuquerque, NM (April 24, 2017) — World Weaver Press (Sarena Ulibarri, Editor-in-Chief), an independent publishing house currently located in Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA), has acquired the rights to publish an English translation of the science fiction anthology Solarpunk – Histórias Ecológicas e Fantásticas em um Mundo Sustentável, originally published in 2012 by Editora Draco in São Paulo, Brazil. Solarpunk is an anthology of optimistic science fiction stories compiled by Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro, which envision a world run on renewable energies, featuring nine authors from Brazil and Portugal including Carlos Orsi, Telmo Marçal, Romeu Martins, Antonio Luiz M. Costa, Gabriel Cantareira, Daniel I. Dutra, André S. Silva, Roberta Spindler, and Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro. The anthology will be translated from Portuguese to English by Fábio Fernandes, and publication is expected in the first half of 2018. A Kickstarter campaign will run during the summer of 2017 to assist with translation costs.

Anthologist Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro had two novelettes published in Brazilian Asimov’s: hard SF “Mythic Aliens” and “The Ethics of Treason”; the latter was the first alternative history story in Brazilian and Portuguese science fiction. His alternative history novelette “The Vampire of New Holland” won the Nova Award in 1996, while his SF novelette “The Daughter of the Predator” won the Nautilus in 1999. His main short fiction collections are: Other Histories…The Vampire of New HollandOther BrazilsTaikodom: Chronicles and The Best of Carla Cristina Pereira. Gerson has published four novels so far: Xochiquetzal: An Aztec Princess Among the IncasThe Guardian of MemoryThe Adventures of the Vampire of Palmares and Strsangers in Paradise. He has edited eight short fiction anthologies so far: Phantastica BrasilianaHow Lustful my Alien Girl Was!VaporpunkDieselpunkSolarpunkFantastic Erotica 1Super-Heroes, and Dinosaurs.  Beyond the science fiction borders, he published Vita Vinum Est!: History of Wine in the Roman World.

Translator Fábio Fernandes lives in São Paulo, Brazil. He has published two books so far, an essay on William Gibson’s fiction, A Construção do Imaginário Cyber, and a cyberpunk novel, Os Dias da Peste (both in Portuguese). Also a translator, he is responsible for the translation to Brazilian Portuguese of several SF novels, including NeuromancerSnow Crash, and A Clockwork Orange. His short stories have been published online in Brazil, Portugal, Romania, the UK, New Zealand, and the USA, and also in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded and Southern Fried Weirdness: Reconstruction (2011), The Apex Book of World SF, Vol 2Stories for Chip. He co-edited (with Djibril al-Ayad) the postcolonialist anthology We See a Different Frontier. He is a graduate of Clarion West, class of 2013, and a slush reader for Clarkesworld Magazine.
The original cover for the 2012 Brazilian edition of Solarpunk.
Editora Draco is a Brazilian publisher specializing in national authors of fantastic literature, science fiction, speculative fiction, and comic books.
World Weaver Press is an independently owned publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. Established in 2012, we publish approximately 8 to 10 books per year. We believe that publishing speculative fiction isn’t just printing words on the page — it’s the act of weaving brand new worlds.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spotlight: Ahe'ey

About the Book:
Morgan’s feminist books didn’t prepare her to deal with the dashing Gabriel and the land of Ahe’ey . . .

Ahe'ey: The Complete Collection

Morgan is a dreamer, change maker and art lover. She is a feisty, slightly preachy, romantic feminist full of contradictions and insecurities. Morgan uncovers a world where women have the power, and where magic is no longer just a figment of her wild imagination. Sounds like a dream, but it may, in fact, turn into a nightmare. 

The world of the Ahe'ey challenges and subverts her views about gender, genes, and nature versus nurture.

The strong and uninvited chemistry between her and the dashing Gabriel makes matters even more complicated. His stunning looks keep short-circuiting her rational mind. 

About the Author:
Jamie is an accomplished writer and speaker that focuses mainly on topics related to girlhood, feminism, gender equality, and the misrepresentation of minorities in media and marketing.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Review: Tell the Wind and Fire

Title: Tell the Wind and Fire
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Page Count: 360
My Rating: 3.5 TURTLES: A very enjoyable read, I recommend you check it out.
*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review

Book Blurb:
In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets. 

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised.

Lucie alone knows of the deadly connection the young men share, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

Celebrated author Sarah Rees Brennan tells a magical tale of romance and revolution, love and loss.

It is really hard for me to figure out how I feel about this book. When I first requested it on Netgalley I was drawn to the beautiful cover, the intriguing premise, and the excitement of a chance to read an ARC from a somewhat famous Young Adult author. I really enjoyed the vivid descriptions of this magical version of New York and the characters were interesting and complex, but everything felt just a little too familiar…

It didn’t take me long to catch on the similarities to “Tell the Wind and Fire” and “A Tale of Two Cities,” the main character’s name is Lucie Manette for crying out loud. Except, unlike in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter world where she has a character named Lucie who is named after Dickens’ Lucie Manette, Brennan’s Lucie is the Lucie Manette of “A Tale of Two Cities.” “Tell the Wind and Fire” is fanfiction, essentially. Like, if ATTC wasn’t public domain it wouldn’t be allowed to be published fanfiction. It may be set in a Light/Dark magic, New York alternate universe, but I have read things on and Archive of Our Own that were more canon divergent than “Tell the Wind and Fire.”

That is why it is so hard for me to figure out how I feel about this book. Reading it sort of turned into a game of “spot the similarities.” It starts out with things like Lucie’s name, the fact that Ethan and Carwyn look so similar (Carwyn/Sydney Carton anyone?) and that this similarity saves Ethan’s life early in the book. This is just the first of the similar plot points. To list too many more would spoil both books, but there are certainly more. Even things like Brennan comparing a mob to waves in the sea or using the image of blood running in the streets or the ‘golden thread’ brought me back to my sophomore high school English when we studied literary devices in ATTC.

So yes, I enjoyed this story, and the end made me emotional, but I couldn’t distinguish how much of that was purely from “Tell the Wind and Fire” and how much of that emotion was from “A Tale of Two Cities.” The reason I read fanfiction is to bring the emotion and love for a story and/or characters from one setting to another, but it is not the same thing as establishing new bonds with new characters in new works.

Overall, I would recommend this book. Fans of YA looking for a new novel to sink their teeth into will really enjoy this, I think. However, for people who have read “A Tale of Two Cities” or are familiar with the plot, I recommend going into this treating it as fanfiction, and it will save you the trouble of wondering why the book sounds so familiar.

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Spotlight: Radiant Shadows

Book Blurb:
Say there is an official organization to control how vampires and humans interact. What would happen to violators of its 'laws'? How would the breaking of its rules be fixed? What could even be the motivation for members of this alliance?

About the Author:
I live in Salado, Texas, on a donkey ranch.
I've always been a fan of Science fiction, and I write Sci-fi/Fantasy.
I've done little more than read and write for most of my adult life.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spotlight: Dragonsoul

About the Book:
Littlehorn is the last dragon, born into a world that wants him dead.
The dragon's blue scales and orange eyes are a stark contrast to the dull gray around him. The sky is gray. The ground is gray. Everything is gray, even the skin, eyes, and hair of every other living creature, including humans.
When Denyth, a simple farmer dreaming of a world of color beyond the gray encounters Littlehorn, the two set out on a journey to find the truth of where Littlehorn came from and if there truly is a world of color beyond the gray.
But Denyth isn't the only human who knows of Littlehorn's existence. A dragon-hunter named Zero, who has dedicated his entire life to purging anything of color, is coming after Littlehorn to finish the job.
Dragon and human flee together to the colorful land called Evenar, coming across a host of odd, colorful creatures, including a cat-like shapeshifter who can hear the land, a pacifist troll who wields a club the size of a tree trunk, and even a group of walruses who can talk.
Just as they think that they have found paradise, they discover a terrible secret: humanity wasn't responsible for the fall of dragons after all.

About the Author:
Kayl Karadjian is a lifelong fan of Science-Fiction and Fantasy books, Manga, and Role-playing games. He is the author of multiple books in the Tales of Ashkar and Dragonsoul series. When he is not immersed in the worlds inside his head (which is 24/7, actually), Kayl enjoys traveling and exploring nature with his wife, Catherine.


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cover Reveal: Equus

edited by Rhonda Parrish

There’s always something magical about horses, isn’t there? Whether winged or at home in the water, mechanical or mythological, the equines that gallop through these pages span the fantasy spectrum. In one story a woman knits her way up to the stars and in another Loki's descendant grapples with bizarre transformations while fighting for their life. A woman races on a unique horse to save herself from servitude, while a man rides a chariot through the stars to reclaim his self-worth. From steampunk-inspired stories and tales that brush up against horror to straight-up fantasy, one theme connects them all: freedom.

Featuring nineteen fantastic stories of equines both real and imagined by J.G. Formato, Diana Hurlburt, Tamsin Showbrook, M.L.D Curelas, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, VF LeSann, Dan Koboldt, J.J. Roth, Susan MacGregor, Pat Flewwelling, Angela Rega, Michael Leonberger, Sandra Wickham, Stephanie A. Cain, Cat McDonald, Andrew Bourelle, Chadwick Ginther, K.T. Ivanrest, and Jane Yolen.

Equus is the newest installment of Rhonda Parrish’s “Magical Menageries” anthology series, preceded by Fae (2014), Corvidae (2015), Scarecrow(2015), and Sirens (2016). Equus will be released July 18, 2017, and is available now for pre-order now from AmazonBarnesandNoble.comiTunesKobo, and World Weaver Press.
Rhonda Parrish is driven by the desire to do All The Things. She was the founder and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine, is an Assistant Editor at World Weaver Press, and is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Sirens and D is for Dinosaur. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast, Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012 & 2015), and Mythic Delerium. Her website, updated weekly, is at
Praise for the Magical Menageries Anthology Series:

“A delightfully refreshing collection that offers a totally different take on your usual fairy stories! I should have known that editor Parrish...would want to offer something quite unique. I found it difficult to stop reading as one story ended and another began – all fantastic work by gifted writers. Not for the faint of heart, by any means.”
— Marge Simon, multiple Bram Stoker® winner

“Corvidae evokes the majesty and mischief of corvid mythologies worldwide—and beyond our world—in a collection that is fresh and thoroughly enjoyable.”
— Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger

“With fifteen talented writers and a subject that is both evocative and memorable, Rhonda Parrish’s new anthology, Scarecrow, is no straw man. Like any good scarecrow, this anthology is truly outstanding in its field. Don’t be scared to pick this up and give it a read.”
— Steve Vernon, author of Tatterdemon 

"The call of SIRENS is quite powerful indeed. With a variety of stories, crafted with care, you will delight in the tales that the many authors weave throughout this fantastical anthology. It will lure you in and not let go."
—Tara Platt, author Zartana
Publication Date: July 18, 2017 • Anthology • Fantasy/Science Fiction
$13.95 trade paperback, 325 pages  • $4.99 ebook

ISBN-13: 978-0998702209



Guest Post + Release Blitz: Felisha Antonette

Guest Post:
What do you like about writing for young adults?

This is a thought fresh on my mind as I was considering this the other day. I'd have to say that I like writing for young adults because of the innocence, the open mindedness, the freedom, the imagination, and the belief in love. When I say, “belief in love” I don’t just mean romance, by the way. I mean the ability to love new ideas, friendships, new worlds, new possibilities! Granted, most of my young adult novels have a strong m/f romance element, but they are also about loving yourself. I think it’s really important to encourage young adults/teens to love themselves. It’s really important to me for everyone to understand that they can accept themselves the way they are, that they don’t have to change and conform to the people the world has possessed them to ‘think’ they have to be, look like, or sound like. And if I can help do that through my passion, telling stories, then I will. I’ve discovered that you can reach more people through written words than we can through those we speak. Young adults are technically our future, and maybe if we can impose a positive today, we can have a better tomorrow.

I also love reading YA. So, it’s only right that I write what I love to read. 

Title: Two Times Slain
Author: Felisha Antonette
Series: A Burdened Novel #3
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 17, 2017
Print Length: 155k words
Format: Digital and Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9971455-6-4

Loyalty, deception, honesty, and death. These factors in Tracey’s life have taken her from an innocent teenager to a strong-minded young adult when she took the leap that no human or Sephlem would dare to. And while none of the promised perils have materialized, her strength has yet to be tested. Now, the secrets behind the midnight eyes of her mate have started to come to light, and this unbalanced truth affects her, her parents, and what’s left of her friends.

When her mate’s mother gets abducted and everyone leaves to find her, Tracey’s left to fend for herself.  She finds peace in finally being alone without the bond of her mate overwhelming her. She revels in a freedom that she has tried to obtain since mating. But it is short lived. She wakes, bound and blindfolded, awaiting a torturous greeting from an unlikely foe... Someone who has an appetite for vengeance.

The Burdened has rule over Nathan's life, over him, and the more he fights it, it prevails. But rescuing his mate and his mother is a dead cert, and Nathan will destroy anything and anyone who stands in his way.

A prophecy has set the fate of Nathan and Tracey's relationship and the Sephlem race—their union more significant than either realizes. As the future unfolds and their love is tested, will it endure the deepest pain of their loss?

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About Felisha Antonette:
Felisha (Peiri) Antonette writes heart-throbbing young adult and new adult romantic suspense, paranormal, science fiction, and contemporary romance with compelling characters who stick with you long after you turn the last page.

When she's not writing, Felisha spends time with her beautiful daughter, staying cool in Arizona, considering mountain climbing, and finding a way to get back to her hometown Chicago. With a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Creative Writing, she can pick apart a person's motivations to create a believable character, but she has yet to master time management.

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