Saturday, December 16, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Ania Ahlborn (2012)

Apart in the Dark: Novellas
Gallery Books, January 16, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Now available for the first time in a print edition—two terrifying novellas from bestselling author Ania Ahlborn, “a great storyteller who spins an atmosphere of dread literally from the first page” (Jeff Somers).

THE PRETTY ONES
New York, 1977. The sweltering height of the Summer of Sam. The entire city is gripped with fear, but all Nell Sullivan worries about is whether or not she’ll ever make a friend. The self-proclaimed “Plain Jane” does her best to fit in with the girls at work, but Nell’s brother, Barrett, assures her that she’ll never be like them. When Nell manages to finally garner some much-yearned-for attention, the unthinkable happens to her newfound friend. The office pool blames Son of Sam, but Nell knows the awful truth…because doing the devil’s work is easy when there’s already a serial killer on the loose.

I CALL UPON THEE
Maggie Olsen had a pretty ordinary childhood—swimming and sleepovers, movie nights and dad jokes. And then there were the other things…the darker things…the shadow that followed her home from the cemetery and settled into the corners of her home, refusing to let her grow up in peace. Now, after three years away from the place she's convinced she inadvertently haunted, and after yet another family tragedy strikes, Maggie is forced to return to the sweltering heat of a Savannah summer to come to terms with her past. All along, she's been telling herself, it was just in your head, and she nearly convinces herself that she'd imagined it all. But the moment Maggie steps into the foyer of her family home, she knows. The darkness is still here. And it's been waiting for Maggie's return….





Adam Burch (2017)

Roar of the Storm
The Fracture Worlds 2
47North, January 23, 2018
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 412 pages

When he rebelled against his father, Edmon Leontes lost everything, but a lot has happened in the twelve years since he left his remote home planet of Tao. He has made a new life for himself as the medic aboard a starship, earning his keep traversing the galaxy with a misfit crew. Edmon thinks he has left his tumultuous past behind him, yet all that changes when his father dies.

Phaestion, the man he once called brother, has inherited Edmon’s birthright. But Phaestion’s ambitions of domination are not limited to Tao, and he is not inclined to let a rival—even one in exile—continue living. Phaestion’s pursuit of power spans the universe, running afoul of powers no one is fit to be meddling with. Edmon will need to confront his past as he and his crew race across worlds to uncover the origins of the Fracture…and save the universe from complete destruction.





Bill Schutt and J.R. Finch (2016)

The Himalayan Codex
An R. J. MacCready Novel 2
William Morrow, January 30, 2018
Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 6, 2017

“Bill Schutt and J. R. Finch are two of the best adventure writers to hit the scene in a long time!” —Clive Cussler, #1 New York Times bestselling author

It is 1946, and the world is rebuilding itself from the war’s devastating ashes. R. J. MacCready is headed for the Himalayas to examine some recently discovered mammoth bones—a mission that may help him put the loss of his friend and colleague Bob Thorne behind him.

Arriving in Asia with the bright and fearless Yanni Thorne, his friend’s widow and now his invaluable assistant, Mac learns the bones are only a cover story. He’s actually been sent there to investigate an ancient codex allegedly written by Pliny the Elder, a fascinating text filled with revelatory secrets. The Roman naturalist claimed to have discovered a new race of humans, a divergent species that inspired the myths of the Yeti and is rumored to have the ability to accelerate the process of evolution. If Pliny’s assertions are true, this seemingly supernatural ability holds unlimited potential benefits—and unlimited potential for destruction.

Charged with uncovering more about this miracle species, Mac sets off into the remote mountain valleys of Tibet, known to the locals as the Labyrinth, using the codex as his guide. As he plunges deeper into the unknown, the more certain it appears that Mac and the associates who join his odyssey may not make it out alive.



Bill Schutt (2016)

Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History
Algonquin Books, January 30, 2018
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 14, 2017

“Surprising. Impressive.  Cannibalism restores my faith in humanity.” Sy Montgomery, The New York Times Book Review

For centuries scientists have written off cannibalism as a bizarre phenomenon with little biological significance. Its presence in nature was dismissed as a desperate response to starvation or other life-threatening circumstances, and few spent time studying it. A taboo subject in our culture, the behavior was portrayed mostly through horror movies or tabloids sensationalizing the crimes of real-life flesh-eaters. But the true nature of cannibalism--the role it plays in evolution as well as human history--is even more intriguing (and more normal) than the misconceptions we’ve come to accept as fact.

In Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History,zoologist Bill Schutt sets the record straight, debunking common myths and investigating our new understanding of cannibalism’s role in biology, anthropology, and history in the most fascinating account yet written on this complex topic. Schutt takes readers from Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains, where he wades through ponds full of tadpoles devouring their siblings, to the Sierra Nevadas, where he joins researchers who are shedding new light on what happened to the Donner Party--the most infamous episode of cannibalism in American history. He even meets with an expert on the preparation and consumption of human placenta (and, yes, it goes well with Chianti).

Bringing together the latest cutting-edge science, Schutt answers questions such as why some amphibians consume their mother’s skin; why certain insects bite the heads off their partners after sex; why, up until the end of the twentieth century, Europeans regularly ate human body parts as medical curatives; and how cannibalism might be linked to the extinction of the Neanderthals. He takes us into the future as well, investigating whether, as climate change causes famine, disease, and overcrowding, we may see more outbreaks of cannibalism in many more species--including our own.

Cannibalism places a perfectly natural occurrence into a vital new context and invites us to explore why it both enthralls and repels us.

“Fall of Osiris” Webcomic


Next week, Bungie is launching a webcomic series, starting with an Osiris and Ikora origin story, “Fall of Osiris.”

Margaret Stohl, Destiny 2 Narrative Director (who currently writes Marvel’s The Mighty Captain Marvel) notes:
“Destiny’s first-ever original comic short is written by Eisner-winning, New York Times bestselling writer Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, Marvel’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) in collaboration with our own super talented Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris narrative lead Christine Thompson, with interior art by Destiny community fan favorite Zé Carlos. Here’s a peek at the cover, by Marcio Takara (All-New Wolverine).

Osiris was once the champion of the Last City. Vanguard Commander. Seeker of secrets and discoverer of wonders. And then everything changed. How did Osiris go from hero to traitor?

Coming soon, for free, on Bungie.net!

Commander Chronicles: Devastation - Elite Dangerous

Calling all Commanders – the Oracle starport is under attack! Repeat – we are under attack!

For more Elite Dangerous news, follow us on these sites:
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Forums - https://forums.frontier.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=29

You can also discuss the game here on reddit: https://reddit.com/r/EliteDangerous
Released in December 2014, the BAFTA-nominated Elite Dangerous is the definitive, massively multiplayer space epic, and was Frontier’s first self-published triple-A game. Players take control of their own starship and can fight, explore and travel throughout an expansive cutthroat galaxy. With 400 Billion star systems and an ever-evolving narrative, players can choose to play alone or take part in a remarkable multiplayer experience.

Talisman: Digital Edition - Harbinger Expansion



Christmas may be looming but it could be the end of the road for Talisman: Digital Edition fans

Dec. 14, 2017 - Today Nomad Games and Asmodee Digital unleash the apocalypse, otherwise known as the Harbinger. This couldn’t be more devastating for the characters on the Talisman: Digital Edition board. The Harbinger is the bearer of an ancient prophecy who has arrived to foretell the end of the world.

This new expansion rains fire down from the sky, the ocean envelops the land and the darkness breeds demons, whilst the undead rise from their graves.

Utter annihilation is imminent, and so this is not for the faint hearted. Choose your character carefully, as only the bravest and most skillful will survive - providing your luck prevails … this is Talisman after all!

The newest expansion for Talisman: Digital Edition is available on Steam, iOS and Android. There are a host of new adventure cards, spells and terrain cards, as well as 32 Omen cards, two alternative endings and three new characters.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Emily Carpenter (2016)

Every Single Secret
Lake Union Publishing, May 1, 2018
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook

In this harrowing psychological thriller, a young couple must save their relationship by doing the unthinkable: sharing their darkest secrets…

Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees—even though the past is the last place she wants to go.

The retreat’s isolated and forbidding location increases her unease, as do the doctor’s rules: they must relinquish their keys and phones, they’ll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras, and they’re never to socialize with the other guests.

One sleepless night, Daphne decides to leave her room…and only then does she realize that the institute is not at all what it seems—and that whatever’s crying out from Heath’s past isn’t meant to be heard. It’s meant to be silenced.





Jessica Leake (2014)

Beyond a Darkened Shore
Harper Teen, April 10, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

Vikings meets Frostblood in this romantic historical fantasy stand-alone from author Jessica Leake.

The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle, the two might have a chance to save their world.

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love...even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.





Na'amen Gobert Tilahun (2016)

The Tree
Wrath & Athenaeum 2
Night Shade Books, January 23, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

The sequel to The Root, a compelling urban fantasy series set between modern-day San Francisco and an alternate dimension filled with gods and worlds of dark magic.

In Corpiliu, an alternate dimension to our own, a darkness grows, devouring whole cities as it spreads. Robbed of her greatest power, separated from her siblings and thrown among people she does not trust, Lil, a ’dant from the city of Zebub, must find a way to turn everything around, to trust in a power she knows nothing about.

Erik travels from San Francisco to Zebub, haunted by the ghost of his ex, still coming to terms with his true identity as a descendant of gods, and unsure how to fight the darkness that seems to have no weakness. As he pushes back against traditions meant to keep the true history of Corpiliu secret, he gains many enemies and few allies, and strange visions begin to make him question his own mind and place in the world.

Between Earth and Corpiliu, a war is developing on two fronts, one that might well mean the end of both dimensions. In The Tree, the dynamic follow-up to the exciting fantasy debut The Root, long-held secrets will be revealed, and long-trusted loyalties will be put to the test.

Holiday Cheer from Square Enix


SQUARE ENIX BRINGS THE HOLIDAY CHEER WITH WINTER-THEMED UPDATES AND GIVEAWAYS ACROSS HIT MOBILE GAMES

‘Tis the Season of New Updates and Giveaways for KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross], MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY and FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 14, 2017) – This month SQUARE ENIX® is spreading the cheer with holiday-themed updates and giveaways across its popular mobile titles, including KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross], MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY® and FINAL FANTASY® BRAVE EXVIUS® .

Pokémon Crystal Coming to Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS


Pokémon Crystal Coming to Nintendo eShop on
Nintendo 3DS on Jan. 26

When it launched in Japan 17 years ago, Pokémon Crystal introduced many new and exciting elements to the beloved Pokémon franchise. The game, an expanded version of the popular Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games, was the first in the Pokémon franchise to allow players to choose between a boy or girl playable character, as well as being the first game to introduce animations during Pokémon battles.

Now this groundbreaking game is coming to Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Jan. 26 for only $9.99.*

Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory Coming to Nintendo Switch



FALLEN LEGION: RISE TO GLORY
WILL HEAD TO NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE IN 2018

Santa Ana, CA (December 14, 2017) – NIS America is proud to announce that Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory will be coming to North America and Europe in 2018 for Nintendo Switch™.

Previously released for PS4 (Sins of an Empire) and PS Vita (Flames of Rebellion), the Nintendo Switch™ version will combine both stories into one package.

Final Fantasy XV Episode Ignis


MASTER YOUR FATE IN FINAL FANTASY XV 
EPISODE IGNIS

New Free Game Update Allows Players to Take Control of 
Gladiolus, Ignis and Prompto In-Battle

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 13, 2017) – With today’s release of the newest DLC, “EPISODE IGNIS,” FINAL FANTASY® XV fans will finally learn more about the untold events that transpired during a dramatic moment in the main game.

Set against the backdrop of the Trial of Leviathan, this episode features a brand-new storyline told from the perspective of Ignis as he fights to protect Noctis. With multiple endings available, players will be able to see a different outcome of events based on their decisions made in the game.

Crystal Dynamics Celebrates 25 Years


CRYSTAL DYNAMICS CELEBRATES 25 YEAR GAMING LEGACY IN A NEW VIDEO

REDWOOD SHORES, CA  -- (December 13, 2017) Today, Crystal Dynamics®, the renowned developer of the critically acclaimed and world-famous TOMB RAIDER® franchise, released a brand new video highlighting the studio’s 25-year legacy of great gaming experiences.


The developer began its 25th year in a newly redesigned, state-of-the-art facility that includes a fully equipped motion capture stage, six soundproof audio rooms, a dailies review room featuring a 4K HDR TV setup, a photogrammetry capture space, a full 4K HDR Dolby Atmos™ equipped theater, and more.