Big day for books! I had originally going to be showcasing Declan Finn's Set To Kill. I will do so, but I will also mention two other book oportunities.
Sean AP Ryan thought he was doing security for a science fiction convention … he didn’t know he was refereeing a war.
After the events of "A Pius Stand," Sean A.P. Ryan has spent the last year in Italy, keeping his head down and his mouth shut. But now, he has been brought out of his exile for one big job: security at the world's largest science fiction convention, WyvernCon. His mission? To keep the peace between two factions warring over the "coveted" Hubble Awards — the Tearful Puppies and the Puppy Punters. Even though Sean has a bad feeling about it, he takes the job, expecting a relatively quiet weekend.
Unfortunately, Sean soon learns that he has a bounty on his head. Every bounty hunter and mercenary within shouting distance of the internet is descending on the convention, each of them set on killing him. And his enemies list is long enough to cover half the free world, and most of the world still in chains.
If that wasn't bad enough, the first casualties of the War of the Puppies happen at the convention. Could it have been one of the Puppies, who are all armed and dangerous? Or could it have been one of the Punters, who claim pacifist tendencies, and fanatical devotion to their cause?
With the bodies piling up, and the attacks becoming more frequent, Sean has to discover who wants him dead, and who the true Puppy killer is, before all of WyvernCon goes down in flames
My take: If you consider yourself a Puppy (Sad or Rabid) or even Puppy-friendly, then you may enjoy this extremly humorous take on the Summer of Puppy Madness (2015). Finn's hero, Sean Ryan–think funny James Bond with an awesome elf sidekick–takes on both assassins and science fiction authors. If the first doesn't kill him, banging his head against a table out of frustration over trying to protect the second just might!
The action is over-the-top and fun, and fans of SF will get a kick out of spotting their favorite authors in this hilarious parody. (Finn's versions of their names alone are worth the price.) Put aside any serious bone in your body–then read and enjoy!
And now…a few more titles…
APPENDIX N: A LITERARY HISTORY OF DUNGEONS & DRAGONS is a detailed and comprehensive investigation of the various works of science fiction and fantasy that game designer Gary Gygax declared to be the primary influences on his seminal role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons.
It is a deep intellectual dive into the literature of science fiction's past that will fascinate any serious role-playing gamer.
Author Jeffro Johnson, an expert role-playing gamer, accomplished Dungeon Master and three-time Hugo Award Finalist, critically reviews every single work listed by Gygax in the famous appendix, and in doing so, draws a series of intelligent conclusions about the literary gap between past and present that are surprisingly relevant to current events, not only in the fantastic world of role-playing, but the real world in which the players live.
CLFA JANUARY BOOKNADO!
The first-ever CLFA-endorsed anthology of short fiction! Enjoy a variety of tales in assorted genres from CLFA members and supporters!
This is the month for anthologies! Savor a witty intro by the great Milo Yiannopoulos and enjoy popular authors including John C. Wright, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Nick Cole, Larry Corriea, Brad Torgersen, Brian Niemier, and Vox Day.
The Temple of Light (The Shadow Space Chronicles Book 5)
by Kal Spriggs
Lieutenant Alannis Giovanni embarks on a mission to stop her ex-husband from gaining control of a superweapon that can destroy star systems.
Thousands have checked into the Infinity Hotel. No one has ever checked out! (Sci-fi thriller)
Mythic Orbits 2016: The Best Speculative Fiction by Christian Authors
Another anthology! Features CLFA member L. Jagi Lamplighter among other authors.
Singers are a dime a dozen in Nashville, so despite her mama’s urging, psychic Ariana Ryder’s working her way towards a career in law enforcement at the FBI instead. But vampires aren’t the only thing that go bump in the night…
Kindle Deals: $1.99 or Less*
*as of January 17 and 18, 2017
Pampered and cultured Katie Welch discovers the most unusual boy swimming in her lake and for the first time in memory, she connects. Overjoyed to find someone she can relate to, Katie defies her mother and ignores the warning signs – until it’s too late.
Ages 14 and up.
Geeks and outcasts vs. oppressive government in near-future U.S.
(Dragon Award 2016 nominee)
by Kia Heavey
Domino the barn cat learns that there’s no way to bite or scratch a poisonous idea and soon, he is in an existential struggle to save his family, his territory, and a time-honored feline way of life.Welcome to Arhyalon. (link)