Friday, November 24, 2017

Nintendo Download, November 23, 2017: Happy Thanksgiving!


This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
  • Nintendo Mobile
    • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp – You can get back to nature in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the new Animal Crossing mobile game where you can take on the role of campsite manager! Step away from your busy life and into your dream campsite where you’re surrounded by animal friends and the splendor of nature. In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, every day offers something new! Have fun customizing your camper, visiting animal friends' campsites, or exploring the area for new animals to meet. Available now on App Store and Google Play, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is free to start and offers optional in-app purchases.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gold EditionMario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gold Edition includes the full game and the season pass. The season pass is composed of eight new solo challenges, five co-op maps and 16 new weapons – all available now. An exclusive world featuring a new hero will arrive early next year. Developed exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gold Edition is available now.
    • Resident Evil Revelations – The critically acclaimed survival horror game takes players back to the events between the Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 games, revealing the truth about the T-Abyss virus. The action begins on board a supposedly abandoned cruise ship, the Queen Zenobia, where horrors lurk around every corner, before players head for the mainland and the devastated city of Terragrigia. The Resident Evil Revelations game launches on Nov. 28.
    • Resident Evil Revelations 2 – The beginning of the Resident Evil Revelations 2 game sees fan-favorite Claire Redfield make a dramatic return. Survivor of the Raccoon City incident depicted in previous Resident Evil games, Claire now works for the anti-bioterrorism organization, Terra Save, to solve a series of twists that will have players guessing the next step at every turn. Resident Evil Revelations 2 launches on Nov. 28.
    • Worms W.M.D – With a gorgeous, hand-drawn 2D look, new weapons and more fun features, the Worms W.M.D game is the definitive Worms experience – now with the HD Rumble feature and playable anywhere, thanks to the Nintendo Switch system. Engage in local multiplayer across a variety of different controller options for up to four players. Worms W.M.D is available now.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney – Experience the popular Ace Attorney series as a rookie lawyer in the Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney game. Step into the shoes of a young and passionate Apollo Justice in his early law career as he takes on his first cases. Use the touch screen to maneuver your way through crime scenes, interview witnesses and collect vital evidence using forensic science.

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.


Rob Boffard (2015)

Adrift
Orbit, June 5, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

In the far reaches of space, a group of tourists board a small vessel for what will be the trip of a lifetime - in more ways than one...

They are embarking on a tour around Sigma Station - a remote mining facility and luxury hotel with stunning views of the Horsehead Nebula.

During the course of the trip, a mysterious ship with devastating advanced technology attacks the Station. Their pilot's quick evasive action means that the tour group escape with their lives -but as the dust settles, they realize they may be the only survivors . . .

Adrift in outer space, out of contact with civilization, and on a vastly under-equipped ship, these passengers are out of their depth. Their chances of getting home are close to none, and with the threat of another attack looming they must act soon - or risk perishing in the endless void of space.


For more from Rob Boffard, check out:

The Outer Earth Trilogy
Tracer
Zero - G
Impact

Outer Earth (Omnibus Edition)





Nik Korpon (2017)

Queen of the Struggle
The Memory Thief 2
Angry Robot, March 6, 2018
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

When freedom is brutally withheld, the people have no choice but to rise up, in this dystopian SF sequel to The Rebellion’s Last Traitor.

Overthrowing the tyrannical Tathadann government should have been cause for celebration. But as Eitan City announces its independence, soldiers from the northern province of Vårgmannskjør storm the ceremony and annex the city. The cruelties of the Tathadann soon pale beside the new occupiers’ atrocities.

Henraek finds himself resettled in the north, in a city where the people seem happy and well…  until its labour camps and enslaved spirits come to light. The rebellion must begin anew, in Eitan City and throughout Vårgmannskjør, and now the stakes are higher than ever.

File Under: Science Fiction





K.S. Merbeth (2016)

Pretty Vicious
Wastelander Short Story
Orbit, December 12, 2017
eBook, 29 pages

Pretty Vicious is a short story set in the post-apocalyptic Wastelanders universe, about a young woman on the run in a lawless, post-nuclear America.

In a lawless, post-nuclear wasteland, Dolly lives in relative comfort working as a prostitute. She's got food and shelter, which is more than most have, but she wants to step out of the frying pan and into the fire, to break free and risk life on her own in the wastes.

She escapes with a gun, a knife, and the clothes on her back. She has no knowledge of how to survive in the outside world, but anything will be better than the half-numb life she's leading.

But Dolly soon learns she'll have to become as vicious as the wastes around her if she is to make her way alone in the darkness.


"A full throttle, sand-in-your-eyes, no holds barred ride through a Mad Max-style wasteland." - Delilah S. Dawson on Bite

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Upcoming Novels by Patrick S. Tomlinson


Patrick S. Tomlinson announced yesterday that Tor Books has bought three novels in a new series set in "The Breach" universe. The first novel, Gate Crashers, comes out in June 2018, followed by Starship Repo in 2019. Book three will follow in 2020. Patrick is the author of the Children of a Dead Earth Trilogy published by Angry Robot.

You can find Patrick online at his website: www.patrickstomlinson.com, on Twitter @stealthygeek and on Facebook.



Gate Crashers
The Breach 1
Tor Books, June 26, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

During humanity's furthest trip into the greater galaxy, the exploration vessel Magellan, or as she prefers "Maggie,"discovers an alien artifact. Deciding that finding advanced alien life is too important to ignore, Maggie's Captain Allison Ridgeway chooses to return to Earth while ordering her crew to reverse engineer technology far beyond anything back home.

Meanwhile, at mission control, the government struggles to maintain the existence of aliens a secret while also combating bureaucracy, the military industrial complex, and everyone else who wants a piece of the science that could skyrocket humanity into a new technological golden age.

Little does everyone involved know that the bumbling of a few dozen highly evolved apes hasn't gone unnoticed and the people of Earth have put themselves on a collision course with a far wider, and potentially hostile, galaxy.





Children of a Dead Earth Trilogy

The Ark
Children of a Dead Earth 1
Angry Robot, November 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

A murder mystery set on a generation ship months from reaching Humanity’s new home.

Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation spaceship, affectionately named the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.

But when a crew member goes missing, Benson is thrust into the centre of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Benson finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.

File UnderScience Fiction [ Last Gun in the Universe / We’re Not Alone / Poison and Nukes / Race to the End ]



Trident's Forge
Children of a Dead Earth 2
Angry Robot, April 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

New planet. New life. Same old S#*@.

Against all odds, the Ark and her thirty-thousand survivors have reached Tau Ceti G to begin the long, arduous task of rebuilding human civilization. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Tau Ceti G’s natives, the G’tel, are coming to grips with the sudden appearance of what many believe are their long-lost Gods.

But first contact between humans and g’tel goes catastrophically wrong, visiting death on both sides. Rumors swirl that the massacre was no accident. The Ark’s greatest hero, Bryan Benson, takes on the mystery.

Partnered with native ‘truth-digger’ Kexx, against both of their better judgment, Benson is thrust into the heart of an alien culture with no idea how to tell who wants to worship him from who wants him dead.

Together, Benson and Kexx will have to find enough common ground and trust to uncover a plot that threatens to plunge both of their peoples into an apocalyptic war that neither side can afford to fight.

File Under: Science Fiction [ First Contact | Last Massacre | Truth and Lies | Welcome to Our Planet ]



Children of the Divide
Children of a Dead Earth 3
Angry Robot, August 1, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

No matter how far humanity comes, it can’t escape its own worst impulses, in this far-future science fiction thriller from the author of The Ark.

A new generation comes of age eighteen years after humanity arrived on the colony planet Gaia. Now threats from both within and outside their Trident threaten everything they’ve built.

The discovery of an alien installation inside Gaia’s moon, terrorist attacks and the kidnap of a man’s daughter stretch the community to breaking point, but only two men stand a chance of solving all three mysteries before the makeshift planetary government shuts everything down.

File Under: Science Fiction


Major Splatoon 2 Updates



Major Splatoon 2 Updates Add New Stages, New Modes and New Ways to Splat

Keep the Game Fresh with Free Updates Coming Nov. 23 and Mid-December

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 21, 2017 – Nintendo continues to roll out additional content for the Splatoon 2 game for the Nintendo Switch system, and is now releasing two free software updates with a ton of new content and a new way to play. The first free update hits on Nov. 23 and adds a new stage for Salmon Run, new gear and new hairstyles for Inklings, as well as many other features, with additional new battle stages rolling out beginning Nov. 24. The second free update will be available mid-December and introduces a frantic new Ranked Battle mode called Clam Blitz, which involves picking up clams around the stage and trying to throw them into your opponent’s basket.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Interview with Ash Fitzsimmons, author of Stranger Magics


Please welcome Ash Fitzsimmons to The Qwillery as part of the of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Stranger Magics is published on November 21st by Harper Voyager Impulse.

Please join The Qwillery in wishing Ash a very Happy Publication Day!






TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Ash:  Thank you for having me! I’ve always loved reading, and writing gradually became an extension of that. I wrote my first novel at nineteen, and I was hooked.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Ash:  When I first tried my hand at long-form fiction, I was a pure pantser—I had ideas and general thoughts about scenes, but I felt my way along. With time, I’ve become a plotter. I may not map out every moment in the story before I begin, but I like to have more than a notion of where I’m headed and how I’m getting there. If nothing else, plotting helps me memorialize ideas for scenes I may not write for months, and it’s always nice to go back to your notes and have one of those, “Oh yeah, right,” moments when you think you’re stuck.

Of course, there’s always room for improvisation in writing, and characters tend to surprise you. Once you get to know your cast, some of those carefully plotted chapters begin to unravel. I’ve found that while you can try to force a plot upon characters, it seldom ends well.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Ash:  Finding enough time! I’m the sort of person who needs to stay at it daily—I get antsy when I’m away for too long, and the story starts to become stagnant in my mind. But responsibilities don’t disappear just because I’d like to spend some quality time with my computer, which can lead to a lot of odd-hours work and a touch of guilt every time I turn on the television.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Ash:  I’ve always had a fondness for the fantastic. Fairy tales, mythology, folklore, urban legends, science fiction, horror, and fantasy have long been staples of my bookshelves.



TQDescribe Stranger Magics in 140 characters or less.

Ash:  A lovelorn half-fae bookseller, his amoral brother, a smartass wizard, and an ersatz knight race to save magic and the world. We may be doomed.



TQTell us something about Stranger Magics that is not found in the book description.

AshWizard is an ungendered term in the story, and my wizard protagonist is a talented young woman who’s peeved that she’s been unjustly prevented from using much of her power. But that may be about to change…



TQWhat inspired you to write Stranger Magics? What appeals to you about writing Urban Fantasy? What do you think is the continuing appeal of stories about the fae?

Ash:  There are so many current interpretations of the fae, ranging from benevolent (or at least benign) to malicious, making them fairly malleable for story purposes. But even when they look like us, they remain something other, which I think is a large part of their appeal.

As for Stranger Magics, it began as a bit of rumination: take an ancient being with extraordinary power, mostly human sensibilities, and a strong aversion to iron, plop him down in the modern world, and what would he do with himself? The rest of the story and its setting gradually came forth.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Stranger Magics?

Ash:  I revisited the folk and fairy tales I knew, looked into the mythology surrounding the older interpretations of fae creatures, dusted off my Shakespeare, and used all of that as a jumping-off point. On a more nuts-and-bolts note, once into the story, I spent considerable time on Google Maps, trying to plot routes (sometimes from nonexistent places!) and keep a plausible timeline. Juggling multiple time zones can be tricky.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for Stranger Magics?

Ash:  The cover design is by Alicia Tatone, and I love how it turned out. An old book is featured heavily in the story, and…nope, no spoilers!



TQIn Stranger Magics who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Ash:  Toula, the wizard, was probably the easiest character for me to write. She seemed to appear fully formed—blue-tipped hair, attitude, and all. Robin, a faerie, was less forthcoming, but since he’s at best an annoyance to every other character in the story, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that he was sometimes difficult to pin down.



TQWhich question about Stranger Magics do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Ash:  “This is your first novel, right?”

Published novel? Absolutely. But as I mentioned, I wrote my first novel back in college. It was a 270,000-word doozy, a great learning experience for me but unpublishable at the time. That realization came as a disappointment back then, but in retrospect, I’m glad that novel wasn’t “The One.” After all, writing is like any other skill: it takes work and plenty of practice, and your first attempt will probably not be your best product. By my count, and depending on whether I choose to remember an unfortunate cycle of short stories, Stranger Magics is my thirteenth novel-length work.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Stranger Magics.

Ash:  Sure thing. Robin to Colin, in a moment of brotherly…well, tolerance:

He stood, took a long last draw, then stubbed the cigarillo out and threw it toward the street. “You’re a high lord of Faerie,” he said, clasping my shoulder. “Try to act like it. Right now—and I’m quite serious about this—you’re embarrassing me.”


TQWhat's next?

Ash:  While nothing is set in stone yet, I’d love to continue the story begun in Stranger Magics. We’ll see!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Ash:  Thank you!





Stranger Magics
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 21, 2017
eBook, 400 pages

No one holds a grudge quite like a faerie . . .

All Colin Leffee wants is to be left alone: to run his used bookstore in peace, and to quietly drink himself to sleep every night in an attempt to drown out the memories of eight-hundred-plus years of existence.

Unfortunately, when a sullen teenage changeling is flung out of Faerie and onto his doorstep, the long-suffering, wayward son of Titania knows his dreams of solitude are dust. Colin—or Lord Coileán, as he is known to the Faerie court—must track down Meggy, the love of his life, and figure out how her child ended up in Titania’s clutches to begin with.

But with family, it’s never simple. He finds Meggy, only to see her yanked into Faerie—and the doors between the realms slammed and locked behind her. Now, it’s not just her life& at stake . . . but the fate of magic itself.

Always the loner, Colin reluctantly joins forces with an intensely stubborn wizard, a young priest-in-training who fancies himself a knight, and his half brother Robin (the last most definitely not by choice) on a quest to reopen the doors and restore the balance between the realms. And with exiled queen Mab plotting in the shadows to take Titania’s throne, and the wizards of the governing Arcanum hiding their own agenda, Colin can’t be sure whom to trust—or whether he’ll live long enough to see the mission through.





About Ash

Photograph courtesy of Art Meripol
When not writing fiction, ASH FITZSIMMONS is an appellate attorney and an unrepentant car singer. Visit her at www.ashfitzsimmons.com.














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Twisted Romance Coming in February 2018


WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS TWISTED ROMANCE
An all-new month-long anthology miniseries event, coming this February

PORTLAND, OR, 11/20/2017 — Critically acclaimed writer Alex de Campi (MAYDAY, NO MERCY) teams up with some of comics’ hottest artists for TWISTED ROMANCE, a four-issue weekly anthology miniseries with tales of love—love gone right, wrong, and everything in between.

“This project is a dream for me,” said de Campi. “I'm getting to collaborate with some of comics' coolest creators and some amazing prose fiction voices. Everything everyone is doing looks so amazing. I'm just giddy that Image basically handed us the reins and said, ‘do whatever you want. This looks cool.’ So, yeah: come February, we're going to break your heart, fill you with joy, and give you awkward pants feels. Sometimes in same story. Occasionally, even on the same page.”

Each issue of this month-long romance event will feature 48 pages of content: a main comic story, a backup comic story, and a backup prose story. Within the pages of TWISTED ROMANCE, you can expect to find a wide variety of themes, including the commoditization of breakups, the love of a shy girl and a wildly famous guy, forbidden love on an intergalactic dreadnought, and the deceptive lure of childhood as seen by a princess who’s afraid to grow up. Exclusive sneak-peeks can be found throughout December and January at participating sites; see below for details.

Noctis Returns to FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS



NOCTIS RETURNS TO FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS IN NEW COLLABORATION EVENT

FINAL FANTASY XV Hero Receives Upgrades Alongside Release of New Characters

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 20, 2017) – In a crowded hall filled with South Korean fans, Square Enix® continued its celebration of the one year anniversary of the release of FINAL FANTASY® BRAVE EXVIUS®. Players of the hit free-to-play RPG also had a first-look at numerous game updates, special promotions, and other exciting news, including:
  • Permanent Rare Character Drop Rate Increase: Beginning on November 24, drop rates for rainbow crystals that contain top-tier characters will be tripled from the current rate, giving players a greater chance to acquire highly sought after units.
  • New FINAL FANTASY XV Characters: Gladiolus, Cor and Iris join Noctis and the Kingsglaive cast as playable characters. A new FINAL FANTASY XV-themed event will accompany the debut of these characters in the coming weeks.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The View From Monday - November 20, 2017


Happy Monday before Thanksgiving in the US!

There are two debuts this week:

Stranger Magics by Ash Fitzsimmons;

and

Until the Last Dog Dies by Robert Guffey.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Enemy (Seven Eyes 3) by Betsy Dornbusch is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Naked World (Jubilee Cycle 2) by Eli K. P. William

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.






Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

November 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beneath the Skin (e) Lauren Dane PNR - de La Vega Cats 3
Eversong Donna Grant PNR - The Kindred 1
Marrying an Alien Pop Star (e) Kendra L. Saunders SFR - Alien Pop Star 3



November 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Berlin Project (h2tp) Gregory Benford AH
Justice League: The Art of the Film Abbie Bernstein MTI
Enemy (h2tp) Betsy Dornbusch F/DF - Seven Eyes 3
Stranger Magics (D)(e) Ash Fitzsimmons UF/CF
Clara at the Edge Maryl Jo Fox MR/F/Psy
Until the Last Dog Dies (D) Robert Guffey SF/PA/AP/Satire/HU
Futures and Fictions Simon O'Sullivan (Ed)
Henriette Gunkell (Ed)
Ayesha Hameed (Ed)
LC/SF/F/HC
New York Fantastic: Fantasy Stories from the City that Never Sleeps Paula Guran (Ed) F - Anthology
The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories Charlaine Harris UF/F/PNR - Collection
Maid of Ice Shona Husk PNR - Blood and Silver 3
The Whispering Room Dean Koontz H - Jane Hawk 2
Who's Afraid Too? Maria Lewis FR - Tommi Grayson 2
Winter of Ice and Iron Rachel Neumeier F/DF
Charm Sarah Pinborough DF/FR/CF - Fairy Tales 2
Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra Anne Rice
Christopher Rice
F/P/Occ/Sup/H
Deep Black Sea and Dark Tide Rising David M. Salkin SF
Sweet Dreams Tricia Sullivan SF
The Naked World Eli K. P. William SF/AP/PA/CyP - Jubilee Cycle 2
Lure of Oblivion Suzanne Wright PNR - Mercury Pack 3



November 22, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Into the Woods (e) Liz Duffy Adams
Delia Sherman
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 #7



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
Bio - Biography
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FM - Folklore and Mythology
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - MashUp
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PHR- Paramormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsySus - Psychological Suspense
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Ref - Reference
RP - Role Playing
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Coming to the West in 2018


Onward to Victory! -- Valkyria Chronicles 4 is Mobilizing for
Deployment in the West for the PlayStation®4, Nintendo
Switch™, and Xbox One™ in 2018


Learn About the Inspirations Behind the Game and the 
Journey of Squad E in the New Trailer!

IRVINE, Calif. -- Nov. 19, 2017 -- Soldiers, strategists, and commanders--the call has come in from the front lines. It's time to rejoin the fight! The beloved Valkyria Chronicles series makes its grand return westward in 2018 with Valkyria Chronicles 4, a new mainline chapter in the saga for PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™, and Xbox One™. Return to a continent ravaged by conflict with a familiar-yet-refined tactical RPG battle system, a vibrant and evocative art style that portrays a living canvas of watercolors, and a gripping World War II-inspired story full of momentous triumphs, heartbreaking loss, and unexpected hope for the human spirit.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Twice Upon A Time Sneak Peek | Doctor Who Christmas | This Christmas on BBC America



Here is a sneak peek of Twice Upon A Time, this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, David Bradley as the First Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts and Mark Gatiss as the Captain.