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Spotlight - Champion of Mars by Guy Haley


Love novels about or set on Mars? You can pick up Guy Haley's Champion of Mars for only 99p or 99¢ at Amazon!


Champion of Mars
Solaris, April 30, 2012
eBook, 448 pages

Spotlight - Champion of Mars by Guy Haley
For Fans of The Martian and the Mars Trilogy.

In the near future Dr. Holland, a scientist running from a painful past, joins the Mars colonisation effort, cataloguing the remnants of Mars’ biosphere before it is swept away by the terraforming programme.

When an artefact is discovered deep in the caverns of the red planet, Holland’s employers interfere, leading to tragedy. The consequences ripple throughout time, affecting Holland’s present, and the destiny of the red planet.

For in the far future, Mars is dying a second time. The Final War of men and spirits is beginning. In a last bid for peace, the disgraced Champion Val Mora and his ‘spirit’ lover are set free from the Arena to find the long-missing Librarian of Mars, the only hope to save mankind.

Holland’s and the Champion’s lives intertwine, across the millennia, in a breathtaking story of vast ambition.





About Guy

Spotlight - Champion of Mars by Guy Haley
Guy Haley is an experienced science-fiction journalist, writer and magazine editor, He has been editor of White Dwarf and Death Ray, among other magazines, and deputy editor of SFX. He is the author the Richards and Klein series from Angry Robot, and writes for Games Workshop's Black Library. A northerner by birth and a southerner by accident, Guy lives near Bath with his wife, son, cat and a huge malamute called Magnus. He misses the beer, but the weather is nicer.

Follow Guy on Twitter, and for more information visit the official Guy Haley website.

Spotlight: The All Souls Real-Time Reading Companion by Deborah Harkness


On Tuesday, November 17th, Penguin is releasing a free, e-book only, real-time reading guide that brings to life the world created by Deborah Harkness in A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night, retracing the events of these two bestselling novels with illuminating behind-the-scenes details and real-life events that figure into the books.

And there is more exciting news! In 2017 The Serpent's Mirror will be published. This novel is set in the All Souls Universe! Read more about The Serpent's Mirror at Deborah's website here.



The All Souls Real-Time Reading Companion
Penguin Books, November 17, 2015
eBook, 60 pages

Spotlight: The All Souls Real-Time Reading Companion by Deborah Harkness
A richly illustrated real-time reading guide that brings to life the world created by Deborah Harkness in A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night, retracing the events of the bestselling novels with illuminating behind-the-scenes details.

A world of witches, vampires, and daemons.
A manuscript that holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future.
Diana and Matthew—the forbidden love at the heart of the adventure.

The All Souls Trilogy began with A Discovery of Witches. It continued with Shadow of Night.

Now, as The Book of Life has brought Deborah Harkness’s #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy to its conclusion, re-immerse yourself in the enchanting fantasy world she has created and enrich your experience of the heart-stopping finale.





All Souls Trilogy Boxed Set
Penguin Books, May 26, 2015
Boxed Set, 1760 pages

Spotlight: The All Souls Real-Time Reading Companion by Deborah Harkness
A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life, now available in a beautiful boxed set

With more than two million copies sold in the United States, the novels of the number one New York Times–bestselling All Souls Trilogy have landed on all the major bestseller lists, garnered rave reviews, and spellbound legions of loyal fans. Now all three novels are available in an elegantly designed boxed set that’s perfect for fans and newcomers alike.

Spotlight: Solar Express by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.


Solar Express by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is out today from Tor Books.  Solar Express has been selected as one of Amazon's best books of November!  You may read an excerpt here.



Solar Express
Tor Books, November 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

Spotlight: Solar Express by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
You can't militarize space. This one rule has led to decades of peaceful development of space programs worldwide. However, increasing resource scarcity and a changing climate on Earth's surface is causing some interested parties to militarize, namely India, the North American Union, and the Sinese Federation.

The discovery of a strange artifact by Dr. Alayna Wong precipitates a crisis. What appears to be a hitherto undiscovered comet is soon revealed to be an alien structure on a cometary trajectory toward the sun. Now there is a race between countries to see who can study and control the artifact dubbed the "Solar Express" before it perhaps destroys itself.

Leading the way for the North American Union is Alayna's friend, Captain Christopher Tavoian, one of the first shuttle pilots to be trained for combat in space. But, as the alien craft gets closer to its destination, it begins to alter the surface of the sun in strange new ways, ways that could lead Alayna to revolutionary discoveries-provided Chris can prevent war from breaking out as he navigates among the escalating tensions between nations.

Solar Express is a thrilling, new, hard science fiction novel from New York Times bestselling author L. E. Modesitt, Jr.





About the Author

Spotlight: Solar Express by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
PIMS Photographic, Inc.
L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.



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Spotlight: The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson


The Art of Language Invention by conlanger David J. Peterson was published on September 29th by Penguin Books. It's an deeply interesting and detailed look at the creation of language as Peterson discusses Sounds, Words, Evolution and The Written Word and makes this fascinating subject accessible. There are even Phrase Books for Dothraki, High Valyrian, and more.



The Art of Language Invention
     From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building
Penguin Books, September 29, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Spotlight: The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson
An insider’s tour through the construction of invented languages from the bestselling author and creator of languages for the HBO series Game of Thrones and the Syfy series Defiance


From master language creator David J. Peterson comes a creative guide to language construction for sci-fi and fantasy fans, writers, game creators, and language lovers. Peterson offers a captivating overview of language creation, covering its history from Tolkien’s creations and Klingon to today’s thriving global community of conlangers. He provides the essential tools necessary for inventing and evolving new languages, using examples from a variety of languages including his own creations, punctuated with references to everything from Star Wars to Michael Jackson. Along the way, behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built languages like Dothraki for HBO’s Game of Thrones and Shiväisith for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, and an included phrasebook will start fans speaking Peterson’s constructed languages. The Art of Language Invention is an inside look at a fascinating culture and an engaging entry into a flourishing art form—and it might be the most fun you’ll ever have with linguistics.





About David

David J. Peterson began creating languages in 2000, received his MA in Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego, in 2005, and cofounded the Language Creation Society in 2007. He has created languages for HBO’s Game of Thrones, Syfy’s Defiance and Dominion, the CW’s Star-Crossed, and Thor: The Dark World. He is also the author of Living Language Dothraki.

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