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Auckland Allies 3: Unsafe Harbour

Auckland Allies 3: Unsafe Harbour by Mike Reeves-McMillan

Nazi sorcerers are plotting to steal the body of a tech billionaire, and the Allies must stop them, while outnumbered and, literally, outgunned.

Damaged by earlier encounters, but more determined than ever, they must draw on the spirit of the city itself – and their growing mastery of the magic in Sir Isaac Newton’s lost manuscript – to defend Auckland and each other. But how bulletproof is Tara’s new super suit, exactly? And can Sparx get a warning to the billionaire in time? | Read More...

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Kalanon’s Rising

Kalanon’s Rising by Darian Smith

Solve the murder. Stop the war. Save the world.
Sir Brannon Kesh spent years building a new life as a physician, leaving the name Bloodhawk and the war that spawned it behind. But when the King’s cousin is murdered, duty calls him back. The crime scene suggests dark magic and the evidence points to the ambassador of Nilar, an alluring woman with secrets of her own, who sees Bloodhawk as little more than a war criminal.
As bodies pile up and political ramifications escalate, Brannon must join forces with a vain mage, a socially awkward priest, and a corpse animating shaman to solve the murders and prevent another war. But who can he trust when the phases of a bigger plan take shape?
The Risen are the greatest danger Brannon has ever faced. If he and his team cannot stop the killer then all of Kalanon – and the world – will descend into darkness. | Read More...

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The Mechanicals by Nix Whittaker

A steampunk adventure with a plot to take over the Empire and a kidnapped bride. Hara and Gideon have been asked to do a favour for the Emperor to return a runaway bride. Things become complicated when it is found out that the runaway bride has fallen into the clutches of an ambitious duke who is planning to commit genocide and take over the Wyvern Empire.

This story is a retelling of the classic tale by Shakespeare, Midsummer Nights dream so expect some Puckish antics and a touch of magic.

This is the second book in the Wyvern Chronicles series. Due to be released in the middle of October at Amazon. You can also read a sneak peek on my website. | Read More...

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‘Songshifting’: a new novel by Chris Bell – out now

“Part rock memoir, part densely-textured journey into a dystopian world as rich as [Terry Gilliam’s] ‘Brazil’, ‘Songshifting’ is wise, elegiac and compelling. It speaks deeply to what music means to us – not just as an art form but as part of our emotional landscape. Wonderful stuff.” DAVE HUTCHINSON, EUROPE IN AUTUMN (shortlisted for the John W. Campbell, Arthur C. Clarke and BSFA Awards); EUROPE AT MIDNIGHT, Solaris Books Rarity Dean is on a deadline: the Grid, the paper she writes for as a music journalist, is a relic of… | Read More...

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“Torn” by Mary Brock Jones

“Torn” by Mary Brock Jones

Two ecological engineers must change their world to save it, no matter the cost to all they love.  

Fee comes from the mountains of her world. She grew up with trees, rushing streams and rain.  The grasslands beyond the foothills are Caleb’s home. Dry, windblown, a place of endless light and untouchable horizons.

Both are ecological engineers for the Survey, working to save their world from environmental disaster before it’s too late. Because unless something is done, soon, the planet is going to hit back. Storms, floods, drought. Don’t bother taking your pick, says the planet, you’re going to get the lot. | Read More...

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Into the Mist

Into the Mist by Lee Murray

When NZDF Sergeant Taine McKenna and his squad are tasked with escorting a bunch of civilian contractors into Te Urewera National Park, it seems a strange job for the army. Militant T hoe separatists are active in the area, and with its cloying mist and steep ravines, the forest is a treacherous place in winter. Yet nothing has prepared Taine for the true danger that awaits them. Death incarnate. They backtrack toward civilisation, stalked by a prehistoric creature intent on picking them off one by one. With their weapons ineffective, the babysitting job has become a race for survival. Desperate to bring his charges out alive, Taine draws on ancient tribal wisdom. Will it be enough to stop the nightmare? And when the mist clears, will anyone be left? | Read More...

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Shield, by Rachael Craw

Shield by Rachel Craw

“This is the Affinity Project – where freewill is turned to ash.”
Evie is out of options. She must comply with the Affinity Project – obey their rules, play their deadly games, give up Jamie. And her losses keep growing…

When she decides to help a small group of Shields trying to affect change, Evie finds herself in the firing line. Counsellor Knox is intent on revealing her secrets and shackling her to the Affinity Project for life. To protect her family, Evie must betray those closest to her. | Read More...

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Hand of the Trickster

Hand of the Trickster by Mike Reeves-McMillan.

Leverage meets Lankhmar in this sword-and-sorcery novella, as a thief who serves the Trickster God pulls daring heists in other gods’ temples.

Since the War of Gods, the high gods have grown silent and distant. The Trickster, though, is still at large in the world, humbling the exalted and exalting the humble. And the Hand of the Trickster is the thief called Now You Don’t.

He and his new crew are up for any challenge, whether it’s stealing a book from Wisdom’s library, dealing with a dark remnant from the War of Gods, or slipping the Grim Spear of the Inexorable Hand of Justice back into the heavily-guarded Justice Temple before it can be missed. | Read More...

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Anthologies E-books Featured Work Kiwi Writers 

Weekend Reads For Cold Days

July in Aotearoa might be more about freezing southerlies than ice-zombies from the North, but honestly, at least the latter has novelty value. Winter has well and truly arrived; time to snuggle up with some reading.

At the Edge, edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray, is now available in bookstores around New Zealand – or, for those of you who would prefer not to get out of bed (or onto a plane) to get your hands on a copy, you can find the ebook at all the usual haunts, and the paperback from Amazon. Want to get your hands on the latest and greatest in Australasian SFF? Click here for links. | Read More...

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Auckland Allies 2: Ghost Bridge

Auckland Allies 2: Ghost Bridge by Mike Reeves-McMillan.

The Auckland Allies discover a mysterious threat in the city’s oldest cemetery, and their first attempt to intervene leaves one of them in hospital – the same hospital the necromancer calling himself “Mr. Smith” is about to attack with four thousand angry Victorian ghosts.

Hundreds of the city’s most vulnerable people are in danger. Will a magical manuscript by Sir Isaac Newton provide the knowledge they need to take Smith down? Or can Steampunk Sally use her deep connection with Auckland to defend its citizens? | Read More...

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Anthologies Featured Work Kiwi Writers 

Kiwi Author Takes on Sci-Fi Universe in New International Collaboration

Babylon’s Song by Kiwi writer, Woelf Dietrich features in the new anthology, Interspecies, Volume 1, The Inlari Sagas.

These are generally hard-hitting stories about a grim future world. . . . I found the exploration mind-stretching . . .—Piers Anthony, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Xanth Series 

Interspecies is a solid science fiction anthology that provides entertaining reading for a thinking person and sets a high bar. . . . These are writers to watch.—Keith West, Adventure Fantastic and Futures Past and Present  | Read More...

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Blazing Blunderbuss by Nix Whittaker

Blazing Blunderbuss by Nix Whittaker

Hara has not had an easy life. Dragged around the world by her con man of a father and forced to dress as a boy to keep her safe. She has finally gotten away from him when she walks into trouble. Gideon is a mathematician but that isn’t the only thing. He has been kidnapped by revolutionaries and they are about to be in a lot of trouble because they don’t know he is also a dragon. When Hara rescues Gideon she knows he is going to be trouble. Things get complicated when they accidentally steal a pirate ship and are dragged into a plot to start a war with the Wyvern Empire | Read More...

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Everything is Fine

Everything is Fine by Grant Stone

A house at the edge of a prehistoric valley.
A suitcase that can take you to 1980.
A payphone that lets you call the dead.

Twenty tales from award-winning author Grant Stone, including six all-new stories.

From a trip to the supermarket to the edge of everything. From Auckland to London to places far beyond any map. The sun may set before we reach our destination. But don’t worry.

Everything is going to be fine.

Available now from Amazon, Gumroad or Smashwords, ebook or paperback. | Read More...

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Deadline Delivery

Deadline Delivery by Peter Friend My first ebook is out – let’s hope this interweb thing catches on 🙂 It’s also available in dead tree format: http://www.amazon.com/Deadline-Delivery…/dp/1522878475/ To quote from the blurb:

You’re just another poor kid living in the flooded under-city. Life is hard every day, especially for a courier like you, delivering packages to the under-city’s most dangerous neighbourhoods, while dodging pirate gangs, wild animals and security robots. But today is no normal day – today, you might end up as an explorer, or a froggy, or a trainee manager. Or dead. Or worse. It’s your choice. Be careful out there.
Oh … and watch out for crocodiles and the two-legged dog.
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Pisces of Fate

Pisces of Fate, by Paul Mannering 
Published by Paper Road Press

When Ascott Pudding’s parents died, he ran to the ends of the earth – or to the tropical Aardvark Archipelago, which is essentially the same thing. But distance is relative and now a retired god has turned up with more bad news: Ascott’s sister, Charlotte, is probably dying too.

Charlotte isn’t the only endangered Pudding. Before Ascott can go home and save his sister from uncertain death, he’ll have to escape a homicidal octopus, a migrating whale pod, and several varieties of pirate. | Read More...

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