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New Release! Rethana’s Trial by Courtney Cantrell

Consortium Books is proud to announce the digital release of Rethana’s Trial by Courtney Cantrell.

In Rethana’s Surrender, the pulse-pounding opening novel of Legends of the Light-Walkers, the gathering of an army shattered Rethana Chosardal’s comfortable life and thrust her into the arms of one who could be either tormentor or savior. But just as she began to feel safe with the clerics who once hunted her family, new trials wrenched her from even this thin protection.

Now unknown enemies have captured her and torn her from the side of her dying sister. Once again tossed on the waves of war with no safe harbor, Rethana has nowhere to turn. The elusive, nomadic Soldan claim her as part of their ancient prophecy to overthrow the malicious rule of an evil emperor. To entice her into their cause, the Soldan offer to feed her insatiable hunger for magical knowledge. Is Rethana willing to pay the price they ask?

Before she can decide, another menace sweeps down from the icy north. Under the relentless scourge of the diabolical Skardi, it becomes clear that the petty civil war between Soldan and the clerics places the whole nation in peril. There is no hope but an alliance…if only either side would heed Rethana’s warnings.

Rethana stands alone in the midst of trial and treachery, the powers of two great monarchs arrayed against her. Even the strength of the Warlord Allasin, her master and possible beloved, is out of reach. Abandoned by old friends, beset by new enemies, Rethana stands at the very heart of her homeland, forced to make her last stand.

Though the fate of Rethana’s sister remains unknown and the whole world rests upon her shoulders, Rethana will bend but not break. Only this iron determination can see her through Rethana’s Trial.

Rethana’s Trial is the second book in the Legends of the Light-Walkers. Read more.

Two New Releases in Epic Fantasy!

Consortium Books is proud to announce the digital release of two new epic fantasies.

Rethana’s Surrender by Courtney Cantrell

Rethana’s Surrender is the debut epic fantasy from Courtney Cantrell.

Rethana Chosardal’s life in hiding is over, and she has no one but herself to blame. A foolish choice leaves her in the power of the same vengeful clerics who slaughtered most of her family when she was but a child. Worse, the soldiers also seize her best friend and her frail little sister.

Allasin, the clerics’ leader, recognizes in Rethana the Blessing of comori, magical energy that can manipulate the elements. Rethana has always craved the power her birthright can bring, but Allasin will only teach her if she serves him in intrigues she cannot hope to understand. Yet this cold, cruel adversary gives her glimpses now and then of a warmer soul–of a master she could fall in love with.

Rethana is torn between two men: the hometown protector who loved her as a girl and the conqueror who loves her as a woman. As civil war threatens, Rethana must choose between her power and her past. Knowing that a reckless act has already cost her the life she once loved, this new choice may well tear her fragile heart apart. How much more will she surrender to protect her precious, dying sister?

Rethana’s Surrender is the first book in the Legends of the Light-Walkers. Read more.

The Dragonprince’s Heir by Aaron Pogue

The Dragonprince’s Heir is the much-anticipated conclusion of the bestselling Dragonprince trilogy.

The dragonswarm is ended. Fifteen years after Daven Carrickson rebuilt legendary Palmagnes, the civilization of man is once again safe from reptilian menace. But the long years have taken their toll. The Dragonprince is ten years missing, mighty cities still lie in smoldering ruins, and the kingdom of the Sarianne is broken. Hoping to rebuild his old dominion, the jealous king now brings an army to the Tower’s very gates. And whom should he find waiting but the Dragonprince’s son?

Born in cataclysm and brought up in the sheltered comfort of Daven’s stronghold, fourteen-year-old Taryn remembers little of his father and knows even less of the world. But Taryn knows what he is owed. He demands the king respect him as the Dragonprince’s heir…and quickly learns how vulnerable his family is without Daven to protect them.

Dragged off with his mother as a hostage to the king, Taryn comes to understand that his pride imperils everything his parents sacrificed to build. To redeem their legacy, he must forge a new path for himself.

On his own, Taryn will learn that being a hero means enduring much hardship. He will learn that his heritage brings grave responsibilities. He will learn what it means to be his father’s son. But he has to do it fast, or he will lose his mother…forever.

The Dragonprince’s Heir is the third and final book in the Dragonprince Trilogy. Approximately 100,000 words. Read more.

Release Date for The Dragonprince’s Heir (The Dragonprince Trilogy, #3)

We’re excited to announce an official release date for the hotly-anticipated conclusion to the bestselling Dragonprince Trilogy!

We plan to release Aaron Pogue’s next title, The Dragonprince’s Heir, on Tuesday, June 26th, along with the debut epic fantasy Rethana’s Surrender by Courtney Cantrell.

And in case you’re having a hard time waiting, Aaron has shared some friendly recommendations for passing the time until June 26th.

New Release! Foreign Identity by Becca J. Campbell

Consortium Books is proud to announce the release of Foreign Identity, by Becca J. Campbell.

 


Cold. Confusion. Fear. This is how it all begins.

Waking up without your memory in a cell and bound by chains is terrifying.

Two nameless strangers, a man and a woman, find themselves imprisoned together. With no memories of their own identities, let alone their captor and tormentor, escape is the only option. The pair faces a bizarre labyrinth of rooms and clues that confuse more than they explain. Every discovery only brings more questions.

Who captured them? Why were they taken? What does their captor want from them? What can the riddles mean?

Who are they?

Lacking allies and options, the duo must learn to trust one another. Mazes, puzzles, and even strange, lurking creatures force them to rely on their wits–and each other–for survival. But survival isn’t enough. They need answers.

Will the answers be enough? Will the truth bring them closer together, or drive them forever apart? Will discovering their identities finally bring them home?

 


Get your digital copy at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble for just $0.99, or order a paperback today!

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New Release! A Consortium of Worlds #2

We’re proud to announce the release of A Consortium of Worlds #2, a short story anthology by our Consortium Writers!

A Consortium of Worlds is your window into Consortium Books’s outstanding stable of speculative fiction authors. A Consortium of Worlds is a showcase of new and innovative voices in all types of fiction from a publisher dedicated to allowing every writer his or her own voice. There are no slaves to trends or what’s-hot lists here, only writers imagining newer and brighter vistas of unseen tomorrows, untold yesterdays, unknown todays, and untouched worlds of pure imagination.

Joshua Unruh knows that villainy wins all too often in the real world, but what might happen if supervillainy won? Courtney Cantrell smashes fiction and reality together to see what pretty pictures she can make with the pieces. Thomas Beard tells a tale that could be a fable of humanity or a true story from history. Becca Campbell looks to a future where normal is the new freak. Aaron Pogue takes us into a landscape destroyed by the blast-fires of dragons rather than a nuclear furnace, yet no less post-apocalyptic for the difference.

Also in this issue, we bring you intelligent and erudite essays guaranteed to challenge you and make you think. Katy Clift asks if Twi-Hards and Potterheads can’t focus on their similarities instead of their differences. Allison Scott takes a hard look at the first impressions of the e-book shopper.

This issue is Volume 2 of the quarterly magazine. Approximately 30,000 words. Edited by Courtney Cantrell and Joshua Unruh.

Learn more at the book’s product page.

New Release! A Consortium of Worlds, Vol. 1 Fall Issue

We’re proud to announce the release of A Consortium of Worlds, Vol. 1 Fall Issue, a short story anthology by our Consortium Writers!

A Consortium of Worlds is your window into Consortium Books’s outstanding stable of speculative fiction authors. A Consortium of Worlds is a showcase of new and innovative voices in all types of fiction from a publisher dedicated to allowing every writer his or her own voice. There are no slaves to trends or what’s-hot lists here, only writers imagining newer and brighter vistas of unseen tomorrows, untold yesterdays, unknown todays, and untouched worlds of pure imagination.

A Consortium of Worlds is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine showcasing the talents of Consortium Books’s array of authors. In this issue you’ll find stories by:

  • Jessie Sanders
  • Joshua Unruh
  • Thomas Beard
  • Rebecca J. Campbell
  • Courtney Cantrell
  • Bailey Thomas
  • Aaron Pogue

In addition to riveting fiction, you’ll find reviews of all types of speculative fiction. Our expert reviewers will take a look at novels, comic books, TV shows, or movies that you maybe haven’t heard of but will wish you had.

Learn more at the book’s product page.

New Release! Shadows after Midnight by Courtney Cantrell

We’re proud to announce the release Shadows after Midnight by Courtney Cantrell, book two in the Demons of Saltmarch trilogy!

Peter Townsend is not normal and doesn’t play well with normals. He belongs to the ancient line of auguren, demon hunters with only one goal: Protect ordinary humans from their demonic tempters.

But last year, protecting Holly Idaho shattered Peter’s world. When Dante Mullins, the demon hunting Holly, spirited her away to the infernal realm of Saltmarch, Peter went through hell to save her. Falling in love with her wasn’t part of the plan. Neither was leaving Dante alive.

Now Dante is back, and Holly is missing. Holly’s friends Anne and Owin insist on joining Peter in the furious search. But when a new demon enters the fray, one that makes Dante look angelic, its nightmarish power threatens to consume them all.

The loyalties of friendship might be more help than Peter can deal with. This time, saving Holly might just cost him his soul.

Learn more at the book’s product page.

New Release! Ghost Targets: Restraint by Aaron Pogue

Consortium Books is proud to announce the release of Restraint, the third novel in the Ghost Targets series by Aaron Pogue.

We abandoned privacy and turned databases into something like gods. They listened to our prayers. They met our needs and blessed us with new riches. They watched over us, protected us, and punished the wicked. We almost made a paradise.

But there were those who tried to hide from the databases’ all-seeing eye. They used their wealth or power or intellect to turn themselves into ghosts within the endless archive. The FBI’s Ghost Targets team became experts at tracking them down, and they threw the worst of the monsters into private prisons where even Hathor’s eyes could not see.

Now a new threat forces Katie Pratt to enter the dark halls of one of these prisons. An old adversary trapped in Shadow Mountain holds the key to the mystery, and he’ll only give it to Katie. But when a Shadow Mountain contractor is murdered, his hidden execution uncovers the most advanced ghosting device ever created. Katie must solve the murder to save Hathor, and she will have to face down wardens, politicians, mob bosses, and deadly ghosts to do it. Only then will she uncover the terrifying secrets locked up in Shadow Mountain.

Learn more about this title and order your copy today!

New Release! Taming Fire by Aaron Pogue

Consortium Books is proud to announce the digital release of Taming Fire, an epic fantasy novel by Aaron Pogue.

 


 

Daven Carrickson grew up as a beggar in the filthy alleys beneath the shadows of the palace. He’s the son of a known thief, disgraced and despised. His only real talent is his ability with a sword, and his only real chance at finding honor or a home is a desperate dream of joining the King’s Guard.

Then Daven receives a new future when Master Claighan invites him to study magic at the Academy. The wizard offers to make him into a new kind of soldier: a swordsman equally skilled with forged blades and mystic forces. It only helps that Daven has no home, no family, and nothing left to lose.

But when conspiring forces destroy the wizard’s plans, Daven finds himself wanted for treason and murder. Hunted by a great black beast of a dragon, caught between the King’s Guard and a rebel force led by a rogue wizard, Daven’s only hope of surviving is to become more than he’s ever dreamed possible.

 


Get your copy for $0.99 at Amazon.com! Other formats (including a $12.99 paperback) are coming soon.

Ghost Targets: Expectation

The series continues! Aaron Pogue and Consortium Books are proud to announce the digital release of Ghost Targets: Expectation, the hotly-anticipated sequel to Gods Tomorrow.

Eric Barnes put an end to human aging. Now he’s paying for it with his life.

FBI Special Agent Katie Pratt returns to the Ghost Targets team to find herself and the rest of the team under investigation for corruption by a government agency. Katie’s relationship with Martin Door, one of the creators of the Hathor system and its surveillance of everyone and everything, leaves her especially vulnerable.

The new boss assigns Katie to a case in Boulder, Colorado, to save her from ongoing interrogation, but the case quickly steals the Ghost Targets team’s full attention. A scientist, violently attacked in his own lab, is in a coma.

The victim leads the research for a drug that could end human aging, extending lifespans to thousands of years. The key to the drug is locked in his slumbering brain, but even in this world where every action is recorded in Hathor, the records of the attack on him are gone. Katie must uncover the truth to protect the miracle drug and regain her own reputation.

Katie’s search for answers will force her to scale a mountain of secrets and lies whose summit is the overwhelming power of human expectation.

Available for Kindle, Nook, and all other e-readers at $2.99. (The paperback edition is coming soon.)