July 2017Bastard SonSean BenhamSomething is very wrong in the United Prefectures of America - Mr. DeLuxe’s Travelling Pleasure Show, that rolling monument to perversion and violence, is back on the road. Actually, that’s just one line on the long list of heinous things happening within the giant colonial science experiment. The population’s dying out faster than ever, segregation is still strictly enforced and all the poor souls who call the place home are trapped in place by a giant impregnable wall. Mr. Deluxe’s lewd sex-on-wheels display might have proved a pleasant distraction from the realities of Prefectural life, if it didn’t leave behind a bloody trail of death and destruction as it rolled from town to town.

Picking up where White American left off, Bastard Son is the story of Billy Lopez and his misguided quest to set everything right. He’s going to pull the curtain on Mr. Deluxe’s show. He’s going to find a way to pick the lock on the cage surrounding the country. And, he’s going to kill the man responsible for the sorry state of the world - a guy named Satan, a guy who just so happens to be Billy’s Dad. At least, that’s the plan. Knowing Billy and Billy’s knack for making bad decisions, chances are really good that he’s going to die trying.

Clever, action-packed and utterly strange, Bastard Son is dystopian science fiction at its best; other novels pull their punches, Bastard Son packs one hell of a wallop.
July 2017Echos From The SwampMax IbachCharlotte Mayhew's final scream echoes out across the marsh. She continues to scream during the time she has left.

Teenage girls have been disappearing for so many years that nobody in Amerada Texas is even surprised when it happens anymore. But when Axle Marsten and his friend Toby relocate to the small town they find the mystery too tempting to ignore. They are just cocky enough and curious enough to ignore the peril, and set out on an adolescent adventure of a lifetime. But nothing could prepare any of them for the horrors they are about to uncover.

Sometimes the best man for a dangerous job is a reckless teenage boy.
July 2017The Nostradamus CodeP. Temple HickeyOn a settlement planet far into the future the worldwide economic crash has turned New Stockton into a city broken by political corruption and pervasive organized crime. Scotland Murrow’s journalist father has gone missing while investigating a twelve year old murder case. The victim was found with an encrypted file, known as the Nostradamus Code, imbedded in his thumbnail leading Scotland to believe that the file contains the secret to his father’s fate. Aided by his reformed junkie friend and a journalist who may have her own secret agenda Scotland scours the city’s seedy underbelly, traverses the unchartered outlands and breaches a fortified Citadel as he peels away layer upon layer of the Nostradamus Code to confront his biggest fears and uncover a plot to bring down the most powerful man on the planet. July 2017From BeneathStormy WhiteThe suicide of Ruth Markham is a mystery to Mae Osborne. Ruth was wealthy, in good health, and looking forward to retirement. Almost as puzzling is the bequeath of a strangely shaped piece of land on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. When Janie Jackson, a young attorney, informs Mae that Ruth has left her the property, she omits that Ruth’s last act before her suicide was an attempt to stop the land from going to Mae.

Unsure herself how the land is now in Mae’s name, Janie offers to show Mae and her grandson, Andy, the land. Without understanding why, Janie dreads going to the property and asks Casey, the niece of her office partner, to accompany her.

Andy is pleased to spend the summer with Mae while his parents are out of the country, but both he and Casey find Janie’s behavior bizarre and irrational.

Too late, they discover Janie’s dread is based on fact and Mae understands her friend’s suicide. Only Casey’s uncle, Craig, understands they are lost and in peril.
June 2017The Grenling AbductionRichard DalglishIn Skunnik, the provincial capital of the Acrinite Province, Captain Jarn Theffig of the Vothan Riders is ordered to find a young woman who has been abducted. Suspects are many, but clues are few, so Jarn coerces the sorceress Astil to help him find the victim. Astil is the finest tracker in the known world, but she’s also a master criminal who has often been at odds with the Vothan Riders. Astil is only one of the problems plaguing the case. The Acrinite Province, where Jarn and his Riders try to keep the peace, was enemy territory only a year before, when the Voths reclaimed land that was rightfully theirs. Ever since the takeover, rebels have been murdering Acrinite collaborators and plotting against the hated Voths. Jarn must also depend on the remnants of the Acrinite Guard, soldiers known as Yellowshirts, who for a thousand years were the sworn adversaries of the Vothan Riders. Adding more political intrigue, a treaty with a neighboring realm depends on the outcome of Jarn’s investigation. June 2017Kings Of This WorldPeter BaileyMatthew is just trying to hold the wreckage of his life together after his girlfriend left him for another woman. A chance to review a West End play seems like a lucky break, until it turns into an X-rated nightmare. The next day London tears itself apart, people make love in the streets and kill each other over a dirty sandwich. Overnight everything changes, the city is very quiet, people smile and nod, but what they smile and nod at is only visible to them. The only other normal person is Jeremy, sarcastic, intelligent and frequently wrong. Together they form an uneasy alliance that lasts until cone shaped aliens land and begin harvesting people like wheat. The last two survivors in London begin a desperate search for a way to stop the aliens before it's their turn, unaware that millions of people have already killed themselves to give them the perfect weapon. Will Matthew and Jeremy realize the weapon they have been given before its too late?

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June 2017

A stubborn peasant girl who speaks her mind, Kyleigh spends her strenuous days keeping house and caring for her uncle’s ten children. Although she bears the gift of foresight, she foresees no end to her life of poverty and drudgery. When an elven seer from afar tells Kyleigh she is the girl destined to save the elves from impending war with the Banished, Kyleigh is stunned into disbelief. Nevertheless, she accepts this daunting quest and undergoes intense training in hopes of preventing the enemy from finding a lost-long divine artifact—the life-granting diamond Lyn’Athai.

Captivated by an alluring elven woodsman she meets in the forest, Kyleigh renews her determination to become a powerful seer so she can try to save his people. Her failure to prevent the Banished from gaining a terrifying weapon—one with the potential to create an army of flesh-eating blood revenants—sends Kyleigh and her companions on a desperate hunt to track it down. Should the Banished find Lyn’Athai, all hope is lost—not only for the elves, but for all of Ethyn.

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June 2017

Are we staring down the barrel of the apocalypse?

With unstable leaders with odd haircuts who have their fingers on the nuclear buttons, ISIS terrorists who lust for the end of the world and environmental catastrophe looming, who could possibly save us from the apocalypse? The answer is Hanumān the flying monkey warrior and company, that’s who…

In his new novel, Time Beings I: Forward to the Past, Andrew J. West sets up a scenario where mythic characters from Hindu mythology try to turn the wheel of time away from the imminent apocalypse.

Hanumān the monkey general and Vibhīṣana the seer travel through time saving (or not!) the likes of Christopher Columbus and Ernest Shackleton (the Antarctic explorer) to keep humanity alive.

Andrew J. West is originally from Australia and one of the most fascinating incidents in this journey concerns a little-known incident in which Australian Aboriginals fought a pitched battle in open plain warfare against the invading British redcoats during the 1820s.

“I wanted to shed a light into the past in a unique way which would allow young people and adults alike to learn and enjoy history,” said the author. “I’ve been teaching and writing in Thailand for over a decade now so I wanted to take characters from their mythology and mix them into the history of other countries.”

Forward to the Past is the first of a trilogy of adventures in which Hanumān and friends fight off the forces of apocalyptic destruction… Stay tuned for Time Beings II: The Wrath of Kali and Time Beings III: Edge of Yesterday.

Andrew J. West is also well-known in the Thai art scene, particularly for his many art reviews for Bangkok Post and for authoring Thai Neotraditional Art (2015) and Destiny to Imagination: Prateep Kochabua (2013).

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