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    Series: SMOKE EATERS
    Ash Kickers Sean Grigsby
    9780857667977 Paperback FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date: July 09, 2019
    $10.99 CAD 4.15 x 6.85 x 1 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Angry Robot
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Dragons vs Firefighters vs the Phoenix. The scorching fantasy sequel to Smoke Eaters.

      With ex-firefighter Cole Brannigan in command of the Smoke Eaters, the dragon menace is under control. Thanks to non-lethal Canadian tech, the beasts are tranquilized and locked up, rather than killed. But for Tamerica Williams, this job filled with action and danger, has become tediously routine. 

      When a new threat emerges, a legendary bird of fire – the Phoenix – it’s the perfect task for Williams. But killing the Phoenix just brings it back stronger, spreading fire like a plague and whipping dragons into a frenzy. Will it prove to be too much excitement, even for adrenalin-junkie Williams? 


      File Under: Fantasy [ Smoke Em | Catch and Release | Fire Bird | Arson About ]


      Story Locale: Near-future USA

      Series Overview: When dragons emerged from the earth to wreak havoc across the USA, a dedicated team was formed to deal with them: the Smoke Eaters.
      Bio
      SEAN GRIGSBY is a professional firefighter in central Arkansas, where he writes about lasers, aliens, and guitar battles with the Devil when he’s not fighting dragons. He grew up on Goosebumps books in Memphis, Tennessee, and hosts the Cosmic Dragon podcast.

      seangrigsby.com
      twitter.com/seangrigsby


      Author Residence: Benton, AR, USA

      Author Hometown: Benton, AR, USA
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Author appearances at US/international SFF conventions WorldCon, Arkansas Literary Festival, Emerald City ComicCon and more.

        Cross-marketing with Sean’s SF debut Daughters of Forgotten Light

        Cross-marketing with comparable titles (The Lives of Tao, Three, Skyfarer)

        More personal appearances at firestations, which were incredibly popular with Smoke Eaters, and highlighting the “Firefighters vs. Dragons” angle for hand-selling and advertising.



        Publicity: Media and online promotion, including SFF blogs and magazines and through our 1000+ street team of bloggers and reviewers of the Robot Army.

        Digital ARCs issued worldwide to handpicked reviewers and bloggers through NetGalley and Edelweiss. Auto-approved ARCs for booksellers.

        Sci-fi and media reviews planned.

        Full blog tour - articles, interviews, Q&As, and giveaways - being arranged for May/June 2019.



        Feature Website: bit.ly/AshKickers

        Author Website: www.seangrigsby.com/

        Author Social Media: twitter.com/seangrigsby
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      “Grigsby’s pulse-pounding sequel to Smoke Eaters is a worthy successor that expands on the series’ already strong foundation of vivid action and meticulous worldbuilding… vibrantly imagined characters who ring with authenticity, and firefighter Grigsby knows just how to pull readers into scenes full of smoke and flame. Readers will delight in this fresh take on action fantasy.”
      – Publishers Weekly

      “Starting with its title, Ash Kickers, tells you exactly what type of ride you’re in for then delivers on that promise with a story that hits like a Skyrim meets Ghostbusters battle royale. In it, you can almost feel Grigsby’s glee as he mixes together supersized heroics, mythic creatures, snappy dialogue, and furious fight scenes to form a narrative that reads like a passionate homage to the action blockbusters we all grew up watching.”
      – Evan Winter, author of The Rage of Dragons

      “The fires burn hotter and the action is more furious on our second visit to this unusual urban fantasy universe.” 
      – B&N Sci Fi & Fantasy Blog

      “This book is instinctively and perceptively created and a joy to read. This has been a genuine pleasure to join Tamerica and her team and I look forward to more.”
      – Geek Syndicate


      Praise for Sean Grigsby

      “An ingenious premise that Grigsby delivers on with intelligence and style. Smoke Eaters is a treat!”
      — Jason M Hough, New York Times Bestseller

      “I love dragon stories in which the dragons are real monsters, laying waste to everything around them; and I love novels with protagonists who aren’t callow young adults learning that they’re chosen ones. Smoke Eaters has terrific dragons, and a hero with some miles and experience on him, plus great writing and a wicked sense of humor. I flew through it.”
      – Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver and Burn Me Deadly

      “Sean Grigsby has conceived what promises to be a brilliant and harrowing series. Dragons have returned, bringing fire, revenant spirits and ash in their wake. Cole Brannigan, a grizzled no nonsense fire-fighter, is there to stand in their way. Profane and exhilarating, filled with unforgettable characters and scorching action, Smoke Eaters is an amazing mix of adventure, fantasy, and science-fiction. Grigsby is an electrifying new voice sounding out over the wraith-haunted land.”
      – John Hornor Jacobs, award-winning author of Southern Gods and The Incorruptibles

      “I’ve been waiting for a book like this for years. Original, exciting, Smoke Eaters is a red-hot page-turner.”
      – Adam Christopher, author of Empire State and Made to Kill

      Smoke Eaters is a thrilling, exciting, funny and strangely heart-warming book, and Grigsby’s experience as a firefighter shines through on every page, lending grit and realism to this rollicking ride of a tale in which firefighters become dragon-slayers. It’s exactly as bonkers – and as brilliant – as you’d expect and I look forward to more from this author.”
      – Anna Stephens, author of Godblind

      “This smoking debut is a shot of adrenaline to the urban fantasy genre. Grigsby’s knowledge of firefighting combined with hot dragon action and blistering humor create an irresistible romp of a read.”
      – Jaye Wells, USA Today Bestselling author of the Prospero’s War series

      “A fun, fast, foul-mouthed thrill ride with more than its share of real surprises and pathos.”
      – Spencer Ellsworth, author of A Red Peace

      “Put your helmet on! Grit, grease, and fast-paced futuristic action, complete with hardbitten women throwing energy boomerangs while speeding on motorcycles, makes this a riveting ride.”
      – Cat Rambo, Nebula nominee and president of SFWA

      “High octane and hard hitting. Daughters of Forgotten Light is exactly what I want from sci-fi: badass women getting it done… with unapologetic grindhouse glam.”
      – KC Alexander, author of Necrotech and Mass Effect: Andromeda: Nexus Uprising

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    Series: AGE OF TYRANNY, THE
    God of Broken Things Cameron Johnston
    9780857668097 Paperback FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date: June 11, 2019
    $15.99 CAD 5.14 x 7.76 x 0.95 in | 432 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Angry Robot
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      An outcast magician must risk his body and mind to save the world from horrifying demons, in the heart-pounding epic fantasy sequel to The Traitor God.

      Tyrant magus Edrin Walker destroyed the monster sent by the Skallgrim, but not before it laid waste to Setharis, and infested their magical elite with mind-controlling parasites. Edrin’s own Gift to seize the minds of others was cracked by the strain of battle, and he barely survives the interrogation of a captured magus. There’s no time for recovery though: a Skallgrim army is marching on the mountain passes of the Clanhold. Edrin and a coterie of villains race to stop them, but the mountains are filled with gods, daemons, magic, and his hideous past. Walker must stop at nothing to win, even if that means losing his mind. Or worse…

      File Under:
      Fantasy [ In Your Head | Daemons & The Damned | Father Winter | Fighting Dirty ]


      Story Locale: Setharis, a fantasy city

      Series Overview: Edrin Walker is despised by his home city for his magical mind-controlling powers. After years of exile he returns to save the city and forge a new life for himself.
      Bio
      CAMERON JOHNSTON lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with his wife and an extremely fluffy cat. He is a swordsman, a gamer, an enthusiast of archaeology, history and mythology, a builder of LEGO, and owns far too many books to fit on his shelves. He loves exploring ancient sites and camping out under the stars by a roaring fire.

      cameronjohnston.net
      twitter.com/CamJohnston


      Author Residence: Glasgow, UK

      Author Hometown: Glasgow, UK
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Cross-marketing with dark fantasy series (Seven Forges, Worldbreaker Saga)

        Hand-selling at consumer and fan SFF conventions



        Publicity: Media and online promotion, including SFF blogs and magazines and through our 1000+ street team of bloggers and reviewers of the Robot Army.

        Digital ARCs issued worldwide to handpicked reviewers and bloggers through NetGalley & Edelweiss. Auto-approved ARCs for booksellers.

        Sci-fi and media reviews planned.

        Full blog tour - articles on fantasy, magic systems, antiheroes, grimdark , plus interviews, Q&As and giveaways - being arranged for May / June 2018.



        Feature Website: bit.ly/GodofBrokenThings

        Author Website: www.cameronjohnston.net/

        Author Social Media: twitter.com/CamJohnston
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      “A wicked sense of humor and a cast of flawed but striving-for-good characters keeps this mid-series entry from getting too grimdark.”
      – B&N Sci Fi & Fantasy Blog

      “Sword-swinging action, virulent and explosive magic, and a host of quirky and entertaining characters… Johnston depicts a beautiful and lavish world that is a feast for the imagination.”
      – Grimdark Magazine

      “Cameron Johnston delivers again!… The Age of Tyranny is a series that should be on the top of everybody’s pile to read.”
      – Dark Side Reads

      “If you enjoy bloody, highly tactical magic battles, a slow burn demonic history reveal, and a grumpy and relatable jerk who you can’t help but root for despite his flaws, God of Broken Things is your jam.”
      – The Fantasy Hive

      “The end result is that Johnston delivers a kick-in-the nuts, edgy, and dark book that excites on every level.”
      – New York Journal of Books

      PRAISE FOR THE TRAITOR GOD


      “An assured and complex debut novel with a main protagonist of questionable loyalty and morals that, despite yourself, you can’t help but love. It’s not often you come across a fresh voice and a fresh take on magic, but The Traitor God gives both. Moments of absolute horror sit cheek by jowl with humour of the blackest kind and some of the monstrous creations in this book are nauseatingly wonderful. After a slightly slow start I found it increasingly difficult to put this book down. I dearly hope we get to see more of Magus Edrin Walker in future books.”
      Anna Stephens, author of Godblind

      “From the frantic opening page, The Traitor God grabs you and doesn’t let go. Facing Gods, monsters, and a magic elite that wants him dead, Edrin Walker’s return to Setharis is a noirish romp packed with action and laced with black humour, and marks Cameron Johnston as a real name to watch in the epic fantasy genre.”
      Neil Williamson, author of The Moon King

      “Cameron Johnston is an exciting new voice in fantasy. His writing has a dark sense of humour and his debut is bursting with imagination and wonders. Fantastic stuff!”
      Stephen Aryan, author of the Age of Darkness trilogy

      “High magic and low lives collide in The Traitor God, one part street-level procedural and two parts an urban magic apocalypse, this is fantasy walking tall and carrying a big stick.”
      Gavin G Smith, author of Age of Scorpio and The Bastard Legion

      “Visceral and gripping fantasy, horribly and hugely enjoyable.”
      Anna Smith Spark, author of The Court of Broken Knives

      “The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston is part murder mystery, part detective story, and all fantasy that’s full of magic, shady villains and even shadier heroes. A hugely enjoyable tale and definitely a 2018 debut to look out for. Marvellous stuff.”
      Edward Cox, author of The Relic Guild Trilogy

      “Classic sword & sorcery with a wickedly blood-soaked grimdark twist.“
      Peter McLean, author of Priest of Bones and the Burned Man series

      “Epic fantasy meets hardboiled noir, with a foul-mouthed, seen -it-all narrator you won’t soon forget.”
      Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

      “I’m looking forward to seeing who and what Walker kicks in the balls in the sequel. If you enjoy clever gray characters, gritty but interesting worlds, and creepy magic, this book is for you.”
      Fantasy Hive

      “There’s a wonderful coarseness and vivacity to the world Johnston has created, and the magic and monsters featured are as horrific as they are fascinating. The finale is truly epic, and about as thrilling as they come.”
      Alan Brenik

      ”This is a tightly written, believable world, one which will make you sit up and take notice. It’s not pretty, by any means, but it’ll seep off the page and into your pores. It’s snappy, tautly written prose kept me turning pages until far too late in the night."
      Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews

      “From the frantic opening page, The Traitor God grabs you and doesn’t let go. Edrin Walker’s return to Setharis is a noirish romp packed with action and laced with black humour, and marks Cameron Johnston as a real name to watch in the epic fantasy genre.”
       Neil Williamson, author of The Moon King

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    9780857668110 Paperback FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date: August 13, 2019
    $16.99 CAD 5.1 x 7.7 x 1 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Angry Robot
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Sorcerers fight for the right to exist and fall in love, in this extraordinary alternate world fantasy thriller by award-winning Israeli author Keren Landsman.

      Throughout human history there have always been sorcerers, once idolised and now exploited for their powers. In Israel, the Sons of Simeon, a group of religious extremists, persecute sorcerers while the government turns a blind eye. After a march for equal rights ends in brutal murder, empath, moodifier and reluctant waiter Reed becomes the next target. While his sorcerous and normie friends seek out his future killers, Reed complicates everything by falling hopelessly in love. As the battle for survival grows ever more personal, can Reed protect himself and his friends as the Sons of Simeon close in around them?

      File Under: Fantasy [ Love Squared | Stuck in the Margins | Emotional Injection | Fight the Power ]


      Story Locale: An alternate history version of Israel
      Bio
      KEREN LANDSMAN is a mother, a writer, a medical doctor who specializes in Epidemiology and Public health, and a blogger. She is one of the founders of Mida’at, an NGO dedicated to promoting public health in Israel. She works in the Levinski clinic in Tel Aviv. She has won the Geffen Award three times, most recently for the short story collection Broken Skies.

      Author Residence: Hod HaSharon, Israel

      Author Hometown: Hod HaSharon, Israel
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Author attendance at major global SFF conventions, including WorldCon 2019 as well as Israeli/European conventions

        Cross promotion with Angry Robot’s worldbending fantasy titles, such as Ferrett Steinmetz’s Mancer books and The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series

        Cross promotion with Angry Robot’s titles with strong diversity and civil rights themes such as Space Unicorn Blues, Moonshine, Time’s Children.



        Publicity: Book announcement through highly influential genre website Tor.com (152k readers), plus an article by the author on the challenges and opportunities of having her novel translated into English. Announcement met with a huge social media response.

        Media and online promotion, including SFF blogs and magazines and through our 1000+ street team of bloggers and reviewers of the Robot Army.

        Digital ARCs issued worldwide to handpicked reviewers and bloggers through Edelweiss NetGalley. Auto-approved ARCs for booksellers and librarians.

        Extensive tour of science fiction and fantasy blogs throughout June / July 2019, featuring articles on medicine, modern fantasy, working in translation, civil rights and politics in metaphor & fiction.



        Feature Website: bit.ly/HeartCircle

        Author Website: http://www.realitybugs.me/

        Author Social Media: twitter.com/smallweed
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “You don’t have to dig too deeply to uncover the real world parallels to xenophobia and intolerance in this unusual and compelling English-language debut.”
      – B&N Sci Fi & Fantasy Blog

      “A fascinating and original urban fantasy… Landsman demonstrates virtuoso writing ability, building a fascinating plot, an impressive combination of sources of inspiration and rare emotional depth, which make reading a sweeping experience and the book suitable not only for fans of fantasy and science fiction but for every reader.”
      Israel Hayom

      “A bold new voice in Israeli fantasy…an enchanting debut.” 
      – Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award winning author of Osama and Central Station

      The Heart of the Circle is an important step forward for the Israeli genre scene, and in its portrait of young people struggling with both their outsized emotions and an unjust situation, it delivers a powerful, engrossing story.”
      – Abigail Nussbaum, author of Asking the Wrong Questions

      “Keren Landesman did not write a good book, she wrote an excellent book.”
      Saloona

      “Oh wow. Wow, this book. How am I supposed to write anything now?”
      - N.S. Dolkart, author of the GODSERFS trilogy

      “Her skill with the world-building of this alternate reality is masterful and I found myself drawn into the sociopolitical and geopolitical aspects of this novel… This is the perfect subject to examine during such turbulent times, and I can only encourage more writers to follow her path… Landsman’s novel is exceptionally paced and full of intriguing characters and concepts”
      – Grimdark Magazine
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    The Outside Ada Hoffmann
    9780857668134 Paperback FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date: June 11, 2019
    $16.99 CAD 5.14 x 7.75 x 1.15 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Angry Robot
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Humanity’s super-intelligent AI Gods brutally punish breaches in reality, as one young scientist discovers, in this intense and brilliant space opera.

      Autistic scientist Yasira Shien has developed a radical new energy drive that could change the future of humanity. But when she activates it, reality warps, destroying the space station and everyone aboard. The AI Gods who rule the galaxy declare her work heretical, and Yasira is abducted by their agents. Instead of simply executing her, they offer mercy – if she’ll help them hunt down a bigger target: her own mysterious, vanished mentor. With her homeworld’s fate in the balance, Yasira must choose who to trust: the gods and their ruthless post-human angels, or the rebel scientist whose unorthodox mathematics could turn her world inside out. 

      File Under: 
      Science Fiction [ False Gods | Angel Inside | Autistic in Space | Here be Monsters ]


      Story Locale: Humanity’s future galactic civilization
      Bio
      ADA HOFFMANN is a Canadian graduate student trying to teach computers to write poetry. Her critically acclaimed speculative short stories and poems have appeared in Strange HorizonsAsimov’sUncanny, and two year’s best anthologies. Ada was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at 13, and is passionate about autistic self-advocacy. She is a former semi-professional soprano, a tabletop gamer and an active LARPer, she lives in southern Ontario with a very polite black cat.


      ada-hoffmann.com
      twitter.com/xasymptote


      Author Residence: Southern Ontario

      Author Hometown: Southern Ontario
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Cross promotion with Five Unicorn Flush, Pure Chocolate and The Dreaming Stars

        Cross-marketing with other space adventure books: The Ark, The Wrong Stars, Free Chocolate.

        Hand-selling and promotion at North American consumer and fan conventions (Can-Con and others TBC)



        Publicity: Media and online promotion, including SFF blogs and magazines and through our 1000+ street team of bloggers and reviewers of the Robot Army.

        Digital ARCs issued worldwide to handpicked reviewers and bloggers through NetGalley and Edelweiss. Auto-approved ARCs for booksellers.

        Sci-fi and media reviews planned.

        Full blog tour - articles, interviews, Q&As and giveaways - being arranged for May / June 2019.



        Feature Website: bit.ly/AR_TheOutside

        Author Website: ada-hoffmann.com/

        Author Social Media: twitter.com/xasymptote
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      The Outside is a gripping examination of the battle between good and evil on a grand scale”
      – the Guardian

      “Hoffmann confidently layers morality and disability rights into a breezily told adventure that bursts with sheer fun… This beautifully smart, uncynical space opera will charm fans of Charles Stross and Lois McMaster Bujold.”
      – Publishers Weekly  

      “Deeply embedded in sci-fi history, The Outside reimagines old stories in new, exciting, #ownvoices ways.”
      – Book Riot

      “The narrative ramps up the suspense all the way to the climax. It’s a strikingly effective one, full of high stakes and high emotions, with a satisfying conclusion and room for more stories to come. Compellingly written, tense, and thrilling, with fascinating (and weird) worldbuilding and brilliant characters, The Outside is a fantastic debut. I can’t wait to see what Hoffman does next.”
      – Locus

      “With its vast setting, compassion for its characters, and an incredible mad scientist at the center of it all, The Outside is a science-fiction suspense novel like no other: unusual and twisty, a delicate balance of suspense, space opera, and cosmic horror.”
      – B&N Sci Fi & Fantasy Blog

      “Hoffmann has created a beautifully immersive world, an intoxicating blend of science and divinity that held me captive from page one. Come for the cosmic horror, stay for the nuanced exploration of the nature of individuality, the soul, and the relationships that tie us together.” 
       - Caitlin Starling, author of The Luminous Dead 

      The Outside is a beautiful, stark reclamation of unknowable horror. Hoffman layers thoughtful worldbuilding and rich prose to build a stunning story of power, ambition and personal agency. I couldn’t put The Outside down for fear of what might happen while I was looking away.”
      – Sarah Gailey, Hugo Award-winning author of River of Teeth

      “Hoffman’s debut is starkly original, and tinged with hints of horror fantasy – truly operatic stuff.”
      – B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog

      The Outside is a fresh and mind-bending mix of cosmic horror and space opera, a compelling story that spans from the deeply personal to the vast mysteries of time and space. Unsettling and gorgeous, this is like nothing I have read before and the book I have been longing for without knowing it.”
      – 
      Karin Tidbeck, award-winning author of Amatka and Jagannath

      “With a boffo combination of hard science fiction, cosmic Lovecraftian horror, both cyber-and-god-punk, some ridiculously charismatic aliens, and a fascinating female protagonist somewhere on the autism spectrum, Ada Hoffmann’s The Outside feels like it was made to order for us”
      - Skiffy and Fanty blog

      “The Outside is a definite mind-bender, serving up shock and awe from the start.”
      – Reviews and Robots

      Praise for Ada Hoffmann

      “There await wonders and horrors alike, wrapped in delicious prose and unforgettable imagery. And no matter how far into these fantastic and weird worlds we delve, there always remains a solid, comforting sense that we are not alone.”
      – A Merc Rustad, Nebula Award finalist and author of So You Want to be a Robot

      “Unsettling and unique in equal measure…Reading this collection is like watching a centipede burrow into the center of your palm, knowing it will remain there, under your skin.”
      – Bogi Takács, author of Iwunen Interstellar Investigations

      “A tangled knot of inter-dimensional intrigue that will have you reading with clenched teeth and curled toes.”
       - Lara Elena Donnelly, author of spy thriller trilogy The Amberlough Dossier

      “A stunningly imagined novel! Hoffmann takes on the idea of vast, apathetic, cosmic horrors and then makes the most powerful force in the universe…compassion. The prose marries fast-paced action with intricate relationships and a mixture of religion, technology, and diversity that’s unlike anything I’ve come across before. It’s weird in all the best ways, filled with memorable characters and a sweeping plot that’s part mystery, part horror, and all heart.”
      - Charles Payseur, Quick Sip Reviews

       “What I loved about The Outside were the shades of gray in characters and their choices, and the challenge of doing what’s right when right is a shifting target.”
      “Great characters and big moral questions that go far beyond your standard space opera.”
      - Sarah Pinsker, Nebula Award-winning author of Our Lady of the Open Road

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    Liege-Killer The Graphic Novel Christopher Hinz, Jon Proctor
    9780857668257 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Science Fiction On Sale Date: June 11, 2019
    $21.95 CAD 7.26 x 10.9 x 0.4 in | 136 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Angry Robot
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Christopher Hinz’s award winning novel stunningly reimagined as a graphic novel.

      Two hundred years after a nuclear apocalypse forced humanity to flee Earth, humans still remember the planet’s most feared warriors - the Paratwa, genetically modified killers who occupy two bodies controlled by one vicious mind. The legendary Paratwa named Reemul, known as the Liege-Killer, was the deadliest of them all. Now someone has revived Reemul from stasis and sent him to terrorize the peaceful orbital colonies of Earth. Is this an isolated incident, or just the opening salvo in a plan to take control of the entire human race?
      Bio
      Christopher Hinz is the author of five science fiction books. Liege-Killer won the Compton Crook Award for best first novel and was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. He has written screenplays and a graphic novel, scripted comics for DC and Marvel, and has worked as a newspaper reporter and technical administrator of a small TV station.

      Author Residence: Pennsylvania, US
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Promoted through Waktins Media’s magazines, on-line platforms, and social media channels.
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    The Resurrectionist of Caligo Wendy Trimboli, Alicia Zaloga
    9780857668264 Paperback FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date: September 10, 2019
    $15.99 CAD 5.14 x 7.74 x 1.04 in | 360 pages Carton Quantity: 18 Angry Robot
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      With a murderer on the loose, it’s up to an enlightened bodysnatcher and a rebellious princess to save the city, in this wonderfully inventive Victorian-tinged fantasy noir.

      “Man of Science” Roger Weathersby scrapes out a risky living digging up corpses for medical schools. When he’s framed for the murder of one of his cadavers, he’s forced to trust in the superstitions he’s always rejected: his former friend, princess Sibylla, offers to commute Roger’s execution in a blood magic ritual which will bind him to her forever. With little choice, he finds himself indentured to Sibylla and propelled into an investigation. There’s a murderer loose in the city of Caligo, and the duo must navigate science and sorcery, palace intrigue and dank boneyards to catch the butcher before the killings tear their whole country apart.

      File Under: Fantasy [ Straybound | Royal Magic | A Good Hanging | Secret Sister ]


      Story Locale: Fantasy city of Caligo
      Bio
      ALICIA ZALOGA grew up in Virginia Beach not liking the beach, and now moves every few years, sometimes to places near beaches. She has a writing degree from Columbia College Chicago, and when she’s not dealing with life’s chores, she collects hobbies: plucking the E string on the bass, producing an alarming number of artistic doodles, and French beading floral bouquets.

      WENDY TRIMBOLI grew up in England, Germany and the United States, and learned to speak two languages well enough that most people can understand her. Determined to ignore her preference for liberal arts, she attended the US Air Force Academy then worked as an intelligence officer, which was less exciting than it sounds. These days she has a creative writing MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in Colorado with her family, border collie, and far too many books.


      Author Residence: South Carolina, USA / Colorado, USA

      Author Hometown: Virginia, USA / UK
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Use of NetGalley and Edelweiss as standard, to get digital proofs out ahead of time to store buyers & SF specialists, bloggers and reviewers

        Physical bound proofs for selected influencers and reviewers, national and genre press, bookstores (focusing on SFF specialty stores like Borderlands, Mysterious Galaxy)

        Review copies and adverts for friendly print/web media: Locus, Publishers Weekly, BookRiot, Shelf Awareness, and UK genre magazines SFX, SciFi Now.

        Chapter excerpt placements pre-launch to drive interest and pre-orders - notably through B&N’s massive blog

        Possibility for signed copies for B&N, at their request

        Paid Facebook ads to drive sales and awareness

        Paid Amazon promo, and Amazon-Plus coverage for US and UK

        GoodReads competitions and paid promo

        Instagram campaign using imagery from the book

        Dedicated newsletter blast to the AR Robot Legion

        Publicity: Perfect launch venue will be Worldcon 19 in Dublin, Ireland: a very large AR contingent will be present, authors and AR team

        Other possible conventions around this time with likely AR presence include ECCC, Convergence June/July, GenCon July

        Possible UK trip for MCM Comicon events, Nine Worlds, Fantasy in the Court, etc.

        Bookstore launch(es) and further possibility of multi-author events, depending upon location

        Online book tour taking in all of the largest genre sites and potentially some nationals where suitable

        Reddit AMA/Twitter takeover with the support of other AR authors

        Authors grew up with military familiies - likely military angle for extra promo through PRH dedicated Px sales team



        Feature Website: bit.ly/ResurrectionistCaligo

        Author Social Media: twitter.com/Bookish_Wendy twitter.com/alicia_zaloga
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “This is first and foremost a thoroughly entertaining novel…  The convincing setting, engaging characters and an artfully devised plot all combine to give these particular fantasy themes a vivid freshness.”
      – Juliet E. McKenna for Interzone Magazine

      The Resurrectionist of Caligo plays with genre in an intriguing and clever way. There are horror elements mixed with fantasy, colonial critique, and class commentary, all blended into a book that is a pleasure to read.”
      – Tor.com

      “I loved the characters, the world-building, the tight plot and the emotional payoff. One of my favorites of the summer!”
      – Patrice Sarath, author of The Sisters Mederos and Fog Season

      “A striking portrayal of the society from the gutters to the royal palace, as gaudy and vivid as a Hogarth print in its writing about the underbelly of society and living there. The characters were utterly human, trying to do their best in a world which was far from perfect, and the conclusion left me wanting more.”
      – Genevieve Cogman, author of  The Invisible Library

      The Resurrectionist of Caligo is gothic fantasy in the extreme. Its pages are packed with fog shrouded streets, eerie blood magic, grave-robbing, court intrigue, bitter rivalries, shattered hearts, faded dreams, elegant clothing, and perhaps the strangest literary mushrooms since Alice in Wonderland.”
      – Dan Stout, author of Titanshade 

      “Sells itself on a single sentence.”
      – B&N Sci Fi and Fantasy Blog

      “The world of Resurrectionist is tantalisingly real, the prose is breathlessly witty, and the characters are impossible to avoid loving (or loathing, in a few noteworthy cases). If you’ve ever called yourself a goth, played 7th Sea, or wished that Pride & Prejudice had magical ink-bees in it, you need this book.”
      – Tyler Hayes, author of The Imaginary Corpse 


      “The novel is artfully written from dual perspectives but with one fluid style, and will appeal to readers of sf, fantasy, and historical mystery, or those who just can’t choose.”
      – BookList


      “Wendy Trimboli and Alicia Zaloga build their world with meticulous care, and the plotting is rich and cunning…a story and characters to savour, in a world painted in vivid detail.”
      – SFX Magazine
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    Modern Mediterranean Sun-drenched recipes from Mallorca and beyond Marc Fosh
    9781848993709 Paperback COOKING / Regional & Ethnic On Sale Date: July 09, 2019
    $26.95 CAD 7.53 x 9.68 x 0.92 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Nourish
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      Classic Mediterranean food through a modern lens.

      From sun-drenched shores to cool, lush valleys, the unique climate of the Mediterranean has long been associated with delicious, simply prepared food abundant with flavour. In recent years these remarkable ingredients have been utilised by the region’s best chefs to create a cuisine that builds on the history and traditions entrenched in the areas food and reinterprets them into something new: A Modern Mediterranean cookery.

      In this book, Marc Fosh, the Michelin-starred chef behind Palma de Mallorca’s Restaurant Marc Fosh, takes us on a tour of the bountiful produce of the Mediterranean and shows us how to harness its flavours in new and exciting ways. Organised into 18 chapters by key ingredient; covering everything from tomatoes, garlic, almonds and olive oil to octopus, chorizo, saffron and truffles, the book is a love letter to the Mediterranean and its food. The recipes include new twists on classic dishes, such as Yellow Gazpacho with Smoked Salmon and Avocado or Saffron, Raspberry and Orange Blossom Crème Catalan, as well as less familiar fare, including Herb-roasted Guineafowl with Couscous Salad and Sobrassada and Honey Croquettes with Almond Aioli.

      Each chapter opens with a fascinating introduction explaining the history and provenance of each ingredient, with information on key suppliers and when each ingredient is at its best. With 100 delicious recipes accompanied by stunning photographs and beautiful, specially commissioned, on-location photography this is a true love letter to the region and a must-have book for anyone interested in Mediterranean cookery, both classic and modern.
      Bio
      Marc Fosh lived and worked in Spain for over twenty years as a chef, helming his Marc Fosh restaurant which was awarded a Michelin Star in 2014. Marc is now based in Palma De Mallorca.

      Author Residence: Palma De Mallorca
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    Strange Hate Antisemitism, Racism and the Limits of Diversity Keith Kahn-harris
    9781912248438 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Jewish Studies On Sale Date: June 11, 2019
    $16.95 CAD 5.16 x 7.7 x 0.74 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 26 Repeater
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      Keith Kahn-Harris argues that the controversy over antisemitism today is a symptom of a growing “selectivity” in anti-racism caused by a failure to engage with the challenges that diverse societies pose.

      How did antisemitism get so strange? How did hate become so clouded in controversy? And what does the strange hate of antisemitism tell us about racism and the politics of diversity today?

      Life-long anti-racists accused of antisemitism, life-long Jew haters declaring their love of Israel…Today, antisemitism has become selective. Non-Jews celebrate the “good Jews” and reject the “bad Jews”. And its not just antisemitism that’s becoming selective, racists and anti-racists alike are starting to choose the minorities they love and hate.

      In this passionate yet closely-argued polemic from a writer with an intimate knowledge of the antisemitism controversy, Keith Kahn-Harris argues that the emergence of strange hatreds shows how far we are from understanding what living in diverse societies really means.

      Strange Hate calls for us to abandon selective anti-racism and rethink how we view not just Jews and antisemitism, but the challenge of living with diversity.
      Bio
      Keith Kahn-Harris is a writer and sociologist. He is senior lecturer at Leo Baeck College, an associate lecturer at Birkbeck College and runs the European Jewish Research Archive at the Institute for Jewish Policy Research. His books include: Denial: The Unspeakable Truth (2018) Uncivil War: The Israel Conflict in the Jewish Community (2014), Judaism: All That Matters (2012) and (with Ben Gidley) Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today.

      Author Residence: UK
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      “I can’t be alone in feeling immense gratitude for this provocative, judicious and ultimately generous book. I wish everyone currently trapped inside an echo chamber would come offline and read it. Strange Hate reveals how we’re all too often selective anti-racists, loving some members of a group only to hate the rest in the name of politics rather than prejudice. But Kahn-Harris not only identifies the persistent problems and blind spots to have bedevilled anti-racism, he dares to imagine practical solutions to them as well. Could there be a more timely intervention? Even if you don’t agree with every move he makes, you’ll surely want to applaud him for writing it.”
      Dr Devorah Baum, author of Feeling Jewish (A Book For Just About Anyone)

      “Kahn-Harris performs the essential task of providing an entire glossary of terms of reference for the latest evolution of the most ancient hatred. This is a concise and elegantly written guide to antisemitism in the 21st century which excels in being both humorous and deadly serious at the same time. Essential to understanding how Western society must confront racism in the age of Trump and Corbyn.”
      Anshel Pfeffer, author of Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu

      “I try and read everything Keith Kahn-Harris writes on British Jews and this intelligent book, on how anti-racists have lost their way, and how they can find their way back, is no exception.”
      Ben Judah, author This Is London

      “Few issues have been more vexing for today’s left than the question of antisemitism. Jews have many different definitions and approaches to the issue, and non-Jews pick and chose which Jews to follow on it. Unlike other books, Strange Hate offers no clearcut definition of antisemitism, but instead shows how this question unsettles the Left’s own notions of liberation, oppression, hatred, and tolerance.”
      Dr Spencer Sunshine, Associate Fellow at Political Research Associates
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    Stolen How to Save the World from Financialisation Grace Blakeley
    9781912248377 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Labor & Industrial Relations On Sale Date: September 10, 2019
    $16.95 CAD 5.13 x 7.75 x 0.9 in | 300 pages Carton Quantity: 22 Repeater
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      A must-read polemic about why the ’recovery’ from the 2007-08 crash mostly benefited the 1%, and how democratic socialism can save us from a new crash and climate catastrophe.

      For decades, it has been easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.

      In the decade leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, booming banks, rising house prices and cheap consumer goods propped up living standards in the rich world. Thirty years of rocketing debt and financial wizardry had masked the deep underlying fragility of finance-led growth, and in 2008 we were forced to pay up.

      The decade since has witnessed all kinds of morbid symptoms, as all around the rich world, wages and productivity are stagnant, inequality is rising, and ecological systems are collapsing.

      Stolen is a history of finance-led growth and a guide as to how we might escape it. We’ve sat back as financial capitalism has stolen our economies, our environment and even the future itself. Now, we have an opportunity to change course. What happens next is up to us.
      Bio
      Grace Blakeley is an economics commentator and research fellow at the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR). She has written on economic issues for, amongst others, the New Statesman, the Independent, and Novara Media, where she has a regular column. She has appeared on BBC News, the Today Programme, ITV Granada Debate, and a variety of other TV and radio programmes.

      Author Residence: UK
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      “The best thing I’ve read about how we got into this mess, and how we get out.” — Frankie Boyle

      “One of the most inspiring, thought provoking and insightful voices on the left offers a route map out of this crisis – and this is a must read anyone who wants to change the world.” — Owen Jones

      “A clear, accessible and informative guide to left economics, showing how we got to this era of capitalist crisis, environmental catastrophe and insurgent socialist revival. Grace Blakeley offers radical solutions to an exploitative and unfair system.” — Bhaskar Sunkara, Jacobin

      “Grace Blakeley is one of the sharpest of a new generation of economic and political thinkers, with a gift for clearly and eloquently explaining how we got to the crisis point we’re in, and why only radical transformation will get us out. A must-read for today’s activists on both sides of the Atlantic.” — Sarah Jaffe, author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt
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    McMindfulness How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality Ronald Purser
    9781912248315 Paperback PSYCHOLOGY / History On Sale Date: July 09, 2019
    $17.95 CAD 5.07 x 7.75 x 0.8 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Repeater
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      A lively and razor-sharp critique of mindfulness as it has been enthusiastically co-opted by corporations, public schools, and the US military.

      Mindfulness is now all the rage. From celebrity endorsements to monks, neuroscientists and meditation coaches rubbing shoulders with CEOs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, it is clear that mindfulness has gone mainstream. Some have even called it a revolution.

      But what if, instead of changing the world, mindfulness has become a banal form of capitalist spirituality that mindlessly avoids social and political transformation, reinforcing the neoliberal status quo?

      In McMindfulness, Ronald Purser debunks the so-called “mindfulness revolution,” exposing how corporations, schools, governments and the military have co-opted it as technique for social control and self-pacification. A lively and razor-sharp critique, Purser busts the myths its salesmen rely on, challenging the narrative that stress is self-imposed and mindfulness is the cure-all.

      If we are to harness the truly revolutionary potential of mindfulness, we have to cast off its neoliberal shackles, liberating mindfulness for a collective awakening.
      Bio
      Ronald Purser is a Professor of Management at San Francisco State University. His essays and cultural criticism have appeared in the Huffington Post, Salon, Alternet and Tricycle magazine. His viral article, “Beyond McMindfulness”, opened the floodgates for the mindfulness backlash. His recent books include the Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context and Social Engagement and the Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness. Dr. Purser began his Buddhist training beginning in 1981 at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, California and is an ordained Buddhist teacher in the Korean Zen Taego order. He is co-host of Mindful Cranks podcast and is a regular speaker and guests on radio shows and podcasts. He lives with his family and dog in San Francisco, CA.

      Author Residence: San Francisco, CA

      Author Hometown: USA
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      Awards
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      “In this insightful book, Ron Purser has evaluated the strengths and weakness of the mindfulness movement, while clearly showing the way to cultivate authentic mindfulness that liberates us from the true causes of individual and collective suffering.”
      B. Alan Wallace, President, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies

      “Far from being either a harmless form of New Age self-indulgence or meditation dressed up as a medicalized antidote to the ubiquitous stresses of modern life, Ron Purser sees the mindfulness movement as epitomizing a malignant trend of contemporary Western individualism, one that is blinding us to the social problems of inherent in neoliberalism and capitalism, providing an anodyne where what is needed is rigorous analysis and political action.” 
      - Barry Magid, author of What’s Wrong With Mindfulness

      McMindfulness makes an important critique of self-centered mindfulness and points us towards a new  vision for real social change.”
      Christopher Titmuss, author of The Political Buddha 

      “Ron Purser cuts through the comforting New Age jargon used to promote mindfulness, enabling us to distinguish between the practice and its marketing.”
      Richard Payne, Institute of Buddhist Studies

      “Timely and incisive…Purser reveals how mindfulness became a vast industry, promising to cure us of a growing range of psychological ailments, and simultaneously propping up the political and economic system that generates them.”
      — William Davies, author of Nervous States and The Happiness Industry 

      “If you are wondering about whether mindfulness is really a panacea for all our problems, this is the book to read.”  — David Loy, author of Money, Sex, War and Karma

      ”Provocatively illustrates how mindfulness has been hijacked by corporate interests, turned into an opiate of the masses, and how we can radically rethink the meaning of mindfulness in contemporary life.”
      — Dr. Steven Stanley, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

      “Spiky, witty, meticulously researched and thoroughly engaging, McMindfulness is the best assessment of ‘Mindfulness’ to date.”
      — Manu Bazzano, author of Zen and Therapy: Heretical Perspectives and editor of After Mindfulness: new Perspectives on Psychology and Meditation

      “A much needed wake-up call to the dark side of mindfulness-based practices…a must-read.”
      – Richard King, Professor of Buddhist and Asian Studies, University of Kent.

      ”Just the right book at just the right time…May it help turn the tide of western ‘spirituality’ toward a genuine model of personal and social health.” 
      — Glenn Wallis, author of A Critique of Western Buddhism and Director of Insight Seminars

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