Thursday, March 16, 2017

Outstanding cover for Michael Gellert's THE DIVINE MIND coming from Prometheus Books!

Rave review for COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope in Library Journal's "Books for Dudes"

This is one propulsive mothereffer of a novel. Magnus “Steps” Craig is a star bad-guy tracker for the FBI. After particularly heinous crimes, or when the Authorities suspect a serial killer, they fly in Steps in from wherever and set him a-go because he’s just as good as Horace the bloodhound from Carl Hiaasen’s Scat. What he sees is like a substance—he calls it “shine”—on whatever the killer has touched. Sort of like glow-in-the-dark paint that only he can see. Could be green, could be blue, but there are a lot of particulars to each one that makes it unique to the person Steps is searching out. He has a minder, Jimmy, who serves as a footman of sorts and who injects healthy doses of humor into everything. Of Jimmy, Steps says, “He’s like all the PE teachers I’ve ever had rolled up into one and sprinkled with Nazi dust.” But Steps is pretty torn up by the times he has failed, with “too many nightmares competing for my sleeping hours. The bodies are stacked like cordwood outside the door to my dreams….” Steps has become preoccupied with one killer who has, so far, eluded him for ten years. At the same time the team is frantically on the trail of the “Sad Face” killer, a nasty dude who has offed a lot of women in Northern California and has a young girl under lock and key. Do you like action? Kope skips details in favor of movement, unless it’s CSI-type procedures. VERDICT It’s like Cheetos. You want more.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall has been named one of three or four finalists in the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition in the following category: Popular Fiction. The winners will be announced on April 7th!

San Francisco Chronicle Review for Phil Donlay's SECONDS TO MIDNIGHT!

We rated this book: Five Stars

Seconds to Midnight is the seventh book in the Donovan Nash series written by Philip Donlay. The book’s protagonist, Donovan Nash, is on an Eco-Watch flight studying a solar flare above Northern Canada, when all of the sudden a Boeing passenger jet appears out of nowhere and almost hits the Eco-Watch plane. Nash and his crew manage to recover; however, the Boeing doesn’t and crashes into a lake. Stepping into rescuer mode, Nash’s crew turn the plane around and rush to the crash site. They see a sole survivor, a young woman, stagger onto the ice. When they reach her, she whispers, “Don’t tell anyone or they will kill everybody” and blacks out. What follows is a high-stakes game of cat and mouse as Nash tries to figure it all out.

Like his previous thrillers, Donlay’s Seconds to Midnight is impossible to put down. The action starts from the first page and doesn’t let go until the very end. The plot is wild and unpredictable and leaves you wondering what would happen next. Fortunately, it all comes to a satisfying conclusion at the end with all the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed. In addition, the characters are quite developed and multifaceted.

I would recommend Seconds to Midnight to anybody who enjoys fast-paced thrillers.

Reviewed By: Michael Shulman

Monday, March 13, 2017

Very proud to be the agent for James Gunn:

2017 marks Jim’s eightieth year in science fiction, if we date Jim’s transformative moment to when he saw H.G. Wells speak at the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium in 1937.  At that momentous occasion, Wells spoke on his idea of the “Open Conspiracy,” of people of intelligence and good will working together to make a better world.  Jim coined his own version of this idea, “saving the world through science fiction."

The third volume of Jim’s Transcendental trilogy, Transformation, will be out from TOR, and Jim has since written a number of companion stories that will be coming out in Asimov’s over the next several months.  McFarland will be publishing Jim’s memoir STAR-BEGOTTEN Later in the year.

We salute you, James!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Check Out This Cover!

Gorgeous jacket art for Emily Carpenter's upcoming THE WEIGHT OF LIES publishing this June. 

In this gripping, atmospheric family drama, a young woman investigates the forty­-year­-old murder that inspired her mother’s bestselling novel, and uncovers devastating truths—and dangerous lies.