Night Shade Books July Releases

This month we’ve got four exciting titles hitting the shelves! There are two new anthologies: Deserts of Fire and Beyond the Woods. Along with the mass market edition of The Venusian Gambit, which features an exclusive excerpt from Michael J. Martinez’s upcoming novel MJ-12: Inception. Finally, we have the sequel to the best-selling British time travel series Just One Damned Thing After Another, A Symphony of Echoes.

SymphonyOfEchoesA Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

Paperback original out July 12

Just One Damned Thing After Another was recently chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month, and now we have the sequel, A Symphony of Echoes, ready to go. If you loved the first one, then you’ll be just as happy here, and even better, the rest of the series will be out shortly!

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”—these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s tells the chaotic adventures of Max and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Leon “Chief” Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more—as they travel through time, saving St. Mary’s (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.



DesertsOfFire_FinalArtDeserts of Fire: Speculative Fiction and the Modern War edited by Douglas Lain

Paperback original out July 5

Douglas Lain presents a compelling and thought-provoking anthology collecting original and previously-published fiction themed around the recent US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East. Click the book cover to see the full table of contents.

In 1987, the New York Times published their first front-page review of a science fiction anthology for a collection called In the Field of Fire, themed around the war in Vietnam. “Vietnam was science fiction,” the reviewer wrote, and writing about it through that lens found meaning in a war few understood.

This idea, that speculative fiction is a vital tool to understanding the inexplicable, is just as relevant nearly thirty years later. Deserts of Fire is a war-inspired anthology for the new millennium, because for many, the recent wars in the deserts of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East are just as slippery to grasp and difficult to understand as Vietnam was two generations earlier.


Beyond The Woods 9781597808385Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold edited by Paula Guran

Paperback original out July 5

Beyond the Woods compiles some of the best modern fairy-tale retellings and reinventions from award-winning and bestselling authors, acclaimed storytellers, and exciting new talents, into an enchanting collection. Click on the book cover to see the full table of contents.

Once upon a time, the stories that came to be known as “fairy tales” were cultivated to entertain adults more than children; it was only later that they were tamed and pruned into less thorny versions intended for youngsters. But in truth, they have continued to prick the imaginations of readers at all ages.

Over the years, authors have often borrowed bits and pieces from these stories, grafting them into their own writing, creating literature with both new meaning and age-old significance. In the last few decades or so, they’ve also intentionally retold and reinvented the tales in a variety of ways—delightful or dark, wistful or wicked, sweet or satirical—that forge new trails through the forests of fantastic fiction.



Venusian Gambit, The 9781597808606The Venusian Gambit by Michael J. Martinez

New Mass Market edition out July 5

The final chapter in this dimension-spanning mash-up of 19th century military SF and 22nd century space exploration. The Daedalus Incident landed on multiple year-end best-of lists when it initially released, and book three in Martinez’s trilogy brings Lord Admiral Thomas Weatherby’s story to an explosive finale.

This edition features the last exclusive excerpt for Michael J. Martinez’s upcoming cold-war, superhuman spy thriller MJ-12: Inception.

“[Martinez] skillfully handles the intricacies of characterization and the many moving parts, building to the trilogy’s utterly satisfying and quite epic finale.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Everything the finale of a trilogy should be—constant suspense, genuine characters . . . . If you start this at bedtime, don’t plan on getting any sleep until you hit The End.”
—Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger