Aurora Award @storybundle spotlight: Out of Time

Out of Time coverThe sixth (of ten) books in my spotlight series on the current Aurora Award ebook bundle is D.G. Laderoute's Out of Time.

For a bundle that came out around Canada's 150th birthday, it seemed appropriate to include a fun YA adventure (to remind us we're still young) in an environment that many associate with Canada (the wilderness, specifically the shores of Kitche Gumi, or Lake Superior).

Out of Time is a YA fantasy adventure combining time travel with First Nations lore as two fourteen-year-old boys—one white, one Anishinabe—join forces across time to battle a monster.

The bundle runs to July 27. You can check it out here. $5 for the basic bundle of five books, or pay $15 and get the entire bundle of ten novels, all of them award winners or finalists.

Aurora Award @storybundle spotlight: Druids

Druids coverNext up in my continuing spotlight series on the books in the current Aurora Award ebook bundle is Druids, by Barbara Galler-Smith and Josh Langston. And it's an introduction to yet another series!

I've never had the chance to meet Josh, but I've known Barb since I began writing, and it's always a thrill to read her work. Druids kicks off a magnificent epic historical fantasy trilogy, set a thousand years ago when the Celts ruled Europe. Captives and Warriors complete the trilogy.

You can check out the bundle here. It runs to July 27. If you want just the basic bundle of five books, pay just $5. Pay at least $15, and get the entire bundle of ten novels, all of them award winners or finalists.

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I have a (very) irregular email newsletter that I send out to my subscribers. If you're a fan of my writing, this lets you be the first to hear about new books and stories, current writing projects and plans, award news, appearances, workshops, and more.

I've always offered a free ebook to any new subscribers. For some time now, the free ebook has been "Spirit Dance," which won the Aurora Award way back in 1997.

Since that story has been around for a while (you think? Two decades! Wow!), I'm now offering new subscribers a choice of the free story they receive for signing up. Now you can take your pick from my Aurora Award winning stories: "Spirit Dance" or "Scream Angel" or "The Walker of the Shifting Borderland."

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And if you're already a subscriber, don't feel left out. I'll be sending out a newsletter shortly with links for you to get these stories as well, plus another one!

Aurora Award bundle spotlight: Defining Diana

Defining Diana coverNext book in the spotlight from the current Aurora Award ebook bundle at StoryBundle is Defining Diana from Hayden Trenholm.

I've known Hayden almost since I started writing in the late 90's. He's been an Aurora finalist ever so many times and has won the award four times. He also owns Bundoran Press, so he knows the writing game from all sides: writer, editor, and publisher.

In Defining Diana, Hayden Trenholm updates the locked room mystery to 2043, where nuclear war, biotechnology, and all-powerful corporations have changed the Earth we know. It's also the first book in The Steele Chronicles, a near-future SF trilogy, each volume of which earned a spot on the Aurora Award ballot. Steel Whispers and Stealing Home complete the trilogy. So here's your chance to discover a new series and, maybe for you, a new author.

Aurora Award bundle spotlight: Golden Fleece

Golden Fleece coverContinuing my spotlights on the books in the current Aurora Award ebook bundle is Robert J. Sawyer's Golden Fleece.

I couldn't put together an Aurora Award bundle and not include a Robert J. Sawyer title. Rob is arguably Canada's best known SF writer and has won the Aurora fourteen times with another thirty ballot appearances. He is one of only eight writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the world's top Science Fiction awards for best novel of the year: Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Memorial Award. In 2013, Rob was also inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association Hall of Fame.

Golden Fleece was Rob's first novel, an SF mystery set on a colony ship as told by the artificial intelligence controlling the ship.

You can check out the bundle here. It runs to July 27.


The Wolf at the End of the World 99 cent ebook sale

Drowning in Amber coverI currently have a promotion running via BookBub for all ebook editions of my urban fantasy shapeshifter novel, The Wolf at the End of the World.

From until July 23, you can pick up the ebook (epub or mobi/Kindle formats) from any of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Apple for just $0.99. The offer is valid in Canada, US, UK, India, and Australia.

Find out more about the book on my website here or check out all the buying links here.

Aurora Award bundle spotlight: Drowning in Amber

Drowning in Amber coverNext up in my continuing spotlight series on the books in the current Aurora Award ebook bundle is E. C. Bell's Drowning in Amber, a fast-paced paranormal murder mystery featuring amateur detective Marie Jenner who can talk with ghosts.

I've included several books in series in this bundle, most of which are the first title. Drowning in Amber is the second book of a trilogy, but it and all the books in the series can be fully enjoyed as a stand-alone work. The first title, Seeing the Light, won the BPAA award for Best Speculative Fiction Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Bony Blythe Award for Light Mystery. The third book is Stalking the Dead. So here's another chance the bundle gives you to get introduced to a new series and author.

You can check out the bundle here. It runs to July 27.


Aurora Award bundle spotlight: Destiny's Blood

Destiny's Blood coverOver the next week, I'll be spotlighting each of the books in the current Aurora Award ebook bundle now available at StoryBundle.

Today, I'm starting with Marie Bilodeau's Destiny's Blood. One of several books in this bundle that get you started on a new series, Destiny's Blood won the Foreword Award and was a finalist for the Aurora. Destiny's Fall (also an Aurora finalist) and Destiny's War complete the series.

Marie is a Ottawa-based writer who lights up a room the way her prose lights up a page. If you haven't read her work before, this book is a great introduction.

In Destiny's Blood, Marie Bilodeau delivers action, romance, and mystery in an interstellar SF tale of two sisters fighting to save each other—and all life. And it all begins in a flower shop. Check out the bundle here.

"Spirit Dance" narrated on Far Fetched Fables

Far Fetched Fables logo and link to story The excellent audio fantasy fiction magazine, Far Fetched Fables, has my Aurora Award winning novelette, "Spirit Dance," up on its site now, and you can listen to it right here.

I'm really happy with the treatment FFF gave to the story. Mark Kilfoil, a fellow Canadian, does a wonderful job with his narration, nailing the voices, pronunciations, and rhythm of the prose and story.

Far Fetched Fables is one of several fiction podcast sites under the District of Wonders umbrella, the other sites being Tales to Terrify (horror, in case you couldn't guess) and Starship Sofa (SF, again as you probably guessed).

The Aurora Award ebook bundle #2

Aurora ebook bundle #2 cover montageHow would you like to own, at an incredible bargain, ten books that readers like yourself have already voted to be the best examples of speculative fiction published in Canada? Well, here's your chance. I'm once again curating an Aurora Award ebook bundle for that contains more winners and finalists for Canada's premier speculative fiction award, the Aurora Award. These Aurora bundles will now be an ongoing series on StoryBundle, running twice a year (until we run out of titles!), so they make a great way for you to build your library of the best in Canadian speculative fiction.

The Auroras are awarded annually by the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (CSFFA) for excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy. The award started in 1980 as the Casper and was renamed the Aurora for the 1990 awards. I'm honored to have won the Aurora three times and to have been on the final ballot another sixteen.

This Aurora bundle again delivers a great mix of SF and fantasy, adult and YA novels, as well as a selection of short fiction. The books included reflect the long history of the Auroras, with titles spanning a quarter century of Canadian speculative fiction from 1992 to 2016.

This time, the bundle provides a great introduction to several wonderful series, including the first book in four separate series and the second book in a series that can be read as a stand-alone title. It also lets you sample the rich tradition of Canadian short speculative fiction, with two acclaimed collections.


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