Ta-da! The August book releases from Melange Books.
“Shades of Jade” by John Steiner
FLIPSPACE Mission #7
Only 42 light-years away, the exo-solar planet, Henry Draper 40307G, has yet to be visited by humanity. That changes, when the Mockingbird arrives with an astronomical survey team. Deploying probes and deep space telescopes, the science team stumbles upon intelligent aliens on sixth planet. Colonel Rama orders the crew onto alert. Captain O’Connell and his Seti team, clash with ISO scientists while studying the surface life. The crew is shocked again, when a derelict spacecraft is found in a Lagrangian Point beyond the planet’s moon. How many S.E.T.I. encounters they face is uncertain.
“Reaper” by Katrina Monroe
The Department of Creative Death and Ironic Punishment. This is where writers go when they die.
Oz, an employee of The Department, is mostly content doling out death from his ancient typewriter, until he wins the office lottery. The prize? A new assignment – to return to the world of the living as a Reaper.
At first, Oz sees this new assignment as a blessing. He is given a body and a second chance at life, but then, during a lesson with a surly, seasoned Reaper named Bard, Oz is forced to watch a childhood friend die. Shaken, Oz questions his willingness to do the job he’s won.
With each new lesson, Oz begins to wonder if being a Reaper is really a prize or a punishment.
“Moth and Rust” by Eddie Drueding
Arraborough Book #3
As Arraborough struggles to prevent Mobane Red Dog’s mind games from destroying them from within, Diana joins forces with the sole survivor of the Blackwood confrontation to unravel the mystery of the Crimson Childen, and the founders race to uncover the identity of the traitor.
Secrets are revealed, lines are drawn, and blood is spilled in the third installment of Eddie Drueding’s Arraborough series.