January fiction titles usher in new year with a bang

January fiction releasesAfter a one-release month in December, we’re upping the ante by releasing two fiction titles to start the new year: Randy Lindsay’s “The Gathering: End’s Beginning” and Michael Bast’s “Death’s Academy.”

Both releases are debut novels for the authors, who, coincidentally, both reside in Arizona. Must be something about that desert sun that sparks the creative juices.

Both novels will be available in bookstores on Jan. 14, 2014, but if you’re reading this before that date, you can pre-order the book from most online retailers. Those same online retailers will also be happy to sell you a copy after the release date, as well.

About the books and authors:

“The Gathering: End’s Beginning” by Randy LindsayGathering, The 2x3 web

Robert Williams didn’t expect an early honorable release from his mission, but upon his return home, he sees the reason for the surprise decision. Unemployment, rampant violence, and frequent food shortages have put the United States on the brink of another civil war. As the threads of society unravel, the Williams family must adapt to drastic changes as the long-foretold gathering begins to take place.

Lindsay is a native of Arizona. From an early age, his mind traveled in new and unusual directions. His preoccupation with “what if” eventually led him to write speculative fiction. According to his wife everything is a story to him. And it is. Although this is his first novel, Lindsay has been published in a variety of science-fiction and fantasy magazines. He lives in Mesa with his wife and five of his nine children. If you want to find out more you can check him out at RandyLindsay.net.

Death's-Academy-2x3“Death’s Academy” by Michael Bast

The Death’s Academy entrance exam for Midnight Smith is quickly approaching. There’s just one problem: Midnight is the worst exam taker the academy has ever seen. If Midnight wants to ever step foot inside the school, he’ll have to join forces with the hated Guardian Angels, and together face the deadliest creatures in the world—the dreaded Unicorns. Becoming a Grim Reaper has never been more hilarious!

Unlike Mowgli from the Jungle Book, Bast was not raised by a den of wolves… it was a mob of meerkats. This has proven to be both problematic and beneficial later in life. A problem because he has an insatiable desire to tunnel in his backyard, costing him thousands of dollars in sprinkler repair. A benefit because he can scratch behind both ears with either foot.

Bast lives in the deserts of Arizona with his wife and four kids. Each day between Cinco de Mayo and Halloween he curses his decision to live in 110-degree heat. To learn more about Bast and “Death’s Academy,” go to www.deathsacademy.com. See the book’s official trailer here.