It’s Friday, and that means we’ve got another delicious, fantastical story for you to consume this weekend! Zachariah Lars and the High Elf Mystery by Jonathan Lazar is a wild, witty, and gripping novella. You can purchase directly from us here!
Present Day: Saint Louis, Missouri, New World. Zachariah Lars—former Magi Police Officer turned Private Investigator—takes the cases that the Magi won’t touch. When Zachariah is visited by High Princess Mahtab of the African high elves, she tells him someone wants to assassinate her.
Zachariah must piece together the mystery of not only this stunningly beautiful African high elf, but also who is behind the assassination attempts on her life. He only has three days to accomplish the task. Mystery, intrigue, humor, magic, and foul language abound in this series by Jonathan M. Lazar.
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Jonathan Lazar was born in 1985 to the greatest generation that there is: the Nintendo Generation! The eldest of three male siblings, Jonathan is the only creative one. His brothers inherited the sports genes. Originally from the Chicago area, he has lived in Michigan, middle-of-nowhere Illinois, Saint Louis, and currently Tucson. When he’s not writing fantasy or science fiction; he draws, cooks, bakes, and stuffs his face full of sushi or pizza that he has made. He shares two Siamese cats with his husband, whom he met in college. Or rather – he would say – the Siamese cats (Ping and Pong) share them.
Want to learn more about this amazing book and its author? Check out an interview between A.R. and Kyanite Publishing co-founder Sam Hendricks that took place on Twitter this past week (below)!
Sam: Where did you get the inspiration for Forgotten Storm?
A.R.: I’ve always been an avid reader of anything romance, but paranormal romance was my passion. Vampires in particular. Over the years, I felt the vampire mythology shifted. Vampires could walk in the sun, eat food, they couldn’t teleport or use persuasion. They stopped feeding on humans and some even sparkled. I itched to write stories depicting the vampires I fell in love with; strong Alpha males with all the weaknesses and strengths inherent to a vampire.
Did you outline Forgotten Storm before writing it, or did you “fly by the seat of your pants” and come up with the plot as you went?
I’m a huge proponent of outlining. Now, that’s not to say I stick to it once I start writing, but I need that framework or starting point. Once creativity starts flowing, and the characters become living breathing beings to me, they control the direction they wish to go. That certainly happened with Forgotten Storm. Nicole and Logan shaped every element of the story.
Early readers are saying this is super steamy, but it also has an action-packed, fully developed dark fantasy plot that appeals to non-romance readers, too. How did you balance the two?
I wanted Forgotten Storm to be about more than just sex. I wanted suspense, intrigue, surprises, appealing side characters. &, of course, sex. What would a PNR be without hot steamy sex, but I didn’t want it to drive the story. I wanted Nicole’s world to be substantial, her conflict real. I hope I achieved that.
The romance in Forgotten Storm is laced with themes of power, control, and submission. Tell us a little more about that, and how it defines the relationship between the main characters.
Wow. That’s a tough question. For Nicole, she used physical pain to control her emotional pain. It helped her deal with the chaos in her mind, the trauma of her past. She is a fierce, courageous, strong willed woman. A fighter. In her day to day life, she demands complete control. Except for this one area. But Logan teaches her there’s a beautiful balance between pain and pleasure when it’s with someone you love and trust. I strived to show this power play as strong, NOT weak. Because Nicole is anything but weak or submissive. I needed those elements to be depicted in an environment of love, passion, and strength.
Forgotten Storm is the first in a series. Without giving much away, can you tell us what to expect from the next book? Is it already written? What about the rest of the series?
Book 2 is already written, just going through its final polishing stages, but the main focus shifts to another couple present in Forgotten Storm. In fact, many characters continue on through the series. But… some don’t. Book 3 I’m currently writing, and book 4 plays through my mind constantly, demanding to be written. Without revealing too much, I think of all the books in this series, book 4 will be my most challenging to write.
Join us as we explore ten different realms of magic, adventure, and excitement! From exploring ancient ruins to save a sickly child in The Hand That Holds to the classic sword and sorcery action of The Iron Sorcerer, this issue proves that high fantasy can provide a platform for a variety of entertaining, exciting, and thoughtful stories.
A new beginning to a beloved franchise.
Five novelettes, five short stories, ten amazing authors.
Almost 100,000 words, four times as many as our previous regular issues.
American socialite Richard Jericho is a world-renowned treasure hunter. British professor of archaeology Wilkins Chapman is his stoic compatriot. Together, the two have uncovered antiquities from South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. On their most recent trip to the jungles of Peru they discover something more than they expected. As the fabric of reality comes apart, the two must journey across the globe chasing clues. As one answer leads to more questions, they begin to piece together a puzzle older than primal memory itself.
And the more they part the veil, the more of what lies beyond the veil spills into our reality.
Praise for Parting the Veil
“Finished this gem in 5 hours…I just couldn’t put it down. The rich history and landscapes bring the imagery right to you and the descriptive horror had me reeling. Can’t wait for more of this story!” 5 Stars from Michael Nadeau on Goodreads
A quick trip down the gothic rabbit hole. This story includes aspects of Lovecraft, Verne and the Indiana Jones series, yet the author has a voice that is distinctly his own. Bass is excellent at combining craft elements we usually expect in literary fiction (strong character development,interiority, and carful attention to setting) while not taking away from the action (or fun!) Full disclosure: I was lent a digital ARC to review, but have an order in for my print copy – it’s that good. 5 Stars from Professor Cognome on Goodreads
There are very few writers today who can craft a world the way B.K. Bass can. It’s rich, it’s layered, and it’s enticing. The characters are real, the story is gripping, and you are a bit sad when you reach the last page. As much as I want to gush about my favorite this or that, even the slightest detail would lead to spoilers. Slow hand clap for Parting the Veil. 5 Stars from J.D. Sanderson on Goodreads
An Enthralling and Epic Adventure of Twists, Turns & Mystery! I was given an Advanced Reader Copy of “Parting the Veil” in exchange for an honest review. “Parting the Veil” is hands down one the best books I have read in a long time! I am so looking forward to the continuation of this epic adventure in Book II of this “Beyond the Veil” series and see what else this author will bring us in the future! Bass’s writing is sublime, rich, seamless, and not a word is wasted! This story is a snappy, yet rich, action-packed journey in the midst of the turmoil of the late 1930’s & is full of mystery and adventure. I found myself effortlessly enthralled by Bass’s “Parting the Veil” from the first sentence to the last, eagerly turning each page. This is not a book to miss if you enjoy fiction, adventure, history, mystery in any combination. BK Bass is most definitely an author to watch! He is a rising star! 5 Stars from Jill Squire on Goodreads
We have four books releasing in August, and all of them are exceptional in their own way. Check out the schedule below for more information!
August 2nd, 2019: After by John Prescott
Alex heard the reports on the nightly news. Threats of nuclear Armageddon were becoming ominously commonplace. Still, he never thought he’d live to see the day that the rhetoric became reality.
He thought wrong.
He and his father raced for the military cryofacility as descriptions poured in from England and the US of nuclear missile launches from both sides.
Alex’s father tried to reassure him that his mother would make it to safety. There was still time. Alex closed his eyes in his cryopod and said a silent prayer.
He awoke to blaring klaxons and flashing lights. The people in the pods beside him were dead. He was completely alone. Fifty-two years had passed.
Now Alex ventures into a world he does not know. He will try to find his father, who might yet live, and his mother, who surely couldn’t have survived, in the After.
Read more here, or find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound or through your local bookstore. Search with the book and author name or the ISBNS: eBook: 978-1-949645-66-8; Paperback: 978-1-949645-65-1; Hardcover: 978-1-949645-59-0
August 9th, 2019: Parting the Veil by B.K. Bass
American socialite Richard Jericho is a world-renowned treasure hunter.
British professor of archaeology Wilkins Chapman is his stoic compatriot.
Together, the two have uncovered antiquities from South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. On their most recent trip to the jungles of Peru, they discover something more than they expected.
As the fabric of reality comes apart, the two must journey across the globe chasing clues. As one answer leads to more questions, they begin to piece together a puzzle older than primal memory itself.
And the more they part the veil, the more of what lies beyond the veil spills into our reality.
Read more here, or find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound or through your local bookstore. Search with the book and author name or the ISBNs: eBook: 978-1-949645-40-8; Paperback: 978-1-949645-37-8.
August 13th, 2019: Loved Mars, Hated the Food by Willie Handler
Dix Jenner, a self-proclaimed slacker, is the first chef to live—and maybe die—on Mars. After an explosion kills his colony companions and leaves him with nothing but his spacesuit, his time on the faraway planet is about to expire… until he’s rescued by friendly Martians Bleeker and Seepa, who smuggle him into their vast underground civilization.
Despite an unfamiliar world of telepathy, strange class dynamics, and really bad food, Dix sets out to make his mark. After opening a cafe—who knew Martians loved espresso?—he starts to notice that responsibility can feel good. Not only that, but he’s got a new romance, and for the first time he actually cares.
Unfortunately, his success attracts the attention of the corrupt and narcissistic Martian Grand Leader. Forced to run to avoid being imprisoned, Dix gets lucky: a NASA rescue mission lands on Mars. But seeing it brings back the dark secret he’s been keeping from himself about the colony’s explosion, and now Dix must choose between returning to Earth or spending the rest of his life in a cell on the dusty red planet where he belongs.
Read more here, or find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound or through your local bookstore. Search with the book and author name or the ISBNS: eBook: 978-1-949645-48-4; Paperback: 978-1-949645-46-0; Hardcover: 978-1-949645-47-7.
August 23rd, 2019: Preservation Protocol by John Prescott
In the far future, robots and human-like Synthetics have become a part of everyday life for the citizens of New Wave City. Detective Max Kincaid’s okay with the robots, but the Synthetics? Not so much.
That becomes a problem after a meeting with Daryl Marston propels him into a murder conspiracy directly involving the artificial humans, something that should be impossible. Max soon finds himself working with the machines he despises to discover who wants Daryl dead. In the process, he learns Synthetics can be as unique as the humans they emulate.
Digging deeper, Max finds an ever-widening conspiracy that involves two warring factions of enhanced Synthetics and the company that created them. What he discovers brings into question whether he even truly knows who he has been working with.
Who is real, who is Synthetic, and who is the next target? Max finds himself in a race to sort it all out before Daryl, and possibly humanity runs out of time.
Read more here, or find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound or through your local bookstore. Search with the book and author name or the ISBNS: eBook: 978-1-949645-69-9; Paperback: 978-1-949645-68-2 ; Hardcover: 978-1-949645-67-5.
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What if we lived in a world where the government could assess your mental health, without any criminal activity or precursor, and commit you to a facility against your will? That’s the future Majanka Verstraete explores in Murder in Mind, led by a protagonist who’s been institutionalized after watching her parents murder. If you’re interested in science fiction, psychological thrillers, and/or dystopian futures, you may find yourself devouring this phenomenal story in one sitting.
You can purchase Murder in Mind directly from us, or from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or other online retailers. You can also request a copy at your local bookstore, you’ll just need the International Standard Book Number (ISBN). The hardcover ISBN is 978-1-949645-50-7 and the paperback ISBN is 978-1-949645-49-1.
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*Author Michael D. Nadeau will appear for a live interview on Twitter at 1:00 PM ET. Follow us there to read the transcript!
*Meet Michael and score a signed book at the Manchester, NH Barnes and Noble from 5-7pm! The event is also a benefit/book drive for the Manchester Public Library and will feature other authors.
You can order the book directly from us, or find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and through other online retailers. Prefer to support your local independent bookstore? They’ll order in a copy at your request, all you need is the title and author name or ISBN, which is 978-1-949645-60-6 for the hardcover and 978-1-949645-61-3 for the paperback.
Thanks for supporting this talented author and our growing small business!
Today also marks the publication of our last issue of the Kyanite Press Volume One! We can’t believe an entire year has passed, either. Thank you for supporting all our independent authors and small business by purchasing individual copies or the Volume Two subscription!
*Note, author Michael D. Nadeau will be at Barnes and Noble in Manchester, NH on July 12th from 5-7 PM signing copies! Support his efforts by attending or sharing the event with local friends and family! The address for the event is 1741 S Willow St, Manchester, NH 03103, and it’ll also feature a book drive for the Manchester Bookmobile, run by the Manchester library!
We now have a web page dedicated to our upcoming releases. You’ll be able to see what we have on the calendar for the rest of the year AND 2020 and 2021! We’ll be adding to the calendar as we finalize production schedules, so check it frequently for updates!
Our Book Club
As you may have read earlier this month, we have a book club starting up this month! July’s featured books are Citizen of Earth by Joseph Kassabian and River by Ryen Lesli! Both books are 30% off with the coupon code, which is hiding in the book club channel for each book inside our Discord server. The book club is a casual, interactive way to chat with other readers AND the authors about the books! We’re excited to be able to offer this.
As noted above, the Kyanite Collector’s Pass is on sale for $39/year through the 7th of July! The Collector’s pass grants you membership through the Kyanite Publishing website and access to EVERY eBook we’ve published so far, along with every eBook we’ll publish throughout your membership term. All our books come out as eBooks, so you can see what you’ll get and will be getting by browsing our shop and upcoming releases page. This is a great value and we hope it’ll connect our readers with even more of our authors and stories!