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.
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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July 27th, 2019 – We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with World Anvil to create a unique new writing competition! We are thrilled to have been asked to not only participate in this process, but to be the publisher for the anthology that will be produced as a result. We look forward to showcasing the amazing talents of the World Anvil community.
What is World Anvil?
World Anvil is a website founded in October of 2017 by Janet Forbes and Dimitris Havlidis. It is a place where authors, table-top RPG (role playing game) dungeonmasters, and hobbyists can develop, maintain, and display fictional worlds in a wiki-style system. More than that, it is a growing community of almost half a million members all working together to advance their own worldbuilding and writing skills.
Did you say writing competition?
Yes! We are looking for the best speculative fiction novelettes from the amazing community of World Anvil members. This can be sci-fi, fantasy, speculative horror, alternative history, and so forth. While it is not required to have a detailed world associated with the story on World Anvil, it is encouraged. All entries must be in English to qualify. The word-count range we are looking for is 7,500 – 12,500. The deadline is September 21st, 2019. Winners will be announced on a World Anvil live stream on December 14th, 2019.
This is a very unique competition that encourages community involvement and is intended to showcase the talent of World Anvil members. All entries must be written on World Anvil using their Prose article template. It will not be possible to submit for this competition via email.
How does this work?
The first thing you’ll need is a World Anvil account, and it’s free to sign up! Once you’ve gotten logged in, you’ll need to create a world–don’t worry, it’s easy! After that, you can start your entry using the Prose template. Once you’re done writing, make sure the article is not a draft or hidden, save it, then click the button on the right side of the editor to enter the competition!
The Selection Process
The first round of the competition will be based on likes, so you’ll want to get involved with the community and promote your work. We recommend joining World Anvil’s Discord server to facilitate this.
Forty entries will be selected based on likes, after which they’ll be qualified and judged by the World Anvil staff. Of those, twenty finalists will be passed along to us for evaluation.
From there, we will select ten entries to be published in the anthology.
We will also select one that we feel has great potential to grow into something more, and the author will receive a contract offer for their own stand-alone book of novella or novel length.
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!
We’re almost halfway through 2019, and we’ve already published sixteen books. We’ve still got a long way to go before we close out the year, with seventeen new titles set to release between now and 2020. Check out our upcoming releases page for an updated list of what’s currently on our calendar through 2021!
To celebrate our authors, catalog, and customers, we’ve been hard at work developing new ways for readers to connect with our stories. We’ve recently launched a book club, hosted a series of author roundtables on Youtube, and started production on a few audiobooks. As time goes on, our goal is to solidify our place in the world of speculative fiction by continuing to adapt to the changing landscapes of web commerce and publishing. Our next offering is a great example of that!
Unlimited access to all the eBooks we’ve released so far, along with all the eBooks that release during the term
25% off all print orders
*Every book we’ve released and will release is available as an eBook
*When you purchase the pass, you’ll automatically be sent a login and a password to manage your account and downloads for the term
For a limited time, the Kyanite Collector’s Pass is on sale for only $39 for the year! If you purchase it today, by the time your membership is over you’ll have access to over 40 books! That’s less than a dollar per eBook, not to mention the 25% print order discount!
Other Sale Items
Our new Collector’s Pass isn’t the only item on sale. We’re also offering 20% off a different pre-order or new release each day. We’ll be announcing the featured book each morning on social media, and our website will reflect the sale price (no coupon necessary). If you aren’t on social media, the easiest way to keep up will be to check the shop page daily for new deals.
We wouldn’t exist without the generosity of the reading community. We appreciate your support! If you get a chance, please help us spread the word about our new membership and our semi-annual sale by sharing this blog post or any of our social media posts with the readers in your life.
In an effort to expand our community and reach readers in new ways, we’ve created a book club! We will be facilitating it in our Discord server, which you can join here. Discord is a place to chat, and our server is separated into categories and channels, each with their own topics.
All individuals who join will have access to a separate category of channels called the “Kyanite Book Club” and underneath they’ll see a channel for each book that’s selected.
Every month, we’ll select two books: one in the science fiction genre, and one in the fantasy/horror genre. Readers will be able to choose which titles interest them and interact only in the channels they’d like to. In other words, each book will have its own space and will be like its own club.
Benefits of Membership
We’ll be offering anyone who joins and participates in the channel a 30% discount off the eBook, paperback, or hardcover edition of the selected book(s) through our website. The coupon code will be posted in the channel. Readers are also welcome to purchase their book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or through their local indie bookstore and still participate in the book club channels!
The author of each selected book will be informed ahead of time, so they’ll occasionally pop in and interact with readers. We’ll also schedule a general Q&A with them that will take place LIVE in the Discord channel!
We also hope that readers will gain a sense of community from this endeavor, possibly even branching out to the other Kyanite Discord channels. They may even make new friends or professional connections.
All participants are expected to follow the Kyanite Publishing Discord server guidelines. They are posted inside the server under “Royal Decrees” and generally include being kind and respectful.
The coupon code will be posted as soon as the channel is set up, and prior to the beginning of the month, to give readers time to order and for us to fulfill those orders. Note again that readers can also choose to purchase the book elsewhere, or rent it from the library, and still participate in the channels!
Because it may take readers some time to receive and read their books, we’ll keep the channel for that book open for at least two months. So, if a book is selected for July, it doesn’t mean that the discount is only good in July or that the discussion can only happen in July. It can also roll into August, and if readers request it, we’ll keep the channel open even longer.
We’ll be encouraging the participants in the channel to interact in a way that feels authentic for them. Should they choose to organize themselves, make use of the voice chat features in Discord, or request support from us to put together meetings, we’ll do everything we can to help. We will not be organizing any structured meetings beyond the live Q&A with the author, which will take place sometime in their selection month or the month following.
We look forward to hearing your feedback and hope to see you in Discord!