The Ring of Fire Press has been publishing a book a week since January, so we have lots of stuff to tell you about:

David Brin has joined Ring of Fire Press with a new YA series, and Steven M Stirling is bringing us his new Black Chamber trilogy, the first of which, Daggers in the Dark, debuts March 11.

New Releases

THE ANGEL AND THE SWORD

By Cecilia Holland

Guided and guarded by an angel, a young Spanish knight saves Paris from the Vikings during one of the darkest eras of Christendom — and turns out to be a girl.

CRAWLSPACE

By Dave Freer and Eric Flint

Crawlspace is a collection of stories by Dave Freer and Eric Flint, who have collaborated on many novels together. This volume includes two stories from their popular Rats, Bats & Vats series. “The Genie Out of the Vat” is the novella that begins the entire cycle. “Crawlspace” is set about a century later and depicts the further evolution of the peculiar society of humans and uplifted rats and bats. Also included in the volume is a story from the massive Heirs of Alexandria series that they’ve been writing with Mercedes Lackey for more than two decades.

THE PORTALS OF SUMMER

By Nathan B. Dodge

Davin Blackthorn, now called Marek, is now the leader of the Sudo and Nortes Republics. But two of the countries in the plains refuse to acknowledge his leadership and the Elitos have allied with an alien species who covet Davin’s world for an expansion of their empire. Can he defeat this massive alliance, forced to fight on multiple fronts? Or has he finally reached the limit of God’s Power?

COLONY HIGH

BOOK ONE OF THE HIGH HORIZON SERIES

By David Brin

High school junior Mark Bamford is skeptical when rumors fly about the California town of Twenty-Nine Palms… rumors of a kidnapped alien! Only soon he and Alexandra Behr and their friends discover things are pretty weird in town and getting weirder by the moment. Soon they are involved in plots that range from interscholastic to international to interstellar. Their lives… and every student’s at TNP High . . . will never be the same.

THE SPEAR OF ATHENA

By Ryk E. Spoor

A monstrous impostor has taken the place of the God of War, and plans to destroy Aegeia. Four adventurers set out to thwart him, even though they have been sealed away from their homeland. But they each have secret powers of their own, which the false god does not recognize.

ANORIA

BOOK ONE OF THE FAMILY OF WIZARDS SERIES

By Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett

Anoria is an orphan with few prospects in life. But though she wasn’t born with a talent for Natural Magic she is a bright girl who likes to read and loves to solve puzzles—and she discovers there are other kinds of magic in the world.

It will take some luck and a lot of work, and probably a lot of risks. And it turns out that the most difficult thing isn’t using learning to use magic, it’s learning what -you actually want to be.

Upcoming

THE DRAGON’S WIZARD

BY DAVID CARRICO

BOOK 3 OF THE DRAGON WIZARD SERIES

RELEASE DATE: MARCH 4, 2021

The dragon Rufous reunites with his friend Evann, who is still inexperienced but is now one of the strongest wizards in the world. He is accompanied by his mentor Quinton along with a girl named Solechandra who wants to become a wizard herself in order to help defend their city of Morshton against the goblins, who have their own dragon allies. The most powerful of these is the one Rufous knows only as Il Duvankh, whom he has been searching for since he became the Solon of the dragons.

Returning to Morshton, Evann and his friends see ravens flying toward an ominous cloud advancing toward the city from the north. Elves warn them that the cloud hides a goblin army. All of the wizards take their place atop the city wall facing the oncoming horde, just in time to drive off the first wave of the goblin assault.

At that moment, Il Duvankh rises from where she had been hidden behind the battle mages of the goblins. Rufous stoops on her from the air. But she is older, larger, stronger, and outmaneuvers him and traps him on the ground. Evann comes to his friend’s aid, but the man and the dragon may have finally met a foe they can’t overcome.

DAGGERS IN DARKNESS

BY S.M. STIRLING

RELEASE DATE: MARCH 11, 2021

A new book in the Tales of the Black Chamber universe. In the fourth book of this early Twentieth Century alternate history, Teddy Roosevelt has steered the Progressive Republican Party and the United States through the Mexican insurrection, and what would have been World War I. Mexico has become a part of the United States, but Europe has been destroyed by the Kaiser’s v-gas. Japan, Germany, and what’s left of the British Commonwealth are struggling for supremacy in the new world of the Twentieth Century.

 

Roosevelt has created a spy agency called the Black Chamber, and two of his best Black Chamber agents are Luz O’Malley and her lover, Ciara Whelan. Luz and Ciara are tasked to figure out where all the Chinese antiquities are being smuggled into the USA are coming from. As they dig deeper and deeper, bodies keep turning up all over Chinatown and it is no better in Shanghai. Luz and Ciara have to watch out for daggers in the dark.

THE BEAR FLAG

BY CECELIA HOLLAND

RELEASE DATE: MARCH 18, 2021

The year is 1846. War is brewing between the United States and Mexico. Under the pretext of a scientific research expedition, Lt. John C. Fremont arrives in Sutter’s Fort with Kit Carson, famous Indian Scout, and a few men. After being widowed on the long trip west, Cat Reilly has also arrived in Sutter’s Fort. She is in desperate circumstances, but winds up mixing in with Fremont and Carson. She becomes romantically involved with a Russian count and plunges into the political maelstrom as Fremont sets up a California Republic and later, brings California into the union.

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And don’t forget the monthly Zoom Open Houses on March 6 and April 3. We have fans and authors from all over the world, and we talk books and authors, and what we like. We’ll be happy to see you!

And don’t forget the monthly Zoom Open Houses on March 6 and April 3. We have fans and authors from all over the world, and we talk books and authors, and what we like. We’ll be happy to see you!

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