eSpec Books is trying something new that we’re hoping you will like. We have two new books releasing on February 1 and each author has recorded an excerpt. Using the following links you can click to be reminded when the videos go live. We will have a live chat with the authors during the readings. We hope you will come and help us celebrate these brand-new book babies!

Scheduled for 10am

Michelle D. Sonnier reading an excerpt from her new novel The Clockwork Solution, sequel to The Clockwork Witch.

The Legacy of the Sortilege Line

Treated with disdain by her family her entire life for not living up to their expectations—or prophesy—Arabella Leyden forges her own path and attains her greatest wish: to join the Sisterhood of Witches, doing so in a manner no one ever anticipated. As the first-ever technomancer, the way before her is fraught with peril.

Can she survive the machinations of her order, or be ground between the gears of reluctant progress? More important yet, can she succeed at her first assignment: find the root cause of the famine sweeping through Ireland? And end it. A task that has already claimed two witches of the Sortilege line.

Her future hangs in the balance… perhaps even her very life…

About the Author

Michelle D. Sonnier writes dark urban fantasy, steampunk, and anything else that lets her combine the weird and the fantastic in unexpected ways. She even writes horror, although it took her a long time to admit that since she prefers the existential scare over blood and gore. She is the author of The Clockwork Witch and Death’s Embrace and has published short stories in a variety of print and online venues. You can find her on Facebook (Michelle D. Sonnier, The Writer). She lives in Maryland with her husband, son, and a variable number of cats.

Scheduled for 10:15am

Danielle Ackley-McPhail reading an excerpt from chapter 19 of her novel Daire’s Devils
Give the Enemy Hell!
At the ass-end of the galaxy, Allied Forces—including the 142nd Mobile Special Ops Team, better known as Daire’s Devils—stand ready to defend the contested colony planet Demeter from military invasion and corporate exploitation.
But when the ranks are infiltrated by those determined to secure the top-secret designs of AeroCom’s new prototype flagship, the Cromwell, the newest member of the Devils, Corporal Katrion Alexander, finds herself facing off against an unexpected menace, synthetic operatives indistinguishable from living beings.
She and the Devils must neutralize this new threat, but how when the enemy wears a trusted face?
About the Author
Award-winning author, editor, and publisher Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books.
Her published works include seven novels, Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court, The Redcaps’ Queen, Daire’s Devils, and Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo collections Eternal Wanderings, A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, Flash in the Can, Transcendence, Between Darkness and Light, and the non-fiction writers’ guides The Literary Handyman, More Tips from the Handyman, and LH: Build-A-Book Workshop. She is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Gaslight & Grimm, Side of Good/Side of Evil, After Punk, and Footprints in the Stars. Her short stories are included in numerous other anthologies and collections.
In addition to her literary acclaim, she crafts and sells original costume horns under the moniker The Hornie Lady Custom Costume Horns, and homemade flavor-infused candied ginger under the brand of Ginger KICK! at literary conventions, on commission, and wholesale.
Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail and four extremely spoiled cats.
“War is tough, so is writing about it. Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s Daire’s Devils rises to that challenge and comes away triumphant.” David Sherman, Marine and bestselling author of the Starfist, Demontech, and 18th Race series
“A hard-hitting military science fiction with plenty of action, mystery, and intrigue—where do I sign up?!” Maria V. Snyder, New York Times best-selling author of the award-winning Navigating the Stars
“Plenty of action along with corporate and political intrigue in the finest tradition of Elizabeth Moon’s Familias Regnant novels, with just a dash of Blade Runner-esque mystery to add a little spice to the mix.” Dayton Ward, Marine and New York Times bestselling author of The Last World War and Star Trek: Agents of Influence
“Once again, eSpec Books delivers another thrilling glance at future military action […] Ackley-McPhail shows an acute awareness of military terminology and command structure [as] the complex, multilayered plot of Daire’s Devils unfolds.” Bud Sparhawk, Air Force veteran, multi-Nebula finalist, and author of Shattered Dreams

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