Thursday, 1 April 2010

April 2010 Releases | Simon & Schuster UK

Shadow Prowler by Alexey Pehov

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781847375636

Release date: April 1, 2010
Genre: Fantasy
Series/Stand Alone: The 1st volume in the Chronicles of Siala trilogy

Publisher's Blurb: After centuries of calm, the Nameless One is stirring. An army is gathering: giants, ogres and other creatures joining forces from across the Desolate Lands, united for the first time in history under one black banner. By the spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom. Unless Shadow Harold, master thief, can find some way to stop them. Epic fantasy at its best, Shadow Prowler is the first in a trilogy that follows professional thief Shadow Harold on his quest for a magic Horn that will restore peace to the kingdom of Siala. Accompanied by an elfin princess, ten Wild Hearts - the most experienced and dangerous royal fighters - and the King's court jester (who may be more than he seems ... or less), Harold must outwit angry demons, escape the clutches of a band of hired murderers, survive ten bloody skirmishes ... and reach the burial grounds before dark. Can he escape a fate worse than death?


Demon Possessed by Stacia Kane

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 1439167613

Release date: April 1, 2010
Genre: Fantasy
Series/Stand Alone: Book 3 in the Megan Chase series

Publisher's Blurb: Psychologist and psychic Megan Chase has grown remarkably comfortable hanging out with demons. The demon "family" she leads is happy, her solo practice is stabilizing, and she and her steamy demon lover, Greyson Dante, are closer than ever. But when the couple books a week at a luxury hotel to attend a meeting of demon leaders, some unanticipated problems appear. An FBI agent with an unhealthy interest in less-than-legitimate demon business practices shows up; the demon community is urging Megan to undergo the rite that will make her a real demon; and a slightly shady minister is holding one of his wildly popular "weekend exorcisms" just down the road. And oh, yes, someone with scary magical abilities is attempting to kill her. Then, just when it seems as if things couldn't possibly get any worse, a secret comes to light that could jeopardize Megan and Greyson's future -- if Megan manages to live that long. With things heating up, it's becoming difficult for her to keep a cool head...


Star Trek: Seven Deadly Sins edited by Margaret Clark
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 1439109443

Publication date: April 6, 2010
Genre: Sci Fi Tie In
Stand Alone/Series: Stand Alone but part of Star Trek

Publisher's Blurb: The seven deadly sins are a human concept -- but we are not the only ones to whom they can apply. This collection of novellas explores seven of Star Trek's most intriguing alien civilizations from the point of view of the qualities that have shaped both their perspective and their history. Through characters who are as compelling as they are provocative we enter the world of the Borg (gluttony), the Klingons (wrath), the Romulans (pride), The Mirror Universe (lust), the Cardassians (envy), the Ferengi (greed) and the Pakleds (sloth). Seven favourite alien races in the hands of seven different Star Trek authors make a feast of deadly sins for all Star Trek fans to enjoy!


Succubi Like it Hot by Jill Myles

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 141657283X

Release date: April 15, 2010
Genre: Fantasy
Series/Stand Alone: Book 2 in a series.

Publisher's Blurb: Jackie Brighton's life as a succubus is going great: she's gone from mousy to bombshell, and although she has to have sex every forty-eight hours or die, she has two hot guys - the vampire Zane and the angel Noah - to scratch her Itch. But then her Itch accelerates to every twenty-four hours, and she's suddenly waking people's unconscious just by touching them. Something's out of control so she and Remy, her mentor, go on an adventure-filled road trip to New Orleans to consult with the oldest succubus in the United States. Jackie learns she's been cursed by a vampire queen - and reversing the curse demands a price she's not willing to pay.


Embers by Laura Bickle

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 1439167656

Release date: April 29, 2010
Genre: Fantasy
Series/Stand Alone: Book 1 in the Anya Kalinczyk series.

Publisher's Blurb: Unemployment, despair, anger—visible and invisible unrest feed the undercurrent of Detroit’s unease. A city increasingly invaded by phantoms now faces a malevolent force that further stokes fear and chaos throughout the city. Anya Kalinczyk spends her days as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, and her nights pursuing malicious spirits with a team of eccentric ghost hunters. Anya—who is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern—suspects a supernatural arsonist is setting blazes to summon a fiery ancient entity that will leave the city in cinders. By Devil’s Night, the spell will be complete, unless Anya—with the help of her salamander familiar and the paranormal investigating team—can stop it. Anya’s accustomed to danger and believes herself inured to loneliness and loss. But this time she’s risking everything: her city, her soul, and a man who sees and accepts her for everything she is. Keeping all three safe will be the biggest challenge she’s ever faced.


Slum Online by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 1421534398

Release date: April 29, 2010
Genre: Sci Fi
Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Publisher's Blurb: "...I log in and Tetsuo comes to Versus Town. A make-believe man in a make-believe city. He was new there, and he had come for one thing: to fight." Etsuro Sakagami is a college student who feels uncomfortable in reality, but when he logs onto the combat Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game Versus Town, he becomes "Tetsuo," a karate champion on his way to becoming the most powerful martial artist around. While his relationship with new classmate Fumiko goes nowhere, Etsuro spends his days and nights online in search of the invincible fighter Slasher Jack. Drifting between the virtual and the real, will Etsuro ever be ready to face his most formidable opponent?


Star Trek: Unspoken Truth by Margaret Wander Bonanno
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 1439102198

Release date: April 29, 2010
Genre: Sci Fi Tie In
Stand Alone/Series: Part of the Star Trek Series

Publisher's Blurb: A wild child, Saavik was left to die on a world so horrifying that it was known as Hellguard. She was rescued by Spock, who took the half-Vulcan, half-Romulan home to his parents, trusting that they would be able to care for the troubled child. Later she would follow Spock into Starfleet. Now a fully-fledged Starfleet officer, Lieutenant Saavik returns to Vulcan only to find that other Hellguard survivors are being killed one by one. With her life under threat, can she ever call Vulcan home? Forced to choose, which will she embrace: the pacifism of Vulcan, or the violence that is the Romulan half of her heritage? Not knowing where to turn or whom she can trust Saavik struggles to discover where her true loyalties lie.


The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 1421534401

Release date: April 29, 2010
Genre: Sci Fi
Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Publisher's Blurb: "That one was the most beautiful machine I had ever laid eyes on." In a world where humans are the minority and androids have created their own civilization, a wandering storyteller meets the beautiful android Ibis. She tells him seven stories of human/android interaction in order to reveal the secret behind humanity's fall. The stories that Ibis speaks are of the "seven novels" about the events surrounding the announcements of the development of artificial intelligence in the 20th and 21st centuries. At a glance, these stories do not appear to have any sort of connection, but what is the true meaning behind them? What are Ibis's real intentions?


Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many by Michael A. Martin

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 143918657X

Release Date: April 29, 2010
Genre: Sci Fi Tie In
Series/Stand Alone: Part of Star Trek Series

Publisher's Blurb: Prior to the terror-filled times of the Long War -- the seemingly endless struggle against the Undine, a paranoid, shapeshifting race once known only as Species 8472 -- enemy sleeper agents quietly penetrated every echelon of Federation society, as well as other starfaring civilizations throughout the Alpha and Beta quadrants. The ensuing conflict shook humanity to is very core, often pitting its highest ideals against a pure survival instinct. All too often the Undine War demanded the harshest of sacrifices and exacted the steepest of personal costs. Drawn from his exhaustive research and interviews, The Needs of the Many delivers a glimpse of Betar Prize-winning author Jake Sisko's comprehensive 'living history' of ths tumultuous era. With collaborator Michael A. Martin, Sisko illuminates an often poorly-understood time, an age marked equally by fear and by courage.

3 comments:

Laura Bickle said...

Thanks for the shout-out on EMBERS! I hope that readers enjoy.

Niall Harrison said...

Are those actually UK editions of Slum Online and The Stories of Ibis? I thought Haikasoru titles were sort of an import-only deal.

Mark said...

Niall - from what I understand about the Haikasoru books is that they're distributed in the UK by Simon and Schuster. I've seen a lot of the releases in my local Waterstones so I can only assume that they are available in the UK via this distribution, and not some sort of special order.

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