Read an excerpt of The Midnight Dog of the Repo Man

The Midnight Dog of the Repo Man by W. Bruce CameronRead an excerpt of “The Midnight Dog of the Repo Man”, a short story prequel to W. Bruce Cameron’s upcoming novel The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man!

“WHAT KIND OF DOG doesn’t want to go for a walk?” I demand of my basset-houndish canine, who has responded with a sigh of disgust to my invitation for a stroll around the block. Jake’s stocky legs, which are barely long enough to keep his stomach from dragging when he’s upright, don’t even twitch as I slap my thighs and give a low whistle. You go, his mournful, deep brown eyes seem to be saying. I’ll sleep.

“Dogs love walks. It’s what they live for,” I insist.

Jake’s expression indicates he thinks those other mutts are idiots. When I kneel down to look at him more closely, stroking his huge, velvet ears, he presses his eyes closed and tries to get his brown, white, and black body to blend in with the beige carpet.

“Haven’t you read the dog manual?”

You can’t see me; my eyes are closed.

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Tor Books Announces Programming for New York Comic-Con 2014

Celebrating LOCUS Magazine’s Best Publisher for the 27th year in a row!

New York Comic Con is upon us once again and this year we’re pleased to welcome Greenlight Bookstore in our booth! They will be selling titles for our in-booth signings, featuring Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, Cory Doctorow and others!  There will also be panels featuring old and new authors, and special events around the city celebrating B&N Superweek as well as an event at The Bellhouse.

Read on and stop by Tor’s Booth (#2223) to pick up a schedule for a full list of events! For a full list of NYCC happenings at the Tor booth, excerpts, and more visit tornycc2014.com.

Sunday, October 5th

2pm B&N Superweek Fantasy Audiobook Performance Q&A | B&N Tribeca
Rebecca Soler, narrator of Marissa Meyers Lunar Chronicles, Fred Berman, narrator of Walking Dead series and others discuss the acting and voice work that goes into an audio book. Moderate by debut Tor author, Leanna Hieber.

Tuesday, October 7th

8pm ShipwreckSF & Word Bookstores Present Alan Moore’s Watchmen for New York Superweek | The Bell House
Good theatre for bad literature? Marital aid for book nerds? A literary erotic fanfiction competition for the ages? Shipwreck is all of these things. Six Great Writers will destroy one Great Book, one Great (Watchmen) Character at a time, in service of the transcendent and the profane (and also laughs). Featuring John Scalzi, Naomi Novik and others!

Thursday, October 9th 

2pm Booth signing, Steven Gould signs copies of his new novel, Exo, in which he returns to the world of his classic novel, Jumper.

4pm Tor Booth signing, John Scalzi will raffle off 50 ARCS of his latest New York Times bestseller, Lock In. Didn’t win but want a signed book? Finished copies as well as Scalzi’s backlist will be available for purchase.

8pm B&N Superweek Round Robin | B&N Union Square
Watch as your favorite genre authors spin a quick tale as dictated by the audience! Q&A to follow. Moderated by Steven Gould and featuring Paul Wilson, Simon R. Green, SJ Harper and others!

Friday, October 10th

12pm Tor Booth signing with A.M. Dellamonica, signing copies of her latest book, Child of a Hidden Sea.

1:00pm – 1:45pm Tor Geek Geek Revolution | Room 1A21
A no-holds-barred geek culture game show featuring six science fiction/fantasy authors competing for the chance to be TOP GEEK makes its second appearance at NYCC. Featuring John Scalzi, Rachel Caine, Patrick Rothfuss and others.
3:15 – 4:15pm Autographing at Table 19

1:15pm – 2:15pm Playing with Magic | Room 1A01
Magic is central to fantasy, whether it takes place in our world or one completely foreign. How does using magic affect storytelling? Django Wexler (The Shadow Throne) leads fellow authors A.M. Dellamonica, Sam Sykes and others discussing incorporating magic into the fabric of their worlds.
2:15pm – 3:15pm Autographing at Table 19

5pm Tor Booth signing with bestselling author Cory Doctorow. Copies of his backlist including his latest New York Times bestseller, Homeland, will be available for purchase. Buy one, get one free!

8pm B&N Superweek Family Feud Science Fiction vs Fantasy |  B&N Union Square
John Scalzi plays host as science fiction authors compete against fantasy authors Family Feud style. Will Scalzi give contestants a loving kiss on the cheek? Come to Union Square B&N and find out! With Amber Benson, Peter Brett, Pierce Brown, Richard Kadrey, Caitlin Kittredge and C.L. Wilson.

Saturday, October 11th

2pm Tor Booth signing with Brandon Sanderson! We’ll have plenty of Brandon Sanderson’s titles both old and new available for purchase. Free Way of Kings sampler with every purchase!

3pm – 3:45pm Not Your Mother’s Fairy Tales | Room 1B03
Get ready to travel over the river and through the woods, to a panel where standard fairytales get transformed into something more. Featuring Tor Teen debut author Ben Tripp discussing The Accidental Highwayman.
4pm – 5pm Autographing at Table 19

5pm Tor Booth signing with Ben Tripp. Limited edition art pack with original prints designed by the author will be available for free with each purchase of The Accidental Highwayman. A Comic Con exclusive!

Sunday, October 12th-*ALL BOOKS ON THIS DAY ARE FREE

12pm Tor Booth signing with Paul Park, signing All Those Vanished Engines.

2pm Trust Me, I’m The Doctor | Room 1A18
Calling all Time Lords and their Companions! Having just reached its 50-year milestone this past year, Doctor Who has proven itself to be an enduring staple of nerd culture. With Paul Park, Simon R. Greene and others.
1pm – 1:45pm Autographing at Table 19

2pm Tor Booth signing with Dan Krokos signing Planet Thieves, the first thrilling installment of a new middle grade series!

*All giveaways are on a first come, first serve basis

Cold City by F. Paul Wilson eBook is Now on Sale for $2.99

Cold City by F. Paul WilsonF. Paul Wilson‘s Fear City, the latest in the Repairman Jack series, is due out on November 11. This month we are making it easy to get started with the series by releasing the first ebook, Cold City, for only $2.99.*

About Cold City: Cold City is the first of three Repairman Jack prequels, revealing the past of one of the most popular characters in contemporary dark fantasy: F. Paul Wilson’s self-styled “fix-it” man who is no stranger to the macabre or the supernatural, hired by victimized people who have no one else to turn to.

We join Jack a few months after his arrival in New York City. He doesn’t own a gun yet, though he’s already connected with Abe. Soon he’ll meet Julio and the Mikulski brothers. He runs afoul of some Dominicans, winds up at the East Side Marriott the night Meir Kahane is shot, gets on the bad side of some Arabs, starts a hot affair, and disrupts the smuggling of preteen sex slaves. And that’s just Book One.

*sale ends October 31

Starred Review: The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp

The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp“Fantasy readers, especially fans of Cathrynne Valente’s work, will enjoy the author’s elegant turns of phrase. A first purchase for all fantasy collections.”

Ben Tripp’s The Accidental Highwayman got a starred review in School Library Journal!

Here’s the full review, from the September 17 issue:

Tripp explains that this story of Kit Bristol, accidental highwayman from the mid-18th century, turned up in his ancestor’s sea chest. Orphan and trick rider, Kit works for James Rattle, whose mysterious nocturnal activities lead to a bloody death. Kit obeys his master’s last instructions, pulling back the curtain on a magical world that lives alongside his own. Kit must help fairy princess Morgana defy her father and escape marriage to King George III of England. As they journey to Ireland’s free Faerie state, they pick up a circus performer, a baboon, and a mildly delusional elderly gentleman to round out their motley crew. Fairy attacks from Morgana’s enemies impede their progress until they decide to form a carnival show to hide in plain sight. Humorous mayhem ensues. It is difficult not to be entertained by Kit’s first person narration that blends historical detail with the antics of the fairy kingdom. Tripp ably conveys the protagonist’s subtle sense of the ridiculous through his many mishaps, and conversations between magical creatures and uninformed mortals add to the book’s humor. Readers will root for star-crossed lovers, Kit and Morgana, and delight in their “opposites attract” romance, drawn onward by a rollicking plot. Informative footnotes occasionally pull readers out of the story, though they dwindle as the story progresses. Tripp’s detailed black-and-white illustrations are worth a second look. Fantasy readers, especially fans of Cathrynne Valente’s work, will enjoy the author’s elegant turns of phrase. A first purchase for all fantasy collections.

The Accidental Highwayman will be published on October 14.

Starred Review: Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan“The third entry in the ‘Jane Ryland & Jake Brogan’ series packs a powerful punch, and offers a clever mix of mystery, corruption, and romance. Mystery enthusiasts will want to drop everything and binge-read until the mind-boggling conclusion.”

Hank Phillippi Ryan’s Truth Be Told got a starred review in Library Journal!

Here’s the full review, from the September 1 issue:

Boston’s Register news reporter Jane Ryland is covering a human interest foreclosure story when she stumbles onto several murders committed in recently foreclosed homes. Investigating further, Jane becomes entangled in one dangerous situation after another. In the meantime, the reporter’s clandestine love interest, Boston police detective Jake Brogan, is actively pursuing answers to a 20-year-old unsolved murder. The cold case turns personal as Jake consults case files written by his deceased grandfather, a former police commissioner, to determine if the individual confessing to the crime is truly the killer. As Jane and Jake each gets closer to the truth, they find their lives and their romantic connection precariously hanging in the balance. Danger and intrigue surround them both as they desperately seek closure. VERDICT The third entry in the “Jane Ryland & Jake Brogan” series (The Other Woman; The Wrong Girl) packs a powerful punch, and offers a clever mix of mystery, corruption, and romance. Mystery enthusiasts will want to drop everything and binge-read until the mind-boggling conclusion.

Truth Be Told will be published on October 7.

New Releases: 9/30/2014

Ask Not by Max Allan CollinsBeloved Enemy by Eric Van LustbaderDangerous Women 1 edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner DozoisEnergized by Edward M. LernerThe Spirit of the Border and The Last Trail by Zane GreyStrong Darkness by Jon LandTo Dance with the Devil by Cat AdamsTranscendental by James GunnTwilight Forever Rising by Lena Meydan

See upcoming releases.

New eStory: The Midnight Dog of the Repo Man

The Midnight Dog of the Repo Man by W. Bruce Cameron

About The Midnight Dog of the Repo Man

This short story introduces former college football star turned repo man Ruddy McCann, star of W. Bruce Cameron’s new novel The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, and tells how Ruddy met his best friend Jake, a lazy but lovable basset hound, during a repo gone wrong.

Full of laugh-out-loud humor and thrilling adventure, The Midnight Dog of the Repo Man is a page-turning, delightful short story by the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey, and The Dogs of Christmas that shows us that unconditional love is just a tail wag away and can happen upon us when we least expect it.

See upcoming releases.

Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert by Frank Herbert

The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert by Frank Herbert

About The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert: Frank Herbert, the New York Times bestselling author of Dune, is one of the most celebrated and commercially successful science fiction writers of all time. But while best known for originating the character of Paul Atreides and the desert world of Arrakis, Herbert was also a prolific writer of short fiction. His stories were published individually in numerous pulps and anthologies spanning decades, but never collected. Until now.

The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert is the most complete collection of Herbert’s short fiction ever assembled—thirty-seven stories originally published between 1952 and 1979, plus one story, “The Daddy Box,” that has never been appeared before.

Enter for a chance to win here!

(Ends October 23)

Also, don’t forget to check out our other sweepstakes!

Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card eBook is Now on Sale for $2.99

Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott CardThe ebook for Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card is now on sale for $2.99!*

About Ender’s Shadow:
Orson Scott Card brings us back to the very beginning of his brilliant Ender Quartet, with the novel that begins The Shadow Series and allows us to reenter Ender’s world anew.

With all the power of his original creation, Ender’s Shadow is Card’s parallel volume to Ender’s Game, a book that expands and complements the first, enhancing its power, illuminating its events and its powerful conclusion.

The human race is at War with the “Buggers”, an insect-like alien race. The first battles went badly, and now as Earth prepares to defend itself against the imminent threat of total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable alien enemy, all focus is on the development and training of military geniuses who can fight such a war, and win.

The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth–they have time to train these future commanders up from childhood, forging then into an irresistible force in the high orbital facility called the Battle School.

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this new book, card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean–the one who became Ender’s right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers.

Bean’s past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else’s. He knew he could not survive through strength; he used his tactical genius to gain acceptance into a children’s gang, and then to help make that gang a template for success for all the others. He civilized them, and lived to grow older.

Bean’s desperate struggle to live, and his success, brought him to the attention of the Battle School’s recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender….

*sale ends September 28

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley eBook Now on Sale for $2.99

The Emperor's Blades by Brian StaveleyThe ebook for The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley is now on sale for $2.99!*

About The Emperor’s Blades:
In The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

Kaden, the heir to the Unhewn Throne, has spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, learning the enigmatic discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power he must master before it’s too late.

An ocean away, Valyn endures the brutal training of the Kettral, elite soldiers who fly into battle on gigantic black hawks. But before he can set out to save Kaden, Valyn must survive one horrific final test.

At the heart of the empire, Minister Adare, elevated to her station by one of the emperor’s final acts, is determined to prove herself to her people. But Adare also believes she knows who murdered her father, and she will stop at nothing—and risk everything—to see that justice is meted out.

*sale ends September 28