Self Published Fantasy Releases – August 2021
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As always, this is not a comprehensive list, but only includes all the books I have heard about so far.
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27th July – Once Stolen (These Treacherous Tides #1) by D.N. Bryn
No one with half a brain would rob the jungle’s most notorious energy cartel. The vibrations of their power-producing stones are the only thing that calms the mer-snake Cacao’s agonizing sensory condition though—and after being banished from his homeland swamps for similar thefts, he’s desperate.
When his attempt fails stunningly, a chaotic escape leaves him chained to a cartel prisoner: a self-proclaimed hero with a hidden stash of ignits so large, Cacao would never need to steal again. He’s determined to get his hands on it, even if it means guiding her home straight through the mist-laden and monster-filled swamp that exhaled him, with scheming poachers and a desperate cartel leader on their tail.
But the selfish and the self-righteous can only flee together for so long before something snaps…
27th July – Horns of the Hunter by Frank Dorrian
An age of myth. A bitter feud. A storm of legend.
It is the closing days of the Enkindled King’s wars for Earthblood, when a cycle of violence and hatred sparks a bitter feud in his shadow.
Náith, the Warrior. Luw, the Hunter. Cast aside and burned by their lover’s betrayal, the two find themselves trapped in a bloody struggle for the affections of Síle, the Maid of Mael Tulla.
Cherished as a healer and bringer of verdant life to barren lands, Síle stands as a mystery unto all – even those who would claim her heart. For one so gentle and kind, secrets and bloodshed swarm about her like flies upon a corpse.
Consumed by hatred and heartache, both Náith and Luw will take the darkest of trials and challenge death itself, unaware of the true game being played.
A storm beyond imagining waits for the Warrior and the Hunter. One that will decide the fate of Luah Fáil.
27th July – Falcon (Masks #3) by Amara Lynn
Keeping his boyfriend and his identities secret, fighting demons, and nearly losing Chayton have made college life bumpy for Avari Terran so far.
All he wants now is a quiet and uneventful spring break alone with Chayton.
Between Kaiden insisting on continuing to fight the demons, and Chayton insisting on continuing to be Falcon, it doesn’t seem that’ll happen.
When three people from Chayton’s past appear, everything is thrown further into chaos. New revelations will threaten to drive Avari and Chayton apart, and neither of them knows if they’ll be able to work it out this time.
27th July – Forged in the Fallout (Rimduum #1) by Ben Green
Clayson Spangler turned fourteen a couple of days ago—maybe. His father keeps the exact date under a mountain of secrets. But secrets have a way of getting out.
On a tranquil evening in the Appalachians, Clayson’s solitary life crashes into his family’s impossible past: a kingdom under the Rocky Mountains; his mother enchanted to forget her own son; strange metal objects filled with magic; and his father’s most dangerous secret—mithrium—a metal strong enough to level cities.
Now, Clayson’s father is on the run, his mother is on trial for treason, and Clayson is ordered to hide in the last remaining safehold—Tungsten City. To stay out of danger, he’ll need help from his new friend, Rugnus, a master of elemental magic, and Andalynn, the sister his father had kept hidden from him.
But after years of secrets, Clayson won’t stand by as a world of enemies—both known and unknown—threatens to eradicate his family and ignite a war between the last two cities deep under the Rockies in the Kingdom of Rimduum.
29th July – Hazelhearth Hires Heroes by D.H. Willison
Welcome to Hazelhearth: our picturesque city is nestled in a tranquil corner of the empire. Fitness lovers enjoy vigorous nature walks in the surrounding forest (don’t forget your sword!) Foodies savor rich, robust walnut-based cuisine. Or visit the gnome quarter for a walk on the wild side! Local mines and orchards beckon with plentiful employment opportunities, while workers sleep safe knowing that stout city walls keep mythic monsters at bay. A select few may even be chosen for exciting quest opportunities.
The onslaught of subterranean hordes? Oh, that’s happening miles away. And the elves have it completely under control.
Inquire today at the Hazelhearth board of tourism, employment, and heroics!
How could Sam and Lee say no? Lee is bored to tears as a telegrapher. His only excitement in life is the revolutionary new board game he’s creating. And of course constant disruptions at work by Sam, whose high voltage experiments wreak havoc with nearby electric systems. These two best buddies… colleagues… acquaintances are ready to escape from 19th century America into a more exciting world!
27th July – Sundered Souls (The Brotherhood of the Eagle #2) by Tim Hardie
Led by Johan Jokellsward, the Brotherhood of the Eagle fights to free the land of Reavesburg from its occupiers the Vorund Clan and avenge the murder of their chief. Only Johan’s inner circle understand their true calling, sworn to defeat an old evil that has risen once more.
Gautarr Falrufson, one of Reavesburg’s few surviving leaders, still defies the occupying forces and the Brotherhood’s small army must lift the siege of his fortress if they are to survive. However, Reavesburg is a divided land and the old clan loyalties no longer hold true. What reception can Johan expect if he clears the way to Gautarr’s gates?
With their fate hanging in the balance, Johan sets aside the accepted ways of his people and appoints Rothgar Kolfinnarson as his advisor, someone who has his own personal reasons to hate the Vorund Clan. Together, they must call upon mistrusted magic to gain the advantage over their enemies.
1st August – Veysuul (The Devoted Trilogy #3) by Kim Wedlock
Betrayed. Hope snatched. Reeling from their own clumsy mistake.
But there’s no time for shock. Salus is almost finished; there’s only one step left, and Rathen must stop him from taking it.
Solutions lie in a tangle of trials, and Rathen and his companions must pull themselves together, grasp the fraying threads and drag unwilling allies into place. Nothing – not war, abduction nor existential crisis – can be allowed to stand in their way, or Turunda will collapse once and for all under Salus’s own twisted brand of protection.
3rd August – Heavy Lies the Crown (The Scalussen Chronicles #2) by Ben Galley
You don’t have to save the world, you just have to survive it
The battle for freedom has left Emaneska reeling and desolated. Both Scalussen and Arka are scattered to the winds. With the Blazing Throne now empty and the Arka Empire for the taking, the race to claim Emaneska has begun.
Farden and Mithrid have been stranded alone in strange eastern lands by errant magick, They battle not to return home, but to uncover an ancient weapon capable of defeating a god. A god who desires nothing but chaos.
In Emaneska, Elessi leads the survivors of the Rogue’s Armada to safer havens, something rare and lacking in the uncharted waters of the south.
Treachery and pain await them both, but the price of failure is steeper. New enemies lie in wait on those foreign paths. Dark creatures born of nightmares and forgotten powers. Warlords set on mastering magick. And an old threat reborn, doggedly pursuing one fate:
The death of Farden.
3rd August – Distant Gardens: Ten Stories of Exploration, Biodiversity, and Found Family by Various Authors
Rules were made to be broken.
From terraformed outposts to magical realms, journey to worlds where deadly plants, rampant biodiversity, or failed terraforming have created irresistible opportunities for those brave enough to seize them.
New worlds, found family, mystical secrets, and deadly science weave together in this lesbian-centric anthology focusing on a very different kind of first time—a first encounter with a world, or being, entirely unlike our own.
If you like diverse stories with lesbian heroines practicing science, magic, and seduction, buy Distant Gardens today!
3rd August – Fall of Wizardoms Box Set by Jeffrey L. Kohanek
An evil plot throws the Eight Wizardoms into chaos. Heroes old and new assemble to combat this daunting threat. Should they fail, their world is doomed.
Rebellion, war, and toppled thrones ravage the Eight Wizardoms.
The mysterious leader of a secret organization seeks to wreak chaos, death, and destruction.
What motivates his elaborate scheme? What is his end-game?
4th August – The Rose and the Claw (The Twin Kingdoms #1) by Nancy O’Toole
A woman on a mission…
Rose Gardner never thought she’d leave the small town of West Ridge. But when her husband dies at war, she must return his arms to his place of birth to set his spirit to rest. After traveling into enemy territory, Rose falls into a trap. Held captive in an enchanted manor, she finds herself face to face with a beast who is equally horrifying and kind. Will she manage to complete her quest or be pulled in by the secrets of the manor?
A man haunted by his past…
Trapped within his own home and in the body of a hideous beast, Kris never wanted to share his prison with another. As much as Rose may draw him in with her beauty and stubborn strength, he knows she must escape before the next full moon. After all, he remembers all too well what happened to the previous caretaker.
The dead won’t let him forget the blood on his hands.
4th August – The Burden of Legacy (The Living Sword #3) by Pemry Janes
Leraine has finally returned home, but the welcome is not as she imagined it. Tension is rising within the Mochedan Federation as many advocate for an end to the long peace and a return to the glory of war.
She sets off to the most important festival of the Mochedan, hoping to preserve the peace for at least a little while longer. Eurik joins her, to help his friend and to finally find the answers about his parents he’s been chasing since he left the island.
What they find is theft, murder, and a conspiracy to end their world.
9th August – Frailyond Death of the Monarch by Kedumetse Motloutsi Junior Mashilo
A society fueled by magic. A young man born with little. A desperate quest to save a life.
In a magic fueled land, a blood magic curse is placed on the mighty king. To avenge what has befallen the king, the use of blood magic is declared a punishable offence.
Luke was born with little magic. That makes him a target. To protect him from a brutal fate, his father takes drastic measures. But Luke is defiant and takes matters into his own hands.
When he embarks on a daring quest to outrun and outsmart those who would see him die, he comes face-to-face with the harsh realities of the situation and inadvertently begins a journey to self-discovery that will change who he believes himself to be and, if he’s not careful, may lead to the ultimate punishment.
9th August – The Tenets in the Tattoos (The King’s Swordsman #1) by Becky James
Breaking the tenets of Special Forces means one thing. Death.
Thorrn is an accomplished swordsman desperate for his promotion. But when the king orders that he hand over a girl from Earth, Thorrn’s soul companion, Thorrn struggles to obey. If he doesn’t bow to the king’s wishes, he will be executed.
Aubin is sick of being an apothecary. Unable to defeat death, chafing at injustices piled on him, he’s ready to quit. But when he sees someone in distress and realises he could help, he is confronted with a life-changing choice – he will have to commit treason to remedy this.
Working together, the swordsman and the apothecarist come up with an unlikely plan. Only if they trust each other and put their egos aside can they defeat their common enemy. But do they even have a common enemy, and can the apothecarist be trusted at all…?
10th August – Remnants of the Sun (The Sun Shards #1) by J.A. Day
The Sun has been destroyed. Trapped in an icy wasteland, humanity survives by the heat of The Sun Shards.
Sigrun is done with looking after cows and partying every week, she wants to make a name for herself within her nomadic tribe. To her amazement, she gets her chance when she impresses a tribal elder enough he nominates her to be the next Jarl. However, her new role as leader plunges her into a political minefield. The previous Jarl, Hannes, is angry at being supplanted. Sigrun has to quickly learn how this new world of politics works to neutralise Hannes’ remaining power, before his vengeance turns violent.
Sonja is done with the tribe’s faith, she wants to love women and the faith look down on that. But her mother’s will names her as the faith’s leader. Sonja sees an opportunity to use the power to change the faithful’s attitude and gain acceptance. But changing an ancient prejudice won’t be easy, as Britta, who feels she should have been named leader instead, is determined to fight her.
Sigrun and Sonja meet, and they fall for each other. But the two women lead a tribe that is divided. The workers and the faith hate each other and seek completely opposite goals. but with only one Sun Shard they are stuck together. Can the power of Sigrun and Sonja’s relationship bring the two sides together, or will the divisions of the tribe also divide them?
10th August – Ad Hominem by Eric Gay
In a world filled with powerful witches and wizards, Professor Marcus Orren is about as magical as your average brick, leading to a life of rampant cynicism coupled with mild-to-moderate alcohol abuse.
While his contemporaries are content in their sorcerous ways, Marcus dares to ask the important questions in life, such as: “How can a pyromancer summon fire without fuel and a spark?” or, “What, exactly, is so special about a simple chalk circle that people assume it will ever turn iron into gold?”
His latest theory, an academic rebuttal of a God named Tomas, stands so air-tight that the Universe itself is forced to agree, promptly erasing the actual Tomas straight from existence. Unfortunately for Marcus, there are hundreds of Gods roaming the heavens above, and nearly all are the type to hold a grudge.
21st August – Rebirth of the Mage (Three Crowns #2) by D. Heyman
Getting assassinated in his sleep certainly wasn’t on the top of Eric’s to do list, but apparently these things happen when you are set to inherit a crime syndicate.
Fortunately, for Eric at least, a previously unknown power is keeping him alive and well, despite numerous attempts, and successes, to stab, maim and dismember him.
Armed with his suspicions, and aided by a Captain just the wrong side of drunk, Victor Claye seeks to bring Eric to the legendary last enclave of mages living in Caer Innar, hoping that they can help the boy understand his new gifts. Together, this odd crew will embark on a journey that will take them far away from the Empire.
What is Mr Claye hoping to gain from these introductions? If these mages even still exist, will they be willing to help?
31st August – Perceiver by E.C. Fuller
Moving to a new town was not on Hattie’s to-do list for the summer.
Her arrival in Applewood brings nothing but strange things to her doorstep. A bendable boy guards an abandoned orchard. A cactus gives her a bullet. A monster made of oil stalks those around her.
And nobody can see them but her.
When traveling consultants show up on her doorstep, a chance encounter with the boy named Jack forces them to confront the monsters and their intertwined fates. Worse yet, the lives of the people she loves now hang by a thread.
When her world collides with another, Hattie must make a choice: save herself or save her parents.
31st August – Wizardoms: Shadow of a Dragon Priest (Fall of Wizardoms #4) by Jeffrey L. Kohanek
A man who commands dragons rises. The people call him a prophet, a savior…the one who will free them from the tyranny of the wizard class. They do not comprehend the threat he presents.
The dragon priest rages across the land. Cities and rulers are helpless against his might.
A pair of heroes embark on a dangerous quest, seeking a lost object of power. Without it, the dragon priest and his army will destroy the world.
An army of metal golems invades another wizardom. These magic-powered automatons are the weapon of the last wizard lord – a madman who desires to rule the world. Despite his might, betrayal might be his most useful tool.
31st August – The Gray Mage (Realms of Camellia #3) by Liz Delton
To fulfill her bargain with the Storm King, Kira must train at the Spire to learn more about her Shadow magic. There’s just one problem:
Her Shadow magic doesn’t work anymore.
Something inside her is broken, and she must find a way to fix it or risk losing her Light magic, too. While Kira struggles with her inner turmoil, another battle brews outside the walls of the Spire. Raiders descend on the realm, and Kira’s pretty sure they’re here because of her.
With her magic slipping, not only is she vulnerable, but her family’s legacy is at stake too. She must find answers. And a discovery about the past might offer some clues about the elusive and dangerous Lord of Between, whose dark magics still echo across the realm…
and reveal an unpleasant connection with her broken soul.
Space for more…