Self Published Fantasy Releases December 2018 – January 2019
I often see lists of upcoming releases for traditionally published books. But what I never see are lists of upcoming self published releases. So I figured I’d change that. The plan is to do one of these a month, but due to Christmas being a thing, I’m starting with a two monther. This will in no way be a complete list of upcoming releases, so if you know of any I’ve missed, feel free to post about them in the comments, and I may even do the updating thing. The only requirements are: 1) It has to be a self published fantasy novel. 2) It has to have a Goodread’s page. 3) It has to have a cover.
November 24th – Knights of the Frost by Richard A. Knaak
In the chill Northern Wastes, near the ruins of a dead Dragon King’s lair, the last remnants of the empire of the wolf gather at the summons of one of their own long thought slain. Through force of arms, blood magic, and the promise of an evil risen from the grave in the form of a great undead dragon, they intend to remake their realm no matter what the cost.
Knights of the Frost returns longtime readers to the popular world created by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Richard A. Knaak in a tale that will also introduce to new readers the myriad and fascinating characters that have captured an audience for nearly thirty years!
However, even as the threat stirs in the north, the wizard Cabe Bedlam, his family, and their allies become aware of ghostly forces stirring everywhere now that the self-proclaimed Lords of the Dead are no more. The spirits so long held in servitude by the necromancers are free, with some seeking long-withheld vengeance.
War is sweeping over the Dragonrealm…war and far worse…
November 26th – The Prince of Cats by Daniel E. Olesen
To stay alive, Jawad must succeed where all others have failed: he must catch the Prince of Cats. More legend than man, the Prince is draped in rumours. He can steal the silver teeth from your mouth in the blink of a smile. He is a ghost to walls and vaults, he laughs at locks, and Jawad must capture him before powerful people lose their patience and send the young rogue to the scaffold.
Ever the opportunist, Jawad begins his hunt while carrying out his own schemes. He pits the factions of the city against each other, lining his own pockets in the process and using the Prince as a scapegoat. This is made easy as nobody knows when or where the Prince will strike, or even why.
As plots collide, Jawad finds himself pressured from all sides. Aristocrats, cutthroats, and the Prince himself is breathing down his neck. Unless Jawad wants a knife in his back or an appointment with the executioner, he must answer three questions: Who is the Prince of Cats, what is his true purpose, and how can he be stopped?
November 30th – The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King
John Carver has three rules: Don’t drink in the daytime, don’t gamble when the luck has gone, and don’t talk to the dead people who come to visit.
It has been almost five years since the incident in Kabul. Since the magic stirred within him and the stories began. Fleeing the army, running from the whispers, the guilt, and the fear he was losing his mind, Carver fell into addiction, dragging himself through life one day at a time.
Desperation has pulled him back to Afghanistan, back to the heat, the dust, and the truth he worked so hard to avoid. But there are others, obsessed with power and forbidden magics, who will stop at nothing to learn the truth of his gifts. Abducted and chained, Carver must break more than his own rules if he is to harness this power and survive.
December 7th – Chasing Graves by Ben Galley
Meet Caltro Basalt. He’s a master locksmith, a selfish bastard, and as of his first night in Araxes, stone cold dead.
They call it the City of Countless Souls, the colossal jewel of the Arctian Empire, and all it takes to rule it is to own more ghosts than any other. For in Araxes, the dead do not rest in peace in the afterlife, but live on as slaves for the rich.
While Caltro struggles to survive, those around him strive for the emperor’s throne in Araxes’ cutthroat game of power. The dead gods whisper from corpses, a soulstealer seeks to make a name for himself with the help of an ancient cult, a princess plots to purge the emperor from his armoured Sanctuary, and a murderer drags a body across the desert, intent on reaching Araxes no matter the cost.
Only one thing is certain in Araxes: death is only the beginning.
December 15th – Indentured Magic by James A. Eggebeen
When swords come out, magic flees, or so Medea thought.
Her failure to challenge for membership in the Order sends her on a quest to find those who abduct young girls for their magic.
When Medea’s own sister is taken captive, the quest becomes personal. The guilt of abandoning her sister in the hands of an abusive step-father drive Medea to take risks she is ill prepared for.
When she falls into the hands of the people who sell flesh and magic for their own enrichment she learns that her swords alone won’t protect her.
She’ll have to rely on the other captives or share in their fate.
December 20th – Remember the Dawn by A.M. Macdonald
Ten years ago, an order of magic-resistant peacekeepers crushed an uprising of starlight magicians.
A fragile balance has settled over the world. Despite the anger simmering within the five families, they have lived in a truce with the starless under the careful watch of the peacekeepers—until now. Someone is killing magicians. The murders have disrupted the balance and thrown the islands into chaos, and the factions are readying themselves for another war.
AHRYN, eldest child of an Astral house, abandons her studies and hunts the assassin who slayed her family. But her starlight magic is wild and untrained—dangerous. EZAI is lost, a victim of the corruption that plagues his order, and a stain on his family’s legacy. Seeking purpose, he promises a grieving father to bring justice one last time. TAKHA, a commoner and master of manipulation who never had a family, latches onto the winds of rebellion surging through the people in his endless search for power.
Each has a part to play in the coming conflict, but none knows of the danger forgotten by time stirring on the horizon, and it will take a union of starlight, steel, and faith to find salvation.
December 26th – The Knight with Two Swords by Edward M. Erdelac
Before Arthur, There was Uther. Before Lancelot, There was Balin The Savage. Before the Holy Grail could be found…it had to be lost.
Balin grows up revering the memory of his father, a storied knight of the High King Uther’s time. He is held back from following in his footsteps by his mother, a priestess of the old religion whose capitol is the Isle of Avalon. When she is burned at the stake as a witch by fanatics, Balin blames the corrupting influence of Avalon and sets himself against all that is pagan.
A new high king arises; Arthur, whose rule must unite pagan and Christian alike. Sir Balin, now known as The Savage for his ferocity in battle, answers the king’s call for champions, but in his heart, questions the presence of the shadowy wizard Merlin beside the throne. When a vengeful enchantress comes to Camelot bearing a cursed sword that will make Balin the greatest knight in all Albion, but doom him to slay his beloved king, Balin sets out on a long quest that will veer between God and glory, love and madness, justice and revenge, and change the land forever.
December 26th – An Imperial Gambit by Jeffrey L. Kohanek
A new Empire has risen to power. Already in control of the east coast, the Imperial Army sets its sights on Issalia’s western kingdoms. Tensions rise as both sides prepare for war.
What deadly weapon will the Empire develop next?
Brandt and Quinn are espions – part spy, part thief, part assassin. Under false identities, these spies find themselves deeply entrenched within Empire headquarters. There, they gather information, seeking a means to foil the Empire’s plans for conquest.
One misstep by either warden could result in death – their own and thousands of others.
They are joined by a small squad of fellow wardens: Wildcats – warriors trained to fight while powered by magic Rangers – experts in nature, these archers scout enemy forces Gadgeteers – engineers who invent magic-powered machines and weapons Arcanists – those who can wield Chaos – a destructive, rune-based magic
Driven by the core belief that Chaos magic is evil, the Empire seeks to stamp out this scourge. If victorious, Chaos will be outlawed. Those who can wield it…will be executed.
Lives are shaped by decisions, and Ivana’s decisions have destroyed her life.
She finds herself on the streets of Carradon, broken, destitute, and utterly alone. But perhaps not entirely without hope. A man named Elidor comes to her rescue and welcomes her into his home. But Elidor holds secrets of his own.
Lives may turn upon a single moment, and Ivana’s decision to accept the hospitality of this stranger will transform her in ways she never imagined…or feared.
Lady Elizabeth Anne does not know about the dark magic her beloved practices, and he has no intent to tell her. As they travel to his childhood home for the summer, Pierre Salvador attempts to balance his newfound love with his murderous cræft.
After they arrive the future Duc de Piques finds there is much to be done, and duties cannot be put off any longer. A fatal illness is spreading throughout his land, he is being claimed by those of Faery, and someone has already tried to take his life.
But it will take much more to kill a lord of death.
Nothing could’ve prepared Violet for initiation into the Legion of the Phoenix. Perilous. Nightmarish. Deadly. If the training doesn’t kill her, the sly hot shifter probably will for not saving their world from the fanatical cult leader. The lone female apprentice mage, Violet is trapped in the Brotherhood with an army of angels brainwashed to annihilate vampires.
When three wishes offer her deepest desires, she’d should’ve known better than to trust them. Even if she lives through the hellish magic Initiation alongside the harem boy angel, she still must face the vicious Mage Challenge. If she doesn’t, the seductive vampire geek she loves will be kept forever as their pet, whilst her snarky angel lover will be executed, only to be resurrected as a slave.
Violet must fight beside her monstrous half-brother, the prince, who hungers to force the world to kneel…or battle against him to become a hero to those she loves. Either way, dangerous magic is unfurling inside her, and new realms are about to open that threaten them all…
She’s honoring her grandfather’s legacy– one hexbullet at a time!
In Korvana, ancient daemons run rampant, spreading death and terror across the continent. Only the pistol warlocks hold them at bay; gunslingers able to summon lightning at the pull of a trigger, or trap a daemon’s essence with a single word.
Temperance Whiteoak, granddaughter of the famous pistol warlock ‘Brimstone’, travels across the continent, capturing daemons and looking for clues behind her family’s murder. In this debut story, she finds herself assisting with the transport of a dangerous criminal sorcerer. What should have been an easy mission quickly becomes far more than Miss Whiteoak had bargained for. It will take all of her wits, and her bullets, to survive.
January 16th – Mad Bride of the Ripper by Lucas Thorn
‘The Mad Bride of the Ripper’ takes the Victorian Horror Yarn style of the first book in the series and pushes it deeper into the realm of horror fantasy.
Introducing Lucy and Renfield, the Dracula mythos is expanded in a new and exciting way which attempts to pay homage to the cozy horror movies of Hammer and Universal while indulging in a more modern portrayal of violence and themes.
It is a tale of madness. Of death. Occult obsession.
And blood. So much blood…
January 17th – Kings of Ash by Richard Nell
The much anticipated continuation of the Ash and Sand trilogy…
Follow the long, bloody journey of Ruka, son of Beyla through the islands of Pyu and the frozen wastes of the Ascom; see the return home of Ratama Kale Alaku, the ‘Sorcerer-Prince’, and the terrifying rise of his ‘miracles’. Before the end, a shocking history will unravel, ancient connections unfold, and all will learn the cost of unleashing the Kings of Ash…
January 22nd – Trial of Stone by Andy Peloquin
A kingdom of death. A war for power and profit. Young heroes caught in the crossfire.
Kodyn expected hardships along his journey to return a kidnapped girl to her father. Yet harsh deserts and cutthroat bandits prove far less lethal than the foes that await him in Shalandra, the City of the Dead.
In the shadows of golden spires carved from mountain stone, currents of corruption and vice run deep. Priests of the god of death rule with an iron fist, imposing a rigid caste system that elevates some to a life of privilege and condemns others to miserable squalor.
Together with Aisha, a fierce warrior from the north with the mystical ability to speak to the dead, Kodyn must survive the cesspool of high society deceit and betrayal.
Polite smiles hide sharp knives. Killers, criminals, and bloodthirsty cultists lurk around every corner. Can these youths overcome impossible odds to save the realm?
January 22nd – Blue Angel by Phil Williams
She’s touched the underworld. Can she survive its legacy?
Waking on an unfamiliar floor, Pax is faced with two hard truths. A murderous government agency wants her dead – and monsters really do exist. What’s more, her body’s going haywire, which she desperately hopes isn’t a side-effect of her encounters in the city’s tunnels.
To survive, and protect Ordshaw, she’s got to expose who, or what, is behind the chaos – and she can’t do it alone.
But with only the trigger-happy Fae to turn to, Pax’s allies might kill her before her enemies do…
January 25th – Rocks Fall. Everyone Dies by Eddie Skelson
No blurb for this one yet, but Eddie Skelson blends his infamous wit into the fantasy genre for the first time. Expect grouchy characters swearing a lot and generally being their own worst enemies.
January 29th – Never Die by Rob J. Hayes
Ein is on a mission from God. A God of Death.
Time is up for the Emperor of Ten Kings and it falls to a murdered eight year old boy to render the judgement of a God. Ein knows he can’t do it alone, but the empire is rife with heroes. The only problem; in order to serve, they must first die.
Ein has four legendary heroes in mind, names from story books read to him by his father. Now he must find them and kill them, so he can bring them back to fight the Reaper’s war.
January – The War God’s Will by Matt Gilbert
The end of the world is nigh! As time grows short, heroes from two disparate cultures race to find clues to thwart the Dead God’s prophecy of doom. But will surviving each other prove to be their greatest challenge?