Authors to Watch in 2022

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Authors to Watch in 2022

Get the scoop on what to look forward to in the new year!

Books #9-12 in Finn’s Saint Tommy NYPD series should be coming out next year from Silver Empire Press. They have already been submitted to the publisher, and #9 already has a cover. 
 

Tuscany Bay Press will be releasing the first three books of his space opera series White Ops beginning January 18th.

And, a treat for his Patreon subscribers, Finn will be developing a sequel series to his vampire romance Honor at Stake, called Honeymoon from Hell. Book one, The Neck Romancer, will be released one chapter at a time.

 Volumes 6 & 7 of Light Unto Another World are already written, with a projected Kickstarter launch  for volumes 6-10 sometime in the winter.

Merkin will also continue working on his manga project, Amaranth Angels, and plans to crowdfund the first volume of that later in the year.

Yakov Merkin Author
Paula Richey Author

The third issue of Richey’s comic SoulBound is slated for release next year.

She will also be working  on the sequel to Penance, however, no release date has been announced yet for the follow-up to her beloved superhero novel.

Hellene is putting the finishing touches on The Final Home, the third book in his Swordbringer series. He expects to release it in the first quarter of the year.

A similar release time is planned for his Pulp Rock anthology–a collection of stories inspired by music.

Alexander Hellene Author
L. Jagi Lamplighter Author

Lamplighter plans to publish the sixth book in her magic school series Books of Unexpected Enlightenment.

She has also hinted at the possibility of another Fantastic Schools anthology!

Robinson plans to continue work on a “space pioneers” story in the new year, and, of course, his much anticipated sequel to The Mummy of Monte Cristo.

He also just finished a “cheesy Christmas romcom” and hopes to have it published for next Christmas!

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TJ Marquis Author

Marquis hopes to put out another novella in the gamelit / litRPG genre. He is also working to finish Arc Legacy 2 and the third Hero’s Metal book.

The second and third books of Revelation Galaxy may also be finished and the entire series released!

Tell us your picks for authors to watch in 2022!

Is there anyone you are excited to hear from in the new year? Let us know in the comments!

Are you an author with goals for 2022?

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Christmas Scavenger Hunt 2021 Roundup

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Christmas Scavenger Hunt 2021 Roundup

Check out our favorite quotes from the hunt for Christmas-themed snippets from SF/F

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We hosted this holiday game on Twitter using #PeriapsisChristmas as a fun opportunity to promote indie authors in the speculative fiction genres from Dec. 6 through Christmas. You can check out our original announcement here.

Read on to discover popular, festive, and intriguing quotes found by our participants!

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Calendar 2021

Festive!

I enjoyed this quote from L. Jagi Lamplighter, which I think captures well the magic of the season with its reference to both a star (the word of the day) and wishes.

I like this quote from Arthur Machen, too! Has a very Christmas-morning vibe.

Most Popular

This quote from Tim Power's Declare was the most liked tweet of the game.

Intriguing Quotes

A number of great snippets that leave us wanting more! I had some trouble narrowing it down; there were so many good ones!

Hope you enjoyed playing our Christmas scavenger hunt with us!

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The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin Review

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Here at the Periapsis Press blog, we only post reviews of works we recommend, so you already know I enjoyed The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin. I encourage you to check it out!

The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin Publisher Description:

Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts – A magic school like no other!

Nestled amidst the beauty of New York’s Hudson Highlands and hidden from the eyes of the Unwary, Roanoke Academy is a place of magic and wonder. It offers everything a young sorceress could desire—enchantments, flying brooms, and the promise of new friendships.

On her first day of school, Rachel Griffin discovers her perfect memory gives her an unexpected advantage. With it, she can see through the spell sorcerers use to hide their secrets. Very soon, she discovers that there is a far-vaster secret world hiding from the Wise, precisely the same way that the magical folk hide from the mundane folk.

When someone tries to kill a fellow student, she investigates. Rushing forward where others fear to tread, Rachel bravely faces wraiths, embarrassing magical pranks, mysterious older boys, a Raven that brings the doom of worlds, and at least one fire-breathing teacher.

“Supernatural meets Narnia at Hogwarts”, The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin is a tale of wonder and danger, romance and heartbreak, and, most of all, of magic and of a girl who refuses to be daunted.

Curiosity may kill a cat, but nothing stops Rachel Griffin!

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Review: The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter

The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin is a delightful magic school tale of fast friendships, secrets, and parallel worlds. Rachel sets out on a quest for knowledge and ends up getting more than she bargained for in this first installment of the Books of Unexpected Enlightenment series.

This review contains minor spoilers.

The Wizarding World of Rachel Griffin

Any book in the magic school genre will inevitably be compared to Harry Potter, and in this case I feel that it is appropriate. Rachel Griffin is a young, enthusiastic protagonist who must apply her limited practical skills against older opponents intent on destroying her world.

Rachel must face bullies, true baddies, and, of course, school work with courage and determination. The magical academy is divided into groups defined ostensively by scholarly interests, but practically they have many of the usual prejudices, conventions, and legacies. This includes Drake Hall, the “bad” group full of uppity rich kids and conniving schemers.

However, Lamplighter’s execution of the genre’s expectations is faithful without becoming tiresome or predictable. The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin delivers all of the wonder of the early Harry Potter books, while presenting something enticingly unique.

Deeper Characters

The young characters in this story are well-developed and possess a pleasant level of depth that goes beyond the simple “smart,” “looney,” “forgetful,” “funny,” or “bully” descriptors. Instead, their motivations and aspirations differentiate them. Rachel wants to know and share secrets. Nastasia desires to meet others’ expectations of her, particularly by following the rules. Siggy wants to perform great (and awesome!) deeds of heroism. Valerie Hunt, girl reporter, wants her friends to be able to rely on her as she uncovers the truth. Vladimir Von Dread wants to be able to protect others through his own power.

This emphasis on motivations gives particular complexity to the students in the “bad” group that was never quite fully realized in Harry Potter. Power is a means to an end, and those who seek power are not by necessity evil.

And this point in not merely flavor, but inserts uncertainty into Rachel’s relationships, thus impacting the plot. It results in greater tension surrounding the mysteries she is trying to solve, since it is unclear who can be trusted, even when there are underlying assumptions about their loyalties, friend or foe. This is much more satisfying than a bully (student or teacher) who merely wants to embarrass the main character due to a personal grudge and who is otherwise relatively flat. Of course, the latter is always good for schadenfreude and is also employed to good effect.

Consistent Protagonist

The main character Rachel is particularly well-crafted. I really appreciated her clear thinking and believable emotions. She is by no means a robot, but she exerts more self-control than your typical lead, male or female, reigning in emotional urges to lash out, gloat, and fall in love in a way that made her both sympathetic and worthy of my respect as a reader. I can trust this kind of character to behave in consistent ways, making plot twists so much more satisfying when they flip my predictions and exceed my expectations.

Well-delivered Plot

The storyline of The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin is a bit typical. Rachel must use her knowledge and skills to identify the source of a threat—one that easily outstrips any student-level conflict—and face it with courage and a determination to protect her friends.

As in most magic school stories, adults are necessarily too busy, stupid, prejudiced, or evil to be relied upon. It is unfortunate that Rachel’s inner conflict pivoted around the issue of obeying adults, closing in a thematic climax of suboptimal conclusions. Still, that has always been a weakness of the genre.

More positive is the shift away from an epic fate that casts Rachel in a dichotomy of good vs. evil. I’ve always been a fan of stories that depict people holding the line against evil through diligent choices to do the right thing. Rachel consistently chooses to help and protect her friends.

She accomplishes this through thoughtful contributions within her means. The climax of the story does not have her facing off alone against a villain, but rather applying what she has learned to provide timely and vital assistance to more skilled allies, including older students and adults. The resulting conclusion was satisfying and meaningful without imposing on my suspension of disbelief.

Setting and Sci-fi

The setting of this story also has a crafted feel, with enough details about the world of the Wise to provide context, but not so many that the plot becomes bogged down with worldbuilding. The location of the school is beautifully described and gives it a more concrete sense of place.

There are some really intriguing sci-fi elements, too, including strange, parallel worlds or dimensions and a little alternate history. I am interested to know more about how and why Christianity has been removed from the public’s conscious, leaving only traces in the lexicon such as the word “steeple.”

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The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin is a fun magic school adventure that delivers on the expectations of the genre in unique ways. I am eager to read more about the exploits of Rachel Griffin and her friends in the rest of the Books of Unexpected Enlightenment!

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