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We're giving thanks for our excellent line-up of novellas this month! Redwall meets Unforgiven in Daniel Polansky's The Builders, a gritty tale of vengeance featuring a one-eyed mouse called the Captain and his company of killer critters. Fans of Celtic fantasy will love Domnall and the Borrowed Child by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, which follows a cranky but capable fairy scout who undertakes a dangerous quest to save a fae child who has fallen deathly ill. And Michael R. Underwood launches his Genrenauts series with The Shootout Solution, the perfect read for anyone who's wished they could leap into the world of their favorite story and become a character on the page.

As always, all of our titles are available worldwide in ebook, paperback, and audio format, simultaneously and DRM free.

THE BUILDERS by Daniel Polansky

The Builders

Daniel Polansky

A missing eye.
A broken wing.
A stolen country.

The last job didn't end well.

Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain's company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost. But now the Captain's whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score.

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About the Author

Author of the critically-acclaimed Low Town series, Daniel Polansky was born in Baltimore in 1984. He was living in Brooklyn when he wrote this, but by the time you read it he might be somewhere else.


Domnall and the Borrowed Child

Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

The best and bravest faeries fell in the war against the Sluagh, and now the Council is packed with idiots and cowards. Domnall is old, aching, and as cranky as they come, but as much as he'd like to retire, he's the best scout the Sithein court has left.

When a fae child falls deathly ill, Domnall knows he's the only one who can get her the medicine she needs: Mother's milk. The old scout will face cunning humans, hungry wolves, and uncooperative sheep, to say nothing of his fellow fae!

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About the Author

Sylvia Spruck Wrigley was born in Germany and spent her childhood in Los Angeles. She emigrated to Scotland where she guided German tourists around the Trossachs and searched for the supernatural. She now splits her time between South Wales and Andalucia where she writes about plane crashes and faeries, which have more in common than most people might imagine. Her fiction was nominated for a Nebula in 2013 and her short stories have been translated into over a dozen languages.

The Shootout Solution by Michael R. Underwood

The Shootout Solution: Genrenauts Episode One

Michael R. Underwood

Leah Tang just died on stage. Well, not literally. Not yet.

Leah's stand-up career isn't going well. But she understands the power of fiction, and when she's offered employment with the mysterious Genrenauts Foundation, she soon discovers that literally dying on stage is a hazard of the job!

Her first assignment takes her to a Western world. When a cowboy tale slips off its rails, and the outlaws start to win, it's up to Leah—and the Genrenauts team—to nudge the story back on track and prevent a catastrophe on Earth.

But the story's hero isn't interested in winning, and the safety of Earth hangs in the balance...

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About the Author

Michael R. Underwood has circumnavigated the globe, danced the tango with legends and knows why Thibault cancels out Capo Ferro. He also rolls a mean d20. His novels include Geekomancy, Celebromancy and Shield and Crocus. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and an ever-growing library, and when he's not writing/gaming/living the dream he's the North American Sales and Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books. He's also part of the Hugo-nominated podcast, The Skiffy and Fanty Show.

Tear Tracks

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You'll have to wait until next summer to get your hands on Malka Older's near-future political thriller Infomocracy, but you can read her first story for now. "Tear Tracks" is a first contact story featuring Flur, a brilliant young woman who traveled across the stars to make first contact with the Cyclopes. She hopes to forge a peace treaty between humanity and the first sentient aliens they've discovered, and has undergone careful training and study to prepare for this moment. But what if her approach is too human?


All of our current titles are available as audiobooks from Macmillan Audio, featuring acclaimed narrators like Welcome to Nightvale actor Kevin R. Free, Robin Miles, and Tim Gerard Reynolds. Named one of the "Best Voices" in audio by Audiofile magazine, Reynolds lends his brogue to Domnall and the Borrowed Child, bringing Domnall and all of the lively characters around him to life. You can listen to all of the excerpts from the audiobook editions of our books here, or check out Macmillan Audio's Publishing playlist on Soundcloud.

Up next: What happens to children who travel to fantastical worlds once the story ends? Many of them end up at Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, the setting of Seanan McGuire's forthcoming novella Every Heart a Doorway (April 2016). We're thrilled to announce we've acquired two more books in this portal fantasy survivor series: Down Among the Sticks and Bones will follow Every Heart a Doorway in 2017.

We also have a new book coming from Kai Ashante Wilson, whose novella The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps was recently named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2015. A Taste of Honey is set in the same world as The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, and will arrive in Fall 2016. And we've acquired two novels from Ruthanna Emrys set in the world of her short story "The Litany of Earth": Winter Tide and Deep Roots will expand Emrys's groundbreaking vision of the Cthulhu mythos.

Speaking of subversive Lovecraftian fantasy, check out the cover and first excerpt from Victor LaValle's The Ballad of Black Tom at io9! And take to the high seas with a first look at The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster at The Book Smugglers. Keep an eye out for more excerpts from our winter list appearing this month!


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