I’m running late getting this newsletter out. I’d apologize except it’d be insincere. I make my living as an author, not a publisher, and I was up against a very tight deadline on my latest novel. (That’s 1637: No Peace Beyond the Line, which I co-authored with Chuck Gannon. It’s coming out in November.) — Eric Flint
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I have some great news with regard to Ring of Fire Press. First of all, we’ve expanded enough that we’re moving from producing two books a month to three books a month. We’ll be publishing a new book on the 1st, 10th and 20th of every month, starting… well, yesterday.
Secondly, Cecelia Holland has agreed to let us publish some of her novels. For those of you not familiar with her, she is and has been for decades one of the world’s premier authors of historical fiction. She also occasionally writes F&SF novels.
“Cecelia Holland knows history. More impressive is the way she understands human motivations. A wonderful writer.” – David Drake
The first novel of hers we’ll be publishing is The Heart of the World, on September 10th. This is for all intents and purposes a new novel, not a reissue. Cecelia started to self-publish it a few weeks ago and then decided to let Ring of Fire Press publish it instead.
Here is her bibliography:
After Hastings, by Steven H Silver. Harold’s defeat of William the (Would-be) Conqueror at Hastings starts a cascade of events, which soon lead to a conflict with the Roman church. Before long, the deepening conflict threatens to engulf the entire Christian world—and even those beyond it.
Blood’s Cost, by David Carrico. This is the concluding volume in the duology that David began with Blood’s Call. Duncan corNial, an exiled highlands clansman trained in the powers of a mysterious religious order, sets out to restore the rightful heir to the throne of the city of Nika and avenge his murdered brother in the process.
The Mask of Ares, by Ryk E. Spoor. This is the first book in Godswar, a new series by Ryk. A monstrous impostor has taken the place of the God of War, and begins to orchestrate an ending to Aegeia itself. Four adventurers set out to thwart him—but assassins are soon on their trail. The false Ares knows they are coming.
The Demons of Constantinople, by Eric Flint, Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett. This is the sequel to The Demons of Paris. In the year 1372, the space-time continuum has been breached and demons spill from the netherworld into the human one. Teenagers from the future along with allies they’ve made—human and supernatural—travel to Constantinople in hopes of finding a way to close the demon rift.
We’ve got more volumes forthcoming:
Perfection, by Marella Sands. This volume continues the story begun in Perdition and Purgatory, both published by Ring of Fire Press.
Baton Rouge is the most alien place agent Delilah Thorn has ever been. Everything from the local cuisine to the alligators to the French-speaking populace works to keep her off-balance. Thorn is surrounded by potential enemies, a religion she does not understand, and deceit. Can she succeed in sorting through the conflicting information to understand why Louisiana has begun closing its death camps and has started to forge its own way independent of the rest of the Confederacy?
Dane Rook has finally been cleared to go into the field full-time. Though it means time away from his personal life, he is excited to get back to what he does best, this time in a place he’s never before visited: Louisiana. He is to be back-up to his old partner, Delilah Thorn. But forces conspire to keep them apart and his mission appears to be over before it even begins.
The bayous hold many secrets, and their waters are deep and dark. Can Rook find Thorn, and together, can they determine who is friend, who is foe, and do their part to support those trying to bring Louisiana out of the darkness?
The Newton Cipher, by Steve Ruskin. Historian Trina Piper is summoned to the British Library to authenticate a coded manuscript believed to be authored by none other than Isaac Newton himself. At the same time, London finds itself in the grip of a series of ghastly murders.
When a malicious Russian scholar appears and demands the manuscript, Trina becomes the target of his wrath. She soon realizes that Newton’s papers and the terrible murders are connected, and both hint at something far more ominous: a secretive Order dedicated to reviving alchemy for sinister purposes.
Caught between ancient magic and a shadowy cabal, Trina must find a way to save not only herself, but all of London. With the help of Ulrik Stander, a handsome and resourceful agent from Interpol’s Art and Artifacts Division, she rushes from Westminster’s fog-filled alleyways to the hallowed halls of Cambridge University in a race to prevent a forgotten seventeenth-century plague from being unleashed on modern London.
As Big Ben ticks down, she discovers that Isaac Newton carried a secret so dark he buried it beneath layers of stone and forbidden magic. But now the secret is out and people are dying.
Will Trina have enough time to solve the mystery before disaster strikes?
A Red Son, Not Without Honor, by John Deakins. This is our latest entry in the Ring of Fire series, also known as the 1632 series.
The story begun in A Red Son Rises in the West continues. Eliezer and Arrow St. Clair have established a homestead and forge on the Hudson, near West Point. An exiled Mohawk youth, Green-Star-Passes, takes refuge with them, along with his companion Willow Branch, an escaped Susquehannock slave-woman.
The once-distant troubles of the region come home when the nearby Dutch colony of New Amsterdam erupts in a civil war. Eliezer and Arrow decide to resettle in Mohawk country, leaving the forge to Green-Star-Passes and Willow Branch. A grueling boat-trip upstream delivers Eliezer, Arrow, and their three children to Mohawk country, where Eliezer impresses the Mohawks with his metal-working and crossbows.
Then smallpox erupts, and Eliezer and Arrow must fight the growing epidemic in the face of hostility from powerful shamans. Nor is disease the only danger threatening the Iroquois, who must also deal with expanding white settlement and new technology.
Eliezer and Arrow St. Clair have found a home with the Mohawks, but the future remains uncertain for all of them.
The Portals of Hell, by Nathan Dodge. Davin is good at math and science, inconsequential to his military family, where his older brother will soon become commander of the Army of the Republic. His father once conquered the southern land—and now his youngest son has flunked out of Academy, a complete failure as a cadet.
But something else is going on in Davin’s life. Why does he sometimes have visions and dreams of terrible events, war, and strange, exotic and deadly creatures? After returning home, a Hellport opens nearby, spilling out monsters that kill and maim—and he had a premonition of the event!
He is tested for a Gift, the ability to control God’s own Power, and the result is terrifying. He begins a quest to find answers to his many questions. Before he finds them, he will face more Hellport monsters, overcome an army, and find a new home among mountain tribes who will help him discover his destiny.