Coming Soon from Ring of Fire Press
Tales from the Mermaid & Tiger: Engines of Change
by Kevin H. Evans and Karen C. Evans
Release Date: September 20, 2020
In 1636, near the docks in Copenhagen, a new and unusual tavern opened. What makes the tavern unique is food and drink reputed to come from the far future. The establishment promotes optimism and new ideas, and quickly becomes a center of innovation. Sailors, workmen, scholars, spies—noble and commoner alike—flock to The Mermaid and Tiger.
Momentous things have been happening in Copenhagen. An airship was built and ventured off to the far port of Tranquebar. A great war was concluded, if not in victory then at least not in outright defeat. A Danish prince will even become the future emperor of the United States of Europe. There was work to do and money to be made!
Into this tumult a young man from New Spain is thrust. Diego gets a job as the chocolatero of The Mermaid and Tiger, and works with Reva Pridmore to develop chocolate like she remembered from up-time. In the process, he meets and hears stories from others who have adapted the airship steam engines to solve their problems. Soon, there will be an engine in every shop, it seems.
Diego’s world—everyone’s world—is changing, and nowhere are tales being told like those in The Mermaid and Tiger.
Stand By for Mars
by Carey Rockwell
With new Introduction by Eric Flint
Release Date: September 20, 2020
In the year 2338, humanity is united in the Solar Alliance, with representatives from Earth, Mars, Venus and the larger satellites such as Titan, Ganymede and Luna. Peace is maintained by the Solar Guard, whose officers are taken from the Space Academy.
Tom Corbett enrolls as a cadet in the Academy, and is teamed up with two other cadets. The Space Academy’s tradition is that cadets work as a threesome, and are judged by how well they do as a unit. Tom gets along very well with the big Venusian cadet Astro, but both he and Astro have trouble with Roger Manning. As time passes, they realize that there is some dark secret in Manning’s past which he refuses to share with anyone.
Then, while on a training mission, they are dispatched to rescue a disabled spaceship. They attempt to bring the ship to a safe harbor on Mars after the crew is evacuated, but the damage is too extensive and they crash-land. Now the three cadets will have to learn to work together—or they will all die together on the barren sands of the red planet.
by Tom Doyle
Release Date: October 1, 2020
Eris is a charismatic spy with a violent borderline personality and emotional amnesia—she doesn’t remember her loyalties. This allows her to pass from world to world without mental scanners detecting her long-term intentions, making her a “border crosser.”
The Asylum cabal has artificially amplified Eris’s condition so that she’ll cause interstellar chaos for the limited time she survives. When Eris discovers the Asylum’s manipulation of her, she sets out to find its hidden leaders and destroy them.
From decadent old Earth to the frontier estates of Mars, Eris hunts her first quarry, the Asylum’s architect of genocides. But when her chase leads her out to the stars, she discovers still deadlier dangers from humanity’s past and her own. As she fights these galaxy-spanning nightmares, Eris must also struggle to recover her own mind.
As Eris would say, “The only thing necessary for interstellar evil to triumph is for brilliant and sexy killer me ever to stop, darling.”
Jamaica Blue Magic
by Kathleen Moffre-Spoor and Ryk E. Spoor
Release Date: October 8, 2020
Revenants Never Let Go…
… yet Dylan, monster-hunter-turned-revenant, was finally accepting his wife Anna was gone, and a Jamaican vacation was supposed to help – getting him away from O’Reily’s coffeehouse and secret halfway house for monsters, giving him a chance to face his past and, just maybe, accept it.
But a murdered European vampire, an ancient fae godslayer, and the demon who destroyed Dylan’s mortal family turn his vacation into a race against time. Even with help from his friend Louis, the murdered man’s fae wife Aphrodite, and sword-wielding enigma Jared Engelshand, Dylan may ultimately have to battle a living weapon that killed the gods themselves — in a body become suddenly mortal under a demon’s highly ironic curse.
The Dragon’s Boy
by David Carrico
Release Date: October 15, 2020
Growing up in a small village, Evann is curious about everything, and drives everybody crazy with his endless questions. Eventually, he runs off, seeking answers wherever they might be found.
The first place he finds some of them is when he encounters the dragon Rufous, who is almost as curious as he is. One of the things he discovers is rather appalling—dragons can breathe fire, but only after they’ve consumed human blood. Fortunately, Rufous is not inclined in that direction.
As their friendship deepens, they find trouble together in the form of another dragon, Rufous’ enemy Moriach. At the Dragon Conclave where a new ruler of the dragons is to be selected, Moriach’s fire-breathing prowess makes him the leading candidate. But after Evann lets Rufous drink some of his blood, his dragon emerges from the contest as the winner and new Solon.
Moriach’s resentment leads him to ally with an evil wizard. So Evann and Rufous still have a fight on their hands—and one that will require the boy to develop magic powers to match those of the wizard. Which he thinks he can do, because he’s not just any boy. He’s the dragon’s boy.