Cover Reveal!

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Uproar Books is thrilled to unveil the cover art for the upcoming gothic fantasy Asperfell by Jamie Thomas, launching February 18, 2020!

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The illustration and design work are by the incomparable Khristian M. Collins.

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Black cover blurb:

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Only the darkest and most dangerous of Mages are sentenced to pass through the gate to Asperfell.

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Not one has ever returned.

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Never did Briony dream she might set foot in the otherworldly prison of Asperfell. She was, after all, neither Mage nor criminal. She was simply her father’s little whirlwind—fingers smudged with ink, dresses caked with mud—forever lost in a book or the spirit-haunted woods surrounding her family’s country estate.

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But Briony always had a knack for showing up where she was least expected.

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Only by braving the gate of Asperfell could Briony hope to find the true heir to the throne of Tiralaen and save her kingdom from civil war. And so, she plunges into a world of caged madmen and demented spirits, of dark magic and cryptic whispers… and of a bleak and broken prince with no interest in being rescued.

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Hauntingly beautiful and lavishly told, Asperfell is a must-read for fans of Jane Austen who always wished she’d dabbled in blood magic.

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Advance Review Copies are available in paperback or ebook to reviewers and media outlets. Please contact Rick Lewis for copies, or download now at NetGalley.

The Way Out drops May 2020

Uproar Books secures provocative sci-fi thriller tackling reproductive rights and telepathic children

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Uproar Books has acquired worldwide English language publication rights to The Way Out by Dr. Armond Boudreaux of Statesboro, Ga.

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A science-fiction thriller with a political edge, The Way Out explores a future where artificial wombs are required by law to protect the development of human embryos from conception to birth. The story follows two women—a reporter and a former U.S. Marine—who discover the laws have nothing to do with human health and everything to do with the sudden appearance of children with extraordinary telepathic powers.

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The Way Out is a provocative thrill ride about two amazingly strong women who don’t flinch when it comes to protecting their families or finding the truth,” said Rick Lewis, publisher at Uproar Books. “Behind the action, there are profound questions about who controls your health, your body, and your future. Not just any page-turner can stay with you like this one does.”

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A Humanities professor at East Georgia State College, Dr. Boudreaux draws inspiration from Southern literary giants such as Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner, but with the heavy influence of epic, action-packed authors ranging from George R.R. Martin to Homer. He also writes nonfiction about the ethics and politics of superheroes, including co-authoring the book Titans: How Superheroes Can Help Us Make Sense of a Polarized World (Cascade Books, 2017). Born in Alabama, he now lives in Statesboro, Ga., with his wife and five children.

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The Way Out will launch in the U.S., U.K., and Canada on May 19, 2020. It is the first novel in Forbidden Minds trilogy.

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Unboxing Day

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It’s a thrilling day when an author sees his own novel in print for the very first time!

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Check out Uproar Books author J.R.H. Lawless opening his first box of his debut novel in paperback… delivered by the Millennium Falcon, no less. All and all, he was pretty chill.

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ALWAYS GREENER is available now to reviewers, bloggers, and journalists in paperback or digital ARC. Request yours from Uproar Books by email or download it now on NetGalley.

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Cover Reveal!

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 Uproar Books has set a February 18, 2020, release date for the science-fiction satire Always Greener by J.R.H. Lawless.

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To celebrate, the publisher unveiled the cover to fans via ScifiandScary.com and announced Advance Review Copies are now available in paperback or ebook to reviewers and media outlets.

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Centered on a reality show competition for the world’s worst life, Always Greener explores a world where people gladly hand over all control of their own lives in exchange for the latest technological gadgets and a few minutes of fame.

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“Timely is an understatement,” said Rick Lewis, publisher at Uproar Books. “Mixing the absurd wit of Douglas Adams with the piercing insight of ‘Black Mirror,’ you can’t help but laugh and wince at the same time.”

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On the cover, a disembodied eye attached by the optic nerve directly into a computer monitor in order to watch itself endlessly, capturing the novel’s themes of absurdity, self-obsession, dehumanization, and technology run amok.

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The cover also features a quote from The Maze Runner author James Dashner, who calls the novel: “An absolute joy to read. As clever as it is hilarious, as profound as it is captivating.”

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Back cover blurb:

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LIFE’S BIGGEST VICTIM,

PLEASE STEP UP AND CLAIM YOUR PRIZE!

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A smash-hit reality show is offering a lifetime of luxury to the one person living the world’s worst life, and now everyone is out to prove just how bad they’ve got it.

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Want in? All you’ve got to do is accept ocular implants that let the whole world see life through your eyes, twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week.

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Fortunately, there’s still one person who hasn’t lost faith in all humanity. The show’s ever-smiling host is determined to wring some tiny bit of meaning out of this twisted competition

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and your unhappy existence.

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There has to be a purpose behind all this misery.

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…doesn’t there?

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About the author:

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Born in Newfoundland, Canada, raised in France, and come into his own as an author while living near an 12th century abbey in rural England, J.R.H. Lawless is an attorney by day and a speculative fiction author by night, penning novels and short stories, mostly in adult science fiction with a sharply humorous and occasionally political edge. He now lives and writes in Atlantic Canada with his beautiful family.

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Mr. Lawless is represented by Marisa Corvisiero, founder and senior literary agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency in New York. For more information about Always Greener and its author, visit LawlessAuthor.com.

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About Uproar Books

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Uproar Books, LLC, is a new publisher of science fiction and epic fantasy novels based in Nashville, Tenn. For more information or to submit a manuscript, visit UproarBooks.com.

Meet our new author!

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Washington state author Jamie Thomas secures publication deal for debut Fantasy novel

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 11, 2019) – Uproar Books has acquired worldwide publication rights to Asperfell by Jamie Thomas of Wenatchee, Wash.

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An Adult Fantasy novel told in grand Victorian style, Asperfell is the story of a sharp-tongued, twenty-year-old aristocrat who is arrested and banished for magic she never knew she possessed. Locked away in the prison castle of Asperfell, she must find a way to escape back home with the true heir to the throne in time to save her kingdom and her family.

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“Take the charm and wit of Jane Austen, then add gothic castles and blood magic, and you’ll understand why we are so excited to secure the rights to Jamie’s debut novel and introduce her to the world,” said Rick Lewis, publisher at Uproar Books.

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“While I love all the kick-ass ladies of today’s fantasy novels, I wanted to create a heroine who accomplishes extraordinary things through ordinary means. At the heart of Asperfell is a woman who fights injustice with courage, compassion, and intelligence,” said Thomas. “These are weapons all of us possess, and we should use them liberally because I, for one, do not know how to use a sword, nor do I wish to be arrested for carrying one in public.” 

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A certified Language Arts teacher in the state of Washington, Thomas holds a Master’s degree in English Education and did her graduate research in the area of gender equality in high school literary curriculum. She is an avid lover of Victorian novels and poetry, Gothic Romanticism, and feminist literature, as well as epic female-led fantasy and historical fiction. Thomas aims to smash the patriarchy one novel at a time, creating characters and worlds that inspire, empower, and elevate women. 

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Previously, Thomas studied opera and received her formal training at the University of Montana and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and she still enjoys performing occasionally, as well as teaching vocal technique. She lives in Wenatchee, Washington, with her husband, daughter, two enormous dogs, and two mischievous cats.

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Asperfell will launch in paperback and ebook in early 2020. Thomas is the fourth author to sign with Uproar Books, a Nashville-based publishing company specializing in epic fantasy and science-fiction novels.

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For more information about Asperfell and its author, visit ThatJamieThomas.com.

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Uproar Books gets Lawless

Uproar Books, LLC, has acquired worldwide English rights to the satirical science-fiction novel Always Greener by J.R.H. Lawless.

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In the not-too-distant future when ocular implants allow reality television to be beamed straight into—and out of—the human eye, the competition for world’s worst life is about to begin. How far would you go to prove to the rest of humanity just how bad you’ve got it?

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Completely ridiculous and entirely plausible, Always Greener follows the competition’s ever-smiling host, an equally hopeful and hapless former weatherman, as he attempts to elevate the show and ring meaning out of his own unhappy existence.

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“Insightful and hilarious, Always Greener will leave you laughing and shaking your head at the same time,” said Uproar Books publisher Rick Lewis. “If you can imagine Douglas Adams writing for BLACK MIRROR, you’ll understand exactly why we’re so excited to work with Mr. Lawless and showcase his talents to the world.” 

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“Life is absurd, so how else are you suppose to capture it accurately as an author other than to make fun of it?” said Lawless. “Uproar Books has been a tremendous partner already as I’ve fine-tuned and finalized the manuscript, and I’m thrilled to have them leading the charge as my publisher when Always Greener hits the market this fall.”

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Born in Newfoundland, Canada, raised in France, and come into his own as an author while living near an 12th century abbey in rural England, J.R.H. Lawless is an attorney by day and a speculative fiction author by night, penning novels and short stories, mostly in adult science fiction with a sharply humorous and occasionally political edge. He now lives and writes in Atlantic Canada with his beautiful family.

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Mr. Lawless is represented by Marisa Corvisiero, founder and senior literary agent at the Corvisiero Literary Agency in New York. For more information about Always Greener and its author, visit LawlessAuthor.com.

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Always Greener by J.R.H. Lawless is the third novel from Uproar Books, LLC, a new publisher of science fiction and epic fantasy novels based in Nashville, Tenn.  

Sand Dancer to launch July 1

Uproar Books has set a July 1 launch date for the Young Adult fantasy novel Sand Dancer by Trudie Skies.

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Sand Dancer is the story of a half-starved peasant girl named Mina who must disguise herself as a young nobleman if she hopes to find her father’s killer among the sons of the kingdom’s wealthiest families.

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“It’s a fast-paced adventure wrapped around a heartbreaking dilemma,” said Rick Lewis, publisher at Uproar Books. “When Mina’s pursuit of justice leads her to a new life with a truly loving family, she knows she’ll lose it all if she doesn’t let her father’s killer go free. But can she? Should she?”

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“This is a book about never giving up control of your life, no matter what the world tells you, no matter what life throws at you,” said Skies. “Embrace who you are, and embrace the people who accept you for who you are.”

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Uproar Books also unveiled the cover art by French illustrator Edouard Noisette, along with the novel’s tag line: “One sword. One thousand secrets.”

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Sand Dancer will be available July 1 at all major online retailers for a special launch price of $2.99 for ebook or $16.99 for paperback.

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About the Author

Trudie Skies lives in North East England but was born in Nottingham—Robin Hood country, she says. An IT administrator by day, she spends the majority of her free time imagining warmer climates and writing about them. Her debut novel Sand Dancer will be published July 1, 2019, by Uproar Books. For more information, visit TrudieSkies.com.

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About Sand Dancer

Only monsters summon fire by magic. It’s a sin against the sun god and a crime against the king. The punishment is death.

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But when sixteen-year-old Mina discovers fire magic runs in her family’s blood, it’s just the beginning of the secrets her father has been keeping from her.

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When her father is murdered, this half-starved peasant girl finds herself on the run—pursued across the desert by the soldiers and guards of the noble Houses. To survive, she knows she’ll have to abandon her past and learn the way of the sword. But only boys are allowed to carry a blade. There’s only one solution…

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Disguised as a young nobleman, Mina must make a new life for herself in the heart of her enemies. But she knows she can’t keep up the masquerade forever. With time running out, which will she choose to find—the truth or revenge?

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About Uproar Books

Based in Nashville, Tenn., Uproar Books, LLC, is a new publisher of science fiction and epic fantasy novels. The company’s first novel, Wild Sun by Ehsan Ahmad and Shakil Ahmad, was published in May 2018. Submissions are currently open to agents and unrepresented authors.

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For more information or to submit a manuscript, visit UproarBooks.com.

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Wild Sun to launch May 1

Uproar Books unveils cover, sets launch date for Wild Sun


Sci-fi novel now available for pre-order at discount price


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 12, 2019) – Uproar Books is thrilled to announce May 1 as the launch date for the sci-fi epic Wild Sun by Ehsan Ahmad and Shakil Ahmad. And to celebrate, the company is giving speculative fiction fans their first look at the stunning cover art.



Wild Sun tells the story of the native slaves whose lush forest planet is now ruled by the cruel soldiers of a vast interstellar empire. It is the first book to be brought to market by the new science-fiction and fantasy publishing company Uproar Books.

“This is a book about maintaining hope and heart in dark times, and about the patience and perseverance it takes to keep up the struggle until the moment finally arrives for you to make a difference and change your world,” said Shakil, who created the novel and its universe with his brother Ehsan.

Wild Sun’s ethereal watercolor cover is evocative of the novel’s themes. Artist Kirill Pashkov worked directly with the authors to capture their personal vision—blending nature, beauty, violence, and longing into a haunting work of art.

Following its launch, Wild Sun will be priced at $16.95 for paperback and $6.99 for ebook.

Readers have the opportunity to pre-order the ebook for a special price of $2.99.

About Wild Sun

On a world enslaved, the last embers of hope are fading into an unrelenting darkness. Conquered and broken, the natives are forced to ravage their own lush planet of its natural resources—all for the glory of a mysterious empire they’ve never seen and barely comprehend.

But not all light is lost. In the heart of one young woman alone, the gods have set a flame that cannot be extinguished. Cerrin remains as fierce and unyielding as the planet itself. And her chance to strike is fast approaching.

Above the skies of her home world, soldiers of the empire are welcoming their new civilian commander—a vicious nobleman blinded by hidden ambitions. When the new face of darkness turns its eyes on Cerrin, the fate of countless worlds will change forever.

Wild Sun is the debut novel of the Brooklyn-based Ahmad brothers and will be followed by two additional books in the Wild Sun series.

For more details or to pre-order Wild Sun today, visit TheWildSun.com.

About Uproar Books

Uproar Books, LLC, is a traditional publisher of science fiction and epic fantasy novels. Based in Nashville, Tenn., the company began accepting submissions from speculative fiction authors and their agents in September 2019. Authors selected for publication receive a $1,000 advance.

For more information or to submit a manuscript, visit UproarBooks.com.

Uproar Books signs first authors

New scifi & fantasy publisher inks deals with Ahmad brothers, Trudie Skies


Uproar Books, LLC, has acquired worldwide English rights to the science-fiction novel Wild Sun by Ehsan Ahmad & Shakil Ahmad and the Young Adult fantasy novel Sand Dancer by Trudie Skies.


The Ahmad brothers were the first authors to sign with Uproar Books since the new speculative fiction publisher launched with a call for submissions in September 2018. As the first book in the Wild Sun series, Wild Sun introduces the forest planet Corvos and its enslaved peoples on the cusp of an uprising against an interstellar empire.


Wild Sun is a powerful and deeply personal story of oppression and hope, and I knew right away it was the perfect novel to introduce Uproar Books to the world and show fans of science fiction and fantasy literature what our new publishing company is all about,” said Rick Lewis, founder of Uproar Books.


As its second acquisition, Uproar Books secured the debut novel of British author Trudie Skies. The first book in the Sand Dancer series, Sand Dancer centers on a peasant teenager who must disguise herself as a nobleman in order to learn the way of the sword and avenge the murder of her father.


Sand Dancer is a wild ride, an almost frantically paced adventure, with a fierce and unforgettable female hero trying to stay alive in a darkly magical desert kingdom,” said Lewis. “We’re beyond fortunate—I’d say blessed—to launch this company with such a supremely talented collection of authors right out of the gate.”


About Wild Sun by Ehsan Ahmad & Shakil Ahmad


Wild Sun tells the fast-moving, emotionally powerful story of a defiant young woman named Cerrin whose primitive forest planet is conquered by an alien empire. As a slave in the depths of Mine Three, Cerrin prays every day to the god of war for a chance—any chance—to strike at her enemies. And when that chance comes, the fate of countless worlds will change forever.


“It’s remarkably tight storytelling that leaves the space opera in the background while focusing instead on richly drawn individual characters and the personal crises that drive them each to new levels of despair and, ultimately, heroism,” said Lewis.


“The heart of any good story is the people in it,” said Shakil Ahmad. “We were always intent on writing an intimate journey with real and relatable characters, even if they live on a far-off world under the rule of an alien empire.”


“Science fiction has always appealed to us because of the freedom and flexibility it brings to the storytelling process,” said Ehsan Ahmad. “We can rewrite history or create entire civilizations from whole cloth, but what makes it meaningful, what makes it memorable, what makes it real, is the people who inhabit it.”


Authors Ehsan and Shakil Ahmad simply love the art of storytelling—as audience or creators. It’s a passion they’ve shared since their childhood, growing up in New York City as the first-generation American children of immigrants from Pakistan. Early in life, this passion led Ehsan to travel across four continents to meet the people of countless cultures and hear their stories firsthand. For Shakil, it meant seeking a deeper understanding of human nature through degrees in psychology and social research.


Today, the brothers are back in the city of their birth, working for separate tech startups while collaborating on screenplays and novels. Their debut novel Wild Sun will be published in spring 2019. For more information, visit TheWildSun.com.


About Sand Dancer by Trudie Skies


Sand Dancer is a breathless tale of magic, intrigue, and murder in a desert kingdom where the summoning of fire is a sin punishable by death. When a sixteen-year-old peasant girl named Mina discovers fire magic runs in her family’s blood, she must disguise herself as a young nobleman if she hopes to discover the truth and avenge her father’s murder.


“At the heart of Sand Dancer is a young woman who is frustrated her life seems entirely out of her control,” said Skies. “She struggles constantly, often in self-destructive ways, to escape the demands and expectations of her rigid, male-dominated world. I think that’s a very real and common experience for young women of any era or culture, whether it’s a fantasy kingdom of swords and sorcery or the real world of today.”


Author Trudie Skies lives in North East England but was born in Nottingham—Robin Hood country, she says. An IT administrator by day, she spends the majority of her free time imagining warmer climates and writing about them. Sand Dancer will be published in summer 2019. For more information, visit TrudieSkies.com.


About Uproar Books


Uproar Books, LLC, is a new publisher of science fiction and epic fantasy novels. Based in Nashville, Tenn., the company calls itself the halfway point between self-publishing and a traditional publishing house. The company covers all costs of preparing, publishing, and promoting novels in exchange for a percentage of revenue from digital and print sales.


For more information or to submit a manuscript, visit UproarBooks.com.