Announcing Soleri, a brand-new epic fantasy series from best selling author Michael Johnston!

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You may know Michael Johnston: He co-wrote the Heart of Dread series with his wife, New York Times Best Selling Author Melissa de la Cruz:

This week, Tor announced that they will begin publishing Johnston's debut stand-alone series, the epic fantasy Soleri, in Spring 2017.

Soleri is described in the press release as being "inspired by the history of ancient Egypt and the tragic story of King Lear and tells the story of a rebellious king, his ambitious daughters, his lost son, their secrets and struggles for dynastic supremacy."

Well, I've gotten my hands on a press release, and here's a little MORE information to get us all excited!!!

Regarding the series, for which Tor has picked up two books to date, Tor Executive Editor Robert Gleason stated, “We are very proud to be publishing Michael Johnston’s solo debut series, Soleri. Of course so many books are compared to Game of Thrones these days, and we won’t do that, although we do believe with its classic tale of empire ascension, a diverse cast with strong female heroines, and depth of historical research in its intricate world building, it is a worthy addition to the genre.”

Author Michael Johnston also shed a little extra light on the series, stating, “I wrote Soleri because I wanted to find a way to merge my interests in history and architecture with my love of epic fantasy...In the end, the series is about a family, and it’s a very personal story drawn on a large canvas. I’m excited to work with legendary editor Robert Gleason and to be publishing my first solo fantasy series with Tor, whose slate of science fiction and fantasy novels I have admired from afar for many years.”

I, for one, am excited to hear more about this series in the new year. Ancient Egypt? King Lear??? Okay, YES, PLEASE!!!

Add it to your TBR on Goodreads now
and keep an eye out for more info on this new epic fantasy!

About the Author
Michael earned a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University. Seeking a way to merge his interests in architecture and history with his love of fantasy, he wrote and researched Soleri, with the project taking four years to complete. He has since shut down his successful architecture practice to write full-time. He is also the co-author of the young adult Heart of Dread trilogy (FROZEN, STOLEN, and GOLDEN) written with his wife, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.  
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O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  FROZEN: Heart of Dread, Book One
Author: Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Release Date: Sept. 17, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic. 

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows. 

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light. 

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.