It's time to celebrate our bestsellers for the second half of 2018! It's mostly newer releases this time, with a dash of some of our long-time bestsellers. There was even a little shifting in the All-Time Bestsellers list to make room for Wendy Nikel's popular time travel novellas. (And we're happy to say we'll have the third in that series ready for you in early 2019.)
Want to see how this list stacks up to last year? See the December 2017 bestseller list here. The first half of 2018 can be found here. Below, you'll find our top 10 bestsellers for the second half of 2018, as well as a list of our top 10 bestsellers of all time. Is your favorite on these lists? Let us know in the comments!
A few notes on these rankings:
Top 10 Bestsellers: 2nd Half 2018
Top 10 All-Time Bestsellers, 2012-present
Last month, we led the Twitter chat #SolarpunkChat, an initiative helmed by Upper Rubber Boot Books to discuss optimistic environmental science fiction. It's happening again on December 15, 2018, from 12-1 Eastern Time Zone, so please join this month's conversation! Just use the hashtag to participate in the chat.
November's discussion was about worldbuilding a solarpunk setting in winter. Check out some of the highlights from the chat below!
Are you writing a solarpunk story set in winter? That's what we'll be looking for with our next anthology, GLASS AND GARDENS: SOLARPUNK WINTERS! Submissions open January 1, 2019 to March 1, 2019. See the full guidelines here: Opening for Submissions Soon: Solarpunk Winters
Looking for some solarpunk stories to read? Check out GLASS AND GARDENS: SOLARPUNK SUMMERS and SOLARPUNK: ECOLOGICAL AND FANTASTICAL STORIES IN A SUSTAINABLE WORLD.
Guest Blog by Jennifer Lee Rossman
I started this book three years ago, almost to the day. It feels like so much longer, but at the same time, it all happened so fast.
Three years ago, I was extremely depressed. I'd almost died from "female issues" a few months before, and I had no purpose, no direction, no idea what I was supposed to do with my life. I'd never been published, never even finished a short story that I thought was good enough for people to read.
In the three years since I thought "what if I put superheroes in space?", I've learned that I'm autistic. I've learned that my body doesn't like having many female hormones. I've learned that it's okay to admit that you're struggling.
The person I was three years ago did not believe she would have a book published. I don't think she even thought she would be alive today.
She was an angry, miserable, lost person, and I'm thankful every day that I don't have to be her anymore. Being treated for ADHD gave me the confidence to write this book, and everything else I've had published in the last three years, which in turn gave me the confidence to make friends, find my true self, and -- most importantly -- tell my doctors that I thought something was wrong with my hormones.
At the same time, though, I love me from three years ago. She didn't think she could write and she felt like the world was collapsing on her, but that girl wrote a dang novel anyway. And a pretty good one, people tell me.
My book is about freaks, and about finding the people who love and care about you even when you can't love yourself. I've had my share of those people by my side since I started writing Freakshow -- family, friends, doctors, editors -- and I think I can finally add Current Me to that list.
Jack Jetstark travels the universe to seek out the descendants of superpowered freaks created long ago by VesCorp scientists. The vibrations encoded in a particular song transform the members of Jack’s crew into a firebreather and an angel, a wildman and telepathic conjoined triplets, so they hide the truth of who they really are with the theatrics of a carnival.
The song plays every night through the receptor Jack carries with them, but when one night it has a different ending and their temporary powers become permanent, Jack believes the change is a signal from the woman who sent him on this quest in the first place. He and his freaks must navigate a universe at war to protect the love of his life.
But does the ruler of VesCorp really need protecting?
If you are interested in science fiction that incorporates superheroes, carnivals, space, and much more, then grab yourself a copy! JACK JETSTARK'S INTERGALACTIC FREAKSHOW is out in ebook and paperback today, December 4, 2018!
WHAT EARLY READERS ARE SAYING
"…a femme fatale noir story with a feel-good gloss. The characters are endearing, even the baddies…Space opera fans who enjoy a generous helping of antics and drama will revel in this adventure."
"Filled with themes of acceptance, hope, activism, and friendship, Jack Jetstark’s Intergalactic Freakshow is a jaunty debut…readers will root for Jack and company and will look for more from Rossman."
"An epic space adventure full of fascinating characters, pulse-pounding action, and wicked twists. I'm ready to run away with this circus!"
"…a great novel that blends superheroes and sci-fi in a delightful way, with a carnival freak show thrown in for good measure. These aren’t heroes in costumes, but powered individuals who use their abilities for the good of the universe. It’s full of twists and turns, betrayals and unlikely alliances, and an overall message of chosen family being one of the most powerful forces in the universe."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Lee Rossman is a disabled and autistic freak, and proudly so. Her work has been featured in many anthologies and her debut novella, Anachronism, was published by Kristell Ink in 2018. She blogs
at http://jenniferleerossman.blogspot.com/ and tweets @JenLRossman.
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