The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler

By Jason Sizemore
on June 21, 2016

The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler

the kraken sea

E. Catherine Tobler’s newest novella The Kraken Sea is now available for purchase! A dark supernatural fantasy tale about family, fitting in, and individuality, it is a rich and imaginative story enjoyed by both YA and adult audiences. The Kraken Sea is available in both print and eBook.

Tobler is the Senior Editor of Shimmer Magazine and author of Rings of Anubis.  Her short fiction has appeared in ClarkesworldLightspeed, and on the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award ballot. Find her online at www.ecatherine.com and @ecthetwit.

“Fifteen-year-old Jackson is different from the other children at the foundling hospital. Scales sometimes cover his arms. Tentacles coil just below his skin. Despite this Jackson tries to fit in with the other children. He tries to be normal for Sister Jerome Grace and the priests. But when a woman asks for a boy like him, all that changes. His name is pinned to his jacket and an orphan train whisks him across the country to Macquarie’s.

At Macquarie’s, Jackson finds a home unlike any he could have imagined. The bronze lions outside the doors eat whomever they deem unfit to enter, the hallways and rooms shift and change at will, and Cressida – the woman who adopted him – assures him he no longer has to hide what he is. But new freedoms hide dark secrets. There are territories, allegiances, and a kraken in the basement that eats shadows.

As Jackson learns more about the new world he’s living in and about who he is, he has to decide who he will stand with: Cressida, the woman who gave him a home and a purpose, or Mae, the black-eyed lion tamer with a past as enigmatic as his own. The Kraken Sea is a fast paced adventure full of mystery, Fates, and writhing tentacles just below the surface, and in the middle of it all is a boy searching for himself.”

We are proud to see great reviews coming in from various reviewers, including Publisher’s Weekly!  They had wonderful things to say about it, and we hope you will too!

“Shifting supernatural borderlands inspire awe and ancient gods mirror very human desires in a fear fable that balances complex philosophy with relentless, image-packed action. Tobler creates a fluid, transformative universe that’s equal parts exhilaration and terror.”

–Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review)

Go snag a copy now!  We'd say they will sell like hotcakes, but they will probably sell more like delicious, delicious calamari.

Order today from the Apex store or one of our many fine vendors!
http://www.apexbookcompany.com/products/the-kraken-sea

Two new reviews! Two new preorders!

By Lesley Conner
on April 08, 2016

Book reviews are beautiful things. Getting two reviews from Publishers Weekly on Apex’s upcoming releases is amazing!

This morning I came across Publishers Weekly’s reviews for Freeze/Thaw by Chris Bucholz and The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler. Since the word is getting out about these wonderful books, we decided the time was right to open preorders and give you a chance to snag both books at fantastic prices!

Freeze/Thaw by Chris Bucholz will be out in May. This is second novel by Bucholz that Apex has had the pleasure to publish and we are extremely excited to share this new sci-fi adventure with you! Want to know more? Check out Publishers Weekly’s review.

About Freeze/Thaw:

The Shade, a set of micro-satellites designed to stop global warming, worked.

A little too well.

The Earth is icing over and no one knows how to shut the Shade off. Every attempt in the last thirty years has failed and humanity is nearly out of options to regain a world that isn’t covered in snow. Gabe Alfil may be the only person alive with enough expertise in quantum computing to solve the problem, but a hiking accident a decade earlier has left him paralyzed. In a world where most people scavenge the wreckage left in the Shade’s shadow to survive, there aren’t many resources for those who can’t go out and take them. But there is a solution to Gabe’s problem, if he’s willing to work with the military. Strapped into an exoskeleton, Gabe will travel with a military patrol to a lost computing facility where the off-switch for the Shade may lay. But a group of eco-terrorists has other plans. Between chases across the frozen landscape, kidnapping attempts, and computer hijacking, Gabe quickly realizes that not everyone wants to save the world. Can anybody be trusted?

Sound good? It is! And if you preorder, it can be yours for 40% off the cover price! That makes Freeze/Thaw only $9.57!

*turns on infomercial voice*

But wait! We have more! From now until Freeze/Thaw is released on May 17th, you can get both of Chris Bucholz’s novels for only $20! That’s two sci-fi adventures – Severance and Freeze/Thaw – for only $10 each!

Order now!

*turns off infomercial voice*

I’ve always wanted to do that, but seriously if you haven’t picked up a copy of Severance yet, this is chance to get two great books at one low price.

If Publisher’s Weekly’s review of Freeze/Thaw wasn’t enough to put a smile on every face in the Apex office this morning, pairing it with a starred review of The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler definitely was.

That’s right, I said starred review! You can read the review here.

The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler is coming out June 21st. Mixing history and dark fantasy, this novella is set in Tobler’s traveling circus universe, telling the story of Jackson, the circus’s founder.

About The Kraken Sea:

Fifteen year old Jackson is different from the other children at the foundling hospital. Scales sometimes cover his arms. Tentacles coil just below his skin. Despite this Jackson tries to fit in with the other children. He tries to be normal for Sister Jerome Grace and the priests. But when a woman asks for a boy like him, all that changes. His name is pinned to his jacket and an orphan train whisks him across the country to Macquarie’s.

At Macquarie’s, Jackson finds a home unlike any he could have imagined. The bronze lions outside the doors eat whomever they deem unfit to enter, the hallways and rooms shift and change at will, and Cressida – the woman who adopted him – assures him he no longer has to hide what he is. But new freedoms hide dark secrets. There are territories, allegiances, and a kraken in the basement that eats shadows.

As Jackson learns more about the new world he’s living in and about who he is, he has to decide who he will stand with: Cressida, the woman who gave him a home and a purpose, or Mae, the black-eyed lion tamer with a past as enigmatic as his own. The Kraken Sea is a fast paced adventure full of mystery, Fates, and writhing tentacles just below the surface, and in the middle of it all is a boy searching for himself.

You can grab The Kraken Sea for 40% off the cover price during preorders, making it only $7.17! That is an incredible deal on an incredible book you are not going to want to miss!

Preorders for both Freeze/Thaw and The Kraken Sea are open now! Order both today and slip into the wonderful worlds brought to you by Apex!

 

The Kraken Sea - Cover Reveal

By Lesley Conner
on March 30, 2016

E. Catherine Tobler's The Kraken Sea is coming in June, 2016. Are you ready?

Set in her traveling circus universe, this magical 40,000 word novella tells the story of the circus's founder Jackson - how he fell in love with trains, pageantry, and strange monsters. You don't want to miss it!

In the announcement for the Give Me Tentacles ARC contest (I will reveal the winner at the bottom of this post!), I spoke a little about the search for the cover art for The Kraken Sea. We didn't find a piece that represented our original vision - glorious tentacles wrapping around the cover and grabbing onto readers - but I hope you will agree that the artwork we did find is absolutely breathtaking.

BEHOLD!

This cover makes me so, so happy. It is beautiful and amazing and though it isn't exactly what we thought we wanted, it works oh so well. The art is titled "Overcast" and is by Magdalena Pągowska. You can find more of her amazing work at her DeviantArt page.

As for our tentacles, the winner of the Give Me Tentacles contest is Rebecca Hurley. She submitted a beautiful piece done is lovely shades of blue and green. A great tentacle find! Elise and I were smitten. Congratulations, Rebecca! We'll get the ARC copy of The Kraken Sea out to you soon.

For everyone else, June will be here before we know it, so wait patiently for your own copy of The Kraken Sea. It will definitely be worth it.

Give Me Tentacles! - Win an ARC of The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler

By Lesley Conner
on March 15, 2016

Finding the perfect cover art for a new book is never an easy process. There is usually a lot of emails flying back and forth, with me doing most of the searching for the artwork and running potential pieces past Jason Sizemore and the author.

When it came time to find the perfect image for The Kraken Sea, author E. Catherine Tobler and I decided to work a little differently. After a few emails, we had a pretty good idea of what type of image we'd like to have for her novella: Tentacles! Glorious kraken tentacles that could reach out and grab a reader! Our initial idea was to find artwork that would wrap the tentacles around the cover allowing us to create a book that was truly beautiful from all angles.

What a wonderful idea!

But the best laid plans don't always go as you think they will. E. Catherine Tobler and I decided to work together in searching for the right piece. We created a shared pinboard on Pinterest and the search was on!

You would think finding swirly, twirly tentacles reaching across the artwork would be easy! Wrong! You can find plenty of artwork depicting tentacles on DeviantArt, but finding just the right piece proved incredibly difficult. So much so that we ended up going with a totally different look for The Kraken Sea.

Oh, believe me, it is stunning. I mean, absolutely breathtakingly stunning, but The Kraken Sea cover will not feature tentacles.

And I still kind of want them.

So, that's where you come in. I want you - the Apex readers - to give me tentacles! Find those gorgeous, reaching, slithering tentacles that I was hoping for!

From now until March 28th, send us links to tentacle artwork! You can either email them to me (Lesley Conner) at lesley@apexbookcompany.com with the subject line Give Me Tentacles! or tweet them to @ApexBookCompany with the hashtag #tentacles. I will add all the submissions to our pinboard for The Kraken Sea on Pinterest. I've already pinned a few of the pieces we were considering for cover artwork on the board, so go check it out! See what kinds of tentacles E. Catherine Tobler and I are looking for!

To enter you must send me a link back to the artist's website or their online portfolio to enter. I love promoting great artists and I want to make sure every artist gets credit for their beautiful artwork! Entries must be received by midnight EST on March 28th. All entries will be considered by E. Catherine Tobler and myself. We will choose our favorite and the winner - who will be announced during The Kraken Sea cover reveal on March 29th - will receive a printed ARC of The Kraken Sea by E. Cathrine Tobler.

Note: We are not still looking for cover art. We have found and paid for beautiful artwork that I am beyond thrilled with. This contest is just a fun way to see if you can find artwork that would fit the original image E. Catherine Tobler and I had for her novella.

Due to shipping costs, the winner must have a US mailing address.

The Kraken Sea is scheduled to be released in June, 2016.

 

Novella Acquisition: The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler

By Jason Sizemore
on December 17, 2015

Apex Publications is pleased to announce that we have acquired E. Catherine Tobler's THE KRAKEN SEA.

The 40,000 word novella is set in E. Catherine Tobler's traveling circus universe that makes its stops via train--not only through physical space, but also often through time. THE KRAKEN SEA tells the story of the circus's founder, Jackson—how he fell in love with trains, pageantry, and strange monsters.

Jackson grew up in an orphanage, but was never placed with foster parents—there was just always something odd about him, odd in a way that only a few other people seem to understand. When a widow in San Francisco shows an interest in Jackson, he takes the orphan train across the country to begin work for her. En route, the orphan train tops in Chicago, home of the Colombian Exposition in 1893.

Chicago transforms Jackson and seeing San Francisco and the ocean only deepens his desire to make something of himself. But the truth of the dark magics the widow is entangled in will make something of Jackson he never ever imagined.

E. Catherine Tobler was born on the other side of the International Dateline, which either gives her an extra day in her life or an extraordinary affinity when it comes to inter-dimensional gateways. She is the senior editor of Shimmer Magazine and lives in Colorado, which has a distinct lack of inter-dimensional gateways, but an abundance of mountains, which may prove mad indeed.

Currently, Apex plans to publish THE KRAKEN SEA in June, 2016.

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