Monday, September 29, 2014

Feature: Incarnate by Anton Strout

Incarnate, the third novel in The Spellmason Chrnocles by Anton Stout, is out on September 30th! Check out the covers of the 3 novels in the series and enter to win a gargoyle among other goodies. Don't forget to check out The Once and Future Podcast too.

The Spellmason Chronicles 3
Ace, September 30, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages


When Alexandra Belarus discovered her family’s secret ability to breathe life into stone, she uncovered an entire world of magic hidden within New York City—a world she has accidentally thrown into chaos. A spell gone awry has set thousands of gargoyles loose upon Manhattan, and it’s up to Lexi and her faithful protector, Stanis, to put things right.

But the stress of saving the city is casting a pall over Lexi and Stanis’s relationship, driving them to work separately to solve the problem. As Stanis struggles to unite the gargoyle population, Lexi forges unlikely alliances with witches, alchemists and New York’s Finest to quell an unsettling uprising led by an ancient and deadly foe long thought vanquished.

To save her city, Lexi must wield more power than ever before with the added hope of recovering a mysterious artifact that could change her world—and bring her closer to Stanis than she ever thought possible…

The Spellmason Chronicles 2
Ace, September 24, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages


Alexandra Belarus was an artist stuck working in her New York family’s business…until she discovered her true legacy—a deep and ancient magic. Lexi became the last practicing Spellmason, with the power to breathe life into stone. And as her powers awoke, so did her family’s most faithful protector: a gargoyle named Stanis. But when a centuries-old evil threatened her family and her city, Stanis sacrificed himself to save everything Lexi held dear.

With Stanis gone, Lexi’s efforts to master Spellmasonry—even with the help of her dedicated friends—are faltering. Hidden forces both watch her and threaten her, and she finds herself suddenly under the mysterious wing of a secret religious society determined to keep magic hidden from the world.

But the question of Stanis’s fate haunts her—and as the storm around her grows, so does the fear that she won’t be able to save him in her turn.

The Spellmason Chronicles 1
Ace, September 25, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages


Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City, even though her family is rich in real estate, including a towering Gothic Gramercy Park building built by her great-great-grandfather. But the truth of her bloodline is revealed when she is attacked on the street and saved by an inhumanly powerful winged figure. A figure who knows the Belarus name…

Lexi’s great-great-grandfather was a Spellmason—an artisan who could work magic on stone. But in his day, dark forces conspired against him and his, so he left a spell of protection on his family. Now that Lexi is in danger, the spell has awoken her ancestor’s most trusted and fearsome creation: a gargoyle named Stanis.

Lexi and Stanis are equally surprised to find themselves bound to each other. But as they learn to work together, they realize that only united can they save the city they both love…

About Anton

Anton Strout was born in the Berkshire Hills mere miles from writing heavyweights Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. He currently lives in the haunted corn maze that is New Jersey (where nothing paranormal ever really happens, he assures you).

He is the author of the Simon Canderous urban fantasy series and the Spellmason Chronicles for Ace Books, a division of Penguin Random House. Anton is also the author of many short tales published in anthologies by DAW Books. His latest book, Incarnate,the third Spellmason Chronicles book, is coming out September 30, 2014.

In his scant spare time, his is a writer, a sometimes actor, sometimes musician, occasional RPGer, and the worlds most casual and controller smashing video gamer. He currently works in the exciting world of publishing and yes, it is as glamorous as it sounds.

He is currently hard at work on his next book and be found lurking the darkened hallways of or talking with your favorite SF&F authors on The Once and Future Podcast (, where he is host and content curator.

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Geeks, Grab Your Towels! A Legendary Podcast Returns!

The Once and Future Podcast Announces Blockbuster Fall Guests

Wednesday, September 24, 2014—New York, NY—Host and curator of content Anton Strout is pleased to announce that The Once and Future Podcast, his science fiction and fantasy show, is back for its third season and promises to be more powerful than ever before.

How can that be, when in the past the show played host to the likes of Patrick Rothfuss, Amber Benson, Lev Grossman, and Charlaine Harris? Well, for starters, how about upcoming guests like Jim Butcher, Tad Williams, Robin Hobb, Chuck Wendig, and more? The show will also have weekly segments focusing on news and events from around the nerdiverse, as well as the laughs and lively discussion listeners have come to expect.

Strout, himself a successful urban fantasy author, started the podcast in 2011. “I listen to a lot of podcasts. Thing is, no one out there was doing exactly the kind of one I wanted to be hearing, so for the past three seasons I've taken it upon myself to fill that void,” says Strout. “I love books and I love my fellow authors. I am pretty keen on celebrating that. I wanted a place where I could talk about all things happening within my chosen genre.”

There are many podcasts out there these days. Why should one listen to this particular show? The Once and Future Podcast offers listeners a unique opportunity to hear authors chat in relaxed conversation. They’ll hear about informative things, like an author’s recent release or convention happenings, but they’ll also catch a glimpse of who these people really are behind the scenes. Because of the casual format, topics come up that aren’t usually covered in conventional interviews. Authors and other industry professionals become real people. Every episode has laughter and geek-talk in abundance.

For the first time, The Once and Future Podcast will be hosting sponsors as well—but not just any sponsors. Strout explains: “Listeners of The Once & Future Podcast love reading, but have a host of other nerdy little interests as well. We would rather speak passionately about the things we love in our sponsorships rather than run ads simply for the sake of running ads. Testimonial love holds a power other ads simply don’t.” These ads won’t be regurgitated copy. Whenever possible, Strout will discuss what these companies or products mean to him, and why his readers will want to know about them.

The first episode of the new season will air on September 29, when Strout will be welcoming legendary cartoonist/illustrator/writer/game designer/muskrat loving Dork Tower creator John Kovalic to the podcast. Why not head to iTunes and subscribe? With over 51k (and growing) listeners to back it up, this doesn’t seem to be the kind of show folks will want to miss.

Anton Strout is the author of the Simon Canderous paranormal detective series as well as the Spellmason Chronicles, both from Ace Books. His most recent book, Incarnate (book 3 of the Spellmason Chronicles), is coming out on September 30, 2014. You can find him wandering the halls at or talking to your favorite genre authors at

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