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Solaris to publish James Breakwell’s thrilling sci-fi debut, The Chosen Twelve

JAmes Breakwell

We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of The Chosen Twelve, a thrilling science fiction novel by James Breakwell publishing in spring 2022.

World English Rights were acquired by Kate Coe from Mark Gottlieb at Trident Media Group.

Author James Breakwell on the release:

“I couldn’t be more excited to be with Rebellion books. This story has been bouncing around in my head for years, and Rebellion has the vision, reach, and expertise to help me finally share it with the world. After sticking strictly to comedy for most of my career, I’m thrilled that Rebellion has given me the opportunity to showcase another side of my writing. Publication day can’t come soon enough.”

Editor Jim Killen on the book:

“I am incredibly excited to be working on this title. The inventive perspective and the dark humor made this a fantastically fun and interesting novel. I’m excited to see what James comes up with next”.

Here’s the blurb:

There are 22 candidates. There are 12 seats. Don’t be left behind.
The last interstellar colony ship is down to its final batch of humans after the robots in charge unhelpfully deleted the rest. But rebooting a species and training them for the arduous task of colonisation isn’t easy – especially when the planet below is filled with monsters, the humans are more interested in asking questions than learning, and the robots are all programmed to kill each other.
But the fate of humanity rests on creating a new civilization on the planet below, and there are twelve seats on the lander. Will manipulation or loyalty save the day?

James Breakwell is a professional comedy writer and amateur father of four girls, ages ten and under. He is best known for his family humor Twitter account @XplodingUnicorn, which has more than a million followers. He has published three comedy parenting books that explore hot button issues like the benefits of doing as little as possible and the best ways to protect your child from zombie attacks. His fourth book, Prance Like No One’s Watching: A Guided Journal for Exploding Unicorns, teaches kids to find humor in the world around them while also avoiding the undead. The Chosen Twelve will be James’ science fiction debut. He lives in Indiana, US.

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Image credit: Van Deman Photography

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Solaris acquires Knave of Secrets, a high fantasy by Alex Livingston

Alex Livingston

Solaris are delighted to announce the acquisition of magical fantasy Knave of Secrets by Alex Livingston, which is due for release in 2022.

Editor David Thomas Moore acquired World English rights in Livingston’s new novel from Becky LeJeune at Bond Literary Agency.


Valen Quinol couldn’t care less about local politics. Instead, he’s intent on fleecing as many of the local gentry as he can in order to practice his particular brand of “luck” magic. When he’s given the opportunity to play in an invitation-only game of chance in exchange for simply ensuring that one particular player loses, he can’t resist. Or refuse, as it turns out.  He’s forced to play whether he likes it or not… and losing is not an option.

Valen and his misfit crew of gamblers become targets in a game with stakes much higher than money. The very freedom of the land they call home is on the line, and the very real possibility of war is on the horizon.

Author Alex Livingston on the acquisition:

“In the world of this book, a deck of cards in the right hands can be more powerful than armies – and a lot more fun. I had a blast writing this book, and I’m so excited to work with Solaris to share it with you.”

Editor David Thomas Moore:

“Ask me how into period games I am, I beg you: I spent this afternoon playing Nine Men’s Morris, Fox and Geese and Hnefetafl with my seven-year-old kid (at her insistence) using my own handmade games compendium. It’s such a joy to find someone who’s as big a nerd as me, and Knave of Secrets is a slick, stylish fantasy novel to boot. I’m utterly delighted.”

Alex Livingston grew up in various quiet New England towns before moving to Buffalo, NY to study English at Canisius College. He writes SFF prose and interactive fiction. Alex is married and lives in an old house with his brilliant wife and a pile of aged videogame systems.

For enquiries please contact Hanna Waigh, Fiction – PR & Marketing Manager: