Saturday, July 19, 2014

Enjoy FREE sampler of new wave of Star Wars novels

Download FREE preview of Del Ray Books new Star Wars Books
for Kindle, Nook or Ipad

Back in April, it was announced that all of the comic books and novels based on Star Wars (what had become known as the Expanded Universe) were not going to be treated as part of the official timeline for Disney's stewardship of the brand.  The official canon -  "canon" is material considered part of a story in a fictional universe - would be the six existing Star Wars movies, the upcoming REBELS animated television series, future comic books and novels published after September 2014 by Disney Worldwide Publishing or its licensed partners, and of course the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII currently in production.  The official Star Wars website officially posted this policy on April 25, 2014 stating "In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the Expanded Universe."

The first novel to be penned in the new Star Wars universe to be considered canon for the SciFi franchise will be hitting store shelves in a few weeks, one of four upcoming novels licensed to Del Rey Books to publish, kicking off a new arc of stories for fans.  A NEW DAWN by John Jackson Miller is being released in September tied to and cross-promoting the new Star Wars: Rebels television series on the Disney XD cable channel.  Set during the legendary "Dark Times" between Episodes III and IV, A NEW DAWN tells the story of how two of the lead characters from Star Wars: Rebels first came to cross paths.  Following A NEW DAWN, Del Rey Books will also be publishing TARKIN (November 4, 2014), HEIR TO THE JEDI (January 13, 2015) and LORDS OF THE SITH (March 2015).

Click one of the links below to download a FREE e-book sampler of the four upcoming Del Rey Star Wars novels.  With Episodes VII, VIII and IX on the horizon, Del Rey is launching the first wave of novels that are part of the official Star Wars canon, created in collaboration with the newly formed Lucasfilm Story Group.  The exclusive previews of these four books in this sampler are set during and before the original trilogy and will transport readers again to a galaxy that doesn't feel quite so long ago or so far away.

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In regard to the other 3 books following A NEW DAWN these focus on some characters most Star Wars fans are probably a little more familiar with:

TARKIN due out on November 4, 2014 takes a look at Grand Moff Tarkin.  Who was this man that had Darth Vader by the collar in A New Hope? How was it that he could keep a Dark Lord of the Sith on a short lease?  You'll find out more about this character's fascinating life in this upcoming book by veteran Star Wars writer James Luceno, who also wrote the best selling Star Wars: Darth Plagueis novel.

HEIR TO THE JEDI written by Kevin Hearne has a January 13, 2015 release date.  This novel tells a story that takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back that it told entirely from Luke Skywalker's first-person point of view.

LORDS OF THE SITH by Paul S. Kemp is scheduled to be released in March of Twenty Fifteen and focuses on Darth Vader and the Emperor.  When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their awesome martial skills to prevail.  Hmmm...this particular book could be either really good or really bad based on this cast of characters and story line.  With that in mind, I really appreciate the opportunity to be able to read some samples from these books before buying them.

If any of these books appear to be appealing to you, downloading this free e-book of previews is a great way to get a sense of whether you like the author's writing styles and the stories interest you enough to want to read the whole novel.  For more information about Del Rey's lineup of current and future Star Wars publications visit:

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