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Guest Blog by Myke Cole - Why are we so Interested in Military Speculative Fiction? - December 1, 2011

Please welcome Myke Cole to The Qwillery. Control Point (Shadow Ops 1), Myke's debut novel, will be published in January by Ace.


Why are we so Interested in Military Speculative Fiction?
by Myke Cole

Science Fiction and Fantasy are violent genres. It seems that every inhabitant of a genre world is armed to the teeth and ready to go down fighting. The peaceful Hobbit Frodo carried Sting, bane of slavering Orcs. The Ewoks of Endor knocked Imperial scouts off their speeder bikes and then gleefully speared them to death. The crew of Serenity were mostly interested in peaceful trade . . . which is why they were always getting into gunfights.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that genre fiction surrounding organized violence on a grand scale is hugely popular. From Heinlein to Webber to Ringo to Haldeman to newcomers like T.C. McCarthy, genre books dealing with the military fly off the shelves. Heck, publishers like Baen practically stake their whole business on it. A lot of the newer, edgier fantasy hitting the market these days has a military cast to it (Joe Abercrombie’s work deals largely with medieval warbands, the military of their time. George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire is a decidedly military epic in many respects).

So, the short question: why? Why do stories about large bodies of people organizing to kill one another in a fantasy or science fiction setting have such broad appeal? I can’t give you the full answer here. If I could, I’d be founding a publisher of my own. But I do have a theory I’d like to put forward.

In May, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen told the graduating class of West Point cadets that he was concerned about the growing gap between civilians and the military. Military service is founded on a tradition of citizen-soldiery. The idea is that, when we’re not in uniform, we’re in our communities working, living and playing alongside everyone else. We are you and you are us. This is essential in preventing military dictatorships and ensuring that armies remain servants of their civilian governments. But that is changing. In the United States, currently 70% of youth are ineligible for military service due to health problems, criminal records, or other reasons. Of the remaining 30%, 99% elect not to serve. Currently, less than 1% of Americans serve in uniform.

Since the attacks of 9/11, the military has worked hard to lower its profile in the name of “force protection.” Men and women in uniform can be targets for terrorists or criminals, so our military wears their uniform less and less off-post or outside active operational zones. We do our jobs unseen.

So what does this have to do with why folks like military genre fiction? In a world where seeing or meeting a member of the military is increasingly rarefied, we have become a thing of genre fiction ourselves – exotic, unusual, often whispered about but seldom glimpsed outside the news.

Fans of science fiction and fantasy come to the genre for that very reason. They want to explore realms outside their normal range of experience. The opening line of Star Trek classic says it best (as it always has). We want to boldly go where no one has gone before. We see and hear a lot about the military on an ever proliferating news-cycle, but that sense of intimacy, of knowing the life and rigors of armed service, is dwindling at the same rate as vinyl records. You know the guy who delivers your mail, the cop on your corner. You shoot the breeze with the lady who makes your breakfast sandwich, maybe have a drink once in a while with that cool bookseller you met while browsing at B&N. But the opportunity to establish that kind of casual familiarity with a man or woman in armed service grows smaller each year (and promises to grow even smaller with looming budget cuts).

Without that familiarity, whisper and rumor replace reality. Fighting men and women become the stuff of legends. I mourn this. It’s not conducive to the proper relationship between a free country and the military that protects it, but it is absolutely conducive to great genre fiction.

When it comes to science fiction and fantasy, the stuff of legends is what it’s all about.


About Shadow Ops

Control Point
Shadow Ops 1
Ace, January 31, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages

Guest Blog by Myke Cole - Why are we so Interested in Military Speculative Fiction? - December 1, 2011
Lieutenant Oscar Britton of the Supernatural Operations Corps has been trained to hunt down and take out people possessing magical powers. But when he starts manifesting powers of his own, the SOC revokes Oscar's government agent status to declare him public enemy number one.



About Myke

Guest Blog by Myke Cole - Why are we so Interested in Military Speculative Fiction? - December 1, 2011
Myke Cole is the author of the upcoming military fantasy SHADOW OPS series. The first novel, CONTROL POINT, is coming from Ace (Penguin) in February, 2012. As a secu­rity con­tractor, gov­ern­ment civilian and mil­i­tary officer, Myke Cole’s career has run the gamut from Coun­tert­er­rorism to Cyber War­fare to Fed­eral Law Enforce­ment. He’s done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to serve during the Deep­water Horizon oil spill. All that con­flict can wear a guy out. Thank good­ness for fan­tasy novels, comic books, late night games of Dun­geons and Dragons and lots of angst fueled writing.


Myke's Links:

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Guest Blog by Gaie Sebold - November 29, 2011

Please welcome Gaie Sebold to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge guest posts. Gaie's debut novel, Babylon Steel, will be published in the United Kingdom and Canada on January 5, 2012 and in the United States on December 27, 2011 by Solaris.


Things I Didn’t Know

Dear Sally

Thank you for inviting me to guest blog.

Guest blogging is one of the many things I am still finding my way at; it seems to be an essential part of being a debut author in these techno-savvy times. Unfortunately, I’m more techno-idiot than techno savvy; and the fact that I would have to learn to use Twitter (badly, so far) is only one of the many things I didn’t know about being a debut author.

I didn’t know that I would write two novels (not to mention a couple of 30,000 word false starts and innumerable scraps, fragments, ideas and occasionally just titles) before I got an agent. I didn’t know that all the shrieks of glee and popping of champagne corks which accompanied getting an agent would have plenty of time to die away, because it would be several years and two more whole novels before I got a deal with Babylon Steel. I think if I’d known how old I would be before that happened, I might have given up long before – which would have been a pity. (At least, I think it would have been a pity, but I’m still waiting for the first reviews of Babylon Steel …)

Nor did I realise that the inevitable corollary to all this passing time was that when I did get a deal, the team I would be working with would all be delightful, enthusiastic - and rather frighteningly young. (Not to mention capable of spotting a plot-hole at 300 yards).

I didn’t anticipate that I would end up getting published with a novel which is, among other things, about sex and sexual attitudes, and that this fact would alternatively delight me and terrify the life out of me.

I didn’t know how utterly essential my critique group would be (T Party Writers – http://t-party.org.uk/ - nothing to do with the other T Party in any way) They got me up to standard, kept my nose to the grindstone, and provided endless ideas, support, commiseration, cheerleading etc. as required. They’re like one of those dispensers that produces whatever drink you need, from espresso to hot chocolate. They produce actual drinks, too, for sorrow-drowning or celebration as required – and what more could one ask?

I didn’t expect that I would get fits of inappropriate grinning every time I remembered that Babylon Steel was actually going to be published.

I didn’t anticipate the occasional flurry of rampant panic at the thought of strangers I’m never going to meet reading what I’ve written; not just the sexy bits, any of it. Which is daft, considering it’s what I’ve been working for all this time.

I didn’t expect the sense of unreality which continued to make me believe that this wasn’t really happening, until the very moment I received my author copies and realised Babylon Steel really did exist, a book, an actual thing, separate from an idea in my head. Of course, it’s not actually published yet, so I continue to be haunted by the fear that something will happen to prevent it ever reaching readers. If the zombie apocalypse occurs before the release date, I am going to be seriously cross, but somehow, not entirely surprised.

Because all of the above applies to being a debut author whose book hasn’t actually been released. Which is another thing I didn’t realise – how many stages there are to publication, even after you’ve written the book and got it as polished as you possibly can. Agent – whoop! Deal – hallelujah! Then there are press releases and you see it for the first time; ‘BABYLON STEEL…debut novelist Gaie Sebold.’ And you squee a lot. Then your book title appears on the publisher’s website. Then there’s cover design. Possible release dates. First edits. Cover design again. More edits. Getting blurbs. Actual cover appearing on the publisher’s website. More edits. And writing the dedication and acknowledgements, and getting the actual release dates. Each stage is exciting, each brings the book a bit closer to reality. It may sound tedious, but to be honest I’ve loved every minute of it; possibly I’m strange. But I have a book. Babylon Steel, by…me. It really exists. And I thought I knew how cool that would be, but I didn't. It's amazingly cool.

And it still will be, even if there is a zombie apocalypse.


About Babylon Steel

Babylon Steel
Babylon Steel 1
Solaris, December 27, 2012 (US); January 5, 2012 (UK/Canada)
Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages

Guest Blog by Gaie Sebold - November 29, 2011
Babylon Steel, ex-sword-for-hire, ex-other things, runs the best brothel in Scalentine; city of many portals, two moons, and a wide variety of races, were-creatures, and religions, not to mention the occasional insane warlock. She's not having a good week. The Vessels of Purity are protesting against brothels, women in the trade are being attacked, it's tax time, and there's not enough money to pay the bill. So when the mysterious Darask Fain offers her a job finding a missing girl, Babylon decides to take it. But the missing girl is not what she seems, and neither is Darask Fain. In the meantime twomoon is approaching, and more than just a few night's takings are at risk when Babylon's hidden past reaches out to grab her by the throat.



About Gaie

Guest Blog by Gaie Sebold - November 29, 2011
Gaie Sebold was born in the US, lives in South East London, and works for a social change charity. She has had several short stories and a book of poetry published. Her debut novel Babylon Steel is due out from Solaris on 27 December (US). ("Ingenious, gripping, and full of pleasures on every level. Exceptional." Mike Carey.)

She began writing shortly after learning to read, and has produced a large number of words, many of them different. She has worked as a cleaner, secretary, till-monkey, stage-tour-manager, editor, and now works for a charity and runs occasional writing workshops.

She is an obsessive reader, enthusiastically inefficient gardener and has been known to run around in woods hitting people with latex swords and declaim poetry in public, though not usually at the same time. She is currently working on a sequel to Babylon Steel, another novel in collaboration with her partner, writer Dave Gullen, and a romance, with orcs. She likes orcs.

Gaie's Links

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Babylon Steel on Twitter


Look for an interview with Gaie in January 2012.  Keep up to date with the 2012 Debut Author Challenge at the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Page.

Guest Blog by Adam Christopher - In Blackest Night: blending science fiction and noir - November 23, 2011

Please welcome Adam Christopher to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge guest blogs.


In Blackest Night: blending science fiction and noir
by Adam Christopher

Quite how we define “genre” fiction is a matter of ongoing debate – for some, categorisation and labels are vitally important. For others, genre doesn’t even exist. I’ve talked about this before, suggesting that for writers like myself and the audience we reach, it doesn’t really matter. Science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, space opera, steampunk, paranormal romance – it all goes on that big shelf at the back of the bookstore. You and me, we know where to find the good stuff.

It also doesn’t really matter when it comes to writing – as a writer, you must write the truth, and you’ll know what that is without need to deliberately select a genre to work in. If your truth means writing a science fiction sword and sorcery Western murder mystery with added ninjas and zombies, then I’m not going to argue! Writers fail when they take the opposing path – those who chase a trend, or aim for a particular genre for reasons other than actually needing to write in it, are perhaps not being true to themselves and their readers, and it’ll show.

I describe my debut novel, Empire State, as a science fiction noir. It’s a tricky label, I’ll admit, but it highlights a problem with the perception of genre at large. When someone asks and you say you’re a science fiction writer, you often get a glazed look, and sometimes I’ve had to jump in to say that doesn’t mean spaceships and aliens. It’s the same with fantasy – the early covers for Empire State described it as a “noir-fantasy thriller”, but again that conjures dragons and magic and swords (although guns and action and violence as well), which is, as we know, a very lazy generalisation.

But if I’m a science fiction writer, what the heck is science fiction noir? Well, if we leave aside genre definitions for now, I think there are three categorisations that, despite popular opinion, not actually genres in themselves, but more like “flavours” that can be used with nearly any kind of writing. These are horror, steampunk, and noir.

Look at it like this: each of these three flavours can be applied to any number of other genres. Stephen King may be known as a horror writer, but actually he’s written mostly science fiction, psychological thriller, and a touch of fantasy. It’s the same with another favourite of mine, HP Lovecraft – he’s a science fiction writer, absolutely; Cthulhu, the Great Old Ones, and the Outer Gods, all come from the stars or the dimensions beyond space. I’d argue that steampunk is a flavour as well – good steampunk sits atop something else, shaping the setting but not defining the story itself. When it does, you get something weak, thin, a story insubstantial and obvious. There are plenty of examples of that, where maybe a writer has gone in with the mind-set that steampunk is a genre. It’s the same with horror, I’m sure. These labels – these flavours – are complex and open to misinterpretation.

Noir fits into this category as well. Noir itself is rather hard to define – while it is often associated with hardboiled pulp, again it’s a flavour that can be used anywhere. One of my favourite books, Zoo City by Lauren Buekes, is certainly noir – or “phantasmagorical noir”, according to the New York Times – although it bears precisely zero resemblance to The Big Sleep or The Maltese Falcon. In that way I guess Empire State owes more to the traditions of hardboiled pulp – sometimes defined by an unsentimental approach to violence and sex and a tough attitude – following, as it does, a 1930s detective (complete with fedora, trench coat, and a fine line in cracking wise) on a murder investigation.

But Empire State is a science fiction story. There are no spaceships or aliens, but there are robots, parallel universes, and impossible technology – in fact, all of Empire State is impossible, which I suppose is why you might want to call it fantasy. There’s even a hint of steampunk, with fantastical airships and rocket-powered superheroes. All of that is the story; noir is the flavour. Most of Empire State takes place at night in dark streets, perhaps a more literal interpretation!

The noir – or should I say hardboiled? – flavour of Empire State was quite deliberate – as a fan of Raymond Chandler, I wanted to write a pulpy detective novel, one that was (unlike Chandler) clearly science fiction, but which kept the trappings of the period and the style of the 1930s. And you know, it’s a lot of fun to write!


About Empire State

Empire State
Angry Robot Books, December 27, 2011 (US/Canada); January 5, 2012 (UK)
Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Guest Blog by Adam Christopher - In Blackest Night: blending science fiction and noir - November 23, 2011
It was the last great science hero fight, but the energy blast ripped a hole in reality, and birthed the Empire State - a young, twisted parallel prohibition-era New York.

When the rift starts to close, both worlds are threatened, and both must fight for the right to exist.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Pocket Universe | Heroes or Villains | Speak Easy | Loyalties Divided ]


About Adam Christopher

Guest Blog by Adam Christopher - In Blackest Night: blending science fiction and noir - November 23, 2011
ADAM CHRISTOPHER was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and grew up watching Pertwee-era Doctor Who and listening to The Beatles, which isn’t a bad start for a child of the Eighties. In 2006, Adam moved to the sunny North West of England, where he now lives in domestic bliss with his wife and cat in a house next to a canal, although he has yet to take up any fishing-related activities.

When not writing Adam can be found drinking tea and obsessing over DC Comics, Stephen King, and The Cure. His first novel, EMPIRE STATE, is out from Angry Robot books in January 2012. For more information, please visit angryrobotbooks.com.

Adam can be found online at adamchristopher.co.uk and on Twitter as @ghostfinder.

Guest Blog by Stephen Blackmoore - Our Lady of the Shadows - November 14, 2011

Please welcome Stephen Blackmoore to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challege guest posts. Stephen's debut novel. City of the Lost, will be published on January 3, 2012 by DAW.


Our Lady Of The Shadows

O, Death
Won't you spare me over til another year
My mother came to my bed
Placed a cold towel upon my head
My head is warm my feet are cold
Death is a-movin upon my soul
        -O Death (traditional Appalachian dirge)

In a gated strip mall in Los Angeles just south of Macarthur Park, tucked in between a Chinese fast food restaurant and a coin-op laundromat, sits a shrine to a thing that has many names.  She's prayed to as a savior of the poor and downtrodden, as a spirit of vengeance, as a great leveler of the weak and the strong.

She is the patron saint of drug runners and murderers.  Her image is tattooed on the chests of narcotrafficantes and offerings are made to her by desperate mothers on behalf of their gunshot children.

She is alternately Señora Blanca and Señora Negra.  She is the Holy Girl, the Skinny Girl.  She is Señora de las Sombras, Our Lady Of The Shadows.

She is Santa Muerte.

As a writer there's an allure to playing around with the paranormal.  We get to raise demons and consort with vampires.  We can mix it up with damn near anything and twist it to suit our needs.  It's a spice that can be as light or heavy-handed as we like.

Romance has embraced the paranormal in all its blood-soaked (and sometimes sparkly) glory.  It's done wonders for the Western like THE SIXTH GUN, and even the Post-Apocalyptic - if you haven't read Joe Lansdale's ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE CADILLAC DESERT WITH DEAD FOLKS you are missing out.

I write a lot of crime, hard-boiled and noir in particular.  Paranormal noir is a favorite of mine.  Richard Kadrey's SANDMAN SLIM and Charlie Huston's ALREADY DEAD are fantastic.

But what about the real thing?  What happens when noir and the paranormal get mixed up in the real world?

That's when you get Santa Muerte.

Santa Muerte, Saint Death, appears as a skeleton in a wedding dress, a dark reflection of the Virgin of Guadalupe.  She holds a scythe in one hand and either a pair of scales or a globe of the world in the other.  She is Death, and death is everywhere.

Santa Muerte is a mash-up goddess that mixes up pre-Columbian religions with Catholicism.  After all, conquered people don't give up their gods easy, and she's no exception.  Originally she was (probably - there's some debate) Mictecacíhuatl, the Queen of Mictlan, the Aztec Land of The Dead.

Unlike the Virgin of Guadalupe (whose name originated from the Nahuatl word Coatlalopeuh, which sounds like Guadalupe but means Snake Stomper, or something), or many of the Voodoo Loa like Maman Brigitte (Saint Brigid), Santa Muerte has not been linked with another Catholic icon.  Santa Muerte is Santa Muerte.  Period.

She has, in fact, been actively denounced by the Catholic church.  Makes sense.  As church types go she's not exactly what you would call "on message".

That's where the noir bit comes in.  See, she's the one you go to when you want things done that other saints aren't going to give you.  A journey free of cops to drop off that load of meth across the border in Laredo.  A safe stint in prison where you won't get shanked in the exercise yard.  Vengeance on the man who shot your husband.

She doesn't offer salvation.  She is Death and nothing more.

But at the same time there's a certain brutal honesty to her.  She levels the playing field.  The strong and the weak will both succumb.  You, your friends, your family, and most importantly, your enemies will all die.  What comes after, well, that's not her problem, that's yours.

She offers a message that her two million plus followers, people who are living with gunfights in the streets and decapitations at nightclubs, can relate to.  A death goddess revered by the narcotrafficantes, who say their prayers while they cut off their victims' heads.  She is a goddess for a modern, violent era, where life is cheaper than heroin.

I don't know about you but that sounds pretty goddamn noir to me.


About City of the Lost

City of the Lost
DAW, January 3, 2012
Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Cover and illustrations by Sean Philips

Guest Blog by Stephen Blackmoore - Our Lady of the Shadows - November 14, 2011
Joe Sunday’s dead.

He just hasn’t stopped moving yet.

Sunday’s a thug, an enforcer, a leg-breaker for hire. When his boss sends him to kill a mysterious new business partner, his target strikes back in ways Sunday could never have imagined. Murdered, brought back to a twisted half-life, Sunday finds himself stuck in the middle of a race to find an ancient stone with the power to grant immortality. With it, he might live forever. Without it, he’s just another rotting extra in a George Romero flick.

Everyone’s got a stake, from a psycho Nazi wizard and a razor-toothed midget, to a nympho-demon bartender, a too-powerful witch who just wants to help her homeless vampires, and the one woman who might have all the answers — if only Sunday can figure out what her angle is.

Before the week is out he’s going to find out just what lengths people will go to for immortality. And just how long somebody can hold a grudge.


About Stephen

Guest Blog by Stephen Blackmoore - Our Lady of the Shadows - November 14, 2011
Stephen Blackmoore is a pulp writer of little to no renown who once thought lighting things on fire was one of the best things a kid could do with his time. Until he discovered that eyebrows don't grow back very quickly.

His first novel, a dark urban fantasy titled CITY OF THE LOST will be coming out January 3rd, 2012 through DAW Books and will be available at all the fashionable bookstores. Hopefully some of the seedier ones, too.  He would, after all, like to buy a copy.

His short stories and poetry have appeared in magazines like Plots With Guns, Needle, Spinetingler, and Thrilling Detective, as well as the anthologies UNCAGE ME and DEADLY TREATS.

Despite evidence to the contrary, he does not have rabies.

Stephen's Links

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Blog
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Guest Blog by E.S. Moore - Judging Covers - November 8, 2011

Please welcome E.S. Moore to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge guest blogs. To Walk the Night, his debut novel, will be published in January 2012 by Kensington.


Judging Covers

Book covers. They are both a blessing and a curse. A good cover can help a book succeed. A bad one can kill it before it ever has a chance.

Of course, that might be exaggerating things a little bit. We’re supposed to avoid judging books by their covers, right? Even if the cover is so bad it makes your eyes bleed, you should still pick it up and at least read the back cover copy or the first few pages to see if it might be something you’d be interested in, right? Right!?

But sometimes, that just doesn’t happen. A brilliant book might get overlooked because the cover art turns people away for one reason or another. And while some people might pick a book up and give it a try despite an eyesore of a cover, others might walk right by it and try something else, something a little less painful to look at.

There are all sorts of reasons why a book cover might fail to capture readers. It could be so bland and boring, readers don’t even notice it sitting on the shelves next to much livelier books. It could be ugly, something that causes people to cringe in sympathy as they walk by. It could simply be that the cover itself doesn’t accurately represent what’s inside. There are so many ways a cover can go wrong, it can be pretty frightening for an author waiting to see what their own cover might look like.

Personally, I try not to let covers sway my judgment on what to read, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. I refused to read Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series for the longest time because I didn’t like the cover art for any of the books. To me, it looked like the characters all had dumpy, short legs and the clothing they wore felt off somehow. When I finally did break down and buy the first book, I was surprised how different the story was to what was represented on the cover. It was far, far better.

But that was only my opinion. There are probably quite a few people who love the covers just the way they are. I just happen not to be one of them.

While I might have avoided The Wheel of Time books for a little while because of their covers, there were other books I did pick up solely based on the cover art.

Wait. Did I say books? I meant book.

I’ve only ever picked up one book because I liked its cover. I might not have ever read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss if I hadn’t seen the cover first. The back copy didn’t really interest me and when I opened the book and glanced at a few pages, I didn’t think it anything special. And even then, I wasn’t sure I was going to buy it because I doubted I’d even like it.

Boy, I’m glad I did.

What does that tell me? To me, a good cover is nice and all, but a bad cover can cause a bigger impact on a book. I’ve passed on more books than I’ve picked up because of personal prejudices against what I think a cover should look like. There are books I actually want to read that I have yet to buy simply because the cover bothers me for one reason or another.

And sometimes, it’s not even a bad cover that can turn a reader away. One example that stands out in my mind is The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines. It’s not a bad cover. In fact, I actually kind of like it. You get a good idea of what you are about to read when you look at it.

Unfortunately, some people will pass on the book simply because the cover is colorful and has a couple of girls on the front, even if they are armed. Some guys, especially at ages in which image seems to count more than anything else, wouldn’t want anyone to see them reading a book that has pink of all colors on it. What would their friends think?!

So even a good cover can hinder a book depending on who is looking at it. Is a cover too scary? Too cheesy? Too pink or girly? Targeted towards men only?

Should it even matter?

When I saw the cover of To Walk the Night, I was thrilled and scared at the same time. Was it too different? Too similar to other books? Would it drive people away? Or would it draw them in?

Personally, I like the cover. It’s different enough that I hope it doesn’t blend in with the other books of the same genre. It still has similarities, of course. It would probably be a bad thing if it didn’t. But overall, I think it is eye-catching. It should draw a potential reader’s eye.

And in the end, isn’t that what matters most?

I’d love to hear what others have to say about their favorite covers or ones that didn’t work for them and why. Feel free to comment here or find me on Facebook or Twitter and let me know what you think!

And maybe the next time you are about to pass on a book because you don’t like its cover, pick it up instead. Give it a chance. You might find yourself to be pleasantly surprised.


About To Walk The Night 

To Walk the Night
Kensington, January 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Guest Blog by E.S. Moore - Judging Covers - November 8, 2011
Even a vampire has to face her inner demons…

Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death—and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power.

Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface—and costs her whatever is left of her humanity…


About E.S. Moore

E.S. Moore is the author of TO WALK THE NIGHT, the first in an urban fantasy series due out from Kensington Publishing in January 2012. He is represented by Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

E.S. Moore's Links

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Lady Caroline necklace from Cemetery Cat Jewelery.

Guest Blog by E.S. Moore - Judging Covers - November 8, 2011

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