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2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Daniel O'Malley and The Rook - December 11, 2011

The Qwillery is thrilled to announce that Daniel O'Malley will be participating in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge. The Rook, Daniel's debut novel, will be published on January 11. 2012 by Little, Brown and Company.

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Daniel O'Malley and The Rook - December 11, 2011
"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander

Earlier this week the cover for Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander was revealed. I really like this cover. It's different. Plus I love the dragon in the background!


Nightshifted
AuthorCassie Alexander
Series:  Nightshifted 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher:  St. Martin's Paperbacks (May 22, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0312553395

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander
Welcome to the secret wing of County Hospital—where vampires get transfusions, werewolves have silver allergies, and one nurse is in way over her head…

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

NIGHTSHIFTED

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed. But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul.

Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…


Cassie's Links

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You can keep up to date on 2012 Debut Author Challenge happenings on the 2012 DAC page.

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - City of the Lost by Stephen Blackmoore

Here is the cover for Stephen Blackmoore's debut City of the Lost, which will be published in January 2012. The cover was created by comic artist Sean Philips.


City of the Lost
AuthorStephen Blackmoore
Format:  Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher:  DAW Books (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN9780756407025

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - City of the Lost by Stephen Blackmoore
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.

City of the Lost features illustrations by Sean Philips throughout!


Stephen's Links

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Blog
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2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

The cover for Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) by Chuck Wendig was recently revealed.  The cover was created by Joey HiFi.


Blackbirds
Author:  Chuck Wendig
Series:  Miriam Black 1
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books (May 2012)

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig


Chuck's Links

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Keep up to date with the 2012 Debut Author Challenge at the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Page.

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Covers - Dead Harvest and The Wrong Goodbye by Chris F. Holm

The covers for the first two books in The Collector series by Chris F. Holm were recently revealed. The covers were created by Amazing15.


Dead Harvest
Author:  Chris F. Holm
Series:  The Collector
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books (February 28, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-85766-218-7

Meet Sam Thornton. He collects souls.

Sam’s job is to collect the souls of the damned, and ensure they are dispatched to the appropriate destination. But when he’s sent to collect the soul of a young woman he believes to be innocent of the horrific crime that’s doomed her to Hell, he says something no Collector has ever said before.

“No.”

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Souled Out | Damned If You Don’t | Collector Mania | On The Run ]


The cover for the second book in The Collector series, The Wrong Goodbye:

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Covers - Dead Harvest and The Wrong Goodbye by Chris F. Holm


Chris' Links

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Keep up to date with the 2012 Debut Author Challenge at the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Page.

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - Coveted by Shawntelle Madison

Shawntelle Madison has revealed the cover for her debut novel, Coveted.

Coveted
Author:  Shawntelle Madison
Series:  Coveted
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher:  Ballantine Books (April 24, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978-0345529183

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - Coveted by Shawntelle Madison
SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COVET IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP.

For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home—and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.

Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves—and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it’s enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself.


Kept, the second book in the series, will be published in Fall/Winter 2012.


Shawntelle's Links

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Facebook


Keep up to date with the 2012 Debut Author Challenge at the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Page.
2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Daniel O'Malley and The Rook - December 11, 20112012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - City of the Lost by Stephen Blackmoore2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Covers - Dead Harvest and The Wrong Goodbye by Chris F. Holm2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - Coveted by Shawntelle Madison

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