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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5


This is the fifth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.
Part 4 here.



Lisa Kessler (2011)

Harvest Moon
Moon 4
Entangled: Select Otherworld, September 24, 2015
eBook, 333 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
Some wolves were never meant for a mate…

Dr. Jason Ayers unleashes all of his rage and his frustration through fists and brute force in an underground boxing ring. The werewolf may be the pack’s doctor, but he can’t even heal his coma-stricken father after the Nero Organization’s attack stopped his heart. And as his Pack brothers settle down around him, he still refuses to believe in the fairy tale notion that every wolf has a true mate…

In hiding and on the run, nurse Kilani Akamu is a loose end that Nero is desperate to tie up. She can’t afford to be attracted to a doctor-especially one as unexpectedly hot and complex as Jason. Yet the sexual sparks arcing between them are undeniable…and Kilani’s precognitive senses warn her that temptation is inevitable.

All it takes is one touch to send Jason’s wolf howling. But even if he could protect her from Nero, he can’t protect her from himself…


Ice Moon
Moon 5
Entangled: Select Otherworld, November 16 , 2015
eBook, 290 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
One touch and she is his…

Jared Ayers works outdoors, embracing a solitary life, hiding from his inner demons. But after so many of his Pack brothers have found their mates, he starts wondering if there might be a mate in his future too. His world turns upside down after he’s hired by the “Ice Queen of Lake Tahoe”. One touch is all it takes. One touch to send the wolf howling within…

A gifted psychic with pyrokinesis, Taryn Goldstone wields fire beyond her control- sometimes with dire consequences. With Jason, she discovers that some flames are meant for passion-and healing. She has enemies who covet her powerful gift, but they are about to learn just how far a wolf will go to protect his mate.




Mark Lawrence (2011)

Road Brothers
The Broken Empire
December 14, 2015
eBook, 124 pages
Cover by Pen Astridge

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
10 short stories from the lives of Jorg and his Road Brothers. Contains spoilers for the Broken Empire trilogy. 5 of the stories have previously been published in anthologies, Contains the short story 'Sleeping Beauty' that is also sold separately. A total of 43,000 words or just over half the length of Prince of Thorns.


The Liar's Key
The Red Queen's War 2
Ace, May 31, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 2, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
From the international bestselling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy, the Red Queen’s War continues…

After harrowing adventure and near death, Prince Jalan Kendeth and the Viking Snorri ver Snagason find themselves in possession of Loki’s key, an artifact capable of opening any door and sought by the most dangerous beings in the Broken Empire—including the Dead King.

Jal wants only to return home to his wine, women, and song, but Snorri has his own purpose for the key: to find the very door into death, throw it wide, and bring his family back into the land of the living.

And as Snorri prepares for his quest to find death’s door, Jal’s grandmother, the Red Queen, continues to manipulate kings and pawns towards an endgame of her own design…


The Wheel of Osheim
The Red Queen's War 3
Ace, June 7, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

[cover not yet available]
From the international bestselling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy, the thrilling conclusion to the Red Queen’s War…

Mark Lawrence’s “epic fantasy” (The Washington Post) continues as a reluctant prince returns from the bowels of Hell to engage in his greatest battle yet—among the living and the dead.

All the horrors of Hell stand between Snorri Ver Snagason and the rescue of his family, if indeed the dead can be rescued. For Jalan Kendeth, getting back out alive and with Loki’s key is all that matters. Loki’s creation can open any lock, any door, and it may also be the key to Jalan’s fortune back in the living world.

Jalan plans to return to the three w’s that have been the core of his idle and debauched life: wine, women, and wagering. Fate however has other plans, larger plans. The Wheel of Osheim is turning ever faster, and it will crack the world unless it’s stopped. When the end of all things looms, and there’s nowhere to run, even the worst coward must find new answers. Jalan and Snorri face many dangers, from the corpse hordes of the Dead King to the many mirrors of the Lady Blue, but in the end, fast or slow, the Wheel of Osheim always pulls you back. In the end it’s win or die.




Laurie London (2011)

Warrior's Heart
Iron Portal 3
LB Books, June 18, 2015
eBook, 211 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
The Iron Guild warriors are back! New York Times bestselling author Laurie London has captivated thousands of paranormal readers with her Iron Portal series. Enter her darkly sensual world where secret portals separate modern and ancient realms, good and evil clash, and true love is put to the ultimate test in WARRIOR'S HEART.

Imprisoned for years, he never forgot her...but now he's out for revenge.

Zara Kane is leading a double life. By day, she's a respected antiquities expert, working at a New Seattle library, but by night, she's a thief, stealing back artifacts that belong to her homeland. When she learns that a man she once loved--who abandoned her when she needed him the most--has been wrongly imprisoned, she must use her para-ability Talent to orchestrate a daring escape.

Vince Crawford is damaged man. After years of torture and suffering, the beautiful boy with the sparkling brown eyes is gone, replaced by a jaded ex-con hellbent on revenge. He isn't afraid of anything, but when the woman he's never stopped loving and the son he never knew he had are threatened by a ruthless enemy who knows they're his greatest weakness, Vince will stop at nothing to keep them safe. Even if it costs him his life.


Rebel's Desire
Iron Portal 4
LB Books, July 15, 2015
eBook, 127 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
New York Times bestselling author Laurie London presents REBEL'S DESIRE, the fourth book in the Iron Portal paranormal romance series. Enter a darkly sensual world where secret portals separate modern and ancient realms, band-of-brother heroes with special ability Talents fight evil together, and sworn enemies dare to become passionate lovers.

Tormented by a savage past and shattered by a bitter betrayal, Iron Guild warrior Toryn Flynn trusts no one and cares about nothing except the battle against their enemies. His target: a mobster who finances deadly missions into Cascadia.

Kicked out of the house by her puritanical father, Keely Weber and her sister run a bookstore and fortune-telling business in an underground district in New Seattle—until a powerful man who controls the area kidnaps Keely’s sister to sell her into the Talent sex-trade.

When a beautiful woman literally falls into his arms, Toryn realizes she holds the key to his success. Keely will do anything to rescue her sister…including taking risks with a dangerously sexy man who pushes all her buttons.

From the gritty streets of the city’s underbelly to a sexual-fantasy-themed island, passions ignite. But with evil surrounding them and time running out, Toryn must decide whether to sacrifice the woman he’s falling for or dare to trust his heart again.


Iron Portal Boxed Set
Iron Portal 1 - 3
LB Books, July 30, 2015
eBook, 530 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
New York Times bestselling author Laurie London presents the IRON PORTAL BOXED SET bundle. This collection contains the first three books of the Iron Portal paranormal romance series which has enthralled thousands of readers.

1. ASSASSIN'S TOUCH (Rickert and Neyla's story)

2. ROGUE'S PASSION (Asher and Olivia's story)

3. WARRIOR'S HEART (Vince and Zara's story)

Enter a darkly sensual world where secret portals separate modern and ancient realms, band-of-brother heroes with special ability Talents fight evil together, and sworn enemies dare to become passionate lovers.

ASSASSIN'S TOUCH

Neyla Trihorn had the perfect life until a deadly accident revealed her latent para-abilities. Now, the former fashion designer is the Pacifican army’s hottest commodity in their fight against the invaders.

When Cascadian assassin, Rickert D’Angelus, discovers a beautiful, unconscious soldier on a cold mountain ledge near the portal, he realizes she’s a Protection-Talent and cannot be killed. To prevent the army from using her skills again, he takes her as his prisoner instead.

But when he pulls her into his arms, a sexy and compelling vision appears, awakening something inside him. Something he can’t ignore.

ROGUE'S PASSION

For years, Olivia Crawford has kept a low profile in order to keep her para-ability secret. If the army finds out she’s a Healer-Talent, they’ll force her to work for them—just like her brother who was taken as a boy and never seen again.

But when a terrible explosion rocks New Seattle, she risks everything to save the injured, including a handsome stranger with secrets of his own.

Blaming himself for the death of a friend, Iron Guild warrior Asher Kane vows to bring those responsible to justice. After he’s hurt on a mission and nursed back to health by a beautiful yet mysterious woman, this dangerously sexy bad-boy finds himself falling for her…even as he struggles to stay away.

WARRIOR'S HEART

Zara Kane is leading a double life. By day, she’s a respected antiquities expert, working at a college library, but by night, she’s a thief, stealing back artifacts that belong to her homeland. When she learns that a man she once loved—who abandoned her when she needed him the most—has been wrongly imprisoned, she uses her para-ability Talent to orchestrate a daring escape.

Vince Crawford is damaged man. After years of torture and suffering, the beautiful boy with the sparkling brown eyes is gone, replaced by a jaded ex-con hellbent on revenge. He isn’t afraid of anything, but when the woman he’s never stopped loving and the son he never knew he had are threatened by a ruthless enemy who knows they’re his greatest weakness, Vince will stop at nothing to keep them safe…even if it costs him his life.




Andrew P. Mayer (2011)

The Lost Dragon: A New Adult Paranormal Fantasy Adventure
The FooL 3
Automaton Press, October 9, 2015
eBook, 432 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
Betsey Weisz is about to learn that the worst shift doesn’t start at midnight…

Matt and Betsey aren’t having the best day. After barely escaping with their lives from the deadly diner in Jersey, they crash-land into an alternate universe where they’re caught in a war between humans and changelings: shifters who can become wolves, boars, and more.

The power hungry Witch Queen leads the humans, but her mad plan to transform herself into the mightiest changeling of them all: the dragon may take the whole world with her.
With a powerful boar, a chiseled skunk, and a cunning foxling by their side, Betsey and Matt may be the only people in this world who can keep the Witch Queen from completing her plan. But will Betsey master her powers and herself in time to prevail?

The Lost Dragon is the third installment in a paranormal adventure series that features a compelling plot, unpredictable adventure, creepy monsters, and hilarious dialogue. Continue Andrew P. Mayer’s wild ride into alternate realities with the latest installment of his mind-blowing series.




Will McIntosh (2011)

Futures Near and Far
November 21, 2015
Kindle eBook 152 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
Seven futuristic stories from Hugo Award winning author Will McIntosh, including:

A Clown Escapes from Circus Town. Beaners the clown escapes the walls of Circus Town, and discovers what lies beyond Sex Town, Superhero Town, Medieval Town, and all the rest. "A Clown Escapes from Circus Town" first appeared in Interzone.

The Perimeter. An intelligent alien parasite attaches itself to a human colonist and forces her into the wilderness, where it shows her off to fellow parasites. "The Perimeter" was first published by Orbit Books.

Possible Monsters. Returning to his empty childhood home after giving up on his dream of playing major league baseball, Cooper discovers that a creature from another dimension has taken up residence in his living room. "Possible Monsters" first appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction.

Street Hero. As his town declines into the chaos of the soft apocalypse, Cortez resolves to use his martial arts skills to protect the innocent, but discovers being a hero is more complicated than he thought. "Street Hero" first appeared in Interzone.

A Flea Market Vendor Finds Love in a Time of Sleeplessness. When a virus renders everyone unable to sleep, at all, a flea market vendor falls in love with a woman, but can’t be sure if she’s real or a walking dream. "A Flea Market Vendor..." first appeared in NFG.

The Fantasy Jumper. At the 2116 World’s Fair you can pay to watch an android jump from a roof and plunge to her death. You can watch her jump a thousand times, if you want. But what does the android want? "The Fantasy Jumper" was first published in Black Static.

Incompatible. At a church pumpkin sale, Leia seeks solace from the dark affliction that has plagued her since childhood. There she meets a man who has a similar affliction. They’ll have to face their demons together, or live their lives apart.


Burning Midnight
Delacorte Press, February 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
For fans of The Maze Runner and The Fifth Wave, this debut YA novel from Hugo Award winner Will McIntosh pits four underprivileged teens against an evil billionaire in the race of lifetime.

Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make the rent.
No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement—and the more expensive the sphere.

When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.

There’s no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.


City Living
Orbit, February 17, 2016
eBook, 39 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
A enchanting new short story from Hugo Award-winning author Will McIntosh.
Enter a world of moving cities. The war is over and Hitler is dead, but rumors are flying that Chicago has just attacked Boston. That Moscow has crossed into the US and attacked Chicago. And New York is on the way to chase down the Windy City. Some cities are rumbling that they don't feel like part of the USA anymore.

But what form of energy is giving them the power of locomotion?

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  • Lisa Kessler
    on December 18, 2015 | 12:38 Lisa Kesslersaid :
    "How fun!!! :-) Thanks for the mention!!! :-)"
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