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The View From Monday - June 8, 2020


It is Monday. There are no debuts this week.

From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Jesus and John by Adam McOmber;

The Deathless (The Deathless Trilogy 1) by Peter Newman;

The Nobody People (The Resonant Duology 1) by Bob Proehl is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The House of Whispers by Laura Purcell.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - June 8, 2020



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

June 7, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The New Singapore Horror Collection S.J. Huang H - Collection
Jesus and John Adam McOmber HistF/H
The Last Server H.J. Pang SF/PA



June 8, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Claim the Dragon (e) A.C. Arthur PNR - The Legion 2



June 9, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Winds of Wrath Taylor Anderson SF/AH - Destroyermen 15
The Attic Tragedy J Ashley-Smith DF
Dragon Unleashed Grace Draven The RF/FR/PF - Fallen Empire 2
The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired Middle-earth John Garth LC/SF/F
China Dream (h2tp) Ma Jian
Flora Drew (Tr)
AH/BHU/Pol/Dys/China/LF
Spy, Spy Again Mercedes Lackey F - Valdemar: Family Spies 3
Shadowborn Katie MacAlister RF - A Born Prophecy Novel 3
The One (tp2mm) John Marrs LF/GenEng/Dys
Eminent Domain Carl Neville SF/M
The Deathless Peter Newman F/DF - The Deathless Trilogy 1
The Nobody People (h2tp) Bob Proehl SF/LF/Dys - The Resonant Duology 1
The House of Whispers Laura Purcell Hist/Gothic/M
Alpha Night Nalini Singh PNR/SFR/PF - Psy-Changeling Trinity 4
The Glamourist Luanne G. Smith HistF/F/RF - Vine Witch 2
Ghosts of Sherwood Carrie Vaughn F/HistF
Agents of Influence Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek: The Original Series



June 10, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rainbow Brigade J.A. Pitts CF - Sarah Beauhall 5
We're Here, We're Here: A Tor.com Original K.M. Szpara SF/GenEng



June 11, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Those Below The Tree House Matt Hayward H
What Hell May Come Rex Hurst Occ/H
Body Tourists (h2tp) Jane Rogers Dys/LF




D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AF - Afrofuturism
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
LMF - Legends, Myths, Fables
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PF - Paranormal Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
TT - Time Travel

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

The View From Monday - September 11, 2017

It's Monday... again. Not the best Monday for many, many people. If you are inclined to help those affected by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, please check out the list compiled by author Tobias Buckell here. To help in the United States if you'd like, please check out Charity Navigator for Hurricane Irma here and Hurricane Harvey here.

The Texas Library Association has set up a Disaster Relief Fund to help Texas libraries affected by Harvey. Read more about that here.



This week there are 2 debuts:

Magicians Impossible by Brad Abraham;

and

An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

My House Gather Desires by Adam McOmber is out in print;

and

Split Feather (Daughter of the Midnight Sun 1) by Deborah A. Wolf.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - September 11, 2017



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

September 11, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Tricks of the Trade (e)(ri) Laura Anne Gilman UF - Paranormal Scene Investigations 3
A Tangled Web: A Fantasy Retelling of a Greek Mythology Romance (e) Mercedes Lackey FR - A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms



September 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Magicians Impossible (D) Brad Abraham CF/P
A Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek: The Next Generation Zachary Auburn SF/AC/HU
The War Dogs Trilogy Greg Bear SF/SO - War Dogs
The Abandoned Heart (h2tp) Laura Benedict Gothic - Bliss House 3
Iraq + 100: The First Anthology of Science Fiction to have Emerged from Iraq Hassan Blasim (Ed) SF/AH/CulH - Anthology
Havergey John Burnside SF/AP/PA
Retrograde Peter Cawdron SF
Sirius: A Novel About the Little Dog Who Almost Changed History (h2tp) Jonathan Crown LF
Werebiker (e) Paige Cuccaro PNR
All the Light There Is Anise Eden PRS -  Healing Edge 3
Blood Guard (e) Megan Erickson PNR - Mission 1
The Twilight Pariah Jeffrey Ford DF/H
Taste of Marrow Sarah Gailey HistF/AH - River of Teeth 2
Blood Vengeance (e) Yasmine Galenorn PNR - Bewitching Bedlam Novellete
Constantine: A History (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Hunter's Season (e) Thea Harrison PNR - Elder Races Novella 4.7
The River Bank: A sequel to Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows Kij Johnson LF/Hist/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Butcher Bird: A Novel of the Dominion (ri) Richard Kadrey UF/P/DF
An Excess Male (D) Maggie Shen King SF
Doom with a View Kate Kingsbury PM - Merry Ghost Inn Mystery 2
Intimations: Stories (h2tp) Alexandra Kleeman LF
The Horned Blade Richard A. Knaak F - Legends of the Dragonrealm: Turning War 3
Deadland: Valkyrie Rising Paul Mannering SF/AP/PA
Rising Darkness Shannon Mayer UF/FR/P - Rylee Adamson 9
My House Gathers Desires Adam McOmber F/HistF.LF - American Readers Series
Hath No Fury Melanie R. Meadors (Ed)
J.M. Martin (Ed)
F - Anthology
After the Flare Deji Bryce Olukotun Dys/SF/CyP/AP/PA - Nigerians in Space 2
The Two of Swords: Part Seventeen (e) K. J. Parker F - Two of Swords
Infinity Wars Jonathan Strahan (Ed) SF - Anthology
Darkness Visible: Inside the World of Philip Pullman and His Dark Materials Nicholas Tucker LC/SF/F
Supernatural: The Men of Letters Bestiary: Winchester Family Edition Tim Waggoner Occ/Sup
The Man in the Tree Sage Walker SF
Worlds From the Word’s End Joanna Walsh LF/Absurdist/HU/SS
Thessaly: The Just City, The Philosopher Kings, Necessity Jo Walton F/SF/TT/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Thessaly Omnibus
Split Feather Deborah A. Wolf UF/DF - Daughter of the Midnight Sun 1



September 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Homecoming (e) Brian Francis Slattery UF/M - Bookburners Season 3 #9



September 15, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Geeky Chef Strikes Back! Cassandra Reeder Cooking - Geeky Chef 2



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Illus - Illustrator
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



Absurdist - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RSus - Romantic Suspense
Satire - Satire
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming novels by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Patrick Hemstreet (2016)

The God Peak
The God Wave Trilogy 2
Harper Voyager, August 22, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
"I can’t wait to read what happens next."—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author

The thrilling speculative techno-science epic begun in Patrick Hemstreet's The God Wave continues in this explosive adventure in which a team of neuroscientists must face the consequences of playing God when the superhumans they’ve created threaten to annihilate humanity.

They started with the best intentions . . .

Chuck Brenton had a simple idea: if brain waves can make the needles on an EEG machine move, why couldn’t they be trained to move other things? He and mathematician Matt Streegman developed an astonishing program that enabled a group of highly select individuals—test subjects they called the Alphas—to use their brains to manipulate both physical and digital objects. Their goal was to increase man’s potential and make the world safer.

But when their secret program was discovered, the military stepped in to take control—and unwittingly began a battle that could spell the end of humankind. A trio of renegade Alphas have used their enhanced powers to take the world hostage. Though they say they want world peace, the rebels seem willing to sacrifice countless innocent lives to achieve their goals.

Horrified by what he has unleashed, Chuck is determined to stop the monsters he’s created, no matter the risks. Coming out of hiding, he and his team must wield their own burgeoning abilities to defeat the increasingly unstable superhuman terrorists.

Yet not everyone believes what the Alphas are doing is wrong. A cadre of supporters sees them as the next phase in human evolution and is eager to watch them burn down society on their way to transcendence. . . .





Jay Kristoff (2012)

Godsgrave
The Nevernight Chronicle 2
St. Martin's Press, September 5, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Signed First Edition

The second thrilling installment of the award-winning Nevernight Chronicle, from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a ruthless assassin continues her quest for vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia's suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.

When it’s announced that Scaeva will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end him. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.





Adam McOmber (2012)

My House Gathers Desires
American Readers Series
BOA Editions Ltd., September 12, 2017
     Trade Paperback, 192 pates
BOA Editions Ltd., August 22, 2017
     eBook, 192 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Adam McOmber’s lush, hallucinatory stories are both familiar and wholly original. Drawn from the historical record, Biblical lore, fairy tales, science fiction, and nightmares, these offbeat and fantastical works explore gender and sexuality in their darkest and most beautiful manifestations. In the tradition of Angela Carter or Kelly Link, My House Gathers Desires is covertly funny and haunting, seeking fresh ways to consider sexual identity and its relation to history.

In "Sodom and Gomorrah," readers encounter a subversive, ecstatic new version of the Old Testament story. In "The Re’em," a medieval monk’s search for a mythic beast conjures forbidden desire. And in "Notes on Inversion," the German psychiatrist Kraft-Ebbing receives a surreal retort to his clinical descriptions of same-sex desire.

The View From Monday - August 21, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

A Red Peace (The Starfire Trilogy 1) by Spencer Ellsworth;

and

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Strategist (The Machinery Trilogy 2) by Gerrard Cowan;

Oracle Bones (Bookburners Season 3 #6) by Max Gladstone;

The God Peak (The God Wave Trilogy 2) by Patrick Hemstreet;

An Echo of Things to Come (The Licanius Trilogy 2) by James Islington;

My House Gathers Desires by Adam McOmber;

and

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - August 21, 2017



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

August 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Mirror of Legends Bernard Lazare
Brian Stableford (Tr)
F/LM/FolkT - Collection
My House Gathers Desires (e) Adam McOmber F - Collection



August 22, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Iron Hound Tim Akers F - Hallowed War 2
The Book of Esther (h2tp) Emily Barton LF/AH
The Massacre of Mankind Stephen Baxter SF/AC/AH
The New Voices of Fantasy Peter S. Beagle (Ed)
Jacob Weisman (Ed)
F - Anthology
Dead Lines (e)(ri) Greg Bear TechTh/H
Rick and Morty Official Coloring Book Titan Books CB/F/SF
The Golden Apples of the Sun (e)(ri) Ray Bradbury SF
Kingsblade Andy Clark SF - Imperial Knights
Twice Bitten Lauren Dane PNR - Cascadia Wolves 7
Black Legion Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Black Legion 2
A Red Peace (D) Spencer Ellsworth SF/SO - The Starfire Trilogy 1
Swarm and Steel Michael R. Fletcher F/DF
Ashes of the Phoenix (e) Jess Haines UF
The God Peak Patrick Hemstreet TechTh - The God Wave Trilogy 2
An Echo of Things to Come James Islington F - The Licanius Trilogy 2
Throne of the Bastards Brian Keene
Steven L. Shrewsbury
F/H - King of Bastards 2
The History of Bees (D) Maja Lunde LF
Congregations of the Dead James A. Moore
Charles R. Rutledge
H - A Griffin and Price Novel 2
The End of the Day (h2tp) Claire North Sus
Reincarnation Blues Michael Poore CF/LF/FR
The Castle in Cassiopeia Mike Resnick SF/SO - Dead Enders 3
The Seventh Plague (h2mm) James Rollins Sus - Sigma Force11
Lawless and the House of Electricity William Sutton HistTh - Lawless 3
The Silent Shield Jeff Wheeler HistF - Kingfountain 5



August 23, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Library of Lost Things: A Tor.com Original (e) Matthew Bright F
Oracle Bones (e) Max Gladstone F/Th - Bookburners Season 3 #6



August 24, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age: Millennial Conspiracism David G. Robertson UFOs/ Sociology - Bloomsbury Advances in Religious Studies
A Perfect Storm (e) Jodi Taylor SF/TT - Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story



August 25, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Strategist (e) Gerrard Cowan F - The Machinery Trilogy 2



August 26, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Eat Local Danny King H/MTI



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Illus - Illustrator
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PP - Police Procedural
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Satire - Satire
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

and the winners are...


Dark Currents (Agent of Hel 1) by Jacqueline Carey - Read the Interview and enter here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Would you like to vacation in a resort town with an out in the open eldritch community?

Dawn Prough who said...

I don't like to poke bears, so I don't know if I'd go to a supernatural town and look for them. Besides, as another commentor mentioned, they are living creatures and it is mean to go and stare at them like they are exhibits for your entertainment.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Revelation (The Seven Signs 1) by Erica Hayes - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite novels featuring Angels or Archangels?

books4me who said...

I can't recall the name of the exact series but it's by Felicity Heaton, I think...I haven't read too many angel series!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Dark Light of Day (Noon Onyx 1) by Jill Archer - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite stories featuring demons?

Sullivan McPig who said...

Hmmm... I think that would have to be A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


3 copies of Bad Glass by Richard E. Gropp - Read the Interview here. US/Canada Only

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question: What is one of your favorite apocalyptic or "weird city" stories?(stories = novels, comics, short stories, movies, etc.)

bn100 who said...

I like Article 5.


Cindy who said...

I like the British comic Nemesis the Warlock.


Alyn who said...

I liked Battle Royale.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Wrong Goodbye (The Collector 2) by Chris F. Holm - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Have you read any supernatural noir or any noir novels? If yes, name one. If not, what is one of your favorite Urban Fantasy novels?

Barbara E. who said...

I really enjoyed Already Dead by Charlie Huston - a hardboiled detective who's also a vampyre, it's a great story. My favorite urban fantasy series is Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


Immortal Surrender (The Curse of the Templars 2) by Claire Ashgrove - Read the Guest Post here

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you have any favorite stories, movies, comics that feature Knights(Templar or other)?

Leah Weller who said..

I have so many...... Tristan and Isolde, Timeline, Guinevere, Kingdom Of Heaven, King Arthur, First Knight, just to name a few. As for books, Immortal Hope was amazing. I can't wait to read about Farran! Congratulations on the release and thank you for the chance in the giveaway. :)



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Incarnation by Emma Cornwall - Read the Interview here.  US ONLY

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite vampire novels?

rissatoo who said...

My first real vampire read will always be a favorite: Interview With The Vampire. But I've read SO many wonderful takes on vampires - from Stoker's scary Dracula, to Bartlett's light & frothy Glory StClair, and LKH's sensual Jean Claude - I just LOOOOOVE a good vampire world! :)

I'll keep my eye out for this one.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



ARC of Something Red by Douglas Nicholas - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012
ARC COVER IS DIFFERENT!
Question:  What is one of your favorite novels that is not set in the present day?

Stephanie who said...

The Great Gatsby!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



A Lady and Her Magic by Tammy Falkner - Read the Interview here.  US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite era of British History - Tudor, Victorian, Regency, etc?

Di who said...

I enjoy all the periods, but Medieval & Regency are the ones I keep going back to.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Well of Tears (The Dream Stewards 1) by Roberta Trahan - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Who is one of your favorite rulers (queen, king, etc.) from history or myth?

Carl who said...

Arthur, of course, must be one of nearly everyone's favorites. I also enjoy the villains, Richard III for example, but I don't think I would have liked to have known him very well.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you work better under pressure to meet a deadline?

Tim who said...

I work well under pressure, but I think too much pressure makes for an inferior product.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The White Forest by Adam McOmber - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you have any favorite time period settings for novels? Which?

erin who said...

Thanks for a great post and congrat to Adam on the new release! I've been reading such awesome reviews for this book it as already on my "want" list :) I truly don't have a fav time period. I'm pick up what sounds interesting to me and I figure, I'm a long for the ride and I'll go where ever and whenever an author wants to take me :) I'm just looking for a great story and characters I can connect to.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Charming Blue, Wickedly Charming, Thoroughly Kissed, and Utterly Charming by Kristine Grayson - Read the Guest Blog here.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Who would be your Prince or Princess Charming and why?(The Prince or Princess may be imaginary or real, of course.)

June M. who said...

I don't have a real Prince Charming in my life. Most of the heroes that I really like would not exactly be known as Prince Charming either, I tend to like the Alpha-Dominate bad-boys :) Some of my faves include Wraith from the Demonica series (along with Ares & Than from LoD), and I love the Masters in Cherise Sinclair & Kallypso Masters books.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Three copies of Fair Game (Guardian 3) by Taylor Keating - Read the Interview here. US/CANADA

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What are some of your favorite video games?

Debby who said...

Amazing excerpt. I would love to read more. I am not a big game player. I just like to play block games.


Rebe who said...

I'm not much of a gamer, to be honest. I think my favorite video game is Ms. PacMan (which soooo dates me, lol)!


Barb P who said...

I'm not really a gamer. Probably the last video game that I played was Star Wars Pod Racers or Space Invaders. I have read Game Over and loved it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM on Sunday, October 28, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly pick a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September 2012

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for September 2012!




As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun to choose a favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2012 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US.
You have 13 novels to choose from in September!











































Interview with Adam McOmber and Giveaway - September 12, 2012

Please welcome Adam McOmber to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The White Forest was published yesterday. Read Adam's Guest Blog - Inspector Francois Vidocq - here and my review of The White Forest here.


Interview with Adam McOmber and Giveaway - September 12, 2012


TQ: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Adam:  I’d say my most interesting writing quirk in The White Forest is that I attempted to adopt a nineteenth century style of writing, while still making the work accessible and engaging for a twenty-first century audience. It was great fun to inhabit Jane Silverlake’s eerie voice. I thought a lot about the tone of Poe and Hawthorne and Henry James (in his ghost stories). Giving myself this challenge produced a unique tone on the page—an interesting hybrid voice that is antiquated and somehow contemporary at the same time.


TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Adam:  I have so many favorite writers. I’m highly influenced by Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Isak Dinesen (her Seven Gothic Tales is amazing), Henry James and M.R. James. As for contemporary writers, I love Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, Donna Tartt, A.S. Byatt and Kazuo Ishiguro. I read a lot of nonfiction as well. Peter Ackroyd is wonderful for history. Works about psychology or spirituality are of interest to me as well.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Adam:  I’m a little of both. I like to know where a book is going—what the end is going to be. But I also like to surprise myself along the way. There were many things that happened as I was writing The White Forest that came as a complete surprise, and I love that. The act of writing for me should be as much fun as the act of reading.


TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Adam:  I really enjoy writing. Sitting at my desk and entering another world is one of the greatest pleasures of my life. One challenge though is that I want to make sure everything in a novel happens at just the right time to create the perfect amount of suspense. This takes a lot of revision. I really want to create serious tension so the reader feels like he or she just has to turn the page.


TQ:  Describe The White Forest in 140 characters or less.

Adam:  Jane Silverlake, Victorian super hero, loses her beloved and must use her powers to find him. She enters an underground cult that wants to use her for illicit purposes.


TQ:  What inspired you to write The White Forest?

Adam:  A lot of things came together to inspire The White Forest. I’d been writing short stories for my book This New & Poisonous Air, and some of the ideas in The White Forest arose from those stories. What really set me off on my journey though was a vision I had one day while coming home from work. I saw a woman in a dark nineteenth century dress walking alone across an open field. Her head was down. I couldn’t see her face, but I knew she was troubled. Something had happened that upset her greatly. I knew, at the same time, that she was dangerous. She wasn’t to be trifled with. And I wanted to find out all about her story. She became my main character, Jane Silverlake.


TQ:   What sort of research did you do for The White Forest? 

AdamThe White Forest was rigorously researched. I did my best to present an authentic version of Victorian London. I wanted the reader to trust the setting, so I could play around with all of the supernatural effects inside that setting. I also read countless Victorian ghost stories as research. I wanted The White Forest to have the flavor of one of those wonderful old ghost stories that are meant to be read in a dimly lit room by a roaring fire.


TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Adam:  Jane, the main character of The White Forest was certainly the easiest to write. I got to the point where I could literally think in her voice about any subject. As I mentioned before, she has this quiet, eerie tone, that’s also strong. It’s a great deal of fun to think her thoughts.

The most difficult character to write was Ariston Day, the leader of the underground cult in the book. I wanted him to be very smart and to have philosophical reasons for all the apparently evil things he does. It took a lot of research to write that character, and I also wanted him to seem menacing enough so the reader is worried for Jane.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The White Forest?

Adam:  My favorite scene is when Jane punishes one of the cult members for something he’s done to her. He thinks he’s stronger, simply because he’s a man. She proves him wrong.


TQ:   What's next?

Adam:  I’m working on a new novel that I’m very excited about. I can’t say too much about the plot right now because I’m in the act of writing the book. It’s a fast paced novel with a unique supernatural aspect and many interesting twists. I think my readers are really going to enjoy it.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.



The White Forest

The White Forest
Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, September 11, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Adam McOmber and Giveaway - September 12, 2012
In this hauntingly original debut novel about a young woman whose peculiar abilities help her infiltrate a mysterious secret society, Adam McOmber uses fantastical twists and dark turns to create a fast-paced, unforgettable story.

Young Jane Silverlake lives with her father in a crumbling family estate on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Jane has a secret—an unexplainable gift that allows her to see the souls of man-made objects—and this talent isolates her from the outside world. Her greatest joy is wandering the wild heath with her neighbors, Madeline and Nathan. But as the friends come of age, their idyll is shattered by the feelings both girls develop for Nathan, and by Nathan’s interest in a cult led by Ariston Day, a charismatic mystic popular with London’s elite. Day encourages his followers to explore dream manipulation with the goal of discovering a strange hidden world, a place he calls the Empyrean.

A year later, Nathan has vanished, and the famed Inspector Vidocq arrives in London to untangle the events that led up to Nathan’s disappearance. As a sinister truth emerges, Jane realizes she must discover the origins of her talent, and use it to find Nathan herself, before it’s too late.



About Adam

Interview with Adam McOmber and Giveaway - September 12, 2012
Adam McOmber teaches creative writing at Columbia College Chicago and is the associate editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika. Stories from his collection, This New and Poisonous Air, have been shortlisted for Best American Fantasy and nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in 2012. Visit www.AdamMcOmber.com.




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Release Day Review - The White Forest by Adam McOmber

The White Forest
Author:  Adam McOmber
Publisher:  Touchstone, September 11, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 320 pages
Price:  $25.00
Genre:  Gothic/Supernatural Mystery
ISBN:  9781451664256
Review Copy:  Provided by Publisher

Release Day Review - The White Forest by Adam McOmber
In this hauntingly original debut novel about a young woman whose peculiar abilities help her infiltrate a mysterious secret society, Adam McOmber uses fantastical twists and dark turns to create a fast-paced, unforgettable story.

Young Jane Silverlake lives with her father in a crumbling family estate on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Jane has a secret—an unexplainable gift that allows her to see the souls of man-made objects—and this talent isolates her from the outside world. Her greatest joy is wandering the wild heath with her neighbors, Madeline and Nathan. But as the friends come of age, their idyll is shattered by the feelings both girls develop for Nathan, and by Nathan’s interest in a cult led by Ariston Day, a charismatic mystic popular with London’s elite. Day encourages his followers to explore dream manipulation with the goal of discovering a strange hidden world, a place he calls the Empyrean.

A year later, Nathan has vanished, and the famed Inspector Vidocq arrives in London to untangle the events that led up to Nathan’s disappearance. As a sinister truth emerges, Jane realizes she must discover the origins of her talent, and use it to find Nathan herself, before it’s too late.

My thoughts

The White Forest is a mystery wrapped in the supernatural set in Victorian London. It's also the story of Jane Silverlake. As the book description notes, Jane can see the souls of objects. Why this is and its significance are unknown. Jane's only two friends are either afraid of Jane's disease (Maddy) or fascinated and obsessed by her talent (Nathan).

Much of the information about Jane, Maddy and Nathan are given in a series of flashbacks of various sorts related by Jane, who is the narrator. These are interwoven into the fabric of the story.  Overall I found it a very effective way to communicate the genesis and changing quality of the relationships between Maddy, Jane and Nathan. The flashbacks also provided hints to the Empyrean and Jane's talent.

I really enjoyed The White Forest. The style of writing is beautiful. At times I felt like I was caught in a forbidding Gothic dream. The descriptive prose is often sumptuous. The novel starts off slowly but builds intensity as it reaches its crescendo. The mythology and supernatural elements in The White Forest are inventive and well-constructed. The Victorian London setting forms an ideal backdrop for the events in the story.

Jane is an odd character. If not for Maddy she never would have ventured from her home. Jane does not seem to understand the world in many ways. There are very good reasons for this. Nathan's disappearance is the catalyst for the events in the novel. We get to know him primarily through the flashback sequences since in the present of the story he is missing. Maddy again is only seen through the filter of Jane's eyes. There are times that she is an unsympathetic character (at least from Jane's point of view).

The supporting cast of Inspector Vidocq, Ariston Day, Maddy' mother, Nathan's mother and others serve pivotal roles in the story. Each push Jane forward in their ways to an ending that surprised.

Bottom Line: I was enchanted by The White Forest.  It is an atmospheric feast of the supernatural, exceptional mythology, Gothic chills, and mystery.



Release Day Review - The White Forest by Adam McOmber


Stop by tomorrow for an interview with Adam McOmber and a chance to win a copy of The White Forest.

The View From Monday - September 10, 2012

Monday again. Fall is the air. Time to start thinking about Halloween decorations!

It will be another busy week at The Qwillery with guest blogs from or interviews with Kristine Grayson, Adam McOmber, Lee Battersby, Bec McMaster, and John Park.

It's a light release week:

September 10, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Broken Promises (e) J.K. Coi SPR - Seasons of Invention 2
Sky Riders (e) Fae Sutherland SFER - Crux Ansata 1


September 11, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Full Blooded (D) Amanda Carlson UF - Jessica McClain 1
Under the Moon (ri) Natalie J. Damschroder PNR - Goddess Rising 1
Fire Dance Delle Jacobs FR
Loki's Daughters Delle Jacobs FR
Captured Heart Heather McCollum PHR - Highland Hearts
The White Forest (D) Adam McOmber F/G
Delusion in Death J. D. Robb UF - In Death 35
Turn to Darkness (e) Jaime Rush PNR - Offspring Novella
Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire Mitzi Szereto (ed) EF - Anthology
The Blinding Knife Brent Weeks F - Lightbringer2


September 12, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Between Page and Screen: Remaking Literature Through Cinema and Cyberspace Kiene Brillenburg Wurth Criticism


September 13, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Hobbitus Ille: The Latin Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien F


September 15, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound Mark Leslie (ed) SF - Anthology
An Evolutionary Definition of Magical Realism: A Study in Literary Style Kenneth S. Reeds Literary Criticism
Animal Alterity: Science Fiction and the Question of the Animal Sherryl Vint SF


September 16, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Painted Alphabet: A Mythical Story of Bali Diana Darling F - Mythology/Fairy Tales



D - Debut
e - eBook
ri - reissue or reprint

EF - Erotic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
G - Gothic
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFER - Science Fiction Erotic Romance
SPR -  Steampunk Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts

There are 13 debuts for September.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The September debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite September cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.



Dark Light of Day
AuthorJill Archer
Series: Noon Onyx
Publisher:  Ace, September 25, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
Genre:  Urban Fantasy/Dystopian
ISBN:  9780425257159 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
Armageddon is over. The demons won. And yet somehow…the world has continued. Survivors worship patron demons under a draconian system of tributes and rules. These laws keep the demons from warring among themselves, the world from slipping back into chaos.

Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, daughter of a prominent politician, and a descendant of Lucifer’s warlords. Noon has a secret—she was born with waning magic, the dark, destructive, fiery power that is used to control demons and maintain the delicate peace among them. But a woman with waning magic is unheard of and some will consider her an abomination.

Noon is summoned to attend St. Lucifer’s, a school of demon law. She must decide whether to declare her powers there…or attempt to continue hiding them, knowing the price for doing so may be death. And once she meets the forbiddingly powerful Ari Carmine—who suspects Noon is harboring magic as deadly as his own—Noon realizes there may be more at stake than just her life.




Full Blooded
AuthorAmanda Carlson
Series:  Jessica McClain
Publisher:  Orbit, September 11, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $12.99 (print)
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780316205207 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
After living in hiding for the last twenty-six years, Jessica wakes up to find she's become a full-blooded werewolf -- claws, fangs, fur, everything. It was never supposed to happen: female werewolves don't exist.

When a mercenary killer comes looking for her, her Pack finds themselves caught in the middle of a war. They must rise up to protect her, but no one knows if she's means the end of their race-or just a new beginning.




In a Fix
Author:  Linda Grimes
Series: Ciel Halligan
Publisher:  Tom Doherty Associates / Tor Books, September 4, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780765331809 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
Snagging a marriage proposal for her client while on an all-expenses-paid vacation should be a simple job for Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire. A kind of human chameleon, she's able to take on her clients' appearances and slip seamlessly into their lives, solving any sticky problems they don't want to deal with themselves. No fuss, no muss. Big paycheck.

This particular assignment is pretty enjoyable...that is, until Ciel's island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client's about-to-be-fiancé is snatched by modern-day Vikings. For some reason, Ciel begins to suspect that getting the ring is going to be a tad more difficult than originally anticipated.

Going from romance to rescue requires some serious gear-shifting, as well as a little backup. Her best friend, Billy, and Mark, the CIA agent she's been crushing on for years—both skilled adaptors—step in to help, but their priority is, annoyingly, keeping her safe. Before long, Ciel is dedicating more energy to escaping their watchful eyes than she is to saving her client's intended.

Suddenly, facing down a horde of Vikings feels like the least of her problems.




Bad Glass
AuthorRichard E. Gropp
Publisher:  Del Rey, September 25, 2012
Format: Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
Genre:  Dark Fantasy
ISBN:  9780345533937 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
One of the most hauntingly original dark fantasy debuts in years—perfect for fans of Lost and Mark Danielewski’s cult classic, House of Leaves.

Something has happened in Spokane. The military has evacuated the city and locked it down. Even so, disturbing rumors and images seep out, finding their way onto the Internet, spreading curiosity, skepticism, and panic. For what they show is—or should be—impossible: strange creatures that cannot exist, sudden disappearances that violate the laws of physics, human bodies fused with inanimate objects, trapped yet still half alive. . . .

Dean Walker, an aspiring photographer, sneaks into the quarantined city in search of fame. What he finds will change him in unimaginable ways. Hooking up with a group of outcasts led by a beautiful young woman named Taylor, Dean embarks on a journey into the heart of a mystery whose philosophical implications are as terrifying as its physical manifestations. Even as he falls in love with Taylor—a woman as damaged and seductive as the city itself—his already tenuous hold on reality starts to come loose. Or perhaps it is Spokane’s grip on the world that is coming undone.

Now, caught up in a web of interlacing secrets and betrayals, Dean, Taylor, and their friends must make their way through this ever-shifting maze of a city, a city that is actively hunting them down, herding them toward a shocking destiny.




Clean
AuthorAlex Hughes
Series:  Mindspace Investigations
Publisher:  Roc, September 4, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
Genre:  SciFi/Mystery
ISBN:  9780451464750 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
A RUTHLESS KILLER—
OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND

I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars.

My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it—real scary.

Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city—and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.




The Vanishing Act
Author:  Mette Jakobsen
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company, September 17, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 224 pages
Price:  $23.95 (print)
Genre:   Fantasy
ISBN:  9780393062922 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
On a small snow-covered island—so tiny that it can’t be found on any map—lives twelve-year-old Minou, her philosopher Papa (a descendent of Descartes), Boxman the magician, and a clever dog called No-Name. A year earlier Minou’s mother left the house wearing her best shoes and carrying a large black umbrella. She never returned.

One morning Minou finds a dead boy washed up on the beach. Her father decides to lay him in the room that once belonged to her mother. Can her mother’s disappearance be explained by the boy? Will Boxman be able to help find her? Minou, unwilling to accept her mother’s death, attempts to find the truth through Descartes’ philosophy. Over the course of her investigation Minou will discover the truth about loss and love, a truth that The Vanishing Act conveys in a voice that is uniquely enchanting.




Stormdancer
AuthorJay Kristoff
Series:  Lotus Wars
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press / Thomas Dunne Books, September 18, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781250001405 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
The first in an epic new fantasy series, introducing an unforgettable new heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal Japan.

A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

A HIDDEN GIFT
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.




Kiss of Steel
AuthorBec McMaster
Series:  London Steampunk
Publisher:  Sourcebooks, September 4, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages
Price:  $6.99 (print)
Genre:  Steampunk Romance
ISBN:  9781402270277 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
When Nowhere is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitecapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single–handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood–craving he's been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She's so...innocent. He doesn't see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he's been seeking.




The White Forest
AuthorAdam McOmber
Publisher:  Touchstone / Simon & Schuster, September 11, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781451664256 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
In this hauntingly original debut novel about a young woman whose peculiar abilities help her infiltrate a mysterious secret society, Adam McOmber uses fantastical twists and dark turns to create a fast-paced, unforgettable story.

Young Jane Silverlake lives with her father in a crumbling family estate on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Jane has a secret—an unexplainable gift that allows her to see the souls of man-made objects—and this talent isolates her from the outside world. Her greatest joy is wandering the wild heath with her neighbors, Madeline and Nathan. But as the friends come of age, their idyll is shattered by the feelings both girls develop for Nathan, and by Nathan’s interest in a cult led by Ariston Day, a charismatic mystic popular with London’s elite. Day encourages his followers to explore dream manipulation with the goal of discovering a strange hidden world, a place he calls the Empyrean.

A year later, Nathan has vanished, and the famed Inspector Vidocq arrives in London to untangle the events that led up to Nathan’s disappearance. As a sinister truth emerges, Jane realizes she must discover the origins of her talent, and use it to find Nathan herself, before it’s too late.




Something Red
Author:  Douglas Nicholas
Publisher:  Emily Bestler Books / Atria Books, September 18, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781451660074 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
From debut author Douglas Nicholas comes a haunting story of love, murder, and sorcery.

During the thirteenth century in northwest England, in one of the coldest winters in living memory, a formidable yet charming Irish healer, Molly, and the troupe she leads are driving their three wagons, hoping to cross the Pennine Mountains before the heavy snows set in. Molly, her lover Jack, granddaughter Nemain, and young apprentice Hob become aware that they are being stalked by something terrible. The refuge they seek in a monastery, then an inn, and finally a Norman castle proves to be an illusion. As danger continues to rise, it becomes clear that the creature must be faced and defeated—or else they will all surely die. It is then that Hob discovers how much more there is to his adopted family than he had realized.

An intoxicating blend of fantasy and mythology, Something Red presents an enchanting world full of mysterious and fascinating characters— shapeshifters, sorceresses, warrior monks, and knights—where no one is safe from the terrible being that lurks in the darkness. In this extraordinary, fantastical world, nothing is as it seems, and the journey for survival is as magical as it is perilous.




Janus
Author:  John Park
Publisher:  ChiZine Publications, September 15, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages
Price:  $15.95 (print)
Genre:  SciFi
ISBN:  9781927469101 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
In the near future, Jon Grebbel arrives on the colony world of Janus, and finds himself mysteriously without memory of his life on Earth. It seems that the journey has caused severe memory loss in many of Janus's colonists. While Grebbel wants to start his new life, he also wants his memory back, and starts treatments to restore his past. But they only leave him angry and disturbed and he begins to doubt the glimpses of the past the treatments reveal. Grebbel meets Elinda, an earlier arrival, whose lover, Barbara, vanished and then was found lying in the woods, apparently brain-damaged. Elinda has also lost her memories of Earth, but unlike him she has abandoned the effort to recover them. Now their meeting brings each of them a glimpse of an experience they shared back on Earth. Investigating Barbara's fate and their own, the two find their love and their search for justice turning toward bitter self-discovery and revenge, even as they begin to uncover the darkness at the heart of their world.




The City's Son
AuthorTom Pollock
Series:   The Skyscraper Throne
Publisher:  Flux, September 8, 2012 (US)
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages
Price:  $16.99 (print)
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780738734309 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts

"Gritty, dynamic, and beautiful.
I can't wait for more."
TESSA GRATTON
author of Blood Magic

Running from her traitorous best friend and her estranged father, graffiti artist Beth Bradley is looking for sanctuary. What she finds is Filius, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London’s mystical underworld. Filius opens Beth’s eyes to the city she’s never truly seen—where vast spiders crawl telephone wires seeking voices to steal, railwraiths escape their tethers, and statues conceal an ancient priesthood robed in bronze.

But it all teeters on the brink of destruction. Amid rumors that Filius’s goddess mother will soon return from her 15-year exile, Reach, a malign god of urban decay, wants the young prince dead. Helping Filius raise an alleyway army to reclaim his skyscraper throne, Beth soon forgets her old life. But when her best friend is captured, Beth must choose between this wondrous existence and the life she left behind.




The Well of Tears
AuthorRoberta Trahan
Series:  The Dream Stewards
Publisher:  47North, September 18, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 325 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781612183725 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
More than five centuries after Camelot, a new king heralded by prophecy has appeared. As one of the last sorceresses of a dying order sworn to protect the new ruler at all costs, Alwen must answer a summons she thought she might never receive.

Bound by oath, Alwen returns to Fane Gramarye, the ancient bastion of magic standing against the rise of evil. For alongside the prophecy of the benevolent king, a darker foretelling envisions the land overrun by a demonic army and cast into ruin.

Alwen has barely set foot in her homeland when she realizes traitors lurk within the Stewardry, threatening to destroy it. To thwart the corruption and preserve her order, Alwen must draw upon power she never knew she possessed and prepare to sacrifice everything she holds dear—even herself. If she fails, the prophecy of peace will be banished, and darkness will rule.


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