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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10


This is the tenth 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.
Part 5 here.
Part 6 here.
Part 7 here.
Part 8 here.
Part 9 here.




Linda Grimes (2012)

Pre-Fix
A Ciel Halligan Short Story
Tor Books, March 31, 2015
e-Book, 32 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Meet Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire, in this charming introduction to Linda Grimes' "sparkling series" (Publishers Weekly).

A genetic quirk means Ciel can take on the appearance of anyone she meets by projecting their aura. This startling ability presents endless possibilities, and she's one of a rare few who has it...so you'd think it'd be easier finding a day job that lets her put it to use. Actress? Model? Ethically dubious and possibly criminal activities, like her best friend Billy? Ciel's long-time crush and fellow aura adaptor, Mark, has found his calling as a CIA agent-a life of intrigue, danger, and the perfect utilization of their rather unique skill set. It seems like the obvious choice to Ciel: She could do good and spend time with her crush. What could be better?

"Seamlessly blending humor and action...This deliciously sexy and fun-filled romp simply is a must-read."-RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick! on In a Fix


The Big Fix
Ciel Halligan 3
Tor Books, May 12, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Linda Grimes's sexy and hilarious urban fantasy series that began with In a Fix and Quick Fix continues in The Big Fix.

Aura adaptor extraordinaire Ciel Halligan, who uses her chameleon-like abilities to fix her clients' problems—as them—is filling in on set for action superstar Jackson Gunn, whose snake phobia is standing in the way of his completing his latest mega-millions Hollywood blockbuster. There's only one thing Jack fears more than snakes, and that's the possibility of his fans finding out he screams at the sight of one. Going from hero to laughing stock isn't part of his career plan.

Seems like a simple enough job to Ciel, who doesn't particularly like snakes, but figures she can tolerate an afternoon with them, for the right price—which Jack is offering, and then some. What she doesn't count on is finding out that while she was busy wrangling snakes for him, his wife was busy getting killed. When Ciel goes to break the sad news to the star, she finds out Jack was AWOL from her client hideaway at the time of the murder.

Ciel begins to suspect Jack's phobia was phony, and that he only hired her to provide him with an alibi—but if she goes to the police, she'll have to explain how she knows he wasn't really on set. Up against a wall, Ciel calls on her best-friend-turned-love-interest Billy, and her not-so-ex-crush Mark, to help her set up the sting of a lifetime.


All Fixed Up
Ciel Halligan 4
Tor Books, May 24, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire, has a lot of experience filling in for her clients--as them. A rare genetic quirk gives her the ability to absorb human energy and project it back out in a flawless imitation. She's hard at work, posing as a well-known and celebrated astronaut, about to make a stunning announcement on behalf of the space program...when the photographer documenting the job sees right through her aura. Worse, it soon becomes apparent that he not only knows Ciel’s not who she's supposed to be, but means her harm.

When Ciel's elderly Aunt Helen—also an aura adaptor—is murdered in Central Park, and the same photographer shows up at the funeral, Ciel starts to feel even more exposed. Then more adaptors are killed in the same way, and she becomes terrified her friends and family are being systematically exterminated ... and it's starting to look like she's the ultimate target. She turns to Billy Doyle, her best-friend-turned-boyfriend, for help, but when an unexpected crisis causes him to take off without a word, she's left to rely on her not-so-former crush, CIA agent Mark Fielding.

Staying alive, keeping control of her romantic life, and unraveling the mystery of why adaptors are being pursued becomes a harder balancing act than ever in this new Ciel Halligan adventure from Linda Grimes.




Rhiannon Held (2012)

Back a Winner
A Silver Universe Story
July 6, 2015
eBook, 12 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Pierce must soon give his alpha an answer whether he will accept a position of Seattle pack beta, but he can’t bring himself to decide. At the track, memories haunt him, throwing his fear into sharp relief.


Temper
A Silver Universe Story
July 6, 2015
eBook, 21 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Hoping for a relaxing vacation to roam and get over a bad break-up, Tom instead finds something incredibly dangerous for all werewolves: a cemetery with Were secrets engraved on the stones for any human to see. When a couple of young werewolves from the Billings pack interfere with his plans to take care of the problem, it gets hard for him to keep his anger in check.


Lady Ceremony
A Silver Universe Story
Aug 5, 2015
eBook, 16 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
School’s out for the summer, and Ginnie’s determined to visit her friends in the Boston pack, even if she has to defy her father and sneak out to do it. After all, it was her father the alphas exiled to the wilds of northern Quebec, not her. But she never counted on her first shift into wolf coming so soon, leaving her aching and frightened on a bus, surrounded by humans who can’t be allowed to see her other form.


Wolfsbane
Silver 4
Rhianon Held, August 22, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
When an envoy arrives from the secretive Russian werewolf pack, Roanoke alphas Silver and Andrew Dare are instantly suspicious. Tatiana claims she has been sent to locate an heirloom, lost by immigrants centuries ago, but she and the alphas both suspect that Russia fears the strength of the newly-united, continent-spanning Roanoke pack.

What Tatiana doesn't realize is that her pack is willing to sacrifice even their own trained spy for their goals. The drugged wine they’ve given her is too strong, and instead of rendering Silver and Andrew biddable, it nearly kills her and traps the alphas in dreams that could destroy them. The alphas must fight to wake and Tatiana must fight to help them—because with the furious Roanoke pack howling for her blood, her life could depend on it.




Chris Holm (2012)

The Killing Kind
Mulholland Books, September 15, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Trade Paperback to be published September 1, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
A hitman who only kills other hitmen winds up a target himself.

Michael Hendricks kills people for money. That aside, he's not so bad a guy.

Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. He left behind his old life--and beloved fiancée--and set out on a path of redemption...or perhaps one of willful self-destruction.

Now Hendricks makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts--he only hits other hitmen. For ten times the price on your head, he'll make sure whoever's coming to kill you winds up in the ground instead. Not a bad way for a guy with his skill-set to make a living--but a great way to make himself a target.




Alex Hughes (2012)

How to Drive Yourself Crazy as a Writer
July 2015
eBook, 68 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Lately I’ve been noticing a distressing excess of sanity in the creative and writing worlds. Why, new writers have even begun to challenge the Great Assertion that one must be poor and miserable to be any good! This Assertion, as you know, is the bedrock to creating meaningful Art.

Fear not. You are not at the mercy of the forces of Sanity and Productivity. For those distressed by the relentless forward drive of Efficiency, this book will provide a refreshing antidote.

Before you know it, through my simple and practical Assertions, you too will adopt the maddening and complex process that is True Writing, and embrace creative insanity as comfortably as a bat in a belfry!

How to Drive Yourself Crazy as a Writer is the satirical how-to writing book you never knew you needed, chock-full of practical advice and easy steps to fill your creative life with trauma, missteps and angst.

Take another look at the life of a writer, and immerse yourself in the hysterical chaos of the life of a miserable, starving-in-a-garret author… or, perhaps, laugh your way to the other side of writer’s block.


Fluid
A Mindspace Investigations Novella
Book 4.5
October 27, 2015
Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Good Cop, Bad Cop

A prominent journalist has been found dead, a journalist investigating police corruption. I'm supposed to be working in my new P. I. firm, but the money's not enough so I'm back consulting for the police as a telepath. Turns out this case is a doozy--the journalist was an addict, even worse than I was before I cleaned up my act. But he saved some kids from a sweatshop years ago, and then there's this corruption thing he's been looking into, which makes all the cops sweat.

The police's Powers That Be would really, really like for the journalist's death be an accident--the physical evidence even points in that direction. In Mindspace, however, it's clearly murder. With increasing pressure on myself and Detective Freeman to drop this case, I'll have to fight my way through to find the killer. And worse? If it's one of the cops who did the killing, I don't know if they'll get justice, or I'll get paid.

Fluid and Temper are companion novellas, taking place at the same time.  Fluid follows Adam’s activities; Temper follows Cherabino’s.


The Three Words Project
Stories Inspired by Readers
November 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 62 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Banana. Elephantine. Kendama. -- What kind of worlds can be created from just three words?

In the summer of 2014, I asked the readers of my email newsletter to send me just three words, which I would use to inspire flash fiction pieces I'd write on the spot. The project ended up a lot more popular than I expected, with dozens of word sets coming in both that summer and the following winter. The words ranged from fedora to susurrus, from explosion to widdershins, and I was inspired to write flash fiction stories just as diverse in content.

From a time traveler stuck on hold while being chased by a dinosaur, to family inheritance dispute, a magician's quarrel to a private investigator on New Mars, not to mention a haunted bone garden and a Viking coming of age story, these stories run the gamut of time and space in bite-sized pieces. Each comes labeled with the three words that inspired it, both as a tribute to the original reader and as a fun glimpse into the mind of a writer at play.


Temper
A Mindspace Investigations Novella
Book 4.7
Alexandra Hughes LLC, December 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 100 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Introducing Temper, the first Mindspace Investigations novella from ex-Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino's point of view...

Some Clients Test You More Than Others

Getting fired from the DeKalb County P.D. was hard, and starting up a private investigation firm has turned out to be even harder. The bills aren't getting paid, and it doesn't help that my partner the telepath keeps getting called away to work for the police department that dropped me like a bad habit. It makes me sad. And angry. A whole lot angry. But when a big-time steel mill mogul comes to Mindspace Investigations PI for help finding his blackmailer, I jump at the chance to get justice for someone again.

Unfortunately, there's a lot more to this case than meets the eye. Shady union dealings. Ties to the mob. Questionable motives. Lies and half-truths. But we need the money, and I can't afford to be picky about jobs right now. No matter how much I dislike the client.

My sensei used to tell me that picking a fight was a bad idea for anyone, but a particularly bad idea for me. But sometimes you don't get to pick your battles. I just hope this is a fight I can win without crossing too many lines.

Fluid and Temper are companion novellas, taking place at the same time.  Fluid follows Adam’s activities; Temper follows Cherabino’s.




Benedict Jacka (2012)

Burned
Alex Verus 7
Ace, April 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Mage Alex Verus is back in the seventh in the “gorgeously realized”* urban fantasy series from the national bestselling author of Veiled.

I’m used to people wanting me dead. But, this time, I’m not the only one on the hit list—and time is running out…

Diviner Alex Verus finally made one too many enemies on the Council of Mages, and now one of them is angry enough to have him executed. Fighting for his life is nothing new, but this kill order also calls for the death of Alex’s dependents—and there’s no way that he’ll let Luna, Anne, and Vari take the heat.

With only a week before he’s history, Alex will have to figure out how to disassociate himself from his friends, scrounge up allies on the Council, and hopefully keep his head attached to his body.

But saving himself is going to bring him into direct opposition with his former master and the Dark mages surrounding him. And, this time, escaping with his life might mean losing his soul…




Anne E. Johnson (2012)

Things from Other Worlds
October 8, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 82 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
"Enchanting!" -Ellie Ann, New York Times bestseller

Many strange things wait inside these pages. There's a fuzzy ball of kindness, camped out on a grumpy man's porch. A chewed piece of gum with a mind of its own. A smart Alec who actually stands in line twice when they're handing out brains. A girl who isn't afraid when all the plants in her neighborhood come to life.

This collection of science fiction and fantasy stories for kids by award-winning author Anne E. Johnson is perfect for ages 8-12, or anyone with a child's heart.


The Clay War
November 8, 2015
eBook, 16 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
One minute, Shelly is on her fire escape in Detroit. The next, she's in a strange world with two rival battalions of fairies flying toward her. Good thing she has some city-smarts to get her out of this alarming situation.

This short fantasy story by award-winning children's author Anne E. Johnson is intended for ages 8-12.

Amazon : Barnes and Noble : iBooks : Kobo


2016 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide     Multiple Authors including Anne E. Johnson
Dreaming Robot Press, November 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 402 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
The Universe keeps getting bigger! The adventure continues in this second collection of science fiction short stories for middle grade readers. From a future that could be right around the corner, to cultures that stretch what it means to be human, the common thread of our stories are the girls and boys who take action, solve problems, and become the leaders of tomorrow. Welcome Young Explorers!
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Book Depository : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
iBooks : Kobo


The Orpheus Factor
December 15, 2015
ebook, 59 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Maybe the aliens are already here.
These six works of short science fiction by award-winning author Anne E. Johnson range from Earth-bound cyberpunk to a space-opera retelling of an ancient Greek myth. All-in-all, the collection will leave you ... unsettled.


Interview with Alex Hughes, author of the Mindspace Investigations - March 31, 2014


Please welcome Alex Hughes to The Qwillery. Alex's most recent novel is Marked which will be published on April 1st. In addition Rabbit Trick, which includes a Mindspace Investigations story, was published on March 4, 2014.



Interview with Alex Hughes, author of the Mindspace Investigations - March 31, 2014




TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery. The first two novels in the Mindspace Investigations Series, Clean and Sharp, were published in 2012 and 2013 respectively and Marked will be out tomorrow. How was your writing process changed since your first novel was published?

Alex:  Thank you so much for having me on the blog. It's good to be back :)

My writing process is still developing, and every novel feels different as I'm working out not only plots and character arcs but also the best ways to work with my muse in a way that makes us both happy. Marked had to be written in about four and a half months, about half the time it took to write Sharp, so the process and the stress was accelerated. As I'm writing Book #4 right now, it's a different experience still, much slower and incremental, with layers building as I go. I'm still adjusting my process with every book, and it may take awhile to get it right. By nature, I'm a pantser (I write by the seat of my pants) but this is a very inefficient and illogical process. I'm trying to add more structure and planning to this to make the process easier, but if I overshoot, I can hobble my muse. So I'm still learning and trying new things.



TQ:  The Mindspace Investigations series is set in an alternate future Atlanta. Why did you set the series in Atlanta?

Alex:  I live in Atlanta. Specifically, I lived in Decatur in college, where the Mindspace series was set. They were constantly telling me in creative writing class to write what you know, so when I came up with the core idea for the series, it was set there, mostly to prove I could do it.



TQ:  You've written two e-shorts set in the Mind Space Investigations universe: Payoff in 2013 and Rabbit Trick earlier in March, which includes some extra stories. Can you tell us about Rabbit Trick?

Alex:  Thanks for asking! "Rabbit Trick" was a story I wrote about eighteen months ago, right before I finished the draft of Sharp. Without going into spoilers, one of the characters in Sharp has a history with Adam and Cherabino that I wanted to explore. "Rabbit Trick" is the first time they come into contact with this character's handiwork. Since the story is set before the events of Clean, Adam deliberately doesn't have a name, and his and Cherabino's relationship is still pretty rocky. They're called in to consult on the murder of a fellow police officer, which Cherabino takes hard. When they show up, though, Adam discovers there was a kid at the crime scene... a kid no one can find.

I had a blast writing "Rabbit Trick" and the two other stories in other worlds, and I wanted to share that with the readers. Since you guys seemed to like Payoff so well, an e-short seemed the right format.



TQ:   After Sharp (book 2) was published I asked you which character surprised you the most in the series to that point. Is Paulson still the character who has surprised you the most?

Alex:  At this point, I think it's Kara. Her loyalties and motivations shift with the tides, so that I'm never quite sure at any given moment which side of the fence she'll land on. That makes her fun (and frustrating) to write.



TQ:  The novels have been described as "dark noir" and "SF mysteries and/or thrillers." Would you agree? What is noir?

Alex:  Noir, the way I understand it, comes from the look and feel of old forties films in the black-and-white Film Noir style. There's dramatic lighting, strong contrasts between shadows and lights, and also elevated dialogue and stakes. The heroes are always a little gritty, and the situations always a little more dramatic than normal, and there's usually some kind of hardboiled crime story. I love this genre, though I wasn't intending to write in it; it's apparently where my ideas naturally go. I was definitely trying for a cop-show feeling, and a speculative element pulling from real science concepts. What I ended up with works, but it's hard to categorize.



TQ:   What's next?

Alex:  I'll have more Mindspace stories as we go, but I'm also working on additional ideas for other worlds. One of which is actually set in the 1940s, speaking of noir. And I'm working on a collaborative project about a hotel ghost with critique partner Kerry Schafer this year as well. To make sure you stay up to date with all the latest news (and get periodic free short stories from me), sign up for my email newsletter at http://www.ahugheswriter.com/email-signup.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Alex:  Thank you so much for having me here! I had a great time.





Mindspace Investigations

Marked
Mindspace Investigations 3
Roc, April 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with Alex Hughes, author of the Mindspace Investigations - March 31, 2014
FORESEE NO EVIL.

Freelancing for the Atlanta PD isn’t exactly a secure career; my job’s been on the line almost as much as my life. But it’s a paycheck, and it keeps me from falling back into the drug habit. Plus, things are looking up with my sometimes-partner, Cherabino, even if she is still simmering over the telepathic Link I created by accident.

When my ex, Kara, shows up begging for my help, I find myself heading to the last place I ever expected to set foot in again—Guild headquarters—to investigate the death of her uncle. Joining that group was a bad idea the first time. Going back when I’m unwanted is downright dangerous.

Luckily, the Guild needs me more than they’re willing to admit. Kara’s uncle was acting strange before he died—crazy strange. In fact, his madness seems to be slowly spreading through the Guild. And when an army of powerful telepaths loses their marbles, suddenly it’s a game of life or death.…


Sharp
Mindspace Investigations 2
Roc, April 2, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with Alex Hughes, author of the Mindspace Investigations - March 31, 2014
HISTORY HAS A WAY OF REPEATING ITSELF, EVEN FOR TELEPATHS.…

As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop—I never will be—and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident.

And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.

Parts for illegal Tech—the same parts used to bring the world to its knees in the Tech Wars sixty years ago—are being hijacked all over the city. Plus Cherbino's longtime nemesis, a cop killer, has resurfaced with a vengeance. If I can stay alive long enough, I just might be able to prove my worth, once and for all...


Payoff
A Mindspace Investigations Novella
Roc, March 5, 2014
eNovella, 112 pages

Interview with Alex Hughes, author of the Mindspace Investigations - March 31, 2014
Being a telepath, I should have seen the hell I was getting myself into…

I used to be one of the most powerful telepaths in the guild. That was before my drug addiction and before they kicked me out. But I'm not a bad guy. Now I help the Atlanta PD solve murders. And even though there are only a few people I call friends, I'd do most anything to keep their trust.

So when a judge asks me to help investigate a missing college kid, I'm down for it. No questions asked. No problem. But in this dark world, things are never easy and a favor is never just a favor. Turns out, politicians don’t like being murder suspects. And it's bad to anger someone with more power than you. I thought I had nothing to lose... I was wrong.

Includes a preview of Alex Hughes’s Sharp


Clean
Mindspace Investigations 1
Roc, September 4, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with Alex Hughes, author of the Mindspace Investigations - March 31, 2014
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.


Rabbit Trick
Mindspace Investigations .5
Alex Hughes, March 4, 2014
eBook

Interview with Alex Hughes, author of the Mindspace Investigations - March 31, 2014
New short story in the Mindspace Investigations universe (with two bonus short stories in other worlds from author Alex Hughes).

Open Mind

When the cops call me in the middle of the night, I know it’s bad. One of their own is dead, strangled in her car by a professional killer, and it’s up to me, telepath consultant extraordinaire, to pull the rabbit out of my hat and solve the case. Only this time I’m not so sure I can.

Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino is breathing down my neck. The dead cop’s partner is too. And now, the worst—there was a five-year-old kid in the car, a kid no one can find.

Note from the author: “Rabbit Trick” takes place before the events of Clean, so the hero intentionally remains nameless.





About Alex

Interview with Alex Hughes, author of the Mindspace Investigations - March 31, 2014
Alex Hughes, the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series from Roc, has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of eight. She is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop, and a Semi-Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novels 2011. Her short fiction has been published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction, Thunder on the Battlefield and White Cat Magazine. She is an avid cook and foodie, a trivia buff, and a science geek, and loves to talk about neuroscience, the Food Network, and writing craft—but not necessarily at the same time! You can visit her at Twitter at @ahugheswriter or on the web at http://www.ahugheswriter.com. Or, join her email newsletter for free short stories at http://www.ahugheswriter.com/email-signup.

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The View From Monday - March 31, 2014


Happy last Monday in March! This is a very full release week including a tremendous number of books out on April 1st. No fooling!


The View From Monday - March 31, 2014


There are 2 debuts:

Irenicon (The Wave Trilogy 1) by Aidan Harte;

and

Deadroads by Robin Riopelle.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Cursed by Alexa Egan;

The Bird Eater by Ania Ahlborn;

Immortal Hunter (Execution Underground 2) by Kait Ballenger;

Covenant (Books of Raziel 2) by Sabrina Benulis;

Turned (Belladonna Agency 1) by Virna DePaul;

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher;

Marked (Mindspace Investigations 3) by Alex Hughes;

Drowning in Fire (Elementals 3) by Hanna Martine;

Tomorrow, the Killing (Low Town 2) Daniel Polansky;

and  

Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James.



March 30, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wanderer's Tale (ri) David Bilsborough F - Annals of Lindormyn 1


March 31, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Small Doses of the Future: A Collection of Medical Science Fiction Stories Brad Aiken SF - Collection
Death's Daughter (e) Kathleen Collins PNR - Realm Walker 2
Minding the Stars: The Early Jack Vance Volume 4 Terry Dowling (ed)
Jonathan Strahan (ed)
SF/F - Collection
Cursed (e) Alexa Egan PNR - The Complete Imnada Brotherhood Novellas
Dangerous Angel (e) Stacy Gail PNR - Earth Angels 4
At Star's End (e) Anna Hackett SFR
The Compleat Crow Brian Lumley F - Titus Crow Stories



April 1, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Goblin Emperor Katherine Addison F
The Bird Eater Ania Ahlborn H
Circle of Desire Keri Arthur FR - Damask Circle 3
Wild Wolf Jennifer Ashley PNR - Shifters Unbound 6
Immortal Hunter (e) Kait Ballenger PNR - The Execution Underground 2
Lexicon (h2tp) Max Barry SF
Dark Eden Chris Beckett SF
Hecate's Own Dana Marie Bell PNR - Heart's Desire 2
Covenant Sabrina Benulis F/Go - Books of Raziel 2
What the Doctor Ordered Michael Blumlein H - Collection
The Days of the Deer Liliana Bodoc F - Saga of the Borderlands 1
A Killing Notion Melissa Bourbon PCM - Magical Dressmaking Mystery 3
Riveted (tp2mm) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas 3
The Devil's Eye (e) Dawn Brown GoR - Shivers 10
Blameless (ri) Gail Carriger SP - Parasol Protectorate 3
Changeless (ri) Gail Carriger SP - Parasol Protectorate 2
Soulless (ri) Gail Carriger SP - Parasol Protectorate 1
Upon a Sea of Stars A. Bertam Chandler SF - John Grimes Saga 5
Peacemaker C. J. Cherryh SF - Foreigner 15
Savage Panet Stephen Coonts SF - Saucer 3
Quicksilver Soul Christine D'Abo PHR - Shadow Guild 2
The Ugly Woman of Castello di Putti: A Tor.Com Original A.M. Dellamonica F
Turned Virna DePaul PNR - Belladonna Agency 1
The Ophelia Prophecy Sharon Lynn Fisher SFR
Shards of Time Lynn Flewelling F - Nightrunner 7
Magical Misfire (e) Kimberly Frost PNR - A Southern Witch Novella
Severed Gary Fry H
Vampire's Hunger Cynthia Garner SFR - Awakening 1
The Revolutions Felix Gilman SF/R
Legacy of Darkness (e) Jane Godman GoR - Shivers 9
The Awakening (ri) Heather Graham
(Shannon Drake)
PNR - Alliance Vampires 5
Darkening Around Me (e) Barbara J. Hancock GoR - Shivers 1
Games Creatures Play Charlaine Harris (ed)
Toni L.P. Kelner (ed)
UF - Anthology
Empty Space: A Haunting (h2tp) M. John Harrison SF/H
Dream a Little Dream (e) Megan Hart PNR
Irenicon (D US) Aidan Harte F - Wave Trilogy 1
The Crimson Shield Nathan Hawke F - Gallow 1
Marked Alex Hughes SF - Mindspace Investigations 3
Ghost of a Gamble Sue Ann Jaffarian PCM - Ghost of Granny Apples 4
Tempting the Demon Elle James PNR
Enchanting the Beast Kathryne Kennedy PHR - Relics of Merlin 4
Wicked Games Angela Knight PNR - Collection
Appalachian Overthrow (h2mm) E.E. Knight SF - Vampire Earth 10
Baltic Gambit E.E. Knight SF - Vampire Earth 11
The Frangipani Hotel Violet Kupersmith Gh - Collection
When He Was Bad (ri) Shelly Laurenston
Cynthia Eden
PNR - Stories
The Fearful Gates Ross Lawhead F - An Ancient Earth 3
Into the Void: Star Wars Tim Lebbon SF - Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi
The Forever Knight (h2mm) John Marco F - Bronze Knight 1
Reign of Ash Gail Z. Martin F - Ascendant Kingdom 2
Drowning in Fire Hanna Martine PNR - Elementals 3
Step Back in Time Ali McNamara TTR
Like a Dead Man Walking William F. Nolan
Jason V. Brock (ed)
SF/H - Collection
Ghost Seer Robin D. Owens PNR - Ghost Seer 1
Tomorrow, the Killing Daniel Polansky DF - Low Town 2
Stoker's Manuscript (h2tp) Royce Prouty H
Prince's Fire Amy Raby FR - Hearts and Thrones 3
Fall Rod Rees SF/Dys -  Demi-Monde Saga 4
Evil Never Dies Mick Ridgewell H
Deadroads: A Novel of Supernatural Suspense (D) Robin Riopelle Su/Sus
Keith Roberts SF Gateway Omnibus Keith Roberts SF - SF Gateway Omnibus
Shattered Moon Moira Rogers PNR - Bloodhounds
Black Rose (e) Jenna Ryan GoR - Shivers 3
Silence for the Dead Simone St. James Go
Bob Shaw SF Gateway Omnibus Bob Shaw SF - SF Gateway Omnibus
Conversations with William Gibson Patrick A. Smith (ed) SF - Literary Conversations
Running Free Jorrie Spencer PNR - Northern Shifters 5
Angel City (h2mm) Jon Steele Su/P - Angelus Trilogy 2
The Homecoming (h2tp) Carsten Stroud Su/H - Niceville 2
From Civil War to World War Peter G. Tsouras AH - Britannia's Fist Trilogy1
The Seventh Child Erik Valeur Go
Circle of Blood Debbie Viguie F/P - Witch Hunt 3
The Way of All Flesh Tim Waggoner H
Mark of the Bear NJ Walters PNR - Hades' Carnival 2
The King J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 12
Gothic Science Fiction: 1980-2010 Sara Wasson (ed)
Emily Alder (ed)
LC/Go/SF



April 2, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Devil in America: A Tor.Com Original Kai Ashante Wilson F


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint

AH - Alternate History
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopia
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
Gh - Ghosts
Go - Gothic
GoR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
LC - Literary Criticism
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4


This is the fourth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) authors and their upcoming books for 2014. This update covers some of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge authors. Look for Part 5, covering more 2012 DAC authors, on The Qwillery later this week.


Part 1 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 2 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 3 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4




Sharon Lynn Fisher

The Ophelia Prophecy
Tor Books, April 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
Our world is no longer our own. We engineered a race of superior fighters - the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but destroyed us. In Sanctuary, some of us survive. Eking out our existence. Clinging to the past.

Some of us intend to do more than survive.

Asha and Pax - strangers and enemies - find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.

Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity’s most valuable resource - information - viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society

Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.

Neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.

With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other's secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.




Rhiannon Held

Reflected
Silver 3
Tor Books, February 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
Rhiannon Held continues the secret lives of the werewolf packs that live and hunt alongside human society in Reflected, the third book of the series that began with her debut novel, Silver. Silver and her mate Andrew Dare are pack leaders of the entire North American werewolf population, and that makes the more traditional packs in Europe very nervous indeed. It’s getting hard to hide from human surveillance.

















Alex Hughes

Marked
Mindspace Investigation 3
Roc, April 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
FORESEE NO EVIL.

Freelancing for the Atlanta PD isn’t exactly a secure career; my job’s been on the line almost as much as my life. But it’s a paycheck, and it keeps me from falling back into the drug habit. Plus, things are looking up with my sometimes-partner, Cherabino, even if she is still simmering over the telepathic Link I created by accident.

When my ex, Kara, shows up begging for my help, I find myself heading to the last place I ever expected to set foot in again—Guild headquarters—to investigate the death of her uncle. Joining that group was a bad idea the first time. Going back when I’m unwanted is downright dangerous.

Luckily, the Guild needs me more than they’re willing to admit. Kara’s uncle was acting strange before he died—crazy strange. In fact, his madness seems to be slowly spreading through the Guild. And when an army of powerful telepaths loses their marbles, suddenly it’s a game of life or death.…




Max Gladstone

Two Serpents Rise
Craft Sequence 2
Tor Books, April 29, 2014
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Previously released in Hardcover and eBook, October 29, 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
In Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone, shadow demons plague the city reservoir, and Red King Consolidated has sent in Caleb Altemoc—casual gambler and professional risk manager—to cleanse the water for the sixteen million people of Dresediel Lex. At the scene of the crime, Caleb finds an alluring and clever cliff runner, Crazy Mal, who easily outpaces him.

But Caleb has more than the demon infestation, Mal, or job security to worry about when he discovers that his father—the last priest of the old gods and leader of the True Quechal terrorists—has broken into his home and is wanted in connection to the attacks on the water supply.

From the beginning, Caleb and Mal are bound by lust, Craft, and chance, as both play a dangerous game where gods and people are pawns. They sleep on water, they dance in fire...and all the while the Twin Serpents slumbering beneath the earth are stirring, and they are hungry.



Full Fathom Five
Craft Sequence 3
Tor, July 15, 2014
Hardcover and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4

The author shared this draft cover here.




Hanna Martine

Drowning in Fire
Elementals 3
Berkley, April 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
Hidden in the Hawaiian islands, there is magic pure enough to heal a broken heart…

In his last audience with the Senatus, Griffin hoped to establish a connection between his water-wielding race and the other elementals. Instead, he found himself drawn into a forbidden affair with the Chimeran general Keko. When it ended in a storm of fire and ice, Griffin was banned from the Senatus and Keko was stripped of her status.

Just as Griffin is given a second chance to prove himself worthy of a Senatus seat, he gets a call from Keko. Despite how it ended between them, she wants to hear his voice one last time before embarking on a suicide mission to save her people and redeem her name.

Despite her good intentions, members of the Senatus want her stopped—and Griffin volunteers to go after her. As he tracks his former lover through the untamed Hawaiian wilderness, she leads him straight to the source of all fire magic. But will the intense power they discover draw them back together or destroy them both?




E.S. Moore

Blood from a Silver Cross
Kat Redding 4
eKensington, February 6, 2014
eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
Trust is a dangerous business.

Some people still call Kat Redding by her hunter name: Lady Death. But she’s not eager to see more violence brought to her doorstep. The neverending tide of hungry supes and vicious humans doesn’t change the math—sooner or later Kat’s one-vamp battle against the nightmares that infest Columbus is going to leave her dead. And she has innocent people—well, a werewolf and a demon-summoner—depending on her now.

But when a rogue werewolf who’s opted out of the bloodbath is found crucified and mutilated with toxic silver, Kat knows she’ll be tangling again with the dangerous Pureblood murderers of the cult of the Left Hand. She already has an undead countess blackmailing her into taking out the city’s garbage and a demon playing with her head. Add to that her serious suspicions about changes at the house of her uneasy ally Jonathan Alucard, werewolf denmaster, and Kat might have finally gotten in danger so deep, not even Lady Death can survive…



Souls of the Damned
Kat Redding
eKensington, June 19, 2014
eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
Innocence is relative, and evil is damned hard to kill. . .

Kat Redding would love to take a break from the gruesome, dangerous work of hunting down rogue vampires and werewolves, battling for innocent lives. But there's no peace for Lady Death. Until Kat's young charge, Sienna, appears on her doorstep, escaped from the shadow-paradise of Delai. Sienna is weak, confused, desperate--human in the utmost. If Kat is going to have any hope of breaking the hold of Delai, she'll have to infiltrate the walls around the false sanctuary. And the only way she can do that is to trade in her battle-hardened, bloodthirsty vampire's body--for Sienna's human form.

With no weapons but her wits, Kat has to trust a demon, defeat an angel, and wrestle with her own rebel soul--because with all the fear and death she's conquered, no one has ever offered her another day under a warm yellow sun. . .



The View From Monday - March 4, 2013

Happy first Monday in March.


The View From Monday - March 4, 2013


Out this week from the 2013 Debut Author Challenge featured authors:

     A Conspiracy of Alchemists (The Chronicles of Light and Shadow 1) by Liesel Schwaz.


New this week from the 2012 Debut Author Challenge featured authors:

     Deep Down (Hallie Michaels 2) by Deborah Coates

     Payoff (eBook) (Mindspace Investigations Novella) by Alex Hughes


New this week from the 2011 Debut Author Challenge featured authors:

     Crave the Darkness (Shaede Assassin 3) by Amanda Bonilla

     Wicked Lies (eBook) (Dark Mission Novella) by Karina Cooper (print edition will be available on April 9th).


Update:  A printable PDF of this week's releases plus the March 1st releases may be found here.




March 4, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Prophecy (e) Vivi Anna FR - The League of Illusion 2



March 5, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Peach Pies and Alibis Ellery Adams PCM - Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery 2
Agave Kiss Ann Aguirre UF - Corine Solomon
Real Vampires Know Hips Happen Gerry Bartlett PNR - Real Vampires 9
Bridge of Dreams (h2mm) Anne Bishop F - Ephemera 3
Written In Red Anne Bishop UF - Others 1
Crave the Darkness Amanda Bonilla UF - Shaede Assassin 3
Children of Kings Marion Zimmer Bradley
Deborah J. Ross
F - Darkover
Frost Burned Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 7
The Shape Stealer Lee Carroll UF - Black Swan Rising 3
The Wolf's Surrender Kendra Leigh Castle PNR
The Heart of a Hero Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls 4
Intruder (h2mm) C. J. Cherryh SF - Foreigner 13
Deep Down Deborah Coates UF - Hallie Michaels 2
Garrett For Hire Glen Cook UF - Omnibus
Wicked Lies (e) Karina Cooper PNR - Dark Mission Novella
The Thief (h2mm) Clive Cussler Th/SF - Isaac Bell 5
A Turn of Light Julie E. Czerneda F
Undead and Underwater MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Collection
The Mapmaker's War: A Legend Ronlyn Domingue F
Hope Reborn S.M. Stirling
David Drake
SF - Raj Whitehall 1 and 2
The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire Abigail Gibbs UF
Dead Reckoning (ri) Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stakchouse / Southern Vampire 11
Empty Space M. John Harrison SF - Light 3
Redemption Erica Hayes PNR - Seven Signs 2
Doughnut Tom Holt SF
A Few Good Men Sarah A. Hoyt SF - Darkship 3
Payoff (e) Alex Hughes SF - Mindspace Investigations Novella
The Silent Ghost (e) Sue Ann Jaffarian PCM - Ghost of Granny Apples Novella
No Return (D) Zachary Jernigan F
Double Enchantment (ri) Kathryne Kennedy PNR - The Relics of Merlin
Gotrek & Felix : The Third Omnibus (ri) William King F - Warhammer
Unbound Angela Knight
Jennifer Ashley
Jean Johnson
Hanna Martine
PNR
The Funhouse (ri) Dean Koontz H
Keeper of the Moon Harley Jane Kozak PNR - The Keepers: L.A.
The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl Gina Lamm PNR
Beast Behaving Badly (tp2mm) Shelly Laurenston PNR - Pride 5
The Fall of Never Ronald Malfi H
Midnight Blue-Light Special Seanan McGuire UF - Incryptid 2
The Chosen Theresa Meyers SPR/WW - Legend Chonicles 3 
Her Knight's Quest Alexis Morgan F - Warriors of the Mist 2
The Accursed Joyce Carol Oates H
Strange Fates (e) Marlene Perez UF - Nyx Fortuna 1
Liar's Blade Tim Pratt F - Pathfinder Tales
The Demonologist: A Novel Andrew Pyper H
The Books of Barakhai Mickey Zucker Reichert F/SF
Mating Instinct Katie Reus PNR - Moon Shifter 3
The Last Threshold R. A. Salvatore F - Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: Neverwinter Saga 4
The Sound of Rebellion John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 8
A Conspiracy of Alchemists (D) Liesel Schwarz F - The Chronicles of Light and Shadow 1
Wild Invitation Nalini Singh PNR - Psy/Changling Anthology
The Late Night Horror Show Bryan Smith H
Hope Reborn S.M. Stirling
David Drake
SF - General Omnibus
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Seven Jonathan Strahan (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Slashback Rob Thurman UF - Cal Leandros 8
Blood and Magick James R. Tuck UF- Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter 3
The Last Grave Debbie Viguie P/Th - Witch Hunt 2
Rapture J.R. Ward PNR - Fallen Angels 4
Shadow of Freedom David Weber SF - Honor Farrington 14



March 6, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Necromancer's Grimoire Annmarie Banks F - The Elysium Texts 2
A Wolf from the Outlands Richard Taylor F - The Wolf's Quest 1
Terrain (e) Genevieve Valentine SP/W



e - eBook
D - Debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint



F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western
WW - Weird Western

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6

What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to in 2013?  This is the sixth is a series of posts.


See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.
See Part 5 here.
See Part 7 here.
See Part 8 here.
See Part 9 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 11 here.
See Part 12 here.


Linda Grimes

Quick Fix
Ciel Halligan 2
Tor, August 20, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
The second installment of the original urban fantasy series starring human chameleon Ciel Halligan

Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them — as them — is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It's supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it's wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she's crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate.

Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She's young for it, but she's always been precocious, so it's not impossible. What is impossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches — adaptors can only project human auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can't change herself back.

Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for NYC and the only person they know can help: Ciel's brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who's determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly's unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who's been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out?
Cover and descritpion from the Author's site.




Rhiannon Held

Tarnished
Silver 2
Tor, May 21, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
Experience the romance and danger of running with the werewolves in this urban fantasy.

Andrew Dare has found his mate in Silver, but they haven’t found the pack they can call home. Some of his old friends think he should return and challenge Roanoke for leadership of all the werewolf packs on the East Coast. But Andrew has baggage—his violent history with the packs of Spain and the rumors of his lack of control. And then there’s Silver—the werewolf who has lost her wild self to a monster’s assault, and who can no longer shift forms. But perhaps together they can overcome all the doubters.

The second book in this wonderful urban fantasy series plunges readers into the world of the shape-shifter packs who live hidden among us.




Alex Hughes

Sharp
Mindspace Investigations 2
Roc, April 2, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
HISTORY HAS A WAY OF REPEATING ITSELF, EVEN FOR TELEPATHS.…

As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop—I never will be—and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident.

And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.

Parts for illegal Tech—the same parts used to bring the world to its knees in the Tech Wars sixty years ago—are being hijacked all over the city. Plus Cherbino's longtime nemesis, a cop killer, has resurfaced with a vengeance. If I can stay alive long enough, I just might be able to prove my worth, once and for all...




J.A. Kazimer

Froggy Style
F***ed-Up Fairytale 2
Kensington, February 26, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
Jean-Michel La Grenouille has a lot going for him. He's a prince. Handsome. Filthy rich. And definitely charming. But he also spent his first few years as a fly-catching, pond-dwelling frog. All that saved him was the kiss of The One, the girl who saw nobility through his slimy form and fell into True Love. Okay, fine. Technically she was a toddler who tried to eat him, but whatever. The curse broke, and as long as he finds and marries her by his 30th birthday, he's a free man.

Trouble is, he's going to be 30 in ten days, and he's getting some seriously cold-blooded feet. He's pretty sure Princess Sleeping Beauty is The One. But his best man has some villain issues, his in-laws-to-be belong in a really special castle, and a smoking-hot lady biker named Lollie Bliss has him rethinking all this happily-ever-after stuff. Oh, and he may have accidentally put out a hit on his blushing bride. Oopsie.




Bec McMaster

Heart of Iron
London Steampunk 2
Sourcebooks Casablanca, May 7, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
Lena Todd is the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a rebel against London’s vicious elite—not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger.

Will Carver, is more than man, he’s a verwolfen and he wants nothing to do with the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds Lena in possession of a coded letter, he realizes she’s in a world of trouble. To protect her, he’ll have to seduce the truth from her before it’s too late.




Carol Wolf

Binding
Wolf Moon Saga 2
Night Shade Books, April 2, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
What do you do after you’ve saved the world—and nobody believes you?
Amber is a teenage runaway, hiding out in Los Angeles, who is also a daughter of the wolf kind. And, not long ago, she had her own personal demon. Richard was her servant, her lover, and a hellish force bound to the earth against his will. Together they turned back the World Snake that threatened to destroy the city—and she had granted Richard his freedom.
Now Amber is alone, but nobody accepts that she has truly shed her demon. Many still fear the World Snake and seek to capture the demon’s power for their own purposes, unaware that Richard has already departed the mortal realm. Amber finds herself hunted, in both wolf and human forms, by cultists, illusionists, raisers of power, and even an evil veterinarian.
Saving the world was one thing. To save herself Amber may have to call back her fearsome demon lover, who is no longer bound to obey her. . . .



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 Alex Hughes, author of Clean - September 5, 2012

Please welcome Alex Hughes to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Clean (Mindspace Investigations 1) was published on September 4, 2012. You may read Alex's Guest Blog - Crossing Genres - here.


Interview with Alex Hughes, author of Clean - September 5, 2012


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

Alex:  Oddly enough, I seem to write better with a scented candle or aromatherapy oil warmer going. A strong smell is very focusing for me, and I tend to change the smell depending on mood and what I’m writing.


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

Alex:  This is a very tough question because the list would be so long. As a teenager I read Robert Heinlein, Mercedes Lackey, Dick Francis, David Weber, C.J. Cherryh, Andre Norton and Anne McCaffrey, and their books definitely have influenced how I approach fiction and what I think makes up a good novel. I ran into Laurell K. Hamilton’s books in college, and the way she uses language, with long sentences and lush description, has influenced me greatly. As far as writing teachers go, my big three influences would be Dan Marshall (writing professor at my college who mentored me for many years), Holly Lisle in the form of her incomparable writing classes online, and the amazing Jeane Cavelos at the Odyssey Writing Workshop, who should be given sainthood for her patience, teaching, and detailed critiques. I was self-taught as a writer for many years, learning from books and from studying other authors, so finally having teachers who could show me the craft I was missing was extraordinary.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Alex:  Great question. Traditionally, I’ve been a total pantser, to the point where I’d sit down at the keyboard knowing nothing but the first sentence or a strong image or character. The last few years, though, I’ve been trying to train myself to be an outline writer, but it hasn’t stuck as well as I would have hoped. The result is that I tend to sketch things out before I write, but many of the plot points, characters, and details change as I go. For me, I think that’s part of the fun; I get to discover the world and the characters as much as the reader does. So the answer is – perhaps halfway in between.


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

Alex:  The blank page, especially when I’m not sure where I’m going and the outline feels wrong. Emotionally, that’s the hardest spot, to back up and figure out what my brain is trying to tell me is wrong and figure out how to fix it. In terms of craft, probably the biggest thing I had to work on – other than revision in general – is structure and pacing. It’s still the first thing I work on in a draft.


TQ:  Describe Clean (Mindspace Investigations 1) in 140 characters or less.

Alex:  “A recovering addict telepath helps the police in future Atlanta solve a series of crimes where the killer kills with the mind.”


TQ:  What inspired you to write Clean?

Alex:  I read the book Catspaw by Joan D. Vinge, which is a cyberpunk book about a tortured telepath. One of my good friends at the time was a recovering anorexic/bulimic, and seeing her struggle to try to reach health really made a deep impression on me. I grew up on Star Trek and cop shows – my family would watch the television together and talk about the shows long after they were over. So when I sat down to write the short story that would eventually (many years and drafts later) become Clean, I wanted to write a tortured telepath struggling to recover from an addiction while solving a police case in a cyberpunk world. The result was mostly what I wanted – but I couldn’t quite manage the cyberpunk, so I ended up noir, which is a lot more me anyway.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Clean?

Alex:  I’ve done many interviews of an older AA sponsor, the man who became a model for Swartz, and visited an AA meeting with him talking about the program. I’ve read some of the literature, done research online, and pulled from my experience with my friend and others I’ve known with addictions. I also did a lot of reading on neuroscience, the brain and behavior (go read Oliver Sacks, he’s awesome), and some of the up and coming science ideas, such as air conditioning as a side effect of the right kind of magnetic field. That stuff’s so cool.


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

Alex:  Oddly, the narrator of the book ended up being pretty easy. He showed up one day and started talking, and for awhile there he wouldn’t shut up; as much trouble as he’s given me at times, he likes telling his story, and for that I’m very grateful. On the other hand, Cherabino gave me fits in earlier drafts. She was originally Irish, and blonde (yes, I know), and did a lot of hitting my hero for no reason. After a while, we sat down together, she grew up, and I figured out the trauma in her backstory that makes her who she is. She also picked up a better name and family, and told me in no uncertain terms she was far too serious to be blonde.


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

Alex:  I love the location of the final showdown, which (I think) is clever and interesting. I love the scene at the graveyard. And I love the pigeons on the roof in one of the crime scenes; those pigeons are cool.


TQ:  What's next?

Alex:  Next I keep writing more books in the Mindspace Investigations series, and start working on other ideas.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Alex:  Thank you for having me. It’s been an honor.



Mindspace Investigations

Clean
Mindspace Investigations 1
Roc, September 4, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with Alex Hughes, author of Clean - September 5, 2012
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.
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About Alex

Alex has written since early childhood, and loves great stories in any form including scifi, fantasy, and mystery. Over the years, Alex has lived in many neighborhoods of the sprawling metro Atlanta area. Decatur, the neighborhood on which Clean is centered, was Alex’s college home.

On any given week you can find Alex in the kitchen cooking gourmet Italian food, watching hours of police procedural dramas, and typing madly.


The View From Monday - September 3, 2012

The View From Monday - September 3, 2012

Happy first Monday in September! This week at The Qwillery mostly will be devoted to the 2012 Debut Author Challenge with Guest Blogs or Interviews with Steve Bein, Linda Grimes, Alex Hughes, Tom Pollock, and Max Gladstone. There will also be visits by J.R. Turner and Taylor Keating.

There are many books both print and digital out this week. I've also included September 1st releases. You may print a shopping list if you'd like by clicking HERE and then printing the PDF. The list can be made into paper airplanes when you are done shopping!


September 1, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wicked Embers Candace Bowen Early PER
Tatsania's Gift (e) Kim Falconer F
A Lady and Her Magic Tammy Falkner PHR
Charming Blue Kristine Grayson PNR - Fates 8
Retribution (e) Cameron Haley UF - Underworld Cycle Novella
Reawakened Passions (e) Megan Hart PNR
Domain (ri) James Herbert H - Rats 3
Where There's a Will Karen Kelley PNR - Good Girl 2
Kiss of Steel (D) Bec McMaster SPR - London Steampunk 1
Hill of Bones The Medieval Murderers HistSuM
Legacy of the Witch (e) Maggie Shayne PNR - The Portal prequel
Incubus Wolf (e) Bonnie Vanak PNR - Ancients


September 3, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
How to Date a Henchman (e) Mari Fee FR
The Reluctant Amazon (e) Sandy James PNR - Alliance of the Amazons
Zoo James Patterson
Michael Ledwidge
Th/SF


September 4, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
How to Drive a Dragon Crazy G. A. Aiken PNR - Dragon Kin 6
Only A Shadow (e) Steve Bein F - A Story of the Fated Blades
Must Love Vampires (tp2mm) Heidi Betts PNR
Shadowbane: Eye of Justice Erik Scott De Bie F - Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms
Riveted Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas 3
Those Across the River (h2tp) Christopher Buehlman H
Accidentally Dead (tp2mm) Dakota Cassidy PNR - Accidentally 2
Accidental Magic P. C. Cast PNR - Omnibus
The Lost Night Jayne Castle PNR - Rainshadow 1
Monster Hunter Legion Larry Correia UF - Monster Hunter 4
Head Rush Carolyn Crane UF - Disillusionists Trilogy 3
Supernatural Born Killers Casey Daniels PCM - Pepper Martin Mystery 9
The Rapture of the Nerds Cory Doctorow
Charlie Stross
SF/Humor
The Asylum Interviews: Trixie (e) Jocelynn Drake UF - An Asylum Tales Short Story
Ravenous V.K. Forrest PNR - Clare Point Vampire 4
Beneath A Blood Red Moon Heather Graham PNR
The Kingmakers Clay Griffith
Susan Griffith
H - Vampire Empire 3
In a Fix (D) Linda Grimes UF - Ciel Halligan 1
An Apple for the Creature Charlaine Harris
Toni P. Kellner
F - Anthology
Pet Shop Boys (e) Kim Harrison UF - Short Story
Two Ravens and One Crow (e) Kevin Hearne UF - An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella
Falling Angel (ri) William Hjortsberg SuM
Ye Gods! (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Wish You Were Here (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Who's Afraid of Beowulf? (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Paint Your Dragon (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Overtime (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Open Sesame (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Odds and Gods (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
My Hero (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Here Comes the Sun (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Grailblazers (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Faust Among Equals (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Expecting Someone Taller (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Flying Dutch (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Djinn Rummy (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Highland Hunger (tp2mm) Hannah Howell
Michele Sinclair
Jackie Ivie
PNR
Clean (D) Alex Hughes SF/M - Mindspace Investigations 1
Have Stakes Will Travel: Stories From the World of Jane Yellowrock (e) Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock
The Beautiful Being (tp2mm) Jessica Inclan PNR - Being 3
Dance with the Devil (ri) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunter 3
The House of Thunder (ri) Dean Koontz H/Th
Death in Breslau Marek Krajewski M/O - Eberhard Mock Investigation 1
The Spirit Well Stephen R. Lawhead F - Bright Empires 3
Dragon Ship Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - Liaden Universe 15
Lifestyles of the Rich and Undead (e) Katie MacAlister PNR
A Tale of Two Vampires Katie MacAlister PNR - Dark Ones 10
The Narrows Ronald Malfi H
Blood Forever Mari Mancusi PNR - Blood Coven Vampire 8
Dragon's Moon Lucy Monroe PNR - Children of the Moon 4
Shadows in the Mist Brian Moreland H
Breed Chase Novak H
Line of Fire Rachel Ann Nunes M/PNR - Autumn Rain Mystery 4
The Map of the Sky Félix J. Palma F - Map of Time 2
At the Edge of Waking Holly Phillips F- short stories
Primal Possession Katie Reus PNR - Moon Shifter 2
The Nightcrawler Mick Ridgewell H
Evil Eternal Hunter Shea H
Entice Jessica Shirvington UF - Embrace 2
Majipoor Chronicles Robert Silverberg SF -  Maipoor Cycle 2
Archangel's Storm Nalini Singh PNR - Guild Hunter 5
Blood Spirits (h2mm) Sherwood Smith F - Dobrenica2
Lord of Mountains S. M. Stirling SF - Change 6
The Skybound Sea Sam Sykes F - The Aeons' Gate 3
Candle Bay (ri) Tamara Thorne H
Haunted (ri) Tamara Thorne H
Moonfall (ri) Tamara Thorne H
Slow Apocalypse John Varley SF
Inhuman (e) Eileen Wilks PNR - World of the Lupi Novella
Every Breath She Takes Norah Wilson PNR


September 5, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings Paula Guran (ed) F/H - Anthology
Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top Ekaterina Sedia (e) F - Anthology


September 6, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Necromancer's Grimoire Annmarie Banks HistF - Elysium Texts 2


September 8, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The City's Son (D) Tom Pollock UF/YA - The Skyscraper Throne 1


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
M - Mystery
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
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