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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1


This is the first in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and 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.




Ben Aaronovitch (2011)

The Hanging Tree
Rivers of London 6
DAW, June 14, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
[no description available on US publisher's website yet]


There is also a Rivers of London comic, Body Work. Read more about it here at Titan Comics.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1




Jo Anderton (2011)

Guardian
The Veiled Worlds 3
FableCroft Publishing, June 6, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
The grand city of Movoc-under-Keeper lies in ruins. The sinister puppet men have revealed their true nature, and their plan to tear down the veil between worlds. To have a chance of defeating them, Tanyana must do the impossible, and return to the world where they were created, on the other side of the veil. Her journey will force her into a terrible choice, and test just how much she is willing to sacrifice for the fate of two worlds.




Bradley P. Beaulieu (2011)

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai
Song of Shattered Sands 1
DAW, September 1, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages
Mass Market Paperback, 656 pages (August 2, 2015)

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings—cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens, and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.

Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings’ laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha’ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings’ mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings’ power…if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don’t find her first.




Jenn Bennett (2011)

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
Feiwel & Friends, November 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
(Night Owls in UK/AU/NZ)

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci's footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital's Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is-and tries to uncover what he's hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix's own family's closet tear them apart?




Sabrina Benulis (2011)

Angelus
The Books of Raziel 3
Harper Voyager, February 9, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
The heart-pounding conclusion to the Books of Raziel trilogy, a gothic supernatural tale about a girl who discovers that she holds the keys to both Heaven and Hell—and that angels, demons, and all the creatures in between who will stop at nothing to possess her and control the power she holds.

The war begun by three powerful angel siblings—Raziel, Lucifel, and Israfel—has divided the kingdoms of both Heaven and Hell, and the destruction is spilling over into the human world.

The last hope for a crumbling world is the Archon—the human Angela Mathers who has the power to control the supernatural universe. Angela alone can successfully oppose Lucifel and open Raziel’s Book, to use its power for good. But to do so would mean murdering her best friend, a sacrifice Angela refuses to contemplate.

Angela sits on the throne of Hell, fulfilling a prophecy of ruin. But ruin does not always mean destruction—sometimes it means revolution. Time is running out for both Angela and the universe, and former enemies are eager to see her fail. As she enters the Angelus duel for the crown of Heaven, she can only pray that she’ll see her friends again.




Amanda Bonilla (2011)

Shadows at Midnight
Shaede Assassin 5
NYLA, September 24, 2015
eBook, 208 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
Has Darian’s past finally caught up with her?

The Rakshasa queen, Padma, has a score to settle—she wants those responsible for her son’s death to pay and to pay dearly. Darian, Tyler and Xander are all at risk—and Padma’s powers could force them to live the rest of their lives in the madness of the Realm of Illusions…

While Darian is taken and is the first to suffer, she’s soon rescued by Tyler, the one man to never disappoint. But what Darian doesn’t know is that her freedom comes at a steep price—Xander’s the King of Shaedes, imprisonment. Darian knows what horrors await in Padma’s dungeon. A rescue mission won’t be easy and she can’t do it alone.

Deep in the bowels of Goblin Valley, Darian, Tyler, and her small band of Shaede warriors fight their way through a dark labyrinth. In a realm where illusions rule, with danger at every turn, the odds are stacked against them. Time isn’t on their side, every second spent in Padma’s custody will be another step Xander takes toward madness. A kingdom can’t be ruled without its king and the wolves are at the door, waiting. If Darian can’t get to Xander before he succumbs to the illusions, an entire kingdom’s future is at stake…

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

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

And the winners are...


Darkness Devours (Dark Angels 3 by Keri Arthur - Ended August 3, 2012 - See the post here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  Which of the 4 Dark Angels' covers is your favorite?

Barb P who said...

Most definitely Darkness Hunts! I love the awesome colors. +1 Comment, +1 Follower



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Choice of an eBook of The Fallen Queen or The Midnight Court by Jane Kindred. [Note if you chose The Midnight Court you will not receive your eBook until on or after the August 30, 2012 publication date.] - Ended August 11, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog  here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite traditions?

Caitlin Rahm who said...

I have a clam bake every year in October with my family which I love. Thanks for the giveaway!



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Kitty Steals the Show (Kitty Norville 10) by Carrie Vaughn - Ended August 11, 2012 - Read the post here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  If paranormal and/or supernatural being exist, should they reveal themselves to the world?

rissatoo who said...

Great question, Q! :)
I'm selfish: I'd want to know if the paranormal/supernatural creatures existed in the world, but I wouldn't want them to be "out". Too many people hate &/or fear the different as it is. We don't need to introduce more into the world.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



West of Want (Hearts of the Anemoi 2) eBook by Laura Kaye and West of Want T-Shirt (L or XL) - Ended August 12, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question: Can you get a feel for how this song reflects this story?
What does it make you feel? And, if you’ve read the book, I’d be really curious to know if you think they fit together!


Alison Rush who said...

Looking forward to reading the book... I think they together from reading the song and excerpts. Going to have to download the song ... Would love a e copy and shirt click to sleep in. .... Alison  Thankyou



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Blooded (Jessica McClain 1) by Amanda Carlson - Ended August 13, 2012 - Read the Interview here.   Please note that the winner will not receive the novel until after it is released in September.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite novels, movies, comic, etc. that features a werewolf ?

Lona who said...

Bowen from Wicked Deed's on a Winter's Night by Kresley cole. Book sounds fantastic, Love the cover.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Hearts of Darkness (Deadglass Trilogy 1) by Kira Brady - Ended August 14, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  Have you ever been or felt you have been someplace haunted?

Linda who said...

My grandmother's old house was in a really old part of the town - this was years ago when I was a young kid & before she moved in with us. That house was creepy! It was really dark & had very few windows & all the floor boards creaked. You'd never have caught me upstairs alone.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Clean (Mindspace Investigations 1) by Alex Hughes - Ended August 15, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.  Please note that the winner will not receive the novel until after it is released in September.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  Cross Genre novels - love them or leave them?

sonsofcorax who said...

Cross-genre usually makes for fun reading, and I like reading what I come across. Adam Christopher's Empire State is a great example - noir, superheroes, time travel, pocket dimensions.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



A Wolf at the Door (Jesse James Dawson 3) by K.A. Stewart - Ended August 15, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Leave a comment.

Bethany C. who said...

I think it's great you do a lot of research; I don't think a book, no matter if it's fantasy, benefits from being 100% made-up.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Three commenters will each win an eBook from Covet (Entangled Publishing)!  One commenter will win Deceiving the Witch Next Door by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez.  One commenter will win Tall Dark and Divine (Bagging a Greek God 1) by Jenna Bennett.  One commenter will win Take it Like a Vamp by Candace Havens. - Ended August 18, 2012 - Read the character interview here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  From novels, TV, movies - which fictional character would you go out on a date with?

Deceiving the Witch Next Door by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez.

June M. who said...

I do love the bad boys too. I would love to go out with one of the guys for Larissa Ione's Demonica & Lords of Deliverance series. Especially either Wraith, Ares, or Than.

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Tall Dark and Divine (Bagging a Greek God 1) by Jenna Bennett.

Maria pronounced Mariah who said...

As much as I love all the paranormal bad boys I think I would have to pick Roark for an actual "date" that man knows how to take care of a woman!

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Take it Like a Vamp by Candace Havens.

books4me who said...

I would want to go out with a bad boy...something new for me so I would choose Eric from True Blood or Wraith from Demonica series (Larissa Ione) or Gregory from Dark series (Christine Feehan).



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



The Corpse-Rat King (The Corpse-Rat King 1) by Lee Battersby - Ended August 21, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here. Please note that the winner will not receive the novel until after the publication date.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Leave a comment.

booklover0226 who said...

The Corpse-Rat King sounds like an exciting read. I have added it to my must have list. I'm heading to Lee Battersby's site to learn more about him.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Magic Gone Wild (Bottled Magic 3) by Judi Fennell - Ended August 22, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/CANADA ONLY


Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  Which real town/city/village should be the basis for setting in a Paranormal Romance novel?

June M. who said...

I think that large cities would be best for paranormal series generally, especially for vampires, demons, witches, etc. Cities like NY, LA, NOLA. This way they can blend in, not have too many people too interested in them like in smaller towns.

But for shifters, I would think that areas with less people, more open space would be best (Alaska, desert areas, places with lots of woodlands, etc) so that they can shift and hunt but not have a lot of witnesses.




Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Saturday, September 1, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you!

Amanda Bonilla - My Favorite Time Sucks

Please welcome Amanda Bonilla to The Qwillery. Amanda is the author of the Shaede Assassin series. Blood Before Sunrise (Shaede Assassin 2) was published on July 3, 2012.


My Favorite Time-Sucks

Thanks so much to Sally and The Qwillery for having me back as a guest! I love this blog!

Needless to say, I occasionally lose focus. In the summer, I try to work away from home, taking my lap top to a location with no internet, no pets that need attention, no phone ringing… no distraction. It’s a little harder in the winter, because my work refuge is only available to me from June to October. The rest of the year, I have to exercise a little self-control and stay on task. Not always easy. And since these same distractions have interfered with the blog posts I need to write, I thought I’d share with you my favorite time sucks.


The Internet

This includes: Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. I can easily log on to Twitter with the sole purpose of taking a “quick look” at my Twitter stream. Two hours later, I’m still there, chatting it up. Facebook isn’t quite as bad, I can limit my activity there to 10 – 20 minutes a day. But the most evil of these social media sites is far and above Pinterest. I’ve been known to while entire weekends away as pin recipes, outfits I’ll never buy, and cool craft projects I will never do. 



Netflix 

I don’t know what it is about Netflix… I can ignore it completely until I’m under deadline and then I hear its siren song entreating me to log on. Have you ever seen the Netflix episode of Portlandia? Carrie and Fred start watching an episode of Battlestar Galactica. One episode turns to two, and three, and so on, and before they know it, they’re dirty, hungry, and jobless. By the way, you can watch entire seasons Portlandia on Netflix right now! *runs to open browser*



Bejeweled Blitz

I’ll play Bejeweled until my wrists go numb. I play it on Facebook and I have it loaded on my iPod. I’ll tell myself just one more game. And fifteen games later I’m repeating to myself, okay, this is the last game. My teen used to make fun of me for playing a stupid puzzle game, and then he succumbed to the seductive power of those glowing gems. I hate to admit that I can’t even come close to reaching his high score. I’d better start practicing. The kid is going down!



Reality TV

How I looooove reality TV. Dance Moms and Dance Moms: Miami are my current favs. Those moms are intense. And the instructors? Wow. Duck Dynasty is a reality show that I’ve actually got the hubs hooked on recently. If you’ve never watched it, you have to give it a try! That is one funny family. I’d totally hang out with them if I could! On the athletic front, I never miss an episode of So You Think You Can Dance and once in a while, I’ll watch Ninja Warrior and American Ninja Warrior. The contestants on those shows are amazing!



The beach

This is more of a seasonal time suck. We have a really short summer where I live and the months of June to August are strictly dedicated to the lake. My family has an old cabin on the lake and I spend every day I can sitting on the dock, soaking up the sun, and swimming. I’d swim all day if I could, and I’m hoping to find a used kayak this summer so I can paddle around too.

Amanda Bonilla - My Favorite Time Sucks
The actual view from my dock. I love the lake!


Reading

Of course, I’ve saved my very favorite time suck for last. I read in the morning, while I’m eating lunch. After dinner, and late at night in bed. I read at soccer games, in my car, while I’m waiting for an appointment. I read in the car while I’m waiting on the teen, and when I’m sitting at the beach. I could read my life away. Reading is the best time suck there is, hands down!



What are some of your favorite time sucks? Do you ever have to turn off your phone or disable your internet in order to get work done?



About Shaede Assassin

Blood Before Sunrise
Shaede Assassin 2
Signet, July 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Amanda Bonilla - My Favorite Time Sucks
“She needed a bargaining chip and this was it—Raif’s daughter’s life for hers. And he knew damned well I was right. Just as he’d assured me the night I’d killed Azriel, this was far from over. His daughter was alive; I knew it. And I was going to find her.”

For months Darian and her Shaede guardian Raif have searched for the Oracle who attempted to overthrow the Shaede Nation—and kill Darian in the bargain. But now that they’ve finally found the half-crazed Oracle, for their efforts they are granted a possibility too painful for Raif to imagine, and too enticing for Darian to ignore.

Darian is determined to reunite Raif and the daughter he thought was dead, but her mission quickly proves dangerous when her lover Tyler is almost killed. And when a brooding and mysterious Fae warrior offers his guidance—at an extraordinary price—Darian finds herself willing to risk everything. As her single-minded hunt turns into an obsession, and she and Tyler grow further apart, Darian finds herself caught between the man she loves like a brother, and the man whose love she can’t live without…



When Shadows Call
A Shaede Assassin Novella
An eSpecial from New American Library, June 5, 2012
eBook

Amanda Bonilla - My Favorite Time Sucks
An exciting prequel to Amanda Bonilla’s Shaede Assassin series.

The envy of 1900s society, Darian is the rich, beautiful wife of a prominent Californian doctor—but her life is far from perfect. For years, Darian has suffered at the hand of her cruel husband and yearned for an escape—one that she knows to be all but impossible.

But when an enigmatic stranger comes to call, Darian finds herself charmed by his seductive smile and the inexplicable connection she feels. And when he makes her a thrilling—yet frightening—proposition, Darian must decide if she’s strong enough to abandon the mortal world she knows and answer the shadow’s call…

Includes an excerpt from Shaedes of Gray, and a preview from Blood Before Sunrise, available July 2012.


Shaedes of Gray
Shaede Assassin 1
Signet, December 6, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Amanda Bonilla - My Favorite Time Sucks
In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind-an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

When Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she's taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished...



About Amanda

Amanda Bonilla - My Favorite Time Sucks
Amanda Bonilla lives in rural Idaho with her husband and two kids. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshipper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. She loves the outdoors, black clothes, pink appliances and thinks junk food should be a recognized food group. In the summer, she can be found sitting by the lake, enjoying the view from her dock.

Website : Blog : Twitter : Facebook

The View From Monday - July 2, 2012

Happy first Monday in July. July is ParaCozyMystMo at The Qwillery celebrating those wonderful paranormal and magical cozy mysteries.

Monday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog byHanna Martine. Liquid Lies (The Elementals 1) will be published on July 3, 2012.

Tuesday -   ParaCozyMysMo with Ellery Adams. Pies and Prejudice (Charmed Pie Shop Mystery 1) will be published on July 3, 2012.

Wednesday -  Happy July 4th!

Thursday -  ParaCozyMysMo with Allison Kinglsey. A Sinister Sense (Raven's Nest Bookstore 2) will be published on July 3, 2012

Friday -  ParaCozyMysMo with Juliet Blackwell. Juliet write theWichcraft Mysteries and the Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries. In a Witch's Wardrobe (Witchcraft Mysteries 4) will be published on July 3, 2012.

Saturday - Guest Blog by Amanda Bonilla - My Favorite Time-Sucks. Blood Before Sunrise (Shaede Assassin 2) will be published on July 3, 2012.




There are many books out this week! Many!  You can find a printable PDF of this week's releases by clicking here. Take it shopping with you. :-)



July 1, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Werewolf of Paris (ri)
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Guy Endore H/M
Aleron
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Kane H - Strigoi 1
Quiver (h2tp)
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Holly Luhning H/M
The Soul Consortium
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Simon West-Bulford SF



July 3, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Pies and Prejudice
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Ellery Adams PCM - Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery 1
Other Worlds Than These
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
John Joseph Adams SF - Anthology
The Portrait of Doreene Gray
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Esri Allbritten PCM - Chihuahua Mystery 2
Iron Gray Sea
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Taylor Anderson SF - Destroyermen 7
In a Witch's Wardrobe
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Juliet Blackwell PCM - Witchcraft Mystery 4
Cloaked in Malice
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Annette Blair PCM - Vintage Magic 5
Wake of the Bloody Angel
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Alex Bledsoe F/M - Eddie Lacrosse 4
Blood Before Sunrise
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Amanda Bonilla UF - Shaede Assassin 2
Orion and King Arthur
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Ben Bova SF/TT
A Million Heavens
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
John Brandon G/O/S
The Hollow Earth: At the Earth's Core and Pellucidar
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Edgar Rice Burroughs SF/A
The Sleeping and the Dead
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Jeff Crook M w/PE - Jackie Lyons 1
A Hunger So Wild
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Sylvia Day PNR - Renegade Angels 2
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012

Gardner Dozois SF - Anthology
The Asylum Interviews: Bronx (e)
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Jocelynn Drake UF - Asylum Tales Short Story
House of Sighs
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Aaron Dries H
Samurai Game
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Christine Feehan PNR - GhostWalkers 10
Night Seeker
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Yasmine Galenorn UF - Indigo Court 3
Heaven's War
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
David S. Goyer
Michael Cassutt
SF - Heaven's Shadow 2
Alliance Forged
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Kylie Griffin FR - Light Blade 2
Stalking the Others
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Jess Haines UF - H&W Investigations 4
Assignment in Eternity (ri)
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Robert A. Heinlein SF
Citadels of the Lost (h2mm)
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Tracy Hickman F - Annals of Drakis 2
The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
Jim C. Hines F - Jig the Goblin Omnibus
Thieftaker
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
D. B. Jackson F - Thieftaker Chronicles 1
This Dark Earth
The View From Monday - July 2, 2012
John Hornor Jacobs H
The Dragon Reborn (ri)
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Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 3
Goddess in the Middle
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Stephanie Julian PER - Forgotten Goddesses 3
Fire Kissed
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Erin Kellison PNR - Shadow Kissed 1
A Sinister Sense
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Allison Kingsley PCM - Raven's Nest Bookstore 2
Dragon Rule (tp2mm)
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E.E. Knight F - Age of Fire 5
The Unincorporated Woman (h2tp)
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Dani Kollin
Eytan Kollin
SF - Unincorporated 3
Lethal Outlook
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Victoria Laurie PCM - Psychic Eye 10
God Save the Queen
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Kate Locke UF - Immortal Empire 1
The Immorality Engine (h2tp)
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George Mann F/M/SP - Newbury & Hobbes Investigations 3
Liquid Lies (d)
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Hanna Martine PNR -  Elementals 1
Lord of Fire and Ice
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Connie Mason
w/ Mia Marlowe
HR w/ PE
Hedge End
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Peter Mark May H
Tin Swift
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Devon Monk SP - Age of Steam 2
Tainted Night, Tainted Blood
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E.S. Moore UF - Kat Redding 2
My Lady Mage
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Alexis Morgan FR - Warriors of the Mist 1
The Night Circus (h2tp)
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Erin Morgenstern F
Up Jumps the Devil (d)
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Michael Poore F
Grave Memory
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Kalayna Price UF - Alex Craft 3
Downpour (h2mm)
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Kat Richardson UF - Greywalker 6
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues
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Diana Rowland UF - White Trash Zombie 2
Neverwinter
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R.A. Salvatore F - D&D Forgotten Realms: Neverwinter Night Trilogy 2
Elfhome
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Wen Spencer F - Elfhome 3
Spin the Sky
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Katy Stauber SF
The Apocalypse Codex
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Charles Stross UF - Laundry Files 4
Voyage to Kazohinia
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Sandor Szathmari SF/Dystopia
Advent (d)
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James Treadwell F
War Maid's Choice Limited Signed Edition
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David Weber F - War God 4
War Maid's Choice
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David Weber F - War God 4
The Hollow City
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Dan Wells H/Su
Waking Hours (h2tp)
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Lis Wiehl M/PE - East Salem Trilogy 1
The Beginners (h2tp)
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Rebecca Wolff H



July 4, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2012 Edition
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Paula Guran (ed) F/H - Anthology



d - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

A - Adventure
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
HR - Historical Romance
G - Gothic
M - Mystery
O - Occult
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
S - Supernatural
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Suspense
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011

Twas the day before Christmas... and The Qwillery is announcing winners! Happy Holidays everyone!


The Emperor's Knife (Tower and Knife 1) by Mazarkis Williams

Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011

Questions:  What is/are your favorite Fantasy novel(s)?

Lexi who said...

Lord of the Rings is amazing, but also a given. I also love Patricia Briggs (Hob's Bargain) and Patricia C. Wrede (her dragon series).
Love that you listed Dr. Seuss! I have been reading his books a lot with my daughter!
Your book sounds gripping!

Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011


Acquainted With the Night by Piper Maitland

Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011

Question:  What has been your favorite place setting for a novel?

lindalou who said...

OMG, it's hard to pick a favorite. I'm reading a book now set in Scotland... and it's my current favorite setting. However, I've read books set in magical places and in the stars and in multiple other locales that I could also call my favorite. Hope this answers the question! Thanks for the giveaway!


Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011


Shaedes of Gray (Shade Assassin 1) by Amanda Bonilla  US/Canada ONLY!

Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011

Question:  What creature or being is your ideal paranormal best friend?

Lieder Madchen who said...

I would love to have a dragon as a friend! I am kind of obsessed with dragons. :) A shapeshifter would be awesome, too. Thank you for the giveaway!


Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011


Devil's Kiss (Hellraisers 1) by Zoë Archer - 1 signed copy (US/Canada Only) and 1 unsigned copy (International)

Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011

Question:  If you were offered any power, what would tempt you the most?

US winner

Julie W who said...

I would have to say super-speed! Just think of how many things you could get done in a day if you could move super fast!!


International winner

buddyt who said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

I have been asked the question before and what I usually answer is teleportation for the simple reason that I love travelling to different places around the world but that is quite an expensive thing to do.

If I could teleport myself and partner with our luggage straight to a hotel at my destination. how great would that be!

Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011


The Fallen Queen (House of Arkhangel’sk 1) ebook by Jane Kindred

Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011

Question: Which royal family or royal individual might be fun to fictionalize in a fantasy novel?

loves to dive who said...

Wow, that's a hard question since most of the well known ones have already been done. I'm a big fan of all things middle eastern and love the history that surrounds the area so maybe one of the lesser royal families there.

Just as an aside, I too am fascinated with the story of the Russian royal family. I visited an exibit of their jewels in Memphis once and stood there in the middle of the museum bawling like a baby.

Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011


Hellsbane (Hellsbane 1) by Paige Cuccaro (ebook)

Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011

Question:  If you were only half human, what would be your other half?

Taking it One Book at a Time who said...

I'd have to be half Fae! <3333 anything Fae!

Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011


Thomas World by Richard Cox. US/CANADA ONLY.

Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011

Question:  Which books would you like as gifts this year?

Spaz who said...

My dream Christmas books? How about every book that Night Shade has put out in the past year? (Except No Hero by Jonathan Wood, which I was fortunate enough to win -- from a giveaway here at The Qwillery!!)

Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Saturday, January 7, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners. Extra time has been given to respond due to the holiday season.

As usual, thank you all for participating and reading The Qwillery.

Interview with Amanda Bonilla and Giveaway - December 12, 2011

Please welcome Amanda Bonilla to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews. Amanda's debt, Shaedes of Gray, was published on December 6, 2011 by Signet Eclipse.


Amanda:  Thanks for having me. I’m so excited to be a guest on The Qwillery today!

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

Amanda:  This is going to be disappointing, because I don’t really have any writing quirks. I’m a little boring. I prefer quiet, and no distractions. I’ve been known to keep a Coke Zero close by and sometimes I like to sprawl out on my couch when I write. That’s about as quirky as I get. ;)

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

Amanda:  I could probably generate a mile-long list of my favorite writers. I’d say my most favorite authors are Bernard Cornwell, Anne Rice, and J.R. Ward just to name a few. Honestly, I think I’d have to say that Bernard Cornwell has influenced my writing the most which is strange since he writes historical fiction. He writes the most wonderful protagonists, multi-dimensional and honorable. Men who do what has to be done, no matter what. He has a way of weaving ancient religion into his stories that gives them a mystical quality. And his battle scenes are epic.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Amanda:  I’m a little of both. I used to be a strict pantser. But now that I have outlines that need to be turned in before I write the book, I’ve become more of a plotter. I don’t do much in the plotting department. I usually use a few words to describe each chapter on a sticky note and put it up on my wall. That way I still have room to write from the hip.

TQ:  Describe Shaedes of Gray (Shaede Assassin 1) in 140 characters or less.

Amanda:  Okay, this is hard! My short game isn’t great. I think I went over by a few characters. Here goes: Darian, Shaede & assassin must face the ghosts of her past & reality of her future while navigating a supernatural world she never knew existed.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Shaedes of Gray?

Amanda:  I was sort of thinking about guilt, actually. The decisions people make to protect the people they love and the consequences of those actions. Sometimes you make a bad choice for the right reason and it becomes a muddled gray area between right and wrong. When Darian first popped into my head, she was standing on the roof of a building in the middle of the night, considering the moral gray area that she’d slipped into.

TQ:   What sort of research did you do for Shaedes of Gray?

Amanda:  Most of my research involved the supernatural. I couldn’t find a specific legend or story that meshed with my vision of my characters and so I decided to start from scratch and create my own mythos while still keeping with some of the legends and traditional characters out there. My Shaedes and Lyhtans are my own creation. And I didn’t like any of the Jinn mythology either, so I wrote my own. But I also have Oracles, Fae, Sylphs, and other creatures that are pretty standard. Aside from my creatures, I did a lot of research on swords, daggers, guns, weaponry and combat. You know, the fun stuff.

TQ:  Why did you set the series in Seattle?

Amanda:  Since I live in the Pacific Northwest, I wanted to keep with locations that I was familiar with. I’ve visited Seattle and the city has a certain energy that struck a chord with me. It’s big enough for a supernatural creature to hide out undetected. It’s a beautiful city with plenty of hustle and bustle. Seattle has a rich history. I’ve spent hours looking at old pictures of the city, reading articles. It’s fascinating.

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

Amanda:  Darian was by far the easiest character for me to write. She’s got this jaded outlook and sarcastic attitude that comes out in me more often than I’d like to admit. She’s also very introverted, like me, and doesn’t particularly like to share her feelings. I think the hardest character for me to write is Tyler. That man is a mystery to me. More times than not I have to have a “talk” with him and ask, Okay, buddy. What do you WANT? He’s open about how he feels, he’s protective to the nth degree, and he’s so damn patient! He drives me crazy.

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

Amanda:  I think my favorite scene in the book is the first time Darian ever sees a Lyhtan. And I owe that to my agent, Natanya Wheeler. When we were working on revisions she asked me, “What does a Lyhtan eat?” And when Darian stumbles upon the Lyhtan…let’s just say he’s enjoying his meal.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Shaede Assassin series?

Amanda:  So far, I’m contracted for three books and a novella that is a prequel to SHAEDES OF GRAY. But I have ideas for at least three more books in the Shaede Assassin Series, and a couple of spin-offs as well. Hopefully, I’ll get to put those ideas to paper soon!

TQ:   What's next?

Amanda:  Next up is the novella that I mentioned above. It will be available for download in June and I’m really in love with the story. Readers will get to see how Darian’s journey began and you’ll get a lot of Azriel, a character who will always be in Darian’s thoughts. The novella will also have a preview for book 2, BLOOD BEFORE SUNRISE, which releases July 3rd, 2012.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Amanda:  Thanks again for having me!


About Shaedes of Gray

Shaedes of Gray
Shaede Assassin 1
Signet Eclipse (December 6, 2011)
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

You can read my 5 Qwill review here.

Interview with Amanda Bonilla and Giveaway - December 12, 2011
In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind-an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

When Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she's taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished...


About Amanda

Interview with Amanda Bonilla and Giveaway - December 12, 2011
Amanda Bonilla lives in rural Idaho with her husband and two kids. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshipper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. When she’s not writing she’s either reading or talking about her favorite books.

Amanda's Links

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog









The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Shaedes of Gray (Shaede Assassin 1) from Amanda. US/Canada Mailing Addresses Only.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What creature or being is your ideal paranormal best friend?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a USA or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Monday, December 19, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Release Day Review - Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla - 5 Qwills

Shaedes of Gray
AuthorAmanda Bonilla
Series:  Shaede Assassin
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Signet Eclipse (December 6, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language: English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-451-23529-9
Review Copy:  ARC provided by author

Release Day Review - Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla - 5 Qwills
In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind-an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

When Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she's taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished...

My thoughts:

Shaedes of Gray is a fantastic start to a new dark Urban Fantasy series by debut author Amanda Bonilla. The main character is Darian. She's an assassin who works for Tyler. Despite her job, she does have a moral compass. She'll only take out the bad guys. No innocents allowed. As a Shaede, and the last of her kind, Darian is uniquely suited for this kind of work. She's had a lot to contend with in her human life and in her life as a Shaede. She is cold and not interested in love due to her heartbreaking past. Darian, despite her profession and coldness, is incredibly likable. She's tough, not afraid to speak her mind, and gets the job done. Her most recent target, Xander Peck, up ends her world. Things are changing. Nothing is as she thought. Watching Darian cope with the changes occurring in her life completely held my interest throughout the novel.

I really enjoyed the inventive beings that make up the supernatural world around Darian. I don't recall reading about Shaedes or some of the other creatures that appear in Shaedes of Gray. Ms. Bonilla also includes a number of well known and lesser known fantasy beings as well, but the emphasis here is on the Shaedes, their counterparts, and who Darian really is.

I also enjoyed Tyler, Xander Peck and the other members of Xander's Court. Ms. Bonilla does not skimp on character development. There are a lot of interesting back stories here, and I hope that we will see more of these characters in future books. Tyler was especially endearing. The chemistry between Darian and Tyler is wonderful. While I understand Darian's desire to not become involved with Tyler, I was pulling for him. This is not to say that Shaedes of Gray is a romance. The focus is on Darian and what is happening in the preternatural world.

There are some superb plot twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing. The pacing was excellent throughout. Shades of Gray is full of compelling characters, exceptional world-building and a story that leaves you wanting more. The Shaede Assassin series is on my must buy list.

I give Shaedes of Gray 5 Qwills.

Release Day Review - Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla - 5 Qwills

Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla - Cover - May 9, 2011

Amanda Bonilla's debut novel, Shaedes of Gray (Shaede Assassin 1) will be published in December 2011.  Here is the gorgeous cover and the official back of cover blurb.

Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla - Cover - May 9, 2011
In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind—an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

Darian finds herself struggling to keep her employer Tyler at arm’s length, especially since his seductive smile makes her want to break her rules about love. The work he offers is necessary to protect the innocent—and a welcome distraction. But when Darian’s next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she’s taken on more than her conscience will allow, but a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished…

Amanda is participating in the 2011 Debut Author Challenge so look for an interview with Amanda later this year!
What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1Against the Dawn by Amanda Bonilla - Excerpt and Giveaway - May 22, 2014The View From Monday - March 4, 2013Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012Amanda Bonilla - My Favorite Time SucksThe View From Monday - July 2, 2012Winners x 8! - December 24, 2011Interview with Amanda Bonilla and Giveaway - December 12, 2011Release Day Review - Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla - 5 QwillsShaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla - Cover - May 9, 2011

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