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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 4


This is the fourth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming books 2015. This update covers some of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5  will cover additional 2012 DAC authors.


See Part 1 here
See Part 1.5 here
See Part 2 here
See Part 3 here
See Part 5 here
See Part 6 here


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 4



Ania Ahlborn

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 4
Within These Walls
Gallery Books, April 21, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

From indie horror author and bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn, this brand-new supernatural thriller questions: how far would you go for success, and what would you be capable of if the promise of forever was real?

With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed up crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback. So when he’s promised exclusive access to notorious cult leader and death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the opportunity is too good to pass up. Lucas leaves New York for the scene of the crime—a split-level farmhouse on the gray-sanded beach of Washington State—a house whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb’s diviners; runaways who, thirty years prior, were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love. Lucas wants to tell the real story of Halcomb’s faithful departed, but when Halcomb goes back on his promise of granting Lucas exclusive information on the case, he’s left to put the story together on his own. Except he is not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life…and within these walls, they’re far from dead.



In addition, The Pretty Ones (digital) will be published in July by Pocket Star and Brother will be published by Gallery Books in September 2015.  More on these when the covers are available.




Steve Bein

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 4
Disciple of the Wind
The Fated Blades 3
Roc Trade,  April 7, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

LETHAL JUSTICE

When Tokyo falls victim to a deadly terrorist attack, Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro knows who is responsible, even if she doesn’t have proof. She urges her commanding officers to arrest the perpetrator—an insane zealot who was just released from police custody. When her pleas fall on deaf ears, she loses her temper and then her badge, as well as her best chance of fighting back.

Left on her own, and armed with only her cunning and her famed Inazuma blade, Mariko must work outside the system to stop a terrorist mastermind. But going rogue draws the attention of an underground syndicate known as the Wind. For centuries, they have controlled Japanese politics from the shadows, using mystical relics to achieve their nefarious ends—relics like Mariko’s own sword and the iron demon mask whose evil curse is bound to the blade. Now the Wind is set on acquiring Mariko.

Mariko is left with a perilous choice: Join an illicit insurgency to thwart a deadly villain, or remain true to the law. Either way, she cannot escape her sword’s curse. As sure as the blade will bring her to victory, it also promises to destroy her….





Christopher L. Bennett

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 4
Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic
Star Trek: Enterprise Series
Pocket Books/Star Trek, March 24, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages |

An original novel continuing the saga of the TV series Star Trek: Enterprise—featuring Captain Jonathan Archer and the crew of the Enterprise!

Years ago, Jonathan Archer and T’Pol helped unearth the true writings of Vulcan’s great philosopher Surak, bringing forth a new era of peaceful reform on Vulcan. But when their discovery is seemingly proven to be a fraud, the scandal threatens to undo a decade of progress and return power to the old, warlike regime. Admiral Archer, Captain T’Pol, and the crew of the U.S.S. Endeavour investigate with help from their Vulcan allies, but none of them suspect the identity of the real mastermind behind the conspiracy to reconquer Vulcan—or the price they will have to pay to discover the truth.

Meanwhile, when a long-forgotten technological threat re-emerges beyond the Federation’s borders, Captain Malcolm Reed of the U.S.S. Pioneer attempts to track down its origins with help from his old friend “Trip” Tucker. But they discover that other civilizations are eager to exploit this dangerous power for their own benefit, even if the Federation must pay the price!

™, ®, & © 2015 CBS Studios, Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.





Kristen Callihan

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 4
Soulbound
Darkest London 6
Forever, February 24, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Once two souls are joined . . .

When Adam's soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled-and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone . . .

Their hearts will beat together forever
No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn't stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted-by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam's kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken . . .





Amanda Carlson

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 4
Pure Blooded
Jessica McClain 5
Orbit, June 16, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

The fifth Jessica McClain novel -- a fast-paced and irresistibly sexy urban fantasy series reminiscent of Kelley Armstrong.

Jessica arrives back from the Underworld to find her father embroiled in a battle against the Made wolves. She and her crew drop everything to join them.

Once she arrives, the threat is after her. Jessica is lured into danger when her adversary takes something precious from her. With help from an unlikely source, Jessica goes up against her creator in a battle that will decide the path of everyone involved. She must war against a new set of foes, ones who could not only steal her power, but could take her soul as well.


The View From Monday - September 8, 2014


Happy Monday! This is a fairly light release week. There are no debuts this week. I do strongly recommend (something I rarely do) that you pick up Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Stairs tomorrow. It's a fabulous novel. More on that tomorrow!

Out this week from previously featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Red Blood (Jessica McClain 4) by Amanda Carlson;

Sword of the Bright Lady (World of Prime 1) by M.C. Planck;

and

Yesterday's Hero (No Hero / Arthur Wallace 2) by Jonathan Wood.



The View From Monday - September 8, 2014



September 8, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Carniepunk: The Cold Girl (e) Rachel Caine UF
The Land Beyond All Dreams (e) Bryan Fields UF
Carniepunk: The Demon Barker of Wheat Street (e) Kevin Hearne UF - Iron Druid Chronicles
Carniepunk: The Sweeter the Juice (e) Mark Henry Ap
Rogue's Paradise (e) Jeffe Kennedy PNR - Covenant of Thorns 3
Carniepunk: A Duet with Darkness (e) Allison Pang UF - Abby Sinclair



September 9, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
City of Stairs Robert Jackson Bennett F - City of Stairs 1
Red Blooded Amanda Carlson UF - Jessica McClain 4
Tuckitor's Last Swim: A Tor.com Original (e) Edith Cohn F
The Lazarus Prophecy (e) F. G. Cottam M
The Lazarus Prophecy: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It (h2tp) David M. Ewalt Social Science / Popular Culture
Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future Ed Finn (ed)
Kathryn Cramer (ed)
SF - Anthology
The Witch with No Name Kim Harrison UF - Hollows 13
Nature Futures 2: Science Fiction from the Leading Science Journal Henry Gee (ed)
Colin Sullivan (ed)
SF - Anthology
Just His Taste (e) Candice Gilmer PNR - Guys and Godmothers 3
Doctor Who: The Blood Cell James Goss SF - Doctor Who
Exo Steven Gould SF - Jumper 4
Burning Desire: Part 1 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Yesterday's Kin Nancy Kress SF
Doctor Who: Engines of War George Mann SF - Doctor Who
The Falcon Throne Karen Miller F - Tarnished Crown 1
The Old Reactor David Ohle Dys
Sherwood Nation Benjamin Parzybok Ap
Sword of the Bright Lady M.C. Planck F - World of Prime 1
Pathfinder Tales: Reign of Stars Tim Pratt F - Pathfinder Tales
The Thief Taker C.S. Quinn Su/F
Doctor Who: Silhouette Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
Dark Redemption Angie Sandro SoGothic/R - Dark Paradise 3
Bloodeye (K e) Craig Saunders H
Rivers (h2tp) Michael Farris Smith LF
The Bloodline Feud Charles Stross UF - Merchant Princes Omnibus
Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror Mike Tucker SF - Doctor Who
Yesterday's Hero Jonathan Wood UF - Arthur Wallace 2
Stormcaller Chris Wraight SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolves 2



September 10, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
As Good as New: A Tor.Com Original (e) Charlie Jane Anders F



September 11, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Aurora: Meridian (K e) Amanda Bridgeman SF


e - eBook
e K - Kindle eBook
ed - Editor
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

Ap - Apocalyptic
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
H - Horro
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SoGothic - Southern Gothic
Su - Supernatural
UF - Urban Fantasy


2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 13, 2014


Here are upcoming books for some of the authors who were featured in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.


Madeline Ashby

Company Town
Angry Robot Books, September 30, 2014 (US/Can and eBook)
    October2, 2014 (UK Print)
Trade Paperback and eBook
Cover Art by Erik Mohr

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 13, 2014
They call it Company Town – a Family-owned city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes.

Meet Hwa. One of the few in her community to forego bio-engineered enhancements, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig. But she’s an expert in the arts of self-defence, and she’s been charged with training the Family’s youngest, who has been receiving death threats – seemingly from another timeline.

Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city’s stability – serial killer? Or something much, much worse..?

File Under: Science Fiction


Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Book Depository

Books-A-Million : IndieBound




Steve Bein

Disciple of the Wind
Fated Blades 3
Roc, April 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages
Cover Art by Chris McGrath

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 13, 2014
LETHAL JUSTICE

When Tokyo falls victim to a deadly terrorist attack, Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro knows who is responsible, even if she doesn’t have proof. She urges her commanding officers to arrest the perpetrator—an insane zealot who was just released from police custody. When her pleas fall on deaf ears, she loses her temper and then her badge, as well as her best chance of fighting back.

Left on her own, and armed with only her cunning and her famed Inazuma blade, Mariko must work outside the system to stop a terrorist mastermind. But going rogue draws the attention of an underground syndicate known as the Wind. For centuries, they have controlled Japanese politics from the shadows, using mystical relics to achieve their nefarious ends—relics like Mariko’s own sword and the iron demon mask whose evil curse is bound to the blade. Now the Wind is set on acquiring Mariko.

Mariko is left with a perilous choice: Join an illicit insurgency to thwart a deadly villain, or remain true to the law. Either way, she cannot escape her sword’s curse. As sure as the blade will bring her to victory, it also promises to destroy her….





Stephen Blackmoore

Broken Souls
Eric Carter 2
DAW, August 5, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 272 pages
(description from Author's website)
Cover Art by Chris McGrath 

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 13, 2014
Sister murdered, best friend dead, married to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte. Necromancer Eric Carter’s return to Los Angeles hasn’t gone well, and it’s about to get even worse.

His link to the Aztec death goddess is changing his powers, changing him, and he’s not sure how far it will go. He’s starting to question his own sanity, wonder if he’s losing his mind. No mean feat for a guy who talks to the dead on a regular basis.

While searching for a way to break Santa Muerte’s hold over him, Carter finds himself the target of a psychopath who can steal anyone’s form, powers, and memories. Identity theft is one thing, but this guy does it by killing his victims and wearing their skins like a suit. He can be anyone. He can be anywhere.

Now Carter has to change the game—go from hunted to hunter. All he has for help is a Skid Row bruja and a ghost who’s either his dead friend Alex or the manifestation of Carter’s own guilt-fueled psychotic break.

Everything is trying to kill him. Nothing is as it seems. If all his plans go perfectly, he might survive the week.

He’s hoping that’s a good thing.





Kristen Callihan

Evernight
Darkest London 5
Forever, August 26, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 13, 2014
Once the night comes . . . 
Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him-until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.

Love must cast aside the shadows
Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable-and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.


Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Book Depository

Books-A-Million : IndieBound




Amanda Carlson

Red Blooded
Jessica McClain 4
Orbit, September 9, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 13, 2014
Jessica is going to Hell.

After settling a fragile truce between the vampires, werewolves and witches, the last thing Jessica wants to do is face the demons head on. But when the Prince of Hell kidnapped her brother, he set into motion a chain of events that even Jessica doesn't have the power to stop.

Now, Jessica must go into battle again. But Hell is a whole new beast -- new rules, more dangerous demons, and an entirely foreign realm. And when Jessica is dropped into the Underworld too soon, without protection or the help of her friends, she must figure out just how powerful she can be... or she will never make it out alive.

Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Book Depository

Books-A-Million : IndieBound




A.J. Colucci

Seeders
Thomas Dunne Books, July 15, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 13, 2014
George Brookes is a brilliant but reclusive plant biologist living on a remote Canadian island.  After his mysterious death, the heirs to his estate arrive on the island, including his daughter Isabelle, her teenage children, and Jules Beecher, a friend and pioneer in plant neurobiology. They will be isolated on the frigid island for two weeks, until the next supply boat arrives.

As Jules begins investigating the laboratory and scientific papers left by George, he comes to realize that his mentor may have achieved a monumental scientific breakthrough: communication between plants and humans. Within days, the island begins to have strange and violent effects on the group, especially Jules who becomes obsessed with George’s journal, the strange fungus growing on every plant and tree, and horrible secrets that lay buried in the woods. It doesn’t take long for Isabelle to realize that her father may have unleashed something sinister on the island, a malignant force that’s far more deadly than any human. As a fierce storm hits and the power goes out, she knows they’ll be lucky to make it out alive.

A.J. Colucci masterfully weaves real science with horror to create a truly terrifying thriller, drawing from astonishing new discoveries about plants and exploring their eerie implications. Seeders is a feast of horror and suspense.





Max Gladstone

Full Fathom Five
Craft Sequence 3
Tor Books, July 15, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
Cover Art by Chris McGrath

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 13, 2014
On the island of Kavekana, Kai builds gods to order, then hands them to others to maintain. Her creations aren’t conscious and lack their own wills and voices, but they accept sacrifices, and protect their worshippers from other gods—perfect vehicles for Craftsmen and Craftswomen operating in the divinely controlled Old World. When Kai sees one of her creations dying and tries to save her, she’s grievously injured—then sidelined from the business entirely, her near-suicidal rescue attempt offered up as proof of her instability. But when Kai gets tired of hearing her boss, her coworkers, and her ex-boyfriend call her crazy, and starts digging into the reasons her creations die, she uncovers a conspiracy of silence and fear—which will crush her, if Kai can't stop it first.

Full Fathom Five is the third novel set in Max Gladstone's addictive and compelling fantasy world of Three Parts Dead





The View From Monday - October 7, 2013


Happy first Monday in October! This is such a fun month - New York Comic Con takes place this coming weekend and Halloween is later this month. I just purchased a rather large skull that lights up on the inside (pictures at some point) and the kids and I are planning our Halloween graveyard.

I started reading Debra Mullins Prodigal Son (Tor, October 1, 2013). This is Debra's first paranormal romance novel. She has written many historical romance novels. So far I'm liking it but if one of the main characters mentions again that she put up her condo as collateral for a bond for someone who skipped and she may lose her condo, I may just delete the book. It's really annoying. I get that she's worried about it. I actually got it the first time. I tend to remember what I read. Now it's just annoying. I think I will keep count to see how many times it is mentioned.

Have you ever read a book where something is mentioned ad nauseum? Did it bother you? Did you finish the book?  What makes you stop reading a book?



The View From Monday - October 7, 2013


There is one debut this week - The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Cold Blooded (Jessica McClain 3) by Amanda Carlson.



October 6, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark Annie Joseph J. Christiano H



October 7, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ghost Stories of Old New Orleans Jeanne Delavigne Gh - Collection
Rogue's Possession Jeffe Kennedy FR - Covenant of Thorns 2



October 8, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Vengeance of Hera (e) (ri) John Gregory Betancourt F - Hercules 2
Cold Blooded Amanda Carlson UF - Jessica McClain 3
Zombies vs Robots: This Means War Nancy A. Collins Z/SF - Zombies vs Robots Anthology
The Diamond Deep Brenda Cooper SF - Ruby's Song 2
A Dance of Cloaks David Dalglish F- Shadowdance 1
The Night Eternal (ri) Guillermo Del Toro
Chuck Hogan
H - Strain Trilogy 3
The Circle Dave Eggers L/SF
Tales of the Wold Newton Universe Philip Jose Farmer SF - Wold Newton Collection
The Black Spider Jeremias Gotthelf H
Midnight's Promise: Part 1 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
Slayers: The Making of a Mentor: A Tor.Com Original (e) C. J. Hill F/UF
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 24 Stephen Jones (ed) H - Anthology
Lighthouse Island Paulette Jiles Dys
Close to You (e) Stacia Kane UF -  A Downside Ghosts Story
Dying Is My Business Nicholas Kaufmann UF
Rasputin's Shadow Raymond Khoury Th/H/SF - Templar 4
The Fall of the Governor Robert Kirkman
Jay Bonansinga
Z - The Walking Dead 3
Dark Days Manel Loureiro Z - Apocalypse Z 2
The Republic of Thieves Scott Lynch F - Gentleman Bastard 3
V-Wars (h2tp) Jonathan Maberry (ed) H
Old Mars George R.R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozios (ed)
SF - Anthology
The Lincoln Conspiracy (h2tp) Timothy L. O'Brien AH
The Devil's in the Details Kimberly Raye PNR
A Taste of Blood Wine Freda Warrington F - Blood 1
The Palace Job (D) Patrick Weekes F
The Lords of Salem (h2tp) Rob Zombie H



October 11, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Legends of Lone Wolf Omnibus 3 Joe Dever F - Legend of the Lone Wolf


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopia
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
L - Literary
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller

UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 10


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


See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.
See Part 5here.
See Part 6 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.




Cassie Alexander

Deadshifted
Edie Spence 4
St. Martin's Paperbacks, December 31, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 10
[description forthcoming]





G.T. Almasi

Hammer of Angels
The Shadowstorm 2
Del Rey, February 25, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,  336 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 10
In G. T. Almasi’s thrilling alternate reality, the United States, the USSR, and the Republic of China share a fragile balance of power with Greater Germany, which emerged from World War II in control of Europe and half of the Middle East. To avoid nuclear Armageddon, the four superpowers pursue their ambitions with elite spies known as Levels, who are modified with mechanical and chemical enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, code-named Scarlet, is a kick-ass superheroine with killer Mods and an attitude to match. She’s considered one of America’s top Levels, even though her last mission nearly precipitated World War III. So now Scarlet and her new partner, Darwin, have been sent to Greater Germany to help sow the seeds of anarchy and prevent Germany’s defection to Russia and China.

But where Scarlet goes, chaos follows—and when her mission takes an unexpected turn, she and Darwin must go ever deeper into enemy territory. As Scarlet grapples with a troubling attraction to her new partner, explosive information comes to light about the German cloning program and one of its prisoners—a legendary American Level who just happens to be Scarlet’s father.






Stephen Blackmoore

Khan of Mars
Spirit of the Century
Evil Hat Productions, August 20, 2013
Trade Paperback, 224 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 10
When erudite ape Professor Khan and rough-and-tumble cowboy Bulls-Eye Gutierrez are zapped away on a one-way trip to Mars, they are thrown into a world in chaos. Under the malevolent gaze of the Weather Witch, Princess Cyclone, our heroes face the intrigue and war raging across an alien world. Will they survive long enough for the other Centurions to build a way back home, or will they perish upon the shifting sands of the Red Planet, never to be seen again?






Kristen Callihan

Entwined
A Darkest London Short Story
Forever, November 5, 2013
eBook, 40 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 10

[description forthcoming]



Shadowdance
Darkest London 4
Forever, December 17, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 10
Once a heart is lost in shadow . . .
Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she's been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case-and the last thing he relishes is a partner.

Only someone who lives in darkness can find it.
Jack Talent has been alone with his demons for many years.
He never expected to have the willful Mary Chase assist him on the Bishop case. Their age-old rivalry reaches new heights-even as their desire for one another reaches a fever pitch. Though he aches to bring her close, Jack's dark secrets are a chasm between them. With dangerous enemies closing in, Jack must find the strength to face the past . . . or risk losing Mary forever.





Amanda Carlson

Cold Blooded
Jessica McClain3
Orbit, October 8, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 10
Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked.

On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early.

Arriving on the Vampire Queen’s doorstep unexpectedly, and bringing trouble on their heels, the Sects are thrown into an all out war. The vicious skirmish ends up forcing the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.

The Vamp Queen ends up owing Jessica, but what Jessica doesn’t realize is just how soon she’ll have to cash it in.




On my radar:

Hearts of Chaos (Deadglass 3) by Kira Brady - March 2014.



Review: Hot Blooded (Jessica McClain 2) by Amanda Carlson - April 29, 2013


Hot Blooded
Author:  Amanda Carlson
Series:  Jessica McClain 2
Publisher:  Orbit, April 23, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $13.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780316205214 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by Publisher via NetGalley

Review:  Hot Blooded (Jessica McClain 2) by Amanda Carlson - April 29, 2013
It hasn't been the best week for Jessica McClain.

Her newly found mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge, and Jessica is positive she can save him.

But being the only female werewolf in town comes with its own set of rules and powers... if only she understood them.

Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.

The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties...



My Thoughts:

Hot Blooded, the 2nd Jessica McClain novel, picks up immediately after the end of Full Blooded. Jessica has only been a werewolf for a few days. She is the only female werewolf in the world. Prophecies regarding what she is swirl around and endanger her as well as those close to her.

Hot Blooded is as much about Jessica starting to learn about her powers as it is about her desire/need to rescue her mate. As the story progresses we learn more and more about Jessica’s powers along with her. I suspect that we are very far from learning all about what she can do and who/what she is. At the moment she is running on adrenaline and gut instincts with more than a little help from her wolf. Her powers surprise her and those around her. One of the things I like most about Jessica is that, despite wielding what seems to be unimaginable powers, she continues to be compassionate. Becoming a wolf had not changed her essential human nature. It will be interesting to see if she struggles with this over future novels. This is not to say that she can’t make the tough decisions, she certainly does. She simply does not solve every problem by killing it.

Jessica does not go it alone in Hot Blooded. There is a lovely supporting cast of characters with her on this journey. It’s a pleasure reading about Jessica’s interactions with her friends/companions. Ms. Carlson does not skimp on the bad guys. They were awful, of course. There is also a touch of humor, which keeps the story from being grim at all the right times.

Hot Blooded is wonderfully fast paced. Unlike the prior novel there is no cliffhanger, but it does end with new issues for Jessica to face. I certainly hope that she brings along her friends in the next novel.

Ms. Carlson does not disappoint in the second Jessica McClain novel. Hot Blooded is full of action, monsters galore (some of which I’d never seen before) and a psychotic and vicious Goddess. I’m looking forward to Jessica’s next adventure. Jessica McClain remains one of my favorite Urban Fantasy heroines.



Note: While you don’t have to read Full Blooded to understand the events in Hot Blooded, I suggest you do because it’s a terrific read. You may read my review of Blooded (a prequel eNovella) here, of Full Blooded here and read an interview with Amanda here.





Prior books in the Jessica McClain series:

Full Blooded
Jessica McClain 1
Orbit, September 11, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Review:  Hot Blooded (Jessica McClain 2) by Amanda Carlson - April 29, 2013
After living in hiding for the last twenty-six years, Jessica wakes up to find she's become a full-blooded werewolf -- claws, fangs, fur, everything. It was never supposed to happen: female werewolves don't exist.

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



Blooded
Jessica McClain Novella
Orbit, April 11, 2012
eNovella, ~61 pages

Review:  Hot Blooded (Jessica McClain 2) by Amanda Carlson - April 29, 2013
Jessica McClain was born the only female in an all male race. The only problem is-she's no wolf. Called a curse, a witch and the Daughter of Evil by the superstitious wolves, Jessica decides to fight for her freedom, at age nineteen, the only way she can-in the ring.

When she's brutally attacked right after her fight, is it enough to finally earn her freedom off Compound, or will she be forced to endure the hatred even longer . . .




Upcoming in the Jessica McClain series:

Cold Blooded
Jessica McClain3
Orbit, October 8, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Review:  Hot Blooded (Jessica McClain 2) by Amanda Carlson - April 29, 2013
Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked.

On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early.

Arriving on the Vampire Queen’s doorstep unexpectedly, and bringing trouble on their heels, the Sects are thrown into an all out war. The vicious skirmish ends up forcing the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.

The Vamp Queen ends up owing Jessica, but what Jessica doesn’t realize is just how soon she’ll have to cash it in.


Cover Revealed - Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson - March 12, 2013


Coming October 8th, the third novel in the Jessica McClain series by Amanda Carlson:




Cover Revealed - Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson - March 12, 2013
Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked.

On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early.

Arriving on the Vampire Queen’s doorstep unexpectedly, and bringing trouble on their heels, the Sects are thrown into an all out war. The vicious skirmish ends up forcing the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.

The Vamp Queen ends up owing Jessica, but what Jessica doesn’t realize is just how soon she’ll have to cash it in.







More from the Jessica McClain series:

Hot Blooded
Jessica McClain 2
Orbit, April 23, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Cover Revealed - Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson - March 12, 2013
It hasn't been the best week for Jessica McClain.

Her newly found mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge, and Jessica is positive she can save him.

But being the only female werewolf in town comes with its own set of rules and powers... if only she understood them.

Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.

The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties...



Full Blooded
Jessica McClain 1
Orbit, September 11, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Cover Revealed - Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson - March 12, 2013
After living in hiding for the last twenty-six years, Jessica wakes up to find she's become a full-blooded werewolf -- claws, fangs, fur, everything. It was never supposed to happen: female werewolves don't exist.

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



Blooded
Jessica McClain Novella
Orbit, April 11, 2012
eNovella, ~61 pages

Cover Revealed - Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson - March 12, 2013
Jessica McClain was born the only female in an all male race. The only problem is-she's no wolf. Called a curse, a witch and the Daughter of Evil by the superstitious wolves, Jessica decides to fight for her freedom, at age nineteen, the only way she can-in the ring.

When she's brutally attacked right after her fight, is it enough to finally earn her freedom off Compound, or will she be forced to endure the hatred even longer . . .



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Jill Archer

Fiery Edge of Steel
Noon Onyx 2
Ace, May 28, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 5
Lucifer and his army triumphed at Armageddon, leaving humans and demons living in uncertain peace based on sacrifice and strict laws. It is up to those with mixed demon and human blood, the Host, to prevent society from falling into anarchy.

Noon Onyx is the first female Host in memory to wield the destructive waning magic that is used to maintain order among the demons. Her unique abilities, paired with a lack of control and reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider from her peers. Only her powerful lover, Ari Carmine, and a roguish and mysterious Angel, Rafe Sinclair, support her unconventional ways.

When Noon is shipped off to a remote outpost to investigate several unusual disappearances, a task which will most likely involve trying and killing the patron demon of that area, it seems Luck is not on her side. But when the outpost settlers claim that an ancient and evil foe has stepped out of legend to commit the crimes, Noon realizes that she could be facing something much worse than she ever imagined…




Lee Battersby

The Marching Dead
Marius don Hellepsont 2
Angry Robot, March 26, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 5
Find the dead a King, save himself, win the love of his life, live happily ever after. No wonder Marius dos Helles is bored. But now something has stopped the dead from, well, dying.

It’s up to Marius, Gerd, and Gerd’s not-dead-enough Granny to journey across the continent and put the dead back in the afterlife where they belong.

File Under: Fantasy [ Dead Reckoning | Strange Problems | By Royal Decree | Still Running ]




Kira Brady

Hearts of Shadow
The Deadlglass Trilogy 2
Kensington Zebra, May 7, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 5
In this brilliant new novel in the Deadglass series, a fierce young woman’s quest entangles her in an apocalyptic endgame–and unexpected desire…

Grace Mercer’s unmatched wraith-killing ability made her the unofficial defender of a city shattered by supernatural catastrophe. So there’s no way she’ll allow the new regent of Seattle’s most powerful dragon shifter clan to “protect” her from a vicious evil stalking the ruined streets–and keep her from the freedom she’s risked everything to earn. Leif’s science-honed instincts tell him Grace is the key to keeping shifters and humans safe. But helping this wary fighter channel her untapped power is burning away the dragon’s sensual self-control and putting a crucial alliance at risk. Soon the only chance Leif and Grace will have to save their world will be a dangerously fragile link that could forever unite their souls…or consume all in a storm of destruction.




Amanda Carlson

Hot Blooded
Jessica McClain 2
Orbit, April 23, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 5
It hasn't been the best week for Jessica McClain.

Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge --- but Jessica is playing for keeps.

Because she's the only female werewolf in town...it comes with its own set of rules...and powers.

Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.

All in a day's work for a girl.

The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties...




Lee Collins

She Returns from War
Cora Oglesby 2
Angry Robot, January 29, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 5
Four years after the horrific events in Leadville, a young woman from England, Victoria Dawes, sets into motion a series of events that will lead Cora and herself out into the New Mexico desert in pursuit of Anaba, a Navajo witch bent on taking revenge for the atrocities committed against her people.

File Under: Dark Fantasy [ The Wilder West | Unseen Forces | A Conspiracy | Fight For Life ]




Leigh Evans

That Thing About Weres
Mystwalker 2
St. Martin's Paperbacks, July 30, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 5
THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER

In the never-ending saga that is my love-hate relationship with Robson Trowbridge, I, half-Were Hedi Peacock, have had a change of heart. Ever since I shoved Trowbridge through the Gates of Merenwyn, I’ve been the leader of the pack—hard to believe, right? The thing is: I’m half-Fae. So even though my Were side is ready to heed the call of the wild, the other part of me is desperate to take flight. And much as it pains me to admit it, life without Trowbridge is really starting to were me down…

I AM WERE, HEAR ME ROAR.

To make matters worse, the wolves of Creemore want my blood—and the North American Council of Weres wants me dead. So I’m just counting the days until Trowbridge returns from the other realm…and comes to my brave rescue…and becomes my alpha mate. Wishful thinking? Of course it is. But given all the mess I’ve been through already, what’s the harm in doing a little bit of daisy-plucking? Besides, Trowbridge owes me bigtime. A girl can dream.


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