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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 44


This is the forty-fourth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published or to be published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



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K. B. Wagers (2016)

After the Crown
The Indranan War 2
Orbit, December 13, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 44
The adrenaline-fueled, Star Wars-style sequel to Behind the Throne, a new space adventure series from author K.B. Wagers.

Former gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to fill her rightful position in the palace. With her sisters and parents murdered, the Indranan empire is on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nearby worlds if she has any hope of surviving her rule.

When peace talks turn violent and Hail realizes she's been betrayed, she must rely on her old gunrunning ways to get out of trouble. With help from an old boss and some surprising new allies, she must risk everything to save her world.





Auralee Wallace (2014)

Snowed In with Murder
An Otter Lake Mystery 3
St. Martin's Paperbacks, February 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 44
There’s no retreat and no surrender when Erica Bloom finds herself stuck in a snow storm with a stone-cold killer. . .

Erica has returned to Otter Lake, New Hampshire, to rekindle her romance with Sheriff Grady Forrester at her mom’s island retreat, currently closed for the off season. Just ahead of a rapidly advancing storm front, Erica arrives to discover Mom has rented the lodge to a reality TV show. They’re filming the wealthy but awful Boatright brood, who’ve been summoned here by their patriarch because—so he says—one of them wants to kill him.

SNOWED IN WITH MURDER
Great television, terrible timing. Not only are Erica’s romantic hopes snuffed out like a candle flame, the nasty Nor’easter just became a superstorm…and no one is getting off the island ’til it blows over. When the power fails, it’s lights out for the patriarch. Now, marooned with a murdered millionaire and his feuding family, it’s up to Erica to take the killer by storm and get back to the business of reuniting with Grady—until death do they part!

“Time spent with the folks in Otter Lake is well worthwhile, with writing that is witty, contemporary, and winning.”—Kirkus Reviews

Don't miss Snowed In with Murder, part of the hilarious Otter Lake series by Auralee Wallace!





Ren Warom (2016)

Escapology
Titan Books, May 30, 2017
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 44
Shock Pao is the best. In the virtual world the Slip there’s nothing he can’t steal for the right price. Outside the Slip, though, he’s a Fail – no degree, no job. So when his ex offers him a job, breaking into a corporate databank, he accepts—it’s either that, or find himself a nice bench to sleep under. Amiga works for psychotic crime lord Twist Calhoun so when Shock’s war comes to her, it’s her job to bring him to Twist, dead or alive.


Virology
Titan Books, June 13, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 44
Core is dark and Slip is everywhere, vital to everything that happens in the world and outside of anyone’s control. Avis float the skies and their arrival will trigger a tide of rebellion against the system in Foon Gung.

The key is Shock Pao, within him lies the means to control Slip. Control Slip, control the world. Shock was a Haunt once, impossible to find, but he isn’t anymore, and he’s running out of places to hide.

Shock finds himself on the run from, well, everyone. This time though, he’s not alone. But as the sickness infecting the Patient Zeros gets worse and begins to spread, he and his rag-tag group of friends must begin a desperate search for a cure. If they don’t find out what’s causing this, who’s causing this and find a way to put a stop to it, everything they’ve fought for, the brief freedom they’ve managed to achieve, will come undone. But with everyone after Shock, it’s going to take every skill they possess both legal and illegal to hunt down the source of the sickness, whilst making sure no one gets the means to take control of Slip.

The search will take them to the hubs: to the breathless heights of New York, the deadly streets of London, the insane underworld of Shanghai and into the rot eating away at the heart of Hong Kong, toward an evil that makes Hive Queens look like common garden insects.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 49


This is the forty-ninth 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.

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Ilana C. Myer (2015)

Last Song Before Night
Tor Books, November 8, 2016
Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 29, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 49
A high fantasy following a young woman's defiance of her culture as she undertakes a dangerous quest to restore her world's lost magic in Ilana C. Myer's Last Song Before Night.

Her name was Kimbralin Amaristoth: sister to a cruel brother, daughter of a hateful family. But that name she has forsworn, and now she is simply Lin, a musician and lyricist of uncommon ability in a land where women are forbidden to answer such callings-a fugitive who must conceal her identity or risk imprisonment and even death.

On the eve of a great festival, Lin learns that an ancient scourge has returned to the land of Eivar, a pandemic both deadly and unnatural. Its resurgence brings with it the memory of an apocalypse that transformed half a continent. Long ago, magic was everywhere, rising from artistic expression-from song, from verse, from stories. But in Eivar, where poets once wove enchantments from their words and harps, the power was lost. Forbidden experiments in blood divination unleashed the plague that is remembered as the Red Death, killing thousands before it was stopped, and Eivar's connection to the Otherworld from which all enchantment flowed, broken.

The Red Death's return can mean only one thing: someone is spilling innocent blood in order to master dark magic. Now poets who thought only to gain fame for their songs face a challenge much greater: galvanized by Valanir Ocune, greatest Seer of the age, Lin and several others set out to reclaim their legacy and reopen the way to the Otherworld-a quest that will test their deepest desires, imperil their lives, and decide the future.
[description from Hardcover]





Adam Rakunas (2015)

Like A Boss
Angry Robot Books, June 7, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback (US), 384 pages
Angry Robot Books, June 2, 2016
   Paperback (UK) and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 49
In this breathless and hilarious followup to Windswept, former labor organiser Padma’s worst nightmare comes true: she gets yanked out of early retirement.

After buying her favourite rum distillery and settling down, she thought she’d heard the last of her arch nemesis, Evanrute Saarien. But Saarien, fresh out of prison for his misdeeds in Windswept, has just fabricated a new religion, positioning himself as its holy leader. He’s telling his congregation to go on strike, to fight the system. And unfortunately, they’re listening to him.

Now Padma’s summoned by the Union president to help stop this strike from happening. The problem is, she’s out of practice. And, the more she digs, the more she realises this whole strike business is more complicated than the Union president let on…

File Under: Science Fiction [ Fraud Almighty / City on Fire / Let’s Be Reasonable Please / All Outta Bubble Gum ]





Ferrett Steinmetz (2015)

Fix
'Mancer 3
Angry Robot Books, September 1, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback (US) and eBook, 384 pages
Angry Robot Books, September 6, 2016
   Paperback (UK)

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 49
America’s long sent its best SMASH agents overseas to deal with the European crisis. As of today, they decided dismantling your operation was more important than containing the Bastogne Broach. Now you’re dealing with the real professionals.

Paul Tsabo: Bureaucromancer. Political activist. Loving father. His efforts to decriminalize magic have made him the government’s #1 enemy – and his fugitive existence has robbed his daughter of a normal life.

Aliyah Tsabo-Dawson: Videogamemancer. Gifted unearthly powers by a terrorist’s magic. Raised by a family of magicians, she’s the world’s loneliest teenager – because her powers might kill anyone she befriends.

The Unimancers: Brain-burned zombies. Former ‘mancers, tortured into becoming agents of the government’s anti-‘mancer squad. An unstoppable hive-mind.

When Paul accidentally opens up the first unsealed dimensional broach on American soil, the Unimancers lead his family in a cat-and-mouse pursuit all the way to the demon-haunted ruins of Europe – where Aliyah is slowly corrupted by the siren call of the Unimancers…

File Under: Urban Fantasy





Auralee Wallace (2014)

Pumpkin Picking with Murder
An Otter Lake Mystery 2
St. Martin's Paperbacks, August 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 49
When murder strikes in the Tunnel of Love, Erica Bloom has to rock the boat to catch a killer…

For a small town like Otter Lake, New Hampshire, the annual Fall Festival is a big deal: a Ferris wheel, corn maze, caramel apples, and pumpkin pies—even a Tunnel of Love. Back in her hometown, Erica Bloom is trying to enjoy herself, which includes getting better acquainted with Sheriff Grady Forrester. But when a swan boat sails out of the heart-shaped exit of the tunnel with a dead man slumped over a wing, her own romance will have to take a backseat.

PUMPKIN PICKING WITH MURDER

Speaking of love affairs, the other passenger in the boat—and only witness to the elderly Mr. Masterson’s swan song—is not his wife. It’s Erica’s beloved and feisty “aunt,” Tweety, who quickly becomes the prime suspect. Vowing to clear Tweety, Erica teams up with her sassy BFF and self-appointed security expert Freddie Ng to solve the murder—despite the objections of Grady, who’s convinced the amateurs are going overboard in their investigation. And he just may be right. But as Erica and Freddie start to dredge up long-kept small-town secrets, will they heading straight into troubled waters?

Pumpkin Picking with Murder is the second book in Auralee Wallace's Otter Lake Mystery series!





Max Wirestone (2015)

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss
Redhook, September 20, 2016
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, October 20, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 49
The perfect mystery for anyone who has ever geeked out about something and for fans of The Guild, New Girl, Scott Pilgrim, Big Bang Theory, Veronica Mars.
Meet Dahlia Moss, the reigning queen of unfortunate decision-making in the St. Louis area. She is unemployed, broke, and on her last bowl of ramen. But that's all about to change.

Before Dahlia can make her life any messier on her own she's offered a job. A job that she's woefully under-qualified for. A job that will lead her to a murder, an MMORPG, and possibly a fella (or two?).

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 29


This is the twenty-ninth 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.


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Karina Sumner-Smith (2014)

Towers Fall
Towers Trilogy 3
Talos, November 17, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 396 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 29
War. Fire. Destruction. Xhea believed that the Lower City had weathered the worst of its troubles—that their only remaining fight would be the struggle to rebuild before winter. She was wrong.

Now her home is under attack from an unexpected source. The Central Spire, the City’s greatest power, is intent on destroying the heart of the magical entity that resides beneath the Lower City’s streets. The people on the ground have three days to evacuate—or else.

With nowhere to go and time running out, Xhea and the Radiant ghost Shai attempt to rally a defense. Yet with the Spire’s wrath upon them, nothing—not their combined magic, nor their unexpected allies—may be strong enough to protect them from the power of the City.

From Nebula Award–nominated author Karina Sumner-Smith, Towers Fall is a fantastic climax to this amazing and thought-provoking trilogy.




Auralee Wallace (2014)

Sidekick Returns
Sidekick in the City 2
Escape Publishing, December 1, 2015
eBook, 272 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 29
Bremy St James is back in a brand new adventure, mixing chaos, humour, sex, and superheroes in this fresh, funny, flirty series. It’s the superhero romance you didn’t know you needed…

Fresh off thwarting the crime of the century, Bremy St. James is back and more determined than ever to fight by the side of the city’s top superhero, Dark Ryder. There’s just one problem: Dark Ryder’s disappeared.

To make matters worse, Bremy’s evil billionaire father, Atticus, is taking her lack of family loyalty very personally, and Bremy’s last tie to her old life, her reason behind her choices—her sister—is distancing herself as well.


Skinny Dipping with Murder
An Otter Lake Mystery 1
St. Martin's Paperbacks, March 1, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 29
Welcome to Otter Lake, where the relaxing, restorative atmosphere is to die for.

Erica Bloom is in no rush to return to Otter Lake, the site of her mother's spiritual retreat for women. Erica met her inner goddess years ago and she's happy to have forged a new identity on her own, thank you very much. But her new-age-y, well-meaning mother is losing her grip on the business, and needs Erica's help. So she heads back to her New Hampshire hometown, where nothing much has changed-except for maybe the body in the well...

SKINNYDIPPING WITH MURDER

When Erica was a teenager, she fell prey to a practical joke that left her near-naked in Otter Lake's annual Raspberry Social. The incident was humiliating, but it wasn't like anyone got killed-until now. Those who were behind that long-ago prank are starting to turn up dead, and Erica's appearance in town makes her a prime suspect. To make matters worse, the town sheriff just happens to be Erica's old nemesis, Grady Forrester...who also happens to be hotter than ever. Can Erica find a way to dig up the truth-before someone digs her grave?




Angus Watson (2014)

Clash of Iron
Iron Age 2
Orbit, April 14, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 560 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 29
The second book in Angus Watson's epic Iron Age fantasy trilogy.

LEADERS ARE FORGED IN THE FIRES OF WAR

Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they must defend it.

A Roman invasion is coming from Gaul, but rather than uniting to defend their home, the British tribes go to battle with each other -- and see Maidun as an easy target.

Meanwhile, Lowa's spies infiltrate Gaul, discovering the Romans have recruited British druids. And Maidunite Ragnall finds his loyalties torn when he meets Rome's charismatic general, Julius Caesar.

War is coming. Who will pay its price?


Reign of Iron
Iron Age
Orbit, September 29, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 560 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 29
WARRIOR QUEENS AND ROMAN INVADERS DO BATTLE IN THE FINAL VOLUME OF THIS THRILLING EPIC FANTASY TRILOGY.

Caesar's soldiers have murdered, massacred and pillaged their way through Gaul and loom on the far side of the sea, ready to descend upon Britain - with them are an unstoppable legion of men twisted by dark magic. Somehow Queen Lowa must repel the invasion, although her best general is dead and her young druid powerless. She faces impossible odds, but when the alternative is death or slavery, a warrior queen will do whatever it takes to save her people.

EVERY EMPIRE HAS ITS DOWNFALL.




Andy Weir (2014)

The Martian (Movie Tie-In Edition)
Broadway Books, August 18, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Hardcover, February 11, 2014
Trade Paperback, October 28, 2014
Trade Paperback (Movie Tie-In Edition), August 18, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 29
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?




Stephen Aryan (2015)

Bloodmage
Age of Darkness 2
Orbit, April 12, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

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The people of Perizzi have survived the battlemage war, but their future is looking darker than ever.

BYRNE is a Guardian of the Peace, investigating a series of murders in which the corpses were drained entirely of life.

FRAY's expertise with magic is needed to catch the killer, but working with the Guardians destroyed his father, years before.

CHOSS, renowned as a fighter, must work for peace, to diffuse a war in the underworld that threatens to turn the streets red with rivers of blood.

KATJA must use her skills as a spy to try to prevent a massacre that will topple two dynasties and destroy the fragile peace in the city for ever.


Guardians and spies, assassins and criminals will clash on the streets in this magic-fuelled adventure from the author of Battlemage.

Guest Blog by Auralee Wallace - I Think my Two-Year Old is an Alpha Hero - July 14, 2014


Please welcome Auralee Wallace to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Sidekick was published on June 1st by Escape Publishing.



Guest Blog by Auralee Wallace - I Think my Two-Year Old is an Alpha Hero - July 14, 2014




I Think my Two-Year Old is an Alpha Hero

My debut novel, Sidekick, is a bit of an odd duck. Whenever someone asks me the genre, I usually stumble around a bit before describing it as a comedic Superhero Romance. One of the problems I had in creating this genre mash-up was trying to come up with an appropriate romantic counterpart to my fledging crime-fighter. I did think about crafting an alpha hero because women really seem to dig alpha heroes, but I found I just couldn’t do it. For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out why, and then it hit me. My two-year old is an alpha hero. And here’s the proof:
  1. He throws spectacular temper tantrums. Harlequin (my beneficent publisher) defines an alpha hero as, “A hero in a position of power and used to getting his own way.” The implication here, of course, is that our hero will get a bit testy if his power is questioned. This sounds exactly like my little boy! He’s adorable and I love him to bits, but let’s face it, toddlers are very unreasonable. Getting him dressed in the morning can take up to half an hour. Oftentimes if I choose the wrong socks, pants, or hold firm to my stance that he cannot wear his pyjamas to the park, well, there is hell is pay.
  2. He growls a lot. Have you ever noticed how much alpha heroes growl, bark, snarl, and roar in romance novels? Well, when my son was born one of his vocal cords was paralyzed, so he couldn’t cry loudly. Instead, he made a sound that my husband thought resembled that of a baby dragon (not that we’ve ever had the privilege of hearing one.) Even though, his full vocal prowess has returned, my little boy never did give up his growling. If one of his sisters reaches for a tasty morsel on his plate, he growls. If I move to put sunscreen on him, he growls. Bedtime? Lots of growling. I would say his various growls make up at least half of his vocabulary.
  3. He’s jealous. There are times my boy shows absolutely no interest in me. He has broken my heart many a time by rebuking my entreaties for hugs. But I tell ya, if one of his siblings or my husband so much as makes a move to show me any kind of physical affection, he’s there. In fact, he has been known to pull hair, bite, and pinch to force his way in between me and a would-be hugger. Alpha hero behavior, no doubt.
  4. He’s cocky...and the women love it. Yup, just like all those bare-chested men on the covers of so many novels, my little boy just inherently knows women love the look of him. He gives them the smile in restaurants, he struts for them in the aisles of grocery stores, and if they’re really lucky, he might even give them a chubby fisted bye-bye when we leave the building – that gets them every time.
  5. Finally, he is a good boy underneath it all. I’ve been told that part of the appeal of the alpha hero is that underneath the gruff exterior a good person awaits. I don’t think I need to explain how this is just like my two-year old. This is true of every two-year old, regardless of gender, ever.
So despite all my love for my little alpha, I just can’t abide by these types of shenanigans for my superhero’s hero. Truth be told, toddlers are a lot of work, and my girl Bremy St. James is really busy saving the world. So, please, if you’re interested, check out my adorkable BETA hero in Sidekick, and feel free to let me know if he needs to do more growling.





Sidekick
Escape Publishing, June 1, 2014
eBook, 249 pages

Guest Blog by Auralee Wallace - I Think my Two-Year Old is an Alpha Hero - July 14, 2014
Heroes meets Bridget Jones in this brilliant, hilarious debut novel about a girl who just wants to save the world...

Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.

Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.

Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.

Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation.

Well, no one ever said being a superhero would be easy...





About Auralee
(from the author's blog)

Guest Blog by Auralee Wallace - I Think my Two-Year Old is an Alpha Hero - July 14, 2014
Auralee Wallace is an author of humorous commercial women’s fiction and occasional guest blogger at Penny Dreadful Books and Reviews http://pennydreadfulbooks.me/. She is a member of the RWA, and her debut novel, Sidekick, a superhero urban fantasy, placed as a finalist in the Virginia Fool for Love Contest, The TARA Contest and The Catherine. Sidekick has been picked up by Harlequin’s Escape Publishing and is due for release June 1st, 2014. Auralee has a Master’s degree in English literature and worked in the publishing industry for a number of years before teaching at the college level. Her latest project, Camp Murder, a cozy mystery with an edge, combines the traditional elements of a good whodunit with a little romance, a little danger, and a lot of fun. When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children and three rescue cats isn’t writing or playing soccer, she can be found watching soap operas with lurid fascination and warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard.

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2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2014 Debuts


It's time for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for June 2014


2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2014 Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2014 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. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

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Interview with Auralee Wallace, author of Sidekick - June 14, 2014


Please welcome Auralee Wallace to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Sidekick was published on June 1st by Escape Publishing.



Interview with Auralee Wallace, author of Sidekick - June 14, 2014




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Auralee:  As far back as I can remember, I wanted to write, and I did. I crafted countless stories ranging from epic high fantasies (if you can call 5 pages of double-spaced block letters epic) to Chick Lit vignettes written from a third grader’s perspective (odd sounding, but I don’t know how else to describe a story involving spilling pizza on a favorite dress while accidentally kicking over a garbage can in front of the entire class). I did not believe, however, that it was something I could do professionally. It took me a long time to get to the point where I thought I might give it a try.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Auralee:  PLOTTER. Sorry for the all caps, but I am a big plotter. I think it is essential for the type of book I write. My goal is to take readers on a screaming roller coaster ride, and that takes planning…otherwise (to extend the metaphor) people fall out and die horrible deaths.



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

Auralee:  The most challenging thing for me is getting past the fear of the page that I know will soon be filled with an expression of me. It’s hard to put yourself out there, but it’s worth it when you connect with others who enjoy your work.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Auralee:  There are so many, but recently I was thinking about how much I loved Jane Yolen’s Pit Dragon Trilogy when I was maybe ten or eleven. Her books really took me away. For a while, I felt like I lived in the world she had created...with beautiful dragons. I think that is what we all wish for when we open a book, and it is such a gift when it happens.



TQ:  Describe Sidekick in 140 characters or less.

AuraleeSidekick is just like Cinderella…if Cinderella wanted to be a superhero.



TQ:  Tell us something about Sidekick that is not in the book description.

AuraleeSidekick is a little out there. Sometimes I think there should be a warning on the cover that states: DANGER: SCREWBALL COMEDY AHEAD. If readers are expecting something dark and angst-ridden, they will not find it in my book. I have always admired characters, and people for that matter, who can remain positive in the worst of circumstances, and who want to do the right thing, just because it’s the right thing. There seems to be an overwhelming abundance of anti-heroes out there these days (and I enjoy a good anti-hero) but I do think straight up heroes should get the credit they deserve.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Sidekick? What drew you to writing about superheroes?

Auralee:  I love superheroes for the escape they provide. We live in such a complicated world with complicated problems. The realm of the superhero is like a psychological balm. It holds the promise that no matter how bad things get, there is someone working to make it better.



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

Auralee:  I didn’t do a lot of “superhero” research. Really, I spent most of childhood doing that. I did, however, do a lot of reading on writer’s craft. For the longest time I thought that just because I loved books and my education was focused on literature, I could write a compelling novel. I have since learned there’s a lot more to it.



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

Auralee:  I would have to say Choden – the guru mentor of my superhero. In my writing, I often take stereotypes and flip them inside out for comedic purposes. Choden’s character, based on the stereotype of a Tibetan monk, is still a bit of a mystery to me, a mystery I hope to explore in later books.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Sidekick.

Auralee:  “It was clear that I had no real skills or abilities when it came to crime fighting, but I had gumption. And wasn’t gumption worth more than anything else? Why would reality TV lie? “

“He was tall, at least six four, maybe five. Blond hair. Blue eyes. And yes, ridiculously muscular. He looked a little like the end result of a heated night of plastic passion between action figures.”



TQ:  What's next?

Auralee:  Currently, I am working away on the sequel to Sidekick, Sidekick Returns. I’ve also been dabbling with a cozy mystery. No matter what I’m writing, though, I think readers can expect a comedic edge. When I write, I lose myself in the story, so I figure, it might as well get lost in a place that will make me smile.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Auralee:  Thank you so much for having me!





Sidekick

Sidekick
Escape Publishing, June 1, 2014
eBook, 249 pages

Interview with Auralee Wallace, author of Sidekick - June 14, 2014
Heroes meets Bridget Jones in this brilliant, hilarious debut novel about a girl who just wants to save the world...

Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.

Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.

Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.

Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation.

Well, no one ever said being a superhero would be easy...





About Auralee
(from the author's blog)

Interview with Auralee Wallace, author of Sidekick - June 14, 2014
Auralee Wallace is an author of humorous commercial women’s fiction and occasional guest blogger at Penny Dreadful Books and Reviews http://pennydreadfulbooks.me/. She is a member of the RWA, and her debut novel, Sidekick, a superhero urban fantasy, placed as a finalist in the Virginia Fool for Love Contest, The TARA Contest and The Catherine. Sidekick has been picked up by Harlequin’s Escape Publishing and is due for release June 1st, 2014. Auralee has a Master’s degree in English literature and worked in the publishing industry for a number of years before teaching at the college level. Her latest project, Camp Murder, a cozy mystery with an edge, combines the traditional elements of a good whodunit with a little romance, a little danger, and a lot of fun. When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children and three rescue cats isn’t writing or playing soccer, she can be found watching soap operas with lurid fascination and warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard.

Blog  ~  Twitter @AuraleeWallace  ~  Goodreads  ~  Facebook



The View From Monday - June 2, 2014


Happy first Monday in June. This year is flying by! I spent part of last week at BookExpo America in NYC. I had a very productive time. There were things I loved and some that I didn't, but more about that in an upcoming post.

In case you missed it, June's debuts were posted yesterday. You can see them here.



The View From Monday - June 2, 2014


There is one debut out this week:

Sidekick by Auralee Wallace. 


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Grim Shadows (Roaring Twenties 2) By Jenn Bennett;

Heart of a Highland Warrior (Highland Warrior 3) by Anita Clenney;

Veil of the Deserters (Bloodsounder's Arc 2) by Jeff Salyards;

Hunter by Night (Chronicles of Yavn3) by Elisabeth Staab;

and

Ecko Burning (Ecko 2) by Danie Ware.


And with format changes:

The Golden City (Golden City 1) by J. Kathleen Cheney is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

The Facades by Eric Lundgren is out in Trade Paperback




June 1, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Threshold of Passion (e) Vivi Anna PNR
The Godwhale (ri) T. J. Bass SF - SF Masterworks
Barrington J. Bayley (ri) Barrington J. Bayley SF - SF Gateway Omnibus
Literaria Carolyn Boehlke F
The Curse (e) Jennifer Brassel PNR
Craven (e) Melanie Casey PM - Cass Lehman 2
Edmund Cooper SF Gateway Omnibus Edmund Cooper SF Gateway Omnibuses
The Haunted Book Jeremy Dyson H
The Ward S.L. Grey H - Downside 2
Cold Redemption Nathan Hawke F - Gallow2
Wolves in Winter Lisa Hilton HistF
The Sandman (ri) E.T.A. Hoffmann Go
The Disestablishment of Paradise (ri) Phillip Mann SF/Th
Games of Desire (e) Patti O'Shea PNR
Black Chaos: Tales of the Zombie Bill Olver (ed) Z - Anthology
The Silence (h2tp) Sarah Rayne NeoGo/M
The Demi-Monde: Summer Rod Rees Dys - The Demi-Monde Saga 3
The Highlander's Dark Seduction (e) Joanne Rock PNR - Secrets of the Darroch Clan 2
Lords of the Underworld Collection 2: The Darkest Whisper\The Darkest Passion\The Darkest Lie (e) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld
Demon Wolf (e) Bonnie Vanak PNR - Phoenix Force 3
Sidekick (D) (e) Auralee Wallace Superhero
The White Mountain (ri) David Wingrove SF - Chung Kuo 8
Sekabo Richard Woolley SF/Th



June 2, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Her Wild Protector (e) Naomi Bellina PNR
Reap & Repent (e) Lisa Medley PNR
Witch's Awakening (e) Neely Powell PNR
Tempt Me Eternally (e) Gena Showalter PNR
Wicked Ink (e) Misty Simon PNR



June 3, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling (h2tp) Hanan al-Shaykh FT
Elisha Barber (h2mm) E.C. Ambrose F - Dark Apostle 1
The Dark Between the Stars Kevin J. Anderson SF - Saga of Shadows Trilogy 1
The Voyage of the Sable Keech Neal Asher SF - Spatterjay 2
Grim Shadows Jenn Bennett PNR - Roaring Twenties 2
Night of the Living Thread Janet Bolint PCM - Threadville Mystery 4
Rescue Mode Ben Bova
Les Johnson
SF
The Kraken King Part VIII: The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure (e) Meljean Brook SPR - The Kraken King
The Golden City (tp2mm) J. Kathleen Cheney F - The Golden City 1
Heart of a Highland Warrior Anita Clenney PNR - Highland Warrior 3
Dark Father James Cooper H
Zero Hour (h2mm) Clive Cussler Th - Numa Files 9
The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six Ellen Datlow H - Anthology
A Partial and Conjectural History of Dr. Meuller's Panoptical Cartoon Engine: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Argus Blinked: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Bombs Away!: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Cockroach Love: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Fjaerland: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
iCity: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Life in the Anthropocene: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Murder in Geektopia: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Professor Fluvius's Palace of Many Waters: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Providence: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Return to the 20th Century: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
The End of the Great Continuity: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
The HPL Commonplace Book: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
The New Cyberiad: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
The Omniplus Ultra: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
To See Infinity Bare: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Waves and Smart Magma: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Wikiworld: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Yes We Have No Bananas: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo AH
1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
AH - The Ring of Fire 14
Fire Rising Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 2
Fire Rising: Part 4 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Casino Infernale (h2mm) Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 7
Property of a Lady Faire Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 8
Death's Redemption Marie Hall PNR - Eternal Lovers 2
Affliction (h2mm) Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 22
A Shiver of Light Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Merry Gentry 9
The Merchant Emperor Elizabeth Haydon F - The Symphony of Ages 7
The Sea of Time P. C. Hodgell F - Kencyrath1
The Source J.D. Horn UF - Witching Savannah 2
Night Shifters Sarah A. Hoyt UF - Shifter Omnibus
Blood Pact (ri) Tanya Huff UF - Blood Books 4
Justice Ian Irvine F - The Tainted Realm 3
Thieves' Quarry D. B. Jackson HistF - Thieftaker Chronicles 2
Crossroads of Twilight (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 10
Born of Fire (ri) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - League 2
Born of Ice Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - League 3
Born of Night (ri) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - League 1
Mr. Mercedes Stephen King Sus
The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy (e) Mercedes Lackey
James Mallory
F
Blood Red Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters 9
Steadfast (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters 8
Deadly Forecast Victoria Laurie PCM - Psychic Eye Mystery 11
The Shadow Lamp (h2tp) Stephen R. Lawhead F - Bright Empires 4
Prince of Fools Mark Lawrence F - The Red Queen's War 1
The Facades (h2tp) Eric Lundgren M
Gameboard of the Gods (h2mm) Richelle Mead UF - Age of X 1
Tin Swift (tp2mm) Devon Monk SP - Age of Steam 2
A Barricade in Hell Jaime Lee Moyer HistF - Delia Martin 2
The Goliath Stone (h2mm) Larry Niven
Matthew Joseph Harrington
SF
Robert A. Heinlein, Vol 2: In Dialogue with His Century Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better William H. Patterson SF
Bloodstone (h2mm) Gillian Philip F - Rebel Angel 2
The Science of Discworld (ri) Terry Pratchett
Ian Stewart
Jack Cohen
SF/S
On the Steel Breeze Alastair Reynolds SF - Poseidon's Children 2
The Heir of Khored Deborah J. Ross F - Seven-Petaled Shield Trilogy 3
Veil of the Deserters Jeff Salyards F - Bloodsounder's Arc 2
On Pins and Needles Yolanda Sfetsos UF - Sierra Fox 3
The Montauk Monster Hunter Shea H
Rebellion Ken Shufeldt Th/Ap
Shield of Winter Nalini Singh PNR - Psy/Changelings 13
Jaguar Hunt Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Jaguar 3
Hunter by Night Elisabeth Staab PNR - Chronicles of Yavn3
Singapore Noir Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan (ed) Noir - Anthology
The Dig: A Taskforce Story, featuring an exclusive excerpt from DAYSOF RAGE (e) Brad Taylor Th - Pike Logan 5.5
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club Genevieve Valentine FT
Ecko Burning Danie Ware SF - Ecko 2
On Her Watch Rie Warren PNR - Don't Tell 2
Honor of the Queen (Signed Leatherbound Edition) David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 2



June 4, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fantasy and the Real World in British Children's Literature: The Power of Story Caroline Webb Children's Literature and Culture



June 7, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Star Trek: Voyager: String Theory #2: Fusion (ri) Kirsten Beyer SF - Star Trek: Voyager
Ain't Myth-behaving: Two Novellas (ri) Katie MacAlister PNR - Otherworld
Redeemed in Darkness (ri) Alexis Morgan PNR - Paladin 5



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

AH - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
S - Science
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts



2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts

There are 7 debuts (that I know about) for June. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The June debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite June cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on June 15th.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at DAC.TheQwillery  @  gmail . com (remove the spaces).




Katherine Harbour

Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel
Thorn Jack Trilogy 1
Harper Voyager, June 24, 2014
Hardcover and eBook,  352 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
A spectacular, modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad of Tam Lin—a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth vividly imagined and steeped in gothic atmosphere.

Their creed is "Mischief, Malevolence, and Mayhem."

Serafina Sullivan, named for angels and a brave Irish prince, is haunted by dreams of her older sister, Lily Rose, a sprite, ethereal beauty who unexpectedly took her own life. A year has passed since Lily's death, and now eighteen-year-old Finn and her college-professor father have moved back to Fair Hollow, her father's pretty little hometown alongside the Hudson River. Populated with socialites, hippies, and famous dramatic artists, every corner of this quaint, bohemian community holds bright possibilities—and dark enigmas, including the alluring Jack Fata, scion of the town's most powerful family.

Jack's smoldering looks and air of secrecy draw Finn into a dangerous romance . . . and plunge her into an eerie world of shadow and light ruled by the beautiful and fearsome Reiko Fata. Exciting and monstrous, the Fata family and its circle of strange, aristocratic denizens wield irresistible charm and glamorous power— a tempting and terrifying blend of good and evil, magic and mystery, that holds perilous consequences for a curious girl like Finn.

As she becomes more deeply entwined with Jack, Finn discovers that their lives and those of the ones she loves, including her best friends Christie Hart and Sylvie Whitethorn, are in peril. But an unexpected ally may help her protect them: her beloved sister, Lily Rose. Within the pages of the journal that Lily left behind are clues Finn must decipher to unlock the secret of the Fatas.
Yet the wrathful and deadly Reiko has diabolical plans of her own for Finn, as well as powerful allies. To save herself and to free her beloved Jack from the Fatas, Finn must stand up against the head of the family and her clever minions, including the vicious, frightening Caliban—a battle that will reveal shocking secrets about Lily Rose's death and about Finn herself . . .

Evocative and spellbinding, rich with legend, myth, and folklore, filled with heroes and villains, ghosts and selkies, changelings and fairies, witches and demons, Thorn Jack is a modern fairy tale and a story of true love, set in a familiar world, where nothing is as it seems.




Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water
Harper Voyager, June 10, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook,  272 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
The award-winning speculative debut novel, now in English for the first time!

In the far north of the Scandinavian Union, now occupied by the power state of New Qian, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio studies to become a tea master like her father. It is a position that holds great responsibility and a dangerous secret. Tea masters alone know the location of hidden water sources, including the natural spring that once provided water for her whole village. When Noria's father dies, the secret of the spring reaches the new military commander . . . and the power of the army is vast indeed. But the precious water reserve is not the only forbidden knowledge Noria possesses, and resistance is a fine line.

Threatened with imprisonment, and with her life at stake, Noria must make an excruciating, dangerous choice between knowledge and freedom.




Susan Klaus

Flight of the Golden Harpy
Tor Books, June 17, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Kari, a young woman, returns to the jungle planet of Dora after ten years in Earth’s schools determined to unravel the mysteries surrounding the harpies, a feral species with the appearance half-bird, half-human.

The human colonists believe harpies are dangerous animals, which are known to steal women. The creatures are hunted like wild game, their wings considered rare trophies. But Kari distrusts these rumors. When she was attacked by a monster in the jungle as a child, a male harpy with rare golden coloring rescued her.

Constant hunting by men has driven the harpies to the brink of extinction. Is Kari’s savior, the elegant golden harpy, is still alive? If so, how long can he and his flock survive the ravages of mankind?

Susan Klaus's Flight of the Golden Harpy is an imaginative and romantic fantasy novel that questions what it means to be human.




Lauren Owen

The Quick
Random House, June 17, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 544 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
For fans of Anne Rice, The Historian, and The Night Circus, an astonishing debut, a novel of epic scope and suspense that conjures up all the magic and menace of Victorian London

1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine London that greets her, she uncovers a hidden, supernatural city populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” But the answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of the exclusive, secretive Aegolius Club, whose predatory members include the most ambitious, and most bloodthirsty, men in England.

In her first novel, Lauren Owen has created a fantastical world that is both beguiling and terrifying. The Quick will establish her as one of fiction’s most dazzling talents.




Kieran Shea

Koko Takes a Holiday
Titan Books, June 10, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Five hundred years from now, ex-corporate mercenary Koko Martstellar is swaggering through an early retirement as a brothel owner on The Sixty Islands, a manufactured tropical resort archipelago known for its sex and simulated violence. Surrounded by slang-drooling boywhores and synthetic komodo dragons, the most challenging part of Koko’s day is deciding on her next drink. That is, until her old comrade Portia Delacompte sends a squad of security personnel to murder her.




Auralee Wallace

Sidekick
Escape Publishing, June 1, 2014
eBook, 249 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Heroes meets Bridget Jones in this brilliant, hilarious debut novel about a girl who just wants to save the world...

Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.

Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.

Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.

Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation.

Well, no one ever said being a superhero would be easy...




James Walley

The Forty First Wink
Ragnarok Publications, June 16, 2014
eBook

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Marty is having a bad morning. Roused from slumber by a gang of polo mallet-wielding monkeys and a mysterious voice in his wardrobe, he must quickly come to terms with the fact that the world outside his door is now the world inside his head. Lying in wait amidst bleak, gloomy streets, deserted theme parks, and circus-themed nightclubs, lurks the oppressive shadow of a myriad of giggling, cackling pursuers, hell bent on throwing a custard pie or two into the works.

Assisted by a string of half-cocked schemes, a troupe of tiny unlikely allies, and (literally) the girl of his dreams, Marty sets out on a heroic quest to wake up and get out of bed.

Early reviews have compared it to Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Equal parts epic, funny and dark, The Forty First Wink plummets headlong into the realms of askew reality, adding elements of the macabre, and squeezing in an unlikely love story for good measure. It will take you on a journey where not even the sky is the limit, and literally anything could be around the next corner. The question is, do you have the guts (and the sanity) to find out?

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 44What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 49What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 29Guest Blog by Auralee Wallace - I Think my Two-Year Old is an Alpha Hero - July 14, 20142014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2014 DebutsInterview with Auralee Wallace, author of Sidekick - June 14, 2014The View From Monday - June 2, 20142014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts

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