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Guest Blog by Bailey Cates, author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries - July 4, 2015

Please welcome Bailey Cates to The Qwillery. Bailey is the author of the Magical Bakery Mystery series. Magic and Macaroons will be published on July 7th by Obsidian (NAL).

Guest Blog by Bailey Cates, author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries - July 4, 2015

Magic and Macaroons is the fifth Magical Bakery Mystery featuring kitchen witch and one-third owner of the Honeybee Bakery, Katie Lightfoot. Katie has been in Savannah, Georgia for a year and a half now, and is still learning about the Craft from the members of the spellbook club. Mimsey Carmichael specializes in flower and color magic and dabbles in divination, while Bianca Devereaux focuses on traditional Wiccan spell work and moon magic. Jaida French is a tarot expert, and Cookie Rios -- well, she's a generalist since she turned away from the voodoo she grew up with in Haiti.

But Katie's specialty is hedgewitchery, or green magic, like her aunt Lucy whom she works with in the bakery. Together, they use their special knowledge of herbs and spices to gently bewitch the delicious goodies they bake up at the Honeybee with spells for love, prosperity, health, peace and more. She's also learned that she's a lightwitch, and while that might account for why she stumbles into so many murder investigations involving magic, she still doesn't know exactly what else being a lightwitch entails. Her mentor in that regard, Detective Franklin Taite, is now dead, and she's waiting for the replacement he promised would show up in her life.

As Magic and Macaroons begins, it's an unseasonably hot August in Georgia, and Katies is battling the heat with cool treats for the Honeybee patrons. But then a meeting of the spellbook club is interrupted by a stranger collapsing on the floor of the bakery, mumbling something about a missing talisman and voodoo queens. Soon an impossibly dead body is added to the mix.

Katie is compelled to investigate, and the first thing she does is enlist a reluctant Cookie Rios' help to find out more about Savannah's infamous voodoo queens and the possible uses for the missing talisman. She meets several members of this largely underground community, all quite different, and all possible suspects at first.

But they aren't the only suspects, and with the help of the members of the spellbook club, her boyfriend, Declan McCarthy, Declan's improbable Uncle Connell, and Steve Dawes, Katie tracks the magical killer.

I'm fascinated by the different aspects of magic, and how they relate to everything from quantum physics to psychic readings. However, friends became a bit alarmed when I started researching voodoo. It has a reputation for dark magic, for voodoo dolls and curses. I heard quite a few interesting stories during the year I conducted research.

However,there are many, many flavors of voodoo/voudou/vodou/hoodoo. Almost all are based on West African religions that date back centuries, but many of those have been added to, subtracted from, or altered by local culture. In the end, my goal was to address the magical aspects of voodoo with the respect I try to show all magical or pagan practices in the series. I did a lot of reading (a LOT), and spoke numerous times with a voodoo queen a friend referred me to. She was enormously helpful.

One thing I learned from my exploration of voodoo? Well, here's how Cookie Rios puts it in the book when she's trying to explain the ideas of dark and light magic to Katie: "[Voodoo] is black. It is white. It is purple and green and red. You and the others always talk about gray magic, as if the only colors of magic can be found on some continuum between white and black. But magic is bigger, wider, deeper than that."

This more expansive vision of magic rings true, however you happen to define it in your own life. Besides the spell work side of things, there's always a lot of food in the Magical Bakery Mysteries! For Magic and Macaroons, I include a recipe for coconut macaroons (what else?).

My (Katie's) version is also a thumbprint cookie. You can fill the center indentations with any kind of jam, but I also provide recipes for making your own pineapple jam and pomegranate jelly. The other recipe is for Pao de Quiejo, or Brazilian cheese bread. I am completely addicted to these cheese puffs made with tapioca flour, and had to share how super easy they are to make. As an added, if unintentional, bonus, all these recipes are gluten free.

Next up: Enchanted Garden Mystery #1! This is a new series starting in January of 2016, which I write as Bailey Cattrell. The first one is called Daisies for Innocence (the titles reflect the language of flowers) and features perfumer and gardener (miniature fairy gardens!) named Elliana Allbright. And, of course, I'm also working on Magical Bakery Mystery #6, Spells and Scones!

For information about all my books, please visit

Magic and Macaroons
A Magical Bakery Mystery 5
Obsidian (NAL), July 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Guest Blog by Bailey Cates, author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries - July 4, 2015
From the New York Times bestselling author of Some Enchanted éclair comes a tale of delicious desserts and supernatural sleuthing…
For magical baker Katie Lightfoot, the only way to beat the Savannah summer heat is to whip up some cool treats for the Honeybee Bakery’s patrons. But when a meeting of the spellbook club is interrupted by a stranger collapsing on the floor of her shop, mumbling something about a voodoo talisman, Katie drops everything to begin investigating.
Her search for answers quickly leads her into a dangerous blend of Savannah’s infamous voodoo queens, a powerful missing charm—and a deadly witch who seems to be targeting the city’s magical community. And with the case getting hotter by the second, Katie will have to work fast to track down the talisman and the killer before the timer runs out…


About Cricket / Bailey

Guest Blog by Bailey Cates, author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries - July 4, 2015
Author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries. Also writes the Home Crafting Mysteries as Cricket McRae.

A former resident of the Pacific Northwest where her novels are set, Cricket McRae has always dabbled in the kind of practical home crafts that were once necessary to everyday life. The magical chemistry of making soap, the satisfaction of canning garden produce, and the sensuous side of fiber arts like spinning and knitting are just a few of the reasons these activities have fascinated her since childhood. As a girl she was as much a fan of Nancy Drew as of Laura Ingalls Wilder, so it's no surprise that her contemporary cozy series features a soap maker with a nose for investigation.

For two years Cricket managed her own soap making business, including all product design, manufacturing and marketing. She has also worked at a variety of other jobs, ranging from driver's license examiner to program manager at Microsoft. This fulfills her mother's warning that she'd never have a "regular" job if she insisted on studying philosophy and English in college.

Now she lives in Colorado, fitting her interest in all things domestic around writing, hiking, biking and, currently, learning how to hate the game of golf.

Website  ~  Twitter @WriterBailey  ~  Facebook


Daisies for Innocence
     as Bailey Cattrell
An Enchanted Garden Mystery 1
NAL, January 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,

Guest Blog by Bailey Cates, author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries - July 4, 2015
From Bailey Cattrell—who writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Bakery Mysteries as Bailey Cates—comes the first Enchanted Garden Mystery featuring custom perfume maker Elliana Allbright…

The Enchanted Garden behind Elliana Allbright’s perfume shop draws people of all ages with its fragrant flowers and lush greenery. But when the magical serenity is interrupted, it’s up to Ellie to sniff out a killer.

Ellie’s life has blossomed in Poppyville, California, since she opened Scents & Nonsense, a custom-made-perfume store. Her skills with aromas and botanical essences—some from her very own garden—seem almost…supernatural. Her perfumes can evoke emotions,  bring about change, or simply make people happy. Customers are flocking to the store to buy her wares or just to sit in her beautiful garden, sip tea and enjoy homemade cookies.

But she smells trouble when she learns that her part-time assistant Josie is dating her ex. And before she can tell the young woman to beware of his charms, she finds Josie dead in the Enchanted Garden. Now the prime suspect in Josie’s murder, Ellie must search for the real culprit in Josie’s past—because it’ll take a miracle to nip this problem in the bud….


Brownies and Broomsticks
A Magical Bakery Mystery 1
Obsidian (NAL), May 1, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Guest Blog by Bailey Cates, author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries - July 4, 2015

Katie Lightfoot’s tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah’s quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees.

While working at the Honeybee Bakery—named after Lucy’s cat—Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren’t just tasty—Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

When a curmudgeonly customer is murdered outside the Honeybee Bakery, Uncle Ben becomes the prime suspect. With the help of handsome journalist Steve Dawes, charming firefighter Declan McCarthy, and a few spells, Katie and Aunt Lucy stir up some toil and trouble to clear Ben’s name and find the real killer.

Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti
A Magical Bakery Mystery 2
Obsidian (NAL), December 31, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Guest Blog by Bailey Cates, author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries - July 4, 2015

As a new witch—not to mention owner of Savannah’s most enchanting bakery—Katie Lightfoot is still getting used to casting spells, brewing potions, and mastering her magical powers. But that doesn’t mean she can’t find time to enjoy a picnic with firefighter Declan McCarthy…until she stumbles upon a corpse.

The dead man’s tattoo reveals he was a member of a secret society—and it turns out he's missing an object that was very important to the group. When Katie learns the killer was after more than the man's life, she and her Aunt Lucy leave the baked goods on the rack to cool and set off in hot pursuit of a killer.

Charms and Chocolate Chips
A Magical Bakery Mystery 3
Obsidian (NAL), November 5, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Guest Blog by Bailey Cates, author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries - July 4, 2015

Between brewing magically spiced treats at Honeybee Bakery and volunteering with a local conservation group, Katie Lightfoot barely has time to see her firefighter boyfriend, Declan McCarthy, much less delve further into her destiny as a witch. But avoiding her fate won’t be as easy as whipping up a new recipe—especially when Katie finds herself once again mixed up in murder.

When a fellow volunteer for the conservation group is found dead, Katie’s mystical senses tell her that there’s more to the death than meets the eye. Her suspicions are confirmed when members of her coven are targeted next. Katie will have to embrace her powers quickly...or she may find herself chewed up and spit out by some serious black magic.

Some Enchanted Éclair
A Magical Bakery Mystery 4
Obsidian (NAL), July 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Guest Blog by Bailey Cates, author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries - July 4, 2015

When Hollywood invades Savannah’s historic district to film a Revolutionary War movie, magical baker Katie Lightfoot, and her witches’ coven, the Spellbook Club, take a break from casting spells for casting calls. One of the witches snags a part as an extra, while Katie’s firefighter boyfriend, Declan, acts as on-set security. Katie and her aunt Lucy decide to stay out of the action, but after the movie’s “fixer” fires the caterer, the Honeybee Bakery comes to the rescue, working their magic to keep the hungry crew happy.

But when someone fixes the fixer—permanently—and a spooky psychic predicts Katie will find the killer, the charming baker and her fellow conjurers step in to sift through the suspects…before someone else winds up on the cutting room floor….

The View From Monday - November 4, 2013

Happy first Monday in November! Hope everyone in the US (who had to switch) fell back to Standard time okay. I find this much easier than losing an hour in the Spring when we switch to Daylight Savings Time. I wish that we could just stay on Standard time all year or Daylight Time. I'm not a fan of the switching back and forth. As for reading last week... I started a number of novels and hope to get through a couple of them at least. My daughter is applying to college and that seems to consume a great deal of time leaving me little time for my very neglected TBR.

The View From Monday - November 4, 2013

This is a very full release week with something for everyone - UF, PNR, SF, F, etc.!  You may find a printable PDF of this week's releases (also including November 1st) here.

November's two Debuts are out this week:

The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney;


Siren's Secret (Dark Seas 1) by Debbie Herbert.

From a formerly featured Debut Author Challenge author:

Entwined (Darkest London 3.5) by Kristen Callihan.

And for fans of ParaCozyMysMo:

A Potion to Die For (Magic Potion Mystery 1) by Heather Blake

Words With Fiends (Black Cat Bookshop 3) by Ali Brandon

Charms and Chocolate Chips (Magical Bakery Mystery 3) by Bailey Cates

The Thrill of the Haunt (Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 5) by E.J. Copperman

November 1, 2013
The Days of the Deer Liliana Bodoc F - Saga of the Borderlands
Journey to Wudang (e) Kylie Chan F
A Single Girl's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (Kindle e) JT Clay PNR/Humor/Z
The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe D.G. Compton SF - SF Masterworks
The Forgotten City (Kindle e) Nina D'Aleo UF - Demon War Chronicles 2
Claiming the Jackal (e) Seressia Glass PNR
Dark Prince's Desire (e) Jessa Slade PNR
Eclipse: The Lost Book of Ascension (Kindle e) Dirk Strasser F
Equinox: The Second Book of Ascension (Kindle e) Dirk Strasser F
The Invisible Man H. G. Wells SF - SF Masterworks

November 4, 2013
Rustication: A Novel Charles Palliser Go
Sing for the Dead (e) PJ Schnyder PNR - London Undead 2

November 5, 2013
First and Only (ri) Dan Abnett F - Black Library Classics / Warhammer 40,000
To Dance with the Devil Cat Adams UF - Blood Singer 6
Dragon Actually (ri) G.A. Aiken PNR - Dragon Kin 1
Terminator Dreams (e) Aaron Allston SF - Terminator 3
Terminator Hunt (e) Aaron Allston SF - Terminator 3
Darkness Splintered Keri Arthur UF - Dark Angels 6
Day/Night: Travels in the Scriptorium and Man in the Dark Paul Auster Meta
Fortune's Pawn Rachel Bach SF - Paradox 1
Iron Winter Stephen Baxter F - Northland Trilogy 3
The Teleportation Accident (h2tp) Ned Beauman TT/GB
Scent of Darkness (h2tp) Margot Berwin H
Masks E. C. Blake F
A Potion to Die For Heather Blake PCM - Magic Potion Mystery 1
Swords Are My Business: A Collection of Four Eddie LaCrosse Novels Alex Bledsoe F - Eddie LaCrosse
Words With Fiends Ali Brandon PCM - Black Cat Bookshop 3
Entwined Kristen Callihan PHR - Darkest London 3.5
Charms and Chocolate Chips Bailey Cates PCM - Magical Bakery Mystery 3
The Golden City (D) J. Kathleen Cheney F
Magic and Loss Nancy A. Collins UF - Golgotham 3
The Thrill of the Haunt E.J. Copperman PCM - Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 5
SEAL Team 13 Evan Currie H/Th - SEAL Team 13 1
The Ice Dragon (ri) Bianca D'Arc PNR - Dragon Knights 3
A Dance of Blades David Dalglish F - Shadowdance 2
Wild Darkness Lauren Dane PNR - Bound by Magick 4
After Ellen Datlow (ed) Ap/Dys - Anthology
A Cosmic Christmas 2 You Hank Davis (ed) SF - Anthology
Gossamer Wing Delphine Dryden SPR - Steam and Seduction 1
A Feast of Souls Hailey Edwards PNR - Araneae Nation 2
Midkemia: The Chronicles of Pug Raymond E. Feist
Stephen Abrams
Home for the Holidays: A Night Huntress Novella Jeaniene Frost UF - Night Huntress
The Princess Bride: An Illustrated Edition of S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure William Goldman F
The Child Keith F. Goodnight SF
The Keepers: Christmas in Salem Heather Graham
Deborah LeBlanc
Kathleen Pickering
Beth Ciotta
PNR - Anthology
Midnight's Surrender (e) Donna Grant PNR -  A Dark Warriors Holiday Novella
Rise of the Machines (e 1st) David Hagberg SF - Terminator 3
Deadlocked (mm2tp) Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series 12
Kinked Thea Harrison PNR - Elder Races 6
Twenty-First Century Science Fiction David G. Hartwell (ed)
Patrick Nielson Hayden (ed)
SF - Anthology
Siren's Secret (D) Debbie Herbert PNR - Dark Seas 1
Sister Mine (h2tp) Nalo Hopkinson F
The Silvered (h2mm) Tanya Huff F
Trollslayer (ri) William King F - Black Library Archive / Warhammer 40,000 / Gotrek & Felix
Nightmare City Andrew Klaven H
Come and Take Them Tom Kratman SF
Contagion Tim Lebbon PA - Toxic City 3
Trade Secret Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - Liaden Universe 10
The God Tattoo: Untold Tales from the Twilight Reign Tom Lloyd F
Flame of Sevenwaters (h2mm) Juliet Marillier F - Sevenwaters 6
Starhawk Jack McDevitt SF - Engines of God 7
The Lair Emily McKay UF - The Farm 2
Nightbringer (ri) Graham McNeill F - Black Library Archive / Warhammer 40,000 / Ultramarines
Tour of the Merrimack: Volume Two R. M. Meluch SF
Hell Bent Devon Monk UF - Broken Magic 1
Here Comes the Vampire (Kindle e) Kimberly Raye PNR - Dead End Dating 6
The Guns of Santa Sangre Eric Red H / W
The Misfortune Cookie Laura Resnick UF - Esther Diamond 6
Much Ado about Magic (ri) Patricia Rice PNR - Magic 5
The Legend of Drizzt 25th Anniversary Edition, Book III R. A. Salvatore F - Legend of Drizzt Omnibus
Limit Frank Schatzing SF/ Th
Bellman & Black Diane Setterfield Gh
Royal Airs Sharon Shinn F - Elemental Blessings 2
The Icy Touch John Shirley UF - Grimm
Declaration of Courtship (e) Nalini Singh PNR - Psy/Changeling Novella
Texture of Intimacy (e) Nalini Singh PNR - Psy/Changeling Novella
Spheres of Influence Ryk E. Spoor SF
Some of the Best From, 2013 Edition: A Tor.Com Original (e) Various SF/F - Anthology
Burning Paradise Robert Charles Wilson SF
Star Wars: Death Star Owner's Technical Manual: Imperial DS-1 Orbital Battle Station Ryder Windham
Chris Reiff
Chris Trevas
SF - Star Wars
Eternal Sin: Mark of the Vampire Laura Wright PNR - Mark of the Vampire 6

November 6, 2013
Gamification / C-Monkeys Keith Hollihan SF - Novellas
The Oregon Trail Diary of Willa Porter: A Tor.Com Original Andy Marino SF
Kabu Kabu Nnedi Okorafor F - Collection

November 7, 2013
Rowena's Key: HarperImpulse Fantasy Romance Novella (e) AJ Nuest FR - The Golden Key Chronicles 1

November 8, 2013
Mister October, Volume I - An Anthology in Memory of Rick Hautala Christopher Golden (ed) H / SpecFic - Anthology
Mister October, Volume II - An Anthology in Memory of Rick Hautala Christopher Golden (ed) H / SpecFic - Anthology

D - Debut
e - eBook
e 1st - first eBook edition
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback

Ap - Apocalyptic
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
Gh - Ghosts
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
Meta - Metaphysical
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western
Z - Zombies

The View From Monday - July 16, 2012

Happy Monday. It's already the middle of July. Time flies when you have too much to read! It's another busy week at The Qwillery with many ParaCozyMysMo visits, a dash of 2012 Debut Author Challenge and a Seduced by Blood Blog Tour stop.

Monday - ParaCozyMysMo with Melissa Bourbon, author of the Magical Dressmaking Mysteries.  A Fitting End (A Magical Dressmaking Mystery 2) was published on February 7, 2012.

Tuesday - ParaCozyMysMo with Kari Lee Townsend, author of the Fortune Teller Mysteries. Corpse in the Crystal Ball (A Fortune Teller Mystery 2) was published on June 5, 2012.

Wednesday - ParaCozyMysMo with Alice Kimberly / Cleo Coyle author of the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries and the Coffee House Mysteries.  The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion (A Haunted Bookshop Mystey 5) was published in January 2009.  A Brew to a Kill (A Coffee Mystery 11) will be published on August 7, 2012.

Thursday - ParaCozyMysMo with Bailey Cates. author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries. Brownies and Broomsticks (A Magical Bakery Mystery 1) was published on May 1, 2012.

Friday - ParaCozyMysMo with Rochelle Staab, author of the Mind for Murder Mysteries. Bruja Brouhaha (A Mind for Murder Mystery 2) will be published on August 7, 2012.

Saturday -  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour with Laurie London. Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4)  will be published on July 24, 2012.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog with Joanne Reay. Romeo Spikes (Lo'Life Trilogy 1) will be published on August 14, 2012.

Sunday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Ania AhlbornSeed will be published on July 17, 2012.

It's another relatively light release week.

July 17, 2012
Seed (d)
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Ania Ahlborn H
Queen's Hunt
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Beth Bernobich F - River of Souls 2
Earth Unaware
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Orson Scott Card
Aaron Johnstone
SF - First Formic War 1
The Cosmic Puppets (ri)
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Philip K. Dick SF
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (ri)
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Philip K. Dick SF
Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City
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Kai-cheung Dung AH
21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology
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Christopher Golden (ed) Z - Anthology
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David L. Golemon SF - Event Group Adventure 7
The Scream
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Laurent Graff SF
Third Grave Dead Ahead (h2tp)
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Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 3
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Edward M. Lerner SF
The Time Engine
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Sean McMullen SF - Moonworlds Saga 4
Them or Us (h2tp)
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David Moody H - Hater Trilogy 3
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K. J. Parker F
The Lost Angel (h2tp)
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Javier Sierra Ap/Th
The Coldest War
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Ian Tregillis F - Milkweed Triptych 2

July 19, 2012
Empty Space
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M. John Harrison SF - Kefahuchi Trilogy 3

July 20, 2012
Dreamscapes Magical Menagerie: Creating Fantasy Creatures and Animals with Watercolor
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Stephanie Pui-Mun Law Painting

d - debut
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint

Ah - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies
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