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The View From Monday - March 24, 2014


Happy penultimate Monday in March!  Spring is here finally, but the weather still thinks it's Winter.


The View From Monday - March 24, 2014


There are quite a few books out by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Six-Gun Tarot by R. S. Belcher is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel by Christopher L. Bennett;

The Burning Dark (Spider Wars 1) by Adam Christopher;

Truth and Fear (Wolfhound Century 2) by Peter Higgins;

The Wicked (Something Red 2) by Douglas Nicholas;

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag is out in Trade Paperback.




March 24, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sex and the Single Vamp (e) Robin Covington PNR
Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense (e) A.D. Marrow PNR - Cosmic Nonsense 1
Granny Yaga Vitali Vitaliev FT/F



March 25, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince (h2tp) Nancy Atherton PCM - Aunt Dimity 18
Dawn's Early Light Philippa Ballantine
Tee Morris
SP/M - Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 3
The Six-Gun Tarot (h2mm) R. S. Belcher HistF/WW
Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: Enterprise
Last God Standing Michael Boatman UF
The Midnight Witch Paula Brackston PHR
Path of the Archon Andy Chambers SF - Warhammer 40,000: Dark Eldar Path 3
The Burning Dark Adam Christopher SF - Spider Wars 1
Wrath of Lions David Dalglish
Robert J. Duperre
F - Breaking World 2
Sovereign (tp2mm) Ted Dekker
Tosca Lee
F - Books of Mortals 3
The Heretic (h2mm) Tony Daniel
David Drake
SF - The General / Raj Whitehall 9
Talus and the Frozen King Graham Edwards F
The Dead Don't Dance John Enright Th/P - Jungle Beat 3
Dark Lycan (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Carpathian 23
Carpathian (h2mm) David L. Golemon Th/P - Event Group Thriller 8
Waking the Dead Heather Graham Sus/P - Caffery and Quinn
Dead Ever After (h2mm) Charlaine Harris UF/M - Sookie Stackhouse 13
Truth and Fear Peter Higgins F/M - Wolfhound Century 2
Winter's Heart (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 9
Styxx (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunter 23
Under the Dome: Part 2 (h2mm) Stephen King H
Call of the Siren Rosalie Lario PNR - Demons of Infernum
Bite Me Shelly Laurenston PNR - Pride 9
Age of Shiva James Lovegrove SF - Age Of... / Pantheon Triptych 6
Code Zero Jonathan Maberry Th/H - Joe Ledger 6
Fury (Kindle e) Charlotte McConaghy SFR/Dys - Cure - Episode 2
Fury (Kindle e) Charlotte McConaghy SFR/Dys - Cure - Episode 3
Fury (Kindle e) Charlotte McConaghy SFR/Dys - Cure Omnibus
Antiagon Fire (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - Image Portfolio 7
The Remaining: Trust: A Novella (e) D.J. Molles UF - The Remaining
The Wicked Douglas Nicholas HistF/H/Myth - Something Red 2
The Barsoom Project (tp2mm) Larry Niven
Steven Barnes
SF - Dream Park 2
Children of the Gates Andre Norton SF - Omnibus
Vampires Need Not...Apply? (tp2mm) Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Accidentally Yours 4
The House at the End of Hope Street (h2tp) Menna van Praag F
The Folklore of Discworld: Legends, Myths, and Customs from the Discworld with Helpful Hints from Planet Earth Terry Pratchett
Jacqueline Simpson
F - Discworld
The River of No Return (h2tp) Bee Ridgway TT/R
Sunstone Freya Robertson F - Elemental Wars 2
Red Planet Blues (h2mm) Robert J. Sawyer SF/Noir
Lockstep Karl Schroeder SF
The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies Clark Ashton Smith Su - Collection
DarkFuse #1 (Kindle e) Shane Staley (ed) H - Anthology
Shadow People (h2mm) James Swain Th/P - Peter Warlock
Shadowbound Dianne Sylvan UF - Shadow World 5



March 26, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Anyway: Angie: A Tor.com Original (e) Daniel Jose OlderUF



March 27, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Copper Falcon (e) W. Michael Gear
Kathleen O'Neal Gear
F - A Tale of North America's Forgotten Past



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


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

Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
H- Horror
HisfF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Su- Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
WW - Weird Western

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 8


This is the eighth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) authors and their upcoming books for 2014. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. Look for update throughout 2014 as well!


Part 1 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 2 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 3 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 4 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 5 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 6 is here - 2013 DAC Authors.
Part 7 is here - 2013 DAC Authors.



What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 8



J. Kathleen Cheney

The Seat of Magic
The Golden City 2
Roc Trade, July 1, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 8
Magical beings have been banned from the Golden City for decades, though many live there in secret. Now humans and nonhumans alike are in danger as evil stalks the streets, growing more powerful with every kill….

It’s been two weeks since Oriana Paredes was banished from the Golden City. Police consultant Duilio Ferreira, who himself has a talent he must keep secret, can’t escape the feeling that, though she’s supposedly returned home to her people, Oriana is in danger.

Adding to Duilio’s concerns is a string of recent murders in the city. Three victims have already been found, each without a mark upon her body. When a selkie under his brother’s protection goes missing, Duilio fears the killer is also targeting nonhuman prey.

To protect Oriana and uncover the truth, Duilio will have to risk revealing his own identity, put his trust in some unlikely allies, and consult a rare and malevolent text known as The Seat of Magic….




Suzanne Palmieri

The Witch of Belladonna Bay
St. Martin's Griffin, May 13, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 8
In Suzanne Palmieri’s thrilling new novel, The Witch of Belladonna Bay, Bronwyn is forced to return home to Magnolia Creek, Alabama—a place she hasn’t been since her mother, Naomi, died fourteen years earlier—and the troubled family she left behind. With her brother Patrick behind bars for the murder of her childhood friend and her eccentric father, Jackson, at wits end with her eleven year old niece Byrd, Bronwyn finds herself back at her childhood home, the Big House, and surrounded by ancient Magnolia trees dripping with Spanish moss. But before she can even take in what she left behind, she’s wrapped up in the mysteries surrounding the murder and what the “Strange Ways” running through little Byrd might mean. As Bronwyn unravels the secrets behind the murder, long forgotten memories surface, and the magic living quietly inside of her grows stronger, creating an unbreakable bond between her and Byrd—a bond that will define both of their fates forever.




Jay Posey

Morningside Fall
Duskwalker Cycle 2
Angry Robot Books, April 29, 2014 (US and eBook)
May 1, 2014 (UK)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 8
The lone gunman Three is gone, and Wren is the new governor of the devastated settlement of Morningside, but there is turmoil in the city. When his life is put in danger, Wren is forced to flee Morningside until he and his retinue can determine who can be trusted.

They arrive at the border outpost, Ninestory, only to find it has been infested with Weir in greater numbers than anyone has ever seen. These lost, dangerous creatures are harbouring a terrible secret – one that will have consequences not just for Wren and his comrades, but for the future of what remains of the world.

File Under: Science Fiction










Amy Raby

Archer's Sins
Hearts and Thrones Novella
January 2014
eNovella

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 8
Nalica Kelden, war mage and world-class archer, doesn’t need love. She’s come to the imperial city for a single purpose: to win Kjall’s most prestigious archery tournament.

Until she meets one of her fellow competitors, and he sends an arrow straight into her heart.

Justien Polini is the man she’s always dreamed of. Like Nalica herself, he’s from the rough country in the eastern highlands. He’s big and strong and handsome, and he’s nearly as good an archer as she is. Best of all, in a country where most men look askance at women warriors, Justien admires Nalica’s talent and strength.

But Nalica can’t let her personal feelings get in the way of her ambitions. The tournament must come first… and there will be only one winner.
[from the author's website]


Prince's Fire
Hearts and Thrones 3
Signet, April 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 8
As the sister of the Kjallan emperor, Celeste cannot choose where to bestow her heart....

The imperial princess has been offered in marriage to the Prince of Inya as part of an alliance needed to ensure Kjall’s military prowess. And despite having been hurt in the past by men using her to gain power, Celeste finds herself falling for the passionate fire mage.

Prince Rayn has no intention of allying his country with the militaristic Kjallans. But his political enemies at home may be the greater threat. The princess’s beauty and intelligence catch him off guard, throwing an unexpected and dangerous hurdle in the way of his plans.

As a deadly political plot threatens Rayn’s life, the attraction between Celeste and Rayn ignites into a sizzling affair. But to save her people and herself, Celeste will have to discover if Rayn’s intentions are true or risk having her love burn her yet again....




Bee Ridgway

The River of No Retunr
Plume, March 25, 2014
Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Previously released in Hardcover and eBook, April 23, 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 8
Named a Notable Fiction Book of 2013 by The Washington Post

An engrossing adventure, with mystery, romance, humor, and impeccable historical detail. The Boston Globe

Devon, 1815. The charming Lord Nicholas Davenant and the beguiling Julia Percy should make a perfect match.

But before their love has a chance to grow, Nicholas is presumed dead in the Napoleonic war.

Nick, however, is lost in time. Somehow he escaped certain death by leaping two hundred years forward to the present day where he finds himself in the care of a mysterious society the Guild. Questioning the limits of the impossible, Nick is desperate to find a way back to the life he left behind. Yet with the future of time itself hanging in the balance, could it be that the girl who first captured his heart has had the answers all along? Can Nick find a way to return to her?




Anthony Ryan
Tower Lord
Raven's Shadow 2
Ace, July 1, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 624 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 8
In Blood Song, Anthony Ryan introduced readers to “a fascinating world of conflicting religions and the wars fought in the name of those faiths” (Library Journal). Now Ryan’s epic tale continues as Vaelin Al Sorna discovers that there is no escape from the call of destiny…

“The blood-song rose with an unexpected tune, a warm hum mingling recognition with an impression of safety. He had a sense it was welcoming him home.”

Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus’s vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus’s grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

But those gifted with the blood-song are never destined to live a quiet life. Many died in King Janus’s wars, but many survived, and Vaelin is a target, not just for those seeking revenge but for those who know what he can do. The Faith has been sundered, and many have no doubt who their leader should be. The new King is weak, but his sister is strong. The blood-song is powerful, rich in warning and guidance in times of trouble, but is only a fraction of the power available to others who understand more of its mysteries. Something moves against the Realm, something that commands mighty forces, and Vaelin will find to his great regret that when faced with annihilation, even the most reluctant hand must eventually draw a sword.
[from the author's website.]




Kerry Schafer

Wakeworld
Between 2
Ace, January 28, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 8
Vivian Maylor is trying to hold it together. But her attempts to build a life with the man she loves seem doomed by the dragon inside her yearning to break free. Vivian is a dreamshifter, the last line of defense between reality and the dreamworld, and the only one of her kind.

Weston Jennings also believes he is the only one of his kind. He fears his powers as a dreamshifter, and resists learning to control them. After suffering a tragic loss, Weston heads deep into the woods of the Pacific Northwest to embrace a safe life of solitude. But when a terrible mistake leads to an innocent’s death, his guilt drives him to his former home, where he encounters what he never thought he would find: another shifter.

Now Vivian and Weston must work together to defeat a new threat to the dreamworld.






Interview with Bee Ridgway, author of The River of No Return - April 24, 2013


Please welcome Bee Ridgway to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.  The River of No Return was published on April 23, 2013.  You may read Bee's moving Guest Blog here.




Interview with Bee Ridgway, author of The River of No Return - April 24, 2013




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Bee:  Thank you. I’m very happy to be here.



TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Bee:  When I was six or seven my mother went back to school to get an MFA in creative writing. She cleared a bit of the basement and she sat down there banging away on an electric typewriter. After she got her degree she started teaching creative writing workshops in my hometown, and I often sat in on them, all the way up through high school. She is a brilliant teacher, and I owe a huge amount to her and to her courage in pursuing her art. I stopped writing fiction after college, though, and didn’t start again until a week before my 40th birthday, when I sat down and began writing THE RIVER OF NO RETURN. I thought a lot about my mother and that old electric typewriter as I worked hour after hour on my nearly silent laptop. She dedicated herself to writing when she was in her early forties . . . maybe I just needed to live a big chunk of my life before I knew what I wanted to write.



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

Bee:  If I don’t start writing by 10 am I won’t write all day. But if I do start by 10 am I can write all day and into the night.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Bee:  I am totally and completely a pantser! Every day I make myself write until I don’t know what happens next. So in other words I write until I reach some sort of emotional or action-based cliff-hanger. Then I go to sleep and usually when I wake up I know how to continue. It’s not that I know what happens next, exactly, but I know what the next move needs to be.



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

Bee:  Staying healthy while I’m in it. While I was writing my novel my health regime went to pot. I didn’t exercise, I ate too much, I skipped haircuts . . . it was intense! I turned down invitations from friends and stopped reading, going to movies, going for walks. Since only two people in my entire life knew what I was doing, everyone else thought I had fallen into some sort of pit of despair. In fact I was having more fun than I ever thought humanly possible. I’m trying to balance things out more as I work on the next novel.



TQ:  Describe The River of No Return in 140 characters or less.

Bee:  A Georgian lord jumps in time & thinks he’s stuck, but “The Guild” helps him return. True love, swashbuckling & hints of apocalypse ensue.



TQ:  What inspired you to write The River of No Return?

Bee:  There are several answers to this question, since I wrote the first scene seven years before the rest of the novel came spilling out, and it sat buried deep in my computer’s hard drive, slowly building pressure. But what caused me to sit down a week before my 40th birthday and start writing a novel that then came out in a rush, like water bursting a dam? I think the answer is that I was unhappy and I didn’t even know it. I love my job, my city, my family. But I had lost the sense that I was living my life creatively. Actually, to be honest, I had lost that sense years ago, but I didn’t know it was gone and so I didn’t know to miss it. But some part of me must have known, and must have pushed me into the deep-end of writing. I describe it that way because the decision to write was not a conscious decision at all, but more like an irresistible physical impulse. One day I was living my old life, and thinking that I was content, and the next day I found myself hunched over a laptop, crashing through a big, fun, fast-paced adventure novel. Before that first day (July 23, 2011) was over I knew that my life had changed.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The River of No Return?

Bee:  Since I am a scholar of 19th century literature, a lot of the history I engage was already familiar to me. And since I am a reader of genre fiction, the various genres I engage were also familiar to me. But my characters have to dress and move around in space and speak and eat and otherwise engage a detailed world of minutiae that wasn’t so familiar to me. I did a lot of research into the quotidian details of everyday life in Georgian Britain. But I also decided early on that, since this was a time travel novel, I needed to find a way to make my reader feel the uncanny nature of time. I decided to imbed dozens of little references to the literature I study and know so well throughout the book. My friend Kathy describes them as “Easter eggs” hidden throughout the text. But although some of them are very obvious, I would rather that most of them go by completely unnoticed, except perhaps to make the reader feel an almost unconscious pull backward through the prose itself. A sense that there are some little currents in the prose, whispering from other times and other voices than my own. In order to achieve that, I had to research, I had to return to texts I read long ago, and I had to work hard to make sure the seams between my voice and the voice I’m borrowing are almost invisible.



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

Bee:  Nick, my main male character, was the easiest. He was the one who turned up in my head seven years before the rest of the novel arrived, and he led the way through the story. He is a jovial companion, easy to get along with. His self-doubts never crippled my writing, and his insouciance helped me keep going when I was tired. The person who was difficult was Julia, my main female character. In the first draft she was – to be perfectly honest – an airhead. She really was almost obnoxiously dim. I revised every single sentence that she speaks, or that describes her, at least twice before she finally sprang up and joined the rest of the characters in complexity. For the final few revisions she was a delight to work with, just like Nick. But my early difficulties with Julia really surprised me. I am an intelligent woman, I teach at a women’s college, I teach literature by and about women. My sisters and my mother and my female friends are all perfectly brainy. In fact, it’s rare to meet a woman making her way through life, making choices and keeping body and soul together who isn’t at least reasonably sharp and interesting. I’m constantly meeting fascinating women in real life. And Nick is an intelligent character who wouldn’t want to shack up with a dim bulb. So why was Julia so stubbornly shallow at first?

I have a rather long answer to that question. Let me begin by reminding you, or perhaps informing you, of “The Bechdel Test.” The Bechdel Test is cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s guide for how to choose a film to watch, and the horrifying thing is, very few films pass the test. Here are the criteria a film has to meet in order to pass the test: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man.

The reason I bring this up is because many, many very good movies and very good books do not pass this test. Movies and books I love. And they don’t pass this test because even though the novel as we have inherited it from the 18th century is a form that is all about inventing the middle class woman and therefore the story of the middle class itself, you don’t need more than one or maybe two women in a novel for action to be instigated by her and to proceed on her behalf or in her name. The good woman, the bad woman, the woman in danger. Stuff happens to her or around her but really, all she has to do to start a story going is walk on and stand there with a sign around her neck that reads “Virgin” or “Whore” or “Mom” or “MILF” or “Dead Girl” or whatever. For many plots – good plots, plots we love -- a woman is absolutely necessary, but she doesn’t have to do very much. She is like the rising agent in a cake. Essential, but you shouldn’t taste her.

So I knew that about novels and women. I’d noticed it in many books and films, I’d laughed about the Bechdel Test, I’d read countless student papers that critique shallow female characters or get excited about complex ones. And yet, when I sat down to write a novel that moved among genres and that needed to be plot driven, I wrote a shallow woman to begin with. Making Julia have flavor, and more than that, have character that could and should and would move action, was hard. It was also very fun, and a real awakening for me about how genre works, how plot works, and how hard it is to do the thing we’re always critiquing other writers for not doing. I’m very happy with Julia now, and I’ll always be grateful to her for teaching me what she did.



TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The River of No Return?

Bee:  My favorite scene is one of the last I wrote. I’ll call it the paper airplane scene. You’ll know it when you reach it. I like it because it feels like my two main characters are simply at home in themselves. I’ve just told you how hard I had to work at making Julia herself. It was a pleasure to write this late-comer of a scene when she was really in place and fully fledged. It’s actually not a scene in which she does much! But I knew who she was and that was great.



TQ:  What's next?

Bee:  I’m hard at work on the sequel to THE RIVER OF NO RETURN. Its working title is BROTHERS AND SISTERS. It stays in the world I’ve created for the first novel, and like the first novel it is centered around a love story. This means that Julia and Nick become secondary characters, and a new pair of lovers move into the foreground. So far it’s just as much fun to write as the first novel, and since I learned so much from working on THE RIVER OF NO RETURN, some things about it are much easier.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Bee:  Thank you. It is such an honor to be invited.





About The River of No Return

The River of No Return
Dutton Adult (Penguin), April 23, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages

Interview with Bee Ridgway, author of The River of No Return - April 24, 2013
In Bee Ridgway’s wonderfully imaginative debut novel, a man and a woman travel through time in a quest to bring down a secret society that controls the past and, thus, the future.

“You are now a member of the Guild. There is no return.” Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott, soldier and aristocrat, wakes up in a hospital bed in modern London. The Guild, an entity that controls time travel, showers him with life's advantages. But Nick yearns for home and for one brown-eyed girl, lost now down the centuries. Then the Guild asks him to break its own rule. It needs Nick to go back to 1815 to fight the Guild’s enemies and to find something called the Talisman.

In 1815, Julia Percy mourns the death of her beloved grandfather, an earl who could play with time. On his deathbed he whispers in her ear: “Pretend!” Pretend what? When Nick returns home as if from the dead, older than he should be and battle scarred, Julia begins to suspect that her very life depends upon the secrets Grandfather never told her. Soon enough Julia and Nick are caught up in an adventure that stretches up and down the river of time. As their knowledge of the Guild and their feelings for each other grow, the fate of the future itself is hanging in the balance.





About Bee

Interview with Bee Ridgway, author of The River of No Return - April 24, 2013
Bee Ridgway was born and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts.  After various adventures in the US and the UK, she has finally come home to roost in Philadelphia.   She is an English professor at Bryn Mawr College.  THE RIVER OF NO RETURN is her first novel.



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The View from Monday (on Tuesday) - April 23, 2013

Yes, I'm a day late. But, better late than never. It's a light week, but chock full of debuts.


The View from Monday (on Tuesday) - April 23, 2013



There are three debuts out today:

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway,

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley,

and

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.

(Don't forget to vote for your favorite cover in the April 2013 Cover Wars here.)



This is a terrific week for Doctor Who fans as 11 novels in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection are out today in print. They were released in digital formats on March 7, 2013.




April 22, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Falke's Renegade (e) Anna Leigh Keaton PNR - Puma Nights 3
Tempest (e) Kelly Meding UF - MetaWars 3
Silent Warrior (e) Lindsey Piper PNR - Dragon Kings Prequel




April 23, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Remembrance of the Daleks Ben Aaronovitch SF - Doctor Who
The Silent Stars Go By Dan Abnett SF - Doctor Who
Fear of the Dark Trevor Baxendale SF - Doctor Who
Hot Blooded Amanda Carlson UF - Jessica McClain 2
Ten Little Aliens Stephen Cole SF - Doctor Who
Players Terrance Dicks SF - Doctor Who
Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman F/YA - Anthology
Last of the Gaderene Mark Gatiss SF - Doctor Who
The Dead Man Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
H - Dead Man 5
A Drop of Scarlet (ri) Jemiah Jefferson H - Vampire Quartet 4
Fiend (ri) Jemiah Jefferson H - Vampire Quartet 3
Voice of the Blood (ri) Jemiah Jefferson H - Vampire Quartet 1
Wounds (ri) Jemiah Jefferson H - Vampire Quartet 2
While the Savage Sleeps Andrew E. Kaufman H
Through the Door Jodi McIsaac F - Thin Veil 1
Festival of Death Jonathan Morris SF - Doctor Who
The Mystery Woman Amanda Quick F/Th - Ladies of Lantern Street 2
The Body Departed J.R. Rain F
Earthworld Jacqueline Rayner SF - Doctor Who
Dreams of Empire Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
The River of No Return (D) Bee Ridgway F
The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope (D) Rhonda Riley F
Only Human Gareth Roberts SF - Doctor Who
Beautiful Chaos Gary Russell SF - Doctor Who
The Warrior Who Carried Life (ri) Geoff Ryman F
Do Not Touch: A Tor.Com Original (e) Prudence Shen SF
The God Patent (ri) Ransom Stephens SF
Grail of the Summer Stars Freda Warrington F - Aetherial Tales 3
The Golem and the Jinni (D) Helene Wecker F
Dinocalypse Now Chuck Wendig F/AH




April 24, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Ink Readers of Doi Saket: A Tor.Com Original (e) Thomas Olde Heuvelt F



D - Debut
e - eBook
ri - reissue or reprint


AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts



2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts


There are 9 debuts for April.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The April debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite April cover for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.

Note:  Updated to include A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar.
            Updated to include Bite Me, Your Grace by Brooklyn Ann.



Bite Me, Your Grace
Author:  Brooklyn Ann
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 2, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781402274442 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
London's Lord Vampire Has Problems

Dr. John Polidori's tale "The Vampyre" burst upon the Regency scene along with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein after that notorious weekend spent writing ghost stories with Lord Byron.

A vampire crazy broke out instantly in the haut ton.

Now Ian Ashton, the Lord Vampire of London, has to attend tedious balls, linger in front of mirrors, and eat lots of garlic in an attempt to quell the gossip.

If that weren't annoying enough, his neighbor, Angelica Winthrop has literary aspirations of her own and is sneaking into his house at night just to see what she can find.

Hungry, tired, and fed up, Ian is in no mood to humor his beautiful intruder...





The Lives of Tao
Author:  Wesley Chu
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, April 30, 2013 (US/Can)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780857663290 (print)

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When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

File Under: Science Fiction [ The Tug of War | I Was Genghis | Diary of a Slob | Spy vs Spy ]





Promise of Blood
Series:  The Powder Mage Trilogy
Author:  Brian McClellan
Publisher:  Orbit Books, April 16, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 560 pages
Price:  $23.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780316219037 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.

It's a bloody business overthrowing a king...
Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.

It's up to a few...
Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.

But when gods are involved...
Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should...





Assassin's Gambit
Series:   Hearts and Thrones
Author:  Amy Raby
Publisher:  Signet, April 2, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780451417824 (print)

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Vitala Salonius, champion of the warlike game of Caturanga, is as deadly as she is beautiful. She’s a trained assassin for the resistance, and her true play is for ultimate power. Using her charm and wit, she plans to seduce her way into the emperor’s bed and deal him one final, fatal blow, sparking a battle of succession that could change the face of the empire.

As the ruler of a country on the brink of war and the son of a deposed emperor, Lucien must constantly be wary of an attempt on his life. But he’s drawn to the stunning Caturanga player visiting the palace. Vitala may be able to distract him from his woes for a while—and fulfill other needs, as well.

Lucien’s quick mind and considerable skills awaken unexpected desires in Vitala, weakening her resolve to finish her mission. An assassin cannot fall for her prey, but Vitala’s gut is telling her to protect this sexy, sensitive man. Now she must decide where her heart and loyalties lie and navigate the dangerous war of politics before her gambit causes her to lose both Lucien and her heart for good.…





The River of No Return
Author:  Bee Ridgway
Publisher:  Dutton Adult (Penguin), April 23, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages
Price:  $27.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780525953869 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
In Bee Ridgway’s wonderfully imaginative debut novel, a man and a woman travel through time in a quest to bring down a secret society that controls the past and, thus, the future.

“You are now a member of the Guild. There is no return.” Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott, soldier and aristocrat, wakes up in a hospital bed in modern London. The Guild, an entity that controls time travel, showers him with life's advantages. But Nick yearns for home and for one brown-eyed girl, lost now down the centuries. Then the Guild asks him to break its own rule. It needs Nick to go back to 1815 to fight the Guild’s enemies and to find something called the Talisman.

In 1815, Julia Percy mourns the death of her beloved grandfather, an earl who could play with time. On his deathbed he whispers in her ear: “Pretend!” Pretend what? When Nick returns home as if from the dead, older than he should be and battle scarred, Julia begins to suspect that her very life depends upon the secrets Grandfather never told her. Soon enough Julia and Nick are caught up in an adventure that stretches up and down the river of time. As their knowledge of the Guild and their feelings for each other grow, the fate of the future itself is hanging in the balance.





The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope
Author:  Rhonda Riley
Publisher:  Ecco (HarperCollins), April 23, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
Price:  $15.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780062099440 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
In the waning months of World War II, young Evelyn Roe's life is transformed when she finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier, all but completely buried in the heavy red-clay soil on her family's farm in North Carolina. When Evelyn rescues the stranger, it quickly becomes clear he is not a simple man. As innocent as a newborn, he recovers at an unnatural speed, and then begins to change—first into Evelyn's mirror image, and then into her complement, a man she comes to know as Adam.

Evelyn and Adam fall in love, sharing a connection that reaches to the essence of Evelyn's being. But the small town where they live is not ready to accept the likes of Adam, and his unusual origin becomes the secret at the center of their seemingly normal marriage.

Adam proves gifted with horses, and together he and Evelyn establish a horse-training business. They raise five daughters, each of whom possesses something of Adam's supernatural gifts. Then a tragic accident strikes the family, and Adam, in his grief, reveals his extraordinary character to the local community. Evelyn and Adam must flee to Florida with their daughters to avoid ostracism and prying doctors. Adrift in their new surroundings, they soon realize that the difference between Adam and other men is greater than they ever imagined.

Intensely moving and unforgettable, The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope captures the beauty of the natural world, and explores the power of abiding love and otherness in all its guises. It illuminates the magic in ordinary life and makes us believe in the extraordinary. 





A Stranger in Olondria
Author:  Sofia Samatar
Publisher:  Small Beer Press, April 30, 2013
Format:  Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages
Price:  $24.00 (hardcover), $16.00 (trade paperback)
ISBN:  9781618730626 (hardcover), 9781931520768 (trade paperback)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
Jevick, the pepper merchant’s son, has been raised on stories of Olondria, a distant land where books are as common as they are rare in his home—but which his mother calls the Ghost Country. When his father dies and Jevick takes his place on the yearly selling trip to Olondria, Jevick’s life is as close to perfect as he can imagine. Just as he revels in Olondria’s Rabelaisian Feast of Birds, he is pulled drastically off course and becomes haunted by the ghost of an illiterate young girl.

In desperation, Jevick seeks the aid of Olondrian priests and quickly becomes a pawn in the struggle between the empire’s two most powerful cults. Even as the country simmers on the cusp of war, he must face his ghost and learn her story before he has any chance of freeing himself by setting her free: an ordeal that challenges his understanding of art and life, home and exile, and the limits of that most seductive of necromancies, reading.

A Stranger in Olondria was written while the author taught in South Sudan. It is a rich and heady brew which pulls the reader in deeper and still deeper with twists and turns that hearken back to the Gormenghast novels while being as immersive as George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.





The House at the End of Hope Street
Author:  Menna van Praag
Publisher:  Pamela Dorman Books (Penguin), April 4, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $25.95 (print)
ISBN9780670784639 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
A magical debut about an enchanted house that offers refuge to women in their time of need

Distraught that her academic career has stalled, Alba is walking through her hometown of Cambridge, England, when she finds herself in front of a house she’s never seen before, 11 Hope Street. A beautiful older woman named Peggy greets her and invites her to stay, on the house’s usual conditions: she has ninety-nine nights to turn her life around. With nothing left to lose, Alba takes a chance and moves in.

She soon discovers that this is no ordinary house. Past residents have included Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Parker, who, after receiving the assistance they needed, hung around to help newcomers—literally, in talking portraits on the wall. As she escapes into this new world, Alba begins a journey that will heal her wounds—and maybe even save her life.

Filled with a colorful and unforgettable cast of literary figures, The House at the End of Hope Street is a charming, whimsical novel of hope and feminine wisdom that is sure to appeal to fans of Jasper Fforde and especially Sarah Addison Allen.





The Golem and the Jinni
Author:  Helene Wecker
Publisher:  Harper, April 23, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages
Price:  $26.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780062110831 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free

Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker's debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.





Guest Blog by Bee Ridgway, author of The River of No Return - March 21, 2013

Please welcome Bee Ridgway to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs.  The River of No Return will be published on April 23, 2013.




Guest Blog by Bee Ridgway, author of The River of No Return - March 21, 2013




The River of No Return is a time travel novel, but it isn’t exactly science fiction or fantasy. It’s really a genre mash-up drawing from at least four different traditions – a time-travel adventure romance swashbuckling mystery with a hint of apocalypse around the edges. I wrote it to be big and fun and fast-paced. But with that said, the novel is built on a scaffolding of serious ideas, and I’ve put a lot of my scholarly self into the bricks and mortar of the novel. For example, the time travel in the novel is a method for exploring how history, and that strange sense of connection that we have between the distant past and the present, affects character.

My main man, Nick Davenant, jumps forward in time from a scene of violent conflict, just when he is about to be disemboweled on a Napoleonic battlefield. A soldier and an aristocrat in his own time, he suddenly finds himself without title or weapons in the 21st century, and he has to quickly change his understanding of himself in order to survive in our present. An organization called the Guild – a brotherhood of time travelers – meets him and helps him learn how to be a modern man. Everything, from sex and gender to food and travel, are different. And when he goes home again, to Britain of 1815, he finds his old emotions waiting for him, ready to overwhelm him. Love is lying in wait for him in his past, but so is mortal danger. He must figure out how to give himself, and protect himself, using old tools that his 21st century self has almost forgotten how to wield.

My time travelers use emotions to navigate the stream of time. Alice Gacoki, the Alderwoman of the Guild, the organization that controls time travel, describes it to Nick like this: “Normally your feelings are calibrated to keep you in the present, ticking over from moment to moment. But they also can propel you forward and pull you back. Don’t you see? We do it with feelings. That’s why we keep Guild members away from their homelands. Yearning, nostalgia, loss, loneliness, -- these are all superhighways back to the past. Your emotions can be overwhelming when you’re in a place that once was familiar to you. Without training, without proper understanding . . . well. It can be dangerous. If time is a river, it is a deep and a strong one. It is easy to drown, easy to get swept away.”

Nick does get swept away. His headlong journey down the river and the friends and enemies he makes along the way, combine to form the action of the novel.

So that’s my idea: emotions are my characters’ time machine, and the rules that govern character and emotion are also the rules that govern time. But how to make that work, sentence to sentence? How to make that idea sing? One of my biggest challenges lay in trying to communicate the strangeness of time and temporal shift to my readers at the level of the prose itself.

I teach 18th and 19th century American literature at Bryn Mawr College. Another way of describing my job is to say that I tempt young readers into time travel. I trip them, and I hope they fall headlong into a historical text, that they feel history as they read – that they use their emotions to connect with the emotions of another time. My notion of emotional time-travel in my novel grew out of my two decades’ experience of getting students to fall in love with a book that at first strikes them as terrifying, or boring, or as just plain impossible. I want my students to be possessed by something strange and other when they read such long-ago literature. I think that that experience of letting something so old rush through your heart should be both scary and wonderful. Picking up a book, letting the talismanic power of printed text enter you, realizing that what you are doing is channeling the passions of the dead, and finding that those passions can live again in your own heart. It isn’t time travel, exactly – but it is about time and it is about travel away from and back to our own moment.

You could say that the idea of time travel in my novel is an allegory of the experience of reading – specifically, the uncanny moment when you disappear into the experience of reading something written long before the birth of your great grandmother. That strange backward-falling sensation of losing yourself in a text that grew out of the feelings of a lost era.

The readers of my novel won’t actually meet me, won’t have me as their teacher. They won’t be discussing American literature with me and my students. But I wanted my readers to experience something along the lines of what I try to do in my classroom. I wanted the prose itself to hint at the instability of time, I wanted there to be a little tingle at the back of the head now and then, the echo of something ghostly from the past.

Throughout The River of No Return I buried dozens of fragments from other texts. I’ve threaded bits of poetry, song lyrics, sentences from other novels and short stories through my own prose, taken from medieval to contemporary sources. A few of them are actually quoted by my characters, who, like good 19th century ladies and gentlemen, are somewhat prone to spouting poetry. But for the most part these shreds are intended to be invisible. My hope is that they serve to make the reading experience ever so slightly uncanny. I hope that here and there in the midst of enjoying a fast-paced fun read, my readers have a tingling sense that there is another voice, another time, whispering beneath the surface of the novel.





About The River of No Return

The River of No Return
Dutton Adult (Penguin), April 23, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages

Guest Blog by Bee Ridgway, author of The River of No Return - March 21, 2013
In Bee Ridgway’s wonderfully imaginative debut novel, a man and a woman travel through time in a quest to bring down a secret society that controls the past and, thus, the future.

“You are now a member of the Guild. There is no return.” Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott, soldier and aristocrat, wakes up in a hospital bed in modern London. The Guild, an entity that controls time travel, showers him with life's advantages. But Nick yearns for home and for one brown-eyed girl, lost now down the centuries. Then the Guild asks him to break its own rule. It needs Nick to go back to 1815 to fight the Guild’s enemies and to find something called the Talisman.

In 1815, Julia Percy mourns the death of her beloved grandfather, an earl who could play with time. On his deathbed he whispers in her ear: “Pretend!” Pretend what? When Nick returns home as if from the dead, older than he should be and battle scarred, Julia begins to suspect that her very life depends upon the secrets Grandfather never told her. Soon enough Julia and Nick are caught up in an adventure that stretches up and down the river of time. As their knowledge of the Guild and their feelings for each other grow, the fate of the future itself is hanging in the balance.





About Bee

Guest Blog by Bee Ridgway, author of The River of No Return - March 21, 2013
Bee Ridgway was born and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts.  After various adventures in the US and the UK, she has finally come home to roost in Philadelphia.   She is an English professor at Bryn Mawr College.  THE RIVER OF NO RETURN is her first novel.



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