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The View From Monday - October 22, 2018


Happy Monday!

There is 1 debut this week:

A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland.

 The View From Monday - October 22, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Case of the Hidden Daemon (Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 3) by Lucy Banks;

Iron Gold (Red Rising 4) by Pierce Brown is out in Trade Paperback;

Roar of Sky (Blood of Earth 3) by Beth Cato;

and

The Silver Scar by Betsy Dornbusch.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



 The View From Monday - October 22, 2018



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

October 22, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Lost Mars: Stories from the Golden Age of the Red Planet Mike Ashley (Ed) SF - Collection



October 23, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Slender Man Anonymous SupTh
Restless Lightning Richard Baker SF - Breaker of Empires 2
The Case of the Hidden Daemon Lucy Banks PCM - Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 3
Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles An Alphabettery Becket
Anne Rice
Occ/Sup/P/SupTh
Immortal Life: A Soon To Be True Story (h2tp) Stanley Bing SF
The Dream Gatherer Kristen Britain F/FR - Green Rider
Iron Gold (h2tp) Pierce Brown SF/Dys - Red Rising 4
Cold Iron Miles Cameron F/HistF - Masters & Mages 1
Roar of Sky Beth Cato HistF - Blood of Earth 3
Damned by the Ancients Catherine Cavendish H - Nemesis of the Gods 3
The Silver Scar Betsy Dornbusch F/DF
The Guardian Sarah Fine UF - The Immortal Dealers 2
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream Christopher Golden (Ed) H/Occ/Sup - Anthology
American Ghost (h2tp) Paul Guernsey GH/Occ/Sup/F/CF
Pulse Michael Harvey Cr
Virtual Sabotage Julie Hyzy Sus
No Sleep till Doomsday Laurence MacNaughton UF/HU/FR - A Dru Jasper Novel 3
Best British Horror 2018 John Mains (Ed) H - Anthology
Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker (h2tp) Gregory Maguire LF
Eternal Sonata: A Thriller of the Near Future (h2tp) Jamie Metzl MedTh
Thin Air Richard K. Morgan SF/TechTh/HSF
Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction Alec Nevala-Lee Biography
The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School Kim Newman F/H/SupTh
The Geeky Chef Drinks: Unofficial Cocktail Recipes from Game of Thrones, Legend of Zelda, Star Trek, and More Cassandra Reeder Cookbooks
The Making of Planet of the Apes Jonathan Rinzler PerfArts
Red Moon Kim Stanley Robinson SF/SO/HSF
Fallout: The Vault Dweller's Official Cookbook Victoria Rosenthal Cookbooks
A Conspiracy of Truths (D) Alexandra Rowland F
The Devil's Fingers (e) Hunter Shea H - Hunter Shea: One Size Eats All 3
The Scent of Tears Adrian Tchaikovsky  et al. F - Tales of the Apt 4
The Great Tales of Middle-earth: Children of Húrin, Beren and Lúthien, and The Fall of Gondolin J.R.R. Tolkien
Christopher Tolkien (Ed)
F
Sin du Jour: The Final Course (e) Matt Wallace UF/HU - A Sin du Jour Affair Omnibus
Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana [Special Edition, Boxed Book & Ephemera Set]: A Visual History Michael Witwer
Kyle Newman
Jon Peterson
Sam Witwer
F/Role Playing
Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History Michael Witwer
Kyle Newman
Jon Peterson
Sam Witwer
F/Role Playing
The Art of Magic: The Gathering: Concepts & Legends James Wyatt F/Role Playing - The Art of Magic: The Gathering



October 25, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: The Good Doctor (e) Juno Dawson SF - Doctor Who



October 26, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Science Fiction - The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future: Prometheus to the Martians (e) Thomas Lombardo LC/SocSc/Psy



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Il - Illustrator
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
Anthro - Anthropology
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hist M - Historical Mystery
Hist R - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SocHist - Social History
SocSc - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

The View From Monday - November 20, 2017


Happy Monday before Thanksgiving in the US!

There are two debuts this week:

Stranger Magics by Ash Fitzsimmons;

and

Until the Last Dog Dies by Robert Guffey.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Enemy (Seven Eyes 3) by Betsy Dornbusch is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Naked World (Jubilee Cycle 2) by Eli K. P. William

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - November 20, 2017



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

November 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beneath the Skin (e) Lauren Dane PNR - de La Vega Cats 3
Eversong Donna Grant PNR - The Kindred 1
Marrying an Alien Pop Star (e) Kendra L. Saunders SFR - Alien Pop Star 3



November 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Berlin Project (h2tp) Gregory Benford AH
Justice League: The Art of the Film Abbie Bernstein MTI
Enemy (h2tp) Betsy Dornbusch F/DF - Seven Eyes 3
Stranger Magics (D)(e) Ash Fitzsimmons UF/CF
Clara at the Edge Maryl Jo Fox MR/F/Psy
Until the Last Dog Dies (D) Robert Guffey SF/PA/AP/Satire/HU
Futures and Fictions Simon O'Sullivan (Ed)
Henriette Gunkell (Ed)
Ayesha Hameed (Ed)
LC/SF/F/HC
New York Fantastic: Fantasy Stories from the City that Never Sleeps Paula Guran (Ed) F - Anthology
The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories Charlaine Harris UF/F/PNR - Collection
Maid of Ice Shona Husk PNR - Blood and Silver 3
The Whispering Room Dean Koontz H - Jane Hawk 2
Who's Afraid Too? Maria Lewis FR - Tommi Grayson 2
Winter of Ice and Iron Rachel Neumeier F/DF
Charm Sarah Pinborough DF/FR/CF - Fairy Tales 2
Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra Anne Rice
Christopher Rice
F/P/Occ/Sup/H
Deep Black Sea and Dark Tide Rising David M. Salkin SF
Sweet Dreams Tricia Sullivan SF
The Naked World Eli K. P. William SF/AP/PA/CyP - Jubilee Cycle 2
Lure of Oblivion Suzanne Wright PNR - Mercury Pack 3



November 22, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Into the Woods (e) Liz Duffy Adams
Delia Sherman
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 #7



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
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
Bio - Biography
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FM - Folklore and Mythology
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - MashUp
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PHR- Paramormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsySus - Psychological Suspense
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Ref - Reference
RP - Role Playing
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming novels by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Myke Cole (2012)

The Armored Saint
The Sacred Throne 1
Tor.com, February 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 208 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
"Cole weaves a fantasy world that feels comfortably familiar, then goes to places you’d never expect. You won’t stop turning pages until the stunning finish." —Peter V. Brett

Myke Cole, star of CBS's Hunted and author of the Shadow Ops series, debuts the Sacred Throne epic fantasy trilogy with The Armored Saint, a story of religious tyrants, arcane war-machines, and underground resistance that will enthrall epic fantasy readers of all ages.

In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils, and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.





Ian Doescher (2013)

William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken
Star Wars Part the Seventh
Quirk Books, October 3, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Experience The Force Awakens as a Shakespeare play, complete with Elizabethan verse, Shakespearian monologues, and theatrical stage directions! As the noble Resistance clashes with the vile First Order, Rey, Finn, Poe Damaron, Kylo Ren, and BB-8 are pulled into a galaxy-wide drama—in iambic pentameter! Star Wars fans and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike will enjoy the authentic meter, reimagined movie scenes and dialogue, and hidden Easter eggs throughout. Chewbacca speaks! Leader Snoke gives a soliloquy! And the romance of Han Solo and Leia Organa takes a tragic turn that Shakespeare would approve of. All with woodcut-style illustrations that place Star Wars characters into an Elizabethan galaxy. The story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, but you’ll be convinced it was written by the Bard.





Betsy Dornbusch (2013)

Enemy
The Seven Eyes 3
Night Shade Books, November 7, 2017
Trade Paperback,308 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 21, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The Thrilling Conclusion to a Prince’s Quest for Revenge and Honor.

Everything Draken thinks he knows is wrong.

The last time Draken traveled Akrasia, he was the highest lord in the land. His journey before that was eased by royal favor and the grace of the gods. This time is different. His adopted country buckling under attack from religious fanatics and his Queen presumed dead, Draken must flee a deadly coup by an upstart lord. Bitter from fighting an insurmountable war and losing the life he’s built, he lets the ghosts of past mistakes drive him into vigilante revenge. But Draken is about to learn gods and wars have a way of catching up to a man.

In the thrilling conclusion to Dornbush’s Book of the Seven Eyes trilogy, follow Draken as he tries to find peace solace in a life that has been surrounded by bloodshed. Will he avenge those he cares about, while striking down those that stand in his way? Enemy covers all this and more in this epic fantasy series.

The View From Monday - February 20, 2017


Happy Monday and Happy President's Day to those in the US.

There are 5 debuts this week:

The Book of Mirrors by E. O. Chirovici;

Kings of the Wyld (The Band 1) by Nicholas Eames;

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan;

The Mercy of the Tide by Keith Rosson;

and

Cold Counsel by Chris Sharp.

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The View From Monday - February 20, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.


And from formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Devourers by Indra Das is out in Trade Paperback;

Enemy (Seven Eyes 3) by Betsy Dornbusch;

The Vagrant and the City (Vagrant Short Story) by Peter Newman;

The Fallen (The Darkest Hand Trilogy 2) by Tarn Richardson;

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic 3) by V. E. Schwab;

and

Empire's End: Aftermath (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy 3) by Chuck Wendig.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - February 20, 2017



Debut novels are highlighted in green. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in blue.

February 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Humans, Bow Down (e) James Patterson
Emily Raymond
Th



February 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Book of Mirrors (D) E. O. Chirovici LF
Cassius Ben Counter SF - Space Marine Legends 2
The Devourers (h2tp) Indra Das DF/LF/HistF
Driving Rain Sierra Dean UF - Rain Chaser
Enemy Betsy Dornbusch F - Seven Eyes 3
Kings of the Wyld (D) Nicholas Eames F - The Band
The Book of Etta Meg Elison SF/AP/PA - The Road to Nowhere 2
Dark Promises (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Carpathian 29
Firestorm: Volume 2: A Dragon Romance (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Keeper of Lost Things (D) Ruth Hogan Fiction
Lady of Silver (e) Shona Husk PNR - Blood & Silver 1
Steal the Lightning Tim Lees UF - Field Ops 3
Through The Gate in the Sea Howard Andrew Jones F - Pathfinder Tales 37
The Great Wall - The Official Movie Novelization Mark Morris F/P
The Bird's Child Sandra Leigh Price Fiction
The Fallen (e) Tarn Richardson DF - The Darkest Hand Trilogy 2
The Mercy of the Tide (D) Keith Rosson AH/MR/LF
A Conjuring of Light V. E. Schwab HistF - Shades of Magic 3
Cold Counsel (D) Chris Sharp F
Interior Darkness: Selected Stories (h2tp) Peter Straub H - Collection
Dark Blood (e) James M. Thompson DF - Elijah Pike Vampire Chronicles 2
Empire's End: Aftermath Chuck Wendig SF/SO - Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy 3
Wardens of the Everqueen C L Werner F - The Realmgate Wars 5



February 22, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Losing Heart Among the Tall: A Tor.com Original (e) A. M. Dellamonica F



February 23, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fierce Gods (e) Col Buchanan F - Heart of the World 4
The Fortunate Fall (ri) Raphael Carter SF
Carnivalesque (e) Neil Jordan LF/F
Science Fiction Criticism: An Anthology of Essential Writings Rob Latham HC/SF
The Vagrant and the City (e) Peter Newman F - Vagrant Short Story
Players of the Game (e) Graeme K. Talboys F - Shadow in the Storm 3



February 24, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Stone Cold Bastards Jake Bible UF



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindly only eBook
mm - Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Vis - Visionary


Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10


This is the tenth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works 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.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



Seth Dickinson (2015)

The Traitor Baru Cormorant
Tor Books, November 29, 2016
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 15, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up and see red sails on the horizon.

The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They will conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She'll swallow her hate, join the Masquerade, and claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

To test her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant is the critically-acclaimed debut novel from Seth Dickinson, one of the rising new stars in fantasy.





Betsy Dornbusch (2013)

Enemy
The Seven Eyes 3
Night Shade Books, February 7, 2017
Hardcover, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
The Thrilling Conclusion to a Prince’s Quest for Revenge and Honor.

Everything Draken thinks he knows is wrong.

The last time Draken traveled Akrasia, he was the highest lord in the land. His journey before that was eased by royal favor and the grace of the gods. This time is different. His adopted country buckling under attack from religious fanatics and his Queen presumed dead, Draken must flee a deadly coup by an upstart lord. Bitter from fighting an insurmountable war and losing the life he’s built, he lets the ghosts of past mistakes drive him into vigilante revenge. But Draken is about to learn gods and wars have a way of catching up to a man.

In the thrilling conclusion to Dornbush’s Book of the Seven Eyes trilogy, follow Draken as he tries to find peace solace in a life that has been surrounded by bloodshed. Will he avenge those he cares about, while striking down those that stand in his way? Enemy covers all this and more in this epic fantasy series.





Lexie Dunne (2014)

How to Save the World
Superheroes Anonymous 3
Harper Voyager Impulse, October 4, 2016
     eBook, 336 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 1, 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
“Packed to the brim with charming characters, zippy action, and a refreshing can-do spirit, the Superheroes Anonymous series never fails to delight.”

—Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex

Gail Godwin—once so famous for being kidnapped by supervillains, the media still calls her Hostage Girl—is done with superheroes and their shadowy schemes. She’s got a cute boyfriend, a great roommate, and she’s even returned to her old job. For the first time in years, life is exactly what she wants it to be.

But when a figure from her past resurfaces, he brings with him a plague that changes the game for every superhero and villain out there. Now Gail must team up with both friend and foe to help save the world she thought she had left behind.

It won’t be easy, but for Gail Godwin, nothing ever is.





S. K. Dunstall (2015)

Confluence
A Linesman Novel 3
Ace, November 29, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
From the national bestselling author of Alliance, linesman Ean Lambert finds himself caught in a dangerous fight for political power…

The lines. Mysterious yet familiar: the key to controlling every ship in the galaxy. Once they were thought of as tools, but since linesman Ean Lambert discovered strange new lines in an alien vessel, they have become so much more—symbols of a power too great to ignore.

While the Crown Princess of Lancia seeks to share the new technology, her father, the Emperor, has other plans. His latest political maneuverings seem to be tilting the balance of control to Lancia’s favor—a move that not all members of the New Alliance are looking upon favorably.

As tensions mount, Ean and his former shipmates must unite to avert a disastrous conflict: the princess working within the tumultuous Alliance, Ean seeking the help of the impatient alien ships, and Ean’s close friend and bodyguard, Radko, embarking on a mysterious and perilous mission.

But the biggest threat comes from an unexpected source. Someone is trying to take down the New Alliance from within—and will use anything, even the lines themselves, to ensure its destruction…





Dianne Duvall (2011)

Phantom Embrace
An Immortal Guardians Novella
Zebra, June 28, 2016
eBook, 118 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Across dimensions . . .

A gifted one, Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, but he knows better than to make contact with them. Yet he’s never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.

Originally published in the On the Hunt anthology


Rendezvous With Yesterday
The Gifted Ones 2
Dianne Duvall (October 17, 2016)
Trade Paperback and eBook, 406 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Modern-day bounty hunter Bethany Bennett helps her brother track two fugitives to a forest outside of Houston, Texas. But what should have been a routine apprehension of two bail skippers spirals out of control and ends in violence. After Beth and her brother are both seriously injured, a mysterious figure suddenly looms over her. And, when the smoke clears, Beth finds herself not only in another place, but in another time.

As Lord Robert, Earl of Fosterly, attempts to identify and track down the nameless enemy who has been plaguing his lands and people with violence, the most peculiar woman stumbles into his path. Small, vulnerable, yet possessed of a bold, fiery spirit and wicked sense of humor, she persists in dubbing Robert and his men members of something called a medieval reenactment group . . . until she sees his castle and labels herself mad. It seems bounty hunter Bethany Bennett has come to him from the future, bringing with her laughter and chaos, swiftly winning the hearts of his people and inspiring within him a love he thought he would never experience again. But when Robert discovers a way for her to return to her time, will the love they share be enough to keep them together?

Interview with Betsy Dornbusch - April 9, 2015


Please welcome Betsy Dornbusch to The Qwillery. Emissary, the 2nd Seven Eyes novel, was published by Night Shade Books on April 7th.



Interview with Betsy Dornbusch - April 9, 2015




TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery. Your new novel, Emissary (Seven Eyes, book 2), was/is published on April 7th. Has your writing process changed (or not) from when you wrote Exile (2013) to Emissary? What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Betsy:  I actually wrote Exile ten years ago as a trunk novel to give myself some rein on exploring tropes and character and the epic fantasy genre. Then, when I mentioned it to the Night Shade editor years later, he said he’d like to see it. So writing Exile was a fairly no-pressure game.

Emissary was the first book I wrote that was sold ahead of writing, and we had some awkward things like the Night Shade sale happen in the middle of it. I had to ask for a significant extension on my delivery date. It was a slog at times but it helped that I like the story, and found taking Draken into his previous country and the world building intriguing.

As for my writing now that Emissary is released to the wild, it’s the settling down and just doing it. There are always promo duties, conventions to plan for, Electric Spec slush to read, and with two teenagers in the house, things stay kind of crazy. I usually have a list of about ten things per day. I’ve never been a very regimented person so daily word counts don’t work for me. I somehow tend to get it in though. I do get pretty crabby when I don’t write, my family says.



TQ:  What do you wish that you knew about book publishing when Exile came out that you know now?

Betsy:  Make allies of your convention hotel bartenders. The bars get so crowded and they will totally let you cut the line later if you’re friendly and generous.

Also, I write to sell now, so I start with a tag line for books. Then I write a query. Then I write a synopsis. The planning keeps me calm enough to write. I have far fewer freak outs over what happens next, which means fewer delays in writing, and I write cleaner now, so my revisions aren’t as tough. My first published novel I basically drafted twice. Never. Again.



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

Betsy:  Draken and his friends spend quite a bit of time aboard ships on the open sea. All mistakes are mine. Really though, I grew up in a sailing family, so other than working out logistics and strategies during battles, the sights, sounds, and smells are pretty familiar to me.



TQ:  Which character in the Seven Eyes series (so far) surprised you the most? Who has been the hardest character to write and why?

Betsy:  Aarinnaie always surprises me. When I first wrote her as an assassin who attempts to kill the Queen, I had no idea how important she’d become to Draken. Since then, she’s become such a fun character to write. She’s complicated and tough and angsty. She accepts Draken’s love and help and is affectionate without getting wimpy about it. She and Draken have a ton of chemistry and she saves his arse more than once, too. To me the story just lights up whenever she’s on the page, and all without any romance!

Queen Elena has always been my toughest, most enigmatic character. Not a sharer, that one. Plus, in Emissary, she is seven months pregnant.

Let me tell a little story. When I was hugely pregnant with our daughter, I drove somewhere and was listening to Oingo Boingo really loud. When I rolled out of the driver’s seat and waddled across the parking lot, the kid collecting carts stared at me and said, “That was you?”

Well. Yeah. Most women don’t put their lives on hold when they’re pregnant. Music still plays on the radio. War still comes. Nations need to be run. Elena is cranky, uncomfortable, and stressed, and Draken isn’t always very understanding. He also has trouble disagreeing with her; she outranks him. There’s the subtext of power struggle, insecurity, and doubt. Much goes unsaid between them. I hope it’s interesting to readers; it is to me. But the two of them can be a bitch to write when they’re together.



TQ:  What appeals to you about writing Fantasy? In your opinion, should Fantasy novels be simply entertaining or should they make us think too?

Betsy:  Ah, the old Obligation vs Opportunity discussion. I land squarely on the side of Opportunity—writers have the Opportunity to examine society and the human condition, to explore diversity, and give lots of different kinds of readers characters to identify with. I’m against writers being Obligated to explore certain themes or include diverse casts.

That said, I often explore diversity and write female characters with agency, and I enjoy books that do the same. I like making social commentary cushioned in secondary worlds, but I use a light hand. I play with social mores, and put my characters on the spot. For instance, Draken learns of some off-screen homosexuality that makes him uncomfortable, and prejudice and religion are major themes through the series, but he doesn’t really stop to analyze it. I try to let him work through these issues and come to acceptance organically as he learns and grows. Sometimes he fails.

There’s no rulebook to theme in fantasy (or if there isn’t I don’t have a copy). But there are still things to say about loyalty and friendship and heroics, of doing the right thing against dealer’s odds. Those are valuable and timeless themes.



TQ:  Please give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Emissary.

Betsy
            “You’ll make quite the cradle tale when it all comes out,” Tyrolean said.
            Draken shook his head and drank deeply of his ale, hiding his relief at Tyrolean’s acceptance of his sordid past. “That’d be of more comfort if cradle tales weren’t so often about the dead.”


TQ:  What's next?

Betsy:  I’m working on Enemy, the final book of the Seven Eyes. It’s quite a ride, actually. I’ll be sad to put Draken away at the end, but I’ll have been writing him for longer than a decade and it’s time to move onto something else, and I’ve a new fantasy series in the planning stages.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Betsy:  Thanks for having me!!





Emissary
Seven Eyes 2
Night Shade Books, April 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 360 pages

Interview with Betsy Dornbusch - April 9, 2015
Once an exile. Now a king returning to the land that cast him out.

Draken vae Khellian, bastard cousin of the Monoean King, had risen far from his ignominious origins, becoming both a Bowrank Commander and a member of the Crown’s Black Guard. But when cursed black magic took his wife and his honor away, he fought past his own despair and grief, and carved out a new life in Akrasia. His bloody, unlikely path, chronicled in Exile, led him to a new love, and a throne.

Draken has seen too much blood . . . the blood of friends and of enemies alike. Peace is what he wants. Now he must leave his wife and newborn child in an attempt to forge an uneasy peace between the Monoean King and thekingdomofAkrasia. The long bloody shadow of Akrasia’s violent past hangs over his efforts like a shroud. But there are other forces at work. Peace is not something everybody wants . . . not even in the seemingly straightforward kingdom of Draken’s birth.

Factions both known and unknown to Draken vie to undermine his efforts and throw the kingdom into civil war. Forces from his days in the Black Guard prove to be the most enigmatic, and a bloody tide threatens to engulf Draken’s every step.





Previously

Exile
Seven Eyes 1
Night Shade Books, February 5, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Betsy Dornbusch - April 9, 2015
Draken vae Khellian, bastard cousin of the Monoean King, had risen far from his ignominious origins, becoming both a Bowrank Commander and a member of the Crown’s Black Guard. But when he is falsely condemned for the grisly murder of his beloved wife, he is banished from the kingdom and cast upon the distant shore of Akrasia, at the arse-end of the world.

Compared to civilized Monoea, Akrasia is a forbidding land of Moonlings, magic, and restless spirits. It is also a realm on the brink of a bloody revolution, as a sinister conspiracy plots against Akrasia’s embattled young queen–and malevolent banes possess the bodies of the living.

Consumed by grief, and branded a murderer, Draken lives only to clear his name and avenge his wife’s murder. But the fates may have bigger plans for him. Alone in a strange land, he soon finds himself sharing the bed of an enigmatic necromancer and a half-breed servant girl, while pressed into the service of a foreign queen whose life and land may well depend on the divided loyalties of an exiled warrior . . .

Exile is the beginning of an ambitious fantasy saga by an acclaimed new author.





About Betsy

Interview with Betsy Dornbusch - April 9, 2015
Betsy Dornbusch is the author of a dozen short stories, three novellas, and three novels. She also is an editor with the speculative fiction magazine Electric Spec and the longtime proprietress of Sex Scenes at Starbucks.







Website
Twitter @betsydornbusch

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 8


This is the eighth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming books 2015. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9 will cover 2013 DAC authors.


See Part 1 here
See Part 1.5 here
See Part 2 here
See Part 3 here
See Part 4 here
See Part 5 here
See Part 6 here
See Part 7 here






Brooklyn Ann

Bite at First Site
Scandels with Bite 3
Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Her interest is purely scientific
Cassandra Burton wants to study medicine, surgery, healing, and everything related to the human body and its mysteries-and she's willing to rob graves to do it! But a lady can meet dark and dangerous characters lurking around the cemetery. And who could be more fascinating than Rafael Villar, Lord Vampire of London? If she could study his physiology, she could learn so much that would help humans. After all, he's immortal-and Cassandra is now his prisoner...

Until she gets close enough to touch
As if Rafael didn't have enough to worry about, with a rebellion brewing and his allies out of reach, now he's confronted by a beautiful, fearless lady who wants to heal the scars he's born for centuries. He can't keep her, and he can't let her go, and worst of all, he's every bit as intrigued by her as she is by him.





Clifford Beal

Not Final Cover
The Guns of Ivrea
Valdur 1
Solaris, July 28, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

An incredible new sea-faring fantasy series begins! A gritty, thrilling epic that reads like a cross between Patrick O'Brian and George R.R. Martin, bringing together the tang of the sea and the taste of cold steel.

Acquel Galenus, former thief and now a reluctant monk in the Great Temple at Livorna, uncovers a terrible secret, one that could topple the Holy Church. A secret that could get him killed.
Pirate princeling Nico Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him.

Citala, daughter of the chieftain of the Merfolk who inhabit the waters of Valdur, finds herself drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people's years of isolation but threaten their very existence.

Their fates will intertwine as they journey across the island kingdom, through duchies and republics riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds. Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again...







R. S. Belcher

Nightwise
Tor Books, August 18, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages





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The Trade Paperback of the The Shotgun Arcana will be published by Tor Books in October 2015. It was previously published in Hardcover and eBook in October 2014.




M. L. Brennan

Dark Ascension
Generation V #4
Roc, August 4, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

As the “wickedly clever” (Publishers Weekly) series continues, reluctant, slacker vampire Fortitude Scott learns that nothing is more important than family—or more deadly….

After a lifetime of avoiding his family, Fort has discovered that working for them isn’t half bad—even if his mother, Madeline, is a terrifying, murderous vampire. His newfound career has given him a purpose and a paycheck and has even helped him get his partner, foxy kitsune Suzume, to agree to be his girlfriend. All in all, things are looking up.

Only, just as Fort is getting comfortable managing a supernatural empire that stretches from New Jersey to Ontario, Madeline’s health starts failing, throwing Fort into the middle of an uncomfortable and dangerous battle for succession. His older sister, Prudence, is determined to take over the territory. But Fort isn’t the only one wary of her sociopathic tendencies, and allies, old and new, are turning to him to keep Prudence from gaining power.

Now, as Fort fights against his impending transition into vampire adulthood, he must also battle to keep Prudence from destroying their mother’s kingdom—before she takes him down with it….






J. Kathleen Cheney

The Shores of Spain
Novel of the Golden City 3
Roc Trade, July 7, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

A brilliant new chapter in the Novels of the Golden City.

Even as the branches of peace are being offered, there are some who still believe those who are not human should be used as chattel. And they are willing to go to great lengths to retain their power.

Newlywed siren Oriana Paredes has been appointed Ambassador to her home islands now that communication between Northern Portugual and the magical races has been restored. But convincing her people that the new Portuguese Prince’s intentions are honorable after years of persecution is difficult. And her husband, Duilio, faces his own obstacles among the sirens where males are a rare and valuable commodity with few rights.

In addition to their diplomatic mission, the two hope to uncover the truth behind Oriana’s mother’s death. Evidence suggests that Spain—a country that has been known to enslave magical beings—may have infiltrated the siren authority. Unable to leave their post, Oriana and Duilio must call on Inspector Joaquim Tavares to root out the truth.

But even his seer’s gift cannot prepare him for what he will discover.




The Seat of Magic
Novel of the Golden City 2
Roc, July 7, 2015 Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Previously published in Trade Paperback and eBook, July 2014

The Golden City series continues, and 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





Wesley Chu

Time Salvager
Tor Books, July 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

In a future when Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humanity has spread into the outer solar system to survive, the tightly controlled use of time travel holds the key maintaining a fragile existence among the other planets and their moons. James Griffin-Mars is a chronman--a convicted criminal recruited for his unique psychological makeup to undertake the most dangerous job there is: missions into Earth's past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. Most chronmen never reach old age, and James is reaching his breaking point.

On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets an intriguing woman from a previous century, scientist Elise Kim, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and his common sense, James brings her back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, and discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity's home world.




The Rebirths of Tao
Tao 3
Angry Robot Books, April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Five years have passed since the events in The Deaths of Tao. The world is split into pro-Prophus and pro-Genjix factions, and is poised on the edge of a devastating new World War.

A Genjix scientist who defects to the other side holds the key to preventing bloodshed on an almost unimaginable scale.

With the might of the Genjix in active pursuit, Roen is the only person who can help him save the world, and the Quasing race, too.

And you thought you were having a stressful day…

File Under: Science Fiction





Ian Doescher
[covers not yet available]

William Shakespeare's Forsooth, the Phantom Menace : Star Wars Part the First
Quirk Books, April 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

O THREEPIO, THREEPIO, WHEREFORE ART THOU, THREEPIO?

Join us, good gentles, for a merry reimagining of Star Wars: episode 1 as only Shakespeare could have written it. The entire saga starts here, with a thrilling tale featuring a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights facing a hidden, vengeful enemy.

’Tis a true Shakespearean drama, filled with sword fights, soliloquies, and doomed romance . . . all in glorious iambic pentameter and coupled with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations. Hold on to your midi-chlorians:
 The play’s the thing, wherein you’ll catch the rise of Anakin!




William Shakespeare's Alack! Of the Clones : Star Wars Part the Second
Quirk Books, July 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

In time so long ago begins our play,

In clash-strewn galaxy far, far away.

To Shmi or not to Shmi?

Torn between duty to the Jedi, attraction to Padmé, and concern for his beloved mother, yeoman Jedi Anakin Skywalker struggles to be master of his fate. But the path he chooses will determine not just his own destiny, but that of the entire Republic. And thereby hangs a tale.

Alack the day!

A noble lady in danger. A knight and squire in battle. And a forbidden love that’s written in the stars. Once again, the quill of William Shakespeare meets the galaxy of George Lucas in an insightful reimagining that sets the Star Wars saga on the Elizabethan stage. The characters are familiar, but the masterful meter, insightful soliloquies, and period illustrations will convince you that the Bard himself penned this epic adventure.




William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge : Star Wars Part the Third
Quirk Books, September 8, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 168 pages

TO THINE OWN SITH BE TRUE!

Lend us your ears and comlinks, good folk, as we share a tale of tragedy, hubris, and doomed romance. Within this Shakespearean retelling of Star Wars: Episode 3, galactic treachery abounds. A once-heroic knight is transformed into the darkest of villains. The Jedi suffer slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. The Republic falls, an Empire rises, and so begins the long wait for a New Hope.

SOMETHING IS ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF CORSUCANT!

Don’t miss this final chapter in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, presented Shakespeare-style with masterful meter, stirring soliloquies, and intricate Elizabethan illustrations. It’s a perfect melding of classic literature and epic pop culture!





Betsy Dornbusch

Emissary
Seven Eyes 2
Night Shade Books, February 3, 2015
Hardcover, 360 pages
eBook available April 7, 2015

Once an exile. Now a king returning to the land that cast him out.

Draken vae Khellian, bastard cousin of the Monoean King, had risen far from his ignominious origins, becoming both a Bowrank Commander and a member of the Crown’s Black Guard. But when cursed black magic took his wife and his honor away, he fought past his own despair and grief, and carved out a new life in Akrasia. His bloody, unlikely path, chronicled in Exile, led him to a new love, and a throne.

Draken has seen too much blood . . . the blood of friends and of enemies alike. Peace is what he wants. Now he must leave his wife and newborn child in an attempt to forge an uneasy peace between the Monoean King and thekingdomofAkrasia. The long bloody shadow of Akrasia’s violent past hangs over his efforts like a shroud. But there are other forces at work. Peace is not something everybody wants . . . not even in the seemingly straightforward kingdom of Draken’s birth.

Factions both known and unknown to Draken vie to undermine his efforts and throw the kingdom into civil war. Forces from his days in the Black Guard prove to be the most enigmatic, and a bloody tide threatens to engulf Draken’s every step.





Peter Higgins

Truth and Fear
Wolfhound Century 2
Orbit, March 24, 2015
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, March 2014

Investigator Lom returns to Mirgorod and finds the city in the throes of a crisis. The war against the Archipelago is not going well. Enemy divisions are massing outside the city, air raids are a daily occurrence and the citizens are being conscripted into the desperate defense of the city.

But Lom has other concerns. The police are after him, the mystery of the otherworldly Pollandore remains and the vast Angel is moving, turning all of nature against the city.

But will the horrors of war overtake all their plans?




Radiant State
Wolfhound Century 3
Orbit, May 19, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages





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The View From Monday - June 30, 2014


Happy Last Monday in June! Hope that everyone is enjoying summer and will have some time to read! I recently finished The Quick by Lauren Owen. This was a much hyped book that, in my opinion, did not live up to the hype. It's really good though. I also finished Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin. This is a really enjoyable Urban Fantasy and the first novel in the series after 10 shorts. More about both these in longer reviews.

For Andre Norton fans: many of her books are being published (or republished) in eBook format with 35 volumes out tomorrow. You can find them at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, etc.



The View From Monday - June 30, 2014


There are 3 debuts this week:

The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones;

Blood for the Sun by Errick A. Nunnally;

and

Premonitions by Jamie Schultz.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Awakened (Belladonna Agency 2) by Virna DePaul;

William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return (Williams Shakespear's Star Wars Trilogy 3) by Ian Doescher;

Exile (Books of the Seven Eyes 1) by Betsy Dornbusch is out in Trade Paperback;

Vampire Trouble (Dead in the City 2) by Sara Humphreys;

No Return (Jeroun 1) by Zachary Jernigan is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Wolfsbane (Rebel Angels 3) by Gillian Philip.



June 30, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Marked by Midnight Lara Adrian PNR - Midnight Breed 11.5
The Adventure of the Ring of Stones James P. Blaylock SP/M
Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti Matt Cardin (ed) Interviews
Witchlight (e) Sonya Clark PNR - Magic Born 2
The Spectral Link Thomas Ligotti H - Stories



July 1, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Bloodshifted Cassie Alexander UF - Edie Spence 5
The Omega Project (h2mm) Steve Alten Th/SF
Elisha Magus E.C. Ambrose F - Dark Apostle 2
Fireborn Keri Arthur UF - Souls of Fire 1
Valkyrie's Conquest (e) Sharon Ashwood PNR
Desolation Angels James Axler SF - Deathlands 117
Gaudeamus (h2mm) John Barnes SF/TT
The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All: Stories (h2tp) Laird Barron H - Collection
A Vision in Velvet Juliet Blackwell PCM - Witchcraft Mystery 6
New Earth (h2mm) Ben Bova SF - Grand Tour of the Universe
Mending The Shroud (Kindle e) JM Bray FR - Shroud Trilogy 2
Rebel Cheryl Brooks PNR - The Cat Star Chronicles 10
Lamplighter Kerry Donovan Brown F
Hurricane Fever Tobias S. Buckell TechnoTh
The Reaver Richard Lee Byers F - Forgotten Realms: The Sundering 4
Blood of the Lamb (h2mm) Sam Cabot Th
Heartless (ri) (mm2tp) Gail Carriger SP - Parasol Protectorate 4
Timeless (ri) (mm2tp) Gail Carriger SP - Parasol Protectorate 5
Some Enchanted Éclair Bailey Cates PCM - Magical Bakery Mystery 4
Saving Grace Devine Catherine Cavendish H
The Seat of Magic J. Kathleen Cheney F - Golden City 2
Monster Hunter Nemesis Larry Correia SF - Monster Hunter International 5
Reborn Kate Danley
Lisa Klink
Phoef Sutton
Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
UF - A Dead Man Adventure 22
Artful: A Novel Peter David F/MU
Cold Hard Secret (e) Sierra Dean UF - Secret McQueen 7
Crucible: Star Wars (h2mm) Troy Denning SF - Star Wars
Awakened Virna DePaul PNR - Belladonna Agency 2
William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return Ian Doescher SF/MU - Williams Shakespear's Star Wars Trilogy 3
Exile (h2tp) Betsy Dornbusch F - Books of the Seven Eyes 1
Cat in an Alien X-Ray Carole Nelson Douglas PM - Midnight Louie Mystery 22
Gilded Lily Delphine Dryden SPR - Steam and Seduction 3
Be Careful What You Witch For Dawn Eastman PCM - A Family Fortune Mystery 2
Fatal Consequences (e) JG Faherty H
Outlander (ri) Diana Gabaldon TTR - Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition)
Earthshine (e) J. J. Gadd SF - Lunation 2
Night's End Yasmine Galenorn UF - Indigo Court 5
Enslaved By the Others Jess Haines UF - H&W Investigations 6
Awaken to Pleasure (e) Lauren Hawkeye PNR
Unwept Tracy Hickman
Laura Hickman
F - The Nightbirds 1
Synbio Leslie Alan Horvitz SF/Med/Th
Vampire Trouble Sara Humphreys PNR - Dead in the City 2
Growth Jeff Jacobson H
Castle of Sorrows Jonathan Janz H
No Return (h2tp) Zachary Jernigan F - Jeroun 1
The String Diaries (D) Stephen Lloyd Jones Th/M/H
Born of Fury Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - League 6
The Vampire's Wolf (e) Jenna Kernan PNR
The Curiosity (h2tp) Stephen P. Kiernan SF/Th
The City Dean Koontz Sus
Leaving Ashwood Cynthia Kraack Dys - Ashwood Trilogy 3
The Rods and the Axe Tom Kratman SF - Carerra 6
The Fire Rose (ri) Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters 1
Fatal Fortune Victoria Laurie PM - Psychic Eye Mystery 12
Magic for Beginners: Stories (ri) Kelly Link F - Collection
Behind the Curtain (e) Heather Long PNR - Soulgirls 5
Garden of Evil (h2tp) Graham Masterton M/H - Jim Rook Horror Novel 8
The Spirit is Willing Max McCoy PM - Ophelia Wylde Paranomal Mysteries 2
Lords of Mars (h2tp) Graham McNeill SF - Warhammer 40,000: Adeptus Mechanicus 3
Harlequin E Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Box Set Volume 2: Reap & Redeem\The Masked Songbird\Protective Ink\Mine Tomorrow (e) Lisa Medley
Emmi Mears
Misty Simon
Jackie Braun
PNR/UF
The Exiled William Meikle SuM
Friday Night Bites (tp2mm) Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 2
Blood for the Sun (D) Errick Nunnally UF
The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future Naomi Oreskes
Erik M. Conway
S/GW/CC
Shattering the Ley Joshua Palmatier F - Shattering the Ley 1
All Those Vanished Engines Paul Park SF/AH
Wolfsbane Gillian Philip F - Rebel Angel 3
The Templar Prophecy Mario Reading Th
Doctor Who: Tales of Trenzalore: The Eleventh Doctor's Last Stand Justin Richards
Mark Morris
George Mann
Paul Finch
SF - Doctor Who
Possession Kat Richardson UF - Greywalker 8
Chains of Darkness Caris Roane PNR - Men in Chains 2
From Fear to Eternity Michelle Rowen PM - Immortality Bites Mystery 3
How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back Diana Rowland UF - White Trash Zombie 4
Tower Lord Anthony Ryan F- Raven's Shadow 2
Premonitions (D) Jamie Schultz UF
Hell Hole Hunter Shea H
Hope Renewed S.M. Sterling
David Drake
SF - General 2 (Omnibus)
Alien Hunter (h2mm) Whitley Strieber SF/Th - Alien Hunter 1
The Rhesus Chart Charles Stross SF - Laundry Files 5
Three Tales from the Laundry Files: A Tor.Com Original (e) Charles Stross SF - Laundry Files
Simon451 Fall 2014 Preview Sampler: A Selection of Science Fiction and Fantasy Titles (Kindle e) Various SF/F - Sampler
The Heart of Fire Michael J. Ward F - DestinyQuest 2
The Shadow Throne Django Wexler F - Shadow Campaigns 2
The Thousand Names (h2mm) Django Wexler F - Shadow Campaigns 1
Crystal Venom Steve Wheeler SF - Fury of Aces 2
Ghosts of Time Steve White SF/TT - Jason Thanou Time Travel 4
Happy Hour In Hell (h2mm) Tad Williams UF - Bobby Dollar 2
The Resurrectionist (e) Sierra Woods PNR



July 2, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Devil in the Details: A Tor.Com Original (e) Debra Doyle
James D. Macdonald
F - Peter Crossman
A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star: A Tor.Com Original (e) Kathleen Ann Goonan SF



July 3, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Impact (e) Adam Baker PA/Th - Outpost 4



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
CC - Climate Change
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GW   - Global Warming
H - Horror
M - Mystery
MU - Mash Up
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
S - Science
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy



2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2013

It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for February 2013!




Since Cover Wars was so much fun as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, we're doing it again for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2013 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 I have it.

Please note that the poll has been reset due to my leaving out a novel. I did not catch a publication date change.



















Book Design by Paula Russell Szafranski
Images courtesy of Shutterstock © 2012





Cover Artist: David Seeley










Cover Art by John Stanko





Cover Illustration by Tim Byrne










Cover Art by Kekai Kotaki





Cover Artist: Steve Stone





Interview with Betsy Dornbusch, author of Exile - February 5, 2013

Please welcome Betsy Dornbusch to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Exile (The First Book of the Seven Eyes) is out today! Happy Publication Day to Betsy!



Interview with Betsy Dornbusch, author of Exile - February 5, 2013



TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Betsy:  Thanks! I’m excited to talk about Exile with you.


TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Betsy:  I started writing stories in the fourth grade with my best friend Sheri Joseph, who also grew up and became a novelist. I’d love to say “and I never quit,” but I tried my damnedest to be normal after college. After I subconsciously realized that my daughter was my last baby, I started a minor midlife crisis and an epic four book series.


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

Betsy:  I love to synopsize! And pitching! And writing queries!! I write a pitch, a query, and a synopsis all before I start drafting.

Soapbox: Don’t say “synopsis” to a roomful of writers; the collective groan shakes the rafters. I think the issue many writers have with synopses is trying to fit a bad story into a viable synopsis. Nothing draws out problems in a story like a synopsis or outline. It’s a tough thing to face after what might be years of work. I’ve found synopses and queries really just aren’t that tough to write—not when they’re based on a good story.


TQ:   Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Betsy:  Both. As I said, I write a synopsis (EMISSARY, the sequel to EXILE, has a three-page working synopsis) but I also let my characters lead me while I draft. Their personalities can dictate plot points—sometimes the synopsis has them doing the exact opposite of what they’d actually do (especially antagonists). So the synopsis changes a lot as I write. I use the synopsis to check direction—if a plot point works in a few sentences it will work in the novel. Generally the tent-pole moments and the end stay the same. The biggest thing that usually changes for me is the start of the book.

Also, I do rolling revisions constantly. If a character or plot point changes, I tend to go back and fix it right away. I’m completely paranoid about my plotting and loose ends.


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

Betsy:  ahemwritingcoughcough

I find drafting a trial most days. I try hard not to pay too much attention to my antsy feelings or boredom when I draft. But I do pay attention to it when I’m revising. If I can’t get through a scene without flipping to Facebook for the fiftieth time, something is wrong with the scene.


TQ:  Describe Exile in 140 characters or less.

Betsy:  A half-breed former slave, Draken is falsely accused of murder and exiled to the arse-end of the world where prejudice, politics, and lies drag him into a looming civil war. (Oops, 144.)


TQ:  What inspired you to write Exile?

Betsy:  After my return to writing, I worked on a huge four-book urban fantasy series (the first of which is Archive of Fire, out last year). The more I worked on it, the more I found the improvement in my writing completely stalled out. I was too close to it, for sure. I needed objective distance. I needed to not love my characters so much. I decided to simplify: one POV, no worries about trope (Exile started out as a world-to-world portal story, for crying in a bucket, though of course it is still somewhat of a portal story), and a basic A-Z quest plot. I also had been writing about 22 year old guys and I wanted someone older and world weary, someone who feels his age at inopportune moments. Draken is in his mid-forties, he’s got knee problems and he’s going grey, and he’s got a bitter streak from a tough life. I also really wanted to explore a character who doesn’t fit in and never will—hence his secret half-breed heritage.

Of course now I completely adore Draken. So much for objective distance.


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

Betsy:  Weapons, fighting, and armor research, mostly. I have great resources: a couple of guys who actually fight (hand-t0-hand and sword!) who tells me how it really is. I love to write fight scenes and I’m determined to write them well. Fortunately for me, Draken sucks as a swordsman. He’s more ignorant than I am.


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

Betsy:  Bruche is Draken’s Greek Chorus and he drives Draken mad, but really (without giving plot away) what’s Draken gonna do about it? They’re stuck with each other. Bruche and I have a lot of fun tormenting Draken when he’s taking himself too seriously.

I find Queen Elena a huge challenge. She is so enigmatic, faultlessly trained to the throne, and controlled. She is also very flawed, innocent, and protected. She puts her trust in people she shouldn’t. I think the duplicity of her personality—innocence and control—is why Draken is attracted to her.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what are your favorite scenes in Exile?

Betsy:  I love the first scene where Draken on the ship headed to Akrasia. I wrote it about three years after the book was finished, scrapping the original start. I also love Draken’s conversation/negotiation with Va Khlar. Dialogue is my sweet spot and that scene is when I (and hopefully the reader!) started to realize why people are drawn to Draken.


TQ:  What's next?

Betsy:  I’m working full time on Emissary, the sequel to Exile, which will be out in 2014. Yes, Draken has to go back to Monoea, where there’s a death sentence on his head. I also have a couple of other projects in the works: a space opera and a futuristic religious thriller. Plus I’m usually noodling with short stories and I’m always reading slush and prepping the next issue of Electric Spec.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Betsy:  Thank you! It was fun!





About Exile

Exile
Seven Eyes 1
Night Shade Books, February 5, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Betsy Dornbusch, author of Exile - February 5, 2013
Draken vae Khellian, bastard cousin of the Monoean King, had risen far from his ignominious origins, becoming both a Bowrank Commander and a member of the Crown’s Black Guard. But when he is falsely condemned for the grisly murder of his beloved wife, he is banished from the kingdom and cast upon the distant shore of Akrasia, at the arse-end of the world.

Compared to civilized Monoea, Akrasia is a forbidding land of Moonlings, magic, and restless spirits. It is also a realm on the brink of a bloody revolution, as a sinister conspiracy plots against Akrasia’s embattled young queen–and malevolent banes possess the bodies of the living.

Consumed by grief, and branded a murderer, Draken lives only to clear his name and avenge his wife’s murder. But the fates may have bigger plans for him. Alone in a strange land, he soon finds himself sharing the bed of an enigmatic necromancer and a half-breed servant girl, while pressed into the service of a foreign queen whose life and land may well depend on the divided loyalties of an exiled warrior . . .

Exile is the beginning of an ambitious fantasy saga by an acclaimed new author.





About Betsy

Interview with Betsy Dornbusch, author of Exile - February 5, 2013
Betsy Dornbusch is a writer and editor. Her books are Quenched, Quencher, Lost Prince, Archive of Fire, Exile, and Emissary coming in 2014. Her short fiction has appeared in print and online venues such as Sinister Tales, Big Pulp, Story Portal, and Spinetingler, as well as the anthologies Tasty Little Tales and Deadly by the Dozen. She’s been an editor with the ezine Electric Spec for six years and regularly speaks at fan conventions and writers’ conferences. She’s the sole proprietor of Sex Scenes at Starbucks where you can believe most of what she writes. In her free time, she snowboards, air jams at punk rock concerts, and has just started following Rockies baseball, of all things.


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