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What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6

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


See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.
See Part 5 here.
See Part 7 here.
See Part 8 here.
See Part 9 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 11 here.
See Part 12 here.


Linda Grimes

Quick Fix
Ciel Halligan 2
Tor, August 20, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
The second installment of the original urban fantasy series starring human chameleon Ciel Halligan

Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them — as them — is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It's supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it's wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she's crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate.

Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She's young for it, but she's always been precocious, so it's not impossible. What is impossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches — adaptors can only project human auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can't change herself back.

Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for NYC and the only person they know can help: Ciel's brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who's determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly's unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who's been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out?
Cover and descritpion from the Author's site.




Rhiannon Held

Tarnished
Silver 2
Tor, May 21, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
Experience the romance and danger of running with the werewolves in this urban fantasy.

Andrew Dare has found his mate in Silver, but they haven’t found the pack they can call home. Some of his old friends think he should return and challenge Roanoke for leadership of all the werewolf packs on the East Coast. But Andrew has baggage—his violent history with the packs of Spain and the rumors of his lack of control. And then there’s Silver—the werewolf who has lost her wild self to a monster’s assault, and who can no longer shift forms. But perhaps together they can overcome all the doubters.

The second book in this wonderful urban fantasy series plunges readers into the world of the shape-shifter packs who live hidden among us.




Alex Hughes

Sharp
Mindspace Investigations 2
Roc, April 2, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
HISTORY HAS A WAY OF REPEATING ITSELF, EVEN FOR TELEPATHS.…

As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop—I never will be—and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident.

And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.

Parts for illegal Tech—the same parts used to bring the world to its knees in the Tech Wars sixty years ago—are being hijacked all over the city. Plus Cherbino's longtime nemesis, a cop killer, has resurfaced with a vengeance. If I can stay alive long enough, I just might be able to prove my worth, once and for all...




J.A. Kazimer

Froggy Style
F***ed-Up Fairytale 2
Kensington, February 26, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
Jean-Michel La Grenouille has a lot going for him. He's a prince. Handsome. Filthy rich. And definitely charming. But he also spent his first few years as a fly-catching, pond-dwelling frog. All that saved him was the kiss of The One, the girl who saw nobility through his slimy form and fell into True Love. Okay, fine. Technically she was a toddler who tried to eat him, but whatever. The curse broke, and as long as he finds and marries her by his 30th birthday, he's a free man.

Trouble is, he's going to be 30 in ten days, and he's getting some seriously cold-blooded feet. He's pretty sure Princess Sleeping Beauty is The One. But his best man has some villain issues, his in-laws-to-be belong in a really special castle, and a smoking-hot lady biker named Lollie Bliss has him rethinking all this happily-ever-after stuff. Oh, and he may have accidentally put out a hit on his blushing bride. Oopsie.




Bec McMaster

Heart of Iron
London Steampunk 2
Sourcebooks Casablanca, May 7, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
Lena Todd is the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a rebel against London’s vicious elite—not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger.

Will Carver, is more than man, he’s a verwolfen and he wants nothing to do with the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds Lena in possession of a coded letter, he realizes she’s in a world of trouble. To protect her, he’ll have to seduce the truth from her before it’s too late.




Carol Wolf

Binding
Wolf Moon Saga 2
Night Shade Books, April 2, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
What do you do after you’ve saved the world—and nobody believes you?
Amber is a teenage runaway, hiding out in Los Angeles, who is also a daughter of the wolf kind. And, not long ago, she had her own personal demon. Richard was her servant, her lover, and a hellish force bound to the earth against his will. Together they turned back the World Snake that threatened to destroy the city—and she had granted Richard his freedom.
Now Amber is alone, but nobody accepts that she has truly shed her demon. Many still fear the World Snake and seek to capture the demon’s power for their own purposes, unaware that Richard has already departed the mortal realm. Amber finds herself hunted, in both wolf and human forms, by cultists, illusionists, raisers of power, and even an evil veterinarian.
Saving the world was one thing. To save herself Amber may have to call back her fearsome demon lover, who is no longer bound to obey her. . . .



Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

And the winners are........


Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans 1) by Suzanne Johnson - Ended April 18 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


Question:  Who are some of your favorite wizards in books, movies, and/or tv?

Christina who said...

Well, obvious answer is Harry Potter. I love those books. My favorite was always Sirius (wah wah), followed by Lupin (wah wah again), followed by Fred & George (srsly, J.K. Rowling?).

I'll give the non-HP spot to Tamsin Green from Once a Witch.


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair 1) and A Sliver of Shadow (Abby Sinclair 2) plus winner's choice of The Touchstone Bracelet or The Jeweled Snare, Phin's Bracelet crafted by Cemetery Cat Jewelry. (Note: the cards are not included with either bracelet!) - Ended April 20, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

Question:  Favorite mythological creature(s)?

Debby who said...

Dragons are my favorite and always will be.


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


Blue Magic by A.M. Dellamonica - Ended April 21, 2012 - Read the post here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

How:  Leave a comment. 

molly.frenzel who said...

This book sounds awesome. Thank you for the giveaway!

and

Betty Hamilton who said...

I would love to read these books!! I am always on the lookout for a "new to me" author.


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


Choice of a signed copy of either Fated or Claimed by Rebecca Zanetti - Ended April 23, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

Question:   Who's your favorite villain?

andieleah who said...

My favorite villain is Galen from Gena Showalters Lords of the Underworld series. How crazy that the villain is the demon of Hope. Been wanting to check out the Dark Protectors series for awhile now...hope I can start by winning here:)


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


White Horse (printed ARC) by Alex Adams - Ended April 24, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012
ARC Cover is a bit different!

Question:  What is your favorite Greek myth or Greek god or goddess?

traci16 who said...

I like Poseidon...ruler of the all the oceans and everything inhabiting them...no too darn bad of a gig if you ask me!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


Sins of Son (The Grigori Legacy 2) by Linda Poitevin- a Mass Market Paperback copy for a US/Canadian winner or an eBook for an International (non-US/Canada) winner - Ended April 25, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

Question:    Have any characters you've read about or seen in TV show or movie surprised you in some way?

*yadkny* who said...

Z from the BDB series surprised me... I didn't think I was going to like him when I first read about him, but he really changed my mind and became one of my fav characters when he got his own book.


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


Summoning (Moon Wolf Saga 1) by Carol Wolf - Ended April 26, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

Question:  Which is your favorite type (or types) of shape-shifter?

wanda f who said...

Wolves are my number one favorite followed by big cats,bear,dragons,then all he rest cause they are all great in their own ways .Have a great weekend .


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


Supernaturally Kissed (Frostbite 1) eBook by Stacey Kennedy - Ended April 27, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite book, movie, TV show with ghosts or a ghost? OR What is your favorite book, movie, TV show with police?

Tina B who said...

My favorite show with ghosts has to be Supernatural! To this day, we still watch it faithfully. My favorite movie with a ghost is of course Ghost with Patrick Swayze. :) My favorite police TV show is a tie between Southland and Rookie Blue.
I LOVED the interview! What a great accomplishment that your first story will be in a paperback form.
Thank you so much for sharing and for the giveaway opportunity.


Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


The winners have been notified and for the most part have until 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 6, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you!

Interview with Carol Wolf and Giveaway - April 19, 2012

Please welcome Carol Wolf to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Summoning (Moon Wolf Saga 1) was published by Night Shade Books this month.  You can read Carol's guest blog - A Peripatetic Writer's Life - here.


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

Carol:  My husband tells me he can tell how my writing day has gone. If the kitchen floor has been scrubbed, the porch is swept, and the bathrooms are clean, he'll walk into the house, look around and say, "Ah. Plot problems, I see."

I prefer to take a long walk to work out ideas, but when things get tough, scrubbing a floor really works. Of course, if the idea solves itself halfway through the job, then the floor can finish scrubbing itself; I'm off to write.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Carol:  Since my background is in playwriting, I have to start with Shakespeare. Anybody wincing or ducking right now, please know, Shakespeare was not written to be read. His work was written to be seen. And in fact, it wasn't the English academics who carried his work forward all these centuries; it's theater folks. Once you've performed the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, or the mad scene in King Lear, or the scene where Puck mixes up who loves whom in Midsummer Night's Dream, you never let the play go. I love Shakespeare's scene work. I love his understanding of the proportions of plot. Most of all I love and envy his masterful ability to set a tension level at, say, five (on a scale of one to ten), hold it there for three hours without raising or lowering it (try that some time!), take it up to a seven, and end the play. I tend to pump the tension level all the time, just to make sure people are still reading. Shakespeare leaves a lot to aspire to, and that's completely leaving aside his being one of the master word wranglers of all time. (What's that story of the woman who saw Hamlet for the first time, and came out saying, "It's just a bunch of old clichés!")

Contemporary authors, Lois McMasters Bujold, Terry Pratchett, and Diana Wynne Jones (RIP) have my complete respect and attention. If I'm being influenced by other writers, I hope it would be to try and plot as masterfully at Bujold, to be as joyful and clever as Pratchett, and as imaginative as Wynne Jones.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Carol:  The way I see it, you get this idea, and you add to it another idea, and another and another, and then there's this other idea running parallel to it, and another one over there, so you weave them all together . . . and you go on like that for a long time. Have you ever made a wax candle? You dip the wick in the wax, you wait for it to dry, you dip it again. If you don't wait, the new wax melts off the old, and you'll be left with waxy string, but if you wait, the next layer will come on all thick, and the one after that . . . and you get something that will burn well for a long time. Doing head work for a books, I find, is like that.

Then, when you get it all worked out, and you know the beginning, and it's blaring at you to get to work and write it down, and you know all your major plot points, and you can see your ending and it's fantastic, (no, really, you have to be that in love with what you're doing, or you'll never do all those hours and hours and hours of work, this moment is not the time for humility or any sense of proportion whatsoever), then you start to write, and all kinds of things explode out of nowhere and pile on new layers, new events, and unimagined reverberations. It's like, you bring a certain amount to the endeavour, and then your unconscious brings a whole lot more. It's magic. It's breathtaking. It's a joy.

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

Carol:  I wrote my first book over thirty years ago. Summoning is about the tenth book I've written. Now, admittedly my early books are bad. It took a long time to get the proportions right, and also to learn to write narrative fiction, after writing plays for so long. But still. Thirty years? Who could ever have imagined it would take thirty years to get a novel published? So, to all you fifteen-year sloggers out there, keep on writing! It can actually happen!

TQ:  Describe Summoning in 140 characters or less.

Carol:  Shape-shifting wolf girl runs away, finds herself the key player in a fight to save the world helped by a beautiful demon servant who claims her as his mistress.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Summoning?

Carol:  I wrote a play in which Dr. John Dee, the magician to Queen Elizabeth I, is conjured into the modern world by a historian who has gotten her hands on a 16th century spellbook. John Dee tried all his life to raise a demon/angel. (At that time, scholars argued that demons and angels were the same creature; which one they were depended on whether they sided with Satan or God in the Great Battle). So, I got to thinking, what if Dee had succeeded? So, that's where the demon boy came from.

The World Snake about to swallow Los Angeles, well, if you live in L.A., when is it not?

Barbara Hambly pointed out that every culture in the world has a tradition of vampires. What is also true is that every culture on earth has a tradition of shape changers.

So, wolf girl + demon boy + World Snake, and from this (and a few thousand dips into the well of imagining) came Summoning.

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

Carol:  Aside from all the research I'd done for the Dee play, I read a lot of books about wolves and other canines. Having two border collies, one of whom is a genius (they say that about lots of border collies, but Tay is, really, ask anyone who knows him), has been a great help. And anyone who has lived in L.A. has done a lot of driving, which was a necessity for telling this story.

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

Carol:  Amber, my main character, leaped off the page from the first word. When I was re- and re-reading the book in preparation for publication, I was still finding out more about her, just from the way she expressed herself. It can't be easier than having them throw themselves at you, narrating at full volume. The hardest character? There's a priest who kept changing aspect on me. I think he's insane, and I didn't quite nail that. Maybe I'll have to revisit him sometime.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Summoning?

Carol:  There are a couple of scenes where Amber and Richard, which is what she calls the demon (Dr. John Dee commanded him into the guise of a beautiful youth, in which he's been stuck all this time), have adventures together, like good fighting comrades. I like those.

TQ:  What's next?

Carol:  Well, Night Shade bought the second book, too, Binding, which I just finished writing and am now doing the rewrites prior to turning in. The project after that is to finish my playwriting manual, that I've been working on for, oh, fifteen years: Playwriting: the Merciless Manual, Techniques of Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Playwriting, which has been accepted for publication by AmbushBooks (I am having a really good year!). Then, I have a play to rewrite, a short film to shoot and edit, and after that, it is my hope that there will have been enough interest, whereby I'll be asked to write the third book of the Moon Wolf Saga, Crossing.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Carol:  Thank you for letting me play!


About Summoning

Summoning
Moon Wolf Saga 1
Night Shade Books, April 2012
Trade Paperback, 300 pages

Interview with Carol Wolf and Giveaway - April 19, 2012
The World Snake is coming, devourer of Thrace and Atlantis... and the only one standing in its way is Amber, a sixteen-year-old runaway, recently arrived in Los Angeles.

Amber is more than just a girl with a stolen ID and an attitude; she is a daughter of the wolf-kind, a shapeshifter able to change forms at will. One night, as Amber prowls the Hollywood Hills in wolf form, she stumbles onto an occult ceremony, interrupting the ritual. As a result, Amber finds herself the unwilling mistress of a handsome demonic servant, Richard.

Appearing as a fair youth of eighteen years, Richard is a demon accidentally summoned, then captured, by Dr. John Dee, court magician to Queen Elizabeth I. Richard has been trying for four centuries to free himself from a succession of masters and mistresses, but finds himself bound to Amber, the only one who can protect him from his greatest fear, the herald of the World Snake, the Eater of Souls.

The last thing a girl of the wolf-kind needs is a boy following her around like a lap-dog, but Amber agrees to help Richard reclaim his soul from two of his old foes, hopings soul from two of his old foes, hoping to grant Richard his freedom. But all hell is about to break loose, and Amber and Richard are going to need some allies to stop the Eater of Souls and avert the World Snake, and the battle has only begun.
From Carol Wolf comes the urban fantasy debut Summoning, a novel of a wolf girl, a demon boy, and a city on the edge of disaster.


About Carol

Interview with Carol Wolf and Giveaway - April 19, 2012
Carol Wolf earned a BA in History at Mills College, and an MFA at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, where she was a Levin Scholar. Her plays have been seen on both coasts and on five continents, and include The Terrible Experiment of Jonathan Fish, The Boss's Wife, Day/BlackNight/Morning, Walking on Bones, and The Thousandth Night, which won the London Fringe First, the Bay Area Critic’s Circle Award, and the L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle Award. Wolf taught Master’s classes in Playwriting at Manhattan College and Mills College, and for ten years headed the playwriting program at Foothill College. She wrote the scripts for the blockbuster video games Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, and Legacy of Kain: Defiance. She co-founded the micro-budget film company Paw Print Studios, for which she wrote and directed two feature films, The Valley of Fear, and Far from the Sea, and is currently in production with the documentary, Letters to my Grandchildren. Her playwriting manual, Playwriting: the Merciless Craft, Techniques in Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Playwriting, has been accepted for publication by AmbushBooks and will be released in April, 2012. She lives in the foothills of the California Sierra Nevadas in with her husband, two border collies, and a varying number of sheep.

Carol's Website


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Summoning (Moon Wolf Saga 1) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Which is your favorite type (or types) of shape-shifter? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, April 26, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - April 16, 2012

Happy middle of April (more or less). This week at The Qwillery:

Monday -  Guest Blog by Rebecca Zanetti. Hunted (Dark Protector 3) will be published on April 24, 2012.

Tuesday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Alex Adams. White Horse will be published on April 17, 2012.

Wednesday -  Guest Blog by Linda Poitevin. Sins of the Son (The Grigori Legacy 2) was published on March 27, 2012.

Thursday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Carol Wolf. Summoning (Moon Wolf Saga 1) was published on April 3, 2012.

Friday -  2012 Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Stacey Kennedy.

Saturday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog from Rhiannon Held. Silver, Rhiannon's debut, will be published on June 5, 2012.


April 16, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nightingale
The View From Monday - April 16, 2012
Melissa Mickelsen F



April 17, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
White Horse (d)
The View From Monday - April 16, 2012
Alex Adams F/PA
A Wolf's Heart
The View From Monday - April 16, 2012
Vivi Anna PNR
The Adventures of Duncan & Mallory #1: The Beginning Robert Asprin F
The Witch Thief
The View From Monday - April 16, 2012
Lori Devoti PNR - Unbound 6
Counter-Clock World (ri)
The View From Monday - April 16, 2012
Philip K. Dick SF
Ubik (ri)
The View From Monday - April 16, 2012
Philip K. Dick SF
Ubik: The Screenplay (ri)
The View From Monday - April 16, 2012
Philip K. Dick SF
Acacia (ri)
The View From Monday - April 16, 2012
David Anthony Durham F - Acacia Trilogy 1
The Sacred Band (ri)
The View From Monday - April 16, 2012
David Anthony Durham F - Acacia Trilogy 2
Pax Omega
The View From Monday - April 16, 2012
Al Ewing SF - Pax Britannia
The Vampire Voss (tp2mm)
The View From Monday - April 16, 2012
Colleen Gleason PHR - Regency Draculia 1
The Twilight Lord (ri)
The View From Monday - April 16, 2012
Bertrice Small FR - World of Hetar 3
Deadfall Hotel
The View From Monday - April 16, 2012
Steve Rasnic Tem H
Robopocalypse: A Novel (h2tp)
The View From Monday - April 16, 2012
Daniel H. Wilson SF



d - Debut
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PHR  - Paranormal Historical Romance
SF - Science Fiction

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2012

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for April 2012!

As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun to choose a 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 2012 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.

January 2012  Winner - Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) by Myke Cole. Cover Art by Mike Komarck.

February 2012 Winner - Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm. Cover Art by Amazing 15.

March 2012 Winner - The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski, Cover Art by Amazing 15.



For March you have 8 covers to choose from.

























2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts


There are 8 debuts in April.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for the your favorite April cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.

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.


White Horse
AuthorAlex Adams
Series:  White Horse
Format:  Hardcover , 320 pages
Publisher:  Atria/Emily Bestler Books, April, 17, 2012
Price:  $19.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy/Post-apocalyptic
ISBN:  9781451642995

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
The world has ended, but her journey has just begun.

Thirty-year-old Zoe leads an ordinary life until the end of the world arrives. She is cleaning cages and floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals when the president of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. When Zoe realizes that everyone she loves is disappearing, she starts running. Scared and alone in a shockingly changed world, she embarks on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are defined not by their genetic code, but rather by their actions and choices. White Horse offers hope for a broken world, where love can lead to the most unexpected places.


Royal Street
AuthorSuzanne Johnson
Series:  Sentinels of New Orleans
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Tor Books, April 10, 2012
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780765327796

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ's boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.

Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.

While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover.

To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.


The Reason is You
AuthorSharla Lovelace
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Berkley, April 3, 2012
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Romance w/ Paranormal Elements
ISBN9780425247129

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
Anything but Normal…
Dani Shane just wants her daughter to have what she never did—a normal life. But “normal” leaves the equation when sixteen year old Riley is found talking to Dani’s only friend, Alex—who’s been dead for forty years.
In the small river town of Bethany, Dani never fit in. Being different pushed her to the fringes of society, and even leaving town for two decades didn’t stop the talk. Now that she’s back, so is Alex. Mischievous and sexy and still hot enough to melt her shoes. Between his popping in at inopportune moments and having to hide her daughter’s new talent, Dani fears that her plans for staying under the radar may be short lived .
As Dani scrambles to get solid footing under her family, secrets buried for forty years begin to unearth themselves. She and Alex have always been connected, but he is hiding something. The computer is making her hear things. Weird memories that she doesn’t recognize keep popping up in her mind. Then there’s that little thing she’s not telling her daughter yet. Like that some of the people she sees aren’t breathing…


Coveted
AuthorShawntelle Madison
Series:  Coveted
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher:  Ballantine Books, April 24, 2012
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN978-0-345-52918-3

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COVET IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP.

For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home—and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.

Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves—and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it’s enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself.


Faustus Resurrectus
Author:  Thomas Morrissey
Series:  Donovan Graham
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, April 3, 2012
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1-59780-405-9

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
Unholy murder is just the beginning of the ritual...

When Donovan Graham, newly-graduated occult scholar, helps the NYPD investigate a man killed by scorpions in a midtown hotel, he learns the world is far stranger and deadlier than his studies ever suggested. Evidence forces his academic skepticism to give way to astonished belief that ancient evil exists, and the more he investigates, the higher it rises to overshadow the normality of his life. Can he save those he loves from its power?

In a Central Park overrun with madness, a suave sociopath seeks to achieve his darkest desires by tearing apart the world. Battling him through death and beyond, Donovan risks his soul to learn reality is flexible, and even the impossible can be had if a high enough price is paid...


Blackbirds
AuthorChuck Wendig
Series:  Miriam Black
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher:   Angry Robot,  April 24. 2012 US/CAN, May 3, 2012 UK/RoW
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780857662309

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
Miriam Black knows when you will die. She’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides.

But when Miriam hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and she will be the next victim.

No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Touch Of Death | The Future Is Written | Free Way | Surviving ]


Summoning
AuthorCarol Wolf
Series:   Moon Wolf Saga
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, April 3, 2012
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1-59780-398-4

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
The World Snake is coming, devourer of Thrace and Atlantis... and the only one standing in its way is Amber, a sixteen-year-old runaway, recently arrived in Los Angeles.

Amber is more than just a girl with a stolen ID and an attitude; she is a daughter of the wolf-kind, a shapeshifter able to change forms at will. One night, as Amber prowls the Hollywood Hills in wolf form, she stumbles onto an occult ceremony, interrupting the ritual. As a result, Amber finds herself the unwilling mistress of a handsome demonic servant, Richard.

Appearing as a fair youth of eighteen years, Richard is a demon accidentally summoned, then captured, by Dr. John Dee, court magician to Queen Elizabeth I. Richard has been trying for four centuries to free himself from a succession of masters and mistresses, but finds himself bound to Amber, the only one who can protect him from his greatest fear, the herald of the World Snake, the Eater of Souls.

The last thing a girl of the wolf-kind needs is a boy following her around like a lap-dog, but Amber agrees to help Richard reclaim his soul from two of his old foes, hopings soul from two of his old foes, hoping to grant Richard his freedom. But all hell is about to break loose, and Amber and Richard are going to need some allies to stop the Eater of Souls and avert the World Snake, and the battle has only begun.
From Carol Wolf comes the urban fantasy debut Summoning, a novel of a wolf girl, a demon boy, and a city on the edge of disaster.


The Return Man
AuthorV.M. Zito
Format: Premium Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher:  Orbit, April 1, 2012
Price:  $9.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Horror/Thriller/Zombies
ISBN:  9780316218283

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
The outbreak tore the US in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness, known by survivors as the Evacuated States. It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead and delivers peace.

Now Homeland Security wants Marco for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.

But in the wastelands of America, you never know who - or what - is watching you.

Guest Blog by Carol Wolf - A Peripatetic Writer's Life

Please welcome Carol Wolf to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Summoning, Carol's debut, will be published in April by Night Shade Books.



A Peripatetic Writer's Life
by Carol Wolf

When I was in college my ceramic arts instructor, who was renowned for his teapots, told me that most of the artists of his acquaintance have a wide variety of artistic skills, but that they focus on the one for which they are first rewarded. Hence, his specialty in teapots.

So, now, all you artists reading this, how many different art forms have you pursued over the course of your life, and for which were you first rewarded?

I made up stories and acted them out before I knew how to write. I suppose the first reward I received for writing was when I embarked on an epic (15 page!) story in 3rd grade, and my teacher rewarded my efforts by allowing me, for an entire week, to do nothing but write. While everyone else had to do class work, I sat at a table in the back of the room and wrote all day, and no one was allowed to bother me. What a life! I did have to go out for recess. This was a bitter disappointment, especially since, of all the things we did all day in 3rd grade, recess seemed to me the most unimportant. Later, when I spent years as a substitute teacher, I understood that it wasn't I who needed the recess, but my teacher. I read the finished story to the class, and then was asked by the class to read it again. A triumph!

In 6th grade I wrote my first play, and all but two classmates took part in the production. The Five Murders of Cherryville Lane was presented to the school, and there was a second, special assembly for us to present it a second time. Another triumph! So, I was well-rewarded at an impressionable age for writing stories and plays, and kept on ever after.

When I was seventeen, my third play, a 20-minute one-act called Duel, won a playwriting contest and was published in At Rise Magazine the following year. Even more fantastic was the news that a theater in Waterloo, Iowa, planned to produce the play the year after. Thus it was that, on my junior year abroad at the University of Lancaster, in England, I had to fly back to the states for my play opening in the middle of the spring term. The Waterloo Playhouse produced three one-acts; the other two were written by old guys, one in his thirties and one in his forties. We were interviewed on radio and television to promote the production, and I remember giving a talk at a Rotary Club luncheon. Since the theater had paid my plane fare to come, put me up and paid for my meals, I was well and truly rewarded.

So, I was set by that time on being a writer, and thought I'd be a lawyer and write on the side, or a biologist, and write on the side, or a teacher, and write on the side, as I have a broad range of interests. I was accepted to a graduate school to get an MA in education and a teaching credential, but then I got my acceptance, and a Levin Scholarship, to the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, to study playwriting. Playwrights took acting classes with the actors, directing classes with the directors, design classes with the techies, but none of them took playwriting classes with us. I was told by my department head that if I flunked all my other classes, but did well in playwriting, I'd still be in the program. I wrote seventeen plays in three years, and sixty-six drafts of nine of them. I also wrote my fourth novel, but like the other three, written in college, it was very bad.

One thing I did learn in those three years was that you can't -- I can't -- write on the side. The tool for writing is your brain, and what your brain does all day determines your output as a writer. Thus, I've been a temp, or a sub, and had occasional short-term full-time jobs. I write, and work on the side. If I've paid for that, economically, the upside is that no effort of mine was spared to be a better writer. In this culture where worth, and success, are measured by money, that is at times difficult to justify.

Three of my plays were produced at grad school, and upon graduation, The Terrible Experiment of Jonathan Fish, my feminist musical farce, was chosen for a workshop production in New York City the following year. So, I was well and truly hooked into being a playwright. The workshop was sold out, there were standing ovations, I was taken aside by dozens of people who told me that I would lose my integrity -- a sign that people think you're going to be someone, in NYC. But nothing came of it.

Years later, after writing about fifty plays, the notice on the front of the Dramatist Sourcebook, where all contests, grants, and productions are listed each year, penetrated: "Over 857 opportunities for playwrights!" Tens of thousands of us competing for 857 opportunities, and a good third of those for playwrights in New York, while I was living by then in Los Angeles. The light dawned. Did I give up playwriting? No way! The craft of playwriting is, well, it's an addiction. To sit at the back of a dark hall and watch a couple hundred people watch your play, is an experience that I wish on you all. To sit in rehearsal and watch really good actors bring your play to its feet is about as close as a human can be to being a god on this earth. (A general can send soldiers into battle, even to their deaths, but in their minds they call down curses on him. Actors work like fiends and are always wondering if they're good enough, or if they could do better, and if you give them more to do they thank you.)

The real problem, I realized, was in needing someone else's acceptance or permission to have my work produced. The workers should own the means of production! This was the year after the development of the Canon XL2 camera made it possible for low-budget productions to make theater-quality films. Two friends and I founded Paw Print Studios, and I co-produced, wrote and directed two feature films in the next three years, Far From the Sea, and The Valley of Fear. This required a whole new craft of story telling, through the eye of the camera. One result: pages and pages and pages of cut dialogue. Dialogue takes forever to shoot, and is the slowest way to convey story on film.

Summoning actually began as an idea for a film, but due to budget limitations I soon reworked it as a novel, where a girl changing into a wolf requires no special effects. I finished it, and reworked it, did a bit of research and sent it to a publisher, and after a year they sent it back, no, and I sent it to another, and by the time the next year and the next no had passed, I was on to other projects. Some time later, I was introduced to awesome agent Laurie McLean, and she loved it, and sold it to Night Shade Books. Hooray!

Night Shade wants the second book quickly, and here is where this narrative comes together. When writing a novel in a short time, handfulls of playwriting techniques are extremely useful. The need to set and sustain a significant tension level, knowing that the plot legs must be in proportion with the plot points, that everything that is paid off at the end must be set up in the beginning, and the more important the pay off, the earlier the set-up must be, offer short cuts to what would otherwise arise as a whole lot of story problems.

When you write a play, after finishing it, it is customary to get some friends together for a reading in the living room, usually called, the living room reading. If you are blessed by the acquaintance of some actors, you get them to read for you, but having your computer-programmer and insurance specialist friends read can be just as useful. If the words are said consecutively and audibly, the story must be told. If it is a poor story, the roomful of people will be bored, and there will be no disguising it. The number of trips to the bathroom and the snack table, the rustling and shuffling will be a dead giveaway, which you ignore at your peril. If the play works, no one will move, and no one will get up until the act break. Moreover, the strength of the play will be written on the faces of he audience like some stamp of joy and awe. And here's the other thing. The stronger the play, the more the mistakes will stand out. If there's not much play there, everyone will say nice things to you, offer a few small suggestions, and change the subject. But if the play is good, the mistakes will be annoying to the audience. More than annoying, they will just about piss them off. If, after your play reading, many of the people in the room are shouting at you about the things you HAVE to fix or they will come after you, you can know that you've done some good work.

A few really good novelists might benefit from the experience of their readers yelling at them for the small errors they have made, thus marring a terrific piece of work. Endings are often a case in point. If, in a play, the ending is not satisfying, after two hours of sitting in rising expectation, your audience really will lynch you if you disappoint them. The living room reading for Summoning will take place in other peoples' houses. Is it fortunate or unfortunate that I will be out of range if there is any shouting? Of course, thinking it over, now that the book has gone to the printer and it really is too late, this playwright-novelist has to wonder, is the ending of Summoning satisfying enough? The correct response for the writer is to go write the next book.


About Summoning

Summoning
Moon Wolf Saga 1
Night Shade Books, April 2012
Trade Paperback, 300 pages

Guest Blog by Carol Wolf - A Peripatetic Writer's Life
The World Snake is coming, devourer of Thrace and Atlantis... and the only one standing in its way is Amber, a sixteen-year-old runaway, recently arrived in Los Angeles.

Amber is more than just a girl with a stolen ID and an attitude; she is a daughter of the wolf-kind, a shapeshifter able to change forms at will. One night, as Amber prowls the Hollywood Hills in wolf form, she stumbles onto an occult ceremony, interrupting the ritual. As a result, Amber finds herself the unwilling mistress of a handsome demonic servant, Richard.

Appearing as a fair youth of eighteen years, Richard is a demon accidentally summoned, then captured, by Dr. John Dee, court magician to Queen Elizabeth I. Richard has been trying for four centuries to free himself from a succession of masters and mistresses, but finds himself bound to Amber, the only one who can protect him from his greatest fear, the herald of the World Snake, the Eater of Souls.

The last thing a girl of the wolf-kind needs is a boy following her around like a lap-dog, but Amber agrees to help Richard reclaim his soul from two of his old foes, hopings soul from two of his old foes, hoping to grant Richard his freedom. But all hell is about to break loose, and Amber and Richard are going to need some allies to stop the Eater of Souls and avert the World Snake, and the battle has only begun.
From Carol Wolf comes the urban fantasy debut Summoning, a novel of a wolf girl, a demon boy, and a city on the edge of disaster.
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About Carol

Guest Blog by Carol Wolf - A Peripatetic Writer's Life
Carol Wolf earned a BA in History at Mills College, and an MFA at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, where she was a Levin Scholar. Her plays have been seen on both coasts and on five continents, and include The Terrible Experiment of Jonathan Fish, The Boss's Wife, Day/BlackNight/Morning, Walking on Bones, and The Thousandth Night, which won the London Fringe First, the Bay Area Critic’s Circle Award, and the L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle Award. Wolf taught Master’s classes in Playwriting at Manhattan College and Mills College, and for ten years headed the playwriting program at Foothill College. She wrote the scripts for the blockbuster video games Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, and Legacy of Kain: Defiance. She co-founded the micro-budget film company Paw Print Studios, for which she wrote and directed two feature films, The Valley of Fear, and Far from the Sea, and is currently in production with the documentary, Letters to my Grandchildren. Her playwriting manual, Playwriting: the Merciless Craft, Techniques in Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Playwriting, has been accepted for publication by AmbushBooks and will be released in April, 2012. She lives in the foothills of the California Sierra Nevadas in with her husband, two border collies, and a varying number of sheep.

Carol's Website

The View From Monday - March 12, 2012

Happy Monday! Hope that the time change (in the US) has not thrown everyone off! There is one less hour to read this week as we have sprung forward. I'm taking my hour away from sleeping though.

At The Qwillery this week:

Monday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Adrian Phoenix. Adrian is the author of The Makers Song series and the Hoodoo series.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Deborah Coates. Wide Open will be published on March 13th (tomorrow).

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Carol Wolf. Summoning will be published in April.

Thursday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Matt Adams. I, Crismonstreak will be published in May.

Friday - Interview with Stina LeichtAnd Blue Skies From Pain (Fey and Fallen 2) will be published on March 20, 2012.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Chris F. Holm. Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) was published on February 28, 2012.

Sunday - March 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - voting starts!


A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)."


March 13, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Isis Collar
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Cat Adams UF - Blood Singer 4
The Steel Seraglio
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Mike Carey
Linda Carey
Louise Carey
F
Wide Open (d)
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Deborah Coates F
Witches of East End (h2tp)
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Melissa de la Cruz F - Beauchamp Family 1
A Crown Imperiled
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Raymond E. Feist F - Chaoswar Saga 2
Dark North
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Paul Finch F - Malory's Knight of Albion 2
Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful
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Paula Guran (ed) F - Anthology
Bound by Desire
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Jaymie Holland PER - Taken by Passion
Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
William Irwin Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series
The Vanishers: A Novel
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Heidi Julavits H
Infamous
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Sherrilyn Kenyon UF/YA - Chronicles of Nick 3
The Games (d)
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Ted Kosmatka SF
The Company of the Dead (d)
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David Kowalski SF
Shoebox Train Wreck
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John Mantooth H - Short Stories
Chrysanthe
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Yves Meynard F
Autumn: Aftermath
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David Moody H - Autumn 5
Hide Me Among the Graves
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Tim Powers PT
The Book of Lost Fragrances: A Novel of Suspense
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M. J. Rose PS - Reincarnationist 4
Commedia della Morte
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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro HP - St. Germain 25


March 16, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Under the Harrow (h2tp)
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Mark Dunn F
Apocalypse and Post-Politics: The Romance of the End
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Mary Manjikian Literary Criticism



d - Debut
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HP - Historical Paranormal
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PS - Paranormal Suspense
PT - Paranormal Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult
What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012Interview with Carol Wolf and Giveaway - April 19, 2012The View From Monday - April 16, 20122012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April  20122012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 DebutsGuest Blog by Carol Wolf - A Peripatetic Writer's LifeThe View From Monday - March 12, 2012

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