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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 20


This is the twentieth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming 2015 books. This update covers two of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors.

These two covers are absolutely gorgeous!


See Part 1 hereSee Part 10 here
See Part 1.5 hereSee Part 11 here
See Part 2 hereSee Part 12 here
See Part 3 hereSee Part 13 here
See Part 4 hereSee Part 14 here
See Part 5 hereSee Part 15 here
See Part 6 hereSee Part 16 here
See Part 7 hereSee Part 17 here
See Part 8 hereSee Part 18 here
See Part 9 hereSee Part 19 here


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 20


Cassandra Rose Clarke

Our Lady of the Ice
Saga Press, October 27, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 20
Hope City, Antarctica. The southernmost city in the world, with only a glass dome and a faltering infrastructure to protect its citizens from the freezing, ceaseless winds of the Antarctic wilderness. Within this bell jar four people–some human, some not–will shape the future of the city forever:

Eliana Gomez, a female PI looking for a way to the mainland.

Diego Amitrano, the right-hand man to the gangster who controls the city’s food come winter.

Marianella Luna, an aristocrat with a dangerous secret.

Sofia, an android who has begun to evolve.

But the city is evolving too, and in the heart of the perilous Antarctic winter, faction will clash, dreams will shatter, and that frozen metropolis just might boil over…

[description from the Author's website]




Emma Newman

Planetfall
Roc, November 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 20
From Emma Newman, the award-nominated author of Between Two Thornscomes a novel of how one secret withheld to protect humanity’s future might be its undoing…

Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.

More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.

Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi.

The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart…

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6


This is the sixth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) authors and their upcoming books for 2014. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. Look for Part 7, covering more 2013 DAC authors, on The Qwillery later this week.


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




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6



Kait Ballenger

Immortal Hunter
The Execution Underground 2
Harelquin HQN, April 1, 2014
eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but at what price?

As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he’s a member of the Execution Underground and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he’s ever loved,

David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her. The piece of her heart Allsún O’Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation—and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they’re swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún’s life is worth sacrificing his own—and the future of humanity itself.




Mark T. Barnes

The Pillars of Sand
Echoes of Empire 3
47North, May 20, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 

The epic conclusion of the Echoes of Empire trilogy.

Prophecy declared that corrupt politician Corajidin would rule the Shrīanese Federation, even become its new Emperor—and sinister magic has helped him defy death in order to do it. But his victory is not assured, thanks to clashing rival factions that hinder any attempts to unify the nation. Though he has taken increasingly brutal measures to eliminate all obstacles in his path, the dark forces supporting him grow dangerously impatient. And the harder they press, the more drastic Corajidin’s actions become.

Soon, only his most powerful adversaries will stand in his way: Indris, the peerless swordsman and sorcerer who has long fought to end the Federation’s bloody turmoil; and the warrior-poet Mari, Corajidin’s own daughter and the woman Indris loves. Fate has torn them apart, forcing them into terrifying personal trials. But if Indris can bring to bear the devastating knowledge of the Pillars of Sand, and Mari can rise up as a rebel leader, Corajidin’s enemies will rally—and the decisive battle for the soul and future of the Shrīanese will begin.

This epic tale of intrigue, love, and betrayal, painted in the blood of allies and enemies by Mark T. Barnes, concludes the Echo of Empire trilogy that began with The Garden of Stones and The Obsidian Heart.




M. L. Brennan

Iron Night
Generation V 2
Roc, January 7, (2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
Underemployed by day. Undead by night.

Underachieving film theory graduate and vampire Fortitude Scott may be waiting tables at a snooty restaurant run by a tyrannical chef who hates him, but the other parts of his life finally seem to be stabilizing. He's learning how to rule the Scott family territory, hanging out more with his shapeshifting friend Suzume Hollis, and has actually found a decent roommate for once.

Until he finds his roommate’s dead body.

The Scott family cover-up machine swings into gear, but Fort is the only person trying to figure out who (or what) actually killed his friend. His hunt for a murderer leads to a creature that scares even his sociopathic family, and puts them all in deadly peril.

Keeping secrets, killing monsters, and still having to make it to work on time? Sometimes being a vampire really sucks.




Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Wizard's Promise
Strange Chemistry, May 6, 2014 (US)
May 1, 2014 (UK)
Trade Paperback and eBook

Hanna has spent her life hearing about the adventures of her namesake Ananna, the lady pirate, and assassin Naji. She dreams of the same adventures, but little does she know she is about to tumble into one of her own. Hanna is apprenticed to a taciturn fisherman called Kolur, and, during a day of storms and darkness, are swept wildly off course.

In this strange new land, Kolur hires a stranger to join the crew and, rather than heading home, sets a course for the dangerous island of Jadanvar. As Hanna meets a secretive merboy, and learns that Kolur has a deadly past, she soon realises that wishing for adventures is a dangerous game - because those wishes might come true.




Ian Doescher

William Shakespeare's the Empire Striketh Back
The William Shakespeare Trilogy 2
Quirk Books, March 25, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter.

Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!




William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return
The William Shakespeare Trilogy 3
Quirk Books, July 1, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages




Ariel Djanikian

The Office of Mercy
Penguin, January 28, 2014
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, February 21 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
“A cool and compelling” (Flavorwire) debut of a new postapocalyptic world for fans of The Hunger Games

On the screen and on the page, dystopian fantasies have captivated the public imagination. In The Office of Mercy, debut novelist Ariel Djanikian has conceived a chilling, post-apocalyptic page-turner that has earned her glowing comparisons to George Orwell and Suzanne Collins.

In America-Five, there is no suffering, hunger, or inequality. Its citizens inhabit a high-tech Utopia established after a global catastrophe known as the Storm radically altered the planet. Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Wiley works in the Office of Mercy, tasked with humanely terminating—or “sweeping”—the nomadic Storm survivors who live Outside. But after she joins a select team and ventures Outside for the first time, Natasha slowly unravels the mysteries surrounding the Storm—and the secretive elders who run America-Five.




K. M. Fawcett

Fearless
The  Survival Race 2
Forever Yours, January 7, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
TWO SOULS

Myia, a shaman-in-training, wants desperately to protect her peaceful village from the barbaric Highland invaders. To hone her powers of prophetic visions and healing, the village elders send Myia on a quest to heal the Highland leader's heart and stop a brewing war. Myia's mended many souls before, so this should be an effortless duty . . . until she meets the gorgeous, stubborn Highland warlord.

ONE DESIRE

Kedric, a gladiator who escaped enslavement, only wants to liberate the villagers from their common foe-a race that breeds humans for blood sport and genetic experiments. Fueled by his rage, Kedric is determined to take down the brutal enemy. So when a raven-haired beauty with a body made for sin tries to sabotage his mission, Kedric wants her gone. Yet no woman's touch has ever left Kedric more annoyed . . . and aroused. Kedric knows he should shun her soothing embrace-but he can't seem to stay away. As their passion grows, Kedric must decide between fighting his war or surrendering his rage-and his heart-for Myia's love.




Peter Higgins

Wolfhound Century
Wolfhound Century 1
Orbit, February 4, 2014
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, March 26, 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist --- and ordered to report directly to the head of the secret police.

A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown insurgents with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists.

Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.









Truth and Fear
Wolfhound Century 2
Orbit, March 25, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
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?











Melanie's Week in Review - September 15, 2013


Melanie's Week in Review  - September 15, 2013



Melanie's Week in Review  - September 15, 2013Hello everyone! I am sure you are thrilled to know that I was much better behaved this week and didn't buy any books on a whim.....I did buy a book but not on a whim. I didn't think I was going to get very much read this week because I was on a course for work and had to study for two exams. This week however, was nearly back to back excellent books. So what did I read?


If you read my WIR last week I read The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke and LOVED IT! I then bought and read the second book of the series The Pirate's Wish which I also loved. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it was a duology and not a trilogy. I don't know why I was expecting more books but I was. I did have a mini case of the doldrums when I discovered that I wasn't going to be able to read anymore of two characters I had quickly grown to love. On reflection I think that Clarke ended the story perfectly but it was both touching and melancholy in equal measure. I am not sure if these are YA or not but if you like a unique story, engaging characters and a colourful, magical world then you need to read these books.


Melanie's Week in Review  - September 15, 2013I decided to go for something a little more dark and edgy so turned to Karina Cooper and her new installment of the Cherry St Croix series, Corroded. I won't ruin anything for you by saying too much about it as I will be reviewing it soon.  Plus, I am about to explode with the need to discuss this with someone and don't want to blab something by accident. If you haven't read this story then you better get started so you don't read any spoilers.

Melanie's Week in Review  - September 15, 2013Right before my last exam I decided I needed something fast-paced but not too taxing on my poor studied out brain. I discovered Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance on NetGalley and thought this was just the thing I needed. Avert your eyes now if you haven't read the other books as its hard to describe this book without giving a little bit away of the previous books in the series. In book 6, Cassie is on a quest to rescue Pritkin from the incubus hell dimension his father banished him to. In order to get there she goes back in time to get some advice from her former goddess mother. Nothing, ever goes to plan as Cassie finds herself in the fight of her life, over and over again. Nearly every supernatural baddy wants to take down the Pythia and she risks life and limb to save her friends. I quite enjoyed Tempt the Stars as I thought it was more plot than romance in comparison to the other books. I can't believe that 6 books have only spanned 3 months in Cassie's life. I am not sure how she does it as she is almost getting killed every other chapter. So for just three months that is a quite a few near death situations. I also thought that Chance had 'jazzed' up Cassie's dialogue. There were a lot of run on sentences as if 'ChancehadonlyjustdiscoveredTwitterandwastestingouthashtags', alas without the hashtags though. I like Cassie but I think I prefer the Dorina Basarab, Dhampir series a tiny bit better. Cassie seems to be constantly in turmoil about who or what she is. Dorina is much more grounded in comparison. This is a high energy read so don't expect to relax as you will be on the edge of your seat from page 1.

That's it for me. I am looking forward to tucking into a few more books I received in my last Qwill 'care package'. I hope you had an eventful week in reading and until next week Happy Reading.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 08, 2013


Melanie's Week in Review - September 08, 2013



Forgive me readers for I have sinned. I bought more books rather than reading something from my TBR collection. Plus, I wantonly bought books from Kindle recommendations purely because they were less than £2. I will do better next week! So what did I read?


Melanie's Week in Review - September 08, 2013
I started my book buying bonanza with MacRieve by Kesley Cole which is book 13 of the Immortals After Dark series. I don't normally like this type of PNR but I started reading this series on a recommendation by a friend and now determined to finish it. I am also slightly intrigued to find out who is going to be the ultimate bad guy when so many of the baddies are fighting on the good side. I also liked the front cover. I think the model on the front cover is more how I imagined MacRieve to be rather than the 'hotter' he is described in the book. Second book I bought on a whim was The Alpha's Daughter by Jacqueline Rhoades. I was looking for a quick, 'easy on the brain' read and while this book did live up to that criteria it was just a tad dull. Spending chapters reading about painting and decorating was not my idea of a gripping or compelling read. I am not even going to give you the title of the third book I bought because I am too embarrassed that I bought a book that was sooo bad. I tried to get past page 50 but couldn't do it. I am not a prude but the language was incredibly crude and vulgar. I thought from the book description it was going to be light-hearted and a bit funny, but what I got was something that made me feel like I had been rolling around in a gutter outside a brothel.


Melanie's Week in Review - September 08, 2013
I gave up on my new books and finished Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett. I am reviewing this book next week so keep a look out for it. All I can say is that it was a delight in comparison to what I had been reading.


Melanie's Week in Review - September 08, 2013I am finishing the week on a high and all thanks to Cassandra Rose Clarke and The Assassin's Curse.  I cannot put this book down I am loving it so much. I also loved The Mad Scientist's Daughter and I think Clarke is going to get on my favourite authors list. If you haven't read either of these books then you need to drop whatever you are doing and get them. Clarke is a fantastic storyteller and has an amazing imagination. I think I am going to leave you there as I need to get back and finish this book. I hope you find a book you enjoy as much as I have. Until next week Happy Reading.

Interview with Cassandra Rose Clarke, author of The Mad Scientist's Daughter - January 28, 2013

Please welcome Cassandra Rose Clarke to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Mad Scientist's Daughter, Cassandra's adult debut, will be published January 29, 2013 in the US and Canada.  You may read Cassandra's Guest Blog here.



Interview with Cassandra Rose Clarke, author of The Mad Scientist's Daughter - January 28, 2013



TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Cassandra:  Glad to be here!


TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Cassandra:  I’ve written since I was a little girl. I used to craft ten-page epics in response to my fifth grade teacher’s assignment to write a story using our spelling words (he only required one page), and I remember making illustrated pop-up books that told scary stories about monsters and ghosts and so forth.

I started writing with the goal of publication after I completed graduate school. Grad school helped me finish my first novel, which, although now permanently trunked, taught me enough that I was able to complete my second novel, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter. I also started submitting short stories around that time, too.

As for why I started writing — I’m not sure, honestly. I think I started because I liked it! I love to read and watch movies (two modes of storytelling), so it was probably inevitable that I’d start storytelling myself.


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

Cassandra:  Well, I’m not sure any of my writer quirks are all that interesting, per se. I love writing at Starbucks — not coffee shops in general, but Starbucks. It’s a habit left over from the days when Starbucks charged for Internet access. Also, before I begin any new writing project, I have to spend some time going through the Scrivener file and setting up everything just so — choosing which color coding scheme I want use, which icons I want to set for the research materials, and so on.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Cassandra:  Depends. A couple of years ago I would have said plotter, but that’s really true anymore, and, honestly, it wasn’t true back then, either — I did outline my stories beforehand, I just held the outlines in my head instead of jotting them down. I actually find writing long, detailed outlines incredibly dull, so I usually write up a one or two page plot treatment before I begin.

Of course, I’m currently in the middle of revising a novel, and I wrote out a true, detailed outline before I began the revisions so I could figure out the plot. So whether I’m more of a plotter or more of pantser depends on the book, I suppose.


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

Cassandra:  Plotting is not one of my natural strengths. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter was a relatively easy book for me to write largely because the plot is an internal one. Writing a story which focuses on a lot of complex action and external motivation is incredibly difficult for me — I have to make elaborate charts and outlines in Excel in order to figure out what’s going on.


TQ:  Describe The Mad Scientist's Daughter in 140 characters or less.

Cassandra:  A science fiction fairy tale in which a young woman falls in love with an android and must deal with the ramifications of that attraction.


TQ:  What inspired you to write The Mad Scientist's Daughter?

Cassandra:  I love robots and stories about robots. Robots are one of those tropes that I will devour uncritically whenever I come across them in books, movies, TV, what have you. I’m not sure there was one particular thing that inspired me to sit down and write The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, but it was definitely the result of a lifetime of imbibing robot stories. I do remember that I began with the idea of a little girl mistaking a robot for a ghost, and that became the first scene of the novel. From there, the book pretty much flowed out uninterrupted over the next two months.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Mad Scientist's Daughter?

Cassandra:  When it comes to robots — not much. The level of artificial intelligence I wrote about in the book doesn’t exist (yet), and I wasn’t especially interested in extrapolating from real-world science for this story. It’s not hard science fiction. However, the main character, Cat, partially makes her living by weaving tapestries, a career I chose for her based on the historical connections between weaving, engineering, and computer programming. So I did research weaving a bit, and even sat down at a loom and wove a scarf. I wanted to get a feel for the motion and rhythm of a loom.


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

Cassandra:  Finn was probably the easiest, although I’m not sure I’d say writing any of the characters was “easy.” He was built out of an amalgamation of tropes that I wanted to play around with, so in certain ways I didn’t have to start from scratch when writing his character.

The most difficult character was Richard, a major player in Cat’s life who shows up at the beginning of the second part of the book. The trick with him was ensuring that he was as well-rounded as the other characters, and that I didn’t lapse into portraying him as a mustache-twirling villain — which definitely happened at times. Fortunately, my agent was a tremendous help him straightening his characterization out.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Mad Scientist's Daughter?

Cassandra:  There are so many to chose from! I wrote about one for My Favorite Bit over at Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog (it should be around the same time this is, if you’d like to check it out), and I spent a couple of days agonizing over which scene I wanted to select before I could actually write the post. Aside from the My Favorite Bit scene, another favorite is a scene toward the end of the book. Unfortunately, I can’t say much without spoiling the story, but it involves Cat and Finn reconnecting briefly after time spent apart. It was heartbreaking to write; hopefully that translates into the reading experience.


TQ:  What's next?

Cassandra:  I’ll be releasing the next book in my YA adventure series, called The Pirate’s Wish, this summer, as well as a trio of short stories about characters from the series — those will be available as downloads from Strange Chemistry. And I’m hard at work on a handful of new adult projects as well!


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Cassandra:  Thanks for having me!




About The Mad Scientist's Daughter

The Mad Scientist's Daughter
A Tale of Love, Loss and Robots
Angry Robot, January 29, 2013 (US/Canada)
February 7, 2013 (UK)
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Interview with Cassandra Rose Clarke, author of The Mad Scientist's Daughter - January 28, 2013
“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

He looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

Following her acclaimed Young Adult debut for our sister imprint Strange Chemistry, The Assassin’s Curse, the very talented Cassandra Rose Clarke moves on to more adult themes, in a heartbreaking story of love, loss … and robots.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Constant Companion | Finn X | Sentient Rights | Hot Tin Roof ]




Also by Cassandra

The Assassin's Curse
Strange Chemistry, October 2, 2012 (US/Canada)
October 4, 2012 (UK)
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Cassandra Rose Clarke, author of The Mad Scientist's Daughter - January 28, 2013
Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. And when Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn’t really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together.

To break the curse, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks — all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic, and the growing romantic tension between them.




About Cassandra

Interview with Cassandra Rose Clarke, author of The Mad Scientist's Daughter - January 28, 2013
Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2008 she completed her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. Both of these degrees have served her surprisingly well.

During the summer of 2010, she attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle. She was also a recipient of the 2010 Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund.

Website : Twitter


The View From Monday - January 28, 2013

The View From Monday - January 28, 2013


Happy last Monday in January! This month ends with a lot of books after several light weeks of book releases. It's also a terrific week for present and former Debut Author Challenge featured authors.

There are two debuts out this week - The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke and Between by Kerry Schafer. Both authors are featured in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.

Three of the featured authors from the 2012 Debut Author Challenge have their sophomore novels out this week: She Returns from War by Lee Collins, Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole and Dangerous Gifts by Gaie Sebold. In addition Elspeth Cooper's Songs of the Earth and Ted Kosmatka's The Games are out in Mass Market Paperback.

And finally, a featured author from the 2011 Debut Author Challenge has her third novel out this week: Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar by Lexi George.




January 28, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Caught in Amber (e) Cathy Pegau SFR



January 29, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Eldritch Conspiracy Cat Adams UF - Blood Song 5
Range of Ghosts (h2tp) Elizabeth Bear F - Range of Ghosts 1
Scent of Darkness Margot Berwin H
The Winter Witch Paula Brackston PHR
Fair Game (ri) Patricia Briggs UF - Alpha & Omega 3
Shadows in Flight (h2mm) Orson Scott Card SF - Shadow 5
Immortal Craving Kendra Leigh Castle PNR - Dark Dynasties 3
The Mad Scientist's Daughter (D) Cassandra Rose Clarke SF
Fortress Frontier Myke Cole MF - Shadow Ops 2
She Returns From War Lee Collins F - Cora Oglesby 2
Songs of the Earth (h2mm) Elspeth Cooper F -The Wild Hunt 1
Star Trek: The Original Series: The Continuing Missions, Volume I (e) Greg Cox
Dayton Ward
Christopher L. Bennett
SF - Star Trek
Eve of Destruction (mm2tp) Sylvia Day UF - Marked 2
Apocalypse Troy Denning SF - Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi
Shattered Souls Delilah Devlin PRS - Caitlyn O'Connell 1
Fighting to Survive (tp2mm) Rhiannon Frater H/PA- As the World Dies 2
Allegiance in Exile David R. George III SF - Star Trek
Haunted Moon Yasmine Galenorn PNR - Otherworld 13
Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar Lexi George PNR - Demon Hunter 3
Out in Blue (ri) Sarah Gilman PNR - Return to Sanctuary
The Vision (ri) Heather Graham PTh
Sixth Column (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF
Frankly, My Dear (ri) Sandra Hill PNR
City of Dragons (ri) Robin Hobb F - Rain Wilds Chronicles 3
Star Trek: The Original Series: Allegiance in Exile David R. George III SF - Star Trek
'Til The World Ends:
Dawn of Eden
Thistle & Thorne
Sun Storm
Julie Kagawa
Ann Aguirre
Karen Duvall
DysR
Born of Silence (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon F - League 5
The Games (h2mm) Ted Kosmatka SF/H
Kalimpura Jay Lake F - Green 3
Tuf Voyaging (ri) George R.R. Martin SF
No Mercy Jenna McCormick SFR
The Last Ditch (h2mm)
Sandy Mitchell SF - Warhammer 40,000: Ciaphas Cain
Man-Kzin Wars XIII (tp2mm) Larry Niven SF - Stories
Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales Yoko Ogawa
H - Collection
The Color of Magic (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 1
Equal Rites (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 3
The Light Fantastic (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 2
Mort (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 4
Road of Skulls Josh Reynolds F - Warhammer: Gotrek & Felix
The Wolf Gift (h2tp) Anne Rice H
Shattered Circle Linda Robertson UF - Persephone Alcmedi 6
We Only Need the Heads (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 3
Between (D) Kerry Schafer UF - Between 1
Dangerous Gifts Gaie Sebold F - Babylon Steel 2
The Shape of Desire (h2mm) Sharon Shinn F - Shifting Circle 1
Colder than Hell (Kindle eBook) Anthony Neil Smith
Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
H - Dead Man 16



January 30, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
John Brunner Jad Smith SF - Modern Masters of Science Fiction



January 31, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Crawling Chaos Volume 2: Selected Weird Fiction 1928-1935 H. P. Lovecraft H - Collection
Dead Brides: Vampiric Tales By Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe H - Collection




February 1, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mandala Road Masako Bando F
Seduced by the Darkling (e) Lauren Hawkeye PNR
Tempting the Jaguar (e) Katie Reus PNR
The Apes of Wrath Rupert Wyatt Anthology



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


Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
MF - Military Fantasy
P - Paranormal
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts


2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts


There are 6 debuts for January.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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

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





The Six-Gun Tarot
AuthorR.S. Belcher
Publisher:  Tor Books. January 22, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Price: $25.99 (Hardcover)
Genre:  Fantasy / Weird West
ISBN: 978-0-7653-2932-5

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker’s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone’s business, may know more about the town’s true origins than he’s letting on.

A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation.





The Mad Scientist's Daughter
Author Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publisher:   Angry Robot, January 29, 2013 (US/Can)
                     February 7, 2013 (UK)
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook
Price: $14.99 (Trade Paperback)
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0-85766-265-1
(Adult Debut)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

He looks, and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Constant Companion | Finn X | Sentient Rights | Hot Tin Roof ]





Finding Camlann: A Novel 
AuthorSean Pidgeon Publisher:  W. W. Norton & Company, January 7, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price: $26.95 (Hardcover)
Genre: Historical/Mythology/Romance
ISBN:  978-0-393-07329-4

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Not since A. S. Byatt’s Possession has there been a novel so perfectly attuned to readers who love the history and mythology of the British Isles.

A dramatic find at Stonehenge and another, quieter discovery in the Bodleian Library set in motion a riveting scholarly detective story and a romance, unfolding across a rich historical landscape evoked by the secret places and half-forgotten legends of the British countryside.

Archaeologist Donald Gladstone knows there is no solid evidence that King Arthur ever existed. And yet medieval tales of this legendary warrior must have found their inspiration somewhere, and Donald is determined to discover their true source. A chance encounter with the beguiling Julia Llewellyn, a gifted linguist working at the Oxford English Dictionary, sets them both on the trail of elusive clues embedded in an old Welsh battle poem. Their quest will intersect in unforeseen ways with their own troubled lives and will lead them at last to a deeper understanding of the origins of Arthur.





The Kassa Gambit
AuthorM.C. Planck

Publisher:  Tor Books, January 8, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Price: $24.99 (Hardcover)
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0-7653-3092-5

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Centuries after the ecological collapse of Earth, humanity has spread among the stars. Under the governance of the League, our endless need for resources has driven us to colonize hundreds of planets, all of them devoid of other sentient life. Humanity is apparently alone in the universe.

Then comes the sudden, brutal decimation of Kassa, a small farming planet, by a mysterious attacker. The few survivors send out a desperate plea for aid, which is answered by two unlikely rescuers. Prudence Falling is the young captain of a tramp freighter. She and her ragtag crew have been on the run and living job to job for years, eking out a living by making cargo runs that aren’t always entirely legal. Lt. Kyle Daspar is a police officer from the wealthy planet of Altair Prime, working undercover as a double agent against the League. He’s been undercover so long he can't be trusted by anyone—even himself.

While flying rescue missions to extract survivors from the surface of devastated Kassa, they discover what could be the most important artifact in the history of man: an alien spaceship, crashed and abandoned during the attack.

But something tells them there is more to the story. Together, they discover the cruel truth about the destruction of Kassa, and that an imminent alien invasion is the least of humanity’s concerns.





Between
AuthorKerry Schafer
Series:  The Books of the Between
Publisher:  Ace, January 29, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
Price: $7.99 (MMP)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-425-26114-9

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Vivian Maylor can’t sleep. Maybe it’s because she just broke up with her boyfriend and moved to a new town, or it could be the stress of her new job at the hospital. But perhaps it’s because her dreams have started to bleed through into her waking hours.

All of her life Vivian has rejected her mother’s insane ramblings about Dreamworlds for concrete science and fact, until an emergency room patient ranting about dragons spontaneously combusts before her eyes—forcing Viv to consider the idea that her visions of mythical beasts might be real.

And when a chance encounter leads her to a man she knows only from her dreams, Vivian finds herself falling into a world that seems strange and familiar all at once—a world where the line between dream and reality is hard to determine, and hard to control…





Grave Intentions
AuthorLori Sjoberg
Publisher:  eKensington, January 3, 2013
Format:  eBook, 96,100 words
Price: $5.99
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-0-425-26114-9

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
He’s handsome, reliable, and punctual—the perfect gentleman when you want him to be. But this dream man is Death’s best agent—and now he’s got more than his soul to lose…

One act of mercy before dying was all it took to turn soldier David Anderson into a reaper—an immortal who guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. But the closer he gets to atoning for his mortal sin and finally escaping merciless Fate, the more he feels his own humanity slipping away for good. Until he encounters Sarah Griffith. This skeptical scientist can’t be influenced by his powers—even though she has an unsuspected talent for sensing the dead. And her honesty and irreverent sense of humor reignite his reason for living—and a passion he can’t afford to feel. Now Fate has summoned David to make a devastating last harvest. And he’ll break every hellishly-strict netherworld rule to save Sarah…and gamble on a choice even an immortal can’t win.


Guest Blog by Cassandra Rose Clarke. author of The Mad Scientist's Daughter and The Assassin's Curse - December 28, 2012

Please welcome Cassandra Rose Clarke to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. The Mad Scientist's Daughter, Cassandra's adult debut, will be published January 29, 2013 in the US and Canada.



Guest Blog by Cassandra Rose Clarke. author of The Mad Scientist's Daughter and The Assassin's Curse - December 28, 2012




In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Measure of a Man,” Data is put on trial to determine whether or not he is property of Starfleet. Captain Picard argues that viewing Data as an object rather than a person will eventually lead to Starfleet mass-producing a race of slaves. Starfleet (being Starfleet) rules that Data is a person.

In the Alien movies, the opposite ruling holds sway. Weyland-Yutani manufactures robots that do exactly as they are programmed, and there doesn’t seem to be much (by which I mean any) moral discussion about whether or not androids are people. Everyone basically treats them as sophisticated computers.

You really can’t write robot stories without escaping Isaac Asimov’s three laws, to the point that a fictional robot being or not being “three laws safe” is as intrinsic to its robot-ness as being made of electronic parts. However, the more interesting robot question for me has always been the issue of why people create robots in the first place, and the implications of that creation, which is why I find those two robot backdrops — Alien and Star Trek — so interesting in the diametric approaches.

Now, the “created being” trope is a well-established one in Western literature, with both Pinocchio and Frankenstein (and a myriad of others!) making the English class circuits. In both cases, a man creates life and can not, in way or another, control it — because that created life wants the same freedom its creator has. The human race has a long history of dehumanizing those they wish to deny freedom (and insert any definition of “freedom” here), and I think the robot stories of science fiction are a way of coming to terms with that history (and present). In Star Trek, Starfleet rejects that way of thinking, hoping to move forward into a brighter future. Weyland-Yutani embraces it, and that’s why they’re an evil space corporation.

Because I tend to view robot stories as primarily about freedom, Asimov’s three laws have never appealed to me. After all, he took a complex moral question and solved it like an engineer. Weirdly, it was actually the movie Aliens that first got me thinking about the problems with the three laws. Bishop assures Ripley that he’s reliable and then quotes the first law at her, but he doesn’t call it the first law — he calls it a behavioral inhibitor. Which is an unsettling, even upsetting, way of phrasing it. It’s also accurate.




About The Mad Scientist's Daughter

The Mad Scientist's Daughter
A Tale of Love, Loss and Robots
Angry Robot, January 29, 2013 (US/Canada)
February 7, 2013 (UK)
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Guest Blog by Cassandra Rose Clarke. author of The Mad Scientist's Daughter and The Assassin's Curse - December 28, 2012
“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

He looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

Following her acclaimed Young Adult debut for our sister imprint Strange Chemistry, The Assassin’s Curse, the very talented Cassandra Rose Clarke moves on to more adult themes, in a heartbreaking story of love, loss … and robots.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Constant Companion | Finn X | Sentient Rights | Hot Tin Roof ]




Also by Cassandra

The Assassin's Curse
Strange Chemistry, October 2, 2012 (US/Canada)
October 4, 2012 (UK)
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Guest Blog by Cassandra Rose Clarke. author of The Mad Scientist's Daughter and The Assassin's Curse - December 28, 2012
Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. And when Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn’t really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together.

To break the curse, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks — all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic, and the growing romantic tension between them.




About Cassandra

Guest Blog by Cassandra Rose Clarke. author of The Mad Scientist's Daughter and The Assassin's Curse - December 28, 2012
Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2008 she completed her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. Both of these degrees have served her surprisingly well.

During the summer of 2010, she attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle. She was also a recipient of the 2010 Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund.

Website : Twitter


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