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2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2012

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for May 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.

April 2012 Winner - Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) by Chuck Wendig. Cover Art by Joey Hi-Fi.


For May you have 4 covers to choose from.














Winners x 5 - May 6, 2012

And the winners are...

Nightshifted (Nightshifted/Edie Spence 1) by Cassie Alexander - Ended April 30, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012

Question:  What do you think of the covers for Nightshifted and Moonshifted?

Lexi H who said...

The cover of Nightshifted was what drew me to the book in the first place, I love the dragon shadow on the door and the look on her face, sort of "yeah, there's a dragon on the other side of that door. So what, what are you gonna do about it."

An interesting way to write, but hey if it works it works. =)


Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012


Wishful Thinking (Time of Transition 3) by Gabi Stevens - Ended May 1, 2012 - Read the Guest Post here.

Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012

Question:  What magic have you found in your life?

Rebe who said...

Congratulations on your new release, Gabi! I agree that the internet is magic, although I'm still blown away by my "magic" kindle! Books mysteriously appear on it, while my checkbook magically shrinks. So bizarre...


Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012


Coveted (Coveted 1) by Shawntelle Madison - Ended May 2, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012

Question:  Who is your favorite werewolf from books, movies or TV? (You can list more than one!)

Jet who said...

Favourite werewolf... Oh the choices! I would have to go with Alcide from True Blood, he is the first that pops into my mind.


Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012


Lies & Omens (Shadow Inquiries 4) by Lyn Benedict - Ended May 3, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY

Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012

Question: Do you have any favorite Private Investigators who specialize in the supernatural? or Just leave a comment.

Natalia J who said...

I guess for me might be the X-files Agent Mulder and Scully.I love that show even if it didn't have weird paranormal things, while growing up I was be afraid and interested watching the show even if I covered my face.Also a big fan of the Dresden files.


Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012


$25 gift card from Erin Kellison - Ended May 5, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here. US ONLY.

US$25

Quetsion:  If you were in Ellie’s shoes, what would your shadow capable of??

Gale Nelson who said...

My shadow would be a shifter!!


Winners x  5 - May 6, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM on May 13, 2012 or The Qwillery will very randomly pick a new winner or winners.

Thank you.

2012 Debut Author Challange - May 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challange - May 2012 Debuts


There are 4 debuts in May.  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 May cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.

The May 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.



I, Crimsonstreak
Author:  Matt Adams
Format:  Trade Paperback
Publisher:  Candlemark & Gleam
Price:  $19.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy/Superhero
ISBN:  9781936460267

2012 Debut Author Challange - May 2012 Debuts
Framed by his father, “reformed” supervillain Colonel Chaos, super-speedster Chris Fairborne, AKA Crimsonstreak, is sent to the Clermont Institution for the Criminally Insane. A hero surrounded by dastardly inmates and heartless guards, Chris struggles to keep his wits about him, until the arrival of some unexpected new “guests” at the facility provides him with a means for escape. Once out, though, he discovers that the world he knew is gone, replaced by a fascist, supposedly utopian state run by none other than Colonel Chaos himself.

With the heroes of the world locked away or fighting in a disorganized resistance, Crimsonstreak teams up with a snarky British butler and a teenage superhero-to-be. Together, the unlikely (and bickering) allies must take down Crimsonstreak’s dad and set the world right. Not easy when your only powers are super-speed and looking good in spandex. But hey, someone’s got to save the world.

I, Crimsonstreak is a first-person superhero novel brimming with parallel universes, stuffy British butlers, crafty supervillains, cloning, gadgets, a fascist police state disguised as a utopian society, and enough geeky pop culture references to stun a Wookie.


The Croning
Author:  Laird Barron 
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Night Shade Books, May 1, 2012
Price: $24.99
Language: English
Genre:  Horror
ISBN:  978-1-59780-230-7

2012 Debut Author Challange - May 2012 Debuts
Strange things exist on the periphery of our existence, haunting us from the darkness looming beyond our firelight. Black magic, weird cults and worse things loom in the shadows. The Children of Old Leech have been with us from time immemorial. And they love us...

Donald Miller, geologist and academic, has walked along the edge of a chasm for most of his nearly eighty years, leading a charmed life between endearing absent-mindedness and sanity-shattering realization. Now, all things must converge. Donald will discover the dark secrets along the edges, unearthing savage truths about his wife Michelle, their adult twins, and all he knows and trusts. For Donald is about to stumble on the secret...

...of The Croning.

From Laird Barron, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of The Imago Sequence and Occultation, comes The Croning, a debut novel of cosmic horror.


Scourge of the Betrayer
Author:  Jeff Salyards
Series:  Bloodsounder's Arc
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Night Shade Books, May 1, 2012
Price: $24.99
Language: English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1-59780-406-6

2012 Debut Author Challange - May 2012 Debuts
A gritty new fantasy saga begins . . .

Many tales are told of the Syldoon Empire and its fearsome soldiers, who are known throughout the world for their treachery and atrocities. Some say that the Syldoon eat virgins and babies--or perhaps their own mothers. Arkamondos, a bookish young scribe, suspects that the Syldoon's dire reputation may have grown in the retelling, but he's about to find out for himself.

Hired to chronicle the exploits of a band of rugged Syldoon warriors, Arki finds himself both frightened and fascinated by the men's enigmatic leader, Captain Braylar Killcoin. A secretive, mercurial figure haunted by the memories of those he's killed with his deadly flail, Braylar has already disposed of at least one impertinent scribe . . . and Arki might be next.

Archiving the mundane doings of millers and merchants was tedious, but at least it was safe. As Arki heads off on a mysterious mission into parts unknown, in the company of the coarse, bloody-minded Syldoon, he is promised a chance to finally record an historic adventure well worth the telling, but first he must survive the experience!

A gripping military fantasy in the tradition of Glen Cook, Scourge of the Betrayer explores the brutal politics of Empire--and the searing impact of violence and dark magic on a man's soul.


Nightshifted
Author:  Cassie Alexander
Series:  Nightshifted / Edie Spence
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher:  St. Martin's Paperbacks, May 22, 2012
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780312553395

2012 Debut Author Challange - May 2012 Debuts
From debut author Cassie Alexander comes a spectacular new urban fantasy series where working the nightshift can be a real nightmare.

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed. But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul. Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…

Guest Blog by Cassie Alexander - Process Changes

Please welcome Cassie Alexander to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Cassie's debut, Nightshifted (Nightshifted/Edie Spence 1) will be published on May 22, 2012.


Process Changes

My first book to sell, Nightshifted, was actually my tenth book written.

Along the fifteen years it took to write one that could finally sell, I was buoyed by an endless optimism and (in retrospect!) a frankly completely naive confidence in myself. Which was lucky, because ten books and a decade and a half is a lot of time to spend writing without any external validation.

But there was a two year gap in there where I didn’t write at all, and that was largely due to me not understanding how my process was changing. All I knew is that I couldn’t write how I used to, in the way that I was used to – and so instead of trying to keep writing, I gave up, because I was scared it wouldn’t be any good.

You see, I had a system. I’d get my idea and I’d write books through, A-Z, in order, every time. Scene by scene. That’s how it worked for me – and I knew that’s how it worked because I had nine books to show for it, via that method.

But when your writing process changes, it’s not like your subconscious sends you a note. All I knew was that one day, instead of being a linear author, I became some sort of quantum unknown. I’d write A, then I’d write G, then I’d write C from a different POV, or X from another book entirely.

My inability to write like I once had freaked me out. If what I was already doing wasn’t selling, what chance did this new weird stuff have? Would I even finish it? Could I finish it? Where was the end? Who was this story even about? I felt like I’d lost control of my craft, and had run my ship ashore.

So I shut down for two years. I’d try to write on and off, discover I was still “broken”, and give up again. It’s funny how a process change I wasn’t in control of at all scared me more than a decade of consistent rejection.

It really wasn’t until I went to Clarion West and had to produce one story a week for six weeks, that I got over my “What the hell am I doing? Why isn’t this in order? Whose voice is this in my head now?” panic and learned to trust in the journey and just go where my process wanted me to go. It forced me to believe in myself, and with that belief I produced some of the best work of my life. And when I was done with that trial by fire I knew that my process would work if I just let it. All I needed to do was to get out of my own way.

So when the idea for Nightshifted came along, and seemed a little strange, and I wanted to write it out of order, and who were all these weird characters and why was my protagonist sleeping with characters I didn’t even know yet? Well, I trusted it. And it worked.

Most authors don’t seem to have this problem, or if they do, they don’t talk about it. But I know Jay Lake has spoken about it before, (but he’s very prolific, I can’t find the link right now, he talks about his process a lot ;)) But if this happens to you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Try to roll with it and see where it takes you -- it may just be the best thing ever to happen to your career.


About Nightshifted

Nightshifted
Nightshifted/Edie Spence 1
St. Martin's Paperbacks, May 22, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Guest Blog by Cassie Alexander - Process Changes
From debut author Cassie Alexander comes a spectacular new urban fantasy series where working the nightshift can be a real nightmare.

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed. But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul. Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…
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And the cover for Moonshifted, which will be published in the Fall 2012!!

Guest Blog by Cassie Alexander - Process Changes



About Cassie

Guest Blog by Cassie Alexander - Process Changes
Cassie Alexander is an author and a registered nurse. Her debut trilogy, Nightshifted, will be published by St. Martin's Press on May 22, 2012. It's coming out in January from Piper Verlag in German.

She likes alchemy, blood, and science, in that order.

Cassie's Links:

Website
Twitter




The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Nightshifted from The Qwillery. Please note that you will receive your book after it is published in May 2012.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What do you think of the covers for Nightshifted and Moonshifted

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 Monday, April 30, 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 23, 2012

Happy April 23, 2012. On this day in history King Brian of Ireland was murdered by Vikings (1014) and William Shakespeare was born (1564). See if you can weave these fun historical facts into conversation today! [Facts courtesy of History.com]

This week at The Qwillery:

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Post by Cassie AlexanderNightshifted (Edie Spence 1) Cassie's debut, will be published on May 22, 2012.

Tuesday -  Guest Blog by Gabi Stevens - Updating the Fairy Godmother for the 21st Century. Gabi's most recent novel, Wishful Thinking (Time of Transition Trilogy 3), will be published on April 24, 2012.

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Shawntelle Madison. Coveted (Coveted 1), Shawntelle's debut, will be published on April 24, 2012.

Thursday - Interview with Lyn Benedict. Lyn's most recent novel, Lies & Omens (Shadows Inquiries 4) will be published on April 24, 2012.


Saturday - Guest Blog by Erin Kellison. Shadow Play (an eNovella) will be published on April 24, 2012.

Sunday - Guest Blog by Isabel Cooper. Lessons After Dark (Englefield 2) Was published on April 3, 2012.


And because of the large number of books out this week - a book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF).



April 23, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Victoria Nelson Literary Criticism





April 24, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sevin
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Elizabeth Amber PNR - Lords of Satyr 7
The High Crusade (ri)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Poul Anderson SF
Lies & Omens
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Lyn Benedict UF - Shadows Inquiries 4
Star Trek: DTI: Forgotten History
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek
Summoning the Night
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Jenn Bennett UF - Arcadia Bell 2
Passion Play (h2mm)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Beth Bernobich F - River of Souls 1
Deadly Descendant
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Jenna Black UF - Nikki Glass 2
Dreadnaught (h2mm)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Jack Campbell SF - Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier 1
The Burning Man
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Mark Chadbourn F - Kingdom of the Serpent 2
Hard Magic (h2mm)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Larry Correia UF - Grimnoir Chronicles 1
Battleship
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Peter David SF
Undead and Undermined (h2mm)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Queen Betsy 10
Void Stalker
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000: Night Lords
Warrior
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Kristina Douglas PNR - Fallen 3
Architect of Fate
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Christian Dunn SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles
The Crippled God (h2mm)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Steven Erikson F - Malazan Book of the Fallen 10
Siege
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Rhiannon Frater H/PA/Z - As the World Dies 3
Scourge
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Jeff Grubb SF - Star Wars
Evil Dark
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Justin Gustainis UF - Occult Crime Unit Investigations 2
Champion of Mars
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Guy Haley SF
Tricked
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Kevin Hearne UF - Iron Druid Chronicles 4
Kiss of Pride
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Sandra Hill PNR - Deadly Angels 1
Lance of Earth and Sky
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Erin Hoffman F - The Chaos Knight 2
Second Grave on the Left (tp2mm)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 2
The Wind Through the Keyhole
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Stephen King F - Dark Tower 8
All for You
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Lynn Kurland PNR
The Night Sessions
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Ken MacLeod SF
Coveted (d)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Shawntelle Madison UF - Coveted 1
Fevre Dream (ri)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
George R.R. Martin F
Fort Freak
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
George R.R. Martin SF - Wild Cards 21
Into the Dreaming (ri)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Karen Marie Moning PNR/TTR - Highlander
First Strike (tp2mm)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Eric Nylund SF - Halo
Shadow Blizzard
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Alexey Pehov F - Chronicles of Siala 3
The Hot Gate (h2mm)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
John Ringo SF - Troy Rising 3
Obsidian Flame
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Caris Roane PNR - World of Ascension 5
Under a Vampire Moon
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Lynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau 16
The Pack (h2mm)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Jason Starr PS - The Pack 1
Hex (h2mm)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Allen Steele SF - Coyote 8
The Prophet
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Amanda Stevens UF - Graveyard Queen 3
Wishful Thinking
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Gabi Stevens PNR - Time of Transition Trilogy 3
Wicked Road to Hell
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Juliana Stone PNR - League of Guardians 1
Coalition's End (h2mm)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Karen Traviss SF - Gears of War 4
Bitter Seeds (h2mm)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Ian Tregillis HF/AH - Raybould Marsh 1
The Children of the Sky (h2mm)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Vernor Vinge SF - Zones of Thought 3
The Nekropolis Archives
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Tim Waggoner UF - Matt Richter 1-3
On the Prowl
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Christine Warren UF - The Others 6
Night Angel
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Brent Weeks F - The Complete Night Angel Trilogy
Rage of the Dragon
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras 3
32 Fangs: A Final Vampire Tale
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
David Wellington H - Laura Caxton 4
Blackbirds (d)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Chuck Wendig UF - Miriam Black 1
Dead Winter
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
CL Werner F - Time of Legends 11
Extremis (h2mm)
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Steve White
Charles E. Gannon
SF - Starfire 6
Hunted
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Rebecca Zanetti PNR - Dark Protectors 3





April 26, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Nancy Atherton PCM - Aunt Dimity 17
Red, White and Blood
The View From Monday - April 23, 2012
Christopher Farnsworth ST- Nathaniel Cade 3



d - debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HF- Historical Fantasy
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PS - Paranormal Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
ST - Supernatural Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander

Earlier this week the cover for Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander was revealed. I really like this cover. It's different. Plus I love the dragon in the background!


Nightshifted
AuthorCassie Alexander
Series:  Nightshifted 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher:  St. Martin's Paperbacks (May 22, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0312553395

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander
Welcome to the secret wing of County Hospital—where vampires get transfusions, werewolves have silver allergies, and one nurse is in way over her head…

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

NIGHTSHIFTED

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed. But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul.

Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…


Cassie's Links

Website
LiveJournal
Twitter


You can keep up to date on 2012 Debut Author Challenge happenings on the 2012 DAC page.
2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2012Winners x  5 - May 6, 20122012 Debut Author Challange - May 2012 DebutsGuest Blog by Cassie Alexander - Process ChangesThe View From Monday - April 23, 20122012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander

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