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The View From Monday - November 25, 2013

Happy last Monday in November!  There are only 5 Mondays left in 2013! I can not believe how quickly the year has gone by!

I did finish Dying is My Business by Nicholas Kaufmann. It surprised me and was quite well done.

The View From Monday - November 25, 2013

There are a lot of books, etc. out this week. If you have time off for Thanksgiving you'll have plenty to choose from!

No debuts, but from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Chain of Illusions (Bringer and the Bane 3) by Boone Brux;


Last to Rise (Rojan Dizon 3) by Francis Knight.

November 25, 2013
Operation Saving Daniel (e) Nina Croft PNR
Parts & Wreck (e) Mark Henry PNR
The Awakening: Britton (e) Abby Niles PNR
Through the Black Veil (e) Steve Vera F - Last of Shardyn 2

November 26, 2013
Edge of Dawn (h2mm) Lara Adrian PNR - Midnight Breed 11
Black Widow Demon Paula Altenburg PNR - Demon Outlaws 2
Bowl of Heaven (h2mm) Gregory Benford
Larry Niven
SF - Bowl of Heaven 1
Bard's Oath (h2mm) Joanne Bertin F - Dragonlords 3
The Hum and the Shiver (tpmm) Alex Bledsoe UF - Tufa 1
Chain of Illusions Boone Brux PNR - Bringer and the Bane 3
MacRieve (h2mm) Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark
Goddess with a Blade Lauren Dane UF - Rowan Summerwaite 1
Dinosaur Thunder (h2mm) James F. David SF/Th
Andromeda's Fall (h2mm) William C. Dietz SF - Prequel Legion of the Damned 1
Night & Demons David Drake H/Weird - Collection
City of Lost Dreams Magnus Flyte UF/F - City of Dark Magic 2
Blood Red (ri) Heather Graham PNR/M
The Rising Dead (Kindle e) Stella Green
Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
H - Dead Man 21
Alien Honor Vaughn Heppner SF
Ash (h2mm) James Herbert H
The Dark-Hunters (The Collection Thus Far)  (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 1-3 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 4-6 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 7-9 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 10-12 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 13-15 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 16-18 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 19-21 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
Last to Rise Francis F. Knight F - Rojan Dizon 3
Touch of the Angel (ri) Rosalie Lario PNR - Demons of Infernum 3
Warrior Untamed Melissa Mayhue PNR - Warrior 4
Robert Asprin's Myth-Quoted (tp2mm) Jody Lynn Nye F - Myth Adventures 8
The End of the Road: An Anthology of Original Fiction Jonathan Oliver (ed) Weird - Anthology
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Official Movie Guide Brian Sibley F - Movie Tie-In
Heart of Obsidian (h2mm) Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changeling 12
Star Trek: The Fall: The Poisoned Chalice James Swallow SF - Star Trek
Frail (tp2mm) Joan Frances Turner PA//Z - Dust 2
The Land Across Gene Wolfe F
Scoundrels: Star Wars (h2mm) Timothy Zahn SF - Star Wars

November 27, 2013
House of Dreams: A Tor.Com Original (e) Michael Swanwick AH - Mongolian Wizard 4

November 28, 2013
Tall, Dark and Undead (e) Sandra Cox PNR
The Wizard of Oz Crochet Kristen Rask Crafts

November 29, 2013
The Interpretation of Zines: A Pictorial History of Science Fiction Fanzines Luis Ortiz History / Art / Pop Culture

November 30, 2013
The Incident of the Harrowmoor Dogs Daniel Abraham H - Balfour and Meriwether 1
The Ape's Wife and Other Stories Caitlin R. Kiernan Collection
Bleeding Shadows Joe R. Lansdale Collection
The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below Patrick Rothfuss
Nate Taylor
F - The Adventures of Princess and Mr. Whiffle 2

e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Guest Blog by Boone Brux - Worldbuidling-Alternate Earth...Kind Of - November 20, 2013

Please welcome Boone Brux back to The Qwillery. Boone is the author of he Bringer and the Bane series (among others). The third novel in the Bringer and the Bane, Chain of Illusions, will be published on November 26, 2013.

Guest Blog by Boone Brux - Worldbuidling-Alternate Earth...Kind Of  - November 20, 2013

Worldbuidling-Alternate Earth...Kind Of

When I started my Bringer and the Bane series it was as a historical romance with a sprinkling of the paranormal. Ravyn Mayfield had still been raised in an abbey, but she was simply a psychic, not endowed with great power. Brother Powell, an unsavory monk, was also in Shield of Fire's original manuscript, but that's where my troubles, or good fortune depending on how you look at it, began.

The question of whether or not a Catholic monk or priest would have resided in an abbey full of women plagued me. From most of what I found on the web, it was a definite no and that presented a big problem. Brother Powell was the catalyst that forced Ravyn to flee the abbey. Being a new writer I didn't yet understand that I could have easily chosen another person or event that would have done the same thing. But the story was fully formed in my mind and I clung to it. This is something I no longer do. I don't fall in love with characters, events, phrases, weapons, anything that I might need to cut. If the person's absence makes the story better, then off with their head.

But I protected my baby. So instead of changing her living circumstances, I changed the whole genre to paranormal romance. Suddenly a bevy of options opened to me. No longer did I have to fit within the confines of every day medieval life. I could create my own rules and I did.

I invented the Order of the Saints. Though loosely based on the Catholic Church, and I do mean loosely, I gave them a strong presence among the people of Inness. Throughout history the common folk have clung to their spiritual beliefs. Adding that thread to my world would hopefully ground the reader with some sense of familiarity.

Societal hierarchy, even within the Bane demons there are higher ranking, more powerful, and demons who feel entitled. In the society of the Bringers I did the same, creating dissension among the groups. Like with any political group, my world needed its bureaucrats. Check.

Since the story was during medieval times I took a lot of elements from that era. Leather, horses, filth, the usual stuff. Life was hard and dirty. People had to fight for survival. Death was a constant companion.

When all these element merged, I was left with a ruthless world, filled with intrigue, honor, and betrayal. Inness had a history of war and human suffering. Deep in the land's heart dwelled an evil bent on taking over the world by any means possible. I hadn't intentionally built this world. It kind of built itself once I took out the roadblocks.

Now with the release of book three, Chain of Illusions, I can honestly say I'm proud of the world I've built--even though a lot of it was by accident. I wonder what else I’ll invent as the Bringers and the Bane gear up for an epic battle?

Bringer and the Bane

Chain of Illusions
Bringer and the Bane 3
Entangled Select, November 26, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Guest Blog by Boone Brux - Worldbuidling-Alternate Earth...Kind Of  - November 20, 2013
Rell has lived in the Shadow World for thirteen years as a Demon Bane, the formerly vivacious young woman now the demonic enemy of the immortal Bringers. But when she is given the chance to become human again—and a full-powered Bringer—Rell isn’t sure if it’s better to be a demon in the Shadow World or to risk her life for her humanity.

For two years, Siban had been tortured in the Bane prison, only to fall in love with the beautiful demon who helped him escape. Tormented by the thought of never seeing her again, he maintains a life of solitude. So, when Rell’s human body is rescued from the Shadow World, he will do anything to be with her—even if it means challenging death to become a Bringer, too.

But once their Bringer transformations and training are completed, Siban and Rell must join a mission to go deep in the Shadow World to rescue others trapped by the Demon Bane King. And what they discover destroys everything they knew about the Demon Bane. The lovers must learn to trust themselves, each other, and their new powers if they’re going to make it out alive.

Kiss of the Betrayer
Bringer and the Bane 2
Entangled Select, December 11, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Guest Blog by Boone Brux - Worldbuidling-Alternate Earth...Kind Of  - November 20, 2013
Ever since he was fifteen, mix-blooded Bringer Luc Le Daun has blamed himself for the death of the woman he loved. His secret guilt led him into a life of danger, risking all and committing to no one.

Seeking revenge on Luc Le Daun has been all Jade Kendell has thought about for years. When her plan goes awry and she’s brought into the Bringers’ fold, she fights to keep her own dark secret hidden. Her desire for a better life battles with a promise made long before she understood its true cost.

Brought together by their pasts, Jade and Luc plunge into the dangerous world of the demon Bane, yet as the peril of their journey grows, so does the attraction between them. The price they will be forced to pay threatens their fragile bond, especially when their slightest misstep could give the Demon King exactly what he needs to annihilate the Bringers…

Shield of Fire
Bringer and the Bane 1
Entangled, December 6, 2011
Trade Paperback and eBook, 330 pages

Guest Blog by Boone Brux - Worldbuidling-Alternate Earth...Kind Of  - November 20, 2013
Protecting humans is the Bringers’ duty. Sending demons to the Shadow World is their pleasure.

In one night, Ravyn’s life plunges from barely tolerable to deadly. Forced to flee the only home she’s known, she stumbles headlong into the clutches of Icarus, a powerful demon intent on stealing her powers. Unfortunately for him, she has no intention of cooperating.

When Rhys realizes the woman he’s rescued from the Bane Demon is no mere human, his obligation as a Bringer dictates he protect and train her in the ways of his people. But he’s unprepared for the intense desire he feels for the fiery Ravyn. To surrender to his need may mean her death.

As the Demon King’s desire for ultimate power escalates, fathers are slated against sons, and foes are made allies. The Bane threat upon them, Rhys and Ravyn must quest to unite the last of the Bringers—and explore a passion too powerful to ignore.

About Boone

Guest Blog by Boone Brux - Worldbuidling-Alternate Earth...Kind Of  - November 20, 2013
Boone Brux is an bestselling author in both fantasy and series romance genres. She began writing in an attempt to ward off the slow decomposition of her mental state while taking care of her twin toddlers. It soon became clear that storytelling was her true calling.

Her books range from medieval fantasy filled with demon’s and hot heroes to humorous paranormal and spicy contemporary romances. Though she loves writing romance, Boone much prefers stories where she gets to kill somebody or blow something up.

She lives in the beautiful and rugged state of Alaska with her husband, two kids, their dog Oreo, and her black cat Velma Underfoot. Not to mention the numerous wild creatures that lounge in her backyard.

Website  ~  Twitter @BooneBrux  ~  Facebook

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