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The View From Monday - January 27, 2020


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

The Bard's Blade (The Sorcereer's Song 1) by Brian D. Anderson.

The View From Monday - January 27, 2020
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman is reissued;

We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk is reissued;

and

Titanshade (The Carter Archives 1) by Dan Stout is out in Mass Market Paperback.

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



The View From Monday - January 27, 2020



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

January 28, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Bard's Blade (D) Brian D. Anderson F - The Sorcereer's Song 1
Fighters of Fear: Occult Detective Stories Mike Ashley (Ed) Occ/Sup - Anthology
With Blood Upon the Sand (tp2mm) Bradley P. Beaulieu DF/F - Song of Shattered Sands 2
Bowl of Heaven and Shipstar Gregory Benford
Larry Niven
SF/HSF/AC
The Cruel Stars (h2mm) John Birmingham SF/SO
Wild Country (h2mm) Anne Bishop DF/CF/AH - The World of the Others 2
Storm Cursed (h2mm) Patricia Briggs UF/CF - A Mercy Thompson Novel 11
Those Across the River (ri) Christopher Buehlman H/SupTh
Highfire Eoin Colfer F/HU
The Storm (h2mm) David Drake SF - Time of Heroes 2
Twenty Debra Landwehr Engle CW/FL/MR
Vendetta Road Christine Feehan PNR - Torpedo Ink 3
Wicked Bite Jeaniene Frost PNR - Night Rebel 2
Raising Atlantis (ri) Thomas Greanias Fiction
Terminal Uprising (h2mm) Jim C. Hines SF/AP/PA/HU - Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse 2
Endgames (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - The Imager Portfolio 12
Octavia Gone (h2mm) Jack McDevitt SF/HSF - An Alex Benedict Novel 8
The Invited (h2tp) Jennifer McMahon Sus/GH
Warlord Mel Odom SF - The Makaum War 3
Prosper's Demon K. J. Parker DF
Fleet of Knives (tp2mm) Gareth L. Powell SF/SO - An Embers of War Novel 2
Earthquake Weather (tp2mm) Tim Powers CF
Cast in Wisdom Michelle Sagara F - The Chronicles of Elantra 15
Song of the Risen God R. A. Salvatore F/DF - The Coven 3
Buzz Kill David Sosnowski SF/HU/AP/PA/HSF
Titanshade (h2mm) Dan Stout UF/DF - The Carter Archives 1
Marked (tp2mm) S. Andrew Swann F/P
Scratching the Head of Chairman Mao Jonathan Tel LF/AB/HU



January 29, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Case of the Somewhat Mythic Sword: A Tor.com Original (e) Garth Nix DF
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2019 Edition: A Tor.com Original (e) Various SF/F - Anthology



January 30, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Snowball Gregory Bastianelli H - Fiction Without Frontiers
We Are Monsters Brian Kirk H - Fiction Without Frontiers



January 31, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Best of Elizabeth Bear Elizabeth Bear F/SF - Collection
King of the Dogs, Queen of the Cats James Patrick Kelly UF
The Hunter from the Woods Robert McCammon SupTh/Occ



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CL - City Life
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR- Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
RS - Romantic Suspense
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

The View From Monday - June 6, 2016


Happy Monday! This is a busy week for debut novels!

Silent Hall by N.S. Dolkart;

The Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Geen;

Infomocracy by Malka Older;

Hell's Gate by Bill Schutt and J. R. Finch;

The Root by Na'amen Gobert Tilahun;

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf;

and

Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman;

Saint's Blood (The Greatcoats Quartet 3) by Sebastien de Castell;

The Wheel of Osheim (The Red Queen's War 3) by Mark Lawrence;

Like a Boss (Windswept 2) by Adam Rakunas;

Nova (Nova 1) by Margaret Fortune is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Queen of Fire (Raven's Shadow 3) by Anthony Ryan is out in Trade Paperback.

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


Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors are highlighted in green.



The View From Monday - June 6, 2016



June 7, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF 2015: Volume 2 David Afsharirad (Ed) SF - Anthology
Three Faces of Asprin Robert Asprin SF - Collection
The Medusa Chronicles Stephen Baxter
Alastair Reynolds
SF - Medusa 2
The Suicide Motor Club Christopher Buehlman H/DF
Saint's Blood Sebastien de Castell HistF - The Greatcoats Quartet 3
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One Neil Clarke (Ed) SF - Anthology
Spear of Light Brenda Cooper SF/SO - The Glittering Edge 2
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
Lethal Kisses: 18 Tales of Sex, Horror, and Revenge (e) Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
Silent Hall (D) N. S. Dolkart F - Silent Hall 1
Mash Up Gardner Dozois (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
Death's Bright Day David Drake SF - RCN 11
A Green and Ancient Light Frederic S. Durbin HistF
Nova (h2mm) Margaret Fortune SF - Nova 1
Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text (h2tp) Neil Gaiman CF
The Many Selves of Katherine North (D) Emma Geen LF
Warcraft - Official Movie Novelization Christie Golden F
DR. DOA Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 10
From a Drood to A Kill (h2mm) Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 9
Death Masks Ed Greenwood F - Forgotten Realms
Death of the Old World Guy Haley
Josh Reynolds
F - The End Times 3
The Gospel of Loki (h2tp) Joanne M. Harris F
The Vampire's Protector Michele Hauf PNR
Autumn Princess, Dragon Child Lian Hearn F - The Tale of Shikanoko 2
Devastating Hate Markus Heitz F - The Legends of the Alfar 2
Awakened by the Wolf Kristal Hollis PNR
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016 Edition Rich Horton (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
Little Sister Dev Jarrett H
Assassin Queen Anna Kashina F/FR - Majat Code 3
End of Watch Stephen King Sus/H - The Bill Hodges Trilogy 3
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge Paul Krueger UF /P
A Study in Sable Mercedes Lackey HistF - Elemental Masters 11
From a High Tower (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey HistF - Elemental Masters 10
Sense of Deception (h2mm) Victoria Laurie PM - Psychic Eye Mystery 13
The Wheel of Osheim Mark Lawrence F - The Red Queen's War 3
Allhallow's Eve (e)(ri) Richard Laymon H
Night's Master (ri) Tanith Lee F/DF - Flat Earth 1
Charnel House (e)(ri) Graham Masterton H
The Devils of D-Day (e)(ri) Graham Masterton H
The Devil in Gray (e)(ri) Graham Masterton H
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories (h2tp) China Miéville F/CF - Collection
Robert Asprin's Myth-Fits Jody Lynn Nye F/HU - Myth-Adventures 20
Infomocracy (D) Malka Older SF/CyberP
Pathfinder Tales: Liar's Bargain Tim Pratt F - Pathfinder Tales 33
Like a Boss Adam Rakunas SF - Windswept 2
Black Tide Rising John Ringo (Ed)
Gary Poole (Ed)
PA/AP - Anthology
Peel Back the Skin: Anthology of Horror Stories Anthony Rivera (Ed)
Sharon Lawson (Ed)
H - Anthology
A Tale of the Free: Exile (e) Brian Ruckley F
Queen of Fire (h2tp) Anthony Ryan F - Raven's Shadow 3
Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary Bill Schelly LC/PopCul
Galactic Games Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) SF - Anthology
Hell's Gate (D) Bill Schutt
J. R. Finch
HistScTh
An Affinity for Steel Sam Sykes F - The Aeons' Gate Trilogy Omnibus
Just One Damned Thing After Another Jodi Taylor SF/TT - Chronicles of St. Mary's 1
The Bookman (ri) Lavie Tidhar SP - Bookman Histories 1
The Root (D) Na'amen Gobert Tilahun UF - Wrath & Athenaeum 1
The Price of Valor (h2mm) Django Wexler F - The Shadow Campaigns 3
Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons (h2tp) Michael Witwer Biography
Security (D) Gina Wohlsdorf Sus
Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet (D) H.P. Wood Hist
Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction Lisa Yaszek (Ed)
Patrick B. Sharp (Ed)
SF - Anthology
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams (h2tp) Philip Zaleski
Carol Zaleski
Biography



June 8, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Lullaby for a Lost World: A Tor.Com Original (e) Aliette de Bodard DF



June 9, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Invasion: Extinction Biome Volume 1 (e) Addison Gunn SF - Extinction Biome
Operation Atlas Lion (e) Addison Gunn SF - Extinction Biome: Invasion 5
The Poisoned Quarrel: Episode 3 (e) Duncan Lay F - Poisoned Quarrel




D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistScTh - Historical Science Thriller
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Note: not all of these genres are represented in the above releases.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 48


This is the forty-eighth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.

This Update includes covers that have recently been revealed (by the author or publisher) for books already mentioned in a previous update and/or new books.



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Christopher Buehlman (2011)

The Suicide Motor Club
Berkley, June 7, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 48
“Rising horror star”* Christopher Buehlman, author of The Lesser Dead, returns with a chilling and thrilling tale of dark evil lurking on the lonely, open road…

Bram Stoker, quoting the ballad “Lenore,” said, “The dead travel fast.”

Those words have never rung more true…

Remember that car that passed you near midnight on Route 66, doing 105 with its lights off? You wondered where it was going so quickly on that dark, dusty stretch of road, motor roaring, the driver glancing out the window as he blew by.

Did his greedy eyes shine silver like a coyote’s? Did he make you feel like prey?

You can’t remember now.

You just saw the founder of the Suicide Motor Club. Be grateful his brake lights never flashed. Be grateful his car was already full.

They roam America, littering the highways with smashed cars and bled-out bodies, a gruesome reflection of the unsettled sixties. But to anyone unlucky enough to meet them in the lonely hours of the night, they’re just a blurry memory.

That is—to all but one…

Two years ago, they left a witness in the mangled wreck of her family car, her husband dead, her son taken. She remembers their awful faces, despite their tricks and glamours. And she’s coming for them—her thirst for vengeance even more powerful than their hunger for blood.

On the deserted highways of America, the hunters are about to become the hunted…




Sara Humphreys (2011)

Trouble Walks In
The McGuire Brothers 2
Sourcebooks Casablanca, August 2, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 48
He could be the man to rescue her

Big city K-9 cop Ronan McGuire loves women, loves his dog, loves his job—but when old flame Maddy Morgan moves into his jurisdiction, he can’t think about anyone else. Ronan knows she’s way out of his league, but he’s determined to help Maddy live life to the fullest.

In more ways than one

With tragedy in her past, Maddy has immersed herself in work and swiftly made a name for herself in the hot New York City real estate market. She’s looking for safety, not love, but Ronan McGuire is as persistent as he is sexy, and his crooked smile is hard to resist. But all other concerns are wiped away when Maddy goes missing and Ronan and his bloodhound K-9 partner are tasked with finding her and bringing her home.




Suzanne Palmieri (2013)

The Witch House of Persimmon Point
St. Martin's Griffin, October 11, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 48
[description not yet available]




Jay Posey (2013)

Outriders
Angry Robot, May 3, 2016 (North America Print and eBook)
     May 5, 2016 (UK Print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 48
A daring hostage rescue leads to the discovery of an imminent terrorist attack. Thanks to the Outriders, thousands of lives are saved. Until they aren’t.

Despite the intelligence and the warnings provided by the unit, the terrorist attack goes off unhindered. What was supposed to be a triumph becomes a tragedy, and a “mission completed” completely unravels. And when they learn the reasons why, the Outriders find themselves tasked with stopping a war before it can ever start.

A dangerously cunning woman who most assuredly should be dead has seemingly returned. And her plans aren’t just devastating, they might be unstoppable.

How do you defeat a hidden enemy when you can’t let them know they’ve been discovered?

You send in the Outriders.

File Under: Science Fiction




Anthony Ryan (2013)

The Waking Fire
The Draconis Memoria 1
Ace, July 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 48
The New York Times bestselling Raven’s Shadow Trilogy was a perfect read for “fans of broadscale epic fantasy along the lines of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels.”* Now, Anthony Ryan begins a new saga, The Draconis Memoria…

Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from the veins of captive or hunted Reds, Green, Blues and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that give fearsome powers to the rare men and women who have the ability harness them—known as the blood-blessed.

But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly. The Syndicate’s last hope resides in whispers of the existence of another breed of drake, far more powerful than the rest, and the few who have been chosen by fate to seek it.

Claydon Torcreek is a petty thief and an unregistered blood-blessed, who finds himself pressed into service by the protectorate and sent to wild, uncharted territories in search of a creature he believes is little more than legend. Lizanne Lethridge is a formidable spy and assassin, facing gravest danger on an espionage mission deep into the heart of enemy territory. And Corrick Hilemore is the second lieutenant of an ironship, whose pursuit of ruthless brigands leads him to a far greater threat at the edge of the world.

As lives and empires clash and intertwine, as the unknown and the known collide, all three must fight to turn the tide of a coming war, or drown in its wake.

*Library Journal


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2


This is the second in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.

Part 1 here.


Boone Brux (2011)

Styx and Stoned
Grim Reality 2
The Painted Raven, May 15, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 219 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
Las Vegas! All expenses paid!

Normally, a trip like that would be a dream come true for a widowed, mother of three, who just happens to be grim reaper. Here’s the thing though, situations rarely work out as I imagine they should. And usually not in my favor.

This time isn’t any different. Instead of the endless free drinks and gambling I’d been hoping for, I get the opposite—demons, water zombies, and a bimbo ghost roommate, who gives new meaning to the phrase dead drunk.

But it’s not all bad. I’m making new friends, learning spectacular reaper skills, and saving souls. I just hope I don’t lose mine before I can get the Underworld all sorted out.



Bridesmaid Blues
Wedding Favors 1
Entangled Lovestruck, June 30, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 194 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
A wedding. An ex. And a secret.

Maid-of-Honor Dani Brown can handle anything that comes her way when it comes to her best friend's wedding. That is, until the bride asks for a huge favor-Dani needs to distract the best man, who happens to be Dani's ex. The ex she has fantasized dismembering for a year now. The ex she'll have to suck it up and play nice with if this wedding is to go off without a hitch.

Businessman Jamie Kingsland is back in Seattle for a wedding. There's just one problem - the maid of honor wants him dead. Except she doesn't. Even though he knows he broke her heart last year when things got too serious and he panicked and left, she's being way too nice about it now. And it scares him.

Something is up with his favorite bridesmaid, and he's determined to find out what...




Christopher Buehlman (2011)

The Lesser Dead
Berkley, October 6, 2015
Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Hardcover and eBook, October 7, 2014

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
Christopher Buehlman’s Those Across the River delivered “an unsettling brew of growing menace spiked with flashes of genuine terror.”* Now, the World Fantasy Award-nominated author stakes a bloody claim on vampire mythology…

The secret is, vampires are real and I am one.
The secret is, I’m stealing from you what is most truly yours and I’m not sorry…

New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live. And die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody—he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city’s sidewalks.

The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. It’s almost too easy.

Until one night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires, like him…or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were.

And neither are the rest of us.

WINNER OF THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION’S BEST HORROR NOVEL OF THE YEAR

*New York Times bestselling author F. Paul Wilson



The Suicide Motor Club
Berkley, June 7, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

[more information when it's available from the publisher]






Adam Christopher (2011)

The Machine Awakes
Spider War 2
Tor Books, March 15, 2016
Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 21, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
Adam Christopher's The Machine Awakes is a far future space opera set in the universe of Burning Dark. In the decades since the human race first made contact with the Spiders—a machine race capable of tearing planets apart—the two groups have fought over interstellar territory. But the war has not been going well for humankind, and with the failure of the Fleet Admiral's secret plan in the Shadow system, the commander is overthrown by a group of hardliners determined to get the war back on track.

When the deposed Fleet Admiral is assassinated, Special Agent Von Kodiak suspects the new guard is eliminating the old. But when the Admiral's replacement is likewise murdered, all bets are off as Kodiak discovers the prime suspect is one of the Fleet's own, a psi-marine and decorated hero—a hero killed in action, months ago, at the same time his twin sister vanished from the Fleet Academy, where she was training to join her brother on the front.

As Kodiak investigates, he uncovers a conspiracy that stretches from the slums of Salt City to the floating gas mines of Jupiter. There, deep in the roiling clouds of the planet, the Jovian Mining Corporation is hiding something, a secret that will tear the Fleet apart and that the Morning Star, a group of militarized pilgrims searching for their lost god, is determined to uncover.

But there is something else hiding in Jovian system. Something insidious and intelligent, machine-like and hungry.

The Spiders are near.
[description from Hardcover]



Blood and Ink
Elementary 2
Titan Books, April 26, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
A brand-new novel tie-in to the popular Elementary TV series.

The CFO of a secretive NYC hedge fund is found murdered—stabbed through the eye with an expensive fountain pen. Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson discover a link between the victim and a charismatic touring management guru with a doubtful past. But is the solution so clear-cut or is the guru being framed?

As secrets are revealed and another victim is found murdered in the same grisly fashion, Holmes and Watson begin to uncover a murky world of money and deceit…



The Shield, Vol 1: Daughter of Revolution
   Written by Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig
Dark Circle Comics, June 7, 2015
Trade Paperback, 144 pages

[cover to be revealed]
Over the centuries, in our nation's times of need, a supernatural force appears to battle back the enemies of the United States: THE SHIELD.

Today, the country--the whole world--is on the edge of chaos. The middle class is dying as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Global warming's effects on the environment are drastic and dramatic, with superstorms and deadly droughts a common occurrence. The government increases its grip on the lives of ordinary people, controlling information and curtailing freedoms and privacy. For some, the government itself has become an enemy of the people, and revolution is on the minds of Americans all across the country.

The Shield returns--but what happens when she's not sure who the enemy is?

A modern action and conspiracy thriller by bestselling novelists Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig featuring the dynamic artwork of David Williams, THE SHIELD: DAUGHTER OF THE REVOLUTION gives readers a topical, relevant and jarring new take on the classic hero.

THE SHIELD, VOL. 1: DAUGHTER OF THE REVOLUTION collects the first story arc of the ongoing THE SHIELD comic book series.




Isabel Cooper (2011)

Night of the Highland Dragon
Highland Dragon 3
Sourcebooks Casablanca, June 2, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
“They say,” said the girl, “that people disappear up there. And I heard that the lady doesna’ ever grow any older.”
“The lady?” William asked.
“Lady MacAlasdair. She lives in the castle, and she’s been there years, but she stays young and beautiful forever.”


In the Scottish Highlands, legend is as powerful as the sword—and nowhere is that more true than in the remote village of Loch Aranoch. Its mysterious ruler, Judith MacAlasdair, is fiercely protective of her land—and her secrets. If anyone were to find out what she really was, she and her entire clan would be hunted down as monsters.

William Arundell is on the trail of a killer. Special agent for an arcane branch of the English government, his latest assignment has led him to a remote Highland castle and the undeniably magnetic lady who rules there. Yet as lies begin to unravel and a dark threat gathers, William finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into the mystery of the Highlands…and the woman he can neither trust nor deny.
He prays she isn’t the murderer; he never dreamed she was a dragon.




Virna DePaul (2011)

Filthy Rich
The Belladonna Agency 3
Bantam, October 27, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
High finance and a sizzling office affair raise desire and passion to the boiling point in Virna DePaul’s seductive new contemporary romance—perfect for fans of Carly Phillips, Lori Foster, and Molly O’Keefe.

Cara Michal has had to fight every step of the way to earn her place in the glittering seven-figure world of Wall Street. Years ago her hardworking father, a small-time investment adviser, was wrongfully accused of fraud. Now Cara is at the top of her game, supporting not only herself but her mother and brother. The occasional night out dancing soothes Cara’s soul, even as a bitter need for revenge against the man who destroyed her father makes inner peace elusive.

Then, in a moment of heat, Cara kisses a sexy stranger at a party—only later to discover that the man is Branden Duke, her new boss, an infamous operator with a wicked reputation in bed and on the Street. Branden is a man who seemingly has it all—except a woman who connects with him on a physical and emotional level. Now that he’s found Cara, he’s not sure he can let her go, even if he should.

In spite of herself, Cara is drawn to this charismatic guy. He is a challenge like none she has ever faced in her life. Their passion for each other is unquenchable, surprising them both with its ferocity. Even as Cara wonders if she can trust this man with her heart and soul, the ecstasy of their love cannot be denied. But when the past threatens the present, the two are faced with a truth from which they may never recover.

The View From Monday - October 6, 2014


Happy 1st Monday in October! Only 25 days until Halloween! I'm heading off to New York Comic Con this weekend so look for posts about that. The kitchen renovation (for those of you keeping track) is nearing the pause point - countertops will be measured for this week and then I wait for them to be ready (2 to 3 weeks). After the countertops are in, the finishing touches are completed and I have a kitchen again. I can't wait.


The View From Monday - October 6, 2014


This week is full of debuts (6 of the 9 out this month):

Heraclix and Pomp: A Novel of the Fabricated and the Fey by Forrest Aguirre;

The Secrets of Life and Death by Rebecca Alexander;

Liesmith (Wyrd 1) by Alis Franklin;

Lemongrass Hope by Amy Impellizzeri;

Falling Sky by Rajan Khanna;

and

The Undying: An Apocalyptic Thriller by Ethan Reid.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Shotgun Arcana by R.S. Belcher;

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman;

Silverblind (Ironskin 3) by Tina Connolly;

Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch 2) by Ann Leckie;

and

Knife Sworn (Tower and Knife Trilogy 2) by Mazarkis Williams is out in Trade Paperback.



October 6, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mine Tomorrow (e) Jackie Braun PNR
Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television Pauline Greenhill
Jill Terry Rudy
LC/F
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q are Cordially Uninvited... (e) Rudy Josephs SF - Star Trek
Reap & Redeem (e) Lisa Medley UF - Reaper 3
In the Void (e) Sheryl Nantus SFR - Tales from the Edge 2
Helmut Goes Abroad (e) Matt Sheehan UF/AH - Helmut Haase 2



October 7, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (ri) Douglas Adams SF
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (ri) Douglas Adams SF
Heraclix and Pomp: A Novel of the Fabricated and the Fey (D) Forrest Aguirre HistF
The Secrets of Life and Death (D - US) Rebecca Alexander HistF
The Night Garden: A Novel Lisa Van Allen R/Magic
Unseaming Mike Allen H/DF - Collection
A Vision of Fire Gillian Anderson
Jeff Rovin
SF
The Shotgun Arcana R. S. Belcher WW
One Potion in the Grave Heather Blake PM - A Magic Potion Mystery 2
Hawk Steven Brust F - Vlad Taltos14
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman H
The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword Jack Campbell SF - The Lost Stars 3
Ship of the Dead John L. Campbell H - Omega Days 2
Autumn Bones (h2mm) Jacqueline Carey UF - Agent of Hel 2
Poison Fruit Jacqueline Carey UF - Agent of Hel 3
Silverblind Tina Connolly HistF - Ironskin 3
Nightmare Carnival Ellen Datlow (ed) H - Anthology
Undead and Unwary MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Undead/Queen Betsy 13
The Baen Big Book of Monsters Hank Davis (ed) SF - Anthology
The Sentinel (h2tp) Troy Denning F - D&D: The Sundering
The Protectors (e) Trey Dowell SH
Midkemia: The Chronicles of Pug (h2tp) Raymond E. Feist
Stephen Abrams
F - Art
Liesmith (D) Alis Franklin UF - Wyrd 1
The Tess Noncoiré Chronicles: Volume I P. R. Frost F - Omnibus
Parasite (h2tp) Mira Grant SF - Parasitology 1
Gotrek & Felix: Kinslayer David Guymer F - Gotrek & Felix 16
Scarlet Tides David Hair F - Moontide Quartet 2
Reckoning S.J. Harper UF - Fallen Siren 2
Ghost Gone Wild (h2mm) Carolyn Hart PM - A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel 4
Ghost Wanted Carolyn Hart PM - A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel 5
Spark: A Novel John Twelve Hawks Th
Beyond This Horizon (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF
Blood Debt (ri) Tanya Huff UF - Blood Books 5
Witch Lights (e) Michael M. Hughes H - Blackwater Lights Trilogy 2
Broken Soul Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock 8
To Love a King Shona Husk PNR - Court of Annwyn 3
The Madness of Cthulhu Anthology S.T. Joshi (ed) H - Anthology
A Midwinter's Tail Sofie Kelly PM - Magical Cats 6
Falling Sky (D) Rajan Khanna SF/Ap/PA
Bastion (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F - Collegium Chronicles 5 / Valdemar
Closer to Home Mercedes Lackey F - Herald Spy 1
Ghost Phoenix (e) Corrina Lawson PNR - The Phoenix Institute 3
Ancillary Sword Ann Leckie SF - Imperial Radch 2
The Last Man Standing (h2tp) Davide Longo Dys
Princess Mononoke: The First Story Hayao Miyazaki F - Princess Mononoke
Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets : An Anthology of Holmesian Tales Across Time and Space David Thomas Moore (ed) SF/F - Anthology
The Dark Defiles Richard K. Morgan F - Land Fit for Heroes 3
Above (h2tp) Isla Morley Sus/H
The Wolves of London: The Obsidian Heart Mark Morris F - Obsidian Heart 1
Citadel (h2tp) Kate Mosse Th - Languedoc Trilogy 3
Valhalla Robert J. Mrazek Th
Brood Chase Novak Gothic
Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO Series Game of Thrones David J. Peterson F - Game of Thrones
The Undying (D) Ethan Reid Ap/Th
Orbs II: Stranded: A Science Fiction Thriller Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/Th - Orbs 2
White Sands: An Orbs Prequel Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF - Orbs
We Are Not Good People Jeff Somers F - Ustari Cycle 2
Fearsome Magics: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy Jonathan Strahan (ed) F - Anthology
The Chaplain's War Brad R Torgersen SF - Chaplain's War 1
The Steampunk User's Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-futurist Dreams Jeff VanderMeer
Desirina Boskovich
SP
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures Sean Wallace (ed) SP
Immorta1 J.R. Ward PNR - Fallen Angels 6
A Call to Duty David Weber
Timothy Zahn
SF - Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant 1
The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel Brent Weeks
Ivan Brandon
Andy MacDonald
F/GN - Night Angel Trilogy 1
Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural Rick Wilber F - Anthology
Unbinding Eileen Wilks UF - World of the Lupi 11
Knife Sworn (h2tp) Mazarkis Williams F - Tower and Knife Trilogy 2



October 8, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Lemongrass Hope (D) Amy Impellizzeri R/TT/MR
Lost Under a Ladder Linda O. Johnston PCM - A Superstition Mystery 1



October 9, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Timebomb (e) Scott K. Andrews TT - Timebomb Trilogy 1



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
K e - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint


AH - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LC - Literary Criticism
MR - Magical Realism
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Another Update on the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Authors - May 11, 2014


As you know I like keeping up with authors who have been previously featured in the Debut Author Challenge. Here is some news for authors who were featured in the 2011 Debut Author Challenge.



Christopher Buehlman

The Lesser Dead
Berkley, October 7, 2014
Hardcover and eBook

Another Update on the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Authors - May 11, 2014
“As much F. Scott Fitzgerald as Dean Koontz” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs), Christopher Buehlman excels in twisting the familiar into newfound dread in his “genre-bending” (California Literary Review) novels. Now the acclaimed author of Those Across the River delivers his most disquieting tale yet…

The secret is, vampires are real and I am one.
The secret is, I’m stealing from you what is most truly yours and I’m not sorry…

New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live. And die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody—he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city’s sidewalks.

The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. It’s almost too easy.

Until one night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires, like him…or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were.

And neither are the rest of us.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Book Depository : Books-A-Million : IndieBound



Kevin Hearne

Heir to the Jedi
LucasBooks, January 13, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Another Update on the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Authors - May 11, 2014

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

A thrilling new adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and—for the first time ever—written entirely from Luke Skywalker’s first-person point of view.










Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository
Books-A-Million




Sara Humphreys

Vampire Trouble
Dead in the City 2
Sourcebooks Casablanca, July 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Another Update on the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Authors - May 11, 2014
A fledgling vampire ignites a war...

Maya remembers the last moments of her life as a human with haunting clarity, and every man she meets pays the price...until Shane. Finding herself in the middle of a bloody fight between vampires and werewolves, Maya has no choice but to let the devastatingly sexy vampire guard get close to her.

And that’s not all that heats up...






Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository
Books-A-Million
IndieBound




Hannah Jayne

The Dare
Sourcebooks Fire, July 1, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

Another Update on the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Authors - May 11, 2014
Two jumped off the pier that night...but only one came back alive

Bryn did everything with her best friend Erica. So when someone dared Erica to jump off the pier one night at Harding Beach, Bryn was right by her side. But when Bryn made it back to the surface, Erica was nowhere to be found. Bryn tries to make a fresh start by burying her memories of that awful night. But when a Twitter post from "EricaNShaw" pops up on her feed and a chilling voice mail appears on her phone, she realizes that someone isn't ready to let go of the past...



Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository
Books-A-Million
IndieBound




Also upcoming are


Foxglove Summer (A Rivers of London Novel 5) by Ben Aaronovitch (DAW, October 7, 2014)


The Mirror Empire (Worldbreaker Saga 1) by Kameron Hurley (Angry Robot, August 26, 2014)


Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson 7) by Darynda Jones (St. Martin's Press, October 21, 2014)


More about these novels when I have covers to share.


What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part 6

The 2011 Debut Author Challenge was a lot of fun! I read so many wonderful books by so many fantastic new authors. The Qwillery will be keeping an eye out for new books from the class of 2011 in 2012 and beyond. So what's next for the 2011 Debut Authors? This post contain new information.



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Christopher Buehlman

Between Two Fires
Ace (October 2, 2012)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
The new novel of epic terror by the acclaimed author of Those Across the River.

In the year 1348, Thomas, a disgraced knight, comes upon an orphan of the Black Plague. An unnerving picture of innocence, she tells Thomas that the disease is only part of a greater, more significant cataclysm—that the fallen angels under Lucifer are rising in a second war on heaven. Is she really blessed? Or is it delirium? As hell unleashes its fury, as the true nature of the girl is revealed, Thomas will find himself in a macabre battleground of angels and demons, sinners and saints, and a damnable struggle for nothing less than the soul of man.




Adam Christopher

Seven Wonders
Angry Robot Books (August 28, 2012 US/Canada)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
Tony Prosdocimi lives in the bustling Metropolis of San Ventura – a city gripped in fear, a city under siege by the hooded supervillain, The Cowl.

When Tony develops super-powers and acts to take down The Cowl, however, he finds that the local superhero team Seven Wonders aren’t as grateful as he assumed they’d be…

File Under: Science Fiction [ Heroes In Action | A Double Cross | Kapow! | Tables Turned ]




Kevin Hearne

Trapped
The Iron Druid Chronicles 5
Del Rey (November 27, 2012)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.

Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge—but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have KILL THE DRUID at the top of their to-do lists.




Sara Humphreys

Untamed
The Amoveo Legend 3
Sourcebooks (November 6, 2012)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
The Amoveo are an ancient race who've lived secretly among humans for thousands of years. They are beautiful and incredibly strong but their race is extremely fragile—each has until the age of 30 to find their soul mate, before their bodies start to die a slow, painful death.

Layla Nickelsen has spent her life running from a mate she didn't choose, until William Fleury finally confronts her. Normally stoic and unemotional, William finds himself befuddled by Layla: his growing feelings for her and his driving need to protect her. And Layla has to admit that William might be everything she's always wanted after all...




Kameron Hurley

Rapture
Bel Dame Apochrypha 3
Night Shade Books (November 6, 2012)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
After years in exile, Nyxnissa so Dasheem is once more a bel dame, part of a sisterhood of elite government assassins trained to a cut a target's head off without remorse. But the end of a centuries-long war has thrown her native land of Nasheen into turmoil. A huge influx of unemployed--and unemployable--young soldiers have brought Nasheen to the brink of civil war, even as an alien spaceship stations itself in orbit above the capital.

With aliens in the sky and revolution on the ground, Nyx figures it's a good time to get the hell out of Nasheen, so she assembles a team of renegades, shape-shifters, magicians, and mercenaries to rescue a missing political leader who may be the difference between peace and bloodshed.

Just one problem: the politician is an old enemy whom Nyx once left to die in a ditch . . .




Darynda Jones

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Charley Davidson 4
St. Martin's Press (October 30, 2012)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
The fourth in this fun and sexy New York Times bestselling paranormal series: “If you enjoy Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, you will certainly enjoy Charley Davidson!” —Suspense Magazine

In Darynda Jones's Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. The more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, has been cleared of all charges. He is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved. Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans.




Laurie London

Seduced by Blood
Sweetblood 4
HQN (July 24, 2012)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two vampire coalitions:

Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors…

Hot-blooded and hard-edged, Tristan Santiago has an uncanny ability to see beneath the surface—a skill that serves him well as the Guardians' region commander. But when a deadly plot against his fellow vampires is uncovered, he must turn to the one woman he can't read: the beautiful yet mysterious Roxanne Reynolds, whose sensual presence soothes his tormented memories.

Roxy had put love before duty once before, with devastating results. But to root out a dangerous traitor in their midst, she must put her faith in Santiago, the one man skilled enough to break through her defenses. Posing as lovers, Santiago and Roxy work side by side—and discover a powerful craving that threatens to consume them both….




Allison Pang

A Trace of Moolight
Abby Sinclair 3
Pocket Books (October 30, 2012)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
From the author of A Brush of Darkness and A Sliver of Shadow comes the third book in a smart, sexy, urban fantasy series.

Drinking from the waters of the Lethe and offering herself up as Faerie’s sacrificial Tithe …these just might be the least of Abby Sinclair’s problems.

Abby’s pact with a demon—whether or not she remembers making it—is binding, so she’d better count herself lucky that (in the words of a daemon who knows better) there’s nearly always a loophole. But her friends’ reckless attempts to free her, well intentioned though they may be, set off a disastrous chain of events. In no time at all, Abby turns her incubus lover mortal and gets herself killed, cursed, and married to an elven prince whose mother wants her dead. She might have even been able to recover from all that had she not lost the Key to the CrossRoads to her mortal enemy, who promptly uses his restored power to wreak havoc on the OtherWorld and put its very existence in jeopardy.

Only one person can make things right again, but to find her Abby must place her trust in allies of mixed loyalties, and conquer her nightmares once and for all.

Interview with Christopher Buehlman - September 29, 2011

Please welcome Christopher Buehlman to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

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



Christopher:  Perhaps it’s that I write a spare structure and layer up rather than writing in quantity and pruning. It could also be that I write ‘orally’ and always read sections aloud for rhythm and punch. But it could also be that I write in the buff while drinking mead, wearing a Viking helmet and listening to Wagner.

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

Christopher:  Hemingway and Fitzgerald are my favorites, which may also have nudged me towards setting my story in the 1930’s. I’m also fond of Cormac McCarthy-he has such a beautiful way of describing such gruesome events. Stephen King is seminal for me, though, as I was reading him far younger than I should have been. Maybe he taught me the what and the others taught me the how.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?



Christopher:  Ha! None of the above! Or both, if you insist. I have plot points that I sketch out, and I let the characters improvise their way between them. If the characters insist on a detour, I let them take it. Plot should come from character, never the reverse.

TQ:  Describe Those Across the River in 140 characters or less.



Christopher:  OMG Ths bk wl scr th sht out of u LOL no rlly its spooky & lush & gothic about a mn who has to nswr 4 th sins of his ancstr & hs a ht wife

TQ:  What inspired you to write Those Across The River?



Christopher:  I always wanted to write a horror novel, and finally took a stab at it in 2001. I knew the nature of the antagonists first, although I won’t discuss that here as I would prefer to let them introduce themselves to you at their leisure. Certain horrific images came to me, and soon a narrative formed itself around them. I shelved the first draft for many years and re-approached it, only now I had more life and writing experience, and a stronger bent towards the historical.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for the novel?



Christopher:  I used all sorts of media-mostly books, the usual suspects, reading first-hand accounts of the Argonne offensive in the First World War, social histories of the Great Depression, histories about slavery and old plantations, books about PTSD and anything at all written during the period. I also leaned heavily on archival photos and newspaper articles. If you want to learn the cadence of 1930’s American speech, Turner Classic Movies is your friend. As is You Tube, should you wish to know how to start a Model A Ford in a hurry or clean a 1911 .45.

TQ:  Why did you set Those Across the River in Georgia?



Christopher:  It neighbors the state I grew up in (Florida), so I have been to and through Georgia quite a bit. I wanted the plantation in question to have harvested cotton rather than rice, indigo, sugarcane, tobacco or any of the other crops you might find in the Carolinas, say. Most importantly, however, I wanted the Savoyard plantation to be near the path of Sherman’s march.

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

Christopher:  The hardest character to write was the chief antagonist, at least until I figured out his angle. He had to have good reasons to be as bad as he was; the worst actions often come from a deep sense of moral entitlement.
The easiest was Martin Cranmer, the town’s self-educated bibliophile taxidermist, a functional alcoholic and a real wiseass.

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



Christopher:  Frank and Eudora go to a nursing home to interview an old woman who actually went to the Savoyard plantation as a little girl. She doesn’t much like Eudora, and there is some wickedly funny friction between the two women. The scene also manages to convey some dreadful information-I often read that one at public events because it captures so much of the tone of the book.

TQ:  What's next?

ChristopherBetween Two Fires, coming out next Fall, is the story of a disgraced knight and a visionary little girl trying to survive in a plague-ravaged medieval France; a France that is also a battleground not only for the French and English, but for angels and devils locked in a second war for the throne of Heaven. I was unaware of the existence of a proper medieval horror novel, so I decided to write the one I wanted to read.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.




About Those Across The River

Those Across the River
Ace, September 6, 2011

Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate-the Savoyard Plantation- and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.

It comes from the shadowy woods across the river, where the ruins of Savoyard still stand. Where a longstanding debt of blood has never been forgotten.

A debt that has been waiting patiently for Frank Nichols's homecoming...




About Christopher

Christopher Buehlman is a writer and performer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is the winner of the 2007 Bridport Prize in Poetry and a finalist for the 2008 Forward Prize for best poem (UK). He spent his twenties and thirties touring renaissance festivals with his very popular show Christophe the Insultor, Verbal Mercenary. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in French Language from Florida State University, where he minored in History. He enjoys theater, independent films, chess, archery, cooking with lots of garlic, and thick, inky, bone-dry red wines. He lives with his wife, actress Geneva Rae, and their rescued dog, Duck, who is believed to be the result of an encounter between a Shiba Inu and a Pit Bull.
Text from:  http://www.christopherbuehlman.com/about/

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2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - September 21, 2011

The Qwillery is happy to announce that debut authors Christopher Buehlman and Mark Lawrence will be participating in the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interview series.

Christopher Buehlman

Christopher's debut novel, Those Across the River, was published by earlier this month by Ace.

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - September 21, 2011
Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate-the Savoyard Plantation- and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.

It comes from the shadowy woods across the river, where the ruins of Savoyard still stand. Where a longstanding debt of blood has never been forgotten.

A debt that has been waiting patiently for Frank Nichols's homecoming...




Mark Lawrence

Mark's debut, Prince of Thorns, was published in August by Ace.

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - September 21, 2011
A stunning fantasy debut from a major new talent!

When he was nine, he watched his mother and brother killed before him. By the time he was thirteen, he was the leader of a band of bloodthirsty thugs. By fifteen, he intends to be king...

It's time for Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath to return to the castle he turned his back on, to take what's rightfully his. Since the day he was hung on the thorns of a briar patch and forced to watch Count Renar's men slaughter his mother and young brother, Jorg has been driven to vent his rage. Life and death are no more than a game to him-and he has nothing left to lose.

But treachery awaits him in his father's castle. Treachery and dark magic. No matter how fierce, can the will of one young man conquer enemies with power beyond his imagining?


Look for interviews with Christopher and Mark later this month.  You can keep up to date on 2011 Debut Author Challenge happenings on the 2011 DAC page.
The View From Monday - January 27, 2020The View From Monday - June 6, 2016What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 48What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2The View From Monday - October 6, 2014Another Update on the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Authors - May 11, 2014What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6Interview with Christopher Buehlman - September 29, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge Update - September 21, 2011

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