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Interview with Cleve Lamison, author of Full-Blood Half-Breed - March 16, 2014


Please welcome Cleve Lamison to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Full-Blood Half-Breed was published on March 11, 2014 by Hydra.



Interview with Cleve Lamison, author of Full-Blood Half-Breed - March 16, 2014




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Cleve:  Hi Sally. Thanks so much for inviting me here. I started writing as a kid really, picture books, chapter books, and then comics as I got a little older. I started writing “seriously” in my early twenties; about the same time I started acting. An actor’s job is to tell a character’s story, physically, within the context of the reality in which he or she exists. And I was attracted to a very specific type of character and story. It became pretty obvious pretty fast that if I wanted to see the characters and stories I envisioned, I’d better learn how to write.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Cleve:  Bit of both. Mostly a pantser, but I’ve learned I should know the end of a story, and have a loose plan for getting there before I start a project. I don’t always follow the plan, but having one helps keep me from spinning in circles.



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

Cleve:  The writing muse is a demanding mistress, of time and devotion. If she is to grace me with those magic moments of pure inspiration, I have to honor her by writing every day. I have to grind out the words, even when I don’t feel like it, even when I’m too busy, or I have been up all night tending a colicky baby, or my parents or in-laws (especially my in-laws) are in town; even on my wife’s birthday, or our anniversary. The muse doesn’t care about my other obligations. Time is her tribute, and if she doesn’t get it, she gets stingy with her blessings. The challenge is finding balance.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Cleve:  I like a lot of authors. George R. R. Martin is the first to come to mind. He’s a master storyteller. I like N.K. Jemisin. The worlds she builds are sumptuous and populated with tough, smart women-- my favorite kind. I like Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Mark Onspaugh, Michael Hughes. I’m a big fan of Jim Butcher and David Anthony Durham. This is a tough question because someone inevitably is going to get left out. There are a lot of great reads out there.

As far as influences, my time studying Shakespeare was a big influence. I don’t mean that in a pretentious way. I’m not comparing myself to Shakespeare or anything. But the year I spent studying and acting with the American Shakespeare Center (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express back then) left me with a love of language and some creative ideals about the human condition, philosophies that could be applied to all the creative disciplines, art, music, dance…anything that involves telling stories about people.



TQ:  Describe Full-Blood Half-Breed in 140 characters or less.

Cleve:  A warrior prodigy innovates his world’s sacred martial arts, creating a superior fighting technique and world-changing religious backlash.



TQ:  Tell us something about Full-Blood Half-Breed that is not in the book description.

Cleve:  Names carry power in the world of the 13 Kingdoms. Weapons are always named and warriors—those who distinguish themselves—are sometimes named after their weapons or deeds. Sometimes, it’s not obvious what a character has done to earn their name, for instance, Jambiax, Paladin’s grandfather is called, the Phantom. And while there is speculation, no one is quite sure why he’s called the Phantom. And Jambiax, like most mancers, keeps his own counsel. Not even his son, Rebelde knows what he did to earn the name.


TQ:  You are a writer, director, and actor. How do you feel that writing for theater and film has influenced (or not) your novel writing?

Cleve:  I hope it’s made my character and dialogue work stronger. My son often catches me talking to myself and accuses me of being a little crazy, and maybe I am, but typically when I’m talking to myself, I’m working out scenes in my mind. I I get into the heads of my characters, and try not to judge their actions when I’m speaking for them. I try to avoid characters that are evil for the sake of evil. Like I said before, every character is a hero in his or her mind. I want people to have mixed feelings about all my characters, good, bad or neutral. There are several ways in which Fox the Runt, the antagonist in Full-Blood Half-Breed, is very heroic. His back story is pretty astounding, and he makes a pretty convincing argument for his hatred of the protagonist, Paladin.



TQ:  In the novel, Paladin Del Darkdragón is branded a heretic for blending the 4 schools of martial arts. Can you tell us a bit about the martial arts in the novel? What appealed to you about using martial arts?

Cleve:  Years ago I heard about Bruce Lee combining different styles of martial arts to create Jeet Kun Do. His philosophy dealt with the fighter as an artist, choosing the best of all available martial styles to express his or her self in art of self-defense. That blending—the creation of something greater than the sum of its parts-- seemed somehow analogous to the great American melting pot experience, a particularly eloquent analogy considering the comparatively homogenous culture from which Lee came. And it worked perfectly with how I wanted to spin the genre’s “half-breed” trope.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Full-Blood Half-Breed?

Cleve:  I spent a lot of time researching different styles of martial arts. Each system in Full-Blood Half-Breed has a real world counterpart. I researched several real world languages and cultures that influence the world of the 13 Kingdoms. But I spend 3 interviews talking about all the research that goes into something like this. I still do research, every day. World-building is a full-time job.



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

Cleve:  Oddly enough, the old grandmother, Suki the Skullbender was the easiest to write. Most of us, if we’re lucky, will know someone like her in our lifetimes. She’s lived so long and seen so much, she has lost her patience for foolishness. And let’s be honest, the most agreeable teenager in the world is still 87% foolishness, and Suki’s grandson, Paladin—her magomusuko—is a long way from agreeable. Suki is learned and wise in the ways of the world. She’s fearless with her opinion. She wasn’t in my first draft. She’s a character created in rewrites, born strictly to serve a very specific plot purpose. But she really came to life. I am quite fond of the Skullbender. Even if she was inspired by my mother-in-law.

Paladin’s father, Rebelde the Darkdragón, was the hardest. At least at first. I started this book when my son was a baby, so the father/son interactions—emotionally—were written from the perspective of a new father still very much doting on his precocious baby son. That man had never known the singular fury of confronting a willful little smart aleck screaming, “I hate you! I hate you! I hate you!” in the middle of Union freaking Square during the holiday rush. It wasn’t until the third or fourth rewrite that I discovered those particular joys of fatherhood. And I suppose that was when Rebelde began to understand the diverse spectrum of emotions he could experience toward his son. There’s a chapter early in the book, that was all hugs and forgiveness the first time I wrote it, before I understood just how angry a father could be with his son. That scene reads very differently now. Rebelde goes a little ape when Paladin defies him, putting himself at risk. The chapter feels way more authentic.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite lines from Full-Blood Half-Breed.

Cleve:  “We Speak Steel.” And “Your ignorance betrays you.”



TQ:  What's next?

Cleve:  I’m continuing to build the world of the 13 Kingdoms. The sequel to Full-Blood Half-Breed—tentativley titled, Shadow of the Raven, is pretty far along. Also, I’m doing the finishing touches on Geek Mafia, a literary fiction piece about a high school kid looking to reclaim his dignity after a brutal assault by the school’s resident bullies. It’s pretty dark. And violent. And funny. I’m also doing some Graphic Novel stuff as well. Occiaonally, I manage a half decent doodle of Paladin and/or one of the other characters in Full-Blood Half-Breed. I post them on Pinterest sometime (clevelamison) and your readers can also follow me on twitter or facebook-- @lamison or Cleve Lamison (writer)—to get updates on stuff.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Cleve:  Thank you. It was a pleasure and an honor.





Cleve Lamison

Full-Blood Half-Breed
Hydra, March 11, 2014
eBook, 286 pages

Interview with Cleve Lamison, author of Full-Blood Half-Breed - March 16, 2014
In Cleve Lamison’s hard-hitting debut, two young men divided by an intense hatred—yet marked with a common destiny—have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it.

It’s been two thousand years since the bastard spawn of the god Creador lost their war to enslave humankind, transforming the Thirteen Kingdoms into a violent world where the martial arts are exalted as sacred gifts from the gods—and honor is won through arena blood sport.

Paladin Del Darkdragón, a sixteen-year-old warrior-in-training, is a “half-breed.” His battle against pure-blood bullies like Fox the Runt has forced him to master the four fighting forms. But when he blends them, he is condemned as a heretic by authorities and banished from the training temples. Seeking redemption, he enrolls in the arena games, savage trials that end in death.

This year’s games mask an old plot driven by a new prophet. With a horde of Creador’s Bastards and an army of fanatics led by Fox the Runt at his command, the Prophet will bend the world to his will or burn it to ash.

Paladin faces an impossible choice: redeem his honor in a fight he can’t hope to survive, or abandon his loved ones to perish in the sweeping holy war consuming the Kingdoms.





About Cleve

Interview with Cleve Lamison, author of Full-Blood Half-Breed - March 16, 2014
Photo by Charles Chessler
Cleve Lamison, writer and costumed adventurer, was raised in Richmond, Virginia on a steady diet of Star Wars films, fantasy novels, and Marvel Comics. He studied Mass Communications and Commercial Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, and has worked as a soldier in the Army Reserves, a caricaturist and cartoonist, drama teacher, and eventually became a traveling actor and playwright.

He paid his acting dues touring children’s theater out of Richmond, dazzling preschoolers along the east coast with his lauded performance of Fideous Fastidious, the pink frog. Touring and regional theater followed. He portrayed Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Iachimo in Cymbeline, and he spent a year touring the country with the American Shakespeare Company portraying Othello and various parts in The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing. He has participated in workshops throughout the country, teaching about theater in general and Shakespeare in particular.

In 1997, Cleve moved to New York City and worked infrequently as an actor, writer and filmmaker while pursuing his first love of costumed vigilantism. In 2005, with fatherhood looming, Cleve retired from the hazardous world of theater entertainment to concentrate on making the world—or at least Greenwich Village—a safer place for his unborn child and children everywhere.

It was also during this time that Cleve combined his love of writing with his love of speculative fiction, and began work on Full-Blood Half-Breed and the Stormbringer Revelation series. Cleve lives in New York City with his wife, Michelle, his son, Paladin, and the ghost of their pet fish, Fishy.

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @lamison  ~  Pinterest


The View From Monday - March 10, 2014


Happy first Monday after the start of Daylight Savings Time in most of the US. Oddly we spend more time in DST than Standard Time now.  I envision a future in which DST will be in place for the entire year and become Standard Time. I'm sure there's an SF story in that somewhere. Moving on to real stories, we've another very full release week with 4 debuts.


The View From Monday - March 10, 2014



This week's debuts:

Full-Blood Half-Breed by Cleve Lamison;

The Detainee by Peter Liney;

Veil of Time by Claire R. McDougall;

and

The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone by Will Storr.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

The Raven's Shadow (The Wild Hunt 3) by Elspeth Cooper (you can enter to win a copy here).

No Hero (Arthur Wallace 1) by Jonathan Wood is reissued in Mass Market Paperback (a terrific read; you can read my review here).



March 10, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Slam Dance with the Devil (e) Nico Rosso PNR - Demon Rock 2
Helmut Saves the World (e) Matt Sheehan AH/UF



March 11, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Prisoner of the Daleks Trevor Baxendale SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Doctor Who: Corpse Marker Chris Boucher SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Night Broken Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 8
The Fell Sword Miles Cameron F - Traitor Son Cycle 2
Doctor Who: Sting of the Zygons Stephen Cole SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Working God's Mischief Glen Cook F - Instrumalities of the Night 4
The Raven's Shadow Elspeth Cooper F - Wild Hunt 3
The Terminal Man (ri) Michael Crichton SF
Marrow's Pit (Kindle e) Keith Deininger SP/SF/H
Doctor Who: Shakedown Terrence Dicks SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Questionable Practices: Stories Eileen Gunn F/SF - Collection
Mentats of Dune Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Dune
For Honor We Stand H. Paul Honsinger SF - Man of War 2
Full-Blood Half-Breed (D) (e) Cleve Lamison F
The Detainee (D) Peter Liney SF
A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin
Daniel Abraham
F - Graphic Novel 3
Veil of Time (D) Claire R. McDougall TTR
Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel Jonathan Morris SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
The Demonologist (h2tp) Andrew Pyper H
Doctor Who: The Sands of Time Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Doctor Who: Scales of Injustice Gary Russell SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Night of the Hunter R. A. Salvatore F - Dungeon & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex 1
Blood and Iron Jon Sprunk F - Book of the Black Earth 1
The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone (D) Will Storr GothicH/FT/Sus
Doctor Who: Illegal Alien Mike Tucker SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Nothing to Fear: A Tor.com Original (e) Eric Walters SF
Thief of the Ancients Mike Wild SF - Twilight of Kerberos Omnibus
No Hero (tp2mm) Jonathan Wood UF - Arthur Wallace 1
The Iron Jackal (h2mm) Chris Wooding F - Tale of Ketty Jay 3
The Empire Omnibus Chris Wraight
Nick Kyme
Darius Hinks
F - Warhammer



March 12, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
I Can See Right Through You: A Tor.com Original (e) Kelly Link UF




March 13, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wicker Man (ri) Robin Hardy H
A Knight Like No Other (e) Michelle Miles FR - Realm of Honor 4



March 15, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Clockwork Lies: Iron Wind Dru Pagliassotti SP/SF - Clockwork Heart Trilogy 2
The Braided Path Donna Glee Williams F


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

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
FT - Fary Tale
GothicH - Gothic Horror
H - Horror
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Sus - Suspense
TTR  - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy



2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts



2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts


There are 16 debuts for March. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The March debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite March cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on March 15th.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at DAC.TheQwillery  @  gmail . com (remove the spaces).



Mary Behre

Spirited
Tidewater 1
Berkley, March 4, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
She’s running from who she is…

All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life—preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought her nothing but trouble. Despite her best efforts, needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. When one implicates her in a series of deadly crimes, she may need to entrust her secrets to the person least likely to believe her…

He’ll do whatever it takes to catch her.

Detective Seth English can’t get distracted from the big case he’s working on, not even by his alluring new neighbor. He doesn’t believe that Jules had anything to do with the string of robberies-turned-murders that he’s investigating, but when she keeps showing up in all the wrong places, his gut tells him she knows more than she’s letting on. To solve his case, he’ll need to expose what the sexy redhead is hiding—no matter how impossible the truth may be…



Jeremy P. Bushnell

The Weirdness
Melville House, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 272 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
With the literary muscle of Victor LaValle’s Big Machine and the outlandish humor of Kevin Smith’s Dogma, this debut reveals the dark underbelly of the NY literary scene.

What do you do when you wake up hung over and late for work only to find a stranger on your couch? And what if that stranger turns out to be an Adversarial Manifestation who has already brewed you a fresh cup of fair-trade coffee? If you’re Billy Ridgeway, you take the coffee.

“This is some kind of make-a-deal-with-the-Devil type shit,” he says. Lucifer explains that Billy must steal the Neko of Infinite Equilibrium, a cat-shaped statue with magical powers, before the most powerful warlock in the eastern United States can upset the balance of the universe. In exchange, Billy’s novel will be published for a five-figure advance.

Traffic may be in the way of Billy’s getaway car, he may lose his job at the Greek deli, his girlfriend may break up with him, and it’s likely he’ll have to battle his greatest literary rival with his fists… but one way or another, he is determined to become a published author and save the universe.

Along the way, Billy learns about courage, friendship, and love, while considering some important questions: Why do people have pets? Who would store seafood in a warehouse in Chelsea? And where do those bananas in bodegas come from, anyway?



Patricia Cori

The Emissary
North Atlantic Books, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
In her debut novel, Patricia Cori weaves her visionary message into a page-turning fantasy adventure that speaks to the very soul of the planet.

Within minutes of one another, three bone-chilling events take place around the globe. In Los Angeles, hundreds of blackbirds drop out of the sky, zapped to their death, mid-flight; in Maine, miles of beach are covered in tens of thousands of dead fish; in New Zealand, 150 whales and dolphins lie dead or dying on the beach.

Jamie Hastings, a renowned psychic researcher and telepath, forges a deep soul connection with the dying whales that leads to her troubled journey at sea as a consultant for USOIL, a Texas based oil company that's drilling in the most pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest, looking for oil--or so it seems. A bizarre unfolding of events aboard ship sparks the unraveling of a truly evil plan of a secret government that is intent upon silencing the music of the oceans and destroying all life on the planet.

As impossible as it is to imagine anything as sinister as the shadow Jamie faces in her mission to save the earth from the doomsday weapon bearing down on the world, the fact is that it is actually happening, at this very moment, while most of the world is asleep--or simply unaware.

One woman has been chosen to be the voice, against the forces of evil, of the cherished creatures of the sea. She is the emissary.

The question is: Is there still time for her to stop it?



Rene Denfeld

The Enchanted
Harper, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages
Fiction Debut

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.

"This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do." The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life.

Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners’ pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honesty and corruption—ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.

Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality.



Kenneth Calhoun

Black Moon
Hogarth, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
For fans of The Age of Miracles and The Dog Stars, Black Moon is a hallucinatory and stunning debut that Charles Yu calls “Gripping and expertly constructed.”

Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.

Kenneth Calhoun has written a brilliantly realized and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped by madness, one that is vivid, strange, and profoundly moving.



Lynne Gentry

Healer of Carthage
The Carthage Chronicles 1
Howard Books, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
A twenty-first-century doctor. A third-century plague. A love out of time.

First-year resident Dr. Lisbeth Hastings is too busy to take her father’s bizarre summons seriously. But when a tragic mistake puts her career in jeopardy, answering her father’s call seems her only hope of redeeming the devastating failure that her life has become.

While exploring the haunting cave at her father’s archaeological dig, Lisbeth falls through a hidden hole, awakening to find herself the object of a slave auction and the ruins of Roman Carthage inexplicably restored to a thriving metropolis. Is it possible that she’s traveled back in time, and, if so, how can she find her way back home?

Cyprian Thascius believes God called him to rescue the mysterious woman from the slave trader’s cell. What he doesn’t understand is why saving the church of his newfound faith requires him to love a woman whose peculiar ways could get him killed. But who is he to question God?

As their different worlds collide, it sparks an intense attraction that unites Lisbeth and Cyprian in a battle against a deadly epidemic. Even as they confront persecution, uncover buried secrets, and ignite the beginnings of a medical revolution, Roman wrath threatens to separate them forever. Can they find their way to each other through all these obstacles? Or are the eighteen hundred years between them too far of a leap?



Wayne Gladstone

Notes from the Internet Apocalypse
Thomas Dunne Books, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 224 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.

For Gladstone, the Net’s disappearance comes particularly hard, following the loss of his wife, leaving his flask of Jamesons and grandfather’s fedora as the only comforts in his Brooklyn apartment. But there are rumors that someone in New York is still online. Someone set apart from this new world where Facebook flirters "poke" each other in real life and members of Anonymous trade memes at secret parties. Where a former librarian can sell information as a human search engine and the perverted fulfill their secret fetishes at the blossoming Rule 34 club. With the help of his friends---a blogger and a webcam girl, both now out of work---Gladstone sets off to find the Internet. But is he the right man to save humanity from this Apocalypse?

For those of you wondering if you have WiFi right now, Wayne Gladstone’s Notes from the Internet Apocalypse examines the question "What is life without the Web?"



Sarah Harian

The Wicked We Have Done
Chaos Theory 1
InterMix, March 18, 2014
eBook

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Darkly suspenseful and completely unexpected, The Wicked We Have Done is a debut author’s thrilling new take on New Adult romance.

Twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either. 



Cleve Lamison

Full-Blood Half-Breed
Hydra, March 11, 2014
eBook, 286 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
In Cleve Lamison’s hard-hitting debut, two young men divided by an intense hatred—yet marked with a common destiny—have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it.

It’s been two thousand years since the bastard spawn of the god Creador lost their war to enslave humankind, transforming the Thirteen Kingdoms into a violent world where the martial arts are exalted as sacred gifts from the gods—and honor is won through arena blood sport.

Paladin Del Darkdragón, a sixteen-year-old warrior-in-training, is a “half-breed.” His battle against pure-blood bullies like Fox the Runt has forced him to master the four fighting forms. But when he blends them, he is condemned as a heretic by authorities and banished from the training temples. Seeking redemption, he enrolls in the arena games, savage trials that end in death.

This year’s games mask an old plot driven by a new prophet. With a horde of Creador’s Bastards and an army of fanatics led by Fox the Runt at his command, the Prophet will bend the world to his will or burn it to ash.

Paladin faces an impossible choice: redeem his honor in a fight he can’t hope to survive, or abandon his loved ones to perish in the sweeping holy war consuming the Kingdoms.



Daniel Levine

Hyde
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 18, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
What happens when a villain becomes a hero?

Mr. Hyde is trapped, locked in Dr. Jekyll’s surgical cabinet, counting the hours until his inevitable capture. As four days pass, he has the chance, finally, to tell his story—the story of his brief, marvelous life.

Summoned to life by strange potions, Hyde knows not when or how long he will have control of “the body.” When dormant, he watches Dr. Jekyll from a remove, conscious of this other, high-class life but without influence. As the experiment continues, their mutual existence is threatened, not only by the uncertainties of untested science, but also by a mysterious stalker. Hyde is being taunted—possibly framed. Girls have gone missing; someone has been killed. Who stands, watching, from the shadows? In the blur of this shared consciousness, can Hyde ever be confident these crimes were not committed by his hand?

“You may think you know Dr. Jekyll, but this Hyde is a different beast altogether."—Jon Clinch, author of Finn

"Prepare to be seduced by literary devilry! Go back to Victorian times to find a very postmodern whodunit. Visceral prose, atmosphere you could choke on, characters who seem to be at your very shoulder."—Ronald Frame, author of Havisham

"Hyde brings into the light the various horrors still hidden in the dark heart of Stevenson’s classic tale of monstrosity and addiction. Devious and ingenious, it is a blazing triumph of the gothic imagination."—Patrick McGrath, author of Asylum



Peter Liney

The Detainee
Jo Fletcher Books, March 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
US Debut

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts

Peter Liney honed his strong narrative skills and attention to detail during his long career as a writer of German, Australian, British, and South African television and radio programs. In his debut novel, The Detainee, Liney has crated a dystopian world in which the state has gone bust and can no longer support its weakest members.

The Island is a place of hopelessness. The Island is death. And it is to this place that all the elderly and infirm are shipped, the scapegoats for the collapse of society. There’s no escape, not from the punishment satellites that deliver instant judgment for any crime—including escape attempts—and not from the demons that come on foggy nights, when the satellites are all but blind. But when one of the Island’s inhabitants, the aging "Big Guy" Clancy, finds a network of tunnels beneath the waste, there is suddenly hope—for love, for escape, and for the chance to fight back.



Claire R. McDougall

Veil of Time
Gallery Books, March 11, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
A compelling tale of two Scotlands—one modern, one ancient—and the woman who parts the veil between them.

The medication that treats Maggie’s seizures leaves her in a haze, but it can’t dull her grief at losing her daughter to the same condition. With her marriage dissolved and her son away at school, Maggie retreats to a cottage below the ruins of Dunadd, once the royal seat of Scotland. But is it fantasy or reality when she awakens in a bustling village within the massive walls of eighth-century Dunadd? In a time and place so strange yet somehow familiar, Maggie is drawn to the striking, somber Fergus, brother of the king and father of Illa, who bears a keen resemblance to Maggie’s late daughter. With each dreamlike journey to the past, Maggie grows closer to Fergus and embraces the possibility of staying in this Dunadd. But with present-day demands calling her back, can Maggie leave behind the Scottish prince who dubs her mo chridhe, my heart? 



Scott Meyer

Off to Be the Wizard
Magic 2.0
47North, March 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 386 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: he can manipulate reality, thanks to reality being nothing more than a computer program. With every use of this ability, though, Martin finds his little “tweaks” have not escaped notice. Rather than face prosecution, he decides instead to travel back in time to the Middle Ages and pose as a wizard.

What could possibly go wrong?

An American hacker in King Arthur’s court, Martin must now train to become a full-fledged master of his powers, discover the truth behind the ancient wizard Merlin…and not, y’know, die or anything.



Mark Smylie

The Barrow
Pyr, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 700 pages
Cover Illustration © Gene Mollica

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Action, horror, politics, and sensuality combine in this DEBUT EPIC FANTASY novel for fans of George R. R. Martin and Michael J. Sullivan, set in the world of the Eisner-nominated Artesia comic books.

To find the Sword, unearth the Barrow. To unearth the Barrow, follow the Map.

When a small crew of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians discover a map that they believe will lead them to a fabled sword buried in the barrow of a long-dead wizard, they think they've struck it rich. But their hopes are dashed when the map turns out to be cursed and then is destroyed in a magical ritual. The loss of the map leaves them dreaming of what might have been, until they rediscover the map in a most unusual and unexpected place.

Stjepan Black-Heart, suspected murderer and renegade royal cartographer; Erim, a young woman masquerading as a man; Gilgwyr, brothel owner extraordinaire; Leigh, an exiled magus under an ignominious cloud; Godewyn Red-Hand, mercenary and troublemaker; Arduin Orwain, scion of a noble family brought low by scandal; and Arduin's sister Annwyn, the beautiful cause of that scandal: together they form a cross-section of the Middle Kingdoms of the Known World, brought together by accident and dark design, on a quest that will either get them all in the history books, or get them all killed.



Liv Spector

The Rich and the Dead
William Morrow Paperbacks, March 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
To solve the crime of the century, she'll have to go back in time....

Welcome to Star Island, where Miami's wealthiest residents lead private lives behind the tall gates of their sprawling mansions. It's a blissful escape from the hot and dirty city—or it was, until New Year's Day 2015, when twelve of the most powerful people in the world were found murdered in the basement of a Star Island mansion.

The massacre shocked the nation and destroyed the life of investigator Lila Day. Her hunt for the Star Island killer consumed her. But the case went unsolved, resulting in her dismissal from the Miami PD.

Now, three years later, life hands Lila an unexpected second chance: reclusive billionaire Teddy Hawkins approaches Lila and asks her to solve the case. But how do you investigate a crime when all the leads have long ago gone cold? The answer, Teddy tells her, is to solve the case before it happens. He's going to send Lila back in time.

With nothing left to lose, an incredulous Lila travels back to 2014, determined to find the Star Island killer once and for all. But as she goes undercover among the members of Miami's high society, she finds herself caring for—and falling for—people who are destined to die that fateful night. Now she must either say good-bye or risk altering the future forever.



Will Storr

The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone
Atria Books/Marble Arch Press, March 11, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Killian Lone comes from a long line of gifted cooks, stretching back to the seven­teenth century, and yearns to become a famous chef himself. When he starts an apprenticeship under Max Mann, the most famous chef in London, he looks set to continue the family tradition. But the reality of kitchen life is brutal. Even his fellow apprentice, Kathryn, who shows Killian uncharacteristic kindness, can’t stop his being sucked into the vicious, debauched world of 1980s fine dining, and gradually he is forced to surrender his dream.

Then he discovers a dark family secret—the legacy of an ancestor who was burnt as a witch for creating food so delicious it was said to turn all who tasted it mad. Killian knows he can use this secret to achieve his ambitions and maybe, finally, to win Kathryn’s affections. But is he willing to pay the price?

This is Killian’s confession—a strange tragedy about love, ambition and incredible food . . .




2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Full-Blood Half-Breed by Cleve Lamison



2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Full-Blood Half-Breed by Cleve Lamison


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge.



Cleve Lamison

Full-Blood Half-Breed
Hydra, March 11, 2014
eBook, 286 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Full-Blood Half-Breed by Cleve Lamison
In Cleve Lamison’s hard-hitting debut, two young men divided by an intense hatred—yet marked with a common destiny—have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it.

It’s been two thousand years since the bastard spawn of the god Creador lost their war to enslave humankind, transforming the Thirteen Kingdoms into a violent world where the martial arts are exalted as sacred gifts from the gods—and honor is won through arena blood sport.

Paladin Del Darkdragón, a sixteen-year-old warrior-in-training, is a “half-breed.” His battle against pure-blood bullies like Fox the Runt has forced him to master the four fighting forms. But when he blends them, he is condemned as a heretic by authorities and banished from the training temples. Seeking redemption, he enrolls in the arena games, savage trials that end in death.

This year’s games mask an old plot driven by a new prophet. With a horde of Creador’s Bastards and an army of fanatics led by Fox the Runt at his command, the Prophet will bend the world to his will or burn it to ash.

Paladin faces an impossible choice: redeem his honor in a fight he can’t hope to survive, or abandon his loved ones to perish in the sweeping holy war consuming the Kingdoms.


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