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The View From Monday - April 10, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Sputnik's Children by Terri Favro;

Abigale Hall by Lauren A. Forry;

and

Celestial Mechanics by William Least Heat-Moon.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders it out in Trade Paperback;

The Witch of Torinia (Tale of Valdur 2) by Clifford Beal;

The Island Deception (Gateway to Alissia 1) by Dan Koboldt;

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis is out in Trade Paperback;

A Murder in Time (Kendra Donovan Mysteries 1) by Julie McElwain is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay is out in Trade Paperback.

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



The View From Monday - April 10, 2017



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

April 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood From Stone (e) (ri) Laura Anne Gilman UF - A Retrievers Novel 6
The Nymph King (e) (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Atlantis 3



April 11, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wine-Dark Sea Robert Aickman H
All the Birds in the Sky (h2tp) Charlie Jane Anders CF/SF
Indomitable (h2tp) W. C. Bauers SF/SO - Chronicles of Promise Paen 2
The Witch of Torinia Clifford Beal F - Tale of Valdur 2
Fate of Devotion K. F. Breene SF - Finding Paradise 2
Generation Decks: The Unofficial History of Gaming Phenomenon Magic the Gathering Titus Chalk RP/F
Starcraft II: Heaven's Devils William C. Dietz SF - Blizzard Legends
The Alchemists of Kush Minister Faust CF
Sputnik's Children (D) Terri Favro LF/SF/AP/PA/CoA
Abigale Hall (D) Lauren A. Forry PsyTh/SupTh/H
The Regional Office Is Under Attack! (h2tp) Manuel Gonzales LF/SF
Starcraft: Liberty's Crusade (ri) Jeff Grubb SF - Blizzard Legends
Celestial Mechanics (D) William Least Heat-Moon LF
The Loney (h2tp) Andrew Michael Hurley LF
Razr: A Demonica Underworld Novella Larissa Ione PNR - Demonica Underworld
Proof of Concept Gwyneth Jones SF
The Island Deception (e) Dan Koboldt F - Gateways to Alissia 2
The Wolf Road (h2tp) Beth Lewis PsyTh/SF/AP/PA
Thirteen Views of the Suicide Woods Bracken MacLeod Occ/Sup/H - Collection
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity (h2tp) A. Lee Martinez UF - Constance Verity 1
Void Star Zachary Mason LF/Dys
A Murder in Time (h2tp) Julie McElwain TT/M - Kendra Donovan Mysteries 1
Starcraft: I, Mengsk (ri) Graham McNeill SF - Blizzard Legends
Hystopia (h2tp) David Means LF/AH
Cold Welcome Elizabeth Moon SF/SO - Vatta's Peace 1
Waking Hell Al Robertson SF
Once Upon a Summer Night Nancy Scanlon TTR - Mists of Fate 3
The Mirror Thief (h2tp) Martin Seay HistF/M/VisMeta
Special Purposes Gavin Smith SF
The Last Machine in the Solar System Matthew Isaac Sobin SF/Dys/AP/PA/LF
Avengers of the Moon Allen Steele SF/SO
Great With Child Sonia Taitz F/FR
Take Us to Your Chief: And Other Stories: Classic Science-Fiction with a Contemporary First Nations Outlook Drew Hayden Taylor SF/Aboriginal - Collection
WarDance (e) Elizabeth Vaughan F
Blue Plague: The Fall Thomas A. Watson DF - Blue Plague 1
Thrawn Timothy Zahn SF/SO - Star Wars



April 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark Warm Heart: A Tor.com Original (e) Rich Larson H



April 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
And the Rest is History (e) Jodi Taylor HistF/TT - The Chronicles of Saint Mary's 8



April 14, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe (e) Gwendolyn Kiste H




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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RP - Role Playing
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
WM - War and Military

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3


This is the third in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



Jacob Bacharach (2014)

The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates
Liveright, March 14, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
The biblical story of Abraham and Isaac is transposed into a modern world even madder than the ancient Middle East in Jacob Bacharach’s hilarious novel.

Does any family better fit the Anna Karenina principle— that happy families are alike but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way—better than the patriarchs of the Book of Genesis? Is there any worse (or crazier) father than Abraham? These are some of the questions The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates asks, replacing the biblical Ur with New York and the land of Canaan with the rugged hills and rusted river valleys of western Pennsylvania. Fleeing a failed relationship, Isabel Giordani leaves New York and moves across the Appalachians to Pittsburgh, where she soon begins to insinuate herself into the lives of Isaac Mayer and his father, Abbie, an architect turned crooked real estate developer. As Isabel learns this family’s weird, often sordid, and occasionally violent history, her own motives for entering their lives are called into question, in Jacob Bacharach’s new novel that considers love, family, God, and, of course, real estate.





Clifford Beal (2013)

The Witch of Torinia
Valdur 2
Solaris, April 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
Divide... and conquer. The thrilling new epic fantasy continues!

Lady Lucinda della Rovera, the renegade canoness of St Dionei, secret sorceress of the “old gods”, has cleverly split the One Faith into bitter factions and with the help of a pliant Duke of Torinia, launches a war to overthrow the king of Valdur and bring back the old ways. Brother Acquel Galenus, now Magister of the High Temple of Livorna, knows he must stop her, but doubts his own faith and ability. With powerful demons seeking to reenter the world through Lucinda, he must find allies, but how?

Julianus Strykar, now a coronel of the mercenary company of the Black Rose, finds himself thrust into the maelstrom of civil war but false pride leads him into a battle he may not be able to win -- or survive.

Captain Nicolo Danamis may have regained his fleet and command but the return of his long-lost father and lord, Valerian, has complicated his love affair with mer princess Citala. When his former lover -- the queen of Valdur -- demands his help, he and a suspicious Citala find themselves at the centre of palace intrigue as they try to avert an “alliance” with the predatory Silk Empire that will turn Valdur into a puppet kingdom. And then he learns that the crown prince may be his bastard son.

Friendships, loves, and the future of Valdur all hang by a thread….





Michelle Belanger (2015)

Harsh Gods
A Novel of the Shadowside 2
Titan Books, August 30, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
The last thing Zack Westland expects on a frigid night is to be summoned to an exorcism. Demonic possession, however, proves the least of his problems. Father Frank, a veteran turned priest, knows Zack’s deepest secrets, recognizing him as Anakim, an angel belonging to that hidden tribe. And Halley, the girl they’ve come to save, carries a secret that could unlock a centuries-old evil. She chants an eerie rhyme, and she isn’t alone…

“HANDS TO TAKE AND EYES TO SEE.
A MOUTH TO SPEAK. HE COMES FOR ME.”



As Zack’s secrets spill out, far more than his life is at stake, for Halley is linked to an ancient conspiracy. Yet Zack can’t help her unless he’s willing to risk losing his immortality—and reigniting the Blood Wars.


Mortal Sins
A Novella of the Shadowside
Titan Books, October 25, 2016
eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
Zack Westland is one of the Anakim—an angel belonging to an ancient tribe trapped on Earth by the cataclysmic event known as the Blood Wars. His true name is Zaquiel, and to speak it unleashes a power beyond the ken of mortal men.

Accompanied by his temperamental ally Liliana—the Lady of Beasts—Zack encounters the ghost of an African-American woman murdered decades ago. She cannot speak, but implores him to help her, launching him along a bloody path that leads to the Strega, an Italian family of witches.

The Strega are led by Mama Tuscanetti, an ancient matriarch who brooks no interference. To cross her is to court death.


Note: Mortal Sins will be free on Amazon at launch and is free at Barnes and Noble now.





R.S. Belcher (2013)

Nightwise
Laytham Ballard 1
Tor Books, September 20, 2016
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, August 18, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series set in today's seedy occult underworld in Nightwise.

In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in-between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of ten, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.

Now a promise to a dying friend has Ballard on the trail of an escaped Serbian war criminal with friends in both high and low places-and a sinister history of blood sacrifices. Ballard is hell-bent on making Dusan Slorzack pay for his numerous atrocities, but Slorzack seems to have literally dropped off the face of the Earth, beyond the reach of his enemies, the Illuminati, and maybe even the Devil himself. To find Slorzack, Ballard must follow a winding, treacherous path that stretches from Wall Street and Washington, D.C. to backwoods hollows and truckstops, while risking what's left of his very soul . . . .


The Brotherhood of the Wheel
Tor Books, March 21, 2017
Trade Paperback
Hardcover and eBook, March 1, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series about the mysterious society of truckers known only as, The Brotherhood of The Wheel.

In 1119 A.D., a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon--a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling on the roads to and from the Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endure and have returned to the order's original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them.

Theirs is a secret line of knights: truckers, bikers, taxi hacks, state troopers, bus drivers, RV gypsies--any of the folks who live and work on the asphalt arteries of America. They call themselves the Brotherhood of the Wheel.

Jimmy Aussapile is one such knight. He's driving a big rig down South when a promise to a ghostly hitchhiker sets him on a quest to find out the terrible truth behind a string of children gone missing all across the country. The road leads him to Lovina Hewitt, a skeptical Louisiana State Police investigator working the same case and, eventually, to a forgotten town that's not on any map--and to the secret behind the eerie Black-Eyed Kids said to prowl the highways.





Jenn Bennett (2011)

The Anatomical Shape of the Heart
Square Fish, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback, 340 pages
Hardcover and eBook, 11/03/2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
Winner of the Romantic Times Best YA Protagonist Award (2015)

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci's footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital's Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is-and tries to uncover what he's hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix's own family's closet tear them apart?

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett is an irresistible, deeply romantic story about a girl and boy who help each other heal and grow.


Alex, Approximately
Simon Pulse, April 4, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

Interview with Clifford Beal and Review of The Guns of Ivrea


Please welcome Clifford Beal to The Qwillery. The Guns of Ivrea will be published on February 9th by Solaris Books.


Interview with Clifford Beal and Review of The Guns of Ivrea


TQWelcome back to The Qwillery. How has your writing process changed (or not) from when your first novel, Gideon's Angel, was published until now?

Clifford:  I have to say, the biggest difference compared to writing Gideon’s is that now I’m writing under contract with real deadlines and not “on-spec” as before. That really focusses the mind and can be scary but actually it’s a great way to avoid procrastination since you have to look at your daily or weekly writing quota like it’s a real job and not a hobby.



TQWhat do you wish that you knew about book publishing when Gideon's Angel came out that you know now?

Clifford:  Probably has to be the vagaries of book marketing. I think many new fiction authors, including myself, have a completely unreal attitude to what constitutes success. Very few writers—in any genre—hit it big first time out. It takes determination and persistence as well as good writing to build a career as a successful writer.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Clifford:  Certainly with my current WIP it has to be in handling plot resolution with a large cast of characters. You create these people, send them off into the world like a fretting parent, and then try and give them a fulfilling life on the page. But situations spawn new situations and questions beg questions. Corralling all that between the middle and end of the book is a real challenge.



TQDescribe The Guns of Ivrea in 140 characters or less.

Clifford:  A pirate turned admiral, a jaded mercenary, a monk on the run, and an inquisitive mermaid find common cause as their kingdom slowly drifts towards war



TQTell us something about The Guns of Ivrea that is not found in the book description.

Clifford:  Look out for Lucinda della Rovera, a canoness of the faith. She’s lethal.



TQWhat appeals to you about writing Fantasy?

Clifford:  Fantasy allows you to explore the human condition by putting people in fantastical situations, It’s the ultimate “what if?”



TQYour bio at the publisher's site states that you "trained in 16th -17th century rapier combat." You've also written a non-fiction book - Quelch's Gold: Piracy, Greed, and Betrayal in Colonial New England. Have your experiences with rapier combat and the writing of Quelch's Gold influenced The Guns of Ivrea?

Clifford:  Not so much Quelch’s Gold, which was about a real-life 18th century pirate, but definitely the rapier work and medieval broadsword fighting I’ve done on and off for over 35 years. Learning the art of the sword was invaluable for describing the flow of a duel or a battle. There’s no substitute for donning full armour and experiencing the chaos of the field and I think it’s given me a real edge (ha!) in crafting fight scenes. Not so much because of the mechanics (which many readers find boring) but because you can describe the feelings of the combatants in that situation. Have you ever looked through the visor of a 15th century helm? Gives you a whole new perspective on the world.



TQWhat kinds of research have you done for The Guns of Ivrea?

Clifford:  Although its secondary world fantasy, it has a definite renaissance-era feel to it. So lots of research on costume, customs, mythology, and warfare of the age.



TQIn The Guns of Ivrea who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Clifford:  That’s a difficult one. Probably the easiest character to write was Captain Strykar, my mercenary of the Company of the Black Rose. No nonsense, been around a while, has seen it all, and driven mainly by money (but still has a sense of fair play). More difficult was my wayward monk, Brother Acquel. Trying to find out what makes him tick took rather a long time and some fair amount of head-scratching.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in The Guns of Ivrea?

Clifford:  Oh definitely, but not in an overt way. There are issues of race, the treatment of “indigenous” peoples, and even drug addiction. Not preachy, but attentive readers will see parallels to our own history.



TQWhich question about The Guns of Ivrea do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

CliffordDoes the addition of gunpowder in an epic fantasy ruin the “swords and magic” elements?

Absolutely not. Sure, guns have to be integrated skilfully into a magical world but they don’t have to be a scene stealer or even work properly. Early firearms and cannon killed their wielders almost as frequently as their intended targets. In Valdur, cannon are very rudimentary—until the Ivreans find a better way!



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Guns of Ivrea.

Clifford:  “Magister,” she replied, as if talking to a boy. “It is Lavinia who sees things from afar. I, on the other hand, compel people to do things.”



TQWhat's next?

Clifford:  I’m into the home stretch now on the sequel, The Witch of Torinia, which Solaris Books will bring out early next year. After that, who knows? I’ve got some ideas for a few more things with a fantastical flavour. And there’s always the possibility for another voyage to Valdur if the omens are auspicious.



TQThank you for joining us again at The Qwillery.

Clifford:  Thanks, it was great to be back!





The Guns of Ivrea
Tales of Valdur 1
Solaris, February 9, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Interview with Clifford Beal and Review of The Guns of Ivrea
Acquel Galenus, former thief and now monk, uncovers a terrible secret under the Great Temple at Livorna, one that could shake the faith to its core. A secret that could get him killed. A secret that could enable an older, more sinister form of worship to be reborn.
 
Pirate princeling Nicolo Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him.

Citala, fair-haired and grey-skinned, the daughter of the chieftain of the Merfolk, finds herself implacably drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people's years of isolation but that could imperil their very existence.

Their fates intertwine as they journey across the land, through duchies and free cities riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds. Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again...



Qwill's Thoughts

The Guns of Ivrea is the first novel in the Tales of Valdur by Clifford Beal. It is set on and around the island nation of Valdur. The novel follows Brother Acquel, Nicolo Danamis, Citala, and more as their lives intersect and they try to stay alive, right wrongs and achieve their goals.

Each of these characters is vibrant with a rich story of his/her own. Danamis and Acquel evolve over the course of the novel as they face hardship after hardship and difficult decisions. They come to understand themselves better. They show strength of character that they perhaps thought they didn't have. Citala is brave, intelligent and takes huge chances on behalf of herself and the Mer. She is a marvelous character and has the fate of her civilization riding on her shoulders. Over the course of the novel you get to know Danamis, Acquel, and Citala well.

There are plenty of well-developed secondary characters as well - Captain Julianus Strykar, Lady Lucinda della Rovera, Magister Lucius Kodoris, and Timandra Pandarus. They are each pivotal to the story and their interactions with the main characters often spur along the story whether they take an active role or are merely soundboards.

The world of Valdur is really exceptionally done. Beal has fleshed out religion and myth, society, and the political system as the backdrop for the events of the novel. There is much intrigue, behind the back dealings, betrayal, revenge, and also true heroism and selflessness. Beal excels at placing you in the action and you really see and feel Valdur come to life. There are fantastic and exciting sword fights and ship battles.There are wonderful moments of camaraderie and friendship.

Beal brings The Guns of Ivrea to a deeply satisfying conclusion but has left plenty for the subsequent novel as things have been set in motion in Valdur that will need to play out further. This is a beautifully written novel. Set aside enough time to read The Guns of Ivrea straight through. You are not going to want to leave Valdur until the tale is done.





About Clifford

Interview with Clifford Beal and Review of The Guns of Ivrea
Clifford Beal is a former journalist and the author of Gideon’s Angel and Raven's Banquet by Solaris Books. Following a swashbuckling past where he trained in 16th -17th century rapier combat, he now leads a more sedentary life but daydreams of returning to fighting trim. When not imbibing endless mugs of tea and writing, he can usually be found imbibing endless mugs of tea and reading. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, he lives in Surrey, England with a fiery redhead of a wife and a crazed Boston terrier.





Follow Clifford on Twitter, and for more information visit the official Clifford Beal website.


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15


This is the fifteenth 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 herePart 11 here
Part 2 herePart 12 here
Part 3 herePart 13 here
Part 4 herePart 14 here
Part 5 here
Part 6 here
Part 7 here
Part 8 here
Part 9 here
Part 10 here



Brooklyn Ann (2013)

Kissing Vicious
Hearts of Metal Book 1
Boroughs Publishing Group, August 20, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Aspiring guitarist Kinley Black is about to get her first big break—as a roadie for Viciöus, her favorite heavy metal band, and for the rock god she always dreamt might make her a woman.

THE ROADIE

At 15, aspiring guitarist Kinley Black wished she were a boy. At 16, after hearing Quinn Mayne sing, she wanted him to make her a woman. Now, at 22, her dreams have come true. Quinn’s band Viciöus needs someone to lug their amps around the country, to strive and sweat with the guys. She just has to act like one of them.

AND THE ROCK GOD

Quinn had to admit the new chick could pull her weight, but that didn’t mean his road manager made the right choice. Taking a hottie on a heavy metal music tour was like dangling meat in front of a pack of feral hounds—and Quinn could be part dog himself. But more surprising than her beautiful body are Kinley’s sweet licks, so that no man could help but demand a jam session. Quinn will soon do anything to possess her, and to put Kinley in the spotlight where she belongs. And to keep her safe and sound from the wolves.


Conjuring Destiny
Brides of Prophecy 3
Broken Angels, October 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
There’s more than a prophecy holding them together …

Famous rock star, Xochitl Leonine, has dreamt of a world with two moons where a black cloaked man beckons her. One Halloween night, she meets the mysterious stranger of her dreams… literally... and their shared dance becomes a rendezvous in a place of endless night.

Zareth Amotken has no idea how important Xochitl’s heavy metal band is to her. As an immortal sorcerer, he doesn’t care. He has one goal: to find the prophesied savior of his world. Her voice holds the power to bring back his world’s vanished sun.

Xochitl’s compassion urges her to help in any way she can. Yet learning the mysteries of her past causes conflict with her future in music. Her destiny in his world and her obligations to her band pull her in opposite directions. How can she long for one while the other is so dire?

As Zareth introduces her to his people and teaches her to control her powers, she aches for his enchanting kiss. Zareth tries to resist, for their passion will unleash serious consequences, both political and magical.

As the time to fulfill her destiny draws closer, she must choose between her heart, her duty, and her friends. The wrong choice could ruin everything.

But if Zareth’s evil half brother succeeds in taking control of her for his own ends, he will take away her choices… and destroy the world.




Kait Ballenger (2013)

Midnight Hunter
The Execution Underground Book 3
HQN Books, September 1, 2015
eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Hunters of the supernatural, THE EXECUTION UNDERGROUND are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but can dark temptation destroy good intentions?

Occult specialist and witch hunter Dr. Shane Grey is called upon to investigate a string of crimes that bear all the hallmarks of black magic. But he can’t take on this daunting assignment for the Execution Underground alone. He’ll need the help of Vera Sanders, a witch with a dark past — and a woman who disturbs him as much as she intrigues him.

Vera is determined to ignore the dangerous chemistry between herself and Shane so she can prove her loyalty to his cause; otherwise she risks the wrath of the Execution Underground once again. If she can’t make Shane trust her, they won’t stand a chance in hell of defeating the evil that’s terrorising their city. No easy task, considering old habits die hard…and Vera may be the very person responsible for luring Shane into a killer’s trap.




Clifford Beal (2013)

The Guns of IvreaTales of Valdur 1
Solaris, February 9, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Acquel Galenus, former thief and now monk, uncovers a terrible secret under the Great Temple at Livorna, one that could shake the faith to its core. A secret that could get him killed. A secret that could enable an older, more sinister form of worship to be reborn.
 
Pirate princeling Nicolo Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him.

Citala, fair-haired and grey-skinned, the daughter of the chieftain of the Merfolk, finds herself implacably drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people's years of isolation but that could imperil their very existence.

Their fates intertwine as they journey across the land, through duchies and free cities riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds. Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again...




R.S. Belcher (2013)

The Brotherhood of the Wheel
Tor Books, March 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series about the mysterious society of truckers known only as, The Brotherhood of The Wheel.

In 1119 A.D., a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon--a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling on the roads to and from the Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endure and have returned to the order's original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them.

Theirs is a secret line of knights: truckers, bikers, taxi hacks, state troopers, bus drivers, RV gypsies--any of the folks who live and work on the asphalt arteries of America. They call themselves the Brotherhood of the Wheel.

Jimmy Aussapile is one such knight. He's driving a big rig down South when a promise to a ghostly hitchhiker sets him on a quest to find out the terrible truth behind a string of children gone missing all across the country. The road leads him to Lovina Hewitt, a skeptical Louisiana State Police investigator working the same case and, eventually, to a forgotten town that's not on any map--and to the secret behind the eerie Black-Eyed Kids said to prowl the highways.




Matt Bell (2013)

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
Boss Fight Books, June 22, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 79 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Upon its release in 2000, BioWare's PC role-playing epic Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn was hailed as a paragon of its genre and named "RPG of the Year" by IGN, Gamespy, and Gamespot. A game like Baldur's Gate II requires not just a master wordsmith but a dungeon master. Enter award-winning novelist Matt Bell, author of the surreal domestic novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods and co-author of the Dungeons & Dragons novel The Last Garrison.

Bell's book explores BG2's immersive narrative and complex mechanics, unpacks how RPG systems enable our emotional investment in characters, investigates the game's non-linear story, and relates his own struggle to reconcile being a "serious" adult with his love of D&D and video games. Dig in, geek out, and go for the eyes, Boo!


Scrapper
Soho Press, September 15, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Trade Paperback, August 23, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Detroit has descended into ruin. Kelly scavenges for scrap metal from the hundred thousand abandoned buildings in a part of the city known as “the zone,” an increasingly wild landscape where one day he finds something far more valuable than the copper he’s come to steal: a kidnapped boy, crying out for rescue. Briefly celebrated as a hero, Kelly secretly avenges the boy’s unsolved kidnapping, a task that will take him deeper into the zone and into a confrontation with his own past and long-buried traumas.

The second novel from the acclaimed author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, Scrapper is a devastating reimagining of one of America’s greatest cities, its beautiful architecture, its lost houses, shuttered factories, boxing gyms, and storefront churches. With precise, powerful prose, it asks: What do we owe for our crimes, even those we’ve committed to protect the people we love?



A Tree or a Person or a Wall: Stories is slated for publication in September 2016 by Soho Press.


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 8


This is the eighth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming books 2015. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9 will cover 2013 DAC authors.


See Part 1 here
See Part 1.5 here
See Part 2 here
See Part 3 here
See Part 4 here
See Part 5 here
See Part 6 here
See Part 7 here






Brooklyn Ann

Bite at First Site
Scandels with Bite 3
Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Her interest is purely scientific
Cassandra Burton wants to study medicine, surgery, healing, and everything related to the human body and its mysteries-and she's willing to rob graves to do it! But a lady can meet dark and dangerous characters lurking around the cemetery. And who could be more fascinating than Rafael Villar, Lord Vampire of London? If she could study his physiology, she could learn so much that would help humans. After all, he's immortal-and Cassandra is now his prisoner...

Until she gets close enough to touch
As if Rafael didn't have enough to worry about, with a rebellion brewing and his allies out of reach, now he's confronted by a beautiful, fearless lady who wants to heal the scars he's born for centuries. He can't keep her, and he can't let her go, and worst of all, he's every bit as intrigued by her as she is by him.





Clifford Beal

Not Final Cover
The Guns of Ivrea
Valdur 1
Solaris, July 28, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

An incredible new sea-faring fantasy series begins! A gritty, thrilling epic that reads like a cross between Patrick O'Brian and George R.R. Martin, bringing together the tang of the sea and the taste of cold steel.

Acquel Galenus, former thief and now a reluctant monk in the Great Temple at Livorna, uncovers a terrible secret, one that could topple the Holy Church. A secret that could get him killed.
Pirate princeling Nico Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him.

Citala, daughter of the chieftain of the Merfolk who inhabit the waters of Valdur, finds herself drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people's years of isolation but threaten their very existence.

Their fates will intertwine as they journey across the island kingdom, through duchies and republics riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds. Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again...







R. S. Belcher

Nightwise
Tor Books, August 18, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages





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The Trade Paperback of the The Shotgun Arcana will be published by Tor Books in October 2015. It was previously published in Hardcover and eBook in October 2014.




M. L. Brennan

Dark Ascension
Generation V #4
Roc, August 4, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

As the “wickedly clever” (Publishers Weekly) series continues, reluctant, slacker vampire Fortitude Scott learns that nothing is more important than family—or more deadly….

After a lifetime of avoiding his family, Fort has discovered that working for them isn’t half bad—even if his mother, Madeline, is a terrifying, murderous vampire. His newfound career has given him a purpose and a paycheck and has even helped him get his partner, foxy kitsune Suzume, to agree to be his girlfriend. All in all, things are looking up.

Only, just as Fort is getting comfortable managing a supernatural empire that stretches from New Jersey to Ontario, Madeline’s health starts failing, throwing Fort into the middle of an uncomfortable and dangerous battle for succession. His older sister, Prudence, is determined to take over the territory. But Fort isn’t the only one wary of her sociopathic tendencies, and allies, old and new, are turning to him to keep Prudence from gaining power.

Now, as Fort fights against his impending transition into vampire adulthood, he must also battle to keep Prudence from destroying their mother’s kingdom—before she takes him down with it….






J. Kathleen Cheney

The Shores of Spain
Novel of the Golden City 3
Roc Trade, July 7, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

A brilliant new chapter in the Novels of the Golden City.

Even as the branches of peace are being offered, there are some who still believe those who are not human should be used as chattel. And they are willing to go to great lengths to retain their power.

Newlywed siren Oriana Paredes has been appointed Ambassador to her home islands now that communication between Northern Portugual and the magical races has been restored. But convincing her people that the new Portuguese Prince’s intentions are honorable after years of persecution is difficult. And her husband, Duilio, faces his own obstacles among the sirens where males are a rare and valuable commodity with few rights.

In addition to their diplomatic mission, the two hope to uncover the truth behind Oriana’s mother’s death. Evidence suggests that Spain—a country that has been known to enslave magical beings—may have infiltrated the siren authority. Unable to leave their post, Oriana and Duilio must call on Inspector Joaquim Tavares to root out the truth.

But even his seer’s gift cannot prepare him for what he will discover.




The Seat of Magic
Novel of the Golden City 2
Roc, July 7, 2015 Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Previously published in Trade Paperback and eBook, July 2014

The Golden City series continues, and humans and nonhumans alike are in danger as evil stalks the streets, growing more powerful with every kill…

It’s been two weeks since Oriana Paredes was banished from the Golden City. Police consultant Duilio Ferreira, who himself has a talent he must keep secret, can’t escape the feeling that, though she’s supposedly returned home to her people, Oriana is in danger.

Adding to Duilio’s concerns is a string of recent murders in the city. Three victims have already been found, each without a mark upon her body. When a selkie under his brother’s protection goes missing, Duilio fears the killer is also targeting nonhuman prey.

To protect Oriana and uncover the truth, Duilio will have to risk revealing his own identity, put his trust in some unlikely allies, and consult a rare and malevolent text known as The Seat of Magic





Wesley Chu

Time Salvager
Tor Books, July 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

In a future when Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humanity has spread into the outer solar system to survive, the tightly controlled use of time travel holds the key maintaining a fragile existence among the other planets and their moons. James Griffin-Mars is a chronman--a convicted criminal recruited for his unique psychological makeup to undertake the most dangerous job there is: missions into Earth's past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. Most chronmen never reach old age, and James is reaching his breaking point.

On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets an intriguing woman from a previous century, scientist Elise Kim, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and his common sense, James brings her back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, and discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity's home world.




The Rebirths of Tao
Tao 3
Angry Robot Books, April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Five years have passed since the events in The Deaths of Tao. The world is split into pro-Prophus and pro-Genjix factions, and is poised on the edge of a devastating new World War.

A Genjix scientist who defects to the other side holds the key to preventing bloodshed on an almost unimaginable scale.

With the might of the Genjix in active pursuit, Roen is the only person who can help him save the world, and the Quasing race, too.

And you thought you were having a stressful day…

File Under: Science Fiction





Ian Doescher
[covers not yet available]

William Shakespeare's Forsooth, the Phantom Menace : Star Wars Part the First
Quirk Books, April 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

O THREEPIO, THREEPIO, WHEREFORE ART THOU, THREEPIO?

Join us, good gentles, for a merry reimagining of Star Wars: episode 1 as only Shakespeare could have written it. The entire saga starts here, with a thrilling tale featuring a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights facing a hidden, vengeful enemy.

’Tis a true Shakespearean drama, filled with sword fights, soliloquies, and doomed romance . . . all in glorious iambic pentameter and coupled with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations. Hold on to your midi-chlorians:
 The play’s the thing, wherein you’ll catch the rise of Anakin!




William Shakespeare's Alack! Of the Clones : Star Wars Part the Second
Quirk Books, July 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

In time so long ago begins our play,

In clash-strewn galaxy far, far away.

To Shmi or not to Shmi?

Torn between duty to the Jedi, attraction to Padmé, and concern for his beloved mother, yeoman Jedi Anakin Skywalker struggles to be master of his fate. But the path he chooses will determine not just his own destiny, but that of the entire Republic. And thereby hangs a tale.

Alack the day!

A noble lady in danger. A knight and squire in battle. And a forbidden love that’s written in the stars. Once again, the quill of William Shakespeare meets the galaxy of George Lucas in an insightful reimagining that sets the Star Wars saga on the Elizabethan stage. The characters are familiar, but the masterful meter, insightful soliloquies, and period illustrations will convince you that the Bard himself penned this epic adventure.




William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge : Star Wars Part the Third
Quirk Books, September 8, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 168 pages

TO THINE OWN SITH BE TRUE!

Lend us your ears and comlinks, good folk, as we share a tale of tragedy, hubris, and doomed romance. Within this Shakespearean retelling of Star Wars: Episode 3, galactic treachery abounds. A once-heroic knight is transformed into the darkest of villains. The Jedi suffer slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. The Republic falls, an Empire rises, and so begins the long wait for a New Hope.

SOMETHING IS ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF CORSUCANT!

Don’t miss this final chapter in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, presented Shakespeare-style with masterful meter, stirring soliloquies, and intricate Elizabethan illustrations. It’s a perfect melding of classic literature and epic pop culture!





Betsy Dornbusch

Emissary
Seven Eyes 2
Night Shade Books, February 3, 2015
Hardcover, 360 pages
eBook available April 7, 2015

Once an exile. Now a king returning to the land that cast him out.

Draken vae Khellian, bastard cousin of the Monoean King, had risen far from his ignominious origins, becoming both a Bowrank Commander and a member of the Crown’s Black Guard. But when cursed black magic took his wife and his honor away, he fought past his own despair and grief, and carved out a new life in Akrasia. His bloody, unlikely path, chronicled in Exile, led him to a new love, and a throne.

Draken has seen too much blood . . . the blood of friends and of enemies alike. Peace is what he wants. Now he must leave his wife and newborn child in an attempt to forge an uneasy peace between the Monoean King and thekingdomofAkrasia. The long bloody shadow of Akrasia’s violent past hangs over his efforts like a shroud. But there are other forces at work. Peace is not something everybody wants . . . not even in the seemingly straightforward kingdom of Draken’s birth.

Factions both known and unknown to Draken vie to undermine his efforts and throw the kingdom into civil war. Forces from his days in the Black Guard prove to be the most enigmatic, and a bloody tide threatens to engulf Draken’s every step.





Peter Higgins

Truth and Fear
Wolfhound Century 2
Orbit, March 24, 2015
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, March 2014

Investigator Lom returns to Mirgorod and finds the city in the throes of a crisis. The war against the Archipelago is not going well. Enemy divisions are massing outside the city, air raids are a daily occurrence and the citizens are being conscripted into the desperate defense of the city.

But Lom has other concerns. The police are after him, the mystery of the otherworldly Pollandore remains and the vast Angel is moving, turning all of nature against the city.

But will the horrors of war overtake all their plans?




Radiant State
Wolfhound Century 3
Orbit, May 19, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages





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Review - Gideon's Angel by Clifford Beal - April 6, 2013




Gideon's Angel
Author:  Clifford Beal
Publisher:  Solaris Books, February 26, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
Genre:  Historical Fantasy
ISBN:  9781781080849 (print)
Review copy: Purchased by The Qwillery

Review - Gideon's Angel by Clifford Beal - April 6, 2013
He came back to kill a tyrant. He found the Devil instead. An amazing historical novel with a supernatural twist set after the English Civil War. This is the stunning debut from Clifford Beal.

He came back to kill a tyrant. He found the Devil instead.

1653: The long and bloody English Civil War is at an end. King Charles is dead and Oliver Cromwell rules the land as king in all but name. Richard Treadwell, an exiled royalist officer and soldier-for-hire to the King of France and his all-powerful advisor, the wily Cardinal Mazarin, burns with revenge for those who deprived him of his family and fortune. He decides upon a self-appointed mission to return to England in secret and assassinate the new Lord Protector. Once back on English soil however, he learns that his is not the only plot in motion.

A secret army run by a deluded Puritan is bent on the same quest, guided by the Devil’s hand. When demonic entities are summoned, Treadwell finds himself in a desperate turnaround: he must save Cromwell to save England from a literal descent into Hell. But first he has to contend with a wife he left in Devon who believes she’s a widow, and a furious Paris mistress who has trailed him to England, jeopardising everything. Treadwell needs allies fast. Can he convince the man sent to forcibly drag him back to Cardinal Mazarin? A young king’s musketeer named d’Artagnan.

Black dogs and demons; religion and magic; Freemasons and Ranters. It’s a dangerous new Republic for an old cavalier coming home again.




Melanie's Thoughts:

Gideon’s Angel is set in the mid 1600’s with the cavalier Richard Treadwell on trial for his support of King Charles. He is given a reprieve by Cromwell and exiled to France. He spends the next few years as a gun for hire to the King of France. Despite his success as a soldier, popularity and new life with his mistress Marguerite, he is still living a half life, driven by his need for revenge against Cromwell who exiled him from his wife and children. It’s not surprising that he fairly jumps at the chance to return to England to assassinate the man he believes has nearly destroyed his life. What he finds when he reaches home is nothing like he imagined as he uncovers a plot to kill Cromwell and unleash hell on earth.

Clifford Beal creates a rich and evocative world where history merges with a great paranormal mystery. Beal sets angels, werewolves and demons in the backdrop of Cromwell’s England. The events in Beal’s plot echo those that were actually happening at the time. Then he intersperses other fictional characters from the same period such as D’Artaganan, one of the French musketeers. Beal doesn’t over-egg the prose but describes Treadwell and his life with enough detail that you can smell the unwashed bodies, feel Treadwell’s fear as he faces the demons and sense the bleakness of what lies ahead.

This isn’t one of my favourite periods of history but lends itself quite well to the paranormal elements with the angels and demons blending with the Roundheads and Ranters. I really enjoyed Beal’s portrayal of the vengeful Treadwell. His internal struggle makes him an interesting protagonist. He must prevail over evil despite risking his only chance at revenge. Treadwell’s love for his mistress, Maggie, who follows him to England, is touching and makes the story something more than just series of battles. Beal is very cunning in his development of the plot and there were a few excellent twists that took me completely by surprise.

Gideon’s Angel is a great debut fantasy novel and I will look forward to reading more from this author.














You may have noticed that I did not write the above review. Please welcome The Qwillery's newest Member/Reviewer - Melanie:

I am a voracious reader and glad that books don’t have calories, saturated fats or a high sugar content. I really enjoy epic fantasy, urban fantasy, steam punk and YA with a kickass heroine. When I am not reading I am watching TV , doing something crafty or talking to my two adorable cats (who don’t talk back unfortunately). I like to tweet about reading at @mellidrama or you can see what I am reading at Goodreads.

The Qwillery is completely thrilled to have Melanie on board!



The View From Monday - February 25, 2013

Happy last Monday in February! There are many books out this week after a few light weeks. You may find a printable PDF shopping list for this week's releases here.

There are four debuts out this week:

Gideon's Angel by Clifford Beal,

Dreams and Shadows by C. Richard Cargill (Fiction Debut),

Fade to Black (Rojan Dizon 1) by Francis Knight,

and

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski.

Clifford Beal, Francis Knight and Rita Leganski are featured in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.


From the 2012 Debut Author Challenge featured authors - Winterblaze (Darkest London 3) by Kristen Callihan and Froggy Style (F***ed Up Fairy Tale 2) by J.A. Kazimer.


From the 2011 Debut Author Challenge featured authors - Devil May Care (Speak of the Devil 2) by Patricia Eimer




February 26, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Isis Collar (tp2mm) Cat Adams UF - Blood Singer 4
Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond John Joseph Adams (ed)
Douglas Cohen (ed)
F/SF - Anthology
Edge of Dawn Lara Adrian PNR - Midnight Breed 11
The Death of Antagonis David Annandale SF - Warhammer: 40,000: Space Marine Battles
Gideon's Angel (D) Clifford Beal HistF
The Teleportation Accident Ned Beauman Hist/N/SF
The Golden Age of Death Amber Benson UF - Calliope Reaper-Jones 5
Angels of Vengeance (h2mm) John Birmingham AH/PA/Th - Without Warning 3
Existence (h2mm) David Brin SF
Wards of Faerie (h2mm) Terry Brooks F - The Dark Legacy of Shannara 1
The Lord of Castle Black (ri) Steven Brust F - Viscount of Adrilankha 2
Winterblaze Kristen Callihan PNR - Darkest London 3
Dreams and Shadows (Fiction D) C. Robert Cargill F
Path of the Incubus Andy Chambers F - Warhammer: Dark Eldar 2
The Third Gate (h2mm) Lincoln Child H/Th
The Savage Boy (e) Nick Cole SF
Van Horstmann Ben Counter F - Warhammer Heroes
Guardian of Night Tony Daniel MSF
Devil's Bargain Tony Daniel SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Eve of Chaos (ri) Sylvia Day UF - Marked 3
Mortal (tp2mm) Ted Dekker
Tosca Lee
F - Book of the Mortals 2
How To Seduce an Angel in 10 Days Saranna DeWylde PNR - 10 Days 3
The Road of Danger (h2mm) David Drake SF - Lt. Leary 9
Devil May Care Patricia Eimer PCom - Speak of the Devil 2
A Crown Imperiled (h2mm) Raymond E. Feist F - Chaoswar Saga 2
Immortally Embraced Angie Fox UF - Monster M*A*S*H 2
Heart of the Demon Cynthia Garner PNR - Warriors of the Rift 3
Black City Christina Henry UF - Black Wings 5
Hell to Pay Matthew Hughes UF - Hell and Back 3
Secrets of the Fire Sea (h2mm) Stephen Hunt F/SP - Jackelian 4
Froggy Style J.A. Kazimer F/FT/Hu - F***ed Up Fairy Tale 2
The Order (h2mm) Nate Kenyon F - Diablo III (game tie-in)
The Wind Through the Keyhole (ri) Stephen King F - Dark Tower
Fade to Black (D) Francis Knight UF - Rojan Dizon 1
The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow (D) Rita Leganski F
Age of Voodoo James Lovegrove SF - Age of 5
Warriors (h2tp)
George R.R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
F/SF - Anthology
Shadow on the Sun (ri) Richard Matheson H
First Casualty (e) (ri) Mike Moscoe SF - Jump Universe 1
Mountain Echoes C.E. Murphy UF - Walker Papers 8
Between Two Thorns Emma Newman UF - Split Worlds 1
Last Days Adam Nevill H
The Forerunner Factor (tp2mm) Andre Norton SF - Forerunner Omnibus
Shadow Blizzard (h2mm) Alexey Pehov F - Chronicles of Siala 3
The Last Jedi Michael Reaves
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
SF - Star Wars
Dead Letter Day Eileen Rendahl UF - Messenger 3
Immortal Ever After Lynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau 18
The Dog King (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 7
Beauty Awakened Gena Showalter PNR - Angels of the Dark  2
Trickster Jeff Somers UF - Ustari Cycle 1
The Mongoliad Neal Stephenson et al. F - Mongoliad 3
Seer: A Foreworld Sidequest (Kindle e) Mark Teppo F - Foreworld Saga
Night Resurrected Joss Ware PNR - Envy Chronicles 6



February 27, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Superheroes Rich Horton (ed) SF/F - Anthology



February 28, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Monkey's Other Paw: Revived Classic Stories of Dread and the Dead Luis Ortiz (ed) H - Anthology
The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince Robin Hobb F
The Very Best of Barry N. Malzberg Barry N. Malzberg SF/F - Collection



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


AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
MSF - Military Science Fiction
N - Noir
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCom - Paranormal Comedy
PNR - Parnormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Guest Blog by Clifford Beal, author of Gideon's Angel - February 12, 2013

Please welcome Clifford Beal to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Gideon's Angel will be published on February 26th in the US/Canada and February 28th in the UK.



Guest Blog by Clifford Beal, author of Gideon's Angel - February 12, 2013




Historical Fantasy: the pitfalls and pleasures of 
writing crossover fiction
Clifford Beal

A few months back I wrote on my own blog about what it was like writing historical fantasy. I came up with an analogy: that it was like renovating a building listed by the Historic Preservation society—but without planning approval. You keep the fabric of the structure and build on what’s there, but with some rather strange additions along the way.

I’ve published non-fiction history, and even worked on writing straight historical fiction, but until Gideon’s Angel, had never attempted historical fantasy before. Admittedly, it’s a strange, hybrid creature (like its cousin genre, alternative-history), slightly out of the mainstream of fiction. But, if one accepts the challenge of combining good, solid historical research with well-crafted fantasy plot elements, then the results can be as entertaining as any epic fantasy built from the ground up.

It pays though, to research the chosen period well. Many readers expect historical accuracy and they will drop a book fast if too many errors of fact or jarring anachronisms pop up. With “crossover” genres like this, you’re trying to please readers who know their favourite time period as well as fantastic literature. With a world-building fantasy novel, that particular pitfall is taken away so long as you remain consistent within the cosmos you’ve created. One particular bugbear of mine is bad sword-fighting, whether in film or books, and there’s a lot of it about. I worked particularly hard to get my fight scenes as accurate as possible. It helped that I had done a fair amount of medieval combat with the Society for Creative Anachronism since the mid-70s and later, some fairly realistic (and risky) rapier and dagger practice with groups in England. Those experiences inform my writing and my duelling scenes.

I actually had intended to write a conventional historical adventure when I was outlining what would become Gideon’s. The idea was to create a suspense thriller—sort of a 17th century “Day of the Jackal”—centring around a plot to assassinate Oliver Cromwell. But I had also been toying with ideas for a novel that was 100 per cent fantasy. None of my epic fantasy ideas were gelling for me and then I hit upon the notion of injecting some fantasy elements into the historical adventure novel I was fleshing out, specifically some supernatural plotlines.

One trope I’ve used is taking real life people from the pages of history and having them interact with fictional characters. Gideon’s has some significant roles for Cromwell, Cardinal Mazarin, Elias Ashmole, and most importantly, Charles deBatz-Castelmore—otherwise known as d’Artagnan. Outside of France, most people think he was a creation of Alexander Dumas. Actually, Dumas plucked him from the history books and fictionalised him. My d’Artagnan is closer to the real man than Dumas’s was. Soldier, diplomat, spy, he was the trusted servant of the said Cardinal, a real 17th century action man. The interaction of the fictionalised real-life and the purely fictional characters such as my protagonist Richard Treadwell, lends itself to building tension in the story. Some of the characters refuse to believe what is happening to them until they are thrust into a maelstrom of otherworldly horror. This is the thing Stephen King does so well, and before him, authors like HP Lovecraft. Taking mundane surroundings and ordinary people and dropping them into situations that stretch their understanding and comprehension—that is, converting a sceptical character into a believer of the supernatural.

I hope I’m not done with my very middle-aged, slightly broken-down and world-weary Cavalier, Richard Treadwell. And I hope readers would like to see him again. I’ve already penned a complete prequel (just how did he get so good at running into supernatural horrors?) and in my mind at least, Colonel Treadwell’s otherworldly adventures in the 17th century aren’t over yet.





About Gideon's Angel

Gideon's Angel
Solaris, February 26, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Guest Blog by Clifford Beal, author of Gideon's Angel - February 12, 2013
He came back to kill a tyrant. He found the Devil instead. An amazing historical novel with a supernatural twist set after the English Civil War. This is the stunning debut from Clifford Beal.

He came back to kill a tyrant. He found the Devil instead.

1653: The long and bloody English Civil War is at an end. King Charles is dead and Oliver Cromwell rules the land as king in all but name. Richard Treadwell, an exiled royalist officer and soldier-for-hire to the King of France and his all-powerful advisor, the wily Cardinal Mazarin, burns with revenge for those who deprived him of his family and fortune. He decides upon a self-appointed mission to return to England in secret and assassinate the new Lord Protector. Once back on English soil however, he learns that his is not the only plot in motion.

A secret army run by a deluded Puritan is bent on the same quest, guided by the Devil’s hand. When demonic entities are summoned, Treadwell finds himself in a desperate turnaround: he must save Cromwell to save England from a literal descent into Hell. But first he has to contend with a wife he left in Devon who believes she’s a widow, and a furious Paris mistress who has trailed him to England, jeopardising everything. Treadwell needs allies fast. Can he convince the man sent to forcibly drag him back to Cardinal Mazarin? A young king’s musketeer named d’Artagnan.

Black dogs and demons; religion and magic; Freemasons and Ranters. It’s a dangerous new Republic for an old cavalier coming home again.




The very different UK Cover (out February 28th)

Guest Blog by Clifford Beal, author of Gideon's Angel - February 12, 2013





About Clifford

Guest Blog by Clifford Beal, author of Gideon's Angel - February 12, 2013
Clifford Beal, originally from Providence, Rhode Island, worked for 20 years as an international journalist and is the former editor-in-chief of Jane’s Defence Weekly in London. He is the author of Quelch’s Gold (Praeger Books 2007), the true story of a little-known but remarkable early 18th century Anglo-American pirate. But he’s also been scribbling fiction from an early age: his seventh grade English teacher nicknamed him “Edgar Allen” undoubtedly due to the gothic subject matter of his extremely short stories. His debut novel, Gideon’s Angel, is published by Solaris Books in February 2013.

For recreation, Clifford used to don plate armour and bash the tar out of people in the Society for Creative Anachronism before moving to more civilised pursuits such as 17th century rapier and dagger fighting and motorcycling (though not simultaneously). Today, he is more likely to be found at the seaside or the Savile Club in London, sharing good wine and conversation in a place where the sparring is usually only verbal.

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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2013

It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for February 2013!




Since Cover Wars was so much fun as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, we're doing it again for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2013 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when I have it.

Please note that the poll has been reset due to my leaving out a novel. I did not catch a publication date change.



















Book Design by Paula Russell Szafranski
Images courtesy of Shutterstock © 2012





Cover Artist: David Seeley










Cover Art by John Stanko





Cover Illustration by Tim Byrne










Cover Art by Kekai Kotaki





Cover Artist: Steve Stone





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