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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6


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


Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.
Part 4 here.
Part 5 here.



Linda Poitevin (2011)

Sins of the Warrior
The Grigori Legacy 4
Michem Publishing, September 18, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 341 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
Heaven and Hell are at war

The clock is ticking

Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis’s niece is missing. Her sister has descended into madness. And the human race is caught in a relentless spiral toward self-destruction that Alex is desperate to stop. Now Michael, the Archangel she holds responsible for Earth’s plight, has returned—and he’s demanding her help to track a missing god.

Heaven is losing

Fighting for the very survival of his own realm—and that of humanity—Michael’s only chance to defeat Hell lies in returning Heaven’s long-lost daughter to her throne before it’s too late. But first he’ll have to convince Alex to help him—and to keep her out of Seth’s clutches long enough for her to do so.

There can be no right choices

In order to save both their worlds, Alex and Michael must put aside their animosity and find a way to work together in the face of increasingly impossible decisions…and unimaginable sacrifices.




Daniel Polansky (2011)

The Builders
Tor.com, November 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 224 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
A missing eye.

A broken wing.

A stolen country.

The last job didn't end well.

Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain's company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost. But now the Captain's whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score.




Courtney Schafer (2011)

Labyrinth of Flame
The Shattered Sigil 3
North Col, December 1, 2015
eBook, 614 pages
(Print edition forthcoming)

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
The epic conclusion to the Shattered Sigil Trilogy--a tale of blood magic, spies, and wilderness adventure.

Dev's never been a man afraid of a challenge. Not only has he kept his vow to his dead mentor, rescuing a child in the face of impossible odds, but he's freed his mage friend Kiran from both the sadistic master who seeks to enslave him and the foreign Council that wants to kill him.

But Kiran's master Ruslan is planning a brutal revenge, one that will raze an entire country to blood and ashes. Kiran is the key to stopping Ruslan; yet Kiran is dying by inches, victim of the Alathian Council's attempt to chain him. Worse yet, Dev and Kiran have drawn the attention of demons from the darkest of ancient legends. Demons whose power Dev knows is all too real, and that he has every reason to fear.

A fear that grows, as he and Kiran struggle to outmaneuver Ruslan and uncover the secrets locked in Kiran's forgotten childhood. For the demons are playing their own deadly game--and the price of survival may be too terrible to bear.




M. J. Scott (2011)

The Shattered Court
Four Arts 1
Roc, April 28, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
First in a new fantasy series from the author of the Novels of the Half-Light City.

Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…

The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.…




Gaie Seibold (2011)

Sparrow Falling
Sparrow 2
Solaris, July 26, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
Master spy, former con-artist, Eveline Duchen returns in adventure set in a world of steam and magic.

Eveline Sparrow (formerly Duchen) hopes to put her past experiences as a thief and con-artist to more legitimate use; which is why some of the girls at her Sparrow School receive private lessons in burglary, fakery, and other such underhand practices.

But it’s hard to get honest work when few businesses will employ young ladies in the security professions.  The duns are at the doorstep, her friend Liu the half-fox-spirit is in some sort of trouble, and the rivalries of the Folk are in danger of overspilling into the mundane world and forcing the Empire into a bloody and horrifying war.  Can Eveline pull things out of the mire this time, or will the Sparrow’s wings be clipped once and for all?

The View From Monday - November 30, 2015


Happy last Monday in November. It's also Cyber Monday so if you are hunting for something today I hope you find it. If not you can always buy a book or two.

This week's debuts:

The Curse of Jacob Tracey by Holly Messinger

Bloodbound (Pathfinder Tales 30) by F. Wesley Schneider

and

Your Brother's Blood by David Towsey


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Impulse (Lightship Chronicles 1) by Dave Bara (in Mass Market Paperback);

Blood Will Follow (Valhalla Saga 2) by Snorri Kristjansson (in Trade Paperback);

and

The Labyrinth of Flame (The Shattered Sigil 3) by Courtney Schafer.



The View From Monday - November 30, 2015



November 28, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea Caitlin R. Kiernan SF/F/H - Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan 2



November 30, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fender Lizards Joe R. Lansdale LF



December 1, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Enemy in the Dark Jay Allan SF - Far Stars Trilogy 2
Magic Gifts: A Kate Daniels Novella (e) Ilona Andrews UF - Kate Daniels
Tales of the Time Scouts Robert Asprin
Linda Evans
SF - Time Scouts Ominibus
Impulse (h2mm) Dave Bara SF - Lightship Chronicles
1
The Warrior Vampire Kate Baxter PNR - Last True Vampire 2
Ash and Silver Carol Berg F - Sanctuary 2
Nocturnall: A River of Souls Story (Ke) Beth Bernobich F - River of Souls
Give Up the Ghost Juliet Blackwell PM - A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery 6
Assassin's Creed: Underworld Oliver Bowden HistF - Assassin's Creed
8
The Elfstones of Shannara (ri/TV Tie-in) Terry Brooks F - The Shannara Chronicles 1
The Wishsong of Shannara (ri/TV Tie-in) Terry Brooks F - The Shannara Chronicles 2
Wild Wolf Claiming (e) Rhyannon Byrd PNR - Bloodrunners 8
Come the Revolution Frank Chadwick SF - How Dark the World Becomes 2
Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind Anne Charnock SF
The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics Louis Chude-Sokei LC
Sweet Ruin Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 16
Ghost in the Wind E.J. Copperman PM - A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 7
Ark Storm (h2mm) Linda Davies Th
A Daughter of No Nation A. M. Dellamonica F - Stormwrack 2
Not Dark Yet Berit Ellingsen LF
Experimental Film Gemma Files H
A Palazzo in the Stars: Science Fiction Stories Paul Di Filippo SF - Collection
A Painted Goddess (Kindle Serial) Victor Gischler F - A Fire Beneath the Skin 3
Otherworld Protector (e) Jane Godman PNR - Otherworld 1
Pax Britannia: The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus Vol. 2 Jonathan Green SF - Pax Britannia
Blood Storm Steven Harper F - The Books of Blood and Iron 2
Shadow's End Thea Harrison PNR - Elder Races 9
The Ghost of Mistletoe Mary (e) Sue Ann Jaffarian PM - Ghost of Granny Apples Novella
Seize the Night (ri) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunter 7
Alien in Chief Gini Koch SF - Alien 12
Blood Will Follow (h2tp) Snorri Kristjansson F - Valhalla Saga 2
Crucible: All-New Tales of Valdemar Mercedes Lackey F - Valdemar
Clockwork Samurai Jeannie Lin SP - Gunpowder Chronicles 2
For Love or Magic Lucy March FR - Nodaway Falls 3
Thunderbird Jack McDevitt SF/AC
Dorothy Parker Drank Here (h2tp) Ellen Meister SF - Dorothy Parker 2
The Curse of Jacob Tracy (D) Holly Messinger HistF/H
The Bone Hunters Robert J. Mrazek Th
The Zero Stone (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Murdoc Jern 1
Catseye (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Dipple 1
Uncharted Stars (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Murdoc Jern 2
Wraiths of Time (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Gods and Androids 2
Android at Arms (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Gods and Androids 1
Night of Masks (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Dipple 2
Rhythm of the Imperium Jody Lynn Nye SF - Imperium 3
The Prison in Antares Mike Resnick SF - Dead Enders 2
Sword of Destiny Andrzej Sapkowski F - The Witcher 1.5
The Labyrinth of Flame (e) Courtney Schafer F - The Shattered Sigil 3
Bloodbound (D) F. Wesley Schneider F - Pathfinder Tales 30
The Goblin Reservation (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
The Fellowship of the Talisman (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Special Deliverance (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Mastodonia (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Project Pope (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Time and Again (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Highway of Eternity (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
A Choice of Gods (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Our Children's Children (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Unbound (e) Shawn Speakman (ed) F - Anthology
Nevermore Rob Thurman UF - Cal and Niko Leandros 10
Your Brother's Blood (D - US) David Towsey H/PA - Walkin' Trilogy 1
The Rising Ian Tregillis AH - The Alchemy Wars 2
The Secret of the Nagas Amish Tripathi F - Shiva Trilogy 2
Joe Steele (h2mm) Harry Turtledove AH
Slavemakers Joseph Wallace SF/AP/PA/Th - Invasive Species 2
Blood Kiss J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Legacy 1
The Seventh Sigil (h2mm) Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F - Dragon Brigade 3



December 3, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Golden Key Legacy: HarperImpulse Fantasy Romance (e) AJ Nuest FR



D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook only
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
P - Paranormal
PA - Post-Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy


Winners - August 21, 2011

And the winners are....

Luck of the Devil (Speak of the Devil 1) ebook by Patricia Eimer

Winners - August 21, 2011


Lisa Richards/alterlisa who said...

I always go to the family reunions. We definitely have our share of crazies in our family but they are OUR crazies.

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No Hero by Jonathan Wood (2 copies)

Winners - August 21, 2011


Spaz who said...

My favorite movie hero. That's a tough one. It's hard to argue with such characters as Indiana Jones or James Bond. But I think I'm going to have to agree with Barbara E. and pick Captain Malcolm Reynolds. He's a flawed man who tries very much to do the right thing. Even when including the TV series, he never really got the girl. He was unable to express his feelings to Inara and so lost her. At the same time, he was a great leader, often getting his crew out of trouble. What's not to love?


and

Krystal who said...

My favorite movie hero is Ryan Reynolds...love to watch him on the big screen O.O

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Downpour (Greywalker 6) by Kat Richardson 

Winners - August 21, 2011


Blissfulrains who said...

My favorite animal is the kangaroo!~ I find them amazingly adorable!


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The Whitefire Crossing (The Shattered Sigil 1) by Courtney Schafer

Winners - August 21, 2011


Snip who said...

My ultimate adventure would involve exploring ancient ruins or an archeological dig.

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Across the Veil (ebook short story) by Lisa Kessler and Night Walker romance trading cards 

Winners - August 21, 2011

loves to dive who said...

automatic, never learned to drive a straight shift and honey gave up trying to teach me after one day.





Winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on August 28, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery very randomly choose a new winner or winner.

Thank you to all participants.

Interview with Courtney Schafer and Giveaway - August 11, 2011

Please welcome Courtney Schafer to the The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.  The Whitefire Crossing (The Shattered Sigil 1) was released on August 1, 2011.


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

Courtney:  When I’m struggling with a thorny plot problem, or a scene feels flat and I’m not sure how to make it zing on the page, I ditch my computer and go climb a mountain. Preferably by some route difficult enough to make my heart pound and my hands sweat. By the time I come back down again, I almost always have a solution. I’m convinced that the combination of adrenaline and improved circulation does wonders for brainpower. But it’s not just the physical activity that helps me – exercising indoors doesn’t work nearly so well. There’s something about the expansive vistas you get from a mountain peak that throws the gates of inspiration wide open. I don’t know what I’d do as a writer if I lived in a flat state!

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

Courtney:  My all-time favorite writer is Dorothy Dunnett. Her two major series (the Lymond Chronicles and the House of Niccolo) are shelved in historical fiction, but I’d argue that they qualify equally well as historical fantasy, thanks to the suggestion of clairvoyant mental powers in certain characters. No matter how many times I read her novels, I remain in awe of her consummate skill with plot and characterization. Other favorites include C.J. Cherryh, Emma Bull, Patricia McKillip, Carol Berg, Martha Wells, Joan Vinge, and Elizabeth Bear. Martha Wells and Carol Berg in particular showed me that a story can have thrilling adventure right along with a deep exploration of character.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Courtney:  I’m somewhere in between. I don’t outline, but when I start a story I always know the beginning, the end, and a few major signposts along the way. That way I’ve got a firm destination, but the freedom to take unexpected twists and turns as I go there.

TQ:  Describe The Whitefire Crossing in 140 characters or less.

Courtney:  A mountain climber and an apprentice mage get caught up in a war of intrigue between rival mages that will decide the fate of a city.

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Whitefire Crossing?

Courtney:  I love to read, and I read fast. After years of wishing my favorite authors could put out novels faster, I finally decided to quit whining about it and instead try writing more of the kind of books I wanted to read, full of magic and intrigue and adventure. As a climber, I thought it might be fun to write a fantasy novel involving mountaineering, and set it in a landscape reminiscent of one of my favorite places to climb: the Owens Valley and eastern Sierra Nevada, in California. If you’ve never been to the Owens Valley, the scenery is spectacular; it’s one of the deepest valleys in the world, with snowcapped 14,000 foot peaks rising straight up from arid desert full of sagebrush and sand dunes. I put pictures of the eastern Sierra beside my computer, and any time I felt my motivation flagging, all I had to do was look at those and get inspired all over again.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Whitefire Crossing?

Courtney:  I didn’t have to do much, since most of the mountaineering bits came from my own knowledge and experience, and the magic came straight from my imagination. I did do some further research on the history of mountaineering, since I based my climbers in the novel on the local guides and crystal hunters that traveled the Alps in the 1700s. When I first moved to Colorado back in 1995, I took a mountaineering class from the Colorado Mountain Club in which we were taught not only modern techniques, but learned about a lot of the old-school climbing methods that were prevalent before our age of synthetic ropes and stealth-rubber soles. (Climbing was a far more risky endeavor in the 17th and 18th centuries!) When I set out to write The Whitefire Crossing, I went back and read a few more historical accounts and old journals, just to be sure my climbers would be using equipment appropriate to the technology level of my world.

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

Courtney:  With my two protagonists Dev and Kiran, it seemed like one character was always easier than the other to write, but which one was easiest changed with every chapter! Because I wrote Dev’s scenes in 1st person and Kiran’s scenes in 3rd, I had different challenges with each character. For Dev (the climber), I had to be careful not to get bogged down too much in his head, and to keep his narration properly sardonic without being too flippant in times of stress. For Kiran (the mage), I had to make sure I got deep enough into his POV that he didn’t feel like a cipher compared to Dev, while carefully gauging how much information about his past I was giving the reader.

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

Courtney:  There’s a scene where someone casts a spell to stop an avalanche that I just love, both because of the action and because it’s a pivotal moment for that character. I’m also quite fond of a scene late in the book in which Dev (and the reader) gets to see one of the novel’s antagonists in person for the first time.

TQ:  What's next?

Courtney:  I’m hard at work on The Whitefire Crossing’s sequel, The Tainted City, which is scheduled to release in the fall of 2012. If these first two novels sell well, there may be a third book in the series – otherwise, I’ve got a few ideas for new stories floating around.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Courtney:  Thanks so much for having me, Sally!


About The Whitefire Crossing

The Whitefire Crossing
The Shattered Sigil 1
(Night Shade Books, August 9, 2011)
Interview with Courtney Schafer and Giveaway - August 11, 2011
Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He's in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it's easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel--where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark--into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed.

But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution--and he'll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway.

Yet the young mage is not the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other--or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel.


Amazon : Barnes & Noble : Book Depository


Courtney's guest blog about the cover art of The Whitefire Crossing may be found by clicking here.


About Courtney

Interview with Courtney Schafer and Giveaway - August 11, 2011
Courtney Schafer grew up reading Diana Wynne Jones and Patricia McKillip and her love of fantasy has only grown with age. Her debut fantasy novel The Whitefire Crossing will release this August from Night Shade Books. When not writing, Courtney figure skates, climbs 14,000 foot peaks, squeezes through Utah slot canyons, and skis way too fast through trees. To support her adrenaline-fueled hobbies and writing habit, she received a degree in electrical engineering from Caltech and now works in the aerospace industry. Visit her at http://www.courtneyschafer.com/.

Courtney's Links

Website: http://www.courtneyschafer.com/
The Night Bazaar (group blog) : http://night-bazaar.com


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of The Whitefire Crossing from Courtney!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What would be your adventure? (Mountaineering? 
A trip through the rain forest? A safari? Something else?)

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, August 18, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors


2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors


August is an amazing month for debuts! Here are the August debut authors and their novels (in alphabetical order). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.


Where Demons Fear to Tread
Author:  Stephanie Chong
Series:  Company of Angels
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher:  MIRA Books (August 30, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-0-7783-1247-5

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Where angels fall from grace and demons fall…in love.

"Welcome to DEVIL's Paradise."

The arch demon’s voice was low and deep. His fingers caressed her through the fabric of her dress. “Your soul—or his, Serena. Choose.”

Fledging guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares to enter Devil’s Paradise nightclub on a  mission—to retrieve the wayward Hollywood “It Boy” she’s assigned to protect. But she’s ambushed by the club’s owner, arch demon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-seeking humans. He won’t release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager.…

After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again.
Yet this sexy-sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries-old feelings. Now, their high-stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell…or a deliciously hot heaven.


Ready Player One
Author:  Ernest Cline
Format:  Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher:  Crown (August 16, 2011)
Price:  $24.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0-307-88743-6

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.  

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?


Luck of the Devil
Author:  Patricia Eimer
Series:  Speak of the Devil
Format:  Trade Paperback, 273 pages
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing (August 2, 2011)
Price:  $15.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Paranormal Comedy
ISBN: 978-1-937044-11-4

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Being the youngest daughter of the Devil isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The days of teenage rebellion and vows of chastity made just to tick off her father are over, and now all Faith Bettincourt wants is a nice, quiet life. Unfortunately, thanks to the unexpected arrival of her demonically-downsized sister, a ditzy succubus roommate, and dear old Dad himself, Faith’s plans for a relaxing vacation spent watching reruns go up in flames.

Now it’s all Faith can do to keep the family reunion from Hell (literally) under wraps, and the angelically-inclined hottie across the hall from realizing there’s something weird about his neighbor. And, thankfully, it’s working. Until an angelic stalker shows up in a bid to steal her powers and take over the world.

Forget watching reruns. With the way things are going, Faith will need the luck of the Devil just to survive until Monday.





Out in Blue
Author:  Sarah Gilman
Series:  Return to Sanctuary
Format:  Trade Paperback, 251 pages
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing (August 2, 2011)
Price:  $15.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-1-937044-27-5

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
In a violent world where fallen archangels are hunted for their valuable plumage, Wren knows one thing for certain: the human woman who saved him from a poacher attack will die if she stays with him. The demon responsible for his parents’ gruesome deaths two decades ago pines for the chance to rip apart any woman who stands under Wren’s wing.

Wren doesn’t expect Ginger to stay by his side once she discovers his ability to drain life with a mere touch, yet she lingers. When an unusual talent of her own reveals the location of Wren’s father, Wren’s isolated world implodes. With the help of the demon protectors he’s sworn never to trust again, Wren risks everything to rescue his father, confront the demon who stalks his and Ginger’s every step, and claim his eternity with the most courageous woman he’s ever known.







Southern Gods
Author:  John Hornor Jacobs
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books (August 1, 2011)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Horror
ISBN:  978-1-59780-285-7

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Recent World War II veteran Bull Ingram is working as muscle when a Memphis DJ hires him to find Ramblin' John Hastur. The mysterious blues man's dark, driving music--broadcast at ever-shifting frequencies by a phantom radio station--is said to make living men insane and dead men rise.

Disturbed and enraged by the bootleg recording the DJ plays for him, Ingram follows Hastur's trail into the strange, uncivilized backwoods of Arkansas, where he hears rumors the musician has sold his soul to the Devil.

But as Ingram closes in on Hastur and those who have crossed his path, he'll learn there are forces much more malevolent than the Devil and reckonings more painful than Hell . . .

In a masterful debut of Lovecraftian horror and Southern gothic menace, John Hornor Jacobs reveals the fragility of free will, the dangerous power of sacrifice, and the insidious strength of blood.


The Noble Pirates
Author:  Rima L. Jean
Series:  Noble Pirates
Format:  Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher:  Cogito Media Group (August 29, 2011)
Price:  $24.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Historical Fantasy/Time Travel Romance
ISBN:  978-1-926893-40-2

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
A vacation in the Bahamas goes awry, and a woman from 2009 unexpectedly finds herself in 1718 – amidst pirates. Sabrina is so consumed with her present-day problems that the last thing she expects is to suddenly end up face to face with real pirates. The notorious bad boys of the Golden Age of Piracy, Edward England, Howel Davis, and “Black Bart” Roberts, become Sabrina’s means of survival in the past, and ultimately, her key to returning to the future.

The catch? Sabrina happens to be carrying a book about pirates when she is swept into the past, and that book contains biographies of the very men she meets. She forms relationships with them and learns that, contrary to what she previously thought, they are sailors, servants, and slaves who were pressed into service, victims of social and historical circumstances of the era.

When Sabrina finds herself falling in love with Howel Davis, a sailor who becomes a pirate out of desperation, she begins to wonder: Can she use her knowledge to change the past? Is her knowledge a blessing or a curse?


Night Walker
Author:  Lisa Kessler
Series:  The Night
Format: Trade Paperback,  266 pages
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing (August 2, 2011)
Price:  $15.99
Language: English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-1-937044-13-8

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her…
 
Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.

She’s haunted by dreams of her own death…

After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she’s drawn to him in ways she doesn’t understand.

They’ve waited in the shadows for centuries…

Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he’s ever loved again.


Prince of Thorns
Author:  Mark Lawrence
Series:  The Broken Empire
Format:  Hardcover, 335 pages
Publisher:  Ace (August 2, 2011)
Price:  $25.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-441-02032-4

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
A stunning fantasy debut from a major new talent!

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

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

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


Awakenings
Author:  Edward Lazellari
Series:  Guardians of Aandor
Format:  Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher:  Tor (August 30, 2011)
Price:  $24..99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-7653-2787-1

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a loving family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It’s as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance.

Cal's and Seth’s lives are turned upside down as they are stalked by otherworldly beings who know about the men's past lives. But these creatures aren't here to help; they're intent on killing anyone who gets in their way. In the balance hangs the life of a child who might someday restore a broken empire to peace and prosperity. With no clue why they're being hunted, Cal and Seth must accept the aid of a strange and beautiful woman who has promised to unlock their secrets. The two must stay alive long enough to protect their loved ones, recover their true selves—and save two worlds from tyranny and destruction.

Awakenings launches a captivating fantasy saga by an amazing and talented new storyteller.


Germline
Author:  T.C. McCarthy
Series:  Subterrene War Trilogy
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher:  Orbit (August 1, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0-316-12818-6

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Germline (n.) the genetic material contained in a cellular lineage which can be passed to the next generation. Also: secret military program to develop genetically engineered super-soldiers (slang).

War is Oscar Wendell's ticket to greatness. A reporter for The Stars and Stripes, he has the only one way pass to the front lines of a brutal war over natural resources buried underneath the icy, mineral rich mountains of Kazakhstan.

But war is nothing like he expected. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the surface. The genetics-the germline soldiers-are the key to winning this war, but some inventions can't be un-done. Some technologies can't be put back in the box.

Kaz will change everything, not least Oscar himself. Hooked on a dangerous cocktail of adrenaline and drugs, Oscar doesn't find the war, the war finds him.



Low Town (The Straight Razor Cure in UK)
Author:  Daniel Polansky
Format:  Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher:  Doubleday (August 16, 2011)
Price:  $25.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy/Thriller
ISBN:  978-0-385-53446-8

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Drug dealers, hustlers, brothels, dirty politics, corrupt cops . . . and sorcery. Welcome to Low Town.
In the forgotten back alleys and flophouses that lie in the shadows of Rigus, the finest city of the Thirteen Lands, you will find Low Town. It is an ugly place, and its cham­pion is an ugly man. Disgraced intelligence agent. Forgotten war hero. Independent drug dealer. After a fall from grace five years ago, a man known as the Warden leads a life of crime, addicted to cheap violence and expensive drugs. Every day is a constant hustle to find new customers and protect his turf from low-life competition like Tancred the Harelip and Ling Chi, the enigmatic crime lord of the heathens.

The Warden’s life of drugged iniquity is shaken by his dis­covery of a murdered child down a dead-end street . . . set­ting him on a collision course with the life he left behind. As a former agent with Black House—the secret police—he knows better than anyone that murder in Low Town is an everyday thing, the kind of crime that doesn’t get investi­gated. To protect his home, he will take part in a dangerous game of deception between underworld bosses and the psy­chotic head of Black House, but the truth is far darker than he imagines. In Low Town, no one can be trusted.

Daniel Polansky has crafted a thrilling novel steeped in noir sensibilities and relentless action, and set in an original world of stunning imagination, leading to a gut-wrenching, unforeseeable conclusion. Low Town is an attention-grabbing debut that will leave readers riveted . . . and hun­gry for more.


The Whitefire Crossing
Author:  Courtney Schafer
Series:  The Shattered Sigil
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books (August 1, 2011)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy Adventure
ISBN:  978-1-59780-283-3

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He's in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it's easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel--where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark--into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed.

But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution--and he'll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway.

Yet the young mage is not the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other--or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel.



The Armageddon Chord
Author:  Jeremy Wagner
Format:  Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher:  kNight Romance Publishing (August 22, 2011)
Price:  $17.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Horror/Thriller
ISBN:  978-0-9831297-7-6

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Deep beneath the Egyptian sands, an ancient and evil song written in hieroglyphics is discovered in the long lost and buried pyramid of the demonic pharaoh, Aknaseth. It is written, that if this song is performed for the world to hear, it will unleash the Apocalypse upon the world of man…Satan will reign and grant immortality to the chosen.

With the help of abominable Egyptologist, Helmut Hartkopff, nihilistic multibillionaire, Festus Baustone the Third will do whatever it takes to bring the song to life at any cost- even if his only daughter is to be sacrificed.

Kirk Vaisto, dubbed the “God of Guitar” by his millions of fans, soon finds himself caught between the forces of divine good and monumental evil. Vaisto begins a musical journey that takes him from an unholy chapter in ancient Egyptian history to the very remains of the Holy Cross, to the concert stage, and beyond all this, to the very edge of Hell itself.

Will Kirk give the performance of a lifetime and either deliver our world from evil…or will he annihilate us all with the stroke of his hand?

What will happen when Kirk Vasito strikes The Armageddon Chord?

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

Winners! Lots and lots of winners. I'm having a bit of a hard time typing these days. I've just picked up a microphone and am going to try telling my computer what to do. If my computer is anything like my small humans, this will not work so well. :)  So this time around, winners will have to contact me with their shipping information.

Send the info to "theqwillery2  aht gmail doht com" *take out the spaces and fix the aht and doht*

Winners have until Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11:59PM US Eastern Time to send their mailing information or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

And without further ado... the winners:


June Book of the Month Giveaway - Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles 1) and Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles 2) by Kevin Hearne

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

krysykat who said...

"My favorite book that I just finished reading is "No Place Like Holmes" by Jason Lethcoe."


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Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead 1) and Flip This Zombie (Living with the Dead 2) by Jesse Petersen

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

ReneeRearden who said...

"Jesse,

Your books sound fantastic! I LOVED Zombieland. I can't wait to read Married With Zombies and Flip This Zombie!!!

So keeping in mind the proximity to a zombie, their teeth really, I'd have to have a sword. Stabbing through the eye or taking off the head would kill the zombie brain and still keep a little more distance from their bite radius than other weapons. And then there's the whole not running out of bullets issue! =D

Thanks for the AWESOME giveaway!!!"


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Blood Law (Alexandra Sabian 1) and Blood Secrets (Alexandra Sabian 2) by Jeannie Holmes

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

latishajean who said...

"My favorite is twilight and the underworld movies! What a great giveaway thank you so much!"


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Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell 1) by Jenn Bennett

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

Melissa (Books and Things) who said...

"Love the interview. I have had this book on my blog's wishlist! I do want to read this one!

However the drink question is quite easy. I'd order a Dr. Pepper from Hell. It's a real drink and good. ;)"


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Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between (Rhiannon's Law 1) ebook by J.A. Saare

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011

Julie who said...

"I can tell when my kids are lying - does that count?! Well, at least THEY think I have a supernatural talent, and that comes in very handy sometimes!"


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Arc of The Whitefire Crossing (The Shattered Sigil 1) by Courtney Schafer

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011
ARC cover may be different

Raychelle who said...

I don't buy a book specifically for it's cover, but it is what draws me to it and I usually buy it. Although, I would have bought Nightshade by Andrea Cremer even if it did not have a good story just because the cover was so stunning.


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Dark War (Matt Richter 3) by Tim Waggoner

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011


Irv the Nerve who said...

Sounds fascinating. I'd sure like to read it.


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Signed copies of Red Hot Fury (Shades of Fury 1) and Green-Eyed Envy (Shades of Fury 2) by Kasey Mackenzie. North America Only!

WINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011


Kelly who said...

"okay favorite Mythological Creature... would have to be a Dragon... Any dragon, well unless they are trying to eat me..."


Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to everyone who stops by The Qwillery.

Guest Blog: The Art of The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer and Giveaway

The Art of The Whitefire Crossing

By: Courtney Schafer

Ah, cover art. Two words certain to leave a debut author torn between excitement (“ooh, can’t wait to see my novel as a Real Live Book!”) and nerves (“Oh god, what if I hate the cover?”). For those not in the know, authors – especially brand new ones – often have no say in the cover. If you talk to industry veterans, you’ll hear a host of horror stories. Most tales of woe involve marketing folks who ignore the actual content of the story in favor of slapping the latest, greatest art trope on the cover. (“Put a tattooed chick with a sword on it. Those are hot right now. What’s that you say? None of the characters have tattoos, let alone carry swords? Who cares – you want it to sell, right?”)

So I was both delighted and relieved when my editor at Night Shade Books emailed me the cover art they’d commissioned from artist David Palumbo. Not only was the art gorgeous, but it did a wonderful job portraying the spirit of my book.

I like to call The Whitefire Crossing an adventure fantasy. When writing it, I aimed for the adventurous feel and tight character focus of sword-and-sorcery, but with pitons and ice axes instead of swords. One of Whitefire’s two protagonists is a mountain climber, the other a mage; at the start of the book, the mage (Kiran) hires the mountain climber (Dev) to help him cross the treacherous Whitefire Mountains and sneak over the spell-warded border of a neighboring country. Neither Dev nor Kiran trust each other, and for good reason – they’re each playing a deeper game than the other realizes. Soon enough they’re hip deep in trouble, caught between dangerous enemies with the fate of their home city hanging in the balance.

Looking at the cover art, the “mountain adventure” part of The Whitefire Crossing comes through loud and clear. I could tell right off that David Palumbo had actually read the book (or some portion thereof – though as it turns out, he read the whole thing). Not only are the mountains perfect: steep, snowy and rugged – which I’m thrilled about, since as a climber myself, mountains are important to me! – but so are the little details. The charm dangling from Dev’s wrist; the rope connecting the two men; the believably warm clothing; the tree turning black from Kiran’s touch because he’s stealing its life energy to supplement his own – all of that is just right.

Speaking of Kiran and the tree: the original version of the art didn’t have the red glow on the tree, just the blackened bark.

Guest Blog: The Art of The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer and Giveaway

The original version was more true to the book; here’s a description of Kiran sucking life from a tree, as told from Dev’s perspective:

He didn’t say a word, just went straight for the nearest tree and grabbed a branch like it was a lifeline. I don’t know what I’d expected. A flash like a mage ward would give, or a sound, or something – but there was nothing like that. His head fell back, his eyes closed, and the look on his face made my skin crawl. I’d seen that same slack-jawed pleasure in lionclaw addicts when they swallowed a dose.

The needles of the tree withered to brown, then curled and blackened as if burned.

But while the blackened-bark art was both beautiful and accurate, I worried it was a little too subtle. I thought it might be good to clearly indicate to potential readers that the book had a strong magical element, and wasn’t historical fantasy. With the support of my agent, I brought it up with my editor. The editor agreed; so David added the red glow to the tree, to play up the magical element. I’m very happy with the result – I figure it’s more important for a cover to give the right feel for a book than be perfectly accurate.

Which brings me to character depictions: I think I’ve figured out why so many recent fantasy covers feature people in hoods or with their backs to the viewer. It’s so the publisher doesn’t have to worry the author will freak out over how the artist drew the character’s face. After all, it’s pretty hard to match whatever image the author’s been carrying around in their head for so long.

On my cover, Kiran’s face is showing, and he came out a bit more Asian than I’d imagined him. (In the book, he’s described as having black hair and high cheekbones, but blue eyes and fair skin). I don’t mind, though, because again I think it gives the right feel – most of the characters in Whitefire are meant to be either non-white or a mélange of races. Dev, for instance, is described as brown-skinned, dark-haired and green-eyed; I’ve always pictured him as a male, somewhat darker-skinned version of the green-eyed Afghan girl in that famous National Geographic picture. (See http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2002/04/afghan-girl/index-text) With Dev’s face hidden, I definitely prefer Kiran not to look like a fantasy-standard white boy.

I feel pretty darn lucky to have gotten such a great cover for my first novel. I’m hoping David Palumbo will do the art again for Whitefire’s sequel, The Tainted City (forthcoming in 2012). Regardless, I think I’m in great hands with Night Shade!


About The Whitefire Crossing

The Whitefire Crossing
The Shattered Sigil 1
(Night Shade Books, August 9, 2011)
Guest Blog: The Art of The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer and Giveaway
Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He's in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it's easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel--where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark--into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed.

But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution--and he'll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway.

Yet the young mage is not the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other--or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel.

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About Courtney

Guest Blog: The Art of The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer and Giveaway
Courtney Schafer grew up reading Diana Wynne Jones and Patricia McKillip and her love of fantasy has only grown with age. Her debut fantasy novel The Whitefire Crossing will release this August from Night Shade Books. When not writing, Courtney figure skates, climbs 14,000 foot peaks, squeezes through Utah slot canyons, and skis way too fast through trees. To support her adrenaline-fueled hobbies and writing habit, she received a degree in electrical engineering from Caltech and now works in the aerospace industry. Visit her at http://www.courtneyschafer.com/.


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win an ARC of The Whitefire Crossing from Courtney!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Have you ever bought a book because of its cover art?

or

Do you have a favorite cover or cover artist?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 30, 2011

I'm thrilled to share with you the cover and back cover copy for The Whitefire Crossing by debut author Courtney Schafer. The Whitefire Crossing will be published on August 9, 2011 by Night Shade Books.

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 30, 2011

Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He's in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it's easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel - where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark - into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed.
But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution - and he'll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway.
Yet Kiran isn't the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other - or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel.
Look for a guest blog from Courtney near the end of June and a 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interview in August.
What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6The View From Monday - November 30, 2015Winners - August 21, 2011Interview with Courtney Schafer and Giveaway - August 11, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut AuthorsWINNERS x 8 - July 9, 2011Guest Blog: The Art of The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer and Giveaway2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 30, 2011

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