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Guest Blog by D.J. McIntosh - Libraries For a New Age

Please welcome D.J. McIntosh to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. The Witch of Babylon, D.J.'s US debut, was published on October 16, 2012. You may read an Interview with D.J. here.



Guest Blog by D.J. McIntosh - Libraries For a New Age



Libraries For a New Age

We’re all familiar with the fate of the famous Egyptian library at Alexandria but did you know one of the first libraries existed centuries earlier in Mesopotamia? That library plays an important role in my novel, The Witch of Babylon. In the 7th century BC, one of Mesopotamia’s great kings employed hundreds of scribes to copy and create clay tablets which can be considered early books. The king stored these at the royal library in his capital city of Nineveh. Less than fifty years later, Nineveh was completely destroyed, its treasures looted and the city burned. Oddly enough, the fires helped to preserve the tablets and thousands of years later, when British explorers excavated the remains of Nineveh, the library was discovered. Over ten thousand of these tablets are now kept in another remarkable library – the British Museum.

It is thanks to the foresight of the ancient king that we know so much today about the life, culture and history of Mesopotamia. In that library you can find medicinal treatments that are still effective today, wonderful poetry and blow by blow accounts of military campaigns.

Libraries today play quite a different role. They are a central gathering spot for the community – an opportunity for new moms to get some much needed social time, a valuable study aid for students at all levels, a great resource for authors and journalists, a refuge for people out of work who need to use a computer and the place where children are introduced to the magic of stories. From the vast archives of the Smithsonian to our local public libraries, their primary purpose as the repository for the wealth of knowledge of nations and cultures remains its most vital role.

This may be why, when cultures come into conflict as they do most glaringly in times of war, libraries are the first to come under attack. At the time of the crusades, Mongol invaders destroyed the House of Wisdom, a fabulous library in Baghdad, and threw so many manuscripts into the Tigris that the river was said to run black with ink. When the Germans retreated from Naples Italy in WWII, many of the books in lodged in the library at the Royal Palace were burned. And in the recent Iraq war, the archives at Babylon were badly damaged.

In many western countries today, libraries are coming under a different kind of pressure. Budget restraints and cutbacks are forcing many to close or severely curtail services. And with the digital age upon us, it is an open question as to whether libraries can survive. Will great search facilities like Google and Bing eventually make libraries redundant? They have always proved adaptable to new conditions in the past so I think libraries will master this new challenge too. I’m sure all of us who love books sincerely hope so.




The Witch of Babylon

The Witch of Babylon
Mesopotamian Trilogy 1
Forge Books, October 16,2012
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

Guest Blog by D.J. McIntosh - Libraries For a New Age
Out of the searing heat and sandstorms of the infamous summer of 2003 in Baghdad comes The Witch of Babylon, a gripping story rooted in ancient Assyrian lore and its little-known but profound significance for the world.

John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer raised by his much older brother, Samuel, a mover and shaker in New York's art world. Caught between his brother's obsession with saving a priceless relic looted from Iraq's National Museum and a deadly game of revenge staged by his childhood friend, John must solve a puzzle to find the link between a modern-day witch and an ancient one.

Aided by Tomas, an archaeologist, and Ari, an Iraqi photojournalist—two men with their own secrets to hide—John races against time to decipher a biblical prophecy that leads to the dark history behind the science of alchemy. Kidnapped by villainous fortune hunters, John is returned to Iraq, where a fabulous treasure trove awaits discovery—if he can stay alive long enough to find it.

International thriller-writing sensation D. J. McIntosh makes her American debut with The Witch of Babylon.




About D.J. McIntosh

Guest Blog by D.J. McIntosh - Libraries For a New Age
D.J. (Dorothy) McINTOSH is the former co-editor of the Crime Writers of Canada's newsletter, Fingerprints, and is a Toronto-based writer of novels and short mystery fiction. Her short story "The Hounds of Winter", published in Blood on the Holly by Baskerville Books (Toronto, 2007), was nominated for the 2008 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story. "A View to Die For" appeared in Bloody Words: The Anthology, also published by Baskerville Books (Toronto, 2003). McIntosh graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Toronto.



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Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

and the winners are....


Only Superhuman by Christopher L. Bennett - Ended November 10, 2012 - Read the Interview here

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question: Who is one of your favorite superheroes?

Jen B. who said...

I love Ironman. He is a superhero because he is smart (and stupid rich). But, and although he is technically classified as a superhero, I have to go with Dr. Who. I think he is just the ultimate superhero. He's smart, a little crazy, he's devoted and he always comes up with a way to do as little damage as possible.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



Enslaved (Eternal Guardians 5) by Elisabeth Naughton - Ended November 9, 2012 - Read the Interview here. US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  Which Greek God, Goddess, Demi-God or Goddess would you like to meet?

Elizabeth H. who said...

I'd like to meet Persephone.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



Blood Riders by Michael P. Spradlin (3 copies) - Ended November 8, 2012 - Read the Interview here. US ONLY

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite Western or Horror novels, comics, TV shows, or movies?

Debby who said...

I love the Louis L'Amour westerns. They were great!


AilishsMom who said...

This was one of those books I just didn't want to put down, early morning at work be damned.
The closest things to Western that I love are the original Wild, Wild West and more recently, Firefly.


LadyVampire2u who said...

My favorite Western series was The Rifleman. Favorite movie was Cowboys VS Aliens. Congrats on this new release!



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



The Haunting of Maddy Clare and ARC of An Inquiry into Love and Death by Simone St. James - Ended November 7, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here. (Two winners each get one of the books.) US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012
ARC cover will be different.

Question: What is your favorite scary read? What do you recommend I pick up – immediately??

    Winner of The Haunting of Maddy Clare:

Tore who said...

I would suggest Stephen King's It or anything by Stephen King or Dean Koontz. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower and email subscriber.


    Winner of the ARC of An Inquiry into Love and Death:

sherry fundin who said...

I don't have a favorite, but anything by King and Koontz is plenty scary for me. lol I follow the blog. Thanks for the giveaway.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



Savage Hunger (Jaguar 1) by Terry Spear - Ended November 5, 2012 - Read the Interview here. US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  What would you do if you found a jungle cat who wasn’t all cat??

Denise Z who said...

In my fantasy world, I would slowly approach, hold out my hand in peace and scratch behind the ears or under the chin. Should this be successful and I retain all my fingers, I would check for fleas and then invite him in our of the cold for a nice side of venison or bowl of mild LOL Thank you for taking the time and effort to share with us to day and for the imagination fun.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



Alchemystic (The Spellmason Chronicles 1) by Anton Strout - Ended November 2, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  A Spellmason can work magic on stone. On what would you like to work magic?

Natalia J who said...

i would love to be able to work on paper. So what ever I write or draw it happens.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



Choice of The Shadow Reader (McKenzie Lewis 1) or The Shattered Dark (McKenzie Lewis 2) by Sandy Williams - Ended October 31, 2012 - Read the character Interview here.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  Which character from novels, comics, movies, orTV shows do you find infuriating?

Texas Book Lover who said...

Bill from the True Blood show and books is one of the most infuriating characters I can think of. The books and shows have really digressed lately. I will tough out the last book but if Sookie ends up with Bill I will probably want to tear the book to pieces and for me that is totally sacrilegious.

I have to agree that Lori from The Walking Dead is really bad too. I'm kinda hoping the baby is a zombie and kills her during childbirth and I am normally not a mean or morbid person. Just love the show but am tired of her.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



A print copy of Crooked Fang by Carrie Clevenger and a beautiful Sasha Bracelet from Synde at Cemetery Cat Designs - Ended October 28, 2012 - Read the Interview here. US ONLY

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012
Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  Xan Marcelles is a bass player. What profession would you like to see a vampire in?

JC Jones who said...

I would like to see a vampire as a money manager. They could control the world that way. I am a GFC follower.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



Lady X's Cowboy by Zoë Archer (digital copy) - Ended October 26, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  What’s your favorite kind of boot? What sort of boot do you want your heroes to wear?

Sheree who said...

I just want comfortable boots. I have fancier ones with stiletto heels but those hurt after a while and even my sturdier ones really aren't made for walking in (maybe they'd be okay for riding in).

As for heroes, anything they can walk in, I suppose. Nothing too fancy but functionality is a must - kind of how I like my men. ;)



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



The Witch of Babylon (The Mesopotamina Trilogy 1) by D.J. McIntosh - Ended October 24, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question:  Do you believe that myths have some truth to them?

Martha Lawson who said...

Absolutely, I think myths are based on truth! Thanks for the chance.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



Winner's Choice on an Immortal Guardians Novel plus swag - Ended October 23, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012

Question: Do you enjoy a little humor in a Paranormal Romance novel?

Annwitch who said...

Everyone loves it when someone has a good sense of humor. In a romance I think it is imperative.



Winners x 14 - November 11, 2012



The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 US Eastern Time on Sunday, November 18, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October 2012

PLEASE NOTE: The votes have been completely restored! The results stand.


It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for October 2012!




As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun for you to choose a 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 2012 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.

You have 12 novels to choose from in October!
































































Interview with D.J. McIntosh, author of The Witch of Babylon, and Giveaway - October 17, 2012

Please welcome D.J. McIntosh to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Witch of Babylon, D.J.'s US debut, was published on October 16, 2012.


Interview with D.J. McIntosh, author of The Witch of Babylon, and Giveaway - October 17, 2012


TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery!

D.J.:  Thanks very much Sally – glad to come aboard and love your questions.


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

D.J.:  I’ll often write late in the day, sometimes until midnight. The witching hour I guess!


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

D.J.:   J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert rate really, really high. I’ve gone back to their books again and again. Some of their perspectives may have rubbed off because although not strictly supernatural, fantastical elements slip into my work more and more often. It’s not just the worlds that Tolkien and Herbert created which are so absorbing but the central human truths at the heart of their stories.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

D.J.:  Plotter first and foremost. Satisfying genre fiction depends heavily on a good plot.


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

D.J.:  The first draft. Once that’s done, making all the revisions feels like pure bliss.


TQ:  Describe The Witch of Babylon (Mesopotamian Trilogy 1) in 140 characters or less.

D.J.:  A deadly game reveals the truth about a famous story the world believes is just a myth.


TQ:  Tell us something about The Witch of Babylon that is not in the book description.

D.J.:  “The Witch” belongs to the genre of antiquity or historical thrillers and these books are often an Indiana Jones-like romp through many countries in search of an elusive and priceless relic. My novel, although like that, has a much darker side because it’s partially set against the backdrop of the Iraq war and even though it’s fictional, it highlights some of the fearsome events that that took place in the early days of the war.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Witch of Babylon?

D.J.:  When I began writing “The Witch” I knew little about Mesopotamian history or alchemy. I actually began with the Book of Genesis and quickly learned that a number of stories in Genesis are based on much older Mesopotamian myths. It took years to bring myself up to speed on both the origins of alchemy and Assyrian literature and history. My primary sources were books and the internet. All that time spent though, turned out to be a labor of love because the research was so fascinating.


TQ:  What is one of the oddest things you found during your research?

D.J.:  That a mistress of a French king died from poisoning after taking a drink saturated with gold particles.


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

D.J.:  The easiest to write was John Madison, an art dealer and the central character, maybe because I like him and was drawn to his persona as I began writing the book. I wanted a character who seemed like a real person, not a hero figure who would use military or police skills to get him out of difficult situations. The hardest to write was the lead woman – Laurel – because of her complex nature.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Witch of Babylon?

D.J.:  When they find the treasure and it’s revealed what it is.


TQ:  What's next?

D.J.:  Hard at work on Book 2 in the trilogy, The Book of Stolen Tales. It features John Madison on the hunt for a rare 17th century Italian anthology of fairy tales. As his quest deepens, the dark origins of these tales appear to come to life. I’m especially excited about this because 2012-2013 is the 200th anniversary of the Grimm brothers first book!


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery!




The Witch of Babylon

The Witch of Babylon
Mesopotamian Trilogy 1
Forge Books, October 16,2012
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

Interview with D.J. McIntosh, author of The Witch of Babylon, and Giveaway - October 17, 2012
Out of the searing heat and sandstorms of the infamous summer of 2003 in Baghdad comes The Witch of Babylon, a gripping story rooted in ancient Assyrian lore and its little-known but profound significance for the world.

John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer raised by his much older brother, Samuel, a mover and shaker in New York's art world. Caught between his brother's obsession with saving a priceless relic looted from Iraq's National Museum and a deadly game of revenge staged by his childhood friend, John must solve a puzzle to find the link between a modern-day witch and an ancient one.

Aided by Tomas, an archaeologist, and Ari, an Iraqi photojournalist—two men with their own secrets to hide—John races against time to decipher a biblical prophecy that leads to the dark history behind the science of alchemy. Kidnapped by villainous fortune hunters, John is returned to Iraq, where a fabulous treasure trove awaits discovery—if he can stay alive long enough to find it.

International thriller-writing sensation D. J. McIntosh makes her American debut with The Witch of Babylon.





About D.J. McIntosh


Interview with D.J. McIntosh, author of The Witch of Babylon, and Giveaway - October 17, 2012
D.J. (Dorothy) McINTOSH is the former co-editor of the Crime Writers of Canada's newsletter, Fingerprints, and is a Toronto-based writer of novels and short mystery fiction. Her short story "The Hounds of Winter", published in Blood on the Holly by Baskerville Books (Toronto, 2007), was nominated for the 2008 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story. "A View to Die For" appeared in Bloody Words: The Anthology, also published by Baskerville Books (Toronto, 2003). McIntosh graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Toronto.



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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of The Witch of Babylon from Forge Books! US ONLY

How:   Answer the following question: 

Do you believe that myths have some truth to them?

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.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry).  This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - October 15, 2012


The View From Monday - October 15, 2012


Happy Monday after New York Comic Con. I can't say this enough - if you have a chance to even spend a day at New York Comic Con you should!  The next NYCC will be held from October 10 - 13, 2013. I have a couple more posts about NYCC 2012 upcoming.

This week at The Qwillery there are Guest Blogs by or Interviews with John Park (Janus), Dianne Duvall (Immortal Guardians Series), D.J. McIntosh (The Witch of Babylon), Rob DeBorde (Portlandtown) and Zoë Archer (The Ether Chronicles).

On Saturday, the initial line up for and information about the 2013 Debut Author Challenge will be announced. In addition voting in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for October will commence.


There are quiet a few books out this week.  You may find a printable PDF shopping list of this week's releases by clicking HERE.


October 15, 2012
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
The Abolition of Species Dietmar Dath SF
Sole Possession (e) Bryn Donovan PNR
Motherless Child Glen Hirshberg H
Hidden Salem Kiki Howell H
Vampyric Variations Nancy Kilpatrick F/PN - Short Stories


October 16, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wild Girls (D) Mary Stewart Atwell F/Su
Bowl of Heaven Gregory Benford
Larry Niven
SF
Only Superhuman (D) Christopher L. Bennett SF
100 Years of Vicissitude Andrez Bergen F
The Twelve Justin Cronin F/PA - Passage Trilogy 2
Blood and Other Cravings (h2tp) Ellen Datlow H - Anthology
Portlandtown (D) Rob DeBorde DF - Tale of the Oregon Wyldes 1
Angel's Ink Jocelynn Drake UF - Asylum Tales 1
Belka, Why Don't You Bark? Hideo Furukawa SF
People of the Black Sun: A People of the Longhouse Novel W. Michael Gear F - North America's Forgotten Past 20
The Witch's Initiation Elle James PNR
The Road to Woodbury Robert Kirkman
Jay Bonansinga
H - Walking Dead
Strangers in the Land Stant Litore H - Zombie Bible 3
Windhaven (ri) George R.R. Martin
Lisa Tuttle
F
Tangled Web Crista McHugh FR - Diezian Empire 1
The Witch of Babylon (D US) D.J. McIntosh Th/Su - Mesopotamian Trilogy 1
Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism: A Novella Mike Mignola
Christopher Golden
H
Heroics Brian Moll (ed) Superheroes
Sharp and Dangerous Virtues Martha Moody Ap/Th
The Rook (h2tp) Daniel O'Malley Su/Th
Kissed by a Vampire Caridad Pineiro PNR
Remember Why You Fear Me: The Best Dark Fiction of Robert Shearman Robert Shearman DF - Collection
Crown of Destiny (ri) Bertrice Small FR - World of Hetar 6
Harvest Home (Illustrated) Thomas Tryon H


October 20, 2012
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
The Neighborhood Goncalo M. Tavares F


October 21, 2012
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Over a Torrent Sea Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: Titan 5
Kobayashi Maru Michael A. Martin SF- Star Trek: Enterprise
Summon the Thunder Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek: Vanguard 2


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reprint or Reissue

Ap - Apocalyptic
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts

There are 12 debuts for October.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The October debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). 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.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite October cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month. Please note that the cover for Dead Spots is not final.



Wild Girls 
Author: Mary Stuart Atwell
Publisher:  Scribner, October 16, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781451683271 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Daringly imagined, atmospheric, and original, Wild Girls is an exhilarating debut—part coming-of-age story and part supernatural tale about girls learning their own strength.

Kate Riordan fears two things as she grows up in the small Appalachian town of Swan River: that she’ll be a frustrated townie forever or that she’ll turn into one of the mysterious and terrifying wild girls, killers who start fires and menace the community. Struggling to better her chances of escaping, Kate attends the posh Swan River Academy and finds herself divided between her hometown—and its dark history—and the realm of privilege and achievement at the Academy. Explosive friendships with Mason, a boy from the wrong side of town, and Willow, a wealthy and popular queen bee from school, are slowly pulling her apart. Kate must decide who she is and where she belongs before she wakes up with cinders at her fingertips.

Mary Stewart Atwell has written a novel that is at once funny and wise and stunningly inventive. Her wild girls are strange and fascinating creatures—a brilliant twist on the anger teenage girls can feel at their powerlessness—and a promise of the great things to come from this young writer.




Daughter of the Sword
Author:  Steve Bein
Series: Fated Blades
Publisher:  Roc, October 2, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
Price:  $16.00 (print)
ISBN9780451464774 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Mariko Oshiro is not your average Tokyo cop. As the only female detective in the city’s most elite police unit, she has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. While she wants to track down a rumored cocaine shipment, he gives her the least promising case possible. But the case—the attempted theft of an old samurai sword—proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.

The owner of the sword, Professor Yasuo Yamada, says it was crafted by the legendary Master Inazuma, a sword smith whose blades are rumored to have magical qualities. The man trying to steal it already owns another Inazuma—one whose deadly power eventually comes to control all who wield it. Or so says Yamada, and though he has studied swords and swordsmanship all his life, Mariko isn’t convinced.

But Mariko’s skepticism hardly matters. Her investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield could turn against her.




Only Superhuman

Author: Christopher L. Bennett
Publisher:  Tor, October 16, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765332295 (print)
(First Original Novel)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
2107 AD: A generation ago, Earth and the cislunar colonies banned genetic and cybernetic modifications. But out in the Asteroid Belt, anything goes. Dozens of flourishing space habitats are spawning exotic new societies and strange new varieties of humans. It’s a volatile situation that threatens the peace and stability of the entire solar system.

Emerald Blair is a Troubleshooter. Inspired by the classic superhero comics of the twentieth century, she’s joined with other mods to try to police the unruly Asteroid Belt. But her loyalties are tested when she finds herself torn between rival factions of superhumans with very different agendas. Emerald wants to put her special abilities to good use, but what do you do when you can’t tell the heroes from the villains?

Only Superhuman is a rollicking hard-SF adventure set in a complex and fascinating future.




The Dead of Winter
Author: Lee Collins
Publisher:  Angry Robot, October 30, 2012 (US/Canada)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN978-0-85766-272-9 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Cora and her husband hunt things – things that shouldn’t exist.

When the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious deaths, he turns to Cora to find the creature responsible. But if Cora is to overcome the unnatural tide threatening to consume the small town, she must first confront her own tragic past as well as her present.

A stunning supernatural novel that will be quickly joined by a very welcome sequel, She Returns From War, in February 2013.

File Under: Dark Fantasy [ Winter Chill | Small Town Blues | Dead Reckoning | Sharp Shooter ]




Ironskin
Author: Tina Connolly
Publisher:  Tor, October 2, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765330598 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.

It's the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain -- the ironskin.

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation" -- a child born during the Great War -- Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.

Teaching the unruly Dorie suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn't expect to fall for the girl's father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey.

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life -- and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.




Portlandtown
Author: Rob DeBorde
Series: The Oregon WyldesOctober 16, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $15.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781250006646 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Welcome to Portlandtown, where no secret is safe---not even those buried beneath six feet of Oregon mud.

Joseph Wylde isn’t afraid of the past, but he knows some truths are better left unspoken. When his father-in-law’s grave-digging awakens more than just ghosts, Joseph invites him into their home hoping that a booming metropolis and two curious grandtwins will be enough to keep the former marshal out of trouble. Unfortunately, the old man’s past soon follows, unleashing a terrible storm on a city already knee deep in floodwaters. As the dead mysteriously begin to rise, the Wyldes must find the truth before an unspeakable evil can spread across the West and beyond.




Ghost Planet
Author: Sharon Lynn Fisher
Publisher:  Tor, October 30, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765368973 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Psychologist Elizabeth Cole prepared for the worst when she accepted a job on a newly discovered world—a world where every colonist is tethered to an alien who manifests in the form of a dead loved one. But she never expected she'd struggle with the requirement to shun these "ghosts." She never expected to be so attracted to the charming Irishman assigned as her supervisor. And she certainly never expected to discover she died in a transport crash en route to the planet.

As a ghost, Elizabeth is symbiotically linked to her supervisor, Murphy—creator of the Ghost Protocol, which forbids him to acknowledge or interact with her. Confused and alone—oppressed by her ghost status and tormented by forbidden love—Elizabeth works to unlock the secrets of her own existence.

But her quest for answers lands her in a tug-of-war between powerful interests, and she soon finds herself a pawn in the struggle for control of the planet…a struggle that could separate her forever from the man that she loves.




Three Parts Dead
Author: Max Gladstone
Publisher:  Tor, October 2, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765333100 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.

Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.

Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts—and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt Coulumb’s slim hope of survival.

Set in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.




Phoebe and the Ghost of Chagall
Author:  Jill Koenigsdorf
Publisher:  MacAdam/Cage, October 26, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 380 pages
Price:  $24.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781596923836 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Phoebe is an artist making very little money designing wine labels for a winery in Sonoma. Her house is in foreclosure, she’s divorced, turning forty, and beleaguered on every front. Enter Marc Chagall’s ghost, visible only to her, who appears to help her retrieve one of his own paintings that Phoebe’s father found during the liberation of France. Meant for Phoebe and her mother, the painting never made it into their hands. In this debut comic novel, Phoebe and Chagall hunt down the painting in the South of France with help from a cast of characters including two sisters who are witches, a San Francisco Art dealer, and a misguided French innkeeper. Their snooping also leads Chagall to a few out of the hundred paintings that went missing during his lifetime. With skill and tension this book pits characters who appreciate art for its beauty against black market art dealers, evil collectors, and the mysterious German pawn hired to deliver the goods.




The Witch of Babylon
Author: D.J. McIntosh
Series: Mesopotamian Trilogy
Publisher:  Forge, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780765333667 (print)
US Debut

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Out of the searing heat and sandstorms of the infamous summer of 2003 in Baghdad comes The Witch of Babylon, a gripping story rooted in ancient Assyrian lore and its little-known but profound significance for the world.

John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer raised by his much older brother, Samuel, a mover and shaker in New York's art world. Caught between his brother's obsession with saving a priceless relic looted from Iraq's National Museum and a deadly game of revenge staged by his childhood friend, John must solve a puzzle to find the link between a modern-day witch and an ancient one.

Aided by Tomas, an archaeologist, and Ari, an Iraqi photojournalist—two men with their own secrets to hide—John races against time to decipher a biblical prophecy that leads to the dark history behind the science of alchemy. Kidnapped by villainous fortune hunters, John is returned to Iraq, where a fabulous treasure trove awaits discovery—if he can stay alive long enough to find it.

International thriller-writing sensation D. J. McIntosh makes her American debut with The Witch of Babylon.




Dead Spots
Author: Melissa Olson
Series: Scarlett Bernard
Publisher:  47North, October 30, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1612185590 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
COVER NOT FINAL
Scarlett Bernard knows about personal space: step within ten feet of her, and any supernatural spells or demonic forces are instantly defused—vampires and werewolves become human again, and witches can’t get out so much as a “hocus pocus.” This special skill makes her a null and very valuable to Los Angeles’s three most powerful magical communities, who utilize her ability to scrub crime scenes clean of all traces of the paranormal to keep humanity, and the LAPD, in the dark.

But one night Scarlett’s late arrival to a grisly murder scene reveals her agenda and ends with LAPD’s Jesse Cruz tracking her down to strike a deal: he’ll keep quiet about the undead underworld if she helps solve the case. Their pact doesn’t sit well with Dash, the city’s chief bloodsucker, who fears his whole vampire empire is at stake. And when clues start to point to Scarlett, it’ll take more than her unique powers to catch the real killer and clear her name.




Deck Z: The Titanic: Unsinkable. Undead
Author:  Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon
Publisher:  Chronicle Books, October 3, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback, 222 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN: 9781452108032 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Imagine being trapped aboard the doomed Titanic on an icy Atlantic. . . with the walking dead. This fast-paced thriller reimagines the historical events of the fateful Titanic voyage through the lens of zombie mayhem. Captain Edward Smith and his inner circle desperately try to contain a weaponized zombie virus smuggled on board with the 2,200 passengers sailing to New York. Faced with an exploding population of lumbering, flesh-hungry undead, Smith’s team is forced into bloody hand-to-hand combat down the narrow halls of the huge steamer. In its few short days at sea, the majestic Titanic turns into a Victorian bloodbath, steaming at top speed toward a cold, blue iceberg. A creepy, tense pageturner, Deck Z will thrill zombie fans and Titanic buffs alike.

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - September 8, 2012

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - September 8, 2012


Announcing the four newest authors who will be featured in the Challenge - A. J. Colucci, Rob DeBorde, D.J. McIntosh, and John Park.



A.J. Colucci

The Colony
Thomas Dunne Books, November 13, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - September 8, 2012
A series of gruesome attacks have been sweeping New York City. A teacher in Harlem and two sanitation workers on Wall Street are found dead, their swollen bodies nearly dissolved from the inside out. The predator is a deadly supercolony of ants--an army of one trillion soldiers with razor-sharp claws that pierce skin like paper and stinging venom that liquefies its prey.

The desperate mayor turns to the greatest ant expert in the world, Paul O’Keefe, a Pulitzer Prize–winning scientist in an Armani suit. But Paul is baffled by the ants. They are twice the size of any normal ant and have no recognizable DNA. They’re vicious in the field yet docile in the hand. Paul calls on the one person he knows can help destroy the colony, his ex-wife Kendra Hart, a spirited entomologist studying fire ants in the New Mexico desert. Kendra is taken to a secret underground bunker in New York City, where she finds herself working side by side with her brilliant but arrogant ex-husband and a high-ranking military officer hell-bent on stopping the insects with a nuclear bomb.

When the ants launch an all-out attack, Paul and Kendra hit the dangerous, panic-stricken streets of New York, searching for a coveted queen. It’s a race to unlock the secrets of an indestructible new species, before the president nukes Manhattan.

A.J. Colucci's debut novel is a terrifying mix of classic Michael Crichton and Stephen King. A thriller with the highest stakes and the most fascinating science, The Colony does for ants what Jaws did for sharks.




Rob DeBorde

Portlandtown
A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes 1
St. Martin's Griffin, October 16, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
(fiction debut)

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - September 8, 2012
Welcome to Portlandtown, where no secret is safe---not even those buried beneath six feet of Oregon mud.

Joseph Wylde isn’t afraid of the past, but he knows some truths are better left unspoken. When his father-in-law’s grave-digging awakens more than just ghosts, Joseph invites him into their home hoping that a booming metropolis and two curious grandtwins will be enough to keep the former marshal out of trouble. Unfortunately, the old man’s past soon follows, unleashing a terrible storm on a city already knee deep in floodwaters. As the dead mysteriously begin to rise, the Wyldes must find the truth before an unspeakable evil can spread across the West and beyond.




D.J. McIntosh

The Witch of Babylon
Forge Books, October 16, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
(US debut)

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - September 8, 2012
Out of the searing heat and sandstorms of the infamous summer of 2003 in Baghdad comes The Witch of Babylon, a gripping story rooted in ancient Assyrian lore and its little-known but profound significance for the world.

John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer raised by his much older brother, Samuel, a mover and shaker in New York's art world. Caught between his brother's obsession with saving a priceless relic looted from Iraq's National Museum and a deadly game of revenge staged by his childhood friend, John must solve a puzzle to find the link between a modern-day witch and an ancient one.

Aided by Tomas, an archaeologist, and Ari, an Iraqi photojournalist—two men with their own secrets to hide—John races against time to decipher a biblical prophecy that leads to the dark history behind the science of alchemy. Kidnapped by villainous fortune hunters, John is returned to Iraq, where a fabulous treasure trove awaits discovery—if he can stay alive long enough to find it.




John Park

Janus
ChiZine Publications, September 15, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - September 8, 2012
In the near future, Jon Grebbel arrives on the colony world of Janus, and finds himself mysteriously without memory of his life on Earth. It seems that the journey has caused severe memory loss in many of Janus's colonists. While Grebbel wants to start his new life, he also wants his memory back, and starts treatments to restore his past. But they only leave him angry and disturbed and he begins to doubt the glimpses of the past the treatments reveal. Grebbel meets Elinda, an earlier arrival, whose lover, Barbara, vanished and then was found lying in the woods, apparently brain-damaged. Elinda has also lost her memories of Earth, but unlike him she has abandoned the effort to recover them. Now their meeting brings each of them a glimpse of an experience they shared back on Earth. Investigating Barbara's fate and their own, the two find their love and their search for justice turning toward bitter self-discovery and revenge, even as they begin to uncover the darkness at the heart of their world.




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