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2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for COVER OF THE YEAR!




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. Now the 12 monthly winners are pitted against each other for you to choose the 2012 Debut Novel Cover of the Year.

Voting will be open for 2 weeks instead of the usual 7 days.







January

Cover artist - Michael Komarck





February

Cover created by Amazing15





March

Cover created by Amazing15





April

Cover created by Joey Hi-Fi





May

Cover created by Aleta Rafton





June

Cover created by Sparth





July







August

Cover design - James Iacobelli.





September

Cover art - David Palumbo





October

Cover art - Chris McGrath





November






December










A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Apologies for not announcing some of these winners sooner. We had a family emergency and I was not around for the most of last week. Let's catch up! And the winners are...


Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm - Ended March 24, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:  What are some of your favorite cross genre novels? or Are there any genres do you think should not be crossed?

marybelle who said...

I think I might baulk at reading the cross between Horror & Regency. The mind boggles.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski - Ended March 27, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:  If you could time travel, which historical event or events would you like to witness? OR Write a limerick about a book you've read.

Anne who said...

Boy, it's hard to pick just one big event. It would have to be an event where I'd be safe, so no Salem witch trials or crusades. I was actually up for the first moon walk, but so young it didn't really mean anything to me. Maybe the first actual flight.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Devil's Luck (Disillusionists eNovella) by Carolyn Crane - Ended March 29, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:   On what device do you read your eBooks?

Filia Oktarina who said...

I read my ebooks on my Samsung Tablet with epub or PDF format. Just two format was enough for me:)



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Exogene (The Subterrene War 2) by T.C. McCarthy - Ended March 30, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: Favorite Military SciFi novel, movie, short story, or TV show?

rissatoo who said

Three of my favorite scifi series immediately popped to mind when I read the question... David Weber's Honor Harrington series. Orson Scott Card's Ender's series, and Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series. Love lots more, but these are top three. (Other scifi authors I love include Elizabeth Moon Robert A Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, Frank Herbert, etc. I could go on. And on!)



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Three A.M. by Steven John - Ended April 3, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: What are some of your favorite dystopian or noir novels?

molly.frenzel who said

Some of my faves are Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, and A Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Wicked as They Come (Blud 1) by Delilah S. Dawson - Ended April 3, 2012 - Read the review here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:  What have you read recently that you loved?

Natalia J who said

I recently read The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams. I loved it and can not wait for the next. Thanks for the giveaway.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Winner's Choice of one of the first 4 Jane True novels by Nicole Peeler - Ended April 6, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: Which book series would you like to go on forever? OR Which book series do you think should end/should have ended already?

Stephanie who said...

I want the Hollows series to go on forever.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Deadworld (Deadworld 1), The Vengeful Dead (Deadworld 2) and The Lingering Dead (Deadworld 3) (signed) by J.N. Duncan - Ended April 7, 2012 - Read the guest blog here. US/CANADA ONLY

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: What do you expect to see over the course of a series, what pulls you in more, and even those things that make you end up bored and stop reading a series?

BookAttict who says...

I can't believe this series hasn't appeared on my radar until now.. Deadworld sounds like a fantastic series that I'd love to read!

I read. A lot. What do I look for in a series that keeps me reading? I absolutely LOVE UF and Fantasy, so it's the details and world-building that pull me in, as well as well-drawn characters (main AND secondary) that I want to know more about.

While I realize nobody's perfect (even authors) -- and not every book is going to be a perfect read for me -- what really will turn me off a series is lack of development in the characters. I've noticed this seems to happen quite a bit in well-established series (14-15) books in. The author finds a formula that works and the characters stay in this time-warp and never change, just regurgitate the same jokes, situations, etc. -- Time moves forward-- people change. This should be true of characters in a series as well.

The other thing will put me off a series is a forced story arc -- like the author forced the characters to go in a direction that, well, seems manufactured and awkward, to get them from where they are to where the author "needs" them to be (if that makes any sense...)

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



The Alchemist of Souls (Night's Masque 1) by Anne Lyle - Ended April 9, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: Leave a comment.

Lilian who said...

Thank you so much for the interview! The book sounds like a great hisotircal read...I haven't read one in awhile!



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly chose a new winner or winners. Thank you!

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2012 Winner

The results are in and the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars winner for March is David Kowalski's The Company of the Dead  with 93 votes equaling 45% of the votes cast. The winning cover was created by Amazing15, which gives Amazing15 wins 2 months in a row!


2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2012 Winner


The final results:

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2012 Winner

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2012 Winner


Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue in April with voting on the April debut covers.

Interview with David Kowalski and Giveaway - March 20, 2012

Please welcome David Kowalski as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Company of the Dead was published on March 13, 2012 by Titan Books.


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

David:  I don’t know if this counts as a quirk but I tend to write from the ground up. It has to be sequential. If I have dialogue I’m going to use later, or notes for later developments, I place them at the end of the word file but never develop them till I get there. At least 25% of my writing time is devoted to editing the previous night’s work. This is starting to sound more pathological than quirky I’m afraid.

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

David:  I love James Joyce and Marcel Proust. I return to Bloom’s Dublin at least every two years. I’m amazed by Julian Barnes’ writing, and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian is one of my favourite books. I’m a big fan of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. It really is a long list, so I’ll try and restrain myself. In terms of acknowledged influences I would have to say that the ambition of Iain M Banks’ work and the world building of writers like Samuel Delaney and Gene Wolfe have served as inspirations.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

David:  I’m going to say both. Company of the Dead took seven years to write, and it covers a lot of ground. It’s a secret history of the Twentieth Century. It’s what really is supposed to have happened. The details of that world, and playing with cause and effect, required careful planning. Having said that, from time to time the circumstances of certain characters swept me down paths I hadn’t considered, often with better results than I’d imagined.

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

David:  I would have to say that the biggest challenge is deciding what not to write, and making the appropriate edits and cuts. Having total control over your creation when writing, as opposed to say, making a film, there is no one to say ‘no’ to you. I’m talking about before you have anything to submit to an editor. When you are dealing with something you love, it can be challenging to deny yourself. I hope that makes sense.

TQ:   Describe The Company of the Dead in 140 characters or less.

David:  Caveat. I’ve just joined Twitter and I’ve yet to utter a squeak, so here goes nothing (and this bit doesn’t count!!!)

A time traveler boards the Titanic
Behaviour ensues that is manic
Changes unfurled
Threaten our world
With destruction of all that’s organic.

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Company of the Dead?

David:  I had been reading about the Titanic, and was kind of in a dark place at the time. I wrote a short story where the ship makes harbour. I had a happy ending but no story to speak of. The ongoing fascination that people have with the sinking, a fascination that spans the century, gave me the idea of using the event as a framework for examining the last hundred years. I liked playing with the concept that the world we live in now is the result of a series of conspiracies, centered round key people and events of the last century; the Kennedys, the Titanic, Roswell. To ashamedly quote Tolkien, the tale grew in the telling.

TQ: What sort of research did you do for The Company of the Dead?

David:  I did a serious amount of research. The more I read, the stranger I found the truth to be. I felt it gave a firmer foundation to the fiction I was trying to craft. Besides, I didn’t want to disappoint any potential readers who were experts in their various fields. So I studied the deck plans of the Titanic from the keel up, and read all the transcripts from the various trials that followed the sinking, as well as first-hand accounts from survivors. I read a lot of history books. I studied maps, and political and military documents, to get a feel for the characters who had backgrounds quite different from my own. I spoke with aeronautical engineers and police officers and Native Americans. No one admitted to being a time traveler.

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

David:  Great questions. I guess Jonathan Wells, the time traveler who boards the Titanic, was easiest. His career mirrors my own to an extent. And the errors of judgment he makes could very easily have been my own. As for the hardest, I will say Patricia Malcolm. She is the only major female character in the book. I felt like I had to tread lightly, exploring her beliefs and desires, her motivations and fears. Company is largely a Boy’s Own Adventure, but I suspect that’s because most women are just way too sensible to get involved in the crap that my guys go through in the course of the book.

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

David:  I wouldn’t know where to start. I’ll say this though. I spoke earlier about the challenge of writing and the decisions of what should be culled from the text. I ended up cutting my favorite part of the book during the final edit so I can talk a little bit about it here. It was smack in the middle of the novel, and to my mind, it was the centre around which the entire narrative revolved. It focused on a single character’s perspective of everything that had led to a very significant moment for him.

The problem was that it was written in the first person and I felt it shocked the reader out of the rest of the narrative. It also clarified a plot point that needed to remain muddy. I don’t mean to sound cryptic here. I occasionally send the chapter out to an enquiring reader, if they ask nicely, and promise to be indulgent. Removing it made the work run smoother and taught me a lot about the process of writing.

TQ:  What's next?

David:  I’ve been working on my second novel for close to three years and it’s almost done. It’s unrelated to Company, in so much as that I wanted to try my hand at something quite different. It’s more fantasy than science fiction. I’ll say one thing about it. The few people I showed it to, (I started writing it while wrapping up Company of the Dead) told me I should abandon Company and finish it instead. I’m really excited about it.

TQ:   Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

David:  Thank you! I started writing in 1998, sitting on the porch of a small bungalow, while working in a country hospital. I could imagine other worlds and timelines, but I never conceived of where the book would take me. I want to say it’s an absolute pleasure that it’s brought me here and given me the opportunity to chat with you.


About The Company of the Dead

The Company of the Dead
Titan Books, March 13, 2012
Trade Paperback, 752 pages

Interview with David Kowalski and Giveaway - March 20, 2012
Can one man save the Titanic?

March 1912. A mysterious man appears aboard the Titanic on its doomed voyage. His mission? To save the ship.

The result? A world where the United States never entered World War I, thus launching the secret history of the 20th Century.

April 2012. Joseph Kennedy - grand-nephew of John F. Kennedy - lives in an America occupied in the East by Greater Germany and on the West Coast by Imperial Japan. He is one of six people who can restore history to its rightful order -- even though it would mean his own death.


About David

Interview with David Kowalski and Giveaway - March 20, 2012
David Kowalski is an obstetrician and gynecologist living in Sydney, Australia. Although he has written for many professional journals, The Company of the Dead is his first work of fiction and the winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Novel and Best Science Fiction Novel. When he isn’t delivering other people’s babies, or raising his own, he is working on his next novel.

David's Links

Website
Blog
Twitter
The Company of the Dead website





The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of The Company of the Dead from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

If you could time travel, which historical event or events would you like to witness? 

OR

Write a limerick about a book you've read.

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. You MUST 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, March 27, 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 - March 19, 2012

Happy Monday! This week at The Qwillery:

Monday - Authors After Dark Spotlight Interview with Eliza Gayle.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with David Kowalski. The Company of the Dead, David's debut, was published on March 13th by Titan Books.

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Shawntelle Maidison. Coveted will be published on April 24, 2012 by Ballantine Books.

Thursday - Authors After Dark Spotlight Interview with Carolyn Crane. Carolyn is the author of The Disillusionists series. Devil's Luck, a Disillusionists eNovella was published on February 26th.

Friday - Interview with T.C. McCarthy, author of The Subterrene War series. Exogene (Subterrene War 2) was published on March 1st by Orbit.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Simone St. James. The Haunting of Maddy Clare was published on March 6th by NAL.

Sunday - Interview with Elena Hearty. Donor was published in December 2011 (eBook) by Samhain Publishing and is now available as a Trade Paperback.


Here are this week's book releases:



March 20, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Afterglow
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Cherry Adair PRS - Lodestone Trilogy 2
Born to Darkness
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Suzanne Brockmann PRS - Fighting Destiny
Death Sentences
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Kawamata Chiaki SF
Darkest Knight
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Karen Duvall UF - Kinght's Curse 2
The Werewolf's Wife
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Michele Hauf PNR
Spooky Campfire Stories, 2nd: Outdoor Myths and Tales for All Ages
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Amy Kelley Hoitsma H/ Ghost Stories
The Navidad Incident: The Downfall of Matías Guili
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Natsuki Ikezawa F
And Blue Skies from Pain
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Stina Leicht UF - Fey and Fallen 2
Warrior Rising
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Pamela Palmer PNR - Esri 4





March 21, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse (h2tp)
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Steven C. Schlozman H



h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
UF - Urban Fantasy

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2012

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

As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun 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 that the novel is released in the US.

January 2012  Winner - Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) by Myke Cole. Cover Art by Mike Komarck.

February 2012 Winner - Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm. Cover Art by Amazing 15.


For March you have 9 covers to choose from.





























2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts


There are 9 debuts in March.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for the your favorite March cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.

The March 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.


Wide Open
Author:  Deborah Coates
Format:  Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher:  Tor Books (March 13, 2012)
Price:  $24.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0765328984

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts
When Sergeant Hallie Michaels comes back to South Dakota from Afghanistan on ten days' compassionate leave, her sister Dell's ghost is waiting at the airport to greet her.

The sheriff says that Dell's death was suicide, but Hallie doesn't believe it. Something happened or Dell's ghost wouldn't still be hanging around. Friends and family, mourning Dell's loss, think Hallie's letting her grief interfere with her judgment.

The one person who seems willing to listen is the deputy sheriff, Boyd Davies, who shows up everywhere and helps when he doesn't have to.

As Hallie asks more questions, she attracts new ghosts, women who disappeared without a trace. Soon, someone's trying to beat her up, burn down her father's ranch, and stop her investigation.

Hallie's going to need Boyd, her friends, and all the ghosts she can find to defeat an enemy who has an unimaginable ancient power at his command.


Wicked as They Come
Author:  Delilah S. Dawon
Series:  Blud
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher:  Pocket Books (March 27, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  9781451657883

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts
Have you ever heard of a Bludman? They’re rather like you and me—only more fabulous, immortal, and mostly indestructible. (They’re also very good kissers.)

Delilah S. Dawson’s darkly tempting debut drops her unsuspecting heroine into a strange faraway land for a romantic adventure that’s part paranormal, part steampunk . . . and completely irresistible.

When Tish Everett forces open the ruby locket she finds at an estate sale, she has no idea that a deliciously rakish Bludman has cast a spell just for her. She wakes up in a surreal world, where Criminy Stain, the dashing proprietor of a magical traveling circus, curiously awaits. At Criminy’s electric touch, Tish glimpses a tantalizing future, but she also foresees her ultimate doom. Before she can decide whether to risk her fate with the charming daredevil, the locket disappears, and with it, her only chance to return home. Tish and Criminy battle roaring sea monsters and thundering bludmares, vengeful ghosts and crooked Coppers in a treacherous race to recover the necklace from the evil Blud-hating Magistrate. But if they succeed, will Tish forsake her fanged suitor and return to her normal life, or will she take a chance on an unpredictable but dangerous destiny with the Bludman she’s coming to love?


Three A.M.
Author:  Steven John
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher:  Tor Books (March 27, 2012)
Price:  $24.99
Language: English
Genre:  Paranormal Noir
ISBN:  9780765331168

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts
Fifteen years of sunless gray.

Fifteen years of mist. So thick the streets fade off into nothing. So thick the past is hazy at best. The line between right and wrong has long been blurred, especially for Thomas Vale.

Long gone are the days when new beginnings seemed possible—when he was a new recruit, off to a new start fresh in the army. He had hoped to never look back. Not like there was much to see, anyway.

First came the sickness, followed by the orders: herd the healthy into the city, shoot the infected. The gates closed and the bridges came down… followed by the mist.

Fifteen miserable years of the darkest nights and angry, awful gray days.

Thomas Vale can hardly fathom why he keeps waking up in the morning. For a few more days spent stumbling along? Another night drinking alone? Another hour keeping the shadows at bay….

But when Rebecca Ayers walks into his life, the answers come fast. Too fast.


The Games
Author:  Ted Kosmatka
Format:  Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher:  Del Rey (March 13, 2012)
Price:  $25.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction Thriller
ISBN978-0-345-52661-8

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts
This stunning first novel from Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist Ted Kosmatka is a riveting tale of science cut loose from ethics. Set in an amoral future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to the death in an Olympic event, The Games envisions a harrowing world that may arrive sooner than you think.

Silas Williams is the brilliant geneticist in charge of preparing the U.S. entry into the Olympic Gladiator competition, an internationally sanctioned bloodsport with only one rule: no human DNA is permitted in the design of the entrants. Silas lives and breathes genetics; his designs have led the United States to the gold in every previous event. But the other countries are catching up. Now, desperate for an edge in the upcoming Games, Silas’s boss engages an experimental supercomputer to design the genetic code for a gladiator that cannot be beaten.

The result is a highly specialized killing machine, its genome never before seen on earth. Not even Silas, with all his genius and experience, can understand the horror he had a hand in making. And no one, he fears, can anticipate the consequences of entrusting the act of creation to a computer’s cold logic.

Now Silas races to understand what the computer has wrought, aided by a beautiful xenobiologist, Vidonia João. Yet as the fast-growing gladiator demonstrates preternatural strength, speed, and—most disquietingly—intelligence, Silas and Vidonia find their scientific curiosity giving way to a most unexpected emotion: sheer terror.


The Company of the Dead
Author:  David Kowalski 
Format:  Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher:  Titan Books (March 13, 2012)
Price:  $15.95
Language:  English
Genre: Alternate History
ISBN:  9780857686664

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts
A mysterious man appears aboard the Titanic on its doomed voyage. His mission? To save the ship.

The result? A world where the United States never entered World War I, thus launching the secret history of the 20th Century.

In April 2012, Joseph Kennedy—nephew of John F. Kennedy—lives in an America occupied in the East by Greater Germany and on the West Coast by Imperial Japan. He is one of six people who can restore history to its rightful order—even though it would mean his death, and the deaths of everyone he loves.

A magnificent alternate history, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest maritime disasters of the 20th century.


The Alchemist of Souls
Author:  Anne Lyle
Series:  Night Masque 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher:  Angry Robot (March 27, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9780857662149

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts
When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend: skraylings. Red-sailed ships followed in the explorers’ wake, bringing Native American goods – and a skrayling ambassador – to London. But what do these seemingly magical beings really want in Elizabeth I’s capital?

Mal Catlyn, a down-at-heel swordsman, is seconded to the ambassador’s bodyguard, but assassination attempts are the least of his problems. What he learns about the skraylings and their unholy powers could cost England her new ally – and Mal Catlyn his soul.

File Under: Fantasy [ Midsummer Magic | Skraylings | Double Trouble | Comedy of Terrors ]


Hemlock Grove
Author:  Brian McGreevy
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  FSG Originals (March 27, 2012)
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Gothic
ISBN:  9780374532918

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts
An exhilarating reinvention of the gothic novel, inspired by the iconic characters of our greatest myths and nightmares.

The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.

Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia.

At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right—and Brian McGreevy the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come.


The Haunting of Maddy Clare
Author:  Simone St. James
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  NAL (March 6, 2012)
Price:  $14.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Historical/Ghost Story
ISBN:  9780451235688

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts
Sarah Piper's lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis-rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts- has been summoned to investigate the spirit of nineteen-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who is haunting the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah's task to confront her in death. Soon Sarah is caught up in a deperate struggle. For Maddy's ghost is real, she's angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Can Sarah and Alistair's assistant, the rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, discover who Maddy was, whereshe came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance-before she destroys them all?


The Seduction of Phaeton Black
Author:  Jillian Stone
Format:  Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher:  Brava (March 27, 2012)
Price:  $14.00
Language:  English
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Mystery
ISBN:  978-0-7582-6896-9

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts
In the gaslit streets of Victorian London, phantoms rule the night, demons dance till dawn, and one supernatural detective dares to be seduced by the greatest power of all…

He’s The Man With The Magic Touch

A master of deduction, seduction and other midnight maneuvers, Phaeton Black is Scotland Yard’s secret weapon against things that go bump in the night. His prodigious gifts as a paranormal investigator are as legendary as his skills as a lover, his weakness for wicked women as notorious as his affection for absinthe. But when he’s asked to hunt down a fanged femme fatale who drains her victims of blood, he walks right into the arms of the most dangerous woman he’s ever known…

She’s The Devilish Miss Jones

Pressing a knife to his throat—and demanding he make love to her—Miss America Jones uses Phaeton as a willing shield against the gang of pirates chasing her. As deadly as she is, with a derringer tucked in her garter, Miss Jones is not the vampiric killer he’s been staking out—but she may be just what Phaeton needs to crack the case. As the daughter of a Cajun witch, she possesses uncanny powers. As a fearless fighter, she can handle anything from Egyptian mummies to Jack the Ripper. But when an ancient evil is unleashed on the world, she could be his only salvation…or ultimate sacrifice.
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