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The View From Monday - March 23, 2015


Happy Monday! It's 18F here. I don't think Spring got the memo about higher temperatures. We may even get more snow!

There are two debuts this week:

The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson;

and

Beasts of Tabat (The Tabat Quartet 1) by Cat Rambo.

Don't forget to vote in the March Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars here. The poll closes tomorrow.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic by Christopher L. Bennett;

Truth and Fear (The Wolfhound Century 2) by Peter Higgins is out in Trade Paperback;

The Forever Watch by David Ramirez is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Medicine for the Dead (Children of the Drought 2) by Arianne 'Tex' Thompson.


The View From Monday - March 23, 2015




March 24, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: Enterprise
Dark Alchemy (e) Laura Bickle CF
The Midnight Witch (h2tp) Paula Brackston Hist/Su
Balance Point (tp2mm) Robert Buettner SF - Orphan's Legacy 3
1920: America's Great War (h2mm) Robert Conroy AH/Th
Werewolves: A Hunter's Guide Graeme Davis H
Angel (e) Lola Dodge PNR - Manhattan Ten 4
The Lost Boys Symphony (D) Mark Andrew Ferguson GB
Claimed Sarah Fine CF - Servants of Fate 2
Mother of Demons (Special Leather Bound Edition) Eric Flint SF
Night's Blaze: Part 3: Part 3 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 5
Harrison Squared Daryl Gregory CF
Afterparty (h2tp) Daryl Gregory SF
The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire Molly Harper PNR - Half Moon Hollow 3
Truth and Fear (h2tp) Peter Higgins AH/M - The Wolfhound Century 2
Space Helmet for a Cow: The Mad, True Story of Doctor Who Paul Kirkley SF - Space Helmet for a Cow 1
Nightbringer Graham McNeill SF - Warhammer 40,000: Ultramarines 1
Icefall Gillian Philip F - Rebel Angels 4
Repeat Neal Pollack Hu/SF
The Forever Watch (h2tp) David Ramirez SF
The Fifth Heart Dan Simmons Hist/M
Orbs III: Redemption: A Science Fiction Thriller (e) Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/Th - Orbs 3
Medicine for the Dead Arianne 'Tex' Thompson F/WW - Children of the Drought 2
The Summer Palace Lawrence Watt-Evans F - Annals of the Chosen 3
The Moon Tells Secrets Savanna Welles PNR/Go



March 25, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dog: A Tor.Com Original (e) Bruce McAllister H



March 26, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Last Quarrel: Episode 5 (e) Duncan Lay F - The Last Quarrel



March 27, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beasts of Tabat (D) Cat Rambo F - The Tabat Quartet 1


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
F - Fantasy
GB - Genre Bender
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
Hu - Humor
M - Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
WW - Weird Western

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 17


This is the seventeenth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming 2015 books. This update covers some of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 18 will cover additional 2014 DAC authors.

See Part 1 here
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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 17


Carol J. Perry

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 17
Tails, You Lose
A Witch City Mystery 2
Kensington, March 31, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Her instincts may be killer--but can she catch one this wicked?

After losing her job as a TV psychic, Lee Barrett has decided to volunteer her talents as an instructor at the Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts--known as "The Tabby"--in her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts. But when the school's handyman turns up dead under seemingly inexplicable circumstances on Christmas night, Lee's clairvoyant capabilities begin bubbling to the surface once again.

The Tabby is housed in the long-vacant Trumbull's Department Store. As Lee and her intrepid students begin work on a documentary charting the store's history, they unravel a century of family secrets, deathbed whispers--and a mysterious labyrinth of tunnels hidden right below the streets of Salem. Even the witches in town are spooked, and when Lee begins seeing visions in the large black patent leather pump in her classroom, she's certain something evil is afoot. But ghosts in the store's attic are the least of her worries with a killer on the loose. . .





David Ramirez

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 17
The Forever Watch
St. Martin's Griffin, March 24, 2015
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, April 2014

An exciting new novel from a bold up-and-coming sci fi talent, The Forever Watch is so full of twists and surprises it's impossible to put down.

All that is left of humanity is on a thousand-year journey to a new planet aboard one ship, The Noah, which is also carrying a dangerous serial killer...

As a City Planner on the Noah, Hana Dempsey is a gifted psychic, economist, hacker and bureaucrat and is considered "mission critical." She is non-replaceable, important, essential, but after serving her mandatory Breeding Duty, the impregnation and birthing that all women are obligated to undergo, her life loses purpose as she privately mourns the child she will never be permitted to know.

When Policeman Leonard Barrens enlists her and her hacking skills in the unofficial investigation of his mentor's violent death, Dempsey finds herself increasingly captivated by both the case and Barrens himself. According to Information Security, the missing man has simply "Retired," nothing unusual. Together they follow the trail left by the mutilated remains. Their investigation takes them through lost dataspaces and deep into the uninhabited regions of the ship, where they discover that the answer may not be as simple as a serial killer after all.

What they do with that answer will determine the fate of all humanity in David Ramirez's thrilling page turner.





Ethan Reid

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 17
The Undying: Shades
An Apocalyptic Thriller
Simon451, May 12, 2015
eBook, 272 pages

The Undying “screams for a sequel” (Publishers Weekly)—and Ethan Reid delivers, in this riveting follow-up to “a thriller that brings a genuinely fresh take to a monstrous mythology” (Andrew Pyper, #1 bestselling author of The Demonologist).

THE FATE OF THE WORLD IS IN HIS HANDS.

The Undying: SHADES finds American student Jeanie and her young charge, Ren, fifteen years after the EMP that wiped out Paris and sent them on the run from the undying. Walking the highways and hiding out in abandoned buildings across France, they eventually find their way to Spain and the walled city of Ronda where a few dozen survivors have gathered—safe enough from the hunting undying, but facing a new threat on the scorched planet: starvation.

With their main resource—humans—bordering on extinction, the undying have weakened, retreating to their hives and slowly withering away. But not for long. A dark presence arrives, casting its shadow across Spain, reawakening the hives and creating a new breed of monster. Driven by some alien intelligence, these Shades not only reanimate the undying, but can possess the living, turning survivors against one another.

When Ronda comes under attack, Ren saves the day. As the youngest human left on earth, he has been blessed with a special gift that makes him a perfect killing machine—and the last hope of humanity. Forced to leave the safety of the barricades, he takes to the highways with a company of Spaniards who intend to eradicate the undying from Europe, hive by hive, using Ren as their secret weapon. But as they approach Sevilla to face the most powerful Shade yet, Ren learns some in his company aren’t all they appear to be…





Lauren M. Roy

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 17
Grave Matters
Night Owls 2
Ace, February 24, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Night Owls bookstore always keeps a light on and evil creatures out. But, as Lauren M. Roy’s thrilling sequel continues, even its supernatural staff isn’t prepared for the dead to come back to life…

Elly grew up training to kill things that go bump in the night, so she’s still getting used to working alongside them. While she’s learned to trust the eclectic group of vampires, Renfields, and succubi at Night Owls bookstore, her new job guarding Boston’s most powerful vampire has her on edge—especially when she realizes something strange is going on with her employer, something even deadlier than usual…

Cavale isn’t thrilled that his sister works for vampires, but he’s determined to repair their relationship, and that means trusting her choices—until Elly’s job lands all of the Night Owls in deep trouble with a vengeful necromancer. And even their collective paranormal skills might not be enough to keep them from becoming part of the necromancer’s undead army…



What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 17
The Fire Children
Ravenstone, June 30, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Two children escape the darkness of their underground dwellings, to find adventure, magic and terrible danger await anyone who ventures above ground.

Fifteen years have passed since Mother Sun last sent her children to walk the world. When the eclipse comes, the people retreat to the caverns beneath the Kaladim, passing the days in total darkness while the Fire Children explore their world. It's death to even look upon them, the stories say.

Despite the warnings, Yulla gives in to her curiosity and ventures to the surface. There she witnesses the Witch Women -- who rumors say worship dead Father Sea, rather than Mother Sun -- capturing one of the Children and hauling her away. Yulla isn't the only one who saw the kidnapping; Ember, the last of the Fire Children, reveals himself to Yulla and implores her to help.

Trapped up above and hunted by the witches and the desert wind, Yulla and Ember must find a way free his siblings and put a stop to the Witch Womens' plans, before they can use the Fire Children to bind Mother Sun herself.





Stephanie Saulter

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 17
Binary
(R)Evolution  2
Jo Fletcher Books, May 5, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

Zavcka Klist has reinvented herself: no longer the ruthless gemtech enforcer determined to keep the gems they created enslaved, she's now all about transparency and sharing the fruits of Bel'Natur's research to help gems and norms alike.

Neither Aryel Morningstar nor Dr. Eli Walker are convinced that Klist or Bel'Natur can have changed so dramatically, but the gems have problems that only a gemtech can solve. In exchange for their help, digital savant Herran agrees to work on Klist's latest project: reviving the science that drove mankind to the brink of extinction.

Then confiscated genestock disappears from a secure government facility, and the more DI Varsi investigates, the closer she comes to the dark heart of Bel'Natur and what Zavcka Klist is really after-not to mention the secrets of Aryel Morningstar's own past...


The View From Monday - May 5, 2014


Happy 1st Monday in May. I hope everyone had a great weekend between Free Comic Book Day and Star Wars Day.


The View From Monday - May 5, 2014
Over the weekend I finished reading The Forever Watch by David Ramirez. I have mixed feelings about this novel. Some of the writing and the basic story were very good, but the novel dragged and I spent too much time waiting for the other shoe and other shoe and other shoe, etc. to drop. I knew that there would be a big reveal at some point after the smaller reveals. It was almost what I suspected. The novel is set on an interstellar ship named the Noah, which is carrying the last of humanity to a new home centuries away. Cue music - all is not what is seems. The main character Hana Dempsey is a City Planner.  She is somewhat engaging in the beginning of the book and I did come to like her at the end, but she annoyed me almost as much as I liked her. Her friend and then boyfriend Barren is a terrific character who I wish had gotten a bit more to say in the novel. He's really the catalyst for a lot of what Hana does. I think I would have enjoyed the novel more if it got to where it was going a bit faster. There were so many ideas presented in the novel that, for me, it got itself tangled up a bit. Having said that I'm glad I read The Forever Watch and will definitely pick up Ramirez's next novel.


The View From Monday - May 5, 2014


Now on to this week's releases. It's a big release week and you may find a PDF of the releases by clicking here to open and print a PDF from Google Drive.

There are five debuts this week:

Path of the Dead (Hungry Ghosts 1) by Timothy Baker;

American Craftsmen by Tom Doyle;

The Bees by Laline Paull;

Gemsigns (Revolution 1) by Stephanie Saulter;

and

Magnificent Vibration by Rick Springfield.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Sworn in Steel (Tale of the Kin 2) Douglas Hulick;

The Enceladus Crisis (Daedalus 2) by Michael J. Martinez;

The Crimson Campaign (Powder Mage 2) by Brian McClellan;

A Tiger's Tale (Call of the Wilde Mystery 2) Laura Morrigan;

The Silk Map (Gaunt and Bone 2) by Chris Willrich;

and

Blind Faith (Sin Brothers 3) by Rebecca Zanetti.




May 5, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Path of the Dead (D) Timothy Baker DF - Hungry Ghosts 1



May 6, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Deadly Shores Taylor Anderson SF - Destroyermen 9
Storm Surge (h2mm) Taylor Anderson SF - Destroyermen 8
Grendel's Curse Alex Archer UF - Rogue Angel 48
Jupiter War (h2tp) Neal Asher SF - Owner Trilogy 3
Polity Agent (h2tp) Neal Asher SF - Agent Cormac 4
End Program James Axler (Rik Hoskin) SF - Deathlands 116
Necropolis James Axler (Douglas P. Wojtowicz) SF - Outlanders 69
Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice (h2tp) Stephen Baxter SF - Doctor Who
The Goodbye Witch Heather Blake PCM - Wishcraft Mystery 4
Mirror Sight Kristen Britain F - Green Rider 5
Steadfast Jack Campbell SF - The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier 4
The Kraken King Part IV: The Kraken King and the Inevitable Abduction (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
Omega Days John L. Campbell PA/Dys/Z
Treasure Planet Hal Colebatch
Jessica Q. Fox
SF - Man-Kzin Wars
Sung in Blood (ri) Glen Cook F
The Unforgiven (e) Alyssa Day PNR - League of the Black Swan 2
Klingon Art of War Keith R. A. DeCandido SF - Star Trek
The Three Emperors William Dietrich HistTh/F - Ethan Gage 7
American Craftsmen (D) Tom Doyle UF
The Sea Without a Shore David Drake SF - RCN / Lt. Leary 10
The Adversary (h2mm) Erin M. Evans F - Forgotten Realms: Sundering 3
The Oversight Charlie Fletcher UF - Oversight Trilogy 1
Slightly Spellbound Kimberly Frost PNR - Southern Witch 4
Vampire's Thirst Cynthia Garner SFR - Awakening 2
People of the Morning Star W. Michael Gear
Kathleen O'Neal Gear
HistF - North America’s Forgotten Past 21
End of Days (h2tp) Robert Gleason Th/P
War Crimes Christie Golden F - World of Warcraft
Midnight Crossroad Charlene Harris UF - Midnight, Texas 1
Witches in Red Barb Hendee F - Mist-Torn Witches 2
Writers of the Future Volume 30
SF/F - Anthology
Mammals James Robert Herndon F
The Secret Woman (ri) Victoria Holt Go
SynBio Leslie Horvitz MedTh
Sworn in Steel Douglas Hulick F - Tale of the Kin 2
The Guild Jean Johnson FR - Guardians of Destiny 3
Children of Fire (h2tp) Drew Karpyshyn F - Chaos Born Trilogy 1
Zombie, Indiana: A Novel Scott Kenemore H/Z - Zombie 3
Alien Collective Gini Koch UF/SF - Katherine “Kitty” Katt 9
Starship Grifters Robert Kroese SF
Crucible of Fire, The Dark Need, The Rising Dead Mel Odom
Stant Litore
Stella Green
Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
H - The Dead Man 7
The Wrath of the Just Manel Loureiro Dys - Apocalypse Z 3
The Enceladus Crisis Michael J. Martinez SF - Daedalus 2
The Crimson Campaign Brian McClellan F - Powder Mage Trilogy 2
Sparrow Hill Road Seanan McGuire UF - Ghost Stories 1
Close Reach (e) Jonathan Moore Th/H
A Tiger's Tale Laura Morrigan PCM -Call of the Wilde Mystery 2
The Time Traveler's Wife (ri) Audrey Niffenegger TT/R
Secret of the Stars Andre Norton SF - Omnibus
The Bees (D - US) Laline Paull F/Dys
The Mothers of Voorhisville: A Tor.Com Original (e) Mary Rickert F
Gemsigns (D - US) Stephanie Saulter SF - Revolution 1
Fire Kin M. J. Scott F - Half-Life City 4
The Bone Season (h2tp) Samantha Shannon F - Bone Season 1
Science Fiction: 101: Exploring the Craft of Science Fiction Robert K. Silverberg SF - History and Criticism
The Whispering Muse (h2tp) Sjón F
Magnificent Vibration (D -Fiction) Rick Springfield UF
Dragon Princess S. Andrew Swann F
Her Perfect Mate Paige Tyler PNR/Th - X-Ops 1
Indistinguishable from Magic Catherynne Valente F
Authority Jeff VanderMeer SF/Th - Southern Reach Trilogy 2
Possession (h2mm) J.R. Ward PNR - Fallen Angels 5
Freehold (Signed Limited Edition) Michael Z. Williamson SF - Freehold 1
The Silk Map Chris Willrich F - Gaunt and Bone 2
Scars (h2tp) Chris Wraight F - Horus Heresy
Blind Faith (e) Rebecca Zanetti SFR - Sins Brothers 3



May 7, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Magic City: Recent Spells Paula Guran (ed) F - Anthology
The Madonna of the Abattoir: A Tor.Com Original (e) Anne M. Pillsworth F
Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome: A Tor.Com Original (e) John Scalzi SF



May 8, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Myth of Persephone in Girls' Fantasy Literature (h2tp) Holly Blackford History and Criticism
Science Fiction: A Guide for the Perplexed Sherryl Vint SF - History and Criticism


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


DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
MedTh - Medical Thriller
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombie


Interview with David Ramirez, author of The Forever Watch - April 29, 2014


Please welcome David Ramirez to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Forever Watch was published on April 22, 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books.



Interview with David Ramirez, author of The Forever Watch - April 29, 2014




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

David:  The when was third year in high school. I started writing for fun then, and not just for the occasional bit of homework with leeway for creativity. Though it took a while for me to move on from poor attempts at poetry….

The why is because a lot of my life was lived in daydreams even before I was writing. Imagining other lives, other times, other worlds.

It fed on itself when the right outlet came along. Writing was that outlet. It just took a long time for its importance to me to really sink in.

From childhood up through college, I was determined that I would either be a scientist or a doctor (or both—I was thinking about MD/PhD programs). But the writing thing would not leave me alone. Slowly, gradually, it took on more and more importance to me, until something I had started as a hobby became something I couldn’t not do anymore.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

David:  For short fiction, I’m a pantser.

For long work, I prefer to be a plotter. Everything is easier when there is a formal map, even if there are occasional unplanned side-trips. I didn’t finish my master’s in computer science, but had more than a taste. The formal process of programming, with specification, design, planning, implementation, documentation, and so on, actually helped me a lot in thinking about writing fiction.

However, sometimes my being a plotter does not work out. Sometimes I start writing, and the scenes tuned to the plan feel stale despite tweaks and re-planning. So when all else fails, I sit there and pound the keys and see what happens next, all preparations tossed to the wind.

It needs editing at the end anyway, whether plotted out or pantsed. I guess if I had to be classified as a writing type, it would be “re-writer.” That’s where all the real work happens for me. My initial stages of revising aren’t typo fixes or cutting out a scene here or there—I tend do major reworking. Characters may change significantly; entire story arcs might be rearranged. I’ll go into that more when replying to one of the later questions.



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

David:  Sustaining focus. The hardest part of writing is writing even when nothing is going right and my mind wants to be elsewhere. It’s about facing the fear of not knowing if what’s going out onto the monitor is good or lousy and going forward anyway.



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

David:  The question of influence is difficult to answer from the inside—others can probably see in my writing what has shaped it better than I. My guesses for who have influenced me most are William Gibson, Michael Moorcock, and Katsuhiro Otomo. I could be wrong. There are many books and comics I read when I was younger that made a deep impression on me and became part of that influence without my noticing or remembering. Every note comes from somewhere.

The list of my favorite authors is pretty fluid and changes depending on my mood. The authors I most admire who are always at or close to the top of that list are Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Haruki Murakami.



TQ:  Describe The Forever Watch in 140 characters or less.

David:  Risking all, Hana and Leon search for a killer whose existence is kept secret by the very authorities charged with the survival of humanity.



TQ:  Tell us something about The Forever Watch that is not in the book description.

David:  The world of Forever Watch came to me in nearly complete form in a dream. The testing, the rigid society, the ship, the major plot devices, etc. In the dream, I held and read documents describing one of the most important secrets of the ship.

So, at first, I tried too hard to write out my dream.

In the earliest version of the story, the main character was Detective Barrens. Dempsey was an almost passive noir “good” woman—nearly a side character to be admired and protected.

It was not working. The characters felt stilted and predictable. The biggest secrets in the story were very complicated, resulting in a messy multi-tiered caste system. It would have been a longer and slower story.

Many things were changed. The world-building was simplified, so the plot tightened up. Dempsey became the lead, which brought some of the most important parts of the ship’s society to life, like Breeding Duty, and the social norms that are tweaked to maintain crew efficiency. The character grew into that expanded role, and as Dempsey changed and became more complex, so did Barrens.



TQ:  What inspired you to write The Forever Watch?

David:  I was in the middle of writing another story when The Forever Watch hit me and I had to write it. But it did not come out of the nowhere of the subconscious—at the time, I was thinking a lot about issues of freedom vs information and censorship. I was displeased by the narratives forming in the news about wikileaks and whistleblowers. They seemed overly simple.

So, while a lot of it was the fortuitous firing of the subconscious, there was also my very conscious desire. I wanted a story in which something that is self-evident to most, differing only based on what side one is on, becomes very different from how it seems on the surface.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Forever Watch?

David:  Not a lot. I tried to refresh myself somewhat on Machine Learning, but I did not want to bloat the exposition, and let the technical correctness slide based on feel. I hope my CS friends will read those parts and shrug off the looseness—I like to think that they have to put up with a lot less accurate portrayals of hacking in other stories, like certain police procedurals on TV….

Other than that, the power ratings for psychics involved several minutes of messing around with a calculator and looking up which wattage unit goes, approximately, with which size task (kilowatts vs megawatts).



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

David:  The easiest character to write was Barrens. It is not that he is simple, but that his motivations and desires are intense and always running high. He is a character who has problems with his behavioral brakes. And his complexities are sort of primal—a very physical type who is also an idealist, a thinker without the education to make the most of himself, and so on. I mostly had to think in extremes.

The hardest character to write was Dempsey. I was always worrying about the authenticity of her experience. And then there was her emotional state. I went back and forth on whether it was overdone or underdone. Balancing her negative emotions with the needs of the story and the goal of keeping things enjoyable for readers was tough. I may have wanted to write her as real as I could but she still had to work as a heroic figure.

I’m sure there are going to be some readers who find her too maudlin, while others may think I’ve trivialized terrible things because she does not seem traumatized enough. Readers are diverse and there’s no knowing whether I hit a good balance point until lots of people start reading and reacting to it.



TQ:  Give us one of your favorite lines from The Forever Watch.

David:  “This is how I deserve to die.” I think that line and that moment are the essence of that character.

There are others I like more, but there is no sharing them without spoiling the plot.



TQ:  Why did you choose to write Science Fiction, particularly Space Opera? Do you want to write in any other genres?

David:  I like science fiction and fantasy because while working within real world rules is about skill, working beyond those rules is about imagination. All those possibilities and impossibilities give the largest possible space to play around with for stories. They can be used to reflect aspects of humanity and the world in ways that aren’t straightforward. Societies and human interactions can be explored with very different limits, or with no limits at all.

I want to write many types of stories. Aside from SF, I’d like to be able to do horror, epic fantasy, pulpy sword and sorcery, superhero stories, magic realism…. I would love to be able to write all the kinds of stories I like to read, eventually. Even with just science fiction, there is still a lot to the craft I need to improve, so I’ll probably never develop the skills to write all these things, but who knows? I like to dream. That’s the only reason I’ve gotten this far.



TQ:  What's next?

David:  What’s next is another science fiction story, though it’s near future and there are no psychics or space ships. It’s about a young girl with a talent for manipulating social media, who comes across a hoax that’s gone viral about a mysterious stationary object in the sky.

I thought I wouldn’t be hit by the sophomore curse because The Forever Watch is not actually my first completed novel (it is the first one that broke through the slush pile). So wrong! For various reasons, my next project has been very difficult to write. In the end, I’m having to seat-of-my-pants it to proceed. I foresee much rewriting in my future.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

David:  Thank you.





The Forever Watch

The Forever Watch
Thomas Dunne Books, April 22, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with David Ramirez, author of The Forever Watch - April 29, 2014
An exciting new novel from a bold up-and-coming sci fi talent, The Forever Watch is so full of twists and surprises it's impossible to put down.

All that is left of humanity is on a thousand-year journey to a new planet aboard one ship, The Noah, which is also carrying a dangerous serial killer...

As a City Planner on the Noah, Hana Dempsey is a gifted psychic, economist, hacker and bureaucrat and is considered "mission critical." She is non-replaceable, important, essential, but after serving her mandatory Breeding Duty, the impregnation and birthing that all women are obligated to undergo, her life loses purpose as she privately mourns the child she will never be permitted to know.

When Policeman Leonard Barrens enlists her and her hacking skills in the unofficial investigation of his mentor's violent death, Dempsey finds herself increasingly captivated by both the case and Barrens himself. According to Information Security, the missing man has simply "Retired," nothing unusual. Together they follow the trail left by the mutilated remains. Their investigation takes them through lost dataspaces and deep into the uninhabited regions of the ship, where they discover that the answer may not be as simple as a serial killer after all.

What they do with that answer will determine the fate of all humanity in David Ramirez's thrilling page turner.





About David

Interview with David Ramirez, author of The Forever Watch - April 29, 2014
Photo by Ging Lorenzo
DAVID RAMIREZ is an ex-scientist who divides his time between Oakland, CA, and Manila, Philippines. Once a molecular biologist who worked on the Human Genome Project, Ramirez returned to the Philippines to get married. He currently dabbles in computer science and programmed part of the information system for the chronobiologists of EUCLOCK, a cooperative project between European research groups on the study of circadian rhythms in model organisms and humans.







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2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2014 Winner


The winner of the April 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is The Forever Watch by David Ramirez with 63% of the votes! The Forever Watch was published on April 22, 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books.


2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2014 Winner
Design by Steven Seighman




 The Final Results

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2014 Winner




The April 2014 Debut Covers

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2014 Winner




Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue with voting on the May Debut covers starting on May 15, 2014.  Look for the list of May's Debuts on May 1st.


The View From Monday - April 21, 2014


Happy Monday! Hope that everyone had a good weekend.  It's another light release week.


The View From Monday - April 21, 2014


There is one debut this week:

The Forever Watch by David Ramirez.


And from a formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Author:

The Keys to the Realms (Dream Stewards 2) by Roberta Trahan


April 21, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Call of the Siren (e) Rosalie Lario PNR - Demons of Infernum 4
Golem in My Glovebox (e) R.L. Naquin UF - Monster Haven Story 4
Survive to Dawn (e) PJ Schnyder PNR - London Undead 3



April 22, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Furies: A Thriller Mark Alpert Th/Science
Heaven's Queen Rachel Bach SF - Paradox 3
Secrets in the Shadows (ri) Jenna Black PNR - Guardians of the Night 2
The Kraken King Part II: The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
Deception's Princess Esther Friesner F - Princesses of Myth 7
Darkest Flame: Part 3 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Afterparty Daryl Gregory SF
Cold Wind: A Tor.Com Original Nicola Griffith DF
East of Ecstasy Laura Kaye PNR - Hearts of the Anemoi 4
Ancient Enemy (e) Michael McBride H
Life's Lottery Kim Newman H
Otherwise Engaged Amanda Quick PNR - Ladies of Lantern Street 3
The Forever Watch (D) David Ramirez SF
The Keys to the Realms Roberta Trahan F - Dream Stewards 2
The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories (h2tp) Connie Willis SF - Collection



April 23, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The End of the End of Everything: A Tor.Com Original Dale Bailey SF/H



April 25, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Joe Ledger: Special Ops Jonathan Maberry H - Collection



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

DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2014 Debut Author Challenge - April 2014 Debuts



2014 Debut Author Challenge - April 2014 Debuts


There are 8 debuts for April. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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

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

Updated to include The Word Exchange.
Update to include Dämoren.


Jacob Bacharach

The Bend of the World
Liveright (W.W. Norton), April 14, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - April 2014 Debuts
"A comedy of bad manners, darting wisecracks, deadpan chagrin, and drug-hazed pratfalls" (James Wolcott), The Bend of the World is a madcap coming-of-age novel in which no one quite comes of age and everything you know is not a lie, it's just, well, tangential to the truth.

In the most audacious literary debut to come out of the Steel City since The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, we meet Peter Morrison, twenty-nine and comfortably adrift in a state of not-quite-adulthood, less concerned about the general direction of his life than with his suspicion that all his closest relationships are the products of inertia. He and his girlfriend float along in the same general direction, while his parents are acting funny, though his rich, hypochondriac grandmother is still good for admission to the better parties. He spends his days clocking into Global Solutions (a firm whose purpose remains unnervingly ambiguous) and his weekends listening to the half-imagined rants of his childhood best friend, Johnny. An addict and conspiracy theorist, Johnny believes Pittsburgh is a "nexus of intense magical convergence" and is playing host to a cabal of dubious politicians, evil corporate schemes, ancient occult rites, and otherwise inexplicable phenomena, such as the fact that people really do keep seeing UFOs hovering over the city.

Against this strange background, Peter meets Mark and Helen, a slightly older couple, new to town, whose wealth and glamour never fully conceal the suggestion of something sinister, and with whom he becomes quickly infatuated. Mark is a corporate lawyer in the process of negotiating a buyout of Global Solutions, and initiates Peter into the real, mundane (maybe) conspiracies of corporations and careers, while Helen—a beautiful and once prominent artist—is both the echo and the promise of the sort of woman Peter always imagined, or was always told he ought to find for himself.

As Peter climbs the corporate ladder, Johnny is pulled into the orbit of a mysterious local author, Winston Pringle, whose lunatic book of conspiracies seems to be coming true. As Johnny falls farther down the rabbit hole, the surreal begins to seep into the mundane, and the settled rhythm of Peter's routine is disrupted by a series of close encounters of third, fourth, and fifth kinds. By the time Peter sets out to save his friend from Pringle's evil machinations (and pharmacological interventions), his familiar life threatens to transform into that most terrifying possibility: a surprise.

In The Bend of the World Philip K. Dick meets Michael Chabon, and Jacob Bacharach creates an appropriately hilarious, bizarre, and keenly observed portrait of life on the edge of thirty in the adolescent years of twenty-first-century America.




Rjurik Davidson

Unwrapped Sky
Tor Books, April 15, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - April 2014 Debuts
A hundred years ago, the Minotaurs saved Caeli-Amur from conquest. Now, three very different people may hold the keys to the city's survival.

Once, it is said, gods used magic to create reality, with powers that defied explanation. But the magic—or science, if one believes those who try to master the dangers of thaumaturgy—now seems more like a dream. Industrial workers for House Technis, farmers for House Arbor, and fisher folk of House Marin eke out a living and hope for a better future. But the philosopher-assassin Kata plots a betrayal that will cost the lives of godlike Minotaurs; the ambitious bureaucrat Boris Autec rises through the ranks as his private life turns to ashes; and the idealistic seditionist Maximilian hatches a mad plot to unlock the vaunted secrets of the Great Library of Caeli-Enas, drowned in the fabled city at the bottom of the sea, its strangeness visible from the skies above.

In a novel of startling originality and riveting suspense, these three people, reflecting all the hopes and dreams of the ancient city, risk everything for a future that they can create only by throwing off the shackles of tradition and superstition, as their destinies collide at ground zero of a conflagration that will transform the world . . . or destroy it.

Unwrapped Sky is a stunningly original debut by Rjurik Davidson, a young master of the New Weird.




Alena Graedon

The Word Exchange
Doubleday, April 8, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - April 2014 Debuts
A dystopian novel for the digital age, The Word Exchange offers an inventive, suspenseful, and decidedly original vision of the dangers of technology and of the enduring power of the printed word.

In the not-so-distant future, the forecasted “death of print” has become a reality. Bookstores, libraries, newspapers, and magazines are things of the past, and we spend our time glued to handheld devices called Memes that not only keep us in constant communication but also have become so intuitive that they hail us cabs before we leave our offices, order takeout at the first growl of a hungry stomach, and even create and sell language itself in a marketplace called the Word Exchange.
      Anana Johnson works with her father, Doug, at the North American Dictionary of the English Language (NADEL), where Doug is hard at work on the last edition that will ever be printed. Doug is a staunchly anti-Meme, anti-tech intellectual who fondly remembers the days when people used email (everything now is text or videoconference) to communicate—or even actually spoke to one another, for that matter. One evening, Doug disappears from the NADEL offices, leaving a single written clue: ALICE. It’s a code word he devised to signal if he ever fell into harm’s way. And thus begins Anana’s journey down the proverbial rabbit hole . . .
      Joined by Bart, her bookish NADEL colleague, Anana’s search for Doug will take her into dark basements and subterranean passageways; the stacks and reading rooms of the Mercantile Library; and secret meetings of the underground resistance, the Diachronic Society. As Anana penetrates the mystery of her father’s disappearance and a pandemic of decaying language called “word flu” spreads, The Word Exchange becomes a cautionary tale that is at once a technological thriller and a meditation on the high cultural costs of digital technology.




Aidan Harte

Irenicon
The Wave Trilogy 1
Jo Fletcher Books, April 1, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages
(US Debut)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - April 2014 Debuts
The river Irenicon is a feat of ancient Concordian engineering. Blasted through the middle of Rasenna in 1347, using Wave technology, it divided the only city strong enough to defeat the Concordian Empire. But no one could have predicted the river would become sentient—and hostile. Sofia Scaligeri, the soon-to-be Contessa of Rasenna, has inherited a city tearing itself apart from the inside. And try as she might, she can see no way of stopping the culture of vendetta that has the city in its grasp. Until a Concordian engineer arrives to build a bridge over the Irenicon, clarifying everything: the feuding factions of Rasenna can either continue to fight each other or they can unite against their shared enemy. And they will surely need to stand together—for Concord is about to unleash the Wave again.




David Ramirez

The Forever Watch
Thomas Dunne Books, April 22, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - April 2014 Debuts
An exciting new novel from a bold up-and-coming sci fi talent, The Forever Watch is so full of twists and surprises it's impossible to put down.

All that is left of humanity is on a thousand-year journey to a new planet aboard one ship, The Noah, which is also carrying a dangerous serial killer...

As a City Planner on the Noah, Hana Dempsey is a gifted psychic, economist, hacker and bureaucrat and is considered "mission critical." She is non-replaceable, important, essential, but after serving her mandatory Breeding Duty, the impregnation and birthing that all women are obligated to undergo, her life loses purpose as she privately mourns the child she will never be permitted to know.

When Policeman Leonard Barrens enlists her and her hacking skills in the unofficial investigation of his mentor's violent death, Dempsey finds herself increasingly captivated by both the case and Barrens himself. According to Information Security, the missing man has simply "Retired," nothing unusual. Together they follow the trail left by the mutilated remains. Their investigation takes them through lost dataspaces and deep into the uninhabited regions of the ship, where they discover that the answer may not be as simple as a serial killer after all.

What they do with that answer will determine the fate of all humanity in David Ramirez's thrilling page turner.




Robin Riopelle

Deadroads
Night Shade Books, April 15, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - April 2014 Debuts
Lutie always wanted a pet ghost-but the devil's in the details.

The Sarrazins have always stood apart from the rest of their Bayou-born neighbors. Almost as far as they prefer to stand from each other. Blessed-or cursed-with the uncanny ability to see beyond the spectral plane, Aurie has raised his children, Sol, Baz, and Lutie, in the tradition of the traiteur, finding wayward spirits and using his special gift to release them along Deadroads into the afterworld. The family, however, fractured by their clashing egos, drifted apart, scattered high and low across the continent.

But tragedy serves to bring them together. When Aurie, while investigating a series of ghastly (and ghostly) murders, is himself killed by a devil, Sol, EMT by day and traiteur by night, Baz, a traveling musician with a truly spiritual voice, and Lutie, combating her eerie visions with antipsychotics, are thrown headlong into a world of gory sprites, brilliant angels, and nefarious demons-small potatoes compared to reconciling their familial differences.

From the Louisiana swamps to the snowfields of the north and everywhere in between, Deadroads summons you onto a mysterious trail of paranormal proportions.





Seth Skorkowsky

Dämoren
Ragnarok Publications, April 14, 2014
eBook

2014 Debut Author Challenge - April 2014 Debuts
Fourteen years ago a pack of wendigos killed Matt Hollis’ family and damned his soul. Now, Matt is a demon hunter armed with a holy revolver named Dämoren.

After a violent series of murders leaves only fifty holy weapons in the world, Matt is recruited by the Valducans, an ancient order of demon hunters. Many of the knights do not trust him because he is possessed. When sabotage and assassinations begin, the Valducans know there is a spy in their ranks, and Matt becomes the core of their suspicions. Desperate to prove himself, and to protect Dämoren, Matt fights to gain their trust and discover the nature of the entity residing within him.




Tom Wilde

The Blood of Alexander
Forge, April 29, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - April 2014 Debuts
A modern Indiana Jones steals a relic of Alexander the Great in Blood of Alexander, the thrilling debut from Tom Wilde.

Jonathan Blake makes a living stealing antiquities—stealing them back, that is. A field agent for the Argo Foundation, a company that makes it their business to preserve humanity’s history by liberating stolen artifacts from thieves and looters, Blake is used to dangerous assignments. But when he is forced by the US government into a deadly mission involving a missing Napoleonic standard, he finds himself in over his head.

Blake is pitted against Vanya, the head of a fanatical cult, who seeks a gilded bronze eagle that holds a vital clue to the lost tomb of Alexander the Great.

From ancient ruins in Afghanistan to the catacombs of Paris to a chateau high in the French Alps, Blake must unravel the secret truth of the final fate of Napoleon Bonaparte, the murder of Percy Bysshe Shelly, and the hidden remains of Alexander. And he must do it before Vanya's apocalyptic plans for humanity come to their deadly fruition.




2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Forever Watch by David Ramirez


2014 Debut Author Challenge Update -  The Forever Watch by David Ramirez


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


David Ramirez

The Forever Watch
Thomas Dunne Books, April 22, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge Update -  The Forever Watch by David Ramirez
An exciting new novel from a bold up-and-coming sci fi talent, The Forever Watch is so full of twists and surprises it's impossible to put down.

All that is left of humanity is on a thousand-year journey to a new planet aboard one ship, The Noah, which is also carrying a dangerous serial killer...

As a City Planner on the Noah, Hana Dempsey is a gifted psychic, economist, hacker and bureaucrat and is considered "mission critical." She is non-replaceable, important, essential, but after serving her mandatory Breeding Duty, the impregnation and birthing that all women are obligated to undergo, her life loses purpose as she privately mourns the child she will never be permitted to know.

When Policeman Leonard Barrens enlists her and her hacking skills in the unofficial investigation of his mentor's violent death, Dempsey finds herself increasingly captivated by both the case and Barrens himself. According to Information Security, the missing man has simply "Retired," nothing unusual. Together they follow the trail left by the mutilated remains. Their investigation takes them through lost dataspaces and deep into the uninhabited regions of the ship, where they discover that the answer may not be as simple as a serial killer after all.

What they do with that answer will determine the fate of all humanity in David Ramirez's thrilling page turner.


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