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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9


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



Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.
Part 4 here.
Part 5 here.
Part 6 here.
Part 7 here.
Part 8 here.



Deborah Coates (2012)

Strange Country
Hallie Michaels 3
Tor Books, May 12, 2015
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 27, 2014

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
After facing Death himself and banishing a reaper bent on the destruction of Sheriff's deputy Boyd Davies, Hallie Michaels had hoped things would finally settle down; that she and Boyd would find more time to spend together, and that the ghosts she attracts would stay in the cemeteries where they belong.

But on a wintry night in mid-December, a woman is murdered with a high-powered rifle. Not long after, another of West Prairie City's citizens is killed in exactly the same way, drawing the attention of state investigators. But the connection between the victims is not easily uncovered.

Meanwhile, Hallie finds a note tied to post outside her home. "What do you fear most?" it asks, accompanied by a set of map coordinates. Over the next few days she receives an anonymous phone call, and a letter left for Hallie at the local ag supply. All pose the same question and offer the same set of coordinates. The mystery deepens, and Hallie must solve it before the body count rises again, in Strange Country by Deborah Coates.




Myke Cole (2012)

Javelin Rain
A Shadow Ops Novel
Ace,  March 29, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
The fast-paced, adrenaline-filled sequel to Gemini Cell, set in the same magical and militaristic world of the acclaimed Shadow Ops series.

Javelin: A code denoting the loss of a national security asset with strategic impact.

Rain: A code indicating a crisis of existential proportions.

Javelin Rain incidents must be resolved immediately, by any and all means necessary, no matter what the cost…

Being a US Navy SEAL was Jim Schweitzer’s life right up until the day he was killed. Now, his escape from the government who raised him from the dead has been coded “Javelin Rain.” Schweitzer and his family are on the run from his former unit, the Gemini Cell, and while he may be immortal, his wife and son are not.

Jim must use all of his strength to keep his family safe, while convincing his wife he’s still the same man she once loved. But what his former allies have planned to bring him down could mean disaster not only for Jim and his family, but for the entire nation…




Delilah S. Dawson (2012)

Three Slices
  with Kevin Hearne and Chuck Wendig
May 5, 2015
eBook, 166 pages
Illustrated by Galen Dara

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Three Slices presents three novellas by modern fantasy writers:

A Prelude to War by Kevin Hearne
After an old friend is murdered in retaliation for his mercenary strikes against the oldest vampires in the world, Atticus O'Sullivan must solicit the aid of another old friend in Ethiopia if he's going to have a chance of finishing a war he never wanted. Meanwhile, Granuaile MacTiernan starts a private war of her own against Loki, the lord of lies, and if it brings Ragnarok early—so be it.

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys by Delilah S. Dawson
The number one rule of the circus? Don't kill your volunteers, even accidentally. That's how young magician Criminy Stain ends up on the run in a forest, where he meets a beautiful woman holding a bucket of blood. But is Merissa the answer to his prayers-- or the orchestrator of his ruin?

Interlude: Swallow by Chuck Wendig
Miriam Black is back. Miriam is tired of her curse and finally believes she knows how to be rid of her ability to see when and how other people die. She follows a lead to the mountains of Colorado, where she believes she sees signs of a serial killer she thought she already killed. (Set between THE CORMORANT and THUNDERBIRD.)




Wicked Ever After
Blud 7
Pocket Star, October 5, 2015
eBook, 177 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Delilah S. Dawson’s award-winning Blud series comes full circle as Tish and Criminy, stars of Wicked as They Come, embark on a sexy and harrowing final adventure in a world RT Book Reviews calls “delightfully edgy with hidden charms.”

Ever since landing in the magical world of Sang and falling in love with dashing ringmaster Criminy Stain, Tish has been waiting for the axe to fall. Until her dying grandmother’s last breath on Earth, Tish can’t bring herself to give up her all-too human frailty and commit to life on Sang as a youthful, long-lived Bludman like her handsome husband. But when a peculiar twist of fate delivers Tish’s grandmother to Sang, an unexpected chain of events forces Tish and Criminy to embark on one last wild adventure. From old friends to new and into the lair of terrifying enemies, the couple’s love and longevity will be pushed to the brink by each harrowing encounter. Is blud thicker than blood, and can Tish and Crim find their wicked ever after?



The Perfect Weapon
Star Wars Short Story
Del Rey, November 24, 2015
eBook, 57 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this exclusive ebook short story set shortly before the events of the film, featuring a quick-witted mercenary who takes big risks for bigger rewards—and now faces the challenge that will take her to the edge.

There are plenty of mercenaries, spies, and guns for hire in the galaxy. But probably none as dangerous and determined as Bazine Netal. A master of disguise—and lethal with a blade, a blaster, or bare handed—she learned from the best. Now it’s her turn to be the teacher—even if schooling an eager but inexperienced recruit in the tricks of her trade is the last thing she wants to do. But it’s the only way to score the ship she needs to pull off her latest job.

An anonymous client has hired Bazine to track down an ex-stormtrooper and recover the mysterious package he’s safeguarding. Payment for the mission promises to be astronomical, but the obstacles facing Bazine will prove to be formidable. And though her eager new sidekick has cyber skills crucial to the mission, only Bazine’s razor-sharp talents will mean the difference between success or failure—and life or death.



Hit
Hit 1
Simon Pulse, March 8, 2016
Trade Paperback Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 14, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
In order to save her mother, a teen is forced to become an indentured assassin in this sizzling “movie ready” (Kirkus Reviews) dystopian thriller.

No one reads the fine print.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that it was bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy’s list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own. Since yarn bombing is the only anarchy in Patsy’s past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren’t strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy’s list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

An absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality that is eerily just steps away from ours—Hit is a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.



Strike
Hit 2
Simon Pulse, April 12, 2016
Hardcover, 480 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
From the author of the “gritty near-future dystopian tale,” (Booklist) Hit comes the thrilling sequel about an indentured assassin fighting to survive in a world of anarchy.

The hit list was just the beginning.

Time to strike back.

After faking her own death to escape her term as an indentured assassin for Valor Savings Bank, Patsy is on the run with her boyfriend, Wyatt. All she wants to do is go home, but that’s never going to happen—not as long as Valor’s out to get her and the people she loves.

Left with no good choices, Patsy’s only option is to meet with a mysterious group that calls itself the Citizens for Freedom.

Led by the charismatic Leon Crane, the CFF seem like just what Patsy has been looking for. Leon promises that if she joins, she’ll finally get revenge on Valor for everything they’ve done to her—and for everything they’ve made her do.

But Patsy knows the CFF has a few secrets of their own. One thing is certain: they’ll do absolutely anything to complete their mission, no matter who’s standing in their way. Even if it’s Patsy herself.

Delilah S. Dawson brings anarchy and high-octane drama to the next explosive level in this sequel to the “practically movie-ready” (Kirkus Reviews) novel, Hit.



As Lila Bowen

Wake of Vultures
Shadow 1
Orbit, October 27, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface.

Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand.

And just like that, Nettie can see.

But her newfound ability is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn't understand what's under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding -- at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin... if the monsters along the way don't kill her first.




Sharon Lynn Fisher (2012)

Before She Wakes: Forbidden Fairy Tales
Loveswept (July 5, 2016)
eBook, 216 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9

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Max Gladstone (2012)

Bookburners
      Written by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, Brian Francis Slattery
Note: Episodes should be read in order from 1 to 16!

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Badge, Book, and Candle: Episode 1
Bookburners Season 1
Serial Box, September 11, 2015
eBook, 44 pages

Detective Sally Brooks investigates an unusual robbery, and discovers that magic is real—and hungry!

NYPD Detective Sal Brooks is no rookie—but even the most hardened cop would think twice when they see their brother open a book and become…well…something entirely not their brother. When her attempts to solve the case cross paths with a mysterious team led by a priest, she starts to realize that the world is far more than what is seems, and, just maybe, magic is real—and hungry.

This episode is the first in a 16-part Serial, Bookburners, presented by Serial Box. From a team of writers, this collaborative effort unfolds an epic urban fantasy narrative across an entire season in weekly installments.

Follow along as Sal learns the life changing lesson: some books have teeth.



What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Now and Then: Episode 7
Bookburners Season 1
Serial Box, October 8, 2015
eBook, 43 pages

Grace's adventures in Shanghai come to light. While all the members of Team Three have their secrets, only Grace seems willing to guard hers with fists of fury. Finally fed up with being kept in the dark, Sal takes matters into her own hands and engages in a friendly stalking operation to learn just what Grace's deal is. A lit candle and flashbacks to 1930s China help illuminate matters--but things are never simple when magic is in play.

This episode is brought to you by team-writer Max Gladstone and reveals the backstory of one of most mysterious cast members while skipping through time, place, and emotion.




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Codex Umbra: Episode 11
Bookburners Season 1
Serial Box, November 18, 2015
eBook, 43 pages

An epic smackdown ensues as Sal and Team Three match wits and magic with Mr. Norse in the latest thrilling adventure in everyone's favorite online urban fantasy episodic series. The stage is set for the Mr. Norse’s grand move in possessing "The Norton Anthology of Evil͟" aka the Codex Umbra. The team’s plans include infiltrating a yacht-party, sneaking into a secret compound, and generally trying to stop an evil billionaire from gaining control of a compendium of demons. But, as usual, even the best plans go awry and the team must be quick on their feet as Mr. Norse jumps through the looking glass and they having nothing left but to follow. This episode is brought to you by team-writer Max Gladstone who shows us that no matter how the battle is won or lost; the war wages on.

Codex Umbra continues the 16-part Serial, Bookburners, presented by Serial Box. From a team of writers, this collaborative effort unfolds an epic urban fantasy narrative across an entire season in weekly installments. Follow along as Sal learns the life changing lesson: some books have teeth. To learn more about Bookburners and find out how you can read the whole serial, check out SerialBox.com.



What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Siege: Episode 16
Bookburners Season 1
Serial Box, December 30, 2015
eBook, 39 pages

Questions are answered and new mysteries introduced as Season One of Bookburners, the urban fantasy episodic series from Serial Box, comes to its thrilling conclusion.

With The Book of the Hand in their possession at last, Team Three can finally kick the Hand out of Sal's body. The only problem is, if she wants to save Perry, too, she'll have to bring him back from the Hand's dark dimension. That's a tall order, even with the help of Aaron—whatever he is. And meanwhile, Thuvani Shah and Team One are getting ready to move in on the renegades with guns blazing.

This episode is brought to you by team-writer Max Gladstone and is guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat, if not flat on the floor.

Battleground continues the 16-part Serial, Bookburners, presented by Serial Box. From a team of writers, this collaborative effort unfolds an epic urban fantasy narrative across an entire season in weekly installments.

Follow along as Sal learns the life-changing lesson: some books have teeth. To learn more about Bookburners and find out how you can read the whole serial, check out SerialBox.com.



Last First Snow
Craft Sequence 4
Tor Books, April 26, 2016
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 14, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Last First Snow: the fourth novel set in Max Gladstone's compellingly modern fantasy world of the Craft Sequence
 
Forty years after the God Wars, Dresediel Lex bears the scars of liberation—especially in the Skittersill, a poor district still bound by the fallen gods' decaying edicts. As long as the gods' wards last, they strangle development; when they fail, demons will be loosed upon the city. The King in Red hires Elayne Kevarian of the Craft firm Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao to fix the wards, but the Skittersill's people have their own ideas. A protest rises against Elayne's work, led by Temoc, a warrior-priest turned community organizer who wants to build a peaceful future for his city, his wife, and his young son.

As Elayne drags Temoc and the King in Red to the bargaining table, old wounds reopen, old gods stir in their graves, civil blood breaks to new mutiny, and profiteers circle in the desert sky. Elayne and Temoc must fight conspiracy, dark magic, and their own demons to save the peace—or failing that, to save as many people as they can.



Four Roads Cross
Craft Sequence 5
Tor Books, July 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9

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The View From Monday ... on Tuesday - May 12, 2015


Happy not Monday! I had a big RL thing yesterday so didn't get to this week's release list. But here it is today.

There are 3 debuts out today:

Love Is Red (The Nightsong Trilogy 1) by Sophie Jaff;

Apex by Aer-ki Jyr;

and

Archangel by Marguerite Reed.



And this week from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Mother of Eden (Dark Eden 2) by Chris Beckett;

Strange Country (Hallie Michaels 3) by Deborah Coates is out in Trade Paperback;

The Big Fix (Ciel Halligan 3) by Linda Grimes;

Nightlife: Hazardous Material by Matthew Quinn Martin;

The Undying: Shades: An Apocalyptic Thriller by Ethan Reid;

and

Defiant (Towers Trilogy 2) by Karina Sumner-Smith.


The View From Monday ... on Tuesday - May 12, 2015


May 11, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nightlife: Hazardous Material (e) Matthew Quinn Martin H - Nightlife novella



May 12, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume Four Daniel Abraham F/GN
Mother of Eden Chris Beckett SF - Dark Eden 2
The Forgotten Room Lincoln Child Th - Dr. Jeremy Logan 4
Strange Country (h2tp) Deborah Coates CF - Hallie Michaels 3
The Outer Harbour Wayde Compton SpecFic - Collection
A Dance of Chaos David Dalglish F - Shadowdance 6
Under a Blood Moon (e) Delilah Devlin PNR - Beaux Rève Coven
Dreams of Shreds and Tatters Amanda Downum UF
Dark Screams: Volume Three (e) Brian James Freeman (ed)
Richard Chizmar (ed)
H- Anthology
The Midnight Order (Ke) Christopher Fulbright H
The Confabulist (h2tp) Steven Galloway LF
The Big Fix Linda Grimes UF - Ciel Halligan 3
Gotrek & Felix: Slayer David Guymer F - The Doom of Gotrek Gurnisson 2
The Rise of the Horned Rat Guy Haley F - Warhammer: The End Times 4
The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz (ri) Russell Hoban F
Love Is Red (D) Sophie Jaff LF/Su/RS/H - The Nightsong Trilogy 1
Apex (D) Aer-ki Jyr SF/SO
Born of Defiance Sherrilyn Kenyon CF - The League 9
Goddess of Buttercups & Daisies Martin Millar F
Apex Ramez Naam SF - Nexus Arc 3
The Two of Swords: Part Four (e) K. J. Parker F - Two of Swords
The Bees (h2tp) Laline Paull LF
Where Kit Reed SF
Archangel (D) Marguerite Reed SF
The Undying: Shades: An Apocalyptic Thriller (e) Ethan Reid Ap/Th/Z - Undying Series
Retribution (e) Katie Reus PNR
Starbase Human (Ke) Kristine Kathryn Rusch SF - Retrieval Artist Universe: Anniversary Day Saga 7
The Guild of Saint Cooper Shya Scanlon LF/Ap/AH
Boo Neil Smith LF/CoA/Gh
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Nine Jonathan Strahan (ed) SF - Anthology
Defiant Karina Sumner-Smith F/P - Towers Trilogy 2
Post-Exoticism in Ten Lessons, Lesson Eleven Antoine Volodine LF/PA
Highlander Redeemed Laurin Wittig HistR - Guardians of the Targe 3
Points of Departure: Liavek Stories Patricia C. Wrede
Pamela Dean
SF - Short Stories



May 13, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Firestorm Forever (e) Deborah Cooke PNR - Dragonfire 11
Elephants and Corpses: A Tor.Com Original (e) Kameron Hurley F



May 14, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Equilibrium: Episode 3 CS Sealey F



May 15, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Giallo Fantastique Ross E. Lockhart (ed) Cr/H/Su
Expiration Date Nancy Kilpatrick (ed) F - Anthology



May 16, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Star Trek Universe: Franchising the Final Frontier Douglas Brode (ed)
Shea T. Brode (ed)
HC/SF - Anthology
Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek: The Original Cast Adventures Douglas Brode (ed)
Shea T. Brode (ed)
HC/SF - Anthology



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


AH - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
F - Fantasy
Gh - Ghost
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistR - Historical Romance
LF - Literary Fiction
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
RS - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Su - Supernatural
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

The View From Monday - May 26, 2014


Happy last Monday in May!


The View From Monday - May 26, 2014



There are no debuts this week. From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

White Heart of Justice (Noon Onyx 3) by Jill Archer;

Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell 4) by Jenn Bennett;

Strange Country (Wide Open 3) by Deborah Coates;

Emperor of Thorns (Broken Empire 3) by Mark Lawrence is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Kassa Gambit by M.C. Planck  is out in Trade Paperback.



May 26, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Court of Conspiracy (e) April Taylor AH - The Tudor Enigma 1
Crucible (e) T.D. Wilson SF - Epherium Chronicles 2



May 27, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Demon Creed (e) Paula Altenburg PNR - Demon Outlaws 3
White Heart of Justice Jill Archer F - Noon Onyx 3
The Last President (h2mm) John Barnes PA/SF - Daybreak 3
Banishing the Dark Jenn Bennett UF - Arcadia Bell 4
The Kraken King Part VII: The Kraken King and the Empress's Eyes (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
Skin Game Jim Butcher UF - The Dresden Files 15
Heirs of the Demon King: Uprising Sarah Cawkwell AH/F
Strange Country Deborah Coates UF - Wide Open 3
Warbound (h2mm) Larry Correia UF - Grimnoir Chronicles 3
Deadlock (Kindle e) Tim Curran H
Undead and Unsure (h2mm) MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Queen Betsy 12
True Love (h2mm) Jude Deveraux PNR - Nantucket Brides 1
Dark Matter Ian Douglas SF - Star Carrier 5
The Lost Sarah Beth Durst UF - The Lost 1
Air Bound (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Sea Haven 3
Alien 3: The Official Movie Novelization Alan Dean Foster SF - Alien
The Cursed Heather Graham Sus/P - Krewe of Hunters 12
Fire Rising: Part 3 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Orpheus Descent Tom Harper Th/Hist
The Asylum (h2tp) John Harwood Go/H
Kiss of Wrath Sandra Hill PNR - Deadly Angels 4
Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel G. Michael Hopf Dys - New World 3
Noah's Boy (tp2mm) Sarah A. Hoyt UF - Shifters 3
Star Trek: The Lost Era: One Constant Star David R. George III SF - Star Trek
Hunt the Darkness Alexandra Ivy PNR - Guardians of Eternity 11
The Immortal Circus: Final Act A. R. Kahler UF - Cirque des Immortels 3
Hunt at World's End Nicholas Kaufmann Th - Gabriel Hunt
The Way to Babylon Paul Kearney F
The Mark of the Tala Jeffe Kennedy F - Twelve Kingdoms 1
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm Greg Keyes SF - Movie Prequel
Deeply Odd (h2mm) Dean Koontz H - Odd Thomas 6
Vulkan Lives (tp2mm) Nick Kyme F - Horus Heresy
Emperor of Thorns (h2mm) Mark Lawrence F - Broken Empire 3
Artemis Awakening Jane Lindskold SF
Unforgiven Cat Miller PNR - Forbidden Bond 2
The Remaining: Faith: A Novella (e) D.J. Molles H - The Remaining
The Remaining D.J. Molles H - The Remaining 1
Crown of Renewal Elizabeth Moon F - Paladin's Legacy 5
Friends 'Til the End: A Tor.Com Original (e) Bethany Neal F
The Given Vicki Pettersson Su/Noir - Celestial Blues 3
The Kassa Gambit (h2tp) M.C. Planck SF
Captured (e) Caris Roane PNR - Savage Chains 1
Queen of Swords Katee Robert SFR - Sanctify 1
Innocent Blood (h2mm) James Rollins
Rebecca Cantrell
Th/H - Order of the Sanguines 2
Reach for Infinity Jonathan Strahan (ed) SF - Anthology
Night Terrors Tim Waggoner UF - Shadow Watch 1
Sea Change (h2tp) S.M. Wheeler F
Pirates of the Timestream (tp2mm) Steve White SF - Jason Thanou 3



May 29, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Picnic at Hanging Rock (ri) Joan Lindsay H



May 29, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Immortal Crown Richelle Mead F - Age of X 2



May 30, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Milkman: A Freeworld Novel Michael J. Martineck SF - Freeworld



May 31, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The River of Souls Robert McCammon HistM - Matthew Corbett 5



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


AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistM - Historical Mystery
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy


The View From Monday - February 10, 2014


Happy Monday! It's a relatively light release week with something for all SpecFic genre fans.


The View From Monday - February 10, 2014



There are 3 debuts:

The Waking Engine by David Edison;

Cold Iron (Cold Iron Trilogy 1) by D. L. McDermott;

and

The Martian by Andy Weir.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Tempered (St. Croix Chronicles 4) by Karina Cooper;

and

Deep Down (Hallie Michaels 2) by Deborah Coates is out in Trade Paperback.




February 10, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Tempered (e) Karina Cooper Hist/SF/SP - St. Croix Chronicles 4
The Ultimate Choice (e) Lisa C. Hinsley Th/Dys
Cold Iron (e) (D) D. L. McDermott PNR - Cold Iron Trilogy  1
Reaper's Touch (e) Eleri Stone PNR/Dys



February 11, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mojo And The Pickle Jar (1st e) (ri) Douglas Bell F
Deep Down (h2tp) Deborah Coates UF - Hallie Michaels 2
Conquest John Connolly
Jennifer Ridyard
SF - The Chronicles of the Invaders 1
The Waking Engine (D) David Edison F
Pillar to the Sky William R. Forstchen SF
The Mist in the Mirror Susan Hill Gh
The Memory of Death (e) Trent Jamieson UF - Death Works 4
Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild (ri) George R.R. Martin (ed) SF/Adv - Anthology
The Runestone Incident Neve Maslakovic TT/R - The Incident 2
Night on the Galactic Railroad and Other Stories from Ihatov Kenji Miyazawa F/SF - Modern Japanese Classics
The Book of Why (h2tp) Nicholas Montemarano Meta
McFall Scott Nicholson Th/H
The Dreams of a Dying God Aaron Pogue F - Godlanders War 1
The Wrath of a Shipless Pirate Aaron Pogue F - Godlanders War 2
The Martian (D) Andy Weir SF/Adv
Wolf of Sigmar C.L. Werner F - Time of Legends: Black Plague Trilogy  3
The Judge of Ages John C. Wright SF - Count to Trillion 3
Carnal Secrets Suzanne Wright PNR - Phoenix Pack 3



February 13, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mystic's Touch Dena Garson FR
Braedric's Bane: HarperImpulse Fantasy Romance Novella (e) AJ Nuest FR - Golden Key Chronicles 4



February 15, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Magistrates of Hell (h2tp) Barbara Hambly UF - James Asher Vampire 4
The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories (ri) Vandana Singh SF - Collection



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


Adv - Adventure
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
Meta - Metaphysical
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy


The View From Monday - March 4, 2013

Happy first Monday in March.


The View From Monday - March 4, 2013


Out this week from the 2013 Debut Author Challenge featured authors:

     A Conspiracy of Alchemists (The Chronicles of Light and Shadow 1) by Liesel Schwaz.


New this week from the 2012 Debut Author Challenge featured authors:

     Deep Down (Hallie Michaels 2) by Deborah Coates

     Payoff (eBook) (Mindspace Investigations Novella) by Alex Hughes


New this week from the 2011 Debut Author Challenge featured authors:

     Crave the Darkness (Shaede Assassin 3) by Amanda Bonilla

     Wicked Lies (eBook) (Dark Mission Novella) by Karina Cooper (print edition will be available on April 9th).


Update:  A printable PDF of this week's releases plus the March 1st releases may be found here.




March 4, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Prophecy (e) Vivi Anna FR - The League of Illusion 2



March 5, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Peach Pies and Alibis Ellery Adams PCM - Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery 2
Agave Kiss Ann Aguirre UF - Corine Solomon
Real Vampires Know Hips Happen Gerry Bartlett PNR - Real Vampires 9
Bridge of Dreams (h2mm) Anne Bishop F - Ephemera 3
Written In Red Anne Bishop UF - Others 1
Crave the Darkness Amanda Bonilla UF - Shaede Assassin 3
Children of Kings Marion Zimmer Bradley
Deborah J. Ross
F - Darkover
Frost Burned Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 7
The Shape Stealer Lee Carroll UF - Black Swan Rising 3
The Wolf's Surrender Kendra Leigh Castle PNR
The Heart of a Hero Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls 4
Intruder (h2mm) C. J. Cherryh SF - Foreigner 13
Deep Down Deborah Coates UF - Hallie Michaels 2
Garrett For Hire Glen Cook UF - Omnibus
Wicked Lies (e) Karina Cooper PNR - Dark Mission Novella
The Thief (h2mm) Clive Cussler Th/SF - Isaac Bell 5
A Turn of Light Julie E. Czerneda F
Undead and Underwater MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Collection
The Mapmaker's War: A Legend Ronlyn Domingue F
Hope Reborn S.M. Stirling
David Drake
SF - Raj Whitehall 1 and 2
The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire Abigail Gibbs UF
Dead Reckoning (ri) Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stakchouse / Southern Vampire 11
Empty Space M. John Harrison SF - Light 3
Redemption Erica Hayes PNR - Seven Signs 2
Doughnut Tom Holt SF
A Few Good Men Sarah A. Hoyt SF - Darkship 3
Payoff (e) Alex Hughes SF - Mindspace Investigations Novella
The Silent Ghost (e) Sue Ann Jaffarian PCM - Ghost of Granny Apples Novella
No Return (D) Zachary Jernigan F
Double Enchantment (ri) Kathryne Kennedy PNR - The Relics of Merlin
Gotrek & Felix : The Third Omnibus (ri) William King F - Warhammer
Unbound Angela Knight
Jennifer Ashley
Jean Johnson
Hanna Martine
PNR
The Funhouse (ri) Dean Koontz H
Keeper of the Moon Harley Jane Kozak PNR - The Keepers: L.A.
The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl Gina Lamm PNR
Beast Behaving Badly (tp2mm) Shelly Laurenston PNR - Pride 5
The Fall of Never Ronald Malfi H
Midnight Blue-Light Special Seanan McGuire UF - Incryptid 2
The Chosen Theresa Meyers SPR/WW - Legend Chonicles 3 
Her Knight's Quest Alexis Morgan F - Warriors of the Mist 2
The Accursed Joyce Carol Oates H
Strange Fates (e) Marlene Perez UF - Nyx Fortuna 1
Liar's Blade Tim Pratt F - Pathfinder Tales
The Demonologist: A Novel Andrew Pyper H
The Books of Barakhai Mickey Zucker Reichert F/SF
Mating Instinct Katie Reus PNR - Moon Shifter 3
The Last Threshold R. A. Salvatore F - Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: Neverwinter Saga 4
The Sound of Rebellion John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 8
A Conspiracy of Alchemists (D) Liesel Schwarz F - The Chronicles of Light and Shadow 1
Wild Invitation Nalini Singh PNR - Psy/Changling Anthology
The Late Night Horror Show Bryan Smith H
Hope Reborn S.M. Stirling
David Drake
SF - General Omnibus
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Seven Jonathan Strahan (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Slashback Rob Thurman UF - Cal Leandros 8
Blood and Magick James R. Tuck UF- Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter 3
The Last Grave Debbie Viguie P/Th - Witch Hunt 2
Rapture J.R. Ward PNR - Fallen Angels 4
Shadow of Freedom David Weber SF - Honor Farrington 14



March 6, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Necromancer's Grimoire Annmarie Banks F - The Elysium Texts 2
A Wolf from the Outlands Richard Taylor F - The Wolf's Quest 1
Terrain (e) Genevieve Valentine SP/W



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



F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western
WW - Weird Western

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 1

I've written several posts about what the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Authors are up to in 2012 (here, here, here, here, here, and here), but have not yet updated you about the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors' new novels in 2012 and 2013... until now. This is the first in a series of updates.


See Part 2 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.
See Part 5 here.
See Part 6 here.
See Part 7 here.
See Part 8 here.
See Part 9 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 11 here.
See Part 12 here.


Ania Ahlborn

The Neighbors
Thomas & Mercer, November 27, 2012
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 1
Andrew Morrison sacrificed everything—his childhood, his education, and the girl of his dreams—to look after his alcoholic mother. But enough is enough, and now he’s determined to get out and live his life. That means trading the home he grew up in for a rented room in the house of an old childhood friend— both of which are in sorry shape.

The only thing worse than Drew’s squalid new digs and sullen new roommate is the envy he feels for the house next door: a picture-perfect suburban domicile straight out of Norman Rockwell, with a couple of happy householders to match. But the better acquainted he gets with his new neighbors—especially the sweet and sexy Harlow Ward—the more he suspects unspeakable darkness beyond the white picket fence.

At the intersection of Blue Velvet and Basic Instinct lies The Neighbors, an insidiously entertaining tale of psychological suspense and mounting terror by the boldest new master of the form, Ania Ahlborn.




Cassie Alexander

Moonshifted
Edie Spence 2
St. Martin's Paperbacks, November 27, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 1
After surviving a brutal vampire attack, Nurse Edie Spence is ready to get back to work—attending to supernatural creatures in need of medical help. But her nursing skills are put to the test when she witnesses a hit-and-run on her lunch break. The injured pedestrian is not only a werewolf, he’s the pack leader. And now Edie’s stuck in the middle of an all-out were-war…

With two rival packs fighting tooth and nail, Edie has no intention of crossing enemy lines. But when she meets her patient’s nephew—a tattooed werewolf named Lucas with a predatory gleam in his eye that’s hard to resist—Edie can’t help but choose sides. The question is: can she trust this dangerous new ally? And can she trust her own instincts when she’s near him? Either way, Edie can’t seem to pull away—even if getting involved makes her easy prey…

The cover for Shapeshifted (Edie Spence 3) coming in 2013.

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 1




Stephen Blackmoore

Dead Things
DAW, February 3, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 1
Necromancer is such an ugly word, but it’s a title Eric Carter is stuck with.

He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He’s turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course.

When he left L.A. fifteen years ago he thought he’d never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him.

But now his sister’s been brutally murdered and Carter wants to find out why.

Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it’s the patron saint of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who’s taken an unusually keen interest in him.

Carter’s going to find out who did it and he’s going to make them pay.

As long as they don’t kill him first.
[Description and cover from the Author's Website]



Kristen Callihan

Moonglow
Darkest London 2
Forever, July 31, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 1
Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .
Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy's door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .

Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .
Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul.


Winterblaze
Darkest London 3
Forever, February 26, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 1
Once blissfully in love . . .
Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy's secrets are revealed, leaving Winston's trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . .

Their relationship is now put to the ultimate test.
Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars of the vicious attack. Drawn into the darkest depths of London, Winston must fight an evil demon that wants to take away the last hope of reconciliation with his wife. As a former police inspector, Winston has intelligence and logic on his side. But it will take the strength of Poppy's love for him to defeat the forces that threaten to tear them apart.




Deborah Coates

Deep Down
Tor Books, March 5, 2013
Hardcover and eBook

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 1
Death stalks the haunted, windswept prairie in this chilling sequel to Wide Open

Now that she’s solved her sister’s murder, Hallie Michaels has left the army and isn’t sure what to do next. Her relationship with deputy Boyd Davies is tentative, there’s still distance between her and her father, and she needs a job. The good news is, she hasn’t seen a ghost in weeks.

All that changes when she gets a call asking her to help an elderly neighbor who is being stalked by black dogs, creatures from the underworld that are harbingers of death. When a black dog appears, Hallie learns, a reaper is sure to follow. And if the dark visions she’s suddenly receiving are any indication, it looks like the reaper is now following her.

Meanwhile, strange events herald the arrival of ghosts from Boyd’s past, ghosts the young deputy isn’t ready to face. Refusing Hallie’s help, Boyd takes off to deal with the problem on his own, only to find that he’s facing something much larger and more frightening than he’d imagined.

Stalked by a reaper and plagued by dark visions, Hallie finds she must face her fears and travel into Death’s own realm to save those she most loves.




Myke Cole

Final Frontier
Shadow Ops 2
Ace, January 29, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 1
An Officer. An Out­cast. A Fight for Survival.

The Great Reawak­ening did not come qui­etly. Across the country and in every nation, people began to develop ter­ri­fying powers–summoning storms, raising the dead, and set­ting every­thing they touch ablaze. Overnight the rules changed…but not for everyone.

Colonel Alan Book­binder is an army bureau­crat whose worst war wound is a paper-cut. But after he develops mag­ical powers, he is torn from every­thing he knows and thrown onto the front-lines.

Drafted into the Super­nat­ural Oper­a­tions Corps in a new and dan­gerous world, Book­binder finds him­self in com­mand of For­ward Oper­ating Base Frontier–cut off, sur­rounded by mon­sters, and on the brink of being overrun.

Now, he must find the will to lead the people of FOB Fron­tier out of hell, even if the one hope of sal­va­tion lies in teaming up with the man whose own mag­ical powers put the base in such grave danger in the first place–Oscar Britton, public enemy number one…
[Description from the Author's Website]


Part 2 coming soon....

Interview with Deborah Coates - March 13, 2012

Please welcome Deborah Coates to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Deborah's debut, Wide Open, is published today. You may read Deborah's Guest Blog - Everything in its Place - by clicking here.


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

Deborah:  This is not so much a quirk or (I'm afraid) all that interesting, but if it were possible I would probably do better if I could plan the entire book in my head before I wrote anything down. I can't do that because given all the other things in my head there doesn't seem to enough room for an entire novel. Frankly, my subconscious is a better writer than my conscious mind.

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

Deborah:  I always wanted, not to write what Jane Austen wrote, but to write the sort of novel that could be read in a number of different ways. Pride and Prejudice can be read (and I've probably read it all these ways at different times) as a romance, as a comedy of manners, as beautiful writing, as literature and of course as several of those things at once. I'd like to write that sort of book, something with multiple layers, that pulls in readers with different sorts of interests. So, while I don't want to write in the style of Jane Austen, she's definitely influenced what I think about when I write.

I also greatly admire good writing, good plotting and good characters, especially when they're all together in one book.

Current favorite writers or current writers of favorite books: Louise Penny, Justin Cronin, Ariana Franklin.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Deborah:  I think I'm a pantser who wishes she were more of a plotter. I've coming around to the idea that I should write a really fast, really bad first draft and then figure things out from there. You COULD say that was my outline, but I'm not sure it's even good enough to be an outline. Some of my best ideas and some of my best plot problem-solving come from just sitting down and writing but I also often go seriously off the rails plot-wise and have to do some big, sweeping rewriting and rearranging. It's not efficient even if it all turns out fine in the end.

The thing is, as I said above, my subconscious really does the heavy creative lifting and sometimes I just need to let the story sit back there for awhile before the answers come forth, like it was easy all along.

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

Deborah:  For a long time the most challenging thing for me has been to write every day and, particularly, to write a certain amount--500, 750, 1,000 words--every day. Because my subconscious does so much of the work I really do need time to let things simmer and sometimes I just don't have that time available. Walking dogs helps. And sometimes just writing helps--I figure things out as I go. These days, though, I think the most challenging thing is switching from writing to editing, which for me is a very different skill set and way of thinking.

TQ:  Describe Wide Open in 140 characters or less.

Deborah:  When Hallie returns to South Dakota to investigate her sister's death, she finds ghosts, magic and a deputy who knows more than he's telling.

TQ:   What inspired you to write Wide Open?

Deborah:  I figured if I was going to work on a novel, it should combine as many things I'm interested in as possible. I like strong characters, I like contemporary fantasy and particularly stories that are heavily grounded in everyday details, with a strong sense of place and time. I like interesting fantasy elements and that juxtaposition of fantasy and everyday living. I like writing about prairies and farms and small towns. In general, my stories start with the characters and the place and grow from there.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Wide Open?

Deborah:  There were two major areas that I researched for Wide Open--women soldiers in Afghanistan and western South Dakota. It turns out--or at least this was true when I was actually writing Wide Open--that there's much less written about the war in Afghanistan than the war in Iraq. There was a brief time when I considered changing Hallie's deployment, but the thing is Afghanistan is more the right place for Hallie to be returning from than Iraq. It's clearly a liminal space. It's the place that historically groups have gone through on their way to somewhere else and it's sometimes the place they get bogged down or even buried.

Hallie is in a liminal space in more ways than one throughout the story--she's come back to South Dakota, a place she once thought she'd left for good. South Dakota sits in a space that's not quite West or Midwest. Hallie herself didn't quite die and is not quite in the world the same way she was before.

My second main research area was South Dakota. I have been to western South Dakota and I grew up on a farm, though in a different part of the country. One thing I was concerned about was how different rural South Dakota might be from other rural places I've lived. What I learned was that some of it is quite different--the openness, the weather, the things people raise and grow--and some of it is exactly the same.

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

Deborah:  Hallie was by far the easiest to write. She opts for action when there's action to take and for a writer--as long as I can figure out what kind of action Hallie would be likely to take--that makes her pretty easy to write. I just let her go. Having said that, though, I did have to work to show more than one side of her. It's easy to make her anger and grief the only facets to her--because they are really important in the story. Hallie IS angry and she's grieving, but she's capable of other feelings too.

Hallie's father was hard for me to get right. I liked writing him and I like how he turned out, but people kept reading him in ways that weren't as I intended him. He can be sarcastic and cranky, but he's got good qualities too and, in a way, like writing Hallie--or maybe any characters--I had to find ways to show those other qualities. It was harder with him because he's not on the page nearly as much as Hallie is.

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

Deborah:  You know, I'm actually kind of fond of the scene where Hallie and Boyd meet for the first time. Hallie is probably at her very worst--she hasn't slept in twenty-four hours, she's still trying to absorb the fact of her sister's death, she's just been greeted by her sister's ghost at the airport, she's got a car with a flat tire and no lug wrench. Boyd arrives and he's calm and courteous and helpful and it really pisses her off. It all goes forward from there, I think, for the two of them.

TQ:  What's next?

Deborah:  There are two sequels to WIDE OPEN. The second book is with my editor and I'm expecting to get feedback from her very soon. I have a draft of the third one that I've set aside for a bit, though I hope to get back to work on that soon as well. There will be more South Dakota, more Hallie, more Boyd and more magic.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Deborah:  Thank you for having me! It was a pleasure.


About Wide Open

Wide Open
Tor Books (March 13, 2012)
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

Interview with Deborah Coates - March 13, 2012
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.


About Deborah Coates

Deborah Coates lives in central Iowa and works at Iowa State University. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov's and Strange Horizons, as well as Year's Best Fantasy 6, Best Paranormal Romance, and Best American Fantasy 2. She's been a farmhand, a factory worker, a statistician, a researcher, and an IT professional. You can find her at http://www.deborah-coates.com and on Twitter as debcoates.

Release Day Review - Wide Open - 4 Qwills

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
Review copy:  ARC provided by Publisher


Release Day Review - Wide Open - 4 Qwills
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.

My thoughts:

Hallie Michaels sister has died. She returns to South Dakota on compassionate leave from the war in Afghanistan. She only has her leave to figure it out what may have happened and she's not exactly thrilled about seeing ghosts including that of her sister, Dell. She's sure that Dell has not committed suicide.

Hallie is a woman of action and very few words. She's angry and often acts without thinking, but her actions elicit responses that give her clues to what is going on. At times I found Hallie grating. By the end of the novel she seems to be opening a little. There are glimpses of something more than just anger in Hallie.

Boyd Davies, a local Sheriff's Deputy, offers a nice counterbalance to Hallie. Where Hallie would rush in swinging, Boyd would hold her back both to protect her and because he's a Deputy. He often knows that holding Hallie back is not going to happen, but he is there for her... if she'd accept the help. Hallie reluctantly teams up with Boyd to figure out what is going on.  Boyd has his own secrets too, which may or may not help Hallie.

Hallie interacts with many of the people she grew up with and most of them are there for supporting roles. We certainly get glimpses of Hallie's life before she joined the Army. With few exceptions it does not seem that much has changed back home. Most of her friends and acquaintances are unaware of the magic swirling around them and the bad things that have been done.

The South Dakota setting makes a wonderful backdrop for Wide Open. Deborah Coates does a terrific job of creating the 'place' of the story. Wide Open is an enjoyable rural fantasy. I'm looking forward to reading more about Hallie and Boyd.

I give Wide Open 4 Qwills.

Release Day Review - Wide Open - 4 Qwills

The View From Monday - March 12, 2012

Happy Monday! Hope that the time change (in the US) has not thrown everyone off! There is one less hour to read this week as we have sprung forward. I'm taking my hour away from sleeping though.

At The Qwillery this week:

Monday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Adrian Phoenix. Adrian is the author of The Makers Song series and the Hoodoo series.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Deborah Coates. Wide Open will be published on March 13th (tomorrow).

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Carol Wolf. Summoning will be published in April.

Thursday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Matt Adams. I, Crismonstreak will be published in May.

Friday - Interview with Stina LeichtAnd Blue Skies From Pain (Fey and Fallen 2) will be published on March 20, 2012.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Chris F. Holm. Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) was published on February 28, 2012.

Sunday - March 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - voting starts!


A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)."


March 13, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Isis Collar
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Cat Adams UF - Blood Singer 4
The Steel Seraglio
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Mike Carey
Linda Carey
Louise Carey
F
Wide Open (d)
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Deborah Coates F
Witches of East End (h2tp)
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Melissa de la Cruz F - Beauchamp Family 1
A Crown Imperiled
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Raymond E. Feist F - Chaoswar Saga 2
Dark North
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Paul Finch F - Malory's Knight of Albion 2
Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Paula Guran (ed) F - Anthology
Bound by Desire
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Jaymie Holland PER - Taken by Passion
Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
William Irwin Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series
The Vanishers: A Novel
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Heidi Julavits H
Infamous
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Sherrilyn Kenyon UF/YA - Chronicles of Nick 3
The Games (d)
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Ted Kosmatka SF
The Company of the Dead (d)
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
David Kowalski SF
Shoebox Train Wreck
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
John Mantooth H - Short Stories
Chrysanthe
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Yves Meynard F
Autumn: Aftermath
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
David Moody H - Autumn 5
Hide Me Among the Graves
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Tim Powers PT
The Book of Lost Fragrances: A Novel of Suspense
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
M. J. Rose PS - Reincarnationist 4
Commedia della Morte
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro HP - St. Germain 25


March 16, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Under the Harrow (h2tp)
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Mark Dunn F
Apocalypse and Post-Politics: The Romance of the End
The View From Monday - March 12, 2012
Mary Manjikian Literary Criticism



d - Debut
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HP - Historical Paranormal
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PS - Paranormal Suspense
PT - Paranormal Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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