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

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




As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun for you to choose a favorite cover from each month's debut novels. Now the 12 monthly winners are pitted against each other for you to choose the 2012 Debut Novel Cover of the Year.

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







January

Cover artist - Michael Komarck





February

Cover created by Amazing15





March

Cover created by Amazing15





April

Cover created by Joey Hi-Fi





May

Cover created by Aleta Rafton





June

Cover created by Sparth





July







August

Cover design - James Iacobelli.





September

Cover art - David Palumbo





October

Cover art - Chris McGrath





November






December










Guest Blog by Doyce Testerman - The Joy of Writing YA: An Outsider's Perspective

Please welcome Doyce Testerman to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Hidden Things was published on on August 21, 2012.


Guest Blog by Doyce Testerman - The Joy of Writing YA: An Outsider's Perspective



The Joy of Writing YA: An Outsider's Perspective 

A few weeks ago, during an interview, someone asked me what I saw as the future of Urban Fantasy (we'd agreed, for the span of the interview, to pretend that Hidden Things was part of that genre, which is only true if you look at it from the right direction and squint a little, but that's okay).

My paraphrased response: "If it's very, very lucky, it's going to become something like YA."

This answer spun off of a conversation I've had with my wife, who knows a little bit about YA. Those types of books are a passion for her. I completely agree with this passion, but “YA” as a category of books makes me unreasonably jealous (as a writer of stuff-that-isn't-YA); it seems to me that the question of whether or not a book is YA (or middle-grade) pretty much boils down to “how old is the protagonist?” If the protag’s about the right age to fall within the target audience of such books, and the subject matter isn’t too dark, then you’re YA.

As I was saying, it bugged me, because the whole thing just kind of seemed like an excellent kind of cheating. We argued about discussed that for awhile, and the fruitful result of that conversation looked something like this.
  1. All the ‘real’ genres of fiction exist within the YA (or MG) age-grouping. 
  2. While that is true, consumers don’t see that because YA is not usually separated out by genre in bookstores or libraries in the way in which adult books are. 
  3.  (And this is a big one.) That may be one of the big reasons why YA is so popular and successful right now.
Here’s what I mean. Take a look at your local book store. Or Amazon. Or whatever. Look at those signs over the book shelves. Mystery. Suspense. Literary Fiction. History. Science Fiction. Fantasy. Romance. Travel…

… and Young Adult.

There, all by itself, with no subheadings to be seen, are all the books aimed at YA readers, lumped together. Sweet Valley High rubbing up against Twilight. Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes next to Two Minute Drill. Mockingjay halfway down the shelf from Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Dogs and cats, living together. Mass hysteria.

Or, possibly, genius -- a pure gift to not only readers, but writers.

See, if I’m browsing for books in the local store, I go to the genres I enjoy, right? For me, that means I go poke around in the Science Fiction and Fantasy section for awhile – fine: a couple hours, whatever – and then I’m pretty much done.

The odds that I’m going to run across an interesting biography during that time? Low. The same goes for randomly picking up, reading the cover copy on, and buying No Country for Old Men, or the latest hot suspense thriller. Not going to happen. I have a friend who is a huge Stephen King fan, but until I mentioned it last week, she had no idea he’d written an nearly autobiographical book called On Writing.

Why? It’s in another section of the store from the one she normal visits.

But over in the YA section (of the bookstore or amazon.com or whatever), the odds of that sort of thing happening — cross-genre reader pollination, if you will — are exponentially higher, simply because everything under an incredibly broad umbrella is lumped together. It's really no coincidence that some of the best fiction out there right now is in YA, because the writer’s genre shackles are gone, the reader’s expectation are wide open, and in that kind of environment anything can happen.

Let me tell you about me-as-a-young-reader: William S. Burroughs? I was there. Random “sports” novels? Sure. Catcher in the Rye? Yep. Alfred Hitchcock collections? Of course. Stephen King? Heck yeah. Trixie Belden? All 34 books in the series, throw in the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew as a snack, and chase the whole thing down with The Lord of the Rings. Then The Old Man and the Sea for dessert.

Today? I pretty much stick to my genres of interest.

Why? Well, mostly because I don’t see the other stuff.

But the YA readers see stuff from all different genres. More importantly, they pick up, check out, and decide to read stuff from all different genres. Because it’s there, and ultimately they are readers and they (like the grown-ups) just like good stories.

I don’t think I’m any less voracious a reader than I was as a kid. I don’t think anyone is. But as adults we tend to read less broadly than we used to because as we allow ourselves to age out of the YA section, our reading selection gets segregated.

Then we buy less, because we’ve ‘read everything’.

Which brings me back to Urban Fantasy as the terrible (yet wonderful), almost uselessly broad genre heading that it is. This kind of vague categorization could become almost the same kind of catch-all treasure trove as YA. It's almost there, and the closer it gets the more it creates a wonderful head space where writers can can ignore genre entirely and just write; just do their best work and put it out there without worrying about which shelf it's going to end up on or whether it has 'too much' horror or not enough sullen vampire or way too many dragons hiding in otherwise unremarkable cornfields. A place where a reader can start browsing a few books down from an author they know and love and stumble over something really cool they've not only not read, but never even heard of.

What an amazing thing, if we could make our strange little sub-genre do all that.

Shall we?



About Hidden Things
Hidden Things
Harper Voyager, August 21, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Guest Blog by Doyce Testerman - The Joy of Writing YA: An Outsider's Perspective
Watch out for the hidden things . . . That's the last thing Calliope Jenkins's best friend says to her before ending a two a.m. phone call from Iowa, where he's working a case she knows little about. Seven hours later, she gets a visit from the police. Josh has been found dead, and foul play is suspected. Calliope is stunned. Especially since Josh left a message on her phone an hour after his body was found. Spurred by grief and suspicion, Calli heads to Iowa herself, accompanied by a stranger who claims to know something about what happened to Josh and who can— maybe—help her get him back. But the road home is not quite the straight shot she imagined . . .



About Doyce

Guest Blog by Doyce Testerman - The Joy of Writing YA: An Outsider's Perspective
Doyce Testerman was born and raised in the wilds of South Dakota, where he developed an early and lifelong love affair with the written word, especially stories that included a bit more magic, mayhem, or mystery than one typically finds around a Midwestern farm. He moved to Denver in 1995, where he has steadily ceded control of his weekends to two dogs, his brilliant wife, and two astounding children. He has been a professional writer for over a decade, and his work has appeared in a number of online magazines related to pen-and-paper roleplaying games, computer games and MMOs, and fiction. Hidden Things is his first published novel.

Website : Twitter @doycet : Facebook

The View From Monday - September 24, 2012

The View From Monday - September 24, 2012


Happy last Monday in September!

This week The Qwillery will have Guest Blogs by or Interviews with Doyce Testerman (Hidden Things), Claire Ashgrove (Immortal Surrender), Chris F. Holm (The Wrong Goodbye), Richard E. Gropp (Bad Glass), Jill Archer (Dark Light of Day), and Lee Collins (The Dead of Winter).


There are many books both print and digital out this week. You may print a shopping list if you'd like by clicking HERE and then printing the PDF.



September 24, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blue Nebula Diane Dooley SFR


September 25, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Phobos (h2mm) Steve Alten SF - Domain 3
The Martian War Kevin J. Anderson SF
Dark Light of Day (D) Jill Archer PA - Noon Onyx 1
Dime Store Magic (ri) Kelley Armstrong UF - Women of the Otherworld 3
Seduction's Shift A.C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters 2
Immortal Surrender Claire Ashgrove PNR - Curse of the Templars 2
A Star Shall Fall (tp2mm) Marie Brennan F - Onyx Court 3
The Knights of Breton Court Maurice Broaddus UF - Knights of Breton Court Omnibus
Helix Wars Eric Brown SF - Helix 2
Earth to Hell Kylie Chan F - Journey to Wudang 1
Seeds of Earth Michael Cobley SF - Humanity's Fire 1
Sacrifice the Wicked Karina Cooper PNR - Dark Mission 4
The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One Evan Currie SF
How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days Saranna DeWylde PNR
Into the Hinterlands (h2mm) David Drake
John Lambshead
SF
Shadows of Treachery Christian Dunn (ed)
Nick Kyme (ed)
SF Anthology - Horus Heresy 22
Treacheries of the Space Marines Christina Dunn (ed) SF Anthology - Warhammer 40,000
Ashes of a Black Frost (h2mm) Chris Evans F - Iron Elves 3
Dark Predator (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Dark 22
Bad Glass (D) Richard E. Gropp DF
A Perfect Blood (h2mm) Kim Harrison UF - Rachel Morgan 10
Starman Jones (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF
The Wrong Goodbye Chris F. Holm UF- The Collector 2
Unleashed Crystal Jordan PER
Revan (h2mm) Drew Karpyshyn SF - Star Wars The Old Republic 3
Awakenings (h2mm) Edward Lazellari F - Guardians of Aandor 1
Red Eye James Lovegrove UF - Redlaw 2
The Undead In My Bed Katie MacAlister
Molly Harper
Jessica Sims
PNR
The Watcher (ri) Charles Maclean H
Something Witchy This Way Comes H. P. Mallory PNR - Jolie Wilkins 5
Brinkmanship Una McCormack SF - Star Trek: Typhon Pact
Firebird (h2mm) Jack McDevitt SF - Alex Benedict 6
Scholar L. E. Modesitt F - Imager Portfolio 4
The Cold Commands (h2tp) Richard K. Morgan F - Land Fit for Heroes 2
The Moon Maze Game (h2mm) Larry Niven
Steven Barnes
SF - Dream Park 4
Boyfriend from Hell Jamie Quaid UF - Saturn's Daughter 1
Welcome Home/Go Away (e) Mike Shepherd SF - Kris Longknife companion novella
Unconquered John Shirley SF - Borderlands 2
Personal Demon Susan Sizemore UF - Laws of the Blood 6
Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane John Skipp (ed) H - Anthology
Blood Riders Michael P. Spradlin F/W/H
The Moonstone and Miss Jones Jillian Stone PNR - Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator 2
Alchemystic Anton Strout UF - Spellmason Chronicles 1
Blaze Joan Swan PNR - Phoenix Rising 2
Crown Thief David Tallerman F - Tales of Easie Damasco 2
Thirst Karen E. Taylor UF - Vampire Legacy Omnibus
Glasslands (tp2mm) Karen Traviss SF - Halo
Rapture J.R. Ward PNR - Fallen Angels 4
Wolf Among the Stars (h2mm) Steve White SF
The Dark at the End (h2mm) F. Paul Wilson M/Su -Repairman Jack 14
Count to a Trillion (h2mm) John C. Wright SF - Count to a Trillion 1


September 27, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Freaks in a Box: The Myths of Media Paul Di Filippo (ed) SF - Anthology
American Science Fiction: Five Classic Novels 1956-58 Gary K. Wolfe (ed) SF - Anthology
American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953-56 Gary K. Wolfe (ed) SF - Anthology
American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s Gary K. Wolfe (ed) SF - Novels


September 30, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Other Seasons: The Best of Neal Barrett, Jr. Neal Barrett SF - Collection
Skullcrusher Robert E. Howard H - Selected Weird Fiction, Volume One
Dying of the Light George R. R. Martin SF
Baba Yaga's Daughter and Other Stories of the Old Races C. E. Murphy UF - Old Races Collection
We Are For the Dark Robert Silverberg SF - Collection



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


DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
Su - Supernatural
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

And the winners are...


Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk 1) by Bec McMaster - Ended August 28, 2012 -  Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question: The upright hero just begging to have his hair mussed? The possessive alpha? Or even a self-made workaholic? What’s your favourite hero type – literary or otherwise - and why?

Victoria who said...

I like the sarcastic alpha male hero who has a very tortured past.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Forbidden (Plain Fear 2) by Leanna Ellis - Ended August 29, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Leave a comment OR ask Leanna a question.

Tore who said...

I loved the first book. It was really good. I can't wait to read this book. It sounds very good. How many books do you plan to have in this series? Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


The Trouble with Magic (Magic 3) by Patricia Rice - Ends August 30, 2012 - See the post here. US/Canada ONLY

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question:  What is your magical power? OR What is one of your favorite paranormal historical romances?

lavendersbluegreen who said...

I know we only have to answer one... but since I cannot possibly narrow down fav paranormal historical romances... I would say my magical power is passion in the kitchen. I like to cook and feed people and it can be magical!


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling by Michael Boccacino - Ended September 2, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question: What is one of your favorite Gothic novels? or What is one of your favorite fairy tales?

DMS who said...

My favorite fairy tale is The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It has always fascinated me. I read the Grimm versions as a child and they have always stayed with me.

What a fabulous interview! This author is new to me- but like him, I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman. This book sounds interesting (I love Jane Eyre). Thanks so much for sharing! I would love to win.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Immortally Yours (Monster MASH 1) and The Accidental Demon Slayer (signed), The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers (signed) and A Tale of Two Demon Slayers by Angie Fox - Ended September 4, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question: In a war between the gods, which god or goddess (or demi-god or demi-goddess) would you want on your side?

pamerd who said...

Hi

I would have to pick Ares as well - however reading many UF and PNR books there are many demons and gods created by wonderful authors that I would pick also.

I have read your Demon Slayer books and really enjoyed them and I am looking forward to this new series.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Hidden Things by Doyce Testerman - Ended September 5, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question: Are there 'hidden things' where you live?

Lexi H who said...

Hahaha, I love your story of how Calliope Jenkins was born. And I agree with your friends (having lived in Minnesota and South Dakota), nothing magical happens out here. All we ever get are cowboys and Indians. So yay!!! Thanks for finding some hidden things for us!

As for me, I scare myself into thinking I see hidden things all the time when I am out hiking with my husky.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Blades of Winter (Shadowstorm 1) by G. T. Almasi - Ended September 6, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question:  If you were in charge of a team of Levels (superspies) what sorts of modifications would your Levels have?

April who said...

It is to be hoped that I am never put in charge of anything outside of a library or a dish of pastries. However, in the twisted world of the question writer, I am in charge of a team of Levels. I would like to have one with camoflage abilities, one with super hearing, one with extra special sight and one that is good at getting dishes of pastries to me without cost...


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Ace/Roc 2012 Science Fiction and Fantasy Sampler from Jill Archer - Ended September 7, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Question:  Do you like post-apocalyptic stories? If so, which are your favorites? Why do you like to read it (or watch it)? What about stories that explore the nature of good and bad and right versus wrong? Do you enjoy stories where the line between the "good guys" and the "bad guys" is more muddied than it is in our world?

Jo who said...

I love reading post-apocolyptic and dystopic fiction, and my absolute favorite is the S.M. Stirling's Change novels.

and

Sorry - didn't get to finish! What I like about this genre is that people have to start from scratch and there is a lot of character development in leaving the current world behind and learning how to start again.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Saturday, September 22, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Interview with Doyce Testerman and Giveaway - August 29, 2012

Please welcome Doyce Testerman to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Hidden Things, Doyce's debut, was published on on August 21, 2012.


Interview with Doyce Testerman and Giveaway - August 29, 2012


TQ:  Writing quirks! What are some of yours?

Doyce:  I have a very lovely desk with a very nice desktop computer on it. Roomy, comfortable, ergonomic keyboard, the latest word processing software -- a fine collection of bells and/or whistles.

And I never use it for writing.

Editing and revisions, yes, but I never first-draft any stories at that desk. Instead, I have a four year old Asus eeePC netbook with the most basic of writing software on it -- donationware called Writemonkey that feels like writing on an old VAX terminal. It tracks what I need to to track, plays well with Dropbox backups, exports to more advanced word processing formats when I'm done with the draft and ready for editing, and doesn't distract me with little red lines under words the dictionary doesn't know yet.

I have a little lap desk, and the netbook sits on that, and I find a comfortable chair where I can sit with my headphones on and fill up the screen while my big desk collects dust.


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

Doyce:  My favorite authors are a bit like my favorite foods -- I take them in small doses, or over time, so I don't overdose and make myself sick. Steven King and Neil Gaiman are perennial favorites (though with King I usually need to hit the gym for a few weeks in preparation for carrying his latest book around). Terry Pratchett is a favorite as well, though I have to be very careful about him -- if I read too much, the whole world starts looking as ridiculous as it probably is. Rounding things out, there's Roger Zelazny, Steven Brust, and (of course) Tolkien, all for different reasons.

Of those, I'd say the strongest influences are Zelazny -- I admire the spare, straightforward nature of his prose; King -- I love the way he handles his characters and gives them room to breath; and Gaiman -- he has such a light yet casual touch with the way he approaches the strange and magical in his stories.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Doyce:  I used to be a pantser. The first draft of Hidden Things was definitely a seat-of-the-pants story -- I dove into it, kicked up a cloud of dust, and staggered away 30 days later, not entirely sure what I'd tackled and tied down. In later revisions I paid for that a bit, because it's a story with a very tight timeline and I played merry hell trying to sort out any conflicts and finding the space to expand some of the sections that deserved some more attention and time.

More recently, I've been doing different kinds of outline methods. The current outline I'm working from is a sort of "one sentence per scene" summary, written from the point of view of the main character -- sort of a what you'd get if he'd been updating a twitter account the whole time. It's a bit weird, but so far it's working, and really helped me nail down the protagonist's voice before I got into the actual story.


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

Doyce:  Starting. Once I've sat down, dropped that netbook in my lap, and typed up the first sentence, I'm good to go, but getting to that point is a challenge -- there's always something else clamoring for attention, or just trying to distract you. I've found deadlines are fantastic motivators, and (for once) I don't mean that sarcastically. They keep my mind on the story, and remind me that isn't some stamp-collecting hobby, it's work. The best kind of work in the whole world, if you're someone like me, but still work that requires responsibility.


TQ:  Describe Hidden Things in 140 characters or less.

Doyce:  Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, with a midwestern sunburn.

(That's not what I set out to write, certainly, but it's pretty fair for a one-line summary -- no one reading that should find the book too far from their expectation.)


TQ:  What inspired you to write Hidden Things?

Doyce:  As with most reckless undertakings in my life, Hidden Things was born out of a dare.

My friends and I were sitting around discussing our favorite books, and one of them, De, commented: "It really sucks that there's no weird, magical, fantasy stuff set in the Midwest."

I, secure in my role as the snarky South Dakota expat, replied: "That's because nothing magical happens in the Midwest." I paused. "Ever."

"And that," De countered, "is your fault."

I coughed on the soda I'd been drinking. "Really."

"Yup." She pointed at me. "Fixing that needs to be your next book."

"But --"

"And write a female lead this time," said the-friend-who-would-always-rather-read-female-leads.

"But --"

"And make her a private detective!" called out the-friend-who-likes-mysteries from the kitchen.

"But --"

"I dare you," De finished.

And thus, my fate was sealed, Calliope Jenkins was born, and her feet were set on a path that neither of us knew very much about, except its eventual, inevitable destination.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Hidden Things?

Doyce:  The story in Hidden Things takes place over the course of a road trip from Los Angeles to eastern Iowa, and because I wanted to get the timing right, I spent a little time figuring out travel times and checking out place names (to refresh my memory more than anything else). At various points, I also found myself looking up (or calling up friends I knew who could tell me about) proper word use in Lakota, Hungarian, Greek, Aramaic, German, and probably a few more I'm forgetting about.


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

Doyce:  Calliope and... Calliope. In initial drafts, Calliope was a complete breeze to write. She has a very natural voice and personality for me -- one I could easily access. She has that in common with Vikous, actually -- both are very easy for me to write.

In later revisions, though, my editor pushed me to let the readers inside Calliope's head more and more as the story progressed. She would see Calliope make some sort of odd facial expression, and ask "But what is she feeling here? What's going on inside?"

"But what is she FEELING?" may be the most often repeated note I got from my editor during our line edits, and definitely took the most work on my part. The challenge (as I saw it) was to open Calliope up without making it trite and mirror-gazey.


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

Doyce:  The scenes where Calliope sings. I can't really go into more detail than that without spoiling things, but those scenes are each very special to me for different reasons.


TQ:  What's next?

Doyce:  The story I'm working on right now, Adrift, is a hard science fiction story mixed in with the fairy tales the main character used to tell his little girl at bedtime; it's a bit like switching the camera back and forth between Blade Runner and Redwall from chapter to chapter, and it makes me very happy.

I strongly suspect that after that I'll go back to the Hidden Lands; something's going on there, and I should probably figure it out before things get out of hand.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Doyce:  Thank you for having me!



About Hidden Things

Hidden Things
Harper Voyager, August 21, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages


Interview with Doyce Testerman and Giveaway - August 29, 2012
Watch out for the hidden things . . . That's the last thing Calliope Jenkins's best friend says to her before ending a two a.m. phone call from Iowa, where he's working a case she knows little about. Seven hours later, she gets a visit from the police. Josh has been found dead, and foul play is suspected. Calliope is stunned. Especially since Josh left a message on her phone an hour after his body was found. Spurred by grief and suspicion, Calli heads to Iowa herself, accompanied by a stranger who claims to know something about what happened to Josh and who can— maybe—help her get him back. But the road home is not quite the straight shot she imagined . . .



About Doyce

Interview with Doyce Testerman and Giveaway - August 29, 2012
Doyce Testerman was born and raised in the wilds of South Dakota, where he developed an early and lifelong love affair with the written word, especially stories that included a bit more magic, mayhem, or mystery than one typically finds around a Midwestern farm. He moved to Denver in 1995, where he has steadily ceded control of his weekends to two dogs, his brilliant wife, and two astounding children. He has been a professional writer for over a decade, and his work has appeared in a number of online magazines related to pen-and-paper roleplaying games, computer games and MMOs, and fiction. Hidden Things is his first published novel.

Website : Twitter @doycet : Facebook




The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Hidden Things by Doyce Testerman from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Are there 'hidden things' where you live?

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

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

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

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

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

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - August 27, 2012

Welcome to the last Monday in August. Summer is almost over, which for me means more reading time! The small humans will be in school! I will miss them though.

This week at The Qwillery:

Tuesday - Interview with Angie Fox. Immortally Yours kicks off Angie's new Monster MASH series. Immortally Yours will be published tomorrow. We're going to have a terrific giveaway!

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Doyce Testerman. Hidden Things was published on August 21, 2012.

Thursday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with G. T. Almasi. Blades of Winter (Shadowstorm 1) will be published on August 28, 2012.

Friday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Post by Jill Archer. Dark Light of Day (Noon Onyx 1) will be published on September 25, 2012.

Saturday and Sunday - The Qwillery may take the weekend off! *throws confetti* We'll see...


Here are this week's releases. There are many books so there is a printable PDF shopping list HERE!


August 27, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Cyber Sparks (e)
The View From Monday - August 27, 2012

Robert Appleton SFR,
Incandescent (e)
The View From Monday - August 27, 2012

M. V. Freeman PNR
A Stolen Season (e)
The View From Monday - August 27, 2012

Tamara Gill PNR
Rise of Hope (e)The View From Monday - August 27, 2012

Kaily Hart PNR - Fabric of Fate


August 28, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Endgame
The View From Monday - August 27, 2012

Ann Aguirre SF - Sirantha Jax 6
Conviction
The View From Monday - August 27, 2012

Aaron Allston SF - Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi 7
Blades of Winter (d)
The View From Monday - August 27, 2012

G. T. Almasi SF/Th - Shadowstorm 1
Death Warmed Over
The View From Monday - August 27, 2012

Kevin J. Anderson UF - Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I
Well-Tempered Clavicle (h2mm)
The View From Monday - August 27, 2012

Piers Anthony F - Xanth 35
Wrayth
The View From Monday - August 27, 2012

Philippa Ballantine F - Book of the Order 3
The Eternal Tide
The View From Monday - August 27, 2012

Kirsten Beyer SF - Star Trek: Voyager
Undercurrents (tp2mm)
The View From Monday - August 27, 2012

Robert Buettner SF - Orphan's Legacy 2
Black Swan Rising (ri)
The View From Monday - August 27, 2012

Lee Carroll UF - Black Swan Rising 1
Spellbound (h2mm)
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Blake Charlton F - Spellwright 2
The Demoness of Waking Dreams
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Stephanie Chong PNR - Company of Angels 2
Seven Wonders
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Adam Christopher SF/Superheroes
Sanctuary
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Rowena Cory Daniells F - Outcast Chronicles 3
How To Lose a Demon in 10 Days
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Saranna DeWylde PNR
Star Corpsman
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Ian Douglas SF - Bloodstar 1
Cold Fire
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Kate Elliott F - Spiritwalker Trilogy 2
Ring of Fire III (h2mm)
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Eric Flint SF/AH - Ring of Fire
Immortally Yours
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Angie Fox PNR - Monster MASH 1
The Shattered Vine (h2emm)
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Laura Anne Gilman F - Vineart War 3
Chosen
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Sable Grace UF - Dark Breed 3
Ghost of a Dream
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Simon R. Green UF - Ghost Finders 3
Breakdown
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Katherine Amt Hanna SF/PA
The Secret of Crickley Hall (ri)
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James Herbert H
Orion: The Vaults of Winter
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Darius Hinks F - Warhammer
Born to Bite
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Hannah Howell
Diana Cosby
Erica Ridley
PNR
Fear The Darkness
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Alexandra Ivy PNR - Guardians of Eternity 9
Taken
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Benedict Jacka UF - Alex Verus 3
Devil Said Bang
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Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 4
Fair Game
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Taylor Keating PNR - Guardian 3
Soul Trade
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Catilin Kittredge UF - Black London 5
77 Shadow Street (ri)
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Dean Koontz H
Howl For It
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Shelly Laurenston
Cynthia Eden
PNR
The Glass Butterfly
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Louise Marley F/Hist
Beyond Here Lies Nothing
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Gary McMahon H - Concrete Grove 3
Last Vamp Standing (e)
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Kristin Miller PNR - Crimson Bay 3
The Highest Frontier (h2mm)
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Joan Slonczewski SF
When the People Fell (ri)
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Cordwainer Smith
Hank Davis (compiler)
SF
Haunted
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Jeanne C. Stein UF - Anna Strong, Vampire 8
Darkest Desire
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Tawny Taylor PER
Sinner: A Prequel to the Mongoliad (e)
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Mark Teppo F
Path of the Outcast
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Gav Thorpe SF - Warhammer 40,000: Eldar Path 3
Mockingbird
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Chuck Wendig UF - Miriam Black 2


August 31, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Goblin Precinct
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Keith R. A. DeCandido UF - Precinct 3
No Sharks in the Med and Other Stories
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Brian Lumley H - Anthology
Legion
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Brandon Sanderson F - novella


d - Debut
e - eBook
h2emm - Hardcover to Enhanced Mass Market Paperback
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR- Science Fiction Romance
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2012 Winner

The results are in and the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars winner for August is Doyce Testerman's Hidden Things with 36% of the votes cast. The cover was designed by James Iacobelli.


2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2012 Winner




The final results:

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2012 Winner



The August Debut Covers
2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2012 Winner



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

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - August 15, 2012

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - August 15, 2012


Announcing the two newest authors who will be featured in the Challenge - Sharon Lynn Fisher and Doyce Testerman.



Sharon Lynn Fisher

Ghost Planet
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Science Fiction, October 30, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - August 15, 2012
Psychologist Elizabeth Cole prepared for the worst when she accepted a job on a newly discovered world—a world where every colonist is tethered to an alien who manifests in the form of a dead loved one. But she never expected she'd struggle with the requirement to shun these "ghosts." She never expected to be so attracted to the charming Irishman assigned as her supervisor. And she certainly never expected to discover she died in a transport crash en route to the planet.

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

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



Doyce Testerman

Hidden Things
Harper Voyager, August 21, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - August 15, 2012
Watch out for the hidden things . . . That's the last thing Calliope Jenkins's best friend says to her before ending a two a.m. phone call from Iowa, where he's working a case she knows little about. Seven hours later, she gets a visit from the police. Josh has been found dead, and foul play is suspected. Calliope is stunned. Especially since Josh left a message on her phone an hour after his body was found. Spurred by grief and suspicion, Calli heads to Iowa herself, accompanied by a stranger who claims to know something about what happened to Josh and who can— maybe—help her get him back. But the road home is not quite the straight shot she imagined . . .


You can keep up to date with all the 2012 Debut Author Challenge information here.

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2012

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


As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun to choose a favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2012 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US.



































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

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

March 2012 Winner - The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski, Cover Art by Amazing 15.

April 2012 Winner - Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) by Chuck Wendig. Cover Art by Joey Hi-Fi.

May 2012 Winner - Nightshifted (Edie Spence 1) by Cassie Alexander. Cover art by Aleta Rafton.

June 2012 Winner - Osiris (The Osiris Project 1) by E.J. Swift. Cover art by sparth.

July 2012 Winner - No Peace for the Damned (The Damned 1) by Megan Powell. Cover art by Cyanotype Design.

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts

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

The August debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.

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



Blades of Winter
Author:  G.T. Almasi
Series:  Shadowstomr
Publisher:  Del Rey,  August 28, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Price:  $9.99
Genre:  Science Fiction/Thriller
ISBN:  978-0-440-42354-6

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
In one of the most exciting debuts in years, G. T. Almasi has fused the intricate cat-and-mouse games of a John le Carré novel with the brash style of comic book superheroes to create a kick-ass alternate history that reimagines the Cold War as a clash of spies with biological, chemical, and technological enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, a self-described “million-dollar murder machine,” is a rising star in ExOps, a covert-action agency that aggressively shields the United States from its three great enemies: the Soviet Union, Greater Germany, and the Nationalist Republic of China. Rather than risk another all-out war, the four superpowers have poured their resources into creating superspies known as Levels.

Alix is one of the hottest young American Levels. That’s no surprise: Her dad was America’s top Level before he was captured and killed eight years ago. But when an impulsive decision explodes—literally—in her face, Alix uncovers a conspiracy that pushes her to her limits and could upset the global balance of power forever.


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The Corpse-Rat King
Author:  Lee Battersby
Series:  The Corpse-Rat King
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, August 28, 2012 (US/Canada)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-85766-287-3

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
Marius don Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead.

Just like the living citizens, the dead need a King — after all, the King is God’s representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are.

And so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message: if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King. Which he fully intends to do.

Just as soon as he stops running away.

File Under: Fantasy


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Hearts of Darkness
Author:   Kira Brady
Series:  Deadglass
Publisher:  Zebra, August 7, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-1-4201-2456-9

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion…

Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies…and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.


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The Dog Stars
Author:   Peter Heller
Publisher:  Knopf, August 7, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 336 pages
Price:  $24.95
Genre:  Post-Apocalyptic 
ISBN:  978-0-307-95994-2
(fiction debut)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
“Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the solace of the natural world, and the chance to perform some small kindness. The Dog Stars is a wholly compelling and deeply engaging debut.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.


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The Constantine Affliction
Author:  T. Aaron Payton

Has been removed.  T. Aaron Payton is author Tim Pratt.  This was revealed on August 9th. You can read the reveal post at The Night Bazaar.



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Romeo Spikes
Author:  Joanne Reay
Series:  Lo'Life Trilogy
Publisher:  Gallery Books, August 14, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 416 pages
Price:  $25.00
Genre:  Urban Fantasy / Thriller
ISBN:  978-1-4516-7444-6

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
Working the Homicide squad, Alexis Bianco believes she’s seen every way a life can be taken. Then she meets the mysterious Lola and finds out she’s wrong. More weapon than woman, Lola pursues a predator with a method of murder like no other.

The Tormenta.

If you think you’ve never encountered Tormenta, think again. You’re friends with one. Have worked for one. Maybe even fallen in love with one.

They walk amongst us—looking like us, talking like us. Coercing our subconscious with their actions. Like the long-legged beauty who seduces the goofy geek only to break his heart, causing him to break his own neck in a noose. Or the rock star whose every song celebrates self-harm, inspiring his devoted fans to press knives to their own throats. The pusher who urges the addict toward one more hit, bringing him a high from which he’ll never come down. The tyrannical boss, crushing an assistant’s spirit until a bridge jump brings her low.

We call it a suicide. Tormenta call it a score, their demonic powers allowing them to siphon off the unspent life span of those who harm themselves.

To Bianco, being a cop is about right and wrong. Working with Lola is about this world and the next . . . and maybe the one after that. Because everything is about to change. The coming of a mighty Tormenta is prophesied, a dark messiah known as the Mosca.

To stop him, Bianco and Lola must fight their way through a cryptic web of secret societies and powerful legends and crack an ancient code that holds the only answer to the Mosca’s defeat. If this miscreant rises before they can unmask him, darkness will reign and mankind will fall in a storm of suicides. Nobody’s safe. Everyone’s a threat.


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The Black Isles
Author:   Sandi Tan 
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing, August 7, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 480 pages
Price:  $24.99
Genre:  Ghost Story
ISBN:  978-0-446-56392-5

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
There are ghosts on the Black Isle.
Ghosts that no one can see.
No one...except Cassandra.

Uprooted from Shanghai with her father and twin brother, young Cassandra finds the Black Isle's bustling, immigrant-filled seaport, swampy jungle, and grand rubber plantations a sharp contrast to the city of her childhood. And she soon makes another discovery: the Black Isle is swarming with ghosts.

Haunted and lonely, Cassandra at first tries to ignore her ability to see the restless apparitions that drift down the street and crouch in cold corners at school. Yet despite her struggles with these spirits, Cassandra comes to love her troubled new home. And soon, she attracts the notice of a dangerously charismatic man.

Even as she becomes a fearless young woman, the Isle's dark forces won't let her go. War is looming, and Cassandra wonders if her unique gift might be her beloved island's only chance for salvation . . .

Taking readers from the 1920s, through the Japanese occupation during WWII, to the Isle's radical transformation into a gleaming cosmopolitan city, THE BLACK ISLE is a sweeping epic--a deeply imagined, fiercely original tale from a vibrant new voice in fiction.


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Hidden Things
Author:  Doyce Testerman
Publisher:  Harper Voyager, August 21, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Price:  $14.99
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-06-210811-1

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
Watch out for the hidden things . . . That's the last thing Calliope Jenkins's best friend says to her before ending a two a.m. phone call from Iowa, where he's working a case she knows little about. Seven hours later, she gets a visit from the police. Josh has been found dead, and foul play is suspected. Calliope is stunned. Especially since Josh left a message on her phone an hour after his body was found. Spurred by grief and suspicion, Calli heads to Iowa herself, accompanied by a stranger who claims to know something about what happened to Josh and who can— maybe—help her get him back. But the road home is not quite the straight shot she imagined . . .
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