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Interview with Erin Lindsey, author of the Bloodbound series


Please welcome Erin Lindsey to The Qwillery. The Bloodforged, the 2nd novel in the Bloodbound series, was published on September 29th by Ace.



Interview with Erin Lindsey, author of the Bloodbound series




TQWelcome back to The Qwillery. Your new novel, The Bloodforged (Bloodbound 2), was recently published. Has your writing process changed (or not) from when the first Bloodbound novel was published to now?

Erin:  I guess the main difference would be the amount of planning that went into Book 1 versus the later books. THE BLOODBOUND was really a classic panster; I started off with only the roughest of ideas where the story would take me. THE BLOODFORGED is a more ambitious narrative, so it needed an outline. And by the time I got to Book 3, I found I needed to do quite a detailed outline, just to make sure I’d wrapped up all the loose threads.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Erin:  I find that I work best when I have a certain amount of momentum going, and it can be tough to sustain that for any period of time. Life just keeps intruding, you know? Things crop up in the middle of the day that break your rhythm, and sometimes you have to be away from the manuscript for days or weeks at a time. It can be tough to get back into the swing of things after that. On the flip side, when you are in the zone, it can be tough to get a good night’s sleep, because your brain is constantly churning out new ideas, playing out scenes, etc.



TQWhat have you learned about publishing since your first novel, Darkwalker as E.L. Tettensor, was published?

Erin:  Oh, loads. I actually didn’t know all that much about the process before I got started. I had my sights set on landing an agent, figuring the rest would sort of take care of itself after that. So one of things I had to come up to speed on quickly was the importance of marketing your own books – what you, the author, can do to make sure your work finds its audience. That’s by far the toughest part of the gig, and there’s no magic answer. It’s really trial and error, and I’ll always be learning.



TQTell us something about The Bloodforged that is not found in the book description.

Erin:  THE BLOODFORGED dials the action/adventure side way up, while the romance is handled differently than in THE BLOODBOUND. This time, the romance element is more about dealing with the consequences of Alix’s choice in Book 1. We don’t often get to see the aftermath of a resolved love triangle, and that’s something I really wanted to look at in this book. That undercurrent of tension between the main characters continues to influence their behavior in ways that have consequences for the main action of the story.



TQWhich character in the Bloodbound series (so far) has surprised you the most? Who has been the hardest character to write and why?

Erin:  I think the most surprising character has been Alix’s big brother, Rig. He gets his own point of view chapters in this book, and he ended up being quite the scene-stealer. Rig has an easy charisma that’s pretty irresistible, and his scenes always flowed so well and were just a joy to write. That’s pretty true of all the characters, actually. For some reason, I find them all easy to write, much more so than in my other series. They’re such distinctive, three-dimensional people to me that I don’t have any trouble figuring out how they’ll react in a given situation, or how they’ll express themselves.



TQThe Bloodbound series is Fantasy. What appeals to you about writing Fantasy?

Erin:  I like the high adventure of it. You can subject your characters to epic life-and-death situations without having to jump through too many hoops to make it plausible. And I like not being constrained by someone else’s version of reality. I can invent history and geography and cultures and infuse it with my personal experience in ways that make the world truly my own. That’s a lot of fun.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues the Bloodbound series?

Erin:  I’m not sure I consciously chose to include social issues in the book, but they’re definitely there. One of the ethnic groups in the series, the Onnani, were mentioned in passing in Book 1, but they play a much bigger role in THE BLOODFORGED, with several major characters being Onnani. There’s a lot of social friction between the Onnani and other races, and that comes up quite a bit in Liam’s and Rig’s chapters. I wasn’t looking to make a point, particularly; I guess I just wouldn’t find the world to be very realistic if it didn’t have its social tensions and historical controversies. So I included some that made sense to me – and they ended up taking on a life of their own.



TQPlease give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Bloodforged.

Erin:

Your Majesty.

Okay, that was the easy part. Now what? Liam glanced down at Rudi for inspiration, but the wolfhound just yawned, showing off a mouthful of wickedly curved teeth.

My enquiries are progressing. That wasn’t really true, though, was it?

I regret to inform you of my abject failure. Accurate, but maybe a touch melodramatic.

I have decided that I would rather be bound naked to the prow of a merchant schooner touring every harbour of the known world than continue in this capacity. “Yes,” Liam said, tapping his quill against his chin, “I think I’ll go with that one.””



TQWhat's next?

Erin:  I’m just wrapping up THE BLOODSWORN, Book 3 of the Bloodbound series. At the same time, I’m kicking off a new project, a standalone epic fantasy romance. Expect lots of adventure and plenty of swoons!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Erin:  Thanks for having me!





The Bloodforged
Bloodbound 2
Ace, September 29, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Erin Lindsey, author of the Bloodbound series
The epic saga that started in The Bloodbound continues…

As war between Alden and Oridia intensifies, King Erik must defend his kingdom from treachery and enemies on all sides—but the greatest danger lurks closer to home…

When the war began, Lady Alix Black played a minor role, scouting at the edge of the king’s retinue in relative anonymity. Though she’s once again facing an attacking Oridian force determined to destroy all she holds dear, she is now bodyguard to the king and wife to the prince.

Still, she is unprepared for what the revival of the war will mean. Erik is willing to take drastic measures to defend his domain, even if it means sending Prince Liam into a deadly web of intrigue and traveling into the perilous wild lands of Harram himself.

Only the biggest threat to the kingdom might be one that neither Alix nor Erik could have imagined, or prepared for…



Previously

The Bloodbound
Bloodbound 1
Ace, September 30, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Erin Lindsey, author of the Bloodbound series
Of all those in the King of Alden’s retinue, the bloodbinders are the most prized. The magic they wield can forge invaluable weapons, ones that make soldiers like Lady Alix Black unerringly lethal. However, the bloodbinders’ powers can do so much more—and so much worse…

A cunning and impetuous scout, Alix only wishes to serve quietly on the edges of the action. But when the king is betrayed by his own brother and left to die at the hands of attacking Oridian forces, she winds up single-handedly saving her sovereign.

Suddenly, she is head of the king’s personal guard, an honor made all the more dubious by the king’s exile from his own court. Surrounded by enemies, Alix must help him reclaim his crown, all the while attempting to repel the relentless tide of invaders led by the Priest, most feared of Oridia’s lords.

But while Alix’s king commands her duty, both he and a fellow scout lay claim to her heart. And when the time comes, she may need to choose between the two men who need her most…


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And writing as E. L. Tettensor

Darkwalker
Nicolas Lenoir 1
Roc, December 3, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 360 pages

Interview with Erin Lindsey, author of the Bloodbound series
He used to be the best detective on the job. Until he became the hunted...

Once a legendary police inspector, Nicolas Lenoir is now a disillusioned and broken man who spends his days going through the motions and his evenings drinking away the nightmares of his past. Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the grasp of the Darkwalker, a vengeful spirit who demands a terrible toll on those who have offended the dead. But the Darkwalker does not give up on his prey so easily, and Lenoir has always known his debt would come due one day.

When Lenoir is assigned to a disturbing new case, he treats the job with his usual apathy—until his best informant, a street savvy orphan, is kidnapped. Desperate to find his young friend before the worst befalls him, Lenoir will do anything catch the monster responsible for the crimes, even if it means walking willingly into the arms of his own doom…



Master of Plagues
Nicolas Lenoir 2
Roc, February 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Erin Lindsey, author of the Bloodbound series
“A dark fantasy detective story that takes readers on a dark, sometimes disturbing journey. E.L. Tettensor crafts a tale that makes you think even while you shudder—a delightful combination.”—Fresh Fiction on Darkwalker

Unraveling a deadly mystery takes time—and his is running out…

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Darkwalker, Inspector Nicolas Lenoir throws himself into his work with a determination he hasn’t known in years. But his legendary skills are about to be put to the test. A horrific disease is ravaging the city—and all signs point to it having been deliberately unleashed.

With a mass murderer on the loose, a rising body count, and every hound in the city on quarantine duty, the streets of Kennian are descending into mayhem, while Lenoir and his partner, Sergeant Bran Kody, are running out of time to catch a killer and find a cure.

Only one ray of hope exists: the nomadic Adali, famed for their arcane healing skills, claim to have a cure. But dark magic comes at a price, one even the dying may be unwilling to pay. All that’s left to Lenoir is a desperate gamble. And when the ashes settle, the city of Kennian will be changed forever…





About the Author

Interview with Erin Lindsey, author of the Bloodbound series
Erin Lindsey is on an epic quest to write the perfect vacation novel for fantasy lovers. THE BLOODFORGED, Book 2 of the Bloodbound trilogy, releases on September 29. She also writes fantasy mystery as E.L. Tettensor. You can find her on her website: erin-lindsey.com, or on Twitter @ETettensor.












Guest Blog by E.L. Tettensor: The Real-World Origins of Master of Plagues - February 6, 2015


Please welcome E.L. Tettensor to The Qwillery. Master of Plagues, the 2nd Nicholas Lenoir novel, was published on February 3rd by Roc.



Guest Blog by E.L. Tettensor: The Real-World Origins of Master of Plagues - February 6, 2015





The Real-World Origins of Master of Plagues

So let’s clear up the obvious question straightaway: Yes, the plague in Master of Plagues is based on the Ebola virus. And no, the timing wasn’t intentional, because the book came first.

It’s one of the eeriest coincidences I’ve ever come across. As fantasy authors go, I tend to stick pretty close to home in my writing; my books are relatively low on magic and high on realism, especially the Lenoir mysteries. So I’m used to having art imitate life, and even life imitate art, when it comes to my work. But this was a whole new level of parallelism, and the timing was nothing short of spooky. As in, the outbreak was confirmed in the same month as the manuscript was turned in.

Not only was the plague based on Ebola (which I’ve been familiar with for years thanks to my day job), a couple of key events in the book ended up being mirrored in Liberia. This was a grim validation of my thought process, the logical exercise I went through in working out what the consequences of such an outbreak would be if it struck in a place wracked by poverty, where the response capacity was virtually nil. A place where frightened people would turn to traditional medicine, and rumours would poison the air, leading to dangerous behaviour.

In the real world, West Africa was able to call on outside help (though many would argue it was too little, too late). In Master of Plagues, there’s no one to call upon but the College of Physicians, a small group of doctors working with technology like leeches and bone saws, who have little understanding of contagion. They’re ill-equipped to tackle the disease, just as the city’s law enforcement is ill-equipped to handle its consequences – the panic, spiking crime, and most of all, the seething resentment of a population that feels abandoned by those sworn to protect them.

Into this dark fray wades Inspector Nicolas Lenoir. He’s supposed to be tracking down whoever is responsible for unleashing the plague, but he soon finds himself torn between catching a killer and finding a cure. He’s in way over his head on both fronts. In that sense, Master of Plagues is a story about the lengths desperate people will go to survive and save lives. Each of the characters has to make his or her own leap of faith, and not all of them clear the jump.

It’s a dark mystery, to be sure. But there’s light in there too, triumphs and hope and even humour, in spite of everything.

Come to think of it, that may be the most realistic part of all.





Master of Plagues
Nicolas Lenoir 2
Roc, February 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Guest Blog by E.L. Tettensor: The Real-World Origins of Master of Plagues - February 6, 2015
“A dark fantasy detective story that takes readers on a dark, sometimes disturbing journey. E.L. Tettensor crafts a tale that makes you think even while you shudder—a delightful combination.”—Fresh Fiction on Darkwalker

Unraveling a deadly mystery takes time—and his is running out…

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Darkwalker, Inspector Nicolas Lenoir throws himself into his work with a determination he hasn’t known in years. But his legendary skills are about to be put to the test. A horrific disease is ravaging the city—and all signs point to it having been deliberately unleashed.

With a mass murderer on the loose, a rising body count, and every hound in the city on quarantine duty, the streets of Kennian are descending into mayhem, while Lenoir and his partner, Sergeant Bran Kody, are running out of time to catch a killer and find a cure.

Only one ray of hope exists: the nomadic Adali, famed for their arcane healing skills, claim to have a cure. But dark magic comes at a price, one even the dying may be unwilling to pay. All that’s left to Lenoir is a desperate gamble. And when the ashes settle, the city of Kennian will be changed forever…





Previously

Darkwalker
Nicolas Lenoir 1
Roc, December 3, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 360 pages

Guest Blog by E.L. Tettensor: The Real-World Origins of Master of Plagues - February 6, 2015
He used to be the best detective on the job. Until he became the hunted...

Once a legendary police inspector, Nicolas Lenoir is now a disillusioned and broken man who spends his days going through the motions and his evenings drinking away the nightmares of his past. Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the grasp of the Darkwalker, a vengeful spirit who demands a terrible toll on those who have offended the dead. But the Darkwalker does not give up on his prey so easily, and Lenoir has always known his debt would come due one day.

When Lenoir is assigned to a disturbing new case, he treats the job with his usual apathy—until his best informant, a street savvy orphan, is kidnapped. Desperate to find his young friend before the worst befalls him, Lenoir will do anything catch the monster responsible for the crimes, even if it means walking willingly into the arms of his own doom…







About E.L. Tettensor

Guest Blog by E.L. Tettensor: The Real-World Origins of Master of Plagues - February 6, 2015
E.L. Tettensor likes her stories the way she likes her chocolate: dark, exotic, and with a hint of bitterness. She has visited more than fifty countries on five continents, and brought a little something back from each to press inside the pages of her books. She is also the author of the Bloodbound series, writing as Erin Lindsey. She lives with her husband in Bujumbura, Burundi.








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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11


This is the eleventh in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming 2015 books. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 12 will cover 2014 DAC authors.


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Luke Scull

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11
Sword of the North
The Grim Company 2
Roc, May 5, 2015
Hardcover and eBook 400 pages

In The Grim Company, Luke Scull introduced a formidable and forbidding band of anti-heroes battling against ruthless Magelords and monstrous terrors. The adventure continues as the company—now broken—face new dangers on personal quests…

As Davarus Cole and his former companions were quick to discover, the White Lady’s victorious liberation of Dorminia has not resulted in the freedom they once imagined. Anyone perceived as a threat has been seized and imprisoned—or exiled to darker regions—leaving the White Lady’s rule unchallenged and absolute. But the White Lady would be wiser not to spurn her former supporters: Eremul the Halfmage has learned of a race of immortals known as the Fade, and if he cannot convince the White Lady of their existence, all of humanity will be in danger.

Far to the north, Brodar Kayne and Jerek the Wolf continue their odyssey to the High Fangs only to find themselves caught in a war between a demon horde and their enemy of old, the Shaman. And in the wondrous city of Thelassa, Sasha must overcome demons of her own.

Because the Fade are coming…





Lori Sjoberg

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11
Grave Vengeance
Grave 3
Lyrical Press. Janaury 19, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 266 pages

Handsome and haunted, he's a reaper who prefers to work alone. But Fate has other plans for him and the sassy secret agent who shot him in another life—if their pasts don't catch up with them first.

Dmitri Stavitsky has never played well with others—a Soviet KGB spy in life turned reaper after death, his work of bringing souls to the other side is best done alone. But orders from the top soon place him alongside fellow reaper Gwen Peterson, the American counter intelligence agent who took his life so many years ago. Now, as a ghost from Gwen's past resurfaces with the power to steal reapers' souls, the two have no choice but to set aside their differences and apprehend the rogue together. But their cross-country mission soon ignites feelings Dmitri thought he was no longer capable of—for the woman who helped destroy him. With an ancient force and a small army against them, he'll have to let go of old grudges or risk his future with Gwen...as Fate hangs dangerously in the balance.





E. L. Tettensor

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11
Master of Plagues
Nicolas Lenoir 2
Roc, February 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,  368 pages

“A dark fantasy detective story that takes readers on a dark, sometimes disturbing journey. E.L. Tettensor crafts a tale that makes you think even while you shudder—a delightful combination.”—Fresh Fiction on Darkwalker

Unraveling a deadly mystery takes time—and his is running out…

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Darkwalker, Inspector Nicolas Lenoir throws himself into his work with a determination he hasn’t known in years. But his legendary skills are about to be put to the test. A horrific disease is ravaging the city—and all signs point to it having been deliberately unleashed.

With a mass murderer on the loose, a rising body count, and every hound in the city on quarantine duty, the streets of Kennian are descending into mayhem, while Lenoir and his partner, Sergeant Bran Kody, are running out of time to catch a killer and find a cure.

Only one ray of hope exists: the nomadic Adali, famed for their arcane healing skills, claim to have a cure. But dark magic comes at a price, one even the dying may be unwilling to pay. All that’s left to Lenoir is a desperate gamble. And when the ashes settle, the city of Kennian will be changed forever…





Danie Ware

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11
Ecko Burning
Ecko 2
Titan Books, May 26, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Previously published in Trade Paperback and eBook, June 3, 2014

Ruthless and ambitious, Lord Phylos has control of Fhaveon city, and is using her forces to bring the grasslands under his command. His last opponent is an elderly scribe who’s lost his best friend and wants only to do the right thing.

Seeking weapons, Ecko and his companions follow a trail of myth and rumour to a ruined city where both nightmare and shocking truth lie in wait.

Back in London, the Bard is offered the opportunity to realise everything he has ever wanted – if he will give up his soul.

When all of these things come together, the world will change beyond recognition.




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11
Ecko Endgame
Ecko 3
Titan Books, August 26, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

Winter has come to the Varchinde – and with it, the fatal spread of the blight. The grass is dead, and the plains’ cities are falling to the loss of crops and trade.

Now, the Kas take their chance to rise from Rammouthe. Overmatched, betrayed and abandoned by his own forces, Rhan takes the ultimate gamble – he will abandon Fhaveon to lure the Kas into a final confrontation.

But the world’s memory is returning. And, as the battle rages round him, Ecko begins to realise that everything they have done has been for a purpose. If they can fit the pieces together, then they might just win the war.

Yet, even if they do defeat the Kas, the blight is still there. And to save both the Varchinde and himself, Ecko must face the worst fear of all – the one that has come from his own world.






Chris Willrich

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11
The Chart of Tomorrows
Gaunt and Bone 3
Pyr, July 7, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 500 pages

The poet Persimmon Gaunt and the thief Imago Bone had sought only to retire from adventuring and start a family, but they never reckoned on their baby becoming the chosen vessel of the mystical energies of a distant Eastern land. With their son Innocence hunted by various factions hoping to use him as a tool, they kept him safe at the cost of trapping him in a pocket dimension of accelerated time.

Now free, the thirteen-year-old Innocence has rejected his parents and his "destiny" and has made dangerous friends in a barbaric Western land of dragon-prowed ships and rugged fjords. Desperately, Gaunt and Bone seek to track him down, along with their companion Snow Pine and her daughter A-Girl-Is-A-Joy, who was once trapped with Innocence too.

But as the nomadic Karvaks and their war-balloons strike west, and a troll-king spins his webs, and Joy is herself chosen by the spirit of the very land Innocence has fled to, Gaunt and Bone find themselves at the heart of a vast struggle-and their own son is emerging from that conflict as a force of evil. To save him and everything they know, they turn to a dangerous magical book, The Chart of Tomorrows, that reveals pathways through time. Upon the treacherous seas of history, Gaunt and Bone must face the darkness in each other's pasts, in order to rescue their future.



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Interview with E.L. Tettensor, author of Darkwalker (Nicolas Lenoir 1) - December 9, 2013


Please welcome E.L. Tettensor to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Darkwalker (Nicolas Lenoir 1) was published on December 3, 2013 by Roc.


Interview with E.L. Tettensor, author of Darkwalker (Nicolas Lenoir 1) - December 9, 2013



TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

E.L.:  Thanks! It’s nice to be here.



TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

E.L.:  I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, on and off. I think I got serious about it in the third grade, following my triumph in a poetry contest dedicated to the wonders of mud. I won this amazing dragon kite. It was a kaleidoscope of colours and had a thirty-foot tail, and it was by far the coolest kite in the neighbourhood. That really opened my eyes to the glory and riches that come with writing.

True story.

Anyway, my first memory of consciously trying to write a novel was around the age of thirteen. I was going through this Star Trek phase, and I decided to write a Star Trek book. I sat down with my mom’s old Smith-Corona typewriter and pecked out a few chapters. I never finished it, but that was the beginning of a long-standing pattern – starting, and eventually abandoning, various sorts of spec fic novels. I guess the whole writing thing was sort of pre-programmed.



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

E.L.:  I’m not sure if it’s interesting, but I use a lot of semi-colons. I try to keep it in check, but it’s hard; they’re just such so much more organic than full stops.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

E.L.:  Plot, followed by pants, followed by plot. I get a nice, detailed outline going, and for a while, I follow it pretty closely. Usually, though, when the momentum really starts to pick up, I veer off track – sometimes way off track – and when the train starts to slow down, I have this moment of panic that I’m way off course. That’s when the outline saves the day. It’s not a map, but it is a compass: it shows you where you want to go, if not how to get there. Then it’s just a question of finding that switch – that plot point, that bit of dialogue – that puts you back on course.



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

E.L.:  Titles. Oh, how I loathe them! I got lucky with DARKWALKER, and I can only hope it’s the start of a new trend. But up until now, titles have been the bane of my writing existence.



TQ:  Describe Darkwalker in 140 characters or less.

E.L.:  Sherlock Holmes meets X-Files, with a distinctively African flavour.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Darkwalker?

E.L.:  I tend to be a very visual writer. Long before an actual idea takes shape, my head gets cluttered with images – characters, landscapes, colours – that don’t necessarily fit together right away. For DARKWALKER, I think I was originally inspired by the visuals in films like Underworld and Van Helsing. There was something about those bleak, cinder-and-ash palettes that really appealed to me. And once you start playing with that imagery, you can’t help being drawn to a lot of the tropes of gothic literature – the corruption, the ‘outsider’ protagonist, the fixation with the occult. And of course, the monster.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Darkwalker?

E.L.:  I think the biggest source of research for DARKWALKER was my own travels. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taxed the patience of family and friends by lingering a little too long at a castle, running my hands along the stone, or wandering around the dark nooks of a cathedral, smelling the damp air. There’s a scene in DARKWALKER that’s straight out of my own experience of walking into a magic shop in Johannesburg, South Africa. Traditional research is important, but when it comes to describing the taste of absinthe or the sound of a flintlock rifle firing, you just can’t beat first-hand experience.



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

E.L.:  Lenoir is the easiest to inhabit for me. He’s actually a lot of fun to write, because he gets to say the kinds of things I’ve often been tempted to say, but thought better of. We all have our inner snark, and if you want to know what mine sounds like, spend a little time with Lenoir. He’s the grumpy, pre-coffee E.L. Tettensor.

The hardest to write was Zach. One of my pet peeves in literature is badly written children, and I really didn’t want to fall into that trap. I wanted Zach to be remarkable for his age – clever, resourceful, street savvy – but he’s still a nine year-old, and making that authentic was a real preoccupation for me.



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

E.L.:  There’s a scene where Zach takes Lenoir to a rough part of town to try to recruit some muscle, and something happens that really rattles Zach. The essence of that scene was actually suggested to me by a friend, and I love it because it shows us so much about Lenoir, about his relationship with Zach. It’s the first time Lenoir really pauses to think about why the boy matters to him, and it’s crucial to understanding what drives him later on. It also shows us a softer side to Lenoir, and lets us glimpse how much is going on beneath that stoic surface.



TQ:  What's next?

E.L.:  The sequel to DARKWALKER is almost done, and I’m really excited about it. The characters are starting to fit like well-used baseball gloves, and that means I can focus on taking them to new places, literally and figuratively. There are some new faces, too, characters who appeared in DARKWALKER but play a much more pivotal role in the sequel. I can’t wait to introduce them to the world!



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

E.L.:  Thanks for having me!






Darkwalker

Darkwalker
Nicolas Lenoir 1
Roc, December 3, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with E.L. Tettensor, author of Darkwalker (Nicolas Lenoir 1) - December 9, 2013
He used to be the best detective on the job. Until he became the hunted...

Once a legendary police inspector, Nicolas Lenoir is now a disillusioned and broken man who spends his days going through the motions and his evenings drinking away the nightmares of his past. Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the grasp of the Darkwalker, a vengeful spirit who demands a terrible toll on those who have offended the dead. But the Darkwalker does not give up on his prey so easily, and Lenoir has always known his debt would come due one day.

When Lenoir is assigned to a disturbing new case, he treats the job with his usual apathy—until his best informant, a street savvy orphan, is kidnapped. Desperate to find his young friend before the worst befalls him, Lenoir will do anything catch the monster responsible for the crimes, even if it means walking willingly into the arms of his own doom…





About E.L. Tettensor

Interview with E.L. Tettensor, author of Darkwalker (Nicolas Lenoir 1) - December 9, 2013
E.L. Tettensor likes her stories the way she likes her chocolate: dark, exotic, and with a hint of bitterness. She has visited fifty countries on five continents, and brought a little something back from each of them to press inside the pages of her books. She lives with her husband in Bujumbura, Burundi.







Website  ~  Twitter @ETettensor  ~  Facebook  ~  Goodreads







2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December 2013


It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for December 2013!




Since Cover Wars was so much fun as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, we're doing it again for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. Each month you will be able to vote for your 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 2013 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. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when I have it.




















The View From Monday - December 2, 2013


Happy Monday! I hope that everyone who celebrated had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Happy Chanukah to those celebrating as well.  The Qwillery has a new About Us page (here), which I can tell you will expand by 1 shortly.




The View From Monday - December 2, 2013



There are a lot of books out this week including 2 debuts:

The White Lie by Andrea Gillies (a Gothic novel and a US Debut)

and

Darkwalker (Nicolas Lenoir  1) by E .L. Tettensor.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Legend of the Highland Dragon by Isabel Cooper;

Prince of Shadows (Paladin Warriors 3) by Tes Hilaire;

Unclaimed (Amoveo Legend 5 ) by Sara Humpheys;

and

The Gravity of the Affair by Michael J. Martinez.




December 1, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
White Christmas Ros Baxter SFR
World War Z (ri) Max Brooks Z
The Christmas Show: A Tor.Com Original (e) Pat Cadigan F
Bitter Fruits (e) Sarah Daltry PNR
A Game of Battleships Toby Frost SF/Hu - Chronicles of Isambard Smith 4
Snow White and the Vampire Marina Myles PNR
The Chickens of Atlantis and Other Fowl and Filthy Fiends Robert Rankin SF/SP/Hu - Japanese Devil Fish Girl
Immortal Desire (e) Denise Tompkins PNR
Chaos Bound (e) Rebekah Turner PNR - Chaos Born Sequel
Tempted by His Wicked Kiss (e) Zoey Williams PNR



December 2, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark Descent Marlene Perez UF - Nyx Fortuna 2



December 3, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Flamebound Tessa Adams PNR -  Lone Star Witch 2
Under an Endless Sky Vivian Arend PNR - Granite Lake Wolves 5 and 6
Real Vampires Know Size Matters Gerry Bartlett PNR - Glory St. Claire 10
The Lost Testament James Becker Th - Chris Bronson 6
Home For the Haunting Juliet Blackwell PCM - Haunted Home Renovation Mystery 4
Mars, Inc. Ben Bova SF - Billionaire's Club 1
Assassin's Creed: Black Flag Oliver Bowden F - Assassin's Creed 6
Dark Wolf Running Rhyannon Byrd PNR - Bloodrunners 5
The Accidental Werewolf 2: Something About Harry Dakota Cassidy PNR - Accidentally Paranormal 8
1920: America's Great War Robert Conroy AH
Legend of the Highland Dragon Isabel Cooper PNR
Witches of East End (h2tp) Melissa de la Cruz UF - Beauchamp Family 1
Prince of Spies (ri) Bianca D'Arc PNR - Dragon Knights 4
Cloak and Spider (e) David Dalglish F - Shadowdance Novella
A Dance of Mirrors David Dalglish F - Shadowdance 3
Spellbound Sylvia Day PNR
Lightning Rod Vaughn R. Demont UF - Broken Mirrors 2
Andromeda's Choice William C. Dietz SF - Legion of the Damned 2
The Gift Dave Donovan SF
The Adversary Erin M. Evans F - Dungeons & Dragons: The Sundering 3
Barely Bewitched (tp2mm) Kimberly Frost PNR - Southern Witch 2
The White Lie (D - US) Andrea Gillies Go
Electra Kerry Greenwood HistF/M - Delphic Women Mystery 3
Malice (h2tp) John Gwynne F - Faithful and Fallen 1
Prince of Shadows Tes Hilaire PNR - Paladin Warriors 3
Unclaimed Sara Humphreys PNR - Amoveo Legend 5
Kicking It Faith Hunter (ed)
Kalayna Price (ed)
UF - Anthology
Darklove Elle Jasper PNR - Dark Ink Chronicles 5
The Grove Jean Johnson FR - Guardians of Destiny 2
Everlasting Enchantment Kathryne Kennedy FR - Relics of Merlin 4
Necromancing Nim Katriena Knights PNR
Alien Research Gini Koch SF - Katherine 'Kitty' Katt 8
Nightmaster Susan Krinard PNR - Nightsiders 2
Princess of the Sword (tp2mm) Lynn Kurland FR - Nine Kingdoms 3
Vulkan Lives Nick Kyme F - Warhammer: Horus Heresy 26
Dragon's Teeth Mercedes Lackey F - Martis 2
Elementary Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters
Hero's Journey (e) J.J. Cook PCM - Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade eNovella
Phoenix Legacy Corrina Lawson PNR - Phoenix Institute 2
Dangerous Women George R.R. Martin (e)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
F/SF - Anthology
The Devil's Woods Brian Moreland H
Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library Larry Nemecek SF - Star Trek
Man-Kzin Wars XIV Larry Niven SF - Man-Kzin 14
The Chosen Seed Sarah Pinborough Th/DF/M - The Forgotten Gods 3
A Cursed Moon (e) Cecy Robson UFR - Weird Girls Novella
Shannivar Deborah J. Ross F - The Seven-Petaled Shield 2
The Legend of Drizzt 25th Anniversary Edition, Book IV R. A. Salvatore F - Forgotten Realms: Legend of Driztt
Protect All Monsters Alan Spencer H
Darkwalker (D) E .L. Tettensor M/Su - Nicolas Lenoir 1
Something More Than Night Ian Tregillis Su/Noir/M
Supervolcano: All Fall Down (h2mm) Harry Turtledove SF - Supervolcano 2
Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart Harry Turtledove SF - Supervolcano 3
Invasive Species Joseph Wallace Ap/SF
Lover Unbound (Collector's Edition) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 5



December 4, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ascension Jacqueline Koyanagi SF - Tangled Axon 1
In the Greenwood: A Tor.Com Original (e) Mari Ness F



December 5, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: The Death Pit (Kindle e) A. L. Kennedy SF - Doctor Who



December 6, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller: Vol. 2 Carol Emshwiller SF/F - Collection
The Gravity of the Affair (e) Michael J. Martinez HistF/SF/AH - Daedalus Novella


e - eBook
D - Debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp  - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR- Fantasy Romance
Go  - Gothic
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
M - Mystery
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP  - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance

2013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts



2013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts


There are  debuts 3 debuts for December. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The December debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite November cover for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.




Sonja Condit

Starter House
William Morrow Paperbacks, December 31, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts
Her dream home is about to become a house of nightmares...

From the moment Lacey glimpses the dusty-rose colonial cottage with its angled dormer windows and quaint wooden shutters, she knows she's found her dream house. Walking through its cozy rooms, the expectant mother can see her future children sitting on the round bottom step of the house's beautifully carved staircase, and she imagines them playing beneath the giant maple tree in the warm South Carolina sun. It doesn't matter to Lacey and her husband, Eric, that people had died there years before.

But soon their warm and welcoming house turns cold. There is something malevolent within the walls—a disturbing presence that only Lacey can sense. And there is Drew, a demanding and jealous little boy who mysteriously appears when Lacey is alone. Protective of this enigmatic child who reminds her of the troubled students she used to teach, Lacey bakes cookies and plays games to amuse him. Yet, as she quickly discovers, Drew is unpredictable—and dangerous.

Fearing for her baby's safety, Lacey sets out to uncover the truth about Drew and her dream house—a search for answers that takes her into the past, into the lives of a long-dead family whose tragic secrets could destroy her. To save her loved ones, Lacey must find a way to lay a terrifying evil to rest...before she, Eric, and their child become its next victims.





Andrea Gillies

The White Lie
Mariner Books, December 3, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
(US Fiction Debut)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts
“One hot summer day, Michael Salter, nineteen-year-old scion of a posh Highland family, disappears. When his childlike aunt claims she drowned him during a fight, the family close ranks. No police. No memorial service. No titbits for village gossips. A decade of deceit begins.” — Financial Times

The Salter family orbits around Peattie House, their crumbling Scottish highlands estate filled with threadbare furniture, patrician memories, and all their inevitable secrets. While gathered to celebrate grandmother's seventieth birthday, someone breaks the silence. The web begins to unravel. But what is the white lie? How many others are built upon it? How many lives have been shaped by its shadow? Only one person knows the whole truth. From beyond the grave, Michael loops back into the past until we see, beyond perception and memory, how deeply our decisions resound, and just what is the place—and price—of grandeur.





E.L. Tettensor

Darkwalker
Nicolas Lenoir 1
Roc, December 3, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts
He used to be the best detective on the job. Until he became the hunted...

Once a legendary police inspector, Nicolas Lenoir is now a disillusioned and broken man who spends his days going through the motions and his evenings drinking away the nightmares of his past. Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the grasp of the Darkwalker, a vengeful spirit who demands a terrible toll on those who have offended the dead. But the Darkwalker does not give up on his prey so easily, and Lenoir has always known his debt would come due one day.

When Lenoir is assigned to a disturbing new case, he treats the job with his usual apathy—until his best informant, a street savvy orphan, is kidnapped. Desperate to find his young friend before the worst befalls him, Lenoir will do anything catch the monster responsible for the crimes, even if it means walking willingly into the arms of his own doom…


Interview with Erin Lindsey, author of the Bloodbound seriesGuest Blog by E.L. Tettensor: The Real-World Origins of Master of Plagues - February 6, 2015What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11Review and Giveaway: Darkwalker by E.L. Tettensor2013 Debut Author Challenge - COVER OF THE YEAR2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December 2013 WinnerInterview with E.L. Tettensor, author of Darkwalker (Nicolas Lenoir 1) - December 9, 20132013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December 2013The View From Monday - December 2, 20132013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts

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