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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013

It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for May 2013! And hopefully the poll will work this time. No, really it will.


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 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.


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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013
Cover Art by Stephan Martiniere





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013
Cover Art by E.B. Hudspeth





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013
Cover Art by Jamie McKelvie





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013



Interview with E.B. Hudspeth, author of The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black - May 21, 2013


Please welcome E.B. Hudspeth to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.  The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black is published today.








TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

E.B. Hudspeth:  Thank you for having me.



TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

E.B. Hudspeth:  I started writing in my late teens. I enjoyed telling a story, it was a different kind of communication than art, both were important to me. I also liked how inexpensive writing was, there were many months or years when I couldn’t afford to paint or sculpt so I would write instead.



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

E.B. Hudspeth:  I don’t know if other writers do this or not, but I can listen to the same few songs hundreds of times in a loop. It’s like it moderates a specific mood so regardless of what is going on in my real life, when I sit down to write, the song helps me pick up where I left off. Selecting the right music can take some time though.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

E.B. Hudspeth:  I am a pantser. I try to use an outline, I appreciate the structure and the planning and I would love to be able to outline an entire story, but I never stick to it. I change too many things as I move through the story, which is good, but I end up at dead ends or I get stuck. With an outline, I feel like I miss out on some nice creative directions the story might have taken. For me, I don’t know the characters very well until I write them, so I try to stay flexible.



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

E.B. Hudspeth:  Other than writing itself, it’s probably sticking to the project. I drift in and out of multiple projects which doesn’t do any good; it only frustrates me.



TQ:  Describe The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black in 140 characters or less.

E.B. Hudspeth:  A Victorian era scientist believes that humankind evolved from mythological animals in a macabre story with 100 detailed anatomy drawings.



TQ:  What inspired you to write The Resurrectionist?

E.B. Hudspeth:  The art inspired the story. It started out as an anatomy project regarding the anatomy of an angel. I wanted to try and justify the musculature for the wings. I liked the results so much I drew more. Eventually the story grew out of it. I knew it was going to be a nineteenth century doctor because of the hand-drawn anatomy diagrams. I knew I wanted it to be creepy and I knew I wanted it to be brief and to feel like we just don’t have all the pieces. I think the rest of the story came together from researching what medical practice looked like at that time; there’s a lot to build on.



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

E.B. Hudspeth:  I read the books that I thought were similar like Frankenstein and The Island of Dr. Moreau. I didn’t want to mistakenly go down the same roads. I tried to give as much legitimacy to the time period as I could. I read a lot of medical works from well known doctors at the time: Osler, Halsted, and Cushing are good examples. I read about mythology, taxonomy, circuses, freaks shows, teratology, anatomy, biology and so on. I have a fun collection of books now for Halloween.



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

E.B. Hudspeth:  Dr. Holace was the easiest, he became a bit of a jerk with no accountability. Sadly, that was easy to write. Dr. Black was the hardest. I enjoyed him a lot and I looked forward to the challenge but trying to write within a time period and very high level of education (a brilliant surgeon) was difficult.



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

E.B. Hudspeth:  One of my favorite scenes is during a debate when Dr. Black hurls a glass through a window, attempting to illustrate that God does not intend for man to fly, but man alone intends it.



TQ:  What's next?

E.B. Hudspeth:  I am working on the second book. There will be a lot of artwork but it’s going to be different. I hope to add a new flavor to the story and go further into the world of the Black family.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.






About The Resurrectionist

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black
Quirk Books, May 21, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 208 pages

Philadelphia. The late 1870s. A city of cobblestone sidewalks and horse-drawn carriages. Home to the famous anatomist and surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a “resurrectionist” (aka grave robber), Dr. Black studied at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis: What if the world’s most celebrated mythological beasts—mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs—were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind?

The Resurrectionist offers two extraordinary books in one. The first is a fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black, from his humble beginnings to the mysterious disappearance at the end of his life. The second book is Black’s magnum opus: The Codex Extinct Animalia, a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts—dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus—all rendered in meticulously detailed black-and-white anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize they are the work of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his story.







About E.B. Hudspeth




E. B. HUDSPETH is an artist and author living in New Jersey. The Resurrectionist is his first book.



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The View From Monday - May 20, 2013

Happy Monday!  It's another relatively light release week.

I got very little reading down this weekend, but did see Star Trek Into Darkness with my kids. I really enjoyed the movie. I managed to avoid any spoilers whatsoever so audibly gasped at one point. (You can confirm that with my kids.) It was a great surprise. Star Trek Into Darkness was fun, campy at times, full of action, and it had an interesting plot. I watched the original Star Trek when it was broadcast on TV (yes, I'm that old). I'm enjoying the reboot immensely.

I also watched the Series 7 finale of Doctor Who several times.  I'm not going to say much about it other than it ends on a huge cliffhanger. *shakes fist at Moffat* At least I don't believe that there will be a regeneration as it has been reported that Matt Smith will return for Series 8. But really, who knows?


Back to books...  there are 3 debuts out tomorrow! 

The Garden of Stones (Echoes of Empire 1) by Mark T. Barnes

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black by E.B. Hudspeth

and

Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan (a US Debut).

Finally, from the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, Rhiannon Held's second novel, Tarnished, is out tomorrow.



The View From Monday - May 20, 2013





May 20, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Drowned World (ri) J. G. Ballard SF
Hello America (ri) J. G. Ballard SF
The Unlimited Dream Company (ri) J. G. Ballard SF
Journey of Dominion Shawna Thomas SF - Triune Stones 2



May 21, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Garden of Stones (D) Mark T. Barnes F - Echoes of Empire 1
Dark Flight Cassi Carver SFR - Shadow Slayers 3
Blood and Bone Ian C. Esslemont F - Malazan Empire 5
Wicked Business (h2tp) Janet Evanovich M w/ PE - Lizzy and Diesel 2
Star Trek Into Darkness Alan Dean Foster SF - Star Trek Movie Tie-In
Midnight's Kiss: Part 2 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
The Asylum John Harwood Go/Th
Tarnished Rhiannon Held UF - Silver 2
The Clandestine Circle  (e) Mary H. Herbert F - Dragonlance: Crossroads
The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black (D) E. B. Hudspeth F
Noble V: Greylancer Hideyuki Kikuchi H
Apocalypse Cow (US D) Michael Logan H
The War of Horus and Set David McIntee F - Myths and Legends
Samantha Moon Rising J.R. Rain UF - Vampire for Hire (Books 5, 6 and 7)
Drop Dead Beauty (e) Wendy Roberts PCM - Ghost Dusters Mystery 5
The Red Plague Affair Lilith Saintcrow SPM - Bannon and Claire Case 2


May 22, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Super Bass: A Tor.Com Original Kai Ashante Wilson F



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reprint or reissue

F - Fantasy
Go - Gothic
M - Mystery
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SPM - Steampunk Mystery
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts


2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts


There are 6 debuts for May.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The May 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 May cover for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.





The Garden of Stones
Author Mark T. Barnes
Series:  Echoes of Empire
Publisher:   47North, May 21, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 506 pages
Price:  $14.95
ISBN:   978-1611098938

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts
An uneasy peace has existed since the fall of the Awakened Empire centuries ago. Now the hybrid Avān share the land with the people they once conquered: the star-born humans; the spectral, undead Nomads; and what remains of the Elemental Masters.

With the Empress-in-Shadows an estranged ghost, it is the ancient dynasties of the Great Houses and the Hundred Families that rule. But now civil war threatens to draw all of Shrīan into a vicious struggle sparked by one man’s lust for power, and his drive to cheat death.

Visions have foretold that Corajidin, dying ruler of House Erebus, will not only survive, but rise to rule his people. The wily nobleman seeks to make his destiny certain—by plundering the ruins of his civilization’s past for the arcane science needed to ensure his survival, and by mercilessly eliminating his rivals. But mercenary warrior-mage Indris, scion of the rival House Näsarat, stands most powerfully in the usurper’s bloody path. For it is Indris who reluctantly accepts the task of finding a missing man, the only one able to steer the teetering nation towards peace.





Generation V
Author M. L. Brennan
Publisher:  Roc, May 7, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN9780451418401 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts
Reality Bites

Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.

But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.

But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him.…





The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black
AuthorE.B. Hudspeth
Publisher:  Quirk Books, May 21, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 208 pages
Price:  $24.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781594746161  (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts
Philadelphia. The late 1870s. A city of cobblestone sidewalks and horse-drawn carriages. Home to the famous anatomist and surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a “resurrectionist” (aka grave robber), Dr. Black studied at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis: What if the world’s most celebrated mythological beasts—mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs—were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind?

The Resurrectionist offers two extraordinary books in one. The first is a fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black, from his humble beginnings to the mysterious disappearance at the end of his life. The second book is Black’s magnum opus: The Codex Extinct Animalia, a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts—dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus—all rendered in meticulously detailed black-and-white anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize they are the work of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his story.





The Shambling Guide to New York City
AuthorMur Lafferty
Series:  The Shambling Guides
Publisher:  Orbit Books, May 28, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
ISBN: 9780316221177 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts
A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city - for the undead!

Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can't take off her resume --- human.

Not to be put off by anything -- especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker -- Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble -- with Zoe right in the middle.





Apocalypse Cow
AuthorMichael Logan
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin, May 21, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:   9781250032867 (print)
US Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts

If you think you've seen it all -- WORLD WAR Z, THE WALKING DEAD-- you haven't seen anything like this. From the twisted brain of Michael Logan comes Apocalypse Cow, a story about three unlikely heroes who must save Britain . . . from a rampaging horde of ZOMBIE COWS!

Forget the cud. They want blood.

It began with a cow that just wouldn't die. It would become an epidemic that transformed Britain's livestock into sneezing, slavering, flesh-craving four-legged zombies.

And if that wasn't bad enough, the fate of the nation seems to rest on the shoulders of three unlikely heroes: an abattoir worker whose love life is non-existent thanks to the stench of death that clings to him, a teenage vegan with eczema and a weird crush on his maths teacher, and an inept journalist who wouldn't recognize a scoop if she tripped over one.

As the nation descends into chaos, can they pool their resources, unlock a cure, and save the world?

Three losers.
Overwhelming odds.
One outcome . . .

Yup, we're screwed.





Montaro Caine
Author:  Sidney Poitier
Publisher:  Spiegel & Grau, May 7, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $26.00 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-385-53111-5 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts

A baby is born with a coin in her hand. An orphan crafts a mysterious wooden object. The CEO of a large corporation finds himself under extraordinary pressure at work and at home. And on a remote hilltop on a Caribbean island, a medicine man seems to understand the meaning of all these events and to hold the key to the future.

Montaro Caine, CEO of the Fitzer Corporation, is losing control of the company he built just as his teenage daughter is experiencing her own difficulties. At this moment of crisis, a man and woman appear at his office with a coin of unknown provenance, composed of a metal unknown on Earth. Montaro immediately recognizes it as the companion of a coin he analyzed as a graduate student working in a lab at MIT, which was later returned to its unidentified owner. The coin’s appearance draws the attention of scientists, collectors, financiers, and thieves, all of whom vie to get their hands on it, and Montaro himself hopes that the discovery of the coin will save his company. But the value of the coin lies not in its monetary worth but in its hold on the people who come into contact with it. These include the young woman who is not aware of the object that was found in her hand at birth; an old man who, as a boy, crafted a wooden compact as a gift for a young Montaro Caine; and the elusive healer Matthew Perch, who, from his hut on a small Caribbean island, knows precisely why these people have been brought together and what wisdom the coin imparts.

In his first novel, the beloved actor and director Sidney Poitier takes us on a wild and unexpected adventure—from New York to Europe to the Caribbean and beyond. The novel offers Poitier’s heartfelt message about the potential each of us has within ourselves, and about being open to the possibility that there are mysteries in the universe, and here on Earth, far greater than we can imagine. An enthralling journey into the magic of existence, Montaro Caine is a radiant debut from an American legend.




2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - March 2, 2013

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - March 2, 2013


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the 2 newest featured authors for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.




E.B. Hudspeth

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black
Publisher: Quirk Books, May 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover and eBook, 208 pages
Price:  $24.95 (print)
ISBN: 9781594746161  (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - March 2, 2013
Philadelphia. The late 1870s. A city of cobblestone sidewalks and horse-drawn carriages. Home to the famous anatomist and surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a “resurrectionist” (aka grave robber), Dr. Black studied at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis: What if the world’s most celebrated mythological beasts—mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs—were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind?

The Resurrectionist offers two extraordinary books in one. The first is a fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black, from his humble beginnings to the mysterious disappearance at the end of his life. The second book is Black’s magnum opus: The Codex Extinct Animalia, a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts—dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus—all rendered in meticulously detailed black-and-white anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize they are the work of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his story.






Rhonda Riley

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope
Publisher: Ecco, April 23, 2013
Format: Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
Price:  $15.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780062099440 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - March 2, 2013
In the waning months of World War II, young Evelyn Roe's life is transformed when she finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier, all but completely buried in the heavy red-clay soil on her family's farm in North Carolina. When Evelyn rescues the stranger, it quickly becomes clear he is not a simple man. As innocent as a newborn, he recovers at an unnatural speed, and then begins to change—first into Evelyn's mirror image, and then into her complement, a man she comes to know as Adam.

Evelyn and Adam fall in love, sharing a connection that reaches to the essence of Evelyn's being. But the small town where they live is not ready to accept the likes of Adam, and his unusual origin becomes the secret at the center of their seemingly normal marriage.

Adam proves gifted with horses, and together he and Evelyn establish a horse-training business. They raise five daughters, each of whom possesses something of Adam's supernatural gifts. Then a tragic accident strikes the family, and Adam, in his grief, reveals his extraordinary character to the local community. Evelyn and Adam must flee to Florida with their daughters to avoid ostracism and prying doctors. Adrift in their new surroundings, they soon realize that the difference between Adam and other men is greater than they ever imagined.

Intensely moving and unforgettable, The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope captures the beauty of the natural world, and explores the power of abiding love and otherness in all its guises. It illuminates the magic in ordinary life and makes us believe in the extraordinary. 


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013Interview with E.B. Hudspeth, author of The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black - May 21, 2013The View From Monday - May 20, 20132013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - March 2, 2013

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