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Recent and Upcoming Works


The Qwillery keeps up with upcoming and recent works by formerly featured DAC Authors. Here are some of the latest covers we've come across. The year next to the author's name is the year in which they were featured in the DAC.



Adrian Barnes (2015)

Nod
Titan Book, July 25, 2017
Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, September 1, 2015

Recent and Upcoming Works
Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no one in the world has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand, can still sleep, and they’ve all shared the same golden dream.

After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks, the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead.

Paul, a writer, continues to sleep while his partner Tanya disintegrates before his eyes, and the new world swallows the old one whole.




Bradley P. Beaulieu (2011)

Twelve Kings in Sharkhai
Song of the Shattered Sands 1
DAW, August 1, 2017
Mass Market Paperback, 656 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, July 12, 2016

Recent and Upcoming Works
Best Book of 2015 by Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BuzzFeed • “Promises to be breathtaking.” —Robin Hobb

The Song of the Shattered Sands: Book One

Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings — cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.

Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings’ laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha’ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings’ mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings’ power…if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don’t find her first.




Stacey Berg (2016)

Regeneration
An Echo Hunter 367 Novel 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 14, 2017
     eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 2, 2017
     Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages

Recent and Upcoming Works
The world is ready to be reborn…

Protected by the Church for four hundred years, the people of the City are the last of humanity—or so they thought. Echo Hunter 367, made to be faithful to the Church and its Saint at all costs, embarks on what she’s sure is a suicide mission into the harsh desert beyond the City. Then, at the end of all hope, she stumbles on a miracle: another enclave of survivors, a lush, peaceful sanctuary completely opposite of anything Echo has ever known.

But the Preserve has dark secrets of its own, and uncovering them may cost Echo more than just her life. She fears her discoveries will trigger a final, disastrous war. But if Echo can stop the Church and Preservers from destroying each other, she might have a chance to achieve her most impossible dream—saving the woman she loves.




Elizabeth Blackwell (2014)

In the Shadow of Lakecrest
Lake Union Publishing, February 1, 2017
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 282 pages

Recent and Upcoming Works
The year is 1928. Kate Moore is looking for a way out of the poverty and violence of her childhood. When a chance encounter on a transatlantic ocean liner brings her face-to-face with the handsome heir to a Chicago fortune, she thinks she may have found her escape—as long as she can keep her past concealed.

After exchanging wedding vows, Kate quickly discovers that something isn’t quite right with her husband—or her new family. As Mrs. Matthew Lemont, she must contend with her husband’s disturbing past, his domineering mother, and his overly close sister. Isolated at Lakecrest, the sprawling, secluded Lemont estate, she searches desperately for clues to Matthew’s terrors, which she suspects stem from the mysterious disappearance of his aunt years before. As Kate stumbles deeper into a maze of family secrets, she begins to question everyone’s sanity—especially her own. But just how far will she go to break free of this family’s twisted past?

The View From Monday - January 30, 2017


Happy last Monday in January!

There is one debut this week:

Crossroads of Canopy (Titan's Forest 1) by Thoraiya Dyer.

The View From Monday - January 30, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Hanging Tree (Rivers of London 6) by Ben Aaronovitch;

In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell;

Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery;

A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly is out in Trade Paperback;

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty;

Ashes to Fire by Emily B. Martin;

Murder Go Round (A Witch City Mystery 4) by Carol J. Perry;

Justice Ascending (The Scorpius Syndrome 3) by Rebecca Zanetti.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



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Debut novels are highlighted in green. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in blue.

January 31, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Hanging Tree Ben Aaronovitch UF/DF - Rivers of London 6
Fire Touched (h2mm) Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 9
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale and Other Classic Stories Philip K. Dick SF - Collection
Crossroads of Canopy (D) Thoraiya Dyer F - Titan's Forest 1
The Weird and the Eerie Mark Fisher LC/H/Sup
Bookburners Max Gladstone
Margaret Dunlap
Mur Lafferty
Brian Francis Slattery
UF - Bookburners
Rise: A Newsflesh Collection (h2mm) Mira Grant SF/AP/PA - Newsflesh Novellas
Bloodline (h2tp) Claudia Gray SF - Star Wars
A Criminal Magic (h2tp) Lee Kelly HistF
Pet Sematary (ri) Stephen King H
Six Wakes Mur Lafferty SF
The Undoing (tp2mm) Shelly Laurenston FR/PNR - Call Of Crows 2
God Save the Queen (h2mm) Kate Locke SP - The Immortal Empire 1
The Seer (tp2mm) Sonia Orin Lyris F
Ashes to Fire (e) Emily B. Martin F
Binti: Home Nnedi Okorafor SF/AC - Binti 2
Murder Go Round Carol J. Perry PCM - A Witch City Mystery 4
The Long Cosmos (h2mm) Terry Pratchett
Stephen Baxter
SF - Long Earth 5
The Islanders Christopher Priest AH/SF
2084: The End of the World Boualem Sansal LF/Pol/Dys
The Ghoul Vendetta Lisa Shearin UF -  SPI Files 4
The Machine James Smythe LF
Gotham: Dawn of Darkness Jason Starr Media Tie-In/Th/CF - Gotham
Age of Myth (h2mm) Michael J. Sullivan F/HistF - The Legends of the First Empire 1
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Tim Waggoner Media Tie-In/H/SF - Resident Evil
Headlong Flight Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek: The Next Generation
The Sword of the South (tp2mm) David Weber F - War God  4
Justice Ascending Rebecca Zanetti SF/AP/PA/R - The Scorpius Syndrome 3



February 1, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In the Shadow of Lakecrest Elizabeth Blackwell Gothic
Plague of the Manitou (h2tp) Graham Masterton H - A 'Manitou' Horror Novel 7



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Vis - Visionary


Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

The View From Monday - November 3, 2014


Happy first Monday in November! Halloween was not good here - it rained - again! We did have a few trick or treaters before it started to pour though. I love seeing all the costumes and creativity!  We're going to have many treats for you this month - giveaways, videos and more!


The View From Monday - November 3, 2014


This is a pretty full release week with 4 debuts:

Arcana by Jessica Leake;

Chain of Events by Fredrik T. Olsson (US Debut);

The Heart Does Not Grow Back by Fred Venturini;

and

One Red Thread by Ernie Wood.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Siren's Treasure (Dark Seas 2) by Debbie Herbert;

While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Tainted Blood (Generation V #3) by M.L. Brennan.



November 1, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Secrets of the Dead: A novel of mummies and ancient curses Simon Clark H
Richard Cowper Richard Cowper SF - SF Gateway Omnibuses
Elite: Wanted (e) Gavin Deas SF - Elite - Game Tie-In
The Thousand Emperors Gary Gibson SF - Final Days 2
Redemption Jon Grahame Ap - Reaper 3
Siren's Treasure (e) Debbie Herbert PNR - Dark Seas 2
Horizon (e) Keith Stevenson SF
The Air War Adrian Tchaikovsky SF - Shadows of the Apt 8



November 3, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Circus of the Damned Cornelia Grey PNR - Deal with a Devil 2
Rustication (h2tp) Charles Palliser Go
One Red Thread (D) Ernie Wood TT



November 4, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Pretender's Gambit Alex Archer UF - Rogue Angel 51
Judgment Plague James Axler SF - Outlanders 71
Polestar Omega James Axler SF - Deathlands 119
Iron Winter (h2mm) Stephen Baxter F - Northland Trilogy 3
Proxima Stephen Baxter SF - Proxima 1
Empire of Dust Jacey Bedford SF - Psi-Tech 1
Too Many Fairy Princes Alex Beecroft PNR
While Beauty Slept (h2tp) Elizabeth Blackwell Go
Masks (h2mm) E. C. Blake F - The Masks of Aygrima 1
Tainted Blood M.L. Brennan UF - Generation V #3
The Kraken King Meljean Brook PNR/SP - Iron Seas 4
Reap the Wind Karen Chance UF - Cassie Palmer 7
Snow White Red-Handed Maia Chance PM -  Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery 1
A Play of Shadow Julie E. Czerneda F - Night's Edge 2
The Talon of Horus Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000: Horus Heresy
Hope Reformed David Drake
Eric Flint
S.M. Stirling
SF - General 7 and 8 - Omnibus
Axiomatic: Short Stories of Science Fiction Greg Egan SF - Collection
Willful Child Steven Erikson SF
1636: The Viennese Waltz Eric Flint
Paula Goodlett
Gorg Huff
SF/AH - The Ring of Fire 18
Another One Bites the Dust Chris Marie Green UF - Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire 2
Jala's Mask Mike Grinti
Rachel Grinti
F
Dead Ever After (tp) Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood13
Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison SF - Biography/ Autobiography
The Baskerville Tales (e) Emma Jane Holloway PM - Baskerville
The Baskerville Affair Complete Series 3-Book Bundle: A Study in Silks, A Study in Darkness, A Study in Ashes (e) Emma Jane Holloway PM
The Glass Magician Charlie N. Holmberg F - Paper Magician 2
The Future Fallsm Tanya Huff UF - The Enchantment Emporium 3
Metrophage (ri) Richard Kadrey Dys/CyP
The Enduring Flame Trilogy (e) Mercedes Lackey
James Mallory
F - Enduring Flame Omnibus
Arcana (D) Jessica Leake HistF
Rule Breaker Lora Leigh PNR - Breed 13
Tarkin: Star Wars James Luceno SF - Star Wars
Plagued By Quilt Molly MacRae PM - Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery 4
The Dark Servant Matt Manochio H
Dreamer's Pool Juliet Marillier HistF - Blackthorn & Grim 1
Lowball: A Wild Cards Mosaic Novel George R. R. Martin (ed)
Melinda Snodgrass (ed)
SF - Wild Cards 22
Coming Home Jack McDevitt SF - Alex Benedict 7
The Eternal Champion (ri) Michael Moorcock F - Eternal Champion Sequence 1
Scent of Valor (e) Annie Nicholas PNR - Chronicles of Eorthe 2
Chain of Events (D - US) Fredrik T. Olsson AA/Ap/PA/SF
Heart Fire Robin D. Owens PNR - Celta 13
Morgue Drawer: Do Not Enter! Jutta Profijt PM - Morgue Drawer 4
King of Assassins Jenna Rhodes F - The Elven Ways 3
The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure C. D. Rose Hu/Parody
Dead, Undead, or Somewhere In Between (e) J.A. Saare UF - Rhiannon's Law 1
DemonWars: The First King: The Dame and The Bear R. A. Salvatore F - Saga of the First King 2
Limit (h2tp) Frank Schatzing SF
Shattered Shields Bryan Thomas Schmidt (ed)
Jennifer Brozak (ed)
F - Anthology
The Turning Season Sharon Shinn UF - Shifting Circle 3
Halo: Broken Circle John Shirley SF - Halo
In the Beginning: A short story prequel to the novel Rivers (e) Michael Farris Smith Ap/PA
The Book of Heaven (h2tp) Patricia Storace LF/F
Fog Heart (e) Thomas Tessier H
Her Lone Wolf Paige Tyler PNR/Sus - X-Ops 2
The Heart Does Not Grow Back (D) Fred Venturini SH
The Short Victorious War Leather Bound Edition David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 3
The Sword of Michael Marcus Wynne UF - Depossessionist 1



November 5, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Interpretation of Zines: A Pictorial History of Science Fiction Fanzines Luis Ortiz LC/SF/F
Where the Lost Things Are: A Tor.Com Original Rudy Rucker SF



November 6, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Olympus Confidential Robert B. Warren UF - Plato Jones 2



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

AA - Action and Adventure
AH - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
CyP - Cyberpunk
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Sp - Steampunk
Sus - Suspense
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Guest Blog by Elizabeth Blackwell - Reading Outside My Comfort Zone - March 20, 2014


Please welcome Elizabeth Blackwell to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. While Beauty Slept was published on February 20, 2014 by Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam. 



Guest Blog by Elizabeth Blackwell - Reading Outside My Comfort Zone - March 20, 2014




Reading Outside My Comfort Zone
By Elizabeth Blackwell

Can we all agree that the old chestnut “Write what you know” is pretty useless advice? The lure of writing for many people—especially fantasy writers—is to write what you don’t know. To escape into an entirely different reality, even if that made-up world is inspired in part by real places, people, or situations.

When I’m asked to give advice about writing, my current favorite suggestion is “Write what you read.” As someone who spent part of the 1990s working on a bad Bridget Jones Diary rip-off, I can say from experience that jumping on the latest literary trend doesn’t automatically make your book more saleable. Thinking I’d be the next hot chick-lit author when I read hardly any chick-lit didn’t exactly work out.

When I began writing While Beauty Slept, I wasn’t thinking in terms of marketing. I just wrote the kind of book I liked to read, a book that was a mix of historical fiction and fantasy, a book that allowed me to wander (virtually) through a castle and eavesdrop on royal gossip and intrigue. In spirit, it was a mix of many books I’d read over many years, both fiction and non-fiction, from Pillars of the Earth to Game of Thrones to historian Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror.

But now that my book is out, and I’ve been chatting with bloggers and visiting bookstores, I’ve realized that writing what you read will only take you so far. If you want to progress and grow as a writer, you should also read what you don’t write. There are great writers working in every genre, and if you get too insulated, your work eventually will suffer.

Take, for example, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, contemporary, male-focused thrillers that are in many ways the polar opposite of While Beauty Slept. For me, Child’s books are the literary equivalent of candy: they go down quickly and easily, leaving me pleasantly, mildly buzzed. It is extremely unlikely that I will ever write an action thriller like Child, but I’ve learned a lot about plotting and suspense from him—tricks that might someday show up in my future work.

Another one of my favorite writers is Tana French, author of the mystery In the Woods and three other books set in modern Dublin. Again, I am pretty sure I will never write a series focused on foul-mouthed, cynical Irish detectives. But French’s ear for dialogue, the way she creates conversations that ring true? That’s something I would love to emulate.

Then there are the many writers who jump between genres and blur the lines between them. I’ve been incredibly inspired by writers such as Dan Simmons, who was able to combine futuristic sci-fi with classical Greece in Ilium, or Diana Gabaldon, who mixes fantasy, historical fiction, romance and action in her Outlander series. They—and many, many others—show that there are really no boundaries in literature, as long as your writing and characters ring true.

One side effect of having a book out is that you end up hearing about a lot of other new books coming out at the same time, and then you end up buying a bunch of them because they sound so good. I’ve got a pile of new books to read, almost none of them similar to While Beauty Slept. For a while, I will be reading the kinds of books I don’t write—and I can’t wait.





While Beauty Slept

While Beauty Slept
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, February 20, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

Guest Blog by Elizabeth Blackwell - Reading Outside My Comfort Zone - March 20, 2014

Historical fiction at its best — The Brothers Grimm meets The Thirteenth Tale

I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told.

And so begins Elise Dalriss’s story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel’s tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered—and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago. Her story unveils a labyrinth where secrets connect to an inconceivable evil. As only Elise understands all too well, the truth is no fairy tale.





About Elizabeth

Guest Blog by Elizabeth Blackwell - Reading Outside My Comfort Zone - March 20, 2014
Photo by Jill Brazel Photography
As the daughter of a U.S. Foreign Service officer, Elizabeth grew up in Washington, D.C., interspersed with stretches in Africa, the Middle East and Italy. She graduated from Northwestern University with a double major in history and communications and later received a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. In her varied career, she has worked as a restaurant hostess, waitress, TV station receptionist, medical school secretary, magazine editor and freelance writer. Book author is by far her favorite of the bunch.

Elizabeth lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, three children and an ever-growing stack of must-read books. To find out what she's been reading lately, visit her page on Goodreads.

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @eblackwellbooks


Interview with Elizabeth Blackwell, author of While Beauty Slept - February 20, 2014


Please welcome Elizabeth Blackwell to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. While Beauty Slept is published on February 20, 2014 by Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam (Penguin).  Please join The Qwillery in wishing Elizabeth a Happy Publication Day!



Interview with Elizabeth Blackwell, author of While Beauty Slept - February 20, 2014




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

Elizabeth:  Like so many of the other writers you’ve featured on your site, I’ve been writing almost as long as I’ve been reading. My father used to make up bedtime stories for me and my younger sister, so it seemed like a natural thing to start coming up with stories myself. It did take me awhile to take fiction writing seriously, though. For years, I worked in publishing and journalism as my real job, then scribbled away at various book ideas at night. (I’ll call that my “apprentice” stage, because most of them were awful.) It’s been really fun and rewarding to move into fiction and tell the kinds of stories I want to read.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Elizabeth:  In my daily life, I tend to be well organized/borderline anal-retentive, so I like my books to be pretty well plotted out before I start writing. That said, I am definitely willing to veer off from my plan if things don’t seem to be working (or if my agent/editor tells me it isn’t working!).



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

Elizabeth:  It’s always a challenge to keep myself in the right mindset. Because I tend to write first-person, I have to become my characters, in a sense: I have to think like them, use their speech patterns, and see the world through their eyes. I write in a relatively small home office, and it’s very easy to glance over at a bookshelf and think, “Oh, that needs dusting! And the carpet is a disaster…” When you work at home and have a family, it’s hard to tune out all those everyday routines and mentally become someone else. But that’s what I need to do in order to write.



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

Elizabeth:  I have always loved sweeping, dramatic historical fiction. Gone with the Wind, Penmarric and The Wheel of Fortune by Susan Howatch, and Sarum by Edward Rutherford were all big influences in terms of keeping multiple storylines going and juggling lots of characters. I’m also a big fan of authors whose books are dark and atmospheric but still believable; I will read pretty much anything by Ruth Rendell, Donna Tartt, and Tana French.



TQ:  Describe While Beauty Slept in 140 characters or less.

Elizabeth:  The story of Sleeping Beauty as if it really happened—Downton Abbey meets Game of Thrones.



TQ:  Tell us something about While Beauty Slept that is not in the book description.

Elizabeth:  When you hear “Sleeping Beauty,” you think of the curse, and the spinning wheel and a princess asleep in a tower. But that plotline is not enough to sustain a whole novel. I wanted While Beauty Slept to paint a much larger picture: about the price rulers pay to keep their crown; the ways women fight against—and succumb to—their traditional roles; and how love in all its different forms can be a force for both good and evil. It’s far more than the story of one princess.



TQ:  What inspired you to write While Beauty Slept? What appealed to you about this particular fairy tale?

Elizabeth:  The idea was sparked by watching Disney’s Sleeping Beauty with my daughter. It has a very different look from the standard princess movies, and I found out by watching a making-of documentary at the end of the video that the art director had been inspired by medieval tapestries. That got me thinking: What if this story had been immortalized in tapestries because it really happened? And the ideas just snowballed from there. Although the novel was inspired by a Disney movie, it was definitely written for adults.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for While Beauty Slept?

Elizabeth:  Because While Beauty Slept is set in a make-believe, fairy-tale land, I was spared the usual exhaustive research into exactly what was and wasn’t available in a particular country and year. But I did a lot of “mental” research: deciding what the castle and town would look like; what people would eat; how the queen would dress…all those details had to be believable and consistent. In my own mind, the world of While Beauty Slept was similar to Germany or England in the 16th century, but I’d be perfectly happy if readers came up with their own variations.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why? Who is your favorite good guy, bad guy or ethically ambiguous character?

Elizabeth:  The easiest character to write was Elise, the narrator. Like many writers, I’m more an observer than an extrovert, and that’s Elise’s role; as a servant at the castle, she’s expected to stay in the background. As the story progresses and Elise takes a more active role, I could identify with her emotions: excitement mixed with apprehension mixed with pride. The character I struggled with most was the king, who could very easily be a one-dimensional guy who sits around on a throne and barks out orders. I worked very hard to give him some nuance, so he became a real person.

As for my favorite character, it would have to be Millicent, who is my version of one of the greatest Disney villains of all time. In the original movie, Maleficent is evil and terrifying but also has this wonderful, dangerous glamour. You can’t help but be drawn to her in some way. For While Beauty Slept, I wanted to give her more of a backstory, so readers find out why she takes the actions she does, but I didn’t want her watered down, either. I’ve often heard actors say it’s fun to play the bad guy, and it was great fun to write Millicent.



TQ:  Give us one of your favorite lines from While Beauty Slept.

Elizabeth:  “It would be a fine trick indeed to fell a royal daughter with a needle, then see her revived by a single kiss. If such magic exists, I have yet to witness it. The horror of what really happened has been lost, and no wonder. The truth is hardly a story for children.”

O.K., I cheated: that’s more than one line. But I think this excerpt from the prologue sums up my approach to the story: a realistic take on a legendary fantasy.



TQ:  What's next?

Elizabeth:  I’m working on my next book, which will be more straight historical fiction, but with the same Gothic tone and spirit as While Beauty Slept. I have always loved stories about mysterious families and long-hidden secrets and eerie houses, and now I’m writing one!


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





While Beauty Slept

While Beauty Slept
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, February 20, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

Interview with Elizabeth Blackwell, author of While Beauty Slept - February 20, 2014

Historical fiction at its best — The Brothers Grimm meets The Thirteenth Tale

I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told.

And so begins Elise Dalriss’s story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel’s tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered—and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago. Her story unveils a labyrinth where secrets connect to an inconceivable evil. As only Elise understands all too well, the truth is no fairy tale.





About Elizabeth

Interview with Elizabeth Blackwell, author of While Beauty Slept - February 20, 2014
Photo by Jill Brazel Photography
As the daughter of a U.S. Foreign Service officer, Elizabeth grew up in Washington, D.C., interspersed with stretches in Africa, the Middle East and Italy. She graduated from Northwestern University with a double major in history and communications and later received a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. In her varied career, she has worked as a restaurant hostess, waitress, TV station receptionist, medical school secretary, magazine editor and freelance writer. Book author is by far her favorite of the bunch.

Elizabeth lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, three children and an ever-growing stack of must-read books. To find out what she's been reading lately, visit her page on Goodreads.

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @eblackwellbooks


The View From Monday - February 17, 2014


Happy Monday! We've had a lot of snow lately. I'd say too much snow actually and more on the way tomorrow. Being snowed in does not mean more reading. It means shoveling! I'm ready for winter to be over. Hope that if you've had bad weather lately that you are staying safe and warm.



The View From Monday - February 17, 2014



It's a light release week with 2 debuts.

While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell;

and

Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:


Reflected (Silver 3) by Rhiannon Held;

and

Dog-Gone (Pax Arcana eNovella) by Elliott James.



February 17, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Demon by My Side (e) Victoria Davies PNR



February 18, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Horus Rising (ri) Dan Abnett F - Horus Heresy 1
The Unremembered Empire Dan Abnett F -Horus Heresy 27
Halo: Silentium (h2tp) Greg Bear SF
Reflected Rhiannon Held UF - Silver 3
Dog-Gone (e) Elliott James UF - Pax Arcana Novella
True to the Highlander Barbara Longley TTR - Loch Moigh 1
Twilight Watch Sergei Lukyanenko UF - Night Watch 3
With Silent Screams Steve McHugh F - Hellequin Chronicles 3
The Chopping Block John Passarella UF - Grimm 2
DemonWars: First Heroes: The Highwayman and The Ancient R. A. Salvatore F - Saga of the First King Omnibus
Vampire Most Wanted Lynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau 20
The Book of Heaven Patricia Storace LF/F
The Gates of Babylon Michael Wallace Ap - Righteous 6
Like a Mighty Army David Weber SF - Safehold 7



February 19, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Price of Doing Business: A Tor.Com Original (e) D. B. Jackson HistF - Thieftaker Chronicles
Résumé with Monsters William Browning Spencer H/Satire



February 20, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
While Beauty Slept (D) Elizabeth Blackwell F
Moth and Spark (D) Anne Leonard F
Confluence - The Trilogy: Child of the River, Ancients of Days, Shrine of Stars Paul McAuley SF - Confluence
Influx Daniel Suarez SF/Th



February 21, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Science Fiction TV J. P. Telotte HC - Routledge Television Guidebook



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp -
ri - Reissue or Reprint

Ap - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HC - History and Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014


It's time for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for February 2014!


2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2014 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 we have it.

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2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014
Cover art by Raphael LaCoste



2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts



2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts


There are 11 debuts for February. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The February 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 February cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on February 15th.

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



Elizabeth Blackwell

While Beauty Slept
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, February 20, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts

Historical fiction at its best — The Brothers Grimm meets The Thirteenth Tale

I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told.

And so begins Elise Dalriss’s story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel’s tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered—and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago. Her story unveils a labyrinth where secrets connect to an inconceivable evil. As only Elise understands all too well, the truth is no fairy tale.



Janie Chang

Three Souls
William Morrow Paperbacks, February 25, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 496 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
An absorbing novel of romance and revolution, loyalty and family, sacrifice and undying love

We have three souls, or so I'd been told. But only in death could I confirm this....

So begins the haunting and captivating tale, set in 1935 China, of the ghost of a young woman named Leiyin, who watches her own funeral from above and wonders why she is being denied entry to the afterlife. Beside her are three souls—stern and scholarly yang; impulsive, romantic yin; and wise, shining hun—who will guide her toward understanding. She must, they tell her, make amends.

As Leiyin delves back in time with the three souls to review her life, she sees the spoiled and privileged teenager she once was, a girl who is concerned with her own desires while China is fractured by civil war and social upheaval. At a party, she meets Hanchin, a captivating left-wing poet and translator, and instantly falls in love with him.

When Leiyin defies her father to pursue Hanchin, she learns the harsh truth—that she is powerless over her fate. Her punishment for disobedience leads to exile, an unwanted marriage, a pregnancy, and, ultimately, her death. And when she discovers what she must do to be released from limbo into the afterlife, Leiyin realizes that the time for making amends is shorter than she thought.

Suffused with history and literature, Three Souls is an epic tale of revenge and betrayal, forbidden love, and the price we are willing to pay for freedom.



David Edison

The Waking Engine
Tor Books, February 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
Welcome to the City Unspoken, where Gods and Mortals come to die.

Contrary to popular wisdom, death is not the end, nor is it a passage to some transcendent afterlife. Those who die merely awake as themselves on one of a million worlds, where they are fated to live until they die again, and wake up somewhere new. All are born only once, but die many times . . . until they come at last to the City Unspoken, where the gateway to True Death can be found.

Wayfarers and pilgrims are drawn to the City, which is home to murderous aristocrats, disguised gods and goddesses, a sadistic faerie princess, immortal prostitutes and queens, a captive angel, gangs of feral Death Boys and Charnel Girls . . . and one very confused New Yorker.

Late of Manhattan, Cooper finds himself in a City that is not what it once was. The gateway to True Death is failing, so that the City is becoming overrun by the Dying, who clot its byzantine streets and alleys . . . and a spreading madness threatens to engulf the entire metaverse.

Richly imaginative, David Edison's The Waking Engine is a stunning debut by a major new talent.



Adrianne Harun

A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain
Penguin, February 25, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 272 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
The seductive and chilling debut novel from the critically acclaimed author of The King of Limbo


In isolated British Columbia, girls, mostly native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway. Leo Kreutzer and his four friends are barely touched by these disappearances—until a series of mysterious and troublesome outsiders come to town. Then it seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them.

In this intoxicatingly lush debut novel, Adrianne Harun weaves together folklore, mythology, and elements of magical realism to create a compelling and unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town. A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is atmospheric and evocative of place and a group of people, much in the way that Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones conjures the South, or Charles Bock’s Beautiful Children provides a glimpse of the Las Vegas underworld: kids left to fend for themselves in a broken world—rendered with grit and poetry in equal measure.



J.D. Horn

The Line
Witching Savannah 1
47North, February 1, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 296 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
Savannah is considered a Southern treasure, a city of beauty with a rich, colorful past. Some might even call it magical…

To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South.

Despite being powerless herself, of course.

Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content. But when a series of mishaps—culminating in the death of the Taylor matriarch—leaves a vacuum in the mystical underpinnings of Savannah, she finds herself thrust into a mystery that could shake her family apart…and unleash a darkness the line of Taylor witches has been keeping at bay for generations.

In The Line, the first book of the Witching Savannah series, J.D. Horn weaves magic, romance, and betrayal into a captivating Southern Gothic fantasy with a contemporary flare.



Anne Leonard

Moth and Spark
Viking Adult, February 20, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
A prince with a quest. A commoner with mysterious powers. And dragons that demand to be freed—at any cost.

Prince Corin has been chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the Empire, but dragons aren’t big on directions. They have given him some of their power, but none of their knowledge. No one, not the dragons nor their riders, is even sure what keeps the dragons in the Empire’s control. Tam, sensible daughter of a well-respected doctor, had no idea before she arrived in the capital that she is a Seer, gifted with visions. When the two run into each other (quite literally) in the library, sparks fly and Corin impulsively asks Tam to dinner. But it’s not all happily ever after. Never mind that the prince isn’t allowed to marry a commoner: war is coming to Caithen. Torn between Corin’s quest to free the dragons and his duty to his country, the lovers must both figure out how to master their powers in order to save Caithen. With a little help from a village of secret wizards and a rogue dragonrider, they just might pull it off.



D. L. McDermott

Cold Iron
Cold Iron Trilogy 1
Pocket Star, February 10, 2014
eBook, 381 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
For fans of Jeaniene Frost and Kresley Cole, this full-length novel is the first in D.L. McDermott’s fast-paced, sexy paranormal romance series—available exclusively in ebook!

The Fae, the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Aes Sídhe, creatures of preternatural beauty and seduction. Archaeologist Beth Carter doesn’t believe in them. She’s always credited her extraordinary ability to identify ancient Celtic sites to hard work and intuition—until she discovers a tomb filled with ancient treasure but missing a body. Her ex-husband, the scholar who stifled her career to advance his own, is unconcerned. Corpses don’t fetch much on the antiquities market. Gold does. Beth knows from past experience that if she isn’t vigilant, Frank will make off with the hoard.

So when a man—tall, broad shouldered, and impossibly handsome—turns up in her bedroom claiming to be the tomb’s inhabitant, one of mythic god-kings of old Ireland, Beth believes it is a ploy cooked up by her ex-husband to scare her away from the excavation.

But Conn is all too real. Ancient, alien, irresistible, the Fae are the stuff of dreams and nightmares, their attentions so addictive their abandoned human lovers wither and die. And this one has fixed his supernatural desire on Beth.



Lauren M. Roy


Night Owls
Night Owls 1
Ace, February 25, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
Night Owls bookstore is the one spot on campus open late enough to help out even the most practiced slacker. The employees’ penchant for fighting the evil creatures of the night is just a perk…

Valerie McTeague’s business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away as possible from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren. She’s experienced that life, and the price she paid was far too high for her to ever want to return.

Elly Garrett hasn’t known any life except that of fighting the supernatural beings known as Creeps or Jackals. But she always had her mentor and foster father by her side—until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps desperately want to get their hands on.

When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safekeeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril. Now Val and Elly will have to team up, along with a mismatched crew of humans, vampires, and lesbian succubi, to stop the Jackals from getting their claws on the book and unleashing unnamed horrors…



M . D. Waters

Archetype
Dutton Adult, February 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
Introducing a breathtakingly inventive futuristic suspense novel about one woman who rebels against everything she is told to believe.

Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can’t believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself.

Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him. But the day Noah stands before her, the line between her reality and dreams shatters.

In a future where women are a rare commodity, Emma fights for freedom but is held captive by the love of two men—one her husband, the other her worst enemy. If only she could remember which is which. . . .

The first novel in a two-part series, Archetype heralds the arrival of a truly memorable character—and the talented author who created her.


Andy Weir

The Martian
Crown, February 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook,  384 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?



Ramona Wheeler

Three Princes
Tor Books, February 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
Lord Scott Oken, a prince of Albion, and Professor-Prince Mikel Mabruke live in a world where the sun never set on the Egyptian Empire. In the year 1877 of Our Lord Julius Caesar, Pharaoh Djoser-George governs a sprawling realm that spans Europe, Africa, and much of Asia. When the European terrorist Otto von Bismarck touches off an international conspiracy, Scott and Mik are charged with exposing the plot against the Empire.

Their adventure takes them from the sands of Memphis to a lush New World, home of the Incan Tawantinsuyu, a rival empire across the glittering Atlantic Ocean. Encompassing Quetzal airships, operas, blood sacrifice and high diplomacy, Ramona Wheeler's Three Princes is a richly imagined, cinematic vision of a modern Egyptian Empire.



2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell



2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell


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




Elizabeth Blackwell

While Beauty Slept
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, February 20, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell

Historical fiction at its best — The Brothers Grimm meets The Thirteenth Tale

I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told.

And so begins Elise Dalriss’s story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel’s tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered—and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago. Her story unveils a labyrinth where secrets connect to an inconceivable evil. As only Elise understands all too well, the truth is no fairy tale.


Recent and Upcoming Works The View From Monday - January 30, 2017The View From Monday - November 3, 2014Guest Blog by Elizabeth Blackwell - Reading Outside My Comfort Zone - March 20, 2014Interview with Elizabeth Blackwell, author of While Beauty Slept - February 20, 2014The View From Monday - February 17, 20142014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 20142014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell

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