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The View From Monday - March 10, 2014


Happy first Monday after the start of Daylight Savings Time in most of the US. Oddly we spend more time in DST than Standard Time now.  I envision a future in which DST will be in place for the entire year and become Standard Time. I'm sure there's an SF story in that somewhere. Moving on to real stories, we've another very full release week with 4 debuts.


The View From Monday - March 10, 2014



This week's debuts:

Full-Blood Half-Breed by Cleve Lamison;

The Detainee by Peter Liney;

Veil of Time by Claire R. McDougall;

and

The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone by Will Storr.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

The Raven's Shadow (The Wild Hunt 3) by Elspeth Cooper (you can enter to win a copy here).

No Hero (Arthur Wallace 1) by Jonathan Wood is reissued in Mass Market Paperback (a terrific read; you can read my review here).



March 10, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Slam Dance with the Devil (e) Nico Rosso PNR - Demon Rock 2
Helmut Saves the World (e) Matt Sheehan AH/UF



March 11, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Prisoner of the Daleks Trevor Baxendale SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Doctor Who: Corpse Marker Chris Boucher SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Night Broken Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 8
The Fell Sword Miles Cameron F - Traitor Son Cycle 2
Doctor Who: Sting of the Zygons Stephen Cole SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Working God's Mischief Glen Cook F - Instrumalities of the Night 4
The Raven's Shadow Elspeth Cooper F - Wild Hunt 3
The Terminal Man (ri) Michael Crichton SF
Marrow's Pit (Kindle e) Keith Deininger SP/SF/H
Doctor Who: Shakedown Terrence Dicks SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Questionable Practices: Stories Eileen Gunn F/SF - Collection
Mentats of Dune Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Dune
For Honor We Stand H. Paul Honsinger SF - Man of War 2
Full-Blood Half-Breed (D) (e) Cleve Lamison F
The Detainee (D) Peter Liney SF
A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin
Daniel Abraham
F - Graphic Novel 3
Veil of Time (D) Claire R. McDougall TTR
Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel Jonathan Morris SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
The Demonologist (h2tp) Andrew Pyper H
Doctor Who: The Sands of Time Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Doctor Who: Scales of Injustice Gary Russell SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Night of the Hunter R. A. Salvatore F - Dungeon & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex 1
Blood and Iron Jon Sprunk F - Book of the Black Earth 1
The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone (D) Will Storr GothicH/FT/Sus
Doctor Who: Illegal Alien Mike Tucker SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Nothing to Fear: A Tor.com Original (e) Eric Walters SF
Thief of the Ancients Mike Wild SF - Twilight of Kerberos Omnibus
No Hero (tp2mm) Jonathan Wood UF - Arthur Wallace 1
The Iron Jackal (h2mm) Chris Wooding F - Tale of Ketty Jay 3
The Empire Omnibus Chris Wraight
Nick Kyme
Darius Hinks
F - Warhammer



March 12, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
I Can See Right Through You: A Tor.com Original (e) Kelly Link UF




March 13, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wicker Man (ri) Robin Hardy H
A Knight Like No Other (e) Michelle Miles FR - Realm of Honor 4



March 15, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Clockwork Lies: Iron Wind Dru Pagliassotti SP/SF - Clockwork Heart Trilogy 2
The Braided Path Donna Glee Williams F


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

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
FT - Fary Tale
GothicH - Gothic Horror
H - Horror
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Sus - Suspense
TTR  - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy



The View from Monday - January 27, 2014


Happy last Monday in January! The first month of the year has flown by it seems. I recently finished reading Hive Monkey (Ack-Ack Macaque 2) by Gareth L. Powell and Shovel Ready (Spademan 1) by Adam Sternbergh. Both novels were terrific.  I'm presently reading Breach Zone (Shadow Ops 3) by Myke Cole. You can expect a review on the 29th.

In other news: Since The Qwillery has over 700,000 pageviews (711,733 as of this morning), I'm planning a 7 book giveaway or something like that. I'm trying to decide whether it should be multi-genre or just one genre. I'll keep you posted!



The View from Monday - January 27, 2014



There are 3 debuts out this week:

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy 1) by Pierce Brown;

A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias; and

Terms of Enlistment (Terms of Enlistment 1) by Marko Kloos.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Hang Wire by Adam Christopher;

Breach Zone (Shadow Ops 3) by Myke Cole;

Trinity Rising (Wild Hunt 2) by Elspeth Cooper is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Wicked After Midnight (Blud 3) by Delilah S. Dawson;

The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian is out in Trade Paperback;

Blood's Pride (Shattered Kingdoms 1) by Evie Manieri is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Wakeworld (Between 2) by Kerry Schafer; and

Forgotten Sins (Sins Brothers 1) by Rebecca Zanetti.



January 27, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Paradox Lost (e) Libby Drew SFR/TT



January 28, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Circle of Fire (ri) Keri Arthur PNR - Damask Circle 1
Dragons Wild (tp2mm) Robert Asprin F - Griffen McCandles 1
Star Trek: Voyager: Protectors Kirsten Beyer SF - Star Trek
Frost Burned (h2mm) Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 7
Red Rising (D) Pierce Brown SF - Red Rising Trilogy 1
Sethra Lavode (ri) Steven Brust F - Viscount of Adrilankha 3
A Darkling Sea (D) James L. Cambias SF
How Dark the World Becomes (tp2mm) Frank Chadwick SF
Hang Wire Adam Christopher SF
Breach Zone Myke Cole MSF - Shadow Ops 3
Trinity Rising (h2mm) Elspeth Cooper F - Wild Hunt 2
Wicked After Midnight Delilah S. Dawson SPR - BLUD 3
The Office of Mercy: A Novel (h2tp) Ariel Djanikian PA
Dark Moon Kate Douglas PNR - Spirit Wild 2
Queen of Stars Dave Duncan SF - Starfolk 2
Burn For Me Cynthia Eden PNR - Phoenix Fire 1
Pandemonium (h2mm) Warren Fahey Th/SF
Up from the Grave Jeaniene Frost UF - Night Huntress 7
Crimson Veil Yasmine Galenorn UF - Otherworld / Sisters of the Moon 15
Autumn Rose Abigail Gibbs PNR - Dark Heroine 2
Mark of Calth (tp2mm) Laurie Goulding SF - Horus Heresy 25
Known Devil Justin Gustainis UF / Su / Noir / M - An Occult Crimes Unit Investigation 3
Hellhole Awakening (h2mm) Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Hellhole Trilogy 2
A Few Good Men (tp2mm) Sarah A. Hoyt SF - Darkship 3
Europe In Autumn Dave Hutchinson NF / Th
The Bird's Nest (ri) Shirley Jackson H
The Sundial (ri) Shirley Jackson H
Pirates of the Outrigger Rift Gary Jonas
Bill D. Allen
SF
A Different Kingdom Paul Kearney F
Lines of Departure Marko Kloos SF - Terms of Enlistment 2
Terms of Enlistment (D) Marko Kloos SF - Terms of Enlistment 1
Patient Zero (tp2mm) Jonathan Maberry Th/Z - Joe Ledger 1
Blood's Pride (h2mm) Evie Manieri F - Shattered Kingdoms 1
That Touch of Magic Lucy March PNR
The Ghost of the Mary Celeste Valerie Martin HistFict / Meta
The Other Tree DK Mok Th
Arcanum Simon Morden F
Stepping Stone / Love Machine: Crosstown to Oblivion (h2mm) Walter Mosley SF - Crosstown to Oblivion
Wulfe Untamed Pamela Palmer PNR - Feral Warriors 8
Feet of Clay (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 19
Hogfather (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 20
Interesting Times (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 17
The Long War (h2mm) Terry Pratchett
Stephen Baxter
SF - Long Earth 2
Maskerade (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 18
Magic Possessed Jaime Rush PNR - Hidden 2
Dominion (ri) C.J. Sansom AH
Wakeworld Kerry Schafer UF - Between 2
Star Wars: Maul - Lockdown Joe Schreiber SF - Star Wars
Beyond Belief Helen Smith SF/M - Emily Castles Mystery 4
The Echo James Smythe SF - The Explorer 2
Bristol House (h2tp) Beverly Swerling Su/Th
Disenchanted & Co. Lynn Viehl SP/M - Disenchanted & Co. 1
Nightworld (h2mm) F. Paul Wilson H/SF - Adversary Cycle/Repairman Jack 6
Forgotten Sins Rebecca Zanetti R/Sus - Sins Brothers 1



January 29, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who, The Eleventh Hour: A Critical Celebration of the Matt Smith and Steven Moffat Era Andrew Oday SF - Doctor Who
Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction Motoko Tanaka SF



January 30, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gregory Benford George Slusser LC - Modern Masters of Science Fiction



January 31, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Chiliad: A Meditation Clive Barker H
The Ape Man's Brother Joe R. Lansdale F
Eastern Shadows: Illustrated Japanese Ghost And Monster Tales Utagawa Kuniyoshi Tsukioka Yoshitoshi H - Ukiyo-e Master 11



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


AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistFict - Historical Fiction
LC - Literary Criticism
M - Mystery
O - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11


What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to in 2013 and beyond?  This is the eleventh in a series of posts.



See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.
See Part 5 here.
See Part 6 here.
See Part 7 here.
See Part 8 here.
See Part 9 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 12 here.




Myke Cole

Breach Zone
Shadow Ops 3
Ace, January 28, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began “coming up Latent,” developing terrifying powers—summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Those who Manifest must choose: become a sheepdog who protects the flock or a wolf who devours it…

In the wake of a bloody battle at Forward Operating Base Frontier and a scandalous presidential impeachment, Lieutenant Colonel Jan Thorsson, call sign “Harlequin,” becomes a national hero and a pariah to the military that is the only family he’s ever known.

In the fight for Latent equality, Oscar Britton is positioned to lead a rebellion in exile, but a powerful rival beats him to the punch: Scylla, a walking weapon who will stop at nothing to end the human-sanctioned apartheid against her kind.

When Scylla’s inhuman forces invade New York City, the Supernatural Operations Corps are the only soldiers equipped to prevent a massacre. In order to redeem himself with the military, Harlequin will be forced to face off with this havoc-wreaking woman from his past, warped by her power into something evil…





Tina Connolly

Copperhead
Ironskin 2
Tor Books, October 15, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
Set in an alternate version of early 1900s England, Copperhead is the sequel to Tina Connolly's stunning historical fantasy debut.

Helen Huntingdon is beautiful—so beautiful she has to wear an iron mask.

Six months ago her sister Jane uncovered a fey plot to take over the city. Too late for Helen, who opted for fey beauty in her face—and now has to cover her face with iron so she won’t be taken over, her personality erased by the bodiless fey.

Not that Helen would mind that some days. Stuck in a marriage with the wealthy and controlling Alistair, she lives at the edges of her life, secretly helping Jane remove the dangerous fey beauty from the wealthy society women who paid for it. But when the chancy procedure turns deadly, Jane goes missing—and is implicated in a murder.

Meanwhile, Alistair’s influential clique Copperhead—whose emblem is the poisonous copperhead hydra—is out to restore humans to their “rightful” place, even to the point of destroying the dwarvven who have always been allies.

Helen is determined to find her missing sister, as well as continue the good fight against the fey. But when that pits her against her own husband—and when she meets an enigmatic young revolutionary—she’s pushed to discover how far she’ll bend society’s rules to do what’s right. It may be more than her beauty at stake. It may be her honor...and her heart.





Elspeth Cooper

The Raven's Shadow
The Wild Hunt 3
Tor Books, March 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 640 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
[cover may not be final]
The desert of Gimrael is aflame with violence, and in the far north an ancient hatred is about to spill over into the renewal of a war that, a thousand years ago, forged an empire. This time, it may shatter one.

Wrestling with his failing grip on the power of the Song, and still trying to come to terms with the horrifying events he witnessed in El Maqqam, Gair returns to the mainland with only one thing on his mind: vengeance. It may cost him his life, but when everything that he had to live for is being stripped away from him, that may be a fair price to pay.

Old friends and old foes converge in a battle of wills to stem the tide of the Nimrothi clans as they charge south to reclaim the lands lost in the Founding Wars. If they succeed, the rest of the empire may be their next target. And with the Wild Hunt at their head, the overstretched Imperial Army may not be enough to stop them.





Alexa Egan

Unleash the Curse
An Imnada Brotherhood Novella
Pocket Star, September 2, 2013
eNovella, 100 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
Only available as an enovella, the prequel to the second novel in the dark and sexy Imnada Brotherhood trilogy about shapeshifters in Regency-era England.

Neither actress Sarah Hayes nor London’s most eligible bachelor Sebastian Commin, Earl of Deane, has ever forgotten their one and only scandalous night of white hot passion or the differences in their social positions that make a future together impossible. So when they discover that they’ll be fellow guests at a house party, they vow to keep each other at arm’s length. A vow broken when they find themselves caught up in a mystery involving a brutal attack on an Imnada shape-shifter and an unexplained entity known as the Naxos.

Each clue they uncover reveals more about the ancient Imnada enemy—monstrous soul-feeders with the power to devour worlds. Each fiery encounter between the aristocrat and the entertainer underscores the raw desire that crackles the very air between them until Sebastian is convinced to make Sarah his wife, no matter the cost to his reputation. He just needs to convince Sarah, who cares for him too much to allow his future to be ruined by marrying a low-born actress. It’s only when the sinister Naxos strike again and Sebastian’s life is threatened that Sarah realizes she’s willing to risk a little scandal in order to save the world…and the man she loves.


Look for Vanquish the Curse (An Imnada Brotherhood eNovella) and Warrior's Curse (Imnada Brotherhood 3) in 2014.





Rhiannon Held

Reflected
Silver 3
Tor Books, February 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
[cover may not be final]
Falling in love in a werewolf pack leads to some very bad choices in this new novel from the author of Silver

Rhiannon Held continues the secret lives of the werewolf packs that live and hunt alongside human society in Reflected, the third book of the series that began with her debut novel, Silver. Silver and her mate Andrew Dare are pack leaders of the entire North American werewolf population, and that makes the more traditional packs in Europe very nervous indeed. It’s getting hard to hide from human surveillance.





Tes Hilaire

Prince of Shadows
Paladin Warriors 3
Sourcebooks Casablanca, December 3, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,  320 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
It’s forbidden for a warrior of the Light to love a creature of the Dark…

Valin has never quite fit in with the rest of the Paladin warriors. His power to manipulate shadow has always put him at odds with their purpose of using heavenly Light to eradicate evil. His warrior brothers have no idea how close he is to being lost to his dark nature.

But maybe he was never all that Light to begin with

When Valin meets the vampire Gabriella, she awakens within him something he thought long buried. But as he watches Gabriella’s need for vengeance threaten to drag her down into the same dark hell that he’s living, he knows his only chance at redemption is bringing her out of the dark…




On The Qwillery's radar: 


From Delilah S. DawsonThe Damsel and the Daggerman (Blud eNovella) and Wicked After Midnight (Blud 3) both out in 2014.


From Sharon Lynn FisherThe Ophelia Prophecy coming February 18, 2014.



The View From Monday - February 18, 2013

Happy Monday! The Qwillery took a little break/vacation over the weekend, but we are now back to our regularly scheduled blogging. Happy Presidents Day to those in the US.


The View From Monday - February 18, 2013


There are three debuts out this week and each of these authors/novels is featured in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge:

Blood's Pride (Shattered Kingdoms 1) by Evie Manieri,

Firebrand (Rebel Angels 1) by Gillian Philip and

The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian.



Also out this week is Trinity Rising (The Wild Hunt 2) by Elspeth Cooper, who was featured in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.



February 18, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Vacant Graves (e) Christopher Beats SP/N - Magnocracy 2
Dark Secrets (e) Shona Husk FR/W
The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf (e) Tia Nevitt FT/FR - Accidental Enchantments 2
Drynn (e) Steve Vera SF/F/UF- Last of the Shardyn



February 19, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius John Joseph Adams (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Fuse Julianna Baggott SF - Pure Trilogy 2
Trinity Rising Elspeth Cooper F -The Wild Hunt 2
Domino Falls Steven Barnes
Tananarive Due
PA - Devil's Wake 2
The Arena Man Steve Englehart F/Th - Max August Magikal Thrillers
Six Heirs Pierre Grimbert F - The Secret of Ji 1
Fresh Meat Alice Henderson H - Supernatural
The Inner City Karen Hueler H - Stories
Blood's Pride (US D) Evie Manieri F - Shattered Kingdoms
Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain (h2tp) A. Lee Martinez SF/Hu
Firebrand (US D) Gillian Philip F - Rebel Angels
The Lost Soul Gabrielle Pierce SuTh - 666 Park Avenue
Declare (ri) Tim Powers Su/Th
Hide Me Among the Graves (h2tp) Tim Powers Su/Th
Last Call (ri) Tim Powers F
Three Days to Never (ri) Tim Powers SF/Th
Elsewhens Melanie Rawn F - Glass Thorns 2
The Shadow Wars Rod Rees SF - Demi-Monde 2
Dead Suite (e) Wendy Roberts PCM - Ghost Dusters Mystery 4
The Back Channel (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 6



February 21, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Office of Mercy (D) Ariel Djanikian PA



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


F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
FT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
Hu - Humor
N - Noir
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western

The View From Monday - January 28, 2013

The View From Monday - January 28, 2013


Happy last Monday in January! This month ends with a lot of books after several light weeks of book releases. It's also a terrific week for present and former Debut Author Challenge featured authors.

There are two debuts out this week - The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke and Between by Kerry Schafer. Both authors are featured in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.

Three of the featured authors from the 2012 Debut Author Challenge have their sophomore novels out this week: She Returns from War by Lee Collins, Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole and Dangerous Gifts by Gaie Sebold. In addition Elspeth Cooper's Songs of the Earth and Ted Kosmatka's The Games are out in Mass Market Paperback.

And finally, a featured author from the 2011 Debut Author Challenge has her third novel out this week: Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar by Lexi George.




January 28, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Caught in Amber (e) Cathy Pegau SFR



January 29, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Eldritch Conspiracy Cat Adams UF - Blood Song 5
Range of Ghosts (h2tp) Elizabeth Bear F - Range of Ghosts 1
Scent of Darkness Margot Berwin H
The Winter Witch Paula Brackston PHR
Fair Game (ri) Patricia Briggs UF - Alpha & Omega 3
Shadows in Flight (h2mm) Orson Scott Card SF - Shadow 5
Immortal Craving Kendra Leigh Castle PNR - Dark Dynasties 3
The Mad Scientist's Daughter (D) Cassandra Rose Clarke SF
Fortress Frontier Myke Cole MF - Shadow Ops 2
She Returns From War Lee Collins F - Cora Oglesby 2
Songs of the Earth (h2mm) Elspeth Cooper F -The Wild Hunt 1
Star Trek: The Original Series: The Continuing Missions, Volume I (e) Greg Cox
Dayton Ward
Christopher L. Bennett
SF - Star Trek
Eve of Destruction (mm2tp) Sylvia Day UF - Marked 2
Apocalypse Troy Denning SF - Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi
Shattered Souls Delilah Devlin PRS - Caitlyn O'Connell 1
Fighting to Survive (tp2mm) Rhiannon Frater H/PA- As the World Dies 2
Allegiance in Exile David R. George III SF - Star Trek
Haunted Moon Yasmine Galenorn PNR - Otherworld 13
Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar Lexi George PNR - Demon Hunter 3
Out in Blue (ri) Sarah Gilman PNR - Return to Sanctuary
The Vision (ri) Heather Graham PTh
Sixth Column (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF
Frankly, My Dear (ri) Sandra Hill PNR
City of Dragons (ri) Robin Hobb F - Rain Wilds Chronicles 3
Star Trek: The Original Series: Allegiance in Exile David R. George III SF - Star Trek
'Til The World Ends:
Dawn of Eden
Thistle & Thorne
Sun Storm
Julie Kagawa
Ann Aguirre
Karen Duvall
DysR
Born of Silence (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon F - League 5
The Games (h2mm) Ted Kosmatka SF/H
Kalimpura Jay Lake F - Green 3
Tuf Voyaging (ri) George R.R. Martin SF
No Mercy Jenna McCormick SFR
The Last Ditch (h2mm)
Sandy Mitchell SF - Warhammer 40,000: Ciaphas Cain
Man-Kzin Wars XIII (tp2mm) Larry Niven SF - Stories
Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales Yoko Ogawa
H - Collection
The Color of Magic (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 1
Equal Rites (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 3
The Light Fantastic (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 2
Mort (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 4
Road of Skulls Josh Reynolds F - Warhammer: Gotrek & Felix
The Wolf Gift (h2tp) Anne Rice H
Shattered Circle Linda Robertson UF - Persephone Alcmedi 6
We Only Need the Heads (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 3
Between (D) Kerry Schafer UF - Between 1
Dangerous Gifts Gaie Sebold F - Babylon Steel 2
The Shape of Desire (h2mm) Sharon Shinn F - Shifting Circle 1
Colder than Hell (Kindle eBook) Anthony Neil Smith
Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
H - Dead Man 16



January 30, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
John Brunner Jad Smith SF - Modern Masters of Science Fiction



January 31, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Crawling Chaos Volume 2: Selected Weird Fiction 1928-1935 H. P. Lovecraft H - Collection
Dead Brides: Vampiric Tales By Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe H - Collection




February 1, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mandala Road Masako Bando F
Seduced by the Darkling (e) Lauren Hawkeye PNR
Tempting the Jaguar (e) Katie Reus PNR
The Apes of Wrath Rupert Wyatt Anthology



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


Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
MF - Military Fantasy
P - Paranormal
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2

What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to now and in 2013?  This is the second is a series of posts.

See Part 1 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.
See Part 5 here.
See Part 6 here.
See Part 7 here.
See Part 8 here.
See Part 9 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 11 here.
See Part 12 here.



Elspeth Cooper

Trinity Rising
The Wild Hunt 2
Tor Books, February 19, 2013 (US)
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
This sequel to Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper continues the story of a young man who has been sentenced to death, and then exiled, for his magical abilities.

As Gair struggles with grief over the loss of the only home he had known, and his beloved, he is walking into a conflict that's greater and more deadly than he or his mentor ever anticipated. A storm of unrest is spreading across the land and they are going to be caught up in it—at a moment when Gair's hold on his magic, his greatest defense and most valuable tool, is starting to slip….




Delilah S. Dawson

The Mysterious Madam Morpho
Blud Novella
Pocket Books, October 2, 2012
eBook, 131 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
Taking place after Wicked as They Come, this original eBook features a mysterious lady and a reclusive mechanical genius who find love and danger in a traveling circus.

An elusive woman arrives at Criminy’s doorstep with a steamer trunk, begging for a position in the caravan to perform her unique new act. She opens her trunk to reveal a menagerie of brilliantly colored butterflies. The woman, who calls herself Madam Morpho, is on the run from a dark past in London, where she was forced to leave her equipment behind and abscond with only her tiny performers. Playing a hunch, Criminy hires Madam Morpho on the spot. Taking her down to meet Mr. Murdoch, the reclusive talented engineer who keeps the carnival’s clockworks running, Criminy instructs them to work together to design and build a groundbreaking new circus for the butterflies. Amid the magical ambiance of the circus and the hint of danger from Madam Morpho’s pursuers, she and Mr. Murdoch soon find that their scientific collaboration has produced chemistry of a more romantic kind.


Wicked As She Wants
Blud 2
Pocket Books, April 30, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
The second book in the darkly tempting Blud series, featuring a vampire princess who embarks upon a dangerous journey to claim what is rightfully hers.

When Blud princess Ahnastasia wakes up, drained and starving in a suitcase, she’s not sure which calls to her more: the sound of music or the scent of blood. The source of both sensations is a handsome and mysterious man named Casper Sterling. Once the most celebrated musician in London, Sangland, he’s fallen on hard times. Now, much to Ahna’s frustration, the debauched and reckless human is her only ticket back home to the snow-rimmed and magical land of Freesia.

Together with Casper’s prickly charge, a scrappy orphan named Keen, they seek passage to Ahna’s homeland, where a power-hungry sorceress named Ravenna holds the royal family in thrall. Traveling from the back alleys of London to the sparkling minarets of Muscovy, Ahna discovers that Freesia holds new perils and dangerous foes. Back in her country, she is forced to choose between the heart she never knew she had and the land that she was born to rule. But with Casper’s help, Ahna may find a way to have it all….




Kylie Griffin

Alliance Forged
The Light Blade 2
Berkley Trade, July 3, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not purebred is virtually powerless. Until a blind priestess lays claim to a half-breed warrior, body and soul…

Hunted and marked for death by Na’Reish demons for their half-blood heritage, the Na’Chi are searching for a new home—something an alliance offered by the human leader could provide. With both races divided by prejudice, when Light Blade rebels brutally attack the Na’Chi, the alliance seems doomed to fail.

Varian, leader of the Na’Chi, a hybrid race of gifted warriors, is cursed with the darker impulses of his demon heritage. Controlling the part of himself that craves the high of the battle is a struggle he’s afraid he’ll lose—until he meets Kymora Tayn, a priestess driven to serve her deity. While he’s unwilling to trust anyone outside his people, he finds himself drawn to Kymora’s strength and passionate nature, and discovers she has the power to calm the darkness inside him.

When the Na’Reish raid human territory for blood-slaves and kickstart a war, the key to the survival of both races—Na’Chi and human— is an alliance. However, when Kymora is kidnapped, pitting human against human, Varian realizes he must embrace his darker half, not only to save the alliance…but also the woman he loves.


Allegiance Sworn
The Light Blade 3
Berkley Trade, April 2, 2013.
Trade Paperback and eBook

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not purebred is virtually powerless. Until a demon leader seeks to unify the races…

With the alliance of the humans and the half-blood Na’Chi forged, the demon Na’Reish prepare for war by seizing human blood-slaves. Captured during a rescue mission-gone-wrong, Light Blade warrior Arek Barial finds himself claimed by a Na’Reishi female who offers him an unexpected choice.

Raised in the elite ranks of a society she abhors, Imhara Kaal lives a dangerous double life as a Na’Reish Clan-leader and an advocate for a caste-free life that honors the Old Ways. Openly rebelling against the Na’Reish would mean her death, unless she can find an emissary willing to present her petition to the human Blade council.

But Arek isn’t about to blindly follow a demon—despite the intense attraction growing between them. And while hatred for the Na’Reish is all he has ever known, Arek must learn to trust Imhara, or risk the destruction of all three races…
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Tes Hilaire

Deliver Me From Temptation
Paladin Warriors 2
Sourcebooks Casablanca (December 4, 2012)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages 

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
Logan Calhoun is the last full-blooded Paladin, the future leader of a race of immortal warrior angels. The heavy responsibility of continuing the Paladin line falls to him, and the last thing he should do is get involved with a human. Then fate throws Jessica Waters, a homicide detective who doesn't believe in fate or divine intervention, into his path. Her devotion lies in her Glock and a good set of handcuffs. Like Logan, she's a warrior for her people, and she awakens within him something he'd never thought he'd feel. But she's also as human as they come...




Chris F. Holm

The Wrong Goodbye
The Collector 2
Angry Robot (September 25, 2012 US/Canada; October 4, 2012 UK/RoW)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
Meet Sam Thornton, Collector of Souls.

Because of his efforts to avert the Apocalypse, Sam Thornton has been given a second chance – provided he can stick to the straight-and-narrow.

Which sounds all well and good, but when the soul Sam’s sent to collect goes missing, Sam finds himself off the straight-and-narrow pretty quick.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Missing | Soul Provider | Call Collect | Demon Child ]


The Big Reap (The Collector 3) will be out in 2013.




Benedict Jacka

Cursed
Alex Verus 2
Ace, May 29, 2012 (US)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
Benedict Jacka's acclaimed Alex Verus series continues with Cursed.

Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures—destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council wants him delving any deeper. Struggling to distinguish ally from enemy, he finds himself the target of those who would risk their own sanity for power...


Taken
Alex Verus 3
Ace, August 28, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 2
This time last year, I could go weeks without seeing another mage. In mage society I was an unknown and, all in all, that was how I liked it. It’s hard to say what changed. Whatever it was, I got involved in the magical world again and started getting myself a reputation.

Alex Verus’s insights into the future used to be the best-kept secret in London. Now, with the aid of his apprentice, Luna, his unique investigative talents are all the rage. He just has to be careful about picking his employers, because everyone—even the beautiful woman who practically begs him to run security for a prestigious tournament—has motives that can be hard to predict. And Alex doesn’t do unpredictable.

But his latest gig just might be impossible. Apprentices have been vanishing without a trace—and someone on the Council could be involved. Alex has no evidence, no witnesses, and no suspects. All he knows is that someone is keeping tabs on him. And after assassins target Luna’s classmate, Alex sees that he doesn’t know the half of it—and that he could be the next to disappear.


There will be an Alex Verus 4 (in 2013) and an Alex Verus 5 (in 2014). More on these in the future.

Interview with Elspeth Cooper - February 28, 2012

Please welcome Elspeth Cooper to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Songs of the Earth (The Wild Hunt 1) is published today in the US. Happy Release Day to Elspeth.


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

Elspeth:  I don't know about interesting, but I seem to find writing easier in the afternoon and evening - a hangover from the days when I had a day job and I had to cram as much as possible into the evening, so I burned a lot of midnight oil. Since I've been writing full-time for over 18 months now you'd think I would have broken that habit by now but no, it appears to have stuck.

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

Elspeth:  I will forever have an author crush on Guy Gavriel Kay, and Pat Rothfuss is coming up hard on the rails - I think he could write a shopping list and it would be interesting. Terry Pratchett, too, for his ability to mix astute social commentary with laugh-out-loud humour. Too many people dismiss his books as slapstick when he has some utterly profound things to say about people.

My influences are many and varied, but here's a few: Tad Williams for his richness, Melanie Rawn for the way she imbues her characters with a sense of humour, Robert Holdstock because he helped me understand where stories come from.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Elspeth:  Pantser, all the way! I usually have the beginning, the end and a few high points hit along the way, but that's the limit of my planning. I cannot rein myself in to think through all the courses of a story from soup to wafer-thin mint before I begin. If I get a story idea and start making notes for it, I last about a half a page before I throw the notes away and just start writing the damn thing. It's more fun that way.

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

Elspeth:  Maintaining my focus. Since I was diagnosed with MS I've noticed that my concentration starts to wander when I'm tired or stressed, and on really bad days I can stare at a page of manuscript for hours, knowing that there's something I have to do with it but unable to see it through the fog. That's *really* frustrating, if I let myself think back to how I used to be when 14-hour orgies of creativity, like the one in which I wrote the first draft of the finale of Songs, were common. I have to pace myself a bit better these days.

TQ:  Describe Songs of the Earth in 140 characters or less.

Elspeth:  Oh crikey, I hate questions like this. I couldn't write an elevator pitch if my life depended on it. "Prime organic British fantasy. GM free. Contains 100% of your Guideline Daily Amount of magic, adventure, religious bigotry and drama." There, 135 characters.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Songs of the Earth?

Elspeth:  I'd been playing around with ideas of organised religion vs. faith, and a Church with a dirty secret that was about to surface - the child abuse scandals were just coming to light in the UK at the time. But I couldn't seem to get any traction with it, the characters didn't want to gel and I had no real overarching story.

Then something happened in my personal life which shook me up quite badly: I broke up with my then-fiance and spent a horrible, dark week utterly unable to sleep because of all the ugly emotion bubbling up inside me. I felt like it was about to burst out of me like the monster in Alien.

I started writing as a form of therapy, burning up all this negative energy. I found myself writing about a young man alone in the dark wrestling with this hugely destructive force inside him that he couldn't control, and there was Gair in his cell in the opening scene of Songs of the Earth. Of course, once he was there, I had to find out where he'd come from, and where he was going when the guards came and dragged him away. I had to know What Happens Next.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Songs of the Earth?

Elspeth:  I research as things crop up, rather than planning it all out in advance. For Songs I looked into the history of the Inquisition, methods of torture, the background to the Pendle witch trials in Lancashire and so on. Most of it never got used, but just having it in my head added a bit of flavour. The book built slowly over a number of years, so I've probably forgotten most of the information I looked up!

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

Elspeth:  Easiest to write was probably Aysha. She leapt onto the page fully-formed, like Athene from the brow of Zeus, *poof*. The way she looked, the attitude, everything. The hardest character, I think, was Gair. He's a closemouthed young man and didn't want to tell me much about himself; it took me a while to find what was making him tick.

I'm a very instinctive, organic sort of a writer, so I used to find myself running into walls where what I was writing didn't feel right, and I worked out it was because I was asking him to do something that didn't fit his character. Some writers are able to consciously build characters like they're made out of Lego; others, like me, do it subconsciously and find characters just show up in their heads as people - and like real people, they occasionally down tools, fold their arms and say "Nope."

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Songs of the Earth?

Elspeth:  It's hard to pick favourites. It's my first book, my baby. Um, playing chess with Darin; Ansel and Danilar reminiscing over the desert war; the farewell on the docks.

TQ:  What's next?

Elspeth:  Next is the second part of the trilogy, Trinity Moon. I'm slaving over the edits as we speak; it should be out in the UK in June 2012 (USA release dates TBC). The story gets a good bit darker as Gair tries to come to terms with the events of Songs. The action takes him south into the deserts of Gimrael and he finds himself sorely tested: physically, emotionally, magically, as his world teeters on the brink of irrevocable change.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Elspeth:  Thanks for having me - it's been a pleasure.


About Songs of the Earth

Songs of the Earth
The Wild Hunt 1
Tor Books (February 28, 2012)
Hardcover, 480 pages

Interview with Elspeth Cooper - February 28, 2012
The Book of Eador, Abjurations 12:14, is very clear: Suffer ye not the life of a witch. For a thousand years, the Church Knights have obeyed that commandment, sending to the stake anyone who can hear the songs of the earth. There are no exceptions, not even for one of their own.

Novice Knight Gair can hear music no one else can, beautiful, terrible music: music with power. In the Holy City, that can mean only one thing: death by fire—until an unlikely intervention gives him a chance to flee the city and escape the flames.

With the Church Knights and their witchfinder hot on his heels, Gair hasn’t time to learn how to use the power growing inside him, but if he doesn’t master it, that power will tear him apart. His only hope is the secretive Guardians of the Veil, though centuries of persecution have almost destroyed their Order, and the few Guardians left have troubles of their own.

For the Veil between worlds is weakening, and behind it, the Hidden Kingdom, ever-hungry for dominion over the daylight realm, is stirring. Though he is far from ready, Gair will find himself fighting for his own life, for everyone within the Order of the Veil, and for the woman he has come to love.


About Elspeth

Interview with Elspeth Cooper - February 28, 2012
Elspeth Cooper is a British fantasy writer, author of The Wild Hunt trilogy. Her love of fantasy took root at an early age: her parents read her Ivanhoe as a bedtime story, and it was all downhill from there. After increasingly poor health forced her to give up a 21-year career in IT she became a full time writer. She currently lives in Northumberland with her husband and cats in a house full of books.

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Foreign editions

Interview with Elspeth Cooper - February 28, 2012

The View From Monday - February 27, 2012

Happy Last Monday in February. Don't fret. We get a bonus day in February this year.  It's going to be yet another busy week at The Qwillery.

Monday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Cat Johnson.

Tuesday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Elspeth Cooper. Songs of the Earth (The Wild Hunt 1) will be published on February 28, 2012.

Wednesday -  Interview with Tobias S. Buckell. Arctic Rising will be published on February 28, 2012.

Thursday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Chris F. Holm. Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) will be published on February 28, 2012.

Friday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Benedict Jacka. Fated (Alex Verus 1) will be published on February 28, 2012.

Saturday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Judi Fennell.

Sunday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with BA Tortuga.


There are a lot of books out this week! A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)."


February 28, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Know No Fear
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Dan Abnett F - Horus Heresy 19
Sir Dominic Flandry: The Last Knight of Terra
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Poul Anderson SF - Omnibus
Into the Darkness
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
V.C. Andrews H
How to be Death
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Amber Benson UF - Calliope Reaper-Jones 4
Burn Me Deadly (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Alex Bledsoe EF/M - Eddie LaCrosse 2
The Ruined City
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Paula Brandon F - Veiled Isles Trilogy 2
Arctic Rising
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Tobias S. Buckell SF
The Gravity Pilot (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
M.M. Buckner SF
Overkill
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Robert Buettner SF - Orphan's Legacy 1
Path of the Renegade
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Andy Chambers SF - Warhammer
Spellbound Falls
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Janet Chapman R w/ PE - Spellbound Falls 1
Songs of the Earth (d)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Elspeth Cooper F - The Wild Hunt 1
The Helios Conspiracy
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Jim DeFelice Th/SF
The Flood
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
William C. Dietz SF - Halo
Singularity
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Ian Douglas SF - Star Carrier 3
The Scar
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Sergey Dyachenko
Marina Dyachenko
F
By a Thread
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 6
A Kingdom Besieged (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Raymond E. Feist EF - Chaoswar Saga 1
Carpathia
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Matt Forbeck F/AH
Jane Vows Vengeance
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Michael Thomas Ford PNR - Jane Bites 3
Joe Golem and the Copper Girl: A Short Story (e)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Mike Mignola
Christopher Golden
SF
Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Molly Harper PNR - Jane Jameson 4
Black Howl
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Christina Henry UF - Black Wings 3
Dead Harvest (d)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Chris F. Holm UFN - Collector 1
The Hunger Games and Philosophy: A Critique of Pure Treason
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
William Irwin Philosophy
My Lord Vampire
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Alexandra Ivy PNR - Immortal Rogues 1
Fated (d)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Benedict Jacka UF - Alex Verus 1
Night Games
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Crystal Jordan PS
Curses! A F**ked-Up Fairy Tale (d)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
J.A. Kazimer F/Humor
Kings of Morning
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Paul Kearney EF - Macht 3
The Amazon Legion (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Tom Kratman SF - Desert Called Peace 4
Witchful Thinking
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
H. P. Mallory PNR - Jolie Wilkins 3
The Medusa Amulet (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Robert Masello Th w/ PE
Iron Warriors: The Omnibus
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Graham McNeill SF- Warhammer 40,000: Ultramarines
A Sliver of Shadow
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Allison Pang UF - Abby Sinclair 2
Shadow Chaser (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Alexey Pehov EF - Chronicles of Siala 2
Touchstone
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Melanie Rawn F - Glass Thorns 1
The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Andy Remic EF - Clockwork Vampire Omnibus
Don't Kill the Messenger (tp2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Eileen Rendahl PNR - Messenger 1
The Man from Primrose Lane (d)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
James Renner H
Knight of the Blazing Sun
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Josh Reynolds EF - Warhammer
Red Harvest (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Joe Schreiber SF - Star Wars
The Darkest Seduction
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 11
Angels' Flight
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Nalini Singh PNR - Guild Hunter Novellas
A Distant Tomorrow
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Bertrice Small HFR - World of Hetar 2
Hybrids (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Whitley Strieber SF
Fever (d)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Joan Swan RS w/ PE - Phoenix Rising 1
Dream Castles: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Two
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Jack Vance SF
That Which Divides
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek
Vortex (h2mm)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Robert Charles Wilson SF - Spin 3



March 1, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ivey and the Airship
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Cheryl Ammeter F/PNR - Aether's Edge 1
Darkness Bound
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Stella Cameron PNR - Chimney Rock1
Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Grace L Dillon (ed) SF - Anthology Sun Tracks 69
The Kingdoms of Dust
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Amanda Downum F - Necromancer Chronicles3
Exogene
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
T.C. McCarthy SF - Subterrene War 2
The Ruby Kiss
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Helen Scott Taylor PNR - Magic Knot Fairies 3
A Light on the Veranda (ri)
The View From Monday - February 27, 2012
Ciji Ware TTR



d - Debut
e - Ebook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternate History
EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HFR - Historical Fantasy Romance
M - Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PS - Paranormal Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFN - Urban Fantasy Noir

Guest Blog by Elspeth Cooper - The Zinger

Please welcome Elspeth Cooper to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Songs of the Earth (The Wild Hunt 1) will be published in the US on February 28, 2012 by Tor Books.


The Zinger

Every author gets one at some point: the review that makes you go "Yeowch!" If you're an established writer, you've developed your own way of dealing with them, which ones to learn from, which ones to disregard. When you're a debut author, your first encounter with The Zinger can make you cry.

I got mine last year. It was a review I'd been looking forward to, and I was full of starry-eyed anticipation, still dizzy with the idea that I was a Proper Author now. I could hardly wait. Then the review came out, a biggish piece, and it was not good.

Man, it hurt. I felt like a mother who's just heard the other kids bullying her little boy. My book, that I'd spent years growing and shaping, and sent off into the world in a clean shirt and new shoes had just been knocked into the dirt and had his lunch money stolen. I was indignant, enraged, disappointed and deeply wounded.

I couldn't bear to read the whole review, even though I knew I should. My husband did, though, and stoutly declared that he didn't think the reviewer had actually read my book at all. I pasted on a smile and agreed with him but inside, I was sobbing my heart out.

I thought I was prepared for The Zinger. I'd done my time on the crit forums, I'd been through the editing process with an editor whom everyone said was super-tough, and I thought I could handle it. Turns out I was wrong. It stung like a box jellyfish.

The first impulse was to hug my darling to my chest and tell him everything would be all right. Then I raged around the house for a while, slamming doors and ripping the head off my poor husband who'd done nothing worse than offer me a cup of tea. In my mind I started plotting all kinds of dark vengeance on the one who hurt my baby, and lay awake in bed with my synapses flaring like fireworks, bile-yellow and murder-red in a black, black night.

Then I woke up the next morning and just felt numb. All the surging rage was gone; it had drained away in the night and left me wrung out, like an old dish-cloth on the edge of the sink, sort of grey and bit sour, and that's not a good look for anyone.

So I had a shower, got dressed and went into my office, and saw on the bookshelf my author's copies of my debut novel. I took one down and held it in my hands. I felt the weight of it; riffled the pages and smelled that new-book smell: two parts paper and ink to one part dreams (sorry, ebook lovers, you can't do that with a Kindle).

And I thought to myself, I wrote that. I sent it off to a literary agent because I believed in it. The literary agent signed me up and sent the book to a publisher because he believed in it. And the publisher designed a cover and printed it and wrote press releases and sent out review copies and marketed it, not out of charity or for the good of their health but because they believed in it too. Now here it is, in my hands, a tangible physical object, because all these people believed.

And I'm getting bent out of shape because one person thinks it's flawed?

Screw that.

No book is ever going to be perfect. Looking back, I can see any number of things that I would do differently if I was writing Songs of the Earth now, but it was the best I could do at the time. It's only because I wrote it that way that I am now in a position to look back and say, "Hmm, I'd have changed that". My next book will be better because of the mis-steps I made with this one, but he’s still my firstborn, and I love him to bits.

Writing a book and seeing it published is an achievement. It takes hours and days and years of effort, of staring at the screen when the words won't come, and of writing for 14 hours straight, past the point at which your backside is numb and your hands are locked up with cramp, because the words - will - not - stop. Whatever anyone says, that's something to be damn proud of.


About Songs of the Earth

Songs of the Earth
The Wild Hunt 1
Tor Books (February 28, 2012)
Hardcover, 480 pages

Guest Blog by Elspeth Cooper - The Zinger
The Book of Eador, Abjurations 12:14, is very clear: Suffer ye not the life of a witch. For a thousand years, the Church Knights have obeyed that commandment, sending to the stake anyone who can hear the songs of the earth. There are no exceptions, not even for one of their own.

Novice Knight Gair can hear music no one else can, beautiful, terrible music: music with power. In the Holy City, that can mean only one thing: death by fire—until an unlikely intervention gives him a chance to flee the city and escape the flames.

With the Church Knights and their witchfinder hot on his heels, Gair hasn’t time to learn how to use the power growing inside him, but if he doesn’t master it, that power will tear him apart. His only hope is the secretive Guardians of the Veil, though centuries of persecution have almost destroyed their Order, and the few Guardians left have troubles of their own.

For the Veil between worlds is weakening, and behind it, the Hidden Kingdom, ever-hungry for dominion over the daylight realm, is stirring. Though he is far from ready, Gair will find himself fighting for his own life, for everyone within the Order of the Veil, and for the woman he has come to love.


About Elspeth

Guest Blog by Elspeth Cooper - The Zinger
Elspeth Cooper is a British fantasy writer, author of The Wild Hunt trilogy. Her love of fantasy took root at an early age: her parents read her Ivanhoe as a bedtime story, and it was all downhill from there. After increasingly poor health forced her to give up a 21-year career in IT she became a full time writer. She currently lives in Northumberland with her husband and cats in a house full of books.

Blog
Website
Facebook
Goodreads
Twitter







Foreign editions

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