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The View From Monday - July 28, 2014


Happy last Monday in July. This summer is whizzing by too fast for me. I've only included the July books, etc. that are out this week. The full August release list will be up later this week.



The View From Monday - July 28, 2014



There are 4 Debuts this week:

The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman;

Free Agent (Grimm Agency 1) by J.C. Nelson;

The Buried Life (Buried Life 1) by Carrie Patel;

and

One Night in Sixes (Children of the Drought 1) by Arianne 'Tex' Thompson.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker is out in Trade Paperback.



July 28, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Magical Cross Stitch Designs: Over 60 Fantasy Cross Stitch Designs Featuring Fairies, Wizards, Witches and Dragons Various Contributors Crafts
Bad Mojo Shane Berryhill DF - Zora Banks 1
Summoned Chaos (e) Joshua Roots UF - Shifter Chronicles 2
Blood Sworn (e) Steve Vera F - Last of the Shardyn 3



July 29, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Unremembered Empire (tp2mm) Dan Abnett SF -  Horus Heresy 27
Cursed (e) Angela Addams PNR - Order of the Wolf 1
Magic Breaks Ilona Andrews UF - Kate Daniels 7
Shifter's Claim A.C. Arthur PNR -  Shadow Shifters 4
Shifter's Claim Part IV (e) A.C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic (h2tp) Emily Croy Barker F/R
Jani and the Greater Game Eric Brown SP - Jani and the Greater Game 1
The Fredric Brown Megapack: 33 Classic Tales of Science Fiction and Fantasy Fredric Brown SF - Collection
Path of Smoke Bailey Cunningham UF - Parallel Parks 2
The Angel of Losses (D) Stephanie Feldman Hist/FT/LF
Heaven's Fall (h2mm) David S. Goyer
Michael Cassutt
SF - Heaven's Shadow 3
The Hexed Heather Graham Sus/P - Krewe of Hunters
Tigerman Nick Harkaway UF
The Undead Pool (h2mm) Kim Harrison UF - Hollows 12
Lighthouse Island (h2tp) Paulette Jiles Dys
Hardship Jean Johnson SF - Theirs Not to Reason Why 4
Warrior's Dawn (e) Isabo Kelly PNR - Fire and Tears 3
Tantric Coconuts (h2tp) Greg Kincaid Meta
Mist (h2mm) Susan Krinard UF - Midgard 1
Wolf in Shadow (tp2mm) John Lambshead UF
Enchantress James Maxwell F - The Evermen Saga 1
The Hidden Relic James Maxwell F - The Evermen Saga 2
The Path of the Storm James Maxwell F - The Evermen Saga 3
Death of Sleep (ri) Anne McCaffrey
Jody Lynn Nye
SF
Kenobi: Star Wars (h2mm) John Jackson Miller SF - Star Wars
The One-Eyed Man: A Fugue, With Winds and Accompaniment (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt SF
The Remaining: Refugees D.J. Molles PA - Remaining 3
Sea of Sorrows James A. Moore SF - Alien 2
Jack Strong: A Story of Life after Life (e) Walter Mosley SF
Free Agent (D) J. C. Nelson UF -  Grimm Agency 1
Blood of Tyrants (h2mm) Naomi Novik F - Temeraire 8
The Buried Life (D) Carrie Patel F - Buried Life 1
The Dawn of a Desperate War Aaron Pogue F - The Godlanders War 3
Monstrous Regiment (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 31
Night Watch (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 29
Thief of Time (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 26
The Truth (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 25
Cast in Flame Michelle Sagara F - Chronicles of Elantra 11
Hunt Among the Killers of Men David J. Schow AA - Gabriel Hunt 5
Eight Million Gods (h2mm) Wen Spencer
UF - Eight Million Gods 1
One Night in Sixes (D) Arianne 'Tex' Thompson RF - Children of the Drought 1
The Colonel : A Tor.Com Original (e) Peter Watts SF
Storm Riders (h2mm) Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F - Dragon Brigade 2
The Winter King C. L. Wilson PNR - Mystral 1



July 31, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Skin of the Wolf Sam Cabot P/Th
Smiler's Fair (e) Rebecca Levene F - Hollow Gods 1
The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature Paul Meehan HC
Academic Exercises K. J. Parker F - Collection
Beautiful Blood Lucius Shepard F
Vampires: The Myths, Legends, and Lore Aubrey Sherman HC
Equoid: a Laundry Novella Charles Stross SF - Laundry Files



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


AA - Action Adventure
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
LF - Literary Fiction
Meta - Metaphysical
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
RF - Rural Fantasy
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy



The View From Monday - August 5, 2013


Happy First Monday in August! Not much summer left now. I'm already thinking of getting school supplies for my small humans (who are not really small). I wish it could stay summer for another month at least!

I've included the August 1st releases with this weeks releases in case you missed the full August release list last week. There are a lot of books and eBooks out this week. You may find a PDF here to print and take shopping with you!



Debuts:

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker;

and

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo.



From former Debut Author Challenge authors:

The Mysterious Case of Mr. Strangeway  (St. Croix Chronicles) by Karina Cooper;

Tall, Dark, and Vampire (Dead in the City 1) by Sara Humphreys;

Under A Spell (Underworld Detection Agency 5) by Hannah Jayne;

and

Emperor of Thorns (Broken Empire 3) by Mark Lawrence.



The View From Monday - August 5, 2013




August 1, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic (D) Emily Croy Barker F
The First Bird: Episode 3 (Kindle e) Greig Beck H
The First Bird: Episode 3 Greig Beck H
The First Bird: Omnibus Edition Greig Beck H
The Days of the Deer Liliana Bodoc F - Saga of the Borderlands 1
Against Gravity (ri) Gary Gibson SF
Angel Stations (ri) Gary Gibson SF
Empire of Light (ri) Gary Gibson SF - Shoal 3
Red Moon (e) M.A. Grant PNR
The Unholy Paul DeBlassie III F
The Language of Fear (ri) Del James H
Taken by the Vampire King (e) Laura Kaye PNR - Vampire Warrior Kings 3
Deadman's Crossing (Kindle e) Joe R. Lansdale W/H
Deadman's Road Joe R. Lansdale W/H
The Red Hotel (h2tp) Graham Masterton M/Su - Sissy Sawyer 3
The Demon's Forbidden Passion (e) Zoey Williams PNR
Ice and Fire David Wingrove F - Chung Kuo 4



August 5, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Mysterious Case of Mr. Strangeway (e) Karina Cooper SP - St. Croix Chronicles
Cloaked in Fur (e) T.F. Walsh PNR



August 6, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Stone of Ascension Lynda Aicher PNR - Energen 2
The Omega Project Steve Alten SF
Silver Mine Vivian Arend PNR - Takhini Wolves 2
Thirteen Kelley Armstrong UF - Women of the Otherworld 13
Kindred and Wings Philippa Ballantine F - Shifted World 2
Shadow of the Wolf Dana Marie Bell PNR - Heart's Desire 1
Box Office Poison Phillipa Bornikova UF - Linnet Ellery 2
Guardian Demon Meljean Brook PNR - Guardian 8
Orion Rising Cathryn Cade SFR - Orion 5
Terminated Rachel Caine UF - Revivalist 3
Journal from Ellipsia (e) (ri) Hortense Calisher SF
Doctor Who: The Complete Guide (ri) Mark Campbell SF - Doctor Who
Shadow Rising Cassi Carver PNR - The Shadow Slayers 2
The Ghost Bride (D) Yangsze Choo F
Midnight (tp2mm) Ellen Connor PaR - Dark Age Dawning 2
Warbound Signed Limited Edition Larry Correia UF - Grimnoir Chronicles 3
Warbound Larry Correia UF - Grimnoir Chronicles 3
Seventh Retribution Ben Counter F - Warhammer 40,000
Breath of Iron Kate Cross SPR - Clockwork Agents 3
Undead and Unsure MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Betsy Taylor 12
Cat in an Alien X-Ray Carole Nelson Douglas PM - Midnight Louie 25
Forgiven Leanna Ellis P/Sus - Plain Fear 3
The Stockholm Octavo (h2tp) Karen Engelmann Th/Su
The Burning Man Christa Faust SF - Fringe
Heaven's Fall David S. Goyer
Michael Cassutt
SF - Heaven's Shadow 3
Gotrek & Felix: Lost Tales Laurie Goulding (ed) F - Warhammer
Storm Warrior Dani Harper PNR - Grim 1
Codex Born Jim C. Hines UF - Magic Ex Libris 2
Libriomancer (h2mm) Jim C. Hines UF - Magic Ex Libris 1
Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing Sandra Kasturi (ed)
Samantha Beiko (ed)
Anthology
Tall, Dark, and Vampire Sara Humphreys PNR - Dead in the City 1
Sleep Tight Jeff Jacobson Th/H
Under A Spell Hannah Jayne UF - Underworld Detection Agency 5
The Unincorporated Future (h2tp) Dani Kollin
Eytan Kollin
SF - Unincorporated 4
Daysider Susan Krinard PNR - Nightsiders 1
Stormdancer (h2tp) Jay Kristoff F - Lotus War 1
Emperor of Thorns Mark Lawrence F - Broken Empire 3
Claimed by the Immortal Rachel Lee PNR - The Claiming
Visions of Evil Nile J. Limbaugh H
Dead Sexy Dragon (e) Lolita Lopez PNR - Dragon Heat 1
Time Crossed (e) Katie MacAlister PNR - Time Thief Novella
Shadowlands (tp2mm) Violette Malan F - Mirror Prince 2
Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern Todd McCaffrey (ed) NF - Anthology
The Witching House (e) Brian Moreland H
Biting Bad Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 8
Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" Corey Olsen LC
Heart Fortune Robin D. Owens SFR - Celta 12
The Shadow of the Soul Sarah Pinborough UF/SuTh - Forgotten Gods 2
Possession Kat Richardson UF - Greywalker 8
The Wild Road (h2mm) Jennifer Roberson F - Karavans 3
Memory's Door James L. Rubart UF - Well Spring 2
Oak Hollow Kristopher Rufty H/Th
The Companions (ri) R. A. Salvatore F - The Sundering 1
If Bread Could Rise to the Occasion Paige Shelton PCM - Country Cooking School Mystery 3
In the House of the Wicked (tp2mm) Thomas E. Sniegoski UF - Remy Chandler 5
Walking In the Midst of Fire Thomas E. Sniegoski UF - Remy Chandler 6
Jaguar Fever Terry Spear PNR - Shifter 2
The Sensory Deception Ransom Stephens SF
The Crown Tower Michael J. Sullivan F - The Riyria Chronicles 1
Death-Bringer (e) (ri) Patrick Tilley SF - Amtrak Wars 5
Blood River (e) (ri) Patrick Tilley SF - Amtrak Wars 4
Earth-Thunder (e) (ri) Patrick Tilley SF - Amtrak Wars 6
The Fairest of Them All Carolyn Turgeon FT
Kiss of Life (e) Debbie Viguie HistF - Kiss Trilogy Short Story
Pirates of the Timestream Steve White SF
Tour of Duty: Stories and Provocations from Michael Z. Williamson Michael Z. Williamson SF/NF



August 7, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Cayos in the Stream: A Tor.Com Original (e) Harry Turtledove F


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


F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LC - Literary Criticism
NF - Non-Fiction
P - Paranormal
PaR - Post-apocalyptic Romance
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western

Interview with Emily Croy Barker, author of The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic - August 4, 2013


Please welcome Emily Croy Barker to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic was published on August 1st by Pamela Dorman Books.



Interview with Emily Croy Barker, author of The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic - August 4, 2013




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



Emily:  I wrote short stories and poems in high school and college, then switched to journalism in college and in my working life. I’ve always enjoyed putting words together and telling stories. Also, when I was a child, both of my parents wrote art reviews for various newspapers, so I did grow up with the sense that good writing was important and was worth taking pains over. I spent about a year when I was in my 20s working on a novel, a murder mystery set in North Carolina, but eventually got bogged down and abandoned the effort. That was a wise decision, given the quality of what I’d produced. As a journalist, I really enjoyed writing features for business magazines like The American Lawyer (my current employer) or Inc., and I thought that would be my chief outlet for writing—but then I met a couple of characters in a daydream who totally captured my imagination. And there I was, writing fiction again.



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



Emily:  I have several, but probably the weirdest one is that while I was writing The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic, I tried to avoid reading any novels so that I could focus all my attention (and spare time) on writing. I made an exception for novels in French (The Count of Monte Cristo, A Very Long Engagement), which I read very, very slowly, looking up every other word or so. Having to focus so intensely on individual sentences and to translate them into English in my head was really helpful for me as a writer.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?



Emily:  By “pantser,” you mean “seat of the pantser”? I’m a plotter. I never made an outline for The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic, but I had the general shape of the story in my head from the beginning. Of course, the details evolved slightly over the three and a half years I spent writing the first draft.



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



Emily:  Finding the time. I love being about to switch back and forth from my day job as an editor at American Lawyer to my other life as novelist, but it usually means that I can only write on weekends and vacations. Which actually lets you accomplish a lot, as long as you give up housework, movies, etc.



TQ:  Describe A Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic in 140 characters or less.

Emily:  An unhappy grad student enjoys a Cinderella makeover, but is trapped by enchantment. To survive in a harsh alternate reality, she must learn magic herself.



TQ:  What inspired you to write A Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic?



Emily:  The characters Nora and Aruendiel came to me in a daydream and wouldn’t let me alone. Nora intrigued me because she’s a present-day woman who gets seduced by the chance to become an idealized, impossibly glamorous version of herself. In this era, when the pressures on women to look beautiful, thin, and chic are greater than ever, who wouldn’t fall into a trap like that? Aruendiel got my attention because in my mind’s eye I saw him trying to help Nora, to warn her about being enchanted, and I wondered why he’d bother. I could tell that, one, he was a magician, and two, he had a lot of secrets, so I wanted to start unraveling them.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for A Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic?



Emily:  I didn’t do much formal research, but I spent a fair amount of time thinking about what kind of world Aruendiel lives in. Physical details: climate, geology, flora and fauna. Cultural and political details: What sort of society would you get if you had magic instead of technology? I read up a bit on the post-Ice Age era in our world (After the Ice Age, E.C. Pielou; After the Ice, Steven Mithen), since in the alternate world it has only been a couple of thousand years since the ice sheets melted. To help me get the slightly archaic flavor of Aruendiel’s speech right, I dipped periodically into an abridged version of Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language. I would also visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, looking at medieval swords and helmets or Bronze Age Chinese vessels or Middle Eastern ceramics, trying to imagine what artifacts from Aruendiel’s world might look like.



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



Emily:  Nora was the easiest to write because I could tap right into her modern-day mindset. Her reactions, as she experiences this strange, regressive, magical world, are very similar to what I and perhaps many readers would be feeling in the same situation: incredulity, alienation, fear, amusement, wonder.

I always had a good, strong sense of what Aruendiel was thinking and doing, but he was difficult to write at times because he keeps so much hidden, including a lot of his emotions. How much to tell, how much to give away? For someone who can be very impulsive and impatient, he’s also very controlled.



TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in A Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic?



Emily:  That’s a hard one. There are so many scenes that I LOVED writing and that still move me—even after rereading the book 15 times during editing and revising process. But I think my favorite is the scene on New Year’s Day when Aruendiel lets the mask slip a little and Nora sees deeper into his heart than she has before. That’s a pivotal scene: How she reacts at that instant sets the arc of the rest of the novel.



TQ:  What's next?

Emily:  Some readers have asked me if there will be a sequel. Yes, and I’ve written about half of it. Nora has more to learn about magic, what it can and can’t do. She has some things she’d like to say to Aruendiel, who for his part hasn’t yet told her the secrets of how he learned real magic. Ilissa and Raclin are still out there, and so is the Kavareen. I think there are a lot of adventures ahead for Nora and Aruendiel, which suits me—I’m thrilled to spend more time with these characters.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.







The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
Pamela Dorman Books, August 1, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 576 pages

Interview with Emily Croy Barker, author of The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic - August 4, 2013
An imaginative story of a woman caught in an alternate world—where she will need to learn the skills of magic to survive

Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman. During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she’s transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty. Before long, she has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous, masterful Raclin is heating up. It’s almost too good to be true.

Then the elegant veneer shatters. Nora’s new fantasy world turns darker, a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. Making it here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school. Her only real ally—and a reluctant one at that—is the magician Aruendiel, a grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past. And it will take her becoming Aruendiel’s student—and learning magic herself—to survive. When a passage home finally opens, Nora must weigh her “real life” against the dangerous power of love and magic.

For lovers of Lev Grossman's The Magicians series (The Magicians and The Magician King) and Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night).





About Emily
From the Author's Website

Interview with Emily Croy Barker, author of The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic - August 4, 2013

A graduate of Harvard University, Emily Croy Barker has been a magazine journalist for more than 20 years. She is currently executive editor at The American Lawyer magazine. This is her first novel.



Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @EmilyCroyBarker

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts



2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts


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

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

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite August cover for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.



Twilight Hunter
Author Kait Ballenger
Series:  Execution Underground 1
Publisher:  Harelquin HQN, August 27, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:   9780373777389 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face to face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind--or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both…





The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
AuthorEmily Croy Barker
Publisher:  Pamela Dorman Books, August 1, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 576 pages
Price:  $27.95 (print)
ISBN:   9780670023660 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
An imaginative story of a woman caught in an alternate world—where she will need to learn the skills of magic to survive

Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman. During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she’s transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty. Before long, she has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous, masterful Raclin is heating up. It’s almost too good to be true.

Then the elegant veneer shatters. Nora’s new fantasy world turns darker, a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. Making it here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school. Her only real ally—and a reluctant one at that—is the magician Aruendiel, a grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past. And it will take her becoming Aruendiel’s student—and learning magic herself—to survive. When a passage home finally opens, Nora must weigh her “real life” against the dangerous power of love and magic.

For lovers of Lev Grossman's The Magicians series (The Magicians and The Magician King) and Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night).





The Ghost Bride

AuthorYangsze Choo
Publisher:  William Morrow Books, August 6, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:   9780062227324 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
A startlingly original voice makes her literary debut with this wondrous coming-of-age story infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, adventure, and fascinating, dreamlike twists

One evening, my father asked me whether I would like to become a ghost bride. . . .

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, traditional ghost marriages are used to placate restless spirits. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits, and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.





Saxon's Bane
AuthorGeoffrey Gudgion
Publisher:  Solaris, August 27, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:   9781781081372 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
In a supernatural novel with echoes of Alan Garner and Kate Mosse, Geoffrey Gudgion chills the modern reader as the supernatural past invades the present.

Fergus Sheppard’s world changes for ever the day his car crashes near the remote village of Allingley. Traumatised by his near-death experience, he returns to thank the villagers who rescued him, and stays to work at the local stables as he recovers from his injuries. He will discover a gentler pace of life, fall in love – and be targeted for human sacrifice.

Clare Harvey’s life will never be the same either. The young archaeologist’s dream find – the peat-preserved body of a Saxon warrior – is giving her nightmares. She can tell that the warrior had been ritually murdered, and that the partial skeleton lying nearby is that of a young woman. And their tragic story is unfolding in her head every time she goes to sleep.

Fergus discovers that his crash is uncannily linked to the excavation, and that the smiling and beautiful countryside harbours some very dark secrets. As the pagan festival of Beltane approaches, and Clare’s investigation reveals the full horror of a Dark Age war crime, Fergus and Clare seem destined to share the Saxon couple’s bloody fate.

"Once there was a great classical tradition of rural British horror from MR James to The Wicker Man. Now Geoffrey Gudgion has revived the style and modernised it to great effect, proving there's still nothing as creepy as the countryside." Christopher Fowler





Children of Fire
AuthorDrew Karpyshyn
Series:  The Chaos Born Trilogy 1
Publisher:  Del Rey, August 27, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 512 pages
Price: $26.00 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-345-54223-6 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
Drew Karpyshyn has made his mark with imaginative, action-packed work on several acclaimed videogames, including Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, as well as in a succession of New York Times bestselling tie-in novels. Now Karpyshyn introduces a brilliantly innovative epic fantasy of perilous quests, tormented heroes, and darkest sorcery—a thrilling adventure that vaults him into the company of such authors as Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson, and Peter V. Brett.

Long ago the gods chose a great hero to act as their agent in the mortal world and to stand against the demonic spawn of Chaos. The gods gifted their champion, Daemron, with three magical Talismans: a sword, a ring, and a crown. But the awesome power at his command corrupted Daemron, turning him from savior to destroyer. Filled with pride, he dared to challenge the gods themselves. Siding with the Chaos spawn, Daemron waged a titanic battle against the Immortals. In the end, Daemron was defeated, the Talismans were lost, and Chaos was sealed off behind the Legacy—a magical barrier the gods sacrificed themselves to create.

Now the Legacy is fading. On the other side, the banished Daemron stirs. And across the scattered corners of the land, four children are born of suffering and strife, each touched by one aspect of Daemron himself—wizard, warrior, prophet, king.

Bound by a connection deeper than blood, the Children of Fire will either restore the Legacy or bring it crashing down, freeing Daemron to wreak his vengeance upon the mortal world.





The Daedalus Incident
AuthorMichael J. Martinez
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, August 13, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $15.99 (print)
ISBN:   9781597804721 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
Mars is supposed to be dead…...a fact Lt. Shaila Jain of the Joint Space Command is beginning to doubt in a bad way.

Freak quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll—seemingly of their own volition—carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself.

Lt. Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty’s Royal Navy is an honest 18th-century man of modest beginnings, doing his part for King and Country aboard the HMS Daedalus, a frigate sailing the high seas between continents…and the immense Void between the Known Worlds. Across the Solar System and among its colonies—rife with plunder and alien slave trade—through dire battles fraught with strange alchemy, nothing much can shake his resolve. But events are transpiring to change all that.

With the aid of his fierce captain, a drug-addled alchemist, and a servant girl with a remarkable past, Weatherby must track a great and powerful mystic, who has embarked upon a sinister quest to upset the balance of the planets—the consequences of which may reach far beyond the Solar System, threatening the very fabric of space itself.

Set sail among the stars with this uncanny tale, where adventure awaits, and dimensions collide!





The Returned
AuthorJason Mott
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA, August 27, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:   9780778315339
ISBN:  $24.95 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.

All over the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he's their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.





The Bone Season 
AuthorSamantha Shannon
Series:  Scion 1
Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA, August 20, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages
Price:  $24.00 (print)
ISBN:   9781620401392 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.


2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 24, 2013



2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 24, 2013


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




Emily Croy Barker

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
Pamela Dorman Books, August 1, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 576 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 24, 2013
An imaginative story of a woman caught in an alternate world—where she will need to learn the skills of magic to survive

Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman. During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she’s transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty. Before long, she has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous, masterful Raclin is heating up. It’s almost too good to be true.

Then the elegant veneer shatters. Nora’s new fantasy world turns darker, a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. Making it here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school. Her only real ally—and a reluctant one at that—is the magician Aruendiel, a grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past. And it will take her becoming Aruendiel’s student—and learning magic herself—to survive. When a passage home finally opens, Nora must weigh her “real life” against the dangerous power of love and magic.

For lovers of Lev Grossman's The Magicians series (The Magicians and The Magician King) and Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night).






Yangsze Choo

The Ghost Bride
William Morrow Books, August 6, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 24, 2013
A startlingly original voice makes her literary debut with this wondrous coming-of-age story infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, adventure, and fascinating, dreamlike twists

One evening, my father asked me whether I would like to become a ghost bride. . . .

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, traditional ghost marriages are used to placate restless spirits. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits, and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.


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