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The View From Monday - June 2, 2014


Happy first Monday in June. This year is flying by! I spent part of last week at BookExpo America in NYC. I had a very productive time. There were things I loved and some that I didn't, but more about that in an upcoming post.

In case you missed it, June's debuts were posted yesterday. You can see them here.



The View From Monday - June 2, 2014


There is one debut out this week:

Sidekick by Auralee Wallace. 


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Grim Shadows (Roaring Twenties 2) By Jenn Bennett;

Heart of a Highland Warrior (Highland Warrior 3) by Anita Clenney;

Veil of the Deserters (Bloodsounder's Arc 2) by Jeff Salyards;

Hunter by Night (Chronicles of Yavn3) by Elisabeth Staab;

and

Ecko Burning (Ecko 2) by Danie Ware.


And with format changes:

The Golden City (Golden City 1) by J. Kathleen Cheney is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

The Facades by Eric Lundgren is out in Trade Paperback




June 1, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Threshold of Passion (e) Vivi Anna PNR
The Godwhale (ri) T. J. Bass SF - SF Masterworks
Barrington J. Bayley (ri) Barrington J. Bayley SF - SF Gateway Omnibus
Literaria Carolyn Boehlke F
The Curse (e) Jennifer Brassel PNR
Craven (e) Melanie Casey PM - Cass Lehman 2
Edmund Cooper SF Gateway Omnibus Edmund Cooper SF Gateway Omnibuses
The Haunted Book Jeremy Dyson H
The Ward S.L. Grey H - Downside 2
Cold Redemption Nathan Hawke F - Gallow2
Wolves in Winter Lisa Hilton HistF
The Sandman (ri) E.T.A. Hoffmann Go
The Disestablishment of Paradise (ri) Phillip Mann SF/Th
Games of Desire (e) Patti O'Shea PNR
Black Chaos: Tales of the Zombie Bill Olver (ed) Z - Anthology
The Silence (h2tp) Sarah Rayne NeoGo/M
The Demi-Monde: Summer Rod Rees Dys - The Demi-Monde Saga 3
The Highlander's Dark Seduction (e) Joanne Rock PNR - Secrets of the Darroch Clan 2
Lords of the Underworld Collection 2: The Darkest Whisper\The Darkest Passion\The Darkest Lie (e) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld
Demon Wolf (e) Bonnie Vanak PNR - Phoenix Force 3
Sidekick (D) (e) Auralee Wallace Superhero
The White Mountain (ri) David Wingrove SF - Chung Kuo 8
Sekabo Richard Woolley SF/Th



June 2, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Her Wild Protector (e) Naomi Bellina PNR
Reap & Repent (e) Lisa Medley PNR
Witch's Awakening (e) Neely Powell PNR
Tempt Me Eternally (e) Gena Showalter PNR
Wicked Ink (e) Misty Simon PNR



June 3, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling (h2tp) Hanan al-Shaykh FT
Elisha Barber (h2mm) E.C. Ambrose F - Dark Apostle 1
The Dark Between the Stars Kevin J. Anderson SF - Saga of Shadows Trilogy 1
The Voyage of the Sable Keech Neal Asher SF - Spatterjay 2
Grim Shadows Jenn Bennett PNR - Roaring Twenties 2
Night of the Living Thread Janet Bolint PCM - Threadville Mystery 4
Rescue Mode Ben Bova
Les Johnson
SF
The Kraken King Part VIII: The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure (e) Meljean Brook SPR - The Kraken King
The Golden City (tp2mm) J. Kathleen Cheney F - The Golden City 1
Heart of a Highland Warrior Anita Clenney PNR - Highland Warrior 3
Dark Father James Cooper H
Zero Hour (h2mm) Clive Cussler Th - Numa Files 9
The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six Ellen Datlow H - Anthology
A Partial and Conjectural History of Dr. Meuller's Panoptical Cartoon Engine: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Argus Blinked: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Bombs Away!: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Cockroach Love: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Fjaerland: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
iCity: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Life in the Anthropocene: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Murder in Geektopia: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Professor Fluvius's Palace of Many Waters: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Providence: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Return to the 20th Century: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
The End of the Great Continuity: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
The HPL Commonplace Book: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
The New Cyberiad: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
The Omniplus Ultra: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
To See Infinity Bare: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Waves and Smart Magma: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Wikiworld: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Yes We Have No Bananas: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo AH
1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
AH - The Ring of Fire 14
Fire Rising Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 2
Fire Rising: Part 4 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Casino Infernale (h2mm) Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 7
Property of a Lady Faire Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 8
Death's Redemption Marie Hall PNR - Eternal Lovers 2
Affliction (h2mm) Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 22
A Shiver of Light Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Merry Gentry 9
The Merchant Emperor Elizabeth Haydon F - The Symphony of Ages 7
The Sea of Time P. C. Hodgell F - Kencyrath1
The Source J.D. Horn UF - Witching Savannah 2
Night Shifters Sarah A. Hoyt UF - Shifter Omnibus
Blood Pact (ri) Tanya Huff UF - Blood Books 4
Justice Ian Irvine F - The Tainted Realm 3
Thieves' Quarry D. B. Jackson HistF - Thieftaker Chronicles 2
Crossroads of Twilight (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 10
Born of Fire (ri) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - League 2
Born of Ice Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - League 3
Born of Night (ri) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - League 1
Mr. Mercedes Stephen King Sus
The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy (e) Mercedes Lackey
James Mallory
F
Blood Red Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters 9
Steadfast (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters 8
Deadly Forecast Victoria Laurie PCM - Psychic Eye Mystery 11
The Shadow Lamp (h2tp) Stephen R. Lawhead F - Bright Empires 4
Prince of Fools Mark Lawrence F - The Red Queen's War 1
The Facades (h2tp) Eric Lundgren M
Gameboard of the Gods (h2mm) Richelle Mead UF - Age of X 1
Tin Swift (tp2mm) Devon Monk SP - Age of Steam 2
A Barricade in Hell Jaime Lee Moyer HistF - Delia Martin 2
The Goliath Stone (h2mm) Larry Niven
Matthew Joseph Harrington
SF
Robert A. Heinlein, Vol 2: In Dialogue with His Century Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better William H. Patterson SF
Bloodstone (h2mm) Gillian Philip F - Rebel Angel 2
The Science of Discworld (ri) Terry Pratchett
Ian Stewart
Jack Cohen
SF/S
On the Steel Breeze Alastair Reynolds SF - Poseidon's Children 2
The Heir of Khored Deborah J. Ross F - Seven-Petaled Shield Trilogy 3
Veil of the Deserters Jeff Salyards F - Bloodsounder's Arc 2
On Pins and Needles Yolanda Sfetsos UF - Sierra Fox 3
The Montauk Monster Hunter Shea H
Rebellion Ken Shufeldt Th/Ap
Shield of Winter Nalini Singh PNR - Psy/Changelings 13
Jaguar Hunt Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Jaguar 3
Hunter by Night Elisabeth Staab PNR - Chronicles of Yavn3
Singapore Noir Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan (ed) Noir - Anthology
The Dig: A Taskforce Story, featuring an exclusive excerpt from DAYSOF RAGE (e) Brad Taylor Th - Pike Logan 5.5
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club Genevieve Valentine FT
Ecko Burning Danie Ware SF - Ecko 2
On Her Watch Rie Warren PNR - Don't Tell 2
Honor of the Queen (Signed Leatherbound Edition) David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 2



June 4, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fantasy and the Real World in British Children's Literature: The Power of Story Caroline Webb Children's Literature and Culture



June 7, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Star Trek: Voyager: String Theory #2: Fusion (ri) Kirsten Beyer SF - Star Trek: Voyager
Ain't Myth-behaving: Two Novellas (ri) Katie MacAlister PNR - Otherworld
Redeemed in Darkness (ri) Alexis Morgan PNR - Paladin 5



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

AH - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
S - Science
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Interview with Eric Lundgren, author of The Facades - September 27, 2013


Please welcome Eric Lundgren to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Facades was published on September 12, 2013.



Interview with Eric Lundgren, author of The Facades - September 27, 2013




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Eric:  Hey, it’s great to be here. Thanks for inviting me.



TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Eric:  I think it was about age seven or eight. One of my first works was a piece of Indiana Jones fan fiction. My mom read to us a lot but I was not a huge solitary reader as a kid. Mostly I was into sports. My dramatic ideal was one of those NFL films reenactments with Steve Sabol narrating the action. Slow-motion, dramatic voice over. Tight-pantsed men in moments of consequence.



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

Eric:  I still write first drafts in longhand in spiral notebooks sometimes, which probably qualifies as a quirk by now. I’ve always liked the process of typing something I’ve written out, so that the typing process also becomes the first stage of revision.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Eric:  A pantser, I think! Maybe because this was my first novel, I really had to feel my way around the form and write a lot of stuff that did not make it into the final product. It took me a long time to see what the shape was and what belonged in there, because it’s not a conventionally plotted novel, exactly. It got to the point where I had this mass of material and I was basically doing surgery in a dark room, excising and shifting stuff around until it felt right.



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

Eric:  There’s a quote from Thomas Mann that I really like: “The writer is one for whom writing is difficult.” The whole process is hard for me, although I love to work on the small problems, like particular sentences or descriptions, and am easily terrified by the big-picture things. When writing, I spend a lot of time trying to ignore or block out the global, so I can focus on the local. Like a person with bad eyes trying to do a crossword while walking down a busy street, or something.



TQ:  Describe The Facades in 140 characters or less.

Eric:  After his opera singer wife disappears, a man searches for her through a crumbling Midwestern city that becomes a treacherous emotional landscape.



TQ:  What inspired you to write The Facades?

Eric:  Boredom with the kind of fiction I’d been writing previously. I wanted to do something less realistic, more fantastic and whimsical, a book that would be fun to write and would exploit the potential of the fictional form. Living in St. Louis was a big inspiration, as was a lot of stuff I was reading at the time, like Calvino’s Invisible Cities.



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

Eric:  Probably not enough. I read biographies of the philosopher Wittgenstein and the architect Victor Gruen, who was the real-life model for my character Bernhard (whose buildings include an avant-garde assisted living home and a labyrinthine mall). I did a little bit of research on opera but mostly relied on what I knew; I wasn’t too concerned with making the opera stuff super-realistic (that would be odd, wouldn’t it?)



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

Eric:  I had the most fun writing the character Vollstrom, who is a resident of that assisted-living home. His voice came to me right away and it was great fun to write a character so over-the-top. The most challenging character to write was Molly, my protagonist’s missing wife. It’s always tough to write an offstage character who has to be portrayed through her absences.



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

Eric:  There’s a scene in which Norberg, the protagonist, attends a parent-teacher conference night at his son’s high school that goes strangely awry. One of my favorite scenes, and I was pleased to know that my dad, who taught high-school German and Spanish for 40 years, also thought it was among the best.



TQ:  What's next?

Eric:  Right now I’m just eager to get back into the trenches of writing. That place where you’re just completely engrossed by the project and breathing the air of an imagined environment.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Eric:  It was my pleasure.







The Facades

The Facades
Overlook, September 12, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages

Interview with Eric Lundgren, author of The Facades - September 27, 2013
Along the streets of the once-great Midwestern city of Trude, the ornate old buildings lie in ruin. Shrouded in disappointment and nostalgia, Trude has become a place to "lose yourself," as one tourist brochure puts it: a treacherous maze of convoluted shopping malls, barricaded libraries, and elitist assisted-living homes.

One night at Trude's opera house, the theater's most celebrated mezzo-soprano vanishes during rehearsal. When police come up empty-handed, the star's husband, a disconsolate legal clerk named Sven Norberg, must take up the quest on his own. But to discover the secret of his wife's disappearance, Norberg must descend into Trude's underworld and confront the menacing and bizarre citizens of his hometown: rebellious librarians, shifty music critics, a cop called the Oracle, and the minister of an apocalyptic church who has recruited Norberg's teenage son. Faced with the loss of everything he loves, Norberg follows his investigation to the heart of the city and through the buildings of a possibly insane modernist architect called Bernhard, whose elaborate vision will offer him an astonishing revelation.

Written with boundless intelligence and razor-sharp wit, The Facades is a comic and existential mystery that unfolds at the urgent pace of a thriller.





About Eric

Interview with Eric Lundgren, author of The Facades - September 27, 2013
Photo by Gena Brady
Eric Lundgren was born in Cleveland and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he turned to reading as a survival method in the winters. He studied at Lewis & Clark College and received his MFA from the Writing Program at Washington University, where he was awarded a third-year fellowship. His writing has appeared in Tin House, Quarterly West, The Quarterly Conversation, and The Millions. The Facades is his first novel. He works at a 100-year-old public library in St. Louis, where he lives with his wife Eleanor and their two cats.


Website  ~  Twitter @eplundgren

The View From Monday - September 9, 2013


Happy Monday! This is mercifully a light release week! I didn't get  a lot of  reading done last week, but hope to dive in this week with much reading and writing.




The View From Monday - September 9, 2013



There are 2 debuts this week:

Rivers by Michael Farris Smith;


and

The Facades by Eric Lundgren.

The Year of Scrolls (Gaunt and Bone 1) by Chris Willrich has been pushed back to the 24th. 


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

Khan of Mars (print version) by Stephen Blackmoore;

and

Fountain of Secrets (Relic Hunters 2) by Anita Clenney.




September 10, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who: Series 1 & 2 Tat Wood
Dorothy Ail
SF - About Time 7
The Hydrogen Sonata (h2tp) Iain M. Banks SF - Culture 9
Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl David Barnett SP
UFO Hunters William J. Birnes UFO Hunters 1 / TV Tie-In
Spirit of the Century Presents: Khan of Mars Stephen Blackmoore F - Spirit of the Century
The Serpent's Tale (Kindle e) Dana Cameron HistF - Fangborn Story
Fountain of Secrets Anita Clenney PNR - Relic Seekers 2
Homeworld Evan Currie SF - Odyssey One 3
Gods of Earth Craig DeLancey SF/F
Space Marine Omnibus Christian Dunn F - Warhammer 40,000
Midnight's Temptation: Part 1 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
Enon Paul Harding Meta
Orion: The Tears of Isha Darius Hinks F- Warhammer
The Devil in Silver (h2tp) Victor LaValle H
Heart of Constantine Barbara Monajem PNR
Breed (h2tp) Chase Novak H
Rivers: A Novel (D) Michael Farris Smith Ap



September 11, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Rumor of Angels: A Tor.Com Original Dale Bailey UF
Shades of Blue and Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War Steve Berman (ed) Su - Anthology
Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre Paula Guran (ed) Su - Anthology
Mythic Thinking in Twentieth-Century Britain: Meaning for Modernity Matthew Sterenberg History



September 12, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Facades: A Novel (D) Eric Lundgren M



September 13, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Demon's Wife Rick Hautala PNR/H



September 15, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Tombstone Blues Chadwick Ginther UF



D - Debut
e- eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback


Ap - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
UF - Urban Fantasy

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


There are 16 debuts for September. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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

Jan DeLima, Geoffrey Girard, Elliott James, K. B. Laugheed, Jaime Lee Moyer, Peter Rawlik, V. E. Schwab, Luke Scull, and Chris Willrich are 2013 Debut Author Challenge Featured Authors.

Updated to include the US Debut of Sleepless Knights by Mark H. Williams.



Jan DeLima

Celtic Moon
Series:  Celtic Wolves 1
Publisher:  Ace, September 24, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780425266205 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Like father, like son…

Sophie Thibodeau has been on the run from the father of her son for more than fifteen years. Now her son, Joshua, is changing, and her greatest fears are about to be realized. He’s going to end up being just like his father—a man who can change into a wolf.

Dylan Black has been hunting for Sophie since the night she ran from him—an obsession he cannot afford in the midst of an impending war. Dylan controls Rhuddin Village, an isolated town in Maine where he lives with an ancient Celtic tribe. One of the few of his clan who can still shift into a wolf, he must protect his people from the Guardians, vicious warriors who seek to destroy them.

When Sophie and Dylan come together for the sake of their son, their reunion reignites the fierce passion they once shared. For the first time in years, Dylan’s lost family is within his grasp. But will he lose them all over again? Are Joshua and Sophie strong enough to fight alongside Dylan in battle? Nothing less than the fate of his tribe depends on it…




Geoffrey Girard

Cain's Blood
Publisher:  Touchstone, September 3, 2013
Format:   Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $25.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781476704043 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Ted Bundy. The Son of Sam. The Boston Strangler. Albert Fish. Henry Lee Lucas.

The DNA of the world’s most notorious serial killers has been cloned by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a new breed of bioweapon. Now in Phase Three, the program includes dozens of young men who have no clue as to their evil heritage. Playing a twisted game of nature vs. nurture, scientists raise some of the clones with loving families and others in abusive circumstances. But everything changes when the most dangerous boys are set free by their creator. A man with demons of his own, former black ops soldier Shawn Castillo is hot on their trail. But Castillo didn’t count on the quiet young man he finds hiding in an abandoned house—a boy who has just learned he is the clone of Jeffrey Dahmer. As Jeffrey and Castillo race across the country on the trail of the rampaging teens, Castillo must protect the boy who is the embodiment of his biggest fears—and who may also be his last hope. Melding all-too-plausible science and ripped from- the-headlines horror, Cain’s Blood is a stunning debut about the potential for good and evil in us all.




David Hair

Mage's Blood
Series:  The Moontide Quartet 1
Publisher:  Jo Fletcher Books, September 3, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 704 pages
Price:  $26.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-62365-014-8 (print)
Adult Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade.

The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest."

Now the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight…but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.




Jeff Jackson

Mira Corpora
Publisher:  Two Dollar Radio, September 3, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback, 182 pages
Price:  $16.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781937512132 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Mira Corpora is the debut novel from acclaimed playwright Jeff Jackson, an inspired, dreamlike adventure by a distinctive new talent.

Literary and inventive, but also fast-paced and gripping, Mira Corpora charts the journey of a young runaway. A coming-of-age story for people who hate coming-of-age stories, featuring a colony of outcast children, teenage oracles, amusement parks haunted by gibbons, mysterious cassette tapes, and a reclusive underground rockstar.

With astounding precision, Jackson weaves a moving tale of discovery and self-preservation across a startling, vibrant landscape.




Elliott James

Charming
Series:  Pax Arcana 1
Publisher:  Orbit, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780316253390 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
John Charming isn't your average Prince...

He comes from a line of Charmings -- an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is-- until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn't change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar... Right?




K.B. Laugheed

The Spirit Keeper
Publisher:  Plume, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $16.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780142180334 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
This is the account of Katie O Toole, late of Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, removed from her family by savages on March the 2nd in the year of our Lord 1747

The thirteenth child conceived of miserable Irish exiles, Katie O Toole dreams of a different life. Little does she know that someone far away is dreaming of her.

In 1747, savages raid her family home, and seventeen-year-old Katie is taken captive. Syawa and Hector have been searching for her, guided by Syawa s dreams. A young Holyman, Syawa believes Katie is the subject of his Vision: the Creature of Fire and Ice, destined to bring a great gift to his people. Despite her flaming hair and ice-blue eyes, Katie is certain he is mistaken, but faced with returning to her family, she agrees to join them. She soon discovers that in order to fulfill Syawa s Vision, she must first become his Spirit Keeper, embarking on an epic journey that will change her life and heart forever.




Alison Littlewood

A Cold Season
Publisher:  Jo Fletcher Books, September 24, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $24.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-62365-022-3 (print)
US Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
A dark and disturbing tale from a bold new voice in horror writing: After the battlefront death of her husband, a soldier, in the sands of the Middle East, a distraught Cass decides to move to the bucolic, picture-perfect village of Darnshaw with her teenaged son. Since Cass’s website design business can be run from anywhere with an internet connection and Ben could benefit from a change of scenery, a move to the highlands village seems like just the thing.

But the locals aren’t as friendly as she had hoped and the internet connection isn’t as reliable as her business requires. And when Ben begins to display a hostility that is completely unlike his usual gentle nature, Cass begins to despair. Finally, the blizzards thunder through and Darnshaw is marooned in a sea of snow.

When things look their blackest, she finds one sympathetic ear in the person of her son’s substitute teacher. But his attentions can’t put to rest her growing anxiety about her son and her business. And soon, she finds herself pitted against dark forces she can barely comprehend. The cold season has begun.




Eric Lundgren

The Facades
Publisher:  Overlook, September 12, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages
Price:  $25.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781468306873 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Along the streets of the once-great Midwestern city of Trude, the ornate old buildings lie in ruin. Shrouded in disappointment and nostalgia, Trude has become a place to "lose yourself," as one tourist brochure puts it: a treacherous maze of convoluted shopping malls, barricaded libraries, and elitist assisted-living homes.

One night at Trude's opera house, the theater's most celebrated mezzo-soprano vanishes during rehearsal. When police come up empty-handed, the star's husband, a disconsolate legal clerk named Sven Norberg, must take up the quest on his own. But to discover the secret of his wife's disappearance, Norberg must descend into Trude's underworld and confront the menacing and bizarre citizens of his hometown: rebellious librarians, shifty music critics, a cop called the Oracle, and the minister of an apocalyptic church who has recruited Norberg's teenage son. Faced with the loss of everything he loves, Norberg follows his investigation to the heart of the city and through the buildings of a possibly insane modernist architect called Bernhard, whose elaborate vision will offer him an astonishing revelation.

Written with boundless intelligence and razor-sharp wit, The Facades is a comic and existential mystery that unfolds at the urgent pace of a thriller.




Kate Maruyama

Harrowgate
Publisher:  47North, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 286 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781477807651 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Michael should be overjoyed by the birth of his son, but his wife, Sarah, won?t let him touch the baby or allow anyone to visit.

Greta, an intrusive, sinister doula has wormed her way into their lives, driving a wedge between Michael and his family. Every time he leaves the Harrowgate, he returns to find his beloved wife and baby altered. He feels his family slipping away, and as a malevolent force begins to creep in, Michael does what any new father would do?he fights to keep his family together.

Kate Maruyama?s debut novel, Harrowgate, is a chilling, richly detailed story of love, loss, and the haunted place that lies between.




Jaime Lee Moyer

Delia's Shadow
Publisher:  Tor, September 17, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765331823 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia’s most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.

Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free…until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.

It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again.

And who is now aware of Delia’s existence.




Peter Rawlik

Reanimators
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, September 3, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781597804783 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Two Men. A Bitter Rivalry. And a Quarter-Century of Unspeakable Horrors.

Herbert West’s crimes against nature are well-known to those familiar with the darkest secrets of science and resurrection. Obsessed with finding a cure for mankind’s oldest malady, death itself, he has experimented upon the living and dead, leaving behind a trail of monsters, mayhem, and madness. But the story of his greatest rival has never been told — until now.

Dr. Stuart Hartwell, a colleague and contemporary of West, sets out to destroy him by uncovering the secrets of his terrible experiments, only to become what he initially despised: a reanimator of the dead.

For more than twenty years, the two scientists race each other to master the mysteries of life . . . and unlife. From the grisly battlefields of the Great War to the haunted coasts of Dunwich and Innsmouth, from the halls of fabled Miskatonic University to the sinking of the Titanic, their unholy quests leave their mark upon the world — and create monsters of them both.




V. E. Schwab

Vicious
Publisher:  Tor, September 24, 2013
Format:   Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765335340 (print)
Adult Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.




Luke Scull

The Grim Company
Series:  Grim Company 1
Publisher:  Roc, September 3, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $26.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780425264843 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
The Gods are dead. The Magelord Salazar and his magically enhanced troops, the Augmentors, crush any dissent they find in the minds of the populace. On the other side of the Broken Sea, the White Lady plots the liberation of Dorminia, with her spymistresses, the Pale Women. Demons and abominations plague the Highlands.

The world is desperately in need of heroes. But what they get instead are a ragtag band of old warriors, a crippled Halfmage, two orphans and an oddly capable manservant: the Grim Company.




Michael Farris Smith

Rivers
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster, September 10, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781451699425 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It had been raining for weeks. Maybe months. He had forgotten the last day that it hadn’t rained, when the storms gave way to the pale blue of the Gulf sky, when the birds flew and the clouds were white and sunshine glistened across the drenched land.

Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, the Gulf Coast—stretching from the Florida panhandle to the western Louisiana border—has been brought to its knees. The region is so punished and depleted that the government has drawn a new boundary ninety miles north of the coastline. Life below the Line offers no services, no electricity, and no resources, and those who stay behind live by their own rules.

Cohen is one who stayed. Unable to overcome the crushing loss of his wife and unborn child who were killed during an evacuation, he returned home to Mississippi to bury them on family land. Until now he hasn’t had the strength to leave them behind, even to save himself.

But after his home is ransacked and all of his carefully accumulated supplies stolen, Cohen is finally forced from his shelter. On the road north, he encounters a colony of survivors led by a fanatical, snake-handling preacher named Aggie who has dangerous visions of repopulating the barren region.

Realizing what’s in store for the women Aggie is holding against their will, Cohen is faced with a decision: continue to the Line alone, or try to shepherd the madman’s captives across the unforgiving land with the biggest hurricane yet bearing down—and Cohen harboring a secret that may pose the greatest threat of all.

Eerily prophetic in its depiction of a southern landscape ravaged by extreme weather, Rivers is a masterful tale of survival and redemption in a world where the next devastating storm is never far behind.





Mark H. Williams

Sleepless Knights
Publisher:  Atomic Fez Publishing, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 418 pages
Price:  $15.00
ISBN:  978-1927609019
US Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It’s not easy being the man behind the myth.

Sir Lucas is butler to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table — the person who managed every quest from behind the scenes. He’s a man whose average working day involved defeating witches and banishing werewolves, while ensuring the Royal pot of tea never crossed the thin line separating ‘brewed’ from ‘stewed.’ What’s more, 1,500 years after that golden age, he’s still doing it — here in the modern world, right under our noses.

When King Arthur and six of his knights are exposed as living among us, Merlin is unleashed and a grim apocalypse unfolds, uncovering secrets from the past that King Arthur would rather stay buried. When Lucas is forced to confront his own peculiar destiny, will he choose to sacrifice his true love and lay down his life in the service of his master?

Sleepless Knights is a tale of high adventure and warm humour, with a spring in its step, a twinkle in its eye and, at its heart, the ultimate butler.





Chris Willrich

The Scroll of Years
Series:  Gaunt and Bone
Publisher:  Pyr, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 270 pages
Price:  $15.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-61614-813-3 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It's Brent Weeks meets China Mieville in this wildly imaginative fantasy debut featuring high action, elegant writing, and sword and sorcery with a Chinese flare.

Persimmon Gaunt and Imago Bone are a romantic couple and partners in crime. Persimmon is a poet from a well-to-do family, who found herself looking for adventure, while Imago is a thief in his ninth decade who is double-cursed, and his body has not aged in nearly seventy years. Together, their services and wanderlust have taken them into places better left unseen, and against odds best not spoken about. Now, they find themselves looking to get away, to the edge of the world, with Persimmon pregnant with their child, and the most feared duo of assassins hot on their trail. However, all is never what it seems, and a sordid adventure-complete with magic scrolls, gangs of thieves, and dragons both eastern and western-is at hand.



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