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The View From Monday - August 3, 2020


It is the first Monday in August. Time flies even when you are not having fun!

There are 4 debuts this week:

Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica with Sarah Moses (Translator);

Every Bone a Prayer by Ashley Blooms;

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson;

and

The First Sister (The First Sister Trilogy 1) by Linden A. Lewis.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Warlock Holmes - The Finality Problem (Warlock Holmes 5) by G.S. Denning;

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill is out in Trade Paperback;

The Blood of Whisperers (Vengeance Trilogy 1) by Devin Madson;

The Gods of Vice (Vengeance Trilogy 2) by Devin Madson;

The Grave at Storm's End (Vengeance Trilogy 2) by Devin Madson;

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern is out in Trade Papeback;

and

The Black Song (Raven's Blade 2) by Anthony Ryan.

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



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

August 3, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Immortal City (e) May Peterson FR - The Sacred Dark 2



August 4, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Stake Kevin J. Anderson H
Spine of the Dragon (h2tp) Kevin J. Anderson EF - Wake the Dragon 1
The Redemption of Time: A Three-Body Problem Novel Baoshu
Ken Liu (Tr)
SF/AC/HSF - Remembrance of Earth's Past 4
Tender Is the Flesh (D - English) Agustina Bazterrica
Sarah Moses (Tr)
LF
Every Bone a Prayer (D) Ashley Blooms Southern/CW/MR/STR
Space Station Down Ben Bova
Doug Beason
SF/Th/Terrorism
Mind of My Mind (ri) Octavia E. Butler SF/GenEng/EF/CF/LF - Patternist  2
What Happens at Night Peter Cameron LF/BH/Gothic/FL
Parasite Darcy Coates H/SF/AC/SupTh
The Haunting of Gillespie House Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
Cosmic Corsairs Hank Davis (Ed) SF - Anthology
The Hollow Ones Guillermo del Toro
Chuck Hogan
SupTh/PP/Sus/GH/Gothic - Blackwood Tapes
Warlock Holmes - The Finality Problem G.S. Denning Cr/F/HU - Warlock Holmes 5
The Death of Vivek Oji Akwaeke Emezi FL/LF/CoA
Dark Illusion (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR/DF - Carpathian 33
1636: The Atlantic Encounter Eric Flint
Walter H. Hunt
SF/TT - Ring of Fire 28
Uncanny Bodies Pippa Goldschmidt (Ed)
Gill Haddow (Ed)
Fadhila Mazanderani (Ed)
SpecFic - Anthology
A Cosmology of Monsters (h2tp) Shaun Hamill H/DF/FL
Sucker Punch Laurell K. Hamilton P/UF/H - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 27
Ghost Ups Her Game Carolyn Hart PCM/GH - Bailey Ruth Raeburn 9
Smoke in the Glass Chris Humphreys SF/HistF/DF - Immortal's Blood 1
The Space Between Worlds (D) Micaiah Johnson SF/LF/CrM
Weird Women: Classic Supernatural Fiction by Groundbreaking Female Writers: 1852-1923 Leslie S. Klinger (Ed)
Lisa Morton (Ed)
Sup - Anthology
Days of Burning, Days of Wrath Tom Kratman SF/Military - Carerra 8
Seven Devils Laura Lam
Elizabeth May
SF/SO/GenEng
The First Sister (D) Linden A. Lewis SF/SO - The First Sister Trilogy 1
Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop Roselle Lim Asian American/CW/MR
Trials of the Mortal Realm Graeme Lyon
Jamie Crisalli
Nick Horth
F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
The Blood of Whisperers Devin Madson F/DF/EF - Vengeance Trilogy 1
The Grave at Storm's End Devin Madson F/DF/EF - Vengeance Trilogy 3
The Gods of Vice Devin Madson F/DF/EF - Vengeance Trilogy 2
Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (h2tp) George R. R. Martin EF - A Song of Ice and Fire
The Wellstone Wil McCarthy SF/HSF
The Starless Sea (h2tp) Erin Morgenstern CW/FR/HistF
Harrow the Ninth Tamsyn Muir SF/SO/EF - The Locked Tomb Trilogy 2
Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism (e) David Nickle HistTh/HistF/H - The Book of the Juke 1
Volk: A Novel of Radiant Abomination (e) David Nickle HistTh/HistF/H - The Book of the Juke 2
Bayou's Lament (e) Cheryl Owen-Wilson DF/H - Labyrinth of Souls
Rules for Being Dead Kim Powers Gay/CoA/GH/FL
The Witch House Ann Rawson Occ/H/Psy
Chasm City (ri) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO - Inhibitor 2
Century Rain (ri) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO
Mr Campion's Seance Mike Ripley PM/GH - An Albert Campion Mystery 7
The Living Dead George A. Romero
Daniel Kraus
H/SupTh
The Day Lincoln Lost Charles Rosenberg AH/HistTh/LegalTh
The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington (h2tp) Charles Rosenberg AH/HistTh/LegalTh
The Black Song Anthony Ryan EF/DF - Raven's Blade 2
Hobbit Virtues: Rediscovering Virtue Ethics Through J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Christopher A. Snyder Philosophy
The Deep Rivers Solomon
Daveed Diggs
William Hutson
Jonathan Snipes
SF
Ten Arrows of Iron Sam Sykes EF/HU - Grave of Empires 2
Indomitus Gav Thorpe SF/SE - Warhammer 40,000
Heirs of Locksley Carrie Vaughn F/HistF
Imperium at War Danie Ware SF - Warhammer 40,000
The Dragon Corsairs: Spymaster, Privateer, Kingmaker (e) Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F/SP - The Dragon Corsairs
Profit's Ruin C L Werner F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Otherland: City of Golden Shadow (ri) Tad Williams SF/CyP/HSF - Otherland 1



August 6, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Shadow in the Empire of Light (e) Jane Routley F



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
LMF - Legends, Myths, Fables
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

The View From Monday - November 4, 2019


Happy 1st Monday in November! Happy NaNoWriMo to those participating and best of luck to you!

There are 4 debuts this week:

Whitetooth Falls by Justin Joschko;

Disaster's Children by Emma Sloley;

The Age of Anxiety by Pete Townshend;

and

Unnatural Magic by C. M. Waggoner.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Fortuna (Nova Vita Protocol 1) by Kristyn Merbeth;

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern;

Resistance Reborn (Star Wars) by Rebecca Roanhorse;

and

Shades of Magic Collector's Editions Boxed Set: A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, and A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.

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



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

November 5, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fire Sail Piers Anthony F/HU - Xanth 42
Xone of Contention (e) Piers Anthony F/HU - Xanth 23
Zombie Lover (e) Piers Anthony F/HU - Xanth 22
They Will Drown in Their Mothers' Tears Johannes Anyuru
Saskia Vogel (Tr)
LF/SF/TT/Th/Dys
The Monstrous Citadel Mirah Bolender F - Chronicles of Amicae 2
The Cunning Man D.J. Butler
Aaron Michael Ritchey
HistF
1636: Flight of the Nightingale David Carrico SF/TT - Ring of Fire 28
Clarkesworld Magazine A 10th Anniversary Anthology Neil Clarke (Ed)
Sean Wallace (Ed)
SF/F - Anhology
Batman: The Court of Owls Greg Cox SH/SF/MTI - DC Comic Novels
And Go Like This: Stories John Crowley SS/F/MD - Collection
Leopard's Wrath Christine Feehan PNR - Leopard Novel 12
A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee Danny Fingeroth Biography
Council of Fire Eric Flint
Walter H. Hunt
HistF - Arcane America 2
The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years (h2tp) Edward Gross
Mark A. Altman
PerfArts/TV
Fate of the Fallen Kel Kade F/DF - Fate of the Fallen 1
Parade: A Folktale Hiromi Kawakami
Allison Markin Powell (Tr)
LF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Novice Dragoneer E.E. Knight F - A Dragoneer Academy Novel 1
Fortuna Kristyn Merbeth SF/SO/AC/SE - Nova Vita Protocol 1
The Starless Sea Erin Morgenstern CW/FR/HistF
The Book of Lost Saints Daniel Jose Older MR/FL
The Best of Jerry Pournelle Jerry Pournelle
John F. Carr (Ed)
SF - Collection
Death and Friends, A Discworld Journal Terry Pratchett
The Discworld Emporium
F
Resistance Reborn Rebecca Roanhorse SF/SO - Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Life and Limb Jennifer Roberson F/UF/DF - Blood and Bone 1
Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) SF/SO
Shades of Magic Collector's Editions Boxed Set: A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, and A Conjuring of Light V. E. Schwab HistF/Gaslamp - Shades of Magic
Disaster's Children (D) Emma Sloley CoA/LF/Dys
Allegiance Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - Hell Divers 6
The Deep Rivers Solomon Daveed Diggs
William Hutson
Jonathan Snipes
SF
Made Things Adrian Tchaikovsky F/Gaslamp
Jakarta Rodrigo Márquez Tizano
Thomas Bunstead (Tr)
LF/AB/AH
The Age of Anxiety (D) Pete Townshend Psy/CoA/LF/VM/FL
Unnatural Magic (D) C. M. Waggoner HistF/RF
The Dreamers (h2tp) Karen Thompson Walker LF/FL/Dys
Legacy of Ash (e) Matthew Ward F - Legacy Trilogy 1
Skein Island Aliya Whiteley SF/CF/LF
Seven Sides of Self: Stories Nancy Joie Wilkie SS/SF/F
Quillifer the Knight Walter Jon Williams F - Quillifer 2
American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s 2C BOX SET: The High Crusade / Way Station / Flowers for Algernon / ... And Call Me Conrad / Past Master / Picnic on Paradise / Nova / Emphyrio Gary K Wolfe (Ed) SF - Library of America
American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1968-1969: Past Master / Picnic on Paradise / Nova / Emphyrio (Library of America) Gary K. Wolfe (Ed) SF - Library of America 322
The Maw (h2tp) Taylor Zajonc F



November 7, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Shadow City Anna Mocikat Dys/PA/DF



November 8, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Whitetooth Falls (D - Adult) Justin Joschko H



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MD - Mystery and Detective
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Nina Allan (2016)

The Dollmaker
Other Press, October 15, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A love story of two very real, unusual people, and a novel rich with wonders that shines a radically different light on society’s marginal figures.

Stitch by perfect stitch, Andrew Garvie makes exquisite dolls in the finest antique style. Like him, they are diminutive, but graceful, unique and with surprising depths. Perhaps that’s why he answers the enigmatic personal ad in his collector’s magazine.

Letter by letter, Bramber Winters reveals more of her strange, sheltered life in an institution on Bodmin Moor, and the terrible events that put her there as a child. Andrew knows what it is to be trapped; and as they knit closer together, he weaves a curious plan to rescue her.

On his journey through the old towns of England he reads the fairytales of Ewa Chaplin–potent, eldritch stories which, like her lifelike dolls, pluck at the edges of reality and thread their way into his mind. When Andrew and Bramber meet at last, they will have a choice–to remain alone with their painful pasts or break free and, unlike their dolls, come to life.



The Silver Wind
Titan Book, September 10, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 224 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Named as one of '50 Writers You Should Read Now' by The Guardian. From the award-winning author of The Rift, Nina Allan, The Silver Wind is a remarkable narrative exploring the nature of time itself.

Martin Newland is fascinated by time. Watches and clocks are for him metaphorical time machines, a means of coming to terms with the past and voyaging into the future. But was his first timepiece a Smith, given to him on his fourteenth birthday, or the Longines he received four years later? Was it the small brass travelling clock unearthed in the run-down house for which he is to act as estate agent? And who is the maker of these time machines?





Sue Burke (2018)

Interference
Semiosis Duology 2
Tor Books, October 22, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Sue Burke's sweeping SF Semiosis epic continues in Interference as the colonists and a team from Earth confront a new and more implacable intelligence.

Over two hundred years after the first colonists landed on Pax, a new set of explorers arrives from Earth on what they claim is a temporary scientific mission.

But the Earthlings misunderstand the nature of the Pax settlement and its real leader. Even as Stevland attempts to protect his human tools, a more insidious enemy than the Earthlings makes itself known.

Stevland is not the apex species on Pax.

Semiosis duology
Semiosis
Interference

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
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Erin Morgenstern (2011)

The Starless Sea
Doubleday, November 5, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 512 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world–a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians–it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

Lots of winners!

5 copies of Must Love Lycans (Broken Heart 8) by Michele Bardsley

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: What is your favorite paranormal being?

1.  Amy who said...
I love the Broken Heart series.

My favorite paranormal being is a vampire. I think it is because of the old vampire movies I use to sneak and watch as a kid. Then I feel in love with the books about them. I love all paranormal beings but I am a sucker for a vampire. LOL :)

2.  Eli Yanti who said...
paranormal being i loved : fairies (ash - iron king is my fav, knife and many more), vampires (edward cullen, viper, styx, layel), werewolf (jacob), nymph (nymph king - gena showalter), dragons and angels.

3.  wanda f who said...
My favorite being is werewolves .\Michele I love your Broken Hearts series Ive read all of the previous books and cant wait to read Must Love Lycans .Its my most wanted to get book of the year .

4.  Megan@Riverina Romantics said...
I'm a vampire groupie!

5.  JoAnna who said...
I love shifters, cat shifters are my favorite!


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Paradise 21 (New Dawn 1) (e-book) by Aubrie Dionne

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: Do you listen to music when you write? Does the music affect how or what you write?? or if you don't write - Do you listen to music when you read?

Denise Z who said...
I listen to music when I do not have to concentrate on anything else. I love it and my toes tap, my body moves, and I will belt it out with the best of them. When I listen to music I cannot write or work, but I can read albeit with some toe tapping going on:) Thank you for sharing today. I would love to read Paradise 21 and appreciate the giveaway opportunity.


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The Savage Knight (Malory's Knights of Albion) by Paul Lewis (3 copies)

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: Arthur or Lancelot?

1.  Krystal who said...
I was never a huge fan of either one, but I supposed I'll choose Arthur.

2.  booklover0226 who said...
Between the two, I must choose Arthur; he was devoted and dedicated to his clause.

(side note - my favorite is Gawain!)

3.  Barbara E. who said...
I'd have to go with Arthur, he's definitely the man. Savage Knight sounds very intriguing and I'm looking forward to checking it out.


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Shadow Kin (Half-Light City 1) by M.J. Scott

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question:  Light or Dark?

Lieder Madchen who said...
Definitely dark for me! I am a total night owl and I melt in the sun. :)

Thank you for the great interview and giveaway, I have to read this book!


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Stone Cold Seduction (Set in Stone 1) (e-book) by Jess Macallan

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: Gargoyles or Elves?

RachaelM who said...
I would have to say gargoyles. In the last few months I have seen many books featuring gargoyles and they all look very interesting.


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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: If you could work at a circus, what would you like to do?

Angie who said...
This sounds so good! Putting it on my TBR list. If I were in the circus - animal trainer, but probably not the big cats. Maybe monkeys or something.


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Choice of e-book of Blood of the Demon (Demons of Infernum 1) or Mark of the Sylph (Demons of Infernum 2) by Rosalie Lario

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: Greek or Egyptian Mythology or both?

June M. who said...
I have read quite a bit of Greek mythology but right now I can't think of much Egyptian mythology that I have read. I will have to look into it.
These books have been on my wish list for a while now. I would LOVE to win a copy of the first book BLOOD OF DEMON.


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Choice of Deadtown, Hellforged or Bloodstone by Nancy Holzner

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question:  If you were a demon slayer what sort of paranormal/supernatural being would be your sidekick?

erin who said...
I love, love, love thi series! I can't wait for and desperately want, Bloodstone :)

If I had a sidekick, I'd want it to be a shapeshifter who is very strong and fast to protect me! :)

Thanks for the great post and giveaway!


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Spellwright by Blake Charlton (2 signed copies of the Mass Market Paperback)  US Mailing Addresses Only!

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy or all three?

1. Blissfulrains who said...
Epic fantasy! (:

2. RachaelM who said...
I like all three, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy but my favorite seems to be Urban Fantasy. I love a good fantasy book to lose myself in and forget my troubles for a while. Thanks for the giveaway.


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Winners have been notified and have until 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Sunday, October 9, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Interview with Erin Morgenstern and Giveaway - September 16, 2011

Please welcome Erin Morgenstern to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews. Erin's debut, The Night Circus, was published earlier this week. You can read my 5 Qwill review here.


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

Erin:  Oh, I have a lot of writing quirks. I don’t write in order, I love adverbs, I write pages and pages that I never end up using. I listen compulsively to the same music over and over again while I write. I’m not sure if any of these are particularly interesting, but there you go.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers?

Erin:  Margaret Atwood, Douglas Adams, Donna Tartt, Nick Bantock, Tom Stoppard, Dashiell Hammett, Jhumpa Lahiri, Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Tom Robbins, Diana Wynne Jones, Shakespeare.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Erin:  Traditionally I’m a pantser but having gone through so many revisions I’ve become something of a hybrid, I still write free-form to come up with material but then I try to work within a structure.

TQ:  Describe The Night Circus in 140 characters or less.

Erin:  It's about a singular circus & a competition held within it. A tale of love & choices & the shades of grey between the black & white.

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Night Circus?

Erin:  The Night Circus actually began as a tangent in a different novel, since I was never much of a planner I got bored with what I was writing and sent all the characters to the circus. The circus was a lot more interesting than anything else in that novel so I focused on that instead, developing it first as a location and then building the story into it.

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

Erin:  I didn’t research much, I mostly took a love of the time period and an overactive imagination and made things up. I would occasionally check to make sure elements weren’t overly anachronistic but I didn’t bend over backwards to make it historically accurate. I was delighted to discover after the fact that Barnum & Bailey’s circus did at one point have acrobats perform in evening wear, I’d had no idea when I dressed my own acrobats so formally.

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

Erin:  Poppet and Widget were the easiest, they were the very first characters created so in a lot of ways they’re the most familiar and I understood their personalities and their relationship with each other almost immediately.

Celia was the hardest, though now she’s the one I’m probably the closest to. She's a complicated character and she changes a lot during the course of the story so getting that right was a struggle, but a very worthwhile one.

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

Erin:  It’s very difficult to choose, as I love a lot of scenes but I am particularly fond of all the scenes that Celia and Marco share and of those the anniversary party is likely my favorite, with that burst of color and passion within all the black and white.

TQ:  What's next?

Erin:  Next up I’m about to embark on a whirlwind of a book tour, but after that I hope to get back to working on my next novel, which is still in exploration stage and I’m looking forward to figuring out its secrets.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Erin:  You are very welcome, thank you for having me!


About The Night Circus

The Night Circus
(Doubleday, September 13, 2011)

US Cover
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.



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About Erin

Erin Morgenstern is a writer and artist. Most of her writings and paintings are fairy tales, in one way or another. She lives in Massachusetts.


Erin's Links

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of The Night Circus from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

If you could work at a circus, what would you like to do? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

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1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

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3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

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Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, September 23, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Release Day Review - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - 5 Qwills

The Night Circus
AuthorErin Morgenstern
Format:  Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher:  Doubleday (September 13, 2011)
Price:  $26.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN978-0-385-53463-5
Review copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Cover and synopsis:

US Cover
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.




UK Cover


My thoughts:

After hearing about The Night Circus for the last few months I was wondering if it could live up to the hype surrounding it. I can unequivocally say "yes, it does." Let me just state it up front: I love this book. There aren't many books that I will read again, but this is absolutely one of them. This is a book to be read and savored much like you'd savor and enjoy visiting Le Cirque des Rêves (The Circus of Dreams) in the novel. Erin Morgenstern has created a magical world of great depth with wonderful characters.

At the center of the story are Celia and Marco who are bound together in a magical competition and then so much more. I enjoyed both of these characters tremendously. All of the characters that inhabit or are connected to the Circus are also remarkable. There was not a one that did not intrigue or charm me in some way. At times I wanted to clap my hands so delighted I was by what was happening.

The book is mainly two intersecting stories connected to Le Cirque des Rêves that move toward each other throughout the book. It's easy to keep track of where and when you are because the information is provided at the beginning of each chapter. There is mystery, romance, intrigues, and amazing settings. In addition to the two narratives, there are little chapters interspersed directed at the reader to walk you through the Circus. These little chapters enable you to feel that you are there experiencing the Circus yourself. They are dreamy and evoke the Circus beautifully. 

I was sad when I got to the end of the book because I wanted to linger a bit longer among the black and white tents of the mysterious and magnificent Le Cirque des Rêves. The Night Circus is a fantastical book with rich prose, superb characters, and a mesmerizing story.  Once touched by Le Cirque des Rêves you will never forget it.

I give The Night Circus 5 Qwills.

The View From Monday - September 12, 2011

Happy 2nd Monday in September. It's a busy week at The Qwillery.

Monday:  Guest post from Aubrie Dionne - Paradise 21 (New Dawn 1) .

Tuesday: Interview with debut author Paul Lewis - The Savage Knight (Mallory's Knights of Albion).

Wednesday: Interview with debut author MJ Scott - Shadow Kin (Half-Light City 1).

Thursday: Interview with debut author Jess Macallan - Stone Cold Seduction (Set in Stone 1)

Friday: Interview with debut author Erin Morgenstern -The Night Circus.

Book releases for this week are below. A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking here. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)." Anthologies and book trailers are below.


September 13, 2011

SpellboundCharlton, BlakeF -Spell 2
Blood and Other CravingsDatlow, Ellen (ed)H - Anthology
Sunrise of AvalonElliott, AnnaF - Twilight of Avalon 3
Crack'd Pot Trail (ri)Erikson, StevenF - Bauchelain and Korbal Broach 4
Prospero RegainedLamplighter, L. JagiF - Prospero's Daughter 3
The Savage Knight (d)Lewis, PaulF - Mallory's Knights of Albion
The Night Circus (d)Morgenstern, ErinF
The Highest FrontierSlonczewski, JoanSF
Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic RomanceSzereto, Mitzi (ed)PER - Anthology


September 15, 2011

Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock HolmesCampbell, J.R. (ed)
Prepolec, Charles (ed)
H/F - Anthology
Tesseracts 15: A Case of Quite Curious TalesCzerneda, Julie (ed)
MacGregor, Susan (ed)
SF - Anthology
The Battle Sylph McDonald, L.J.PNR -Sylph 1
Queen of the SylphsMcDonald, L.J.PNR -Sylph 3
The Shattered SylphMcDonald, L.J.PNR -Sylph 2
Tastes of Love and EvilMonajem, BarbaraPNR -Bayou Gavotte 2
The RaftersMontgomery, ACF - Somnambulist Saga 1
BriarpatchPratt, TimF
The Pattern ScarsSweet, CaitlinEF

d - Debut
ri - Reissue


EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction


Anthologies






Book trailer:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgentstern


2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors

2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors

Here are the September debut authors and their novels (in alphabetical order). 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.

This month I simply can't pick one. I'm going to read all of them!

Those Across the River
Author: Christopher Buehlman
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Ace (September 6, 2011)
Price: $24.95
Language: English
Genre: Horror
ISBN: 9780441020676
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate-the Savoyard Plantation- and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.

It comes from the shadowy woods across the river, where the ruins of Savoyard still stand. Where a longstanding debt of blood has never been forgotten.

A debt that has been waiting patiently for Frank Nichols's homecoming...

No Proper Lady
Author: Isabel Cooper
Series:
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks (September 1, 2011)
Price: $6.99
Language: English
Genre:  Historical Fantasy Romance/ Time Travel Romance
ISBN:  9781402259524
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
It’s Terminator meets My Fair Lady in this fascinating debut of black magic and brilliant ball gowns, martial arts, and mysticism.

England, 1888. The trees are green, the birds are singing, and no one has any idea that in a few hundred years, demons will destroy it all. Joan plans to keep it that way. All she has to do is take out the dark magician responsible—before he summons the demons in the first place. But as a rough-around-the-edges assassin from that bleak future, she’ll have to learn how to fit into polite Victorian society to get close to her target.

Simon Grenville has his own reasons for wanting to destroy Alex Reynell. The man used to be his best friend—until his practice of the dark arts almost killed Simon’s sister. The beautiful half-naked stranger Simon meets in the woods may be the perfect instrument for his revenge. It will just take a little time to teach her the necessary etiquette and assemble a proper wardrobe. But as each day passes, Simon is less sure he wants Joan anywhere near Reynell. Because no spell in the world will save his future if she isn’t in it.

The Savage Knight
Author:  Paul Lewis
Series:  Malory's Knights of Albion
Format:  Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher:  Abaddon (September 13, 2011)
Price:  $9.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Historical Fantasy / Arthurian Legend
ISBN:  9781907992346
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
Sir Dodinal the Savage is more at home in the wild forest than in the tilting yard or the banquet hall. Keenly attuned to the natural world, but burdened with a terrible rage, he turns his back on Camelot to find peace, or a just death.

In a quiet village on the Welsh border, Dodinal believes he may have finally found a home, but the village is struck by child-stealing raiders from the hills, and he must take up arms once again in his new friends' aid. His quest will take him into the belly of darkness, as the terrible secret hidden in the hills comes to light...

Stone Cold Seduction
Author:  Jess Macallan
Series:  Set in Stone
Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing (September 6, 2011)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy Romance
ISBN: 978-1-937044-25-1
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
“Elle. It’s just Elle.”

When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn’t quite… normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar—someone has to take care of all his victims—he’s stolen her memories.

And only reading her fate can fix that.

Good thing she’s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate. Saving her oracle BFF’s fiancée, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix’s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.

If only the king didn’t want his daughter dead…

The Night Circus
Author:  Erin Morgenstern
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher:  Doubleday (Septemeber 13, 2011)
Price:  $26.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN: 978-0-385-53463-5
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Sins of the Angels
Author:  Linda Poitevin
Series:  The Grigori Legacy
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Ace (September 27, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978044102091
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis is assigned a new partner in Aramael, a Guardian Angel who doubles as a hit man, they have only one thing in common: a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse. Now they have no choice but to work together-relentlessly, fearlessly, intimately. Because only they can stop the rogue angel from ushering in the end of days.

The Panama Laugh
Author:  Thomas S. Roche
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books (September 6, 2011)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction/Apocalyptic
ISBN:  978-1-59780-290-1
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
Ex-mercenary, pirate, and gun-runner Dante Bogart knows he's screwed the pooch after he hands one of his shady employers a biological weapon that made the dead rise from their graves, laugh like hyenas, and feast upon the living. Dante tried to blow the whistle via a tell-all video that went viral -- but that was before the black ops boys deep-sixed him at a secret interrogation site on the Panama-Colombia border.

When Dante wakes up in the jungle with the five intervening years missing from his memory, he knows he's got to do something about the laughing sickness that has caused a world-wide slaughter. The resulting journey leads him across the nightmare that was the Panama Canal, around Cape Horn in a hijacked nuclear warship, to San Francisco's mission district, where a crew of survivalist hackers have holed up in the pseudo-Moorish-castle turned porn-studio known as The Armory.

This mixed band of anti-social rejects has taken Dante's whistle blowing video as an underground gospel, leading the fight against the laughing corpses and the corporate stooges who've tried to profit from the slaughter. Can Dante find redemption and save civilization?

Shadow Kin
Author:  M. J. Scott
Series:  Half-Light City
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Roc (September 6, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Dark Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  9780451464040
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
On one side, the Night World, rules by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages...

Born a wraith, Lily is a shadow who slips between worlds. Brought up by a Blood Lord and raised to be his assassin, she is little more than a slave. But when Lily meets her match in target Simon DuCaine, the unlikely bond that develops between them threatens to disrupt an already stretched peace in a city on the verge of being torn apart...

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 21, 2011

The Qwillery is pleased to announce that Erin Morgenstern has joined the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. Her debut, The Night Circus, will be published in September. I love the book trailer! See it below.


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.





You can keep up to date on 2011 Debut Author Challenge happenings on the 2011 DAC page.
The View From Monday - August 3, 2020The View From Monday - November 4, 2019Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC AuthorsMany winners! - October 2, 2011Interview with Erin Morgenstern and Giveaway - September 16, 2011Release Day Review - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - 5 QwillsThe View From Monday - September 12, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 21, 2011

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