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The View From Monday - July 8, 2013

Happy Monday! Hope that everyone is enjoying summer (it's a bit too hot here) and getting in some reading. July is ParaCozyMysMo at The Qwillery. Keep checking the Giveaways page for new ParaCozyMysMo giveaways, which will all end on August 10th (so you've plenty of time to enter all of them!).

The View From Monday - July 8, 2013

It's a light release week with 2 Debuts:

The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan;


Fiend by Peter Stenson.

From previously featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Blood and Feathers: Rebellion by Lou Morgan;


Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones.

July 9, 2013
Women on War: Zombies v. Robots (Kindle e) Jeff Conner (ed) Anthology
Turbulence Samit Basu SF/Superheroes
The Sentinel Jeremy Bishop H - Jane Harper Horror 1
Serpent's Kiss (h2tp) Melissa de la Cruz PNR - Beauchamp Family 2
Crucible Troy Denning SF - Star Wars
True Love Jude Deveraux R w/ PE - Nantucket Brides 1
This River Awakens (ri) Steven Erikson Fict w/ PE
The Glass God Kate Griffin UF - Magicals Anonymous 2
The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi Mark Hodder SP - Burton & Swinburne 4
SkinnerCharlie HustonTechnoTh/SF
Fifth Grave Past the Light Darynda Jones PM/UF - Charley Davidson 5
The Curiosity (D) Stephen P. Kiernan F
A Once Crowded Sky (h2tp) Tom King SF/Superheroes
The Executioner's Heart George Mann SP/M - Newbury & Hobbes Investigations 4
Blood and Feathers: Rebellion Lou Morgan UF - Blood and Feathers 2
Haunted Wolves (e) Moira Rogers PNR - Green Pines 2
Fiend (D) Peter Stenson H/Z
The Coldest War (h2tp) Ian Tregillis UF - Milkwood 2
The New Essential Guide to Droids (e 1st) Daniel Wallace SF - Star Wars
The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories Connie Willis SF/F - Collection

July 10, 2013
Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny Steve Berman (ed) H - Anthology
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2013 Edition Rich Horton (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Homecoming: A Tor.Com Original (e) Susan Palwick DF

July 12, 2013
C. S. Lewis's Perelandra: Reshaping the Image of the Cosmos Judith Wolfe
Brendan Wolfe

July 13, 2013
Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh Jay Lake SF

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

DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
Fict - Fiction
H - Horror
LC - Literary Criticism
M - Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Guest Blog by Peter Stenson, author of Fiend - June 10, 2013

Please welcome Peter Stenson to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Fiend will be published on July 9, 2013 by Crown.

Guest Blog by Peter Stenson, author of Fiend - June 10, 2013

Unsolicited Writing Advice: Don’t be Such a Pussy

I showed up to Colorado State University’s MFA program thinking I was hot shit. Why? Damned if I know, but I felt pretty good about my ability to string sentences together and create characters that were detestably relatable.
      That changed after my first workshop.
      I handed in a story that was pure shit. I thought it was gold at the time—some fifteen pages of every imaginable clichéd conflict mashed together with run-ons and a few sprinkled f-bombs for good measure. I was expecting a standing ovation during my first workshop. This didn’t happen. Instead, I was told the brutal truth about my story: it sucked and was more than likely unsalvageable.
      Needless to say, I was devastated.
      I spent the next few days crying, hardly rising from bed to go the bathroom. I looked into switching from my MFA to a teaching certificate program. I played lots of video games. I was too depressed to break apart the Oreo cookies I was devouring by the fistful. I was seconds away from throwing in the towel, when my wife gave me the best writing advice I’ve ever received: Don’t be such a pussy.
      Crass? Yes. Insensitive? Perhaps. But absolutely right on the money. This was her saying you’ve wanted to be a writer your entire life. You love books more than anything. You dragged me across the country to pursue this goal. You better grow a pair and learn to take criticism.
      But I believe this mantra speaks to more than my (or any writer’s) ability to learn from criticism. I believe it speaks to the underlying fear that I feel every time I sit down in front of a blank page. It’s the antidote to the voice inside my head that tells me nobody gives a shit about what I have to say, and if on the off chance they did care, some other writer could say it better. It’s about rejection and insecurity. It’s about vulnerability. It’s about realizing I like writing genre, and contrary to MFA programs everywhere, genre is not a dirty word. It’s about knowing I can always get better—learn more, read more, revise more—and that this is part of the maddeningly beautiful process of creating art.
      So for my one piece of unsolicited advice: Don’t be such a pussy. Don’t hold back on the page. Don’t for a second quit believing what you are doing is essential, both for yourself and the greater public.

About Fiend

Crown, July 9, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

Guest Blog by Peter Stenson, author of Fiend - June 10, 2013
There’s more than one kind of monster.

    When Chase Daniels first sees the little girl in umbrella socks tearing open the Rottweiler, he's not too concerned. As a longtime meth addict, he’s no stranger to horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations.
    But as he and his fellow junkies soon discover, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived.
    The funny thing is, Chase’s life was over long before the apocalypse got here, his existence already reduced to a stinking basement apartment and a filthy mattress and an endless grind of buying and selling and using. He’s lied and cheated and stolen and broken his parents’ hearts a thousand times. And he threw away his only shot at sobriety a long time ago, when he chose the embrace of the drug over the woman he still loves.
    And if your life’s already shattered beyond any normal hopes of redemption…well, maybe the end of the world is an opportunity. Maybe it’s a last chance for Chase to hit restart and become the man he once dreamed of being. Soon he’s fighting to reconnect with his lost love and dreaming of becoming her hero among civilization’s ruins.
    But is salvation just another pipe dream?
    Propelled by a blistering first-person voice and featuring a powerfully compelling antihero, Fiend is at once a riveting portrait of addiction, a pitch-black love story, and a meditation on hope, redemption, and delusion—not to mention one hell of a zombie novel.

About Peter

Guest Blog by Peter Stenson, author of Fiend - June 10, 2013

Peter Stenson is the author of the novel "Fiend" forthcoming from Crown in July of 2013. He has essays and stories published or forthcoming in The Sun, Bellevue Literary Review, The Greensboro Review, Confrontation, Harpur Palate, and Post Road, among others. He received his MFA in fiction from Colorado State University. He lives in Denver with his wife and daughter.

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 31, 2013

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 31, 2013

I'm pleased to announce the 2 newest featured authors for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.

Joshua Alan Parry

Virus Thirteen
Publisher:  Tor Books, March 26, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765369543 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 31, 2013
An irreverent and contagious thriller from debut author Joshua Alan Parry

Scientists James Logan and his wife, Linda, have their dream careers at the world’s leading biotech company, GeneFirm, Inc. But their happiness is interrupted by a devastating bioterrorist attack: a deadly superflu that quickly becomes a global pandemic. The GeneFirm complex goes into lockdown and Linda’s research team is sent to high-security underground labs to develop a vaccine.

Above ground, James learns that GeneFirm security has been breached and Linda is in danger. To save her he must confront a desperate terrorist, armed government agents, and an invisible killer: Virus Thirteen.

Peter Stenson

Publisher:  Crown, July 9, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $22.00 (print)
ISBN978-0-7704-3631-5 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 31, 2013
(description forthcoming)

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