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The View From Monday - November 25, 2013


Happy last Monday in November!  There are only 5 Mondays left in 2013! I can not believe how quickly the year has gone by!

I did finish Dying is My Business by Nicholas Kaufmann. It surprised me and was quite well done.



The View From Monday - November 25, 2013



There are a lot of books, etc. out this week. If you have time off for Thanksgiving you'll have plenty to choose from!

No debuts, but from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Chain of Illusions (Bringer and the Bane 3) by Boone Brux;

and

Last to Rise (Rojan Dizon 3) by Francis Knight.





November 25, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Operation Saving Daniel (e) Nina Croft PNR
Parts & Wreck (e) Mark Henry PNR
The Awakening: Britton (e) Abby Niles PNR
Through the Black Veil (e) Steve Vera F - Last of Shardyn 2



November 26, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Edge of Dawn (h2mm) Lara Adrian PNR - Midnight Breed 11
Black Widow Demon Paula Altenburg PNR - Demon Outlaws 2
Bowl of Heaven (h2mm) Gregory Benford
Larry Niven
SF - Bowl of Heaven 1
Bard's Oath (h2mm) Joanne Bertin F - Dragonlords 3
The Hum and the Shiver (tpmm) Alex Bledsoe UF - Tufa 1
Chain of Illusions Boone Brux PNR - Bringer and the Bane 3
MacRieve (h2mm) Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark
Goddess with a Blade Lauren Dane UF - Rowan Summerwaite 1
Dinosaur Thunder (h2mm) James F. David SF/Th
Andromeda's Fall (h2mm) William C. Dietz SF - Prequel Legion of the Damned 1
Night & Demons David Drake H/Weird - Collection
City of Lost Dreams Magnus Flyte UF/F - City of Dark Magic 2
Blood Red (ri) Heather Graham PNR/M
The Rising Dead (Kindle e) Stella Green
Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
H - Dead Man 21
Alien Honor Vaughn Heppner SF
Ash (h2mm) James Herbert H
The Dark-Hunters (The Collection Thus Far)  (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 1-3 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 4-6 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 7-9 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 10-12 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 13-15 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 16-18 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 19-21 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
Last to Rise Francis F. Knight F - Rojan Dizon 3
Touch of the Angel (ri) Rosalie Lario PNR - Demons of Infernum 3
Warrior Untamed Melissa Mayhue PNR - Warrior 4
Robert Asprin's Myth-Quoted (tp2mm) Jody Lynn Nye F - Myth Adventures 8
The End of the Road: An Anthology of Original Fiction Jonathan Oliver (ed) Weird - Anthology
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Official Movie Guide Brian Sibley F - Movie Tie-In
Heart of Obsidian (h2mm) Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changeling 12
Star Trek: The Fall: The Poisoned Chalice James Swallow SF - Star Trek
Frail (tp2mm) Joan Frances Turner PA//Z - Dust 2
The Land Across Gene Wolfe F
Scoundrels: Star Wars (h2mm) Timothy Zahn SF - Star Wars



November 27, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
House of Dreams: A Tor.Com Original (e) Michael Swanwick AH - Mongolian Wizard 4



November 28, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Tall, Dark and Undead (e) Sandra Cox PNR
The Wizard of Oz Crochet Kristen Rask Crafts



November 29, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Interpretation of Zines: A Pictorial History of Science Fiction Fanzines Luis Ortiz History / Art / Pop Culture



November 30, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Incident of the Harrowmoor Dogs Daniel Abraham H - Balfour and Meriwether 1
The Ape's Wife and Other Stories Caitlin R. Kiernan Collection
Bleeding Shadows Joe R. Lansdale Collection
The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below Patrick Rothfuss
Nate Taylor
F - The Adventures of Princess and Mr. Whiffle 2



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


AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

The View From Monday - June 17, 2013

Happy Monday! Astronomical summer starts later this week - at June 21 2013 05:04 GMT.  Happy Summer to everyone. I hope you are finding some great summer reads.

I read The Watchers and Angel City by Jon Steele last week. They are the first 2 novels in The Angelus Trilogy. I highly recommend both books. You may read an interview with Jon here.



The View From Monday - June 17, 2013


There are 3 Debuts out this week:

In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell.

Reviver by Seth Patrick.

and

Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler.



Also out this week from former Debut Author Challenge authors are:

The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn

Before the Fall (Rojan Dizon 2) by Francis Knight

Something Red by Douglas Nicholas is out in Trade Paperback.



June 17, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Reluctant Reaper (e) Gina X. Grant UF - Reluctant Reaper 1
Dawn of the Aspects: Part V (e) Richard A. Knaak F - World of Warcraft
Undying Destiny (e) Jessica Lee PNR - Enclave 1
Apocalyptic Organ Grinder: A Hydra Dystopian Novella (e) William Todd Rose PA/Z



June 18, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Shuddering Ania Ahlborn H
The Stranger: A Tor.Com Original (e) Anna Banks SF
Lexicon Max Barry Th/Dys
In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods (D) Matt Bell Fa/Meta
Wisp of a Thing Alex Bledsoe FT/Myth - Tufa 2
Cryonic: A Zombie Novel Travis Bradberry SF/Z
Annihilation Ben Counter F - Warhammer 40,000: Soul Drinkers Omnibus 2
Man of Steel: The Official Movie Novelization Greg Cox SF - Movie Tie-in
Time Weaver (e) Kate Donovan PNR
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman F
Rapture's Edge J.T. Geissinger PNR - Night Prowler 3
Midnight's Captive: Part 2 (e serial) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
The Children (e serial) Jonathan Janz H - Savage Species Pt 2
A Crown of Swords (ri) Robert Jordan F - The Wheel of Time 7
The Fist of Demetrius William King F - Warhammer 40,000: Macharian Crusade 2
Before the Fall Francis Knight F - Rojan Dizon 2
The Broken Universe (h2tp) Paul Melko SF
Something Red: A Novel (h2tp) Douglas Nicholas F
Reviver: A Novel (D) Seth Patrick SuTh
The Long War Terry Pratchett
Stephen Baxter
SF - The Long Earth 2
Requiem Ken Scholes F - Psalms of Isaak 4
On Pins and Needles (e) Yolanda Sfetsos PNR - Sierra Fox 3
Storm Force Susannah Sandlin PNR - Omega Force 1
Beyond Dinocalypse Chuck Wendig AH - Dinocalypse Trilogy 2
Sea Change (D) S.M. Wheeler F
Rogue Touch Christine Woodward SF



June 19, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Burning Girls: A Tor.Com Original (e) Veronica Schanoes DF



June 22, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Writers of the Future Volume 29 Dave Wolverton (ed) SF/F - Anthology



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


AH - Alternate History
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
H - Horror
F - Fantasy
Fa - Fabulist
FT - Fairy Tale
Meta - Metaphysical
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Interview with Francis Knight, author of Fade to Black - February 25, 2013

Please welcome Francis Knight to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Interviews. Fade to Black (Rojan Dizon 1) will be published on February 26, 2013 by Orbit.  You may read Francis' Guest Blog - Women in SFF and how they shaped my life - here.



Interview with Francis Knight, author of Fade to Black - February 25, 2013



TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Francis:  Thanks for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here


TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Francis:  I started briefly in 2003. I was struck down with ME and desperately bored of daytime TV, and couldn’t afford many books. So I tried my hand at writing down some of the stories in my head. Sadly, the ME got worse and I had to give up for 3 years, but came back to it in 2007 and decided to do it properly.


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

Francis:  I have to have everything set out before I start. Tea has to be there, definitely! I can write almost anywhere though, I don’t need silence, although if my husband is watching a film in the same room…Also, I don’t stop during drafting. Instead I insert notes such as XXthis pub needs a nameXX or XXresearch guns! Could he hit that from here?XX and go back, search for XX and fix those later. First, I just need to get the story out, or I get bogged down and don’t get anywhere.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Francis:  A pantser, definitely. I start with A Character in A Situation and go from there. I usually have an idea about tone or atmosphere, and perhaps a detail or two about the world. Everything else grows as I write it.


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

Francis:  Not procrastinating for sure! I’m fine once I sit down and get the first couple of sentences out, but getting to that point…my husband says he can tell when I’m at a tricky section of the book, because I start doing housework with more zeal than usual.


TQ:  Describe Fade to Black in 140 characters or less. 

Francis:  Fantasy noir – Bladerunner with mages instead of replicants. Dark and cynical, with a twisted kind of hope.


TQ:  What inspired you to write Fade to Black?

Francis:  Like most of my ideas, it wasn’t just one thing. A combo of wanting to write something different (for me anyway) – first person, male viewpoint. Add in a non fiction article I read, a random comment on a forum, various other influences and bang. It’s never just one inspiration for me – it’s when they all get together and mash up that it gets fun.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Fade to Black?

Francis:  Not much, to be fair, other than all the fiction I’d read previously – researching story if you will. I did a little into early guns and electricity, that’s about it.


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

Francis:  Rojan was the easiest. He just kind of fell out of me. It probably helps that we’re both cynical – me not so much as him, I’m glad to say! But it did mean I got to unleash my inner snark. Jake was perhaps the hardest. She’s a very self contained character, but underneath…she’s burning with injustice, not for her, but for the people she loves. At the same time, she’s desperate for approval from the Goddess she believes in utterly. She’s survived a lot, but what it’s left her is very messed up in the head.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Fade to Black?

Francis:  I think the scenes where Rojan meets Pasha and Jake, though any scene with Dendal in was hugely fun to write.


TQ:  What's next?

Francis:  Oh, I’ve got a couple of projects on the go, but nothing I can talk about yet! Possibly more stuff set in the same world…


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Francis:  Thank you!






About Fade to Black

Fade to Black
Rojan Dizon 1
Orbit, February 26, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with Francis Knight, author of Fade to Black - February 25, 2013

From the depths of a valley rises the city of Mahala

It's a city built upwards, not across - where streets are built upon streets, buildings upon buildings. A city that the Ministry rules from the sunlit summit, and where the forsaken lurk in the darkness of Under.

Rojan Dizon doesn't mind staying in the shadows, because he's got things to hide. Things like being a pain-mage, with the forbidden power to draw magic from pain. But he can't hide for ever.

Because when Rojan stumbles upon the secrets lurking in the depths of the Pit, the fate of Mahala will depend on him using his magic. And unlucky for Rojan - this is going to hurt.




The cover for Before the Fall (Rojan Dizon 2), which will be out in June:

Interview with Francis Knight, author of Fade to Black - February 25, 2013


Last to Rise (Rojan Dizon 3), the final novel in the trilogy, will be published in November 2013.





About Francis

Interview with Francis Knight, author of Fade to Black - February 25, 2013
Francis Knight was born and lives in Sussex, England. When not living in her own head, she enjoys SF&F geekery, WWE geekery, teaching her children Monty Python quotes, and boldly going and seeking out new civilizations.






Website : BlogTwitter @Knight_Francis








The View From Monday - February 25, 2013

Happy last Monday in February! There are many books out this week after a few light weeks. You may find a printable PDF shopping list for this week's releases here.

There are four debuts out this week:

Gideon's Angel by Clifford Beal,

Dreams and Shadows by C. Richard Cargill (Fiction Debut),

Fade to Black (Rojan Dizon 1) by Francis Knight,

and

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski.

Clifford Beal, Francis Knight and Rita Leganski are featured in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.


From the 2012 Debut Author Challenge featured authors - Winterblaze (Darkest London 3) by Kristen Callihan and Froggy Style (F***ed Up Fairy Tale 2) by J.A. Kazimer.


From the 2011 Debut Author Challenge featured authors - Devil May Care (Speak of the Devil 2) by Patricia Eimer




February 26, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Isis Collar (tp2mm) Cat Adams UF - Blood Singer 4
Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond John Joseph Adams (ed)
Douglas Cohen (ed)
F/SF - Anthology
Edge of Dawn Lara Adrian PNR - Midnight Breed 11
The Death of Antagonis David Annandale SF - Warhammer: 40,000: Space Marine Battles
Gideon's Angel (D) Clifford Beal HistF
The Teleportation Accident Ned Beauman Hist/N/SF
The Golden Age of Death Amber Benson UF - Calliope Reaper-Jones 5
Angels of Vengeance (h2mm) John Birmingham AH/PA/Th - Without Warning 3
Existence (h2mm) David Brin SF
Wards of Faerie (h2mm) Terry Brooks F - The Dark Legacy of Shannara 1
The Lord of Castle Black (ri) Steven Brust F - Viscount of Adrilankha 2
Winterblaze Kristen Callihan PNR - Darkest London 3
Dreams and Shadows (Fiction D) C. Robert Cargill F
Path of the Incubus Andy Chambers F - Warhammer: Dark Eldar 2
The Third Gate (h2mm) Lincoln Child H/Th
The Savage Boy (e) Nick Cole SF
Van Horstmann Ben Counter F - Warhammer Heroes
Guardian of Night Tony Daniel MSF
Devil's Bargain Tony Daniel SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Eve of Chaos (ri) Sylvia Day UF - Marked 3
Mortal (tp2mm) Ted Dekker
Tosca Lee
F - Book of the Mortals 2
How To Seduce an Angel in 10 Days Saranna DeWylde PNR - 10 Days 3
The Road of Danger (h2mm) David Drake SF - Lt. Leary 9
Devil May Care Patricia Eimer PCom - Speak of the Devil 2
A Crown Imperiled (h2mm) Raymond E. Feist F - Chaoswar Saga 2
Immortally Embraced Angie Fox UF - Monster M*A*S*H 2
Heart of the Demon Cynthia Garner PNR - Warriors of the Rift 3
Black City Christina Henry UF - Black Wings 5
Hell to Pay Matthew Hughes UF - Hell and Back 3
Secrets of the Fire Sea (h2mm) Stephen Hunt F/SP - Jackelian 4
Froggy Style J.A. Kazimer F/FT/Hu - F***ed Up Fairy Tale 2
The Order (h2mm) Nate Kenyon F - Diablo III (game tie-in)
The Wind Through the Keyhole (ri) Stephen King F - Dark Tower
Fade to Black (D) Francis Knight UF - Rojan Dizon 1
The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow (D) Rita Leganski F
Age of Voodoo James Lovegrove SF - Age of 5
Warriors (h2tp)
George R.R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
F/SF - Anthology
Shadow on the Sun (ri) Richard Matheson H
First Casualty (e) (ri) Mike Moscoe SF - Jump Universe 1
Mountain Echoes C.E. Murphy UF - Walker Papers 8
Between Two Thorns Emma Newman UF - Split Worlds 1
Last Days Adam Nevill H
The Forerunner Factor (tp2mm) Andre Norton SF - Forerunner Omnibus
Shadow Blizzard (h2mm) Alexey Pehov F - Chronicles of Siala 3
The Last Jedi Michael Reaves
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
SF - Star Wars
Dead Letter Day Eileen Rendahl UF - Messenger 3
Immortal Ever After Lynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau 18
The Dog King (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 7
Beauty Awakened Gena Showalter PNR - Angels of the Dark  2
Trickster Jeff Somers UF - Ustari Cycle 1
The Mongoliad Neal Stephenson et al. F - Mongoliad 3
Seer: A Foreworld Sidequest (Kindle e) Mark Teppo F - Foreworld Saga
Night Resurrected Joss Ware PNR - Envy Chronicles 6



February 27, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Superheroes Rich Horton (ed) SF/F - Anthology



February 28, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Monkey's Other Paw: Revived Classic Stories of Dread and the Dead Luis Ortiz (ed) H - Anthology
The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince Robin Hobb F
The Very Best of Barry N. Malzberg Barry N. Malzberg SF/F - Collection



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


AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
MSF - Military Science Fiction
N - Noir
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCom - Paranormal Comedy
PNR - Parnormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2013

It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for February 2013!




Since Cover Wars was so much fun as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, we're doing it again for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2013 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when I have it.

Please note that the poll has been reset due to my leaving out a novel. I did not catch a publication date change.



















Book Design by Paula Russell Szafranski
Images courtesy of Shutterstock © 2012





Cover Artist: David Seeley










Cover Art by John Stanko





Cover Illustration by Tim Byrne










Cover Art by Kekai Kotaki





Cover Artist: Steve Stone





2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts



2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts


There are 10 debuts for February.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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

NB: Updated to include The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian, whose debut I found while working on the February release list.  Also updated to include Gideon's Angel by Clifford Beal.




Gideon's Angel
Author:  Clifford Beal
Publisher:  Solaris, February 26, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:   $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781781080849 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
He came back to kill a tyrant. He found the Devil instead. An amazing historical novel with a supernatural twist set after the English Civil War. This is the stunning debut from Clifford Beal.

He came back to kill a tyrant. He found the Devil instead.

1653: The long and bloody English Civil War is at an end. King Charles is dead and Oliver Cromwell rules the land as king in all but name. Richard Treadwell, an exiled royalist officer and soldier-for-hire to the King of France and his all-powerful advisor, the wily Cardinal Mazarin, burns with revenge for those who deprived him of his family and fortune. He decides upon a self-appointed mission to return to England in secret and assassinate the new Lord Protector. Once back on English soil however, he learns that his is not the only plot in motion.

A secret army run by a deluded Puritan is bent on the same quest, guided by the Devil’s hand. When demonic entities are summoned, Treadwell finds himself in a desperate turnaround: he must save Cromwell to save England from a literal descent into Hell. But first he has to contend with a wife he left in Devon who believes she’s a widow, and a furious Paris mistress who has trailed him to England, jeopardising everything. Treadwell needs allies fast. Can he convince the man sent to forcibly drag him back to Cardinal Mazarin? A young king’s musketeer named d’Artagnan.

Black dogs and demons; religion and magic; Freemasons and Ranters. It’s a dangerous new Republic for an old cavalier coming home again.





Yesterday's Sun 
AuthorAmanda Brooke
Publisher:  Harper Paperbacks, February 12, 2013
Format: Trade Paperback and eBook
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780062131836 (print)
US Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
A suspenseful tale of free will versus fate—an extraordinary story of love and family, and the risks we take to break free from the past

Newlyweds Holly and Tom have just moved into their dream home, a charming English carriage house in the London suburbs. A rising television journalist, Tom can't wait to fill the house with children. Holly, a budding artist, isn't so sure. She fears that as a mother, she will repeat the terrible mistakes of her own neglectful parents. But Holly and Tom are young and deeply in love, and they have time to decide.

While renovating the house, Holly finds an unusual crystal orb—the missing top to the moondial in their garden. She soon discovers this is no ordinary timepiece. Under the full moon's brilliant light, it reveals the future—a future in which Tom cares for their baby daughter . . . alone.

Holly's new friend in the village, an elderly woman named Jocelyn, reveals the cursed secret of the moondial's power. Now Holly must choose between herself and her future child—a painful decision that will ultimately teach her about motherhood and sacrifice . . . and reveal how far she will go in the name of love.





Dreams and Shadows
AuthorC. Robert Cargill
Publisher:  Harper Voyager, February 26, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780062190420 (print)
Fiction Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
A brilliantly crafted modern tale from acclaimed film critic and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill—part Neil Gaiman, part Guillermo Del Toro, part William S. Burroughs—that charts the lives of two boys from their star-crossed childhood in the realm of magic and mystery to their anguished adulthoods

There is another world than our own—one no closer than a kiss and one no further than our nightmares—where all the stuff of which dreams are made is real and magic is just a step away. But once you see that world, you will never be the same.

Dreams and Shadows takes us beyond this veil. Once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, Ewan is now an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, and Colby, meanwhile, cannot escape the consequences of an innocent wish. But while Ewan and Colby left the Limestone Kingdom as children, it has never forgotten them. And in a world where angels relax on rooftops, whiskey-swilling genies argue metaphysics with foul-mouthed wizards, and monsters in the shadows feed on fear, you can never outrun your fate.

Dreams and Shadows is a stunning and evocative debut about the magic and monsters in our world and in our self.





How Dark the World Becomes
AuthorFrank Chadwick 
Publisher:  Baen. February 5, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Price: $14.00 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-4516-3870-7 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
Sasha Naradnyo is a gangster. He's a gangster with heart, sure, but Sasha sticks his neck out for no man. That's how you stay alive in Crack City, a colony stuffed deep into the crust of the otherwise unlivable planet Peezgtaan. Alive only—because if you're human, you don't prosper, at least not for long. Sasha is a second generation City native. His parents came to this rock figuring to make it big, only to find that they'd been recruited as an indentured labor force for alien overlords known as the Varoki.

Now a pair of rich young Varoki under the care of a beautiful human nanny are fleeing Peezgtaan, and Sasha is recruited to help. He'd prefer to rather leave the little alien lordlings to their fate, but certain considerations—such as Sasha's own imminent demise if he remains—make it beneficial for him to take on the job.

Sasha discovers his simple choice has thrust him in the midst of a political battle that could remake the galactic balance of power and save humanity from slow death by servitude. Now all he has to do is survive and keep his charges alive on a hostile planet undergoing its own revolution.

But it's the galaxy that had better watch out. For now the toughest thug in Crack City has gotten his first taste of real freedom. He likes it, and he wants more. 





The Office of Mercy
Author: Ariel Djanikian
Publisher:  Viking Adult, February 21, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $26.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780670025862 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
A thrilling debut of a postapocalyptic world for fans of The Hunger Games

Weaving philosophy and science together into a riveting, dystopian story of love and adventure, The Office of Mercy illuminates an all-too-real future imagined by a phenomenal new voice in fiction.

Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Wiley lives in America-Five—a high-tech, underground, utopian settlement where hunger and money do not exist, everyone has a job, and all basic needs are met. But when her mentor and colleague, Jeffrey, selects her to join a special team to venture Outside for the first time, Natasha’s allegiances to home, society, and above all to Jeffrey are tested. She is forced to make a choice that may put the people she loves most in grave danger and change the world as she knows it.

The Office of Mercy is speculative fiction at its best with a deeply imagined, lush world, high-stakes adventure, and romance that will thrill fans of Suzanne Collins, Margaret Atwood, Justin Cronin, and Kazuo Ishiguro.





Exile
Author: Betsy Dornbusch
Series:  Seven Eyes
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, February 5, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $26.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-59780-452-3 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
Draken vae Khellian, bastard cousin of the Monoean King, had risen far from his ignominious origins, becoming both a Bowrank Commander and a member of the Crown’s Black Guard. But when he is falsely condemned for the grisly murder of his beloved wife, he is banished from the kingdom and cast upon the distant shore of Akrasia, at the arse-end of the world.

Compared to civilized Monoea, Akrasia is a forbidding land of Moonlings, magic, and restless spirits. It is also a realm on the brink of a bloody revolution, as a sinister conspiracy plots against Akrasia’s embattled young queen–and malevolent banes possess the bodies of the living.

Consumed by grief, and branded a murderer, Draken lives only to clear his name and avenge his wife’s murder. But the fates may have bigger plans for him. Alone in a strange land, he soon finds himself sharing the bed of an enigmatic necromancer and a half-breed servant girl, while pressed into the service of a foreign queen whose life and land may well depend on the divided loyalties of an exiled warrior . . .

Exile is the beginning of an ambitious fantasy saga by an acclaimed new author.





Fade to Black
AuthorFrancis Knight
Series:  Rojan Dizon
Publisher:  Orbit, February 26, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780316217682  (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
From the depths of a valley rises the city of Mahala

It's a city built upwards, not across - where streets are built upon streets, buildings upon buildings. A city that the Ministry rules from the sunlit summit, and where the forsaken lurk in the darkness of Under.

Rojan Dizon doesn't mind staying in the shadows, because he's got things to hide. Things like being a pain-mage, with the forbidden power to draw magic from pain. But he can't hide for ever.

Because when Rojan stumbles upon the secrets lurking in the depths of the Pit, the fate of Mahala will depend on him using his magic. And unlucky for Rojan - this is going to hurt.





The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
AuthorRita Leganski
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks, February 26, 2013
Format: Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780062113764 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn't make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows that Bonaventure's silence is filled with resonance—a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house on Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, William Arrow, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger known only as the Wanderer.

Bonaventure's remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mère Letice, plagued by grief and a long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed.





Blood's Pride
AuthorEvie Manieri
Series:  Shattered Kingdoms
Publisher:  Tor Books, February 19, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 528 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765332349 (print)
US Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
Rising from their sea-torn ships like vengeful, pale phantoms, the Norlanders laid waste to the Shadar under cover of darkness. They forced the once-peaceful fisher folk into slavery and forged an alliance with their former trading partners, the desert-dwelling Nomas tribe, cutting off any hope of salvation.

Now, two decades after the invasion, a rebellion gathers strength in the dark corridors of the city. A small faction of Shadari have hired the Mongrel, an infamous mercenary, to aid their fledgling uprising—but with her own shadowy ties to the region, she is a frighteningly volatile ally. Has she really come to lead a revolution, or for a more sinister purpose all her own?

This thrilling new epic fantasy is set in a quasi-Medieval Mediterranean region, drawing together the warrior culture of Vikings, the wanderlust of desert nomads, and the oracles of ancient Greece. Evie Manieri's Blood's Pride is an intricate, lush fantasy novel full of taut action, gut-wrenching betrayal, and soaring romance.





Firebrand
AuthorGillian Philip
Series:  Rebel Angels
Publisher:  Tor Books, February 19, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:   9780765333223 (print)
US Adult Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
It is the last decade of the sixteenth century: a time of religious wars in the mortal world. But the Sithe are at peace, hidden behind the Veil that protects their world until their queen, Kate NicNiven, determines to destroy it.

Seth MacGregor is the half-feral son of a Sithe nobleman. When his father is assassinated and Seth is exiled with his brother Conal to the full-mortal world, they vow not only to survive, but to return to reclaim their fortress and save the Veil.

But even the Veil's power cannot protect the brothers when the brutal witch-hunts begin….

Brimming with intrigue and rebellion, Firebrand is the first book in the Rebel Angels series by Gillian Philip, the Carnegie Medal–nominated author of Crossing the Line and multi-award-nominated Bad Faith.




Guest Blog by Francis Knight - Women in SFF and how they shaped my life - January 30, 2013

Please welcome Francis Knight to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Fade to Black (Rojan Dizon 1) will be published on February 26, 2013 by Orbit.



Guest Blog by Francis Knight - Women in SFF and how they shaped my life - January 30, 2013



Women in SFF and how they shaped my life

Oh my, women in SFF, that could be a can of worms – so I’m not going into that. No, I’m going to concentrate on the women in SFF who helped make me the person I am.

We’ll start right back at the beginning of my SFF love affair. Blake’s Seven (for those of you who aren’t British, this was a 70s space set drama, and very good it was too, despite the wobbly sets). Now, this was the 70’s but even so, we had Jenna – space smuggler and pilot extraordinaire. We had Dayna, weapons expert, and Callie, guerrilla fighter. All vital and important members of the Seven. Then we had…oh, the best part…we had Servelan, female ruler of the evil Federation, who gained that position by leading a military coup. Smart, sexy, and oh so evil.

Not only were these capable women being capable (and occasionally evil) the men seemed to like them that way too. *gasp!*

My first exposure to ‘You want it, you can do it, and you don’t have to turn into a man either.’


And then came the 80’s, with Ripley and Sarah Connor. Ripley lived in a world where men and women seemed fairly equal (at least aboard ship). She was one of the crew, capable, shrewd, and a survivor. Sarah Connor? Yes – okay, Kyle Reece was protecting her, helping her out with things she couldn’t know about. Yes, she was scared silly to start with (who wouldn’t be when told a machine that will not stop wants to murder you?) but she steps up to the plate and gets on with it – even more so in Terminator 2. Her grit and determination made John Connor the man he would be. At the same time I was reading about Eowyn who had the blood of kings in her veins and okay, she “settled” in the end but she showed a few people what a woman can do, that courage comes in many bodies.

My exposure to: ‘You may have to do things differently (you may not), but you can still beat the Bad Dude and Be Awesome.’


These are just a few of the characters that really helped shape the person I am – they showed me what was possible. Without them, I almost certainly wouldn’t be the person I am today, and that’s a good reason for strong female characters anywhere – not necessarily strong in arm, but strong in soul. Flawed or not, kick arse or not, emotional, or not. Strong, independent thinkers who are women.

Ladies, I salute you.





About Fade to Black

Fade to Black
Rojan Dizon 1
Orbit, February 26, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Guest Blog by Francis Knight - Women in SFF and how they shaped my life - January 30, 2013

From the depths of a valley rises the city of Mahala

It's a city built upwards, not across - where streets are built upon streets, buildings upon buildings. A city that the Ministry rules from the sunlit summit, and where the forsaken lurk in the darkness of Under.

Rojan Dizon doesn't mind staying in the shadows, because he's got things to hide. Things like being a pain-mage, with the forbidden power to draw magic from pain. But he can't hide for ever.

Because when Rojan stumbles upon the secrets lurking in the depths of the Pit, the fate of Mahala will depend on him using his magic. And unlucky for Rojan - this is going to hurt.




The cover for Before the Fall (Rojan Dizon 2), which will be out in June:

Guest Blog by Francis Knight - Women in SFF and how they shaped my life - January 30, 2013


Last to Rise (Rojan Dizon 3), the final novel in the trilogy, will be published in November 2013.





About Francis

Guest Blog by Francis Knight - Women in SFF and how they shaped my life - January 30, 2013
Francis Knight was born and lives in Sussex, England. When not living in her own head, she enjoys SF&F geekery, WWE geekery, teaching her children Monty Python quotes, and boldly going and seeking out new civilizations.






Website : BlogTwitter @Knight_Francis





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