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The View From Monday - April 30, 2018


Happy Monday!

There are 4 debuts this week:

The Pisces by Melissa Broder;

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang;

The Dead House by Billy O'Callaghan;

and

Exit Strategy by Charlton Pettus.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Baby's Bones by Rebecca Alexander;

Talon of Scorpio (Shadowstorm 3) by G.T. Almasi;

Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter;

Tyrant's Throne (The Greatcoats 4) by Sebastien de Castell is out in Trade Paperback;

The Amiestrin Gambit (King's Daughter 1) by J. Kathleen Cheney;

The Glory of the Empress (Admiral 3) by Sean Danker;

The Summer Dragon (Evertide 1) by Todd Lockwood is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Only Human (The Themis Files 3) by Sylvain Neuvel;

and

D'Arc (War with No Name 2) by Robert Repino is out in Trade Paperback.

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



The View From Monday - April 30, 2018



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

April 30, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
At Blade's Edge (e)(ri) Lauren Dane PNR - Goddess with a Blade 4
Goddess with a Blade Collection Volume 1: Goddess with a Blade\Blade to the Keep\Blade on the Hunt\At Blade's Edge (e) Lauren Dane PNR - Goddess with a Blade
April in Atlantis (e) Alyssa Day PNR
Phoresis Greg Egan HSF
The Halloween Children Brian James Freeman
Norman Prentiss
H
Ghost Night (e)(ri) Heather Graham Th/GH - Bone Island Trilogy 3
Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library! Hans-Åke Lilja (Ed) H - Anthology
I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land Connie Willis VisM/SF



May 1, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
S.T.A.R. Labs: Cisco Ramon's Journal Nick Aires MTI/CF
A Baby's Bones Rebecca Alexander Cr - Sage Westfield 1
Talon of Scorpio (e) G. T. Almasi SF/GenEng/Th - Shadowstorm 3
Uncharted Kevin J. Anderson
Sarah A. Hoyt
AH/HistF - Arcane America 1
The Military Science of Star Wars George Beahm SF/Performing Arts
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury SF/Dys
Dragon Road Joseph Brassey SciFan/SO - Drifting Lands
The Pisces (D) Melissa Broder LF/Psy/HU
Tiassa Steven Brust F - Vlad 13
Future Fiction: New Dimensions in International Science Fiction Bill Campbell (Ed)
Francesco Verso (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Every Single Secret Emily Carpenter Th/Sus
Tyrant's Throne (h2tp) Sebastien de Castell HistF - The Greatcoats 4
The Amiestrin Gambit (e) J. Kathleen Cheney F - King's Daughter 1
Diary of a Drug Fiend and Other Works by Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley Occ/Sup
Wolf Undaunted (e) Shannon Curtis PNR
Harlequin Nocturne May 2018 Box Set: Wolf Undaunted\Witch's Fury (e) Shannon Curtis
Deborah LeBlanc
PNR
The Glory of the Empress (e) Sean Danker SF/SO - Admiral 3
Medusa Uploaded Emily Devenport SF/GenEng/Th - The Medusa Cycle 1
Miss Subways David Duchovny LF/UF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Reborn Lance Erlick SF - Android Chronicles 1
Shotguns & Sorcery Omnibus Matt Forbeck F
The Story Peddler Lindsay A. Franklin F - The Weaver Trilogy 1
Dead But Once Auston Habershaw DF - Saga of the Redeemed 3
Pale Guardian: A Vampire Mystery (h2tp) Barbara Hambly H/M - A James Asher Vampire Novel 7
Dark Queen Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock 12
Worlds Apart (e) Tracy St. John SF - Warriors of Risnar 2
Black Helicopters Caitlin R. Kiernan DF
The Poppy War (D) R. F Kuang HistF
Witch's Fury (e) Deborah LeBlanc PNR
The Summer Dragon (tp2mm) Todd Lockwood F - Evertide 1
The Classic Horror Collection H.P. Lovecraft H
Science Fiction: A Literary History Roger Luckhurst (Ed) LC/SF/F
King Rat (ri) China Mieville UF/H
Civil War (ri) Stuart Moore MTI/SH - Marvel Universe 2
A Secret History of Witches (h2tp) Louisa Morgan MR
Men Without Women: Stories (h2tp) Haruki Murakami
Ted Goossen (Tr)
MR/LF - Collections
Only Human Sylvain Neuvel SF/TechTh - The Themis Files 3
Kim Newman's Video Dungeon (e) Kim Newman Performing Arts
The Dead House (D) Billy O'Callaghan SupTh
Reaping the Aurora (h2mm) Joshua Palmatier F - Ley 3
Song of Blood & Stone L. Penelope HistF/FR - Earthsinger 1
Bandwidth Eliot Peper TechTh - An Analog Novel 1
Exit Strategy (D) Charlton Pettus TechTh/Cr/LF
D'Arc (h2tp) Robert Repino F/SF/AP/PA - War with No Name 2
Wired Douglas E. Richards SFTh/NF - Wired 1
A Hymn Before Battle (mm2tp) John Ringo SF - Legacy of Aldenata 1
Moontide and Magic Rise Sean Russell F/DF - Moontide and Magic Rise Omnibus
Infinite Stars (h2tp) Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) SF/SO - Anthology
All the Fabulous Beasts Priya Sharma Gothic - Collection
Kris Longknife: Commanding (e) Mike Shepherd SF - Kris Longknife
Fury From the Tomb SA Sidor F/Occ/Sup/HistF - Institute for Singular Antiquities 1
All's Fair in Love and Wolf Terry Spear PNR - Silver Town Wolf 8
Avengers of the Moon (h2tp) Allen Steele SF/SO - Captain Future
A.L.F.A. Instincts Milly Taiden PNR - An A.L.F.A. Novel
An Argumentation of Historians Jodi Taylor SF/TT/HistF - The Chronicles of St. Mary's 9
Echoes of Honor Limited Leatherbound Edition David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 8
Oblivion Steve White
Charles E. Gannon
SF - Starfire 8
The Witchwood Crown (h2tp) Tad Williams F/DF - Last King of Osten Ard 1
Pawn (h2mm) Timothy Zahn SF/AC - A Chronicle of  the Sibyl's War 1



May 2, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Baby Shower (e) Cassandra Khaw F - Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 3
Crossroads of Darkover (e) Deborah J. Ross (Ed) F - Darkover Anthology 18
The Flight of Morpho Girl: A Tor.com Original (e) Caroline Spector
Bradley Denton
SF/SH - Wild Cards



May 4, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Midnight Gods Greg F. Gifune H



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SciFan - Science Fantasy
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1


This is the first in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



Ben Aaronovitch (2011)

Rivers of London: Volume 2 - Night Witch
    Ben Aaronovitch (Author), Andrew Cartmel (Author), Lee Sullivan (Illustrator)
Titan Comics, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 128 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
CSI meets Harry Potter in this fantastic new graphic novel conjured forth from the bestselling series of supernatural police procedural crime novels!

Press-ganged into helping a Russian oligarch hunt his missing daughter, PC Peter Grant and his boss, Thomas Nightingale, London's only wizarding cops, find themselves caught up in a battle between Russian gunmen, a monstrous forest creature - and their nemesis: The Faceless Man. But as Grant and Nightingale close in on the missing girl, they discover that nothing about this case is what it seems!

When the young daughter of a wealthy Russian ogliarch is seemingly kidnapped by mythical monster the Leshy, Peter and Nightingale must delve further into the supernatural than ever before to find the truth, before it's too late for the girl. But there is something off about this case. For one, Leshies don't exist. Two, if they did, they certainly wouldn't be found in Kent, England! The magical special unit must enlist the help of Varvara Sidorovna Tamonina, Night Witch by name and nature! But will they uncover something even more sinister along the way?


The Hanging Tree
Rivers of London 6
DAW, January 31, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA






Ania Ahlborn (2012)

The Devil Crept In
Gallery Books, February 7, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
An unforgettable horror novel from bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn—hailed as a writer of “some of the most promising horror I’ve encountered in years” (New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire)—in which a small-town boy investigates the mysterious disappearance of his cousin and uncovers a terrifying secret kept hidden for years.

Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen...the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.





Nina Allan (2016)

The Art of Space Travel
    A Tor.Com Original
Tor Books, July 27, 2016
eBook, 32 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
"The Art of Space Travel" by Nina Allan is a science fiction novelette. In 2047, a first manned mission to Mars ended in tragedy. Thirty years later, a second expedition is preparing to launch. As housekeeper of the hotel where two of the astronauts will give their final press statements, Emily finds the mission intruding upon her thoughts more and more. Emily's mother, Moolie, has a message to give her, but Moolie's memories are fading. As the astronauts' visit draws closer, the unearthing of a more personal history is about to alter Emily's world forever.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


Five Stories High
    By K. J. Parker, Sarah Lotz, Robert Shearman, Tade Thompson and Nina Allan
    Edited by: Jonathan Oliver
Solaris, December 6, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
One house, five hauntings, five chilling stories.

Five Stories High is a collection of five novellas each set in the same house – Irongrove Lodge. This five storey Georgian mansion, once a grand detached property, has now been split into five apartments.  This is a building with history, the very bricks and grounds imbued with the pasts of those who have walked these corridors, lived in these rooms.

Five extraordinary writers open the doors, revealing ghosts both past and present in a collection that promises to be as intriguing as it is terrifying.

Featuring novellas by Sarah Lotz, JK Parker, Nina Allan, Robert Shearman and Tade Thompson.


Nina Allan (2016)
Charlie Jane Anders (2016)
Ken Liu (2015)

Drowned Worlds
    Edited by Jonathan Strahan
Solaris, July 12, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1

The brand new anthology from multi-award winning editor Jonathan Strahan, featuring stories set in futures wracked by the deluge, from some the best writers in SF, including Kim Stanley Robinson, Ken Liu, Paul McAuley, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Charlie Jane Anders, Lavie Tidhar, Jeffrey Ford, and James Morrow.

We stand at the beginning of one of the greatest ecological disasters in the time on Man. The world is warming and seas are rising.  We may deny it, but we can’t hide when the water comes. Already the streets of Miami flood regularly and Mick Jones looks more and more prescient when he sang that “London is drowning and I, I live by the river!” all those years ago.

And yet water is life. It brings change. Where one thing is wiped away, another rises in its place.  There has always been romance and adventure in the streets of a drowned London or on gorgeous sailing cities spanning a submerged world, sleek ships exploring as land gets ever rarer.

Drowned Worlds looks at the future we might have if the oceans rise, good or bad.  Here you’ll find stories of action, adventure, romance and, yes, warning and apocalypse. Stories inspired by Ballard’s The Drowned World, Sterling’s Islands in the Net, and Ryman’s The Child Garden.  Stories that allow that things may get worse, but remembers that such times also bring out the best in us all.





G.T. Almasi (2012)

Talon of Scorpio
A Novel of the Shadowstorm 3
Hydra, March 21, 2017
eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
Superagent Alix Nico returns in a new Shadowstorm thriller from the author of Blades of Winter, which was hailed as “a hell-bent-for-leather mash-up of spy novel and science fiction” by Jason Bourne novelist Eric Van Lustbader.

Alix Nico, code-named Scarlet, is a one-woman demolition derby. As a top American Level, she’s a cybernetically and biologically enhanced operative fighting a Cold War among the forces of freedom, a Soviet Union that never fell, a China hungry for power, and a Germany that emerged from World War II more powerful than ever.

There’s a mole within ExOps, the covert agency responsible for the security of the United States, who has been working to decapitate the organization’s leadership. And when treason strikes, Scarlet and her partner, Darwin, find themselves matched against a rogue Level known as Talon, a merciless killing machine whose augmentations place her in a league of her own. But behind Talon lurks the real enemy, a traitor whose thirst for control threatens to upset the fragile balance of mutually assured destruction that has kept the four Great Powers from breaking into open warfare—until now.





Charlie Jane Anders (2016)

All the Birds in the Sky
Tor Books, April 11, 2017
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 26, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1

[Description not yet available for the Trade Paperback Edition]



Charlie Jane Anders (2016)
Ken Liu (2015)

Bridging Infinity
    Edited by Jonathan Strahan
Infinity Project 5
Solaris, November 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
BUILDING TOWARDS TOMORROW

Sense of wonder is the lifeblood of science fiction. When we encounter something on a truly staggering scale - metal spheres wrapped around stars, planets rebuilt and repurposed, landscapes re-engineered, starships bigger than worlds - the only response we have is reverence, admiration, and possibly fear at something that is grand, sublime, and extremely powerful.

Bridging Infinity puts humanity at the heart of that experience, as builder, as engineer, as adventurer, reimagining and rebuilding the world, the solar system, the galaxy and possibly the entire universe in some of the best science fiction stories you will experience.

Bridging Infinity continues the award-winning Infinity Project series of anthologies with new stories from Alastair Reynolds, Pat Cadigan, Stephen Baxter, Charlie Jane Anders, Tobias S.Buckell, Karen Lord, Karin Lowachee, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Gregory Benford, Larry Liven, Robert Reed, Pamela Sargent, Allen Steele, Pat Murphy, Paul Doherty, An Owomoyela, Thoraiya Dyer and Ken Liu.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 8


This is the eighth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.
Part 4 here.
Part 5 here.
Part 6 here.
Part 7 here.



Ania Ahlborn (2012)

The Pretty Ones
Pocket Star, July 6, 2015
eBook, 100 pages

 What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 8
A terrifying new e-novella from the bestselling author of Within These Walls and The Bird Eater!

New York, 1977. The sweltering height of the Summer of Sam. The entire city is gripped with fear, but all Nell Sullivan worries about is whether or not she’ll ever make a friend. The self-proclaimed “Plain Jane” does her best to fit in with the girls at work, but Nell’s brother, Barrett, assures her that she’ll never be like them. When Nell manages to finally garner some much-yearned-for attention, the unthinkable happens to her newfound friend. The office pool blames Son of Sam, but Nell knows the awful truth…because doing the devil’s work is easy when there’s already a serial killer on the loose.


Brother
Gallery Books, September 29, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

 What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 8
From the bestselling horror author of Within These Walls and The Bird Eater comes a brand-new novel of terror that follows a teenager determined to break from his family’s unconventional—and deeply disturbing—traditions.

Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it’s served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side of the highway, the cops don’t knock on their door. Which is a good thing, seeing as to what’s buried in the Morrows’ backyard.

But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn’t like the rest of his family. He doesn’t take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he’s sure that someday he’ll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he’s immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he’s become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his place…




G. T. Almasi (2012)

Talon of Scorpio
A Novel of the Shadowstorm 3
Hydra, May 17, 2016
eBook, 352 Pages

 What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 8

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Madeline Ashby (2012)

reV
The Third Machine Dynasty
Trade Paperback (US/Canada) and eBook, April 5, 2016
Medium (B-Format) Paperback (UK), April 7, 2016

[cover not yet available]
In the third and final installment of the Machine Dynasty, the rapture for which the self-replicating humanoid vN were engineered finally comes to pass. Now that the failsafe that once kept vN from harming humans has been hacked, all vN are discovering the promise – and the peril – of free will.

Her consciousness unleashed across computer systems all across the world, the vicious vN Portia stands poised to finally achieve her lifelong dream of bringing humanity to its knees. The old battle between her and her grand-daughter Amy comes to its epic conclusion in the war for the very systems that keep the planet running.

Can Amy get her family to the stars before Portia destroys every opportunity for escape and freedom?

File Under: Science Fiction


vN and iD, previously published in Trade Paperback, will be published in Mass Market Paperback on February 2, 2016 and March 1, 2016 respectively. More on the Machine Dynasty series as it becomes available.




Company Town
Tor Books,  May 17, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

 What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 8

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Steve Bein (2012)

Disciple of the Wind
Fated Blades 3
Roc, March 1, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 528 Pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, April 7, 2015

 What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 8
Tokyo’s only female detective fights to keep her city safe in the third novel in the fantasy series that “combines the best parts of police procedurals, buddy-cop films, historical fantasy, and intrigue-laden adventure.”*

After a deadly terrorist attack in Tokyo, Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro urges her commanding officers to arrest an insane zealot who was just released from police custody. When her pleas fall on deaf ears, she loses her temper and then her badge.

Armed with only her cunning and her famed Inazuma blade, Mariko must work outside the system to stop the terrorist. But going rogue draws the attention of the Wind—an underground syndicate that has controlled Japanese politics for centuries, using mystical relics to achieve their nefarious ends.

Now, Mariko is left with a perilous choice: join an illicit insurgency to thwart a deadly villain, or remain true to the law. Either way, she cannot escape her sword’s curse. As sure as the blade will bring her to victory, it also promises to destroy her…




Christopher L. Bennett (2012)

Hub Space
Crossroad Press & Mytiqaue Press, March 15, 2015
eBook, 110 pages

 What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 8
The Hub is the most important place in the galaxy -- the single point through which all interstellar travel must pass. Yet no one in the galaxy understands how it works. David LaMacchia, an unimportant man from an unimportant planet called Earth, is determined to change that. He's got no qualifications and no skills. His only friends are a cynical, sharp-tongued space pilot named Nashira Wing and a smugly philanthropic alien named Rynyan, and they both think he's crazy. On top of that, the powers that profit from the Hub might just be trying to kill him. Still... that won't stop David from trying to prove that humanity can make a difference to the greater galaxy.

Now the tales of the Hub from the pages of Analog are collected for the first time in one volume, newly revised and expanded! Includes "The Hub of the Matter," "Home is Where the Hub Is," and "Make Hub, Not War," plus exclusive bonus material!



Rise of the Federation: Live by the Code
Part of Star Trek: Enterprise
Pocket Books/Star Trek, March 29, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

 What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 8
The “fifth season” saga of the Star Trek: Enterprise TV series continues with this action-packed original novel!

Admiral Jonathan Archer has barely settled in as Starfleet Chief of Staff when new crises demand his attention. The Starfleet task force commanded by Captain Malcolm Reed continues its fight against the deadly Ware technology, but one of the task force ships is captured, its Andorian crew imprisoned by an interstellar Partnership that depends on the Ware for its prosperity. Worse, the Partnership has allied with a renegade Klingon faction, providing it with Ware drone fleets to mount an insurrection against the Klingon Empire. Archer sends Captain T’Pol and Endeavour to assist Reed in his efforts to free the captured officers. But he must also keep his eye on the Klingon border, for factions within the Empire blame Starfleet for provoking the Ware threat and seek to take revenge. Even the skill and dedication of the captains under Archer’s command may not be enough to prevent the outbreak of the Federation’s first war!


Upcoming in Fall 2016: Department of Temporal Investigations: Time Lock (Pocket Books/Star Trek).




Kristen Callihan (2012)

The Game Plan
Game On 3
November 1, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 323 pages

 What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 8
A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friends. That ends now.

Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away; they live vastly different lives in separate cities. And Dex is looking for a forever girl. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he's her forever man.



Forevermore
Darkest London 8
Forever, June 28, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

 What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 8

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Release Day Review: Hammer of Angels by G. T. Almasi


Hammer of Angels
Author:  G. T. Almasi
Series:  Shadowstorm 2
Publisher:  Del Rey, February 25, 2014
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
List Price$9.99 (print)
ISBN978-0-440-42356-0 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher via NetGalley

Release Day Review: Hammer of Angels by G. T. Almasi
In G. T. Almasi’s thrilling alternate reality, the United States, the USSR, and the Republic of China share a fragile balance of power with Greater Germany, which emerged from World War II in control of Europe and half of the Middle East. To avoid nuclear Armageddon, the four superpowers pursue their ambitions with elite spies known as Levels, who are modified with mechanical and chemical enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, code-named Scarlet, is a kick-ass superheroine with killer Mods and an attitude to match. She’s considered one of America’s top Levels, even though her last mission nearly precipitated World War III. So now Scarlet and her new partner, Darwin, have been sent to Greater Germany to help sow the seeds of anarchy and prevent Germany’s defection to Russia and China.

But where Scarlet goes, chaos follows—and when her mission takes an unexpected turn, she and Darwin must go ever deeper into enemy territory. As Scarlet grapples with a troubling attraction to her new partner, explosive information comes to light about the German cloning program and one of its prisoners—a legendary American Level who just happens to be Scarlet’s father.



Melanie's Thoughts:

This was the second book in the Shadowstorm series by G.T Almasi which is set in an alternate universe where there are only 4 world powers -  a Nazi controlled Germany where they have enslaved the Jewish race and much of Europe, USSR, China and then there is the United States who are fighting all of them with an elite force of technologically enhanced humans. In this instalment the series heroine, Alix Nico, is sent to Europe to fan the fires of dissent within Greater Gemany's slave trade in an effort to do as much damage to them as possible. She is supported by her new partner Darwin and their relationship unfolds along with a lot of action. Working with Darwin is a like a double edged sword as he is a clone of her previous partner and boyfriend Trick. Just to make her mission even more dangerous Alix (code name Scarlet) discovers clues that her father, who was also an agent, may not actually be dead.  The chase is on to finish her mission and rescue her father.

I hadn't read the first book of the series  - Blades of Winter but I found book 2 very easy to get into and figure out who was who. This was quite a different read from some of the other books I have been reading lately with the non-stop action.  There was barely any dialogue that didn't take place immediately before, during or immediately after a car chase, shoot out or bombing. I almost thought there was a bit too much action as there was no let up on the explosions, gun fights and hand to hand combat. At times it could be rather exhausting to read and I wish I had some of Alix's enhancements in order to plough my way through it. I did really like Almasi's alternate reality as it was well developed and executed. I also thought that Almasi opens up a number of potential plot points with the cloning of various characters. I liked but did not love Alix as a character.  Perhaps if I had read book 1 I might have warmed to her a bit more. I thought that Darwin could have made a more interesting character especially that he was one of three clones, one of which died while working with Alix. There wasn't very much time given to the development of the other characters and I felt a bit at times like I was reading the plot of a video game. Having said that there was enough to grab my attention and I look forward to what comes next especially, with the big surprise at the end of the novel.


The View From Monday - February 24, 2014



Happy last Monday in February! I've really looking forward to the upcoming start of March and hopefully less snow.



The View From Monday - February 24, 2014


There are three debuts this week:

Three Souls by Janie Chang;

A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain by Adrianne Harun;

and

Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Hammer of Angels (Shadowstorm 2) by G. T. Almasi;

Cold War: A Tor.Com Original (e) by Adam Christopher;

The Problem with Promises (Mystwalker 3) by Leigh Evans;

and

Tales From the Radiation Age by Jason Sheehan.



February 24, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Bittersweet Darkness (e) Nina Croft PNR - Order 3
Death Defying (e) Nina Croft SFR - Blood Hunter 3
Pan's Conquest (e) Aubrie Dionne PNR
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (e) Patricia Eimer PNR - Speak of the Devil 3
Star Trek: Titan: Absent Enemies (e) John Jackson Miller SF - Star Trek
Hot Rock (e) Annie Seaton PNR
Journey of the Wanderer (e) Shawna Thomas FR - Triune Stones 4
Witch Interrupted (e) Jody Wallace PNR



February 25, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Eldritch Conspiracy (tp2mm) Cat Adams UF - Blood Singer 5
Hammer of Angels G. T. Almasi SF / Adv - Shadowstorm 2
Circle of Death (ri) Keri Arthur UF - Damask Circle 2
Honor's Knight Rachel Bach SF - Paradox 2
The Gate Thief (h2mm) Orson Scott Card F - Mither Mages 2
Three Souls (D) Janie Chang HistFict/Gh
Cold War: A Tor.Com Original (e) Adam Christopher SF
London Falling (h2mm) Paul Cornell F - London Falling 1
Star Trek: The Original Series: No Time Like the Past Greg Cox SF - Star Trek
The Troop Nick Cutter H
The Problem with Promises Leigh Evans UF - Mystwalker 3
Fire with Fire (tp2mm) Charles E. Gannon SF/Adv - Caine Riordan 1
Impulse (h2mm) Steven Gould SF - Jumper 3
Let the Dead Sleep (h2mm) Heather Graham UFR - Caffery & Quinn 1
The Undead Pool Kim Harrison UF - The Hollows 12
A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain (D) Adrianne Harun Folklore/MR/Myth
The Bloody Cup M. K. Hume HistF / Arthurian - King Arthur Trilogy 3
Black Wings of Cthulhu S. T. Joshi (ed) H - Volume 2
Blades of the Old Empire Anna Kashina F - Majat Code 1
Alabaster: Pale Horse Caitlin R. Kiernan DF
Under the Dome: Part 1: A Novel Stephen King H/Su/Th
The Book of the Crowman Joseph D' Lacey F - The Crowman 2
Necessity's Child (h2mm) Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - Liaden Universe  16
Labyrinth of Stars Marjorie M. Liu PNR - Hunter's Kiss 5
A Taste Fur Murder Dixie Lyle PCM - Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery 1
The Rift Bob Mayer SF - Area 51: The Nightstalkers 3
Iced (h2mm) Karen Marie Moning UF - Dani O'Malley 1
Sun God Seeks...Surrogate? Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Accidentally Yours 3
Night Owls (D) Lauren M. Roy UF - Night Owls 1
Angel Seduced Jaime Rush PNR - Hidden 3
The Human Division (h2mm) John Scalzi SF
A Clockwork Heart (h2mm) Liesel Schwarz SP/F - Chronicles of Light and Shadow 2
Tales From the Radiation Age Jason Sheehan SF
To Do or Die Mike Shepherd SF - Jump Universe 1
Whisper of Sin (e) Nalini Singh PNR - A Psy Changeling Novella
The Happier Dead Ivo Stourton SF
Blood Kin Steve Rasnic Tem H
The Clockwork Wolf Lynn Viehl SP/M - Disenchanted & Co. 2



February 26, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Jubilee: A Tor.Com Original (e) Karl Schroeder SF



February 27, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Banished (e) Liz de Jager UF - Blackhart Legacy 1
Freaks in a Box: The Myths of Media Paul Di Filippo (ed) F/SF/H - Anthology



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback


Adv - Adventure
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistFict - Historical Fiction
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance








2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 10


What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to in 2013 and beyond?  This is the tenth in a series of posts.


See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.
See Part 5here.
See Part 6 here.
See Part 7 here.
See Part 8 here.
See Part 9 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 11 here.
See Part 12 here.




Cassie Alexander

Deadshifted
Edie Spence 4
St. Martin's Paperbacks, December 31, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 10
[description forthcoming]





G.T. Almasi

Hammer of Angels
The Shadowstorm 2
Del Rey, February 25, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,  336 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 10
In G. T. Almasi’s thrilling alternate reality, the United States, the USSR, and the Republic of China share a fragile balance of power with Greater Germany, which emerged from World War II in control of Europe and half of the Middle East. To avoid nuclear Armageddon, the four superpowers pursue their ambitions with elite spies known as Levels, who are modified with mechanical and chemical enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, code-named Scarlet, is a kick-ass superheroine with killer Mods and an attitude to match. She’s considered one of America’s top Levels, even though her last mission nearly precipitated World War III. So now Scarlet and her new partner, Darwin, have been sent to Greater Germany to help sow the seeds of anarchy and prevent Germany’s defection to Russia and China.

But where Scarlet goes, chaos follows—and when her mission takes an unexpected turn, she and Darwin must go ever deeper into enemy territory. As Scarlet grapples with a troubling attraction to her new partner, explosive information comes to light about the German cloning program and one of its prisoners—a legendary American Level who just happens to be Scarlet’s father.






Stephen Blackmoore

Khan of Mars
Spirit of the Century
Evil Hat Productions, August 20, 2013
Trade Paperback, 224 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 10
When erudite ape Professor Khan and rough-and-tumble cowboy Bulls-Eye Gutierrez are zapped away on a one-way trip to Mars, they are thrown into a world in chaos. Under the malevolent gaze of the Weather Witch, Princess Cyclone, our heroes face the intrigue and war raging across an alien world. Will they survive long enough for the other Centurions to build a way back home, or will they perish upon the shifting sands of the Red Planet, never to be seen again?






Kristen Callihan

Entwined
A Darkest London Short Story
Forever, November 5, 2013
eBook, 40 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 10

[description forthcoming]



Shadowdance
Darkest London 4
Forever, December 17, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 10
Once a heart is lost in shadow . . .
Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she's been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case-and the last thing he relishes is a partner.

Only someone who lives in darkness can find it.
Jack Talent has been alone with his demons for many years.
He never expected to have the willful Mary Chase assist him on the Bishop case. Their age-old rivalry reaches new heights-even as their desire for one another reaches a fever pitch. Though he aches to bring her close, Jack's dark secrets are a chasm between them. With dangerous enemies closing in, Jack must find the strength to face the past . . . or risk losing Mary forever.





Amanda Carlson

Cold Blooded
Jessica McClain3
Orbit, October 8, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 10
Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked.

On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early.

Arriving on the Vampire Queen’s doorstep unexpectedly, and bringing trouble on their heels, the Sects are thrown into an all out war. The vicious skirmish ends up forcing the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.

The Vamp Queen ends up owing Jessica, but what Jessica doesn’t realize is just how soon she’ll have to cash it in.




On my radar:

Hearts of Chaos (Deadglass 3) by Kira Brady - March 2014.



Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

And the winners are...


Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk 1) by Bec McMaster - Ended August 28, 2012 -  Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question: The upright hero just begging to have his hair mussed? The possessive alpha? Or even a self-made workaholic? What’s your favourite hero type – literary or otherwise - and why?

Victoria who said...

I like the sarcastic alpha male hero who has a very tortured past.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Forbidden (Plain Fear 2) by Leanna Ellis - Ended August 29, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Leave a comment OR ask Leanna a question.

Tore who said...

I loved the first book. It was really good. I can't wait to read this book. It sounds very good. How many books do you plan to have in this series? Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


The Trouble with Magic (Magic 3) by Patricia Rice - Ends August 30, 2012 - See the post here. US/Canada ONLY

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question:  What is your magical power? OR What is one of your favorite paranormal historical romances?

lavendersbluegreen who said...

I know we only have to answer one... but since I cannot possibly narrow down fav paranormal historical romances... I would say my magical power is passion in the kitchen. I like to cook and feed people and it can be magical!


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling by Michael Boccacino - Ended September 2, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question: What is one of your favorite Gothic novels? or What is one of your favorite fairy tales?

DMS who said...

My favorite fairy tale is The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It has always fascinated me. I read the Grimm versions as a child and they have always stayed with me.

What a fabulous interview! This author is new to me- but like him, I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman. This book sounds interesting (I love Jane Eyre). Thanks so much for sharing! I would love to win.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Immortally Yours (Monster MASH 1) and The Accidental Demon Slayer (signed), The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers (signed) and A Tale of Two Demon Slayers by Angie Fox - Ended September 4, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question: In a war between the gods, which god or goddess (or demi-god or demi-goddess) would you want on your side?

pamerd who said...

Hi

I would have to pick Ares as well - however reading many UF and PNR books there are many demons and gods created by wonderful authors that I would pick also.

I have read your Demon Slayer books and really enjoyed them and I am looking forward to this new series.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Hidden Things by Doyce Testerman - Ended September 5, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question: Are there 'hidden things' where you live?

Lexi H who said...

Hahaha, I love your story of how Calliope Jenkins was born. And I agree with your friends (having lived in Minnesota and South Dakota), nothing magical happens out here. All we ever get are cowboys and Indians. So yay!!! Thanks for finding some hidden things for us!

As for me, I scare myself into thinking I see hidden things all the time when I am out hiking with my husky.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Blades of Winter (Shadowstorm 1) by G. T. Almasi - Ended September 6, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question:  If you were in charge of a team of Levels (superspies) what sorts of modifications would your Levels have?

April who said...

It is to be hoped that I am never put in charge of anything outside of a library or a dish of pastries. However, in the twisted world of the question writer, I am in charge of a team of Levels. I would like to have one with camoflage abilities, one with super hearing, one with extra special sight and one that is good at getting dishes of pastries to me without cost...


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Ace/Roc 2012 Science Fiction and Fantasy Sampler from Jill Archer - Ended September 7, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Question:  Do you like post-apocalyptic stories? If so, which are your favorites? Why do you like to read it (or watch it)? What about stories that explore the nature of good and bad and right versus wrong? Do you enjoy stories where the line between the "good guys" and the "bad guys" is more muddied than it is in our world?

Jo who said...

I love reading post-apocolyptic and dystopic fiction, and my absolute favorite is the S.M. Stirling's Change novels.

and

Sorry - didn't get to finish! What I like about this genre is that people have to start from scratch and there is a lot of character development in leaving the current world behind and learning how to start again.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Saturday, September 22, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Interview with G. T. Almasi and Giveaway - August 30, 2012

Please welcome G.T. Almasi to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Blades of Winter (Shadowstorm 1) was published on August 28, 2012. You may read G.T.'s Guest Blog - The Fast American Novel. Today’s high-speed digitalia leaves books in the dust. - here.


Interview with G. T. Almasi and Giveaway - August 30, 2012


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

G.T.:  I love making up words, which I probably lifted from George Orwell and William Gibson. I also incorporate sound effects from comic books but my characters just say them like normal words.


TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

G.T.:  The two books that opened my eyes to the idea that writing a book could be as fun as reading one were Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Writers I grew up with were Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Fred Saberhagen, Larry Niven, Ken Follett, Robert Ludlum, C.S. Forester, and of course J.R.R. Tolkien.

Much of my sense of pacing and over-the-top action came from film makers and video-game developers. Luc Besson’s La Femme Nikita and The Professional are huge influences for me, as are John Woo’s Hard Boiled and The Killer. I spent way too much time playing games like Doom and Halo, and Extreme Operations’s system of leveled character classes comes directly from the Elder Scrolls games by Bethesda.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

G.T.:  Hah, great question! My editor taught me about this the first time I met with her. Like many of her authors, I began as a pantser, and now I’m working toward being a plotter.


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

G.T.:  My biggest challenge about being an author is pressing through The Fear I feel many times when I sit down to write. It’s completely non-rational, and seemingly sourceless, but I still have to consciously summon my courage and make myself start typing. Once I get started, I feel much better.

Then the biggest challenge becomes retaining the entire fictional world in my head all at once. Maintaining continuity is tricky, and this is where I’ve needed the most help from my Beta Readers and my editors.


TQ:  Describe Blades of Winter (Shadowstorm 1) in 140 characters or less.

G.T.:  It’s an action-packed sci-fi espionage thriller featuring a teenage superspy who’s sent to thwart a terrifying plot that could set human society back half a century.


TQ:  What inspired you to write Blades of Winter?

G.T.Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. These two novels showed me how much fun it could be to write a book. Each of them are packed with wild prose, lots of made-up slang, and a near-total disregard for everything my third-grade grammar teacher tried to cram into me.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Blades of Winter?

G.T.:  I researched everything and everyone. My writing foundation is history, but everything else, science, politics, mechanical engineering, foreign languages, required me to start from square one.


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

G.T.:  Scarlet’s boss came to me fairly quickly, perhaps because I’ve watched so many cop shows. The hardest to write was the bad guy, because nobody thinks they’re the bad guy. Everyone thinks they’re the good guy, and I wanted this character to seem like a real person, not just some two-dimensional, bwah-ha-ha kind of villain.

I needed to generate a convincing way for this character to rationalize their actions as something positive instead of the incredibly negative act it really is. I spent a long time walking around inside this character’s head, sifting through their memories and their feelings about things. It took a while, but it was actually pretty fun.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Blades of Winter?

G.T.:  The Eiffel Tower scene. It’s one of the first scenes I wrote out in full because I couldn’t wait to “see” it.


TQ:  What's next?

G.T.:  I’ll be at NY Comic-Con this October, and Shadowstorm book two, Hammer of Angels, will be out on March 26, 2013.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

G.T.:  Thank you so much for having me here! :)



Shadowstorm

Blades of Winter
Shadowstorm 1
Del Rey, August 28, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with G. T. Almasi and Giveaway - August 30, 2012
In one of the most exciting debuts in years, G. T. Almasi has fused the intricate cat-and-mouse games of a John le Carré novel with the brash style of comic book superheroes to create a kick-ass alternate history that reimagines the Cold War as a clash of spies with biological, chemical, and technological enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, a self-described “million-dollar murder machine,” is a rising star in ExOps, a covert-action agency that aggressively shields the United States from its three great enemies: the Soviet Union, Greater Germany, and the Nationalist Republic of China. Rather than risk another all-out war, the four superpowers have poured their resources into creating superspies known as Levels.

Alix is one of the hottest young American Levels. That’s no surprise: Her dad was America’s top Level before he was captured and killed eight years ago. But when an impulsive decision explodes—literally—in her face, Alix uncovers a conspiracy that pushes her to her limits and could upset the global balance of power forever.


Hammer of Angels (Shadowstorm 2) will be published in March 2013.



About G.T.

Interview with G. T. Almasi and Giveaway - August 30, 2012
G. T. Almasi graduated from RISD and moved to Boston to pursue a career as a graphic designer. While he built his design portfolio, he joined a band as the bass player, and wrote and designed the band's newsletter. Once his career as an art director took off, he continued to supplement his design talents by writing copy for his clients. As a novelist, his literary influences include Robert Ludlum, Neal Stephenson, and Hunter S. Thompson. He also draws inspiration from John Woo's movies and Todd Howard's videogames. Almasi lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with his wife, Natalie, and their lovably stubborn dog, Ella.

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Blades of Winter (Shadowstorm 1) by G.T. Almasi from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

If you were in charge of a team of Levels (superspies) what sorts of
modifications would your Levels have?

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

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry).  This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

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 Thursday, September 6, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2012

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for August 2012!


As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun to choose a 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 2012 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.



































January 2012 Winner - Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) by Myke Cole. Cover Art by Mike Komarck.

February 2012 Winner - Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm. Cover Art by Amazing 15.

March 2012 Winner - The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski, Cover Art by Amazing 15.

April 2012 Winner - Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) by Chuck Wendig. Cover Art by Joey Hi-Fi.

May 2012 Winner - Nightshifted (Edie Spence 1) by Cassie Alexander. Cover art by Aleta Rafton.

June 2012 Winner - Osiris (The Osiris Project 1) by E.J. Swift. Cover art by sparth.

July 2012 Winner - No Peace for the Damned (The Damned 1) by Megan Powell. Cover art by Cyanotype Design.

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts

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

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

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite August cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.



Blades of Winter
Author:  G.T. Almasi
Series:  Shadowstomr
Publisher:  Del Rey,  August 28, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Price:  $9.99
Genre:  Science Fiction/Thriller
ISBN:  978-0-440-42354-6

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
In one of the most exciting debuts in years, G. T. Almasi has fused the intricate cat-and-mouse games of a John le Carré novel with the brash style of comic book superheroes to create a kick-ass alternate history that reimagines the Cold War as a clash of spies with biological, chemical, and technological enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, a self-described “million-dollar murder machine,” is a rising star in ExOps, a covert-action agency that aggressively shields the United States from its three great enemies: the Soviet Union, Greater Germany, and the Nationalist Republic of China. Rather than risk another all-out war, the four superpowers have poured their resources into creating superspies known as Levels.

Alix is one of the hottest young American Levels. That’s no surprise: Her dad was America’s top Level before he was captured and killed eight years ago. But when an impulsive decision explodes—literally—in her face, Alix uncovers a conspiracy that pushes her to her limits and could upset the global balance of power forever.


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The Corpse-Rat King
Author:  Lee Battersby
Series:  The Corpse-Rat King
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, August 28, 2012 (US/Canada)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-85766-287-3

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
Marius don Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead.

Just like the living citizens, the dead need a King — after all, the King is God’s representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are.

And so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message: if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King. Which he fully intends to do.

Just as soon as he stops running away.

File Under: Fantasy


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Hearts of Darkness
Author:   Kira Brady
Series:  Deadglass
Publisher:  Zebra, August 7, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-1-4201-2456-9

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion…

Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies…and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.


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The Dog Stars
Author:   Peter Heller
Publisher:  Knopf, August 7, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 336 pages
Price:  $24.95
Genre:  Post-Apocalyptic 
ISBN:  978-0-307-95994-2
(fiction debut)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
“Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the solace of the natural world, and the chance to perform some small kindness. The Dog Stars is a wholly compelling and deeply engaging debut.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.


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The Constantine Affliction
Author:  T. Aaron Payton

Has been removed.  T. Aaron Payton is author Tim Pratt.  This was revealed on August 9th. You can read the reveal post at The Night Bazaar.



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Romeo Spikes
Author:  Joanne Reay
Series:  Lo'Life Trilogy
Publisher:  Gallery Books, August 14, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 416 pages
Price:  $25.00
Genre:  Urban Fantasy / Thriller
ISBN:  978-1-4516-7444-6

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
Working the Homicide squad, Alexis Bianco believes she’s seen every way a life can be taken. Then she meets the mysterious Lola and finds out she’s wrong. More weapon than woman, Lola pursues a predator with a method of murder like no other.

The Tormenta.

If you think you’ve never encountered Tormenta, think again. You’re friends with one. Have worked for one. Maybe even fallen in love with one.

They walk amongst us—looking like us, talking like us. Coercing our subconscious with their actions. Like the long-legged beauty who seduces the goofy geek only to break his heart, causing him to break his own neck in a noose. Or the rock star whose every song celebrates self-harm, inspiring his devoted fans to press knives to their own throats. The pusher who urges the addict toward one more hit, bringing him a high from which he’ll never come down. The tyrannical boss, crushing an assistant’s spirit until a bridge jump brings her low.

We call it a suicide. Tormenta call it a score, their demonic powers allowing them to siphon off the unspent life span of those who harm themselves.

To Bianco, being a cop is about right and wrong. Working with Lola is about this world and the next . . . and maybe the one after that. Because everything is about to change. The coming of a mighty Tormenta is prophesied, a dark messiah known as the Mosca.

To stop him, Bianco and Lola must fight their way through a cryptic web of secret societies and powerful legends and crack an ancient code that holds the only answer to the Mosca’s defeat. If this miscreant rises before they can unmask him, darkness will reign and mankind will fall in a storm of suicides. Nobody’s safe. Everyone’s a threat.


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The Black Isles
Author:   Sandi Tan 
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing, August 7, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 480 pages
Price:  $24.99
Genre:  Ghost Story
ISBN:  978-0-446-56392-5

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
There are ghosts on the Black Isle.
Ghosts that no one can see.
No one...except Cassandra.

Uprooted from Shanghai with her father and twin brother, young Cassandra finds the Black Isle's bustling, immigrant-filled seaport, swampy jungle, and grand rubber plantations a sharp contrast to the city of her childhood. And she soon makes another discovery: the Black Isle is swarming with ghosts.

Haunted and lonely, Cassandra at first tries to ignore her ability to see the restless apparitions that drift down the street and crouch in cold corners at school. Yet despite her struggles with these spirits, Cassandra comes to love her troubled new home. And soon, she attracts the notice of a dangerously charismatic man.

Even as she becomes a fearless young woman, the Isle's dark forces won't let her go. War is looming, and Cassandra wonders if her unique gift might be her beloved island's only chance for salvation . . .

Taking readers from the 1920s, through the Japanese occupation during WWII, to the Isle's radical transformation into a gleaming cosmopolitan city, THE BLACK ISLE is a sweeping epic--a deeply imagined, fiercely original tale from a vibrant new voice in fiction.


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Hidden Things
Author:  Doyce Testerman
Publisher:  Harper Voyager, August 21, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Price:  $14.99
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-06-210811-1

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
Watch out for the hidden things . . . That's the last thing Calliope Jenkins's best friend says to her before ending a two a.m. phone call from Iowa, where he's working a case she knows little about. Seven hours later, she gets a visit from the police. Josh has been found dead, and foul play is suspected. Calliope is stunned. Especially since Josh left a message on her phone an hour after his body was found. Spurred by grief and suspicion, Calli heads to Iowa herself, accompanied by a stranger who claims to know something about what happened to Josh and who can— maybe—help her get him back. But the road home is not quite the straight shot she imagined . . .
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