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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 10


This is the tenth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming 2015 books. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11 will cover additional 2013 DAC authors.

See Part 1 here
See Part 1.5 here
See Part 2 here
See Part 3 here
See Part 4 here
See Part 5 here
See Part 6 here
See Part 7 here
See Part 8 here
See Part 9 here


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 10



Suzanne Palmieri

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 10
The Witch of Bourbon Street
St. Martin's Griffin, June 30, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Set amidst the charming chaos of The French Quarter and remote bayous of Tivoli Parish, Louisiana, Suzanne Palmieri’s The Witch of Bourbon Street weaves an unforgettable tale of mystery and magic.

Situated deep in the bayou is the formerly opulent Sorrow Estate. Once home to a magical family, the Sorrows, it now lays in ruins, uninhabited since a series of murders in 1902 shocked the entire community. When Frances Green Sorrow is born, the family is on the brink of obscurity and the last remaining Sorrows cling to the hope that she is the one who will finally resurrect the glory of what once was.

However, Frances has no wish to be the family’s savior. Disillusioned, she marries young, attempting an "ordinary life," and has a son, Jack. When her marriage fails and she loses custody of her boy, she runs away to live a quiet life on the dilapidated Sorrow Estate, where she practices solitary magic amid ghosts and gardens. But when Jack disappears, she is forced to rejoin the world she left behind and solve the century-old murder that casts a long shadow over Tivoli Parish and its inhabitants in order to find her son.

The Witch of Bourbon Street is a story of love, family, redemption and forgiveness. It’s a story that bridges the nostalgia of time, and brings those that are separated back together again.






Gillian Philip

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 10
Icefall
Rebel Angel 4
Tor Books, March 24, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

Death stalks Seth MacGregor’s clan in their otherworld exile. Kate NicNiven is close to ultimate victory, and she is determined that nothing will keep her from it. Not even the thing that took her soul: the horror that lurks in the sea caves. But Kate still needs Seth’s son Rory, and his power over the Veil. And she’ll go to any lengths to get him. Seth’s own soul is rotting from the wound inflicted by Kate, and survival for his loved ones seems all he can hope for. But might a mortal threat to his brother’s daughter force him to return to his own world to challenge Kate? And will Rory go with him? Because Rory suspects there’s a darkness trapped in the Veil, a darkness that wants to get out. But only one Sithe knows how near it is to getting its way: Seth’s bound lover, the witch Finn. Nobody gets forever. But some are willing to try...

From critically acclaimed author Gillian Philip, Icefall is the final installment in the Rebel Angels series.




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 10
Hardcover Cover
Wolfsbane
Rebel Angel 3
Tor Books, June 2, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, June 2014

It’s tough being the foretold savior of your race. Rory MacGregor, kept a virtual prisoner in his own father’s dun and hunted by the Sithe queen, needs a break now and then—and what better fun than tearing the Veil no one else can tear and escaping to the Otherworld?

In that dangerous Otherworld, Hannah Falconer is as trapped by circumstance as the strange wild Sithe boy whose horse nearly kills her. When Rory tricks her into crossing the Veil and entering his world, she’s sure it can’t be any worse than her usual home life.

Meanwhile, Seth MacGregor is fighting to keep his clan safe from the malevolent queen Kate. When an attack comes after years of stalemate, he is shocked to discover who is leading it...and who else is conspiring against him.

Wolfsbane, the third novel in Gillian Philip’s Rebel Angels series is enthralling and suspenseful, with a range of characters appealing to every age.







Anthony Ryan

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 10
Blood Song
Raven's Shadow 1
Ace, February 3, 2015
Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, July 2013
Previously published in Mass Market Paperback, June 2014

“Fans of broadscale epic fantasy along the lines of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels should find this debut much to their liking.”—Library Journal
The first in the “powerful” (SFFWorld.com) New York Times bestselling series

Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order—a caste devoted to battle. Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate and dangerous life of a warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the Unified Realm—and Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright knows no bounds. Even his cherished memories of his mother are soon challenged by what he learns within the Order.

But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the Realm but the world.




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 10
Tower Lord
Raven's Shadow 2
Ace, June 2, 2015
Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, July 2014

New York Times bestselling author Anthony Ryan returns to the “wonderful universe” (Fantasy Book Critic) of Blood Song, as Vaelin Al Sorna continues on his inevitable road to destiny…

King Janus’s vision of a Unified Realm has failed, drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause that was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, returns home, determined to kill no more, seeking peace far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

But those gifted with the blood-song are not destined to live quiet lives. Vaelin finds himself a target, both for those seeking revenge and those who know about his gift. And as a great threat once again moves against the Realm, Vaelin realizes that when faced with annihilation, even the most reluctant hand must eventually draw a sword.




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 10
Queen of Fire
Raven's Shadow 3
Ace, July 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 656 pages

In the thrilling conclusion to the “deftly and originally executed” (Booklist) New York Times bestselling trilogy, Vaelin Al Sorna must help his Queen reclaim her Realm. Only his enemy has a dangerous new collaborator, one with powers darker than Vaelin has ever encountered…


“The Ally is there, but only ever as a shadow, unexplained catastrophe or murder committed at the behest of a dark vengeful spirit. Sorting truth from myth is often a fruitless task.”

After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. Except, to accomplish her goals, she must do more than rally her loyal supporters. She must align herself with forces she once found repugnant—those who possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark—and take the war to her enemy’s doorstep.

Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, now named Battle Lord of the Realm. However, his path is riddled with difficulties. For the Volarian enemy has a new weapon on their side, one that Vaelin must destroy if the Realm is to prevail—a mysterious Ally with the ability to grant unnaturally long life to her servants. And defeating one who cannot be killed is a nearly impossible feat, especially when Vaelin’s blood-song, the mystical power which has made him the epic fighter he is, has gone ominously silent…





V. E. Schwab

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 10
Vicious
Tor Books, January 20, 2015
Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, September 2013

A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.

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

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

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




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 10
A Darker Shade of Magic
Tor Books, February 24, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.

Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped. ...


The View From Monday - June 30, 2014


Happy Last Monday in June! Hope that everyone is enjoying summer and will have some time to read! I recently finished The Quick by Lauren Owen. This was a much hyped book that, in my opinion, did not live up to the hype. It's really good though. I also finished Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin. This is a really enjoyable Urban Fantasy and the first novel in the series after 10 shorts. More about both these in longer reviews.

For Andre Norton fans: many of her books are being published (or republished) in eBook format with 35 volumes out tomorrow. You can find them at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, etc.



The View From Monday - June 30, 2014


There are 3 debuts this week:

The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones;

Blood for the Sun by Errick A. Nunnally;

and

Premonitions by Jamie Schultz.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Awakened (Belladonna Agency 2) by Virna DePaul;

William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return (Williams Shakespear's Star Wars Trilogy 3) by Ian Doescher;

Exile (Books of the Seven Eyes 1) by Betsy Dornbusch is out in Trade Paperback;

Vampire Trouble (Dead in the City 2) by Sara Humphreys;

No Return (Jeroun 1) by Zachary Jernigan is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Wolfsbane (Rebel Angels 3) by Gillian Philip.



June 30, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Marked by Midnight Lara Adrian PNR - Midnight Breed 11.5
The Adventure of the Ring of Stones James P. Blaylock SP/M
Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti Matt Cardin (ed) Interviews
Witchlight (e) Sonya Clark PNR - Magic Born 2
The Spectral Link Thomas Ligotti H - Stories



July 1, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Bloodshifted Cassie Alexander UF - Edie Spence 5
The Omega Project (h2mm) Steve Alten Th/SF
Elisha Magus E.C. Ambrose F - Dark Apostle 2
Fireborn Keri Arthur UF - Souls of Fire 1
Valkyrie's Conquest (e) Sharon Ashwood PNR
Desolation Angels James Axler SF - Deathlands 117
Gaudeamus (h2mm) John Barnes SF/TT
The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All: Stories (h2tp) Laird Barron H - Collection
A Vision in Velvet Juliet Blackwell PCM - Witchcraft Mystery 6
New Earth (h2mm) Ben Bova SF - Grand Tour of the Universe
Mending The Shroud (Kindle e) JM Bray FR - Shroud Trilogy 2
Rebel Cheryl Brooks PNR - The Cat Star Chronicles 10
Lamplighter Kerry Donovan Brown F
Hurricane Fever Tobias S. Buckell TechnoTh
The Reaver Richard Lee Byers F - Forgotten Realms: The Sundering 4
Blood of the Lamb (h2mm) Sam Cabot Th
Heartless (ri) (mm2tp) Gail Carriger SP - Parasol Protectorate 4
Timeless (ri) (mm2tp) Gail Carriger SP - Parasol Protectorate 5
Some Enchanted Éclair Bailey Cates PCM - Magical Bakery Mystery 4
Saving Grace Devine Catherine Cavendish H
The Seat of Magic J. Kathleen Cheney F - Golden City 2
Monster Hunter Nemesis Larry Correia SF - Monster Hunter International 5
Reborn Kate Danley
Lisa Klink
Phoef Sutton
Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
UF - A Dead Man Adventure 22
Artful: A Novel Peter David F/MU
Cold Hard Secret (e) Sierra Dean UF - Secret McQueen 7
Crucible: Star Wars (h2mm) Troy Denning SF - Star Wars
Awakened Virna DePaul PNR - Belladonna Agency 2
William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return Ian Doescher SF/MU - Williams Shakespear's Star Wars Trilogy 3
Exile (h2tp) Betsy Dornbusch F - Books of the Seven Eyes 1
Cat in an Alien X-Ray Carole Nelson Douglas PM - Midnight Louie Mystery 22
Gilded Lily Delphine Dryden SPR - Steam and Seduction 3
Be Careful What You Witch For Dawn Eastman PCM - A Family Fortune Mystery 2
Fatal Consequences (e) JG Faherty H
Outlander (ri) Diana Gabaldon TTR - Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition)
Earthshine (e) J. J. Gadd SF - Lunation 2
Night's End Yasmine Galenorn UF - Indigo Court 5
Enslaved By the Others Jess Haines UF - H&W Investigations 6
Awaken to Pleasure (e) Lauren Hawkeye PNR
Unwept Tracy Hickman
Laura Hickman
F - The Nightbirds 1
Synbio Leslie Alan Horvitz SF/Med/Th
Vampire Trouble Sara Humphreys PNR - Dead in the City 2
Growth Jeff Jacobson H
Castle of Sorrows Jonathan Janz H
No Return (h2tp) Zachary Jernigan F - Jeroun 1
The String Diaries (D) Stephen Lloyd Jones Th/M/H
Born of Fury Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - League 6
The Vampire's Wolf (e) Jenna Kernan PNR
The Curiosity (h2tp) Stephen P. Kiernan SF/Th
The City Dean Koontz Sus
Leaving Ashwood Cynthia Kraack Dys - Ashwood Trilogy 3
The Rods and the Axe Tom Kratman SF - Carerra 6
The Fire Rose (ri) Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters 1
Fatal Fortune Victoria Laurie PM - Psychic Eye Mystery 12
Magic for Beginners: Stories (ri) Kelly Link F - Collection
Behind the Curtain (e) Heather Long PNR - Soulgirls 5
Garden of Evil (h2tp) Graham Masterton M/H - Jim Rook Horror Novel 8
The Spirit is Willing Max McCoy PM - Ophelia Wylde Paranomal Mysteries 2
Lords of Mars (h2tp) Graham McNeill SF - Warhammer 40,000: Adeptus Mechanicus 3
Harlequin E Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Box Set Volume 2: Reap & Redeem\The Masked Songbird\Protective Ink\Mine Tomorrow (e) Lisa Medley
Emmi Mears
Misty Simon
Jackie Braun
PNR/UF
The Exiled William Meikle SuM
Friday Night Bites (tp2mm) Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 2
Blood for the Sun (D) Errick Nunnally UF
The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future Naomi Oreskes
Erik M. Conway
S/GW/CC
Shattering the Ley Joshua Palmatier F - Shattering the Ley 1
All Those Vanished Engines Paul Park SF/AH
Wolfsbane Gillian Philip F - Rebel Angel 3
The Templar Prophecy Mario Reading Th
Doctor Who: Tales of Trenzalore: The Eleventh Doctor's Last Stand Justin Richards
Mark Morris
George Mann
Paul Finch
SF - Doctor Who
Possession Kat Richardson UF - Greywalker 8
Chains of Darkness Caris Roane PNR - Men in Chains 2
From Fear to Eternity Michelle Rowen PM - Immortality Bites Mystery 3
How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back Diana Rowland UF - White Trash Zombie 4
Tower Lord Anthony Ryan F- Raven's Shadow 2
Premonitions (D) Jamie Schultz UF
Hell Hole Hunter Shea H
Hope Renewed S.M. Sterling
David Drake
SF - General 2 (Omnibus)
Alien Hunter (h2mm) Whitley Strieber SF/Th - Alien Hunter 1
The Rhesus Chart Charles Stross SF - Laundry Files 5
Three Tales from the Laundry Files: A Tor.Com Original (e) Charles Stross SF - Laundry Files
Simon451 Fall 2014 Preview Sampler: A Selection of Science Fiction and Fantasy Titles (Kindle e) Various SF/F - Sampler
The Heart of Fire Michael J. Ward F - DestinyQuest 2
The Shadow Throne Django Wexler F - Shadow Campaigns 2
The Thousand Names (h2mm) Django Wexler F - Shadow Campaigns 1
Crystal Venom Steve Wheeler SF - Fury of Aces 2
Ghosts of Time Steve White SF/TT - Jason Thanou Time Travel 4
Happy Hour In Hell (h2mm) Tad Williams UF - Bobby Dollar 2
The Resurrectionist (e) Sierra Woods PNR



July 2, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Devil in the Details: A Tor.Com Original (e) Debra Doyle
James D. Macdonald
F - Peter Crossman
A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star: A Tor.Com Original (e) Kathleen Ann Goonan SF



July 3, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Impact (e) Adam Baker PA/Th - Outpost 4



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


AH - Alternate History
CC - Climate Change
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GW   - Global Warming
H - Horror
M - Mystery
MU - Mash Up
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
S - Science
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy



2013 Debut Author Challenge - COVER OF THE YEAR




2013 Debut Author Challenge - COVER OF THE YEAR


It's time to vote for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge COVER OF THE YEAR! Below you will  find the 12 mothhly winners in alphabetical order by book title (excluding "the")!

Voter for your favorite from the monthly 2013 Winners!

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The View From Monday - November 18, 2013


It's Monday. This past weekend I nearly finished Dying is My Business by Nicholas Kaufmann. I'm really enjoying it. Unfortunately I had to stop reading just ahead of what I hope will be the exciting conclusion. I think I know what is going to happen, but I'm probably wrong because that would be too obvious. We'll see.

A reminder: The Qwillery is looking for reviewers. If you are interested head to this post to fill out the form.



The View From Monday - November 18, 2013



There are no debuts (that I am aware of) this week.  However there are novels out from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Bloodstone (Rebel Angles 2) by Gillian Phillip;

and

Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin) by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.





November 18, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural (h2tp) Victoria Nelson History and Criticism
Beyond the Rift Peter Watts SF



November 19, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Tyrannia: and Other Renditions Alan DeNiro SF - Collection
The Rapture of the Nerds (h2tp) Cory Doctorow
Charles Stross
SF
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Visual Companion Jude Fisher F - Movie Tie-In
Temporary Monsters (e) Craig Shaw Gardner UF - Temporary Magic 1
The Orphans' Promise Pierre Grimbert F - Secret of Ji 2
Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War Richard Ellis Preston Jr. SP - Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 2
Dawn of the Aspects Richard A. Knaak F - World of Warcraft
The Great Betrayal Nick Kyme F - Warhammer: Time of Legends
Hercules Fred Van Lente F - Myths and Legends 6
We Will Destroy Your Planet: An Alien's Guide to Conquering the Earth David McIntee SF/Satire
The Severed Tower J. Barton Mitchell F - Conquered Earth 2
Ghosts of Old Edo Miyuki Miyabe H - Apparitions
Watcher of the Dark Joseph Nassise Su/Th - Jeremiah Hung Supernatural Thriller 3
Accidentally Married to...A Vampire? Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Accidentally Yours 2
Bloodstone Gillian Philip F - Rebel Angels 2
Metatropolis (h2tp) John Scalzi (ed) SF - Anthology
Singer of Souls (e 1st) Adam Stemple UF
Steward of Song (e 1st) Adam Stemple UF
The Curse Keepers Denise Grover Swank H
Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel (e 1st) Ronda Thompson PNR
Doctor Who: Essential Guide to 50 Years of Doctor Who Various SF - Doctor Who
Master of Dragons Chris Wraight F - Warhammer: Time of Legends
The Hermetic Millennia (h2tp) John C. Wright SF - Count to a Trillion 2



November 20, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Thirteen Steps in the Underworld: A Tor.Com Original (e) Su-Yee Lin F



November 22, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make Thomas Willeford SP - Crafts


e - eBook
e 1st - First time in digital format
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2013 Winner

The 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars winner for February is Gillian Philip's Firebrand with 33% of the votes cast. Firebrand (Rebel Angels 1) was published by Tor Books in the US on February 19, 2013.  The cover artwork is by Steve Stone.



2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2013 Winner





The final results:

2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2013 Winner





The February Debut Covers

2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2013 Winner




Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue soon with voting on the March 2013 Debut covers.


Interview with Gillian Philip, author of Firebrand, and Giveaway - February 19, 2013

Please welcome Gillian Philip to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Firebrand, Gillian's US Adult debut, is out today, February 19, 2013, from Tor Books.  You may read Gillian's Guest Blog - That Sinking Feeling - here. Happy Publication Day to Gillian!




Interview with Gillian Philip, author of Firebrand, and Giveaway - February 19, 2013




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Gillian:  Thank you, Sally! I’m delighted to be here, and thanks for inviting me!


TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Gillian:  I was writing stories when I was very little - I know this because, embarrassingly, my mother kept them all. Usually they involved horses or cats or (as I got older) The Man From UNCLE. I should really have got out more - as a teen my idea of a good time was sitting in my bedroom with a brand new notebook, and filling every page with screeds of rambling spy/animal/fairy stories (sometimes all three combined). Really I just wanted to imitate the books I loved.

I always wanted to be a professional writer but it took me a long time to believe I could do it. When I came home to Scotland in 2001, after being an expat for 12 years, I had to make a decision about my career, and I promised myself two years to get a novel published. It took longer than that, but once I’d started I didn’t want to give up.


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

Gillian:  I’m not sure I have one. I just have all the usual irrational writing habits and foibles: crying buckets when I kill a favourite character; spending half my working day googling attractive actors to cast in the books; giving my laptop a human name; calling my pets and family by character names when I’m not thinking. I know lots of other writers who do all those things... Oh, I do buy myself a ring for every book. My preciouses.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Gillian:  Very much a pantser... with a dash of plot. I like to know roughly where I’m going, but I don’t care about knowing how I get there. That’s kind of the fun part anyway - finding out what happens. If it gets me interested, it’s more likely to interest a reader. The reason I put off writing for so long was that I thought all ‘real’ writers created intricate story plans. I thought Ruth Rendell woke up in the morning with a fully formed plot, and all she had to do was write it down. Maybe she does, but an awful lot of writers don’t, and I wish I’d know that sooner.


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

Gillian:  The blank page. I really, really like the redrafting, editing and fixing stage. But I find it horribly difficult to get into the groove for the first draft. Once I’m there, it’s fine, but the first chapters are horrible, and with every book, I always think this is the time I’m not going to be able to do it.


TQ:  Describe Firebrand in 140 characters or less.

Gillian:  A young Sithe finds his destiny, his heart, his courage, and the people he loves - just in time to be in danger of losing them all.


TQ:  What inspired you to write Firebrand?

Gillian:  I never meant to write it! I’d written Bloodstone (now the second in the Rebel Angels series), and it just wasn’t right. Eventually I figured out why - I was telling the wrong story. There was a minor villain called Seth who essentially took over. Once I realised it was his tale I should be telling, it all came right. I went back four centuries to investigate his back story, and that turned from a few pages of notes into 100,000 words: and there was my first draft of Firebrand. After I’d written that, the other books fell into place - I had to rewrite them altogether, with a whole different focus, but that was fine by me. Seth wouldn’t leave me alone till I’d told his story, and he kept me right.

I do get a lot of inspiration from landscape too - much of Firebrand’s setting came from a Hebridean island called Colonsay, one of my favourite places in the world. The remains of Seth’s father’s dun are there, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Firebrand?

Gillian:  Research isn’t my favourite thing, but I knew I’d have to do a lot of it when I realised Seth’s story went back four centuries. As it turned out, I had a great time (though Seth doesn’t) - it was a fascinating period, right in the middle of the Scottish Reformation and the witch-hunts (which were a lot more brutal in Scotland than they were in England). I went back to primary sources, like contemporary accounts of witch trials and the Daemonologie written by King James VI and I. I came across a price list for the services of a witch-executioner that was absolutely chilling.

I went back to Scottish myths and legends, too - stories I knew already, but not in depth. I love the Scottish and Irish faery myths, and I have a really soft spot for kelpies, the man-eating horse monsters of legend. I knew I definitely wanted some of those. And the series title comes from a myth I only discovered during my research - that the faeries are the rebel angels who fell from Heaven, or at least, the angels who fell on land. The ones that fell in the sea became the selkies or seal people; the ones who got caught in the sky became the Northern Lights. There are several local variations of that myth, but that’s my favourite version.


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

Gillian:  Seth was definitely the easiest character to write because his voice was so clear. If I got stuck on a plot point, or something wasn’t working, he put me right pretty fast. The hardest character was Catriona - she didn’t fit in with any of the other characters, or not for a long time, and I found her almost as frustrating as Seth does. But in her own quiet way, she carved out a place, and I couldn’t do without her.


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

Gillian:  A scene when Seth and his brother Conal are leaving the fortress of the queen, and there’s rather a lot of violence. I just like it because Seth is at his rudest and stroppiest, and I’m fond of those aspects of his character. I also like the part where he masters his kelpie, though. I love a wild, slightly out-of-control horseback ride myself.


TQ:  What's next?

Gillian:  I need to do some rewrites on Bloodstone (Rebel Angels Book 2) before it’s published in the US, and I’m also working on the fourth book, Icefall, for its UK publication next year. There’s a crime story I’m keen to get back to - provisionally titled Spitting Distance. I write animal fantasy as one of the Erin Hunters - work I absolutely love - and I’m currently writing the fourth book of her series about dogs, Survivors (and I’ll be touring the States in May to promote Book 2). For the same company I also write a children’s fantasy adventure series, Rookery Island, and the third book is my next immediate project. I have a packed schedule right now, but that’s the way I like it. :-)


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Gillian:  Thank you very much for having me - it’s been fun!




About Firebrand

Firebrand
Rebel Angels 1
Tor Books, February 19, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
US Adult Debut

Interview with Gillian Philip, author of Firebrand, and Giveaway - February 19, 2013
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.





About Gillian

Interview with Gillian Philip, author of Firebrand, and Giveaway - February 19, 2013
Gillian Philip is a full time author and ghostwriter for young adults and children. She writes in whatever genre grabs her, including contemporary crime, historical and urban fantasy, horror, and dystopian science fiction. Her books include Crossing the Line, Bad Faith, The Opposite of Amber and the Rebel Angels series - Firebrand, Bloodstone, Wolfsbane and (published next year) Icefall. She has written Darke Academy as Gabriella Poole, the Survivors series as Erin Hunter, and two Beast Quest instalments as Adam Blade.

Gillian was born in Glasgow, lived in Barbados for twelve years and now lives in the north-east Highlands of Scotland with her husband, twins Jamie and Lucy, three dogs, two cats, a fluctuating population of chickens and many nervous fish.

Website  :  Facebook  :  Twitter





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The View From Monday - February 18, 2013

Happy Monday! The Qwillery took a little break/vacation over the weekend, but we are now back to our regularly scheduled blogging. Happy Presidents Day to those in the US.


The View From Monday - February 18, 2013


There are three debuts out this week and each of these authors/novels is featured in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge:

Blood's Pride (Shattered Kingdoms 1) by Evie Manieri,

Firebrand (Rebel Angels 1) by Gillian Philip and

The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian.



Also out this week is Trinity Rising (The Wild Hunt 2) by Elspeth Cooper, who was featured in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.



February 18, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Vacant Graves (e) Christopher Beats SP/N - Magnocracy 2
Dark Secrets (e) Shona Husk FR/W
The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf (e) Tia Nevitt FT/FR - Accidental Enchantments 2
Drynn (e) Steve Vera SF/F/UF- Last of the Shardyn



February 19, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius John Joseph Adams (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Fuse Julianna Baggott SF - Pure Trilogy 2
Trinity Rising Elspeth Cooper F -The Wild Hunt 2
Domino Falls Steven Barnes
Tananarive Due
PA - Devil's Wake 2
The Arena Man Steve Englehart F/Th - Max August Magikal Thrillers
Six Heirs Pierre Grimbert F - The Secret of Ji 1
Fresh Meat Alice Henderson H - Supernatural
The Inner City Karen Hueler H - Stories
Blood's Pride (US D) Evie Manieri F - Shattered Kingdoms
Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain (h2tp) A. Lee Martinez SF/Hu
Firebrand (US D) Gillian Philip F - Rebel Angels
The Lost Soul Gabrielle Pierce SuTh - 666 Park Avenue
Declare (ri) Tim Powers Su/Th
Hide Me Among the Graves (h2tp) Tim Powers Su/Th
Last Call (ri) Tim Powers F
Three Days to Never (ri) Tim Powers SF/Th
Elsewhens Melanie Rawn F - Glass Thorns 2
The Shadow Wars Rod Rees SF - Demi-Monde 2
Dead Suite (e) Wendy Roberts PCM - Ghost Dusters Mystery 4
The Back Channel (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 6



February 21, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Office of Mercy (D) Ariel Djanikian PA



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


F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
FT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
Hu - Humor
N - Noir
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western

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.




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