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The View From Monday - May 13, 2013

Happy Monday. I hope that everyone had a very nice weekend.  This is thankfully a light release week. I finished reading Generation V by M. L. Brennan over the weekend as well as Alien in the House by Gini Koch. I enjoyed them both. Review will be up soon.



The View From Monday - May 13, 2013




May 13, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
How Beauty Loved the Beast (e) Jax Garren PNR - Tales of the Underlight 3



May 14, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gilead's Curse Dan Abnett
Nik VIncent
F - Warhammer
The Tyrant's Law Daniel Abraham F - The Dagger and the Coin 3
Albert of Adelaide (h2tp) Howard Anderson F
Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 Catherine Asaro (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Shall We Gather: A Tor.Com Original Alex Bledsoe F
World War Z Max Brooks H - Movie Tie-In
The Zodiac Paradox Christa Faust SF - Fringe
Magician's End Raymond E. Feist F - Chaoswar Saga 3
Midnight's Kiss: Part 1 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
Ruby's Ghost (e) Shona Husk PNR
Hearts of Iron (Kindle e) Scott James Magner F - A Foreworld SideQuest
Elves: The Omnibus Graham McNeill F - Warhammer
Jewelweed David Rhodes MR
The Human Division John Scalzi SF
The Healer Antti Tuomainen Th/Dys
Ha'penny (ri) Jo Walton M/AH



May 15, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller: Vol. 2 Carol Emshwiller MR/SF/Fab



May 16, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Stranger's Shadow Max Frei UF - The Labyrinths of Echo 4
Paratexts: Introductions to Science Fiction and Fantasy James Gunn SF/F - Essays
Lovecraft and Influence: His Predecessors and Successors Robert H. Waugh (ed) Studies in Supernatural Literature



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


AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
Fab - Fabulism
H -  Horror
MR - Magical Realism
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Winners x 11 - January 13, 2013

And the winners are...


Wings of Redemption (Return to Sanctuary eNovella) by Sarah Gilman - Ended January 9, 2013 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 11 - January  13, 2013

Question: Angels or Demons?

wanda f who said...

I love both Angels and Demons they are both hot hot hot .



Winners x 11 - January  13, 2013



The Trouble with Fate (Mystwalker 1) by Leigh Evans - Ended January 9, 2013 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 11 - January  13, 2013

Question: Which cover for The Trouble with Fate do you like better - US or UK?

Rhonda D who said...

There's really no competition. I loved the US cover the UK version didn't even compare. The cover is what drew me to the book. I can't wait to read this book! Thanks so much!



Winners x 11 - January  13, 2013



Tiger's Eye (Stacy Justice Mystery 3) by Barbra Annino (5 copies) - Ended January 4, 2013 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 11 - January  13, 2013

Question: You are researching a location for a novel. Where are you going?


1) Sullivan McPig who said...

Hmmmm.... To Southampton to do research on the Titanic at the nautical museum there.


2) Martha Lawson who said...

Ireland! Always wanted to go there!


3) Sue Farrell who said...

I think I'd research Hawaii--the big island--because it's so oold outside right now so I'd like to go someplace really warm and the big island because I've heard it's not so crowded.


4) bn100 who said...

I'd do research in the Australian Outback.


5) erin who said...

Thanks for a fun post! Congrats to Barbra on the newest release! I'd say a beach somewhere tropical ;)



Winners x 11 - January  13, 2013



Demon's Curse (The Imnada Brotherhood 1) by Alexa Egan - Ended January 2, 2013 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 11 - January  13, 2013

Question: If you were an author, in what genre, genres or subgenres would you write?

Barrie Mac who said...

I would be a paranormal author!



Winners x 11 - January  13, 2013



Blood Winter (Horngate Witches 4) by Diana Pharaoh Francis - Ended January 1, 2013 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 11 - January  13, 2013

Question: Who (or what) is one of your favorite heroes from novels, comics or movies?

donnas who said...

Roarke and Bones are two of my favorites.




Winners x 11 - January  13, 2013



Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) and The Wrong Goodbye (The Collector 2) by Chris F. Holm - Ended December 26, 2012 - Read the post here.

Winners x 11 - January  13, 2013

Question: Is there a novel cover that you absolutely love and what is it?

Mel who said...

I loved the cover to Blood Rights by Kirsten Painter - so pretty! I still haven't decided though if I like the story though! :-)



Winners x 11 - January  13, 2013



Touched by an Alien (Alien 1), Alien Tango (Alien 2) and Alien in the Family (Alien 3) by Gini Koch - Ended December 23, 2012 - Read the Review of Alien vs. Alien here. Note that all 3 novels are signed by Gini Koch and Dan Dos Santos (the cover artist).

Winners x 11 - January  13, 2013


Question: Which series that you read has staying power?  and/or  Which series that you read should have ended already?

Carla who said...

I'd say the BDB series by JR Ward, Gena Showlaters LOTU has staying power. Can't get enough of them!

Series that should have ended is House of Night series by PC/Kristen Cast and definitely the Anita Blake series.



Winners x 11 - January  13, 2013



The Winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Sunday, January 20, 2013 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.


Cover Revealed - ALIEN IN THE HOUSE (Alien 7) by Gini Koch - December 19, 2012

Gini Koch recently revealed the cover for Alien in the House (Alien 7). The cover is by the amazing Dan Dos Santos. I adore all the covers for this series, but this has immediately become my favorite!

You can enter to win the first 3 novels in the Alien series signed by both Gini and Dan at this post.


Alien in the House
Alien 7
DAW, May 7, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Cover Revealed - ALIEN IN THE HOUSE (Alien 7) by Gini Koch - December 19, 2012
Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini have learned the ins and outs of Washington politics, not to mention how to prevail in intergalactic war and foil dangerous plots. But, in the aftermath of Operation Destruction, the Gower girls’ powers are burned out, the entire A-C population has been “outed” as the aliens living on Earth that they are, and, worst of all, ACE is nowhere to be found.

Then murder and mayhem are served up at an important dinner party at the American Centaurion Embassy, and when the dust settles Alpha Team and the Diplomatic Corps have more problems than just a dead Congressman. Is there a single criminal mastermind—or multiple enemies—behind all the conspiracies that want Kitty dead and the A-Cs gone or co-opted to become the War Division?

The return of the best assassins in the business, the reappearance of two individuals long-presumed dead, Agent Malcolm Buchanan felled by something no one can identify or cure, and new technology that can block even the most powerful empath on Earth … all of this means the game’s officially afoot. Then Vance Beaumont comes to Kitty with a wild theory that someone is systematically killing off the House of Representatives…

It’s up to Kitty and the rest of the gang to find out what’s really going on and why. But will they be able to stop the killer or killers before the rest of the U.S. House of Representatives become casualties? And will the replacement Representative for New Mexico’s 2nd District, who happens to be Jeff Martini, be the next to die?

~Courtesy of Gini Koch
Preorder



Review - Alien vs. Alien by Gini Koch and Giveaway - December 9, 2012

Alien vs. Alien
AuthorGini Koch
Series:  Alien 6
Publisher:  DAW, December 4, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 512 pages
Genre:  Science Fiction/ SF Romance
ISBN:   9780756407704 (print)
Price:  $7.99 print and eBook
Review Copy: ARC provided by the Author

Review - Alien vs. Alien by Gini Koch and Giveaway - December 9, 2012
Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini and the rest of the American Centaurion Diplomatic Corps are still recovering from their introduction to Washington D.C. politics, parties, and conspiracies. So when compromising pictures arrive, no one’s too surprised. They’re also the least of anyone’s worries. Evil androids running amok, birds of all kinds and from all places creating havoc, a Senator trapped in an ever-tightening web of intrigue, and escalating international tensions all seem tough but manageable. But the disappearance of Jeff Martini and Charles Reynolds during the International One World Festival signals more than the usual nastiness—and it looks like even ACE can’t help them. Then new trouble arrives in old packages and even with the best hackers in the world, beings from near and far, the full might of Earth’s military, and the Wonder Twins on their side, Centaurion Division’s outmanned and outgunned. Now Kitty’s racing against the clock to find not only Jeff and Chuckie, but to keep the peace between Middle Eastern countries, all while searching for the bases of super-soldier operations—to stop them or die trying.



My Thoughts:

The Alien (or Katherine "Kitty" Katt) series is one of those series that gets better and better with each novel. This is in part due to the fact Ms. Koch keeps the main characters fresh (personal growth, expanding powers, etc.) and always provides an entertaining and intricate plot. In addition, there is a wonderful ensemble of returning and new characters in each novel. On top of this, there is a humor ... in between things blowing up, people being kidnapped, and alien and domestic threats being handled.

Once again Kitty is thrust into the middle of a crisis. Kitty uses both her prodigious brains and her impressive array of abilities to protect those she loves and try to get to the root of the problems they are facing. I adore Kitty. She's intelligent, clever, funny, and can kick butt when necessary. She also loves her husband and daughter, her close friends/family in the  American Centaurion (A-C) community as well as her parents. While many of her talents are "unreal" her personality is thoroughly believable. Kitty really shines in this novel.  She also has excellent taste in music.

Many of the returning characters in the series are as terrific as Kitty, which only adds to the fun of reading Alien vs. Alien. This ensemble of characters is very strong. I love finding out new things about them and Ms. Koch never disappoints.

I am always surprised by Ms. Koch's inventiveness.  Alien vs. Alien has an intricate conspiracy and some very complex and twisted bad guys. The bad guys have excellent (if thoroughly despicable) motivations for their evil-doings.  They are not cardboard cutout bad guys.

Alien vs. Alien is quite simply a wonderful novel from the pitch perfect pacing to the lovable characters to the out of this world conspiracy.  The Alien series is firmly on my keeper shelf and I can't wait for the upcoming Alien in the House.




Alien vs. Alien may be read as a standalone, but you'd be missing out if you didn't read the other books in the series.



Prior books in the series:

Review - Alien vs. Alien by Gini Koch and Giveaway - December 9, 2012

Review - Alien vs. Alien by Gini Koch and Giveaway - December 9, 2012

Review - Alien vs. Alien by Gini Koch and Giveaway - December 9, 2012




THE GIVEAWAY

What:  One commenter will win Mass Market Paperback copies of Touched by an Alien (Alien 1), Alien Tango (Alien 2) and Alien in the Family (Alien 3) from The Qwillery. The novels have been signed by Gini Koch and Dan Dos Santos (the cover artist).

How:   Answer The Qwillery's Question: 


Which series that you read has staying power?
and/or 
Which series that you read should have ended already? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the questions 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 Tuesday, December 23, 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.*

Interview with G.J. Koch and Giveaway - June 7, 2012

Please welcome G.J. Koch to The Qwillery! Alexander Outland: Space Pirate was published on June 5, 2012 by Night Shade Books.



Trouble’s brewing out in space, and Alexander Outland — the least likely hero in the galaxy — and his eccentric crew have to save the day, despite the fact they’d prefer to take the money and run.

Alexander Napoleon Outland is the best pilot, and ladies’ man, in the galaxy. But Nap, as his friends call him, is more than that — he’s a schemer with a heart of gold he desperately wants to hide, a soft spot for other people’s cargo and his exotic weapon’s chief, and the unerring ability to find the biggest misfit on any planet or space station and somehow join that person onto his crew.

Nap’s not your classic hero, but that tends to make him the right guy for the job…whatever the job happens to be. He’s a little bit Han Solo, a little bit Malcolm Reynolds, a little bit Jack Sparrow, and a whole lot of fun to fly with.

There are aliens, explosions, telepaths, donkeys, space pirates of all kinds, and a galaxy-wide conspiracy. And the most horrifying “underwater” trip any crew’s had to face in a long, long while. But mostly, there are laughs.


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

GJK:  I think they’re all fascinating.

LOL. Well, huh. That’s a toughie. I don’t think I have one that’s all the unusual from at least 30% of the other authors out there. And in terms of interest to anyone but me…I guess that I have to go with the fact that I must have music, music with lyrics, rock ‘n’ roll of some kind and any and all kinds, playing in order to really “flow”. By now, I can write without it, but I don’t like to. The right music means I’m flying along, and that’s always better for me.

TQ:  If you were stranded on a desert island for one year, which 5 novels would you want to have with you?

GJK:  I don’t need mine; I can write mine while there. And I remember them all. So, in no particular order, I’d want:

1. Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
2. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
3. The Complete Works of O. Henry
4. The Complete Sherlock Holmes
5. Chips Off the Old Benchley, by Robert Benchley

I know 3 -5 are technically cheating, but I chose to look at “novel” as “book”, and it does count if they’re all in one big book! Right? Of course right! (And that was less cheating than my saying “The Complete Discworld Collection”, since such does not yet exist.)

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

GJK:  I’m an extreme linear writer. Yeah, I hate, HATE, the term “pantser” because I don’t like the insinuation that linear writers such as myself don’t plan. We do plan, we just do it differently from those who live to outline.

There is no one “right way” to write. Whatever works for you is the right way.

So, to answer your question, I’m an extreme MILITANT linear writer.

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

GJK:  Getting it all done. I have more ideas than I’ll probably ever be able to get onto paper, so to speak. So the most challenging thing for me is getting all the stories out, one way or the other, and finished, because while I have a lot started, it’s only the finished ones anyone else ever gets to see.

TQ:  Describe Alexander Outland: Space Pirate in 140 characters or less.

GJK:  It’s the best book ever written and a deal at twice the price!

No? Okay, how’s this: Against all wisdom, wise-cracking space pirate & all-around rogue has to save the galaxy or die trying, helped & hindered by his misfit crew.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Alexander Outland: Space Pirate?

GJK:  Honestly, I stumbled across the name. It was a very cool name, and it just sounded like a space pirate’s name to me. A cool, fun space pirate. I started to wonder just what a space pirate like this would be like and what kind of universe he’d live in, and the story was born.

TQ:  In Alexander Outland: Space Pirate who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

GJK:  None of them were hard. Honestly, if they’re hard characters to write, it usually means I’m doing something wrong. However, since this is a first person POV story, for me, Nap was by far the easiest character to write. As for hardest, again, if they’re hard, I tend to figure I’m doing something very wrong, but I’d go with the Governor, for reasons that will become very apparent once Alexander Outland: Space Pirate is read. (By one and all! Go buy it! Right now! The mystery has to be killing you, right? Of course right!)

TQ:  Which character(s) in Alexander Outland: Space Pirate surprised you the most?

GJK:  Oh, all of them. Again, if they aren’t surprising me along the way, something’s off for me. Being the extreme linear writer that I am, every character should surprise me in some way. And they all manage it, too.

However, to show willing and all that, I’d have to say my biggest surprise was the Governor. (I love the Governor, by the way, and his relationship with Nap.) (See? You literally HAVE to get the book now, don’t you? Or just die from the suspense. And we don’t want you dying, now, do we?)

TQ:  What's next?

GJK:  Gosh, so many things. LOL In addition to public appearances (I’ll be in San Diego a lot this summer, at Mysterious Galaxy Books on June 20th, and at San Diego Comic-Con from July 11th-15th), Alien vs. Alien, the next book in my Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series, writing as Gini Koch, releases December 4, 2012, with Alien in the House and Alien Collective coming in April and December 2013.

I have more things coming up, but they’re not finalized yet (though contracts have been signed in some of the cases!) so I can’t say just yet for anything else. But more WILL be coming, and that soon. (Ooooh, the mystery!)

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

GJK:  I had a blast, thanks so much for having me!


About Alexander Outland: Space Pirate

Alexander Outland: Space Pirate
Alexander Outland 1
Night Shade Books, June 5 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with G.J. Koch and Giveaway - June 7, 2012
Captain Alexander Outland of the Sixty-Nine (short for Space Vessel 3369, of course) is the best pilot in the galaxy. He's also a pirate, a smuggler, and loved and loathed by women in umpteen solar systems. His crew of strays and misfits includes an engineer of dubious sanity, a deposed planetary governor, an annoyingly unflappable Sexbot copilot, and a slinky weapons chief who stubbornly refuses to give the captain a tumble.

Outland just wants to make a decent living skirting the law, but when an invisible space armada starts cutting into his business, he soon finds himself in hot water with the military, the mob, mad bombers, and an extended family of would-be conquerors. And that's not counting an occasionally telepathic spy . . . .

Like any sensible scoundrel, he hates heroics. They're risky and they don't pay well. But to keep his ship and crew in one piece, and make time with a certain hard-to-get weapons chief, he might just have to make an exception--and save the galaxy in spite of himself!



About G.J. Koch

Interview with G.J. Koch and Giveaway - June 7, 2012
G.J. Koch writes science fiction. Not the hard stuff, though. Because that requires actual scientific knowledge or at least actual scientific research. Knowledge may be power and research may be cool, but they take time away from writing jokes, action, and romance, and being witty in the face of death is what it’s really all about. Check out G.J.’s rollicking Alexander Outland: Space Pirate series from Night Shade Books and reach G.J. at Space…the Funny Frontier (http://www.ginikoch.com/GJKbookstore.htm).

You can also find Gini on

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Alexander Outland: Space Pirate from Night Shade Books. If the winner has a US mailing address the winner will win a print copy of the novel. If the winner is  International (i.e., does not have a US nailing address) the winner will receive a digital copy of the novel.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite novel, TV show, movie, or comic set in outer space? 

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.

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

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

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

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth. If the winner has a US mailing address the winner will win a print copy of the novel. If the winner is International the winner will receive a digital copy of the novel. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, June 14, 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.*
The View From Monday - May 13, 2013Winners x 11 - January  13, 2013Cover Revealed - ALIEN IN THE HOUSE (Alien 7) by Gini Koch - December 19, 2012Review - Alien vs. Alien by Gini Koch and Giveaway - December 9, 2012Interview with G.J. Koch and Giveaway - June 7, 2012

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