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The View From Monday - August 7, 2015


Happy first Monday in September!


There are 2 debuts out this week:

The Machinery (Machinery Trilogy 1) by Gerrard Cowan;

and

The Last Exodus (The Earthborn Trilogy 1) by Paul Tassi.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third by Ian Doescher.



The View From Monday - August 7, 2015



September 7, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Taming Her Wolf (e) Dee Carney PNR - Fire Creek Shifters 1
The Returned, Part III (e) Peter David SF - Star Trek: New Frontier
The Silent End Samuel Sattin H



September 8, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Blade Itself (ri) Joe Abercrombie F - First Law Trilogy 1
Last Argument of Kings (ri) Joe Abercrombie F - First Law Trilogy 3
Before They Are Hanged Joe Abercrombie F - First Law Trilogy 2
Darken the Stars Amy A. Bartol SF -  Kricket 3
Doctor Who: Deep Time Trevor Baxendale SF - Doctor Who
The Complete Cosmicomics (h2tp) Italo Calvino LF
Witches of Lychford Paul Cornell CF - Witches of Lychford
The Sleeping King Cindy Dees
Bill Flippin
F
William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third Ian Doescher SF/Hu - William Shakespeare's Star Wars 3
The Autobiography of James T. Kirk David A. Goodman SF - Star Trek
Unholy War David Hair F - Moontide Quartet 3
Fearie Tales (h2tp) Stephen Jones (ed) FairyT/FolkT/L&M - Anthology
The Age of Odin (ri) James Lovegrove SF
The Age of Ra (ri) James Lovegrove SF
The Harper Hall Trilogy: Dragonsong; Dragonsinger; Dragondrums (ri) Anne McCaffrey F - Harper Hall of Pern
Doctor Who: Royal Blood Una Mccormack SF - Doctor Who
Dead Sky, Black Sun Graham McNeill SF - Warhammer 40,000: Ultramarines 3
The Unyielding Future Brian O'Grady Th/Sup
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights Salman Rushdie MR
Doctor Who: Big Bang Generation Gary Russell SF - Doctor Who
The End of the Story: The Collected Fantasies, Vol. 1 Clark Ashton Smith F - Collection
The Last Exodus (D) Paul Tassi SF - The Earthborn Trilogy 1
Third Reich Victorious: Alternate Histories of World War II Peter G. Tsouras AH



September 10, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Machinery (D) Gerrard Cowan F - Machinery Trilogy 1


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


AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FairyT -Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
H - Horror
Hu - Humor
L&M - Legends and Myth
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
Th - Thriller


Review: William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace by Ian Doescher


William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace
Author:  Ian Doescher
Publisher:  Quirk Books, April 7, 2015
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages
List Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781594748066 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace by Ian Doescher
Join us, good gentles, for a merry reimagining of Star Wars: episode 1 as only Shakespeare could have written it. The entire saga starts here, with a thrilling tale featuring a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights facing a hidden, vengeful enemy.

’Tis a true Shakespearean drama, filled with sword fights, soliloquies, and doomed romance . . . all in glorious iambic pentameter and coupled with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations. Hold on to your midi-chlorians:
 The play’s the thing, wherein you’ll catch the rise of Anakin!


Trinitytwo's Point of View

Unless you’ve been living in a Wampa’s ice cave on the remote planet of Hoth, I’d wager you’re familiar with the Star Wars universe. You also probably know a thing or two about William Shakespeare as it's required reading in most high school English classes. In The Phantom of Menace, Ian Doescher retells George Lucas’s original story through the iambic pentameter of William Shakespeare, and it's absolutely brilliant.

As a slightly obsessed fan of the original Star Wars movie trilogy, I have to confide that I’m less a fan of the prequels. Admittedly, The Phantom Menace introduced some very cool characters like Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn but nothing could redeem the introduction of the most reviled character in Star Wars history, Jar Jar Binks. Dare I confess that I enjoyed William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace more than the film? I did, mainly because this version throws a new spin on Jar Jar that I thoroughly enjoyed. Another character I connected to in this volume that I didn’t in the movie was Anakin Skywalker. Doescher‘s writing instills in him a level of heartwarming depth that I felt was sorely missing in the film. The Phantom of Menace is packed with action, humor, and unexpected emotion. Complimenting the story are many gorgeous illustrations by the talented Nicolas Delort. I also really enjoy the play format with its asides and soliloquies. They offer increased insight and information that brings an exciting added dimension to many characters. Another part of the fun for me is picking up on the author's many homages to the classics.

I like Shakespeare, I love Star Wars, and I am thrilled with the creative mix of the two. I would recommend this book for any fan of Star Wars, fans of the Bard but also to non-Shakespearean readers as well. It's fresh, easy to read, and delightfully entertaining. The Force is strong with Ian Doescher and The Phantom of Menace proves it.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 8


This is the eighth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming books 2015. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9 will cover 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






Brooklyn Ann

Bite at First Site
Scandels with Bite 3
Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Her interest is purely scientific
Cassandra Burton wants to study medicine, surgery, healing, and everything related to the human body and its mysteries-and she's willing to rob graves to do it! But a lady can meet dark and dangerous characters lurking around the cemetery. And who could be more fascinating than Rafael Villar, Lord Vampire of London? If she could study his physiology, she could learn so much that would help humans. After all, he's immortal-and Cassandra is now his prisoner...

Until she gets close enough to touch
As if Rafael didn't have enough to worry about, with a rebellion brewing and his allies out of reach, now he's confronted by a beautiful, fearless lady who wants to heal the scars he's born for centuries. He can't keep her, and he can't let her go, and worst of all, he's every bit as intrigued by her as she is by him.





Clifford Beal

Not Final Cover
The Guns of Ivrea
Valdur 1
Solaris, July 28, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

An incredible new sea-faring fantasy series begins! A gritty, thrilling epic that reads like a cross between Patrick O'Brian and George R.R. Martin, bringing together the tang of the sea and the taste of cold steel.

Acquel Galenus, former thief and now a reluctant monk in the Great Temple at Livorna, uncovers a terrible secret, one that could topple the Holy Church. A secret that could get him killed.
Pirate princeling Nico Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him.

Citala, daughter of the chieftain of the Merfolk who inhabit the waters of Valdur, finds herself drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people's years of isolation but threaten their very existence.

Their fates will intertwine as they journey across the island kingdom, through duchies and republics riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds. Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again...







R. S. Belcher

Nightwise
Tor Books, August 18, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages





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The Trade Paperback of the The Shotgun Arcana will be published by Tor Books in October 2015. It was previously published in Hardcover and eBook in October 2014.




M. L. Brennan

Dark Ascension
Generation V #4
Roc, August 4, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

As the “wickedly clever” (Publishers Weekly) series continues, reluctant, slacker vampire Fortitude Scott learns that nothing is more important than family—or more deadly….

After a lifetime of avoiding his family, Fort has discovered that working for them isn’t half bad—even if his mother, Madeline, is a terrifying, murderous vampire. His newfound career has given him a purpose and a paycheck and has even helped him get his partner, foxy kitsune Suzume, to agree to be his girlfriend. All in all, things are looking up.

Only, just as Fort is getting comfortable managing a supernatural empire that stretches from New Jersey to Ontario, Madeline’s health starts failing, throwing Fort into the middle of an uncomfortable and dangerous battle for succession. His older sister, Prudence, is determined to take over the territory. But Fort isn’t the only one wary of her sociopathic tendencies, and allies, old and new, are turning to him to keep Prudence from gaining power.

Now, as Fort fights against his impending transition into vampire adulthood, he must also battle to keep Prudence from destroying their mother’s kingdom—before she takes him down with it….






J. Kathleen Cheney

The Shores of Spain
Novel of the Golden City 3
Roc Trade, July 7, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

A brilliant new chapter in the Novels of the Golden City.

Even as the branches of peace are being offered, there are some who still believe those who are not human should be used as chattel. And they are willing to go to great lengths to retain their power.

Newlywed siren Oriana Paredes has been appointed Ambassador to her home islands now that communication between Northern Portugual and the magical races has been restored. But convincing her people that the new Portuguese Prince’s intentions are honorable after years of persecution is difficult. And her husband, Duilio, faces his own obstacles among the sirens where males are a rare and valuable commodity with few rights.

In addition to their diplomatic mission, the two hope to uncover the truth behind Oriana’s mother’s death. Evidence suggests that Spain—a country that has been known to enslave magical beings—may have infiltrated the siren authority. Unable to leave their post, Oriana and Duilio must call on Inspector Joaquim Tavares to root out the truth.

But even his seer’s gift cannot prepare him for what he will discover.




The Seat of Magic
Novel of the Golden City 2
Roc, July 7, 2015 Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Previously published in Trade Paperback and eBook, July 2014

The Golden City series continues, and humans and nonhumans alike are in danger as evil stalks the streets, growing more powerful with every kill…

It’s been two weeks since Oriana Paredes was banished from the Golden City. Police consultant Duilio Ferreira, who himself has a talent he must keep secret, can’t escape the feeling that, though she’s supposedly returned home to her people, Oriana is in danger.

Adding to Duilio’s concerns is a string of recent murders in the city. Three victims have already been found, each without a mark upon her body. When a selkie under his brother’s protection goes missing, Duilio fears the killer is also targeting nonhuman prey.

To protect Oriana and uncover the truth, Duilio will have to risk revealing his own identity, put his trust in some unlikely allies, and consult a rare and malevolent text known as The Seat of Magic





Wesley Chu

Time Salvager
Tor Books, July 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

In a future when Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humanity has spread into the outer solar system to survive, the tightly controlled use of time travel holds the key maintaining a fragile existence among the other planets and their moons. James Griffin-Mars is a chronman--a convicted criminal recruited for his unique psychological makeup to undertake the most dangerous job there is: missions into Earth's past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. Most chronmen never reach old age, and James is reaching his breaking point.

On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets an intriguing woman from a previous century, scientist Elise Kim, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and his common sense, James brings her back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, and discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity's home world.




The Rebirths of Tao
Tao 3
Angry Robot Books, April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Five years have passed since the events in The Deaths of Tao. The world is split into pro-Prophus and pro-Genjix factions, and is poised on the edge of a devastating new World War.

A Genjix scientist who defects to the other side holds the key to preventing bloodshed on an almost unimaginable scale.

With the might of the Genjix in active pursuit, Roen is the only person who can help him save the world, and the Quasing race, too.

And you thought you were having a stressful day…

File Under: Science Fiction





Ian Doescher
[covers not yet available]

William Shakespeare's Forsooth, the Phantom Menace : Star Wars Part the First
Quirk Books, April 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

O THREEPIO, THREEPIO, WHEREFORE ART THOU, THREEPIO?

Join us, good gentles, for a merry reimagining of Star Wars: episode 1 as only Shakespeare could have written it. The entire saga starts here, with a thrilling tale featuring a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights facing a hidden, vengeful enemy.

’Tis a true Shakespearean drama, filled with sword fights, soliloquies, and doomed romance . . . all in glorious iambic pentameter and coupled with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations. Hold on to your midi-chlorians:
 The play’s the thing, wherein you’ll catch the rise of Anakin!




William Shakespeare's Alack! Of the Clones : Star Wars Part the Second
Quirk Books, July 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

In time so long ago begins our play,

In clash-strewn galaxy far, far away.

To Shmi or not to Shmi?

Torn between duty to the Jedi, attraction to Padmé, and concern for his beloved mother, yeoman Jedi Anakin Skywalker struggles to be master of his fate. But the path he chooses will determine not just his own destiny, but that of the entire Republic. And thereby hangs a tale.

Alack the day!

A noble lady in danger. A knight and squire in battle. And a forbidden love that’s written in the stars. Once again, the quill of William Shakespeare meets the galaxy of George Lucas in an insightful reimagining that sets the Star Wars saga on the Elizabethan stage. The characters are familiar, but the masterful meter, insightful soliloquies, and period illustrations will convince you that the Bard himself penned this epic adventure.




William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge : Star Wars Part the Third
Quirk Books, September 8, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 168 pages

TO THINE OWN SITH BE TRUE!

Lend us your ears and comlinks, good folk, as we share a tale of tragedy, hubris, and doomed romance. Within this Shakespearean retelling of Star Wars: Episode 3, galactic treachery abounds. A once-heroic knight is transformed into the darkest of villains. The Jedi suffer slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. The Republic falls, an Empire rises, and so begins the long wait for a New Hope.

SOMETHING IS ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF CORSUCANT!

Don’t miss this final chapter in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, presented Shakespeare-style with masterful meter, stirring soliloquies, and intricate Elizabethan illustrations. It’s a perfect melding of classic literature and epic pop culture!





Betsy Dornbusch

Emissary
Seven Eyes 2
Night Shade Books, February 3, 2015
Hardcover, 360 pages
eBook available April 7, 2015

Once an exile. Now a king returning to the land that cast him out.

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 cursed black magic took his wife and his honor away, he fought past his own despair and grief, and carved out a new life in Akrasia. His bloody, unlikely path, chronicled in Exile, led him to a new love, and a throne.

Draken has seen too much blood . . . the blood of friends and of enemies alike. Peace is what he wants. Now he must leave his wife and newborn child in an attempt to forge an uneasy peace between the Monoean King and thekingdomofAkrasia. The long bloody shadow of Akrasia’s violent past hangs over his efforts like a shroud. But there are other forces at work. Peace is not something everybody wants . . . not even in the seemingly straightforward kingdom of Draken’s birth.

Factions both known and unknown to Draken vie to undermine his efforts and throw the kingdom into civil war. Forces from his days in the Black Guard prove to be the most enigmatic, and a bloody tide threatens to engulf Draken’s every step.





Peter Higgins

Truth and Fear
Wolfhound Century 2
Orbit, March 24, 2015
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, March 2014

Investigator Lom returns to Mirgorod and finds the city in the throes of a crisis. The war against the Archipelago is not going well. Enemy divisions are massing outside the city, air raids are a daily occurrence and the citizens are being conscripted into the desperate defense of the city.

But Lom has other concerns. The police are after him, the mystery of the otherworldly Pollandore remains and the vast Angel is moving, turning all of nature against the city.

But will the horrors of war overtake all their plans?




Radiant State
Wolfhound Century 3
Orbit, May 19, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages





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Tracey/Trinitytwo’s Favorites of 2014



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Tracey/Trinitytwo’s Favorites of 2014
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Imperial Boxed Set by Ian Doescher is my top choice for humor. The gorgeous set, which was released this October, includes Verily a New HopeThe Empire Striketh Back, and The Jedi Doth Return. This series delivers laughs along with a few tugs on your heartstrings. Who would have thought iambic pentameter combined with Star Wars would be the books you’re looking for? (See TrintyTwo's reviews of the Star Wars Trilogy here.)



Tracey/Trinitytwo’s Favorites of 2014
My favorite sci fi for 2014 is The Enceladus Crisis by Michael J. Martinez. Why is it a standout? It’s smart and exciting with the added bonus that Martinez created characters I care about. I really enjoyed its unique historical fiction meets sci fi element. (See TrinityTwo's review of The Enceladus Crisis here.)


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Looking for exceptional adventures? You’re in luck as I have two in the fantasy category. Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan and The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley are such brilliant fantasies that I simply must mention both. Staveley and Ryan are both wonderful world builders and although I give Tower Lord a slight edge, The Emperor’s Blades is an extremely close second. (See TrinityTwo's reviews of Tower Lord here and The Emperor's Blades here.)











I’d like to give honorable mentions to three more books that I really enjoyed this year: White Heart of Justice by Jill Archer (review), Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy (review) and Phoenix Island by John Dixon (review) . I think I am bending Sally’s rules a bit but I read a lot of really good books. If you haven’t done so already, get out there and buy a book! You deserve it.

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The View From Monday - October 27, 2014


Happy last Monday in October! Halloween is Friday and it may snow here on Saturday! That's a bit early for us though we did have a Halloween Nor'easter in 2011. That was not a nice trick! Hopefully we'll have a better Halloween this year. Do you celebrate? Hand out candy?

For Anne Rice fans - Prince Lestat is out tomorrow. This is the 11th novel in The Vampire Chronicles and a return to the this world after a decade away.

Caitlin Kittredge debuts a new series tomorrow with Black Dog. The first novel in Hellhound Chronicles.


There is one Debut this week:

Bring me Flesh, I'll Bring Hell: A Horror Novel by Martin Rose


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy 1) by Pierce Brown is out in Trade Paperback;

William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Box Set: Includes William Shakespeare's Star Wars, The Empire Striketh Back, The Jedi Doth Return, and poster by Ian Doescher;

Sky Pirates (Chronicles of Light and Shadow 3) by Liesel Schwarz.



The View From Monday - October 27, 2014



October 27, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
'Til Dragons Do Us Part (e) Lorenda Christensen PNR - Never Deal with Dragons
Taste of Treason April Taylor HistF - Tudor Enigma 2



October 28, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Arrow - Heroes and Villains Nick Aires F
Burn for Me Ilona Andrews PNR - Hidden Legacy 1
Esrever Doom (h2mm) Piers Anthony F - Xanth 37
Otherworld Nights: An Anthology Kelley Armstrong UF - Otherworld
Penumbra Keri Arthur PNR - Spook Squad 3
Red Rising (h2tp) Pierce Brown SF - Red Rising Trilogy 1
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man W. Bruce Cameron Hu/F
Love Me to Death Marissa Clarke PNR - Underveil 1
The Wolf in Winter John Connolly Th - Charlie Parker 12
Deadly Pursuit Nina Croft PNR - Dark Desires 2
William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Box Set: Includes William Shakespeare's Star Wars, The Empire Striketh Back, The Jedi Doth Return, and poster Ian Doescher MU - Star Wars / Shakespeare
Inner Demon: Part 3 of the Final Asylum Tales (e) Jocelynn Drake UF - Final Asylum Tales
The Book of Strange New Things Michel Faber SF
The Peripheral William Gibson SF
Black Spring Christina Henry UF - Black Wings 7
Blood of Dragons (h2mm) Robin Hobb F - Rain Wilds Chronicles 4
The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume Three (Wheel of Time Other) Robert Jordan Wheel of Time Other 3
Riding the Unicorn Paul Kearney F
Black Dog Caitlin Kittredge UF - Hellhound Chronicles 1
Revolution (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey SF - Secret World Chronicle 3
Star Trek: Section 31: Disavowed David Mack SF - Star Trek
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Slipcased Edition) Gabriel Garcia Marquez MR
Dangerous Women 2 George R. R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
F - Anthology
The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin Elio Garcia
Linda Antonsson
F - Games of Thrones
An Exchange of Gifts (ri) Anne McCaffrey F
Drawn Blades Kelly McCullough F - Fallen Blade 5
Starhawk (h2mm) Jack McDevitt SF - Priscilla Hutchins 7
The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul (tp2mm) Jon F. Merz F - Shadow Warrior 1
The Compleat Ankh-Morpork Terry Pratchett F - Discworld
Going Postal (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 33
Making Money (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 36
Raising Steam (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 40
Thud! (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 34
Unseen Academicals (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 37
Prince Lestat Anne Rice H - The Vampire Chronicles 11
Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
Bring Me Flesh, I'll Bring Hell: A Horror Novel (D) Martin Rose H
The Slow Regard of Silent Things Patrick Rothfuss F - Kingkiller Chronicle 2.5
Infection and Containment: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse Books 1 and 2 Sean Schubert H/Ap
Sky Pirates Liesel Schwarz HistF - Chronicles of Light and Shadow 3
Kris Longknife: Tenacious Mike Shepherd SF - Kris Longknife 12
The Darkest Passion (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 6
Archangel's Shadows Nalini Singh PNR - Guild Hunter 7
Razor's Edge: Star Wars (Empire and Rebellion) (h2mm) Martha Wells SF - Star Wars - Legends
Scars (tp2mm) Chris Wraight SF - The Horus Heresy 28



October 30, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
All Souls Trilogy Boxed Set Deborah Harkness F - All Souls Trilogy
The Mailman (ri) Bentley Little H



October 31, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
SNAFU: Heroes (K e) Jonathan Maberry
Weston Ochse
James A Moore
Joseph Nassise
MilitaryH - Anthology
They Thirst (ri) Robert McCammon H
The Drawing of the Dark (ri) Tim Powers F
Fangoria Cover To Cover Anthony Timpone (ed) H


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


Ap - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
MR - Magical Realism
MU - Mashup
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy










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



Review: William Shakespeare's Star Wars®, William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher






Trinitytwo’s Point of View

I am forgoing my usual short synopsis of the stories I review because in this case I think I am justified with assuming that most people already know a little something about the original Star Wars trilogy.

I’ve loved Star Wars since I saw the first film in 1977. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to review these books. However, I will admit to being a bit nervous about the “Shakespearean” component. Honestly, I admire the Bard and absolutely love Shakespearean theater, but given the choice it is not the first (or even second) book I would pull from a shelf to read. If you have similar fears, let me put them to rest: Ian Doescher’s triple combination of the beloved bard, George Lucas’ classic Star Wars saga, and a few of the author’s own secret ingredients creates one of the most enchanting and delightful series imaginable. This well-loved story written in Shakespearean style made the material fresh and exciting.

Pay special attention to the asides and soliloquies: they can be funny, poignant or sad but each gives a unique insight into character personality or motivations. I really love Doescher’s books the best when he shares our cherished character’s innermost thoughts. For instance, how does C-3PO really feel about R2-D2, or vice-versa? Haven’t we all wondered what Obi Wan was really thinking when he told Luke his father was killed by Darth Vader? Speaking of Vader, what are the thoughts behind that monstrous mask? Are Stormtroopers people with ideas and hopes, or just faceless soldiers? How did Luke and Leia feel when they found out they were siblings after their infamous kiss? Is the Emperor all bad?  Doescher’s narrative resolves these mysteries and more.

I also want to take a moment to gush about the illustrations in all three volumes, drawn by the talented Nicholas Delort. They help readers to visualize their favorite characters in frilly ruffs and doublets and are absolutely brilliant.

Forget the nunnery and get thee to a bookstore to pick up all three of these delightful tomes. Each one is a “must read,” so whether you are spending your summer in the sands (Tatooine), stuck at work (Death Star) or are on some exotic jungle adventure (Endor), you need to trust your instincts because there are no Jedi mind tricks here, only great reading!




William Shakespeare's Star Wars®
Series:  William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy 1
Publisher:  Quirk Books, July 2, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781594746376 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.





William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back
Series:  William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy 2
Publisher:  Quirk Books, March 18, 2014
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN: 9781594747151 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

The saga that began with the interstellar best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars continues with this merry reimagining of George Lucas's enduring classic The Empire Strikes Back.

Many a fortnight have passed since the destruction of the Death Star. Young Luke Skywalker and his friends have taken refuge on the ice planet of Hoth, where the evil Darth Vader has hatched a cold-blooded plan to capture them. Only with the help of a little green Jedi Master—and a swaggering rascal named Lando Calrissian—can our heroes escape the Empire's wrath. And only then will Lord Vader learn how sharper than a tauntaun's tooth it is to have a Jedi child.

What light through Yoda's window breaks? Methinks you'll find out in the pages of The Empire Striketh Back!





William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return
Series:  William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy 3
Publisher:  Quirk Books, July 1, 2014
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781594747137 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare’s The Jed Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter.

 Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!





The View From Monday - March 17, 2014

The View From Monday - March 17, 2014


Happy Monday! Happy St. Patrick's Day to those celebrating.  This is a relatively light release week with 4 debuts:




The Wicked We Have Done (Chaos Theory 1) by Sarah Harian;

Hyde by Daniel Levine;

Off to be the Wizard (Magic 2.0) by Scott Meyer;

and

The Rich and the Dead by Liv Spector.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back (William Shakespeare Trilogy 2) by Ian Doescher;

and

Storm Bound (Grim 2) by Dani Harper.




March 17, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dancing with Dragons (e) Lorenda Christensen PNR - Dragons Trilogy 2
The Thrust (e) Shoshanna Evers PNR/Dys - Pulse Trilogy 3
Lords of the Underworld Bundle 1: The Darkest Night\The Darkest Kiss\The Darkest Pleasure (e) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld



March 18, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Feral Heat (e) Jennifer Ashley PNR - Shifters Unbound 5.5
William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back Ian Doescher SF - William Shakespeare Trilogy 2
The Mapmaker's War (h2tp) Ronlyn Domingue F - Keeper of Tales Trilogy 1
The Pilgrims Will Elliott F - Pendulum Trilogy 1
The Wicked We Have Done (D) (e) Sarah Harian SFR - Chaos Theory 1
Storm Bound Dani Harper PNR - Grim 2
Without a Summer (h2tp) Mary Robinette Kowal HistF - Glamourist Histories 3
The Lascar's Dagger Glenda Larke F - The Forsaken Lands 1
Hyde (D) Daniel Levine HistF
Get Katja Simon Logan UF
Fury (Kindle e) Charlotte McConaghy SFR/Dys - Cure 2
Off to Be the Wizard (D) Scott Meyer F - Magic 2.0 1
Citadel Kate Mosse Th/M/Su - Languedoc 3
Dead Americans and Other Stories Ben Peek F/W - Collection
Raising Steam Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 40
Elsewhens (h2tp) Melanie Rawn F - Glass Thorns 2
Troy: Last War of the Heroic Age Si Sheppard F - Myths and Legends
Doppel: A Tor.com Original (e) Lindsay Smith F
The Rich and the Dead (D) Liv Spector TT/M
Red Cells (Kindle e) Jeffrey Thomas SF
The Time Traveler's Almanac Ann VanderMeer (ed.)
Jeff VanderMeer (ed.)
SF/TT - Anthology
The Writers Afterlife Richard Vetere F


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

Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PNR- Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR  - Science Fiction Romance
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Weird


William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back - The Book Trailer


Quirk Books just released the book trailer for William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher. It doth delight!





William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back
Quirk Books, March 18, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

The saga that began with the interstellar best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars continues with this merry reimagining of George Lucas's enduring classic The Empire Strikes Back.

Many a fortnight have passed since the destruction of the Death Star. Young Luke Skywalker and his friends have taken refuge on the ice planet of Hoth, where the evil Darth Vader has hatched a cold-blooded plan to capture them. Only with the help of a little green Jedi Master—and a swaggering rascal named Lando Calrissian—can our heroes escape the Empire's wrath. And only then will Lord Vader learn how sharper than a tauntaun's tooth it is to have a Jedi child.

What light through Yoda's window breaks? Methinks you'll find out in the pages of The Empire Striketh Back!

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6


This is the sixth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) authors and their upcoming books for 2014. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. Look for Part 7, covering more 2013 DAC authors, on The Qwillery later this week.


Part 1 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 2 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 3 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 4 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 5 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6



Kait Ballenger

Immortal Hunter
The Execution Underground 2
Harelquin HQN, April 1, 2014
eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but at what price?

As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he’s a member of the Execution Underground and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he’s ever loved,

David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her. The piece of her heart Allsún O’Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation—and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they’re swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún’s life is worth sacrificing his own—and the future of humanity itself.




Mark T. Barnes

The Pillars of Sand
Echoes of Empire 3
47North, May 20, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 

The epic conclusion of the Echoes of Empire trilogy.

Prophecy declared that corrupt politician Corajidin would rule the Shrīanese Federation, even become its new Emperor—and sinister magic has helped him defy death in order to do it. But his victory is not assured, thanks to clashing rival factions that hinder any attempts to unify the nation. Though he has taken increasingly brutal measures to eliminate all obstacles in his path, the dark forces supporting him grow dangerously impatient. And the harder they press, the more drastic Corajidin’s actions become.

Soon, only his most powerful adversaries will stand in his way: Indris, the peerless swordsman and sorcerer who has long fought to end the Federation’s bloody turmoil; and the warrior-poet Mari, Corajidin’s own daughter and the woman Indris loves. Fate has torn them apart, forcing them into terrifying personal trials. But if Indris can bring to bear the devastating knowledge of the Pillars of Sand, and Mari can rise up as a rebel leader, Corajidin’s enemies will rally—and the decisive battle for the soul and future of the Shrīanese will begin.

This epic tale of intrigue, love, and betrayal, painted in the blood of allies and enemies by Mark T. Barnes, concludes the Echo of Empire trilogy that began with The Garden of Stones and The Obsidian Heart.




M. L. Brennan

Iron Night
Generation V 2
Roc, January 7, (2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
Underemployed by day. Undead by night.

Underachieving film theory graduate and vampire Fortitude Scott may be waiting tables at a snooty restaurant run by a tyrannical chef who hates him, but the other parts of his life finally seem to be stabilizing. He's learning how to rule the Scott family territory, hanging out more with his shapeshifting friend Suzume Hollis, and has actually found a decent roommate for once.

Until he finds his roommate’s dead body.

The Scott family cover-up machine swings into gear, but Fort is the only person trying to figure out who (or what) actually killed his friend. His hunt for a murderer leads to a creature that scares even his sociopathic family, and puts them all in deadly peril.

Keeping secrets, killing monsters, and still having to make it to work on time? Sometimes being a vampire really sucks.




Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Wizard's Promise
Strange Chemistry, May 6, 2014 (US)
May 1, 2014 (UK)
Trade Paperback and eBook

Hanna has spent her life hearing about the adventures of her namesake Ananna, the lady pirate, and assassin Naji. She dreams of the same adventures, but little does she know she is about to tumble into one of her own. Hanna is apprenticed to a taciturn fisherman called Kolur, and, during a day of storms and darkness, are swept wildly off course.

In this strange new land, Kolur hires a stranger to join the crew and, rather than heading home, sets a course for the dangerous island of Jadanvar. As Hanna meets a secretive merboy, and learns that Kolur has a deadly past, she soon realises that wishing for adventures is a dangerous game - because those wishes might come true.




Ian Doescher

William Shakespeare's the Empire Striketh Back
The William Shakespeare Trilogy 2
Quirk Books, March 25, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter.

Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!




William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return
The William Shakespeare Trilogy 3
Quirk Books, July 1, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages




Ariel Djanikian

The Office of Mercy
Penguin, January 28, 2014
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, February 21 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
“A cool and compelling” (Flavorwire) debut of a new postapocalyptic world for fans of The Hunger Games

On the screen and on the page, dystopian fantasies have captivated the public imagination. In The Office of Mercy, debut novelist Ariel Djanikian has conceived a chilling, post-apocalyptic page-turner that has earned her glowing comparisons to George Orwell and Suzanne Collins.

In America-Five, there is no suffering, hunger, or inequality. Its citizens inhabit a high-tech Utopia established after a global catastrophe known as the Storm radically altered the planet. Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Wiley works in the Office of Mercy, tasked with humanely terminating—or “sweeping”—the nomadic Storm survivors who live Outside. But after she joins a select team and ventures Outside for the first time, Natasha slowly unravels the mysteries surrounding the Storm—and the secretive elders who run America-Five.




K. M. Fawcett

Fearless
The  Survival Race 2
Forever Yours, January 7, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
TWO SOULS

Myia, a shaman-in-training, wants desperately to protect her peaceful village from the barbaric Highland invaders. To hone her powers of prophetic visions and healing, the village elders send Myia on a quest to heal the Highland leader's heart and stop a brewing war. Myia's mended many souls before, so this should be an effortless duty . . . until she meets the gorgeous, stubborn Highland warlord.

ONE DESIRE

Kedric, a gladiator who escaped enslavement, only wants to liberate the villagers from their common foe-a race that breeds humans for blood sport and genetic experiments. Fueled by his rage, Kedric is determined to take down the brutal enemy. So when a raven-haired beauty with a body made for sin tries to sabotage his mission, Kedric wants her gone. Yet no woman's touch has ever left Kedric more annoyed . . . and aroused. Kedric knows he should shun her soothing embrace-but he can't seem to stay away. As their passion grows, Kedric must decide between fighting his war or surrendering his rage-and his heart-for Myia's love.




Peter Higgins

Wolfhound Century
Wolfhound Century 1
Orbit, February 4, 2014
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, March 26, 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist --- and ordered to report directly to the head of the secret police.

A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown insurgents with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists.

Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.









Truth and Fear
Wolfhound Century 2
Orbit, March 25, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
Investigator Lom returns to Mirgorod and finds the city in the throes of a crisis. The war against the Archipelago is not going well. Enemy divisions are massing outside the city, air raids are a daily occurrence and the citizens are being conscripted into the desperate defense of the city.

But Lom has other concerns. The police are after him, the mystery of the otherworldly Pollandore remains and the vast Angel is moving, turning all of nature against the city.

But will the horrors of war overtake all their plans?











The View From Monday - August 7, 2015Review: William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace by Ian DoescherWhat's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 8Tracey/Trinitytwo’s Favorites of 2014The View From Monday - October 27, 2014The View From Monday - June 30, 2014Review: William Shakespeare's Star Wars®, William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return by Ian DoescherThe View From Monday - March 17, 2014William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back  - The Book TrailerWhat's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6

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