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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18


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



Part 1 herePart 11 here
Part 2 herePart 12 here
Part 3 herePart 13 here
Part 4 herePart 14 here
Part 5 herePart 15 here
Part 6 herePart 16 here
Part 7 herePart 17 here
Part 8 here
Part 9 here
Part 10 here



Evie Manieri (2013)

Fortune's Blight
The Shattered Kingdoms 2
Tor Fantasy, October 6, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 14, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18
Fortune's Blight by Evie Manieri continues the conflict begun in Blood's Pride. Victory for the Shadari rebels has come at a terrible price. Hardship, superstition, and petty feuds poison King Daryan's young reign, and entire families are vanishing without a trace. Help is nowhere to be found, for their Nomas allies have troubles of their own and the Mongrel, plagued by the sins of her violent past, has disappeared.

While Daryan struggles to maintain the peace, Eofar and Rho are racing to their northern homeland to plead—or fight—for the Shadar's independence. But Norland has changed, and they soon find themselves embroiled in the court politics of an empire about to implode.

Meanwhile, the Mongrel's path carries her deep into Norland's frozen wastes to redeem a promise—one that forces her into the heart of the growing conflict.

As the foundations of the two far-flung countries begin to crack, an enigmatic figure watches from a tower room in Ravindal Castle. She is old, and a prisoner, but her reach is long, and her patience is about to be rewarded....


Strife's Bane
Shattered Kingdoms 3
Tor Books, December 13, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18

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Brian McClellan (2013)

In the Field Marshal's Shadow: Stories from the Powder Mage Universe
November 17, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 135 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18
Five stories from the Powder Mage Universe, including the never-before-published "Green-Eyed Vipers"

Hope's End
The Girl of Hrusch Avenue
Green-Eyed Vipers
The Face in the Window
Return to Honor


The Autumn Republic
The Powder Mage Trilogy 3
Orbit, January 5, 2016
Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 10, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18
IN A RICH, DISTINCTIVE WORLD THAT MIXES MAGIC WITH TECHNOLOGY, WHO COULD STAND AGAINST MAGES THAT CONTROL GUNPOWDER AND BULLETS?

The capital has fallen...
Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing, his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away.

An army divided...
With the Kez still bearing down upon them and without clear leadership, the Adran army has turned against itself. Inspector Adamat is drawn into the very heart of this new mutiny with promises of finding his kidnapped son.

All hope rests with one...
And Taniel Two-shot, hunted by men he once thought his friends, must safeguard the only chance Adro has of getting through this war without being destroyed...

THE AUTUMN REPUBLIC is the epic conclusion that began with Promise of Blood and The Crimson Campaign.




Laura Morrigan (2013)

Take the Monkey and Run
A Call of the Wilde Mystery 4
Berkley, July 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18
Grace Wilde must use her psychic abilities to track down a pesky primate in the latest Call of the Wilde Mystery.

Grace Wilde is excited to head to New Orleans for her first “real” case as an animal telepath. She intends to help a woman find her missing sister, but when she attempts to communicate with her client’s cat, Coco, Grace gets distracted by the presence of a much wilder animal.

Coco confirms that a mysterious monkey has been swinging around the Big Easy. Grace thinks she might be able to help corral the cheeky Capuchin in addition to solving her case. But things get complicated when she receives a cryptic warning that her client isn’t what she seems. Now it’s up to Grace to separate the truth from the monkey business…




Jason Mott (2013)

The Wonder of All Things
Mira, July 28, 2015
Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 30, 2014

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18
On the heels of his critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling debut novel, The Returned, Jason Mott delivers a spellbinding tale of love and sacrifice

On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators. After the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds disappear.

Ava has an unusual gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments. Until the air show tragedy, her gift was a secret. Now the whole world knows, and suddenly people from all over the globe begin flocking to her small town, looking for healing and eager to catch a glimpse of The Miracle Child. But Ava's unique ability comes at a great cost, and as she grows weaker with each healing, she soon finds herself having to decide just how much she's willing to give up in order to save the ones she loves most.

Elegantly written, deeply intimate and emotionally astute, The Wonder of All Things is an unforgettable story and a poignant reminder of life's extraordinary gifts.




Jaime Lee Moyer (2013)

Against a Brightening Sky
Delia's Shadow 3
Tor Books, October 6, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18
By 1919 the Great War has ended, peace talks are under way in Paris, and the world has been forever changed. Delia Martin, apprentice practitioner of magical arts, and her husband, Police Captain Gabriel Ryan, face the greatest challenge of their lives when fragments from the war descend on San Francisco.

As Delia prepares to meet friends at a St. Patrick's Day parade, the strange ghost of a European princess appears in her mirror. Her pleasant outing becomes a nightmare as the ghost reappears moments after a riot starts, warning her as a rooftop gunman begins shooting into the crowd. Delia rushes to get her friends to safety, and Gabe struggles to stop the killing-and to save himself.

Delia and Gabe realize all the chaos and bloodshed had one purpose-to flush Alina from hiding, a young woman with no memory of anything but her name.

As Delia works to discover how the princess ghost's secrets connect to this mysterious young woman, and Gabe tracks a ruthless killer around his city, they find all the answers hinge on two questions: Who is Alina...and why can't she remember?

Against a Brightening Sky is the thrilling conclusion to Jaime Lee Moyer's glittering historical fantasy series.


The View From Monday - May 19, 2014


Happy Monday. I managed to get some reading in this weekend in between trying to clean up some messy gardens. I was partially successful.  I also took time to see Godzilla. I'm a huge Kaiju Eiga fan and Godzilla is my favorite Kaiju of all (though I do have a fondness for Gamera too). Actually I like all the Kaiju, but Godzilla is my absolute favorite. So what did I think? I thought the Kaiju were great. The battles were terrific. And Godzilla was smart in this movie. I also have some observations about Muto, but don't want to spoil the movie so won't say more. I believe that even non-Godzilla fans well enjoy this movie. Do I remember the actual characters? Sure. I can tell you the story from beginning to end probably without missing much. However, I didn't really go to see the humans. In a movie like this there is no time to set up huge and meaningful character arcs and that doesn't bother me at all.  Yes, there were some emotional moments but honestly I was most concerned about the big lizard. I've watched every Godzilla movie available more than once. I knew what I was expecting. Godzilla (2014) delivered.

And now on to the books out this week!


The View From Monday - May 19, 2014


There are two debuts out this week:

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne;

and

The Man with the Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi. This is his first book translated into English and first release in the US.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Pillars of Sand (Echoes of Empire 3) by Mark T. Barnes. This is the final book in this trilogy. I really really liked the first novel, The Garden of Stones, and you can see my full thoughts on this novel later this week;

Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson 6) by Darynda Jones;

Delia's Shadow by Jamie Lee Moyer goes from Hardcover to Trade Paperback.



May 19, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Goddess Born (e) Kari Edgren PNR
Dragons & Dirigibles (e) Cindy Spencer Pape SPR - Gaslight Chronicles 7



May 20, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Island in a Sea of Stars: A Tor.Com Original Kevin J. Anderson SF - Saga of Shadow
Possessed by a Warrior and Possessed by an Immortal Sharon Ashwood PNR
The Boost Stephen Baker Th/Techno
The Pillars of Sand Mark T. Barnes F - Echoes of Empire 3
The Kraken King Part VI: The Kraken King and the Crumbling Walls (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
The Girl in the Road (D) Monica Byrne SF
Thief's Magic Trudi Canavan F - Millennium’s Rule 1
The Severed Streets Paul Cornell UF - London Falling 2
Godzilla - The Official Movie Novelization Greg Cox SF - Godzilla
A Dance of Shadows David Dalglish F - Shadowdance 4
Suffer the Children Craig DiLouie H
The Chronicle of Secret Riven Ronlyn Domingue F - Keeper of Tales Trilogy 2
Temporary Hauntings (e) Craig Shaw Gardner UF - Temporary Magic 2
Fire Rising: Part 2 Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Commissar Andy Hoare F - Warhammer 40,000
Highfell Grimoires Langley Hyde SP/Th
Double Hexed (e) Allyson James
(Jennifer Ashley)
PNR - Stormwalker Novella
Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 Kij Johnson (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Untamed Wolf and Immortal Cowboy Linda O. Johnston
Alexis Morgan
PNR
Sixth Grave on the Edge Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 6
The Three Sarah Lotz Su/Th
Ghouls Rush In H.P. Mallory PNR - Peyton Clark 1
Wizards: From Merlin to Faust David McIntee Myths and Legends
Among the Unseen Jodi McIsaac F - Thin Veil 3
Reaping the Dark (e) Gary McMahon H
The Man with the Compound Eyes (D - US) Wu Ming-Yi F
Cyador's Heirs L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - Sage of Recluce 17
Delia's Shadow (h2tp) Jaime Lee Moyer F
Troll Mountain: Omnibus Edition (e) Matthew Reilly F/Sus/Su
The Wolf Siren and Demon Wolf Karen Whiddon
Bonnie Vanak
PNR
My Real Children Jo Walton SF



May 22, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Scorched (e) Erica Hayes UF



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


F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel





What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7


This is the seventh 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 8, 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.
Part 6 is here - 2013 DAC Authors.


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7



Elliott James

Surreal Estate
Pax Arcana
Orbit, January 14, 2014
eBook, 25 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
This is the fourth in a series of short stories by debut author Elliott James. The first of his novels, Charming, will be out in September 2013.

The line between reality and dream is never entirely clear under the best of circumstances...and when John Charming finds himself being hunted through a nightmare house, it is far from the best of circumstances.
















Dog-Gone
Pax Arcana
Orbit, February 18, 2014
eBook, 38 pages

This is the fifth in a series of short stories by debut author Elliott James. The first of his novels, Charming, is available now.


Somewhere in Alaska a locked house full of ripped apart bodies and one teacup poodle covered in blood. Somewhere in Alaska, the voice of a dead woman speaks through a car radio. And somewhere in Alaska, the last surviving descendant of one of John Charming's only friends is being pursued by nightmare hounds. The dog days have begun.




Mur Lafferty

The Ghost Train to New Orleans
Shambling Guides 2
Orbit, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
COULD YOU FIND A MUSEUM FOR A MONSTER?
OR A JAZZ BAR FOR A JABBERWOCK?

Zoe Norris writes travel guides for the undead. And she's good at it too -- her new-found ability to talk to cities seems to help. After the success of The Sbambling Guide to New York City, Zoe and her team are sent to New Orleans to write the sequel.

Work isn't all that brings Zoe to the Big Easy. The only person who can save her boyfriend from zombism is rumored to live in the city's swamps, but Zoe's out of her element in the wilderness. With her supernatural colleagues waiting to see her fail, and rumors of a new threat hunting city talkers, can Zoe stay alive long enough to finish her next book?








Michael J. Martinez

The Enceladus Crisis
Daedalus 2
Night Shade Books,  April 1, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
May not be final cover
Two dimensions collided on the rust-red deserts of Mars—and are destined to become entangled once more in this sequel to the critically acclaimed The Daedalus Incident.

Lieutenant Commander Shaila Jain has been given the assignment of her dreams: the first manned mission to Saturn. But there’s competition and complications when she arrives aboard the survey ship Armstrong. The Chinese are vying for control of the critical moon Titan, and the moon Enceladus may harbor secrets deep under its icy crust. And back on Earth, Project DAEDALUS now seeks to defend against other dimensional incursions. But there are other players interested in opening the door between worlds . . . and they’re getting impatient.

For Thomas Weatherby, it’s been nineteen years since he was second lieutenant aboard HMS Daedalus. Now captain of the seventy-four-gun Fortitude, Weatherby helps destroy the French fleet at the Nile and must chase an escaped French ship from Egypt to Saturn, home of the enigmatic and increasingly unstable aliens who call themselves the Xan. Meanwhile, in Egypt, alchemist Andrew Finch has ingratiated himself with Napoleon’s forces . . . and finds the true, horrible reason why the French invaded Egypt in the first place.

The thrilling follow-up to The Daedalus Incident, The Enceladus Crisis continues Martinez’s Daedalus series with a combination of mystery, intrigue, and high adventure spanning two amazing dimensions.




Brian McClellan

The Crimson Campaign
Powder Mage Trilogy 2
Orbit, May 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 608 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
When invasion looms...
Tamas's invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies, and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god, Kresimir.

But the threats are closer to home...
In Adro, Inspector Adamat only wants to rescue his wife. To do so he must track down and confront the evil Lord Vetas. He has questions for Vetas concerning his enigmatic master, but the answers will lead Adamat on a darker journey.

Who will lead the charge?
Tamas's generals bicker among themselves, the brigades lose ground every day beneath the Kez onslaught, and Kresimir wants the head of the man who shot him in the eye. With Tamas and his powder cabal presumed dead, Taniel Two-shot finds himself as the last line of defense against Kresimir's advancing army.

In a rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology, who could stand against mages that control gunpowder and bullets? THE CRIMSON CAMPAIGN is the epic sequel to Brian McClellan's Promise of Blood.



Promise of Blood
Powder Mage Trilogy 1
Orbit, April 8, 2014
Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Previously released in Hardcover and eBook, April 16, 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.

It's a bloody business overthrowing a king...
Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.

It's up to a few...
Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.

But when gods are involved...
Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should...

In a rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology, who could stand against mages that control gunpowder and bullets? PROMISE OF BLOOD is the start of a new epic fantasy series from Brian McClellan.




Laura Morrigan

A Tiger's Tale
Call of the Wilde Mystery 2
Berkley, May 6, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
When a normally mellow tiger at a rescue facility trees a terrified vet, animal behaviorist Grace Wilde needs to use her psychic ability to get to the root of the problem…

A tiger can’t change his stripes—but if his behavior changes suddenly, there’s a reason. So when even-tempered Boris the Siberian tiger goes into attack mode, Grace knows there’s more to the story. Something is agitating the big cat. As she uses her telepathic ability to calm the tiger, she realizes he has witnessed a theft—not of something but of someone. A teenaged volunteer at the animal rescue facility has been taken…kidnapped.

The problem is Brooke Ligner’s parents believe their troubled daughter ran away and Grace can’t exactly reveal her source. Even though sexy cop Kai Duncan is aware of Grace’s secret ability, he can’t initiate an investigation based on the word of a tiger. Now, as Grace searches for solid clues to rescue the missing teen, it’s the human predators she’ll need to watch out for…




Jaime Lee Moyer

A Barricade in Hell
Delia's Shadow 2
Tor Books, June 3, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
In Jaime Lee Moyer's Barricade in Hell, Delia Martin has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with the ability to peer across to the other side. Since childhood, her constant companions have been ghosts. She used her powers and the help of those ghosts to defeat a twisted serial killer terrorizing her beloved San Francisco. Now it's 1917—the threshold of a modern age—and Delia lives a peaceful life with Police Captain Gabe Ryan.

That peace shatters when a strange young girl starts haunting their lives and threatens Gabe. Delia tries to discover what this ghost wants as she becomes entangled in the mystery surrounding a charismatic evangelist who preaches pacifism and an end to war. But as young people begin to disappear, and audiences display a loyalty and fervor not attributable to simple persuasion, that message of peace reveals a hidden dark side.

As Delia discovers the truth, she faces a choice—take a terrible risk to save her city, or chance losing everything?




Interview with Jaime Lee Moyer, author of Delia's Shadow - September 17, 2013


Please welcome Jaime Lee Moyer to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Delia's Shadow will be published on September 17th. You may read Jaime's Guest Blog - The Importance of Heroic Heroines - here.



Interview with Jaime Lee Moyer, author of Delia's Shadow - September 17, 2013




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Jaime:  Thank you. I'm really pleased to be here.



TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Jaime:  I remember making up stories and acting them out from the time I was five years old. That was before I actually knew how to write words on paper. My first official story was written when I was about ten or eleven. I've written ever since. Getting super serious and writing toward publication began about twelve years ago.

As to why I write? I have to write. It's not just a compulsion, it's a huge part of who I am.



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

Jaime:  I'm not sure. What others see as an interesting quirk might just be a normal part of the process for me. Writing is easier for me when I have music that fits the character or the story, but lots of other writers listen to music too.

Maybe it's that I immerse myself in the characters and the story so deeply that it's as if I'm living it with them. I jokingly called it "method writing". Or maybe it's that a character's entire personality and life history just sort of falls into my head in one big chunk. When a character grows a personality they upgrade from just being a walk on. Those have turned out to be some of the best characters.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Jaime:  A little of both. I don't sit down and outline, but I do know where I'm going when I start. I know the beginning, points in the middle, and the end. Novel plots and stories tend to reveal themselves to me a few chapters at a time.



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

Jaime:  The biggest challenge is realizing that no matter how hard I try, the story I write will never match the one in my head. My vision always exceeds my grasp. That in turn means I have to reach farther and try harder, which is a huge part of the challenge.

I'm not the first writer to feel that way and I won't be the last.



TQ:  Describe Delia's Shadow in 140 characters or less.

Jaime:  Delia Martin & Lt. Gabe Ryan hunt for a serial killer in a city haunted by the ghosts of his victims. Along the way they fall in love.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Delia's Shadow?

Jaime:  Believe it or not, a dream. I had a dream about this young woman standing next to a steam locomotive and looking back over her shoulder to see who was following her. The next day I couldn't stop thinking about this dream, who this young woman was and who was following her. Once I knew she was being followed by a ghost it all fell into place.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Delia's Shadow?

Jaime:  The book is set in 1915 so the research was pretty intense. I researched current events for that year, the Pan Pacific Exposition that was held in San Francisco that year, clothing styles, slang, cars, furniture—everything I could think of that had changed in almost 100 years. I looked at thousands of photographs to set details and styles in my mind.

That was the fun research. Less fun was learning about serial killers. Reading FBI files, all online via the freedom of information act, was pretty gruesome.



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

Jaime:  Dora is the easiest character to write. She is not only Delia's teacher and friend, but she is the free spirit. Dora is sarcastic, unconventional and gives off the air of really not giving two figs what the world thinks. I love writing her because almost anything might pop out of her mouth and often does. Writing Dora is a great deal of fun.

I'd have to say the killer was hardest to write. There was a level of cold, detached insanity there that was difficult to tap into. It wasn't a pleasant state of mine to be in.



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

Jaime:  There is a scene where Gabe, Delia and Dora visit Gabe's parents to go through old case files from Matthew Ryan's days as a detective. I love the relationship between Gabe and his father, the sparring between Dora and Matt Ryan, and the grudging slow acceptance by Matt that there might be more to the world than he wants to admit.

But probably one of my very favorite scenes is one that was very difficult to write, the aftermath of the 4th of July at the Pan Pacific and what those events do to Gabe.



TQ:  What's next?

Jaime:  There are two more books coming that star Gabe and Delia, Dora, Sadie and Jack. A Barricade In Hell is set in 1917, and I'm writing the third book, Against A Brightening Sky, right now. I'm really excited about all of these books and my hope is that people who fall in love with Gabe and Delia will be excited too.



TQ:   Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jaime:  Thank you for having me! This was fun.






About Delia's Shadow

Delia's Shadow
Tor Books, September 17, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Jaime Lee Moyer, author of Delia's Shadow - September 17, 2013
It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia’s most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.

Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free…until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.

It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again.

And who is now aware of Delia’s existence.





About Jaime Lee Moyer

Jaime Lee Moyer lives in San Antonio with writer Marshall Payne, two cats, three guitars and a growing collection of books and music. Her first novel, DELIA’S SHADOW, will be published by TOR Books in September 2013. Her novels are represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.

Jaime has sold short fiction to Lone Star Stories, Daily Science Fiction, and to the Triangulations: End of the Rainbow, and Triangulations: Last Contact anthologies. She was poetry editor for Ideomancer Speculative Fiction for five years and edited the 2010 Rhysling Award Anthology for the Science Fiction Poetry Association. A poet in her own right, she’s sold more than her share of poetry.

She writes a lot. She reads as much as she can.

Website  ~ Twitter  ~  Google+  ~  Flickr  ~  Pinterest  ~  Goodreads

Review: Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer


Delia's Shadow
Author:  Jaime Lee Moyer
Publisher:  Tor, September 17, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765331823 (print)
Review copy:  Provided by the Publisher via NetGalley

Review: Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer
It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia’s most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.

Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free…until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.

It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again.

And who is now aware of Delia’s existence.




Melanie's Thoughts:

Delia's Shadow is a good, old fashioned paranormal murder mystery. The story is told, in part, from the perspective of Delia who has returned to San Francisco to attend the wedding of her best friend Sadie. As much as Delia wants to be with her friend she is loathe to return home. She had fled the city a few years previous after being pursued by ghosts, mainly those who had died in the catastrophic earthquake a decade before. It was very same earthquake that had taken the lives of both of her parents leaving her an orphan and living with Sadie's family. Delia had enjoyed three years of ghost-free solitude until she wakes up one morning to find a ghost of a young woman standing by her bed. This isn't a normal haunting as Delia's shadow is the key to catching a serial killer who is leaving a trail of mutilated bodies throughout the city.

While Delia tells one side of the story the other is told through Gabe. Gabe is a police detective and unfortunately, the target for the killer. The killer leaves Gabe a note with each of his victims, taunting the detective to find him. It's a race against time for Gabe to find the killer before he viciously murders anyone else. A non-believer in the paranormal, Gabe finds that he must put aside his preconceptions as Delia and her ghostly shadow may be the only way to solve the case.

Delia's Shadow is set around 1916 and the story has a wholesome naivete to it that makes it seem like it was written during that period. The plain and quiet Delia is almost a shadow herself in comparison to her vivacious and society-conscious friend Sadie. Gabe fulfills the stoic, hero role with gusto as he struggles to solve the murders. The characters were fairly stereotypical and slightly one dimensional. There are no real surprises especially the romance that blossoms between Gabe and Delia and I guessed 'who dunnit' which was unfortunate. I felt the story dragged a bit in the middle as Moyer tried to flesh out the plot with further murders. Sometimes, less is more and in this case more murders does not make for a more exciting plot. The characters however, are engaging and true to the period. Gabe and Delia's romance matures throughout the story but Moyer doesn't allow it to over power the mystery. Moyer also gets the balance right when describing the environment, including the crime scenes. It was obvious she had done a lot of research into the time period.

I am not certain what the typeface is but it looks quite art deco and there were several maps of old San Francisco in the front of the book.  I don't normally notice typeface, especially when I am reading an eBook, but this is one time when I wished I had been reading a physical book instead. The cover is gorgeous and I am sure the hard copy is lovely.

Delia's Shadow is Moyer's debut novel and this is a solid paranormal mystery. A slightly tighter plot would have taken this from just good to fantastic.

The View From Monday - September 16, 2013


Happy Monday! I hope that everyone had a good weekend. We spent some time at the local Apple Festival. It was nice to be outside and the apple fritters were wonderful. I did manage to fit in some reading. I'm almost done with The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice, which will be published on October 15, 2013. It's his first supernatural novel. More on this next month. 

It's a light release week with something for everyone it seems.


The View From Monday - September 16, 2013


There is one debut this week - Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer.



September 16, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Tropic of Darkness (e)                                      Tony Richards Su/Th
Warrior of the Nile (e) Veronica Scott PHR - Gods of Egypt 2



September 17, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Four Summoner's Tales Kelley Armstrong
Christopher Golden
David Liss
Jonathan Maberry
H - Anthology
Thor: The Viking God of Thunder Graeme Davis Myth and Legend
King of Swords Dave Duncan F/SF - Starfolk 1
WikiWorld Paul Di Filippo SF- Collection
Midnight's Temptation: Part 2 Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
Dancing (e) Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novella
Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls (e) Elliott James UF - Pax Arcana
Shadows Over Innsmouth Stephen Jones (ed) H - Anthology
Rise of the Governor (tp2mm) Robert Kirkman H/Z - The Walking Dead:
Kinslayer Jay Kristoff F - Lotus War 2
Unchained (e) J. Lynn PNR - Nephilim Rising 1
TIME The 100 Most Influential People Who Never Lived Editors of Time Magazine F/SF/ History and Criticism
The Delphi Room Melia McClure UF/H
Zombies: A Hunter's Guide Deluxe Edition Joseph McCullough Z
Born of Hatred Steve McHugh UF - Hellequin Chronicles 2
Crimes Against Magic Steve McHugh UF - Hellequin Chronicles 1
The Heist (e) Will McIntosh SF
Lords of Mars Graham McNeill F - Warhammer 40,000
The One-Eyed Man: A Fugue, With Winds and Accompaniment L. E. Modesitt SF
Delia's Shadow (D) Jaime Lee Moyer PM
Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard Kim Newman AH - Anno Dracula 4
The Cure Douglas E. Richards SF/Th
The Rose and the Thorn Michael J. Sullivan F - The Riyria Chronicles 2
Anarchy: A Novel James Treadwell F - Advent 2
Doctor Who: Official Annual 2014
SF - Doctor Who
Fatal Tide Lis Wiehl
Peter Nelson
Su/M - East Salem 3
The Demon and the City (ri) Liz Williams Su/M - Detective Inspector Chen 2
The Iron Khan (ri) Liz Williams Su/M - Detective Inspector Chen 5
The Poison Master (ri) Liz Williams Su/M - Detective Inspector Chen
Precious Dragon (ri) Liz Williams Su/M- Detective Inspector Chen 3
The Shadow Pavilion (ri) Liz Williams Su/M - Detective Inspector Chen 4
Snake Agent (ri) Liz Williams Su/M - Detective Inspector Chen 1



September 18, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dragons: The Myths, Legends, and Lore         Doug Niles F                                      
Thief of War (e) Beth Bernobich F



e - eBook
D - Debut
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback


AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
SF - Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


There are 16 debuts for September. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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

Jan DeLima, Geoffrey Girard, Elliott James, K. B. Laugheed, Jaime Lee Moyer, Peter Rawlik, V. E. Schwab, Luke Scull, and Chris Willrich are 2013 Debut Author Challenge Featured Authors.

Updated to include the US Debut of Sleepless Knights by Mark H. Williams.



Jan DeLima

Celtic Moon
Series:  Celtic Wolves 1
Publisher:  Ace, September 24, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780425266205 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Like father, like son…

Sophie Thibodeau has been on the run from the father of her son for more than fifteen years. Now her son, Joshua, is changing, and her greatest fears are about to be realized. He’s going to end up being just like his father—a man who can change into a wolf.

Dylan Black has been hunting for Sophie since the night she ran from him—an obsession he cannot afford in the midst of an impending war. Dylan controls Rhuddin Village, an isolated town in Maine where he lives with an ancient Celtic tribe. One of the few of his clan who can still shift into a wolf, he must protect his people from the Guardians, vicious warriors who seek to destroy them.

When Sophie and Dylan come together for the sake of their son, their reunion reignites the fierce passion they once shared. For the first time in years, Dylan’s lost family is within his grasp. But will he lose them all over again? Are Joshua and Sophie strong enough to fight alongside Dylan in battle? Nothing less than the fate of his tribe depends on it…




Geoffrey Girard

Cain's Blood
Publisher:  Touchstone, September 3, 2013
Format:   Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $25.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781476704043 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Ted Bundy. The Son of Sam. The Boston Strangler. Albert Fish. Henry Lee Lucas.

The DNA of the world’s most notorious serial killers has been cloned by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a new breed of bioweapon. Now in Phase Three, the program includes dozens of young men who have no clue as to their evil heritage. Playing a twisted game of nature vs. nurture, scientists raise some of the clones with loving families and others in abusive circumstances. But everything changes when the most dangerous boys are set free by their creator. A man with demons of his own, former black ops soldier Shawn Castillo is hot on their trail. But Castillo didn’t count on the quiet young man he finds hiding in an abandoned house—a boy who has just learned he is the clone of Jeffrey Dahmer. As Jeffrey and Castillo race across the country on the trail of the rampaging teens, Castillo must protect the boy who is the embodiment of his biggest fears—and who may also be his last hope. Melding all-too-plausible science and ripped from- the-headlines horror, Cain’s Blood is a stunning debut about the potential for good and evil in us all.




David Hair

Mage's Blood
Series:  The Moontide Quartet 1
Publisher:  Jo Fletcher Books, September 3, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 704 pages
Price:  $26.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-62365-014-8 (print)
Adult Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade.

The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest."

Now the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight…but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.




Jeff Jackson

Mira Corpora
Publisher:  Two Dollar Radio, September 3, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback, 182 pages
Price:  $16.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781937512132 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Mira Corpora is the debut novel from acclaimed playwright Jeff Jackson, an inspired, dreamlike adventure by a distinctive new talent.

Literary and inventive, but also fast-paced and gripping, Mira Corpora charts the journey of a young runaway. A coming-of-age story for people who hate coming-of-age stories, featuring a colony of outcast children, teenage oracles, amusement parks haunted by gibbons, mysterious cassette tapes, and a reclusive underground rockstar.

With astounding precision, Jackson weaves a moving tale of discovery and self-preservation across a startling, vibrant landscape.




Elliott James

Charming
Series:  Pax Arcana 1
Publisher:  Orbit, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780316253390 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
John Charming isn't your average Prince...

He comes from a line of Charmings -- an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is-- until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn't change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar... Right?




K.B. Laugheed

The Spirit Keeper
Publisher:  Plume, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $16.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780142180334 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
This is the account of Katie O Toole, late of Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, removed from her family by savages on March the 2nd in the year of our Lord 1747

The thirteenth child conceived of miserable Irish exiles, Katie O Toole dreams of a different life. Little does she know that someone far away is dreaming of her.

In 1747, savages raid her family home, and seventeen-year-old Katie is taken captive. Syawa and Hector have been searching for her, guided by Syawa s dreams. A young Holyman, Syawa believes Katie is the subject of his Vision: the Creature of Fire and Ice, destined to bring a great gift to his people. Despite her flaming hair and ice-blue eyes, Katie is certain he is mistaken, but faced with returning to her family, she agrees to join them. She soon discovers that in order to fulfill Syawa s Vision, she must first become his Spirit Keeper, embarking on an epic journey that will change her life and heart forever.




Alison Littlewood

A Cold Season
Publisher:  Jo Fletcher Books, September 24, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $24.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-62365-022-3 (print)
US Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
A dark and disturbing tale from a bold new voice in horror writing: After the battlefront death of her husband, a soldier, in the sands of the Middle East, a distraught Cass decides to move to the bucolic, picture-perfect village of Darnshaw with her teenaged son. Since Cass’s website design business can be run from anywhere with an internet connection and Ben could benefit from a change of scenery, a move to the highlands village seems like just the thing.

But the locals aren’t as friendly as she had hoped and the internet connection isn’t as reliable as her business requires. And when Ben begins to display a hostility that is completely unlike his usual gentle nature, Cass begins to despair. Finally, the blizzards thunder through and Darnshaw is marooned in a sea of snow.

When things look their blackest, she finds one sympathetic ear in the person of her son’s substitute teacher. But his attentions can’t put to rest her growing anxiety about her son and her business. And soon, she finds herself pitted against dark forces she can barely comprehend. The cold season has begun.




Eric Lundgren

The Facades
Publisher:  Overlook, September 12, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages
Price:  $25.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781468306873 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Along the streets of the once-great Midwestern city of Trude, the ornate old buildings lie in ruin. Shrouded in disappointment and nostalgia, Trude has become a place to "lose yourself," as one tourist brochure puts it: a treacherous maze of convoluted shopping malls, barricaded libraries, and elitist assisted-living homes.

One night at Trude's opera house, the theater's most celebrated mezzo-soprano vanishes during rehearsal. When police come up empty-handed, the star's husband, a disconsolate legal clerk named Sven Norberg, must take up the quest on his own. But to discover the secret of his wife's disappearance, Norberg must descend into Trude's underworld and confront the menacing and bizarre citizens of his hometown: rebellious librarians, shifty music critics, a cop called the Oracle, and the minister of an apocalyptic church who has recruited Norberg's teenage son. Faced with the loss of everything he loves, Norberg follows his investigation to the heart of the city and through the buildings of a possibly insane modernist architect called Bernhard, whose elaborate vision will offer him an astonishing revelation.

Written with boundless intelligence and razor-sharp wit, The Facades is a comic and existential mystery that unfolds at the urgent pace of a thriller.




Kate Maruyama

Harrowgate
Publisher:  47North, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 286 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781477807651 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Michael should be overjoyed by the birth of his son, but his wife, Sarah, won?t let him touch the baby or allow anyone to visit.

Greta, an intrusive, sinister doula has wormed her way into their lives, driving a wedge between Michael and his family. Every time he leaves the Harrowgate, he returns to find his beloved wife and baby altered. He feels his family slipping away, and as a malevolent force begins to creep in, Michael does what any new father would do?he fights to keep his family together.

Kate Maruyama?s debut novel, Harrowgate, is a chilling, richly detailed story of love, loss, and the haunted place that lies between.




Jaime Lee Moyer

Delia's Shadow
Publisher:  Tor, September 17, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765331823 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia’s most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.

Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free…until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.

It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again.

And who is now aware of Delia’s existence.




Peter Rawlik

Reanimators
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, September 3, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781597804783 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Two Men. A Bitter Rivalry. And a Quarter-Century of Unspeakable Horrors.

Herbert West’s crimes against nature are well-known to those familiar with the darkest secrets of science and resurrection. Obsessed with finding a cure for mankind’s oldest malady, death itself, he has experimented upon the living and dead, leaving behind a trail of monsters, mayhem, and madness. But the story of his greatest rival has never been told — until now.

Dr. Stuart Hartwell, a colleague and contemporary of West, sets out to destroy him by uncovering the secrets of his terrible experiments, only to become what he initially despised: a reanimator of the dead.

For more than twenty years, the two scientists race each other to master the mysteries of life . . . and unlife. From the grisly battlefields of the Great War to the haunted coasts of Dunwich and Innsmouth, from the halls of fabled Miskatonic University to the sinking of the Titanic, their unholy quests leave their mark upon the world — and create monsters of them both.




V. E. Schwab

Vicious
Publisher:  Tor, September 24, 2013
Format:   Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765335340 (print)
Adult Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
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.




Luke Scull

The Grim Company
Series:  Grim Company 1
Publisher:  Roc, September 3, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $26.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780425264843 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
The Gods are dead. The Magelord Salazar and his magically enhanced troops, the Augmentors, crush any dissent they find in the minds of the populace. On the other side of the Broken Sea, the White Lady plots the liberation of Dorminia, with her spymistresses, the Pale Women. Demons and abominations plague the Highlands.

The world is desperately in need of heroes. But what they get instead are a ragtag band of old warriors, a crippled Halfmage, two orphans and an oddly capable manservant: the Grim Company.




Michael Farris Smith

Rivers
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster, September 10, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781451699425 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It had been raining for weeks. Maybe months. He had forgotten the last day that it hadn’t rained, when the storms gave way to the pale blue of the Gulf sky, when the birds flew and the clouds were white and sunshine glistened across the drenched land.

Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, the Gulf Coast—stretching from the Florida panhandle to the western Louisiana border—has been brought to its knees. The region is so punished and depleted that the government has drawn a new boundary ninety miles north of the coastline. Life below the Line offers no services, no electricity, and no resources, and those who stay behind live by their own rules.

Cohen is one who stayed. Unable to overcome the crushing loss of his wife and unborn child who were killed during an evacuation, he returned home to Mississippi to bury them on family land. Until now he hasn’t had the strength to leave them behind, even to save himself.

But after his home is ransacked and all of his carefully accumulated supplies stolen, Cohen is finally forced from his shelter. On the road north, he encounters a colony of survivors led by a fanatical, snake-handling preacher named Aggie who has dangerous visions of repopulating the barren region.

Realizing what’s in store for the women Aggie is holding against their will, Cohen is faced with a decision: continue to the Line alone, or try to shepherd the madman’s captives across the unforgiving land with the biggest hurricane yet bearing down—and Cohen harboring a secret that may pose the greatest threat of all.

Eerily prophetic in its depiction of a southern landscape ravaged by extreme weather, Rivers is a masterful tale of survival and redemption in a world where the next devastating storm is never far behind.





Mark H. Williams

Sleepless Knights
Publisher:  Atomic Fez Publishing, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 418 pages
Price:  $15.00
ISBN:  978-1927609019
US Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It’s not easy being the man behind the myth.

Sir Lucas is butler to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table — the person who managed every quest from behind the scenes. He’s a man whose average working day involved defeating witches and banishing werewolves, while ensuring the Royal pot of tea never crossed the thin line separating ‘brewed’ from ‘stewed.’ What’s more, 1,500 years after that golden age, he’s still doing it — here in the modern world, right under our noses.

When King Arthur and six of his knights are exposed as living among us, Merlin is unleashed and a grim apocalypse unfolds, uncovering secrets from the past that King Arthur would rather stay buried. When Lucas is forced to confront his own peculiar destiny, will he choose to sacrifice his true love and lay down his life in the service of his master?

Sleepless Knights is a tale of high adventure and warm humour, with a spring in its step, a twinkle in its eye and, at its heart, the ultimate butler.





Chris Willrich

The Scroll of Years
Series:  Gaunt and Bone
Publisher:  Pyr, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 270 pages
Price:  $15.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-61614-813-3 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It's Brent Weeks meets China Mieville in this wildly imaginative fantasy debut featuring high action, elegant writing, and sword and sorcery with a Chinese flare.

Persimmon Gaunt and Imago Bone are a romantic couple and partners in crime. Persimmon is a poet from a well-to-do family, who found herself looking for adventure, while Imago is a thief in his ninth decade who is double-cursed, and his body has not aged in nearly seventy years. Together, their services and wanderlust have taken them into places better left unseen, and against odds best not spoken about. Now, they find themselves looking to get away, to the edge of the world, with Persimmon pregnant with their child, and the most feared duo of assassins hot on their trail. However, all is never what it seems, and a sordid adventure-complete with magic scrolls, gangs of thieves, and dragons both eastern and western-is at hand.



Melanie's Week in Review - August 25, 2013


Melanie's Week in Review  - August 25, 2013



This is a bank holiday weekend in the UK so I get a whole extra day to get chores done or what is more likely to happen I will spend the extra day not getting any chores done but a few books read!

Melanie's Week in Review  - August 25, 2013
This has been a bit of a mixed genre kind of week for me. I started the week with an urban fantasy and finished off with Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong. I really liked this final installment of the Otherworld series. Look out for my review next week to find out why and what I liked about it. I then switched genres to paranormal mystery in the form of Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer. I got this book from NetGalley and it is set in the mid 1910's, about a decade after the big earthquake in San Francisco. Delia is being haunted by a ghost (who she calls Shadow) and the ghost is desperate for Delia's help to solve her murder. I am planning to review this book so I don't want to give too much away. I should have finished it but I read a few things in between. I am hoping to finish it today.

Melanie's Week in Review  - August 25, 2013I did get completed distracted from my reading plan by reading recommendations. Note to self.....don't listen to random recommendations. I am not even sure where I read about Never Kiss a Rake by Anne Stuart.This was a complete departure from anything I have read in about a decade. I used to read a lot of historical fiction and historical romance but my tastes changed. Never Kiss a Rake was 100% historical romance. It was described as being a retelling of Jane Eyre. I love Charlotte Brontë and have read Jane Eyre a few times over. Unfortunately for me, Never Kiss a Rake was nothing like Jane Eyre. I think the only thing that was the similar was that the hero Adrian Bruton, aka Rochester was rich and married. On the plus side this was a '2 tube journey' book so I got to work and back without having to challenge myself too much or worried that I would miss a plot point.

Melanie's Week in Review  - August 25, 2013
I was perusing my Kindle recommendations and came across The Keepers by Donna Augustine. This was the story about a girl who goes from thinking she is a freak of nature to discovering she is an extremely powerful half blood from two alien races. I am still quite indecisive whether this was science fiction or urban fantasy. There were alternative universes, aliens in the form of Fae and werewolves and wormholes. If anyone knows what genre that all fits into let me know. Luckily The Keepers was ridiculously cheap on Amazon....think about 69p. It had quite a lot of promise but it could have done with a few beta reviews. There were typos and grammatical mistakes that could have been avoided with an objective read-through. It also seems to finish mid-sentence. While its the first book in The Alchemy series it could have ended on a cliff hanger at the very least rather than ending in what seemed that there were a few pages missing.

Hopefully, this weekend I will get back on my reading track and leave the recommendations for another time. To find out whether I succeed then come back next Sunday. Until then Happy Reading.

Guest Blog by Jaime Lee Moyer, author of Delia's Shadow - The Importance of Heroic Heroines - August 14, 2013


Please welcome Jaime Lee Moyer to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Delia's Shadow will be published on September 17th.



Guest Blog by Jaime Lee Moyer, author of Delia's Shadow - The Importance of Heroic Heroines - August 14, 2013




The Importance of Heroic Heroines

Once upon a time, women and girls didn't do much of anything in most science fiction and fantasy novels. That probably seems weird to many of today's readers, but it's true. Female characters were shuffled off into the roles of damsel in distress, the tomboy girl sidekick, or the girlfriend/wife/sister/daughter who always needed rescue. Women were left behind when the action started.

Almost any part a woman played in the story was passive. The lone woman on the spaceship crew was never the captain, the head of the science department, or the leader of the away team. And if she did actually attempt to take independent action or be heroic, it ended badly. The role of hero or leader was reserved for the men in the story.

Women might as well have been potted plants for all the importance they held in the story. That always seemed odd and strange, and really, really wrong.

One of the easy decisions I made when I started Delia's Shadow was to have the women in this book be the center and the heart of the story. Gabe and Jack do important things, don't get me wrong, but in my eyes this really is Delia, Sadie and Dora's story.

And all the women in this book are heroes, in the way that real women of all ages have always been brave and heroic. They solve the puzzles, think things through, and save the day. This was important to me. Women don't have to do physical battle with villains or monsters to be heroes.

They can, but they don't have to.

My favorite definition of a hero is an ordinary person who finds herself in extraordinary circumstances and faces them head on. A hero not only survives, but does so with as much grace as she can muster. A hero might be tired, scared, and unsure, but she doesn't quit. A hero does what needs to be done.

The women in Delia's Shadow don't quit. They make the smartest choices they can and do what they have to do.

Delia, the title character, finds herself haunted by the ghost of a woman murdered thirty years before. She's seen ghosts since she was a child, but this ghost is different. Shadow, as she comes to call this spirit, demands things of her, shows her horrific things, and opens the gates for more and more ghosts to enter her life. Instead of running from Shadow, or finding a way to send the ghost away forever, Delia learns to cope and solve the mystery of how Shadow died. In the process she discovers how strong she is.

Sadie Larkin, Delia's best friend since childhood, is forced to watch her strong, vibrant mother, Esther, become increasingly childlike as death approaches. As Delia gets drawn deeper and deeper into the mystery of Shadow, so does Sadie. In many ways, Sadie might be the bravest of all.

Dealing with the aftermath of death and spirits causes Isadora Bobet, society medium and closet witch, real physical agony. Dora doesn't have a real stake in Delia's plight and could walk away from the whole mess unscathed. She doesn't. She stays.

Esther's memory fades a bit more each day, her body grows weaker, but her need to protect "her girls" never wavers. Annie is the glue that holds them all together.

Writers make a thousand different decisions on plot and character, on tone and style, and a myriad of things that go into making a book come "alive". All of them are important.

Focusing on women characters, and making them loving, supportive friends, was important to me.

It just felt right.






About Delia's Shadow

Delia's Shadow
Tor Books, September 17, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Guest Blog by Jaime Lee Moyer, author of Delia's Shadow - The Importance of Heroic Heroines - August 14, 2013
It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia’s most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.

Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free…until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.

It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again.

And who is now aware of Delia’s existence.





About Jaime Lee Moyer

Jaime Lee Moyer lives in San Antonio with writer Marshall Payne, two cats, three guitars and a growing collection of books and music. Her first novel, DELIA’S SHADOW, will be published by TOR Books in September 2013. Her novels are represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.

Jaime has sold short fiction to Lone Star Stories, Daily Science Fiction, and to the Triangulations: End of the Rainbow, and Triangulations: Last Contact anthologies. She was poetry editor for Ideomancer Speculative Fiction for five years and edited the 2010 Rhysling Award Anthology for the Science Fiction Poetry Association. A poet in her own right, she’s sold more than her share of poetry.

She writes a lot. She reads as much as she can.

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Melanie's Week in Review - August 4, 2013



Melanie's Week in Review - August 4, 2013



Melanie's Week in Review - August 4, 2013 This was a fairly unproductive week on the reading front. Well, marginally unproductive. My best friend was over from Australia and we ended up doing some cultural stuff like going to Tate Britain and some not so cultural stuff like going to see Pacific Rim and riding this funfair ride on the Southbank. It was fun but only lasted 1.5 minutes. I guess that is less time to get vertigo.

My love affair with the Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan continues with my very own reunion reading of the series.  I have been reading Rise of Empire this week. I am not finished with it but hope to be early next week.  I have been trying to not rush reading them and as they are actually 2 books in one so they take longer to read than I think they should when I start out. Several months ago I sponsored Sullivan's newest book - Hollow World through Kickstarter and guess what?  He has released the ARC. It's a while before it will be released but I am super excited about being part of this literary adventure.

Melanie's Week in Review - August 4, 2013
Those of you who read my Week in Review last week will know that I started Broken Elements by Mia Marshall. I quite enjoyed it and so moved onto reading book 2, Shifting Elements. There were some really funny lines in this one and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be reviewing both of these books soon so I won't be giving too much away.

I also got some 'goodies' from NetGalley this week including A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon, Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett and Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer (who is a featured author in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge). I am excited about reading these three books....and a few others I have in my TBR.  Perhaps I better get started.

Until next week Happy Reading!

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