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The View From Monday - June 3, 2019


Happy first Monday in June!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey;

The Ragged Blade by Christopher Ruz;

and

Oval by Elvia Wilk.

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




 From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Soul of Power (The Waking Land 3) by Callie Bates;

Abigale Hall by Lauren A. Forry is out in Trade Paperback;

Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded by Jason Heller is out in Trade Paperback;

An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim is out in Trade Paperback;

The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty is out in Trade Paperback;

Fray (Unraveled Kingdom 2) by Rowenna Miller

The Lost Queen (The Lost Queen 1) by Signe Pike is out in Trade Paperback;


Empire of Silence (Sun Eater 1) by Christopher Ruocchio is out in Mass Market Paperback.

and

The Fire Opal Mechanism (Jewel 2) by Fran Wilde.

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



The View From Monday - June 3, 2019



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

June 3, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Give Up the Ghost (e) Jenn Burke PM - Not Dead Yet 2
Craving Supernatural Creatures: German Fairy-Tale Figures in American Pop Culture Claudia Schwabe FairyT/FolkT/LM/ MTI/LF - Fairy-Tale Studies



June 4, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wastelands: The New Apocalypse John Joseph Adams (Ed) SF/AP/PA - Anthology
The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF, Vol. 5 David Afsharirad (Ed) SF - Year's Best Military & Adventure Science 5
Spine of the Dragon Kevin J. Anderson F - Wake the Dragon 1
The Soul of Power Callie Bates F - The Waking Land 3
The Sound of Echoes Eric Bernt TechTh/Th/SF - Speed of Sound Thrillers 2
The Plague Stones James Brodgen H/SupTh/Occ/Sup
My Enemy's Enemy Robert Buettner SF
Brief Cases (h2tp) Jim Butcher UF - Dresden Files Collection
Sunspot Jungle: Volume Two: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction (e) Bill Campbell (Ed) SF/F/H - Anthology
This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us (h2tp) Edgar Cantero Cr/Satire/BH
To Clear Away the Shadows David Drake SF/SO - RCN 13
Abigale Hall (h2tp) Lauren A. Forry PsyTh
Magic for Liars (D) Sarah Gailey CF/M/Sus
Just One Bite Jack Heath Cr/H/PI
Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded (h2tp) Jason Heller PopCul/LC/SF/F
Zero Sum Game (h2tp) S. L. Huang SF/TechTh - Cas Russell 1
Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales Stephen King (Ed)
Bev Vincent (Ed)
Sus/H - Anthology
The Outsider (h2tp) Stephen King Sus
The Hills Have Spies (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F/FR - Valdemar: Family Spies 1
Liaden Universe Constellation IV Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF/SO - Liaden Universe collection
An Ocean of Minutes (h2tp) Thea Lim LF
Unraveling Karen Lord F/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Robots of Gotham (h2tp) Todd McAulty SF
Fray Rowenna Miller F/HistF - Unraveled Kingdom 2
The Beyond Chloe Neill UF/P/PNR - Devil's Isle 4
Burning Sky (tp2mm) Weston Ochse SF/H
From Distant Stars Sam Peters SF/M/Noir/SFR/AC - From Darkest Skies 2
The Lost Queen (h2tp) Signe Pike Hist - Lost Queen 1
By the Pricking of Her Thumb Adam Roberts SF/M/Cr
The Great Eastern Howard Rodman HistF
Empire of Silence (h2mm) Christopher Ruocchio SF/SO/AC - Sun Eater 1
The Ragged Blade (D) Christopher Ruz F - Century of Sand 1
Wolf Rain Nalini Singh PNR/SFR/P - Psy-Changeling Trinity 3
War Criminals Gavin G. Smith SF/Th/HSF/CyP/AC - Bastard Legion 3
Fall; or, Dodge in Hell Neal Stephenson TechTh
At All Costs (Limited Leatherbound Collector's Edition) David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 11
The Fire Opal Mechanism Fran Wilde F - Jewel 2
Oval (D) Elvia Wilk LF/BH/TechTh/Dys/SF/Satire
Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine: A Decade of Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories, 2005-2015 Sheila Williams (Ed) SF - Anthology



June 7, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Black Madness :: Mad Blackness Therí Alyce Pickens LC/SocSci/SF/F



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BH - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

The View From Monday - June 4, 2018


Happy 1st Monday in June!

There are 6 debuts this week:

Treeborne by Caleb Johnson;

The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston;

The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War by Jane Rosenberg LaForge;

Free Chocolate (The Chocoverse 1) by Amber Royer;

The Book of M by Pend Shepherd;

and

A People's History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal.

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




From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Adrift by Rob Boffard;

The Visitors by Catherine Burns is out in Trade Paperback;

Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded by Jason Heller;

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard is out in Trade Paperback;

Chaos Queen - Blood Requiem (Chaos Queen 3) by Christopher Husberg;

Refugees (Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 8) by Malka Older;

Outbreak (Nightshades 3) by Melissa F. Olson;

After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley by Rob Reid is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Legion of Flame (The Draconis Memoria 2) by Anthony Ryan is out in Trade Paperback.

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



The View From Monday - June 4, 2018



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

June 4, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In Darkness Transformed (e) Alexis Morgan PNR - Paladin Strike Team 1



June 5, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF, Volume 4 David Afsharirad (Ed) SF - Year's Best Military & Adventure Science 4
Devil's Due (h2mm) Taylor Anderson SF/AH - Destroyermen 12
The Wisdom of Madness C.J. Archer HistF - Ministry Of Curiosities 10
Adrift Rob Boffard SF
Brothers in Arms (ri) Lois McMaster Bujold SF/SO - Vorkosigan Saga 9
The Visitors (h2tp) Catherine Burns PsyTh
Brief Cases Jim Butcher UF - Dresden Files Collection
Grantville Gazette VIII Eric Flint (Ed)
Walt Boyes (Ed)
SF/TT - The Ring of Fire 8
Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars Warren Hammond
Joshua Viola
SF/CyP - Denver Moon
Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded Jason Heller SocSci/PopCul/LC/SF/F
An Unkindness of Magicians (h2tp) Kat Howard DF
A Peace Divided (h2tp) Tanya Huff SF/AC - Peacekeeper 2
Chaos Queen - Blood Requiem Christopher Husberg F/DF - Chaos Queen 3
Treeborne (D) Caleb Johnson LF/FL
The Traitor God (D) Cameron Johnston F/DF/UF
The Mist (ri) Stephen King Th
Carrie (ri) Stephen King H
The Hills Have Spies Mercedes Lackey F/FR - Valdemar: Family Spies 1
The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War (D) Jane Rosenberg LaForge FairyT/FolkT/LM/MR/LF
A Panicked Premonition (h2mm) Victoria Laurie PM/Occ/Sup - Psychic Eye Mystery 15
Companions on the Road (ri) Tanith Lee F
Sparrow Hill Road (ri) Seanan McGuire P/UF/CF - Ghost Roads 1
Outbreak Melissa F. Olson P/UF - Nightshades 3
Expiration Date Tim Powers CF
After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley (h2tp) Rob Reid Satire/TechTh/SF/HU
2312 (h2mm) Kim Stanley Robinson SF/SO/Dys
Aurora (ri) Kim Stanley Robinson SF/SO/HSF
Plum Rains Andromeda Romano-Lax SF/AP/PA/Hist/Med
Free Chocolate (D) Amber Royer SF/SO - The Chocoverse 1
The Golden House (h2tp) Salman Rushdie LF/Satire/Political
The Legion of Flame (h2tp) Anthony Ryan F/DF - The Draconis Memoria 2
Koko Uncaged Kieran Shea SF
The Book of M (D) Peng Shepherd LF/NF
The Sea Peoples (h2mm) S. M. Stirling SF/AP/PA/AH/F - A Novel of the Change 14
The Delirium Brief (h2tp) Charles Stross CF/DF - Laundry Files 8
The Shimmer Carsten Stroud Th/SupTh/PsyTh
Star Trek: Discovery: Fear Itself James Swallow SF - Star Trek: Discovery 3
Her Beautiful Monster (h2tp) Adi Tantimedh M - Ravi PI 2
Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers (e) Sarena Ulibarri (Ed) SF/HSF/Tech - Anthology
A People's History of the Vampire Uprising (D) Raymond A. Villareal CulH/H/Pol/SupTh
Finding the Texas Wolf Karen Whiddon PNR
The Maw Taylor Zajonc Sus/SF



June 6, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Meat And Salt And Sparks: A Tor.com Original (e) Rich Larson SF/M
Refugees (e) Malka Older F - Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 8



June 7, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ghost Stories (ri) M. R. James GH - The Penguin English Library
At the Mountains of Madness (ri) H. P. Lovecraft SF - The Penguin English Library
The Last Children of Tokyo Yoko Tawada Dys/LF



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LegalTh - Legal Thriller
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
Rel - Religious
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SocSci - Social Science
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13


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



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



Michelle Hauck (2015)

Faithful
Birth of Saints 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 15, 2016
eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Following Grudging--and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall--religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck's Birth of Saints series!

A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.

Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?

On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.

What they find instead is an old woman.

But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.

A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.





Kevin Hearne (2011)

The Purloined Poodle
Oberon's Meaty Mysteries 1
Subterranean Press, September 30, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 112 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Thanks to his relationship with the ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, Oberon the Irish wolfhound knows trouble when he smells it—and furthermore, he knows he can handle it.

When he discovers that a prizewinning poodle has been abducted in Eugene, Oregon, he learns that it’s part of a rash of hound abductions all over the Pacific Northwest. Since the police aren’t too worried about dogs they assume have run away, Oberon knows it’s up to him to track down those hounds and reunite them with their humans. For justice! And gravy!

Engaging the services of his faithful Druid, Oberon must travel throughout Oregon and Washington to question a man with a huge salami, thwart the plans of diabolical squirrels, and avoid, at all costs, a fight with a great big bear.

But if he’s going to solve the case of the Purloined Poodle, Oberon will have to recruit the help of a Boston terrier named Starbuck, survive the vegetables in a hipster pot pie, and firmly refuse to be distracted by fire hydrants and rabbits hiding in the rose bushes.

At the end of the day, will it be a sad bowl of dry kibble for the world’s finest hound detective, or will everything be coming up sirloins?

The Purloined Poodle is another exciting novella entry in Kevin Hearne’s New York Times best-selling Iron Druid series.


Staked
The Iron Druid Chronicles 8
Del Rey, November 1, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 26, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Iron Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, hero of Kevin Hearne’s epic urban fantasy series, has a point to make—and then drive into a vampire’s heart.

When a Druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he’s bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers—led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus—have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It’s time to make a stand.

As always, Atticus wouldn’t mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: Turns out when you stiff a troll, it’s not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki’s mark and elude his powers of divination—a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares.

As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won’t come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.





Rhiannon Held (2012)

Hound and Key
Rhiannon Held, August 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 378 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Key has lived her entire life in captivity, forced to use her magic to kill the enemies of Ariadne, an ageless woman with powerful magic of her own. Key knows she and Ariadne are both members of the Hand of the Gods, five souls reborn through the ages, but Key remembers none of her past lives. She chafes against Ariadne's control, and longs to escape to lead a life of her own.

Eric has worked for Ariadne for years in ignorance of her secrets, but now coincidences and bad luck are piling up. When he talks his way into the compound that houses Key and the other members of the Hand, he learns the truth about Ariadne's magic—and the murders she's committed with it. Together, Eric and Key escape and set out to find Lantern, the one member of the Hand Ariadne has never managed to capture—and who may know how to stop her for good.





Jason Heller (2012)

Cyber World – Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow
Jason Heller and Joshua Viola, Editors
Hex Publishers, November 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 260 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Cybernetics. Neuroscience. Nanotechnology. Genetic engineering. Hacktivism. Transhumanism. The world of tomorrow is already here, and the technological changes we all face have inspired a new wave of stories to address our fears, hopes, dreams, and desires as Homo sapiens evolve—or not—into their next incarnation. Cyber World presents diverse tales of humanity’s tomorrow, as told by some of today’s most gripping science fiction visionaries.

Edited by Hugo Award winner Jason Heller and Joshua Viola.

[For more information and a TOC see this post at Amazing Stories.]





Patrick Hemstreet (2016)

The God Wave
Harper Voyager, January 3, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 17, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
A team of neuroscientists uncover amazing new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous and deadly frontiers in this spectacular debut work of speculative science fiction—Limitless meets James Rollins—that combines spirituality and science in an inventive, mind-blowing fashion.

For decades, scientists have speculated about the untapped potential of the human brain. Now, neuroscientist Chuck Brenton has made an astonishing breakthrough. He has discovered the key—the crucial combination of practice and conditioning—to access the incredible power dormant in ninety percent of our brains. Applying his methods to test subjects, he has stimulated abilities that elevate brain function to seemingly “godlike” levels.

These extraordinary abilities can transform the world, replacing fear and suffering with tranquility and stability. But in an age of increasing militarization, corporate exploitation, and explosive technological discovery, a group of influential power brokers are determined to control Brenton’s new superbeings for their own manipulative ends—and their motives may be far from peaceful.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2


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



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




Saladin Ahmed (2012)
Madeline Ashby (2012)
Matthew Kressel (2015)
Cat Rambo (2015)
Nisi Shawl (2016)

Cyber World – Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow
Jason Heller (2012) and Joshua Viola, Editors
Hex Publishers, November 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 260 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
Cybernetics. Neuroscience. Nanotechnology. Genetic engineering. Hacktivism. Transhumanism. The world of tomorrow is already here, and the technological changes we all face have inspired a new wave of stories to address our fears, hopes, dreams, and desires as Homo sapiens evolve—or not—into their next incarnation. Cyber World presents diverse tales of humanity’s tomorrow, as told by some of today’s most gripping science fiction visionaries.

Edited by Hugo Award winner Jason Heller and Joshua Viola.

[For more information and a TOC see this post at Amazing Stories.]





Brooklyn Ann (2013)

His Ruthless Bite
Scandals With Bite 4
Broken Angels, April 15, 2016
eBook and Trade Paperback, 272 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
The Lord Vampire of Rochester doesn’t do a favor without a price. And now it’s time to collect.

Gavin Drake, Baron of Darkwood is being pestered by nosy neighbors and matchmaking mothers of the mortal nobility. To escape their scrutiny, he concludes that it’s time to take a wife. After witnessing the young vampire Lenore’s loyalty to the Lord of London, he decides she is sufficient for the role.

After surviving kidnapping and abuse from rogue vampires, Lenore Graves wants to help other women recover from their inner wounds. She befriends physician John Elliotson and uses her vampire powers to aid him in using mesmerism on his patients. When the Lord Vampire of London declares that Lenore is the price the Lord Vampire of Rochester demands for aiding him in battle the previous year, she is terrified. Will all of her healing and hard work be destroyed by Ruthless Rochester? And yet, she can’t suppress stirrings of desire at the memory of their potent encounter.

After Gavin assures her that the marriage will be in name only, Lenore reluctantly accepts Gavin’s proposal rather than face potential animosity from her new lord. Determined to continue her work, she invites John Elliotson to Rochester. As they help women recover from traumas, Lenore explores her own inner turmoil and examines her attraction to her husband.

Gavin quickly realizes his marriage is a mistake. His new baroness’s involvement with the mesmerist is damaging his reputation among mortals and vampires alike. He knows he should put a stop to Lenore’s antics— yet her tender heart is warming his own and tempting him to make her his bride in truth.

As Lenore and Gavin’s relationship blossoms, the leader of a gang of rogue vampires embarks on a quest for vengeance against Gavin… using Lenore as his key.


With Vengeance
Hearts of Metal 2
Boroughs Publishing Group, May 18, 2016
eBook and Trade Paperback, 194 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
Katana James is about to become the studio guitarist for her favorite heavy metal band ever—and meet the musicians, music, and man of her dreams.

SHE MEANS BUSINESS

Twenty-three year old Katana James can shred on the guitar. Not that anyone would know, as she’s spent most of her time working on a popular news and gossip website for Heavy Metal fans since her own band broke up. But her dreams are in reach when she gets an audition to play with her favorite band, Bleeding Vengeance. Kat won’t let her gender, her anxiety disorder, or even the pranks of a malicious stalker stand in her way. The only thing to threaten her focus? A growing fascination with the group’s brilliant, mysterious bass player.

HE OFFERS PLEASURE

Klement Burke has always been the heart, soul and brain of Bleeding Vengeance. He’s the kind of rock star who stays in the shadows, a perfectionist more interested in satisfying his brain than other parts of his body. Until he auditions Katana James. At first it seemed a perfect idea, as he’s been aware of her talent for some time. But meeting her in the flesh ignites thoughts far from professional. Despite the conflict of work, the odds against her falling for a geek like him, and a secret he’s been hiding, his heart, body and soul now belong to Kat.


Unleashing Desire
Brides of Prophecy 4
Broken Angels, August 16, 2016
eBook and Trade Paperback, 308 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
A setup so perfect… it might just be fate.

Radu Nicolae has spent centuries in a guilt-induced hibernation beneath the ruins of his family castle. The only time he awakens is to feast on the occasional vampire hunter. When Lillian Holmes invades his lair, trying to kill him for a crime he did not commit, he decides it is time to rejoin the world. As he feeds on the inept, but delectable hunter and sees her memories, he realizes that he is being used as a weapon to murder her. Radu does not like being used.

Agent Lillian Holmes, of the Abnormal Investigation Unit, is sent on a mission to kill the vampire who murdered her father. But when she tries to stake Radu, he awakens. When his fangs sink into her throat, she thinks she’s a goner. To her surprise, she wakes up a prisoner. Furthermore, Radu did not kill her father. The AIU killed Joe Holmes and sent Lillian to Radu to die.

Together, they strike a bargain: Lillian will help Radu travel to the United States to reunite with his long lost twin brother. In return, he will help her take down the men who killed her father. As their relationship deepens on their journey, so does the danger. Not only must they keep government agents from finding out that Lillian is alive, but she also has a secret that will rock the foundations of the vampire world. 





Jill Archer (2012)

Pocket Full of Tinder
Noon Onyx 4
Black Willow
Word Count: ~ 85,000
Cover Artist: Rebecca Frank

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
Noon Onyx is back! In this long-awaited fourth installment, Jill Archer returns readers to the dangerous world of Halja, where demons, angels, and humans coexist in an uneasy state of détente.

Maegester-in-Training Noon Onyx feels like she’s done it all – mastered fiery magic, become an adept fighter, learned the law, killed countless demons, and survived having her heart broken by both love and an arrow, but now she’ll face her greatest challenge yet…

Far to the north lies an outpost famous for its unrest – Rockthorn Gorge. The town’s patron has specifically requested Noon’s help. Her assignment? Help the neophyte demon lord build his fiefdom and keep what’s his. The problem? Lord Aristos – Noon’s new employer – is her erstwhile lover, Ari Carmine, the aforementioned heartbreaker. And the number one thing he wants is her.

When Rockthorn Gorge’s viaduct is destroyed by Displodo, an enigmatic bomber, killing a dozen settlers and wounding scores more, Noon sets off early to aid in the search and rescue. Ari is listed among the missing and the suspects are legion. But Noon’s search is just the beginning. Her journey forces Noon to confront not only those she loves, but also enemies hell-bent on destroying them.





Stephen Aryan (2015)

Bloodmage
Age of Darkness 2
Orbit, April 12, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
The people of Perizzi have survived the battlemage war, but their future is looking darker than ever.

BYRNE is a member of the Watch, investigating a series of murders in which the corpse was drained entirely of life.

FRAY's expertise with magic is needed to catch the killer, but working with the Watch destroyed his father, years before.

CHOSS is a champion fighter, trying to diffuse a war in the underworld that threatens to turn the streets red with rivers of blood.

KATJA is a spy from a foreign land, attempting to prevent a massacre that will topple two dynasties and destroy the fragile peace in the city for ever.

Watchmen and spies, assassins and criminals will clash on the streets in this magic-fuelled adventure from the author of Battlemage.


Chaosmage
Age of Darkness 3
Orbit, October 11, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
The final book in the epic fantasy trilogy that began with Battlemage - expect fireball-filled battles, otherworldy enemies, and heroically powerful mages

Voechenka is a city under siege. Decimated by the Battlemage War, its dead now walk the city at night, attacking survivors, calling their names and begging the living to join them beyond the grave.

Tammy is a watchman sent to the city to investigate, so the ruling powers can decide whether to help Voechenka or leave it to its grisly fate.

Zannah is a pariah in Voechenka - making up for her people's war crimes by protecting refugees who fear her far more than they fear their unearthly attackers.

Balfruss is a scholar, a traveler . . . and the infamous mage who single-handedly ended the war.

No one else may enter or leave the city - so if this ragtag group of survivors can't figure out what is going on, they'll live out their last few, short days within its walls.
And night is coming on fast . . .





Madeline Asbhy (2012)

Company Town
Tor Books, July 18, 2017
Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 17,2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2

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Edward Ashton (2015)

Midnight in Absheron: Digital Science Fiction Short Story
Digital Science Fiction, August 18, 2016
Kindle eBook, 25 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
Midnight in Absheron
By Edward Ashton
Digital Science Fiction Short Story
Presented by DigitalFictionPub.com

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

And the winners are.....


Heart of the Incubus (Demons of Infernum 3.5) by Rosalie Lario (ecopy) - Ended January 9, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question:  If you could go on a date with one paranormal being, who or what would he/she/it be?

*yadkny* who said...

I'm all about panther shifters! The big cat shifters are what do it for me... just love hearing them purr:)


Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012


To Walk The Night (Kat Redding 1) by E.S. Moore - 2 copies - Ended January 10, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question:  Who is your favorite vampire slayer from books or film?

Lexi who said...

Blade =) Love him. Can I also pick a vamp that kicks were butt? Selene in the Underworld movies! I can't wait for the next one to come out =)

Can't wait for this book!!!


and


Marg @ Clockwork Reverie who said...

I loved Buffy, but I also totally loved Faith. The two are probably my favorite vampire slayers.

Thanks for the giveaway! I have this book on my TBR list.


Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012


City of the Lost by Stephen Blackmoore - Ended January 13, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question:   Favorite book, movie, comic, or TV show with zombies?

Anne who said...

I liked My Life as a White Trash Zombie, probably cause it had a mystery element to it. I also liked the movie Zombieland.


Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012


Flashfire (Dragonfire 7) by Deborah Cooke - Ended January 14, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question: What are some of your favorite stories with dragons or dragon shifters?

JoAnna who said...

I have several dragon shifter series in my TBR pile. The series that I have read that comes to mind is the Stormwalker series by Allyson James.


Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012


One book from Virna DePaul's backlist - Ended January 15, 2012 - Read the post here.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

How: Leave a comment or ask Virna a question. 

Blowingfeather who said...

Good morning Virna!!! My question is while you are writing do you have conversations in your head with your characters like they are real people?

I hope you are doing well and congrats on the success of your books. I love them!!


Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012


Changeling Dawn (Changeling 3) by Dani Harper and Dani Harper Tote - Ended January 15, 2012 - Read the interview here. US / Canada Only.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question:  Who is your favorite shapeshifter character from a book, movie or TV series?

Brenda Demko who said...

My favorite shapeshifter would be Mercy Thompson. I love the Macleod clan and the pack but I've known Mercy longer! Thank you for the chance to win Changeling Dawn, I love, love, love this series! Happy New Year to all!


Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012


Heir of Danger (Heirs of Kilronan Trilogy 3) by Alix Rickloff - Ended January 18th, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada Only.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question:  Is there something you want to do or somewhere you want to go before Dec. 31, 2012?

alainala who said...

hmm there are a ton of places and things i would LOVE to do.. but realistically.. im going to go home and stand in my best friends wedding and pray i dont look like a giant blueberry.. lol..
hopefully go somewhere warm with the BF too!!


Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012


Midnight Reckoning (signed) by Kendra Leigh Castle - Ended January 19, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question:  Who or what is your favorite type of shifter? or Ask Kendra a question on 1/12/12.

Brandi who said...

I love shifters, period. Although I do love wolf shifters quite a bit.


Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012


Taft 2012 by Jason Heller - Ended January 20, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

Question:  If you could time travel, when would you go?

Barbara E. who said...

If I could time travel I'd go 100 years in the future. Seeing the difference between 1912 and 2012, I'm sure there would be some amazing things to see.


Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Sunday, January 29, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly pick a new winner or winners.

Thank you all for reading!

Release Day Review - Taft 2012 - 4 Qwills

Taft 2012
Author:  Jason Heller
Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (January 17, 2012)
Price: $14.95
Language: English
Genre: Science Fiction/Political Satire/Time Travel
ISBN: 978-1-59474-550-8
Review Copy: Provided by Publisher

Release Day Review - Taft 2012 - 4 Qwills
He is the perfect presidential candidate. Conservatives love his hard-hitting Republican résumé. Liberals love his passion for peaceful diplomacy. The media can’t get enough of his larger-than-life personality. Regular folks can identify with his larger-than-life physique. And all the American people love that he’s an honest, hard-working man who tells it like it is.

There’s just one problem: He is William Howard Taft... and he was already U.S. president a hundred years ago. So what on earth is he doing alive and well and considering a running mate in 2012?

Jason Heller’s extraordinary debut novel presents the Vonnegut-esque satire of a presidential Rip Van Winkle amid 21st-century media madness. It’s the ultimate what-if scenario for the 2012 election season!

My thoughts:

The premise of Taft 2012 is really fun. William Howard Taft disappears on the inauguration day of Woodrow Wilson (who defeated him) and somehow reappears in late 2011 in a garden at The White House. 

Imagine dozing off in 1913 and waking up to the technological marvels of the 2011. There are some very funny moments as Taft adjusts to the new technology, especially Twitter. It's interesting to see 'now' through Taft's eyes as he reacquaints himself with America, meets his descendants, and views the political scene. Taft gets swept up in the political movement named for him (the Taft Party) and runs for President again. 

Taft 2012 is an enjoyable read. It's fast paced and well written. Taft 2012 does not delve deeply into past history or present day politics which keeps the novel from becoming bogged down. Taft comes to life on the pages as he travels America, deals with some of the things that bothered him in the past (his weight, his falling out with Teddy Roosevelt, the way he governed), and then enters the political fray. There is an especially wonderful speech near the end of the novel that I found very moving. 

I didn't really know much about William Howard Taft prior to reading this book, but I now have the flavor of his presidency and of Taft the man. This is not a history book so if you are looking for an in-depth accounting of Taft's presidency and life, pick up a Taft biography.

If you like political satire served with a side of science fiction and alternate history, you'll really enjoy Taft 2012.

I give Taft 2012 4 Qwills.

Release Day Review - Taft 2012 - 4 Qwills


Read Jason Heller's Guest Blog - The fine (okay, accidental) art of genre-busting - here and an interview here.

Interview with Jason Heller and Giveaway - January 13, 2012

Please welcome Jason Heller to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Taft 2012, Jason's debut novel, will be published on January 17, 2012. You may read Jason's 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog - The fine (okay, accidental) art of genre-busting - here.


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

Jason:  I have to be out in public to get anything done. Contrary to how a lot of my writer-friends operate, I can’t write at home. Granted, it’s quiet. But there are just too many distractions: TV, guitar, refrigerator, comic books, bed. When I’m out at a coffee shop, I don’t really have any choice but to pay attention to my laptop. Or else it’ll get stolen.

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

Jason:  Most of my favorite writers—from H.P. Lovecraft and J.G. Ballard to Kurt Vonnegut and Roald Dahl—have a striking element of weirdness to what they write. Of course, the above writers aren’t remotely alike. If there’s a unified influence that I can say I’ve drawn from them all, though, it’s this: The world is not as it appears, nor should it. That would be boring, right? There are all kinds of cracks in reality, and writers are morally obliged to fill those cracks with satire, fantasy, horror, and/or utter nonsense. Some call that escapism—but to me, it’s a beautifully perverse form of realism. I can only hope that Taft 2012 contributes to that tradition in its own small way.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Jason:  A plotter, definitely. I love plotting stories. I get giddy when I’m doing it, just letting the stakes and reveals and reversals ramp up and branch out at the same time. My enthusiasm for a story swiftly dissipates if I don’t have at least a semisolid plot in place. You can’t stand up — let alone run — without a skeleton.

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

Jason:  Without a doubt: self-doubt. It’s easy to take for granted the instantaneous cause/effect of working a more typically structured job. I write full-time, and the uncertainty can take its toll on the already tender ego of a writer. First-world problem, I know! But when the bills aren’t paid and you’re staring down a deadline and the prose is flowing like molasses running uphill in January, it can cause a bruising reevaluation of one’s life choices and/or sense of overall worth. (Then again, writers do tend toward melodrama, don’t they?)

TQ:  Describe Taft 2012 in 140 characters or less.

Jason:  After vanishing in 1913, the hapless William Howard Taft reappears to find the 21st century both radically strange and strangely the same.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Taft 2012?

Jason:  Being someone with no academic background in history, I read quite a few books on Taft, but I relied heavily on two in particular: William Howard Taft: An Intimate History by Judith Icke Anderson and The William Howard Taft Presidency by Lewis L. Gould. That said, I didn’t feel obligated to adhere to any one biographer’s vision of Taft. After all, Taft 2012 is wholly satirical and speculative; my Taft is a man yanked from his own time, halfway through his life as we know it, and reawakened in ours. My portrayal of him is not supposed to be realistic or even plausible. In some cases, I went out of my way to make Taft outrageous or ridiculous. In others, I probably made him far nicer and more reasonable than he actually was. Then again, that’s one of the main themes of Taft 2012: We as writers, readers, and voters often project whatever we want onto politicians. For better or worse.

TQ:  Did you consider any other former deceased presidents as candidates for your novel?

Jason:  My esteemed editor, Stephen H. Segal, came up with the basic idea for Taft 2012 before recruiting me to realize it. As far as I know, Taft had always been his first choice; there’s just something about his stature (or lack thereof) in the annals of presidential history that make him perfect for fictionalization. The timing was also perfect: Taft was voted out of office in 1912 (and, in my book, vanished in early 1913), so the hundred-year disappearance made for a nice, round number. It also helped that he was a Progressive Republican, a term that now seems to be an oxymoron—and that set Taft up as an instantly self-conflicted person by today’s terms.

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

Jason:  Taft was the easiest. Once I did the research, my admittedly distorted vision of him just fell into place. The hardest was Irene Kaye, the little girl who wrote Taft a postcard in 1912—and who’s now a 106-year-old widow living in a nursing home, and Taft’s only link to his own time. Part of that difficulty was the fact that I based Irene on my own, late grandmother (who just so happened to have been born the week Taft was voted into office). Needless to say, it brought up quite a few memories, both happy and bittersweet.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Taft 2012?

Jason:  There’s a string of scenes in which Taft and his faithful Secret Service bodyguard, Agent Kowalczyk, take an incognito road trip to Chicago. They find themselves in a punk-rock bar on New Year’s Eve, and let’s just say Taft winds up getting lucky… and quite unlucky.

TQ:  What's next?

Jason:  I’m currently working on a pair of dark fantasy/science-fiction novels: The Walking City, which is YA, and Ocean of Bone, which is for adults. I’ve also just finished the first installment of a middle-grade horror series that Quirk, the publisher of Taft 2012, will release later this year. They’ll be appearing under a pseudonym, so it’s all very hush-hush at this point!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jason:  Thank you! As Taft himself might say: The pleasure, fellow citizens, is purely my own.


About Taft 2012

Taft 2012
Quirk Books, January 17, 2012
Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Interview with Jason Heller and Giveaway - January 13, 2012
He is the perfect presidential candidate. Conservatives love his hard-hitting Republican résumé. Liberals love his passion for peaceful diplomacy. The media can’t get enough of his larger-than-life personality. Regular folks can identify with his larger-than-life physique. And all the American people love that he’s an honest, hard-working man who tells it like it is.

There’s just one problem: He is William Howard Taft... and he was already U.S. president a hundred years ago. So what on earth is he doing alive and well and considering a running mate in 2012?

Jason Heller’s extraordinary debut novel presents the Vonnegut-esque satire of a presidential Rip Van Winkle amid 21st-century media madness. It’s the ultimate what-if scenario for the 2012 election season!


About Jason Heller

Interview with Jason Heller and Giveaway - January 13, 2012
Jason Heller is a Denver-based writer who contributes regularly to The A.V. Club and Alternative Press. Quirk Books will publish his debut novel, Taft 2012, as well as a series of middle-grade horror books (to be announced). He's also the nonfiction editor of Clarkesworld Magazine and is represented by Jennifer Jackson of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Links:

Blog
Twitter
Taft 2012 Website
Taft 2012 Facebook
Taft 2012 Twitter



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Taft 2012 from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

If you could time travel, when would you go? 

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

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

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

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

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, January 20, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


Interview with Jason Heller and Giveaway - January 13, 2012

The View From Monday - January 9, 2012

It's Monday again. These Mondays happen with frightening regularity. This is another very busy week at The Qwillery!

Monday - Chosen by Sin Virtual Book Tour with Virna DePaul.

Tuedsay - 2012 Debut Author Guest Blog by Eowyn IveyThe Snow Child, Eowyn's debut novel, will be published on February 1, 2012.

Wednesday - Interview with Alix RickloffHeir of Danger (Heirs of Kilronan Trilogy 3) was published on December 27, 2011.

Thursday - Inverview with Kendra Leigh Castle. Midnight Reckoning (Dark Dynasties 2) was published on January 1, 2012.

Friday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Jason Heller. Taft 2012, Jason's debut novel, will be published on January 17, 2012.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Daniel O'Malley. The Rook, Daniel's debut novel, will be published on January 11, 2012.


Because there are just a few books out this week, there is no PDF shopping list.  However, if I hunt around and find more releases, this post will be updated to include those releases and a shopping list.

January 10, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nameless (d)
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
Kyle Chais F
The Fat Years
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
Koonchung Chan SF
Lothaire
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 12
The Liminal People
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
Ayize Jama-Everett SFT
Catacombs (h2tp)
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
Anne McCaffrey,
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
SF - Barque Cats 2
Three Science Fiction Novellas: From Prehistory to the End of Mankind
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
J.-H. Rosny SF - Early Classics of Science Fiction



January 11, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Rook (d)
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
Daniel O'Malley UF



January 12, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Come In and Cover Me
The View From Monday - January 9, 2012
Gin Phillips F/H



d - debut
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PNR  - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFT - Science Fiction Thriller

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts



Here is the first list for 2012. I'm very excited about starting the Challenge again!

The January debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author. 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.

I'm also including the December 27, 2011 Debuts because of how late they were released in 2011. They are listed below the January Debuts.

Happy Reading!


City of the Lost
Author:  Stephen Blackmoore
Series:  Joe Sunday
Format:  Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher:  DAW (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:   Urban Fantasy Noir
ISBN:  9780756407025

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Joe Sunday has been a Los Angeles low-life for years, but his life gets a whole lot lower when he is killed by the rival of his crime boss-only to return as a zombie. His only hope is to find and steal a talisman that he learns can grant immortality. But, unfortunately for Joe, every other undead thug and crime boss in Los Angeles is looking for the same thing.
You can read Stephen's guest blog - Our Lady of the Shadows - here.



Nameless
Author:  Kyle Chais
Format:  Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher:  Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing (January 10, 2012)
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781439187258

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
In the in between are the Nameless; names are for masters and they have none. They live in the Nameless realm; between being saved and being destroyed. They are Fallen.

One Nameless spends his time watching humans in New York City and, in his endless eternity of boredom, becomes intrigued by a drunk named Aurick Pantera. One day Aurick, a reckless gambler, is about to be killed by a gang over his debts. Nameless feels sorry for him, and possesses his body to save his life. He then decides that he rather likes being in a human body; the chance to taste, smells, and touch. He uses Aurick’s body to fulfill all of his wildest dreams – become a rock star, have a successful psychiatric practice, and pursue star journalist Helena Way.

Until, three years after possessing Aurick, the other Fallen take notice of these random achievements and begin appearing to Aurick. They are tired of waiting in Nameless and are ready to start a war—their only chance to cease this painful eternity of waiting and either be saved or be released. Aurick is stuck in the middle. Join the ranks and finally be released to Null for atrocities against mankind, or can his love for Helena, his budding friendships, and his growing concern for all humans grant him salvation?


Control Point
Author:  Myke Cole
Series:  Shadow Ops
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher:  Ace (January 31, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Military Science Fiction
ISBN:  9781937007249

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Lieutenant Oscar Britton of the Supernatural Operations Corps has been trained to hunt down and take out people possessing magical powers. But when he starts manifesting powers of his own, the SOC revokes Oscar's government agent status to declare him public enemy number one.
You can read Myke's guest blog - Why are we so Interested in Military Speculative Fiction? - here.



Seven Princes
Author:  John R. Fultz
Series:  Books of the Shaper
Format:  Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher:  Orbit (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $15.99
Language:  English
Genre: Epic Fantasy
ISBN:  9780316187862

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
It is an Age of Legends.

Under the watchful eye of the Giants, the kingdoms of Men rose to power. Now, the Giant-King has slain the last of the Serpents and ushered in an era of untold peace and prosperity. Where a fire-blackened desert once stood, golden cities flourish in verdant fields.

It is an Age of Heroes.

But the realms of Man face a new threat-- an ancient sorcerer slaughters the rightful King of Yaskatha before the unbelieving eyes of his son, young Prince D'zan. With the Giant-King lost to a mysterious doom, it seems that no one has the power to stop the coming storm.

It is an Age of War.

The fugitive Prince seeks allies across the realms of Men and Giants to liberate his father's stolen kingdom. Six foreign Princes are tied to his fate. Only one thing is certain: War is coming.

SEVEN PRINCES.

Some will seek glory.

Some will seek vengeance.

All will be legends.


Taft 2012
Author: Jason Heller
Format  Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher:  Quirk (January 17, 2012)
Price:  $14.95
Language:  English
Genre: Fantasy/Time Travel/Alternate History/Satire
ISBN: 978-1-59474-550-8

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
He is the perfect presidential candidate. Conservatives love his hard-hitting Republican résumé. Liberals love his passion for peaceful diplomacy. The media can’t get enough of his larger-than-life personality. Regular folks can identify with his larger-than-life physique. And all the American people love that he’s an honest, hard-working man who tells it like it is.

There’s just one problem: He is William Howard Taft... and he was already U.S. president a hundred years ago. So what on earth is he doing alive and well and considering a running mate in 2012?

Jason Heller’s extraordinary debut novel presents the Vonnegut-esque satire of a presidential Rip Van Winkle amid 21st-century media madness. It’s the ultimate what-if scenario for the 2012 election season!
You can read Jason's guest blog - The fine (okay, accidental) art of genre-busting - here.



Faith
Author: John Love
Format  Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre: Space Opera/Military Science Fiction
ISBN:  9781597803908

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Moby Dick meets Duel in John Love's debut novel of Space Opera and Military Science Fiction! Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the newly emergent Commonwealth. 300 years earlier, the same ship destroyed the Sakhran Empire, allowing the Commonwealth to expand its sphere of influence. But now Faith has returned! The ship is as devastating as before, and its attacks leave some Commonwealth solar systems in chaos. Eventually it reaches Sakhra, now an important Commonwealth possession, and it seems like history is about to repeat itself. But this time, something is waiting: an Outsider, one of the Commonwealth's ultimate warships. Slender silver ships, full of functionality and crewed by people of unusual abilities, often sociopaths or psychopaths, Outsiders were conceived in back alleys, built and launched in secret, and commissioned without ceremony. One system away from earth, the Outsider ship Charles Manson makes a stand. Commander Foord waits with his crew of miscreants and sociopath, hoping to accomplish what no other human has been able to do - to destroy Faith!


To Walk the Night
Author:  E.S. Moore
Series:  Kat Redding
Format  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher:  Kensington (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-7582-6872-3

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Even a vampire has to face her inner demons…

Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death—and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power.

Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface—and costs her whatever is left of her humanity…
You can read E.S. Moore's guest blog - Judging Covers - here.



The Rook
Author:  Daniel O'Malley
Format  Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher:  Little, Brown  and Company (January 11. 2012)
Price:  $25.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy/Thriller
ISBN:  9780316098793

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.


Giant Thief
Author: David Tallerman
Series: Tales of Easie Damasco
Format  Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books (January 31, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
ISBN:  9780857662118

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Meet Easie Damasco, rogue, thieving swine and total charmer.

Even the wicked can’t rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he’s going to need help.

Big time.

File Under: Fantasy [ Big Trouble | Deception | Saltlick's City | Hang 'im High ]


December 27, 2011

Archon
Author:  Sabrina Benulis
Series:  The Books of Raziel
Format:  Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher:  Harper Voyager (December 27, 2011)
Price:  $22.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9780062069405

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
There are some things worse than death . . .

For years, Angela Mathers has been plagued by visions of a supernatural being—an angel with beguiling eyes and magnificent wings who haunts her thoughts and seduces her dreams. Newly freed from a mental institution where she had been locked away for two years, Angela hopes that attending Westwood Academy, the Vatican’s exclusive university, will bring her peace and a semblance of normality.

But Angela isn’t normal. With her stain of dark red hair and alabaster skin, she is a blood head—a freak, a monster, and the possible fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy. Blessed with strange, mystical powers, blood heads hold a special place in the Academy. Among them, one special blood head is more powerful than them all: the Archon, the human reincarnation of the dead angel Raziel. And when the Archon arises as foretold, it will rule the supernatural universe.

Barely in control of her own life, Angela has no ambition to conquer an entire universe, not when she’s suddenly contending with a dangerous enemy who is determined to destroy her and a magnetic novitiate who wants to save her. But the choice might not be her own . . .

Torn between mortal love and angelic obsession, the young blood head must soon face the truth about herself and her world. It is she who holds the key to Heaven and Hell—and both will stop at nothing to possess her.

In Archon, Sabrina Benulis has created a dazzlingly imaginative tale set in a lush, vivid supernatural world filled with gargoyles and candlelight, magic and murder, in which humans, angels, demons, and those in between battle for supremacy—and survival.
You can read the 2011 DAC Interview with Sabrina here.



Empire State
Author:  Adam Christopher 
Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books (December 27, 2011)
Price: $12.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction, Noir
ISBN:   9780857661937

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
The stunning superhero-noir fantasy thriller set in the other New York.

It was the last great science hero fight, but the energy blast ripped a hole in reality, and birthed the Empire State – a young, twisted parallel prohibition-era New York.

When the rift starts to close, both worlds are threatened, and both must fight for the right to exist.

Adam Christopher’s stunning debut novel heralds the arrival of an amazing new talent.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Pocket Universe | Heroes or Villains | Speak Easy | Loyalties Divided ].
You can read Adam's guest blog - In Blackest Night: blending science fiction and noir - here.



Babylon Steel
Author:  Gaie Sebold
Series:  Babylon Steel
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Solaris (December 27, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781907992384

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Babylon Steel, ex-sword-for-hire, ex-other things, runs the best brothel in Scalentine; city of many portals, two moons, and a wide variety of races, were-creatures, and religions, not to mention the occasional insane warlock. She's not having a good week. The Vessels of Purity are protesting against brothels, women in the trade are being attacked, it's tax time, and there's not enough money to pay the bill. So when the mysterious Darask Fain offers her a job finding a missing girl, Babylon decides to take it. But the missing girl is not what she seems, and neither is Darask Fain. In the meantime twomoon is approaching, and more than just a few night's takings are at risk when Babylon's hidden past reaches out to grab her by the throat.
You can read Gaie's guest blog - Things I Didn't Know - here.

Guest Blog by Jason Heller - The fine (okay, accidental) art of genre-busting

Please welcome Jason Heller to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Taft 2012, Jason's debut novel, will be published on January 17, 2012 by Quirk Books.


The fine (okay, accidental) art of genre-busting
By Jason Heller

During his only term as president, William Howard Taft referred to the White House as “the loneliest place in the world.” Believe it or not, he never aspired to the presidency. He was pushed into it by the two strongest forces in his life: his wife, Nellie Taft, and his mentor, Teddy Roosevelt. That’s not to say that Taft wasn’t an ambitious man. It’s just that his ambition lay elsewhere—namely, the Supreme Court. So after being sworn in on March 9, 1909, he found the tight confines of the Oval Office—which, ironically, he built—to be a little chafing. (No, that was not a fat joke.)

This vision of Taft as a man crammed into the wrong place forms the underlying tone of my upcoming novel, Taft 2012. I can’t take credit for the basic idea; my editor, the Hugo Award-winning and benevolently genius Stephen H. Segal, approached me months ago about writing a story around his original concept: William Howard Taft returns to life in 2012 and runs for a second term as president. Having dabbled, coincidentally enough, in a couple of speculative-fiction stories based on electoral politics, I was in.

From there, it became clear that Taft’s real-life, oft-expressed feeling of displacement was going to be mercilessly exaggerated in my book. Mercilessly and temporally: While writing Taft 2012, my references were classic time-travel stories such as Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle,” and H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. (Only in my version of Wells’ cautionary tale, the Democrats are the Eloi, and the Republicans are the Morlocks. I kid! Kind of.)

Another thing that Taft 2012 has in common with its antecedents is this: They don’t sit easily in any one genre. Wells’ novel comes closest, of course; it’s widely considered a work of pure science fiction. But there’s such an allegorical bent to The Time Machine, and such a disregard of hard science, that it’s just as easily classifiable as a kind of Edwardian magic realism. If written today, Connecticut Yankee and “Rip Van Winkle” would be considered some interstitial mix of magic realism and fantasy, maybe with a bit of contemporary folklore and sociopolitical satire thrown in.

Those hazy, hyper-hyphenated categories are all devoured and digested by Taft 2012. (No, that was not a fat joke.) To weigh the plate down ever further, there’s another flavor that makes up the novel: alternate history, which is less a genre unto itself and more of a casserole comprising most of the abovementioned pseudo- and subgenres. Honestly, I didn’t keep track of what genre Taft 2012 might have been wandering into and out of. I was too busy writing the damn thing.

But while speaking with The Qwillery’s kind host, Sally, in preparation for this post, the valid subject came up: What kind of book is Taft 2012 exactly? Is it fantasy? Science fiction? Magic realism? Alternate history? Satire? The clichéd and easy (and true) answer is this: a little bit of all of the above. The odd thing is, I hadn’t fully realized the book’s identity (or lack thereof) while I was writing it. It just sort of… happened. Much like Taft’s presidency.

Although not intentional, all that genre-busting suits Taft 2012 perfectly. After all, William Howard Taft—or at least my broad fictionalization of him—does not fit well into any pigeonhole either. (No, that was not a fat joke.) During his own time, he presided over the era of the Progressive Republican—which, believe it or not, wasn’t an oxymoron back then. And in Taft 2012, Taft is forced to rethink and realign his ideological scale in light of all that’s transpired in America over the last hundred years.

Not to give too much away, but in my book, Taft’s ultimate solution is independence. It’s no coincidence that Taft 2012 is being published now, just as the polls increasingly show that America overwhelmingly supports the establishment of a distinct and viable third party in national politics. In my novel, it’s the Taft Party. And sure enough—like some outgrown suit jacket—a political party specifically tailored to Taft’s generous frame still winds up being a little tricky for him to squeeze into.

No, that was not a fat joke.


About Taft 2012

Taft 2012
Quirk Books, January 17, 2012
Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Guest Blog by Jason Heller - The fine (okay, accidental) art of genre-busting
He is the perfect presidential candidate. Conservatives love his hard-hitting Republican résumé. Liberals love his passion for peaceful diplomacy. The media can’t get enough of his larger-than-life personality. Regular folks can identify with his larger-than-life physique. And all the American people love that he’s an honest, hard-working man who tells it like it is.

There’s just one problem: He is William Howard Taft... and he was already U.S. president a hundred years ago. So what on earth is he doing alive and well and considering a running mate in 2012?

Jason Heller’s extraordinary debut novel presents the Vonnegut-esque satire of a presidential Rip Van Winkle amid 21st-century media madness. It’s the ultimate what-if scenario for the 2012 election season!



About Jason Heller

Guest Blog by Jason Heller - The fine (okay, accidental) art of genre-busting
Jason Heller is a Denver-based writer who contributes regularly to The A.V. Club and Alternative Press. Quirk Books will publish his debut novel, Taft 2012, as well as a series of middle-grade horror books (to be announced). He's also the nonfiction editor of Clarkesworld Magazine and is represented by Jennifer Jackson of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

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