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Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the recent and upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


G.S. Denning (2016)

My Grave Ritual
Warlock Holmes 3
Titan Books, May 15, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 425 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
As they blunder towards doom, Warlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson find themselves inconvenienced by a variety of eldritch beings. Christmas brings a goose that doesn’t let being cooked slow it down; they meet an electricity demon, discover why being a redhead is even tricker than one might imagine, and Holmes attempts an Irish accent. And, naturally, Moriarty is hanging around… in some form or other.


Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 2





Jason Mott (2013)

The Crossing
Park Row Books, May 15, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Stay and die, or run and survive.

Twins Virginia and Tommy Matthews have been on their own since they were orphaned at the age of five, surviving a merciless foster care system by relying on each other. Twelve years later, the world begins to collapse around them as a deadly contagion steadily wipes out entire populations and a devastating world war rages on. When Tommy is drafted for the war, the twins are faced with a choice: accept their fate of almost certain death, or dodge the draft. Virginia and Tommy flee into the dark night.

Armed with only a pistol and their fierce will to survive, the twins set forth in search of a new beginning. Encountering a colorful cast of characters along the way, Tommy and Virginia must navigate the dangers and wonders of this changed world as they try to outrun the demons of their past.

With deft imagination and breathless prose, The Crossing is a riveting tale of loyalty, sacrifice and the burdens we carry with us into the darkness of the unknown.





Malka Older (2016)

Null States
The Centenal Cycle 3
Tor.com, September 11, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
State Tectonics concludes the trilogy that began with Infomocracy:

The book The Huffington Post called "one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history"
Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, The Verge, Flavorwire, Kirkus Reviews, and Book Riot
A Locus Award Finalist for Best First Novel

The future of democracy must evolve or die.

The last time Information held an election, a global network outage, two counts of sabotage by major world governments, and a devastating earthquake almost shook micro-democracy apart. Five years later, it's time to vote again, and the system that has ensured global peace for 25 years is more vulnerable than ever.

Unknown enemies are attacking Information's network infrastructure. Spies, former superpowers, and revolutionaries sharpen their knives in the shadows. And Information's best agents question whether the data monopoly they've served all their lives is worth saving, or whether it's time to burn the world down and start anew.

THE CENTENAL CYCLE
Book 1: Infomocracy
Book 2: Null States
Book 3: State Tectonics


Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 2

The View From Monday - May 14, 2018


Happy Monday! Our last SPFBO review will post this week, which will wrap up the latest SPFBO for us. It's always a learning experience. Many thanks to Mark Lawrence for founding and hosting SPFBO.

Look for the start of May's Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars tomorrow and vote in the poll.


There is one debut this week:

The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn (Kingdom of Grit 1) by Tyler Whitesides.

The View From Monday - May 14, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

By Fire Above (Signal Airship 2) by Robyn Bennis;

Warlock Holmes - My Grave Ritual (Warlock Holmes 3) by G.S. Denning;

Armistice (Amberlough Dossier 2) by Lara Elena Donnelly;

Mirror Bound by Rhiannon Held is out in eBook;

Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder 2) by Brian McClellan;

The Crossing by Jason Mott;

and

The Forbidden City by Deborah A. Wolf.

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



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

May 13, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
How To Marry A Werewolf (e) Gail Carriger SP - Claw & Courtship Novella 1



May 14, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ghost Moon (e) Heather Graham Sus/GH/Sup - Bone Island Trilogy 3
Grayghost Tamara Grantham FR/FairyT/FolkT/LM/P - Fairy World MD 7
Lords of the Underworld Collection Volume 3: The Darkest Secret\The Darkest Surrender\The Darkest Seduction (e) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld Series 7
The Healer Series Complete Collection: Touch of Power\Scent of Magic\Taste of Darkness (e) Maria V. Snyder F - Healer
Tide of Stone (e) Kaaron Warren PsyTh



May 15, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Soldier Neal Asher SF/SO/AC - Rise of the Jain 1
By Fire Above Robyn Bennis SP - Signal Airship 2
Buying Time E.M. Brown SF
Ascendant Jack Campbell SF - The Genesis Fleet 2
Warlock Holmes - My Grave Ritual G.S. Denning UF/Cr - Warlock Holmes 3
Armistice Lara Elena Donnelly HistF/Th -  Amberlough Dossier 2
The Queen of Sorrow Sarah Beth Durst F - Queens of Renthia 3
Harvest Song (e) Yasmine Galenorn PNR - Otherworld 20
Ghost Radio (ri) Leopoldo Gout SupTh
Mirror Bound (e) Rhiannon Held UF
Toroa (Ke) Erik Hofstatter H
The Plastic Magician Charlie N. Holmberg FR - A Paper Magician Novel 4
Meltdown GP James SF/PA
In Our Own Worlds: Four LGBTQ+ Tor.com Novellas (e) Margaret Killjoy
Ellen Klages
Kai Ashante Wilson
JY Yang
F/SF
Salamanders: The Omnibus Nick Kyme SF - Salamanders
The Big Alpha in Town Eve Langlais
Milly Taiden
Kate Baxter
PNR - Anthology
Bearing His Sins (e) Eve Langlais PNR
In the Region of the Summer Stars Stephen R. Lawhead F/HistF - Eirlandia 1
Wrath of Empire Brian McClellan F - Gods of Blood and Powder 2
The Crossing Jason Mott LF/Dys
The Bedlam Stacks (h2tp) Natasha Pulley HistF
The Immortal Renshai Mickey Zucker Reichert FairyT/FolkT/LM/DF/F - Renshai Saga 3
Hell Divers III: Deliverance Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - Hell Divers 3
Taste of Darkness (e)(ri) Maria V. Snyder FR - The Healer 3
Ghost Warrior Gav Thorpe SF - Rise of the Ynnari 1
Overlords of the Iron Dragon C L Werner F - Kharadron Overlords 1
The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn (D) Tyler Whitesides F - Kingdom of Grit 1
The Forbidden City Deborah A. Wolf F



May 16, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Grace's Family: A Tor.com Original (e) James Patrick Kelly SF
Trade Deal (e) Malka Older F - Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 5
The Best Science Fiction Stories of H. G. Wells H. G. Wells SF



May 17, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Extinct RR Haywood SF/TT/Dys - Extracted Trilogy 3



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)
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
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
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SciFan - Science Fantasy
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

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.


Interview with Jason Mott, author of The Returned - August 29, 2013


Please welcome Jason Mott to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Returned was published on August 27, 2013 by Harlequin MIRA. You may read Jason's Guest Blog - The Power of Third Person - here.








TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Jason:  Thank you very much! Really excited to be doing this.



TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Jason:  I started when I was around thirteen or fourteen. I grew up loving the classic heroic tales such as BEOWULF, THE ODYSSEY, etc. Then, one day, I came across an excerpt from John Gardner’s book GRENDEL. I hadn’t imagined that writers were allowed to take pre-existing stories and build something new and unique from them the way John Gardner did. Well, it was a watershed moment for me. Not long after that, I started scratching out my first stories—most of them were alternate adventures for characters in The Odyssey or Beowulf. They were a lot of fun.



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

Jason:   I love writing with really, really bad movies playing in the background. I love B movies. They’re just so much fun. And, when I’m writing, I’ll often put one on to serve as background noise.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Jason:  When it comes to novel manuscripts, I’m a plotter. For me, they’re just too large or an endeavor for me to fly blind. So whenever I want to start a novel, I draw up an outline first. That helps me keep a general heading when I’m writing.



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

Jason:  Overcoming that voice inside me that says whatever I’m working on is a terrible waste of time. It happens with every project at some point. I start hating the idea, the writing, the characters. I lose faith in everything eventually and just want to walk away. But I’ve learned to push through that. I just keep writing, even if I think I’m writing badly. A bad day writing is always better than a good day not writing.



TQ:  Describe The Returned in 140 characters or less.

Jason:  What happens when those we have lost to death are suddenly thrust back into our lives?



TQ:  What inspired you to write The Returned?

Jason:  It all started with a dream. My parents have both passed away, and in the summer of 2010 I had a dream that I’d come home from work and found my mother sitting at the kitchen table, waiting for me. For the rest of the dream she and I simply sat and talked. I told her about all the things that have happened in my life since her passing—she even gave me a hard time for not being married yet…as mothers do. Haha. Well, it was one of those very vivid dreams, the kind that, when you wake, you’re uncertain of whether it was a dream of reality.


That dream stayed with me for weeks. I talked about it with a good friend and he said “What if that really happened? And what if it wasn’t just her?” That was the very beginning of The Returned.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Returned?

Jason:  I spent a little time talking to people about loved ones they’d lost. I posed the hypothetical question “How would you feel if they suddenly showed up at your door one day?” The responses were interesting. The initial answer was that they would be elated. Everyone talked about how much they’d love to see these people again. But then I followed it up with a second question: “Imagine it’s six months later and this person is still ‘back,’ does that change anything?”

This was when the answers got more complicated. People began talking about how their lives have changed since the passing of their loved one. In many cases, they’ve changed. I’m not the same person I was when my mother passed away in 2001, so if she returned today, she’d be meeting a different version of her son. There are many things that we may have agreed up back then that, now, I feel differently about. Lots of the people I talked to about this had similar responses.



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

Jason:  The easiest character to write was Harold. He’s one of the central characters and he was just pure fun to write. He’s an ornery old man and, frankly, I hope I grow up to be just like him.

The hardest character to write was Agent Bellamy. He became my proxy character and there was a great amount of my personal story wrapped up in him. Watching him deal with certain things dredged up personal memories of my mother’s death. Those made for tough writing days sometimes. But, in the end, it helped me work through some things.


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

Jason:  Haha. This is going to be tough because my favorite seen is a bit of a “spoiler,” so I can’t go into too much detail. But I will say that it occurs near the very end of the book and, for one of the characters, it’s a bit of a revelations about their motives. I really enjoyed writing that scene and seeing that character come to a better understanding of themselves.



TQ:  What's next?

Jason:  Right now I’m working on my next manuscript. I’m always working on something. I’ve got another novel due to my publisher soon and, after that, I’ve got a couple of other projects I’m chopping away at as well. I’d love to get my feet wet in the realms of graphic novels and screenwriting if I can.

Also, the big thing for me right now is watching the production of the upcoming television series. Television rights for The Returned were picked up last year and, over the winter, a pilot was shot. Well, in May ABC picked up the pilot and it will become an ongoing series titled RESURRECTION beginning early next year. They’re actually just about to go into production on season 1. I’m thoroughly excited about that!



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jason:  Thanks so much for having me!






The Returned

The Returned
Harlequin MIRA, August 27, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.

All over the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he's their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.





The eBook Prequels

The First
The Returned Prequel 1
Harlequin MIRA, June 1, 2013
eBook

In Jason Mott's haunting and unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, an impossible miracle is occurring all across the globe. Read how it all begins in this short story, The First.

It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancée, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on... Until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns, sending the world--and Emily--into a tailspin.

Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind. As the world dives deep into uncertainty, Emily and Edmund are determined to find their way back to one another...even if it means risking everything.

The reappearances continue in The Sparrow, and look for The Returned from Harlequin MIRA, a moving tale of a family given a second chance at life and a world where nothing--not even death--is certain.


The Sparrow
The Returned Prequel 2
Harlequin MIRA, July 1, 2013
eBook

In this short story by Jason Mott, author of The Returned, one determined couple seeks to reunite a young girl with the father who thought he had lost her forever...

When Heather and Matt Campbell find ten-year-old Tatiana Rusesa on the side of the highway, she is thousands of miles away from her village in Sierra Leone. She hasn't seen her family in almost two decades, not since she and her mother were killed by rebel soldiers. Now Tatiana has inexplicably returned, a lost orphan with no place to call home.

As the world dives deeper into uncertainty and chaos, Heather is determined to save Tatiana and help her find her way back to her family. But how much is she willing to lose to protect a girl she doesn't even know?

Learn how the mysterious reappearances begin in The First, and don't miss Jason Mott's unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, from Harlequin MIRA, a moving tale of a family navigating this unusual new reality and given a second chance at life.


The Choice
The Returned Prequel 3
Harlequin MIRA, August 1, 2013
eBook

In this short story by Jason Mott, author of The Returned, a man is forced to choose between the life he has now, and the one he thought was gone forever….

Peter Galvin was just seventeen when Tracy Whitland,— the love of his life—, vanished without a trace. In the years after her death, he had finally moved on, gotten married, started a family. He is content with his life now—happy, even…. Until Tracy suddenly and inexplicably returns.

For weeks, Peter and his wife, Samantha, have been watching mysterious reports of people's loved ones returning from beyond, the world spinning into uncertainty and chaos. But they never imagined it would happen to them. With Tracy's unusual homecoming, Peter and Samantha must decide where they can possibly go from here, and whether their family can survive….

Read more stories of the Returned in The First and The Sparrow. And don't miss Jason Mott's haunting debut novel, The Returned, a story of one family given an extraordinary second chance.


Note: The 3 Prequels are presently free at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iTunes. The Audible editions of the 3 Prequels are presently free at Amazon.





About Jason

Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award. He is the author of two poetry collections: We Call This Thing Between Us Love and “…hide behind me…The Returned is his first novel.

The Returned has also been optioned by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, in association with Brillstein Entertainment and ABC. It will air on the ABC network early next year under the title “Resurrection.”

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @JasonMott




The View From Monday - August 26, 2013


Happy Monday!  Summer is over for us as the kids go back to school on Tuesday. This makes me unhappy. I really like having them here. It's not that I won't see them both after school, but life will be much more hectic for everyone. On the other hand I should get a lot more reading and writing done. My reading has been very light since the end of January for RL reasons. Hopefully I will begin to catch up on everything soon.



The View From Monday - August 26, 2013



August is ending with 5 debuts!

Twilight Hunter (The Execution Underground 1) by Kait Ballenger;

Saxon's Bane by Geoffrey Gudgion (I highly recommended you read this.);

Children of Fire (The Chaos Born 1) by Drew Karpyshyn;

Billy Moon by Douglas Lain; and

The Returned by Jason Mott.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Exodus Towers (The Dire Earth Cycle 2) by Jason M. Hough.  The first novel in The Dire Earth Cycle, The Darwin Elevator, came out last month. It's an excellent read and a very, very self-assured debut so pick that up along with The Exodus Towers. The third novel in the series, The Plague Forge, will be out on September 24, 2013 so you won't have too long to wait because you will want the next book right away.

Chosen (Alex Verus 4) by Benedict Jacka. This is a terrific UF series featuring Alex Verus, a mage who can see possible futures. Alex is fantastic and the books are great fun and very well written.



August 26, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Demon's Desire (e) Kendra Leigh Castle PNR - Hearts of the Fallen 2
The Awakening: Liam (e) Abby Niles PNR - The Awakening 2



August 27, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Perdition Ann Aguirre SF - Dred Chronicles 1
Hearts in Darkness (ri) Keri Arthur UF - Nikki and Michael 2
Twilight Hunter (D) Kait Ballenger PNR - Execution Underground 1
Only Superhuman (h2mm) Christopher L. Bennett SF
Deception Cove Jayne Castle PNR - Rainshadow 2
For the Love of Magic Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls 5
Heaven and Hellsbane Paige Cuccaro PNR - Hellsbane 3
Heavy Metal Natalie J. Damschroder PNR - Goddesses Rising 2
Heart of Venom Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 9
Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe Bill Fawcett (ed) Anthology
Dark Storm (h2tp) Christine Feehan PNR - Dark 23
1635: Papal Stakes (ri) (h2mm) Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
AH - Ring of Fire 15
Immortally Ever After Angie Fox PNR - Monster M*A*S*H 3
Spirits From Beyond Simon R. Green UF - Ghostfinders 4
Saxon's Bane (D) Geoffrey Gudgion UF/H
Transcendental James Gunn SF
The Exodus Towers Jason M. Hough SF - The Dire Earth Cycle 2
Star Trek: The Fall: Revelation and Dust David R. George III SF - Star Trek
Chosen Benedict Jacka UF - Alex Verus 4
Children of Fire (D) Drew Karpyshyn F - The Chaos Born 1
A Thousand Perfect Things Kay Kenyon AH
Crown of Vengeance (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey
James Mallory
F - Dragon Prophecy 1
Billy Moon (D) Douglas Lain F/AH
Dragon Ship (h2mm) Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - New Liaden Universe 5
Age of Godpunk: Collecting Age of Anansi, Age of Satan and Age of Gaia James Lovegrove F - Collection
The Gemini Virus (h2mm) Wil Mara S/Th
Songs of the Dying Earth (tp2mm) George R.R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
SF - Anthology
Too Many Curses (tp2mm) A. Lee Martinez F
Kenobi John Jackson Miller SF - Star Wars
They Also Serve (e) (ri) Mike Moscoe SF - Jump Universe 3
The Returned (D) Jason Mott F
Crux Ramez Naam SF - Nexus 2
The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love Erin Quinn PNR
Cast in Sorrow Michelle Sagara PNR - Chronicles of Elantra 9
The Time of Contempt Andrzej Sapkowski F - Saga of Wiedzminie 4
Must Love Fangs Jessica Sims PNR - Midnight Liaisons 3
The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo Kerrelyn Sparks PNR - Love at Stake 14
Blood Bond Jeanne C. Stein UF - Anna Strong 9
Red Rain (h2mm) R.L. Stine H
SideQuest Adventures Mark Teppo
Angus Trim
Michael Tinker Pearce
Linda Pearce
AH/F - Foreworld Saga
The Sorority Tamara Thorne H
The Thursday War (tp2mm) Karen Traviss SF - HALO
Kiss of Night (tp2mm) Debbie Viguie PNR - Kiss 1
The Blinding Knife (h2tp) Brent Weeks F - Lightbringer 2



August 31, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Minority Report (Deluxe) Philip K. Dick SF
Hot Times in Magma City (Deluxe) Robert Silverberg SF



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


AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts



2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts


There are 8 debuts for August. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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



Twilight Hunter
Author Kait Ballenger
Series:  Execution Underground 1
Publisher:  Harelquin HQN, August 27, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:   9780373777389 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face to face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind--or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both…





The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
AuthorEmily Croy Barker
Publisher:  Pamela Dorman Books, August 1, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 576 pages
Price:  $27.95 (print)
ISBN:   9780670023660 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
An imaginative story of a woman caught in an alternate world—where she will need to learn the skills of magic to survive

Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman. During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she’s transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty. Before long, she has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous, masterful Raclin is heating up. It’s almost too good to be true.

Then the elegant veneer shatters. Nora’s new fantasy world turns darker, a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. Making it here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school. Her only real ally—and a reluctant one at that—is the magician Aruendiel, a grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past. And it will take her becoming Aruendiel’s student—and learning magic herself—to survive. When a passage home finally opens, Nora must weigh her “real life” against the dangerous power of love and magic.

For lovers of Lev Grossman's The Magicians series (The Magicians and The Magician King) and Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night).





The Ghost Bride

AuthorYangsze Choo
Publisher:  William Morrow Books, August 6, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:   9780062227324 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
A startlingly original voice makes her literary debut with this wondrous coming-of-age story infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, adventure, and fascinating, dreamlike twists

One evening, my father asked me whether I would like to become a ghost bride. . . .

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, traditional ghost marriages are used to placate restless spirits. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits, and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.





Saxon's Bane
AuthorGeoffrey Gudgion
Publisher:  Solaris, August 27, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:   9781781081372 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
In a supernatural novel with echoes of Alan Garner and Kate Mosse, Geoffrey Gudgion chills the modern reader as the supernatural past invades the present.

Fergus Sheppard’s world changes for ever the day his car crashes near the remote village of Allingley. Traumatised by his near-death experience, he returns to thank the villagers who rescued him, and stays to work at the local stables as he recovers from his injuries. He will discover a gentler pace of life, fall in love – and be targeted for human sacrifice.

Clare Harvey’s life will never be the same either. The young archaeologist’s dream find – the peat-preserved body of a Saxon warrior – is giving her nightmares. She can tell that the warrior had been ritually murdered, and that the partial skeleton lying nearby is that of a young woman. And their tragic story is unfolding in her head every time she goes to sleep.

Fergus discovers that his crash is uncannily linked to the excavation, and that the smiling and beautiful countryside harbours some very dark secrets. As the pagan festival of Beltane approaches, and Clare’s investigation reveals the full horror of a Dark Age war crime, Fergus and Clare seem destined to share the Saxon couple’s bloody fate.

"Once there was a great classical tradition of rural British horror from MR James to The Wicker Man. Now Geoffrey Gudgion has revived the style and modernised it to great effect, proving there's still nothing as creepy as the countryside." Christopher Fowler





Children of Fire
AuthorDrew Karpyshyn
Series:  The Chaos Born Trilogy 1
Publisher:  Del Rey, August 27, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 512 pages
Price: $26.00 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-345-54223-6 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
Drew Karpyshyn has made his mark with imaginative, action-packed work on several acclaimed videogames, including Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, as well as in a succession of New York Times bestselling tie-in novels. Now Karpyshyn introduces a brilliantly innovative epic fantasy of perilous quests, tormented heroes, and darkest sorcery—a thrilling adventure that vaults him into the company of such authors as Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson, and Peter V. Brett.

Long ago the gods chose a great hero to act as their agent in the mortal world and to stand against the demonic spawn of Chaos. The gods gifted their champion, Daemron, with three magical Talismans: a sword, a ring, and a crown. But the awesome power at his command corrupted Daemron, turning him from savior to destroyer. Filled with pride, he dared to challenge the gods themselves. Siding with the Chaos spawn, Daemron waged a titanic battle against the Immortals. In the end, Daemron was defeated, the Talismans were lost, and Chaos was sealed off behind the Legacy—a magical barrier the gods sacrificed themselves to create.

Now the Legacy is fading. On the other side, the banished Daemron stirs. And across the scattered corners of the land, four children are born of suffering and strife, each touched by one aspect of Daemron himself—wizard, warrior, prophet, king.

Bound by a connection deeper than blood, the Children of Fire will either restore the Legacy or bring it crashing down, freeing Daemron to wreak his vengeance upon the mortal world.





The Daedalus Incident
AuthorMichael J. Martinez
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, August 13, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $15.99 (print)
ISBN:   9781597804721 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
Mars is supposed to be dead…...a fact Lt. Shaila Jain of the Joint Space Command is beginning to doubt in a bad way.

Freak quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll—seemingly of their own volition—carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself.

Lt. Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty’s Royal Navy is an honest 18th-century man of modest beginnings, doing his part for King and Country aboard the HMS Daedalus, a frigate sailing the high seas between continents…and the immense Void between the Known Worlds. Across the Solar System and among its colonies—rife with plunder and alien slave trade—through dire battles fraught with strange alchemy, nothing much can shake his resolve. But events are transpiring to change all that.

With the aid of his fierce captain, a drug-addled alchemist, and a servant girl with a remarkable past, Weatherby must track a great and powerful mystic, who has embarked upon a sinister quest to upset the balance of the planets—the consequences of which may reach far beyond the Solar System, threatening the very fabric of space itself.

Set sail among the stars with this uncanny tale, where adventure awaits, and dimensions collide!





The Returned
AuthorJason Mott
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA, August 27, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:   9780778315339
ISBN:  $24.95 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.

All over the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he's their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.





The Bone Season 
AuthorSamantha Shannon
Series:  Scion 1
Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA, August 20, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages
Price:  $24.00 (print)
ISBN:   9781620401392 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.


Guest Blog by Jason Mott, author of The Returned - The Power of Third Person - July 25, 2013


Please welcome Jason Mott to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. The Returned will be published on August 27, 2013 by Harlequin MIRA.  I also have it on good authority that today is Jason's birthday. Please join The Qwillery in wishing a very Happy Birthday to Jason!







The Power of Third Person

Just before I started my novel, I had a planning session with a very good friend. He and I met almost ten years ago in an undergraduate writing class and we’ve been partners in crime ever since. I always go to him when I want to solve, or just explore, some element of writing. One of the things we talked about was whether or not THE RETURNED would most benefit from being written in first-person or third-person, and that simple question led to a very long discussion on the art of both writing and learning to write.

When we start writing, we almost immediately realize how tough it is. There are so many things to consider, so many tasks to achieve in order to create a story. It can be overwhelming to say the least. And, at some point, we invariably try our hand at both first-person and third-person narration. In my experience, first-person is the one that captures our imagination the most in the beginning. From a writing standpoint—for me, at least—I still remember the excitement of creating an intriguing narrative voice and watching that character make their way through the plot points. I was always waiting to hear what this character had to say next. They became an alternate version of myself. I would say something to someone and immediately think “That’s what my character would say!”

And that was incredibly fun and exciting.

However, as time went on and I wrote more and more stories, I began to notice that, while each voice I wrote in was interesting to me, they began to share many elements. Yes, the stories they inhabited were different and, for the most part, even the voices of the narrators were different…but, still, they were beginning to overlap. More than that: theme, pacing, scene construction…all of these things took a backseat to the voice of first-person. If I ever needed something done, the easiest way was to use the character’s voice to do it. It was a little like being fast-tracked in my writing. My friends would read my stories and give me lots of compliments, but they also began to say “The story was a little off…but the voice was so interesting I just kept reading.”

That was the catch. I was creating good voices, but bad stories. Ultimately, I was focusing so much of my writing energy on these voices was distracting me from so many of the other elements of writing that help create good writers. So I made the hard decision to writer fewer first-person stories and to really focus on third-person writing.

I’d consider myself a “classical writer” now, in the sense that I’ve become a bit devoted to third-person narration—both as a writer and as a reader. Even though a couple of my favorite books are written in first-person, overall, I deeply believe that, as a writer seeking to further their craft and ability, first-person can be a trap. A good voice will do a great deal of the “heavy lifting” for a writer, which may lead to speedier publication, but in the long run, it’s like training just one muscle group and not the entire body.

Writing is tough. And the writing market is hyper-competitive. A writer needs to be skilled in as many aspects of writing as possible if they want to be successful. A good writer has to be capable not only in voice, but also in tone, scene, setting, transitions, they have to be able to both be concise or expansive when needed, and many, many more things. And while first-person narration does require these elements, I believe that writers can learn more from working in third-person.

And while I am IN NO WAY saying that first-person narration is a bad thing (Please, please, don’t come away thinking that) I do feel that, pound for pound, third-person is the best training ground for any writer. So when the time came for me to begin writing THE RETURNED, the choice was clear.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! What narration point-of-view do you think works best? And why?






The Returned

The Returned
Harlequin MIRA, August 27, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.

All over the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he's their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.






The eBook Prequels

The First
The Returned Prequel 1
Harlequin MIRA, June 1, 2013
eBook

In Jason Mott's haunting and unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, an impossible miracle is occurring all across the globe. Read how it all begins in this short story, The First.

It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancée, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on... Until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns, sending the world--and Emily--into a tailspin.

Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind. As the world dives deep into uncertainty, Emily and Edmund are determined to find their way back to one another...even if it means risking everything.

The reappearances continue in The Sparrow, and look for The Returned from Harlequin MIRA, a moving tale of a family given a second chance at life and a world where nothing--not even death--is certain.


The Sparrow
The Returned Prequel 2
Harlequin MIRA, July 1, 2013
eBook

In this short story by Jason Mott, author of The Returned, one determined couple seeks to reunite a young girl with the father who thought he had lost her forever...

When Heather and Matt Campbell find ten-year-old Tatiana Rusesa on the side of the highway, she is thousands of miles away from her village in Sierra Leone. She hasn't seen her family in almost two decades, not since she and her mother were killed by rebel soldiers. Now Tatiana has inexplicably returned, a lost orphan with no place to call home.

As the world dives deeper into uncertainty and chaos, Heather is determined to save Tatiana and help her find her way back to her family. But how much is she willing to lose to protect a girl she doesn't even know?

Learn how the mysterious reappearances begin in The First, and don't miss Jason Mott's unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, from Harlequin MIRA, a moving tale of a family navigating this unusual new reality and given a second chance at life.



The Choice
The Returned Prequel 3
Harlequin MIRA, August 1, 2013
eBook

In this short story by Jason Mott, author of The Returned, a man is forced to choose between the life he has now, and the one he thought was gone forever….

Peter Galvin was just seventeen when Tracy Whitland,— the love of his life—, vanished without a trace. In the years after her death, he had finally moved on, gotten married, started a family. He is content with his life now—happy, even…. Until Tracy suddenly and inexplicably returns.

For weeks, Peter and his wife, Samantha, have been watching mysterious reports of people's loved ones returning from beyond, the world spinning into uncertainty and chaos. But they never imagined it would happen to them. With Tracy's unusual homecoming, Peter and Samantha must decide where they can possibly go from here, and whether their family can survive….

Read more stories of the Returned in The First and The Sparrow. And don't miss Jason Mott's haunting debut novel, The Returned, a story of one family given an extraordinary second chance.


Note: The 3 Prequels are presently free at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.





About Jason

Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award. He is the author of two poetry collections: We Call This Thing Between Us Love and “…hide behind me…The Returned is his first novel.

The Returned has also been optioned by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, in association with Brillstein Entertainment and ABC. It will air on the ABC network early next year under the title “Resurrection.”

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @JasonMott




2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 9, 2013

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 9, 2013


I'm exceedingly happy to announce the 6 newest featured authors for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge (in alphabetical order by author).



Alan Averill

The Beautiful Land
Publisher:  Ace Trade, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $16.00 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-4767-0404-3 (print)

COVER FORTHCOMING
Takahiro O’Leary has a very special job…

…working for the Axon Corporation as an explorer of parallel timelines—as many and as varied as anyone could imagine. A great gig—until information he brought back gave Axon the means to maximize profits by changing the past, present, and future of this world.

If Axon succeeds, Tak will lose Samira Moheb, the woman he has loved since high school—because her future will cease to exist. A veteran of the Iraq War suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Samira can barely function in her everyday life, much less deal with Tak’s ravings of multiple realities. The only way to save her is for Tak to use the time travel device he “borrowed” to transport them both to an alternate timeline.

But what neither Tak nor Axon knows is that the actual inventor of the device is searching for a timeline called the Beautiful Land—and he intends to destroy every other possible present and future to find it.

The switch is thrown, and reality begins to warp—horribly. And Tak realizes that to save Sam, he must save the entire world…





Geoffrey Girard

Cain's Blood 
Publisher:  Touchstone, September 3, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Price:  $25.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-4767-0404-3 (print)

COVER FORTHCOMING
A terrifying debut novel about the evil in each of us: when clones of infamous serial killers escape from a secret government facility, it’s up to a former Army Ranger to stop them…with the help of a teenage killer clone.

Trying to develop a new breed of bio-weapons, the US Department of Defense has secretly cloned the world’s most notorious murderers, hoping to study their DNA and isolate a genetic predictor for evil. Now in Stage Three, the program contains dozens of young men who have no clue of their evil heritage—including Albert Fish, Ted Bundy, and David Berkowitz. Enacting a twisted game of nature vs. nurture, the 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—escaping with three canisters of a mysterious chemical weapon that could destroy an entire city.

A man with demons of his own, former black ops soldier Shawn Castillo is hot on their trail. But Shawn didn’t count on the quiet young boy 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 as unlikely allies on the trail of the rampaging teens’ increasing violence, Castillo must protect the boy who is the embodiment of his biggest fears—and who may also be his last hope.

More than just a serial killer novel, Cain’s Blood melds completely plausible science with terrifying horror, preying on our darkest fears of manipulation, secrecy, and murder.





Geoffrey Gudgion

Saxon's Bane 
Publisher:  Solaris, August 27, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-78108-137-2 (print)

COVER FORTHCOMING
In a supernatural novel with echoes of Alan Garner and Kate Mosse, Alan Gudgion chills the modern reader as the supernatural past invades the present.

Fergus Sheppard’s world changes for ever the day his car crashes near the remote village of Allingley. Traumatised by his near-death experience, he returns to thank the villagers who rescued him, and stays to work at the local stables as he recovers from his injuries. He will discover a gentler pace of life, fall in love – and be targeted for human sacrifice. Clare Harvey’s life will never be the same either. The young archaeologist’s dream find – the peat-preserved body of a Saxon warrior – is giving her nightmares. She can tell that the warrior had been ritually murdered, and that the partial skeleton lying nearby is that of a young woman. And their tragic story is unfolding in her head every time she goes to sleep. Fergus discovers that his crash is uncannily linked to the excavation, and that the smiling and beautiful countryside harbours some very dark secrets. As the pagan festival of Beltane approaches, and Clare’s investigation reveals the full horror of a Dark Age war crime, Fergus and Clare seem destined to share the Saxon couple’s bloody fate.





John Mantooth

The Year of the Storm
Publisher:  Berkley, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-425-26574-1 (print)

COVER FORTHCOMING
In this haunting, suspenseful debut novel, John Mantooth takes readers to a town in rural Alabama where secrets are buried deep, reality is relative, and salvation requires a desperate act of faith.

When Danny was fourteen, his mother and sister disappeared during a violent storm. The police were baffled. There were no clues, and most people figured they were dead. Only Danny still holds out hope that they’ll return.

Months later, a disheveled Vietnam vet named Walter Pike shows up at Danny’s front door, claiming to know their whereabouts. The story he tells is so incredible that Danny knows he shouldn’t believe him. Others warn him about Walter Pike’s dark past, his shameful flight from town years ago, and the suspicious timing of his return.

But he’s Danny’s last hope, and Danny needs to believe…





Jason Mott

The Returned
Publisher:  MIRA, September 1, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $21.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-7783-1533-9 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 9, 2013
"Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That's what all the Returned were."

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep-flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.

All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he's their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargraves find themselves at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.





Peter Rawlik

Reanimators
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-59780-478-3 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 9, 2013
Inspired by the eldritch horrors of H. P. Lovecraft . . .A saga of life, death, and the living dead.

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.

Reanimators is an epic tale of historical horror . . . in the tradition of Anno Dracula and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.



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