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The View From Monday - February 24, 2014



Happy last Monday in February! I've really looking forward to the upcoming start of March and hopefully less snow.



The View From Monday - February 24, 2014


There are three debuts this week:

Three Souls by Janie Chang;

A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain by Adrianne Harun;

and

Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Hammer of Angels (Shadowstorm 2) by G. T. Almasi;

Cold War: A Tor.Com Original (e) by Adam Christopher;

The Problem with Promises (Mystwalker 3) by Leigh Evans;

and

Tales From the Radiation Age by Jason Sheehan.



February 24, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Bittersweet Darkness (e) Nina Croft PNR - Order 3
Death Defying (e) Nina Croft SFR - Blood Hunter 3
Pan's Conquest (e) Aubrie Dionne PNR
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (e) Patricia Eimer PNR - Speak of the Devil 3
Star Trek: Titan: Absent Enemies (e) John Jackson Miller SF - Star Trek
Hot Rock (e) Annie Seaton PNR
Journey of the Wanderer (e) Shawna Thomas FR - Triune Stones 4
Witch Interrupted (e) Jody Wallace PNR



February 25, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Eldritch Conspiracy (tp2mm) Cat Adams UF - Blood Singer 5
Hammer of Angels G. T. Almasi SF / Adv - Shadowstorm 2
Circle of Death (ri) Keri Arthur UF - Damask Circle 2
Honor's Knight Rachel Bach SF - Paradox 2
The Gate Thief (h2mm) Orson Scott Card F - Mither Mages 2
Three Souls (D) Janie Chang HistFict/Gh
Cold War: A Tor.Com Original (e) Adam Christopher SF
London Falling (h2mm) Paul Cornell F - London Falling 1
Star Trek: The Original Series: No Time Like the Past Greg Cox SF - Star Trek
The Troop Nick Cutter H
The Problem with Promises Leigh Evans UF - Mystwalker 3
Fire with Fire (tp2mm) Charles E. Gannon SF/Adv - Caine Riordan 1
Impulse (h2mm) Steven Gould SF - Jumper 3
Let the Dead Sleep (h2mm) Heather Graham UFR - Caffery & Quinn 1
The Undead Pool Kim Harrison UF - The Hollows 12
A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain (D) Adrianne Harun Folklore/MR/Myth
The Bloody Cup M. K. Hume HistF / Arthurian - King Arthur Trilogy 3
Black Wings of Cthulhu S. T. Joshi (ed) H - Volume 2
Blades of the Old Empire Anna Kashina F - Majat Code 1
Alabaster: Pale Horse Caitlin R. Kiernan DF
Under the Dome: Part 1: A Novel Stephen King H/Su/Th
The Book of the Crowman Joseph D' Lacey F - The Crowman 2
Necessity's Child (h2mm) Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - Liaden Universe  16
Labyrinth of Stars Marjorie M. Liu PNR - Hunter's Kiss 5
A Taste Fur Murder Dixie Lyle PCM - Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery 1
The Rift Bob Mayer SF - Area 51: The Nightstalkers 3
Iced (h2mm) Karen Marie Moning UF - Dani O'Malley 1
Sun God Seeks...Surrogate? Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Accidentally Yours 3
Night Owls (D) Lauren M. Roy UF - Night Owls 1
Angel Seduced Jaime Rush PNR - Hidden 3
The Human Division (h2mm) John Scalzi SF
A Clockwork Heart (h2mm) Liesel Schwarz SP/F - Chronicles of Light and Shadow 2
Tales From the Radiation Age Jason Sheehan SF
To Do or Die Mike Shepherd SF - Jump Universe 1
Whisper of Sin (e) Nalini Singh PNR - A Psy Changeling Novella
The Happier Dead Ivo Stourton SF
Blood Kin Steve Rasnic Tem H
The Clockwork Wolf Lynn Viehl SP/M - Disenchanted & Co. 2



February 26, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Jubilee: A Tor.Com Original (e) Karl Schroeder SF



February 27, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Banished (e) Liz de Jager UF - Blackhart Legacy 1
Freaks in a Box: The Myths of Media Paul Di Filippo (ed) F/SF/H - Anthology



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback


Adv - Adventure
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistFict - Historical Fiction
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance








Interview with Jason Sheehan, author of A Private Little War - July 9, 2013


Please welcome Jason Sheehan to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. A Private Little War, Jason's fiction debut, was published on June 11 by 47North.



Interview with Jason Sheehan, author of A Private Little War - July 9, 2013




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Jason:  Glad to be here. Let’s dance.



TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Jason:  Doing it for kicks started young. Maybe 10 or 12. What got me started was dull afternoons at the bowling alley and my early ineptitude at videogames.

I can distinctly recall school breaks when my mom would drag me along with her to her bowling league. She’d let me loose in the alley and give me, like, a buck in quarters, which would immediately go into the first arcade game I could find. 15 minutes later, I’d be broke and looking at the clock and wondering what the hell I was supposed to do with the next three hours. My first masterpieces were written on bar napkins with those tiny score-keeping pencils. Later I learned to bring my own pens and paper. But I like to think that if things had gone just a little bit differently, I’d be a pro bowler right now—with one of those bowling gloves, a magnificent beer gut and a shelf full of third-place trophies.

Getting started as a pro was a somewhat different story. But let’s just say that, when I started, I was right back to writing on bar napkins again.



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

Jason:  That I have rarely produced anything fit for human consumption while the sun was up? That’s not really a quirk, though…

Oh, how ‘bout this? Every single thing I’ve ever written that was longer than a newspaper article has its own soundtrack—a bunch of songs that I listened to over and over again during the writing just to keep the tempo and the rhythm of the language right—and that I often assemble the soundtrack before I write a single word.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Jason:  Used to be a wicked pantser. Thought plotting was for those that didn’t trust in their own ability to handle weirdness and the unexpected.

To a certain extent, I’m still the same way, but since I’ve had to start doing things like writing pitches and assembling outlines for publishers and editors, I have begun to find some comfort in knowing that somewhere a document exists which details an endpoint and shows a way to get there.

Not the only way to get there, mind you, but one way. When you know where you’re going, a map is just a distraction. But when hopelessly lost, they can be handy for getting back on track.



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

Jason:  Finding that endpoint mentioned above. My characters are stubborn sons of bitches who fight like soap opera starlets to stay in the script, often refuse to die when instructed and just never shut up.



TQ:  Describe A Private Little War in 140 characters or less.

Jason:  There was a time when the biplane was man’s most perfect killing machine. For the natives of the planet Iaxo, that time is today.



TQ:  What inspired you to write A Private Little War?

Jason:  An old magazine or newspaper article, vaguely remembered, that I just couldn’t let go.

See, back when I was a younger man, I had some idea that maybe, someday, I would be a writer. In anticipation of this, I made every attempt at comporting myself like one. I smoked and drank, stayed up late, read The Great Gatsby a hundred times and made poor life choices. But I’d also do things like find interesting articles in newspapers and magazines that inspired me for some reason, cut them out and stick them in a folder for later perusal. A lot of these had to do with spaceships, lasers and girls. One of them had to do with biplanes.

The way I remember it, it was a piece about the aftermath of the Gulf War. The first one, back in 1991. And how, after having his air force and infrastructure destroyed by the American military, Saddam Hussein went looking for biplanes and biplane pilots for his fight with the Kurds. Why? Because a biplane didn’t need a runway. It didn’t need air control. And when you’re basically just dropping poison gas on people riding horses and fighting with bolt-action rifles, the situation doesn’t really require a MIG. It was a question of least application of force, and for some reason, I found that fascinating—so much so that the idea of it hung with me for 20 years.

So flash forward. My agent, East Coast Dave, and I are talking about stuff. We’re trying to think of a project to fill an unexpected gap in my schedule and I mention this story to him. I tell him that I think it could make a pretty cool science fiction story—which is a pretty serious departure because, to this point, I was known only as a food writer.

But Dave is a good guy (and more than a little crazy) so he says, “Sure, give it a try.” We figure that if I can finish the thing, he’ll try to sell it. Maybe we’ll both make a little beer money in the process.

So I dive in. 500-some pages later, I resurface with something entirely unlike what I’d intended to write. A story about biplanes and least application of force, sure, but also about aliens and sex and death and spaceships and abandonment and toast. We tinker with it, we sell it, and here we are.

The funny thing? Come to find, I don’t think the story I was remembering was actually correct. I think the article in question—the one about Iraq and the kurds and the biplanes—was about modern times at all. Because in 1940-something, during the Anglo-Iraqi war, a bunch of old Gloster Gladiators were used in combat by both sides. And in 1949, the Iraqi air force used them in attacks against the Kurds. I only found this out much later, and have never been able to find another reference anywhere to biplanes being used in the 1990’s.

Still, that’s where A Private Little War came from. Poor memory, forgetfulness, mistaken transmission of information, the usual.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for A Private Little War?

Jason:  I’m a journalist by trade, so I did lots. And was still making edits regarding the technical details of the planes right up until the final draft.



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

Jason:  Fenn, the main character’s best friend, was the easiest. He just bled right on the page. He was as real to me as anyone I’ve ever known. And the toughest was probably Vic, the chief mechanic and main female character. I’ll attribute that difficulty to being nearly 40 and still not knowing hardly anything about girls—as my wife will readily attest to. I also don’t know a hell of a lot about mechanics, but that was less problematic.



TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in A Private Little War?

Jason:  As a writer, I love the first chapter. I didn’t write it first—I actually came up with it while pretty far along in the editing process—but I think that only made it better. It sets a tone better than anything I have ever written before.

As a reader and appreciator of the absurd, though, there’s this little throwaway scene about a third of the way through the book where the pilots’ commanding officer, Ted Prinzi, is walking back to his tent and he steps on a slug. He gets so pissed at the slug—because it’s winter and the ground is frozen and they’re on a planet a hundred light years from Earth so the slug plainly has no business being where it is—that he just loses it. It’s actually the scene where Ted starts going insane and the scene on which the emotional tone of the story hinges. Where everything starts to go wrong.

And it’s all about a slug.



TQ:  What's next?

Jason:  I’d love to say something like “a long vacation” or “a 30-city book tour on my publisher’s dime,” but the truth? Another project, which will actually be launching frighteningly soon as an Amazon serial. It’s called “Tales From The Radiation Age” and is just a hardcore geek fever dream of giant robots and dinosaurs and spies and ray guns and bad language and a blimp fight. It’ll be launching in July as a bi-weekly serial and everyone reading this should pony up and buy the sucker the minute it comes out because it’s cheap and weird and awesome.

And did I mention it has a blimp fight? Who doesn’t love a good blimp fight?



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jason:  Thanks for the opportunity. Been a pleasure.






About A Private Little War

A Private Little War
47North, June 11, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 374 pages

Interview with Jason Sheehan, author of A Private Little War - July 9, 2013
He felt something in his belly twist up like cold fingers curling into a fist. This is it, he’d thought. This is when it all goes bad…

Private “security” firm Flyboy, Inc., landed on the alien planet of Iaxo with a mission: In one year, they must quash an insurrection; exploit the ancient enmities of an indigenous, tribal society; and kill the hell out of one group of natives to facilitate negotiations with the surviving group—all over 110 million acres of mixed terrain.

At first, the double-hush, back-burner project seemed to be going well. With all the advantages they had going for them—a ten-century technological lead on the locals, the logistical support of a shadowy and powerful private military company, and aid from similar outfits already on the ground—a quick combat victory seemed reasonable. An easy-in, easy-out mission that would make them very, very rich.

But the ancient tribal natives of Iaxo refuse to roll over and give up their planet. What was once a strategic coup has become a quagmire of cost over-runs and blown deadlines, leaving the pilots of Flyboy, Inc., on an embattled distant planet, waiting for support and a ride home that may never come….

The debut novel from acclaimed, James Beard Award–winning food critic Jason Sheehan, A Private Little War is the dark tale of a deadly war being waged in secrecy—and the struggle to stay sane in a world that makes no sense. A Catch-22 for a new generation, A Private Little War is sure to become a science fiction classic.





About Jason

Interview with Jason Sheehan, author of A Private Little War - July 9, 2013
Jason Sheehan is a former dishwasher, fry cook, saucier, chef, restaurant critic, food editor, reporter, and porn store employee. He was born and raised in Rochester, New York, and though he has since fled the Rust Belt repeatedly, he still harbors an intense fondness for brutal winters, Friday fish fries, Irish bars, and urban decay. As a young nerd, he fell hard for Star Wars, Doctor Who, William Gibson, Roger Zelazny, and the spaceship-and-raygun novels his father would leave on his bedside table. He dreamed of someday befriending a robot, stealing a spaceship, and wandering off across the stars in search of alien ladies and high adventure. Since that hasn’t happened (yet…), he now writes about it instead—which is almost as good. And yet despite all this, his mother still kinda thinks he should’ve been an orthodontist. He is a James Beard award-winning journalist and the current food editor for Philadelphia Magazine. A Private Little War is his debut novel.


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The View From Monday - June 10, 2013


Happy Monday!  It's a light release week. We were really busy over the weekend at The Qwillery so if you missed something, here's a quick list:

1)  Giveaway of the paperback of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - here.

2)  An interview with K.M. Fawcett, author to Captive (The Survival Race 1) - here.

3)  Why I am backing the Kickstarter for the Blood Kiss movie - here. (Only 4 days left to pledge.)

4)  Melanie's review of The Eighth Court (Courts of the Feyre 4) by Mike Shevdon - here.

5)  Animal-ify a title for a chance to win Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan - here.

6)  2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for June - Vote! - here.  Ten covers to choose from!

7)  Melanie's Week in Review - here.




The View From Monday - June 10, 2013




There are 3 debuts this week:

A Private Little War by Jason Sheehan.

Ecko Rising (Ecko 1) by Danie Ware (a US Debut).

and

Stoker's Manuscript by Royce Prouty.



Also Will McIntosh (2011 DAC) has a new novel out this week - Love Minus Eighty.




June 10, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Destiny (e) Vivi Anna SFR - League of Illusion Trilogy 3
Throne of Oak (e) Dana Marie Bell PNR - Maggie's Grove 2



June 11, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Makes You Stronger Guy Adams UF/H - Deadbeat 1
The Burning: A Tale of The Dark Apostle (e) E.C. Ambrose HistF - prequel to Elisha Barber
Seekers of the Chalice (e)(ri) Brian Cullen F - Seekers 1
The Valley of Shadows (e)(ri) Brian Cullen F - Seekers 2
The Mad Goblin Philip Jose Farmer SF - Secrets of the Nine 3 - Wold Newton Parallel Universe
Midnight's Captive: Part 1 (e serial) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
The Uninvited (h2tp) Liz Jensen Th/Dys
Exodus Paul Antony Jones SF - Extinction Point 2
The Immortal Circus: Act Two (Kindle e serial) A. R. Kahler UF - Immortal Circus
A Visit to the House on Terminal Hill: A Tor.Com Original (e) Elizabeth Knox F
Retrieval (e)(ri) Jeanie London PNR
A Game of Thrones: Graphic Novel: Volume 2 George R.R. Martin
Daniel Abraham
GN - A Game of Thrones
Kafka's Hat Patrice Martin Meta/Th
Love Minus Eighty Will McIntosh SF
Limits of Power Elizabeth Moon F - Paladin's Legacy 4
The Map of the Sky (h2tp) Felix J. Palma SF - Map of Time 1
Doctor Who: Who-ology Cavan Scott SF - Doctor Who - Official Miscellany
A Private Little War (D) Jason Sheehan SF
The Registry Shannon Stoker Dys
Shadow People James Swain SuTh - Peter Warlock 2
Ecko Rising (US D) Danie Ware SF/F - Ecko 1
The Stonehenge Gate (e)(ri) Jack Williamson SF



June 12, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Porn & Revolution in the Peaceable Kingdom: A Tor.Com Original (e) Morrisette Micaela SF



June 13, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Stoker's Manuscript (D) Royce Prouty SuSus



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

Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Meta - Metaphysical
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013


It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for June 2013!


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013


Since Cover Wars was so much fun as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, we're doing it again for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2013 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when I have it.



Vote For Your Favorite June 2013 Debut Novel Cover
  
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Voting will close on June 24, 2013.

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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013
Cover photos: feather © Vasilius/Shutterstock; oil drops © Buzz S/Shutterstock; 
texture background © Hemera/Thinkstock; bird © VladimirCeresnak/Shutterstock.
Cover design by Judith Lagerman





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013



2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts


2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts


There are 10 debuts for June.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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





The Beautiful Land
AuthorAlan Averill
Publisher:  Ace, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $16.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780425265277 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
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…





In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods
AuthorMatt Bell
Publisher:  Soho Press, June 18, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 312 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
ISBN978-1-61695-253-2 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
In this epic, mythical debut novel, a newly-wed couple escapes the busy confusion of their homeland for a distant and almost-uninhabited lakeshore. They plan to live there simply, to fish the lake, to trap the nearby woods, and build a house upon the dirt between where they can raise a family. But as their every pregnancy fails, the child-obsessed husband begins to rage at this new world: the song-spun objects somehow created by his wife's beautiful singing voice, the giant and sentient bear that rules the beasts of the woods, the second moon weighing down the fabric of their starless sky, and the labyrinth of memory dug into the earth beneath their house.

This novel, from one of our most exciting young writers, is a powerful exploration of the limits of parenthood and marriage—and of what happens when a marriage’s success is measured solely by the children it produces, or else the sorrow that marks their absence.





Captive
AuthorK.M. Fawcett
Series:  The Survival Race
Publisher:  Forever Yours, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
Price:  $17.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781455546480 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
"Fawcett delivers a suspenseful and captivating science fiction romance. A must read for all, but especially for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES." --Caridad Pineiro, NY Times & USA Today bestselling author

AN IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY

The last thing Addy Dawson remembers is a blazing inferno and freezing river water overtaking her lungs. When she awakens, Addy finds herself on a strange, alien planet, trapped in a cell with no doors, no windows-- and to her horror-- a naked warrior who claims to be her mate.

AN UNDENIABLE PASSION

An alpha gladiator, Max is forced to breed and produce the finest specimens for the Survival Race, a deadly blood sport created by the alien rulers of Hyborea. To rebel means torture-or worse-yet Max refuses to become the animal his captors want him to be. But their jailors will not be denied, and soon Addy and Max find themselves unwilling players in this cruel game. Pushed to the limit, they will risk everything for the chance at a life free from captivity. And though fate brought them together as adversaries, Max and Addy will discover that when they're together, there's nothing in the universe that can stop them.





The Year of the Storm
AuthorJohn Mantooth
Publisher:  Berkley, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780425265741 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
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…





Reviver
AuthorSeth Patrick
Series:  Reviver Trilogy
Publisher:  Thomas Dunne Books, June 18, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
Price:  $25.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781250021700 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
CSI meets The Sixth Sense in this compelling horror/thriller that has already been optioned by the producers of The Dark Knight Returns!

Jonah Miller is a Reviver, able to temporarily revive the dead so they can say goodbye to their loved ones—or tell the police who killed them.

Jonah works in a department of forensics created specifically for Revivers, and he’s the best in the business. For every high-profile corpse pushing daisies, it’s Jonah’s job to find justice for them. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is on the other side watching. Waiting. His superiors tell him it's only in his mind, a product of stress. Jonah isn't so certain.

Then Daniel Harker, the first journalist to bring revival to public attention, is murdered. Jonah finds himself getting dragged into the hunt for answers. Working with Harker's daughter Annabel, he becomes determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Soon they uncover long-hidden truths that call into doubt everything Jonah stands for, and reveal a sinister force that threatens us all.

Putting the paranormal in the police department, first-time author Seth Patrick blends genre lines with this edgy crime thriller. The first novel in the Reviver trilogy, Reviver is sure to appeal to fans of Dean Koontz and Justin Cronin.





Stoker's Manuscript
AuthorRoyce Prouty
Publisher:  Putnam Adult, June 13, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $26.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780399158551 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
When rare-manuscript expert Joseph Barkeley is hired to authenticate and purchase the original draft and notes for Bram Stoker's Dracula, little does he know that the reclusive buyer is a member of the oldest family in Transylvania.

After delivering the manuscript to the legendary Bran Castle in Romania, Barkeley—a Romanian orphan himself—realizes to his horror that he's become a prisoner to the son of Vlad Dracul. To earn his freedom, Barkeley must decipher cryptic messages hidden in the text of the original Dracula that reveal the burial sites of certain Dracul family members. Barkeley's only hope is to ensure that he does not exhaust his usefulness to his captor until he’s able to escape. Soon he discovers secrets about his own lineage that suggest his selection for the task was more than coincidence. In this knowledge may lie Barkeley's salvation—or his doom. For now he must choose between a coward's flight and a mortal conflict against an ancient foe.

Building on actual international events surrounding the publication of Bram Stoker's original novel, Royce Prouty has written a spellbinding debut novel that ranges from 1890s Chicago, London, and Transylvania to the perilous present.





A Private Little War
AuthorJason Sheehan
Publisher:  47North, June 11, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 374 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1611098945

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
He felt something in his belly twist up like cold fingers curling into a fist. This is it, he’d thought. This is when it all goes bad…

Private “security” firm Flyboy, Inc., landed on the alien planet of Iaxo with a mission: In one year, they must quash an insurrection; exploit the ancient enmities of an indigenous, tribal society; and kill the hell out of one group of natives to facilitate negotiations with the surviving group—all over 110 million acres of mixed terrain.

At first, the double-hush, back-burner project seemed to be going well. With all the advantages they had going for them—a ten-century technological lead on the locals, the logistical support of a shadowy and powerful private military company, and aid from similar outfits already on the ground—a quick combat victory seemed reasonable. An easy-in, easy-out mission that would make them very, very rich.

But the ancient tribal natives of Iaxo refuse to roll over and give up their planet. What was once a strategic coup has become a quagmire of cost over-runs and blown deadlines, leaving the pilots of Flyboy, Inc., on an embattled distant planet, waiting for support and a ride home that may never come….

The debut novel from acclaimed, James Beard Award–winning food critic Jason Sheehan, A Private Little War is the dark tale of a deadly war being waged in secrecy—and the struggle to stay sane in a world that makes no sense. A Catch-22 for a new generation, A Private Little War is sure to become a science fiction classic.





The Center of the World
AuthorThomas Van Essen
Publisher:  Other Press, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $15.95 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-59051-549-5

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
Alternating between nineteenth-century England and present-day New York, this is the story of renowned British painter J. M. W. Turner and his circle of patrons and lovers. It is also the story of Henry Leiden, a middle-aged family man with a troubled marriage and a dead-end job, who finds his life transformed by his discovery of Turner’s The Center of the World, a mesmerizing and unsettling painting of Helen of Troy that was thought to have been lost forever.

This painting has such devastating erotic power that it was kept hidden for almost two centuries, and was even said to have been destroyed...until Henry stumbles upon it in a secret compartment at his summer home in the Adirondacks. Though he knows it is an object of immense value, the thought of parting with it is unbearable: Henry is transfixed by its revelation of a whole other world, one of transcendent light, joy, and possibility.

Back in the nineteenth century, Turner struggles to create The Center of the World, his greatest painting, but a painting unlike anything he (or anyone else) has ever attempted. We meet his patron, Lord Egremont, an aristocrat in whose palatial home Turner talks freely about his art and his beliefs. We also meet Elizabeth Spencer, Egremont’s mistress and Turner’s muse, the model for his Helen. Meanwhile, in the present, Henry is relentlessly trailed by an unscrupulous art dealer determined to get his hands on the painting at any cost. Filled with sex, beauty, and love (of all kinds), this richly textured novel explores the intersection between art and eroticism.





Ecko Rising
AuthorDanie Ware
Series:  Ecko 1
Publisher:  Titan Books June 11, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780857687623

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
In a futuristic London where technological body modification is the norm, Ecko stands alone as a testament to the extreme capabilities of his society. Driven half mad by the systems running his body, Ecko is a criminal for hire. No job is too dangerous or insane.

When a mission goes wrong and Ecko finds himself catapulted across dimensions into a peaceful and unadvanced society living in fear of 'magic', he must confront his own percepions of reality and his place within it.

A thrilling debut, Ecko Rising explores the massive range of the sci-fi and fantasy genres, and the possible implications of pitting them against one another. Author Danie Ware creates an immersive and richly imagined world that readers will be eager to explore in the first book in this exciting new trilogy.





Sea Change
AuthorS.M. Wheeler
Publisher:  Tor Books, June 18, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-7653-3314-8 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius’s many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation. Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price.

Her journey to win Octavius’s freedom is difficult. The circus master wants a Coat of Illusions; the Coat tailor wants her undead husband back from a witch; the witch wants her skin back from two bandits; the bandits just want some company, but they might kill her first. Lilly's quest tests her resolve, tries her patience, and leaves her transformed in every way.

A powerfully written debut from a young fantasy author, Sea Change is an exhilarating tale of adventure, resilience, and selflessness in the name of friendship.



2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 27, 2013



2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 27, 2013


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the 3 newest featured authors for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.



Mark T. Barnes

The Garden of Stones
Echoes of Empire 1
47North, May 21, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 506 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 27, 2013
An uneasy peace has existed since the fall of the Awakened Empire centuries ago. Now the hybrid Avān share the land with the people they once conquered: the star-born humans; the spectral, undead Nomads; and what remains of the Elemental Masters.

With the Empress-in-Shadows an estranged ghost, it is the ancient dynasties of the Great Houses and the Hundred Families that rule. But now civil war threatens to draw all of Shrīan into a vicious struggle sparked by one man’s lust for power, and his drive to cheat death.

Visions have foretold that Corajidin, dying ruler of House Erebus, will not only survive, but rise to rule his people. The wily nobleman seeks to make his destiny certain—by plundering the ruins of his civilization’s past for the arcane science needed to ensure his survival, and by mercilessly eliminating his rivals. But mercenary warrior-mage Indris, scion of the rival House Näsarat, stands most powerfully in the usurper’s bloody path. For it is Indris who reluctantly accepts the task of finding a missing man, the only one able to steer the teetering nation towards peace.





Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders
The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1
47North, July 2, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 456 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 27, 2013
In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California – before it was devastated in the alien war – Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World – and death is quick – Buckle and his ship’s company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city.

Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of never-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.





Jason Sheehan

A Private Little War
47North, June 11, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 374 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 27, 2013
He felt something in his belly twist up like cold fingers curling into a fist. This is it, he’d thought. This is when it all goes bad…

Private “security” firm Flyboy, Inc., landed on the alien planet of Iaxo with a mission: In one year, they must quash an insurrection; exploit the ancient enmities of an indigenous, tribal society; and kill the hell out of one group of natives to facilitate negotiations with the surviving group—all over 110 million acres of mixed terrain.

At first, the double-hush, back-burner project seemed to be going well. With all the advantages they had going for them—a ten-century technological lead on the locals, the logistical support of a shadowy and powerful private military company, and aid from similar outfits already on the ground—a quick combat victory seemed reasonable. An easy-in, easy-out mission that would make them very, very rich.

But the ancient tribal natives of Iaxo refuse to roll over and give up their planet. What was once a strategic coup has become a quagmire of cost over-runs and blown deadlines, leaving the pilots of Flyboy, Inc., on an embattled distant planet, waiting for support and a ride home that may never come….

The debut novel from acclaimed, James Beard Award–winning food critic Jason Sheehan, A Private Little War is the dark tale of a deadly war being waged in secrecy—and the struggle to stay sane in a world that makes no sense. A Catch-22 for a new generation, A Private Little War is sure to become a science fiction classic.




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