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What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part 4

The 2011 Debut Author Challenge was a lot of fun! I read so many wonderful books by so many fantastic new authors. The Qwillery will be keeping an eye out for new books from the class of 2011 in 2012 and beyond. So what's next for the 2011 Debut Authors?  In addition to including new information, this post is an update to the previous posts:



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Jo Anderton
[updated]

2011

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part 4
Debris
The Veiled Worlds 1
Angry Robot Books (September 27, 2011)

In a far future where technology is all but indistinguishable from magic, Tanyana is one of the elite.

She can control pions, the building blocks of matter, shaping them into new forms using ritual gestures and techniques. The rewards are great, and she is one of most highly regarded people in the city. But that was before the “accident”.

Stripped of her powers, bound inside a bizarre powersuit, she finds herself cast down to the very lowest level of society. Powerless, penniless and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to a new life collecting “debris”, the stuff left behind by pions. But as she tries to find who has done all of this to her, she also starts to realize that debris is more important than anyone could guess.

Debris is a stunning new piece of Science Fantasy, which draws in themes from Japanese manga, and classic Western SF and Fantasy to create this unique, engrossing debut from the very exciting young author Jo Anderton.

FILE UNDER: Science Fiction [ Sentient Matter | Cast Down | Cruel Betrayals | All Is Lies ]

There is a free prequel short story available, Grandeur, which is available for download as a PDF at Jo Anderson's website. Click here.


2012

Suited (Veiled Worlds 2) will be published by Angry Robot Books in 2012. Here is the cover art:

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part 4




2011

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part 4
Shield of Fire
Bringer and the Bane 1
Entangled Publishing (December 2011)

Protecting humans is the Bringers’ duty. Sending demons to the Shadow World is their pleasure.

In one night, Ravyn’s life plunges from barely tolerable to deadly. Forced to flee the only home she’s known, she stumbles headlong into the clutches of Icarus, a powerful demon intent on stealing her powers. Unfortunately for him, she has no intention of cooperating.

When Rhys realizes the woman he’s rescued from the Bane Demon is no mere human, his obligation as a Bringer dictates he protect and train her in the ways of his people. But he’s unprepared for the intense desire he feels for the fiery Ravyn. To surrender to his need may mean her death.

As the Demon King’s desire for ultimate power escalates, fathers are slated against sons, and foes are made allies. The Bane threat upon them, Rhys and Ravyn must quest to unite the last of the Bringers—and explore a passion too powerful to ignore.


2012

Kiss of the Betrayer (Bringer and the Bane 2) will be published by Entangled Publishing in 2012. Here is the cover art:

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part 4



Dianne Duvall

2011

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part 4
Darkness Dawns
Immortal Guardians 1
Zebra (February 1, 2011)

In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts…where passion can last forever, if you’re willing to pay the price…

Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control…

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible—when it means forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect…


What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part 4Night Reigns 
Immortal Guardians 2
Zebra (December 6, 2011)

Dianne Duvall portrays a world of temptation, loyalty, and heartbreak…a world where danger and desire walk hand in hand…

Ami isn’t much for trusting strangers. She has a hard time trusting anyone. But she’s no coward, and she’s no pushover in the protection department either. So when she comes across a mysterious warrior taking on eight deranged vampires on his own, she doesn’t hesitate to save his bacon. Of course, that was before she realized what one little rescue would get her into…

Marcus Grayden has been an Immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years, and he’s not interested in backup. From the moment Ami arrives in his life, he can’t deny that she’s strong, smart, and extremely skilled at watching his back. But she’s also destroying his protective solitude and stirring desires he can’t bear to awaken. After all, whatever her secrets—how can she defeat death itself?


2012

Phantom Shadows will be published in October 2011 by Zebra Books.



Patricia Eimer

2011

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part 4
Luck of the Devil
Speak of the Devil 1
Entangled Publishing, August 2, 2011

Being the youngest daughter of the Devil isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The days of teenage rebellion and vows of chastity made just to tick off her father are over, and now all Faith Bettincourt wants is a nice, quiet life. Unfortunately, thanks to the unexpected arrival of her demonically-downsized sister, a ditzy succubus roommate, and dear old Dad himself, Faith’s plans for a relaxing vacation spent watching reruns go up in flames.

Now it’s all Faith can do to keep the family reunion from Hell (literally) under wraps, and the angelically-inclined hottie across the hall from realizing there’s something weird about his neighbor. And, thankfully, it’s working. Until an angelic stalker shows up in a bid to steal her powers and take over the world.

Forget watching reruns. With the way things are going, Faith will need the luck of the Devil just to survive until Monday.


 2012

Devil May Care will be published in August 2012 by Entangled Publishing.



Sable Grace

2011


What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part 4
Ascension
Dark Breed 1
Avon Books, April 26, 2011

The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed—vampyre, demons, shape shifters—and mankind fight their last battle for survival.

Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen . . . and the last of her kind. Determined, dangerous, and damned, she has no love for the mortals who have imprisoned and misused her. But when the Order of Ancients entrusts her with a mission—to find the key that will send the Dark Breed back into Hell for eternity—Kyana has no choice but to accept.

She is furious to learn her assignment comes with an escort . . . Ryker, a demigod and fierce warrior who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there. In a shaky alliance, they discover an ancient cult with dangerous motive and a god who seeks to destroy all others. And as Kyana begins to feel the heat that threatens to bind her to Ryker, she knows she has to resist. For it could only mean the undoing of them both . . .


What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part 4
Before the Fall
Dark Breed Novella
Avon Impulse, November 22, 2011

Zach was once the Order of Ancients’ most feared warrior, beating back the hounds of hell to protect the unsuspecting human race. But since he left the Order ten years ago, he’s been living as a mortal . . . until now. The gates of the underworld are breaking open, and Zach is needed in the fight once again. But before he can answer his summons, there’s one person he refuses to leave behind. Shanna may think Zach has a screw loose, spouting all this “hounds of hell” nonsense, but he has to get her to safety. The journey to the Order’s headquarters is a dangerous one, and even a warrior like Zach might not be strong enough to keep the darkness at bay.




What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part 4
Bedeviled
Dark Breed 2
Avon Books, December 27, 2011

She has done the unthinkable—turned her best friend into a dark breed: part Vampyre, Lychen and Witch . . .

Kyana thought only to save her friend’s life when she fed Haven her blood; instead, she created a monster. Now the woman she thought of as a sister is under the spell of an ancient, vengeful god, determined to set him free and wreak havoc on the mortal world . . . and only Kyana can stop her.

But time is running out. In just seven days, Kyana’s Vampyre and Lychen abilities will be gone and she’ll be completely transformed into the Goddess of the Hunt—and her blood ties to Haven will be severed. By her side is Ryker—ally, demigod, lover— who will sacrifice everything to keep Kyana safe . . . even the attraction that burns between them. Together they have one chance to save Haven from herself . . . to save humanity from hell on earth.


2012

Chosen (Dark Breed 3) will be published in August 2012 by Avon Books.



Jess Macallan

2011

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part 4
Stone Cold Seduction
Set in Stone 1
Entangled Publishing, Sept. 6, 2011

“Elle. It’s just Elle.”

When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn’t quite… normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar—someone has to take care of all his victims—he’s stolen her memories.

And only reading her fate can fix that.

Good thing she’s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate. Saving her oracle BFF’s fiancée, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix’s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.

If only the king didn’t want his daughter dead…


2012

Stone Cold Revenge will be published in June 2012 by Entangled Publishing.

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

Lots of winners!

5 copies of Must Love Lycans (Broken Heart 8) by Michele Bardsley

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: What is your favorite paranormal being?

1.  Amy who said...
I love the Broken Heart series.

My favorite paranormal being is a vampire. I think it is because of the old vampire movies I use to sneak and watch as a kid. Then I feel in love with the books about them. I love all paranormal beings but I am a sucker for a vampire. LOL :)

2.  Eli Yanti who said...
paranormal being i loved : fairies (ash - iron king is my fav, knife and many more), vampires (edward cullen, viper, styx, layel), werewolf (jacob), nymph (nymph king - gena showalter), dragons and angels.

3.  wanda f who said...
My favorite being is werewolves .\Michele I love your Broken Hearts series Ive read all of the previous books and cant wait to read Must Love Lycans .Its my most wanted to get book of the year .

4.  Megan@Riverina Romantics said...
I'm a vampire groupie!

5.  JoAnna who said...
I love shifters, cat shifters are my favorite!


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Paradise 21 (New Dawn 1) (e-book) by Aubrie Dionne

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: Do you listen to music when you write? Does the music affect how or what you write?? or if you don't write - Do you listen to music when you read?

Denise Z who said...
I listen to music when I do not have to concentrate on anything else. I love it and my toes tap, my body moves, and I will belt it out with the best of them. When I listen to music I cannot write or work, but I can read albeit with some toe tapping going on:) Thank you for sharing today. I would love to read Paradise 21 and appreciate the giveaway opportunity.


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The Savage Knight (Malory's Knights of Albion) by Paul Lewis (3 copies)

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: Arthur or Lancelot?

1.  Krystal who said...
I was never a huge fan of either one, but I supposed I'll choose Arthur.

2.  booklover0226 who said...
Between the two, I must choose Arthur; he was devoted and dedicated to his clause.

(side note - my favorite is Gawain!)

3.  Barbara E. who said...
I'd have to go with Arthur, he's definitely the man. Savage Knight sounds very intriguing and I'm looking forward to checking it out.


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Shadow Kin (Half-Light City 1) by M.J. Scott

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question:  Light or Dark?

Lieder Madchen who said...
Definitely dark for me! I am a total night owl and I melt in the sun. :)

Thank you for the great interview and giveaway, I have to read this book!


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Stone Cold Seduction (Set in Stone 1) (e-book) by Jess Macallan

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: Gargoyles or Elves?

RachaelM who said...
I would have to say gargoyles. In the last few months I have seen many books featuring gargoyles and they all look very interesting.


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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: If you could work at a circus, what would you like to do?

Angie who said...
This sounds so good! Putting it on my TBR list. If I were in the circus - animal trainer, but probably not the big cats. Maybe monkeys or something.


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Choice of e-book of Blood of the Demon (Demons of Infernum 1) or Mark of the Sylph (Demons of Infernum 2) by Rosalie Lario

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: Greek or Egyptian Mythology or both?

June M. who said...
I have read quite a bit of Greek mythology but right now I can't think of much Egyptian mythology that I have read. I will have to look into it.
These books have been on my wish list for a while now. I would LOVE to win a copy of the first book BLOOD OF DEMON.


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Choice of Deadtown, Hellforged or Bloodstone by Nancy Holzner

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question:  If you were a demon slayer what sort of paranormal/supernatural being would be your sidekick?

erin who said...
I love, love, love thi series! I can't wait for and desperately want, Bloodstone :)

If I had a sidekick, I'd want it to be a shapeshifter who is very strong and fast to protect me! :)

Thanks for the great post and giveaway!


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Spellwright by Blake Charlton (2 signed copies of the Mass Market Paperback)  US Mailing Addresses Only!

Many winners! - October 2, 2011

The Question: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy or all three?

1. Blissfulrains who said...
Epic fantasy! (:

2. RachaelM who said...
I like all three, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy but my favorite seems to be Urban Fantasy. I love a good fantasy book to lose myself in and forget my troubles for a while. Thanks for the giveaway.


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Winners have been notified and have until 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Sunday, October 9, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Review - Stone Cold Seduction by Jess Macallan - 4 Qwills

Stone Cold Seduction
AuthorJess Macallan
Series:  Set in Stone
Format: Trade Paperback, 246 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (September 6, 2011)
Price: $14.99
Language: English
Genre: Paranormal w/ strong Romantic Elements
ISBN :  978-1-937044-25-1
Review Copy:  Purchased & eARC from Publisher

Cover and synopsis:

Review - Stone Cold Seduction by Jess Macallan - 4 Qwills
“Elle. It’s just Elle.”

When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn’t quite… normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar—someone has to take care of all his victims—he’s stolen her memories.

And only reading her fate can fix that.

Good thing she’s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate. Saving her oracle BFF’s fiancée, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix’s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.

If only the king didn’t want his daughter dead…



My thoughts:

First off, kudos to Entangled Publishing for being upfront about Stone Cold Seduction's genre: "Paranormal w/ strong Romantic Elements." That is an apt description. This first book in the Set in Stone series has no HEA, but does have romance. With an HEA I might have thought of it as an Urban Fantasy Romance, but there is no HEA... yet.

I really liked Stone Cold Seduction. Jess Macallan has created a really interesting mythology for her series that includes Gargoyles, Phoenixes, Shadow Elves, Light Elves and more. There are no vampires or werewolves. The fact that a mythical creature in the book called them myths made me smile. There are moments of levity in Stone Cold Seduction. There is romance and, yes, sex. There is action and some violence.

Elle is the central character of Stone Cold Seduction. All of sudden her world is turned upside down when she finds out who her awful Dad really is and who she is and may become. The world is not what it seems. Elle's a very likable character. She has an offbeat and lovely sense of humor. Her reluctance about some things is explained throughout the course of the story. We know as much as she does. We find out about her horrific past right along with her as her memories slowly start to return and her paranormal abilities manifest. Bad things have happened to her. The folks who have caused those bad things are still around. There is one scene in the story that really made me cringe for Elle.

Elle is surrounded by a trio of terrific males - Teryl, Jax and MacLean. Teryl is Elle's BFF. Jax works for Elle. MacLean is... well you'll have to read the story. The interaction between Elle and the "trio of hotties" and among the trio is very well done. There are several very amusing "manversations" as Elle calls them between the guys. "...a manversation is a conversation men have where only grunts, growls, and manly looks are exchanged.” I like all the guys. They each have well-drawn and distinct personalities. 

This is the foundation book for the series so don't expect much to be resolved. Elle's powers have not completely manifested, her fate is not clear, and she's going to have to deal not only with romantic entanglements but her dear old Dad in the upcoming books.

Jess Macallan did a terrific job balancing humor, violence, action, and romance in Stone Cold Seduction. It's an engaging read and I can't wait to see what happens next.

I give Stone Cold Seduction 4 Qwills.

Review - Stone Cold Seduction by Jess Macallan - 4 Qwills


Note: Book 2 will be published in November 2011 and Book 3 will be published in January 2011.

Interview with Jess Macallan and Giveaway - September 15, 2011

Please welcome Jess Macallan to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.

Jess:  I’m so excited to be at The Qwillery today! Thanks for having me here.

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

Jess:  If I’m not listening to music, I turn on a bad television show to use as background noise. I can’t always write to music because I starting singing, and then typing the lyrics. But bad TV is another matter. If I put it on one of the home shopping networks or a terrible reality show, I’m not remotely tempted to watch, and I can get more writing done. It’s weird, but it works.

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

Jess:  I have so many favorites it’s hard to narrow it down. But the writers I’ll make a special trip to the bookstore for are Charlaine Harris, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Patricia Briggs, Karen Marie Moning, Rick Riordan, and Kim Harrison. I honestly couldn’t tell you who has influenced my writing the most, but I love getting lost in a great book by any of the above writers. I also love attending workshops and talking to other writers. It never fails to get the creative juices flowing.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Jess:  Pantser. The worst pantser you could imagine. I’ll start books in the middle of a scene or at the end and work my way backwards. I’ve tried to plot, but it doesn’t work for me. However, I keep spreadsheets to track books, word count and progress, and I also have notebooks I’ll use to scribble down ideas and character traits so I can keep then straight. I’m very organized with everything but the writing itself. My muse is happiest when the story evolves on its own.

TQ:  Describe Stone Cold Seduction in 140 characters or less.

Jess:  Elle discovers her father is an elf king, she's his heir, and two men claim to be her mate. A quest to find her fate holds the key.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Stone Cold Seduction?

Jess:  I wanted to write a book with a gargoyle character, and had to build a story around him. It’s a strange starting place, but that’s how my creative brain works. So I added some of my favorite mythological creatures, a heroine with a lot to lose (or gain) and went from there.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Stone Cold Seduction?

Jess:  I did small pockets of research for things like perfume, Scotland, castles, and even Seattle. I took literary license (which I hope readers will forgive me for), but this book had details that needed fine tuning instead of big chunks of research time. Which is great, because I’m easily distracted when researching, especially with the castles. *grins*

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

Jess:  Teryl, Elle’s best friend, was the easiest because I just love his personality. He’s a little nerdy, a lot witty, loyal and stylish. He’s easy to write and like. Jedren, Elle’s father, was the hardest because he’s ruthless and heartless. It’s a lot harder to get inside his head.

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

Jess:  My favorite scene comes toward the end of the book when Elle gets a glimpse of her inner strength after nasty encounter. Strangely enough, that scene was also the hardest to write because her father plays a key role.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Set in Stone series?

Jess:  Three for Elle, and hopefully one for the mate she doesn’t choose. He deserves his own HEA.

TQ:  What's next?

Jess:  When I finish Stone Cold Destiny (book 3 in the series) I’m taking a brief reading vacation where I’ll catch up on my TBR pile, and then I’ll work on a middle grade about a girl who becomes a pirate. Then it’s on to the mate Elle doesn’t choose. It should keep me out of trouble for a while. *grins*

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jess:  Thank you so much for having me here today! The questions were fun. I love connecting with readers, and can be found at | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | JessMacallan |


About Stone Cold Seduction

Stone Cold Seduction
Set in Stone 1
(Entangled Publishing, Sept. 6, 2011)
Interview with Jess Macallan and Giveaway - September 15, 2011
“Elle. It’s just Elle.”

When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn’t quite… normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar—someone has to take care of all his victims—he’s stolen her memories.

And only reading her fate can fix that.

Good thing she’s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate. Saving her oracle BFF’s fiancée, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix’s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.

If only the king didn’t want his daughter dead…


Excerpt

Get in, get out. Get in, get out, I chanted in my head.
            I could do this. I crept toward the stairs, keeping to the shadows and the outer edges of the room. Footsteps moving at a fast pace were coming toward me. I touched the small mark for the cloaking ward and silently chanted the words, and pressed against the wall. Please let this work. A split second later, two gargoyles rounded the corner. My mouth went dry, and I was afraid they’d hear my heart pounding, it was so loud.
            They were full gargoyles. Their stone feet made dull, heavy thuds against the stone floor. Hysteria bubbled, and I wondered what happened if they got a chip in gargoyle form. Did they ever break a toe or finger off? Wings tucked behind them, horns on their heads, they were an awesome sight. Long faces, pointy chins and bright, glowing silver eyes. No clothes and very, very…naked.
            I brought my gaze back to their faces as they neared the stairs. I held my breath. Silently, they brushed past me, oblivious to my presence. So close, I could have reached out and grabbed their…er…wings. I waited until I could no longer hear their footsteps, before releasing the ward and my breath in a quiet exhale.
            I sucked in a deep, shaky breath. That had been far too close for comfort. I made my way down the stairs, one cautious step at a time.
            Candle sconces lined the walls. Tiny flames flickered and cast sinister shadows down the curving stairwell. I felt like I was walking down to the dungeons, which is what I’m sure the lower levels used to be. Fear snaked along my spine. I didn’t want to be here.
            Which was more motivation to hurry the hell up.
            Because of the candle sconces, I couldn’t hug the walls. I crouched down and took the steps as quickly and quietly as I could. Every five steps, I paused to listen. The gargoyles must be faster than I gave them credit for, because I didn’t hear their footsteps receding.
            The growing silence strained my nerves. Where were all the guards and oracles MacLean had spoke about? I’d heard one female and seen the two gargoyles. There were five upper levels and three lower levels. I should hear something.
            Keeping one hand on the wall, trying to avoid the hot, dripping wax, I made my way downstairs, into what felt like the pit of hell. Was it getting warmer?
            The spiral stairs continued down. I was almost there, when the next ward hit me. If I’d thought the first one was big, this one brought me to my knees. Literally.
            I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t see. I couldn’t hear. Raw energy consumed me. It ripped through me with the force of a tsunami. As quickly as it started, it was over. Huddled on the stairs, I gasped for breath. A twinge in my shoulder indicated where the new mark was.
            “The ward is down. Did you hear that?” The low, nasty voice came from below. It echoed in the stairwell. Heavy thuds on the stairs had me scrambling to my feet.
            Shit. They were coming.
            Quiet, calm shadow. Quiet, calm shadow, I repeated mentally, squeezing my eyes shut. I held the image in my head, praying it would hold. If I got out of this alive, I’d donate more. Volunteer my time. Be nice to every person I met. No more take-out food. I’d exercise and get enough sleep. I’d…
            The two gargoyles raced up the stairs. Fast and agile, they ran right through me. Right through me.
            Shock held me still.
            Time was running out. I moved down the stairs, despite the way my legs threatened to give out with each step. Hitting the second level, I ducked into the first room I found. Hoping there was electricity down here, I fumbled for a light switch. Success. I flipped the switch.
            With horror, I took in the scene in front of me.


About Jess

Interview with Jess Macallan and Giveaway - September 15, 2011
Jess lives in the Inland Northwest with her husband and three children. She thrives on creative chaos. Curiosity drives her to try new things as often as possible.

When not writing or chasing trouble, she teaches yoga, reads, runs a mini farm, watches MMA and gardens. The only things she takes seriously are chocolate, tea and world domination. But mostly chocolate.

Jess' Links:

Blog 
Facebook
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Twitter




The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Stone Cold Seduction ebook from Entangled Publishing.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Gargoyles or Elves? 

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

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

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

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

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

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, September 22, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - September 12, 2011

Happy 2nd Monday in September. It's a busy week at The Qwillery.

Monday:  Guest post from Aubrie Dionne - Paradise 21 (New Dawn 1) .

Tuesday: Interview with debut author Paul Lewis - The Savage Knight (Mallory's Knights of Albion).

Wednesday: Interview with debut author MJ Scott - Shadow Kin (Half-Light City 1).

Thursday: Interview with debut author Jess Macallan - Stone Cold Seduction (Set in Stone 1)

Friday: Interview with debut author Erin Morgenstern -The Night Circus.

Book releases for this week are below. A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking here. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)." Anthologies and book trailers are below.


September 13, 2011

SpellboundCharlton, BlakeF -Spell 2
Blood and Other CravingsDatlow, Ellen (ed)H - Anthology
Sunrise of AvalonElliott, AnnaF - Twilight of Avalon 3
Crack'd Pot Trail (ri)Erikson, StevenF - Bauchelain and Korbal Broach 4
Prospero RegainedLamplighter, L. JagiF - Prospero's Daughter 3
The Savage Knight (d)Lewis, PaulF - Mallory's Knights of Albion
The Night Circus (d)Morgenstern, ErinF
The Highest FrontierSlonczewski, JoanSF
Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic RomanceSzereto, Mitzi (ed)PER - Anthology


September 15, 2011

Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock HolmesCampbell, J.R. (ed)
Prepolec, Charles (ed)
H/F - Anthology
Tesseracts 15: A Case of Quite Curious TalesCzerneda, Julie (ed)
MacGregor, Susan (ed)
SF - Anthology
The Battle Sylph McDonald, L.J.PNR -Sylph 1
Queen of the SylphsMcDonald, L.J.PNR -Sylph 3
The Shattered SylphMcDonald, L.J.PNR -Sylph 2
Tastes of Love and EvilMonajem, BarbaraPNR -Bayou Gavotte 2
The RaftersMontgomery, ACF - Somnambulist Saga 1
BriarpatchPratt, TimF
The Pattern ScarsSweet, CaitlinEF

d - Debut
ri - Reissue


EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction


Anthologies






Book trailer:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgentstern


2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors

2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors

Here are the September debut authors and their novels (in alphabetical order). 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.

This month I simply can't pick one. I'm going to read all of them!

Those Across the River
Author: Christopher Buehlman
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Ace (September 6, 2011)
Price: $24.95
Language: English
Genre: Horror
ISBN: 9780441020676
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate-the Savoyard Plantation- and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.

It comes from the shadowy woods across the river, where the ruins of Savoyard still stand. Where a longstanding debt of blood has never been forgotten.

A debt that has been waiting patiently for Frank Nichols's homecoming...

No Proper Lady
Author: Isabel Cooper
Series:
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks (September 1, 2011)
Price: $6.99
Language: English
Genre:  Historical Fantasy Romance/ Time Travel Romance
ISBN:  9781402259524
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
It’s Terminator meets My Fair Lady in this fascinating debut of black magic and brilliant ball gowns, martial arts, and mysticism.

England, 1888. The trees are green, the birds are singing, and no one has any idea that in a few hundred years, demons will destroy it all. Joan plans to keep it that way. All she has to do is take out the dark magician responsible—before he summons the demons in the first place. But as a rough-around-the-edges assassin from that bleak future, she’ll have to learn how to fit into polite Victorian society to get close to her target.

Simon Grenville has his own reasons for wanting to destroy Alex Reynell. The man used to be his best friend—until his practice of the dark arts almost killed Simon’s sister. The beautiful half-naked stranger Simon meets in the woods may be the perfect instrument for his revenge. It will just take a little time to teach her the necessary etiquette and assemble a proper wardrobe. But as each day passes, Simon is less sure he wants Joan anywhere near Reynell. Because no spell in the world will save his future if she isn’t in it.

The Savage Knight
Author:  Paul Lewis
Series:  Malory's Knights of Albion
Format:  Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher:  Abaddon (September 13, 2011)
Price:  $9.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Historical Fantasy / Arthurian Legend
ISBN:  9781907992346
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
Sir Dodinal the Savage is more at home in the wild forest than in the tilting yard or the banquet hall. Keenly attuned to the natural world, but burdened with a terrible rage, he turns his back on Camelot to find peace, or a just death.

In a quiet village on the Welsh border, Dodinal believes he may have finally found a home, but the village is struck by child-stealing raiders from the hills, and he must take up arms once again in his new friends' aid. His quest will take him into the belly of darkness, as the terrible secret hidden in the hills comes to light...

Stone Cold Seduction
Author:  Jess Macallan
Series:  Set in Stone
Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing (September 6, 2011)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy Romance
ISBN: 978-1-937044-25-1
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
“Elle. It’s just Elle.”

When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn’t quite… normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar—someone has to take care of all his victims—he’s stolen her memories.

And only reading her fate can fix that.

Good thing she’s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate. Saving her oracle BFF’s fiancée, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix’s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.

If only the king didn’t want his daughter dead…

The Night Circus
Author:  Erin Morgenstern
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher:  Doubleday (Septemeber 13, 2011)
Price:  $26.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN: 978-0-385-53463-5
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Sins of the Angels
Author:  Linda Poitevin
Series:  The Grigori Legacy
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Ace (September 27, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978044102091
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis is assigned a new partner in Aramael, a Guardian Angel who doubles as a hit man, they have only one thing in common: a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse. Now they have no choice but to work together-relentlessly, fearlessly, intimately. Because only they can stop the rogue angel from ushering in the end of days.

The Panama Laugh
Author:  Thomas S. Roche
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books (September 6, 2011)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction/Apocalyptic
ISBN:  978-1-59780-290-1
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
Ex-mercenary, pirate, and gun-runner Dante Bogart knows he's screwed the pooch after he hands one of his shady employers a biological weapon that made the dead rise from their graves, laugh like hyenas, and feast upon the living. Dante tried to blow the whistle via a tell-all video that went viral -- but that was before the black ops boys deep-sixed him at a secret interrogation site on the Panama-Colombia border.

When Dante wakes up in the jungle with the five intervening years missing from his memory, he knows he's got to do something about the laughing sickness that has caused a world-wide slaughter. The resulting journey leads him across the nightmare that was the Panama Canal, around Cape Horn in a hijacked nuclear warship, to San Francisco's mission district, where a crew of survivalist hackers have holed up in the pseudo-Moorish-castle turned porn-studio known as The Armory.

This mixed band of anti-social rejects has taken Dante's whistle blowing video as an underground gospel, leading the fight against the laughing corpses and the corporate stooges who've tried to profit from the slaughter. Can Dante find redemption and save civilization?

Shadow Kin
Author:  M. J. Scott
Series:  Half-Light City
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Roc (September 6, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Dark Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  9780451464040
2011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors
On one side, the Night World, rules by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages...

Born a wraith, Lily is a shadow who slips between worlds. Brought up by a Blood Lord and raised to be his assassin, she is little more than a slave. But when Lily meets her match in target Simon DuCaine, the unlikely bond that develops between them threatens to disrupt an already stretched peace in a city on the verge of being torn apart...

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - August 16, 2011

The Qwillery is pleased to announce that Jess Macallan will be joining the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. Jess' debut, Stone Cold Seduction (Set in Stone 1), will be published in September by Entangled Publishing.

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - August 16, 2011
When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn’t quite… normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar—someone has to take care of all his victims—he’s stolen her memories.

And only reading her fate can fix that.

Good thing she’s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate. Saving her oracle BFF’s fiancée, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix’s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.

If only the king didn’t want his daughter dead…

I like the mood of this cover. Look for an interview with Jess in September.

You can keep up to date on 2011 Debut Author Challenge happenings on the 2011 DAC page.  
Interview with Jess Macallan - Stone Cold Revenge Blog Tour - and Giveaway - February 28, 2013What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part 4Many winners! - October 2, 2011Review - Stone Cold Seduction by Jess Macallan - 4 QwillsInterview with Jess Macallan and Giveaway - September 15, 2011The View From Monday - September 12, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge - September Debut Authors2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - August 16, 2011

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