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Interview with Joanne Reay - August 13, 2012

Please welcome Joanne Reay to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Romeo Spikes (Lo'Life Trilogy1) will be published tomorrow! You may read Joanne's Guest Blog - Spiked Coffee  - here.


Interview with Joanne Reay - August 13, 2012


TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery!

Joanne:  Thanks for inviting me. Is there a bar?

TQ:  No bar.


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

Joanne:  Maybe not my most interesting, but certainly my most annoying quirk is that I cannot move on with a character until I have given them a name—and it has to be the right name. I have tried reasoning with myself that I can always come back and change a name later, but my brain rejects this as non-f*****g-negotiable. It has principles.


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

Joanne:  For inspiration, I would have to say Lewis Carroll—not the most original answer, but a truthful one. He taught me that our world is not entirely known, language is liquid and that the best characters are sometimes the most unlikeable. I am so glad these ideas were planted in me before I was taught to know better.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Joanne:  Plotter. Obsessive plotter. Once I have laid the track of the story, I can switch to the other side of my brain and just let it flow.


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

Joanne:  I love puzzles and mysteries, so my stories will always have a dark, cryptic heart. But I also hate any mystery where a solution just pops up without any evolution. So, as I piece the points of the mystery together, I have to go back and make sure I have woven the key elements deep into the narrative and that all the clues are there should , if the reader re-traces their steps. This can be a huge task and I often curse my brain for coming up with these twisted mysteries that demand so much inter-weaving.


TQ:  Describe Romeo Spikes in 140 characters or less.

Joanne:  There is a supernatural side to suicide, and life is too short for you not to know this.


TQRomeo Spikes did not start out as a novel, but as a screenplay. How difficult/easy was it to turn the screenplay into the novel?

Joanne:  I thought it would be easy— – like taking a Ford and pimping it up to a Mustang. In fact it was like taking a Ford and pimping it up to Detroit.


TQ:  What inspired you to write Romeo Spikes?

Joanne:  I wanted to create a new supernatural entity, one that belonged to the world we live in now. The key is always to determine what their relationship to humans might be. Then a friend of mine made a chance remark in the middle of an unrelated conversation, and in that moment the idea came to me.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Romeo Spikes?

Joanne:  My research follows a pattern that I think is common to many. I start off looking for some specific fact, click on Wikipedia and then another link in the body of the text catches my eye. So I click on that and within the next few moments (and clicks) I am deep into some other article on some other subject and far away from the original answer I sought. But in these “wiki-treks” I frequently come across wild facts that inspire a fresh thread in the story.


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

Joanne:  Dali came to me like an old friend (albeit an uninvited one, as he’s not to be trusted…). I loved his dandy ways and careful vanities. His voice was always welcome in my head. It was also hard to let go of Dr. Torgus. The way she ferociously clings to her sexuality even as her body fails her—God love that crazy bitch.


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

Joanne:  There is a scene where a young genius kid called Mo’Zart is recruited by Agent Petrus Bex into S.C.U.R.O. The call to join comes from nowhere and Mo’Zart is taken immediately. Apart from the weird relationship between Mo’Zart and Bex (which was fun to create), I guess the scene keeps us hopeful that our lives can spin on a dime. Nothing is set. Everything is possible.


TQ:  What's next?

Joanne:  Next up is BOOK II in the saga. And this one twists a supernatural mystery with a brutal homicide case, as a serial killer walks between the two worlds of humans and Tormenta.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Joanne:  Thanks for inviting me. Where’s the bar?



Romeo Spikes

Romeo Spikes
Lo'Life Trilogy 1
Gallery Books, August 14, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

Interview with Joanne Reay - August 13, 2012
Working the Homicide squad, Alexis Bianco believes she’s seen every way a life can be taken. Then she meets the mysterious Lola and finds out she’s wrong. More weapon than woman, Lola pursues a predator with a method of murder like no other.

The Tormenta.

If you think you’ve never encountered Tormenta, think again. You’re friends with one. Have worked for one. Maybe even fallen in love with one.

They walk amongst us—looking like us, talking like us. Coercing our subconscious with their actions. Like the long-legged beauty who seduces the goofy geek only to break his heart, causing him to break his own neck in a noose. Or the rock star whose every song celebrates self-harm, inspiring his devoted fans to press knives to their own throats. The pusher who urges the addict toward one more hit, bringing him a high from which he’ll never come down. The tyrannical boss, crushing an assistant’s spirit until a bridge jump brings her low.

We call it a suicide. Tormenta call it a score, their demonic powers allowing them to siphon off the unspent life span of those who harm themselves.

To Bianco, being a cop is about right and wrong. Working with Lola is about this world and the next . . . and maybe the one after that. Because everything is about to change. The coming of a mighty Tormenta is prophesied, a dark messiah known as the Mosca.

To stop him, Bianco and Lola must fight their way through a cryptic web of secret societies and powerful legends and crack an ancient code that holds the only answer to the Mosca’s defeat. If this miscreant rises before they can unmask him, darkness will reign and mankind will fall in a storm of suicides. Nobody’s safe. Everyone’s a threat.




About Joanne

Interview with Joanne Reay - August 13, 2012
Vienna is now my home, where I work as a screenplay writer and producer for a film production company. Prior to that, I worked for the BBC and ran my own documentary production company. Over the last two decades, without doubt the best things I’ve produced are my two amazing daughters. Now twenty-one and eighteen, Emma and Katie are my constant inspiration and – as I frequently remind them – possibly also my pension, unless my books are a hit.

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2012

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for August 2012!


As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun to choose a 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 2012 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.



































January 2012 Winner - Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) by Myke Cole. Cover Art by Mike Komarck.

February 2012 Winner - Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm. Cover Art by Amazing 15.

March 2012 Winner - The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski, Cover Art by Amazing 15.

April 2012 Winner - Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) by Chuck Wendig. Cover Art by Joey Hi-Fi.

May 2012 Winner - Nightshifted (Edie Spence 1) by Cassie Alexander. Cover art by Aleta Rafton.

June 2012 Winner - Osiris (The Osiris Project 1) by E.J. Swift. Cover art by sparth.

July 2012 Winner - No Peace for the Damned (The Damned 1) by Megan Powell. Cover art by Cyanotype Design.

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 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 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.



Blades of Winter
Author:  G.T. Almasi
Series:  Shadowstomr
Publisher:  Del Rey,  August 28, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Price:  $9.99
Genre:  Science Fiction/Thriller
ISBN:  978-0-440-42354-6

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
In one of the most exciting debuts in years, G. T. Almasi has fused the intricate cat-and-mouse games of a John le Carré novel with the brash style of comic book superheroes to create a kick-ass alternate history that reimagines the Cold War as a clash of spies with biological, chemical, and technological enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, a self-described “million-dollar murder machine,” is a rising star in ExOps, a covert-action agency that aggressively shields the United States from its three great enemies: the Soviet Union, Greater Germany, and the Nationalist Republic of China. Rather than risk another all-out war, the four superpowers have poured their resources into creating superspies known as Levels.

Alix is one of the hottest young American Levels. That’s no surprise: Her dad was America’s top Level before he was captured and killed eight years ago. But when an impulsive decision explodes—literally—in her face, Alix uncovers a conspiracy that pushes her to her limits and could upset the global balance of power forever.


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The Corpse-Rat King
Author:  Lee Battersby
Series:  The Corpse-Rat King
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, August 28, 2012 (US/Canada)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-85766-287-3

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
Marius don Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead.

Just like the living citizens, the dead need a King — after all, the King is God’s representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are.

And so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message: if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King. Which he fully intends to do.

Just as soon as he stops running away.

File Under: Fantasy


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Hearts of Darkness
Author:   Kira Brady
Series:  Deadglass
Publisher:  Zebra, August 7, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-1-4201-2456-9

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion…

Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies…and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.


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The Dog Stars
Author:   Peter Heller
Publisher:  Knopf, August 7, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 336 pages
Price:  $24.95
Genre:  Post-Apocalyptic 
ISBN:  978-0-307-95994-2
(fiction debut)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
“Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the solace of the natural world, and the chance to perform some small kindness. The Dog Stars is a wholly compelling and deeply engaging debut.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.


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The Constantine Affliction
Author:  T. Aaron Payton

Has been removed.  T. Aaron Payton is author Tim Pratt.  This was revealed on August 9th. You can read the reveal post at The Night Bazaar.



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Romeo Spikes
Author:  Joanne Reay
Series:  Lo'Life Trilogy
Publisher:  Gallery Books, August 14, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 416 pages
Price:  $25.00
Genre:  Urban Fantasy / Thriller
ISBN:  978-1-4516-7444-6

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
Working the Homicide squad, Alexis Bianco believes she’s seen every way a life can be taken. Then she meets the mysterious Lola and finds out she’s wrong. More weapon than woman, Lola pursues a predator with a method of murder like no other.

The Tormenta.

If you think you’ve never encountered Tormenta, think again. You’re friends with one. Have worked for one. Maybe even fallen in love with one.

They walk amongst us—looking like us, talking like us. Coercing our subconscious with their actions. Like the long-legged beauty who seduces the goofy geek only to break his heart, causing him to break his own neck in a noose. Or the rock star whose every song celebrates self-harm, inspiring his devoted fans to press knives to their own throats. The pusher who urges the addict toward one more hit, bringing him a high from which he’ll never come down. The tyrannical boss, crushing an assistant’s spirit until a bridge jump brings her low.

We call it a suicide. Tormenta call it a score, their demonic powers allowing them to siphon off the unspent life span of those who harm themselves.

To Bianco, being a cop is about right and wrong. Working with Lola is about this world and the next . . . and maybe the one after that. Because everything is about to change. The coming of a mighty Tormenta is prophesied, a dark messiah known as the Mosca.

To stop him, Bianco and Lola must fight their way through a cryptic web of secret societies and powerful legends and crack an ancient code that holds the only answer to the Mosca’s defeat. If this miscreant rises before they can unmask him, darkness will reign and mankind will fall in a storm of suicides. Nobody’s safe. Everyone’s a threat.


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The Black Isles
Author:   Sandi Tan 
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing, August 7, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 480 pages
Price:  $24.99
Genre:  Ghost Story
ISBN:  978-0-446-56392-5

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
There are ghosts on the Black Isle.
Ghosts that no one can see.
No one...except Cassandra.

Uprooted from Shanghai with her father and twin brother, young Cassandra finds the Black Isle's bustling, immigrant-filled seaport, swampy jungle, and grand rubber plantations a sharp contrast to the city of her childhood. And she soon makes another discovery: the Black Isle is swarming with ghosts.

Haunted and lonely, Cassandra at first tries to ignore her ability to see the restless apparitions that drift down the street and crouch in cold corners at school. Yet despite her struggles with these spirits, Cassandra comes to love her troubled new home. And soon, she attracts the notice of a dangerously charismatic man.

Even as she becomes a fearless young woman, the Isle's dark forces won't let her go. War is looming, and Cassandra wonders if her unique gift might be her beloved island's only chance for salvation . . .

Taking readers from the 1920s, through the Japanese occupation during WWII, to the Isle's radical transformation into a gleaming cosmopolitan city, THE BLACK ISLE is a sweeping epic--a deeply imagined, fiercely original tale from a vibrant new voice in fiction.


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Hidden Things
Author:  Doyce Testerman
Publisher:  Harper Voyager, August 21, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Price:  $14.99
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-06-210811-1

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
Watch out for the hidden things . . . That's the last thing Calliope Jenkins's best friend says to her before ending a two a.m. phone call from Iowa, where he's working a case she knows little about. Seven hours later, she gets a visit from the police. Josh has been found dead, and foul play is suspected. Calliope is stunned. Especially since Josh left a message on her phone an hour after his body was found. Spurred by grief and suspicion, Calli heads to Iowa herself, accompanied by a stranger who claims to know something about what happened to Josh and who can— maybe—help her get him back. But the road home is not quite the straight shot she imagined . . .

Guest Blog by Joanne Reay - Spiked Coffee

Please welcome Joanne Reay to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Romeo Spikes (Lo'Life Trilogy 1) will be published on August 14, 2012.


Guest Blog by Joanne Reay - Spiked Coffee



Spiked Coffee


“What are you doing here?” asks the girl at the till.

I’m in a coffee shop, buying coffee. An unwarranted question, I think.

The girl’s left breast is labeled Luna. I assume the name applies to all of her.

She continues. “Everyday, same time. Same table. So what you doing?” Luna is possibly Polish and certainly rude-ish.

“I’m writing a novel.”

“Aha, that so?” I could see her making an immediate translation.

“I’m writing” = I’m totally
“a novel’ = unemployed

Something sparks in me – an urge to decorate this comment with unnecessary detail.

“It’s called Romeo Spikes.”

She shoves my coffee over. “I like title. What does it mean?”

“It’s a little hard to explain. You kinda have to read the story.”

‘Then I don’t like title. Good title should have natural meaning.”

And there it is. Luna’s first crit. I skillfully sweep up my coffee but don’t take the crit that well.

I sit down at my usual table. Write nine hundred words, same as always. Pack up and rise to leave. Luna’s passing farewell comes like a playground pull at my pony-tail.

“Tomorrow you tell me what book about. Then maybe title work OK.”

I trudge home. It is winter and the snow is thick but I don’t mind. Trudging feels good. I emphasize with every step the reasons why Luna knows nothing about titles.

Everyone loves it. I have tried it out on friends and family - frequently. And everyone says the same: “Romeo Spikes, that’s so cool.”

Trudging on – translating now.

Romeo Spikes = shit, is she still talking about her bloody novel?
That’s so cool = just kill me now

Next day, Luna leans on the counter, a wall of flesh between me and my coffee.

“So what’s it about?”

She looks strong and healthy as if she might live past a hundred. I don’t know why this bothers me.

“Luna, y’know – it’s a funny thing. But sometimes, talking about the creative process, it’s not good.”

“Not good, eh? Maybe story no good.”

‘The story’s good, Luna. I just don’t want to talk about it.”

“Give me one line. The soul of it.”

The soul of it? Please God let it be that her English is so limited, simplicity sounds like genius.

At my usual table, I write nine hundred words, expanding a novel that has no soul and a meaningless title.

I leave. I go home. There is no snow. I trudge harder.

The next day is busy in the coffee shop. Every Wednesday, mother and baby groups gather to test the acoustics and Luna is forced to flit back and forth, memorizing orders and punching at the till. I take some pleasure in choosing this morning to regale her with the main points of my novel. She cunningly counters by ignoring me. A simple tactic but surprisingly effective.

I collect my coffee – decaf. Defeated.

I don’t go back to the coffee shop. I find another. The coffee is weak but the criticism is less bitter. I tell no-one that I’m writing a novel. I try to look like I’m unemployed. I succeed brilliantly.

A year later, novel in hand, I go back to the original cafe. I flourish the book at Luna. I don’t know what I’m looking for. Closure, perhaps.

“Hey Luna, you remember me? I was in here everyday. Writing. This is the novel. I got it published.”

Luna looks at me and a memory flickers, like a star that died four billion years ago.

“Novel lady, yes. I remember.”

I place the book in her hands and she scans the front cover, fixing on my name.

“How you say this?”

“It’s spelled with an “e” but it’s pronounced Ray, like sun ray.”

Luna pulls a face. “You should spell it how it sounds.”

I take the book back.

Screw closure.



Romeo Spikes

Romeo Spikes
Lo'Life Trilogy 1
Gallery Books, August 14, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

Guest Blog by Joanne Reay - Spiked Coffee
Working the Homicide squad, Alexis Bianco believes she’s seen every way a life can be taken. Then she meets the mysterious Lola and finds out she’s wrong. More weapon than woman, Lola pursues a predator with a method of murder like no other.

The Tormenta.

If you think you’ve never encountered Tormenta, think again. You’re friends with one. Have worked for one. Maybe even fallen in love with one.

They walk amongst us—looking like us, talking like us. Coercing our subconscious with their actions. Like the long-legged beauty who seduces the goofy geek only to break his heart, causing him to break his own neck in a noose. Or the rock star whose every song celebrates self-harm, inspiring his devoted fans to press knives to their own throats. The pusher who urges the addict toward one more hit, bringing him a high from which he’ll never come down. The tyrannical boss, crushing an assistant’s spirit until a bridge jump brings her low.

We call it a suicide. Tormenta call it a score, their demonic powers allowing them to siphon off the unspent life span of those who harm themselves.

To Bianco, being a cop is about right and wrong. Working with Lola is about this world and the next . . . and maybe the one after that. Because everything is about to change. The coming of a mighty Tormenta is prophesied, a dark messiah known as the Mosca.

To stop him, Bianco and Lola must fight their way through a cryptic web of secret societies and powerful legends and crack an ancient code that holds the only answer to the Mosca’s defeat. If this miscreant rises before they can unmask him, darkness will reign and mankind will fall in a storm of suicides. Nobody’s safe. Everyone’s a threat.




About Joanne

Guest Blog by Joanne Reay - Spiked Coffee
Vienna is now my home, where I work as a screenplay writer and producer for a film production company. Prior to that, I worked for the BBC and ran my own documentary production company. Over the last two decades, without doubt the best things I’ve produced are my two amazing daughters. Now twenty-one and eighteen, Emma and Katie are my constant inspiration and – as I frequently remind them – possibly also my pension, unless my books are a hit.

The View From Monday - July 16, 2012

Happy Monday. It's already the middle of July. Time flies when you have too much to read! It's another busy week at The Qwillery with many ParaCozyMysMo visits, a dash of 2012 Debut Author Challenge and a Seduced by Blood Blog Tour stop.


Monday - ParaCozyMysMo with Melissa Bourbon, author of the Magical Dressmaking Mysteries.  A Fitting End (A Magical Dressmaking Mystery 2) was published on February 7, 2012.

Tuesday - ParaCozyMysMo with Kari Lee Townsend, author of the Fortune Teller Mysteries. Corpse in the Crystal Ball (A Fortune Teller Mystery 2) was published on June 5, 2012.

Wednesday - ParaCozyMysMo with Alice Kimberly / Cleo Coyle author of the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries and the Coffee House Mysteries.  The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion (A Haunted Bookshop Mystey 5) was published in January 2009.  A Brew to a Kill (A Coffee Mystery 11) will be published on August 7, 2012.

Thursday - ParaCozyMysMo with Bailey Cates. author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries. Brownies and Broomsticks (A Magical Bakery Mystery 1) was published on May 1, 2012.

Friday - ParaCozyMysMo with Rochelle Staab, author of the Mind for Murder Mysteries. Bruja Brouhaha (A Mind for Murder Mystery 2) will be published on August 7, 2012.

Saturday -  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour with Laurie London. Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4)  will be published on July 24, 2012.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog with Joanne Reay. Romeo Spikes (Lo'Life Trilogy 1) will be published on August 14, 2012.

Sunday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Ania AhlbornSeed will be published on July 17, 2012.



It's another relatively light release week.

July 17, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Seed (d)
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Ania Ahlborn H
Queen's Hunt
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Beth Bernobich F - River of Souls 2
Earth Unaware
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Orson Scott Card
Aaron Johnstone
SF - First Formic War 1
The Cosmic Puppets (ri)
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Philip K. Dick SF
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (ri)
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012

Philip K. Dick SF
Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Kai-cheung Dung AH
21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Christopher Golden (ed) Z - Anthology
Ripper
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
David L. Golemon SF - Event Group Adventure 7
The Scream
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Laurent Graff SF
Third Grave Dead Ahead (h2tp)
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 3
Energized
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Edward M. Lerner SF
The Time Engine
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Sean McMullen SF - Moonworlds Saga 4
Them or Us (h2tp)
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
David Moody H - Hater Trilogy 3
Sharps
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
K. J. Parker F
The Lost Angel (h2tp)
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Javier Sierra Ap/Th
The Coldest War
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Ian Tregillis F - Milkweed Triptych 2






July 19, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Empty Space
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
M. John Harrison SF - Kefahuchi Trilogy 3






July 20, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dreamscapes Magical Menagerie: Creating Fantasy Creatures and Animals with Watercolor
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law Painting



d - debut
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint


Ah - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 10, 2012

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 10, 2012


Announcing the two newest authors who will be featured in the Challenge - Ania Ahlborn and Joanne Reay. You can keep up to date with all the 2012 Debut Author Challenge information here.



Ania Ahlborn

Seed
47North, July 17,  2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 250 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 10, 2012
With nothing but the clothes on his back—and something horrific snapping at his heels—Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was still just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. But years later, the bright new future he’s built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead.

When Jack, his wife Aimee, and their two small children survive a violent car crash, it seems like a miracle. But Jack knows what he saw on the road that night, and it wasn’t divine intervention. The profound evil from his past won’t let them die…at least not quickly. It’s back, and it’s hungry; ready to make Jack pay for running, to work its malignant magic on his angelic youngest daughter, and to whisper a chilling promise: I’ve always been here, and I’ll never leave.

Country comfort is no match for spine-tingling Southern gothic suspense in Ania Ahlborn’s tale of an ordinary man with a demon on his back. Seed plants its page-turning terror deep in your soul, and lets it grow wild.



Joanne Reay

Romeo Spikes
Lo'Life Trilogy 1
Gallery Books, August 14, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 10, 2012
In the tradition of The Passage, screenwriter and producer Joanne Reay makes her fiction debut with this furiously exciting supernatural thriller—the first in an exciting new trilogy!

Working the Homicide squad, Alexis Bianco believes she’s seen every way a life can be taken. Then she meets the mysterious Lola and finds out she’s wrong. More weapon than woman, Lola pursues a predator with a method of murder like no other: the Tormenta.

If you think you’ve never encountered Tormenta, think again. You’re friends with one. Have worked for one. Maybe even fallen in love with one. They walk amongst us—looking like us, talking like us. Coercing our subconscious with their actions.
Like the long-legged beauty that seduces the goofy geek only to break his heart, causing him to break his own neck in a noose. Or the rockstar, whose every song celebrates self-harm, inspiring his devoted fans to press knives to their own throats. The pusher who urges the addict toward one more hit, bringing him a high from which he’ll never come down. The tyrannical boss, crushing an assistant’s spirit until a bridge jump brings her low. We call it a suicide. Tormenta call it a score, their demonic powers allowing them to siphon off the unspent lifespan of those who harm themselves.

To Bianco, being a cop is about right and wrong. Working with Lola is about this world and the next...and maybe the one after that. Because everything is about to change. The coming of a mighty Tormenta is prophesied, a dark messiah known as the Mosca.

To stop him, Bianco and Lola must fight their way through a cryptic web of secret societies and powerful legends to crack an ancient code that holds the only answer to the Mosca’s defeat. If this miscreant rises before they can unmask him, darkness will reign, and mankind will fall in a storm of suicides.
Nobody’s safe. Everyone’s a threat.
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