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Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

And the winners are...

One commenter will win a signed copy of Tes Hilaire’s Deliver Me from Darkness and another commenter will win Elisabeth Staab’s King of Darkness - Ended June 18, 2012 - Read the Guest Post here.

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question:  If you could ask a vampire anything, what would it be?

Deliver Me From Darkness by Tes Hilaire

miki who said...

i would like to know if they could become human/mortal again would they do it? and Why?


and


King of Darkness by Elisabeth Staab

Betty Hamilton who said...

I would ask how it felt to be immortal and if they experienced a lot of boredom knowing that this life would go on forever.


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett - Ended June 20, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question:  What is the best novel that you've read this year (so far)?

Spaz who said...

Love the interview. That line from Connelly in Mr Shivers kinda surprised me as a reader. Then I was like, hell yeah! Is there anything better than hearing writers talk about writing? (Aside from reading.)

I think my favorite read so far this year was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Other favorites were Horns by Joe Hill, The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (this is my first time reading it), and of course Mr. Shivers as I didn't read it until just this year.


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


Winner's choice of one of the Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles - Under Wraps, Under Suspicion, OR Under Attack by Hannah Jayne - Ended June 21, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question:   Who is your favorite vampire?

Melliane who said...

Oh a difficult question, I think I would say Malik in the Spellcrackers.com series. He is so myterious and I really love him!


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


Disappearing Nightly (Esther Diamond 1) by Laura Resnick (new cover) - Ended June 22, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question:  Which cover of Disappearing Nightly do you like better - Old or New?

Old                             New
Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Natalia J who said...

I like the new one, I think it has more detail than the old cover and it grabs my attention more. Thanks for the giveaway.


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


Undead and Unstable (Undead / Betsy 11) by MaryJanice Davidson - Ended June 23, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here. US ONLY

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

How:  Leave a comment.

Joanne who said...

This series is great. I still have to get the last three. Thanks for the great post, excerpt, and giveaway.


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


The Last Romanov by Dora Levy Mossanen - Ended June 24, 2012 - Read the post here. US/Canada Only

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite historical era to read about?

Jenn who said...

... I love medieval Scotland or 1700 England.


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel - Winner's choice of print or audio book - Ended June 24, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada Only

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question: Zombies, Vampires, Shifters, Other. Do you have a favorite type of supernatural or paranormal being?

Martha Lawson who said...

Vamps and shifters are my favorites.


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


Terminal Point (Strykers Syndicate 2) by K.M. Ruiz - Ended June 25, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question: What are some of your favorite post-apocalyptic novels, movies, comics, etc.?

Tim who said...

Since I can only pick one, I will say the Mad Max movies. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


Green Light Delivery by Anne E. Johnson (eBook) - Ended June 26, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question: Robots! Do you have a favorite from novels, comics, TV, or movies?

Barbara E. who said...

I like Sonny, the robot in I, Robot. I'm also partial to Bender from Futurama.


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Interview with K.M. Ruiz and Giveaway - June 18, 2012

Please welcome K.M. Ruiz to The Qwillery. Terminal Point, the 2nd novel in the Strykers Syndicate series, will be published tomorrow, June 19, 2012.


TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery!

K.M.:  Thanks for letting me stop by again!


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

K.M.:  At this point? Trying to find the time to write! I have a really busy, stressful day job that sometimes requires copious amounts of overtime. When things die down, the second most challenging thing is trying not to get distracted by other books I want to read, movies I want to see, and the time-suck that is the Internet. Still, I’ll sit down at least once a day and try to pound out some words, even if it’s only for a short period of time. The next day might see me go back and delete those words in order to start over, but I’ll still try to squeeze in some writing.


TQ:  What do you wish you'd known when the 1st book, Mind Storm, came out that you know now?

K.M.:  That I need to win the lottery. (Don’t we all?) In actuality, I learned that while there’s always more you can do to help get the word out there about your book, sometimes it’s just not possible. There’s only so many hours in a day and only so much time off I could take when Mind Storm came out. I did my best to reach out for promotional purposes but I know there were avenues I didn’t or couldn’t pursue due to my own personal time crunch. I know those same issues are likely to come up again for Terminal Point’s release. Hopefully I’m more prepared this time around.


TQ:  If you were stranded on a deserted island for one year, which 5 novels would you want to have with you?

K.M.:  This is a torturous question. Only five? Cruel and unusual punishment! But if I had to choose, I’d probably pick these books:

Exiles: The Ruins of Ambrai by Melanie Rawn
On Basilisk Station by David Weber
Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling
Squire by Tamora Pierce
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs


TQ:  Please tell us something about Terminal Point, the second novel in your Strykers Syndicate series, that is not in the book description.

K.M.:  I put my characters through hell. There is no moral, right answer to any of the problems they face, which might make some readers pause. It’s a product of the world I created and to give any of them an easy way out wouldn’t be true to the narrative. I basically went into the second book knowing I couldn’t pull any punches. In a weird way, that made it fun to write.


TQ:  Which character(s) in the Strykers Syndicate series has surprised you the most?

K.M.:  Matron. Honestly, I didn’t know she was going to be in the story until I got to the scene in the first book where Lucas is contacting her. I don’t plot out every detail when I write but I have a vague idea of what needs to happen. Instead, I tend to write towards major events in order to get to the end without knowing where the story is going to take me. When it came to Matron, I was just writing away and a mouthy human scavenger came into the story to talk back to Lucas. So I kept her.


TQ:  Are there any other genres in which you would like to write in addition to Science Fiction?

K.M.:  Fantasy and its sub-genres. I know enough about how I write that young adult isn’t something I could do. I don’t really have the voice for that, even though it’s a huge market and I love reading it. Writing it is another thing entirely.


TQ:  What's next?

K.M.:  I’m currently working on an urban fantasy novel, so we’ll see how that goes. I know the market is pretty saturated but I’m going to hope there’s still room out there. Fingers crossed it sees the light of day!


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

K.M.:  Thank you for having me!



Strykers Syndicate

Terminal Point
Strykers Syndicate 2
St. Martin's Press / Thomas Dunne Books, June 19, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with K.M. Ruiz and Giveaway - June 18, 2012
Blade Runner meets X-Men in this follow-up to Mind Storm where humanity faces extinction and it’s up to a group of rogue psions to save society

Fans of Charles Stross and Hannu Rajaniemi will lose themselves in this adventure as Threnody Corwin and her team of rogue Strykers contend with the aftermath of the events in Mind Storm and the unlocking of a new kind of psion power. They’re on the run with Lucas Serca, who is closer than ever to destroying the World Court and his father’s grip on the planet. Targeting the hidden cache of the planet’s food supply meant to transform Mars into a paradise for the chosen few, Lucas triggers an escalating fight with the ruling government as worldwide chaos ensues. It’s up to Threnody to save society before it destroys itself, but the cost is high and in the end, there is no such thing as compromise.

There is only survival.


Mind Storm
Strykers Syndicate 1
St. Martin's Press / Thomas Dunne Books, May 10, 2011
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

Interview with K.M. Ruiz and Giveaway - June 18, 2012
The first in an exciting new sci-fi series that’s being described as Blade Runner meets X-Men

Two hundred and fifty years after the world was nearly wiped out by nuclear war, what’s left of society fights over the scraps of the Earth as the rich and powerful plan to ascend in secret to another planet. But the deadly new breed of humanity that the rulers have enslaved to protect their interests are about to change everything.

K.M. Ruiz’s Mind Storm is the rip-roaring tale of Threnody Corwin, a “psion” with the ability to channel electricity like lightning through anything she touches. As a solider-slave for the human government, Threnody is recruited by an unknown enemy: the scion of Earth’s most powerful (and supposedly human) family, the Serca Syndicate. But Lucas Serca is far from human and he intends to make Threnody and her fellow psions meet their destiny, no matter how many people he has to kill to do it.

Mind Storm is the first of two books chronicling the fight for survival by the psions and other “gene-trash” humans, before they’re killed by the racist world government, or left to die on a crumbling Earth.




About K.M.

Interview with K.M. Ruiz and Giveaway - June 18, 2012
K. M. Ruiz lives in California with a cat or two for company and the occasional earthquake. She earned a B.A. in English and a minor in American Indian Studies from San Francisco State University. She likes her movies loud, her music louder, and when not writing, spends the rest of her time looking for her next cup of coffee.

K.M.'s Link

Website: http://www.kmruiz.com/
Blog: http://km-ruiz.livejournal.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/KM_Ruiz











The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Terminal Point (Strykers Syndicate 2) from K.M. Ruiz!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What are some of your favorite post-apocalyptic novels, movies, comics, etc.?
(You can list just one!)

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. You MUST 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 Monday, June 25, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - June 19, 2012

Happy Monday! I saw Cirque du Soliel's Dralion yesterday. It was fantastic. It may even be my favorite Cirque show out of the 6 I've seen. I have to think about that more. Kooza and Ovo are also favorites. I love how the shows combine the fantastical with all sorts of circus acts.

This week at The Qwillery:

Monday - Giveaway of The Last Romanov by Dora Levy Mossanen.

Monday - Interview with K.M. Ruiz. Terminal Point, the 2nd novel in the Strykers Syndicate series, will be published tomorrow, June 19, 2012.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Anne E. Johnson. Anne's debut, Green Light Delivery, is out this month.

Wednesday - Guest Blog by Benedict Jacka as part of the Cursed Blog Tour. Cursed, the 2nd Novel in the Alex Verus series, was published on May 29, 2012.

Thursday - Interview with J.A. Pitts. J.A. writes the Sara Beauhall series. Forged in Fire (Sara Beauhall 3) will be published on June 19th.

Friday - The Tin Swift Blog Tour with Devon Monk. Tin Swift (The Age of Steam 2) will be published on July 3, 2012.

Saturday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight with Stella Price.

Sunday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight with Kris Norris.


Not too many books out this week, which is good because there are A LOT of books I'd like out next week. Here is the list.


June 19, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Existence
The View From Monday - June 19, 2012
David Brin SF
Lothaire (h2mm)
The View From Monday - June 19, 2012
Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals after Dark 12
The Devil Delivered and Other Tales
The View From Monday - June 19, 2012
Steven Erikson F - Novelettes
Wicked Business
The View From Monday - June 19, 2012
Janet Evanovich M/PE - Lizzy and Diesel 2
The Vampire Narcise (tp2mm)
The View From Monday - June 19, 2012
Colleen Gleason PNR - Regency Draculia 3
Vacation with a Vampire
The View From Monday - June 19, 2012
Michele Hauf
Kendra Leigh Castle
Lisa Childs
PNR
The Reckoning
The View From Monday - June 19, 2012
Alma Katsu ST - Taker Trilogy 2
Midnight (h2tp)
The View From Monday - June 19, 2012
Stephen Leather SF - Nightingale 2
Dragon's Curse
The View From Monday - June 19, 2012
Denise Lynn PNR
Forged in Fire
The View From Monday - June 19, 2012
J. A. Pitts UF - Sarah Beauhall 3
The Long Earth
The View From Monday - June 19, 2012
Terry Pratchett
Steven Baxter
SF
Survivors
The View From Monday - June 19, 2012
Z.A. Recht H/Z - Morningstar Strain 3
Terminal Point
The View From Monday - June 19, 2012
K.M. Ruiz SF - Strykers Syndicate 2
The Sorceress of Belmair
The View From Monday - June 19, 2012
Bertrice Small FR - World of Hetar 4


h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback

F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
M - Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
ST - Supernatural Thriller
UF  - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011

And the winners are....

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011


BookaholicCat who said...


I have this book in my TBR. I want it!!

I'll go with Druids.













Demon Hunting in Dixie by Lexi George

So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011

Reading mind who said...


Demon slayer! Possibly, a sexy, smart and funny demon slayer that can kick some asses and still look great!


AND


Diana who said...


Demons! Book sounds very interesting.

Thanks for the giveaway.



Spellcast by Barbara Ashford

So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011


Michelle D. who said...


I really loved Wicked and Grease





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Virna dePaul Para-Ops tote filled with a Para-Ops mug, chocolate, sunglasses and other goodies, including a copy of my vampire e-novella, A Vampire's Salvation

Alycia who said...

I don't have just one favorite supernatural but I love vampires cause they are always just way to HOT for their own good and sexy! I also like demons because most of the time they can do some pretty cool stuff.


Mind Storm by K.M. Ruiz

So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011




Krystal who said


I think science fiction eventually becomes science fact in most cases so I will go with both. Afterall, 3D t.v.'s used to be science fiction...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lisa Renee Jones  - The Texas Hotzone series (Jumpstart, High Octane, and Breathless Descent) and a Pleasure with Purpose e-book from Lisa and The Legend of Michael from The Qwillery
 
 
So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011

So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011
 
 
 
 
Joni who said:
 
Great interview with Lisa Renee Jones. The new book sounds great. I like heroes half-and-half.





 
 
 
   
 
 
So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011
 
 
 
All winners have been contacted and have until Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.
 
Thank you very much to everyone who participated and to the wonderful authors who visit The Qwillery.

Interview with K.M. Ruiz and Giveaway - May 12, 2011

Due to the Blogger outage this interview has been reposted and the date for giveaway entries extended for 1 day. If you have already entered, please note that I have your comment, but you are welcome to comment again.

Please welcome K.M. Ruiz to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

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

K.M.:  Thank you for letting me stop by! As for a quirk, I guess you could say I have a habit of writing in layers. I’ll write bare-bones stories, then go back and fill in more details. I assume the reader doesn’t need or want every last nitty gritty word in my head, so I’ll write ten words when I should really be using more. Then I’ll print it out in hard copy and continue adding stuff. It’s a weird process.

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

K.M.:  Melanie Rawn, C. J. Cherryh, David Weber, Karin Lowachee to name a few. I fell in love with Melanie Rawn’s Exiles series as a kid. C. J. Cherry’s Foreigner series is amazing. She writes really strong character focused stories that are just brilliant. I learned a lot by just reading her.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

K.M.:  I’m kind of a mix. I’m a plotter, in the sense that I’ve got an overall idea for a series and I usually know how a book will end before I figure out the beginning and middle. I’ll have a few major events that I know have to happen and I’ll write my way to them, which is where the punster part comes in. The mixture gives me a little more freedom. I find a chapter by chapter outline to be restricting, at least for me, but for the most part I do know the major things that need to happen before I start writing, I just have to get there.

TQ:  Describe Mind Storm in 140 characters or less.

K.M.:  Post-apocalyptic tale where human and psion survivors of nuclear war fight for their future but the best answer isn’t always the right one.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Mind Storm?

K.M.:  I loved comics growing up as a kid. Even though I haven’t been into them for quite a few years now, comics are still a big inspiration. I liked how a lot of the big plot arc questions in comics were never answered until the very end of the story (if then), but I also liked how there wasn’t always a clear-cut answer. Comics are great when it comes to the morally gray area and I tried to emulate that here.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for the Strykers Syndicate novels ?

K.M.:  Actually, quite a bit now that I think of it. I did some research on certain incurable diseases and how the body changes because of it to help differentiate psions from humans in the story. I’ve always been really into the sciences dealing with the human body, though I’m not an expert by any means. I wanted to try to ground psion powers as much as possible within the confines of the human body and digging through medical possibilities helped me with that. As much as I love comics, I wanted the story to be less fantastical in some ways.

I also did some research on the aftereffects of nuclear fallout, how it shows up as disease even generations down the line and how those same people are treated, both medically and culturally. In light of what happened recently in Japan, I won’t delve too deep. I will say that the tragedy in Chernobyl and a photo essay book called Chernobyl Legacy done by photographer Paul Fusco helped me form some ideas for the segregated society in Mind Storm. Even today people discard others who don’t fit their vision of normal and I wanted to bring that into the story.

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

K.M.:  Some of my favorite scenes would give away too much, so I’ll skip those! I like the scene between Lucas and Matron (a human scavenger), where they’re sitting in an abandoned weather station right before everything goes to hell. I like how it shows their motivations and how far they’ve come, that a psion and a discarded human can actually work together.

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

K.M.:  Lucas was the hardest character for me to write because I never got into his head. He’s very much a driving force of the plot, but I unintentionally wrote him with having a distance from the reader that was frustrating at times. And then I had to keep writing him like that for both books. Talk about wanting to strangle a character! Threnody was the easiest because I knew what motivated her, but I never got deep into her head either. She’s a soldier and soldiers are supposed to obey without question in this story and I wanted to showcase that attitude by not delving too much into her emotions. Threnody does learn to start questioning the status quo and that’s what made her easier to write than pretty much everyone else.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series?

K.M.:  Two books are planned so far. The second book is coming out sometime next year. I don’t know when yet, but I’m hoping spring.

TQ:  What's next?

K.M.:  I’m working on the second book, though I don’t know what title we’re going to use. A lot of the questions I purposefully left unanswered in Mind Storm get addressed in book two, I promise! I’m also working on a proposal for something else that I don’t want to say too much about since I’m still in the planning stages of it. It’s something I’m really excited about though.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

K.M.:  Thanks so much for having me!


About K.M.'s Books

Mind Storm
Strykers Syndicate 1
(May 10, 2011)
Interview with K.M. Ruiz and Giveaway - May 12, 2011
After the world was nearly wiped out by a nuclear war 250 years ago, what’s left of society fights over the scraps of the Earth as the rich and powerful plan to secretly ascend to another planet. But the deadly new breed of humanity that the rulers have enslaved to protect their interests is about to change everything.

This is the story of Threnody Corwin, a psion with the ability to channel electricity like lightning through anything she touches. As a soldier-slave for the human government, Threnody is recruited by an unknown enemy: the son of Earth’s most powerful human family.

But Lucas Serca is far from human and he intends to make Threnody and her fellow psions meet their destiny, no matter how many people he has to kill to do it. Mind Storm chronicles the fight for survival by the psions and other gene-trash humans, before they’re killed by a corrupt world government or left to die on a crumbling Earth.


Strykers Syndicate 2 will be released in 2012.


About K.M. Ruiz

Interview with K.M. Ruiz and Giveaway - May 12, 2011
K.M. Ruiz lives in California with a cat or two for company and the occasional earthquake. She earned a B.A. in English (concentration in Creative Writing) and a minor in American Indian Studies from San Francisco State University. She likes her movies loud, her music louder, and when not writing, can be found traveling, looking for new ideas.

K.M.'s Links

Website: http://www.kmruiz.com/
Blog: http://km-ruiz.livejournal.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/KM_Ruiz





The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a hardcover copy of Mind Storm generously provided by K.M. Ruiz.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Science Fiction, science fact, or both?

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 Friday, May 20, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - May 9, 2011

Happy Monday! What a fun weekend just passed - Free Comic Book Day on Saturday and Mother's Day on Sunday. 

There will be three interviews and giveaways this week at The Qwillery.

On Wednesday, May 11, there will be an interview with debut author Virna dePaul. Chosen by Blood (Para-Ops 1) was released on May 3.

On Thursday, May 12, there will be an interview with debut author K.M. Ruiz. Mind Storm (Strykers Syndicate 1) will be released on May 10.

On Friday, May 13, there will be an interview with author Lisa Renee Jones. The Legend of Michael (Zodius 1) was released on May 1.

Here is the release list for May 9 - 13, 2011. Book trailers are below. A printable PDF list can be found by clicking here. Remember to set your printer to Landscape.

May 9, 2011

The Forgotten LocketLisa MangumYA - Hourglass Door Trilogy 3
The Golden Spiral**Lisa MangumYA - Hourglass Door Trilogy 2
Geth and the Return of the LithensObert SkyeYA - Beyond Foo 1


May 10, 2011

Raised by Wolves**Jennifer Lynn BarnesYA - Raised by Wolves 1
2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America*Albert Brooks SF
Tempted**P.C. Cast &
Kristin Cast
YA - House of Night 6
Time PullersHorton Deakins SF
Tempest RisingTracy DeebsYA
StonewielderIan C. EsslemontEF - Malazan Empire
The White DevilJustin Evans GT
The Chaos CrystalJennifer FallonF - Tide Lords 4
Shadow Hills**Anastasia HopcusYA
Central Park KnightC.J. Henderson UF - Knight 2
MeowmorphosisFranz Kafka &
Cook Coleridge
MU
A Tale of Two CastlesGail Carson LevineYA
Dog BloodDavid Moody H - Hater Trilogy 2
Demons and Druids**James PattersonYA - Daniel X 3
Die for MeAmy PlumYA
The Quantum ThiefHannu Rajaniemi SF - Quantum Thief 1
Siren**Tricia RayburnYA
Mind Storm*K.M. RuizSF - Strykers Syndicate 1
Fuzzy NationJohn Scalzi SF
Museum of Thieves**Lian TannerYA - Keepers Trilogy 1


May 12, 2011

Surface Detail**Iain M. BanksSF - Culture 9
The Lost Years***T.A. BarronYA - Merlin 1
The Mirror of  Fate***T.A. BarronYA - Merlin 4
The Ragin Fires***T.A. BarronYA - Merlin 3
The Seven Songs***T.A. BarronYA - Merlin 2
The Wizard's Wings***T.A. BarronYA - Merlin 5
Super Human**Michael CarrollYA
The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to HellHarry HarrisonSF - Stainless Steel Rat 10
Queen of KingsMaria Dahvana HeadleyHF


May 13, 2011

The ImmuneDoc Lucky Meisenheimer SF

* 2011 Debut Author Challenge Novel
** Mass Market or Trade Paperback release of prior hardcover
*** Reissue or re-release

EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
GT - Gothic Thriller
H - Horror
HF - Historical Fantasy
MU - Mash Up
SF - Science Fiction
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult


Book Trailers

The Hourglass Door Trilogy by Lisa Mangum



Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (for hardcover release)



Tempted by P.C. Cast & Kristin Case (for hardcover release)



Time Pullers by Horton Deakins



The Tide Lords by Jennifer Fallon



Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus (for hardcover release)



Meowmorphosis by Franz Kafka and Coleridge Cook



A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine



Die for Me by Amy Plum



Siren by Tricia Rayburn (for hardcover release)



Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner (for the hardcover)



Super Human by Michael Carroll (for the hardcover release)



Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley



The Immune by Doc Lucky Meisenheimer

2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors

2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors

Here are the debut authors and their novels for May 2011. Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading.


Awaken the Highland Warrior
AuthorAnita Clenney
Series:  Highland Warrior 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher:  Sourcebooks (May 1, 2011)
Price:  $6.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-1402251238
2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors
Historian Bree Kirkland has always been in love with the past, but when she accidentally wakes an ancient Scottish warrior who's spent the past 150 years sleeping in her backyard, her present is suddenly fraught with danger. Faelan has awakened from the time vault ravenous--in more ways than one. He grieves for his lost family, wondering who sent the woman to wake him. If she's a demon, Faelan will have to kill her. If she's innocent, she's unleashed the gates of hell in her backyard. Either way they must rely on each other to save their future.









Chosen by Blood
AuthorVirna dePaul
Series:   Para-Ops 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher:  Berkley (May 3, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-0425241547

2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors
Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn- humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA-still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.


















Hounded
AuthorKevin Hearne
Series:  The Iron Druid Chronicles 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher:  Del Rey (May 3, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-345-52247-4

2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.


Mind Storm
Author K.M. Ruiz
Series:  Strykers Syndicate 1
Format:  Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher:  Thomas Dunne Books  (May 10, 2011)
Price:  $24.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0-312-67317-8

2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors

The first in an exciting new sci-fi series that’s being described as Blade Runner meets X-Men
Two hundred and fifty years after the world was nearly wiped out by nuclear war, what’s left of society fights over the scraps of the Earth as the rich and powerful plan to ascend in secret to another planet. But the deadly new breed of humanity that the rulers have enslaved to protect their interests are about to change everything. 

K.M. Ruiz’s Mind Storm is the rip-roaring tale of Threnody Corwin, a “psion” with the ability to channel electricity like lightning through anything she touches. As a solider-slave for the human government, Threnody is recruited by an unknown enemy: the scion of Earth’s most powerful (and supposedly human) family, the Serca Syndicate. But Lucas Serca is far from human and he intends to make Threnody and her fellow psions meet their destiny, no matter how many people he has to kill to do it.  

Mind Storm is the first of two books chronicling the fight for survival by the psions and other “gene-trash” humans, before they’re killed by the racist world government, or left to die on a crumbling Earth.


America Pacifica
AuthorAnna North
Series: NA
Format:  Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher:  Reagan Arthur Books (May 18, 2011)
Price:  $24.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0316105125

2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors
Eighteen-year-old Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica--one of the last places on earth that is still habitable, after North America has succumbed to a second ice age. Education, food, and basic means of survival are the province of a chosen few, while the majority of the island residents must struggle to stay alive. The rich live in "Manhattanville" mansions made from the last pieces of wood and stone, while the poor cower in the shantytown slums of "Hell City" and "Little Los Angeles," places built out of heaped up trash that is slowly crumbling into the sea. The island is ruled by a mysterious dictator named Tyson, whose regime is plagued by charges of corruption and conspiracy.

But to Darcy, America Pacifica is simply home--the only one she's ever known. In spite of their poverty she lives contentedly with her mother, who works as a pearl diver. It's only when her mother doesn't come home one night that Darcy begins to learn about her past as a former "Mainlander," and her mother's role in the flight from frozen California to America Pacifica. Darcy embarks on a quest to find her mother, navigating the dark underbelly of the island, learning along the way the disturbing truth of Pacifica's early history, the far-reaching influence of its egomaniacal leader, and the possible plot to murder some of the island's first inhabitants--including her mother
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The Failing Machine
AuthorAndrew Mayer
Series:  Society of Steam 1
Format:  Trade Paperback, 305 pages
Publisher:  Pyr (May 24, 2011)
Price:  $16.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Steampunk
ISBN:  978-1-61614-375-6

2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors
In 1880 women aren’t allowed to vote, much less dress up in a costume and fight crime...

But twenty-year-old socialite Sarah Stanton still dreams of becoming a hero. Her opportunity arrives in tragedy when the leader of the Society of Paragons, New York’s greatest team of gentlemen adventurers, is murdered right before her eyes. To uncover the truth behind the assassination, Sarah joins forces with the amazing mechanical man known as The Automaton. Together they unmask a conspiracy at the heart of the Paragons that reveals the world of heroes and high-society is built on a crumbling foundation of greed and lies. When Sarah comes face to face with the megalomaniacal villain behind the murder, she must discover if she has the courage to sacrifice her life of privilege and save her clockwork friend.

The Falling Machine (The Society of Steam, Book One) takes place in a Victorian New York powered by the discovery of Fortified Steam, a substance that allows ordinary men to wield extraordinary abilities and grants powers that can corrupt gentlemen of great moral strength. The secret behind this amazing substance is something that wicked brutes will gladly kill for and one that Sarah must try and protect, no matter what the cost.



Blood of the Wicked
AuthorKarina Cooper
Series:  Dark Mission 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher:  Avon (May 31, 2011)
Price: $7.99
Language: English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN9780062046857

2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors
When the world went straight to hell, humanity needed a scapegoat to judge, to blame . . . to burn. 

As an independent witch living off the grid, Jessie Leigh has spent her life running, trying to blend in among the faceless drudges in the rebuilt city. She thought she was finally safe, but now she's been found in a New Seattle strip club—by a hard-eyed man on a mission to destroy her kind. 

A soldier of the Holy Order, Silas Smith believes in the cause: trawling the fringes of society for the murderous witches who threaten what's left of the world. Forced into a twisting web of half-truths and lies, he has to stay close to the most sensuous and electrifying woman he has ever seen and manipulate her into leading him to the witch he has to kill: her brother. Silas doesn't know that Jessie's his enemy, only that he wants her, needs her, even as he lies to her . . . and must protect her until his final breath.




Look for interviews with Anita Clenney on May, 18, 2011, Virna dePaul on May 11, 2011, Kevin Hearne on May 3, 2011, K.M. Ruiz on May, 12, 2011, and Karina Cooper on May 31, 2011.

For more information on the 2011 Debut Author Challenge visit the 2011 DAC page.

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 25, 2011

Here is the latest addition to the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. K.M. Ruiz will be at The Qwillery for an interview during 2011.

K.M. Ruiz

Mind Storm
Thomas Dunne Books
May 2011

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 25, 2011
The first in an exciting new sci-fi seriesthat’s being described as Blade Runner meets X-Men

Two hundred and fifty years after the world was nearly wiped out by nuclear war, what’s left of society fights over the scraps of the Earth as the rich and powerful plan to ascend in secret to another planet. But the deadly new breed of humanity that the rulers have enslaved to protect their interests are about to change everything.

K.M. Ruiz’s Mind Storm is the rip-roaring tale of Threnody Corwin, a “psion” with the ability to channel electricity like lightning through anything she touches. As a solider-slave for the human government, Threnody is recruited by an unknown enemy: the scion of Earth’s most powerful (and supposedly human) family, the Serca Syndicate. But Lucas Serca is far from human and he intends to make Threnody and her fellow psions meet their destiny, no matter how many people he has to kill to do it.

Mind Storm is the first of two books chronicling the fight for survival by the psions and other “gene-trash” humans, before they’re killed by the racist world government, or left to die on a crumbling Earth.

You can keep up to date on the 2011 Debut Author Challenge happenings on the 2011 DAC page.
Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012Interview with K.M. Ruiz and Giveaway - June 18, 2012The View From Monday - June 19, 2012So Many Winners! - May 22, 2011Interview with K.M. Ruiz and Giveaway - May 12, 2011The View From Monday - May 9, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 25, 2011

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